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Keep Or Can? Bergdorf Goodman x New Balance Women's Collection

It seems sneaker collaborations are the name of the game these days and now, high end retailer Bergdorf Goodman gets into the mix by teaming up with New Balance for a new women's collection.  NB's foray into luxury finds the N-logo and Bergdorf bringing out the 620 and 696 silhouette paired with select pattern and color options that should be a welcome addition to the Bergdorf crowd. The collection retails for $195 each and have popped up at select retailers like Feature in Las Vegas.  Peruse all for looks below.

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CNK | Air Jordan 1 "Black Toe" Python x Alligator Custom

JBF Customs does it again. After bringing me all types of joy (and sadness at the very real prospect of not having them in my closet) with Jake's red python Air Max's, JBF delivers another custom goody that will probably entice all of us, including those like myself who aren't too big on the custom kick game.

The classic Air Jordan 1 gets the JBF remix with a cut-and-sew custom reconstruction featuring a white alligator base, red python on the heel and black sueded python on the toe box.

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Goodness gracious! Do you dig? Check out more from JBF here.

CNK: Air Jordan 1 KO "Royal"

Looks like Jordan brand decided to throw in another doozy following last week's release of the AJ 1 Retro "Chicago" KO High. The newly previewed Air Jordan 1 KO “Royal” will probably cause a similar stir as Jordan Flight Club releases first images of the Fall AJKO.

Does this land on your 2014 kicks you must cop list? Let us know in the c-section and stay tuned for more deets and more pics as they become available.

Kicks: Nike Air Max 1 Premium “Mercurial” Pack

I've recently rediscovered my obsession with Air Max 90s so, this comes right on time for my kick-lovin heart. Nike gears up for the release of the unique Air Max 1 Premium “Mercurial” Pack, with a maxed out Air Max 1 silhouette and colorways inspired by some of the brand's popular Vapor Soccer Speed Cleats.

The Nike Air Max 1 Premium “Mercurial” Pack will be available on April 12th over via the Nike online shop. Take a closer look in the images below.

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Curren$y Talks Current State of the Sneaker Game With NiceKicks

New Orleans was a sneaker playground during NBA All Star weekend, so the folks over at NiceKicks decided to visit hometown emcee Curren$y Spitta’s crib to take a look at his massive kicks collection. Watch below as Spitta talks OG sneaker culture and his likes and dislikes about the current sneaker game.

#CNK | Nike KD VI “Home” Drops February 22nd

Kevin Durant's Nike Basketball collection continues to pack releases-on-releases as the brand gears up for the “Home” colorway of the popular KD VI silhouette. A couple months back, Nike released the alternate “Away” rendition of the shoe and now, the home colors get prime time play in the form of a silver upper with accents of volt neon and light blue. The Nike KD VI “Home” will be available February 22nd over at the Nike online shop and Nike retailers worldwide. Check out detailed images below.

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Pump Ups: Reebok Teams Up with Melody Ehsani [Kicks]

Reebok Classics marked their continued partnership with designer extraordinaire, Melody Ehsani, with the release of her ‘Love Me Or Leave Me Alone’ Pump Up. This also marks the first time a woman has collaborated on a shoe featuring Reebok's iconic Pump silhouette, but Melody does the shoe justice as she breaks from all sorts of convention to deliver a shoe that has as much color as it does python-influence.

With primary colors in full gear, the luxe python textured uppers feature faux gold-plates on the laces and a camo effect everywhere short of the staple Pump on the tongue. The kicks have already shutdown Melody’s LA store and online shop, but they'll slither into global fashion retailers this Friday, February 7th for a retail price of $200 USD.

Will you cop them for yourself or for that special lady?

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#CNKPicks - Nike Air Tech Challenge II “Hot Lava”

Nike continues to rain sneakers down on us by delivering a return of one of the most iconic silhouettes of all time: the Andre Aggasi Nike Air Tech Challenge II. The re-release model comes equipped with the OG “Hot Lava” colorway - which is pretty darn spiffy, if you ask me. The Air Tech Challenge II keeps the upper relatively untouched with white backing paired with black, grey, and hot pink accent detailing. Me likey.

