12Jun

Swimming with Dolphins in the Bahamas

Swimming with Dolphins

Let's talk about bucket lists. What's on yours? I have so many things on mine....mostly destinations like Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Cambodia. But I also dream about doing things that make me feel brave. Most recently, I took a 40 mile bike ride through NYC's five boroughs. That was brave. This past weekend while traveling in the Bahamas on a solo trip, I decided to have another adventure: swimming with dolphins. It's something I've always wanted to do and there's certainly no time like the present. Dolphins are smart, beautiful creatures and Read More

10Jun

My #SoloTrip to Grand Lucayan in Freeport

grand lucayan

If you're looking for a laid back weekend (and I know you are), you should consider the Grand Lacayan the Grand Bahama Islands.  I've just returned and can honestly say that it's extremely relaxing and a solid, clean resort on a beautiful stretch of land. I spent my days lounging on the beach, wading in the sea, exercising and getting a facial at the  resort's spa, sipping cocktails during sunset on the beach, swimming in the three pools, munching on Caribbean cuisine and reading and writing. As a result, I came back well-rested and ready to take on Read More

07Jun

A (Rare) Solo Traveler

grand bahama island

No, this isn't a book review. I just felt like the image above sums up how I feel about where I am right now. I'm actually on a press trip in the Bahamas at the Grand Lucayan. I decided not to bring any members of my family on this trip largely for financial reasons. I yearned for a trip where I could not only focus on my writing but also seeing things through a different lens. I first became aware of the beauty of solo travel many moons ago while backpacking through Europe after college, when, as Journalism major, I carried a notebook and pen and Read More

03Jun

The Lilly Awards, Saluting Women in Theater

the lilly awards

I had the immense pleasure of attending the Lilly Awards last night in NYC. It was a night dedicated to honoring women in every aspect of theater. For a theater fanatic like me, it was a complete thrill. I LOVED every second of the evening. After bumping into one of the founders almost at the start, the phenomenal Theresa Rebeck, and being remembered by her after meeting her quite fleetingly last year through a friend, I felt right at home. The Lillies were started in the Spring of 2010 as a way to honor the work of women in the American Read More

03Jun

Giveaway: Tickets to Our New Girl at Atlantic Theater

Our New Girl

Hazel Robinson appears to have everything, but when her plastic surgeon husband departs for a charitable mission in Haiti, she's left holding the bag of a failing new business and a problem child. When a professional nanny arrives unannounced on her doorstep, Hazel finds her home under the shadow of a seemingly perfect stranger and one who has an agenda of her own. The cast features Mary McCann (The Old Neighborhood, Our Town), Lisa Joyce (La Bete; Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson), Henry Kelemen ("Mr. Popper’s Penguins," "What Maisie Knew") and CJ Read More

30May

Giveaway: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

alvin ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will present 15 performances at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater from June 11 to June 22, 2014.  Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey’s acclaimed dancers will perform in four distinct programs of exciting repertory, including a world premiere from Robert Moses – a first-time collaboration with the Company – the company premiere of Asadata Dafora’s groundbreaking 1932 solo, Awassa Astrige/Ostrich,and new productions of Hans van Manen’s Polish Read More

30May

Review: Maleficent, a Feminist Film

Malifecent

I always worry about Disney movies, as much as I love them. The female characters always seem to need me. Or to be saved by men. Of they need to be kissed by men in order to live. That has been the story of several of their fairytales, including the very popular Sleeping Beauty. In that story, a handsome Prince breaks a spell cast on the Princess by Malifecent and not only are they reunited, she is saved and the palace awakens. Everyone lives happily ever after as a result of the Prince's actions, even though he is a minor character in the story. Oh, Read More

28May

Orange is the New Black Returns to Netflix (w/ Spoilers!)

orange is the new black marquis

Don't hate me. I know you love Orange is the New Black as much as I do. Not only am I about to tell you that I've seen the first episode of season two of the series, set to premiere on Netflix on June 6th, but I also got invited to the NYC premiere party at the Ziegfeld Theater! Okay, now you really hate me. What can I tell you about the evening? It was surreal - from watching the actors walk down the red carpet to viewing my favorite show in a room full of passionate OITNB watchers to attending the party where I saw my favorite characters standing in Read More

27May

Mother Daughter Night at Residence Inn Central Park

View from Residence Inn

This past weekend my 11-year old daughter and I spent a night at the Residence Inn in Central Park. We had no idea before our arrival that we were headed to North America's tallest hotel! The 68-story building houses some of the best views in the city, without a doubt. The views from our room were simply stunning and it was such fun to point out the surrounding buildings and gaze down at the people and taxis from so far above. You can't feel more New York City than this with such incredible views through windows that surrounded our room facing the Read More

26May

An Interview with ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Author John Green

the fault in our stars

I was recently part of a group of culture and book bloggers who asked author John Green a few questions about the upcoming release of the film adaptation of the he extremely popular young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars. His excitement for the film was quite infectious, even over the phone, and there can't be anyone more excited about the release of the film...except the public. Since the official trailer was released by Twentieth Century Fox a  few short months ago, it has received over 19 million views. Here’s what I found out about his involvement Read More