27Feb

Going Back in Time with Netflix

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One of the things I love about Netflix is that it takes me back in time to my own childhood. We’ve already watched many of my own favorite films from childhood like Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science and I’ve recently come across a whole slew of films based on books I grew with like A Wrinkle in Time, The Babysitters Club, Hugo, The Babysitter’s Club, James and the Giant Peach, Escape to Witch Mountain and Goosebumps. We've also watched some of my favorite shows like Gilmore Girls, a show that I loved (but after rewatching nearly 200 Read More

25Feb

Review: Brooklynite at the Vineyard Theatre

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Today I experienced one of those "only in NYC" experiences: BROOKLYNITE, a new show playing at the Vineyard Theatre. The show has a lot of star power behind it - book by Peter Lerman and Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening), music and lyrics by Peter Lerman, with characters created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. The show opens this 2/25 and plays for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 22nd. I found it to be electrifying, vibrant and incredibly unique, akin to when I saw Rent in its early days playing the off-Broadway Read More

25Feb

Giveaway: 4 Tickets to the NY Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show

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I'm a big fan of the annual Orchid Show at The NY Botanical Garden, and I'm thrilled to be hosting a giveaway to send a family to experience it for themselves. Beginning February 28, The Orchid Show: Chandeliers will dramatically transform the NYBG's landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into the country’s largest curated show featuring orchids. Each year this eagerly anticipated exhibition displays thousands of orchids, captivating New Yorkers and visitors from across the country and around the world. This year the exhibition is designed by the Read More

24Feb

Postpartum: The Musical

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A while ago, I wrote about Hello Flo, a company whose idea to send tampons through the mail to young girls via subscription went viral last year. They had two videos that hit You Tube to promote a Period Starter Kit for girls: The company has had two hilarious viral successes in advertising its Period Starter Kit for girls— "Camp Gyno" and "First Moon". I interviewed founder Naama Bloom about how she's helping kids grow up last year and was so impressed with her goals - they're so genuine. And now she strikes again with a genuine mission - to help Read More

23Feb

The Beauty of #AskHerMore

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Last night my dear friend and fellow blogger, Aliza Worthington, invited me to join a group on Twitter called "AskHerMore". At first, I was confused by its meaning, but once I figured it out, I was overjoyed. For years, women have been complaining about news reporters the red carpet, having primarily been asked about their gowns rather about the hard work they've put in to make it where they are. It looks like times are changing, and E's Fashion Police should be very interesting tonight! Last night Reese Witherspoon posted the image above on Read More

20Feb

FlashBack Post: Do Women Want to be Submissives? A Look at Fifty Shades of Grey.

(This post is nearly three years old but I feel compelled to post it again, in light of the recent release of the film, as well as the most interesting comment I got at the end - so scroll down. I haven't seen the film...yet.) On a recent trip to London, I took a trip to my favorite UK bookstore, Waterstone’s, and roamed the shelves. As I searched for books to bring home that I can’t get in the U.S., a book caught my eye that I had been hearing a lot about.  Yes, Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James.  I had been following the talk about this book for some Read More

16Feb

A Solo Trip to Hawks Cay Resort

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Solo travel can be so... Empowering. Restorative. Enlightening. My recent trip to the Hawks Cay Resort was all of those things and more. For just a few days, I left my family at home, well taken care of, and went to cover the new renovations at Hawks Cay Resort. The resort is on Duck Key, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Key Largo is 46 miles north, and Key West is 61 miles south. It was a 2-2-1/2 hour journey from Miami, where I flew into. For a few days, I'd explore the hotel with a group of writers and have experiences Read More

15Feb

Fund The Skinny and Get People Talking About Eating Disorders

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A little over a year ago, I wrote a piece on Jessie Kahnweiler. Her video series called Meet My Rapist spoke to me on many levels. It was a blunt response to her own rape that occurred as a college student while in Vietnam by playing herself being followed by her rapist. She took an extremely bad moment in her life and used it to teach people through storytelling and it was really powerful. Since then, Kahnweiler has gone on to do more great things that wake people up, including me, every single time. Using the power of comedy and video, she produces Read More

13Feb

A Mom in Pursuit of Solo Travel (Sans Guilt)

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I've just spent a few days in the Florida Keys at a resort that's ideal for families. While I'm here, I've experienced several activities my kids would love - from fly fishing to jet skiing to a sunset cruise to a bike ride beyond the property. Only there's one catch - my kids aren't here. I'm on my own after a pursuit of solo travel. I'm actually covering the resort. It was recently renovated and I'll reviewing its new features for several publications I write for. I'm on a press trip with four other journalists. Some have kids, some don't. There Read More

09Feb

Highlights from the Athena Film Festival

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This past weekend I had the ultimate experience for a female culture vulture like myself at the Athena Film Festival. Several days prior to the festival, I interviewed Melissa Silverstein, editor of Women & Hollywood and co-founder of the festival,  about the event. We were talking about why there is a need for a festival for and about women's equality in 2015 and she told me this: “There is not a lack of talent for women in film, there’s a lack of opportunity.” She and her co-founder, Kathryn Kolbert, weren't the only ones aware of the lack of Read More