one for one.

i first heard about Toms shoes from Soulmate, on one of our random conversations.   Then, I started seeing them everywhere….  when they finally showed up at my favorite store of all time — NORDSTROM, i knew it was time. 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Toms, their mission is simple:  

TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we’re all about. –

Africa, Uganda, Haiti, and USA are only some of the countries they donate to.  Here’s why you should buy TOMS  1)  they’re fucking comfortable.  2)  they even come in hobbit sizes [Queenie!].  3) they make a donation with no extra cost to u.  4)  you can choose which country your donation goes to, and  5) i said so.

Today, I bought my first pair of Toms Shoes and chose to have the donated pair go to my home country — the good ol’ US of A.  I am now dancing around the office in them, hoping that the kid who got my donated shoes is dancing too.  One for One.   That shit is amazing.

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my girls over at LadyLike have done a FANTABULOUS job covering all things lady like.   if you dont know anything, about anything, let ’em educate you!   just recently they teamed up with my folks over at Adapt for their first collaboration.  all i know is that i want this hoody!   courtsjess! u know it was just my birthday right?

The female-oriented branch of Fatlace, LadyLike, is presenting its first collaborative effort with streetwear label Adapt Advancers. The “Heart of the City Hoodie” represents the three cultural hubs of the San Francisco Bay Area: San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Ladylike designer Courtney Escanio emphasizes that interpretation of the hoodie’s design can be left to each individual.

— John Legend’s version of “Redemption Song”.   Bob will always do it best, but JL’s “i just woke up” raspy vocals give me goosebumps.

— and i’m sure all of you have already heard bout the Hellz x Vans Collab being released next week!   Cop ’em while they hot!

– bikram yoga.  catch me in the studio on Sunday!   i stay doin’ work, son.

that’s all i got for ya today folks.  happy Friday!

Levi’s 411

As I sit in my 501’s,  I’m tellin Hayati about this guy who made a cameo in my dream as my professor in college.  1) I got my degree years ago and 2) I’m way older than this dude so how in the hell could he be MY professor?    weird, but nonetheless true.

A few months back, one of my Twitter homies put me on to this kid MaestroKnows.   So,  being curious, I started to follow him.    One day he put up an obscene amount of tweets and I was on the rag so being extra annoyed I hopped on the laptop to unfollow “whoever this maestro guy is that thinks he knows everything”.

I click on his link before I click “unfollow” and 3 hours later, I’ve devoured his entire website, episodes, blogs and all.     Not only do I never get around to unfollowing his ass, but now his site has been added to my RSS Feed Google Reader.

Levi Maestro is a kid from LA, grindin’ the streets (literally), and puttin it all on film with a fisheye.   His determination, focus, and inspiration come thru loud and clear in everything he puts out… and he’s good looking to boot.    What more can u ask for?    He is definitely a breath of fresh LA air.   One thing is for damn sure….Maestro Knows. check him!

Maestro Knows – Episode 2 (Anthony Hamilton) from Maestro Knows on Vimeo.

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– Sade’s Soldier of Love.  super anxious for her new album to drop.

Boy’s Life.   my new favorite blog thanks to Rio.   Reminds me of the book I’ve been reading.. “Do They Serve Beer in Hell”.  highly entertaining if u ask me. 

So until I meet the girl of my dreams, basically just like my last girlfriend just better looking and not totally insane. Until she bumps into me at Whole Foods, she’s singing “Some girls are bigger than others” on her iPod and didn’t notice me reaching for the granny smith apples and walks right into my arm. Until this happens, which totally could on any given early in the week weeknight, when I accompany said best friend while he buys groceries, (I have not gotten to the grocery stage of adult hood yet, so I just roll with him and try and make eye contact, and he throws out the occasional “How do you tell which ones are ripe?” to fruit browsing ladies) Until that magic day, I will keep going to therapy and try to become a better person. One day I actually may be ready to have what they call a “true partnership with another human being.” SO, UNTIL THAT DAY, these are my adventures.

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If I do end up sleeping with a girl that “squirts,” I will break my rules about not getting douchey and divulge all details in their entirety including iphone pics of wet spots on my bed.  Sorry. I mature slowly.

