Thursday, July 23, 2009

They used to call me Carlton Banks....

In 95' suburban Atlanta I was the kid with hair that all the kids wanted to touch and feel.
Assimilation was evident and all too familiar with blacks in suburbia, but that comes with with territory of living and fitting into the suburban scene. Most black people who don't understand the lifestyle will see this an a disadvantage, but it wasn't.

If weren't for the company of other black people in the area who shared similar lifestyles and goals - and got each other most of all - most kids would have somewhat lost their identity. Organizations such as Jack & Jill and other societies for affluent blacks are important for black kids in areas like I grew up because it gives us a social contact with other black kids in our area.

I was so inspired last night by watching the second installment of "Black In America", "Black In America 2", on CNN and it showed a guy who's from affluence and grew up in a similar situation to mines - a sprinkle of pepper in a salt mine. I saw me in him when he said he was called out of his name by a teacher, which brings me back to me and my 90's hair.

Racism was the case when the kids were touching my hair and calling me "carpet-head", even though it wasn't in a mean way or ambiguously hateful. It was wrong and I felt it, ultimately leading me to cut it off for a more mainstream and appropriate ceasar.

Watching "Black in America 2" last night really struck a chord with me - I didn't even get any sleep. I re-evaluated my life plan and came to the realization that shouldn't be resting on where I come from alone. There is no reason to be slipping in any area of my life - including style - and I realized now is the time to get out my dreams and goals.

Time waits for no man and now is always the time to get something started - or keep going. I made a promise to myself to follow through with all my plans and to, by all means, be successful and to attain a higher status in life. There is never an excuses for people not to be on the grind, period - even before we had a black president. Move forward in life, connect with the right people, grow, and flourish.

I've always been called Carlton Banks and when I saw this shirt I had to have it.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More and More....

Rumors, speculation, and hype surrounds these shoes that was once a myth, but now isn't. These have been popping up on men around the world. I just hope I can get a foot in.


Today, I decided to try something new. Well actually it's a spin on something old, good ol' fashioned grits. Most people call these grits cakes but that sounds a little bit unappetizing - any suggestions?? To put a mainstream twist on it you could switch up the grits with polenta or any other variety of grits (grits-like grain).

Southern Fried Grits Cakes
-Make three to six servings of Grits
-Add 1 cup of shredded cheese and bacon/chicken
- Refrigerate in a sprayed baking pan for one hour to thicken consistency
- Using a cookie cutter, cut out circles of grits
- lightly dust the cakes with flour
- dip them in a buttermilk and then into generously seasoned flour (completes the batter)
- fry them in a skillet for 3 to 5 minutes on medium high heat
- let them rest on paper towel to get rid of excess oil
- Serve with your favorite sauce and enjoy

Easy right!
Break the diet, you've earned it


Monday, July 20, 2009

Daniele Alessandrin A/W 09'

Pictures courtesy Men Rag


"It's hard to put into words how one feels looking at their own work presented like this."

Scott Schuman's new book named after his blog , The Sartorialist, is fresh off the press with two versions. One is a limited edition hardcover for $175 and the paperback going for $25 they are available at Amazon, Borders, and Barnes and Noble among other vendors. The book will be available on August 12 - mark your calender....

"This has been a labor of love. Taking the pictures, editing the pictures, arranging the pictures, doing most of the writing while I was still in Phoenix after my Dad died. It's hard to put into words how one feels looking at their own work presented like this - so I won't even try."

picture courtesy The Sartorialist blog


Friday, July 10, 2009

Guys like shiny things....

Rag and Bone trainer in metallic leather - they also come in white.



Don't sleep on it

This combo has always interest me. You don't see too many people try this out and make it look serious, but I feel some people this fall will get a little ambitious. I've always liked the idea of pairing sweats with cardigans - and even blazers. The most important point in choosing a pair is to look for the right fit and the quality fabric. I've even seen editorials using $5 Hanes sweats and mixing it with cardigans and blazers of good quality. I can easily see this on any college campus because it's a well thought out look, but effortlessly stylish and very interesting. I can now say I'm officially not on the fence with this look - I like it.



Thursday, July 9, 2009


Christian Louboutin Fall 2009


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Unexpected, then yet again I don' know everything.

Gray High Top Hugo Boss Sneakers supple calfskin sets off shiny satin and splash of suede done in hues of gray - makes for a great combination any sneaker freak or "hipster" (hate those two words) would appreciate.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Where has the time gone....

NEW POSTS COMING SOOON!!! NEW POSTS COMING SOOON!!!! Its been a while and dady was slippin, but I am back on my grind and with that comes new finds and other goodies... I will not fail but prevail! I am on the hunt for all my subscibers and you all will not be let down - I promise... Call this a new beginning or reniassance (so to speak)... Stay tuned and bSEEEN!

PS I was playing with photoshop and this didn't turn out how I wanted but oh well... NOTE TO SELF- new Pictures - stat!