Friday, October 30, 2009

HALLOWEEN MEMORIES FROM THE WEST VILLAGE

Since I'll be in bed rest this Halloween (flu), I'm going to share some photos from my past Halloween celebrations. For the past 3 years we've been attending the Village Halloween Parade marching in the parade. It's so much better than standing in the crowded sidewalks.
The Power Posse is in town! Let's partay! It's gonna be a smashing night, luv! It all started so well...
The first few paparazzi shots went well. Amy was giving her best and even tried to crack a little smile here and there...
Crowd was amazed by her presence, but Amy didn't feel like paying much attention to them. Ordinary people. She was on her way to nowhere and determined to get there. Fast.
Here we go again, yet another paparazzi shot...
The soulful songtress quickly started to show signs of disapproval. Let's get the f outta here! Paparazzi just doesn't get the hint... I'm gon come there, take that f****n camera and stuck it up your...
Cops were called to calm down the aggressive and upset singer that had turned violent against paparazzi. Only in New York. And sometimes in L.A. And quite often in London...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

FALL FEELINGS

Fall is... Natural soy wax scented candles, pureed vegetable soups, stews, afternoon walks admiring the colors of the nature, boots, chai tea with honey from the Farmers Market, evening at home with "him" in front of the fireplace watching silly comedies, decorating home and just simply taking care of myself, him and most importantly us.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

SKIPPING WORK DUE TO SUNNY CONDITIONS

Husband lost our camera (somewhere in the house) so I have no photos of these gorgeous fall colors around us. It's sunny today after days and days of raining. It would've been perfect day to go to the mountains for a little hike and then attend the Oktoberfest celebration by the lake. Beer or two and some waffles with whipped cream and strawberries. I miss that. We did it few times, but missed it last year due to sudden death in the family. 
My babies enjoying the warmth in the sunroom. 
 

I will start the day with some training on my elliptical machine and then big bowl of homemade fruit salad. Pineapple, watermelon, grapes, apples and peaches. Keeping it healthy. Just in case we end up going to the Oktoberfest later...
Have a sunny Sunday!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

REPUBLIC WITH CHILDHOOD FRIEND

I think social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are great tools for lot of things. As a wanna-be event planner they offer gateway to reaching people and advertising events happening around the city. This way it is easy for my friends to see what I'm thinking about doing and which events I'm planning to attend and give them quick event details, so they can decide if they would like to tag along or not. Other amazing thing that happened since I discovered Facebook is connecting with people from over 20 years ago. Like this week I had surprise visitor from Finland, one of my best friends through grades 1-6 with whom we somehow lost connection when we went to different schools. It's been 14 years since we saw each other.
It was so great to see her. It would be fun if she moved here (we talked about it too). I can't believe how many little details I still remember about her and her family and I just feel very comfortable around her. We went for some late lunch at Republic in Union Square. 
Republic has very fresh take on Asian food and it mixes Malaysian, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese flavors and cooking methods. Decor is minimalistic with high ceilings and huge photography art on the walls. There is communal seating that is suppose to encourage socializing with strangers, but the noise levels in this place are almost unbearable. I read quite a few reviews about this place and most of them mentioned the noise (I guess due to the type of ceiling and walls the space has). We went here around 3.30pm and very few people were there, but the noise was already pretty high. I can just imagine how it gets during peak hours. We had some salads (delicious dressing!) and fried tofu. Big portions for under ten bucks each. I recommend, but only for take-out or delivery...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CHAI TEA RECIPE

I stopped drinking chai made with cow milk while back when I realized it could cause my skin to break out (at some point you get paranoid and think everything you do, eat and drink causes breakouts). Well, my skin still does so I've decided to start drinking it again. Plus the weather's been nothing but rain. Chai, just as scented candles, bring warmth and comfort in my simple little life. 
I saw this lovely chai recipe here and I started making it at home in the morning and bring it with me to work in a thermal bottle so I don't need to spend another fortune at Starbucks. My mornings just got so much better. :) You could also replace the cow milk with almond or soy milk. Plus this week is going to be sunshine and warm temperatures so universe is smiling at me. Have a lovely week! Read it in Finnish here.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

M.I.A.

Sorry, I've been missing in action, but it's been extremely busy few weeks for me. Be back as soon as things calm down a little.

Friday, October 9, 2009

THINGS WOMEN DO FOR BEAUTY

I've been taking advantage of the Pretty City's Pretty in Pink campaign (breast cancer awareness) where beauty places offer services for $31. What a great price! Last week I went to Salon Ziba for the protein treatment and cut for my hair (it was about the time... Last haircut was probably over a year ago...). I loved the scalp massage that came with it, so heavenly. And Elionora gave me wonderful blow dry. This makes me consider starting to go getting my hair blow dried before big events such as job interviews and parties. It makes such huge difference with my look. This week I went to Blue Light Acne treatment at Bioskinergy at Central Park West.
First of all I got to say it was hurting like hell. It felt like the laser was burning the crap out of my skin. I wiggled a little because it was so uncomfortable. And the best part is that I don't think it actually did anything. The lady said that it would be good to do the treatment once a week (yeah, if I was millionaire and masochist, one treatment costs $250 regularly). I don't think I'll ever do that again. I also asked her about the laser hair removal and if it felt the same as this, and she said yes. Aaargh!
Happy Saturday!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

ARM CANDY

  
Fall is definitely here. It feels great to wear sweaters, boots and scarfs again. I'm not a friend of cold and winter is my least favorite time of the year, but I'm liking the fall time. The atmosphere is romantic and colors so vibrant. Wednesday I attended the Arm Candy Party at the gorgeous Phyto Universe (botanic hair care salon and spa) that boasts 2,850-square-foot “vertical garden” made entirely of tropical plants in its 6,000-square-foot space. The evening was about few glasses of champagne, bag designers and gift bags. Sorry, no photos from the party. I concentrated on gulping down the sparkling.
Look at this spa It's like some secret garden type place, so serene and tranquil.
Fall favorites: pantyhose, long sweater/sweater dresses, boots and scarfs.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Mine starts today and it includes exercising, installing new energy star qualified windows in our living room and TV room and maybe some fall shopping (need booties...). Take care and keep warm!

XOXO,

Monday, October 5, 2009

DIY DAY


Cold, sterile sunroom. No sunny feel at all.
Our little helpers. 
 
We've spent the entire day finishing up our sunroom. We installed laminate flooring that imitates the hardwood floor we have throughout the rest of the house. Project total was around $500 which was much more than we'd expected to pay, but the end result is so worth it. Also it was really easy to do. The sunroom now feels like part of our house when before it was uninviting and cold extension. Sorry I have no photos of the end result, I will put it up on the next posting.

Friday, October 2, 2009

CONCIERGE EVENT AT NBC EXPERIENCE STORE

 Here are few photos from the hotel concierge event held Thursday at the NBC Experience Store at Rockefeller Center. Keli and I had a date there after work and what a fun date it was! 
There were raffles, gift bags, open bar, tons of food, frozen yogurt bar by Red Mango (delicious, I had 3 cups...), dessert bar (chocolate fondue), guacamole & chips bar (he made your guacamole fresh in front of you from ingredients picked by you), sushi bar, funny photo op (mine was with E.T. but I look such dork that I don't think I'll post it...) etc. Whoever organizes these concierge events knows what they are doing because every single time the parties are over the top.
It was great event and our liaison Carlos informed us about two other events going on this month that I'm sure to attend. Fun was had by everyone and the fun just continued once we got outside and remembered that my camera has self-timer. So below are some examples how you can create your own party anywhere... Omg. Girls and their cameras...