Thursday, December 30, 2010

I've Always Got Hip Hop On My Mind.....

I was searching the net for some images that represent hip hop in my eyes to use in a future post when I stumbled on this site!

Adapt is a clothing company that recognizes and represents the ideas of positive change and personal advancement AND they love music:)

Their clothing is nothing but mad cool!

Here's a T that I want to get.....

Click HERE to Shop like its Hot! (the prices are so reasonable)

Oh and since I've got hip hop on my mind (as per usual), if you're in the Calgary area on January 8th, you will have to ChEck ThIs OuT!!!!

It's the grand opening of Calgary's first ever Hip Hop Dance Studio!!! Pulse Studios is the collective vision of Tara Wilson, Gill Co, Peter Strickland, and Vince Truong.

Here's the line up for the day:

11:00 am Ribbon Cutting + Welcoming


12:00 pm Parent & Child workshop (30 min)

1:00 pm Break + Power Moves workshop (30 min)

2:00 pm House workshop (30 min)

3:00 pm Popping workshop (30 min)

4:00 pm Locking workshop (30 min)


5:30 pm 2 Hour Breakin workshop with Kid David & Luigi*

8:15 pm Food & Drinks Mingle

9:30 pm Exhibition Dance Battles

Visit for more info or to register for a class!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A New Look....

Seasons Greetings y'all! I hope your holiday has been amazing so far:) Mine was pretty good! It was so good that I am now the official owner of the iPhone4!

Y'all know I've been wanting one for the longest time. Well I am so happy to have one of my very own, cause I'll be back to blogging on the regular. I know I've said this before but I'm so serious. In fact, this post was created entirely via iPhone! Technology truly can be amazing!

You also must have noticed The Creative Mixx's new look. I hope you like it:) I love the fact that this space looks a lot cleaner. There's a couple of tweaks that I'll be making over the next couple of days. Not all of my links are working, so I'll be fixing that up:)

Now I've got to give another shout out to a cool blog called Textstyles. I mentioned this blog a few posts ago. I was spreading the news about a wicked contest she had going on "12 days of Christmas",(which ended being the 12 gifts of Christmas). Well, I entered the first day for the chance to win a lovely calendar by Kid Icarius calendar and I WON!!! Can't wait to get this in the mail:)

This fabulous calendar features the work of 12 artists within the GTA (That's Toronto folks!)

•Lisa Vanin
•Samantha Chiusolo
•Kellen Hatanaka
•Vicki Nerino
•Britt Wilson
•Steve Manale
•Steve Wilson
Roben Nieuwland
•Keith Jones
•Aaron Leighton
•Jim Mezei
•Ryan Snook

Now with the new year just around the corner, I'm hoping to get me one of these:)

Only 225.00USD at Macy's!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Have You Heard???

I just heard about the ever-so-talented (and young) Esperenza Spalding!!!! Her sound is so soothing & chill - love, love, love her!!!



Monday, December 13, 2010

Check This Out!

It's December 13th and I am practically finished my Christmas shopping!!! This is so unlike me, as I usually get everything done minutes before the big day. Instead, I had an amazing shopping day with my fab friend "G".

Shopping during the holidays always gets me into the "goiiving" mood and wanted to offer a giveaway on The Creative Mixx. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to offer one:(

The good news is that I've located two really cool contests (run by some pretty wicked bloggers) and I'd like to share them with you.

Today I entered Throw It In Your Bag's Christmas Giveaway. I gasped when I saw what was up for grabs and quickly entered in every way possible.

Click HERE to get all the contest details to win THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Over at, today began the "12 days of Christmas giveaway" where everyday, (including weekends) 1 item will be given away.

You have a chance of winning a "hot pick" by Toronto and Canadian designers/brands.

Their first giveaway is a hand Printed limited edition 2011 calendar from Kid Icarus.


Monday, December 6, 2010

This Got Me Excited!

