VelissaKatriceVaughn

Song of The Week

Read More

Song of the Week: Surfin’ by Kid Cudi Ft. Pharrell

Has been a wild year for Cudi but, I’m glad he’s back. Super talented and he’s closing off the year with a great album. Give it a spin! I love Surfin’ because it just makes me want to get up and dance and the message in the song is rad, yes rad. Check out an excerpt of some of the lyrics powered by Genius ! Play the track below on Apple Music or Tidal and remember don’t ride no waves… make your own in 2017!

🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊

“Now, I ain’t riding no waves
Too busy making my own waves, baby
I ain’t riding no waves
Too busy making my own waves, baby
I ain’t riding no waves
Too busy making my own waves, baby
I ain’t riding no waves
Too busy making my own waves, baby
Surfin’ on my own wave, baby
Surfin’ on my own wave, baby
Surfin’ on my own wave, baby
Surfin’ on my own wave”

Surfin’ – Apple Music

Surfin’ – Tidal

Music of The Week

Read More

Music is like one of the biggest components of my life. I feel music. The instruments, the beats, the overall feelings that music can generate within. For me it is life changing. I used to teach myself how to play songs on the piano that I would hear on the radio and at church. I played flute so it was easy to convert that over to the piano and play by ear. I wanted to play drums, but my parents weren’t exactly with it… Major regret. I also regret ending my piano lessons, but at the time, I was doing tap, jazz, ballet, Girl Scouts, flute, choir, and basketball. Something had to give and obviously I eventually put hoops first. I intend to share a song and/or music of the week, well weekly. Sometimes it will be old songs, sometimes new, sometimes concerts I attend, whatever. Another lovely thing about NYC is someone is always here performing and I live and breathe live music. EVERYTHING!!!! Anywho, my first submission consists of the amazing Abel Tesfaye and Donald Glover AKA The Weekend and Childish Gambino. These are very good albums you guys! I seriously jammed to Childish all weekend (no pun intended, seriously). The album is called Awaken My Love and it is sooooooo soulful and amazing and I don’t think it’s what we were expecting, yet are so grateful for! I know I am. It’s feel good, dance, rub up, love, and love some more, vibe out to music! DIG IN! My favorite track this week is the opening track “Me and Your Mama”. It’s so powerful, starts off like a beautiful fairytale drifting you away… and then, bam the guitar riffs set in and takes you on this whirlwind of love and emotional craziness, ahhhh I love it! I love that Apple Music now gives you the ability to read the lyrics … Thank you Apple! As far as Starboy, look I’m not going to lie.. It’s a little too Pop for me… I like dark, slow, Emo Abel,  but it’s still a great album! The slower jams do what they need to do for me. I can’t stop listening to “Die For You”.  I’m not going to get all into it… Simply listen and read the lyrics… We can all relate to this track… whether it was a past love or current… It’s just one of those songs! Let me know what you guys think !!! I’m team Apple Music and Team Tidal so I’ve included the links below!

-VKV-

Awaken My Love – TIDAL

Awaken My Love – Apple Music

Starboy – Tidal

Starboy – Apple Music

Hardly Home But Always Reppin’

Read More

Moving to New York City has been such a blessing! I thank God that I am able to live in the best city in the World! BUT…. I always miss home. I obviously miss my family and friends… BUT… I also miss my sports! The Steelers played both the Jets and Giants at home this year, but the Pens always make several trips to the Big Apple to take on Rangers and the Islanders ! I was able to attend both games at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. There is really cool app that I recommend you all download called Gametime. Their mantra is, “Live It, Last Minute”. Textable tickets at last minute prices. Mobilize friends in seconds. I love it because anyone who knows me, knows I hate preplanning trips, concerts, games, etc. too far in advance. This app solves that problem and gives you great prices (typically better than StubHub – but not always). It’s dope, check the app out by putting in your city! Also check out some shots I took at the game.. I’m determined to get this camera thing down! 🙂

-VKV-

img_0185

img_0186

 

 

The Wait Is Over!

Read More

***Let Me Say FIRST! This Post Was Written In SEPTEMBER ! I still found major reasons why I needed to procrastinate… But the message is still the same! SMH WELCOME!***

I am finally launching my blog because now it finally feels right. Well, sort of. Over the years, yes years… I have made so many excuses in relations to launching this blog. I wanted it to look a certain way, feel a certain way… Do this, do that… YouTube Videos, New Sony Cameras, Lighting, the perfect background, etc, etc, etc… But today on a plane ride back from Toronto, with nothing else to do but sit here…. I decided this would be my first post. First of all let me start off by saying, thank you. Thank you for visiting my page for the first time. Thank you for all of those who have patiently waited for me to launch this blog (I PROMISE TONS OF SKINCARE as this is most requested). I have been promising it for so long that I’m sure those of you who have been waiting are probably like this girl is all talk… And you’re right I have been ALL talk… and no action …. kind of… What some of you know is that the blog has been quote-un-quote ready for some time now just sitting there dormant in cyber la-la-land. However, I let certain things and certain people distract me and derail me from goals if you will. I don’t want this blog to be some stuffy communication piece that isn’t me. I want it to be everything you all wanted it to be and well, more! I want it to be a a review of my previous work, a launching pad for new  ideas, girl-talk, fashion, memes, pop-culture, what’s in, what’s out, opinions, beauty, travel, art, tips and tricks, skincare, music, a a food, and the list goes on and on. All in all I want this first blog post to obviously be a introduction, but I also want it to be a mini-message. One thing that this blog won’t be is corny, fake, or not a true representation of me… I can’t do that, but it will be 100% real…Yet, at times, I am corny. I’ll explain here:  THE SKY IS THE LIMIT ! (Yes, I am looking out my plane window, no really I am). There will always be people doubting you, sneak dissin’ you, smiling’ in your face praying for your demise, lying on you, being fake… WHATEVER, it’s life. These moments or these people don’t define you. You hold the key to your own success and happiness is truly a mindset. You have to simply toughen up sometimes and keep it moving.  If you wait… (in this case years) to do what you want… you’ll look back and have regret. That’s from the heart. I let fear and foolishness hold me back from chasing after certain things and for what?!  Putting off Grad School worried if I was still smart (LOL, but no for real… and then I finished with all A’s …smh). Heck, I’ll admit I was even afraid to launch this site. So worrying about this and that.. I want it to be perfect… blah blah blah BOOEY! Negative thinking is a true waste of time, I am living proof. Mistakes will be made and there will be bumps on the road, again it’s life! All you can do is ask God for forgiveness, forgive yourself, learn and keep on keepin’ on. Time waits for no one, and your history your upbringing, or the things you have went through do not determine your destiny!  On this plane ride back from Toronto after meeting Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2, the brand I do Public Relations work for, It made me think of their message that they quite often share. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what you had growing up. If you have a dream go after it. I am not saying this blog is my dream, but it’s apart of something I have intended on doing for quite sometime. If you say you’re going to something, JUST DO IT (Nike, thank you)!  Don’t get caught up comparing yourself to others and their timelines… When the time is right, you will know, to just do you boo….Anywhoooo (Kind of corny but not A1 CORNY), I invite you to my website, VelissaKatriceVaughn.com (has a nice ring to it, eh)!  I hope you enjoy it, share it,  comment, and simply take it for what its worth, a little piece of me.

Cheers

-VKV-