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MUSIC: Hot 97 & Childish Gambino

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Looking up some pictures of Funkmaster Flex for the 106 App right now and I came across this freestyle video. Last week on Friday he actually came through 106 and judged Freestyle Friday and next week Joe Budden will be judging. I'm always amused when I see what radio personalities actually look like in real life.
(FYI: In my opinion, Joe Budden's got the best freestyle in this cipher)

Childish Gambino was on the set of 106 & Park last Thursday and thanks to my amazing boss I was able to grab a fan photo with him. Check out his 106 visit and freestyle in the video below. Hoping I get to see him next year while he's on tour. No doubt about it, this isn't the last we'll see of Donald Glover.


LIFE: Christmas Presents

Everyone on the interwebz knows about the adorable dog named Boo. A really good friend of the family found this book at the store and gave it to me as a Christmas gift - by far one of my favorite presents this year. (I actually have it on my desk at work) I'm not sure that I'll ever tire of looking at all of his pictures, especially when I'm having a really bad day.

It's interesting how I've gotten mixed reactions to Boo despite my belief that this level of adorable-ness was unquestionable. Some people are actually creeped out by him while my grandmother is convinced this dog can not be real.

What do you all think of the adorable Boo?


MUSIC: DJ Wick-It [The Instigator] // Grindhouse Basterds

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DJ Wick-It ( photo // Japaneus )

Saw via Twitter today that Wick-It came out with a new album I first hear about Wick-It when he dropped the mashup album between THE BLACK KEYS and Outkast's BIG BOI (if you haven't yet, definitely check it out). This album is not such a direct mashup of two artists, but it does feature A LOT of different rappers (Bun B, YelaWolf, Notorious B.I.G., Future, etc) Can't really name many DJs I follow, but this is definitely one of them.

Check my two favorite tracks below and DOWNLOAD the album for free off his website.

Street Life - feat. Future (exclusive) by Wick-it the Instigator

Bang Bang - feat. Notorious B.I.G. and KRS ONE by Wick-it the Instigator


MUSIC: Stevie Wonder // "Light My Fire"

Been listening to a lot of Stevie Wonder lately and I fell in love with this album. Since I'm planning on getting a turntable soon, I'm going to snag the vinyl off Ebay in preparation. Looks like after the holidays I'm getting the place to myself for awhile -- ready to blast this on a Saturday morning. 

I love this rendition of "Light My Fire" -- It's so very much its own song. It takes a talented artist to be able to pull this off. 

Enjoy ~ 


LIFE: Dear New Yorker #1

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I came up with the idea to write one letter a week to the most annoying New Yorker I've encountered during the course of my week. Let's see how long I can keep this up - Let's begin!

Dear Mr. Conversation-Starter,

It's 10:30 at night, we're freezing our asses off at the bus stop and here you come disrupting the little peace we have to complain to us about how long the buses are taking - mind you, the bus you're waiting for, just passed two minutes prior to your grand entrance. Oh I know your little ploy, you complain out loud and make eye contact with the people around you. The poor soul who catches your gaze is now designated BEST FRIEND for the entirety of your co-existence.

And you know, we've all at one time or another sought out the comfort of fellow New Yorkers when we're stuck in shitty situations, like freezing while waiting for the bus, but we DO NOT need to know your whole life story.
You came from church, you need to pray to God to give you strength to deal with your weed smoking neighbor ... should I really know all this without even talking to you? Seriously dude, do you want a medal for discovering prayer? I'm glad I knew better and the second you showed up sipping your grape soda I turned and looked down at my hands.

If I had no fear of you going psycho and stabbing me, I would have said: "Please sir, with all due respect, shut the f*** up." You can't say this any politer in New York English, really you can't.

Oh and not that this matters, but that leather biker vest was really not meant to be worn over an OLD NAVY hoodie and some sweats. God help you.


Your Fellow Bus Rider,

LIFE: Photo dump - Shanis & Lili

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Little cousin and I got a little photo booth happy on Saturday after I got my haircut ...

This is what happens when you get a 5 year old and 3 year old together - lol

We're quite the horror story pair.

About to sneeze... 

She amused that there's 4 versions of us.

Thinking faces.

Let me humor her.

Caught in the middle of speech :}

MUSIC: Saori Yano // "Crazy He Calls Me"

It's late at night and all I think about is Jazz so I looked up some Saori Yano videos on youtube and came across this. I'd probably melt if I heard this live - I'm in love.

