Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Perfect Dose of Sequins

(F21 acid wash jeans, over the knee boots, vintage sequin & pearl sweater, forever 21 necklace, h&m fur)

Found this sweater at a local thrift store for $3 dollars. It's perfectly cozy and has the right amount of glitz. I've been dressing it up with leather skirts, or pairing it down with jean for a weekend brunch with the boy. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

This Month In Musical Review:



With the end of the month approaching I've decided to put together a selection of my most widely played tracks. The holidays often result in a musical stand still but January is coming on strong with an abundance of melodic flavor.


The Baltimore natives have released their third album, and well, I'm not 100% on team "Teen Dream." Overall, it's a bit too poppy, and lacking the lucid, haunting melodies Beach House is known for, and yet this track makes the list.


Originally known as "Final Fantasy," Owen Pallett had to drop the alter-ego when the video game's copyright lawyers cracked down. "Heartland" has quickly become my favorite album of the new year. Theatrical, operatic, and electronic. There's been some talk of a Buffalo appearance, fingers crossed! Just go ahead and download the entire album, you won't be disappointed.


This adorable band debuted their third album in October but I'm just getting around to checking them out on the listening circuit. With clear cues taken from Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird & Midlake, this delightful little song states "I don't mind dying, when I make love to her."  Adorability at its best!


Chocolate Makes You Happy- Xiu Xiu
"And keeps you awake" (Thanks Mike for the share!)


Played this early at the last Shock & Awe. Danceable, light, and an interesting departure for this Brooklyn-based band. Their previous album "All Our Cymbals" was a favorite album of mine. It's true the music's lost a bit of its edge but it's still extremely catchy and tribal.


Heavy influence from Broadcast drawing me in. Must add "The Science of Sleep" to my queue again.


Odessa- Caribou
Look for the full release of "Swim" mid April.


Click on the tracks to download via my Zshare



Monday, January 25, 2010

Teen Dream





I'm going to recreate this outfit from Saturday night. Sans external and the seedy indoor lighting don't do this dress justice. I'll try and post some body shots later this week. I also FINALLY got my hair cut, now sure if I'm loving the bangs.. but I know they'll grow rapidly. 


The party was a success. Loads of Gaga, dancing, and champagne. I made enough money to finance the trip to NYC  for the Chictopia conference Feb. 13th. With two city trips planned for Feb & March, I'm feeling excited for new endeavors to come. 


Oh and heart shaped sleeves are the new heart shaped glasses, just in time for cupid. 

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Last Night


Just a preview of last nights antics! More to come.....

Friday, January 22, 2010

High Wasted & Lace



(f21 high wasted shorts, UO booties, UO blouse, vintage & f21 jewelry)


My obsession with lace continues, still on the fence with these high waisted shorts. Happy Friday! 

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Owls Are Not What They Seem











I'm enjoying my new owl companions, both found at forever.
I'm also in search of perfectly tailored trousers.
On a side note only one day away from our 3 year anniversary party! So much to do, so little time. I have to put the finishing touches on my playlist, get my hair cut, thrift date with Kayta (check out her Etsy jewelry shop!), and find the perfect dance party attire. I'm thinking lace, strong shoulders, gold?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hello Lover












Obsession Du Jour: Wedges! Want, need, lust after! These bad boys possess effortless dominance. I am particularly fond of the Pixie Wedge with the exposed zipper (second one down). Has anyone else fallen for Jeffery Campbell's designs this year? His shoes are so spot on!  Perhaps a potential valentines day gift? Just sayin'

(Jeffery Campbell Tick wedge, Pixie wedge, Acne wedge) 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Urban Dynasty



(f21 blouse, f21 jeans, vintage bag, UO booties, f21 jewelry, vintage fur)


Continuing with my shoulder obsession I threw this outfit together for a walk downtown. It's warmed up a wee bit. This amazing vintage fur I found over the summer whilst thrifting, it's my baby. 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Music Feature


My boyfriend and I spent some time writing up a music feature for the local alternative newspaper we both work for, Artvoice. It was meant to be a recap of this years 50 best tracks but due to spacing it was cut back to a Top 10 + our choice "runner up". You can read the full article HERE. I'm pleased with the way the feature turned out, it's always nice to work along side my beau and play off each other.  Enjoy! 


Here's the list in it's entirety




The Top 29 Tracks of 2009 (plus 21 More), by Kaitlin Isabella and Craig Reynolds
In the 1960s, the 3:33 single was both a recipe for pop perfection and a blueprint for the banal, but the rise of FM radio, which opened the airwaves to long-playing sonic art, radically devalued the meager pop song. In the ‘00s, however, as Itunes and peer-to-peer file-sharing smashed the artifact of the album (and the music industry as a whole) to bytes, the concise package of the individual song has never seemed more relevant, or fun. Here is our humble list of mixtape essentials and penultimate dance party jams, in 2009 rewind.

TOP 10
When I Grow Up, Fever Ray. Through eerily pastoral synthesizer mists and skittering electronic beats emerges the mangled, pitch-shifted voice of The Knife’s Karin Dreijer Andersson, suggesting both the Grim Reaper and a mummified tribal dancer ritually exorcising some unknown demon.

