Monday, August 24, 2015

#MusicMonday: Alternative Press Music Awards

Remember how I said I was going to keep up with my blog this summer…..obviously that didn’t happen. I have officially completed my internship at Girls’ Life Magazine, which means I have about 4 weeks left of summer vacation; and more than enough time to blog.

During my internship (which I will be talking about more next week) I was given the opportunity to take a trip to Cleveland, Ohio to cover the Alternative Press Music Awards. Let’s just say I was more than excited to attend the event.

I grew up listening to Alternative music. Mainly because I fell in love with a local band (which is now world-wide sensation All Time Low) in my preteen years. The lineup for the award show was any pop/punk lover’s dream. Bands including Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, New Found Glory, Sum 41, Simple Plan, Pierce The Veil, and my Baltimore boys All Time Low all performed, making it one of my favorite concerts.

Making the six hour+ trip alone, was going to be boring, so I invited the two biggest fans of pop/punk music: my mom and sister. My mother was always the “concert mom” in my younger years, making it fitting for her and I to attend an award show together. Gab was probably 6 years old when she attended her first All Time Low show….even though it took place in a church basement on Harford Rd.

When we first got to Cleveland, we rushed to get ready, so we could meet up with managers of the bands, and other press members at one of the hottest clubs in town. While we were there, we had no idea some of the bands would be stopping by as well. I ended up hanging with the guys from All Time Low and Panic! At The Disco that night, and told them how excited I was to get to interview them on the red carpet the following day.

The day of the award show, I received a call from one of my friends at Hopeless Records, inviting me, and “my people” to the after party. Who knew that this college student would be attending an award show AND after parties?!?!?

My First Red Carpet Apperance
Rian, Jack, Alex, and Zack from All Time Low

The red carpet was insane! I had a reporter from Fuse TV to the left of me, and Fox News to the right. We all bonded over the 100+ degree heat, and how killer our heels felt standing there. Some bands avoided all of the press. When All Time Low was making their way down the red carpet, their manager said they were only speaking to Alternative Press, until Alex Gaskarth stopped to say hi to me.

My Selfie with Alex and Rian from All Time Low

Alex and Rian hugged me, and asked if I wanted to interview them really quickly. Their manager (or someone important) was pulling them to leave, but Alex said “She’s from Baltimore, give us a second.” I told them how I had been listening to them forever. Rian asked, “How long is forever?” I then went on to explain that one of the first shows I saw them play was in a church basement on Harford rd. They were both shocked, and I pulled up photos from that show. I then asked them what would you say to a kid stuck in Baltimore or that basement, with dreams to become famous? Rian then wittily responded by asking, “You mean the basement on harford rd?” We all laughed, but Alex responded with, “we have been chasing our dream for a while. We could have never made it this far without our fans. But my main advice would be to keep chasing your dreams, never let someone shut them down.” I thanked the boys, and they told me to take a selfie with them, to document my first big interview. A few moments later, I walked into the Quicken Loans Arena to find my seat (and change my shoes).

After the show ended, my mom, sister, and I made our way to the House of Blues to the after party. We took some shots with unnamed band members, and danced for a bit, but headed back to our hotel to crash because it was such a long day.

By far, this is one of the coolest events I have been asked to cover. I want to personally thank Girls’ Life Magazine and Alternative Press Magazine for giving me the opportunity to attend the show, and continue my path of either working at a music or fashion magazine. You both rock!

Friday, July 3, 2015


Happy Friday! I wanted to test another series on my blog called #fashionflashbackfriday. #Fashionflashbackfriday will be all about a monumental trend from the past. Whether it was a red-carpet look or a trend that lasted a hot second, you’ll be guaranteed to have a laugh, and see how the look has evolved since.

Since it’s the day before 4th of July, I’m going to keep it a bit patriotic. What screams 'Merica more than denim? Am I right?

A few weeks ago, I went to my internship in a denim button-down and denim cutoffs. Even though it looked super cute, for some reason, everyone in the office decided to dress up (generally,office attire is cute-casual). I couldn’t help but feel out of place, and referred to myself as Britney/Justin circa the 2001 AMAs.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about…….
Did that refresh your memory? Back in 2001, even at the age of 8, I was flabbergasted by this outrageous appearance. I probably even fake gaged when it flashed across my tv screen. So who would have thought that the denim on denim look would actually be considered cute 14 years later?
No, I’m not saying to go out and buy a denim dress and a denim bag, or even a 3-piece denim tux (yes, it actually exists) but if done the right way (Miranda Kerr and Cameron Diaz are my denim on denim inspos) it can actually look adorable-especially when looking for a super casual look.
Have any #fashionflashbackfriday trend recommendations? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sunny Summertime

Though I love sunglasses, I have to say I treat them terribly. I tend to lose them, smash them in the bottom of my purse, and even drop them in the ocean.  Because of this, I tend to never buy nice sunglasses…..unless I have a gift card.  But since I live in the sunny south, I almost always need sunglasses. And let’s be real, your black round frames get a bit boring after wearing them 20 days in a row.

