I went to the Buffalo Exchange in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I found it to be a nice change of environment from my usual F21 addiction. However, very similar to Forever this place happens to be a little crazy looking in just about every location. You could potentially come out with some really good finds but you have to know your personal style in advance and more importantly you really, really, REALLY have to dig. This staff is okay, relatively friendly and certainly more helpful than the sales associates that you may run into at the more commercial retail outlets. This location in particular carried some nice apparel selections, but let's be serious. Paying ten, fifteen, and in some cases twenty dollars is a bit steep for secondhand threads. But I won't because how many stores is there really that sell gently used top designer bags, clothes, and shoes? There were a lot of Ralph Lauren items which I found to my liking. This place is certainly the Barney's of thrift stores. It was a more upscale than any other thrift store that I have ever seen.
The best way to define Sephora in comparison to the other leading brands in the industry is this; Sephora consists of high caliber beauty products with the everyday woman in mind. In comparison to the vibe that I get from some of the other leading brands is when I walk into a store no matter how busy it appears to be an associate always makes themselves available to assist you. Very few places still have associates that are so personable and literally walk you over to the product. I went there the other day to pick up some concealer and a specialist sat with me for 30 minutes trying to place the perfect match for the shades they offer and my complexion. When the cashier asks to take your email information down it really isn??t with the intent just to flood your mail box with junk mail promotions and credit card prompts. Actually discounts and free trial products are offered to registered customers every month and you even get sent a free gist in your birthday. One of the best things about Sephora is I can get a bunch of things I need or gifts all in one place. Not just makeup (although their selection is pretty fabulous), but perfume, stuff for your hair, and pretty much anything you could ever think of to use in the shower. I will admit that some of the makeup selections are pricey. However, if you haven??t to spend you can??t really put a price on quality. Can you?
Dunkin Donuts appears to be one of those retail chains where not matter what upscale alternatives comes along to challenge it, it would never really be replaced. I love dunkin donuts especially even more now due to the resent changes in the menu for the summer (coolata, frozen chocolate, sweet iced tea). I love the dunkin donuts in Midtown, it??s probably the least crowded in NYC, and I don??t think I??m exaggerating. The lines are relatively short even during morning and afternoon lunch rush hours. I love how breakfast is served all day. There are always inserts offered in the Sunday paper that I can use to get free or discounted drinks the following week, cause I really need my coffee. Occasionally when it does happen to get a bit hectic, I??ll notice the store manager stepping in and rolling up his sleeves to help out. Today I stopped by to try the promotional ice coffee drink for the new Captain American movie. It was a very unusual mix of ice coffee, chocolate, cream, and some other things and it was pretty good. Dunkin Donuts again is definitely one of those places that simply cannot be replaced.
As a kid I??ve always had my reservations about FAO Schwarz, the upscale store where only celebrities and particular affluent customers can take their children. This year I decided I wanted however to pick something up for my niece??s first birthday. Upon entering I quickly realized that this unofficial 5th Avenue landmark has gone through several renovations and has since come a long way from the classic luxury allure of toys and collectors items which has made it so famous. You won??t find many products by big discounters here anymore. Now their inventory primarily consists of collections of hard-to-find and oh-so-expensive items such as scooters, adult karaoke machines and, mini-luxury car models of Hummers and Jaguars. I remember getting a beautiful silver toy remote control Corvette (definitely one of the best Christmas??s). But one does one get for a little one year girl? The staff here was very helpful in resolving that. One associate walked with me through the entire store until we settled upon this beautiful doll. As I walked out I noticed that one thing that FAO Schwarz didn??t change about their store. The giant piano keys which have been featured in so many movies and Christmas television specials thankfully still remains.
I have been here a couple of times and I have to say, I really like this place. It??s definitely a quaint spot around Union Square, but then again ITS UNION SQUARE. The last time I was here I tried the Sugar Snap Pea Salad w/Guanciale. The sweet, crisp peas blended in vinaigrette and sprinkled with shavings of regianno and Roman Bacon made for an amazing combo of unique flavor dancing about on my taste buds. If you have never tried Roman Bacon you need to put that on the list of things to do before you die! (J.K.) But seriously, this was a great dish. I washed down this delectable entree with a red wine. The staff here was very friendly and hospitable, coming to my table every so often to make sure that I was finding everything okay. My overall impression of the cafe is that this is a nice place to have lunch with a few friends or even a cute lunch date.
