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Courtesy of @ernestalfonso

Special Delivery
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
4:49am
via Twitter @ernestalfonso
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The Bird Man

major league [mey-jer leeg]
noun
1. either of the two main professional baseball leagues in the U.S.
2. a league of corresponding stature in certain other sports, as ice hockey, football, or basketball.

$7 Beanie (H&M)
$4 Glasses (Sante Alley)
$5 Herringbone Blazer (Goodwill)
$2 Orioles Henley (thrift)
$1 Tiger Print Bandanna (thrift)
$2 Levi's 550 (thrift)
$45 Vans (Vans Store)

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My Work :: Asha Kamali for 2010 Soul Train Awards


A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with and styling actress/personality Asha Kamali! She hosted the red carpet on behalf of SoulTrain.com and the American Heart Association, interviewing all your favorite celebrity guests, for the 2010 Soul Train Awards and backstage at the American Heart Association's Red Lounge. She looked AMAZING in the creme, one-sholder Deniesh cocktail dress I pulled for her!

The show filmed in Atlanta Wednesday, November 10th, and the aired on BET and CENTRIC Monday, November 29th.

I LOVE Asha! Had a great time working with her and very much look forward to the next time!

Check out the links below to see her in action!


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Braveheart

war·ri·or /ˈwɔriər, ˈwɔryər, ˈwɒriər, ˈwɒryər/ [wawr-ee-er, wawr-yer, wor-ee-er, wor-yer]
–noun
1. a person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier.
2. a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics.

$4 Glasses (Sante Alley)
$2 Tribal Print Shirt (thrift)
$24 Plaid Scarf (Urban Outfitters)
$10 Jean Jacket (Old Navy)
$7 Leather Cuff (H&M)
$20 Jeans (Zoo York Outlet)
$45 Vans (Vans Store)

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Axel Foley

de·tec·tive /dɪˈtɛktɪv/ [dih-tek-tiv]
noun
1. a member of the police force or a private investigator whose function is to obtain information and evidence, as of offenses against the law.

$40 Black Fedora
$10 Black Bowtie (Men's Warehouse)
$2 Perry Ellis Shirt (thrift)
$5 Vintage Turquoise Sweater (Goodwill)
$20 Ralph Lauren Jeans (thrift)
$80 Sperry Top-Sider (Zappos.com)
Watch (borrowed)

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Up to 75% of at Thrift Store Row

Attention all Angelenos! Thrift Store Row in Orange at Schaffer Park Center is offering customers up to 75% off all merchandise at all 5 stores (with printed coupon below) Saturday, December 4, 2010! See coupon for all 5 locations! Can't wait to get down there myself!

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Check Out :: Kanye, Kendrick & 88 Keys

KANYE WEST X MY BEAUTIFUL TWISTED NIGHTMARE

So, there's not much that needs to be explained with this one. I'm not suggesting that you get Kanye's new album because I don't think you have it cause I'm already assuming that you ALL have it and have enjoyed it as much as I have. It's merely out of respect for what I consider Ye's first classic album; boasting 13 perfectly composed tracks.

If for some reason you've been living under a rock and you don't already own My Beautiful Twisted Nightmare, click here and download it at iTunes.

TRACK LISTING

1. Dark Fantasy
2. Gorgeous f. KiD CuDi & Raekwon
3. Power f. Dwele
4. All Of the Lights (Interlude)
5. All Of the Lights f. Alicia Keys, Charlie Wilson, Elly Jackson, Elton John, Fergie, John Legend, KiD CuDi, Rihanna, Ryan Leslie, The-Dream & Tony Williams
6. Monster f. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver
7. So Appalled f. Jay-Z, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Swizz Beatz & RZA
8. Devil In A New Dress feat. Rick Ross
9. Runaway f. Pusha T
10. Hell Of A Life
11. Blame Game f. John Legend
12. Lost In The World
13. Who Will Survive In America

88 KEYS X ADAM'S CASE FILES (MIXTAPE)

So, if you keep up with my music posts then you already know that I have a tendency to sleep on new tunes because I'm either not checking the right sources or I'm not yet ready to listen. Well here we go again with 88 Keys. Thanks to my brother Fonzworth Bentley's tweet last week, I learned that the super elusive producer has a "new" mixtape out. As you can see via 88 Keys' tweet to me, it wasn't really brand new, but new to me nonetheless. As always he delivers nothing but the best. My ears are very thankful!

