Sprinkles and Screams.

July 7th, 2014

Reaper Haunt Sprinkles and Booze

Artwork by the ever so amazing Jaymz Bernard

Hi there team Sprinkle!

I don’t know about you, but I find camping to be a terrifying experience. Most of the time you don’t have cell phone service, you can’t run away from biting bugs, you have to tap into your inner caveman and start a campfire, and other wood related horrors. But that is the thrill of camping, right? We love to challenge ourselves and be one with nature.

What happens when you turn your camping experience into a real life horror movie? You then have the scariest new haunted attraction coming to a campsite near you. This weekend, Reaper House Entertainment will unleash their horrors upon Connecticut at Camp Cedarcrest. Who is crazy enough to sign up for a 13 hour haunt you may ask? Me, duh!

After signing your life away, the brave campers will face a variety of terrifying scares and you are placed into your very own, very fun horror film. This isn’t a haunted attraction for the kiddies which means, you will be pushed to your limits and definitely terrified.

It’s like a Halloween party in the middle of the summer! Who could ask for? Who wants to join me this Friday for the scariest (and most fun) experience ever? We can make s’mores and hold one another until we’re not afraid anymore. Get on over to ReaperHaunt.com for the details and be sure to use the discount code of: krissentme for a sweet discount!

Where are my brave little toasters at? Come with bug spray, ready to be terrified, and as always…

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

A little toothache never killed nobody…

July 4th, 2014

Sprinkles and Booze Tooth Ache TV

Hey there my Sprinklers,

It’s the 4th of July and if you’re American or you’re in the states, you know this date represents the birth of a strong and beautiful country. Go shorty, it’s your birthday!

In the Northeast region of the country it has been pouring basically the entire day. To top it off, I am also recovering from dental surgery that I had yesterday. Typically, I am a rain lover but I would have loved to be out grilling some veggies and prepping for a great firework show. But, as we know plans change, and that’s okay!

Mother Nature is the mother of them all, and we must obey her wishes. If we are meant to have a rainy Independence Day, bless it be. The party must go on regardless of tooth issues and a few raindrops. I made my day about watching vintage Batman episodes, afternoon naps, and delicious home cooked asian cuisine. Where there are painkillers, good people, and hope there’s a party.

Here is to a very Happy Birthday, America! And many, many more! As always…

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

Fan girl turned editor: Movin’ on up with Gorgeous In Grey.

June 2nd, 2014

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Can I get a what, what?!

Being a blogger and a fan of many blogs in the blogosphere, I often find myself becoming a super fan a lot of great blogs. There are so many inspirational people out there in the same hustle and grind as myself. One of the bloggers I have followed closely since the birth of Sprinkles and Booze has been radness known as Ty Alexander.

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A few weeks ago, my friend Natasha from One Woman’s Style mentioned a post she saw for bloggers in the NYC area. She quickly forwarded the information to me and the universe unfolded in the most beautiful of ways. It turns out the blog that was looking to hire was the blog of Ty Alexander, Gorgeous In Grey.

I am now proud to say I am one of the newest editors for Gorgeous In Grey! I am beyond thrilled to be joining the team and having a new outlet that will welcome my excitement with a splash of weird. I will be posting to GIG bi-weekly as of next week about everything from styling tips to weirdo life hacks. It will be a complete blast!

The other perks of landing this sweet editor’s position is I will be forced to stick to a strict editorial calendar. I will be making regular posts to not only Gorgeous In Grey and Sprinkles and Booze but also Black Girl Nerds.  Writing for these two additonal kick ass online publications will enable me to bring more of a party vibe to Sprinkles and Booze. Bring on the events, tips on how to treat everyday like it’s your birthday, tips on how to party and remain healthy, style boards, party crafts and products, and much much more! Everything has been falling into place in the most beautiful way and you guys have been a part of this growth from the start.

Party on guys! I would like to thank Ty Alexander for giving believing in me and adopting me into her awesome piece of the blogosphere! As always…

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

Ain’t no party like a Grandma Ethyl Party.

