Posts Written On December 2013

Year in Review 2014: Shock Yourself

This year has definitely flew by like a bullet train late for an appointment. I don’t even know where the time has gone. I just concluded my 3rd year in New York and 2nd year in Brooklyn. I am so excited for 2014 and all that is in store. We are moving to Noho/Greenwich Village!  I am so happy to be surrounded and incubated by all that NYC has to offer me once again 24-7.  I will now tell you all about my 2013… It has been eventful!


Ran in the new year in TO with my friends and family then came back to NYC sick!!  So Jan was cold and uneventful. We went to the Motorcycle show. This month I was feeling really blah!  I decided I was gonna start growing my hair long.


As if a Valentine’s Day engagement was not amazing enough, we got married 2 weeks later at Brooklyn City Hall!  Wow! I wore a blue wedding dress it was vintage. I chose blue because that is the color of the original wedding dress. Marry in blue, you will stay true <3 I also inherited Tai’s grandmothers’s wedding rings so I am over the moon. I also made a giant paper crepe flower that was hot in the 70’s… Feb was just perfect. We met in Feb 11, we moved in Feb 12 and we got hitched Feb 13. Not bad 🙂  I also start a new job at Rabeanco, an international handbag company from Hong Kong!


I dreamt that all my friends had mixed babies and all the kids were also friends with each other when they grew up.  How beautiful would that be? March was really not so eventful, working, waiting for spring and playing with neighborhood pups.


I go to Hong Kong for work!  I present my global social media strategy to the founders of Rabeanco and have an amazing time! I made a great friend named Chloe in Hong Kong and I spend a week there working. I haven’t been back for almost 10 years so it was just amazing and refreshing to see my birthplace! Of course I shop like crazy!


Counting down to my last year at 20’s!  Can’t believe how fast time goes by – May is work work work… proud to get a placement for Rabeanco on Bagsnob this month. As a present for myself – I got LASIK!  I can see now…I have worn glasses since 3rd Grade so you can imagine how big of a deal this is for me. No more contacts, no more glasses!



My birthday month! I turn 29 with my friends from Brooklyn at Izakaya on Smith – my all time favorite sushi spot! We go to Detroit for the Ford trend conference again, my hair is growing long.. Tai goes home to get his mom’s car for us for the summer!  It is awesome to have a car – we go took the dogs to Larchmont Beach and I got a bike from Sole Bicycles!


Summer is the best!  We go to Toronto for 4th of July weekend with Nick… and for the summer Petite Feet Sale! I hosted a week long pop up shop at Bauble Bar for Rabeanco and throw a hit event with I Spy DIY. Work gets busy with fashion week ramping up. July went by as a blur really…Waiting for Tate to be born!  My sister had her second son and he is just adorable!  I am an aunt again. Can’t wait to meet this little man.


Julian comes to visit and we hit the Alexander Wang sale and Williamsburg!  The last days of summer… My hair is getting long, I get my Green Card!  Welcome to America… 🙂  I work in Greenpoint briefly for a fashion agency called vmGroupe and just loving the balcony, the beach, the sun.


Busy busy month! I met Mara Hoffman backstage during Fashion Week and pull off 2 events for Satya Jewelry.  We celebrate Tai’s 34th birthday and Mid Autumn Festival in Toronto with my cousin Ricky and my family!  Toronto was fun – we went out to eat and shop and took Jacob to see his vet. My family loves Tai and the more time we spend together the better acquainted with Toronto he gets. It is small in comparison to NYC but we see it as our future home to be near family.  My mom comes to visit us in Brooklyn


Drake Concert, Fort Greene Pupkin parade and Jean Paul Gautier exhibit!  Oct is a fun time, I love fall and we go to lots of events this month. Canadian Thanksgiving and I start working with Rabeanco again!


Look how much my hair has grown!  We do a low key Thanksgiving dinner and I attend the first ever Purina Pet conference in NYC.  Can’t believe this year flew by.


We go apt hunting for our move, we get our lil Christmas tree together. Our dear friends are about to have a baby and we are just keeping warm, packing and sending love to you all <3 See you in Noho in 2014!!

