A Look Inside: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Hilarious contemporary writer B.J. Novak released a children's book. What? You mean the guy who plays the ironic young temp on The Office? The guy who had a 30 second cameo in Spiderman? The guy who has a NY Times bestselling book, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories?

You are correct. The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak came out today, September 30th. At the 86th street Barnes and Noble in New York, he did a reading and signing that I was lucky to attend. A children's book with no pictures may sound like a confusing yet interesting concept, however, Novak made it clear for the audience. Without pictures, the child reading is really in control of the story. He explained it by using the analogy of a director giving a script to an actor. When you read a story for a child, you are giving a performance, yet they still get to react and interpret it the way they want.

The book doesn't have a solid plot, but it does include ridiculous sounds. Novak joked about how kids love hearing their parents saying "boo boo butt" and "GAARROOUUGGGGA" etc. (You get the point) He used this awesome example about one being at a comedy club and the comedian saying absurd, even crude things. The audience reacts with laughter and shock. "Can you believe he said that?" He then compared it to kids reaction to the book after hearing their parents say such nonsense things. "Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say. No matter what," he writes.

Novak also seems to have a fascination of text from his minimalistic book covers to his instagram @picturesoftext that includes well, pictures of text. The consistency, passion and comedy in everything he does makes me appreciate him as an artist and a person.

B.J. Novak always has a unique, interesting take on things and I can tell that he is very passionate about what he does. I watched The Office for several reasons, but the episodes he wrote or was featured in were always one of my favorites. He read to kids, interacted with the audience, answered questions, and really took in every person he talked to. I asked him a question from the audience and talked to him after and it really made me feel happy how he engaged with me and appreciated my question. We spoke about poetry and he told me "poetry is on the rise" and he asked me my name and if I was a poet. (I responded with "kinda" and he then told me name is a total heartbreaker poet name.) I always keep my eyes open for when he's going to release something or be featured in something. The Book With No Pictures is such a cute idea, and kids seem to really like it considering they were laughing at every page. You can buy it at your local book store or on amazon.

Time or Distance or Anything Else

To this very day, it amazes me how I can see an old friend I haven't seen for so long and we can talk just as we saw each other yesterday. There's no awkward silence, no sadness lingering in the air, no not knowing where we stand with one another. Instead, it's connection. When you have a true connection with someone, it never leaves you. It doesn't matter if you guys are too busy go out to lunch or if you two currently live in different states. Whether it be your best friend from middle school, your aunt from California, or a colleague from your old job: if you really had an authentic relationship with them, that's all that matters because it always remains inside of us.

Time or distance or anything else can't take that away from us.

Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams in Cabaret

Cabaret is an iconic landmark show. The original broadway production debuted in 1966 at the Broadhurst Theatre and ran for 1,165 shows. Merely six years later, Liza Minnelli starred as Sally Bowles in the screen adaption, which would later become one of her most well known performances. When most people think of Cabaret, they think of the film that Liza starred in. But is this the most accurate depiction of this musical masterpiece?

Witnessing the 2014 broadway revival starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams was a truly memorable experience. Cumming embodies Emcee better than anyone. Not only did he win a Tony for playing the role, but he has played it a countless number of times in the 1993 London revival, the 1998 broadway revival (2,377 performance run) and the recent 2014 broadway revival. This man effortlessly does the role, yet at the same time, he brings such uniqueness and energy to each performance. The role of Emcee doesn't really require a beautiful singing voice or intense dance training, however, it is extremely hard to pull off. You either have the talent or you don't. Cumming has everything he needs to pull off the role.

My lovely Shirley Temple!
During the 1998 broadway revival, a number of performers played Emcee, including Neil Patrick Harris and John Stamos. Yet while watching their performance, I didn't believe it. I didn't feel anything. As much as you see Neil Patrick Harris in theatre culture nowadays, I don't think he belongs there. He doesn't posses any natural talent or passion. He doesn't bring anything new to the roles he plays and he always seems so smug about what he does. Joel Grey originated the role of Emcee and played it on and off for decades. I think he pulls the role off without the raunchiness and is flamboyant and hilarious in a much different way. While Grey and Cumming play Emcee differently, they both do brilliantly in their performances and entertain the audience with their talent and love for theatre. Emcee is such a complex character and you need much more than talent to play this role. Emcee is flamboyant yet dark character. A character of mystery and depth. A character of fluid sexuality and raunchiness. A character beyond words. I was so happy to see Cumming a few nights ago and was lucky enough to meet him after the show. Bravo.

Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming in Cabaret 
(Photo belongs to JustJared)
Sally Bowles was made popular by Liza Minnelli, but was also played by Susan Egan, Molly Ringwald, Brooke Shields, Lea Thompson, Judi Dench, Jill Haworth, and so much more. Each woman plays it differently, yet for some reason, Liza is still associated with the role. Vocally and theatrically, no one will ever beat Liza. She entertained us with her sparkle. Yet the more you study the script and the more you look into Cabaret, the more you realize the focal point of Cabaret isn't Sally Bowles and she really isn't supposed to be a phenomenal singer. Hm.

Michelle Williams portrayed Sally in the 2014 revival and I was excited yet scared to see it. As an actress, she is brilliant, and I knew she would be able to embody the graceful hot mess Sally is. Yet this was her broadway debut, so you never know what to expect. Well, she was amazing. Yes, even vocally. There were certain notes they changed because she couldn't hit them,

The realistic setting at Studio 54
but I'm okay with that. I don't see a broadway show to see someone hit a note. She portrayed the most emotion during 'Maybe This Time', which made me tear up a bit. Out of all the Sally Bowles, she invoked the most emotion in the audience. Her acting was superb and doesn't even compare to the other women who played Sally.

I do recommend seeing Cabaret if you get the chance. It runs until March 2015 at Roundabout Theatre. Emma Stone will be replacing Williams in November, and I do plan on seeing that. I have nothing but negative feelings about it, but hey, we'll see how it goes. The fact Cabaret takes place at Studio 54 makes you feel like you're at the actual cabaret. The dancers and the musicians are on stage warming up before the show starts, interacting with the audience. The circle tables, the low-lit lamps, the waiters and waitresses walking around with cocktails. It's an experience worth the money.

Epic Blend: Lip Balm Love!

There are a lot of people I know that can't live without chapstick. While I never understood the obsession, I always respected it. Yet when I came across Epic Blend, I understood the obsession a bit more.

Epic Blend uses 100% natural ingredients, also known as ingredients you can actually recognize and pronounce. No harsh synthetics, no GMOS, no animal testing. The most fascinating thing is the ingredients in Epic Blend lip balms will improve your skins health overtime, where most lip balms just temporarily heal your skin with false chemicals.

The balms are available in three categories. Hemp, More Moisture, and Vegan. The Hemp has organic hemp seed oil to nourish your lips and go deep into your skin cells for an extra lift. Other key ingredients include coconut oil, sunflower oil, beeswax, and vitamin E and comes in vanilla, mint, coconut, and citrus kick! For all you vegans out there, they offer a plant-based vegan balm made from primarily candelilla wax coming in pineapple-mint and wild berry. The wild berry is my absolute favorite, it literally smells like a fresh forest of berries mixed with fruit snacks and makes my lips extra nourished for the day! And lastly, they offer the More Moisture balm, coming in green apple, cherry, grape and unflavored! This specific balm has seven moisturizers including organic shea butter and coconut oil.

If you are looking for a new chapstick alternative, I would recommend Epic Blend.

Their lip balms can be found at a retailer near you or you can check them out here!

Video Games to Look Out For: October-December 2014

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us: video game release season! There are so many new games to look out for this upcoming season, and it's really up to you to decide what you're going to actually invest in. Sometimes there comes a point where we gamers have to say "Okay. I've spent hundreds of dollars and hours on this series and the only thing different in each game is the graphics." Yet sometimes, when a game series has a special place in our heart, our bank account looses another 59.99 each new release... From Super Smash Bros, to Call of Duty, and SO MUCH MORE, hear what I have to say about this season's highly anticipated games. 