The Nike Air Tech Challenge II “Hot Lava” will hit the Nike online shop and select retailers this Friday, January 24th.

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#ChicksNKicks SNEAK Peek: Behind The Scenes w/ Professional Golfer Maggie Noël

Purdy lady? Check. Talented chica? Check. Awesome kicks? Double check. Tiger, Tiger Woods, ya'll? Yuuuup. Meet Maggie Noël: purdy lady, talented chica, kick fiend, and professional golfer. Maggie, who has been golfing since she was a youngin', was kind enough to grace our Chicks N Kicks screen as we joined her on the green.

This video acts as a sneak peek to our FULL FEATURE on Maggie which will hit the Chan-Lo.com screen on November 20, 2013. Until then, get acquainted with this gorgeous golfer in this BTS clip.

Video and Editing: Jason Sanders of WMS Media Special Thanks to: Maggie Noël and Top Golf Dallas

#ChicksNKicks SNEAK Peek: Behind The Scenes w/ Freelance Artist, Valerie Desrae [Video]

Purdy lady? Check. Talented chica? Check. Awesome kicks? Double check. Blowtorch? Wait. What!?! Valerie Desrae is a Freelance Artist who happens to be creating some heat with her colorful (and sometimes risqué) pieces. We took a minute to capture Valerie in artist mode as she finished a special Chan-Lo.com addition to her "Oral Fixation" collection - complete with that blowtorch.

This video acts as a sneak peek to our FULL FEATURE on Valerie which will hit the Chan-Lo.com screen on September 12, 2013. Until then, get acquainted with this creative latina (and her dimples) in this BTS clip.

If you missed our last Chicks N' Kicks feature with Kia McIntyre of The Mixx Magazine, check it out now!

Chicks N' Kicks: Kia McIntyre | Nike LeBron James Galaxy x OG Chuck Taylor Low

Name: Kia McIntyreAge: 31 Location: Lexington, KY Occupation: EIC of The Mixx Magazine/ HipHop & Pop Marketing Rep for WBR Kicks Shown: Lebron James X Galaxy Website/Contact: Kia@themixxmagazine.com/Twitter: @kiamixx/www.themixxmagazine.com

What do you imagine when you think of a boss? Power, success, drive, take-charge attitudes, and an unapologetic view of the ladder climb are all things that come to mind when I conjure images of a boss-(wo)man.

However, the "Boss" mentality is one that we've seen splashed, dashed, and damn near dismembered in the mainstream. Everyone from the guy making big decisions in the boardroom to the homie finding success in a small hustle has found strength in a term usually reserved for...well, people who actually employ others. And while becoming a legitimate boss has indeed become a big deal in music lingo, it has not (unlike many things in this male dominated industry) remained a title only associated with the fellas.

Nakia "Kia" McIntyre is one woman who we've come to admire for her boss-like hustle and take-charge attitude. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Kia has managed to turn her fledgling hobby as a writer into a legitimate business with the creation of an online publication by the name of The Mixx Magazine. Music, fashion, and lifestyle commentary are all in the mix (or Mixx) as Kia continues to up her readership, her reach, and her team from hometown stand-out to national scene-stealer. Add Kia's gig as a marketing rep for Warner Brothers and you've got a woman who is well on her way to boss status and even bigger boss business.

We had the chance to talk shop with this Bron-donned beauty as she enlightened us on her journey, her family, and her no-nonsense hustle. Plus, we received great advice and more than a few amazing shots as we traveled to the heart of Kentucky.

CL: The Mixx Magazine is obviously doing quite well with a 30K+ readership count. Talk to us a bit about your journey from KY Standup to, what is now, The Mixx Magazine.

