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Chicks N Kicks: Sam Lao | Nike Air Max 90 GS “Hyper Pink”

Sam Lao. If the name isn't familiar, it will be. Before Sam Lao burst onto the scene with "Pilgrims" and a solid Brain Gang co-sign, the girl with the hair was already generating local buzz due to her swoon-worthy snapshots and her history as one of the minds behind Unkommon Kolor. This Dallas-based artist offers a "Jill of All Trades" ability that most of us couldn't pull off even with Kanye levels of confidence. Painter, sculpter, poet, style goddess, and now, musician, are all titles Lao can display on a resume that would result in high-fives from anyone who has respect for those who can and do.

But, don't put Sam on a pedestal. The girl with curls that spawned an actual name of sorts (Sam...With The Hair) is just like us, right down to her Marvel obsession. Lao is a certified fangirl for the comic giant - just take a gander at the S.H.I.E.L.D. card that bears her name. "Storm," she confessed, is the character she would be if we all turned into superhuman OGs overnight. No hesitation.

Her effortless chic and knack for putting together pieces (see that bralette/Centre-buttoned bomber jacket/leather pant combo) is basically 2% trend and 98% Sam being Sam which made her a joy to work with, specifically because we didn't have to do a thing other than point, shoot, and ask questions. The thing we dig most, though? Her idea of creature comforts are remarkably similar - we share an affinity for Air Maxs and lighter-than-air Roshe Runs, simplicity and getting off the grid at least for a day.

Now, as Lao finds herself redefining her role as an artist and giving audiences another year of her behind-the-mic prowess, she's taking on a new project (the follow-up to 2013's West Pantego) and a distinct vision of what it means to be Sam Lao.

Check out the shots below as we meet up with Sam in order to spread some love and show off our balloon bouquet in honor of Valentines Day. Plus, we got shots of her in our signature tee and in some pretty amaze Nike Air Max 90s in "Hyper Pink." Win and win.


My Best Valentine: "I'd had a bad week and I tweeted about needing cupcakes and my BF showed up to my job with them. We just spent a quiet night in, but it was sweet and simple."

Shop The Look: Ear-To-Nose chain: SLs own - Shop Similar Necklace: SLs own - Shop Similar Shirt: CNK OG Logo Tee Pants: SLs own - Shop Similar Shoes: Nike Air Max 90 GS "Hyper Pink"


Go-To Kicks: "Nike Air Max 90, Nike Huarache, Nike Roshe Run and Jordan XI. I'm a Nike girl, for sure."

Shop The Look: Rings: SLs own; Lace Cuff Rings in Gold by Lace By Tanaya


My bucket list: "Learn multiple languages, live in another country, live off the grid."

Shop The Look: Necklace: SLs own - Queen of the Jungle Necklace in Gold by Melody Ehsani Bralette: SLs own - Shop Similar Jacket: 10 Deep Maverick Aviator Jacket Pins: Sunny D, Centre Bar Logo, Dallas Sailing Club, Centre Neue Klasse Pants: SLs own - Shop Similar Shoes: Nike Air Max 90 GS "Hyper Pink"


If I wasn't an artist I'd be: "DEAD!! Well, that's dramatic, but I'd definitely be boring."

Shop The Look: Grill: KD's Custom Jewelry

Sam Lao: In Her Own Words

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Photo Credit: WMS Photography Graphics: WMS Photography Creative Direction: Chan-Lo

Sneak Peek: Sam Lao Brings Love to #ChicksNKicks On 2.12

Sam Lao. If the name isn't familiar, it will be. Just you watch. This Dallas-based artist offers a "Jill of All Trades" ability that most of us couldn't pull off with Kanye levels of confidence. Painter, sculpter, poet, style goddess, Comic connoisseur, and now, musician, are all titles Lao can display on a resume that would result in high-fives from anyone who has respect for those who can and do.

This week (tomorrow, to be exact) we'll introduce you to this rising star as she talks inspiration, being the first lady of Dallas' marquee collective, and L-O-V-E.