 I think the best part about listening to Saori Yano play Billie Holiday is that I know she loves her just as much as I do <3

EVENT: Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Monday, December 12, 2011

When we're on our breaks, my co-worker and I are always looking for the next great event of the week.
Check out what the Queen of Spades found this week -- by the by, our new favorite place in NYC is Williamsburg ~ (No we're not hipsters... yet lol)


BOOKS: New 52 DC #4 Release Dates

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Birds of Prey // via MidtownComics
Property of DC Comics 

I've done quite a bit of research lately on Batgirl and I've been inspired to read some of the old comics, but I think I might start with the New 52's Birds of Prey comics. I've got quite the Batman Inc related collection going now that I've added Batman and Robin to it.

It's always nice to know when these are being released so your trip to the comic store is an easy IN and OUT.

So here's the link to Midtown Comics release dates in the month of December -- Release dates

On that note, which issues are you guys looking forward to reading? I really can't wait to see Batgirl's camo in the Nightwing comic this month and Batman and Robin #4.


LIFE: Herman Cain Quotes Pokemon

Wow, who would have ever thought that the movie I was so desperate to see when I was in the 5th grade would somehow be relevant to today's political news?

Oh Herman Cain, you were the Black male version of Sarah Palin and I'm going to miss you maverick ;D

Enjoy the clip!


FASHION: Shopping in Williamsburg

Monday, December 5, 2011

Saturday I finally got a chance to hang out around Williamsburg. I hit up my favorite brunch spot - Harefield Road (Metropolitan & Graham Ave // L Train  To Graham) with an old college friend. We met up with a friend of mine who lives in the neighboorhood and she was able to show me around to a few thrift stores/vintage shops.

The vintage varsity coat stood out to me instantly! It was the only one on the rack and just so happened to be my size. Mustard yellow and navy blue? Once upon a time I hated these colors because every school I went to rocked the blue and gold, but now? I'm in love. Sure the price wasn't exactly thrift store typical ($60) but it's extremely warm and most coats of similar style go up to $120! I love the hood too, it zippers open. I rather rock it that way anyways, since the hood has a weird pointy shape when you put it up. Below is the info for the store, for those interested.

Shown to Scale
441 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 
347 - 987 - 4729 //

Love starting my weeks off in a nice comfy outfit <3


MUSIC: Affion Crockett's "Headlines" Spoof

Friday, December 2, 2011

This is EXACTLY what I needed to start my day! Hilarious! - Watch and enjoy :] 




LIFE: Christmas Parties

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Office Christmas parties were once a thing of MadMen and now it's a part of my life. 

I'm pretty damn excited about attending a few of these this year including the one at my own office. Tomorrow kicks off most Christmas office parties - this one is being thrown in downtown Manhattan.  I'm quite excited to debut a new dress I've been saving up and quite conveniently I'm already rocking my favorite candy apple red nail polish - Score! 

Anyone else attending any [office] Christmas parties this year? 

Wouldn't you agree, the number of holiday parties you attend grows exponentially as you get older - I love it! 


MUSIC: The Black Keys // El Camino

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

So the one week countdown to the new album.
I'm [im]patiently waiting for information on the release party in NYC next week on December 5th - since they'll be in the NYC area they are planning on doing several appearances on late night television, so definitely tune in for all of those. In the meantime check out these 5 songs they released for stream early.

I have to say that of the five, "Sister" is my favorite with "Run Right Back" in second place.

MUSIC: Turntables For Vinyls

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Check out this beauty.

I've been looking to invest in a turntable for quite some time because I plan on buying quite a few vinyls in the future. I'm really liking this one I saw on BEST BUY 's website because it's not only a turntable but it's also a cassette player and radio. Did I mention the audio input for mp3 players? Yeah, I'm thinking for $100 this one isn't half bad and I'm not going to lie, I'm loving the vintage radio design.

Yes I am sold. Anyone else looking to buy or already own a turntable? Any recommendations on others that would be good? I need to probably do more research before I decide.


MUSIC: Lip-syncing Contest

Monday, November 21, 2011

Little sister asked that I share this with you.
Her dorm floor has an annual lip-syncing contest. The videos are posted online and the video with the most views wins, so check it out and if you think this is laugh at worthy, share it. 

This really makes me miss college. 


MUSIC: Korea's DJ Soulscape

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

They caught me on camera! - 4:09  
( Check out the article on Hypetrak

A few weeks ago I got a chance to experience a little bit of Korean funk at the DJ Soulscape event.  The homeboy @shavedheadasian passed along the invite. Soulscape created such a great atomsphere out of music that most of the people in attendance had never heard before. It was a great place to socialize with other music lovers. It takes listening to a great DJ to realize how spinning is really supposed to sound.

I encourage you guys to check out some of DJ Soulscape's music via his Myspace and follow him on Twitter!


