Kitty Bradshaw’s Labor Day Antics- Eastern Parkway #iBlogNYC

Eastern Parkway

Hey House Cats-

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before how everyone year I prance out onto Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn for the West Indian Day Parade. I am a huge fan of the parade, and jokingly refer to myself as a “Fake West Indian”. When I first started attending the parade, I would pick an island to represent and wave their flag. Fast forward to now I decided two parades ago to just be true to myself and wear my American Flag. For the most part I always have a great time and have not experienced any of the violence that the media is so quick to report.

So this year something happened that was totally out of character for me. It all started when I decided to make my own nutcracker out of fear of drinking someone elses concoction, not knowing what was actually being put into it. One year I had a nutcracker with no liquor in it… by the time I popped the lid off the vendor was long gone. So this year I opted for my own mixture. I mixed Clarkes Court Pure White Rum, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, and St. Germain Elder Flower. I mixed the 3 parts into an empty 20 oz Sprite bottle. My next plan of action was to spend more time primping in the mirror instead of eating something before I spent the day drinking. As soon as I hit Eastern Parkway, I ran into a man selling Sorrel. I mixed the Sorrel with my liquor mixture and began to sip on the mixture like my life depended on it.

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At some point… around 4pm I decide to eat, lollll. Do yall see how this is a series of small fails leading up to the big FAIL? I ate my food while standing up and next thing I know Eastern Parkway started spinning. I immediately moved towards a bench and put my head on my hand to try and stabilize… that was the beginning of the end. I must have threw up 20 times off to the side of the bench. I was so embarrassed as I feel it is not lady like to vomit in public. I was what they call, “College White Boy Wasted” lolll. For a time there I didn’t think I was going to make it home… I started calling all of my Brooklyn friends, but everyone was also drunk out on Eastern Parkway. I was able to get in touch with my one friend, but in the long process of trying to hail a cab, I was able to sober up and decided to go home.

Do you all remember when you were in kindergarten and all of the kids would take part in nap time?! That was my subway ride home… it was nap time for all drunks. As far as I am concerned New York transit could have passed out blankies and turned off the lights. Everyone on my car was ASLEEP, lmaooo! Below is a list of 10 things I did and didn’t do on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day. If you attended the West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day, let me know your experience :)

10 Things I did and didn’t do on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day

1. Got felt up by a snake while drunk (Note: I am scared to death of snakes)
2. Thew up 20 times
3. Made a new friend
4. Went to sleep on a bench
5. Ate West Indian lo-mein for the first time
6. Didn’t make it the halfway point of the half way point of the parade.
7. Watched Anthony Weiner dance off beat on his promotional float for the mayor’s race
8. Helped lost tourist from Germany find their way
9. Danced in the streets while it rained
10. Had an amazing time!!!! :)

NYC Restaurants: Carribbean Spanish Fusion at Corlette

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a tasting at Corlette Restaurant in the Bedford Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn.  Corlette is a Caribbean- Spanish fusion eatery that is best known for their tacos and sangrias.  I must admit, I was blown completely away by their fish tacos that are some of the best that I have tasted in Brooklyn.  They were quite tasty, that I decided to take an order home, lolll.  Before I go head first into the awesomeness which is their tacos…. let me first describe the scene.  This restaurant is what you refer to as an anomaly of sorts, in the sense that I wouldn’t have expected this restaurant on that particular block.  I am not saying that it was located in the hood or anything…. but Corlette could easily fit into a block filled with hipster restaurants.  I do understand that the neighborhood is changing, so I guess you could say Corlette is a pioneer when it comes to new establishments in the area.  During my walk to the restaurant, I took note of the businesses around Corlette which consisted of Dunken Donuts, a Bodega, and Home Depot.  I think residents of the neighborhood that encompasses Corlette are extremely fortunate.  I wish I had a place like this on my block.

