• 12.25.Slide

    3 Ways to Light a Fire of Change Around the World this Holiday Season

    Click on Dylan's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! The holidays are a time for giving, not just gifts but also in aid, love, compassion, and giving a hand to those experiencing unfavorable and unjust circumstances. The holiday season is always a positive and warm… Read More...
  • 11.30.Slide.2

    How to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Month

    Click on Briana's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Did you know that November is National Peanut Butter Month? Well, it is! Aside from being the month of elections, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and the biggest shopping day of the year, November is extra special for… Read More...
  • 11.16.Slide

    The Pros and Cons of Owning a Pet in College

    Click on Jamie's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Considering having a pet in your dorm room? Well, luckily for you, some colleges are okay with animal friends! A few examples of colleges that have this policy include University of Illinois, Clemson University,… Read More...
  • 10.21.Slide

    Study Snacks for Dummies

    Click on Alex's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Let’s face it: studying is the worst. You’re either bored, tired, stressed, confused, overwhelmed, or, worst of all, hungry. Trying to study when you’re hungry is super distracting, and, if you’re anything like me,… Read More...
  • 10.11.Slide

    Finding You: The High School to College Transition

    Click on Cyndi's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! It’s no secret that moving from high school to college is difficult, even though some people don’t like to admit it. You don’t know many people. You aren’t familiar with the campus. No one says it better than… Read More...
  • 10.3.Slide.2

    5 Fabulous Books for When You’re Tired of Reality TV

    Click on Alex's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I’ll be the first to admit — as much as I wish I hated reality TV, I really, REALLY love it. I mean, what’s better than coming home, grabbing some chips and guac, and unwinding to the tune of ‘Literally Kim, you’re… Read More...
  • 9.19.Slide.2

    8 bSmart Ways to Stay Productive this Fall

    Click on Clarisha's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! With fall’s imminent approach, for many of us, it’s time to get back to those new-year-new-me pinterest goals. Whether it’s back to school or back to work, fall’s a time where most are stumbling back into… Read More...
  • 9.2.Slide

    15 bSmart Ways to Volunteer in Your Community

    Click on Jamie's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Is philanthropy and giving back important to you, but you’re not sure where to start? Well here is my list of fifteen types of organizations that offer volunteer opportunities. See which one matches what you're… Read More...
  • 8.11.Slide

    The bSmart Guide to the Perfect Summer Staycation

    Click on Alex's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Picture yourself on a white sand beach. Tropical music plays in the background, the sun falls into your palm frond covered cabana juuuuust so, the mojito in your hand is perfectly cold and a waiter is on call to… Read More...
  • 8.3.Slide

    Independence Never Sounded So Good: 7 Reasons For Living on Your Own

    Click on Nina's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! As a rising senior in college, I've been daydreaming more and more about my life after I put on the cap and gown, walk away with my diploma in hand, and start a new chapter in the book that is life. This new chapter… Read More...
  • 7.26.Slide

    3 Easy, Affordable, and One-Pan Recipes for Small Kitchens

    Click on Samantha's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I knew when I moved back to New York after sixteen months of living in suburban Virginia that I would have to readjust to life in the city. I knew I’d have to give up my car, consolidate my wardrobe, and adapt… Read More...
  • 7.25.Slide

    10 Life Hacks You Didn’t Know You Needed

    Click on Alex's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! When carrying out our daily routines, we do many tasks mindlessly, never stopping to wonder if perhaps there is a faster, easier, or better way. After all, it has become routine for a reason; that’s just the way… Read More...
  • 7.20.Slide

    Coffee Please: Maximizing Your Morning Brew Wherever You Are

    Click on Laura's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Let’s be honest – travel wears a girl out. Overnight flights, train rides, crowding into hostels or strange hotel rooms, long days of working, exploring and walking; plus late nights making sure you don’t miss one… Read More...
  • 7.14.Slide

    bSmart Planning + Packing Tips for Attending Concerts and Music Festivals

    Click on Nina's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Oh, concert and music festival season is in the air! As the sun beats down and the wind brings a nice chill to the summer air, you might be curious about what to wear, what to bring, and overall how to be sure that… Read More...
  • 6.24.Slide

    bSmart’s Best Books of the Summer

    Click on Samantha's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! John Green, the author of The Fault in Our Stars (among other amazing YA novels) said it best. ‘Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the… Read More...
  • 6.23.Slide

    Summer Fun: Wine Not?

