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Day in NY to See Bethenny!

My Mom called me last week asking if I wanted to go with her to Bethenny’s talk show. Being the Bravo housewife fanatic that I am, and having NEVER been to the live-taping of a show, I immediately took her up on her offer! The show she got tickets to was filming on Wednesday afternoon, so I took the day off. I rarely take a day off, but could not pass up the fun opportunity & a day spent with my Mom :).

I drove to my parents house Tuesday night since we were going to be leaving very early the next morning [and so I could do the 80 loads of laundry that had been sitting in my bedroom for weeks].

After a late night & an early wake up call, I was grateful for the train station that was right around the corner from our home. It worked out perfectly [a direct ride with no transfers to Grand Central, yes please!]

Tweeting selfies to #BethennyTV on the train!
Tweeting selfies to #BethennyTV on the train! We look alright for 8:00am, no?

We got into the city around 10/10:30 & grabbed a quick breakfast before heading over to the CBS studios. Quick side note- I really love New York [and believe me, this is a fairly recent love]. Being there in the middle of the week is such a treat, it’s like a completely different world. I’d like to live in the city at some point in my life. Ok, back to the day. So, we got to the studios and had to wait outside for a bit so that they could prep for the show & dismiss the audience from the earlier taping.

Obviously, this was the perfect opportunity to snap some pictures.
Obviously, this was the perfect opportunity to snap some pictures.

Once we got through security, there was more waiting & shuffling around – which was cool because we got to see some fun parts of the studio…

BET people running all over the place
BET people running all over the place
Had to snap a picture of the CBS This Morning sign. Mike's video was on this show, did you see it? ;)
Had to snap a picture of the CBS This Morning sign. Mike’s video was on this show, did you see it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

We finally made it onto the set which was really adorable! My Mom spotted quite a few HomeGoods pieces haha.

Pano shot!
Pano shot!

We couldn’t take pictures during the taping [bummer] so I tried to snap a few before everything began.

Sometimes she come's on set from a place of YES. Wasn't the case this day, she entered from the back & spent the entire show in the audience.
Sometimes she come’s on set from a place of YES. Wasn’t the case this day, she entered from the back & spent the entire show in the audience.
Pink & purple set lights! *I need a tan!!* My Mom still has a great glow from her 2-week Floridian escape :)
Pink & purple set lights! *I need a tan!!* My Mom still has a great glow from her 2-week Floridian escape ๐Ÿ™‚

We didn’t think that there would be any exciting guests, but we we’re pleasantly surprised! The show featured a panel with 4 “celebrity guests” Charlemagne Tha God from Guy Code, Bevy Smith from Bravo’s Fashion Queens &ย two others who I was SO excited to see: Tracy DiMarco from Jerseylicious & N*Sync royalty, Lance Bass! ๐Ÿ™‚

They taped for about an hour and there was SO much audience participation. I didn’t answer any Q’s because I’m kind of shy & really didn’t have much to say haha, but nearly EVERYONE in front, behind & to the left & right of us did – so watch for us wallflowers on TV when the episode airs ๐Ÿ˜‰

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3/4 ย of the guests! Source
Charlemagne with some fans after the show (everyone else ran out of there!) He apparently got himself into some trouble on her show before & he definitely didn't hold back on this episode!
Charlemagne -center – with some fans after the show (all of the other celebs ย ran out of there!) He apparently got himself into some trouble on her show before & he definitely didn’t hold back on this episode!

After the show, we made our way to a cute little French spot for lunch! My Mom had a Croque Monsieur [my fave!] and I had a yummy ham, mushroom, swiss & bechamel crepe. It was such a cute little find & everything was so good!

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Jumbo crepe! I was excited that I was able to bring 1/2 home for another meal!
Jumbo crepe! I was excited that I was able to bring 1/2 home for another meal!

We made our way back to Grand Central after lunch [transportation with a deadline stresses me out, I’m always terrified of missing the train/plane/bus, and believe me, it’s happened before]! But we made it with plenty of time. We stopped at the Magnolia Bakery in GC to grab a coffee & cupcake for the ride home.

Cafe Mocha - yum!
Cafe Mocha – yum!
We saved these for until we got home! A coconut for Mom & a red velvet for me :)
We saved these for until we got home! A coconut for Mom & a red velvet for me ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a really fun day – we had a lot of laughs! I’m happy to be home, in my jammies, with my feet up as I write this! As much as I love NY, it always takes so much out of me. I’m ready for a good nights sleep before going back to work tomorrow!

Have you ever been to the taping of a talk show? Who did you see?

#TBT – Long Lost Photos!

I am so excited – for a few reasons! Last year, my parents bought me this wonderful Canon camera, and for a while it worked just perfectly! One day it began giving me strange error messages & stopped shooting. Getting it fixed has been on my eternal to-do list for months &this past weekend I finally decided to ship it out to be repaired. I got all of the equipment together to bring to the post office and to my surprise, while test shootingย – it worked! So, for now, my baby is back in action ๐Ÿ™‚

With it’s miraculous recovery came another bit of exciting news … on my camera were quite a few photos from the past year! I wanted to share some of them here.

