Where to Shop in NYC This Weekend: Fab Warehouse Sale at Chelsea Market

Fab’s first-ever brick and mortar warehouse sale at Chelsea Market is going on now, and ends tomorrow!

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Items are going for up to 90% off MSRP. I’ve been in the process of the most drawn-out move ever from Manhattan to Brooklyn (woo!), but I am going to try my best to get there tomorrow. We’re trying to upgrade just about everything, and our new apartment could use some serious finishing touches. Plus, I give Fab five stars in interior design.

Here are full details on the sale, belated, but there is still time!

The sale will run March 25-30

Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

At Chelsea Market: 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

For her, there will be spiffy, springy dresses, jewelry, shoes, iPhone cases and other accessories from nOir, Fred Perry, L.A.M.B., Sven, Ted Baker, and many more.

For him, they have POP handsets, May28th watches, OnePiece loungewear, wallets, headphones, and watches galore.

For everyone, they have luggage, pillows, posters, cookware, lighting, and home accents that will keep you in style at home or on the go.

The best part? Merchandise will be restocked daily, and new deals will be announced each day. So no big deal that we’re tardy to the party! And plastic is accepted, shopaholics!

Foodie Friday: Juice for All

I’m a juice-aholic. By now, this is a well-known fact among my friends, and I receive requests for juice cleanse recommendations on the regular – I’d say about once per month.

Even if it doesn’t feel like it, Spring has sprung, and Summer is JUST around the corner! I noticed today that there are a ton of juice cleanse sales on all of our favorite daily deal sites, so I thought I’d do all you healthy-minded New Yorkers a favor and put the top ones all in one place:

Cleanses I’ve Tried

1. Cleanse:Jus By Julie

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The deets:

  •          $99 ($200 value) for a 3-day juice cleanse + meal plan
  •          $175 ($350 value) for a 3-day juice cleanse for you and a friend + meal plans

Where to buy: Get it on LivingSocial

Thoughts: This is my favorite juice cleanse. I had a customer service snafu once, but they reached out and compensated with a free 1-day cleanse. The juices are so tasty, and they have puree in them, so you’re still getting some fiber and protein, and you don’t feel as hungry (or in some cases hungry at all) while cleansing.

2. Cleanse: Liquiteria

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The deets:

  •          “Juice, Eat, Repeat” $79 ($99 value): Four cold-pressed juices per day for three days (12 juices total)
  •          Level One Cleanse: “Explore & Nourish” $118 ($147 value): Six cold-pressed juices per day for three days (18 juices total)
  •          Level Two Cleanse: “Restore & Energize” $118 ($147 value): Six cold-pressed juices per day for three days (18 juices total) – same deal as level one, but different juices
  •          Level Three Cleanse: “Deep Dive & Heal” $160 ($200 value): Seven cold-pressed juices per day for three days (21 juices total); One coconut water per day (three total)
  •          All cleanses come with One-on-one coaching session with an expert cleanse coach. They basically walk you through the cleanse and answer any questions when you pick up your juices

Where to buy: Get it on Gilt City

Thoughts: The “Juice, Eat, Repeat” is awesome for juicing rookies! Juice all day and have a nice raw dinner – it leaves you feeling so refreshed! I really like Liquiteria, but you have to pick this cleanse up in person, so it takes a little extra prepping. They have three locations: Liquiteria Chelsea, Liquiteria East Village, or Union Square

Other Available Cleanses

1. Cleanse: The Squeeze

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The deets:

  •          $119 for a three-day juice cleanse ($177 value)
  •          $235 for a six-day juice cleanse ($354 value)

Where to buy: Get it on GroupOn

Thoughts: I haven’t tried The Squeeze yet, but maybe I will!  This is another ‘pick-up only’ cleanse. There are three locations: Battery Park City, Hell’s Kitchen, and Union Square

2. Cleanse: beQu Juice

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The deets:

Where to buy: Get it on GroupOn

Thoughts: I haven’t tried beQu yet either, but here are some additional details from GroupOn: Recipients receive a supply of six bottles for each day of their cleanse, which includes three lemonade and three sweet greens juices that can be alternated throughout the day. Shipping is not included in this deal; beQu Juice will confirm delivery dates by email. Based on this, I would look up cost of shipping before buying!

