See Me on AfterBuzz TV!

If you haven’t had enough of me already, you can now watch me every Tuesday night this summer co-hosting the Rizzoli & Isles after show on Afterbuzz TV alongside Krisily Kennedy and Roqui Theus.  And, in true Jen fashion…the episodes are free!

AFTERBUZZ TV is Maria Menounos’ and Keven Undergaro’s network designated to producing “after show” webcast and podcast content for TV series, movies, and events of all kinds.  It’s pretty fantastic and innovative if you ask me.  When fans finish watching their favorite programs, they can go online to afterbuzztv.com and watch or listen to an after show that features hosts, in a state of the art, multi-camera HD studio, breaking down and discussing everything they viewed and thought, taking calls from fans worldwide and interviewing guests such as cast members, celebrities, show runners, etc.  Thanks to viewers’ support, AfterBuzz TV is now the largest new media platform on the web and fan’s #1 source for after show entertainment!

Although we had technical difficulties last night and video was down, check out afterbuzztv.com to hear the first Rizzoli & Isles after show and subscribe for FREE on iTunes.

Want to chat with us about the show?  Dial (424) 256-1729 to give your opinion on-air, or tweet at us @jenthejew, @krisily@roqui_t, and @afterbuzztv, and be sure to include #RizzoliandIsles.  If you’re a superfan too and want to be a guest on our show, email me at jenifer.golden@afterbuzztv.com!

Billboard Bang for your Buck

Recently I discovered how easy it is to spend invisible money on iTunes in one sitting.  I mean really, without knowing it, or choosing to pretend the songs didn’t cost a thang, I purchased $26 worth of songs like it was nothin’.  And then it hit me, why would I continue spending money on music?  No, no.  Not that I mean to steal it.  I may be many things (Jewish), but I am not unethical.  Of course I’d pay for it, but pay for it smartly guys!  Jeez.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Spotify is a new music application that’s essentially the love-child of iTunes and Pandora and it’s FREE!  Spotify will literally change your life.  Consider this, unlimited music streaming ALL DAY LONG on your computer.  Now, for a measly ten bucks a month, you can have that same never-ending bank of unlimited tunes on not only your computer, but your phone too.  And you can play your beloved playlists offline, just as you would if you purchased songs from iTunes and had them readily available to you whenever you so chose, ad-free.  Yea, by now you’re doing the math.  That’s $120 for the year, for UNLIMITED songs.  Not 30, not 50, not even 100.  Unlimited songs yo!  Gym, car, party.  You name it, you’ll have your rad playlists wherever you and your digital appendage go.

This brings us to the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday.  Now you’re probably wondering how the Billboard Music Awards have anything to do with being budget friendly.  Time for some more math.  Let’s say you are a music fiend like me and want to purchase and download all of the nominees’ songs.  That’s over 40 categories with five nominees in each, hello! We’re now at at least 200 nominees, but what if you want to hear a whole album or even just a couple of an artists’ songs?  Wowza.  At this point, if you weren’t already, you’re probably singing a different tune.  Pun completely intended.

And here, kind Growing Up Golden readers, I give you a complete Billboard Music Awards Spotify playlist.  Give your ears the party they deserve.

Happy listening!

A St. Tropez Summer

Summer is quickly approaching and that means two things.  1.  It’s time to kick it into high gear at the gym, and 2. you need a pre-tan base of course before showing off your amazing bod in scantily clad attire. Enter tanorexia.

“Tanorexia: the term often used to describe a condition in which a person participates in excessive outdoor sun tanning or excessive use of other skin tanning methods (such as tanning beds) to achieve a darker skin complexion because they perceive themselves as unacceptably pale. The syndrome is different than tanning addiction, although both may fit into the same syndrome and can be considered a subset of tanning addiction.” (Wikipedia.com)

Now if you’re like me and have added/buried a line item into your monthly budget for a tanning membership, it’s time to remove it and your chances of that little (big) thing we call skin cancer.  You heard me fellow tanorexics!  Call and cancel it, because I’ve found a solution that helps you save a few bucks now and later on much-needed medical treatments…and you still get to keep your tan.  Hey now!

