Fashion, Music and More


From the Mouth of Fashion: Even More Collaborations

T by Alexander Wang x Santigold and Spankrock

Women’s T By Alexander Wang Fall 2011

Men’s T by Alexander Wang Fall 2011

Santigold and Spankrock teamed up with Alexander Wang for his T by Alexander Wang Fall 2011 collection’s video. Doesn’t the duo make you want the clothing even more? I know it does for me! You can buy the collection now.

CFDA x Tons of Designers Against Fakes



And you can’t fake the pure amazingness that were the collaborative bags by designers like Jason Wu, Betsey Johnson and Coach. These one of a kind bags sold out immediately after being put up for sale on eBay. They were priced at $150 each. However, you can still purchase the basic design, pictured below, for $35 for a limited time and trick it out yourself!

The totes by CFDA are going towards raising money for the fight against the production of counterfeit bags.


Gardens, and Villas, and People, Oh My!

Foster the People with Garden and Villa

Tonight Alex and I (Hanna) went to see Foster the People at the House of Blues. We didn’t know what to expect of the opening act, having never really heard of them or their music before. We came away from the first set pleasantly surprised.

Garden and Villa, from Santa Barbara, were able to blow a crowd, of over four-hundred people, away with flute playing. ‘Nuff said. Plus their soothing vocals and sweet melodies make for a nice overall sound. We can definitely see a Garden and even a Villa in our future! Be sure to check out their first album which dropped July 5th.

We both had come to love Foster the People long before tonight; Alex through a remix, wanting to hear the original and myself by accidental youtube-bliss. While “Pumped Up Kicks” is this summer’s anthem, Foster the People is not a one-hit-wonder. With tracks like “Helena Beat” and “Houdini” (both “H” starting titles=automatic-love for Hanna), Foster the People will be “fostering” our ears with amazing music for many years to come.

Even though it was”warrant”-ed (pun?…) that this concert was going to be spectacular, we were pleased to rediscover our new favorite band via a packed house, puking underage chicks, and surfer boys trying to steal our seats. While our seats could’ve been better (House of Blues **cough cough**), we couldn’t have asked for a better night.

Check out Foster the People when they come to Soma in October. We’ll be there, how about you?

Photo Review: Independence Jam 2011

Independence Jam 2011 Wrap Up

So I went to Independence Jam 2011 yesterday and saw some amazing bands. Unfortunately Lykke Li couldn’t come because of an illness but the line up still was great.

What I wore:

Gallery of pictures I took at the show (Click to enlarge):

Festival Fever: Independence Jam 2011

Independence Jam 2011

Independence Jam is in Oceanside this Sunday. The lineup is crazy:

Lykke Li

Known for her hits “Little Bit” and “Get Some”.  Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers” was recently covered on Glee.

Peter Bjorn and John

These guys have been around since 1999 but made it big with their hit song “Young Folks”, which debuted in 2006.

The Soft Pack

The Soft Pack is a new favorite of mine and the song above will get stuck in your head. The band started in San Diego in 2007.

Band of Skulls

More like Band of Badass-ness.

Cold War Kids

I saw them at Independence Jam a few years back and they didn’t disappoint.

Heavy Hawaii

Old surf music gone electro-funk.

Surfer Blood

Everest, Crocodiles and The Silent Comedy are also on the line up.

More information about the event is on FM 94.9’s website.

Check back soon for a post on Festival Wear!

Our Playlist: Holiday Mix

Holiday Mix

Estrella de Belén

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Chrismahanukwanzadan or nothing at all, this playlist will get you in a festive mood for the rest of the cold season.

Baby It’s Cold Outside by The Glee Cast

I’ve definitely listened to the song way too many times… Once more can’t hurt.

Clap Your Hands by Sia

Perfect for a holiday party to get the festivities started.

Holiday by Vampire Weekend

While this song is WAY overplayed now, the message of holidays is perfectly expressed.

Hollywood (Acoustic) by Marina and the Diamonds

Just a beautiful song.

Starry Eyed by Ellie Goulding

Silvia by Miike Snow

Doncamatic by Gorillaz ft. Daley

Big Ideas by LCD Soundsystem

Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) by Katy Perry

Happy Holidays and have a great New Year!

Our Playlists: Black Friday

Black Friday Playlist

Yes it’s that time of the year. The time where everyone wakes up at 3 am and runs to the nearest department store to stock up on unnecessary items just because they are on sale. Sure you might find a gem here and there but, if you are like most people, you’ll need some cheering up after a mediocre Black Friday. Boy do I have the solution for you! Here’s a Black Friday playlist you can jam out to, whether you are trying on what you bought (to make sure it actually fits) or wallowing in the sadness of a overly stressful shopping holiday:

Infinity Guitars by Sleigh Bells

If this song doesn’t get you moving then you might need to go see a doctor.

