This week, our top stories range from a solution-oriented mindset for the current political climate, to why Buffalo has been named the nation’s best place for architecture junkies. Margaux Caniato: The Spirit of Solutions My story this week comes in the spirit of looking for solutions to our current divided America, rather than dwelling on the negatives at hand. Mr. Berggruen serves up a brave new approach with a think tank he has personally funded. (via The Wall Street Journal, and academic PDF available here) Melodie Mendez: The Nation’s Top Architecture Haven Is… Buffalo? No offense to Buffalo, NY, but who…

If you’re still into Brussels Sprouts, you may want to rethink that sentiment because they are so 2015. And, as we kick off a new year, Kale is only hanging onto its 2016 crown by a short stem. We’re not food snobs, but you can’t deny that a new vegetable seems to win the produce pageant each year and rises to become the next big dill. So for 2017, our team is betting on the below, what about you?   GABRIEL – SPINACH LISA – BROCCOLINI   MEGHAN – CAULIFLOWER While kale will forever be the queen of my greens, I’m cruising…

With a new year comes so many things – a refreshed mind, revived ambitions… and remembering to write “2017” in the date. We checked in with our team to see what everyone’s goals are going into the new year. Lisa Jasper I like to keep my resolutions really attainable. Last year I stretched and vowed to reach inbox zero, which was a failure. This year (following the success of my 2015 “wear more lipstick” resolution) I’m going to wear more nail polish. I’m also planning to conquer two yoga arm balances. Michelle Shen Visit Harry Potter World ASAP. And be a…

By Jamie Weissman It’s no doubt that the holiday season brings out our most generous selves. However, we were inspired by this New York couple who set the giving standard high by creating a global gifting movement. It all started in 2010 when Jim Glaub and Dylan Parker moved into their new 22nd Street apartment in NYC. Previous tenants had warned they received letters addressed to Santa but left them unanswered. However, after receiving close to 450 letters by the time Christmas rolled around, Glaub and Parker knew they had to do something. Their response: a mission to get every wish granted. Through…

We polled the VP+C office to see what everybody’s favorite “go-to” holiday movie is, and we came up with a great collection of fun flicks! Check out the list below: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation makes Meg’s heart light up like a Christmas tree because it’s a brilliant blend of naughty and nice, and packed with one liners like, “Hallelujah. Holy s***. Where’s the Tylenol?”, that perfectly sum up Meg’s family gatherings. Her other favorite is Planes, Trains and Automobiles which she starts watching in August. Margaret’s holiday movie routine usually consists of the entire Harry Potter series and Love Actually. She can’t…

The public relations career can sometimes be perceived as conniving and superficial thanks to unrealistic portrayals of the communications field, such as Scandal and Spin City. Publicists are sometimes rendered as reckless individuals who don’t do any work beyond attending parties and deceiving people. But, nothing could be further from the truth! So this post is dedicated to debunking several misconceptions about the practice. Beware the Spin of an Invisible Public Relations Public relations professionals are still seen as unethical manipulators of the truth. In fact, a 2004-agency survey revealed that only seven percent of Americans thought company public relations…

Have you ever wondered if there’s any meaning or validity behind dreams? Maybe you dreamt something that eventually came true? Or, had a lucid dream that felt so real it gave you goosebumps? I’ll say, I have, but never pursued any sort of explanation, until I decided to attend the Rubin Museum dream-over, an event I read about in Time Out NY. Each year, the Rubin Museum has its annual dream-over. Think childhood museum sleepover trips, but for 100 adults who want to dream under the watch of the hundreds of Tibetan and Himalayan buddhas on display throughout the galleries. Participants sleep next to a…

Fall is finally here – so cozy up with VP+C’s Stories of the Week!

A fresh face separates herself from the pack during NYFW.

I fancy myself as the next Pioneer Woman in the making (sans the stylish red hair and ranch at my disposal).