Holiday Entertaining // Arise 360 TV Segment

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I can’t believe it’s been a full year since my first segment on Arise 360! I have the biggest appreciation for my very special friend Sheila for bringing me into this world! xo Muah!
If you missed my Holiday Entertaining segment on Arise 360 here’s your’ chance to check out my tips on creating a chic and festive Holiday Soiree.

Thanks to Lola, Shannon, Sheila, Eka, and the whole Arise Team for having me. Also, a  very special thank you to Adonis, Raedawn and Fallon for helping me pop! on camera. It takes a village to make the magic happen.

  • Segment Production // pop! by YAZ @yazatpop
  • Production Assistant // Adonis Frank
  • Decor + Flowers // pop! by YAZ
  • Make-up // Raedawn Johnson @raedawnmua

Click HERE to see the segment!

Happy Holidays!

Cheers!

Yaz

Lola’s Baby Shower // Arise 360 TV Segment

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Lola’s Baby Shower // Arise 360 TV Segment

Lola’s having a baby!!!

With each visit to the Arise Studios, I have seen Lola’s little baby bump grow and now it’s time to celebrate this most amazing occasion.

If you missed out on the LIVE airing of Arise 360 on Arise TV, you still have an opportunity to see my Baby Shower segment for the ever fabulous Lola Ogunnaike. I created a Winter Luxe theme, which is simply perfect for a gender neutral shower. Will she have a little Prince or Princess. Click on the link to see!

Stay tuned as I will be sharing behind the scenes shots and tips for throwing a perfect Baby Shower.

  • Segment Production // pop! by YAZ @yazatpop
  • Production Assistant // Breanna Arthur
  • Decor // pop! by YAZ
  • Flowers // pop! by YAZ
  • Make-up // Charlene Armstrong @LashLens
  • Photos // Amy Anaiz Photo @AmyAnaizPhoto
  • Cakes // IM Pastry Studio @IMPastryStudio

Congrats to Lola on your blessing!

Click HERE to see the segment!

Cheers!

Yaz

Cocktails with Belle Atlanta // Demetria Lucas

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Presented by SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach

Demetria and I go waaaaaaay back. It only seemed right to connect her with the team over at SKYY Infusions as they were launching their SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach and she was promoting the season finale of Blood, Sweat & Heels and her two books A Belle in Brooklyn and Don’t Waste Your Pretty.  A lot of blood and sweat was put into producing this event. The outcome was just peach-y! Only the best for my girlee!

More than 300 guests joined Demetria for a “Cocktails with Belle” viewing party hosted by the newly launched SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka at Bar One Atlanta on Sunday night to toast the season finale of Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat & Heels.  Guests sipped on SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach cocktails through the night as they rubbed elbows with names like Peter Thomas (Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Atlanta), Toya + Eugene Harris (Bravo TV’s Married to Medicine), Africa Miranda (Bravo TV’s The New Atlanta) and Ariane Davis (VH1’s Love + Hip Hop Atlanta).

Check out more photos, cocktails and fab people from Belle’s “Blood, Sweat and Heels” season finale party!

Follow Belle as she delivers great relationship and dating advice in her blog ABelleInBrooklyn.com
Twitter: @ABelleInBK // Instagram: @ABelleInBK

pop!ELEMENTS

  • Event Production // pop! by YAZ
  • Decor // pop! by YAZ
  • Flowers // Darryl Wiseman Flowers
  • Cocktails // SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach
  • Venue // Bar One, Atlanta
  • Photos + Video  //McIntosh Bros

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Demetria Lucas and Yaz QuilesWe have talked about this moment for a very long time. So happy it came to fruition and we were able to celebrate the season finale of Blood, Sweat & Heels, her book A Belle in Brooklyn and of course, the highly anticipated release of her new book Don’t Waste Your Pretty. I love supporting my friends who are making major moves! I love you girlee! #GirlPower

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Demetria Step and Repeat SKYY Infusions BottleDemetria Lucas of Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat & Heels toasts the show’s season finale with the newly launched SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka at Atlanta hotspot Bar One on Sunday.

