Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Invasion of the U.K. music artists

I'm not sure how the radio stations are in other parts in the States, but here in Michigan one particular station play the same artists and and songs on constant repeat. Don't get me wrong, I like quite a few of the songs but you can only hear the same songs in one day or week so many times before it lose its appeal. During my search for new music via internet, magazines, radio et cetera, I found two artist from where else, the UK. I'm not sure if the U.S. has a thing for London artist, but lately I have been coming across a lot of musicians from across the pond. The two artists that will be reviewed are Plan B and Eliza Doolittle.

Plan B from Forest Gate, London is a rapper/singer. His latest album The Defamation of Strickland Banks features his singing chops. The track Free, is reminiscent of the 1950's music which makes you think of him as a male version of Amy Winehouse. Another track Stay Too Long is a bit more rock which is reminiscent of Lenny Kravitz. Last track I will mention is Prayin'. I don't really have a comparison for this one but the lyrics are really good. I have included these three to my Grooveshark account. I don't want to mention anymore tracks so I don't make you bias to my favorites. Overall I would rate the album 4 out of 5.

Eliza Doolittle who from Camden Town, North London is a pop/soul singer. Her self-titled album Eliza Doolittle sounds a bit like Amy Winehouse and VV Brown. One track that didn't sound too sugary was So High. I was able to concentrate more on her voice and the lyrics than the music compared to earlier tracks. A Smokey Room is another track worth listening to. My favorite is the final track Running For Life. It's more towards her pop side and the music will get you moving compared to other tracks. I would rate this album 3 out of 5.

This is the latest edition for music reviews until next time...

Friday, April 29, 2011

For the Romantics: A day to remember

I have a few hours of sleep due to watching the pomp and circumstance of the newly titled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate). The whole event was beautiful and fit for a fairytale. Princes William and Harry arrive early in their military uniforms to greet guest. Being the romantic, Prince William promise to wait and see Princess Kate gown until she stands next to him at the alter. Being the mischevious younger brother, turned around to see Princess Kate come down the alter. When the new couple finally see each other, there are nothing but smiles. After the bishop confirms the union, the crowd in the background makes a thunderous cheer.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds walk hand-in-hand down Westminster Abbey to their open-top carriage and wave to the waiting crowd. Eventually after the entire royal family arrives back at Buckingham Palace the couple walk out to the balcony and hear the chanting crowd yelling "Kiss, kiss, kiss!" The oblige the crowd with a quick peck, but then break tradition and kiss for a second time! This time you can see Prince William saying "No more!" while he blushes.

This ends the anticipated wedding of the "century." Many romantics at heart will now have inspiration for their upcoming nuptials. To the newly weds, many blessings be upon them.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Guilt-Free Shopping

When I go shopping, I sometimes go through buyer-remorse. I love to shop, but then I think about my purchase and ask myself "Did I really need to buy three more pair of shoes, that will probably sit in the closet?" With this i decided to promote companies that not only have fashionable clothing, but is donating a portion of the proceeds to various charities. Here are a few fashionable companies that are helping others in need.

Ladies Darfur Peace Tee $39
20% of proceeds to Darfur Peace & Development 

Artful Vision "Colorful Polymer Earrings" $38
20% of proceeds to Higher Ground

Nest Tote Bag $18
75% of proceeds to Nest

Jenny McCarthy "Fearless" for ShoeDazzle $40
All proceeds go to Generation Rescue

These are just a few of the charitable fashion finds available online. Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fashion Muse: AnnaLynne McCord

I'm pretty open when it comes to fashion. Like most fashionable women, I like to dress to impress. I usually wear at least one statement piece, whether it is my earrings, necklace, ring, belt, purse, or shoes. Lately though, I have been inquiring new items for my wardrobe in bohemian/ 70's retro glam pieces. After seeing a picture of AnnaLynne McCord in US Magazine, the picture inspired an affordable outfit for fashionable women like myself.

                                                   Snapshot of AnnaLynne McCord

Here are some similar tops
                                                   BCBG Max Azria Lee Cargo $138
BCBG Max Azria Liam Knit & Woven $128

Similar high waisted jeans
                                            Asos 1970's Inspired Flared Jeans $63
                                                 Vera Moda '70's Flare Jeans $86
                                          Asos Rio Blue High Waist Kickflare $63

Fun wedge heels
                                                               Aldo Ellingwood $70 
                                                        Steve Madden Gurllee $130

                              Forever 21 Stretchy Faceted Beaded Bracelet $8.80 
                               John Varvatos Star USA Laced Interlock Belt $59

I really think this outfit is fun and relaxing. The pop of color with the shoes, which is my specialty with accessories, are fun to look at when they peek from under long flared pants. The prices for this outfit is affordable and accessible for any womans budget. Here's to your next shopping spree!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Topshop store to open in Chicago!

