7 Summer Jams You Need On Your Playlist ASAP

Posted on August 09, 2016 by | 0 Comments

One of the key ingredients to a memorable summer is the perfect summer song. So we’ve compiled a list of the best summer jams the radio isn’t playing to help you craft your perfect summer ’16!!!

1. DJ Snake- Talk (Feat. George Maple). – This Track strikes the perfect balance between the melancholy mood of a well-crafted love song and an addictive, incredibly well=composed dance beat, generating one hell of a summer jam.

2. Calvin Harris- This is What You Came For (Ft. Rihanna). – Since Scottish EDM Calvin Harris’s crossover debut in 2009, barely a single summer has passed without him releasing a summer banger. This summer Harris, with the musical stylings of Rihanna.

3. Avi on Fire- Pearls- The first single off their upcoming EP, “Pearls” is a tremendously catchy ode to 60s pop rock in the guise of modern indie pop. The jazzy musicality of the track plus the insanely catchy hook and “vintage” feeling vocals make for an awesome driving down the coast summer jam.

4. Kaiser Chiefs- Parachute – “Parachute” represents a stark departure from British Rock Band Kaiser Chief’s signature aesthetic and it couldn’t have worked out better. As this writer’s favorite track on this list, parachute represents everything a summer love song should be; it’s fun, its fresh, its danceable, the lyrics are fantastic, it’s incredibly well produced and overall one hell of a feel good song. It’s almost an instant classic.

5. Piece Fulton- Borrowed Lives (Feat. NVDES) --“Borrowed Lives” is another great example of an awesome indie pop track. This time the vocals and the lyrics are the most compelling aspects of the track followed by the melody and arrangement. It’s the perfect track to throw on the radio and just drive to.

6. Galantis- No Money – No Money is perhaps the oddest and most colourful dance track this writer has heard in years. Coming from Swedish dance power house Galantis, “No Money” is a care free Euro-dance track that embodies the dares you not to get up and dance your heart out.

7. Tiesto- Summer Nights (Feat. John Legend – EDM super-producer and disk-jockey Tiesto’s summer ’16 offering is the model summer jam, seemingly encapsulating the relaxing warmth and essence of summer with John Legend’s -ahem- legendary falsetto in a short 3 minutes.

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3 Men’s Summer Style Trends You Should Try Out

Posted on July 12, 2016 by | 0 Comments

1. Short Shorts

 

As of early spring 2016, the fashion world has been dominated by a short traditional men’s short. Typically cut just above the knee for the more conservative and higher up the thigh for the more audacious man, men’s short shorts have followed the trend of tighter, better fitted men’s wear. What’s great about the short short is the fact that by it being cut above the knee, the short then flatters the overall shape of the leg, and in so doing not only elongates the leg, making the wearer look taller but it also compliments the shoe by letting it work as a stand-alone piece, unhindered or bothered by a droopy pant or a baggy low-cut short. Moreover it communicates to passersby that the wearer is body conscious and aware that he (likely) has great legs and is aware of what looks good on his body and what doesn’t, indicating that a good amount of thought and energy went into the outfit at hand and making you the wearer appear more mindful and attractive. Whilst shorter shorts, cut in the middle of the thigh, are more on trend with this summer, shorts cut just above the knee work just as well. Pair this with a shoe whose quarterline starts at or just below the ankle for maximum flattering leg exposure.

