Good morning bloggettes and blog-men?!
I hope you are enjoying the turning leaves and crisp air of autumn (although you may well be in a sunny land and if so - lucky you!)
As some of you may know (or scroll down and find out) I went on a mini 'promo' tour of America a few weeks ago- this was mainly to play a few gigs and meet a few people that may want to help us on our way- and a nice little preview of the big tour that we are going to do there next March.
So we had some time to kill and explore and SHOP!
I feel the need to apologise to my drummer at this point as MY shopping ended up on HIS credit card and I am still paying him back...
It's not my fault... it's America's fault... the shops are just TOO good to say no too!
Especially in San Francisco where this mammoth blog begins...
|My favourite shop EVER- Trunk in Lower Haight|
Silver also pointed me towards my other new favourite shop round the corner- Swankety Swank
full of more lovely trinkets, upcycled garments and friendly people with much the same independent ethos... I walked away with a gorgeous dusty pink layered lace collar (sadly I didn't get any pictures of this shop!) Walking towards the main high street of Haight Ashbury (also full of gems) I spotted a little sign saying 'vintage and handmade items this way' and I found myself in the wonderful world of the adorable 'Aline's Closet' - I love the way she decorated her shop with beautiful furniture, candles and antique mirrors- not to mention the dolls house above her door... I could live there!
In the Haight I also fell into my new facourite place in the world- AMOEBA RECORDS... Holy wow this place is incredible. EVERY CD, Record, DVD etc you could possibily want in the style of 'Empire Records' complete with a stage in the corner where I just happened to catch my newest 'girl group crush' - Grass Widow playing.
I felt like I was actually in the 70s and it was a pretty powerful place to be- very inspiring and ALL about peace and love. Of course with every alternative town came the crazy people- in abundance... it's a drug fuelled place that I definitely wouldn't live in but makes for a very interesting place to visit and people watch!!
Oh and the gig, although on tiny stage in a laundrette went rather well...
|I'm wearing some S.F purchases- the collar was from Trunk and the Headpiece from P-Kok|
We did a great gig at Hotel Cafe - which is dark but a fantastic venue with amazing sound...
|I did say dark... Headpiece by UglyLovely, Dress from Vintage Secret, Adam in Beyond Retro|
Oh and L.A's very own bigger version on Ameoba Music (I'm slightly obsessed)
In my defence there was A LOT of graffitti on those walls...
The sun ain't so bad...
Then we spent a week in New York (no I wasn't deported from drawing on the toilet wall!) - where I purchased a good camera for once in my life - about time too! So I will leave you with some snaps from a great 7 days of sights, comedy, hip hop and new friends in the big city!
|When I went to stay in Brooklyn- I was greeted with this sight...|
|I joined MC Undakova doing some improv (singing not rapping!) at a Manhattan Hip Hop jam...|
|I was blown away by the art at the MOMA- including my favourite- Kandinsky|
|I sang/shouted a one note song as part of Yoko Ono's 'art' at the MOMA|
|I met the lovely and talented Katelan Foisy who showed me around the Village for a day- we laughed a lot!|
Don't you love her sunglasses?! She oozes style and everything I love about New York!
We had brunch (eggs benedict for me) at Yaffa- which you can see is pretty awesome!
Then to Screaming Mimi's vintage shop - which is where Cyndi Lauper used to work and happens to look like her wardrobe. This was the only shop in NYC that let a London blogger take pictures in!
|Katelan and I went a little crazy in Pearl River - a chinese shop full of lanterns, fans, birds, butterflies|
and everything you could possibly want - I did and had a lot more to pack after our trip there!
|This was people paying $2 to watch snakes - as you do...|
|Patricia Field's shop is AWESOME!|
|After a long day of shopping it was high time for a nap on a bed of bread called "Comfort Eating"|
which was one of the many pieces of Edible Art at the Last Supper Saloon in Brooklyn!
|We got to make our own edible art out of junk food that Katelan and I named- "Bibically Political"|
...which it was.
|The lovely Katelan had an amazing soiree at her beautiful flat full of the loveliest, creative and|
inspiring women I have met...complete with homemade cupcakes and pink rose tea! :)
We did a secret gig at Hotel on Rivington which went down a storm even though I was worried how we would be received in this 'bump n grind' r&b nightclub!
I got this hat from my new mecca- Cheap Jacks in NYC - LOVE!
I couldn't help but try out my new camera in the amazing bathroom there!!
We finished the trip with a lovely gig in a lovely venue with my wonderful friend, Kate Sikora who is super talented and beautiful, supporting us...
I wore a great outfit from a NYC designer Julie Schworm who was so kind to lend it to me!
|Kate Sikora and I in the dressing room of Joe's Pub|
In other exciting news that I can't help but share-
I signed a contract for a licensing deal in Europe with World Connection!!!
My song was used in this GORGEOUS fashion film for Beautiful Soul's new stunning collection:
Beautiful Soul SS:11 Believe. from oliver Prout on Vimeo.
Eco-aware fashion label, Beautiful Soul, teamed up with photographer Oliver Prout, illustrator Zarina Liew and recording artist Gabby Young, to create a short film to celebrate their Spring/Summer 2011 Collection, ‘Believe’.
The poster competition was amazing- and will be a blog of it's own very soon. I am soooo excited about them!
I will leave you with some pictures of my family in MerriMaking animal hoods from Gabberdashery and the dogs! Just because...
I started writing this with a good morning and now I can leave by say good afternoon!
Xox Gabhomey xoX