Oh Miami, people complain about your bipolar weather but its just fine with me. Today’s warm and cloudy forecast is the perfect setting for my casual tank and skirt meets-of-the-moment mules. Oh you didn’t know? Mules are having a fashion moment right now. It’s so funny, before I spotted this pair a few years ago, I was really anti-mules. Even now, I have to force myself to wear them. It’s something about them, maybe the lack of a back (and fear I will fall out of them in the most public, embarrassing way.)
Anyways, since I work in a very ‘fashion’ setting (I’ve been using the word fashion this way lately, mainly as a joke) I decided to break my only mules out for a change. Outfit details are below. I’ve included a link to my glasses- my coworker recently told me an outfit of mine looked OK, but I should take my glasses off to, you know, look normal. She was amazed to learn I’m pretty much blind without them. Full disclosure: I do miss contacts.
Homes are an intimate space. Somewhere away from the World where you can let your hair down and detox from the busy routine of the daily hustle. So when Sonos and The Fader released “At Home With: A-Trak” I was curious to see what the turntabist World champion had in his living room. A surprisingly minimal space overlooking Manhattan from Brooklyn, his home is a musicians escape complete with his own studio. An inspiring look into the world of A-Trak – I can’t wait to re-decorate my home! Ugh, need to learn to get rid of things (junk) and become ‘minimalistic’ as well. Anyho, check out the video to get inspired PLUS Sonos rules and I need the system all through my home!
Take a listen to A-Trak newly released Quack LP which features the best of Duck Sauce in the recent years. Press Play!
I recently got the chance to hang out with Aluna of AlunaGeorge, the duo from England that I told you guys about a while back. She was in Miami on vacation and happened to walk past the Alessandra Gold Concept Store. The brilliant silver Kruzin sneakers in the window caught her eye and she walked in. There she met the owner, Alessandra (designer of the sneakers) and they hit it off immediately.
Just strolling around Wynwood, the fortuitous meeting lead to an all out photo shoot, complete with a team of an amazing photographer, makeup artist, and of course all the items in Alessandra’s massive store. The best part? My ABA Jewelry was in the mix (check out the photos to see my Full Finger Ring!)
I have to say I was a little nervous to meet Aluna, mainly because I love her music so much and if she ended up being a jerk I would be forever conflicted while listening to her music. I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case- this woman is fun to be around, professional, and very down to earth- a normal, albeit very talented person. I had a really cool conversation with Aluna while she was getting her makeup done. When I inquired about her ethnic heritage (being a striking, brown English woman) she pretty much brushed off the question, which is understandable since she probably gets asked that all the time, but once we started talking about fashion, specifically jewelry, her face lit up. She is no stranger to the fashion scene- AlunaGeorge recently played the Rebecca Minkoff show at New York Fashion Week- but one thing she truly loves are rings. One of her fondest childhood memories is receiving a tiny gold pinky ring that she cherished deeply. Ever since, she’s had a strong affinity for rings and so I was honored that she loved mine so much.
Her tall, slim physique and gorgeous face were, I’m sure, easy to photograph, but I was actually shocked at how at home she seemed in front of the camera. As soon as the photographer was ready she hit pose after pose after pose and each one was on point (and it probably helped that MUA Crystal and photog Jimmy are amazing, too.) Check out the images below to see the amazing photos and some behind the scenes shots that I took.
Few clothing lines travel beyond the usual lines and safety of current trends. I first heard of Au Courant from from Miami-based DJ/Producer Miami Marci. The intriguing design of their “Samurai Tee” caught our eyes as it was something simple that had never been done before. It was a high-end cotton garment with capability for many uses.
Au Courant, the French word meaning “in the current,” is the independent namesake brand by Chaz A. Jordan. Dissatisfied by the commercial offerings of many labels, Au Courant was formed in 2011 as a personal artistic endeavor. Au Courant has quickly gained an international cult following amongst clients, buyers, celebrities and stylists alike from North America, Europe, and Asia.
Since the “Samurai Tee” release and the subsequent lack of new releases, I was disappointed to not see any future collections; until this week I scouted the internet to learn of the recent return of Au Courant and their alluring view on typical fashion “seasons” and “inspiration” -
Au Courant digresses from “fashion seasons” to the adaptation of an ongoing design approach—when inspiration strikes, inspiration is designed.
