Garrett Leight California Optical Unveils An Impressive Assortment of Frames For SS15

DILLON

I’ve been a fan of Garrett Leight’s eyewear assortment from the first moment I laid eyes upon them a few years back at Capsule Show. The sophisticated line doesn’t take itself too seriously, offering a full range of optical and sun styles in updated classic silhouettes. For the Spring/Summer 2015 season, we have a selection of favorites from Leight, along with some great color updates. I wanted to share some of my favorites with you, one being the Dillon (seen above).

I’m definitely thinking this style with be the “it-pair of sunglasses” for the coming season. The shape is universally flattering, and is offered in cool pastels with mirrored lenses for those that want something a bit more playful.

KINNEY CLIP

The Kinney Clip is a folding metal clip-on to be worn over Kinney optical frames. The more square frame shape flatters medium to larger sized faces, as not to look like you’re wearing your younger cousin’s frames on purpose. Ha!

MILWOOD SUN

The Milwood Sun style has always been a favorite of mine giving its round shape with tapered edges. I’m really digging this update in a pink crystal frame with a magenta layered mirror lens. Multi-faceted styling!

VAN BUREN

The Van Buren is a new foldaway style that I believe is pure genius. Featuring CR-39 Flat Zero-Base Lenses, these lightweight metal frames have three barrel hinges that fold into a small square, and tuck away nicely into a custom mini-case. Great for minimalists and those that love gadget sensibility in their everyday wear.

All frames are available now for purchase at GarrettLeight.com.

*Photos courtesy of Garrett Leight California Optical

Saturday Sounds: Sango Boiler Room NYC x MoMA PS1 Live Set

Earlier this month one of my fave artists right now, Sango, performed an extra-special Boiler Room set at MoMA PS 1 in Queens. As it was the same evening of the PARTYNEXTDOOR show, I could not attend, but thankfully the internet looks out in audio & visual form.

I would say this mix is great season-transition music as spring is now upon us. There’s a lot of Drake action happening here, along with late ’90s vibes, and high-energy House tracks. In short, a perfect Saturday afternoon playlist to have you grooving into the nighttime.

TRACKLIST

  • 01.Beats 4 Da Streets (Intro) – Aaliyah 
  • 02.Baile Somebody – Sango 
  • 03.Muse – Jordan Evans 
  • 04.Roller (New Look) – Mr. Carmack 
  • 05.Something Rare – Bengfang 
  • 06.Where We From – Gravez 
  • 07.Um Pente é Um Pente – MC K9 
  • 08. Me dê Amor (Rare Version) – Sango 
  • 09.TownBiz – Sango 
  • 10.Pra Nós – Sango 
  • 11.Let’s Get Married – PARTYNEXTDOOR 
  • 12.Untitled – Sango 
  • 13. Vegeta – Sango 
  • 14.Flex – Vestige 
  • 15. You Owe Me (Missy Intro) – Sango 
  • 16.New Love – Sango 
  • 17.Winter Tan – Wizard 
  • 18.Company (Ft. Travis Scott) (Sango Remix) – Drake 
  • 19.Charge (Mr. Carmack Remix) – Kaaris 
  • 20.Know Yourself – Drake 
  • 21.Hunnid Grand (Instrumental) – Marvel Alexander 
  • 22.Nujabes Juke – Sango 
  • 23.Deep Inside ‘06 – DJ Rashad 
  • 24.Starttt – Rustie 
  • 25.Rich Without Money – Waldo 
  • 26.I Don’t Mind (The Vibe Mix) – Immature 
  • 27.Maluco – Sango 
  • 28. Drive Me Crazy (Ft. Vic Mensa) – Kaytranada 
  • 29. BB Don’t Cry (It’s Gon Be Ok) – Sango 
  • 30.uss Know (Ft. Travis Scott) – PARTYNEXTDOOR 
  • 31.Untitled – Sango 
  • 32. Maximum Booty Style (Ticklish Reboot) – Sango Live Edit – Tom & Jerry 
  • 33.Used To The Melody – SPZRKT & Sango 
  • 34.Soon Enough – SPZRKT & Sango 
  • 35.JMK (Live Intro) – SPZRKT & Sango

And if you want to feel like you were there to experience it IRL, peep the video below.

Event: ‘Self-Care Sundays’ Begin This Weekend at MoCADA in Brooklyn

Located in the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) is one of my favorite cultural destinations. I believe it is one of the institutions that best represents my experience as young Caribbean-American creative in Brooklyn. Their exhibitions always push culture forward, and have open dialogue for those of the diaspora and beyond.

