BEAUTY AND THE STREETS

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There is no doubt that traveling can be a great source of inspiration especially fashion related inspo. So when I decided to head to NYC for some much needed brainstorming I knew exactly who I needed to link up with to get it, my amazing friend John Ashford of Authentic by John Ashford! Every time I link up with him I just know I’m going to have an epic time! Getting together with John is always interesting because first he’s an amazing photographer and shoe designer and when he does outdoor photoshoots (which I love) its always interesting the way passers by react to the process of it all. So when I attended an outdoor shoot I was so excited because after all, it is a John Ashford Photoshoot and this was the refreshing inspiration I needed.

This particular photoshoot was situated in the Bronx and the location had an amazing art mural that you’ll see in the pics below….Beauty and the streets was definitely Caliente especially with Gabriella Rosado CEO/Designer Talent Coordinator of Break Bread Fashions providing the clothes featured in this post and Model Stephanie turning heads literally stopping traffic! Way to go ladies…you rocked it!

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Making sure that pose is just right!

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It’s all in the details! Dress: by Gabriella Rosado of Break Bread Clothing – Shoes: Authentic by John Ashford

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 Stephanie is such a natural beauty, you go girl!

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Looking Amazing in a designer dress by Gabriella Rosado!

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Check out those heels…fabulous! These are Authentic “Slay Village” boots made by John himself!

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I wonder whats on her mind, LOL!

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She’s looking really hot…you killed it Steph! Dress: Break Bread Fashion

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 Gabriella (CEO and Designer Talent co-ordinator) of Break Bread Fashion wearing her own designer clothing line paired with John Ashford shoes! Awesome!

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Gotta get that pose just right!

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The beauty of street photography…Gabriella Ceo of Break Bread Fashion is looking amazing in her designer clothing!

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John, getting that perfect shot…amazing!

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Those are some badass shoes!

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CEO’s never looked so good …She’s so pretty and she killed it!

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Gotta have some fun in between shots! Look at that smile on Gabriella, isn’t it beautiful?

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This shot is amazing, check out the shoes and dress!

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Oh my, that pose!!

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Yes, yes, yes!

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Check out these beauties!

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These two beautiful ladies did an amazing job, Congrats girls – can’t wait to see the final results!

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Oops, almost forgot this dope backdrop for the shoot..its really cool!

When you see models in magazines and on billboards, you tend to think that they have the easiest job in the world…just pose, always have a smile or a provocative look and be pretty but in all fairness its one of the hardest jobs in the world. These beautiful ladies made it seem easy even though we had to contend with the heat, traffic, and curious people with full blown cellphones out which can be a photographers nightmare. But these ladies killed this shoot and John Ashford was amazing at getting that pose just the right way and made the shoot look effortless and fun. This is why I love outdoor photoshoots, I learn from one of the best in the industry, I take all that inspiration and turn it into beautiful lifelong memories that teach me what fashion and style is all about! These moments are true learning moments and as a photographer myself I appreciate every second that I am in the same room or space with John Ashford!

For more info on John Ashford Shoes please visit www.authenticbyJohnashford.com or visit his instagram at: JohnAshfordShoes

For more info on the clothing used in this post please contact CEO/Designer Talent Coordinator Gabriella Rosado at Ceo.BreakBreadFashion@gmail.com. Also visit her site on Instagram at BreakBreadFashions

Thank you John…. I appreciate everything about you!

 

 

 

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E’TAE – THE NATURAL WAY!

Hair struggles, we all have them and its frustrating as hell! You buy this product to combat that product and you buy that product to combat this problem and the cycle goes on and on and on. Well today I want to let you know that you will never need to seek out the holy grail anymore – I may have your solution and its hella good – at least for me it is!

I’m puerto rican and I have the worst curly ass, hair girl issues ever… if its not frizz, its endless split ends, if its not that its trying to find the right products to help straighten my curly unruly hair!