Click here and download Adam's Case Files.

TRACK LISTING

1. A Happy Ending?
2. Fibs ft. Grafh
3. Wasting My Minutes ft. Kid Cudi
4. 21 & Over ft. Big Sean
5. Deal Breakers ft. Mr. Bentley
6. Typical Maury ft. Izza Kizza
7. Quit Playing ft. Serius Jones
8. True Feelings
9. Cuddle Bums ft. Tanya Morgan
10. Just LIKE A Man ft. Guilty Simpson
11. Young, Dumb & Full of...
12. Outro


KENDRICK LAMAR X OVERLY DEDICATED (EP)

Yet again, I was sleeping. This time, on Compton, CA-native Kendrick Lamar. I heard all the buzz from all my producers friends like Curtiss King and Tae Beast, but for some reason did not take the time to download and listen. Tssk tssk. This self-proclaimed EP became a constant in my car, home and at the gym in November. I still can't get over how amazing the intro is. He spits with SO much passion that he chokes towards the end. Excellence is an understatement for this mixtape.

If you were sleeping like me, click here and download Overly Dedicated.

TRACK LISTING
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Get Lucratif! :: Part 2

This is finished footage from the Lucratif Show at Vanguard that I co-styled a couple of weeks ago. Missing In Action Ent did an amazing job with catching all the behind the scenes and runway moments!

You can find me playing the background (silent for a change) from 00:20 to 00:55. Enjoy!

Also, don't forget to visit Lucratif and purchase something! They're been having crazy holiday sales on all their merchandise!
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Sea Captain

Poseidon [poh-sahyd-n, puh-]
noun
the ancient Greek god of the sea, with the power to cause earthquakes, identified by the Romans with Neptune.

$10 Crown (Party City)
$5 T-Shirt (Old Navy)
Gold Zipper Necklace (Lucratif Street)
$5 Blazer (Goodwill)
$20 Ralph Lauren Jeans (thrift)
$3 Socks (H&M)
$45 Vans Boating Shoe (Vans Store)

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Colorado Rocky

iconic [ahy-kon-ik]
adjective
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an icon.
2. Art . (of statues, portraits, etc.) executed according to a convention or tradition.
3. a person or thing regarded as a symbol of a belief, nation, community, or cultural movement
4. a person regarded as a sex symbol or as a symbol of the latest fashion trends
5. a pictorial representation of a facility available on a computer system, that enables the facility to be activated by means of a screen cursor rather than by a textual instruction

A few weeks ago, I traveled with one of best friends and filmmaker Fred Altman to his hometown of Denver, CO. In the midst of enjoying time with his family and eating an endless amount of home-cooked food, we had an opportunity to travel to the Red Rock Mountains to take some new shots for my next layout.

$4 Glasses (Sante Alley)
$7 Scarf (H&M)
$10 Mickey Mouse T-Shirt (Target)
$20 Vintage London Fog Trench (Goodwill)
eyeconic Button (heardemsay™)
$20 Levi's (Sante Alley)
$45 Vans (Vans Store)

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ConsignMen :: Grand Opening Ball

This past Thursday night, I was invited out by friend and menswear designer Quimari Majette, to the grand opening for ConsignMen. In the grand ballroom atop the gorgeous PE Lofts in Downtown Los Angeles, myself along with about 100 other invited guests enjoyed delicious catered food and an open bar as we viewed some of the best pieces the brand new store has to offer followed by a very heartwarming introduction to the company by owner Ryan Crowe. Great night! Great people!

Click here to find out more about ConsignMen and all their amazing inventory!

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Get Lucratif!

#TeamWin was in full effect this past Saturday night for a showing of our very own, designer Christina Valenzuela's collection, Lucratif Street! Keisa Sullivan (of KS Consulting, Inc) and I served at stylists for the night! Along with a showcase of brilliant head pieces by JNG Floral Designs, a very energetic audience at Vanguard in Hollywood cheered models on as they got a preview of the latest collection from Lucratif. Before we could even get the models back backstage, we were bombarded with inquiries from Vanguard's guests who wanted to know where they could get the pieces they'd just seen! We had SO much fun and I'm definitely looking forward to next #teamwin project to come!

