Earth Day Is Around The Corner and EDEN Juice Is Here To Shake Things Up In The Juice World! + Giveaway

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

Meet Eden. They’re a new environmentally friendly company that makes fresh, cold-pressed juices from imperfectly shaped fruits and vegetables. Why imperfect fruits and vegetables? Because despite how they look, they provide the same exact health benefits as perfectly shaped fruit.

Eden’s core belief is that diversity and imperfections are not flaws to be corrected but traits to be celebrated. And they use their line of juices to fight aspects of our culture that threaten diversity, conservation, and overall health:

 

Superficial Mindset

Photoshop gives us flawless skin, perfect tans, and the ideal physique, but it also erases everything that makes us unique. Now more and more people think these digitally altered images are the norm and are determined to attain these unrealistic standards no matter what the cost.

 

Food Waste

In the U.S., we throw away close to 40% of the food we grow. In many cases, it’s not because the food has gone bad, but because the produce doesn’t meet our cosmetic standards. We waste food because it doesn’t look good and ignore the most important part—the health benefits.

 

Access to Clean, Healthy Food

While we throw away our food, over 15 million American kids go hungry every day and don’t have access to nutritious food.1 The worst part is that nutritious food is available; it’s just ending up in landfills instead of in the hands of those who need it.

 

Overfed and Undernourished

1. More than 2 in 3 adults are considered overweight or obese,

2.  and more than one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

3. And fewer than 35% of Americans are eating the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetable.

4. So those in the U.S. who aren’t going hungry are overfed and undernourished.

While these problems can’t be solved overnight, Eden hopes to get one step closer with their line of fresh, cold-pressed juices. They’ll help limit the amount of food wasted in the U.S. by using produce that consumers and retailers usually throw away for cosmetic reasons. They’ll also make nutrient-rich food more accessible to those who struggle to get nutritious foods and those who want a simple way to improve their diets.

 

You can be a part of the movement! Join Eden’s Kickstarter campaign by going to drinkeden.com. Drink Eden. Naturally different.

 

As a special incentive, Eden is giving away three $150 Visa Gift Cards! Enter the contest here. Good luck to you!

 

Sources

  1. http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/child-hunger/child-hunger-fact-sheet.html?gclid=CKmb4Y734sMCFUwV7AodyT8A_A

 

  1. http://win.niddk.nih.gov/statistics/

 

  1. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm

 

  1. http://www.healthaliciousness.com/blog/US-fruit-vegetable-consumption-trends.php

 

* I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. 

Event Re-Cap: The 2015 Brooklyn Artist’s Ball & Dance Party at Brooklyn Museum; The Sights & Sounds and What I Wore!

Artists Ball Dinner in the Beaux Arts Court (Liz Ligon for the Brooklyn Museum)

On the evening of Wednesday, April 15th, Brooklyn’s art community came together for one of the largest fundraising gala celebrations of the year, the Brooklyn Artist’s Ball. Held at the artistic mecca of Brooklyn Museum, the event’s initiative is to host installations by local Brooklyn artists via table ornamentations and auctions, honor various trailblazers in the art world, and raise funds for the museum.

 

Takashi Murakami, Arnold Lehman, Jeanine Basquiat, Lisane Basquiat and Kiki Smith (photo by Elena Oliva)

This year was particularly special as it honored retiring museum director Arnold Lehman, artists Takashi Murakami and Kiki Smith, along with representatives from the Jean-Michel Basquiat Foundation, Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat, sisters of the late-great artist.

Notable guests were treated to specially created installations by artists including OLEK, Swoon, Pioneer Works, FAILE, Catron & Outlaw, Duke Riley, SITU Studio and Fernando Mastrangelo, as seen in the photo up top.

 

Takashi Murakami & Amirah Kassem (Photo by Liz Ligon for Brooklyn Museum)

After the ceremony and dinner, guests were treated to a dance party in the museum lobby, with a fun Takashi Murakami-inspired gumball installation by Amirah Kassem of Flour Shop.

