Category Archives: Music Monday

Music Monday – The Great Gatsby: Lana Del Rey

*courtesy of Warner Bros. Ent.

It’s no secret we’re pretty amped (along with the rest of the world!) for The Great Gatsby film coming out May 10th. After seeing the last trailer, we were especially excited for the first release off the soundtrack, Lana Del Rey’s Young & Beautiful.  It just launched today so check it out and have a great Monday!

http://soundcloud.com/lana-del-rey/lana-del-rey-young-beautiful

Music Monday – Girl on Fire

Happy Monday! If you’ve been following the blog, you know February was a pretty big month for me and I’m dedicating this Music Monday to all the women out there who are rocking it to the fullest. Surrounding yourself with such driven and inspiring people creates an amazing synergy I can’t even begin to fully describe.  I feel so lucky to have a group like this in my life to help keep that amazing momentum going.  I have to note, this doesn’t at all pertain solely to those succeeding career-wise but also to those reaching for personal growth, setting goals, obtaining achievements, etc…

As of late, close friends to acquaintances have received promotions, changed careers, had babies, gone back to school, started training for their next marathon (or just started back at the gym, period), opened businesses, achieved new certifications, moved across the country and world, and so on… It’s all about growing, going after what you want – what you’re truly passionate about, pushing boundaries and never becoming stagnant.  The strength of these women – who come from all walks of life, mind you – astounds me.  And so, ladies, this one is for you.

ox

-Stacy

Music Monday – Pillowfight

Happy Monday! Hope you had a fantastic wknd and aren’t too groggy-eyed as we roll into the work week. I thought we’d start it off with a group I’ve been digging on as of late – that being Pillowfight, which is the Gorillaz Dan the Automator’s new project with Brooklyn-based hip-hop violinist, Emily Wells and Kid Koala.  KCRW’s Jason Bentley introduced me to these guys last month as they’ve just released their debut, self-titled album (which you can have a listen to below – you’re welcome). ; ) I’ve particularly been cranking the track, “Get Down,” in the studio and at the gym as it has that perfect twist of funk disco with modern beats to get you up and at it. I’m a fan. I think you will be too. Enjoy. =)

ox

-Stacy

https://soundcloud.com/bulk-recordings/sets/pillowfight

 

 

 

Inauguration / MLK / Music Monday

The Lumineers
*photo credit: Sachyn

 

On this Monday, I’m especially proud to be an American and have the opportunity to pursue building my dream business while providing jobs and supporting sustainability in the hand(made in America) movement.  

I hope you’re having a relaxing day off celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and had a moment to watch the inauguration festivities.  While I didn’t get the day off (workaholic – just a tad), but streamed the inauguration in the background and am now listening to one of my favorites, the 2012 self-titled debut album by The Lumineers.  If you aren’t familiar with them, their music is acoustic-based, quintessential Americana, reminding me of my Midwest roots, mixing rock, folk and a little bit of country. While their well-known hit, Ho Hey, is incredible, I’m especially digging the opening song on the album, Flowers in Your Hair (which I only wish was longer). Thank god for the repeat button. 😉 Enjoy and have a fabulous rest of your day!

ox

-Stacy

Music Monday for Dad

This week is a BIG one as we’re getting ready for Crafts in Chelsea this Saturday.  I’m buried under piles of vintage fabric for new laptop and iPad sleeves as well as silk screens for our new vintage modern city pillows (debuting @ CiC!). More to come on that!

However, this Music Monday brings me back to my childhood and our living room song and dance sessions. I’ve selected one of my dad’s favorites, in honor of him reminding me, “You’re my daughter. We don’t quit. We Keep. On. PUSHING.” So dad, I’m listening and firing on all cylinders.

I hope you have someone in your life that positively inspires you to keep striving towards your goals and going after what you love.  While I haven’t always had the support in all the decisions I’ve made, I’m very grateful today for my dad’s words of support and encouragement.  So here’s to those people in your life that remind you to never give up and keep. on. pushing. Thanks dad.

ox

-Stacy

ps – By the way, if you’re a Stones fan, they’ve just announced four concert dates in London and New York via their YouTube. Tickets to go on sale Oct 19th and 26th, respectively. Click here for more info.

