Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nina Simone...High Priestess of Soul!


Hello Lovers of Wonderful Music,

It has been a little while since I have spoken about musicians that I believe ABSOLUTELY changed the way we look at expressing ourselves.  One of the people that I feel blazed the way for future singers to open themselves up and say that their voice was valid and important was Nina Simone.  She had such a distinctive voice.   I would dare anyone to say otherwise!  When covering her at my Enrichment Program, I was asked by my students whether it was a man or a woman that was singing.   I would answer their question with another.  When you listened to what the person was saying, what perspective do you think it was coming from?  The answer would ultimately lead them to the conclusion that it was a WOMAN!!

I was originally introduced to this amazing singer over fifteen years ago, and I was immediately blown away.  She had a tone and expression that was commanding and honest at the same time, and was life altering for me as a singer.  Growing up Baptist there was always a right way and a wrong way to approach the way you sang.  Yes, there was a rawness that can only be expressed when singing a Gospel hymn, but I was shown this outlet for free form and take no prisoners boldness that I cannot put into words.

Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in North Carolina, she experienced a very poor existence.  She had a music teacher that recognized her potential and established a special fund to pay for her education (Bless that teacher!).  She was to become a classically trained pianist (from Julliard no less!), activist, singer, arranger, and composerShe counted Langston Hughes and James Baldwin as admirers.  Because of the racial turmoil that was rampant in the United States, she moved to several places and eventually settled in the South of France. She penned the song "Young, Gifted, and Black" after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  And when she sang......you were moved!  There are only a few singers that can do that, and she was one! 


She will forever hold a special place in my heart.  I hope that you enjoy my short video tribute to her.  I would love to know what you think!


til next time,

Kat

Monday, November 14, 2011

BAGS.......







Mirrored box purse -50s
Hello There Luvs,

I am so excited to offer up my third installment for my blog vlog.   This time, I am featuring bags!  I cannot say enough about what a bag offers.  They are our keeper of secrets, they hold things that we consider sacred, and they contain the items that help to provide our masks to the world.  I cannot remember a day when I wasn't trying to find the PERFECT bag that said just how I felt.  Whether I wanted to have an edge or I wanted to convey that I was a TRUE LADY, without the perfect bag, ALL was lost. 
Gold Brocade Clutch-50s

Carpeted Bag- 60s

Have you ever felt that way? I know there are other women that cannot live without the bag that has the right amount of pockets,  that buttery leather feel, or that perfect shade.  It is universal!  For me, it has NEVER been about the label. Yes, I do have some higher end pieces, but when I am looking, it is all about how that bag makes me feel.  If it doesn't add that walking on clouds feeling, then I WILL NOT buy it.  There are many that will buy just for the name on it and I wish them the best. But, if you have to spend an arm and a leg for it, how can you let it become part of you without worrying about the slightest flaw that occurs.

Frenchy custom leather 70's-80s

There will never be the right words to convey the sentiment and joy that a great bag can bring.  I am a loyal lover of vintage bags because the work including the detailing cannot be measured by today's standards.  There is a reason why so many of these treasures are around today.  They were made EXCEPTIONALLY well!

I hope that you enjoy my latest video, and I hope that you come back again.  I would love to share more of my vintage finds with YOU!


 til next time,

Kat

P.S. Yes...that is Billie right behind me in the video!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Killer Heels!

Hello there Fellow Lovers of Kicka** FASHION!

I have made my second attempt at video blogging.  I have taken on the glorious subject of  HEELS.....

They can give you the confidence that many other things in your wardrobe fail to do.  I hope that you enjoy this second instillation.  This is a new adventure for me and I am glad to have you along!!!


til next time,

Kat

Sunday, November 6, 2011

RUFFLES!!!!

Hello Again,



I would like to talk to you about one of my favorite clothing features......Ruffles! I have always been a fan of them, and I think they add just the right amount of femininity to an outfit that has lots of edge. For this blog, I have chosen four very different items that have their fair share of ruffles. I talk about them more in detail in the attached video. They would make a pleasant addition to any girl's wardrobe!

First up was my cropped 40s jacket. It has wonderful puffy sleeves and also has a tie to go along with it. What girl couldn't use that? I have worn it with jeans, a pencil skirt, and a very fitted dress. It rocked on all occasions with an ease that only a vintage piece can do!

Next up is a white cotton button back shirt with 3/4 sleeves. It is incredibly lightweight, and the design of the lace is to die for! Yes, it is reminiscent of Prince but it is still very modern. Once again, this piece can be worn with a pencil skirt. It can also be worn with plaid pants or anything else that suits your mood. The possibilities are endless!

Now, with this third one, my jaw hit the floor when I saw it. The ruffle collar and sleeves are AMAZING! It is urban in look while being super girlie. Never mind the fact that it is soooo gold! Hold the presses....this is NOT a blend-into-the-crowd blouse. I guess that is why I love it so much.



Last but not least is a wonderful 80s strapless Christian Dior dress. It features wonderful sequins that are worked into the lace bodice and midsection. It also features, you guessed it, RUFFLES! This is an example if a piece that can light up a room. And who doesn't want to do that?



I hope that you will check out my accompanying video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW74BuGyp0Y  It is my first and hopefully not the last. I would love some feedback as I am just starting to do them, and I could use some constructive comments. I really enjoyed recording it, and I hope you enjoy watching it.

til next time,


Kat