Sunday, 24 June 2012

vibrant visual . . .

Everything about this image strikes me, the combination of colour, angles, the focus, shadows and the fact that it's a street style photo. Personal style caught in a beautiful composition, in the form of a photograph. Simple elegance with an edge - both the style and the photography. Documentation of a modern woman. Lovely . . .

Sunday, 17 June 2012

New: Ellie Goulding - "High For This" (The Weeknd Cover)


Taking some (but not all) of the grunge out of this House Of Balloons joint. Chiddy Bang‘s Xaphoon Jones provides the beat and Ellie provides the sweet serenading vocals. Nice.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Music or Music?

A friend of mine and I got into a discussion as we often do about music. This time though it was more than just music, it was mainly focused on a shared passion of ours. Hip hop. It all started when he compared Usher to Alicia Keys. I know what you are thinking . . . "WTF, neither of those artist's are hip hop". True, but it does pose many a question that can easily lead you to a lengthy discussion about real quality music, and of course the ultimate definition - real hip hop.
He stated that Usher is in fact deeper into the ranks of RNB than Alicia Keys, and I suppose that is what sparked our debate. I initially thought - How can you put Usher and Alicia Keys in the same box? How do you determine who is "deeper into any genres ranks"? and frankly what does that even mean? ha! Of course those questions were then applied to hip hop.
Alicia Keys is not RNB to me she is soul and jazz. Usher may have originated through RNB, and may still very well maintain that description. Unfortunately however to me he has not pioneered a new fresh sound, and over the years conformed to the mainstream music society. Which is what many if not most musicians seem to be doing in our "era" of music. Therefor the similarity and/or difference between Alicia and Usher isn't simply a genre, it is the integrity and quality of artistic, creative, genuine music they produce.
This points us to the next question - How do you rank artists? Is it more important that they are successful commercially, or is it that they bring something new to the table? New being a sound, a style, something to say, the way they communicate it, basically something that hasn't been heard before. A pioneer. As I would put it something "raw and real". To me that is what makes an artist valuable or highly ranked.
Creating is defined as - "To cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes. To evolve from one's own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention." That is what all forms of art should do for an individual, and in turn for society. Mainstream music to me has become the opposite of this.
Mainstream of course can be numerous genres, but when hip hop is being considered special circumstances apply. Hip hop was and is still special to me because it originated as a voice for the people. A way for the streets to have a dialogue. One which was rarely heard. That is why the old school hip hop is so important and relevant. No matter what there will always be a social struggle and hip hop was one of it's loudest voices. Emphasis on the was. In today's "era" (I keep quoting this term as in reference to my dear friends argument) the real purpose and soul of hip hop has been lost. Lost in ballin', bitches and hoes, beamer's benz's and bentley's, all and all living the high life - smoking, fucking, and being a pimp. While I am glad that those that have been struggling for more than one reason or another are getting what they deserve, have they forgotten where they came from? The world they/we live in? In doing so, I wonder if they have defeated the initial purpose for this powerful expression. Hip Hop was originally a raw genre. The pioneers never compromising throughout their careers. Presently MC's drop a mixtape or album and then conform to the commercially, socially expected mold. Horrible. In the process diluting the definition of creating, and dare I say the definition of real hip hop.
The music industry as a whole has lost much of it's authenticity, and to me the artists that continue to stay true to their talent, intelligence and continue to grow creatively deserve success. A high ranking if you will, at least in my books. Here's hoping.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

New Music/Video/Mixtape: Tito Lopez - "Jessica" + Hunger games . . .


Tito Lopez takes it back to the school daze for his latest video dedicated to his adolescent crush turned future collaborator, “Jessica.” Tito takes a frequently used concept but spins it with a fresh new angle on this one. Nice! Stream/Download Tito's new fresh Mixtape here . . .

New Old School: Public Enemy X Bumpy Knuckles - "Get It In" . . .

Old school hip hop like this makes me grriiiinnnn! Flavorrr Flaaavv. Ha! Public Enemy gives us an idea of the direction their headed in with their upcoming album-double-header, introducing their hard-hitting, no frills single featuring Bumpy Knuckles. Here’s a radio rip premiered by DJ Premier on his Live From HeadQCourterz show. Time to get our hopes up? Maybe a little taste of the past will revive the future of hip hop . . .


