This green eyed lady is crazy for this cool color. Green is synonymous with life, health, happiness, good luck, tranquility, and of course, $$$. We're all going green these days, but I've always been a fan constantly on the hunt for key pieces like winter coats, cardigans, dresses, and eye catching accessories. From Kelly, British Racing Green, Chartreuse, Olive, Teal, and Jade, there's a shade appropriate for just about every day of the year. (Jade Jagger pictured above with rock star pops Mick.)
It was one of those rare sunny London days in September of 2003...when I was first introduced to the term "sunny g's" by a couple of London blokes by way of South Africa. Vintage sunny g's are fun to sport for a summer or even this winter and then stash away until the mood strikes again. Giant Vintage Sunglasses featured on Thrillist.com serve their purpose well. From French made, assymetric, 70s skier, and Wayfarer knockoffs, there's a pair of sunny g's for just about everyone and cheap enough even to wear once.
Nothing puts me in a better mood than a killer disco house track. Pair that with a dash of English jazz funk band Jamiroquai and that'll get any party started! At age 15, I listened to my first Jamiroquai album, the band's third. I can still remember how different the sounds of "Travelling Without Moving" were from any other popular music of 1996. I just had to buy that CD and I still own it to this day, though it's gained a few scratches over the last 15 years.
There is plenty to be said about the energy in the world in which we live. All things undergo change. And the forces around us exude energy in ways that impact our own energy. People, places, and things have the ability to deplete or replenish our energy. I constantly strive to surround myself with positivity; people, places, and things that bring me up. With this said, I've recently embarked on the study of the art of Feng Shui at the American Feng Shui Institue of Los Angeles. I never realized there was such a school specializing in Feng Shui, right here in my own backyard, and one that attracts students from all over the globe. If I learn anything at all in my studies, I hope that it's atleast how to create a prosperous position for myself in the universe generating health, happiness, and peace of mind. Positive energy...positive vibes.
Earlier this week, I was once again reminded that my Fall wish list item, the classic tan trench coat, is an absolute must buy. It is the perfect lightweight weatherproof piece of wear to work outerwear. So, instead of longing for it, I went right ahead and ordered it. Done and done. Now, it may not be the ultimately classic Burberry trench coat, but it's pretty darn close. It's the London Fog Double Breasted Trench Coat from Macy's that's pictured above. Considering I'm a resident of one of the most seasonless metropolitan cities in the country, I think it will be with me for years to come. So,bring on the rain!
9 times out of 10, my eye is drawn to subtle yet sexy ensembles. For some reason, these looks incorporate some adaptation of a little black dress with neutral accessories. The girl's style in the 2 pictures below inspired my search for the perfect off the shoulder little black dress, showing just the right amount of summer bronzed skin. Not to mention, the 2 of them make the cutest couple! The look easily translates to colder date nights with a tan fur vest (as pictured above - by Victoria's Secret) or tights and leather boots. So when all other outfit options fail, this really is a great go to look.
Without good beats, workouts are just that. Beat. I'd rather skip the workout if I forget to bring my loaded iPod to the gym. Lately, I've been hammering out 30% incline hills on some state of the art treadmill, killing it with sets of jumping jacks, and mixing it up with dreaded squats/lunges and ab work. I'm getting it done to the continuous Podcasts by Klink Le Soulful Mixshows. I'm currently obsessed with the July 11, 2010 Mixshow La Loca 21.
The Mixshow takes the listener on a 1 hour 22 minute house music journey with sexy piano chords, tribal drum beats, male and female soul vocalists, and incredibly positive messages. 24 minutes in features John Legend's "Ordinary People" followed by Stevie Wonder's "My Love is On Fire" at 32 minutes. 42 minutes in is my signal to start my cool down. The Mixshow is even perfect for a long car ride.
Vision Questa - Hold My Heart (Frankie Feliciano Vocal Mix) Aphreme feat Donald Sheffey - Come a Lil' Closer (John Crockett Rework Vocal Mix) Jihad Muhammad feat Chris Dockins - No More War (Seedadiandeep Remix) Soul Addiction - Let it go part 1 (tristram and redford got house remix) Oumou Sangare - Ah Ndiyah (Boddhi Satva's Soil Spirit Mix) John Legend - Ordinary People (Karizma Remix) Jellybean feat Carla Prather - Secrets & Lies (Guy Robin Remix) Stevie Wonder - My Love is On Fire (DJ Spinna Mix) The Bucketheads - Sayin Dope Jill Scott - The Real Thing (Jozana Remix) Lovebirds - The Night (original mix) Restless Soul feat Zansika - And I Know It (Jose Carretas Dub) lovebirds - N2Deep Ben Tom feat mr V - It's a Party (Nacho Vega's Deep Re-Edit) B.O.P - Celebrate (BOP Til U Drop mix) Mood II Swing feat Carol Sylvan - Closer (King Street Moody Club) The Rurals - Corker (Knee Deep Break a Lot Dub) 95 North - Find a Way to Believe (95 north club mix)
...you made me cry. That's what Eric Clapton says in the appropriately titled track. Honestly, I never got this song. Was it about a pair of bell bottoms? Or was someone wearing bell bottoms terribly blue? Apparently, English model, photographer, and rock n' roll muse Pattie Boyd inspired Clapton to write it. She just had to have an American pair of bell bottom "blues" or jeans. My sister linked me in to the spot for that perfect pair of bell bottom blues, by Emersonmade. Pattie Boyd (pictured above) may not be my muse, but I visualize her looking a bit like this in hers.
Change is good. Change allows us to start fresh, with a renewed sense of ourselves. Onward and upward. Recently I decided to make some small changes in my daily life and get on the eco-friendly train. And, it feels good. I'm not going out right now and buying a Hybrid car (although, it's not a bad idea) or never again drinking out of a plastic water bottle (but, I really should stop that). So, I've incorporated some way more greener options into my world. I've discovered an array of exciting new things that make going green cool too. Check 'em out...
Get your water fix on with these reusable water bottles.
Ice cream goes green at KindKreme in Studio City, CA. For this Moose Tracks lover, I was more than impressed by the this is way too delicious to be raw, vegan, and organic "ice kreme." The pint sized strip mall shop serves up daily made good to the planet and really good for you flavors like Chocolate Salted Caramel for the salty/sweet lover (that's me), Raw IceKreme Sandwiches, Chocolate IceKreme (with homemade Almond Milk) Shakes, and Fresh Green Juice Blends. I'd say it's worth $3.99/scoop.
Shoe buyer's remorse begone with TOMS shoes. The Santa Monica, CA based espadrille style shoe company gives a pair to a child in need for every pair purchased. There's a ridiculously huge selection too. Love it.
The June 2010 issue of ELLE Decor notably mentions French bohemian artist, Jean Cocteau. Interestingly enough, the starving artist sported not one, but two Cartier Trinity pinkie rings. As a throwback to the dandy bohemian, Cartier added to the age old Trinity line with a new take on the classic.
Just when you think you've seen it all, you really haven't until you've seen The Pink Bunny entertains the pretty girls and boys of the hottest parties. You can't miss him hopping around the DJ booth poolside at Wet Republic or Drai's Hollywood. Silly rabbit, tricks are for kids!
No matter what the economic climate does to my bank account, there's always a little extra spending money to blow on fun, cheap wardrobe updates! And, even though, I'm 8 years beyond being "Forever 21" again, there's always a few pieces that I fancy adding to my typically black and white closet.