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Lady Smarts: How to Visit a Bar Alone

Written by Meredith Russo on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

beer book Sometimes a lady just wants to enjoy a glass of wine, some candlelight, and a little ambient activity without the bother of making plans or, quite frankly, conversation. Unfortunately, ever since Eve solo-drank her first Appletini and damned us all, visiting even the coziest bar alone and unbothered has become nearly impossible. Until now. So [&hellip
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Lady Smarts: How to Date for $20

Written by Meredith Russo on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Stacks of cash not required. Dudes, don’t let a tight wallet keep you from love, or something like it. How to impress a lady on a first date for under $20: “Forget your wallet.” Feign upset and embarrassment. “Find $20 in your pocket.” Feign relief and good fortune! Resolve to have The Best Date Ever using this, and only this, [&hellip
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Lady Smarts: How to Visit a Strip Club

Written by Meredith Russo on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Photo via Flickr/Lynn Friedman Clubs can be pretentious, exclusive, elitist and silly. Then, there are strip clubs. Offering equal opportunity under unflattering lights, buried feelings, and shifty eyes, strip clubs are the embodiment of the new American dream, where anyone with a wad of sweaty bills and slumped shoulders can join in watching other people do what they only [&hellip
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Lady Smarts: How to…Post in a Post-Hurricane/Election World

Written by Meredith Russo on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Via Flickr/textilesdiva It’s been an exhausting couple of weeks. You were evacuated. You lost power – in all senses of the word – for so long that you debated eating your pumpkin-scented candle and only source of light or heat. You saw cars floating by and started imagining yourself with the Waterworld-inspired cornrows of Spring Break 1996. [&hellip
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Lady Smarts: How to…Take a Frighteningly Good Halloween Photo

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Photo by The Pie Shops, photo courtesy of Flickr Commons By Meredith Russo Boo!   Halloween is approaching, and we all know what that means… drowning under fun-size candy wrappers, as yet another year goes by without a single trick-or-treater; watching Hocus Pocus through chocolate-glazed eyes only to wonder how Max ever made your nauseated pre-teen heart flutter. Woah! Sorry, that was for my other [&hellip
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Lady Smarts: How to… watch the debates with no regrets, or indigestion

Written by Meredith Russo on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Both of them You’ve tried being a model citizen, but now you’re getting frustrated. Discouraged, even. After all, if you enjoyed watching two people talk over one another and twist the facts in their favor, you wouldn’t have moved out of that one bedroom, post-college triple. But alas, that gave you chronic acid reflux, and so does this. [&hellip
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Lady Smarts: How to… Survive an Entire Weekend Without a Front Tooth

Written by Meredith Russo on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

woman By Meredith Russo You’ve dreamt this day would come – only this time you’re wide-awake. Whether you got punched in the face, fell down the stairs, or just bit an exceptionally hard pita chip, it’s time to grin and bear it. On second thought, scratch the grin.   How to… survive an entire weekend without [&hellip
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Lady Smarts: How to Find . . . an Apartment

Written by Meredith Russo on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive, Uncategorized

woman By Meredith Russo lady noun [ley-dee] 1. a woman who is refined, polite, and well-spoken. 2. any woman; female.   smart(s) noun [smahrt] 1. a sharp local pain, usually superficial, as from a wound, blow, or sting. 2. keen mental suffering, as from wounded feelings, affliction, grievous loss, etc. 3. Slang. intelligence; common sense.   [&hellip
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