Monthly Archives: October 2013

Ciara Flaunts Her $500,000 Engagement Ring & Blazing Body In An Alon Livne Dress

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Yesterday, I reported that rapper Future proposed to R&B singer Ciara while giving her a 15-carat ring. See the original post here! The “Honest” rapper dropped $500,000 on the “Body Party” singer’s engagement ring, jewelers from Avianne & Co told People magazine.

Last night Monday (October 28), the soon-to-be bride/wife appeared at Hotel Derek in Houston, Texas for the first stop of her Moët Rosé Lounge Series. The company also gifted Cici a custom 3L Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé bottle with crystallized messaging that read, “Happy Birthday Ciara.”

For the black affair event, Cici showed her blazing body in a black sheer cutout Alon Livine dress from the brand’s Fall 2013 collection.

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Russell Westbrook’s Fashion Spread For Vogue Magazine With CFDA 2013 Fashion Fund Finalist Jason Jones

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NBA player Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder continues to style in these fashion publications. Last week, I posted his feature in the November 2013 issue of GQ France magazine (see the original post here) and earlier in the year, he was featured in Vogue Italia. Now the self-proclaimed fashion king is featured in a photo spread for Vogue magazine November 2013 issue with CFDA 2013 Fashion Fund Finalist and accessory designer Jason Jones. 

In the fashion spread, Westbrook models a gold belt with the matching Medicine Man Pumpkin Duffle from Jones Parabellum collection. Below is an excerpt:

Having essentially grown up in his father’s antiques store in L.A., accessories designer Jason Jones, 42 (shown here, right, with Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook), learned early on the values of a kind of burnished quality. Parabellum, started seven years ago with business partner Mike Feldman, is Jones’s endeavor to reclaim that standard. His bags and leather goods are all cut from the sturdy hides of American bison, with each characterized by a deeply individual texture (many of Jones’s favorites feature scarred-over gore wounds) and layered with five or six different shades of dye. Fastenings and buckles are molded in technical ceramic developed by NASA, adding a futuristic component to otherwise old-school techniques. “American craftsmanship is artisanal, but in a hammer-and-nails sort of way; it’s crude,” says Jones, who is of Japanese and Hopi Indian descent. “We wanted to bring a Bottega level of quality.

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Photos Credit: Sebastian Kim |Vogue

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Toya Wright’s $445 Diane von Furstenberg Shany Floral Lace Jumpsuit

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Former reality star turned boutique owner and author Toya Wright celebrated her 30th birthday in Las Vegas. For the celebration, the mini entrepreneuress wore a $445 Diane von Furstenberg Shany Floral Lace Jumpsuit paired with red pumps.

Toya’s two-tone floral lace jumpsuit features a plunging surplice neckline & racerback, cinched waist & side slash pockets. You can purchase it at Neiman Marcus, Shop Bop or DVF.

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Lookbook: Asphalt Yacht Club Releases Fall 2013 Collection

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Inspired by today’s youth and their journey from struggle to success, Asphalt Yacht Club (AYC) is a new skate and lifestyle clothing line that combines skate culture, street style, and contemporary fashion into one.

AYC is a creative collaboration that reflects the diversity of its team members, drawing inspiration from the stories of their unique challenges and triumphs, and embracing the innovative spirit of their success. Using their pioneering careers as a template, Asphalt Yacht Club strives to elevate the dialogue of fashion within street culture and beyond.

The brand’s 2013 Fall collection features hoodies, fleeces, raglans and tees. To purchase pieces from the collection, visit their online shop here.

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Tuesday On Instagram: Moncia, Tiny & Yandy Smith Styling In Designers

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Multi-platinum R&B singer Monica is one talented chic! She can sing and her style has always been on another level. I love Monica! She’s so underrated. I don’t think she gets the credit that she deserves because she’s true to herself, fans and never went “Hollywood” or “sold her soul” for fame or success. The College Park, GA-native made quite the splash during her latest Instagram flick. She styled a Clover Canyon top with royal blue leather pants and black pumps.

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Tiny loves flossing in designers! She was photo’d relaxing on a sofa. The multi-platinum Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter paired a cream tank top with navy pants. Her outfit was completed with a Celine bag in pony hair and Chanel sneakers.

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Yandy Smith was spotted making her Love and Hip Hop New York press rounds in a royal blue YS by Simply Intricate dress paired with $1,295 Christian Louboutin Lady Daf Pumps.

Photos Credit: Monica’s Instagram |Tiny’s Instagram | Yandy Smith’s Instagram

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Lebron James Debuts His Color-Blocked 1-of-1 Lebron 11 Sneakers

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Last weekend, the Internets were abuzz when NBA player LeBron James of the Miami Heat attended his 11|11 Experience event in Miami in a pair of color-blocked 1-of-1 Lebron 11 sneakers. He paired his kicks with a buttoned down shirt and denim jeans.

The event was spearheaded by Nike to celebrate the launch of the LeBron 11 sneaker. Are you feeling these kicks?

