Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dogs Days of Summer

I have my last few weeks of summer left here in Washington before I head to Los Angeles for school on October 1st. Decided to take today "off" with my friend Eli and head to Redmond for a Skate Jam that her friend had put together. We then spent a couple of hours basking in the sun and looking in jealousy at those who had mastered control of both their bodies and minds at the same time. 



Tie dye in the sky.

Future heart breakers.

Girl power comes with a powder blue beehive.


Puppy love?

Northwest is best. Love this tattoo my friend has...



Check out http://respirezclothing.bigcartel.com who had a booth at the Skate Jam today!

Kids who are a thousand times cooler than me.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bucket Hats to Bars: Q & A with FML's Tré Ross


Continuing my summer run of using all of my money on hip hop concerts, I headed to Neumos on Wednesday night to catch the Problem show. But as it often happens the opening acts also peaked my interest. I was impressed by Fine Malt Lyrics (or FML's) ability to instantly get the crowd hyped, and I definitely think they're someone to keep an eye on. Because of this I decided to ask one of their members (and solo artists) Tré Ross a few questions...

How much of an impact do you think personal style has on being a hip hop artist/rapper?
I think it has everything to do with being an artist. The way you look and act not only reflects your personality and style but it's also what can attract certain crowds to you. You gotta look the part.

 Favorite decade fashion wise?
 I'm a 90's baby so naturally I love everything about that era. Wu-Tang clan especially, their swag was too
 ill! 

Pictures from http://instagram.com/ertssor

 What’s your go to place to shop in Seattle?
I love anything Stüssy and The Cool at Southcenter always has the filthiest gear! NW Throwbacks in Cap Hill is always a go to spot for exclusive shit, and I fucks with Alive & Well too. 


 How would you describe FML’s style of music?
 We are a bunch of party animals, we love to have fun and just kick it with friends and do whatever we want. But individually we each have unique styles from abstract to just straight lyricism.


 Is there anyone specific who you think is killing the music scene in Seattle right now?
Most definitely my guy Nacho Picasso! He's being doing big things lately making moves and it just inspires me as an underground cat to keep following my passion. 

 Film or digital cameras?
Both! I love to shoot Polaroids and disposable film cameras but that never beats a digital photo or video, it just depends on my mood or what I feel like doing that day.

http://instagram.com/ertssor


Are bucket hats here to stay or on their way out? 
I fuck with bucket hats heavy, it's all about finding the most rare exclusive designs.

What are the best hidden gems in the 206?
Ooh that's a hard one, I don't know really haha I'm fresh 21 I'm still exploring the city myself! But I'd say the Frolik bar on top of the Red Lion, it's a hella sneaky rooftop bar.


Where do you get the most inspiration (both music and clothing wise)?
 Anything different or out there caches my eye. I like to express myself in ways no one else does so anyone doing their one thing inspires.


 Any advice for someone pursuing their future goals?
If you really love it don't ever stop pursuing it. Follow your heart and create your own destiny. 


Now check out the music and get to turning up, it's Friday after all!



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Byased






Pictures by (the now blonde) http://instagram.com/thatbrunette
Baggy jeans and snapbacks don't have to be the only things borrowed from the boys. A loose jersey can double as a mini dress perfect for a casual outing! I found this On the Byas top in the men's section of Pac Sun and was drawn to the black and white floral pattern. Since it is a size large I personally think it can be worn without bottoms as a piece, but if you want to play it safe you could definitely also pair it with some opaque black tights for the fall. For the rest of the Tuesday night ensemble I threw on my varsity jacket and brrr socks which I think were just right for a little car adventure with my friends! Not too feminine, but still a little bit mamacita.

Monday, September 8, 2014

It's All in the Eyes


When your eyeliner is on point you can rule the world. Makeup has the magic capability of making you feel better even on your worst days. Give your eyes a shield of black and you can conquer anything. Below you will find my top 2 favorite liquid eyeliners, and a little how to on getting the best "wing" possible.



1. Color-proof eyeliner
This option from Sephora's in house collection features a waterproof formula that I've found lasts all day. It's also pretty easy to apply with the foam tip wand and there's enough liner in the bottle to sustain you for a fairly long time.
$12.00

2. Maybelline Master Precise by EYESTUDIO
If I had to choose a favorite eyeliner out of the ones I've used over the years for ease of use I would pick this one. It's almost impossible to mess up the wing and its fairly long lasting. Choose this one if you have the option of doing a touch up every few hours but want a clean look.



