Hello my loves! Now that madness of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has calmed down and I survived my first full week of work I can now talk about one of the most amazing dinners that I have been to in quite a while.

Dinner With GLAM: Spring 2014

Last week I had the opportunity to attend my first “Dinner with Glam” event during New York Fashion Week. I have been a member of Glam’s network for quite some time now, but this was one event that I have always wanted to attend. So on Sunday September 8th I made my way to Morimoto NYC, one of the Foodie Top 100 restaurants in the world- owned by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, to enjoy an evening of great food and great company with so many familiar bloggers, models, Glam executives and social media mavens.

Nola Weinstein (Executive Editorial Director for GLAM), Molly Sims (Model), Bianca Posterli (Editorial Director for GLAM), Samir Arora (GLAM Media's CEO)

Nola Weinstein (Executive Editorial Director for GLAM), Molly Sims (Model), Bianca Posterli (Editorial Director for GLAM), Samir Arora (GLAM Media’s CEO)

When Glam does an event they do it big and so we had the entire restaurant to ourselves. We started with cocktail hour where guests sipped on champagne, wine, or Glam specialty cocktails while we were served oysters, duck, dumplings, sushi, and more. There was a photo booth to take fun pics, but we also learned about Glam’s “Fashion Week Insider” App to stay up-to-date with the fashionable madness of New York Fashion Week.

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During the event you had to tweet or instagram photos introducing the app to win two amazing prizes. The first prize was $750 to Christian Louboutin and the second was $500 to Morimoto NYC. Although I didn’t win, two of my table mates did Jessica of the Glamazons Blog and Melanie of O So Chic. Let’s just say that table 5 was envied throughout the night.

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I can’t explain how amazing the food, the atmosphere, and the experience was at Morimoto. I will never look at sushi or seafood the same way because Morimoto NYC was just superb.

Dinner With GLAM: Spring 2014

Glam loves their bloggers and on every seat was an Old Navy Tote Bag in an assortment of colors filled with goodies from Colgate, Dove, Pop Chips, Popcorn Indiana (DELICIOUS), Furterer, Make Up Forever, Goody hair products, Orbit, LORAC, Kerastase, KENZO and so many more great sponsors.

I had an amazing time and can’t wait to go through the Top 100 Restaurants to see where my next stop is going to be! Thank you to the Glam Media Team for another amazing event!

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I’m sure if I asked you to name a few women who do not like shoes it would be pretty difficult. I mean with the variety of shoes such as ballet flats, platforms, peep toes in any color and almost any material who would not love shoes? You can even turn your trash in to shoes, Christian Louboutin did and charged a boatload of money for them as well.

I used to be a big time sneaker head, mainly throughout high school and my early years of college until I had to do a performance for the dance team in a pair of 4 inch pumps. Can you say struggle? Well ever since that moment I fell in love with shoes.

Ok Janique where are you going with this, well with Hpnotiq, you have a chance to cash in on probably one of your greatest investments, your shoes! With Hpnotiq #GlamLouder you can Bling It On! By submitting a pic of your fiercest heels or heels that you have been secretly stalking like I have been these neon color block Giuseppe Zanotti Heels that retail for $700

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So from now until July 28th 2013, Hpnotiq wants you to show them how you GLAM LOUDER to win fab prizes! During each 2-week challenge you can submit photos in different categories to win – including the glammest heels, nails, makeup and overall look. Entries can be pictures you snap yourself or images you find online.

So to kick off the competition we want to see your glammiest (yes I made that up) pair of heels. Check out my Sam & Libby heels that I scored the other day at Target for $34.99 since Giuseppe isn’t in my budget! They are so comfortable and I got tons of compliments on them the first night I wore them.

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For the next two weeks you have a chance to win So check out the prizes you can win throughout the competition: One pair of shoes of your choice(Up to $800).

Want to enter? Hpnotiq’s Glammest Heels Challenge ends at 11:59:59 a.m. EST on June 16th! For the first challenge, participants are asked to share their latest SHOE CRUSH! Hpnotiq wants you to show them the glammest heels you can find. Snap a pic of your own, or find a pic of that pair of shoes online you’ve been stalking for months! For this round, they’re choosing 4 lucky winners to get their choice of glam heels valued at up to $800.

To enter click here, or visit Hpnotiq’s Facebook page OR follow @Hpnotiq on twitter and tweet them your picture using the hashtag #GLAMLOUDER. If you’re one of the 4 winners, you’ll also be able to compete in the final round for a chance to win a grand prize trip for you and three friends to meet a famous celebrity in LA, for shopping, makeovers AND you might also star in a photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq Ad!

Here are the OFFICIAL RULES

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Disclosure: This is sponsored post for Hpnotiq through a PR company and compensation was provided.

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend the Smirnoff Sorbet Stir Up Your Summer Girl’s Night Out event held at the Ten Over Ten Salon given by the Glam Network. I could not have asked for a better event to end my night. First, the weather in NYC was simply amazing. The sun was shining bright and the temps were warm and with weather like that who wouldn’t want to have a pampering session with their girls?IMG_8239

When I arrived to the event with my friend Kim of Makeup by Kim Porter we were greeted with some refreshing drinks. Now when it is hot a nice cool cocktail is all you need to get the party started. So we had the options of the Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pomegranate Punch, the Smirnoff Sorbet Light Mango Passion Fizz, or the Smirnoff Sorbet Light Lemon Mojito. Since I love mango I went with the Mango Passion Fizz to start.

At the event we were offered the following services: manicures, pedicures, makeup application, massage, and a tarot card reading. Can you guess which services I made use of? If you said all with the exception of the card reading you are correct.

