a collection of things I (really, really) like.
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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.

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

Ankles are in. Smelly shoes are not.
While this might befuddle the average man or woman, you know that loafer liners are a must to accomplish prime ankle nudity while avoiding stinky feet syndrome. THE best loafer liners come courtesy of Hook & Albert (famed lapel pin manufactures as well). They’re sold in a variety of fun colors (think gaspachu and grenadine) and are made with Peruvian cotton (aka soft fabric you want on your feet). So buy a pair already and never feel embarrassed about talking your shoes off again.

Ankles are in. Smelly shoes are not.

While this might befuddle the average man or woman, you know that loafer liners are a must to accomplish prime ankle nudity while avoiding stinky feet syndrome. THE best loafer liners come courtesy of Hook & Albert (famed lapel pin manufactures as well). They’re sold in a variety of fun colors (think gaspachu and grenadine) and are made with Peruvian cotton (aka soft fabric you want on your feet). So buy a pair already and never feel embarrassed about talking your shoes off again.

Another theatre season has come and gone, but sadly, this one failed to leave a lasting impression. The most anticipated new shows of the season proved to be stale, dreary, and bland, while wonderful surprises (I’m talking about you, Fun Home) are no longer around to be enjoyed.
But enough with the old and in with the new, and the first show of the season I can confidently recommend is Playwrights Horizons’ fresh new musical Fly By Night. I write fresh for a few reasons. First, the story. We follow the lives of 5 characters who rehash familiar plot lines, but with updated outcomes that let us revisit old tropes without the commonplace eye roll (OK maybe there are a couple eye rolls as the show hits home its final message, but it’s got some genuine tears in there, too, and that’s pretty good for a rom-com). Second, the music. We’re gifted with some catchy tunes thanks to a sea turtle and a beautifully woven tapestry of melodies as the show progresses (though to be fair we could do without the meat, lettuce, cheese number and be perfectly happy with our lives). You won’t find a return to Broadway’s Golden Age with the score, but you’ll be happy with the direction the crop of generation-Y composers are going. Third, the actors. What could come across as overly dramatic and played out becomes whimsical and fun thanks especially to the always delightful Patti Murin (of Lysistrata Jones fame and Broadway’s uncanny version of Brittany Snow), the adorkable Allison Case, and everyone’s favorite alt-nerd Adam Chandler-Berat (playing another H-named, goofy guy, a la Next To Normal, but, hey, the guy’s good).
You’ll leave the show feeling surprised you didn’t know much about it before, but very glad you caught something quirky, new, and worthy of a recommendation.
A perfect show this ain’t, but thanks to authors Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick, and Will Connolly, it’s an exciting start to a new season.

Another theatre season has come and gone, but sadly, this one failed to leave a lasting impression. The most anticipated new shows of the season proved to be stale, dreary, and bland, while wonderful surprises (I’m talking about you, Fun Home) are no longer around to be enjoyed.

But enough with the old and in with the new, and the first show of the season I can confidently recommend is Playwrights Horizons’ fresh new musical Fly By Night. I write fresh for a few reasons. First, the story. We follow the lives of 5 characters who rehash familiar plot lines, but with updated outcomes that let us revisit old tropes without the commonplace eye roll (OK maybe there are a couple eye rolls as the show hits home its final message, but it’s got some genuine tears in there, too, and that’s pretty good for a rom-com). Second, the music. We’re gifted with some catchy tunes thanks to a sea turtle and a beautifully woven tapestry of melodies as the show progresses (though to be fair we could do without the meat, lettuce, cheese number and be perfectly happy with our lives). You won’t find a return to Broadway’s Golden Age with the score, but you’ll be happy with the direction the crop of generation-Y composers are going. Third, the actors. What could come across as overly dramatic and played out becomes whimsical and fun thanks especially to the always delightful Patti Murin (of Lysistrata Jones fame and Broadway’s uncanny version of Brittany Snow), the adorkable Allison Case, and everyone’s favorite alt-nerd Adam Chandler-Berat (playing another H-named, goofy guy, a la Next To Normal, but, hey, the guy’s good).

You’ll leave the show feeling surprised you didn’t know much about it before, but very glad you caught something quirky, new, and worthy of a recommendation.

A perfect show this ain’t, but thanks to authors Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick, and Will Connolly, it’s an exciting start to a new season.

