Lifeway Frozen Kefir Giveaway

As the weather gets sunnier and the temperature gets hotter, we look for things to cool us down and sometimes (most of the time), we tend to ignore healthier foods and snacks and go for taste, well thanks to Lifeway Kefir, we can combine healthy snacking with yummy keep-you-cool snacking. Lifeway Frozen Kefir is an extra-healthy, probiotic, 90-calories-per-serving frozen yogurt alternative from Lifeway Foods, Inc. that provides the amazing benefits of Kefir’s 10 live and active probiotic cultures (up to three times more than yogurt with roughly half the calories) that help stimulate digestion and support the immune system but in a deliciously frozen form.

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The delicious frozen treat is available in four fun flavors: Mango, Pomegranate, Original and Strawberry, the first Kefir Treat in the Freezer Aisle. The original flavor will also be sold in a 3.6-oz. single-serve size packaged with a spoon. All four varieties will come in one-pint containers selling for $4.49 to $4.99. Lifeway Kefir’s new good-for-you frozen yogurt alternative is the latest addition to an extensive line of Kefir dairy beverages and associated probiotic foods

Lifeway Frozen Kefir is also great to help you keep a flat stomach. This creamy low-fat, “flat belly power food” also provides all-natural, gluten-free and 99% lactose-free benefits. To help you stay cool and fit during the hot summer months, I am gifting four winners a VIP Coupon for a FREE PINT of Lifeway Frozen Kefir.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post stating which Lifeway Frozen Kefir flavor you’d like to try

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LIFEWAY FROZEN KEFIR GIVEAWAY

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Must be legal U.S. and Canada resident, 18 yrs or older to enter. Sweepstakes to commence on May 30th, 2011 at 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and end on June 6th, 2011 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. My Life on and off the Guest List will determine (4) five winners by random drawing from all eligible entries. Four Winners will receive (1) one VIP Coupon for ONE FREE PINT of Lifeway Frozen Kefir. Limit one prize per household. Odds of winning are dependent on the total number of eligible entries. Approx estimated retail value of prize $4.99 each. Winners will be notified by email. Offer valid while supplies last. Giveaway sponsored by My Life on and off the Guest List; Prize provided by Lifeway Foods.

X-RATED Fusion Liqueur Unwraps Holiday Cocktails

I love holiday parties. I know what you’re thinking – who doesn’t, right? But maybe unlike you, i don’t love everything about it. I love the decor, the togetherness, the gifts, etc but my god I am sick of eggnog. I know its a holiday party staple but we are seriously in desperate need of a change. Holidays cocktails do not have to be the same old boring stuff. Even a shot of smooth rum (or two) cannot persuade me anymore.We need cocktails that are a bit more excited, a bit more thrilling, a bit more x-rated. I’ve been on the hunt for new holiday cocktails and since X-Rated Fusion Liqueur gave me the wonderful Haunted-X Halloween Cocktail, I didn’t have to go too far to get some spicier and sexier cocktails. So to begin, I’ll ask – are you in the mood for a little holiday mischief? Hopefully you shouted out YES!!! I hope you are prepared because the recipe is below. This pink and orange bubbly is sure to tickle more than you fancy

Holiday Mischief Maker

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½ oz. orange liqueur

1-2 dashes orange bitters
4 oz. sparkling wine
1 teaspoon grenadine
garnish: sugar rim
Rim a champagne flute with sugar by rubbing it with a cut lemon, then dipping it into white, granulated sugar. Set aside. Pour X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, orange liqueur and bitters into a mixing glass. Shake with ice. Gently strain into sugar-rimmed champagne flute. Top with chilled sparkling wine. Gently drizzle grenadine into the glass, allowing it to settle at the bottom to create a layered effect.

Now if you are the type that is a bit shy and reserved (until you’ve had a drink or two) or can’t decide whether you’ve been both good and bad? Then St. Nick’s Naughty or Nice Punch is definitely for you. Either way, you will definitely enjoy this gift – no coals for you this time around. So why choose? Be bad while enjoying this very good drink.

 

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2 parts X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 part SKYY Infusions Pineapple
2 parts brewed peach herbal tea
½ part freshly squeezed lime juice
pinch of ground clove (approx 2 teaspoons for 1 punch bowl)
1 part club soda (use lemon-lime soda for sweeter punch)
garnish: whole cloves embedded into citrus wheels
 
Pour all ingredients into a punch bowl just before guests are due to arrive. Float clove encrusted citrus wheels on the surface of the punch for décor and aroma. Ladle into ice-filled wine glasses when serving.

Of course there’s always the sweet and innocent part of ourselves – the angel, the adorable cherub, the part of you that wishes good will to all men (and women). What would that side of you like to drink – perhaps something equally sweet like guava or wholesome like milk. If you combine the two and add a little zest (like lemon) then you’d have the Sassy Little Elf.

