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Shivers & Goosebumps

Every once in a while a band comes along that BLOWS. YOUR. MIND… & SOUL.  Efterklang is one of those bands!

A Danish group–based in Berlin–this dynamic 3-man collaboration crafts musical magic… Cool synths, heavy bass beats, horns, and beautiful yet eerie vocals, Efterklang is a unique band with an original sound. When performing live the band grows to include more musical talent than should be legal! Here, I have included a short video featuring a live radio performance in Vienna where their songs Between The Walls, Black Summer & The Ghost are rendered beautifully and majestically… Luxurious builds, haunting harmonies & brassy undertones… Enjoy!!

Peace, Love & Music, SC

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Good Lorde!

Lately, I have become obsessed with this young–16 year old–New Zealand pop star! She is funky-fresh, spunky, cheeky, and just too damn good! LORDE is her name and I think her hip-hop beats are here to stay… Along with her catchy hooks and bold lyrics too! And what really tickles my fancy, and adds another layer of AWESOMENESS to the mix, is the fact that she is the singer/songwriter of all her shit… I love when artists are hands-on, making their sound & look personal, not to mention stylish!

Inspired by the lavish and opulent lives of royalty, Lorde’s songs are mature, dripping in satire and socially attuned.  Following the release of her first EP, The Love Club, in May of 2013, her hit single, Royals, skyrocketed to #1 (in Australia/NZ & the Alternative Billboard Chart). Since, she has been busy working on new material for her full length album, expected out September 2013. Confident and sassy, Lorde writes lyrics that speak to teenagers and young adults alike, transcending her tender age and proving that she is no ordinary talent. Her deep sultry voice and bass-heavy beats combined with girly, flirty, lively, and tart lyrics, make her songs danceable, singable & totally lovable!

Recently I have been playing her jams Bravado and Biting Down on repeat… I love the slow builds and the insane drops as you are plummeted into a rich and heavy sound– followed by her brooding and sexy voice that is exquisitely arranged to include harmonies and other beautiful vocal flairs… Her most popular song, Royals, is another gem!! Personally, I love the lyrics to this song as I think she taps into the pop-culture phenomenon of being obsessively addicted to fame & fortune. A clever young lady indeed, Lorde has captivated her audience by producing stellar songs that are too yummy to pass up… I’ve included her video to Royals so you can get a feel for her ripe & raw talent. Because her sound is so powerful, her videos are simplistic, to say the least. Additionally, her amazingly big, wavy hair paired with her dark and heavy eyeliner give you a sense of her personal style: simple yet bold. I love her look as well as her video esthetic, clean and refined, like a true royal queen B… I present LORDE!!!

hugs & smooches, SC

 

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This is the reality we live: aspiring to be at our best, longing for and sometimes finding meaning and connection within ourselves and with that which is larger than ourselves; we are undone by messy bathrooms, traffic jams and burnt toast. I am not interested in spirituality that cannot encompass my humanness. Because beneath the small daily trials are harder paradoxes, things the mind cannot reconcile but the heart must hold if we are to live fully: profound tiredness and radical hope; shattered beliefs and relentless faith; the seemingly contradictory longings for personal freedom and deep commitment to others, for solitude and intimacy, for the ability to simply be with the world and the need to change what we know is not right about how we are living.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

 

 

This quote changed my perspective, it blew my MIND. RIGHT. OPEN.

I am thankful, xoxo SC

Game Changer

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EL-AY

The City of Angels is urban sprawl at its finest. Edgy and full of glam & glitz, Los Angeles is foodie and fashion heaven; not to mention a celebrity oasis! Everything about LA has style, even the unintended… You walk into a coffee shop, and it is a scene. A boutique? Polished. A local dive bar? Sure! But with that special hipster je ne sais quois! Truly, LA is made of design, decor and flair that is good to the last drop… It’s oozing off the streets and even the attitude and personality of the city exudes this exuberant and vivacious way of life. Maybe it’s the warm and sunny weather that contributes to the high energy and vibrancy– no matter what it is, LA is always on point!

On a recent trip down I spent most of my time in Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney; as well as a few cameo appearances in Santa Monica, Downtown & Silverlake . I took a few pictures of some cool looking spots, images that epitomize the LA esthetic… Here is a gallery of these snapshots, enjoy, xoxo SC

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Interstellar Transmissions

Out and about in the San Francisco Mission District on a frenzied Saturday night, I was stoked to see this MAGICAL live music Party Bus!!!! Interstellar Transmissions provide a unique musical experience for the party goer. Aboard a revamped school bus, musicians Gavin McGowen, Nathan Wilson, Coda and Ishani Ishaya travel from state to state, city to city entertaining those who seek a one-of-a-kind, non-traditional, live music escapade! Peep the pics to be blown away by Interstellar Transmissions’ far out, far fetched idea! RADICAL !!!!

xxxx SC

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Bold Adornments

A photo gallery of some bold, bright, beautiful adornments… For me, good accessories can make or break an outfit. Additionally, excellent fashion ornamentation can take a simple look, add flair with various jewels and embellishments, and amp up the appeal. Here are a few that I am currently rocking!! xxoo, SC

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Calypso St. Barth

This  lovely boutique in Larkspur at the Marin Country Mart is luxurious! The opulent decor includes soft fur rugs, glistening chandeliers and pops of luscious textures and colors found in everything from the seating, pillows, throws to the clothes, accessories and handbags…

The price point at this resort-wear and contemporary fashion boutique make it a delightful place to stop by and gather vision for future outfit ideas… And I’m sure that once in a Blue Moon a splurge will ensue! A beautiful store with a classic and colorful esthetic, Calypso St. Barth features artists and designers from around the world, thus providing an exclusive venue in which their craft can be showcased and admired. With decadent clothing and effortlessly elegant home decor, this shop is pure indulgence for the senses.

