A correspondent for Zevia at BeautyCon in New York City

BeautyConNYC entrance

Today, BeautyCon set up post in New York City for the first time. The internet’s most influential in beauty gathered to share tips and network with fans. As the buzz circulated Pier 36 on the East River, Zevia Zero Calorie Soda kept us all feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

In the fall, I was honored to be selected as a Zevia Certified Smart Person. And it goes without saying that I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to cover Zevia-Sponsored BeautyCon in New York.

Zevia Selfies

The selfie is arguably the biggest new wave of internet content, so I made it a point to grab a few Zevia-inspired selfies with some of my favorite BeautyCon celebs.

P’Trique and I looked very, very similar in our black tops, gold hardware, and long blonde hair. And one other thing we have in common is Zevia!

P'Trique and I post with Zevia and sport a matching look

And I think it’s worth mentioning a nod to our “serious model face” pose.

P'Trique and I make serious modeling faces

Jaylah Sandoval looked stunning, especially with her Cola flavored Zevia beverage.

@iiamjaylah and I pose at BeautyConNYC

What fans are saying about Zevia

@thehunt was over the moon to see Zevia at BeautyCon. When we chatted at the Zevia cooler, this exhibitor mentioned that her boyfriends works for the Oakland A’s, and that Zevia recently announced a sponsorship with the Oakland A’s, becoming the first ever Zero-Calorie, Naturally Sweetened Soda in the MLB.

@thehunt enjoys Zevia at BeautyCon

These two gals take their first sip of Zevia ever, and I was delighted to see the big smiles on their faces.

Sara and Alexa of @designerdivaz were decked out and smiling with their Zevia beverages.

Say cheese!

The paparazzi were on hand to snap photos of fans at the step and repeat, and BeautyCon celebrities were available to snap photos with fans. And excitement was everywhere.

Fans and Zevia take the step and repeat

Jay Manuel, America’s Next Top Model veteran, and my personal favorite, looked fierce and offered a ton of fabulous tips to fans.

Shannon Truax and Jay Manuel at BeautyCon in NYC

Gigi Gorgeous, YouTube celeb, allowed fans and followers to take selfies.

@TheGigiGorgeous at BeautyCon

Chelsea Crockett, BeautyLiciousInsider, was happy to meet and greet.

@LiciousInsider and I at BeautyCon

RachhLoves, YouTube favorite, enthusiastically posed for photos.

Rachhloves at BeautyCon

Behind the scenes

There was a lot going on, from the DJ Dance Party to the shows on the Main Stage. But I have to say that one of the coolest things that I saw was P’Trique vogue-ing with fans.

P'trique vogues at Beauty Con

Jaylah Sandoval reported live.

Jaylah Sandoval at BeautyCon

Zevia joins the party

It was awesome to have Zevia front and center at BeautyCon. Thank you so much for sponsoring, Zevia!

Party on at Beauty Con in NYC

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NBC Upfronts in New York City reveal an exciting season ahead

NBC Upfronts in NYC

It was a momentous occasion. For the first time ever, NBC presented a new and robust portfolio of networks, including: Bravo, USA, Syfy, Sprout, Oxygen, WWE, Esquire, and E!. Advertisers and journalists enjoyed a 90 minute presentation, where Sizzle Reels were accompanied by the talent who stars in the shows. There was a lot of info and sizzle, for sure, but here were a few that stood out to me.

Diane Von Furstenberg is looking for a Global Ambassador

In this new series on E!, watch a handful of hopefuls try to impress DVF herself in the iconic Meatpacking Showroom (not far from my Chelsea digs).

Diane von Furstenberg presents new show at NBC Upfronts

Lisa Edelstein presents Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce

This caught my eye, and I might enjoy this one as a comparison to my own experiences of living in New York City after a split.

Lisa Edelstein presents Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce at NBC Upfronts

Other mentions include Nail Art, a series about designing nails, the smallest art canvas in the world. Royals, a scripted series starring Elizabeth Hurley who plays the Queen of a fictitious royal family in London. Satisfaction stood out to me as well. It involves a married man who seemingly has it all but wants more – and so does his wife. My days caring about WWE are long over (Yes, I was pulled into the ring to dance with the Junk Yard Dog when I was in the second grade, in my own version of the Courtney Cox/Bruce Springsteen Dancing in the Dark music video.), so that piece didn’t resonate, but apparently Monday Night Raw is a big deal. Who knew.

The after party impressed

As the stars circulated the scene, I enjoyed various food stations and cocktails.

After party at NBC Upfronts

The Millionaire Matchmaker walked by me. Nigel Barker was an amazingly friendly gentleman and let me grab a picture with him.

Nigel Barker poses with John and me at the NBC Upfronts

On the red carpet

Kim and Khloe Kardashian take interviews, and I take a photo of Kim’s famous “angle” by sheer luck.

