Sunday, November 30, 2008

Actually, Sometimes It Is Easy Being Green.

"Simmons, as in the infamous Simmons Family which includes lines such as Kimora Lee Simmons for Hello Kitty, Simmons Men's Collection, Brown Sugar by Justine Simmons, and the iconic Green Malachite bracelet which gives back to the Diamond Empowerment Fund. The bracelet, above, comes in three sizes at $125 and has a little gold diamond charm containing a small rough diamond - very classy, chic, and perfect for your environmentally conscious friends and relatives.

The Diamond Empowerment Fund, to which 50% of all Rough Diamond and Malachite Green bracelet profits go, is an international non-profit organization which raises money for educational programs in Africa. Feeling green? Click here to learn more and find out how you can help."

Information Courtesy Of: Luxist.Com

Available online Here: Simmonsjewelryco.Com

Visit The Official Diamond Empowerment (D.E.F.) Fund Website Here: Diamondempowerement.Org

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: In the best case scenarios, immense wealth provides a person with not only increased access to material goods, but, more importantly, introduces them to greater global information and often inspires their heretofore dormant benevolent side. Ever the empathetic entrepreneur, Russell Simmons, has discovered a new hustle and has taken thinking "green" in a new direction.

Launched in 2007, the Diamond Empowerment Fund (NOTE: Yes, the initials do spell "DEF". Pay attention, this is how Y.O.U. successfully expand and evolve a brand my man.) offers both charity and raw clarity with their rough diamond Green Malachite bracelet - perfect for the sophisticated tree hugging Hippie in your life ... lol. All jokes aside, this is worth your while and your dollar for soooooooooo many reasons. Good shit.

The Brunch Bunch Pt. 11

Reverend T.D. Jakes Approved.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Behind-The-Scenes: Keri Hilson Photoshoot @ Complex Magazine.

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How Real Is This? Very.

"Obama Family's Thanksgiving Food Drive Visit
AP | November 26, 2008 03:02 PM

CHICAGO - President-elect Barack Obama and his wife took their daughters to work at a food bank on the day before Thanksgiving, saying they wanted to show the girls the meaning of the holiday, especially when so many people are struggling.

Ten-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha joined their parents to shake hands and give holiday wishes to hundreds of people who had been lined up for hours at the food bank on Chicago's south side.

Sasha wore a pink stocking hat over her pigtails and Malia had on a purple striped hat as the family handed out wrapped chickens to the needy in the chilly outdoor courtyard. Those seeking food on Wednesday at St. Columbanus also received boxes with potatoes, oranges, fresh bread, peanut butter, canned goods, oatmeal, spaghetti and coffee.

The president-elect, dressed casually in a leather jacket, black scarf and khaki pants, was in a jovial mood, calling out "happy thanksgiving" and telling everyone "you can call me Barack."

He told reporters that he wants the girls "to learn the importance of how fortunate they are, and to make sure they're giving back."

The soon-to-be first lady said the Obamas wanted to give their children "an understanding of what giving and Thanksgiving is all about."

The Obama family's activities in the courtyard quickly drew the attention of schoolchildren whose windows overlooked the courtyard. They put up a sign against the glass that read: "We love our prez" and screamed when the president-elect waved to them.

Obama then turned to his wife and suggested they go visit the kids. Secret Service agents, looking surprised, disappeared inside the building to accommodate his request.

Minutes later, hundreds of children were brought down to the school auditorium, and Obama loped onstage as they screamed and cheered.

"I just wanted to come by and wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving," he said. He then asked the children what they would be eating for Thanksgiving dinner.

Turkey? Stuffing? Green beans? Sweet potato pie?

Perhaps it was a hint at the planned menu for the Obamas, who are planning to host a holiday gathering at their Hyde Park home.

The president-elect then took questions from the children, one of whom wanted to know what it was like to be followed around all the time. It is a topic that seems to touch a nerve in Obama, who has lamented the lack of privacy that comes with his new job.

"I gotta admit, sometimes it's kinda strange ... you just want to go take a walk or go out and ride your bike or something, and you always have someone with you," Obama said. "So you don't have a lot of privacy and that's one of the things you have to sacrifice in order to run for president."

Story Courtesy Of: Huffingtonpost.Com

WWE Trish Status Vs. Stacey Kiebler Thanksgiving Gravy Match

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CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: In a situation like this, everybody is a winner.

Happy Thanksgiving AKA Break Bread.

First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving to Y.O.U. and yours. Now, secondly, I am fully aware of the fact the picture that accompanies this post is NOT an official image of Thanksgiving. Be that as it may, aside from the historical genocide exacted against our Native American brothers and sisters with boxes of bullets and smallpox contaminated blankets, this holiday has come to symbolize family and that's what this picture from 1 of the greatest films ever committed to celluloid, Goodfellas, is all about.

In this world we are far too often faced with the choice of feast or famine and, particularly on a day such as this, it is imperative that we examine what we are truly striving for in our lives and appreciate all that we have already been blessed with. This is about need Vs. greed. Y.O.U. have more than Y.O.U. think that Y.O.U. have. I wish Y.O.U. the best and I sincerely hope and pray that your Thanksgiving is full of L.O.V.E. and food ... lol. Be grateful. Be faithful. This is Livestyle.

