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Bazaar Bizarre Bazaar! Elm City Charmer’s Market presents FLEATIQUE.

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Elm City Sprinkles and Booze

I am all for unique experiences, unique people, and unique items. The best way to get all of that unique under one roof during the holidays is by attending bazaars, fairs, and festivals. I can’t get enough of them every year! It’s a great way to find cool and one of a kind gifts for your loved ones and socialize with small business owners.

I adore the feeling of supporting independent labels and business owners. I tend to go to a few different events every year and this year I thought I would showcase some of my favorites. I had the honor of attending FLEATIQUE in November to kick off the shopping season. Presented by Elm City Charmer’s Market, FLEATIQUE is a pop up shop in New Haven, Connecticut. FLEATIQUE was designed for indie designers and stylists to curate their pieces and style to the masses. The market is growing bigger and more fabulous as they mature and expand.

Pop up shops have grown in urban cities over the years from Tokyo to NYC, they are getting bigger and greater. Us shopaholics love them because it’s  temporary shopping therapy with a edgy, fresh twist. Almost every consumer product has been sold via a pop up shop at some point so why not be the first to be a part of the next best thing? FLEATIQUE definitely did not disappoint as a new and upcoming pop up shop within New Haven. It had the perfect blend of creativity while being engaging. Maybe it was the kick ass DJ or the number of sharply dressed fashionistas either way,  I found FLEATIQUE to be ideal.  I look forward to the next one for sure.

FLEATIQUE allowed me to connect with the vendors on a personal level and build a strong relationship with their brand. We can all spend hours on Etsy and while there is nothing wrong with this, there is something magical about making that connection with a brand offline. FLEATIQUE provided every opportunity to make a real connection with local and inspiring designers. This setting allows a chance for the business owners to enter a new market in which they  want to make that connection with you. Having a dope setting to do so in is key. FLEATIQUE provided that awesome setting.

One of the vendors at FLEATIQUE that enjoyed was Audacious 1987. Audacious 1987 is a line of accessories that are bold, daring and completely original. Audacious 1987 takes items from everyday life, add a splash of color and instantly adds a fresh new classy feel to your wardrobe. All of the pieces are handmade and one of a kind. The brand encourages custom orders which is ace. I love a designer that leaves the floor open to a challenge. You can check out the line here.

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I also was introduced to Breakups to Makeup and I couldn’t have been happier about this introduction. The line was created by professional makeup artist Angelique Velez and includes stickers, tanks, hats and makeup bags. Imprinted on many of the items within her brand are cheeky phrases like “I would cry but my mascara is designer.” Angelique is my kind of girl, beautiful, full of sass and inspirational. You can check out more of her line here.

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Tell me about some of your favorite holiday fairs, festivals and bazaars. What are some of your favorite things about them? As always…

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

And a Oddball Festival it was.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

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From the moment I heard about The Oddball “Funny or Die” tour I was sold. The line up not only made it possible for me to see the musically funny and talented Flight of the Conchords BUT also announced that Dave Chappelle was making a comeback. I was counting down the days before the event came to my home state. I wanted to experience a comedy line up of a lifetime, spend time with good friends, drink overpriced beer and enjoy a end of the summer event. The festival ended up being one of the oddest and disappointing nights ever.

The afternoon started out with smiles for miles and a vibrant crowd. From the moment I walked into the Comcast Theater, I knew it was going to be a fun filled evening in Hartford, CT. After watching a few comedians open the show, sitting in one of the best seats in the whole venue I became full of excitement and internal celebration. Laughter is a gift and it’s a blessing to be able to give that gift to others. Experiencing so many talented and funny people under one roof is rare, especially when one of these people is someone you’ve looked up to since you can remember.

After a short intermission, Flight of the Conchords took the stage. My love for FOTC has grown intensely over the years so it was a sad day they announced they didn’t want to do their hit HBO show anymore. This blessed reunion of this musical comedy duo was just what I needed to get me pumped for a very long awaited return of one of the best comedians of my generation, Dave Chappelle.