 

Catchdubs at the Dance Party (Liz Ligon for the Brooklyn Museum)

Sounds of the evening were specially curated by Brooklyn’s own, Fool’s Gold Records. Co-founder Nick Catchdubs spun groovy tracks throughout the evening, whilst sharing the stage with Fool’s Gold label newcomers.

 

Leaf performing at the Dance Party (Liz Ligon for the Brooklyn Museum)

It was really awesome to see some of my new favorite acts perform in the museum, including Leaf, Shash’U (who played enough Kaytranada and Kendrick to keep me dancing in near 5 inch heels), and Bosco. The dancers were ON POINT, the vibe was a mix of vogue, funk, and hip hop, and I was all for it!

 

ME! Dressed in Maison Kitsuné

I felt really cool to be at the dance party for the second year in a row, and was sure to bring my A-game fashion-wise as I absolutely hated my look last year, LOL. I had the pleasure of wearing the beautiful Pearly Bali dress by Maison Kitsuné and I felt like a million bucks! The full skirt and modest neckline are totally up my alley and perfect for dancing!

Many thanks to the lovely ladies at Allen/Cooper for having me. Here’s to more celebrations in art and culture!

WOMANday: Celebrating 4 Years of ‘A Life In The Day of Andrea’ in Video, by JL Brown

Friends. This week has been particularly exciting for me as this is birthday week for the blog that you read before your eyes. I started A Life In The Day of Andrea on April 18, 2011 as a means to share music and events that I thought would be interesting for my friends and others. I have grown much as a person in those four years, and the blog has too; attracting more international readers, brands, personalities, and overall awesome people.

To celebrate 4 years, I’ve collaborated with my good friend JL Brown on a promo video of sorts of what A Life In The Day of Andrea really looks like! Press play up top to get into it. I truly appreciate your continued support, and I can’t wait to show you more in the not too distant future!

Review: Why It Is Imperative That You See “Basquiat: The Lost Notebooks” at Brooklyn Museum

Jean-Michel Basquiat by Tseng Kwong Chi

I am a child of the arts. I grew up in a household surrounded by art and music as my father was (and still is) a painter. It has always been second nature to me to surround myself in art and beauty in all ways possible. Having an artist father has also made it second-nature to be exposed to, and grow an appreciation of the mind of an artist. As I grew older, I realized I was an artist as well, but a gift of mine is to really connect with artists on a human level.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, American, 1960-1988 Untitled [Cover, Notebook 1]
1980-1981
Mixed media on board

9 5/8 x 7 5/8 x 1/4 in. (24.4 x 19.4 x 0.6 cm)

I have been a fan of Jean-Michel Basquiat for many years, not because he’s become increasingly popular over the years, but because we have similar stories. Like me, he was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to Caribbean immigrant parents (his father from Haiti and mother from Puerto Rico. Although his parents were not artists per say, he was surrounded by art as a child, even being a Junior Member of the Brooklyn Museum. I was so humbled that my first press preview at the museum was for Basquiat’s work.

When you step into the walls of Basquiat: The Lost Notebooks at the Brooklyn Museum, you are really transfixed into the mind of Basquiat, surrounded by his written thoughts on composition notebook paper, with singular pages being framed one-by-one to fill the entire room. This was such incredible energy for me, because it was much like going through the journal of a poet; seeing what moves them, what upsets them, what they hope for, and what they dream for. You are able to see snippets of this throughout the exhibition.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, American, 1960-1988 Untitled [A youth with “crow” syndrome] 1980-1981
Ink on ruled notebook paper

9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (24.4 x 19.4 cm)

Not just an exhibition of notebook pages, Basquiat: The Lost Notebooks is a full multi-media experience, featuring video snippets of Downtown 81 and A Conversation With Basquiat, along with various paintings, some which are being shown for the first time. The experience is one of wonder as these works are mostly new to the public. You can’t help but imagine “What if he were here to experience his fame and influence?”. Being in the presence of his notebooks, his inner-most thoughts, you are really able to gather what is the genius of Basquiat.

