Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

Sweet treats in New York streets.

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

The days are getting warmer and with warm weather more outdoor activities take place. I LOVE the summertime in NYC. From the block parties to the amazing fashion trends in the city, everything just seems to be all about being happy and celebration. I dig it and it’s rather lovely.

This weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to go on The Cupcake Tour of New York. I mean, how perfect does ANY cupcake tour sound. I can’t see how I could pass up a tour of the most adorable cupcake shops in New York City. I wanted ALL of the cupcakes and luckily some of them were small enough to leave room for the massive cupcake we got at the end of the tour.

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Our wonderful tour guide was adorable and super informative. Each tour includes 6 food tastings and the cupcakes grow in size as you go to each location. So you start out with adorable bite sized treats and end with a massive chunk of sugary cuteness. The tour size was decent and not overwhelming, which made it easy to keep up from location to location. It would be wise to wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing because you will be walking for a couple of hours and possibly going into sugar shock.

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The first stop on the tour was at the wonderfully adorable Baked by Melissa. This bakery was founded in August 2008 by Melissa Bushell. She started the bakery after losing her job due to the recession. If everyone had the same sort of reaction that Melissa had after losing her job and made a kick ass bakery, the world would be a happier place!  The bakery is known for their tie-dye cupcakes. I took it upon myself to give the tie die cupcake a try. You know me and anything colorful. It was fantastically tasty. All of Melissa’s cupcakes are basically like cupcake hors d’oeuvre. They are super tiny and pretty wonderful.

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Yeah, I know what you’re thinking what does gelato have to do with cupcakes? The answer is nothing. If you ever get a chance to try the gelato at Amorino, you will understand why this was an important part of the tour. I almost fainted at the mango celebration that took place in my mouth. It was the perfect treat on a warm day.

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Crumbs is definitely one of the larger chains of the cupcake shops that we went to. I had a fun sized vanilla cupcake cake with chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles. I am super excited that they introduced “Crumb Pops” to their menu. I was interested in trying one but thought it would be a bit much to buy an extra thing to eat while on a cupcake tour.

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Molly’s Cupcakes is where the custom makin’ cupcake action took place. You basically pick the cake flavor, pick a frosting, and then dress it up with sprinkle toppings. I got vanilla cake and sadly can’t remember what frosting I picked. I was super excited about my cow shaped sprinkles. Out of all of the cakes I had while on the tour Molly’s was definitely my favorite. The cupcake shop is supposed to remind you of elementary school. There were swings for seats and vintage lunch boxes scattered about the bakery. It was nostalgic goodness for your face unit.

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After reading about the West Village bakery Milk and Cookies, it turns out they do in make cupcakes but it wouldn’t be right to go there and NOT have a cookie, right? On the tour we all got a oatmeal white chocolate and sea salt cookie which I actually saved until the next day. BOY,  it was a piece of magical heaven. I ate it around noon on a Monday during a rainstorm with milk and it was one of my most perfect moments so far this week. I am a sucker for awesome window displays and Milk and Cookies had a beautiful display that made me not want to leave. Not to mention, the inside of the bakery smells like what dreams are made of. I definitely will be planning some NYC playdates at Milk and Cookies in the future. It felt like home.

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I’m pretty sure it would be close to impossible to have a NYC cupcake tour and not stop at Magnolia Bakery . They are known for their super popular red velvet cupcake. It was actually my first time having it and it was worth the red stained teeth.

All in all I give the tour 5 out of 5 sprinkle filled shot glasses! It was fantastic. I love the tour guide, I loved the day, I love the bakeries, I love the knowledge of NYC history shared, it was the perfect blend of an experience. I think the tour would be awesome for a date outing or a Sunday afternoon activity. Get out there and get some frosting on your faces! Make me proud!

I got super hot and sweaty during the trip and here is the lovely photo that I took after putting in my hair in a braid because it was getting massive from the summer elements.

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Super sexy, huh?! Would you take a cupcake tour of Manhattan? Have you been to any of these bakeries? What were your thoughts?

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

A magical evening with Paige Zaferiou.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

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I’m all about creating my own magic. You know sparkly, glittery, fabulous magic. Last week on the twitter-verse, Gala mentioned that there was going to be a night of greatness in NYC. She mentioned a super new and super exciting Tarot Magic Workshop held by the fabulous Paige Zaferiou. And exciting and magical it was!

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I got on a train and headed into NYC for a fun filled evening of tarot cards and new friends. Sadly, Paige and I had the same bad luck with delayed planes, trains, and automobiles but we eventually made it there to get the party started.

The workshop took place a day before a lunar eclipse and a full Moon in Sagittarius. I mean a regular full moon does something magical and sometimes weird to the world, so this super moon was perfect for a night of manifesting magic. Sadly, we never got to have tea due to delayed transportation, but we did get to go over a great deal of information.

The workshop was intimate and hand-crafted. From the worksheets to the personal experiences Paige shared. It was lovely and perfect. We learned about some of the spreads from some of the greatest such as The Tarot Lady and Paige shared some of her own rituals of magic. We all made three very specific wishes to set into motion. I can wholeheartedly say that I feel completely different and more positive since this reading/workshop.