After FOTC’s brilliant and somewhat perfect set, there was another break to prepare the stage for the comedic genius that is Mr. Chappelle himself. We all sat and waited patiently for the stage to be set while dancing in our seats  to some hip hop jams played by a brilliant DJ. Suddenly the arena went dark and a light went on behind a giant white curtain that was up at the front of the stage. There stood a very familiar silhouette, the crowd instantly stood and cheered as loud as they could. In that moment, I felt an overwhelming sense of respect and love for a man that we’ve all come to know as a genius in his craft. The curtain dropped and I am pretty sure that was the moment when hell broke loose…

Chappelle started his set with a few jokes. The jokes stopped there. Like most audiences (at comedy shows, concerts, etc.) that has thousands of people, you will hear random cheers and yells throughout the venue. I was witness to people yelling out random “I love you’s” and quotes from Chappelle’s past movies and shows. Being that Dave is a seasoned entertainer, I can understand being annoyed by people that are rude but I can also understand someone of his status to be somewhat professional.

After a few more “I love you man’s” being yelled from the crowd, Chappelle officially called it quits. Right there on stage, in front of 1000’s of people. He grabbed his bottle of water, his cigarettes, pulled up his stool and sat there. I literally saw him quit at comedy for rest of the night and I witnessed all of this right from “the good seats”. I don’t think anyone really had a good seat last night. Once he took a seat, there was a tension in the air and it was a rapid downward spiral.

Chappelle stared at the crowd with complete disgust. There was even a point during the very bizarre and extremely awkward set where the audience was completely silent. The silence was short lived because at this point, people were pretty pissed off. There were people there that traveled over 8 hours to see someone they love and respect. There were comedians setting in the audience that opened for Chappelle earlier in the night and idolized him, patiently waiting for his set. That set, never really happened.  At this point all Chappelle could say was “I’m going to have to read about this shit for months”. This was the moment when I realized, he completely was done for the evening.

I have never felt such disappointment in a entertainer that I admire in all my life. I know we’ve grown to accept that Dave Chappelle is a wild card and you don’t know which Dave you’re going to get but for ever person that shouted something out during his set there were another 100 people silently waiting and respecting the man they paid to see. He spoke of the audience being the reason he always wants to be paid up front. He sat and had a conversation with an audience member about her book as he read excerpts from it as if there was no one else in the room. He flipped everyone the bird as he smoked a cigarette and  continuously told us how much we sucked. YES Dave, you should be respected but I would guess that 10% of the audience were the wrong doers yet you punished 100% of the audience?

Not only was it unprofessional and not the most classy way to go about things, but think of everyone on the tour that went on before you. If for any reason the Oddball Festival loses any money due to the outbursts and complete disrespect that occurred, everyone on the tour would suffer. He didn’t care about the people that traveled 100s of miles to be a part of the experience. He didn’t care about the countless hours people have put in to make the festival awesome for the people that attend it. He didn’t care about the woman that walked up to the front of the stage just to say “Dave, we love you. We want to hear what you have to say.” He simply didn’t care because 10% of the crowd were being just that, a crowd.

With all of this said, I don’t hate Dave Chappelle after this incident. I would also like to point out that he didn’t have a meltdown like a lot of news websites are stating. He wanted to be respected and in my opinion handled getting the respect he wanted poorly. I found this article VERY interesting and can understand the points being made. Being a lady of color, I didn’t feel or see this as a issue of racism last evening. It was a comedy show and sadly, there are loud and disrespectful assholes within the audience of MOST comedy shows, no matter what the race of the entertainer. It doesn’t make it right but comedy shows are breeding grounds for tough and rude crowds.

There was an insane amount of confusion and disappointment within the audience last night. Honestly, I wanted to wait a full day to write this post to process what exactly took place last night. Now that i’ve had this time, all I can feel is sadness. I feel bad for the amount of time wasted. Chappelle felt as if we’ve wasted his time and in turn wasted our time. Doesn’t make it right, but it makes it a cycle of disappointment.

To Dave, I wish you would have addressed the issue a bit differently. There is always a larger amount of good than there is bad but the bad always seems louder than the good. Next time, can you take a step back and realize the love before the hate. The positive was overwhelming in the beginning but you allowed the “bad” to become an infectious cancer. That cancer killed the entire positive, love and support that Hartford, CT wanted to shower you with.