Kim and Khloe Kardashian at NBC Upfronts in NYC

Kim Kardashian at the red carpet NBC Upfronts

John and I stop for photos at the step and repeat.

John Basedow and Shannon Truax at NBC Upfronts

Shannon Truax at NBC Upfronts

And I stop for a selfie with an NBC page.

Entering the NBC Upfronts in NYC

Co-hosting Season 6 Premiere Party of Real Housewives of NY with John Basedow

Co-hosting season 6 premiere party of RHONY

Lucky Duck co-hosts an exciting party celebrating Season 6 of RHONY.

New York City, and most of the country, is excited to see what the ladies are going to do this season.

Spoiler Alert!

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Highlights from the party

John Basedow and I have fun wherever we go, but this party was right up there with the time we co-hosted Snooki and JWOWW’s Halloween Party and interviewed RuPaul’s Drag Queens.

Snuggles for everybody

When we started singing We Are Family with Mica Hughes from Blood, Sweat, and Heels, I knew it was going to be a silly night. Loved the big hugs from Heather Thomson and Carole Radziwill. See what started the love fest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f47xBg2fYpo

What are we up to with Mica Hughes Heather Thomson and Carole Radziwill are snuggles

Laughs to go around

The ladies were entertaining like always; they never disappoint. And John Basedow was in his normal, good form, charming the heck out of us. See what he was up to during this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f47xBg2fYpo

LuAnn de Lesseps entertains John Basedow makes Kristen Taekman and me laugh

A dentist appointment

Marc Lazare, Sonja’s dentist, was awesome! When he told me that I had a beautiful smile, I knew it was a compliment weighted in gold. Coincidentally, I am due for a cleaning and have been wondering how to find my new dentist. Well, how convenient. Guess where I’ll be on April 1st? At an appointment with Dr. Marc Lazare! Watch the doctor in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f47xBg2fYpo

Marc Lazare is my new dentist

A superstitious ritual

So what do you do when you want to bring a little luck? Grab a rabbit’s foot? Pick a four leaf clover? Or, do this? See why we feel we need a little luck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f47xBg2fYpo

Hoping for luck with Mica Hughes

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The New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden

New York Knicks at MSG

Lucky Duck attends his first Knicks game.

It was an incredible opportunity to get four Club Seats at The Knicks game this weekend. I picked my favorite people from work and loved crossing another bucket list item off my list. I couldn’t have attended with a better group of gals, or had a better time. I love my life in New York City, thanks to these people.

Tickets My favorite people

And here are The New York Knicks

Pre-game festivities always excite me, so I raced uptown to Madison Square Garden to catch the team’s announcement and order up some nachos from Club in-seat service. We had an incredible view, poised to be spoiled for the next two and a half hours.

My moment of a-ha!

As I chatted about some work related projects during the game, I was excited to know that I was “doing business” at a Knicks basketball game, in a killer seat, in New York City. And not only that, but I was hosting the experience, and that made me feel proud and happy. A guy didn’t buy me the tickets. A boss didn’t invite the team. I scored these tickets at my killer job in advertising, and I got to take my favorite colleagues and friends out to MSG to see The New York Knicks. This wouldn’t have happened in Seattle, and as the moment sunk in, I recognized that taking a chance on a new life in New York City was a smart decision and that I did the right thing.

The New York Knicks win

And fittingly, I got to see the Knicks win during my first game! As I was leaving Madison Square Garden, I texted my dad, “I love my life today!” and I meant it. It was such an awesome afternoon.

New York Knicks win

There’s always something cool in New York

After a year and a half in The Big Apple, I love that I’m still doing new things week over week. When I left Seattle and first got out here, I couldn’t have guessed where I’d be a year and a half out. These days, New York feels like home, and I know in my heart that there’s no going back. This New Yorker bleeds blue, and I’m here to stay for a while.

More from my musings at MSG

My first Rangers game at MSG Read the post and watch a video from my first New York Rangers hockey game at MSG: http://goluckyduck.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/new-york-rangers-hockey-game-at-madison-square-garden/
My first bull riding event at MSG Read the post and watch video from my first bull riding event at MSG, courtesy of Monster Energy Drink: http://goluckyduck.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/pbr-monster-energy-buck-off-at-madison-square-garden-in-nyc/

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Empire Diner reopens in Chelsea New York City

Empire Diner has reopened

Lucky Duck dines at Empire Diner twice in one week.

The Empire Diner in New York City is back! And I’ve indulged in its delicious menu, dim lighting, exceptional service, and lively vibe twice this week. Twice. This week.

A New York icon is back in business

The Art Moderne dining car at 210 10th Ave. in New York City has been in movies, such as Men In Black and Home Alone 2. It has a Wikipedia page. After a brief closure recently, The Empire Diner is open, back in business, under new management, and better than ever.