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2 oz.X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 ½ oz. guava juice or nectar
1 oz. half-n-half
½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
garnish:lemon zest (or mini candy cane)
 
Vigorously shake all ingredients with ice.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Serve with the garnish on the rim of the glass.

Say goodbye to Eggnog during this festive holiday season and say hello to X-Rated Liqueur’s sinfully delicious holiday cocktails, your guests will thank you.

Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Pop-Up Store Hosted by Matthew Williamson

Last night, we returned to the fabulous Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Pop-Up Store in the Meat Packing District to officially celebrate the collaboration between Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka and Designer, Matthew Williamson.

More than 1,000 people came out to drink, celebrate and partake in the extremely strong libations Belvedere had to offer – seriously, I felt like my liver was going through the Maceration process; those bartenders were very generous with the Belvedere – VERY

You may remember me stating that Designer, Matthew Williamson, who hosted tonight’s event,

created a Limited Edition Pink Print Kaftan in celebration of Belvedere’s newest flavor and you saw a photo of Model and MisShapes member, Leigh Lezark modeling the Kaftan – well she wore the $1,500+ garment last night and looked amazing with her fellow MisShapes band members while performing her DJ duties for the evening

Among the revelers were celebrities Ashley Olsen, Chelsea Handler, who we know probably has stock in Belvedere Vodka and if not, she should, Bar Refaeli, Kelly Osbourne, Estelle, and Kelly Choi.

One of my favorite things of the night, besides the cocktails of course, were the Rollerboys (and girls) but it was all about the rollerboys, one in particular was very flirty – very naughty just the way I like them. They made the evening even more fun. I love to go to events and the people who are workignthe event are having a blast. Check out a little peek of someof the fun had

PHOTO CREDIT: Marion Curtis, StarPics

Robert Verdi’s The Future of Fashion Retreat

Celebrity Stylist Extraordinaire, Red Carpet Aficionado and now host of his own show, The Robert Verdi Show Starring Robert Verdi hosted his third The Future of Fashion Retreat for the fashion elite to relax and unwind in between the mad dashes to shows. We, lucky few, were treated to “Blowouts from PHYTO’s professional hair stylist, Manicures from Ginger+Liz, Make-up touch ups from Jouer Cosmetics (all were too busy so I never got a chance to enjoy), New ABSOLUT Berri Acai cocktails, Healthy lunches & recovery kits from Blue Print Cleanse, SmartWater & the new VitaminWater Zero, Aluminum bottles from Coca-Cola, Rock & Republic Jeans (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE), ShatoBu Shapewear Bar (heaven), Vans custom shoe station (I never got a chance to try it out), Shades from Carrera (I never got to check these out either) and one-on-one fittings to find your perfect bra size from Maidenform” and a few more treats.

Before I go into detail on my gifting experience, let’s find out a bit more on this amazing retreat (and a few other tidbits) from the man who created it – Robert Verdi. Although I didn’t get to experience every aspect, Robert Verdi does go into great detail the brands featured in his retreat.

Now, my first stop was to Popcorn, Indiana. I must say that Kettle Corn is my favorite and as you can see below, there was plenty of it to enjoy.

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I then ventured to the private boudoir to get fitted for my perfect bra size by Maidenform thanks to Nicole. I found out some very interesting things including the fact that I have to get rid of most of the bras I own as they are the wrong size.

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I was introduced to a new bra guaranteed to give you two cup sizes instantly – as many of you may know that is something I don’t need so Nicole introduced me to the custom fit bra. I asked her the one question that all women should know the answer but don’t – because I didn’t

My next stop was to sample the fantastic and healthy food and drinks from BPC (Blue Print Cleanse). I loved the Spicy Lemonade and Cashew Milk from BPC and the amazing cocktail made with Absolut Berri Acai (a delicious combination of Acai, Blueberry, and Pomegranate)

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Then it was off to the Rock & Republic Denim bar to find a new pair of favorite jeans. Rock & Republic is a luxurious denim brand who makes “must have” jeans and has recently branched out into the Cosmetics market to join their handbag and accessories lines.

 

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My favorite were these embellished skinny jeans (UPDATE: the jeans are called F#@k Me B#@!H)

 

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Then I was introduced to what could possibly be my new best friend – The ShāToBu™ Shaper, the workout you wear. ShāToBu™ burns up to 12% more daily calorie- that is my type of workout. “Designed to be worn all day, every day, ShāToBu™ offers enough resistance in the bands to provide a significant toning and burning effect”. I welcome the challenge to these thighs of mine.

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And although I didn’t get to personally try out the Carrera Sunglasses which has been around since 1956 and has made quite a comeback thanks in part to Lady Gaga and other celebs, in my interview with Robert Verdi, he does talk about them and I do have a photo (thanks to a friend).

