Where you can find some of the best views in NY

This 17 mile long state park is worth all of the hype. Letchworth State Park, also known as the Grand Canyon of the east includes 3 waterfalls, restaurants, hiking trails, and no shortage of spectacular look-outs requiring zero effort to enjoy.

It was named after William Pryor Letchworth who fought until he died to preserve the natural beauty of this land. Before he passed, he gave the land and estate to the State of NY to be used as a public park to ensure its preservation.

For $10/car, I’d say we got our money’s worth. I was lucky enough to spot a double rainbow above middle falls, my personal favorite of the 3 waterfalls.

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Great bend look out was the first spectacular overlook that I remember and looking back at the pictures, I see why it was so memorable. I’d say don’t look down, but then you would miss the view! 😉

 

FOOD AND DRINKS:

There is a restaurant and Inn on site formerly belonging to Mr. William Letchworth himself. His old country estate is now the Glenn Iris Inn. In Greek, Iris actually translates to rainbow. The fact that I witnessed a double rainbow above middle falls, just adds to this already amazing trip.

 

Highly recommend the Almond Joy cold brew cocktail. After hiking over 300 stairs on a 90 degree day, it brought me back to life. There was whipped cream and a cherry on top, but it looks like I consumed it before I decided to snap the pic. The strawberry daiquiri was a little too icy for my taste, I prefer a much smoother blend. The cajun-style burger with bacon was phenomenal. Although there was air conditioning indoors, for some reason we ate outside on the patio (not my decision).

 

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Like this NY adventure? Then you would also like this ADK Island camping experience.

"Appreciating the outdoors is something I think everyone should work on. The natural beauty of the world breeds happiness." -E

When you Almost Ruin a Surprise Party

Yesterday I decided I wanted to check out a nearby winery: reason number one I have never been there, and number two wine-not?

My date and I waltz right in to the tasting room and it looks like there is a private party going on in the back behind the big black curtain. The lady behind the bar asks if we need anything and I told her we were hoping to do a wine tasting. To my disappointment, she told me they were closed for a private event. I’m thinking well that really sucks, until the lady sitting at the table next to us says “Will you please stay? I’m throwing a surprise 50th for my very best friend and I need you two to be the cover!”

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I love this already! We say yes, of course.

The best part is — had we showed up 10 minutes later, we may have ruined the surprise! Typical. Another day, another story to tell.

So we are sitting at the bar tasting delicious wines (trying not to be overly excited or suspicious) when the lady tells the bar to cut the lights in the back and wait for the signal because the birthday girl has arrived! I’m just thinking how happy I am to witness this and how funny it is that they have big balloons in the back that read “21”. She is 50.. These are my kind of people.

The birthday girl walks in and they tell her there is a coat rack in the back where she can hang her coat and when she pulls the curtain, we hear the big “surprise!

It was honestly the most heart-warming, cutest thing ever. I am so happy we got to be just a small part of it. Side-note: it was actually my first time witnessing a surprise party!

If you are a wino, Greenwood winery is the place to go. Their bistro is right next door (which is open later than the tasting room) for dinner and drinks. We had dinner in the beautiful dining area paired with my favorite glass of wine called sincerity — a smooth white semi-sweet wine made from the Niagara grape. For another favorite wine spot, check out Best Desserts of CNY: Dani’s Dessert and Wine Bar.

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Fried haddock special of the day

They have live music every Friday so we got lucky to enjoy that after dinner! Also worth mentioning — there is a huge fire pit outside to enjoy your wine while keeping toasty. If you love this story, read about the crazy cab ride with the man-bun.

Cheers!

 

xo,

-E

The Trends I like and the ones I’m going to let Kylie Jenner Rock

Every girl deserves a day where she says screw it, I’m not adulting today and I recently bought a shirt for those exact days.

👉🏼 The Trends I like, and the ones I’m steering clear of 👈🏼

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>• The cute/punny shirts I am on board with. Especially this purple “Namast’ay In Bed” gem from Target.  

Buy this shirt.

>• Girly coffee mugs with sayings on them. I am all over it.

Get the caffeine queen mug.

>• Dad sneaks — not so much. I’m not sure why they are a thing and why we are making them “cute”, but for now I’m steering clear.

>• Knit bathing suits I am so with this season. However, the one-piece thing — I like on some people — but me personally, steering clear.

I can’t live without this purple high-neck knit bikini.

>• Cheeky shorts — not my style. Now I think some people take “suns out, buns out” just a little too seriously, just my opinion guys. Maybe I’m alone here.

So that’s the latest and greatest on the blog. I want to see your floral-inspired spring style.

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XO,

-E

Meet Kaitlynn: From Employee to Boss Babe

There are several reasons that I find Kaitlynn’s story inspirational, but let’s start at the beginning.

