Belinda Munro, Vincent Gardner’s Natalie Cole Tribute Tour

 

International artists Belinda Munro-Gardner, Vincent Gardner and Jerome Jennings are on the last leg of their Natalie Cole Tribute Tour!

This band consists of 2 time Grammy nominated artist and master trombonist Vincent Gardner from Jazz at Lincoln Center and Jazz Houston and Jerome Jennings who’s impressive music resume also includes playing with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Congratulations on your sold out tour!

Sydney your in for a treat!

 

Belinda conducted several master classes while on tour

 

Vincent conducting the teacher workshop in Perth, Australia.

 

Celebrating the Natalie Cole song book in Brisbane the Gardner’s were styled by me (Natalie)!

 

Belinda with her background vocalists

 

Sold out show in Melbourne Paris Cat, wardrobe styled by me (Natalie)!

 

 

Wardrobe by winning stylist Natalie Mason

 

 

My Vacation in Jamaica

After a busy week of freelance work for my Luxhshop4u Styling service, Promotion for Music artists and hosting the Back Bay Bra Run sponsored by Puma I was off jet setting in Toronto and Jamaica to visit my family!  I am of Jamaican heritage both of my parents are from Clarendon.  I previously shared with you my father’s tailoring career in Kingston Jamaica and my mom who use to work in a bakery in Kingston!  I grew up listening to stories of Port Royal, Lovers Leap, Tivoli Garden, Mt. Airy (My dad was born there) and Silent Hill ( mommy’s place of birth)!  It was so good to spend time in the land off my parents birth during Jamaica’s Independence, we stayed in the country with family instead of a resort, my phone was off due to not having any wifi service!

Please enjoy!

We arrived on August 3rd, 3 days before Independence.  On Monday August 6th Jamaica celebrated  it’s 56th anniversary.  We spent the day eating, laughing and watching my mom and her sister dance to the ska music that was aired on TVJ’s Independence documentary.  My mom often reminisces about her childhood days!  She was not allowed to go out to parties but, she somehow managed to get to one particular Ska dance party that got her into a lot of trouble when she got back home!

Views from my moms childhood home!

 

We drove miles for to enjoy the ocean view and to select the fresh catch!

My outfit was very simple!  I needed a robe to protect my skin I receive a terrible reaction when I am in the sun too long!  I didn’t shop for this vacation I decided to wear what I owned!

 

My mom ordered Steamed Fish and Okra and I had the jerk lobster tails!

 

 

Fisherman provide fresh seafood daily for the Little Ochie restaurant.

 

 

The next day we drove from Clarendon to a Beach in Ocho Rios.

 

 

Driving around Christiana and saw this promotional vehicle promoting dances!  When I was in Farren I also saw a medical promotional vehicle!  Great marketing idea!

 

I forgot which aunt or uncle provided this Jack Fruit that grew on their land!

 

Travel to Toronto

Toronto is the city of my birth!  Every year while living in Toronto my friends and I use to attend Caribana this year was a little different!  I traveled home for one night and had the pleasure of attending an event where my childhood friend Nadine was a featured DJ.

 

When the word got out that I was going to be in Toronto a PR rep for a local artist reached out to me for styling assistance for her clients video shoot!

 

 

 

There is no time like family time!

 

 

 

Eban Brown from the Stylistics

Eban Brown

 

Everyone loves Missy Elliott’s “Sock It To Me!”  We also loved it when Lauryn Hill was singing “Walk right out to the sun hand in hand” on Nas’ If I Ruled The World!  What if I told you that I  spoke with the man who was a member of Legendary Classical R&B groups The Moments, The Manhattans, The Delfonics and currently The Stylistics?  These groups are sampled by our favorite artist’s.

 

The Stylistics photo from their official website

 

Eban with his guitar collection

 

Harold Eban Brown is Decorated with awards from 98.7 Kiss FM Hall of Fame, and NAACP Award for his accomplishments as lead vocalist of The Delfonics. This accomplished  multi-talented artist, is a world-renowned guitarist, composer and singer who has  a huge celebrity fan base.  During this Interview Eban was on vacation in Florida relaxing in between tours.

