Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Italian lingerie line Intimissimi is offering an awesome bra-recycling program. You bring old bras into their stores, and get 3 euro towards a new bra for every bra you recycle.
The material from the old bras will be made into soundproofing panels for buildings.
Bring this freebie stateside, per favore!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
So you can imagine my confusion when this sight met my eyes on the way to work yesterday:
I literally saw all of these people IN ONE WEEK. Something's going on in the Big Apple...
Monday, November 22, 2010
It's only today that I've felt well enough to tell you of my exciting night at Encores! For those who don't know, Encores! stages readings/pared down performances of less-performed musicals in a two week whirlwind rehearsal and performance schedule, with big Broadway star casts. It's a great way to see musicals you've never seen before, and very exciting for actors and audience alike.
This was my first Encores! experience, and the show was Bells Are Ringing by Comden/Green/Styne. It was a wonderful piece, and cast members Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase, and more did not disappoint!
Cousin, T, let me be his "plus-one" to the dress rehearsal and it was full of Broadway personalities. Top on my list: I got to shake hands with Hal Prince! Life goal!!
...insert FIVE DAYS OF FEVER AND COUGHING...
And now tonight, T's fab daughter A is taking me and M to see Brief Encounter, which I have been dying to see!!!
Thanks to the whole C clan for singlehandedly making this the best fever freebie theater week ever. :)
Friday, November 19, 2010
Sorry I haven't been posting the past couple days. And I had the most amazing freebie evening seeing "Bells Are Ringing" at Encores too! I met Hal Prince!!
More details to come when I can look at a computer screen without getting dizzy...
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Visit any Starbucks between 2-5pm, Nov 18th-21st and buy one, get one free of any seasonal beverage
(Caramel Brulee latte, Peppermint Mocha, Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha, Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Gingerbread latte (my fave!), Eggnog Latte, Caramel Brulee frappaccino, Peppermint Mocha frappaccino)
So, grab a friend and get thee to a Starbucks!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The veggie burger is actually quite good!
Yep, a hummus party.
houseparty.com is a site that lets consumers apply to host free parties featuring vendor's products. I think it's halfway between an advertisement and a focus group. All you do is fill out a survey, and if you're the demographic host they're looking for, you get a party pack, invite your friends, and voila! Free party.
After many applications, I finally won a coveted host position! And it was a great product too - Sabra hummus, which I already believe to be the best store-bought hummus on the market.
I got a bunch of free Sabra hummus and Stacy's pita chips. I augmented with fresh veggies and bread.
I used it as an excuse to invite a few college friends over for a hummus party.
Total cost to me: nearly nothing.
Fun of eating hummus with old college pals: priceless.
houseparty.com provided signage:
Monday, November 15, 2010
A tiny tube of Burt's Bees Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry!
For some time, I've been regularly entering the Lucky Breaks sweepstakes that Lucky Magazine offers online. Sometimes the prizes are grand like vacations or thousands of dollars shopping sprees, but often they are regular sizes of beauty products, like this.
The great thing is, they usually give a ton away. I've gotten items from Ole Henriksen, Elemis, Dove, and now... Burt's!
I encourage everyone to enter monthly here. You win something fairly frequently, I swear!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Anyhow, he is currently the star of Elf, a holiday Broadway musical based on the Will Ferrell movie.
Earlier in the week, Broadway cousin, T, invited us to tag along to a preview of the show! Free tickets to see our fellow alum sing in green tights and curly tipped shoes? Yes, please!
I don't think I'm allowed to write anything about the show, since it hasn't officially opened yet, but we had so much fun. Afterwards, we strongarmed our way backstage and got to congratulate our friend on his new role.
Ho ho ho! Two holiday shows already, and it's not even halfway through November. Overkill?
Who cares?!? Ho ho ho!
p.s. Fashionable cousin Z was also at the show, and she gave me a full blow-by-blow of her experience getting the aforementioned free $50 gift certificate at American Eagle earlier this week. She actually skinned a knee in the melee, but also managed to get a free shirt. Freebie Rockstar!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Just not in any of the ways I'd expected.
I found out from a colleague that Schnitzel and Things (a street food-vendor truck that serves Austrian/German food that's apparently delicious) had been booked by Austrian Airlines all week in a giveaway promotion.
Yesterday they were stationed at Park Ave and 26th, near our office, so we took a lunch break stroll to check it out. Here's a photo of the truck, covered in Austrian Airline wallpaper:
The schnitzel of the day was chicken, and it was delicious! Very thin pounded cutlet, lightly breaded, served with a giant lemon wedge. And a side of chipotle sauce that I wasn't sure how to use, but ended up dipping my chicken piece like a giant Austrian McNugget! Oh, and you get to enter a contest for a pair of free roundtrip tickets to Vienna too.
Today and tomorrow, the truck is in the 50s. Thursday: 52nd St between 6th & 7th Ave.
Friday: 52nd St & Lexington Ave. Hours each day will be from 11am-3pm, or until supplies run out.
After work, intrepid friend, J, and I headed to Williams-Sonoma at Columbus Circle for a book signing.
It was totally ill-attended, no wine (even though the book was a winemakers cookbook), and almost no food, except for a "display" of radicchio and blue cheese that I thought was samples and accidentally ate. AND I THEN GOT YELLED AT BY A PRICKLY W-S LADY! It was a huge serving platter of food on a counter - How was I supposed to know?!?
We fled the scene to the Lladro/Steiff event, which was event worse.
The entire Lladro showroom smelled like a heady floral air-freshener, and the place was packed with figurine collectors. J and I discovered a table set with wine glasses and another empty table that seemed to be a proper site for hors d'ouvres, but nary a beverage or nibble was to be seen.
