July 15, 2014

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It might sound crazy, but hear me out. Firstly, I am obviously 100% not a doctor, physician, or anything like that. I am, however, going to skip all store bought sunblock this summer (well, all year for me in Miami) and I think it’s an idea more people should think about. I’m not saying to lay in the sun with nothing on your skin. But you might want to consider skipping the crazy chemicals in store bought sunblock and go for Organic Coconut Oil instead.

Yes Coconut Oil, the stuff people cook with, (and the “miracle” oil everyone is talking about now) is a perfect sunscreen for those who wish to skip all the chemical names they can’t pronounce. Basically, there are two types of UV rays- UVA and UVB. UVA rays are the “bad” rays that cause damage. UVB rays actually help the body absorb vitamin D from the sun (instead of taking Vitamin D supplements that you don’t even absorb, but that’s another topic altogether.) When you use conventional sunblock, you block out both rays, so you can’t absorb any of the good things the sun provides. Organic coconut oil actually blocks UVA rays and lets the UVB rays in, which makes you absorb natural, beneficial vitamin D while you work on your tan. There are also other natural sunblock options you can make easily. I personally love the smell of Coconuts so this is my go-to beach staple (I put some in a small glass jar because who wants to carry a huge thing around?)

Here’s more info on the topic:

There are two types of UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun: UVA and UVB. UVA rays are primarily responsible for skin damage from excessive sun exposure that can lead to cancer and skin aging. However, although UVB rays can also cause damage and sunburn, they are necessary for your body to produce its own cancer protective vitamin D via the skin. Sunlight is by far the optimal way to produce your vitamin D. Blocking UVB rays may inadvertently be increasing your cancer risk by blocking vitamin D absorption. Plus, sunscreen causes cancer through carcinogenic ingredients. SOURCE

Oh, and if you’re worried about the oil not protecting your skin from melanoma (cancer), read below:

In truth, research has shown that there doesn’t seem to be a link in areas of sun exposure and where melanoma pops up. There also isn’t a link between skin cancer and countries closer to the equator where sun exposure would be greater. If the sun was the main cause of skin cancer how does one explain getting skin cancer on areas that never touch the sun like the plantar surface of heel? There are clearly links we are missing here. Research done on indoor and outdoor tanning has also shown that neither are to blame as there are people getting skin cancer each year who have never used a tanning bed. SOURCE

 

With so much news emerging about what is healthy and what’s bad for us, I think it’s dope to get educated. Honestly, if someone told me 10 years ago I’d be using Coconut Oil instead of sunblock I’d think they were crazy. But the more and more I read about food, chemicals, and just the beauty and food industries, I really believe there is more going on than we realize. Don’t take my word- read up!

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July 14, 2014

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Companies are doing more and more these years to really grasp the movement of culture and art that is engulfing our generation. With that said, Beck’s Beer has revealed their 2014 Live Beyond The label artists for this year. For over 27 years Beck has chosen artists who embody creativity, freshness, and a hint of rebel to bless their beer bottles front label with for the Summer! Who doesn’t love the Summer sun and a beer?! Past artists featured include none other than Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, M.I.A. and Kid Cudi. Wow, thats a pretty impressive list! Whats even more impressive is that THIS YEARS roster includes TWO Miami-based residents – Miami Heat Official DJ, DJ Irie and artist TYPOE. The DJ IRIE bottle features the DJ’s famous silhouette as photographed by his LA-based photographer friend Jeremiah Lazo complete with his signature glasses. TYPOE’s bottle features the piece “Rose” from the gunpowder series he unveiled at Spinello Projects in Wynwood last November in Miami.

The great folks over at Beck’s sent me over a case of the collection and I thought, what better than to spend a Forth of July with a few great friends and artists! They look great on the beach :) These pictures came out great!

