Teleflora & The Cake Boss’s Buddy Valastro’s “Homemade For the Holidays” Floral Collection

There’s an even better reason to love getting gorgeous holiday flowers from Teleflora.com this season. The world’s leading flower delivery service as partnered with Buddy Valastro, superstar of TLC’s “The Cake Boss” television series to welcome a new Homemade for the Holidays Collection. The Teleflora & The Cake Boss collection introduces three NEW Teleflora floral bouquets that capture all the authenticity and spirit of Buddy Valastro’s festive family holiday traditions. The trio includes a beautiful holly motif holiday serving bowl, sweet gingerbread house cookie jar, and a merry mug. Each is paired with a Teleflora-exclusive holiday recipe specially created by Buddy Valastro and perfectly customized for long-lasting enjoyment.
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Teleflora Holly Days Centerpiece (Available on Teleflora.com for $64.95) – Teleflora’s holiday collectible table top serving bowl adorned with a holly motif is a Christmas showstopper bursting with red and white holiday blooms and fragrant assorted greens. Topped with red taper candles, this hand-painted dish is FDA-approved, microwave and dishwasher safe. Perfect for decorating your yuletide table, feasting your eyes on fragrant floral and serving up Buddy Valastro’s mouth-watering Teleflora-exclusive holiday recipe.

Teleflora’s Gingerbread Cookie Jar Bouquet (Available on Teleflora.com for $62.95) – Deliver sugar and spice and everything nice at Christmastime with this charming, hand-painted gingerbread–house cookie jar bouquet. Rich red and white blooms are mixed with pinecones, holiday greenery, and festive cinnamon sticks. A fun keepsake to store holiday treats, there will always be a hand in this cookie jar especially when you fill it with an exclusive delicious and sweet cookie recipe created by Buddy Valastro.

Teleflora’s Merry Mug Bouquet (Available on Teleflora.com for $49.95) – Two gifts of merriment in one, this sweet floral arrangement presents mixed red and white fresh flowers, accented with tips of noble fir, and red Christmas ornament balls. Teleflora’s Merry Mug with coordinating spoon is microwave and dishwasher-safe, and arrives with a beverage recipe created by Buddy Valastro for all to enjoy by a warm fire long after Santa and the flowers have been enjoyed.

The other new Time-Honored Christmas Floral Arrangements and Keepsake Collectibles from Teleflora include:

Thomas Kinkade’s A Kiss for Santa Centerpiece (Available on Teleflora.com for $79.95) – A tribute to Thomas Kinkade, this Teleflora exclusive centerpiece captures all the heartwarming traditions of the holiday season and is sure to be a family favorite. With its warmly glowing lights and whimsical Christmas scene of Mommy kissing Santa Claus in the cottage, this charming hand-crafted, hand-painted centerpiece sits atop bright red roses, fresh noble fir and variegated holly, red berries and glittered pinecones.

Teleflora’s Celebrations by Radko® Starry Ornament Bouquet (Available on Teleflora.com for $52.95) – Add a burst of sparkle and flair to the holiday season with this collectible Teleflora exclusive. Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the renowned Radko brand, this festive bouquet is sure to delight. Professionally-arranged with red roses, white chrysanthemums, fresh winter greens, and accented with red Christmas ornament balls, this stunning, limited-edition keepsake is also perfect for festive candies to be enjoyed for many Christmases to come.

Teleflora’s Send a Hug® Precious Penguin Bouquet (Available on Teleflora.com for $52.95) – As one of the most beloved creatures around the world, this hand-painted precious penguin keepsake is the latest addition to the popular Teleflora Send a Hug Collection. Red and white floral blooms mixed with pinecones, fresh winter greens, and red berries are sure to be a yuletide must-have this holiday season.

We look forward to receiving some gorgeous Teleflora flowers and trying out these delicious new recipes from Buddy Valastro. What do you think of the new Teleflora & The Cake Boss collection?

Welcome the Newest NYC Event Space, Metropolitan West

We had the pleasure of attending the launch event to celebrate the newest event space, Metropolitan West. This massive, two floor event location is NYC’s hottest newest must-see venue! Stylish, and modern, the brand new, 24,000 sq. ft. event venue has already hosted a slew of NYFW, and Tech events prior to this official opening event, so we were well familiar with its grandeur layout. Metropolitan West can be whatever fantasy you want your event to be, and it does not disappoint. 

Gorgeous lighting, which changed periodically throughout the party.