KM: Ky Standup was my hobby and The Mixx is my hustle. The journey was nothing more than a bittersweet struggle. It had its highs and lows, but ultimately everything worked out in my favor. I’m blessed.

CL: You obviously have a passion for music and hip-hop culture in general, but Kentucky isn’t exactly known for its blossoming hip-hop scene. What molds do you feel have been broken due to The Mixx’s presence? Do you see significant growth in the scene since you started?

KM: To be quite honest, the mold hasn’t been broken. There’s a lot of good talent in Kentucky, but not too much consistency. The mistake that I see artists making is that they get a hot song on the radio, get good feedback on a visual or a mixtape and then get that “I made it” attitude and take a break. Instead of taking a break, they should be using the exposure to capitalize on longetivity for their career. Anybody can get a video premiered on MTV Jams, but what are you going to do after it goes off? MTV isn’t going to keep pushing it. It’s the artists’ job to continue to be consistent. Take that leverage and market yourself. Nobody is checking for Kentucky artists, so artists here have to work ten-times harder. I offer my help and resources to people who I see that are serious about their craft, but at the end of the day the artist has to do the work.

CL: I always find it interesting to talk with fellow writers because we seem to have a certain understanding of the trials and triumphs associated with this scribe life. Looking back, or even now, what would you say has been the biggest hurdle you’ve faced in establishing a publication?

KM: The biggest hurdle was awareness in running a business. My hobby turned into a business, so I had to transition from a writer to a business owner and I knew nothing about the business side of trying to start a publication. But now, I’m on top of it. I got this here! LOL.

CL: That being said, what are key differences between Kia “the writer” v. Kia “the editor?” Do you feel you have to wear one hat more than others as your success grows?

KM: Kia “the writer” turns creative expressions into words that nobody may understand but her and the people closest to her. Kia “the editor” makes sure the content presented to The Mixx readers is eye-catching and professional. I definitely wear more than one hat. When people ask me what I do jokingly reply with, “I check emails & shi*t.” There’s no way to describe everything that I do. I’m very hands on when it comes to The Mixx, except for our site. LOL. I should probably learn a little more about site maintenance.

CL: Speaking of hats. You’re actually the first mommy we’ve featured in the series. As a mother and a business woman, it’s got to be difficult to balance your two worlds – but I can’t imagine building something from the ground up and supporting a family. Do you think your kids are your biggest source of motivation? What advice would you give to young women who may be trying to follow their dreams and raise a child?

KM: The “politically correct” answer to this question would be “Yes.” But, my kids aren’t my biggest source of motivation. Me wanting to be successful was not driven by my kids. I’m not too proud to work a 9-5, so my motherly obligations will always be taken care of; the success is just extra. I am my motivation! I wanted to live a life that I would be proud of. Kids don’t understand that their needs can’t be met because YOUR dream didn’t come true. I do what I have to do to make sure my kids are taken care of, then I motivate myself to be the successful individual that I want to be. There’s a separation between the two.

My advice to women period who may be trying to follow their dreams and raise a child(ren) is to never give up. Don’t get discouraged when things don’t go right and don’t live your life according to how others think you should be living it. If I would have let others deter me from doing what I felt was right, I would not be in the position that I am in now. People still have their opinions on the way I live my life, but they’re also not the ones cutting me a check every month either.

CL: A number of people might not know that you also do marketing work for one of the biggest labels in the nation. What doors do you think that opportunity has opened for you?

KM: It has opened up a lot of doors for me. The amount of opportunities that have been presented to me have been overwhelming. The list goes from national publication features, event hosting, clothing endorsements, and some things in the works that I can’t talk about yet, but I’ve had to turn down some good ones just because I know I don’t have the time to really dedicate. Moreover, I have been put in a position to where I can be of help to others trying to get their foot in the industry door and my Mixx team gets to reap the benefits of being affiliated.