Brilliant yet troubled he was, through his most simple works, those from pen to the pages of a simple lined composition notebook, we are able to better understand one of the artistic greats of our time.

The exhibition is on view until August 23, 2015. Not to be missed.

 

Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway

Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052

Wednesday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Friday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

EVENT + GIVEAWAY: BUST Craftacular’s “Primped” At The Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Sun. April 19th. Enter To WIN Tickets!

Hey girl hey! So Spring has officially sprung for real in New York City, and you are probably in a state of immense spring cleaning and wardrobe updating, right? Wouldn’t it be perfect to update your wardrobe and home with pieces from local indie makers, who are mostly women, and get dolled up at the same time? Of course you answered yes! Well, the BUST Craftacular “Primped” event is back next week at Brooklyn Night Bazaar to serve up some goodness.

A GUEST AT LAST YEAR’S EVENT W/ SHEA MOISTURE

The event will feature over 65 indie beauty, fashion, and vintage vendors for your shopping pleasure, along with many FREE activities, including:

Admission for the event is $5, BUT since you are here on the blog, YOU (yes you) can win a pair of tickets for yourself and your favorite girlfriend! We will be giving out three pairs of tickets. Here’s what you gotta do.

  • Leave a quick comment below to say which friend of yours you will bring if chosen. First name or social media name is fine!
  • Follow @alifeinthedayof on Twitter & Instagram
  • “Like” us on Facebook, and tell your friends!

Winners will be chosen on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. May the odds be in your favor!

Saturday Sounds: Sade – “Nothing Can Come Between Us” (Pomo Edit)

The weekend is here, and that means it’s time to jam out with some Saturday Sounds! If you have been keeping tabs on my musical tastes, you would have noticed that I live in the world where sexy jams, high-energy reggae, and gangsta rap collide. Today’s track, a remix by producer/DJ Pomo, resides in the sexy jam region.

I was introduced to this Sade remix by one of my new Twitter friends @DanDrage, who included a Pomo track in a playlist that I realized I was listening to for months. It was one of those tracks hidden in a Kaytranada DJ mix, but I just was unaware of the artist name or song, but now I know! In my research, I also learned that these two Canadian boys share management. Small world indeed.

Get into the track below, sure to make you wiggle a little, and cool out!

Live In NYC & Want To Get Fit On The Cheap? Check Out Reebok Fit Hub!

A VIEW INSIDE OF THE REEBOK FIT HUB AT UNION SQUARE

Let’s talk about fitness, k? As I’ve been on my new fitness path, training for a race in June, and just in the mindset to generally get into excellent shape, I am always looking for new fitness experience. As I am on a tight budget, I specifically look for low-cost or complimentary classes throughout Brooklyn & Manhattan specifically to mix of my routine.

In my quest, I search Google about once a week for “free fitness classes in NYC”, and I came across the Reebok Fit Hub. Reebok as a brand has different “Fit Hubs” throughout the country, three of which are in Manhattan (Union Square, Fifth Avenue, and Upper East Side, respectively). The Fit Hubs host series of classes from master trainers/Reebok ambassadors in various disciplines including dance fitness, yoga, and strength-training.

So far I have attended one of their dance fitness classes at their Union Square Fit Hub with a few girlfriends, and had a great time! All classes are for all-levels and offer shopping discounts of 15% items in-store, as well as light refreshments.

Now you ask, “How do I sign up for that thang Dre?”, and I would respond, Follow this link to their Eventbrite page to register for upcoming classes.” Cool? Let’s get active!

 

*Photo courtesy of Reebok Fit Hub

For The Woman Who Is Grounded In Boyish Flair, Brogues & More from Grenson Shoes’ S/S 15 Collection!

JASMINE

In life, I have always been the girl with a bit of a tomboyish edge. I attribute this to growing up with three brothers, and always being in the company of boys or men. In regards to my attire, I have always been one for the “borrowed from the boys” look, mixing it up with very feminine elements in hair/makeup and accessories.

