Crushing Hard

After a brief European sojourn, I’ve landed back in my (relative) reality of New York City.  When you are a city resident, there are often things you take for granted (expansive public transportation, ANYTHING you want/need delivered 24/7, early movie releases, the list goes on…..), and so often things you never really take advantage of.  For example, I usually go to museums twice a year.  My dad comes to visit twice a year.  See a correlation? But within the past year or so, I’ve definitely made the effort to be more of a tourist in my own city (sans fanny pack, and perplexed look), and I always have my radar up for a fun, insiders guide to my home town.

So, when I stumbled on Crush New York, I knew I’d found the perfect resource.  Founded by Steph Vorhees (some of you may remember her as Kelly Cutrone’s assistant from “Kell on Earth”), Crush New York bills itself as an insiders guide to the island of Manhattan.  And everyone knows the best insider tips come from (former) PR girls.  To be comepletely honest, I’ve developed a bit of a girl crush on Steph just based on her “About Me” page.  Who wouldn’t want to read some thing “written in a unique voice, best described as shameless” by a girl who cops to her failed plans to move to LA by saying “Ew. I know.”

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Crush New York’s Page

Crush provides tips on where dine, booze, flirt and shop in the Big City and even throws in some career and dating advice.  The foodie in me loves her “Food Porn Friday” posts (and I wish they were really every Friday).  This is actually how I found the site in the first place.  A quick stop to my FAVORITE bakery’s Facebook page (if you’re in NYC and you haven’t been to Maison Kayser, do yourself a favor and get there immediately), and I landed on a link to one of Steph’s posts about their UES outpost.  I loved her tone, and clearly would instantly trust anyone who shares my affinity for Maison Kayser.  

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Crush New York covers Maison Kayser

But beyond that, the site really does feature a lot of great tips and insight.  Anyone who could hack it for a week in Ms. Cutrone’s office deserves some kind of props (believe me – I had a friend who eeked out 3 months, and almost lost her sanity in the meantime), which might be what lead Vorhees to include the career section on the site.  Interviews with up-and-coming success stories like Katie Nadler, founder of Top Shelf, or Amanda Hesser, co-founder of one of my other obsessions Food52 are compelling and make me want to get off my ass and become an accomplished entrepreneur.

Overall, the site runs the gamut of NYC-centric info, but if that doesn’t entice you to start reading, the link to her Tumblr account should do the trick:

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Bon Voyage

In deciding what blog to blog about this week, I thought it would be completely apropos to find a travel blog, as I’m getting ready to set off on a trip myself.  If nothing else I figured it would serve as a great inspiration for my plans.  I was looking for lush vistas, inspiring views, and dreamy beaches, but instead what I got was a lot of bare bones, blah sites.  That is until I came across Canvas of Light.  To be fair, this is actually a travel blog that sits along side the bloggers personal photography website, but it’s nonetheless extremely engaging.

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As I mentioned, I had very specific ideas as to what I was looking for in a travel blog, so when I read about him on The Huffington Post, saying he was the “Best travel photographer on the internet. There is no reason to beat around the bush”, I had a feeling I was on the right track.  Add that to the fact that he adores Paris, and I was in blogger-love.

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I consider myself fairly well-traveled, but I still have a zillion places on my wish list, and know that realistically I will probably never make it to a lot of them.  That’s where a site like Canvas of Light comes in.  The photos are so beautifully shot, you feel like you took the trip, and were lucky enough to go to insert location here on the best day of the whole year.  He captures the best colors of my favorite season (Fall) in the US, in such perfection that the east coast tourism boards should be begging him for shots for their Fall Foliage campaigns (they really should – he even includes a handy link to buy his images for commercial use).  Plus, if you see something that really calls to you, you can buy a print, or even send it as a card OR ecard (how’s that for a multi-service site?)

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He lives in Thailand, so he has the benefit of drawing from an exotic locale everyday, but that said there is still quite a bit of variety.  From Grenada,  to the French Countryside, and even to some great photo tutorials, there is something to view for every kind of traveler.  It’s definitely been a site that’s made me add a few new spots to my bucket list.