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Convertible Cruising

The weather in New York City has been beautiful lately, so it only felt right to put the top down and drive the all new 2017 Buick Cascada to the Jersey Shore. Who doesn’t want to feel like the party has begun the second you get into a car for a weekend getaway? Thanks to this convertible, that mission was accomplished. It’s been a fun summer of testing out different Buicks, and once again this brand did not disappoint.The design of the Cascada is stunning. With the click of one button, the soft top compactly folds into the trunk of the car in less than 17 seconds. The 20-inch aluminum wheels sparkle as they reflect the sunlight, adding to the sporty silhouette of the convertible. Perforated dark leather seats compliment the vibrant red color (other color options are, of course, available), and the interior lights up with red mood lighting. There are chrome details throughout the car, giving it a sleek and luxurious feel. To say this convertible is sexy is an understatement.I was impressed …

Adventures with Buick

I just love escaping the city on weekends during the summer. I crave nature, and just an hour from Manhattan, you can find beaches, lakes, and mountains. My husband and I often go to to my family’s home on the Jersey Shore. For us, it brings total tranquility. I teamed up with Buick this holiday weekend to get away from the concrete jungle in the all-new Buick Envision.Safety is my number one priority. The roads and highways in and around Manhattan are fast-paced, crowded, and busy. Both rear-view mirrors have distance indicators to alert you when another car is nearby to your left or right. This came in handy when I wanted to quickly merge lanes and needed to make sure no cars were in my blind spots! The forward collision alert warns you if you’re getting too close to a stopped or slower car ahead. This is especially useful with the touch and go nature of bumper to bumper traffic on the highway.The Buick Envision has futuristic programming installed that will make any techie …

Entrepreneurship 

Popular Instagram account @Cereal.Entrepreneur profiles entrepreneurs and just this week, they asked me for my thoughts. I wanted to share that here with you. It all began in the spring of 2015. After running the social media at Aéropostale for a few years, I realized that the structure of corporate America is not right for me. I’m a very creative person involved in a few different industries, so it was difficult for me to be working at a desk nine hours a day. I was missing out on other opportunities that meant just as much to me, and began feeling creatively stifled dealing with the usual infrastructure of a corporate environment. I decided to leave the corporate world and open DiDario Consulting Inc., a social media, marketing and branding company. I work with a range of clients in the fashion, restaurant, beauty and beverage industries doing everything and anything to build their brand. Some examples of what I do for my clients: photo and video shoots, running their social media channels, securing mentions in magazines, …

The Importance Of Love

Yes, the store aisles are overstocked with romantic cards doused in corny messages, endless heart-shaped candy boxes tempting you as you walk by, and bouquets of roses that are triple the price, but I wouldn’t have it any other way once February 1st hits. Valentine’s Day is pegged as a “Hallmark Holiday,” but in a world that needs as much love as possible, I welcome the excuse to take a dedicated day to say I love you. In my eyes, this heart-shaped day isn’t just about celebrating couples. It’s a day to celebrate love in any way, shape or form: love for friends, family members, girlfriends, boyfriends, wives or husbands and perhaps most importantly, love for yourself.I believe one of the secrets to happiness is having a true love for yourself. Far too often people lose sight of this, burying themselves in worrying about what other people think or expect from them, so much that they start living life in ways that make others happy but not giving themselves what they truly want . And …

Reflecting on 2016

I find myself feeling a bit more sentimental than usual over the last few days. At the beginning of January, I always take some time to reflect on the prior year. But this year has been different — different because I find myself in a place in my life where I couldn’t feel more thankful. Thankful not for material things, but instead, for the people who mean the world to me and the new friends I met who opened my eyes to new experiences.I married someone I couldn’t imagine ever not meeting, someone who made me believe in the idea of soul mates. Marriage was never something that was important to me…but then I met Gio and marriage suddenly became one of the most important things to me. Our wedding was enchanting, something that looked like it was out of a fairytale. We were surrounded by our closest friends and family members, everyone radiating love and positivity. Our parents proudly walked down the aisle before we did, something that meant so much to us because …

