a collection of things I (really, really) like.
Copyright © 2013 Roniel Tessler. All rights reserved.

Dancing is my therapy. It’s what I do to clear my head, get lost, and be in the moment. After reading about the recent trend of morning dance parties, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Well, I’m happy to say Daybreaker popped my 7AM dancing cherry and I plan on staying committed. What’s great about Daybreaker (now in SF, London, and NYC) isn’t just the crowd (beautiful), the freebies (juice, coffee, and Kind bars oh my!), or the culture (inspiring, personalized haikus). It’s the camaraderie and community that comes together at a godforsaken hour to dance. Usually dancing is a tangential variable; you go dance when you really want to drink or hookup. But at Daybreaker everyone really just wants to dance. It’s an odd concept, but an inspiring one that made me feel part of a random group of dancing revelers and costumed vegetables at seven in the morning. Go, Dance, and Be Merry.
Dancing is my therapy. It’s what I do to clear my head, get lost, and be in the moment. After reading about the recent trend of morning dance parties, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Well, I’m happy to say Daybreaker popped my 7AM dancing cherry and I plan on staying committed. What’s great about Daybreaker (now in SF, London, and NYC) isn’t just the crowd (beautiful), the freebies (juice, coffee, and Kind bars oh my!), or the culture (inspiring, personalized haikus). It’s the camaraderie and community that comes together at a godforsaken hour to dance. Usually dancing is a tangential variable; you go dance when you really want to drink or hookup. But at Daybreaker everyone really just wants to dance. It’s an odd concept, but an inspiring one that made me feel part of a random group of dancing revelers and costumed vegetables at seven in the morning. Go, Dance, and Be Merry.

Dancing is my therapy. It’s what I do to clear my head, get lost, and be in the moment. After reading about the recent trend of morning dance parties, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. Well, I’m happy to say Daybreaker popped my 7AM dancing cherry and I plan on staying committed. What’s great about Daybreaker (now in SF, London, and NYC) isn’t just the crowd (beautiful), the freebies (juice, coffee, and Kind bars oh my!), or the culture (inspiring, personalized haikus). It’s the camaraderie and community that comes together at a godforsaken hour to dance. Usually dancing is a tangential variable; you go dance when you really want to drink or hookup. But at Daybreaker everyone really just wants to dance. It’s an odd concept, but an inspiring one that made me feel part of a random group of dancing revelers and costumed vegetables at seven in the morning. Go, Dance, and Be Merry.

The UK is continually on the forefront of music. This region just understands a good song better than any other country and that’s why I’m always checking their top singles and albums on Spotify. It started with the Beatles way back when and most recently has included Adele, Jake Bugg, John Newman, Sam Smith, and now Ella Henderson. 

Feast your ears on Henderson’s haunting track, Ghost. 

Enjoy.

I’m of the mindset that everything in your home should continue to catch your attention long after the excitement of a new purchase wears off. From the largest to the most mundane, the objects in your house should be chosen carefully to bring you pleasure every time you look at them. Case in point: Faceture vases by artist, Phil Cuttance. These geometric wonders are created by hand and vary by vase because of the detailed manipulation process that goes into creating each mould (watch the rad making-of video here). They come in a variety of stunning colors - my favorite is the Bondi Blue above - to suit whatever mood you’re after. Now that it’s easy to find a vessel for your flowers, the harder part will be choosing florals as beautiful as the vase they’re in.
I’m of the mindset that everything in your home should continue to catch your attention long after the excitement of a new purchase wears off. From the largest to the most mundane, the objects in your house should be chosen carefully to bring you pleasure every time you look at them. Case in point: Faceture vases by artist, Phil Cuttance. These geometric wonders are created by hand and vary by vase because of the detailed manipulation process that goes into creating each mould (watch the rad making-of video here). They come in a variety of stunning colors - my favorite is the Bondi Blue above - to suit whatever mood you’re after. Now that it’s easy to find a vessel for your flowers, the harder part will be choosing florals as beautiful as the vase they’re in.

I’m of the mindset that everything in your home should continue to catch your attention long after the excitement of a new purchase wears off. From the largest to the most mundane, the objects in your house should be chosen carefully to bring you pleasure every time you look at them. Case in point: Faceture vases by artist, Phil Cuttance. These geometric wonders are created by hand and vary by vase because of the detailed manipulation process that goes into creating each mould (watch the rad making-of video here). They come in a variety of stunning colors - my favorite is the Bondi Blue above - to suit whatever mood you’re after. Now that it’s easy to find a vessel for your flowers, the harder part will be choosing florals as beautiful as the vase they’re in.