    Click on Samantha's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Summer in New York is festival season: We have Governors Ball, Jazz Age Lawn Party, and Museum Mile Festival. This year, though, locals and visitors alike have two brand new festivals to add to their summer… Read More...
  • 6.16.Slide

    Five (and a half) Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College

    Click on Laura's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! When I graduated from college I felt like a teenager in line for a roller coaster—the thrill of my upcoming adventure was bubbling up inside of me, while nerves flopped around in my stomach. With my degree in hand,… Read More...
  • 5.20.1.Slide

    Book Review: I Know How She Does It - How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time

    Click on Meghan's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! If a woman works 40 hours a week and sleeps 56 (8 hours each night, 7 times a week), that leaves 72 hours for ‘everything else.' Author Laura Vanderkam wanted to know how successful women maximize those… Read More...
  • 5.18.Slide

    Cultural Connection: Water’s Pervasive Influence

    Click on Sara's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! When I was in 7th grade, I was required to create a science fair project for school. While the project allowed me to select any topic I wanted, I wasn't familiar with many science concepts, so I opted to ask my… Read More...
  • 5.11.Slide

    Confessions of a #CoffeeAddict

    Click on Brittany's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Imagine these two scenarios: it’s 3 AM, you’re six cups of coffee deep, under-eye bags reaching an all-time puffiness, and you’ve only studied two-thirds of your final exam study guide. Now imagine this: it’s a… Read More...
  • 4.22.Slide

    Earth Day’s Call to Action: Caring for Our Planet Everyday

    Click on Dylan's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Earth Day sheds a global spotlight on being conscious about humanity’s impact on our planet, the unfortunate harm we’ve done to it, and the actions we can take to improve our environment and society. The impact… Read More...
  • 5.3.Slide.1

    10 Must-Haves For Your New Apartment

    Click on Averi's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Congratulations on your new apartment! Now that you’re out of the dorms, there’s no Resident Advisor or maintenance staff to look after you, which means it is time to take your ‘adulting’ to the next level. While… Read More...
  • 4.5.Slide.1

    The Top #Foodstagram Accounts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

    Click on Alex's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I will be the first to admit it: I’m a foodie. If I’m not already eating, I’m thinking about what I will eat next. And if I’m not already planning what I will eat next, I’m seeking out new recipes and restaurants… Read More...
  • 4.4.Slide

    A bSmart Checklist- What I Wish I Knew Before Moving Across the Country

    Click on Brittany's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Exactly one year ago, I decided to move from sun-drenched Southern California to the not-so-sunny-and-warm city of Boston to attend university. This move did not come as a surprise to anybody who knew me; I… Read More...
  • 3.29.Slide

    Feminine + Sporty: The Balance of Living in Two Different Worlds

    Click on Megan's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I often feel like I live in two worlds. In one world, I embody society’s stereotypes for women: I love to bake, I watch makeup tutorials, I enjoy getting dressed up for fancy events, I watch ‘The Bachelor’, and I… Read More...
  • 2.26.Slide

    3 Steps to Living a Quality Life: The New American Dream

    Click on Kelsey's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Last fall was my first semester of college. Aside from the demands of Spanish 101 and Statistics, I opted to live in a cooperative living community at a school far from home. Living with such a close-knit group… Read More...
  • 2.15.Slide

    6 Tips for Staying Motivated Through the Cold Winter Months

    Click on Alex's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! It’s back - the most dreaded time of the year. A time when the sky is never truly blue, and the wind makes your face feel like it might fall off. It may just be me, but as the temperature drops closer and closer to… Read More...
  • 2.11.Slide

    From Delayed to OK: How Biking May Be the Solution To NYC Commuter Struggles

    Click on Romaniya's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Whether you call NYC home or if it’s a favorite spot for business or pleasure, you perhaps have heard about the expected shutdown of the sometimes evil, but very necessary, L train. The MTA’s goal is to… Read More...
  • 2.8.Slide.1.b

    Valentine’s and Galentine’s: A Day for Love (and Baking)

    Click on Agathe's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Valentine’s Day is like cilantro: either you love it because it tastes like summer at the beach, or you hate it because it feels like there’s an entire bar of soap in your mouth. Some years, I relished my time in… Read More...
  • 2.3.Slide

    The Secret to Your Success? Staying on Schedule

    Click on Meagan's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I’m usually not the most intelligent person in a room and I’m never the most educated or connected person. But, I do usually become the most accomplished person given a certain task, project, or mission. Some… Read More...
  • 2.2.Slide

    Your Personalized Morning Routine to Prioritize Your Day

    Click on Rena's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! We’ve all read plenty of articles that tell us exactly what our morning routines ought to be. While those articles are typically very informative – and I don’t mean to imply otherwise – I do think you should be… Read More...
  • 1.25.Slide

