Creative Spaces: Erica Lavelanet

Our second installment of Creative Spaces features fashion blogger, stylist, and writer, Erica Lavalanet at her home in Williamsburg.

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This is the “blogger room” where I keep items that are next up to shoot. It doesn’t matter how hectic my work schedule, if I’m working 18 hour days or traveling and hardly home, I can never go to bed without my closet being totally organized. I’ve been this way since I was a little girl – something about an organized closet that leads to a clear mind. The buddha was a gift from my best friend when we were in High School. I’ve moved with it across the country and keep it around for prosperity and a little peace of mind.

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Going off the organized room, the desk must also be the same. The Get Together speaker is a lifesaver! Life is so much better with a soundtrack. I can’t usually get any work done if I don’t have some music to keep the balance in the background. On the Red Stripe – hey, if a girl is working 18 hour days, a little lager goes a long way! Plus, bringing some island love to my day is always a yes. 

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Just when I thought I was going to live and die in all-black-everything. Something about this dress feels very retro to me and like I should be strutting down the street singing, “Stop, In the Name of Love”. 

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Home decor isn’t really my forte, so when putting a room together, I like to keep things neutral, airy, and focus on playing around with texture or pops of color. This shag rug, feels very Zsa-Zsa to me and I love it. 

Check out more from Erica Lavelanet on her blog, The Fashion Philosophy.

Photos by Grams.

Music Monday: D.R.A.M.’s Cha Cha

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D.R.A.M.S’s single “Cha Cha” is all over the internet so of course we gave it a spin over at the House of Marley offices. End result: we loved it. It’s an instant pick me up and even Beyonce loves to Cha Cha! To check out more of D.R.A.M.S’s music, click here.

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Photos by: Richard Perkins

Meet the Roar

Meet the Roar on-ear headphones.

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Featuring a clean and modern design, the Roar on-ear headphones deliver powerful acoustic performance through a 40mm driver. Mindfully crafted with bio-plastic ear housings, the Roar on-ears arrive to each music lover inside of recycled packaging.

The Roar headphones are available in four colors: Grey, Navy, Peach, and Black.

Shop now and enjoy free shipping until June 21st.

Music Monday: Jesse Royal’s “Finally”

jesse-royal-finally-reggae-reggaetodayToday’s Music Monday features a new track from Jesse Royal titled “Finally.” The perfect quick break to a Monday morning, Jesse’s smooth voice will have you drifting back into the fine memories of the weekend. You can hear more from one of our favorite Kingston based artists’ on his YouTube Channel and purchase on iTunes.

Cocoa Cruise Skate Video

The skateboard world is one big family. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, how you skate, what you wear, etc., everyone is instantly friends and can go to work with each other right away. While in Cocoa Beach we had Karl Watson from the Bay Area, Alexis Rivera from Puerto Rico and Shama Beckford from Jamaica. Never met, never hung, here’s a couple hours to film some tricks and put together a video, GO.

-Grams 

 

Directed by Eddie Grams

Water Wise Movement

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Marley Coffee, Water Wise’ Coffee, and ambassador Rohan Marley are teaming up to spread awareness in order to clean up the rivers in the Sidama region of Ethiopia. With thousands of people relying on the rivers for everyday living, it’s important we each do our part and become educated in the process of coffee production. While coffee is the lifeline of this region, it is also the main source of pollution; Rohan Marley, Water Wise Coffee, and Marley Coffee aim to change this.
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This Summer, Marley Coffee will be raising money for four new wet mills that clean dirty water waste found in the rivers from processing coffee cherries. With each cup you buy, 1 cent will be donated to The Water Wise Movement. Cups can be purchased here.

In 2014, Marley coffee was able to raise over $80,000 to Water Wise, this year our family over at Coffee hopes to exceed a courageous goal of $100,000.

To get involved with the movement, you can use the hashtag #WaterWiseMovement on all social networks and tag @MarleyCoffee and @RoMarley in your posts. Social awareness is a beautiful thing, and every mention counts!

It all adds up! Drinking coffee every morning is a household habit. The coffee you drink tastes even better when you can feel good about the difference you’re making at the start of each day.

 

DDD Presents “Ting and Ting” Saturday at Baby’s All Right

This weekend for the first time ever, we’re entering the brunch and day party lineup to support Ting+Ting, a monthly Caribbean party created by the ladies of DDD that will have you bussin’ a wine to the beautiful and fast paced sounds of Soca and Calypso music. You’ll want to join us at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg from Noon – 5pm on Saturday, March 23rd for an afternoon of true Soca vibes kicking off the new monthly series.DSC00371

Kitty Cash, Cherie Camacho, and Deidre Dyer of DDD are the ladies behind Ting+Ting, who hope to draw in “a crowd with no barriers – whether you’re a carnival junkie, or have never heard a soca track.” The idea of Ting+Ting came about when the ladies of DDD wanted to highlight not only Jamaican music – but Caribbean, with an emphasis on Soca music, injecting real elements of the Trinidadian culture by having a live riddim section during the party.

