Girl with purple Gucci's
ft. WORK BY
ALINA ZUM HEBEL & YASEMIN CAKLI
by TOBI GBILE
NOT YOUR AVERAGE ICE QUEEN
COVER PHOTO SHOT BY ALINA ZUM HEBEL
Winter has arrived . . .
God went above and beyond for me in Fall 2019. . .
I made some new friends, got to see all of my old ones around the globe, was super challenged @ work, worked in London, Los Angeles, and New York; vacationed in Vienna, and saw my favorite pop star of all time, Charli XCX live in Berlin. 2020 is here and it's time to hit some levels . . . will you be joining me?
If so, keep reading. But don't worry, for once in my life, I'm going to try and keep things as brief and to the point as possible.
This season, like any other season, I have you covered with what I'm listening to, what I'm doing to stay in shape (who says you can't have a summer body in winter...?), and what my friends and I are wearing.
In terms of guest stars, my friend who doubles as a magician behind the lens, Alina Zum Hebel, lent me one of her photos for the COVER STORY, and you'll find my fabulously fashionable friend (and travel buddy) Yasemin Cakli featured in the LOOKS section, Harry Styles featured in the TUNES section, and none other than yours truly featured everywhere else.
Hope you're just as excited as me for all that's in store. And with that, ENJOY!
ALL ABOUT YAZ
COAT OF SECRETS
SUN STILL SHINES IN THE SHADE
BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK
Top: Y-3 FW19
Bottoms: Y-3 FW19
Shoes: adidas Superstars
SLIGHT WORK, PATCHWORK
Jacket: adidas Originals x Alexander Wang FW19
Jeans: Monki - "Taiki" jeans
Sneakers: adidas Originals - Rivalry
PUFFY IN PINK
Track top: custom adidas Originals - by Yasemin Cakli
Belt: custom made by Yasemin Cakli
Y'all trust my tips/advice, which implies that there's a chance you trust my taste as well. As a super fan with protective (not possessive, contrary to popular belief) tendencies, I like to keep my new gems and obsessions to myself for some time, but now I am ready to spread the love.
If you knew me at all from the years 2012-2016, then you know I was an avid supporter of the low key, underground, anti-mainstream boy band called One Direction. This season, I am reviewing Harry Styles' second album as a solo act, Fine Line.
As someone who took 1D's breakup personally, and had a hard time supporting their individual efforts, I have finally come around and have started listening to their solo work. I was pleasantly surprised with Styles' pop-rock album with R&B and indie rock influence, as someone who is a lover of anything of the indie pop nature. Below, you'll find my explanation of my favorite tracks off of the sparkly compilation.
This is how you open an album, people.
The "runaway" sounding instrumental got my blood pumping and made me amped to hear what was to come, leaving me pleasantly surprised at times, and slightly disappointed at others.
While the rest of the album ventures in and out of various genres, this track is an indie popsterpiece.
The opening lyrics of this song have graced the reviews of nearly every music publication since its release.
The inclusion of a choir to support Styles' heartfelt lyrics create an anthemic track that stands out from the others on the track list, while staying within the world of Fine Line.
I like it because it sounds like he's taking us to church. Amen brothaaaaa!
SUNFLOWER VOL. 6
This song is the indie-pop, beachy, feel-good bop that none of us asked for, but can argue that we needed.
It takes a bite out of the "song within a song within ANOTHER song" trend that has been making waves since Travis Scott ventured into the (relatively) untapped world with none other than "Sicko Mode".
Did I understand what I was listening to? Nope, but that doesn't mean I didn't love it . . .
UP IN THE GYM
JUST WORKING ON MY FITNESS
With my move to Germany came a lot of changes, one of those being my appearance . . . and tbh, I'm in the best shape I have been since I was 16 years old. A lot of people have asked me how I manage to maintain it nowadays, and I used to give really bland answers.
It's reached the point where I was like, let me actually sit down and think about how I have managed to pull this off, while still managing to be able to eat everything I want to eat, and without having to break a sweat every day of the week.
If you're curious as to how I manage, then find my four keys below, based off of how I live my own life!
Post high school cheerleading days, I attempted to work out 6 days a week. This resulted in two things: injuries, and a severe hatred of working out. For my body type and goal needs, 4 days of exercise is enough to keep extra weight off/stay in shape, and it took me much too long to come to this realization.