Remember that handy drugstore website I shared with you just a post ago?  (If not, now would be the time to read it.)  Well, they sell quite the nifty yet seemingly expensive St. Tropez tanning lotion.  Now, alone this product may seem as though it’s an unnecessary luxury item.  But in comparison to your monthly skin cancer membership, spending say $20-40/month, it’s a steal.  For all intents and purposes, let’s assume you tan a few times a week, or would like to at least.  Or, weeks go by where you don’t even use your membership at all.  Here’s where the fun happens.  One bottle of St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Moisturizer/Tanner costs a mere $30, qualifies for free shipping, earns you 5% cash back toward future purchases on our new fav site, doesn’t stink or stain and can be applied at your leisure completely sans streak.  And again, if you’re like me and have fallen victim to the infamous “bunny tail” (caused by frequenting lay down tanning beds), you will now no longer have that silly looking spot on your butt from being pressed up against the glass.  Yes folks, that happens.

Moral of the story: save some money, save your skin, and save your friends the embarrassment of being seen with someone who resembles Magda.

Drugstore Delivery

Behold…your days of toiletry and beauty shopping in-store are over.  How is that possible you may ask?  Or even retort with, “been there done that.”  Well, if you’ve never online shopped for these items, or if you have but don’t get cash back and free samples, I share with you my new favorite website, http://www.drugstore.com.  It’s an oh-so-convenient combo of CVS, Sephora and GNC and is beyond fabulous.  Literally, “two sites, one shopping bag” offering over 60,000 products ranging from shaving cream, to high end makeup, to prescriptions, to contact lenses.  With each order, you get 5% back to use on a future order, and your receipt with cash back comes in the form of an email – not a pesky hard receipt which you’re bound to lose or toss accidentally in a frantic spring cleaning session.  Oops.  And to top it off, you get free shipping on orders over $25!  After a thing of toilet paper, some tooth paste, and shower gel, you’re bound to reach the minimum.  I know, I die too.

So let’s recount the basics, you’re rewarded for shopping for things you’d normally buy anyway, your stuff shows up right on your doorstep, you get money back, and you get awesome free samples of things you’d actually use.  I’d say it’s a pretty win-win situation, wouldn’t you?

Happy shopping!

Happy Drawers, Happy Life

What better time to resurface than a lovely spring holiday weekend celebrating both Passover and Easter.  Two holidays bringing together family, slowing down the hectic pace of life, reminding you of what’s most important, and of course, concluded by a giant feast and if you’re lucky, hopefully stomachache- free.

And with that, what better time then to also do some spring cleaning, letting go of clutter in your home, as well as your life.  I, like many people, am reluctant to throw things out, with the hopes, or fears, that some day I might need that precious item I have buried deep beneath the top layer of clothes in each drawer.  

Well, let me tell you – that rule of thumb that if you haven’t worn it in the past year, it’s likely you will never wear it again is…true!  The photos I’ve included supports my enthusiasm of this endeavor, and I’ll say this, drawers that can close feels.so.good.

Now, once you’ve rid your drawers of your fashion fall-outs, and decided what to give friends and family, DONATE!  Bag up your items that are no longer of use to you, and give them to someone who’d be through the moon to gain your treasures, and to top it off, you get a tax write-off – WHAT!  They even have those nifty drive-thru donation sites which make it a no-brainer.

While you’re spring cleaning, why not make a party of it and clean up other areas of your life too by taking a good look at your relationships, friendships, work, and person you are and want to be.  It’s never too late to make a change, or even relish in and appreciate what just might already be an amazing life.  Let go, de-clutter, and take a breath.

Happy cleaning, and happy holidays everyone!

Love,

Jen the Jew

JTJ: Slow Children Crossing

Hey everyone!  If you’re looking for a fun and FREE way to start your weekend, join me tonight at the Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson Theater for Robotic Chocolate: The ReMix, featuring LA’s hottest sketch comedy troupe, Slow Children Crossing.  How could you pass this show up with an inappropriately amazing name like that?  The talented SCC troupe provides a fast-paced rollercoaster ride of never-ending laughs!  Seriously, folks.  With their assortment of high and low brow, political, satirical, scatological, and musical humor, you’ll find yourself laughing even after you’ve left the show.   Who knows, even you too may appear slow at that point.

If you are the “too soon” type and giggle during sex-ed than this is the show for you.  Reserve your free tickets now at (323) 960-5519!

Click here for more information on the cast and show dates.

