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FASHION: Falling Into The Red

Sunday, September 29, 2013

It's that time of year again in New York when everyone starts making a transition from summer to fall. The weather's not sure it's ready to give up the heat and neither are you, but you're loving layers (yes, you are!) and it's hard to say "no" to the perfect September day. 

ASOS Curve (like so many of my favorite online retailers) has most of their summer best on sale! ($$$) So I snagged this Body Conscious Egyptian Print Dress and rocked it with my "leather" UNIQLO jacket and fresh-out-da-box Adi-das! :} I have to say, I'm really liking how the red, green and black came together so nicely (I usually plan outfits out in my head, so when they turn out right, I'm one happy gal!)

Red Adidas

I’m excited to finally own a pair of (mostly) red kicks and just in time too! Red is one of my fall go-to colors, which is why I was so devastated when I discovered that Sephora OPI had discontinued their metallic red "Sample Sale" nail polish (RIP). Determined to find a comparable red, I picked up "Jag-U-Are" by Essie at Harmon's last week; it was perfect! I've been a pretty loyal OPI fan, but let me tell you - the Essie polish required no top coat for the shine, dried quickly and lasted a fairly long time (& I wash dishes and all that housework crap - so you know that's something).

Also decided to spice things up and pick up a pack of nail sticker decorations. Revlon has a collection that's inspired by the Fashion Week runway trends and this mosaic one caught my eye! :} The stickers were easy to use and lasted more than a week!! (A+) I'd definitely recommend them~

Essie and RevlonRed Nailpolish

My Fall red collection is far from complete! I'm hoping to add a red coat and dress to the mix real soon!~
Would love to hear what others go-to colors are for Fall :}

FASHION: November Rain

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Valuable life lesson number #45: Be proactive, not reactive. 

In life, there are the actions we take in reaction to a situation (i.e. buying a shitty $5 umbrella from some man on the corner during a "sudden" thunderstorm) and actions we take in preparation for certain situations. Now, while we can't be prepared for everything in life, it's good to eliminate running into certain situations (read: soaked socks) whenever possible.

In other words, this Fall I promised myself I would save up and get a decent pair of rain boots, so that I won't have to walk home in squishy wet socks ever again... (this has happened more than it should - the shame)

The other day while perusing the Fall edition of InStyle I came across Rag & Bone x Hunter rain boots. Now, I've always considered a pair of Hunter boots but I've never been thoroughly convinced I should own a pair or that the money was even worth it. This collaboration, however, has got me SOLD.

The equestrian style, the slanted opening, the two toned boot overall and let's not forget my favorite feature, the side zipper, which eliminates the horror of having to pull the boots up over my jeans, calves, etc.

While the price isn't necessarily my cup of tea ($265-$295 a pair) they seem to be worth the investment, and this time, not only for their quality but also their style. (I heard great things about Hunter, like "They don't make your feet sweat!" & that's quite the plus!)

Gonna wrap things up with the song that inspired the title of this blog post! (Bringing ya back to 1992! ;})


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

On the list of sh*t you should never draw on, money is WAY up there, so you can imagine my tabooish delight when I attended the opening reception of James Charles' art exhibit at ArtNow NY. But this ain't like your ordinary break-the-rules doodling. James Charles takes money art to a whole new level. As far as I know, nothing like has ever been done before. No canvas, just mula

And it's not just the faces he's altered, take a look at the text on each of the pieces... It's all customized to spell out phrases that go along with the familiar faces. From Ren and Stimpy to Willy Wonka and his overworked Oompa Loompa to Jack Nicholson's Shinning Johnny and even Chairman Mao - James Charles does a GREAT job of capturing each character's most defining details and transforms the everyday commodity into a work of (pop culture) art. 

The show "333 Portraits On The Devil's Toilet Paper" is running from now till September 28th! Don't miss your chance to check out the exhibit and if you're lucky, snatch up one of these pieces for your own collection! Guaranteed, you'll never look at your Benjamins the same again.

LIFE: Environmental Consciousness

Monday, September 16, 2013

Since my move to Brooklyn, I'm once again in charge of shopping for groceries and household necessities.

So, the other night when I went on a run to get some much needed detergent I purposely forced myself to check out alternatives to my usual Tide of choice and came across Walgreens' eco friendly brand, ology.

