When I pulled up to Second Home Guesthouse on a February evening this winter and went through the heavy gilded bronze doors, I immediately felt the impression that this property would make on me. The spotlights guiding you through the property at night gave a small hint of the Xanadu vibe that Second Home conveys.
“In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace — and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”
“this is a once in a lifetime thing you witness and see and Michael Jordan is one of them” – Calvan Fowler
I’m hanging out with Jordan expert and Bed Stuy store, Jordan Heads Brooklyn owner, Calvan Fowler talking Jordans, Be Like Mike the stock market and sneakerhead culture. Am I finally going to get my first pair of retro Js? Watch below!
The first thing that came to my head upon entering the boutique was Dynasty — in the best possible way. I could picture throwing myself down the stairs in a fit of rage, or maybe throwing a crystal decanter while weeping in a beautiful Andrés Pajón gown.
I did notice that all of my friends that called Miami home were incredible, so I knew there had to be more to Miami than just South Beach. In fact, most of my friends that live there always say that they barely go to the beach at all! So on my last trip this February, I decided to “live like a local” under the guidance of some friends from the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
It’s a rare day that I’m out and about in NYC without seeing a few people wearing Jordans. And who can forget that moment in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing when Buggin’ Out flipped on a Larry Bird jersey-wearing neighbor for stepping on his fresh new Jordans. Jordan is more than the man and the brand, it’s become a culture. As hip-hop culture became mainstream American culture, the Jordan brand transcended American culture too (have you seen the Japanese Jordan heads?!). Today, it’s no longer just a shoe for basketball players, NBA fans, or even fans of Michael Jordan. They’re a major accessory for “street fashion,” which means they’re everywhere. Inspired by the fresh kicks here is a prequel to my video at Jordan sneaker mecca, Jordan Heads Brooklyn, that’s coming to you soon! Let’s chat with some Jordan heads.
Anyone who has spoken to me about my travels recently knows that I have a new love affair with Colombia. There will definitely be more posts on the blog coming soon about my amazing adventures in South America this winter. But in the meantime, wet your palates with my guide to Medellín for Fathom! Colombia is having a moment. Between talk of Netflix’s Narcos and Steve Harvey’s unfortunate blunder at the Miss Universe pageant, hardly a day goes by without the Latin American country being referenced. Drug trafficking and beautiful women aside, there is so much more to naturally rich Colombia than pop culture may lead you to believe, including Medellín, a city positioning itself as the next art and design capital of South America.
Joined by two foodie girlfriends, Raquel and Katie, I ventured to Chinatown restaurant Nyonya, one of the few places in NYC specializing in Singaporean & Peranakan food. I guess that’s the amazing thing about living in NY huh. It being such a cultural melting pot, there’s usually someplace that can satisfy your cravings.