Hoping you have found peace

Michael Jackson 1958-2009 

MJ

Because of what happened today, the world of music as we knew it will never be the same again. And tonight, there is truly blood on the dance floor.

For some of us, it is too soon to hear his songs. For others, it is even too soon for words. It is too soon to talk about Michael Jackson in past tense, too soon to want to pay tribute, or make him a postmortem hero.

Tonight,  I want to fall asleep and pretend it is still the ’90s and I am playing the King’s records to practice choreographies, dream of lovers, and let my soul explode with joy at the thought of making the world…a better place. I want to pretend, one last time, that he is still here allowing us to live vicariously through the intense vibrations he sends on stage. 

Tonight I dream of a black puma. Red jacket. Hats and sequence. Gloves and military outfits. Thrillers. Black or White equality. Brothers and Lovers. Earth. The moonwalk. 

I am not ready to miss him quite yet…

Motto: “I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways. And No Message Could’ve Been Any Clearer: If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place, Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make That…Change!”

and then there was Adam Lambert…

Along with Simon Cowell, I was one to fall for Adam as soon as he sang Freddie Mercury’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the auditions. Who wouldn’t fall for that? Adam didn’t just sing. He interpreted, and I melted.

I also fell for Danny Gokey’s voice ever since the auditions and I rooted for him throughout the show. But now, when it was down to just three of them, I knew I couldn’t see Danny as … an idol. As for Kris, if you ask me, he should have been long-gone weeks ago. Kris is a talented boy, but so average that it hurts! Which bears the most important question of the season: is America ready for an Idol who is above the average all-American star? 

I would even go as far as to ask, is America ready for a new Mick Jagger? A new Steven Tyler? A new Freddie Mercury? A rock star in the making who could move mountains (or just our hearts) like Elvis Presley or the Beatles did, or provoke joygasm after joygasm to his audience like Jimi Hendrix did?

Is even Adam himself ready to fill such big shoes? Well, judging by his tongue alone, he is certainly getting there. Whether it’s to perform a dental exam on a lover or to sing the life out of himself, Adam knows how to stick out that lingua like a rock star and to make America blush. He has already told us he isn’t scared of anything or anyone when he performed “Black or White” and aggressively shouted to the judges “I ain’t scared of no brother!” He can smile like a rock star and handle fame with a smirk in the corner of his sensual lips. Then, there are those eyes hiding behind the black eyeliner. Whether they are soft and sensual, like when he sang “One,” or devilish and sexy, like when he sang “A Whole Lotta Love,” Adam’s eyes leave a girl ever-wondering, what is she to do with Adam: give him puppy love, rough sex, or even ruffle his feathers?sexy adam lambert

Oh, excuse me, did I just say that out loud? Well, it’s hard not to get carried away with Adam’s *cough* sexuality *cough* I mean, electric personality and hot sense of style. 

But here’s the deal: we can ask ourselves all of the above questions; we can try to fork out answers; and we can try to fit Adam Lambert into all sorts of patterns and try to determine which one he will fit best. But what if we were to accept that, once in a while, a star comes along and messes up all of our patterns and tables, and all of our formulas for success because he fits …none? (Isn’t that what a star is?) If you don’t know what to make of his make-up and nailpolish, don’t worry–you are not alone! If you still haven’t figured out whether or not you like that scream, don’t worry–you are not alone! And if you feel cornered by how forward Adam is when he flirts with you through your television set, I repeat: do.not.worry–you are not alone! The fact alone that Adam made you think is enough. Just remember, stars don’t ask for permission to be born–they just do! 

Besides, America, what do YOU want form your next American Idol: to fit patterns or to increase your heartbeat? To prove a pre-determined formula or to make you scream because you don’t understand what’s happening to every nerve termination in your body when you hear and see him perform? 

Whether you are ready or not, Adam is. A star was born in front of our eyes and, if you’ve watched closely, you know he will not rest until he shakes every inch of your body to clench his rock-star thirst for passion and madness! The “I-Can’t-Get-No-Satisfaction” boy doesn’t care whether you’re “Black or White;” he will “Play That Funky Music” until this “Mad World” crumbles to pieces because he was…”Born To Be Wild.” :) 

I have been ready for someone like Adam even since I exhausted my records of Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, U2, Aerosmith, Queen and the Beatles, and I was left asking myself, “when will someone like that come along during my time, so that I can say I was part of a rock star’s rise to fame?” Oh, I am very, very ready to get my rock-star satisfaction from Adam! 

