Saturday, September 05, 2015

Rosé, the new trend

Photo Cred: Luxlife Magazine

I just came home with two bottles of rosé wine and I started thinking, why is rosé trendy all of a sudden. I pulled up Google and I was not the only person who was wondering about this current fad. Alex Beggs with Vanity Fair did a thorough explanation but I'll give you the cliff notes on the information I gathered.

In college, I headed to the store and bought a big bottle of white zinfandel and I was ready to go for the night (what a headache when I think back on it). White zinfandel was my gateway to white wine and then red wine. I finally made it! I like and enjoy red wine. Now, here I am drinking rosé and wondering if I'm going backwards. But it’s pink, pretty and everyone is talking about it so why not give it a try. 
Photo Cred: Justin Bishop
So what’s the deal? 

Besides it being a good prop to photograph and instagram famous with hashtags like #rosé, #yeswayrosé , #summerwater, #rosévibes, #brosé (that’s guys drinking rosé) and I'm sure many more, there’s actually some background. 

Social Media Personalities, The Fat Jew aka Josh Ostrovsky & White Girl Problems’ Babe Walker jumped on the trend and created their own wine, White Girl Rosé (props to you, make that $). 

Photo Cred: The Fat Jew

Things to know about rosé wine: 
  • European wine trends are about 3 years ahead of the U.S.
  • In 2009 & 2010, rosé wines were being heavily promoted in Europe (Bob Paulinski, senior vice president of wine at BevMo).
  • 3 years ago rosé become prominent in the Hamptons and known as “Hamptons Gatorade”. To give you an idea of the boom, per Vanity Fair Wölffer Estate’s first batch of rosé was made in 1992 in a batch of 82 cases and this year they turned out almost 22,000 cases. WOW!
  • A few years ago only places like the Hamptons, Nantucket, and some in Miami were drinking rosé in the U.S. (Paul Chevalier, the wine director at Château d’Esclans).
  • Rosé pairs well with a variety of food.
  • Bottles are fun and different! And rosé come in different hues - from peach colored to nearly red.
Photo Cred: Wölffer Estate Vineyard Facebook

  • Yes Way Rosé instagram was created by Erica Blumenthal and Nikki Huganir. And they have totes and other branded material.
  • Rosé is inexpensive to make (it’s all about the marketing).
  • The quality of rosé have improved over the years.
  • It’s affordable (but prices have increased due to it’s recent popularity).

So, basically we can thank the Hamptons. If you're intrigued to know more about the Hamptons, check out our Wanderlust page and it will tell you where to party, what to wear, and where to work out

Only time will tell if this fad will last! Until then, snap away and #yeswayrosé. Cheers!

Photo Cred: Ady Wright

xoxo, Lindsay 

Source Credits: Alex Beggs, Vanity Fair and Allie Albanese, Community Table 

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Friday, September 04, 2015

4 Tips that will transform your dorm

4 tips that will transform your dorm!!  Make your dorm room your own private oasis and home away from home!

As Asha said before in her Beat the Back to School Blues post, decorating your dorm room is a must!

1. Bring in extra light.  Go glam with a chandelier or hang string lights.

2. Bring your dorm room to life with pops of bright color and super cute patterns.  You can even pick a theme.  Some favorites are pink and gold, glitter, black and white, warm or cool tones, or bright colors.  Try to blend your style with your roommate!

3. Decorate on the low. DIY // Wall Tapestrys // Cork boards are key!  Now is the time in your life when you can get away with hanging posters so go for it!  Some other ideas are pallet couches + seating, diy basket benches, and shelving!  Put up horizontal $5 mirrors from Ikea and hang curtains behind your bed or use as a privacy screen.

3. Personalize with touches from home and your new college / university friends!

4. Add space saving storage everywhere you can!  Stacking your beds is a must and will create SO much extra space for a work area, seating arrangement, or kitchen!  Go up the wall with storage.  Don't be afraid to add wall shelves high to store seasonal items.  Every item should double as storage (i.e. end tables and night stands should have drawers, baskets or be trucks for storage.)


Here are some shoppable decor ideas!!

