It feels like forever since I've last been here in the backend of my blog, typing up a storm... but maybe it's for the better. I've been taking some time away from MarinaSays in order to focus on music -- and it's actually been going well! You can now download my song "Alie" on iTunes, add my song to playlists and follow me on Spotify, enjoy on Deezer, Slacker radio, Tidal, and more! I'm pretty excited to have finally taken the plunge and released something without the overwhelming prospect of trying to get signed by a label. For two years now I've been struggling to make music because of always having to depend on other people. Someone to produce, someone to mix, someone to do my marketing, an investor, an agent or manager to get me gigs, a person to make my visuals... the list of help needed to become a pop star is endless. I'm tired of searching for these kinds of people and being constantly disappointed. I'm exhausted from working with unreliable pianists and getting inappropriate offers from wannabe managers. So, for a change, I've decided to just DO SOMETHING myself. I've been looking up beats and instrumental originals on Soundcloud and writing my own lyrics and melodies to record on top of them. So far it's been a slow but positive step towards getting noticed and the traction has me excited.
I guess now the most complicated part of this whole music thing is trying to get noticed...
In the past I've had a few marketing and social media jobs, but never in the music sector. So far I've put up one Facebook ad, tweeted out on both my accounts, sent a few private Spotify invites, and shared a post on my private Facebook account. All of that got me just 10 followers on Spotify with so far 35 monthly listeners. On most of the "how to promote you music on spotify" articles I've seen, authors recommend getting your songs on popular playlists... so if you like my first track, I'd be so happy if you add it to one of your playlists :)
But now, back to the reason you clicked on this fashion post!
Today I'm featuring two new looks, each with a different clutch bag and necklace/earring by Jenny Jeshko, a Slovak fashion and accessory designer who you may remember from posts like The Great Winter Coat and Cloaks Are The New Ponchos. This time around I'll be showcasing some of Jenny's dearer works - embroidery! Upon visiting her home workshop I got to see the machines and threads the designer likes to use to make her feminine yet avant-garde pieces. Because they are such bold statement pieces I chose to pair them with simpler outfits; a black ribbed off the shoulder dress by Pull&Bear to really make the cyan necklace and its matching pastel-embroidered clutch pop, and a blue waistcoat from Pull&Bear to bring a bit more pizzaz to the satin watercolor clutch and long black earrings. Although the jewelry is a bit ornamental for my personal everyday style, I think these bags are a perfect accessory to add to anybody's spring-summer collection. They just have so much personality and are sure to impress.
Special thanks to @lolarollas for the photos.