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Speaking of the residents, while I was ordering a drink at the bar I had the chance to speak with one of Corlette’s patrons.  A retired police officer, and resident of the neighborhood… he spoke enthusiastically about the restaurant and talked about how he often stopped in.  I think that if Corlette continues to garner the support of the residents, they will be around for a long, long time.  Corlette has outdoor dinning in the back that gives dinners a lounge feel.  In addition to dinning, Corlette also host events.  I was told by PR that they had just hosted an event the week prior for the Mayweather fight.

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Now in regards to the food and cocktails.  I had 1 curry shrimp taco, 1 fish taco, and the Seared Salmon as an entree.  I think that Corlette’s menu has something for everyone.  With that being said, everyone at the event had their own personal favorite dish.  Everyone in attendance raved about one item or another.  While I thought the curry shrimp was just ok, another person fell truly-madly-deeply in love with it.  I went crazy over the fish tacos, while someone thought it was just so-so.  I suggest that anyone reading this go in and discover what their personal favorite.  As I stated before there is something for everyone.
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In regards to the drinks… the cocktails were exceptional.  I had two different types of Sangria, and a Rum Punch.  There are so many different reason’s to visit Corlette…. the food, weekend brunch, the drinks, the atmosphere and events.  If I am ever back in the area, I will definitely stop back in.
 
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Corlette

This Friday May 10th, 7pm – 9pm
193A Nostrand Ave (Btwn Hart & Pulaski)
(G Train to Bedford/Nostrand then a short 3-block walk)
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NYC EVENT: For The Naturals.. Who Straighten #forthenaturals

NYC EVENT: For The Naturals.. Who Straighten #forthenaturals

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Celebrity hair guru Janel Sealy Smith aka Cocoamane (www.cocoamane.com) presents For The Naturals.. Who Straighten. 

This series was created for the average naturalista that enjoys being versatile. Your hair is your biggest accessory. You shouldn’t be categorized because of your hair.. or even how you wear your hair. If you love heat, then so be it. It’s your crown so therefore you control your style.

Naturals…

 

If you are a naturalista that can’t resist the heat, or have been considering straightening your hair for the first time, we encourage you to attend. We will be discussing all things heat with Celebrity hair stylist Janel Sealy Smith, including how to avoid heat damage, as well as heat training tips & techniques.

 

Date: Saturday April 13th 2013
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Location: 1185 Rogers Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11226

Did we mention there will be giveaways, cocktails & appetizers, product demonstrations, Q&A, a photobooth and a natural hair bar? Yea, you don’t want to miss this. If you are unable to attend please feel free to share the news..

Come learn and join in this intimate night. Learn tips and tricks and celebrate having gorgeous hair.

Tickets can be purchased at http://ftnwhostraighten.eventbrite.com/
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It’s going to be a Party Over Hair and then some !!!!

[CONTEST CLOSED WINNERS POSTED] Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus

 

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[CONTEST] Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus – Brooklyn

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ENTER TO WIN A FAMILY 4 PACK TO THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH:

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus

 

The circus is coming to the Barclay’s Center… not the Nets… Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus that is, lolll!!!!! The circus will perform their “Built to Amaze” spectacular from March 2oth through April 1st.  One (1) lucky winner will receive 4 passes to attend the show.  Note: Travel expenses are NOT included.  It is up to you to get to New York on your own.  I am only giving away the passes to attend the show.  Please, read the below for more details… I hope to see you there :)

 

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus® PRESENTS
BUILT TO AMAZE!SM IS COMING TO BROOKLYN MARCH 20TH–APRIL 1ST

Ringling Bros.® Presents Built To Amaze! a Circus Spectacular Extraordinarily Engineered by The Greatest Show On Earth®

BROOKLYN, NY – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus® Presents Built To Amaze!, is an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where Children Of All Ages® find out what it takes to build The Greatest Show On Earth®. The foundation is set and the rising anticipation of high-energy, high-jinx and hilarity is ready to be transported by colorful circus machinery and unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes from March 20th to April 1st at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Andre McClain, Ringmaster and America’s favorite cowboy takes the Ringling Bros.® reins and accompanied by his horse Comanche, leads his Built To Amaze! funny and mischievous super circus supervisors, to construct The Greatest Show On Earth. A fantastic design with more than 110 of the world’s best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals will be assembled, creating never-before-seen heart pounding performances. Ringling Bros. is thrilled to introduce nine-time international award winning comedic animal presenting duo Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia. Also new to Ringling Bros. is the Tower Tumblers, a troupe of competitive aerial athletes from the Ukraine who launch themselves from trampolines to scale, repel and pass through a three-story high translucent tower. Ringling Bros. brings a spirited and fiery competition of basketball with the next generation of whirling unicyclists, the legendary King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City!