TV/MUSIC: GLEE Loves Adele

Monday, November 14, 2011

Today I stumbled across this video while I was dabbling in the Youtube-sphere looking for somewhere to procrastinate.

I haven't watched Glee past the first season, but this has given me inspiration to start watching the second season this week.
I love the mash up of these two Adele songs ~ beautiful <3


FOOD: SPRINKLE BAKE'S Pumpkin Cheesecake

Thursday, November 10, 2011

( Photo: Sprinkle Bakes )
I love the Fall. It's my favorite season because it kick starts the countdown to all of the best holidays. Let's not forget all the other great things like going to fashion shows, dressing in layers, and eating lots of pumpkin dishes!

A few weeks ago I learned about the Sprinkle Bakes website via DropDeadKawaii and I saw the recipe for this Pumpkin Cheesecake on there -- this is definitely something I want to try out with my mother one of these weekends when it decides to snow/hail/rain again.
The whole site is just dessert heaven and of course there's beautiful pictures of each dishes just like the one above.  Professional cookbook status in my eyes :}
For those interested here is the recipe for the PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE.

Cheers to a happy November!


MUSIC: Drake's Take Care Album 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Have you heard it yet? I know I've been patiently waiting and I'm excited to finish my first run through of the CD.

Take a listen and let me know what you think.
As always remember to support the music you like and purchase your copy legit.


MUSIC: Music for Shopping

Went to the GAP last week before work to check out some of the sales and I heard this song in the store.
Granted, I hated having to listen to the same songs on repeat for months on end - BUT Gap Inc. does pick some pretty damn good songs sometimes.

If our musical tastes are similar, you'll definitely love this.


BOOKS: New DC 52 Issue #3 Release Dates

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Image is property of DC Comics // via MidtownComics

Earlier today I was discussing the collecting of the New 52 comics and I came across the question of value in terms of first prints vs. reprints.

This really pushes me to want to collect as many first print editions of all of the comics that I buy so that the value will be at its highest -- not that I really ever plan on selling these (I'm collecting them for my cool unborn child, lol) but it's always nice to know you have valuable assets like these.

I need to make sure that I'm there when the #3 issues hit the shelves because I'd rather get a first print.
I will say that I'm not going to shell out $12 to bid for these on ebay however, to be honest, I just really love reading the stories. I'm not collecting these for the money ...

But what do you all think? Does any of this first print vs. reprint business matter to you?

For those interested, here is the link for the  #3 ISSUE RELEASE DATES 



Image is property of DC Comics // via MidtownComics

LIFE: Djimon Hounsou

There's this weakness I have for boxer briefs and even more so when they're filled with a handsome man.

Djimon Hounsou is loverman material  -- no doubt!

Enjoy the eye candy ;}


MUSIC: Mali Music // "The Job Experience"

Monday, October 31, 2011

(Photo: John Ricard / BET )

Last week Mali Music came onto BET's 106 & Park accompanied by Akon and gave a performance as well as introduce the music video to his single "The Job Experience".
The music video and the song are pretty good - but since I could only find a link to one on Youtube, here goes.

Tell me what you think.


MUSIC: The Weeknd // "Wicked Games"

"Just let me mo'fucking love you"

Found this song today while researching Trey Songz on Youtube for work -- I really like something about it, so I'm going to keep listening to it until I figure it out.

What do you think?



LIFE: Halloween Costumes

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Costumes - Cheap Shit, Lots O' Cash. 
Party City - Union Square, NYC
W T Hell man. Seriously I'm really disappointed in the quality of the Batgirl costume for the cost of the damn thing, and why is it $10 more expensive in the store than online? (which BTW is about the same anyways because of shipping) Honestly I was upset until I realized how horrible the mask that it comes with is -- UGH

Oh well, looks like the back up plan for the sugar skull candy face will have to do.

Tonight after the disappointing costume hunt, a co-worker and I went to REPUBLIC, this really good Thai spot in Union Sq. Good end to a casual Monday.

Attending an event tomorrow with a co-worker - excited :)

Now sleep.


LIFE/MUSIC: Common Listening Party

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Shanis, Common, Jordan
With our internet at the office all types of F***** up, I had time to sneak into Common's Listening Session with Centric for his new album The Dreamer/The Believer.  We got a chance to listen to 5-6 of his tracks and even saw some of the rough cut of his video for "Blue Sky."  From what I heard the album had a refreshingly authentic 90's Hip-Hop sound which makes me all the more excited to listen to the rest of the album. Common, himself, was a pleasure to meet in person. He's a real genuine down-to-earth artist who believes in the inspiring messages that he puts into his music. While he was playing his music for us, he sang/rapped along which made it even the more enjoyable. 

