BostonMan Magazine

Strawberry Rosé Sangria

 

It was a rainy night in Boston I hopped off of the silver line from my luxury job and strutted across the street to Kings Dining & Entertainment for an exclusive invite-only to the BostonMan Magazine launch. I was greeted by a photographer who prompted me to take a photo on the event screen and later directed me to check in.  The room was filled with movers and shakers on the Boston scene, the conversations where full of excitement, hands decorated with after work cocktails and appetizers, the ambiance was spectacular!  It felt like my nights in New York and it felt great to have people out and mingling in Boston!  Thanks for inviting me!

Celebrating The Creator of Luxshop4u

I was recently celebrated in the Boston Voyager for The Thought-Provokers: Celebrating Artists & Creatives article.  I hope that you enjoy it.

 

 

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Mason Creator of Luxshop4u.

Natalie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.

Forward by International singer and co founder Belinda Munro of Jazz Houston.

“Natalie is a highly celebrated Stylist, and Luxury Personal Shopper amongst those in the know! Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Natalie’s discerning eye and love for fashion developed at a young age, when she would outfit her friends for their local performances. After leaving Canada and heading stateside, Natalie set her sights on a career as a fashion stylist. Natalie prefers to remain behind the scenes of many of her clients past and present, however her work has since been seen on countless stages, newsstands, events and red carpets.

She is often called upon to contribute her sought-after opinion to articles and feature stories thru ghost-writing, managing social media accounts, or lending her ear to Artists for PR.
With her keen eye for detail and fresh approach to styling, Natalie’s ability to simultaneously predict trends, and transcend them, has solidified her presence in this ever-changing entertainment industry.”

 

Can you give our readers some background on your art?

I am an award winning veteran luxury stylist with years of experience trained by the best in the fashion and fragrance industry and leading luxury retailers. I share what I know to your favorite people daily. I own a company Luxshop4u where I am booked for freelance styling services. I travel often and work with notable creatives from choreographers, photographers, singers and musicians. I sometimes lend my music ear to a Grammy nominated artist, ghost write and manage social media accounts and promote independent artists on my website https://luxshop4u.com
The message of my work is to enjoy each moment of the process and love what you do. I love to collaborate with others and due to the influx of questions that I receive on my instagram page @Luxshop4u I am available to host, make personal appearances for fashion and motivational events contact me to discuss fees.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?

No, I think that the role of the artist is just as important today as it was yesterday. Artist’s always have a way of expressing the truth, they have an ability to create change, freedom and healing!
My music choices, way of styling and dressing my clients change depending on the climate.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Support my work by sharing it, reposting it and referring me! Join my mailing list on my website www.Luxshop4u.com follow Instagram and Twitter page @Luxshop4u

 

Contact Info:
Website: https://luxshop4u.com
Phone: 1 (857)-400-0343
Email: CreatorofLuxshop4u@gmail.com
Instagram: @Luxshop4u
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Luxshop4u/
Twitter: @Luxshop4u

Thank you for interviewing me and sharing my work with your audience Eddie from Boston Voyager!

Fashion International Group Boston

 

 

Hello,

here is a repost of my Interview earlier this year. The original post was shared over 70 times and then my website crashed. Let’s continue to share it with others aspiring to work in the fashion industry! Thank you to my international supporters who post my work and direct fashion and music lovers to my website!

We had a chance to chat with FGI Boston Member, Natalie Mason and here is what we learned…

What is your profession / role in the fashion industry?
I was born into a family of tailors and artists so we always worked in the industry. My dad is an upholstery king in Toronto, Canada! I worked for various leading luxury brands in the fashion and beauty world and was trained by the finest houses. My current role in the fashion industry is curating scent and clothing wardrobes for my clients. When I am not styling my clients I write about and promote my talented family and friends on my website.

What is your personal philosophy about the fashion industry?
Study your craft, be true to yourself, wear what you love and make your own rules! i.e This year Disco is trending but in my world Disco is forever.

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment professionally?
My biggest accomplishment was styling singer/song writer and music producer Vivian Sessoms for Grammys 2018. She is responsible for many hits that you have danced or sing to, you also saw her on tour with your favorite artists from Cher and Pink to name a few. http://luxshop4u.com/vivian-sessoms-grammys-2018/ . I’m also excited about when I was selected at the Boston Fashion Awards as Boston’s top Wardrobe Stylist 2017 I was happy to be in great company with other successful Boston Stylists! I dedicated my award to my sister Pauline in heaven.

