Oh New York, how I’ve missed you. This last trip was quick, but to be honest, I was ready to get back to my southern safe haven. Upon arrival I was immediately pulled in every direction imaginable. I think that I could’ve checked off my list in about 5 days I was back in the hustle and bustle. Scored big time at Mood and now I have everything lined up to make life a little easier down here when it comes to my sourcing. Phew! Very excited about that! My 2nd order of business was meeting up with my old friend Jed and go to my first NHL game. We saw the NY Rangers whoop the Carolina Hurricanes. Jed really hooked it up and we received the best VIP treatment ever, we had “Glass seats.” It was so amazing to watch these gladiators on ice. The Rangers scored the majority of their goals in the 3rd period with Avery getting his 1st goal of the season, they kept us on our toes the entire game. It was also special being back at MSG, so much history, I’ve seen Michael Jackson, Madonna and Jay Z there to name a few. Speaking of MJ, I ran into one of his friends* one of the nights I was out. *see below.
It was so nice to pop in and pop out of all my favorite food spots and also hit up a few new one’s my friends raved about. Wolfgang, Fat Radish, Sauce (new spot on the LES owned by my friend Frank who also owns my other favorite spots-Supper, Frank, Little Frankie’s etc.) Bereket (best soup in Manhattan ) and No Fun which is also a new spot on the LES, the list goes on and on. I miss my go-to’s and I really appreciate them more and more when I’m there. I also attended the BLK DNM event when I was there and was so much fun to see so many old familiar faces. So refreshing to be in the city again and be a part of such a cool event. Was lovely running into Ms. Ashley Wick as I haven’t seen her since she hosted an event of mine in 2008!? BLK Denim store is amazing and I haven’t stopped wearing my jeans they generously gave me and guests at the party. They’re amazing! Perfect really. With everything being so good, there’s only room for a little bit of bad. NYC thieves are the worst thieves on Earth. This is now the 2nd time in the last 3 months that someone on the island has STOLEN my phone. This time it was taken out of a secluded and private area of Roseland during a performance by Madonna. I lost it on the security there, looked everywhere for my phone, and no help from anyone. I stormed out of there and missed seeing my childhood idol. I couldn’t believe it and still cant. I did bump into Steve Lewis outside, and we had a little exchange. I miss Steve so much. Check out what he had to say about the Madonna experience. “My Saturday Night with Madonna” by Steve Lewis
My friend Angelo’s restaurant! Best food in downtown, must have.RUBIROSA
Schiller’s Brunch, same owners as Pastis. Fluffiest omlette on the planet. SCHILLERS
BEREKET RED LENTIL SOUP! Add Lemon and Hot Sauce - Pure HeavenBEREKET
Anouck Lepere couldn’t be more perfect for my classic trench. She’s got the best brows in the business, and her class reminds me of Audrey Hepburn. She gets Brooke Shields too, which I love. Missed Ms. Shields on this trip but next trip I definitely wont! I’ll also have some pics of Ms. Lepere from a recent event shortly, Thanks Anouck!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m very proud to present you with my first Southern Holiday shoot. There is so much beauty in Nashville, I really could not have chose a more perfect location to shoot. The following designs, colors, and looks completely represent my inspiration for this Fall and Winter. There’s something so wholesome and comforting about Fall foliage that really draws me in. I hope that this collection will make you feel the same way. I had so much fun on this shoot. The collection was shot by Nashville local Heidi Ross. She is so great to work with! The entire shoot was stress free, the locations were perfect, and the models represented the collection with ease. It really was something great and awesome to be a part of.
1 a: a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action b: the act of looking forward; especially: pleasurable expectation
I’m going to have to go with part B here, and that’s slightly and barely putting into words the feelings I’ve had about this little gem of a rocking night.
The following items are all true:
1) I’ve been looking forward to this show ever since it was first announced. Freaking out over it to be exact.
2) “Black Grease” by The Black Angels is played every day in my home
3) I used “Legends of God’s Gun” by Spindrift in my one of lookbook videos a few years back without knowing anything about them, or ever seeing them play.
4) I had the honor of dressing Sasha for the show. I love women in rock.
5) The show was probably the best rock show I’ve seen in Nashville to date.
