Influencing Influencers

It’s no secret that I am a music enthusiast, especially when it comes to music in the R&B genre. I’ve been a long time fan of Abél Makkonen Tesfaye, otherwise known as The Weeknd. Though he just arrive to the mainstream scene, The Weeknd has been making incredible music for year now, and it has been…

One Man’s Trash

This year, Adidas release a new shoe, the Adidas x Parley. This shoes is an incredible innovation that is almost entirely made of recycled materials crafted from garbage found in the ocean. The trainer is environmentally conscious, sleek, and fashion forward. According the Dan Howarth, “the green wave pattern across the uppers is created from recycled gill…

Thanks for the (Meme)orie(s)

It’s no secret that the young people of today are really fascinated with utilizing social media as an humor outlet in times of stress. Particularly, following the outcome of this turbulent election cycle, political memes have become rather rampart. Some of my favorites are those remembering the Obama-Biden relationship while in office. You can check…

Sympathy vs. Empathy

With all the pressure we all face to live up to the prestige of attending this university, it is easy to get lost in your own emotions and stress. It is important that we all take to time to check up on our classmates and friends, but we have to be sure to do so…

Art You Can Eat

I consider myself a moderate foodie, and like my food best when it looks just as good as it tastes. One of my favorite restaurants in my home town, Austin, Texas, is Uchi, a modern Japanese style restaurant that gives eating out a whole new flare. One of the things I really love about Uchi…

Interactive Art

This year, Refinery 29 held its second annual interactive art exhibit experience, 29 Rooms. The display was held in a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, with the space converted in 29 distinct rooms with very different themes. The show played with light, color, and space in a really interesting way and allowed it participants to…

Jumping Off the Screen

This week, the Penn Fashion Collective teamed up with the British online clothing retailer ASOS to bring some basic graphic designs. Participants could select their own designs to be printed on canvas bags. The best-voted designs were entered into a national competition and could potentially be posted on the ASOS website. The overall winner will also receive $5,000 in creative…

Off the Beat

For my entire life, I have been really interested in both fashion and music. This past year, I decided I wanted to combine the two and pursue my passion. In 2016, I decided to found Syncopation Clothing. In music, syncopated rhythms are when notes are played off beat to make the song sound better than it…

Pull Up a Chair

This past week, Solange Knowles released an amazing body of work entitled “A Seat at the Table.” This album, taking five years to complete and composed of 21 songs in total, discusses what it means to be a person of color in America today. The album’s arrival is timely, to say the least. Both Solange and…

Musical Fusion

Recently I’ve become really attached to a musical group called Mura Masa. Out of all of their musical releases, I found their album “Soundtrack to a Death” really intriguing. Most of the songs have very few lyrics and do an interesting job of bringing Asian influences into western electronic/dance style songs. Some of my favorites…

The Architecture of Street Style

As much as I love the Fashion Week shows themselves, I’ll have to be honest, some of the most show stopping pieces are found off the runway. One of my favorite parts of any Fashion Week – New York, Milan, Paris, etc. – is the street style. People put on beyond their Sunday best just to stroll…

Mental Maps

Lately I’ve been thinking a great deal about maps in the abstract – emotional maps, maps of your personal history. Last year, some of my friends put together an amazing book that, to me, synthesizes the many different aspects of The University of Pennsylvania. The book, 33 to 40, offers a guide through the authors’ personal…