Rihanna at the I Heart Radio Music Festival

I didn’t get to catch the live streaming of day 1 of the I Heart Radio music festival online but after seeing Rihanna post a few pic on instagram from the night I had to check it out.  I was absolutely crazy in love with her Jeremy Scott sequin jersey dress.

She looked absolutely amazing and does the tomboy look well.

As far as her actual musical performances go I know Rihanna gets a lot of criticism for not really going hard on choreography but I actually dig her laid back approach to performing.  I’m still entertained by her even though she plays it cool, or maybe I’m just biased because I’m half Bajan lol.

Anyways check out her performance of Where Have You Been below.

So what do you think? Are you loving Rihanna’s outfit? Are you loving her performance?

Check out the rest of her performances here.

Interview With Amina G

I couldn’t let New York fashion week pass me by without doing something fashion related! For everyone that follows me on twitter or facebook or blog talk radio you may have heard about me interviewing jewelry designer Amina Gonzalez.  The interview was yesterday but don’t worry if you missed it you can check it out below.  Enjoy!

Why I Didn’t Go to Fashion’s Night Out

All the fashionistas out there already know what yesterday was.  It was the fourth annual Fashion’s Night Out.  This is night where fashion enthusiasts flock to their favorite stores for promotional events, discounts, possible celebrity sightings in some cases food and drinks.

I attented Fashion’s Night Out the first year by accident.  I happened to be out shopping anyway and heard a DJ playing loud music in Macys and I thought to myself “what the hell is going on?”.  I’d heard there would be this event called Fashion’s Night Out but I didn’t note the date nor did I realized I’d just stumbled upon it by chance.

I’ve tried to go in subsequent years but every year something more important comes up and Fashion’s Night Out takes a backseat every time.  I’m never psyched enough over Fashion’s Night Out to make it a priority. Why you ask?

  1. I shop when I feel like it, not when I’m told to. This is the precise reason I’ve never been keen on killing myself for Black Friday sales either.  Most of the time I know what I want and when I want it and I get it then and there.  If it happens to be on sale then great! But i’m usually not keen on buying something I didn’t want/need before just because it’s cheap or on sale.
  2. I’m not big on crowds.  I don’t like having to elbow my way through crowds of people just to shop. I don’t like long lines either. I’m notorious for shopping at times when stores are least likely to be crowded (like when I have a week day off and I can go in the middle of the day).
  3. I’m a chronic online shopper.  I’ve become addicted to skipping stores altogether and having what I want delivered to me. Especially since now sites are beginning to offer free shipping when u spend a certain amount of money.  I mentioned earlier I wasn’t big on Black Friday but I’m all for Cyber Monday.  Shopping online makes it so much easier to multi task. I can shop around and compare prices without leaving my house. Like I said earlier most of the time I know exactly what I want before hand. Online shopping allowes me to just type in what I’m looking for and BOOM it’s on my computer screen in seconds. I love it!

It would be wrong of me to not warn against the dangers of online shopping though.  First off when you’re buying clothes in particuler it’s a bit of a disadvantage to not be able to try them on first. It’s also a lot harder to return things you regret buying. And of course there’s the occasional online scammer that takes your money but doesn’t send you anything.  Still despite it’s drawbacks I’m still a huge fan of shopping online.

At this point you’re probably wondering what I did instead of going to Fashion’s Night Out this year.  I watched the MTV Video Music Awards of course! I haven’t missed an MTV Video Music Award show since 1994 when Michael Jackson made out with Lisa Marie Presley.  I couldn’t break 18 years of tradition.

So do you go to Fashion’s Night Out? How was it?

Open Closet Magazine Launch Party

This week I attended the Open Closet Magazine launch party.  As soon as I arrived I was able to snag a photo-op with fashion editor and co-founder of the magazine Avery Johnson.

The even was hosted by Ramona Rizzo of VH1 Mob Wives.

She was also on the cover of the very first issue of Open Closet Magazine.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to grab my own copy of the magazine.  Someone was kinda enough to let me snap a pic of their copy though. However, I was able to grab one of these cool Open Close Magazine tote bags.

The night was also complete with musical performances.  First up was pop artist Salena Dabbs.

Here is some footage of her performance.

There was also an appearance of the Mari Twins of The Fashion Zone

Later on in the night there was a performance from R&B artist Rasul A-Salaam.

Here’s some video of his performance.

Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for the entire party so my night ended shortly after this performance.  I wasn’t able to see what other things were store for the guests at this event but overall I enjoyed it.

Pics From Afro Punk Festival Day 2

If I could say anything about Afro Punk Fest day 2 it would be that it was way more crowded than day 1.  Word definitely spread about this very cool event.  Day 1 I was able to walk in without a problem or delay.  Day 2 there was a line that stretched all the way around the block.  Luckily it moved pretty quickly.

When I made it in the first thing that caught my eye was the group of people dancing their hearts out to the hip hop music the dj was playing.  The energy was crazy.  I wished I couldn’t join them but I wasn’t wearing proper dance attire.

Next I spotted something going on in the same are where they had the skating contest.  Only this time there weren’t only skateboards there were bikes too.  Again I’d never seen anybody do tricks like these on a bike in person before.  For some reason I was less nervous about the bikers injuring themselves (as opposed to the nervousness I felt when I watched the skaters).

I was able to grab some footage of the biking. Check it out.

After the biking I headed over to a different side of the park to enjoy whatever live performances were going on and ran into Jimmy McMillan aka Mr “the rent is too damn high!”.

I asked him for a photo before telling him that I agreed with him wholeheartedly.  The rent is too high. He responded’ “No the rent is too DAMN high”. lol.

After walking around a little longer I found the Nakimuli tent among the vendors. I spotted some friends of mine there.

 

I stopped to stay hi to my friends The Architect, JonnyGo Figure, and Amina Gonzales (creator of the Made By AG jewelry line).

 

After having a friendly chat with my homies I went to spread my blanket, sit on the grass and enjoy the atmosphere as I waited for Janelle Monae to perform. The day before I had missed Erykah Badu’s performance so I definitely didn’t want to miss Janelle Monae.

 

I had a good view of the Brooklyn Navy Yard

 

Unfortunately I sat in the grass for so long I missed the first few minutes of Janelle Monae’s performance. I was sitting on side of the park while she was performing on the other side.  By the time I got to the right side of the park I didn’t exactly have the best view.  This is best pic I could get of the performance.  My friend (who is considerably taller than me) had to take it for me.

 

I still enjoyed the show very much despite my not having a good view.  I never paid Janelle Monae much attention before this night but I left definitely wanting to hear more.

Overall I totally enjoyed my Afro Punk experience.  I’ll definitely be back next year.

Pics From Afro Punk Festival Day 1

I was super excited to attend Afro Punk Festival 2012. I love outdoor events like this. It was held in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn NY (my hometown of course).

The first think I did when I entered the park was take a look at who was on the stage. There wasn’t anyone performing though. They were in between sets.

So next I took a look at the skateboarding contest. It was pretty cool.

I really enjoyed watching because I’d never seen a skateboarding contest before. However, I have seen the tv series Scarred (where they show a whole bunch horrific freak accidents that happened during skateboarding, biking, roller blading, etc). Most of the time I was nervous someone would hurt themself. Here’s some footage of the skateboarding.

There were also live performances during the skateboarding contest. You can hear them in the video. Here is a picture of one of the performers.

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What I also thought was pretty cool was that there was a cell phone charging station. That was a pretty unique and useful idea. I wouldn’t be surprised if I start seeing it at more events.

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After checking out the skateboarding contest I took a look at what the vendors had to offer. As an etsy.com addict I already have an appreciation for handmade goods and there were plenty of them. It was a joy to check out all the creative things people made and sold.

Artwork for sale at Afro Punk Festival 2012

Jewelry for sale at Afro Punk Festival 2012

Pink Wig For Sale at Afro Punk Festival

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I ended up buying myself two pairs of earrings.

I also grabbed a free sample of Hair Rules hydrating finishing cream along with a cute little button

Over all I dug the peaceful loving vibe of the event. I love it any time people of all colors, sexes, and ages get together and there’s no drama.

My only regret is that I couldn’t stay to catch Erykah Badu’s performance. But I’ll definitely be back for day 2 with Janelle Monae. Stay tuned folks part 2 is comming right up.

Azealia Banks Controversial Dazed and Confused Cover

So Azealia Banks is stirring up a little controversy with the newest cover of Dazed and Confused magazine.  So far it’s banned in 7 countries. Personally I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s just a condom.  Left Eye used to wear condoms as a fashion statement all the time.  It was cool because she was promoting safe sex.  What’s wrong with that?