Check out what I wrote for Ecophiles!

So, I’ve been busy, busy, busy, hence the inactivity. I’ve been interning with this great travel website called Ecophiles, and as a part of their team I’ve been publishing regular content. For example, here’s an excerpt from my personal favorite post, 5 Sustainable Designers at New York Fashion Week you Need to Know About:

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Photo: Collina Strada.

When it comes to sustainable fashion, it seems like those who practice what they preach are few and far between. These 5 designers took it upon themselves to bring a positive change to an industry riddled with waste. Check out the following designers who proudly displayed earth-friendly outfits on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week!

Check out the rest of the post about sustainable designers on ecophiles.com!

Sunday Album Review – For All We Know by Nao

I found Nao while scrolling through Tumblr, which is obviously my go-to way to discover new artists. Her voice is unique in a way I can’t describe, and the music she creates is nothing short of an experience.

Review Criteria

The Artist and their album name: Nao – For all We Know
Heard of/listened to before? No and No
What I did while listening: Pinned on Pinterest
Better suited for: A chill evening; this would be a great album to play in an upbeat coffee shop as well.
Top 3 Songs
Favorite Lyric:
“Glass empty or full/
Quench my thirsty tongue/
I’m drinking it/
Master of my school/
Break the rules until I’m making them”
Songs and musical artists this reminds me of:

Would I recommend it? Yes, definitely listen to the album in it’s entirety and in order, the little memos and short portions in between songs really enhance the overall experience the first time you listen. Then accept that “Girlfriend” is going to be your go-to song for at least a week. At least.

Rating [10 being the best]: 8.3 out of 10 voice memos.
Listen on Youtube.

Sunday Album Review – 99¢ by Santigold

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You know when you’ve got something you’ve meant to do, nothing urgent or pressing, but it keeps popping up in your life, undone? That’s how I feel about listening to Santigold, and a lot of albums, hence this blog column!

Review Criteria

The Artist and their album name: Santigold – 99¢
Heard of/listened to before? Yes, and kind of. I’ve heard bits and piece of her music, but never actively sat and listened.
What I did while listening: Updated my resume
Better suited for: This would be an awesome halloween party soundtrack
Top 3 Songs
Favorite Lyric:
“I had to swerve on little mama/

cause she out here with that llama/

Alpaca on my arm/
I’m stayin’ warm in any storm/
A super chef with the snow captain/
Out here, move it, make it happen”
Songs and musical artists this reminds me of:
Would I recommend it?
Hesitantly. I like this album, but it definitely has a sound and style that is too unique to pinpoint, which might not do it for some people. Give her music a try, especially her other albums. She has a cult following and there’s definitely a reason for it.
Rating [10 being the best]: This album gets 6.7 out of 10 Alpacas.
Listen on Youtube or Spotify.
Pssst…. Did y’all listen to Frank Ocean’s new album? I want to hear what you think, leave a comment or tweet me @lefthvnded.

Monday Moodboard – Adventure

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These  moodboards will definitely become more frequent at some point, but right now is not that point, so they’re monthly.

This months theme is adventure, and the acceptance as well as realization that sometimes the best adventure is hidden between the covers of a book, in a moment you didn’t expect to happen, or in someone you didn’t expect to encounter. Here’s to a month full of adventures, big, small, significant, and pointless.

Sunday Album Review – Sugar Symphony by Chloe x Halle

 

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I had been meaning to listen to Chloe x Halle since they popped up in my feed, and the second I heard their music I knew I should’ve started listening earlier. Needless to say, I’m hooked.

Review Criteria

The Artist and their album EP name: Chloe x Halle – Sugar Symphony

Heard of/listened to before? No and no.

What I did while listening: Wrote some blog posts.

Better suited for: Each song has a completely different feeling, some could be great for a party while others would be great for a party.

Top 3 Songs

1. Drop

2. Fall

3. Thunder

Favorite Lyric:

“And all I want, is to be home/

Hit the gas, just be alone/

Turn off the world/

Dance with myself, like ballerinas”

From Red Lights.

Songs and musical artists this reminds me of:

Electric Lady – Janelle Monáe

Kelela – Rewind

Beyoncé – Pretty Hurts

Would I recommend it?

Yes. These incredibly talented young ladies are associated with Beyoncé, and I feel that I can definitely hear any influence she or those she works with had. Chloe and Halle are definitely up and coming, the beats are catchy but most of all their voices are intense and gorgeous in the best way possible. Expect a completely different experience with each track, as mentioned.

Rating [10 being the best]: This album gets 7.3 out of 10 lazy loves.

Listen on Youtube or Spotify.

Style Icon – Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge

My love for Aluna’s style began immediately, when I she looked just past the camera and into my heart in the music video for Your Drums, Your Love. Her outfits are always unique and eye catching, yet still often simplistic.

 

I've Been Treading Water
This set is inspired by the look that started my love for the electornic duo, featuring the actual sneakers as well as the mirrored wolf statue. Click the link to find out where everything is from.
I said "Trust Me"
This  look is inspired by the anti-harassment anthem Mean What I Mean. Everyone in that video looked fabulous, but the point of the song is even better.
Whats your favorite Aluna Francis look?