    10 Tips for Successful Beginnings and Starting a New Life Chapter

    Click on Emma's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Recently, I finished my first semester of college. During my winter break, I took some time for reflection, and realized that both my life and my outlook on it have changed radically. I learned some important life… Read More...
  • 1.5.Slide.1

    5 Simple Strategies to Set and Succeed at Your New Year's Resolutions

    Click on Gabriella's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Goals are just dreams with a plan.’ Now that January 1st has come and gone, it's common to think about your goals (or resolutions) for a fresh start in a brand new year. However,… Read More...
  • 12.31.Slide

    bSmart New Year’s Resolutions: 4 Ways to Achieve Your Goals in 2016

    Click on Alex's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! It’s that time of year again: the malls are decked with holiday décor, the radio has Mariah Carey on repeat, and New Year’s Eve is getting closer and closer, leaving you to wonder where all the time went, and more… Read More...
  • 12.30.Slide

    Cat-calling: The Price of Living as a Woman in New York City

    Click on Arifa's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Recognized as an enchanting city for its boundless opportunities, constant commotion, and non-stop nature, Manhattan magnetizes visitors and new inhabitants alike. Although a glamorous city at the surface, like any… Read More...
  • 12.24.Slide

    4 Ways to Raise Awareness, Spark Dialogue, and Take Action for Human Rights Awareness Month

    Click on Dylan's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Although Human Rights Day (December 10th) has passed, that doesn’t mean your efforts to shed light on the protection and promotion of universal rights has to fade. If anything, let this month serve as a reminder of… Read More...
  • 11.25.Slide

    Literary Libations: A Reading List to Liquefy Your Winter Nights

    Click on Amanda's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Our daylight is waning, and while November has kindly treated us to mild temperatures, the chill of winter is lurking, readying to encourage our retreat inside. Capitalizing on the moments we’ll spend mostly… Read More...
  • 11.23.Slide

    Thanksgiving Recipes for Health and Wellness on a Budget

    Click on Dylan's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I have been a full vegetarian for about five years now and one of the first questions I’m asked when someone finds out that I don’t eat any sort of meat is, 'What do you do for Thanksgiving and the holidays?' My… Read More...
  • 11.18.Slide

    Making Plan A (and B, C, and D)

    Click on Maya's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Goals are what drive us to grow and develop as individuals. Whether that means exploring a new passion, exercising more, or getting back into reading, goals inspire us to be better. No matter your aspiration, all… Read More...
  • 11.13.Slide

    My Miracle Morning Routine

    Click on Gabriella's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I was never a morning person. College made it easy not to be, but this year had to be different. I had earned an editorial position on my university paper and an internship, all while balancing a full course… Read More...
  • 11.4.C.Slide.1

    Your bSmart Guide to Off the Beaten Path Travel Destinations

    Click on Michaela's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! As the world continues to become more connected, it’s harder to find places unexplored or unaffected by tourists. But, there are some destinations around the globe that offer incredible opportunities—without all… Read More...
  • 10.22.Slide.1

    Solo Travel: Choosing Confidence Over Fear

    Click on Amanda's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! There’s a stigma we face when we travel alone. Sometimes that stigma is reinforced externally: when we answer ‘table for one’ or ‘just me’ to the kind-eyed hostess at a restaurant; by the front desk clerk who asks… Read More...
  • 9.28.Slide

    4 Essential Daily Lists to Achieve Your Long-Term Goals

    Click on Meerabelle's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Too often, we lose sight of our long-term goals and resolutions because our daily lives are so full of mindless tasks, appointments, and work. When it comes to personal projects, it just seems like there’s… Read More...
  • 9.14.Lifestyle.Slide.1

    Talk Nerdy To Me: 5 Books to Get You Out of Your Summer Reading Rut

    Click on Amanda's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Soaking up the last of the summer sun while daydreaming about the crisp air of fall has caught me in a nostalgic conundrum. I love the kiss of fall, with its vibrant color and its romantic flavors, but the one… Read More...
  • 4 Reasons a DIY Desk May Be The Key to Professional Success

    Click on Amina's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! In an effort to curb your enthusiasm outright, I’ll begin by saying that I'm no interior designer extraordinaire. Sure, I decorated one hell of a dorm room back in my college days but I’m not planning on posting my… Read More...
  • Ready to Move? How to Find Your Home in the Post-Grad

    Click on Dylan's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I’ve lived in the northeast my whole life. I was born and spent my early childhood in Manhattan, moved to southwestern Connecticut for my adolescence, and migrated to the heart of Boston for four years of college.… Read More...
  • Healthy Winter Recipe: Gluten Free Clementine Mini Bundt Cakes

