Monthly Archives: April 2008

Black is Beautiful (in Italy)

Courtesy of

“This just in from a source:

Steven Meisel has just shot an entire issue of Vogue Italia with all black models, hoping that other issues of Vogue start to diversify their own portfolios.

Apparently, all of the photo shoots have already happened, as model bookers at various agencies have been contacted and sourced for new, beautiful, not-white girls — and now they’re twittering about how cool the issue will be.”

Its almost a shame that Italian Vogue is going to be the first to do this. Especially considering that Americans pride themselves in their diversity. Logically, however, it makes sense. Italians do love brown.

Because it seems appropriate – a tribute to some of my favorite black models:

Selita Ebanks of Victoria’s Secret Fame

Ajuma Nasenyana

Noemie Lenoir (aka Genevive from Rush Hour 3)

Timeless and Flawless Iman

The divine Alek Wek

Liya Kebede

Central Park Summerstage Schedule

There is nothing better than sitting on the lawn and enjoying some free tunes on a warm summer Saturday.  And, its even better when the show’s free.
Central Park Summerstage’s schedule’s up and online (though this isn’t news, I’m just getting the time to check it out).

I will probably be taking advantage of Vampire Weekend and Yael Naim (you know, the girl that sing’s the Macbook Air song).

Listen to Vampire Weekend Perform Cape Cod LIVE! on Jimmy Kimmel

Listen to Yael Naim cover Britney Spears’s Toxic

Dolce Vita – Sample Sale

Easily one of my favorite brands of shoes, primarily because they’re always comfortable, come in fun colors and are exceptionally affordable (between $80 – $200 a pair), Dolce Vita’s having a Sample Sale effective today!

The Summer Oxford You Never Knew You Had To Have

Pure 80’s Sass

(on sale for $80.00)

You can also, order online.

Recommended: My Brightest Diamond

Living in NYC offers me the pleasure of being introduced to things that I might not have otherwise known in other parts of the country. My Brightest Diamond (read:singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden) is one of them. Mixing elements of opera, classical, maybe even a little tango and rock, she reminds me of a Si-Se* meets Porishead meets Jesca Hoop with more ‘tude. What this world really needs, is more rock opera.

You can check out My Brightest Diamond on MySpace.

Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 New York (redux)

(photo courtesy of Men’s Vogue)

Any self-respecting New Yorker should recognize this print – Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 rendering of the useful, albiet boring, NYC subway map. Since the original was released, Vignelli has updated the original (yeah, L train) and 500 signed copies are available for purchase for a cool $300. You’ll be the envy of all your subway trekking friends.

Bowie Obama

We always knew that Obama was a little bit country and a lot bit rock and roll, this just sums it up.

Lil’ Jon Gets Wine.

This isn’t something we would generally post here, but good friends at So Good Blog turned our attention to this interesting news article:

Lil Jon, eloquently describes his feelings on wine in a phone interview with the AP, stating: “I’m not no ‘drink wine every day’ kind of dude…I’m not like an expert, so don’t ask me no questions … I just like the taste.”

Equally as eloquently, he also adds:

“My full name is Jonathan,” the Atlanta-based artist said. “The wine is more nature: I wanted to not just have a direct connection, but make it just a little bit more upscale than regular ‘Lil Jon.’ … This is not no ghetto Boone’s Farm; this is some real wine.”

Will red wine replace krunk juice as the preferred drink of the hood? only time will tell…

Things I Like on Boys: Hats

A few days ago, I got a fabulous new haircut by my fabulous new stylist, at Arrojo Studio on Varick Street in Manhattan.

NOTE: Seriously, I can’t disclose said stylist’s name because he’s so amazing and I’m afraid that if the word gets out, I won’t be able to get an appointment.

Aside for giving me one of the best haircuts I’ve ever had in my life, my stylist was wearing the most amazing hat, which really tied together his whole look.

Hats aren’t just for baldies and baseball players anymore.

And by hats, I mean:


photo courtesy of Men's Vogue


Top Hats

 photos courtesy of  *Cheshire Puss*'s Flickr


and tiny little knit caps

photo courtesy of Laurie's Flickr



April 4 – Tunes.

Ladytron – Black Cat
Yeah! New Ladytron!

Black Kids – “I’m Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You” (video)
Kind of sick of this band, but still can’t stop listening to this song…

This Week’s All Song’s Considered
A really good one this week – playlist includes:

  • DeVotchKa
    Mad and Faithful Telling / New World
  • Colin Meloy
    Colin Meloy Sings Live! / Wonder
  • Make a Rising
    Infinite Ellipse and Head With Open Fontanel / Sneffels Yokul
  • Man Man
    Rabbit Habits / Ballad of Butter Beans
  • The Raconteurs
    Consolers of the Lonely / Many Shades of Black
  • Peter Fedofsky
    The Curious Flying Machine / Dumb Angel


Joseph Gordon Levitt (you know the kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun) and Claudia Schiffer get naughty in the April issue of GQ.

If you can get over the fact that she’s old enough to be his mom – its pretty hot.