2. Cropped pants

 

The cropped or cuffed pant, like the short short as mentioned above, work to accomplish the same thing. To better flatter your legs and elongate them. Since most men’s pants either have a significant amount of overhang, or are too short due to varying waist to pant length ratios, cropping the pants at the ankle has become the DIY remedy to tailoring. Similar to the short shorts, the cropped pant communicates to passersby that the wearer is very conscious of not only what he is wearing but how it looks on his body as well as how it looks with other articles of clothing on. The best thing about cropped pants is that it works for just about every type of full length pant, complementing the corresponding shoes as well as elongating the leg making the wearer look taller and more slender. Now rules to keep in mind when rocking this style trend, don’t wear sock with your shoes. The heft of the sock, unless otherwise strategically worn, will counteract the clean cut elegance of a cropped pant. The only time a traditionally cut sock is acceptable is if it’s a funky sock with a specific colour or pattern and is worn very intentionally along with the rest of the ensemble. The pant itself should be cut just above the ankle and no higher than the shin so as to maximize the amount of lower ankle exposure as well as the “elongative properties” of the style. This style works with just about every type of men’s style be it skater boy, urban street style, something more classically formal or the casual dresser.

 

3. Long Cut T-shirts

 

The Long-cut t-shirt is a fairly recent men’s style trend dominating the fashion world. Typically found in street style, the long cut t-shirt as become a staple in many style maven’s wardrobes. With this trend, the emphasis is more on the silhouette it creates rather than its complementary properties. The long-cut T elongates the torso making the wearer not only look taller but more slender. This paired with the above mentioned short short or cuffed pant is not only a winning combination but also about as on trend as it gets. Like the aforementioned trends, this has many styles it can be applied too such as skater boy and urban street style. The key to styling it right is contrasting the top with the bottom. If the top is going to be super long and oversized, then the bottom should be tighter and more form fitting. This creates a stronger more masculine silhouette as it creates a long strong, solid upper body contrasted with a slimmer, but toned bottom in the form of ones legs. That’s why it’s important to wear with a cropped pant. A full pant doesn’t complement the silhouette of the long T and ends up making the wearer look boxy and out of shape. Keep in mind with shorts, they’ll have to be just long enough to be visible bellow the shirt, so maybe consider a looser fitting short but with the same length as was discussed earlier.

Written by Tiang Maphosa

The Perfect Veggie-friendly Gastronomic Destination

Posted on May 03, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Several Spanish chefs and restaurants have made it to the top 10 Best lists in several occasions. But the Iberian Peninsula is not all about seafood paella and Jamón Serrano.

Once in a while, I hear a friend coming back from a trip and sharing a story about how beautiful the trip was and how hard it was to find vegan/vegetarian options. 

Well, if you go to Barcelona you can leave your crackers behind with no fear to starve during your vacations. Check out this link to TheLocal.es where Barcelona officially declares itself a "Veggie-Friendly City"

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Gift Ideas for a Memorable Holiday Gift

Posted on December 15, 2015 by | 2 Comments

Maybe you had the same experience, or maybe not, but when I was a kid, money was not the resource I used to get my Mom a gift for Mother’s Day or Christmas. My only source of income was the kitchen and the drawers around the house. Beans, cotton, crayons and glue were all I needed to make my Mother smile on a special holiday.

Back in those childhood days, “handmade” was not even a concept. It was the only alternative, and it seemed to make my Mom as proud and happy as the perfect gift would make any Mother.

Nowadays everything is easy. With a simple click, I have the gift … but my Mother still loves a handwritten letter more than a Prada bag. Uniqueness and the story behind a gift makes it memorable to the person who receives it. And a gratifying and loving experience for the person giving it.

A letter is always the perfect way to express your feelings, and the “Top 10 Gift Lists for the Holiday Season” might give you some inspiration. However, I wanted to share my favorite ideas for special gifts with a story behind them, someone’s hard work invested and available at the Newbury Handmade Market for you to share.

