You guys, the level of art on the walls in Barcelona is insane! I am going to have at least 5 or 6 different posts strictly dedicated to the walls and my pink dress. I went in a 2 block radius and got a majority of the photos. Please, bare with me. Yet, in my defense, isn’t that what this blog is all about…finding the beauty in everyday locations and places? I think so. I hope my posts continue to inspire you to get out there and find cool walls, cracks and crevices no matter where you are and find the beauty in them. After all, we are all artists in our own rightful way. Once again, this simple pink dress makes for the perfect outfit concerning the beautiful background. I’m in love and I never thought I would ever set foot in Barcelona again after catching food poisoning back in 2011…yes I held a mini grudge. What can I say, ya girl likes to eat. ha.
Forever scouring the “interwebs” looking for inspiration, I’m particularly on the lookout for artists doing the damn thing. I love hearing stories of creatives who managed to make their passion into their life work. Recently I found out about Martine Ali. She caught my interest initially because she has designed jewelry for Kendrick Lamar, however she stocks her creations at Opening Ceremony among others. I’ll get more into that after the jump!
So why is Martine Ali cool? Well for starters, she decided to take her career in her own hands and quit her cushy full-time job at DKNY to do so. As she explained to Coveteur magazine, “I was wearing my own jewelry around the office and the fashion editor saw it, loved it, and then I started doing jewelry for the runway. I did it for a couple of seasons, and then I was like, ‘I’m going to do this for myself.” Although DKNY did help her gain her confidence in going solo. Some of her designs even made it to the runway!
After a few years of steady work and trying to get her name out there, her jewelry landed on the cover of Teen Vogue’s August 2014 issue via singer Kesha’s wrists. Soon after her pieces caught the attention of one of the more outspoken fashionistas, singer Lady Gaga. Such huge exposure got her noticed by the hyper cool retailer Opening Ceremony. Since then her popularity amongst stockiest have grown and as if the floodgates have opened, she now places collections at Sneakerhead Ronnie Fieg’s shop Kith and trendy, minimalist boutique Assembly L.A. and N.Y.
Stylistically teetering the line of goth, minimalist, tomboy and hip-hop, I most certainly dig her pieces. They straddle that aesthetic and I see why people are interested. So interested, that she can add another medal of honor to her list. Since his DAMN project released, Ms. Ali has been blessing rapper Kendrick Lamar with her awesome jewelry pieces and he is making sure they get good ware. I mean, calm girl, you are on a roll. As with everything, her hard work has paid off and her only request as of now is to one day get songstress Rihanna wearing a piece or two.
Can’t get enough of Martine Ali, catch her at the following:
Website – www.martineali.com
Instagram – @martineali
Twitter – @martineali
Anyone that knows me, knows I adore Frank Ocean. He won me over ever since his little mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra back in 2011. The boy is bad and I simply adore his creativity. Ever since he’s come out, literally and figuratively on the scene he has been nothing but authentic. Authenticity is key as an artist and I think Mr. Ocean embodies this. Recently he wore a shirt that caught a lot of attention. I love t-shirts, I mean I should since I design my own (more about them later in future posts). Back to Frank, his shirt read “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?” Such a direct message that gets the point across and touched a lot of people.
The words were originally a tweet made by 18 year old Brandon Male back in 2015. Yet he’s not the one who made the iconic tweet into a shirt, it was 18 year old Kayla Robinson. Concerning the whole issue with her taking his tweet and making money off of it should be left for another day. What’s important is the message. Male’s tweet was retweeted 30,000 times since he wrote it, wow! Final word: One of the few politically charged shirts that actually makes the reader feel something more than lame.
After going through some tests concerning her lady parts, artist Patricia Iglesias had a lightbulb go off. While reading Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex, she started to question the whole concept of being a woman and what that status means in society. “It made me confront a lot of essential issues that we face as women. It also made me reflect on the profound power of creation but then paradoxically, how we have been regarded as weak and as the second sex.” ,” Iglesias explained to Vogue.