Until then, get a taste of Sam in our ChicksNKicks tee and be sure to grab your tickets to this awesome show with Sarah Jaffe and Blue, The Misfit on February 13th.

Release Reminder: Melody Ehsani x Reebok V-Day 2015 Capsule Collection

Whether you love, hate, or love to hate Valentines Day (or as I like to call it, S.A.D.: Singles Awareness Day), you can't deny that February 14th brings with it some pretty nice brand releases. Melody Ehsani (aka: shoebae) gave us a sneak-peek at her 2015 V-Day Capsule Collection with Reebok last week, but now we thought we'd issue a friendly reminder: it's coming tonight, homegirls. Following the success of the Reebok Pumps, “Love Me or Leave Me Alone,” and the Holiday Pumps, Melody is given the opportunity to create an entire Valentine’s Day collection which, to our delight, includes clothing. Shine mutha-effin shine. This time around, Melody puts her spin on two silhouettes: the Blacktop Pump and the Ventilator in addition to a skirt, a bag, a varsity jacket, t-shirts, pants and shorts.

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To top off your purchase, each shoe comes with a dose of Ehsanispiration:

“The only way you can be of service is by being your true self. If you show people your mission, it will inspire them to follow theirs. Stay wake! Leave your mark by doing things your way – not by doing them the way they’ve ‘always been done.’ You are that girl. That it woman. Manifest the ‘impossible’ into I’m possible. Follow your truth and your heart. Remember: when you’re climbing up the ladder of success, don’t let anyone look up your dress. You are enough. Love, M.E.”

See? Shoebae.

The Melody Ehsani x Reebok Classic 2015 V-Day Capsule Collection drops TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT exclusively via and on February 13th at select Reebok retailers.


The Rundown: Anthem Hack, Dire News For Bobbi Kristina, It's a Kanye News Day, "Saved By The Bell" Reunion, Kim Naked...Again x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @_lrnn in Nike Roshe Run Around The Web:

Anthem insurance data breach could be one of largest hacks in history (CBS)

Family Gathering to Say Goodbye to Bobbi Kristina Brown (People)

The "Saved by the Bell" Cast Then and Now Is an Absolute Marvel (Cosmo)

Haitian Jack Reappears, Talks Tupac Being Controlled & Calls Jimmy Henchman A B*tch (HHW)

Lil Wayne Announces 'The Free Weezy Album' (Billboard)

Lily Tomlin on Grandma, Weed, and Jane Fonda (Vulture)

Top 50 2015 NFL free agents (Yardbarker)

Dame Dash & Kanye West Cut Out The Middle Man, Start New Business Together (GG)

Ghostface Killah Reminds A Harassing Fan That Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ To F*ck With (TSS)

Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner Get Naked For LOVE Magazine (DailyBeast)

Is Kanye West Showing His adidas Line at New York Fashion Week? (Complex)

2.5 The Rundown

The Rundown: National Signing Day, Radical Christianity Of Kendrick Lamar, More Letters From Pac, Sewage Beer x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @TheMopTop in New Balance Custom "MopTop" 574 Around The Web:

Video captures TransAsia plane falling from sky in Taiwan (CBS)

National Signing Day 2015 LIVE (

The Radical Christianity Of Kendrick Lamar (Buzzfeed)

NBC Anchor Brian Williams Raps Snoop Dogg’s “Who Am I?” (OnSmash)

HTC just started a rap battle with Apple and Samsung (Engadget)

Good/Bad News Of The Day: Unearthed Tupac Letter Shows He Was Planning On Working With OutKast (TSS)

Is Sewage Beer The Next Big Thing? (HuffPost)

4 Common Financial Confidence Killers — & How To Quash Them (Refinery29)

Hasbro Is Secretly Putting Real Money in Sets of Monopoly (HuhMag)

