Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn Holiday 2016


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Get a jump start on your holiday shopping this season! Luminaa will be setting up shop at the New York Renegade Craft Fair at Sunset Park, Brooklyn at Industry City. Shop our new collection of handmade dresses, wearable for daytime and evening! We’ll be showcasing our handmade designs alongside 300+ makers, artists, and food vendors. This event is free and open to the public.  Treat yourself to a holiday party dress, or pick out a thoughtful gift for that special someone!

Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn December Market
December 10-11, 2016
Saturday & Sunday, 11-6pm
Industry City
233 37th St.
Brooklyn, NY  11232

In the meantime, visit our web shop to check out our designs and follow us on Instagram for a behind the scenes peek of what’s to come.


Blood Moon and Pecan Pie


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Weird combination eh? Sunday was the day viewing the Blood Moon, aka Lunar Eclipse here in New York and I was preparing for a small dinner party at my apartment. The plan was to do a traditional creole dinner. Pecan pie seemed to be the fitting ending so I decided to go with it. But first comes first, we all had to run up to the roof to see the moon. We took the elevator up to the roof opened the door and found some neighbors also hanging around enjoying the scene. It was quite a lovely night but with some cloud cover. As the clouds parted among the New York skyline, we saw the red moon in all its’ glory. The shade was a light red tint instead of a deep red. However, it was a sight to see. It was my first lunar eclipse! The clouds crept over the moon again and the moment was gone. After a couple of glasses of white wine and good conversation, we all made our way back to the apartment and ended it w/ homemade pecan pie. Yum! Buttery, rich but not overpowering, it was a great way to end the night. After all we won’t see it again until 2033…. (the blood moon I mean!)

This recipe Is so simple, fast and utterly delicious. Here it is!

1 8″-in pie shell, baked

1/3 cup butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

3 eggs

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 cup chopped pecans

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

Mix the butter and brown sugar until smooth.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.  Stir in the syrup, pecans, vanilla and salt.  Fill the pie shell with the mixture.  Bake in oven at 375 for 30 minutes.

Smooth & Easy


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Some mornings I’m in the mood for a smoothie.  My recipe is very basic and sometimes I add something different from time to time.  This recipe is good for a single serving.

½ orange

½ banana

5/8 cup coconut juice

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

(optional) strawberries, raspberries

Pu Erh Part 2


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Yum, this tea is delicious!  The tea that I tried is again ordered from the company The Essence of Tea.  It’s a 1992 DaY e Loose leaf Sheng puerh.  It looks a lot different from the previous puer tea I had in my earlier post.  The size of the dry leaves are bigger & the smell earthy and woody.


When I put them in my ceramic pot and poured the water, the leaves slowly expanded.  The smell is again of earth, woods and surprisingly that of old books (in a good way!). 


The color of the tea is of a light amber & clear. 


After about 3 minutes of brewing, I had my first taste.  It is smooth but with a touch of bitterness that has gently faded away with time many years ago.  The aftertaste is clean & refreshing!  I like the mix and found that this tea is a keeper for everyday drinking at home.  I looked at the date 1992 and thought about what I was doing around that time.  Seems so long ago….

A Toast to Sangria


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During the summer, a refreshing drink of choice is sangria.  It’s lighter than plain wine, filled with fresh fruit and fun to look at.  Sangria is a drink that generally consists of wine (used as a base), chopped fruit, brandy and a sweetener. One can see that it is enjoyed all around the world.   So where does sangria come from and what’s the history?

Photo Credit via Flickr TheCulinaryGeek

Lets explore the history a little. Because of the dark red color, sangria comes from the Spanish word “sangre” which means blood.  Perhaps vampires enjoy this drink too as well as the living?  This tasty drink is usually served throughout Spain and Portugal during the hot summer months. The way it’s served is in a simple punchbowl at informal social gatherings.  An interesting tidbit, during the World’s Fair in New York City in 1964, sangria made its debut in the Spanish Pavillion.  Who would have known?

worlds fairPhoto Credit via Flickr PLCjr

There’s no one recipe for sangria.  Many variations are out there but the general ingredients are simple and the method to make it extremely easy.  Just the way I like it.

