KANYE, ONE WORD: INTEGRITY


Whether you love it or not, but Kanye West was indeed the most talked about artist this year! His 2010 comeback proved he is completely relevant and has much to offer in pop culture. How can you not respect someone passionate in their craft when they spend almost 24 hours a day working on their product?

Kanye was featured in I-D magazine. The look was quite modern with garments ranging from Tom Ford, Dior, etc.  I have read many of Kanye’s interviews (practically all of them), but this particular one was by far one of the most humane of them all. In the interview, he discussed his views on fashion, the kind of woman he love to marry, and of course music. One of the questions which was asked was, “On the qualities he looks for in a woman?

”Integrity. I’m a hopeless romantic and I’m looking and trying to decide who the mother of my child will be. It’s not going to be based off a whim of being in love; she has to bring a certain level to the table. I want to be married, I want that super dope counterpart, that one woman, but she has to be super-fresh, super-smart and not overwhelmed, because being with me is gonna be a job (laughs)….The main quality is that you know that this person will ride or die for you. Whether she’s mad at you, whether she’s with you or not, she still loves you, she still bigs you up in any circle. She doesn’t talk down about you to other people. That’s the main thing I need.”

I really loved that statement he has made in regards to finding the perfect woman for him. whenever we want something, whether it is from a relationship or achieving a goal, it must not only enhance the fathoms of our well being, but add comfort in our lives. The worst thing we can do in this world is lie about ourselves or compromise more than what’s needed! Surely we should seek the strive of excellence of an individual; on the contrary, you must exit the building if they not producing the equivalent amount of work.

Here you have a highly successful artist close to mid-30s who has yet to find the perfect woman for him. Honestly this is nothing disturbing; however, the comment ” being with me is like a job” is what flicked a light bulb in my head. Integrity  was the keyword because in order to be able to humane in situations, we must not lose our focus. We have people in our circle who tend to be fairweather friends. Its kinda scary because you often not sure if they are gong to be there for you unconditionally or not. It must be hard to find someone who is genuinely for you when you are when you are successful without ulterior motives.

The job has to relate towards security in a relationship. I can truly vouch on his statement because being a straight black man whose speaks proper, into art, and fashion is often stereotyped is a job in its entirety. Honestly it is very hard for us to find a woman (particularly a black woman) whose sexy with an intellect and a sense of style to equate her physical attributes.

Sometimes it is very hard for us to be understood when we are not the typical quote on quote archetype black man society displays us. Its very easy for us to be ourselves internally, but its difficult to capture that in a methodical world. How does creativity and innovation is formed? We must have to do things from a different approach from the status quo for us to stand out. Unfortunately, some of us are ostrascized. I truly don’t be like sitting at the lunch table at school by yourself, but ostracized mentally.

This is very common in our society because we are so focused on the joneses’ but you must have the mentality, you are the joneses’ (Nene lol). Why is it that we have care so much about what the next person is wearing or doing? If it is not true to yourself, then do what is true to you! Being creative is often called being weird, but is it really? Sometimes being “weird” is what makes people like some of us more in tuned with the world than the AVERAGE person can imagine. Despite everything, we must not lose our self worth for others.

even though i tend to speak upon fashion and martial arts, but this are issue we all find in ourselves pertaining towards our passion, being humane with integrity to the fullest. There are plenty other interesting responses he made, but this was the truest of all.


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Chuck Liddell retires


It has been reported that MMA fighter and UFC hall of famer, Chuck Liddell has retired from fighting. Without a doubt, he was one of the a list fighters in the mma world.

With a fighting record of 21-8 (only 6 were non UFC bouts) he has proved to be a huge asset for many fighters in and out the ring. His new position will take focus on the executive vice president business development of the UFC.  He has quickly became one of the fighters to beat. One thing about Mr. Liddell is he knows how to put on a show. With a muay thai and kenpo karate as his fighting background, the light heavyweight fighter has stunned many of his opponents with such attitude and charisma after its victory.

chi sao – sticking hands


Alright so maybe its not actually “sticking hands” for my fellow wing chun practioners out there. For some of the people out there who do not practice martial arts, chi sao is a wing chun drill (a Chinese close combat system) which emphasizes sensitivity in the individuals techniques. The objective to build great reflexes through their motions. However I stumbled across this from a fashion editorial. Nevertheless, I can not help but to love this imagery. I totally approve the martial-fashion aesthetic! Right below is an example of the ACTUAL chi sao.

Burberry Pre-fall collection 2011


Christopher Bailey of Burberry has displayed the garments for the pre-fall 2011 collection. Burberry being widely synonymous for their outwear (i.e. trench coat); however, you can not deny the modern aesthetics from the monochromatic garments. The color palette was indeed neutral with a pop of your traditional fall colors. Very sophisticated and casual chic at the same time! These were a few of my favorite looks.

Photosource: JeremyDante

Christmas in Louisville


Displaying my military chic with my exclusive Jeremy Scott Mickey Mouse kicks

Rushing to the mall to buy gifts is finally over. Christmas has finally come, but I wasn’t feeling the spirit at first. Kinda funny who you use to be a kid going to bed at 8 o clock so you can wake up at 5 or 6 in the morning to unwrap your gifts; I would up at 11 o clock (world record for me) lol.