Context is king. If Y.O.U. are @ all unfamiliar with the masterpiece that is Goodfellas, then the image included in this entry, sadly, holds no meaning. However, if Y.O.U. are a venerable virtuoso of gangster flicks like I am, then Y.O.U. know exactly what events brought Henry Hill, Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito to Tommy's elderly mother's house and why they are getting their heavy Guinea grub on in the middle of the night. The video provided should help explain yet another 1 of my random pop culture references and give some context to "this thing of ours". Shit is real.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Show Girlz Magazine Web Gemz = A Variety Pack Of Voluptousness.

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Jay-Z Interview On The Angie Martinez Show (11-24-08)

I Lead. Y.O.U. Follow.

Initiative. Take it. Ms. Ava Dior did and now she is currently putting all of Y.O.U. other so-called loyal Livestyle readers to shame! LOL. Nah, I mean, in all honesty, until she chose to "follow" my blog, I had no idea that such an option was available.  Now, it's about to be on like Donkey Kong©  my nigga!

In light of such promising recent developments, I now expect ALL of Y.O.U. to scroll to the upper right hand of this very screen and click the "Follow This Blog" tab as well. What? Y.O.U. already spend an unhealthy amount of time here anyway, why not become "Guilty By Association" too? Men and women of Livestyle, step out from the shadows of cyberspace and be counted! Y.O.U. know that Y.O.U. want to.  Step your game up

Tony Yayo - Smoke Break (Freestyle)

I fuxs with Tony Yayo ... point, blank, period.

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle = The Best Champagne That Y.O.U. Have Never Tasted, But Should.

Available Online Here: KLwines.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Not to be confused for an oversized old fashioned ink bottle akin to what one might have found on the desk of Mark Twain, Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle is a refined mixture of subtle aromas of honey, hazelnuts, grilled almonds and brioche that combine to create 1 of the best premium champagnes on the market that Y.O.U. have never tasted. The 17th Century, during the reign of Louis XIV, is roundly regarded as France's most illustrious and decadent era (which is saying alot for the perennially extravagant France and, particularly, their ruling class) and Grand Siècle - the "Great Century" - pays homage to those luxurious times.

Livestyle prides itself on being ahead of the curve and, @ a price point considerably less than that of your typical Dom Perignon retail, this vibrant Champagne cuvée, which brilliantly blends complementary wines from Laurent-Perrier's very best growths and most successful vintage years, is simply good money. If you've got a little bread to spend this Holiday season, pop the cork on a few of these bottles homie. It's a buyer's market.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"I Got Myself An Uzi x My Brother A 9"

I would be a huge liar if, in a piss poor attempt to pander to my old school Hip Hop traditionalist readers, I were to claim that Krs-1 is the greatest rapper of all time because, in my esteemed estimation, he simply is not. Now, hold on! Please don't get your furry Kangol all wrinkled up in a bunch ... I have wild respect for this man and his diesel discography of genre defining hits.

Case In Point: "Love's Gonna Get'cha (Material Love) from 1990. This cautionary tale spun from the bullet riddled, broken glass strewn and burnt down building cluttered streets of New York City's South Bronx section took the gloss off of the floss @ the height of the crack era and, thus, is 1 of the greatest Hip Hop songs ever made. How about that young scrap? LOL. Holla @ ya boy in BK!

Diddy Blog #35: We Are Kings x By "We" I Really Mean Me, Sean "Diddy" Combs.

Max B x French Montana Give Hell Rell Hell For Getting Shot In The Ass (No-Sues-Rendevous-Silicone-Injections)

T.I. x Shawty Lo Start A "Brawl For It All" @ Last Night's Dirty Awards 2008.

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CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: Apparently, they don't call this event the "Dirty Awards" for nothing ... lol. I don't give much of a fuck about any beef involving Shawty Lo and T.I. (T.I. is clearly in another league my nigga), but nothing beats live fight footage my friend. These 2 can never be friends. It is what it is.

QUESTION: Can anybody affiliated with anything organize a bullshit event, call it an award show, and promote it is a legitimate ceremony celebrating the best that a particular group has to offer the greater society and the individual achievements of members of said group? Like, really, where is the quality control yall?

Terry Richardson x Louis Vuitton For French Vogue 2009 Calendar = 12 Months Of Fashion Smut.

"The December/January issue of French Vogue is worth splurging on. It comes with a 2009 calendar, featuring fourteen models wearing Louis Vuitton lingerie and shoes, styled by Carine Roitfeld and shot by Terry Richardson. Eniko Mihalik graces the cover as a sexy cat, Jourdan Dunn poses as a sexy nurse, and Lakshmi Menon plays a naughty bunny, as you see at left. Fashionologie has all fourteen images (warning: NSFW)."