The lineup couldn’t be any better. I love The Black Angels, love love love them. Dead Meadow - I’ve only heard great things, and Spindrift and I have had a sonic connection for years. The best part is that I’ve never seen any of these bands live and if you haven’t either, you better get on it. We arrived at the Exit In early with garment bag in hand with a few select pieces that I chose for her wardrobe. After slipping in the side door and passing the 100 or so people outside, I had the privilege of catching sound check. After they wrapped that, I cruised to the back and met the band. Sasha was so happy to see us! It must be rough being one of two girls on tour with a bunch of stinky dudes, but its rock n roll, so whatever. She’s so sweet. Sasha chose to rock my brown suede vest with the baby black corduroy trench over it. Two pieces - YES! Before they went on I made sure that “LOGG” was on the set list, KP through it on there, and after that I was set. Spindrift plays the most amazing psychedelic country western rock. The crowd really responded well and you could sense that this tour was something very special to be a part of. Check out the pics
Sasha w/ gold trim brown suede vest
Baby Corduroy Black Trench
My ladies Ashley, Brianne and Lali w/ Sasha.
Legend of God’s Gun LookBook Video!!
Mark from Dead Meadow as the psychedelic Indian chief helped bring the set to a close!
Spindrift was followed by the LA based, heavy, stoner, shoe gazey trio Dead Meadow. There couldn’t have been a better supporting act on this tour, unless Kyuss got back together or the Doors played. Dead Meadow is very good, very moody, ambient and overall kickass. After meeting them backstage, I was quite surprised that they were the same guys. I need to get their music on my ipod, perfect for an overcast hike around the Shelby Park lake on a fall day. The opening pic on this post is me with their mascot. He came out during the last song and bounced around thru the crowd. Think Bigfoot meets cousin It, one big mysterious fur ball.
Now to the headliner…………….THE BLACK ANGELS!!!!This is where that word “anticipation” comes in. It does not do my feelings justice in the slightest. I could barely control myself, my heart raced as the final line check ended and the lights went out. It was finally time for Austin, TX’s finest to rock my world. Chatting with the drummer before the show was really refreshing, she’s super nice and sweet, and was excited to play Nashville and sad for the tour to come to an end. This was the last night and sometimes bands want to check out early and get on the road, but the Angels brought it. They brought it hard. The singer has one of the most intoxicating vocal styles, he’s a real crooner. I’m sure that beard stinks to holy hell, but I feel like it’s the shield that protects an “angels” voice and soul. Their whole band is pretty much perfect, all multi talented and so vibrant in spirit. They played too many great songs to name, but most importantly they played my JAM - BLACK GREASE! I want to thank Sasha and all the boys for really making it such a terrific and amazing night. I was as close to the front as I could make it. Everyone was dancing I couldn’t help but get in the action, the best shots I took are below, the rest, well are history HA! I’m so fortunate to be able to see all of this great music, all the time. God Bless Music City!!
BLACK GREASE LIVE
Best vocals and lyrics, muah
He played bass and guitar, the pedal steel player on the right played guitar too
Alex Maas on the bass - Stephanie rocking the drums
My birthday this year couldn’t have been more of a direct hit, or bullseye for that matter! Moving to a new city is a whirlwind of emotion. From new surroundings, new friends, new foods, new thrills, and new music, I couldn’t have chosen a more fun place to live this year. Who would’ve thought Nashville could be such a haven for good times! The following is a little journey of some of the highlights that went down on my first ever Southern Birthday! Enjoy…..
Tuesday - Pre Bday Festivities at Whiskey Kitchen and Mai
This is my new friend Sierra. She is one of my new fashion friends here. She has a website called The Lookbook. It’s very chic and one of my new reads. When it comes to Nashville Fashion, Sierra is very aware. Keep an eye out for some new collaborations in the future. After Whiskey Kitchen we cruised down to Mai. To my surprise, Kevin Perryman, another Nashville designer was dj’ing. Nothing like kicking off your birthday to 90’s hip hop and R&B!!! Kevin is so cute, he really throws a great monthly party!
