‘‘Tis the Season For Gifting

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the Holiday Season is upon us! 🎁 Here are a two of my favorite gifting items this year.

Mantra Band A cute and trendy bangle bracelet that reminds you to be a “Warrior” or “Breathe”. I have one I wear all the time that reads : “She believed she could so she did”. What’s your mantra? Great for gifting your bestie to help her keep optimistic and positive. 👯

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This is a perfect Treat Yo Self’ gift. Fred and Far Self Love Pinky Ring.. I love these lil rings so much and I love the message behind it. It comes with a lil card that comes with a pledge to love yourself. It’s a beautiful ring that has an upside down triangle lab created stone. You can choose from sterling silver, yellow gold, or rose gold. If you love yourself put a ring on it. This is my first holiday being single ..pretty much ever. This product is big on Self love and self worth which a lot of women struggle with.

They also have a sale going on. No promo code needed.

Love Me Some Philly

I have made several trips out to Philly over the past few years. It’s close to NYC and it is truly a Foodie’s Paradise.

I tried a new spot out this time and went for Sonny’s to get my Philly Cheese steaks

Old City Beergarden that stood out on the street with a cool outdoor seating area and bar to grab a cold one on a hot day. They provide giant checkers, and bean bag toss for you to entertain yourself with.

Food Truck Mashup at Empire Casino

Poutine with Crab

Food Truck Mash up at the Yonkers Raceway Empire Casino in Yonkers NY ..

Gone are the days of The Westchester County Fair and Flea Markets..

Food trucks from NY and NJ came to compete for the title of Best Food Truck ..

Souvlaki Truck .. Grilled Cheese Truck ..Empanada Trucks..

and of course Westchester’s Fav hot dog spot Walter’s was there .. and won Best Food Truck

Grilled Cheese with Pulled Pork and Mac and Cheese. Soooo yummy!

This event was Family Friendly and there was Live Music

Over The Top Milkshake from Carnivale Food Truck .. Salted Caramel milkshake topped with a powdered sugar donut and whipped cream.. It was heavenly…

I’ll def be there next year it was like a lil Westchester Smorgasbord.

Fortina In YO

After eyeing Christian Petroni (chef and co-owner of Fortina’s) Instagram I was very happy to see a new location opening in Yonkers, NY (My hometown). It’s located in North Yonkers.. off North Broadway (behind the Apple Bees). They are revamping the area. A plush Blow is opening as well as a Taco Project..

Anyway, back to Fortina.. I was making dinner plans to head to the Stamford, CT location to get my fix. However, I received a last min invite to a soft opening in  Yonkers!!!! So best believe I was there..

They have Great parking! The building is super cool in an old industrial building. They did a great job on the inside. Lots of exposed brick and Grafitti/street art gives it a really hip vibe. You totally don’t feel like you are in Yonkers or in a Pizza restaurant. The servers and the staff are so attentive and friendly. I have yet to be in any other restaurant with such cool staff. It has a great open concept where you can see what is going on in the kitchen and bar area.

The food!! Their goal was for the food to taste as ahhhmazing at the other 3 locations and they have succeeded. The food is just as delicious as the other fabulous locations.

Wine and cocktails are top notch (same menu).

Pasta is perfectly al dente just how I like it!

Garlic bread is crusty and cheesy just how it should be with a side of Marinara.

The cannoli is stuffed with a surpirse (nutella). I find it to be much more heavenly tasting than the ones on Arthur Ave and Lil Italy.

Since it was the soft opening, the man himself Christian Petroni was there making the rounds. I got to chat him up a bit about his latest creation Fortina in Yonkers. He was giving us a rundown on the space and talking about the big garden that is going to be outside with a wood burning hearth. He has been a hard guy to get a hold of between this new project, the new Brooklyn location, and of course the birth of his first born child. He is such a great, friendly, and charismatic guy that you can’t help but want good things to happen for him.

Have you checked out Fortina in Yonkers yet ?!

They are officially open!

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Burger Joint- Le Parker Meridian

Great no thrills lil speak easy fast food joint inside the upscale Le Parker Meridian in New York City. Cash Only. You seat yourself .. ya gotta be quick to snag a table here! Lines are typically long and didn’t move as quick as I thought it woul.

Burger was super juicy and tastey ..I wanted another but didn’t want to be greedy.. French fries were also fresh and delicious. This place is zagat rated and comes up on a bunch of lists as best burger in NYC. Is it the best burger I ever had ? Nah. but it was up there and I loved to look around at all the old posters and scribbling on the walls.

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Da Burger joint

BLVD

BLVD …A Posh new Salon opened up in Scarsdale Village recently and I decided to check it out.

But It’s more than a typical Salon ..

It’s a multi brand beauty shop.

They offer nails, by Valley that offer awesome nail art that was once only found in NYC. My nail artist was Carol.

Dream dry offers blow outs ..waves… braids ..updo’s..anything you can think of! My girl Myra hooked me up with a side braid and waves. I wanted something different and something I couldn’t do on myself. I have tried so many times to watch you tube videos and braid it myself but i just couldn’t get it right. She was so friendly and easy to talk to. My hair was soooo fabulous when I left (runway ready).

