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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#NYFW Tales: Backstage at Lupe Gajardo FW15 with Sergio Erasmo of MAC Cosmetics

THE SCENE BACKSTAGE AT LUPE GAJARDO FW15

Fashion Week is all about seizing opportunities, and that I did during my time backstage. In my last post, I documented my experience backstage at the Skingraft show. I was scheduled to attend the 9 PM presentation of Chilean designer Lupe Gajardo, but being in the right place at the right time, I was able to meet the show’s producer and cover backstage as well. SCORE!

MAC SR. ARTIST, SERGIO ERASMO & MODEL

I moved my things over to the backstage area for the show, and immediately got to work. As I was there quite early, I was able to get lots of great behind-the-scenes shots prior to talking make-up. I was greeted by Sergio Erasmo, MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist for Argentina, Peru, Chile, Paraguay & Uruguay who was keying the make-up of the show. I asked him about the beauty inspiration, and how it paired with the designer’s clothing. Says Erasmo:

ARTIST STATION

You will see in the collection that there is clothing that is a post-apocolyptic version of clothing, so we wanted to do that with make-up also; it’s part of the same story. This is a woman in the future, kind of like “Mad Max” kind of woman, that is fighting for survival. What I’m trying to do is work with the tiredness colors in the face, but she’s playing it in a very beautiful way, so the tiredness has some glamour to it. We worked with ochre tones on the eyelids, taupe-y colors to shape the eyes and cheeks, and a beautiful violet lipstick that is coming next season [for MAC].

FINAL LOOK ON MODEL

The final look was clean, yet realistic with darker tones around the eyes. The model looks like she’s had a “long day”, but remains beautiful nonetheless. Do you like the idea of “post-apocolyptic” beauty? Would you consider wearing a similar look come fall? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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

Tour Announcement: Jessie Ware feat. Special Guest Jesse Boykins III, USA & Canada 2015

It has been some time since I’ve shared a concert tour with you guys, but this is definitely one that is not to be missed. Whilst scrolling through my Instagram feed a few weeks back, I noticed that one of my favorite British singers, Jessie Ware, had added a special guest to her Spring tour in Jesse Boykins III. What excitement I felt when I read the news of two of my favorite singers on the same bill, touring throughout North America.

Full line-up of dates below. Tickets for all shows can be purchased here.

03/31 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
04/01 New York, NY Terminal 5
04/03 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
04/04 Toronto, ON Danforth Hall
04/06 Chicago, IL Metro
04/07 Berkeley, CA Zellerbach Hall
04/08 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern

Will you be heading out to see these two on tour? Let a playa know though!

*Flyer courtesy of Jessie Ware

#NYFW Tales: Backstage at Skingraft with Kelly Hanna Thompson of Kryolan Makeup

A SNAPSHOT OF THE MAKE-UP LOOK FOR SKINGRAFT FW15

Attending fashion shows during New York Fashion Week is a great privilege, but for me, it’s even more of an experience to see the magic behind-the-scenes in the high-energy location of backstage. When I was given the opportunity to cover beauty backstage by Kryolan at the Skingraft show, I jumped for joy [in my head] and was ready to see what was in store.

THE FACE: WILLY CARTIER

Upon arrival the mood was calm with all artists at their stations working on various models. I scanned the room and was greeted by a familiar face, one of my favorite male models of the moment, Willy Cartier, and snapped a photo before things got hectic.

KELLY WORKING ON A MODEL’S FACE

I snapped a few more photos of the room and ambience, and subsequently walked over to the post of the lady behind the beauty look of the show, Kelly Hanna Thompson. Kelly is Kryolan’s Senior Artist, and keyed the beauty look for Skingraft FW’15. Kelly told me that the inspiration behind the look was a woman that was “tired haunted, but beautiful at the same time”. Below is the process used to achieve the look.

We did a mid-tone grey all around the eyelids in a circular motion, so it looks like kind of a grey wash. Absolutely no liner or mascara, and you lose the definition like that. It gives it more of a haunted look. We did no cheeks, no contours, and a really nice shine straight down the middle…so it kind of has this effect of a pearl coming out of the middle [of the face], and a really good highlight.