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Color me insane if you want, but I think magic is everywhere. There are always magical things and hints from our surroundings and it makes life beautiful and AWESOME! I think this workshop is perfect for people that find tarot to be a challenge, terrifying or if you’re just curious. If you put positive into the universe, the universe will have your back. We all have a little Harry Potter greatness in us. We are all here to have fun and take in the wonderful gifts around us. It is up to all of us to take care of ourselves and in turn take care of the world around us. It’s a cycle that is beautiful and generates love, and the world can ALWAYS use more love.

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The workshop was held at the beautiful Atmananda Yoga Sequence.The studio seemed very big from what I can tell but the workshop was held in the kitchen/lounge area. As Paige mentioned we had a very “Hobbit-style”, and cozy gathering. The staff seemed super friendly and helpful. We definitely all got a warm welcome. I am even considering taking a class or two at the studio.

This was Paige’s first workshop (and it was free this one and only time) so the night was doubly special and dear to my heart. She did a wonderful job and definitely filled us in on some love infused knowledge. I had the honor of meeting another magical blogger, Kayla. She brought a couple of friends and we rocked it out…magic style! If you get a chance, when Paige does a world take over, definitely check out one of her workshops. You will not regret it. We can all use more love and light in our lives.

I’m happy Paige followed her heart and came to NYC. I made a new kicks ass (and magical babe) friend. She is a stunning human and I am happy to have met her. By the way, did I mention she is also a Blogcademy babe like myself?

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

My Coheed and Cambria story.

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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Photos in this courtesy of Coheed and Cambria’s instagram from their Radio City Show

There are few things that we hold on to and still enjoy as we get older. One of my many loves in life was and still is Michael Jackson. MJ was probably my first real passionate pop culture love. From his killer beats to his sick dance moves, I was hooked. There was something magical that translates in his music and performance. In my eyes, the king of pop could do no wrong.

During my very early teens, I became a huge Harry Potter-head. This love continued into my adulthood until the series ended. It was an odd feeling, because i’ve literally grown with the series. Watching Harry Potter grow along side myself was a brilliant experience. I am still super sad that it’s over. I am not sure if I will ever recover. COME BACK HARRY, COME BACK!

In the year 2001, I discovered a band by mistake at a local Long Island music festival. Originally, I was drawn to this band because of the lead singer’s intense, wonderful and massive hair. I remember turning to my friend and saying “Omg! We have the same hair.” After the shock of dope hair set in, I instantly noticed the unique pipes on this fro-y man. Claudio Sanchez (Coheed and Cambria’s frontman) sings entirely in falsetto. During the early years, the band was called Shabütie. At this point, they had an EP called “Delirium Trigger”. I instantly was in a trance watching them perform. I worked up the nerve to ask “Where are you guys playing next?” only to be given a complete list of their next 10-15 performances. This was the start of something HUGE in my life.

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A few months in my love for the band, Shabütie became as we know them, Coheed and Cambria. Some of the songs that were on Delirium Trigger were in fact based on a series of sci-fi comics that Mr. Sanchez wrote himself. Originally the series was called “The Bag.On.Line Adventures” but was then later changed to “The Amory Wars”. If you can get your hands on them, definitely check out the comics. Coheed and Cambria were the main characters in this epic series. In 1998 after visiting Paris, the band knew which direction they wanted to go in. Once the plans actually moved forward and they gave birth to Coheed and Cambria, the ball started rolling towards great music and a great storyline.

In early 2002, I was blessed with the gift of a hand me down family car. This triggered a series of trips into NY state to see Coheed and Cambria play EVERYWHERE! I literally mean everywhere. I saw them play in classrooms at colleges, people’s backyards, parks, and even at a house party in a kitchen. During this time, the band also got signed and released its first studio album “The Second Stage Turbine Blade”. When this album dropped, I don’t think there was a day that I didn’t listen to it. The music literally spoke to my soul. The storyline, music and lyrics definitely put a spell on me. The band officially became my drug of choice.

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Last Wednesday, I came back to the east coast after spending a month in the west. I literally had enough time to rest for a couples only to get up to head to Boston to see Coheed and Cambria. Did I mention that the first weekend in Portland, I had the chance of going to a Coheed and Cambria show as well? I know, I am out of my mind but I seriously love the band THAT much.

The band played two, back to back Boston shows at the House of Blues. I was honored enough to be able to attend both of the shows. I was even invited to a third (and historic) show in NYC on 3/16. Coheed and Cambria played their first massive solo show at Radio City Music Hall. I would have more than loved to take the extra ticket that was offered, but I was simply BEAT! I literally got off a plane, slept a couple of hours, went to Boston, danced and sang my ass off, then traveled back to CT.

After seeing Coheed and Cambria last week, it marks my 305th Coheed and Cambria show. Talk about fan girl! The number is completely intense and I could see them another 300 times and never be sick of them. My goal is to get 60 more shows under my belt so I can say that i’ve seen Coheed and Cambria for an entire year. These days, it’s harder to see them as many times as I did in the beginning. Back then, they were playing shows weekly and basically everywhere. Coheed and Cambria  has been with me since I was 17 years old and I am honored they are a part of my life journey.

