Scouting

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Happy Canada Day!! Spent a fun day off scouting locations today for a brand new music video that I’ll be styling this weekend. I’m beyond excited to be styling my second official music video. Thus far, it’s been a really fun and challenging experience because the video entails a lot of different eras and characters. In addition, it’s always a challenge to work on a very small budget. I’m definitely putting my School of Style knowledge to use! I can’t wait to share with you all some pictures from the shoot and the finished product. Though I can’t unveil just yet who I’m working with, I can tell you that this artist is taking the Canadian hip hop world by storm!

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Photos by @Offner

Native Shoes Jericho Womens Botanical Print (get them here)

Zara scoop neck white tee 

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Forever 21 stripped shorts 

Porté Disparu #DailyOutfit

After many months of waiting, today, Disiz finally released his brand new music video that my man @offner directed! If you don’t know who Disiz is, well he’s one of the biggest rappers in France. Not only does he have great beats but he also has super clever and intelligent rhymes. The video was shot in Spain and Canada in the spring of last year. Super excited that it’s finally out! Watch “Porté Disparu” here!

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Today’s outfit – Some white lace x one of my favorite tops! Rawr!!

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Zara Biker Jacket with zips (similar one here)

Zara silk leopard tank 

H&M patterned tights (get them here)

Zara white embroidered mini skirt (similar one here)

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney With A Tiny Tender Kiss Charm Bracelet White(get it here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

 

Early Riser #DailyOutfit

Today was one heck of an early wake up call for work but it was for a good cause. We had the pleasure of filming a performance and interview with Shad. Have you heard his new record Flying Colours? It’s honestly one of the best things I’ve heard all year. His rhymes are so clever, his music is powerful and so well crafted. I wouldn’t be surprised if his talent not only brings him across the border down south but also around the world. So nice to listen to hip hop artists that have a positive message, that have meaning in their songs and that make you reflect on life. It was a real pleasure to speak with him today! If you haven’t already, go listen to Flying Colours. In the meantime, here’s his first single “Stylin“:

I had the opportunity to stop by Biko Jewellery‘s sample sale this afternoon on the way home from work. So many sparkly goodies were being sold! There was already almost nothing left by the time I got there. I couldn’t be more thrilled for Corrine and couldn’t help but add to my collection while I was there 😉

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Today’s half awake daily outfit has lot’s of red. Gravitating more and more towards that color as of late. Love this new shirt that I got from Zara earlier this week, it’s so soft and comfy! TGIF!! Happy weekend! xo

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Zara TRF Basic Short Sleeve T-Shirt Terracotta (get it here)

Zara Batik Mini Skirt 

Vanessa Mooney Little Ways Gold Bracelet (get it here)

Vanessa Mooney With A Tiny Tender Kiss Charm Bracelet White(get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Karl Lagerfeld ’7′ Beveled Bezel Bracelet Watch (get it here)

Zara fabric wedge ankle boots (get them here)

Francofolies Day 4 & 5 #DailyOutfit

The past two days have been nutty to say the least! We had two jam-packed days of shooting at the Francofolies to finish off our week there.

We started the day off yesterday with a rad performance and interview with the up and coming Queen of Hip Hop in Quebec Sarahmée. She just released a new EP Sans Détour in March and will be touring across the province this summer. I love her flow and her lyrics. She did a special classic meets hip hop version of one of her tracks to start off the day.

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Our second interviewee didn’t show up, something that rarely happens honestly. In the past year or so, we’ve been pretty lucky with artists showing up and on time, for our interviews and performances. It’s not given to every artist to be super organized and reliable. Having worked in music PR, I know it can sometimes be a challenge to make sure your artist will show up even if you remind them 100x…