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(Hi, its me Alice! Check out my hair, super poofy)

You see, why its frustrating for me? This hair needs management and the right products asap! So about three years ago, I turned to a salon and tried the Keratin treatment, a cut, and a color for $150 and boy did I think that that was the “it” product. When I left that salon with my new hair all bouncy, shiny and looking fabulous I thought to myself – this is it my – must have hair care product. The treatment lasted about 1 year and a half before I needed another treatment and thats where my expensive hair issues came about.  I proceeded to contact 2 salons in my area and they both wanted between $150 and $200 dollars and that was just for the Keratin, no color or any extras! The extras would be much more and I really didn’t want to dish out more than $150. So I figured – why not do the Keratin treatment myself and save money? So I bought a treatment off of Amazon and now I understand why its so expensive to do at a salon. The process is extensive, lengthy, and tedious but it really is worth it – if and only if your either willing to dish out the money or do it for yourself. I chose the latter and thats where I’ve been with my hair care till a few weeks ago.

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Keratin Treatment I’ve been using…

So about a week ago I saw a video of a girl getting her hair done with some natural products being applied to her hair. The hair stylist was explaining how the product worked and I was impressed by the whole process. When the hairstylist finished the girls hair, it was soft, shiny and bouncy and she had tight curled hair to begin with so I was shocked that any product could have those fabulous results. This impressed me and I decided to take the challenge and try it for myself. I knew that there was a money back guarantee so I was even more intrigued by it.

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Love the results

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So Soft and manageable

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I love it

The companies name is E’tae Natural Products and apparently they’ve been in business for a while now but I have never heard of them before (not sure where I’ve been LOL). I placed my order and a few weeks later my products arrived and I tried them following the instructions to the letter. At first, I didn’t see a significant difference but two weeks later I redid the treatment and my hair was looking amazing. I couldn’t believe the shine, body, and softness i was experiencing! I was in love and I vowed to make this my new hair care product. I can’t believe I’ve been without it this long and I truly recommend it to all of my lovely readers. Theres a money back guarantee so if its not for you just return it but first try it twice and I bet that by the second time you will be impressed. If you love natural products this is for you. You can style your hair any way you want after using this… Be it curly, blowdried, flat ironed – its all up to you with this product!

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This is the most requested product of the whole line…The Carmel Treatment

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Carmelux Shampoo …so good for us curly haired girls!

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Silk Conditioner… don”t forget to use your wide toothed comb with this gem!

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The final step before you style … apply a small pea size of this and you’re hair will thank you! *Note – this product has a really funky smell to it, I believe it’s the clary sage thats giving it that strong smell. I’ve learned to mix it in with a coconut scented hair cream that I’ve been using for shine so it masks the strong smell that gives me a tiny headache sometimes. If you find the smell too much, mask it with your favorite hair product and voila, problem solved!

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One last look at that texture and shine LOL….Here’s where you can get yours ….E’tae Natural products

 

“COMPLETELY BARE,” DOWN THERE?

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Yes, there’s a reason for this season and thats for you to go “COMPLETELY BARE” – you know where! No, I’m not talking about landing strips or Brazilians…as much as you’d prolly like to hear about that if you you were a guy. I’m referring to getting rid of that unsightly winter coat and the recurring stubble that comes with leg and underarm hair. Yes, that yearly (for some) weekly ritual (for others) that is a must do in every woman’s itinerary. I would go the permeant hair removal route but thats for another post altogether LOL! My frustration with hair removal come with several gripes and so far I have 3 and here they are…

1. The need to go out and buy new razors every few weeks!

2. After you find your razor, you need to find an amazing shaving cream, thats where this post kicks in! No fear ladies, I’ve got a possible solution.

3. The attempt to shave without looking like you just got into a fight with a cat walking on your way to work…the band-aid company truly loves us LOL!

Let me elaborate on what its like to be a female in this era…we get our periods, we have babies which means we get stretch marks (which are beautiful in my opinion), we get menopause and all its symptoms because mother nature wasn’t finished with us yet, then when that’s settled and in its usual rhythm we still have to take off our body hair! Fellas, you sure do have it easy if you really think about it! But in all seriousness, us females just need a damn break every once in a while or for those that have money permanent solutions. No money no problem…lets refer to number one on my list, shall we?

