Sunday, February 26, 2012

Event: 2012 NYC Coffee & Tea Festival

Yesterday afternoon I attended the 7th annual Coffee and Tea Festival.

For the past three years I've heard so many good things about the NYC Coffee and Tea Festival.  So this year being the tea lover that I am I decided to invite my coffee loving buddy Kelly to come along and see what this festival was all about.

The festival took place in Manhattan (West 34th Street) near the Empire State Building and started at 11am. I showed up around 1pm due to train delays and a necessary Zumba class yesterday morning and that was a bad idea. There were no more goody bags left by 1pm.  For those of you going to the Atlantic City festival and for those New Yorkers planning on going next year, get to this event early because I hear the goody bags are a coffee lovers dream.

Since we discovered early on that we would not be getting any goodies, the snack lines and delicious coffee aroma kept us in good spirits and the friendly tea makers and coffee connoisseurs were so helpful.

I can say that there was no tea I disliked.

My favorite was an African rooibos blend on ice by the T Salon. I ended up purchasing a large rub of Lemon Mango tea from the t salon and I did have to stop myself from buying tea pots along the festival walk. My advice is to see everything first then make all of your tea purchasing decisions :)

There was just one coffee (well it was really a tea) that wow'd me at the event and it was by a company called Tea Bean. What I sampled was the "desert tea" which was made from white coffee beans that were baked rather than roasted. It had a really interesting flavor and this a coffee / tea mix that I could enjoy daily!

I also enjoyed all of the Korean teas, Turkish coffee's, and chocolate snacks.

The few espresso's I tried were intense. I'll probably be awake all night tonight from those 2 shots I took.

I also was pleased by the Palo Mamajuana root tea I tried, it was tasty, healthy and sweetened with lavender!

After the tastings, Kelly and I sat in on a few coffee talks and tried to get a peak at the Barista contest but it was very crowded.

I was a little surprised that there was no boba tea at the festival, but since I now live in Flushing, Queens I can have boba tea at any time :D

All in all I had a blast and left with a list of good teas I'll be stocking up on!

For more photos of the festival click here: Tameeka Time's Flckr

Here's a little video I put together of the festival, it's a quick walk through.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Event: LuLu's Style Studio - NYFW

Fashion Week has started in New York and I went to my first event of the week.
Last Friday (Feb 10th) I attended the LuLu's Style Studio event. It was held at the Openhouse Gallery on Mulberry Street in Manhattan.

The event set up was gorgeous. It strangely reminded me of my blog lay out :-D

I loved the grass filled room and the set up was great for this type of event. The snacks were in one section, the drinks in another, and the clothing area in a separate room.

Most importantly, there was no shortage of Hpnotiq cocktails.
My favorite cocktail of the night was the "Luscious Lilac" (Hpnotiq Harmonie and Champagne). 

I was able to meet a few fashion bloggers, I exchanged information with them, and I got a ton of great beauty samples.

I will definitely be trying out three products that I received.

First the Sabi Hair Removal products. I love that the containers are travel size. This would be perfect for those week long vacations where waxing your legs is not an option and traveling with razors can get a little hairy. Hopefully the smell will not turn me off but I'm looking forward to trying this.

The second item is the NYX "mood" lip gloss (MLG02). When I received the lip gloss I opened it and fell in love with this gloss right away just because there was no glitter in this product. I hate having glitter on my lips because it never seems to come off. Plus I will always love lip glosses no matter how old I get. And most importantly this item is cruelty free.

The third item is the Queen of Aleppo beauty soap. I actually won this soap by spinning the wheel below. I can always use soap that is simply natural and good for my skin.

After spinning and winning, the lovely Patrice and I decided to get our makeup done by the skillful Maleeva Farrell

After being made up we grabbed some delish cupcakes (seen below) and went on to collect our lovely parting gifts.

I'm really happy with the Fuchsia Pink Cropped Jacket I ended up taking home. I just saw a pink blazer that I wanted on Pinterest and now I have one!!

 And I love my new Pan Dulce Brown Handbag. My laptop even fits in it.

All in all. I had a great time! And I look forward to trying most of the items I got and wearing my new pretty jacket.

Thank you LuLu' and  additional thank you's to: 

CraveboxEO Products * Te Natura * JewelMint * COR Silver * Pretty Punk * Violentlips * PopChips

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Event: 5 Pointz 2012 Benefit

On January 20th 2012 - The crew from 5 Pointz held their yearly benefit at Hells Gate Social in Astoria, Queens.

It was a night filled with talented hip-hop artists supporting NYC's graffiti mecca 5pointz...

When I wasn't busy filming I saw some dope performances by JDL from Cold Crush Brothers, HomeboySandman, Brain Space (Grey Matter + BS), Rabbi Darkside,
DJ Milk Money, Double AB, Vast Aire, Illimanjaro, One West, and DJ Sambarella

And there were a few art pieces by legendary graffiti artists
MeresOne, Zimad and Cortesnyc that were raffled.

Here's the video I put together from the footage I shot that night.



Monday, February 6, 2012

Sleepy Monday's

Good Morning All...

I feel just like this... I guess we both were up celebrating the NY Giants winning the Superbowl.

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