THE GIRLBOSS WHO IS MAKING BAGS FOR THE GIRL ON THE GO

It’s a struggle many women face: finding a bag that looks good but is also practical enough to hold the stuff that the different phases of our lives require. Sometimes we need to bring our gym clothes to the office, or we have a nice dinner plan but no time to change out from our school clothes – that’s where Alles Bags comes in.

The brand is the brainchild of mother/daughter duo Antje and Steffie Price. Steffie has been modeling since age thirteen, and she realized that the perfect bag didn’t really exist – one that could hold her shoes, portfolio, and everyday stuff! After a strangely coincidental run-in on a cross-country flight, she got in touch with me about these bags and I told her I’d love to see one in action, and as you can imagine, they’re wonderful. Many of their bags are ultra-convertible, featuring detachable structured shoe boxes, adjustable straps and handles, and easy backpack conversion. I have been using one for almost a month now, and I’m obsessed, as you’ll know if you follow me on Instagram.

 

Steffie was lovely enough to chat with me a little about the brand itself, and what she thinks makes the bags so unique.

Co-founder Steffie Price

HV: What inspired you to create Alles Bags? 

Co-founder, Steffie Price: My lifestyle as a traveling model. Having sometimes up to 15 appointments in one day, my handbag basically had to hold my life – that being my heels, portfolio, makeup, tablet, snacks, and more. I could never find a bag that could hold everything I needed in a stylish and functional way so I sought out to create my own.

What’s it working on the brand with your mom?

It’s perfect because I trust her more than anyone! When I first had the idea for the bags I didn’t want to tell anyone for fear that they might steal the concept – so I went to my mom and we worked on it in secret for four years – only our closest family and friends knew about it until we launched. My mom also has several years of experience running her own business so it’s great to have her to show me the ropes.

Founders Antje and Steffie Price

What’s your favorite bag you’ve designed? 

My favorite is the Jessica bag. It’s funny because it was one of my least favorite bags initially – I thought it turned out way too big! But after using it myself I fell in love – I use it for castings, to pack picnics, and as a carry on when I’m traveling.

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The “Jessica” in Beige & Cognac
The "Jessica"
The “Jessica” in Beige & Cognac
The "Jessica"
The “Jessica” in Beige & Cognac

Who were some of your artistic inspirations during the design process?

We were inspired by Picasso and Piet Mondrian for their focus on geometric shapes. We also focused a lot on color theory and minimalism.

These bags are a busy girl’s dream.

I had the chance to test out a couple of the bags, thanks to the wonderful ladies at Alles Bags, and I found them to be such great quality, and truly utilitarian. All of their bags are made of vegan leather, and they come with adjustable straps in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors.

My personal favorite was the Annika. It’s a roomy tote with two large pockets on either side which can fit a pair of shoes each. My 13″ MacBook Air also fits in the bag. it has two side handles, and an adjustable strap that makes for super easy carrying.

The “Annika” in Black & Sand
The “Annika” in Black & Sand

I also got to try out a couple of their signature convertible bags. The Jessica, pictured up at the top, is a gorgeous bag with a structured detachable shoe compartment – one of the brand’s signature features. The Reneé is a larger bag with a zippered top (rather than the Jessica’s hard frame), and I got to check it out in two gorgeous shades.

The “Reneé” in Lipstick Red & Black

Its trendy bowler style is super cute while also being totally functional.

The “Reneé” in Warm Cognac worn as a backpack
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The “Reneé” in Warm Cognac details

Usually I don’t cover products on the site in this way, but I think this brand is doing something awesome. Their bags are ethically produced, meaning the factories in which they are produced provide their employees with fair wages and pleasant working conditions.

The bags retail around the $100 mark, so they’re comparable to a mid-range designer bag. I think that fast fashion is something we as consumers need to start being more conscious of – buying from smaller businesses who really care about the way their products are made ensures us that we can feel good about the things we’re investing in. The bags are all made using vegan leather as well, so no animals were harmed in the process, which is great.

