Part 2: American Museum of Natural History with CityPASS

This is a review sponsored by CityPASS in partnership with NYCGO. All opinions are my own. 

If you weren't able to catch last week's blog post, you can do so here; and read Part 1 of my CityPASS adventure.

I've always enjoyed experiments, being able to observe and learn about the environment. During my trip to New York, I was able to relive my adolescent years and visit The American Museum of Natural History.  There's so much to see here from their space shows to the dinosaur exhibits, it's a must-see museum.  
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's most significant museums. They not only offer scientific collections, they are also known to offer educational support to help fund activities and programs within its establishment.

It's the perfect place to be when learning natural history with family, friends and fellow classmates.
Hey there, Bermuda! :)

Plan Your Visit

The American Museum of Natural History is open daily (10am - 5:45pm) except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. With CityPASS, your admission to the museum is included with the total fee as well as the Rose Center for Earth and Space; plus the Space Show or a giant screen film in 3D.

I would recommend going to one of the 3D or 2D screen films. They are absolutely amazing visually and you will learn so much in just 30 mins.

If you are interested in CityPASSes, they are available in the following cities:

Atlanta 
Boston
Chicago
Dallas 
Houston
Philadephia
San Francisco
Seattle
Southern California
Tampa Bay
Toronto

Note: NYC CityPASS was given to me to review, however, the opinions in this post are my own. 

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#NewYorkCity TV & Movie Tour with On Location Tours

When visiting New York, one of the many thoughts that pop into your mind are what movie or tv show will I see filming today, right?  Well, New York is known for its iconic landmarks of places filmed in popular movies like Spiderman,  Rush Hour 3 and even Ghostbusters. It's exciting being able to see reality vs fiction. 

After moving to an island where most celebrity music videos and photo shoots are taken, I thought it would be fitting to scout movie locations with On Location Tours. While they have a couple of tour options in New York, I decided on the New York City TV & Movie Tour. This tour takes you through neighborhoods and locations seen on film, making it a good way to see most of the city. 
When checking - in with the tour guide, we are given options to pick up a quick drink or snack before entering the bus as the tour is 2 1/2 hours long. We had three stops along the way and in between routes we drove past a number of known areas where movies and tv shows were filmed. 

A few of my favorite stops were the iconic headquarters of the first Ghostbusters, the Firehouse in Tribeca and the Greenwich Village, home of television show Friends. Although the presence of the Firehouse was being renovated that day, it was still a site to see. Both locations are huge influences on movies and tv shows made in New York, especially with the success of Friends which takes place in an old apartment building on Bedford Street. 
While the tour is primarily about movies and where locations were filmed, our tour guide gave us historical tidbits about the buildings and the restaurant; seen in the photo below. We even had movie trivia along the way.

The tour guide was also generous enough to give us a treat during the bus ride. It was the well-known 'Beigels Black and White Cookie' not the same size as the one seen in Seinfeld, but just as tasty.

Can you identify at least one film from the images above? 

The photos shown above and below are located at Washington Square Park where I Am Legend was filmed. This was such a huge part of the movie that filmmakers convinced authorities to close off busy areas of the city like Grand Central Terminal and Washington Square Park. If this film caught your eye, I would recommend going on the New York City TV & Movie Tour. 

What You Should Know? 

If you are expecting to walk and take pictures for the majority of the tour then maybe you should choose a walking new york tour. This tour is mostly a bus tour and provides a few stops where photo ops are possible. 

For tickets, purchase them at onlocationtours.com, with adults costing $43 and children $27. Prices may vary. If you are booking tickets, they recommend you to get there early, and I highly encourage you to do just that. The tour leaves as scheduled and there is no possibility of catching up.

Love movies? This is the tour for you! While learning so much about previous movies, we were able to see film and tv show spots for current and new recordings being made.

Note: On Location Tours provided me with two complimentary tickets. However, all opinions are my own. 

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BloggerKitCo Giveaway | WIN a Media Kit Template

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Hi, everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Lately, I've gotten a few readers emails about how I receive company sponsorship. So, I thought I'd take this opportunity to talk a little about one of the many essential tools you should have as a blogger; which is a media kit.  

