Meet the Next Breakout Artist to Watch Out for in 2019!

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Meet Jan Dready, the next breakout artist to look out for this year! Last week I got the chance to sit down with him for a one-on-one interview. In May he dropped his summer hit “Blue Face.” With the buzz from his single… he is getting attention from Hot 97 where he earned 9th place out of 100 contestants in the “Who’s Next” competition. He is also one of the top competitors in this year’s Coast to Coast lineup.  Here is what he had say!

1. What got you into music?

My uncle Roger. He was very musically gifted. He would always dance and sing around the house. He was like an older brother to me.

2. Which artists would you like to collaborate with?

Post Malone, Chris Brown, Kid Cudi, Kanye, Sabrina Claudio… there’s too many to name!

3. If you can have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be?

How great of an actual human being I was!

4. If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Always stick to what you want and don’t let the opinions of others alter your true destiny. 

5. What instruments do you play?

My vocals and I’m currently learning guitar.

6. Which artists inspire you the most?

Kid Cudi, Kanye, and Nipsey Hussle

7. What artists have you learned from and what did they teach you?

I learned a lot from Nipsey Hussle. Mostly on how to be self-sufficient and have follow through.

8. Who are your favorite artists/what are your favorite albums?

Nipsey Hussle’s “Crenshaw” and Kid Cudi’s “Man on the Moon”

9. What advice do you have for new/upcoming artists?

Be as different as possible.

10. What do you enjoy the most about being an artist/songwriter?

The reaction of my fans and how my music affects them.

11. What next is coming in the upcoming months?

Just keeping my head down and focusing on the elevation of my brand. Also more music is on the way!

12. How did you learn to sing/write/play instruments? 

When I was really young I started going to Southend Boys & Girls Club where a lady named Demmarie noticed my talent. She formulated a group around me where I would always be front and center. We performed all over, even out of state. I learned how to sing and write on my own from that experience. And now I am teaching myself how to play the guitar.

13. What is one thing you would like to change about the music industry?

How fickle it is.

14. What is the story behind your name?

My first name is Jan (pronounced John), it stems from the French language where I have family ties. Dready comes from the style of my hair.

15. Describe your sound.

Universal!  

 

Jan Dready’s fans are all rooting to see him win the Coast to Coast tour! We cannot wait to hear his new music! Be on the lookout! His music is available on all social media platforms:

Apple Music: Jan Dready

Spotify: Jan Dready

Soundcloud: Jan Dready

YouTube: Jan Dready

Instagram: JanDready

Twitter: JanDready

 

Italy Summer Fashion Haul (Gucci, Moschino + More)

Luxury fashion doesn’t always have to cost a fortune! Check out the luxury items I bought from Italy + more!

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Vlog: Milan Photoshoot

I’m back with another vlog! Take a look behind the scenes as I style my first photoshoot in Milan!

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My Top 10: June

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1. “Tell Me” x Sabrina Claudio 

I am so obsessed with this song! I listen to it almost everyday. I discovered Sabrina Claudio on Spotify (via “Confidently Lost”) and she instantly became my new favorite artist! You can tell from her music that she is heavily influenced by Jazz music which I love (Jaz is literally one of my four middle names)!

2. “4 Lit” x B.o.B ft. Ty Dolla $ign & T.I.

Like many songs, I came about this song by my boyfriend playing it. It’s honestly tied with “Tell Me” as my most favorite. The beat is so dope and has a sonic sound. The title speaks for itself.

3. “Unravel” x Sabrina Claudio

This is one of Sabrina Claudio’s newer songs. I really love the energy and melody.

4. “Unforgettable” x PnB Rock

In my opinion PnB Rock is one of the few artists who actually deserved being titled a XXL freshman… but I won’t get into that. It would be a whole other post. This song is hot! He put a nice twist to the song.

5. “Cranes in the Sky” x Solange

I am questioning myself on why I don’t listen to Solange more often. I should probably re-evaluate my life more but this song is amazing. Solange is so brilliant, unique, and creative. She does such a great job of putting her talent in her music and visuals.

6. “Weekend” x SZA

How predictable was this? We all know that SZA just came out with her new album, “Ctrl” (unless you’re living under a rock) and it is fiiiiiirrrrre! I change the lyrics and make my own when I am singing it but SZA did her thing! Her voice is so pure and beautiful. If you haven’t listened to this song (or her album) make sure you do!

