Thursday, April 3, 2014

Movie Review: Incendies

I use to have (well technically I still do) have a separate blog in which I reviewed movies and since Bay Area Style File is now more of a lifestyle blog I wanted to share some of my favorite reviews from that blog (I’ll be deleting it soon) with you.

Here’s the first one!

Incendies is by far one of the best movies of 2011 regardless of the language, and one that I'm rooting for in this years Academy Awards. This Canadian film centers around the step by step journey of twins Jeanne and Simon. Their journey is literally the exact one that  their recently deceased mother took during the time of the Lebanese war. One journey creates the family secret, and the other unravels a  intense family history that has an explosive ending. The performances by both Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin (Jeanne) and Maxim Gaudette  (Simon)were excellent, but the scene stealer is their mother Nawal played by Lubna Azabal. The decision to unfold events in parallel first showing the mothers journey and then her children's along identical paths was genius, not sure if this mimics the play  Scorched , by Wajdi Mouawad which this movie is adapted from. Like many who have reviewed this film no words cannot do it justice. The day after I watch it, it was all I could think about.

If you like this film you may also like Miral which stars Freida Pinto.

Originally Reviewed in February 2012. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cover Shots: Erykah Badu, Solange, and Ledisi (Essence May 2014)

YES Erykah is back in another post along with the beautiful Solange, and sultry Ledesi.

Photo Cred: Greg Lotus

This post will be short, these covers are amazing all these ladies rocking beautiful and different natural hairstyles and giving even the best cover girls a run for their money. I’m not an Essence subscriber, and I don’t typically buy more than one copy of the same magazine, but these three May 2014 covers are must have. The beautiful pops of color each woman is adorned in ( I must know what lip color Solange and Ledisi are wearing) just has me ready for the Spring/Summer weather to get here and stay around for a while ( although I know CA needs the rain).  I also can’t wait to read what’s inside since each lady is speaking about “learning to love your natural beauty” which is a great reminder to any woman regardless of her race or hair texture.  

Monday, March 31, 2014

BASF March Favorite Things!

This month’s favorite thing features a drool worthy and piggy bank breaking necklace, uber chic and unique sunglasses (bought’em and they are sold out sorry folks), a fun rain coat (because in Cali it will rain whenever it damn well pleases), a must have lip primer, and a return favorite sandal in a Spring/Summer worthy hue.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Earjazzled with Mo Costello Designs

Why oh why do I have the Etsy App on my phone? It’s wrong but oh so right and keeps my little fingertips on the edge of all things cool and crafty. My most recent find/purchase is from Mo CostelloDesigns a cute shop based out of SoCal. 

Mo specalizes in one of a kind ear cuffs which is so on trend this season. I’m not going to lie being a Bay Area girl and spending my teenage years in school in Berkeley the ear cuff has kind of never went out of style for me  (neither have Birkenstocks…ohhhh Bekreley). Mo takes vintage jewlery and and stones and upcycles them into new beautiful pieces of earjazzle (yeah I just made that up LOL).

 I was looking for something a bit different and not just the big bold clear stone look, so I opted for one of Mo’s gold pieces which I wasn’t sure I was going to like. I’m so glad I took that risk it’s one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve seen and cradles the ear perfectly and isn’t uncomfortable at all. The other thing I loved about Mo Costello Designs is I received a hand written thank you not in my package. After I reviewed my pieces on Etsy, I got yet another not (via Etsy this time) thanking me for rating and enjoying my pieces. I love those personal touches when making a purchases.Last but not least the pricepoint is nice from $25-85 and you don’t have to speand a ton of money getting a red carpet look, even better the pieces are made from vintage materials so you won’t find any doplegangers around. 

I absolutely love both of my ear cuffs. 

Check out Mo Costello Designs on Instagram:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NYX Cosmetics 30% off Sale!

Just in case you aren’t on the news letter list I had to make sure I shared that NYX Cosmetics is having 30% off their entire stire (today only and not coupon code needed). I love NYX Cosmetics, they have a wide range of colors and formulations, I always compare it to the much priceier ( with similar ingredents) MAC. One thing that NYX Cosmetics has over them is they are cruelty free which for me goes a long way.  I had some items that I wanted to get in the future but I guess I’ll be getting those today.  Just a note the site was REALLY SLOW today, all the make up mavens must be clamoring!

