Aly's Newsletter: Story leads, lots of new stories published, and a bit on Zoom events
Thanks so much for all the sweet messages yesterday about that adorable kitty I'm cat sitting this week. The first day, he was a bit unsure about me and did a lot of hiding. But by day two, we had already bonded. Now he's so incredibly chatty!
Still, I feel like I'm having a bit of an affair, and hopefully, Lily and Scarlette forgive me for stepping out on them this week...
I had the best time last night. I had been hired to host a Zoom event related to a tasting of an all-natural stress relief beverage, making mocktails, and then a meditation portion.
I was able to bring one of my oldest friends on board to lead the meditation portion, and I had about 20 good friends in attendance. While yes, it was work, it didn't remotely feel like it -- and that's the makings, I think, of a good event (online or off!)
Last year, during lockdown (the first generation), I used to joke often that virtual events felt something like adult summer camp. We would take cooking class or arts and crafts or learn to make a fun cocktail. For those of us who were completely isolated that whole time, it really made a lot of the hardest, loneliest times of the past two years more bearable.
Now that it looks like most of us are back inside for the time-being, I'm really grateful to have it as an option again. I’ll go into my feelings on making a good virtual event later this week in the next paid addition of my newsletter!
(That said, I can't wait until it's safe to see people in person again.)
Here's what I'm working on right now:
Many of the stories I posted about in yesterday's newsletter have been wrapped up or have enough sources and will be wrapped up shortly. Here's what I am working on today:
(If you no longer see something on this list, assume that I no longer need pitches for it. Early bird gets the worm!)
For FORBES.com, I'm working on the following Valentine's Day gift guides:
Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Gifts For A Romantic Dinner At Home Valentine's Day Gift Guide: The Best Edible Gifts You Can Ship (That Aren't Chocolate)
Valentine's Day Gift Guide: The Best Aphrodisiac Gifts
Please keep in mind that for all of these 3 guides, they will be leaning toward food/beverage/cookware/cooking and be focused on items you can buy online and have shipped/delivered.
FORBES: In celebration of the return of to-go cocktails in NY, I'm doing a roundup of the best to-go cocktails at bars and restaurants in NY.
To pitch me for this guide, please email me the following:
1 - name of drink
2 - where it's sold (must be on the menu and available for takeout at a bar or restaurant in NY)
3 - description - i don't need a recipe
4 - quote from bartender/bar manager
5 - IMAGE
Reminder: Please ONLY send me a pitch if you have all the components I'm asking for.
For SPY.com, I'm working on the following:
Best stuffed animals for adults
Best low cal liquor options - I want to cover all the corners for this, vodka, gin, tequila, etc. must be available online and be shippable.
Here's what has been published since yesterday:
As always, if you or your clients are featured in any of these stories, I greatly appreciate any social media shares. Please remember to tag me and the outlet!
Have a great day, and I’m so very grateful for you all taking the time to read this newsletter every day!