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Trendsetter, Jetsetter: We have a winner!

If you had won, you would be this happy, too!

Thank you to everyone who entered to win earrings from KTCollection!  The winner of the Trendsetter, Jetsetter contest is….drumroll, please: Helen Ogbara!

Thanks for entering, Helen–please reach out to KTCollection to claim your prize.

To everyone else, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for more giveaway opportunities that I think would be awesome for you.  In the meantime, if you haven’t snagged some already and you want to try KTCollection jewelry for yourself, now’s your chance.  If you’re in New York City, you can visit KTCollection in person.  Otherwise, you can always shop online on the KTCollection website–the shipping is super-fast, as I recently discovered when I ordered new earrings to replace a pair that I lost while I was in Las Vegas (whoops!).

Thanks again for being such loyal and dedicated readers!


Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Miscellaneous


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Photo of the Week: New York, NY, USA

NYC Gay Pride Parade

Because I was out of town that weekend, I was not able to check out San Francisco’s gay pride parade this summer–I will certainly have to put that on my list for next year.  In the meantime, I decided to dig up a photo from gay pride parades past–namely, last year’s New York gay pride parade.  The parade is always a lot of fun, attracting families, couples, singles, friends, locals, and tourists alike, of all imaginable ages, races, nationalities, sexual orientations, and creeds.  However, last year’s parade was particularly moving because it occurred just after gay marriage was legalized in New York.  The excitement was palpable, especially when Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and City Council speaker Christine Quinn (who recently married her partnermarched through the parade.  It was wonderful to be part of such a historic celebration.  The U.S. just observed Independence Day yesterday; hopefully, each future birthday of my country will see us one step closer to recognizing equal rights for all of our citizens.  Happy (belated) birthday, America!


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Trendsetter, Jetsetter: Win earrings from KTCollection!


A big part of travel is deciding what to bring with you.  Usually, especially if you’re traveling on a budget, a premium is placed on packing light.  Frequently, the advice you get involves choosing items based on functionality only.  This works fine for a lot of people, but, for me, I like being able to dress with at least a touch of style while I travel–it just makes me feel like myself, no matter how far I am from home.  So, how do you pack light but still allow for looking trendy once you hit your destination?  One way is to focus on accessories–they don’t take up much room in your luggage, they’re versatile, and they can add a hint of spice to plainer outfits.  Personally, I love earrings, whether brought with me or purchased during my travels.  But, what’s better than buying jewelry?  Getting it for free!  As a thank you for being my loyal readers, here’s your chance to score some free, awesome earrings from KTCollection that you can sport on your next trip!

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Posted by on June 21, 2012 in Miscellaneous


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One Last Night in New York

David Westin and Katie Couric–I wish that I could have gotten a better shot!

This past Wednesday was my last day in New York.  While I spent most of the day finalizing everything for the next day’s cross-country move, I gave myself a break in the evening so that I could squeeze in some final, fun activities in the city.

First up was an event hosted by the Hudson Union Society, a group that brings in distinguished speakers from all walks of life (e.g., sports, politics, entertainment).  I had received a discounted membership through a long-ago sale on Gilt City, and now I would be going to my first (and only–whoops!) of the organization’s events.

This event was a good one: Katie Couric would be interviewing former head of ABC News David Westin on his new book, Exit Interview.  I have to admit, I had no idea who David Westin was when I signed up to attend–for me, the draw was 100% Katie Couric.  I have watched her for almost as long as I can remember, and I admire her drive and success in journalism.  I had no doubt that seeing her in person would be awesome.

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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in New York, North America, USA


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Photo of the Week: New York, NY, USA

This is a delicious bowl of crawfish. I ate it ALL. Feel jealous.

This week’s photo is of the highlight of my time at this year’s Ninth Avenue International Food Festival: my crawfish bowl from The Delta Grill.  Despite being a longtime resident of Hell’s Kitchen, I had never eaten at The Delta Grill, and this was a lovely introduction.  Plus, even though I’m a born-and-bred Southerner, I’ve never eaten a crawfish bowl before, so this was a highly educational gastronomical experience.  In simple terms: this dish was unfamiliar but, thanks to some helpful advice from the Internet, I was able to enjoy it.  Even simpler: finger-lickin’ good!


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2012 Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

This festival is SERIOUS about barbecue!

Though I’m sad that this past weekend was my last weekend in New York, I was thrilled that I got to say farewell by participating in one of my favorite neighborhood events: the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival.  I stumbled upon it accidentally last year and had a great time.  This year, I was so busy on Saturday tying up loose ends for my move and getting ready to head out to a bachelorette party that I thought that I had missed the festival.  However, on my way home from church on Sunday, the cab driver informed me that we would have to take an alternate route because Ninth Avenue was closed again.  Could it be that the festival was actually two days long?  Could it be that I still had a chance to get in on the goodness?  As it turns out, yes.  Obviously, as soon as I got home, I grabbed my sunglasses, camera, and extra cash and jumped into the fray.

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Photo of the Week: New York, NY, USA

Trying something new to improve my photography skills

Although I showcased a different photo to my tour group, after further reflection, I have decided that the above is my favorite from amongst the pictures that I snapped during my Saddleshoe Tours street art photography workshop this past Obscura Day.  Here’s to continuing to learn and improve!


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