With the recent launch of the iPhone 13 series and many people upgrading their phones, now is the perfect time to gift a new iPhone case, or start the new year off with a new case for yourself. Here are a few of my favorite fashionable and functional cases.
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Saturday, December 11, 2021
With the holidays in full swing, these are my top Accessories Council gift picks this season, for you or your loved ones, with jewelry picks under $100. All these gifts are available online to help you avoid the crowds and save time having to shop in-store.
Thursday, December 2, 2021
For our second anniversary, Dan and I celebrated at The Beer Spa in Denver, and I couldn't think of a more relaxing and unique experience.
To celebrate our anniversary, we went with the Date Night Package ($219), which included 90-minute access to our Beer Therapy Room, complete with a beer bath, infrared sauna and rain shower. I purposely didn't look at the setup of the room on social media as I really wanted to be surprised and absolutely loved how they decorated the room. It was such a romantic setup with the "Happy Anniversary" banner, candles, rose petals, gourmet chocolates from Temper Denver and a charcuterie box. Also included was a $30 shared beverage credit for the both of us.
When we checked in for our appt, we actually started with a craft beer tasting in the taproom. There were some interesting, locally brewed beers, with my favorites being Cucumber Lemon for a spa vibe and Gingerbread Dunkle, but ultimately we were hooked on the Stem Cider Off-Dry Apple Cider. After we poured the cider into our tumblers, we were ready for a tour of our Beer Therapy Room.
We spent 20 minutes in the infrared sauna, and to my amazement, our ciders stayed cold in our tumblers. I was also surprised to learn that just one 30-minute infrared sauna session can burn up to 600 calories, which is equivalent to running 2-3 miles! After our sauna session we each had a quick cold shower, and then enjoyed our therapeutic herbal bath, packed with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. There were even designated cubes on the wall to keep our tumblers safe and reachable.
Our beer bath blend included Cascade Hops and Two Row Malt from Great Divide's American Lager plus aromatic allspice, which soothes sore muscles and increases blood circulation. We also threw in the CBD bath bomb by Color Up, for an extra relaxing experience. The mini beauty bar was a nice touch! Similar to a hotel mini bar, there are beauty items that are for purchase once opened. The other beauty bar items included a beer hair mask, hop beard oil and beer body lotion by The Beer Spa, and a CBD Face Mask by Color Up.
Our beer bath started to automatically drain after 70 minutes, which left us with 20 minutes left to quickly shower and leave the room with all our stuff. You will absolutely love The Beer Spa's beer shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. They are all amazing products with unique scents, which they just changed up for the fall/winter season.
We lounged for a few minutes in our robes with our tumblers in a quiet spot, and then we got dressed and headed into the space-themed Relaxation Lounge for our zero gravity massages. Out of all the massage chairs I have ever tried out, these are by far the best ones! It really made me wish I had one of these at home. The chair customizes your massage by scanning your shape, size and acupressure points, and then tilts you back into a zero gravity position. This chair applies just the right pressure for a full-body deep tissue massage. It was so easy to relax, I couldn't believe how quickly 30 minutes went by!
After our massages, we went back to the taproom to lounge for a bit and finish our cider. Before leaving, I also checked additional products from The Beer Spa including their signature candle infused with cedarwood, chestnut and vanilla notes and their bourbon barrel-Aged Stout body soap, with a blend of dark stout, bourbon, cocoa, and oak (smells amazing!).
The Beer Spa just opened in February of this year, so it is less than a year old. We definitely can't wait to come back for a date night in the taproom followed by massages. Thank you to Jessica and Damien for having us, and thank you Rhiannon walking us through everything! You can learn all about The Beer Spa at www.thebeerspa.com. Along with images from The Beer Spa, I included an Instagram reel of my experience.
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Sunday, August 22, 2021
So far I've only explored Denver a few times, but I've already got some favorite hotspots for eating and going out. Can't wait to add more to my list!