Happy Monday y'all! Hope you had a fabulous week-end! I had a pretty relaxing one, but not entirely uneventful. I wasn't couped up in the house for the entire week-end. I actually met up with my friend Vanessa for some Vintage Shopping at Fashion Central! We were there specifically to see the Vintage Pop-Up Shop. For those who have been following me for a while, know by now that I adore vintage. So I was super excited to go! I took some cool photos and will do an official recap tomorrow! (I've got other things to post too, like a photo of the most beautiful leather bound notebook given to me by my friend Vanessa and a photo of the vintage telephone table that I bought today).

But tonight, an ever-so talented Stylist (who happens to be a friend of mine) exposed her new website for her facebook fam, so I had to share! It's such a beautiful site showcasing her talented "styling" that I fellt you would appreciate her talent too. You've seen the works of Lindsay Sutton on The Creative Mixx before. She was one of the creative masterminds behind Fox Sparrow Boutique.

So, I am proud to introduce you to

Here's some of the loveliness that you can expect to see!

Contact Lindsay for more info at LINDSAY.SUTTON@ME.COM


Friday, December 3, 2010

Another Dope Track from Chiddy Bang....

I was just sourcing out material for tomorrow's post and I discovered another track from Chiddy Bang - just had to share:)

Happy Friday!


I'm Lovin This Track.....

This joint has been on constant repeat on my Ipod today.



Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Official Launch of DADA Belts....

I just heard about the launch of DADA Belts today from a very close and dear friend. When I got the Facebook invite to "like" them, I figured "why not?" I like belts (although I don't own very many), but I do think its important to own a really good one.

After viewing their cool video (which shows you how a DADA belt is made and what it looks like), I am hooked.

Dada Belts from Brett Ferster on Vimeo.

I love the fact that they make custom belts (with a modern feel) for men and women, but use old school methods. Everything is hand-cut or sewn on a 101 year old sewing machine. Wowsers! Who does that in this day an age?

Well, if you want to learn more about them or want to order a custom made DADA belt of your very own then visit their website:

Ordering your very own DADA belt has 5 simple steps:

1. Choose your leather
2. Choose your stitching colour
3. Choose your hardware
4. Choose your end strap shape
5. Enter your belt measurements

You can send all additional inquiries to:


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wear a High-End Designer Dress & Stay on Budget~

With Holiday party season just around the corner, the local event that I'm gonna tell you about is such a fabulous idea!

Cakewalk Designer Dress Rentals (in Calgary) gives you the chance to look amazing for that special occasion without breaking the bank! Choose from designers like Badgley Mischka, Emilio Pucci, Diane Von Furstenburg, Anna Sui, Betsey Johnson and more.

How does this work?

Well first you find the dress
Choose from their collection of designer dresses online, and either make an appointment with one of their stylists for a fitting, or you can have the dress shipped directly to you.

Then you choose how long you want to keep the dress
4 or 8 days

The last thing is to return the dress!
The day after your event, return the dress using their easy pre-paid envelope.

Here's a sneak peak at some of the dresses that they have available.

The Cakewalk Designer Dress Rentals launch takes place November 8-10 at Hotel Arts.

I'll be there (either on the 8th or 9th) and hope to get an interview with Ava Czymoch (founder/stylista)


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Finding The Perfect Fall Hat...

The fall season has been in full swing for quite some time now, so I thought it would be a great to showcase some hat options for the fall.

Personally, I don't wear hats, (they just don't look good on me - at least in my opinion lol). But I do appreciate hats. If you look fierce in a hat, then check out some of these fall options all under 50.00~

Forever XX1

Nasty Gal


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Saturday, October 30th 10:00AM!!!!

Before I share some fab news, I'd like to give a shout out to my very first sponsor on The Creative Mixx.

Ecomparison is a site based out the UK that offers comparison, cashback, voucher codes & reviews all in one place - saving you both time & money
(check them out at the far right)

Now for the news:)

If you're in Calgary (or close to it), I'm proud to announce that Forever xx1 is officially opening up at Chinook Shopping Centre.

