Music is our soul food here at MISSY SKINS and an endless source of inspiration for our collections. We have so much love and admiration for the ladies fearlessly doing their thang in the music world, so we‘ve introduced MUSIC MUSE, where we spotlight babes that are making waves in the music industry and share some of their music with you, with hope to inspire.
Hailing from Jamaica and raised in an artistic family, Lacy is born with groove in her heart. As one of the original members of the SHFT. 1LVSH crew, she’s helped propel SHFT. to tremendous success and has played alongside some of the most respectable acts in music today including Troyboi and Stooki Sound. She also runs her monthly night, Nature Feels, at Arcade. Her sound is a blend of hip hop, dancehall, future house and chill trap. Tune in to her exclusive mix for us below and see how she rocks her Missy look!
1. You were raised in Jamaica – the heartland of reggae and dancehall – how did you end up in Shanghai?
Well, my parents were first brought out here for business opportunities and they coerced me to come out and learn the language! That was back in 2009 and I've been here ever since - Shanghai is my second home so to speak.
2. What was the first album you ever bought?
I believe it was NOW 7, or 9 or maybe 13? I don't remember the exact number but it was one of those NOW! CD packs, haha! I remember getting so hyped in the music store with my mum that day, little 10 or 11-year-old Lacy going crazy.
3. Who were your biggest musical influences growing up?
My family is very artistic/music-oriented, so I grew up listening to a lot of different kinds of music. Those who really stood out to me were the powerful vocalists such as Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Sade, Jill Scott, Bob Marley… the list could go on and on.
4. What’s one album you’re ashamed of admitting you own?
Haha personally I'm not ashamed - but other people have made fun of me when my various anime OST songs come on randomly. I get weird looks from my friends especially when I am singing it word for word with just as much vigor as the anime itself!
5. If you could be in any musical group for a day, which would it be?
Ohhh, that's a tough one, but I'd have to say Local Natives - to bring in some female vocals/harmonies for a day.
6. Where do you dig for new music these days?
It's a mixture, various channels on YouTube, Netease Music for sure - because they have a specialty filter based on what I like - as well as from family members and the SHFT. team's playlists.
7. Who/what track do you have on repeat 1 right now?
It's not just one track actually, more like a playlist that's on repeat which includes both of the Local Natives albums Hummingbird and Sunlit Youth AND Heart Wants by Magic City Hippies (Thanks Aina!)
8. What’s one album dropping this year that you can’t wait for?
Gorillaz’ Humanz, which should be out April 28th and Major Lazer’s Music Is The Weapon (release date TBD).
9. What’s one Chinese act coming up that you’re excited about?
Also another tough one, but for sure Lil Akin & VISUDY (as separate musicians and for their collaborations). If you haven't heard of them go look up Give U My Tape and Seaside Motel as well as Look At U by VISUDY.
Photography: Kosi Chen
For more Lacy and happenings at SHFT., check out their Facebook page!
May 4, 2017
MISSY GIRL is our periodic feature of a sassy lass that echoes the spirit of MISSY SKINS. She's modern and thrives off the pulse of big cities. She's a rebel and a free spirit. She's spicy and sweet.
Olivia discovered her love of hospitality in her high school years, throwing parties and hosting friends over a good home-cooked meal. Having moved to China over four years ago, with a stint heading up the American Apparel Greater China team, she soon got bored of a desk job and longed for something more. A blossoming friendship with Camden, the founder of Shanghai Supperclub, saw Olivia join forces with her to bring Shanghai Supperclub into monthly rotation. Shortly after she met and went into business with her partners at La Maison, a Shanghainese-fusion restaurant. Since then, her and Camden have also launched Social Supply, an ‘everything’ events agency catering to clients as well as producing their own events such as FEAST, one of Shanghai’s first food festivals.Here Olivia shares three of her tried and true recipes for the busy but health-conscious urbanite!
"I loves soup and this is a super simple superfood soup that keeps me healthy and my energy levels up. Seaweed is high in antioxidants, calcium and is loaded with vitamins."
