Pop Music Playlist 2014- Bon Qui Qui

As my 24th birthday comes to a close I couldn’t ask for a better song to listen to than the YouTube diva Bon Qui Qui’s remix to ‘This is How we Do It’.

As any avid YouTuber should know Bon Qui Qui won over our hearts with her bits like ‘King Burger’ and “I’M A CUT YOU.” She has become a bit of a modern staple and is worth the listen whenever you wish to tap into another side of yourself. Or if you just want a good laugh. Bon Qui Qui aka Anjelah Johnson is bound to deliver.

Thank you Anjelah Johnson for giving me my end of the day birthday laughs!

 Anjelah Johnson

 

Videos courtesy of YouTube and Photo courtesy of NUVOtv

The Sunflower Skirt

SunflowerI’ve been away from my desk for way too long. So I’m back in the saddle with a sort of style post. When I was hanging out at a camp I was able to go into Lexington, VA. You know, that small town that plays host to the military school VMI and Washington and Lee University. Anyways this town is filled with every bit of small town charm that you can think of including a  charming store called Pumpkinseeds.

The store is a combination cute gifts and clothing boutique located on Main Street in the historical district of Lexington. For those of you who don’t know I love sunflowers so naturally when I saw a sunflower skirt in the window of Pumpkinseeds I had to have it. The Pumpkinseeds slogan is, “How cute is this?” and the the slogan is very fitting of everything in the store. The proprietors have been in Lexington for quite some time and the store has been open for almost 2 decades! Unfortunately they do not have a website but if your ever in Lexington, VA I would definitely recommend a visit.

 

Get the Weekend Started! Tour de Fat: Washington D.C 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 1.02.37 PMIf you like “Beer, Bikes and Bemusement” then you should check out Tour de Fat! Tour de Fat is a free festival coming to Washington D.C this weekend. Like many D.C festivals admission is free but bring spending cash for donations, food vendors and Tour de Fat swag. The festival is this Saturday the 31st at Yards Park. So hop on your bike and ride into D.C for what sounds like an eventful afternoon.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

Revival Stage

11:00 a.m. — Launch
12:00 p.m. — Fashion! (Best Costumes of the Tour de Fat)
12:20 p.m. — The Reals
1:30 p.m. — Slow Ride Race
2:30 p.m. — 1,000 Person Dance Contest
3:15 p.m. — Car for Bike Trade
3:30 p.m. — Lee Zimmerman The Puppet Guy
4:00 p.m. — Reggie Watts
5:00 p.m. — Finale

Stage Stage (Variety)
12:45 p.m. — The Handsome Little Devils
2:00 p.m. — Yo-Yo People
3:30 p.m. — Nigel Blackstorm

For more information about the event check out Tour de Fat-DC.

Photo courtesy of Tour de Fat

Video courtesy of YouTube New Belgium Brewing Channel

Pop Music Playlist 2014: “Happy”

Memorial Day is one of those calendar markers that lets people know that summer has started and vacations are right around the corner. So what better song to kick off the 2014 summer playlist than with the popular Pharrell Williams song “Happy” from Despicable Me 2. Before being over played when it was just the song that Gru was walk/dancing to down the street you couldn’t help but to to be happy. Now it’s summer and that is definitely something to get up and dance for.

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Pharrell Williams_Happy(Despicable Me 2)

Photo courtesy of TheBigGainer and Video courtesy of YouTube

Back in the Saddle

Back in the SaddleThe semester is over and I can give my blog and its readers the attention they deserve. So I’m going to be back to posting pictures and stories of creations, my take on style and fashion and of course a killer summer playlist for this year! So stay tuned, this summer is going to be great!

Back in School

Sorry for the lack of posting but I’m back in school and have been taking my scholarly efforts very seriously. However school will end for the semester in May and I will be coming back full force with style posts, DIY’s, music, culture pieces and vacation pics. So stay tuned…

Bloggers that inspire me…Marina Says

I first met Marina when I started working part time at Victoria’s Secret. From our few encounters I remember her to be fun and unconventional(in a good way). She managed to make the dress code into a style all her own and to bring a smile to customers that she encountered.

In her blog,Marina Says, there is a recent post on ‘feeling like rock&roll.’ Not only is the post quirky and inspirational, the author really finds her voice in this post and I can’t help but to sing her praises. I’ve felt my fair share of adversity and situations that might cause some to hyperventilate; the best thing you can do is stay confident and calm. Marina has a few things to say about achieving self-confidence. In fact she has 4 tips to, “Boost your self-confidence:” Trying something new, Shopping, wearing your “hot girl” outfit and telling negativity to back off. For more of her awesomeness check out her blog Marina Says, you’ll be glad you did.

I Watched More than the Red Carpet

For once in my life I actually stayed up to watch an awards show, The Oscars. Yes, it was totally worth it. I started off by telling myself, ‘I’ll just watch the red carpet.’ Just the red carpet turned into, ‘Wow; I can’t believe The Oscars are almost over.’

