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I am thrilled to be guest-posting about my musical tastes here on Kalyn’s blog! My name is Kat Griffin, and I run a blog called Corporette.

I like to think I have fashionable, modern takes on classic, work-appropriate fashion — but how does that relate to my music taste? Well, read on…

I’m a child of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, the millennium — choose the decade and add a sentence or two of relevant commentary you’d like. Sadly, I’m a child of the 80s! As a child I loved Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Tina Turner. In my early teens I got into Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Kate Bush — I think a lot of it is called “art rock” — as well as Tori Amos, and in my college years I discovered PJ Harvey, The Smiths, and so forth. These days I also love listening to Lady Gaga, Matson Jones, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Florence and the Machine.

Your all time favorite song? For the all-time jam: probably “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush.

Your all time favorite artist? Peter Gabriel. I kind of consider it a form of meditation to listen to his 1982 album from beginning to end, on headphones, while doing nothing else — it’s the only album I’ve ever done that for. (The album was his fourth self-titled one, but had the label “Security” slapped on it in America.)

What does your taste in music say about your personal style? I’m not sure there’s a correlation. Some of the music I like is weird and artsy (e.g., Peter Gabriel). Some of it’s kind of goofy with this darkness underlying it (Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson). Some of it is just silly romance stuff with a powerful beat (Madonna, Lady Gaga). And some of it is kind of harder edged rock or pop. I think there is a correlation between my jewelry taste and my musical taste — some of my favorite pieces for play are big, a bit harder edged — a ring I got from Metal Pointu’s in Paris (pictured below) or a necklace from Jill Platner (also below). When I was in San Francisco years ago I got a great cuff/bracelet that was basically made from a man’s tie — I seem to have lost that now, alas. Some of my other pieces are a bit silly — a red and orange ring where the pieces are individual and stick up a bit, or a red leather cutout necklace.

Favorite Pandora station? You know, I always create my own based on whatever song I’m craving at the moment. I have an entire station based around this random song that I really liked from a movie, “Buddha’s Delight” — okay movie (“Music and Lyrics,” I think) but loved that song!

Who do you listen to to unwind? I have an “unwind” mix with 300 some songs on it. It’s everything from Nina Simone to Lhasa de Sala to Pat Benatar to Simon & Garfunkel.

Who’s on your inner playlist? Depends on the day and the mood!

What song do you hear in your head when you know you’re looking good? A Girl Like You” by Edwyn Collins. I think I got that one from a movie soundtrack, but when I was single I always wanted a guy who felt like he’d never met a girl like me before. (I’m happily married, so I think I got one!)

Who was your biggest influence in terms of your musical taste? Peter Gabriel, honestly. I found him because I had this teacher who, when I was 13, was one of the only adults I trusted, and he let me borrow his Peter Gabriel tape. It’s a long story, but the brief version: I was in a Very Bad Mood after piano lessons one day, and he taught guitar lessons at the same place so this teacher happened to be around. Him: What are you listening to? Me: Appetite for Destruction. Him: Oh-kay. Why don’t you give this tape a try instead? And that was how I found my favorite album to this day (“Security”, mentioned above). This was pre-Internet, so I would secretly get more Gabriel CDs out of the library and started reading more about him. I learned that he was often grouped with Talking Heads and Kate Bush, so I learned more about them. Laurie Anderson appeared on his 1986 album “So,” so I listened to her and found I liked her. I even found one of my favorite poems because he wrote a song about it (Mercy Street), so I looked up the original (45 Mercy Street), by Anne Sexton.


You have a chance to win American Idol, what song do you sing?
“I Will Survive,” by Gloria Gaynor. It’s my go-to song that I sing in the shower if I’m doing a hair mask or something that has to sit a while. I also love trying to sing along to Florence & The Machine’s “Girl With One Eye” — but I’d need a lot of practice to perform that one in public!

Thanks for sharing your inner playlist with us Kat!

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Hi there! I’m Mackenzie  of Design Darling and I’m thrilled to be sharing my [totally cheesy] musical stylings on Kalyn’s beautiful blog today. I’ll warn you, you’re not about to discover any rising stars or out-of-the-box genres. Here goes!




I’m a child of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, or the millenium . . .

