Fan on, fan pretty.

July 9th, 2015

sprinkles and booze sit pretty fan

While typing this post I tried to say “folding hand fan” three times in a row and realized it’s impossible. Can you do it or am I just broken?

Aside from a fun tongue twister, folding hand fans make an elegant, chic, bold statement as a summertime accessory. I recommend that party girls everywhere listen up and take note – we’re about to kick it old school!

Folding fans have been used throughout history. Did you know that these cool devices have been around since at least 4th century BC? They were used in ancient Greece, but people then called them “rhipis”. Ceremonial hand fans were used to keep bugs off of bread and wine in church during the 6th century. In Spain, flamenco dancers used them to accentuate their artistic dancing while looking insanely fabulous. Most cultures and most art forms have taken the simplicity of a hand fan and turned it into something beautiful yet useful.

Throughout the years, hand fans have been used for fashion and practicality. Modern folding fans take the original idea and give them a bright new twist. Bright colors, sexy patterns, and a bunch of options make folding hand fans an obvious choice for a summertime accessory. I became obsessed with folding fans after a burlesque routine I performed for a local magazine party with some of my burlesque babes at Work It Dance and Fitness.

Because I believe in the power of the hand fan (also because I am sick of people side eyeing me for using one on the subway) here are my top 3 reasons why using a hand fan is kick-ass:

Be ever so thrifty. Stocking up on cute fans won’t break the bank. There are tons of places where you can buy a lot of them in assorted colors. Also Etsy has a ton of beautiful hand made options. Go crazy, go nuts! .

❤ Handy dandy.  If you’re on the subway and the power goes out you might feel pretty lucky that you’ve packed your most useful accessory. Stay cool AND pretty while everyone else swelters. You could even become a superhero and help others stay cool. Be the change you wish to see in the summer!

❤ Never out of style. I personally think that people stare when I use a hand fan because even though they’ve been around for ages, they aren’t the norm in North America. For the most part I’ve had strangers tell me how smart I was to have brought one or how beautiful my fans are. Pick a color or pattern to compliment your ensemble or just go with a fan that you’re “feeling” that day. I tend to just grab whatever tickles my fancy. 

This post is simply a shout out to an accessory that has held it’s own for centuries. It is definitely something that should should be celebrated and I am happy to have introduced them into my norm. Stay cool, stay pretty and always….

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya
Digital Art by David Van Allen.
 

#YogaAndYoncé movement.

July 1st, 2015

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Over a month ago, I told you all about a little journey that I call #YogaAndYoncé. This journey has changed my life in such a short time, it truly is amazing. I am proud to call this transformation mine, and I hope that you can use this inspiration and motivation to push through to being the best version of yourself that you can be. I’m going to share a little bit of this fitness movement’s background, and then I’m going to share my results with you.

Living a successful, happy, healthy life means that there will be some sacrifices. I mean, it looks like successful people have it made, right? The truth is, no, these people work their butts off to reach and continue that journey. When I started on this journey, I immediately thought about Béyonce. This amazing woman shows us all what a happy, successful, and balanced life looks like. She’s got a family, and she’s known around the world for her untouchable talent. She gives back to the world so much and seems like a genuinely happy person. She’s a role model to so many people, myself included. She’s Wonderwoman, or so I’m convinced.

I wanted to start a wellness program that would inspire women to nourish themselves without sacrificing the glamour. Is it always glamorous? Absolutely not. Seeking a natural, holistic way to be fit, I chose yoga. This is an exercise that brings you closer to yourself by encouraging moments of clarity. You can see that yoga is not just about the physical exercise; but something that would truly feeds the whole self – physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Outside of yoga, I also have hired a personal trainer, slowly but surely becoming a regular at the gym and soon will start up with dance classes again. Strength, cardio, and clarity…OH MY!

The whole point of #YogaAndYoncé is to exemplify that you CAN have it all; be the boss, run the show, be healthy, be happy, and have a rockin’ life. Life doesn’t always go according to plan, so having a strong foundation of confidence and self-awareness can pull us through anything. We’re tough. We’re bosses – of our lives and of our careers.

Now for my results….

With the #YogaAndYoncé movement, I lost 27 pounds in the very first month and a half. I feel so much stronger – mentally and physically. #YogaandYoncé has brought me into closer view of my overall wellness. The struggle has been VERY real but I am still proud of how far i’ve come. I know that to take care of those around me, I must take care of myself.

If you are looking for a way to naturally nourish your overall being without sacrificing glamour, start your own movement! Or hell, join the #YogaAndYoncé movement today. Now. Right now!! As always…

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya
Artwork by Jaymzee Cat

My brain has too many tabs open.

March 5th, 2015

Jena Ardell - Princess

‘Sup Party Monsters!

Living a life of pure celebration is forever fun but very tiresome. Between crafting, blog plotting, projects and life it is super hard for me to calm my brain down at night when it’s time for me to get my beauty sleep.

Lately, I have been researching how to live a overall healthier life. Something that the majority of people lack is proper sleep. Being that it is a “easy” fix, I figured I would start there! I mean getting comfy and passing out is pretty easy, right?! Well, I was greatly mistaken. Every night for the last month, I tell myself “I will go to bed no later than 11PM” and then 1AM rolls around and I wonder what the hell am I still doing awake?

In honor of Sleep Awareness Week (yes, it’s real), I have been researching ways to improve my sleep and relax my brain. Sleep Awareness Week is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. To that I say CHEERS to raising awareness for one of the most relaxing activities ever!