Garage Glamorous.  one of my really good friends has started slangin’ her feather earrings for the masses.   holla atcha girl.

Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn.    In anticipation for my upcoming trip to Sin City, i purchased Tera Patrick’s new book cuz she’s doing a book signing at this year’s AVN and i’ll be damned if i dont get a boob grab from her.   T-3 weeks and counting.

– my free time.  which, as of late, i dont have much of.   super overtime at work, christmas shopping, planning Adonis’ birthday, my birthday, my parent’s anniversary shindig and all my side projects (WTForks, Hellz, the book, and another super secret project i’m workin on with Jess and Courts) and i’m fuckin SPENT. all i want for christmas is for someone give me a second or two to breathe. 

with that said.. i should take a break.   if i can stand being away from this blog for more than a couple days, then i’ll catch u guys on the other side of my 27th birthday.   i’ll see you then, or i’ll see you another time!   HA.

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-my favorite estelle song x anuhea = LOVE. got to see her live on my last trip there @ the pipeline and i love her cover. just love.

– my new hurr.     and jess’ visit back home to SF.  check the fatlace blog for more pics from the fatlace 10 year anniversary party!

– Hellz x Reebok collab.

– my cousin’s new mixtape!  check out my cuz DJ IZZACE! buy it here!


I’d like to introduce to you a good friend of mine and my favorite baby mama.   She also happens to be one of the most talented makeup artists and hair stylists I know.

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i was  in her company  last week as she prepped my hair for my big perm,  and we started talking about her, her drive, and her passion.

I first met Charrie a few years back and the very first thing I noticed about her was her makeup.  It was absolutely flawless!    Not surprising tho, because she learned to apply makeup on herself at the very young age of 5.    Her love of makeup began here, backstage at competitions, keeping herself busy while mom did costume changes. 

Through the years, she honed in on her skill and continued to practice the art of makeup application.  After joining the MAC team in 2004 she learned new techniques through extensive training and enhanced her creativity.  She became APPLICATION certified while picking up freelance work on the side, such as photo shoots and weddings and other special events.  She is the driving talent force behind John Robert Powers Model and Talent Agency, MILO Model and Talent agency,  Softsheen Carson Tour, Maybelline Cosmetics,, Tsing Tao Expo,, and was published in Hairtrendz magazine.   We’ve also worked together for the MAV Foundation fashion shows (next one coming up 11/28).   She’s not only amazing as an artist, but an amazing friend as well.    

oh, and because we were pregnant together,  our children are now arranged to be married.   lol.  can i just say, she was the most beautiful pregnant woman I’ve ever seen in my life.  as in EVER.  i mean, there i go lookin like a beached whale, and she’s like… glowing.

Check out the Be.Bella YouTube channel as she shares with you her passion.  Be.Bella is painting faces. molding hair. changing lives.

ya digg – holiday edition.

with christmas just around the corner and the release of the holiday collection from hellz, i started to think about what I really wanted this year.

i bring u my preliminary wish list.. shit im diggin for the xmas season.

Cult Classic.   Hellz Bellz is rockin my socks with their holiday shit.   that cardigan??  the villian jacket?   got my name on the cake and it aint even my birthday (yet!)

The collection creates a moody and subtle yet inspiring ambience through a darker holiday color palette with a sense of mischievousness throughout the collection, as well as a connection to every female’s devious side. New interesting pieces in this collection include; the ‘Villains’ jacket, a unique play on a motorcycle/peacoat with an exaggerated collar, perforated leather sleeves and wool body.



see the rest of the collection here

– this handbag by MADE HER THINK.  at a $570 price point its a LITTLE out of my budget but fuck thats why its a wish list, right?


Jamaica! Jamaica!   Caribbean vacations ALWAYS go on sale during the holidays, so trade in ur snowboots for some pristine beaches!    a 6 day Jamaican vacation is uber affordable at $599.  (thats including ur stay at an all inclusive resort AND roundtrip air people!)  pack yo bags!