Like my co-worker Jessica said in her tweet , "The Dreamer" is bound to be an instant classic. I'm sure his album will have many successful singles. Glad to know there's still bigger artists out there who haven't lost their initial motivations for their music. Definitely check out the audio for "Blue Sky" below and look for the music video which should be dropping soon - definitely inspirational. 

"Asian Hello"

-- Shanis

LIFE: Batgirl Halloween Costume

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

FINALLY! I have always wanted to dress up as some Batman related character for Halloween. I've settled for Batgirl and maybe next year I'll try to do Catwoman. (Picked up Catwoman #1 and #2 today,  it's the BEST comic in the new 52 (\ * o * /)  )

By the way, there's a great deal on the PARTYCITY site -- FREE ground shipping and 20% your order! You really can't beat that, so you better hurry on it.

What's everyone dressing up as for Halloween?


LIFE: NYC Sign Warns Pedestrians Not to Facebook and Walk

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Times Square  - Broadway & 43rd St.
Every New Yorker knows about the MTA, but do you know about the MEA? - Yes, the Metropolitan Etiquette Authority. Who knew we had one of those? ( Haha! Read more about the MEA Prank  HERE)

On my way to Duane Reade yesterday I saw this sign and it caught me off guard.  For all of us multi-tasking New Yorkers, talking and texting while driving might have been annoying to give up, but it made sense. Now as the world's leading pedestrians, we also have to give up Facebooking while we walk too?

Honestly, I'm not at all annoyed just amused and grateful that someone is attempting to bring this to our attention.

The other day while I was out for lunch I noticed a woman on the phone who followed the lead of a running man ahead of her and crossed the street without looking. She was almost hit by a taxi since she failed to see that her crossing had started well after the "DONT WALK" hand had stopped blinking.
People really need to pay attention, especially in New York City. Although there are millions of pedestrians here, there are also hundreds if not thousands of taxis and regular drivers who are not about to put up with our "I own the streets" bullshit.

These are similar to the Japanese subway ads I saw back while I was studying abroad in Tokyo.

Do you think New Yorkers will really heed the warning? Will/Would you?


BOOKS: DC Comics: The New 52

Sunday, October 16, 2011

There's nothing sexier than a man in a suit.

Wait, no, I lied. 

There's nothing sexier than a man in a bat suit.

Recently DC released "The New 52" -- They're starting them all at #1. That's probably the coolest part of this whole launch, as the fans, we'll have a chance to get the #1 issue.  It's a good feeling -- the one you get when you know (or think) that you'll be a part of something, a collection. 

So here are just a few of the ones that I've picked up:
  • Batwing #1
  • Batgirl #1 & #2
  • Batwoman #1 & #2
  • Batman #1
So far my favorite is BATWING -- an African Batman. The whole concept of "Batman Inc", which is an idea touched upon in BATWOMAN and BATWING, is a pretty cool one. Essentially, Batman is trying to set up a network of "batmen/women" -- A legion all on their own. Batman's already made appearances in both of these comics, so I'm excited to see if he continues to play a role in further into the story.

I'm really liking BATGIRL - although it is a bit slow. 

BATWOMAN is quite interesting as it incorporates an old Hispanic myth of "La Llorona." -- lots of untranslated Spanish in there makes me feel quite lucky to know what's going on.  I wonder if that was purposely done to reflect the "modern" direction these comics are taking in reflecting the growing numbers of Spanish speakers in the States. Furthermore, BATWOMAN incorporates the first main homosexual Batman storyline - loving the diversity in this one.

Of course BATMAN is undeniably my (fantasy) sweetheart so I had to snag his comic too -- Could anyone tell me if BATMAN: The Dark Knight is worth picking up? I'm really enjoying Nightwing, Robin, and Red Robin's appearances in BATMAN, which really brings it all together in a sort of "full circle." 

Interestingly enough I noticed that The Penguin has his own comic... I wonder if that's any good -- quite frankly I would rather read one about The Joker and Harley, but c'est la vie. 

I'm looking to get NIGHTWING and CATWOMAN (which was sold-out!). 

Would love to hear about any other recommendations! 


M.J. Miller | Art Takes Miami 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

M.J. Miller

M.J. Miller is a personal friend of mine, who's photography I really admire - so much so, that
I've even asked to have prints made of some of her pieces of my bedroom.Currently her site ( is under construction, but you can check out her hipstamatic prints on her tumblr page. Take a look at some of her work and vote for her entry in the "Art Takes Miami 2011" contest by clicking the link : M.J. Miller | Art Takes Miami 2011


MUSIC: Tony Bennett X Lady GaGa

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lady GaGa and Tony Bennett.  Who would have thunk it?

