#TWBT: Let’s Talk About the 2018 Autumn Tippler

I’ve known about the NYC Tipplers by Craft Hospitality for some time now, but I’m not really one to drink a lot at once so I turned my friends down when they asked me to join them for the Winter Tippler this year.

However, I decided to try it out for the 2018 Autumn Tippler and it was so much fun!

Quick rundown of how the Tippler works: You purchase a Tippler passbook online via the main website or on Eventbrite (I got mine on Eventbrite). The passbook contains each of the participating venues and the names of the cocktails they will have for the Tippler on individual pages which will be stamped or signed once redeemed for the drink. The Tippler runs for a certain amount of weeks (the Autumn Tippler ran from October 1-November 15). Any day, beginning on the first day of the Tippler, you can pick up your passbook from your selected pick-up location (which is one of the bars participating in the Tippler) and then go on your merry way redeeming your drinks!

My pickup location was e’s Bar in Manhattan. I did the Tippler with a large group of friends, which made it so much more exciting.

Below is a little photo diary of the venues I got to try cocktails from. The venues that I didn’t get to visit are featured at the end of this in Instagram posts from Abi, one of the friends I did the Tippler with.

e’s Bar, White Wine Mojito

I’m a huge fan of white wine so this was absolutely amazing! Super simple and super delicious! I’m so glad this was the pickup location because this drink set the bar pretty high.

Mad River Bar & Grill, The Creamsicle

Tastes like orange cream soda! Hello again, childhood 🙂

Ousia, El Gobernador PPP

I’ve never had peppercorn before this, but it’s definitely interesting on the taste buds and makes a really aesthetically pleasing garnish. Still wondering where the fourth “P” is in the name (pisco, pomegranate, pineapple, pink peppercorn).

The Late Late, Mrs. Robinson

The bitterness of grapefruit was a little stronger than I would have liked but this wasn’t bad.

Wicked Willy’s, Spiked Cider

Perfectly sweet spiked cinnamon-y hot cider treat! The cinnamon stick could have been longer though.

Jojo’s Philosophy, The Georgetowner

Me: *Sips* “Oh this is strong. Pablo’s gonna love this.”
Pablo: “Yeah, but it tastes bad.”
I love Jojo’s for everything else except this. LAWD. IT. WAS. AWFUL! ESPECIALLY THE WHISKEY DRENCHED PINEAPPLES.

Hold Fast Kitchen & Spirits, Hold Fast To Your Dreams

Almost as bad as The Georgetowner from Jojo’s minus the awful whiskey soaked pineapple. Also, what’s going on with this garnish?

Hudson Station, Raspberry Lemonade

Tastes like a jolly rancher! So, so good!

McGettigans, Cosmo (originally supposed to be Goslings Dark and Storms)

They didn’t have the ingredients for the drink that was listed for the Tippler so the bartender gave us cosmos instead. Delicious fruity cranberry and vodka goodness!

The Astorian, Classic Gin Forward Martinez

The gin was pretty strong but it tasted waaayyy more bearable than the Hold Fast To Your Dreams and The Georgetowner.

Overall, I think this was a really great way to explore NYC’s cocktail scene. I’ll probably do the Tippler again next season!

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#TWBT: Let’s Talk About My First Sound Bath Experience

I’ve wanted to try a sound bath for a while now, but every time I looked up different classes online, I realized I couldn’t really afford it at the moment so I kept putting it off.

I have severe paranoia coupled with anxiety, which is a recipe for a mental health disaster. Some really really bad things happen to me when I start to worry about work, people and things that I just shouldn’t be worrying about. I try really hard not to worry, but that just makes me worry even more.

When I found MNDFL, I knew instantly that I really wanted to try the classes that they offer. They have sound baths, breath work sessions, and other kinds of therapy. But of course, as I mentioned, I didn’t really have the funds to do so at the time that I found MNDFL, so I just subscribed to their newsletter and kept getting emails from them.

Fast forward to last week, my birthday came around, and they sent me an email offering a free class as a gift. I got so excited about this. I emailed them back immediately and asked if I could take the sound bath class with Alex Falk on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30pm on the Upper East Side, and they slotted me for cushion number 14. I was super hype!

When I got to the studio, I was offered complimentary tea. They had several flavors of Rishi tea, so I got the Tropical Green flavor. I was tempted to try the Tumeric Ginger but I remembered that ginger lowers my blood pressure to the point where I get a migraine, so I opted to not get that one. I very much enjoyed my Tropical Green tea in a MNDFL mug. It was delicious.

As I waited there for about 15 minutes before the class started, I was approached by an employee who asked if it was my first time there. I told her it was, and she asked if I wanted tour. Of course I wanted a tour, so I followed her around. She showed me the studio, which was adorable and tiny. They make great use of the space. There’s a private room where you can sit down and meditate on your own, and all the way in the back is the larger room where they hold guided workshops and sessions.

After a second cup of tea, the class began. Alex Falk led us through some breathing exercises before diving into the sound bath. The whole time I couldn’t stop realizing how uncomfortable my legs were while I sat on the cushion. I just couldn’t find a comfortable position. Every two minutes or so, I’d feel pins and needles in my feet and my ankles would cramp up! I ended up sitting on my side and folding my knees on my left, then on my right when that started to feel uncomfortable again.