We continued the day with a Taxi BRBR (one of our new series for season 2!) with Marie-Pierre Arthur, who’s always such a sweetheart and wrapped the day at Chantal Archambault‘s DREAMY home in Villeray. Together we cooked some coconut milk & curry scallops. Yup, you read right! I made scallops yesterday! To be honest, I had never tried scallops in me entire life and never really planned on doing so, the texture always revolted me… but for the purpose of the show, I gave it a shot. The taste wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought but the texture freaked me out. I definitely still need some convincing to start eating fish or seafood… What a delight it was though to spend time with her in her beautiful home. Watch out, two gingers in the kitchen! 😉

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Today started off in an interesting way… A giant Montreal pigeon took the biggest explosive bucket of shit all over me as we were just about to starting prepping for our Taxi BRBR with Dumas. Luckily, none of it was caught on tape (well luckily for me ;)). I had some all over my face, my hair, my clothes, it was the most disgusting thing that’s ever happened to me I think… The smell!!! After a VERY quick stop back at the hotel to change and shower (I couldn’t fathom spending the day doing interviews while still smelling like shit, literally!), we taped an awesome episode of Taxi BRBR with the always generous and super friendly Dumas. He’s probably one of the most down to earth, simple and friendly artists I’ve ever met!

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The day continued with a performance and interview with one of my old Montreal pals Jason Bajada who played a track from his first French record that will be released in the fall. You need to hear his track “Armée de montgolfières”: here. So good!

We wrapped the day with ex-Goules singer Keith Kouna, who played us a track “guerrilla” style in a graffiti filled alley.

A big thank you to all the artists that played for us and chatted with me during the Francofolies. Thanks to the festival organizers and all the publicists/managers who made all of this possible. What a great second year at the Francofolies! 🙂 Stay tuned for all of the interviews, performances, recipes and taxi rides, that will be broadcasted in the next couple of weeks. Links to come 🙂

Finishing off the day today with a movie! Finally, a bit of down time. Stoked to go see Man Of Steel tonight. Was such a hardcore Lois & Clark fan as a kid!

Today’s original daily outfit was unfortunately too dirty to photograph, so here’s my second outfit of the day, sans le pigeon poop 😉

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Uranium Come As You Are tank (similar ones here)

H&M tie-dye black and white maxi skirt

H&M chambray buttoned-up shirt (similar one here)

Verameat Peace Hand necklace (get it here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)

Zara fabric wedge ankle boots (get them here)

GRAMMY Predictions

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For as long as I can remember, The Grammys have always been one of my favorite galas to watch.  I love seeing what the artists will wear, watching the sometimes over the top performances and what will be this year’s upsets.  This year has been an exceptional year for music not only in Canada but abroad as well so I’m really looking forward to Sunday’s gala.

Here’s who I’m rooting for at this year’s Grammys:

Album of the Year
» The Black Keys – El Camino
» Fun. – Some Nights
» Mumford & Sons – Babel
» Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
» Jack White – Blunderbuss

*Franck Ocean lived up to the buzz this year when he released his first studio album Channel Orange in July, proving to everyone that he’s one of the country’s top singer-songwriters. I love his unique blend of soul and r&b. My choice for album of the year for sure!

Record of the Year
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger”
» Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”
» Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
» Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
» Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

*I also think that Franck Ocean deserves to win this. He’s definitely the stand out artist in this category. Maybe a little more underground and less established than some of the other nominees but I definitely hope he takes the prize home.

Best New Artist
» The Alabama Shakes
» Fun.
» Hunter Hayes
» The Lumineers
» Frank Ocean

*Yes, Fun’s song was heard everywhere on the radio this year, The Lumineers did have a good year and Alabama Shakes have a cool southern-rock sound to them but I feel like once again Franck Ocean should win this category for his stellar year… I’m really scared that Fun might win. If I hear that “Some Nights” song once again… I’m going to throw a fit!

Song of the Year
» Ed Sheeran – “The A Team”
» Miguel – “Adorn”
» Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe” 
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
» Fun. – “We Are Young”

*She’s Canadian and she without a doubt had the catchiest and most-played song of the year. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was a breath of fresh air on the music scene!

