Saturday, January 30, 2010

Antique Jewels



Don't you think antique jewelry is so cool?  I love the fact that the pieces have their own unique design set apart from most of the jewelry you see today, and I find the history and stories behind the rings, bracelets, and earrings even more fascinating.  I went with my beau to Doyle and Doyle this past week and we saw some really amazing pieces.  One ring from the 1800s had the inscription Max to Sarah and the date, how neat is that? Momma likes :-)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Cable, oh how glorious!

I'm mildly obsessed with the Travel Channel and I recently caught up with the rest of society and decided to get cable again after almost a year hiatus. And man does it feel gooooood.  Oh how I missed you Samantha Brown and Anthony Bourdain!  Bravo and the Today Show!  Okay, go ahead laugh, but it feels great to have it back.  Last night I was drooling over 80 Million dollar yaughts from around the world on the Travel Channel.  It's fun to dream, right?  And, since it's official that I'm going to Rome this spring, I can't help but be a travel channel junkie! So excited, I can't wait!  Are you going anywhere exciting in the coming year, I'd love to hear!

(photo Travel Channel)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Beautiful Dress

Um, hello! In love with this dress I spotted on 13bees!  I want! Puu puuu pllease?  Isn't is darling?


(via 13bees

Restaurant LES

Last night my boyfriend was a star and went to a play with me, which he was less than thrilled to attend, but alas he was a sweetheart and went upon my request.  Prior to this play we stopped by a tequileriaLos Feliz, in the Lower East Side, just a stone throws away from the Theatre.  Who doesn't love a well made drink?  We gave it two thumbs up.  The drinks were well made, and the flautas de pollo, yum! 

(photo joonbug)

Cute Name Cards


Super easy and super cute idea for cute place card holders.  Just spray paint cake icing tips, and viola! You'll hear them saying, "You're so chic, you're so smart, you're so cute... your wedding makes me swoon."  :-p 



(via Once Wed, Project created by Dolci Odille) 

Theatre, for a good cause

I'm super excited, and very honored to be taking part and acting in V-day 2010.  As part of the V-Day Worldwide Campaign gaia and Looking Glass Theatre present their benefit reading of

A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER:
Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls 

V-Day New York City 2010 is proud to join the global effort to raise money and awareness for local organizations that work to stop violence against women and girls. A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls, is a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve
Ensler and Mollie Doyle. These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of how violence against women affects every one of us. A diverse cast will perform the monologues, directed by veteran director Rose Ginsberg. Assistant Director will be Nadine Friedman.

Featuring: Alena
Acker, Jenn Boehm, Ann Breitbach, Bethany Bryan, Alessandra Cardoso, Elena Chang, Meaghan Connaire, Chelsey Curry, Missy Hernandez, Kaira Klueber, JessAnn Smith and Tara Thierry

All performances will take place at Looking Glass Theatre on February 12 at 8 p.m. and February 13 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets for all performances are $18 online and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at 
https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/710885.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Women In Need, Inc. (WIN) of New York City, NY, the York Street Project of Jersey City, NJ and 10% of the proceeds will go to this year’s V-Day international spotlight theme, THE WOMEN OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.

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gaia and Looking Glass Theatre will also be collecting toiletries, gently-used business attire, diapers, cloth bibs, wipes (refills for rectangular boxes) and non-perishable snack items for both beneficiaries..

For up-to-date performance information and other V-Day fundraisers visit www.gaiastudio.org, www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com or www.vday.org. For more information on our beneficiaries visit www.women-in-need.org and www.yorkstreetproject.org.

Join us and change the story of women!

GLOBAL SPONSORS: Dramatists Play
Servicem Amanda Keidan Jewelry, LUNA, Random House, Shawn & Shane, Vosges Haut-Chocolat

LOCAL SPONSORS: _
gaia, Looking Glass Theatre, Art Kitchen, Design Factory, Garden State Roller Girls, Hell’s Kitchen Lounge and Melita Wines.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Train Reads

Maybe it's not the genius prose, but it's definitely entertaining to read while on a train or bus.  I received three new books for my birthday and I am already through number one!   Sunday's at Tiffany's was definitely a bit odd in plot line, with a young girl falling in love with her imaginary friend 23 years after he had to leave here. (Duh all imaginary friends leave you after your 9th birthday, you didn't know that??) Okay, so you think I'm kind of crazy, but there is something cozy about reading books that incorporate cities you're familiar with, and obviously you can deduce from the title where this one takes place.  It's almost like watching bad t.v, you know it's not good for you, and it's not quite up to par, but somehow you can't help yourself from becoming addicted.  What guilty pleasure books have you read recently?  