Soon after these revelations, she went back to her studio and began painting abstract ovaries that resembled watercolor flowers. Enter friend and designer Delfina Balda, whom stopped by and saw the moving artwork spread throughout Iglesias’s space. Together, they chose to translate the paintings onto T-shirts, sell them on Balda’s website, and donate a percentage of the proceeds to Circle of Health International, a global women’s health initiative. Then boom, the Ovaries Project was created. Final word: Fashion for a cause, can’t go wrong. I’m also very big on empowering women, so why not support such a thoughtful project.
I recently attended and part time DJed a very special event parallel to the very fashionable Rue Saint Honoré in Paris. Put together by a very talented group of visionaries collectively known as French Kreatuers, a good time was had by all. Founded by the lovely Inga Grinko, the core group of the company also includes Lelde Garanca, who helps form the company’s creative vision, as well as Adrien Thibault for all the beautiful images. French Kreateurs philosophy is simple, they create a space for independent brands to shine through amidst a market of oversaturated leading brands. Thus allowing consumers who want more unique and authentic design pieces to discover and move away from the typical shopping experience.
Every so often French Kreateurs put together a Pop-Up shop to showcase these amazingly talented folks. I took some nice shots of their most recent event, in between my DJing duties. Wanna learn more about some of these amazing creators, then stay tuned.
I know what you may be thinking, whoa dere, these glasses are bit round for your big ol head! Well at first I thought the same. I figured I could never wear circular glasses, but in fact that isn’t true. These babies are made by the brand Clement Gouverneur and the representative just called me over and placed these bad boys on my face and I found them flattering. He also noted that most people do not believe they can wear round glasses, so I’m not alone. But, once you find the right size, it is very much possible and worth it to try. Ultimately, I liked the glasses and you can sense that the products are made with intense care.
Philippe Perisse won me over with his charming personality. I saw his bowties and immediately fell in love with his Alice in Wonderland theme. I mean, who doesn’t like a little bit of fantasy? His fun personality shown through his pieces. He even let me wear this amazing Kimono. Which you’ll also see more of in my future post about my DJ journey. Not only that, but this lovely Japanese woman came over and taught me how to tie the proper bow, super cool! You can tell Mr. Perisse is into taking risks and trying out new things. I love that kind of attitude and I’m sure it will continue to pay off. Like he so poignantly quoted Katharine Hepburn on his website “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun”. So true my friend, so true.
Website – www.philippeperisse.com
Up next was the beautiful jewelry by Marion Fillancq. Now I love my clothing pieces, but truth be told I’m an accessories type of girl. I think they can definitely make or break an outfit, so I’m always looking for unique pieces. Her pieces have a strong artisan appearance, that makes them seem even more special. To me, the jewelry looked like silver and gold leaves or flakes meshed together. Simply beautiful.
Website – www.marionfillancq.com
A vibrant brand called Mademoiselle Fraîche (Fresh Young Lady) was also represented at the pop-up. Their pieces were cute and definitely something a younger female would appreciate. Light airy and fun, the overall attitude of the brand definitely shown through. Founded by Ms. Julie, she claims to not be mad fresh, but I think she just might be after all.
Website – www.fraichemademoiselle.fr
I simply loved the bright colors of Gordana Dimitrijevic’s shoes. Super fun, the right person could definitely pull them off. I really like her adventurous take on footwear. The footwear almost looked like they would be worn in some fantasy land like OZ. Gordana herself has a powerful story. Leaving war torn Sarajevo to pursue her fashion dreams, where she succeeded, makes her mark all the more interesting.
Website – www.gordanadimitrijevic.fr
Upstairs were the most amazing paintings by this artist who goes by Kambiz. My father is a painter and can draw, so I’m always intrigued by folks who can draw and paint. It’s such an amazing talent. His paintings really reflected his interesting childhood where he’d transport between different countries frequently. One being Russia and the others are Iran and Persia. He has a certain focus on Persian miniatures, Persian legends and the Russian folk tales. Please just marvel at his well executed works. Stunning.
Instagram – @kambizov
Facebook – Kambiz-painting painter’s studio
Overall, the event went really well and I am so happy I was able to be a part of it. Good luck to French Kreateurs and all their future endeavors. They’re onto something and I have to say, I like it.
French Kreateurs website – www.kreateurs.com