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HAVE A CUPPA WITH DOWNTON ABBEY

Calling all cultured fashionistas, admirers of the Monarchy, and those who know a hot toddy can solve anything! Get ready to unleash your inner royalty. Cynthia Rose here with the latest deal for Downton Abbey Fans. The show will sponsor a Downton Abbey Tea Truck on December 9 to the 13th from 11am to 7pm. Tea and delightful biscuits will be served for free.

The What?

It’s been three years since Downton Abbey arrived and made PBS hip again. If you were a Crawley, would you be naughty or nice? (I would love to be called Lady Cynthia Rose) As the show gears up for its fourth season, they’ve decided to show New Yorkers how to “Tea” in true 20th Century British-style with free crumpets.

The How?

The Tea Truck will have costumed servers and an opportunity to take pictures against the backdrop of Highclere Castle. The truck will be at the following locations:

Monday, December 9
East 14th St. at University Place (Southwest corner)

Tuesday, December 10
6th Avenue between 40th & 41st St.

Wednesday, December 11
50th St. between 6th & 7th Ave. (Northside)

Thursday, December 12
The New York Times Center, 41st St. between 7th & 8th Ave.

Friday, December 13
Broadway between 66th and 67th St. (Westside)

Pros?

It’s a nice way to warm the bones and have a good time. Sure you can’t wear a corset, tiara, or your version of a Kentucky Derby hat, but you can still feel a little like royalty. In addition, on Friday the 13th the Tisch WNET Studios will sponsor an all-day marathon screening of Downton Abbey Season 3 from 11am – 7pm. If you need to catch-up before the January premiere, here’s your chance.

Cons?

Free equals crowded, so be prepared to wait in line like everyone else. For some reason British shows make New Yorkers friendly, so people will want to mingle and someone will sadly try to talk in a British accent.

Advice?

I vote go for it. Winter has officially arrived in New York, so swap your coffee for free tea. Also, saying the word “crumpet” makes everything seem so sophisticated . . . . .

GET THEATER ON YOUR RADAR!

To all cultured fashionistas, Thespians, future ushers, and theater lovers, Happy New Year! Cynthia Rose here with the first major festival of 2014. The Public Theater just announced Under the Radar, a festival featuring new, independent, and experimental theater brought to you from artists across the globe. Tickets are only $20 and performances run from January 6th to January 19th.

The What?

Under the Radar is currently in its 10thyear and is designed to expose emerging and master artists to a wide audience. The festival gives participants a crash course in theater, while spectators are treated to an international artistic feast: works from Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Japan, Switzerland, the UK, and the US, all from the comfort of NYC. Festival locations include the Public Theater, St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, La MaMA in the East Village, and the Japan Society in the Upper East Side. (All locations are MTA accessible or you can cab it, if you’re feeling fancy)

The How?

There a performances for every type of artist. The music of Toshi Reagon and BIGLovley will be celebrated through Sacred Stories; the work of poet Sekou Sundiata is re-imagined through Blessing the Boats; and Britain’s Kate Tempest combines poetry, theater, and music through Brand New Ancients. Tickets are only $20 but if you’re an aficionado with coins to burn, you can buy the $75 UTR Pack which includes tickets to five performances.

Pros?

While I love Broadway, this festival is a nice alternative. The performances are out of the box and it’s a nice way to feel like you’re living on the edge. It’s also a great conversation starter for a floundering happy hour or art show. In addition, the festival includes free talks about the playwright process and a dance party from awesome DJ’s and musicians every night at 11 pm.

Cons?

Be advised: This is no Lion King and art is subjective. There’s a 20% chance that you will leave a performance bewildered and/or suspicious of your fellow-man.

Advice?

I vote go for it.  Where else are you going to see a monologue from Belgium? Go for the art and dance afterward . . . . .

CARRIE MAE WEEMS RULES THE GUGGENHEIM

CARRIE MAE WEEMS RULES THE GUGGENHEIM

Calling all divas, baristas, cultured fashionistas, curators, and past art majors, Cynthia Rose here with the latest news to hit the art scene.  Yes I know its cold, but art has no temperature! Carrie Mae Weems, well-renowned photographer and visual artist, will exhibit at the Guggenheim from January 24th to May 14th, tickets range from $1 to $22.

 

The What?

