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Village Voice Eighth Annual "Choice Eats" Tasting Event Recap

Foodies from around the tri-state area converged on the Metropolitan Pavilion to once again partake in the extraordinary gastronome experience that was the Village Voice Eighth Annual "Choice Eats" Tasting Event. With well over 60 participating restaurants that were handpicked from all five NYC boroughs, Choice Eats did not disappoint attendees who enjoyed unlimited sampling of the restaurants' best mouthwatering dishes, indulgent desserts, complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages. We had the pleasuring of once again attending this illustrious event and feasted as much as we could without going into a food coma. Our food journey started led us to old familiar favorites like The Kati Roll Company, Luke's Lobster, Doughnut Plant, and Carlo's Bakery, but we also discovered lots of new yummy loves as well. Join us in drooling over some of what we enjoyed

Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue - Tri Tip Pastrami w/ Horseradish Mustard & Scratchbread Rye

Peppa's Jerk Chicken - Seasoned Jerk Chicken w/ Festivals (Sweet Dumplings) w/ Homemade Spicy Jerk Sauce

Delaware and Hudson - Sour Braised Beef Shortrib w/ Caramelized Onion Puree

Kuma Inn - Pig & Pickles

We indulged in some many delicious fare that we had to take breaks and walk around in between sampling just to help our digestion efforts. This proved to be a wonderful plan, because we got to enjoy much more than we did at last year's Choice Eats.

After indulging in the above savory dishes, it was time to move upstairs to surrender to a few decadent desserts and get to know the Choice Sweets section of the event. We devoured the delicious samples from Tate's Bake Shop, Fay Da Bakery, Sugar Couture, Butter Lane, Luca & Bosco, Carlo's Bakery, Doughnut Plant, Robicelli's, and Butter & Scotch.

After we had our fill of desserts, we walked a bit more around the event capturing photos of the festivities, talking to fellow attendees, and enjoying a cocktail or two from the participating alcohol vendors

Full food coma was achieved when we got home after the event and we wouldn't trade that experience for anything in the world. Choice Eats is a must for foodies, or anyone who wants to discover new restaurants or flavors. You should add it to your "must-go-to" list immediately.

SHOPPING NYC: Elie Tahari Sample Sale

Are you ready for another wonderful sample sale? Elie Tahari, get ready to save up to 70% off men's and women's fashions, as well as accessories. be sure not to pass up these amazing deals. Mark your calenders, set your reminders, and get into deal mode so you don't miss out. All the details are below:

Happy shopping!!

Ora Delphine Spring 2015 Handbag Collection

We have been so ready for spring, ready for the days of vibrant colors, less layers, sunny, warm weather days, and did we say vibrant colors? We've stated numerous how much we love color, and how much we gravitate to it, so it should come as no surprise that we are really loving the array of bold, energetic colors of the Ora Delphine Spring 2015 Handbag Collection. This striking collection of beautiful, functional, luxury leather handbags boasts fresh, lively colors for spring, in effortlessly silhouettes, and timeless sophistication.

The classic bags feature genuine, supple leather that is hand-cut and sewn, boasts hand-painted leather edges, gold tone hardware, protective metal feet, cotton twill lining, removable, and adjustable shoulder straps, and side, and back pockets. Backpacks have been steaming up the fall and spring seasons, and you'll fit right in with the Harper Backpack, which features drawstring closure and numerous pockets (we love it in candy apple red). The Claire Bucket Bag, which is the must-have bag style for spring, is available in a dazzling variety of colors from muted, to neutral, and spirited. Other styles to covet include the Elle Hobo, Fiona Carryall, Harlowe Satchel, and Julia Satchel. For those who want even more luxury in their lives, look no further than the Mia Wristlet. It's perfect for just the essentials, your cell phone, cards, cash, keys, and lipstick. We love the colorblock leather and calf hair version

If you're looking for a little less leather, and bags that are great for running errands, you'll love styles like the Dina Tote, Shae Duffel Bag, Kitty, and Janice Pouches, and Shopper Wallet (which unzips to a grocery bag).

These styles feature Nylon bodies, in standout hues, with genuine leather trims and/or handles. Most of these styles (with the exception of the Kitty Pouch, and Shopper Wallet) feature exterior pockets. You'll love these bags for their versatility and hidden gems. our favorite is the Shae Duffel Bag because of its interior detachable toiletry pouch, and drawstring shoe bag. Look for these items and more on www.oradelphine.com.

Beauty Rescue with Topganic Baobab Oil Collection and Whitening Lightening

Sometimes it's really hard to be a Lifestyle Blogger, you get to try out so many amazing products, sometimes several at once. if you haven't noticed, that first sentence was of course dripping in some sarcasm. We love trying and discovering new products, especially if they help us combat our beauty issues. The experience gives us a bit of a rush, especially when we try something we absolutely love. We've recently been indulging in some wonderful hair and dental health rescue products from the Topganic Baobab Oil Collection and Whitening Lightening Teeth Whitening products, that we were introduced to last month.....we can tell you we're having lots of fun turning back the clock.


