Category Archives: Travel

My Favorite Travel Apps

As more and more people are using smartphones, the number of travel apps and mobile social media applications continues to increase. There are a number of popular options that will make your travel experience seamless and more interactive. Here are just a few of them.Hope you guys enjoy!!

Instagram

Allowing you to share all of your smartphone photos with family and friends via Facebook and Twitter with just a touch of a button. Use one or more of the app’s numerous filters to alter your photos before you share them with the world. Make sure to share only your best vacation photos and to scatter them throughout each day so your followers keep paying attention to your posts. Get even more out of the app by following and interacting with fellow Instagram users.

Tout

This app features the ability to make 15-second video status updates. This may seem like a very short period of time, but it is not so different from the 140 character limit on Twitter. Similar to Instagram, you can create the video right on your phone and then share it on Facebook and Twitter with a simple button click. While you’re traveling, it can be fun to view videos from other users who have posted from the same locations.

Foursquare

This app gives you the tools to locate numerous things to do in many locations throughout the world. “Check in” at various venues to get “badges” through the app. Many companies provide special offers when customers use check ins, such as a free coffee the first time you check in with them. Don’t forget to use the Explore option, which has categories such as Food, Top Picks, and Nightlife. Make sure to leave feedback about your experiences at various venues to assist further Foursquare users. Similar to Foursquare, Yelp provides reviews and tips for a wide variety of businesses. However, it offers more information in greater detail than Foursquare. Browse categories and recent activity for your current location. Join the Yelp community by contributing your own reviews and ratings for the places that you visit.

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What To Expect from Brooklyn, NY

Hey everyone…So I thought I would give you guys a look at what to expect from the neighborhood in terms of style, cuisine, interior home design, shopping and activities. A lot of people tend to ask me for some tips on what to do and where the best places to be when in the Brooklyn area.

Hope you enjoy what I have to share!!

Style

Brooklyn’s style is casual-chic. Many people wear trendy sneakers as they walk through the up and coming neighborhoods. People are, for the most part, friendly and promote a communal atmosphere.

Many people prefer shopping in Brooklyn because it is different from Madison Avenue or Soho in Manhattan. Many people living in Brooklyn enjoy shopping in Williamsburg, Carroll Gardens, Fort Greene, Cobble Hill, Park Slope and Prospect Heights. Williamsburg is known for its vintage shopping. Many people enjoy the flea markets in Brooklyn, but these flea markets are atypical. The markets carry authentic vintage and high quality goods. Many people flock to the Brooklyn Flea for this reason.

Brooklyn does not have several antiques stores, but there are numerous furniture stores with modern pieces featured at affordable prices. IKEA is another popular store in the area. Fifth Avenue is one of the more popular shopping venues. The neighborhoods are highly walkable, and stores can be reached easily.

People need sneakers to walk the area in comfort. To find trendy sneakers, try Fulton Mall.

Food

The food in Brooklyn varies. Popular food choices allow a wide variety and include Cuban, Mexican, Spanish or Tapas Style, Japanese and American Fare. Whichever you may desire can be found in the Brooklyn area. Some of the best restaurants in Brooklyn include:  Le Bernadin, Per Se, Dressler, Bozu, El Almacen, Zenkichi and Five Leaves.

Atlantic Avenue at Clinton Street is known for ethnic food such as Middle Eastern and Russian. Brooklyn is also known for its Italian food, Irish food, Pakistani food, Norwegian food, African food, Caribbean fare and halal stores. Chocolate lovers and pastry lovers will find treats in Williamsburg, Park Slope, DUMBO, Gowanus and Red Hook. Polish kielbasa and breads can be found on Manhattan Avenue.

Home Design

Some of the most impressive interior designs in Brooklyn are based upon art deco and minimalist principles. The lines of furniture featured in Brooklyn apartments are clean and sharp and give the edgy town credit to the artistic reputation it holds. The spaces are open and wide to complement these pieces.

Activities in Brooklyn

Living in Brooklyn gives residents the opportunity to engage in theater, film, dance and music activities. The Brooklyn Book Festival always seems to attract numerous supporters for Brooklyn’s writers. Many residents also enjoy the annual art shows at Brooklyn’s Waterfront Coalition. The Brooklyn Academy of Music features the BAM Dance Africa to attract people who love dance and the arts.

Williamsburg, NY

“Any Coffee or Dessert?”

So I previously discussed my trip up to the 1000 islands this summer and let me tell you it was so beautiful. But one of the best parts of the trip had to have been the dessert I had while dining riverside. I’m normally the type of girl that likes to go home, kick off my heels after a dinner date and curl up with a bowl of ice cream or some Oreos, but when you’re on vacation and eating at some of the best restaurants in town, why wouldn’t you get dessert?

qThis chocolate cake was probably one of the BEST chocolate cakes I have ever had. I’m not a hugee chocolate fan either. The frosting was thick and creamy and the tartness of the strawberry brought out some of the sweet flavors in the chocolate cake itself. I just HAD to look up a recipe so I can indulge in this as much as I want. I found the recipe on Pinterest (of course) so hopefully you guys enjoy this link!

xx AJ

 

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Monday Memo

Happy Monday Everyone!!!

Hopefully this weekend was just as beautiful most places as it was for me in upstate New York. I wanted to share with you my trip to Alexandria Bay in the 1000 Islands! This trip was absolutely beautiful and there was so much I brought back to blog about!!

Spending time on the water, anywhere, is really one of my most favorite things. I just love the peacefulness it brings. Even when the water is rough, it still allows for a soft landing, and a beautiful view no matter what.

So here’s the deal, I’m going to break down my weekend in a few different post’s. One relating to some of the amazing property in the 1000 Islands and how “Millionaires Row” is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from a camping village stuffed with RV’s. Another pertaining to some of the great food I enjoyed. Sometimes, saying “yes” to dessert is allowed. Finally, discussing what is essential to pack for a weekend getaway when you aren’t quite sure what you may doing, what type of dress code there may be and more.

Hope you all enjoy my posts. Again, Please feel free to comment anytime.

xx AJ

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Enjoying The Summer = M.I.A

Hi Everyone. Sorry I have been MIA. I have just been traveling a ton this summer, not online a lot, enjoying family, friends, the water and a lot of concerts!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!! xoxoxo AJ

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