2013 ICE Holiday Shopping Spectacular

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Atlanta’s Indie Craft Experience will kick off their 2013 Holiday Shopping Spectacular this weekend. The best part about it? 13thflr’s very own Kelsey Ryan, will have her photography work on display and for sale.

Come on out to the You’ve Been Noted booth to check out Kels’ prints, and other cool things you could probably buy your loved ones. Trust me, it’s classier, craftier and the products more invaluable than anything you’ll find on Black Friday. Peep the event details below. We hope to see you there!

Event Info:
November 23-24, 11-6pm
Ambient Plus Studio
585 Wells St SW, Atlanta 30312
Admission $5 cash, kids 12 & under free

– Free swag bag for the first 250 attendees each day, designed by Little Things Studio &Thimblepress
– Curated vintage finds from Salvage vendors
– Handmade salts & scrubs DIY activity with the Beehive
– The #weloveatl truck will be on site with their latest Atlanta-themed photo exhibit
– DJ Zano
– Leah and Mark photo booth
– Food vendors: King of PopsBookie MacaronsGood Food TruckDoggy DoggUrsa Minor CoffeeDoggy Dogg, The Tamale Lady, Yumbii and more

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10 the Hard Way w/Oni of +FRESH.i.AM+ (Story Preview)

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True story: I was once paid $80 for a snapback.

Before you get to thinking, let me tell you a little something about this purchase. For starters, the hat itself is pretty plain, black, simple. From there, things get pretty interesting. Six white stars, hand-stitched onto the cap go around in a circle and on either side of the adjustable clasp are “+” signs.

This modern style marvel was created by +FRESH.i.AM+, and as the production leader, Oni has literally bled (and been burned) in helping build their wearable art movement. Before we give you her story, Oni was kind enough to do 10 the Hard Way with us.

Childhood hero:  My mom.

Worst job ever had: I don’t think I’ve had a “worst job.” When I have a job I appreciate that I have it. It could be worse. The worst job I’ve ever had is not having a job.

Favorite book: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.”

Dream vacation: Space.

Biggest pet peeve: When people say, “I could care less,” because it’s the opposite of what they mean and they don’t get it.

Artist you look up to: M.I.A.

Spirit animal: Unicorn.

Scares you most: I’m working on not having phobias, because when you give something fear, when you give something negative energy, you’re giving it powers. When I do find a phobia it’s my goal to just face it.

Favorite leisure activity: I like to be outside in nature, chilling, maybe reading a book.

The best part about life is: You can do anything if you set your mind to it. As long as you know the rules and you know how to break them, there’s nothing that’s really stopping you except for yourself. Once you realize that, the sky is the limit.

Photography by Kelsey Ryan

You’ve Been Noted Relaunch

YBN LogoJust in time for the most wonderful season of the year aka Fall, the family over at You’ve Been Noted have relaunched their site. Gone are the days of their humble, Tumblr-hosted beginnings, and onward we march into the brave new world of YouveBeenNoted.com.

Check out their site for all things fashion, culture and music in Atlanta, and be sure to peep the men’s style pieces penned by yours truly. 13thflr’s own Kelsey Ryan is the Co-Founder and Creative Director. Side note: She looks damn-good in anything gold. Gon’ head and note that!

That new logo is pretty clean too. Cheers to YBN!

Dustin Chambers’ Muse (Interview)

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Dustin Chambers likes to take his time.

We’re sitting on the front porch of the Atlanta home he shares with some of his best friends, and he’s entertaining my line of questioning like an excited student in a literature seminar: eager to jump in, but still cautious enough to be thoughtful and brutally honest.

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808 Blake’s Love Child Cover Art

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Back in my high school days, I can remember spending hours on end with at the east side Atlanta home of Mike and Bev German. Their son and my good friend, Blake, was just starting to embrace his obsession with making music as a producer and the scary part about it was that even in the beginning, the kid’s talent was beyond good.

Fast forward a few years, and the guy known to most folks as 808 Blake of SMKA has put together his own solo project, an instrumental album called, 808 Blake’s Love Child. I feel like we’re in high school all over again, and I couldn’t be happier for the man I lovingly call, BGeezus.

Here’s what 808 Blake had to say about it:

“This project is an instrumental album have been working on since about June. It’s basically an album that came about due to both frustration and passion which is why I call it my love child. Having been inspired by instrumentalist like, Herbie Hancock, Mandrill, Roy Ayers and even Emancipator, I just decided to do my own project. It sonically combines the 808 southern bass with trippy samples and ambient synths. It’s cool for me because it’s my first turn at being the sole focus on a project.”

808 Blake’s Love Child drops September 18. The cover art comes from CJ Bryant.