Always Lots to Do in the Big Apple

This past weekend (since I didn’t work today I guess it is currently still the weekend to me), was incredibly busy and filled to the brim with fun activities and friends. Between a housewarming party, a going-away party and lots of champagne, my nights started early and ended late.

Saturday afternoon was filled with a delicious and filling brunch with some girl friends (I was VERY hungry and ordered something called “The Lumberjack Breakfast”) and visiting The Forbes Gallery. One aspect that I love about New York City, is that there is always something to do here, and although the city is more expensive than most, often you can find cheap or free things in which to partake. The Forbes Gallery is in the lobby of the of the Forbes Magazine building and is free. I saw a posting that there is currently an exhibit about jewelry and needed to check it out. Although I enjoyed the costume jewelry exhibit, my favorite art currently on display there is the work of Ronald Searle. I had never heard of Searle before Saturday, but was enraptured by his technique and creativity.

One of my favorite images from the exhibit (image via ronaldsearle.blogspot.com)

For more examples of Searle’s work, you can visit ronaldsearle.blogspot.com. This visit was the first step in my plan to doing something cultural at least once a month.

Sunday was filled with two very contrasting activities- watching football and watching The Golden Globes. Watching the Jets play at any bar in New York City right now is a crazy and exciting experience in itself. With every score the crowd went wild and J-E-T-S was chanted constantly (mostly led by my friends- what can I say… we’re loud). After the game, we relocated to watch The Globes. I was most excited about the wins of Glee and Melissa Leo, the mother from The Fighter who looks incredibly different when not in character. I also did not mind catching glimpses of Ryan Gosling in the audience. Later this week I will share my best dressed picks.

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and is enjoying their MLK Jr. Day. Stay warm!


5 Things On My Mind This Week

Happy Monday everyone! After being sick in bed for the majority of last week, I am actually excited to be back at work! For those of you who do not feel the same way, I suggest you make a list of 5 things on your mind or 5 things you are excited about in the upcoming week or weeks. Here is what’s currently on my mind:

1. Reading- On Saturday, I spent much of the beautiful day outside at the Farmer’s Market in Union Square where I was able to buy some delicious tomatoes and spend time with some friends. When our feet grew tired, one friend and I ventured into Barnes and Noble to check out the new book selection and sit down for a little while. I just love how you can sit in the middle of the floor in a bookstore and no one thinks anything of it. While perusing the book shelves, I came across a book I forgot I wanted to read- Blow By Blow. This tells the story of Isabella Blow by her husband Detmar Blow. Isabella, among other things, discovered Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy and also served as their muse before shockingly committing suicide in 2007. Needless to say, this chic book is a must-read for any fashionista.

2. The Sparkling New Clutch from Banana Republic- Sunday was spent watching the Dolphins play football and shopping in Soho. As the day went on and grew colder and colder, my friend and I ran from store to store and ducked in Banana Republic to check out their winter apparel and see if we could take advantage of their 30% percent off sale. Sadly, I could not find the sweater I was looking for but we did come across this fabulous new clutch perfect for a night out in New York City.

Photo via bananarepublic.com

3. Home Decor- I am all moved in to my new apartment but there is still so much to be done! I still need to hang all my wall decor in my room and invest in a few new pieces. I want to buy a pretty chalkboard to brainstorm new ideas for my blog and lots of frames to hang pictures like this one of my family and myself:

My Family

4. Glee- This week’s guest star is Gwenyth Paltrow! So excited to see her performance.

5. Countdown to Thanksgiving Break- Since I live so far away from home, I am very THANKFUL to be able to fly to Ohio next week. I will get to spend time with family, friends and, for the first time ever, compete in a cousin-on-cousin competition. Many of our cousins (myself included) claim to be the best in the family at Friends trivia. This Thanksgiving, we will see who really knows the most of the ten seasons. The winner, of course, wins a beef trifle.


Kurt Loves Tiaras As Much As I Do

Shockingly to everyone that knows me, I never established myself as a Gleek when Glee debuted on TV last season. I grew up performing on the stage professionally and amateurly from the time I was a tiny little girl in a sparkling (and chic) pink and silver fabulous tap dancing tutu ensemble. I continued to perform singing, dancing, acting and basically loving an audience until I went off to college (ok, I still love an audience, lets be honest, I just make my friends and fam pay attention to me now rather then people buying tickets). Understandably, I should be Glee’s biggest fan, but I have a hard time getting hooked on new shows because I feel it is SUCH a time commitment and I have no idea where I might be on any given week during that time slot (yes, I have DVR and understand the concept, but still).

Anyway, this week I moved into a new apartment and am not even close to being unpacked yet. My tv is still at my friend’s apartment so last night to entertain myself while I should have been unpacking and making my new loft sparkly and chic, I downloaded numerous eps of Glee. I had watched two reruns a few weeks ago and was intrigued.

I AM HOOKED. This show made me want to go audition for Broadway (or off-Broadway… off-off-Broadway??? I am a little out of practice) stat. I love the characters and they remind me so much of the people I know from the theatre company I spent a lot of time with growing up. We had the divas- which I may or may not have been one- the guys that did theatre and also were jocks, the gay boys that love tiaras as much as I do and every other type of fab stereotype on the show.

I recommend this show to everyone, even if you’re not a child who grew up living out their dreams on stage. If nothing else, Mr. Schu and Puck are fabulous to look at. With that, I will leave you with a clip of Puck singing. This clip is a song I love love love, as does any Wisco football fan, as it is one of our favorite songs to sing during games. Enjoy and if you don’t watch, catch the show on itunes so you’ll be all ready for when it comes back next season!