How to Get the Perfect Eye:

1. Draw a line from the end of your lash line to the end of your brow. Don't try to do the entire look at once.
Please ignore my unwilling stray brow hair...


2. Create a triangle of color by attaching the wing to the rest of your lash line



3. Using small strokes fill in the rest of the liner until you are satisfied with the width

Now you are ready to be the girl boss you are.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bumbershoot: Day 3 Recap

One thing is for certain: three days of musical festival mosh pits make you tired. As I plopped into bed Monday night I felt like I had ran a marathon. A marathon of trying to not get elbowed while "turning up". But even through the first world exhaustion I could conclude Bumbershoot was a fabulous way to spend a long weekend, great music was heard and free Starbucks drinks were consumed.

So without further adieu here's what went down on Day 3 of the festivities.

When we first got to Seattle Center we headed to the Main Stage to check out the situation. This meant sitting in the shade to listen to Capitol Cities while people watching and counting how many girls were wearing the exact same uniform of cut off shorts and crop top. We also almost got trampled as we were a little bit too close to the ground in a see of legs.
Before almost being stepped on
But considering how much I ramble about rap music in daily life you can guess I wasn't there for mainstream alternative rock. I was there for J Cole. And he didn't disappoint.
In the heat waiting for a good view.
I've been a fan of J Cole's music for a while now and consider him to be one of the better rap artists of our generation. He was also one of the few people in the public eye to actually talk about Ferguson when it happened, which makes me respect him even more. During his Bumbershoot set he even opened with Be Free and had footage of police brutality and current events on the jumbo trons. Definitely something the countless people there simply for a show weren't expecting.

Overall he did a great job of performing and I could tell it's still something he's truly passionate about. Check out some footage I attempted to capture during his set:



Until next time Bumbershoot. Or perhaps Coachella since I'm moving to Los Angeles in a few weeks?
Ok a girl can dream....

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bumbershoot: Day 2 Recap


Bucket hats everywhere.
Saturday was reserved for ScHoolboy Q and because of this we headed to Seattle Center early to get in line for the Main Stage. Luckily the line was short at this point and we knew some people at the front (which I'm aware is still line cutting and very annoying to everyone else, sorry). After waiting for about 40 minutes security gave us the go ahead to enter Memorial Stadium. By go ahead I mean that everyone pretended to not run while actually speed walking at the same velocity as running. This could have ended badly as there were quite a few stairs we had to go down. But luckily we made it to the barricade right in front of the stage safely to claim our spots. This was followed by a few hours of melting in the sun during which I consumed a large quantity of chicken strips and french fries. Of course I also braided by friends hair because really that is what you should  do while waiting for a rap show.




Once it was time for ScHoolboy to actually perform we went crazy and successfully did not signal for security to get us out of the mosh pit. Because nothing beats rapping along to Oxymoron at loud volumes while not caring at all about how ridiculous you look at the moment. When Macklemore made a hometown appearance during White Walls it was great seeing how happy everyone was to see him. Overall it was a very solid set and definitely something I'll remember for a while. I mean we even made the Local section of the Seattle Times and ScHoolboy Q retweeted our picture. Not bad...

"Just sitting in the studio trying to get to you baby"

Everyone went wild.

The rest of Saturday's Bumbershoot festivities were more of a hit than a miss. After the Main Stage we headed to the Fisher Green to catch IAMSU! which was really just a very mediocre rap performance (though I wasn't expecting it to be very good considering the kind of music he puts out). Then later on during the evening we went to watch The Head and The Heart. Although their set itself was good  it's not really the kind of music I enjoy listening to and so it felt like it dragged on a little. Still Day 2 of Bumbershoot was something I would be happy to repeat.



