Wednesday, November 18, 2015
I have always been obsessed with female rappers… JJ fad, Queen Latifah, Erykah Badu, Missy.... I found their hooks more melodic, the social issues they threw down for more my speed and it was just so cool
And that world was ruled by two queens and an empress AKA Salt-n-P with Spinderella... They rapped about sexuality with wit, they were street and clever, and their obsession with 70s soul riffs move their music even more of the hood...
And their hits were classic--push it, what a man, Shoop… (I have more friends who know the lyrics to that song than know the pledge allegiance)
But where they really shine it's on their lesser hits like tramp, aint nobodys business, and my mic sounds nice...
Then one day they went away.
There were so many rumors about what happened… Spinderella felt ignored and undervalued by the band, Peppa was too sexually explicit once Salt found Jesus, and finally Salt was diagnosed with lupus which was incredible energy drain on her ability to perform.
And in someway each of these things was true – – just not to the extent that it would keep the band down forever. And for that we have to thank Geico
Turns out time changed some of the resentment between the girls and also allowed salt to get her lupus into a more manageable place. But in the time it took that to happen the group worried that the scene had changed, they weren't the same people, and would it even work with an audience?
But Geico helped them to realize people were clamoring for their return and now they've started doing small sets in concert showcases. And this past weekend I was able to see them perform in Anaheim.
To say they were good is an understatement, to say they still have it would imply they lost it and quite frankly I cried because it was so… Amazing
I won't say it was perfect – – you could see that salt had to take breaks periodically during the easement set… They didnt perform all their songs top to bottom which I think has to do with some of the sex stuff but all three were there and top of their game-- having the time of their lives
And it looks like they are going to continue to do small sets here or there for a while… I'm already planning to see them in April… You should look them up
Friday, November 13, 2015
I'm This fall/winter I have become more and more obsessed with jogger pants… If you had told me when this trend tarted that I would stop looking at them as sloppy sweatpants and begin to incorporate them more into my wardrobe I would have laughed at you.
Thing is they are very comfortable and with designers putting them in materials such as khaki or denim they've become something super easy to work in the wardrobe...
But now I'm getting obsessed with them in the prints – –which can be too similar to Jam pants from the 90s.
Like these pants from Rage On--they're bright, fun. casual but still high quality… The way to make them fashionable though takes a bit more effort; it's not the type of pants you can just wear flip-flops T-shirt with because outside of a brunch it will look super casual and possibly super sloppy
So then how to wear them?
With something like this you want to wear a more formal top like a solid button-down shirt all the way buttoned to the top of collar. You could also do a denim button-down – – and the shirts can also be short-sleeved as long as they're collared and button-down.
The truly creative with a nice neck can give the turtleneck a chance. (this is not me)
And because it's winter, I would say pairing them with a cardigan or sweater--both in solids--would be appropriate and not too busy. But no sneakers with thislook--boots, loafers, high-end slip-ons, even construction boots would be a better look towards keeping you from being AC Slater
But the final key to this luck is really keeping whatever piece you pair it with high-quality and strictly stylized… Not uncomfortable or overly formal but intentional --and not too loose or ragged looking.
The comfort alone will make it worth the extra styling effort.