Oh, the weekly or bi-weekly struggle – buying razors. I would love to congratulate the inventor of the razor – King Camp Gillette…you sir are a genius although you have made it a relentless struggle for most woman nowadays! There are about hundreds of brands of razors to choose from and if you’re like me you’ve got your personal favorite brand or you decide to skimp and buy the cheapest disposable brand there is (bad idea). If you’re in neither of these categories then you my lady are the one in the razor aisle looking and overlooking the descriptions and styles of all the different brands on the market! Buying razors is a trial and error scenario – you buy, try, and if it works for you hooray! You’ve been successful – at least in that area of your life. next on the list…Shaving creams!

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In this criteria, its also your preference but here is where I give you a heads up! I was a fervent user of the Skintimate line of shaving creams which were good but I wanted a different kind of shave. One that left my skin with the ultimate baby smooth feel and appearance – this cream did that but I felt like I was needing to try other shaving creams just to shake up my routine a bit. So I took advantage of Ulta’s 21 days of beauty and purchased the Completely Bare Moisturizing No-Bump Shave Gel and I think I have found an amazing product that is one of the best creams for us ladies that are shave happy!

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Hypo-allergenic and a People’s beauty Award favorite…awesome!

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Ladies, I’ve been using this product and I kid you not – I got an amazing shave out of this product. What makes this product different is that its a gel and not a foam which to me makes a heck of a difference when shaving and the smell is truly a fresh scent but in a happy sense. Trust me, I’m not one to buy items that have harsh, rub me the wrong way scents. I love clean, soft, flowery, happy scents and this is totally it. The shave that you get from this product is different but in an awesome way and the blade just glides across your skin giving you an effortless, soft, smooth shave.

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No foam here just a clear gel that is heaven on your skin!

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Love how smooth my legs look..

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Now on to my third gripe…

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Oh yes, the cat fight LOL! Well, don’t tell me you haven’t experience scrapes, cuts, and nicks from shaving. I have and yes the band-aid company was and sometimes is still my best friend LOL. You may argue that it could be your dull razor – Yes, it could be your razor but it could also be your shaving product. You may not believe it but it does make a heck of a difference what kind of shaving cream you use. At least for me it does and I’m currently in love with this gel and I highly do recommend it if you’re looking for a different product to replace what you are using at the moment.

Oh and for the final thought…

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Did you actually think I was gonna even remotely talk about the hair down there LOL…I didn’t but at least now you have options. Thanks for stopping by…..

STEVEN BAGLEY: A PHOTOGRAPHER AND HIS BEAUTIFUL VISION

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I have mentioned in some of my blog posts that I am appreciative of the people that I meet in this new chapter of my life. I feel so excited and am so eager to learn from every experience along the way. While attending a photoshoot in New York City, I had been introduced to a phenomenal photographer named Steven Bagley. I didn’t know who he was until I was told that he has photographed major models and celebrities, now I was intrigued. The rich and famous fly him all over the world to be photographed and his work does not lie, he also specializing in photographing the most beautiful women using natural light and his surroundings.  He has also won Model Mayhem’s Photographer of the year, now thats a huge accomplishment, congrats to you Steven – well deserved. I have seen his amazing photos and they are truly works of beauty and art. Heck, I even want to purchase one of his photos so that I can frame it and hang it in my bedroom, thats how amazing his work is. He has a vision and he produces the most amazing photographs I have ever laid my eyes upon.

Who is this phenomenal photographer? Steven Bagley was born in Philadephia in a family of photography lovers. He left home at the age of 19 to travel and in Rome he studied to become a film editor and worked as an assistant film editor for NDR in Hamburg and Radio Bremen in Germany. He currently lives in New York City where he works from his midtown Manhattan studio. He also has access to his rooftop so that means amazingly beautiful Manhattan backdrops with beautiful models. Check out the pictures below, these do no lie!

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(Above) Model:Apryl Thornton – She’s beautiful! 

Hair and Makeup: David Stella Traylor

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Model: Laree Starke – Beautiful face! 

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Model: KariJo Goodwin – Sexy!! 

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Model: Jennifer Lynn – She has the body and the looks, stunning! 

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Model: Karim Kamala Agstam – I had the privilege of seeing her photoshoot she’s just as beautiful in person! 

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Model: Nihan Arpacayir – This is one of my favorite photos! 

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Model: Noella Diaz – I love this lady, she has a unique look to her! 

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Model: Ermina Mila – Amazing! 

