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New iPod Shuffles

New iPod Shuffles

New iPod shuffles came out today that -in typical Apple fashion- “are smaller than ever before!” As of right now there’s only one size of 4GB and are retailing for 79 bucks. Not too shabby actually. A main new feature includes a voice over option that will tell you the name of the song that is playing, and also speak out the name of your playlists so that you can select your choice. I guess it’s a cool way of somewhat navigating, since they’ve traditionally had no screen. Eh… if u need a tiny iPod, why not. I don’t see it being something that’ll necessarily bring in new iPod clientele. Not that there are many of them out there anyways, lol.

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UPDATE – Looking further into things it seems like these iPod ship with specially sized headphone jacks that only work the ones that come in the box. Therefore you’d have to buy specialty headphones that are MADE for this iPod or get a soon to be released adapter of some kind. That’s wack…SMH

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Fashion 40 – Fashion = SMH

Fashion 40 – Fashion = SMH

It’s been over two weeks since the incident I’m about to explain took place. I’ve been battling exactly how to address it because I knew I had to keep up the sophistication of this blog. At first the title of this post was gonna be: Fashion 40 can choke on a D, Why I’m never going back to Fashion 40, but instead I decided to keep it mature and address a larger issue. I thought it was common knowledge that an establishment should have the nicest, friendliest people to handle all ‘Front of House’ duties. I guess some places aren’t aware of that. Fashion 40 being one of them. I went there on Saturday January 31st to celebrate my close homegirls bday, and was met with O.D. rudeness at the door. Apparently it was what I had on that was the problem. Just for a mental picture, I was outside online so what you could see was my wool peacoat, grey knit scarf,  slim-straight dark levi’s sitting atop a fresh pair of black patent hi top YSL’s. The bouncer goes… “Oh, next time step it up, we do it grown and sexy here…” At that point, I didn’t argue, didn’t get upset… nothing, a little confused at the fact that maybe I didn’t get the memo… but I simply nodded and said I would. Then comes the hostess, who looked me up and down before uttering with an attitude… “What ARE those anyway…?” as she pointed to my footwear. I looked at her with a blank stare and eventually said… “They’re Yves Saint Laurent.” She continued to stand there as if I had spoken another language, so I repeated myself. Then she goes, “yea I heard you, stand to the side…” She proceeds to let the 3 female friends I had come with through the door as I stand there in the cold. Others behind me, both guys and girls are also allowed in, that apparently didn’t have to pass the fashion exam. At this point I’m really getting annoyed because I was mainly trying to be apart of the free before 12 crowd, and it was 11:58. Nonetheless I eventually get in without having to pay Thank God(because I probably would’ve just gone elsewhere) and step inside to a room of people aren’t even THAT FLY!!! The whole time waiting outside I thought to myself “Well damn, peeps must have on full suits, tuxedos, fur coats and the whole 9, I’m definitely under-dressed if I’m going through all this!” Only to be less than impressed by the quite-frankly, normal looking people inside. Naturally some people went overboard, but others not so much and it pissed me off with all the questioning out front. I saw V-Neck sweaters, button ups,… regular shit. Some dudes had baggy denim… forreal tho? plus I even saw a polo shirt or two. On top of that, the crowd was skewed way older, like aunts and uncles age. It was pretty much none of the fashion, all of the 40… year-olds!, and I wasn’t impressed. Nor did I buy a drink because at that point I was tight and wanted to leave. My homegirl had bottle service so I definitely ended up on a happier note but that’s not the point. I HATE going somewhere with workers that give off attitude. That’s honestly the worst thing management could to an establishment where all people want to do is have a good time. Furthermore, I’ve got plenty clothes and respect dress codes, if I was really against the standards, I wouldn’t have even sweat it, because that’s ALL they had to say from the start. What’s with questioning name tags? As if the brand, how much I paid, or the fact that I bought it on 5th avenue makes a difference?? WTF. Overall, after getting over it the next day, by no means am I saying ‘F*ck Fashion 40′, or even that I’ll never go back there, because who ever really knows, but to over-scrutinize me at the door only to have a flock of ’saturday at brunch’ dressed people on the inside kind of rubs me the wrong way, and definitely makes me… shake my head.

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Brand Borrowing… SMH

Brand Borrowing… SMH

I think from time to time I’m gonna write a post on things that make me Shake My Head in shame. I only did it once before but I feel like I should do it more often. Either way… this SMH, is going out to the blatant incorporation of already existing and quite frankly, iconic, aspects of a brand, into the products of another brand. To me it always come across as an “almost there but not quite as poppin” knock off, even if the brand is one I’ve come to respect. For example, I like Crooks and Castles… believe me I do. But all the red and green is soooooo reminiscent of Gucci that I can’t even look at it and think anything else. To some this makes it more appealing but to me it’s merely a MISSED OPPORTUNITY to build a genuine following and niche. 

 

 

These Crooks & Castles products designed differently could have been just that, really dope Crooks & Castles products — instead I see belt and wallet that looks like a Gucci belt and wallet but isn’t… and therefore I have to SMH.  But that’s just me.  As a shopper that’s always maturing, I pay a lot more attention to fabrics, colors, and fit anyway, but if I’m going to rock something that screams a certain brand, I’m gonna make sure it’s THAT brand. I don’t really see the point of anything else…

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Beyonce… smh.

Beyonce… smh.

I was originally going to write a post about the two new Beyonce videos that leaked onto YouTube but the good quality ones got pulled by her record label. When/If they go back up I’ll be sure to post them. The videos were for her songs Diva and Halo, with Halo being the song and video I liked best of the two. Contrarily, Diva upsets me on many levels. First off, I hadn’t even heard the entire song until watching the video because they usually only play part of it in the club while mixing with “A Milli”. While watching the video earlier I was bombared by lackluster cinematography and lyrics that are even worse. I’m ALL for Beyonce and her pro-woman or in this case(pro-self) lyrics… she’s been doing it since Destiny’s Child and it sells, plus everyone knows that Get Me Bodied has been a banger at parties since it came out. No hate there. However, since when was a diva “a female hustler”? I’m not quite understanding this. I guess Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Dion Warwick, Nina Simone, Etta James, Dorothy Dandridge, and a slew of others that I could be here all day mentioning… all got it wrong?  Who wrote this? and if SHE did… who said it was album worthy? The whole song is a subpar self glorifying calamity, that will of course get plenty burn because of the strength of the beat, and the fact that it’s Beyonce. I’m not feelin it, and I therefore have to shake my head. As a matter of fact, from what I’ve heard so far from her latest album in general, I could’ve done without the majority of the “Sasha Fierce” side, she hit us hard with club bangers on B’Day, I think I would’ve been just fine with a bunch of ballads like on the “I am” disc… but that’s just me.

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