The launch event, which itself was an escape to a foodie heaven, invited guests to celebrate with the founders of the venue, as well as the event space’s partners. Guests were wowed by the amazing and out of this world lighting, delicious catering spreads, lovely floral arrangements, and much more. A few of Metropolitan West’s partners are listed directly below, with their contribution to the launch event:

The event’s menu was a delicious medley of savory and sweet gastronomical delihts. One of our favorite bites included the Steak Tartar, one of the many different types of tartare that were there for our enjoyment:

One of our favorite bites – the Steak Tartare!

Tartare Station – a variety of Angus, Salmon, & Roast Beef Tartare! So inventive and delicious!

Food was both sophisticated and fun. We enjoyed such delights as a grilled cheese and tomato soup station, which also had beet chips (they were delicious), and decadent red velvet brownies; yummy Apple cookies and Hot Apple Cider (we are in the Big Apple after all), and a decorate your own Doughnut Station, where you selected from a variety of toppings to create your perfect doughnut.

Super imaginative and fun food stand serving grilled cheese and tomato soup

Moist red velvet brownies with Oreo crunch mixed in – mouthwatering!

Beet chips – so different and delicious, and I love the vibrant red color! A tasty snack that goes great with the red, white, and black theme.
Addicting apple sugar cookies were a cute edition to the wide array of snacks available.

Hot apple cider was served at the event, which was a great seasonal addition to the spread.

For a sweet and fun way to end the night, we headed to the make your own doughnut station, where we chose our own frosting and toppings!

The doughnut assembly line!

One of our creations – yes that’s bacon drizzled on top!

A delicious work of art – so fun to make and even more fun to eat!

Metropolitan West is set up to be one of NYC’s top event venues. As we stated, a wide range of events have already been hosted there. The space is huge, and also quite adaptable. There are two separate floors each equipped with their own lobby. On the ground floor you can find polished concrete flooring, gorgeous columns with exposed steel elements, and versatile white walls. The second floor has white walls, offset by a band of exposed brick, and bamboo flooring with vintage grey tones.

This venue is beautiful, stylish, full of top of the line amenities, and provides a great space for partying, celebrating, and the like in the city that never sleeps!

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How Do You Like Them Apples | Cliffton Dry Premium Cider

As you may know, not all wine is made from grapes. The most popular non-grape wine is Cider (normally known in the US as a “hard cider” or “apple wine” because of its alcohol content), made from fermented apples. Today we present a unique twist to the cider category from Cliffton Dry. As you can tell from the name, this refreshing beverage is a light, dry, sparkling apple wine. Cliffton Dry Premium Cider is made from 100% first-pressed, locally grown apples, is low in calories, sugar-free, gluten free, contains a low-alcohol (5.5%) level, and has a bit of a beer personality.
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What makes Cliffton Dry so unique is the fact they use a variety of apples (five to seven apple varieties a year, depending on the seasons harvest) for their first-press process. This unique, refreshing beverage boasts a crisp, fresh taste and pale golden color, that is wonderfully delicate and pure. Organically produced, the Cliffton Dry Premium Cider makes a great wine alternative to pair with fruit and cheese or a seafood meal, instead of the traditional grape-based wine.

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Grab a Cliffton Dry Premium Cider 4-pk for approximately $16.99 at the following retailers: Whole Foods, ‘wichcraft, Fairway, Union Market, and www.empirestatecellars.com. For more information on this refreshingly unique tasting, dry apple wine, visit www.clifftondry.com.

 

Give Thanks with Teleflora this Thanksgiving

While everyone is going on and on about Black Friday, we’re taking a moment to talk Thanksgiving; more precisely, Thanksgiving floral arrangements. Nothing sets off a dinner table than a beautiful floral arrangement and this Thanksgiving, Teleflora offers several stunning arrangements. From the traditional to the exotic, these Thanksgiving flowers truly capture the spirit of the holiday. Whether you’re the hostess looking for that special centerpiece, a guest looking for a great hostess gift, or just want to send flowers home because you won’t be there, the following fall themed centerpieces from Teleflora are perfect options.

Warm Fall Wishes Bouquet

Celebrate the beauty of fall with this colorful, heartwarming mix of roses and alstroemeria, hand-delivered in Teleflors’s exclusive ceramic pumpkin with lid.
Enjoy a lush mix of orange roses, orange alstroemeria, burgundy cushion chrysanthemums, yellow daisy chrysanthemums, solidago, huckleberry and oak leaves. This arrangement comes in Standard $54.95, Deluxe $64.95, and Premium $74.95.

