Introducing Filippo Berio olive oil

Have you tried Filippo Berio olive oil? They have a collection of oils to choose from and a tool on their website to help make it easy to select the right oil for whatever you’re cooking.

Here’s a list of their olive oil varieties:20160218_183236

  • Robusto Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Delicato Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Extra Light Olive Oil

My family recently tried the Robusto and Delicato varieties. We loved the full-bodied, vibrant taste of the Robusto variety, which pairs well with meat, poultry, soups and stews. We also enjoyed the Delicato, which, as indicated by its name, has a light-bodied, mild flavor and pairs well with seafood, stews, sauces and salads.

We’ve been acquainted with Filippo Berio for years and have never been disappointed using their products.

Looking for inspiration in the kitchen? The Filippo Berio website also has lots of recipes and substitutions for commonly used ingredients.

I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below if you’ve tried Filippo Berio products.

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.


Aveeno Positively Radiant VoxBox

Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector

Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector

Recently I received the Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector and have been using it for about a month. This product “helps reduce the look of stubborn dark spots, discolorations, and uneven tone to improve skin’s radiance” and users are instructed to apply daily, AM and PM.

After using, I’ve definitely noticed a change in the appearance of my skin tone, albeit a nominal one. I don’t have before & after pictures, but I’d say that my skin now looks as if I’m wearing have sheer foundation (so the redness isn’t completely gone, but definitely minimized, as if I’d applied sheer foundation).

The product retails for $14.99 at Target, which is an acceptable price point (there are more much more expensive tone correctors out there). In my opinion, you’re getting your money’s worth with this product.

Have you tried this product? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Social media snapshot for finance professionals

This Forbes article says it best: “Though finance and accounting teams are at the heart of any organization, albeit behind the scenes, they haven’t had the tools to keep pace with today’s real-time enterprise, where collaboration is king.” 

Social media shouldn’t be associated exclusively with marketing and public relations. There are strategic ways for finance and investor relations professionals to be involved too.

I’ve compiled a short list of “social” tools that finance pro’s can use to their advantage. Take a look:

  • StockTwits: A stock micro-blogging service, this company dubs itself as the fastest, real-time social network for investors and traders. This platform can keep you updated on what is being said about your business and may particularly be of interest if you’re in Investor Relations. To get an idea, take a look at FleetCor Technologies’ profile:Image


  • Twitter: Use your company’s Twitter account as a tool to humanize your brand. According to one study, “…social media engagement is an effective tool to increase brand loyalty”. Plus, lately, hedge funds have been leveraging social media in trading decisions.
  • Multimedia News Release: Same concept as a typical news release, except multimedia news releases can include videos, hyperlinks and more–allowing you to engage your audience through interactive visuals–not just text. So next time you have news to announce, link to a PDF of your company’s most recent annual report or to audio of last quarter’s earnings call, all through a multimedia news release. Your options to incorporate your key takeaway are virtually limitless. (This multimedia news release is a great example).

When done right, a presence on social media optimizes risk mitigation, lead generation and improved brand perception, according to this article.

Want more examples? Check out this slideshow of eight financial services companies that “get” social media.

What I’ve been reading – Summer Edition

Every so often, I  will update my blog with links to articles I’ve been reading.

Here’s a recent list:

Accelerating Corporate Leadership on Sustainability
America’s Next Boom Town: Sioux Falls, South Dakota The Atlantic
California Energy Efficiency A National Role Model EarthTechling
Public Health or Public Relations? Psychology Today
Learning From Lincoln Psychology Today

Have you read anything interesting lately?

Turkey in Pictures

I recently took a trip to Ankara. Yes, I witnessed some some protests first-hand but it was not like what you’d imagine a protest to be like. To me, it felt like a silent protest. In fact, if it weren’t 2013, and I wasn’t in Turkey, I would have thought Mahatma Gandhi and his followers were revolting…THAT’S how civilized and quiet it was. I’m sure there were clashes between the police and civilians (as reported in the media)–I just wasn’t exposed to any of it. In fact, I went to Kizilay, a major city where protests were taking place, out of pure necessity (to get some shopping done) and was expecting to see protestors—only to find that most of the protests took place mostly at night (what can you say, protestors have day jobs too).

