Monthly Archives: June 2011

Shortcut to Fabulous Summer Necklace…for a cause

bluewavehome1The Blue Wave Tsunami Necklace ($30) shown here would make the perfect summer accessory and the company who sells it, Jewelry for a Cause donates $6.50 from the purchase of this necklace to the Red Cross Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami disaster relief efforts! There are lots of other styles on the website. The purchase of each style has a portion of the purchase price donates to ca cause or charity…so update your summer wardrobe and do a good deed! Click here to check out the site.

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Weddings

vintageToday the Gansevoort is hosting The Miami Beach Bridal Show

The Wedding Salon puts on a magical Miami bridal show and expo for Miami or those who just like to sample free cake! Countless luxury wedding vendors will be available to help you plan your big day or get inspired for other parties, home decor or general entertaining.

The event will feature the latest trends in Photography, Invitations,
Honeymoons, Couture Gowns, Cakes & more. Enjoy Beauty Makeovers, Cocktails, Gift Bags, Fantasy Table Décor…Click here to get tickets.

The Wedding Salon – Miami Beach, FL

Show date: Monday June 13, 2011
Show hours: 4 pm to 8 pm
Venue: Gansevoort Miami Beach Hotel
Address: 2377 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Shortcut to Fabulous Free Travel

perfect pacingI bet that headline grabbed your attention huh? Well nothing in life is really free, but with airline miles and rewards points travel can be free or at least deeply discounted. I recently started planning my annual vacation. This year we will be going to Greece and Turkey an I will be brining you the best of Greece and Turkey of course! I used airlines miles to book a first class plane ride to Athens and the Points Guy helped me do it! The Points Guy is a blog written by a man who is committed and obsessed with showing readers how to earn points for reward travel, free hotel stays and more. Then when you have the points he helps you cash them in and find the best deal reward travel deals and tricks and tips to navigate reward travel booking sites. He recently quit his day job to focus on his Points Guy endeavor full time, so I can only imagine that the content will be better than ever going forward. I highly recommend that you peruse on over to the Points Guy and start learning about reward travel. You could be taking your next vacation using reward miles/points!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Sale at Anthropologie

saving moneyAll end of spring/summer long I have been good about shopping. I didn’t buy one thing during the whole weekend of memorial day. Well today I fell victim to an awesome Anthro sale. There is an extra 25% of all sale items and free shipping on all orders over $150 for Anthro card holders (membership is free). Click here to visit the same, but warning you will end up buying things. Click here to visit the sale.

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Greek Dining Under the Stars

mandolinTucked away in an old 1940′s house on the edge of the design district, Mandolin Aegean Bistro serves up delicious fresh food and a relaxing, yet chic atmosphere. To dine under the stars at this charming restaurant, you must plan ahead. Reservations are hard to come by, but if you call several weeks in advance or try and dine on off days or off hours you will ensure yourself a meal to remember. There is some indoor seating, but dining in their back garden is the most enchanting experience. It feels like a fairy tale world full of greek lanterns and lush ivy covered walls.

This past week, I dined with four foodie friends. We ordered a large selection of appetizers and a few of the evenings specials and ate tapas style. Here is what we ordered:

  • Grilled Sucuk- Turkish Chorizo
  • Olive oil poached leeks with carrots and dill
  • Marinated grilled octopus
  • Fried Calamari with almond tarator dip
  • Zucchini Fritter
  • Kefte- grilled beef and lamb meatballs
  • Greek Village Salad-tomato, cucumber, green pepper, red onion, olives, capers
  • Hand-cut fries with garlic yogurt
  • Two of the evening’s specials: cigar roll and vegetarian moussaka
  • Both Desserts offered for the evening: A baklava type dessert with shredded filo and a chocolate cake

Everything was delicious, but several days later my mouth is still watering at the thought of the Greek Village Salad, Zucchini fritter, Kefte and chocolate cake which was a yellow cake with almost pudding like chocolate frosting. We ordered one of each dessert to share, but the chocolate cake was so amazing, I had to defect from the evening’s food communism and order my own cake. I give this restaurant five out of five yums for its fairytale charm ambiance and delicious, extremely fresh and healthy feeling food.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Stats to help Empower Women

career imagesOkay, so even though I am a lawyer, I pretty much find everything our lawmakers do to be a total snooze fest. However, a report by the Majorty Staff of the Joint Economic Committee Representative Carolyn B. Maloney came to my attention this week and it made my jaw drop…in a good way! The report is titled, “Invest in Women, Invest in America: A Comprehensive Review of Women in the U.S. Economy.” The report is kind of long…252 pages kind of long, but it includes statistics and facts that will fill you with empowerment and will make you want to sneak a few copies onto your boss’s desk. Page 17 of the report contains the following paragraph, which not only makes sense but makes me want to rent out a Time Square billboard and plaster the stats on it for a few years…read and weep boys:

Take, for instance, women’s role in business. Firm performance correlates directly with women’s representation in corporate leadership. Companies with the most women on their boards of directors outperform those with the fewest women on their boards on myriad key performance measures – return on invested capital is 66 percent higher in firms with strong female representation, return on equity is 53 percent higher, and return on sales is 42 percent higher.17 The link between women’s representation on corporate boards and firm performance holds across industries. Fortune 500 firms with the best record of promoting women to senior positions, including their boards of directors, are more profitable than their peers.18 The 25 firms with the best promotion records post returns on assets 18 percent higher, and returns on investments 69 percent higher, than the Fortune 500 median for their industry…

Women leaders are more likely than their male peers to demonstrate types of leadership behavior that positively affect corporate organizational performance, including participative decision-making, role modeling, inspiration, expectations and rewards, and mentoring.20″

I know this is a departure from the normal Shortcuts to Fabulous living tips given on this website, but knowledge is power, and  this report and some of the information contained in the report might empower some of you to ask for the promotion you deserve or the raise you earned too long ago to mention. In fact, I think some of the statistics contained in the report might be great to have on hand for your next meet and great with management. There is absolutely no reason that women are still earning 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns, but if we take some time out to absorb information like the information contained in the senate report referenced above, we can start to chip away at the pay gap! Click here for the full Senate report and please pass along to all your girlfriends, sisters, mothers and daughters.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Old Navy Groupon

saving moneyRight now Groupon has a great deal…$10 for $20 Worth of Graphic Tees, Dresses, and Summer Apparel at Old Navy. Click here to get the deal.

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