Last weekend I was in Nashville, one of my favorite road trip stops (more photos from the road next week), and got to check out a few of their new boutiques and musicians during CMAs. There is so much happening in that cool little city it’s hard not be enamored of their local vibe. Sarah Davidson, one of the local musicians, stylists, bloggers and artists, just opened a boutique in May called Kitty in a recently expanded shopping area which also boasts Barista Parlor around the corner as well as several other newly open stores including Moto Moda, owned by Jimmy Pratt who sells bikes and motorcycle gear as well as new and vintage guys clothes (girls can easily adopt the striped 70s Ts and jackets), and a great contemporary shop, Sisters of Nature, which carries affordable soft cotton separates, jewelry and home decor items. The namesake of Sarah’s boho chic with a modern flair filled space is country singer Kitty Wells, who was an all around female powerhouse and inspiration in every way. There is a general kick ass girl vibe in Nashville that I love. Every time I’m there I meet cool chicks doing rad things in every arena, from fashion to food to music. Continue reading →
Cynthia Connolly‘s epic Banned in DC photo book is being reissued next week so she will be in LA doing a book signing at Arcana Books Saturday June 20th from 4pm-6pm. You can also buy the book online from Dischord (and stock up on some Minor Threat reissues while you’re at it).
Just in time for the five year anniversary of this little blog, last night the Dutch clothing line G-Star Raw and I hosted a dinner to celebrate their latest collection, Raw For The Oceans, a really fantastic idea developed and curated by Pharrell Williams, which Vice and i-D made a documentary about, above. Basically, they take plastic found in the oceans that is polluting our waters and turn it into fabric to use for their denim pieces, which were all on display last night. Kind of genius and brilliant all around. I couldn’t be prouder to support the idea and innovation plus the earth positive message of reduce, reuse, recycle. The dinner was packed with so many friends and familiar faces, a ton of great food prepared by Chef Luke Reyes at Butchers & Barbers, wine by Kenwood Vineyards and champagne from Perrier Jouet. Of course there were gift bags, which I stuffed with my favorite books, CDs, DVDs, and beauty products. Our talented gorgeous friend Katie Jones took the photos, which you can check out below along with all the goodies from the gift bags. Continue reading →
Wednesday May 27th Ava DuVernay’s grassroots film collective AFFRM will host a 12-hour long Twitter takeover, taking questions from fans, to raise awareness for AFFRM’s mission called Array Releasing. Some of my favorite filmmakers are taking part in the 12 hour dialogue, including Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Julie Dash (Daughters of The Dust), and Rick Famiyuwa (Dope) along with other talented artists: Debbie Allen, John Singleton, Tyler Perry, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Malcolm Lee, Euzhan Palcy and Haile Gerima. What I want to know is where is Charles Burnett? How has our industry not revived his career? It is a disgrace that a filmmaker of his talent does not work. Seriously. The hashtag is #ARRAY. More details below. Continue reading →
I went to the Elle Women in Music event last night in Hollywood and aside from being blown away by performances from a wickedly diverse group of talented women (Tinashe, followed by Banks followed by Alanis Morissette!!!) there were so many stylish gals at every turn. The gorgeous lady above is Edei, a musician herself who is performing tonight at No Name Club at 432 N Fairfax Ave at 8:30PM. The dress, which I fell in love with and forced me to chase her down like the fashion addict I am, is by CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund finalists Tome NYC, aka Ranon Martin and Ryan Lobo. Continue reading →
Tony Oursler has a new show up at Lehman Maupin in NYC. His short films, sculptures and video installations have been blowing minds for several decades, and I remember occasionally hanging out in the East Village with him and our old friend Joe Gibbons, who was an honorary Bard member through our film professors. The show is up through June 14th. He’s also got a new book coming out July 5th, filled with images from his archives of inspiration and research accompanied by essays.