Don't make the same mistake I did, determine frequency first and foremost, based off of:
1. Your fitness/health goals
2. Your schedule
3. Your mind (you know yourself best, what will you ACTUALLY commit to?)
This is the fun part! As someone who used to hate change, I subjected myself to doing the same workouts (i.e., walking on the treadmill for 45 min, skipping abs) every week. And then I had the audacity to get angry when I wasn't obtaining any of the results I wanted. A few minutes spent angry-searching my annoyances online taught me that muscle confusion is key to losing weight and toning up all around, and that a 10 minute quality workout is more effective than a 45 minute cardio workout. You're all smart people so I'm not here to lecture, but since you're curious as to what I do on a weekly basis, here is my go-to plan:
Duration: 30 min
Day 1: Circuit Training
Day 2: Abs + Light Cardio (combo of spot training + cardio is key)
Day 3: Upper or Lower Body + Light Cardio (same as above applies)
Day 4: Kickboxing or HIIT
Every day, post workout = FOAM ROLLING (annoying, but if you are injury prone like me, it's the best way to keep the doc away).
I eat what I want (for the most part) because the last time I tried to cut out either sweets or carbs from my life, I was S.A.D. Food is supposed to make us happy, but like anything in life, in moderation.
That being said, since I do stay diet-free, two things have been key to me losing weight and staying in shape: moderation, and food-tracking.
I don't go around with a food journal and hand-calculate every calorie I eat. Thankfully, there's plenty of apps for that . . . I like to use MyFitnessPal, because it's quick and easy to use, fancy enough to categorize everything I eat by meal, and has a ginormous food database that has the calorie information for about every food you can think of.
None of the above is possible without this key factor.
When I was in high school, my mom told me that it only takes three weeks to form a habit, and back then, that sounded (and felt) like eternity.
Now that I'm wiser (and time moves way quicker than I ever imagined), I've learned that it's true, and whenever I set a new fitness goal for myself, I try to adhere to this timeline.
If setting a clear workout and eating plan for your health and body goals is a new venture this year, try your best to make it to the 3 week mark, and from that point on , you'll feel like you don't remember life before it.
You heard it here first folks. This is a glimpse into what I'll be listening to all winter long. Standouts include HAIM and Baby Keem. That simple!
Ft. items that you can find on me this winter and brands to keep on your radar!
My favorite color is FINALLY at center stage again, as it deserves. They don't call me the girl with purple Gucci's for nothing.
Last season, customized jewelry continued to shine, but this season, our waists are sharing the love as well. I love most things that sparkle, so you know I was gassed when Yaz hand-made this belt for me in NYC. ONE of ONE!
Lemon and Lime Tones
We love a good skin pop, and this season, lemon and lime colors will do just that. Don't be afraid to be an every day flashlight. It's a LOOK and a half.
I hate being cold, but I love looking like I’m strictly business. Blazers were all over the racks of our favorite retailers this past season, but this season I’m taking my blazers to another level with dramatic shoulder pads and longer lengths. I recently copped a knee length blazer in black and a powder pink blazer with massive shoulder pads that I could not resist.
2000's style accessories are going to be your best friend this fall. For me, I'm down for these furry purses that take me back to my fourth grade mood.
If you're like me and you don't want to ditch your sneaker looks for the winter, platform sneakers are the way to go. If you're looking for a pair that will get you through the winter seasons, Buffalo London may be the way to go, and they are Yaz certified!
Shots from my most recent travels!
Fall/Winter 2019 Destinations:
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
TAKE MY COIN!
CHARLI XCX - CHARLI EUROPE TOUR
November 9th, 2019
Set list: Miss XCX blessed us with a set list comprised of every song from her latest album, self-titled Charli, fan favorites (that made for great live performances) from her 2017 mixtape Pop 2,, like "Unlock It", popular singles like "Boys", and most importantly, cult classics like the incredible, one of a kind "Vroom Vroom". However, it wouldn't be a Charli XCX concert if she didn't remind us all of how she got here, so she made sure to throw in her iconic track that skyrocketed Icona Pop to fame: "I Love It".
Performance Quality: From the moment Charli stepped on stage, two things were clear: she was born to perform, and it's easy for her to put on a great show. Her vocals, crowd involvement, and stage presence were clearly so easy breezy for her that she not only appeared effortless, but like she was performing in her sleep.
Crowd Reception: 5/5
Venue/Stage Design: 4/5
Over-all rating: 4.5/5
SHECK WES: Die Lit Tour
August 3rd, 2018
Set list: Now THIS is how you open a show. Nearly every show that I went to last fall, I skipped the opener, but I'm so happy that my brother, his friends and I decided to pull up in time to see Sheck Wes completely MURDER his set. To be honest, homeboy played maybe 4 songs, but they all delivered two things: pure hype, and energy.
Performance Quality: Through the roof. Sheck Wes proved that he not only understands the musical quality of his tracks, but how to perform them on stage. He delivered at all the right moments, and left it all on the stage. If you didn't feel like either moshing or jumping on stage during "Mo Bamba", IDK you. That performance might have changed my concert life. Honestly, mad respect to Carti, but performance wise, Wes might have outshone his main act.