For those of you looking for exciting protest photos, you’ve come to the wrong blog. However, I do have photos of some very cute kids (my cousins’), food, and myself. Enjoy!

If you have any non-protest-related questions (spare me), drop a line in the comments section!

"Iskender" (Turkish steak?)

“Iskender” (Turkish steak?)

A mosque.
A mosque.

A dried fruit stumble upon many of these...

A dried fruit mixture…you stumble upon many of these…

Nuts and dried fruit are heavily consumed in Turkey.

Nuts and dried from are heavily consumed in Turkey.

Turks eat lots of fresh (as opposed to prepackaged) nuts and dried fruit. This is how they're sold in grocery stores.

Turks eat lots of fresh (as opposed to prepackaged) nuts and dried fruit. This is how they’re sold in grocery stores.

To the left is Turkish coffee. To the right is water, used as a chaser after you drink the coffee--the coffee's THAT strong.

To the left is Turkish coffee. To the right is water, used as a chaser after you drink the coffee–the coffee’s THAT strong.

Everything in Turkey is so family oriented. Basically every grocery store I went to had a play area for children.

Everything in Turkey is so family-oriented. Basically every grocery store I went to had a play area for children.

Famous "Marash" dondurma (ice cream). Best ice cream I've ever had. Has almost a gum-like consistency but melts very fast in your mouth.

Famous “Marash” dondurma (ice cream). Best ice cream I’ve ever had. Has almost a gum-like consistency but melts very fast in your mouth.

Me trying to hold my cousins son. He's a fast mover :)

Me trying to hold my cousins son. He’s a fast mover :).

A picturesque...

A mosque…so picturesque…


My and my cousin, and cousin's kids (not all from the same cousin).

My and my cousin, and cousin’s kids (not all from the same cousin).

Yours truly.

Yours truly.

Typical Turkish breakfast...

Typical Turkish breakfast…

Someone had one too many Turkish teas...

Enjoying Turkish tea…

My Spring VoxBox Is Here

My Spring VoxBox from Influenster is here. I will review the products I received. I didn’t get a chance to try everything sent to me by Influenster, but I wanted to get this post up now as I’ll be traveling the next few weeks.

Okay, let’s get started.

1. Schwarzkopf Osis Rough Rubber ($20.00)- This product is meant for your hair. I didn’t use this “rubber paste” and don’t think I will. When you touch it, the product almost feels like clay–it is by no means a gel. I wear my hair down and straight almost 80% of the time. The remaining 20%, it’s up in a bun. It feels to me like this product is most appropriate for those with shorter hair who are into spikes. This product probably wouldn’t be appropriate for even holding curly hair in place because I feel like it would weigh curls down.

2. Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure ($5.99-7.99)- This product is an “instant manicure” so you don’t have to worry about nail polish dry time or smudging nails that haven’t dried yet. They’re almost like stickers for your nails and you can remover them by peeling off from sides or using regular nail polish remover. I didn’t try mine because the colors I was sent were too ugly. Think zebra pattern with flowers. I’m not judging the product–it could’ve been awesome, however the pattern sent to me was not something I could wear at work, in a corporate environment. I would have preferred a neutral, pattern-free color.

3. Tastykake Kandy Bar Kakes ($4.49 per box)- I got the S’Mores flavor. I wish Tastykake jumped on the healthy foods bandwagon and made this snack somewhat healthy. I just felt so guilty eating it….no fiber?….no protein?….nothing healthy?

4. NYC New York Color Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm ($2.99)- Best for least! This lip product has a strong apple scent and smells amazing! It is so moisturizing and has a great tint (I got the Big Apple Red shade). Especially for only $2.99, I’ll definitely consider purchasing this product in the future.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on them?

 I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.



Say hello to the newest member of the NYU Alumni family!

Yesterday was my Master’s Convocation at the Grand Hyatt. Tomorrow is Commencement at Yankee Stadium (15,000 graduates!)—hope it doesn’t rain!

My amazing family, friends, and co-workers played such an influential role in making this happen!

No matter how busy I may be, I hope to update this blog as often as possible.

Here’s to a new chapter!