Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays and this year was truly spectacular. From the table presentation, food (cornbread pudding and oyster stuffing are my particular favorites!), wine and champagne selection to the dinner company, everything about my 2013 Thanksgiving holiday was perfect!
From my family to yours,
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving and Black Friday, everyone!
I truly love this time of year.
MEETING MORGAN PAGE
I recently attended a Morgan Page concert and had an amazing experience! Morgan Page is one of my favorite EDM DJ’s (also one of the most sonically pleasing) and is currently embarking on his "Morgan Page Presents: MPP3D" tour. When you attend Morgan’s latest concert, you’re not just getting a night of great music. You’re also getting a 3D (glasses included) light show that amazingly compliments his set.
It was spectacular and I was thoroughly impressed. As a musician, I have always liked EDM performers that bring a little bit more to the table than a DJ set with no live instruments or vocals. Morgan Page accomplished that and more. I even got the 4D Morgan Page experience when I met him (middle picture) backstage, before the show. He is not only nice, but an extremely hard-working and inspiring artist.
After the show, my friends and I hit up the Portland nightlife scene to celebrate my close friend Tiffany's (2nd to last photo) 21st birthday. My nights in Portland always seem to be unforgettable.
Just thought I’d check in and share…
MY ‘WOMEN CRUSH WEDNESDAY’ THIS WEEK IS DEDICATED TO MISS TIFFANY FOXX
Not just for obvious reasons, Tiffany Foxx is the female rapper to pay attention to. I first stumbled upon Tiffany in 2007 on a Snoop Dogg (before the birth of the Lion) compilation and instantly fell in love with her cocky lyrics and magnetic sex appeal.
Fast forward to present day and Tiffany has graduated to signing with Lil’ Kim's IRS records. Since doing so, she’s released a popular mix-tape, filmed multiple videos alongside Lil’ Kim (with one that even featured a guest appearance from Miley Cyrus, below) and all while spearheading her infamous "goal-diggers" movement.
Tiffany Foxx is a talented, hard worker and it shows. With a message that’s not only fun but sexy and inspirational, this woman is set to crush the rap game and has become a personal crush of mine…
I just happened to be thinking about all of this on Wednesday, so I thought I’d share.
Who else can say they’ve been a "goal-digger" since 2007?
PARIS HILTON IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL
Say what you want about Paris Hilton, that’s exactly what has helped to make her famous from the beginning.
I’ve grown up following Paris’s career since she suddenly barged onto the New York social scene in 2001, refusing to be unseen or unheard. I’ve also continued to look up to her since her forays into acting, music, business and more.
Paris Hilton is a pioneer for multiple reasons, it cannot be denied. The fashions she wore first, the (media) trends she started first, the fact that she hasn’t aged a day since 2004… Paris Hilton stays in a league of her own.
Present day celebrities still blatantly copy things Paris casually did over ten years ago. I hope she is flattered by the people who plagiarize her career model because it still happens regularly in Hollywood. Paris continues to stay original in a world where’s it’s become easier not to.
I often forget that her last name derived from her being an heiress of the Hilton hotel chain because she’s been so successful at not letting that fact overshadow her efforts. With a billion dollar fragrance empire, a global chain of self-named retail clothing stores and a newly inked record deal (and catchy single) with Lil Wayne's Young Money label, the name Hilton will definitely have you thinking about that girl named Paris before a hotel in France.
Paris has always held her head high through controversy and maintained her career focus, even when the media tried to tell her she was "famous for being famous."
That couldn’t be further from the truth. Beautiful, strong, talented, inspiring and nonchalantly hilarious, Paris is a definitive marker of the modern day era of celebrity. A representation of class and realness.
I can’t wait to see what Paris Hilton does next!
A FALL AND WINTER UPDATE
I always feel a little more pressure to post more entries on Tumblr than Twitter or any other social media network that I use. I guess it’s because I notice that I get unfollowed on Tumblr more frequently when I’m not able to post regularly. I have a lot going on in my professional life, so I’m not even about to act like I truly care.
If anything, that unspoken pressure makes me want to post less.
With the recording of my rap album (pictured second to bottom) that was released on Halloween, my hectic work schedule and the fleeting moments I try to squeeze in with my friends and family, blogging comes last on my list. Besides, I tend to blog more when I’m inspired.
When I relaunched RAMrants.com, I was. I was starting to discover new artists in music, acting, fashion and culture. I was finding muses from the past and present day, left and right. But that steam could only last for so long with all of the other things I also had on my plate.
When you want to do so many things at the same time, you need to take the time to do each one right. Separately. I just got done being focused on making music. Now feels like the time to start writing again. I have so much to say and it’s time to let it all off of my chest.
Between recording and work, I attended a University of Oregon football game, had a few randomly fun nights with friends, attended an awesome Zedd concert, released my rap album and was one of the "White Chicks" for Halloween.
Fall has been good to me and I’m excited to see what’s in store for this Winter… Stay tuned!
LIFE IN COLOR, INDEED
My first "Life In Color" experience happened at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene, Oregon over the weekend and it was an unforgettable!
