Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Swoon - A Rising Star: UK Singer-Songwriter, Jess Glynne

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A Rising Star! When I first heard the song "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit I jumped out of my chair and wanted to know who the girl was that's singing. I thought to myself: What a powerful voice, a bit Amy Winehouse-esque. So I Google'd and learned that 24-year-old "Jess Glynne" is the featured artist on the track. Actually, Jess is a featured artist on many tracks with other artists. Look it up. Anyways, Jess is from London, which is no surprise due to the fact that there's a considerable amount of creative talent in the UK.

In an April 2014 sit-down with MTV (UK), Jess talked about her passion for music and being inspired by Frank Ocean, who essentially stuck to creating/developing a unique sound that was somewhat unfamiliar to mainstream music, and then putting a stamp on it — the Frank Ocean stamp. Furthermore, Frank started a career as a ghostwriter for notable artists; people knew Frank's work due to its authenticity. Perhaps Jess is following in Frank's footsteps, by sprinkling her (raw) musical talent as a songwriter and as a featured artist in efforts to build a dynamic portfolio * i.e. obtaining street cred.

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Jess' voice is rock-star quality and her image is original infused with standout style. Plus, I have a thing for redheads. [This London Lady] is the real deal — packaged to pounce on the music industry, internationally.

When I am not blogging and freelancing, I'm a FT business operations professional, specifically crunching numbers and managing components of Human Resources. I particularly enjoy the part of my job in which I am searching for, and developing talent. In terms of forecasting, I can spot individuals with rising star potential, and I own that expertise. That said, I'm keeping a close eye on Jess Glynee via Twitter. I can't wait to see what's next for the UK beauty.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Publishing Icon, Joanna Coles, Is On The Move. Next Stop: 'Seventeen'

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Media Watch! Today I learned that Joanna Coles will become the editorial director of Seventeen magazine. Joanna is not only a powerhouse professional on "Editorial Island," but an authentic, credible journalist. Joanna made notable power moves at New York MagazineMarie Claire and Cosmo, and I'm certain that she will do a knockout job at Seventeen! You might also recognize Coles from Project Runway All Stars as well. 

Seriously. If you're in pursuit of emulating an editor in the publishing industry, I invite you to study and dissect Coles' proven track record; her creative and diverse approach to content strategy is trendy and appealing to a variety of demographic groups (not easy).

Below is one of my favorite clips where Joanna talks about making risky career moves.

"Be open to the idea of opportunity, always take the call, always go for the interview; you just don't know where things are going to lead." "Don't be prescriptive about what you want to do." 

Friday, August 29, 2014

New York Fashion Week (S/S 2015): "I'm just over the hype." Or Am I...?

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Hey. Hey. Hey. The kick-off of New York Fashion Week is only days away. And the schedule is posted.

I'll get straight to the point and tell you that I'm looking forward to these two butterflies...

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Mara Hoffman [Source]

Yep-that's it. Marissa and Mara. 

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Thinking out loud. Runways shows are super cool, but I find myself becoming less and less interested in the glitz and overpriced glamour of "fashion week"—and more excited about what goes on behind-the-scenes. Strategic processes is my weakness. I love sitting around a table with highly creative geniuses to make a vision come to life before its debut, the "show" is merely icing on the cake. And speaking of overpriced glamour, pulling off a spectacular show during "fashion week" is extremely expensive! Why run a deficit year after year to buy $40,000-dollar lighting racks for fall and/or spring shows that run 20-30 minutes behind schedule--with the actual show running for what feels, 7-10 minutes long? That's a tad bit insane. Though some may beg to differ, and that's totally fine. 

However, Bob Bland, CEO of 
Manufacture NY said it best, "You don't have to have a NYFW show every season to have a successful line, and it really is dependent on what your line is about." [Source]  That said, there are many talented designers that are not in the mainstream forefront: Sneak a peek at the S/S '15 schedule. Did your favorite designers make the cut? Maybe so, maybe not. And if not, take it with a grain of salt, because they're most likely shining in other ways, at other places. Personally, I prefer intimate fashion presentations that allow its onlookers to study and appreciate the garments--not bolt to the next show. No shade, I'm just over the hype.

XoXo :) nikki

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker Doesn't Understand 'Mean Girls'

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“I can’t STAND [it] when women say UNFRIENDLY things to other women. WHY does it have to be like that?” — Sarah Jessica Parker

Dear Sarah Jessica,  
The fact that women can be so cruel and unsupportive towards one another is unfortunately the norm and has been for decades. Thanks to social media, hurtful commentary has only skyrocketed because it is wicked easy to 'bump them gums' anonymously. Though admittedly, I've seen considerable improvement by way of well-known women in media promoting sisterhood, like Tyra Banks and Love In The City's Chenoa Maxwell
However, unfriendliness, as you say, will continue to suck the life out of humanity if women do not seek understanding as it pertains to their own insecurities (first) — fix or accept them — and perhaps some of the negative energy that is clogging up the universe will start to fade. A lack of self-awareness, I believe, is a mental sickness that hinders ones ability to grow, prosper, and see/accept the inner and surface beauty in others. Eckhart Tolle's thoughts on awareness is brilliant, and I invite all to read a few lines.
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In closing, no, it doesn't have to [be like that] Sarah Jessica; the act of kindness starts with self: I learned that kindness is infectious, yep. And I never hesitate to congratulate another female on a job-well-done, or stop her in the streets to tell her she's absolutely gorgeous. Those exchanges will not only spread like wildflowers, but will create room for new friendships. 
Thanks for asking the question, Sarah Jessica, it's an important one. So, Ladies of the World, will you join the #Kind campaign?
Being "kind" upgrades personal style adding just a simple touch of unforgettable awesomeness to any outfit — an accessory that's always on-trend;) nikki
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