Castell Rooftop Lounge Spring Launch was incredible
April 26, 2019

Hiiii. It’s beginning to look a lot like rooftop season!!!

Castell NYC Rooftop Lounge is the definition of cozy leisure. It is a spot where you would want to bring your friends for the views of the Big Apple at an elevated level as the ambience will blow you away. You can opt to sit outside on the patio on a nice sunny day and the sunrays will give you enough radiant beams to snap the right angles. There is also the option of sitting by the fire as you can volunteer to be the photographer for others because a selfie will not cut it get a full body pic. You’ll thank me later or you can sing your best rendition of Alicia Keys the note “this girl is on fireeeeeee.”

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Last night a new name for a Spring drink was introduced at the Spring launch party. There were many submissions but only one can take home the glory and bragging rights of having a namesake drink in a splashy establishment. In addition to that perk the winner receives their namesake drink for free upon every visit for a year. The ‘What She’s Having’ contains Greenhook Gin, Greenhook ‘Beach Plum’ Gin, hibiscus, fresh lemon and Cava.

That is a cool and innovative way to engage with patrons andddd (insert a drum roll please) the name of the drink is ‘What she’s having.’ Clever, rightttt it gives you the wow factor but as you order it you have to picture the scenario. Bartender: “What can I get you?” You, Me, Him, Her: I’ll have the… (wait for it…) What she’s having.” The crowd gasps the exchange is both ingenious and cute to me if you haven’t figured it out yet. (Smile) Who kept the tunes going all night long? None other than [Instagram] @djrichkid I hope he becomes a resident DJ as he kept me dancing the night away and bopping in my section when my food came. Curtsy to you as the dance floor was never vacant with moving feet and swaying arms.

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Imagine inviting your friends out for drinks and you are squad goals. I’m that friend, family member and person that would remind and ask everyone if they knew an awesome person named the drink they had. In Smokey’s voice “that’s my dawg.” Lol. I do it all the time to my sister Project Pattie who is an Executive Chef. “Did you know my sister made that with ounces of love because it’s made from stratch?” I am her biggest fan.

Onto the food at Castell NYC Rooftop Lounge the french fries were pure stomach joy as they were already seasoned and aioli sauce accompanied it on the side. Both ways are a YES and the aioli sauce gave it a mpre flavorful kick. I also ordered the chicken skewer which comes with avacado on a half toasted pita with a salad on the side.

The greenery that surrounds the rooftop makes it earthy, serene and a place to be socialable. The sophisticated chic atmosphere is much due to the decor as it feels as if you are welcomed and have been escorted into the living room for tranquility as you are surrounded by beautiful vibes and people.

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Samuel Hill, the manager and the man behind many talents, excellent hospitality and superb overall professionalism is the reason for this establishment’s success. When picking a location to catch up with friends location, inclusivity and the desire to have a good time all the while show everyone that you did with a subtle check this spot out post or tweet. Castell NYC Rooftop Lounge is located in the heart of Times Square inside the AC Hotel NY Times (260 W 40th St. NY, NY 10018) on the 21st floor.

The selection of food and drinks will capture the eyes on the menu and win your stomach over with each bite. Another added bonus is that they even took the liberty to make 2 signature drinks for those who choose to partake in alcoholic beverages.

Carol’s Daughter

If you dare to visit let us know your thoughts and what you ordered.

[Instagram: @castellnyc and me @chanelspeedy.]

One last request while you are at Castell Rooftop Lounge either two step one time for me or do it for Lil’ Saint. ūüôā

Herve Leger

Don’t forget to hashtag your experience #castellnyc

To my readers, stay splashy!

Bergdorf Goodman (Neiman Marcus)

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Harlem Cares 2nd Annual toy drive RECAP
December 17, 2014

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On Sunday, December 14, 2014 The Harlem Cares Family (Yandy Smith, Original Housewife Collection, Pretty in Black Catering, EGL – Everything Girls Love and myself presented the 2nd Annual toy drive with The Winter Wonderland theme to the Harlem community. The event was held from 1pm to 5pm at The Kennedy Center *Thank you @billycharlem for providing the venue* (34 W 134th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenue) in the effort to collect toys and coats from attendees to donate to deserving less fortunate families this year. This year differed from last year as we invited the adults to bring children for a day of fun filled activities, entertainment and food.

Affirmations. "I am beautiful" / "I am very smart"

Affirmations. “I am beautiful” / “I am very smart”

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There were different stations set up to cater to the children of the families who donated toys filled with the amenities suitable for the stars of the day. The activities included:

KIDDIE BUFFET –¬†chicken sliders, pizza, mac n cheese were provided by Mama Mias (@mamamias_)

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Peanut butter and jelly sandwich squares, fruit kabobs and other bites were provided by Nelly’s Kitchen (@nellyskitchen)

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Arizona Ice tea were provided by Drinkup (@drinkup_nyc3) and cupcake were provided by Tonnie’s minis (@tonniesminis)

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PAMPER STATIONS –¬†featured manicures for girls provided by Little Miss Pretty House of Glam (@lmphouseofglam)

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Shape ups for boys provided by Started with Clippers (@startedwithclippers) and Street Fame own @ladyjaekutz

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HOT COCO BAR –¬†provided by Trendy Treats BK (@trendytreatsBK) and the decor was provided by Primrose Couture Events (@primrosecoutureevents)

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HOLIDAY PHOTO BOOTH –¬†provided by Fancy Face (@fancyfacephotobooth)

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FACE PAINTING – provided by Sheila J. (@sheilajfaces) and Cutie Crew (@cutiecrew)

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HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS STATION – provided by Original Housewife Collection (@originalhousewifecollection), Dash Diva (@dashdiva13) and Pinky Sez (@Pinkysezdesigns__)

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PICK A BOOK STATION –¬†there were over 200 books available that¬†the children in attendance could choose from to take home provided by Pretty With a Purpose (@PrettyWithAPurpose)

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MUSIC Рwas provided by (@blkidtwins)

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DJ TP of The Blkidtwins

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – provided by the tap dancer known as Cartier (@cartier231) – a special surprise R and B rendition by Zieme and his little princess who sung Twinkle, twinkle little star, Jusso and the Ninja Turtles danced their way into the kids heart provided by Saycheeez (@saycheeeze_nyc)

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CUPCAKE DECORATING – provided by Bites Galor (@bites_galore_)

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The kids ate, danced, wrote letters to Santa, picked out books and much more. The turnout was great and everyone was overwhelmed with excitement as Yandy Smith arrived with her family along with her PUD Kimbella and her .

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Kimbella with Mama Mia's chef

Thank you to all of our sponsors who donated to the raffle, companies that sponsored the event, everyone who volunteered their time and congratulations to all of the winners.

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Lil Mandeecees shuffled the first raffle which was a bookbag with a tablet and headphones inside. The other raffles that were given away were: (2) $50 gift certificates to Don Coqui, a $50 credit for Uber car services, a $50 gift certificate to Poco NYC restaurant and a gift certificate to¬†Ottomanelli’s. It was a great turn out and every year it will get BIGGER and BETTER because of YOU!!! What an amazing day. Thank you to everyone who supported the Harlem Cares 2nd Annual toy drive. It was a successful event that will brighten a deserving child’s holiday season. Join our Facebook page www.facebook.com/harlemwecare¬†and keep hashtagging your experience with #HarlemCares – See you next year!!!

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