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Shoppin’ In A 90s Kind Of World

Almost everyday I get a sample sale report from Daily Candy. Their coverage of trendy/interesting stuff, sample sales, and all things fashion is the-most-comprehensive on the internet. Normally I just read it and make a mental note, but one of entries struck me as very interesting and I will definitely attend one particular sale.

From May 5 – May 16, Showroom Seven, a multi-room, fashion showroom will have a sample sale featuring such lines as Charlotte Ronson, Orla Kiely, Erickson Beamon, Soundgirl, A&G Cashmere, and more. But that’s not the cool part. The cool part is that Showroom Seven has rented out the space that formally housed New York City’s Tunnel Nightclub. Say Whattt???!!!!! As someone who perpetually lives in the past, I have fond, fond, FOND memories of THE TUNNEL.

For those of you that are too young to remember or maybe didn’t live in NYC in the 90s, The Tunnel was the “it” nightclub. According to Wikipedia, “The Tunnel opened in early 1987 […] and was named for the abandoned train tunnel from the early 1900s that became the main dance floor.”

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Fashion TV: Sex and the City: The clothes, the shoes, and the bags!

OMG!!! This is my dream job:  Working the wardrobe closet on the Sex and the City movie with Patricia Field. Patricia Field, the costume designer is truly a genius.  Watch the video, check out all the bags and become a disciple! Damn… I need to make more money. Sigh…

Fashion TV: I’m a Gok-ette!

America we are missing out! Across the pond, in London, England there is a FASHIONISTA/style consultant and television diva who, if in New York would be putting everyone to shame. His name is Gok Wan and he’s the host of the UK (read:original) version of “How to Look Good Naked.”  I love Carson Kressley (the US host of “How to Look Good Naked“) as much as the next chick, but Gok is the truth! I caught an episode of Gok’s version last year while in England and I like his no nonsense approach to dressing and style. I find Carson’s show to be preachy and overly positive to the point of annoyance.  Take a look at a quick video of Gok on a British style show.


Fierce, right? He betta WORK!!! I like how he is obsessed with shape and buying clothes that work for your body.

Search for him on Youtube.com. There are many videos of him and soon you’ll be a Gok-ette as well!

I Love Stella McCartney!

Honestly, I do! I’m not so different. The Empire Line Mini Dress  in yellow is so timeless and chic. Her designs are amazing and so fluid. Paired with the signature red soles of Christian Louboutin Bow Ankle Booties  and my eyes literally roll back in my head.  Those cute tulip skirts that I’ve seen on Katie Holmes as she struts around Hollywood are wonderful. (The girl from “Dawson’s Creek” has truly turned into a fashion icon, hasn’t she?).  But I have a huge confession to make, I can’t fit any of that shit. Stella’s designs don’t come in my size and the Louboutain’s are too narrow. As I flip through Vogue I rarely see anyone that looks like me, but I am not dissuaded. I’m a curvy girl, who loves fashion but cannot wear a lot of the clothing that I admire in the magazines and on the racks.  But so what?! I have style.

My calves are huge, partly from swimming, but mostly from eating. My shoe size is past standard sizing. I wear a size 12 W and I’d have a ridiculous sick shoe fetish if these deliciously green Manolo’s were just a little wider.  But even though I do not fit sample sizes, I have my own style and an eye for what is “in”. Currently I think I’m rockin’ URBAN-CHIC.

I’m not going to rant about what I cannot fit or what I wish I could wear. What I am going to tell you is about the clothing I like, what I like to buy, what I feel is fashionable, and what looks absolutely crazy.  I’m no fashion insider but I do live in Brooklyn, NY… we all have some sort style here! So below is a short list of boutiques I love. They are a little off the beaten path, but definitely worth a visit.

1) Addy & Ferro – A Ft. Greene, Brooklyn fashion cooperative with funky hats, dresses, and belts. They have some great tees by Cedella Marley, Bob’s daughter as well.

2) Harriet’s Alter Ego – A Park Slope, Brooklyn fashion cooperative with great dresses, blouses and African inspired wears. They even have a working art gallery.

So, to get the ball rolling, tell me some of the cute shops you go to.

Where are the Ethnic Models? Ajuma Nasenyana’s right here!

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Ajuma Nasenyana was born in Kenya in 1984. Her look is so striking, but honestly you probably haven’t seen much of her unless you have been to London Fashion week or read French Vogue.  For some reason many designers, agencies and magazines don’t want to use her or other ethnic models. But when Ajuma does get to strut down the catwalk she is unbelievable.  Check out Ajuma in this youtube video. The video is pretty long, but she’s at 3:02.

In 2003, Ajuma won Miss Tourism Kenya and was actively scouted and articles were written about her.  Wikipedia states:

“Gamma photo agency came to Kenya to do a story on [the Surazuri Agency’s] scouting work and were so taken with the 5’10 beauty that she became the main feature of the story, which late ran in Gala Magazine, France. The pictures that were taken on this shoot were to provide the basis for Nasenyana’s portfolio, and these were duly presented to top international agency Ford Models, who signed her up for the Ford Models Supermodel of the World Competition.”

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