Goodreads: Keeping Track While You Read On

Goodreads: Keeping Track While You Read On

I recently finished reading a book that has been taking up space on my to-be-read list for a long time now. As soon as I was done with the last page, I smiled.  There’s a sense of satisfaction whenever I reach the end a literary fling with a good book that doesn’t really compare to […]

How the Room Came to Smell Like a Rose

I was walking down Liberty Ave. in Pittsburgh, PA scoping out local hotspots when I came across a bookstore called Awesome Books. Awesome, huh? Total “you-had-me-at-hello” moment. I went in and found an entire bookshelf stocked with novels, poetry, and anthologies by Pittsburgh authors. Score! As a collector of unique finds from my travels and […]

La Casa Azul Bookstore: Your Local Latino Literary Spot

I’d like to take a moment to highlight a place I feel deserves a lot of attention for its effort to promote Latino writers and a sense of community in East Harlem through events that stimulate cultural awareness and a love for the arts. La Casa Azul Bookstore is a small independent book store located […]


Moms are great, aren’t they? Mine reads The Collabor-eight multiple times a day: she’s our biggest fan. That being said, crazy mother stories are some of the funniest out there. Because everyone can relate to knowing a friend or relative that you love unconditionally, despite the crazy. So you can pretty much already guess what […]

Mermaids & Martinis

My experience with party planning reaches as far as telling my guests that they can’t wear sweatpants in my house. (Hey, even  I don’t wear sweats around the house.) The biggest party I ever planned was my Sweet Sixteen, which was, ironically enough, mermaid themed. And practically every party I attended during college revolved around […]

15 Minute Review: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

15 Minute Review: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Like the title explains, this is a  review of the book “White Teeth” by Zadie Smith after a fifteen minute reading. Sometimes the first fifteen minutes of reading a book is enough to reveal whether or not the purchase was a mistake. I’ll choose various books at random and present first impressions in a hopefully useful way. […]

The Fashion Coloring Book

I can be heard shrieking about a designer’s new collection within minutes of entering a Bloomingdale’s. How can I instantly recognize the new Alice + Olivia, Marc Jacobs, and Diane Von Furstenberg collections?  Silhouettes, fabrics, and patterns! If you have always wanted to give designing a try (but, like me, have none of that pesky […]