Kaitlynn was at her job doing hair for about 10 years when she started feeling unhappy. Unexpectedly, co-worker Vince got fired triggering the revelation. Feeling under-appreciated, Kaitlynn and two fellow co-workers quit their jobs. With no set plan, they had to find a way to support themselves — and fast! Faced with uncertainty, they still chose to do what they felt was right.

She began working with clients out of her home for a short time before coming together with her old co-workers and developing a game plan to purchase a building in Cicero, NY. Vince being the main investor helped form the alliance between the four. Little did they know when they quit their jobs that they would be going from co-workers to co-owners in a matter of months. You’d be surprised what you can accomplish when you have no choice but to make big moves.

When describing her journey from employee to boss babe, easy is the last word she would choose. Many tears and countless busy days/nights getting things in order while still trying to manage clients in-and-out of her home. Between getting all of the proper licenses and insurance out of the way and co-owner Vince doing all the construction to make the salon ready for business, Kait did not have much free time (or funds) for any fun. She is an amazing friend of mine and I remember asking her to dinner or drinks during all of this, her response always the same “I just can’t afford it at the moment, but soon!”

I’m happy to announce that she has been a proud business owner for about four months now. Going through personal hardships in the midst of all this (including a split between her and long time boyfriend of four years) earns her well-deserved boss babe status. She specializes in hair restoration giving her the opportunity to help men and women regain their confidence from hair loss due to cancer, trichotillomania, alopecia, and baldness. In her new business she is now able to especially help women who have lost their sense of femininity and self-love and treat them as more than just a customer. Her and the three co-owners are more than friends, they are fam(ily). Driven by passion, hard-work, and dedication — you can count on Revelations to treat you as family, too.

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The fun side of her job includes hair extensions for thinning hair or just for people like me who want voluminous, luscious locks! Which of course, I had to test out. Here are my results… wow. I went from Fiona (from Shrek) to Jessica Simpson.

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Timeline:

MAY — Quit job.  JULY — Salon purchase. NOVEMBER — Revelation’s doors open for business.

Remember: it’s not easy, but it is possible. To schedule a free consultation or for more detailed information, you can check out her website or e-mail her directly at revelationshairstudio@yahoo.com.

 

Q & A:

Q: If there is one thing you would tell women who are unhappy in their current job/field, what would it be?

A: A client once told me, “little risk, little reward, big risk, big reward”, and that has stuck with me through all the ups and downs of this process. People told us that we couldn’t do it and that we wouldn’t be successful, which only fueled our fire.

Q: What was your driving motivation to up and quit your job with no set plan?

A: I knew I had enough passion, desire, and drive to achieve my ultimate goal of being able to make a career out of this while still putting my clients needs first. Achieving results for my clients suffering from hair loss at a more affordable price is what I do.

Q: How can we inspire other women by your story?

A: Everyone wants the American dream; be successful and be your own boss. If you stay true to yourself and your priorities are in check- with a little bit of hard work you can achieve anything. No matter what other people think.

 

xo,

-E

10 Ways to Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

1. Take care of your health (physical & mental) — Believe it or not, they actually go hand in hand.

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Benefits of exercising include, but are not limited to:

♥  Improved self-confidence

♥  Improved overall Well-being

♥  Sexual satisfaction

♥  Improved Intellectual functioning

Exercise has even been reported to decrease the following:

Alcohol abuse

Headaches

♥ Hostility

Mild to Moderate Depression  1

2. Keep A Clean Living Space

The importance of a clean house is not to be underestimated. Having a messy area can actually be distracting and prevent you from getting other things done.

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3. Cook More Real Food

There is a certain amount of self-satisfaction knowing you took the time out of your busy day to make your own meal.  With all of the overly processed foods out there, knowing exactly what ingredients you’re putting in your body is a comforting feeling. After all, you only get one body—unless you’re Kim K. of course.

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4. Make personal connections with people

This world can be an increasingly lonely place, but making personal connections with others makes life that much better. Social media can make you feel distant or loved, depending upon how you use it. Reach out to people and engage in real conversations. You’d be surprised how much you may have in common with a stranger. Now — Don’t forget meeting people in person is just as important. I’m available to chat on various social media platforms, don’t be afraid to chat me up on Instagram or Facebook.

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5. Fear-less, Do More

I’m not saying go out and live a fearless life, but fear can be crippling. How about actually living—try something new & step out of your comfort zone. Remember that one time I went camping in the Adirondacks on an island?! No? No worries, catch up here..  Adirondack Island Getaway. How about the time that I snuck up on a roof top and stood on the edge? Read that epic story here.