Natalie: Hi Eban, it is so good to speak with you again!  Thank you for taking the time out of you vacation to conduct a Q and A with me.  When did The Moments realize that their new guitarist was a singer?

Eban: Well, a drummer named Bubbles Jerry Kinchen Jr’.,  introduced me to Billy Brown, my father and Bubble’s father sang together in the 1960s.  Billy Brown was from Ray Goodman and  Brown (The Moments) and when Billy Brown heard me sing, “All I Have” he was floored!  I was 18 yrs old, “All I Have” was one of my favorite songs!  That’s how I became a singer.

Natalie: Wow! How did you learn how to hit those notes if you were focused on playing the guitar?

Eban: My family had a quartet so I easily picked it up.  I never wanted to sing!  I concentrated on my craft and then I looked at George Benson as an example, George Benson sings and plays the guitar.

Natalie: How would you describe your vocal range?

Eban: First tenor, I sing all of the notes in a harmonious structure.  I hear those notes and I stack my vocals one by one Sam Cooke started it then Marvin Gaye revolutionized it!

 

Eban and George Benson

 

 

The Delfonics hit song Ready or Not was sampled by The Fugees and Missy Elliott

 

The Delfonics

 

 

The Moments

 

Natalie: Sexy Mama by The Moments is on heavy rotation on my iTunes!  Music Mogul Sylvia Robinson was a genius.

Eban: I have to humbly thank you!

Natalie: What was it like being a lead singer with not one but two legendary groups?

Eban: It’s a blessing, I do this everyday we don’t take into stock how we help people in their own lives, we think about the gig and getting to our next stop! Thank you for telling me this you are keeping me encouraged and I honor you for that!

Natalie: Wow, you have me stumped! Thank you!

Eban: I was in school idolizing the Moments when the teacher asked everyone what career path they wanted to take.  Some students wanted to be Fireman, Dr’s. etc, I said that I wanted to be the lead singer of The Moments. I dressed like The Moments, and I lived in that mode!  You have to believe what you pray for!

Natalie: I don’t share most of my work because people don’t appreciate it,  they have stolen ideas and don’t support it! I share my work with a select group!

Evan: I am doing this to leave something behind and build my legacy!  In order to do that you, need top media attention!  Be unique as possible and humbly claim it! You should watch the movie The Founders where they talk about McDonalds.

Natalie: Whoa!

Eban: It’s messed up, but it’s business the brothers did not take it to the next level. You need to stop hiding your work! 

 

Ray Goodman and Brown (The Moments) studio photo

 

Natalie: When you were with The Moments did you ever sing the “Girls” or “Look at Me” song in French?

Eban: No, I never had to sing it in French! We performed the songs in English when I re recorded it, they were supposed to bring in a French translator so I hope to do it one day for the best of The Moments with Billy Brown and myself. Billy is singing the first five songs and I sing on the last five songs!

 

Eban Brown and Nasir Jones at the Venetian Hotel

 

Nas album “No matter how hard you try you can’t stop us now!” From Nas’s song “You Can’t Stop Us Now” 2008

 

Natalie: You have a long list of Celebrity fans.  What memory sticks out the most when you met Nas?

Eban: Nas is one of my all time favorites, the way that we met was when Kelis flew us in for his surprise Birthday Party at the Venetian in Vegas I had to restrict myself so no one could see me.  Chris Webber and I were there and Nas said that he was working on a new album and that he wanted me to record a song with him. The party was on Saturday and I was in the studio on Tuesday in NYC recording “You Can’t Stop Us Now.

Natalie: That fast?

Eban: Yes, I would like to work with him again for my own project.  I am hoping to get a hold of him.

Natalie: When I post this Q and A I will to tag him to everything!  I will also make an Instagram post that says Nas contact Eban we need another collaboration!  By the way my husband and I are going to Nas’ concert here in Boston on 9.12.2017!

