An Intimate Evening with Cyndi Lauper

Last week, Hearing Health Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for hearling loss, hosted An Intimate Evening with Cyndi Lauper at B.B. King Blues Club in NYC. Richard Kind served as the comedic MC for the evening and guests enjoyed a silent and live auction, tasty bites and a cocktail reception sponsored by VEEV Liquor. Co-chairs for the evening, Natasha Boucai and Victoria Orlin presented a speech about the foundation and Foundation Executive Director Andrea Boidman talked about the foundation's recently launched Hearing Restoration Project, which aims to find a biologic cure for hearing loss by working on cell regeneration in the ear. A heartwarming tale was shared by Jennifer Harrington, a friend of the foundation, who spoke about her journey with hearing loss.

Give Back Saturdays

Fun downtown hub Pera Soho is feeling very charitable with the launch of Give Back Saturdays. Every Saturday, the restaurant will donate 10% of their bar total from 9:30pm-1:30am to a rotating group of non-profits. During the events, Pera Soho will feature changing food and cocktail menus, as well as live DJs from a portfolio of Model DJs. Additionally, guests will also have the opportunity to make on site donations and the restaurant will host a weeklong donating program on their website. Pera Soho will also allow partner charities to provide an exclusive offer to guests so that if they return within a month, 10% of that bill will also be donated to the charity.

Cupcakes for Charity

Healthy Union Square food destination Hu Kitchen is doing its part to give back during National Heart Month. All of the proceeds from their specialty paleo mini cupcakes, topped with heart healthy dark chocolate will be donated to Harboring Hearts, a charity that provides housing and emotional support to heart patients and their families who have come to New York City from all over the world to await transplants. The mini cupcakes sell for just $1 and help out a great and hearty cause.

Hu Kitchen is located at 78 5th Avenue.

Fashion Week Inspired Nails

New York City Fashion Week has the globe talking about the latest designer duds. Be head to toe glam not just with your clothes, but with every minor detail right down to your nails. Kiss and Broadway Nails recently launched a new collection from Katie Cazorla, owner of LA Salon, The Painted Nail. There are six new nail dresses which are V-Day perfect. What's so great about Kiss Nails is that they are fun, funky, and super easy to use. For those who don't want to shell out big bucks on fancy manicures, this is a simple solution at just $6.99 per box. You can put the nail stickers on in just minutes (even the clumsy can do it) and they are just as easy to remove. Not to mention, they last up to a week, which is perfect for Fashion Week.

We Heart Francois Payard

We've always been a fan of chocolatier and pastry chef, Francois Payard, and let's face it--it's hard not to be. But when the chocolatiest holiday of the year comes around, you know you are in for something special. Francois Payard shops are stocking up on delicious goodies for this decadent holiday and we couldn't be more thrilled. Francois has created great new desserts and flavors just for the occassion, so if you still need to pick up something sweet for your sweetie, now you know where to go.

Well known for his famous macarons, Payard is not just letting you purchase all his usual and seasonal flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and chestnut, but he has added four new flavors to the menu, which you can present to your beau in a heart-shaped box. Indulge in caramel coriander, strawberry basil, lemon thyme and mint chocolate in addition to all the classics ($48 for 17, $35 for 12). Looking for something super traditional? Scoop up a box of V-Day chocolates ($28 for 12, $55 for 30), comprised of specially made flavors such as mint chocolate, mango passion fruit & citrus zest, lemon thyme, and caramel coriander. Presented in a beautiful box, this will have anybody swooning.

Linzer Heart Cookies for Your Hunny
With V-Day sneaking upon us it's only right that we share with you all our romancing secrets. The key to anyone's heart is through their belly and Kathleen King, founder and owner of Tate's Bake Shop, is sharing with us a great recipe from her latest cookbook, Baking for Friends. These Linzer Heart Cookies not only look the part, but taste the part, as well. Additionally, Tate's in celebrating Valentine's Day by offering 50% off a Valentine's Cookie Cube & Cookbook combo, along with 20% off any web store purchase with the code BLOG213.
Top 3 Fitness Classes in NYC

With bikini season coming quicker than you know, it's important to get your body ready to hit the beaches! Your average gym will provide you with enough equipment to turn up the heat, but if you are really looking to rev up your workout, we've got the top classes in the city to get you looking like a model. Check out our favorite classes NYC has to offer!

Barry's Boot Camp: Jog, run, sprint, incline, squat, lift, crunch. You will hear all these words (too many times) at Barry's Boot Camp, and more. You might hate your instructor while you're there (just kidding) but the payoff will be great. Out of all the exercise classes in the city, this has to be one of the best, funnest, yet toughest. Each day of the week targets a different body part, in conjuction with some hardcore cardio. Prepare to get sweaty, burn calories, and wake up sore the next morning. Nothing is more exhilarating than the rush of endorphins and by the end of this one hour class, you will be grinning ear to ear for pushing yourself. Boot camp couldn't have described it any better.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and you need to narrow down your last-minute gift options. Whether you are looking for something simple 'n' swe et, something to accompany you on vacation, or something that screams committment, we've got a bunch of options to choose from. You can't go wrong with anything from our V-day list!

For the Simple Gifter: Guys, give your girl something hot to wear on your night out, like this flirty Dexter Dress ($260) in vibrant red by Rae Francis. Not up to the challenge? Give your gal something she can snuggle up to you in, like this popular Christopher Fischer Fox Intarsia sweater ($298), seen on plenty of celebs. You can pick one up at any Christopher Fischer retail locations, listed here.

The Parties That Went Down Last Week

Monday: Steve Stanulis hosted the wrap party for the film "Long Shot Louie" at Chelsea Manor. Stanulis stars in the film, where he plays an exotic dancer facing the trials and tribulations of personal relationships, work and drugs. Co-stars John Bianco, Brian Kelley and Joey Donafrio also attended the event. Read our interview with Steve here.

Buddakan Parties All Month Long

Delicious Asian restaurant Buddakan has a jam packed February, full of celebrations for The Year of the Snake and the Chinese New Year. If you're a fan of dim sum, delicious brunches, or cooking classes, then you are in for a treat. Not only does Buddakan have an awesome Chinese New Year menu special, but they are also hosting a dumpling class and dim sum brunch.

First up on their agenda is a Kick-Off Dim Sum Brunch on February 10th from 1-3pm. The brunch will feature a three course prix fixe menu for just $55 and have entertainment from New York City's Luen Hing lion dancers and DJ Timka. There will also be champagne specials, as well as red envelopes at the end of your meal revealnig a ticket for an insider tour of Chinatown with Buddakan's executive chef Yang Huang. Cha-ching!