Here are the basics:


Many types of wine can be used, white or red.  The white versions are known as “sangria blanca”.  Mulled wine can also be used for sangria.  One good wine to try is a Rioja since it’s from Spain and can give your drink an authentic taste. If you can’t find Rioja, a Cabernet or a Bordeaux would be nice a substitution.


The types of fruits used can be endless for sangria.  It depends on the flavor you’re looking for.  I would say the guideline for using fruit depends on whether you are using white or red wine.  For white wine, fruits such as peaches, nectarines, melons, oranges and kiwis seem to be compatible.  As for red wine, fruits such as cherries, strawberries, grapes and blueberries seem in order.  There is no one way to do this. Experiment and see what happens!  For a bit of a twist, a few slices of ginger can be thrown in.


Sometimes a little “kick” is needed for sangria.  A safe bet is a splash of brandy.  If you want a fruit flavored liqueur, Grand Marnier or a triple sec (both orange flavored) is satisfactory.


A touch of honey, sugar and/or orange juice can be used, but not too much!

Chop the fruit, mix with wine, brandy, sweetener and let it sit overnight so the flavors can meld and become good friends with each other.  The next day, put the mixture in a big pitcher with some garnish (maybe mint?) and serve in ice filled glasses.  Serve chilled of course.

There you go, enjoy the unofficial drink of summer!

Home Decor from Santiago


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Looking for something special for the home or as a gift?  Check out textile designer Karen Barbe’s website for these fabulous things for the home.  Her handcrafted items include totebags, cushion, aprons and potholders.  I find the potholders so cute! Based in Santiago, Chile, Karen Barbe unique designs are inspired by traditional crafts and folklore.

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Tea Time With Pu erh


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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m a true lover of tea.  There are so many varieties but my top two that I like to drink daily are peppermint and pu erh tea.  I was first exposed to pu erh many years ago as a way of helping to digest a heavy meal.  The quality was a simple Chinese store bought brand called “Foojoy” and I remembered the smooth and easy taste.

So what is pu erh tea?  It’s a type of fermented tea produced in Yunnan Province in China.  The color of the tea is similar to black tea but the taste is different in that it’s smooth and not bitter.  The leaves are picked, dried  rolled and go through a microbial fermentation and oxidation process.  Currently there are two basic types of pu erh tea in the market, sheng “raw” and shu “ripe”.  The raw “sheng” variety has the leaves pressed into bricks/cakes, packaged and allowed to age over time. The taste of this can be described as astringent and slightly bitter.  In the shu “ripe” version, the leaves go through an accelerated fermentation process that makes the tea ready to drink without waiting for years.  The taste is very smooth and mellow.

Just recently I received my samples of aged sheng pu erh from a company called “The Essence of Tea”.  I ordered two aged shengs. A 1992 Da Ye Loose Pu erh and a 1970s Zhi Ye loose pu erh.  They even gave me a free sample of a young sheng dated 2012 which I will try & discuss later.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe first sample I tried is the 1970’s Zhi Ye.  The color of the dried leaves are a dark reddish brown.  I gave it a quick rinse and brewed it quickly.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe color of the tea is a nice dark golden orange color with good clarity.  The taste is smooth & very clean with a touch of earthiness.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe scent was subtle but I hinted a faint dried orange smell.  As I drank this, a very relaxing feeling descended on me.  The best part of this is no caffeine rush!  It’s a very good tea for everyday drinking after meals.

Looking at Fashion in 3D


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Now I’ve been hearing about this 3D printing technology for a quick second but not regarding apparel.  A 3D printing company called “Shapeways” printed this lovely dress that was designed by  Michael Schmidt &  Francis Bitonti.  The material is made out of nylon, dyed black, lacquered and is covered with over 13,000 Swarovski crystals.  Pretty amazing!  I love the design and of course Dita Von Teese (whom I admire her style tremendously) looks fabulous!

mad max

What I found interesting is that the sleeves remind me of Tina Turner’s character “Auntie Entity” in the Mad Max movie from looooong ago.  Maybe they were inspired by it?