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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

We love Harem Pants - take a look!
by Lucy Watkins - 0

(Photo: reddresscolumbus.wordpress.com)

Harem pants, more lovingly referred to as soft pants, are the greatest thing since the wedged heel. The soft pant is to trousers what wedges are to stilettos. A very stylish, more comfortable, summer version of the classic staple.

I bought my first pair of harem pants yesterday and I curse myself for not hopping on this trend a lot earlier. They're slimming, comfy as all hell, and versatile. I bought a simple black pair with a tie waist and gathered hem for only $8.80 (thank you Kohls!). When I tried them on, I was floored, they maintained a sleek polished look while feeling like a airy pajama pant. Finally, I thought, socially acceptable pajama pants. Don't get me wrong, theses soft pants are so much more than lounge wear even if they were a classed up pair of joggers. Still, I'm not complaining.

If you have skepticisms about this trend, let them all fall away. I too was skeptical of their pajama like appearance, but I'm completely obsessed now. If you need a list of reasons to embrace the harem pant, let me indulge you with some of my favorites.

1. Numerous patterns and styles to mix and match.

(Photo: #AEOSTYLE)

American Eagle: AEO Soft Printed Jogger Pant $39.95 http://www.ae.com/web/browse/product_details.jsp?productId=0322_2498_100&catId=cat6710002

2. They're interesting without looking like they try too hard. (Thats basically the dream)

Old Navy: Woman's Patterned Soft Pants $32.94http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=478896002

3. Versatility. They will go well with t-shirts, tank tops, flowy camis, flats, heels, sandals, wedges, the list goes on.

SUZY Black & White Printed Soft Pant $26.00http://suzyshier.com/0114-46800800-black-white-printed-soft-pant.html

4. COMFORTABLE. I know I keep driving this point, but it's like pockets in dresses, you just can't get over it. There's a reason this trend derives from dancer wear.

HaremPants.com: Elephant Stamps Women's Slim Cut Harem Pants Black $22.00http://www.harempants.com/collections/slim-cut/products/elephant-stamps-womens-slim-cut-harem-pants-black

5. They accentuate all body types. They look good on all shapes and sizes.

Harem Pants Spring Summer 2014 Trend Plus Size Blogger
(Photo: Gorgeautiful.com)

6. Literally everyone can wear these pants, men, women, babies.

(Photo: Dana from culturedblog.com)

Old Navy: Soft Pants for Baby $11.99

There are more than enough resigns to invest in a pair of the coolest hot trend in pants. Now, excuse me while I buy 23 new pairs of theses babies. 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Discover: New Track From Seapony, "Saw the Light"
by Kelli Redding - 0

Photo credited to Seapony Official Facebook

Seattle indie pop band Seapony have recently shared a new song, entitled "Saw the Light." As a taste of what their upcoming album will sound like, their new track is a dreamy and melodic piece of candy for your ears. Their third album, A Vision, will be released on July 31, 2015 and can be preordered here via Seapony's Bandcamp. 

Listen to "Saw the Light" below and let us know what you think!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Win A Chance To PERFORM At Mamby On The Beach!
by Julia Merryman - 0

Are you in a live band? Are you 18 years of age or older? Then YOU (yes you!) could win a chance to play at Mamby On The Beach! This contest is only open for BANDS that use live instrumentation (No DJS). 

Mamby Beach is partnering with JBTV to provide this amazing opportunity. This is the same longest running television program that has covered live music and breaking bands for past 30 years that gave bands such as Green Day, No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins, Blink-182, 30 Seconds to Mars, Jeff Buckley and Oasis their first ever TV exposure. 

The contest officially begins today, Thursday May 21st, and voting and submissions end on Monday, June 15th at 12pm CST. To enter, bands must upload a video to the contest app on Mamby Beach's Facebook page

The Top 5 finalists will get a chance to play (2 songs) to be recorded at JBTV studios on Wednesday June 17th.