These bags are so useful for women and men on the go. They are practical, good quality, durable, and so stylish. There are colors and styles to fit a variety of tastes, and I haven’t put mine down since I’ve started using it. I think these could be great for new moms to use as diaper bags, for athletes to store sneakers & gym gear, for working girls to keep their heels and laptop, for artists, MUAs, or anyone who needs a little more room and durability than the average bag provides. Plus, they’re absolutely adorable!

Check out Alles Bags on their website and on Instagram.

This post was not sponsored by Alles Bags, but the bags were provided for free to test out, and the brand so kindly allowed me to keep the Annika bag I fell in love with.

MENS FALL FASHION TIPS WITH BLOGGER SAGE GOLDNIK

Fall is almost with us, and that means our wardrobes are a-changin’. In the past, we’ve done some serious womenswear coverage, but only a few articles for our male readers (which you can read here). Because dude style is just as awesome and important as womenswear, we caught up with blogger Sage Goldnik of Goldnique to get some advice about what men should be looking for when crafting their fall wardrobes. His style ranges from classic to casual to urban, so regardless of your personal style, his tips will help you come out refined and cool (if that’s what you’re going for, you do you man).

Hey Sage – we’re so excited to hear all of your advice. Your outfits are always bomb. What do you think is the main thing men should be thinking about when styling themselves?

The impression they want to make on other people. Honestly, who cares what you wear to sit at home and play Xbox?  But when you dress to go out and people see you, do you want them to think, “Damn, James Bond…” or “Damn Daniel…”?  Do you want someone to think you came from the trading desk on Wall Street or your bike repair shop in Brooklyn?  The skate park or the golf course?  There’s no getting around the fact that people judge you by the clothes you’re wearing, so make sure your clothes reflect how you want to be perceived.

Great point – you are what you wear. What are some of the things that you’re looking at when choosing an outfit for yourself?

The list is pretty long and complicated when I’m styling an outfit for a photo shoot.  I have to take into account how the colors will photograph, what details need to be included, what the overall image is I’m trying to portray. Proportion is really key for me since I tend to go with a lot of layers of varying lengths and volume. I find two-piece dressing (pants + shirt) to be fairly dull ever since I moved to Paris at 14 and saw how the French kids wore a lot more layers. So, I’m always paying attention to balancing the proportions of skinny jeans and oversized jackets, long t-shirts under short bombers, and wide-shouldered blazers over slim-fitting pants.  Scarves are great to work with, but they can go really wrong when the proportion is off.

What are your top five fall fashion tips for men?

White + Black

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Pictured: Sage Goldnik (right) and Ian Elkins (left) | Photographer: Jeffrey Buoncristiano
There is an abundance of earth tones in store during the fall season, which is great if you have olive skin. If you have pale skin like I do, better to go with classic black and white for your essential pieces. If you’re spending a lot, invest in classic styles. For trendy items that you probably won’t wear next year, get adventurous with bold patterns, interesting shapes and unusual lengths you wouldn’t typically wear.

Bomber Jackets

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Pictured: Sage Goldnik | Photographer: Owen Captures
These are key for moving your wardrobe into fall. I like them best when they are styled with a long t-shirt underneath and skinny jeans.  They can become a little dull if they’re monochrome cotton, so opt for a shinier material like nylon or satin, a pattern like camo or palm print, and details like big hardware, patches and interesting liner material/color.

Chelsea Boots

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Pictured: Sage Goldnik | Photographer: Owen Captures

Everybody’s talking about Chelsea boots making a comeback for the fall, but they never went out of style for me. I love them with skinny jeans, either tucked in or rolled up to show a bit of ankle. Cognac, tan or black are the perfect fall colors.