HOM: What inspired you to draw away from the typical dancehall/Jamaican roots themed parties?

KC: The Caribbean is much more than just dancehall and reggae. Of course I love that genre of music but personally I grew up on the percussion instruments like steel pan and iron from my father who is from Trinidad – and the djembes and congas from my mother who is part Puerto Rican. It was really important to be able to share that part of me with my audience through Ting and Ting and highlight Caribbean music in a different way. Hence the live riddim section, which I am beyond happy about.

HOM: What are the influences that Soca/Calyspo and Trinidadian culture have in your life?

DD: Growing up in the predominately West Indian Flatbush section of Brooklyn, it was all about what island you repped even if you were born in NYC. As I’ve gotten older, Trini food and drinks (rum) have become my staple; the things that I seek out almost religiously to feel connected to my parent’s home country.

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HOM: Deidre, as a style editor, we’d love to hear your take on Caribbean fashion and its influences.
DD: Caribbean fashion carries the same attitude as caribbean people; free flowing, easy and colorful. When it gets warm and people want to free up themselves style-wise, these are the looks that they gravitate to.
HOM: That makes a lot of sense to us regarding the warm weather! Cherie, working at Opening Ceremony, do you see any Caribbean influenced designs coming through the store?
CC: Yes, of course! There are little things that stand out to me here and there. I see a lot of the vibrant colors, prints, and silhouettes. I would love to discover new and emerging Caribbean designers.
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HOM: Kitty Cash, coined “R&B’s DJ Khaled” how do you think “Ting and Ting’s” brunch time audience will take to this new sound (new to most people at least) that is usually heard blasting in Flatbush or just around carnival season?
KC: I think that the audience of Ting and Ting are music lovers and are open to all styles and forms of music. Between myself, Cherie and Deidre we definitely will be bringing out an eclectic crew of friends who are looking to dance and get lost in the music. The thing is, there are a lot of Caribbean parties year round and we wanted to be able to introduce that sound to a new audience who we felt would apprecitate and enjoy the cultural experience on all levels.

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Join us this Saturday at Baby’s All Right from noon – 5PM for Ting and Ting! Lets get ready to wine!

 

Damian “Jr Gong” Marley Announces ‘Catch a Fire’ Tour

Damian “Jr Gong” Marley is hitting the US for his ‘Catch a Fire’ Tour starting late August! Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, and special guest Jo Mersa and Black Am I will be joining Damian in bringing the reggae heat to your city. The ‘Catch a Fire’ crew will be making stops in Philly, Las Vegas, Columbus, New York’s Central Park Summer stage, and many more. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Tour Dates:

August 29 Philadelphia, PA—Mann Center for the Performing Arts
August 30 New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage
September 3 Boston, MA—Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
September 4 Portland, ME—Maine State Pier
September 5 Vienna, VA—The Filene Center at Wolf Trap
September 6 Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summerstage
September 9 Columbus, OH—The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre
September 11 Kansas City, MO—The Crossroads
September 12 Minneapolis, MN—The Cabooze Plaza
September 15 Denver, CO—Fillmore Auditorium
September 16 Salt Lake City, UT—The Complex
September 18 Eugene, OR—Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 19 Redmond, WA—Marymoor Park
September 20 Boise, ID—Revolution Center
September 22 San Diego, CA—Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
September 24 Las Vegas, NV—The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Pool
September 25 Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl

Music Connects: Alexis Rivera

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My name is Alexis Rivera. I was born in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico. Besides skating, two of my passions are to travel and photograph. My life philosophy is to make the most of everyday with my family and dog Waco, to stay humble, help the environment, and inspire others to do the same.
For me “Live Marley” is living with your soul. It’s doing the things you love, for me to skate while listening to good music, go hiking, driving my Volky, making the most of it and enjoying little things; but most importantly, letting nature and the experiences in life be your most honorable teachers.
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#MusicConnects defines what music is all about: a universal language. You can be down, have a bad day, or even be at a concert full of strangers but if you have some good music, you can turn that around and make a unique experience. Music helps you connect within yourself and with those around you.
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Follow Alexis on Instagram and Twitter. 
Photos by Grams.

Stephen Marley talks gun violence in new single: “Ghetto Boy”

 

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Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s “Ghetto Boy” featuring Cobra and Bounty killer is a powerful song that tackles timeless issues. On this new single off his latest album, The Fruit of Life, Stephen speaks on gun violence, a global issue that continues to stir media headlines daily. Stephen’s song gives insight on his first experience with guns as a little boy. Stephen Marley’s The Fruit of Life album is set to release on May 26th.