From the company: A lot of people ask, “What does Lucratif Street mean?” Well both words are carefully defined and when they come together it creates Lucratif Street. Lucratif is a new way of spelling “lucrative” and if you don’t know what that means let me break it down. It means ‘money-making, highly profitable’. In the new spelling ‘abundant in all aspects, creatively determined to succeed, goal-breaking hustler’ can be added to that definition. Street. That part is simple. The place where you came from, your ‘hood, your block, your suburbs. Wherever and whatever you come from that has made you who you are today. Those obstacles put in your path that you climbed over. Together the words make “Lucratif Street”.

A place where the motto “Making Something Out Of Nothing” comes from. Get Lucratif.

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50% Off at American Way

Attention all Angelenos! American Way Thrift Stores is offering customers 50% off all clothing (with printed coupon below) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to noon! See coupon for all 3 locations! I've been to the one in Burbank and the Valley. They always have great inventory with really low prices. That coupled with the extra 50% should have you spending next to nothing while feeling like you left with everything!

From the company: We are a thrift store specializing in low priced and quality items ranging from clothing & shoes, furniture, toys, electronics, books, records, jewelry, appliances, antiques and a whole lot more! We have 3 locations to serve you better! Come visit us 7 Days a week! We serve in Lancaster, Pomona, Burbank California.

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Check Out :: Cee-Lo, Mac, & Donald

CEE-LO X THE LADY KILLER

Music lovers rejoice! Cee-Lo Green's long awaited album The Lady Killer dropped today! Of course, through my gracious friends in the music industry, I've had it for the past week and have not been able to stop listening since! What I love most about Cee-Lo is that he gives his listeners something completely unique with every project he releases. I didn't think it could get any better than his mixtape Stray Bullets he released this past summer but...it did! Please please please go out support this man!

Click here to purchase The Lady Killer on iTunes!

TRACK LISTING

1. Lady Killer Theme (Intro)
2. Bright Lights Bigger City
3. Forget You
4. Wildflower
5. Bodies
6. Please (feat. Selah Sue)
7. Satisfied
8. I Want You
9. Cry Baby
10. Fool For You (feat. Philip Bailey)
11. Its Ok
12. Old Fashioned
13. Lady Killer Theme (Outro)
14. F**k You

MAC MILLER X K.I.D.S.

During my trip to Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, my college roommate and producer Marcha, played one of the dopest mixtapes I've heard in a while! Imagine my surprise when I found out that the music I was zoning out so hard to was by an 18 year old white kid from Pittsburgh --- Mac Miller! K.I.D.S. features mostly all original music and only one guest appearance from fellow label mate Chevy Woods. Salute to Mac and Rostrum Records for this mixtape!

Click here and download K.I.D.S.

TRACK LISTING

1. Kickin' Incredibly Dope Shit (Intro)
2. Outside
3. Get Em Up
4. Nikes On My Feet
5. Senior Skip Day
6. The Spins
7. Traffic In The Sky
8. Don't Mind If I Do
9. Paper Route feat. Chevy Woods
10. Good Evening
11. Ride Around
12. Knock Knock
13. Mad Flava, Heavy Flow (Interlude) feat. DJ Bonics
14. Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza
15. All I Want Is You
16. Poppy
17. Face In The Crowd
18. Bonus: La La La

CHILDISH GAMBINO X CULDESAC

I'm always fascinated by triple threats. I firmly believe that God bestows each one of us with our own unique talents. And usually we're all really great at one thing, maybe even 2 if we're lucky. I first caught wind of triple threat artist Donald Glover when I became a fan of NBC's Community last season. I knew was an actor, writer and comedian...and this past summer I found out that he's also an extremely talented recording artist! I've been sitting on this mixtape for a minute and let me apologize in advance, but I guarantee you if you haven't already heard it, it's well worth the wait! Culdesac takes you on a journey of struggle, triumph, love and the chronicles of growing up a Black nerd (something I can totally relate too).

Click here and download Culdesac.

