4.28.2017

Happy Day of Dialogue (Links!)



What is Day of Dialogue? In short, it's a day of truth in which open dialogue is encouraged throughout public schools and colleges. It began as a free-speech initiative that establishes a safe place for students to express their Christian views and discuss topics like marriage and sexuality in a loving, respectful way. Day of Dialogue is celebrated every year in April. If you are interested in participating, please sign up here.

How to make rose wine gummies at home. Genius!

Also, if you want to make your own Starbucks Unicorn Frappucino. Warning, you won't save any time or money. lol.

These cream cheese pancakes sound divine!

Sheryl Sandberg on the Myth of the Catty Woman

The best moments from Prince Williams and Princess Kate's royal wedding (Because they're still amazing!)

Interesting. A look at books with the word "girl" in the title

Looking forward to reading Phoebe Robinson's You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain 

while you're at it, check out Phoebe Robinson's profile on BuzzFeed

Whoa! Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is just $5 billion away from being the world's richest person

Mother's Day gift shop

4.25.2017

French Girls Swear By the De-Bloating Power of This Drink




Every culture has one. A drink or some type of diuretic dedicated to whittling the waistline. For the French, that miracle elixir is tisane (pronounced ti-zahn), a caffeine-free herbal drink. The most common type of tisane consists of mint, chamomile, verbena and rooibos.

Tisanes are often referred to as herbal teas, but in actuality, they're herbal infusions made from roots, berries and spices. Whereas real teas derive from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, an evergreen shrub native to Asia.

While teas usually take anywhere from two-to-three minutes to steep, tisanes could take upwards of 10 minutes to develop peak flavor. I'd take those few extra minutes over a bloated tummy, any day!

4.20.2017

A Quick Tip to Make Your Manicures Last Longer


Photo: here

I get more manicures during the warmer months, but often within three days, I start seeing signs of chipping. To make sure your next manicure lasts until your next salon appointment, try swiping a good quality topcoat over the tips of your nails every three days to seal in your color. And if you're pressed for time, dip your nails into a bowl of ice water to speed up the drying process.

4.18.2017

Boozy Ice Cream 'Barlour' Coming to NYC!


Are you ready to get ice cream wasted?

You can thank Melissa Tavss, ice cream sommelier and founder of Tipsy Scoop, for infusing your favorite wholesome treat with vodka, bourbon, tequila and other intoxicants like stouts and wines. Tipsy Scoop is a compound venue, featuring a bar and ice cream counter (barlour). Expect sinful flavors ranging from dark chocolate whiskey caramel and cake batter vodka martini to strawberry rhubarb bourbon and spiked hazelnut coffee.





Customers can choose from 15 classic flavors, including seasonal options that have yet to be determined. They can also get their buzz from ice cream sandwiches and an assortment of cakes and pies.


According to Tavss, each pint of her handmade artisanal ice cream contains five percent alcohol, so customers will need to show photo ID to make a purchase. Sorry kiddos! Each scoop will set you back $4.50, but you will be able to get discounted prices for double scoops at $6.50 — and four flavors for $10.50.

Currently, you can place an order on the Tipsy Scoop website or at retailers like Morton Williams, City Fresh Market and Whole Foods. They also sell to Sedutto NYC, an ice cream and yogurt shop on the upper east side. For her next project, Tavss is working on boozy toppings. Seems appropriate!

The barlour will be open for business May 7th from noon to 9:00 p.m. Hours of operations will be noon to 10:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 9:00 p.m on Sundays. The first 25 patrons on opening day will receive $1 ice cream scoops and the first 50 will be gifted with either free tank tops or tote bags.






Photos: Tipsy Scoop
Tipsy Scoop
Where: 217 East 26th Street (near Third Avenue)

4.14.2017

Happy Easter Sunday! (Links)



Easter is the holiest day in the Christian calendar. It signals the resurrection of Christ from the dead — following his crucifixion. But I feel like the true significance of Easter is often lost. Like many other holidays, it has become a time of self-indulgence. So much of the focus around Easter goes to frivolous activities like buying pastel-colored outfits, planning easter egg hunts, and consuming a ton of candy.

According to the National Confectioner's Association, Easter is the second most candy-consuming holiday of the year — next to Halloween. Americans are expected to spend a record $18.4 billion this Easter!

As much as I like snacking on peeps, for me, Easter is a time for self-reflection. What does it mean to you?

Also, do you have any plans this weekend? my mom will be making her version of the feast of the seven fishes this Sunday— it's more like the feast of five fishes ;) Oh, and I'm making my spicy buttered shrimp. See the recipe, here.

And, some random links around the web...

What a reaction!

Jeffrey and Ina Garten are so stinkin' cute

The Christian history and development of Easter

No ladies, yogurt does not cure yeast infections! but according to this video, a clove of garlic might do the trick. Um, no thanks...

You're definitely not the only person googling World War III

I'm trying this easy Coachella-inspired braid updo this weekend

The 100 best snacks of all time! I ate #99 every day in junior high school. LOL!

A sweet moment between a father and daughter

One behavior separates the successful from the average

5 tips that make you better in bed, according to science
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4.13.2017

This One Thing May Help You Procrastinate Less




There are many noted benefits to taking a daily shower,  some of which include improved circulation in the limbs, stress reduction and a boost in the immune system. According to a study in the Journal of the Public Library of Science, showers may also jump-start work productivity, which may lead to a decrease in procrastination. If you dread big projects at work or at school, you might want to think of tackling them on a clean slate. 

4.11.2017

This Ingredient Yields the Tastiest Guacamole


Guacamole is one of my favorite spreads, and I've tasted my fair share of the mashed treat over the years — albeit, some tastier than others. I'm always looking for ways to add nuance and complexity to the classic recipe. So when I heard adding just a dab of mayonnaise yields a creamier batch, I just had to try it for myself. Try it, I did. I also find that the addition of mayo creates a more well-rounded flavor profile. Check out my revved up guacamole recipe below — trust me when I say, It's far from mediocre ;)

Photo: Epicurious
Recipe (2-4 servings)

You'll need:

2 ripe avocados — use this trick to determine overall ripeness
1 medium red or white diced onion (you can substitute shallots if you have them)
1 tsp. of black pepper
2 cloves of garlic, smashed (use mortar and pestle)
1/2 lime or lemon juice (I prefer lime)
2 tbsp. of chopped cilantro
1 scotch bonnet pepper, finely diced (you can use serrano or jalapeno peppers if you prefer)
2 tsp. of salt (or more to taste)
1/2 tbsp. of mayonnaise
Tortilla chips, to serve

Directions:

Use a fork to mash avocados in a large bowl. Add lime juice first to keep avocados from turning brown (note: in my experience, lime juice will keep avocados vibrant for maybe and hour or two). Incorporate diced onions, peppers, garlic, cilantro, salt and mayonnaise into the batch. Mix well and enjoy with tortilla chips.

Check out my previous post about how to keep guacamole green, longer.

Also, did you know guacamole dates back to the 1500s?

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