Classic Cornucopia

Celebrate the season of Thanksgiving with this traditional symbol of autumnal abundance. A great arrangement for those who love traditional Thanksgiving table decorations. This beautiful cornucopia bursts out of a horn-shaped wicker basket filled with fall flowers and harvest wheat. Perfect to place on the dinner table, kitchen counter, coffee table or entryway. The arrangement boasts gorgeous sunflowers and lush orange roses, accented with unique blue eryngium, red daisies, yellow cushion mums, parvifolia eucalyptus and magnolia leaves. It is topped off with Cinnamon sticks and harvest wheat for comforting fall touches. This arrangement comes in Standard $62.95, Deluxe $72.95, and Premium $82.95.

Family Gathering Centerpiece

Gather your family around the warm glow and classic fall colors of this stunning Thanksgiving centerpiece. A lush variety of burnt orange fall blooms, including orange roses, orange asiatic lilies, dark orange alstroemeria, bronze button mums, yellow cushion mums, rust cushion mums, green oregonia and green huckleberry, are gathered under a pair of tall, graceful, orange taper candles and accented with oak leaves. This arrangement comes in Standard $54.95, Deluxe $64.95, and Premium $74.95.

Teleflora’s Exotic Grace

For those who prefer something more exotic, send good feng shui someone’s way with this striking tropical arrangement. Asiatic lilies, alstroemeria, and birds of paradise are accented with red hypericum, ti leaves, galax leaves, oregonia and bamboo-like equisetum, which are all beautifully arranged in a balanced, Zen-like composition and come housed in a dark brown bamboo dish. This arrangement comes in  Standard $69.95, Deluxe $79.95, and Premium $89.95.

Celeb Stylist Kate Young hosts SWASH + Levi’s Event

Picture waking up on Monday morning after a really fun, long weekend. You forgot to go to the cleaners, and now your favorite shirt is not fresh and clean for work. What do you do? The answer is SWASH, which can freshen that shirt in 10 minutes. This amazing dry cleaning machine is great when you’re in a rush, when you can’t make it to the cleaners, or when you simply just don’t feel like doing laundry, making your article of clothing fresh and wrinkle free. This includes your jeans as well. Celeb Stylist, Kate Young, was on hand at Levi’s, to demonstrate how SWASH is a great way to refresh your jeans and show how unlike with regular washing, they will not lose their color and shape.

To show how great SWASH is for your denim, they partnered with jeans manufacturer, Levi’s. Properly caring for your jeans means not washing them; when you do wash your jeans, they begin to lose their color and original fit. Using this machine is a great alternative to washing your jeans, keeping them fresh and smelling great.

The pair of jeans on the left has been washed 10 times, while the one on the right has been SWASHed 10 times.

As you can see, the above jeans, which started off the same color, look completely different. They now look like two different washes. That is the effect washing has on your jeans. Throughout October, Kate shared tips on caring for your own denim pieces and revealed a month’s worth of fabulously styled Levi’s on her Instagram (@KYstyle) using the hashtag #LiveinLevis and #SwashSweeps. Of course, SWASH will also maintain the colors and fit of your favorite sweaters

A sweater being loaded. This sweater was professionally smoked – when it was taken out, you couldn’t smell a trace of smoke!
The SWASH closed – such a space saver!
The SWASH uses individual scent pods that are reminiscent of Keurig coffee pods. There are three scents available which are Awaken, Unwind, and Recharge (Recharge is my personal favorite.) After you pop the pod in and set the SWASH, all it takes is ten minutes for fresh wrinkle free clothing.
                SWASH pod being loaded into the machine                                                         SWASH pods on display.
                      – just like a coffee pod.

Overall, the SWASH is a great addition to the home; busy mornings are improved by making it easier and faster to get wrinkle free, great smelling clothing ready for you right after you get out the shower, while you’re applying makeup, or doing your hair. You also can’t forget the quality and lifespan of your favorite jeans and clothing is preserved, saving you money. Your morning routine will have gotten that much easier, thanks to SWASH!

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Let’s Get Physical | Lucy Activewear OOTD

Not too long ago we posted about attending an amazing event with Actress and Dancerobics Icon, Marilu Henner, for Always Discreet. We were asked to come dressed ready for a fun workout, so we looked no further than Lucy Activewear for our cute and comfortable attire. Lucy Activewear offers a wide array of stylish and flattering athletic apparel for women. Our goal for the event was to achieve a smooth look which also felt secure – there’s nothing worse than having to tug on or adjust your workout gear whether you’re in the middle of working out or just walking around. Luckily that was not an issue thanks to the Lucy Take Me The Distance Singlet and the Lucy Novelty Perfect Core Leggings.
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The lightweight and breathable racer-back, Take Me The Distance Singlet, boasts moisture-wicking jersey fabric, with no-chafe flatlocked seams (seriously never even felt them), an adjustable waist Shock cord, a back zip pocket for absolute necessities, and of course, it you’re running or working out at night, the added safety measure of reflectivity.

