Warby Parker

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Warby Parker is so big here in New York (where they started), that I’m always surprised there are people out there who don’t know the brand — which is most people outside of New York. For the unfamiliar, Warby Parker makes the best sunglasses and eyeglasses, and every pair is $95. They also happen to have amazing branding. As you can see, they’ve swiftly monopolized my sun and eyeglass wardrobe!

 

Next on my list: a second pair of Griffin Sunglasses in Blond Tortoise.

Valerie June

Valerie June

Last night I saw my gurl Valerie June live at the Beacon. I’ve been listening to her album Pushin’ Against A Stone non-stop since December and I guess Tomi noticed because he surprised me with the news that she was opening for Sharon Jones and The Dapkings and he’d found tickets. We broke winter hibernation for a night and got in the mood for some southern soul with some southern soul food at The Redhead.

 

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Valerie has a perfect southern twang, lovely Medusa locks (seriously though, have you ever seen such gorgeous dreadlocks??) and lungs that could kill. I discovered Valerie while perusing Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of 2013. I’m super lazy about music — I love it and I have it playing 24/7, but I don’t keep up with anything new — so twice a year I have to sit down and make a focused effort to find new albums & artists to loop for the next few months.

 

Valerie caught my attention because she worked with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys (whose albums I’ve been looping for a long long time.) After making a playlist of the albums I was intrigued by from the list and shuffling through it a couple times, I found myself coming back to Valerie again and again. I’m no music critic, so I’ll say only this: the album is raw, unique and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.

 

Image via valeriejune.com

Starry Night

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When I saw Brave by Pixar in theaters (slow Sunday afternoon…) I remember making myself ill from over-eating buttered popcorn—an addiction I’ve had since high school, my new solution is to bring smart food to the theater (the little bag) and avoid the “buttered” stuff altogether— and that my favorite part of the whole film was the short film during the previews. And her pretty red curls. Read More