Tiffany and Co. Holiday 2014

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It arrives in that signature blue envelope and almost all women know what’s inside. Every year, Tiffany’s never fails to unveil the most breathtaking holiday catalog, sparkled with the sophistication of shiny foils and elegant paper. This is more then a beautiful booklet, it’s a keepsake.

For 2014, Tiffany and Co illustrated scenes of a 1950-60′s New York City created in a palette of vibrant blues, lavender and pops of color to artfully compliment Tiffany jewelry and the Tiffany Blue Box. Richard Moore, Vice President, Creative Visual Merchandising of Tiffany & Co. explains, “Then as now, Tiffany & Co. was the city’s greatest jeweler, at the forefront of fashion and design. We’ve captured the era’s style and enthusiasm in witty illustrations of families and couples rejoicing in a city sparkling in snow and holiday glamour.” Below are all the illustrated spreads, click to see a slideshow of the enlargements. To see the full catalog, go here for to view the full catalog and/or request a printed copy.

Wait there’s more! If you’ve ever been in New York during late November to early January, you’d know that holiday store windows are the best activity. Grab a coffee and go have your second breakfast at Tiffany’s flagship store on 5th Avenue for a three dimensional version of these lovely illustrated scenes. There is even a magnificent light show triggered every 15 minutes, from 4:00 pm until midnight. The dazzling lights overlay the store’s elegant façade. The illuminated spectacle is inspired by the fireworks display created for the Tiffany Diamond at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and marks the 75th anniversary of that historic exhibit. Each features a yellow center stone (five feet in diameter) that replicates the cushion cut, 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond. See images below.

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And if this still isn’t enough for all the New York illustrated, holiday Tiffany & Co. head straight to Tiffany.com. There is an animated video right on their home page and you guessed it, it’s fabulous!

All imagery from Tiffany.com

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Free Food and Wine Pairing at Hudson Eats, NYC this Fall!

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Tomorrow kicks off Hudson Eat’s free food and wine pairing series this fall. Join Hudson Eats and Vintry Fine Wines for a weekly celebration of a different theme ranging from spice to chocolate. They’ll explore wine pairings specially selected for the wide-ranging cuisines created by the chefs at Hudson Eats. All events are complimentary but pre-registration is encouraged for a guaranteed entry.

Mike Martin, wine director at Vintry Fine Wines, will lead the series. One of the city’s noted authorities, Mike has been featured and mentioned in Wine & Spirits, Food & Wine, Beverage Media, The New York Times, The Sun, Decanter, and France Magazine. In 2012, Mike was inducted into the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne as a Chevalier. The wines Mike selects for our tastings will be available for purchase at Vintry, nearby at 230 Murray Street. Cheers!

200 Vesey Street, 2nd level off the Winter Garden in New York’s Battery Park City
All events are from 5:30PM to 8:00PM

Register online at brookfieldplaceny.com/wineseries
*Registration is suggested for a guaranteed entry.

Graphic designed by AgencySacks, Art Director: Jessica Haas

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America’s most affordable food cities in 2014

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Today, Americans spend almost 10 percent of their disposable income on food and nearly a third of every food dollar on restaurant services. For cash-strapped foodies, mastering the art of good eating also requires conquering the science of smart budgeting. So when it comes to food what city may have the easiest time, the best bang for their buck? According to an analysis by Wallet Hub, a sort of budding Yelp for finances, would you believe it’s Orlando, Florida?

Even though the United States currently has the cheapest food in history, a 2014 report from the National Restaurant Association suggests dining out is too pricey for a sizable portion of Americans. According to the association, 72 percent of consumers would consider eating out more frequently “if menu prices were lower during off-peak times.”

In celebration of World Food Day on Oct. 16, WalletHub analyzed the 150 most populated U.S. cities to find the most and least economical foodie scenes in the country. WalletHub used the data compiled from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Centers for Disease Control and several other substantial homes of statistical analysis, assessed cities in two categories: affordability of food and quality of food. Affordability, as you might expect, took into account things like the price of groceries and sales tax. For quality of food, analysts looked at access to farmers’ markets and CSAs, and the number of craft breweries, wineries and specialty food shops to give a fuller picture of the eating landscape.

After balancing affordability and quality, the results are a bit surprising. Check out the interactive map below to see how your city stacks up.