FINAL MAKE-UP LOOK ON A MODEL

It was nice to see a make-up look so simple on the runway, that complemented and did not compete with the clothing. Do we think simple chic beauty looks is next for Fall? We will have to wait and see! Until then, let me know your thoughts on the look. Would you try out such a simple make-up look in the coming fall/winter season? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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

Saturday Sounds: THE WILD presents: JSMN x STAY Mix by Jasmine Solano

Saturdays are for relaxing and grooving, so with this edition of Saturday Sounds, I bring you the latest from my baby girl, Jasmine Solano (JSMN). In her latest mix entitled “Stay” for The Wild Magazine, Jazzy melds a perfect blend of bass-heavy, fashion-ready chill tunes, including the likes of Kaytranada, Azealia Banks, The Weeknd, and more.

Peep the full track listing below, press play, and get to grooving!

TRACKLISTING

1. JSMN intro

2. Ashanti – Rock With U (LeMarquis Remix)

3. Labrinth – Jealous (Bakermat Remix)

4. Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You (Naxsy 12” Extended Remix)

5. Henry Krinkle – Stay (Justin Martin Remix)

6. Treasure Fingers & BOSCO – Names

7. Kaytranda – Leave Me Alone ft. Shay Lia

8. 50 cent ft. Nate Dogg – 21 Questions (SNBRN Remix)

9. Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith – La La La (Pale Remix)

10. Azealia Banks – Wallace

11. ZHU – Faded (Slaptop Remix)

12. Clean Bandit – Rather Be (The Magician Remix)

13. Karen Harding – Say Something (Zac Samuel Remix)

14. Crazy Cousinz – The Funky Anthem (Murlo Fix)

15. Tay Tay’s Sermon (Interlude)

16. BenZel & Stevie Neale – Wasted Love

17. Tinashe – Far Side of the Moon

18. The Weeknd – Often (Kygo Remix)

19. Electric Bodega – Rae Sremmurd “No Type (Remix)”

20. Fetty Wap – Trap Queen (DJ Blake Remix)

21. Maddjazz & D-51 – Back to A Week Ago ft. Bobby Bushay

 

*Photo courtesy of The Wild Magazine

Art In NYC: Kehinde Wiley “A New Republic”, Now On View At The Brooklyn Museum

Shantavia Beale II, 2012.

Brooklyn-based portrait painter Kehinde Wiley unveils a retrospective of his 14-year art career in A New Republic, now on view at the Brooklyn Museum. His unique portrait painting style has gained much attention over the years as he paints his subjects, mainly Black men, in a grandiose style, similar to that of traditional European portraiture.

Through street-castings, he finds his subjects, and they are able to choose the theme of their portrait, in a collaborative fashion. A New Republic features sixty paintings and sculptures from Wiley’s fourteen-year career, including selections from World Stage paintings,  in which he takes his street casting process to other countries ’round the world. Not to be missed.

 

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

February 20–May 24, 2015

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor

 

*Photo courtesy of Kehinde Wiley/Brooklyn Museum

#NYFW Tales: TechStyle NYC Returns To House of Bumble With Fitness, Primping, and Sipping!

NAMASTAY YOGA TOWEL SET-UP

On Monday, February 16th, TechStyle NYC in collaboration with JJI returned to the House of Bumble in NYC’s coveted Meatpacking District. The event serves as an immersive beauty, fashion, tech, and beverage experience for influencers in the midst of Fashion Week. After attending last season, I was really excited to see what was in tow this time around, and impressed, I was.

THE GROUP OF INFLUENCERS FROM THE MORNING FITNESS SESSION

The event opened to the public at noon, but I was chosen to be a part of a morning fitness session for fifteen influencers. Did this invitation feel cool? Yes, especially as I’ve been getting back to my personal fitness, the timing was perfect. We were provided gear from Lysse Activewear, along with a yoga towel from Namastay, boots (for after) from Love Winter, and sweets from Dosha Pops.

LYSSE SPONSORED GIFT BAGS FOR INFLUENCERS

We began with a yoga session led by Dina Ivas of PRIVan on-demand beauty & wellness service. Dina was great at guiding us through poses and keeping us positive if we didn’t make them all. I’m definitely not the strongest in poses, but it was a great way to start the day.