Oversized Coat + Slim Fitting Outfit

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Pictured: Sage Goldnik | Photographer: Owen Captures

The must-have piece for the Fall is an oversized coat with a loose, long fit.  Go big with the coat but not with the pieces underneath.  An oversized coat that is extra long is great way to update an outfit, but stay away from bulky layers or wide leg pants under it.

Layers + Layers + Layers

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Pictured: Sage Goldnik

Fall is the perfect time to start playing with multiple layers.  Don’t just throw a jacket over what you wore this summer. Instead play with lengths and textures, like an extra long sweater with shorts or a biker jacket with long, slim layers. Capes are great too, and you can wear them as a statement scarf if they’re made from a thinner material.

These tips are awesome. I think one thing I’ve seen you do really well on your blog & Instagram is emphasize the importance of personal style, and not just copy-pasting what others are doing. Where do you usually shop for the interesting and unique pieces you wear?

Unlike a lot of bloggers and influencers who are pretty linear in their looks, my style is all over the board.  I’m straight up street style one day and classic dapper the next, so I don’t really have a favorite store for all my different looks.  When I’m in Paris, I always check out Zara, Colette and Ron Abraham.  When I’m in the States, I love FourTwoFour on Fairfax in LA and Barney’s in NYC. Mostly I’m finding that I “shop” Instagram more and more. Almost everything I’ve bought in the past year has been from a brand I saw on Instagram.

Instagram is definitely a great resource for menswear – even just for seeking out inspiration! What would your advice be to a guy who’s decided to upgrade his look?

Don’t go it alone.  Most guys tend to buy the same thing over and over again because five years ago, some girl told them they look good in green or straight leg jeans or muscle tees. Bring someone with you whose opinion you value when you go shopping, someone who has great style and who will tell it to you like it is. And be prepared to be completely uncomfortable with change.

Awesome, thanks so much Sage for sharing your wisdom! 

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THE EVOCATIVE, VIBRANT WORLD OF AMELIA VIVASH

Aussie avant garde fashion designer, Amelia Vivash, has no desire to please fashion’s higher-ups. From her day-to-day style to the grotesque and colorful creations she produces, she is making a statement – one that the fashion industry has needed for a long time.

Amelia studied at the prestigious Whitehouse Institute of Design in Sydney where she produced a stand out graduate collection full of bold, bright, pieces built from unconventional materials. We briefly met during our shared time in London, which she spent training at Central Saint Martens (their alumni include Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Stella McCartney, and more), and I’ve followed her ever since. Her over the top choices, both in her day-to-day style and her designs, are completely demolishing the boundaries of what constitutes “fashion” for many people. She gives new meaning to the word, adding in a bold and often smutty element that is completely missing from today’s top designers.

Amelia, how did you get started designing?

I started designing in primary school, I remember mum would always sew at home and I would watch and I would have a little note book beside me just drawing little tops, skirts, bags, that i wanted to make. I went through the drawings a while ago because I found them! They were hilarious… i was such a try hard, haha.

What inspires your day to day style?

I honestly couldn’t tell you what ‘inspires’ me but I basically just wear whatever or however I’m feeling that day. If I’m particularly feeling like a green day ill try and find every single green thing I own and put it together. Some days are lazy and some days I go ALL out. Really depends on my moods.

Do you prefer to make your own clothes?

Well I didn’t have any time while I was studying to make my own clothes, but now I really love ripping shit apart and creating new looks from my old clothes, almost like “homeless chic.”

Who are some of your favorite artists & musicians?

I would say my favorite person in the entire world is Noel Fielding, his brain is just so creative and insane that i basically just want to marry him and live inside him everyday. Musicians.. um I honestly have no idea haha I listen to a whole range of music from Louis Armstrong to heaps of 80’s funk music that my dad listens to, but I would say i listen to a lot of 90’s music. Destiny’s Child, Snoop Dogg, Maria, etc. But what song I’m really loving at the moment is by The Avalanches – “Frankie Sinatra”. That shit gets me going. I do really love Die Antwoord. And I listen to Queen and Bowie a lot, haha.