The list of top 25  Most Affordable Food Cities: (Didn’t see your city, go here for all 150 cities)

1 Orlando, FL
2 Grand Rapids, MI
3 Madison, WI
4 Boise City, ID
5 Cincinnati, OH
6 Reno, NV
7 New Orleans, LA
8 Austin, TX
9 Lexington-Fayette, KY
10 Pittsburgh, PA
11 Huntington Beach, CA
12 Modesto, CA
13 Brownsville, TX
14 Santa Ana, CA
15 San Francisco, CA
16 Denver, CO
17 Spokane, WA
18 Oakland, CA
19 Salt Lake City, UT
20 Fort Lauderdale, FL
21 Garden Grove, CA
22 Springfield, MO
23 Des Moines, IA
24 Worcester, MA
25 Providence, RI

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Sourced from Original Posts:
From WalletHub: 2014′s Best and Worst Foodie Cities for Your Wallet by Richie Bernardo and from Food And Wine: America’s Most Affordable Food City will surprise you by Noah Kaufman | Today

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There’s Something in the Cupcake Mix – by Johnny Cupcakes

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Happy Halloween! Get ready to feast on these limited edition Johnny Cupcakes shirts available starting at Midnight October 10th! For this Johnny Cupcakes special Halloween edition shirts he has brought back the “There’s Something in the Cupcake Mix.”

“It’s a limited run of shirts in a special package, that is housed in a book. This years theme is called “Midnight Delights” it’s a scary story theme, using inspiration from old pulp horror novels and comics. All the illustrations and titles are completely original and drawn in house by Chris DeLorenzo. The packaging was created to open up like a book and give you a table of contents and your own personalization on the inside flap. The spine is everyone’s favorite part with everything you would expect on an old book spine.”

Usually Johnny does three shirts, all with their own box, but this year they did something totally different. We made one box that housed all three shirts and is available as a complete set.

“Priced at $80 this is our the highest price point item in the Johnny Cupcakes shop, but you get a sweet deal and an extremely collectible item. This limited box also comes branded with an entire color scheme something Johnny hasn’t done before. These shirts all use the same pantone swatches, even the box, separating it from anything else we’ve done, adding to the whole Midnight Delights experience.”

Designed by: Johnny Cupcakes
Illustrator: Chris DeLorenzo
Available: Johnny Cupcakes

Original posted by Jessica Sanchez on The Dieline (where you can also see a video)

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Autumn Foliage Report – Northeast Region, October 9th, 2014

foliagereport11_Oct0914It’s time to plan your autumn weekend in New York, Vermont, mid to southern Maine, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin! Have fun and happy travels!

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Historic Philadelphia Fall Train Ride

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Due to popular demand, Amtrak’s Autumn Express is back! Come along for a historic train ride, departing from and returning to Philadelphia 30th Street Station on Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9, 2014. Travel through small towns, historic tunnels, see key landmarks and experience rare mileage along a route that hasn’t seen regular passenger service in decades.

 See fall scenery on a rare trip beginning with the Philadelphia Highline above and across the Penn Coach Yards and mainline. Travel along the Schuykill River and through the countryside that only freight trains travel now. You’ll pass through the Flat Rock Tunnel, constructed in 1836 – 1840 (one of the oldest in the country) and the Black Rock Tunnel, constructed in 1838, the third oldest tunnel still in use in this country. After a brief stop in Harrisburg, PA, the Autumn Express will take you back to Philadelphia via Hershey and Reading, PA, while travelling through scenic Montgomery, Chester, Berks, Lebanon and Dauphin Counties.

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  • The train departs Philadelphia at 9:45 am and returns at 6:00 pm.
  • Tickets are $129 for adults and include a boxed lunch (turkey sandwich, chips, water and cookie) and souvenir tote bag.
  • Children 2 – 12 ride for half price and receive a boxed lunch and tote bag.
  • Wi-Fi will be available.
  • Seating is limited for this unique opportunity.

Terms & Conditions

  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • Valid for sale October 9 – November 7, 2014.
  • Valid for travel on November 8 and 9, 2014 only.
  • Valid between Philadelphia, PA (PHL) – Amtrak Autumn Express, PA (AXP).
  • Flat price of $129 for adults and includes a boxed lunch and souvenir tote bag.
  • Up to two (2) children ages 2 – 12 may accompany each adult at half the adult fare.
  • Children and infants must travel with an adult who is at least 18 years or older.
  • Special excursion trains are eligible to earn Amtrak Guest Rewards points, but not available for redemption travel.
  • Not combinable with any other discount offer or passenger type.

Original posting from Amtrak

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Shop New Jersey-made goods to support schools, non-profits and local businesses

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This year Jessica Haas Designs is working with Just Jersey, a new sustainable school fundraising system that raises funds for schools while helping local businesses grow and thrive. It’s an exciting opportunity and fantastic program to be apart of and anyone can join in just by shopping online for Home, Body, Jewelry, Accessories, Books, Food, Kids, Gifts, Note Cards, and Pets.

The fall fundraising cycle is underway and accepting on-line orders until October 26, 2014.  This is your chance to shop from a group of amazing local businesses and send 30% of your purchase to one of our participating schools or nonprofits.

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Fall Foliage is moving faster this year!

