Monthly Archives: July 2013

Young Fashion Killa: Diggy Simmons In Balmain & Kris Van Assche

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Somewhere in NYC, Diggy Simmons did a little shopping. He also posed in an art/painting boutique. As always, the teenage rap star and fashion trendsetter was styling in upscale designers. Diggy paired a light brown shirt with $1,340 Balmain Basic Stretch Denim Biker Jeans which you can get at Luisaviaroma. He matched his ensemble with $599 Kris Van Assche lace Up High Top Sneakers (seen in white below) which are from the brand’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. They feature a round toe, extended lace up closure in white, unlined collar & extended leather tongue and a zip closure at the heel. They’re completed with white rubber foxing, tone on tone stitching, leather upper and rubber sole. Get these sneakers at Forward by Elyse Walker, Farfetch or Luisaviaroma. Is Diggy a fashion trendsetter or what?

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Photo Credits: Diggy’s Instagram | jeans via Luisaviaroma  | sneakers via sneakers via Luisaviaroma & Farfetch

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Kelly Rowland Gets Glam Up In A Black Dress & Fur Vest For The September 2013 Issue Of Essence Magazine

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In the midst of Essence magazine announcing Vanessa K. Bush as their new Editor-In-Chief, multi-platinum Grammy Award winning singer Kelly Rowland covers the publication’s September issue.

The “Dirty Laundry” singer, X-Factor judge and Jaguar spokewoman gets glam up in a black dress layered under a fur vest for the Fall 2013 issue. Inside, she talks about her sister Beyoncé & the life she wants for herself, finding her strength through boxing, and why she is afraid to share her feelings. Below are some highlights: 

On Beyoncé and the life she wants for herself:

“For a long time I wasn’t happy, but that had nothing to do with Beyoncé. That had to do with me trying to get my life in order and make better decisions for myself. I’m seeing all these wonderful things happen for her and I am happy for her. But I want a path. I want things to pop off for me, too. Not on her level but whatever my level is supposed to be.”

On finding her strength through boxing:

“I see the beauty in boxing…It teaches me strength, physically but mostly mentally. I had to learn my strength, because for so long I could have been tougher than I was.”

On why she was afraid to share her feelings:

“’….cause I didn’t want anybody to judge me. But now I don’t care, Judge me if you want to. And as a matter of fact, it won’t even count, ‘cause the only person who can judge is God.”

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Top 5 Rappers Who Love To Flaunt Their Sunglasses

It is no secret that vintage sunglasses are generally preferred by rappers. These in-demand sunglasses are worn in photo shoots, music videos, and whether they are performing or outside or walking on the red carpet. Everywhere you turn rappers like Jay-Z and Kanye West are wearing their dark shaded glasses. Most of their eye wear brands include high-end ones which include: Louis Vuitton and Mosley Tribes; for vintage frames they prefer brands like Cazal and Alpina. For more styles visit Glassesonweb.

Here are a few rappers that love to flaunt their sunglasses:

1 .Jay-Z. We start off  with Jay –Z at the top of the rapper list who is obsessed with his designer sunglasses. Besides his impeccable style, impressive rap, and keen business sense  what makes Jay-Z respected is his trademark fashion. Jay-Z is rarely leaves his house without his sunglasses. His black-framed aviator sunglasses look cool and saves him from Paparazzi‘s bright camera flash.

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2. Kanye West. As for his friend Jay-Z, West prefers his classic visor style frame. His frames have been an iconic piece among hip hop lovers. We prefer him wearing black frames rather than experimenting with colored ones. Click here for more sunglass styles.

3. 50 Cent. He may have slipped off the celebrity radar for time being, but you can count 50 Cent and his wicked fashion sense. Like Jay –Z he opts for dark glasses but with a tint of glitz on them accessorized with his fur collar and heavy gold jewelry.

4. Will. I. Am. He too opts for some funky shades, switching between pop and hip hop. His fashion is becoming renowned and he is rated as one of the hottest stars today. A vintage Cazal eyeglass compliments his face and looks really cool. On the red carpet he didn’t miss a chance to show his Porsche style. This style only works for stars like Will. I .Am!

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5.Lil’ Wayne. The Bretta brand is what Lil Wayne prefers. This aviator-style looks great on both men and women, and if Lil Wayne can look good wearing this shade, I must then tell you it’s a winner. Anyone and everyone will look the best with this stunning pair.

Visit CelebritySunglassesWatcher.com for more great sunglass styles and to check out all your favorite celebrities in the latest eye wear gear!

Disclosure: I am disclosing that compensation was provided for this post. I agreed to publish it, however, the opinions expressed herein are those of the author. 

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Get The Look: Monica In An H&M Jersey Top, ASOS Leggings & Gucci Coda Neon Leather High-Top Sneakers

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Last week, singer Monica and her husband Shannon Brown took the kids to WWE Live. For the wrestling event, a pregnant Monica dressed in an oversized H&M jersey top and $30 ASOS Leggings in Aztec Tribal Print. These form-fitting Monochrome Aztec design leggings are available at ASOS. She topped her outfit off with a Chanel bag and $690 Gucci Coda Neon Leather High-Top Sneakers which are from the fashion house’s Summer 2013 collection. They are completed with a perforated leather upper with tonal trim, tonal laces and sole, and interlocking G detail on the tongue. You can buy Monica’s sneakers at Neiman Marcus or Gucci.

