Posts Tagged ‘party’

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

Monday, 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.

Wednesday, 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

No wire hangers, ever!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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It’s that magical time of year, where we are getting glimpses of Spring. Mother nature can be rather testy this time of year. What better mother to depict Spring than Mommie Dearest.

Before you think I am some dark and twisted person, let me explain myself. Joan Crawford, one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, was defined as a sadistic control freak in the film Mommie Dearest. The first time I saw Mommie Dearest, I was at a youth group sleepover during Halloween. I was very confused as to why someone that fabulous would be so horrible to her children. It was terrifying and puzzling (and still is). Mommie Dearest, like the Spring, can be beautiful and nurturing one moment, and a complete bitch of a storm the next.

To say Faye Dunaway’s performance as Joan Crawford is over-the-top is an understatement. To match the great performance, I went completely over-the-top with this style board. I was itching to have a floral/gold girly party. Don’t be surprised if I do a styled shoot inspired by this board. I am kind of in love with it. I thought it would be ideal to recreate Christina Crawford‘s birthday party scene but give it a modern twist.

My style board includes everything for the perfect Mommie Dearest spring party. From an eyebrow brush for the perfect eyebrows to colorful macaroons. The board also features a beautiful sequin hanger from Pearls and Pastries and confetti from The Confetti Bar. Check, check it!

 

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What do you guys think? Are you feeling the insane amount of pink patterns with hints of gold? What celebrity kids do you think will be writing tell-all books in 20 years?

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

R&B and Hip-Hop Rock Fusions of the ’90s.

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of old mix CDs that i’ve kept from over the years. It reminds me of songs that were my jam back in the day while also reminding me of my embarrassing guilty pleasures. While listening to one of these nostalgic compact discs, a very oh so familiar tune played and I nearly died. It was the hard hittin’ hip-hop/rock fusion known as the “It’s All About the Benjamins” Rock Remix. I was completely ALL about this remix. It made rock cool to the other brown kids at school that made fun of me for listening to Black Sabbath and Bush.

My first memory of any sort of hip-hop/rock fusion was actually, RUN-DMC’s “Walk This Way” video. My 2 year old child brain couldn’t handle how awesome it was. I remember dancing to it and having the feeling of “It’s going to be so cool when I am a grown up and I have rap/rock battles!” You watch this video and you tell me it’s not STILL one of the coolest things you’ve ever seen.

“It’s All About the Benjamins” Rock Remix definitely tried to bring that kick ass fusion element and I respect Diddy for that. Even some R&B musicians attempted at rocking out in their remixes. Not many people remember the greatness of the “Fix” by Blackstreet remix. It was so ace!

First of all, please note how HOT Slash is (and always is) in this video. Second of all, if you had Ol’ Dirty Bastard involved in your remix it instantly made it a hit (R.I.P. ODB, you were the perfect weirdo).

Why aren’t these hip-hop and R&B fusions popular anymore? I feel like they have the element of being great party starter music but they don’t seem to become a trend. How do you feel about these musical fusions?

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

Party like it’s your last party.

Monday, February 4th, 2013

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I think it’s safe to say that most of us love a good party. The concept of partying is basically a breeding ground for positive energy and good vibes. My personal favorite kind of party is a themed party. Back in December, I had the chance to attend Life in Color: The world’s largest paint party.

Life in Color, formally known as DayGlow is a very large electronic concert with a number of big name DJs. The crowd is usually massive and you dance your ass off while getting sprayed down with neon paint…at the same damn time. You dress in costumes or white EVERYTHING and prepared to get colorful. Guys walk around in complete white suits and ladies dress in skimpy fun outfits (I saw lots of sideboob). The more paint on your person, the better!

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Life in Color was started by Sebastian Solano and Paul Campbell. These guys were the kings of themed parties from high school straight into college. Realizing their calling, they dropped out of college and took on throwing professional parties for a living. It sort of sounds like a dream life when you think about it. Professionally partying, pretty brilliant.

The party builds up to the paint. There is a countdown that takes place before you’re sprayed, this way you’re completely ready for what is about to happen to you. In the meantime you can dance and watch aerial performers, dancers, and robots, take over the stage alongside the DJs.

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I personally had a great experience, but reading other reviews on the event a lot of people weren’t too happy about Life in Color. If you’re not a fan of crowds, being covered in neon paint, dudebros, super drunk people, basically dancing for 3 hours, loudness, being hit on by EVERYONE, or confetti then Life in Color might not be for you. I personally have a high tolerance for things that aren’t always ideal situations and as long as I am with a good group of friends, I manage.

From my experience, I would give Life in Color three sprinkles filled shot glasses out of five. It had its minor issues but if you go with intention of having a good time, dancing your ass off, and watching some great performers it is totally worth it.

Would you get sprayed down with neon paint? What are some great themed parties that you’ve been to?

Paintin’ it neon,
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