NYC Gifts from Fab.com – Make the City Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and for the procrastinators like myself, the dreary weather forecast is not boding well for our last-minute gifting. Though I’m sure that stores will be open in the city that never sleeps. City schools are open today, which pretty much dictates that NYC will be business as usual.

But, in a city of convenience it is all the more tempting to stay warm and cozy as the snow inches pile up. It’s looking very possible that cards will be homemade, and IOUs might be issued (in the form of printed online shopping confirmations, of course).

Fab.com has your back though. With fast shipping options, maybe your gift will make it to your Valentine by the end of the weekend (or sooner?). And with their adorable selection of NYC-centric gifts (swoon), I’m considering making myself my second Valentine. I’m super forgiving for late presents, especially of the NYC persuasion.

Here are some great gift ideas for your NYC lovers:

Cityscape Umbrella-Fab

Cityscape Umbrella

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New York City Steel Cut Map by Cut Maps

I Love NY More Than Ever Print by  Milton Glaser

I Love NY More Than Ever Print by Milton Glaser

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New York Magazine by Milton Glaser

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New York Coaster Set by Common Rebels

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New York JFK Tee by Pilot & Captain

I’m personally loving the umbrella and the steel cut map, for all of my Valentines out there. Stay warm and happy shopping!

Foodie Friday: Is Instagram Making Me Fat?

After receiving criticism for my social “foodspiration” photos at every family gathering I’ve attended since joining Instagram 18 months ago, I could not hold back an enormous eye-roll today while reading a Gothamist article on a study reporting that Instagramming photos of your food could lead to an unhealthy food obsession.

Gothamist reported, “The study, which was presented at the Canadian Obesity Summit in Vancouver this week and titled “Food Fetish: Society’s Complicated Relationship with Food,” suggests that some people who take photos of most of their meals do so because food plays a big role in their lives—this, in turn, could lead them to develop unhealthy eating habits and weight problems.

I’ll be the first to admit that food plays an important role in my life. Food fuels my energy for every day’s activities – of course it’s important! And living in a city like New York, it’s hard not to get excited at the newest trend in burgers or donuts, or the next big restaurant opening. Some may frown at indulging in these things; God forbid we celebrate with a cupcake or considering a glass of wine a reward after a long week.

Though, I’d like to think that my social posts are more motivating towards healthy habits. I drink homemade juices almost weekly, and dabble in predominately veggie recipes quite often. But, knowing that my Instagram isn’t exactly my food journal, this Gothamist article got me thinking – is my Instagram as healthy as I’d like to think I am?

I did some data mining and it appears I have 288 photos posted to date, 78 of which are food related. So I’m not completely antisocial, and I don’t have a relationship going with my daily lunch menu. That’s good, right?

Of my food photos, I would classify 28 as being super healthy, with juices, smoothies and salads being the healthiest posts.

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Twenty posts are neither healthy nor unhealthy, just amazingly delicious foods or interesting photos. I classified most home-cooked meals and things like sushi here –I thought these foods were healthy in moderation.

Thirty-one photos could classify as fat-kid-special, but more than half of these were photos of alcoholic beverages – 18 photos depicted Bloody Marys, quality beers and vino. photoHighlights from the remaining 13 “unhealthy” eats include rare indulgences like Shake Shack, Serendipity ice cream, and In-N-Out Burger. Holy cholesterol.

So how would I grade my Instagram? Balanced. And I think balanced is healthy. What do you think, is your Instagram making you fat? Is MY Instagram making you fat?

