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Pop-Up for Dreamers Invite

Looking for something to do this weekend? Jo Liu of Alibi NYC, and Abbi Stern of Brooklyn Heavy Metal, are teaming up to turn their dreams into a reality with Pop-Up for Dreamers, created for the fashion-forward holiday shopper. This holiday pop-up will feature unique gifts that are handmade in NYC. Open for one week only, Pop-Up for Dreamers will make open on Friday, November 28th with its F*ck Black Friday launch party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be open daily from Saturday, November 29th, through Friday, December 5th, at 201 Allen Street (between Houston and Stanton) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Featured designers include hats by Alessandra Rivera, jewelry by Alibi NYC and Brooklyn Heavy Metal, clothing by Karie Laks, scarves by Heather Rose, and leather bags and Accessories by Mary Lai and R Y E. Designer products range in price from $40-$1,200, with smaller items priced at $40 and below. Smaller items include Crimson and Clover‘s greeting cards for the inappropriate, lip balms and scrubs by Stewart and Claire and candles by Photerian. Pop-Up for Dreamers will also feature a series of events throughout the week

The launch party will feature small bites by El Rey, Rum from PRYM, and a guest bartender making a PRYM SIN signature cocktail designed by Halyards and PRYM for the event. The first 50 guests will receive canvas gift bags with gift items from Manic Panic nail polish, Stewart and Claire lip balm, and Jira Couture eyelashes, and a few lucky people will even walk away with some Plush apparel.

If you can’t make it on opening night, there will be special events going on throughout the rest of the pop-up as well. Stop by on Saturday or Sunday for manicures and mimosas with Eda of Lady Fancy Nails, sponsored by Manic Panic.

Or you can stop by on Monday for G&T’s with Jinna sponsored by Barr Hill Gin. Jinna is working on a project called Voice Your Dream and will be doing a photo booth with Emma McDonald Photography where people can write their dream on a white board and have their photo taken, while drinking Gin and Tonics of course!

On Tuesday, Mandee from Suite 303 will be cutting bangs and doing trims and a bartender from Fort Defiance will be making their Bourbon Milk Punch for “Milk and Cookie” night with Van Brunt Distillery Bourbon Whiskey!

And on Thursday, Tarot Society and Las Brujas will be there with their Hang-Mans Liquor. Darcy, the founder of the Tarot Society, will be doing palm readings all night.

Hope to see you all there!

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ZOETIK first came up on bkstyled’s radar during a cocktail party hosted by the New York Distilling Co. back in May. The stylish Vivienne So was behind me in line for the crêpe truck and we decided to do a little write-up on her metallic look for the blog. It turned out she was wearing jewelry from her own line, a collaborative project called ZOETIK she works on with jewelry designer Jason Choi. Since then, our guest style writer Aileen Olmedo was spotted wearing ZOETIK at New York Fashion Week and it seemed like it was time for us to get to know them a little better. Read on for Aileen’s interview with Vivienne and Jason.

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Aileen Olmedo: Zoetik is still fairly new. For you and your partner, what was the tipping point in creating the brand?

Jason Choi: For me it was realizing that I had a chance to make a difference with all the relationships I built throughout my years on the manufacturing/business side of the industry.

Vivienne So: Knowing about the crazy markups and middlemen involved in the industry, we knew we could offer something better than what was available in the market. I have sensitive skin and have always had problems with costume jewelry. So being hypoallergenic, as well as stylish and affordable, became an important pillar for us.

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AO: The name has a great zing to it, what’s the meaning behind the name?

JC/VS: ZOETIK comes from the greek root “zoe” which means “pertaining to life.” We believe that our jewelry can go with every part of your life. The ZOETIK woman leads an active lifestyle!

AO: I love the “Jewelry for a Cause” collection for Restore NYC. For those who don’t know about their organization, would you like to explain your collaboration with the nonprofit?

JC/VS: Restore NYC is an amazing organization here in New York that helps rebuild the lives of sex trafficking victims. They create safe houses for these women whose lives have been destroyed by modern-day slavery and help them get back on their feet through different programs. We knew immediately that this was something we needed to support, since most people don’t realize that sex trafficking is happening right here in New York. The collection we created for Restore NYC reflects their message but also holds special meaning for anyone going through a tough time. The Lionness stands for empowerment/strength, Pearl for rebirth, Cactus Flower for perseverance, and the Hamsa Hand for protection. A percentage of proceeds from every piece sold goes to Restore NYC.

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AO: Let’s play favorites. What pieces have you been wearing over and over from ZOETIK?

JC: Not gonna lie, the cubic zirconia ring. Many people have walked in on me wearing it and admiring it.

VS: Haha! It’s a pretty epic ring–it’s cut from solid cubic zirconia. I don’t leave home without my Worn Gold Crystal Bangle, one or two stacking bracelets (like the Gold Chain and the Gold Interlink), and a few rings. I’ve been wearing the Gold Arrow Outline Rings on three fingers for a more ladylike version of brass knuckles.

AO: Show us your Brooklyn pride, what are your top three spots in the borough?

JC: In no particular order: Pies ‘n’ Thighs, Royal Palms Shuffleboard, and the Brooklyn Brewery.

VS: Prospect Park–I love riding around the park in the Fall. Brooklyn Crab–It’s delicious and always fun. Ba’sik–They make great cocktails and it’s the perfect spot to cozy up with friends in the winter.

Thanks for reading!

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Aileen Olmedo is the blogger behind The Style Boro and social media guru for top fashion brands. She’s a New York native who’s always on the hunt for local treasures and treats the WWD as her guidebook. She believes fashion should be accessible, inspiring, and above all fun.

Photography:  Lydia Hudgens