OMG I love this song! Young The Giant, “My Body”

I first heard Young The Giant when I caught a rerun of the MTV video music awards.  “Your Body”  is catchy and energetic, and there’s something very optimistic about it that  makes me want to go out and seize the day!

Retail Therapy: Cyber Monday

When it comes to Black Friday, people seem to love it or hate it. I have friends who scour the web for weeks, and wake up at the crack of dawn in search of a bargain, and others who avoid the mall like the plague. Personally, there’s never been anything I’ve needed desperately enough to warrant a 4am wake-up call, but I do love the excitement of the day!  I love going to the mall and being a part of the hustle and bustle. It makes for great people watching too (I feel the same way about airports, but that’s a discussion for another time!).  Friday, I woke up to the sun shining, enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with my extended family, and hit the mall with my sister around 10am.  We were in and out in under two hours, and made it back in time for a lunch of delicious Thanksgiving leftovers. Whether you’d rather brave the crowds, or shop online in your PJ’s, here are some of my shopping picks. Perfect to treat yourself and those you love!

Vacu Vin Party People glass markers

I love having friends over and hosting parties. I have been on the hunt for wine charms, to help distinguish each guest’s glass, and just came across these Party People glass markers. In addition to being brightly colored and fun (the Party People each have names such as Devilish, Cuddly, and Mysterious), they are attached with suctions,  instead of traditional wine stem rings, allowing them to be used with cups and glasses of all kinds. $7.47  for 12 on

Crate & Barrel Parker Bowl Set

With bowls this festive, I don’t mind spending time in the kitchen! This set of five bowls are vibrant in color, and nest within each other, for easy storage. Regularly $36.95, on sale through Sunday for just $24.95 at Crate & Barrel.

Banana Republic Deco Barette

Sparkly things always make me happy! This barette from Banana Republic offers the right amount of shine and sophistication. An easy way to dress up an everyday look, or as the finishing touch when you’re getting glammed up.  $25.00 at Banana Republic, with an additional 30% off through Monday with promo code HUGECYBER.

Isotoner smarTouch Gloves

Like most people these days, I’m addicted to my smartphone. I also have very cold hands! These smarTouch Gloves from Isotoner are the perfect solution. The fingertips of these gloves have conductive fibers, which carry signals to your smartphone screen, so your hands can stay warm at the same time. Available in both men’s and women’s styles, in a wide selection of colors. Totes-Isotoner, $21.00-$37.80.

Yankee Candle, large jar candles

I’ve always been a fan of Yankee Candles. They envelope the entire room in fragrance, and make you feel warm and cozy. My favorite scents for the season are Macintosh, Pumpkin Spice, and Vanilla Cookie. Available at Yankee Candle  for $25.99 each, or  buy two get one free with promo code SAVE.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

With cold weather comes dry skin. Enter the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. It moisturizes and protects with a mild, sweet scent, and feels amazing. Available in multiple sizes,  the 1 oz is the perfect size to throw into your bag when you’re on the go. Just $10.00 at L’Occitane.

What were your Black Friday shopping finds?

Miss Shirley’s

If you find yourself in Charm City, stop by Miss Shirley’s for brunch, hon!


Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s the perfect time to remember all the blessings in our lives and develop an

attitude of gratitude. This year I’m particularly thankful to have the opportunity to follow my dreams, and to have the support of my amazing friends & family. What are you most thankful for this year?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Beakers and Bourbon

Cocktails with a side of science? Yes please! Friday night, my friend Manj, the purveyor of cool, planned a night out at Slightly Oliver, the UWS’s newest gastropub. I knew I’d be in good hands when I saw the scientific labware setup in the back.
Our server suggested that I try the Sailor’s Punch, a concoction of rum, bitters, allspice, and a slice of apple. A festive cocktail, perfect for the holiday season. Tastes like Christmas in a cup!

Despite the extensive menu of specialty drinks, I stuck with Christmas for the night.  Amongst other things, my friends tried the Bolliwood Punch and the Goblin Punch, both of which had bold, unique flavors.  The space itself was well decorated, with high ceilings, brickwork, mood lighting, and of course, the aforementioned laboratory. The DJ enhanced the vibe, playing an eclectic mix of rock, 80’s and British tunes. I think I’ve just found my new favorite hangout spot!

What’s your favorite neighborhood bar?