April’s Best

The month of April was jam packed with lots to talk about, tons to see and loads of newsworthy happenings!

Today I’m introducing a monthly round-up as yet another new element to the blog. Here I am going to do a brief run through of some of the most notable things that happened in the past month.

So here goes.

Instagram

If you follow me on instagram you have been privy to my many spring inspired outfits and nail changes. I also debuted my new protective hair style so definitely check it out.

On the Blog

This month blog I introduced a new segment called Weekly Rewinds where I summarize all things the fun things from the past week, which will serve as a capsule for anyone who hadn’t had the time to stay in tune during the week.

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There was also a post in commemoration of Earth Day 2015, reminding you guys about the importance of being eco-conscious as well as listing some great examples of how to go green.

This month I also did a review of the Basquiat exhibit currently open at Brooklyn Museum, where I got to meet the always wonderful and absolutely stunning June Ambrose and her lovely daughter, Summer.

Also mentioned on the blog my Easter pineapple upside down cake, (recipe coming soon).

Tv

Game of Thrones Poster

The season premier of Game of Thrones was marked by a epic leak of the first four episodes which came rather conveniently after the CEO of HBO announced that they would be moving away from cable television an into the era of online streaming – makes you wonder.

Scandal returned from it’s brief post spring hiatus – and boy have they been on a roll. The many twists and turns, the introduction of a new male (love interest??) for Liv! Her ever tumultuous relationship with her father coming to a head with the impending season finale steamrolling towards us leaves me biting my nails wondering what else will these Scandal writers and Shonda will think of next??

In other Shondaland news the shocker of the spring television season was the death of Grey’s Anatomy staple, Mc Dreamy! It seems that since the beginning of the season with Dempsey’s character “away teaching in Washington” there had been tensions brewing off set and it all ended in his character’s untimely death.

Poster for Fox's Justified

Over on FOX, two great shows have had their last seasons come to an end as we bid adieu to Sons of Anarchy and Justified.

No worries though as one of the networks other his has also returned from it’s post spring hiatus with guns blazing. Gotham- a guilty pleasure of the hubby and I – has been back in full swing and has not disappointed.

I have also found a new reason to fall in love with Hillary Duff again since Lizzy McGuire, on TvLand’s Younger based on the Pamela Redmond Satran novel of the same name and directed by former Sex and the City director Darren Star.

Trevor Noah, south African comedian and new host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central this August

Trevor Noah, south African comedian and new host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central this August.

He will be taking the reigns from fomer host John Stewart who recently announced his retirement. Stewart’s last episode will be on August 6th. After which he will be replaced by South African comedian. I anticipate big changes at Comedy Central with the show’s relaunch.

Only time will tell.

Media

The month of April started off with a bang as we celebrated the Black Girls Rock award ceremony hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King broadcasted by BET. The ceremony recognized six great women for their contributions to their respective fields and uplifting the society through the influence of their works.

quote from one the nights honorees, Actres Jada Pinkett-Smith

My mailbox has been flooded this past month with tons of great reads from some of my favorite magazines featuring some of my all time favorite cover guys and girls. This month’s required reading featured Kerry Washington’s multitude of covers as she made the rounds on almost every major publication.

Kerry Washington's April 2015 Marie Claire cover

Also feature in an amazing issue, cover girls and runway/editorial it girls Cara Delvigne, Suki Waterhouse and Georgia May Jagger graced the cover of Vogue UK. Also in this edition a piece on Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Definitely worth the while.

Also making the round on this month’s covers;

Fashion Bible – Vogue U.S.A. featured Italian blogger Chiarra Ferragini of The Blonde Salad on the cover for the first time ever! This comes after Lucky Magazine’s cover earlier this year which featured the blogger and two fellow famed fashion bloggers.

Italian blogger Chiarra Ferragini of the Blonde Salad, the first blogger to be featured on the cover of Vogue

Comedian and star of The Mindy Project also graced the cover of Boston Magazine taking about some of her crazy antics – and beer!

Adding to the line up we saw the premier of movies like the much anticipated seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, Furious 7, the last film to feature mainstay Paul Walker, who passed away in a 2013 car crash. It feature a beautiful tribute to to the fallen and star.

Also joining the ranks, Ex Machina and action/ sci-fi flick and Age of Adeline starring Blake Lively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music

Rapper Jay-z along with several other musical geniuses have seen the successful launch of the music streaming program Tidal. Despite initial mixed reviews it seems to be fairing well.

Tidal Music poster

Also making a splash the centennial birthday celebration of music legend, Billie Holiday. her 100th birthday was marked with tributes from several stars and fans of her music as well as autobiographical depictions running on networks like BET and PBS.

While on vacation with his wife and family to mark the centennial anniversary of the Turkish genocide of the Armenian people, Kanye West threw an impromptu concert of the local people at Swan lake. He even jumped in to try to get closer to his fans during the performance.

