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Music Monday: Esther Phillips // "I Wish You Love"

Monday, March 31, 2014

I first heard "I Wish You Love," sung by Sam Cooke, a little more than two years ago, and it had such an impact on me because it was so relevant at the time - I had lost someone I loved and wasn't sure how to keep a friendship going with a broken heart. I remember wanting nothing more than to feel love as selflessly as the song described. I must have played that song at least 50 times that week. (I'm one to repeat a song I'm lovin' /guiltyascharged) Ah, le amour...

Just a few days ago, on a Newark Jazz radio station I often default to, I heard Esther Phillips' version of "I Wish You Love." I recognized the song right away, and that alone excited me, but her voice was just ... unforgettable. I quickly ran to Spotify & YouTube to find more.

It's the last day of Women's History Month and I haven't posted a single thing about it, so let this be my contribution. If you know nothing about this amazing voice, take a second to listen and if you do, I'd love to know which are your Esther Phillips favorites~

With the weather 50+ and rainy in NYC today, an Esther Phillips playlist is all I need!~

Did you know "I Wish You Love" was based on a French song? - You're welcome ;}

I hope you're all having a great Monday!

The Wednesday Link Up // Vol. 8

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I'm hungry, I'm tired, I'm hungry. Is it Friday yet? Can I go home? - Today is just one of those humpdays!

Which is why the thought of going to FAB.COM's Warehouse Sale tomorrow, has got me in such high spirits!~ Will definitely bring my camera with me and try to document all the goodies I find :}

In continuing great news...
I went to the Meatpacking District's Warby Parker store today and picked up my new pair of glasses!~ It's been more than a year since I've updated my prescription, and it was about time I upgraded - frame and lens.
(They're the Durand frames, in case you wanna check 'em out for yourself!)

You know one of the things I love most about Warby Parker, besides their $95 flat rate and their customer service, is their humanitarian spirit. For every pair of glasses you purchase, a pair is donated to someone in need. This reminds me of the Bed-Stuy cafe I read out in Edible Brooklyn this month - ReConnect Cafe is a non-profit org that employs male youths from the neighborhood as a gateway (hopefully) to bigger and better jobs. Edible Manhattan highlighted a similar project where incarcerated youths are given a chance to work on food trucks - the program provides them not only with the experience to cook and serve but equips them with licenses and social media marketing and other entrepreneurial skills.

It was a relief to see that gentrification wasn't ignored in the ReConnect Cafe article, but it was a huge reminder that I'll be moving out of my beautiful Brooklyn apartment in a few months because of it - just shy of a year. Gentrification sucks, for the most part, but at least LNNY's video had me laughing about it today.

"Safety is great, until you can't afford it anymore."
Mmhm, das da wey da cooki crumbells. 

Let's wrap things up with a song my dad put me on to this past weekend 
and that I've played at least 20 times since then! 

Suggested outings and events:

Happy Wednesday!

Belated Wednesday Link Up // Vol. 7

Monday, March 24, 2014

Last week I might missed the usual linkup deadline (Wednesday)... oops.

Will a Free Draft Beer smooth things over? 
I thought so ;}

Before I begin, I'd just like to say that if camping looked like this (below)...
/le sigh - I need want a bag from this Herschel Supply Co x Liberty of London collab collection!
Herschel Supply Co London Liberty
Check out WTF Honestly for more info on the collection and browse around for other great finds!~

Let's begin!~
I've been busy checking off to-do's and haven't had the chance to see all that Table Hopping NY has to offer, but weekly freebies in the mail (for the past two weeks) gets a "so far, so good" from me! I learned about the site last week when Brokelyn posted up the Free Ice Cream coupon ( ... it's expired now). 

But cheer up, free ice cream coupons mean businesses deem it warm enough to start enticing people to leave their houses via the promise of icy treats!~

If any of you were lucky enough you partook of the Holi parade in Richmond Hill, Queens earlier this month - but if you're like me, you missed it. Never fear, NYC has a way of making any time of the year appropriate for celebrating your favorite holidays! For $20, you can throw colored powder on each other and dance the day away (in JULY). It's a ways away, but f*ck it! Now you'll have cool Holi pictures to show all your Facebook friends just how awesomely diverse you are ;} Click & learn more about the Festival of Colors!

Fun-size linkups:

Speaking of Facebook, check out the page for Urban Inspirations NYC on FB

Happy Monday!
Cute Brooklyn Japan
If I hadn't taken the pic in Bklyn myself, I would have sworn this was Japan! Love this lil fella! 

MUSIC: Juanes Vs. Aloe Blacc, Pharrell Wins

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Music is boring me.

Does anyone else feel this way? Anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE music, but I'm finding it harder and harder to discover contemporary music to add to my library. I'd love to add more artists I can actually look forward to seeing in concert instead of wishing I had been alive when they were around or old enough to know who they were.

Now I'm starting to sound like a hipster. #mybiggestproblemisfindinganewindieartisttolove #longhashtags

No, but seriously. 

I should have been more excited when I found out that Aloe Blacc dropped a new album, since my concert experience a few years ago left me a fan, but his song "The Man" irks the bejesus out of me! Why? Because those 10 seconds where he's repeating the phrase "Well you can tell everybody..." I find myself finishing the phrase with "this is your song..." It's a little distracting because I can't enjoy the song properly. 

