Monday, March 31, 2008


Ok, our new fabulous contributor is Tunde Olaniran, and he is a amazing musician based out of Michigan. I first feel in love back in September when he performed at Beauty and the Beat, and my favorite song is still "Just Call Me Free". Idk, that song just makes me feel like the world can do no wrong. Tunde has plenty of other tracks for you to get hooked on...there's a link below to his myspace page. I just felt like Tunde needed a formal introduction (I know I'm a lil late), so look forward to amazing posts from the one and only Tunde Olaniran. ;)

Tunde's Myspace

-Doni W

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Tech Head:

Fujitsu Lifebook U810

"The all-new Fujitsu LifeBook® U810 has the functionality of a traditional notebook, but only half the size. With a 5.6" WSVGA Crystal View display and weighing a mere 1.56 lbs, it is one of the world's smallest convertible notebooks. It fits in your palm, yet it is rich with features that let you work, access e-mail, watch video, listen to MP3s, browse the Internet, take pictures, or stay connected with friends and family. It revolutionizes the way you work, play, and entertain yourself wherever you are, whenever you want. Welcome to the 21st century lifestyle with the ultra mobile LifeBook® U810."- manufacture's description

Honestly, it's not so cute, but it can claim the title of extremely functional. With a price tag of $999-1099 it's also affordable...well at least compared to big brother Mac. It comes equipped with Vista operating system, touch screen, integrated web cam, blue tooth, and a one year warranty. Click here for more info, LifeBook U810.

-Doni W

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Food for Thought:

"See the things that you want as already yours. Know that they will come to you at need. Then let them come. Don't fret and worry about them. Don't think about your lack of them. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession."

-Robert Collier (1885-1950)

Doni W

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Some of us feel hungry for new music. If you’re like me, you’ve been bumping pirated versions of Santogold, The Cool Kids, Amanda Blank and Robyn before they ever played SXSW. What can I say? Music keeps me up at night. I need it to function, and that need requires I feed my hunger with new music as often as possible. That’s where Rob Roy comes in.

Rob Roy came to my attention a very long time ago, and I friend-requested him on MySpace. Recently, he posted a bulletin and lured me back to his page. Now, I often stop back once a day to play through his music. With any luck, I will get to meet Rob in a few months and possibly collaborate with him musically.


Listen to “Fur in My Cap”

I asked him how he composes his songs. Rob approaches his producer with a song concept (lyrics and scraps of a melody/arrangement) and they flesh out the parts together.

As a songwriter in three different projects (as a solo artist, in the 5-piece rock band “taste this!”, and in the electro-dance duo “Stereoluxxx”), I’ve learned to write in various situations, and the voice that emerges is always markedly different depending on the creative environment. I wonder where Rob was mentally when he created this track, “Rollercoaster Baby”:

Maybe it’s the slightly off-kilter, push and pull delivery leading into that swelling hook, but something about this track grabs my imagination. It’s a good sign when I want to make music after hearing a record.

-Tunde Olaniran

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Oldies but Goodies:

Lolita, 1962

Everyone should get a good dose of old school movies every once and awhile. I am a frequent viewer of TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and I always catch the most interesting films. When I came across the movie Lolita I was surprised that such a risky story was filmed back in the day.

It's about a man who marries a landlord to get closer to her daughter, her very young daughter I might add. They carry on a very inappropriate relationship for awhile and...well I don't wanna tell you the movie, see it for yourself. It's based from the book Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, and according to Wikipedia the movie is a very toned down version of the book. Good movie, check it out.

The Awful Truth, 1937

The Awful Truth is a comedy I caught on TCM, and it was about a not so monogamous married couple who decided to get a divorce. They get themselves into all sorts of awkward situations and through it all have a change of heart. Aside from the funny story line, I would've watched just to see the clothes. Lucy Warriner played by Irene Dunne was dressed to the nines throughout the whole movie. PETA was definitely not in effect back then, because all the women were dripping in fabulous furs. Another classic must see movie.

-Doni W.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Must Read:

Cracking the Millionaire Code

Everyone involved in any career field should always have a good business sense. As a business major reading a lot of business "how-to" books is not unusual, but after awhile they all start to say the same thing. Well I was pleasantly surprised with this book(the cheapest book I've bought in a long time $3.98), it has a more genuine message and excellent tools to help you along the way. I'm not quite done with the book but I read six chapters today and I'm eager to see what else there is to learn.


-Doni W.


Having trouble figuring out how to wear your best
new purchase(a vividbraille shirt)?? Well here's
a few suggestions, from me to you! Sorry fellas I'm
a little bias towards the ladies on this one.

Ok, so lets say you just bought the Goodbye Tunic.

