I live in New York City’s East Village and one of my favorite local shops to stumble into while out walking my dog on a weekend afternoon is Verameat. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, I still have a hunch you’ll recognize designer Vera Balyura’s work, especially her more iconic pieces, like the kitchen knife charm necklace above. Her necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings are generally either sweet and innocent or tough and almost creepy, but all have a delicate femininity to them. I’m personally obsessed with her nods to delicious junk food (I neeeeed that Cruller necklace…) and biology (…that spine cuff bracelet though!), but there’s something for pet obsessives, girly girls, vampire fetishists, amateur photographers, dinosaur enthusiasts and everyone in between. Depending on the materials used, Verameat jewelry can also be quite affordable, the perfect gift for your best friend or, if you want to send a message, your biggest enemy. Check out all of Verameat’s gorgeous wares here!
Annnnnnd, if you’re in New York City, you simply MUST RSVP to Alternative Apparel and Verameat’s in-store soiree Thursday from 7-9 p.m. I’ll be there blowing my paycheck, PLUS, Vera herself will be on hand to show off her latest pieces. RSVP here!
The vibe I’m going for with my fashion choices for fall is best described as ’70s high school arts and crafts teacher. You know the cool female teacher at the beginning of “Dazed and Confused” who tells her students that the 4th of July is basically a celebration of “a bunch of slave-owning aristocratic white males [who] didn’t want to pay their taxes”? That’s what I’m going for, only my muse is more into macrame than Das Kapital. ANYWAY, the key piece to any respectable ’70s art teacher look is a pair of clogs. I just ordered this seriously sweet, modernized take on the classic clunky shoe from Madewell (also available in black). I love the heel height and sling back style, plus the closed toe means I’ll be able to wear them well into the cooler months. If you’re feeling as groovy as I am about these kicks, click through to see three outfit ideas (inspired by imaginary events/activities) to wear them with. [$124.99, Madewell]
Beyonce’s “I woke up like this, flawless” will forever be my self-love mantra, but Kendrick Lamar’s new single “I” is a worthy addition to the list of awesome personal empowerment anthems. Lamar, who was robbbbbbbbed of the Best Rap Album award at the Grammys, finally dropped the song today — a precursor to the release of his hugely anticipated sophomore album, due later this year — and damn will it have you bopping your head and shaking your booty. Featuring a sample from the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” — Buzzfeed notes that the ’60s band was also sampled on rap classic like Ice Cube’s “It Was A Good Day” and Biggie’s “Big Poppa” — “i” is fun and joyful, while still full of Kendrick’s conscious lyricism and distinctive flow: Keep reading »
Go ahead, call me naive, but dammit if I’ll ever believe another rumor about the breakdown of Jayonce’s marriage again after watching HBO’s “On The Run” special on Saturday night. The love between them was palpable! It could not be denied! They flirted, they giggled, they made eyes at each other, they joked around, and they showed the audience and viewers at home a montage of the besssssssst behind-the-scenes moments, including a number of shots of darling Blue Ivy, to close out the show. While the footage won’t be anything new to those of you who were lucky enough to attend the On The Run tour, it’s now been made available to us all, so we can rejoice in the love between Beyonce and her her hype man, I mean, her husband. (Sorry, but as much as I love Jay Z, his solo performances pale in comparison to her dance routines, sets and constant costume changes.) Watch the couple perform “Young Forever”/”Halo” spliced with home movies from their real life, including a pregnancy photoshoot, a pushup contest, and many other tender, loving moments above. I will never doubt you again, Jayonce.
Today is the last day of summer. I know. Where did it go?! I plan on bidding my favorite season goodbye from the roof of my building this evening, watching yet another gorgeous sunset with a refreshing cocktail in hand. Join me — well, in spirit, from your own sunset-watching location — by stirring up a yummy Stripey Shandy. Get the recipe after the jump! Keep reading »