2.4 The Rundown

The Rundown: Snowpocolypse 2015, Drone Fail, Weezy's Cash Money Exit Strategy, Brown Delays Tour, KFC's Newest "Food" Abomination x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @YungLittleFoot x Nike AF1 Mid Around The Web:

Blizzard 2015 blanketing Northeast (CBS)

A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House (NYTimes)

Our Content Feed is Broken (Medium)

Lil Wayne’s Cash Money Exit Strategy Includes Taking Drake And Nicki Minaj With Him (TSS)

TLC is BACK to make our FINAL ALBUM with YOU! (Kickstarter)

New generation of activist-athletes (ESPN)

Chris Brown Delays Tour to Complete Community Service (Billboard)

Pharrell And His Hat Will Be Making A Cameo On The Simpsons (FADER)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and J. Cole: The Perfect Strangers (ESPNRPM)

Kanye West To Return To Ellen This Week And Talk About How Great His Life Is (VIBE)

Meet KFC’s Latest Fast Food Abomination, The ‘Double Down Dog’ (Uproxx)

Cara Delevingne Interviews Kim Kardashian for LOVE (TheFashionSpot)

Benedict Cumberbatch: U.S. is Better for Black Actors Than U.K. (HollywoodReporter)

Chrissy Teigen Joins Husband John Legend For Sexy GQ Shoot (FGR)

1.27 The Rundown

The Rundown: Pres. Obama's Epic SOTU, Inflate-Gate, Floyd Sons Manny, Inside Microsoft's Windows 10 Event x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @MissLawn x Air Jordan 1 Mid "Cocaine White" Around The Web:

President Obama Torched Republicans With This Improvised Line During His State Of The Union Address (TSS)

How Obama Would Build a Middle Class Economy (Inc.)

Here’s Everything That Went Down At Microsoft’s Windows 10 Event (TechCrunch)

Katy Perry Preps For Super Bowl Performance With ESPN: The Magazine Cover (FGR)

Mike Huckabee Takes His War on Beyonce to The Daily Show; Jon Stewart Slays Him (Bloomberg)

Chris Mortensen breaks down the NFL's finding that 11/12 game footballs were underinflated (ESPN)

This Guy Pranked His Wife In The Most Epic Way (Mashable)

Jennifer Lopez Covers Complex's February/March 2015 Issue (Complex)

Nicki Minaj To Perform At 2015 X-Games (IllRoots)

Manny Pacquiao gives Mayweather deadline to sign, Floyd says 'you're not a boss, you're a pawn' (BloodYelbow)

What’s New on Netflix: February 2015 (Vulture)

1.5 The Rundown: Remembering Stuart, Protesters Takes Brunch, Social Emcees x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @Kimmiebearr x Nike Flyknit Racer "Bubblegum" Around The Web:

Extreme cloud temperature tied to AirAsia crash (CBS)

Stuart Scott dies at age of 49 (ESPN)

Our Hero: Remembering Stuart Scott (TSFJ)

#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Hit Whites Where It Truly Hurts: Brunch (Gawker)

Tweet Fiends: Rappers Who Spend Too Much Time On Twitter (TSS)

Counter Culture: The Curse of Online Status [Documentary] (OnSmash)

Mike Tyson once confronted Michael Jordan over Tyson's ex-wife (Yahoo)

January 2015: Sneaker Releases (SneakerNews)

In This Keeping Up With the Kardashians Trailer, Someone’s Having a Baby and It Could Be Kim But Probably Not (Vulture)


12.30 The Rundown: Tensions High In L.A., Revisiting Napster, Avengers Assemble, Mustard On The...Beef? x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @VickyLauren x Reebok Classic Freestyle Hi Around The Web:

Bodies, debris from missing AirAsia plane pulled from sea off Indonesia (Reuters)

Tensions high as sealed autopsy report released in L.A. police shooting (CBS)

2014: The Year In Protest (TakePart)

How The Internet Closed Off The World (Deadspin)

YG and DJ Mustard Are Either Beefing Or Trolling Us All (TSS)

