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Far East Movement – Dirty Bass

I’m in the process of reorganizing my iTunes library and as a result, I’m giving a lot of albums a second chance. That’s how I came across Dirty Bass, which was released in 2012 to mixed reviews.

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Far East Movement, but I’ll be the first to say that this album really didn’t match my usual listening tastes. The second time around, however, I realized something: though they’re best known for their dance tracks like “Like a G6“, Far East Movement really shines on their slower-tempo tunes.

Read on to see my picks for the best slow jams on Dirty Bass.

Swaggy

Hello, everybody! Just wanted to let you know that I have written a guest post over at Oddness/Weirdness called “Swag Check, Mic Check”, where I talk about the importance of styling in the music business. In particular, I talk about k-pop styling, but you don’t have to know anything about it to enjoy the article. So pretty, pretty please – show some love over there to my friend, Erika, who runs the blog, and let me know what you think!! Thanks!

Here’s an excerpt:

“I’ve heard lots of stories about how people got into k-pop: learning about Korean music through Gangnam Style, flipping through the international TV channels at 4am, even ::cough:: someone forwarding a video of Taeyang humping the stage in all white.::cough::

Full disclosure: that last one is definitely what happened to me, but it’s not why I jumped feet first into the fandom and stayed. Actually, it was the styling that got me.”

Oddness/Weirdness

[Designer Collaborations] Is the “democratization” of fashion really an excuse to produce knock-offs?

I don’t usually write about controversial topics on Frock Yeah, but here goes. I was on Tumblr the other day, and one of my favorite bloggers, Arushi Khosla posted an op-ed article from Business of Fashion discussing the H&M and Maison Martin Margiela collaboration. Here’s one quote from the article:

Flying the friendly (?) skies

I recently traveled to Houston, Texas, which was interesting. Just kidding, I had a great time. The nightlife was not my cup of tea, but that’s okay. Having just gone through TSA, I thought I’d share some of my helpful tips on how to make your journey through airport security conflict-free and speedy.

1. Don’t fly anywhere.

Seriously.  If you can avoid flying, I suggest you don’t bother with it.

2. CHECK YOUR LUGGAGE!!

I can’t stress this enough. If you’re traveling domestically, you may have to pay to check your luggage, but it’ll be worth it if you don’t want to deal with the threat of being strip searched or having to explain for the third time that, no, your hemorrhoids cream is in fact not an explosive.

3. Follow directions to the letter!

If the limit is 3.4 oz, they mean it. Don’t try to weasel around it or you might end up without your expensive cosmetics, perfume or whatever. The exception is medication, either prescription or over the counter. You can have those, but I suggest that you put them all in the same compartment so they’re easy for you and the TSA agent to find. Also, don’t be surprised if they ask you for a sample. You will probably, in one way or another, have to explain what your meds are, especially if they’re generic or don’t have the script stuck on them.

1 big reason why you should buy denim and t-shirts before January

Basically, the price of cotton is expected to rise come 2011. Just Google “cotton prices will rise” and you’ll see a number of articles suggesting that.

Do you care that some clothes are going to be more expensive? Personally, I don’t really buy graphic tees anymore, and I refuse to buy completely plain shirts or shirts with details that I could easily DIY. That leaves jeans and other things made of cotton… I don’t usually pay more than $60 for a pair of jeans, and I also don’t shop a lot, so I’m not too concerned about this whole price increase. I’d only really care if it were to go from like, $60 to $120 for the same pair!

Maybe we should stock up on luxury denim, then?

MAC x RODARTE: Update

I just read this morning, via New York Magazine’s Cut Blog, that MAC has decided not to ship the RODARTE line inspired by Juarez, Mexico.

As I mentioned before, there was a lot of backlash on the internet due to the controversial nature of the Mulleavy sisters’ source of inspiration.  Read my previous post on MAC x RODARTE if you’d like to learn a little more about that. Now, MAC has released a statement that they will not release the collection, out of respect for the citizens of Juarez, and really, out of respect for all people. They will still, however, donate all projected global proceeds to groups that work to protect the women of Juarez.

Though it’s unfortunate that this whole debacle occurred, I’m glad that something good is coming out of this. (Also, I’ve held back from saying this because I didn’t want to take away from this discussion, but the collection was pretty ugly/unwearable.) Anyway, from the statement MAC released, it seems that they are still researching the groups that exist, so they know where to send their donations.

MAC x RODARTE: A PR Nightmare

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that MAC and Rodarte have paired up for a collection inspired by Juarez, Mexico, which was also the inspiration for Rodarte’s Fall 2001 RTW collection. The clothing collection was well-received, but there has been an amazing amount of negative backlash toward the limited edition makeup collection.

What’s the problem?

Briefly, the makeup products have names like “Factory” and “Bordertown.” There’s nothing particularly wrong with those words, but in context, they come across as callous.

When you pointedly name your makeup products about the climate in Juarez, it just seems that you don’t particularly care about what’s going on, other than it giving you inspiration to make clothes or makeup. There’s nothing wrong, in my opinion, with taking inspiration for art from tragic events, but it has to be done tactfully and respectfully. MAC and Rodarte missed the mark here.

Exciting news!! (Part 2)

Jordana asked me to write a guest post on Barbie’s fashion from her inception to now! Here’s a little excerpt:

Guest Post: Barbie’s [Fashion] [R]Evolution

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Malibu Barbie, 1971

You may have noticed that as time goes by, Barbie wears more revealing clothing – but I believe that’s (partly) a reflection of the times.  When was the last time you saw a teenage girl wearing a full length skirt?  Or even one that covers her knees?  Mattel has clothing designers for Barbie, and they do trend research like any other clothing company does; it’s not surprising that, in a time of miniskirts and shirts passing for dresses, Barbie shows a lot of leg.  That being said, there’s no real reason for Barbie to be nearly naked.  Mattel may have some ‘splaining to do for the skimpier outfits they sell.

But while regular Barbies have a few bad run-ins with overly shimmery fabric and a tad too much denim, collectible Barbies are dressed very differently.  These are the dolls that Mattel claims to market toward adult collectors, and are usually the ones that garner the most negative attention from those who claim that Barbie dresses like a hoochie (see this article by an angry mom).

Head over to Jordana Wants to Know to read the rest of my blog post!

Makeup

Ahem. I LOVE makeup! …but I rarely ever wear it.

I usually leave the house with Burt’s Bees and maybe some lip gloss on over that, mainly because I get ready for class about 10 minutes before I’m supposed to leave. When I go out, however, I go all out with the makeup.

Anyway, I really need to add some more tricks to my repertoire, along with some more products. For instance, I need to find the Perfect Red Lipstick. I had a brief encounter with it in 2006 (see below), on Halloween.

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Don’t mind the death stare… I was the Grim Reaper.