My makeup was done by Nicole who was a sweetheart and I had a great chat with her as she was doing my makeup. I opted for a soft natural look with a bright lip. I’ll be using her for my next event 💁

They have iPads where you can sort thru images to find some inspiration on the look you are going for!

New clients get 20% off their first service

BLVD

12 chase rd

Scarsdale, NY 10583

Stay Beautiful !

Xo

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Unicorn Special🦄🦄

After seeing enough yummy instagram posts of this adorable looking icecream in a fish cone I caved. The Unicorn Special had my name written all over it (And I say I’m not Basic)!

I finally took the drive down there after eating at Beyond Sushi , another Fab place.

The place is Taiyaki, which is the name of the fish shaped cake that they put the ice cream in. The icecream is pretty basic yumminess but the fish cake was to die for. I was told the red bean makes it so yummy. It was soft and warm like a freshly baked cake. And that, paired with the icecream was amazing! I’m sure the line can get long..however I went on a weekday night.

Taiyaki NYC

119 Baxter St

New York, NY

SoJo SpaClub

After flooding the Instagram feed with my spa day pics I've had tons of people asking me about this new Spa that opened up in Edgewater, NJ.It was my birthday week so I decided to treat myself to a SpaDay

It's the first exit after crossing the George Washington Bridge. I made a big mistake in missing that exit!

You pull up to the place and they take your car and valet it..for free. A day pass to the spa on weekdays is $65 on the weekends it's $75. It has went up in price..I'm assuming due to popularity. I went on a Wednesday with my girlfriend. There wasn't much of a line and we quickly got in.

No outdoor food or drinks are permitted.

When you first enter u are given a locker to put your shoes in. No shoes are permitted inside. Outside only flipflops are permitted. 

Then you get in the elevator and proceed to the real locker room where you get your robe (free) and another bigger locker to keep all your stuff. They have showers and changing rooms. I threw my bathing suit and robe on and explored the grounds..

It was a gorgeous day so we spent most of the time outside in the baths. There was a silk bath and a foot massage path to walk thru. Along with hot tubs, saunas and a infiniti pool with views to die for.

They have other services to purchase such as massages, facials and the typical Spa offerings. I did not partake this time… But next time I def will.

There is also a children's area for kids but there weren't any that day. You can bring children and I'm not sure how I really feel about that…

They have a water slide but it was closed that day. Total Bummer.

We had lunch in a cute lil dining area. There was a small selection on the menu. We ordered Burrata and a salad along with tea. No Alcohol is served or permitted. They also have a food court that serves Asian food, ice cream and burgers. They also have a smoothie bar.

Overall it was a fabulous day. The service was ahhmazing. Everyone was super friendly and helpful.

I def enjoyed this place and will be back before the cold weather hits so I can take a trip down that slide!

All these opinions are my own. I do not get paid to write this.

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Stay Beautiful! Xo

 

SoFarSounds

I recently met a verrry cool person and she put me on to SoFarSounds. She told me she signed up for tickets to a secret music show in a secret garden in NYC. It Sounded Dope to me ..so I told her I was down.

She ended up getting two tickets and I'm very glad she did..

It was a gorgeous summer day in July and we got cool seats sitting on a wooden tree bench in a garden of a Church. The show was BYOB and we came prepared with two bottles of Ros'e. Lush Life.

There was three performers and they were all amazing.

Silvina Moreno from Argentina who sang in both Spanish and English and had a funky lil instrument that she played.

Adam  Ahuja was the second performer who played the keyboard and crooned so beautifully that he ended up on my IG story with heart eyes emoji's. How old am I again ?! Move over Justin Timberlake…He used audience participation to create a song that day which I thought was pretty Ahhmazing.

The last performer was Madison Mcferrin who sang very soulfully and had the whole audience nodding and swaying to her vibe.

After leaving this mini concert I wanted to buy all of their CD's and follow them all on Spotify.

Wanna check this out and try to get lucky and get tickets to these secret concerts check out SofarSound. They are all over the city and Brooklyn. FYI They do not tell you the exact location or details unless you get tickets to attend.

 

Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant

My love for good BBQ extends beyond the typical NY BBQ season. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, parks and backyards all across the state are full with hungry families wanting their fill of smoky good food. Luckily, in Portchester there is a BBQ joint that will satisfy your hunger all year round. It is named “Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant & Bar”. This place does come across as a typical hole in the wall style BBQ joint. However, it is a nice restaurant with plenty of seating and a full bar for you to enjoy your meal. I have tried several items on their menu. The stand-outs for me personally are the Chicken Wings and the Grilled Chicken Club sandwich.

Also, I have rated the items that I have tried on a scale of 1 to 5.

The ribs – 4/5

Collard greens- 4/5

Brisket- 3/5

Corn bread- 4/5

French fries- 4/5

Chicken wings- 5/5

Banana Pudding-3/5

Grilled Chicken Club-5/5

Mac-N-Cheese-2/5

House Smoke Sausage- 4/5


Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant and Bar

112 N Main St

Portchester, NY

-Ant Green