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Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Toya Ariane Peter DemetriaDemetria Lucas poses with Bravo TV stars Toya Harris, Peter Thomas and Ariane Davis at a viewing party for the season finale of Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat & Heels at Bar One Atlanta on Sunday hosted by SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka.

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Toya and EugeneDemetria Lucas poses with Bravo TV’S Married to Medicine stars Toya and Eugene Harris at a viewing party for the season finale of Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat & Heels at Bar One Atlanta on Sunday hosted by SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka.

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - DJ FaDelf and Demtria LucasDemetria Lucas poses with DJ FaDelf

Cocktails with Belle - DJ Trauma and YazEvery time I go to Atlanta I have to check in on my dude DJ Trauma.

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - funThere was plenty of fun had with SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach in VIP with Rita K. Davis of Cocoafab.com, Lifestyle blogger/photographer Kodak Boi, Kiwi of Kiwiwithbeauty.com and Mr. Versatile himself, DJ FaDelf.

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Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - SKYY Infusions Cocktails

Here are some of the cocktails featured at Bar One.

Georgia Peach Pre-Tea
2 oz SKYY Infusions® Georgia Peach
3 oz Iced Tea
Squeeze of fresh Lemon

Mix over ice in a tall glass. Squeeze and drop lemon wedge.

Georgia Peach Belle-ini
1½ oz SKYY Infusions® Georgia Peach
3½ oz Champagne
Drop of Peach Nectar

Mix together in a Champagne flute. Garnish with peach wedge.

Oscar’s Viewing Party // Printables

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Oscar’s Viewing Party // Printables

Black History at The Academy Awards Trivia Game
Test your knowledge and learn more about those who have paved the way.
Click on the link below for our printable Oscars Trivia Game. Enjoy!

Black History Academy Awards Trivia Quiz

Oscars Ballot
Predict the winners and challenge your guests.
Click on the image below for our printable Oscars ballot. Good luck!

2014 Oscars Nominee Ballot

Oscar’s Viewing Party // Cocktails

Oscar’s Viewing Party // Cocktails

Tune in today as I show you how to create these Oscar nominee inspired cocktails made with SKYY Vodka’s newly unveiled Infusions flavors Vanilla Bean and Georgia Peach. They will be featured on my award worthy Oscar’s Viewing Party segment on Arise 360, TODAY Wednesday, February 26th at 2PM EST or 7PM EST on www.arise.tv

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Prescription Peach
Inspired by // Dallas Buyers Club
Created by Mixologist John deBary

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach
2 oz. Ginger Kombucha
2 oz. Green Tea
¾ oz. Lime Juice
3 Cucumber Wheels
2 pieces Candied Ginger
Cucumber and Sliced Peaches for garnish

Combine ginger and cucumber in a shaker and muddle thoroughly. Add lime juice and SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach. Fill shaker with ice and shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a double old fashioned glass. Add Ginger Kombucha and chilled green tea. Garnish with cucumber sticks and sliced peaches.

SKYY Vanilla Bean - Spiked Root Bear Float_edited-1Spiked Root Beer Float
Inspired by // Gravity
Created by Mixologist Adam Wilson

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Vanilla Bean
4-6 oz. Root Beer
1 scoop Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Syrup
Carmel Syrup
2 Ginger Snaps

In float glass, combine SKYY Infusions Vanilla Bean and root beer. Add vanilla ice cream. Drizzle syrups in crisscross pattern. Chop one snap and sprinkle over ice cream. Garnish with whole ginger snap.

LupitaThe Lupita
Inspired by //Lupita Nyong’s Red Ralph Lauren Cape Dress
Created by Yaz

pop! INGREDIENTS

  • To be released today LIVE on air!

AKOO’s 5th Anniversary Celebration at Agenda // featuring T.I., B.o.B. & Jonathan Mannion

T.I. and the Akoo Models

I know I have been M.I.A., but know that I have been a busy little bee. I’m currently nursing a flu that I caught while out in Vegas producing this amazing event for Akoo Clothing. In  between medication cocktails, I figured I’d share some of the photos from the event. Grateful for having such great clients! Thanks to everyone involved in making this big night happen including Akoo Clothing, Hustle Gang, Johnathan Mannion, Lavo, Best Reps, ColorEdge, Standard & Co., Boost, DJ Franzen and everyone else who participated.