Super Smash Bros for 3DS
Release date: 10/3/2014
Super Smash Bros and various other Nintendo games have captivated every gamers heart since childhood. No matter how great the 90's version of the games are, most of us keep on buying the newer versions for the Wii or DS. Quite frankly, they aren't even that different, other than the graphics. So why are we all anxiously awaiting the new Super Smash Bros release? Well, because such a game is not released everyday! Call of Duty games seem to be released yearly, but this is not the case. Not only that, but this game is such a classic. You can play it really anywhere, and it's exciting you can take it on the go. You can battle your friends online as well, which makes it even more awesome! Many new characters were added. You can be an Animal Crossing villager or even a Wii Fit trainer. I don't even care about graphics while playing video games, but this, well...THE GRAPHICS ARE BEAUTIFUL. I feel like I just want to have this in my 3DS case. The current retail price is 39.99 and I don't expect it to go down anytime soon. If you want this game, preorder it! Why waste time not playing this game?

Assassin's Creed Unity for PS4

Release date: 11/11/2014
I know there has been a lot of controversy facing UbiSoft, but that's not gonna stop there game from selling. Sorry, everybody. I've always been quite fond of the Assassin's Creed games. They give you a peek into history. Honestly, I remember in high school, my APUSH teacher and I would discuss history based on the Assassin's Creed games. Pretty awesome. This specific game focuses on the French Revolution and I'm interested to see their take on it. Unity, rather than one man against the world. You get to customize your own assassin, which makes it more of a RPG game in a sense. When you get to customize your character, everything seems a bit more real. The product details say that you will get to "embark on ancestral missions, treasure hunts, murder mysteries, contracts and more." If you've loved the Assassin's Creed games before, you'll love this. If you never played them before, I recommend playing the first one and then jumping to this. Regardless, this is making my "must-play" list.

Fantasy Life for 3DS
Release date: 12/31/2014
This game is Animal Crossing and Runescape combined into one. But is that a good thing? Will it be entertaining? I really can't say until I play it. The description of the game caught my eye, stating "Embark on the adventure of your dream life as your craft, cast, fish, mine, battle and explore like never before. With the innovative Life system, your choices don't just upgrade characters - they help shape your journey. Explore a huge fantasy landscape beside surly dark paladins, slick pirate captains, regal princesses and others who share your taste for the unknown." Sounds promising to me. Then I saw the screenshots that changed everything. The game is highly saturated and colorful, with Mii-like characters. Not that I don't like that aesthetic, it's just different, I suppose. Runescape is my favorite RPG game and you do things like fish, mine and battle. Yet it's a bit darker, more realistic. Yet at the same time, this is a NINTENDO 3DS game. I should expect Mii-like characters and high saturation. I really wanna try it out but I don't think I'm gonna be purchasing this one.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare for PS4
Release date: 11/3/2014
 I'm not doubting the game is of good quality, but come on. Call of Duty releases a new game every year strictly for money. There's no creativity in it anymore. The original COD generation (most of them) can barely find the time to play anymore. I've played all Call of Duty games and to be honest, I think it started going downhill after Modern Warfare 2. Black Ops zombies and I have a lot of memories, but the campaign wasn't anything compared to MW2. COD games are always released with the retail price of 59.99, and before you know it, it drops and the next one is released. If a friend of mine is playing it, I won't hesitate to join. But I also know for a fact I won't be spending money on this game.

Pokemon Omega Ruby for 3DS
Release date: 12/31/2014
Some people love Pokemon to death and are just ecstatic that this is coming out. "Ruby was my favorite! I can't wait!" I love Pokemon a lot and my boyfriend Andrew loves Pokemon 10x more than I do. However, we are both not purchasing it. Pokemon is an ICONIC video game. It's the Harry Potter of the gaming world, to be quite honest with you. It's never gonna die and there's always going to be huge fans. Yet I can't bring myself to buy it. Maybe I'm just a sucker for the older generation of Pokemon, and maybe you think that's pathetic. I just don't think it's worth it unless you live for Pokemon.

Just Dance 2015 for Xbox One
Release date: 10/21/2014
I don't care if you dance like it's your career or if you despise dance, you have to have a copy of Just Dance in your household. It's just a fun game to have. For parties, small hangouts, or just one of those nights in with your family. But I don't think this is the copy you want to own. Just Dance unfortunately picks really bad tracks for all of their games. There's usually 1-2 good tracks per game, to be quite honest with you. Burn by Ellie Goulding, Summer by Calvin Harris, and Happy by Pharrell is among the few. There were so many better mainstream dance songs this year, but hey, that's fine. I recommend saving 10-40 bucks by buying an older version. Do yourself a favor.