For my fellow shopaholics, Britain's clothing store Topshop, is set to open in Chicago this fall. Of all places to set up shop would be of course Michigan Ave. The store will be the second flagship store in the U.S. The first store opened in New York City on Broadway and is 60,000 sf. The Chicago location will be half the size, but that's ok. I love their shoes. I can finally see them in person, instead of saving images on my computer. Some new items on my wishlist are:

                                                        Sugar Mary-Jane platforms

                                                    (love MJ's since middle school)

                                                             Sense Cut-Out platform

                                               and Lois Suede Knot Detail platform.
If you are the Chicago area, the company are hiring budding fashionista's!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Video Games: Mortal Kombat 9

I remember as a young girl watching my brother play Mortal Kombat and after a combo was completed would hear the word "Toasty!" This is a classic for the still running game Mortal Kombat. Apparently Dan "Toasty" Forden makes an appearance somewhere in game.
The latest addition, MK9, has some great visuals, that you forget you're fighting and get side tracked. There's one scene, which is the last Boss, where you're at an arena and on both sides of the Boss throne are scantly clad women and a crowd going crazy for the fighters. Another scene there are people on stakes, which make you feel you're watching a clip from Dante's Inferno. Other than the background, the characters costumes are well designed and the characters details of appearing human or mutant is well done.
For game play, I personally like Noob, with Jade and Sonya Blade following right after. I haven't had time to "study" the moves, but with some time I think I could master some combo moves. Great game in design and play  overall. It is rated M for Mature for some of the language, partial nudity, and the gory Fatality, which is a classic for the game. I would rate the game 4.5 out 5!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I love Music!

While at work listening to the same repetitive music I hear everyday I'm there, I heard the O'Jays "I Love Music". That rung true to me. I don't have a preference to music. I can listen to about anything if it has a good beat. I'm not saying all the lyrics might great, but for the most part the rhythm is what get me.
Intertwining music and fashion made me think of some shoes I spotted in the May 2011 Elle issue. I looked hard to find the Roger Vivier embroidered satin tassel detail sandals (p.163) and the Christian Louboutin pearl-trim leather pumps (p.134). When  a picture becomes available or I take a pic from the magazine I will update the post.
I did manage to find some other fun shoes from my favorite designer, Christian Louboutin; Change of Guard, which are an online exclusive and the Madame Butterfly. I did manage to get pictures of these since their a little older. The Madame Butterfly even have a style-inspired shoe from who else, Steve Madden for a reasonable price of $129.95. I can see it now, on the dance floor and all eyes are not on your moves but your shoes!

                                                       Christian Louboutin $1,695
                                                        Christian Louboutin $1,195
                                                             Steve Madden $129.95

Friday, April 22, 2011

Music Scene

I hope everyone enjoyed their time today, I did. No school, field placement, or work today. I haven't had a Friday off in a while. I had time to catch up on some reading, even though I should have been studying for my finals. Anyway, I read/skimmed this month Elle issue and it's their annual "music issue." I noticed in the "Download Now," they had quite a few artist from the U.K. I'm listening to some of the artist now on Grooveshark, which allows you to hear their radio stations of electronica, pop, rap, indie, rock, and classic. You can also search for artist and save them to your favorites. One of the artist the recommended is Tinie Tempah. He is a rapper that has lyrics laced with techno, which isn't bad. The other artist I listened to was Beth Ditto, also from the U.K. The track that Elle recommended was "Good Night Good Morning." I listened to the track and the other available songs on Grooveshark. I weren't feeling any of them.  Maybe someone else may enjoy her music. The last artist I found in the issue was Theophilus London. After listening to "Sand Castle", "Chocolate and Wine" and "Flying Over". After listening them I would say it's listenable and somewhat different from the repetitive rap genre we have today. Personally I would add it to my favorite list. Well thanks to Elle annual music issue, I did find one new artist to listen to.  

                                                                       Tinie Tempah
                                                                         Beth Ditto
                                                                Theophilus London

Happy Earth Day!

Hey all my fashionable followers, BCBG Max Azria is participating in Earth Day. All their earth day products will have 20% donated to the Sierra Club's Project Green. You can also send Earth Day e-cards from the web site also.
Happy Shopping :)