Prints don’t just belong on your shirts. Share the love below with socks from companies like Richer Poorer. Their designs are top notch and will make you eager to show off what lies beneath. My personal favorites are the topographical stylings of the Onlooker, the astrological chic Stargazer, and the patriotic Trooper's. Rock on, socks. Rock on.
Prints don’t just belong on your shirts. Share the love below with socks from companies like Richer Poorer. Their designs are top notch and will make you eager to show off what lies beneath. My personal favorites are the topographical stylings of the Onlooker, the astrological chic Stargazer, and the patriotic Trooper's. Rock on, socks. Rock on.

Prints don’t just belong on your shirts. Share the love below with socks from companies like Richer Poorer. Their designs are top notch and will make you eager to show off what lies beneath. My personal favorites are the topographical stylings of the Onlooker, the astrological chic Stargazer, and the patriotic Trooper's. Rock on, socks. Rock on.

Healthy food should taste delicious. That’s where Juice Generation comes in. Their smoothies are the best in the city and my personal favorite, the Acai Bowl collection, could not be more perfectly filling, healthy, and damn irresistible. At close to $10 this isn’t the daily lunch your wallet will appreciate (that’s what TJ's is for), but I guarantee your mouth will be craving JG offerings 24/7.
Healthy food should taste delicious. That’s where Juice Generation comes in. Their smoothies are the best in the city and my personal favorite, the Acai Bowl collection, could not be more perfectly filling, healthy, and damn irresistible. At close to $10 this isn’t the daily lunch your wallet will appreciate (that’s what TJ's is for), but I guarantee your mouth will be craving JG offerings 24/7.

Healthy food should taste delicious. That’s where Juice Generation comes in. Their smoothies are the best in the city and my personal favorite, the Acai Bowl collection, could not be more perfectly filling, healthy, and damn irresistible. At close to $10 this isn’t the daily lunch your wallet will appreciate (that’s what TJ's is for), but I guarantee your mouth will be craving JG offerings 24/7.

In the Heat of Summer, and all the Music that Fits
Click HERE for the July Playlist
1. I Got U - Duke Dumont, Jax Jones - I Got U
2. Take Me Home - Cash Cash (feat. Bebe Rexha) - Take Me Home
3. Get Up (Rattle) - Bingo Players (feat. Far East Movement) - Get Up (Rattle)
4. Midnight City - M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
5. Neon Lights - Demi Lovato - Demi
6. Jungle - X Ambassadors (feat. Jamie N Commons) - The Reason EP
7. Sail - Noosa - Wonderland
8. Time - Jungle - Time
9. Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo - Truth Serum
10. The Wire - Haim - Days Are Gone
11. Can’t Get Enough - Yeah Boy - Can’t Get Enough
12. I Think Like You - Siren - I Think I Like You
13. Say You’ll Be There - MO - Say You’ll Be There
14. The Mother We Share - CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe
15. Reflections - MisterWives - Reflections
16. All The Way - Timeflies - After Hours
17. Chandelier - Sia - Chandelier
18. I Wanna Get Better - Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better
19. Kids - Mikky Ekko - Kids
20. Don’t Wanna Dance - MO - Don’t Wanna Dance
In the Heat of Summer, and all the Music that Fits
Click HERE for the July Playlist
1. I Got U - Duke Dumont, Jax Jones - I Got U
2. Take Me Home - Cash Cash (feat. Bebe Rexha) - Take Me Home
3. Get Up (Rattle) - Bingo Players (feat. Far East Movement) - Get Up (Rattle)
4. Midnight City - M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
5. Neon Lights - Demi Lovato - Demi
6. Jungle - X Ambassadors (feat. Jamie N Commons) - The Reason EP
7. Sail - Noosa - Wonderland
8. Time - Jungle - Time
9. Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo - Truth Serum
10. The Wire - Haim - Days Are Gone
11. Can’t Get Enough - Yeah Boy - Can’t Get Enough
12. I Think Like You - Siren - I Think I Like You
13. Say You’ll Be There - MO - Say You’ll Be There
14. The Mother We Share - CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe
15. Reflections - MisterWives - Reflections
16. All The Way - Timeflies - After Hours
17. Chandelier - Sia - Chandelier
18. I Wanna Get Better - Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better
19. Kids - Mikky Ekko - Kids
20. Don’t Wanna Dance - MO - Don’t Wanna Dance