    Click on Erin's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I love to pair a fun dessert with gatherings in my home. It makes the most bland and ordinary dinner feel special and magical. In the colder, darker, and grayer days of winter I prefer citrus desserts for the extra… Read More...
  • Holiday Recipe: Gluten-Free Red Pear and Candied Ginger Cake

    Click on Erin's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I brought this gluten-free red pear and candied ginger cake to Thanksgiving dinner and it was a big hit. I wanted to create a wow factor without the articifical glitz that holiday desserts can have when store… Read More...
  • Ooey Gooey, Hot & Bubbly Sweet Potato Recipe for Thanksgiving

    Click on Megan's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! With Thanksgiving around the corner most of us are eagerly looking forward to spending time with friends and family, overloading on stuffing and mashed potatoes, and of course the leisurely afternoon naps that… Read More...
  • Be Prepped & Proactive: A Senior's Back-To-College Checklist

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I can’t believe it…I’m a senior in college. I’m finally, actually, literally (whatever way I feel at any given, terrifying moment) a senior in college. One would imagine, that by this time, coming up on year four,… Read More...
  • 8 Must-Read Books Before Summer's Over

    Click on Roxie's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! It's officially August, the potential for languorous beach days is dwindling to its frigid end, and—oops—you forgot to do your summer reading. To your credit, you were pretty busy: someone had to attend all those… Read More...
  • The Best Taste Of Summer: Southwestern Cobb Salad

    Click on Megan's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Summer is here, and bathing suits are on! Did you know your body’s physique is based 80% on what you eat and 20% on your workout regime? So how do you stay healthy when all you want to do is eat ice cream during… Read More...
  • Healthy Smoothie Recipe: It’s Easy Being Green

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! The Blending Basics There I was…almost a week out from intensive jaw reconstruction surgery, desperately trying to nourish my seemingly starving self. My face was swollen up to the size of a watermelon and my… Read More...
  • 3 Easy Entertaining Ideas For At Home Parties

    Click on Lisa's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Most women perform a juggling act on a daily basis. The balls in the air are a combination of family, friends, church, marriage, children, charity work, exercise, career, business, etc. However, everyone still needs… Read More...
  • The Perfect Healthy Side Dish For Your Next Dinner #bsmart

    The Perfect Healthy Side Dish For Your Next Dinner

    Click on Emily's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! July is finally here and summer is in full swing! I'm a new graduate, newlywed, and have moved to a new city. As I prepared for all of these fun-filled life changes I wanted to prepare myself for marriage. One way… Read More...
  • Quick And Easy Recipe To Celebrate Your Independence

    Click on Sara's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Ahhh, 4th of July. A day where independence is celebrated, America is revered, and many hot dogs are consumed. Nothin’ like it. I love the July 4th for so many reasons. Yes, beaching, barbeques and wearing American… Read More...
  • DIY Decorating: Fur Covered Bekvam Stool #bsmart

    DIY Decorating: Fur Covered Bekvam Stool

    Click on Kelly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! DIY Decorating: Fur Covered Bekvam Stool Chances are, if you’ve ever moved in to a place of your own and needed furniture, you know the wonders of IKEA. And if you know the wonders of IKEA, there’s also a very good… Read More...
  • 5 Scrumptious Summer Cocktail Recipes #bsmart

    5 Scrumptious Summer Cocktail Recipes

    Click on Sara's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Is there anything better than sipping a delicious cocktail on the beach (or if you’re a city gal – on a rooftop) in the summer? The only thing that might make it better is if Ryan Gosling was serving them to you.… Read More...
  • An Italian Girl's Guide to Where to Eat in NYC #bsmart

    An Italian Girl's Guide to Where to Eat in NYC

    Click on Claudia's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! As an Italian girl living in New York City, I'm thrilled about all of the restaurants offering delicious food from the heart of the Mediterranean. My first recommendation for eating truly authentic Italian food… Read More...
  • Design Inspiration from Nomita Joshi Gupta of Spruce Design Studio #bsmart

    Design Inspiration from Nomita Joshi Gupta of Spruce Design Studio

    Click on Sarah's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! One of the biggest perks about shopping in a boutique is the personal attention you receive as a shopper. It’s like having a personal stylist to help you through your fear of buying new boyfriend jeans or to talk… Read More...
  • Must Read Books For Summer: Revisit Your Childhood

    Click on Leesa's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! It seems to me that in summer the world collectively slows down. Bosses allow time off, friends make room for parties and bedtime bending hangouts, and the lingering daylight makes our weeks seem fuller. I have… Read More...
  • 10 Lessons My Mother Taught Me