Robotic Chocolate: The ReMix
Thursday Sept 22nd  @ 8pm
Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson Theater
6539 Santa Monica Blvd
LA, CA 90038

JTJ: Walk this Way

Calling all art lovers sans plans for the evening!

Tonight, and the second Thursday of every month, is the free, self-guided, public art phenomenon known as The Downtown Art Walk.   The DAW brings art lovers and community folk together to celebrate the arts in Los Angeles’ ever evolving downtown.   Many of the DAW activities take place in and around the galleries predominantly on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets.   However, there is a plethora of other activities should you choose to venture outward.  For the true art aficionados, early arrival to the DAW offers a more relaxed pace throughout the different galleries and art exhibits as many eventual attendees are still leaving work at that time.

When in Rome, or Downtown LA, make like the locals and veer off the art path and visit the surrounding shops, restaurants, and bars for the full downtownee experience.  If you’re feeling frisky and want a more upbeat scene, head over to the Art Walk Lounge for the SoBe “Try Everything Experience,” featuring DIY t-shirt screen-printing, full-sized free samples of SoBe’s 31 flavors, Spin Art by DJ Scratch Academy, Live art by CHASE, free bike valet service and free art walk maps!  Free, free and more free.

The lounge features a different theme each week and is located at located at 529  S. Spring St. and is open from 6-10PM.  The art walk galleries are typically open from 12-9PM during the event, however click here for more information on hours of operation and special exhibits.

Happy day before the weekend!

JTJ: Thrifty Thursday

Food trucks, friends, and photography oh my!

Come meet me at Melrose Night, a monthly gathering of the best food trucks, store discounts, and exhibits LA has to offer.  Let’s create our very own buffet and share something from each of the popular food trucks lining Melrose Ave.   I know, total fat kid at heart, but hey – it’s just being economical.  Or so I tell myself.

Then, once we’ve digested our delicious feast, let’s take a stroll and visit the many shops that stay open late offering special in-store promotions.  Leave it to me to sniff out a deal and dine at the same time.

And finally, let’s check out the opening night of Atticus’ Inspiring Photographs collection before heading to a nearby bar to catch up with friends.

Melrose Night takes place the first Thursday of each month, and is located between Ogden and Stanley on Melrose.  Nearest landmark?  My favorite, Urban Outfitters.  Click here for a list of tonight’s participating food trucks and stores, and be sure to check back every month for the latest in Melrose Night promotions.

See you on the street!

JTJ: Canon Concerts

It may be very last minute, but if you’re looking for something fun, festive and free tonight, then head over to the Beverly Canon Gardens for Concerts on Canon, featuring a variety of upbeat music from jazz and classic standards to Latin, Folk and Reggae.  Similar to the aforementioned Jazz at LACMA…but under the stars in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Set up camp in the Gardens with a picnic blanket and dining accoutrements, snag one of the first-come first-served seats, or enjoy this magical California venue from one of the surrounding outdoor restaurants, Montage, Bar Bouchon and Bouchon Bistro with full beverage service.  Decisions, decisions…

Dinner reservations are recommended for before or after showtime since this is a happening event amongst locals and not-so-locals.  For a complete list of nearby restaurants, consult the Canon Drive directory.

You’re probably wondering what the catch is to attend a free jazz concert in Beverly Hills.  Zip.  And get this, there’s even free parking under the Gardens with validation from the Information Table.

Concerts on Canon is every Thursday night through August 25, with shows at 6 and 7:15PM.  For the full summer schedule click here.

If jazz is not your bag, but you can’t resist live music, The Damnwells are playing at The Mint tomorrow night for a whopping $10 bucks in advance, or $12 at the door.  Can’t wait!

See you there, or see you at another time.

JTJ: I See London, I See France

If you are one of the lucky LA-ites that’s out of work or free after 6PM on a Wednesday, then head over to the lavish London West Hollywood where you can socialize, sip, savor and most importantly…SAVE.  That’s a word you don’t hear often in reference to a Hollywood hotel!

The London West Hollywood’s Wednesdays at Sunset is a chic and sophisticated, open-air twist on the traditional happy hour, with gourmet bites, the most special of specialty cocktails and of course, DJ-curated tunes.  This event takes place from 6-8pm through the end of the summer and is the only time outside guests are granted access to the hotel’s exclusive rooftop Pool Deck.

Entry to Wednesdays at Sunset is free, however a reservation is needed.

Panoramic views and personal space.  Love!