So, last night was really a “Moment 4 Life.” Seriously, the Nicki Minaj concert was AMAZING! On top of that, I waited three hours to meet her. (I still can’t even believe it all happened, tbh.)

James at the Nicki Minaj concert


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Today is National Record Store day in America! It’s a time to celebrate music for both today and of decades past, and to encourage people to support their local music stores.

There is an amazing record store in my town called Rainy Day Records. The Pacific Northwest is pretty proud of its music scene, so it’s awesome to have a place to go to find both local music and internationally successful records. Rainy Day is full of strange and wonderful things, and it never fails to keep me amused on cloudy days.


National Record Store Day inspired me to create two OOTDs in honor of two of my favorite musicians. These looks are perfect for a weekend at an upcoming festival or concert.

1. The Boss
My first look is inspired by my hero-in-residence, Bruce Springsteen. I adopted one of Bruce’s classic American looks, with a jean vest and shortsbandana tied around my hair and angsty, brooding expression.


2. Lana Del Rey
My second look is a take on Lana Del Rey’s famous flower crown outfits. I adore everything about Lana, from her mysterious voice to her ethereal style. Flower crowns are hugely popular around the festival scene lately, so try this look out at the next music event you attend. (The BP. blog has a great DIY flower crown tutorial.)


Enjoy National Record Store Day and head out to your local record store today in an outfit inspired by your favorite musician!

Stay golden,


Spring Break Soundtrack


This spring, I am embracing the “I really couldn’t care less” attitude when it comes to stress and drama—probably my senioritis kicking in. Over the break, I’ll be lying in the sun, listening to music that makes me feel relaxed and worry-free. Here are a few of my favorite tracks:

1. “I’d Like To” by Corinne Bailey Rae
2. “Valerie” ft. Amy Winehouse by Mark Ronson
3. “Show Me” by Bruno Mars
4. “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae
5. “Gypsy” by Shakira
6. “I Feel it All” by Feist
7. “Something I Need” by OneRepublic



Musical Exploration

These last few weeks have been packed with music for me. Between Marina and the DiamondsPassion Pit, and Of Monsters and Men, I’ve been surrounded by some great summer music.


But as much as I’d love to make it to every concert that comes to town, it’s impossible. So I love exploring music online. My two favorite sources for great music are  La Blogothèque and 8tracks  (I will be eternally grateful to my friend Sam for introducing me to the former). La Blogothèque’s Take Away Shows are the best; they showcase beautiful, impromptu concerts in the streets of Paris, an abandoned building or a person’s backyard, for instance.  The site is in French, but with a couple of adventurous clicks, you are sure to stumble upon something amazing:

While La Blogothèque is a great place for acoustic live shows, 8tracks is perfect for creating summer playlists or browsing other people’s collections. My favorite playlist right now is Once, now, but I am also a huge fan of the Common Room playlists, which might appeal to the Harry Potter fans out there (I especially like the Ravenclaw selections). Summer is the perfect time to do some audio exploring, so with that, I’ll leave you with my Summer Top 10:

  1. Young Boys by Sin Fang
  2. Girls Like You by The Naked and the Famous
  3. King and Lionheart by Of Monsters and Men
  4. Sleepyhead by Passion Pit
  5. Under Cover of Darkness by The Strokes
  6. Her Beautiful Ideas by Guggenheim Grotto (Stop-motion video at its best.)
  7. When I Was a Youngster by Rizzle Kicks (They’re so great in concert.)
  8. Tiptoe by Imagine Dragons
  9. Closer by Tegan and Sara
  10. Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Couldn’t leave them out.)

Happy Listening!







Free Song!


This week’s free song comes from a bubblegum-sweet pop band called Kisses. They’re based in Los Angeles and they’re the darlings of superhip radio station KCRW. (BTW, If you’re in SoCal, they’re playing tonight at the Troubadour in West Hollywood.)

Just right-click to download, then get ready to dance!

P.S. Don’t forget to check back next Monday for another free download.


Free Song!

Happy Monday, everyone! We’re giving away a free song every Monday for the entire month of June to celebrate the beginning of summer. Why? Because we can.

If you’re a Cali girl (shout-out to Aya) or you dream of being one some day, today’s featured band is for you. Their jangly, feel-good surf pop is perfect for cruising with the top down or kicking back at the beach. Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino started writing songs when she was 15, and her partner in crime, Bobb Bruno, backs her up on bass, keyboards and backing vocals. As Cosentino told the Guardian UK, “When I was in New York I would walk to the train in the morning through the snow listening to Brian Wilson sing about California, and it made me happy. So I decided that I wanted to make music that reflected that happiness. I wanted to tell the world how obsessed I am with California.”

In fact, this band is so in love with California that they call themselves Best Coast, and their logo is a picture of a bear hugging the state map.

But don’t take our word for it. Watch the video and see for yourself.

Right-click to download “The Only Place” for your very own. And don’t forget to check back next Monday for the next free song download.


Well, that’s embarrassing! Sorry about the technical difficulties, dear readers. Please accept our apologies for the site being down all weekend. We’d like to make it up to you with a free song from Ra Ra Riot (you might have heard it on “The Vampire Diaries”).

Go ahead. Just right-click to download it. It’s the least we can do.


fashion ♡ music

Do you ever stray from your usual style—with clothes, music or even food? Well, I’ve been in love with some different kinds of music lately, and have these songs on repeat:

Hold Me Back” by Little Hurricane
Midnight City” by M83
Kids” by MGMT
How You Like Me Now” by The Heavy
Shut Up and Let Me Go” by The Ting Tings
Happy Together” by The Turtles
Brand New Key” by Melanie
Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

Most of these songs have been featured in commercials and movies, so naturally they carry a different energy. I think that’s why I like them: I feel like they’re the kind of songs you hear when you’re shopping. They also feel like festivals and spring break to me – perfect timing, right?


Spring-break_exp_05 Spring-break Festival-style

How does YOUR music influence your fashion?


BP. Spring Break Guide
The Lot



Rise and Shine

I think the best way to wake up is to music. If chosen thoughtfully, the music you listen to while getting ready can set the tone for your day and inspire you. I even throw in a couple to make me laugh and get into a really good mood! Most of the songs on my morning playlist are fast-paced because I change outfits a bunch of times, trying different things, but I also need to hurry so I can get to school!

Here’s my playlist:


[top row]
“Ta Tienne” by Carla Bruni
“Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé
“Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson
“The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
“Great Bright Morning” by Casey Abrams

[bottom row]
“Right Here” by Justin Bieber ft. Drake
“Golden” by Jill Scott
“Good Day” by DJ Greg Street ft. Nappy Roots
“1234” by Feist
“Do It Like You” by Diggy


P.S. If you want to check out more music, the BP. Spring Trend Guide includes a downloadable playlist!

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