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What do you think of the items we saw at the Robert Verdi’s The Future of Fashion Retreat? Any favorites you’ll be keeping an eye out for?

Community Coffee’s Rich Taste of Louisiana

I grew up in a house and family where coffee was king, no matter what the occasion. death – out comes the coffee, Wedding – there must be a few after ceremony cups, Christmas season – coffee was always ready for carolers. Like I said, coffee was boss. And in those days of my youth, the words “instant coffee” was very much frowned upon – coffee was made on way and one way only – fresh roasted coffee beans were grounded and brewed, if you wanted instant, well go to someone else’s house. This was a place for Percolators, preferably stovetop (these have since transformed to coffee machines, espresso machines, etc, but a few are still around today). They generally looked something like this (of course this one is more refined than what I remember from childhood)

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Although I have since been captured by the Starbucks machine but my mother has never been impressed with designer coffee mixtures – she still loves her ground coffee and roasted coffee beans. She even has a vintage percolator, a coffee grinder and several coffee machines (backup in case one breaks I guess)- the woman loves her coffee. I usually can’t help myself and always pick up coffee I think my mom will enjoy. On her most recent weekend visit to NYC, I introduced her to Community Coffee. I should say I showed her the coffee I got from Community Coffee, which was the Rich Taste of Louisiana Coffee Sampler

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I had to pull my hands back very quickly or risk missing a few appendages. After the oohs, a very faint “you shouldn’t have” and he sound of the package being ripped opened I thought to myself – should I tell her that I was just showing her the coffees and it wasn’t a gift for her? My answer was of course no after I saw the intense salivating going on in front of me let me know this coffee was never meant to be mine – so this will be a review of Community Coffee through my mother’s eyes or rather her taste buds (yes, my mom proceeded to give me details on how much she liked or loved each flavor) – sweet, isn’t she?

A little bit about these coffees – First, Community Coffee is Louisiana-based, family-owned company and has been around since 1919. The Rich Taste of Louisiana Coffee Sampler comes with four 12oz bags of coffee beans – Evangeline Blend™, Louisiana Blend™ (Medium Dark), French Quarter Fusion™ and Crescent City Blend®. The four 12oz bags cost only $34.99 and each bag cost a very, very low $7.99. One thing I noticed from the time I got the coffee, even though the package was sealed, the aroma was very present from the coffee, at first I thought one package might be ripped but turns out each bag has a little valve (known as nitrogen-flush containers)which allows the you to enjoy the amazing aromas. “The valve keeps oxygen from entering the bag and causing the coffee to lose freshness. This also keeps the bag from opening prematurely due to excessive pressure.” This little valve was the coolest thing to my mom, she kept on poking the bag so more of the coffee aromas came out (told you she loves her coffee). Anyway, out came the coffee grinder, filters, etc. We went through each bag and here are the findings

Crescent City Blend (Medium-Dark Roast) – mom thought this was a gentle and mild coffee, it smelled and tasted a bit sweet, was smooth and had no after taste. A great start to this little tasting adventure (and some quality mom and daughter time)

Louisiana Blend (Medium-Dark Roast) – this blend had a nutty aroma and taste; it was bold and rich, very srong. It didn’t smell nor taste sweet (even though this is medium-dark roast like Crescent City, they are quite different)

Evangeline Blend (Dark Roast)- heaven…this ultra smooth blend was mom’s favorite. She said it reminder her of coffees from the Caribbean/Latin America. It’s not as bold as the Louisiana Blend but was the perfect combination of sweet and richness.

French Quarter Fusion (Medium Roast) – this blend had a strong and bitter taste, it was my mom’s least favorite (she still finished it though). She doesn’t add milk to her coffee, but she said she would with this blend.

So there you have it, great coffee at a refreshingly low cost and this is coming from a coffee addict. The weekend visit ended with my mother taking “her” coffee back with her – as I said, the coffee was never mine. I think next time I’ll go for tea instead, she doesn’t drink it as much.

Before I end this, I must let you know some of the other cool things Community Coffee offers, such as a Mardi Gras Giftset (complete with mardi gras designed Tumbler and beads)

or maybe you’re in the mood for some of Marguerite’s King Cakes, which comes in Cinnamon (shown below), Cajun Praline or Cheesecake) – yum

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Fashion Night Out sponsored by Vogue

Let me start by saying, I wish this event was at least two days or more (And preferably prior to Fashion Week) because there is no way to hit more than three places in one night but we attempted to anyway.