Carrie Mae Weems’ career spans 30 years. Full of photographs, movies, and audio recordings about history, race, and womanhood, her work ranges from sadness to joy.

Some images are self portraits of her in Rome portrayed like the Italian films of Fellini; some honor the black communities of South Carolina and Georgia; while others show girls dancing among mayflowers;  happy women with huge Afro’s in the 60’s; and African-American female performers like Nina Simone and Josephine Baker. All of these photographs engage what it means to be female and in charge of your own life.

The How?

This exhibit is travelling and NYC is the last stop on the itinerary. The Guggenheim, located at 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, will display a sampler from the exhibit that will take up 2 floors. Regular admission is $22 for adults 10 am to 5:45 pm, but on Saturday’s the museum has “Pay What You Wish” from 5:45 to 7:45. So that’s 2 hours of viewing for as low as a $1.

Pros?

As an artist who was just awarded the $625,000 “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, Weem’s work usually sells for $50,000 to $125,000 (yes, I wish she would adopt me too).  $22 is a bargain for a full day’s worth of viewing. This is also your chance to be in-the-know, as Carrie Mae Weems will be celebrated along with Aretha Franklin at the annual BET Honors in February.

 

Cons?

It’s a tad disappointing that the Guggenheim isn’t showing the full exhibit, so if you want to see more you can either a) browse her site http://carriemaeweems.net/work.html or b) head up the Studio Museum in Harlem where parts of the exhibit will display beginning on 1/30.

Be warned that the Guggenheim will be crowded with tourists who will walk slowly and be surprised when you try to pass them. Also be prepared to hear the word “interesting;” the fallback art phrase for all  philistines.

Advice

I vote go for it, but go with a strategy!! Take the elevator to the top of the Guggenheim to avoid the crowds and the long line at the ladies room. If you go on the “Pay What You Wish” day try to arrive around 5, so you can be  one of the first in line.

SPEAKEASY TRYSTS: APOTHEKE.PRESCRIPTION FOR A SEXY NIGHT OUT

Follow me to a sketchy dark alley on the edge of Chinatown. I will lead you infront of a Chinese restaurant that looks like every single place in that area. Open the doors and you are suddenly inside a dark cozy lair, surrounded by antique looking medicine bottle that line the wall, plush couches and chairs, and a bunch of people in white lab coats fiddling by the bar. Is this some kind of Chinese medicine establishment? An abandoned pharmacy? Well…

We are at Apotheke. Yes, its supposed to be an old apothecary hence the name and decor. The interior is really beautiful and sexy but at the same time intriguing. I love the location and entrance to this place, its definitely a speakeasy. You really have to search and hunt for this gem, which is half the fun of going to speakeasies. At first I couldnt even figure out which door I was supposed to go in and thought I had to go through the Chinese restaurant. It’s definitely exciting to step through those doors. A very wonderful surprise. The bartenders are dressed in white lab coats and they will hand you a ”presciription” list (the menu) with an incredible list of concoctions depending on your “ailment” or I guess mood for the night.

All of their cocktails sound amazing and although they are on the pricier side (15 bucks a pop), they are worth every single sip. I chose from the category of “Painkiller” and got the Hecho De Mexico since I have a weakness for spicy drinks. It was tequila, tamarind, lime, agave nectar and habanero sauce for a nice kick. It was delicious. It definitely killed whatever pain I had anywhere! It was tangy and spicy, very well balanced and went down smoothly. The second drink I had came from the “Stress Relievers” section and it was called Bees Knees. Amazeballs!!! Vodka with bee pollen and guava and goji berry with some ginger, it was a party in  my mouth. I could have drank five of them. It sure took all my stress away! So good and dangerous. I am dying to  try everything on their menu. It all sounds so amazing and they really take the time to perfect each drink.

On certain nights they have a charming live jazz band and they also now have Prohibition Wednesdays where they have a special menu of really old time drinks like moonshine flights, old timer, sazerac and bathtub gin. made with the freshest fruits and vegetables and fantastic liquor.

Apotheke is really special and a place to bring good company where you can really enjoy drinking and good music and have a true speakeasy experience. Its so mysterious that it makes you feel like you are in the know! Show this off to people visiting you out of town or a special date and they will think you are the biggest bad ass in New York City.

