July 31, 2008 § Leave a comment
If you aren’t familar with Karl Lagerfeld’s Guide to Life, make yourself familiar. It’s a masterpiece of a blog written by someone channeling Karl Lagerfeld that is generally a horribly offensive view of the normal world. There are very few people that Karl does not find utterly demode, but in my interview with him he revealed these people along with much, much more.
July 30, 2008 § 1 Comment
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have come a long way from Full House. As Mary Kate continues to dress impeccably,design for The Row,and take small acting roles, and Ashley sort of does the same, you can tell they’ve pretty much got it made. So, truthfully, they can do whatever they want. And it’s no surprise that their choice involves the fashion and art they surround themselves with.They’ve interviewed some of the modern day artists that no doubt influence them, and these interviews, along with copious pictures, will be featured in their new coffee table book Influence. Some of the artists featured are Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, and Terry Richardson. The book arrives in stores on October 28th, but is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
July 27, 2008 § 2 Comments
A few weeks ago it was announced that Vogue and IMG (International Model Group) will be teaming up for an internet reality show about the lives of models. Of course you’re skeptical, what with Top Model, 8th and Ocean, Make Me a Supermodel, A Model Life, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, and so on and so on. But this one is different. Here’s why.
1.IMG and Vogue are the top dogs as far as the modeling and fashion worlds go.
2.Some of the girls have already gotten big jobs, and the ones who haven’t more than likely will.
3.The show has promised to be really real, depicting eating disorders, difficulties for ethnic models, and more.
4.This is Vogue trying to reach younger audiences, whom they’ve gotten quite out of touch with.
5.Because it’s the first modeling show that has ever sounded authentic.
Model.Live premieres on Vogue.tv on August 19th.
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July 26, 2008 § Leave a comment
We’ve all experienced it. We dial, push, tune, etc. until we find anything that we can at least tolerate on the radio. Once whatever’s left of the song is over, another one comes on that we dislike. So the process repeats itself. Lately I’ve had it just about up to here with that process, so I set out to find a way around it.
My search began with Launchcast. Launchcast is yahoo’s customized station that collects information about your favorite artists, genres, albums, and songs. As the songs play you adjust them to hopefully tweak the station more to your preferences. I’d toyed around with it a few years ago, so my station needed a little revision. Once I’d finished with that, it felt like I had found the perfect station. But apparently my taste was too limited, so launchcast decided I could do with some expansion. It got to the point where I had to skip 20 songs I had never heard of just to get to one I liked. So I continued my search.
My next step was internet radio. I assumed that someone out there would play the songs I wanted to hear, and the world of internet radio seemed expansive enough. I went to shoutcast.com because I knew they listed the songs the station was currently playing. I looked at the categories they listed. None of them seemed to define what I was looking for. So I searched for the best way I could define the genre I wanted. None of the stations were playing anything I liked. I decided that internet radio wasn’t for me.
Then I remembered yes.com. yes.com tracks the songs played on almost every radio station under the sun. I tried searching for artists I liked, because with yes.com yo can keep track of what stations are playing certain artists. I clicked on the profiles of all the stations that played the artist that I liked to see if I liked anything else they were playing. If they were, I went to the station’s website and listened to their online stream. I found some stations, but none of them were as perfect as I was looking for.
As a last ditch attempt I googled “the perfect radio station” and found pandora. Pandora asks you simply for one artist, genre, or song you like, then determines what musical qualities that item has, and puts together a playlist based on it. I found that it got boring very fast. Their catalog doesn’t appear to be as large as launchcast’s and I didn’t recognize any of the songs it chose for me. I know that seems a little beside the point, but I like to know the music I listen to before I listen to it.
In the end, I’ll probably listen to my launchcast station from time to time, and maybe some of the stations I found on yes.com, but I never really found my perfect radio station. What do you think? Is there such a thing as the perfect radio station? Can you recommend something for me to try? Tell us in the comments!
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July 26, 2008 § 1 Comment
So I’m kind of off duty by my own choice but I thought I would just do something fun and post my polyvores!
If you’d like to try your own, it’s polyvore.com. Post yours in the comments!
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July 23, 2008 § Leave a comment
In our days of precocious child stars and Miley Cyrus world domination it might not even surprise you that a 12 year old girl can compete with the fashion blog world. Tavi, who describes herself as “a vertically challenged 12 year old that could fit inside your purse,” manages to pull this off and show maturity that her Jonas Brothers adoring peers couldn’t imagine. She calls herself a “style rookie” but from what I’ve seen she could rival a lot of people with her style. And while I may have a few years on her it’s painfully obvious that she’s a whole lot cooler than I am. She provides in-depth knowledge on the fashion world that I doubt many people possess. Not to mention that the majority of her clothes are from thrift stores and vintage shops, proving that true style comes not from money but from a quality that few truly have. Anyway, the point is that her blog is my new favorite (even if she is apparently considering quitting) and I highly suggest you check it out at www.tavi-thenewgirlintown.blogspot.com.
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July 22, 2008 § Leave a comment
In order to really be on top of everything fabulous, it’s important to stay up to date with the next big things in music. So, in keeping up with that idea, I’ve searched everywhere for the best of the newest of the new.
The fieros are a dallas-based unsigned group formerly known as The Valentines. They list Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Stone Roses, Oasis, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Big Bang, Caesars, Fleetwood Mac, John Lennon, The Who, The Staple Singers, Ray Charles, and Joe Cocker as their influences on Myspace. Listen to their Songbird EP below.
The Fieros are currently recording, but in the mean time all of these songs are available to download for free on their myspace.
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The Ting Tings
You’ve probably heard Shut Up and Let Me Go on either an iPod commercial or Gossip Girl, but now it’s time to put a name to the song. The Ting Tings are an indie pop duo with a number one album in their native England. You can hear some of those songs below.
The Ting Tings
We Started Nothing is available in stores now.
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
Despite the distracting name, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head is an electro group from Seattle. Listen to their debut album Glistening Pleasure below
Natalie Portmans Shaved Head “Glistening Pleasure”
Glistening Pleasure is available now.
The Black Kids
The Black Kids are an indie pop group from Jacksonville, Florida who were named one of Rolling Stone‘s Ten Artists to Watch last year. Below is their album Partie Traumatic
Black Kids – Partie Traumatic
Partie Traumatic was released today (June 22nd, 2008) in North America.
Hercules and Love Affair
Hercules and Love Affair is a Disco group based in New York. They have released a Self Titled album to good critical reception. Hear it below.
hercules and love affair
Hercules and Love Affair is now available.
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