Check out one of my previous NYX Cosmetics hauls:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Shoes of the Day: United Nude Lo Res Lo

I don’t typically shop and tell, but I came across a cute little store on 4th Street in Bekreley which mostly brands from Isreal. I was on my way out of the door resolute on not making a purchase no matter how cute the items were, then I stumbled across these shoes from United Nude ballet slippers, meets jelwery, meets jellies . United Nude is known for making a unique looking shoe, and the Lo Res Lo  one is pretty tame compared to others featured on their site.  What’s awesome abou tthese is they are very fashion forward and also very technically advanced since thye are partially cut using a computer to get the gem quality shape to the shoe. These are not your mom’s jelly, they are much thicker and sturdy as well as  also ergonomically shaped and surprisingly comformtable for a “jelly”.

You can find them online in 14 different color combination or if you are in the Bay Area you can check out Ruti they are currently on sale and come in black, Burgendy, and Translucent Navy.
Check out their two Locations:

2119 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

1829 4th St
Berkeley, CA 94710

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CrossFit Corner: Project X

Men's Berzerker Tee

I’ve recently been talking about CrossFit more and more in some of my post always mindful to not speak about it too much to make my readers who don’t participate in CrossFit mad. All of you know that I obviously love clothes, so I figured what better way to speak about one of the sports  I’m passionate about other than through what I wear. Project X is a  SF Bay Area  (San Jose, CA) based company started by Todd Hernandez  along with his wife. The company specializes in tanks (although they do have some men’s shorts at their shop) for both men and women which typically have some Crossfit-esque theme on them.  Even if you aren’t a  CrossFit’r you’ll appreciate the “Mahalo Burpees”  or the “Aloha Thrusters” tanks, and if you are a fan of the  “Biggest Loser” television show then you’ll also appreciate that the company has a great relationship with Bob Harper.  What I personally appreciate about the line is that I get functional clothing, that’s cool and thoughtful  as apposed to cute and and overly girly (nobody really wants to look cute at the box) as well as the exclusivity.  Yes, exclusivity Project X only produces a limited number of each design and they frequently make designs that are released one day and sold out the same day.   Another bonus is most designs are made in men’s and women’s cuts so no one is ever left out.
Hella Double Unders Tank ( the first top I purchased from the company)

Enough of me blabbering about how much I love their tanks, I got to ask the self proclaimed and fellow “CrossFit Nerd”  Todd Hernandez  a few questions about his company and here’s what he had to say.

When did you get started?

Todd: We started Project X in August of 2012.  The idea came to use after the 2012 Regional where we saw lots of people interested in CrossFit clothing but not a lot of unique options for people to choose from.

There seems to be a link to Hawaii, why is that?

Todd: Every design has a very personal connection for me.  I asked my wife to marry me on Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland.  This ride was the basis for our KettleSkull design.  I love Hawaii.  We gave our son a Hawaiian middle name.  We try and take a very positive spin on CrossFit.  The phrases ‘Aloha Thrusters’ and ‘Mahalo Burpees’ were my way of adding a bit of this place I love to movements which you don’t always want to see on the board.  When I first came up with the idea for these a lot of people thought it just didn’t make sense but they have since become two of our most popular designs.  Obviously our relationship with Bob Harper helped this out!

Neon Dia De Los Deadlifts Tank, release date 3/13 at 6pm PST

Are you ever at any of the Bay Area CrossFit events (Moxie Madness, Battle of the Sexes etc.) selling your shirts?

Todd: Yes!  We love to get out in the community.  We try and do an even every month or so.  We last attended the SacTown throw down.  I drop into local boxes all the time to meet new people and introduce them to our brand.  We’ll also be out at Regionals. 

Will you be expanding into other types of CrossFit clothing (women’s shorts etc.)?

Todd: We definitely dabble in other products but we’re very careful to select garments which meet the high quality aspect of our brand.  We’ve done unisex shorts and have some other items in the works.  We also collaborate with brands like RPM Fitness on occasion to offer Project X versions of other CrossFit related goods.

Is there anything else not on the site or I haven’t asked you’d like to share?

Todd: We’re basically CrossFit Nerds.  I have this wide range of tastes, interests and experiences which feed into the designs we create.  My background is in tech and music.  We’re really trying to do something very different with the brand but our main focus has and will always be providing the best Customer Experience in the world.  We like to be the first to try new things.  I need to work on my lifting technique.  I listen to a lot of Hall ’n Oates right now.  I wish Rage Against the Machine would make another album.  I hope to get back to Japan some day soon.  I prefer summer over winter.  You’re probably expecting me to be taller.  I like to drive station wagons.  Chicago, the city, is really fun. My house has lots of Dr. Seuss Art.  I enjoy sandwiches.

And who doesn’t enjoy sandwiches and Hall n’ Oates?

Mahalo Burpees Tank. Although I'm not sure who thanks them LOL

Check out Project X on the interwebs:

Instagram -  @iamprojectx
Twitter - @iamprojectx
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