I heard about Tony Bennett's latest CD - Tony Bennett: Duets II - the other day on TV, so I checked it out on Spotify last week and I was surprised at how much I liked it - from start to finish.  From Amy Winehouse to Queen Latifah and even Alejandro Sanz, Tony Bennett's got all of the best talent on one CD singing along with him.

I actually had the pleasure of seeing him sing live along side Andrea Bocelli, who is also featured on the CD, last month in Central Park (9/15).

If you haven't already, give the compilation I good listen to and if you're still not convinced, check out the music video to "The Lady Is A Tramp."

Told ya so ;}


FASHION: Maneki Neko's Unlucky Makeover

Monday, October 3, 2011

Unlucky Cat Tee - Lmtd Edition $24.50

The Chef and Butcher have done it again.

I'm so happy that they love the Lucky Cat (Maneki Neko) as much as I do because they never fail to come up with different ways to illustrate him - whether for the holidays or the season.

They actually have several versions of the tee available for sale on the site right now -- I'm still bitter about misplacing my 2010 Winter Lucky Cat tee (;____;)

Check out these and all of their food related T-shirts right on the site and stay tuned for their FALL/WINTER 2011 collection that is said to be dropping soon.

Oh and while we're on the Pyknic topic, I want to send a "CONGRATULATIONS" over to the Chef and Butcher who were able to raise enough money for their dream "food" truck. I'm really excited to meet the guys in person and of course get my spiffy official Pyknic apron~


LIFE: Welcome the Fall

Friday, September 30, 2011

I went to the Godiva store during one of my lunch breaks last week and spoiled myself a little -- there as a "Buy 3 Pieces, Get 1 Free" offer so I got myself a red velvet, vanilla bean, and double chocolate raspberry and this pumpkin spice as the treat. It was the best one actually.

Even though I was instructed by my cousin's girlfriend to NEVER get Godiva chocolate again, I think at least the pumpkin spice is worth a try and look at how cute it looks too.

Pumpkin -- lattes, chocolates, candles are all a true sign that Fall is really here -- FINALLY.
If that isn't enough, I heard that tomorrow night the weather is supposed to get as low as 45 - さむい!

Red, Orange, & Yellow are my go-to colors this fall. Leopard print goes really well with those colors so I tried Sally Hansen's leopard print sticker polish (lasted a good 2 weeks!). Definitely getting this again!

Tomorrow is the day of the wedding and I am really excited to wear my Suzi Chin dress. 
Will take pictures and hopefully post them up soon. 

Oh, anyone watch the new Adele video for "Someone Like You"? I was not very impressed, although I did like how she looked and the ending was pretty emotional. Would love to hear your thoughts. 


FASHION/NEWS: Online Stores & Magazines Unite

Thursday, September 29, 2011

In the fat Fall issue of Elle magazine I read that H&M and Elle were going to team up to allow people to shop H&M clothing through their site, featuring mostly articles that are modeled/talked about in the magazine. 

I never really thought about, but now that I found out about it, it makes me think "What took them so long to come up with that?" Truth is that it's common sense, although the brand names and prices (sometimes) are listed in articles and photo shoots, unless someone is in a "I HAVE TO HAVE IT" kinda mood, they might not bother to look up the article of clothing or even remember to later. 

Although I don't normally read magazine articles online (except the occasional Cosmo ones they tweet out) if I knew I could go to a magazine's website and find all the clothing I liked from the issue right on there I'd be more inclined to visit and even more tempted to shop. 

I think the move is a rather smart one -- don't you? 


MUSIC: Adele's "Someone Like You" Video Premiere

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Before Adele's sophomore album dropped, there weren't many Adele fans that I knew personally -- most of my friends hadn't heard of her or weren't as fond of her as I was.

After "Rolling In The Deep" dropped, I'm glad to say that, that is no longer the case. So many Adele fans, old or new, have been eagerly awaiting the video to the heart-moving song "Someone Like You" which will undoubtedly be one of Adele's greatest singles -- right up there with "Hometown Glory."

Tomorrow night, Thursday September 29th at 7:56PM EST, the video for Adele's latest single "Someone Like You" will premiere on MTV and VEVO.

After you're done scribbling down the reminder on a sticky note, check out the sneak peak of the video.

Anyone have 3rd single predictions?  -- "Set Fire To The Rain" will have to be a single for sure.



Monday, September 26, 2011

There's the waitress and then there's the stewardess. There's the chauffeur and then there's the pilot.

What makes the air crew so sacred, so different?

