Thursday, April 24, 2014

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK - HAVEN CHRISTIAN

The weekend is almost here, is anyone else as excited as I am?! Things have been super crazy for me, but I haven't forgotten to keep you guys up to date on the lovely, talented people in my life! Today I am introducing you guys to the beautiful, Haven Christian. She is a model and shop owner of Tipsy Gypsy! She currently resides in Michigan and spends her days caring after her adorable pups and managing her boho-chic trendy shop. Haven wanted to start modeling around the 6th grade, she would go and get glamour shots done because it was so popular at the time - and then she just started doing little jobs one after another! Her shop idea sparked simply because she's always wanted to go to fashion school for merchandising. Haven always had the confidence she could do it all on her own, and well, look at where she is now!
Haven has got a love for online boutiques, and she's recently gotten into shops such as Spell Byron Bay, Nasty Gal, Wildfox, Novella Royale, and much more. She also appreciates the cheaper side for basics such as Forever 21 and H&M. If she could put together an outfit from any store, it would be from Forever 21 because you can get so much more for your money! As the years have gone by, modeling has become more of a hobby for her. She's been very focused with her shop, Tipsy Gypsy, which just recently launched! Tipsy Gypsy is filled with many boho street style and handmade articles and there are so many unique items. There are things from flower crowns, to accessories, to swimsuits and cardigans - you name it and they've got it, all imported from all over the world and made just to fit you!
SHOP TIPSY GYPSY BY CLICKING HERE!
"The world is endless for you, you can be as big as you want to be and you can be as successful as you want to be whether that means being a model, store owner, etc. You've just got to get your feelings out and go forward with whatever it is you want to do with life!"

With Haven's modeling and her online shop, she's done it all on her own! She's hopes to have her own store front one day and continue the process of Tipsy Gypsy. This beautiful lady has so much talent and confidence, go give her shop a chance and check out what it has to offer! Follow Haven on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with her modeling, her lovely face, and Tipsy Gypsy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blood Moon

Tonight the moon will enter the darkest part of Earth's shadow at around 2AM Eastern Time! This is one of the most energetic phases of 2014, we are at a cross road of major changes along with incorporating our deepest creations with the profound energies of the universe. Focus on your mind, let your heart feel, and begin to embrace the changes that are coming. This April eclipse will greatly affect those with birthdays from the 15th to the 29th (my birthday is the 25th!). This is the time where certain relationships come to an end and new beginnings start to take effect. If you've been wanting to make a change, go after it and do everything you can in your power to make that change. Lately the wind has been insane down here in Texas, and if you really focus, you can feel all the stress from this past Winter slowly drifting away. Don't allow yourself to dwell on the past during this time. I've been catching myself thinking about certain things I shouldn't think about, and it seems to be a little easier to let go and move on from those thoughts. Focus on what you want rather than what you don't want. Instead of thinking, "I can't" think "I will". Let Spring give you the opportunity to move on and forgive those who have done you wrong. Build a foundation for yourself and tell yourself where you want to be a few years from now. Step into the new role that you are meant to fulfill on this planet. This Blood Moon is an indication of letting the old go, and letting the new fall in. You'll feel a certain heavy feeling, something dragging you. That is all the toxic energy that has been hanging onto you letting go. This is all a part of your transformation! There won't be another lunar eclipse until October, so take advantage of this time and appreciate what our universe has to offer. You can get an idea of the places in your life that will be affected by this eclipse by looking to see where 25 degrees Libra falls in your astrology chart. There are plenty of ways to find your birth natal chart - so if the eclipse falls close to one of your personal planets, this is very significant for you! Eclipses are always a time for change, it gives opportunity for new people and things to come into our lives. If you see yourself drifting from certain things and people, don't mourn over it. Chances are this is all a part of your transformation and changes. Tonight, welcome the balance and harmony that's about to enter your life. I will be waking up at around 2AM tonight to cast a circle, make a list of things I wish to let go of, make an offering to the Mother Goddess and the Universe, and enjoy the beautiful lunar eclipse. What will you be doing in honor of tonight? Blessed be, everyone!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I am grateful