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Congrats to making it to Radio City Music Hall guys! You deserve the success that you guys have landed and you will forever be my entire heart. Thank you for growing and rocking with me.

As always, let your geek flag fly! What do you enjoy geeking out over? Are you a complete fan boy/girl over something amazing?

Coheed and Cambria lovin’ for life,
latanya

Love me, love me.

Monday, January 28th, 2013

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I recently had the wonderful opportunity of getting my face painted by a Smashbox representative with the products of their Spring 2013 Love Me line.

The Smashbox teamed up with the amazing graffiti artist, Curtis Kulig. I love when makeup lines team up with artists to bring a little more culture and creativity to your make-up bag. From my experience with this line, the make-up applies flawlessly and the pigments are lush and amazing.

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Mr. Curtis is known for his personal tag “Love Me”, in which you can see sprayed all about NYC. It was this very tag that inspired Smashbox to create their Spring 2013 Collection. Curtis never really fully explained why his tag is “Love Me” but it’s fantastic and lovely. I personally think “Love Me” should be your own personal interpretation and I think the collection did a good job at using the inspiration of the tag to create this Spring collection.

The collection consists of two different eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, gloss, blush, and eyeliner. The pops of color are sassy and definitely full of the right amount of drama and soft. I’m sort of in love with it.

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LOVE IT! I give this collect 4 1/2 out of 5 sprinkle filled shot glasses. Love me or leave me?

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Brutally Happy indeed!

Monday, November 12th, 2012

 

Some of you America’s Next Top Model fans might remember in cycle 10 they did a Fuerza Bruta inspired photoshoot. By far out of all of the cycles of Top Model, this was one of my favorite photoshoots. It instantly made me interested in the performance that inspired such lovely photographs. For all of you that have no clue what the hell I am talking about, this post is to give you some clarification or make you more confused as to what Fuerza Bruta is. Either way, it should make you somewhat interested in the experience.

Fuerza Bruta is a postmodern theater show that will literally have you wanting to do more with your life or at least dance your ass off for an hour. It’s not only beautiful but a 360 degree giant party. It is a very interactive production that will either leave you covered in confetti, water, or sweat. It sounds gross but believe me, it’s worth it. There are worse things that you could be covered with.

I had the honor of seeing this amazingness in August of this year after hours of dance classes and walking about all day at an art festival. My legs were tired, all my brain could think about was getting a drink, and I didn’t know what to expect. At all. Once the show began, I mustered up any energy I had left in my body to go on the ride of insanity that was about to take place.

 

We were in a room full of people that looked more like a empty room, club, scary…place? I am easily scared so I was uneasy in a room full of darkness, strangers and smoke machines, but once it began I couldn’t stop saying “This is the best thing I have ever seen!”

The performers basically direct you where you should be going to experience the performance around, above and among you.  I don’t think there was a single moment where I wasn’t saying “This is the most amazing thing i’ve ever seen!” or “I want this to be my job!”. Who doesn’t want to play in puddles for a living? Or make loud sounds at people? I enjoy any chance in life to make something into a party. It’s like a giant party with lots of tribal dancing, men in suits, and a guy in a powdered wig. Yes, a powdered wig.

With all of this said, I have been toying with the idea of seeing the show again before it leaves NYC. They are in their final days of the performance (Ending on January 6, 2013). Hell, I am like 95% sure I am going to go again and wear a rain poncho. Yes, kids you’ll need some form of protection (hey now! It’s not that kind of party.) You will get a bit wet without ruining too much of the experience for those considering to go but you can avoid this by not being among the crazies and standing in the back corners of the room.

 

 

Definitely check this show out if you like a lot of dream like scenes with a blast of fun high energy, you don’t mind being around a bunch of strangers for about an hour, you like great electronic (trip-hop/tribal) music, and mostly importantly you love to dance.

Do you dare to be Brutally Happy? Here is a checklist of things I think you should know if you decide to go to this show.

  • Don’t go tired! I made this mistake last time. I wanted to jump around like a fool but spent all the energy I could find on being amazed by what was going on. You will want to jump around and dance like a fool.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. There will be loads of people around you that will be jumping around acting like fool as well and will possibly step on your feet. Also, you will be standing for a bit so ladies (and very fabulous men) think about your shoe choices.
  • Don’t go after you just straightened your hair unless you wear a shower cap.
  • Don’t plan to go to anything fancy afterwards unless you bring a change of clothes. 
  • Don’t accept candy from strangers. This personally didn’t happen to be there but it is great advice.
  • Make sure you’re wearing a good bra.
  • Make friends! A lot of the people that are there are cool people. I mean, you must be the type that only goes to the cool events if you’ve decided to go to this show. Make friends with the people around you because you’re going to be on top of one another a lot so you might as well get to know them.
  • Prepare to feel like you’re on drugs for an hour.

xo, a go go bye,

Latanya Rene