Backyard Sessions LA

This past Friday, I had the honor of performing and collaberating alongside the incredibly talented Mauricio Jiminez from Night Lights at Backyard Sessions in Mar Vista , LA. After Mau’s wonderful performance, I stepped onto the stage to perform a ~sneak peek~ set in anticipation for my new EP that is soon to be released. It was incredibly overwhelming watching the audience react to my set in such a joyful and energy-filled way. The key highlight to my night was when I performed “Missing Piece”. This, to me, is a very personal piece that comes from the very first day I saw my beautiful nephew after his arrival into the world. I wanted this song to speak and touch the audience with warmth and light. Reassuring them, and my nephew, that everything is going to be alright and that through music, perspectives can change. Without my audience and fans, my life would not be complete. They would be the key missing piece to my success. The fact that I got to see this message reach the physical audience in front of me last Friday, was absolutely phenomenal. I want to thank everyone who came to the Backyard Sessions  and gave Mau and myself the opportunity to perform. I would also like to thank the wonderful Alison Buck for capturing this lovely night and my accompaniment, the great Kazumi.

~*Look out for my new EP release coming soon*~

May The July 4th Be With You

Today is one of the most important days for the United States. We all know the US as the fast food, economy-boosting, hectic lifestyle loving country, but we seem to forget the real and most important reason as to why the United States is the most wanted place to live in. For it’s freedom and independence.

This is the day where the US declared themselves a separate nation from the British Empire. Living in California has made me appreciate all of the things that this country has had to offer. Not only is the food exceptionally amazing, but the people here are like none other. This country has given me so many opportunities to expand my wings in the music industry and to really fulfill my dreams.

Sure the country isn’t ecstatic when it comes to the treatment other nationalities with the entire Trump situation, but the country still stands high, mighty, and united.

So, I wish the United States and everyone who is celebrating this joyous day, a very happy 4th of July filled with love, family, strength, and unity.

M.Boutique – A Place to Visit

Last week when strolling through Brooklyn, I stumbled across this little gem and I want to share it.

 

M.Boutique is your place to go for safe, alluring home care, face and body care products. As soon as I stepped inside, I knew that this place was special, a beautifully decorated store incorporating elements of nature and well laid out products.

I was greeted by the Founder Chris Foster who helpfully showed me around the store and described each product to me. Chris is a man with goals and dreams and a great story behind him, he stands up for what he believes in and wants to share his products with world.

If you are in the area or ever get a chance to visit New York, this place is well worth the visit. You can also order online at: https://www.mboutiqueintl.com

Personal Development blogs you MUST read

 

I’m always on the lookout for the latest  resources to implement into my own life and to share with those around me.

 

This is the perfect time to regain focus on what you truly want in life.

 

I’ve made a list of my favourite blogs that will give you that extra inspiration you may be needing today:

 

http://www.lifehack.org

– ‘Lifehack has your back to make sure everything you do really matters.’ A great resource for psychology, productivity and general health.

 

https://www.mindbodygreen.com

– A site filled with mind, body and fitness tips. With lots of interesting and easily relatable stories, this site is one to watch.

 

http://www.positivityblog.com

– Does exactly what it says on the tin, teaching us all to be optimistic and how to be our best selves, always worth a read.

Let me know your thoughts,

 

Keith

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Takeover- Juan Guadarrama

The greatest thing that training has brought me is the connections I’ve made with others. When I first became a trainer I thought great, I get to be in the gym and everyone is going to want to train with me! I was not prepared or anticipated what was to come. Case study: Keith Cullen. I met Keith at the first gym I worked at. At the time, he was visiting Santa Monica from Ireland. At first I didn’t think much of it since the area attracts a lot of visitors. As with everyone I come in contact with, the natural progression of things is getting to know each other. As a trainer, you have to learn how to create an experience where people get quality training and build a trustworthy relationship with you. It is almost as if training becomes secondary. This is where our friendship manifested.

Keith is quiet, extremely photogenic, and a very genuine person (don’t tell him I said). He doesn’t accept bullshit or anyone who is fake. Apparently he took a liking to me. My guess is only because he is slightly taller than me (don’t tell him I said that either!). Also, did I forget to mention, Keith is an international superstar?!

I am very appreciative of what I get to do. Turns out, I learn a lot from the people that I work with. Keith may at times curse and “complain” about training but he always shows up to deliver on his end of the deal. He is a person of character who expects more out of life. He perseveres to create a certain life style for himself. I have learned to not leave anything to chance but to pursue dreams and tasks with a plan. Greatness is for everyone, you just have to figure out how to get there. His weekly updates keep me disciplined and on track for my own personal growth. On his end, I hope I have taught him how to be funny, grow massive calves, and of course how to be a gym rat :). I think this is what has kept our relationship sustainable over the years.

What matters in any business is the grassroots relationships that genuinely develop. It is not about the selfishness of seeking what you can gain from others, but for a true interest in good human beings. Thank you Keith for everything! Great things to come! Stay tuned on our social media outlets to keep up to date on our shenanigans!

