Our boo thang, Chicago native,Nikki Lynette, is always stopping by to show love. this visit she gave us the pre-release of her new single, “Disappear.” It’s an alternative rock/soul ballad that didn’t make the cut for her upcoming project Respect My Disrespect. But that doesn’t mean its not worthy of praise. This song was written and produced by Nikki Lynette herself, and mixed by Matt Hennessy at VSOP Studios.
Have a listen and tweet her @nikkilynette to let her know what you think.:
I’m wobbling on the icy sidewalks of Manhattan against the sharp, brutal wind, which is mockingly slicing my face into pieces. I feel like I’m five years old again trapped in my one-piece zip-up snowsuit unable to raise my arms, intently concentrating with knitted brows trying not to walk sideways and fall on my derrière. There are so many layers underneath my puffy coat that I feel immobile and stuck. I grip the railing as I descend down to the subway, my boots crunching the grayed crystal snow-salt beneath me as I slide down the stairs. At the subway platform we’re all children again waiting for the school bus on a wintry morning, puffing out our breaths through our cocooned scarves with only our eyes peering through a tiny space like ninjas.
A text notification vibrates, my girlfriend (an ex-New Yorker) now living on West Coast:
“Augh! Another stupid sunny day here! I miss New York, the cold, my sweaters and coats *cat face with tears* emoji.”
I immediately reply with: “Three *angry red devil faces* emoji” while I mentally utter explosive curses at her—I picture her wearing flip-flops and shorts. Immaturely, at that moment, I hate her and pout like a child.
At the studio, I’m stirring the last shimmery touches on my mixing table, the almost completed color mixes for The Fan Collection 2.0 consume me. They are stunningly beautiful and simply lovely, yet, for my next round of mixing, I cannot fathom working with anything this pretty so soon. Instead, I start craving sensible soft cotton undies and my oldest sweats from college. That’s the outfit I’d wear as I picture myself munching on Doritos and washing it down with beer while watching horrific “Lifetime” movies—I crave dichotomy. That’s when I remember this quote from “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker: “Even beauty, in abundance, turns creepy.” I then call my girlfriend, I understand our finicky hearts.
My thirst to seek some kind of alluring forlornness leads me to words. Wordsmithing entrances me, I can marinate myself for days with its craft. Words are a magical and ancient medium. Great writers use words to depict the cinematic or to hint at nuances of imagination. Would I? Can I humbly dare to translate that into colors?
As soon as I read “Ghost House,” by Robert Frost (published on public domain), the colors revealed themselves. It was as if I was physically walking along the patch of earth from the poem. There are many layers in those verses that illuminate one’s soul; I’ve attempted to translate this into layers of colors. This entire collection was curated by a harmony of hues that go seamlessly hand in hand, including the glitters that can be layered with the opaque colors to give depth and texture depending on one’s mood.
It’s rare for me to make four opaque colors in one collection, but these earthy palettes ravished me, when I read the poem, these colors seduced me. The opaques themselves are all demurely quiet, neutral and wearable, yet sophisticatedly pensive for all occasions and seasons (my own version of the perfect little black dress). I know, I know, scandalously, there is only one color with that shimmery sensation and I’ve crushed on glitter again. That last time you’ve witnessed this was circa 2009.
A Lonely House: The sleepy night sky swallows up the last of the dim sunlight. Like a black and white photograph from long ago, naked tree branches are covered in the snow that is falling on the ground and the ubiquitous snow wins with a smirk. A brown, weathered, broken wooden house remains, without any apparent light or life. Just there, content, scattered, and waiting. Out of this friendless and disparaged landscape dwells the perfect opaque brown. Like handsomely worn English saddle leather, a rich and lush one-coater.
Forgotten Road: The snow has melted. A howling wind stamps, turns, and tangos with the broken brown house too many times. In the morning after they part, a charcoal road, faded over time, leads to the house yearning for companionship. In the slick asphalt road after the rain, I found a charcoal opaque gray. It is the color of a deep gray river rock that fits perfectly in your hand, the darkest shade of gray in the spectrum. A darker, moodier sister to Stormy.
Footpath: After the incessant rain and flood, the yellowed-clay earth slowly recovers and hardens. Unhurriedly, the path heals, baked by the sun. The earth, for a short while, forgets and forgives its muddied past. The willow branches persistently swings, whispers, and sheds its confetti of mustard-colored pollen, which blend to celebrate a marriage between two earthy-yellow opaque hues. This earthened-yellow is truly mellow, wearable, and surpassingly neutral. If you’re on the fence about wearing a bright yellow, this is a perfect shade to ease into.