Anonanimal, Andrew Bird. A song within a song within a song, with equally circular lyrics: "I see a sea anemone/ The enemy/ See a sea anemone/ And that'll be the end of me." Bird, who performed this number during his autumn visit to The Church, manages to deliver so much multi-syllabic alliteration without sacrificing resigned ennui.

My Girls, Animal Collective. Abundant with bristling synths and sing along melodies, this call for "Four walls and adobe slats" by which to provide for one's family, marks joyful maturation after a decade of experimentation.

1901, Phoenix. Blissful pop perfection. This Sophia Coppola approved quartet first brought dance jams to indie parties with "Too Young," featured in 2001's Lost in Translation.

Two Weeks, Grizzly Bear. When Grizzly Bear appeared at the bottom of a 2005 Soundlab bill, a meager audience witnessed their glorious set. Two weeks later, Grizzly Bear were indie darlings leading the charge for respectability in mainstream circles. Two Weeks captures the group's trademark harmonies in full bloom.

Stillness Is the Move, Dirty Projectors. 2009 was the year for these quintessential art-rockers, whose early work, including a pop opera about Don Henley, earned them least likely to play Letterman honors, but sure enough they did in 2009 (Fallon too). Stillness is the Move captures the group's angular rhythms, fragmented guitar work and awkwardly crystalline harmonies.
Actor Out of Work, St. Vincent (Bonus Track Version). The highlight of St Vincent's performance at the Church this fall, Actor Out of Work builds perfectly, juxtaposing handsome vocals with a hauntingly insistent counter rhythm, all propelled by a bombastic straight-marching beat.

A Teenager In Love, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Yes, that charming beat juxtaposed with brittle, forlorn guitar jangle may seem familiar to those of us with an awkward stance and a poetic bent, but why complain. Although singer Kip Berman is no Morrissey, the lyrics do cleverly abuse the title of Dion and the Belmont's classic ode to squeaky-clean heartbreak in its lament for "a teenager in love with Christ and heroin."

Home, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. One of the most adorable folk-rock love songs ever, this rollicking sing-along duet culminates in the how can you go wrong chorus, "Home is where ever I'm with you."
The Old Days, Dr. Dog. Dr Dog, who played Mohawk Place in the spring and returns February 1, mixes country and folk elements. Throw in a dandy salon piano and you've got yourself a hoedown.

RUNNERS UP
Rosyln, Bon Iver & St. Vincent. Whether you trend toward Team Edward of Team Jacob, it's impossible not to melt with this song, which even surpasses other excellent contributions to the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack from bigger indie stars like Grizzly Bear, Thom York and Lykke Li.

Walkabout, Atlas Sound (w/Noah Lennox). From the solo project of Deerhunter's Bradford Cox and featuring Animal Collective's Panda Bear, Walkabout is a delightful slice of pop perfection from an artist known for cranky, sometimes uninviting work.

I Wanna Kill, Crocodiles. This song sounds like the Old Pink. The Old Pink in the 80s, the Old Pink in the 90s and the Old Pink today. Gritty and anthemic, 4:36 of 2009's 120 Minutes.

I Make Her Say, Kid Cudi (w/Kanye West & Common). When this deliciously raunchy take on 2009's most ubiquitous pop gem first hit the internet, it was tagged "Poke Her Face." Over the cooed melody to Poker Face, a song about faking it in bed, Cudi & Co. exude street corner machismo as they brag, oblivious and hilarious.

Agoraphobia, Deerhunter. "Come for me, comfort me, cover me." Instant. Indie. Classic.
Empire State Of Mind, Jay-Z (Featuring Alicia Keys). With this unapologetic shout-out to NYC (which returns the pop goodness missing from recent efforts), Jay proves once again he can make it anywhere (although he still isn't sure about YOU).

I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend, Discovery (w/Angel Deradoorian). Evoking Tom Tom Club's 1981 "Genius of Love" (or Mariah Carey's derivative '90s hit Fantasy), I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend's snakecharmer melodies showcase Dirty Projector Deradoorian's distinctive vocal theatrics.

Hooting & Howling, Wild Beasts. Operatic, urgent and androgynous pop disco, Hooting & Howling updates last year's love affair with Hercules and Love Affair.

IRM, Charlotte Gainsbourg. Channeling Broadcast in style and sampling from an IRM machine in practice, this title track from the daughter of French pop royalty (Serge) and producer Beck turns a near death experience into haunting electronic rock.

Little Secrets, Passion Pit. With its delicious chorus of "Higher and Higher," this song would have ranked near number one had 2009 ended in May, but a serious case of overexposure dragged it lower and lower. If you were shut out of Mohawk Place last June, you have a second chance to see them at the Town Ballroom March 28.

Collapsing At Your Doorstep, Air France. "Sort of like a dream, no better."

Animal, Miike Snow (Crookers re-mix). This version, by Italian duo Crookers, bumps and grinds in all the right places, turning the plain-by-comparison original into an over the top dance floor classic.

