Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Snapshot: Kinée Diouf for Rue Blanche Winter 2011/2012


The Hermes Birkin Bag...

... a girl classic MUST HAVE bag but do you know all the beauty behind it. 

* Handmade in leather and named after actress and singer Jane Birkin
* The bag is a symbol of wealth due to its high price and elusiveness to the public
* Its prices range from $9,000 to $150,000
Costs escalate according to the type of materials. 


* In 1981, Hermès chief executive Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to Jane Birkin on a flight from Paris to London. 
* Birkin explained to Dumas that it had been difficult to find a leather weekend bag she liked. 

*In 1984, he created a black supple leather bag for her. She used the bag for herself then later changed her mind. Nevertheless, the bag has since become an icon.


* The bag also has a variety of hides such as calf leather, ostrich, crocodile, and lizard.
* One of the most expensive is saltwater crocodile skin.
    * The bag has a lock and keys plated with gold or palladium to prevent tarnishing. 
    * Hardware is updated regularly to maintain the top quality available in the industry at time of production. 
    * The metal lock may be covered with leather as a custom option. Diamonds are another custom addition.
    * Hermès offers a "spa treatment" – a reconditioning for overly used bags.


    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    The "NIGGA" word

    Hope you all had a great Martin Luther King Day!
    He had a dream and now we are leaving this dream. The most important thing to remember is where we come from, where we are now and where we are aiming to get.

    Time was hard for our ancestors who fought for us, to have such a freedom today. Unfortunately most of us take this freedom for granted. As if, we black people had it before. Our freedom should not be taken for granted. We have a lot to learn. And it hurts me even more when I hear us calling each other 'nigga' in our own community! and yet, we are surprised when another race call us so.

    2 examples here:

    This of Rihanna.

    Man Down song quoted lyrics
    "end a nigga, end a nigga life so soon?"
    Hard song quoted lyrics
    "But the hottest bitch in heels right here"

    Do ya thing quoted lyrics
    "Make a nigga scream and shout, shout"

    And now a german magazine calling her "Nigga Bitch" and she gets mad? 

    Sometimes is it not our own selves to blame? if we made it clear from the beginning "Nigga" was a bad word then, in my opinion we would have had the right to complain. But we make it sound so cool therefore, we should be responsible for our own acts.

    The second example is that of the "Slave Earing" by Vogue Italia.

    This was innaceptable since we all know SLAVE is offencive. And I believe by the same way we feel offended by SLAVE we should feel for the "N" word. Because as I record, no black people will tolerate being called a slave by another black person, yet why do we accept and the "N" word? o_O

    Why would we allow our rappers pronounce this word in rap songs and sing along with them or respond when our fellows call us so. "Nigga" is such a disgrace word for our entire generation. Our ancestors stood up for many years and even got killed fighting against the use of this adjective for decades. And as a thank you note for the little freedom we got these days we find it fun to use it.  It's hurtful.

    I hope this year's Martin Luther King Jr day made you reflect on so many thing. We have a long way to go. We are not there yet!

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