The Mosses Mar: The small creek sings and chatters, conversing with the busy birds pecking away at nature’s supper. In between the brown house the wood has shed, there are sage-colored mosses bursting up for their new eager, erratic life. This is the color of the mosses in between stones or scattered deadwoods, parched and lightened by the sun, almost identical to the underside of Aspen leaves when they tremble in the wind. (This is a less yellow version of Diddy Mow 2.0)
Wild Raspberries Grow: One spring morning, a sparkling hint of brilliance appeared in the periphery where wild raspberry patches thrived. The ruby fruit twinkled. Like Dorothy,from The Wizard of Oz, the raspberries find their ruby slippers—turning the grayed world of black and white into a beautiful spring day. In the light of the sun of a new day, the micro leafy green glitters and sparkling fuchsia berries float. Combine this with any of the opaque colors in this collection or use three coats to see a kaboom of glitter!
Small, Dim, Summer Stars: Lost in the woods on a moonless, un-illuminated night, they stumble through the darkness. Looking up at the sky amid the fragrant forest, the weeping willow tree branches recite a monologue in the distance. A whippoorwill sopranos—its cadenza joins to compete. Then they appeared, countless tiny stars embedded in the dark sky, it was always there to be found in every gentle, trusting heart. This sweltering silvery black base hammered with multifaceted and spectacular green, blue, pink, shimmery, glittery twinkling stars will bring you back to that summer night long ago, full of wonder and beauty.
As Sweet Companions: In the end, it was the hardship and the beauty that all flourished together. The sonatas will always have the contrasting movement that settles what the perfect ending was meant to be. The silver-lavender and matte black glitter were meant to be playmates. This is not your typical screaming glitter, it’s more discreet, reserved, with muted tones. You can create a perfect polka-dot nail art overlay with any of the opaque colors from this collection as base. Or better yet, for those who want it real–layer it on for jeweled digits!glows with history. This hue has a build-able jade jelly and the end result looks like milk glass veneers on your fingertips. Both edgy and full of vintage charm, this polish is the perfect fit for any ‘Fire-Queen.’” Jaime’s desire.
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Normally, we post about some current event happening amongst the fashionably creative culture. But this time, we want to take it in a different direction. To something with a little more meaning behind it that is close to our hearts. Well, at least to the creators of this site. Hopefully you, our readers, can appreciate it too.
In case you didn’t know, Veronica, our Creative Director, is one of my oldest and dearest friends. We grew up together in Colorado Springs and stayed friends all through high school and college.
This Christmas, Veronica and I were blessed with learning that:
1) Our grandmothers were bff’s WAYYY back in the day and the families have been connected by friendship for over 7 decades. Veronica’s grandmother raised her family was just a few blocks from where mine raised hers, and it stayed that ways for many, many years.
2) Veronica’s family played an active role in the the Black diaspora of the US and Black history.
Her Grandmother’s house, which we both walked past everyday after school, was a safe house for those traveling along the Underground Railroad. Later, during 40-50′s, Black travelers who were not allowed to stay in hotels could find a room in an era of racial segregation and discrimination. The home, now destroyed by fire, was the last remaining Colorado Springs link in a nationwide chain of tourist homes. I remember walking in the house and wondering why there was a second front door off to the side with mysterious cut off and crevices throughout.
Reflecting on this and realizing that I was then standing in a place that saved lives and help so many reach their ideal of freedom is beyond words.
Some of the story is given light in these articles: Side Streets: Fire destroys piece of Colorado Springs history and Side Streets: A house where history blossomed
Having your family around when moments like this are shared is heart warming and empowering. As stated in the above mentioned articles, stories like these need to be told so our children understand the enormity of the struggle for racial equality. Many will not understand the magnitude of this information and it is sad that younger generations will possibly miss out on hearing anything close to this first hand. I’m so thankful to know the little bits of information that I do. I am even more appreciative of the struggle, adversity, and strife that our families overcame to lead us to where we are today.
Artist Phillip K Smith III took a 70-year old wooden cabin in the California High Desert, added mirrors to the wood structure for an art piece that gives the illusion of transparency. Named “Lucid Stead,” the cabin’s optical illusion is impressive both in photos and in film. LEDs compliment the exterior during the evening by illuminating the interior.
On the weekend of October 12th in Joshua Tree, California, artist Phillip K Smith III revealed his light based project, Lucid Stead. What was expected to be a two day event for a handful of viewers, turned into over 400 people making the journey over two weekends. People as far away as New York City and Canada traveled to the California High Desert to experience it. Numerous media sources have asked to do cover stories on the work. Thousands of photos professional and amateur, were taken, posted and shared across blogs and social media sights. In just over 30 days, Lucid Stead officially became a phenomenon.