Best Pop Solo Performance
» Adele – “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
» Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe” 
» Katy Perry – “Wide Awake” 
» Rihanna – “Where Have You Been”

*Ok, so I guess my selection for this category is kind of a cop out but I still wanted to include it in my choices because I believe that all three of these women had a memorable year.  “Wide Awake” has been one of my guilty pleasures all year, “Call Me Maybe” is just pop-goodness and “Where Have You Been” was a great summer track. I think all three are deserving of this award.

Best Rock Album
» The Black Keys, El Camino
» Muse, The 2nd Law
» Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
» Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
» Jack White, Blunderbuss

*Difficult decision to make once again… I was thinking Jack White  but I think that The Black Keys should probably take home the award. I had the chance of seeing them live a few times, they put on a stellar show. I think El Camino is a solid rock record from beginning to end. They don’t reinvent the wheel on this record but they added texture and glitter to their songwriting, proving they’re a force to be reckoned with.

Best Alternative Music Album
» Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
» Bjork, Biophilia
» Gotye, Making Mirrors
» M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
» Tom Waits, Bad As Me

*Easy decision to make. M83’s record was one of my favs in 2011 and 2012. I really think it was a cross-over record for the French band, a record that brought them to the next level. A lot more people are aware of the band now because of “Midnight City”. What’s good about the record is that it’s varied and offers something original to listeners.

Best Rap Song
» Nas – “Daughters”
» Wale feat. Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
» Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
» Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne – “The Motto”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West – “N—as In Paris” 
» Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars – “Young, Wild & Free”

*What a great idea it was for these two artists to come together. Both have such an original vision and craft, they were bound to produce a gem together. This song is CATCHY! Yes, “The Motto” was also great, but I feel that this collaboration blows it out of the water.

Best Rap Album
» Drake, Take Care
» Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
» The Roots, Undun
» Nas, Life Is Good
» Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t
» 2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story

*I was on the grand jury of the Polaris Music Prize in Canada this year.  We had to vote on a short list that featured Drake’s Take Care. I think I listened to this record over 100 times and the more I listened to it, the more I appreciated it. I think Drake really proved his relevance and importance to the rap scene on Take Care and that his career is just taking off.

Best Americana Album
» The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
» John Fullbright, From the Ground Up
» The Lumineers, The Lumineers
» Mumford & Sons, Babel
» Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

*The Avett Brothers have a gift for writing dreamy melodies and producing beautifully arranged songs. It may be their seventh record but they’ve proved that they’re not slowing down any time soon and aren’t running out of inspiration. I think their music is unique and of utmost quality. Plus, they’re some of the nicest musicians out there!

 Agree? Disagree? Let me know who are you rooting for this year and who you hope will walk away empty handed.

See you on twitter Sunday night!

Mel xo

This Week’s Ear Candy

Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you’ve all been having wonderful holidays thus far! Apologies for the little break last week, I was out of the country and had very limited access to reliable internet. Here’s this week’s ear candy:

I must admit, this first video and track totally made my day when I first saw it. Yes, it’s a surfing video but it’s also a great downtempo chill track. The track totally transports me into another world. The track I’m talking about is, Peaking Lights‘ dreamy “Beautiful Dub”, taken from their 2012 release Lucifer In Dub (a dubbed-out version of their latest LP Lucifer). Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

So happy that there’s a brand new Charli XCX single out. The track is called “You Ha Ha Ha”. The young UK pop singer is  definitely one of my favorite artists of 2012. Super excited for her debut full-length to be released in the new year. In the meantime, you can listen to the track here:

I just spent the past ten days on vacation in France. Over the years, I’ve always listened to the music that was coming out of this great country but it was only this past year, thanks to @offneraurelien, that I really tuned into what was being done across the Atlantic. While, I was in France, I spent a lot of time listening to French radio to really get a feel for the stand out artists in the country. One of the names that really stood out, is the Caen rapper Orelsan.  If you’ve never heard of him, I highly recommend checking him out. He’s articulate, intelligent and not afraid to rap about France’s current social issues. Here’s his track “Suicide Social” –

And his latest hit “Si Seul” –

So there you have it for this week! Have a lovely weekend!

Mel xo