After a short break, we were joined by celebrity trainer Joel Harper (personal trainer to Dr. Oz),  who guided us through an intense 30-minute fitness session. Not gonna lie, I felt the BURN and had to slow down through some reps that focused mainly on the glutes and legs. Upon surviving the session, I made it my job to change clothes and primp.

GETTING MY HAIR DONE AT THE REDDERA STATION

I zoomed over to the Reddera station to sign up to get beautified. The company is an on-demand beauty app, and at the lounge showcased a manicure station, make-up stations, hair styling, and massage. I made sure to take advantage of all these stations, sans nails, as I had gotten mine done a few days prior.

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#NYFW Tales: Luxe Pairings In Khirma New York Handbags & Chloe Gosselin Shoes For FW15

A GLIMPSE OF KHIRMA NEW YORK FW15

Whenever New York Fashion Week is in tow, my eye is always drawn to those apparel and accessory pieces that are made of high quality, with a strong sensibility that can work for many different types of people. I also love to see what younger brands are doing in this realm, and with that I wanted to share some highlights from the Fall/Winter 2015 collections of handbags from Khirma New York, and shoes from Chloe Gosselin.

Officially launched in 2010 by accessories designer Khirma Eliazov, Khirma New York is a luxury handbag line inspired by the designer’s travels around the world, and the memorable people she has met along the way.

A VIGNETTE OF BAGS

For Fall 2015, the collection includes an array of both neutrals (black, charcoal, ivory) paired with saturated jewel tones (garnet, sapphire, emerald) and metallic silver and gold pops. The sturdy bodies of the bags are made of supple leathers & suedes paired with exotic skins, including python, crocodile and water snake. This juxtaposition of materials and metallic accented hardware give each bag a unique sensibility that can be both a statement piece and a go-to handbag, which I love.

A MODEL IN CHLOE GOSSELIN HEELS

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The Road To Fitness: Why I Started Running Again With Nike + NYC

FIRST ROOKIE RUN, IN THE POURING RAIN AFTER SPRINTS

As we are a little over a month into the new year, many of us had resolutions to lose weight, and get more fit. In late December, I decided to get active again by running, with the persuasion of some of my friends. A runner at heart, I was a member of my high school’s track team (big up Bishop Kearney High School!) and ran all seasons; cross country, indoor, and outdoor. I was more of a sprinter, and laid off cross country my second year, and really loved it! I didn’t run track in college, as I believed I would not be allowed a social life being on the team, and kind of abandoned running for some years.

STRETCHING IT OUT AT NTC YOGA

I decided to run again as I realized it was something I knew best that garnered great results from a fitness standpoint. My intention was never to lose weight, but build muscle tone, and get stronger. I started to run around Prospect Park with friends in late December, and was encouraged to try Nike + NYC Run Club. I’m so happy that I did! The weekly schedule includes runs for different levels, as well at Nike Training Club classes that focus on a gym workout or yoga.

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Music: Pete Funk’s ‘Pump & Grind Vol. 4′ Carnival Mix Edition

February in the Northeast is pretty brutal, especially brutal given the constant snow we’ve been having in NYC. Why not warm up to some music that can make you sweat? As Carnival is currently in full swing in Trinidad, my buddy Pete Funk of Fire 4 Hire Soundsystem has a musical treat inspired by the festivities. Enter his ‘Pump & Grind Vol. 4′ Carnival Mix Edition, full of EDM and reggae tunes to get you moving.

TRACK LISTING

  • Popcaan – “Everything Nice” (Southern Shores World Cup Remix)
  • Rae Sremmurd – “No Type” (NGHTMRE Remix)
  • Popcaan, Stylo G, Konshens, J Capri & Storm Queen – “Look Right Through” (The Heatwave Refix)
  • Dillon Francis feat. Major Lazer & Stylo G – “We Make It Bounce”
  • Tony Matterhorn – “Dutty Wine” (Ape Drums & Diplo Remix)
  • Major Lazer feat. Sean Paul – “Come On To Me” (Juicy M Remix)
  • Choppa Dunks & Elephant Man – “Fan Dem Off”
  • Mastik vs. Mastiksoul feat. Pressure – “Burn Di Fire” (EDM Mix)
  • Major Lazer – “One Drop”
  • Mr. Vegas – “Give It To Her” (BRUK IT DOWN 2.O)
  • JUS NOW vs KES – “Check your Body Parts”
  • Nadus – “Nxwxrk” (RL Grime Edit)
  • Big Makk – “Solid As A Rock”
  • Iggy Azalea feat. Mavado – “Lady Patra”
  • Smutlee – “Hot Story”

Stream the high energy mix below, perfect for dancing around the house, or to pump you up during a run or workout!