As part of their mission to push culture forward, they launch ‘Self-Care Sundays’ this Sunday, March 22nd, as an initiative to provide affordable access to healing modalities that promote shaping a more balanced lifestyle, for communities of color. A great way to unwind, and start your week on the right note! Details below.

Sunday, March 22 | 10:45AM – 3PM
MoCADA (80 Hanson Place)
PURCHASE TICKETS (space is limited)

10:45AM: Open Flow Yoga | $15 and $8 for Friends for MoCADA
12PM: Meditation | $15 and $8 for Friends for MoCADA
12 – 3PM: Sliding Scale Holistic Wellness Services and Workshops in partnership with Harriet’s Apothecary.

*Photo courtesy of MoCADA

Art In The South of France: “La Musique Adoucit Les Mœurs” at AD Galerie, On View Until 25 April

We love music and we love art. We especially love when both of these intertwine for something beautiful. On view now at AD Galerie in Southern France is the group exhibition “La Musique Adoucit Les Mœurs”, which loosely translates to “Music has Softened Morals”.  The exhibit is meant to be the visual interpretation of how music inspires the artist.

Below you may see some selections from the exhibit, on view until the 25th of April.

Maxime Lhermet “Skull Who’s Bad?
Acrylic on resin skull – 22x18x13 cm

Bernard Pras “Jimmy Hendrix”
A rgentic Diasec – 152×125 cm

AD Gallery

40 Giacometti Driveway

MONTPELLIER 34000

France

Tel: 04.67.83.61.93

Event Re-Cap: NYC Influencers Get to Meet & Mingle w/ Swedish Jewelry Designer Efva Attling at her #MeetEfva In-Store

#MEETEFVA

On the evening of March 12th, an elite group of influencers attended the #MeetEfva in-store event at the Efva Attling boutique in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Attling is a Swedish jewelry designer who specializes in metals, mainly sterling silver, and designs collections for both men and women. On this special evening, she was in-store to mingle with guests, and tell us a little bit more of her colorful life-story to date.

LIBATIONS

The rather comfy evening had libations galore for guests to sip on, including Blue Nun Reisling, “Hiro Mojitos” from Hiro Sake, and whiskey from New England Distilling.

EFVA CHATTING WITH A GUEST

Thursday evenings are super busy in NYC, so I was able to swing by the event at the end of the first hour, just in time to hear Efva speak. She recalled her extremely creative past, having been a supermodel in Sweden as well as a pop star, metalsmithing was a passion of hers that she eventually turned into a successful career, now having eight boutiques around the globe.

GIFT BAG CONTENTS

Efva stayed to chat with guests before her departure, and gifted us all with something extra special. In addition to the gift bag contents of FattyCakes NYCWingmatesChristine Hair CareSoxxy Socks and Boot Rescue, we were treated to an exclusive thank-you piece from one of Efva’s collections, a sterling silver pendant.

It was really a pleasure to meet and hear Efva’s story in such an intimate environment. Having that background information makes her collection much more special to me, because she is incredibly relatable, and designs for a vast array of people. I can’t wait to wear my pendant!

*Photos courtesy of Janine Just Inc.

Reebok Women Brings Out a Full Line of Fitness Lifestyle Picks At The Inaugural AXIS SHOW

A GLIMPSE OF REEBOK WOMEN FW 2015

A few weeks back I attended the inaugural AXIS show at Pier 94, a fashion lifestyle trade event created for a new generation of trend-focused young women. I was happy to know that it shared space with Capsule show, and focused in on fitness lifestyle. As I am now totally on my fitness-game, my purpose for AXIS was seeking out brands that seamlessly blended the realms of fitness + fashion.

I came across a lot of emerging brands, but was happy to see fresh offerings from a fitness staple for decades, Reebok Women.

LEGGINGS OFFERINGS

The brand had a HUGE booth in the show, which looked like its own mini-shop. I was greeted by Laura from Reebok upon entering, who really walked me through the entire line of offerings for Fall/Winter 2015. I told her that I am a runner and new to yoga, so I was really interested in the tech components of the clothing (sweat wicking, reflective components) as well as a beautiful aesthetic.

FAVE RUNNING PIECES

The color palette for the later months has a base in black with accents in a fiery red and neon yellow. Above you can see some of my favorites, specifically the running jacket on the far left, and leggings that have reflective elements at the knees, which are perfect for night running.

Definitely looking to add a few pieces to my fitness wardrobe! Are you digging the new collection?

*All Photos by Andrea K. Castillo for A Life In The Day of Andrea

Capsule Show Unveils “The Beauty Lab” at Their NY Women’s Show, Feat. Rudy’s Barbershop, Hail Nails, Drunk Elephant Skin Care & More!