The service is stellar, and Chelsea is lucky to have such an awesome spot to enjoy a five star experience at a very fair price point, among a buzzing atmosphere. Seriously, how cool is this?

Empire Diner back open

What to order

Anything! I actually ordered the Brussels sprouts twice because they were so delicious. I love absolutely everything that I’ve eaten at The Empire Diner. The menu’s aesthetic is retro, but the dishes are modern and filled with flavor. Amanda Freitag, the head chef, is in-arguably one of New York City’s best chefs.

From the incredible menu, I picked (aside from the Brussels sprouts) (among a table of friends to share – don’t judge) the kale salad, the octopus Greek salad, the orzo mac & cheese, cauliflower, salt and pepper fries, French onion soup, lemon chicken, banana split, and peanut butter cream pie with pomegranate jelly.

Banana Split at Empire Diner NYC

Here is a video of the food at my table, as well as some commentary describing how excited I was to be back at my new favorite spot.

Meeting Amanda Freitag, the chef

The attention to detail, in every aspect, is top-notch. Amanda Freitag personally checks in on guests and prepares the menu. It was an honor to meet her!

Amanda, Chef at Empire Diner

Cheers to New York City’s newest gem

I hope that you’ll try Empire Diner and let me know what you ordered and what you think. I already can’t wait to go back and try the Green Plate Special, a rotating dish, left up to the element of surprise.

So make a reservation: 212-596-7523

Pier 60 cocktail at Empire Diner

Aviva Drescher launches new book, Leggy Blonde, at Red Door Spa

Shannon and John with gift bags

Lucky Duck celebrates New York Housewife, Aviva Drescher’s, new book.

John Basedow and I attended an exciting event together at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa in New York City. The Big Apple’s amazing Aviva Drescher launched her new book, Leggy Blonde.

Leggy Blonde by Aviva Drescher

#LeggyBlonde throws a fantastic party

The tent was packed at the 5th Ave. Beauty Mecca. Fig & Olive catered. Naked Grape was pouring. The flowers by Marzan Flowers were stunning.

Fig & Olive cater Open Bar (2) Beautiful florals

Andy Cohen made an appearance.

Aviva Drescher and Andy Cohen

The family looked beautiful.


Books were flying off of the shelf.

Book Signing

The gift bags were generous.

Gift bags from Red Door Spa

Mini-makeovers took over the lobby.

Makeovers at Red Door Spa Nail Polish

The cake was pretty incredible.

the cake

John Basedow and I rock the step and repeat

He is one of my favorite people in New York City, and as always, we killed the step and repeat.

Shannon and John point on the step and repeat Shannon Truax and John Basedow
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Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band blow it out of the box at Bud Light Hotel in New York City

The crowd loves Foo Fighters

Lucky Duck cheers on Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band at The Bud Light Hotel in New York City.

Twitter extended me an amazing ticket to watch the Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Band kill it during Super Bowl Week. It was my second trip out to The Bud Light Hotel, after having just been able to see Aloe Blacc and Imagine Dragons last night, courtesy of Facebook. Imagine Dragons wasn’t in the house this time, they were hosting Saturday Night Live.

Hottest ticket in town prior to kickoff

Zac Brown Band impresses

After an awesome pre-funk at Ink48, where @Kimpton actually favorited my tweet (yay!), we had the time of our lives! And @NYCCountryMusic favorited my checkin tweet!

My friends rock

Shortly after walking in, Zac Brown Band covered Metallica’s Enter Sandman!

Zac Brown Band plays at The Bud Light Hotel in NYC

Foo Fighters freaking rock

I’ve been a huge Foo Fighters fan, since the 90’s when Learn To Fly came out. In fact, whenever I hear that song, I think of the infamous Adam. I told all of my friends that if I could pick one song to hear it would be that one, and when it came on, we all went crazy. In a good way.

Having a blast at Foo Fighters Bud Light Hotel

Foo Fighters blow it up at The Bud Light Hotel

They played everything, and this one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

Foo Fighters perform at The Bud Light Hotel Foo Fighters perform at The Bud Light Hotel in NYC

But the encore!

When Foo Fighters came back out to the stage and covered Tom Petty, I thought, cool… but I KNEW that Everlong would be in our future… and it was! It was the perfect way to end the show, and I was glad that I stayed out until 2:00 in the morning to see it.

Celebrities are in the house

Can you spot the two celebrities above us on the balcony?

Stars are in the crowd

It really is all fists

EVERYONE had a blast. Honestly, out of anywhere you can be in New York City prior to kickoff, The Bud Light Hotel is your best bet, IF you can get in.

Foo Fighters rock The Bud Light Hotel NYC

The carnage

Safety is always first, and Bud Light did a great job plugging Uber and cabs throughout the night, to follow up on their beverage generosity.

The carnage at The Bud Light Hotel

The Bud Light Hotel hosts an awesome concert

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