You can only experience this design of excitement at Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze! Get your tickets for super circus fun today! Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze! opens an hour before show time with the All-Access Preshow® available and FREE to all ticket holders.

Tickets are available at arena box office, ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Kids (ages 2-12) tickets $12 for select performances, restrictions and fees may apply. For more information, visit www.Ringling.com or visit us on Facebook.

 

Brooklyn Hair, Confidence and Cocoa Mane Salon

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Today, I had the pleasure of going to see Janel of Cocoa Mane salon in Brooklyn for a routine upkeep of my weave du jour, lolll.  This trip was extra special since me and my sister in blog Vanessa (SheSoMajor.com) will be attending a taping of the Anderson Cooper show on Tuesday.  I can not tell you all how pleased I was with the final result.  My hair came out so extraordinarily well, I can’t stop gushing about it in the mirror.  I am certain you all can relate when I say that having a new hair style gives you a fresh perspective on life.

I guess it could be considered vain to go on and on about ones physical appearance, but I am being honest when I say today’s visit to the salon gave me a much needed boost of confidence after a very bad dissolution of a relationship. The worst aspect of going through a sudden breakup is your self esteem taking a plunge.  I guess when I think about it, Janel provided chicken soup for my soul without even saying a word.  She performed her magic with a touch of her flat iron; therefore transforming this coal into a diamond.  The process was pretty standard… a deep washing and conditioning, about an hour under the dryer to ensure my tracks were thoroughly dry, and finally the styling.  I think the difference was the love of hair and care for the finished product that made the difference.  So anyways… of course I took pictures from today’s visit.  We took pictures from all around to give you all a full view of the final product.  As you all can see, my hair is LAID! lollll

If you all are interested in experiencing the Cocoa Mane experience, please visit their salon at:

Cocoa Mane

1185 Rogers Ave  Brooklyn, NY 11226
(718) 859-8000

Brooklyn: DeeJay Element WINS Flavor Battle 2013

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On February 7th, DeeJay Element of Brooklyn, NY, won McDonalds Flavor Battle 2013 competition in Miami. Flavor Battle 2013 kicked off in New York back in November with a total of 24 DJs representing each region in the US.  We had the Big Macs in the West, the Double Quarter Pounders with Cheese in the Central United States, and Angus Third Pounders in the East.  Over  400,000 fans casted their votes online which helped to come up with three finalist (DJ Arty J, DJ Element and DJ Jena Red).  The Flavor Battle 2013 finale was hosted by Hot97 resident DJ, industry legend Funkmaster Flex and featured DJ Clue, Just Blaze, Spinderella, Rock T., and last years winner DJ Rock One as celebrity judges.

In addition, entertainment/celebrity blogger and my Fairy Blog Mama, Necole Bitchie served as the social media correspondent for the invite-only affair where DJ Element, reppin’ the East Coast, was named America’s hottest emerging DJ and crowned the McDonald’s Flavor Battle 2013 Champion.

Above is one of DeeJay Element’s older mixes. This will give you an idea of why he made it to Flavor Battle 2013 and WON!  Check out his site for more music: http://brownbagallstars.com/

 

ABOUT DEEJAY ELEMENT

A product of the North East with over twelve years of experience in the music industry, Joseph Montana a.k.a. DeeJay Element, enhances every performance with his talent, creative style and personality. A true professional with attention to detail has made him a highly sought after producer as well as performer at events and in the club scene.

