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Have you ever heard people try to chalk up someone’s personality to birth order? Like being firstborn, middle child, last-born or the only child instantly explains our behaviors? I mean, people have actually written books on this. I don’t really subscribe to that sort of thing, but I will say, as the firstborn, I like to brag about my younger brother’s accomplishments—almost like a parent.

Want to see a new band, listen to a reading by your favorite author or mingle with book-lovers at a party all while donating to charity? Head to Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe, where you can do all of the above.

Last week, I took a tour of Beretta Gallery on the Upper East Side—and very close to Central Park. I’ve seen images of the store on the pages of IN New York magazine and was interested in seeing the space for myself. The three-story shop reminds me of an elegant townhouse—from the polished wood accents and plush chairs, to the hunting-related artwork and trophies prominently displayed on the walls.

This past Friday, I was invited to attend a dinner and show at 54 Below—a new cabaret/restaurant in Midtown. Have you ever seen the movie Midnight in Paris? In the Woody Allen film, a 21st-century, disenchanted writer takes long walks around Paris at midnight and is instantly transported into the 1920s—the City of Light’s romantic golden age.

Last night, I went to an event at Zarin Fabrics—a staple of the designer fabric game since 1936. I have to say, the space is huge, with a showroom displaying cozy couches on the ground floor, a large room filled with rows and rows of fabric on the second floor—think everything from delicate lace and bright floral prints to rich velvet and leather—and a space for hardware in the basement.

This weekend, I might check out the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, which starts today and runs through Oct. 14th. Presented by Food & Wine magazine, the event celebrates one of the greatest dining capitals of the world and some of the world’s greatest chefs, winemakers and spirit producers.

Yesterday morning, I went to a press event for the new play Dead Accounts, which tells the tale of a brother, sister, and the 27-million-dollar secret that turns their surprise family reunion upside down. The cast lineup is pretty impressive—Katie Holmes, Norbert Leo Butz, Josh Hamilton, Jayne Houdyshell and Judy Greer (making her Broadway debut)—so I was excited to go and learn more about this upcoming show.

This past Thursday, I went to nature photographer Daragh Muldowney’s Jewellery Box—Ireland's Hidden Gems exhibition and book launch at the Consulate General of Ireland New York.

Most people are surprised to find out that I was a Girl Scout. Well, not only was I a Girl Scout, my mom was the troop leader. Every year, our formal living room would turn into a warehouse for boxes upon boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Yes, the cookies are a big draw to this organization, but what I really liked were the crafts (it didn’t hurt to receive a merit badge for each project).

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