What inspires you to create your pieces?

Its usually something I’ve seen online, around town, or a film I’ve recently watched and I’ve seen something that sparks an idea, then i usually start researching on that particular thing, even if its like a bug or a type of fetish ill start looking it up and finding new ideas and it usually leads me into other things that has nothing to do with the original idea. Then i expand on that and play and sketch my ideas from shapes and movements.

What is your favorite piece you’ve ever designed?

I think definitely what my favorite piece ever would be is one from my grad collection called ‘obese cunt’. This character’s my fave, there’s so much going on and so much work that I put into this one piece that it’s basically me in art form.

Amelia Vivash

Who are some of your inspirations in the fashion world?

I honestly don’t even follow any designers at all. Australian Fashion Week is probably the worst thing you could ever go to, so many boring designers that just moosh together and all look like an unglazed donut. But other then shitty Australian fashion, you can’t go wrong with McQueen and Galliano… the gods of fashion. Weirdly enough Noel Fielding is still a big inspiration while I design and sketch, even though he’s not a designer. His creative brain helps me push a bit harder and a bit weirder every time.

What is your favorite eyebrow look? Because, quite frankly, your eyebrows are one of the reasons I am alive.

Haha, well right now my fave eyebrow look is none at all. I’m a bit over my eyebrows. I used to draw them in every single day cause my natural ones are shit as fuck, but then one day I just couldn’t be bothered. Everyone was drawing their eyebrows in. So then I just bleached mine. Occasionally I like to draw squiggles as brows and polka dots.

What’s one thing people probably don’t know about you?

Oh god I have no idea, haha. I’d say I’m just a dirty open book. Probably share a bit too much actually.

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INTERVIEW WITH JEWELRY DESIGNER BARBARA C. PELLEGRINO

I found the magic and beauty of BCP Jewelry after seeing her beautiful creations on some of my favorite YouTube gals (Mykie & Bunny). After a long stalking session, I followed her account and have been drooling over her gorgeous pieces ever since. She creates and designs beautiful jewelry using fossils, crystals, and metals. Her pieces are bold but gentle, feminine but strong. I absolutely adore her jewelry and her pieces range from the $20 range into the hundreds, so there’s something for everyone. I reached out to Barbara to talk about crystal magic, jewelry-making, and her experience using social media for her business.

Miranda Feneberger: Firstly, I absolutely love your creations. When did you start creating & designing jewelry?

Barbara C. Pellegrino: I started making jewelry when i was about 13 years old, always for fun or for friends. Didn’t get serious about it until 5 years ago, time goes so fast, feels like I did my first wire wrapped ring yesterday!

MF: What is the process you go through when designing new collections or pieces?

BCP: More often than not, a new design will hit my brain in the middle of the night. It will be midnight and I’ll start sketching something, I’ll see it in my mind and then I try to put it together.

MF: What drew you to start using crystals and fossils in your pieces?

BCP: I’ve always been attracted to crystals, I think because my mom uses them for her sculptures and she has been using them since I was a child, so I have always been around them. When it comes to fossils, to me, to make a necklace using one is a privilege. I’m holding something that lived thousands of years ago, that belonged to a giant shark, an ancient creature. I get to turn it into an amulet and when someone wears it, they are not only wearing a necklace, they are wearing a piece of history.

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MF: Talk to us about crystals – I know they hold a lot of energy & power. 

BCP: Crystals are amazing, I mean just look at them. They are a work of art created by mother nature, with all the energy from the Earth within them, that’s some power! Some of them take years and years to form, to me it’s just fascinating, and it’s all about energy. If you keep your own vibes positive then the vibes will flow and attract more positivity. Crystals have been used since ancient times because of their properties. People would carry them around for protection and luck. I always have some on me.