There is no time to be complacent! Shock Yourself in 2014 and get carried away.

Wanna see what I did in:

2013 recap ——-> Shock Yourself 2014

2012 recap ——-> Switch it Up 2013

2011 recap —> Love for Self 2012

2010 recap —–> Expand Your Network 2011

2009 recap ——> Get Passionate 2010

2008 —–> Get Tribal 2009


A Gentleman’s Guide to the Holidays: For a Relaxing Time, Make it @Tuthilltown Time

A Gentleman’s Guide to the Holidays is here.  This special feature showcases my top holiday gift ideas of the year.  Take it from me– I’m a dude, and I keep it classy like Ron Burgundy.  It’s my mission to help guide you through the madness of the holiday season with a collection of simple, manly, and sophisticated products for the gentlemen in your life.

Well folks, we’re getting down to the wire with holiday shopping.  This is your last chance to get the refined man in your life something he’ll really enjoy.  For this final edition of A Gentleman’s Guide to the Holidays, I’ve invited some of my favorite gentlemen to join me to converse, listen to music, and sip fine whiskeys from Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery.

On the menu are three of Tuthilltown’s Hudson Whiskeys- Baby Bourbon, Four Grain, and New York Corn.


With me to enjoy these bottles are Dan, Ben, Brian, and Ian- all seasoned whiskey drinkers and good pals.  Needless to say, it wasn’t very difficult to get them over to my place to taste these Hudsons.  We all chose our favorites for the night, but one thing we were all able to agree upon was that Tuthilltown’s Hudson whiskeys were top notch.  “Sweet”, “tingly”, “robust”, and “not boozy” were all exclaimed over the course of the evening.

Ben pours himself a glass of the Hudson 4 Grain Bourbon- his favorite of the night.


Giddy with excitement, Dan can hardly contain himself. This man is in love. In love with whiskey.


Ian made a batch of homemade sour mix to combine with the Hudson New York Corn whiskey.


The Hudson Baby Bourbon won over Brian- easily his favorite of the three.


I give a big gentleman’s stamp of approval to the Hudson 4 Grain Bourbon. Delicious.


The first bourbon whiskey to be distilled in New York, Hudson Baby Bourbon is a single-grain bourbon made from 100% New York corn and aged in special small American Oak barrels.  It’s mildly sweet, smooth, and warm, with hints of vanilla and caramel.

Corn, rye, wheat and malted barley come together in the Hudson Four Grain bourbon. The grains balance each other’s full flavors- combining the soft richness of corn, the sharp peppery notes of rye, all the smooth subtlety of wheat and the sweetness of malted barley.

Lastly, Hudson New York Corn Whiskey is an unaged sipping whiskey, made from 100% New York corn.  I’ve always known this style of whiskey as moonshine- an American classic.  Fun fact: It is also the foundation for the Hudson Baby Bourbon.

The great thing about giving Hudson whiskey as a gift this holiday season- there’s no need to go to the mall to get it.  Just stop by the nearest fine liquor store and ask for Tuthilltown Spirits.  Each bottle is hand waxed and numbered, which makes this the perfect gift.  More information at


@TautCollagen will start your new year with confidence!

Start the new year with confidence by drinking up! With Taut Premium Collagen Replenishment Formula.



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Taut is made from Type-1 and Type-2 marine collagen and utilizes a unique hydrolysis technology to shrink the collagen molecule from the size of a basketball to the size of a peanut, which makes it small enough for the body to absorb. It’s also made from real orange juice and is packed with Vitamin C, which is essential for collagen absorption in the body.

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5 Unexpected Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Yes you waited til last minute but 3 days is actually 72 hours and you can definitely scoop up these last minute presents easily:

1. YouthyForver – Whole Foods

These fruity juices are perfect to ring in the new year – They are full of antioxidants and have the health benefits of wine!  Buy a case of these at your local Whole Foods for your family gathering. The kids can enjoy it and the adults too! Put it in a pretty glass – Mix it with a seltzer and a splash of vodka instead of using traditional cranberry juice.  This drink has juicy secrets to keep you young and it is actually good for you.  Youthy Forever is GMO and gluten free, vegan.

2. Noosa Yoghurt – Target

Edible gifts go wayyyyyy further than useless knick-knacks!  Still out of ideas and strapped for cash?  Get Noosa at your local Target store and be everyone’s hero.  This yogurt is delightful and delicious! With local honey and hormone free cows, this is a healthy and great holiday dessert. It comes in a medley of  10 flavors and is Aussie style, made here in the USA.  Share this with your family and enjoy a ton of conversation and laughter.  I would buy a stack of these and set up a bunch of toppings so everyone can make their own Noosa!  My favorite topping suggestions: coconut, chocolate chips, sprinkles, fruit, honey, fruity pebbles, granola, crushed cookies, mini oreo and candy cane bits.

3. Emmi Cheese Fondue – Cost Plus World Market or Gourmet Supermarkets

This is an easy appetizer or party snack that can be ready in 5 minutes! Pour into a pot, heat until bubbly, and dip your favorite foods in creamy, cheesy bliss. I would pick up at least 4 packs of these to gift. They are way more fun and interactive than a cheese platter and it s a fun gift for your family to share. After all the sweets, isn’t it time for some holiday savories?

4. Felt Handwritten Online Cardsonline

Really really cool way to merge the generations!  Grandma loves cards and kids love iPad?  Now you can have both using Felt App.  Create really cool personal cards for every occasion on your iPad with the Felt Stylus and then they will send it for you!  I think they is great for New Years, Birthday, Chinese New Year and of course Christmas!  You can send out all your cards without stamps and going to the post office.  I sent one to my friend June in LA 🙂

5. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush – Any local drugstore

It is a funny gift but a great one that everyone needs!  This is a super versatile gift that you can get ANYONE in your family and they will be sure to use it and think of you and thank you throughout the year.  It is a really nice gestures and a personal gift that is sure to be a hit. The square box makes it oh so easy to wrap or just slap a bow on it!  A quality electric toothbrush makes a huge difference in your daily routine and you can get different colors for everyone. Throw in some Tom’s toothpaste while you are at it 🙂


A Gentleman’s Guide to the Holidays: Looking good with @Moscot

A Gentleman’s Guide to the Holidays is here.  This special feature showcases my top holiday gift ideas of the year.  Take it from me– I’m a dude, and I keep it classy like Ron Burgundy.  It’s my mission to help guide you through the madness of the holiday season with a collection of simple, manly, and sophisticated products for the gentlemen in your life.

In this edition, I’m happy to present a longtime, family owned company that makes classic eyewear in the great city of New York.  Since 1915, Moscot eyewear has been doing it right with a fascinating history- beginning with an Eastern European immigrant selling eyeglasses from a pushcart in the Lower East Side, before blossoming into an iconic NYC institution.

vintage Moscot via Instagram @moscotnyc

Sometimes worn for sun protection, often worn because it’d be impossible to see anything without them.  Whatever the reason, Moscot has always designed timeless frames for all occasions.

I’d like to introduce fellow gentleman and all around top-notch nice guy, Lance Lee, to show off two of my favorite frames from the Moscot Originals collection: YUKEL and LEMTOSH.

YUKEL by Moscot.

Fun fact: Lance loves books.
His current favorite is “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” by Haruki Murakami
This book is not by Murakami.

LEMTOSH SAGE sunglasses by Moscot.

Fun fact: Lance hails from sunny California.
Sunglasses are the norm in California because it’s so darn sunny all the time.
“This way to the dunes, dude!”


This collection is based on styles from the Moscot archives from 1930-1970 and retain the authenticity of the original frame styles from the lenses, down to the traditional hardware.  Their throwback style pays homage to the old school eyewear first fabricated by the company in the 1940s.

Moscot Eyewear have three flagship shops in New York City and one in Seoul, South Korea.  Their frames are also available at various retailers across the world.  If you prefer the internet, has got you covered.

A special thanks to Lance Lee for modeling these frames!  Stay classy.