CRUMBS is the daily snack stop for me and my co-workers. Everyone at the office just raves about it so this week I went down to check out their smores cupcake. The first thing I noticed when I went in was how big the cupcakes were. I originally had gone in hoping to try the red velvet cupcake, by mid day they were all out gasp!
After just one bite of the hypnotic blend of marshmallow and oozing chocolate fudge colliding together on the tip of my tongue, my eyes tightened and my taste pallets screamed as I was sent off into a food trance. I know big exaggeration, but seriously I was not disappointed! The marshmallow frosting was certainly the icing on the top (Get it frosting? Icing? Okay I??m done with the cheap puns). I really did love the frosting though.
My only criticism was that they didn??t make enough red velvet cakes for me to really evaluate the quality of the cupcakes. I only got one cupcake. I paid about $4.00 after taxes and change for my cupcakes but the prices might vary a bit depending where you are. Crumbs cupcakes are definitely a good bang for your buck. Dear CRUMBS, please make more red velvet cupcakes next time and I promise to come back again.
Earlier this year I got pretty sick. I??m talking all out fever, head cold, chest pains, sore throat??kind of sick. My physician diagnosed me with bronchitis and prescribed me some antibiotics. So I went to the Wal-Mart in my area to get my prescription filled and my refill filed. Get this a 90 day supply was $20 bucks! Ridiculous!
I left and went to CVS instead closer to my home in Queens. I made my way back of the store and walked over to the counter where a nice lady greeted me. She happily entered all my info into her computer. I talked to her about how sick I was, etc. and had a nice conversation. I told her how long Wal-Mart was going to take, and she said I'm not the first to tell her that. She also saved me a lot of money by letting me sign up for this membership, for 15 dollars, you can pay 11.99 for over 400 types of generic medications, mine being one of them, and you get a 15 dollar gift card in return. I asked her if I was able to use my gift card towards my other prescriptions, and she said no problem. Within minutes my prescriptions were ready. I am totally impressed by the professionalism and quickness of CVS and I will most certainly be going to CVS from now on.
The Marshalls in Rego Park is by far one of the best that I have ever been too. It is very clean, and organized (Not that you shouldn??t already come to expect that from a department store) and has a lot to choose from. There is always someone to assist you, and the managers are working on the floor. Its wide selection of discounted designer brands could easily turn a quick shopping errand into shameless overspending spending. Though a lot of the items in Marshalls are priced pretty low you can expect to drop a couple hundred dollars just from all of the items adding. I went there the other day looking for an inexpensive dress to wear to a social. I found so many nice dresses I bought several just in case I may need them for another upcoming event. Now I just need an excuse to wear all of these clothes that I purchased. Overall I had a very good experience in this Marshalls.
As a woman who likes to look poised, I think most women will agree that our hair is the one thing that completes our look. Glenn Jason understands and for this I must say he isn??t your run of the mill hairstylist. His prior clientele reads like a VIP list of celebrities, media personalities, and other A listers. I??ve been in the situation where a hairstylist feels that they are so experienced that they literally own my head and that I am not allowed to give any input as to how I would like my hair to be styled. This is a huge problem with me especially for the hairstylist/customer relationship because I am very sensitive about my hair. Glenn Jason however, offers comprehensive consultations, so that you and he can determine what style and/or color really fits you before breaking out the scissors. He??s also an expert in hair straightening, offering the latest Japanese keratin treatments that can render the even coarsest hair silky. You can trust him with color as well. Hair treatments are priced at $70 which is pretty cheap for most places. He can cut and style your hair to an exact match of a photo of a hairstyle you think is hot, so feel free to pack a picture if you want. What I love best is his studio, it??s absolutely fabulous! I feel like I??m getting the celebrity treatment without paying the celebrity price.
I am usually very picky about where I purchase products for personal hygiene and beauty care. If its hair care, shampoo or cream I got to a beauty supply store and no where else. If its skin care products I only trust the major brands supplied by my local pharmacy and if its make up I am strictly a MAC girl. So it is without question that I am a harsh critic when it comes to venturing out to other stores. Anyone that goes to a Beauty 35 will finds themselves pleasantly surprised. Though the location that I went to was rather small and if there are a lot of people in there at a time it could get really cramped the store is packed wall to wall with a seemingly endless selection of top of the line inventory. I still don??t understand how they are able to offer so many top brands in make up, hair care, beauty, and skin care at practically wholesale prices. Typically I pay anywhere between $9 and maybe even $10 for OPI nail polish. Here I was able to find just every shade OPI (as if I were in a nail salon) and just for $6 each. Finally an alternative to online shopping.