Friday, August 12, 2011

Standing in the Shadow of Greatness.....

As a musician, I sometimes wonder the genuine quality and raw talent of artists today. You don't have many people writing lyrics like Jim Morrison, that cut you to the core and you recite standing on tables in hotels in Amsterdam. You don't have tone like Billy Holiday- where that twinge of awkward throatyness sounds almost too good to be true. We don't have La Vie En Rose, Piaf's interpretation of perfection and Dinah Washington's perfect use of a language. SO SUBLIME, yet so far away from most music today. Again raw talent.

I am not a HUGE Beyonce fan. I know that she has a true passion for her performances, and it truly looks like she puts her whole heart and soul into her shows and her fans. I had to post this video of her rehearsing for an American Idol performance in the Spring. I was blown away by her sheer understanding for her instrument.

She has the most incredible control of her voice. And the soul and feeling that you get from her when she sings each note.... that is not something that you can teach. That is like dancing a contemporary number with your voice. Perfection. The fact that she is also singing without a mic, and without the use of auto tune furthers my now undying respect for her and her craft. Everyone should be so lucky to witness art in it's finest interpretation. How it was supposed to be used, how it was supposed to be defined.

Thank you my beautiful sister for making my heart skip a beat....

Sunday, August 7, 2011

White is the new Black!

It's a hot-Summer and all I can think about is where is the nearest ocean at?
I needed some inspiration so I looked to one of my favorite colors to wear- WHITE.
The symbolism for wearing white can mean any number of things.
Primarily white being the color of purity.

White and Black have the biggest visual contrast to the human eye. Day and Night. Good and Evil. White is the extreme end of the spectrum of color. It is associated with nature- clouds, flowers, ice and snow.
It has religious connotation. Ihram clothing worn by Muslims during pilgrimage. Egyptians saw white as the color to wear during death. And how about the white flag of surrender in times of war.

Whatever you view the color "white" as, it is one of the most calming colors for me to wear. I love neutrals, creams, taupes, browns, and white. I find them stunning with my skin tone and even better with a tan.

Here are some images that I was inspired by this summer and my own take on the perfect white bohemian summer frock.

The skirt is from H & M organic fabric collection, Tank is from Nordstroms, Earrings are from the new Fall 2011 Cache collection, Bracelet is from NEED SUPPLY, Sunglasses are RayBan Clubmasters, and the Necklace is from House of Harlow 2010 Collection.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Love this collaboration

There is nothing better than an underground star hooking up with one of rap games most notorious MC's.
Alex Ebert is killing the music Indie scene and doing collaborations with everyone you can think of including RZA of Wu Tang Clan. This video shows you why I heart him, and why I love anything that sounds like you could download it off a soundtrack of an Akira Kurosawa film- Kung Fu movies- my secret obsession! Enjoy

Alexander - Truth from Alexander on Vimeo.

Belize here I come!!

With only 20 days left till I head to Belize, I have the perfect outfits to complete my DREAM 30th Birthday vacation! This trip has meant so much to me, in that it is the first VACATION that I have taken with my husband since our Honeymoon. Even though backpacking across Asia and Europe 2 years ago was a huge trip of a lifetime, my intentions for that was more about experiencing my spirituality, the people and photography. This trip is truly about relaxing, Yoga, sunbathing and throwing in a few excursions here and there.
Now all I need to do is have the most fashionable, comfortable attire to trek, stretch, meditate, and swim! Oh and chillax' with my best friend-in our cabana's. I am traveling inland to the Belizean Rainforest to the Black Rock Yoga Lodge. We will be near the Big Rock Waterfalls and Rio on the pools. We will hit up some Mayan Ruins and then take a jeep back to Belize City to boat over to Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye to stay at Akbol Yoga Resort and tan, swim and snorkel at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
So here are the outfits that I have picked so far- a good blend of dressy, casual. A perfect trek uniform, Trail Runner lightweight shoes. All my favorite Yoga gear from Lululemon, my trip to India and Om On Yoga boutique. My new Japa Mala beads and my cozy havana's. Oh and don't forget the perfect Fall must have a pair of foldable black Ballet flats- perfect to travel in. I have the Yosi Samra brand from NEED SUPPLY - but I will probably pick up a pair of Corso Como brand as well in another color. Take my advice- my choices are all you need to look Resort Chic with that hint of Bohemian Hipster that I LOVE so much