The millenium. I wish I had a cooler and more indie answer for you all but the truth is I was born in 1989 and my memory is less than stellar so I hardly even remember the boy band songs of my youth (probably a good thing, come to think of it). Obviously Britney and the Spice Girls are notable exceptions.


Your all time favorite song?

“She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5. I saw them in concert last year and just stood there with my hand over my heart — Adam Levine is even more gorgeous in person! At Christmastime, Bruce Springsteen’s rendition of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” never fails to put me in festive spirits. And Kenny Chesney’s “Back Where I Come From” gives me goosebumps to this day.


Your all time favorite artist?

According to my iTunes, John Legend, Taylor Swift, Third Eye Blind, and, er, show tunes. Soundtracks for Glee, Grease, Mamma Mia, etc. are the perfect songs to belt out in the shower!


What does your taste in music say about your personal style?

Nothing, I hope! I like to think that my personal style — both in fashion and interiors — is preppy, traditional with a twist. My musical interests, however, are pretty unoriginal and often based on what’s playing on the radio or at a party.


Favorite Pandora station?

I think I might be the only person in the twenty-first century who doesn’t listen to Pandora! I rarely listen to music while I’m doing work; my iPod is for working out (rarely) and getting ready to go out (frequently).


Who do you listen to to unwind?

Jack’s Mannequin, O.A.R., The Fray. As an aside, Rascal Flatts’ “Skin” makes me cry every time I hear it. So. Good.


What song do you hear in your head when you know you’re looking good?

Jay-Z and Rihanna’s “Run This Town” or Kings of Leon’s “Sex On Fire.”


Who was your biggest influence in terms of your musical taste?

My dad is responsible for the collection of Beatles and Rolling Stones songs in my iTunes but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t blast Top 40 songs every time I’m in the car.


You have a chance to win American Idol. What song do you sing?

Everyone’s go-to karaoke favorite, Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.”


Thanks for sharing your inner playlist with us Mackenzie!

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Sondra Lewis of Chic Chocolate is today’s Musical STYLings guest.

I’m a child of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, the millenium . . . I am definitely a child of all decades, but would have to point to the 70’s/80’s as the decades that influenced my musical tastes.  I am all about REAL singers, songwriters, and producers! I’ve had sophisticated taste in music since I was a child.  I had aspirations to be a singer/songwriter.  I still dabble sometimes!

Your all time favorite song? Asking this question is like asking “which of my children is my favorite?” LOL! Out of many, Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover” (the extended version) will stop me in my tracks (no pun intended) every time! The man is a pure genius.  No one can touch Prince!

Your all time favorite artist? See the photo collage above!

What does your taste in music say about your personal style? Definitely eclectic! The 70’s/80’s influenced me, but set me up for other favorites like Incognito, Mint Condition, Pat Metheny, Zero 7, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Miles Davis, and the list goes on.  I am always in search of the purity of music. Fakeness need not apply!

Favorite Pandora station? I am currently rocking my own Pat Metheny Station right now.  His music can’t be classified.  The music is a dreamy landscape of moody “feel good music.”

Who do you listen to to unwind? Pat Metheny, Incognito, Donald Byrd.

Who’s on your inner playlist? Zero 7, Jazzanova, Incognito, Stevie Wonder, & The Roots.

What song do you hear in your head when you know you’re looking good? There’s a song by DeBarge called, “You Wear It Well” from the “Rhythm of the Night” Album.  I feel like a runway model when I hear it!

Who was your biggest influence in terms of your musical taste? Stevie Wonder for his songwriting and musicianship, Al Green for his soulfulness, Prince for his musicianship, Michael Jackson for his mass appeal, James Brown for his funkiness,  Bob Marley for his consciousness, Diana Ross for her complete fashion style, Minnie Riperton for being a beautiful songbird, Sister Sledge & DeBarge for their familial harmonious togetherness, etc.

You have a chance to win American Idol, what song do you sing? Aretha Franklin’s “Aint No Way.” Period.

Thanks for sharing your inner playlist with us Sondra!

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Monica Barnett of Blueprint For Style is today’s Musical STYLings guest.