    My mom has taught me most (if not all) of the important things I know in this life. She is not only a constant inspiration, but a catalyst to my being who I am today. I’m here to share with you some of my favorite things she said, why they’re hilarious, and why they will apply to and enrich your… Read More...
  • Demystifying Pinterest Projects For Successful DIY Decorating

    Click on Kelly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! I remember a day when Pinterest wasn’t around (shocking, but true). I used to rip out pages of magazines and put them in clear protectors, stashed in a binder, and placed on my nightstand. I had two binders and was… Read More...
  • Ke$ha Radio on Pandora #bSmartGuide

    Ke$ha Radio on Pandora

    Click on Katie's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! There’s a hidden secret I'm dying to share. I'm sure many of you use Pandora religiously, or some version thereof. Personally, I'm a loyal Spotify user (best $10 I spend every month). A few weeks ago, I came home… Read More...
  • I Know That “Girl”: The Stunning Styling of the Ladies of HBO’s Girls #bSmartGuide

    I Know That “Girl”: The Stunning Styling of the Ladies of HBO’s Girls

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Okay… I’ll admit it. Right here, right now, for all the Internet to read. I just really love Girls. While at first blush that reads like a coming out statement, the girls I’m referring to are the main cast members… Read More...
  • Improving Your Life: Minimalism for Beginners #bSmartGuide

    Improving Your Life: Minimalism for Beginners

    Click on Leesa's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! As spring is hesitantly approaching, a thorough dorm/apartment/duplex/house cleaning is in order. Spring-cleaning to some is a joyous time of rediscovering old vintage lamps in your basement or forgotten blouses in… Read More...
  • Wondering How to Be Happy? Find the Positive Vibes

    Click on Caroline's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Reluctant to finish my freshman year biology assignment, my teacher, Mr. Gawle, asked me the question, “What’s your blood type?” I rolled my eyes and laughed back, “….B positive.” I’d never given much thought to… Read More...
  • Welcome to Berlin: The Unlikely Story of Making Work Matter #bSmartGuide

    Welcome to Berlin: The Unlikely Story of Making Work Matter

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! It was the final day of my 8th grade trip to Washington DC. It had been a week full of card games, juicy gossip, one really inopportune shaving cream fight (we got busted), and pounds and pounds of deliciously… Read More...
  • The Taco Cupcake: An Easy Recipe that Will Change Your Life #bSmartguide

    The Taco Cupcake: An Easy Recipe that Will Change Your Life

    Click on Kaelyn's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Here are a few things you should know about me: I like food. A lot. I love Mexican food. I especially love tacos. And I am not domestic, whatsoever. (Side note: Really though, I will 100 percent, absolutely need… Read More...
  • 3 Tips for Smart Decision-Making

    Click on Emily's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Do you find decision-making a challenge? Do you wait for someone else to make decisions for you or try to avoid making decisions at all? We've all had experiences where not knowing the best next step was crippling.… Read More...
  • Inspirational Women To Watch Tonight On the Academy Awards #bSmartGuide

    Inspirational Women To Watch Tonight On the Academy Awards

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! And The Oscar Goes To... I’m excited - elated in fact - because today is the 86th broadcast of the Academy Awards. Some people live for football; they tailgate before big games and count down the seconds until the… Read More...
  • The Gift

    After the doctors,the tests, the lab reports,the telephones, the waiting, comes the giftfrom the Giver who is constant,the gift of quiet places. A dusty lane in summer,hemmed with chicoryand Queen Anne’s lace. A brook, sun-shivered,chattering of stones,kingfishers, fern and dragonflies. A forest of… Read More...
  • Shaker Meeting

    Brother Edward, leather apron fire-ticked,leans near the anvilfinishing a plow blade.Red wings drift across the coals.Sister Judith, weeding the herb garden,crushes thyme between her fingers,kneels to smell the fresh rosemary.A garden snake sends shivers through the chives. His hands know hammer… Read More...
  • Queen Nefertiti Attends 8 o’clock Mass

    The beautiful woman has come, Possessed of charm, beloved one. She times her entrance precisely with the priest’s, entering from the right, he from the left. Small, thin and proud at 65, today she wears a long green velvet cloak, an evening dress of gold lamế medallion on her forehead. Last Tuesday… Read More...
  • Send Out the Clowns

    the tiny yellow Volkswagen circles the circus ring beeping its horn stopping the doors fly open clown after clown emerges yellow polka dots purple pants eight red noses 16 floppy feet jostling punching nudging laughing waving to children they drift away my little brown Toyota circled once, twice… Read More...
  • One Good Day