Hair and Makeup Artist: Emina Mila

Model: Veronica LaVery – I love black and white photography, I find it so beautiful! 

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Model: Elmira Minnakhmetova – Stunning! 

Hair Makeup: Vjolica Broca

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Model: KariJo Goodwin – Check out this rooftop pic and her face, Lord! 

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Miss New Jersey: Jennifer Lynn – She has a pretty smile! 

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Model: Jennifer Lynn – Those eyes! 

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Model: Heidi Fahrenbach – This pic is amazing! 

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Model: Keely Bellamy – Those eyes are mesmerizing! 

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Beautiful, just beautiful!

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Model: Veronica LaVery – She has a unique look! 

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This black and white photo is amazing, great job Steven! 

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Steven Bagley, an amazing, talented photographer!

Now what do you think of his work! Amazing right? This man is so talented and he is such a professional at what he does that even the models at a photoshoot that I was invited to were feeling so comfortable in their environment. Now that should tell you what kind of person he is. He is always smiling, is very polite, and accommodating. So if your ever in NYC and want to do a photoshoot with him for whatever occasion it may be, get ahold of him. I recommend him for all your photo needs and from the looks of his work its so worth it! Check out the links below for more info on his work and how to contact him…

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/steven.bagley.33

Instagram:http://www.instagram.com/STEVEN_BAGLEY007

ModelMayhem:http://www.modelmayhem.com/833982

Twitter:https://twitter.com/nycstefano

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL: GIRL, WHO DRESSED YOU?

Cannes has been around since 1946 and although I wasn’t around for most of the previous years presentations, they haven’t changed much except for the new generation of actors and celebrities in the mix. Never has an emphasis on fashion been so obvious as today’s Cannes, how did this happen? I truly haven’t the slightest clue but check out the pic of Jane Mansfield below. It looks as if she is having the time of her life without a care in the world, she looks relaxed and she doesn’t look like fashion is even a problem at Cannes. She was amazingly beautiful! No wonder she’s an American Icon.

Will the Cannes film festival even think of returning to what it used to be or is it better the way it is today? You decide and comment below…

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Jane Mansfield at Cannes (1958)

So just like the other synonymous celebrity driven events, Cannes is no less immune to the scrutiny of fashion faux pas and fashion critics. In this post I bring you worst dressed picks of this event. I seriously wonder what kind of celebrity stylist in the world dresses these celebrities and lets them walk out in public looking like they jumped in a bucket of randomly put together dresses. I mean just because its Couture really doesn’t mean that its fit for anyone to wear – it just isn’t you! Why force it! Check out my worst dress picks that led me to say “Girl ! Who in the world was dressing you?”

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Sofia Coppola wearing Valentino, too plain and boring in my opinion!

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Chloe Moretz wearing Chanel. She looks like a peacock with all them damn feathers. Not liking this one at all!

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Juliette Binoche – not liking these rocker bottoms. They look horrid with the baginness in the crotch area, not cute. Love the tops though!

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Charlotte Gainsbourg wearing a Louis Vuitton dress – the pattern is just all wrong and Holy shiznit its really see thru! No, I don’t think so Charlotte!

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Cara Delavingne wearing Chanel Couture – I love Cara but she really needs to smile and start taking a good look in the mirror. This doesn’t do this beautiful model justice at all!

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Berenice Bejo in Alexis Mabille – what an ugly dress, the top is just plain and boring with those hideous buttons. But to top it all off suede, Yuck!

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Milla Jovovich, too much gold and too many sequins!

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Rosario Dawson wearing Roksanda Illincic and Casadei heels – not sure what makes this outfit odd, the color or the style? This one’s a miss!

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Marion Cotillard wearing a Dior Couture dress – Omg, Marion! What in the hell were you thinking? Those shoes are hideous too.

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Jessica Chastain in a Chanel tweed dress – don’t like this design or pattern it looks like a bath robe.

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Marion Cotillard wearing a Maison Martin Margiela Haute Couture short dress – I believe this looks really uncomfortable and if its made of all buttons or embellishments then its got to be heavy!

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Julianne Moore in a Chanel Couture gown – what an ugly feathered dress, Yuck!

