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Yandy Unveils Hauntingly Sexy Costumes for Halloween 2018

Yandy, the number one online retailer for Halloween costumes, unveils its highly anticipated hauntingly sexy costumes for Halloween 2018 with a flash mob and fashion presentation. When one wants a sexy costume, Yandy is the online destination for showstopping traditional and trending pop culture specialty looks.

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Yandy recently held an event for their hauntingly sexy costumes for Halloween. Kicked off, in true trick-or-treat fashion, started with a parade-like flash mob which stopped at various locations in New York.

Models participate in Yandy’s Be Hauntingly Sexy Halloween flashion show throughout NYC on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Yandy)

Models participate in Yandy’s Be Hauntingly Sexy Halloween flashion show throughout NYC on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Yandy)

Models participate in Yandy’s Be Hauntingly Sexy Halloween flashion show throughout NYC on October 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Yandy)

Bystanders were treated to a first look at the newest must-have Halloween costumes from Yandy’s 2018 “Hauntingly Sexy” Costume Collection. The #YandyFlash mob was followed by an evening Halloween fashion presentation in the Highline Room at the Standard Hotel. Costumes for Halloween featured in the fashion presentation included (in order of appearance above): Little Red Costume, Egyptian Goddess Costume, Dragon Ninja Costume, Wicked Wicked Witch Costume, Yandy Statue Of Liberty Costume, Yandy Sexy Dragon Warrior Costume, Under The Sea Mermaid Costume, Oasis Princess Costume, Glamazonian Costume, Sparkle Sweet Angel Costume. Other costumes for Halloween 2018 included Bad Habit Nun Costume, Sexy SWAT Commander Costume, King Of Egypt Costume (men), and Dark Northern King Costume (men).


Yandy also announced two new costumes for Halloween inspired by today’s political climate, the Sexy Op-Ed Anonymous Costume for those who love getting the scoop on the latest breaking news, and Cloudy Affair Costume, perfect for those who love a political scandal.

Reminiscent of a fun Halloween night out on the town, the décor set the tone for a sexy, spooky soirée. The exclusive view of the new Halloween collection featured a wide selection of sizes of all the season’s best sellers, popular trending themes, classic characters, and figures throughout history. The showcase also included highlights of two new pop-culture influenced costumes – Run the World Festival Diva and Shining Bright Pope; inspired by Beyonce at Coachella (Beychella) and Rihanna’s striking Met Gala look.

What costume are you rocking this Halloween? Whatever you decide, you should definitely check out Yandy’s collection of Hauntingly Sexy costumes for Halloween.

Cocktails and Corpses: Sauza Tequila Day of The Dead Cocktails

It was a dark and stormy night and the wind was howling like the banshees. It was four years to the day that they found the twisted bodies of party guests that were too crocked to go home, all asleep in the living room, the staircase and a peculiar guest cradled in the kitchen sink. Your Halloween may come with your fair share of stories, but what’s essential to making any party a memorable one is a glass, a carafe, a pitcher or a bottle or two of Sauza Tequila. Tonight we dish on the most important part of any adult’s spooky night festivities, the Sauza Tequila Day of The Dead cocktails.

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People turning into cosmopolitan examples of inebriated zombies in last minute costumes that channel their inner desire to be a garden hoe, bloodsucking vampire or a giant chocolate chip cookie could make for interesting stories, however, our inner foodie much prefers the menu over the masquerade.

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We’d rather listen to the stories of others at this time of year, not so much in the spirit of Halloween, but rather in the spirit of the Day of The Dead. The lesser known, but way more maturely macabre, Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of the loved ones that are gone. The holiday consists of dinners, gatherings, memorials and a newly formed parade in Mexico City.  Marigolds, ornate skulls, costumes, food and drink and music all characterize components of this day in Mexico and the Southwestern United States.