Nike Changes Sneaker Launch Time To Manageable Hours (HHW)

Nick Cannon Slams Mariah Diss Rumors (ETOnline)

A Particular Kind of Self-Care: To a Year of Female Friendships (TheHairPin)

Napster: The Culture of Free [Documentary] (OnSmash)

Habits of Resilient People (HuffPost)

Best of James Franco and Seth Rogen’s Live Interview Tweet-a-Long (Vulture)

15 Years Since Jay Z's Last True Street Album, 'Vol.3... Life And Times Of S. Carter' (REVOLT)

A Hilarious Look at What It's Really Like to be Black in the Workplace (ForHarriet)

7 Dirty Secrets To Actually Finding Your Life Purpose (Under30CEO)

Avengers, assemble—new look at the cast of Age of Ultron (E!Online)

12.30 The Rundown

12.29 The Rundown: AirAsia Flight Missing, The Case For Reparations, Remembering Pimp C, Financially Flawless In 2015 x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day - @Erica_Andrea in Air Jordan 9 Retro BG "Barons" Around The Web:

Missing AirAsia Flight 8501 believed to be "at bottom of the sea" (CBS)

NYPD Commissioner Says Snubbing Mayor de Blasio Was 'Inappropriate' (TheAtlantic)

The Case for Reparations (TheAtlantic)

Remembering PIMP C On His Birthday (Montreality)

Portrait of Hong Kong’s 18-year-old protest leader (Telegraph)

New Roadster Can Travel 400 Miles On A Single Charge, Tesla Announces (ThinkProgress)

Khloe Kardashian Talks Companionship With Cosmo UK (FashionGoneRouge)

Young, Gifted & HOMELESS (

Black Monday: Marc Trestman, Rex Ryan among coaches fired (SBNation)

Be Financially Flawless In 2015 (MadameNoire)

The Music Club, 2014 (Slate)

12.29 The Rundown

12.27 The Rundown: De Blasio Snubbed, Lessons From 'The Interview', How Kendrick Quietly Ruled 2014 x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @soledevida x New Balance Womens Elite Collection 580 Around The Web:

Hundreds of NYPD snub NYC Mayor De Blasio (CBS)

North Korea berates Obama over The Interview release (BBC)

What 'The Interview' Accidentally Taught Us About Digital Film Distribution (Forbes)

YG’s Mini-Movie Should Be Nominated For A Hood Oscar Award (TSS)

High School Bans "I Can't Breathe" T-Shirts at Basketball Tournament (Gawker)

How King Kendrick Quietly Ruled 2014 (DJBooth)

Nick Cannon Might Be Dissing Mariah On New Album (MusicTimes)

Nike Sold a Half Million Air Jordan XI "Legend Blues" (Complex)


Snaps: Gillian Jacobs On Air Rights x Starting Line-Ups For Marie Claire

When Gillian Jacobs isn't bringing the funny on Yahoo's Community, HBO's Girls, or in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, she's posted up in her kicks and talking about them with Marie Claire" target="_blank">Marie Claire. Peep the snippets below and be sure to pick up the January 2015 issue of Marie Claire on newsstands now.

GS JOY My boyfriend loves Jordans. I'd go with him to the store, but they would only have little boys' sizes left, so I'd buy all his dream shoes in a boys' 5½.

FEET FIRST I'm trying to have more fun with my wardrobe—and more fun with my life in general. Collecting sneakers is part of that.

AND NOW, YOUR STARTING LINE-UP I own seven or eight pairs of Jordans, two pairs of Nike Air Maxes, a pair of Andre Agassis, and some Liberty London Nike Dunks.

ICE BREAKER Girls talk to each other about fashion, but I don't have conversations with dudes about what I'm wearing unless it's Jordans. You meet a guy, you can tell he's into sneakers, and it's like, OK, no more awkward small talk.