Eating in NYC


Dining in NY isn't that hard. I once heard something along the lines of "You could dine in NY every single day for 52 years and never eat at the same place twice." I haven't been in NY that long, yet I've been simply amazed by the variety of food. As a picky eater and vegetarian, I still find NY rather accommodating. I'm making this post to share with you some of my favorite and not so favorite places to eat in NY. Some of them are strictly NY, and some you can find in several different locations. (they were just introduced to me here) Let's go!

16 Handles- First things first. There are froyo places all over the world, and on almost every corner in NY. Yet why is 16 Handles so special? THEY ARE AFFORDABLE. Pinkberry charges approximately 6.50 for a small froyo with toppings. It's REALLY small, and you don't even get to do it yourself. 16 Handles allows you to chose your flavor, mix your flavor, or whatever you want to do. But the best part is you get to do it on your own. You can add your own toppings and MY FAVORITE PART? It's based on weight. Usually when I get froyo based on weight, it's between 2-4 dollars. That's why I refuse to go to Pinkberry. They have a great variety of toppings/flavors, and the setting is so vibrant and adorable. They also have a rewards card, which makes froyo more entertaining.

99 Cent Pizza- It's funny. I don't know if these places actually have a name, but I've seen two of them and there's just a big sign that says "99 CENT PIZZA." So many people claim that eating in NY is expensive, yet 99 cents for a slice of pizza? You can't beat it. The pizza is actually quite satisfying. Large size, fast, great taste. This place is really a to-go place. The process of ordering, paying, and receiving is less than 30 seconds. There's no place to sit, this place is literally the size of a bathroom. The pizza is surprisingly really good, and I recommend giving it a shot. It really gives you the ultimate NY pizza experience. There's one on 43rd and 3rd.

Alice's Tea Cup- This place is worth the experience. It's expensive for tea and scones, but it's too cute to pass up. They have a wide selection of food for just a tea shop, and it's perfect for brunch. They always have GF/veg options which is a plus. I wouldn't recommend going all out here, because of the prices. But it's worth the trip to sit down with a pot of tea and little sandwiches. 

Au Bon Pain- I realized this place isn't only in NY, it's nationwide. However, I've never heard of it until I've moved to New York. Au Bon Pain is similar to Panera, in a sense. It's a cafe/bakery, serving soup, sandwiches and salads - along with coffee and pastries. However, I've found it to actually be less expensive. The food here is of quality, for the most part. I wouldn't recommend the eggs if you get breakfast here, they don't seem authentic. Yet the cookies are to die for and the mac and cheese is the best mac and cheese I've ever had in my life, you can quote me on that. There's something here for everyone, and the best part is you can really customize your order. 

Burger Heaven
Burger Heaven- I passed a few of these already, and the aesthetic automatically captured my attention. Sure, it was featured on The Apprentice, but the idea of being an "American" burger place mixed with a 50s diner vibe attracted me. My boyfriend Andrew and I went here with pretty high expectations and they weren't even kind of met. The service here was terrible. Most of the people couldn't speak english AT ALL and were rude when they didn't understand what we were saying. The man serving us slammed our food and drinks on the table carelessly. And, to be quite honest, the food was nothing to rave about. It wasn't the worst thing in the world, but still. We ordered a veggie burger, a grilled cheese, and shared a side of fries. (Mostly because a side of fries didn't come with the meal and was 6 dollars extra, and barely got a handful.) Hey, maybe the actual burgers are amazing, what do I know? But I do know my experience with Burger Heaven wasn't great. Too expensive for what you get.

Dos Caminos- I don't know about you. But for me, when it comes to mexican food, I'm a Chipotle kind of girl. It's simple and I know I'm gonna like it. Dos Caminos always caught my eye while I was walking third avenue. It seemed like a fun environment, and the guacamole was calling my name. It's pricy, but I would actually say it's worth it. While I was reading the menu, I had to actually analyze it because there were so many ingredients I never heard of or were just worded differently. If you're thinking about jumping out of the Chipotle box, this is the place to go. A great variety of mexican food and amazing guacamole. Did I mention amazing guacamole?