THE BEAUTY LAB

The Fall/Winter 2015 season of Capsule Women’s RTW in New York hosted a bunch of firsts; a new venue in Pier 94, an exclusive industry panel, and curated outfit picks from The Influentials, featuring Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty, Michele Janezic, and Paloma Elsesser. One of my favorite new additions was that of The Beauty Lab, “an in-show section of emerging beauty and skincare brands selected by Fashionista beauty editor Cheryl Wischhower”.

HAIR STYLING STATION BY RUDY’S BARBERSHOP

From reading the blog, you can tell that I have a passion for all things fashion and beauty, so it was quite a treat to have both of these in the same place for Capsule Women’s. I used my handy map to locate the Beauty Lab, and knew I was in the right place when I spotted the hair cut & styling station by Rudy’s Barbershop.

To my surprise, there was no one in the chair when I arrived, and was happy to have my tresses taken care of by Olivia. Since I had already straightened my hair the day prior at home, I asked for loose waves, and that I got!

SET-UP AT HAIL NAILS

Immediately after taming my tresses, I walked about five feet over into the most amazing booth of super-pigmented nail polish colors. The brand, Hail Nails, was showcasing their product, and giving free manis to attendees that shared photos with the #HailNails hashtag on social media.

NAIL DESIGNS BY JESSICA JONG

I was able to meet the entire team, including founder Shannon Marcec, and was treated to a rad mani by nail artist Jessica Jong. The design I used was the first one on the board, which was very street-art inspired.

SKINCARE BY DRUNK ELEPHANT

After letting my nails dry properly, I shimmied over to the Drunk Elephant skincare booth. I had become familiar with the brand about a year ago through a few press pitches, and was eager to learn more. I was greeted by the brand’s founder, Tiffany Masterson, who walked me through the line, which blends natural and chemical ingredients to let you achieve healthy, glowing skin. I was quite impressed with the ingredients, and sleek, colorful packing. Looking forward to using it in the future.

Do you dig the inclusion of beauty brands at fashion tradeshow? Do you think it is a thoughtful decision, or a distraction to buyers? Let me know your thoughts below!

 

*Photos by Andrea K. Castillo for A Life In The Day Of Andrea

Saturday Sounds: JSMN & MeLo-X Present “Electric Punanny Mixtape Vol. 5″

As a preview to their set tonight at the Brooklyn Museum, my favorite DJ duo, JSMN & MeLo-X have unveiled the fifth edition of their incredibly popular Electric Punanny mixtape. The tape includes a massive mix of fifty tracks spanning the genres of dancehall, soca, grime, and R&B. Stream below, along with full track listing.

TRACKLIST:

1. Zoelah – “Wine Up On Me” (Murlo Remix)

2. P-Money & Gappy Ranks – “Baddest” (Ape Drums Mash Up)

3. Dinamarca ft. Gnucci – “A.M.A.B.”

4. Chudney J – “Bounce”

5. Gage – “Throat”

6. Kalado – “Bad Inna Bed” (Schlachthofbronx Edit)

7. I Octane – “Elastic”

8. Gaza Slim – “Boom Body”

9. Mavado – “Born Fi Dis”

10. Alkaline – “Inna Yuh Belly”

11. Vybz Kartel – “Jamaica Land We Love”

12. Rayonne Hype – “Deya”

13. Gully Bop – “Pu**y Specialist”

14. Vbyz Kartel – “Pretty Position”

15. Busy Signal – “Gyal Yuh Good”

16. Reekado Banks ft. Tiwa Savage – “Turn It Up”

17. Kantana – “Mi Waah Si Di Girls Dem”

18. Popcaan – “Wine and Stop”

19. Mr. Vegas – “Pop One”

20. Vybz Kartel – “Early Morning”

21. Ape Drums – “Bookshelf”

22. Gully Bop – “Roun Here”

23. Vybrant Faya – “Mampi”

24. Nicki Minaj ft. Chi Ching Ching – “Hot Gyal” (Electric Punanny Remix)

25. Popcaan – “Love Yuh Bad”

26. Alkaline – “Young People Time Now”

27. RDX – “Turn It Around”

28. Shatta Wale ft. Davido – “Wine Ya Waist”

29. Realist & Kerry John – “Love Liquor”

30. Porgie & Murda – “Benup”

31. Darnella – “Out On De Road”

32. Benjai ft. H2O Phlo – “Phenominal”

33. Kerwin Du Bois – “No Apology”

34. Kcee ft. Wizkid – “Pullover”

35. Spilulu ft. Super Tonton & Mike – “Tombosha Bantu”

36. Jah Banks & Julio Bashmore – “Battle for Middle You” (BK Bashment Remix)

37. Maleek Berry – “Carnival”

38. Santana D Puppet – “Bounce On It”

39. Sekon Sta – “Bruk Down”

40. Olatunji – “Riddim In We Vein”

41. Skinny Banton – “Soak It Good”

42. Mr. One Hundred – “Headgone ft. Machel Montano”

43. Mr. One Hundred – “Axis Jab Jab ft. Bunji Garlin”

44. Meridian Dan – “German Whip” (Schlachthofbronx Edit)

45. Skepta ft. JME – “That’s Not Me”

46. Wildfire! – “Bondage Version”

47. Karima – “Bantu Juke”

48. Camille Safiya – “Beautiful Mindfuk”

49. Sevana Siren – “Bit Too Shy”

50. Kali Uchis – “Know What I Want”

If you live in NYC, be sure to check them out tonight at the Brooklyn Museum as part of First Saturdays. They go on at 9 PM. Come dance with me!

 

*Photo courtesy of Electric Punanny

Tour Announcement: Azealia Banks Announces North American Spring 2015 Tour

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Credit: Nikko LaMere
Azealia Banks, the often misunderstood musical wild child from the 212 is taking the show on the road in North America this spring. The rapper/singer will be touring in support of her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, which is now available in physical copy in-store. She kicks things off at Coachella and ends in Boston. Peep the dates below.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
04/10 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
04/16 – Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA
04/17- Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
05/11 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY – TICKETS
05/15 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL – TICKETS
05/19 – Paradise Club – Boston, MA – TICKETS
Interested in attending one of the shows? For tickets, go to www.azealiabanks.com

EVENT: TARGET FIRST SATURDAYS @ BROOKLYN MUSEUM 3/7, FEAT. MUSIC BY ELECTRIC PUNANNY, 4/4 W/ LION BABE

As NYC is currently covered in snow, one of our favorite art institutions, Brooklyn Museum, gives us a glimmer of hope in their programming for their Target First Saturdays series. In celebration of Women’s History Month, this weekend’s event is entitled “Women Changemakers”, featuring a slew of inspirational women in the creative realm. This is also an opportunity for guests to see the awe-inspiring exhibition, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. Here are my picks for the evening:

Healing Space

6–9 p.m.

Participate in a range of healing activities, including herbalism, tarot readings, acupressure, and partner stretch, among others. Led by Harriet’s Apothecary, a collective of black healers continuing the legacy of abolitionist, community nurse, and herbalist Harriet Tubman.

Music

7 p.m.

Princess Nokia, singer and voice behind the Smart Girl Club radio show, creates dance anthems for millennial feminists through a blend of trip-hop, cyberpunk, and electronic sound.

In Conversation

8 p.m.

Editor, writer, and actress Tavi Gevinson discusses her founding of Rookie Magazine, a site by and for young women, and its companion print publication, Rookie Yearbook ThreeFree tickets (310) at the Visitor Center at 7 p.m.

Workshop

8:30 p.m.

Join the performance collective Colored Girls Hustle for a group collaboration to create an interactive “mix tape” of sounds, songs, and remixes that explore hip-hop feminist politics. Celebrate how our community hustles hard for justice, creativity, and wellness. Free tickets (25) at the Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m.

Music

9 p.m.

The DJ duo JSMN and MeLo-X spin reggae, dancehall, hip-hop, house, and electronic music inspired by downtown street cultures from around the world.

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Art In NYC: VOLTA NY Opens Today at Pier 90 As Part of Armory Arts Week, On View Until March 8th

Here in NYC, we are in the midst of Armory Arts Week, with many shows opening today to the public, and lasting throughout the weekend. One such show we are here to feature is VOLTA NY, “an invitational fair of solo-artist projects and is the American incarnation of the original VOLTA show, which was founded in Basel in 2005.” As the show has grown since it’s inception in 2008, this is the inaugural season at the larger location of Pier 90, adjacent to the Armory Show in Piers 92 & 94.

To mark the arrival of the anticipated art event, Volta has teamed up with GalleryLog to produce a video series focused on six artists that will be participating in the show, and their inspirations. You can view Dustin Yellin’s video below.

Interested in attending the show? Details below.