Eban: That’s great!  The both of you will have a great time!

 

Eban’s Debut Album

 

Natalie: Let’s talk about your debut album Master Suite and your current album Summer Time In Tokyo!

Eban: Master Suite was my very first solo album when I built my own record label Stardom Records. It is an acoustic album and I was getting my feet wet as a solo artist. My current album Summer Time In Tokyo has original songs as well as remade classics by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

Natalie: When do you start your promotion tour for Summer Time In Tokyo?

Eban: Once I have songs on the radio, I should be up and running late September, early October. Then I have to get charted (Have songs on the charts) You get charted by getting spins and competing with other artist’s!  Once that’s complete then my media tour will kick in!  

Natalie: Do you have any special markets that you would like me to promote this in?

Eban: Everywhere!  To the ends of the earth!  Several great records are not getting played because it was not publicized!  “You cannot sell a secret” Eban Brown’s Grandfather’s quote.

Natalie: I forgot to ask you what  you thought about my website? Especially my Q and A’s?

Eban: I wished that I could write the way you wrote!  It takes a certain insight to write that way!

Natalie: I am so honored that you enjoyed it! Thank you!

Eban: Your welcome!

Natalie: What is your favorite Stylistics song?

 

The Stylistics

 

 

Eban: That’s an unfair question!  We have great music but if I had to pick it would be “ People Make The World Go Round.”  It was recorded in 1971 but the same social issues are still prevalent today!   Everyone is trying to make a dollar, Spike Lee even used it in one of his movies that’s how young folks caught onto it.

Natalie: When will you perform your solo and group act in Boston?

Eban: I am hoping to make the connection with Scullards.  I am self managed and once you get a record you don’t have to call anyone anymore!  You need good people in your corner.  I thank God for that!

Natalie: I cannot wait to post this on my website thank you and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Eban: Your welcome I fly back to New Jersey in the morning and then I am off to Chicago and the United Kingdom.

 

James Brown and Eban Brown

 

 

 

 

Discography

1991 The Moments Classic Soul
1993 Delfonics
1993 The Manhattans Classic Soul
2000 Lead vocalists of The Stylistics Classic
2002 “Master Suite”, a Jazz/Pop masterpiece with an amazing acoustic guitar feel. 1st solo album
2004 Restless Soul Jazz and Pop II solo album
2006 Exit 15  Third solo album
2008 Can’t Stop Us Now single with Nas
2009 Determinism an Instrumental album
*Albums
Will Hart and The Delfonics live in Chattanooga
Rob Base, on the Album “Break of Dawn”, which featured the Delfonics, the two songs were “Are You With Me”, and “Chillin”

Natalie’s favorite songs by various by The Manhattans, The Delfonics, The Moments and Stylistics are:

The Delfonics

La- La Means I Love You

Break Your Promise

I Don’t Want to Make You Wait

Somebody Loves You

*Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love) sampled by song Sock it To Me Missy Elliott and The Fugees

*Hey Love
Sampled by Notorious B.I.G

Walk Right Up to the Sun sampled Nas and Lauryn Hill If I ruled the World

The Stylistics

You Make Me Feel Brand New

Your a Big Girl Now

I’m Stone In Love With You

*You Are Everything sampled by Mary J. Blige for You are Everything

*People Make The World Go Round sampled by West Side Connection Ice Cube, Mack 10 and Dub C song Gangsta’s Make The World Go ‘Round

The Moments

Girls

Sexy Mama

Look At Me

Eban’s star power can be witnessed on stage with the following dates listed below.

