Girl Power: Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea at the Mid Chicago [Concert Review]

Rita Ora, born in Kosovo, moved to the United Kingdom the same year has been making big waves since her debut studio album release, ORA, with three singles shooting straight to number one.  She will soon be making waves as she kicks off her promotional shows in America.

With a budding following in Chicago, Iggy Azalea kicked opened wearing a a white crop top and paneled mesh-faux leather legging accentuating her itty bitty waistline and enviable booty.  Making her look complete, her porn star-esque booties and sexually charged lyrics had the whole club bouncing.  Though some of her songs lacked variety, she showed her potential to grow as an artist.  Iggy can really hold her own.  Can’t wait to see her head lining her own shows in the US because we need more girls like her.  Her rocking out the hip hop and Rita Ora coming out next, I was brought back to my girl power days of Spice Girls and thought how much more these girls could pack a REAL punch!  Whether the crowd knew Iggy’s lyrics or not, she got everyone to dance and even brought a few lucky fans on stage… including one in a red blazer complete with bedazzled panties. I couldn’t get a clear picture of his crotch because he was gyrating too much.

Before the concert, I got a chance to meet Rita!  She was so cute and bubbly with a fashion sense I admire. She rocked out some dark lipstick, eyeball dangle earrings, skull rings, and a mod white dress.  She really has some sick style.  As everyone at the blog already knows… I’m obsessed with skulls and creepy things. I’m glad I got to meet her and know that we have an obsession in common.

Rita Ora kicked off an amazing and intimate show. Her opening song, Facemelt, was 90 seconds of pure energy.  Her chained decorated mic and use of drum showed that was ready to give a good show.  Her cd years in the making only verified how much she has honed her performing skills.  Songs like Rock Da Life and Shine Ya Light were quintessential anthems to her Roc Nation heritage.   And of course, she took it slow with an emotional filled rendition of Swim Good.  Though not as soul forthcoming as Frank Ocean, her vocal chords were insane.  (then again, who can ever be as soul exposing as Frank O?)

Ending her concert with Uneasy and R.I.P, I felt complete.  Rita confessed R.I.P. is her ultimate favorite song.  Written by Drake, but rumored to be intended for Rihanna, this song was DESTINED to be Rita’s.  Nailing each note and “beating it down to a bloody pulp” as described by Perez Hilton, Rita’s rookie appeal and confident attitude is absolute perfection.  It was an early concert but I had myself singing her songs all weekend.  I left feeling like the next time I see her will be filling arenas.  She has a voice that her CD doesn’t do her justice.  She has a look that will only get better.  The craziest thing of it all… she’s just getting started.


I’m just trying to say that this girl has so much edge ad glam she can make anything look high fashion. You need your own clothing line! How could I have ever doubted this Refinery29 star?  😛

Under Construction: Singapore Sports Hub

Hey, Singapore Sports Hub, come back here with my breath! Why you gotta take it away like that? 

Ok, I guess I coulda gone with “Breathtaking”, but you get my point. This looks like it’s gonna be pretty amazing.

Construction has begun on the Singapore Sports Hub – Singapore’s National Stadium, that will actually be the only one in the world to host football, rugby, cricket, and “athletic events” in one venue. I’m assuming these athletic events will also include basketball (an All-Star Game has to happen here), a track for Usain Bolt to set more world records in, and a Capture The Flag field (a severely underrated athletic event, if you play in pitch black dark and wear camo and face paint like I did with the homies back in high school). Whatever the case, I’m quite impressed.

Construction will commence in 2014, which will double as my planning for a flight to Singapore. Not only is the structure and the moving roof itself gorgeous, but how about the stadium’s site, in juxtaposition with the water and the skyscrapers behind it. Makes for some beautiful views as you can see. Be sure to check out ArchDaily for more on how it adapts to Singapore’s climate, its structural and environmental efficency, and more. Salute to Arup on the design.

Foster + Partners Win Manhattan Skyscraper Competition

NYC readers, get a first glimpse at your newest skyscraper along Park Avenue. Today, the firm Foster + Partners was announced as the winner of a competition to revitalize 425 Park Ave., replacing the aging tower with a world-class one full of offices. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2015 with the tower’s completition coming in 2017. Soooo begin your five-year plan today to get one of those offices!

More info via ArchDaily. Might I add that this is one sleek looking office building. *Tibs Fav.

425 Park Av., today
425 Park Av., today

Dubai is planning an underwater hotel

An underwater hotel?! Finally, an idea that rivals the Butabi brothers’ idea for a club where the outside looks like the inside and the inside looks like the streets outside. Leave it to Dubai to try and make this happen as disc shaped volumes are designed for both above and below the ocean.

The underwater disc features 21 private rooms, custom lighting systems, and large panes of glass to view the marine life on the other side of the window. The abovewater disc features your typical restaurant, spa, swimming pool, rooftop garden, and helipad. Safety wise, if danger arises, the coolest feature may be that the underwater disc will automatically surface. Plus, each disc is sized according to the local condition and has the ability to be relocated if “any changes in the environmental or economic conditions occur”, meaning the marine life will be safe as well.

All in all, this is quite the ambitious and eye-catching project to be constructed. I can only imagine the experience if and when this gets built and if and when I put down my life’s savings for a one-night stay.

*tips hat* Drydocks World and Switzerland’s BIG InvestConsult, on behalf of partner Deep Ocean Technology (DOT). More info/pics via ArchDaily.

Hive Apartments

Hive Apartments, located in Melbourne, Australia by ITN Architects, fuses two of my favorite loves: architecture and hip hop. Besides the beautiful exterior seen in the slideshow above, this complex is attractive to me because of its function as well. It carries out a graffiti theme throughout the exterior and interior and the video below walks us through the building and how some of the graffiti pieces are load-bearing parts of the structure. So they had to be placed first to support the building under construction and upon completion. Pretty cool. Take a look at the photos and video and see for yourself.

*tips hat* Complex via Acclaim



As I stared down at my feet, I noticed all of the pet owners in my lift were tightening their leashes away from my shoes. Hm…


Sgt. Tibs and I are in a bit of a debate between spiked heels for guys and girls.  Cute on girls, but questionable for guys.  Perhaps its been overdone in the recent few years, but I found a pair of kicks that could change your mind.


Thoughts on this trend? Is it over?  Is it still as hard edge.


Primorsky Aquarium

Under construction now is the Primorsky Aquarium in Vladivostok, Russia – a massive space being built at the request of the President of the Russian Federation. The architects, OJSC Primorgrajdanproekt (it took me about .005 seconds to decide I was copying and pasting that), did a magnificent job on the exterior facades and with the site in general, as seen in the pictures above. Plus as a fun fact: the two biggest tanks will hold 7,000 tons. Whoa there. More pics/info via ArchDaily.