Accusations, The Juan MacLean. Featuring lite disco rhythms, funky synths and glamorous purring vocals, Accusations is almost as good as 2008's excellent Happy House.

Funny Little Frog, God Help The Girl. Originally an austere gem on Belle & Sebastian's Life Pursuit, this version, from leader Stuart Murdoch's new side project, slows it down, grooves it up and wraps the whole thing in orchestral trimmings.

Up A Tree (Went This Heart I Have), Cotton Jones. This Page France side project played Mohawk Place a few years back and visited Soundlab in 2009. Back country blues wrapped in easy pop melodies. Strap on your overalls, and flop into a hay stack, pick some pumpkins or grab some cider.

Future Primative, Papercuts. Indie rock goodness by the numbers from these alumni of Soundlab 2009.
Raindrops, Basement Jaxx. How is this band still around? and why am I dancing so hard? Calvin Harris electro + Passion Pit helium-voiced giddiness + late 90's electronica = one of the best dance tracks of the year.

Island, IS, Volcano Choir. Bon Iver's side project is an experiment in minimalist repetitive patterns, with notes of recent Animal Collective, a common trend these days. As the album cover beckons, invite someone over for kisses...at least you won't be disappointed with the music.

My Step, Little Dragon. "My step slide, lightning fight/ Tropical times, hmm, hmm." Little Dragon sums up 2009 with this track, which blends indie rock and dance music without becoming either. Understated, sexy and fun.


HONORABLE MENTION
Until We Bleed, Kleerup (Feat. Lykke Li) (Kleerup)
Stars, The xx (xx)
Not Fair, Lily Allen (It's Not Me, It's You)
Ready for the Weekend, Calvin Harris (Ready For The Weekend)
Help Im Alive, Metric (The Twelves Remix)
Big Dipper, Delorean (Ayrton Senna EP )
D.R.U.G.S., The Raveonettes (In And Out Of Control)
Right Hand Hi, Kid Sister (Right Hand Hi)
Telephone, Lady Gaga (Feat. Beyoncé) (The Fame Monster)\
Dominos, The Big Pink (The Big Pink)
Hold the Line (feat. Mr. Lex & Santigold) (Guns Don't Kill People Lazers Do)
Mommy Complex, Peaches (I Feel Cream)
Happy Up Here, Röyksopp (Junior)
Woof woof, Dan Deacon (Bromst)
This Tornado Loves You, Neko Case (Middle Cyclone)
Die Slow, Health (Get Color)
Bulletproof, La Roux (La Roux)
Bicycle, Memory Tapes
ecstasy, jj (jj n° 2)
Cruel Intentions (featuring Beth Ditto), Simian Mobile Disco (Temporary Pleasure)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ski Chalet Chic



F21 Combat boots, f21 sweater, h&m fur, thrifted hat & glasses, gifted black leather gloves (thanks erin!)


It's impossibly cold here so I apologize for the lack of originality ahead of time. 
I find this to be a perfectly cozy ensemble for sipping coco, lounging in the ski lodge, or moseying around your friends log cabin. 

Shock & Awe: Ménage à trois



For all of you cross country- and beyond- readers, I represent one half of the DJ duo Shock & Awe. We've been throwing bi-monthly parties here in Buffalo for three years, and next Friday we'll be slashing champagne bottles in honor of our anniversary and all of our loyal supporters. My partner Jessa and I have been hustling to keep Buffalo's fashion and music scene on point. We've provided sound and production towards (going on) 6 fashion shows. I'm pretty excited to have all my friends in queue kicking off another year of dancing!

Once again a BIG Thanks to Brandon Davis of Block Club Magazine for his outstanding work on the flier. 10 days and counting!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Trend Spotting for 2010

   
From the top: Silence & Noise Dress, F21 lace Dress, Nasty Gal Caged Dress, & Givenchy


 I've been absolutely enamored with strong shoulder statements and embellished details. Lucky for me they seem to be popping up everywhere. I'm fawning over the sparkle accents & architectural elements adorning the shoulder areas. I've invested in several dresses and blouses that capture this current trend. This look can be attained even on the strictest of budgets, or even DIYed (fringe or feathered shoulder pads anyone?)

So stock up, and give em' the shoulder shrug ladies.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lacking



F21 skirt, vintage shoes, h&m blouse & vest. 

I apologize once again for the lack of updates. Some death sickness that's going around finally found it's way to my insides- ruining most of the weekend, keeping me up for nights, and stealing valuable day light for photos.  I got myself together for brunch with the beau, and a matinee of Michael's Cera's "Youth in Revolt".  Adorable little film, nothing ground breaking but it certainly helped after a few bed ridden days. By the way it's only 5 degrees here today, making these indoor shots the best I can muster for now. More photos soon! I promise!

Monday, January 4, 2010

NYE in NYC


Sorry for the lack of posts lately. We forgot our charger for the laptop, so I couldn't update the blog in NYC. It was a lovely vacation, filled with 6 days of partying, gallery hoping, art, shopping, and fun. I'm exhausted from the holiday (and subsequently now sick) but it was jam packed with excitement. Happy New Year everyone! 
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