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7. “Whatever You Need” x Meek Mill x Chris Brown

Me and my friends back home all love this song. It’s a great collab and summer song!

8. “Redbone” x Childish Gambino

This is kinda self-explanatory… I don’t even think I really need to say anything else.

9. “Wild Thoughts” x DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller

Another One! Look guys, DJ Khaled used to get on my last nerve but I respect the man and his hustle. This song just proves that he’s a creative genius from the song sample to the artists he chose. He’s doing his thing.

10. “Set It Off” x Bryson Tiller

I am honestly sad that this is the only song I truly enjoyed off of his new album. I had high expectations being that his last project was amazing as hell. Well thank you for this one Bryson.

What do you guys think of these songs? Tell me what your top 10 of June is. Ciao!

 

Fresh Off the Runway Pt. 2

Take a look behind the scenes as I prepare for the Elevate Fashion Show!

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My Top 10: March

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If you are anything like me you love discovering new music! Luckily this month there was a lot of good new music. Here is a list of my top 10 favorite songs from March! I originally was only doing to do a top 5 but there are just too many songs I am in love with right now!

1. “Ain’t Nobody Takin My Baby” by Russ

My boyfriend was playing this song one day and I fell in love with it! I’ve listening to songs by Russ before but this is my absolute favorite.

2. “Who We Are” by Maribelle

This song came on my Spotify one day when I was listening to JoJo’s new album, Mad Love. I fell in love with it within seconds. I have never heard of Maribelle before. Her voice is amazing! You should check her out!

3. “Location (Remix)” by Khalid (featuring Lil Wayne & Kehlani)

I have heard of Khalid but have never actually listened to one of his songs before I heard this one. It came up on my recommended feed on YouTube(@ShemaiaSunflower). I’m a huge Lil Wayne and Kehlani fan so I decided to listen to it. It is very melodic and catchy! #issavibe

4. “Reckless” by JoJo

I’ve loved JoJo every since I was little. I was so happy when she started making music again! I honestly slept on her album, Mad Love, when it first came out and just recently listened to it. She killed this song! Her vocals are aaaamaaaaziiiiing! DO NOT SLEEP ON JOJO!

5. “Hello” by Ty Dolla $ign

Ty Dolla $ign’s album, Campaign, bangs just like every other project he has done. “Hello” is my favorite song off Campaign. If you haven’t listened to it you need to sis!

6. “Passionfruit” by Drake

Like everyone else in the world I’m sure you heard Drake released his new album, More Life. It has a lot of Carribbean vibes. “Passionfruit” is my favorite song off it. There were more songs I like from the album but I couldn’t fit them all on my list.

7. “Super Trapper” by Future

Future’s new album, FUTURE, is poppinnnnnnn! He never disappoints. I love to bump his album in the car, while I’m getting ready, and at the gym. His album has helped me get through workouts on several occasions!

8. “High Demand” by Future

This is also one of my favorite songs off FUTURE. As you can see I’ve listed three! #issavibe #forreal

9. “I’m So Groovy” by Future

“I’m So Groovy”… I got power… I’m so groovy… This song slaaaaaaaaapssss! I’ve had it on my snapchat(@shutupshemaia) a couple times and have people ask about it. If you’ve listened to it you’d know why.

10. “Since Way Back” by Drake (featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR)

I love Drake x PARTYNEXTDOOR collabs! This song has good vibes like majority of More Life. This is usually one of the first songs I play off the album. Girl, I know you know already

Tell me what is your Top 10 for March?!

“Work” x Rihanna Music Video Inspired Look

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I loved Rihanna’s makeup in her “Work” music video. Today I did my own subtle take of her look. This look is simple and perfect for going to class or to work… work, work, work, work, work.

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Most of the products I used you can get from any drug store. You can get the foundation and eye brow pencil from Sephora or online.

