First thing’s first: Jillian Hervey, lead singer of the NYC music duo Lion Babe, has the most amazing hair you will ever see. I always thought I had thick hair, but this is another level. It’s no wonder the daughter of Vanessa Williams is a Pantene ambassador.
Now that that’s out of the way, Lion Babe makes genre-crossing, soulful, vintage-influenced music. Despite moving from smooth R&B (see ‘Treat Me Like Fire’) to neo-disco (‘Where Do We Go;) to soul with a hip-hop influence on the above track, ‘Jump Hi’, every different genre has the same uplifting force pulsing behind it…and this is all on their first album. I love that most of their music videos are shot in and around NYC as well, as their music is just as eclectic as the city itself.
Up on the Spotify playlist now!
For a while now I’ve been a fan of geometric detailing when it comes to design, especially when it comes to a big geometric-print rug being the focal point of an otherwise minimally decorated room. Circles have been somewhat neglected when it comes to that love for geometry in design until now.
A circular mirror in a modern room feels kind of retro and adds a timeless look to the space. I love a big circular mirror in an entryway above a long, low bench or table as well as in a bathroom to create a playful vibe.
It looks fresh in a mostly white room and works so well when paired with a colorful rug. I would probably look for a circular mirror with a dark edge or frame to highlight the geometric design and make it more of a statement piece.
Lace-up detailing and embellishments are all over the place right now, but one of my current favorite versions of this trend is pants with lace-up detailing. I’ve seen it on denim and leather pants alike either as a detail on the front panel of the pants, ankle, or even all the way up the leg.
Much has been said about Maggie Rogers. The 22-year-old is largely known for moving Pharrell to tears when she played him a demo of the above song, ‘Alaska’, during a masterclass at NYU. Since then, she’s graduated, gotten a record deal, made her TV debut on The Tonight Show, and gone on tour (including her most recent performance at SXSW). Her viral and almost mythical big break may have made her special, but it’s not what will make her great.
Listening to ‘Alaska’ while I write this, I’ve stopped maybe three times because the song is so distractingly good. Listening to it in your headphones makes it even better, paying attention to all the completely unique layers of sound going on. One of the biggest complaints about modern synth music is that it’s inorganic. Rogers deftly bridges this divide between nature and the synthetic, mixing samples she recorded out in the wild with a pulsating beat and layering her gossamer falsettos and harmonies over everything.
Reflecting on a past relationship during a hike she took while taking a break from making music, Rogers sings, “I walked off you/And I walked off an old me”. As Amanda Petrusich explains: “first you relinquish the thing you loved, then you relinquish the part of yourself that loved it.” I’ve replayed this song over and over and I swear every time I probably make the same awed, emotional face Pharrell makes in that video that’s now been seen by over 2 million people. And if I don’t, I definitely feel it. Every time.
In all honesty, yellow has pretty much always been my least favorite color, never mind the fact that the majority of my wardrobe consists of neutral colors any way. I always thought that it was a hard color to wear and looked best on darker skin tones. I’m discovering that I was wrong – I just hadn’t found my perfect shade of yellow yet. The yellows I like the most are a bit deeper and more of a golden yellow-orange than purely yellow. They’re more mustard-y than lemon-y — I like to think of them as marigold, after the flower of the same name.
A couple of months ago I was reading a few different lists of the “best songs of 2016” and I have to be honest, outside of the list on Rolling Stone, I was not familiar with many of the songs at all. This song by Angel Olsen was featured on one of the lists I read and I can’t believe I had never heard it before because it’s my ideal mix of lo-fi fi grunge and indie pop. I want more when the track is over, which is something I feel after all of my favorite songs.
The 80’s are coming back in a big way. Us nineties babies have had our time long enough, it’s time to share the spotlight (even though I never get sick of anything nineties related). Did Stranger Things reawaken this 80’s nostalgia? Or maybe it was our love for synths in pop music. The plethora of runway styles inspired by the decade of less is not more are currently trickling down to streetwear. A few reworked trends characteristic of the decade are exaggerated ruffles, strong shoulders, white shoes, sequins, and high-shine fabrics.
Good news: all those global-inspired pieces you purchased last year during warmer times are still extremely in this year. In fact, global-inspired pieces are bigger than ever whether it be pompoms, embroidered detailing, or one of my personal favorites: colorful tassels. We’ve seen tassels show up on purses, dresses and shoes, but my current favorite iteration is earrings, especially if they’re beaded. This season’s tassels are bright, colorful, and make me dream of dancing on a beach somewhere – preferably with a piña colada in my hand.
I’m usually a minimalist when it comes to jewelry, but I’m trying to get out of my comfort zone and I’m starting with earrings. I love the idea of pairing these with a relaxed blouse, off-the-shoulder top, or even just to spruce up a white t-shirt.
So far, I’ve seen the best selections from J. Crew and BaubleBar when it comes to color, price, and variety. Shop these styles and more below!
Confession time. I just heard this song on my favorite guilty pleasure TV show, Shadowhunters. Over the years, the biggest influence on my taste in music absolutely has to be the TV shows that I’ve watched (thanks Gossip Girl!). There are so many bands that I may have never heard of if I hadn’t heard their music on one of my favorite shows
Right now, it feels like everywhere I turn, one of my favorite style-inspirers is demonstrating how to rock vinyl pants. The goddess herself, Giselle, made them look downright casual during a talk show appearance. I’ve heard them referred to as ‘patent-leather’, but all I can think about when I see these babies are their more punk rock roots. Squeaky, skin-tight, liquid-y and shiny, there’s nothing that says the ’80s are back more than the vinyl pant. However, they’re best styled in ways that bring them into the present.