I think ABC's new show, PAN AM, really captures that special something that makes being part of the crew so exclusive and special. Just finished watching the pilot episode and I can already tell this is going to be a show that I enjoy - especially with the multitude of languages getting tossed around - English, French, Italian, and Spanish all in the first episode. And of course who doesn't love a little of the oldies thrown in the mix - you get  good ole' 1960's music, fashion, and frame of mind.

I'm really looking forward to watching all the juicy drama as the season unfolds.

Check out the show on


MUSIC: Leroy Sibbles

Friday, September 23, 2011

I was in the mood for some reggae.
Here's what I'm jammin' too right now...

There are two girls that come to mind right off the bat -- my friends Kaori and Julissa. Miss you both.

Enjoy it. 


MUSIC: Adele in UK Vogue

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's not an obsession, it's an admiration (or is too much admiration an obsession?). I love Adele. In her Vogue UK interview she says she doesn't have a message she's trying to promote, she doesn't stand for anything.

But in my mind, with so few artists out there with purely raw talent - Adele stands for something whether she wants to or not. She's the breathing, living, and singing idea that there's entertainment and then there's music.

Last week after I found out via twitter that Adele was on the cover of the UK Vogue, I had to run out and buy it. Before the Andrea Bocelli concert last Thursday I made it a point find myself a copy for the long line wait -- $12! (I hate the price of imported goods).

Her interview was far in the back and I made myself wait as I flipped through each long fashion ad and article before getting to the best part. The wait was worth it - the article was well-written and there were some interesting facts about Adele that I had never known before (what songs were dedicated and written for which boyfriends, etc). Did you know Adele is an '88 baby? I was pretty sure we were off by a year or two in age - her being younger of course.

Adele is one of the artists that I'm dying to see live - and I'd be grateful if she makes her way back to NYC soon. This soulful British girl with an innate confidence is exactly the kind of artist I'm proud to be a fan of. Few belt out music that brings out the hurt like she does - unfortunately one of the few died this year (Amy Winehouse).

To end on a happier note, I posted two videos at the bottom. The Brit Awards performance was cited in the interview so I figured it was worth watching (it is!) and one of her USA Today interview - she's quite dorky in a Tenoli type way :) I dig that.



THEATRE: NYC Broadway Week

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

If you live in NYC and you've never been to the theatre - you're still a tourist in your own town!
(at least that's how I felt before I saw WICKED back in High School)

It's officially Broadway Week! Started on Sunday and ends on September 30. With two for one ticket prices on orchestra and mezzanine seats, there's no excuse NOT to go and bring someone along (perfect for dates). Mind you all the popular shows like WICKED and THE LION KING are already SOLD OUT, but there still other great shows like THE MOUNTAINTOP and MAN AND BOY that are worth snagging seats for.

Still no luck with this BOOK OF MORMON show - you're only bet is StubHub (damn scalpers!)

Check out the NYCGO BROADWAY WEEK page for more details!~


HAIR: 1950's Pincurls

Last week I was invited to a wedding and was suggested a 1950's pincurl look.
After looking it up and finding this video, I'm pretty excited about trying it out this weekend before the ceremony next week - what do you think?


MUSIC: Virgin Mobile Freefest 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Big Sean 9/10 @ Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011
(photo credit: Melissa Jean Miller)
This past weekend I made a day roadtrip with my co-worker and friend Melissa. We went to Columbia, Maryland to attend the Virgin Mobile Freefest.  Press passes got us a chance to experience Big Sean and Cee Lo from the photographers' pit as well as free food and water (real important!) at the Press tent. Got a chance to see the guys from Cut Copy live and of course THE BLACK KEYS ( * o *) w00t w00t! 

It was first time covering a music event for a major website like BET and I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity! This is just the start -- like a certain Mr. McFly said (and I paraphrase) "You gotta make this year better than your last." 

I want to thank all my friends and followers who are always supportive and most importantly myself who has worked extremely hard to get me where I am now! 

Read my VIRGIN MOBILE FREEFEST article and check out the PHOTO FLIPBOOK that my friend Melissa made (captions by yours truly). 
( photo credit: Melissa Jean Miller )
-- Shanis

LIFE: US Open 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

US Open 2011 / 8-31-11
Last week I went to my first ever US Open event! My co-worker was generous enough to give me a ticket and invite me along.

I admit that before college, nothing but futbol (soccer) ever really interested me and that interest only peaked once every 4 years for the World Cup. Last NBA season I finally got into basketball and as a reason to party and drink, during college I got into football through the SuperBowl.

My mom's always been a big fan of tennis, but this was the first time I was actually interested in checking it out. I really loved the atmosphere and the crowd is definitely a lot different -- for starters there are plenty of foreigners (which I loved). Second, the food options are vast and the drink (alcohol) stands are top notch! 5 stars!