I love a good heel or boot, but I’ve always had a penchant for a good brogue or saddle shoe, as I believe they can be styled in so many different ways for various occasions. I was introduced to Grenson Shoes a few years back by a friend, their men’s collection to be exact, and I was blown away by the sleek silhouettes and quality of leather. The English brand has been making hand-made shoes since 1866. When I discovered they carried women’s styles I was on it, and have since linked up with the company to show you some of my favorite styles for spring. Here we go!

The Jasmine style (seen at top) may be one of my favorite styles of the entire collection. The very simple Derby shoe is shown in a navy leather that fades to cobalt at the toe. Very understated yet inspired.

MABEL

Love for me is best shown in a cognac leather situation, much like the Mabel double-strap monk. I’m not even into monk straps, but I think this style is so smart, and is made for the woman who knows EXACTLY what she wants.

CLARA

Although Grenson is known for their  flat brogue styles across the board, the ladies have more options. We see this in their platform range, including the Clara, a funky tassel loafer in a crinkled patent leather.

EMILY

The Emily wingtip platform brogue is sure to bring some sunshine to your day! This sunny mustard color is divine, and the silhouette is so playful. Really digging this with a mini-dress. Very 1960s!

DOROTHY

A luscious black leather chukka bootie with a comfy slight platform sole is what we have in the Dorothy. I see this shoe, and I immediately see its versatility. I am currently styling it in my head with various apparel silhouettes. What more can I say?

ROSE

A style that Grenson is known for is their Triple Welt. Originally offered in Men’s the triple-welt construction that frames the shoe has since come to their women’s collections, and it is absolutely beautiful. Just look how elegant the Rose is! I would wear this with everything in my closet.

EVIE

I am drawn to the Evie as it is a perfect mix of masculine and feminine. The simple Derby style done up in this pebbled grey leather with Triple Welt framing is just divine. A very versatile shoe indeed!

All shoes are available now on the Grenson Shoes website, and range in price from $400 – $850, given the hand-made nature of each pair. Which are your favorites?

 

*Photos courtesy of Grenson Shoes

Event: Brooklyn Artists Ball Dance Party 4/15 at Brooklyn Museum, With Music Curated by Fools Gold!

Ayo Brooklyn! It’s that time of year again, time for the Brooklyn Artists Ball Dance Party line-up! I had the pleasure of attending for the first time last year, jamming to the sounds of LE1F and Brenmar in Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion at the Brooklyn Museum. This year is sure to please with a super-awesome musical line-up curated by none of other than Brooklyn-based label Fool’s Gold (cue air horn).

Here’s what you can expect:

– Music by Fool’s Gold signees Leaf, BOSCO, Shash’U, & Nick Catchdubs (one of my FAVE dis, btw)

– Dessert by Flour Shop, AKA the folks that make that amazing 6-layer rainbow cake

– Virtual reality by Pioneer Works

– Installation from Situ Studio and Robert Moy of Brooklyn Balloon Company

– OPEN BAR (important, yes?)

Individual tickets are $100, $75 for members and may be purchased here. All proceeds will help fund future programming at the Brooklyn Museum. Will you meet me on the dance floor?

ARROJO Studio Makes The Trip Across The Bridge, Opening Their First Brooklyn Location This Month!

A view from above of ARROJO’s newest digs in Williamsburg

ARROJO Studio, the famed multi-dimensional hair studio in SoHo led by master stylist Nick Arrojo is expanding. Being a mainstay on Varick St. for thirteen years, the brand is opening their first satellite location right over the bridge in Brooklyn, Williamsburg to be exact. Over the years I have frequented their SoHo flagship and beamed once hearing the news of the Brooklyn opening, which happens next week on April 14th.

The Williamsburg salon features 3300 sq. ft. in a minimalist design, housing 32-chairs in a space full of light.

