Don’t Tell Me What to Wear!

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Style and Fashion is something that I have always had a connection to. I was having a conversation with a friend on Friday night and the subject of personal style came up and how that resonates with me. I believe for most of my life I have had a strong sense of ownership over my style. As a child I felt like that was the only thing that I actually had control over at the time. Like most kids I had to go to school, do chores, had extra curricular activities that I was forced to do (shout out to Chess Club and Soccer). Everything was planned out for me…naturally.

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Locally Fresh: Champagne X Cupcakes…


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Last night I decided to not stay home and get into “Empire” (still not) but instead kick it with my bros for a night of fellowship, Hennessy(champagne, wine), and Fun at Champagne and Cupcakes (yes…they really had cupcakes.) I usually don’t go out too much during the week especially when I have work in the morning. However, I was feeling festive and thought why not? I can sacrifice a little shut eye. The event was held at Parliament in Downtown Oakland, and the vibe was very cool. The music was great too (shout out to DJ Red Corvette and drinks were for the low. It happens once a month so keep your eye out for the announcement of the next one. Check out my pics below.

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Papi Drinks Wine… And So Do I.

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Ralph (my camera) and I have been swagging life out these last couple weeks and I’m having a good time. I feel like I am learning so much and each time I use my camera my shots just keep getting better. So when Randi over at PapiDrinksWine.com asked me to collaborate on a shoot for her blog of course I said yes! Randi’s blog can be categorized as a Pop-Comic site if a definition is needed. Using pop culture as the anchor but commentary that only could come from her head. In a simpler term… Continue reading

I’ve Been Drankin’……Watermelon

Summer is in full swing. Which means hanging outdoors, soaking up the sun, and flourishing in the long days. This also means….DRINKS! Who doesn’t like the perfect summer beverages that’s also super refreshing? This weekend @Papidrinkswine and I decided to experiment with a mutual favorite, The Mojito. Hailing from the island of all things fine (hello) Cuba. This mix of limes,sugar, mint, and seltzer water is a good time. This time around we decided to make Watermelon flavored ones and get real fancy with it. I must say, YUM! We made a watermelon puree ,of watermelon soaked in mint liqueur, fresh mint leaves and lime. We used simple syrup instead of sugar and watermelon juice on top of tonic water. We also got our Pintrest on and froze watermelon and mint in ice cubes (because we like cute shit). Let me tell you it was SO good. We chugged those things down so fast we were tipped in no time. Try it out and tell me what you think. Also check out this article of other cool Mojito recipes and enjoy responsibly!

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Curator of Style…..

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I’m always trying to figure out new ways to stretch my creativity and I also enjoy working with others who are good at things that I am not. Like many stylishly conscious people I look to celebrities, artists, and designers to pull inspiration for my personal style. However the most effective influence can be found right in your own backyard.

Living in Oakland I feel like have access to a multitude of cultures and people who have distinct personal style. Since I have moved here I can see how my environment has directly influenced how I dress. This prompted me to come up with the “Locally Fresh” series. The goal is to put two people together. One photographer and one subject with distinct personal style, give them some guidelines and very little direction and see what happens. I believe in magic and to me this is what magic looks like. Identifying strengths and watching them flourish. I’m excited to share this first installment with you this week and hope that something about this influences you to take risks and be creative. Let me be your tour guide or a curator if you will of style.

Dear Eastbay And Hypebeasts…..Updated

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Don’t mess this up for me! As most know by now there is going to be a gargantuan restock of Jordan’s Saturday on Eastbay.com. Now I am not one to buy every single Jordan that comes out. I strive to maintain a balance in my closet between heels and sneakers. However there are three pairs of Jays that I missed out on that are going to be on sale Saturday that I MUST get. My soul will not rest until I have them. Like I said There’s ONLY three and most have Nostalgic value because I couldn’t afford (and my mom wasn’t having it) to buy them when they first came out when I was a kid.

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