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Bruno Mars – 2011’s Rising Star

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2011 at 12:17 am

Alright, so here’s the thing. I do tend to get obsessions in regards to male celebs… I have been known to stalk John Legend over the years. Whatever, don’t judge he’s incredible — you should stalk as well.

What I love about Bruno Mars is that he was so steadfast in his determination to be in the music business, in any way shape or form. It wasn’t until very recently that I found out JUST how many songs he himself wrote, such as Cee Lo’s new song, “Forget You”. He began singing, when I say as a little tot I mean it — he was video taped performing a Michael Jackson beat in an Elvis attire at the age of 5. To say he’s been a goal oriented person is a bit of a understatement in this case. The success he’s landed in is much less coincidental and more a result of his extremely long lasting pursuit of being a singer.

He is also one of the only singers and I mean this, who is able to truly sing EXACTLY the same when in a studio or performing live on a stage. He is an incredibly talented musician and singer who doesn’t need heavy instrumentals to make him a chart topper — his soulful songs and sex appeal are enough to do it for him.

His latest performances on SNL and Ellen honestly were unreal — I have watched and re-watched and then perhaps watched again. His voice is rustic and sultry and his extremely white smile doesn’t make the situation worse that’s all I’ll add on the matter.

On his latest album Doo-Wops and Hooligans, some of my favorite top picks include:

Grenade
Marry You
The Other Side featuring Cee Lo
Somewhere in Brooklyn

 

What Songs I Listen To When….

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I GET READY TO GO OUT

  • “Heartless” — Kayne
  • “Shake Your Coconuts” – Junior Senior
  • “I’m Not a Human Being” — Wayne
  • “Get Your Freak On (Remix)” — Missy and Nelly Furtado
  • “2 Man Show” — Timbaland

I WANT TO REMINISCE

  • “Hotel California” — The Eagles
  • “Whiter Shade of Pale” — Annie Lennox
  • I’m Not The Only One — Melissa Etheridge
  • These Arms of Mine — Otis Redding
  • Tears In Heaven — Eric Clapton

WHEN I GO FOR A RUN/ WORK OUT

  • “Sound of a Gun” — Audioslave
  • “Home Wrecker” — Hello Goodbye
  • “SPAZ” — N.E.R.D.
  • “Every Man Has a Molly” — Say Anything

I WANT TO FEEL BAD FOR MYSELF

  • “Open Your Eyes” — Snow Patrol
  • “Don’t Panic” — Coldplay
  • “Grenade” — Bruno Mars

I AM SMITTEN

  • “Morning Yearning” — Ben Harper
  • “Sideways” — Citizen Cope
  • “Dosed” — Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “There For You” — Damian Marley

  I JUST HAD A BAD BREAK UP

  • “Home Life” — John Mayer
  • “Heaven Forbid” — The Fray
  • “Empty” — Ray LaMontagne

 

My October Obsessions

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

ALL NATURAL ALMOND BUTTER

Manhattan Food Exchange, located at the end of the  Chelsea Market, has THE best unprocessed, hand made, all natural Peanut and Almond Butter. You’re captured by the free sampling of peanut butter and green apples outside of the market but even more enticed when you walk inside and see the workers all manually scooping the butters into jars for a scary 1.50 cents for a  small round container of the product. I spread it on some whole wheat toast with bananas — but you really could do anything with it. What differentiates this specific product is that it literally tastes so natural and real. I don’t think I’ll be buying any other supplier’s Almond Butter anytime soon.  

OPI NAIL POLISH — YOU DON’T KNOW JACQUES

I’m not a girly girl by any means, but I do like to pamper myself here and there (ok more like here and here) when it comes to manicures and pedicures. I used to only get pedis due to the fact that every sport and activity I have ever competed in, was focused solely around my feet (gymnastics, dance, running).  I’ve stuck for many many years with French on my hands and feet, however, once I found OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques there was no turning back. I’m more possesive over this bottle of nail polish than I am over very pricey jeans that I own. FACT.