What inspires you?
Music, 1970’s fashion, and My loving family inspires me each and everyday! They are the most creative and fashionable people that I know! I am gearing up for my late father-in-law Soul Music Icon Danny Woods proclamation ceremony on March, 27th! After his death I wanted to put a smile on my grieving families faces, particularly my husband so I reached out to the music community, fans and mayors to help with this project and many others! So not only do we have one but we have 4 Proclamations in Atlanta, North Myrtle Beach and Charlotte North Carolina. PBS will be there to document this historic day! This week we contacted several media and music outlets to prepare for the week ahead! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1921554397879360&id=1201501463217994

We are so happy to have you be a part of FGI Boston!

To contact Natalie:
Email: CreatorofLuxshop4u@gmail.com
Instagram: @Luxshop4u
Twitter: @Luxshop4u
Website: www.Luxshop4u.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Luxshop4u/

www.Luxshop4u.com 

The Fusion King’s Album Private Celebration

Fusion Kings Private Celebration

 

I just got back from styling an out of State photoshoot for one of my clients!  Upon my return I met with The Fusion King’s Producer Jorge Milliano before he flew back to his new home Miami!  We talked about all things fashion and my exciting moment Meeting Fashion Icon Dapper Dan!  Over our celebration he gave myself and our private party a quick rundown of The Fusion King’s and other new  album/EP concepts!  You will be surprised by the homage that he pays by recruiting Reggaeton Pioneers and adding the new school artists!  He is also fusing up and coming artists from Panama and Cuba together on a track with artists from Puerto Rico into an explosive dancehall sound!

 

The Fusion Kings Cover ARt

May 5th is the date of this highly anticipated album release!

Pre order on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music April 28th,  in stores  and online on Cinco De Mayo (May 5th).  To preview a few songs from this album click here!

The Late Great Danny Woods

*Repost from January before my website crashed!

 

 

 

On the night of January12, 2018 the Heavens opened and Danny Woods entered, with his trademark smile and a peace that most can only wish to experience. Danny began his amazing journey in Atlanta, GA on March 27, 1942, the son of Daniel Woods, Sr. and Julia Dukes Woods. During his formative years, he strengthened his amazing voice and set the foundation for his faith while singing in the church choir. Along the way, he caught the eye of Gladys Knight and developed a friendship that resulted in taking his first step onto a stage and performing during one of her shows.

 

 

Possessing a strong desire to share his talents with the world, Danny left Atlanta and headed to Detroit. In Detroit, Danny befriended David Ruffin, later of the Temptations, Clyde Wilson, and Melvin Davis. With the talent this quartet possessed, forming a group was the only logical course.  They toured throughout Michigan, earning accolades from all who saw them. It was during this time that Danny also performed with Rare Earth and Aretha Franklin.  Danny and David took the next step and moved to New York to find fame. There Danny met his hero, the great Jackie Wilson. While in New York, Danny’s talent wasn’t lost on the greats of the time. Danny performed many times at the Apollo Theater with the likes of The O’Jays, The Spinners, The Stylistics, Manhattans, Wilson Picket, Jackie Wilson, and numerous other entertainers.

 

 

As word of his talent spread, his exposure increased and the number of fans skyrocketed. In 1967, when Holland/Dozier/Holland left Motown and established Invictus/Hot Wax record labels, they needed a flagship act with talent to spare and charisma like no other. That’s when they turned to Danny, General Norman Johnson, and Harrison Kennedy to be their premier talent as Chairmen of The Board. During this time, the Chairmen of the Board not only hit the airwaves but the charts as well.  With such hits as “Pay to the Piper” and “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” the Chairmen of the Board were featured on Don Cornelius’ “Soul Train.”  Riding on the tide of stardom, the members of Chairmen of the Board went on to do solo work with great success.  It was during this time that Danny appeared on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and “The Johnny Carson Show.”

