One Take is All it takes

Besides being a dancer, I am an avid music lover. So I am always on the hunt for something new, and something different. Let me introduce you to Icey Stanley, a truly talented upcoming rapper residing in the UK, in Coventry, just an hour's drive outside of London. The name Icey Stanley stems from Icey being a name he came up with when all his friends had cool tag names, and his cousin's tag name iceman, so he thought "Maybe I could be called Icey", ran it by his friends, they liked it, and the name stuck. Stanley is his name but in Icey Stanley, the Stanley part stuck when he was looking for a Facebook name, and Facebook requires a first and last name, so BOOM, the name Icey Stanley was created. 

Three years ago, Icey decided to become more proper with his rapping rather than a hobby that it had been. Along with studying Computer Science in school, Icey has since been working on perfecting his rapping skills. Icey looks at his rap style as different. Not to street, and not to mainstream. His music appeals to the everyday person. Even the everyday college student. That's because he raps about the basic everyday things he goes through and he does. His influences for his music is just his love for good vibes. as he himself is an overall happy person.

In September of 2015, Icey released a five track EP titled One Take, which he described as an EP set to empower, the calm before the storm, and the sunshine after too. Initially suppose to be a full thirteen track project, he did find guidance with YahYah records on releasing One Take with the perfect set of tracks to create the good vibes. Twenty six tracks were recorded for this EP, and only one of the twenty six made it, and that was the title track, One Take. He explained that he wrote One Take after going through a dark patch while in school, and this was his release. His view on One Take is to empower the idea that you should not be stuck in doing something you do not like. 

Asked about any new projects, Icey just says be on the lookout for a possible twelve track singles project coming out in the next year. And an LP? Well, he says he has not lived to create an LP. He wants to create an LP that takes you to a happy place. Until then you can check out Icey Stanley on instagramtwitter or facebook, and you can check out his EP here and the video for his track "For the Night featuring Paigey Cakey".

Guesting for the Guest. :)

Hello everyone, my name is Tapiwa, and I will be the guest blogger on Peppermint + Ivy every now and then. I am really excited to for the opportunity to showcase a different style aspect and be able to integrate it together with Peppermint and Ivy. I am a dancer, a soccer player, and all around foody. A college junior,and a lover of comic books. I hope you enjoy my guest blogging.

Like I said. My style is a bit different. Here I am wearing these H&M Shorts parring it with a qvings crop top, a military print jacket, and platform pumps.

I am excited to share my style with you. :)

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Miss Teen USA 2015 - Katherine Haik


     Recently, I had the opportunity to interview the newly crowned Miss Teen USA, Katherine Haik. Hailing from Louisiana, Katherine enjoys spending her time playing sports, dancing, and working with a number of amazing organizations that help children in need. I also had the opportunity to ask Katherine about her recent foray into modeling, as well as her goals for the future now that she has been crowned! At 15, with a 4.0 GPA and involvement in other extra-curricular activities at school, I believe she is a great role model for young women all around the world. Katherine will do an amazing job as our Miss Teen USA, and I look forward to seeing the positive impacts she will continue to make.

Check out the interview below!


Crop, Drop & Roll


  I love crop tops. I used to be self-conscious and didn't think I could pull one off, but the more I wore them the more I realized how fun, fashionable, and cool they could be. I usually pair my crop tops with long flowy pants, jeans, or even use them as cover-ups when i'm at the beach (you'd be surprised how well they blend in with your bikini). I thought i'd do a styling post and show off a couple ideas on wearing crop tops, and I hope they give you some inspiration to play around with your crop top game this summer :)

Outfit #1: Recently, I have become obsessed with flow beach pants! After a long hard lacrosse practice, I love pulling on a comfy pair of pants but still being able to look cute. I'd pair this gray crop top with a pair of printed beach pants, slip on a comfy pair of sneakers, and add another color element with a black cap. top/pants/shoes/bag/hat

Outfit #2: What's cooler than a Nike crop top? Keeping up your tropical cool with a printed skirt and beachy earrings too. I love the idea of adding on gladiator sandals and a fringed bag, but overall the idea of bringing together the two different feels of prints in the top and the skirt appeals to me. top/skirt/earrings/bag/shoes(similar)

Outfit #3: Possibly the more classic of the 3, I love the lace tank mixing in with a little edge in ripped jeans. Heeled booties and a neutral scarf would be a perfect way to finish up the outfit, and I really like this look because it'd be something easy to pull off but still leave you looking stylish. top/jeans/shoes/scarf

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