Eban’s solo act tour dates:

September 8th, 2017 The Stoke Bar and Grille, Plymouth, UK

September 9th, 2017 The Concorde Club Eastleigh, UK

For solo act tour dates  and to purchase his music visit https://www.ebanbrownmusic.net/shows

Japan Tour dates for The Stylistics are:

December 11-25 Japan Tour Billboard Live

UK Tour

October 26, Gateshead

October 27, Redditch Palace Theatre

October 28, Worthington Pavilion

Please visit The Stylistics http://www.thestylistics.org/tour-schedule for a complete list of their tour date!

https://www.ebanbrownmusi
On Instagram@EbanBrown

Purchase Ebans music on itunes  now!

Long Live Good Music

 

 

 

Sold out show at Paris Cat

 

Sold Out Show at The Grand Hotel Underground

 

The Vincent Gardner Quartet and Belinda Munro Australian Tour is receiving rave reviews! The people have spoken and the sold out shows prove that Good Music continues to reign!

 

Vincent Gardner

 

Vincent Gardner is the Lead Trombonist and Director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra.  The Grammy nominated musician  “performed with The Count Basie Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet, The Saturday Night Live Band, Matchbox 20, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, and Frank Foster. From 1998 through 2000, Gardner toured with Lauryn Hill, in support of her (5) time Grammy-award winning album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.Later in 2000 Gardner joined The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, with which he continues to perform. ”  Vincent Gardner website

 

Belinda Munro

 

“Belinda Munro is a multi-talented singer, song writer and actress and her many talents have seen her perform alongside mega-stars Luciano Pavarotti, Celine Dion and Mary J Blige.” Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Australia

 

ABC Newcastle Vincent Gardner and Belinda Munro

 

Grammy Nominated Vincent Gardner

 

Multi-talented singer songwriter Belinda Munro

 

Wollongong Conservatorium of Music

 

Australian Tour Dates

 

Make sure to follow them on:

www.BelindaMunro.com

Follow Belinda Munro fanpage on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/iambebesings

www.VincentGardner.com

Download Vincent Gardner music on iTunes and Amazon

Download Belinda Munro music on iTunes

 

 

 

 

Music Royalty Vivian Sessoms

Vivian Sessoms is an accomplished recording artist, song writer and music producer who worked with everyone’s favorite artists including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Patti Austin, Cher and Whitney Houston to name a few.

I was very lucky to have an opportunity to personally meet her and talk about music, fashion and life lessons.  This Interview was conducted while Vivian Sessoms was overseas on her European tour.  Her highly acclaimed album Life will be available this fall.

Natalie: Congratulations on your tour!  I had a seat at the table when I met you!  My husband and I arrived from Boston  to New York City on a Friday night  which happened to be the opening night for Vincent Gardner’s performance with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.  Belinda Munro-Gardner planned a lovely dinner at Cafeteria and I can still remember the decadent mac and cheese trio and rosè that I had. 

Vivian Sessoms: I know, it was a great night wasn’t it? That mac & cheese trio at cafeteria is deadly!

Natalie: What goes into preparing for a world tour?

Vivian Sessoms: Quite a lot actually, it takes months and months of planning and sourcing.  There are a few people who help me pull it all together, publicist, booking agents, club owners, musicians, my hubby who is also the musical director. It is a ton of work, but in the end it usually ends up being a lot of fun and very rewarding which is the reason why I think people do it, although I can really only speak for myself.  But it allows you to get in touch with the people who love music and support you and you able to connect with new friends and supporters in such an incredible way.  When all goes well it’s a real high, being able to get your music and message to people.

 

 

Vivian and Mali Music

 

Natalie: I see the love that your fans give you, they are eager to post videos of your performance.  A lot of work goes into to keep the worldwide buzz going. How do you do it?

Vivian Sessoms: To be honest I’m still kind of figuring that part out, lol! Every day, I have a list of things I plan to do which is to post videos of the previous nights performance or post a live video of me just singing in my hotel room or videos of past shows, but sadly I’m not always successful in my plan!  As an indie artist, you wind up doing a lot of things yourself, and actually, I am lucky because I have a small team of people who help me get the word out about things what’s going on with me and keeping things moving.  Sometimes,  just getting info to them is a job in itself.   It’s a constant juggling act trying to keep all the things you need to have happening,  going all at once.