Enjoy XO

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Playing around
turtles
Cayman Islands
Cutest little turtles
Cutest little turtles
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Mom with her coffee
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Is this not the WORST sunburn in the history of sunburns?!
So many pics with the sis :)
So many pics with the sis ๐Ÿ™‚
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Mom & Dad ๐Ÿ™‚
Beautiful sunset :)
Beautiful sunset ๐Ÿ™‚
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My sweet Mama – totally modeling that hammock!
food
Obviously found some food shots. Y-U-M.
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Dinner on the beach
That one snowstorm where we got like 5' of snow...
That one snowstorm where we got like 5′ of snow…
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Helping Mike get ready for a photo shoot
Brand new Naked2 palette!
Makeup looks so pretty in focus. A brand new Urban Decay Naked 2 palette! (Which isn’t so new anymore lol)
At one of Mike's shows
Mike performed at a Lupus fundraiser last Spring
My beautiful little sister before her senior prom
My beautiful little sister before her senior prom

I’m so glad that I was able to get all of my pictures, especially the dozens on dozens from our vacation to the Cayman Islands! I can’t wait to print them.

I also cannot wait to start using my camera for this little blog of mine ๐Ÿ™‚

A 2014 Resolution

I truly enjoy making resolutions! I love the sense of commitment and enthusiasm that they provide at the start of the new year. I’ll admit,ย I have been a bit ambitious in the past, vowing to complete A, B, C, D, E, F, G, etc. etc. but this year, I’ve decided to keep my resolutions – or goals, if you will – simple. It’s all about taking on one small change at a time, no?

This year I’ve decided to take one thing head on – skincare.

I think it’s time to start addressing this “getting old” thing. While technically, I am a bit late in the anti-aging game, I’m considering myself early. This year is all about good products, facials, and avoiding the sun!

I do take good care of my skin, but I’m ready to take it to the next level. Someone recently recommended that I try No. 7 skincare products. After their rave review, I did my own Google search & was quickly sold. I picked up the Protect & Perfect Intense Skincare System at Target for $50.

Target - $50
This system includes a serum, a day cream and a night cream.
It is a tad pricey, but considering the supposed quality of the products, it was a steal. Each cream is of substantial size as well!
A peek inside. It is a tad pricey, but considering the supposed quality of the products, it was a steal. Not to mention, each cream is of a pretty substantial size!

I also (per recommendation), placed an order for Country Life Maxi Hair Time Release (hair, skin and nail) vitamins.

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I tried Sephora’s Phytophanรจreย hair, skin and nail vitamins, but wasn’t thoroughly impressed. I went through a full bottle – a 3 month treatment – before deciding not to continue. The Country Life tablets have wonderful reviews, so I’m excited to try them!

In addition to my two new products, an increased intake of water, fruits & veggies is obviously going to be a must.

I’ll post my thoughts on the No. 7 skin treatment and the Country Life vitamins once I get a good feel for them.

I hope everyone has made a resolution or two for the New Year!

There’s no time like the present ๐Ÿ™‚

Wrapping up 2013!

The past week has been a busy one! With Christmas, New Years, and everything in between, it’s been a whirlwind. 2013 was an amazing year & I have only the highest expectations for the next three hundred and sixty five days! I’m glad I’ve semi-kept up with my blog! Today is technically it’s 2 year anniversary. I started this little side-project as a 2012 New Years resolution. Since then, it’s become more of a journal/scrap book for myself – and for friends and family to see what I’ve been up to. I prefer posting updates and pictures here as opposed to Facebook – I hope to continue building my little baby in the new year:)

To wrap up 2013, I wanted to share some pictures from the holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚

The last day of work before Christmas, my boss surprised my coworker & I with new sets of golf clubs! I'm excited to upgrade :)
The last day of work before Christmas, my boss surprised my coworker & I with new sets of golf clubs! I’m excited to upgrade ๐Ÿ™‚
Christmas Eve. My sister and I
My sister and I on Christmas Eve! It started snowing as we were making the rounds to visit family ๐Ÿ™‚
Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve pics with my sister & cousin, Jordan
Christmas cookies
The most perfect homemade Christmas cookies I’ve ever seen
Christmas morning
Christmas morning!
All of our gifts had random names on them - my mom had a master key to ID which belonged to whom lol
All of our gifts had random names on them – my mom had a master key to ID which gifts belonged to whom lol
My Mom & Dad designed these custom notebooks, pens & stickys for my blog :)
My Mom & Dad designed these custom notebooks, pens & stickys for my blog ๐Ÿ™‚
My cute parents. My Dad was annoying her haha
My cute parents. My Dad was annoying her haha
I don't think my little Cam could be anymore perfect now! Best gift EVER!
I don’t think my little Cam could be anymore perfect now! Best gift EVER!
So many wonderful gifts from my family - a few faves :)
So many wonderful gifts from my family – a few faves ๐Ÿ™‚
A Michael Minelli "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" viewing party
A little Michael Minelli “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” viewing party
Pre-Kbell Christmas throwback
Pre-Kbell Christmas throwback
Is this a match made in heaven or what?! LOL
Is this a match made in heaven or what?! LOL
Christmas Manis! Red for my sis, a green glitter for me: Sinful Colors 1102 "KISSY"
Christmas Manis! Red for my sis, a green glitter for me: Sinful Colors 1102 “KISSY”
Christmas with the family
Love, love, love – Christmas with the family <3
Cousins hockey game :)
My cousin Paul’s hockey game ๐Ÿ™‚
My brother looking freshhh!
My brother looking freshhh!
Shopping post-pedi :)
Shopping with my Mom & sis – post-pedi ๐Ÿ™‚
Got lots of knitting in :)
Got lots of knitting done! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #OldLadyStat
Prince concert!
Mike and I were invited to the Prince concert at Mohegan Sun! It was an amazing show, and we met some pretty awesome new people ๐Ÿ™‚
PRINCE
PRINCE
NYE Mani - Gelish "Iron Princess"
NYE Mani – Gelish “Iron Princess”
Loving my new gloves  :) :) :)
Loving my new gloves ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy New Year XO
Happy New Year XO

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous, exciting, rewarding, challenging & fulfilling new year!

XOXO

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