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And you are, too, even if you don’t know it yet! :)

PS: If you are still reading this asking when am I going to explain his raging, outrageous sexuality as being a part of the mix, well, I can’t help you here. You should know that music IS like sex, so you might as well take it all in (no pun intended) for what it’s worth. Adam is, after all, just doing his job: sex and rock and all the good stuff. ;-)

Who wants to be a Slumdog?

Jamal: I just need Maman to like my singing, and we’re in the money, big money, Latika.

Latika: And then what? Can we stop begging? 
Jamal: Begging? Are you kidding? We’ll live in a big house on Harbour Road. You, me and Salim, the three musketeers. 
Latika: Harbour Road? Really? 
Jamal: Yes, in the moonlight. You and me. You’ll dance with me won’t you?  [dances
Latika: [laughs] I hope you sing better than you dance. 

Slumdog Jamal

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How do you explain to the modern rats about bathing in piles of crap, literally? Sure, all rats crap, but not all know about taking a dump, if you know what I mean. 

There’s just something really powerful between really, truly being able to take in success….and the act of defecating like a king in his castle. Some people chase success all their lives but don’t know what success is all about even when they have it. Others simply live like they are kings of …their own pile of crap, in every minute of their lives, and that is enough. 

My mom always used to say, I can tell how well-off people are by the type of toilette paper they use in their bathroom. I’ve been in the homes of many people who consider themselves big shots …only to find myself reaching for napkins in my purse while using their bathroom – that’s how bad their toilette paper was. At my house, we didn’t always have a lot of money, or any money for that matter, but one thing I can tell you we always had was the most luxurious toilette paper. It’s a statement, you know, as to how much you respect yourself regardless of what goes on in your life. 

Just like you don’t need to be rich in order to use expensive toilette paper, you don’t need to be successful in order to LIVE successfully.

Buy why are you still here reading my crap (pun intended :)) about shit and success instead of going to SEE Slumdog Millionaire? Please excuse my poor analogies, but do see Slumdog Millionaire because it’s the greatest movie of all times!

Motto:

slumdog millionaire

I fly like paper, get high like planes
If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name
If you come around here, I make them all day
I get one down in a second if you wait

Sometimes I feel sitting on trains
Every stop I get to I’m clocking that game
Everyone’s a winner now we’re making our fame
Bona fide hustler, making my name

Hey, Eugene!

“One thing I can tell you is, you’ve got to be free.” 

Eugene County Fair!!

…because Eugene gave another meaning to freedom – it’s not just about feeling free, it’s about feeling loved for who you are when you are free

…because Eugene encouraged me to find myself and be it

…because Eugene taught me how to make it sunny around me even when it rains

…because Eugene exposed me to vintage bikes, raves, tofu, yoga, soy milk, animals’ rights, and tie-dye fashion (circa 1960s)

…because Eugene brings back to life Jimi Hendrix, The Bealtes, PInk Floyd, John Lennon, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin

…because Eugene says you can wear flip-flops in the rain and t-shirts in the winter – go out and feel the cold because it’s okay!

…because Eugene screams Yes, You Can grow your own food (from vegetables to herbs and everything in between), Yes, You Can make your own clothes and jewelry, make your own soap, shampoo and lotions, recycle like it’s your religion, and share everything you have with everyone you knowEat local, eat organic!

…because Eugene has Naked Bike Brigades where we ride our bikes naked in order to protest our dependency on foreign oil and promote a more sustainable way of life

…because Eugene values the Sun as a god –  it may not come out often, but when it does, when the Sun shows itself around here, oh, we are all about sheer fabrics, flowers in our hair, rolling in the grass, sucking on those popsicles, and hitting the African drums! 

…because in Eugene you can dance wherever you are, make friends with strangers every day and then party with them like you’ve known them your entire life

I have found not just love and peace here; in Eugene, I have also found myself. And because of all these reasons and many, many more, the first promotional campaign of my business will be dedicated to you, Eugene, for making me who I am now. 

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A few weekends ago, I went with Amira to Carnival Brasil, an annual festival-tradition here in Eugene, that all the Brazilians (albeit very few) like to share with the rest of us. Everyone wore bright colors, feathers, and pretty flags. We danced to live music ranging from Samba to Capoeira (my favorite!). Amira threw away her shoes and danced barefoot on the cement! I kept saying how it’s winter and she will catch a cold, but Amira would just reply “are you kidding me? I’m burning right now!” …THAT’s my Eugene :)

Country Fair extravaganza!

 

Euge-love! (coming soon – stay tuned!)

 

Motto: If it’s not forever, if it’s just tonight,

            Oh, it’s still the greatest, the greatest, the greatest…

Stylewatch: Boho chic!