 

Alliance Française de Melbourne in Australia. Photo by Georga Byrne

 

Natalie: What habits do you practice or prepare your mind, body and soul for while on tour.

Vivian Sessoms: I try to work out consistently, not every day but a few times a week. I also  try to really watch what I eat because I realize that eating badly, makes me feel bad.  I don’t really drink a lot and I don’t smoke.  I try to just take it easy and stay peaceful, and you know, do things that make me happy and that make me feel good.  I try to see friends often in other countries, or visit places of interest.

Natalie: You love fashion and beauty and have a great sense of style. Who are your favorite designers and what looks do you like to wear on stage?

Vivian Sessoms: Right now I’m into a lot of African designers.  There are some really fabulous young designers out of Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and several other African countries.  As for my favorite American designers that’s kind of a long list, although I’m very into mixing pieces from stores like COS and Zara and Top Shop with high end stuff, or combined with thrift store finds.  I would say my personal style is a hodgepodge of things.  I like a lot of color, and texture. I really love deconstructed pieces. 
On stage I might go from jeans and sneakers with the funky T-shirt to a tailored suit and heels to a pretty or a flow-y type of dress.  Lately I seem to be opting more for real comfort.

 

 

Smiths Alternative Cafe in Canberra Australia. Photo by Andrea Hutch

 

 

Natalie: “Trying to work through shit we go through sometimes losing my way I’m walking through clouds looking for my sunny”.  This is something that everyone goes through weather it be work, personal relationships, friendships, developing your personal business.  What were you going through when you wrote those words?

Vivian Sessoms: I wrote that song with two really good friends Wondress Hutchinson and Jenny Douglas Foote and at the time I had just lost my mom, but I think that each of us were dealing with life situations and, I don’t know, I just remembered that my heart was really broken and so.  That’s what came out..

I can say that I really love collaborating with people for the different colors and ideas that it brings out of you as an artist.  Collaborating always seems to spark new ways to create, interesting ways that you might not think of when you’re writing or creating alone.
Natalie: I wanted to throw something on my floor like a towel when I listened to your angelic voice on Both Sides Now.  Your voice reminded me of the Ocean waves.  While I was creating these questions I was sitting in my living room with a 7 minute walk to my beach on the Atlantic Ocean and all that I could see during that moment was blue!  Do you see how music, creates and aligns things for some of us? 

Vivian Sessoms: Absolutely and positively.. I asked an audience during the show in Melbourne if they could see the aura that we had created at the end of a show. I was saying to them that coming out to see a show, even though you may feel like you’re not doing much besides  listening and watching, is a form of active participation and what the audience gives to you definitely feeds you as an artist, and in some instances can inform or drive you or what have you.  So I was saying to them that they had participated so much and so beautifully that the energy swirling back-and-forth between us was colorful and bright and had a lot of love it.  I really mean it when I say that music is healing, and that it can change the world.

Natalie: I recently visited the Past is Present exhibit at the MFA Boston.  Knowing that the past is present please tell the Luxhop4u audience who you shared the stage with including writing credits/ producing credits and what you have in store for them this year. 

Vivian Sessoms: I’ve shared the stage with Joe Cocker,  Patti,Austin and Cher, P!nk and numerous others.  I’ve had a wonderful journey before deciding to strike out on my own.  This year I’ll be releasing my third studio recording entitled Life which I’m really excited about.

 

Sinbad, Vivian Sessoms and Scooter.

 

Vivian Sessoms, Joe Cocker, Jenny Douglas Foote and Stacey Campbell.

 

Sara Levine, Sherri Shepard, Chaka Khan, Vivian Sessoms, Marvel Allen and Whoppi Goldberg on the set of the view

 

Vivian Sessoms and Mali Music.

 

Vivian and Lalah Hathaway

 

Kimberly Davis, Jenny Douglas Foote, Patti Austin, Nancy Wilson and Vivian Sessoms.

