Aspire To Inspire

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  1. SOUND: HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF

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    This past weekend I went to a free event (most live music is free in this town btw) to see a band I discovered this summer at SXSJ in Austin, Hurray for the Riff Raff. The event featured several New Orleans artists and musicians and The Joy theater was packed full of the Riff Raff’s local fan base. They’ve been out on tour promoting their new album, Small Town Heroes, and were thrilled to be back in Nola performing for their crowd. I wanted to share their music with you as their sound is very unique and their story of success lies in the heart of what New Orleans is all about. Lead singer, Alynda Lee Segarra started the band in New Orleans and is aiming to leave a hefty mark on the Americana folk music scene. She makes her music for the riff raff, the underdogs and says, “We really feel at home with a lot of worlds of people that don’t really seem to fit together, and we find a way to make them all hang out with our music. Whether it’s the queer community or some freight train-riding kids or some older guys who love classic country, a lot of folks feel like mainstream culture isn’t directed at them. We’re for those people.”

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  2. MY AUSTIN SHOPPING GUIDE FOR REISSUED

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    Last month I worked with Reissued, an amazing new curated social marketplace application, on an Austin shopping guide for a feature on their website and shopping marketplace. Reissued is an app that allows curators to buy and sell vintage, one- of- a- kind, handmade and hard-to-find items. I spent two days with their director of sales visiting my favorite spots and picking out unique items from each store to feature.

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  3. I FINALLY MADE IT TO GRACELAND

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    I went on a last minute road trip to Nashville last weekend and made a pit stop in Memphis so that I could finally take a walk thru Graceland where Elvis Presley lived until his death. I was surprised to learn that he bought the estate at 22 especially when I saw the design aesthetic of the place.

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  4. RETAIL REVIEW: HOUSTON’S STASH CO

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    For the last month, I’ve been working with Stash Co on curating their new brick and mortar store in the West Ave Shopping Center in the heart of River Oaks, Houston. The store is a great showcase to represent the full Stash lifestyle with a very unique aesthetic that is certainly one of a kind. I have loved working on this project and the process of bringing together artists that I love and admire has been very inspiring to me.
    STASH BUILDS. STASH COLLECTS. STASH LOVES.

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  5. SEARCHING FOR SOUL: COBRA ROCK BOOT COMPANY

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    I’ve been obsessing over Cobra Rock Boot Company since I first spied their little shop on South Dean Street in Marfa on my first visit through town last May. The store was closed (as the town is only in action Wednesday thru Sunday), but my window shopping experience was enough to get me very intrigued. […]

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  6. A MARFA BIRTHDAY

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    This past weekend I passed thru another birthday, this time choosing to celebrate the year in one of my favorite new getaway spots: Marfa, TX. Since first visiting on my road trip to Texas last May, I’ve visited it a few more times and I’m officially a big fan of everything this charming West Texas town offers. It’s all about the simple things in Marfa and the landscape and architecture seem to continually put you at ease as you move through the town. I can feel the city off my back the minute I arrive, and then the dreaminess begins.

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  7. LA CASA AZUL: FRIDA Y DIEGO

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    The main thing that got me to Mexico City was the exhibition of a portion of Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe that has been on display in her museum, La Casa Azul, for the past year. Frida has been a major muse and inspiration to me for many years and I have a complete fascination with her life, her spirit and her style. She represents so many important things to me in what it means to be a real woman. She withstood so many hard ships and obstacles in her life and she overcame all of them with such radiance and dignity. To me, Frida represents a pioneer and a warrior and her perspective on her art and clothing personifies all that her spirit was full of: color, history, openness, complexity and individuality.

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  8. A VIEW OF MEXICO CITY THRU MY EYES

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    This last week I took a trip to Mexico City for the first time and I have returned greatly inspired and with a new appreciation and love for one of the largest cities in the world. This is a city that can’t quite be described for those that have not had the pleasure of visiting its grandeur. The culture is rich, the people are spirited and their perspective on the arts and architecture is mind blowing. There is so much to do in this city it is hard to accomplish it all in one trip but I was able to see enough to grasp its magnificent energy.

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  9. BEATRICE VALENZUELA’S DEBUT FLAGSHIP STORE

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    While I was back in Los Angeles last month, Beatrice Valenzuela, a champion for the Echo Park creative community, opened her debut flagship store at 1547 Echo Park Ave. Beatrice has been a part of the Echo Park community for ten years as a stylist and designer and is responsible for initiating the Echo Park Craft Fair which began the Los Angeles trend of a curated pop up featuring artisanal products from LA’s creative east side community. Beatrice is known greatly for her eponymous line of shoes for men, women and children that take its inspiration from ancient footwear and the traditional styles of her native country of Mexico.

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  10. SEARCHING FOR SOUL IN TEXAS: STASH CO.

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    When I decided to embark on this new life in Texas, I had hesitations thinking about how challenging it might be for me to find my tribe, my people. As a seeker and an adventurer, I’ve come to enjoy the hunt of discovering and Texas is a really big territory to conquer. I’d gotten so […]

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