I bought the detergent (w/o scent) and the fabric softener (lavender/vanilla) to test it out. For $5.99 it wasn't very much of a financial risk, so why not?  I didn't have very high expectations, but I used it for the first time this weekend and was very happy with the results. It worked great on stains and left a soft clean smell.

It's too soon to claim my loyalty, but so far so good.

You can also check out Savvy Brown's review on these ology products. She's got a great site where she talks about how to be eco-friendly on a budget! (bookmarked!)

MUSIC / EVENT: Earthtronix X Vampires @ Happy Ending Lounge

Friday, September 13, 2013

What better way to shake off the superstitious blues than to dance them away? Fall into the funky trance tonight at Happy Ending Lounge and catch DJs Archetyp and Earthtronix' Moleculez spinning from 10P-4A!

While you wait to get down, check out the Earthtronix EP that dropped earlier this week: The Unknown. Unseen.

A drop of knowledge: All months that start on Sunday have a Friday the 13th ;}

FOOD: Batman Bakes Cupcakes [ Nerdy Nummies ]

Saturday, September 7, 2013

With Comic Con 2013 right around the corner, all us geeks are eagerly prepping to party it up that weekend. In my case, this year I'd like to host a video game/comic themed gathering and have been researching the different kinds of foods I can mold to fit my theme :} 

Anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE Batman - so why pass up on a chance to show case my affection the best way I know how - food! :} 

Not only is this video helpful, it freakin' hilarious! I couldn't keep a straight face at work when I came across it, so I was forced to save the rest of it for viewing at home. (Btw, Nerdy Nummies is a GREAT channel for learning how to translate all your nerd love into delicious treats! I recommend subscribing!) 


MUSIC: KING & Laura Mvula in NYC!

Friday, September 6, 2013

!!!  With Amber (KING) 9/4/13 @ Music Hall of Wiliamsburg
When KING announced their tour a few weeks ago, I dropped everything I was doing at work and bought the tickets!

There are very few artists/groups that I feel this strongly about (Michael Kiwanuka, Gary Clark Jr., Adele, Kendrick Lamar - to name a few), but it's hard NOT to fall in love with KING. They're a melodically soulful trio from the West Coast generously gifting us with the sound of music. REAL music. (this is opinion, we can agree to disagree...) Their 3 track EP is easily one of the most played compilations on my iTunes, and I haven't come across a single person that I haven't shared their music with since I was introduced.

So now finally, after almost two years of (not-so) patiently waiting, the hour was here! On Wednesday, their first night performing in NYC, I got a chance to witness the magic first hand :} All the YouTube videos in the world couldn't prep me for this. They were charming and humble women who are obviously passionate about their music and that made the show all the more enjoyable!

Laura Mvula! 9/4/14 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Laura Mvula was up next. I hadn't had much exposure to her music before the tour announcement, but "Green Garden"'s not an easy song to ignore. It's infused with so much positive energy, you find yourself clapping along - voluntarily.  Any great artist surpasses expectations and Laura was no exception. Her connection to the fans was top shelf! She was a real person - humble and grateful. There's a magical grace in the way she laughs and moves; she's really going through something when she sings. Her honesty and the level of intimacy in her performance style, and consequently the vulnerability of those moments, really connects you to her. That's one of her greatest strengths.
Needless to say, next time you're in NYC Laura, I'm there!

After the show I copped a vinyl copy of KING's EP which includes two unreleased interludes (score!), and I also got a chance to meet Amber who was incredibly sweet (pictured at the top)! Fans can expect their debut album to drop sometime in January 2014! 
"In The Meantime" I'll keep replaying the sweet memory of my experience :}

LIFE: Own Your Happiness!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hands down, 2013 kicks ass in terms of most productive year so far in my adult life. 
That's not to say that any of my triumphs came without hardship, but I'm already looking back at this year and thinking "Oh man, I did that? Sweet!" 
And there's nothing wrong with a doing a little victory dance every now and then in your honor! (*cue FF7 victory music!*) 

Own Your Happiness! 

All things walk a fine line, it's all about how they're done. 
For example, knowing how to talk positively about yourself is a great skill to have, I mean, afterall that's what a good job interview requires, but humbly so and in the right setting or else you're just a narcissist. See what I mean? 

So make sure you take the time to remind yourself of your blessings, don't be ashamed of finding yourself at a high point and invite your friends to celebrate and partake of your beautiful life!

On a similar tip, this song's got all the right kind of vibes ~ :}

Discovered this song at work. So lucky to have co-workers with such great music tastes!

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