Akepele Apparel (pronounced: A Cappella)

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I love meeting people behind start-ups and small businesses and the dream-getters. These people are extraordinarily passionate about their ideas and to see their ideas come into fruition is real treat in itself. It’s especially inspirational to hear these entrepreneurs take risks to create something from nothing and turn their aspirations into brilliant, creative, and wonderful somethings. In turn, these wonderful somethings can become influential in our everyday lives. It might just influence the next great idea.

A friend of mine, Trent Renz Berry, launched an apparel line during this summer called Akepele (pronounced A Cappella) Apparel. The idea behind the apparel like was born from the love of hip hop, funk, and soul music and its surrounding cultures.

Akepele Apparel Turntable Men's

Turntable – Men’s T $20

The inspiration behind Akepele was to create something that follows my passion for music, and I have done just that. Every design has a reference to music in one way or another with images of instruments, records, and genres of music. We also collaborated with local graffiti artists to design selections for the brand.” – Trent

Akepele Apparel Women's Magnificen V-Neck T

Women’s Magnificen V-Neck T $20

Akepele Apparel uses high quality fabrics and the industries’ best screen printers for their shirts and have expanded from offering shirts to embroidered fitted hats.

Akepele-Logo Hat

Akepele-Logo Hat $25

Already, Akepele Apparel has an amazing international presence in Australia and Italy. There are already a number of well-known DJs and producers across the country wearing Akepele Apparel T-shirts and hats. Be on the look out!

Trent’s current goal is to have Akepele Apparel in clothing stores across the country. Eventually, Trent would like to open their own flagship store in Portland, Ore. to showcase not only their own brand, but also other local artists’ merchandises.

You can currently purchase at www.akepeleapparel.com. For more inquiries about Akepele Apparel, email theinfo@akepeleapparel.com.

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I Got My Red Dress On Tonight…

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It’s been a while since I have posted anything on here! I’m sorry for the absence, but I had been busy in transition with a new job at a non-profit, plus juggling a 2-year and my dating life. Hang on tight, this post might get a little personal. And in a ways, this post may be a means to let go of the last person I dated.

The past seven months, I toyed with the idea of putting myself back on the market. It happened. It was fun for a while, but it has become increasingly fatiguing. There were two men who I thought had potential in an everlasting relationship. Looking back, it was really just the one – and gathering more of my thoughts, perhaps there wasn’t even the one.

After a slew of dates, I met the first man who I thought could be a potential boyfriend, it was quite fun. He enjoyed the chase and I enjoyed being chased. There were definitely some odd coincidences with the first one – for starters, we met on eHarmony, his name is the same as my son’s, and he lives two blocks away from me. Wow. He was definitely a charmer and we dated for two months. After all that was said towards the end, I moved on with quick ease. I believe, I was over him in two days or less – I was mostly angry.

After him, I went on Match. I met two men before meeting one other person who, I felt, was pretty fantastic personality-wise – with some exceptions I care not to go into. At any rate – it lasted one month. And on an odd Sunday afternoon, he called me, played “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Ray, and hung up without saying a word. There were many reasons that I am having a hard time overcoming this one-month dating experience with him. Perhaps there were a lot of guilt and bad timing. However, it resulted in inspiration.

I grabbed a friend and his camera, went to a winery, and took photographs of me in a red dress that I had purchased three years ago. The tag was still on it. WP_20140724_13_35_12_Pro20140724151955Dress – Lipsy London. Heels – Joe’s ‘Laney’ Pump. Watch – Nixon The Kensington. Belt – Free People. Sunglasses – Tom Ford.

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And of course makeup (even though you can’t really see it!): Foundation – Revlon Naked. Finishing Powder – E.L.F. Translucent High Definition Powder. Eyebrows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo. Eyeshadow – Sumita Beauty Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil. Eyeliners – Urban Decay 24/7 Black. Mascara – L’Oreal Voluminous Million. Blush – E.L.F. Baked Blush. Lips – EOS Balm.

 

Thanks to my friend who helped me with the photos.

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*In no way was this a sponsored post by the above mentioned Brands. All items were purchased by me.