Summer Sun, Beach Breeze, Hot Sax, And All the Music that Fits
Click HERE For The June PLAYLIST
1. Coastline - Wunder Wunder - Coastline (Single)
2. Rather Be - Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne - New Eyes
3. In Your Shoes - Sarah McClachlan - Shine On
4. The Man - Aloe Blacc - Lift Your Spirit
5. Promesses - Dimmi - Promesses
6. Changes - Faul and Wad Ad Pnau - Changes
7. Wicked Games - Parra for Cuva Anna Naklab - Wicked Games
8. Kids - Style of Eye feat. Soso - The Game
9. Problem - Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem
10. Give It 2 U - Robin Thicke feat. Kendrick Lamar - Blurred Lines
11. Another Love (Zwette Edit) - Tom Odell - Another Love
12. Things We Lost In The Fire - Bastille - Bad Blood
13. Hard Out Here - Lily Allen - Sheezus
14. Trumpets - Jason Derulo - Tattoos
15. Punga - Klingande - Jubel
16. Air Balloon - Lily Allen - Sheezus
17. Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (The Chainsmoker’s Remix) - Chromeo - White Women
18. All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix) - John Legend - Love In The Future
19. Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine) - Klangkarussell Will Heard - Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine) - Single
20. Do It Again - Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

Summer Sun, Beach Breeze, Hot Sax, And All the Music that Fits

Click HERE For The June PLAYLIST

1. Coastline - Wunder Wunder - Coastline (Single)

2. Rather Be - Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne - New Eyes

3. In Your Shoes - Sarah McClachlan - Shine On

4. The Man - Aloe Blacc - Lift Your Spirit

5. Promesses - Dimmi - Promesses

6. Changes - Faul and Wad Ad Pnau - Changes

7. Wicked Games - Parra for Cuva Anna Naklab - Wicked Games

8. Kids - Style of Eye feat. Soso - The Game

9. Problem - Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea - Problem

10. Give It 2 U - Robin Thicke feat. Kendrick Lamar - Blurred Lines

11. Another Love (Zwette Edit) - Tom Odell - Another Love

12. Things We Lost In The Fire - Bastille - Bad Blood

13. Hard Out Here - Lily Allen - Sheezus

14. Trumpets - Jason Derulo - Tattoos

15. Punga - Klingande - Jubel

16. Air Balloon - Lily Allen - Sheezus

17. Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (The Chainsmoker’s Remix) - Chromeo - White Women

18. All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix) - John Legend - Love In The Future

19. Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine) - Klangkarussell Will Heard - Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine) - Single

20. Do It Again - Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

The age of farm-to-table dining is in full force and if the long lines at mega-popular restaurants like Westville are any indication, it shows no signs of slowing down.Enter, Chalk Point Kitchen (527 Broome Street, (212) 390-0327), the latest champion in fresh feasting fun. The vibe is rustic (think, that adorable place you ate at upstate), but the dishes are anything but. The Hudson Valley Pan-Chicken is everything you’d want in a cooked bird and greens like the Garden Beet Root Salad will restore your faith in ordering something we usually write off as boring. Everything on the menu is locally sourced and thanks to the detailed menu you can find the name of any of the restaurant’s original food sources (I plan to become a frequent Grandaisy patron for all of my baked bread needs).
One of the best parts of this restaurant lies beneath this delectable den where The Handy Liquor Bar (one of the handsomest bars in the city) is practically begging you to come in for a nightcap. There’s live jazz 7 days a week from 6PM-8PM, a small library, and a fantastic mixologist, who’s prepared to concoct whatever your heart desires.
Become a regular at this hot spot and develop some real farmer crop cred. Ya’ll will thank me.
Click HERE for reservations. 

The age of farm-to-table dining is in full force and if the long lines at mega-popular restaurants like Westville are any indication, it shows no signs of slowing down.

Enter, Chalk Point Kitchen (527 Broome Street, (212) 390-0327), the latest champion in fresh feasting fun. The vibe is rustic (think, that adorable place you ate at upstate), but the dishes are anything but. The Hudson Valley Pan-Chicken is everything you’d want in a cooked bird and greens like the Garden Beet Root Salad will restore your faith in ordering something we usually write off as boring. Everything on the menu is locally sourced and thanks to the detailed menu you can find the name of any of the restaurant’s original food sources (I plan to become a frequent Grandaisy patron for all of my baked bread needs).

One of the best parts of this restaurant lies beneath this delectable den where The Handy Liquor Bar (one of the handsomest bars in the city) is practically begging you to come in for a nightcap. There’s live jazz 7 days a week from 6PM-8PM, a small library, and a fantastic mixologist, who’s prepared to concoct whatever your heart desires.

Become a regular at this hot spot and develop some real farmer crop cred. Ya’ll will thank me.

Click HERE for reservations. 

Cameron Diaz recently confessed that she hasn’t worn deodorant in 20 years. No, that’s not a celebrity trend to which we should aspire. Plain and simple, it’s disgusting. Diaz credits the odd practice to avoiding aluminum-filled antiperspirants, and while I agree that you should stop spraying harsh chemicals into your pores (seriously, stop doing that), why smell like a garbage can when there’s a much simpler method (read: non-guaranteed way of losing your friends)  to smelling great while staying healthy.I’ve been on a pit prowl for a long time and I’m happy to say I finally found my match: Aesop’s wonderful Deodorant  There are plenty of great products to find at Aesop, but nothing beats their vetiver scented deodorizer. Not only does it smell fantastic, but it will keep your pits smelling great much longer than the other aluminum-free options I’ve tested. So go ahead, make the switch, and let Cameron Diaz know we appreciate the thought, but no stank you.