Awkward & Awesome Thursday: Concust and Almost Homeless

AWKWARD

  • I have a concussion. I hit my head with a door on Sunday morning, simply because I am clumsy and was tired, and I woke up Monday with a bruise and lots of fun symptoms like dizziness, nausea, headaches, etc., which annoyed me enough by Wednesday to finally go to the doctor. The diagnosis? “You have a mild concussion. Rest your brain.” No TV, no computer… pretty impossible. So the headaches are here to stay for a while.
  • To add insult to injury (quite literally, pun intended), silly me had an eye exam directly after being diagnosed with a concussion. This was my second eye exam ever in my short lifetime, and I’m pretty sure they never gave me the eye drops that make your vision blurry for two hours the first time around. So, I left the doctor, went to work, and strained my eyes for a while, giving myself the hugest headache known to man. Someone call the karma police, seriously, this is not in any way fair. 
  • Our lease is up at the end of March, and Jamie and I have no idea if we’re staying or going. That’s okay in New York though, it’s oddly hard to plan a move more than two weeks in advance because of how quickly apartments turn over, but the planner in me is FREAKING OUT.

 AWESOME

  • Everything “awesome” has to do with fitness today. Awesome #1: hot yoga (also awkward). I’m a super beginner at yoga and probably shouldn’t be doing it in normal temperatures, but I’ve started going to hot yoga once per week. I can’t do half the poses, and I have to leave the room once per class – I am admittedly not yet a yogi – but I absolutely love it. I think I could sit in child’s pose the whole 90 minutes and still sweat it out more than a normal workout.
  • Awesome #2: Pilates reformer. I’ve been taking classes for about three weeks and I’m pretty much addicted. If you’re not familiar, Pilates reformer is different from regular Pilates mat workouts. The reformer machine uses springs for resistance and really helps you achieve stretches and positions you cannot do on your own. My goal is to strengthen my core in order to improve other things such as my posture and running.

That’s all I’ve got this week. I feel pretty boring, so to compensate, here are some awesome pictures of the lovely Giovanna and me from last weekend, courtesy of Photobot 3000:

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Foodie Friday: Tri-Color Cookies (a.k.a. Venetians)

After a long week of shopping, wrapping, shopping, working, eating, drinking, and SHOPPING, I am finally sitting on my couch. This is a big deal, people! I don’t think I’ve seen this couch all week, and this is where my best blogging is done.

I do feel bad for neglecting the blog, but I’m sure you’ve all been just as busy, with very little time to read. I owe you a Foodie post. What better recipe to share right before the holidays than my favorite Christmas cookies?

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Venetians—also called tri-color cookies or rainbow cookies—are a family tradition, and no one in this world makes them better than my grandmother, Mary. They are not too difficult, but definitely time consuming. So if you’re interested in trying to make these at home, make sure you carve out a good half-day. Take your time and have fun!

Ingredients

  • 1 can almond paste
  • 3 sticks softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Food coloring : red, green, yellow
  • 12 oz. jar apricot preserves + 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 large bag semi sweet chocolate chips
  1. Grease  three 13×9 pans (cookie sheets)
  2. Line with wax paper & grease again
  3. Break up almond paste in large bowl, add butter, sugar, egg yolks and almond extract
  4. Beat with electric mixer until light and fluffy – 5 minutes
  5. Beat in flower and salt
  6. Beat egg whites until peaks form in a small bowl.
  7. With wooden spoon stir in almond mixture
  8. Divide into 3  bowls, add food coloring to each bowl: one red, green and yellow
  9. Add more food coloring for a brighter color
  10. Spread in to pans, bake 15 minutes, or until edges are golden
  11. Allow to cool, heat apricot preserves, strain & spread ½ of the warm preserves over green layer, spread to the edges. Put yellow layer on top and spread with remaining preserves. Put red layer on top of yellow
  12. Melt chocolate over hot water, add 2 drops of almond extract a few drops of water to desired consistency, should be on watery side, not thick, so that it’s easy to spread
  13. Spread on top using half of chocolate. Refrigerate. When chocolate is hard, turn upside down and spread remaining chocolate on top. Let dry 30 minutes in refrigerator

Cut into one-inch pieces, and enjoy!

 

Awkward & Awesome Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has to be, hands down, one of the best holidays ever. Who doesn’t enjoy a good feast with people you love? Most of my Thanksgivings have been spent at my parents’ or an uncle’s house, with my whole big, Italian family, cousins and all.