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Here’s more on this years Beck’s Live Beyond The Label Participants!:

  • Capital Cities is an American indie pop band based in Los Angeles. Formed by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, Capital Cities released their debut EP in 2011. This summer, Capital Cities will tour with Katy Perry.
  • Aloe Blacc is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and musician. Blacc co-wrote and performed the smash hit single “Wake Me Up” with Swedish DJ Avicii. His newest album, “Lift Your Spirits,” was created in partnership with producers including Pharrell Williams, DJ Khalil and Rock Mafia. He is now on tour with Bruno Mars.
  • Luis Fonsi is a Puerto Rican pop singer and composer. Since debuting in 1998, Fonsi has won a Latin Grammy and been named by Billboard magazine as a “Leader of Latin Music’s New Generation.” His latest album, “8,” was described by Billboard as a “cohesive package of truly great pop songs.”
  • DJ Irie is a Miami-based DJ. Dubbed the “King of the South Florida party scene,” Irie is the official DJ of the Miami Heat and an in-demand touring DJ.
  • TYPOE is a visual artist and a mainstay in Miami’s thriving art scene. He is represented by Spinello Projects and is co-founder of project space PRIMARY.
  • Maluca Mala is a Dominican musician based in New York City. Mala’s music is described as Latin-dance, tropical punk hip-hop and ghetto techno. Raised in Manhattan’s Washington Heights, Mala performs a “decadent mix” of musical styles, according to the New York Times.
  • Ron Finley is a creative phenomenon on a quest to conquer the world, one garden at a time. Armed with a shovel, some soil and seeds, Ron Finley has come to be known as the “renegade gardener,” and his unexpected tactics have made him one of L.A.’s most widely known activists.
  • Camille Rose Garcia is a Los Angeles based artist who creates colorful surrealist fairy-tale paintings about failed utopias and the relationship to the natural world.

Proud of my city more and more each day – plus even more proud of the underground creatives who are finally getting recognized such as Maluca! I didn’t bring the Maluca Mala bottle out to the beach because that bottle..is going to be kept as a collector’s item! I love Maluca and have been waiting for her time to shine so this is a great step in the right direction for her career and craft! Go Miami and Go Maluca!

Check out artist Maluca Mala’s video for QUE QUE feat. Diplo and Dillion Francis & then me at the beach, haha. :

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Check out all the artists over at Becks You Tube Channel & Grab some Becks to see the collection up close & personal yourself!

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June 12, 2014

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It’s no secret Miami is prime real estate for new-age events- the weather is perfect, the music and art scenes are budding, and there always seems to be a shortage of unique events to attend other than the regular club scene (with some exceptions like Peachfuzz and Chocolate Sundays). Enter: Brisk Bodega. Friday the 13th, the Brisk Bodega will return to Grand Central in downtown Miami.

Last year Brisk and Noisey teamed up to bring fun events to major cities across the US, and the Miami edition was nothing short of exceptional. Held at the (sadly) now closed Grand Central skate park during the day and then at Grand central itself for the night time event, it brought out a huge and diverse crowd. Now the block party-esque event returns with DJ Mustard , who’s beats you’ve heard all over the airwaves  (“I’m Different” and “Rack City”, to name a couple) and a slew of special guests local talent.

We’re excited to see what these guys have in store for our city this time around! Check out a bit more on the project and some images of last year’s event below!

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More from Brisk:

Why Bodegas? Neighborhood Bodegas have served as an urban cultural mecca for many years. For that reason, Brisk launched the Brisk Bodega platform in June 2013, to create one spot to present cross-cultural trends, artists and events to its fans. Brisk Bodega has evolved into a go-to hub and intersection of urban music, culture and style.

  • BriskBodega.com: A digital portal that offers access to today’s hottest music talent, behind-the-scenes look at the Brisk Bodega tour, and a loyalty program with incentives like premium headphones and custom watches. Produced in partnership with VICE Media and Noisey. Themed content includes:

o   Rap PSAs: A play off the classic PSAs from the 90s, episodes range from how to drive safely, to how to dress well, with illustrations to exaggerate each anecdote.

o   Live from the Streets: Leveraging one of Noisey’s more popular shows; the inspiring stories with focus on young rappers who are passionate about both where they came from, and where they’re going.

o   Call Your MomWe’ll ask rappers to call their mom on speakerphone, and see what happens. It’s hard to think of a conversation more intimate.