Composed of mirror, LED lighting, custom built electronic equipment and Arduino programming amalgamated with a preexisting structure, this architectural intervention, at first, seems alien in context to the bleak landscape. Upon further viewing, Lucid Stead imposes a delirious, almost spiritual experience. Like the enveloping vista that changes hue as time passes, Lucid Stead transforms. In daylight the 70 year old homesteader shack, that serves as the armature of the piece, reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain like a mirage or an hallucination. As the sun tucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desolate darkness. This transformation also adapts personal perception, realigning one’s sensory priorities. A heightened awareness of solitude and the measured pace of the environment is realized.
Smith states, “Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert. When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you. It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change.”
Phillip K Smith III received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He draws inspiration from the reductive logic of minimalism and the optic sensation of California’s Light and Space movement. Smith’s innovation and exploitation of new technologies keeps these ideologies current. He was honored as the 2010 Artist in Residence at the Palm Springs Art Museum and was included in the exhibition, Smooth Operations: Substance and Surface in Southern California Art, alongside artists such as Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, and Craig Kauffman at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster CA. He has been asked to return to the museum for a solo exhibition opening in January 2014. He has been commissioned to create over a dozen monumental art works and his light based sculptures are collected Nationwide. Phillip will open a solo exhibition of lightworks at royale projects : contemporary art in Palm Desert on November 29 2013. His work will be featured at UNTITLED art fair in Miami opening December 1st.
For more info visit: http://www.lucidstead.com
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Fall fashion is notoriously luxurious with layers, scarves, leather and coats, all the things that make fashion nerds wanna bolt to the nearest mall. Since fall is here I would like to draw your attention to the utterly gorgeous ASSASSIN’S CREED IV BLACK FLAG collection by MUSTERBRAND.
Musterbrand worked closely with Ubisoft to develop these stunning pieces which range from $59 to $240. Granted the line is inspired by the male protagonist Edward Kenway, however I find that the collection has a magnificent unisex appeal with the sleek lines and cuts. I can’t help but swoon over the attention to detail and the pigments of gray and black, not to mention the durable and rich fabrics. The line has all the makings of a true blue fall fashion collection while holding so true to the game that inspired it. BLACK FLAG is all about the nautical golden age of piracy and just by looking at the pieces, you can smell the salty air and taste the rum.
To add a special touch, all buttons are interchangeable with other designs and new designs will be released over time and the game franchise evolves. Now that’s a genius way of making the button bearing pieces a solid investment by keeping them fresh. I checked the size chart, and it appears everything goes up to XXL, which is pretty considerate from my point of view. This fabulous line will drop October 29th so head over to MUSTERBRAND and check it out, I have a feeling this collection will be a sold out success.
- See more on this collection and other geek trends at SugarGamers.com-
Written by Rebecca “Bonks” Rothschild
Romita Comedor is a restaurant that is less than two years old yet it has the ambience of a well-loved, casual tradition.
The interior touches – the use of wood and tile, the wood furnishings, the many plants and various surface treatments – all seem to belong here, and they seem to have belonged for a long time. Nice vintage-chic patina that also looks fresh and modern – not easy to achieve.
The dining room is located in Mexico City, in the heart of Colonia Roma, at Avenida Álvaro Obregón 49.
The building dates back to early 1900s and its style was inspired by grand railway stations. It is also protected by the INBA (Instituta Nacional de Bellas Artes).
The massive windows, glass ceiling and a retractable awning all take full advantage of the station-style architecture, and let the light in for the benefit of the many plants.
The building’s current owner, Rodrig Espinoza, and his two partners, Marcela Lugo and Arturo, designed the restaurant with the idea in mind that it would become a gathering place that would attract not just the locals but visitors as well.
Mr. Wise ( aka Zechariah Wise), is best known for his work behind the scenes as President of the production crew, Team Demo. While his earlier work as an artist in groups like the Lower Life Forms and Team Demolition provide trivia for underground hip hop collectors, Wise continues to periodically release compelling solo material. His new single, “I Can’t Figure You Out,” is a taste of the hip hop, funk and blue-eyed soul fusion from his fourth-coming EP, “The Way of the Doh Doh“
Beginning as a self produced recording artist in the mid 90s, Mister Wise simultaneously built an independent record label and recording studio facility where his skills as a record producer and recording/ mixing engineer made him a fixture in the growing DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) urban music scene.
Wise’s list of credits includes such artists as 50 Cent, Wale, Kool G Rapp, Big Daddy Kane, Chris Brown, Obie Trice, Tabi Bonney, Phil Ade, Sean Price, Illa Ghee, Kingpen Slim, Styles P, Nikki Jean, Midian, Sauce Money, DJ Premier, Wais P, Gods Illa, Black Cobain, Lord Digga, Raekwon, Boobe, Juicy J, Pastor Troy and Joie 13 just to name a few.
While widely regarded as one of the forefathers of the DMV hip hop scene, it’s all just music to Wise. “I stopped thinking about genres a long time ago. I came up in hip hop so I’m most known for that, but I work on everything. There are only two kinds of music in my world: the stuff I worked on and the stuff I didn’t.”