TRACK LISTING

1. Difference
2. Hero
3. I Be On That
4. Got This Money
5. So Fly
6. You Know Me
7. Let Me Dope You
8. Do Ya Like
9. I'm Alright
10. Glory
11. Fuck It All
12. I'm On It
13. Put It In My Video
14. These Girls ft. Garfunkel and Oates
15. The Last
16. Got This Money (Acoustic @ Ace Hotel)
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D Love the Kids!

Major congratulations are in order for my dear friend and designer, Delise Ana, who won the "little black dress" contest at Friday's HOPE4Children Foundation celebrity charity auction, competing against 9 other emerging designers!

HOPE4Children Foundation, LA Models and their organizational partners comprised of events specialists, PR experts, professional entertainers, and fashion show directors, hosted a star-studded and glamorous evening to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of HOPE4Children. The Gala and Awards Fundraising Show commemorated the 5th Anniversary of HOPE4Children featuring couture fashion show by Project Runway alumni Scott Jerell and Mila Hermanovski and America’s Ballroom Challenge, Octavio Carlin. Opening act by Donald Trump Reality Show Star and LA-Based designer, Sterling Williams. Accessories by Left Turn Jewelry and M.A.I. Collections; shoes by Chic Little Devil; Hair by Paul Mitchell; Make-up by All About Face. World class entertainment and awards to honor patrons of the arts and emerging talents and youth leaders.

H4CF is a nonprofit whose mission is to “Help Others Prosper through Education.” Its philosophy is rooted in the power of education to level the playing field and develop empowered leaders of the future by fostering education and arts and mentorship in these fields among the youth and emerging talents. In light of its mission, H4CF planned this gala is to provide a venue for L.A. based artists to exhibit their creative geniuses. To support emerging designers, H4CF launched the Little Black Dress Contest to expose these artists to mainstream industry and media.

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Black Love

a·lum·nus /əˈlʌmnəs/ [uh-luhm-nuhs]
noun, plural
1. a graduate or former student of a specific school, college, or university
2. a former associate, employee, member, or the like

Last week, I traveled "home" for my friends and my 3rd annual SUPER Reunion and Morehouse/Spelman Homecoming. This is what I dawned to the young alumni party, Black Love...

$5 Herringbone Blazer (Goodwill)
$2 Shirt (Goodwill)
Watch (borrowed)
$1 Knit Tie (thrift)
$12 Brown Belt (GAP)
$20 Levi's Jeans (Sante Alley, DTLA)
$60 Sperry Topsiders (Nordstrom)
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Kanye West x Runaway


Kanye West is a genius.

You've probably already seen this and if you're like me you've watched it over and over, at complete and utter awe. I've had countless conversations with friends over the past week discussing all the intricacies of this work of art.

In true Michael Jackson "Thriller" form, Ye has totally redefined the concept of music video for this generation. And like Mike I believe he's reaching a level of pop star that we have not seen since the late great King. We have so many celebrities these days who we praise in the arts that act, sing, rap and...in some cases do nothing at all (i.e. the endless list of sex tape toting socialites). However, I'd argue that we won't be talking about more than half of them in the next 20 years --- thoughts of the past. Sans Kanye. I'm willing to wager he's slowly muscling his way into the history books.

I can't remember the last time I anticipated an artists work in so much! I literally cannot wait to see what Kanye has up his sleeves, whether it has to do with music, fashion or cinema. I was so inspired when I watched this movie, I've had an unrelenting wave of natural energy that has gone through my body since. I think it proves now more than ever is the time for those of us who have that child-like sense of creativity, full of imagination and untapped wonder, to relish in our ideas and share them with the world without fear of being judged.

I'm ready. How about you?

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30% off at Acts

Attention all Angelenos! Acts Thrift Store is offering customers 30% off all merchandise (with printed coupon below) every Saturday from 10am - Noon! See coupon for location!

From the company: Acts Thrift Store recycles and sells donated clothing and usable goods, which generates income for LACF. Sales benefit at-risk kids, disadvantaged families and the homeless. As a faith-based nonprofit organization, Lake Avenue Community Foundation is unleashing the God-given potential of at-risk youth providing the tools necessary to thrive academically, emotionally, economically, and spiritually. We Serve in Pasadena, CA.