Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's a Partay: Cap Hill Style


The Capitol Hill Block Party is a much better party than the majority of  events labeled as such get togethers. Yes, there are still the wasted girls hanging on to each other to avoid falling over, and yes, there are still 20 somethings in bro tanks. But other than the usual trappings of a music festival, this is one party I wouldn't mind going to again. The past weekend was a lovely exploration of music and a prime people watching occasion. 

Day 1: A$AP Ferg
I wasn't originally planning to go see the Trap Lord, but as my friend scored some tickets and couldn't attend herself, I of course jumped at the opportunity to go see just how wild this crowd could get. Although I was a tad disappointed in Fergs performance (I'm really mostly a fan of Work and Shabba) it was still a good time. Though might I add none of the girls Ferg allowed on stage could actually twerk. Very very sad.

Day 2: Sol
One of my favorite Seattle rappers (and yes I'm sure I say that about a ton of artists) is Sol, so you can imagine how excited I was to finally get to see him live. This means I of course forced my friend to get to the front of the stage with me where we sat before the set started and found some free sunglasses on the ground. Talk about winning. Sol also exceeded my expectations in his live renditions and truly looked like he was having the time of his life on stage. Not to mention I was freely able to fan girl over the sight of Avi Loud taking pictures on stage in his white bucket hat (check out his photography: http://www.aviloud.com). 





Day 3: RAC, Raz Simone & A$AP Rocky
Finally, the day I actually purchased tickets for. First off, lets talk about how this day started. As with anything you wait a long time for, nothing goes exactly as planned. When I woke up on Sunday I felt rather unfortunate and had to go back to sleep after eating some Ezekiel toast (do I get healthy points?). But after lazily lounging in bed and later pre amping with some Jamba Juice (so cool) I finally felt ready to be a basic white girl at a rap concert. But when we finally got to Seattle my friend (ahem Eli talking about you) learned she had forgot to bring her ticket. This resulted in a stressful attempt to find a printer followed by the realization that there is actually a "mobile version". Phew. This of course was before a drugged out individual on a bike tried to have a conversation with us at the bus stop which included him asking us, "Which way do mirrors face?". Welcome to Seattle...

But after all the shenanigans,  the performances on Sundays schedule were really good. Northwest electronic artist (or DJ? I don't know the correct term) RAC started out the evening by  providing some tunes for us to dance to, which sounded quite amazing in the warm sunshine. Then local rapper Raz Simone impressed me with his set which included forming a sitting circle and crouching on peoples arms in the air while rapping. And considering that I found myself in pictures of this online smiling like a 5 year old, I had a good time.





Now to Rocky. As I've been obsessed with this member of the A$AP Mob for a few years now, I fully feel that almost falling over a million times and getting elbowed in the side by random strangers was  fully worth it. I sang along at annoying volume and probably said "omg yassss" when the beat for  Kissing Pink came on. Plus, the PMF looked hot as usual in his gold grill and white sneakers. Overall a very successful end to a solid weekend.



So recap, wow why is this is starting to look like a Vice article, if you like hipsters and food trucks and live music go to the Capitol Hill Block Party. Unless you are a sad person why shakes their head at "the youth of today" you will probably have a jolly time.

Friday, July 25, 2014

RIP

I try to keep my blog as personal as possible because I believe everything sounds better when you actually put emotion into how you write. Because of this I want to write a little post about someone in the Seattle music community who recently passed away. Even though I didn't personally know Nickolas Cashaw, I was very saddened upon hearing about his death, as I was a big fan of his work and know people who were very close to him. Not to mention, when anyone is preemptively taken from this earth its never a happy occasion.

One of the first times I heard Nicks music was when I saw The Lotus music video, a beautiful song and definitely something to listen to:


F A E RY
https://soundcloud.com/theeruin/f-a-e-r-y-prod-adam-yamada
Is also one of my favorite tracks of his and has thoughtful lyrics accompanied by a soothing backing track.

Overall, this is yet another sad passing of a young, talented individual, but it should serve as a reminder to live life to the fullest and always tell the people you care about how much you appreciate them. Perhaps take today to send an old fashioned letter to that old friend you used to talk to daily, or call that relative you ended up on bad terms with. The only thing we can do best is to live in the present as well as we can.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Launch of Warby Parkers Beacon Collection




"Hot summer nights, mid July. When you and I were forever wild"
This set of lyrics from Lana del Reys Young and Beautiful track might be the perfect description to get a sense of feel for Warby Parkers new Beacon Collection out today (July 24th).

As an avid enthusiast of both discovering new brands and adventurous summer outings I was pleased when I had the opportunity to learn about Warby Parkers new collection of eyewear. Although I'm sure almost none of you know this, I used to wear glasses and am still a big fan of creative frames and sunglasses. Eyewear is actually a great way to accessory your outfit that is often underlooked by a lot of people.

