freebie friday: win a ring from cobracult

all photos by amanda smith

the portland-based jewelry brand of your dreams.

You're either going out for drinks after work, heading to a first date, or going to an off-the-walls warehouse party. But it's laundry day. And you only have a plain black tee and a somewhat-clean pair of jeans. We've all been there. And so we've all learned that the easiest way to make the look not only work, but make it look über-cool is to accessorize.

One of our favorite go-to brands—the one that always gets us out of the aforementioned bind—is CobraCult. The vintage-inspired Portland-based jewelry is, as designer Jessica Ilalole describes, "where mystical, southwestern, and biker babe meet."

Besides the fact that the brand's latest collection comes with totally 'gram-worthy photos (shot by the awesome Amanda Leigh Smith), they also want to give away one of their obsession-worthy rings to three lucky NYLON readers! That's right, you might have the chance to win either the Vintage Inspired Sand Cast Ring, the Turquoise Spider Ring, or the Horse Rope Ring. All you have to do is sign up in the form below.

Check out the rest of the lookbook in the gallery and enter below to win.

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Photography by Amanda Leigh Smith // @a_leighsmith Produced by Jessica Ilalaole // @cobracult Modeled by Kelsey McNiece Styled by Tashina Hill // @tashinasparkles Hats by Havstad Hat Co // @havstadhatco
Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.