Street-level view

Says Arrojo:

Manhattan has always been the place for the Mega Salon, whereas Brooklyn has a more bohemian feel. But it has grown and grown, and become a capital of fashion and trend in its own right. We feel our culture, standards, and aesthetics are perfect for the people and the lifestyle there.

To check out a behind-the-scenes look on the new salon, take a gander at this video. We will be sure to keep you posted with the grand opening details and more!

 

*Photos courtesy of ARROJO

Event: Target First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum 4/4 Celebrating Basquiat, With Music by Lion Babe

LION BABE

Another month has begun, and you know what that means? Time to share the programming for Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn MuseumApril’s programming is exceptionally exciting as it is a true homage to New York City during the 1980s. To celebrate the opening of Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, Saturday’s programming is meant to evoke the NYC  that he experienced in the realm of art, music, and culture. Special live performance by one of my fave downtown duos of the moment, Lion Babe.

Full program below. Be there Saturday, April 4th! As a note, all events with an asterisk are ticketed, with free tickets offered at the museum visitors desk.

5 p.m. Music: Revive Music presents a jazz tribute to Basquiat reminiscent of downtown NYC in the 1980s.

*6 p.m. Curator Talk: Exhibition Co-Curator Tricia Laughlin Bloom shares her insights into the creation of Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks.

*6 p.m. Film: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (Tamra Davis, 2010, 88 min.) offers an intimate look at Basquiat’s career from his first SAMO tags in the 1970s to his early death in 1988.

*6:30–8:30 p.m. Hands-On Art: Design and create your own crown in celebration of Basquiat.

7 p.m. Music: Natasha Diggs, of New York City’s premiere all-vinyl party Mobile Mondays, spins ’80s and ’90s hip-hop.

7–9 p.m. Interactive Space: Join W.A.F.F.L.E. (We are Family for Life Entertainment), a collective known for transforming subway cars with gravity-defying pole pirouettes and acrobatics, for an interactive performance and dance workshop. Contribute to a collective mural with Slackgaze and enjoy an ’80s hip- hop set by DJ Kid Ginseng from Tom Tom Club.

7 p.m. Poetry Reading: Inspired by Basquiat’s rich use of language, Cave Canem presents Poetry Meets Art, featuring readings from LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Roger Reeves.

*8 p.m. Dance Performance: Urban Bush Women explore representations of the body in Dark Swan, for which the contemporary dance company won a 2014 Bessie Award.

*9 p.m. Workshop: Tom La Farge and Wendy Walker of the Brooklyn-based Writhing Society lead a writing workshop inspired by Basquiat’s notebooks.

9 p.m. Music: Recently named one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, Lion Babe presents a unique blend of soul- and funk-infused R&B.

Audio Files: Step Up Your Sound Game With The Latest Headphones & Speakers From House of Marley!

In my world, there are certain constants; my food must be super tasty, my clothes must fit just right, and the sound in my headphones must be FULL. In the realm of audio, I’m always testing out different devices and brands to find what works best for me, and I’ve found some gems in the product offerings from House of Marley.

The personal audio offspring of the Bob Marley legacy, House of Marley has a full line of headphones for all budgets, wireless speakers & docks for personal use, home audio, watches, and a line of bags! Products are eco-friendly, using sustainable materials like bamboo, recycled wood, and fabric elements, packaged in recycled paper.

I’ve rounded up four of my favorites to peak the interest of musical connoisseurs at all levels. Read on!

Liberate HLBT Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones, $199.99

The Liberate headphones are a super sturdy over-ear model for the audiophile that really wants to be hit by the music (like that Bob Marley reference, huh?). As this set is Bluetooth capable, you can feel the bass without the wires. A treat indeed.

Smile Jamaica In-Ear Headphones, $19.99

For the audiophile that wants balanced sound in a considerably lighter in-air model for a smaller budget, I suggest the Smile Jamaica set. I received this set at Axis show not long ago and I love the red, gold, and green fabric covered cord with mic, so you can take your calls between jams. I was really impressed with the sound quality for the price!