I’m a child of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, the millenium …. I am a child of the 70s which means I sprang forth during a time of fashion hauteness, so I like to believe I got my love for the fitted silhouette and my zest for muted earth tones honestly.

Your all time favorite artist? Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”, Michael Jackson!

What does your taste in music say about your personal style? Overall I think music, like personal style, is subjective and meant to be fluid across time even though the baseline remains consistent. My taste in music says I am a little old school/classic in my roots, but have nurtured some real zest and spice that is deeply rooted and just as likely to pop up every now and then!

Favorite Pandora station? It’s a TOTAL toss up between Amerie“1 Thing” and Ryan Leslie.

Who do you listen to to unwind? Any old school jazz like Ella, Miles, Dizzy, Coltrane, Parker…..and a few new school folks like Candy Dulfer and Norman Brown.

Who’s on your inner playlist? So anyone who knows me know I know the words to VERY few songs, but the songs I can kinda sorta piece together or at least know the beat to are songs by St. Germain, Marvin Sapp, Biggie, Tupac, Walter Hawkins, Michael Jackson, Rick Ross.

What song do you hear in your head when you know you’re looking good? The Commodores, “Brickhouse.”

Who was your biggest influence in terms of your musical taste? Wow, I have no idea…..it sounds strange but perhaps gospel (since that’s ALL that played in my household growing up) and anything where I could discern a staccato baseline.

You have a chance to win American Idol, what song do you sing? Never Could Have Made It” by Marvin Sapp.

Thanks for sharing your inner playlist with us Monica!

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Kristin Larson of BeRealLuxe and MSN’s Simply Chic is today’s Musical STYLings guest.

I’m a child of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, the millenium …. I’m a child of the 70s, and consequently love disco!

Your all time favorite song? I have many favorite songs, but one song that always puts me in a fabulous mood is Dr. Buzzard’s “Cherchez La Femme.”

Your all time favorite artist? Very tough question! I have many. I love Prince, Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Frank Sinatra, Aretha, the list goes on.

What does your taste in music say about your personal style? It’s mixed. It’s classic with a twist. I love Seventies disco silhouettes like circle ring bikinis, jumpsuits, tunic tops and clogs. I also love vintage—everything from one-of-a-kind jewelry and dresses to shoes and bags. I love shopping second-hand shops for antique furniture, china and fabrics, too.

Favorite Pandora station? I don’t listen to Pandora but I love any station that plays current hits by artists like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to disco favorites like France Joli and Donna Summers. I’ll also tune into classic House stations, jazz and any station that will play Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Diana Ross and the oldies but goodies.

Who do you listen to to unwind? Totally depends on the day, but it might be Justin Timberlake, Prince, Brand New Heavies or Massive Attack.

Who’s on your inner playlist? I like to mix it up on my iPod and let the music shuffle. (Did I answer the question?)

What song do you hear in your head when you know you’re looking good? Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

Who was your biggest influence in terms of your musical taste? My dad. He loved music so much and was a singer who made an album in Germany for kicks. He taught me to appreciate music. While a pilot in WWII, he danced with Lena Horne when she traveled to entertain the troops in the South Pacific—his big claim to fame. Second to my dad, my sister. She was just really into dance music and took me to my first clubs as a teenager. I remember memorizing the lyrics of Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” with her when it first came out. I can still sing it today.

You have a chance to win American Idol, what song do you sing? “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!” But I have no voice, so it would be brutal.

Thanks for sharing your inner playlist with us Kristin!

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Hello everyone I’m Tonia {tone-ne-ya} of Chic Modern Vintage. Thanks so much to Kalyn for having me over today for such a fun series. Enjoy.

I’m a child of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, the millenium …. I’m a child of the 70s when things were simple and uncomplicated in my mind.  When I knew to be home before the street lights came on and  you knew your next door neighbor. If Mrs. Jackson saw me doing something wrong, I got “whoopin” from her and then she told my parents and I got a “whoopin” again. When you and your friends had fights, but you forgave each other the next day you were out playing with each other like it never happened.

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Your all time favorite song? WOW I have so many favorite songs. I grew up in a house where music was played all the time. I have musicians and singers in my family, but since I have to name one it would be James Brown “This is a Man’s World.” Although we don’t like to think so, the words to this song ring true today.

