On Ice (Skating)

This really is the most wonderful time of the year. I love everything about the holidays, from holiday parties to gorgeous window displays. However, my absolute favorite thing about the holidays, and winter in general, is having the opportunity to go ice skating.

One of the things most visitors to the city are the most surprised to hear is that there are many ice skating rinks in NYC other than the iconic Rockefeller Center. Though I think ice skating at Rockefeller Center is one of the most quintessential NYC experiences in the winter, you have numerous options for experiencing this winter activity. Here is a list of all the rinks open for winter:

I almost prefer this view at Wolllman Ice Rink to Rockefeller, don’t you?

Rockefeller Center –  Located in the center of the complex of buildings between 47th and 50th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues. The rink typically opens Columbus Day weekend and remains open through April. Rates vary based on time of your visit,Adult admission ranges from $10 – $19. Ice skate rentals range from $8 -$9. If you are planning to skate on a weekend or during the holiday season, expect ridiculous crowds and long lines. My first trip to the rink was in mid January on a weeknight, after just moving to the city, and it was much more intimate waiting until post holiday season.

The Pond in Bryant Park – Not only is there an ice skating rink, but currently there are lines of quant shops for the holiday season. I bought the most adorable vintage necklace in lieu of skating last weekend, due to long lines. Though Bryant Park’s lines are long, admission to the rink is free.Skate rental is $12 and locker or bag check will be an additional charge. If you’d still like to avoid a line, but want to experience a winter wonderland, check out The Pond. Dining restaurants and bars with porch swing seating, overlooking the rink,  have been erected just for the winter season.

Wollman Skating Rink – Located in Central Park, access to the rink for the full day is $10.25 ($5 children) during the week and $14.75 weekends ($5.75 children). Ice skate rentals are $6.25. Wollman Rink is located off Central Park East between 62nd and 63rd Streets. Due to its location in Central Park, this rink can also attract tourist and thus be crowded on weekends during the holiday season.

Lasker Rink in Central Park –  Another Central Park ice skating option is Lasker Rink located mid-park between 106th and 108th Streets. Ice skating will cost you $6.25 (children under 12 are $3.50) and ice skate rental is $5.50. Like Wollman rink, admission is good for a full day of access, but offers a more intimate ice skating experience with less crowds than Wollman rink.

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers – Located at  Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, Hudson River and 17th St.  Admission to the rink is $13.50, skate rental $6.25. I have yet to visit this rink, but love Chelsea Pier in the summer, so I’m anxious to see its winter transformation.


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Dylan’s Candy Bar

To those who know me, it is no secret, I have a serious sweet tooth! I was even nicknamed “Buddy” by a co-worker due to my infectious smile and over indulgence in sugary goodies. So naturally, when I discovered Dylan’s Candy Bar (located at 60th ST and 3rd Ave) I was in heaven.

Dylan’s Candy Bar sells over 5,000 different types of candies, so regardless of your candy preference, you are sure to find a favorite. One of the things that makes Dylan’s Candy Bar so unique, is their collection of nostalgia and novelty candies  (Wax lips, Candy Buttons and Pez) along with their founder’s inherent  eye for style.

Founded by Dylan Lauren, daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, in 2001. Dylan’s dream was to merge fashion and pop candy culture together, to create a truly unique experience. Along with Fashion Accessories, including this adorable bangle, Dylan’s also has a line of  (inedible) Candy Spa products, where you’ll find Hot Chocolate Bath Salts, Cheeky Chocolate-Milk Bubble Bath, and chocolate candles.

Dylan’s Candy Bar has become a frequent stop for celebrities including the Olsen Twins, Madonna and Tom Cruise, as well as appearing in movies (Hitch and Arthur) and television (Gossip Girl).  What started out as a vision inspired by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has turned into a candy empire that could potential even rival Dylan’s famous father’s fashion brand.


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Pick of the Week: Red Lips

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and nothing is more festive than a gorgeous crimson pucker. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect shade of red for a while now, and it has eluded me for years. Until this week! Thanks to Pinterest, I stumbled upon Julia from Gal Meets Glam. Not only did I love her style, and add her blog to my daily fashion blog rotation, but I lusted a similar signature pout.

Julia of Gal Meets Glam


I immediately ran to Duane Reade and picked out Revlon’s Really Red lipstick, which is the shade Julia wears, and rushed home with fingers crossed.  I’m pretty fair-skinned and typically stick with glosses, so even though I lusted for a chic  red stained kiss, I needed a shade that was not too drastic. I’m happy to report that Really Red fit the bill and I can’t wait to wear it, along with some sequins, to all my upcoming holiday engagements!

Glamour girls, all wearing Red-Orange lipstick – NARS Heatwave

Along with this vibrant red shade, I’ve also seen some reddish pink and red orange shades popping up in fashion magazines and catalogs. Particularly J. Crew. So if you are daring enough to go with a  more vibrant lipstick shade this holiday season, but not keen on a full-out red pigment, emulate the lovely J.Crew models and try an orange-red shade like NARS Heatwave (which a Glamour editor claims to look good on everyone).

image via Gal Meets Glam

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How to Succeed in PR Without Really Trying

Don’t let the title of this post fool you, working in PR is no easy feat.   There are certainly overwhelming client needs, long hours and tedious tasks on the public relations path, but you shouldn’t let that tarnish an exciting, charming and social career choice.   With a combination of your inherent poise and fierce PR knowledge, you can absolutely help yourself conquer the PR world with a few qualities that come naturally to you.

(SJP makes here glamorous success look easy)

 Smile ‘“ You’d be surprised how far this simple pleasantry can take you, whether it’s the best seats at the show or the corner office. Greeting your colleagues on Monday morning with a cheerful hello or smiling with gratitude when your boss assigns you a last-minute, urgent, assignment at 5:45 p.m can go a long way.

Be yourself – One of best things about working in public relations is working with so many unique but like-minded individuals.   Those crazy passions you have – from being magazine whore or pop-culture obsessed – are interests and hobbies you all share. Don’t doubt who you are or change it.

Follow your passion –  Simple enough. The best career advice I ever received was to “do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” It’s true. In PR, that passion can not only involve your love of media and communications but also extends to your interest in food, fashion, beauty or wherever your brand loyalty takes you.

Follow the Golden Rule – Treat others as you’d like to be treated. When your colleague is under the gun and in need of some  back up, put your dinner plans on hold and help her put together a media kit in half the time. Being a team player isn’t always the first thought in a cut-throat industry like ours, but it does not go unnoticed.   The public relations world is SUPER small,   and you never know when karma can come around and give you a sweet deal later in your career.

Trust your instincts – Go with your gut. If you think a spokesperson isn’t a good fit, or that something seems off with your budget on first glance, trust your instincts and go with your first educated response.   More often than not, it is usually correct. Should your gut be wrong this time, believe me, you will never make the same mistake again and only heighten said instincts.


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