“Tightrope,” Janelle Monae feat. Big Boi
April 8, 2010, 10:41 pm
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Six Things #2

Six things I like this week.  Click to enlarge picture.  Details below.

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Gala Gonzalez is a Woman We Love
April 6, 2010, 11:12 pm
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Personal style bloggers are an interesting bunch.  People taking pictures of themselves and their outfits daily and posting them for the world to see doesn’t always make for the most riveting material.  For every blogger who documents their genuinely interesting and idiosyncratic style, there are many more who come across as painfully self-indulgent and, frankly, kind of boring.

And then there are those, like Gala Gonzalez of Inside Am-Lul’s Closet, who just get it right: highly personal, effortless style documented regularly, broken up with enough other content to keep readers coming back for more.  A twenty-something Spanish stylist and creative director based in London, Gonzalez lives and breathes what she posts about daily, and it comes across on her site.  Created with the goal to “display, share and learn,” her daily musings and photos have catapulted her to the forefront of the bloggerati, sitting next to Gwyneth at fashion shows, hosting huge product launches in Madrid and even designing her own clothing line.  Aside from her tastemaking talent, the genuine enjoyment Gonzalez seems to get out of what she does goes a long way in setting her apart from her too-cool-for-fashion-school peers.

And, you know, the fact that she’s a complete knockout doesn’t hurt either.

More pics from Gala’s blog below.

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Carolyn Murphy looks unreal in these Tom Ford ads

And she was born in 1973, by the way.  In Panama City, Florida, nonetheless.  So she should really look like this by now.

Cheap Monday Sunglasses
April 6, 2010, 9:34 pm
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My fetish for sunglasses is pretty well-documented on this blog and in my bank account.  Luckily for me, Cheap Monday (one of my top three favorite Swedish things behind Robyn and Fish) has a second killer line of their Clairvoyant sunglasses for only $35 a piece.  The shades come in several different colorways and styles — the Clubmaster-esque Night Planner, the classic aviator shape of the Night Search, the oversized Nightwatch (above) and the unimaginatively-named Round Glasses, among them — which makes the low price point even sweeter, since you can afford to buy a few.  See more from the collection after the jump.

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Time Capsule: Elvis Costello on SNL
April 3, 2010, 7:55 pm
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In 1977, Elvis Costello and the Attractions filled in for the Sex Pistols on Saturday Night Live when the iconic punk band couldn’t get work visas to perform in New York.  Costello’s record label insisted he perform “Less Than Zero,” despite his desire to play the media-bashing “Radio Radio” (sample lyric: “You better shut up or get cut out/They don’t wanna hear about it/It’s only inches on the reel-to-reel”).  Never one to back down from industry pressure, Costello and his band played a few notes of “Zero,” before grinding to a halt and launching into a legendary version of “Radio Radio,” becoming one of the first acts to be banned from SNL and setting the stage for other groups’ future acts of rock n roll rebellion on live TV.

Palladium Goes Inside London Pirate Radio

Despite the fact that this marks my second post this week celebrating illegal activity, I’m kind of fascinated by the latest installment of Palladium Boot’s Explorer film series, examining the world of London Pirate Radio.  The first time I heard about this underground scene was back when the first traces of Dizzee Rascal made its way to the States, but the roots of the illegal broadcasts go back to the 50′s and 60′s when unlicensed frequencies would transmit from boats off the UK shore and rusted anti-aircraft towers at the mouth of the Thames in an act of rebellion against BBC radio restrictions.  Just like so many other things that the Internet has decimated (magazines, video rental, the recording industry, taking out a personal ad in the classified section of your local newspaper that, in a wacky twist, ends up leading you right back to your current partner), pirate radio has taken a hit from the web and isn’t what it used to be.  But, as the video Palladium filmed all over London shows, some pirate radio transmitters still thrive in the UK today, hidden in plain site.

See more photos from Palladium’s Explorer series after the jump, and watch the 16-minute movie now streaming on the Palladium site.

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