The sweet stylists at Modcloth.com flattered me by answering a topic-question I had suggested: What is Boho? Sure, most of us know Boho is a combination of Bohemian and hippie. But what else do we need to know if we want to emulate the perfect, yet seemingly effortless, style of stars such as the Olsen twins, Sienna Miller or Nicole Richie? Well, in Modcloth stylist’s own words, here it is:

 

bohoThis week’s fashion dictionary post is dedicated to a style term very close to my heart: Boho. If you’ve done any research on the trend, you’ll know that this term encompasses an entire fashion phenomenon.

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Characterized by hippie-or-folk-inspired pieces mixed with a modern twist, Boho-chic (short for Bohemian), embodies easy-to-wear glamour. Peasant skirts, beaded accessories, slouchy tops and casual-yet-stylish shoes are reigning wardrobe staples in the essential Boho closet.

If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than Sienna Miller. Credited with popularizing the look almost single-handedly, her seemingly effortless outfits, tousled hair, and comfort-minded accessories are quintessential cornerstones of the trend. And it has certainly caught on – Kate Moss, Nicole Ritchie, and Mary-Kate Olsen are often seen sporting bohemian flair.

Want to get the look? Embroidered frocks, hobo bags, or a mixed set of bangles can be paired with almost any ensemble to add a touch of boho to your everyday style. Our Side Saddle PurseLa Pueblacita Blouse, and We Got the Bead Earrings can get you on the fast track to living the boho life (or at least styling for it) this Spring.

Thank you to Sabina for suggesting the topic. I hope this helped! Let me know if you have a fashion term you’d like brought to light. Thanks for reading, and happy shopping.

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Yay! How special am I?! :) Thanks again, Modcloth team! I am honored.

SHE’S THE ONE

michele obama

“If she were just brilliant and eloquent and accomplished, it would be enough. If she were just the mother of the two cutest children on planet Earth, it would be enough. And if she were just down-to-earth yet extraordinarily charismatic, that too would be enough. But on top of all that, the first lady of the United States of America has mad style.” Elle Magazine, April 2009

I am extremely pleased that Elle decided to cover Mrs. Obama’s style this month. Not that everyone’s not talking already, but it’s nice to hear eloquent opinions, once in a while, that really confirm just how awesome Michelle’s sense of fashion is! 

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I mostly appreciate just how well put together Michelle always is and how flattering her outfits are. Elle pointed out that the First Lady’s outfits are also appropriate for the current state of our economy, as she wears pieces from chain stores such as J. Crew and White House | Black Market. As someone whose part-time job pays minimum wage, I wondered, “how is it cheap to pay $140 for a cardigan?” However, to put the $140 into perspective, the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate’s wardrobe (who shall remain nameless on my blog so I don’t gag) budget was an estimated $150,000-plus. And to put the $150,000 into perspective…let’s just say Cindy McCain at some point during the campaign wore a single outfit that cost (are you seated?) twice as much. *_*

On a side note, I’m watching CBS news as I type and they have just announced that the First Lady has higher approval ratings than the President himself.  So, America, we’re having a hard time deciding which one of the two we love more? That’s okay, we have four years ahead to love them both and, if the planets line up correctly, another four following that. How good it is to have the Obamas in the White House! 

Obama Inauguration Home States Ball
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The Next American Idol

 I am going to take a stab at this and do some magic guessing. Below are not necessarily results I want, but rather results I anticipate. adam-lambert32

1. Adam Lambert

2. Danny Gokey

3. Scott MacIntyre

4. Allison Iraheta 

5. Lil’ Rounds 

6. Matt Giraud

7. Kris Allen 

8. Anoop

Now, here’s why:

Adam: Every song that Adam sang remained in my mind the way Adam sang it, not in its original version. If this is not an artist’s work, what is? Adam is memorable. He is a great performer and entertainer. When I watch him perform , I always think…if there was a contemporary Jimi Hendrix or Mick Jagger, he would be like Adam.

Danny: The only one who stood out to me ever since the initial auditions is Danny. I was blown away and I immediately pictured his voice in the back of a movie, singing soundtracks. When he sang “Hero” he only confirmed to me that that will someday be possible. The consistency of his vocals is unique to this show! 

Scott: Every time I hear Scott perform, I cry. As Paula once said, it’s not about his disability, it’s about how much I forget about his disability every time I hear and see him perform. It amazes me how much nature enhances some of our other senses when it takes one away. Scott’s loss of sight helps him get through his audience because he doesn’t worry about what he will look like. What a breeze Scott is!

