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6 Things to Know Before You Visit Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo feels like a giant arcade game that you navigate via small streets that eventually lead to massive pedestrian crossings complete with flashing neon signs in the backdrop.  Tokyo is discrete and flashy all at the same time and yes Tokyo is very accurately portrayed by Lena Dunham on her HBO's show GIRLS.  In Tokyo (and most of Japan), a small unassuming restaurant -- tucked behind a curtain -- is easily situated next to a ramen joint with a flashy sign procuring its dishes of sushi and ramen.  There is so much vibrancy and activity in Tokyo it's hard to know what to do and where to start and what customs to follow locally. So I put together a list of 6 thing to know before you visit Tokyo and a video with 6 things…

Re Your Holiday Wish List

your holiday wish list

  The holiday season is in full swing and as I noted in my last post -- my velvet crush is very real and it has been a staple of my holiday dressing.  Holidays are not all about parties and velvet dresses (well actually they are) but they are also about gifts and presents.  Let's be honest, everyone's always like "it's the season of giving" but aren’t you really more concerned with what you're going to receive this year (rather than give)? I know we've all received those gifts where we have to smile enthusiastically on the outside but on the inside we're all "what the what, does this person know me at all!?"  Case in point: all I have wanted for the holidays, essentially every year of my life, is every single episode…

Shana Tova and My Next Adventure!

adventure

Shana Tova and happy 5777!  It happens to be Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish new year: an amazing time to reflect on the past year and think forward to the next.  The rabbi leading my congregation today asked: "Who is ready to leave 5776 behind and start 5777?!"  I found this question to be more complicated than it appeared.  Many people were eager to move forward from this past year, some were indifferent and others weren't interested in moving forward. It's a complicated question for sure and there is not a simple answer.  The rabbi asked more in jest than anything else but it got me thinking: was I ready for the next year?  I must say I'm excited to move on but satisfied with my past year.  I fulfilled a lot of…

Want to go to Hamptons?

Hamptons

In need a of a Labor Day getaway? Same! Luckily, I'm off to the Hamptons this weekend and it being the last weekend of summer means a weekend filled with pools, cocktails and sand and I'm giving all my recommendations for a weekend getaway there.  Plus, if you think the Hamptons is not within your reach...think again: I have a Hamptons' hack I'm sharing below! The Hamptons is comprised of several different towns all with their own reputation and visitors/residents that frequent them. Some notable parts being: Quogue: anyone remember Ramona Singer from Real Housewives of New York having a fit over having to schlep to a party in Quogue from East Hampton? The audacity! It's classic Housewives and classic Ramona.  Amagansett: if you've seen the movie Something Borrowed with Kate Hudson you'll remember she…

Find me in Florence (and Bologna!)

Florence

Florence and Bologna: two cities with relative propinquity to one another are the perfect cities to experience together.  My trip was enriched by a stay in both. Above the stunning Duomo, which serves as a compass for the city: if you're ever lost, look for a bit of the Duomo peeking through an alley or above you in the sky and you'll find your way! As I finish off my Italy trip posts, you'll find me in Florence and Bologna.  Bologna is a lesser frequented Italian city known for originating bologna meat, mortadella (a personal favorite of mine), a thriving University, and its own leaning towers! (Who needs Pisa!)  It's one of those cities that you could see yourself living in without an overflow of tourist: a perfect city to study abroad or enjoy a pure Italian life.…