Besides the leg situation, I had a really great time with the sound bath session. I think I really needed it, especially after the last couple of weeks. The soothing sounds of the bowls and gongs were absolutely mesmerizing.

Turning 24 made me realize that I need to stop worrying about so many things I can’t control. I think the sound bath session with Alex Falk really helped me to concentrate on myself and my health.

I’ll definitely consider taking another class at MNDFL when I have adequate funds.

Check out MNDFL on the Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, or Williamsburg.

#TWBT: Let’s Talk About Lucifer, Det. Decker & Lt. Pierce

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Top: Lucifer & Chloe, Bottom: Pierce & Chloe. Team Lucifer all the way.

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not caught up on season 3 of Lucifer on FOX, please do not blame me for spoiling anything if you choose to read this post.

I’ve put off writing this for several days after trying to recuperate from watching the preview for next week’s episode of Lucifer titled “Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better.” It flashed before me on the TV screen immediately at the end of this Monday’s episode “Angel of San Bernadino,” leaving me little time to process what Lt. Pierce is about to do and how Chloe might respond.

So yeah, this whole love triangle between Lucifer Morningstar, Detective Chloe Decker and Lt. Marcus Pierce is driving me nuts.

The fact that I’d prefer Lucifer and Chloe be together aside, everything about the romantic content in the last couple of episodes is completely and utterly cruel.

Let’s start off with the sad reality that Chloe is a pawn in this triangle. Lucifer’s father (aka God) put Chloe on earth with the help of Lucifer’s brother, the angel Amenadiel, as an answer to the Decker family’s prayers for a child long ago.

Lovely. That’s perfectly wonderful. I love stories about miracle children. But then Lucifer had to go live in Los Angeles after leaving hell and end up working alongside miracle Chloe Decker at the LAPD. Which would also be fine, however, he also winds up falling for her. Of course, Lucifer thinks this desire to be with Chloe is his father’s way of punishing him.

Both Chloe and Lucifer are stubborn enough to tip toe around this romantic tension.

Fast forward to season 3. Now we have an immortal human lieutenant at the LAPD, Marcus Pierce, (aka CAIN, yes, you read the name correctly) who figures with Lucifer that he might be able to finally die if a human can fall in love with him.

Insert Chloe Decker.

THE CRUELTY.

As soon as Lucifer decides to back off and give Chloe some space, Pierce swoops in. The evil demon Maze helps, making my skin crawl even more. Chloe almost says the three words, but Pierce stops her, unable to go through with it. Doesn’t matter though, because his mark of immortality disappears AND HE’S STILL ALIVE.

If I hadn’t seen the preview for next week’s episode, I’d be all “This damn Pierce better not even try pursuing Chloe again as a mortal being.” But I’m not. I’m wallowing in sadness because I’VE SEEN INTENSE EVIDENCE OF HIM DOING SO.

Pierce was willing to make Chloe suffer to get what he wanted, so I don’t care what he tries to do to redeem himself at this point. It’s not going to win me over.

I guess I can only hope it won’t win Chloe over either. Lucifer needs to snap out of it and be real with Chloe.

If only Chloe would believe anything Lucifer says about actually being the devil, maybe we’d get somewhere with this.

Meanwhile, mood:

#TWBT: Let’s Talk About boohoo’s Zendaya Edit

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Welcome to the first installment of #TWBT (The Whisper Box Talk) where I discuss happenings in the world of pop culture and entertainment!

As most boohoo shoppers probably did, I got a promotional email from the UK brand about The Zendaya Edit a few days ago. Some of you may already know this, but if you don’t I’ll make it explicitly known right now that I LOVE Zendaya Coleman’s style. It’s so eclectic and sometimes risky, which makes it so much fun to keep up with.

Needless to say, I clicked through to the edit immediately. I didn’t expect to be disappointed, and I definitely wasn’t.

While scrolling through the edit, I noticed many of the color schemes where quite subtle, with lots of white and yellow. There are some bold pieces in the edit with vibrant blues and colorful stripes, but for the most part, Zendaya seems to be going for a calm spring vibe with these pieces.

One of the most interesting ensembles from the photoshoot Zendaya did for this edit is the stripe satin ruffle maxi dress in red and white. She pairs the sweet dress with a pair of robust sneakers, which just goes to show how much of a risk taker the actress is with her fashion choices. She does the same with a pastel blue maxi dress of similar style.

I think my favorite piece from the edit by far is the striped maxi duster coat, not only because I’d totally splurge to buy it, but because I think it truly embodies Zendaya’s fierce and unapologetic style.

Even Paris Hilton is rocking it!

I also wouldn’t mind getting cozy in this pink sweater or going sporty chic in this blue bodycon dress with orange and yellow stripes.

So far, the edit has received complaints for not having plus sizes. It appears the plus sizes sold out first and will be restocked, according to boohoo. Regardless, I don’t think Zendaya should have to choose clothing for an edit that she can’t personally model herself, as she isn’t plus sized.

Maybe boohoo will get a plus sized actress or musician for their summer edit?

Shop The Zendaya Edit over on boohoo.com.