To any asshole that thought it would be funny to add fuel to the fire, I hope your tongues fell out in your sleep last night. Like I mentioned earlier in this post, it’s the norm to hear random yells and screams from a crowd but at the same time, why is this our norm? Why do people drink overpriced malt liquor and decide it is time to be as loud as possible? The world may never know. I am not saying what Mr. Chappelle pulled last night was by any means acceptable but I am saying, maybe it’s time for you to shut the fuck up and act like a human in public for once.

All in all, I give the Oddball Festival 2 and a half out of 5 sprinkled filled shout glasses. It would have gotten 5 out of 5 if it didn’t become a clusterfuck of doom and gloom. I know a lot of you were not witness to the show last night but what are your thoughts? If you were there, I would also love to know what you thought. Please share your comments and love letters in the comments below! And as always….

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

P.S. I was interviewed by the Hartford Courant first thing this morning. You can read the interview here.

A little taste of Jalapeño Heaven & some tequila that will improve your Karma.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

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What’s up party people?!

If you’re in the Connecticut area, boy do I have the most wonderful mexican spot for you! It’s perfect for hosting small social gatherings, business lunches, to birthday dinners. This past Sunday I tagged along with the Connecticut Blogger Meet-up Group for a tasting. We all met up at Jalapeño Heaven in Branford, CT for a complimentary tasting of great eats and tequila treats. The ever so wonderful and lovely Bonnie from Home Place contacted a friend, the owner of the restaurant, and a very fun and animated brand ambassador for Karma Tequila to put on this brilliant event. I thought I was going to slip into a food coma half way through but it was completely worth it.

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As we all know, tequila can be a dangerous, dangerous thing for some. I for one, have experienced a few interesting tequila filled nights. Needless to say, I beyond interested in hearing about Karma Tequila. I’ve heard great things about it prior to the tasting. As we stood there and ate some vibrant tortilla chips and drank some of the House Sangria, we got schooled by the brand ambassador named Scott. He was a riot, straight to the point, and very informative on this mexican made booze.

Karma Tequila is 100% Agave with no additives which I am a complete fan of. I’m all about organic boozing so I knew it would be right up my alley. This smooth handcrafted tequila is a proper blend of double and triple distilled tequila. It will leave you hangover free and with every purchase Karma donates money to “Karma Cares” which is a non-profit that is dedicated to improving children lives worldwide. Learning more about the brand and finally being able to taste Karma Tequila, I simply fell in love.

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I have food allergies to seafood so I wasn’t able to try a few of the dishes but they were still great to photograph. I am pretty sure it’s impossible to know a blogger that isn’t writing things done randomly or taking photos and posting them to Instagram. We all sat down and took a million photos and compared notes on what we enjoyed the most. I am not sure if the staff and hosts were prepared for such a chatty and photo taking bunch. Once you get a kick ass group of bloggers together, there is no stopping us. Our only kryptonite might be no internet connection and if we somehow have a freak accident and become mute.

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Who would have thought that a salad would have been one of my favorite things to eat at a Mexican restaurant. At Jalapeño Heaven, you have the option to “Build a Salad”. The salad that was served to us was a mix of romaine and iceberg lettuce, with cranberries, avocados, walnuts and cheddar cheese drizzled with a raspberry vinaigrette. I thought I had died and gone to “JALAPEÑO” heaven (Get it?!). It was so amazingly refreshing and good. Also I might add, it was visually beautiful, with super vibrant colors.

My favorite entree was by far the White Enchilada with Spanish Rice. It was a shredded chicken enchilada in a spicy white cheese sause and a blend of cheeses. This was all topped with sour cream. Can I get a YUM YUM?! So amazing. I am pretty sure I want to eat this enchilada everyday for the rest of my life.

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With so much food (and booze) in our tummies, my CT Blogger peeps and myself chatted it up, laughed, and continued to Instagram as the tasting wrapped up. We all had a look of concern on our faces because we knew we still had three desserts to try. How could we possibly fit anymore food into our stomachs?!  I would have been but a fool if I didn’t leave a little room for dessert! I am beyond proud of myself that I did. The three desserts were a Bananas Foster, an Apple Chimichanga, and a Carmel Flan. I will say this, if you can make it out to Jalapeño Heaven in Branford, CT …you MUST try the Bananas Foster. This dessert consisted of banana slices caramelized with rum and banana liquor flambeed tableside. This was all served over vanilla ice cream with whipped cream. I would have been pretty upset with myself if I didn’t save enough room for this gem! It was perfection on a dessert plate!