MF: That’s amazing. What’s the most magical moment you’ve ever experienced?

BCP: I can’t pick just one magical moment, because for me a magic moment is when I get an email or see an Instagram/Facebook post from a customer, saying that they love the piece of jewelry they bought from me and are showing it off. To me that’s Magic and is also very humbling. Sometimes it feels unreal to see someone all the way in Australia wearing one of my pieces – it’s a very special feeling.

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MF: What inspires you to create? Is there a specific mood, person or place?

BCP: Everything inspires me to create, my mind never stops. I mean once I looked at my dog’s ear and thought, that would be a great size for a crystal. My husband makes fun of me sometimes because he will catch me staring into nothing, just the wall, he laughs and asks me what am i up to. He knows right then and there that I’m creating a new piece in my head.

MF: How has social media affected your business?

BCP: Social media has been great to me, I mean it’s pretty amazing, people from all over the world can see what you are up to. It opens so many doors. I also have amazing followers, they often share their love for the jewelry by re-posting photos. Social media has also allowed me to work with amazing and fun people, it has made a lot of amazing collaborations happen.

MF: One of my favorite Instagram posts of yours shows you and your husband posing in some amazing shirts – yours reads “Strong Women Intimidate Boys… And Excite Men.” Do you consider yourself a feminist?

BCP: I don’t consider myself a feminist, I simply believe in equality. I’ve always been strong & independent because that’s the way my mother raised me. I believe we shouldn’t put ourselves down to please anyone. I also think that if a man gives up his seat on the bus for an elderly woman, a woman should do the same for an elderly man, or a guy carrying his kid. I believe in equality and respect.

MF: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

BCP: The best advice I ever gotten was to be myself, simple as that but also very complicated. It’s not easy to be ourselves sometimes, but when I stopped caring about what other people thought about me, I felt free & amazing things started to happen.

MF: Where do you see yourself in five years?

BCP:  I still want to be doing what I love, still creating jewelry. I hope to be surrounded by dogs. I loveeee dogs.

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Read our previous interview: Talking Makeup With Insta-Artist Tay LeBlanc

INTERVIEW WITH MAKEUP ARTIST @IRRITAYTED

The incredibly talented makeup artist, Taylor LeBlanc, first caught my attention after her makeup look was reposted by Anastasia Beverly Hills on Instagram. I clicked through to her profile (@irritayted) and discovered her amazing makeup artistry and knew I wanted to chat with her. I sent her a message and we had a little chat about makeup artistry, social media, and her favorite beauty products.

Miranda Feneberger: Thanks so much for talking to us Taylor! When did you start doing makeup professionally?

Taylor LeBlanc: I actually didn’t get super serious with my artistry until I began my journey with Sephora nearly 2 years ago. Before working for Sephora, I freelanced here and there usually during prom and wedding season, but never as frequently and as serious as what I’m doing now.

MF: Did you always want to be a makeup artist?

TL: I wouldn’t say I knew I always wanted to be a makeup artist, but I definitely knew that it was a path I wanted to travel down at some point in my life. I’ve always loved makeup and applying it on myself. I considered going to school for makeup artistry once I finished high school, but ended up deciding against it because I didn’t think I could make any money. It ended up finding it’s way into my life, so I’d like to think this is what I was meant to be doing all along.

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MF: Has your artistry changed at all since you started working at Sephora?

TL: My artistry has changed and improved tremendously since starting my position at Sephora. When I started, I was afraid of color and I wore nothing but neutral mattes. Almost 2 years later and there’s no color, finish, or medium I won’t try and wear. I find myself changing and improving every single day, and in the makeup industry you just have to in order to be successful.

MF: I understand you’re studying graphic design in school – does that affect the way you approach makeup?

TL: Technically I’m not longer studying, I’m officially a graphic designer as of a few weeks ago! I don’t know if I would say it affects how I approach makeup in regards to artistry, but it definitely affects my judgement of packaging and branding of products.

