Music: Pete Funk’s ‘Pump & Grind Vol. 4’ Carnival Mix Edition

February in the Northeast is pretty brutal, especially brutal given the constant snow we’ve been having in NYC. Why not warm up to some music that can make you sweat? As Carnival is currently in full swing in Trinidad, my buddy Pete Funk of Fire 4 Hire Soundsystem has a musical treat inspired by the festivities. Enter his ‘Pump & Grind Vol. 4’ Carnival Mix Edition, full of EDM and reggae tunes to get you moving.


  • Popcaan – “Everything Nice” (Southern Shores World Cup Remix)
  • Rae Sremmurd – “No Type” (NGHTMRE Remix)
  • Popcaan, Stylo G, Konshens, J Capri & Storm Queen – “Look Right Through” (The Heatwave Refix)
  • Dillon Francis feat. Major Lazer & Stylo G – “We Make It Bounce”
  • Tony Matterhorn – “Dutty Wine” (Ape Drums & Diplo Remix)
  • Major Lazer feat. Sean Paul – “Come On To Me” (Juicy M Remix)
  • Choppa Dunks & Elephant Man – “Fan Dem Off”
  • Mastik vs. Mastiksoul feat. Pressure – “Burn Di Fire” (EDM Mix)
  • Major Lazer – “One Drop”
  • Mr. Vegas – “Give It To Her” (BRUK IT DOWN 2.O)
  • JUS NOW vs KES – “Check your Body Parts”
  • Nadus – “Nxwxrk” (RL Grime Edit)
  • Big Makk – “Solid As A Rock”
  • Iggy Azalea feat. Mavado – “Lady Patra”
  • Smutlee – “Hot Story”

Stream the high energy mix below, perfect for dancing around the house, or to pump you up during a run or workout!

T’was an Afternoon in the East Village…

…and I was roaming around with Ashley after a meeting with a #SparkleandSip sponsor. We decided to take some outfit photos in Tompkins Square Park. Check it out!

What I’m Wearing

Dress: The Webster for Target

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff MAB satchel

Sandals: Jeffrey Campbell

Jewelry: One of a Kind Masterpiece

Ashley was prepared for the weather while looking equally fabulous! Check out what she wore.

What Ashley Wore

Slipdress (worn as top): Closet Rich

Skirt: American Apparel

Satchel bag: Vintage

You can see more of Ashley’s photos in her feature on Coffee Meets Bagel. Happy browsing!

*All photos by Ashley Rudolph & Andrea K. Castillo

The Coveted: Holiday Gifts For the Ladies, Andrea’s Picks

The holiday season is in full swing, so you know what that means? Time for gifts! I’ve put together a list of my favorites right now, specifically for the ladies. Hope you like!

Andrea’s Picks

Rebecca Minkoff x Baby G Watch
  • My favorite handbag designer Rebecca Minkoff has teamed up with Baby G to create this gorgeous, limited edition watch! It combines femininity and function, showcasing a black ion plated steel band with rose face that is completely waterproof. The watch retails for $200 and will be available at fine jewelry stores, along with
Cole Haan Stephanie Air Chukka
  •  Who doesn’t love a Cole Haan shoe? The Stephanie is a great style across all realms (pump, heeled oxford, etc) but specifically in this chukka style. Made with Nike Air technology, the Stephanie Air Chukka is a great bootie style that can make the smooth transition from day to night. Retails for $278 (on sale at some locations) and available at Cole Haan retailers and

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Bag Love: Rebecca Minkoff Flirty in Black

Rebecca Minkoff Flirty in Black

It’s pretty obvious by now that I have a slight obsession with Rebecca Minkoff handbags as seen here and here. My most recent purchase is the beauty above, the Flirty in black. I acquired the Flirty in the much hyped Rebecca Minkoff Black Friday sale online. Being the fiend that I am, I was patiently waiting at my computer fifteen minutes prior to the start of the sale at midnight. Given the fact that Rebecca Minkoff has such devoted Minkettes, the site definitely crashed. Eager as I was, I refreshed numerous times, and the gates were opened, hooray!