I got the chance to learn more about Tennis -- which is actually quite intense and definitely not as boring as I had once thought it was years ago. Although I did not get to see Maria Sharapova play due to the previous match, watching Andy Roddick play was plenty fun. It took awhile, but I think I've got most of the basic rules down.

US Open 2012? Definitely! Game. Set. Match!


LIFE: How to make the most of your living space

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Overstock is one of the most talked about online furniture stores, but I have yet to buy anything off the site no matter how many good reviews I hear/read.

I think that I might have just found the one reason I'm willing to lose my Overstock virginity for.

Space is tight in NYC ( although it could be worse -- Tokyo ), so when you're trying to fit your whole life into a room, it can be quite frustrating and cramp. I'd really love a desk in my room, but with the amount of space I have at the moment with all the boxes I have yet to sort through, I literally have 'walkways' around my sh*t (pardon the French).

This is probably one of the coolest things I have seen and pretty damn perfect for my tiny (yet comfortable) box of a room. Although the price is not so friendly (to me at least) I'm putting it on my Christmas list or snag it for myself when I get the mula.

What do you think? What other kinds of space saving items do you really love? -- Currently I'm still drooling over my behind-the-door shoe rack <3

-- Shanis

LIFE: Natural Disaster Week NYC

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

NYC Earthquake 8-23-11.

Last Tuesday, most of you know that there was a earthquake here in New York City - the epicenter of it in Virgina - with a magnitude of 5.8
A lot of us were pretty shocked and frightened while it was happening because this is not really something that most New Yorkers have ever experienced nor something we are really prepared for.  (First earthquake I experienced was in Japan)

Now while I know our little sway in the wind was nothing compared to many of the earthquakes that those in the West Coast experience, I found it rather rude and insensitive that many of the people that I know from the West Coast and other areas of the country were quick to call us "cry babies". Now here's the thought provoking part...
It was interesting then to see how my Japanese friends reacted to the news, quick to ask whether we were okay or not and concerned about the aftershocks that might follow. It was interesting to see that those in a country that recently suffered from an extreme earthquake disaster earlier this year were more sympathetic than fellow Americans, and I wondered, "Is that a culture thing?"

Are Americans supposed to have thick skin? Maybe next time there's a tragic shooting on the West Coast, us New Yorkers should pull out the 9-11 tragedy card. I think it is quite obvious from our reactions to the quake that we are not accustomed to a little shaking (i.e. we walked outside instead of hiding under our desks). I ask that next time people think about these things before being so damn insensitive.

I ask for your opinions - I highly value them.


(This is a cross post with Japan in NYC)

FASHION: Pyknic "Food" Truck [Kickstart]

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Here's my chance to give back to one of my favorite brands and help them take the next big step in their business! Pyknic's looking to get a food truck to sell their food themed graphic tees on the go -- but they're going to need a kickstart and that's where we come in! Donations start at $5, but the payback gets better the more generous you get! If you know Pyknic, I encourage you to put five on it, but if you're not in the know about them, read my backup story below.

I'm not going to lie, I'm really excited to finally get my chance to have one of their exclusive aprons! 

The Chef
Why I Love Pyknic

Ever since I first discovered Pyknic in Karmaloop's Kazbah shop, it's been love at first site.
Now-a-days it's hard for me to find a brand that I am so die-hard about, but Pyknic's pretty much got my loyalty in cement. Who else do you know married the theme of food and the Lucky Cat so perfectly? Need I mention the quality of their clothes and shopping experience? Yeah, it's all worth it.

If I ever got asked to name brands that successfully uses social media, @Pyknic would definitely be among my top 5! Like every other brand out there, they are constantly promoting themselves, but what sets them apart is their ability to form relationships with their consumers.
You might respond to this and say "Well, they just don't have as many consumers as bigger brands," -- but the truth is that I've gotten replies from brands like GAP and Chipotle before.

As a social media fanatic, I appreciate the love I get from the guys over at Pyknic.
Recently [on twitter] I asked them about possibly making a shopping tote for my groceries -- well guess what "Wish Granted" -- they've added it as one of the many prizes you get when you donate to their kickstart project and I gotta be honest with you, I'm surprised at how much they are giving away for even the smallest donations!
Use my name? - Get dem brownie points :]

Here's to hoping they make half their goal in the next week!

-- Shanis 

FILM: New York International Latino Film Festival

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Two years ago I went to the New York Latino International Film Festival and watched a John Leguizamo film -- he was there at the premiere and I even got to meet him!