Cameron Diaz recently confessed that she hasn’t worn deodorant in 20 years. No, that’s not a celebrity trend to which we should aspire. Plain and simple, it’s disgusting. Diaz credits the odd practice to avoiding aluminum-filled antiperspirants, and while I agree that you should stop spraying harsh chemicals into your pores (seriously, stop doing that), why smell like a garbage can when there’s a much simpler method (read: non-guaranteed way of losing your friends)  to smelling great while staying healthy.

I’ve been on a pit prowl for a long time and I’m happy to say I finally found my match: Aesop’s wonderful Deodorant  There are plenty of great products to find at Aesop, but nothing beats their vetiver scented deodorizer. Not only does it smell fantastic, but it will keep your pits smelling great much longer than the other aluminum-free options I’ve tested. So go ahead, make the switch, and let Cameron Diaz know we appreciate the thought, but no stank you.

There are some trends you shouldn’t follow (selfies, gluten free diets, posting pictures of your cat) and some you should (juice generation, aluminum-free deodorant, calling your mom on Mother’s Day). Luckily one trend of the moment is comfortable and likely to please everyone: the slim fit sweatpant. Save your oversized, college-branded heather grays for the casual sleepover buddy to wear in the AM, and purchase some trousers that fit apartment living and double as the perfect pant to wear out (read: trip to the market, informal brunch). 

These days I’m practically living in the Boyfriend sweatpant from American Apparel. The fit is flattering and the lining inside, a silk worms heaven. Granted, it’s spring and I’ll be using any slightly optimistic Poncho report to wear shorts and a tank - but for those times when it’s cool and only a drawstring waist will do, I guarantee you’ll love having these guys laying around.

There are some trends you shouldn’t follow (selfies, gluten free diets, posting pictures of your cat) and some you should (juice generation, aluminum-free deodorant, calling your mom on Mother’s Day). Luckily one trend of the moment is comfortable and likely to please everyone: the slim fit sweatpant. Save your oversized, college-branded heather grays for the casual sleepover buddy to wear in the AM, and purchase some trousers that fit apartment living and double as the perfect pant to wear out (read: trip to the market, informal brunch).

These days I’m practically living in the Boyfriend sweatpant from American Apparel. The fit is flattering and the lining inside, a silk worms heaven. Granted, it’s spring and I’ll be using any slightly optimistic Poncho report to wear shorts and a tank - but for those times when it’s cool and only a drawstring waist will do, I guarantee you’ll love having these guys laying around.

R(evel) & R(elax), and All the Music that Fits.
Click HERE for the May Playlist
1. Depth of My Soul (feat. Shana Halligan) - Thievery Corporation - Depth of My Soul (Single)
2. I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down (Single) 
3. Always - Panama - Always EP
4. Step - Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
5. Two Fingers - Jake Bugg - Two Fingers EP
6. Dreamers - Savoir Adore - Our Nature
7. Paris - Magic Man - You Are Here
8. Water Fountain - Tune-Yards - Water Fountain
9. Addicted To You - Avicii - True
10. Change Your Life - Iggy Azalea, T.I. - The New Classic
11. No Sugar In My Coffee - Caught A Ghost - Human Nature
12. Shock To The System - Eli Paperboy Reed - Shock To The System
13. My Type - Saint Motel - My Type - Single
14. Fred Astaire - San Cisco - San Cisco
15. Pioneers - The Lighthouse And The Whaler - Pioneers EP
16. MoneyGrabber - Fitz and the Tantrums - Pickin’ Up The Pieces
17. Midnight - Giorgio Moroder Remix - Coldplay - Ghost Stories
18. Shiver Shiver - Walk the Moon - Walk The Moon
19. Little Games - The Colourist - Little Games
20. Fever - The Black Keys - Fever 

R(evel) & R(elax), and All the Music that Fits.

Click HERE for the May Playlist

1. Depth of My Soul (feat. Shana Halligan) - Thievery Corporation - Depth of My Soul (Single)

2. I Will Never Let You Down - Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down (Single) 

3. Always - Panama - Always EP

4. Step - Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

5. Two Fingers - Jake Bugg - Two Fingers EP

6. Dreamers - Savoir Adore - Our Nature

7. Paris - Magic Man - You Are Here

8. Water Fountain - Tune-Yards - Water Fountain

9. Addicted To You - Avicii - True

10. Change Your Life - Iggy Azalea, T.I. - The New Classic

11. No Sugar In My Coffee - Caught A Ghost - Human Nature

12. Shock To The System - Eli Paperboy Reed - Shock To The System

13. My Type - Saint Motel - My Type - Single

14. Fred Astaire - San Cisco - San Cisco

15. Pioneers - The Lighthouse And The Whaler - Pioneers EP

16. MoneyGrabber - Fitz and the Tantrums - Pickin’ Up The Pieces

17. Midnight - Giorgio Moroder Remix - Coldplay - Ghost Stories

18. Shiver Shiver - Walk the Moon - Walk The Moon

19. Little Games - The Colourist - Little Games

20. Fever - The Black Keys - Fever