If you’re unfamiliar with “Life In Color,” it’s an E.D.M. (Electronic Dance Music) themed paint party. Attendees are usually expected to wear white or bare skin and as they’re enjoying E.D.M. the headlining DJ is playing, paint is splashed onto them from paint launching cannons on stage or by possible attendees dancing nearby. I even bought two bottles of my own paint (reasonably $5 each) at the festival, to spray on the crowds. It was so much fun!
Our DJ’s were Henry Fong and (one of my favorites) Borgore. When I first arrived, you can see (3rd picture down) that I didn’t get too paint soaked. It’s possible to avoid, if you’re not there for the full experience. But I was there for the full experience and then some.
Determined, I steadily made my way towards the front. That’s when I got soaked. Thick, gloppy, sticky, wet paint. Everywhere!
But I loved it! "Life In Color" events are definitely a recommended must.
Make sure you also have towels and stuff to dry up with when you’re ready to leave. I was drenched, so they truly came in handy.
Leaving in a different outfit then you originally entered in was completely worth the experience.
You should check out the “Life In Color” official website to find out where the next paint party is happening nearest you!
SHOP NORDSTROM RACK FOR FALL DESIGNER PRICES, CUT BACK
I live in Eugene Oregon and the nearest Nordstrom department store used to be over an hour away. Regardless, I’m such a big fan of the retailer that I’d willingly make numerous shopping trips to the Salem and Portland locations. Then my city got cool and finally opened its own Nordstrom Rack store.
Being an avid shopper and lover of (discounted) higher-end fashion, I was elated! I was also invited to a special Nordstrom Rack pre-opening shopping event.
My first shopping experience at the Eugene Oregon Nordstrom Rack store was so much fun! Pre-opening shoppers were served champagne, hors d’oeuvre and the staff was extremely accommodating, friendly and helpful.
I ended up getting a really warm Fall coat (pictured on top) by North Face for $149, $100 less than retail! I also got a flashy neon green (middle picture) Marc Jacobs tablet/laptop sleeve for $38, $30 less than retail! I definitely left happy.
Nordstrom Rack has a lot of stylish, yet affordable finds for both men and women.
The shoe section alone was impressive!
Nordstrom Rack has existed for over 40 years as an off-price retail division of the regular Nordstrom chain, offering customers discounts of up to 70% off on higher-end apparel and accessories. Make sure you check out your nearest Nordstrom Rack store for designers, discounts and more!
THE BRITNEY SPEARS “WORK BxxCH” MUSIC VIDEO IS PURE. POP. PERFECTION.
Even if you don’t like the song "WORK BxxCH", you can’t deny the video is pretty amazing and Britney looks perfect!
I love all of it.
YLTI AND TREES PROVE SKY’S THE LIMIT
Indie northwest rapper Ylti (pronounced ill-tee, top pictures) and producer Trees (bottom picture) recently debuted their new (free) hip-hop project titled Sky (cover pictured second to bottom) yesterday, calling their new sounds “grunge-rap.” Being full of fun, edgy, wild and angst-ridden tracks, I find the name of this newly-born musical genre to be a perfect fit.
When I first stumbled upon Ylti and Trees on twitter, I felt like I had struck musical gold.
These guys are extremely creative! Their sound is very different from what’s out now, yet catchy and appealing. A hard thing to do when you’re also trying to think outside of the box. Listening to Sky will remind you why it’s important to support talented independent artists.
With a very inspiring intro in the song "Hi," my other favorite stand-out tracks are (my favorite) "Slime Time Live 95," "Cloud Streets featuring Trees,” "Loft featuring Uffy Lane Snyder,” "Gold featuring Surf Jones” and the title track "Sky." Ylti's word play is brilliant. Whether shouting out legends or recounting memories from life, his raps are realistic, relatable and refreshing. Ylti and Trees project their mission statement to the listener from the get-go and remain consistent throughout.
These guys are giving away awesome music for free and it’s so good that they really should be getting paid for it.
With that sound, look and talent, I’m sure that can only be next for these two. Which is refreshing because they both have a positive disposition and great heads on their shoulders.
Take flight and download or stream Sky now!
It’s okay to feel Ylti…
RYAN DESTINY, ON THE RISE
I pride myself on being able to foresee the next big thing in every aspect of pop culture. Whether it concerns fashion trends, music, modeling or acting, I consistently seem validated in my ability to spot emerging talent before top tier status is achieved.
One of these notable talents is Miss Ryan Destiny. Ryan may still be a teenager but comes across as extremely mature for her age. She is smart, thoughtful, drop-dead gorgeous, sweet, ambitious and extremely talented. Not only is she a singer with the Universal SRC signed girl-group (pictured on bottom) Dollhouse, she can also currently be seen on the AMC channel's new weekly Sunday night police drama (pictured second to last) Low Winter Sun.
With a reported shortage of African American models on global runways at fashion week, I don’t see how this lady can’t be getting jobs. The photos above are just random posts from Ryan’s personal twitter profile and they’re stunning. Artistically minded, stylish and ridiculously expressive, I could totally see her easily slaying ad campaigns with the ranks of Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn.
There’s nothing Ryan Destiny can’t do. It’s in her name, which you’ll most definitely be hearing soon…