All images via Pinterest and pinned to our Dorm Room Decor board if you need more info or inspo!

xo Ady

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7 ways to deal with the back to college/university blues

After a long, hot summer (or a long, rainy and shit summer if you live in England like myself) sometimes the thought of ditching the cute summer wardrobe and opting for more practical and fall appropriate college and university attire can be daunting. After spending a year *studying* (hanging out and doing nothing) abroad in America, going back has hit me about as hard as Blake Lively in the gif below:

So I'm here to turn those frowns upside down and give you my top 7 tips on how to handle the transition with ease and sass, like the fabulous ladies that you are.

1. Buy yourself a brand new, back to university, first day outfit
New year= New you (until October obviously when you're back in class with makeup from the night before still on, sweatpants, greasy hair and a stained T-shirt #nojudging) and there is nothing like strutting into your new classes full of unfamiliar faces feeling your absolute *best*.  A wise old man once said "when you look good, you feel good" and I certainly know this to be true for myself. So radiate confidence and be your best self. 

2. Arrange a last *hoorah* with your 'home' friends to celebrate the end of summer
Loads of people (such as my self) don't go to a college or university near their hometown so part of the sadness of leaving home is to do with the fact you wont see many of your friends for a longtime. By having one last big shindig (I always recommend going out for dinner, because *food* and cocktails) is a fun way to see all of your friends until the next holiday or vacation. 

3. Pinterest the sh*t out of your new dorm/halls of residence/ apartment
Moving into a new place can be exciting, and scary when you walk into a blank and empty room. *BUT* you could also see the emptiness as a new opportunity to get creative with your best gal and guy pals and make the place truly your own. Pinterest has so many cool ideas that are quick and in many cases cheap on how to decorate your new space. They do say home is where the heart is, and I know after a long day studying (or an even longer evening of partying) I would rather crawl back to a beautiful apartment as opposed to an ugly one.

image via pinterest

*Ok so this one may be a tad optimistic, but you can do something super similar that would be way easier*

4. Get all school supplied up 
New pencil case *check*
Sassy new laptop case *check*
A working set of pens *check*
A highlighter *check*
By sorting all this sort of stuff out early, you are totally saving yourself a hassle in the long run. I'm the kind of girl who takes a laptop to class, but I'm a firm believer that you should always have a pen and paper to hand just in case something goes wrong with the technology you're using (ipad, laptop, mobile phone). Better safe than sorry!

Elle Woods, my personal hero

5. Do some reading for your upcoming classes (boring but totally worth it)
I know this sounds like a drag (well it shouldn't if you've picked classes that you enjoy and are interested in studying) but it is so important to know what your class is about. Imagine doing an Elle Woods and turning up totally uninformed and being picked on by the teacher? *Eeeeks* Or even worse really, what happens if you realize the class is definitely not the subject for you (which is totally ok) but then don't have the time to change it? Think ahead, ladies, it will really help you in the long run. 

6. Start making plans with your University/College friends for when you officially get back to your college or university town
Did somebody say housewarming party?! The best way to get pumped for going back to school is remembering why it can be so much fun. When else can you stay out as late as you want without somebody nagging you? Its also important to remember how lucky you are to be able to stay and live with your friends for your time at university. By making plans it will increase your excitement and make going back to school super exciting. 

7. Treat Yo Self
Combat the end of summer blues by quite simply treating yourself. I just bought a gorgeous (but too expensive) Autumn lipstick and have justified it by stating that all my summer colours are too bright and exciting for fall season. Spoil yourself with a new purchase because shopping cures everything (an anyone who says money doesn't buy happiness DEFINITELY doesn't know where to shop)

Hopefully after these tips you #caneven and are ready to hit campus like a boss!  What works for you?  Drop us a line below or join us on instagram @VerbalGoldBlog!

xo Asha

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

How to Deal with Anxiety as an Adult

When you were wee younger you may of had anxiety but you just didn't know better and now shit just sucks - and you don't know what to do to get control of your life again.  Don't let your anxiety control & label you. 

