Monday, November 24, 2014

MONOGOLD 'This Bloom'

Let's start the week on a good note and with a f*cking good new tune! 

Here's the latest and greatest from one of my favorite local Brooklyn indie bands, MONOGOLD.  I went on and on about them here and here.  It's been three years since their last EP The Softest Glow"(that was my jam) so this has been a long time coming. 

Their latest EP, This Bloom was released on November 11 and has already received some expected positive reviews. Well done boys! 

I'm partial to "Soon Moon Soon" (and the bass player) - i was beginning to think i would never get to quite enjoy it on my playlist - the endless teasing was starting to piss me off! 

But now its finally here and you too can enjoy it... FOR FREE!

Click here for a quick listen to 'Soon Moon Soon' and others.
Click here for a link to the EP This Bloom.

You love me don't ya? 
Remember to always support your local indie bands.


Friday, November 21, 2014

She's a Mess of Gorgeous Chaos

Happy weekend Lovers! Anyone with plans? I suppose we are all mostly laying low since Thanksgiving is next week. Can you believe it? Next week already!  I feel that this year went by quite fast and i spent most of it in a blur.  I am really looking forward to the new year - for the first time in quite some time i have specific goal and i cannot wait to put it into action.  A lot of things will be taking a back burner (blog included) but its a sacrifice and a great step towards my future.  The positivity i've been receiving is overwhelming and i simply cannot wait.  Details won't be share quite yet but just know that its exciting.  

I found this quote the other day and it really echoes my mood and personality: chaotic, but i've got it. I loved it so much i shared it recently on twitter and now here.  It is even under consideration as a tattoo... i have several you know. 

Well lovers that's it for now, there will be an LA post part II coming shortly and then some holiday driven stuff with which i'm really really excited about. 

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Meanwhile In LaLa Land

*warning: lots of sunny photos ahead*

Hey Lovers! Looks like i'm finally ready to share some pics of my time in LA.  Sorry it took so long but i've been non-stop since landing and to top it off, i am now sick with a cold/allergies and my back just gave out.  I'm an old hag and age is having its way with me.  

As expected i took an obnoxious amount of photos but don't worry i wont be bombarding you with all of them.  At most i will split this travel feature into two parts. So lets get started!

I've traveled to LA several times before but always on business which essentially meant from the airplane, to the rental, to the hotel, and finally quickly getting to the assigned work. This time i wanted to enjoy the city through the eyes of a tourist.  Leisure (i will reference that lightly) was the intent of the trip but i got much more than i bargained for.  I asked my lovely friend Anat, who served as my host and tour guide, to please make the experience and cheesy as possible and thankfully she delivered.

Here are some of my favorite scenic moments while driving through the streets of LA.  I can't explain the sence of calm and belonging i had during my entire stay.  I was literally in zen mode.  Topping off my trip was the excitement in catching up with some old NYC friends who have made the coastal switch. I wont lie when i say i pretty much envied their productive yet chilled lifestyle. I'm certainly missing out on something here.

I will go into that portion of my trip for a follow up blog post but for now lets just ooh and aah over the pretty scenic pics and how warm and calm you will feel once you're done scrolling through the images.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Celebrating 2 Years With TAGS

Hello Lovers! Bare with me as my brain may still be on vacation mode. I owe you an LA recap but so much went on during my short five day stay that a single post will simply not do. So lets get started!

I landed in LA quite early and pretty much hit the ground running. I had a full schedule to tend too although this trip was intended mainly for piece of mind. Oh well.

On the evening of November 6th i attended an event for TAGS celebrating their two year anniversary hosted by Simply Stylist. TAGS is an LA based shopping destination for the stylist gents and gals offering access to fashion-forward and unique products at competitive prices.

The celebration called for an evening of shopping, mingling and making connections with other fashion and beauty bloggers alike. In all it was quite the fantastic evening with cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres being served all the while the DJ spun some sweet tunes. Amongst the guest was Simply Stylist founder Sarah Boyd and oh how i itched to go an introduce myself, but alas my nerves took the better of me.  Terrible of me, i know.  But i now know better for next time.

I was very happy to be part of the evening although i regret not doing more legwork. I have been meaning to get more involved in these types of mixers and putting more of myself out there and this was the perfect setting for it.

I walked away with a pretty sweet swag-bag but most importantly, i was fortunate to make some connections that i now look forward to seeing where these will take me.

Congratulations TAGS! Here's to many more years. Only wish i were also able to find you on the East Coast.

My lovely friend Anat who was my gracious host the entire trip.  I cannot thank her enough for being such a selfless friend. 

Fuzzy but here i am with some lovely gals i was fortunate enough to make a connection with.  I hope to bring you some more info on what they have to offer sometime in the near future.

I basically just want this hat to live on my head.

Simply Stylist, founded by Sarah Boyd, is a way for like-minded women to come together, learn from one another, get inspired and to network.  It's a place where we showcase the true trendsetters and uplift fashion and beauty tastemakers of the future.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Mixers + LatinTRENDing

As you many of you know i have been a contributing writer for LatinTRENDS since early in the year. LatinTRENDS is a multi-platform media and marketing company that connects with the acculturated Hispanic community via a monthly print Magazine, weekly e-Newsletter, daily content on, Geo-Targeted marketing, its social media pages and in-house events.  I am grateful for the opportunity to continue and contribute and work alongside such a great team.  

On November 5th LatinTRENDS hosted the first of what they hope will be many intimate Cocktail Media Mixers. Held at the world famous Copa Cabana, the intention is to provide a more intimate setting for networking and growth amongst LatinTRENDS clients, bloggers, journalists and such.  

CEO and founder Juan Guillen spoke briefly acknowledging his team and the intent of the evening, LatinTRENDS history, and goals. Overall it was a successful evening with great entertainment, by the talented Mark Newton, fantastic cocktails, and good people 

Be sure to scroll down for a few photos of the nights event. Also, don't forget to pick up the December issue featuring Grammy® winning Venezuelan duo Chino y Nacho.  Also on this issue, Laura Posada, "Gotham" girls Zaybryna Guevara and Victoria Cartegena and a shocking story on Human Trafficking.

Happy weekend Lovers make it a great one and keep LatinTRENDing!

Photography by Topher Barnett