Monday, January 30, 2012

Lady In The Park Until Dark

Jacked Street Fashion:

(January 8th, Palmetto Bay fl)

        A full moon Sunday spent at the park brought me to this effortlessly badass little lady. Walking on by, she caught my attention with one eye and I had to acknowledge her presence. Blazing down the sidewalk, with a couple of her other little misfit friends, she exuded an effortless blend of youth combined with a mature eccentric vibe. She carried individuality better than anyone else i've seen her age in quite sometime. I was thoroughly impressed by her choice of dress and the smaller acoustic gem she strolled around with on her one shoulder. She had told me that she played but was new to the instrument and beginning to learn. Her energy impressed me and I was delighted to have crossed path's with her, literally. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Jacked Heart: Dance Is Her Art

Nora Chipaumire ~
Dancer, choreographer, Zimbabwean artist

A piece from the ever flowing soul of my darling dearest Ms. Amanda Perez-Castro :

Excitement to see Nora Chipaumire had been churning within me from the moment I purchased my ticket. I had never heard of this woman before but there is something about the curiosity of a new discovery that leaves me with a life high. Walking into the Goldman Warehouse only intensified my excitement as I was submerged into a spring of stimulated individuals conversing of the mini adventures their commute had entailed. The cherry on top of the ambiance was the demoiselle handing out the programs in her red polka dot dress, rouge lips and retro 50s spectacles that turned up at the top corners. As my eyes traveled from the program just handed to me, to the room I was about to enter, I reached the climax of my excitement.  There were only four rows of chairs to choose from! The intimacy of the show took me by complete surprise! I was accustomed to observing dance shows in large theatres. The only shows similar in size of which I personally attended had been performed by vagabond musicians in smoke tainted nooks. 
As the twentieth hour was approaching, I began to absorb the rocks laid out on the marley which were foreshadowing Nora’s organic realness. My next conscious observation was of the entire audience giving a standing ovation. I had been hypnotized by her motions and compelling energy and felt as if I just experienced an abstract dream. I returned to a clip of the dream the following morning as the sun was shining in on my shower serving as a spotlight while the water trickled down my face. It took me to the moment Nora immersed her head into the pail while she simultaneously triggered a firearm aimed at my core. My first reaction to being shot was shock, a shock to the beauty of the purity that action held as well as a shock to how powerful it was. As she slowly unfolded her spine vertebrae by vertebrae and meticulously knotted her hair with three fingers, I began to feel the blood pouring out of my wound. I will have that scar on my chest forever. That excitement I had felt only an hour prior had melted into a plashet of awe. 
The entire Nora experience was chill eliciting and eye prying. I believe part of Nora’s intent is to open naïve eyes to different cultures, different lives lived and the different unique styles of expressing those differences.  I appreciated the repetition Nora incorporated into her choreography. The repetition put emphasis on certain movements that should and will be remembered. This show left me hungry. Not because it wasn’t fulfilling but because it reinforced “All I know is that I know nothing.”                                                  

“Nora Chipaumire is a remarkable solo artist who investigates the collaborative process within cultural, political, economic, and technological identities of African contemporary life. Her work is transnational, unafraid, and eager to burn cultural, creative, and geographic boundaries whilst illuminating what it means to be Zimbabwean/woman/black /human in an increasingly borderless world. She views the theatrical stage as a "harrowing place of purging and paradoxically a place for reclaiming strength" (The Village Voice).

"Among other interests that influence her work, Chipaumire includes fashion design, fashion modeling, photography, film acting and radio, and club DJ-ing. "

read more here! ..

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Always A Stepping Stone Ahead

Angela Mangialetto Caplin (to my left) wearing Ralph Lauren's Dragon Back Dress ~
Angela n. heart of gold, wide eyes, truly one of a kind...

My grandeur 21 years have most definitely been influenced by my lovely and incredible aunt's keen eye for fashion. Her ability to create, manipulate, and express herself through her clothing has always been spot on. From her toes, often covered by the likes of Gucci, to her shoulders, regularly holding the seductive arms of a Chanel bag, she exudes class and taste. It is always effortless with her, which is why it was no surprise when she caught this dragon dress and wore it best right before it hit the cover of Vogue at the end of this past year.

"Before the first outfit even appeared, Ralph Lauren’s unusually austere set with its Chinese Deco doorway, and the haunting Ryuichi Sakamoto sound track from Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, signaled a Far Eastern inspiration for the collection." -Hamish Bowles

(Jett Caplin's Chinese Theater Bar Mitzvah designed and brought to life by his bad*** gene giver aka his mom.) 

I'm a lucky girl!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Park Play!

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - 1884 (FrenchUn dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte - 1884) is one of Georges Seurat's most famous works, and is an example of pointillism.

Nala for your Mama

Red, White, and Blues

“You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.” -Charlie Chaplin


It all simply boils down to irony. Our generation has a hefty load on it's shoulders. Life isn't so breezy. I take myself as seriously as I do the folks on wall street. Freedom is key. Freedom to express yourself, whether it be through word of mouth, the internet, fashion, or writing. These things should never be hindered. We need to keep our eyes wide and our minds open. The biggest challenge is defining and igniting the truth. 

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

2010-2011: the trend speaks for itself...


I couldn't help myself .. ha

Friday, January 20, 2012

Last Month's Rent

Gold Figa Charm Bracelet $5,950.00

Circa 1955

*The Figa (fee-gah) is a symbol of an age-old myth in Africa, this clenched-fist good-luck charm came to Brazil with its XVII century slave trade. As its memories paled over generations, belief in its powers to increase warriors' fertility also faded, and until present it is prized by Brazilians for luck, prosperity, and protection.

on etsy

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

No mirrors necessary ~

To Shadow;
to follow (a person) about secretly, in order to keep watch over his movements.