  • Bare Minerals Bare Skin foundation: Bare Buff 10
  • Maybelline Dream Wonder powder: 60 Sandy Beige
  • ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
  • Revlon eyeshadow: Satin
  • Wet N Wild eyeshadow: Bleached Glitter (not pictured)
  • Rimmel London Glam’ Eyes liquid liner: Black Glamour (not pictured)
  • Rimmel London lipstick: Candy
  • Color Sensational lip liner: Plum
  • Maybelline Falsies mascara (flared edition)
  • CoverGirl Super Sizer mascara
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil: Dark Brown (not pictured)

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15 Ways to Survive & be Successful in College

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I am so excited to have just started the second half of my junior year here in WSU’s Fashion Merchandising program. I really cannot believe I am more than half way done! Reflecting back on the past three years of my college experience I have learned a lot about myself and what keeps me on the right track. I know that college can get rough and it is very easy to get off track so I have come up with a list of all the things that have helped me survive and be successful in college. Enjoy!

1. Pay close attention to what inspires you.

Choosing your major wisely is one of the most important things in college. It is very common for undergraduates to change their major multiple times. It is great to dive into various subjects but being indecisive for too long can set you back by a lot. Two-year community colleges are always a great option if you are unsure about what your focus is and in the long run it will save you a lot of money! The first two years of college are pretty much the same with your general required courses no matter where you go. If you do know what your focus is, do some research and visit (if possible) all the universities that you want to apply to. It is important that you feel your school of choice is fit for you. Discovering what you love to do helps make your career success that much sweeter!

2. Stay focused.

I am not going to lie to you, college sometimes makes me want to go crazy! If I didn’t have ambition or focus I would have given up a long time ago. Staying focused on the future is the main thing that will keep you going and successful throughout your college career.

Maintaining focus isn’t always easy. Luckily there are always resources on campus to help you stay on the right track such as TRiO Student Support Services or the College Success Foundation which I am both a part of and work for. These resourceful programs can provide an academic mentor, help define academic goals, provide you with financial information, and even help search for scholarships and jobs! Student programs like these are always free and offer great opportunities.

Once you get a feel for the career path you envision yourself in I strongly suggest do research on the types of jobs it offers. Doing research on careers within your industry allows you to compare companies, salaries, locations, and the qualifications you’ll need. I call this my career packet. It really helped me discover what I want to focus on within the fashion industry and what I need to obtain those roles. Having a clearer idea of where I see myself (as a catalog stylist) after graduation always helps me stay focused.

3. Use your planner!

The best way to stay on top of your work is to use your planner. I cannot stress how important this is. Write down all deadlines, test dates, study times, unfinished tasks, and pretty much any reminders that will help you stay on top of work. Write down everything! Sticky notes are great for reminders too. I just prefer to have it all in one place. My memory is not as great as I presume it to be… I can barely remember my blog password. Keep your planner updated and be sure to check it everyday. There have been multiple times where I’ve wrote something down and completely forgot about it. Without my planner I would be lost. When you plan better you stress less! In addition to keeping track of your planner staying organizing is very important. I prefer to use a file folder to organize all my work. Binders and single folders work just as well.

4. Go to class!

This one may seem like a no-brainer but in my opinion it’s easier to not go to class then to actually go especially when you know that the lecture is posted online. When I took required coursed that weren’t necessarily as interesting as Fashion Merchandising (i.e. Entomology, Geology, Accounting, Economics) I had to learn self-discipline quickly. I literally had to force myself to go to class sometimes. But I just always remind myself of the bigger picture and focus on doing my best in everything I do. If for any reason you cannot make it to class be sure to have a way to get the material you missed whether that’s contacting a friend or the professor.

5. Always sit in the front & be prepared.

I strongly encourage you to sit the front of every class. If you are like me, anything and everything will distract you which makes sitting in the front even more beneficial. I’ve learned it also allows professors to take you more seriously. It shows that you are more engaged and give more effort. Another really important thing is to always be prepared. Always, always, always bring a notebook and pen with you no matter where you go. You never know what useful knowledge you’ll come across.

6. Introduce yourself to your professors & attend their office hours.

Aside from being seen by your professors, you always want them to know you on personal level. Standing out in a university is important. Freshman year I was lucky enough to have a class instructed by the head of my department and one of the many things she taught me was to always introduce yourself to your professors. It is in your benefit for them to know you on a first name basis. But that will work against you if you decide to repeatedly not show up to class. Also be sure to attend their office hours for any questions or help you need. They are solely there to help you succeed and the best person to advice you how.