– speaking of snowboots, i need new snow gear.   i’ve been rockin the same board + bindings set for 4 seasons now, and def need to get fitted up for this season’s epic snow.


– these Jeffrey Campbell wedge boots.  i. die.


ok i’m done for now. santa baby, hurry down the chimney tonight!

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 — Brooklyn Hawaii.   This Hawaii bred photographer rocks my socks.   she just did a shoot for in4mation and their new release.

and her and the mansies are TOO CUTE. i swear, i wanna be her friend.   Brooke, if ur reading this, HOLLAAAAAA! 

— my cousin put me on to this dude last night…  his name is Urban Rage (or so he calls himself)   andddddddddd I CRIED FROM LAUGHING SO HARD.  the funniest part about it?   he’s serious!   (see if u can catch the part where he wants to lick his girl’s balls.  WHAT THE FUCK)

— this Opening Ceremony onesie.

— and this concoction from my beloved, the Kogi truck.  You’re lookin at the kimchi pastrami melt.  pastrami and kimchi that were caramelized together and then put on some toast with cheese and pressed on a grill. topped with picked persimmons and arugula and a small dash of sesame mayo. of course, can’t forget the Korean spicy pickle for garnish. EAT ON!!

—  Midnight Marauders by Fat Freddie’s Drop .  New Zealand funk/reggae/soul

— finally this shoe.  i walked into the store yesterday for some NUDE PUMPS and walked out with these babies thanks to the 2 gays who convinced me i was milf of the year with them on.   i stood no chance.  gays always win. 

when worse comes to worst, my people come first.


WTFun for Funds!

The flier above is promoting a fundraiser that me, my girl Abi, and Boogie Events is throwing on Sat. October 17th at 111 Minna in SF from 7-10pm. Come through and eat delicious food, get ur nails did, or shop vintage digs, and get a chance to cop the creme de la creme of streetwear for just $2! Basically, do all the shit u’d probably be doing on a Saturday night anyway – except do it knowing that you will not be the only one benefitting from it. All donations, all raffle proceeds, all food sales, and a portion of the individual vendors profit will go towards the flood victims of Typhoon Ketsana.

“Because if it wasn’t for your parents struggle it would be YOU on that rooftop”

And when I say fundraiser, I mean FUNdraiser. Here is just a taste of what the evening has to offer:

Vendor Services:
Stephs Closet providing discount, unique vintage clothing
MJ’s Skin Mechanix, providing waxing and lash extensions
A. Sade, for them funky, fresh nail designs
Ladybird SF, with beautiful handmade jewelry
And more!

Food by:
Dashanhairolla – LUMPIA CART FOLKS. That’s RIDICULOUS yall know u aint gotta be Filipino to love lumpia!
Poleng Lounge
Le Colonial
Sweet Dreams Bakery
Ihaw Ihaw
Anthony’s Cookies

Raffle prizes by:
Hellz Bellz
Adapt Clothing
Dimepiece Designs
Sedusa Studios
My Raw Fitness
Ruel’s Fitness Training
Bella Nirvana
Brooklyn Circus
Jackson Arms
The W Hotel
Homeroom Clothing
And more!

With a special pre-party performance by the beautiful, and talented members of Nemenzo.
Then dance the night away to the sound of the Musonics and laugh ur asses off for the official Jo Koy afterparty.

So folks if you’re anywhere near SF please come through, say hi, have fun, and get fat all for a good cause. And if u can’t – tell someone who can. And tell them to tell someone. Thanks everyone!

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– my girl adri’s vintage chanel ring Photo 119

– these Dolce Vita “Crystal” Sandals

– only the best invention ever!   THE KINDLE.

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– lesson of the day: be nice to the dorky chinese kids in ur class.  cuz they could be uber talented like this kid.

– this amazing cheap monday denim thats on its way to my front door as we speak.cm_100704a_lblk-2

– and this quote:

He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry. He’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy who is perfect for you. — Bob Marley

Star Sand dried green mango and Tita’s banana chips.     AND… out of all the pasalubong i brought back from HI, i’m fucking out of everything.  that just means its time to go back.