My Wednesdate: Bloggers, Beer, and Banter Meet Up

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Yesterday was my very first bloggers meet up and I was so nervous, excited, scared, curious, and everything in between! This event hosted by Preeline, a trendsetting social platform, gave me the opportunity to meet and speak to fellow bloggers, fashion designers, event planners, fashion students, PR specialists, and CEO’s. We were brought together by our common interest in fashion and the industry.

This event was held at the Bed-Stuy boutique, Sincerely, Tommy in Brooklyn, New York where products and exclusive items from all over the world were showcased throughout the night. The space was absolutely chic and gorgeous and even more special because of the little coffee counter that they have in there. It was definitely perfect for an intimate event like this one. The event started at 6:30PM but I got there at 6 and there were people already there setting up. At first, it was very intimidating given that this was my very first meet up. I didn’t know what to expect at all. I was immediately greeted by David, one of the founders of Preeline, and spoke to me about the company and what it aims to do in the fashion and tech industry. He made me comfortable enough to eventually go around the room, introduce myself, and meet other people.

The entire event was literally networking and getting to know people in the fashion industry. There was no event programs whatsoever. Guests were offered with snacks and drinks provided by Sixpoint Brewery and Bedford Hill Coffee Bar while Preeline set up a spot where guests could take photos and have them printed out. Throughout the night, I was able to meet young designers, creative directors, photographers, and CEO’s and was able to speak about what we do and our future plans. We were able to exchange contacts for future collaboration.

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When guests were not talking to other guests, we were allowed to go around the boutique and check out the amazing line of clothes and accessories Sincerely, Tommy offers.

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I met amazing people last night and really hope to see them again soon! It was such an amazing experience to meet people driven by the same passion as I do. Though it was nerve-wracking in the beginning, the event turned out fun and even helpful. Hearing stories of how people started, their struggles, and their plans were inspiring. It was nice to see that the things I feel about starting a blog were almost consistent among all of us. I’m truly grateful for being able to take part of this event.

Check these photos from Preeline’s Photo Booth.

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L-R: Jasmine, Rady, Aislinn ( That’s me!), and Esta

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Me with Rady, a young fashion designer, CEO of Saviwear.

Thank you Sixpoint Brewery and Bedford Hill Coffee Bar for the drinks and snacks last night!

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Stay tuned for my 25th Birthday Post and Tips for your first Bloggers Meet-Up.

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The Jersey City Project: Eats

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July 18, 2015! Mark that day loves because this was my very first food truck/food vendor experience! I was able to go to The Jersey City Project: Eats where they invited local food businesses around Jersey City to present what they have to offer during the two-day event. Different types of food vendors gathered around City Hall Plaza in Downtown Jersey City and satisfied everyone’s taste buds! I went with a friend of mine and was able to take photos for you to see. Check them out! My review of the event will follow. Do check out their websites by clicking the name of the vendor/business on this post.

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Here are two of my favorite drink stand of the day. Lizzmonade is not just about the lemonade. It prides itself for offering customizable drink using local produce and in-season fruit for their customers. Let them know how you want your lemonade and they make it for you. The Big Straw offers different flavored teas and milk teas they call tealite and tealatte. Bubbles, Jelly (lychee, strawberry & mango),  caramel pudding, & red bean can be added to the drink of your choice. The Big Straw also lets you choose your drink’s level of sweetness. I ordered my favorite Coconut Cookie Crumble perfect for a hot and humid day.

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Yum! Andy’s Chicken & Waffles was delicious, at least according to my friend. 🙂 I could also tell how popular it was based on the line of people waiting to get their own. The chicken was served right off the pan which made it really juicy. Waffles wasn’t served as warm as we thought but it was definitely understandable. There were too many customers waiting in line. It will take forever if Andy’s prepped waffles from scratch. Andy’s Market is not just about chicken & waffles. It offers a wide selection of prepared foods using fresh local and organic produce.

