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#FitChicks: Friday Night Shenanigans With Living29

#FitChicks: Friday Night Shenanigans With Living29

We love teaming up with like minded ladies so, it was only a matter of time before #ChicksNKicks met #FitXBrit!

Every week, 'Fit Chicks' will highlight attire, tips, and (of course!) sneakers that make it perfect for you to get your sweat on in style. We’ll also hip you to some of our favorite weekend hang sessions and interactions with like-minded ladies because, we love showing love!

Feeling the concept? Read on...

This past Friday, myself and Brittany over at FitXBrit were invited to Centre (a sneaker style boutique shop in Dallas, Texas) for an event dubbed ‘Eat Like Mike’ presented by the folks at Centre and Living 29’s Caodan Tran, personal chef extraordinaire. The event set the stage for the release of the Air Jordan Retro High OG 1 “UNC,” which hit stores to much fanfare on Saturday.

Caodan crafted a perfect combo (Jordans + Wheaties + Gatorade = HELLO!?!) with her Lemon Lime Gatorade Mangonada Slushy and a Wheaties and Date-filled protein bar, which were available for purchase. That purchase bought us two chances to win a raffle for an advance purchase of the UNC’s or a steak dinner for two prepared by Ms. Tran’s magical hands. This was dope because it actually got people in the door and you actually wanted to stay til the end to see if you won! Even though I wasn't a lucky winner (let's just say I TECHNICALLY won, but a size 13 was all they had left - what am I gonna do with that!?!) I totally had a blast! My favorite part? Meeting Caodan, FINALLY! The lady with the Instagram page of dreams has been on my radar since Brittany hipped me to her fun foods and obvious love of sneakers.

She's a certified winner in my book.

It is definitely in your best interest to hit that follow button on instagram when you see LIVING29 and stay updated on all of the pop ups she does around the city! Dallas coming up, y'all!

Snaps: Naked x New Balance Take Over Copenhagen

Snaps: Naked x New Balance Take Over Copenhagen

A long time ago, my mother told me there would come a day when I preferred comfort and functionality over style. While that day hasn't necessarily arrived when it comes to my sneaker collection, I will say that comfort is a huge factor when I make a purchase these days because, why pay for a dope shoe that looks good, but feels crappy? Nobody has time (or money) for that. That said, is the New Balance 990GL3 the most visually appealing shoe we've ever seen? Nope. Is it one of the more comfortable models in recent memory? Abso-freakin-lutely.

Our favorite overseas lady sneaker boutique, Naked CPH, decided to showcase this oft-ignored silhouette in a few out-and-about snaps. The streets of Copenhagen set the stage for the NB 990GL3 and showed us that comfort can look pretty darn good.

If you'd like to get your hands on a pair of the New Balance 990GL3 (and if you happen to be anywhere near Copenhagen) join Naked CPH on Friday at Naked Pilestræde for the release of the iconic running shoe. Cold beers will also be there for your taking so, yea, go and be merry.

If you're posted up in the US, Naked will release the shoe online on Friday, October 16th at at 19.00 CET.

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.

#ChicksNKicks | Crissy Henderson - Adidas Element Refine

Name: Crissy HendersonLocation: Dallas, Texas Occupation: Model, Actress & Creator of Willow Grace Beauty Kicks Shown: Adidas Element Refine Website/Contact: Twitter: @CrissyHenderson IG: HeyCrissyHey

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Throughout October we’ll not only be providing daily facts to better inform you about DV, but we’ll also introduce you to some pretty fly #ChicksNKicks who laced up to spread the word right along with us.


"I feel like we go through really traumatic experiences that help us grow into better people. I've taken steps to overcome those experiences and now, I can look back and be thankful because it put me on a path towards my purpose." - Crissy Henderson

One such chica is Crissy Henderson. Crissy is a model, actress, devoted mother, and founder of Willow Grace Beauty - a new beauty line for which empowers, supports, and encourages women of all ages to find supreme comfort in their own skin. Crissy is also a survivor of domestic violence. After enduring a relationship rife with emotional, mental, and physical abuse Crissy embraced a brighter future and her role as an advocate for anyone who suffered from similar experiences. After gaining some traction with the release of the Willow Grace Lip Plump, Crissy prepares to present the Willow Grace Fall Collection to world and help raise awareness in the process by donating a portion of all Willow Grace proceeds to the Genesis Women's Shelter.

Watch below as Crissy shares her story, smiles for a selfie (or 3) in her Adidas Element Refine, and spreads the purple for #DVAM2014



Credits: Video, Photos & Graphics: WMS Photography Make-Up: DJ Kitty Apparal: Adidas US

Join us to help change the facts and make a difference for victims of domestic violence.

What can you do now?

• Donate

• Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, to view and share our #ChicksForChange actions for the month of October.