May 14th, 2014

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Being a 90′s child, shows from that decade are near and dear to my heart. One of my all time favorites from the early 90′s was the hit, Dinosaurs. If you ever watched Dinosaurs, you will remember brilliant catchphrases such as “Not the Mama!” or “I’m the baby, gotta love me!”. All frequently used, wonderful, and nostalgic…right?!

Lately, I’ve been watching the series on Netflix before bed. A character you may vaguely remember is the snide, elderly greatness that is Grandma Ethyl. Ethyl by far was my favorite character of the entire show!

Grandma Ethyl was the grumpy yet adorable mother of Fran Sinclair on Dinosaurs. This wheelchair-bound diva is everything I hope to be when I am a senior citizen. Forever dressed in a fascinator and witty one liners, I definitely would want to party with Grandma Ethyl. She is the inspiration behind this Bingo Lady Party style board I have created. Even though this series had one of the world’s most depressing series finales, I hope you enjoy this style board. You better because you gotta love it! Honestly, how can you go wrong with Strawberry Cheesecake truffles and doilies?!

 

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Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

Trials and Tribulations of a Party Monster Extraordinaire.

May 13th, 2014

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The behind the scenes of the making of a Party Life + Style blog seems like it should be a constant world of glitter, rainbows, and kittens but the truth of the matter is, it’s not always glamorous.

As a blogger, it can be a bit much having people aware of your plans and what you’re working towards. You have to prepare for a lot of “Are you sure that is what you want to do?” or “That idea is crazy?” and sometimes just straight up haters. You also have to deal with people learning your “secret sauce” sort of speak. They want to know what you’re cooking up next in your business plans and how projects are coming along. Though this is to be expected, it can sometimes be overwhelming and even discouraging.

Recently, I was given feedback about my company and blog that I wasn’t sure was positive or negative. The short of the awkward story is, I came out of the situation realizing there are a bunch of stereotypes in the blogosphere about the type of blog one should run based on their appearance. Being a “trendy” female of color, people assume that I have a gossip blog, talk about ethnic hair products, or I must only write about the latest World Star video. While there is nothing wrong with blogs of these nature, it gives me a bit more work when representing my site and brand. This is something I accept and I am tough enough for the challenge.

Putting your dreams and hopes out there for people to bare witness to is forever terrifying but it comes with the territory. Learning to use the positive and negative to your benefit is a skill. Once you develop this skill, almost nothing can stop you.

My positive outlook towards the negative that comes with being my own boss didn’t come easy and to be honest probably never will. I have days where I wonder if I made the right choices and I am full of doubt. The trick is figuring out the healthiest way to deal with the problems so that you’re able to return back to your kick ass party that is life.

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The insane amount of support I have received since the start definitely outweighs the negative. One of my favorite moments during my blogger break last month was receiving a “Member Appreciation” award at B:Hive’s 1 year anniversary party. It might sound sappy or crazy but I was on the verge of tears when handed this tiny plastic award. This tiny piece of plastic represents the supportive entrepreneurs that have become like family to me and have shown nothing but support for the beginning. It symbolizes love on a personal and professional level. It symbolizes every victory I achieve. It symbolizes a breath of fresh air when I am so mentally exhausted. It symbolizes my journey in designing a life that I adore.

Getting back to the day to day hustle as a blogger and party stylist has been intense and beautifully positive. I have YOU to thank and my massive support system that has come together fiercely and fabulously over the past year. I know for a fact I could not have made it this far (with a SUPER long way to go) on my own. I have nothing but gratitude and love for what the universe has been blessing me with. The future seems oh so glittery and bright for us all.

Tell me about some of your struggles and how you get over perceptions? What keeps your life party thriving? Thank you for allowing me to a sappy Sally from time to time. As always…

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya
Photos taken by Anaise Prince ❤ Confetti by The Confetti Bar

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