Tupelo Honey Cafe
1650 Wewatta St, Denver, Colorado
This is the first brunch spot in Denver Dan and I stumbled upon, right when we got to Union Station and it immediately became one of our favorites. Coming from NJ, I rarely get to enjoy hearty, southern meals. I went for the Famous Fried Green Tomatoes, which I had eaten for the first time ever and I was blown away. They were made with panko-crusted fried green tomatoes, basil, roasted red pepper sauce, over heirloom grits and goat cheese. There are so many other dishes I am tempted to try on my next visit such as their fried chicken, greens and bowls, or shrimp & grits.
Denver Milk Market
1800 Wazee St, Suite 100, Denver Colorado
Now if you are undecided on where you want to eat, you are bound to find something you like at Denver Milk Market, from ice cream and cupcakes to tacos and burgers. The alley is a great spot for cocktails and food outdoors. Since there are so many options, I recommend you show up hungry and eat your way through here!
1433 Larimer St, Denver, Colorado
I love bubbly so I was ecstatic to find a champagne bar right in Larimer Square. We didn't have a reservation, but my boyfriend Dan and I were lucky enough to walk in, and have a table within the next hour. I expected the champagne cocktails to be NYC pricing, at least at $20-$25 and was shocked when I found out drinks were $10 each! Some of the drinks include a Strawberry Sunrise (strawberry purée, sugar, orange juice and champagne, and the Kir Royale (Crème de cassis, lemon twist, and currants). They also have amazing desserts such as the espresso crème brûlée. Next time I'm there I definitely need to make it for happy hour, when drinks are only $6 each from 3-6pm Monday - Friday. The atmosphere is dim and romantic, making it the perfect date night spot.
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Since I have been a Vincent van Gogh fan for as long as I can remember, I was so excited to experience the Immersive Van Gogh at Pier 36 in New York. Van Gogh's works in the form of digital art and animation created by Massimiliano Siccardi is like nothing I've ever seen. The exhibit itself is made up of 60,600 frames of video, 90,000,000 pixels and 500,000+ cubic feet of projections.
When you first walk in, you'll learn a few tidbits of van Gogh, that he was born in 1853 and died at the age of 37 in 1890. He also painted almost 900 works in his lifetime. As you walk through the different rooms, there was plenty of room to sit and distance yourself from other attendees, and there's no worry about not being able to see the art - you are able to view it from wherever you choose to sit. Be sure to bring a face mask to wear, as they are required in the exhibit.
It's easy to fully immerse yourself with the digital art and music including Luca Longobardi and Edith Piaf, with masterfully smooth transitions. My favorite van Gogh pieces are The Starry Night and Sunflowers, which were a joy to see. The show seems to run for about a half hour, but if you are a few minutes late, don't worry, it runs on a continuous loop, so even after you watch it once, you can continue to watch it a second and third time to take in the entire experience. I myself watched it three times, and instead of just moving to another room the second time, I decided to watch it from the upper level. The third time I watched it I wanted to be a part of the art, as you can stand close to the wall and have the art projected on you.
I found the whole experience to be unique, relaxing and visually stunning. As you watch the art move you can't help but feel emotionally moved by all the color and storytelling. Including the show and walking around after, I stayed for about an hour and a half. It was the perfect date night!
After the exhibit, there are fun interactive activities once you download the Lighthouse Immersive app. The augmented reality activations include Letters from Vincent: asking Vincent a few questions and getting a crafted letter back (using artificial intelligence and machine learning), and Pocket Gallery, in which you see framed art in the form of a brushstroke, but once you hold the app up to the art you'll see the art come to life. You'll also find some areas of course to take some selfies and photos. Don't forget to check out the van Gogh-inspired fashion exhibit and explore the gift shop, which has the biggest selection of van Gogh merchandise I've ever seen. My favorites were the tea cups, statement necklaces and scarves. If you are still in the market of adding to your face mask collection, they have that too!
Thank you Immersive Van Gogh New York for having me! If you would like to learn more about the exhibit and purchase tickets go to www.vangoghnyc.com. Click here to check out my Instagram Reel of my experience.