If we could live in the Lucy Novelty Perfect Core Leggings, we would. With extra compression (thanks to the Lucy powermax fabric blend) at the lower waist for increased core support, wider side, hip and thigh compression panels for a smooth silhouette (hallelujah!!!), a higher rise that keeps every inch of you tucked in, anti-chafe flat locked seams, moisture-wicking, and a gusset inset that allows you a full range of movement and comfort.

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We’re definitely putting this outfit down as our favorite workout gear, running to the supermarket gear, doing laundry gear, etc…you get the idea. Get to know the entire attractive range of athletic wear by visiting the Lucy Activewear website. We’re sure you’ll find your perfect gear whether you’re into yoga, running, training, or just enjoying the outdoors.

Click-eez Anti-Bullying Bracelets | It’s About Clicking Together

The non-profit organization “End to Cyber Bullying” (ETCB) has partnered with the new accessory company, Click-eez, a fashion accessories for young girls with a very important message and cause – an end to bullying.

Click-eez bracelets are not only adorable and fashionable, they also spread the positive message. Together with ETCB, they are spreading awareness about bullying and cyber-bullying, which has been on the rise in the last few years. These stack-able bracelets make a distinct clicking sound when stacked together, which helps to promote their inventive catchphrase “it’s about clicking together!”

Here’s a close up of the bracelets stacked together.They tote messages such as “be the change” and “click together”

Click-eez can be shared and traded with friends, which kids surely love. These bracelets are going to be the next big thing with little girls and tweens alike. Click-eez can be mixed and matched to compliment any outfit, which is great because it enables girls to show off their individual taste and style. With the holiday season right around the corner, these would make a great stocking stuffers for your favorite little girl!

Click-eez bracelets are bright, colorful, and flashy – a sure hit with any little girl.
Here’s a picture of them being worn – so adorable!

Click-eez can help to open up important conversations about cyber bullying with your little girl, without any unwanted awkwardness. We spend more and more time online in this day and age, so cyber bullying is definitely an issue that needs to be addressed with the younger generations. Click-eez is taking a step in the right direction by spreading awareness about cyber bullying using fashion and making it cool to click together.

Hair-Free, Pain-Free | Yes! by Finishing Touch

There’s a great feeling when you find a product that not only does exactly what it says but exceeds your expectations. I admit I completely underestimated the Yes! by Finishing Touch Hair removal device and I’m so happy to say this product has changed my life. You see I’ve always had hairy arms, and have hated them for most of my life. I’ve tried several methods, some very painful, but the hair always grew back quickly and thicker than before. I got to the point where I just accepted that there’s nothing I could do about it and I’ll be stuck with hairy arms all my life…..until I was introduced to the Yes! by Finishing Touch.

Based on a new and patented Sensa-Light Technology™ by Finishing Touch™, the Yes! Hair removal device is safe and gentle, and can be used on all skin types and colors without altering skin pigmentation, and can be used on the most sensitive skin. You can use this Dermatologist recommended device anywhere you have unwanted hair (that’s right, all over your entire body), for a pain-free hair removal experience. Yes! should not be used in the shower, only on dry skin, the result is skin free of not only hair, but nicks, cuts, bumps and burns thanks to its Sensa-Light technology. The Sensa-Light heads lasts up to one year, depending on how much you use it.

I’ve heard good things about the product but nothing beats trying it out for yourself, so that’s exactly what I did. For this test, I decided to use the Yes! by Finishing Touch on one arm and see what my results will be like one week later (with other methods, my arm hair grows back in full force after this duration). I was pleasantly surprised first by how incredibly smooth my arm looked, and how soft it felt. Check out the before (right arm) and after (left arm) and a closer look in the photos below

A week later, my arm still looked just as you see above, so I decided to extend it another week, two weeks later, it still looked the same, so I extended it again, this time to one month. One month later, my arm looks like what you see below (I must add that this is what my arm hair usually looked like a week after regular shaving). As you can clearly see, my arm is no where near what it was earlier. I’m so incredibly happy with the results and also happy to finally shave my other arm.

What do you think of my experience? Have you tried Yes! by Finishing Touch? Share your thoughts.