7. Go to conferences/networking events.

Most majors offer conferences and networking events to attend and majority of the time they are free. Take advantage these opportunities! This is the best way to get your name out there and learn more about companies within your industry. Since freshman year I have attended several conferences with Nordstrom, Kohl’s, Eddie Bauer, NRF, and benefited from every one. They offer you insight and information that you can’t obtain by just attending class or researching the industry. And you never know who you’ll run into. You may be sitting right next to the president of Nordstrom (true story).

8. Treat your body well.

It is extremely important that you manage how much you eat, sleep, and exercise properly. And yes, the freshman 15 is real so that makes it even more important. Managing your health with so much on your plate can be difficult but your health is just as important as striving for A’s. Not getting enough of either of these things can lead to overwhelming stress or becoming unhealthy. I have just started to get in the routine of taking care of my body better by eating better and exercising every morning. I have recently learned to love yoga! I get stressed out really easily and doing yoga has helps me manage it a lot better. I have honestly done yoga three times in one day before! Take the time to learn what works best for you and make a routine out of it.

9. Wash your hands.

Seriously. You may think it’s a kind of silly tip but when you go to a university people are always getting sick. In a way college has turned me into a germophobe. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people cough directly into their hands or not bother to cover their mouths at all. If you live in the dorms I highly suggest flip flops and personal cleaning supply for the shower. Stay healthy!

10. Be open to try new things.

College is all about the experience. This is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity so try to take advantage of it to your best ability. There are so many things to do and ways to get involved on campus. I wouldn’t have met some of the great friends I have if I never got involved with a certain club or event. You never know who you’re going to meet or how they could help your career in the future. This also a great way to build your resume throughout college. I feel your college experience is a perfect time to try new things. If someone told me five years ago that I would learn to be a model coordinator I would never believe them. Especially since I’ve never personally modeled before. But with learning anything new, all it takes is time and effort. You’d be surprised by what you’re capable of!

Be sure to be aware of your limits and avoid overwhelming yourself. I can tell you that from first-hand experience. If you are just starting out at a new school take sometime to get a feel for how things go and where you can make room for free time.

11. Manage your free time wisely.

This skill takes time and effort to finesse. Just be smart about how you prioritize your time and the decisions you make. Don’t think that you can go out every night and still manage to keep on-top of your work. As long as you put school first and know how to manage your time you can have all the fun/lazy-time you want. Otherwise you’ll end up wasting thousands of dollars of tuition.

12.  Make time for your relationships.

While you’re away at school it is easy to get side-tracked and forget your family and loved ones. Like anything in life, you get out what you put in. All it takes is effort. I have been in a long-distance for over a year & a half and always managed to find a way to make it work. Thanks to modern-day technology we can easily video chat or even text for the times things get too hectic. I am a very family-oriented person so talking to my family always brightens my day. They are my biggest motivators and help push me toward my dreams. But don’t get me wrong, I am still learning how to manage my time the best I can.

13. Learn how to budget your money.

Being that you are more independent now, managing your money is extremely important. Create a budget plan including rent/utilities (if that applies to you), food, gas, supplies, bills, and miscellaneous expenses. I know how easy it is to make impulsive buys (i.e. makeup, hair products, room decor, etc.) and all I can say is please try not to make too many! It all adds up and the last thing you want is to be away at college struggling financially. Another thing I suggest is to always take the bus or walk. If your campus is like mine there is no such thing as free parking. I live off campus and could easily drive to campus everyday but I refuse to pay $2/hour unless I’m going to be on campus very briefly which is pretty rare.

14. Bring snacks on long days.

In regards to budgeting your money, I found the best way to save is to always pack food for the day. There are some days where I’m on campus for almost 12 hours and the last thing I want to do is spend money on food when I know I have tons at home. Am I the only one who feels guilty for this? Even if you don’t mind getting lunch on campus it is always good to have snacks with you. Trying to fit in breakfast every morning isn’t that likely with my hectic schedule so cliff bars are my best friend. They keep me full and energized until I have the chance to sit down and have an actual meal. Yogurt and fruit is also a good filling snack for the mornings on-the-go.