Currently on tour with Soul Khan, Sene and Brown Bag AllStars in the dual roles of DJ and producer. With a variety of mixed tapes such as; Shots Fired, Element and Brace Volume 1, Classic Traffic, The Official 2010 CMJ Mix Tape and The Brown Tape to his credit, Joe’s diversity has landed him club gigs at the VooDoo Lounge and Scratch Academy in NYC, a radio show on 102.3 KISS FM from 2003-2006, along with prestigious events with Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Night Out, Sephora, Rock Steady 33rd Anniversary, A3C Hip Hop Festival, and the X Games.

Brooklyn Celeb Hair Stylist Janel Sealy Coming to ATL

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Janel Sealy Smith of Cocoa Mane hair salon in Brooklyn will be coming to Atlanta next week for the Bronner Brothers hair show.  Janel Sealy Smith will be teaching a 4 hour, 2-in-1 hands on weaving and cutting classes as well as a class on taking your clients from start to finish and getting them in and out of your chair in less time.  Her classes will cater anywhere from novice to expert level.  There will be a variety of weaving techniques covered including:  BASIC WEAVING, MALAYSIAN WEAVING, and NO BRAID WEAVING.  Janel will also cover weaving to hide Alopecia or bald spots WITHOUT DAMAGING your clients hair any further, weaving tricks to set you apart from the competition, and cutting your style with precision for an awesome finished look.

THIS IS A WEAVING CLASS THAT IS SURE TO ADD NEW SKILLS TO YOU HAIR STYLING AND PUT MONEY IN YOUR POCKET.

Everyone will leave with a giveaway !!!

ITEMS NEEDED FOR CLASS: mannequin, razor, cutting shears, comb, needle, thread, weaving hair, braiding hair

Any questions please contact classes@cocoamane.com

MORE INFO HERE===> Janel Sealy Classes

 

ABOUT JANEL SEALY

Celebrity Hairstylist Janel Sealy Smith has spent more than 20 years studying and developing her craft. As a gifted Cosmetologists, Janel has mastered the art of a multitude of unique and creative techniques including her world famous Puzzle Cutting and her J-Factor Weaving Techniques. As the owner of Cocoa Mane Hair Salon in Brooklyn New York her phenomenal styling has been featured in a plethora of magazines such as Essence, Hype Hair, Ultimate Weaves & Extensions, Black Passion, Mazza, Braids and Beauty, Brides Magazine, ESPN Magazine and Brooks Brothers Magazine. Her salacious styling has graced the cover of the HAIR Gallery Step-by-Step magazine on more than one occasion. She has won countless hair competitions and is a sought after educator for Hair & Beauty Trade Shows across the country from Bronner Bros and I.H.S., to the world famous Premiere Shows in Orlando Florida & Birmingham, AL. She is also recognized worldwide for her outstanding step-by-step educational DVDs. Her genius when it comes to Editorial Styling puts her at the top of the list to call for major Hair & Beauty companies looking to start or expand their lines of products and grow their portfolio of styles for marketing their brands.

Janel is currently a stylist for the G-Units camp, the Maxwell camp, and has styled for Videos, Television and Movies for a plethora of artists including celebrity sensations like Vivian Green, Dawn Richards from Dirty Money and actress extraordinaire Kerry Washington. Many of her styles have been featured on the Tyra Banks’ Show and she is currently the stylist for Bree from “ America’s Next Top Model.” She is also responsible for ex BadBoy record label singer, Cherri Dennis`s revamped hair do. She is an innovator and is always on the cutting edge of new weaving and cutting techniques.  Janel also gained notoriety as a feature stylist on the BET J hit hairstyling series “Tears, Shears & Beauty.”

 

 

New York: Super Bowl XLVII Events

New York: Super Bowl XLVII Events

Note:  As a member of the illustrious Raider Nation, I refuse to mention that other team in California.