We (Dave, Zia, Kim, our new photog friend, Brittany and I) foolishly thought we would be able to do this (Kim and I even had a charity event to attend that same night). Anyway, Dave, Zia and I started off at Movado (they started at 5pm while everyone else started at either 6pm or 8pm), stayed for a while, drank champagne, grabbed our giftbag and then headed to Gucci. We arrived to find a concert-length line (we should have skipped Movado); the first 200 people or so got the official Fashion Night Out t-shirt for free. Needless to say, we didn’t get the shirt, there were still about 20 people ahead of us when they ran out but we went in anyway to enjoy a few cocktails and drool over the accessories. We left 10 minutes later and headed to Bergdorf Goodman where most of the action was. On our way in, Zac Posen was rushing out the door (wearing a tiara) after painting one-of-a-kind dresses and we headed into the madness that awaited us. In the middle of a very large crowd (mob) were designers, Badgley Mischka signing fashion night out t-shirts.

With the help of heels, a long reach and a damn good camera, I got these photos and the video following




Of course they were only signing t-shirts purchased at Bergdorf so we attempted to do just that, with no luck. After several minutes, we decided to try to head to the 7th floor where Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were guest bartenders but it seemed the madness found it’s way there too and we gave up and decided to try another store. To our surprise, on our way down via the escalators, i turned around to say something to my crew and who do I see riding on the escalator directly behind them? The queen of Vogue herself, Madame Anna Wintour

After excitedly taking a few photos (because she was actually smiling and waving to us), we remained in awe for a few more minutes then proceeded to escape the crowd. It was here we separated – Kim, Zia and I headed to the charity event which was attended by Housewives of NYC’s Alex McCord and Ugly Betty’s Ana Ortiz and Mark Indelicato. We then hit up BCBG where we received a free BCBG t-shirt and enjoyed drinks (although by this point water was all we wanted), then flew down to the meatpacking district for the finsl hour of Fashion Night Out. Dave and Brittany attempted to run into Pharrell at his store (no luck – too crowded).

Shigoto Fashion Launch Event

On a dry but humid day, Dave, Kim, Natasha and I ventured downtown to attend the Shigoto Fashion Launch Event at Ninja New York Restaurant.

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Shigoto Fashion is a Japanese Streetwear clothing company consisting of Tabi Boots (split toe boots), Tobi Pants (Japanese construction workers’ baggy pants), Teko Wristbands, T-shirts, and other accessories all inspired by the old Samurai era.

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Founded by Jasper Momma (here he is holding alcohol sponsor, TY-KU’s Junmai Ginjo Sake with one of his models)

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Shigoto’s mission is to bring this innovative Japanese street style to the world and they begin with this first US show.

Right before the show, we dined on some of Ninja’s delectable Ancient Short Rib and got a surprise when we noticed Kwame Jackson, runner-up from Season 1 of The Apprentice

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I asked what he was up to now and he told me he had an accessory line called Krimson by Kwame. Anyway, although I didn’t get a chance to speak to the designer, I did get a photo (see above) and of course each model was stationed in the various alcoved rooms at Ninja Restaurant, which allowed us to take photos. After I got my photos, we each grabbed our gift bag and headed on our way.

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LAUNCH OF ABSOLUT MANGO

 Oh boy, oh boy, although it’s cold outside, I was enjoying that sunset view all night at the launch of Absolut’s newest flavor – MANGO!! Welcome, ladies and gentlemen to the Absolut Mango Launch Party. This event was thrown by Us Weekly and Rolling Stone, although sad to say there were no issues of either. They turned the ground space at 122 W 26th street into a Mango Grove (yep, trees and all).

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I met up with Dave and we headed over to the event, Kim was on her way, Marisol was stuck at work and never made it, Mr. Popular, Alex double booked himself and we don’t know what happened to Patty. Anyway, as soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a woman peeling fresh mangoes on a stick which were made available to anyone who wanted.

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I LUVVVVVVVV Mangoes, so I immediately grabbed one, Dave passed and we headed for the bar, on my way I decided to get some decor photos. There were mangoes everywhere and I mean everywhere.

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According to the Absolut website, “The main ingredients in ABSOLUT MANGO are ABSOLUT VODKA and mango flavor. ABSOLUT VODKA is made from water and winter wheat. The water comes from a deep well in Åhus where it’s protected from impurities. The winter wheat is also grown in Åhus and differs from other crops: it’s sown one fall and harvested the next one. Days in between it grows under the Swedish snow developing its’ hard grain. Also, the use of fertilizers is minimized. Of course, the mangos are as natural as the rest of the ingredients”

We made our way to the bar and it seems there were three choices tonight, I decided to start with the Absolut Mango Spice and Dave went with the Absolut Mango Cooler.

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Naturally I took some photos while we were waiting for our first round of drinks (did I mention that we tried all of the drinks that night)

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Hope you guys could feel the vibe of the event through some photos of the DJ Johnny Dynell and the great crowd

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I ended up having 4 or so drinks, Kim barely had one and Dave had more than me (I’ll just keep it at that). It was a great night and a fantastic event. On our way out, we each took 2 mangoes to take home (I later heard someone took 8).