But not only is Warby Parkers line a great compilation of frames in general, I love what it stands for. Talking to Warby Parkers team I learned the inspiration for the collection, "is inspired by impromptu, can’t-duplicate-them all-nighters, when having no plans brings endless possibilities". And adding a bonus to this was that the editorial images for the products were shot by the amazing Petra Collins, who I've been a fan of for years and who you may know from her work at Rookie Mag. 


With a variety of styles, including my favorite Ingram pair (seen below) available at a price range of 95 (without prescription) to 150 dollars (with prescription) this is definitely a launch to check out. Not to mention,  if you purchase a pair from Warby Parker you will also be happy to find out that the company gives a pair of glasses to someone in need upon your purchase! Stylish and cute is always a good look.

Take a look at the links below for more images and info:

Beacon Collection: https://www.warbyparker.com/beacon
Eyeglasses: https://www.warbyparker.com/eyeglasses
Sunglasses: https://www.warbyparker.com/sunglasses

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Some Type of Way



Pants: See You Monday, Top: Forever 21, Sneakers: Radii

A good outfit makes you feel happy. When you feel like your outfit matches your inner persona its like a little bit of weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Sure, this outfit would be much more appropriate in a city than in the middle of a (very) cookie cutter suburb. But then again, shouldn't one dream? Why shouldn't how you dress be a reflection of who you want to be and where you want to go?

Coincidentally, these new pants were purchased on a whim on the way to a classic Washington hiking adventure (Rattlesnake Ridge) earlier this week, and could possibly be an option for the Capitol Hill Block Party coming up next weekend. But as usual we'll just have to see what end up happening....

Also, be sure to check out the YouTube channel one of my best friends and I recently created, we post videos on Mondays to try to make the beginning of the week a little bit more exciting. Happy Saturday!
Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmgom2VEJrzP1C2wt0v5CyQ/feed

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It (swim) suits you well

Two pieces have dominated the swimwear field for years now, but although bikinis are undeniably sexy, theres still something elusive about the one piece. Far from the ones your grandmother wears, these new swimsuits are as equally "hot" as bikinis and feature new patterns and detailing. Perhaps something to try out this summer!

A few options from the world wide web

1. White Hot
 Motel Rocks Rio One Piece $68.00 Available at Pac Sun
Inspiration: Lana del Rey's Blue Jeans music video
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRWox-i6aAk
http://content.rustinandmallory.netdna-cdn.com/c/586/RIO-WHITE-TEXTURED-1__53786_std.jpg
2. Floral Betty
River Island Floral Virginia Swimsuit $66.99 Available at ASOS
Inspiration: Beyonce's Why Don't You Love Me? music video

http://images.asos-media.com/inv/media/8/2/3/2/4352328/yellowprint/image1xl.jpg
3. Palm Tree Princess
Victorias Secret Cutout Halter One-piece $21.99 Available at Victorias Secret
Inspiration: Brazilian beauties in T.I's No Mediocre music video 
https://dm.victoriassecret.com/product/404x539/V389352.jpg


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I see you.


Beanie: H&M Mens
Jersey: The Royal Seal, Pants: Willow & Clay
What to wear to a Tuesday night horror movie showing? Something comfy, something not too tight. But also something that says you don't take things too seriously, a must when you're going to see an evil possession flick *Deliver Us from Evil*. Add pops of blinding neon and you're set to jump out of your seat while laughing at how scared your friends (obbbvvioouusssllly not you) are.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Q&A with Rain City Clothing Co.

I love getting to know more about local clothing brands and individuals. A while back I asked The Royal Seal (in case you missed it: http://ilovewearingit.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-royal-seal.html) a few questions, and now I'm back with another clothing line; Rain City Clothing Co! Below you will find a few questions answered by its founder, Daycen Schmidtke.



1.What are the origins of this clothing brand (how did it get started)?
We're a skate life brand based out of Redmond Wa. since 2012. I was a semi pro longboarder riding for several clothing brands and when they asked me for rider art my shirts out sold theirs. So I figured why not cut out the middle man?

2. How does the design process work? Are there different designers that work on the items?
 I use art from local artists in exchange for 40 dollars and a shirt of their own design per design. It adds to their portfolios and gains them more jobs and exposure as well. I do some of the designs but mainly do rendering to 300 dpi files and then sizing the graphics to the shirts. Often times with simple designs I do the screen printing myself as well.

3. Where do you guys get inspiration from for the designs?
 Depends on the design and depends on the artist, but mainly downhill skating.

4. What’s next for the Rain City Clothing Co.?
 Zumiez, Evo, Motion Boardshop, SnoCon... go big or go home!

5.What are some other clothing brands or stores that you think are representing Seattle well?
 Casual Industrees, 35th and North skateshop, Imperial Motion, Grit City Grindhouse, DB Longboards, Omen Longboards, Sausage Skateboards, and Motion Boardshop.

6. If you had any advice for someone starting a company/brand what would you tell them?
 People only hate on things they themselves are incapable of doing, so do your thing and do it well because they can suck it.