Harvard and Stone

Flash back to the 1940’s where gas lamps were just as popular as the sexy burlesque undergarments. A time when men could fit one hand around a woman’s waist and when suspenders were all the rage. Flashback indeed, from the photo gallery bathroom wallpaper of women working in factories, to the 40’s most popular female slogan “We Can Do It”. With drinks entitled “Bat Country” and “Baby’s First Bourbon” you can’t go wrong. What makes “Harvard and Stone” so special aside from being frequented by the likes of Ashton Kutcher and Taylor Hanson, is the Friday/Saturday night Burlesque shows, it’s three times a night and I guarantee after watching just one of these ladies hit the splits you’ll find yourself on Groupon signing up for lessons.

Going the Distance

Sources say the 5 Must Do’s of Long Distance Relationships are:

1. COMMUNICATION: Make time to laugh. Communication is the foundation of any great relationship and in a long distance relationship it’s the only way to feel as though you are actively involved in your partners life. Text messaging is for convenience only, if you’re in a staff meeting and someone makes a joke you want to share or if you’re out busy running errands and see something funny, take a pic and send a text. For times when you’re in the car taking a long drive, out for lunch alone or even cooking dinner, the phone is perfect, there is something about hearing the voice of the one you love. Best of all skype, it’s amazing, you can not only talk to the person but you can see them. After a minor argument or a long day of work in the office catching a glimpse that smile across the computer screen is contagious.

Make a Plan

2.MAKING PLANS: Having a plan in life never hurt anyone and in this case it could be quiet beneficial, especially if you’re a no drama kind of guy or gal. Start by making plans to see each other, while once a month is highly recommended, every other month can be just as good. Go on vacation together, try choosing a place you both have never been so you can explore together. Also, if the relationship is serious it could be a good idea to pay a visit to your hometown to meet the family and show your partner where you grew up. Another part of making plans is making plans for your relationship, this is when the tough questions have to be asked and eventually answered. Who can relocate? And if both, where would you prefer to live? It is important to know when can the relocation occur? These are necessary discussions so it is best not to argue about them but to discuss them when you are ready.

3. BE HONEST: It is often said that honesty is the best policy and I would have to agree. A long distance relationship is hard as it is and no good can come from unfaithfulness, physically or emotionally. Trust is the second key component of this type of relationship and without it things will end much quicker then began. The act of honesty is not only for your partner’s benefit but is also for you, no one wants to feel trapped in a situation they feel they can not get out of, so speaking up about your feelings regarding the distance or whatever concerns you is a good thing. As long as you do not nag about the situation your partner will be glad you feel comfortable enough to be honest and open. Additionally another part of honesty is being honest with where the relationship seems to be going, remember, progression is necessary to maintain interest and excitement.

4. SURPRISES: Surprises in the mail are always nice, even surprises via email are good. Surprise them with something they like, perhaps he told you a story about his favorite action figure growing up and out of the blue you happen to see it one day at a flee market, buy it and send it in the mail in a little brown box. And maybe there was a book she has been meaning to purchase that she hasn’t gotten around to, check out amazon.com and have it shipped directly to her. Sometimes I think people forget that it really is the little things that make a difference, standing in line to see Jay Leno for an hour just because he’s a fan, or going to see the nutcracker once a year because she simply loves it, these are simple acts that will become memories for a lifetime. And note: tangible expressions of love are priceless, a teddy bear that’s bigger then her head or an oversized handmade christmas card, these things are always there to remind you of that special someone and that even though you can’t always touch them, you can always feel them near.

5. INTIMACY: Let me start by saying intimacy is not just sex, sex is simply one form of such. Intimacy can be in the way you talk to each other, the sharing of personal stories or fantasies, hopes and dreams. Intimacy is private, it’s those private moments, conversations, acts of affection all bundled into one. So the next time you see each other spend sometime alone, in private, perhaps in a hotel room for the night, or even day, and just enjoy each others company.

Pinot’s Palette

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Wine Down Painting – Wine, food, and painting, a great combination! Taking a painting class with friends is a great way to exercise your creativity and enjoy a night out with your favorite pals!

Artistically challenged? No problem! Painting classes offered at at Pinot’s Palette and studios throughout the country set you up with all the essentials you need to create your own masterpiece. That’s right, all the materials are set up for you! Just bring your own wine, treats, friends, and fun to complete the package! Did we mention  background music is playing to set the artistic vibe? A little MJ will definitely get your creative juices flowing. And I loved hearing Cyndi Lauper “Girls just want to have fun” as I sipped my glass of wine, stroked my brush, and did a dance move with my girls to my left and right.