  • Summer UTC program: Just launched on May 19, fans can look under the cap on specially marked one-liter bottles and 24-ounce cans for Brisk swag. Prizes include more than 4,000 custom premiums and one lucky grand prize winner will have a chance to win a 2014 Chevy Avalanche truck with a custom paint job by Crooks & Castles.

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June 10, 2014

I live in Miami – so your basically born a Heat fan and now a days, NOT being a Heat fan can probably get you jumped at your local sports bar if you say it out loud. Whichever team you’re representing, San Antonio Spurs or Miami Heat - you’ve got to wear it loud and proud. What better way to show your team spirit by rocking some dope gear that is actually fly beyond the Playoff games? Basketball Jerseys can be a bit tacky (sorry it’s not 2003 anymore!) so fly sweat pants, cool tanks tops, and tees come into play. I especially love vintage sports gear so when I headed over to Karmaloop to look for some ill sports gear, they had a couple of options. Check out some of my favorite picks for some gear during this years Playoffs. Click to go to Karmaloop.com and get right for the games! Good luck to all the Spurs fans, haha!

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The Miami Heat Terry Shorts in Grey

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The Miami Heat Retro 90s Tank in Red

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The San Antonio Spurs Grey Cord Visor Strapback Hat in Black

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The Miami Heat Color Block Camper Hat in Red & Black

 

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June 4, 2014

If you’re like me, you just might be a semi-professional procrastinator. A lover of art but a generally lazy person, I often see thumbnail images of Youtube videos that I really want to watch, but I always seem to glaze over them and end up just re-watching 30 Rock. Luckily, I was shown the video above and I’m really glad I watched it. I suggest you take the next 7.5 minutes to watch the extremely cool short film.

Taking street art to another level, artist BLU (the pseudonym of the Italian artist who has remained anonymous in his work since 1999) takes the viewer on an exciting ride drawing monster-like-creation after another, walking, crawling and shifting over lots of already existing graffiti (This was filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2008.)  I feel a little bad for the white-wall aftermath of it all, but the end result is pretty worth the effort. Actually, the more I watch it, the more I wish I could see the aftermath in person. Just imagining how many times each monster was drawn, and seeing the scale of how big to small to huge these guys get, it’s pretty amazing.

Check out more animations from BLU and enjoy! And hey, if you really love BLU’s art, buy a DVD of the past ten years here.

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May 29, 2014

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Looking for hopeful candidates (especially in Miami) can be hard enough on its own. I received some pretty interesting information in my inbox the other day that made me question, WHERE ARE ALL THE GOOD GUYS? Because apparently they don’t live in Florida. I hear all of my girl friends talk about the lack of choices in the dating scene and I don’t blame them! With a constant temptation of nightlife, women on the prowl, drugs, alcohol opportunities, on top of the ever lingering question of faithfulness in relationships – Miami has a range of worries for a single ‘gal.

In a recent survey, DirtSearch.org, a free and anonymous background check site that searches public, criminal, arrest, civil, speeding tickets and more has just released the Top 10 Worst States to Find a Decent Guy and the state that tops the list is California. In these states, women were more likely to find guys that well, just didn’t check out clean when it came to background checks.  In reviewing over 1.5 million search records,  what came back once were crimes such as petty theft, identity theft, fraud, back child support payments, writing bad checks, and multiple bankruptcies and then harder criminal charges.

Here are the Top 10 States to Find a Decent Guy: 

1. California

2. Florida

3. Texas

4. Arizona

5. New York

6. Pennsylvania

7. Illinois

8. Ohio

9. Michigan

10. North Carolina

If you are a woman in Wisconsin, Seattle or Portland seems you are more likely to find that guy that you can take home to your parents and make them proud. “California dreamin may be for the men but it certainly is not for the ladies,” said Erik Knight, founder DirtSearch.org. “It may be that men are just concerned a little too much with looks and really aren’t looking for substance. It is interesting that the top three are mainly coastal.”

