NEW MUSIC: Thundercat – Heartbreaks + Setbacks

This new Thundercat, we are LOVING. There’s so much heart in this new track, we can’t wait to hear the full album “Apocalypse” produced by Flying Lotus. ¬†Take a listen, below!

Brooklyn’s Best Hidden Secret for Lunch – Govinda’s!

If you don’t know about Govinda’s Vegetarian Lunch…well, now you do! ¬†Their menu changes everyday and a typical fb menu post looks like this:

¬† “It is Thursday!!!!!! We have eggplant parm, quinoa salad, fresh sauteed kale, asparagus/ with mixed vegs, minestrone soup, rosemary bread, samosas, and black beans with sweet potato. And there are yummy chocolate cupcakes!!!! Cookies and cheesecake!”

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It’s food prepared with love in the basement of the Hare Krishna Temple,¬†Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir. ¬†Vegetarians and non vegetarians are likely to become hooked on this amazing food. ¬†I love their split pea soup, lentils, beet salad, and I always take an extra samosa home! ¬†The homemade bread is an added bonus.

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Turn your cell phone off and plan to spend between $6-$12, depending on how hungry you are. ¬†Just leave room for the homemade desserts ūüôā

Visit their Facebook Page and stop by for lunch Mon-Fri from 12:00-3:30. ¬†It’s located at 305 Schermerhorn St (between Bond & Nevins).

Thank us later!

It Doesn’t Matter If You’re In Black And White

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Contrary to the weather reports, Spring is here! Even though we may encounter some flurries here or there we can’t fight the urge to update our wardrobe for the impending warmth. With that being said, lets talk about what’s hot this season; Black and White! Black and white is the simplest most classically chic combination you can wear if done right.

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Adding a simple pop of color could take you to a whole new level of fashionista if done right.

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It can also create the perfect silhouette. Notice all the clean crisp lines, it’ll make you feel like a tailor personally sewn your clothes on your body.
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Even if you want to wear color you can’t go wrong with black and white accessories.

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If you don’t have a clue what color looks best on you, remember, “It doesn’t matter if you wear black and white”!
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So Long, Abistro

If you live in or near Ft Greene, Brooklyn, chances are you’ve had brunch or dinner at Abistro on Dekalb Ave.¬†url-3

Spicy pancakes, senegalese fried chicken, their signature senegalese breakfast, coconut oil seared plantains, sorrel mimosas…I will stop. ¬†Truth is, this place is one of the BEST spots in Brooklyn for brunch. ¬†Their¬†menu is one of a kind! ¬† Labeled as “African Infused Cuisine” and prepared by Chef Abdul¬†Gueye (owned by he & his wife), this place is a favorite for Brooklynites.

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So when I went by there tonight for dinner, I was disappointed and saddened when Chef Abdul told me they’d be closing in just a couple of weeks. ¬†Abistro is not just a place that my circle & I choose for casual brunch, but it’s where I chose to spend my last birthday and where my good friends Marcus & Dawn chose to host their engagement party. ¬†It’s where my sister will be having her birthday brunch, this coming weekend! ¬†There’s something about the place and the chef that makes it feel like ‘home’.

Tonight, I had the citrus salmon. No drinks this go ’round. ¬†I also think I was the last to leave the restaurant. ¬†Just, very sad for more reasons than I care to mention.url-4

If you have not had their food, I HIGHLY recommend you try it out within the next two weeks.  If you are a regular..make sure you have your last few cups of coffee with a hint of cinnamon.

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So long, Abistro.

Visit their website

250 Dekalb Brooklyn, NY 11205 (347) 384-2972

the big & small (short) man (how to dress to impress)

copyImageThe big and small man. You either know him, or are him. Did you ever identify with Skeelo when he sang “I wish I was a little bit taller”, while feeling rounder than the average bear? Do you tend to buy oversized clothes to disguise your size? Did you know that that just makes you look ridiculously bigger and shorter?!

While you can’t make yourself taller and becoming slim may take some time, you should love the skin you’re in. And I’m going to share some tips that’ll help.

1. The tailor is your best friend!! This actually goes for everyone; a well tailored outfit can turn you from a zero to hero. The trick is to get a piece of clothing (shirt, pants etc.) that fits the biggest part of your body and get the rest of that garment tailored to your body.

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2. Never ever ever ever look at, buy, or wear pleated pants! Not only do they offend me, they offend your waistline. On that note, always wear a belt. This makes you appear thinner and taller.

3. Vertical stripes gives anyone length.

4. If you wear suits make sure the jacket has no more than 3 buttons and always leave one unbuttoned. And the jacket should be no longer than your waist.

5. Just because your bigger doesn’t mean shy away from color, it just means the brighter color should be on the smaller part of you and the darker on the bigger.

6. Let’s talk about patterns because I love them. And so can you, just know plaid probably isn’t a good idea.

These are just some tips to go by. If you need help just ask me. I wish I could’ve gotten a model for an impromptu photoshoot to display these rules, but I was pressed for time.

Just Say No – to Playing for Free

Musicians! Something must be in the air.  We said it last week twice: I love to eat  & I love to eat but do I deserve my food and just saw that pianist & entrepreneur Jade Simmons said the same thing. Soooo glad to not be alone in this matter!

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On March 15, Jade listed on her Emerge Already Blog some of the not-so-great reasons (but reasons musicians are often presented with) to play for free including

  • The Free Meal
  • Awesome Connections
  • Exposure

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She elaborates on each matter!  As professionals, these reasons really need to be reassessed.

Jade then lists what to think about, should you consider playing for free.

  • Designate (time or # of free work you’ll do per year)
  • Ask Yourself Questions: Could this event really afford you? You know what she’s saying: it’s held at the Waldorf Astoria, catered by the top caterer and planned by the best planner in town, etc.
  • Require a ‚ÄúSpecial and confidential‚ÄĚ clause in your contract.

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That third point there? That’s important. ¬†Your contract needs to state everything a paying gig would, including the price it would cost. ¬†When a client sees what the artist is worth, it helps them to further value the product (you).

“The point is don‚Äôt be mindless about your charitable performances. Make smart decisions that continue to establish your worth as an artist.” – Jade Simmons

If you don’t know about Jade, check her out! Follow her on twitter @jadesimmons¬†and musicians? Spend $8 on her Emerge Already ebook!¬†

 

Thank us later.

Everyday People Brunch

After hearing about this monthly brunch, I finally went down to the LES to check it out last weekend. ¬†Hosted by Chef Roble & Saada, it’s basically a free daytime party if you’re just going for the hang, and if you want to eat, it’s about $38.00 for a buffet style brunch and unlimited mimosas.

The food? Amazing! ¬†I am a foodie. They gave the option of eggs or egg whites. ¬†There was no pork on the menu, which didn’t surprise me. ¬†The shrimp & grits were incredible and so were the chicken, biscuits & gravy. ¬†Clearly, I had a fight with my conscious and I won. ¬†What a sinful delight.

The scene? Definitely the trendy Afro-hippie Brooklyn type. The place was full of flashy dressers, models and socialites. ¬†It was like a club…but on a Sunday afternoon! ¬†ūüôā Here are some pics I found.

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Above photos by  Lee Moulton

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Before it got really thick.

Would I go again? Yes…but I’ll make sure I go early.

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