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Artist Spotlight: Jon Hope

Hey guys!! I’m back with the first EVER Artist Spotlight featuring one of my FAVORITE Artists!!! I’ve featured his music on a couple of the video blogs and I was so excited to get the opportunity to actually ask him some questions!! The INCOMPARABLE Jon Hope took some time out of his busy schedule to link up with me, and give us some background on him and his upcoming project “Work In Progress”.

I know myself, and a lot of other people are familiar with your music, but what genre would you place your music in?

  • That’s an interesting question because I’m definitely rooted in Hip Hop but with an open ended perspective. I’m not a fan of the word ‘genre’ because it feel so controlling. I have done songs w/ singer songwriters to underground lyricists to pop artists. My music is open minded.  

How did you get into making music?

  • It all started from my love of music. It’s a cliche but oh so true. I just love creating something with a melody and being able to affect people. The idea that 3 minutes can change someone’s life is so swag.

Before you decided to go in to music, what did you want to do for a living?

  • I’d probably be a guidance counselor …

Who are your top 5 musical inspirations?

  •  Life. Mom. Conversation. People Watching. Cashews. 

I know you’re a beast with the pen. What inspires you to write music?

  • I draw inspiration from everything. It ranges from a chord progression to an elevator ride to the 2nd floor. There’s really no filter when it comes to my thoughts. I recently leaked a record about second hand smoke ‘The Second Hand’ …and funny enough, the people I know who do smoke were loving ittt..

Most of your fans know you’re from Rhode Island, but for those that may not, what was it like growing up there? Could you give us a little bio of yourself?

  • Growing up RI was great. It’s the root of me as an artist. I did all the cyphers, open mics, and venues ..It prepared for all the good and bad that life brings. If you ever get the chance you should visit Providence…it’ll change your life haha! The diversity in RI is what I appreciate the most..there are so many sub cultures which influences my music.  

How much influence does Rhode Island influence your music?

  • It plays a heavy role but I’d say life in general influences my music. I think when you open yourself up to receive ideas from different places there are no limits and Lord knows I hate limits..anything that contains you… 

Let’s talk about your upcoming project “Work in Progress”, I know that I cannot wait for it to drop. What can we expect from this album?

  • I’m having so much anxiety right now with the album haha! It’s finished and I can’t wait until you hear it…I know that you can expect to get get a better understanding of me as an individual. Its very open and inviting. I’m really proud of myself for being execute every single idea that I had. Sonically, every record is jammin’! There are no fillers..You will be pleasantly surprised with this body of work.  

Who are some of the featured artists on “Work in Progress”?

  • For those who have been following me you can expect the usual suspects like LJC & Taktix. I also reached out to some talented people like producers Xaviles, Zulu, and Blaze P. As far as features I kept it to a minimum..this project is really my story for you to listen to unfiltered. 

What is your favorite track on “Work in Progress” and why?

  • You know it changes every day. That’s like asking me who my favorite child is. I would say the track that I feel most connected to right now is a record called ‘Flames’…it’s a song about reviving the human spirit. Lookin within to find motivation when people, especially the close one doubt you.  

Thanks again Jon Hope!!! I am SO looking forward to ‘Work In Progress” !!! Hope to have you back some time!!!!

Here’s some other ways to keep up with Mr. Hope’s work!!



‘Work In Progress’ coming soon

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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


What should the guys be wearing for Spring?

In the past few weeks, I’ve had a quite a number of my guy friends contact me, in person and via text message, wondering what they should be wearing this spring. I know a lot of my past posts have been geared towards women, so I wanted to do something just for my guys. So in this post I’m going to give you 3 event scenarios and a couple of trends per scenario. Hope you guys enjoy!!!

1: Work

Most of the guys I know work in an office setting, but I’ll include a few examples for my guys who happen to work in positions that allow them to be just a tad more “hip”. The key to dressing for work is to always have that professional polish. Whether you’re working in an accounting office, a fashion studio, or behind the microphone at a radio station, it’s very important to look like you’re going to work. Although a lot of jobs, especially in New York City, have what most would consider a “lax” dress code, it’s important to look like you care about where you’re going, and its the quickest way to stand out.

Corporate Office:

So if you work in an office, say in accounting, finance, or law, you have a little less wiggle room to be “fashion forward”. Its important in these environments to present yourself in THE most professional manner possible. You may not be able to bend where the suit is concerned, but you have the luxury of mixing things up a bit with your “suit accessories”. Your shirts, ties, and shoes are going to be your “fashion forward in”. Choose bold colors, prints, and textures for these pieces to mix things up a bit. From unexpected color choice to interesting fabric choice and print these things are sure to give you a fashion edge in a world where all suits look the same.

Now, for my guys who work in a more “hip” office setting you have quite a few more options. You have more leeway with color and print on your actual suit. A tie is an option, not a necessity, and you can go crazy with the shoe choice and maybe even wear a hat. Some big colors for men this spring were the pastels, (baby blues, lavenders, soft pinks and greens) and then the pop of red. A red stripe, a red accessory, but just a pop. Some of my favorites for my Hipster office male were from Gucci’s Spring 2012 Menswear Collection. You can check out examples in the Gallery.

2: Day Out

A day out in the city is an easy occasion to get dressed for. You want to wear something comfortable, and something that looks appropriate for a walk in the park. This spring I suggest tons and tons of color! Not much different for spring trends for women, color-blocking and pastels seem to be among the top trends for spring. As always you guys can go with the jeans and t-shirt look, but why not shake things up and sub a colored chino for your dusty denim? Also, don’t forget the spring staple white pant. When paired with a bold colored short sleeve dress shirt and a nice leather jacket you’re ready for a nice walk on the beach before summer hits. The key to this look is finding a nice relaxed chino or jean. Don’t be afraid to play with color! it will make you stand out, even among those fresh bloomed flowers in the park. Grab a nice pair of leather sandals and you’re ready to go.  I found some of the best examples in the Dsquared Spring 2012 Menswear Collection. Examples in the gallery.

3: Date Night Out

Who says a date means super stuffy clothes? If you’re going out in spring, I hope you’re spending as much time out in the beautiful weather as possible. Night time does not dictate the color black, ESPECIALLY in spring. Be sure to incorporate those pastels and soft colors into your nighttime wardrobe as well. Here you’ll want to opt for denim instead of the chino, and a loafer instead of the sandal, but keep the same relaxed feel. Spring is fresh and new. You should look the same. I found some awesome example in Balmain’s Spring 2012 Menswear collection. Check them out in the gallery!

So that covers it! Three normal scenarios where you guys can mix it up a bit! I hope this information was helpful!! Leave a comment if there’s any other questions you had, or shoot me an email at !! See you guys next time!!!

😉 Nandi K.

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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


Let’s Talk About Spring!!!

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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Fashion-how-to, Music Spotlight, Trends