Now back to the painting process!

A pre-selected design is set at the front for you to make your own artistic interpretation of the painting. One instructor is in the front guiding you through a step-by-step process of paining the piece while other instructors walk throughout the class to help.

Step One: Paint your background

Step Two and Three: Paint your Border and Tree

Step Four: Add flowers, your signature, and viola, you have your masterpiece!

How close is it to the original? This is where your artistic freedom and skill level comes in. Some choose to follow the template pretty closely while others choose to put an entirely different spin on it. Either way, wine and painting is a night of fun and creativity! Did we mention, the wine helps to relax you and get your creative juices flowing? Or maybe that’s just our excuse to partake in midweek spirits. 🙂

Think Like a Man

Think Like a Man, a romantic comedy, with a multi-talented cast, delivered laughs, cries, and a lot to think about. Told through the stories of five romantic partners, you may recognize your self or someone you know in one of the characters. Steve Harvey’s relationship book Act Like a Lady Think Like a man is the impetus for each woman to get her man straight! “Determine if this guy has a plan for you.” However, the ladies plan is usurped when the men catch on and try to use the book against them. A war between the genders ensues, threatening to tear apart each couple. “Plots, plans, and schemes, can’t compare to the truth.” In the end the very thing that threatens to tear them apart has the promise to bring them together. But will these couples surrender to love?

“Men respect a woman with standards, maybe you should get some, don’t hate the player change the game.”

Tired of constantly being mistreated by men Mya (Megan Good) decides to change the game by demanding the respect she deserves. She is matched up with the “ultimate player” (Romany Malco) who desperately tries to get “the cookie.”

“He hasn’t popped the question because you haven’t required him to.”

After nine years of being in a relationship, Kristen (Gabrielle Union) is determined to get the ring from her “non committer” boyfriend (John Ferrara). She pushes him to grow up and pursue his dreams, in hopes that as he becomes more confident and comfortable with his own self and career so that he will finally be ready to advance their relationship to the next level.

“The man who is her own woman … all this waiting for better is making you bitter.”

Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), a high powered executive has trouble finding a man on her level because her  standards are so rigid and high. She is tricked by the “dreamer” (Michael Ealy) who passes himself off as a successful chef in order to steal a chance at dating her. When she finds out the truth about him, she seeks someone who is on her status, while Ealy is motivated to open his own business.  

“If he can’t manage dinner for two, you’ll always be number two.”

Single mother Candace (Regina Hall) is going through a dry sprout. Finding a man who can take on the burden of parenthood has proven to be a difficult task. She thinks she finds her match in the “Mama’s Boy” (Terrence J) but decides she’s not willing to compete with his enmeshed mother.

“What do you call the three rings of marriage? Engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering.”

Comedic relief was delivered through Cedric (Kevin Hart), who is going through withdrawals from his soon to be ex wife and suffers from a case of little man’s complex. He is hilarious, bringing together all the pieces of this comedy!! Despite being anti-relationships most of the movie, it is perhaps his revelation at the end that influences his male friends to make important relationship decisions of their own.

Gel IT!

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Call it the Hybrid of nail polish. When searching for a median between the common lacquer polish and the steadfast acrylic nail, the Gel Nail is it!

Its a five step process: Following a relaxing manicure, the first layer is applied, this is a simple clear coat, one that preps your nails for the real deal. Wait for 3 minutes under the UV light, after which your nails will be dry to the touch. If the UV light concerns you have your manicurist put a bit of sunscreen on your hands (I’ve even gone to a nail salon where they put little gloves on your hands that let your fingers stick out). The next two steps are the most exciting, whether you have chosen a Pastel Pink for Spring or Blood Orange for some serious pop of color, two coats of polish are applied to give your nails a fresh new look. Remember, after each coat you must place your nails under the UV light for 3 minutes, this is key for the quick dry effect. The top coat is now applied giving your nails a shine so reflective its like looking in a mirror. After your final 3 minutes under the UV light, your manicurist should wipe each nail with rubbing alcohol to remove any excess, apply oil to your cuticles and finish you off with a nice massage. With silky smooth hands and glistening finger tips you are practically ready to be a hand model!

Gelish is my personal favorite out of all the brands, it last anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks (only because my nails grow so fast), it does not chip or crack and they offer a huge variety of A.MA.ZING colors. Try IT!

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