WOMANday: Tanwi Nandini Islam of Hi Wildflower Botanica Chats Writing & Entrepreneurship, Supporting Local, Social Activism & More!

FOUNDER OF HI WILDFLOWER BOTANICA, TANWI NANDINI ISLAM. CREDIT: RAHIL ASHRUFF

For this edition of WOMANday I wanted to introduce you to an extraordinary woman, Tanwi Nandini Islam. Tanwi is a published writer with a novel on the way, and the creator of artisan beauty line, Hi Wildflower Botanica, which includes a product range of perfumes, candles, and skincare. In my interview, we chatted about the road to entrepreneurship, the local small business community in Brooklyn, writing, social activism and more.

Get into our conversation below!

What was the turning point in which you decided to start Hi Wildflower Botanica?

Last year I presented four scents at Bushwick Open Studios. I had been experimenting a lot with perfumery because I was doing a lot of research for my new book that I’m working on, and I kind of wanted to see if people would be into the product. Bushwick Open Studios draws hundreds of people into your studio, which I share with three other artists. A lot of people were into it, so I felt like I hit a certain nerve in regards to the fragrances I had made, and it felt like something that could be a viable source of income, and perhaps a new business.

I’m a writer professionally, and that’s not necessarily the easiest way to make a living, especially when you are writing fiction or working on freelance projects, so this kind of became something that I saw myself doing as a fun, indie business. I initially thought it would just be an Etsy or an extra source of income; I wasn’t thinking wholesale or getting stores, new accounts, or anything like that. It kind of really grew fast because I decided to do a launch at Renegade Craft Fair in late August [2014], and it was awesome. I had a really simple array of product. I had my perfume and I had skincare, and people were feeling it and buying it, and I was like ‘Wow! I’m on to something here. This is really cool.’ Since then, I’ve really expanded a lot. Now I’m in ten different stores, and I believe a lot of that has to do with the fact that A) I live in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and it’s a really great location I think to be a new business, and to be an entrepreneur and share it with other small businesses, usually store owners who are all my peers. They are usually women my age who are looking for the next line to carry, whether it be for perfume or skincare, or candles.

Since this is WOMANday, I would love to know the feedback you’ve been getting from fellow female entrepreneurs in your community, as well as consumers?   

It has been really, really interesting. I think that the customer is really drawn to the packaging, so the colorful nature of the packaging is really inspired directly by wildflowers. That’s pretty much the central philosophy of the brand, to grow free everywhere, to be the one who is a little bit different than the mainstream, and I think that concept is really beautiful because it’s like every product has its own mini-story and its own aesthetic. I think traditionally that can be seen as ‘Hey! Everything should be super cohesive and one story’ but it’s many stories. This is fun for me. I’m drawn to old botanical drawings, and I think my customer [also] is drawn to that and is really into the idea of ‘this is my signature scent, this is something that really speaks to my personality'; every thing has a different appeal for a different person. If you were to take Night Blossom, which is one of my perfumes that has really deep notes that are floral which I call ‘sex florals’ , and jasmine, neroli, rose; really sexy scents, it’s all understated and it dries down into this leathery ember scent, and it’s for a certain kind of person. Then you have something like West Indies which is grassy, herbaceous, has notes of Bay Rum and lavender; it’s really fresh, and for someone else. I think that’s something that really appeals to people, that they can find their piece within the brand that’s just for them.

For women, I think self-care rituals and finding time in your day to moisturize with body oil, or light a candle and chill, or dab yourself with perfume-oil; it’s all about re-centering and getting in touch with yourself. I would say my customer is someone who appreciates that moment of respite and peace.

