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Without A Doubt

No Doubt released their new album today, Push & Shove. It is hellllla good! Pop, reggae, rock, dancehall, electro mish-mash deliciousness that’s danceable, fun, witty and rings of a new, evolved, yet timeless No Doubt!!!! I love love love how OC/LA they are from their amazing eclectic stylings to their funky and polished sound. Some of my favorite tracks on the CD include: Settle Down, One More Summer, Push & Shove, Gravity and Undone. Gwen Stefani’s  vocals are great, she has so many rad inflections and tones that make her an entertaining and dynamic singer, and she sounds absolutely beautiful on Undone. The rest of the bandmates, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young sound tight as ever with some funky basss playing going on accompanied by rad guitar rifts and rhythmic groovy drum beats ….

Always reflecting a radical personal style No Doubt is one of the more unique, tasty rock/pop/ska (and everything in between) bands in our contemporary scope of musical acts. With a prominent female lead and a steady rockin’ band, they always remain sharp. As well as musically talented, they all posses mad flair! I’ve posted some pics of the band together and individually… Now get out there and listen to Push & Shove while peeping Stoner Chíc !!!

xxoo

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Tunage

It’s been almost 12 years since D’angelo released his successful cd Voodoo. And what a fantastic album it was (baby. making. music.)! Now, after a long hiatus, the singer is back and a much-anticipated cd is said to be released in late 2012/early 2013… I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it is as ah-mazing as his past work.

With the growing hype and suspense, D’angelo has released a creative, unique, funky, neo-soul rendition of the 1994 hit by Soundgarden, Black Hole Sun. Although it is far from the original, it is definitely worth a spin! Remixed and with new, original lyrics the D’angelo version of the track adds a stellar edge to this heavy rock song! I love that he has taken his creative energy and channeled it into re-crafting an already great song by making it entirely unique and artistic. I appreciate the use of his talent in making music that is accessible to many while also giving a rock track a crossover capacity in this neo-soul, even electronic , interpretation.

Below is the video. The track may sound a bit scratchy and thus it may be a demo version. I hope you enjoy! I recommend giving it a listen or two… Sometimes new things take a while to absorb, but sit back and open your mind and heart and allow the sweet music to fill the space! Enjoy the link below ;)

xxoo, Stoner Chíc Chick

Black Hole Sun by D’angelo (cover/remix)

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The Jam

Stay With Me by the Faces is a bad ass track! Blues, Funk, & Rock ‘N’ Roll allllll in one! With Rod Stewart’s raspy and soulful voice, this song will knock your socks off! I’ve included the video of a live performance. The lyrics may be a bit different than what you are used to, either way, they shred!!!!!!!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtqF0qBqzZo%5D
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Pictures From Around The SF Bay!

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The Head And The Heart

On Friday night I went to an AMAZING live show at San Francisco’s historical Fillmore. This venue is magical! So many talented and beloved musicians have performed on the Fillmore stage and the energy of the venue is magnetic and omnipresent !!!

The band I saw was The Head And The Heart. A Seattle based band, the three leads, Josiah, Jon and Charity’s vocals are stunningly beautiful, with each song displaying a gracious blend of harmonies so delicate and truly astounding, you will not stop listening to this wonderfully crafted album. For a taste, click on the link to preview a few tracks, you will not regret it… Much love, xoxo

The Head And The Heart. Live at The Fillmore, SF on 6/1/2012

Band Shot.

Beautiful harmonies, passionate singers!

Charismatic and lively performers!

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Lovely Layered Looks!

I am LOVING the layered jewels look. Its a fun, festive, flirty way to wear your accessories. Depending on your outfit and occasion you can add a little flair to any style with layering some beautiful necklaces… But why stop there?? In fact, you can take the layering seriously by stacking bangles or wearing rings on all fingers! Check out a few ideas below for some fashionable inspiration, xox

Spruce up a simple T-shirt look by adding flair with some fun accessories! Mix ‘n’ match… Have fun and be creative when layering various styles of jewels…

Keep it stylish and simple with a few favorite pieces. Add a couple statement items for a little BOOM POW!

Use dainty necklaces for layering too! It looks chic and elegant, yet fashion forward! You can mix themes and metals for a more eccentric flair!

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Trendy Fashion App!

I recently discovered TRENDABL— an online sharing community for fashion! It’s similar to Instagram in concept. You start by taking a picture, you add a filter and then you can describe the items; from the outfit you captured to a handbag you’re coveting or jewelry you obsess over… It’s fun, easy, and creative… plus it’s great fashion inspiration!!

Aside from the great editorial pictures that are captured when using this app, you can also input data particular to the image you shared; such as brand names, stores, colors and pricing. The app allows for you to create a fun community where fashion is the main topic! It’s easy to take beautiful pictures and exciting to share them with others everywhere! If you have an iPhone I highly recommend you give this app a try….

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Enfant Terrible!

Isn’t it lovely when someone comes along and shakes things up!?!! Personally, I love it! Change is good.. it is the only constant and we must learn to embrace it and adapt…

A beautiful thing about fashion is it too is always changing– and as the lovely Heidi Klum of Project Runway states: One Day You’re In, The Next Day You’re OUT! 

However long your fashion stint may last, the power in the purpose of design is its ability to interpret society and provide a mirror reflection of what is being lived and worn at the time. World class couture fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier has embodied such talents and it is apparent in his eccentric, flamboyant, dramatic, and exquisitely crafted works. His artistry has had social and cultural implications as he has been among the few risqué fashion designers who has dared to use his profession as a means of making a bold social statement. Breaking boundaries and paving the way for many current and future avant-garde designers, an openly gay Gaultier has used the expansiveness of fashion creativity to bend the rules both forwards and backwards, playing with sexual nuances while tackling issues of gender and transgender orientations, androgyny, multiculturalism and even the darker elements of the sexual revolution.

At his recent exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs created between 1970-2010 were on display. As well as sketches, short films, fashion photographs, and archival documents, all spotlighting his collaborative works with filmmakers, choreographers and musicians. Lastly, the fabulous exhibit features the design of 30 animated mannequins who talk and sing colorful vignettes. 

Here are some snapshots from the show, xoxo, SC

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To Worry Is To Pray For Something You Don’t Want

I came across this gem while reading the book Yoga Bitch by Suzanne Morrison. I do not recall who she said was the original to have spoken these words, but nevertheless I am a fan of their simplicity and profundity. Allow me to explain. It is easy to say that when you worry it is a “wasted emotion,” as the old adage goes… But to think of it as a prayer? Well that takes worrying to a whole other level. A level where you realize thoughts and thought patterns have a deep affect on our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. I stress the connection of mind and body because yes, I am a yogi and believe in the union and yoking of all things in this world and the next, but also because what we manifest in thought has come that much closer to being set into action. We function on a mode of operation that logically and systematically asks of us to move in a specific way. This can make us freak out. Adding stress and suffering to our already hectic lives… We worry because we think we have to. We think because it’s what we know to do. And sometimes we can not avoid thinking, nor chaos, but we can have mastery over our thoughts, the tone and feeling behind each idea, word, image, phrase that goes in and out of our mind… To transition into a place of thinking in light, from a place of serenity and positivity is all it takes. Not so effortless, I know. And that is usually where the work comes in. For some it is easier, but for all it is the same, a dance between worrying for what we want and what we don’t want. Instead, is it possible to get worked up over moments of joy and happiness? Let us move forward from fear and darkness into a place of warmth, where we expel energy that is clean, productive, authentic, and positive! Let us pray for what we want and hope that the life we have will manifest these creations which we are so blessed to have access to, the access of our hearts and minds and souls!

Free Your Mind

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