FEATURING NENNÉ BLING BY FILLY SANNINO
by TOBI GBILE
WHATCHA GOT COOKIN' IN THE KTICH?
SPRING HAS SPRUNG!
And things are looking up! With our longer days, more sun, a couple vaccinations, and fewer COVID restrictions, what are you doing to make the most of your time?
Personally - I'm just tryna take every day at a time, but take advantage of the extra time to do all of my hobbies, stay FITTED and in shape, plot and scheme for the summer, and enjoy time w/ the friends :')
A few of my friends and I have been wanting to start a weekly creative meet-up to work on all of our solo projects together, to keep us all on our toes and accountable for our outlets <3
Who better to use as inspiration for turning your vision board into a business than this seasons' covergirl?!
GWPG readers, meet Filly Sannino, founder and owner of your NEW FAVORITE JEWELRY BRAND, Nenné Bling.
My favorite game as a kid was organizing catwalks in the hallway, using my cousins as models, lace curtains, and dry flowers as couture gowns.
I remember the excitement of coming up with different dresses with the same piece of fabric used over and over again. In my eyes, my creations were beautiful! Actual photos of the events from 1995 say otherwise . . . ☺
I always loved showcasing my personality and my moods through my outfits. We can say it is a form of communication for me, almost part of my body language.
My style has evolved with me over the years. I went through different “fashion phases”, but it got more opulent and vibrant as I got more confident and comfortable with myself and my body.
Last year, during a difficult moment, I felt the need to start creating with my own hands, again, like when I was kid.
While taking a hot shower, the idea popped up in my brain and everything started making sense again. My jewels are inspired by moments of my life, my childhood memories and things I loved while growing up.
The whole creation process makes me feel connected with who I am, and reminds me where I come from.
My Sorbetto necklace is by far the piece I’m most proud of. It’s inspired by Napoli, my city, and the Mediterranean Sea.
The fun and warm colors, the juicy hand-made lemon charms and the picturesque look are my homage to the city and to my family, who still live there.
Every time I get a Sorbetto necklace’s order, I get very emotional. I love thinking about my clients wearing a piece of Napoli, and a piece of me, in their lives.
I wish I could answer this one differently. LOL! I haven't found a balance yet.
In full transparency, I really underestimated the amount of work a small handmade jewelry business would mean. There are so many tasks I completely ignored, like inventory keeping for example. I run out of materials so often without even realizing.
Then I get a new order, and I realize I don’t have “thank you” cards any more or asymmetric pearls. Also, the amount of time I spend at the post office is I-N-S-A-N-E!
Although I’m still finding my way to a smooth workflow, I’m kind of enjoying this crazy ride, I’m learning so much and the joy of reading feedback or seeing photos of customers wearing my creations is incomparable.
You heard it here first folks. This is a glimpse into what I'll be listening to all spring long. Standouts include TGBEAM, Remi Wolf, and Ken Car$on!
SZNL TO WATCH
What have I recently discovered that I can't get out of my head?!
Up and coming Pop artist
ELIO came on my radar last fall after being cosigned by my favorite pop artist of all time -- Charli XcX.
The newest edition to the underground pop darling era of selling vulnerability, relatability, and honesty, against a banger of a beat of course, is going to be on the up and up in 2021.
All signs are pointing full speed ahead for this talent after her underground breakout single "hurts to hate somebody" dropped last fall, and after she got the infamous kiss of success from Charli XcX herself on a remix of her song "CHARGER" this year.
Any pop freak knows that once you get an XcX feature, you are about to take off in the pop community. Icona Pop, Kim Petras, Tommy Cash, ALMA, and Tove Lo can attest to that . . .
Podcast duo based in NYC
As part of the minority group of who watches one of the biggest, longest running reality shows in history: The Bachelor, what makes for an even more enjoyable viewer experience is having people who look and sound like my friends and I sharing their thoughts on the show.
The past two seasons coming from ABC's bread and butter franchise have opened up a culturally dialogue that the show has failed to tackle up until now. Thanks to duos like the Blckchelorrettes -- holding it down as being one of the few BIPOC Bachelor recap podcasts, our voices are heard in a space that wasn't created for them to thrive. Get it ladies!!!
Alt-Pop artist and singer from LA
On a similar vein as BLACKSTARKIDS, but make it solo and sprinkle in a little more alt, and you have Jean Dawson.
The best way to describe his sound is a sick track you would search the internet for after hearing on Tony Hawk Pro Skater or Jet Set Radio, but in a 2020 kinda way.
My favorite songs from his sophomore album Pixel Bath are the two opening tracks -- "Devilish" and "Triple Double" (the latter having that A$AP Rocky feature and co-sign). Give him a listen, you won't regret it.
Anyone who knows me, knows that my love for "reality" television is no secret. It's a badge of honor that I pin on my chest with my chin held high. Like any reality TV obsessed fan, I have my opinions on The Bachelor franchise.
Do I believe that the institution has a sh*t ton of work to do?!
Will I still continue to watch it as long as it airs?!
You bet your ass.
For those of you who disagree, or wonder why I still dedicate so much of my free TV time to watching the 3 iterations of this show every year, I'd like to call attention to the past season of the show, with it's first BIPOC lead: Matt James, and the cultural clusterf*ck that it started, revealing the inner workings of the franchise, the power of its' fans, and the fact that no matter how "far" Americans have come, many are still racially insensitive at their core.
Not sure about the tea above? That's where my hot takes come in.
This season, flip through my learnings below about the biggest reasons why Season 25 of The Bachelor will go down in history as a cultural reset for American reality television.
Hope you all enjoy . . .
THE BEAUTY STANDARD IS TAKING CENTIMETER LONG BABY STEPS
FULL BLACK IS STILL TOO BLACK FOR MIDDLE AMERICA
CERTAIN WOMEN GET GRACE
CHRIS HARRISON IS NOT INVINCIBLE
FAIR SKIN HELPS WITH AMERICA'S DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
ASIAN AMERICANS ARE STILL EXTREMELY UNDER-REPRESNTED IN REALITY TELEVISION
Did I mention that I am a published author? Click the links below to purchase my first teenage fiction novel: "The Stunnerz"!
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