 

In the late 1970’s General Norman Johnson and Danny Woods made the decision to bring their dynamic energy and untouchable talent back to the Chairmen of the Board, and the legions of fans, awards, hits, and successes were boundless.  As one of the top entertainers in the Beach Music genre he helped to create, Danny Woods has been inducted into the North Carolina and the South Carolina Music Halls of Fame, both as a member of Chairmen of the Board and as a solo artist.  He received awards, accolades and recognition that went far beyond the dreams of the young boy in Atlanta, singing in the church choir.

 

 

Astoundingly, through all of the successes Danny enjoyed, he remained as he was in his youth.  Above all in his life was his devotion to his Heavenly Father and his faith.  He praised his Father for all that he had received in his life and recognized that his talent was a gift from God, a gift he loved to share with others.  When not performing or visiting with others, Danny could be found wetting a hook, either on a river bank or on a pier; it never mattered to him as long as he was fishing. He never outgrew his roots.   Offstage, he enjoyed the farm life, meeting people, making them smile, and leaving them with the love he had for all, spreading his love of Christ. His stage presence was larger than life, his energy infectious, and his personality endearing.  Many called him friend and reached to share a bit of his light.

 

 

When Danny went to his Heavenly home, he left behind his devoted wife, Elaine Woods, and his cherished children Cheryl Woods-Weaver, Bryan Mason, Kimberly Pleasant, Micah Woods, Shena Kiper, and Corey Gates. He is also survived by a sister, Patricia Dixon, a brother, Harvey Woods, ten grandchildren, a son in-law and a daughter-in-law and a precious little girl he held close to his heart, Julia. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, his sons Danny and Aaron, and two loving and supportive wives, Alma and Sharon. Danny also left behind many fans and friends, as well as memories, music, and magic that only Danny could produce and that will live on in his many recordings and the hearts of all who knew him.

 

 

Luxshop4u Satisfied Clients

Luxshop4u Satisfied Customers Testimonials

“Natalie and I met at Fashion Group International in Boston and then for a styling tour to an upscale retailer. We talked about guess what? Fashion, color combinations, food and wine pairing, jazz and happy emotions – and how it all can be happily married in a harmonious composition.  Being an intuitive and meditative person myself, I was stunned by Natalie’s natural gift to create a beautiful harmonious composition out of so many elements, including outfits and shoes, music and perfume, food and drinks, all to create a cheerful experience.  The process itself was so uplifting, that I felt like celebration had started already!  Consciously or subconsciously,  Natalie picks elements that make you look and feel vibrant, elegant and happy.  And she has a great taste!  Good job! Thank you for all your help!”

Irina Gorbman
Artist and Lifestyle Designer

“Nat, you have an ear for music an eye of fashion and your food and cocktail pairings are always great! Nat, your double trouble!”

Jorge Milliano
Music Producer

“I wish that I could write the way you wrote! It takes a certain insight to write that way!”

Eban Brown
Former Lead Singer of The Stylistics

RSXGLD

 

 

 

 

Open letter to  BenjiRich Here is why Creatives like us need to own this album!

Saturday, November 11th,  after a long few weeks of meetings and ups and downs, my husband who was born and raised in the “D” switched our Sirius radio from talk radio to music per my request!   I hated much of what I heard so he continued to skim until we landed on Shade 45. That moment while I was venting about a situation something magical happened!  A song called True came on and I freaked out because I saw the name DJ ASSAULT (Huge fan of his music) then I read the other names Royce Da 5’9” (Detroit rap legend), RSXGLD, and JMSN.  Hubby and I immediately stopped talking and focused more on the Detroit catch phrases in the song.  Royce Da 5’9”  comes on and we both were geeked (Excited) because we do not hear many Detroit artist on the airwaves, or in the clubs aside from  Big Sean and Dej Loaf we immediately  wondered who was RSXGLD, when did this song come out and why are we just hearing their song TRUE!

 

 

True Featuring Royce Da 5’9″, JMSN, DJ Assault

 

 

 

Just as the song was coming to an end my husband said, “Nat,”  I wish they would have added some Jit to this song, as soon as my husband said, “Jit” the rhythm switched to 808’s and Detroit techno/Jit, we both were shouting as if our favorite athlete made a score!  The moment that rhythm changed it reminded me of when I lived in Toronto and had a girls weekend July 1st Canada Day and July 4th Independence Day with Ernestine to visit Nicole (Carlos Rogers cousin In-Law). That was the weekend Destiny’s Child had a concert and the Club was packed to see Beyoncé, Kelly, Latavia Roberson and Letoya Luckett.

