Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bank of America 2014 Winter Village at Bryant Park

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

One of my most FAVE places during the holiday season, is the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. You have fabulous shops, food and ice skating priced better for the wallet. It is really such a lovely place, right in the heart of the city. Please do consider stopping by if you have never been as it's a must see! 

The Holiday Shops

October 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015

The Holiday Shops include more than 125 boutique-like shops offering exquisite gift ideas from distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more. There's something for everyone – adults, kids, and even pets.
The Holiday Shops are laid out along the park's allees and terraces, & housed in Bryant Park's own custom-designed kiosks.

The Rink
October 21, 2014 – March 1, 2015

Monday - Sunday: 8am – 10pm 

Holiday Shops
October 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Monday - Friday: 12pm – 8pm

Saturday: 10am – 9pm

Sunday: 10am – 6pm 

October 21, 2014 – March 1, 2015
Monday - Friday: 12pm – 10pm

Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 10pm

All hours weather permitting

Today's Words of Wisdom: Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual. Angela Carter

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Bantam Bagels Review

I was contacted by Bantam Bagels a few months back to see if I wanted to give them a try. I am a bagel lover, but try not to eat too many due to all the carbs and calories. These bagel balls, with various fillings, are a great way to enjoy a bite of a bagel, without eating the whole thing. I thought they were a great idea. The bagels were tasty, however, I thought the fillings could have been a bit more pronounce. They are also available on QVC which has a very large gourmet food inventory. Here is some more info on these little guys for you: 

- Bantam Bagels, mini filled bagels, that have changed New Yorkers perspective on the classic New York City bagel, announced nationwide shipping. Different than any other New York bagel, these bite sized  wonders known as "Bantams," are filled instead of topped, allowing for easy eating on-the-go. The brand has been changing the way New Yorkers bagel since opening their first location in the West Village last September. With their new shipping model in place,  anyone in the US will have a chance to bite into New York City's most beloved Bleecker Street "mini filled bagel balls" The new online ordering system can be accessed on the Bantam Bagels website, www.bantambagels.com.

 Bantam is offering Direct To Consumer (DTC) variety packs of 6 flavors that will be available for national shipping. The "DTC" flavors will include: The Classic, which is a plain bagel filled with plain cream cheese; Everybody's Favorite, an everything bagel  filled with freshly chopped vegetable cream cheese; Hot Pretzel, a pretzel bagel topped with sea salt and filled with Dijon mustard and sharp cheddar cream cheese; Grandma JoJo, an Italian spiced bagel filled with fresh basil pesto cream cheese; Cookies &  Milk, a brown sugar walnut bagel with a sweet chocolate chip cream cheese and French Toast, a cinnamon nutmeg egg bagel filled with a buttery, maple syrupy cream cheese. The "DTC" flavors will be shipped frozen to customers along with instructions on how to  heat them up. Customers can purchase the 3 dozen variety packs for $35.95 (plus shipping) with a 10% discount when using the promo code "bitethehole." Husband and wife, Nick and Elyse Oleksak, from Brooklyn New York, are the owners and inventors of the esteemed  Bantam. "Our goal with Bantam Bagels was to take something that's iconic, delicious, and indulgent, and present it in a new and exciting way. We're focused on changing the way people think and feel about bagels and are excited to share what we have created in New York City, to households all over the US," said Elyse. "Everyone knows New Yorkers love their bagels and that is a big part of why we decided to start our business here. New York is known for its bagels. We now have the opportunity to share NYC's most
 iconic food staple, with people across the country," said Co-Owner and Founder Nick Oleksak. Bantam Bagels will also be launching a complete rebrand at the beginning of the month which will include a new logo and website layout. Bantam will soon announce details of this rebrand, which marks another exciting period for Bantam Bagels! 

ABOUT BANTAM BAGELS Bantam \ 'ban-tuhm \ Bagels produces fresh, filled, artisanal bagel balls known as “Bantams.” Different than any other New York bagel, Bantams are filled instead of
 topped, allowing for on-the-go, guilt-free eating. With Bantam Bagels you can enjoy your beloved crispy, chewy, perfectly baked New York bagel in a unique miniature version. Baked fresh every day, and with a variety of delicious cream cheese and bagel combinations  to choose from, Bantam's guilt-free morsels allow you to taste multiple flavors in one sitting without feeling guilty about eating too much of a great thing. Bantam Bagels offers a big flavor for the price of a small indulgence. For more information please  visit, Bantam Bagels

Disclaimer: I was provided this product for this review. My opinions are my own.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Christie's to Auction Joan Fontaine Collection

New York – Christie’s is honored to announce Property from the Award Winning Actress, Joan Fontaine. Cultivated by the Hollywood silver screen legend, this collection boasts great examples of over 100 lots of fine art, silver, furniture, jewelry, and the 1941 Academy Award she won for Best Actress in Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion. To be offered across four auctions, between New York and Hong Kong, the collection is expected to achieve in excess of $1 million. The proceeds of this collection will benefit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Monterey County, CA.

Thanks to Miss Fontaine's planning and compassionate legacy, animals rescued by the SPCA will receive love, healing, and placement in the lifelong homes they deserve,” says SPCA Executive Director Gary Tiscornia. “This generous donation and the publicity it generates will help thousands of animals and inspire others to donate, adopt, volunteer, and learn more about the SPCA. We are truly grateful for Miss Fontaine’s kindness to the animals of Monterey County and for compassionately sharing the mission of the SPCA.”

Joan Fontaine ascended to the ranks of aspiring RKO starlets to an Academy Award winning legend, a favorite of directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and the inspiration for countless young women seeking to make it big on the silver screen. At 18 years old, Ms. Fontaine signed a contract with RKO Pictures, and debuted opposite Joan Crawford in the 1935 picture No More Ladies. Ms. Fontaine’s screen presence increased throughout the 1930s and received her first leading role in the 1940 film Rebecca, an adaptation of the bestselling Daphne du Maurier novel of the same name. Rebecca earned Ms. Fontaine her first Academy Award nomination.

In 1941, Ms. Fontaine appeared opposite Cary Grant as the beleaguered wife in another Hitchcock film, Suspicion. The performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress, making Ms. Fontaine the youngest winner in the category at that time and the only performer to ever receive an Oscar for a Hitchcock film. 

Ms. Fontaine was a loyal advocate of the SPCA for Monterey County, where she adopted the dogs she lovingly referred to as, “my dear, dear babies.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bergdorf Goodman Windows September 2014

The iconic Bergdorf Goodman is always a place where I have to check out the windows. These were from September of this year, and the fashion, style and window design are just fabulous! Let's take a peek, shall we ? 
Plaid is always fashionable! 

Such a fun coat! 

love love love these shoes!! 

I hope you enjoyed this view of Bergdorf's windows. Before you know it, I will be going in to shoot the holiday windows! The time is just flying by so quickly, but I look forward to see what they have in store for us for Holiday 2014!!

Today's Words of Wisdom: "I am not a trender. I am ahead of the trend." -Betty Halbreich. Bergdorf Goodman's Best Personal Shopper

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Photo Gallery Thursday "Halloween at Papyrus"

I recently popped in the city, and in my favorite store, Papyrus. If you have never been in one, they are really fabulous for fancy, unique cards and stationary items. They are just an ultimate stationary store. They had these 2 cuties for the Halloween season, I was very tempted to purchase both, but I am not in need of Halloween decor. I don't know which one is cuter? Are you big on decorating for the Halloween season? I can't believe it is the middle of October already. Where did the time go? Hope your Thursday is a most fabulous one!! 

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