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Month: June, 2011

Beyonce X Dazed&Confused

Yeah that just happened. Beyonce looking BEYOND amazing on the cover of Dazed&Confused July 2011. Shot by Sharif Hamza she appears in Givenchy Fall 2011, this time not styled by her official stylist, Ty Hunter. Instead she’s styled by Karen Langley.
After seeing the image it only made me recreate the “Why Don’t You Love Me” video in all Givenchy Fall 2011. And then I heard “Countdown”(from the leaked album) I just knew it. The next video from the 4 album should be to “Countdown” and the artistic vision of it should be the same held within this image. Beautiful, striking, with just something a little bit gritty about it.
Just another reason haters gone hate.

Rhythm at the River

Last week right before I went to the Man2Man event I went down to the RiverWalk and took in the Rhythm at the River event. Since I did arrive a little earlier I got to walk for about an hour or so with a friend. If you’ve never walked the RiverWalk before, it’s a long trail and you can quickly forget how long you’ve been walking and only realize how far you’ve gone when it’s time to turn around and come back. That’s exactly what happened with my friend and I.
After we finally did get back to the amphitheater we saw a local artist performing and a decent amount of people watching(half of which aren’t captured in my picture as they were on the other side. In the parking lot, artists had come and set up their works and I found myself gravitating towards that. Brian Pyle, Thomas the Younger, Joy Mullen, and Amanda Tatum were only some of the artists that I enjoyed. Thomas’s pieces with their interesting color choice and seemingly animalistic subject nature, were probably my favorites.

Brian Pyle
Thomas the Younger
Joy Mullen

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Man2Man Boxing Event

Last Sunday I went out to the Man2Man event at Fight Club University. The event was the first event benefiting the Man2Man program for “at-risk” youth. I’d never actually been to a sanctioned boxing match, so the eight that I saw that night proved to be a new expereince, and one that I wouldn’t mind repeating.
It seemed like there was curse on the blue corner. As the night progressed, winner after winner emerged from the red corner. Throughout the eight sanctioned fights, two resulted in coaches “throwing in the towel”. One of the boxers seemed to not even be able to stay on his feet as hit after hit landed him on his backside, laid out on the canvas. Ages varied but seemed to include mostly high school/college aged fighters but there were a few of the exceptionally young. One such boxer quickly gained the crowd’s favor after preservering though his match and even giving a little energetic foot work. Sorry, he ended up losing his bout.

If you’re interested, make sure to go out to the next Man2Man event on July 16th.

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My Birthday is Coming..


Small Spiked Leather Bracelet from Robot and Brucling
My birthday is coming up next week on the 7th…
Both of these pieces are acceptable.
Tweet me for the mailing address.
THANKS

Uni Bracelet from Coco and Breezy

But really you guys should support the designers. Both of them have been worn by Beyonce before.

Frame of Mind Trunk Show


A few of the frames from Monoqool at FOM. More photos by Mikelle Street

So last week, not too long after the Mast Store opening, I popped into one of my favorite little shops on Main Street: Frame of Mind eyewear Boutique. Mark Plessinger, the owner, is a really artistic guy with vision and the dedication to see his vision through. Sadly the latter isn’t found in Columbia much.
Anyway, Mark hosted a midweek trunk show showing some of the latest wares from Monoqool, Derapage, Crowbae, Mainhattan and Eight Below Zero, all brands that are only sold in boutiques. There was a representative from Studio Optix there, Jack Erker, who gave me a quick run through on some of the brands and what makes them different, the most interesting of which happen to be the frames made from Mongolian Ram and African Bull horn. Erker was recently also in Huntington Beach and a few other places doing trunk shows.

Frames made out of ram and bull horn at FOM. More photos by Mikelle Street.


A few tidbits:

  • Monoqool- The frames made by Monoqool utilize a patented spiral instead of screws to connect the arms. Another bit I found interesting was the fact that some of the clear frames are actually like transitions lenses. Instead of the actual lenses changing with sunlight, the frames change.
  • Derapage- The Derapage frames also have a signature which is the layered technique. Formed from sheets of steel, the brand has it’s roots in automobiles as the factor which manufactures them is a 3rd generation race car factory in Italy. Some of the newer frames are made from Italian acetate, which is one of the strongest plastics out.
  • Crowbae and Eight Below Zero- Both of these lines are composed of frames made from animal horn, african bull and mongolian ram respectively. Because they are made of actual animal horns, there are no pair of frames that are exactly the same. The frames are all being manufactured in France, and have been made from these animals for the last 4 years. Erker also said that the horns are from animals who’ve all died from “natural deaths.”
Tonight, Frame of Mind will be also hosting another event, but this time for First Thursdays.
DR and Kelsey Granger’s work will be on display!!
Make sure to attend!

Mast Store Opens on Columbia’s Main Street


Mast Store opens on Main Street. More photos by Mikelle Street

So last week I went to the ribbon cutting of Mast General Store‘s 8th location which was at 1601 Main Street. The store is being touted as retail’s return to Main Street as well as a revitalization of a troubled corridor. The effort joins many artistic endeavors already in motion like First Thursdays and makes sure to reinforce the historic feeling that downtown Columbia is known. The building itself was restored to it’s 1927 condition.


Mast Store carries “lifestyle clothing” as well as gifts and candy. More photos by Mikelle Street

While I could go all political right now(which I actually did and deleted) about how Main Street is supposed to be being revitalized and some of the things I see that need to be redone I won’t. What I will do though, is say that Mast Store had over 500 different types of “old fashioned candies” to be bought by the pound. Of course some of the people just grabbed a few of the pieces of candy that were single wrapped for “testing”(which was totally allowed) but I refrained. The two story building was relaxed and comfortable with gifts, colorful t-shirts and outdoor/comfortable gear accompanying the candy. Patagona, Northface, TVA, and Choco are among the brands stocked.

This Thursday(today) Mast Store will be participating in it’s first First Thursday as a part of it’s Grand Opening Celebration. There will be Drawings, informative seminars and old-fashioned fun from today through Sunday(June 5th).
Hope to see you there as I’ll be dropping by.