It also brought me back to the days when I worked in Fairlane Mall at Coach with Tanya, Nakisha, Adriana, Deon, Kimica and Cyntara.  I enjoyed my days  living in Detroit and Farmington Hills driving Downtown Detroit on the Jefferson Freeway in the tunnel during 4th of July Weekend with my best friend Nicole.   After hours on the East Side where you can only get in with secret knocks on the door!  8 mile,  7 mile and SouthField Freeway,  Lodge 10 Freeway, Northland Mall, Wing Dings at Crystals, Fish Fry’s with our family, 2 for $60.00 Moët and Chandon, Better Made hot chips, and getting my hair done by Otha White.  While the visuals rapidly went through my mind of my time living in Detroit I quickly searched for the song on iTunes and tweeted about it before I started my shift at work!  Thank you Ro Spit and 14KT for painting beautiful memories with your words and for sharing your art with the world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here I am today Sunday, November 12th

Listening to the entire album for the first time this morning and I realize why I am so drawn to it!  This album is the soundtrack to my current mood! It’s  a reminder to creatives like us to focus on what’s  important, do not get distracted by negativity and that steadfastness is key!  Spectators watch what you are doing, get inspired by it and create it for themselves without acknowledgment.   The spectators  don’t realize that when you finally reach your peak it’s because of all of the sweat, tears and endurance that it took. BenjiRich  the formula that we create remains silent, many won’t celebrate you when you get there and get uptight while  they watch you accomplish your dreams.  Check these songs out and let me know what you think!

My favorite songs were selected based on how it related to me and what I am going through on my path to greatness and dodging B.S

 

RSXGLD album are:

True 

“I laced them boot straps and got my ass up! I ain’t never going back”
Days and Nights of hard work and sacrifice!

“You reminisce I remember”
“N a product of Reganomics slaving for dollars”
The mentality that was forced on many and they were lost and turnt out!  In my current situation when people try to keep up with the Jones’s and do wicked things to take money away from some of us honest hard workers to pay the bills of what they tried to keep up with!

 

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Quotes that sound like Benji Rich and my conversation

“Like,  (blank) think,  (Blank) think we doing ish just to be doing it, like we ain’t got a method to it you feel?”  I will explain this to you via phone but I think that you already know how we get down like Voltron Phase 2 almost complete!

“For real this ain’t got nothing to do with us!  This coming from a higher place, that means there’s more at stake, so it’s more to hate! This ‘ish more than great!”  God bless us

I Believe

Belief in our visions and crushing our goals!

What’s Happenin’  Brutha
Anyone who lost a loved one will relate to this!  I remember calling insurance companies, the government and lawyers December 2007 when the tragedy in our family happened.

Thought Bubble

“We live next to the demons and heathens”

“The thoughts in my mind flying like a car with a drift”

Buy RSXGLD album now on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rsxgld/1274207602

Follow them on Instagram and Twitter  @RSXGLD

@Ro_Spit

@14KT

@Iamjmsn

@DJAssault

@RoyceDa59

@Rbenbanks on twitter and @BenjiRichDesigns on Instagram

@DetroitRap

 

 

Luxshop4u Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Behavior blocking negative energy and celebrating life!  I spent several days celebrating my birthday!  Thank you to all who celebrated with me!  On the night of my actual birthday I stopped by a bar called Drink to see my friend Jan, then W Hotel for a toast!  I ended my night at Society on High for Boston Celtics player Jaylen Brown’s birthday party thank you Shellee!

 

Society on High

 

 

 

 

Thanks Frances!

 

 

 

Cartier Perfume Birthday Card

 

 

I am enjoying my birthday cupcakes in the  W Hotel.

 

 

Filet Au Poivre at Mistral 

 

 

Green Tea Ice Creme from Shaking Crab on a double date with my husband, Producer Extrodinaire Jorge Milliano and Christine.

 

 

 

Nas and Lauryn Hill

 

 

 

Concert Merchandise!