CL: Chicks N’ Kicks is really all about promoting healthy business relationships amongst young women who are working hard to create a legacy. When all is said and done, what do you want people to remember most about you?

KM: I did it my way! I didn’t change myself to fit into that “typical industry woman” profile. I didn’t sleep with anyone to get “on” and I didn’t kiss anyone’s ass. I worked hard to become the person that I am and when it’s all said and done, can’t nobody take what I built. I don’t owe anybody anything - that’s all me and my mixx team!

CL: What are five things you’d want young women interested in following your footsteps to know about growing their own company?

KM: 1. Success is not an overnight achievement. 2. You have to be passionate about what you’re doing. Remain focused. 3. Know the difference between a hobby and a business. Every great idea you have is not made to be a business move. 4. Have a plan and do your research. 5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. 6. Note to self: A woman who knows her worth is a powerful woman. (I know you said 5, but this is a plus #newrules)

CL: Finish this sentence – “My personal style is ______.”

KM: Classically Chic. I’m always brimming with confidence so I just rely on classic, simple items that don’t require a lot of thought. I might throw on a sundress with chucks or cowboy boots, then you may see me in pair of skinny jeans, a cute top and some heels. I like to be comfortable, but I can get dolled up for whatever the occasion may be.

CL: As we head towards the end of the summer and the last half of 2013, What kind of personal and professional growth have you seen this year? What can we expect to see throughout the next five months?

KM: As far as personal growth, I’ve done a huge turnaround. It’s safe to say that I’m not the same person I was a year and a half ago...and that’s a good thing! LOL!

Professionally, I’ve accomplished so much and within the next five months I’ll be damn near unstoppable. I love challenging myself! I have so many major projects that I’m working on right now and can’t wait to share. Happiness is the key factor. Once you find that point of happiness in your life it opens so many doors. If you’re not happy with how your life is going, you’ll be mad at the world and your attitude will reflect it. Find that happiness and you will feel like a brand new person.

CL: Obviously we love sneakers. What are a few of your favorite pairs to rock?

KM: I love chucks, but I wear Lebrons and Airmax as well.

CL: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

KM: I direct videos. The most recent video I directed was Smoke of Fieldmob’s “Make It Rain” video. His camp flew me into Miami Memorial Day weekend and we shot the video.

[There is a] cute little boy that thinks I’m a model on Sundays. So, I guess I can let everyone else know that I’m a model, but only on Sundays. Lol.

Want more from Kia? Read her candid interview with VIBE Vixen after you check out her exclusive Chan-Lo.com spread. PLUS, we went behind the scenes at Kia's Kentucky shoot. Watch the video below and get to know August's Chick N' Kicks.

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Photos By: Staci Marie Edits: WMS Photography/WMS Media; Staci Marie Studios Video: Deon Day

Additional Thanks: Krista Hayes Hair: Veronica Gentry Make-up: Heather "Pink" Davis Stylist: Heather Leigh Fink's Farm (Shoot Location)

Chicks N' Kicks: A$hlay Ca$hlay x Tae Merida | Nike Blazers x AF1 Butter

As our Chicks N' Kicks series has continued to grow, we've interviewed a number of young ladies who are making waves, taking names and rocking kicks as they handle business, but never have we featured a duo...until now. Los Angeles-based creatives A$hlay Ca$hlay and Tae Merida are an inspiring pair not only because they've managed to make a name for themselves in a city packed with talent, but they've done it while remaining a team in both their individual and collective efforts. As a photographer, Ashlay Cashlay delivers images that tend to capture your attention. As a person, Ashlay Cashlay delivers a personality that does the exact same thing. With a generous Tumblr following (due, in large part, to her personal reflections and what I've dubbed, Ashlay-isms) and a voice that seems to reach well beyond her 27-years, Ashlay Cashlay continues to march to the beat of her own lens as she dives into the male-dominated directing world. If that wasn't enough, Tae Merida is pretty much a trip to the triple threat candy store as this statuesque beauty proves she's more than just a pretty face with the marketing and creation of 20andSomeChange - a new addition to the production company AND online magazine she (along w/ business partner Ashlay) are creating for your everyday consumption.