Source: Okayplayer

Loves and Lusts: Jewels, Proenza Schouler, Big White Bitches, etc . . .

Sweet bathing baseball players BATMAN - the loving and lusting that has been flowing through my veins is seriously threatening my financial status this summer season! I thought it only fair to share confess my desires in order to say sane. With any further delay, I give you my most recent consumer driven love affairs . . .

Thanks to Sincerely Jules (that bitch) I discovered a ridiculously amazing array of jewels, specifically bracelets as the idea of arm parties has been haunting me in my dreams. The jewelers are Alimonada, based out of Brooklyn N.Y. everything is handcrafted, and 10% of every purchase goes to a shelter for underprivileged girls in Brazil. COOL! Here are the bracelets I am craving . . .

How cute is the scissor charm?

Mint = :)

Purple Knot, what's not to love.

My next ongoing obsession happens to jump about 2 billion dollars up in price point. Ok, maybe I am exaggerating a smidge but I definitely will have to sell my body to be able to afford one of these babies. Ever since Proenza Schouler introduced the world to the PS1 bag, I have been fantasizing about it in every perfect size and  delectable color of suede and leather. Seriously. Shhhhh. It is beautiful. If you do not know what I am talking about, you are about to get schooled! Look HERE!!! for your introduction to the array of bag bliss that is the PS1. Damn I need a sugar daddy, or two, or three. I would like the medium PS1 in every color please Santa, to start these would do . . .




I do not watch Family Guy but . . . giggity giggity. 

The next item that I was lusting over comes with a bit of a sorrowful story. At least for me. Sigh. I had been debating on this Anthropologie dress for weeks, until the debate came to an almost tearful end. It sold out. "Fuck" was my reaction, "Thank fucking god" was my bank accounts. The hussy who bought the last one in my size should be glad she snatched it out from under me digitally and not in a store setting, as there would have been hair pulling and elbow tossing. My inner hood rat comes out for such life or death situations. Really though if you or anyone you know locates this dress please hollaaa, until then I will be stocking it on ebay . . .



On to a more successful sartorial story. My marriage to J Crew continued last week when a special someone made my dreams of magical mint come true. I've been keeping my eye on the Brompton line of bags by The Crew ever since a friend of mine acquired a Brompton Hobo awhile back, it made me want to . . . hate her steal it from her. Obviously I could not get the exact same bag as her, so I was a sitting duck. Alas a sitting duck I am no more! A little gem appeared in the shape of a mint cross-body bag called the "Wixon Purse" and I realized it must have been fate. I have been loving and lacking mint, I love cross-bodies, and this bag has the beautiful aesthetic of the Brompton style but is slightly more bold. In other words it screams me! :) As soon as she arrived I tossed all my junk into her and she's been by my side ever since . . .

Eye Candy - yummm.


Last but certainly not least, the leader and queen of my arm party, the reason for my necessary fascination with wrist decorating . . . my new (earlier this spring) MK time piece. Aka - Michael Kors Watch. She's a big white nasty bitch, and I am smitten. If I mentioned her before, deal with it . . . 



Just so you don't think I am a mindless fashion obsessed junkie, my lust list also includes; a road bike, a canoe, downhill ski-boots for this winter, a new acoustic guitar, a piano (and more lessons), elbow pads for longboarding (a helmet wouldn't be a bad idea either). My loves list also includes: a beautiful tea pot and mugs from my good friend Kelsey (xo), "The Tiger's Wife" novel from Kelsey (literature sugar mama), my new magenta acrylic paint, 16x20 canvases, my dog/main man Charlie, baking cupcakes for birthdays, coronas, my x-mas present Ipod dock from my brother that serenades me when I paint, and my new Ipad application "Flipboard" (geek I know, but seriously it's the bomb - get it if you don't have it). 

Until next time loves and lusts. Cheers! 

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Dear, Sugar Plums . . .

Hello loves and lusts. My deep apologies for lacking in the post department, I've been busy with art, health issues, and other miscellaneous happenings. The blog has suffered to say the least. I'll get back to blogging business as per usual soon, I promise. When I get the precious time to re-kindle my relationship with my computer and all it's glory White Girl Wizdom will light up like a Jewish girl on her wedding day. Stay tuned. XO