FIKA
FIKA- Known for their swedish inspired cuisine, I find this place to be very chic yet cozy. They have a simple menu that changes with the seasons. I went here for brunch and got the spinach ricotta croissant with their strictly strawberry tea. They both blew me away. The croissant was so decadent and I almost demanded another one. The tea was unsweetened, yet didn't need to be sweetened because it was that great. The setting of this place makes me feel at home. It was absolutely brilliant, and I know for a fact I'm gonna come here again. There are several locations all over NYC.

Ginza
Ginza- Good asian food is hard to come by. I'm glad I stopped into Ginza. Ginza is a Japanese restaurant with a ton of options. The service there was really good! I mean, they weren't great at english, but regardless, they remained happy and willing to help. Andrew and I got vegetable egg rolls and general tso tofu. The general tso tofu was not on the menu, but we asked if they could make it and they kindly did! They presented it really nicely and the setting you eat in is great. I recommend coming here if you're ever in the city. Located on 800 Lexington avenue.

Hale & Hearty- Thank you, New York, for teaching me about this lovely place. There are tons of locations throughout NY, and I am so thankful for that. When I first stumbled upon this place, I didn't know what to expect. Now I expect deliciousness every time I come here and I get exactly that. The thing I like about Hale & Hearty the most is that they serve so many good, QUALITY soups. They usually have 6-10 vegetarian options daily, where as a usual soup-serving place has one or two. I usually get the three lentil chili, but there are so many other great options. Literally this is my all time favorite lunch/dinner/anytime place in New York.

Hale & Hearty
HB Burger- I came across this place the first time I visited New York, actually. It's literally right off of Times Square. You would expect it to be expensive, considering one of the locations is close to the tourist capitol of the world, yet it wasn't. The service here was the best service I've had in a while and their veggie burger is amazing. One of the only actually house made veggie burgers I've come across. I recommend stopping by here, it's a laid back environment with a lot of options. It's one of those places to go with your family when you guys can't agree on anything. 

Macaron Cafe- Although Ladurée has the best macarons in town, Macaron Cafe is still pretty awesome.  Located on 59th and Madison, this place is the perfect passerby location. They have a huge variety of macarons daily which I applaud them for, but my favorite has to be the coconut. They also have great tea, coffee, and breakfast items. Eating in is always fun, the playlist here is always so calming. They have one in midtown west as well, it's one of the best brunch places!

Macaron Cafe

Midtown Restaurant- I've ate here a few times, and each and every time was only because they accept my school's dining plan. It's not the worst place in the world, but you have to be careful what you order here. I ordered a smoothie one night, (that was 7 dollars, by the way) and it was the worst smoothie I had in my life. I've made better ones at home with my really old blender. However, they do have some good items, like their mozzarella sticks. I think the reason some items are iffy is because they serve literally EVERYTHING. That can be overwelming, at times. I've never seen a menu so huge. They are located on 55th and 3rd. 


Spring Street Natural
Spring Street Natural- Located in the heart of SoHo, this is the place to eat if you ever make a trip out there. I was literally stressed out reading the menu, because their were so many things I wanted to order! I ended up ordering the taco salad, and Andrew ordered the vegetarian gyro. He literally scarfed it down in minutes and was talking about it hours later. The taco salad was also so good, and I couldn't get enough of it. I can't wait to come back here and eat breakfast. They have something here for everyone. The items on their menu weren't things you usually see, yet they were also things you've always subconsciously craved. 


Sprinkles Cupcakes
Sprinkles Cupcakes- Go here, now. Don't even finish reading my description. I'm not a sweet tooth, and cupcakes are actually one of my least favorite sweet treats. However, the cupcakes here are really good. The contrast between the frosting and the cake gets me every time. They also have a cupcake ATM, which is so unique and innovative. This place is perfect for any cupcake lover, or cupcake-indifferent person like me. You just have to experience it.

