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Love is fearless, and when one chooses to love beyond the borders of themselves, then they’re in a position to inspire, uplift and create change where it’s needed. Take this power couple, Justin Toca and Monica Toca for example… This eccentric duo have established a quarterly themed tribal house party at NYC’s Cielo nightclub where they’ve raised donations to fund a children’s organization called The Ale Ale Foundation. Thus, they are giving back to their community while enjoying life together.

Are they twin flames? Soul mates? Or just two love birds who were destined to meet for a greater purpose? Both were born worlds apart from each other with Justin having roots from Managua, Nicaragua and Monica from Dallas, Texas. And yet the two found each other in the NYC nightlife scene to later wed on July 14, 2013. Due to Justin’s heritage, he promoted Latin/Brazilian parties for over 20 years in some of the hottest clubs such as The Tunnel, Palladium, and Limelight just to name a few. And with Monica’s love for the Arts as a former Theater major and TISH NYU graduate, they combined their expertise and produced “The Toca Cielo Party”.

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5thYEARanniversaryFour times throughout the year, they host a spectacular costume themed party with live drummers, conga players and burlesque dancers uniquely designed to provide a fantasy inspired atmosphere. In addition, they’ve even featured a snake dancer. (Yes! A real live snake). Risque, classy, flamboyant and extravagant – are all words to describe this eclectic vibe of Artists dressed in theatrical attire to unite underneath the umbrella of Afro/Tribal/World House Music and Samba.

Wait! There’s more…

On top of their event reaching its remarkable five year anniversary on the 30th of this May, they’ll also be celebrating the 2nd year opening of their Long Island City, Queens TOCA NYC STORE this Summer.  I know what you’re probably thinking? What else can’t this fabulous couple do? They definitely show and prove that the power of two is the secret to success… as everything they touch multiplies!

TOCA NYC STOREWithin walking distance near The Socrates Park and The Noguchi Museum in Astoria Queens, lays their vintage shop which is quickly being recognized as the neighborhood’s treasure chest. Due to the couples love for travel, they’ve chosen unique pieces from around the globe that are rare to come by. Thus, with some of the antiques available for sale, it should be easy to find some beautiful gifts for Mother’s and Father’s Day! Below is a small selection of recommended items.

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Vegan Drink – Flaco Coquito

Flaco_CoquitoIf all it takes is one person to make a difference, then imagine what a family can do? Cynthia Sepulveda Caballero, a mother of three, has paved the way for her daughters to inherit greatness as they work closely together, moving and shaking within the Entertainment industry as brand ambassadors of Cynthia’s product “Flaco Coquito – The Skinny Coquito”.

Have you ever noticed the genius marketing skills behind Pepsi commercials as they’d hire only the biggest celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Shakira and Britney Spears just to name a few? Well, in that same concept, Cynthia Sepulveda Caballero, has been making a huge impact in the indie art scene as today’s go-to drink by connecting with several artists! The difference? Is that while Coquito is an alcoholic coconut flavored drink popular within the Caribbean, most of mainstream America is still unfamiliar with it. You see, drinking Coquito is a huge tradition amongst Latino communities, especially around Christmas when relatives show up at your doorstop with a bottle to share. However, the cool thing about Flaco Coquito – The Skinny Coquito, is that it’s the first of its kind to be offered with vegan, organic and low fat options for the purpose of maintaining ones health.

“Flaco Coquito is all about change and innovation,” says Caballero. “We are trendsetting, and we place a high value on maintaining a healthy lifestyle which is why my daughter, Elena Rosa, is the perfect face to represent this company because she’s very conscious of the way she eats and how she lives.”

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Cynthia'sMOMSpeaking of change, while Caballero was pushing Flaco Coquito within the indie art scene, she formed a bond with gypsy soul singer, Edwin Vazquez, whom she worked closely with for a few years. Within that period, Edwin gave her daughter, Elena, vocal lessons while Cynthia managed and booked some of his performances. However, as life would have it, the inevitable occurred when it became time for Cynthia to lay her mother to rest after she passed away just this year.

“Losing a parent is horrible,” says Caballero. “Because it’s still fresh, it still feels unreal to me. There’s times that I wanna call her and then I forget that she’s not here anymore. But then I remember how she wouldn’t want me to wallow. She’d want me to press on. She’d want me to be happy.”

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Maya Goddess Juices

10470809_406982646117549_6590479447245819964_n Beauty comes from within. No wonder why “juice expert” Maya Chambers, who is a wellness coach, visionary and founder of Maya Goddess, exudes so much beauty. When we met for the first time in the West Village at Think Coffee, I knew right away who was responsible for creating Maya Goddess. Tall & sleek with a short ‘do, strong eyes with an inviting smile, a bold color red on her lips that just so happened to match the same hue on her nails, vibrant skin; beauty emanated from her. I introduced myself with confidence knowing that this was in fact Maya.