As human beings, we spend our days going through a routine. We wake up, we go to work or school, we spend our days being tired and looking forward to the future. But so many of us fail to realize that the future can happen right NOW. Anything we wish for the future can happen at this very moment. We spend so much time being tired and worn out, we forget to appreciate the life we are given and we take advantage of it. There's so much of the world to see, so many people to meet and as humans we seem to forget that there's so much more to the world than our phones, our houses, and our jobs. I've been going through a little rut, feeling uninspired and stressing myself out over the most little things that shouldn't stress me out. One morning, I woke up and I was thinking to myself, "Goodness, I just wish to be the positive person that I am meant to be. I want to appreciate my life and open my eyes to the experiences and limits that are possible." And a month later, I'm feeling this burst of energy that I haven't felt in so long. I called up old family members I haven't spoken to in a long time and told them how much I love them. I became closer with my friends and decided to reach out to them. I continued to tell people that I love them every day and I grew to become nicer and less bitter. I'm letting myself having fun and I'm letting myself let go for once. I've been so uptight and secluded from the world, I've forgotten the feeling of just letting go. Surprisingly after a week of being happy and filled with all this lovely energy, my baby sister surprised me with a visit. Now keep in mind, I haven't seen her in over 10 months. Getting the opportunity to see her was so incredibly amazing, and it made me realize how grateful I am to get to experience the opportunities that I am given. The point of this post was to let my readers remember to be grateful for the little things in life. With all the sudden, tragic deaths that have been publicly displayed via the media - you begin to realize how short life really is, you never know when it will be taken away from you. So go on and spend time with your family, tell your parents that you are thankful and that you love them. Tell your friends that you appreciate the time they spend with you. Laugh a lot and smile as much as you can. Let love in and see what it does for you and your soul. Do the things that you love to do because you never know when you'll never get the chance to do them again. Be grateful for this life you are given. You have so much potential and opportunity. Step out of the box, stand up for yourself, and look for those opportunities.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK - JESSICA ESS

Introducing you guys to the lovely, Jessica Ess! She's a female vocalist from Chicago, Illinois. There has always been something unique about Jessica - from her voice, to her image, along with her personality. Jessica is sincere at heart and deeply sincere in her music. She's been surrounded by music all of her life! Jessica was inspired at a very young age by artists like the Spice Girls and Britney Spears (I mean, what girl wasn't?!) that she would dress up like them and perform in her living room. These past few years have been quite crazy for Jessica, in a positive and negative way. In 2012, she got the opportunity to collaborate with Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens) on their acoustic EP, If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack, on the song, "Don't You Ever Forget About Me".
Shortly after that, she paired up with David Newton and formed together a female fronted, post hardcore band called The Atlantic. They've been in and out of the studio, constantly putting together their creativity and trying to complete the band piece by piece. It's been a long and difficult journey for them, and it's still continuing to this very day...
So then just recently, Jessica and the band released an official statement (you can read it here) and turned a new leaf for the band and for themselves. They are now known as Paper|Cities and they will be releasing a brand new song tomorrow! As she said so herself, the band is stronger than ever and she couldn't be happier about it. Jessica is super excited on this simply because now she is free to express herself through her music with no setbacks. Go vote to have them play Warped Tour this summer!
Besides the band and the music that Jessica dedicates her life to so dearly, she has other interests that she's always wanted to pursue! She's got goals such as getting a real estate license, finishing cosmetology school, and putting her own artistic ability into her clothing. She collaborated with ilovestud this past summer and put together the Forever [You]ng clothing line! She is a buzzmaker at Buzznet and got the opportunity to give us all a sneak peek at some of the pieces!
Through Jessica's experiences in the music industry, she's gotten the lovely opportunity to work with people that she's always admired and looked up to. But if there was one artist that she could work with, it would be Gwen Stefani! One item that Jess holds dear to her heart are her dog tags. "I feel like all my accomplishments are held in these necklaces. They've been on through every show I've ever played and every struggle I've overcome in this industry."
All in all, Jessica has got so much potential and she's ready to show it. I'm very excited to see where Paper|Cities end up in the future because it's looking very bright! Please go like her band, Paper|Cities on Facebook and follow them on Twitter! Follow Jessica on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with new releases and shows. The music world is one of the most tough industries to be in, so show your love and support to all your local artists!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

CELEBRATING OSTARA

The air is clearing up and the sun is shining so brightly, the birds and bugs are slowly coming out and the aura is renewing and welcoming. Spring is finally here and I could not be happier about it! On this day, the light and the darkness are both equal - but the Horned God is now developing and growing stronger after the Winter Solstice. There's going to be longer and warmer days, the world seems more renewed and refreshed, introducing the chance for amazing changes and opportunities! Wiccans and neopagans take the spring equinox as Ostara, and it is the celebration of the Sun God and the Maiden Goddess' marriage. The Sun God and the Maiden Goddess represent characteristics of a new season! Ostara is one of 8 neopagan sabbats (holidays) that make up the Wheel of the Year. It's the celebration of nature itself and the perfect time to do deep cleaning around the house, start planting different herbs and flowers in your garden, and planning new things for yourself! Just like the Christian religion has Easter, Wiccans and neopagans celebrate Ostara. Some symbols for Ostara include eggs, rabbits, flowers and seeds. Many neopagans believe these symbols to represent the beginning of spring and use these items in rituals, altars, feasts and festivals. Tomorrow I will be setting up my little altar for Ostara and celebrating with my friends! I hope you all have a wonderful beginning to the season. Spring is my absolute favorite because everyone is always so happy and everything feels so fresh and new! Also, my birthday is this upcoming April so I'm even more excited for Spring now. Happy Ostara and Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate and blessed be.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK - LINA