JACKET $543, MSGM at Distractions; (970) 544-9946. DRESS $785, Christopher Kane at Barneys New York; (212) 826-8900. SNEAKERS $120, Nike;

Props: Marie Claire Photo: Emman Motalvan

CNK Celeb Picks Of The Week: Holiday Edition

As gift giving and holiday activities continue to deck our halls, we decided to take a beat in order to bring you our favorite CNK Celeb Kick Picks of the week. Gwen brings the goods in her adidas while Ashanti, Ciara, Tahiry and more bring in the festivities in Jordan Brand. Zendaya Coleman keeps the sneakerboot craze alive and Angela Simmons is a vision is white classics. Who brought their A-game this week? Let us know by voting after the jump.


Gwen Stefani in Pharrell Williams x adidas Stan Smith "Small Polka Dot" Yellow


Ashanti in Air Jordan 8 "Doernbecher"


Hilary Duff in Nike WMNS Roshe Run Print


Ciara in Air Jordan 1 Mid Nouveau


Zendaya Coleman in Nike Dunk Sky Hi Sneakerboot


Tahiry in Air Jordan 6 Retro Infrared 23


Teyana Taylor in Air Jordan 13 Retro Reflective Silver


Angela Simmons in adidas Originals Superstar

Your CNK Pick Of The Week Is... free polls

Images: Just Jared Instagram FashionBombDaily

12.23 The Rundown: North Korea's Web Outage, Harsh Truths From Pope Francis, Best Sneaker Releases of 2014 x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @imkaylaphillips x Nike Air Force 1 07 Around The Web:

NYC Police Deaths: Details On Suspect; Rift Between Mayor And Police (NPR)

Op-Ed: Protesters didn't cause slayings of New York police officers (LATimes)

North Korea's Web outage over (CBS)

The 15 ailments of the Vatican Curia, according to Pope Francis (WashPost)

TSFJ Top 7 Favorite Sneaker Releases of 2014 (TSFJ)

Iggy Azalea Responds To Q-Tip’s Hip-Hop History Lesson (TSS)

Cameras capture frightening road-rage incident on California highway (Today)

Kimye's New Balmain Ads (Cosmo)

12.23 The Rundown

12.22 The Rundown: NYPD Ambush Kills Officers, Jesse Williams' Thought-Provoking Rant, Memphis Grizzlies Replace Intern's Car x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @NYCPretty in Asics Gel-Preleus Around The Web:

2 NYPD officers killed in ambush-style shooting (USAToday)

Jesse Williams Gives the Most Passionate, Thought-Provoking 6-Minute Rant on White Supremacy You’ll Ever Hear From a Celebrity (AtlantaBlackStar)

In a holiday season filled with strife, people -- not presents -- provide perspective (

Sony hack payback: U.S. weighs its response to damaging cyberattack (CBS)

Q-Tip Breaks Down Hip-Hop History For Iggy Azalea (TSS)

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali in hospital with pneumonia (BBC)

Anonymous Account Suspended From Twitter After Threatening Iggy Azalea (HuffPost)

The college trap that keeps people poor (WashPost)

Memphis Grizzlies chip in to replace intern’s stolen car with new one (TheGrio)

Meet the 2015 class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows (

Brad Pitt Dismissed from Jury Duty Because He's Too Distracting (Cosmo)

43 million Pandora streams of “Happy” earned Pharrell Williams a measly $2,700 (ConsequenceofSound)

Foolishness: They Clowning With This Air Jordan XI Interview (WSHH)

The Paradox of Choice, 10 Years Later (PSMag)

Flicks: 106 & Park’s Last Episode (RTNY)

12.22 The Rundown

12.17 The Rundown: Theaters Cancel Showings Of 'The Interview', Wiz Khalifa's Sex Tape Timeline, The Story Behind 'Black Messiah' x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @xraevision in Air Jordan 6 Retro "Carmine". Photo: @dustinkn0ws Around The Web:

Video shows aftermath of Taliban massacre of Pakistan students (CBS)

Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’ (DailyBeast)

Everything That’s Been Revealed in the Sony Leak Scandal [Updated] (Vulture)

D'Angelo Rushed to Release Black Messiah Following Police Protests (Pitchfork)

Political Pundits Scolded on Live TV: 'Oh God, It's Mom' (ABC)

7th Heaven’s Stephen Collins Confesses to Sexually Abusing Children (People)

NWA, Sting and Nine Inch Nails Among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees That Missed the Cut (TheWrap)

Everything You Need To Know About Wiz Khalifa’s Sex Tape With A Playboy Model (TSS)

12.17 The Rundown

12.16 The Rundown: Sydney Siege, Bey x Jay Get Sued, Bron Challenges Jordan, The Year In Shonda Rhimes x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @rachel_fbabyy in Gourmet Womens 35 Lite SPPhoto: @J_Escueta

Around The Web:

NYPD's John Miller on Sydney siege: Similar attacks to U.S. in many ways inevitable (CBS)

Bill Cosby's Call for Neutrality from Black Journalists Backfires (Gawker)

A Hungarian Singer Is Suing Beyonce x Jay Z Over "Drunk In Love" (TMZ)

The Year in Shonda Rhimes (Vulture)

The Fashion Industry Is Still Letting Down Women of Color (VICE)

What It Was Like to Be Basquiat’s Lover (Vulture)

"Data" LeBron 12s challenge the Legend Blue 11s this weekend (SneakerNews)

12.16 The Rundown

12.15 The Rundown: Cosby Talks, Gunman Dead In Sydney, Is It Bad Enough Yet? x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @candice_b_ in Nike x R.T. Air Force 1 Boot "Beige" Around The Web:

Sydney hostage crisis ends; gunman dead after raid (CBS)

Bill Cosby ‘Breaks His Silence,’ Suggests That He’s The Real Victim (ThinkProgress)

Dave Chappelle Shares A Story About The Time He Was Choked By Police (TSS)

Is It Bad Enough Yet? (NYTimes)

NFLPA sues NFL in Peterson case (ESPN)

Crisis in Mexico: An Infrarrealista Revolution (NewYorker)

Unequal Treatment of 2 Protesters in Eric Garner Case, One White and One Black (NYTimes)

Hear The First New D'Angelo Album In 15 Years (NPR)

Snapchat Hires Banker to Lead Strategy (SocialTimes)

Sony Hack: Leonardo DiCaprio Called "Despicable," Willow, Jaden Smith Mocked in Latest Sony Leak (USWeekly)

12.15 The Rundown

12.12 The Rundown: Jay Z The Activist, Wise Words From K.Dot, New Reveals From Sony Hack, Kate Middleton's Awesome Side-Eye x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @rachelteetyler in Reebok InstaPump Fury Around The Web:

California storm causes mudslides, forcing people from homes (CBS)

New York governor consults Jay Z for advice on policing as protests continue (TheGuardian)

Kendrick Lamar Wants Knowledge To Push Us Forward In Wake Of Protests Over Police Injustice (MTV)

Beverly Johnson, Vogue’s first black cover model, alleges Bill Cosby drugged her (WashPost)

Shocking New Reveals From Sony Hack: J. Law, Pitt, Clooney, and Star Wars (DailyBeast)

Lil' Wayne Addresses Label Status on Twitter (MusicTimes)

The Snubs and Surprises of the 2015 Golden Globe Nominations (Vulture)

We Can’t Trust Uber (NYTimes)

The Details: Wings+Horns x New Balance MT580 (TSS)

Kate Middleton and the Side-Eye Seen Round The World (E!Online)

Lakers 'soft like Charmin,' Kobe Bryant says at trash-talking scrimmage (LATimes)

Keyshia Cole Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail & Announces She's Leaving Interscope (BallerAlert)

Why What You Say (Or Don't Say) About Your Relationship On FB Matters (Refinery29)

12.12 The Rundown