 

Vivian and Bruno Mars

Cossandra Cella, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Shondra Rhimes and Vivian.

 

Vivian performing with Patti Austin for the Inaugural Ball of Governor Duvall Patrick and his wife Diane

 

Vivian on stage with P!nk

 

Vivian on the P!nk Funhouse Tour

 

Vivian and Andre Leon Talley

 

Vivian and Roberta Flack

 

 

Natalie: I have a lot of friends in the entertainment industry who work on major projects and do not receive credit/publishing for their work.  What should  artists do to ensure that they receive credit for their work?

Vivian Sessoms: Try as best you can to get everything in writing, contracts are important.. Then get a good lawyer. 

Natalie: I want to thank you for your personal advice and mentorship!

Vivian Sessoms: I adore you!

Be sure to purchase Vivian’s music on her website www.VivianSessoms.com

Follow Vivian on Instagram @VivianSessoms

*Luxshop4u will be in NYC for the Life album release party working behind the scenes. This website will be updated with playlist details from the Life album. This website will have a release date for Vivian’s Life album.

Photos were provided by Vivian Sessoms.

La Musica Part 2 El Tiempo Es Ahora

Reggeaton’s new rising star

Hey you, yes you! Do you know  who produced your favorite songs that you are currently  dancing to like Palitos by Tego Calderon, Ámame O Mátame remix by Ivy Queen featuring Don Omar! Look no further, his name is Jorge Milliano and he is an international music producer/song writer that is based in Boston.  El Tiempo Es Ahora (the time is now) is an encouraging reminder that we say to each other to level up in our careers.  He spent many years paying his dues in the music industry.  I am confident that he will receive accolades in the near future.

Jorge like most of my friends in the Music/Entertainment Industry learned how to play instruments in the church, specifically percussions.  He is known for his star studded collaborations and despite his success Jorge is very humble.  He is eager to make an impact in the world.  No talking, texting, or hanging out to have cocktails is the code that he lives by.  The succesful producer is too focused on securing the bag and attending business meetings with the worlds finest music engineers, artists, and Ceo’s.

Since our last sit down on La Musica part 1, Jorge Milliano and the Milliano Music Group traveled to Bogotá, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Miami, for video shoots and music productions.  In May,  he gave me the heads up that he was going to produce a Remix to Ivy Queen’s Ámame O Mátame featuring Don Omar.  We had a conversation of how he was going to approach the track by tying in Rockers from the past and fusing it in with current rhythms. I am hoping that this remix will be available on itunes soon, in the mean time please visit Ivy Queen and Jorge Milliano’s instagram page to hear the track!  Also be sure to check out Tego Calderon’s new music & video titled Palitos  that was produced by Jorge Milliano.

A message from Jorge

I am excited to announce that while I do not have a  current date available for my CD compilation, I’m in the process of getting the mastered release soon.  I am also working on a six track EP based off of Vertigo (Genre for the EP is Moombahton)

Check out a few of the published music and artist who Jorge has worked with thus far.

Nací Para Amartè  featuring Jowell & Randy  was produced last year, please visit Ivy Queen’s Instagram page to listen to her new remix of Ámame O Mátame featuring Don Omar was also produced by Jorge Milliano.

 

I Need You Baby by De La Ghetto

 

Palitos by Tego Calderón Featuring Choco, BowDozen & Jungle

 

Ultima Vez – Pinto Picasso

 

Guelo Star Featuring Trebol El Artista

 

Tu no Eres Lider by Pimpchito

 

Kevin Lyttle and Mya remix of Bum Bum

Click the link below to see how we started La Musica!

For more great music please visit www.JorgeMilliano.com https://soundcloud.com/jorgiemilliano

Email: Jorge@JorgeMilliano.com

Follow him on Instagram @JorgeMilliano @Millianomusicgrp

*Side note

I learned about Tego Calderon and Rude Gyal Ivy Queen from my older brother Super K many years ago when I lived in Toronto, it’s amazing how life comes full circle!  Tego is one of Ken’s favorite reggeaton artist and Ivy Queen is my favorite,  her music is hotta than 21 Peppa seed (Habanero)!