Fashion / Music Monday courtesy of Robbie Williams

On this Music Monday we’re going to mix it up a tad and feature Mr. Robbie Williams and his latest venture, high street meets Savile Row menswear line, Farrell.  While many of you in the U.S. may not be familiar with him, Rob is one of the most successful pop singers outside of the U.S. and has ridiculously good style.  I’ve been known to be a pretty big fan and when I heard he was launching a clothing line (and at my favorite department store, Selfridges, no less), I had to check it out.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out, like myself, he was inspired by and named his line after his grandfather.  While strictly a menswear line currently, the pieces are taken from WWI military looks and some of Rob’s favorite vintage pieces.  You can check out the video on GQ for the full scoop and click here to check out the collection for yourself.

Oh, and in the spirit of Music Monday, below you can have a listen to my all-time favorite Robbie Williams song, Angels. Enjoy.

ox

-Stacy

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Music Monday

In the studio today we were listening to WAMC‘s (the Northeast’s NPR station) Afropop program discussing the dynamic music scene in Tanzania and Zanzibar.  One of the artist’s featured was X Plastaz and their song “Msimu kwa Msimu”.  While this was released a few years ago, it was new to us (and i’m assuming new to you too). I have no idea what they’re saying but I highly recommend hitting play and cranking it up.

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Coachella Fashion / Music Monday

While I couldn’t make it out to the desert <<tear>> for the incredible lineup, art installations and dancing in the polo fields, I’m doing a little Coachella fashion / music Monday in honor of my favorite festival that’s covering two, yes two weekends this year in the SoCal sunshine.

Coachella fashion means channeling your inner California cool meets rocker/hippie child.  Think minimal clothing with an edge in neutrals mixed with light, bright colors in natural, breezy fabrics for that desert heat.

Sadly, I have to admit that Paris Hilton kinda did it right during this first weekend with her fruit striped gum pleated maxi skirt and white bandeau top (albeit forced the look a bit in the accessory department):

*photo source

As always, Diane Kruger proved to have the best Coachella style throughout Weekend 1 at the festival grounds in this cute striped dress and suede ankle boots with beau Josh Jackson:

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She also nails casual California cool in Lacoste at the Lacoste L!ve Desert Pool Party:

*photo source: Getty Images

Katy Perry’s choice for Friday has been reviewed as one of the best from the weekend but this sheer/sexy but slightly dowdy look just doesn’t bring it home for me:

*photo source

Now, onto the music…my favorite thing about Coachella is discovering those artists that I necessarily didn’t come for but completely stumble upon at the show. From the vids this year, I’d have to say Miike Snow with a guest appearance from fellow Swede, Lykke Li (who’s been a favorite of mine for a while now) makes the cut:

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And I can’t close out this post without mentioning one of my absolute favorite artists at Coachella this year – a little band called The Black Keys =) :

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If you made it out to Indio (or didn’t, like me), leave a comment and let us know your favorite artists/art/fashion/whathaveyou from the weekend.

Enjoy and hope you’re having an amazing start to your week on this gorgeous summery Monday here in New York!

ox

-Stacy

Music Monday

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A little Music for your Monday. You’ve probably seen this (along with 80 million+ others)  but I’m still amazed by this group’s talent (and have yet to get tired of the song). Enjoy! =)

-Stacy

Fashion:Music Monday

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With both New York and London Fashion Weeks well-wrapped (and on the eve of Paris FW), this Music Monday is paying homage to Burberry Prorsum‘s gorgeous F/W 2012 collection, along with Joan Armatrading’s “It Could Have Been Better,” which opened the show.  It’s most definitely a departure from my usual playlist but is a beautiful, powerful ballad that rocked me a bit and deserves some attention.

The collection itself is heavy on menswear fabrics (think herringbone, tweeds, etc…) in muted, earthy tones recalling the house’s home country.  However, Christopher Bailey juxtaposed this perfectly with the ultra femme details of tucked in waists, bows and ruffles (a few of the standouts I’ve included below).  Definitely the collection of the week and will be extremely tempting to not pick up a piece or two come Fall.

Enjoy and hope you’re having a great, creative start to your week!

-Stacy

*Note: the songs that follow are:

Rae Morris – “Walls

Marina & the Diamonds – “Numb

The Cinematic Orchestra – “To Build A Home

**Photo credits to: ImaxTree