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12.07.2007

Reggie Bush

Nearly two years after Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy, a book detailing improper benefits he allegedly received while playing for the University of Southern California and his relationship with the financiers of a fledgling sports marketing company could further damage his chances of keeping the most prestigious award in college sports.
The book, "Tarnished Heisman" by Don Yaeger and Jim Henry, published by Simon & Schuster, will include transcripts of recorded conversations that contain Bush acknowledging he owed money to the financiers of New Era Sports & Entertainment. Lloyd Lake and Michael Michaels of New Era planned to feature Bush as their marquee client to launch their marketing agency. The business failed after Bush sought representation elsewhere. The book will be out mid Jan.
Meanwhile, the NCAA interviewed three people this week who claim knowledge of the approximately $300,000 in cash and other benefits allegedly given to Bush by Lake and Michaels. The benefits included Bush's family living rent-free in a new home in a San Diego suburb for one year. Bush also allegedly received money for a car, spending money and had hotel stays paid for. Other allegations include furniture being purchased for the Bush family, travel expenses paid and free dinners provided.


For more information on this writeup visit Yahoo! Sports

12.05.2007

Emilio Pucci Store

I do believe that everone know that my favorite designer is Emilio Pucci. If you didn't now you know. I found this article on him and his new store so read up. Then when you are done you can check out the pictures of me in my favortie designers clothes.
Emilio Pucci
Prints Charming
By Victoria C. Rowan (11-30-2004)
Pucci is one of the few fashion lifestyle brands of the last century that still has the ability to appear avant-garde in the 21st. And now its giddy retro-future boutique has landed on Fifth Avenue, as part of a new expansion courtesy of LVMH Mo√ęt Hennessy Louis Vuitton (which bought a 67 percent stake in Pucci in 2000).
As always, Pucci champions the virtues of the well-situated petite boutique. The stores that have opened in the LVMH era are all the work of Brazilian-born interior designer Lena Pessoa of Deux L (Paris) and Italian architect Tiziano Vudafieri of Vudafieri Partners (Milan). The new outpost on Fifth Avenue, between 54th and 55th streets, is as intimate and inviting as a mother's closet - that is, if the mother is an eternally funky iconic beauty, like Pucci fan Marisa Berenson, and the closet is on her private jet.
Pucci's new boutique on Fifth Avenue is a retro-futuristic fab playhouse that seems even more fashionable now than in the 60s. Corporate partner LVMH has brought "groovy" back to the Pucci brand. With Christian Lacroix on board as creative director and a rollout of these curvy boutiques in New York, Las Vegas, and Japan, every old print becomes better again.
Laudomia Pucci, the daughter of Emilio Pucci di Barsento of Florence (the founder of the fashion house who died in 1992), is enthusiastic about how the LVMH relationship has given her brand a glam new lease on life. She credits creative director Christian Lacroix for making the fashion line vital again. "In the late 1980s and 90s, my father couldn't be as active and the vision suffered," she says. "That amount of time is like six generations in the fashion world - and yet to look at what's in the store today, it looks absolutely now. [Lacroix] gets the Pucci logic."
As Pucci ceo Catherine Vautrin says of the couture house's revival, "It's like seeing the awakening of a very chic, very dynamic sleeping beauty."
The new Pucci store is wild, from its carpet to its soffet, which looks like the underside of a UFO about to land. By the front door is a crazy quilt of period photos complementing the new merchandise suspended from fabric-covered pedestals that swoop out from the wall. The bright white light overhead, also embedded in the shelving, is reflected off of the shiny casework surfaces and lilac flooring, animating the intense hues of the signature Pucci palette.
A beauty wearing swirls of geometry, florals, paisley and bright colors. When the Marchese was alive, the fashion press nicknamed him "The Prince of Prints," which remain the brand's signature. But as Vautrin concedes, "Our product is bright, and we didn't want our customer to enter a small space and feel overwhelmed." So Pessoa designed the interior as carefully as a jewelry showcase, offsetting the merchandise as if it were semi-precious couture gems. She wanted to evoke the sun and sea, so central to the resort lifestyle that originally inspired Emilio. The lighting is in a bright register, which electrifies the intense hues - as the natural light does in Capri, the resort town on the Amalfi coast where Emilio first opened a store (and which became the name for the tight-cropped pant he popularized).
From the outside, by night, the Pucci boutique is a Mediterranean-bright beacon of Italian chic whimsy.
The femininity of the store is accentuated by its curves and colors. The casework surfaces have no pointed corners and are finished in high-shine automotive paint. Other display cabinetry is in milky acrylic. The floor is a surreal cotton-candy lilac-dyed stone/resin. The ceiling is a back-lit oval soffit, pierced by spotlights like the jets on the underside of a sci-fi spaceship.
With Lacroix on board, many of the prices are quite heady, but the clothes, bags and shoes are all on open display, inviting to be touched. The ethereal vibe and the illusion of floating merchandise are achieved with mass-defying materials and more lighting tricks: The clothes hang off of transparent dowels descending from the ceiling (Boeing uses them as curtain rods on planes); dainty bags are suspended in their own clear boxes from small cables in the front; and lighting under the translucent case work and underneath the shelving further enhances the weightlessness.
A floor-to-ceiling semi-transparent scrim from the current catalog is a backdrop for the window mannequins, serving as a mysterious veil to the interior so the visitor still gets a stunning surprise view once she walks in. From within, the scrim shields from view the mundane street, preserving the otherworldly shopping experience.
The retailer also recently opened a new store in Las Vegas - with a larger shoe section - and has four stores in the works in Japan.
Yes, the Italian sleeping beauty has awakened to a dreamy new makeover indeed - and to a revitalized Prints Charming.
The store's translucent front scrim - which is updated regularly - serves as a coy veil to the street, luring customers inside, but also not giving away the interior's "pop" until the shopper is inside. From within, the scrim serves to obscure Fifth Avenue, allowing the visitor to be completely enveloped in a Pucci paradise of psychedelic color.
This is a view of the store at night.