In the Heat of Summer, and all the Music that Fits

Click HERE for the July Playlist

1. I Got U - Duke Dumont, Jax Jones - I Got U

2. Take Me Home - Cash Cash (feat. Bebe Rexha) - Take Me Home

3. Get Up (Rattle) - Bingo Players (feat. Far East Movement) - Get Up (Rattle)

4. Midnight City - M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

5. Neon Lights - Demi Lovato - Demi

6. Jungle - X Ambassadors (feat. Jamie N Commons) - The Reason EP

7. Sail - Noosa - Wonderland

8. Time - Jungle - Time

9. Habits (Stay High) - Tove Lo - Truth Serum

10. The Wire - Haim - Days Are Gone

11. Can’t Get Enough - Yeah Boy - Can’t Get Enough

12. I Think Like You - Siren - I Think I Like You

13. Say You’ll Be There - MO - Say You’ll Be There

14. The Mother We Share - CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe

15. Reflections - MisterWives - Reflections

16. All The Way - Timeflies - After Hours

17. Chandelier - Sia - Chandelier

18. I Wanna Get Better - Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better

19. Kids - Mikky Ekko - Kids

20. Don’t Wanna Dance - MO - Don’t Wanna Dance

Question: When is it a bad time to plan a romantic evening with your sig-o?
Answer: Trick Question. 

That being said, your next date night should be at Aire, NYC’s very own urban jungle oasis. I’ve read countless articles and list serves featuring this spa-esque palace and decided to finally check out what all the fuss is about over Memorial Day Weekend. My verdict: why didn’t I come here sooner?

Aire markets itself as a haven of ancient baths and you’ll understand immediately what they mean. Beneath flickering candles nestled within tiny spaces of exposed brick are a variety of pools for your pampering pleasure. From hot baths to salt water to ice cold (this one in particular went from worst nightmare to personal challenge), there are more than enough to keep you occupied for a two hour visit. And if you’re worried about crowds, Aire caps off the number of guests to make sure your experience remains an intimate one. The cost is a bit pricey (i.e. I don’t plan on weekly return trips), but I can promise you’ll want to treat yourself and your loved one to this gem more than few times throughout the year.
Question: When is it a bad time to plan a romantic evening with your sig-o?
Answer: Trick Question. 

That being said, your next date night should be at Aire, NYC’s very own urban jungle oasis. I’ve read countless articles and list serves featuring this spa-esque palace and decided to finally check out what all the fuss is about over Memorial Day Weekend. My verdict: why didn’t I come here sooner?

Aire markets itself as a haven of ancient baths and you’ll understand immediately what they mean. Beneath flickering candles nestled within tiny spaces of exposed brick are a variety of pools for your pampering pleasure. From hot baths to salt water to ice cold (this one in particular went from worst nightmare to personal challenge), there are more than enough to keep you occupied for a two hour visit. And if you’re worried about crowds, Aire caps off the number of guests to make sure your experience remains an intimate one. The cost is a bit pricey (i.e. I don’t plan on weekly return trips), but I can promise you’ll want to treat yourself and your loved one to this gem more than few times throughout the year.

Question: When is it a bad time to plan a romantic evening with your sig-o?
Answer: Trick Question.

That being said, your next date night should be at Aire, NYC’s very own urban jungle oasis. I’ve read countless articles and list serves featuring this spa-esque palace and decided to finally check out what all the fuss is about over Memorial Day Weekend. My verdict: why didn’t I come here sooner?

Aire markets itself as a haven of ancient baths and you’ll understand immediately what they mean. Beneath flickering candles nestled within tiny spaces of exposed brick are a variety of pools for your pampering pleasure. From hot baths to salt water to ice cold (this one in particular went from worst nightmare to personal challenge), there are more than enough to keep you occupied for a two hour visit. And if you’re worried about crowds, Aire caps off the number of guests to make sure your experience remains an intimate one. The cost is a bit pricey (i.e. I don’t plan on weekly return trips), but I can promise you’ll want to treat yourself and your loved one to this gem more than few times throughout the year.

You read an OK Cupid profile that includes the “great outdoors” as something he/she couldn’t live without. You see friends, arms outstretched, posing in front of the Grand Canyon. People everywhere are heading outside, and face it, it appeals to the idealistic you that is one with nature - after all, social media indifference is and, probably always will be, the new black. So don’t talk about it - BE about it!

Thankfully, there are strolls to be walked, bikes to be rode, and hikes to be trekked. First on your list should be the lovely village of Cold Spring. Just an hour off Metro North, this adorable Main Street of a town is waiting for you to bask in all its antique shop glory. But the real treat awaits you a mere 15 minute walk from town. The hike is a serious one so be prepared for some steep inclines, but at a solid 3 hour RT with a beautiful vista as your reward it’s well worth the visit.

Click HERE for a fantastic hike helping guide