AKOO Clothing Co. celebrated their 5th year anniversary in style during Agenda in Las Vegas last night! This private affair took place at the new Lavo Lounge and was hosted by Grammy Award winning Recording Artist and Actor, T.I., alongside Jason Geter, both of which are founders of this burgeoning brand. Guests were treated to cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, music by Las Vegas’ own DJ Franzen, go-go dancers as well as a fashion presentation of the exclusive AKOO x MANNION Collaboration and the Spring Collections of AKOO and Hustle Gang, which are in stores now. Special guests Recording Artist B.o.B., Photographer/Director Jonathan Mannion and Artist Sue Tsai were in attendance to celebrate the brand’s 5 years of success with T.I. and toasted to the many more years to come!

Check out the details!

pop!ELEMENTS

  • Event Production: pop! by YAZ
  • Venue: Lavo Lounge, Las Vegas
  • Photography: Joe Durkin
  • Decor: pop! by Yaz, ColorEdge, Standard & Co. and Boost
  • Models: Best Reps

T.I., Sabai Burnett, Jonathan Mannion, Mel Testamark and B.o.B.T.I., Sabai Burnett, Jonathan Mannion, Mel Testamark and B.o.B.

Yaz Quiles pop by YAZ Akoo Models
Yaz Quiles, pop! by Yaz // Akoo, AKOO x MANNION Collaboration and Hustle Gang Models

Jonathan Mannion & B.o.B.Jonathan Mannion and B.o.B.

B.o.B. and T.I. B.o.B. and T.I.

T.I. entering the Akoo 5 Year Anniversary Party  T.I. making his grand entranceB.o.B.B.o.B.

Grand Hustle CEO and AKOO’s co-founder, Jason Geter, Kirsten Daniels of Grand Hustle, and AKOO’s VP of Marketing, Sabai Burnett.Grand Hustle CEO and AKOO’s co-founder, Jason Geter, Kirsten Daniels of Grand Hustle, and AKOO’s VP of Marketing, Sabai Burnett.

Team Akoo Sabai Burnett, Yaz Quiles, Eileen Arias, Isis Arias   Yaz Quiles, Eileen Arias & Isis Arias aka #5FootCrew with Sabai Burnett – He knows he loves us!Shawn Solomon, Yaz Quiles, Charlie MuffLaShunda Davis, Shawn Solomon, Yaz Quiles and Charlie Muff

DJ Franzen - Akoo DJ Franzen

Sue Tsai AkooArtist and Akoo Book of Kings honoree, Sue Tsai

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Akoo Hustle Gang  ModelAkoo, Akoo Women, AKOO x MANNION Collaboration and Hustle Gang

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Akoo ModelAkoo and Akoo Women

Akoo Go-Go DancersGo-Go Dancers

Molly Sito & Yaz Quiles Akoo 5 Year Anniversary Party
Molly Sito & Yaz Quiles

Chinese New Year Celebration // Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year - The Girls in Mandarin Dresses

Chinese New Year Celebration // Year of the Horse

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the year of the Horse. It is a year for renewal and growth. The horse is strong and swift, and teaches us to seize the moment!

With the Chinese New Year being right around the corner, I thought the best way to teach my Baby Bear about the traditions and splendor of the occasion was with a Chinese New Year Play Date Party! Thankfully we are only a short ride away to Chinatown, so we ventured off for an afternoon of learning, shopping, eating and plain ole’ mommy and me fun. The following day we decorated the house and had a fun-filled day with all of her buddies!

See how it all came together…

pop!ELEMENTS

  • Event Production: pop! by YAZ
  • Venue: Private Residence
  • Photography: pop! by YAZ
  • Decor +  Favors: pop! by YAZ via Pearl River Mart + Chinatown
  • Mandarin Dresses: Chinatown

Chinese New Year - Mommy and Baby BearMe and the Baby Bear! We just love having our friends over and dressing up.

Chinese New Year - Mandarin DressMandarin Dress
Baby Bear and I went shopping in Chinatown and scored by finding these beautiful Mandarin dresses for all of her friends.  Upon entry, we surprised them with the choice of a dress for them to wear during the festivities.