This year, I’m doing something different. And on that note, let’s dive into this week’s awkward and awesome.

AWKWARD

  • I’m hosting Thanksgiving today. In my shoebox Manhattan apartment. Ok, it’s just Jamie, his parents and me, so we’re not packed in liked sardines, but when the “what should we do for Thanksgiving this year?” conversation came up a few weeks ago, this was the farthest thought from my mind.
  • There is a 17-pound bird in my “easy bake oven.” Manhattan kitchens are miniature. I have a thin, short refrigerator, a dishwasher one-third the size of the one at my parents’ house, and my oven is…the size of a 17-pound turkey apparently. I’ll let you know how this works out. 
  • There is no hustle-bustle buzz. It feels so strange not being in a big house surrounded by my entire family.
  • No candied sweet potatoes for me. Candied sweet potatoes are my late grandfather’s specialty, and my mom has done a beautiful job of keeping the tradition alive. If there is any food item I am sentimental about, it’s them. Mom, if you’re reading this, I’m expecting you to save me leftovers!

AWESOME

  • I didn’t have to deal with traveling on the most traveled day of the year. After all of my horrendous run-ins with NJ Transit over the past three years, I am so very thankful to not be standing on any trains today.
  • I’m cooking (ok, helping cook) my first turkey – and really putting this kitchen to the test. I love cooking new things, and Jamie’s mom is a great teacher, so today will be fun.
  • I made stuffed mushrooms. Mmmm. Check ‘em out.
  • I’m with people I love, there’s food on the table, and I’m seeing my family this weekend. I’m thankful.

What are your thanksgiving traditions? Give me the awkward family stories, those are the best.

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market and Other NYC Holiday Shopping

Sing with me, “It’s the most wonderful timmmeee, of the yeeaarr…”

Yesterday I shot down to Williamsburg for some best friend time at the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market. My normal plan of attack for such events is to collect business cards of the shops I like and check out their websites or Etsy shops later. This is mostly because I hate carrying cash, so I was excited to see many vendors using Square to accept credit cards this year.  I, of course, still collected cards. Here are some of my favorite vendors from the event:

  • Gneiss Spice: Magnetic spice racks. Absolutely in love with these.
  • YardSale Press: Creative prints for your home.
  • T-WE: Amazing loose tea from San Francisco. I’m sipping some Madame Morocco right now.
  • A.HEIRLOOM: State-shaped wooden cutting boards. Can you imagine serving up hunks of cheese on a Wisconsin-shaped board? Love.
  • Georgia Varidakis Jewelry: Very unique pieces, I really want it all.
  • Jamie Lau Designs: Jamie said she sources her fabrics from Japan – the dresses are amazing, and she offers custom work.
  • Docksmith: Driftwood iPhone dock, anyone?

Unfortunately, the Renegade Craft Fair was this past weekend only, but you can find a full list of vendors on their website.

If you didn’t make it out, fret not – here are other NYC holiday markets you can check out:

Bust Holiday Craftacular
When:
December 1-2
Where: 82Mercer, 82 Mercer St, between Broome and Spring Streets

Union Square Holiday Market
When:
Starting today through December 24
Where: Union Square Holiday Market 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South

Artists & Fleas Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
When:
November 25 through December 9
Where: Artists & Fleas 70 North 7th St, between Wythe and Kent Streets

Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market
When:
Starts today through December 31
Where: Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave, at 16th St 

Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted Holiday Market
When:
November 24 through December 23
Where: One Hanson Place, 1 Hanson Pl, at Ashland Pl

Columbus Circle Holiday Market
When:
November 28 through December 24
Where: Columbus Circle Central Park South, at Central Park West

Grand Central Holiday Fair
When:
Now through December 24
Where: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall 42nd St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
When:
November 28 through January 6
Where: The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park Bryant Park, 42nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Astoria Market Holiday Markets
When:
December 1 through December 23
Where: Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave, between 29th and 31st Streets, Astoria

For more details on any of these markets you can visit Time Out New York.