Sunday, October 4

Paris Fashion Week: Elie Saab SS16

I'm not usually one to follow fashion week or particular designers, but I came across a few Paris FW runway shows and I thought it was worth showcasing.  A collection of florals and lace, here are a few of my favorites.

The man of the hour himself, Elie Saab.

Currently listening to: Hamilton Cast Recording (as I have been doing non-stop (see what I did there?) for the past two weeks.

Tuesday, September 22

ETC Festival & Johnnyswim

Trying to maximize the good times in the Hampton Roads area before I graduate (and hopefully relocate back to the DC area), a friend and I went to Town Point Park in Norfolk for the Embrace the Culture music festival.  Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration...we arrived in the evening in time for the last two big acts, Johnnyswim and The Mowgli's.

I was most excited for Johnnyswim, having heard of the LA married couple a few years back.  Folk, soul, blues are all words that could be used to describe this duo.  We didn't get to the festival in time to hear their entire set, so I'm already keeping an eye on their tour for another chance to see them.

Johnnyswim and a beautiful sunset by the water.

I expected nothing other than mermaids at a festival in Norfolk.

And the Mowgli's to end the night.

The park.

Who says grad school isn't fun?  Ughh, and now back to the grind that is thesis-writing and experiments.

Currently listening to: "Diamonds" Johnnyswim

Wednesday, September 9

Project Runway, Season 14: Gunn and Heid

It's that time of year again, when I 

Last week's episode of Project Runway involved the designers creating garments using paintball-inspired colors and materials.  And as all team challenges go, this episode was full of team drama and breakdowns.  The photos below are the garments from the winning team, who took time to carefully create their textile, which made their collection cohesive.

Designer: Edmond Newton
Edmond Newton's Season 14 Episode 5 Final Look

Designer: Blake Patterson
Blake Patterson's Season 14 Episode 5 Final Look

Designer: Jake Wall
Jake Wall's Season 14 Episode 5 Final Look

Designer: Joseph Poli
Joseph Charles Poli's Season 14 Episode 5 Final Look

Designer: Merline Labissiere
Merline Labissiere's Season 14 Episode 5 Final Look

Designer: Swapnil Shinde
Swapnil Shinde's Season 14 Episode 5 Final Look

My personal favorites from this collection were from Edmund and Jake.  Both pieces, I thought, had a bit of edge and modernity to them.

Currently listening to: "Just Around the Riverbend" Arielle Jacobs (from The Broadway Princess Party at 54 Below)

Saturday, August 29

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Ian Maclaren

This summer, Cafe Art, a UK group whose goal is to showcase the lives of the London homeless through art and photography, distributed 100 disposable cameras to the homeless and asked them to take photos using the theme, "My London,"  The results were over 2,500 striking photos of the city.  Cafe Art has been selecting some of these photos to be incorporated into a calendar, with the profits going toward individuals who have been impacted by homelessness.

“Past & Present, City of London” by Ioanna Zagkana

“Nature’s Tunnel or Light and the End, Stratford” by Ellen Rostant

“Tower Bridge PICNIC, Southwark” by Cecie

“Everything I Own or Bags of Life, Strand” by David Tovey

“Tyre Break, Hackney” by Desmond Henry

To support this project and get a 10% discount on the 2016 Cafe Art calendar, visit their Kickstarter campaign here.

Currently listening to: "Postcard" Jukebox the Ghost

Tuesday, August 11

"When You're Home"

This past Sunday, I had a major fangirl moment.  It's not a secret that my favorite musical is In the Heights and my favorite composer is the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda.  So when I found out that a production of Heights was playing at a local theatre, I just had to go.  The verdict?

Amazing.  Absolutely incredible, especially for a community production.  The cast really did a great job bringing the life and culture of the Washington Heights barrio to the stage.  It was an indescribable feeling, being able to see a show that I've essentially memorized back and forth.

Some of the standout performances, in my opinion, were:
- Andres Alejandro Ponce (Usnavi).  It's not easy to play a role that Lin-Manuel Miranda so carefully crafted and is very much a representation of him.
- Chelsea Crane (Vanessa).  A classical vocalist and music teacher, I would recommend her to anyone.  Her voice fit perfectly with Vanessa's songs and that couldn't have been an easy task.
- Janice Rivera (Camila). A somewhat minor character, I felt like I was watching and hearing Priscilla Lopez herself.  "Enough" was exceptional.
- Tahara Robinson, Jacqueline Salvador, Janice Rivera, Christy Fischer (Daniela, Carla, Vanessa, Nina).  I've never been the biggest fan of "No Me Diga", but their performance brought a life to the song that I've never heard before.

Currently listening to: "First Impressions" First Date OBC