Saturday, August 28, 2010

Blogger Spotlight!

Happy Saturday y'all! I hope your enjoying the last week-end of August. Now here's the moment where I should insert the line "I can't believe that summer is over".
Unfortunately, I can't write that because I don't feel like I even had a proper summer. It's been extremely mild with "fall-like" temperatures for the past two months. So I'm really looking forward to Fall! I'd say that it's my second fave season (with a hot summer being my first pick).

It's been a while since I've featured a Blogger on The Creative Mixx, so I'm happy to do that for y'all today.

I'm a member of IFB ( and posted on a forum months ago looking to interview fashion bloggers. Nesha (a blogger, writer and fashion director of Street Savvy magazine) was kind enough to respond about a week ago:)

She is the talented blogger behind The Button Owl . I found her blog to be absolutely lovely, refreshing & inspiring. I've already added it as one of my new faves. So, if you appreciate fashion & illustrations then you will love The Button Owl (which is frequently updated by the way).


Can you tell us what your blog is all about?
My blog is about various aspects of fashion - from clothes to illustration- but it’s mainly about bringing recognition to the obscure aspects of the fashion industry, such as the people and the things that should get more notice than they do currently.

What made you decide to start one up and how long has "The Button Owl" been up and running? I started blogging as a creative outlet for all my silly ideas. I wanted a place where I could externalise my imagination, where I didn’t have to be anyone but myself. I also wanted to become a writer, and having no writing experience at the time, I thought starting a blog would help get all my word vomit out there. It’s been up and running for about half a year now.

I noticed that you changed the name of your blog. What was the reason behind that decision?
I just didn’t like the name, and it wasn’t picked by me to begin with, so I didn’t think it reflected my personality. I didn’t want my blog to be known for having the word ‘whore’ in it. I’m not very outgoing, last week I was described as ‘shy and sweet’ so I thought I should have a blog and blog title that reflected that.

Where do you get your inspiration for blog posts from? And how frequent do you post?
I gain my inspiration from fashion magazines, other bloggers, and strangely enough, my little sister. She’s the person who photographs all of my outfit posts, and she’s a really interesting and opinionated person. She’ll wear geek glasses with khaki’s and flip flops, or sometimes bunny ears with a pretty dress and converse trainers. She really inspires me. I don’t have a set amount of posts I make in a day or a week. If I’ve got something to blog about, I’ll do it. If not then I won’t.

Do you read other blogs regularly? If so, what are some of your faves?
Yeah, I read Style Bubble every few days and Tavi’s blog about once a week. But the blogs that I visit every day are just small with very few followers. My favourite blog at the moment is Shanfan’s Sketchbook, which belongs to the illustrator who designed my header image. She really is very talented.

Could you tell me a bit about the "Skinny Love" page?
My Skinny Love page tries to bring confidence to naturally thin girls, because they need love too. But I also write up building posts for curvy girls, in which some of those include articles about fitting role models, and why the world cannot decide what shape is hot and what’s not.

How would you describe your personal style?
I can’t describe it, that’s the thing. It’s geek/granny/punk/vintage… I just dress how I feel on the day.

What is your most recent "fashion" purchase?
A purse from Jimmy Choo!

What steps have you taken to promote your blog?
Every step possible, from exchanging links and gaining press to the old style ‘comment on other people’s blogs’ thing. I would say exchanging links has worked the best so far.

Just you have business cards?

What are your future goals for "The Button Owl"?
I hopefully want to double the amount of the followers I have now by the end of winter, and gain more sponsors and advertisers. I just want it to become a bigger community for fashion lovers.

Most Bloggers have a full-time job or are students. What's your 9-5 "gig"?
Ha, I actually don’t. I would really like to say that I waitress or something because I’ve ALWAYS wanted to waltz down a restaurant in roller blades and hair extensions, like in the movies. I’m fashion director of a magazine and I freelance for others.

Do you have any advice for new bloggers starting out?
Sell yourself. Act professional, look professional and pretty soon everyone will start believing that you are.

Click HERE to visit The Button Owl


Friday, August 27, 2010

Massive Sale Alert!

If you live in Calgary, then you should check out the Designer Sample Sale happening today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Here are the deets! I'm thinking of heading down tomorrow morning:

40– 80% Off Retail.
Location - Holiday Inn - 4206 Macleod Trail South


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

At The Age Of Only 22.....

It's that time of year again to remember the ever-so-talented Aaliyah

I actually remember where I was when I heard the news of her abrupt passing - I played Aaliyah "all day"

Here's another fave of mine


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mz. Mosea Doin Her Thang.....

I'd say that I'm pretty lucky to know Mz. Mosea personally. She's got a voice that can give you chills...

She posted these lovely videos on Facebook last week.



Monday, August 23, 2010

Gotta Love Those Festivals....

Last week, my PC was out of commission AGAIN!!!! I am beyond annoyed with my computer, but this time I took it to a different repair shop to get fixed. All is officially well!

Aside from my technical difficulties, I have been enjoying my summer - I hope y'all have been doing the same:)

I've spent most week-ends at various festivals around the city - Folk Fest, Sun & Salsa, Latinofest, Afrikadey, Marda Loop Marda Gras and my ultimate favourite festival Reggaefest!

Reggaefest 2010 was absolutely amazing! One of my fave reggae artists Beres Hammond was in town and he gave the crowd a wicked performance!

Here's a bit of a re-cap:

Inner Circle

Beres Hammond


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ten Years In The Game...

