I Went to Memphis Fashion Week!

          My media pass was approved to cover Memphis Fashion Week! Happy Dance mane!! I’m not the most stylish gent ever, but I figured I could get some dope photos at least. I’m still a marginally adequate photographer for crying out loud! 

I got backstage access!!

I got backstage access!!

The Wonderland Squad!!

The Wonderland Squad!!

            Well, apparently I’m a better videographer than photographer so I was asked to make a highlight video instead. I was so nervous because I’ve never even looked at a fashion show video before. I scoured YouTube for inspiration but I was so nervous. I think the final project ended up pretty good. Check out the video!  

 

             I really enjoyed myself! I totally know way more people than I thought lol. It was a great experience. I wish there were more things designed for guys though. I need all the help I can get. 

 Life is for Living,

Michael B.  

When Bloggers Unite

           I love when my fellow bloggers decide to collab and not compete! We all win in that situation. I've met some amazing people through this simple concept, especially the amazingly talented Kim Thomas (KPFusion.com). Recently she organized a blogger meet up at the uber luxurious Guesthouse at Graceland hotel. Not only were we awarded with an amazing tour of the grounds, but it allowed me to meet more bloggers in the city. I'm not sure if I enjoyed the hotel or people more; either way I truly loved the experience! 

            Of course I had my Sony camera handy and decided to turn the whole place into my own location shoot! I mean why wouldn't I take advantage of being in this fancy hotel!  

The Interior 

          If you're into interior design, you might go into overload. The Guesthouse at Graceland has some of the best I've ever seen. Admittedly, I'm not an interior designer, but I know nice things when I see them. Every piece has a subtle nod to Elvis Presley in some way. It's like a little scavenger hunt in each throughout. 

The Bloggers 

          I didn't get a chance to snap a pic of everyone in attendance because we were all pretty amazed by all the sites, but I did manage get a couple! Some I've previously known and a couple I had no clue even existed. A special shout out to Denzel Alexander for helping me step my fashion game up and Carmeon Hamilton of Nubi Interiors for showing me how to decorate a coffee table!  Both invaluable!  

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          If you get the chance, do yourself a favor and check out the Guesthouse at Graceland. You will definitely be amazed! Go see Charles at the Lobby Bar! He's literally one of the best bartenders in the city. If you know me, I try to stay as close to the bar as possible! Go check the Guesthouse website for upcoming shows, events, and other happenings. There's something for everyone here! I would like to once again thank Kim Thomas and the entire Guesthouse at Graceland staff for making this all possible. It's always great to showcase Memphis in a positive light and show how many awesome attractions we offer. Thanks everyone!! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B

Just a Night at Brooks

         Last night I get a call from my pretend friend, Cassie, about an event going on at Brooks Museum of Arts. Seeing how it was Taco Tuesday, which is my favorite day if the week, I was slightly uninterested. Then she told me it was Spring Preview for Paradox Catering that included drinks! Well naturally I dropped those tacos and ran to Brooks! 

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        I arrived a bit late but I still was able to see a masterpiece being created on red cheesecloth. I'm not entirely sure what it was but I know there were beets and smoked chocolate.  

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           So the Brooks Museum now has a cafe inside and it is really cool! It's called Cafe Brooks and Paradox is partnering with them on it. I had espresso shots, made with vodka, and chocolate croissants! These croissants though!! I think I ate 10 of them and I'm not ashamed at all. 

Chocolate croissants

Chocolate croissants

Espresso shots  

Espresso shots  

         I really was impressed with the decorating of the venue and took the opportunity to snap a few photos because snapping pics is what I do! The decorating was top notch!

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          I wish I was gotten there a bit earlier to fully enjoy the event, but I still enjoyed the one hour I was there. Especially seeing some friends there. If you're looking for catering for your event go check out Paradox Catering. Click HERE for their website. 

 

Life is for Living,

Michael B

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Cassie, Elizabeth, & Alma

Cassie, Elizabeth, & Alma

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SneakFest Recap

        So I got the chance to attend Sneakfest on last Saturday at the Agricenter. I love going to these even though I'm not a sneakerhead like most that are in attendance. I prefer to love sneakers from afar. The brains behind Sneakfest, RJ, Sherman, Adam, and Jay, instantly noticed and clowned me a little. I guess I deserved that much for wearing a pair of Clarks to a sneaker festival. 

The creators of Sneakfest; RJ, Sherman, Adam, and Jay

The creators of Sneakfest; RJ, Sherman, Adam, and Jay

         I didn't let it bother me too much. I thought I had a chance at winning the prized trophy based on thinking outside the box a little lol. Sadly I did not win. I'm pretty sure that it's all rigged. 

The trophy I should have won. 

The trophy I should have won. 

          Another reason I go to Sneakfest each time, even though I rarely wear sneakers, has to be the crowd it attracts. I absolutely love the diversity of the crowd! Far too many times in Memphis we get wrapped up in black events or white events. I'm not a fan of division. Sneakfest literally has participants of people of all races and gender. It's an event that transcends race and focuses on what everyone likes as opposed to the differences. That is amazing to me. 

         I didn't buy any sneakers this year, but I do plan on buying some at the next event. I'm also currently shopping for sneakers now so that I will be ready for the next Sneakfest. No way I'm getting laughed at again lol. Sherman told me that I had on the media person classics! That was a good one. Here are a few pics from the event. 

Life is for Living,

Michael B.