There were alot of gifts under the tree, but they all went to my superstar son. It was a pleasure for him to grace the family with his presence. His grandparents bought him Mercedes G class powerwheel smh amongst other gifts. Far as his wardrobe, Polo most definitely a must; however, I did like some of the items childrens place had such as the fair isle sweater and button up shirts. My son’s mom came by and got me some Ankle/wrist weights. Perhaps this was the best gift ever because it will help my resistance and speed for my martial arts activities.  Kudos to Em for that!

Asa's car in my parents shop

Christmas night was about partying, but the city was dead. It didn’t stop some of my close ones from having a good time. 4th st was gracious to provide no cover charge; however it always good to know people. Last night was really coo because I have met a cousin I never met before. She was hella funny.

Christmas is not always about material items, but the gift of human connection. Connection with your loved ones and celebrating  the true reason.  Don’t get me wrong if someone wanted to get me a pair of Gucci Moccasins or electronics, know yourself out but it shouldn’t only that. The world is so much more. Hope every one has a chic merry christmas.

Last Minute Christmas shopping


Yesterday was a busy day. Clearly I was being super late on the remainder of my shopping. This is America and name another person whose not doing it lol? Anywho, I happen to hit up one of my homies whose like a brother and went to the mall.

The focus was my son and my mother. Even though its easy to get sidetracked, we searched for kicks like a sneaker head! There was nothing to tickle my fancy on the sneakertip, denied!

Truly prefer going online for exclusive, call me fancy why don’t cha lol! My little one made a special entrance to spend time with yours truly, which did not hinder his christmas shopping by any means!

We went to Victoria’s Secret to get a gift for my mother. They actually have a nice amount of items to be great stock stuffers by the fireplace (too much egg nog and someone’s stocking might get stuffed j/k). They were helpful so I copped alot of scents, #noLoveSpell . I even got my sister something, now someone was feeling the christmas spirit lol!

worst fighting scenes of all time #1


to provide the balance, I have to throw some bashing every once in a while. Take this fighting scene for instance from mortal kombat conquest. when I was a kid it was coo, but growing up you see somethings from a different perspective. Clearly this shit sucks ass. There was no realism in the choreography at all! it was very cheesy, but the problem was trying to convert mortal kombat as a family (epic fail). Be the judge of yourselves

Anis interview with E! News


After the launch of the blog, I have made a couple posts on one of my favorite martial artist/tricksters, Anis Cheurfa (also featured in the Chris Brown video, Yeah 3X). This French twisting and flipping phenomen has easily wowed the martial arts world with his incredible tricking ability and ways to defy gravity! I knew about his role through a mutual friend he was going to be in the Tron movie. Who would have known it was going to be beyond a great movie! Here’s  a video interview of Anis doing it big with E!

 

here’s more video footage of Anis.

 

 

Christmas Holiday SHopping


Tis the season of being Joy they say. Quite frankly I don’t know what is there to be joy about… oh yeah, online shopping lol! the emails have been flooding with specials  going on in the e-commerce world. Ya boy really had to take advantage, call me Ike Turner (no pun intended).

One of my favorite places to shop, Topman, is having a 20% off sale along free shipping while karmaloop is doing the same thing! If you want fast delivery, go for Karmaloop. They always been on my good side because they know how to keep it  dougie on the street fashion tip. Not to mention, they have no minimum on the purchase gives it an A+ !

Call me superficial, but I am not. My son is like the freshest kid someone would ever meet. Me being a fashion forward requires for my product (my son) to be as well. Image sells in this world we live; therefore,we must always come correct. It doesn’t matter how much you spend, but how wisely you spend it. The same Ralph Lauren stuff I see at Macys is at TJ Maxx (consumer steal)! With this economically, we must continue to be seize and conquer ever sale there is at the moment!

Monica in Balmain and Prada


I must admit Monica kills it on an occassion. She is rocking the military jacket from Balmain and the Prada Leopard print pumps. The outfit is alright overall. The jacket is everything (its Balmain duh lol), but it would prefer for a slightly shorter jacket. Without the pumps, the jacket would have gave the impression of  a tug of war based on her height. Overall it appears to be a relaxed fit, which should always be the case. She looks good.

image was from: Upscalehype.com

ASOS Shawl Collar Slim Fit Tuxedo Navy Jacket


Some of us fashionistas were not able to grasp the recent Lanvin for H&M collection. Considering the fact it was only available in selective locations caused a slight devastating effect upon us. However, some substitutions are made equal. Take this tux for instance. It is a shawl collar navy blue one buttoned tuxedo jacket by ASOS. The collar is contrasted as black. This jacket is quite elegant and would suffice from the H&M collection.

This jacket is so sickening beyond measure! Obviously you can dress this up going to a formal event or wanna exhibit a more urban chicness by layering a t-shirt with some straight leg jeans, scarf, loafers, or sneakers. Once again, Its your prerogative! Its kinda kanye, but its all about how you gonna translate your swag or style in the mix.  The jacket can definitely provide some mileage like a Kardashian (was that shade??? I think it was the truth lol). All jokes aside, you can really give alot of diversity in this jacket.

For the price of $172.00 isn’t not bad at all! Asos is a site I discovered sometime last year. I would consider them kinda like a british H&M or forever 21, but better.  Hate giving out of my discovered sources, but tis the season to be jolly; therefore, I am sharing the wealth.  expect to see pics with tux for new years. happy holidays!

ASOS Tailoring | ASOS Shawl Collar Slim Fit Tuxedo Navy Jacket at ASOS.