 

 

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6. Focus On Your Strengths

God knows we have plenty of weaknesses, but how about we try focusing on our strengths for once. For those looking for an enticing read in the new year, I highly recommend you add this to the list: Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to develop your talents and those of the people you manage. For example, I have a way of connecting with people through writing; however,  I’m not so good at math. The concept is as simple as this; focus on connecting with people through writing and create momentum for yourself. So—blogging, here I come.

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7. Be a Woman Who Empowers Other Women

It’s a common, almost disgustingly popular trend to comment negatively regarding other women’s bodies. We are almost all guilty of this. Just because everyone else does it and just because they think it’s okay, doesn’t mean it actually is. Challenge popular opinions. You can find a prime example of women empowering other women in my post titled Every Body Is Beautiful and read about how I took the pledge.

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8. Surround Yourself With Likeminded People

We are most at home when we are surrounded by others whom we are most comfortable around. Finding  people that have the same mindset or outlook on life as you do are where you are bound to shine the most. One diamond is shiny, but how about 100,000 diamonds?  🙂 Now that is real shine.

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9. Attract What You Expect, Reflect What You Desire

This is for all my single peeps as well as people in relationships. Say it a couple times aloud to grasp the full meaning. No doubles standard here, just love. Keep in mind, this also applies to friendships.

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10. Be UNpopular

Last, but certainly not least. My blog title. You don’t have to go with the crowd. Stand up for what you believe and be Unpopular. We need more of you.

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XOXO,

-E

 

 

 

References

  1. Taylor, C B, J F Sallis, and R Needle. “The Relation of Physical Activity and Exercise to Mental Health.” Public Health Reports 100.2 (1985): 195–202. Print.

Best Desserts of CNY: The Sweet Praxis

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Everything about this downtown Cuse spot is perfection. The moment you walk in, you know it’s something special. It is everything you would expect from a modern downtown cafe, and then some — if it can be put in any category. Everything about this place is beautiful. The simple, yet chic décor along with the display of sweets make you want to say “I’ll have one of everything please.” Always met with freshly made desserts and a variety of unique options daily. I sampled a cinnamon scone, a minty macaron, and a lemon-rose water donut topped with raspberry sugar. DIABEETUS, right? Not exactly — They actually offer healthier menu options such as porridge, yogurt and granola, soups, and more. If you go here and order yogurt though, you are my hero. LOL. I also could not leave without first trying the quiche. They offer a different intriguing quiche combination every day. I sampled the broccoli and kale quiche. SOO tasty. It is no surprise they made the list! If you missed the last post “Best Desserts of CNY: Dani’s Dessert & Wine Bar,” be sure to check it out. To read more about the amazing owners story, read their feature in Syracuse Woman Magazine! Be sure to follow their mouth-watering Instagram feed here.

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Seriously, how cute is this place?!

 

I. LOVE. DESSERTS.

 

 

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Broccoli + Kale Quiche
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THE perfect spot for morning coffee.

 

 

XOXO

 

-E

 

Best Desserts of CNY: Dani’s Dessert and Wine Bar

I am noticing a trend of modern-type restaurants popping up lately that have recently grabbed my full attention. Dessert & wine bars. Can I just say that I am 100% on board. Whoever came up with this idea deserves an award. I mean I love wine. I love dessert. Both in one place is almost overwhelming. It’s genius, a chick-magnet if you will.
So, I have visited a few different dessert and wine bars. I was ALL over that — There is nothing better than bonding with my girlfriends over a glass of cabernet. This specific dessert and wine bar stuck out to me in Baldwinsville, NY. Dani’s Dessert and Wine Bar is truly a hidden gem. Nice intimate feel with tasteful decor. The staff is full of local, friendly faces.

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Chocolate Raspberry Cake
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Soy Dumplings

 

On to the menu — Perfecto. They serve up more than just desserts. You pick any shareable Tapas 3 for $22 OR 4 for $30. A scrumptious dessert can be among one of your choices. I am typically not a sea-food person other than the fact that I see-food and I eat-food, BUT the Salmon Crostini with cream cheese, capers, and pears was something I couldn’t leave without at least trying. A unique combo that I had to dive right in to. OH my goodness so this is what heaven is like. One thing to know about me is that my love for food is unwavering, If only I were as dedicated to fitness. For dessert I chose the raspberry chocolate cake and you can guess that it tasted just as decadent as is sounds. Wine speaks for itself, sometimes it makes me speak to myself. Anyway, ATTENTION MEN: Just about every girl loves wine and chocolate, so if you’re looking for a special date — hint hint you will score some brownie points here, no pun intended. Seriously go check this place out, you’re missing out! Dani’s Dessert and Wine Bar Facebook Page. Love donuts? Check my last post “Best Desserts of CNY: JUST DONUTS”.

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Honey Mustard Tenders

 

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Enjoying a glass of Cab Sauv.

 

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Tasteful Décor