Thursday, June 27, 2013

New York Gourmet Coffee Giveaway!!


I was so thrilled to find the New York Gourmet Coffee company at the 2012 Coffee and Tea Festival in NYC. I am a huge coffee fan and just love to find unique flavors. They roast their coffee daily therefore what you receive is the freshest, most yummy coffee available!! 
In addition to their flavors, they also have available signature blends like Breakfast Blend, Kona Style, House Blend, Organic Special Blend and Mocha Java. 

They were a pretty busy place at the coffee and tea festival in New York City. When I started to read the flavors, I nearly went insane. Here are some of the interesting ones: 

Cinnamon Cappuccino, Mae's Fudge Brownie, Holiday Sugar Cookie, Apple Strudel,  Cookies-N-Cream, Vanilla Toasted Coconut, Eggnog, Chocolate Banana, Icing On The Cake, Vanilla Blueberry. 

I have tried quite a few flavors and they are so wonderful. You really taste the name of each one and you can tell the coffee is fresh roasted. If you are a coffee lover, you need to try this brand. Sooner than later !! 



OUR FABULOUS GIVEAWAY 

(2) 12 oz. bags of your choice from these selections:  
click on each type of coffee & it will take you to their website 



REQUIRED ENTRY(MUST BE A BLOG FOLLOWER)
Be a Google Friend Connect follower OR an Email Subscriber via Feedburner....leave a comment. Tell me which 2 coffees you would like to try should you win the giveaway. 

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I need to be able to contact you should you be the lucky winner, so please be sure I can email you or I will need to choose another winner.

Details: This giveaway is open to US Residents and will remain open until July 5th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Any comments left after this time will not be counted. The winner will be selected randomly and will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. 
Good Luck to Everyone!!



FTC Disclosure:  
I have not received any monetary compensation for posting this content and I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein. NY Gourmet Coffee will be providing this giveaway to the winner. 
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Photo Gallery Thursday " Gorgeous Glass at the Met"


These beautiful pieces were found walking around the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I am so in love with this type of work, the colors just make me smile. How great would these be in your home? 

Lamp

Boston & Sandwich Glass Company  (1825–1888)

Date:
1850–67
Geography:
New England, Sandwich, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Blown and cut glass
Dimensions:
H. 19 in. (48.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1967
Accession Number:
67.7.23



Lamp

Possibly Boston & Sandwich Glass Company  (1825–1888)

Artist:
Possibly New England Glass Company (1818–1888)
Date:
1850–60
Geography:
New England, Sandwich, Massachusetts, United States; New England, East Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Blown and cut glass, marble, brass
Dimensions:
H. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart P. Feld, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.534


Lamp

Date:
1843–55
Geography:
United States; New England, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Blown, cut, and engraved glass; marble
Dimensions:
H. 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lenox, Incorporated Gift, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.141


The Met has a good amount of their collections online, and I was thrilled to be able to find the information on these gorgeous works of art for you. When in New York City, do find the time to stop by the Met and see what they have on display. You will never be disappointed. 



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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

YoArt Yogurt Boutique

We are now visiting YoArt, a yogurt boutique, in the fabulous Plaza Hotel Food Hall. I was so excited to try it as heard really great reviews and I love yogurt!
YoArt offers 12 flavors each day, you can follow them on twitter for daily updates. The flavors including non-fat/low-fat flavors, a no-sugar- added option, a sorbet, an original tart, a Greek yogurt and Eloise Strawberry, an exclusive Food Hall flavor in honor of The Plaza's favorite guest. Most flavors are gluten-free and all are teeming with four strains of probiotics, which help maintain a healthy digestive system. 
You can taste the flavors before you decide to see which one you like the best. You can also mix flavors if you wish, I believe Peanut Butter and Coconut were my choice.  
 YoArt also offers over 90+ high-end toppings, including organic granola, champagne cordials, pure chocolate sprinkles, fresh whipped cream, and organic fruit (when available).  
If you cannot find a topping here you like, there is something really wrong with you. The selection is mind-blowing!  
Fresh fruit looked so yummy !  
The very long list of flavors with nutrition information  
My choice with mini peanut butter cups and sprinkles. Everything tastes better with sprinkles! The flavor of this yogurt was so true, and intense I really enjoyed it very much. You help yourself to how much you want and then they weigh it which is how you are charged. 

Each quarter, YoArt will donate 1% of sales to a local charity, in an effort to support the community and unite people around important causes. Their first supported charity will be City Harvest, which collects and serves food to the hungry. I find that to be a wonderful idea, and I highly suggest you visit when in The Plaza Food Hall. Next flavor I must try is Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie. I cannot seem to get that out of my mind. 