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Saturday Sounds: ‘Eclectic Relaxation Vol. 6′, Mixed by Dhundee

Today is the day of love, Valentine’s Day. You may be with plans or without, but for an evening that can be possibly hectic, I bring you sounds to relax you. My homie Dhundee is a super dope DJ, that I’ve posted in the past, and with his sixth installment of his Eclectic Relaxation mix series, he brings you a slew of downtempo soul beats.

Stream the goodness below.

Eclectic Relaxation Vol 6 mixed by Dhundee by Dhundee on Mixcloud

*Photo courtesy of Dhundee

Art In NYC: The 5th Annual Brooklyn Artist’s Ball To Honor Kiki Smith, Takashi Murakami and Jean-Michel Basquiat, April 15th at the Brooklyn Museum

ATMOSPHERE FROM LAST YEAR’S BALL

Now in it’s fifth year, the Brooklyn Artist’s Ball is one of the pre-eminent events during the spring’s art calendar that honors visionary artists and art industry impresarios. Hosted by one of my favorite institutions, the Brooklyn Museum, this year’s program on April 15th will be honor retiring Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman along with acclaimed contemporary artists Kiki Smith, Takashi Murakami and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

TABLE INSTALLATIONS

The tables at the dinner are a main attraction, as each one features a unique installation from contemporary artists. This year’s table installations will be designed by Brooklyn-based artists Jen Catron & Paul Outlaw, FAILE, Fernando Mastrangelo, OLEK, Duke Riley, Situ Studio and Dustin Yellin

Following the ball will be the Dance Party (which I was fortunate to attend last year) in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Glass Pavilion. It will feature a Willy Wonka-esque dessert experience by FlourShop and performances by Brooklyn-based artists.

Tickets for the ball start at $1000, upwards of $100,000 which include a private dinner with Museum Director Arnold Lehman. Tickets for the Dance Party are $100 for non-members, and $75 for museum members. For more info, pleas visit www.brooklynmuseum.orgemail special.events@brooklynmuseum.org, or call (718) 501-6589.

*Photos courtesy of Liz Ligon

Finding Your Sexy: Andrea’s Beauty & Fashion Picks To Make You Feel Sexy This Valentine’s Day, and Every Day!

Let me start off by saying this. This is NOT a guide of cute things to do/wear to impress a significant other/potential suitor porsay, but a list of some of my personal favorite things that make me feel that much sexier. Society constantly places all these expectations of what is beautiful/sexy for a woman on us constantly, and I’ve realized, it’s really the simple things that make me feel beautiful. And with that, let’s get into my picks to “Find Your Sexy”.

HAIR: Swangggg it!

Ok, so hair can be a touchy subject right? Too short, too long, too curly, too thick, but whatever happened to really owning your ‘do? My shorter ‘do has recently grown out, and since we are in the dead of winter, I’ve been straightening my curly locks because it’s pretty low maintenance. My hair focus, whether curly or straight, is health and moisture. I am a huge fan of Agadir Argan Oil’s product line for straightening my hair as they are very moisturizing and maintain shine. I prefer to use the volumizing shampoo & conditioner during the cold months as the air usually makes my roots go flat. Below are all the items I use to get sleek strands with shiny, tousled curls.

Picks & Styling Info


LIPS: Pucker Up!

As a woman who has lips of a certain size and shape, I love to focus attention on them when I have the opportunity to, because I’ve realized, a good lip color makes people pay attention to what I’m saying, HA! So what do I suggest, you ask? MOISTURE, again, is key. Drinking lots of water is a necessity, but a lip balm of some sort is essential.

Condition

I really love Carmex’s Moisture Plus line because it is in a slim slick form, covered in cute designs. The hint of vanilla and SPF 15 are a great balance to use on its own, or pre-lip color application. I also use it on my lips at night to wake up to baby-soft lips every morning.

Show Out!

MILANI COLOR STATEMENT MOISTURE MATTE LIPSTICK IN ‘GLAM’

I have a love affair with statement lip colors, and have a plethora of pricey colors in my arsenal. I’m really digging Milani colors right now as they are super-affordable (about $5 at local drugstores), and are offered in a moisture/matte formula.

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