The JBTV judges will then vote on the Top 5 recorded performances to pick the grand prize winner based on:

  • The songs' stylistic fit for the festival
  • Musicianship (how well they play their instruments)
  • Stage presence, and overall performance

The judges include some of Chicago's rock industry figures such as Greg Corner (JBTV), Lauren O’Neil (101 - WKQX), and Mr. JBTV himself, Jerry Bryant, who will pick the winner from this recorded set to be aired at www.mambybeach.com on Tuesday June 23rd. The winner will be announced on Wednesday June 24th. 

Well, what are you waiting for? Go get your band together and start practicing and recording! Best of luck to everyone! 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Interview with California Pop Sensation Michele Saunders!
by Julia Merryman - 0

Michele Saunders is a rising star and for a good reason.  Her poppy dance beats and sweet lyrics easily get caught in your head and will become a staple for girls' playlists everywhere. She is sure to become an inspiration to those pursuing their creative dreams. She conquered her shyness and not only released her debut album Set Me Free but is also going on tour! We were lucky enough to snag an exclusive interview with this California pop sensation and you'll be sure to hear more from her in the future.

How did you get started with singing?

Since I was really young, I loved to sing. My mom always encouraged me and knew that I had a talent. I performed in plays and was in lessons for singing. Once I started to be heavily involved with my school and received a ton of school work, school became my priority, but my passion for singing never faded.

What was it like recording your first album/how was the process?

It was very exciting, I had never been in a studio before and didn't know what the process was like so everything was so new to me. I had recorded on my own microphone at home, but never with my own track or lyrics. The process was fun, although it was a lot of work. It can feel like a long process and a lot of work and hours go into making just one song, but after hearing the finished product, it is all worth it in the end.

What are some of the unexpected challenges you've faced?

Not having much experience and the lack of professional practice I have lacked throughout the years. There was one point in my life where I didn't have guidance (singing lessons) to be able to keep practicing and pushing myself to keep becoming better. However, at the time, I didn't know that it would become my career.

You're going on tour which is really exciting! What do you look forward to most about it?

The people I get to meet. Being able to talk to the fans is probably my favorite part because all I want to do is make people happy, make an impact on them, and encourage them to be the best person that they can be.

If you could perform anywhere, where would it be?

Madison Square Garden. It is one of my goals to perform there.

What are some of your favorite songs either current or all time?

I have a lot of favorite songs, so it is really hard for me to pick one, but one song I will never get tired of is Teenage Dream by Katy Perry.

What do you expect the rest of this year to bring?

Blessings. I have already been blessed with so much and the future is looking bright, so hopefully more opportunities to make people smile and to make an impact.

Do you write your own songs and if so, where do you get your inspiration from?

I have written some of my own songs. The inspiration comes from all different places. If I am getting a feeling or a vibe off the track itself, that might be how I write it. I write how I feel when I listen to a particular song. Or, if I am writing about a specific topic, I channel how I felt in certain situations and start writing it down. They end up beautifully. 

Where do you see yourself/hope to be in five years?

Hopefully making more songs, bigger concerts, and maybe even being in some movies.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

Vanessa Hudgens and Ariana Grande. When I was younger, I was all about Vanessa Hudgens. I loved the way she sang and the way she looked and everything she did. I had so many posters of her on my wall, I wanted to be like her. And as I got older, I started to like Ariana Grande. She was so talented and became a huge inspiration when I wanted to follow my dreams. My sister is a huge fan, so we always watch her videos and performances on YouTube and it gives me such a rush. The way she has impacted people's lives like my sister's just gives me more ambition to pursue what I want to be.

What advice do you have for those wanting to pursue their dreams of singing?

Go for it. You never know what might happen. Every person who is living their dream right now had to start somewhere, they weren't just handed everything. Work hard and think positively, dreams stay dreams if you don't try to pursue them. 

Listen to Michele's hit single "Feelin You" and let us know what you think!

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