We also got the chance to talk to Sk8God who I see at most every Seattle concert I go to and who has the greatest hairstyle of 2014 hand down! Check out some of his work on http://misscaseycarter.com/mcc/ and https://soundcloud.com/thankyousk8god


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bumbershoot: Day 1 Recap


And what a day it was. Here is a recap/review of sorts of Saturday's acts, from the really talented to the somewhat questionable:

1:15 PM Fisher Green Stage
Sam Lachow
The main reason I was originally planning to go to Bumbershoot was for Sam Lachow, I've been listening to his new album Huckleberry on repeat for weeks now and have met him a couple of times in Seattle! So I was really excited to finally get to see him perform live. As far as how his set went I think he did a good job of performing his tracks, however, the audience was kind of a bummer. It didn't seem like they were really that into the songs and only got loud when Lachow literally asked them to. However I personally enjoyed his performance and was really happy he brought out some of the features on his tracks, including boss lady Gifted Gab, Sol, and Raz Simone.



Right after we left the Fisher Green we spotted Raz Simone walking by and since Eli and I had seen him at the Capitol Hill Block Party we asked if we could get a quick picture with him! He was nice as ever and sported some solid knuckle jewelry...

2:00 PM Fountain Lawn Stage
SZA
The first female member of Top Dawg Entertainment (who supports the likes of Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q) SZA's music is the kind you can vibe to on a sunny day, or in this case, a gray drizzling Seattle day. After watching her performance I have no doubt that SZA is very talented and passionate about her music. Her voice sounded the same, if not better, than on her album Z. I also liked how the crowd had some of the same people as the rap shows during the day but they were easily able to just enjoy the music during this set. I just wish there had been some magical way my favorite Chance the Rapper could have joined in on the track Child's Play (video below), but maybe next year?


While we were by SZA's stage we also managed to catch Sol in the corner of our eye, and since we are kind of obsessed with him we of course became fan girls who asked for a group photo. No shame in the game.


2:45 PM Fisher Green Stage
Big Freedia
I don't really know what to say about this act other than that those dancers Big Freedia had in his set were sort of amazing. The music however was nice to dance to for about half an hour but then got very repetitive after that. I probably would have raved about this set if I had actually gone on stage to twerk though, but sadly the limit of people on stage had been met when we went to the back to ask if we could join....


4:30 PM Fisher Green Stage
Danny Brown
Is it just me or does Danny Brown look better these days? I don't know if he's cut out some of the drugs, or if it's just his slightly more put together hair style, but he looks a lot less ratchet than in some of the older videos I've seen of him. I have to say his live rapping was also pretty good and his energy level was up there. But because I haven't really listened to a lot of his music I wasn't super into his set because I didn't know the lyrics (which I feel always makes it better). Apparently the mosh pit was also rather unpleasant at this event, which luckily I was a few feet away from, though I was definitely very cozy next to my fellow festival goers.

6:15 PM Fisher Green
G-Eazy
After Danny Brown's set ended we made our way (ok maybe a little bit elbowed) fairly close to the front of the stage to wait for G-Eazy. I've seen G-Eazy live previously at the Showbox at the Market and I think I have to say his performance then was a little bit better. I definitely had a really good time watching him perform on Saturday, but I can't help but notice he has a bit of that "rock star mentality"  where he didn't really put his all into his show. Then again he's not a rapper very much known for lyricism so it is fitting that he's more of an image based musician rather than a true artist.

8:15 PM Starbucks Stage
Yuna
After a fairly long day we didn't have any specific acts to see until Wu Tang so we were just walking around eating (expensive) festival food and happened to walk past Yuna performing. We then decided to take a bit of a break and just sit down and enjoy some chill music, it was really nice just having the view of the space needle with some live audio to listen to. Definitely one of those summer memories you think about later that make you nostalgic.
 9:45 PM Main Stage
Wu Tang Clan
Seeing the Wu Tang Clan felt like witnessing a bit of hip hop history. I'm not going to lie and say that I've listened to a lot of their music just because it's not exactly the kind of rap I choose, but seeing them in person was still a really cool experience. What made it even better was that we coincidentally ended up standing next to Raz Simone who we had met earlier and he recognized us! The mix of people there was also undoubtedly interesting, from little kids wearing beanies right at the barricade (who I'll never be as cool as) to rolled up skinny jean hipsters, everyone and their mother was there. Sadly however my phone had died at this point and I could only use my own eyes to witness the performance. Which really was more of a blessing than a curse because it's somewhat ridiculous how many people focus on solely recording concerts rather than just enjoying them.


Overall I have to say Day 1 of Bumbershoot 2014 was a definite success! The lineup was strong and the weather even somewhat cleared up so we didn't have to worry about being drenched in rain. 
Now you'll just have to wait to hear about the rest of the weekend!