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16

May

CULTURE | New Yorkers: Have Dinner, Save a Lion This Friday with Linda Tucker!

In honor of Endangered Species Day this Friday, May 17th, Tolani Wine Restaurant in Manhattan has graciously opened up 200 seats to hungry, nature-conscious diners for a special fundraiser for the White Lion Protection Trust. Though white lions are not currently protected as an endangered species, there are only three white lion prides left in the wild. White lion conservationist Linda Tucker hopes that events like this one will help send a message to the leaders of the world that the need is not only great, but demanded by the people of the world to step in and save Africa’s most sacred animal from extinction in the wild.

Saving the White Lions by Linda Tucker

Event details:

Friday, May 17, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Tolani Wine Restaurant
410 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10024

Tickets for the event are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. To RSVP please email info@tolaninyc.com or call (212) 873-6252. All proceeds go to the Global White Lion Protection Trust.

The evening will feature South African cuisine, delectable wines, an assortment of music and more. Meet white lion conservationist Linda Tucker, in a rare visit from South Africa, and purchase a signed copy of her adventurous new memoir,Saving the White Lions: One Woman’s Battle for Africa’s Most Sacred Animal

See Linda Tucker’s Full US Tour Info

Read an excerpt from Saving the White Lions here (now on sale wherever books are sold!)

Can’t make it to this event? Support the Global White Lion Protection Trust by purchasing a copy of Saving the White Lions on Friday, May 17th, and consider gifting a copy of the book to your favorite library. A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to the GWLPT and will support Linda Tucker in her conservation efforts.

(Originally posted to NABCommunities.com)

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09

May

ALBUM REVIEW | “Thr!!!er” by !!! (chk chk chk)

20

Dec

Holiday Gift Guide for the Eco-Traveler

Can you tell that I’m already on a vacation to Costa Rica in my mind right now? Check out this Holiday Gift Guide for the Eco-Traveler I created today for NABCommunities.com, with a little help from Polyvore :).

NABCommunities.com Holiday Gift Guide for the Eco-Traveler

Are you taking a trip this Winter, or know a certain someone with wanderlust on your gift-giving list? NAB’s authors have you covered with our green travel gift guide, inspired by recommendations from eco-activist Dorian Yates’  Green Earth Guides travel series, Dezeen.com founder Marcus Fairs’ Green Design, and Homepathic Guide for Travelers by Ravi Roy and Carola Lage-Roy. Read On…

06

Nov

Watch me fumble through introductions for the Litquake/North Atlantic Books tribute event for banned Beat poet, Lenore Kandel.

05

Nov

LIVE REVIEW: Band of Horses + Howlin’ Rain @ Fox, Oakland 10/28/12

When it comes to triumphs, people have formed all kinds of strange superstitions to come out on top. After the Giants swept the World Series with a tie-breaking run in the tenth inning on Sunday, effectively delaying the Band of Horses show at Fox Theater from starting, we’re thinking about making BoH shows our new winning ritual.

Read full Band of Horses review on The Owl Mag.

20

Oct

5 Designers Doing Plus Size Dresses Right

Carmakoma dresses Fall 2012

Yesterday, I wrote about the 5 sins so often committed in plus size fashion, and though I said it would be a week before I posted something on the flip side that would showcase some examples of doing it RIGHT, I honestly just couldn’t wait. So here you go, lovelies. I have evaluated the following designers based on the following elements before deeming them deserving:

  • Quality of the garment – if it falls apart in 5 washes, forget it
  • On-trend design – no mu-mus or grandma wear here
  • Fit and flattery – but seriously, does it actually look good on a human, let alone a model?
  • Worthiness – does the price point match the quality of the garment?
In my humble, yet obsessive experience, I have found that the following five designers and shops have this criteria down when it comes to their full figure offerings, and I’ve cherry picked three of my favorite frocks from each.
Read more here…

(Source: Pinandhem.com)

19

Oct

5 Sins of Plus Size Designers

Torrid terrible shirtOver the weekend, the bestie and I made the pilgrimage to what has become many stylish plus-sized women’s fashion Mecca: Torrid. I have been shopping at the plus size haven since it first opened as a place catering to Hot Topic’s more voluptuous goth girls. It’s undergone a few transformations since then, and it’s starting to feel like a public identity crisis. So I have to ask, what the hell happened?

Ok, so they have the gorgeous Candice Huffine as their leading model (Lane Bryant does, too — she’s rocking the silver sequins below like only a fierce supermodel can), which is an upgrade, but they clearly downgraded the quality and selection of their clothing to compete with the likes of Forever 21′s new plus size line, despite still charging Torrid prices. Over the years, I have seen all 5 of the following plus size fashion sins appear on Torrid’s racks, but I couldn’t believe that the only things I found that I like from them, besides the clearance rack bathing suits, could only be found on their website. Seriously.

But they’re not the sole offenders. Here, I highlight 5 of the worst styles I see over and over again in plus size fashion.

Read more here…

Before and After: Dressing Chris Reed of Sons of Anarchy

Chris Reed before and after

Thanks to a wonderful recommendation by a mutual friend, I was given the opportunity to fly to LA in August and manage a wardrobe overhaul for Sons of Anarchy star, Chris Reed, aka “Filthy Phil.” The premier for Season 5 of the show was coming up, and Reed wanted to show fans and the media that Filthy Phil cleans up nicely. Here’s a side-by-side of Reed’s outfits for this year’s premier vs. last year’s, when I hadn’t yet taken over his closet. Call me biased, but I think he really dressed to kill this year, and knocked ‘em dead (even if he did make a goofy face on the red carpet… at least he made a goofy face in a good suit!).

Read full story on my new style blog for men & women, Pin&Hem.com

(Source: Pinandhem.com)

25

Sep

LIVE REVIEW: Carina Round @ Cafe du Nord, SF 5/8/12

Carina Round Cafe du Nord Mike Rosati

If Carina Round‘s not the hardest working woman in the music business these days, she’s pretty damn close, and she’s no rookie in the game, either. A touring member of Maynard’s Puscifer, the UK-bred Round has been putting out records and touring the world for nearly a decade on her own. Though Round’s latest self-released album, Tigermending had only hit stores a week prior to her show at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco (her second performance of the day after an earlier solo appearance at an Apple store), it became clear that her album had already struck a chord with this audience as nearly everyone seemed to know the songs. In an unexpected unison, the whole room joined in singing the “do do do’s” to “You and Me,” as Round cooed, “Ohh, San Francisco,” clearly taking the crowd’s response to heart.

Read my full review on The Owl Mag.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Carina Round

Carina Round Mike Rosati Cafe du Nord

If Carina Round‘s not the hardest working woman in the music business these days, she’s pretty damn close, and she’s no rookie in the game, either. A touring member of Maynard’s Puscifer, the UK-bred and currently LA-based Round has been putting out records and touring the world for nearly a decade on her own. Though Round’s latest self-released album, Tigermending had only hit stores a week prior to her show at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco (her second performance of the day after an earlier solo appearance at an Apple store), it became clear that the album had already struck a chord with this audience as many in the crowd sang along to new songs. We sat down with Round after the show to talk about the ups and downs of defiantly creating an album and tour without a label.

Read my full interview with Carina Round on The Owl Mag.