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Lala Anthony Wears A $3,590 Emilio Pucci Crystal-Embellished Wool-Blend Jumpsuit & $2,795 Christian Louboutin Artifice Pumps

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Over this past weekend, YDBR’s fly chic Lala Anthony attended the taping of BET’s 2013 Black Girls Rock! at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The event is empowering for women and young girls. Lala looked fabulous! For the event, she styled in a $3,590 black Emilio Pucci Crystal-Embellished Wool-Blend Jumpsuit and $2,795 Christian Louboutin Artifice Pumps.

Lala’s jumpsuit is cut from wool-blend crepe with a touch of silk. It features a jeweled halter-style neckline, front pleats, side slash pocket, sheer racerback panel, and concealed side zip You can purchase it at SaksNet-A-Porter or Style Bop.

Ladies, are you feeling Lala’s ensemble?

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Kicks On Fire: Jadakiss Rocks Air Jordan 5 Retro “Laney High” Sneakers

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Rapper Jadakiss was spotted partying inside of a nightclub. For his night of partying, the respected Hip Hop legend kept it casual in a pair of Air Jordan 5 Retro “Laney High” Sneakers. These highly anticipated sneakers will hit select Jordan Brand retailers this weekend Saturday (November 2).

The Laney High School-inspired Air Jordan V keeps things classic with the return of a full tumbled leather build and oval laces as well. White leads the look for these, working together with hits of varsity maize and varsity royal throughout. Just like the 2000 first edition, we see MJ’s number 23 on the heel and a translucent outsole below“.

Jadakiss paired his Jordan sneakers with an Air Jordan hat and the matching $60 Jordan Flight Club Graphic Crew and camo pants.

Hopefully Def Jam Records will soon sign off to release Jadakiss’ new album Top 5 Dead Or Alive.

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Singer Sevyn Streeter’s $12,534 Balmain Embroidered Laminated Nappa Dress

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Singer Sevyn Streeter makes her YDBR debut! Over this past weekend, she was also at the taping of BET’s 2013 Black Girls Rock! at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The event is empowering for women and young girls. For the occasion, the “I Like It” singer was styled by celebrity stylist Marnixmarni’s and rocked a $12,534 Balmain Embroidered Laminated Nappa Dress accessorized with a black, gold & silver waist belt and Christian Louboutin pumps.

Sevyn’s Matelassé embroidered nappa leather dress features a deep V neckline, Lurex, stone and crystal embroidery, two side pockets and a silk lining. You can purchase it at Luisviaroma.

Starting next month, the “It Won’t Stop” singer will tour with K .Michelle on her ‘Rebellious Soul‘ tour. Sevyn serves as opening act.

It is rumored that Sevyn is dating NBA player Dorell Wright of the Portland Trailblazers.

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Is He The Canadian LeBron James? Andrew Wiggins For GQ

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College basketball player Andrew Wiggins of the Kansas Jayhawks is featured in the latest issue of GQ magazine. Wiggins is one of the nation’s top college and pro prospect. The Thornhill, Ontario-native is receiving as much hype as Lebron James was receiving back in 2003 when he first came into the league. Most likely Wiggins will enter the 2014 NBA Draft, be considered the favorite and selected the top pick. With much buzz surrounding the 18-year-old college basketball player, the endorsement market for him is getting bigger and could be bigger than it was for LeBron James when he was a rookie. Wiggins already has a $180 million Adidas shoe deal offer.

In his interview, Wiggins talked to GQ about being compared to LeBron James, respecting Kevin Durant’s game, keeping his teammates involved and making them better, not being a selfish player and much more. Below are some excerpts:

The problem with all the YouTube highlights is that they’re not quite good enough—technically, that is. Not enough pixels, frames, angles. Even in slo-mo, the first steps, the crossovers, the behind-the-backs, are so fast that it’s often impossible to figure out what the hell Andrew Wiggins is doing out there. It’s the speed, of course. (Hot genes: dad an NBA baller; mom still owns the Canadian record in the 200 meters.) But it’s also the silkiness. Big as he is, Wiggins almost never throws his 197-pound frame around. Unlike LeBron James, who weighed 240 pounds in high school, Wiggins is no monster; he’s a wraith. Which may be one of the reasons the kid from Toronto is loath to make the comparison.

“Aw, it’s not fair to even say my name in the same sentence as his,” says Wiggins during his first week of classes at Kansas. “I haven’t even played one game of college ball.” Is there another player who’s more comparable? “I like Kevin Durant’s game! Ain’t nothing he can’t do. Shoot. Has a handle. Plays D. Scores at will. Durant, man! Has that killer instinct.”

Interesting, that last bit. Some have seen Wiggins’s ability to shiver through defenders without touching them as an unwillingness to knock heads and stake his claim as The Man. “Anybody who has ever watched me knows that I get my teammates involved, that I make them better,” Wiggins responds. “I’m not too selfish or unselfish.”

Asked, after calling himself a “child of God,” if he ever wonders to his Creator, “Why me?” Wiggins gives a sheepish laugh, then says, “Nah.”

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