One block soft tofu, cut into cubes
Fresh seaweed (Japanese Kombu is Olivia’s choice)
Spring onion, chopped
Stock optional (Olivia makes and freezes her own chicken stock - it’s so easy and is perfect for use in any meal)
Bring a pot of stock or water to the boil. Add a tablespoon of miso paste, mix and add more to your liking. Put a big handful of fresh seaweed and tofu into the pot and let boil for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with spring onion and serve with shichimi powder.
"I love making this in large batches and freezing it for easy meals between my busy schedule. So much Vitamin C goodness!"
800g can of whole San Marzano tomatoes (Certified D.O.P. if possible)
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
7 garlic cloves, peeled and slivered
Small dried whole chilli, or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large fresh basil sprig
¼ teaspoon dried oregano, more to taste
Pour tomatoes into a large bowl and crush with your hands. Pour 1 cup water into can and slosh it around to get tomato juices. Reserve.
Heat the oil in a large skillet (do not use a deep pot) over medium heat, add garlic. As soon as garlic is sizzling (do not let it brown), add the tomatoes, then the reserved tomato water. Add whole chilli or red pepper flakes, oregano and salt to taste. Stir.
Place basil sprig, including stem, on the surface (like a flower). Let it wilt, then submerge in sauce. Simmer sauce until thickened and oil on surface is a deep orange, about 15 minutes. Taste sauce after 10 minutes of simmering and add more salt as needed. Discard basil and chilli and serve – or let chill and freeze!
"This is an easy, quick, and healthy recipe packed full of Omega 3 that really looks impressive to your guests!"
700g 3cm-thick salmon fillet with skin
½ English (seedless) cucumber, grated and excess water squeezed out
½ cup sour cream
½ cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill, plus extra sprigs for garnish (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 175°C. In a small bowl, stir together the cucumber, sour cream, yogurt, dill, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Line a large baking pan with aluminum foil. Rinse salmon and pat dry; put skin side down in the pan. Sprinkle with remaining minced garlic clove, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Bake until barely opaque in the center – around 10 to 15 minutes.
Serve salmon warm or cold with yoghurt sauce. Garnish with dill sprigs.
Photos of Olivia by Samuel Croskery
Shot on location at La Maison
Recipe images from the web
April 14, 2017
Our new feature, MISSY TRAVEL, spotlights sacred destinations for those wanderlusters in-the-know. Each time, we will feature a class-act destination and offer up our top 5 must-sees, tried and tested by the Missy team ourselves. Quite fitting then that we kick off our first ever feature with the city of magic, Tokyo.
This is probably the closest you’ll ever be to Japanese royalty and we’d say a prayer to that. A popular wedding venue, you’ll likely see a traditional wedding procession through the courtyard. Surrounding the shrine is Yoyogi Park which like all things Japanese, is meticulously kept and well worth a visit.1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya
If you have an obsession with ramen like we do – and if you don’t, what’s wrong with you? - Afuri will definitely hit the spot. Order through a nifty little vending machine out front and wait for your gastronomical delights.Nine locations throughout Toyko – we went to the Roppongi Hills outlet.
We are literally OBSESSED with this Japanese label’s footwear. Founded by designer Asuka Furuta, Toga’s cult status within the fashion industry is unwavering with their unique hardware and achingly cool designs. Their store is tucked away in a narrow alley just off Omotesando.6-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
We’ve all debated this: is waking up at 3am to go to the fish market to wait in line for the 6am tuna auction worth it? Our answer is NO. We were so tired after the 15 minute auction the rest of the day was a write-off. We suggest just heading down to the fish market at a respectable hour and eating at one of the restaurants, they are all delicious! We’ve heard that the market might be relocating soon in preparation for the 2020 Olympics, so be sure to check before you go!5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo
With jaw-dropping views of Tokyo and an ever-changing roster of world class exhibitions, Mori Art Museum is a must see. This fantastic Star Wars exhibition was on while we were in town!53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
A snap of the MISSY GIRLS in Tokyo!
Our pick for Tokyo is our BIG LOVE earrings. Always inspired by the orignianlity and quirkiness of Tokyo’s youth culture, these earrings add a perfect dose of punch to any outfit.Available now.
April 11, 2017