If you've followed my blog from inception, then you know that some of my fave things to write about are Fashion & Hip-Hop. You also might know that I'm a transplanted Torontonian who's been living in Calgary for almost 5 yrs now. I still try to keep myself connected with the Toronto Hip-Hop scene but realized that I should try to learn more about Calgary's hip hop culture. I haven't gotten into the scene as much as I'd like to yet, but I did meet a local MC about 2yrs ago that I'm pretty impressed with. He goes by the name of Infinite P. aka I. Peezy. His track "Mountains - feat. Moka Only" has been on The Creative Mixx playlist for the longest time now, so I hit him up for an interview. He's been busy promoting his latest album "Moonlight" but took some time to answer a couple of questions:)

How did you come up with the name Infinite P. aka I. Peezy?

Infinite P comes from the 1992 classic Jeru song called "come clean" he says "im a true master you can check my credentials cause I choose to use my INFINITE POTENTIAL..I loved that & used Infinite Potential as my moniker. Most people call me IP and Moka Only made up just kinda stuck.

How long have you been in the hip hop game? And, has Calgary been supportive?
I have been involved in hip-hop rapping since 1990 and producing since 1998. Calgary is home & supportive but I have a lot of support abroad. Judging from my online sites, such as reverbnation & myspace I have a lot of US / Australian / Japanese fans as well.

Now you were part of the hip hop crew called NWNB, what was that like?
It was a great experience, lasted 5 years, we grinded, toured & recorded 5 albums, well only 4 of 'em came out. Then we broke up due to creative differences.

Your latest album "Moonlight" will be available to the masses on July 6, 2010. How is it different from your other albums?
This record is hot, I have some great new guests(Main Flow(mood), Struck, Rich Kidd, Gudini & Inspiration) that I worked with & there's more singin' on this one. There's a really nice flow to this record and it's definitely good "Moonlight" Listening....I made it at night....I have some sort of nocturnal blessing...I make the best music late in the evening or early mornings.

So, "Moonlight" is launching as "Digital Only". Why did you decide to go that route?
Just trying it out(something new), also I hear in the next 5 years cd's may be obsolete...I may still press some more music on CD though. I'm still kinda old school, I buy cd's at the music store.

You've collaborated with quite a few talented kats on this album, tell me a bit about that.
Yeah, everything happens for a reason, most of it was all being at the right place at the right time, vibing out in the studio. Main Flow got at me via Facebook...he's a dope cat. Thanks to all y'all.

What would say is your favourite track on your latest album?
I got a few "doing it right", "can't give up ft. main flow", "looking good" ft. Inspiration" honestly the whole record is a smooth ride.

Do you have any concert appearances lined up for the summer?
I just did Chain Reactions B-day party, that was dope. My schedule is open...I may have another tour coming up in fall with someone everybody knows...we'll see though.

I was really feeling the track (and video) for "What's Going On" (off of the Westword Thee Album). What single will you be releasing first from the "Moonlight" album? And any plans for another video shoot?
Thanks, I love that joint too. I'm not sure if MOONLIGHT will have a video, we'll see about that. I think "Looking Good" would be the single.

Who are your musical influences?
Everybody I hear that's dope past or present(specially rapper/producers), here's a short list off my head: J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Sleepy Brown, James Brown & the JB's, Common, Moka Only, Jay Z, Diamond d, Kanye, Quincy Jones, Ryan Leslie, Saukrates, Nottz, Pete Rock, Premier, The Roots, Reflection Eternal, Mos Def, Bun B, Scarface, Joe Pass, etc etc.

Name one thing that you absolutely can't live without?
Music, Food & Shelter & above all (GOD)

What advice would you give to an aspiring hip hop artist trying to make it in Calgary?
To move to toronto...LOL j/k

Just keep grinding, no matter what, keep doing what you do, carve your lane & make sure your music is dope, once it is.....get it out there!!!!

Thanks to Necole / The Creative Mixx for the interview.....

I Invite y'all to follow me online:

I had to post this vid again - love it.....


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Now This Is Cool....

I didn't wake up to coffee this morning, but I know I will tomorrow.

Wish I had myself one of these......

For the Nikon lover

And the Canon lover

You can get one for yourself by clicking HERE


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Take A Minute...

One week from today, K'Naan will make his way to Calgary for Afrikadey!

I'm really feeling this song right now and plan on checking him out next week-end



Monday, August 2, 2010

I Know I Can't Afford This But....

To some of my Canadian peeps that enjoyed a holiday today - hope y'all spent it "maxing & relaxing". Depending on what province you're from you could have been celebrating New Brunswick day, Heritage Day, British Columbia Day or just a straight up regular Civic Holiday. I unfortunately didn't get the day off - but it's all good. The weather wasn't all that great today (as per usual). The sky was fairly gray from as early as 8:30 in the morning, but the heavy rain didn't hit us until about 6ish...

Now that the final month of summer is upon us, I am hoping that Mother Nature takes pity on us Calgarians and gives us a bit more heat, cause I don't think that we've had enough.

Now I saw something today that I know that I can't really afford, (at least I know that can't afford this "post sale" - but I just might be able to make it happen during the sale)

I'm in need of a new watch and LoLo & Co has some fabulous options - but the regular prices are ridiculously out of my reach. If you sign up on Enviius, you can get these watches for a lot cheaper.

(originally priced out at $11,960CAD is reduced to $449.00CAD on ENVIIUS)

(originally priced out at 2790.00CAD is reduced to $349.00CAD on ENVIIUS)

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