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While we were on line choosing our style of hydration, (she chose cold and refreshing water, I chose a hot herbal tea,) Maya quickly apologized for pushing back the meeting time so that she could deliver a juice to one of her clients. Of course it did not cause a problem with me, I was super impressed. Like, hello she hand delivers… couldn’t wait to hear more.

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After finding a nice semi-quiet spot (it took a minute, we are in NYC after all) we sat, sipped and chatted for what seemed like minutes but were more like hours. This is when I discovered that her outer beauty was a reflection of her inner beauty.

Intrigued in how Maya Goddess came about we took it back, way back. Maya is a lovely blend of Latina roots. The women before her came from the islands of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain and Turks & Caicos, a Goddess for sure. However, the inspiration, the guidance and so much more came from her mother, aunt, and abuela (grandmother.) Maya was raised by three naturally beautiful women who were strong and educated; all having master degrees…even abuelas mom, Nana, she was the first Puerto Rican female teacher. Can we say ‘Wow’, definitely picking up the sense that Maya had a very empowering environment in which she was brought up in. No wonder why, Maya says

“Education is key, awareness is key…be that vessel, spread the awareness.”

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Dhylles “The Coaching Cupid” Davis

LifeCoach_DhyllesAs a young girl, Dhylles, was the go to person that people entrusted with their thoughts and inner secrets. Dhylles was told that her input and insight truly helped and has always been life changing. No matter what the situation, Dhylles, was always willing and able to assist anyone who needed a listening ear with a humble heart.

Dhylles realized six years ago once she found herself that she has always been a life coach but in order for her to have come to that realization, she had to do some real soul searching and self-discovery of her own. She had to take accountability and responsibility for the mistakes and regrets she created in her past. Dhylles decided to make positive changes and went through the process of self-love, acceptance, approval and most importantly self-forgiveness in order to obtain healing and closure.

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Time to invest in YOU!

Ladies please mark your calendar for Feb. 21st 2015 for the next Sip and Chat suddenly approaching in the new year! Are you looking to find healing, peace, joy and happiness within?

inner+peaceDo you need assistance in building self-confidence, self-acceptance and self-love?

Do you need assistance in rebuilding your faith?

Do you need assistance finding your voice?

Are you ready for new beginnings but not sure how to start?

Studios 150
150 West 46th Street
Studio 7.5
Btwn 6th and 7th Avenues

www.febsipchat.eventbrite.com

Beverages & light snacks as well as feel good bags will be included in ticket price.

Holiday Gift Recommendations

Holiday Gift Recommendations

‘Tis the season to spend money on our loved ones! But you say the holidays can get pretty pricey? Then why not show your love by purchasing gifts from small business owners and creative entrepreneur’s in our own industry? That’s right! Giving one little item can go a long way, especially when it’s exclusive and can’t be found in one of those big chain stores. Below are some organic product recommendations that we at Inner Vibrations recommend for gift giving this Holiday season – all made from creative artists that started their own businesses to replace the word ‘struggling’ with the word ‘independent’ Artist.

Mona Bode – Spoken Word Recording Artist

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Mona is a Spoken Word Recording Artist who launched her apothecary line, Mona Bode’s Creations, which includes body butters, hair products and more. Our top choice is her Loc Maintenance Set complete with hot oil, shampoo, loc butter, and pineapple-vanilla body oil & lotion.

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Cynthia Sepulveda Caballero & Edwin Vazquez

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A mother of 3, this woman knows how to juggle! While managing singer/songwriter Edwin Vazquez, she also caters events with her own healthy beverage: Flaco Coquito (made with alcohol and without). They make great additions for Christmas and New Year parties, or to give in replacement of a wine bottle. Hey! Why not be original? Speaking of which, they have vegan and low fat options!

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Nydia Norville – Owner of CHOISELLE

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A professional model who appeared in several hair magazines, foot and hand Advertisements, catwalk runways and more, this lady took all that she learned about the beauty industry and launched the organic skincare line CHOISELLE. A native from the island of St. Lucia, her products are made to soothe dry skin with natural ingredients from the Caribbean. A great gift for mom, siblings, girlfriends, or yourself.

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MTV European Music Awards Nominee, Oliver Sean, released an unplugged Christmas album featuring the classic remake, “Please Come Home For Christmas” by Elvis Presley. If you’re looking to play some romantic music under the mistletoe, I suggest downloading his tunes to get into the Christmas spirit!

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