FreebieFAIL. We fled Event #2 and got dinner at a very delicious, very not free establishment!
But all was not lost! As I left the Bloomingdales area, I checked my watch and reckoned it was perfect timing for me to walk 10 blocks north on Madison Ave to check out the aforementioned Ralph Lauren mystery light showing at 8:30pm.
It was, in a word, amazing.
First, the show:
RL used the new building on Madison as a projection screen for a 10-15 minute music and light show. These projections were creative and truly fun.
See photos below:
This is what it looked like as they projected the mansion "opening up" - kind of like a dollhouse, to show an interior "fashion show" on a descending staircase:
And then they went totally fantastical, projecting polo players and giant belts and all kinds of things. The coolest was when they had giant neckties flop over the mansion, as seen here:
Also, the scene:
As I walked up to 72nd St and Madison, there were police barriers around the older RL store, and all kinds of preppie people milling about. There was a party happening inside the older RL store, but it was by personal invitation only (Drat!). So I ensconced myself with a great view, directly under the awning and directly across from the new store where the show would be happening.
At about 8:28pm, all of a sudden paparazzi flashes started blinding me and I realized I'd inadvertently gotten a front-row spot beside the red carpet.
Why it was Ralph Lauren, in the flesh! Himself. The snow-haired, orange-skinned man. In a gorgeous light tan toggle coat. He brushed right by me, took his even better view front row spot, and the show began!
If you want to see what the light show was like, click here to watch a video.
FreebieSUCCESS, after all!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I don't quite know what's going on, but some sort of free outdoor light show is happening tonight outside of the new Ralph Lauren store at 867 Madison Avenue (72nd St). Apparently "screenings" of the "digital innovation" will be occurring at 8, 8:30, and 9pm on the facade of the store. An online "screening" will go up tomorrow.
According to the New York Times, this is a new "4-D" form of projections. In addition to using the exterior of the building for projections, there will also be sound and "a mist of fragrance."
I don't know how I feel about a building spritzing me with perfume, but I guess it's more pleasant that the summertime drip of a/c units!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
7 For All Mankind 10th Anniversary Celebration in Soho
Ah, 7 For All Mankind... Has it really been ten years? It feels like just yesterday that I tried on my first pair and my own personal jeandom was forever changed.
Unfortunately, I'll have to pass on the anniversary party since I'll be attending another fun freebie night of Holiday Theater: Elf on Broadway, courtesy of awesome Broadway cousin, T!
However, I promise a full report on tomorrow's lifestyle events at Lladro/Steiff and Williams-Sonoma!
Monday, November 8, 2010
This week: Friend J and I plan on making an appearance at the aforementioned Williams-Sonoma book signing, and then wending our way several blocks to the Lladro/Steiff event!
It's past the RSVP deadline for the latter, but I'd call and see if you can add your name if you'd like to join us:
Love that there's going to be a Steiff appraiser on site. If only I had my brother's old teddy bear that made a "roar" when you tilted it. This not-so-roar-like noise earned the stuffed bear the vivid name, "Farty the Bear." I am not kidding.
And then, next week on Thursday, November 18th - a NATIONWIDE EVENT for all of us! A "Girls Night Out" at all Bebe stores, starting at 6pm.
No rsvp neccessary for that one - enjoy!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Well, that is precisely what incomparable pal, S, did when he gave me a free ticket to last night's dress rehearsal of the one...the only...
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR!
Yes folks, I went every year with my grandma as a child. But Grandma never sprung for THIRD ROW TICKETS!!!! Our view before the curtain rose:
S invited lady friends T, J and moi. I arrived with bagged treats from Momofuku Milk Bar, which recently opened on 56th St. You must have sweets at the sweetest show in NYC!
The seats and scale of this freebie were off the charts: A+ Did I mention we were in the THIRD ROW?!?! Let's just say I could tell which Santas were actually roly-poly and which were Rockettes dressed in padded Santa suits!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The Wedding Salon (aka BIG wedding event!!!):
Monday, November 15th (4-9PM) in Manhattan
I just got an email from NY Magazine giving a free entrance code for two tickets, available for Brides at this event, which usually costs $25 to attend. Click on the image above to see the Code and Website you need to enter. Forward to any NYC engaged pals!
Second, another Williams-Sonoma book signing event. I'm going to try and attend this one!
Featuring Christine Hanna, of The Winemaker Cooks: Menus, Parties, and Pairings.
It's at their NYC Columbus Circle store, Wednesday, November 10th at 5pm. I assume wine will be involved somehow, right?
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Williams, always fairly eco-conscious, has gone a step further than we remembered by providing these cool W decorated, BIO-DEGRADABLE drinking cups near filtered water stations around student buildings.
Since my not-so-free tuition and alum donations help pay for stuff like this, I decided to grab a few as mementos of our trip north.
The mountains, the mountains!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Lovely friend and lovely cousin, A & A, joined me at the Princeton Club for Friday's book reading. When we got there, there was nary a "Halloween goodie" or "cider" in sight! The event organizers lied!!! This was a bare bones book event, with a carafe of water on a table set with glasses.
So, it gets a D for food and drink.
However, Carrie Ryan was charming, funny, and truly excited about her success as a NYT bestselling author of zombie teen lit. She did a reading from her upcoming novel, "The Dark and Hollow Places," and it was dark and suspenseful. I'd buy it!
A for entertainment at this freebie event!
And as I left the Williams (aka Princeton) Club, I was blindsided by a spectacular freebie view - one of those awesome NYC moments.
At first glance, just a view of the Chrysler building through a NYC sidestreet...
But the way the sunset reflected off the top of the building and the golden bath of sunlight on that gorgeous skyscraper - I had to stop and take another close-up picture:
Sometimes walking the NYC streets is the best freebie of all. :)