CULTURE VULTURE: Sunshine and the City


With warm weather finally here, let’s talk summer love, family outings, art for foodies, and luxury fitness. These fresh picks will get your whole squad soaring higher amidst blue skies and plenty of sunshine.

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MeetMindful Dating App

Ever think it was possible to change the world through a simple dating app? That was front and center for Amy Baglan, CEO and founder of the newest dating community, MeetMindful.  “We’re hoping to create one million conscious power couples by 2020, with the goal of making the world a better place,” explains Baglan.

MeetMindful caters to the community of people living Zen lifestyles—those who share a love for the environment, yoga, self-awareness, spirituality, and more. Users can find someone to connect with on a deeper level, an individual who values mindfulness, personal growth, and healthy living. MeetMindful is designed to be a place for life-changing and inspiring connections that favor love and friendships, not just casual hookups.

The app enables you to “favorite” members, receive matches, chat with other members, and more. Along with linking like-minded people together, the site also gives its users thousands of thoughtful articles about relationships and dating.

The app offers a 48-hour free trial browsing period; memberships are $29/month.


Oasis Day Spa

Amplify your summer glow and treat yourself to a day of bliss, tranquility, and relaxation at Oasis Day Spa. Named “Best of New York,” this luxury spa provides you with phenomenal services at affordable prices.

Oasis offers a multitude of different services ranging from facials and body scrubs to deep tissue massages. One of our favorites is the Hunny Bunny Full Body Scrub, which combines the lush fragrances of vanilla, honey and sugar. This treatment is perfect for achieving soft, glowing and hydrated skin, especially welcome after the harsh winter months.

In addition to a wide variety of individual services, they also offer a selection of spa specials and packages. Their signature package includes a 30-minute invigorating body scrub, a 60-minute massage to soothe your body, and a 60-minute facial that will leave your skin hydrated and luminous.


Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, a romantic night with your loved one, or just want to try something new, check out publisher Assouline’s newest book, “Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe.” Although known for her art, O’Keeffe was also a huge foodie, which makes sense, as cooking is just another art form!

Through Georgia’s personal letters and interviews with friends and staff members, Robyn Lea explores the artist’s relationship to food via art and nature, capturing photographs of the recipes and scenic views that celebrate this beautiful connection.

This book is truly breathtaking as it accentuates the beauty and art of cooking, with the unique perspective of a brilliant and celebrated artist.

Sold on Amazon, “Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe” makes a great gift and arrives in perfect time for farmers market exploration and backyard dinner parties.



Are you an active person who loves to travel but hates giving up your fitness routine on vacation? Let’s face it, between beach yoga and poolside piña coladas, the struggle is real. But if you’re all about staying on your sexy and fit flow, meet luxeFIT, a new boutique travel company that’s right up your alley.

Founded by two young businesswomen, luxeFIT combines fitness, traveling, and the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. This week-long fitness retreat offers fun workouts, numerous activities, healthy meals, and luxury accommodations.

The next summer trip is scheduled for July and will be held in St. Martin. An all-inclusive retreat, the six-night vacation offers guests meals freshly prepared by a private chef, fitness and yoga classes, the option to work out with a fitness instructor, transportation to and from group activities, and tropical excursions. As described by Holly Morris, founder of luxeFIT, “It’s paradise with a purpose… a better, more balanced you in less than a week!”


Bill’s Townhouse

Want to go back in time to a 19th-century evening in Manhattan? Look no further than Bill’s Townhouse in the heart of Midtown. What was once a famous speakeasy has been transformed into a charming restaurant with guest singers and pianists, filled with vintage décor and dark blue walls that give the space a warm and cozy feel.

Bill’s is the perfect place for a one-of-a-kind experience with friends while enjoying an upscale, classic American meal. Some of the more popular dishes on the menu include the lobster thermidor and buttered egg noodles, meatballs as appetizers, the smoked pork belly, and bone-in rib eye receiving rave reviews as the main course. And their delectable desserts range from flourless chocolate cake with strawberry coulis to a delicious cookie platter.

The multi-floor townhouse also features private rooms for special events of all sizes. Even if you are not looking for a sit-down meal, The Tavern at Bill’s is still a great place for an after-work happy hour or evening drink with friends. (We love their Whiskey Lemonades!) No matter what you choose or when you go, you certainly won’t forget your time at Bill’s Townhouse.

By Gwen Wunderlich




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