Take a look below as we head to the Santa Monica Pier to chop it up with this model entrepreneur (see what I did there?) and this self-described "wave goddess."

Name: AshlayCashlay Age: 27 Location: LA Occupation: Photographer, Director, Creator. Kicks Shown: Nike Blazers Website/Contact: www.ashlaycashlay.com / info@ashlaycashlay.com

Name: Shante' "Tae" Merida Age: 27 Location: LA Occupation: Model, Marketing, & Entrepreneur. Kicks Shown: Air Force 1's -Butter Website/Contact: www.TaeMerida.com / booking@TaeMerida.com

CL: For those who may not be familiar, tell us a bit about yourselves.

AC: IM ASHLAYCASHLAY. PHOTOGRAPHER/ DIRECTOR/ CREATOR; WAVE GODDESS.

TM: I'm Tae Merida; My heart is with modeling & my mind is with marketing. I'm a humanitarian at heart, loyal by nature, a bit of a spitfire, and the girl that can make anyone laugh.

CL: Ashlay, talk to us about how you got into the video directing game and how your creative eye has grown since your start.

AC: I STARTED PHOTOGRAPHY KNOWING I WOULD EVENTUALLY TRANSITION INTO FILMING AND DIRECTING. DURING THE PROCESS OF ME TRAINING MY EYE I STARTED SEEING STILL IMAGE CAPTURES IN THE FORM OF MOVEMENT, THE MOMENT THAT STARTED HAPPENING I KNEW IT WAS TIME TO GIVE FILMING A SERIOUS TRY. I THEN BEGAN FILMING, DIRECTING AND EDITING.

CL: Looking back on Arima Ederra’s “Earth To Arima,” it seems like your photographer’s eye played a huge part in the shot sequencing and the presentations of color. What did you learn most from that experience from a director stand-point?

AC: ARIMA EDERRA'S "FLOW CHART" WAS THE FIRST FULL LENGTH VIDEO I DIRECTED. IM GRATEFUL FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS BUT WHAT THAT EXPERIENCE TAUGHT ME IS ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR GUT FEELING - DOING SO ALLOWED LITTLE ROOM TO INDULGE IN DOUBT WHICH LEAD ME TO CAPTURE ALL THAT I ENVISIONED EXACTLY AS I ENVISIONED.

CL: Tae, it’s so interesting to see some of the images you’ve shot because you seem so versatile in your modeling ability. When did you know that modeling was something you could see for your future?

TM: I have always had a passion for posing and playing dress up at a young age. After I graduated college and trying to get into my field, I had a moment where I had to ask myself what really gives me the most fulfillment. -And shortly after I relocated to Los Angeles in pursuit of my happiness.

CL: We’ve peeped some of the footage and the buzz surrounding 20andSomeChange. Talk to us a bit about the concept behind that collective.

WE ARE CURRENTLY REBRANDING 20ANDSOMECHANGE.COM BUT WE'RE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE IN ADDITION TO OUR PRODUCTION COMPANY WE WILL BE LAUNCHING AN ONLINE MAGAZINE. ASHLAY AND I WILL PRODUCE AND EDIT CONTENT ALONG SIDE A FEW CONTRIBUTORS. THE IDEA BEHIND '20ANDSOMECHANGE' WAS TO SERVE AS A PLATFORM TO HIGHLIGHT UP & COMING AND ESTABLISHED ENTREPRENEURS IN THEIR TWENTIES; AS WELL AS PROVIDE A MEDIA OUTLET FOR TWENTIES ALIKE THAT COVERS EVERYTHING FROM FASHION, MUSIC, ART, EVENTS, & LIFESTYLE MINUS THE NEGATIVE PRESS. BE SURE TO CHECK BACK IN A FEW WEEKS FOR THE RELAUNCH OF OUR SITE!