Autumn Playlist



LONG TRAN SS15


Long Tran is an upcoming designer, whose pieces have been featured in Vogue magazine, and even worn by Lady Gaga. I got the chance to attend the LONG TRAN SS15 fashion show and really enjoyed seeing his collection! The menswear was full of neons and silvers and conveyed a very futuristic vibe. I've never seen menswear like his, and it very much caught my attention. It screamed more summer than it did spring, yet it was a very interesting choice. The womenswear was beautiful. Shades of white on a simple pattern, yet with an edge. Not only would I wear the dresses straight from his collection, but I can see department stores creating a toned down version of his designs. The hair and makeup: beyond words, absolutely lovely. The women were all wearing very clean-cut buns, with a rainbow light, flickering in the center. That probably amazed me the most. It went with the theme yet in a chic, unique way. I don't even know how that's possible. I gotta admit, I'm a simplistic pastel girl. The menswear was a little too neon for me, yet still, I think the designs are really great and I can't wait to see more from Long Tran.














This Is Our Youth: Review

It was a Saturday morning and I knew I wanted to see a broadway show that evening. I've never actually seen a broadway show before. I've seen tours, off-broadway shows, community theatre productions, and all of that. But I've never actually been to a legit NYC broadway show. Quite honestly, I expected myself to see a classic musical or something. But there were three plays out I've been actually really wanting to see, and This Is Our Youth automatically caught my eye, as it has been for weeks.

It seemed different. A three person cast. A cast of three people that seemed to had been somewhat thought out, but also experimental at the same time. Nowadays, broadway seems to cast famous people that have no on-stage experience, or famous people that have a fan base and will draw people in. While Michael, Kiernan and Tavi all have acting experience, and I was interested in seeing them perform,  you could tell they weren't casted for the wrong reason.

I've never read This Is Our Youth before. I've never seen it before. I didn't go in with any expectations, so I had a pretty open mind. And let me tell you: I loved it.

Normally while watching a performance, I'm critiquing it. I'm ripping it apart piece by piece, analyzing everything from the actors to the costumes to the set. It's just something that's always been natural for me to do, yet, during the entire performance of TIOY, I didn't really want to. I was intrigued in what was going to happen and I was laughing every few minutes. Literally LOLing, which is quite rare.

I felt like every plot summary I read was nothing like what I actually saw. The thing about this play is that it's simple and doesn't need a five paragraph description. I'm not going to give you an entire plot summary, but it takes place in a small NY apartment in the 1980s on the Upper West Side. It's spans over about a day. (All night, then the following morning) It's basically about these two guys named Warren (Michael Cera) and Dennis (Kiernan Culkin) and all the crazy shit within one night. That's all I'm going to tell you because if I say anything else, it takes the fun out of seeing it.

The performances were really well and blended together. The actors all seemed compatible and bounced off of each other amazingly. At the beginning, Michael Cera seemed a bit pushy with his acting but after a while, I realized all of his acting choices were justified and his performance was hilarious. The way his lines are worded and the way he delivered them never failed to make me laugh.

Kiernan Culkin blew my mind. I mean, I felt like I was with him in the room. He took me back to the eighties. The way he effortlessly did everything and really made a connection with the actors, the audience, and the fake people he was talking to on the phone literally made my jaw drop. Because of him, I never laughed so hard at a show. I can't think of anyone who could've done this role better. From him pushing his hair out of his face, to his weed smoking, and to him getting angry at everything - his performance was...amazing.

Now, I've always respected Tavi Gevinson as a person. I love her work in terms of Rookie magazine, and truly love her individuality. When I found out she was going to be on broadway, I was genuinely intrigued! I didn't know what to expect. Now, I don't know if her character Jessica was supposed to be a manic pixie dream girl with an edge or the awkward girl she portrayed, but whatever she did was good. I like the unique twist she added to the character. Her and Michael Cera were very compatible on stage and I enjoyed watching her.

The set...oh, the set. The set was the best set I've ever seen in my life. Everyone around me was freaking out about it. It looked too realistic, too REAL. The lighting portrayed night and day almost better than the sun! There was an apartment building shown behind everything that I was questioning how it was even possible they did such a thing. Kudos to everyone that took part in that. Well done.

I liked how This Is Our Youth was simplistic yet modern. Light yet heavy. Shallow yet deep. Hilarious yet thought-provoking. It's a play that is open to interpretation and you can either love it or hate it, but it's worth seeing.