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A good margarita makes the world go round. With a Karma-rita and Pomegranate Margarita in hand it sure was a wonderful day. I would like to thank Bonnie for putting such an amazing event together. She is completely brilliant and did such an amazing job. As a blogger, events like this are the perfect breeding grounds for creativity, collaboration, and inspiration. Everyone that I have met within the CT Blogger group has been a breath of fresh air. We all understand one another and support one another to the fullest. I left this tasting with a full tummy, properly tipsy, and new friendships. I wouldn’t have asked for a better Sunday and I would like to thank Jalapeño Heaven and Karma Tequila for being a part of it.

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

You know what you need… a Whimseybox!

Monday, June 24th, 2013

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In the Sprinkles and Booze future, I will be having a ton of Do-It-Yourself greatness and tutorials in the like. I love the idea behind making something from start to finish on your own. There is something magical and wizard-like about saying you’ve created something unique and interesting.

With all of this said, I want to introduce you guys to Whimseybox! I received my first Whimseybox last week and boy, I was excited! What the hell is a Whimseybox you say?! Only the coolest thing ever! It’s a $15 a month service in which you can get a DIY kit delivered right to your home. At Whimseybox they believe everyone is creative and has the ability to make something unique and beautiful. Do you know how many times i’ve heard someone tell me they want to do more DIY projects and never do it or are super lazy? Well, PROBLEM SOLVED! You get instructions, all the materials, cute packaging, and creative freedom to make something rad.

Okay, so on to the box…

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So my first box was a DIY Peppermint Lip Balm! The box arrived adorably packaged and ready to go. The box is reusable and comes with a label for organizing purposes. It came with 3 tins to put the lip balm in, peppermint oil, castor oil, a dropper, three sticks for mixing and a linen drawstring bag full of beeswax beads.

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The lip balm was VERY simple to make but totally fun. I felt like a mad scientist in the best way possible and I am happy with the end results. I was toying with the idea of adding a bit of lipstick to make them tinted but decided against it last minute. Overall, I give my first Whimseybox project 5 out of 5 Sprinkle filled shot glasses.

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So basically I fell in love with Whimseybox if you couldn’t tell. What are some DIY projects you’ve been thinking about lately?

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

Devil’s Nightcap from Gorilla Perfume.

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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If there is something you should know about me, it is that I am a lushaholic. One might think this would mean I sit around all day drinking straight out of a wine bottle, but I am referring to LUSH Cosmetics.

Years ago, after my first visit and shopping spree in a LUSH store, I knew it was an ever lasting love. The overall experience is one that is of quality. The customer service, products, morals, and branding is ACE. It also is a brand in which builds a great community of consumers and fans.

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While in Portland, OR it was only natural to take a visit to a LUSH store on the west coast. Lucky for me, LUSH had just launched a new Gorilla Perfume line that I knew nothing about. I smelled each one in and had my nose and heart set on one, Devil’s Nightcap.

Devil’s Nightcap is a very interesting perfume. It sneaks up on you as you’re wearing it in a way I think the devil himself would be proud of. Here is a description on the perfume from LUSH’s website…

“An earthy, mystical fragrance inspired by the mythology behind The Agglestone, or the Devil’s Nightcap, a megalithic rock outside the town of Studland, England. The story goes that his Satanic Majesty hurled the rock in an attempt to hit a nearby town. With bitter oakwood, oakmoss, clary sage and ylang ylang to capture the magic.”

The scent is unisex which I actually love. I’ve never found a fragrance before that could be worn by a woman or a man that wasn’t overpowering. It’s very smoky and somewhat sexy. Try not to get pregnant when you have it on (or if you’re trying to get preggo, knock yourself out!).

On myself, the scent is slightly flowery and fruity underneath the smoky sexiness. You would have to reapply a few drops throughout the day but not much because the scent definitely lasts. It seems like every time I reapply it adds a hint of flowery goodness. It’s so wonderful and this is definitely the most unique perform that I have ever worn.

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya