Mother’s Day Gift: A French Macaron Class with IfOnly

Macarons have something of that French je-ne-sais-quoi that enchants crowds around the world. I am personally addicted to macarons, so when IfOnly graciously invited us to experience one of their unique experiences we had to choose their exclusive French…

Trend Alert: International Vision Expo East 2017

Short-sighted peeps, rejoice! The Vision Council has proven, once again, how trendy eyewear can be thanks to the International Vision Expo East 2017 celebrated in New York. With brands coming from all over the world, this event celebrated the…

Sakura Matsuri 2017 at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Visitors enjoying cherry blossoms at BBG’s Sakura Matsuri. Photo by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s that time of the year when you get four seasons in one day, and the spectacle of cherry blossoms in full…

Styling a Comfortable and Professional Career Wardrobe

Building a comfortable and professional career wardrobe is not an easy task. As I’m a curvy, skinny, and petite woman, I often find that career clothes are either too big, too uncomfortable, or simply look wrong on my frame.…

Betabrand: Comfortable Dress Yoga Pants

How would you feel if I told you that there is such a thing as comfortable career yoga pants? Yes, they exist and they are manufactured by the masterminds at Betabrand, and the brand was kind enough to send…

Beauty & Fashion Hacks I Learned at New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is a race against the clock. Making it to different shows a day in time is a real feat, especially when the weather decides to go crazy. If this past New York Fashion Week taught…

3 Natural Beauty Remedies For Winter Skin

As a proud owner of a very dry, and somewhat sensitive epidermis, I have found that there are three all-natural remedies that work wonderfully well to treat my winter skin. Is your skin prone to itching, flaking, and aching…

Ahnu by Teva Montara Boots: A Manhattan Love Affair

Now that the winter weather is finally settling in after a few days of unseasonal mildness, it is important to gear up for whatever Mother Nature intends to send over New York City. As finding snow boots that are…

A NYE Look on a Budget with Coolway

If Santa Claus has gifted you a pair of comfy rocker boots, why don’t you style them up for New Year’s Eve? I recently received a sample of the Alida boots by Coolway, and they are so comfortable that…

Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO review plus homemade Nutella recipe

To me, Christmas is the busiest time of the year. Aside from having an increased workload to be completed before the end of the year, including my gargantuan Holiday Gift Guides, I love to celebrate the season by cooking…

Good Resolutions Holiday Gift Guide

January is about to roll in along with our good resolutions: Exercising more, eating better, or even consuming more responsibly. The key to the success is to take things one day at a time. If you want to be…

Bookworm: Affordable Gifts for Readers

If you haven’t already, you should put a bookworm in your life. Readers are some of the easiest people in the world to gift, plus they (ahem, we) have the advantage that we like anything sold at Strands. Easy…

Epicure: A Gift Guide For Foodies

According to the definition proposed by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, an epicure is someone with sensitive and discriminating tastes, especially in food or wine. To me, an epicure is an old-fashioned foodie that appreciates having an excuse for a tasting…

Made In USA Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the time of the year to start drawing up your Wish Lists for Santa. Along the next twelve days, and coinciding with the Twelve Days of Christmas, New York For Beginners will feature a variety of holiday gift…