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In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, inside of a deep dark cave for the last few years, we have a very important piece of information to share with you…IT’S LOLLAPALOOZA WEEKEND IN CHICAGO!
The number of celebs, industry execs, tastemakers, influencers, and any other cool title you can think of are in the city in celebration of one of the largest music festivals in the states. Insane? Yes. But hey, that’s the incredible power of the Lolla.
As can be expected, some really good will be happening and we just got our VIP invite to all of them
Our friends over at LFB Media gave us a summary of what’s happening at the Hard Rock Hotel. Look to us over the weekend to bring you coverage from these events on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter with a weekend recap back here on The Sevenology.
CK ONE MUSIC LOUNGE
The ck one color cosmetics brand will present the “ck one Music Lounge” – an exclusive VIP artist lounge and acoustic performance venue – this year at Lollapalooza 2013. The annual music event, created by BMF Media Group, will take place August 2 – 4 at the popular downtown Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.
Artists, bands, tastemakers, industry executives, and media will be invited to the “ck one Music Lounge” to take part in the ultimate music experience. There they will enjoy private performances by some of today’s coolest artists, including Eve, Rosco Bandana, Brick+Mortar, Stalley, The Mowgli’s, Blondfire, Héloïse and The Savior Faire, among others to be announced.
Guests will enjoy makeovers from the official CK One color cosmetics global celebrity makeup artists – Jodie Boland and Hung Vanngo – as well as an exclusive ck one color cosmetics manicure bar. In addition, attendees can challenge bandmates to a game of ping pong or foosball in the lounge.
Date: Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
IT’S SO MIAMI LOUNGE
This year, The BMF Media Group returns to Chicago during the Lollapalooza Music Festival to present the It’s So Miami Lounge, a highly-anticipated three-day oasis at the coveted Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. From Aug. 2 - 4, the VIP and artist retreat will provide the ultimate music experience for attending media, talent, artists, industry executives, and tastemakers alike.
The It’s So Miami Lounge is presented by The Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Clearasil®, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Starbucks® Iced Coffee, Herbal Essences, Polaroid Sunglasses, District®, Heineken Light, smartwater®, vitaminwater®, Belvedere, Vita Coco Coconut Water, Blue Microphones, VH1, Code of Conduct, and Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.
DJs: DJ sets by MR. BEST, Franco V, Mike Nouveau, Jeffrey Tonnesen, DJ Cobra, and more to be announced.
Date: Friday, Aug. 2 – Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
#ASOSRocks VIP AFTER-PARTY SERIES
Chicago. From Aug. 2 – 4, the #ASOSRocks after-parties will feature exclusive musical performances and custom brand experiences for attending media, talent, artists, industry executives, and tastemakers alike.
#ASOSRocks will offer guests access to a number of exciting ASOS experiences, including a showcase of the brand’s new collections, a digital tablet wall displaying exclusive content, and contests offering the chance to win a $6,000 shopping spree, as well as $1,000 gift cards, to asos.com. Festival-goers will also be gifted with ASOS festival survivor kits and $50 gift vouchers to asos.com.
On Aug. 2, VH1 will kick off the first #ASOSRocks VIP after-party – “#ASOSRocks + VH1 Rules” – with exclusive live performances and surprise guest appearances. VH1 will also be capturing footage and artist interviews for its Top 20 Video Countdown and news programs.
#ASOSRocks is presented by ASOS, VH1, Belvedere, and Heineken Light.
Friday, Aug. 2
Saturday, Aug. 3
Sunday, Aug. 4
The Dolls: Mia Moretti & Margot
DJ SETS BY:
DJ Mom Jeans
Date: Friday, Aug. 2 – Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
Time: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
HARD ROCK HOTEL CHICAGO LOBBY TAKEOVER
This year, The BMF Media Group returns to Chicago during the Lollapalooza Music Festival to bring back the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago Lobby Takeover. On Aug. 2 – Aug. 3, the hotel lobby will feature gifting, and other exciting experiences for attending media, talent, artists, industry executives, and tastemakers alike. Courtesy of RadioShack, guests can try out an impressive showcase of SOL REPUBLIC new products including Tracks headphones, Sound Track headbands and a brand new product.
Attendees can also pop into a photo booth to create fun animated GIFs to post and share. In addition to a variety of giveaways, Polaroid Sunglasses will be offering pedicabs to and from the festival, while guests looking to cool down can pick up ice cream and shaved ice from the ASOS cart.
The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago Lobby Takeover is presented by the RadioShack Experience with SOL REPUBLIC, Polaroid Sunglasses and ASOS.
DJs: Appearance by Steve Aoki on Friday, August 2 and more to be announced.
Date: Friday, Aug. 2 – Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013
Time: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.