The Battle of the FroYo

Frozen yogurt is one of my favorite sweet treats. Check out three of my favorite spots to get it in NYC below.

1. Forty Carrots: Located inside Bloomingdale’s on 59th street.
Conveniently located, Forty Carrots serves rich, creamy piles of fro-yo on the 7th floor of Bloomingdale’s. You can sit down with you’re frozen treat, or take it to go, as they smoosh the toppings in between two globs of frozen yogurt. Serving up 4-6 flavors daily, like coffee, chocolate, and, of course, original, the fro-yo is so decadent on its own you might not even need toppings!
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2. Culture: An American Yogurt Company. Located on 60th West 8th Street.
I saw a photo from Culture on Instagram a few weeks ago of salted caramel popcorn on top of their frozen yogurt and I knew that I had to go try it out for myself. Since then, Culture has been my favorite yogurt place. They make fresh and frozen yogurt by combining yogurt cultures with milk. All the ingredients are local, and the yogurt is made in-house! Each time I have been there, the flavors have ranged anywhere from banana to cookies and cream. My favorite is their original. They also have a boatload of toppings to choose from; The mochi is AMAZING! Culture is definitely my favorite yogurt spot in NYC!
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3. Yogurtland. Located all throughout NYC.
I have never been a fan of 16 Handles, and I find that Pinkberry never gives enough Fro-yo… and then I found Yogurtland! It has 3 locations in NYC and is all self-serve. It is run like a 16 Handles, but has the quality fro-yo of a Pinkberry. They have so many flavors and toppings to choose from that the possibilities really are endless!
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2 Ways to Rock Overalls at Coachella

Coachella weekend 2 is only 3 days away and I am SO pumped to be going. I have had a countdown on my phone for the past 2 months and I have been waiting for this weekend for the longest time.
Probably the biggest struggle of going to Coachella is figuring out what to wear. I want something that screams “look I’m a chill gal,” but also gives off the impression that this is just another normal day in normal clothes for me.
Recently, I have been drawn to overalls. This is an article of clothing I would’ve never wanted to be caught dead in 2 years ago, but not anymore! Overalls have made a comeback and I actually think they are pretty groovy! Outkast’s Andre 3000 sported a pair at the festival on Friday, during his band’s headlining performance. He wore them with a tie-dyed T-shirt and a sweatshirt that was repping his son’s high school. Well, that’s pretty cool if you ask me. 
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/Filmmagic
Although I still don’t know what I’ll be wearing this weekend, overalls are definitely an option I want to explore. Check out two ways you can rock them on the streets of NYC or at the festival! coachella overalls

 

Look 1: Overalls: Topshop. Shoes: Loeffler Randall. Bracelet: Sam Edelman, Mulberry. Backpack: Want Les Essentiels de la Vie. Shirt: Forever New. Camera: Vintage Pentax.
Look 2: Overalls: Topshop. Bandeau: Aerie. Crown: Lydia. Necklace: Valentino. Socks: Topshop. Water bottle: Fab. Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell. Camera: Fujifilm Instax

Three Thumbs Up for Green Eggs Café

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a plate of “red velvet pancakes with cream cheese frosting” on Instagram and was intrigued as to how I could get my hands on them. I found out that the photo was posted from a place called Green Eggs Cafe in Philadelphia and that the restaurant has 3 locations. A few weeks later, I found myself in Philly and knew that I had to check this place out.
My family and I woke up one Friday morning at 10:00am and went over to their “Midtown Village” location. There was already a line out the door, so I knew that the restaurant had to be good. It was only a 15 minute wait until the 4 of us were seated.
On our wooden table, there was a small plant and 4 menus awaiting us. They had local eggs, breakfast burritos, and Benedicts, but then I caught eye of the “sweet section” and (in Drake’s words) “nothing was the same.” Tiramisu, apple pie, & birthday cake french toast/ red velvet pancakes galore… I was in heaven.

After a solid half hour of flip flopping between what to get, I ended up ordering the Créme Brulee french toast and it was sooo tasty!

Green Eggs Café is a must-try when in Philadelphia!

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Currently Obsessing Over: The Best Mac There Ever Will Be

The Mac + Cheese at The Smith is the best mac I have ever had. It is one of my favorite dishes in the whole world. I could eat it in the morning for breakfast, or as a late afternoon snack; I have done both these things before. It is served in a burning hot skillet and comes straight from the oven to the table. Made from fontina, parmigiano, gruyere, and chedder, these cheeses bubble and sizzle to perfection. No words can describe how good this dish is, so I guess you’ll have to go to The Smith and try it out for yourself!;)
Screen Shot 2014-04-05 at 11.00.29 PMThe Smith’s Mac + Cheese at home recipe- click here.

A Bittersweet Goodbye to Roseland Ballroom: Lady Gaga Performs

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The last time I saw Lady Gaga live was at her 2011 Monster Ball tour at Madison Square Garden. Since then, she has released a new album and has gained insane amounts of international fame. Also since then, it has been announced that the historic NYC music venue Roseland Ballroom will close. The venue, which has had artists like Beyonce, Lorde, Phish, Imagine Dragons, etc.,  will be closing after 95 years.

Last November, Lady Gaga announced her intentions to headline 6 shows at Roseland which would be the final performances ever at the venue, and after selling out in minutes, a 7th show was added. Last night, I got to attend the 4th show Gaga was playing at Roseland, which was also the 3rd to last show ever at the Ballroom.

Going in, I understood why Gaga was chosen to do these shows- she is a talented artists, a native New Yorker, and has a liberal outlook on life- but it wasn’t until the end of the night that I fully grasped the unique touch that only Gaga could add to the Roseland Ballroom.


The show wasn’t about Gaga’s crazy yellow wig or her costume changes, it was about the music and Roseland, and she knew that. The whole stage was decorated in giant plastic roses and each pole was covered in fake, colored flowers. Gaga ran around the whole room, using every part of Roseland as her stage. She climbed up a ladder to the top-tier while singing “Bad Romance” and ran to a side stage while singing “Dope.” Each song was so beautiful and the crowd was so into it.

Gaga has 3 more performances at the Roseland Ballroom until it closes its doors for good! (April 4, 6, and 7) The last show on April 7th will be live-streamed on YouTube so make sure you don’t miss it!

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Spring Break Week 2 In Instagram Pictures

I just got home from my 10 day road trip to Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah with my family. It was an amazing time and I got to see some parts of the USA that I never knew existed.

I’m currently weaving through the 1000′s of digital/film photos I took on the trip, so for now here are some of my Instagrams as a sneak peak.

1. Buffalo skulls in Santa Fe, NM.

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 11.33.14 PM2. Standing on the 4 Corners plaque: New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 11.32.58 PM3. Antelope Canyon located in Page, AZ. This was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 11.33.07 PM4. Red hot chilli peppers in Albuquerque.Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 11.35.31 PM5. Oatmeal brulée in Phoenix, AZ.
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6. A view from the balcony in Monument Valley, Utah.
Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 11.33.22 PM7. The most beautiful resort ever in Sedona, AZ. The Enchantment Resort.Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 11.35.44 PM8. Cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ.Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 11.35.19 PM