Xoxo, Enjoy! Stoner Chíc 

Gorgeous Table Display.

Fall/Winter Whites & Creams

The Perfect Dressing Room.

Metallics, Bright Whites & Black

Chandelier

Colorful and Unique Home Furnishings

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Bon Voyager

I stumbled upon a wonderfully crafted store yesterday while walking the streets of San Francisco. After a delicious early afternoon in Hayes Valley, my bf and I made our way back to the Mission District– we were both headed for Dolores Park to bask in the warmth and glory of the sun! Before, however, we perused Valencia… the stores there are divine! Each shop has a one-of-a-kind flair that is too stylish for words… Hipster Funk, Stoner Chic, Boho Sophistication that is just the right combination of rebel, edgy and classic. Voyager Shop really stood out. A retail collaboration among SF based Revolver, Spartan and Needles/Pens, this space is carefully curated featuring clothes, accessories, books, art and more! An exceptional variety is offered at Voyager Shop and aside from spectacular fashion and culture finds, the space is a designers dream. I’ve included some pictures of the store so you can get a taste… If you ever find yourself in SF or the Mission, I highly recommend you stop by Voyager Shop, I can only imagine you will LOVE it! xxoo, SC

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Jewels

These are the Jewels I am wearing these days… Eclectic and fun, all the while maintaining a general theme. This applies to clothing as well. When I style myself, or anyone else, I like to create a thread, or story, to illustrate what is being worn. I also like to feel held by the power of the images I wear, and so I choose clothes and adornments  that are like a mantra, or daily reminder of what I envision for myself and the world! To surround yourself with positive images, words, and energies is to create a better space for yourself to feel more happy & free.

In this picture a few pieces from my all time favorite designer, Voce Keen, are on display. The Labradorite Pendant is worn for its harmonizing and healing powers while also having properties that help stimulate the imagination and improve memory. Being that I am an Aquarius, I also like that this stone is linked to the Water Bearing Star Sign. Voce Keen Eagle Talon earrings and Crystal FingerWand are also pieces on display that hold meaning and a special symbolism. With Eagle possessing a regal quality and power, I admire this beautiful bird of prey which symbolizes creation, healing, and the illumination of spirit. The Crystal FW is worn for clarity in thought and action.

Additionally, few new jewels by Chibi. I recently discovered this brand at a local boutique and fell in love. The Gold Crescent Moon Pendant and Gold Starburst Midi Ring are beautiful images that remind me daily to appreciate the yin (female) energies of the moon and to never forget that I too was once a bright, sparkling starburst in this expansive universe in which we are all blessed to live!

Fiat Lux SF is a darling little jewelry store on Church Street. They have some in-house specialties, of which I am a proud owner of two delicately made rings! One is their Lover’s Knot in a textured, hammered silver; a midi ring meant to be worn on the upper portion of the finger. My second beautiful bauble is the Hematite Pyramid with a lovely sterling silver setting. The triangle/pyramid shape is reflective of stability and a strong foundation with equanimity in support, while the hematite stone promotes regenerative powers.

Lastly, my Gold Triangle Bead Bracelets are by Free People. I love the chevron shaped beads and find the colorful wristlets add an edgy glamour. The Lapis Lazuli bracelet is adorned with a gorgeous amulet in Coral and Lapis stones that unites the seed bead strands together. This piece was a gift from my Mother and it is a handmade piece of art. Lapis increases our intuition and facilitates a clear understanding of reality. It is also associated with the throat chakra, thus strengthening the neck and vocal chords, elements essential in the practice of lucid communication.

Hope you have fun hunting new accessories for your up and coming stellar outfits! And maybe add a piece or two to the ensamble that has significance to YOU. Let it reflect you and the world you want to inhabit!

Lots of love, Stoner Chíc  x

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Outfit In Action

Not long ago I posted on some Summer/Fall Bootie Cuties… I featured a few outfits that were fun and effortless during this transitional time of the year. Looks that could go easily from day to night by just tossing a sweater and jacket on… Here is a look that I recently wore. By day, I was comfortable, casual and chic in a gorgeous Free People tank top with delicate floral print and a beautiful cut-out back; Joe’s Jeans in a flattering cut that were ankle length, perfect for pairing with Dolce Vita booties in a grey/green suede. Once the temp dropped, I threw on a John Galt by Brandy Melville sweater and a scarf! SummerFall time perfection! xxxooo, SC

Here it is… Accessorized and ready for play! This outfit was cute and chic… I got creative with the jewelry accents and had fun wearing this ensamble, I felt flirty and fun! I also got many compliments on various elements from head to toe!! xx

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