Fall Foliage Compare 2013 and 2014

Comparing last year’s October 2nd Fall Foliage Network’s Report with this year, the leaves are changing a bit faster this year.  Reviewing the data especially in the northern states, it seems we are roughly 3 days early compared to 2013. No worries folks, that’s simply how nature works but isn’t always interesting to know.

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Autumn Foliage Report – Northeast Region, October 2nd 2014

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It was a heavy rain this morning and afternoon in New York City, which makes it a perfect time to research places to travel for next weekend’s predicted high color the outskirts of the big city (figures crossed). On the map above, from my favorite fall leaf watching website the Foliage Network, it looks like NY and PA State’s mountain regions, the Adirondacks, Catskills, and the Poconos, are all seeing high to peak color, so get those sweaters out and get in the car!

My husband found this article from Big Appled on five amazing scenic fall day trip destinations from the Big Apple. I’ve been to the top two destinations and they truly are amazing. I highly recommend going.

1. BEAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK IN STONY POINT, NY


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For beautiful views of the fall scenery against the distant view of the Hudson River make your way to Bear Mountain State Park in Stony Point. The park hosts a variety of hiking paths, picnic grounds and outdoor activities, as well as a merry-go-round, a museum and a trailside zoo featuring rescued animals from the area. On weekends throughout the October, the park will also be hosting Oktoberfest celebrations that boast a myriad of Germans beers, delicious Bavarian foods, crafts and live music performances. You can even get to the park via boat by taking the Circle Line’s Bear Mountain Day Cruise that leaves from Manhattan.

2. STORM KING ART CENTER IN MOUNTAINVILLE, NY


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If you are looking for a place to view the colorful leaves amidst a truly unique art installation, journey up to Storm King in Mountainville. Here, you will find an upstate escape featuring an outdoor sculpture collection that rests on 500 acres of beautifully manicured meadows. This large exhibit showcases 100 spectacular pieces from renowned artists such as Alexander Calder and Roy Lichtenstein that are strategically scattered throughout the scenic pastures. Spend the day admiring these incredible works of art as you wander through the grounds, take in the colorful woodland surroundings and breath in the crisp autumn air.

3. APPLEWOOD ORCHARD AND WINERY  IN WARWICK, NY


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Wander up north to the town of Warwick for a day filled with fun fall activities at the Applewood Orchards and Winery. This Hudson Valley farm features eleven varieties of apples that you can pick yourself, as well as a pumpkin patch, wagon rides and puppet shows for kids. After filling up your apple sack, you can take a stroll through the serene gardens, stop by the wine tasting room, browse through the country store or enjoy the beautiful autumn afternoon by snagging a seat outside and snacking on a fresh apple doughnut as sip on some hard pumpkin cider. Yum!

4. BLUE HILL FARM IN POCANTICO HILLS, NY


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For a glimpse of the fall foliage on a charming country farm, make your way to Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills. Amidst the gilded meadows and wandering woodland paths, you will find Blue Hill Farm hidden away at the top of a rolling pasture. The farm is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday each week and features tours, educational programs, and farm-to-table cooking classes highlighting seasonal autumn recipes and the renowned Blue Hill at Stone Barnsrestaurant to have a top-notch meal made with the day’s delicious harvest. For an afternoon filled with live music, farming activities, food crafting, markets, and hay rides make sure to stop by the farm on October 5th, for their Annual Harvest Fest.


5. OLD WESTBURY GARDENS


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Make your way over to the North Shore of Long Island to depart from the city scene this fall at Old Westbury Gardens. Here you will find a historic Charles II-style mansion tucked away amidst 200 acres of gorgeous formal gardens, meandering pathways, glistening ponds and woodlands bursting with golden fall foliage. In addition to a variety of daytime educational workshops and autumn activities, the garden will also host “Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns” on weekends throughout the fall. Stop by this nighttime event to get in the Halloween spirit as you view over 5,000 individually carved pumpkins light up the night along a winding scenic trail.

By: Kaylin Pound via BigAppled

HAPPY FALL TRAVELS!

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A Guide to Fall Food by Amanda Page

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Fall has arrived and new seasonal foods are rotating into our menus. We all know we should eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, etc everyday to keep healthy, but it’s also important to eat the rainbow. If you don’t already eat this way, seasons have a great way to get you all the minerals and vitamins you need. For example, if you are not a big fan of summer’s baby carrots, autumn has a great variety of orange foods like sweet potatoes, clementines and squashes to get you the vitamin C benefits you need.

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If you want help remembering to eat a diet full of colors and categories, here’s a beautiful guide to make life easier. The award-winning designer in health and wellness, Jessica Haas Designs created this art print to help give you and your body the nutrients it needs. Hang it in your kitchen and just eat from each loop each meal and make a rainbow everyday. To find what produce is locally grown, Jessica also makes state’s seasonal calendars.

Food Guide at top: via HealthCentral by Amanda Page (APage)

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