I met the cast after the show, and they were all super nice. Michael Cera and me had eye contact for 5 seconds straight, Kiernan and I joked about 'drugs' being on stage, and Tavi was super cute and almost shy. Not to mention, Rashida Jones (from NBC's The Office and Parks and Rec, etc) was sitting a few rows in front of me. I'm a HUGE NBC fan, so I got to meet her briefly. Gosh, meeting celebrities is hard sometimes cause I want to ask them deep questions and just have a conversation with them but instead, it's "Hey, huge fan. Bye." Regardless, it was nice meeting everyone.

The show officially opens on September 11 and runs for 18 weeks. Go see it while you can. You can get tickets via telecharge.com or the box office.


My First Ladurée Experience

Macarons are all the latest craze right now. But I'll admit, they aren't my go-to dessert. Believe it or not, I don't have a sweet tooth at all. I prefer salty or spicy. Carbs and sodium > sugar. However, I've always wanted to try macarons. And I got to! Back in Ohio, I tried some from Whole Foods and another local health store. It was...well, it was okay. But nothing to go crazy about. That was my first impression of a macaron.

I've always wanted to go to Ladurée. Everything about it seemed so attractive. The pastels, the cute little boxes the macarons come in, and the macarons themselves! I've seen photos from several different locations, and some even served tea and little sandwiches! I just knew I had to go. NY has two locations, one only a couple blocks away from where I live. I made my first trip to Ladurée a few days ago. And I have one word: YES.

It's expensive, sure. I mean macarons are expensive no matter where you go. But it's kind of like going to the movie theatre. You spend so much money on an evening ticket with concessions because it's worth the experience. I got six macarons of my choice in a cute reusable box for 21 dollars. I had one of the macarons immediately, coconut flavor. Let me tell you: it wasn't even comparable to the macarons I've had before. Soft, decadent, delicious: three words to describe them. Honestly, it was amazing. Still not my go-to dessert, but if you love macarons, you HAVE to go here. If you're not sure how you feel about macarons, just go here anyways.

I do recommend eating the macarons as soon as possible, because after they're in the fridge for a while, they aren't as good. Overall, Ladurée is amazing. Because it's expensive and rare to come across, I recommend dropping by at least once.

New York, New York

I've been in New York for a little longer than a week, and I feel like I've been here for...well, for a little longer than a few years. I knew I was always meant to be here. I've been dreaming of living here for my whole life. The sight of city lights alone inspire me. The thought that I can just walk a block to get anything I need. The thought that there is opportunity and adventure right around the corner. It's so very inspiring to me.

View from my room
I happen to be very lucky, because most people get a brick wall as their view, and even if they do have the city as their view - it's not as great because they're not as high.

But here I am, on the 30th floor. I get to wake up to the sheer beauty that the city is. The city is everything you expect it to be, yet at the same time, it's so different than what you expect it to be. One thing I realized is that it's not times square or the statue of liberty that make the city so special. It's not fifth avenue and all the shops that come along with it. It's not Central Park or the taxis or the food carts. Quite frankly, the city is so much more than that. It's what you make it. It can be lonely and miserable. It can be your worst nightmare. It can be full of failure and emptiness.

NYC is like tofu. You hear so much about it, right? It's in so many dishes, yet what does it taste like? Tofu tastes like nothing. It's a white block. It absorbs the taste of whatever it's cooked with. You add your own seasoning and spices. That's kind of how I see New York. It can be awful, really. But if you're surrounded by people you love, or soaking up the opportunities, working your dream job, etc - it really is a beautiful thing, NY.

Why are you in New York? What do you like about New York? Is it a job? A person? A dream? A good, logical reason? Perhaps you can't really explain it. NY has always been somewhere I KNEW I wanted to live. Literally, I've been dreaming of this place since I was a single digit. It has something intangible about it, but I know that I love so much about this city and everyday, my love for the city grows.

I could sit here and tell you about all my experiences. The funny ones, the heartfelt ones, and the awkward ones. I could tell you about my favorite place to get vegetarian chili, where to get 99 cent pizza, and why Duane Reade is one of my favorite places. I could tell you about my roommates, my classmates, and my neighbors - and all of the hilarious moments that come along with that. But this isn't my diary. And I have a hard time writing about those things, I feel like it's much better to just talk about them. So, hey, if you're ever in the city, I would love to chat about it. You can email me, call me, text me - or even better: talk to me. And hey, maybe if NBC picks up my idea for a tv show, you'll get to hear about my experiences there. Until then...