BRUNO MARS

I know now isn’t probably the most ideal time so put him in my favorite’s post but he’s musically blowing up. Blow — ironically put Tayl. Anyway, his new CD is phenomenal and I think his live performances are even more amazing lately. Perhaps it has something to do with him trying as hard as possible to have the arrest forgotten about. Regardless of his rationale, he’s currently killin’ it. Sorry to all the haters out there. Perez agrees with me too.

 

Vintage Jewelry Finds

Since having moved to the city (NYC of course I’m referring to) I have taken at least a solid hour both Saturday and Sunday to devote to Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. It’s not the best but here and there you find amazing inexpensive finds. There is one artist, for example, that takes various typewriter letters and numbers and converts them into beautiful rings. I have a T clearly — it’s unique and different than anyone else who has a ring on their finger, so for that, I truly adore flea markets and street fairs. You pick up unique (sometimes shoddy quality yes) but unique pieces nonethless.

FIGS — IN ANY CONTEXT

I really love figs lately — I purchase them pre packaged so that way they’re more of a snack on the go, and a healthier alternative to “pre-made trail mix” which by now every one knows is drenched is synthetic sugars and other flavor/color preserving dyes. I also, surprisingly enough, LOVE Fig Balsamic Drizzle. I love syrupy Balsamic to begin with but the incorporation of a fig flavor into the mix makes it completely irreplace as a staple in my frigde as a salad dressing.

 NUDE PUMPS

Now that I’m a “fully functioning” working “professional” the need to dress work appropriately on a daily basis is required, therefore, I can’t be showcasing my favorite ripped Madewell Jeans or Miss Sixty bomber leather jacket Monday- Friday. With that in mind, the need to find hot yet work fitting shoes is clutch. I bought the hottest pair of Franco Sarto nude pumps for work and have been never happier with any previous Zappos purchase as I was when I bought those. They work with navy, black and mostly any colored outfit. Count me in.

October’s Hottest Music Videos

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm

 USHER — DJ’S GOT US FALLIN’ IN LOVE

I will give Usher credit, major credit for one reason only. He literally doesn’t have to throw on ONE more pair of oversized shades and rip off his shirt. He’s the most notable R&B singer of our decade and has proven himself time and time and time again. Him taking the time to kick his own ass learning sick dance routines for his new video is noteworthy in my book. I love the incorporation of Pitbull too. Nicely done Usher.

 

LIL WAYNE — I’M NOT A HUMAN BEING

It is no shocker I’m including a Wayne video in this list, because well, I just love him and his music. This song is cool but the video is just out of this world. It’s kind of creepy? Kind of Halloween/rage glow in the dark themed? He has crazy ass white eyeballs, flourescent “teeth” (using that term loosely) and showcases medical charts and needles. CLEARLY I’d dig this video — anyone who knows me would know that.

TREY SONGZ — CAN’T BE FRIENDS

This video, quite honestly, changed my opinion about Trey Songz completely. He went from being a somewhat known somewhat blah “rapper” to an Usher/ Diangelo esque singer with amazing emotion and an AMAZING body. Great song too. “Bottom’s Up” is a great song but it’s literally only because Nicki was thrown into the mix, her part in the song is the only reason I love the song.

CEE LO– F*CK YOU

Where do I even start with this video? Hands down my favorite one this year. Second is The Black Keys, “Tighten Up” video. The song is pop-py, catchy and so hysterical. I loved the entire video and how it fleshed out from start to finish. You know there was always that ONE guy or ONE girl you just fawned after when growing up and the best feeling in the world in that situation would be having the roles reversed (she/he becomes a loser and you’re happy and filthy rich). You know, real life.

 BRUNO MARS– JUST THE WAY YOU ARE

So, I love Bruno Mars, a lot. Minus the whole pompous wide ass grin he flashed when he got arrested for Cocaine Possession not even a year into super stardom… but we will put that aside for now. The song is great and the video is even more adorable. He uses the tape itself in a tape to draw her, himself, the title of his song. I thought it worked well.