If you missed the bittersweet speech from Allen “The Answer” Iverson last week, make sure you take a moment to check it out below. I’m not just a huge Iverson fan because I’m from Philly. He electrified my city in a way that hasn’t been matched since. I had such high hopes for him and his career and I would have bet money that the 76ers would have seen a championship during the A.I. era, but that didn’t happen. Being as though Iverson has adopted Philly as his own city, it was only right that the Sixers retired his jersey where he will dwell forever. Although I felt like he had so much more to bring to the game, I have to say “thank you” to my favorite basketball player…you brought Philly back to life and WE do love you!
With the cold weather moving in far too early, I guess it’s a good time to wrap-up my summer and show you all some of the fun that I’ve been having. I say it all the time, but I’ll say it again…I think music makes the world go ’round! I didn’t quite have enough time to go away, but I managed to sneak in some fun when possible. Between working and sifting through the many thoughts in my head about where I want to live in a year, it was MANDATORY to get in some dancing and friends/family time. I will preface this re-cap with this statement: I spent time with the people that are nearest and dearest to my heart and people that I knew I could genuinely ENJOY myself with. That’s so key! So, if you take nothing else away from this post, remember that there is NO time for drama in this lifetime and so much time for daaaancing (lol)!
Keeping in line with the whole music idea, I was able to see some of my favorite artists this year. I never posted about this (and I know this is a summer re-cap, but hold tight), but I got the chance to see DAVID GUETTA in concert (I even got media passes to go back stage)! By far, one of the coolest and most amazing nights I’ve had at a concert.
Fast forward past the Rihanna concert that I went to because I already posted about it right chereeeee!
I made and impulsive decision with my friend Talia and decided to take a road trip to my hometown, Philly, for the Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake Legends of the Summer tour. It was super duper cool to attend an outdoor concert (since it was arena tour) with thousands of screaming fans. Check it out!
Had a freaking awesome time and had great seats (winning!)…to top the summer off I spent my Labor Day weekend in Philly again for Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival! It was SO freaking hot outside, but I saw some great acts including: Solange, Beyoncé, Empire of the Sun, Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Dead Mouse and many more!
Thanks for taking a peek at a few fun moments over the past several months! I had a blast and will update you on my concert-going experiences after I attend the Beyoncé concert in December and the Magna Carta World Tour in January!!! WOOOO-HOOOO!!!
It’s back and this year I intend on being there! Last year was epic, but check out the line-up for this year’s Labor Day weekend, Made In America Festival in Philly:
Queens of the Stone Age
The Gaslight Anthem
Fitz And The Tantrums
Walk The Moon
Nine Inch Nails
Birdy Nam Nam
I keep trying to tell everyone that my cousin has the best boutique(s) in Philly! He is known as the “jean guru” and I love every purchase that I have made. He’s been featured many times for being the “Best in Philly” and here is the latest article from Philly.com. Check out the article below by Michael Hinkelman and if you are in the Philly area, be sure to stop and shop at “Charlie’s Jeans”:
SEBASTIAN McCALL, 39, of Northern Liberties, owns Charlie’s Jeans, on Market Street near 2nd in Old City. He also has a smaller store on Chestnut Street near 17th in Center City. In May 2010, McCall launched his own designer denim brand, which retails for $165 and up, and comes in a variety of cuts, sizes and colors.
Q: Tell me about your shop and your own denim brand.
A: We opened in Northern Liberties 15 years ago and moved to Old City. Denim is the best place to be, because you interact more with the customer. It’s a different challenge to make jeans fit properly. I wanted my own jean. I didn’t know where to begin, but I really knew the fit. One of my vendors allowed us to do a fit, and after that I got the bug.
Q: Tell me about that.A: We went to California, set up shop there and started manufacturing our own jeans.Q: Why California?
A: Every brand we carry is made there. If your seamstress is sick, you can find another. Our denim manufacturer is in North Carolina. We brought them in, sampled 100 fabrics, model after model. I wanted jeans that would satisfy all our customers.
Q: Who are your customers?
A: They’re probably 80 percent women, ages 22 to 55. They’re professionals, judges, lawyers, doctors, people in the pharmaceutical industry. Our customer comes from all over – New York, California, D.C. and Boston
Q: Why is your brand special?
A: We go from size 00 to 18. I wanted a brand that women could easily fit into. So if she says, “I want to feel sexy, slim, I want my jeans to fit perfectly and I want made-in-the-USA quality,” we have that.
Q: I hear you’re called the Jeans Whisperer.
A: I guess it comes with making shopping easy. I grew up in a hair salon and my mother always said, “It’s not how she looks when she walks in the door, watch the smile on her face as she leaves.”
Q: So how many pairs of your brand have you sold?
A: We’ve sold 16,000 pairs of Sebastian McCall jeans, and that doesn’t include 2013. That’s over $2 million in sales since I launched. About 75 percent of my jean sales are my own brand.
And the beef continues as Cassidy drops R.A.I.D…
KeiP.H. will be featured in my Dreamer Alerts section, but until we get a sit-down interview with him, check out his brand new video, Good Man! As always, don’t be afraid to let the Dreamworld know what you think.
The city of Philadelphia literally SHUT DOWN for the first annual Made in America music festival. The first day of live music was absolutely mind blowing! The roster was jam packed with performances from Jay Electronica, Janelle Monae, D’Angelo and many more, but the highlight of the entire day was the headline act that kicked off with Jay-Z himself. In true Jay fashion, he paid homage to Philly when he brought out the Philly Freeway and Young Chris! As if his performance couldn’t get any better, he kept the surprises coming with performances by G.O.O.D. Music, Common and a Watch the Throne tribute with Mr. Kanye West! Check out some pics from his performance and the crowd, as well as, the line-up for day 2 of Made in America.