YoArt Frozen Yogurt Boutique is located in The Plaza Food Hall, on the concourse level of The Plaza Hotel in New York City. For more information, please visit them on facebook and twitter!! And in person, of course!! Hours are Monday thru Sunday 11am to 930pm.

Today's Words of Wisdom: Be Lovable 



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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Photo Gallery Tuesday " A Cartier Ring"


Founded in Paris, France in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, the company remained under family control until 1964. The company maintains its headquarters in Paris and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA.

The Solitaire Cartier collection began in 1895 and have been well sought after ever since. A classic ring for the lady who has the utmost style. 
Cartier is well known for its exquisite jewellery and wrist watches, including the "Bestiary" (best illustrated by the Panthère brooch of the 1940s created for Wallis Simpson), the diamond necklace created for Bhupinder Singh the Maharaja of Patiala and the first practical wristwatch, the "Santos," of 1904.
Cartier has a long history of sales to royalty and celebrities. King Edward VII of England referred to Cartier as "the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers." For his coronation in 1902, Edward VII ordered 27 tiaras and issued a royal warrant to Cartier in 1904. Similar warrants soon followed from the courts of Spain, Portugal, Russia, Siam, Greece, Serbia, Belgium, Romania, Egypt, Albania, Monaco and the House of Orleans. **




**information taken from Wikipedia

It is always fun to peek in the Cartier windows, and in their Fifth Avenue store, where a girl can always dream.



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Monday, June 24, 2013

Sunday at the Met

We are back at my most favorite museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I cannot be more thrilled to say I am approved press for this distinguished museum. One of the places that started my obsession with New York City, being taken here as a child by my godmother and just being in awe of the place. I am still in awe when I walk inside because it just has such presence. 

One of the great features they offer is "Sunday at the Met" where you attend various lectures on diverse subjects. They are usually included in your admission price, which is fabulous. 

Last June, I was able to attend a fashion inspired one with Iris Apfel and Tavi Gevinson. Here is the lovely post, along with my original photographs, from a "Sunday at the Met". Enjoy !!  

The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts sit-down conversations with top fashion society for celebration of the Costume Institute’s exhibit. I was fortunate enough to attend this event as press for this blog, however these conversations are free to the public with Metropolitan Museum admission which is just fabulous. 
This past Sunday June 17, the New Yorker writer Judith Thurman, who wrote the article Radical Chic: Schiaparelli, Prada, and clothes on the cutting edge”, as well as wrote the introduction to the book which accompanies the exhibit, moderated the discussion between Iris Apfel & Tavi Gevinson called “Good Taste/Bad Taste: The Evolution of Contemporary Chic,”.


What does it mean to be chic in the 21st century? This was my first time attending one of these "conversations" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. The place was pretty crowded considering it was Father's Day and as gorgeous as heck outside. The crowd was very mixed of all ages, which shows the depth these 2 style icons display, at ages 90 and 16 respectively. 

For those who need a little history of these two, in a brief summary:
Tavi Gevinson: American fashion blogger who rose to "fame" at age 13 with the blog "The Style Rookie"  being invited to New York Fashion Week as a special guest. At age 15 she founded "Rookie Magazine".
Iris Apfel: born August 29, 1921. Ran a textile firm with her husband, Carl, Old World Weavers from 1948 to 1992. Interior designer, fashion icon to all ages and leading lady of style.  

The way these two were connected is quite interesting. Iris was 16 (Tavi's age now) when Schiaparelli designed some of her best work, such as the famous lobster dress. 



Both of these ladies transcend time with their style. The first question was how they put themselves together today for the event. What does personal style mean? Tavi said "it really is about how I feel that day. " Tavi showed so much poise and maturity for a girl of 16, I am sure with her father (and mother) sitting in the audience, it made them very proud. “What’s sad to me is when fashion can become a source of stress. The idea of it ever becoming something that is stressful or a burden is terrifying to me,” she said. “It can be a really nice outlet.” Iris, was quite a dynamo at the young age of 90. "There are no rules or regulations. You should pursue your own fancy". “I think the really important thing is to not give a damn about what anyone else thinks,” she quipped. “If someone else didn’t like how I put myself together, it was their problem, not mine.” "You should relax and have fun with fashion". 