 

Life is good!  I just finished my interview with Eban Brown from The Stylistics who Nas collaborated with on “You Can’t Stop Us Now.”  The same Eban Brown who was in the Legendary R&B group The Delfonics whose song “Walk Right Up To The Sun,” was sampled by Nas and Lauryn Hill for “If I Ruled The World!”  My first stop after a long day of work is the tour merchandise area to buy an Illmatic hat!

 

 

 

 

My friend Chef loves Chronixx but could not attend the concert so my husband and I taped a little and sent it to Chef.  Chronixx father Chronicle is also a reggae artist and has deep roots in the music industry.

 

Nasir Jones

 

I admit, I did not have the best seats and these photos prove it but, this is a great moment in my life that I really needed to share!

 

 

DMX and Nas

Surprise guest DMX performed “Here Comes The Boom” with Nas

 

 

 

 

We could not stay any later to see the Iconic Miss Lauryn Hill, my husband had an early morning.

Busy But My Bills Paid

CNOTES Rocking the crowd.

I am very selective with who I use this platform for, but the conversation that I had with this young star made me actually listen to his music!  His song Busy But My Bills Paid peaked my interest when I saw several people making youtube videos rapping along to it!  I also relate to this song as I work a full-time job, I collaborate with other creatives and internationally promoted  a few tours for my Luxshop4u community members one of whom I styled for.

Natalie:  What caught my ear was your use of words! Busy But My Bills Paid represents many of my fellow creatives and I who work around the clock!

CNOTES:  Yea, when I wrote busy but my bills paid, I already knew it related to everyone!  The single mother, the nine to fivers the hustlers, the women who own their own businesses and each one of us who know they have responsibilities and having our bills paid are always on top of the list!

Natalie:  When I spoke to you earlier in the week you mentioned the Crab in a barrel syndrome!

CNOTES:  Yea especially out here in NY we don’t collaborate much down here! Look at  Atlanta, even the producers are making beats together.   So when u say crab in the barrel if u ever see them in a barrel they are all pulling each other down so the other can get to the top.  That’s what I meant.

Natalie:  How did you get a viral Busy But My Bills Paid challenge going?  That’s a great marketing tool!

CNOTES:  Again the song is undeniable so I just figured it would  be a cool idea for people to really join in on this I wanted to see who is busy and who’s bills were paid.  Lol,  I appreciate everyone who’s joining in on the fun.

CNOTES  filming for the BET Cypher

Natalie:  “Close mouths don’t get fed, that”what mom’s said” What else did she teach you that stands out?

CNOTES:  That’s exactly what she taught me to stand out, lol.  I get so much from my mom and grandma who’s no longer with me in the physical.  I mean even down to my swag my cadence.   I miss them man!

Natalie:  My condolences for your loss!  Aside from them most likely being your number one fan who else would you say is your number one fan?

CNOTES:  I believe I’m my number one fan and worst critic at the same time.  Sometimes I rewind a song I did and I be like damn are they not hearing what I said! Lol

Natalie:  Congratulations on shooting your Bet freestyle last week Friday!   Do you have a team that connects you with media outlets or do you contact them?

CNOTES:  Yea another marketing tool, my team and I thought of you know!  I just network, if I see something that looks authentic and interesting then I inquire, but if it’s not gonna push my career or push the culture I won’t bother.  “Busy But My Bills Paid is a hit record but it’s more to get you moving than me just showing you how lyrical I am.  So I just wanted to give them bars on this freestyle, shout out to all of the legends that I named.

Natalie:  What’s your favorite spot in Brooklyn?

CNOTES:  Uhhh, too many to name  and a few I can’t name gotta keep ’em low lol.  But for the recently it’s been the Barclay center I still be excited like there’s really a stadium in Brooklyn!

Natalie:  Do you think that you would ever partner with a Brooklyn Legend like Lil Cease, Lil Kim, Fabulous for a “Busy But My Bills Paid Remix?”

CNOTES:  All bets are on the table!  I just want us to unite and help each other, follow BIG’s advice and keep Brooklyn moving.

Natalie: Any plans to somehow perform during The Do Over outdoor party on October 1st in Brooklyn?

CNOTES:  Yea that would be great, sign me up!  Lol, if it’s BROOKLYN it’s me

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