Paris is Burning (Cut Copy Remix) by Ladyhawke

Is it love or just Paris?

Dear Miami by Roisin Murphy

Strictly, rolling, V.I.P.

Loud Pipes by Ratatat

Untrust Us by Crystal Castles

What good is a playlist without some Crystal Castles?

Icarus by White Hinderland

And to align your Qi, here is a really relaxing and beautiful song!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Fresh Beats: Bangs


Bangs is a new band from Providence, Rhode Island. I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Anders Link of the duo that is Bangs. Anders and Ben Nadler, both 19 and at the Rhode Island School of Design for Film, Video, and Animation and Illustration, have stumbled upon a great sound and style and with their new album there is no doubt that these boys will go far in the music industry. We thought you all should get to know the two as well, so here is our interview with them:

How would you define your style of music?

Ben: We were just trying to create sounds that we wanted to hear. It happened to come out as a really dancey electronic version of folk writing, which I guess was our goal. Any genre we end up committing to is just a result of us trying to satisfy our own personal musical tastes.

How did you get into music?

Anders: I picked up a guitar randomly at my friends house ten years ago and fell in love with the feeling of making music.

Ben: I got a drum set for my birthday in third grade and eventually wanted to try writing songs, so I moved on to piano and guitar.

How did you two meet?

Ben: Anders was friends first with my roommate freshman year I think, and he’d come up to our dorm room all the time. We were friends pretty quickly, it was in like the first week of school.

How and when did you form your band?

Anders: I looked at Ben’s synth and started prying. And then I got his demo and I was like ‘oh shit, this kid and I are going to make music’. Just from listening to his demo, even though it doesn’t sound anything like us now, I guess.

What has been your biggest challenge so far?

Anders: We spent a week in Vermont, trying to record. We set up a recording studio in a bedroom and didn’t see the light of day the entire time. It was really beautiful outside, and we would get so frustrated and claustrophobic living in this little bedroom, trying to get these songs to sound the way we wanted.

Do you hope to make this band a long-term project?

Ben: Yep.

Who are your biggest influences?

Anders: Michael Stipe and David Byrne.

Ben: Probably James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem and Merrill Garbus of Tuneyards. Also, Daniel Day-Lewis in the movie There Will Be Blood.

And now for some fashion related questions: How would you define your clothing style?

Anders: I dress like a businessman stuck in a dance club.

Ben: I’d rather just be in my underwear all the time. But when I do that there’s that issue of ladies fainting all the time, you know? Can’t have that, so I have to put pants and a shirt on. A sweater if it’s chilly.

Favorite shopping location?

Anders: h&m and some thrift stores in London.

Ben: There’s a lot of goofy shops in Providence that I like. The coolest clothing store I’ve been to is this tiny place in brooklyn that was too expensive, but I bought a jacket anyway.

The boys have graciously offered up their album for free.

Our Playlists: Back to School

Back to School Playlist

Gloomy by Hanna

Ah the dreaded school year is upon us and now to help ease the pain of a soon to be sore back, due to an overloaded backpack, here is our playlist:

Kiss With A Fist by Florence + The Machine

Crystalised by The xx

New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down by LCD Soundsystem

Naïve by The Kooks

She’s A Genius by JET

People We Love: Our New Header

Our New Header

Our new amazing collage header is by The Coveter’s friend Kelly! Thanks again for your awesome piece! We felt that the header didn’t show off the piece’s amazing look so here is the full picture! Click the image above to see the full piece!

Our Playlists: June Gloom

“June Gloom” Playlist

It’s been really gloomy here so I feel we need some uplifting music! Gray skies go away! Sunshine here we go…

Hard to Beat by Hard-Fi

A very uplifting song. It’s “hard to beat” a gloomy day away but this does the trick!

Destroy Everything You Touch by Ladytron

Unlike the chillingly beautiful video that accompanies this song, the chorus is quite warm and “sunny” (in a cynical way).

Caring is Creepy by The Shins

“All these squawking birds won’t quit. Building nothing, laying bricks.” Great song. Love the melody.

Drunk Girls by LCD Soundsystem

This song always makes me want to smile and dance. Humor + great music= a very happy Hanna.

Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz

Feel good. Feel good.

Bohemian Like You by The Dandy Warhols

This song and video just scream summer.

What song should’ve made this list?