Yeah coastal, THAT MEANS US. AND OH YEAH GUESS WHAT FLORIDA IS NUMBER TWO. Why!?

Makes total sense. I’ve never used Google or any websites to super spy on guys (or at least I wouldn’t tell you guys, right!) but it does seem smart if you’re going to get serious and move in with someone to do some research as well. I’d probably do it with any new homemade, if I had to be honest seems like a really good idea. Anyways, don’t say I never looked out for you! Californians and fellow Floridians we are DOOMED!

Here’s some tips on figuring out if dudes are worthy of your attention:

  • Past behavior can be an indicator of future behavior – meaning if they made a mistake once they’re more likely to repeat it.
  • Watch out for the guy who has long excuses and victim talk for past mistakes. The shorter the answer, the least likely he is to repeat it
  • Does he listen to you or spend a lot of time trying to convince you of how cool he is?
  • The little things DO count. Does he open your door for you? Did he stand up when you approached the table if you met him at a restaurant?
  • You can learn a lot from a guy how he acts towards children, pets, older adults and waiters.
  • Does he come from a good family? He’s less likely to be a douchebag if he comes from a tight nit family full of productive members of society.
  • Tattoos can be hot, but if he’s sporting tear drops, spider webs or stars on his shoulders, those are classic gangster tattoos.
  • Your gut. Listen to that visceral inner voice and if it says run, then by all means take those heels off and get to steppin.

 

Good luck gals!

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May 29, 2014

Oh, the ever dreading day job struggle. I think we’ve all been there – working our first pre-adolescence jobs wishing we’d be able to get called off or told they could go home early. Whether is as retail or service industry, the belittling demands, the annoying tasks, and the unappreciated efforts of the businesses can really get to you.  My first jobs included Johnny Rockets, Champs Sports, and Journeys. Long nights of folding shirts and putting back shoes where spent among other kids who just wanted to get the hell out of there.

This song by Kanye West is something that I think touches all of us in some way. Especially during this time when the album “Late Registration” came out, I feel like our generation was going through a point of adolescence where we just wanted to make money easy and have fun! Buy shoes, go to the movies, and our to party – we had fun and we did it with friends. I’ve played this song many times in repeat, singing along just FEELING IT – you know? We miss you Kanye and we love you – you are truly a voice of our generation at times!

This video too – as odd as it is – is really cool. I’m the type of person who makes mini-music videos in my head all the time as the songs play in my head. To see GLC and Consequence in the flesh giving us a visual on the music makes it all the more intense for me as a listener and fan of the music. Alongside the fact that this video, released 5 years after it was made, was kept hidden and scrapped during the end of the “Late Registration” days. A hidden gem until now – I appreciate the fact it came to late, it makes us appreciate that period of time event more.

Well, enjoy.

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May 24, 2014

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For those of you who know me, you know I LOVE food- trying new dishes, cooking for hours to make a great dish for friends, etc. But one thing I especially love is getting served amazing food (who doesn’t right?) So, I was certainly happy to test out the newest Miami location of famed BBQ joint, Brother Jimmy’s. The new spot is located inside Sunset Place, address and info below. However,  I don’t eat any meat other than seafood. Since this is a BBQ restaurant, I took my boyfriend Jose along to sample the ribs. He has good taste, so he was the ideal candidate.

First we tried the popcorn shrimp. With this special, slightly spicy sauce, they were delicious. No complaints here. We only had a bit, though, to save room for the nachos. That’s right, nachos from a BBQ spot. The waitress warned us that they were huge, but it’s hard to even convey how big they were. We’re talking a huge pile of tortillas with melted cheese, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, and bbq brisket. But the best part was that, instead of black or refried beans, these nachos had sweet BBQ beans. It was an unexpected twist and definitely worth the change. I only ate a little bit, since one of the owners was kind enough to let me know that the beans are cooked with pork. (He noticed we had the brisket on the side, and came over to ask if we were vegetarians. How’s that for customer service?)