CL: Chicks N’ Kicks is really all about promoting healthy business relationships amongst young women who are working hard to create a legacy. One thing I really like about the two of you is you really seem like you genuinely support one another. What are some of the ways you help each other excel outside of your collective work?

AC: FOR STARTS IM TERRIBLE AT SCHEDULING. TAE' ON THE OTHER HAND IS AN AMAZING PLANNER I HAVE MY MOMENTS WHERE TO MUCH IS GOING ON AND SHE IS ALWAYS THERE TO QUICKLY GET ME BACK ON TRACK. ALSO, SHES REALLY GREAT WITH HEALTH AND FITNESS SO IM BLESSED TO HAVE GAINED A NUTRITIONIST AND A TRAINER ALONG SIDE MY BUSINESS PARTNER AND FRIEND.

TM: I always say Ashlay is my biggest cheerleader, and I truly mean it. If I come up with an idea, Ash is not only behind it but will encourage me to actually follow thru with it and take on any creative direction. She's has a "motherly" instinct and genuinely has my best interest at heart.

CL: Finish this sentence – “My personal style is ____________.”

AC: A TOUCH OF VINTAGE AND AN OVERALL IDGAF. WEAR WHATEVER MAKES YOU SMILE AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF.

TM: Edgy with a touch of sleek & simple. Your style is a true reflection of your identity, so do you and have fun with it.

CL: Ashlay, we’re huge fans of The Cashlay Project and the chronicles of your journey. Your posts seem both extremely personal and insightful – what, if anything, does this catharsis do for your work?

AC: THANKYOU! TCP IS MY ONLINE MEMOIR I DONT PROMOTE IT IF YOU'VE VISITED COOL. IF NOT COOL. THE ARCHIVE BACK DATES TO 2008 - ITS BEEN A SOURCE FOR ME TO REVISIT ON DAYS I NEED A REMINDER ON HOW FAR IVE COME.

CL: You’ve both are working and living in Los Angeles. What kind of growth have you both seen in 2013? What can we expect to see throughout the remainder of the year?

AC: FOR ME IM BREAKING OUT OF MY SHELL AND OWNING ALL OUTLETS THAT IM ABLE TO BE CREATIVE IN. ALL IN ALL IM BEING ME. . PEACE OF MIND ; PIECE OF MINE. AS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR I WILL CONTINUE TO DROP VISUALS.

TM: Personally, the transition of moving to LA has been a huge blessing. I'm learning to truly 'let go & let God'. I've slowly but surely let my guard down and found a way to turn my insecurities into a form of confidence. Throughout the process, I've seen growth in my modeling and a clearer way of thinking. For the remainder of the year I will continue to focus on my passion & build my brand.

CL: Obviously we love sneakers. What are a few of your favorite pairs to rock?

AC: MY ALL TIME FAVE SNEAKERS HAS TO BE MY HIGH TOP BLACK AF1 WITH THE GUM BOTTOM IVE HAD THESE SHOES FOR 10 YEARS. - I DONT THINK I WILL EVER GET TIRED OF THEM.

TM: All the Jordan 1's -especially the black & gold. But most likely you'll catch me in a pair of Chucks. #TaelorGang

CL: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

AC: SEND OUT POSITIVES VIBES TO THE UNIVERSE AND THEY WILL RETURN. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO TRY IT.

TM: My Daily Mantra: "TAKE PRIDE IN HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME & FAITH IN HOW FAR YOU WILL GO".

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Chicks N' Kicks: Jonnell Chavez | AJ 13 Retro CDP.