    She’s come for lunch, arriving early in the old red Chevy, the too-thin figure in the soft blue jumper. the knitted cap. Daffodils in milk glass yellow tablecloth, squash soup, a bit of butter floating, salmon salad on romaine. She’s started watercolors, miniature beach scenes with tiny gulls and… Read More...
  • Letter Sent Up a Kite String

    It’s been five years of driveway ice crabgrass tansy dandelions painters plumbers CPA’s children wandering in and out of marriage and employment chipmunks in the walls wasps in the attic swifts in the chimney How about a trade ? You get down here and fix your kids I’ll come up there sit on a cloud… Read More...
  • Fast + Healthy Recipe: The Ultimate Cucumber Quinoa Salad

    Fast + Healthy Recipe: The Ultimate Cucumber Quinoa Salad

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Some Quinoa a Day Keeps The Fat Thighs Away: The True Story of How A Simple Salad Kept Me in Shape! The Reason I am 21 years old, I am a junior in college, I am single, and I am an aspiring actress. About six… Read More...
  • 5 Keys to Being a Successful Woman in NY

    5 Keys to Being a Successful Woman in NY

    Click on Sara's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! My Tips for New Yorkers to Survive the Big Apple Sara ready for the rain in NYC 1. Preparedness To be a successful woman in a city like New York, you have to be ready for anything. Rain? Snow? Apocalypse? Flu… Read More...
  • 3 Simple Steps for How to Improve Your Life in 2014

    3 Simple Steps for How to Improve Your Life in 2014

    Click on Adedayo's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! Since starting on my path to self-development, I've learned the key to a blissful life is to pay attention to the little things. Previously, I always felt like I had to struggle - I had to struggle to be seen and… Read More...
  • How To Find Love…On Netflix: 6 Underrated Romantic Movies on Netflix

    How To Find Love…On Netflix: 6 Underrated Romantic Movies on Netflix

    Click on Polly's picture to friend her, message her, or read more of her blog posts! It’s that inevitable time of year again. Sometime between the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve and the first flurries of snow in January, the world starts to break out in hearts…they are everywhere and they are… Read More...
  • Resources to Promote Your Business and Market Your Product

    bSmart By Promoting Your Business: Use these helpful products, websites, and apps to promote your business, organize your next event, and market your product! How they help you bSmart: 1. Moo MiniCards Your business or event is sure to stand out when you use a Moo MiniCard! Moo helps you create… Read More...
  • Life Guide: Health + Love Advice from a Life Coach! - bSmart!

    Life Guide: Health + Love Advice from a Life Coach!

    Life Guide Life Coach Kim's Picks for Your Life Use these resources to reach your personal goals with your mind, heart, body, and soul! Click here to ask Kim your life questions or read her advice to other members! You can also email your question to info@bSmartGuide.com to ask your question… Read More...
  • Success Stories: Empowering Women by Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

    Success Stories: Empowering Women by Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

    Inwood House’s Junior Advisory Council (JAC) is a committee made up of young professionals who seek to raise funds, increase awareness, and take an active role in preventing the cycle of poverty that is linked to teenage pregnancy. Established in 2009 the members volunteer their time, talents and… Read More...
  • 20 Best Restaurants in NYC From Virginia Hart - bSmart!

    20 Best Restaurants in NYC From Virginia Hart

    ...according to the little lady! People are always asking me, "I'm coming to New York City so, like, where should I eat?!" Or if they live here it's more of a, "Crap! People are coming to visit me so, like, where should I take them to eat?!" Although my opinion is ever-changing and the vast… Read More...
  • Shopping Tips for When to Get a Price Adjustment! - bSmart!

    Shopping Tips for Geting a Price Adjustment!

    Shopping Tips For You In less than two weeks, my brother is going to be married to the most incredible woman. I can't wait for them to become husband and wife, but let's get to the really important stuff--what in the world am I going to wear?? Over Christmas, I was on the hunt for the perfect dress… Read More...
  • Apropos or Social No-No? The Dying Taboos of Dinner Party Discussion

    It used to be that broaching religion and politics at a dinner party was an act of social suicide. One mention of Kennedy's Catholic leanings circa 1960, and you could have found yourself cut mercilessly from pot roasts and potato casseroles, bundt cakes and jello molds. "Your invitation must have… Read More...
  • Travel Tips: Summer Guide to the Hamptons - bSmart!

    Travel Tips: Summer Guide to the Hamptons

    Guide to the Hamptons How to get there The Jitney and Hamptons Luxury Liner are no secret – but I recommend the Jitney’s Ambassador service. Friday rush hours are more tolerable in leather, un-crowded seats, while you are served a bevy of snacks and wine (yes, free wine!). Ok, ok - you can also… Read More...
  • Best NYC Bars + Cocktails to Tantalize Your Tastebuds - bSmart!