Still, I gave the album a try and Lift Your Spirits, did not deliver as promised (womp womp). 

So I took my chances with Juanes and, although Loco De Amor did my soul some good, it still didn't leave me completely satisfied.

Maybe it was the fact that "Happy" had been such a mainstream hit that made me skeptical of Pharrell's G I R L LP, but I'm not sure why because the only Yuna track I approve of was produced by "Happy" boy himself. Yesterday I finally hit up Spotify and gave it a straight listen through.

I give Pharrell all the props for knowing where his strength lies in terms of production. This album delivers nothing but sunny Sunday afternoon vibes. I can't vouch for the lyrics since I wasn't paying them too much attention this time around, but my style of musical digestion usually focuses on the beats first.

In conclusion, I'm adding Pharrell to my playlist and will try and have more faith.

What's on your playlist? I'd love some suggestions! 

The Wednesday Link Up // Vol. 6

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy Wednesday! 
This 55 degree weather's got us jumping over Spring and right into Summer dreaming. 

That reminds me, Summerstage is already adding to it's 2014 lineup. Bookmark it, it'll be a great go-to in a few weeks and you'll want to have first dibs on your favorites! 

Want to kickstart this Link Up post with a picture of me at the playground a few Saturdays ago. I trekked it all the way to Downtown Bklyn from the Heights (Crown Heights), and this playground caught my eye. 
Playground fun

Mostly because of these awesome chairs!~ 
Playground colorful

Now to the linkup portion of our program, served up in bite size one-liners - Enjoy!~ 

Last but not least:

The Wednesday Link Up // Vol.5

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Before we kick things off, Happy Birthday to the oldest woman (and human) on the planet (that we know)! Otanjobi omedetou gozaimasu Okawa-san!~ :} Today she turned 116! 

And now, on with the show!

A few days ago, "Mexican Boots" somehow became the topic of the conversation and that reminded me of this YouTube video - a nine minute (sneak peek of a) documentary about the history of the pointy boot style in Mexico and the music that evolved with it. If you're thinking "9 minutes?! too long; can't watch," then do yourself a favor and check out this track by DJ Erick Rincon at least.

Oh the things you'll find on YouTube.

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I discovered this video on YouTube - How To Make a Big Mac. I'm still not sure why he clicked it, but what we saw was definitely NOT what we expected. Now, if your humor is anything like mine, you're going to find it amusing and click on to watch more videos, but beware this guy's sh*t is pretty disturbing... and so is his fan base. This is the only video I'd pass along, but watch others if you dare!

Although it's been weeks since its release, Pharrell's "Happy" still gets stuck in my head.

Speaking of the never-aging-bundle-of-talent, he's teaming up with UniQlo (unsurprisingly so) and coming out with a line of tees~ (YAY!) It'll be more of a brand//brand collab since Pharrell will be doing business as I AM OTHER, the home of Awkward Black Girl ;} I look forward to seeing the results of this creative teamwork! 

Pharrell and Uniqlo Collaboration

I will finish this week's post with a quote I keep up at my desk:
"The trouble is you think you have time." - Buddha
In other words, make every move a power move :)

Happy Wednesday!

Belated Wednesday Link Up and Photo Dump Catch Up!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The flu finally caught up to me. In light of recent family events, that's made it harder for me to keep up with my Wednesday Link Up posts ( sadface ). So let's catch up! Photo, link, photo, link - just like that! 


Remember that Kate Spade bag I mentioned I got for my birthday? Well here it is in the flesh! 
Kate Spade Michael Kors Bag Watch
Watch: Michael Kors // Bag: Kate Spade // Scarf: GAP // Sweater: Banana Republic //
Coat: Thrifted London Fog x Loro Piana
  • Even if I'm not a NOLA native, I'd be wrong not to take full advantage of Fat Tuesday!  Here's a King Cake inspired Burger that would certainly hit that Fat Kid sweet spot - now is only they had these in NYC. (/drool)
Speaking of food, here's a dish I made a few weeks back. Bow tie pasta is one of my favorites, but did you know that the Italian name "farafalle" actually means "butterflies" and that it's considered a springtime pasta? 
Italian Eggplant
Breaded Eggplant, Homemade Marinara, Farafalle Pasta & Parmigiano-Reggiano
Back in December Kenneth Cole gifted me with a $150 Giftcard to to help inspire me during my Blogmas challenge of one post a day. I wasn't able to shop around until last month and a few weeks ago my packages arrived!~ I ordered myself two cans of Lavazza and am already dreading the day I run out! Although I swear by my Bustelo, this coffee doesn't need much to make it an instant perfection! A little sugar and cream, then stir. A cup of this goes a loooong way every morning <3 

Lavazza Eataly

Last weekend I hit up the theater to watch RoboCop (I loved it) and afterwards walked down to the promenade for some basking in the sun, which surprisingly negated the wind chill a bit. It was so relaxing and just what I need after a crazy week! 

Brooklyn Promenade

  • Warning - this link can be a bit disturbing - A woman who recently went on a vacation came back with an unexpected souvenir. She had worms in her body, but not where you'd expect. I don't want to spoil the surprise, so go ahead and click, if you dare! >:}

In case you need to erase that thought from your mind, take a look at this beautiful picture of lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Promenade.

Stay warm!~ 

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