Your all time favorite artist? Prince. Without a doubt. The man is a musical genius. In high school I thought he was so handsome. He still is for that matter.

What does your taste in music say about your personal style? Who knows for sure. Though for some reason I’m drawn to classic clothing pieces and I add the edge with my accessories. I normally do a mix and match. I don’t care for “matchy matchy”  at all. I don’t like outfits. I create ensembles. Therefore I would describe my personal style as classic eclectic.
Favorite Pandora station? I can’t say that have a favorite Pandora station since I have a vast collection of music. Most of which I inherited. I’m slowly transferring my collection to MP3.

Who do you listen to to unwind? Who do I listen to, to unwind? Hummm, it’s hard to say. I do have a playlist that I created to unwind to; it includes artists such as Abbey Lincoln, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin and Phyllis Hyman to name a few. I love truly talented singers.

Who’s on your inner playlist? The inner playlist? It’s way too many to list.

What song do you hear in your head when you know you’re looking good? Well since you asked. “The Real Thing by Jill Scott.

Who was your biggest influence in terms of your musical taste? My father was my biggest influence on my musical taste. Most Saturday nights, my father would have a party with me and my brother and we would dance all night no matter what kind of music he played.

You have a chance to win American Idol, what song do you sing? I don’t sing well enough to even audition. I’m not delusional. I know my limits.
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Thanks for sharing your inner playlist with us Tonia!

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Hey y’all! I’m Roxy from My Cup of Te, and as you can see from the picture below, I love to dance so this interview was quite a natural for me! Thanks so much for fabulous Kalyn for having me over today for such a fun series. I hope I don’t give you whiplash as my faves are literally all over the place. Can’t wait to see the others’ picks! Enjoy!!

I’m a child of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, the millenium ….

80′s baby! Proud to call my decade the home of the awesome soundtracks of Dirty Dancing, Ferris Beuller, Sixteen Candles, and John Cusack in Say Anything. Remember when he holds the boom box over his head blasting “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel? Legendary.

Your all time favorite song? This is hard because I love so much, but I think Regina Spektor’s “Fidelity” is incredibly beautiful. She sings, plays the piano, and there are violins and cellos! You must see for yourself!!!

Your all time favorite artist? I totally dig Regina Spektor. She’s beyond original and charmingly quirky! For Christmas I received Live from London and the DVD from my mom and dad- love, love, love!

What does your taste in music say about your personal style? It says that I’m all over the place depending on my mood!! Some days I want to chill out with Lykke Li and of course there are those nights I’d like to “Drop It Like It’s Hot” with Snoop! ha!

Favorite Pandora station? Regina Spektor, for sure.

Who do you listen to to unwind? I love to put Pandora on the Miles Davis station and pour a huge glass of red. Have you been to a jazz club? One of my faves is in the West Village in NYC called Smalls! Must go!

Who’s on your inner playlist? Inner? I’m not sure what that means?? But I do have a ton of playlists that I love to scroll through, each one special in it’s own way! It’s cool to go way back because many of the songs bring me back to that certain time in my life.

What song do you hear in your head when you know you’re looking good? Hahah this cracks me up! Not sure if I have one of those, but lately my girls and I can’t get enough of Ke$ha’s (note dollar sign) “We R Who We R.” You know, “Tonight we’re going har-har-h-h-h hard. Just like the world is our-our-ah-ah-ah ours!  We’re tearing it apar-par-par-pa-pa-pa part!”

My girls and I really like to paint the town :)

Who was your biggest influence in terms of your musical taste? I don’t get too serious, if I hear a song I like, I’ll add it to my playlist!

You have a chance to win American Idol, what song do you sing? This is so random, but I would totally bust out “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangster.” I know every word. Let’s just say it’s a product of fun times in college!

Thanks for sharing your inner playlist with us Roxy!

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I’m a huge music fan.  I definitely have a pretty eclectic taste in music – my iTunes library runs the gamut from classical to rap to show tunes.  I subscribe to the belief that one’s taste in music is a reflection of one’s personal style.  In college my girlfriends and I used to have concerts where we sang our hearts out to the latest Anita Baker, Sade and Prince songs. Our microphones were hairbrushes and our stages were our desk chairs. Although I no longer have the luxury of time to sing full albums with my girlfriends, I sing whenever I get the chance – in the car, at the gym (to myself) and at house parties with my friends when we’ve all had one too many.

