Archive for March, 2011

Winter Ends: Oxford, Georgia

Winter is just about to come to an end, but before it warms up completely we have one last late winter/early spring T.U.G installment. This time in Oxford, Ga  (photos from earlier this year– Jan/Feb 2011, w/ friends of the expanding T.U.G Crew: Cameron and Nedu)

Note: Even though it's warming up in the USA and many other places, it's cooling down and Autumn has just arrived in Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. So this will should especially be useful inspiration for readers in those locations.

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Left: Vintage striped knit sweater; Vintage camo utility jacket; T.U.G pinback; J. Crew jeans; Arrow moccasins; Military issued laundry bag 

Right: Vintage tri-color Columbia jacket; RRL camo thermal; Gucci marine belt; RRL herringbone camo hunting pants; Clark Wallabees; Supreme duffle bag; Eleven Eleven camo watch

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Left:  Vintage Head USA ski jacket; Emory t-shirt; J.Crew denim; LL Bean duck boots; Handmade leather backpack

Right:  Brooks Brothers oxford; Supreme varsity letter hoody; Ralph Lauren Polo fireman jacket; RRL raw denim slim fit; 2003 Air Jordan iii retro; rare Vintage Gucci mini duffle (est. circa 1950s or earlier)

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POWER by 50

 |  Cologne, Grooming  |  1 Comment

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Years ago when someone heard the name 50 Cent two things usually came to mind: the catchy opening line, "Go, go, go shawty, it's your birthday, we gon' party like its your birthday…" -and- the fact that he was shot 9 times and somehow miraculously survived. Now when someone hears the name 50 ("cent" has been semi-officially dropped) they almost instantly think– Vitamin Water, million dollar tweets, and businessman. Curtis "50" Jackson is sorta like the Donald Trump of hip-hop– in terms of his diverse portfolio and growing knowledge in business. For him success isn't based upon where you came from, but about honing in on a "skies is the limit" type mindset. And that's sort of what his fragrance POWER is all about– embracing your inner power to be successful.

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I've always been partial to light and airy, yet masculine colognes. So when I initially smelled POWER I wasn't overly blown away, but once the scent lingered awhile I was impressed. POWER by 50 is a traditional, masculine fragrance, and like its name the scent is full of powerful bold notes– so only 2-3 sprays are needed for a lasting effect. The bottle's design alone will make you want the cologne,  in fact, the sturdy and luxe look of the flacon was inspired by 50's favorite watch– a Piguet.

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Cologne Details:

TOP NOTES: lemon leaves, black pepper, and artemisia

MIDDLE NOTES: dark wood, coriander, and nutmeg

BASE NOTES: patchouli, musk, and oak moss.

*Giveaway: Sign up for T.U.G Mail for a chance to win a bottle of POWER by 50.

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Audemars Piguet Men's Watch

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Lupe Fiasco, LASERS

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If you haven't already, be sure to purchase Lupe Fiasco's LASERS. Lupe, quite simply, is one of the best rap artists alive. Strong statement? Nah, not even a little bit… don't y'all get tired of empty lyrics and repetitious auto-tuned beats from so many rap/hip-hop artist? I know I do. So for us "un-basic" people Lupe feeds our "famished from the lack of real rap" souls. And as usual he mixes intellectual lyrics with rhythmatic alternative beats, and tops it all off with that classic Lupe styley'all know what I mean. I can certainly hear the "slightly more mainstream than raw" sound of the music that many Lupe-heads have talked about, but this is obviously the labels doing… which I'm okay for one album– hopefully it'll open him up to a wider group of fans (which I believe is Atlantic's plan). So, the moral of the story is: purchase LASERS (amazon, itunes) and while your at it go ahead and get Food & Liquor and The Cool if those two albums are somehow not already in your ipod.

For more Lupe, check out his website.

I wanna go ahead and start the "Lupe Fiasco — Best Rap Album" Grammy 2012 campaign. As long as Andre 3000 and Cee-Lo aren't nominated as well, then my vote in that category will always be for Lupe (the) Fiasco.

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Kenneth Cole AWEARNESS Poncho

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Kenneth Cole is partnering with HELP USA to raise "awearness" about the impact of HIV/AIDS on the homeless with the launch of a limited edition rain poncho.

The nylon unisex hooded poncho is reversible blue camouflage to solid black and tucks into a self-containing pouch, making it easy to carry around (briefcase, purse, backpack, or car).

“Military was one of the season's biggest trends so here we put a modern twist on camouflage. We created a unique unisex piece just in time for spring showers,” – Kenneth Cole

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Buy the poncho, here.

Retailing for $60.00, the poncho is available exclusively at Kenneth Cole retail stores nationwide and at kennethcole.com now through May 30th, 2011. During this time, 100% of net profits from the sale of the rain poncho will go towards funding housing for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. The mental health and emotional issues of dealing with an HIV diagnosis can often contribute to the patient becoming homeless. As a result, HIV is found in the homeless community in epic proportions throughout the United States with a median rate of HIV prevalence that is three times higher than the general population.

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Cory A. Booker, Mayor of Newark, is being recognized as an official “Change Agent” by AWEARNESS, The Kenneth Cole Foundation, for his passion for social change and ongoing work with HELP USA. A “Change Agent” is a social activist who strives to help educate and encourage others to get involved. The Mayor’s passion for politics and justice was instilled at an early age by a family committed to change. Booker lives his politics, often in unconventional and creative ways. His drive and commitment is an inspiration to audiences across the country.

“This is not a crisis we should resign ourselves to, but understand that we could actually do a lot about this,” says Booker. Watch the complete interview with Mayor Cory A. Booker, here.

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