Crowd Reception: 4.5/5
Venue/Stage Design: 2/5
Over-all rating: 4/5
PLAYBOI CARTI: Die Lit Tour
Set list: Pretty much a compilation of songs from his latest fire release, Die Lit, and some of his greatest hits from his debut album. No complaints here.
Performance Quality: All hype. I was gonna insert another "no complaints here", but I'm going to refrain myself, because I do believe that it is possible to deliver a balls to the wall concert and also rap your ass off, Exhibit A & B: Travis Scott and A$AP Ferg. While I commend Carti for hyping up the crowd to the point where the energy of the audience was unlike anything I have ever seen before, I would be quicker to rate the show higher had he done more than rap a few bars over his tracks and let us rap the rest.
Venue/Stage Design: 3/5
Over-all rating: 3.5/5
2 Chainz: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Tour
August 19th, 2017
Set list: Banger after banger. While Chainz did make sure to play songs off his latest release, he made sure to pay much needed homage to all of the fan-favorites.
Performance Quality: Have to give it to Chainz for still putting on a hell of a hype show while sitting in a wheelchair, when he very well could have cancelled the remainder of his tour.
Crowd Reception: 4/5
Venue/Stage Design: 5/5
Zedd: Echo Tour
October 13th, 2017
Set list: Zedd made sure to keep the crowd dancing with smooth transitions and most of his most popular hits like "Beautiful Now" and "Clarity".
Performance Quality: In order to keep the crowd engaged, Zedd made sure to engage with the Chicago audience through short spurts of hype dialogue, turning the Aragon Ballroom into a rave.
Crowd Reception: 3/5
Over-all rating: 3/5
November 3rd, 2017
Set list: Hate to say that I was extremely disappointed with the lack of original content in Snakehips' set list. Instead of playing their original songs, the majority of the set consisted of remixes. We get it, you can remix rap tracks on your laptop, so can my 17 year old brother.
Performance Quality: I'm going to start this off by saying that only one member of the DUO that is Snakehips was present. Even though there isn't much DJ's can really do in terms of solo "performances", I don't think we should give them a free pass. This was the worst DJ performance I have seen in awhile. Sorry.
Over-all rating: 2/5
Bleachers: Gone Now Era, Pt. 2 Tour
November 11th, 2017
Set list: Easily the best set-list of the season. Not only did Bleachers seamlessly connect the storyline of their latest release Gone Now, but they also made sure to include plenty of favorites from their OG album. Couldn't have been better.
Performance Quality: I repeat: couldn't have been better. If anyone knows how to put on a show, it is Jack Antonoff. The group's energy and charisma was through the roof, and Antonoff's live vocals partnered with the plethora of instruments was literal music to the ears. It shouldn't come as a shock that I couldn't give the group anything less than perfect scores across the board.
Over-all rating: 5/5
Bishop Briggs: Gone Now Era, Pt. 2 Tour
Set list: As the opening act for Bleachers, Briggs stunned with a half hour set featuring her hit "River" and her new single "Dream".
Performance Quality: Bishop Brigg's energy is absolutely contagious, and she brought unexpected life to her dark pop songs.
Venue/Stage Design: 2.5/5
Mura Masa (Red Bull Sound Select)
November 16th, 2017
Set list: Composed entirely of tracks from Mura Masa's stand out debut album.
Performance Quality: While Mura Masa might not be the most outgoing MC on the planet, teaming up with a background singer to sing (AND rap) all of the tracks on the album raised the entertainment factor.
Venue/Stage Design: 2.5/5
Dua Lipa: The Self Titled Tour
November 26th, 201 7
Set list: Composed nearly entirely of tracks from her US debut album, and her closing number "New Rules" turned everyone in the crowd into a pop star.
Performance Quality: Although Lipa announced early in the show that she was sick, she still gave the performance her all, and her voice was of recording quality throughout.
AJR: The Night the Buzz Stole XMAS
December 16th, 2017
Set list: Even though AJR was technically an opening act, they made it near impossible to sleep on their set-list. They played fan favorites from their debut album coupled with Kansas City specific remixes that the crowd ate up .
Performance Quality: I was ready to roast the hell out of this group for their quirky demeanor, but their energy was through the roof and they performed the hell out of every song in their set.
BØRNS: The Night the Buzz Stole XMAS
Set list: I wouldn't be so sour about this if I hadn't already seen BØRNS twice before. They opened with one of the songs that people actually come to see, "Past Lives", (mistake #1) and did an acoustic version of "Seeing Stars" (mega mistake #2). But if you choose to ignore these disappointing events, the set-list was strong nonetheless.
Performance Quality: While Garrett Borns might not be the most energetic performer around, his suave demeanor and charming stage presence never fail to have the crowd under his spell.
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