Well, I'm not currently reading this book right this second but it is in my cart as we speak on Amazon dot com. That counts right? LOL! I purchased Decoded for the hubster and he packed it around like a manual...I plan to surprise him with this one also. I need to sit down and read it myself because I am a HUGE Jigga fan...Not falling for the mumbo-jumbo that's been circling the blogs about Mr. Carter...just don't believe the hype about him being in a cult. I'll believe it when I see it. Anywhooo, the reviews on this book are below:
"Fascinating, well-done biography of one of the most extraordinary entrepreneurs of our era."
"Zack O'Malley Greenburg has become one of the rare reporters to bring dignified coverage of the hip-hop business into the mainstream. Empire State of Mind is a pure product of Greenburg's care and insight, an exploration of hip-hop's most enigmatic mogul, Jay-Z."
-Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip- Hop
"Empire State Of Mind follows the money and key pieces of the Jay-Z puzzle in this insightful, savvy read. From Jay's humble Bed-Stuy Brooklyn roots as Shawn Carter into street crime and the drug game, to his rocket rise to the heights of hip-hop and the music business as one of entertainments most successful players...this book is like a GPS leading us through the modern urban reality of how Jay-Z's empire was built."
-Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Brathwaite, hip-hop pioneer, artist, and longtime host of Yo! MTV Raps
"Lively and often surprising, Empire State Of Mind analyzes one of the greatest assets of the hip-hop generation: the business mind of Jay-Z. In capturing Jay-Z's refuse to lose mentality, Zack O'Malley Greenburg tells an important, instructive American story of our time."
-Jeff Chang, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
Girls just wanna have fun! Metallic sleeveless blouse features a smocked neck that leading to cascading ruffles and a banded hem. Triple button closure at back neck leads to a small keyhole opening and smocked back hem for the perfect fit. (Style: F939X)
A fun and flirty ruffled hem makes this scoop neck, sleeveless knit dress extra special. This cute and casual dress is an ideal warm weather style. (item 96717)
Feminine floral maxi dress features an attached belt that ties in front for a flattering, waist-defining shape. Show off your curves with a sexy surplice neckline and wide straps that let you wear it with your favorite bra. Pull-on styling. (item 90761)
You'll love the bright colors and flattering shape of this floral A-line dress. Pleated V-neck flows into a draping fabric panel. Sheer, textured layer atop a solid sheath. Stunning! (item 81951)
Soft jersey construction makes this beautiful floral print dress so comfortable. A-line design flatters every body shape, with a ruched scoop neck that complements your curves. (item 92700)
For those fashionisers who are nautically inclined, Spring 2011 still has something in store. Don't think of it strictly as a nautical military trend, however. Rather, in 2011, it's the classic navy and white colour palette, worn as dominant stripes.
Vintage inspiration for your nautical Summer stripes; still perfect for today paired with red lipstick and chunky gold jewelery.
The ultimate balance of lace in 2011 is to be romantic but not over-girly; sensual but not over-suggestive. Like taking beautifully crafted lace that would have once been part of a garment and making it the only layer. The lace isn't an added detail of a garment, it is the garment. And thus we come to lace skirts and lace dresses. Dare to wear them without a slip underneath. Just keep the cut a little more relaxed or the hem a little longer to maintain that aforementioned balance.
Olivia Palermo in a tiered lace dress, photographed by Stockholm Street Style.
While navy and white stripes are a must for the look (though black and white can also work in 2011), the real key to Summer's take on nautical stripes is that they dominate the outfit. While they do so in the below look easily (though the plum Doc Martens still seem somewhat heavy), in other outfits it's about drawing attention to the stripes above all else in the outfit.
Skinny pant cuts may have dominated the landscape for several years now... but there have always been other styles coming and going around the nebulous edges of the fashion world. For spring 2011 the slim-cut, though not necessarily skin tight, cropped pant gets a look in as one of those alternatives, with the option to create a number of different looks out of the style.
There are several different cuts to the capri pant in 2011:
>Pants that are cropped only ever so slightly, to sit just above the ankle.
>More traditional capri pants cut three-quarter, though in 2011 we're seeing more cut just below the calf than ones that are mid-calf.
>Slim-cut pants that are rolled up to sit above the ankle (a great alternative if you want to give a fresh take to some of your skinnies rather than invest in specifically cropped pairs).
Don't think of this Summer stripes just as a clothing trend: you can work them into any part of an outfit (just not all at once, please). As you'll see in the inspiration gallery stripes can dominate an outfit in everything from hats to killer mini-dresses.
Swedish clogs, with their wooden sole and leather upper, have had the largest style impact on the trend. And it's such a combination of materials that you want to be wearing should you invest in a pair of clogs. Of course, the upper doesn't have to be leather; the pair of Chanel clogs featured above combine a wooden heel and sole with a studded, linen upper.
This is precisely the sort of lace dress that fits for 2010 / 2011: high quality and detailed with a scalloped hem. The Chanel bag and heavy brown belt work perfectly, though if you wanted to make the look even more sophisticated we'd recommend swapping the cardigan for a tailored cropped jacket or blazer.
Fashionising.com, with questions such as are skinny jeans still in fashion becoming increasingly frequent. And the short answer is: yes, skinny jeans are still in fashion - they're going nowhere, at least in terms of trends, fast. But while that's a fact, 2011's fashion trends show the inverse to be true: flared jeans and flared trousers are back for both men and women for as a spring 2011 fashion trend.
Essence hit the streets of New York City to find the coolest new ways to rock curly, coily and kinky tresses. From intricate, twisted updos to halos of fluffy curls, check out these sexy, chic, natural wonders. Read more: Hot Hair: The Fiercest Natural Hairstyles