Steps in dealing with anxiety:
  1.  Stop doing what causes anxiety.
  2.  Find the culprit.
  3.  It can be a mental game, stay strong and don't let your mind beat you.  Get your body and mind on the same page.
  4.  If exercise and meditation doesn't work or whatever your "escape" is, try medication and it will more than likely help you. While on medicine try to figure out what triggers your anxiety and learn how to control it so one day you can come off the medicine. 
  5.  Don't run from your problems or situation, learn to work through them or find the trigger that is making you "run away".
  6. And just breathe, lots of deep breathes! It won't be easy but it will be worth it.    

More and more people are opening up about having anxiety and it's refreshing. It's not so taboo and you're not alone.  You have to find the best way for you to deal with it but the key is to deal with it.  Don't let it ruin your life, relationships and your happiness, because it can and it will.

Ways to relieve or at least help with your anxiety:
  • Yoga
  • Therapy (retail included // buying things always helps)
  • Meditate
  • Exercise (think high cardio // dance classes // boxing // spin)
  • "Me" Time
  • Loud music
  • Read a book
  • Lay by the pool 
  • Go to a comedy show
  • Clean / Organize (relaxing to some, helps me calm down and think straight)
  • Confide in your family and friends
  • Wine (ha, it does help but don't become dependent)
  • Medicine (talk with your doctor, you'll be relieved afterwards)
  • Self medicate // Katy perry takes beta blockers and those work great! It cools the sweat jets. (See even famous peeps have to deal with anxiety).

Sometimes I bet you wish you could just turn off your mind and being a female doesn't help with our constant thinking. Check out Buzzfeeds' 13 Graphs That Will Speak To You If You Suffer From Anxiety. Does this sound familiar below?

Graph from Buzzfeed

Now we aren't doctors or anything, but these are some of the things that have helped us!  Feel free to share your stories with us below so we can all cope together. 

xoxo, Dr. Ady + Lindsay

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

How to score as team "Mom"

Nowadays its not just about being a hit as a little league team mom. These days our big boys are playing ball too! So when I say Team "Mom", I mean Team Girlfriend, Team Bae, and Team Wifey too! I'm not talking about pro teams either. I'm talking about college sports, summer ball, and rec teams like slow pitch mens softball. Personally, I would only do this for men only teams and skip the co-ed kickball leagues. 

With all these men around I wanted to share how to get a hit and be a hit! Here are the top 3 pitches that will make you a hit! And yes covered and smothered with cheesy baseball references. 

1: Go to the games! Definitely the easiest way to strike out is not going in the first place. (You don't have to go every week if you're not mom status but attending is a plus). Bonus, games are pet friendly and will score you some bonus points! 

2: Score big with snacks! I'm talking big league chew, double bubble, sunflower seeds, evian water spray, gatorade, vitamin water, bottle water, beer, apples, clementines + hit a grand slam with winning cigars (championship games only). You can even take your guy(s) back with popsicles and capri suns on Thursday games! 

3: Cheer on the team! Bring a sign and for college games, the bigger the better!! (If you're a real mom this is reverse for you. Do NOT bring any signs, bells, horns, buttons, iron on t-shirts or bags!) 

I know with these 3 hits you're sure to win #BestTeamMomEver! Go fashionably of course with our game day picks! 

               xoxo Ady

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Where to stay in New York

Traveling to NYC soon and don't know where to stay? Are you always asking your friends where do I stay in NYC? How do I get the best deal? What's the nicest hotel? What's the best hotel for the price? What location etc etc... Well I have the answers you've been searching for! 

I travel to NYC quite a bit and I'm about that hotel life!  I've made it a point to stay in a different hotel every time I go just for you guys! #doitfortheblog Below you'll find my list of favorite NYC hotels, some pics + why I chose them. Granted my scale is slightly skewed more towards decor, spaciousness, view, room service, and bathroom counter space but I'll gladly add some extra details in there for yall! 

Regarding the best deals I recommend always always booking through Jetsetter or Hotels Tonight app. Serious must! Book the basic room and ask for an upgrade when you check in. Trust me. This little tip scored me an upgrade into Paris Hiltons room at The Standard and a $1000+/night suite at NOMO SOHO for under $300/night! Insert emoji hands here! 

I'll do this in order of favorites!