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My nail tech for my pedi was Amy. She has been a nail tech for the last 8 years. The pedi was simply delightful. What I loved about Ten Over Ten was the cleanliness in addition to the excellent service. Amy paid close attention to each of my little piggies and even offered some advice for my itsy bitsy toenails to grow (It’s a struggle lol). During my pedicure Melissa from O So Chic and her friend Maxine joined us and it was just awesome girl talk as we were pampered by the nail techs.

Danielle from the Style and Beauty Doctor

Danielle from the Style and Beauty Doctor

After my pedi and second drink, Pomegranate Punch, I headed over to the sushi station and had just about every sushi and sashimi roll the reps from Haru had to offer. After I had a little snack and my third drink, Lemon Mojito, I had my makeup touched up. I know you are probably thinking you had three drinks, but the Smirnoff Sorbet Light is exactly that light.

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Camera Ready!

Camera Ready!

After my makeup application and more sushi it was time for my mani. Yoon was so nice and she has been a nail tech for 20 years, but you would never know that by looking at her. For my nails I went with Essie Bachelorette Bash and headed over to the mani cam.

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I usually don’t stay out too late on a work night but this event was well worth it. At the end of the night we were sent home with these amazing gift bags filled with summer essentials. The ombre denim bag was from Target and the goodies inside consisted of Urban Decay Moon Dust, Lorac TANtalizer Body Bronzing Spray, Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray (beach waves anyone?), Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen, Schick Quattro for Women Trim Style, h2o sea salt skin smoother, Olay Total Effects Moisturizer + Serum Duo, St. Ives Revitalizng Pear & Soy Body Wash, Matrix Exquisite Oil, and an awesome Red Velvet Cake Pop from Sugarella Sweets & Treats that is not pictured because, well I ate it lol.

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As you can see I had a great time at this event. So check out the Smirnoff Sorbet drinks to Stir Up Your Summer.

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Brand Statement

The deliciously light taste of sorbet now comes in a bottle. Introducing Smirnoff Sorbet Light. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY. Made With Smirnoff Vodka Infused With Natural Flavors. 30% Alc/Vol. Per 1.5oz serving: Calories 78, Carbohydrates 1.3g, Fat 0g, Protein 0g. 25% FEWER CALORIES THAN THE LEADING DESSERT-INSPIRED VODKA
©2013 The Smirnoff” Co., Norwalk, CT.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Smirnoff via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Smirnoff.”

A few weeks ago I was invited to a restaurant tasting at Corlette NY in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. If you know me, you know that I am always looking for new restaurants to frequent so I was excited to try this new place.

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So here is a little about the restaurant

Corlette NY Restaurant & Lounge was a dream that owner Bernard James had for a number of years which materialised in honor of his wife Corlette. The restaurants motto Eat Love Live, is one shared by them both before she transitioned. Young in age, but Corlette Restaurant & Lounge intend to build a reputation that is worthy of praise from its patrons and critics.

The restaurant has a great intimate setting. It is a cool place to go and watch the game and grab a bite to eat with friends. They also have a great lounge area in the back where you can host events separate from the restaurant. Some nights there is a DJ and that definitely added to the great atmosphere. I would categorize the food as West Indian Fusion if since its a nice blend of different flavors.

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For the tasting we had a choice of two appetizers, one entree, and a complimentary drink. My brother from another mother, Kel Spencer, was one of the hosts for the event so I asked him what his favorites were. He said the curry shrimp taco and the fillet of fish taco and I am glad I listened to him. I am not exaggerating when I say this but that fillet of fish taco was probably the best fish taco I ever had in my life, and I’ve had quite a few fish tacos to make this judgment.

Curry Shrimp Taco and Fish Taco

Curry Shrimp Taco and Fish Taco

For my entree I went with the jasmine rice and beans, side salad, and marinated pulled pork. The pulled pork was well seasoned and very juicy. Usually I would have asked for the hot sauce to add flavor, but I did not need to do that with this meal.

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For my complimentary drink I went with one of my favorites, the Sangria, and you can never go wrong with sangria. I also had a rum punch later on that evening and let’s just say that the bar tenders have a nice hand lol.

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I would definitely recommend visiting Corlette NY. I will be back very soon for some of those fish tacos and that rum punch!

 On Saturday I started celebrating my birthday early! October 2nd is the big day, but I couldn’t wait to celebrate. I started the celebration with brunch with a few of my friends at one of my favorite brunch spots. Sunday morning  my good friend from high school and her bf took me to breakfast, and Sunday night I had dinner with my siblings and 2 friends before we all headed over to the Barclays Center for Jay-Z’s concert. Guess what, the celebration doesn’t stop there! I’ll have updates throughout the week with my birthday festivities.

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my “All Black Everything” outfit. I was going for a trendy look so I wore leather shorts, lace top with black tank underneath, patterned tights, and wedge sneakers. Everything was super trendy, but I guess I gave off Sex Kitten instead lol. Those were not my intentions. I got SOOOO many stares. I didn’t think the outfit was as scandalous as people made it seem lol. It was definitely weird, maybe it was the red lip, who knows, but I still had a great time none the less. Outfit details in the caption.

Lace Top: Charlotte Russe, Camisole: Forever 21, Leather Shorts and Tights Target, Wedge Sneakers: Rouge

For brunch, I was reluctant to concede to the fall temperatures so I wore a shirt dress without tights and my burgundy wingtip heels. I should have put on tights, it was definitely a little chilly, but next time I wear this dress it will be with tights.

Lipstick Ruby Woo by M.A.C. and cuff earring via The Fly Mint

Printed Shirt Dress: Kmart $24.99 Wing-Tip Shoes: Target

My friends Kim, Melissa, Keyona, and Kathleen at brunch

The amazing food!