The first 300 customer in line will receive a $21 gift card!!!!

Here are the details.
(check out the 10% off offer for anything over 40 bucks)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Taking Chewing Gum To A Whole Other Level

I just saw this on facebook today.....

Kobi Levis' Chewing gum shoes - 2009 (leather)

If you want to have a look at Kobi's latest risque design, click HERE


Monday, September 27, 2010

Alberta Fashion Week Is Back!

Sunday night marked the opening night for Alberta Fashion Week and this time around, the week long event will take place at Eau Claire Market . As you know, I've been to AFW in the past where The Banke was the primary venue, so I was eager to see if I liked the change of space.
Nope, there wasn't a magnificent chandelier (like there had been in the past) nor was there any liquor, but I'll tell you what I did like:

* The check-in area was more spacious than it had been in the past
* They had a "Blogger Bar!!" - love that! (basically the blogger bar was a small section - equipped with an electrical outlet - where bloggers could cover the shows while having a pretty great view)
* This venue was a lot brighter than than previous
* Loved that the venue was centrally located and parking was cheap (if not free)

At the end of the day, I think the event worked.

Now, it's been a while since I've been to a fashion show, so I was pretty excited to see the three shows scheduled that night - Ruby Ellen Designs, Crabapple Clothing Company & Lily Fashions.

Before I show you some of the amazing fashions of that night, I've got to comment on a pair of shoes that I saw someone wearing. I personally didn't take a photo, but I've been in touch with the woman that was fierce enough to wear them. Kim of Mommy Wear Daily you rock!

(you can get these "bad girls" @ Pumped in Fashion Central)

Now, here's a quick recap of the shows.

Ruby Ellen Designs

Inspired by colour and texture, this line takes wedding attire to a playful place by mixing the two.

Next was Crabapple Boutique which showcased a "classic" take on the casual & dressy look.

And lastly the Lily's Fashion Creations ended the night with an 80's (think "Dynasty") inspired collection.

I'm really looking forward to Wednesday night's show. A designer that's been interviewed on The Creative Mixx and who's participated in the "Take Off Your Clothes" clothing swap will be showcasing her line that night!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Music Before Fashion.....

It's been a crazy couple of weeks with spouts of bad luck here and there on my end, but after an amazing Friday & Saturday with friends & fam, I'm in good spirits. I've called this post "Music Before Fashion", because I'm kicking off my next couple of posts with a feature on a very talented Canadian singer. Then I'll be covering Alberta Fashion Week, (which kicks off off tonight over the next couple of days).

I am so pleased to present the "ever so funktified" Saidah Baba Talibah on the Creative Mixx! If you're in Toronto on October 14th, check out her show at WRONGBAR -1279 QUEEN ST West (Click HERE for show details)

How would you describe you're musical style?
Raunchy Soul - a little soul, rock, funk and some blues.

How long have you been singing professionally and how did you get started?
Well to answer both questions, my mother was a professional singer (Salome Bey) and there are a lot of singers, dancers, actors and creative people on both sides of my family, but mostly on my mother's side. My mother would tell me that she put me on stage as soon as I could talk. I remember coming across an article reviewing one of my mother's performances, mentioning her six year old daughter's solo (that was me) at Massey Hall. So, six, I guess.

Now for those who don't know; you come from a musically talented family. What was it like growing up?
Well, it was frustrating at times, because I sometimes felt like I was both, defined by my 'famous' mother and pressured to live up to my 'famous' and talented family. So I went through a period of my life where I stopped telling people about who my mother was, because I would be recognized as her daughter as opposed to my own person. I opted to tell people after I sang, if at all. But inside the house, when it came to growing up with a ‘famous’ mother, she was just like any other mother. I got told to clean up my room, got grounded, punished, had to clean up around the house, you know normal stuff.