2017 Beale Street Music Fest

        The lineups for this year's Beale Street Music Fest has finally dropped! 

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

        I haven't gone recently because the lineups weren't very diverse and seemed to exclude a certain demographic (cough cough black people cough cough). It's something I've heard from others as well. I normally hear of the lineup announcement and ignore it, but this year the lineup is much better. They finally heard our groaning and complaining!!  

Friday 

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

     It's Snoop!! I'm excited to be able to see Snoop perform. I have always loved his music and sound. I wasn't too thrilled when he went Jamaican for a project but nevertheless it's still Snoop Dogg. 

I'm also interested in seeing Jimmy Eat World and Brad Webb.  

Saturday 

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

 

         This will be the most crowded day by far! I'm excited about seeing Kings of Leon definitely, but Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris and Lil Wyte all on the same day!! What?! That's a great lineup!! Saturday is definitely the day to go if you like hip hop music.  

Sunday

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

Photo cred: @bealestreetmusicfest

       Sunday is pretty good as well. Jill Scott will definitely attract a good crowd as well as Ziggy Marley. Machine Gun Kelly is intriguing, but I think he would have been best on Saturdays bill. I do want to see Bush and Tori Kelly.  

          This year's Beale Street Music Fest looks to be really good. I definitely will be snagging a ticket, getting my rainboots and poncho ready, and getting something to cover my camera. What artist are you excited about seeing? Do you feel this year's lineup is diverse enough? Are you going? Drop a comment and let me know. 

 

For pricing and tickets, click HERE.  

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Juicy J performs at Minglewood Hall

        Last night, Memphis legend Juicy J performed at a packed out Minglewood Hall. This was a concert I had to attend because I'm a huge fan of Memphis rap. Juicy J takes me back to my high school days when I had a pair of crappy 10 inch subwoofers attached to an even crappier 200 watt amp that my cousin gave me. I told it was bumping and that's all that matters! 

       Anyways, Juicy J brought along fellow Memphis rap alums Project Pat and Lil Wyte. He also brought along XO/ Roc Nation artist Belly, who was actually pretty good. He was a mix of DJ Khalid meets Drake infused with the Weeknd.  

Juicy J  

Juicy J  

Project Pat

Project Pat

Lil Wyte

Lil Wyte

Belly

Belly

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         All in all, it was a good concert. I wish Minglewood had seats so I could sit down between sets, but that's the old man in me talking lol. I had a great time!! 

 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

Cognac, Cars and Cigars Part 2!

          Coming up March 4th, on the front lawn of The Pink Palace Museum, will be the 2nd Annual Cognac, Cars, and Cigars. I'm very excited about this event, because last years event was great and definitely something new and fresh for the city. Last year's event was held on top of the LAZ parking garage downtown, which I thought was a cool and out the box location. The event sold out all 600 tickets last year as well. 

          Here's a little background of what to expect. The event features cognac samples from, cigars, food from local restaurants, live entertainment, iHeartMedia radio personalities, vendors and luxury cars from Gossett Audi, Gossett Porsche as well as personal rides from NBA ballers! The Bentley definitely stole the show last year. 

          This year's event will be held at The Pink Palace and there will be more tickets available. Tickets and general info is available at www.cognaccarsandcigars.com. Hurry because the tickets usually sell out pretty fast. 

         Tickets are $75 and includes a souvenir glass( last year's pictured above), beverage samples by Martell Cognac, food from local restaurants, and a cigar from BeLeaf Cigars. Also remember that 15% goes to the Make-A-Wish Mid-South, which provides wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. That alone is a great reason to attend. You can find out more about Make-A-Wish by clicking HERE

         I'm also excited to hear this year's entertainment provided by Carmen Hicks. This woman is amazing and can really SANG. Yes, that's way better than regular singing. I try to see her every chance that I get because she's just that great at what she does.             

Carmen Hicks

         So, please don't delay and try to get a ticket at the last minute. This event will definitely sell out! Stop reading this and go get your ticket ASAP! I can't wait to see you there!

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

        

Attack of the Giant Bunnies

        Saying the art scene in Memphis is booming is putting it extremely lightly. It's exploded recently into more of a norm as opposed to being a niche crowd. More Memphians are getting out and experiencing the works both works renowned and local artists. 

         I really like the type of art that gets people out and active. I'm not sure what type of art this is called. Maybe it's called public art. I really enjoyed the Big Red Ball Project from last fall and now Memphis Brooks Musuem of Art has a new exhibit called Intrude!  

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       Yes! Rabbits! Giant rabbits! I never thought I would get excited about seeing rabbits, but there's something about a giant rabbit that gets me out the house. Artist Amanda Parer brings her bunny take over to the Bluff City from Jan 18- 29, so you still have some time to experience it. 

Its eating the museum!! 

Its eating the museum!! 

Lucky rabbit foot  

Lucky rabbit foot  

        I think this would be a great exhibit for families as well. The kids get to run around and see some big rabbits and the best part is that it's free! Also the Memphis Zoo is nearby so you could make a day if it on the weekend. The times of the exhibit are 10am through 8pm, because bunnies have to sleep of course.  

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       This could also be a pretty cool and cost effective date idea as well...you'll get brownie points for creativity fellas!  

Also, Brooks Museum has a cool social media contest going on. Follow @brooksmuseum on Instagram and use #brooksmuseumbunnies. Take some dope pics and the winner will be announced each day at noon. 

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Life is for Living, 

Michael B