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So when we say we’d rather listen to the stories of others this day, we invited my fellow horror movie aficionados over to binge watch scary cult horror flicks and pay homage to the real Day of The Dead with a Weekend of the Dead.  With such an undertaking on tap, what soiree would be a soiree without the presence of tequila this or tequila that?  Luckily our dear friends at Sauza Tequila, experts at deliciously smooth 100% blue agave tequilas, offered up some free inspiration in the form of drink and wonderful decorations from Mikasa and Modern Alchemy to get the ball rolling.  So check out these three smooth Sauza Tequila Day of The Dead cocktails and arrangements that we tried out for our Day of The Dead Binge Fest:

Red, Red Rita Remix

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Tart and sweet with a citrus kick and the wonderfully smooth taste of Sauza Silver 

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1 part Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
1 part blood orange juice
1/2 part lime juice
1/2 part simple syrup
1 orange wedge
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.  Shake and strain over ice (sugar-rimming the glass optional). Use a blood orange wedge during blood orange season but you can also let a regular orange wedge soak in blood red orange juice for a couple of hours and use that as a garnish.

Bewitching Berry

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Refreshing with a balance of citrus, sweet and a nod to a peach tart

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2 parts Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila
1/2 parts peach juice
1/2 parts blackberry puree (pint of blackberries into a food processor, strain and let set 24-48 hrs)
1/2 lemon juice
1 part simple syrup
1 peach slice
1 blackberry
Add ingredients to an ice-filled shaker.  Shake and strain over ice into a glass.  Garnish by skewering a fresh blackberry and a slice of peach.

Bloody Dusk

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Slightly smoky seasoned with Sauza Reposado and equal touches tart & sweet with the pop of heat

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2 parts Sauza Signature Blue Reposado Tequila
1 part blood orange juice
1 part simple syrup
blended pepper rim
ice cubes
orange peel
Add the ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Dip the rim of the glass into the pepper mixture of choice. (We used cayenne, black pepper, chili powder and crushed red pepper flake).  Shake ingredients and pour into glass.  Garnish with thin slices of orange peel.

These Sauza Tequila Day of The Dead cocktails are cool recipes that work well for a quiet frightening evening or that can be tweaked for a larger group of rabble rousers.  Just don’t drink till you start becoming the walking dead because we want you to be safe and stay enlightened this Day of The Dead and as always please remember to drink responsibly.

Find Sauza 100% Blue Agave Tequilas at your finer wine and spirit retailers.

Trick or Drinks: Celebrating Halloween with Fun Cocktails

This is our favorite time of the year, and not just because our birthday is merely two days away….okay, maybe a little. We also love this time because we get to indulge in trying out creative Halloween cocktails. While we usually get to do this at home, we had the pleasure of enjoying two days of Halloween cocktail goodness with the wonderful Bar 52, located on the rooftop of the Hyatt Times Square Hotel, and Dina Rata Bar & Bistro at the Andaz Wall Street Hotel. Surrounded by wonderful city views and perfect mood lighting, we jumped right into celebrating Halloween with fun cocktails.

Bar 52 at the Hyatt Times Square Hotel

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With the NYC skyline as in the background at the tallest rooftop in NYC, we enjoyed a wonderful assortment of delicious hors d’oeuvres and the following must-have cocktails- Slimer’s Revenge, The Corpse Reviver, and The Doctors Note. we’re usually very careful not to partake in too many Gin based cocktails, but we fell in love ith The Corpse Reviver and couldn’t help wanting more. Our second favorite was The Doctor’s Note, a cocktail we recommend for everyone. These Halloween concoctions were the perfect start to our tasting adventure. Get to know these amazing cocktails and stop by Bar 52 to indulge.

Slimer’s Revenge

Slimers Revenge
1.25oz Chartruse Green
.5oz Falernum
1oz Pineapple
.75 Lime
Splash Blue Curacao
Shaken and fine strained over crushed ice. Served in a pilsner glass with a burnt lemon half.

Corpse Reviver 

Corpse Reviver
1oz Gin
1oz Lilet
1oz Cointreau
1oz Lemon
Splash Absinth
Shaken. Served in a coupe with 2 cherries.

Doctor’s Note

The Doctor's Note
1.5 Jameson
.5 Dem Syrup
1Ž2 Egg White
.75 Lemon
Bar Spoon Maple Syrup
Muddled clove and sage
Shaken and strained over cold draft ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with sage.