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Photo Credits: Monica’s Instagram | leggings via ASOS | sneakers via Neiman Marcus 

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Dope Or Nope? Drake Rocks A Tommy Hilfiger Sailing Gear Anorak Jacket From The Brand’s 90’s Collection

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Lil Wayne’sAmerica’s Most Wanted‘ tour stopped in Buffalo, New York last night and before the show, music mogul Birdman, CEO Mack Maine, and YMCMB/OVO’s rapper Drake posed for a picture together on the tour bus. Drizzy Drake rocked a vintage Tommy Hilfiger Sailing Gear Anorak Jacket from the brand’s 90’s collection. This color-blocked jacket features a TH Sailing Gear patch on the upper front left side, an adjustable hoodie, two front pockets and snap buttons. If you’re interested in buying this jacket, put your bid in on eBay. Drizzy Drake’s fourth annual OVO Fest returns next Monday (August 5). Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Ace Hood have been listed as performers. Why is Drizzy Drake pulling clothes from the 90’s and trying to bring them back?

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Photo Credits: Birdman’s Instagram | jacket via ebay

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Do You Understand A Chic With A Mean Shoe Game? Rocsi Diaz In $1,318 Nicholas Kirkwood X Peter Pilotto Sandals

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Last night Monday (July 29), media personality and Entertainment Tonight’s correspondent Rocsi Diaz attended the CW & CBSTCA Summer Party‘ in Los Angeles. For the upscale occasion, Diaz styled a pair of $1,318 now $395 Nicholas Kirkwood X Peter Pilotto Sandals with a black Helmut Lang jacket and Helmut Lang jersey Wrap Skirt. These Nicholas Kirkwood sandals feature a multi-color pattern, rear zip closure, leather sole, laces, contrasting applications and covered heel. You can purchase these sandals at The Corner. What is your verdict on Rocsi’s ensemble?

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Photo Credits: Getty Images |  Rocsi’s Instagram |shoes via The Corner

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Are You Going To This Concert? J. Cole & Wale Announce ‘What Dreams May Come True’ Tour

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They both came into the game around the same time, they’re both signed to Roc Nation (Wale is signed to Roc Nation Management), they’re both good friends, they’re both chart-topping rappers and now they’re both about to go on tour together. The Born Sinner (J. Cole) rapper and The Gifted (Wale) emcee just announced the dates for the Fall 2013What Dreams May Come True‘ tour. The North America trek kicks off September 10 in Miami at the James L. Knight Center. The duo will also hit more arenas and theatres across the country in major market cities including Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Toronto, New Orleans, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, and other cities before wrapping up on October 30 in Seattle at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets go on sales to the general public this Friday (August 2) at jcolemusic.com, Ticketmaster.com and axs.com.

Official dates to J. Cole & Wale’s ‘What Dreams May Come True’ (Subject to change):

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Singer Keyshia Cole Releasing New Shoe Collection With Steve Madden

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Singer Keyshia Cole is expanding her brand outside of music and jumping into the footwear industry. The “Enough Of No Love” singer teamed up with footwear company Steve Madden for her own collection of shoes. From the photos I’ve seen so far, these shoes are a beautiful creation. The soles of the shoes are inscribed with Keyshia Cole’s signature. Hopefully KC will crossover and reach mainstream success with her newest endeavor. She took to her Instagram account and posted a sneak peek of her upcoming collaboration. See the pictures below:

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Ladies, are you buying these shoes?

Photo Credits: Keyshia Cole’s Instagram

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NBA Player Lance Stephenson Wears Balenciaga Sneakers; Plus Pics Of Him Vacaying In PR With His Girlfriend K. Michelle

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NBA player Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers was photo’d in a pair of $555 Balenciaga Combo High Top Sneakers. These multi-material high top sneakers features grained, metallic, textured panels, contrast patent leather trim throughout and transparent rubber sole. You can purchase them at Barneys. He paired his sneakers with white jeans and a green striped tee-shirt. Stephenson has found love off the court! He is now dating R&B singer K. Michelle. The twosome recently ended their Puerto Rico vacation. K.Michelle is currently in Houston promoting her upcoming album, Rebellious Soul. The project arrives August 13th. Peep the photos below:

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Photo Credits: Lance Stephenson’s Instagram | K. Michelle’s Instagram | sneakers Barneys

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Lil Kim Is Taking It Back To Her Roots: The Queen Bee Announces New Mixtape ‘Hard Core: Back To 2 Da Streetz’

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The Queen Bee (Lil  Kim) is taking it back to her early hardcore roots! In November 1996, the Brooklyn-native released her certified double platinum debut, Hard Core, which featured the platinum selling and chart topping singles “No Time” and “Not Tonight“. Almost 17 years later, the iconic Grammy Award winning female rapper has announced that she’s releasing a new mixtape, entitled Hard Core: Back 2 Da Streetz, which borrows its title and is a sequel to her debut. For the mixtape cover art, the Notorious B.I.G.’s protegé recreates the memorable Hard Core artwork. For the cover of Kim’s landmark album, she wore a sheer lingerie as she posed over a white tiger, a fireplace is also featured in the background with champagne and dozens of roses. On the upcoming mixtape, Kim is not featured on the cover art. A white tiger, a lot of money, and bottles of Ciroc is featured on the cover. The fireplace and roses remains!

Lil Kim Hard Core cover below:

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It is also being reported that Kim’s forthcoming LP is in the final stages of being completed and it is scheduled to be released later this year or the top of 2014. Two weeks ago, Kim released her new track, “Look Like Money” and she already filmed the visual with Kimbella from Love & Hip Hop. Next year, Kim is also set to release her long-delayed book, Price Of Loyalty. The book is based on her time served in prison.

 Are you excited to see Kim making a comeback?

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