Buffalo Exchange Standup Anwar Newton

Sit Down with Standup Anwar Newton

By Joe Carrel, Buffalo Exchange HQ

We spoke with Anwar Newton, a standup comic based in Phoenix, AZ, about finding your voice, the changing landscape of comedy and creating Literally the Worst Show Ever.

The Path to Becoming Funny

Was comedy something you always wanted to do?

Not at all, really. But people were always telling me I should do standup, so I went and hung out at an open mic – just sat in the back for several months. Eventually I saw one too many comedians that I thought I was funnier than. I thought, “If this guy can do it, anybody can.”

What was your first time on stage like?

A nightmare. It’s a wonder that I’m still doing it. I left feeling like, “This was the worst thing that has ever happened on this stage… at this bar… in this city!” There should have been some beacon of humanity to walk up to me and say, “Go give your day job your all. Get promoted. Invest in your 401k. Have a plan.”

What kept you coming back?

I learned that you don’t really understand how to be funny until you have enough failure under your belt. You think that you’d get better by constantly making people laugh, and the more laughs mean you’re getting funnier. But actually it’s the utter failures, the complete dejection of just crashing and burning – those feelings of despair you take off the stage really start to mold you into a great performer. And not just in comedy. It applies to a lot of performance art. Being at the very bottom helps you pull something genuinely magical out – something truly unique that people can really attach themselves to.

Was there a certain performance where it finally seemed to click?

I had agreed to appear at a friend’s out-of-town amateur standup showcase. I was broke, with rent due soon, and wound up having to turn down multiple good-paying shows so that I could be there. After a couple hours of driving to the venue, I was super frustrated, but there was no place for that frustration to go. I got onstage and grabbed the mic, not knowing which of my jokes – that I was already sick of telling – I was going to begin with. And I just stood there for about ten seconds.

Then I immediately started talking about something that was so controversial and on the top of everybody’s mind. I felt a certain way about it and just laid it out. That raw emotion made it genuinely relatable and funny. Afterwards people were like, “Dude, that is the funniest take on that issue I have ever heard.” It was this eureka moment. We always talk, me and other comedians I’m close to, that you get to the point where you stop telling jokes and you start just being funny.

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Buffalo Exchange Albuquerque Summer Packing List

Summer Packing List

By Buffalo Exchange Albuquerque

Packing for summer vacation can be a daunting task. You want to look your best for whatever activity comes your way. Sightseeing, fancy dinners, outdoor adventures, lying on a beach and indulging in new and delicious foods come to mind. It’s all too easy to go overboard and try to bring everything in your closet, ‘just in case.’ Luckily, you don’t have to bring your entire wardrobe on vacay in order to look amazing. With this summer packing list, you’ll find yourself looking fantastic with room in your luggage to spare!

Get Back to Basics

Buffalo Exchange Albuquerque Summer Packing List Mens

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One of the simplest ways to eliminate bulk in your baggage is to bring staple pieces that all work together. When an item can be worn in a variety of ways, you save space and expand your options. For your bottoms, start with a great pair of denim, a cute skirt and the perfect summer short. Now, pull out some great tees that work with all your bottoms. Solid colors are easier to match, but throw in a pattern or two to add a little fun. Pick light-colored natural fabrics because they are easier to wear in hot climates and help protect you from the sun. Cotton-poly blends are best since they also don’t wrinkle in your suitcase.

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Buffalo Exchange Summer Fits

Pretty in Pink: Summer Fits for $50 or Less

By Tiara McConnell, Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks

Here at Buffalo Exchange in Sherman Oaks we’ve never been more ready for those long summer days! We have some wonderful finds that will take your summer ‘fits to the next level. Whether you prefer spending your days out in the city or kicking back at a friend’s, these looks will make your summer glow-up real. And the best part? We put these all together for $50 or less!

Pink is the New Black

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks Pink

Have you heard that pink is the new black? Well, we’ve jumped on board! We paired these frayed edge jeans (our favorite denim trend of the season) with a sheer dusty pink top and pink mules for an amazingly effortless look. Summer is the time to kick back, relax and look adorable. Top – $12, bandeau – $8, jeans – $16, shoes – $14.

Sheer Genius

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks Look

Want to roam around the city without feeling like your clothes are weighing you down? Turn heads in a sheer slip layered over simple shorts and a tank top. Finish the look off with classic ankle boots and a wide-brimmed hat and you’ll be ready to conquer the streets in no time. Sheer slip dress – $22.50, hat – $10, boots – $28.

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Summer Outfits: Looks that are Lit

By Monica Eckhoff, Buffalo Exchange HQ

Flames are lighting up the streets this summer! This season’s flame trend is a fun take on the 90s. We’ve styled our favorite versions of the trend into a few different summer outfits so that, no matter your style, you can find a way to rock this classic 90s look. Best of all, when the weather cools down, you can keep your style hot by layering these looks with tights, boots and jackets.

That’s My Vibe

Buffalo Exchange Vibe

This look is an easy option for summer. Pair your flame tee with a denim overall romper and this year’s footwear du jour – crisp white sneakers. Throw on a fanny pack and some sunnies and you’re ready to go!

Buffalo Exchange Men's Vibe

If you basically live in athletic pants, this is the perfect summer outfit. We love the sporty vibe of this T-shirt’s mesh sleeves. Paired with a matching set of holographic shoes and a hat, you’re sure to set your summer style on fire.

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Summer Must-Haves

By Buffalo Exchange Ventura

Now that summer is going strong, we’re excited to be wearing all of our favorite warm-weather pieces. From fun prints to statement earrings, we love making our summer wardrobe pop! The good news is, you’ll also be able to wear many of these items in a month or two when you start to transition your style for fall.

Gingham

Buffalo Exchange Ventura Gingham

Buffalo Exchange Ventura Men's Gingham

Made popular by Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, gingham has been around forever and we’ve been seeing it come back strong this summer. And it’s no longer for just picnic baskets! From playsuits and dresses to blouses and tees, gingham is everywhere with its adorably retro vibes. Match it with your favorite pair of espadrilles, Vans or even Doc Martens! For summer, wear it with jean shorts. Then, when fall comes around, wear it with dark wash denim for a completely different look.

Statement Earrings

Buffalo Exchange Ventura Earrings

This summer, the secret to taking any outfit from average to awesome is statement earrings. Big, bold and beautiful, tassel earrings can be found everywhere this season – and for good reason! They are an easy way to add some pop to your summer wardrobe halfway through the season and draw attention toward your beautiful face. Be sure to pick up a pair at your local Buffalo Exchange and up your summer style game!

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“BUFFALO EXCHANGE + FREE PEOPLE” BY JESS & JANA

Jess & Jana featured Buffalo Exchange in a blog titled, “Buffalo Exchange + Free People” on July 3, 2017. “Every time we visit the USA or get anywhere near the country’s border, we always scout out the nearest Buffalo Exchange locations. … we’ve never walked out of a location empty-handed, and we always feel like we’re getting good deals on some of our favourite brands. … We usually find some lovely Free People pieces at prices that are kind to our budgets. …”