• Rock out in purple, shawty! Purple is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month!  During the month of October, use your flair for fashion (or the purple pieces in your closet) as  a way to #SpreadThePurple. Be sure to mention our social media profiles or use the hashtags, #ChicksForChange #SpreadThePurple, to make certain we see you in these e-streets!

• Buy beauty! Grab a beauty find (or 6) from #CNK beauty Crissy Henderson’s online shop!  This month you’ll receive $5.00 her Willow Grace Beauty Lip Plump using the promo code ‘VOICEUP’.  

• Change your profile!  Our friends at CalVCP have brought amazing images for you to spread the word!  Change your Facebook Cover Photo, swap out your Twitter Header, spread the word with a profile photo, or simply share a fact. It’s up to you!

• Hashtag Away! #DVAM2014 #ChicksNKicks #ChicksForChange #SpreadThePurple . Got em? Good!

#CNK Goes Purple For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Recently, we've seen a wave of activity surrounding high-profile instances of domestic violence and the reaction of many to a problem that isn't new at all. Domestic violence isn't a personal matter or even a family issue; it is an alarmingly present problem in our society. Domestic Violence (DV) knows no boundaries when it comes to age, economic status, race, religion, or educational background - it is an issue that can happen to anyone in any community. Despite the facts and its prevalence in our society (1 in 4 women will experience DV in her lifetime - Safe Horizon) most cases of domestic abuse are never reported to law enforcement officials. That said, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and, with a little help from our friends at Safe Horizon, CalVCP and Hope's Door, we've decided to stand up for those affected by going purple for #DVAM2014!

Throughout October we'll not only be providing daily facts to better inform you about DV, but we'll also introduce you to some pretty fly #ChicksNKicks who laced up to spread the word right along with us.


Join us to help change the facts and make a difference for victims of domestic violence.

What can you do now?

• Donate

• Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to view and share our #ChicksForChange actions for the month of October.

• Rock out in purple, shawty! Purple is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month!  During the month of October, use your flair for fashion (or the purple pieces in your closet) as  a way to #SpreadThePurple. Be sure to mention our social media profiles or use the hashtags, #ChicksForChange #SpreadThePurple, to make certain we see you in these e-streets!

• Buy beauty! Grab a beauty find (or 6) from #CNK beauty Crissy Henderson's online shop!  This month you'll receive $5.00 her Willow Grace Beauty Lip Plump using the promo code 'VOICEUP'.  

• Change your profile!  Our friends at CalVCP have brought amazing images for you to spread the word!  Change your Facebook Cover Photo, swap out your Twitter Header, spread the word with a profile photo, or simply share a fact. It's up to you!

• Hashtag Away! #DVAM2014 #ChicksNKicks #ChicksForChange #SpreadThePurple . Got em? Good!


Chicks N' Kicks: Devi Dev | Converse Chuck Taylor Classic

The whole motivation behind this Chicks N' Kicks experience isn't as much about the shoes as it is about the women who walk in them. Positive energy, just like it's negative step sister, is contagious. So, it goes without saying (more often than not) the energy you put out is the same you'll receive. Earlier this month, I pulled up to Devi Dev's Houston home way too early for a Saturday morning shoot and Devi, clad in her PJ's with cup o' java in hand, greeted me and the team at the door with a smile, a bear hug, and a ready-to-work attitude. All positive everything.

As one of radio's marquee personalities Devon "Devi Dev" Brown makes her living by sparking great conversation so, it was really no surprise that her CNK Q&A flowed with a certain ease. From her start at LA's 93.5 KDAY to her days as Sway Calloway's other half on Sirius XM's Sway In The Morning on Shade 45, Devi's bubbly personality is one that has attracted and kept listeners glued for nearly a decade. Music, her undying love for her hometown (Los Angeles, in case you didn't know), and even "Scandal" recaps kept us chatting as Devi's face was beat to perfection, but it was our deeper conversations about life, the perception v. the reality of success, individual growth, and SO MUCH MORE that really introduced us to the amazing woman you hear on your airwaves.

Take a look below as Devi brings us into her comfort zone, gets real about her pre-fame struggles, and delivers a healthy dose of what I've dubbed, "Devi-isms."

Name: Devi Dev Age: 28 Location: Houston, Texas Occupation: Radio and Television OG (Get your daily dose via 93.7 The Beat) Kicks Shown: Converse Chuck Taylor Classic - OG Red Website/Contact: Twitter: @DeviDev IG: DeviDev

Chan-Lo: Thank you so much for having us in your home. It really is an honor.

Devi Dev: Not a problem. Thank you so much for coming.

CL: Let's dive right in because I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that people are familiar with your name and your professional history. That said, you started off in LA radio at KDAY...

DD: That's right.

CL: Wrecked shop in Houston...

