Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Message from Joelle

Brief commercial about the fashion show I'm competing in in a couple of weeks and the t-shirts I'm selling!

Two of my friends, Carletta & Deepti, wearing my Think in Color shirts!
Get yours for only $10!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chris Brown for GQ Italia

Shot by Kai Z. Feng, Chris Brown appears in an all black & white spread in April's issue of GQ Italia. He's styled in Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, and Tom Ford and looks good sans the blonde hair :P 
Great publicity for him and his new album, seeing that his past few stunts (via Twitter & other internet sources) have been, well, not so great. Go Chris!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Jay-Z Spotted in 'Jesus Is Lord' T-Shirt

The rapper was seen at the Nets v. Clippers game wearing a Givenchy 'Jesus Is Lord' t-shirt  ($195) from the Fall/Winter 2010-2011 collection. Kanye was also wearing a white version of the shirt in a previous performance. Evidently, Jay wore this shirt back in December when he was with his wifey in Australia, but I never saw the pics until now.
 Poking fun at the Illuminati accusations? I think yes.

Yes, Jesus is indeed Lord, but I don't particularly like this shirt for various reasons. What do you guys think? Dope or Nope?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Who Wore it Better: Kim vs. Monica

So Kim wore this $3500 Burberry Prorsum gold-studded trench with black leather leggings, a black t-shirt, a black Hermes bag, and platform booties. Monica kept it a bit more simple with skinny black jeans and nude peep-toe pumps. Who wore it better?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Things That Have Caught My Eye Lately...

 Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director of Chanel, designed an aluminum bottle for Coca-Cola Light in France with his emphatic silhouette and signature, topped with a pink cap. He also shot an ad campaign featuring models Coco Rocha and Baptiste Giacobini to be displayed in magazines and billboards all over France starting April 28th.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rachel Zoe is the #1 most powerful stylist in Hollywood. She has an A-list client roster, Bravo reality show, multiple designing and fashion consulting deals, and a best-selling book...boss!

Myyyy favorite stylist (mainly because of her fabulous persona & bold style) made #23 on the list of Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood. She wrote the book, Effortless Style, has worked with Diddy, Jay-Z, Chrisette Michele, Mariah Carey, and more, and she might just have a reality TV show coming out soon. Work your way on up that list girl!

Our fav red head covered April 2011 Vogue in a Chanel Pre Fall 2011 dress & looks stunning! Can't wait to see the spread!

Louis Vuitton Womenswear Fall Winter 2011 2012 Full Fashion Show from Devon Nicholas on Vimeo.

And finally, the Louis Vuitton F/W 2011 Prêt-à-Porter show! Inspired by old, classic hotels, elevators and doormen were utilized to bring each model to the runway in a unique, charming way.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

C.O.J. Beauty: Kateria Poe

Ever since I saw Kateria's huge beautiful fro and all of her creative styles, I've admired her boldness and overall natural beauty. Check out our interview below! 

Age: 22
School: NC State
Major: Women and Gender Studies

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 2 years and 9 months! :) It Will be three years on may 13th.

What made you decide to do it?
I decided to go natural because I did not know or trust anyone in Raleigh to perm my hair. My mother and aunt worked in a hair salon and they are the only ones who did my hair. When I came to college in Raleigh I decided to stop getting perms for that reason so I grew my hair out for about 6 months then cut off the permed ends. I also have always done my own hair and a perm was one thing I was not going to risk doing myself so thought I would be better off without it. And I am, it was one of the best decisions I have made. 

What kind of reactions have you received from others when you were transitioning?
While I was transitioning I got reactions like " why did u cut your hair it was long", " whats going on with your hair" and my mom was very upset when I came home from college after my freshman year with a small Afro. Most of my friends did not like that I cut my hair but as it began to grow they loved it.

How has being natural affected you as a person?
Being natural has affected me as a person because I have learned that when you do what u want and believe, it gives others the courage to do the same. Many people have complimented me on my hair and it makes me feel good because I don't believe u have to have permed, long, or blond hair to be beautiful and it lets me know I'm not the only one who thinks that way. However I do not feel that being natural has affected me a lot because I am the same person I have always been but being in college has made me define those things I stand for more specifically.