Yesterday, via, I found out that NYLIFF started this week on Tuesday. The animated film Chico Y Rita is the first ever animated film to open the Festival. I wish I could have gotten tickets to the opening, but I have a few more days left to enjoy the other Latino films.

Check out the trailer of the movie below and a full list of the films at the official site (above)!

-- Shanis

FASHION: Crew Necks Galore.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I love fall fashion!  It's probably my favorite season - fashion wise. Layers, layers, layers! Cool crisp sunny days are the epitome of perfect fall days.

I just bought the Fall fashion issue of Elle magazine to peruse on my train ride home today so that I can take a look at what sorts of pieces I'll be looking to add to my wardrobe this fall. Since animal prints (especially leopard) are back in style, I'm glad I can add the sweater I bought from Japan in '09 back into my everyday outfits this fall.

I'm really excited to see what crewnecks Pyknic comes out with this Fall, especially since I wasn't able to snag one from their Fall 2010 collection. The one featured above is from Karmaloop's Kazbah section of the site -- Brand: Adapt Advancers The brand reps the West Coast hard, but even an East Coaster like me can appreciate it. Use repcode TENOLI to get 20% off your first order -- good lookin' especially since promo codes don't work on Kazbah purchases.

Earlier weather from this week suggests that Fall might be a little closer than we think  :)


TECHNOLOGY: Blogger Android App

Monday, August 15, 2011

I gotta tell you, one of the things I most excited about when I first got my Andriod was FINALLY being able to blog on the go, but lately my Blogger App has been acting up and not publishing ANY of my posts and so in a fit of rage I actually deleted it.

Now, I might give it another chance since I realize now that I miss it, but there are quite a few things that I really hope that the developers fix in their future builds of it -- here are some suggestions:

  • I'd like to be able to dictate where the image goes
  • Please let me see what kinds of labels I already have set up -- how about letting me check off which ones I'd like to add to my post? 
Hmm, I can only think of the previous two. Anyone else have problems/suggestions with their Blogger App? 


FASHION: Target's Varsity Vintage Collection

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A few weeks ago Target came out with their Vintage Varsity Collection and I was really excited about this since I first saw the ad for it in COSMO. 
I will say that I  am a bit disappointed with the women's half of the collection because I admit that I'm not really feeling the graphics but I do love the oxford tote and the infinity scarves. 

So I'm heading to Target at some point this weekend to pick up the following: 

Oxford Tote $20 -- Click Here
Infinity scarf $17 -- Click Here

Men's Fleece Top $17 -- Click Here
Special shoutout to my coworker Tiffany who is always encouraging me to find these great buys in places I never bothered looking.

BTW, I will update on my recent IDEELI purchases and review the site's services, etc in one of the next few posts.


MUSIC: WAX Show at Mercury Lounge NYC

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wanna know how I got exposed to @BigWax? Check out the video below, then come back here and tell me you don't feel amused and wanting more.

A few days ago Wax announced that tickets for his NYC show will be on sale at  For $15 a ticket, why not right?

So here are the details:

Where - Mercury Lounge
When - Sept. 19th @ 7PM
Cost - $15 advance/$17 door


FASHION: Sally Hanson Salon Effects

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Recently, I realized that I never actually reviewed the Sally Hansen Salon Nail Effects Strips.

I did wear them once a few months ago for my birthday and I was pleased with how easy they were to put on and how long they lasted, but the experience must vary with color/pattern because last night I had the worst experience with the pink sparkle pattern.

The left hand gave me no trouble, but the strips I used on the right hand refused to stick and I had to use my dry fast top coat polish to get it to stick down to the nail. Despite the "chipping" effect I got on 2/5 nails, the sparkle distracts from the imperfections and it doesn't look as bad as I thought.

I'm not boycotting because there's at least two more patterns I really want to try -- maybe they have to be fresh (this package was already 6 months old).

We'll see what happens and I'll definitely keep you posted.


La Tenoli


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I admit that after watching Exit Through The Gift Shop I felt inspired to draw again and even add a little street art of my own out into the world.

Talking to @_atomsk the next day about it brought up the topic of tagging, slapping, bombing, etc and he suddenly remembered that MOB x KRINK had collaborated awhile ago to create this:

Now this is the kind of marker a fly femme should be using to tag up local stop signs :) 
Click HERE to buy the it! 

Oh and while we're on the MTTM (MOB) subject, I want to send out a special shoutout to @LeahMOB for letting me take part in the G-Shock/CASIO focus group she held a few weeks ago. Great big THANK YOU to her and CASIO for gifting me with a MTTM x Baby-G -- I've been rocking it any chance I get.

I'm making a greater effort to carry around my sketchbook now so that I'll have a chance to put down any ideas that come into my head :) More updates on it later.


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