Angled view with tassel detail

Since I already had a MAB and MAC in my possession, I was looking specifically for a black leather handbag, preferably with gold hardware, in a smaller size that I could use for nights out. I scoured and scoured, and finally came across the coveted Flirty; it was perfect! Supple black quilted leather, a gold chain strap with gold stud detail, and a tassel for good measure. I don’t think I’ve ever hit “Add to cart” that fast in my life; I didn’t want it to get in someone else’s hands!

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Bag Love: Rebecca Minkoff MAC in Dark Red

Rebecca Minkoff MAC in Dark Red

Tuesday evening, I attended the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale VIP night hosted by Purse Forum. I dipped my feet into the Minkette world earlier this year in May when I purchased my first MAB (Morning After Bag). You can revisit that story here. My purpose of this excursion? Finding the perfect MAC (Morning After Clutch). The MAC is another Rebecca Minkoff classic; a clutch roomy enough for the transition from day, to night, to late night. It features a chain link strap and singular buckle closure in the front.

I chose the MAC you see above, which is marked as dark red, but in real life, looks more like a deep cognac shade. It is made of a great quality, slightly shinier leather that is meant to gain character over time. I love the color, as it is a neutral in a way, yet amplified. I can’t wait to pair it with my favorite outfits!

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Rebecca Minkoff NYC Sample Sale 11/16-11/20!

The time has come again for the Rebecca Minkoff NYC sample sale; hooray! All Minkettes unite and get your cash ready, this sale will be sure not to disappoint. I attended last season’s sale and felt like a kid in a candy store. It was literally the most amazing leather handbags I had seen in one place in my LIFE. There I picked up my MAB satchel in almond that I wear with everything; so versatile! All info is above. Tell a friend to tell a friend, it will be amazing! And of course, be sure to follow the lovely @RebeccaMinkoff on Twitter for all updates. 🙂

What I’m Wearing: Lunch on a Hot Day


What I’m Wearing: Lunch on a Hot Day
  • Ray Ban Tortoiseshell Wayfarer sunglasses
  • Opal earrings purchased from a local artisan in Belize
  • Gant floral print silk voile blouse
  • Swiss Legend ivory ceramic watch
  • Rebecca Minkoff MAB satchel in almond
  • Madewell Rail Straight white denim jeans
  • Gap champagne colored floral t-strap sandals

I tweeted earlier:

Andrea K. Castillo

@andreakcastillo Andrea K. Castillo
Today’s outfit: Gant floral printed blouse, white @madewell1937 jeans, champagne flat Gap sandals and @RebeccaMinkoff MAB satchel in almond
And received this response a little later:
Rebecca Minkoff

@RebeccaMinkoff Rebecca Minkoff
Thank you Rebecca Minkoff for approving my outfit today!

Rebecca Minkoff Tweeted Me!

Can you see my excitement? In the wee hours of this morning, I posted Bag Love: Rebecca Minkoff “M.A.B.” Satchel. As per usual, I @ replied Rebecca Minkoff as I do for each post. A few hours ago I checked my Twitter (@andreakcastillo), and was greeted by this:

RT @RebeccaMinkoff: @andreakcastillo SO EXCITING!!! Love when my fans share their bag love. Can’t wait to read it.

Yea, I was super hype, and will continue to be for the rest of the day. Just wanted to share that with you all!

Bag Love: Rebecca Minkoff “M.A.B” Satchel

Rebecca Minkoff "M.A.B" satchel in Almond

While wandering the streets on Friday evening, I stumbled across the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale. I thought to myself, “How wonderful!” and took a step inside. I have NEVER seen so many bags in my life in one place, EVER. It was like being a kid in a candy store. I almost thought it was a joke that they had so much inventory in impeccable condition. I searched the overflowing tables for a good twenty minutes and decided on the M.A.B (Morning After Bag) satchel in almond. It is an overnighter size bag in supple leather with sturdy handles and an additional adjustable strap. I fell in love with this bag, given its simplicity, color, and craftmanship. I was torn between this and the Circle quilt M.A.B mini, in a beautiful persimmon color, but I believe I went with the more versatile choice. The bag retails for $525, and received a triple digit discount through the sale. I believe this is a great investment piece that will last me for years to come. More photos below.

Side view of hardware
View from above of handles, zipper, and pulls

Be sure to check out Rebecca Minkoff’s blog, Minkette, when you have a chance. Good reads and inspiration!