This Sunday marks Super Bowl XLVII (47th).  For those of you that are totally oblivious to the upcoming event…. the Baltimore Ravens and the evil step sister from the Bay Area are matching up.  The game starts at 6:30pm.  The national anthem will be sung by Alicia Keyes.  The halftime show will be performed by Beyonce. This is the first Super Bowl in history where the opposing head coaches are brothers.  Coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh.  The Baltimore Ravens finished their season out with 10-6, and the scum of California finished their season out with a 11–4–1 record.  Considering who is playing… Beyonce is probably the most interesting element associated with the Super Bowl this year aside from the two rival brother coaches.  Below is 3 locations holding Super Bowl XLVII parties with promotional rates.

 

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1. Billie’s Black: Catch this deal of a lifetime.  We will have a wonderful array of staple Soul food specialities and finger foods to make it easy to get your party on.  Enjoy our NEW state of the art sound equipment & 65′ HDTV  you’ll feel like your at the game.  Oh Boy, when ‘Ms. Sasha Fierce’ herself performs you will want to be front and center. VIP packages available can be purchased here.  Enjoy the 4 hour Open Bar and All you can eat Buffet with your admission. [/boxparagraph]

MANHATTAN

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2. 6 Degrees of Attraction Super Bowl Brunch: Taken place at Parlor NYC from 2-10pm.  Hosted by Rae & Gabe of StuffFlyPeopleLike.com. All you can eat and drink for $40. [/boxparagraph]

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3. SAPPHIRE NYC Strip Club: Join the hottest cheerleaders in NYC for SUPERBOWL XLVII
@SAPPHIRENYC

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY IS ALWAYS
BETTER WITH US

Where you find the A-List come early & dine with us rsvp@nysapphire.com for reservations.

333 East 60th between 1st and 2nd
New York, NY 10022

CALL 212.421.3600 FOR TABLE RESERVATIONS & Private Room Reservations
333 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

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3. My ArenA: The Tv’s Are all Tuned in and ready for Superbowl Sunday!!! 75 cents WINGS, $3 BEERS and so much more. Doors Open at 3pm. Seating limited.  (347)533-9016 to  557 Classon Ave, Brooklyn,NY 11238 Cross street Fulton ave.
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If I come across any other parties before tomorrow, I will update this post.

Let me know what your plans are and post who your favorite team is below :)

NYC 12/11/12: A Night with Jass Recap

NYC 12/11/12: A Night with Jass Recap

 

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Last night in NYC, I had the pleasure of attending the “A Night with Jass” event debuting celebrity stylist Janel Smith’s new Jass Product line.  Currently, there are a total of 8 products which include:

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Jass Product Line

JASS Peppermint Clarifying Shampoo

JASS Deep Treatment

JASS Leave-in Conditioner & Detangler

JASS Keratin Shampoo

JASS Keratin Conditioner

JASS Keratin Smooth Remedy Serum

JASS Shinning “Lite” Spray

JASS Say “Freeze” Hairspray

 

Janel also sells hair in her salon…

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As I stated in the video, I got to try out a few of the products while at the salon.  They curled my hair for the GAWDS!!!!! lolll

Side Note: My friend Zillz said I was stroking my hair in the video like a Kitty Cat (Dr. Evil, Cee-Lo Green), lolll.

I had a great time during the media event.  I was so impressed with the presentation, I couldn’t wait to start using the products on my own. I wrapped my hair as Raynetta suggested, then in the morning I put the Shinning “lite” Spray and Keratin Smooth Remedy Serum to lay down my Cow-licks.  I was extremely happy that the serum worked.  Below is the address to the salon as well as link to their website.

Cocoa Mane Salon
1185 Rogers Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

www.cocoamane.com

 

 

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 NYC 12/11/12: A Night with Jass Recap

New York It’s Time To #VOTE! #electionday #polls

NO EXCUSES!

 

1. Find out if you are registered:
https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/
Print out the information and take it with you to your polling center to save time!

2. Sample Ballot:
http://vote.nyc.ny.us/html/voters/day.shtml

3. Find out your polling location here:
http://vote.nyc.ny.us/html/voters/where.shtml