Other favorite "Soap Opera" reads:








(photo wikipedia)

Friday, January 22, 2010

New York Love

What I love about New York City is that there are unlimited possibilities of what one can get herself into on any given day.  Aaand the wide range of fun, interesting, and educated events she can hop to and from in one night!  A few nights ago I was lucky enough to catch a staged reading at Cherry Lane Studio Theater in the West Village.  Director Jeremy Bloom, (well known from Planet Connections Festivity 2009,) once again did an amazing job with "Walt and Emily: Between the Rooms", a play about a dialogue between Walt Witman and Emily Dickinson.  It was also nice to see Richard Gere among those in attendance!  Later that night, winding down a bit, I met my boyfriend in a small bar in Brooklyn near Prospect Park and enjoyed music stylings, blue grass in nature; such a contrast to the lyrical prose of famous poets, yet so enjoyable and fun.  It reminds me how fun my life truly can be, and to appreciate it.   Sometimes I have to stop and remind myself how lucky I am that I'm able to take advantage of so many wonderful people and places.  Its comforting to know it's seemingly the most ordinary days like this that I feel the need to pinch myself because it all seems so perfect.  What are you pinch yourself happy about these days?  


Read more about Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.  I can't wait!! 

Giving Birth?


When you hear the word birth 9 times out of 10 you're thinking cute wittle babies or excruciating pain, right?  Well not Natalie Wilson, a creative playwright I recently had the pleasure of having a lovely conversation with at a small networking party.  I came to learn that she has started a blog about "birthing" a play.   I thought it was a rather clever and cute idea for a blog.  Read more here, and see if she's able to "birth" a play in 9 months!  I'm rooting for her :-) 

(photo dailycuteness.com) 

Thursday, January 21, 2010

London Wedding




I must have Europe on the mind, because this super cute London wedding caught my eye.  The brides maids remind me of Hugh Grant's younger sister in the movie Notting Hill with their off the beaten path fashion :-) Doesn't it just make you smile?   



Roma!

When I was in college I did a study abroad program in Rome, Italy, where I lived for about five months.  As you can see in the picture above, I threw my penny into The Trevi fountain and wished I would one day return to Rome. And guess what?!! I do believe I will be making a return trip this spring!  I'm beyond excited at the possibility of this trip.  My mother has never traveled to Europe, it is one of her life long dreams, and now seemed as good a time as any. (Especially with a killer deal on airfare.) As luck would have it, I also found a small hotel on the very same street where I lived in Trestevere.  Allora, ragazzi!  Keep your fingers crossed it happens :-) 

The Colosseum 

Vatican City 



Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Valentine's Day

You must admit that you are somewhat curious about the new movie Valentine's Day.  My curiosity was slightly spiked after watching the Golden Globes, seeing the sea of stars on Sunday night and realizing most of them were in the cast.  Often times when a movie is jam packed with Hollywood's biggest names, I wonder if they allocated enough funds for a decent script; I go in with high hopes and leave a bit deflated.  Alas, I will most likely spend the $12 and see the new flick.  Check out the trailer here.  

For some reason I became emotional watching the Golden Globes, watch a couple of the acceptance speeches from the GG's:





(photo via IMDB)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Act your age for crying out loud


I had such a lovely time celebrating my birthday with close friends and family this past weekend.  Such a lovely time, it lasted two days!  While at dinner on Friday night, my boyfriend joked with a member of the staff that I was turning 29 (false statement), and I proceeded to tell her that it wasn't my 29th birthday.  I don't think she believed me because she replied, "Don't worry you don't look a day over 26."  GASP.  I'm 24.   Also, while at my agent's office for an audition the morning of my birthday a member of their staff joked, "So what are you turning 24? haha" After I told her that I in fact was turning 24 she told me that she would have believed me if I told her I was 34.  What is going on here people?!  I know I have premature wrinkling on my forehead, but does it really age me 10 years?  I often get told that I act mature for my age, but not sure I'm welcoming 10 years of aging instantly.  Do people ever tell you you don't look your age? 


Other fun and relaxing things I enjoyed on my birthday, maybe you will too!



Relaxing facial


Amazing mani, pedi with 10 minute leg massage! 
(thanks to my sweet hunk of a boyfriend) 


Pain free waxing.... well, almost 


Yummy dinner


Boozie Brunch


Thanks to all my amazingly sweet friends and family for making my birthday great! xo




(photo via alphamom)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Theatre and yummy food

Yet another awesome event was thrown by City Guide and Promenade Magazine this past week for New York's Concierges.  First I had some lovely treats from David Burke Town House.  It was great seeing the newly renovated space.  Definitely a spot you might want to check out after a long day of shopping at Bloomingdale's, or if you live in the UES, as it's located on 61st street and Lexington.  Just a skip away.  After our bellies were full of yummy food we were off to see "God of Carnage."  "God of Carnage" was a witty and highly entertaining piece about two sets of parents getting together to resolve a conflict that occurred between their sons.  Let's just say I won't be having children any time soon.  


Check out more here. 

And here.  