15. Continuously seek motivation!

While being in college you’re going to meet a lot of great, different people and learn a great deal of new things. Regardless of the people you encounter or classes you take on this journey it is important to continuously motivate yourself. Being a fashion merchandising undergrad I am surrounded by creative and unique people all day just like myself. This helps a lot with staying driven and seeking out for new inspirations. In my free time I enjoy browsing through Pinterest, watching fashion shows, and discovering new music. In a way, staying inspired keeps me sane. I am always searching for new ways to better myself and follow my ambitions of becoming a catalog stylist. For you, fashion may not necessarily be what gets your blood pumping. It may be music, sports, cooking, or learning about historical heroes. No matter it what it is, it is important to always keep those things in mind and further develop them. Take this time in your life to really get to know who you are and what you’re passionate about.

I hope these tips helped you get a better vision of the things you want pursue during and after college! What things have you learned works best for you while being in college?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liebster Award Tag

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I have been chosen by a fellow blogger, Ready or Nat, to be a Liebster Award Nominee. Like myself, she loves fashion and good music. She started her blog only a few weeks ago but it is fabulous and you should check it out!  The Liebster Award is an opportunity to highlight other bloggers and spread love. The rules are simple: You answer a set of question given by the blogger who nominated you, list 11 random facts about you, then nominate 5 other bloggers with 11 questions of your choice.

Here are my responses to Nat’s questions:

  1. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? All good things take time.
  2. What’s your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving because it consists of my two favorite things, food and family. There is nothing better than stuffing your face all day with amazing food with the people you love.
  3. What song would you choose to sing (and slay) in a lip sync battle? “Wrong” by Tinashe. It is one of my many favorite songs by her and my #1 most played on my phone.
  4. What’s the last book you read? Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  5. Heels or flats? Flats! Being flat-footed, heels get way too uncomfortable. I have only worn them during pageants, prom, and graduation. Luckily I’m almost 5′ 8″ so height isn’t something I worry about too much.
  6. What’s your favorite comfort food? Four Cheese Pasta!
  7. If I asked your best friend to describe you in 6 words, what would he/she say? Random, funny, open-minded, fashion-forward, kind, loving
  8. Tell me something about yourself that might surprise me. I have 4 middle names.
  9. Best compliment you’ve ever received is: I have a Beyonce figure.
  10. What are you most proud of? My college education and beginning my career in the fashion industry.
  11. Who are you most proud of? My younger sister, Markayla. It is amazing to watch her pursue her dreams in cosmetology and music! You go girl!

Random Facts About Me:

  1. I am 20 years old.
  2. I love going to concerts!
  3. I have never left the U.S.
  4. I want to move to Canada.
  5. I love to eat!
  6. I need to meet Tinashe before I die.
  7. The only role model I have ever had was Tyra Banks.
  8. I am majoring in Fashion Merchandising and minoring in Communications.
  9. I don’t have the patience to be a designer or seamstress.
  10. My boyfriend and I are currently watching all 10 seasons of “Friends” on Netflix.
  11. I want to travel the world. My top desired places to go are Dubai, Italy, Mexico, London, Milan, the Bahamas, Sweden, Norway, Australia, and Japan.

My Nominees Are:

  1. Simply By Simone
  2. XOXODanielle Mone
  3. Tori Sherri
  4. SOULfully Written
  5. O So Vogue

Questions For Nominees:

  1. What is one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you were younger?
  2. What/who is your biggest motivation?
  3. What is your favorite retail store?
  4. Who is your favorite singer/rapper/group?
  5. Who do you think is going to win the presidential election?
  6. Who do you want to win the presidential election?
  7. What is your favorite book?
  8. Where is your most favorite place to be?
  9. NFL fan or NBA fan? What teams/players?
  10. If you could have any career in the world what would it be?
  11. What is your favorite food?

Thank you for the nomination! Have fun and enjoy!

Favorite Pinterest Finds of the Week

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I am in love with the gold accessories in this outfit.

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This is one of my favorite outfits. It casual, chic, and edgy all in one. I love the striped pattern and fit of the crop top and high-waisted capris.

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This is a perfect example of my casual style. Basic top, joggers & sneakers. Not to mention the big hair.

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One of my favorite trench coats that I’ve found so far! I love the soft pink color. Looks really good with the light denim and tan used to complete the outfit.

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The styling of the dress is perfect. I would personally wear this.
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Perfect summer fit. Inspired to buy a high-low shirt dress and knee high gladiators.

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I love everything from the all black to the hair style. Rihanna slays every time. Very grunge/chic.