Six Flags New Jersey

I love roller coasters. I have a pretty strong stomach, I like speed (when I'm strapped in), and I'm not afraid of heights, so theme parks are right up my alley. What I don't like though are crowds and long waits. Luckily, I can tolerate crowds when I'm not standing around impatiently. When my boyfriend and I went to Six Flags in Jackson, New Jersey this past weekend, we made sure to get a Flashpass. Last time I went to Six Flags about two years ago, we also got a Flashpass, but this time around we bought the Platinum one. It was kind of expensive, but definitely worth it. Not only did we hardly have to wait in any line for longer than 15-20 minutes, we were also able to ride twice in a row. We were able to ride on all the best roller coasters in no time. We got to the park right when it opened at 10:30am and were done by 3pm. Plus, our feet weren't aching from standing around for hours.

My favorite ride by far at Six Flags is Kingda Ka. Kingda Ka is the tallest coaster in the world and the fastest in North America. It shoots you 45 stories high at 128 mph. It's definitely a rush. My second favorite ride was Nitro. We rode that one four times actually. Kevin

really liked the Superman ride because he likes how it feels like you're flying (oh brother), but the way you're strapped in the ride was really uncomfortable for

me, so I had a hard time enjoying it. I did like how you ride on your back for a few quick seconds. It was a cool feeling. Finally, although Bizarro isn't the best ride, I think it should get an honorable mention for the overall storytelling experience. This was the only roller coaster with music and sound effects right in your ear, shooting fire, mist, etc. The only ride I really disliked was the Green Lantern. It shakes you around and if you lean forward, your ears are beat up and if you lean back, your temples hit the ride harness and it feels like your brain is jig

Luck was also on our side weather-wise on Sunday. It was overcast so it wasn't too hot that we were sweating, yet we were still comfortable wearing shorts without being cold. I actually think the fact that it wasn't very sunny worked in our favor because I think the park would have been more crowded had it been sunnier.


back a bit–Kevin and I planned our weekend around Six Flags. We had a low-key night on Friday and woke up semi-early to pick up a rental car. We stayed at the Westin in Princeton, NJ Saturday night. It only took us about 90 minutes to get there. The Westin was a decent hotel. There were four wedding parties there that weekend, so it was definitely a full house, but it wasn't too loud or anything.

What I mainly liked about the hotel location is that it's located in a little plaza. So basically, once we got to the hotel we didn't have to take the car out again. We had lunch at a cute sandwich shop across from the hotel and we were even able to get in for a massage at the salon spa. It was really nice to get out of the city for the weekend yet still be able to do what we wanted to do. On Sunday morning we had a quick breakfast in the hotel before heading to Six Flags. I'm glad we stayed overnight at the hotel because it was really easy highway driving to get to the Park.

Six Flags was a blast, and I'm really glad I got to get out of the city and do something I don't get to do that often. I don't care how old I am, I will always love riding roller coasters. 🙂 Advice to those who like going to the amusement park but don't like waiting in long ride lines: the Flashpass is definitely a good investment.


NYC Crafted Cocktails

After reading Time Out New York’s last issue featuring dozens of recommended spots for a quality cocktail in NYC, I’ve been looking forward to trying some of the places.

Last Wednesday my girlfriend Fernanda and I went to The Tippler. “”Tucked beneath New York’s celebrated Chelsea Market, the Tippler inhabits a historic space that has not been revealed to the public in over 100 years.”” I was not expecting the venue to be as large as it is and it’s interesting that their seating is free for all, but we were able to snag a seat relatively quickly. I had two drinks while I was there, the Booty Collins and the Top Cat. The Top Cat was average, but the Booty Collins was amazing. The ingredients in the Booty Collins are: gunpowder tea-infused Belvedere vodka, passionfruit, lemon, yohimbe, cayenne. The cayenne kick at the end made the drink. I plan on going back to The Tippler simply for the Booty Collins. My only semi-complaint is that in addition to seating being a little difficult to find if it’s busy (which I was surprised that it was as busy as it was on a Wednesday night), it was also loud and difficult to hear my friend talking across the table.


the week before I had drinks at another bar that had made the list, Death & Company. You can read about it. To sum it up though, while the cocktails were delicious, part of what made the experience so great was the ambiance–large wooden doors, no windows, and dim lighting.

Last week I also visited Lantern’s Keep “”…nestled deep inside the Iroquois Hotel walls. Not a bar, not a lounge or a lobby, this hidden gem is an entity all to itself. A salon devoted to the art and enjoyment of great cocktails.

This secretive salon is already luring cocktail aficionados in and transporting them back to a turn of the century Parisian salon.”” I tried the Late Night Reviver with gin, lime juice, ginger syrup, fernet branca and club soda. The space is quaint and they do prepare quality cocktails, but it wasn’t my favorite. While I was able to sit down and have a conversation with my friend without having to shout across the table, I wasn’t feeling the spot as much as Death & Co. or The Tippler.

Besides The Tippler, Lantern’s Keep and Death & Co., other bars that I’ve been to over the past year that I’m also a big fan of are:

Milk and Honey – a speakeasy feel kind of bar in the LES with trendy and tasty cocktails. It’s a good place to have a well-made drink while catching up with friends.

PDT–It’s called Please Don’t Tell for a reason 😉

Raines Law Room – What makes this an exceptional speakeasy in NYC is the unmarked building with old school wallpaper, plush velvet seating and actual buzzers to pull on the wall to summon the waitress, not to mention the good cocktails.

I love when a bar can make the evening feel sexy and seductive. Some of the speakeasy-esque bars with the dim lightening and old school, classic ambiance make it feel more fun and fitting to be drinking such carefully crafted cocktails. Discovering exciting bars such as these are part of why I enjoy living in NYC so much.


Racey with Lacey Nails

I was reading this month's Cosmopolitan where I came across a picture of some really cool lace-covered fingernails. I kind of want to try it, but I'm not sure how difficult it would be. Of course I would have to buy some lace, probably a thin lace, and then I'd have to cut it precisely to fit each individual fingernail. Then I'd have to figure out how to apply it all without making a huge mess. I found an online tutorial that may be helpful. Maybe one day when I'm bored and feeling ambitious I can give it a try. I don't want my nails looking like the picture below though. They look like a glob of hot tar was splashed onto the tips of this girl's fingernails. NOT sexy.

Another in-trend right now with nails is doing a plain color for the fingers and doing something a little more dazzling for the middle finger and/or thumb, like a bold zebra print or sparkly confetti nail polish. Nail polish can really serve as an accessory if you play it up right. All you have to do is pick the right colors and be a little creative.