MF: Do you think art imitates life or life imitates art?

TL: I would say art definitely imitates life. I often find myself creating things based on how I’m feeling, my surroundings, colors, textures, etc. I definitely take inspiration for all of my art based on the world around me.

MF: What are your ride or die makeup products?

TL: Choosing ride or die products is difficult for me since I am always trying not to be biased considering what I do! However, if I had to choose, I would say my ride or die products are: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade, the Beauty Blender, Sephora Collection Pro Contour Brush #79, Dr. Brandt Pores No More, Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, Too Faced Hangover X Primer, Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eyeliner Crayon, Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains, and Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Foundation and Concealer.

MF: In your experience, which type of makeup product should people splurge on and which should they save on?

TL: I tell all my clients that if you are going to splurge on anything, splurge on skincare. At the end of the day, makeup is only going to look as good as the skin you are putting it on top of! At the same time, when you take care of your skin and it looks better, you end up wanting/needing less makeup anyway! While there are some good cheap products out there, 9 times out of 10 you are paying more for something because the ingredients in it are better and safer for you. Makeup wise, I definitely feel that spending a little extra money on a good foundation and good tools to apply it is a good idea!

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MF: What’s your favorite part about your job?

TL: Anyone who knows me, or even just follows me on social media, knows how much I love my job, but my favorite part of my job is actually an even tie between two things. The first is that my job does not restrict my creativity. It allows me to have complete creative freedom and completely express myself the way I never could before. I’ve never felt more like myself and more comfortable in my own skin. The second, is that my job allows me to aid other people in addressing and embracing their insecurities while allowing them to feel good about themselves. The reason I started using makeup was because I was insecure, and from there it stemmed into more of an art form, and I never had anyone there to guide me along. The thought that I get to do for other people what I wished someone would have done for me, is incredibly rewarding.

MF: What pushed you to start posting your makeup looks on Instagram?

TL: I’ve been on social media for years; from MySpace, to Facebook, to Twitter, to Tumblr and now Instagram. I’ve always been pretty active on social media no matter what platform I was on, but it wasn’t until Tumblr that I discovered the power of it. I started posting the usual casual selfie on my blog every once in a while, and after a bit they started actually getting reblogged and liked quite often. After that, I started getting messages from people regarding my own makeup and asking about products, etc. So I started posting more photos focusing on my makeup with product breakdowns so that other people could try out the products I was using, and from there I would post them on Instagram. A lot of the people who were following me on Tumblr, also followed me on Instagram as well. This is definitely the most consistent and creative I’ve been with my looks though! Ultimately the main reason was just for curious people!

MF: Has social media affected the business side of your life at all?

TL: Social media has most definitely impacted my work. It has it’s pros and cons, as any makeup artist will tell you. I find myself becoming very inspired by the other artists I’ve been able to connect with through social media, so it really pushes me to be more creative and innovative. At the same time, social media really makes it hard to be a makeup artist that does actual client work and not just makeup on themselves. So many people see these photos online and come to me wanting to look just like that, but the reality of it is that everyone has a different skin type, tone, texture, etc. We all have different face shapes and features and what looks one way on one person will not look the same on another, and a lot of people don’t understand or realize that. While the photos of the makeup you see online are beautiful and it’s wonderful to have reference photos, those photos aren’t exactly realistic for most people. Trying to explain that to clients without sounding rude or offensive is very difficult.

MF: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

TL: I am currently pursuing Senior Artistry with Sephora, so in 5 years I hope to be excelling in that position. Beyond that, I just hope to be constantly improving, thriving and happy in my field!

MF: Thanks so much for chatting with us, Taylor – it’s been a pleasure!

TL: You’re absolutely welcome! Thanks again for doing this, I am insanely flattered and humbled.

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Read our last interview: Talking Comedy & Memes With Vine Star Kurtis Conner.