This is my aunt and I. But I'm wearing Emilio (lol)



Below are some pictures that I have of myself in my favortie dresses, and a skirt that i just absolutly love.

12.04.2007

NEW LOOK


Doesn't Beyonce look fabulous with this new look? I love the dark hair on her. Makes her look her age.. What do you think?

Beyonce' arrives at 'Movies Rock: A Celebration of Music in Film,' at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)







JENA 6

JENA, La. - The family of the victim in the "Jena Six" case has sued the adults accused of beating him, the families of the juveniles allegedly involved and the board of the school where the attack occurred.
Justin Barker and his parents, David and Kelli, also accuse a seventh, uncharged student of being part of the group that attacked Justin on Dec. 4, 2006, as he walked out of Jena High School's gym headed to another class.
The lawsuit was filed Nov. 29 in state district court. It alleges that the LaSalle Parish School Board is liable because school employees were not adequately supervising students and failed to maintain discipline.
The charges against the students accused of attacking Barker led to a civil-rights demonstration in Jena in September by activists who alleged local authorities were prosecuting blacks more harshly than whites.
Barker is white; those accused of attacking him are black. One of the defendants, 17-year-old Mychal Bell, pleaded guilty Monday to a second-degree battery in return for an 18-month sentence, with credit for 10 months he already has served.
Five of the six students charged, including Bell, originally faced attempted murder charges. Bell was convicted in adult court and could have received 15 years in prison, but the conviction was thrown out by an appellate court that said he should have been tried as a juvenile.
Felony charges against the other students are pending.
Barker spent several hours in the emergency room after the attack but was discharged and attended a school event the night after the attack.
Critics of LaSalle Parish prosecutors point to an incident three months before the attack on Barker in which three white teens were accused of hanging nooses from a tree at the high school. The three were suspended from school but never criminally charged; District Attorney Reed Walters has said there was no state crime to charge them with.
The suit names the attackers as the Jena Six students — Mychal Bell, Jesse Beard, Theo Shaw, Bryant Purvis, Carwin Jones and Robert Bailey Jr. — as well as a seventh student, Malcolm Shaw, who has not been charged.
"My son Bryan Purvis is the one that tried to break the fight up and they're making me spend too much money trying to defend him," said his father, Billy Purvis Sr.
Messages left for Bailey's and Jones' families were not immediately returned Tuesday, and no one answered phone calls made that afternoon to the high school and the school board. Others named in the lawsuit could not be immediately reached.

AKON-Not Guilty?

FISHKILL, N.Y. - Akon has pleaded not to criminal charges filed after he tossed a 15-year-old boy off the stage at a concert earlier this year. The 34-year-old hip-hop star was released on his own recognizance following his brief court appearance Monday in Fishkill. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment.
Another fan, Abby Rosa, said she suffered a concussion when a teenage boy Akon threw off the stage fell on her during the June 3 concert at the local minor league baseball stadium.
The case was adjourned until January.
A town justice told Akon that his lawyer can stand in for him at future court appearances and he does not have to appear. Akon did not comment as he left the courthouse.
"It was never Akon's intention to violate the law," the singer's Manhattan lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said. "This unfortunate incident was a spontaneous reaction during a live concert that Akon deeply regrets."
Akon's latest album, "Konvicted," has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States. His hits include "Don't Matter," "I Wanna Love You" with Snoop Dogg and "Smack That" with Eminem.(-c/o yahoo.com)