(photo via Playbill)

New Opening

Last night my boyfriend and I enjoyed an awesome meal at Tom Colicchio's new restaurant Colicchio and Sons.  So yummy!  Tom recently closed Craftsteak and reopened the space as the newly renovated and revamped Colicchio and Sons.  We enjoyed fabulous butter oysters, sea urchin and crab fondue, lamb, duck with amazing sour kraut and cabbage, assortment of cheeses, peanut butter and espresso chocolate dessert.  Every dish was perfectly well balanced and salted to perfection.  Needless to say I was stuffed! I think I'll be putting in double at the gym this week :-)  An inside source tells me that Tom was very particular in choosing every detail in his new space, down to beers on tap and hand picked cheeses.  I highly suggest it!  Read more here on Eater.  Have you had a yummy meal recently? Where? I'd love to know!

(photo via Eater)  

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Food: the way to my heart

Don't these cookies look yum-a-lish?  Makes me long for my mom's baking.  It's my birthday on Friday, wonder if I could arrange a care package from good ole' mom.  14 to 24, some things never change.  :-) 

Wedding Dresses

Recently a good number of my close friends and family have gotten engaged.  It seems along with the amazingly giddy feeling and planning comes a huge price tag.  Every woman wants to look fabulous on her wedding day; why not look fabulous at a discount price?  On Once Wed you can search your size and designer and find really great deals.  Check it out.  


                                                          In love with Pricilla of Boston

                                                     Look at this pretty Vera Wang.  

(via OnceWed

ESSC

Last night my gal pal Jessica, and friend from City Guide decided to dine at the new East Side Social Club.  We were super curious with all of the recent buzz surrounding the new Italian mobster themed restaurant.  We thoroughly enjoyed the duck risotto balls and gnocchi!  Chef Devin Gilroy is making some pretty tasty home made pasta.  Brooke Shields and Candace Bushnell were recently spotted at the East Side spot.  Sounds like it just might be the new hot spot!  Read more here.  What new spots have you recently tried?  

(photo ESSC

Monday, January 11, 2010

Yummy Breakfast

My boyfriend and I have been dating for about a year and a half now, and shamefully I haven't really cooked for him aside from cupcakes here and there, and one breakfast during Christmas.  He's the cook of the family, loves being in the kitchen, and I never quite fancied myself as a cooking kind of gal.  I've been in a bit of a sour mood lately, and I think it's only fair I make breakfast tomorrow morning to make up for my sour sam attitude.  What do you think of this awesome french toast recipe?  Do you have any breakfast specialties?  

(photo via Esquire)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Theatre

Do you write plays?  You don't like to toot your own horn, but you think you're pretty darn good at writing plays?  You should submit to Planet Connections Theatre Festivity! :-) 

The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York's premiere eco-friendly theatre festival, is currently accepting submissions for it's 2010 season. The festival accepts all topics and subject matters including but not limited to: new works, musicals, adaptations, one-acts, and solo shows. For details and an application please visit our web site at www.planetconnectionsfestivity.com The deadline for applications is January 15th.

The festival has been written up in the NY Times, Clyde Fitch Report, and recently Broadway World. Last year's productions received favorable reviews from Backstage, nytheatre.com, Broadway World, Fab Marquee and more.

The Festivity fosters a diverse cross-section of performances, and seeks to inspire artists and audiences both creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere. At the heart of the festivity are like-minded individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, while supporting organizations, which give back to the community at large.

The application for the festival can be found here: 
http://planetconnectionsfestivity.com/application.html 
Please contact Glory Bowen with any questions at PlanetGlory@gmail.com

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Star Studded Theater: To Love, or not to love, that is the question?


It seems in the recent years you would have to try quite hard to see a Broadway show without a famous star in the headline.  I come from the old school thought, that theater performers should, oh I dunno, have their background rooted in theater.  Okay, so there are those stars that received formal theater training and make their return to the stage after a long hiatus on the big screen.  However, I have a hard time spending my entire life studying theater and bringing myself to see Sean P. Diddy on Broadway, the place where I aspire to be.  On what planet does that make sense?  On the other hand, these huge names bring funding to Broadway and keep the arts alive; maybe even get a non-theater goer, or theater virgin to see their first show.  So is it really such a horrible thing?  I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one.  What are your feelings on the matter?  Keep the stars coming, or stay in your own constellation far, far away?

Read more here from the New York Times.
(photo NYT

Engagements


Tis the season for... Proposing?  The Holidays sure are the time for proposing, or so it seemed after a short two day visit to my home town of Pittsburgh.  My bestest bud from growing up, friends from high school, and my cousin! All in a matter of two days!  Very exciting.  Looks like I'm going to have a good number of weddings to attend in 2010! 

Isn't the above wedding so cute?  It's Mad Men inspired.  Love the originality, don't you? 

(photo Once Wed)