Amanda Valentovic

The best flowers for your holiday party

The holidays aren’t complete without decorations to go along with them, and flowers could be the finishing touch you’re looking for this winter. Cameron Hardesty, Director of Products at UrbanStems, a an affordable flower delivery service in NYC that hand delivers seasonal bouquets via bicycle,...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 1:39 AM

Hear machines sing at NIME's invented instrument concert

Get ready to hear some music — just not on any instruments you’ve ever seen.There won’t be any guitars or drums onstage at tonight'sNew Interfaces for Musical Expressionconcert.In their place are one-of-a-kind instruments, created and played by graduate students at New York University who have been...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 6:05 PM

Ava DuVernay's Barbie sold out twice in one day

If you’re one of the fans excited about the new Ava DuVernay Barbie that Mattel released today, sorry – they’re all sold out. The dolls hit the Internet this morning and were completely snatched up on thebarbiecollection.com within a half hour, and again when they were released on Amazon later in...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 7:30 PM

'Elf' goes from the silver screen to the stage

Everyone knows that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is “singing loud for all to hear,” and that’s what Eric Petersen will be doing this holiday season as Buddy the Elf in “Elf: The Musical.”Related: The 10 best family holiday moviesStepping in Buddy's shoesPetersen says that it can be hard...

Monday, November 30, 2015, 9:16 PM

Expert tips for doing Black Friday right

There is only one thing that gets people more excited than turkey and stuffing around the end of November, and that’s Black Friday. We talked to BeFrugal.com CEO Jon Lal for advice on how to tackle the biggest shopping day of the year with the smallest amount of stress. Read on for his brilliant...

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 8:39 PM

Where to get a next-level Thanksgiving dessert

Thanksgiving is just not complete without dessert (especially pie). If you’re thinking about adding a twist to your feast, try out a few of these different desserts this year.Pie and a pint (of ice cream), $35OddFellowsThis is your one-stop pie a la mode shop, with a variety of pies like Pumpkin...

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 4:16 AM

4 surprises from the Billboard 'Greatest of All Time' albums list

Billboard’s list of the top 200 “Greatest of All Time” albums was released recently, and there are some unexpected choices on it. Ranked by a point system, weeks spent at number one on Billboard gave the most value to an album and weeks spent at a lower spot on the charts less value. Here are the...

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:03 AM

Tips: How to spot the Cyber Monday deals

Be honest: you don’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn the day after Thanksgiving just to get to those Black Friday sales. You want to sleep in, relax and enjoy your leftovers. We talked to finance expert Andrea Woroch about the next best thing — Cyber Monday — and bonus, you don't have to wait...

Monday, November 16, 2015, 7:30 PM

New York City Cider Week events you can't miss

New York City Cider Week is in full swing, and if you haven’t experienced it yet there’s still time. Here are five events to catch if you’re in the mood to sip some cider.Descendent Cider Tasting Descendant Cider is having a few tastings of their new release, PAIR. The apple and pear combination is...

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 2:09 AM

Starbucks Red Cups are here, but it's not all holiday cheer

Starbucks rolled out their red holiday themed cups last week, and coffee drinkers everywhere rejoiced:That heavenly feeling when you take that first sip of your favorite drink after a loooong time ?❤️ #peppermintmocha #RedCups— Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) November 3, 2015That #RedCups time of...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 12:55 AM

Melanie Duncan talks business and being your own boss

Melanie Duncan is a triple threat in the business world. She owns and runs three different successful companies – Custom Greek Threads, a fraternity and sorority apparel seller, monogrammed home décor manufacturer Luxury Monograms and online marketing and business classes that teach how to get your...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 1:54 AM

Guardian Bikes built a kids' bicycle that prevents accidents

Putting training wheels on a bike is the usual solution for getting young riders on the road. But that's not all it takes to make a bicycle truly kid-friendly, says Brian Riley of Guardian Bikes.“A lot of bikes are not actually designed for kids,” says Riley, whose company only makes children’s...

Monday, October 12, 2015, 10:17 AM

Lilly Singh still can't believe her face is on a billboard

YouTube vlogger Lilly Singh still hasn't processed her newfound fame, let alone that her picture is plastered on billboards and buses all over the city.“It’s such an overwhelming feeling, it’s kind of hard to take in,” the 27-year-old says. “I feel like maybe two weeks from now I’ll just be sitting...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12:50 PM

How to support breast cancer research patients in October

Doing good this Breast Cancer Awareness Month is easy, with these products and initiatives that support research and patients.Lokai bracelets($18)are meant to help create balance in life, with beads containing elements from the highest point on Earth — water from Mt. Everest — to one of the lowest...

Monday, October 5, 2015, 10:28 AM

'#GIRLBOSS' Sophia Amoruso gives her three best business tips

Sophia Amoruso’s book "#GIRLBOSS" shares the story of how she started online clothing business Nastygal.com and turned it into a successful hundred million dollar company before she even turned 30. When the book was released in May 2014, "#GIRLBOSS" spent 18 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller...

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 12:00 PM

'Happy Birthday' is finally free

A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that the copyright on the “Happy Birthday” song is no longer valid, ending 80 years of royalty revenue for Warner/Chappell, the music publishing company that owned the rights to the song.A group of filmmakers who are producing a documentary about the song were...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 3:18 PM

Ryan Adams covered Taylor Swift's '1989' and Twitter loves it

Today Ryan Adams released a new album called “1989.” Sound familiar? It’s because the whole thing is a new version of Taylor Swift’s 2014 pop masterpiece “1989” --– every single song.Adams is not the first person anyone would think of to cover Swift’s bright, explosive melodies --– his typical rock...

Monday, September 21, 2015, 1:27 PM

Arnold Schwarzenegger to host 'The Celebrity Apprentice'

“The Celebrity Apprentice” will make its’ return to NBC in 2016, but not with the host that yells the familiar line “You’re fired!”Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be taking over from Donald Trump as the host of the show, which has raised more than $15 million for charity in...

Monday, September 14, 2015, 3:24 PM