Guest contributer Alec Tavares

COMPOUND EDITION “CHARLIE GRIN” RELEASE PARTY

 

When I meet taste makers who share the same interest as myself I like to share their talent! I am excited to introduce Alec Tavares. Alec is a freelance marketer and writer who currently works with The Compound. The Compound is a creative agency that helps creative individuals and companies execute their projects. Take a look at what Alec and The Compound allowed me to share with the Luxshop4u community!

 

Bringing together the art and hip-hop world in co-creative fashion, The Compound has once again, pushed the culture forward!

6/1/2017  Concepts provided the setting for a celebration for the release of Compound x Ron English x Made by Monsters Final Edition Charlie Grin.  The Hip Hop culture came out to be a part of history.

Lenny Santiago from Roc Nation wearing denim.

 

 

The toy release was hosted by Lenny S. from Roc Nation and YS warmed up the crowd for DJ Enuff who provided the soundtrack for the evening.

 

Dj Enuff

 

Alec Tavares pictured here on the left. Alec use to blog for XXL Magazine.

 

Sheek Louch, DJ Enuff

 

 

 

The final edition of Charlie Grin has opened new doors and welcomed new fans, bringing out avid toy collectors and hip hop fans.  This final Charlie Grin is a more than just a collector’s toy; it is a piece of history for the culture, and beginning of a new trend for Hip Hop.

 

 

 

With such high demand for this historical piece bridging modern art and Hip Hop, you cannot help but wonder what’s next-but be certain; there will be a next! Stay tuned, The Compound is just getting started!

 

I would like to thank The Compound blog for sharing this fun event with us! Thank you Alec Tavares for covering this story and thank you to photographers Deuce Pearsall @go2deuce, Oluwaseye Olusa, Antwon Walker and Jimmy Giambrone.

www.thecompoundblog.com

Paridaez Trunk Show

This day started unlike most of my days, why you ask?  For once I did not have my gym bag with me that carries three changes of outfits two pair of shoes and of course water shoes for the shower.  I carry several outfits each day to go to the gym, work, and industry events.

If you have a routine like mine, then Paridaez is the answer to our clothing problems.  I had the pleasure of meeting the Paridaez designer at her trunk show in the Alexis Bitter boutique located on Newbury St.  The trunk show was a huge success, the guests were trying on clothing, jewelry, and indulged in sparkling wine. To my surprise she created her clothing line because she too faced the same issues and found a niche.  The clothing line offers 6 looks in 100 ways.  I would like to thank Brenda Ramos for co hosting and inviting me to this amazing event.  To learn more about Paridaez please visit www.paridaez.com

 

Easy travel pieces.

 

Paridaez

 

Sparkling wine and cupcakes.

 

Paridaez founder and designer Allison Daroie.

Allison is wearing the Bird of Paradise Top with the Albatross skirt and Heron cardigan.

Brenda Store Manager of Alexis Bittar.

Brenda is wearing the Sparrow tank with the Hummingbird skirt.

Travelling Without Moving

What can I say?  I live a very busy life and I am always around creative experts.  Friday was no exception.  I joined my friend Hiroshi and a group of his friends at the Sowa Market in Boston. We visited several art studios and had the privilage of meeting the artists.

 

I bought this vintage American Tourister hat case and I carried it as if it was the most luxurious purse that money could buy.  I used my iphone 6 to take the picture and later changed the color to appear more vintage.  In this photo I am wearing my Stuart Weitzman over the thigh boots, fishnet stockings from Primark, hoop earrings from Poland, sweater and tank top from Forever 21.

The lining is in excellent condition, and at if you look closely I have a secret compartment.

The clasps are also in excellent condition, by the end of the night I had over five people who wanted to buy one.  Please tag me once you purchase one and let the merchant know that you were inspired by my blog.