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.
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. =)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0E8MWb3hgo]It’s been a crazy busy week between filling orders for my new, Garrison Clutches (which I’ll talk more about in an upcoming post), getting started on an awesome project with an uber-talented new client and planning a biz+pleasure trip back to California (yay!!!) With that said, we’re just going to enjoy a little Music Monday with some funk/rock/electro beats straight out of the UK from my new favorite group, Fujiya & Miyagi. Enjoy and hope you’re having a great start to your week!