Meet Lina Assayed, known as Lina Bugz - she's a phenomenal stylist and fashion blogger hailing from Orange County and Los Angeles, California. Lina is currently majoring in Product Development at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. For as long as I've known Lina and have been following her, she never fails to amaze me with her collaborations and work. I know that if I ever need a stylist, Lina is definitely the first person that I want to go to! This is something that Lina is wholeheartedly passionate about, she thanks her mother for the inspiration she got from her as a child. Her ultimate place to shop from is Dolls Kill, which who can blame her? Dolls Kill is a badass outlet for all of us ladies wanting to express ourselves!
Lina has collaborated and modeled with brands such as Tunnel Vision and Tilted Sole. This is something that Lina sees herself doing for a very long time. If there was anyone that she could work with in the industry, it would definitely be Miley Cyrus! Can you imagine the crazy and outstanding work that would come out of that collaboration?
Lina updates her blog regularly with new looks that she's put together and even informs her readers on where she goes to get the inspiration and pieces for her outfits! She's got incredible creativity and knows how to bring her unique visions to life.
All in all, I'm just incredibly excited to see what the future has in store for this talented lady! I only hope that one day we get to collaborate together and do something out of the ordinary! Go check out her blog and follow her on instagram, twitter, and check out her lookbook!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Talk, Talk, Talk with Tori McClure

Meet my dearest friend, Tori McClure. Tori is a singer and songwriter residing in Houston, Texas. She released her first EP, "Courage" on April 14th, 2013 and it is now available on iTunes! In March of 2013, Tori won 1st place in the Youth Division of Houston Rodeo’s: Rodeo Rockstar Competition. She is now in the studio working on her upcoming music! She just released a song last week called, "Fight Another Day" which is also available on iTunes! Click here to keep updated with Tori and her music!

What and who inspired you to start writing music? - That’s a tough question. I remember being in the fourth grade and writing a song just because I loved to sing. Given, it was a terrible song (how many fourth-graders can write a Billboard’s Top 100 Hits?) I just loved it. After that I didn’t write for a long time; it just didn’t come to mind to sit down and write. But what inspired me to start seriously writing was a relationship. Looking back I sometimes feel a lot of distain towards the guy, but the way I felt about him made me basically NEED to channel it into something. That’s when I wrote the chorus of my first song on my album ‘Courage’: “Try This Out”. Even though that guy really hurt me in the end, I had this solid chorus.

Where do you go to write music and what is the process normally like? - My room is normally where all the writing takes place, but as of lately I’ve been more creative with where in my room I write. In College Station, I have two closets- one of which, is this really tall that I decided to keep my dresses in. So, there’s a lot of room. A new thing I’ve been doing is kind of just hanging out in there when I write. As for the process, it kind of depends on the day, and what’s happened. If I’m inspired, sometimes it will take me 20 minutes to write an entire song. But, if I’m just trying to write, I could be sitting there for hours. You can never force a good song onto paper.
Is this something you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life? - Oh yeah. I’m not coordinated or really good at anything else, so I’m going for it.

Are there any other goals/hobbies you have and want to do besides this? - Dude, I love to make cupcakes. Like. More than I should. Along with this, I’m really looking forward to starting a family of my own. I have a heart for taking care of people- and I’m looking forward to taking care of my family.
If you could perform and work with anyone in the entire industry, who would it be? - Probably Ed Sheeran or Ben Rector. I’ve never heard such great songwriters. Along with that, they appear to be very down-to-earth guys.

What is one item you can't live without and why? - Definitely my laptop. I can hardly go anywhere without it. It has all of my recorded music, videos, and songs on it. I can always get a new cell phone or guitar- but this laptop has my life on it.

Are you working on any new projects that we can look forward to? - This January, I recorded two new singles! One is called ‘Why You Wanna’, a song about (basically) a pointless relationship. The other song is one that’s very close to my heart called “Fight Another Day”. This song is one that I wrote for friends of mine- and really anyone that’s struggling with their identity, or life in general. Growing up is so hard sometimes- and this song is for them. So, what I want them to know is “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” These two songs will be released in March/April this year! Along with this, I'm playing in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this year March 8th, 15th, and 22nd at 7pm in the Carnival Area. They're all on Saturdays, so if you can come out! Please do!
If you could wish for one thing in the world, what would it be? - (In a broad sense) Honestly? I’d wish that everyone on this earth had UNDERSTANDING in their hearts. I feel like we (as a society/world) are so narrow minded sometimes. We believe what we believe- and if anyone doesn’t agree or questions it, we’re immediately ridiculed and put down. If everyone had this in them, I think there’d be so much more peace in the world. (In a not-so broad sense- or personally) I’d wish that I could be successful enough with my music to take care of my family members. Growing up, I was so fortunate and spoiled by them- and I want to repay them for their unconditional love and kindness Also, I’d wish that animals could talk.

TORI MCCLURE WILL BE PERFORMING AT THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK & RODEO SHOW ON MARCH 15TH AND MARCH 22ND! GO SUPPORT HER!