Like any service provided by a company or person, consumers who are 'buying' into a product or person; ask for many things and one of them are, 'How can you benefit me (my company)?" Bloggers are held to a standard for audience appeal and a media kit tells exactly how beneficial you are in the present and future. 

I believe the reason why I have been able to work with many companies from small businesses to corporate is because of the media kit. If you have subscribers and a pretty decent following on social media, this is the perfect time to start researching on how and why you should have a media kit. 


The image above is an example of what your media kit could look like. I thought it would be fitting to team up with BloggerKitCo to provide you guys with a one-page media kit template. I know it can be tasking to design and complete a media kit, so here's a chance, thanks to Chakowa (BloggerKitCo Owner), to win this resourceful tool. 

Chakowa is a creative herself and sees nothing other than the creative lifestyle she lives to better her community. What can I say, I simply adore people who want to help others as much as possible. Shop and learn more about BloggerKitCo here and here

Here comes the best part! One lucky reader will win a beautifully designed media kit with fully editable functions. 

Please note: This media kit requires Microsoft word 2007 or later, PC or Mac, and a basic knowledge of MS Word. 

All entries must be made through Rafflecopter. Follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below (if you are reading this via email or a feed, you will have to click over to shavae.blogspot.com to enter). The winner will receive a one-page media kit template only. Make sure to read the fine print on the template theme. Entries must be posted by the end of the day (12:00am EST) Sunday, August 28th, and one winner will be chosen and announced on this post the following day. Open to all, worldwide. 


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Part 1: Circle Line Siteseeing Cruise 'Best of NYC' with CityPASS

This is a review sponsored by CityPASS in partnership with NYCGO. All opinions are my own. 

I've been to New York many times and always enjoy visiting. There are plenty of things to do especially when you are visiting for more than a few days. Since my husband and I wanted to explore New York like true tourist we knew that CityPASS would be a great fit for us from visiting the site nycgo.com. We were able to receive a full guide of where to stay, places to eat and what attractions we should visit.

So, we decided to collect our CityPASSes on a weekend to enjoy the full time we had in New York and to discover the city more through exploring. CityPASS is one of the ways to do just that. 

With New York CityPASS, you have the ability to explore New York for less. Most attractions could range from $30 and up, per visit. If you have CityPASS you can easily enjoy multiple locations for a flat rate fee saving you at least 40%.  

For our first trip with CityPASS, we decided to take a sightseeing cruise to view the Statue of Liberty and other famous landmarks across NYC. Did you know the Statue of Liberty was given to the United States from France in 1866? With the tour guide, we were given amazing historical facts and enjoyed our voyage through Ellis Island, the nation's busiest immigration station between the years 1892 and 1954. This is a great cruise for family and friends who like history and a beautiful view. 

I didn't want to spoil this site seeing cruise with the photos below, so I provided only a few from our trip with a little food action, right after the cruise docked. 
I encourage you to get your CityPASS the next time you take a trip to New York because, with CityPASS, the ticket booklet allows you to skip the long lines and save BIG! They are valid for nine days beginning the first day of use and booklets cost $116 for adults; $92 for youth - prices may vary. 

Go to CityPASS.com and NYCGO.com to learn more and see Part 2 of my CityPASS adventures next week on the blog!

Note: NYC & Company provided Shavae Blog with two complimentary CityPASSes. However, as stated above all opinions are my own. 

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Floral Wrap Dress

Hi everyone! I'm back from my trip and wanted to share a new outfit of the day with you. As promised in a previous post, I wore this look at the live recording of The View at ABC Studios in New York City and absolutely love the feel of this dress. It's light weight, cool and so comfortable. It's easily one of my new favorite pieces to wear. 

The length and fit of this print dress make it easy to move in. I adore the self-tie sash on the waist to form a V-neckline. 


See which accessories were added below and let me know what you think of this look.