The conversation then turned to Prada & Schiaparelli themselves. The moderator, Judith Thurman, called them the mothers of surrealist fashion and the ugly/beautiful aesthetic that is the hallmark of so many fashion houses today. Tavi spoke about Prada’s point of view versus the points of view of other designers. “So many of Prada’s clothes feel like they exist in a vacuum that’s sort of outside of cultural references,” . “So many of her ideas are just very basically about human nature, and that’s interesting to me, too…She’s interested in the back because that’s a part where a person is sort of like an animal, or she talks about power, and I guess very much the way things feel.”
The next discussion was about whether there is revelance of taste good or bad. Tavi stated "It is irrivelant, as what appeals to someone, may not to another, everyone is different". "A sense of humor about style is needed, and you should be too busy to not care what people are thinking if they feel you are dressed in bad taste". Iris stated there is so much more freedom now for young people. There were no "vintage" shops in her day. Personal style is not easy to find. Iris said her nephew told her that morning a great quote, she wasn't sure where it came from, "Personal style is a curiosity  about one's self". "You cannot be trendy and have personal style". " I do not live to be trendy." Iris was one of the first women to wear jeans in the 1940's in Wisconsin and had to purchase them from the local Army and Navy store!!  "Personal style is a way to create your own fantasty", Tavi stated. Fantasy is powerful, so try little bits at a time instead of all at once. 
They were asked who their favorite designers were and Tavi stated Meadham Kirchoff, Rodarte, Creatures of the Wind, and Prada. Iris mentioned Ralph Rucci "I wish I could afford to wear more of his clothes" & Dries Van Noten who once said he doesn't have a specific woman in mind because that would be too limiting. And because she is an avowed accessory "nut", she prefers architectural clothes with "good lines and good fabric" "I keep and wear my things for years. I am very loyal to my clothes".
The topic of “mutant fashion” came up — clothing that essentially changes the shape of the body — and the “mad scientists of couture” such as McQueen and Martin Margiela, Apfel had no problem saying exactly how she felt. “Schiaperelli worked on clothes, she worked on a woman’s body. I think some of these other things are absolutely insane,” she said.  ”I see no sense to pay a fortune and end up looking like a freak…Basically, no matter how far out you want to be I think a woman still wants to look attractive.” She then added, “I can look ugly on my own and it won’t cost me a penny!” 
Tavi said she is in her pj's by 3pm after school at home and Iris loves wearing jeans around the house. It sounds like they both have a fondness for comfort when being at home which we all can relate to. 
Good fashion is good performance art. You assume a persona depending on the outfit you choose. Tavi stated " it is a way to escape who I am". 
The subject then turned to feminism and beauty. Tavi stated feminism is about freedom, She stated their is more freedom in fashion than in beauty. Iris talked about how it is very hard as you age due to the make-up ads showing all young people. Someone over a certain age cannot look like those models.  Iris did touch on the new ads with Ellen DeGeneres and Diane Keaton, showing how beautiful women of any age can be. There should be more of those in the industry. 
A wonderful thought mentioned was women should be dressing to be desirable to one's self. 
The last question was "What type of show would you like to see at the Met?" "How would you curate a show here"? Ageism is a terrible thing. Tavi stated she and Iris were fans of the "Advanced Style" blog and now book by Ari Seth Cohen and would like to see something of that theme. Iris also stated it would be great to show fashion as healing. At the end, the audience was allowed to come to the stage and ask questions of these lovely ladies, and many of them took the fabulous opportunity. 
What I took away from this amazing conversation is that you have to be your own person. You cannot worry about what others think, you have to be original. You cannot be afraid of doing what you feel will make you happy. If you want to paint your fingernails all different colors, do so. If you want to wear 2 different shoes, (Schiaparelli did this), go right ahead. I think you can apply this to everyday life as well as fashion. If you pursue your passions, you will be a content person. 
I would like to thank Tavi, Iris and the Met for this confidence building event. They are hoping to have the talk on video on their website, so be on the lookout when you are visiting the site. 
  



You can view listings HERE for the current "Sunday at the Met" schedule. 




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Friday, June 21, 2013

The Doors of Chelsea

The one thing you hear about New York City is "it has so much character" over and over. The dictionary says character is The Mental and Moral Qualities Distinctive to an Individual (or place) and The Distinctive Nature of Something. That is one great way to describe New York City. When you walk some of the fabulous neighborhoods, like the Upper East Side, or Chelsea, you see this wonderful character everywhere. The amazing brownstones, which have been around for decades, are an architectural wonder. Here are some of my shots as I walked around Chelsea, with my camera in hand, enjoying the view of these most fabulous doors!! 



















the fabulous Art Deco New York Telephone Company building for Bell Telephone 

I also love the wrought iron designs on the doorsteps. The flower boxes add more charm as well. Have you visited Chelsea? Be sure to go down some of the side streets, to appreciate some of these lovely views!!

If you enjoyed this post, please check out my Doors of the Upper East Side on this very blog!! 

Today's Words of Wisdom: A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart. Frank Lloyd Wright 



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