What's your regular hair regimen?
After I wash my hair I condition it and detangle it with a Denman brush with conditioner still in. Then I put it in about 8 big two strand twist then rinse out the conditioner. I towel dry my hair then let my hair air dry before I remove the twist and style it.

What's your favorite style?
Hmmm my favorite hair style is a three strand twist out. I love the way my hair holds the rings from the twist and it's a length where it falls on it's own.

Any advice to other girls going natural? Any products you'd like to suggest?
For anyone going natural I would say go for it! Don't be afraid to try something new and to keep trying new things! With natural hair you have to try different products until you find ones that work with your hair. Do not assume that all natural products will work for you or that the products you use for your hair while permed will not work on your natural hair. Natural hair care lines can be quite expensive so do your research to find something that's good for you. 

If any ladies going natural need more advice on hair care, a great website that will answer all of your questions is Mane and Chic!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Street Etiquette's Sartorial Sounds

First off, I've been following Street Etiquette's style blog for a while now, and these are some of the most well-dressed men I've ever seen! This video of their music, poetry, other talents and insights gives us a look into their personalities and creativity. I love their open-mindedness!

                                 Street Etiquette-Sartorial Sounds from LightUp Film on Vimeo.

I love the statements at 4:40 and 8:05.

                        The Black Ivy from Street Etiquette on Vimeo.

Another video from their featured article, The Black Ivy.

"Never yet always fabricated."

Monday, March 7, 2011

New Designer Spotlight: Five-and-Two

I was perusing some Tumblr pages and came across an ad for a dope jewelry line by designer Briana Rose. Price ranges are between $15-$105, so a lot of the pieces are affordable! Definitely looking forward to investing in one of these gorgeous rings soon or maybe putting it on my birthday wish list;)

 Juno Pyrite Gold Ring $40

Zoe Aura Crystal Ring $60

Scilia Rainbow Crystal Ring $60

Lani Pyramid Studded Bracelet $25

Scilia Rainbow Crystal Ring $70

Zoe Aura Crystal Ring $70

The story behind the name of her growing business:

"I'm reminded often that I have little to give. As much as I may try to give my all, its not enough compared to the awesomeness of God. This story reminds me that even though I have little to give, God can do a lot with it:  

"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered. "Bring them here to me," he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over." Matthew 14:18-21a "

The philosophy behind it all:

"You should feel beautiful, naturally. Because lets face it, you are beautiful. Women of all ages, embrace your natural features; be comfortable in your own skin. You were created with all of those wonderful features on purpose. Those wrinkles you wish would disappear, those were meant to be there. The junk in the trunk you got goin' on, was meant to be there. The freckles all over your face, were placed there on purpose. You're beautiful, naturally."

All purchases benefit young women in California's Central Valley, and hopefully the rest of the country one day. Support the "Inside Out Project" that encourages young women to embrace who they are and be comfortable in their own skin!

Shop Five-and-Two here.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Kanye in Leopard Print at the Christian Dior Show

At Paris Fashion Week wearing Givenchy's Cotton Gabardine Leopard Print Bomber (priced at a whopping $3,078) from the Spring/Summer 2011 collection. What do y'all think? Dope or Nope?

In recent news, Kanye has reportedly applied to study a Masters degree in fashion at a London university. He apparently flew to the UK on Wednesday last week  to meet with Professor Louise Wilson, the head of he course at Central Saint Martins College, to be interviewed for a place.
"Kanye spends a lot of time with fashion students and often hooks up with Central's arty pupils when he is in London," says a source. "The rapper already has work experience with Fendi and Louris Vuitton on his CV. Now that he has been interviewed the schools board will have to decide whether to allow him to start the MA fashion course later this year."
There have been rumors regarding the status of his application circling among current students. "They are saying he has been turned down for a place because his portfolio wasn't up to standard," the source added.
Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and M.I.A. have all attended the institution. Wouldn't it be dope if 'Ye eventually started his own line? :)


Thursday, March 3, 2011

spring chic

Kanye at Paris Fashion Week

Earlier today, Kanye appeared at the Fall/Winter 2011 Balmain fashion show in Paris donning a red leather motorcycle jacket with gold zippers, black trousers, and sneakers. 
Yeezy does it best! Check out the pics below:


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