So who is Topganic? It is the first hair care line to effectively combine natural oils, extracts and minerals from the Dead Sea. Topganic takes a natural approach to protect and nourish your hair with their luxe range of shampoos, conditioners, hair masks (we love, love, love) and more to prevent further damage from chemicals, heat styling, and pollution. We indulged our hair in products from the Topganic Baobab Oil Collection because winter has not been kind to our hair. You should be well familiar with the benefits of Baobab Oil, but just in case you need a refresher, it contains vitamins A and F, which greatly helps rejuvenate and renew hair, vitamin E, a superior antioxidant to help fight the aging process of the hair fiber, helps soften and improve hair's elasticity and essential fatty acids that contribute to maintaining healthy hair. Topganic products are available at ULTA and Harmon and online at www.topganic.com.

Shampoo with Baobab Oil from Africa ($9.00) - Enriched with baobab oil, vitamin A, vitamin E, natural essences and Dead Sea minerals, this luxurious shampoo gently cleanses hair, while nourishing roots and maintaining hair’s natural moisture level. The Shampoo with Baobab Oil from Africa leaves hair soft, healthy and shiny.

Conditioner with Baobab Oil from Africa ($9.00) - For use with the Topganic Shampoo with Baobab Oil from Africa, this luxurious conditioner helps maintain a healthy moisture balance for beauty, silky strands. Enriched with baobab oil, vitamin C, vitamin E, natural essences and Dead Sea minerals, the Conditioner with Baobab Oil from Africa provides hair with a soft touch, healthy look and beautiful shine.

Treat Hair Mask with Baobab Oil from Africa ($11.00) - Enriched with pro vitamin b5, jojoba oil and baobab oil, this nurturing mask replenishes hair’s moisture level, while nourishing the hair fiber with crucial vitamins. The Treat Hair Mask provides flexibility, shine and softness for hair.

Intensive Oil with Baobab Oil from Africa ($13.00) - Infused with authentic natural oils and pure extracts, the Intensive Oil nourishes and maintains healthy, shiny hair. Rich is vitamins A, D, E and F, baobab oil provides superb moisturizing benefits, while helping to improve the elasticity of hair, which reduces breakage and splitting hair.


We love tea, we can't help it. It's extremely rare to go a day without enjoying a cup or two of our favorite tea but one major consequence of enjoying so much tea, is the staining of our teeth. The act of teeth whitening can sometimes get messy, be painful (tooth sensitivity is not fun at all), and taste awful. Thanks to the products from Whitening Lightning, we don't have to give up our beloved tea, and we don't have to endure the messiness or harmful chemicals. With its pens and professional home kits that deliver fast, noticeable results without the harmful chemicals, messy trays, unpleasant taste or sensitivity, Whitening Lightning has become a go-to. We're getting our teeth whiter with the Dial a Smile Professional Whitening Kit (see product info below) but Whitening Lightning has a host of other products and we're sure you'll find one to fit your needs. Get more info on the brand and where to purchase these products at www.whiteninglightning.com.

Dial a Smile Professional Whitening Kit ($99.00) / ($115.00 with pen) - Dial A Smile whitens teeth at home in only 20 minutes. It's painless, fast, and can be done in the comfort of your own home while offering similar results to a professional in-office dentist treatment. Teeth appear four to seven shades whiter per treatment. Perfect for smokers, wine, and coffee lovers or teens who have recently had their braces removed.

ZERO White Teeth Whitening System ($115.00) - The newest addition to the Whitening Lightning collection contains all-natural botanical whiteners specially formulated in the brand’s lab. ZERO White contains no peroxide and will not cause sensitivity. The completely painless system restores teeth, crowns, veneers and caps to a natural white using all natural botanical whiteners. See results of seven to ten shades lighter in 14 days.

ZERO White Whitening Pen ($29.00) - Like the ZERO White System, the pen is formulated using natural botanical whiteners that do not irritate or harm teeth. The pen works on teeth, crowns, veneers and caps in just 60 seconds. The formula does not have a bad taste and works while you sleep.

Super Booster Pen ($29.00) - Freshens breath, kills bacteria and restores teeth to their natural white shade. Simply paint the gel formula on teeth and let dry for one minute and the treatment is done. No unpleasant taste, no wait time, no sensitivity and no mess. The formula whitens and fight stains while you sleep by up to seven to ten shades in 14 days.

Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss ($22.00-$24.00) - The lighted lip-gloss contains collagen peptides to increase lip volume and reduce lip wrinkles, while doubling as an amazing moisturizer. Collagen peptides rapidly speed up cell renewal to increase lip size safely and painlessly. Available in fashion forward shades of peach, pink and bronze that never feather or bleed.

NYC EVENT ALERT: Meet Artist Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson w/ Smashbox at SEPHORA

Cult Favorite Artist Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson partnered with Smashbox at Art Basel and blew everyone away with his lipstick car and the very cool artwork on the Smashbox X Donald Robertson Collection. He's also been rocking both the art and Instagram world with his incredible, and colorful artwork. Now it's your chance to meet the famed artist and see him create in person at a #SmashboxLovesSephora Event.

Get to know the Smashbox X Donald Robertson Collection, receive a complimentary makeup application featuring one of four looks exclusive to the event. Watch Robertson create live art, including one-of-a-kind shopping bags, created especially for you*, on Saturday, April 4th, from 11 AM - 6 PM at Sephora Meatpacking, located at 27 9th Ave. All attendees will get to meet Donald in person, from 12 PM – 3 PM. For more details, call Sephora at (212) 510-7941.

*With any Smashbox purchase
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