Information Courtesy Of: NYmag.Com

Photos Courtesy Of: Fashionologie.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: The enigmatic sultan of sexy snapshots, Terry Richardson, has once again lent his lasciviously candid, yet completely high fashion, aesthetic to French Vogue and guest editor Princess Stephanie of Monaco. The Verizon Yellow Pages sized December/January issue of French Vogue now has the dual distinction of being both an ad packed fashionista handbook and a titillating timekeeper of a calendar for 2009 courtesy of Terry Richardson and Louis Vuitton.

In the midst of this politically correct eco-friendly climate change that the world is experiencing, Vogue Magazine has just given us 1 more reason to save and hold on to this issue for a little while longer. Hey, we've all got a part to play homie. Y.O.U. already know.

Monday, November 24, 2008

NEW MUSIC: Young Jeezy Ft. Pharrell Williams - Rumor Has It

Streaming Audio/Download Link: Young Jeezy Ft. Pharrell Williams - Rumor Has It (Produced By The Neptunes)

Tom Ford Pavlos Aviator Sunnies For Those Gettin' Money.

"So I guess you’ve already heard Tom Ford is dressing James Bond (note: the new 007 flick is not up to Casino Royale standards). What you don’t know is that even Bond doesn’t have these limited edition aviators. Carved out out ebony wood, with handmade Zeiss lenses and gold trim."

Information Courtesy Of: Limitedhype.Com

Available online Here: Net-A-Porter.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS:  There are very few things cooler than a good pair of sunglasses facing the bright sun while the brisk winds whip against your Canada Goose Down/Moncler/Northface in a vain attempt to impose it's Autumn authority and Winter will on your well insulated body.  Y.O.U. aint going nowhere and neither is legendary contemporary American designer Tom Ford.  Since breathing life back into the illustrious Gucci name and buttressing the walls of the iconic fashion house with his creations starting in 1994, Tom Ford has gone on to continue to out perform his competitors.

Yes, Tom Ford just finished overseeing the entire design direction for the new 007 Quantum Of Solace film, but he's still got some tricks up his silk sleeves and these Pavlos Aviators are just 1 of them. Act Y.O.U. know because, now, Y.O.U. do ... lol. What's good?

Ludacris x T-Pain Get Caught Up In A Blizzard Of Greatness.

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Yeah, between Blizzard Man and the hilarious Mark Wahlberg "How's your mother?" impersonation that almost earned him a Boston baked beatdown, Andy Sandberg from SNL is pretty much the man ... lol. Good shit.

Bamford & Son's Custom Ferrari-Inspired Rolex Daytona AKA Black Power.

"Bamford Custom Ferrari-Inspired Rolex Daytona

Posted Nov 23rd 2008 7:01PM by Jared Paul Stern
Filed under: Timepieces

Last spring we told you about a super-cool custom Rolex Daytona from London-based Bamford & Sons. Now the bastion of top-drawer British style has come out with a new version of the classic sports watch, designed as an homage to vintage Ferraris with a red dial.

The new Daytona is treated with a military grade, scratch proof PVD coating over the stainless steel case and bracelet, though it is not flat black like the previous Bamford model. Only 25 examples of the Ferrari red watch are being produced at a price of $23,000 each, available by special order from Bamford's London flagship in Sloane Square.

In addition to its special limited edition pieces, Bamford is now offering customers a bespoke dial color matching and customization service on classic Rolex models such as the Submariner, GMT, Explorer II, Sea Dweller and Milgauss."

Information Courtesy Of: Luxist.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: As somewhat of a style meteorologist, who's Doplar Radar is seriously on pizzoint, my brother Niketown and myself have been preparing the world for the great black watch insurgency (NOTE: NOT to be confused with the early 1990's Hip Hop group, X-Clan, and their militantly marvelous "Black Watch" movement) in the highly competitive premium watch market.

That's right! Black matte finished or PVD military grade coated watches are the future. Yes, today, Y.O.U. and your plain stainless steel rust-o-matic-waiting-to-happen wristwatch are looking terribly inadequate my friend.

Combine the exemplary watchmaking craftsmanship that Rolex is recognized for with the dynamic personalization capabilities of London based men's bespoke outfitter Bamford & Sons and Y.O.U. wind up with this beautiful and unique Custom Ferrari-Inspired Rolex Daytona. This watch (of which only 25 have been fashioned) corresponds to a larger range of luxury customized watches by Bamford & Sons for the Rolex Submariner, GMT, Explorer II, Sea Dweller and Milgauss models as well.

Now, in light of the recession that has walloped the wallets of consumers worldwide, I do NOT want Y.O.U. to concentrate on the $23,000 price tag attached to this limited edition Rolex Daytona. No, instead, the take away should be that Black watches rule! Are Y.O.U. with me now? Of course Y.O.U. are. Holla @ ya boy in BK!

Y.O.U. not only deserve, but Y.O.U. also must have an explanation of my earlier allusion to X-Clan in this post. I mean, knowledge is the boarding pass that allows Y.O.U. to fly with Livestyle Airlines. Remember, it's all about the red, the black and the green ... Y.O.U. sissieeeeeeeeeeeeeees! Good shit.

Sunday, November 23, 2008