    Best NYC Bars + Cocktails to Tantalize Your Tastebuds

    Best NYC Bars + Cocktails Here are 5 ingredients at the best NYC bars to tantalize your tastebuds: Cucumber. Blue Owl in the East Village features The Ellison, which freshens the palette with Hendrick’s Gin, muddled cucumber, and mint leaves. Blue Owl 196 2nd Avenue New York, NY (between 12th and… Read More...
  • De-Stress Techniquest to Slow Down and Unwind - bSmart!

    De-Stress Techniques to Slow Down and Unwind

    De-Stress Technqiues Schedule it Make an appointment with your self to “do nothing.” At the beginning of the month schedule a weekly appointment before your calendar starts filling up. You’ll be tempted to cancel the appointment with yourself when someone asks you to get together, but don’t do it.… Read More...
  • NYC Museum Review: The "Big 3" Museums - bSmart!

    NYC Museum Review: The "Big 3" Museums

    NYC Museum Review Your Saturday’s free, and you want to venture out? Consider a museum day! If your perception of museums is that they’re boring and nerdy, rest assured one of the 'Big Three' will have something to pique your interest and give you something to talk about at work on Monday. The… Read More...
  • Healthy Dinners: Best Kale Recipe - bSmart!

    Healthy Dinners: Best Kale Recipe & Other Dark Leafy Greens!

    Healthy Dinner A few months ago, I promised myself that I would try to incorporate more dark leafy greens, aka DLG's, into my meals for healthy dinners. Not to sound like a broken record, cause I know you all have heard this before, but dark green leafy vegetables are excellent sources of minerals… Read More...
  • Women Artists Spotlight - bSmart!

    Inspirational Poem: Jane Austin, Stop Twirling

    Women Artists Spotlight Last week, little anglophilac me attended pride and prejudice (note lower case) in a small summer theater, filled with ex-pats from the City, escapees from summer heat, and ladies with hats. The set was futuristic- a library with pastel stacks- and five equitys in costume… Read More...
  • Restaurant Review: Food Trend Brussels Sprouts - bSmart!

    Restaurant Review: Food Trend Brussels Sprouts

    Food Trend Brussels sprouts have taken the New York restaurant scene by storm. Slowly gaining in popularity over the past year, the Brussels sprout food trend has solidified its place as one of the most popular veggies on NYC menus. This Belgian wild cabbage, which was first cultivated in the 13th… Read More...
  • Summer Drink: Best Sangria Recipe - bSmart!

    Summer Drink: Best Sangria Recipe

    Summer Drink While I was perusing the wine section at Trader Joe's an extremely friendly employee offered to help me with a wine selection. I told him I was going to the beach and asked him if he had any summer drink recommendations. The excessively jolly salesman offered me this sangria recipe for… Read More...
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    Free Admission - NYC Museum Guide

    Free Admission Everyday life if New York City is expensive, and museum admission prices are no exception. The trick is to go during free admission hours when the museum’s fee is "suggested" and not mandatory. Here is a list of popular city museums with “suggested” admission fees. These fees are… Read More...
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    Do Something

    So yesterday, I shared one of the two themes I'm claiming for 2012. Ready for number two? Do. Something. I have convinced myself there are certain tasks and commitments in my life that require I set aside at least 1-2 hours to actually make them worthwhile: Cleaning my house, exercising, spending… Read More...
  • Best Cookbook for Newlyweds for Romantic Dinners

    Best Cookbook I have a confession. The delicious meals you've had in my home are not my creation. For the last 8 years almost every dinner I've made, fancy brunch I've hosted, or treat I've baked has come from the best cookbook - The Bride and Groom First and Forever Cookbook. The cookbook was… Read More...
  • DIY Idea - Antlers - bSmart!

    DIY Idea: Decorate with Antlers

    DIY Idea Antlers for home decor are no new trend, but the trend also doesn't seem to be going away. When you are born in Mississippi and raised in Texas, this is almost comical considering antlers were always part of the decor, at least at our hunting camp and any of my friends' ranches. Needless… Read More...
  • Design Advice: Decorating Small Apartments - bSmart!

