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. 🙂

Herve Leger

Don’t forget to hashtag your experience #castellnyc

To my readers, stay splashy!

Bergdorf Goodman (Neiman Marcus)

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29 Rooms of inspiration
September 13, 2017

Inspiration is something you can gain by using your five senses and causing you to apply or evaluate how you are or will leave a footprint on the world, your life or relationships. Creativity is visible ambition fueled by the inspiration of retelling HISTORY, bringing enlightenment to YOUR story or shedding knowledge on a relatable impactful topic!

I attended Refinery 29’s 2nd Annual 29 Rooms an interactive art experience. The remarkable event ran from September 8th until September 11th. My take on the experience of the many forms of art displayed was and still is days after in 3 words are: memorable, impactful and MOTIVATING! Why? Well, if you attended you would feel the same sentiments and then some if you did not attend one of two things. 29 rooms will be transporting their talents to L.A. December 7-10 visit http://www.refinery29.com/29rooms/ for more information.

The 29 rooms are curated to allow your inner child to explore, play and live in the moment. The theme of this year was “Turn It Into Art” which encompassed everything from sports, old school traditional spins, music, women’s rights and catharic experiences sprinkled with magic. Madame Gandhi and Jen Mussari created a women empowerment themed room that inspired you to put on inspiring boxing gloves painted with a strong message of ‘The Future is Female.’ As I took out some of my aggression on the boxing bags creating a symphony of sounds. I realized as a female we are making strides however, we still have a ways to go.

Jake Gyllenhaal created a room that allowed you to escape from yourself with deep thought. Stepping away from advanced technology (aside from posting; of course) and really taking it back to the basics. When asked to ‘put on paper whatever is weighing you down, then shred it and feel the power of letting go.’ It did not stop there you actually had the opportunity to shred it MANUALLY. How cool is that!

Juicy Couture added a winter wonderland landscape themed feel in the summer, summertime introducing the GlacĂ© Getaway room. The room had an arctic artsy feel decorated with fake snow as you became a figure within a snowglobe. The Viva La Juicy GlacĂ© fragance was light and floral. I appreciated the sample sized tube as I entered you gained a new customer Juicy; nice touch. 

Cadillac stood out to me not only because it allowed me to have a photoshoot with the open space lol let’s just say I “dared greatly” as the hashtag suggested. Cadillac saw an untapped opening as an established car brand and collaborated with Jason Wu to target an audience in an innovative way. It was a canvas that you added your style to as the display deconstructed the car and, dared you to utilize what existed and what you could not reach or touch.

Overall, it was a great experience that is Chanel Speedy Approved if you have the opportunity to travel for a day trip or you are a local do yourself a favor check it out. It is a super fun way to spend a day or days navigating through rooms of inspiration, motivation and parallel emotions you may have or expressed prior in multiple art forms. Special thanks to Nasdaq for featuring me on their Times Square tower as I was feeling empowered, ambitious and confident and turned it into art incorporating fashion.

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