What if I told you I found one of the most unique frames on the market, which also float in water, AND are durable?? Think I’m lying? Trust me, I would have thought so too….until I found Westwood Sunglasses.

Westwood Sunglasses were founded in Ogden, Utah.What’s so special about these glasses? Each pair is handcrafted from high-quality natural woods or bamboo and features polarized lenses, flexible hinges, and they float. What more could a klutzy girl like me need?? Maybe a cute print? Currently, Westwood Sunglasses is fundraising on a gofundme page to bring us some really cute carved tribal printed glasses. Can’t wait for the new collection? Purchase a pair of classic frames HERE.

Know of any other durable sunglass brands? Sound off in the comments below! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Music Monday: Road Trip

With internship/work overload, I feel like I never have time to do things I love… blog. So you’re going to start to see specials on my blog. What does this mean? I’ll be adding series that will show up on a weekly basis. So since it’s Monday, and I’ve always loved alliteration, why not start with Music Monday?

Music seems to be the only thing that keeps me going during the week. It wakes me up in the morning, keeps me entertained during work, and I’m a sucker for live music on the weekend. Since next weekend is 4th of July, I’m pretty sure most of you will either be traveling or get stuck in MAJOR traffic. That’s why I’m bringing you the ultimate road trip playlist. Whether you’re heading to the beach, visiting friends/family or stuck in traffic. This playlist is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It includes a great mix of throwbacks, rap, top 40, and pop-punk. Have any new artist suggestions? Sound off in the comments below! Stay updated with my favorite music/playlist by following me (@angelakastrunes) on Spotify. Special thanks to the music guru herself (Gabby Kastrunes) for helping me make this playlist. 

Island in the Sun-Weezer
Mr. Brightside-The Killers
The Middle-Jimmy Eat World
Suddenly I See-KT Tunstall
This Summer-Maroon 5
West Coast-Lana Del Ray
Cigarette Daydreams-Cage the Elephant
I Know you Want me (calle ocho)-Pitbull
Party in the USA-Miley Cyrus
California Gurls-Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
Get the Party Started-P!nk
Toxic-Britney Spears
Good Girls Go Bad-Cobra Starship
Worth it-Fifth Harmony
Something's Gotta Give-All Time Low
Sugar We're Goin Down-Fall Out Boy
We Dem Boyz-Wiz Khalifa
Check yes Juliet-We the Kings
The Great Escape-Boys like Girls
Talk Dirty-Jason Derulo 2 Chainz

Thursday, June 25, 2015

She's baaaack

Alert the media! My blogging hiatus is finally coming to an end. The past few months have been INSANE….and that’s an understatement. Spring quarter was filled with boring gen eds that I put off until the last possible second, and styling/directing shoots every weekend for friends. I also ended up leaving school a week early, causing me to do three finals a week early. And what was my reason for leaving a week early? Celebrating my 21st with my favorite band All Time Low (if you haven’t heard of them, google them. They’re amazing).
Lead singer from All Time Low (Alex Gaskarth)

Celebrating my 21st at The Rockwell in Fells Point, MD

If you thought the craziness was over, you obviously don’t know me. This summer, I decided to take on my 8th and final (hopefully) internship. Don’t get me wrong, I love New York, but I needed a break from the busy city since I have spent every summer of college there. My final internship is taking place in my hometown of Baltimore, MD at Girls’ Life Magazine. If you don’t know what GL is, you obviously never read mags as a preteen. I have always appreciated the younger magazines like GL, Teen Vogue, and Seventeen, and eventually want to permanently work for one of those said publications.
GL Headquarters in downtown Baltimore

I am currently wrapping up my third week at the magazine. In my three short weeks, I have already written a few articles for the website, worked on set of two photo shoots, and met some of the coolest gals in town! Though I can’t attach any photos from the shoots for the next magazine, I can say, the concepts are pretty awesome, and I can’t wait to see the final product.  

Now I’ll be back with more fashion/beauty content next week. Stay tuned for some great stories/giveaways in the upcoming weeks.