Last night, I went to see the Bryant Park tree lighting with my friend Joe. It went by a lot quicker than it does most years. I arrived a bit late, since I thought they would have a big lineup before lighting up the tree. Turns out, they lit up the tree before the performances! Luckily, it was tall enough for me to see from the back. After that, the crowd thinned up and I was able to meet with Joe up front.
Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes, Johnny Weir, the Haydenettes, Yankees legend Mariano Rivera, New York Pops Brass Quintet, Carly Rose Sonenclar, and others were all there.
Quirky is such a great place for gifts. They feature so many cool products that can be useful and handy. I tested some products last year, as seen [here]. This year, I had the opportunity to try a couple more. Featured here is the Ventu Strainer Bowl. It acts as a strainer and there's a wood covering on the bottom to transform it into a serving bowl. I love that it's two kitchen essentials in one.
You may have heard of the Andean Collection -- a fair-trade accessories company that have been in major retailers such as Anthropologie, Calypso St. Barth, and DKNY. I've also mentioned them a few times on my blog in the past, [here] and [here]. Well, they have rebranded themselves under their new name, the Faire Collection.
Their fall/winter 2013 collection features cold weather accessories made
with the finest quality alpaca from Peru and a new collection of
Faire's best selling Batik Mamba bracelets from Swaziland. By the way, this hand made herringbone infinity scarf is super warm & cozy! I love the colorblocking; it's great if you want to switch up the colors for the front of your neck or if you want to mix it up. It hugs your neck comfortably, which helps block out that chilly wind!
If you're interested, they're having an extended Giving Days Sale until tomorrow -- for 25% off holiday favorites! See [here] to shop!
I'm always on the go, and I have always wanted to try a mobile battery/charger. Luckily, the team at RAVPower reached out to me to review this lipstick charger. It works with most phones, not just the iPhone. It comes with an extra cable so it acts like a mobile outlet -- pretty handy when you can't find one! I know I have that problem when I'm out, and I have to stop by a Starbucks to recharge - either the outlets are taken or there isn't one around.
This RAVPower lipstick charger not only works as an extra battery, but it's also a tiny flashlight!