Christmas Playlist

It is officially the holiday season which means my Christmas music is playing every chance that I get. There are so many great covers of the Christmas classics, but below I have aggregated a list of some of my favorites. From nostalgic nineties pop (I did grow up in that decade after all), to operatic classics to acoustic ballads, this is a playlist that will keep you feeling festive throughout the next few weeks! 1. Josh Groban (with Faith Hill) – The First Noel   2. Death Cab For Cutie – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) 3. *N Sync – All I Want Is You This Christmas 4. Lea Michele – Last Christmas  5. Il Volo – O Holy Night  6. CeeLo Green – White Christmas  7. Christina Aguilera – These Are The Special Times  8. Mariah Carey – Joy To The World  9. Pentatonix – Hallelujah 10. Mariah Carey – Oh Santa Enjoy!

Thankful

This was the second Thanksgiving that my husband and I hosted for our family, and it has become one of my favorite traditions to kick-off the holiday season. We are very lucky to have such a supportive, accepting and loving family, and we take great pride in being related to such an inspiring group of people. That’s why we wanted to make Thanksgiving extra special for our family.We started the preparations by putting up our Christmas tree two nights before the holiday. Our nine-foot beauty filled the apartment with sparkling white lights and the scent of fresh pine – my absolute favorite this time of year. With festive touches put up throughout our home, the ambience was cozy and holiday-ready. Now came the fun part – creating a menu that offered something for everyone. This year I partnered with my go-to food store in Manhattan, Whole Foods, to ensure I bought the highest quality and freshest ingredients for the meal. Being pescatarian and dairy-free, I had the challenge of creating a spread that was appealing …

The Dangers of Generalizations 

“The Media is Corrupt.”  “The Media is Rigged.” These careless phrases repeatedly being thrown around lately sadden me. They are creating anger in the American people by perpetuating a generalization of how all people in the media operate. But here’s the problem: generalizations are dangerous. My husband works in the media. Many of my closest friends work in the media. They work their asses off, and more often than not, put themselves in danger’s way to keep America informed and safe. They sacrifice so much of their time to tell the stories that need to be told, and in some cases, they put their lives at risk. If a person doesn’t like what someone in the media is saying or the way they are telling a story, they have the option of finding someone they do like to get information from. I promise you, there’s someone out there for everyone. But don’t diminish the work these reporters, producers, and crews do 365 days a year by making generalizations. While my husband is in the path …

Never Forget

Static fills the quiet classrooms as the old intercom system powers on. Scared, confused, worried, panicked. Uneasy classmates stare up at the speaker, praying their name won’t be called. One by one the principal calls in students. But not for detention, but because their parents were in the towers falling to the ground. The smoke could be seen from the roof of my high school. It all felt so close to home, and it was. It’s important to never forget those innocent people lost in the horrific attacks on 9/11, and the heroic stories of so many brave people who put fear aside to help those around them. It’s important to never forget those who helped rebuild a city and bring a community together that so badly needed to feel comfort and love. Today, and always, I honor and stand with you.  Never Forget.

Rise Up Against the Burn

The owner of a salon in my home state of New Jersey had a rainbow pride flag hanging from a flower box in front of her store. There was something special about this flag. On June 14th, it mysteriously appeared on the front step of her salon in Jersey City, the same day thousands of people came together and held a vigil in her neighborhood to honor the victims of the horrific massacre at Pulse Nightclub just two days earlier. One Monday morning, after a weekend away, the salon owner went back to work only to find that this special flag had been burned. I read this story earlier today and it hasn’t left my mind. The flag was created in 1978 and symbolizes hope, equality, acceptance and peace. To so many people in the LGBT community, the flag stood for something personal – having personal pride during a time when so many people were trying to take that away. Decades later, people are still trying to take that pride away. I know it’s not …