Where do you get your inspiration from and are you ever uninspired?
I’m inspired by life, by the life around me. I really truly enjoy people watching and making up scenarios in my mind of what may or may not be going on. Or I’ll just write/be inspired by experience (my own life experiences). Uninspired? Yes, when I’m forced to do something that doesn’t speak to my spirit.

Who are your musical influences?
First and foremost, my mother, and my entire musical family. But outside of my family, it really ranges. I get inspired by music, again, by music that moves my spirit, be it hard rock or metal, prog rock to soul, r & b, jazz, blues, country, folk, etc; Basically I open myself to music and when it moves me, I stay stuck there for a while just taking it in, like I’m savouring a favourite meal. A few artists that have influenced me are: Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Betty Davis, Lewis Taylor, N.E.R.D, Fishbone, Living Color, Jamie Lidell, Nikka Costa, Big Mama Thornton, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, John Lennon, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, the list really goes on and on…

I'm a follower of your blog and last month you let your readers know that you're "body's buzzing with so much going on!" - with the mixtape, video & album....
How did you get yourself hooked up with DJ L'oqenz for the mixtape "What's inside her head?" and why did you decide to put out a mixtape?
L’Oqenz (pronounced eloquence) and I have known each other for a few years, partied together, supported each other on different ventures and I would say that years ago when we were introduced, we took to each other’s spirits. But it was only recently when putting together the album and thinking about dj’s to hook up with for a mixtape, I thought the best person would be L’Oqenz. She got what I was doing and wasn’t a straight one genre-d dj, plus, she was up for my challenge of mixing together an array of genres cohesively. So why a mixtape? Because I thought it was a great way to connect with folks, tell them a little bit about myself and what has influenced me throughout my life and throw some other tracks in there that fit the vibe…along with a few of my own songs to just introduce folks to my sound.

Click HERE to download "What's Inside Her Head"

"Place Called Grace" is the first video off of "The Phone Demos" EP. Can you tell me about the vision for this video?
The vision for the video was really master-minded by Sarah Michelle Brown (my best friend from grade two!). We really wanted something that would match the sound quality and energy of the Phone Demo. When we decided to release the Phone Demos it was just a pre-cursor and introduction of me and the songs in our rawest form. There are no bells and whistles, it’s not polished, it’s simple. While the video is not simple, it’s going back to a time when thing were simpler, nothing but the voice, guitar and a microphone.

Your upcoming album (S)Cream will be available later this year and lets fans pre-invest in it through a campaign called Make Me Wanna (S)Cream. Can you tell us a bit about the album and the campaign?
Yes, well the campaign, Make Me Wanna (S)Cream was borrowed from a singer/songwriter that I really love named Amy Correia. She put together her own campaign to fan fund her album and I thought it was such a great idea, so I made my own. Later to see that there were a lot of people doing this same thing and then I started noticing websites popping up that were offering for people to invest in people’s dreams of not only recording an album, but their art. It’s just a different time in the industry now, where the artist needs to take matters into their own hands of getting shit done. That’s not to say that if a good record deal comes along that I wouldn’t consider or take it, I just am not waiting for it to happen. I live in Canada, where we have the fortune of grants from the government that can help support our arts community. So I was able to get a grant that partially helped pay for this album, but there was so much more money that I needed to come up with to do the album the way I wanted to do it, so that’s the biggest reason why I created the Make Me Wanna (S)Cream campaign. (S)Cream the album is a walk through my life, seen through my eyes, felt through my heart. It’s loving, lust-filled, gritty, vulnerable, coy, heart-breaking, gutsy and fearless.

Other than music, what are your other passions?
Dancing, Food, Nutrition, Health, Fitness, Art.

Name one item that you can't live without.
One? Oh Lord! I am so stuck! Um, music. But I’m not sure that’s an item.

What advice would you give to an aspiring musician?
Don’t get into this business unless you TRULY love it! And when you know that you truly love it, don’t give up.

I'm leaving you with one of my fave Saidah Baba Talibah performances

If you want to keep in touch with Saidah Baba Talibah, check her out on:



Make Me Wanna (S)Cream campaign


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