Category Archives: Ashley

Top 5 Books to Help Motivate

While spring being around the corner is a great incentive to change your life around, sometimes you need to get your motivation from external sources.  My favorite way to get motivated is to watch documentaries about those that inspire me, listen to motivational music, or read a book that will make me think and drive me to do better.  The FIT library is filled with books, not just pertaining to fashion and the related majors here, but also motivational books.  Here are some of my favorite books that can be found in the FIT library:

  1. Grit: The Power of Passion and Purpose by Angela Duckworth
    Synopsis: Why do some people succeed and others fail?
  2. Own Your Future by Paul B. Brown
    Synopsis: How to think like an entrepreneur and thrive in an unpredictable economy
  3. No Fears, No Excuses by Larry Smith
    Synopsis: Finding your passion, creating your career plan, confronting your fears and excuses
  4. Smarter, Better, Faster by Charles Duhigg
    Synopsis: The secrets of productivity in life and business
  5. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
    Synopsis: Why now is the time to cash in on your passion

Happy reading and happy learning!

Ashley

Have Your Dough and Eat It Too!

New York City is no stranger to interesting food creations and combinations.  DŌ (pronounced dough) is located in Greenwich Village and is the new hotspot for all things cookie dough related.  DŌ formerly had a factory store located in Midtown East where they would be creating and shipping off their edible cookie dough nationwide.  With their recently opened storefront in at 550 LaGuardia Place, they’re serving cookie dough by the scoop, cookie dough ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, baked goods, and more!

Cookie DO by the scoop

From gluten free flavors to vegan flavors, there are options for everyone!  I highly recommend going in the middle of the weekday if possible since the crowds and lines accumulate after work.  The gift cards and prepackaged dough also make for a great gift item for any upcoming birthdays or anniversaries!  For a full list of flavors and more information about DŌ, visit https://www.cookiedonyc.com/.

Enjoy!

Ashley

Saving Money

College can be stressful enough between classes, homework, projects, and still trying to have a social life, but adding on additional living expenses can take a toll, especially when living in an expensive city like New York.  Here are some of my tips and tricks to spending a little less:

  • Grocery Hunt.  This may sound odd, but I highly recommend going to all of the local grocery stores and comparing the prices on what you typically by and making a note in your phone about where you should buy those specific products.  Whether it is a $3 difference or 50 cents, everything adds up over a long period of time.
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  BB&B has been one of the greatest go-to destinations for most of my shopping needs.  BB&B has toiletries, necessities, first aid, you name it.  Their sister store, Harmon’s, located on 22nd and 6th Ave has all of the toiletries and drugstore makeup products you need.  Added bonus, sign up for the emails and you get a 20% off a single item coupon every few weeks.
  • Plan your spending.  Plan with your friends what you want to do for that week/weekend.  If you know that you are going to a big event that costs money on the weekend, try to cut back from going out to eat or grabbing an expensive coffee during the week.
  • Coupons and Membership Cards.  This may sound self-explanatory but you’d be surprised how much you can save with rewards programs and email coupons.  Every little bit helps and can make you feel better that you aren’t purchasing at full price.
  • Purchase store brand.  While you may live for the mornings where you can have Honey Nut Cheerios, I can guarantee that the cheaper Honey O’s from Trader Joe’s will be just as satisfying.

Best of luck!

Ashley

Restaurant Review: Crepe Guru

I’ve talked about how much I love living in Hoboken and all the restaurants that live in the Mile Square, but I have yet to mention Crepe Guru.  Crepe Guru is located at 315 Washington St (and 3rd St) and has pre-set menu items ranging from sweet to savory crepes for you to choose from, or you can customize your own order.  From the savory breakfast or bourbon steak crepe to the Nutella batter and NY cheesecake crepe, the options are endless, and of course, the portions are massive.  The eating is just a small part of the experience as you can watch them make your crepe right in front of you!

Crepe Guru customized Nutella Crepe

It is also convenient that Crepe Guru not only delivers, but is open until 3 AM on Saturdays!  If you are on the other side of the Hudson, I’d be sure to make a special stop at this Hoboken gem.

Ashley

Restaurant Review: Eatsa

The new restaurant, Eatsa has made its way to New York City, located at 285 Madison Ave (41st St).  I managed to stumble across it while I was walking around the city and I immediately fell in love.  When you walk in, you are greeted by very kind staff members assisting you if you have never been inside before.  There was a row of touch-screen devices where you go and place your order.  They have pre-set meal options such as various quinoa bowls and salads, but you are also able to customize it yourself.

Eatsa

The restaurant allows for zero communication between the cooking staff and the customers dining.  You pay on the touch screen with your debit or credit card prior to heading over to the cubbies where it states your name on it.  The cubbie will illuminate when your order is ready and your touch on the cubbie will open the door where your food awaits you.

Conveniently for New Yorkers, you are also able to place an order on your phone and go into the restaurant, find your cubby and head out the door with your food.  Not only is the restaurant concept convenient, the food is absolutely delicious!  I will be making many trips to Eatsa this semester!

Ashley