LOOKING FOR MR. RIGHT? MAKE THESE RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR OF 2017

LOOKING FOR MR. RIGHT? MAKE THESE RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR OF 2017

Are you ready for 2017? When the New Year rolls around we usually have an exhaustive list of New Year’s resolutions we want to fulfill – it’s the time of year where thousands upon thousands of likeminded women like you and other members of “20-30s Women, See & Be Seen, Making a Difference” plan to do more or less of something. New Year’s resolutions usually revolve around quitting vices such as smoking, eating junk or spending or it could be something like hitting the gym to get rid of those extra pounds that have crept up over the last year. If we really analyze our New Year’s resolutions they seem to be frivolous in comparison to other things – they are more of a chore than anything else, and let’s face it, within one or two months they’ll be broken. Looking ahead into your future is vital if you want success and happiness, so how about really doing something that could transform your life once and for all? How about really giving yourself a gift and making resolutions to turn around your love life and find your Mr. Right?

Before you move on to 2017 you need to look back and reflect on the year that has been.

How was 2016 for you?

Did it live up to your expectations?

If you could, what would you change?

These days many women find it difficult to succeed in love. It could be that your ex is still present in your life and you can’t move on, it could be that you’re looking for love in all the wrong places, it could be that you’re not looking at all, or it might even have something to do with how you act around men. Whatever it is, know that you can change it.

You’re the CEO of your own love life and now it is the time for you to take the bull by it horns and change the direction of your life once and for all. After a series of ups and downs, the confident single woman should be among those making some serious resolutions.

The question is: where to start?

1. Go Solo

Many young and confident women near and far have this imbedded fear of going out alone. For 2014, make it one of your priorities to spend more time with yourself. Get to know yourself better – have dinner by yourself or catch a movie alone. You will gain so much more independence, grow in confidence and of course you’ll have less chances of just settling for any man due to loneliness. What’s more, you’ll also attract more men. Men feel intimidated by large groups of women; therefore, you’ll increase your chances of men approaching you more if you’re alone.

2. Look beyond your type

Many women have long extensive lists of what they’re looking for and most usually go for a set type. Be a little bit more open-minded when it comes to dating and don’t dismiss a guy because he doesn’t fit one of your criteria. You could actually be missing out on some great opportunities to find new love by being so close-minded.

3. Enough with the comparisons

One of the biggest mistakes single women make is comparing themselves to their friends and family members who are in steady relationships or are married. This is like self-torture and you’re not doing yourself any favors by doing this, in fact you’re making it worse. You’re making yourself out to be a victim; you’ll end up miserable and nobody wants to hang out with someone who’s always wallowing in their own self-pity. While being in a relationship has many advantages, look at your own advantages of being single – no kids, no extra responsibilities and no problems with the in-laws. When you think about all the positive aspects of your life, you’ll feel uplifted; you’ll smile more and you won’t be bitter. Remember positive energy attracts positive energy and you’ll have more chances of finding somebody who’ll treat you right and add more positivity into your life.

You don’t want to be stuck with a loser who’s pessimistic and brings you down, do you?!  I thought so…

Remember, you have the control and the power to make better choices in love, because you’re the CEO of your own life, not anyone else.

4. Learn from the past

What didn’t go the way you wanted to in 2013 and the years before that?

What could be slowing you down, standing in a way or stopping you from finding a decent guy who wanted the same things as you?

Reflecting on the past and analyzing what really worked and didn’t work can help you make better choices in the future.

5. Stop being afraid

It’s natural to feel apprehensive when entering a new relationship. But just because you’ve been burned before, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to happen again. Actually, if you really are in charge of your love life, you’ll ensure it will never happen again. Start loving yourself more and don’t shut out men because you fear being hurt. If need be, create a positive mantra for yourself, repeat affirmations and remind yourself of how great you are. If you continue to live in fear, your life will remain the same, you’ll follow the same old pattern as the previous years and all of what you’ve achieved so far would have been a complete waste of time. Love thyself and look at your fears as challenges. Nobody got anywhere in the world without taking a few risks.

2014 will be the year for you to find love, but only if you let it. If you start looking at things differently and realistically, you’ll have all the luck in love you want plus a lot more. When you fill your life with happiness, you’ll see other aspects change too. Love is a wonderful thing and you deserve nothing but the best.

This blog post is written and shared by Polina Solda, a relationship expert and professional coach. For a limited time, she offers a free 1-on-1 coaching session “Find Love in 2014″. See below.

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