  • Handmade Handbags are always a desirable gift for any woman. 
Lara B. Designs and SUSU are two local start-ups specializing in high-end handmade handbags. Offering elegant handbags that can take you from day to evening and high-end tribal bags from indigenous groups of women in Colombia, respectively. These two collections will, without a doubt, be the perfect fit for any style.
  • Natural Products and treats for men and women. 
Raw Honey and Bee related products from Golden Rule Honey  by Laure, the passionate and knowledgeable ‘Honey Lady’ who will blow your mind with different tastes and stories behind the sweet nectar. Also, Urban Kitchen and Redgine's Botanical Spirits take the best out of nature and present it in body lotions, soaps and all sort of carefully crafted beauty products.
  • Locally designed Clothing and Shoes for men and women. 
Starting with music-inspired designs and socially involved clothing by Encore Apparel, to innovative minimalist wallets and Boston inspired accessories by Ideaka or vegan shoes and accessories by Vogas Barcelona, the Newbury Market is not short of style, offering limited collections for those lovers of independent style.
  • Jewelry and Accessories for men and women.The astonishing and elegant raw diamond pieces from The Wild Diamond, laser cut designs and fresh water pearls by Annette Donnelly or contemporary designs by Oohjaquelina are a perfect choice for anyone with exquisite taste. Freyja Jewels and Shadan Design's mix of elaborate and delicate designs with beautiful gemstones are unique pieces of art.
Colorful mini hats by Xharisma, recycled glass products by Carolina Portillo, Winter hats and scarfs by French Knot and delicate holiday ornaments by Band Glass Studio are the perfect choice for a memorable gift giving experience this holiday season.

Visit our pop-up store at 211 Newbury Street, Boston from 11am to 7pm daily through December 24th (11am-3pm). Come by and meet the artists in person!

 “Presents are made for the pleasure of who gives them, not the merits of who receives them.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

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Many Mornings!!

Posted on August 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Happy Tuesday, Everyone! If you’re feeling a bit down or tired that you’re starting the work week again, we’ve got just the thing for you – a big dose of bright color and sunshine! Starting on September, we will be carrying Many Mornings' truly cool line of colorful and stylish socks. A perfect match with your Vogas!!

We will be bringing our  amazing  socks and other cool accessories to Renegade's Brooklyn Fair on September 12th and 13th at the Brooklyn Expo Center!

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Posted in CULTURE, DESIGN, FASHION

The Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair is Here!

Posted on August 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Happy week, everyone! We’re kicking off our Renegade Craft Fair spotlights as we'll be heading to Brooklyn on September 12+13 to attend the Renegade Craft Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. At the fair, we will bring some truly awesome additions to our accessories collection. Stay tuned! We can’t wait to meet you there!

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Posted in ART, CULTURE, DESIGN, FASHION, TRAVEL

Art of Spain Culture Series

Posted on July 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Spanish Art and Artists

Influence, style, and famous works

From the colorful biomorphic forms of Joan Miro to the geometric cubism of Pablo Picasso, the work of Spanish artists continues to be admired around the world today.  Spanish art has firm roots in the Golden age and Renaissance periods, before flourishing during the modernist movement with Spanish artists on the forefront of movements such as Cubism and Surrealism.

The cultural history of Spain is deeply entwined with its art, which reflect and comment on the country’s political and social climates. To better understand the vibrant history of Spain and its artists, a brief guide below will introduce a handful of the most influential Spanish artists to date. Each week, a new Spanish artist will be featured; look forward to next week’s piece on Joan Miro. 

Salvador Dali - Surrealism

Lobster Telephone, Salvador Dali, 1938, 

Salvador Dali’s name has become synonymous with Surrealism, the artistic style reminiscent of the vivid and bizarre dreamscapes of the subconscious mind. Born in Figueres, Catalonia, Spain, Dali is best known for his melting clocks. His most famous work, The Persistence of Memory, is said to represent the idea that time is a flexible entity, and everything can be destroyed by it.

The Persistence of Memory, Salvator Dali, 1931

Dali’s painting style was meticulous, as he studied classical, renaissance painting techniques in art school (before he was expelled). His realistic painting technique contributed to his surrealist style, a school of painting focused on the bizarre, unbridled imagination of the subconscious mind.

The Three Sphinxes of Bikini, Salvator Dali, 1947

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