Wednesday, September 11, 2013

'Body Local' and Free tickets to 'FitDrinks NYC'!

FitDrinks NYC is "a monthly networking/cocktail party for personal trainers, yoga teachers, massage therapists, acupuncturists, nutritionists, running coaches, holistic health counselors, physical therapists, chiropractors, spin instructors, pilates teachers, zero balancers, dance teachers, meditation teachers, exercise physiologists, rolfers, dieticians, and anyone who wants to meet these people and re-define the detox-retox-redux".  Phew, that is a lot of fitness professionals in one room!  The event is hosted by 'Body Local', a website dedicated to fitness, wellness and nutrition in your local area.

The September party is taking place tomorrow (Thursday 12th September 2013) in the 'Reflections Center for Conscious Living' at 250 West 49th Street from 7-10pm.  There is an open bar serving holistic cocktails and DJ Tim Grae will be playing music.  You can also get complimentary mini-treatments from local practitioners as well as tasty, but healthy, treats from many restaurants including Candle Cafe, Pita Grill, Enlightened and Pipernilli.

Tickets for these events are normally $20, but you can go absolutely free if you go to the website, http://fitdrinks.eventbrite.com and use the Promo code LYNZES.  You can also find out more about the event at http://bodylocal.com.  This website is worth checking out anyway as it features lots of free exercise classes across the city, great deals on healthy food and much more.

I hope you enjoy!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Katy Perry 'PRISM' Listening Party

Last night was one of the most exciting I have had since moving to New York, as I was lucky enough to attend the Katy Perry 'PRISM' listening event.  A 'play party', I learnt, is when an artist invites industry insiders to listen to songs from his/his new album.  A friend of mine works in the industry, and at the last minute her +1 had to cancel, so she invited me!  

The event took place downtown and in order to avoid any leaks, we had to check in our cell phones in at the door. The room was amazing, everything was white except from the blue lighting, which made it feel as if you were in a kaleidoscope.  My friend and I enjoyed a couple of drinks and some delicious canap├ęs before Katy Perry arrived on stage.  She looked beautiful and was wearing an gorgeous outfit with some very high Christian Louboutin shoes.

Katy then starting chatting to the audience and seemed very happy, making jokes and smiling throughout. We saw the 'ROAR' video and then we heard some of the songs from the new album.  Before each song Katy would tell us about it, explain why she wrote it and who she collaborated with on the track.  I really liked the songs she played, especially 'Walking on Air' and 'Dark Horse', which were more upbeat and dancey. Katy told us that her favourite song is 'Unconditionally', and the lyrics from 'Love Me' mean the most to her.  It was fun to watch her present the songs and see the crowd's reaction to them, everyone seemed to be having a great time.

After we had heard the last song, Katy was presented with an award to celebrate her 8th No.1 on the Hot 100 chart.  She then came down and started mingling with the guests, who were then able to have their photograph taken with the star.  I was lucky enough to meet and have my photograph taken with Katy Perry!  She was so lovely and had a little chat with me before we smiled for the camera.  She was very generous with her time and laughed and joked with everyone who wanted to meet her. I can also say she is even more stunning in the flesh!

It was an amazing and memorable night which I was extremely lucky to attend.  I am looking forward to buying the album when it comes out as I enjoyed all of the songs I heard.  PRISM comes out on 22nd October 2013 and you can get more information from the Katy Perry website at http://www.katyperry.com.

Celeb Spot! Perez Hilton and George Kotsiopoulos

My gym is the place to be this week as there are loads of celebs dropping by to use the facilities during New York Fashion Week.  I have taken a gym class with George Kotsiopoulos, who is one of the presenters on the TV show 'Fashion Police'.  He looked extremely athletic and muscular, and of course, was dressed very stylishly, even though he was only at the gym.

I also saw Perez Hilton getting put through his paces by a personal trainer.  Perez is a famous blogger, TV presenter and gossip columnist who writes about celebrities.

Who knows who else I might see over the next week, but I will keep you posted!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

South Street Seaport After Sandy

It was just over 10 months ago that Hurricane Sandy hit New York and many parts of the city are still recovering from the devastation caused by the storm.  One of the areas badly affected was South Street Seaport, which is right on the water in downtown Manhattan.  Many of the shops and restaurants were completely ruined, and the area was a no go zone for many months.

However, the area is slowing being re-built, and as I hadn't been there since before the storm, I thought I would check it out.  On arrival into the market place we saw that some of the shops and restaurants are still closed, but many are open for business.  Guess, Super Dry and Abercrombie and Fitch are all open, as well as a couple of the smaller independent stores.

They have also used shipping containers to create 'pop-up' retail space for smaller shops and coffee bars.  It actually looks pretty cool, and they had turned the top of the container into an outdoor bar and seating area which would be great on a nice day.  Unfortunately for us it was raining, so we didn't get the benefit of sitting outside with a coffee, or enjoying food from one of many interesting looking food vendors.

We did stumble across a great little cafe on Front Street called 'Made Fresh Daily'.  They serve all natural and organic food, and are open for breakfast, brunch and lunch.  They have an array of delicious cakes and cookie, which we sampled with a cup of coffee.  I enjoyed a mini cherry cup cake and my husband had a rather large oatmeal and raisin cookie, both of which were delicious.  The meals I saw being served looked great and there was a nice quiet atmosphere as people sat reading newspapers and chatting.  If you are in the area it is worth a visit, you can get more information at http://www.madefreshdailybakeshop.com.

After coffee and cake we strolled down towards the end of Pier 17 that used to house a small mall.  This was closed and boarded up, but there were some stalls and street vendors.  I think the weather had probably caused some to close, but there was more open than I had anticipated.

Although South Street Seaport isn't back to it's former glory, it is slowly, but surely getting there.  It is easy to forget that people and businesses are still suffering in the aftermath of Sandy, so I think it is important to support the growth of the area by paying it a visit.  For more information on the rebuilding of the Seaport, current openings and events, visit http://www.southstreetseaport.com.