INTERVIEW WITH VINER & COMEDIAN KURTIS CONNER

If you’re not on Vine, what are you even doing. We’re continuing our interview series with a sweet new profile on one of our favorite comedians, Kurtis Conner. He’s garnered massive attention from his hilarious vines, and is on his way to creating a comedic empire. We ask him his thoughts on comedy, the Internet, and most importantly – High School Musical 2.

Miranda Feneberger: Thanks so much again for chatting with us! Describe yourself in one meme.

Kurtis Conner: Caveman SpongeBob.

MF: How did you get into comedy?

KC: I was at a café that had an open mic advertised for the end of the month and my friend told me to do it and I figured it was something to do.

MF: What’s the comedy scene like in Toronto? 

KC: It’s great! If you’re really grinding, you could do up to the 3 or 4 shows a night so it’s great in that sense! It’s also very supportive, which is the most important thing.

MF: Did you have one specific vine that garnered a lot of attention or did your audience grow more gradually?

KC: The last year or so, I’ve been growing gradually but there was one vine including a cheesy joke about misogyny (massage a knee) that really took off and started everything.


MF: What are the best things about being well known on the Internet? What are the weirdest?

KC: I think the best things about being well known on the internet are meeting fellow creatives, being a role model for people, and having a supportive group of people who are always there for you. The weirdest thing that has happened to me because of this is fan fiction. I think there are only like 2 out there but still…very odd.

MF: What is your favorite show to binge watch or movie to watch over and over?

KC: I could watch The Office front to back over and over again forever.

MF: Performing online or performing live?

KC: Live!

MF: Who do you look up to in the social media space?

KC: I look up to people like Chris Melberger and Aaron Chewning a lot. They’re both able to be incredibly funny without resorting to offensive or lazy humour. And they work very hard at what they do, and I admire that a lot.

MF: Who do you look up to or love in the comedy space?

KC: Nick Thune has been the biggest inspiration for me. He changed the way I thought about comedy and has really shown me that there is your own way to structure a joke.

MF: What was the last song you listened to?

KC: For Free (feat. Drake) – DJ Khaled

MF: What do you want to be doing in a year?

KC: I want to be either touring or working on my own show. I’m trying to put both of these dreams of mine in motion but they both take a lot of work.

MF: Tell us one thing you want people to know about the social media world.

KC: Everyone is so incredibly nice, it’s crazy.

MF: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

KC: Wake up early. No matter what; wake up early.

MF: Lastly, what is the most important song in High School Musical 2?

KC: Oh gosh. I could do a whole interview about High School Musical 2. I think the most important song in High School Musical 2 is “Work This Out”. It really set the tone for what the audience is in store for; a bigger, and better High School Musical.

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Stay tuned for our High School Musical 2 analysis – coming soon. 

INTERVIEW WITH YOGA INSTRUCTOR SARAH DUNNING

High Voltage is going back to it’s roots. That’s right; it’s another interview! Today we’re chatting with Sarah Dunning, a New Zealander turned Athenian, with wellness and yoga on her mind. She used to own a restaurant (don’t worry, her recipes will be showing up on the blog soon), and she’s a total power female, so of course, we picked her brain. Continue reading INTERVIEW WITH YOGA INSTRUCTOR SARAH DUNNING

INTERVIEW WITH RAP ARTIST DYLAN OWEN

Hey guys! I conducted this interview a month or so ago with Dylan Owen for This Sound Goes Around, and I thought I’d post it here for you guys to check out! He’s an awesome dude!

Rappers these days are all about making money and getting women, right? Wrong. Rap is evolving into a genre more near art than it has ever been before. One man who is consistently proving this is NYC-based rap artist Dylan Owen. After releasing a full-length album during his senior year of high school, Owen went on to study for a year at Cornell University before moving to the city to pursue his music. Pretty amazing, right? What have you done since your senior year of high school? Excuse me while I hide in a corner.