Name: Jonnell ChavezAge: 25 Location: Formerly Triple D, Now West Coast Steezin’ Occupation: Designer x Creator x Graphic Artist Kicks Shown: Air Jordan 13 Retro CDP Website/Contact: www.JONNELLCHAVEZ.com | create@jonnellchavez.com

Despite her tiny frame (she's 5'2") Jonnell Chavez is nothing to take lightly. Self-described as "sexy with a dash of ratchet," the half latina beauty has not only become a design heavyweight in the male dominated graphic arts field (you might recognize her work from Draya Michele's 'FINE ASS GIRLS' campaign) but she's also beginning to take her design talents to that clothing game with the release of a small collection of items that have created quite a buzz...inside and outside of the Mary Jane crowd.

We sat down with Jonnell to talk motivation, inspiration and 'Ratchet Season' all while she rocked a mean pair of AJ 13's.

CL: For those who may not be familiar, tell us a bit about Jonnell Chavez.

JC: An artist and designer. A bit outside the box and non-traditional. I’m weird… I embrace my weirdness… it works for me.

CL: One has to be quite the creative personality to do what you do. Talk to us about how you got into the design game and how it’s changed, for you, as your business has grown from infancy.

JC: I fell into it actually. Originally I wanted to pursue audio engineering, however, I took an instant love once exposed to design. That was many moons ago…when I was designing flyers for $45.00.

Design is constantly evolving, as am I. I have recently made a shift to move away from designing nightlife flyers to focus more on business branding such as logos, packaging, websites, etc. You can see by visiting my website =) jonnellchavez.com

CL: LOL! There goes that branding! You’ve really had a hand in creating a number of eye-catching designs. Which would you say was a design that has helped put a stamp on who you are as a creative eye?

JC: I think my design style period is what has captured people. It’s feminine yet, not super frilly and girly. Recently, what really solidified things was designing the FINE ASS GIRLS street wear brand for Draya Michele of Basketball Wives.

CL: Websites, logos, full-scale graphics – you pretty much do it all. Why did you decide to go into business for yourself instead of taking your talents elsewhere?

JC: Welp, design is the only thing I have stuck with in life. I got fired or quit every job I had before so one day I said, "I’m just do this from home, it’s got to work," and it worked! It took a lot of prayer and patience, though.

CL: Finish this sentence – “My personal style is ____________.”

JC: Street Chic. Sexy with a dash of ratchet. Hence, the name for my line's second collection, 'Ratchet Season.'

CL: Speaking of your line, even with the number of clients you’ve generated as a graphic artist, you’ve still managed to start your own line of apparel. How did that come about?

JC: I originally designed and started planning at the top of last year, but my designs were too intricate so I pushed it to the side. One day, I woke up and said, "It’s now or never. I have to do this." I just made the switch from doing 48-hour projects [for my graphic design company] to five day turnarounds or more so that both businesses can run smoothly.

CL: I loved your take on The-Dream’s hit with your “Dope Bish” tee as well as your simple take on the Mary Jane/Bandana combination crew. It seems as if music might play a role in your creativity when it comes to your graphics for the line. Would that be a correct assumption?

If so, how much inspiration comes from certain songs?

JC: Thank you! Music does play a role in my designs, however, I didn’t even know The-Dream had a song titled "Dope Bish" until, like, a month ago. LOL!

My next collection, 'Ratchet Season,' has been inspired from everything we deem ratchet from the early 90’s. I love playing with bandanna prints, gold...the whole west coast vibe [is an inspiration]. I have an entire 'Ratchet Season' playlist on Spotify that consists of all music that inspired this collection. There is a lot of Tupac on there. He was a real G. Ha!

CL: You're getting ahead of me again! Seeing as how you’ve just made a big move to Los Angeles, what can we expect from you in the next few months?

JC: AHHHH and it’s been the most hectic move ever, but well worth it! I will be releasing 'Ratchet Season' at the top of April and I expect to drop a few exclusive items as well that will be available on JonnellChavez.com.

My creative studio will be expanding with the addition of four new creative minds, so that’s something I'm looking forward to!

CL: Obviously, we love sneakers. What are a few of your favorite pairs to rock?