I would pair this shirt with a more interesting pair of jeans,
like the these grey Acne Jeans. Very very slim fit, which can
be worn easily with a tunic.Retailing at $249

For a simple but interesting accessory, I would add this light weight stripe scarf
from for $7.80. It has a few different colors in it, but it also has
the red from the shirt. No one likes to be matchy matchy.

For the final and most important piece, shoes, I would take
this in a more casual direction with one of vb's favorite sneaker
lines Creative Recreation. Galow Hi in white, retailing at $100
Problem Solved!
-Doni W

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Must See:
The Bank Job

About two weeks ago I went to the movies to see Jumpers, well since I'm always fashionably late, the show had already started and I had to choose another movie. So, seeing that I didn't want to wait at the theatre that long for another showing of jumpers to start, I chose The Bank Job. Thank God I chose The Bank Job because it was an amazing movie. Set in the 70's in London (my fav city) it's a true story about a bank robbery and all the people involved. If you like gangster movies, this is the flick for you. So take my word for it, and see this movie!

-Doni W.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


If you have Lupe's new album, then you've heard the name Goyard quite a few times. Goyard is a very high quality line of luxury bags and trunks. Sold exclusively at Barney's, Bergdorf Goodman's, and the only Goyard store in the U.S. in San Francisco( of all places). Goyard was created by Francois Goyard in 1853, and has been going on strong ever since. To get more info and history on the company, visit

"I jumped, grabbed my Goyard trunk. Got ready to walk it out like Unk in my John Lennon chucks"- Lupe

-Doni W.
Food for thought

"Desire to know why, and how- curiousity, which is lust of the mind, that a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge- exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure. "

-Thomas Hobbes, English Philosopher (1588-1679)

Doni W.
Bijules Nyc

Bijules NYC has been creating quite the buzz in the industry. Designed by Ms Jules herself, the unique jewelry line has been poppin up on all the celebrities, including the new "Queen of the Universe" Rihanna, in her Umberella video. Her most popular piece has to be the one finger knuckle ring (genius!) shown below on the hand of her friend. Jules' personal style is crazy and so is her designs. But Honestly the line speaks for itself, so here's a little eye candy.

-Doni W.

Thursday, March 13, 2008 Interview with Brock 3.6.08

What is the name of your line and where did it originate from?

Vividbraille…It originated from the idea that the ultimate fashion label has to be seen on an exterior level and felt on an internal level.

What made you want to design a fashion line?

I have always had something inside of me that just doesn’t rest. Its this deep desire to leave a legacy and make a difference. I guess I have an intense fear of leaving this world and not making an impact worth mentioning.

What are your signature designs?

Wow, I am so caught up in the moment that I tend to be bias to th
e latest and tend to disregard designs of seasons back. Regardless my favorites are “Seen & Felt” which was featured in Complex magazine, another design was a framed image of a masked topless woman across her face and body it says “everyone’s a fucking model” the interesting part is that “fucking” is in Braille and the design has a built in censorship yet directly associated with Vividbraille, I just think its was one of my more layered designs. I believe it’s still available at I have never been so satisfied with our latest installment titled installment V. This next collection will be available for the fall/winter 08 season.

What’s your favorite piece from any of your collections?

“Seen & Felt” limited edition black on black

How would you describe your work?


What’s your ultimate goal?
To create the most intelligent clothing label in the world that gives back both visually and mentally

What inspires you?

Something inside of me that I cant describe

Who do you have in mind when you design?

My design time is very personal; many times my inspiration comes from love or the loss of it. Both love in the traditional sense and love in the more general sense.

How has your own experiences affected your work as a designer?

There is no separation; I was raised in a city called Flint in Michigan, a very average city with crime and other problems typical of city life. The combination of what I saw around me and what was going on inside of me created an intense desire to create impact, I chose fashion and design as my medium for impact.

Is the idea of creative collaboration important to you?

Important? No. I have enough material to last me three lifetimes, unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to work with other artists, I do look forward to working with other artist in the future. Exciting? Yes.

Is designing difficult for you and, if so, what drives you?

Yes, it is a very personal process to me. I tend to be a perfectionist, or so I’m told. I put a lot of pressure on myself, and seem to be the most creative under pressure situations.

What’s your definition of beauty?

To me beauty has to be something you can see, feel, taste and touch. Whether a person, event or place, it is something that gets inside of you, beauty is an artist drug.

Have you ever been influenced or moved by the reaction to your designs?

Not that I can recall, I remember the first time I ran into someone out of state who was wearing a Vividbraille piece, that was intense at the time.

What is the most important lesson that you’ve learned?

Nothing is black or white, everything is shades of grey

As a designer, who do you wear and what’s in your closet?

Vividbraille, J. Lindeberg, Levi’s, London Fog and Creative Recs

What can the public expect from your line in the future?

Ultimately Vividbraille will design and create not only a full cut and sow collection for both men’s and women’s, but also create bags, jewelry and electronic accessories.

When and where can the public purchase pieces from your collection? and

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