Dylan and I had the opportunity to sit down and chat about his newest music video, “Ghosts Revisited”, which premieres a totally revamped version of the song “Ghosts” from his most recent EP, Keep Your Friends Close. Here’s what happened.

Watch the video:

Miranda: “Ghosts Revisited” is interesting to watch because it really brings us right into your world. What do you miss most about home?

Dylan Owen: It was filmed in and around Goshen, NY as I’m sure you could kind of tell. I miss the simplicity of being home. It’s a comfortable place for me back there and a lot of my old friends are there, so it’s always nice and nostalgic going back.

Very cool. It’s interesting that you chose this song in particular, since “Ghosts” is about living with that one thing that haunts you and follows you everywhere. It’s almost ironic that you’re coming full circle with it since a lot of times our ghosts do revisit us when we least expect them to. When did you realize that you needed to follow up with it?

That’s a really interesting way to look at it. And I am coming full circle with it. I’ve had this idea to do Ghosts Revisited for a year now, believe it or not. I see it as this: It’s been a long time since the original track, and though those feelings are still there, I have a bit of a new perspective on them that I wanted to communicate through this video and this version of the song. Capture the old, and also communicate how I feel now.

Why did you choose this song in particular?

I chose this song because it had room for revisiting, in my opinion; I felt there could be a sequel with a new direction as it was a more general track than “Garden of the Angels”, for example. It’s always been one that’s up for interpretation and might mean different things to different people.

I definitely agree. It’s kind of timeless in that sense.

Thank you.

The new track comes with a new and incredibly catchy chorus sung by the very talented Kiah Victoria. Where did “you’re not the only one to make it home” come from?

That line can be read into in two ways: “You’re not the only one to make it to a safe place, after the relationship/experience” or “You’re not the only one who can make it feel like home for me.” So it’s a more accusatory, empowering stance than the original Ghosts.

Do you ever regret immortalizing a relationship or experience in a song?

Nope, I don’t ever regret it. I like to look back at my music from that time and see exactly what I was feeling.

What was your motivation behind including the younger version of yourself in the video?

 The interpretation of ghosts in the video can mean different things. The young me is there to evoke a sense of nostalgia for a past time, when things were simpler and more innocent.

I love all of the shots that have the two of you doing the same thing. You really do get the sense of nostalgia there.

Yeah, really big shout out to Mike Holland, the director. We collaborated on the idea; super natural and organic.

How did you two end up working together?

Mike and I have known each other for a few years, when I was going to Cornell he started going to Ithaca College (right nearby). He also works with Logic and QuESt so we reconnected after talking early on… music is such a small world.

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Yes it really is. So there are a couple of different “ghosts” in the video. Talk to us about the girl we see.

The EP that the original song is on is a lot about one relationship. The female character plays the role of that relationship in the video. She sticks with me but doesn’t notice me or react to me. We’re living in two separate worlds.

Does this video give you more closure with that situation?

It really does. It’s going to feel great to release it and share it with the world. It’s like getting it out of my head in a way.

I feel like you’ve been caught up in a bit of a whirlwind this year. People have responded insanely well to your release this summer “The Window Seat”. What’s that like?

I’m thrilled when people connect with my music. It’s so personal to me and to hear that I’ve helped, inspired, or uplifted people is just incredible. Blows me away.

I can’t even imagine that feeling. Is that same vibe there at a live show?

Completely, except in person, so it’s got a whole other dimension to it.

Do you have any plans to do a tour in the near future?

I’m going to be putting out new music following “Ghosts Revisited” in 2014, and as soon as that’s happening I’d love to tour. Small towns, big towns, cities, everywhere and anywhere is important to me.

Well if you need couches to stay on in ATL, you know we’ve got you covered! [Laughs]

[Laughs] I appreciate that maybe I’ll take you up on it.

Good. Thanks again for taking time to talk with us Dylan!

It was really nice talking to you!

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