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In my many Google searches and conversations, I have noticed that the majority of people that get very little sleep think that “sleep is a waste of time”. But obvi, that is a bunch of rubbish. The more sleep you get, the more years you add to your life. The occasional restless night is one thing, but chronic sleep loss raises a much deeper concern. Too many restless nights can lead to a weak immune system, poor heart health, memory loss, lame mood swings, and an out of whack metabolism. No one has got the time to rock a muffin top, have heart palpitations, and  get enraged trying to remember where you parked your car! I am definitely NOT about that life.

It seems like on average, my body can only handle about 6 hours of sleep without me waking up. It is recommended that the average adult should sleep 7.5 to 9 hours a night. I am dreaming (not literally) of getting at least 7 hours a night. It’s my goal so I will gladly take the 6 hours I have been averaging. Sleep patterns and tendencies can be linked to so many things involving your wellness and development. Sleep patterns can even tell characteristics about your personality. I can be a perpetual tosser and turner but for the most part I am a  “Yearner”.  I typically have a hard time making quick decisions but I have an open personality and I am very sociable.

Jena Ardell - Sleeping Beauty

Let’s face it night owls, sleep is essential to our health and happiness. Some of the major steps I am taking to gain control of my health (and my zzz’s) is purchasing a humidifier, ending my green tea intake at 4PM, and having mini dance parties until I am exhausted. I am also thinking about getting a aromatherapy vaporizer, upping my white noise game, and daily meditation practices. I will make this commitment to myself in honor of Sleep Awareness Week. Let’s start this sleep revolution, y’all!

Speaking of sleep revolution, the folks over at Casper are partying in the name of sleep all month long! Check out their adorable  “sleep type” graphic that depicts the most common sleep types.

Casper Mattress Sleepers

What is your sleep type? I personally don’t think I am any of these types. Not even the “Party Animal”! I think I am a “Cotton Candy Machine”. No matter how many times people explain how they work, I will never understand their magic. You turn one on, they create sugar magic, and keep the party going. My brain is a lot like a cotton candy machine. I lay down to rest, my brain cuts on, I lay thinking for an hour or so, come up with rad ideas and then I am up until all hours of the night. The sleep struggle is real but I am ready to take it on!

How are you going to celebrate Sleep Awareness Week? Is the sleep struggle also real for you? What are some of your methods to getting to bed when you would rather be up partying? Tell me all of your secrets!

Happy dreams and per usual…

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

P.S. Did you know that if you don’t sleep for 10 days straight you can actually DIE?! That or you turn into Brad Pitt.

Photos by Jena Ardell Photography.

Create your bed of roses.

February 11th, 2015

Sprinkles and Booze- Rose Decor

Hey there Space Girls and Space Boys!

Besides being a blogger, online personality, and all around glitter witch, I have been expanding my Sprinkles and Booze brand into the world of styling and designing. I have a great passion for creating colorful festive decor and making things look lush. I have massive styling dreams and to fuel my need to bring the party to the world I have decided to creative products to inspire, promote daily celebrating and overall spice up the lives of others.

I have been cutting, drawing, gluing, designing, glitter spilling, and painting out all of my ideas as of lately. I noticed that the process has made me a calmer and happier, but I also realized that this is always the case. A lot of love goes into creating and handmade items. It’s one of the reasons why Etsy thrives and is so popular. When something is made with love it runs through the product and makes it rather special.

In the world of crafters and do-it-yourselfers, you will find a market of survivors and fighters. Where there is passion, there is quality. Creating something you believe in is the secret to a sound body, mind, and spirit.

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I keep it no secret when I am super stressed out or overwhelmed. I might mention it in passing on Facebook or in a tweet. The past month, I have cuddled up with a blanket, busted out some craft supplies and decided to make whatever came to mind. This past month was also one of the dopest stress-free months i’ve had in a while. I made items that I actual adore and want to share with others. In my life I have learned that relaxation, stress relief, and creativity always ties together. My personal creative zen garden is on fleek!  Creating and collaborating are my anti-drug.

It’s a blessing to be able to unwind within the craft you love. I take pride in making things that make others smile while smiling. As I work all of the worries of the world melt away and I focus my attention on the task at hand. I am drawn in to a meditative state and my brain becomes a glittery mental hippy fest.

Along with the zen like quality crafting promotes, it also boosts confidence within myself. Do you remember as a child making something at school and being so jazzed about bringing it home to show your mother and father? Imagine having that feeling on a daily. The entire process of envisioning, producing, and realizing a product to its final form is a party starter and boosts your self worth. It’s like you’re creating your own stunning  pick me up.

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Crafting is my constant. I forever find peace in building and creating something fun and meaningful. I think creating and being inspired is the key to everlasting youth and happiness. Creative energy stimulates my brain just as a good book would and I am excited to share my creations with the world. My one true wish is that others can feel the love that I pour into my handmade pieces of work. It’s my way of giving the world a unicorn kiss! I hope this post reaches you and blasts you with inspiration like the most powerful of all Care Bears!

Feeling inspired? What have you been working on lately? Thank you for allowing me this moment to gush and as always…

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

I’m majorly, totally, butt crazy in love with Josh Valentine’s Day Playlist!

February 9th, 2015

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Howdy Love Monsters!

The week of amour is upon us and as we all know, love isn’t always perfect. It doesn’t come easy and that is part of the beauty of it. It has tons of obstacles, challenges, glitter fights, and twists and turns.

I put together a little playlist as an attempt to capture the insane roller coaster that we call “love”. I hope it gets you in the “Valentine’s Day” mood no matter how you plan on spending your week! Listen to it while you bake, while you’re at work, where ever!

Love can be magical and it starts with you. Loving yourself is forever the key to loving others!

Enjoy! Forever yours…stay sexy Gotham!

latanya