R.I.P PIMP C

"LOS ANGELES - Pimp C, who spun searing tales of Texas street life into a key role in the rise of Southern hip-hop, was found dead in an upscale hotel on Tuesday. He was 33.
The rapper formed Underground Kingz with partner-in-rhyme Bun B while the pair was in high school, and their often laconic delivery paired with wittily dangerous lyrics influenced a generation of current superstars like Lil' Wayne. T.I. had the group on as guests when he remade their 1994 song "Front, Back and Side to Side" for his "King" album.
To a mainstream audience, Pimp C was best known for UGK's cameo on the Jay-Z hit "Big Pimpin'," and for "Free Pimp C" T-shirts and shout-outs, ubiquitous in rap several years ago while he was jailed on gun charges. On Tuesday, his MySpace page had been changed to read: "C the Pimp is FREE at last."
Born Chad Butler, Pimp C was found dead in a room at the Mondrian hotel, a longtime music industry hangout not far from the House of Blues on Sunset Strip, where he had performed on Saturday night alongside rap veteran Too $hort. Capt. Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Butler had apparently died while in bed in his hotel room.
"At this time there's no signs of foul play," Winter said. "It appears to be possibly natural, but pending autopsy and toxicology we can't say the cause."
Manager Rick Martin identified Butler and his death was announced by publicist Nancy Byron.
"This morning saw the loss of a man that was not only a client, but a very dear friend at a time when he had the most to live for," Martin said in a statement. "He was my best friend and I will always love him."
Though they never enjoyed massive pop chart success, UGK's early CDs are considered landmarks for the then-burgeoning Texas hip-hop scene, which also featured the Geto Boys. Signed to a deal with Jive Records, they released "Too Hard to Swallow" in 1992, "Super Tight" two years later, and "Ridin' Dirty" in 1996, considered a rap classic.
Over laid-back beats, they laid out incisive details that remain Southern rap mainstays: descriptions of sex and conspicuous consumption, wood-grain steering wheels and triple-beam scales used to weigh drugs.
The duo's career was derailed when Pimp C was jailed for three years in 2002 on gun charges. But he got as much exposure as ever, as the "Free Pimp C" slogan spread.
An unauthorized album of Pimp C's freestyle rhymes was released while he was in prison. When he and Bun B finally put out an album this year, they felt such a need to re-establish themselves they titled their album "Underground Kingz," as if to underscore a new start.
Critics praised the CD, which included the hit "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)," featuring OutKast. Pimp C's verse riffs on high-class women and cars: "I'm pullin' Bentleys off the lot. Smashed up the gray one, bought me a red. Everytime we hit the parking lot we turn heads," he raps.
Barry Weiss, CEO of Jive, said in a statement: "We mourn the unexpected loss of Chad. He was truly a thoughtful and kindhearted person. He will be remembered for his talent and profound influence as a pioneer in bringing southern rap to the forefront."
Butler, who grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, came from a musical lineage. His father was a professional trumpet player, and the rapper studied classical music in high school. He even received a Division I rating on a tenor solo at a University Interscholastic League choir competition.
"That's how I came up listening to everything," he told The Associated Press in a 2005 interview. "Music don't have no color or no face. It's a universal language. I think being exposed to all that kind of stuff influences the way I make records."
Pimp C is survived by a wife and three children. "


(-c/o yahoo)

Booty Babe Art

Have you ever seen sculptures like this before? Of course not. Most men aren't into the "thicker" women. There are those out there who do appreciate us. This man is Spencer Davis. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California in 1972.

“What is a ‘Booty Babe?’” you may ask. As a term of endearment, a Booty Babe is generally a woman with curves. Waist to hip ratio is usually breath-taking. She’s not necessarily run-way model material, in the traditional sense, but she feels sexy and her self-confidence makes her glow. She’s not afraid to wear skin-tight outfits – and we love her for it. Now you’re getting the picture. You’ve seen her at the mall, in line at the bank, grocery shopping, and out dancing. She’s sweet and sexy, stylish and smart; and her body language states, “This is who I am, and I LOVE being me.”


Now these pieces of art are far from cheap. The prices range from $1,000 on up. You may also seek out a custom "Booty Babe".


For more information or to purchase a fine piece of this art work visit www.bootybabeart.com

12.02.2007

DASH

How much do you LOVE the Kardashians. Well love them or hate them, they have a clothing store with only the most exclusive designers. If you are looking for 12th Street Belts, Alex Gaines, Alice & Olivia, Alvin Valley, Anna Sui, Blumarine's BluGirl, Bread & Butter, Briana Erin Jewelry, Catherine Malendrino, Chloe, Christopher Brain, D.L. Company, Daryl K, Delia, Development, Doe(the list goes on.) Please visit their store located at 4774 Park Granada Suite #5, Calabasas CA. An online store is soon to come. Season Finale of Keeping up with the Kardashians airs tonight December 2, 2007 only on E! network.