Soul Searchin' with Simon Richards

You can visit Simon online here!

The Standard Opens Outdoor Eatery with Chef Seamus Mullen

A new seasonal restaurant, The Standard Plaza, located (you guessed it) at The Standard, is now open until late September. Chef Seamus Mullen will be the summer's chef-in-residence, preparing simple Mediterranean dishes on a new wood-fired oven and charcoal grill outside the hotel's plaza. The menu features sharable plates, as well as special dishes for lunch and weekend brunch. The wine list emphasizes innovative Spanish wines, including three on tap, as well as sangrias and cocktails. The outdoor area is the perfect place to relax during the summer, day or night. Here's the deets!

Catalpa Takes 'Music Festival' to a Whole Other Level

The inaugural Catalpa Festival, a truly unique musical experience, hits Randall's Island July 28th and 29th. There will be plenty of emphasis on site artistry, interactive experiences, and experimentation --not to mention over 40 performers! Musical genres are diverse, including blues, rock, hip hop, electronic, reggae, and indie. There will be art installations, bespoke event structures, and more.

Artists include, The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg, Asap Rocky, AraabMuzik, Zola Jesus, Girl Talk, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Felix da Housecat, City and Colour, The Sheepdogs, Hook 'n' Sling, My Pet Dragon, just to name a handful.

Watch It: Summer Timepieces You'll Love

Looking for the a timeless accessory to enhance your carefully planned summer ensembles (or lack of)? Find the perfect watch for your summer look -- whether it is sophisticated, sporty, or somewhere in between!

Philip Stein's all-white watch is technically only fashionable during the months of summer, so get shopping and pair it perfectly with all your hot summer outfits. It features a dual time zone so you know the current time at your vacation destination, as well as the time back home. The ceramic white case and strap have a light, cool feel --perfect for the heat wave. The watch also features Natural Frequency Technology, providing health benefits such as increased focus, improved sleep, and better overall well-being.

[PICS] Teresa Giudice Hosts Party in the Poconos

Over the weekend, Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Teresa Giudice, hosted a dance party at Gypsies Nightclub in Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos. Fans of the show joined the party to schmooze with the hostess and wriggle out some details from this season of the show. Teresa fans received a surprise with an impromptu meet and great with the reality star! Teresa also got up into the DJ booth to kick off the night with her fave song, "Wild Ones." Teresa's mother and mother-in-law spent the night in her company. Check out photos from the event below!

Lowcountry's Southern 4th of July Specials

Looking for a last minute bite to eat this Independence Day? Check out the spread at Lowcountry! This southern restaurant and bourbon bar is offering up all day specials with the most American dishes you can find.

Stop by at 1pm when the fun begins and happy hour pricing will continue on throughout the day.

Bon apetit...or as we say here in the USA, dig in!

EAT: Fried Chicken Basket with Roasted Corn and Potatoes,
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, Corn Bread
& a Complimentary Carafe of John Daly
5 pieces for $28
10 piece for $50
DRINK: $5 Draft Beers, Wines by the Glass and Select Cocktails
WHEN: July 4th, 1 pm-close
WHERE: Lowcountry 142 W. 10th Street

Get Patriotic with Tasty Fourth of July Cocktails

New York City is bustling with great watering holes so it's really not necessary to skip town for the holiday. If you're hanging around this week, check out this list of great 4th of July cocktails served up at great local bars. Sad to be missing out? Don't worry, we also have some DIY recipes for some patriotic 'tails.

Williamsburg’s MyMoon, serves a Red, White and Blue Sangria ($8 glass, $30 carafe) made with Maprecco Vinho Verde (white wine) and topped with strawberries and blueberries. The drink is also extremely aromatic thanks to the addition of Capel Pisco, a floral brandy made with Muscat grapes. Enjoy it on MyMoon’s sprawling outdoor patio.

The Inner Workings of Canadian Singer NvS

NvS, hot new artist hailing from Canada (eh), is fighting her way up to the top. Having recently received a number of accolades, including Juno Award nomination and Best New Artist at the Canadian Radio Awards, she is now making herself known in the US. Bystorm Entertainment, who has signed her on, also has managed big names like J. Cole, Kardinal Offishall, and home of the Notorious B.I.G. The singer is currently working on her debut album, produced by Midi Mafia and Teddy Riley. The sexy singer dishes to Joonbug about her naughty alter egos, her latest single, "Between My Thighs," and what she up to now.

5 Sweet Rooftop Bars to Catch Fireworks

Without a doubt, New York City has one of the best fireworks displays in the country for the 4th of July. Why skip town when you can catch an amazing showing of bright lights and amazing colors? One thing about Joonbug is we sure know how to party. So we've rounded up the best spots in the city for prime firework viewing and a good bash to celebrate America's birthday.

XVI Light up your 4th of July with hints of decadence and glamour at XVI Rooftop Lounge. At sixteen stories in the air, you’ll feel as though you’re celebrating in an opulent French chateau- right in the heart of midtown. Guests can gaze out over the Hudson River while surrounded by unbelievable views of Manhattan.

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

The month of June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. Since the month is coming to a close, it's time to get on it! If you've been looking for a pet and don't want to shell out the big bucks for a high-class breed, the best way to get your kitty is adopting one. There are plenty of animal shelters all over the country and there are plenty of cats that want you as their mommas or poppas. The best way to give back to your favorite furry four-legged lovers is by taking one home with you. Check out the shelters below to find a cat near you! (If you're not ready to take on the responsibility of a new pet, feel free to donate to their cause!)