    Design Advice: Decorating Small Apartments

    Design Advice While I'm no expert on anything, I do have some experience with packing my entire life into a sardine can. Four years at boarding school, four years at college, and now nearly 5 years on an island have taught me a few survival skills. I'm someone who likes stuff. I like pictures, I… Read More...
  • Inspirational Poem: Botany Lesson

    Women Artists Spotlight Poet Joan Peronto “Pink clover,” muttered Darwin to his students, The Beagle and the Origin behind him, “Pink clover fields rely upon an abundance of old women. For only the bumblebee with its long proboscis can fertilize the clover, and brown mice despoil the nests of… Read More...
  • Inspirational Poem: August 14, 1945-Illinois

    Women Artists Spotlight Poet Joan Peronto The day Japan surrendered. Birds had cleaned the blackberries, leaving a wiry tangle at the bottom of the cliff. In the hedges, clouded sulphurs floated near blue chicory and goldenrod. Sunburned from the cornfields, fired with the news on the old Philco,… Read More...
  • Treat Yourself to Maintain Work Life Balance - bSmart!

    Treat Yourself to Maintain Work Life Balance

    Work Life Balance Whether you’re working on a big project at the office or tackling a fitness goal, it’s important to treat yourself for a job well done to maintain work-life balance. Gone are the days when you receive stickers on your homework and get a high five from your gym teacher after you… Read More...
  • Restaurant Review: Alice's Tea Cup for Afternoon Tea

    Restaurant Review: Alice's Tea Cup for Afternoon Tea

    Restaurant Review Do you need to vent about a boy? Tell a friend about your latest purchases? Analyze whether you're in the right job? If you need to catch up with a girlfriend, indulge in celebration, or just feel like having a proper tea, then head to the restaurant Alice's Tea Cup. Alice's has… Read More...
  • Restauran Review: Best NYC Bar The Royalton - bSmart!

    Restauran Review: Best NYC Bar The Royalton

    Restaurant Review I decided to meet a friend for a drink in Midtown this past week. It's been a while since we've seen each other, so we were looking for a quiet place to catch up. I recalled having drinks in a quiet hotel lobby with my husband's friends somewhere in the west 40s. I Googled the… Read More...
  • DIY Decorating: Stencil Your Rental! - bSmart!

    DIY Decorating: Stencil Your Rental!

    DIY Decorating Oh, the woes of renting: You’ve found a little corner in a vast city and eagerly begin transforming it into a place that is uniquely your own, until you realize that there’s no such thing as a prudent investment when the words 'lease renewal' hold your destiny. Enter paint, a… Read More...
  • NYC Museums: Hidden Gems! - bSmart!

    NYC Museums: Hidden Museum Gems!

    NYC Museum Review Discovering an underrated spot in New York is thrilling, and each of these NYC museums has impressed me time and time again! Museum of Art and Design Why Go? Despite the funny name, MAD is anything but a punch line. Featuring exceptional exhibitions of art, specifically focusing… Read More...
  • Living Well: Get Tough Stains Out! - bSmart!

    Living Well: Get Tough Stains Out!

    Get Tough Stains Out! Coffee - Make a paste of white wine vinegar, water and baking soda. Wet the stain and apply the paste to the front and back of the garment. Let it dry and use a toothbrush to flake off the paste. Wash as usual. Blood - Pour peroxide over the stain and watch it disappear in an… Read More...
  • Women Artists Spotlight - bSmart!

    Inspirational Poem: April Burning

    Women Artists Spotlight Poet Joan Peronto A clear blue sky, but still a chill, the last snow patch sublimed,a day for burning dry tomato vines,gray-brittle sage, brown hollyhocksan empty robin’s nest from the bare lilacs. Children in red sweatersdisdaining rakes,run crazy eights around the… Read More...
  • Manners Matter: How to Write a Thank You Note - bSmart!

    Manners Matter: How to Write a Thank You Note

    Manners Matter I hate writing thank you notes. Although, I do love my friends and I am thankful when they give me a thoughtful gift. Why is it that week after week I'll have a thank you card (probably addressed and stamped) sitting on my desk waiting for me to write a note? Is it the pressure to be… Read More...
  • Restaurant Review: Best Sangria Spots in NYC

    Restaurant Review: Best Sangria Spots in NYC

    Best Sangria NYC Calle Ocho. Upper West Side (45 West 91st Street). Offering 8 varieties of Sangria, 4 white and 4 red, Calle Ocho is ideal for the indecisive consumer. Bring a buddy, each order several flavors, and have a tasting. Sophisticated and spacious, this is my go-to Sangria spot for large… Read More...
  • Ways to Treat Yourself For Life Balance - bSmart!

    Ways to Treat Yourself For Life Balance

    Work-Life Balance Happy Monday, friends! Hopefully all of you had fun weekends with some time to relax! While I love being busy during the week, having some time over the weekend to relax, catch up on things at home, and get some quality time with good friends is always the highlight of my week!… Read More...