Sweet Chanel purse! ha
The next morning, on my actual birthday, I awoke to a beautiful bouquet of roses and my two babes. It was absolutely necessary to get a few extra’s zzzzz’s, nothing like a little beauty sleep. After a quick coffee fix, Casper and Marty briskly took me away on a romantic getaway down the Natchez Trace. God Bless the Fall in Tennessee, it is breathtaking. The foliage, the homes, the land and the breeze are second to none. I was having so much fun taking it all in that before I knew it we pulled into a national landmark, The Loveless Cafe. I love that name!! The Loveless was home to all the boys, from Elvis, Johnny, Denny Crum, Dolly, Hank, they all dined here and stayed on site when it was a hotel. Nothing better than a couple biscuits, jam, butter, honey and FRIED CHICKEN on your bday! I know I’m a health nut, but I really had to taste what I’ve read so much about! It was well worth it, good home style southern cooking at its best. My morning couldn’t have been more perfect.
Fried Chicken, creamed corn and Mac/Cheese!
Marty and I killing it on the porch
How cute are Casper and Marty! We’re going back for a family portrait
Casper took the romantic route back up Natchez and turned down a service road to cut through Percy Warner park. Right around the turn he joked that dusk was meal time for deer. I swear not even 3 minutes later, 4 little Bambi’s scurried across the gravel road. It was something out of a movie! Marty almost dove through the glass to get them, he saw a chipmunk too and I thought he was going to lose it!! One of the prettiest places on Earth.
I’m coming back to do a photo shoot here.
By the time the sunset was over, I was ready to relax. We departed the park and headed back home. After a few hours of enjoying my bed, a thorough massage, and enough cuddle time with Martinez, we decided to put our dinner plans on hold and just cook a little something at home. Today had been a jammed packed adventure and I was very grateful for such a beautiful day. Casper cooked another one of his classic dishes, he just thrills me, little go getter, :)). He assured me that the night wasn’t quite over yet. I was a little taken by this, I was ready to have a quiet night. Nashville doesn’t really allow quiet nights and especially on your birthday. 3 Crow came calling and we answered. When we arrived I discovered that Casper had organized a few of my favorite people in town to be there! So perfect!!
Meaghan, Matthew and Chelsea
Kristi and Alexis (308)
Ben “mutha f’n” Cashatt, Amanda Valentine and Chelsea
After 3 Crow, we capped off the night with a backyard bonfire. Ladies and gentlemen, it doesn’t get any better than this. Great people, great environment, great laughs, great spirits, great hearts, great smiles, great energy!!! All within 24 hours - winning!
Last but definitely not least, I patiently awaited the final feast of my most delicately and thoughtfully organized birthday week. For all of my pals that couldn’t make the birthday drinks at 3 Crow, Casper and my good friend Sarah Gavigan, hosted a Friday night Italian soiree. There is nothing like a home cooked meal, especially with great friends. I’m all about it! Sarah cooked up an amazing Paella with fresh mussels, red wine, whiskey and holidays brews to feed an army. The house was perfectly in line, the table set for a princess and the outside fireplace was something out of a movie. It was one night I will never forget and I can’t wait to have some more of these as the year comes to an end. Here’s the final chapter to an amazing book, I love all of my friends, thank you so much for sharing your time with me, I truly appreciate it.
Not a cheese plate - that’s right, a cheese table. Delicious cheese from around the world. Look at Brad’s amazing hand writing.
Their own private brick oven! I want one so bad!
The girls with Sloan. Niki,Emily, Heidi, Sarah, Lauren and myself
Matthew and his Technicolor Dream Coat!
Paella. Chicken with Chorizo, Shrimp is on the way
Sarah, Casper, Heidi and Matthew
Sloan and Emily - beautiful couple
The amazing Chef Gavigan and her hungry on-lookers
Happy Birthday to ME! Red velvet cupcake with a candle. So Happy!!
Last week I took out a few of my NY ladies to the Mercy Lounge for 8 off 8th. One thing I truly love about Nashville is the fact that you can see kick ass bands any night of the week, see them at legit venues w/ full amenities, and all for zero admission. My friend Jess does PR for some bands here and she gave me the heads up on her new band called The Kingston Springs. I was thoroughly impressed with the Kingston Springs. These young rockers are self described “Rocky top surf rock with a little honky tonk”. I’m really looking forward to their debut record, their 1st single is yet to be released but it’s going to be awesome and it’s entitled “Sweet Susie” or it was the highlight of the set that night. (Title to be confirmed) The Kingston Springs should be on your short list of bands to see this Winter, and should be on the best new bands list of 2012 for everyone. 8 on 8th only allows 3-4 per artist, I can’t wait to see a full set from these young and talented boys!