This seasons Oscar gowns were very tasteful and had some classic silhouettes. Many of the gowns were even custom made to fit the baby bumps or just the actor’s style. My favorite gown had to be Lupita Nyong’o. It was a powder blue with a deep V neck and Grecian like accordion pleats. While on the red carpet the actress said that the gown reminded her of home.

Nyong’o was not the only well dressed actor/actress Sunday evening. Check out the best dressed list below courtesy of Refinery29

RIGHT AS RAIN|”New Harvest”

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It has been awhile since I wrote about the brand/designer that grows the most glorious basic Tshirt.  RIGHT AS RAIN(Francesco Mugnaini and Sebastian Runde) are at it again; growing another batch of their green fashion t-shirts. They have expanded from growing Tshirts to a, “Astore terra. A two piece combination made of non-violent, wild silk, by Italian craftsman. Each outfit is unique and can be identified by its serial number.”

So if true green fashion is something you seek take a look at the, “New harvest,” on the Right as Rain website.

Photo courtesy of Right as Rain

Flicker Accounts Never Cease to Amaze me

When I’m not working as a social media manager or freelancing as an artist I teach swim lessons at the local indoor pool. While I was waiting for my private lesson to start I had an unexpected conversation with a co-worker about pop culture and art. Naturally our chatter progressed into photography, new media and graphic design when he mentioned that I should check out his brothers site. He said his brother dabbled with photography and graphic design, dabbled is putting it modestly. This kid is amazing, but don’t just take my word for it check out Nate Bittinger’s account on Flicker. He has found away to photograph/manipulate a world that many would only dream of. I can’t wait to see what he will come up with next.

You can follow him via Flicker at www.flicker.com/natebittinger

Photo courtesy of Nate Bittinger via Flicker

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Photo courtesy of Nate Bittinger via Flicker

Direct TV Media&Technology Scholarship

Zeitgeists: ideas and spirit of time                                                                                      By: Mary FlaggMedia&Technology

Growing up during the 90s I could really see how ‘times were changing.’ I went to a small school and my class was the first to have a mandatory computer lab time. Naturally when your 8 you think, ‘Oh my gosh; I get to play on a new toy!’ Much to my surprise the class focused on typing and a game called math blasters. That was my first interaction with technology. If only I could tell my 8 year-old self that it only got better from there.

As the 90s progressed into the 00s so did technology. Software became more sophisticated and if you didn’t have a flip razor cell phone you were lame and your parents were the worst for not getting you one. Texting was all the rage and soon that would be the only way that you would communicate with your friends and family. As the years went on my cell phone became an extension of my body. I couldn’t go any where without it. I needed to stay connected, not sure to what, and feel like I could be reached at a moments notice.

The feeling of needing to connect turned into virtual interaction with friends, family and even strangers in some instances. Once I got a Facebook profile all bets were off. Social media became a form of human interaction. It was my way to communicate without actually having to talk to anyone. Some would say that being a child of technology and virtual worlds would have stunted my ability to be a people person and have actual human contact. Those people would be wrong. Being able to talk to people virtually gave me the confidence to interact with people in reality. Technology helped me to become a functioning member of society. Because of my drive to stay on top of gadget and fashion trends I got my first job. That job led to college, which led me to find my passion for fashion journalism and social media.

Today I run my on website, The Fashion Culturalist, and I am the social media manager for a small medical group. There is no way that I would be where I am today without the advances in technology and how it has become apart of my life and lives of many.

Spring is Coming…JK I think it may be here

I love the signs of spring creeping up out after a few big end of winter ice/snow storms. Today is the perfect example. Last night TheWeatherChannel called for a wintery mix which came and this afternoon is sunny and 52 degrees. I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year because the weather bounces all over the place. But I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that the perfect 65 degree spring days are right around the corner.

Keeping that in mind here are a few frocks that are on my What I Want for Spring List:

Photos courtesy of:

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Rihanna+Vogue=Fashion Muse

The ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ has landed on the Vogue cover for a third time. They’re calling her the most exciting fashion muse and I’d have to agree. For my first major design project my muse was Rihanna, urban environments and street art. She inspires greatness in others, i.e designers, photographers, musicians artists, and thats exactly what a muse is supposed to do. So here’s to Rihanna that she remain a fabulous muse for many more artists to come.

(Original Story and photos courtesy of Vogue)

Pants to Die for…

Well, maybe not die exactly, but my mouth is definitely salivating a little bit at how amazing trousers are these days. Growing up I remember not really getting to wear pants. I had old school parents and little girls didn’t wear pants. So naturally as I got older I became obsessed with pants. I love the prints, materials and how they make my butt look.

Pants are just great and have so much potential. They can be very sexy, dressy, feminine or causal and still maintain a certain level of chicness.  These are just a taste of the many fabulous pants out there just waiting to be debuted.

Veronica Beard:                                                                                                              The Skinny Trouser or The Trek Pant                                                                               Top Shop:                                                                                                               Gingham Flocked Treggings or Pleat Flower Cigarette Trousers                                       H&M:                                                                                                                         Loose-fit pants or Jersey Leggings                                                                              Urban Outfitters:                                                                                                        Cropped Ikat Harem Pant or Pleated Harem Pant