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A Q&A with Girlboss Nicole Williams of Made Real Vodka

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Made Real Vodka proclaims that it’s for the “the makers, the moonlighters, and the hustlers.” If their events are any barometer, Made Real gets that life — the life of the freelancer, the wanderluster, the foodie, the free-spirited fashionista.

The vodka company’s recent events include a superfun cheesemaking class with the chef of Humboldt & Jackson, a cocktail-making class with talented mixologist Rachel Kim of the NoMad, and an upcoming Thursday, March 24th Made Real Connections open bar, shopping event and fashion panel with Hannah Dilworth, the owner of Williamsburg store Concrete + Water.

We got to attend a Made Real event and taste-test the vodka, which is warm, spicy and a touch sweet from its honey distillation, rather than cool and aloof like some vodkas (we’re not naming any names here). It was smooth and didn’t bite when consumed neat, and fun and easy to mix with. After the event, we got to chat with Nicole Williams, Made Real’s Head of Brand (and formerly a marketing girlboss at big names like Nastygal and NYLON), to get the scoop on what’s behind this beautiful bottle.

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Designer Wray Serna Makes Greenpoint Gals Positively Elemental

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One of the reasons I moved to this neighborhood is that so many women have the most intriguing sense of style. Wray is a cool and subtle line that has spark and mystery for any Greenpoint woman. I sat down with the designer, Wray Serna, to discuss her amazing collection and why she loves creating and living in Greenpoint.
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Little Poland Gallery presents “Women for Women” Designers Sales Event (3/7-3/8)

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, Little Poland Gallery is hosting, Women for Women Designers Sale Event. The gallery will be presenting an incredible collection of women’s clothing made by a carefully curated selection of European designers, and featuring natural fabrics including beautiful linens and cottons.  All of the items are being offered at extremely affordable prices, making this the perfect chance to get started on your spring wardrobe.  Plus every woman will leave with a FREE gift with their purchase.

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Half-Price Haircuts for Gingers at Greenpoint’s Kennaland…and Special Discounts for Locals too!!

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Having ginger hair, I’ve always felt a connection to other redheads. It’s like the bond you feel when you discover someone else shares the same slightly obscure hobby to you, except that with hair color you don’t even have to engage in conversation to know that you have something rare in common. This is why beaming at each other in the street is frequent practice among gingers.

During a recent event at the Franklin Street Community Garden I met a fellow ginger who also happened to be a Greenpointer and a world-class hairdresser, so naturally I was somewhat excited. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Summer Fashion Roundup

Summer is officially here and after that hella winter, we best greet this long-awaited season in style. Welcome back, sun, sweat, and subway tunnels that smell and feel like the depths of Hell!

Kidding! More like, welcome back bike rides and outdoor brunch and tan lines!

With the abundance of shopping Greenpoint provides, it won’t be hard to coordinate the perfect outfit for that afternoon spent in Transmitter Park, your friend’s rooftop BBQ next weekend, or for your morning commute walking across the Pulaski while cursing the G train in a few weeks. Here are a few outfit options and some summer essentials courtesy of our awesome neighborhood to make the warm months even sweeter:

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The Back Room Consignment Shop

The Back Room Consignment Shop & Art Gallery

When I visited the Back Room Consignment Shop (832 Manhattan Ave), I spent an hour looking through the collection. Sally, the owner, was very kind and helpful, as was Darius, who selected some of the clothes to show me. It was a welcoming environment and I recommend this place to my friends because it had some rarities like a Betsey Johnson dress from her Paraphernelia days and other cool things.

We chatted with Sally, a former burlesque dancer and Greenpoint “native.”

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“Wear Sequins for Breakfast” & Sip + Shop at Vintage Shaun Pop-Up Tonight (3/6)

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While walking down Meserole, we noticed the Vintage Shaun Pop-Up shop and met shop owner / commercial fashion stylist / FIT teacher Shaunya Hartley, a Brooklyn born and raised, bad ass babe who had some unique fashion advice and great vintage to boot.

“I believe you should wear sequins for breakfast,” she told us in all seriousness then explained how once after she had just finished a dental cleaning she ran into an ex who thought she looked “fabulous,” and she swore it was the sequins that saved the day. Continue reading

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Shop this Saturday: Daddy’s Handmade Treasures #2 (3/8)

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On Saturday 3/8, venture over to Daddy’s (435 Graham Avenue) for a pop-up shop curated by Debbie Tuch, creator of the jewelry line Glitterlimes. Shoppers can find artisanal goods such as Muffy Brandt printed leggings and tops, Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav) illustrations, Andrew Salome knits, Jena Derman ceramics, Julie Van Such digital print scarves, Junior Town Knits hand-dyed yarn straight from Los Angeles, Wowch clothing, and of course, Glitterlimes.

DJ Knife Fight will be spinning pre-Beatles rock and there will be drinks on hand.

RSVP to Daddy’s Handmade Treasures.

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People of 2morrow Valentine’s Fete Tomorrow! (2/13)

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February 13th, Valentine's Fete at People of 2morrow

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, one of our favorite new vintage shops in Greenpoint – People of 2morrow – is having a Valentine’s Fete this Thursday 2/13/14 from 6-9pm. Support local artisans at this warm festive gathering and shop for you lover or your fine self.  Continue reading

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SEL¥AK // “For Beach, For The Bedroom.”

“Does one fall in love in the Moroccan desert, or fall in love with the Moroccan desert? I couldn’t tell, and maybe I didn’t need to know the difference!”

Karina Seljak, a featured vendor at this Sunday’s Valentine’s Market, talked to Greenpointers about a love filled trip that was her design inspiration of her apparel line.

“I came away from my trip inspired to make garments that were made from single pieces of fabric, draping the body to protect it from the wind and the sun, and creating beautiful and ever changing silhouettes, that makes the wearer feel free and sexy.”

Her motto is, “For the beach, for the bedroom.”

Follow Karina on Instagram @karinaseljak.

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