This baroque inspired military hat designed by Rodrigo Otazu is perfection. I get a lot of my music and style influence from Baroque art and music, which means I seriously do spend a lot of time analyzing a lot of the patterns and sounds during that time. The Baroque era was filled with over the top patterns, colors and gold! These are three things that I live for when it comes to my style. I’m loving the lace on this hat with the gold chain, it gives me the Russian model spy vibe! Also, I think the color is everything! This light pink / orange color makes this military hat a lot more fun. FYI I am 100% open to gifts and donations for my birthday on September 18, please feel free to message me if you plan on mailing me this hat directly, checks are also accepted … I’m just letting you all know in advance just in case you want to start saving up for my gift! Also check out one of my favorite artists Common’s newest track ‘No Sell Out’ produced by No ID … I’m loving the vibe and it goes with the military hat. I’m glad Common is coming out with new music again, he is one of my favorite rappers ( Chi town stand up) Check it out below and get the free download!
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I recently checked out the Tortoise & Blonde collection at The Jane Doze mixtape release party. Tortoise & Blonde is a dope eyewear brand working with a lot of the current and popular musicians around NYC… like Ra Ra Riot, Pearl & The Beard and the Jane Doze. I’m loving the Tortoise and Blonde glasses they are definitely stylish and chic. I tried on about four different frames, but my favorite ones were these leopard print frames I am wearing on Guest of a Guest. In addition, I also hung out with The Jane Doze girls & we spoke about their music and recent mixtape which I posted below. Their new mixtape ‘Girl Talk’ has a little bit of everything, and it’s a mash up of pop, indie, hip hop and even some Whitney Houston … basically everything you can think of. This is the kind of mixtape you would play on a girl’s night after downing about ten glasses of cranberry and vodkas at a NYC nightclub. You know how it goes… standing on the couch, one hand in the air. If you’re looking for the perfect music for a girls night then this mixtape is for you … promoter and vodka not included. Download the new The Jane Doze mixtape here.
August 27, 2011 in Reviews
I am in Stockholm, Sweden attending the Popaganda festival! There are so many great bands, and I am very excited about hearing all of this great music this weekend. Some of the bands that I want to see are: The Go! Team, Serenades, Delorean, Säkert!, junip, Midlake, jj, Lykke Li and Arcade Fire. This festival is really cool because it is by a river and people usually relax by the water, listen to the music, drink Öl (beer) and eat veggie burgers…Love it! The festival also features a lot of Swedish indie bands, so it’s a great way for me to get to know some of the up and coming in Swedish indie music.
Arcade Fire was the main act on the Friday show list. Arcade Fire is known for their great music and performances, this show lived up to their reputation. They created a movie-like cinematic experience, the music and film blend added to each song creating this feeling of being in a aged-film musical. It was great to see that the crowd pretty much knew all of the songs from the The Suburbs and Funeral album. The performance was both dope and entertaining, I raised a couple of Öls especially during “Wake Up”.
A Swedish girl that I met at the festival even said:
“Arcade Fire is the U2 of our generation”
Do you agree? Aside from the great Popaganda performances, the weather in Stockholm this weekend isn’t too bad. It’s suppose to be Autumn/Fall weather but it’s a little warmer than usual. I wore this really colorful wool romper that I got from the 109 building in Shibuya, Tokyo, and I added this FRK. sweater I got at a store near the Skanstull station near the festival in Södermalm. I paired it with this rope necklace that I took from the romper and made into a necklace. I also added a vintage necklace and an elephant ring and my moss Rebecca Minkoff bag. As for shoes, I wore simple brown sandals from H&M. Check out this Twitpic, with my friends and I at the festival!
One of my favorite songs and performances from Friday’s show was “Birds” by the Swedish band Serenades. They performed right before Arcade Fire, and I really liked their sound. Prior to coming to the festival I did not know much about Serenades, but a few of my friends in Stockholm said that they were a must see and they were right! Check out “Birds” by Serenades!
On May 13, 2011, I saw Nigerian artist Nneka perform an acoustic set for a sold out SOBs crowd. Nneka’s music is a mixture of Soul, R&B, Reggae and Igbo (an ethnic group and type of music from Nigeria). Each song during her performance was power packed with intense emotion and brilliant lyrics. So it comes as no surprise that she has been compared to artists like: Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Sade. But in my opinion, Nneka has a unique sound that is characteristic to her distinct personality and original lyrics.
Nneka uses her music as a platform to spread the truth about politics and love. While she performed at SOBs, I could feel her passion and hear the pain that she felt while expressing her desire for change. Her heavy hits on the drum allowed me to feel the heartbeat of her music and connect with her universal message of peace. Nowadays it is common to hear a lot of politically charged music especially with the current events and wars around the world. But Nneka has made a career out of being the voice of the oppressed. She doesn’t focus on making popular music she makes timeless music on subjects and topics that continue to affect lives daily.
The show was amazing and everything I hoped to see and hear at a Nneka show. I was also very inspired by the audience’s fashion and style. Bright and colorful prints, African inspired jewelry and accessories. Their style reminded me of a recent article that I read on the blog, Pop Africana about modern Nigerian fashion. I put together a style collage below inspired by the audience’s style and Nneka’s dope performance!
1. Damir Doma Cropped tank top 2. Banana Republic Friendship hoop earring 3.Zara Two-Toned Messenger Bag 4. Fair + True African Print Ruched Skirt 5. Asos Muchas Lightweight Canvas Lace Up Flat Shoe 6. Fleetwood Stretch Bangle
American Apparel top & body suit, H&M tank top, Vintage gold lion earrings
Grace Church, East Village NYC
Model: Reese Antoinette
Photography: Julien Boudet
The UK Duo The Kills have released their fourth LP ‘Blood Pressures’ today April 5, 2011. I must be honest, I have been waiting for this album for a while. ‘Blood Pressures’ has a tragically honest message, and I like when the emotion of an album is raw and blunt.
In my eyes ‘Blood Pressures’ represents that tipping point when you realize you have seen and experienced too much to ever be innocent again. That tipping point is like a fall from grace…You walk out of innocence into the real world to realize.. you’ve changed.
I really like when an album like Blood Pressures collectively creates a timeless story. My favorite tracks are “Damned If She do”, “The Last Goodbye”, and “Satellite” but as a whole the entire album is brilliant. The songwriting complements the ambient and somber rock & roll tracks. I also admire that The Kills members – Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince play all of the instruments on the album. This adds authenticity to the heavy instrumentation and vocals.
P.S I love that Jamie is dating Kate Moss…I hope they work together on a video for an upcoming single.