1. The Gansevoort Park Avenue 
Category: Luxe // Posh
Location: Park Ave

Pros: Gorgeous lobby! Hot pink and houndstooth design is carried into spacious bedrooms with hot pink curtains nice views with wrap around walk out balconys and a desk and seating area. Huge room and huge bathroom! Enough space outside to nail a Beyoncé music video. {which you can see me embarrassing myself trying to nail that one here} Robes are plush and so comfortable I brought one home! Mini bar and fridge with optional take home rubber duckey and Goose! Gatsby the #TravelGoose Smoothie / pressed juice place downstairs and convenient location! Again thanks to Jetsetter I stayed for under $300 in a $700 room. Think a buzzy tri-level bar dripping in crystal and marble and the summer's hottest scene with an indoor-outdoor pool overlooking the Empire State Building.

Cons: 0

Category: Hip // Posh
Location: SoHo
Pros: Another spacious room.  Suites have two rooms with seating area but the regular rooms are normal NY size.  The bathrooms are white marble with amazing views right out your bathroom window!   Just be careful not to flash anyone while you shower.  Mini bar and fridge in the room is always a plus! Rooftop + nice outdoor area. GF options and delicious room service menu. Gorgeous decor, chandeliers over the bar, with that crisp white design in the room that just makes you want to face plant on the bed. Nice views with huge windows!

Cons: Robes are not soft and feel like an old towel. Have to go to second floor to check in.



3. The Standard
Category: Hip // Posh
Location: East Village or Meatpacking 
Pros: lip pillows (yep I just listed that first), huge windows with nice views and an amazing room service menu.  Added bonus of a mini bar and fridge in your room.  

Highline / Meatpacking Pros:
-Food and drinks at The Standard Biergarten and Standard Grill
-Amazing views of Manhattan
-Unique architecture — the building literally straddles the High Line park 
-Near the clubs, restaurants and shopping of the Meatpacking District // La Bain is upstairs and has a nice rooftop happy hour. 
-Free WiFi

Cons: smaller rooms are pretty small but larger suites have a seating area. Either way the bathroom is smaller with very little counter space. No on site gym at the East Village location but guests have access to Crunch Bowery

Highline/ Meatpacking Cons: 
-Crowds, crowds and more crowds 
-Pedestrians on the High Line have clear views into many rooms 
-Bathrooms have “peek-a-boo” windows into the rooms
-Not exactly a family destination


*Playing in Paris Hiltons room*

Standard Meatpacking 

Le Bain



4. Hotel Giraffe 
Category: Charming
Location: Park Ave
Pros: nice size room and bathroom. good location. complimentary happy hour. 
Cons: basic

5. Martha Washington 
Category: Hip
Location: NoMad (blocks from The Empire State Building + The Fashion District)
Pros: cute design / decor average size room and bathroom - amazing restaurant downstairs.  friendly staff. 

Cons: not a great room service menu, bad views, small windows


6. TriBeCa Grand Hotel
Category: Posh
Location: SoHo / TriBeCa
Pros: Spacious room with great in room dining and restaurant menu.  Mini bar in room. Champagne at check-in on Fridays and Saturdays, and a nightlife scene that draws locals. Goldfish in rooms as free overnight pets, upon request. Tech-friendly: WiFi is free; iPads and iPod Touches available for loan. Free bicycles are available (spring, summer and fall) to explore the area.  Mini bar.  Starbucks within walking distance. (yes that's a pro on my list)  Distinctive style throughout.  Big windows in bathroom.

Cons: Restaurant service was incredibly slow.  Small windows in the room with not so great views.

7. Eventi, a Kimpton Hotel 
Category: Hip
Location: Chelsea
Pros: Friendly and super accommodating staff, amazing bathrooms with counter space covered with marble.  Floor to ceiling windows with great views.  Mini bar with fridge.

seeing a pattern here huh #grownupbutnot

Cons:  Manly design with dark rooms and lots of wood.  Really nice but not particularly my favorite decor.  Room service menu was limited.

Next Up: 

Hotel on Rivington:

+ The Plaza

So stay tuned!  What are your favorite places to stay in NYC?

xo Ady

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