Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NO MORE....

Hello Luvs,

This is a little ditty that helps express the frustration and anger that I feel about some of the things that are going on right now.  It is not a perfect rendition, and I meant it to be that way.  We are ALL trying to fulfill our potential, love, and be loved.  It is never OK to put down your Fellow Human Being and make them feel lesser than.  It takes more effort to act this way than trying to LIVE IN BLISS.

I hope you enjoy it and that you will give some feedback.

Til next time,

Kat

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Most Lovely....Etta James

Hello Again Music Lovers,

It was a sad day this past week with the passing of the GREAT Etta James.  She represented light, SASS, and melody which was all brought to us via that Tremendous voice of hers.  She was a trailblazer for all the singers who close their eyes and with all their heart sing out any hurt, anguish, or passion that they are feeling.  She is one of my main influences to which I owe a debt of gratitude and admiration.

I can remember as if it was yesterday when I witnessed her greatness in person.  I attended a concert in Irvine, California in which she played right before the Wonderful Buddy Guy.  She was decked out in all Gold and she was a delight to see in all her glory.  When she came out and opened her mouth to sing.....there was a wave of silence and you could see around you that all eyes turned to lock on her and take it in!  For me, it was a moment when I told myself that I had a lot of work to do in regard to stage presence.  I wanted to be JUST LIKE HER!  To command attention and hold such a large crowd with just a few notes is something that many performers strive to do.  And she did this....without refrain and with all her might.

She was born in Los Angeles, California in 1938, and by the age of 5 she was a gospel prodigy.  There was NO holding her back!  By the age of 12 she moved to San Francisco, formed a trio, and soon became a bandleader for Johnny Otis.  She changed her name from Jamesetta Hawkins to Etta James and so began her rise to fame.  Being an instrumental component to the success of Chess Records was also her destiny.  She made her mark with the songs At Last, All I Could Do Was Cry, and Trust In Me, but there have been many since that have made her INCREDIBLY SOULFUL voice available to all that would appreciate it.  Inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame (1993), Blues Hall of Fame (2001), and Grammy Hall of Fame (in both 1999 and 2008) were only a few of her accomplishments.  She also counted many Grammies in her list of awards.  She has garnered the respect of fellow artists because she was "The Gold Standard," and there will NEVER be another like her.  She blazed a trail that has made it possible for many of the singers around today to have the success that they do.

She was a soul singer of the greatest order, and she was a Force of Nature.  To hear her sing is to love her.  Sweet melody coupled with raw emotion is how I choose to describe that voice.  I recommend searching out her tunes wherever you can find them.  Listen to how she brings life and FIRE to the tunes that made her famous.  You WILL NOT regret doing so.  I guarantee you.

The three videos I have here are all courtesy of YouTube (which I am sure you have noticed already).  I say a big thank you to the wonderful people that have placed them.  There are many more, and I know that you will enjoy your adventure of seeking her out.

Til next time,

Kat


Thursday, January 12, 2012

It's ALL about the BOOTS!!!!!

 50's Frye Boots...got in San Francisco
Hello Fashion Lovers,

I come to you with a quest to share my LOVE of boots.  Their versatility is unmatched and during the colder months, they are my staple.  I have one pair that I wear almost EVERYDAY!  I am sure that I am NOT the only one.  I see you out there, you Fashion Goddesses ROCKIN' your footwear.  You get it, and you aim to share your Fabulousness with all that will take it in!  


Staple boot this year!
Now, boots can be worn with jeans of course, but they can also be worn with almost EVERYTHING else. It all depends on your vision and what you are trying to express.  It is no longer a shame or inappropriate to put them on with your shortest mini or your tightest thrashed jeans.  It all depends on where your vision is taking you.
Sassy AND Functional...

 So, I say to you.....YOU wear those stiletto or cone heeled boots with Pride and Sass and don't let ANYONE steer you away from your need for self-expression!  After all.....it is YOUR VISION!





A rich wine shade...perfect with jeans also.

Etienne Aigner...perfect for the stables!

Marc Nason Lovlies!  SCORE!!!


80s with perfect heel!



Italian Goodies...pea green!
This is how they need to fit your ankles.


Last but not least....Slouchy!


Til next time,

Kat

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Express Yourself!!!!

Hello All,


I hope that you will enjoy my short vlog about freedom through self expression when it comes to fashion.  It is my wish for you, that this year you will come to realize that fashion is MADE FOR FUN and that showing off your personality in fresh bold ways can make all the difference.  You ARE NOT the clothes you wear, but they can help to give a mirror image of your playfulness, sass, and passion.


So, I say, this year is ALL about the freeing of those pesky misconceptions about what you wear being soul defining.  It is more about feeling comfortable and ALIVE while you are fluttering around this Wonderful World.  YOU make this life what you know that it can be!  This life and existence is for goodness sake.....YOUR OYSTER!


Til next time,


Kat