Allison: I still can’t believe Allison’s birth year is ’92. Kara once put it very well: she looks as if she’s been singing for 400 years! Unlike Lil’ Rounds, Allison lets her personality come out through her songs. She has mad vocals that she uses to make every song her own. She is amazing, albeit a kid. 

Lil’ Rounds: I have had really high hopes for Lil’, from the beginning of this competition, but they have decreased week by week. Her voice is great, and so is her style, but I don’t think she knows quite yet who she is as an artist. I’ve lost a bit of respect after her repeated poor song choices. 

Anoop, Matt, and Chris: Good guys, good singers, just not extremely memorable, you know? They can sing, but they’ve never really made an impression on me. 

More explaining:

Allison Iraheta - will she be in the top 3?

Allison Iraheta - will she be in the top 3?

 

Pretty much, I love Adam as an entertainer- daring, sexy, confident, and fun. Hella sense of humor, too! The only reason Danny comes second to me is because he isn’t as good of an entertainer as Adam is. I also don’t think Allison’s qualified to be in the top 3 is because she has a bit to go until she is fully developed as an artist, even just personality wise. But she has made more of an impression than Lil’ Rounds in this competition and very good song choices. Now, I love Scott, as Paula would say, “with all my heart,” and if it were after me, he could be the next AI. But we’ll have to see how attached America really gets to him and how much they can overlook the fact that Scott isn’t as “out there” as some other contestants are. He sings more for himself and for his niche – will this be enough to save him? Now we just have to see who leaves us next: Anoop, Kris or Matt?

Fashionably raspberry

I have a growing obsession for this red fruit. I feel ever-so-spoiled by a bowl of juicy raspberries, or even just a handful! 

raspberry sorbet

Sure, I try to get creative with raspberries. I add them to my chocolate cake. I sprinkle them onto my green salad with goat cheese, and add a warm vinaigrette dressing! I top them with whipped cream and chocolate syrup. I put them in pies. I dig a refreshing, sparkling raspberry drink! I like them moussed, whipped, creamed, frozen or fresh! 

But, really, most of the time, once the raspberries make it into my hand, it’s a rarity that they make it elsewhere, other than my mouth!

triple chocolate raspberry cake

triple chocolate raspberry cake

Raspberries are up there with the top HEALTHIEST foods, especially for women. They are some of the most powerful antioxidants, and help prevent heart disease, cancer, insomnia, and Alzheimers.

"parfait skirt" by BB Dakota

 In fact, all berries help lower risk for breast, oral, and colon cancers in women. 

And which such stunning statistics and such glamorous looks, I think raspberries certainly deserve their place in fashion, too. 

Hello, Raspberry Parfait Skirt! :-)

The Obama Dress

Obamamania hits Rome’s catwalks

Greetings, fellow Obamatarians!

Copyright 2009 Andreas Solaro / Getty Images

Copyright 2009 Andreas Solaro / Getty Images

Are you having a hard time taking this dress seriously? You are not alone. But make no mistake: if I had this dress in my closet, I would totally and most definitely wear it. Where, you ask? Anywhere! To the grocery store, post office, night clubs, at work, at Sweet Life Patisserie…a-n-y-w-h-e-r-e.

If you live in Eugene, you probably understand that showing up dressed like that earns you brownie points instantly. I bet I would get a free dessert at Sweet Life if I showed up in the Obama dress! We all love Obama around here!

Back to biznas. obama face runway

This dress was actually shown on a legitimate catwalk in Rome last month. It was part of Italian fashion house Gattinoni Haute Couture Spring-Summer collection 2009, during the AltaRomAltaModa. I have no idea how they made it so cool, which is why I am not a designer. :) The round symmetry head-to-toe is stunning, and check out that red zig-zag running through the model’s middle body…all made of Obama’s features/shadows! Lovely.

I am inspired to make my own now. Although mine is going to be made of an Obama t-shirt, cut-out to look like a short blouse-dress type-of-thing, and accessorized properly.

Hehehehe…CHANGE is here!

Bold Tuesdays

Birds of a feather

In today’s Bold Tuesdays, do you have what it takes to wear…feathers?

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Yes, feathers. Feather-accessories, to be more specific, from mere plumage to peacock eye, are my latest obsession. So devoted I am to this “cult” that I can’t even pick one such accessory out…I want them ALL!

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Left: a feather barrett that you clip to your hair (see photo above).

Right: Peacock feather earrings -so gracious, yet utterly sophisticated!

And below, one of my long-time loves: the peacock feather tights! I’ve been wanting these for months now, but they cost about $30 on Modcloth’s Web site and somehow that cost isn’t really justified to me. Then, again, can you ever put a price on what you love? :)

peacock-tights

All photos courtesy of modcloth.com

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