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Lookbooks: Play, Girl

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Meet Cristina Black

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When I got to Cristina Black’s Angelino Heights apartment, she is relieved to reveal the project she’s been working on in secret for months: Blake Lively’s lifestyle site, Preserve, which premiered via her Vogue cover story that morning. It doesn’t surprise me that Black was asked to work in editorial on the Gossip Girl star’s venture. Black made a name for herself as a writer in New York as the entertainment editor at Foam while freelancing regularly for Nylon, Dazed & Confused, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York, amongst others. She’s an accomplished woman.

 But almost two years ago, she dropped her life in New York and migrated to Los Angeles “in pursuit of the songwriter’s dream,” says Black. “Los Angeles has a vibe. I don’t know if it’s the weather or what, but I’m like this super-ultra version of myself in California. It’s letting me be who I actually am and, for once, that doesn’t feel like a fight. It feels like love maybe should.”

Black is also a trained pianist and harpist who has released a string of EPs of ethereal, dark melodies. The Ditty Sessions was critically acclaimed while her latest EP Ides of March is just about to surface. We went over to Black’s place to shoot some photos and talk about style.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Lady DJ: Kitty Cash

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We’ve been crushing on Kitty Cash for a while. But with the release of her new EP, Love the Free 2, we’ve fallen even harder. Like her first, the new mix celebrates the intersection of fashion, art and music. On the EP are some of Kitty’s favorite artists, including Kilo Kish, SZA, and Jesse Boykins. But that’s not all. The release party and accompanying weekend-long exhibition are going one step further, recognizing the power of collaboration through multi-sensory experience.  EP artwork from Jonni Cheatwood stands near a flower installation by Alison Valentine, all while a video diary is projected onto a blank wall. All in all, the exhibit is an experiment in diverse tastes and the people who curate them. We caught up with the mastermind to talk EP emotions, guilty pleasures, and what exactly happens when Bey shows up to your gig.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Lady DJ: Nelleke

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DJ Nelleke is a bit of an endangered species: a rare bird of a DJ who still spins using all vinyl only (no computer programs or iPad magic, just the real deal, a hauled crate of records to every event). This isn’t the only thing that makes this NYC beauty special though. Aside from being one of the most sought after party deejays in the city (she has regular gigs at Le Bain at The Standard, and at the Wythe Hotel), Nelleke McCowan is also a go-to choice for all sorts of fashion events, having taken over the tables at parties for everyone from DKNY to Purple Magazine to Refinery29 (amongst a host of others). If that’s not enough, she also hosts her own show on Know Wave Radio, and runs her own unique 90s-club0-kid style game that is so consummately cool it makes us want to give up and take up norm-core.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Lady DJ: Harley Viera Newton

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If there’s one thing we envy more than Harley Viera-Newton’s prowess on the decks, it’s her effortless Cali girl beauty and killer NYC style. Seems like we’re not the only ones. The bi-coastal DJ has been pictured on the pages of Vogue and Jalouse, and recently became a Beauty Ambassador for Dior. She also has a deal with Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation – which makes the perfect candidate for a Lady DJ profile, wouldn’t you agree? Read on to discover Harley’s go-to party starter, her favorite DJing outfit, and details on the best party she’s ever been to.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Studio Soundtracks: Staff Picks: Our Favorite Blondie Songs

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Today is Debbie Harry’s birthday, and to celebrate one of the most fashionable figures in punk rock history, we got our editorial staff to pick their most beloved Blondie songs, plus a few of our favorite snaps of the new wave style icon.

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