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Pick a BonBon. This cute local vendor’s tag line is “Heavy on the taste, not on the waist!” This explains why they provide customers with the nutrition facts of each of their product. My friend tried Loco for Coco while I devoured the Smores. My friend thought it was too sweet but I thought mine was just right. Pick a BonBon makes their pastries sweet but small enough so the sweetness is just right and not too much. They call these Brazilian inspired bonbons. As of now, Pick a BonBon offers 9 flavors: Smores, Minify, The Original, Little Berry, Loco for Coco, Peanut Heaven, Pumpkin Pie, Strawnana, and Coffee. All 100 calories or less. Pick a BonBon delivers anywhere in the US and is open to creating a custom flavor.

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Yup! Another dessert place. Double D’s is co-owned by sisters Dawn & Dena. They don’t have a store yet but they take orders through their Facebook site or via phone call. I was able to taste the original crumbalz and the red velvet flavor. Well, both were delicious but Red Velvet crumb cake was the bomb! Check out their S’more cake on their Instagram page. O_O OMG!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try any other foods yesterday. I was too full after my Coconut Cookie Crumble from The Big Straw, S’more BonBon from Pick a BonBon, and the Original and Red Velvet Crumb Cake from Double D’s. I did take as much pictures as I could. Most of the vendors yesterday (July 18, 2015) will still be present today (July 19, 2015). Click here to check the website of Jersey City Projects for more upcoming events. Project: Eats was definitely an amazing event overall. Local vendors were able to gather in one place at the same time showcasing what they’ve got to the local people of Jersey City. It was such a great way to get the community together. Although it was hot and humid today, I can definitely say that it was such a good turn out. Project: Eats should be an annual event in Jersey City. I am looking forward to next year, or maybe next season.

If you are planning to go today, make sure to bring cash. Though some businesses accept cards, it’s safer to bring some cash than nothing. Try to carpool instead of driving separately if you’re going with a bunch of people. Parking around downtown is horrible even more so during an event like this. Come early so you can have enough time looking for parking. Do not bring too much with you. A small purse or wristlet is enough. The space can be a little crowded which makes it hard to move from point A to point B. Pets are allowed. Just make sure you follow basic rules regarding your pets if you plan on bringing them. Project: Eats is an event for the entire family. If you plan on bringing your kids, especially kids that are still in a stroller, just keep in mind that the space is not too big. It’s doable but it might be a bit tough bringing strollers in the event. Most importantly, bring your appetite with you! Try not to eat before coming to the event so you can try as much food as you want. Have fun loves and enjoy Project: Eats! Let me know how the experience is for you! 😉

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Free Your Mind & Run

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Hey loves! Excuse my sweaty self. I wasn’t able to sleep the other night and was up until 5:00AM the next day. It must have been the pre-workout I had the night before. Anyways, since I couldn’t fall asleep, I decided to run my 4 miles. I started running 4 miles every other day trying to beat my time. Bronx-10 mile is just around the corner and this would be my very first “almost half-marathon” race. If you know me, you know that I hate running. So I decided to set a goal for myself and do a half-marathon this year.

To be honest, that run was such a struggle! Due to lack of sleep, I wasn’t able to run as fast as I could. As soon as I hit my 2 mile mark, my legs started cramping. It was supposed to be my rest day but I went for a run anyway.  I decided not to count it against my goal so I turned off my phone’s GPS (and stopped tracking my run) and decided to just walk back. On my way, I went through the park instead of taking my regular route. It was such a lovely morning: warm but cool and breezy. My music was on blast as I walked through nature and I felt so….free and light. For once, I didn’t feel pressured about anything.

So here are some photos I took during my walk earlier. I took some shots and put my phone down. I didn’t wanna be occupied with social media and all other BS on my phone. I plan on doing this more often, just walking/running around to clear my head and nothing else. It’s actually refreshing.

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