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Eva Longoria wearing Vionnet – that slit and the turtleneck is just awkward looking

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Sofia Copploa wearing Michael Kors – looks really matronly!

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Livia Firth at a Chopard Backstage Party – the top half of this jumpsuit is just looking horrible on her!

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Mia Wasikowska wearing Valentino – these colors are really not meshing together here!

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Melanie Laurent wearing a red and black chiffon dress by Maxime Simoens – she needs to fire her stylist asap!

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Hilary Swank in a tri colored Bottega Veneta dress – that “tri color” isn’t having me say …Yes!

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Zoe Saldan in an Etro dress – don’t like this one because it looks like a window curtain with lots of yellow and black flower print!

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed this post or loathed some of these looks like I did. I truly think that these actresses could have dressed in more appropriate Cannes Chic dresses. Who are their stylists (if they have any) and “What Were They Thinking?”

Stay tuned for the next part of this series, there’s more where this came from – hope you come back for more of my picks for worst dressed celebrities at Cannes!

Source: http://www.vogue.co.uk

 

KIM AND KANYE: THE PARISIAN FRENZY

So I get home from work and as I tend to do when I’m exhausted, I turn on my “Gossip Tube” as I call it and there I see or rather hear (I’m clearly not paying much attention) about Kim and Kanye’s “no surprise” wedding in Paris. Its already been speculated they are about to have their wedding on May 24th but the details are really hush hush as to where it will be and who is invited. Some sources are speculating Versailles but other sources are hinting that they will wed at Florence’s 16th Century Belvedere Fort, I’m betting it will be Versaille but it could be a toss up, who knows! While in Paris, the couple was seen having the perfect day spending their hard earned cash with Kim sporting some much revealing side boob and a low cut, low back top. She also wore a pair of jeans that really accentuated her famous ASSets (so jealous, LOL), a pencil skirt, stilettos, and oversize sunglasses. The soon to be wed couple was also spotted shopping at Balenciaga, Colette, and Yves Saint Laurent where Kim purchased a pair of Sophia Webster Heeled Sandals and Kanye, ten unscented hand sanitizers…Of all things to buy Kanye really? Sanitizer? Not sure what thats all about but to each his millions LOL. After all that shopping, the lovebirds headed to L’Avenue for the perfect parisian lunch. So I have to envy these two for the perfect trip, Parisian Lunch in a beautiful restaurant, high end shopping in major brand name stores, Oh and I didn’t mention that Kim had her sweet for the day – Haagen-Dazs, I can’t even fathom how amazing this chic looks, perfection at its best. Kanye is looking a little tired and unhappy, must be all the media attention. Check out the pics of how perfect she looks….

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She looks amazing for just having a baby

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Them Jeans, though!!!

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I really need a pair of jeans like this that cater to us thick chics…Kim you looking amazing and beautiful…congrats to the both of you!!

THE NEXT BEST THANG! LISTEN TO THIS, NOT THAT GARBAGE!

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If you haven’t heard of Dj.AyCE International by now (as of today) then I really don’t know where you been or what you’ve been listening to. A few years ago while attending a Solecon sneaker event, I had the pleasure of meeting Dj. AyCE International. What I didn’t know was that he was related to one of the owners of SneakersandAle.com for whom I blog for and I have to say that ever since that day I have been so happy and blessed to have befriended him. He is the most real, funny, intelligent individual you may ever get to know and what I admire about him the most is that he tells it like it is but in a hilarious way and he is a man of many talents! What talents you may ask? Well that will have to wait for another segment but for now just know that he is a TRUE DJ (think about old school dj’s that used to battle back in the day), a turntablist, producer, visual artist, and a creative entrepreneur. He spins rare grooves, soul, old school hip hop, classics, break beats and pure honey blends just to name a few and he is pretty damn good at it. So when he mentioned to me that part of the video to the music CD he was about to release was to be posted soon, I had to look out for it and see it for myself!

Well that day has finally arrived and I have to say that it is pretty damn awesome compared to most of the music that has been coming out on the airwaves. You gotta hear it for yourself and then let me know what you think about it. Check out part of the AMAZING video below and hit up his Youtube site and subscribe because I know his isn’t finished shocking us with his talents quite yet…check it!