Outfit Details: 
Sunnies: Mystiques Bermuda 
Black Choker: Forever 21
Dress: Forever 21
Heels: Mossimo


Photos by: My Husband
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ABC #TheView | Live Recording in New York

Last week, I had the chance to go to ABC (American Broadcasting Company) studios for a live taping of The View. I have always wanted to attend a live studio recording of a major network and thought this was the perfect time to do so since my husband and I was visiting New York. We made an early start out to the city to receive our priority tickets. 

After security check, ABC allowed us into their cafeteria (which they usually don't allow the audience to do), and we enjoyed a quick bite from Starbucks before the show. When seated, we were given instructions on audience etiquette and was notified by the producers on which panel member and special guest would be attending for the show. FYI: It was the last episode of the season!  I was hoping to see Whoopi, sadly she wasn't there but I was able to see Joy, Raven, Paula, Sara and Sunny with special guest Penn Jillette.

In a nutshell, I had a blast and received a few gifts from the show. 

If you have not experienced a live taping of a show, I would highly recommend that you do so. :)
See me at the 8.5 - 9-second mark! :)

See details of this look in next week's blog post. 

Have you been to a live recording on a major network? If so, tell me about your experience. 


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Floral Print Kimono Sleeve Romper

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I wanted to say a quick hello before I leave for my trip. I am not sure when the next post will be but I will try my best to share my travels with you as soon as I can.

I am wearing one of my favorite rompers this summer. It's a soft fabric with a pretty floral print forming a V-neck shape with a string in the back that ties atop. I especially adore that it has kimono sleeves which add a unique style to the entire look. With the rich colors, this romper brings a fun element to the closet which can be worn with boots or sandals. In my opinion, with the sleeves on this romper, it makes it a little more versatile than most rompers.

What do you think? How would you style this romper? 

Photos by: David Foley of Foleys Fotos
Outfit Details: 
Romper: Charlotte Russe 
Statement Ring: Charlotte Russe 
Sunnies: Charming Charlie 
Booties: Traffic Shoes
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Travel Apps to Better Your Summer Vacation

Hi everyone! So I am preparing for my summer trip and thought I should share a few travel apps to help you during your vacation. There are apps for just about anything these days, and thankfully we have access to travel apps which are very useful.

With these apps, you will find help in every aspect of your trip; from flights to the best shopping centers and restaurants in the area. Check out this list for your travel needs.

Hopper: If you are planning a trip a year in advance or a trip just days away and want to save, Hopper is the app for you. It provides you with the average most affordable prices for your selected flight. Simply reference your destination and travel dates and Hopper will tell you what days you should travel with future predictions. 

Packing Pro: Enjoy being really organized during your trip? This app provides a packing list sharing cloud, a huge master catalog and the ability to edit and import documents. It's the perfect travel companion you've always needed.

Foursquare: I personally use this app quite a bit locally and abroad. Foursquare offers reviews and the top places to shop, dine and visit during your stay. Want to know the best dish to order at a specific restaurant? People like you and I share their favorite within the foursquare app. I find it helpful and comforting to know its an app you can trust for an honest opinion. 

Tripomatic: This app is similar to Foursquare. It helps you discover where you should shop and dine, and it's also a travel guide. What makes this app more unique is the ability to provide multiple features when you are offline. Most apps don't work offline which could cause a traveler to panic. No matter where you go, the trip planner will help make a great itinerary while you enjoy your travels. 

MAPS.ME: Another offline app, MAPS.ME allows you to navigate through any country to your final destination or adventure without the need for wifi. It works on mobile devices with the ability to zoom in and zoom out of a specific area for your convenience. This app is a necessity when visiting new places. 

Speedspot: I am so happy someone has provided a wifi database app for internet users like myself. This app tests the speed of internet connections and adds your result to the speedspots wifi database. It only takes 20 seconds and you can track your past results. Download this app if you need to upload big files in a short time span. 

Smartlayover: Layovers are never fun with too much time on your hand. Use this app to  have some fun and never get bored. You can book your layover entertainment directly from this app and receive flight alerts letting you know when to head back to the airport. 

See more of my favorite travel apps in a previous post, here

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