Dina Rata at the Andaz Wall Street Hotel

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Nestled in the hustle and money-making bustle of Wall Street, we couldn’t wait to begin our second round of Halloween cocktail fun at the Dina Rata Bar & Bistro, located at Andaz Wall Street. On this night, we were treated to the Van Gogh, A Clockwork Orange, and Horny Devil (a fourth cocktail, The Redeye, is not pictured). Out of the three drinks we sampled, we loved the Van Gogh the most. This bright-hued drink, which reminded us of  the colors from The Day of the Dead, had a delightfully sweet taste that made it go down pretty quickly (making it a dangerously delicious cocktail….we highly recommend it). feast you eyes and hopefully tastebuds, on the cocktails below:

Van Gogh

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Spray of Pernod Absinth
2 oz Kettle One
Blue Curacao
0.25 oz Simple Syrup
0.5 Orange Juice
2 oz Lime

A Clockwork Orange

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Blue Point Pumpkin Ale
1 oz Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz Southern Comfort
0.25 oz maple syrup
0.75 oz lemon

Horny Devil

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2 oz Hendricks Gin
0.5 oz Aperol
0.75 oz Lemon
1 oz Blood orange juice
Garnish with baby chilis

Additionally, if you’re celebrating Halloween around Times Square, the HYATT Times Square invites you to enter their Halloween Costume Contest. On Saturday, October 31, Bar 54 team will choose the most creative costume from the night’s revelers, with the winner receiving a complimentary night at the famed hotel, to be redeemed at a later date of their choosing. we had a great time at both locations and look forward to returning for more more cocktail fun. Happy Halloween!

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Glam to Ghoul for Halloween

Halloween is days away, and while we love seeing the creative costume ideas people come up with, nothing beats a reveler with outstanding makeup. We were lucky to preview some of the outstanding and creative Halloween makeup ideas at MAKE UP FOR EVER‘s Glam to Ghoul for Halloween event; we’re usually only treated to the brand’s amazing work at the Makeup Show NYC. The talented pro makeup artists from MAKE UP FOR EVER showed us how to create classic glamorous, and wonderfully ghoulish beauty looks for this Halloween using the brand’s most popular makeup products….. and the results are amazing. With all three Halloween beauty looks being so drop dead gorgeous (no pun intended), it begs the question, will your makeup be glam, or ghoul this Halloween?

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The three looks were achieved using MAKE UP FOR EVER‘s Step 1 Skin Equalizer, specially designed primers that target and perfect all skin types, skin tones, and textures; Aqua Black Waterproof Creamy Eyeshadow pot, Artist Plexi-Gloss, a high-performing lip gloss with vivid color, incredible shine, and stay-on power; Artist Shadow, a collection of 210 highly pigmented eye shadows with incredible blendability, and intense even color payoff; Rouge Artist Intense, a show-stopping lipstick that boasts high pigmentation for dramatic, long-lasting color in just one stroke whether the color is natural or intense; Ultra HD Liquid Foundation, a lightweight, oil-free formula that provides medium coverage with a natural finish, and Ultra HD Stick Foundation, a fuller coverage foundation that leaves you with a flawless complexion that’s also ideal for touch ups and contouring; and Lash Show, a new line of 50 handmade Eyelashes (27 Natural and 23 Creative Impact False Eyelashes), designed for the easiest application to intensify eyes.

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We were very happy to get up close and personal with these stunning looks, which included a Dark Mermaid, Cyborg, and Skeleton Queen…but don’t quote me on that. Check out some video close-ups of all three Glam to Ghoul look.

All the MAKE UP FOR EVER products are available now at Sephora, Sephora.com, MAKEUPFOREVER.com and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques. Happy Halloween!

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Drink and be Scary: Spooktacular Halloween Cocktails

Halloween is almost upon us and it is the time to let the spirits out, and when we say spirits, we’re not talking ghosts. We get dressed up in wonderfully interesting and spooky costumes for Halloween, so why shouldn’t we honor this spooktacular holiday with a few killer cocktails that are also frighteningly delicious. Today we present some great Halloween cocktails made with Zacapa 23 RumHornitos Black Barrel Tequila, and Skinnygirl Vodka. Are you ready for a ghoulish twist on traditional cocktails?