JC: Chucks, of course! LOL! any color is cool long as they are still G and not cheesy. I also love Nike Dunks. I think those are really cute if worn the right way.

*Writer's Note: Jonnell was originally supposed to rock a custom pair of Chuck's in our shoot, but they we uncompleted as of our call time.

CL: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

JC: Just a reminder that 'Ratchet Season' will be out at the top of April! Visit my website JONNELLCHAVEZ.com and follow me on my social networks! You can find me on twitter, IG and Tumblr @JonnellChavez.

Thank you so much!

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Photo/Graphics: Jason Sanders of WMS Photography Make-Up: Jamie Dionne Shirt: 'Ratchet Season' by Jonnell Chavez - Coming Spring 2013.

Chicks N' Kicks | Kari Michelle - Converse All-Star High Tops "Art Is Free Expression" Edition

Name: Kari MichelleAge: 22 Location: Los Angeles Occupation: Model/Assistant Designer Kicks Shown: Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star High Tops "Art Is Free Expression” Edition Website/Contact: Twitter - @AceBoonCalhoun

With the body of a goddess, the face of a 20-something beauty and eyes that could even melt Omarion's famed "Ice Box," 22-year old model Kari Michelle is, without question, one of the most enigmatic people I've ever interviewed. While you may take one look at Kari's images (there literally wasn't one bad picture in the bunch) and immediately create your own assumptions, she still mystifies and makes us all want to get to know more about the auburn-haired Texas gal.

After attending college in Iowa on a full track scholarship and receiving a degree in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production, the statuesque stunner (she's 5'9") tried her hand at modeling...and won. After touring Europe and moving to Los Angeles, Kari signed with CESD Talent and is now becoming a model you'll want to remember. She has no plans of stopping there, either - she did study at the London School of Fashion, after all. See? Totally an enigma.

Get to know Kari below and be sure to check her out in all of her Chuck Taylor glory.

CL: You’re absolutely stunning in your pictures, but I’m pretty sure most people don’t know you were actually a track star. Tell us a bit about your background and how you started modeling.

KC: Back in Texas, I had no way of going to college financially so I ran my ass off. Although athletics are/will forever be a large part of my life I had to exercise my other talents in life. I always got that I “should be a model” so after my college track days, with my degree obtained as backup, I decided to give the modeling a go. I surprisingly turned out be much more successful at it than I would have ever thought. Having the industry connects I am making now will greatly help my ultimate dream of having my own line later in life.

CL: You seem to have a very eclectic sense of style. How would you describe how your personality reflects in your everyday attire?

KC: I have a very strong personality thus my attire is strong as well. You get what you see. I am bold, loud, and daring much like almost any piece you can find in my closet. I actually struggle to find a piece that is plain!

CL: Obviously as a model, you don’t always get a say in what you wear. How do you make even something that isn’t your style your own?

KC: You have to be able to throw a spin on anything. Wearing an overstated accessory or funky pair of shoes is normally how I complete a look.

CL: Before moving to LA you jaunted around Europe, correct? How did that change your fashion perspective?

KC: The real question is what perspective didn’t Europe change! London, where I studied, is a very eclectic melting pot of cultures and lifestyles so I really learned to incorporate/not be afraid to try other cultures' style of dress. Also, it showed me that fashion could be anything. It doesn’t matter if an item is “in” or not. Wear what you feel represents from the outside things that you find beautiful.

CL: What’s been the most massive change in your life since moving to Los Angeles and signing with an agency?

KC: Most massive was living abroad. My entire world view changed and exposed me to things that have brought me full circle to be the woman I am today. I feel more prepared from that experience mentally to do things such as model and live in LA.

CL: Obviously, we love kicks. What are some of your favorite ways to rock your sneaks?

KC: I love a cut off graphic sweatshirt and some high waist bottoms, then a hat or funky scarf.

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Photo Props: Chris Thompson of ChrispImages
Editing Props: Jason Sanders of WMS Photography