LOCATION: PIER 90 // West 50th Street at 12th Avenue // New York, NY 10036

 

PREVIEW // THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2015

GUEST OF HONOR PREVIEW:

11 am – 2 pm

 

VIP / PRESS PREVIEW:

2 – 4 pm

 

PUBLIC VERNISSAGE:

6 – 8 pm

Celebration for the Artists

Cocktails by Lucano

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 6 – SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015

DAILY VIP HOUR:

Friday – Sunday, March 6 – 8, 11 am – 12 pm

 

PUBLIC HOURS:

Friday – Saturday, March 6 – 7, 12 – 8 pm

Sunday, March 8, 12 – 7 pm

 

TICKETS

ADMISSION:

 

General Admission $25
Vernissage Admission $25
Students/
Cultural Institutions $20
Groups (10+) $20

To purchase tickets, please go here.

Mutually acknowledged VIP access between VOLTA NY and The Armory Show

Concert in MIA: Disclosure Announces New “Wild Life” Dates in Wynwood & Miami Beach, March 26th & 27th

WYNWOOD-MIAMI

After the incredible announcement of their co-headlining and produced music festival Wild Life in the UK a little over a month ago, Disclosure is bringing the party stateside. The musical sibling duo announced not one, but two shows in Miami at the end of the month, via their Instagram account, as part of Miami Music Week.

MIAMI BEACH

Their first show on March 26th (18 +)  will be held in the Wynwood District at Soho Studios alongside Justin Martin, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and DJ EZ with special guest Carl Craig. Their second show on March 27th (21 +) will be held in Miami Beach at the Thompson Miami Beach alongside Claude VonStroke, Just Blaze, Felix Da Housecat, Kevin Saunderson, and Jonas Rathsman.

For ticket info, head over here.

Capsule Show Brings “The Independent Mindset” To Their Women’s Show At Pier 94 in NYC

L-R: Moderator Lauren Sherman, Jill Wenger, Jen Mankins, and Steven Alan

In the last week of February amidst less-than-spectacular snowy & slushy weather in NYC, Capsule Women’s opened its doors. Held at Pier 94 for the first time, in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, the space was chosen to fully accommodate the growing women’s show, especially in the accessories realm. To kick off the show on Sunday, February 22nd, an exclusive panel entitled “The Independent Mindset” was held at 9 AM, moderated by Lauren Sherman of Fashionista.com.

The Independent Mindset will be an industry-focused discussion with people making major waves in the business of fashion thanks to an/or while maintaining a fiercely independent point of view.

The panel featured three esteemed guests in Steven Alan (founder of the eponymous retail chain & showroom),  Jill Wenger from Totokaelo, Seattle, and Jen Mankins, owner of Bird, Brooklyn. Throughout the course of the candid conversation, they shared their individual paths to retail success, why they believe individualism is key, and tops for aspiring fashion-retail owners.

Attendees viewing the panel

Here are some of my takeaways:

  • When growing your business:  “you need to make sure that you don’t replace yourself”. – Jennifer Mankins of @birdbrooklyn
  • In regards to staffing and business growth: “You HAVE to find the right people, and be patient”. – @jillwenger
  •  In regards to product for retail: “What don’t you already have, and do you need it?” – Steven Alan

You may view the entire conversation in the video above. For more on Capsule’s international fashion trade shows, please visit their website.

Concert in LDN: Kaytranada / Vic Mensa / Sángo / Benji B 20 March @ O2 Academy Brixton + Review Opportunity!

London massive! This latest concert announcement is sure to be one for the books! The musical forces in KAYTRANADA, Vic Mensa, Sángo, and Benji B are coming together for a very special evening of jams on Friday, 20 March at O2 Academy in Brixton. Tickets are GBP 27.56 and may be purchased on Ticket Web. Show is 18 + and photo I.D. is required.

If you will be attending the show and would like to review it for the site in our From A Fan’s Perspective series, please shoot us a line at alifeinthedayofa@gmail.com for more details.

Event Re-Cap: Maison Kitsuné Launches Their SS15 #EFFORTLESSFRENCH Collection + Kitsuné New Faces II Compilation Release

A GLIMPSE OF THE MEN’S COLLECTION + COMPILATION

On the evening of Thursday, February 19th, the folks at French fashion & music label Maison Kitsuné launched their Spring/Summer ’15 #EFFORTLESSFRENCH collection in-store at their NoMAD location on the corner of Broadway and 28th Street. Having attended the presentation back at The Standard in September, I was quite excited to see what the full collection would look like on hangers.

Upon entering the store with two of my girlfriends, I was greeted by a room full of impeccably-dressed, beautiful people.

GUESTS

The women’s collection was the first bit of apparel I was able to scan, containing a pallet of white, black, bubblegum pink, salmon, and navy. I had really enjoyed the lightheartedness of the collection when I saw the presentation, and I was quite happy to see that it translated well to retail.

A GLIMPSE OF THE WOMEN’S COLLECTION

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