Ten Things I learned in New York

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1. Grocery stores can’t sell wine or liqueur, only beer. Either way, you’re still drinking, but way to support the mom and pop shops.

2. Restaurants can’t serve any alcoholic drinks until after 12pm on Sundays. But you might get lucky in the East Village.

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3. Bathrooms don’t come with toilet seat covers or paper towels. And if they do, it’s rare. Even the nicest restaurants will have you putting down the toilet paper V.

4. You have to know which stop you’re getting off on before getting on the subway. There aren’t any signs before you get on {like in London}, but Google maps will help out and you will avoid looking like a tourist.

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5. Everyone walks fast, unless you’re a tourist. I saw a small child get knocked in the head by several purses because his mom was walking so fast and he was the perfect height for a target.

6. The tap water is really good. Remember when those ladies bottle New York City tap water. It really is that good.

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7. Coffee and wine are everyday staples. Even when you think you shouldn’t be drinking 4 cups of coffee a day, you still do.

8. The party gets started late. It’s like Vegas, most club goers aren’t going out until 11 or 11:30 at night.

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9. Everyone dresses smart casual. Because you have to wear a coat to stay warm in the winter, everyone looks like they’re dressed to go somewhere.

10. You need a broker to rent an apartment. Not to buy, but just to rent you have to work with a broker and pay a brokerage fee. There are that many people looking for a place to live in the city.

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Note: Also, rent is crazy expensive in the city. But I already knew that.

New Balance Giveaway


I’m really excited about this giveaway! Lately I’ve been living in my New Balance yoga gear. Their studio apparel line, Anue, gives the perfect amount of stretch for yoga and is made with soft sweat-wicking fabric. I’ve been wearing the Spree Capri and Karma Tank to teacher training class, and I love that I can wear them all day {literally 8 hours} without feeling stinky after asana practice. I also like that the tank doesn’t dig into your shoulders and the band on the pants don’t dig into your sides, another plus for wearing yoga gear all day. One lucky winner will receive a New Balance Anue tank and pants. You and your practice will love it, whether it’s yoga, pilates or barre.

To enter the New Balance Giveaway follow me on Instagram here and follow New Balance on Instagram here, then leave a comment below with your email by 12/23/2014. Good luck!

New Balance yoga top New balance giveawayReverse namaste yoga trikonasana triangle pose


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Note: I love that the clothes are also flattering.

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Adventure Couple


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From top left: Camp Chef Grill and Griddle, Coleman Sleeping Bag, North Face Men’s Jacket, Old Navy Men’s Vest, Stansport Coffee Press, GoPro Hero3+, Old Navy Men’s Backpack, Garmin Watch, Old Navy Woman’s Beanie, Soleus Watch, Sorel Caribou Boots, Patagonia Women’s Sweater Jacket, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Book, The Container Store Glass Bottle

The holidays are almost here and I can’t believe it! I finally got all of my shopping done, but still haven’t mailed out all of my Christmas cards. There are so many things I still need to do before I leave for Germany next week. If you’re like me, you think that you have everything under control until it all hits at once. I started some shopping early, but the last few parties and items on the list seemed to creep up on me. Luckily there’s still time this week to buy gifts. This last gift guide is for the adventure couple. Although my other half is far more adventurous than I am, I go along for the ride whenever I can. This is a little inspiration for myself and a reminder to be more adventurous. It’s a good excuse to buy all of the cool gear.

Note: Check back tomorrow for the final giveaway!

Puffer Jacket

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The best thing to have on a cold winter day exploring the city is a puffer jacket. I’ve never realized how essential they are because I’ve never needed one in Southern California. I had to borrow this one from my mom, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to invest in a puffer jacket for cold weather travels. As I looked around on the subway admiring what everyone was wearing, I noticed this jacket to be a common theme among the women {and some men}. The long puffer jacket seemed to be especially essential. When the wind whips up you want something to protect your legs. With less than two weeks until Germany, I need to find one stat. Looks like I’ll be doing some Christmas shopping for myself while I’m out.

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Puffer Jacket {similar}, Joes Jeans, Frye Carson Lug Boots, Crochet Scarf, Leather Cross Body Purse {loving this similar one}

Note: Check the guy in the background wearing a puffer jacket.

Vita Liberata Giveaway

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This week 2 lucky winners will receive these tanning travel essentials from Vita Liberata. With the lack of sun in the winter we all crave a little tan to go with those short party dresses. These TSA-approved products allow you to take your tan with you wherever your travels may take you. The kit comes with four products. The Super Fine Polish Scrub, which gently removes dead and dry skin cells, smoothing the skin surface in preparation for tanning. The pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Lotion provides you ultra-conditioned skin with a super hydrating formulation that will also give you a tan that lasts up to 4 times longer than any other self-tanners. {I’ve talked about it here}. The Rapid Tan Mousse is perfect for last-minute trips and party plans, as it can be applied and showered off after just 1 hour to give you a lovely sun kissed glow. If left on for 2 or 3 hours, the tanning effect will deepen. The travel size Tanning Mitt is a must-have that you should always use to apply your self tanner for streak-free, flawless results with no staining to the palms of your hands.

To enter like Vita Liberata on Facebook here and like my page here, and leave a comment below with your email by 12/16/2014. Good luck!

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Note: Check back next week for the grand finale of giveaways for the month!

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