Cullen Cuts- Casual Edition

“Fashion is art and you are the canvas”

Spring is here and so are the shorts. Check out this ‘cool’ ‘casual’ look.

These alternative options put comfort at the forefront of this look while not forgetting style. It is possible to do both and here’s how:

 

Jacket: Moschino, Shoes: Puma X McQueen, Top: DKNY, Pants: Jack & Jones, Glasses: Ray Ban

Shoes: Puma X McQueen

Top: Moschino, Pants: Jack and Jones

Like what you see? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ll be back next week with a completely different look, to keep up with all my style info, sign up with your email, click subscribe here: http://www.kcmusic.ie/#Kove

Keith

Cullen Cuts- Whatever Works Edition

“Never underestimate the power of a good outfit on a bad day”

This week, it’s all about ‘making it work’. Putting together an outfit can be difficult, pulling those bits and pieces from your wardrobe together and simply wearing whatever works in the moment is key for this look.

Read below to find out more: ‘Cullen Cuts’ – Whatever Works Edition.

Fashion for men is becoming increasingly popular and with so many different styles and clothes to chose from, it can become difficult to know where you stand and what looks good on you! These items are all versatile pieces that will give any look that ‘I just threw this on’ feel.

Check it out:

 

Jacket: Gucci, Shoes: Aldo, Top: H&M, Watch: Cartier, Bracelets: Gucci, Ring: Gucci, Pants: Topman

 

Shoes: Aldo

 

Top: H&M, Watch: Cartier, Bracelets: Gucci, Ring: Gucci, Pants: Topman

Like what you see? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ll be back next week with a completely different look, to keep up with all my style info, sign up with your email, click subscribe here: http://www.kcmusic.ie/#Kove

Keith

Reasons to Live in LA

LA is the cultural and commercial centre of California. It is definitely one of the most cutting edge cities in pretty much all aspects.
Here are some of the reasons I love the city of angels:

Weather. It seems like a cliche, but how can you talk about Los Angeles and not mention the weather?
LA’s warm weather can positively affect your mood, increasing productivity and energy in your life.
Exposure to the sun can increase your overall alertness, meaning you need to sleep less and are generally more awake throughout the day.
There are obviously health benefits coming from the increase in vitamin D intake which helps bone health and even lowers disease rick.
Basically, LA’s weather is the best if you love the sun like I do.

Fashion Boutiques. LA has a lot to offer when it comes to fashion. There’s no better feeling than coming across a small boutique in Melrose that has an item you love and know that not many others will have.
Here are some of my favourite boutiques:
If you’re looking for a place with great shopping experiences, than LA is definitely your place.

Cultural Diversity. LA is made up of people from all over the world. It’s a place rich in variety, meaning each experience you have in LA will be different.
Opportunities to meet people with various skills, creativity and knowledge always present themselves and learning about cultures different to your own is a great way to grow and enjoy life.

Reasons to love Apple Cider Vinegar

An apple a day keeps the doctor away is what they say but a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day has many health benefits that you probably had no idea about- from digestion to blood sugar, ACV is my favourite tonic when it comes to my health.

My personal favourite brand of ACV is: Bragg’s.

Bragg’s Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is unfiltered, unpasteurized, kosher-certified and contains the ‘mother’ of vinegar.

If you click on this link it will direct you to amazon where you can purchase some apple cider vinegar and start reaping the benefits:  Amazon

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best products on the market for weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and many other things.

Additionally ACV has numerous other health benefits such as: it helps with the discomfort of heartburn, it betters sleep quality, improves the energy levels, strengthens the immune system and helps with digestion.

Watch this video to find out the 7 health benefits of apple cider vinegar:

Top 5 Healthy Food Blogs Right Now

If you’re looking for the best advice, ideas and great recipes for living a healthy/balanced lifestyle then you’ve come to the right place.

The internet is packed with healthy food blogs but I’ve compiled a list of my favourite 5 to help you chose which to follow.  These blogs contain great recipes, insightful posts on diet trends and great tips for eating better.

http://www.foodheavenmadeeasy.com

This blog is a compilation of recipes, videos, cooking demonstrations and scientifically sound nutritional information. Wendy and Jess will teach you how to cook healthy yet delicious meals no matter how inexperienced you are.

http://www.sproutedkitchen.com

This blog covers everything from appetisers to breakfast and baby food to travel. With mouth-watering recipes, this blog will be sure to have you eating healthy in no time.

http://happyolks.com

Here you’ll find humble, wholesome recipes and meanderings on life, love, loss and the stuff in-between. This blog has got some very interesting recipes and ideas that you probably will not have thought about before. Have a read.

http://paleomg.com

This blog not only gives you loads of great paleo recipes but also fitness plans, beauty, travel decor etc. It’s well worth a look at if you’re considering a paleo diet; a diet which goes way beyond just weight loss but will have many other great effects on your life.

http://www.101cookbooks.com

Heidi focuses on natural, whole foods. This blog has natural food basics, which many of us could do with reading and also, seasonal recipes and seasonal ingredients to ensure you’re always eating the most healthy, fresh, in-season produce.