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Save 10% at Body by Brooklyn when you use the code: Simplypamarie

Every once in a while you should treat yourself to a nice spa day. Whether it’s to escape from the stress of work or just to center yourself or connect with your girls (or guy) spa days are needed. Body by Brooklyn offers a luxurious spa retreat in the heart of Brooklyn. This day spa provides an intimate experience and access to a Wet Lounge. Their wet lounge is a luxury European Hydrotherapy Spa with a Swedish Sauna, Russian Sauna, Turkish Bath, Hot Tob and Cold Plunge Pool. It’s the perfect place to relax after a revitalizing facial or one of their many massages.

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This sounds like exactly what you need doesn’t it? It was exactly what I needed after a full weekend of running around New York City. Upon entering Body by Brooklyn I was welcomed with warm smiles by their welcoming staff and a robe. I quickly changed into my swimsuit and flip flops (two spa necessities) and was whisked away to begin my massage. My massage therapist Elizabeth was very friendly, professional and gentle yet firm with me. She really helped me to relax and I found myself almost falling asleep. After my massage, I went to the bar for a glass of Pinot Grigio. What’s a relaxing experience without a glass of wine? After my wine, I decided to have a little fun at the Wet Lounge. The steam rooms and sauna’s at Body by Brooklyn are great for relaxation, detoxification, energy restoration and hangover relief (yes they will cure your hangover from last night.) I spent time in each sauna and ended my luxurious experience with a dip in the hot tub.

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Body by Brooklyn is the perfect escape to catch up with your friends or for a couple that needs a romantic date away from home. This week Body by Brooklyn is offering a Client Appreciation Package! For one week only (August 1-5, 2016) they are offering a 45-minute calming facial or Swedish massage with free entry to the Wet Lounge for $60 each! They are also offering a couples massage for two for $170! On top of this promotion, you will receive 10% off any service when you use my 10 % off booking code: Simplypamarie. Now all you need to do is schedule a day to pamper yourself and book your luxurious spa retreat today!

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Location: Body by Brooklyn 275 Park Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205

Phone:  (718) 923-9400

Website: www.bodybybrooklyn.com

Social Media Handle: @BodybyBrooklyn

A Paint Nite Party for You

Hey Sharae, it’s your birthday and as my annual gift to you, I’ve planned your surprise celebration. My sister Sharae is an artist, a graphic designer, and a UX (user experience) designer. She’s been drawing pictures and painting since we were kids. I use to bring my classwork home from art class in junior high, have her do it for me and bring it back completed perfectly. (Needless to say my teacher caught on to this once she had Sharae as a student in later years.) So I thought a wonderful way to celebrate her birthday this year is to tap into her expertise and have all of her friends join in. This year I planned a Paint Nite celebration. Paint Nite is a sip and paint activity where you are instructed by an artist to paint a selected piece of artwork and drink creatively. It was the perfect birthday celebration for an artist and friends.

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Our instructor for our event was Chris Ams, a very lively and encouraging instructor and our featured painting was the Homemade Bouquet. I chose something I knew Sharae would like and also a painting those of us who didn’t graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design could keep up with. Chris let us know that we could be as creative as we wanted to be and didn’t have to follow exactly what he was instructing. We were encouraged to be as creative as our abilities would take us. Sharae decided to paint her friend Jairus, Stephanie painted a pretty cool skull head with a floral face, Joe painted his background a vibrant blue color and Kaleb chose large flowers as his petals. I on the other hand had Sharae paint a vase for me instead of a mason jar. (Once again reverting back to the days Sharae did all, yes all of my art projects.)

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Paint Nite lasts about two hours. We all enjoyed mixing colors, following along with the direction of our instructor and adding our own flair. Paint Nite is available in different areas of New York City as well as across the country. I encourage you to sign up for a Paint Nite near you. It’s a great date night experience, and it’s perfect for group activity including birthdays, bachelorette parties or any bonding experience. You may purchase tickets through Groupon here or sign up for emails and receive their monthly promotional deals at paintnite.com. Thank you Paint Nite for hosting a wonderful experience for my sister’s birthday!

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2015 Food Festivals and Markets

Well after what feels like the longest and coldest winter ever, New York City is finally experiencing some pretty consistent spring weather. This warm weather only means one thing, it’s time to frolic in the sun and eat your little hearts away. So for your eating pleasures, I’ve compiled some of my favorite outdoor food festivals. All you have to do is bring an appetite, wear comfy shoes, carry cash and gather some friends and your spring will be off to a hearty start.

1. Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg is probably the front runner of all NYC food festivals. With hundreds of popular vendors including DoughPiece of VelvetRamen BurgerThe Good Batch and my absolute favorite, The Bolivian Llama Party.  It’s open every weekend from April to November in several locations. Saturdays, this Brooklyn Flea Festival is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7th St.) and Sunday’s it’s located in Brooklyn Bridge Park,Pier 5. Two new locations have just been added as well. They are Coney Island, 1320 Bowery St. (At Stillwell Ave.) and South Street Seaport 11 Fulton St. (at Front St.)  For more information and festival hours, visit smorgasburg.com

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2. LIC Flea

This year I experienced the Long Island City Flea & Food market for the first time. I can say I really enjoyed it. It’s located at 5-25 46th Avenue and is open every weekend beginning April 11 from 10am to 6pm.  My favorite vendors were Luke’s Lobster and Booqoo Beignets. It was my first time having a lobster roll, I had been wanting to try one for a long time, it was absolutely delicious. I also had been craving beignets, and since I couldn’t make a trip to Louisiana, these were a great substitute.

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3. Urban Space Markets

Urban Space creates several markets in NYC that offer great food, shops and other things to enjoy. This summer their markets include Madison Square Eats located in the Madison Square Park Conservancy taking place from May 1-28th, Broadway Bites in Greeley Square Park which runs from June 1st to July 26th and Garment District beginning at 41st Street and Broadway which runs between May 4 and June 14th. These markets include vendors like Momofuku Milk BarNunu ChocolatesRed Hook Lobster and People’s PopsIMG_7549

For more food festivals, street fairs and markets, visit nycgo.com

The Auto Show Returns To NYC!

The New York International Auto Show is a favorite event of all car lovers and it has returned to the Jacob Javits center. The Auto Show showcases some of the hottest new cars, motorcycles and trucks. They have a outdoor Toyota Camry Driving Experience and each day there are different events that you can participate in. If you’re in the market for a new car or want to sit in your dream car and inhale the smell of fresh leather seats, this is the event for you.

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This event runs from April 3 to April 12 so luckily you still have time. It’s a great event for couples, families and even kids. There are three levels of cars, activities, and vendors open to the public. Mercedes Benz, Ford, Audi, Porsche, Acura, and Infiniti  are just some of the cars that you will see at this event. They also display concept cars, Car of the Year and just revealed cars to the public at this event.

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If you plan to attend this event I suggest you bring a camera or camera phone and wear sneakers. You will be walking around a lot and you will want to take pictures. If you have already been to the auto show, tell me what you thought about it in the comments below. I also would love to see your pictures on Instagram. Tag me at @simplypamarie!

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Location: New York International Auto Show Jacob Javits Convention Center 11th ave between 34 & 40 Streets 

Public Show Dates: April 3-12, 2015

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-7pm

Tickets:  $16 Adults & $7 Child

A Breathtaking Day At The Orchid Show

I have been impatiently waiting for Spring time for the past few weeks now. But apparently, it’s been Spring time at the Botanical Garden since February 28th. Inside the New York Botanical Garden is the annual display of my favorite flower. This display is called The Orchid Show. There are hundreds of species of the orchid flower showcased all throughout the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. There’s only one word that describes this beautiful flower world, it’s “breathtaking.”

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When I entered the Orchid Show, I didn’t know where to look. Throughout the show are hanging flower baskets, colorful column displays and the biggest flower chandelier you’ve ever seen. For a girl like me who always keeps an orchid flower pot at her desk at work. This was like orchid heaven. I didn’t even know there were so many different species of orchids and it was amazing to see them all in one place.

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One of my favorite displays was the huge chandelier of white orchids. It actually gave me some wedding ideas while standing under it. It reminded me of a huge halo, and would be a gorgeous focal piece for a wedding. My most favorite part of the show was in the rainforest room. There is one room that has a waterfall statue that falls into a pool in the center of the room. All around the room are different flowers and plants. It also has benches for you to sit and absorb the experience. This room is peaceful and soothing. I sat on a bench for over a half hour and it was the most relaxing moment I’ve had in a while. I want to return just to sit in that room again.

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The Orchid Show is perfect for a date, they also have select dates for this purpose called Orchid Evenings. You can listen to music, toast  your cocktails and receive beauty treatments from a Guerlain make up artist during these evenings. There is a great deal on living social for $29. Take advantage of this deal. The Orchid Show event runs from February 28th to April 19th so you have two more weeks to experience this breathtaking orchid presentation.

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Locations: The Orchid Show 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

Price: Weekday Adults: $20, Weekend/Monday Adults: $25 (Other Pricing)

Orchid Evening Dates: April 11, 17, 18 from 6:30 pm to 9pm

Orchid Evenings: Non-Member $35/Member $25 (Adults 21 and over)

Living Social Deal: Orchid Evening $29