Next up, Entreés. Jose had the full rack of ribs with cornbread and mac n cheese, while I ordered the tuna steak burger with a side of collard greens. Now, I have to say the collard greens didn’t quite stack up to my parents’, but hey, I grew up with two amazing cooks so I’m a bit biased. Everything else was great and seasoned just enough that we didn’t really need to reach for salt or pepper.  Last thing on the list: dessert. We decided to just share one since by now we were so full and ready for a nap. We ate a huge fudge brownie smothered in vanilla ice cream and whipped cream- nothing too adventurous here, but certainly delicious. I definitely will come back again. The ambiance and staff were so relaxed and friendly. Check out the images below for all the juicy details!

PS- The Peach Mojito is 100% worth trying.

 

Brother Jimmy’s Sunset Place
5701 Sunset Drive
South Miami, FL 33143
(305) 517-5124
 

Follow @BroJimmysMIA on Twitter for updates!

 

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May 15, 2014

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Who doesn’t love the Simpsons? The classic TV family brings up memories of youth and rebellion with the wacky not so typical American-family. Lord knows I’ve watched about every episode pre-2007 (when I finished high-school!) but The Simpsons still keeps their charm even 25-years later. The longest-running scripted show in television history, The Simpsons exploded into a cultural phenomenon in 1990 and has remained one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world.

That’s why the marriage between The Simpsons and street-wear was a natural collaboration as The Simpsons has had their fair rounds with brands like Jeremy Scott, Shepard Fairey, Joyrich, A Bathing Ape, H&M, Topshop and Zara - even Jeremy Scott. This year The Simpson brand plans to collaborate with brands Drop Dead, Eleven Paris and Uniqlo.

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Joining the ranks of the nostalgic collaborations, Johnny Cupcakes, the quirky fun apparel — largely focused on graphic tees that poke fun at pop culture with a culinary twist — still creates a buzz through word of mouth and general curiosity and this new project only adds to the brands art/cartoon direction.

The classic street wear apparel company promises to bring us three specially packaged, oversized “cupcake mix” boxes, each based on a fan-favorite character from The Simpsons. Each box contains three collectible products designed exclusively around the theme of the featured characters: Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, and Krusty The Clown. These items will not be sold separately and are exclusive to the packages.

Find out more on www.johnnycupcakes.comThe Simpsons and Johnny Cupcakes collaboration apparel can be purchased in all Johnny Cupcakes retail shops (Boston, Los Angeles, and London) and is available to fans around the world on the company’s website, www.johnnycupcakes.com, beginning May 31st 2014.

 

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May 14, 2014

 

If you’re anything like me, you might be a bit lazy. And that’s fine. And if, like me, you also love putting on a mix you know you won’t want to skip over, press play above. I’m always saying I love music I can sort of zone out to. You know, work on something, cook, etc, and just jam all the while. This mix put out last month, called Bardot Sessions, is by Miami-based “turntable wizard” DJ YNOT. This dj has shared the stage with amazing artists from the Wu-Tang Clan to A-Trak and has been killing the party scene for over a decade. Not to mention he’s a super cool dude. This mix is really dope- there’ a little something special for everyone.

What’s even better, you can see DJ YNOT live alongside the legendary Maseo of De La Soul at this month’s installment of The Boom Bap! The party is held at Blackbird Ordinary, and is hosted by yours truly 2DB and Soarse Spoken. It’s FREE to get in and the drinks are on another level. Come out and hang with us for more dope music and great vibes.  Check The Boom Bap’s Facebook page for updates and future events in Miami and abroad.

 

Follow @DJYNOT on twitter to keep up with his latest shows and mixes

We’ll see you at The Boom Bap!

10pm. NO COVER!

BLACKBIRD ORDINARY 729 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130

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