There are moments when I absolutely positively love New York City and this past July 4th was one of those moments. It was one of those days when you wake up and the whole day is just smooth sailing. I’ve been partying like a mad woman. I think it’s unconsciously because I’m trying to get over a guy that I’m still kinda talking to and also well because it’s SUMMER! Summer is my favorite time of year. It’s the time when I switch from my winter foundation (Cover FX N90) to my summer foundation which is MAC in a deeper hue. I love getting my summer melanin on, mostly because my skin gets dark enough that I can easily hide my blemishes. Thankfully my favorite Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Serum from The Body Shop has already evened my skintone and blemishes out over the last month (hurry and buy it while its only $13!). But I digress, I had the time of my life Tuesday, dancing on a rooftop until the sun set and then driving over the Triborough Bridge as the fireworks blasted lighting up the dark waters of the East River.William Vale Hotel rooftop and enjoying the spectacular views. I also need to tell you that they have the best short ribs and apple pie bites with caramel dipping sauce that I’ve ever had. So I didn’t make it into that party but now I know where to have an amazing date in the future. About 2 weeks ago I attended my first Everyday People Party at La Marina and look, I had thee time of my life. Y’all saw it on my instagram right? I ran into people I’d only known from Instagram (isn’t that always so much fun?) and I danced until my feet were swollen. It was a
hell of a good time and after that I was HOOKED. So when this recent one on Independence Day popped up I was there EARLY. I danced to afro and caribbean beats all night with a 25 year old Jamaican. I danced with my friends and I met tons of people. I wined my waist on a rooftop surrounded by throngs of gorgeous black bodies as the sun set to my right over the East River. There was a moment when the wind blew and I just looked around at the people, the buildings, the sunset and thought wow I love this city. I then airdropped a group photo of my friends and I to everyone within 5 feet of me. That’s always a fun thing to do lol. Someone did the same thing to me while I was at brunch in California for my birthday.[/aesop_content]
We left about an hour before the party ended to beat the traffic back to Harlem. But not before stopping at a Halal trunk for rice and lamb with hot sauce. That was not my choice, I wanted ice-cream but alas I only had 3 bucks in cash and had to combine my moneys with a friends to purchase a real meal lol. I danced so much Tuesday night my feet still hurt. I’m also pretty sure I have Nigerian and Trinidadian ancestors. After sitting on a step I’m sure had been peed on in the last 24 hours and eating we hopped in a yellow cab and made our way back to Harlem. And serendipitously as soon as we started to cross the bridge with Brooklyn in our rearview and the Manhattan skyline in the distance the fireworks started. We had the best seats in the house right on the bridge in front of it all. People had pulled over and had gotten out of their cars to take photos. It was beautiful really and even though I don’t really celebrate Independence Day the fireworks were amazing. I slept all of 4 hours before having to get up to work a 10 hour shift but damn it was worth it! I live for one of those nights in the city.
Oh and if you haven’t read it yet, check out my So you wanna move to New York City? post. Oh and keep up with all the NYC Events this month where you can have one of those city nights: