Heading to Blogher ’12?

Heading to Blogher ’12?


Being unfamiliar with a city can often be overwhelming. Which is why I thought I’d compile a few of my favorite NY city spots for you. If you end up visiting one of them let me know what you think.


Here are a few of my favorite New York spots.

Red Door Spa 

Tratorrio Dopo Teatro

ABC Kitchen

China Grill 




Feel free to check out my posts on Blogher ’10 also:

Celebrity Spottings at Blogher ’10 

Fashion with Rebecca Weinberg

Let’s Talk About Swag Baby 



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Relaxing at the Red Door Spas

The moment I entered the Red Door Spas on 54th Street in New York City I was greeted with friendly faces and great customer service. I walked in and was ushered to the 9th floor where I would be receiving their Signature Massage with Kimberly. I was shown the changing area, got ready and then headed over to the relaxation lounge.

The relaxation lounge was beautiful! Sometimes it’s the little things. There were magazine racks on both sides of the relaxation room and they had the same magazines on both racks and all the newest March issues. It may not seem that important to you, but it’s the little things for me that get noticed.

Kimberly my masseuse came to greet me with a warm smile and handshake. She really has a nurturing calm about her and I knew right away she would take me away to a blissful place during my hour with her.

Within the first 5 minutes of my massage with her I said “you are so fluid”. I’ve never had such a fluid massage. I was so relaxed. I even caught myself starting to doze off, which never happens.  Kimberly was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait for my next visit.

After my massage with Kimberly I headed back to the relaxation room to drink some water then changed. I did happen to make a pit stop in the bathroom and it was beautiful. But more importantly smelled INCREDIBLE! I headed to the front desk on the 9th floor and asked about the reed diffusers in the bathroom. I needed one! I smelled every single candle and reed diffuser but ended up purchasing the same one that was in the bathroom of which I admired, the ILLUME Pineapple Cilantro Aromatic Diffuser.

After I made my purchase, the front desk staff informed me I could head down to the 8th floor for my complimentary makeup refresher.  They told me that no matter what service you get done you are automatically eligible for a complimentary makeup refresher. Amazing! Especially since I was just face down on a massage table, I could use a refresher.

I headed to the 8th floor where I met Monique the makeup maven. Monique was terrific! She punched up my lip color, applied some plum shades to my lids. One would never have known I just came out of a massage. I looked great. I often use plum shades on my lids to bring out the green in my eyes and loved the Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Black Violet so much that I purchased that as well.

I was in love with Monique the makeup maven’s hair so much and asked her who did it. She told me Zahir is her go to guy for hair and made the introduction to me. Zahir suggested if I want to keep the length to keep longer layers but that I would look great with a few inches cut off with some shorter layers and side swept bangs.

The second I walked in to the Red Door Spa I felt like a VIP with the full royal treatment. I can’t wait for my next visit!

Red Door Spas also has a Refer a Friend program. Both you and your friend can save 20% off a service with this program. How great is that? To learn more click HERE.


*I received my Signature Massage gratis from Red Door Spa in exchange for a blog review. My thoughts are my own.

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Trattoria Dopo Teatro

Recently the hubs and I were visiting the city (New York City that is) and planned to have lunch at Trattoria Dopo Teatro. We did a little research online and this spot was near where we were going to be, the menu looked scrumptious and priced just right.

For an appetizer we ordered the Eggplant Campanada which consisted of eggplant, olives, capers, pine nuts. It was a great mix of sweet and tangy.

For our main course, we shared the Dopo Teatro pizza which is mozzarella, arugula, prosciutto and truffle oil. It was out of this world! My husband and I debated as to whether it was the best pizza we ever had or not. I’ve realized recently that I’m a huge fan of truffle oil.

For dessert we shared the profiteroles, which are similar to a cream puff but instead of cream inside it’s vanilla ice cream with tons of chocolate sauce. They came as a pair, so it was perfect for sharing.

We will definitely go back there again if we are in the area.  I’m dying to go back to try their Gorgonzola e Pere pizza. The ambiance was super cute and you felt like you were in a quaint Italian restaurant in Italy. The servers, the owner and even some customers spoke Italian. It wasn’t over priced and the food was truly spectacular. It’s always fun when you find a hidden gem.

Super Sample Sale

Today I attended my first ever sample sale. Who you ask? Only the super trendy Linea Pelle known for their plush, malleable leather bags, belts & bracelets.

I had never been to a sample sale. I had no idea what to expect. Would women be pushing and shoving to land their fave LP bag or would it be totally organized and like shopping in a store?

The hubs and I arrived at the building, went to the 9th floor and walked right into the Linea Pelle NY office. Tables were set up and bags and belts were hanging off walls and laid out on tables. Sales people were ready to help any way they could. It was a bit crowded, but there was no pushing and everyone was in good spirits and very polite.

A few years ago I was drooling over a super cute Dylan bag in black, but never purchased it.  I was so excited to hear about this sample sale, because it would be my opportunity to finally buy a cute LP bag. I was crossing my fingers that I would score that black Dylan bag. No such luck! No black Dylan’s to be found. But they did have a wide variety of other colors in the Dylan to choose from.

I opted for a super cute and comfy orange Joey bag and grabbed two leather bangles with embellishments.  I was thrilled! I can’t wait to start sporting them.

Linea Pelle - Joey

Linea Pelle - Bracelets

We waited in line and my husband and I helped a woman choose between a few different bracelets. I even helped put it on her. We walked up to pay and the two girls ringing people up were great. They were having a great time at the sale, chatting with all the customers and making it personal. My husband whipped out the credit card and they were impressed and wondered where they could get such a great guy like mine. He’s a one of a kind I told them. I chatted it up a bit with Morgan and we exchanged Twitter names and she promised to keep me posted on future events and sales. Whoo Hoo!

Maybe I’ll score that black Dylan after all.

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