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FOR THE LADIES: Bliss Lau Body Jewelry

If you had to say one thing about living in Hawaii,  it would have to be that it possesses a massive amount of inspiration. From the weird exotic fruits to huge waves, plate lunches to black sand beaches, there’s so much to discover and explore.

When one thinks of Hawaiian inspired jewelry the first thing that comes to mind for most are pearls, puka shells, and kukui nut necklaces. Sexy body jewelry, not so much.

Bliss Lau was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and trained at the prestigious Parson’s School of Design in  NYC. She started making gorgeous handbags that are reminiscent of seashells and you can feel and see the strong Hawaiian inspiration. She transitioned to body jewelry and pioneered the trend which led to many copies after her.

FOR THE LADIES: Eighteenth NYC’s spin on the Basic Tee

A woman’s never ending search for the “perfect tee” came to a major halt tonight when I stumbled upon shirts by Eighteenth NYC. Asymmetry plays a big part here and it’s refreshing to see it come back in a more accessible manner. The shirts are made with soft to the touch lightweight rayon/polyester jersey which is great for layering.

If you know me you know that I’m all for a good cutout and Eighteenth gets it right. It basically screams for something bright to peek from underneath! Eighteenth NYC is available at Anica Boutique in SF, OAK in NYC and Bonadrag online.

Editor’s Note: We know that music & media can tend to be a male-oriented world but we wanted to make sure that our readers know that the team here at acknowledges that men are only part of the equation in our community and culture.

Please join me in welcoming our Women’s Style & Fashion writer, Monica Flores, to the BR Editorial team! We’re happy to have you aboard and look forward to seeing this section expand!

Support The Masonic- Keep Live Music in San Francisco!

San Francisco- Legendary live music venue, The Masonic Center, located on the top of Nob Hill at California and Taylor Streets, has selected Live Nation to professionally manage and produce all center events and performances. Unfortunately, they’re facing the possibility of having to shutter its doors forever if certain renovations aren’t made to the aging facility.

Please spread the word (via the Social Media sharing buttons below) and come out to show your support for the arts in San Francisco at the upcoming public hearing at SF City Hall on March 4th that will ultimately determine the fate of this legendary music hall!

You can find more information HERE.

Support the renovations to turn
the Nob Hill Masonic Auditoriu­m into one of
San Francisco’s premier entertainment venues!!!

Nike’s Human Chain- Eye popping inspiration for us all

It’s not everyday that an ad campaign actually hits the target dead on and gets the visceral reaction that the agency had hoped for, but Nike seems to manage to consistently do this better than most.

The cinematography and editing is simply amazing in this 60-second spot, showcasing the skills of some of the top athletes in the world, where Nike simply asks you- if you get knocked down, how quick are you going get up?

Human Chain from NikeSportswear on Vimeo.

From the press release:

“Everybody gets knocked down, how quick are you going to get up?”

Nike’s new short film, Human Chain, celebrates the intensity, dynamism and determination that connects athletes in all sports and motivates them to inspiring performances.

From Lance Armstrong on his bike, to a six-year-old studying martial arts, movement is the universal language that connects the athlete in everyone. It’s a language of beauty, drama, tragedy and triumph.

The 60-second film launched February 12th in the United States and features Oscar Pistorius, Sergio Aguero, Deron Williams, Maria Sharapova, Mike Spinner, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, LaDainian Tomlinson and Lance Armstrong alongside lesser known athletes as they all connect in one continuous chain of motion.

The acclaimed UK band The Hours’ “Ali In the Jungle” delivers the soundtrack and Wieden+Kennedy, Portland, was the creative agency.

Street art legend Banksy makes big screen debut at Sundance

For those of us in that walk the line between the streets and the rest of the world, graffiti has a special place in our hearts. For some of us, it’s the sheer rush of getting up on a wall and coming back by to see that tag or having one of your friends call you and say they spotted it. For others, it’s the end-all/be-all ultimate freedom of artistic expression without boundaries or rules.

Still-from-the-Banksy-fil-001From illegally hanging pieces of his art inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC (which stayed put for 3 days until the adhesive started slipping), to the numerous pieces throughout the UK and Europe that grace the most unlikely of places, it becomes obvious from his work that “Banksy” is “C) All of The Above“.

Now he’s taken his art from the galleries & streets to make his debut on the big screen during last month’s Sundance Film Festival.

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Check out the new hot styles from Rockwell By Parra & Stones Throw

We were lurking on the Stones Throw Website and came across these ROCKWELL by PARRA Sweatshirts:

Really feelin the “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” joint. We all know ya’ll need to look fly at the next Compression SF event, so go here–>> at Stones Throw and swoop one of these ASAP. $120.00

Oh and while you’re there grab a Stones Throw classic joint as well…

Nike Jordan Spiz’ikes in Black/Varsity Red/Cement coming 02.20.10


As soon as we went out and copped the white/grey/red colorways, Nike releases the same Spiz’ike’s on FEB 20 in the one of our favorite colorways!!


To paraphrase a quote from one of our good friends ” Some shoes are really good for everyday use and playing around, but when you need to take care of some biz you break out the Nike’s.” In this case it would be the Jordan’s


Just to give you a quick backstory (if you don’t know already), these Spiz’ike’s are celebrating the commercials Spike Lee directed for Nike iin the 90′s. He also played Mars Blackmon, Spike’s alter-ego and character that made his first appearance in Spike’s film “She’s Gotta Have It (1986)” and played a predominant role later in “Do The Right Thing (1989)


Different Commercial, Different Shoe.

They are going to have these at UNDEFEATED Feb 20, so get in line now..