Get Together Bluetooth Audio System, $199.99

For those who want a wireless speaker system that can blend in seamlessly with their wooden furniture, the Get Together system is perfect! With its combo of USB ports and 3.5mm input, you can connect hundreds of devices to listen to your heart’s content.

Positive Vibration On-Ear Headphones, $69.99

So you’re not quite an in-ear headphone person, nor an over-ear? On-ears are the happy medium giving you the sound quality of an over-ear with less of the bulk. The Positive Vibration set is streamlined and easy to adjust, and offered in tons of cool color combinations.

These are my favorites of the moment, but there is soooo much more to see on the full website. Head on over to HouseOfMarley.com to see their full product line.

WOMANday: ‘So…What Are You Training For?’ An Explanation In Words About My Road to Nike Women’s 15 K Toronto

Stretching out my arms at NTC Gym

A little over a month ago, I shared a story with you all regarding getting back into running, and creating a fitness regimen for myself via complimentary weekly classes offered by Nike + NYC. Now, finishing out my third month of training and running with Nike +, I am seeing results and building up stamina, attending up to five sessions a week.

Instructor Traci Copeland helping me with my Triangle Pose

I like to cross train, meaning I like to vary my activity from day to day as to not overwork muscles, or worse, injure myself. Monday nights I attend NTC Gym which is a power-packed gym class utilizing one’s own body weight. Tuesday evenings are for Speed Run (if I can get in) at Mile High Run Club, a treadmill class of varying intervals to build speed and strength. Thursday mornings I attend NTC Studio yoga to focus on stretching, balance, and building my core. Weekends are usually light, but every now and then, I will attend the H.I.T. & Run on Sunday, which is a mix of high intensity training and running drills.

My confirmation for the race!

When I first began, and even still now, many people close to me would ask, “So…what are you training for?”. Being the smartass that I am, I would usually respond “For life”, mainly because there was no specific event that I was training for. I wanted to be physically stronger, and had a goal of running at least one race by summertime. As of this month, I am closer to that goal as I am officially registered to run the Nike Women’s 15 K in Toronto!

Team work

Being a part of Nike + NYC granted me a guaranteed spot in the race which will be held on June 14, 2015. I’m really focusing on becoming a stronger and faster runner, with the help of my coaches and friends who will be running with me come June. I’m really excited for this journey, and so happy to be visiting Toronto to catch up with some of my favorite people.

This is just the beginning.

 

*Photos courtesy of Nike + NYC

Art In NYC: Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks Opens April 3rd At the Brooklyn Museum

Jean-Michel Basquiat, the illusive Brooklyn-born street artist of Haitian & Puerto Rican descent, has become a cult favorite in the art world since his untimely death in 1988. In the past five years alone, various exhibitions of his work have been shown in New York City and around the world, but this newest exhibition offers something a little bit different.

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks opens to the public on  Friday, April 3rd at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition  features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings. This multi-media exhibit is sure to be a treat for Basquiat fans, and those who are interested in seeing into the mind of an artist.

On view until August 23, 2015. For more information, please visit BrooklynMuseum.org.

Saturday Sounds: Lexdray City Series – Volume 45 – Welcome to Minneapolis – Mixed by Erin Millington

SoundCloud continues to be one of my favorite musical destinations as it, without fail, introduces me to new artists or mixes on the daily. A few months back a Lexdray City Series mix had showed up in my suggested list, and wasn’t I happy to hear jams on jams! At that point, I had no idea what Lexdray was, but since have done my research.

They are a travel goods company whose specialty is super tough yet beautiful, limited pieces with a unisex sensibility. Their “City Series” began in 2013, in which they ask DJs from around the world to create a mix based on one of their favorite cities.

Here I have the latest installment, Volume 25, “Welcome to Minneapolis” mixed by Erin Millington, a DJ/hairstylist residing in  Austin, TX. Check out her cool grooves below!