Chinese New Year - Baby BearMy Baby Bear!!!

Chinese New Year - Dragon Flower CenterpieceTangerines
During Chinese New Year, tangerines and oranges are displayed as decorations and are also exchanged among friends and acquaintances. Sometimes, small trees are kept for this purpose. Fruit is almost always a good Chinese New Year’s gift. Oranges and tangerines are a traditional favorite, though, and can also represent happiness and abundance, as in an abundant harvest. If there are still leaves and a stem attached to the fruit, it also means fertility.

Chinese New Year - Mouth of the Dragon
The Centerpiece

The peony is considered to be the “Flower of Richness and Good Luck” in China. Therefore it is a favorite New Year decoration. I also included a paper dragon with a pearl mouth piece.

Chinese New Year - Gold HorsesYear of the Horse
2014 is the Year of the Horse according to Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Horse starts from Jan. 31, 2014 (the Lunar New Year / Spring Festival of China) and lasts to Feb. 18, 2015. I painted the horses gold as it represents happiness and prosperity.

Chinese New Year - LanternsLanterns
The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of traditional Chinese calendar. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles. People also get together to celebrate the beginning of spring by watching fireworks and eating Yuanxiao (sweet stuffed dumplings made of glutinous rice flour served in soup).  The festival officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Chinese New Year - The Kids TableChinese New Year - Dragon Smiles

Chinese New Year - Year of the HorseLion Dance
Street celebrations often include a traditional lion dance which is believed to scare away evil and bring good luck. There are usually two dancers. One acts as the head and the other the body. They dance to a drum, cymbals and a gong. On the head of the lion is mirror so that evil spirits will be frightened away by their own reflections. As the lion runs along the streets he begins to visit different places. On his way he meets another person, the ‘Laughing Buddha’ who is dressed in monk’s robes and a mask. He teases the lion with a fan made of banana-leaves which makes the lion jump around.

Chinese New Year - Red FlowersRed Flowers
Red is a very important color as it represents happiness, purity, celebration, health and luck.

Chinese New Year - Paper Dragon

Chinese New Year - Crafting 2

Chinese New Year - Friends

Chinese New Year - Friends

Chinese New Year - Interpretive Lion DanceCrafts + Fun
Paper dragons, interpretative lion dances, spontaneous hugs and tons of laughter ensued throughout the afternoon.

Chinese New Year - Toasting

Chinese New Year - Feast table
Chinese New Year - The Feast
The Feast
Steamed Vegetables
Dumplings
Wontons
Steamed Rice
Beef Fried Rice
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Chicken Lo Mein
Pink Fortune Cake
Sweet Biscuits
Tangerines

Noodles
When served during Chinese New Year, noodles shouldn’t be cut or broken into pieces. Long noodles represent a nice long life, although eating them could get a little messy.

Dumplings
Chinese dumplings are one of the most important foods in Chinese New Year.  They symbolize wealth as their shape is similar to ancient gold or silver ingots.

Chinese New Year - Eating with ChopsticksMehar showing off her chopstick skills.

Chinese New Year - Mean Muggin'Uh oh! Looks like somebody is mean muggin’!!!! She thought she didn’t get a tangerine. No tangerine, no good fortune! YIKES!

Chinese New Year - Eat Fortune CakeAhaana nibbles on pink Fortune Cake.

Chinese New Year - Red Flowers Chinese New Year - Red EnvelopeRed Envelope
Early on New Years Day children receive lucky red packets called ‘Hong Bao’ containing sweets or money.

Chinese New Year - Kids FavorsFavors
Their gold take-out boxes included a small change purse, pink chopsticks and a mini doll.

Chinese New Year - Fortune CookieFortune Cookie // Year of the Horse
Now is the time to implement meaningful changes in our lives. With its wild spirit, the horse longs to roam the land freely. It is a year for bold adventures and enlightening exploration. It’s a good time to travel afar! The Wood Horse can bring you good fortune, new journeys, and a replenished spirit.

Chinese New Year - Life of LaughterLive, love and laughter
Live like the moment pictured. Exuberant, engaged and with all of your heart.  Make everyday pop! Let go and LIVE!!!!