Combining high-quality materials with avant-garde designs and a touch of Far East sensibility, the brand brings the comfortably of Alexander Wang with the design and forwarding thinking of Rick Owens. Au Courant is the definition of quality over quantity.
Below are some of my picks for their newest collection titled, Drifter. inspired this time around by the Hughes Brother film, The Book of Eli (which is one of my top 5 movies). The clothing hinges on the journey “across the barren lands that remain” with distresses basics and nomad-like relaxing fits.
From the women selections, I am obsessed with their Basic T-Shirt with its thick neck collar as well as the Samuri skirt, a perfect interpretation of the male Samurai Tee. I could see this skirt used in so many ways.
As a proud pisces I tend to bounce from minor obsession to minor obsession (especially when it comes to “new artists” a.k.a. knew to me) and I believe I may have just stumbled on my next one. I was listening to an amazing mix by Esta for Karmaloop (another mini obsession well worth the click-through) and Soundcloud played this gem next.
I had actually left the room by then and I ran back in time to see who I had been jamming to while doing my laundry. The song is by Jordan Rakei, an Australian based singer and musician who has a serenading, dreamy voice and apparently great taste in D’Angelo songs. I love how “Blackbird” has bits of the 90′s crooner’s “Lady” thrown into a dubbed-out reggae vibe AND melds that all with a kind of almost Sinatra-esque lounge feel. Trust me, I played this song on repeat a few times and am still jamming to it. Listen to a few of his songs and you’ll see what I mean.
If you liked “Blackbird”, check out “All For Something,” below, which is actually produced by Esta. I’m really into the vibe of Jordan’s music- it’s smooth, highly instrumental, full of emotion, perfect for Sunday mornings and lazy, rainy afternoons.
Head over to Jordan’s SoundCloud and see why I can’t get enough.
Support this talented musician by purchasing his album Franklin’s Room, here! (My favorite track is Selfish.)
So its been a month plus now and I have been meaning to edit and post these photos but have not found the time in-between work and events. Finally I can semi-relax and edit photos. Anyho, I went to Los Angeles for the first time in January during Grammy week with my great friend Ashley aka “Ashley Outrageous”, for the social media World out there.
We stayed at a wonderful Downtown LA loft with new friends Loni and Soundwave. We explored, did some sightseeing, got some free stuff, partied (or lack thereof), watched Schoolboy Q perform 5 times, and hung out with TDE after Kendrick’s controversial Grammy night. Apart from all that, I bonded with a wonderful human and got to explore with pure bliss the landscape that is Los Angeles. Here are some selected shots that I took with my Canon as I was on a photographic journey to capture my surroundings! What do you think? Hey, I’m trying!
Hope you enjoy these photos, as it is a very intimate view into my trip with loved ones. I was blessed to be able to stay in a comfortable welcoming home with the best hosts and to travel Los Angeles with a great partner by my side. I cannot wait to return to Los Angeles later this week (crazy right?!) to help my sister move to Cali for her new job! Dreams are coming true all around me, I am so blessed to have this incredible energy around me. Who knows what next for me! – ENJOY!
Take a couple minutes out of your day to watch the above video. Why? Because even the busiest of us need to relax every now and then- even if it’s just for 2 1/2 minutes.
Galaxie by Phresh James and Prez P of Da Camp is one of the best songs to zone out to that I’ve heard in a while (even though I suggest paying attention to the words.) Produced by Fly Walker Beatz, this mellow track features cooing vocals that make you want to hum along, at least I did. Prez P’s confident and fluid bars are the perfect precursor to Phresh James’ biting, poetic flow, bringing together two different voices that are obviously on the same wave.
Large scale spaceships and starry blue and purple skies flash over the artists’ silhouetted faces, giving an elevated feel to match the intelligent lyrics of these two talented Miami-based musicians. We’ve known and followed these two guys (as well as Da Camp, and J.Nics who made a cameo in the video) for some time now, and it’s been inspiring to see them grow. We really take the time to listen (and listen, and listen) to submissions and always post things we are passionate about, and this song/video is no exception.
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