Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Samantha's TV pick- Glee


When Glee debuted last year, I watched one episode, expecting to really like it, but it was just too corny for me and believe you, me, I love corny (I love everyteen hit on ABC family!). I never watched another episode last year and I declared that the show was just not for me.

However, then over the summer, by accident, I watched Glee again. It was the episode where they sang all my very favorite Journey tunes and I was literally dancing in my apartment and hooked. This show is great- the music is amazing, and the character storylines have really developed and they aren't corny, they are hot! And Coach Sue Sylester (Jane Lynch) has to be one of the funniest characters on television right now! Check it out!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Samantha's Place Pick- NYC's Sky Room

Sky Room at the Marriott's Fairfield Inn

I went to the opening of the Sky Room the other night and if you are looking for a romantic spot with killer views, mod furniture and yummy food, the newly opened Sky Room is your place. In a city where there are many outdoor rooftop hotspots, the Sky Room still is a standout. Its two floors, indoor and outdoor, they have retractable ceiling so you can still go there as we move onto to fall and winter months and the location is very central. Check it out!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Samantha's Simple Pleasure-- Biking in Central Park

Sometimes when you live in a big city, you can forget the small things that make your city so special. Take for example, New York's Central Park. It's one of the most amazing parks in the world, yet living in NY, sometimes New Yorker forget to enjoy it's beauty. So, go grab your beau, rent a couple of bicycles and reacquaint yourself with nature and the simple pleasures; what a romantic way to spend a Fall day!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Samantha's Food Fix- Billy's Banana Pudding

Billy's Bakery

We all love cupcakes these days. However, even though this trendy place is known as a cupcake place, the real bomb here are their banana desserts- the Banana Pudding- gooey pudding, lady fingers and large chunks of bananas as well as the Banana Cake- sugary banana icing on banana cake. If you really want your honey to love you, this is the perfect treat. Did I say yummy??

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Samantha's Product Pick-- Peter Thomas Roth Un-wrinkle

Peter Thomas Roth Un-wrinkle Concealer and Brightener

You will love this product. It is a concealer and brightener in one and it really helps with those dark circles after a romantic night with your beau! And don't just take my word about it, it was also the winner of the Best Concealer in the Star Beauty Awards 2010. Don't forget to put the brightener right beneath your browline to give the appearance of your eye being lifted.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Samantha's Blog Pick- Gossip Cop

Gossip Cop

If you like gossip, (and you know you do), this is the site for you. Gossip Cop actually polices all the other gossip and gives you “the true” skinny on what’s what… in gossip; that is, if you believe gossip to begin with!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Samantha's Fashion Fix- Pamela Rowland

Pamela Rowland

If you are looking for feminine, sexy and romantic clothing, look no further than Pamela Rowland's Spring 2011 Spring line which we got the pleasure of viewing at a presentation at the Whitney Museum of Are. Don't miss my personal favorite was the gold lame one shouldered at the knee dress- a true show-stopper!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Samantha's Hotel Pick- The Springs

The Springs Resort and Spa

If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica or if you are considering planning a trip to Costa Rica, this hotel should seal the deal. Only a few years old, this breaktaking resort in the Arenal region of Costa Rica is a place not to be missed. It sits 1000 feet above the Arenal Valley where an active and real volcano is the first thing you see every morning along with a rainbow array of birds chirping on your balcony. They have 18 hot springs and pools on a 165 acre property where you can linger and enjoy while watching the volcano lava and taking in the natural and lush Costa Rican scenery. The rooms themselves are the perfect mix of rustic and luxury with many of them having their own hottub on the balcony and/or 2 floors of living as if you had your own little house. Each balcony also comes equipped with a hammock where you can luxuriate and relax. This place is not to be missed!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Samantha's Product Pick- Proactiv Refining Mask

Proactiv—Refining Mask

I have tried a lot of fancy masks but this one that they sell on TV seems to do an excellent job of clearing the face within one night and making it look all dewy fresh.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Samantha's Designer Fashion Fix- Betsey Johnson

If you are looking for whimsical and romantic clothing, Betsey Johnson is the only designer who can deliver this to perfection.

Her runway during this week's Fashion Week at the tents at Lincoln Center was the most electric and exciting of all those I saw. This line is for the gal who loves getting attention! My two favorites had to be the dress that reminded me of candy "Dots" and the purple glitter fairy princess dress.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Samantha's Book Pick- "Have I Got a Guy for You"

Have I got a Guy for You by Alix Strauss

This author has penned several great books but this one in particular is my personal favorite. I caught up with this author recently who told me that the impetus for writing the book was how many times over the years her mother had set her up on one crazy blind date after the next. She started to wonder if it was only her own mother who was so unskilled at this self appointed job so she did some research, only to find out that it is actually an epidemic of these type of mother’s of single daughters all across the country! This book shares many deliciously funny stories of bad and crazy setups that a variety of Mothers crafted!