Zacapalypse (Created by Mixologist Lynnette Marrero)*

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2/3 oz ZACAPA 23 Rum
1/3 oz MYERS’S Dark Rum
1/3 oz CAPTAIN MORGAN Grapefruit Rum
1/3 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/4 oz Don’s Mix (2 parts grapefruit juice to 1 part cinnamon simple syrup, or purchase pre-made!)
1/4 oz Passionfruit Puree
1 tsp Absinthe
1 dash Aromatic Bitters
Orange slice for Garnish
Combine all ingredients into a shaker. Pour into glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange slice
*Mixologist Lynnette Marrero has put a ghoulish spin on a traditional tiki cocktail with the Zacapalypse, made with Zacapa Rum. Crafted in Guatemala, by Master Blender Lorena Vásquez, Zacapa Rum is a blended with rums aged between 6 and 23 years, resulting in a rich and complex flavor profile that stands out in inventive cocktail recipes.

Potion de Muerto

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2 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
3/4 part orange juice
3/4 part lemon juice
3/4 part chipotle agave *
2 dashes orange bitters
1/2 part beet juice
*Substitute agave nectar for chipotle agave if unavailable. Serve in a tall glass over crushed ice with a beet juice float – the beet juice will slowly float down the glass through the crushed ice, making it look like blood dripping down. Garnish with an orange slice.

Skinnygirl Spooky Sipper

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1 part Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka
1/2 part grenadine
1 part orange juice
Splash of pineapple juice
Orange slice for garnish
Shake all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice, pour over ice and garnish with an orange slice.

Fright-tini

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1 part Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka
1 part DeKuyper Pucker Sour Apple Schnapps
Squeeze of fresh lime
2 parts seltzer
Apple slices for garnish
Shake all ingredients except seltzer vigorously with ice. Pour mixture into a cocktail glass, top with seltzer and garnish with apple slices.

Spend Halloween with INGLOT October 28th – 30th

Stop by INGLOT from October 28th – 30th for Ghoulish Halloween tips, face painting, and a Trick Or Treat Beauty Bag!

FIG & OLIVE HALLOWEEN PARTY WITH DJ ADRIANO & VEUVE CLICQUOT

I left Dave, Darryl and Stephon at the parade and headed over to Fig & Olive (feeling very nice) to meet up with Kim for the Yelloween by Veuve Clicquot party with St. Tropez’s Best DJ, DJ Adrian (great music). I love, love, love Veuve Clicquot and I found out DJ Adrian’s done the aftershow parties for Puffy, Justin Timberlake, Stefano Gabbana, etc. (nice resume)

Anyway, as I said, I walked over, which gave me a chance to walk off a little bit of the alcohol. I arrived to no line and inside was throbbing with music………and pumpkins



and the Veuve Cliquot girls who passed around both champagne and masks (as I’d already had enough alcohol for three people, I chose a mask)


The crowd was very lively and was a very good mix of costumes, from scary to fun to sexy








We were sort of hanging out with/by the pregnant nun a bit. Infact Kim took some photos with the nun


She even met some random guy dressed as Dr. McDreamy (he could also be called Dr. Mc Sloshed)



Not only were we enjoying the music, we were enjoying Veuve Cliquot


and some wonderful hors d’oeuvres

from this wonderful guy (in the orange bandana) who kept on passing trays to us

Some of us (Kim) got to enjoy a glass of pilfered red wine (no more will be said about this). I’m not a fan of wine red, so I didn’t have any but my sights were set on something else

Anyway, by this time it was after midnight and officially my birthday. My wish of being manhandled by the SWAT guy did not come true…………bummer.

Happy Halloween!!

Oh my god, it’s Halloween (by the time you read this, it won’t be – it’ll actually be my birthday)

Anyway, the night started out with me meeting my friends Dave, Darryl and Stephon and head to the Halloween Parade in the village (the costumes are always amazing), then going on to meeting Kim at The Fig and Olive “Yelloween” Party (Zia and Angelique were not able to make it).

Anyway, off we go to look at the crazy costumes but first in honor of my birthday, stephon insisted on buying us celebratory drinks, first shots and then Cranberry/vodkas (later in the evening, I also had two Malibu Rum with Orange and Cranberry Juice drinks)


Now on to the costumes (and there were plenty)










But my favorite costumes of the night had to be these. Oh me, oh my


I didn’t stay too much longer after the parade ended, I still had to meet Kim at Fig and Olive, which thankfully wasn’t too far from where I was.

Happy Halloween Everyone