Coachella-2015-Lineup-Blog-Image     Coachella drew massive crowds of music fanatics and celebrities alike and has officially begun the impending madness for summer festival season. Hope you caught all the highlights and crazy happenings making the rounds on the web. Also check out my post of the line up for some of the top festivals to come.

Oh, and I may be late in the fan club but check out artist Sammy Johnson – his stuff is amazing!!

Fashion

The new locations for New York Fashion Week come this September, have been announced. IMG has decided the shows will be split between Skylight at Moynihan Station, at 360 West 33rd Street in Midtown, and Skylight Clarkson Square, at 550 Washington Street in SoHo; after a Supreme Court ruling that Lincoln Center could no longer be used as a show site because it violates its use as a public park.

runway looks from Bridal Fashion week 2015

We also saw some of the latest designs in bridal wear from designers like Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera and the late Oscar de La Renta during this year’s Bridal Week.

There were several designer launches as well this month with actress Rosario Dawson and her business partner Abrima Erwiah, launching their artisanal brand, Studio One Eighty Nine, at Opening Ceremony. Several celebs including Jessica Alba, Seal and model Shaun Ross were out to support the brand which promotes African culture and content while supporting villages and women by providing jobs creating the garments.

Also launching this month was the highly acclaimed and now sold out Lilly Pulitzer for Target collaboration. The collection sold out online and in stores in under 24 hours.

Actresses Kate Bosworth, Bella Thorne, Emy Rosum and at a Lily Pulitzer for Target launch party

Apple launched thier latest fashionable addition Iwatch to the likes of many celerity fans like Queen Bey and Karl Lagerfeld.

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Rihanna’s first Ad for Puma since being appointed Creative Director in December 2014

In other Rihanna news, the artist has unveiled her first ad with sneaker and sportswear brand, Puma. She was named the brand’s creative director last December.

Also the highly anticipated Milly for DesigNation dropped this week at Kohl’s. Celebrities like Olivia Palermo have already got the masses chomping at the bit for the chic pieces. Check out blogger Fran at Franish – The Blog to see how she styled it.

 

Around Town

summer_ny_01_smorgasburgSmorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea Market were back in full effect as of April 4-5th in Williamsburg. Staples like the ramen burger were back on the menu to entice visitors as well as several other returning vendors.

On the Web…

It’s a girl!! The Royal baby has arrived and Princess Charlotte is the newest addition to the British Royal family. She was recently announced to the world by her mum and dad on their way from the hospital.

Prince William and the Dutchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton with their new born daughter, princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
Prince William and the Dutchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton with their new born daughter, princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Also in baby news Actress and daytime talk show host Tamera Mowry-Housley recently had a spring themed baby shower where she was joined by family and friends to celebrate the impending birth of her own little girl.

Due to a technical glitch Starbucks recently wound up giving away free coffee as they were unable to ring up customer’s orders. A a blissful day in a coffee drinker’s life.

The month of April was also Autism Awareness month and several initiatives took place with organizations like Autism Speaks at the helm and leading the conversation o inclusion and acceptance for individuals, their families and caretakers impacted by the condition.

 

Shopping

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th – Up to 88% off Clearance items

Anthropologie – Up to 75% off Sale Clothing

The Limited – 60% off select styles and a extra 30% off sale styles

The Loft – 60% of sale styles (ends today) after that it’s 40% off

H&M – 20% off $50 or more, 30% purchase of $150 or more

Look Ahead

Essence Magazine‘s ladies in Media cover featuring some of the most influential women of color currently dominating and setting the tone in media.

Glamour magazine has featured yet another amazing lineup of female power players in it’s most recent issue with First Lady Michelle Obama sharing the cover with actresses Kerry Washington and Sarah Jessica Parker. Looks like a good read already.

Actress Lupita N’yongo follows suit as a fashion cover girl featured in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar.

Chinese Designer Huishan Zhangs four piece capsule collection for Barneys in commemoration of this years Met Gala
Chinese Designer Huishan Zhangs four piece capsule collection for Barneys in commemoration of this years Met Gala

I’m also anticipating all the gorgeous looks from tonight’s Met Gala. The theme for this year’s gala based on the spring 2015 Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is dedicated to Chinese fashion, is called China: Through the Looking Glass. The exhibit showcases Chinese art and rare artifacts as well as dresses interpreting Chinese designs from European and Western designers like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Tom Ford. Can’t wait!

Be sure to keep a look out for more awesome posts on the blog especially feature pieces about artist Kehinde Wiley and two of my favorite locales here in NYC. I can’t wait to share with you guys what I’, excited about for spring and the impending summer! Have a great week and a productive month!!

Livi.

p.s. Happy early Cinco de Mayo. BTW, any suggestions for where next I should visit? Let me know in the comments below.

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