Dapper Day 2017

Yesterday, I travelled to Dapper Day at Disneyland. The crowd was immense, the security was on fleek, and the fashion was as mentioned: Dapper!

Attending this free weekend event, I expected to see a subculture of class and brilliance from all that attended. What I didn’t expect was a community of buddies and friends. It was like attending another comic convention, where friends were merely there for meeting up, and they so happened to bring alot nice goodies back home. From makeup and gloves, to dresses and shoes, the market had everything you could ever want to become the Dapper style of your dreams.

I, for one, enjoyed the dance lessons and mobile barber shops. A pink Cadillac was placed in the middle of the hall, and a bar was ready near the dance floor and both photo booths. And if that wasn’t enough, you got to leave the “Dapper Day Expo” with a balloon, and go your merry way through Downtown Disney and Disneyland. All in all, it was a charming weekend.

Unlike most conventions though, Dapper Day isn’t about hype. You don’t get a Stan Lee to roar the crowds, or protestors to ruin your week. It’s simply shopping, mingling, and a whole lot of style.

To think, it all started merely through social media, just as an annual meeting up at Disneyland, by Justin Jorgensen. The style has everyone dressing in old war time fashion, ranging from 1920’s through 1950’s attire. The spin off of the idea is that people are dressed in “Disney Bound” – a style of casual clothing where people wear colors and patterns that represent their favorite Disney character.
Today, more and more meetups happen, just like this, in their own style – societies in their own fashion: Dapper, Emo, Geek, and many more. 

To learn more, visit: dapperday.com

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How To Study With Hip Hop – Beats To Relax To

Working without music leads to much boredom. You’re left to your thoughts, and with only your business to keep you company, tension just builds. Boredom is a form of stress too, and so I googled. YouTube’s been a fantastic place to find playlists, but even a two hour playlist can get old. That is until I found Lofi Hip Hop Radio – Beats To Relax/Study To.

For the longest time, I always thought I was weird to listen to just the beats, when listening to hip hop. I tried to convince my friends in high school that this was the truth. I even introduced them to Japanese and Chinese rap, to prove my point. Rappers like Jay Chou and Ketsumeishi, or Nujabes were my jam. But I suppose it wasn’t the right time to be different. It wasn’t cool in the early 2000…

But, here I am, over fifteen years later, web designing at home, alone, and in need of something new. Something different. But instead, what I found was something old. Lofi Hip Hop Radio is a live streaming channel on YouTube, where mixes of old jazz and hip hop songs are mixed in the most soothing beats. Having a short animation loop, to prop the atmosphere for their listeners, Lofi Hip Hop Radio sets the listener for an all day chill crunch to get through their work. I’m not sure how this is received by students, but old dogs like me, trying to suffice a client’s needs – working only one room away from my bed – couldn’t thank the stars enough that this beacon of hope is here.

So if coffee is too strong, tea too sedating, and soda can’t feed the need to keep pushing the deadlines, try Lofi Hip Hop Radio. The tracks are killer!

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