Whenever I meet with a new client, I ask them to tell me about the music they listen to and why because it helps to give me a better sense of who they are and what they’re about.  Personal style is about more than the clothes in your closet —it’s a reflection of the music you listen to, the restaurants you dine in and the way you live your life. So with this in mind, we’re kicking off a new Possess Your STYLE column:  Musical STYLings. Over the course of the past year I’ve met some really interesting folks in the blogosphere and I thought you might enjoy meeting them too. Without much ado, meet our first Musical STYlings guest, Niki P. of PLUS SIZE GLiTZ.

I’m a child of the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, the millenium . . . I’m definitely a child of the 80s. I love MJ, Prince, and Madonna from the 80s and still have my DeBarge, Journey, Men at Work, and Hall & Oats LPs. I still know the words to “Stairway to Heaven” and I can do all the moves from Janet Jackson’s Control video.  I love blasting Keith Sweat, Heavy D, and Guy while doing housework on the weekends. Yep, Yep! And Jodi Watley while cooking. Don’t get me wrong. In the 90s, TLC, Destiny’s Child, Lauren Hill, and Notorious B.I.G. were favorites, but since you asked…it’s the 80′s for me all the way.

Your all time favorite song? Michael Jackson’s “JAM” or Prince “1999,” and we must not forget “It’s a Groove Thang” by Zhane’. Hmmmm…ok fine, you got me. It’s really Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”  I’m not attached at the moment, and I didn’t want to sound desperate, but I do love that song!

Your all time favorite artist? I have to say Prince. I mean, sometimes I actually get cravings for Paisley Park like nobody’s business.  Believe it or not, when I was 15, I convinced my mother and father to pay a scalper some ridiculous amount for a ticket and then drop me off and pick me up from a Prince concert. I actually went to the concert alone (it was a smaller, safer venue) and had the time of my life. Looking back, I can’t believe my parents actually went for that plan. What a trip!

What does your taste in music say about your personal style? I have no idea! I guess I’m a little bit of a paradox? I wear a lot of black but I love color. I’m fairly traditional but I love to experiment with trends and to incorporate lots and lots of GLiTZ! Lately, I am all over the place. Whether it’s fashion or music, I have been known to mix it up.

In fashion, I have been experimenting with a broad spectrum of fashion lines that are really trying to provide great, stylish options for plus size women. Right now it’s Damn You Alexis, an Australian based plus size label, and Ms. Tina for Walmart. In music, Adele and Katie Perry are rockin’ my world right now, but don’t sleep on Mary J. She just inspires me, and I have an incredibly long list of gospel artists who get me through the day. Amen to that for real!

Favorite Pandora station? I know I should be, but I’m not into Pandora yet. Can’t explain why. I’ve heard great things. Just slow I guess, but I’m sure I’ll get there sooner or later. Can you create a Rhianna channel?

Who do you listen to to unwind? Gospel after a “rough” day. Smooth Jazz to chill in the car.

Who’s on your inner playlist? I am a PK (Preacher’s kid), so I am always humming hymns. “A Charge to Keep I Have,” “When Peace, Like a River” and “Blessed Assurance.”  I also find myself humming “Escapade” by Janet Jackson during the summer months when I am having fun in the sun.  I don’t really understand that one, but it  happens.

What song do you hear in your head when you know you’re looking good? Mary J’s “Work That”.

Who was your biggest influence in terms of your musical taste? My mother is a big influence. I can remember her jammin’ in the car to “You dropped a Bomb on Me” by The Gap Band and “Everybody Everybody” by Black Box on cassette tape, but I also remember waking up on Sunday to her James Cleveland and Aretha Franklin albums. Even now that she is a senior more mature, she still keeps up with music and the newest dance hustle. She’s fun.

Also, I had this one boyfriend who was crazy for Michael Franks and got me into him. I never got over that one either.

You have a chance to win American Idol, what song do you sing? “Hero” by Mariah Carey.

Thanks Niki P. for sharing your inner playlist with us!