DD: Well...*laughs*

CL: Then, you made your way to New York with Sirius XM's Sway In The Morning on Shade 45 and return back to Houston where you're now at 93.7. How have those transitions worked to bring about the personality we see today?

DD: You know, it's crazy because I'm still in my twenties and I've been doing radio for 10 years. I guess I always have been about evolving, but I'm so blessed that great timing and opportunity just kind of melded together to create that for me. I think a lot of it has to do more with being a genuine person, being talented, and being humble; that really opens up a lot of doors.

Here's the thing, I saw a meme the other day that said "Oprah Wasn't Built In a Day" and I think one thing that I've realized, especially in this age of instant gratification...people think they have to be that now and that success is what a handful of people think about them. It's so much more than that.

CL: It's interesting that you say that. I recently heard someone say, "An overnight success is 10 years in the making..."

DD: Absolutely! That's the perfect quote. To quote The Outliers, "you've got to get your 10,000 hours in." Especially because of social media, people think someone's on - that's not leaving a legacy, that's not leaving an impact, and that's not really connecting. I say that all to say, that it's [more] about being consistent.

I've been on the radio 10 years and I haven't considered myself as "good" until maybe the last 3. No matter what anyone else thought, I knew that I hadn't hit my peak of what was possible.


CL: Your time with Sway, in itself, had to be a big learning experience, yes?

DD: Absolutely. I can't speak highly enough of Sway. People don't understand what a massive influence Sway has been. He was actually one of my radio icons growing up when he did radio in the Bay [Area] for many years and then got syndicated in LA with The Wake Up Show. Aside from his work, Sway is such a completely together person that it inspires you to want to have a life outside of what you do. He inspires you to want to BE a great person and not just be perceived as one.

I remember when I was working with him at Sirius...every day he got mobbed. People are so drawn to him and every single person he made time for. Even if he only had an extra five seconds, he gave them that moment and honored that experience.

CL: Your fans have become familiar with the radio and television personality, but who is Devi on a personal level?

DD: Well, aside from the person you might hear on the radio, see on your TV, or on your Twitter timeline - because I be Tweetin'. *Laughs* Um, I'm really focused in my personal life on constantly growing as a person and my spirituality. I'm constantly reading books all the time and doing things to enrich my spirit. A lot of people, especially in this industry, get caught up in grind[ing] and "team no sleep" no, forget that! I wanna live! I wanna be alive. You can't forget to make a life. Aside from the grind to achieve my dreams, it's also my dream to be a great person when I'm just alone by myself and not on the radio or on TV.

A great mentor a few years ago told me, "Whether it's 5 minutes a day or 45 minutes a day, make sure you do something that is just for you - not career related, not family related - that nourishes your spirit."

CL: OK, let's go with that. How do you do that for yourself?

DD: Well, at first I didn't think that was possible. Even 5 minutes, I was like, "I gotta do this and I gotta do that" blah, blah, blah. But the more I did it, the more I felt the universe was opening up to [me]. So now, a typical day for me is waking up and meditating for thirty minutes, doing some reading, and getting my day going. All the stuff you see me on Twitter and Instagram doing, squeezing that all in [throughout the day] and THEN, going home to meditate again for thirty minutes, do some reading, and taking some time to catch up on my DVR or some of the hot shows and then I get sleep.

CL: It really seems like success is all about balance for you at this point...

DD: You have to be balanced and aligned! And I feel like you're not even going to be as blessed as you could if you don't show yourself that you are that important to you. Investing in yourself is such a huge thing. I used to think that meant putting money into my website or putting money into be able to go to this or that conference. I thought that was the epitome of me helping me, but outside of that if the entertainment industry crashed tomorrow - [I] still have to be able to sleep at night and know that outside of what people perceive, [I] make a mark in this world in a way that feels true to me...

CL: Being a good person is a little bit more important.

DD: It's so underrated. Especially in this age of Twitter and Instagram people think it's better to be perceived as a good person than to actually be a good person. In my belief system, I'm here to find myself and get to heaven. *laughs*. I'm here to live purposefully and in order to do that, you can't just be who you are at work you have to really get to know yourself.


CL: It's interesting that you say that because we're all about empowering young women, and really anybody for that matter, to seek out better and greater for their lives. What are some of the things that you take with you on a professional level?

DD: There are two things. When I was 19, I was interning at Motown/Universal which is in Santa Monica. I was interning for a wonderful man name Big Paul who was the VP of Mix Show and he used to treat me as an intern with so much dignity and integrity that I felt undeserving. I remember one day I asked him, "Why are you so good to me?" and he said to me, "Dev, one day you could be my boss. You never treat people bad because you don't know where you'll end up." It's all about being a good person because it's the right thing to do, not because of what might be returned to you. In this industry, you're up or down on any given day. You never know if the kid who was hitting you for advice is one day going to be the President of a company and you're trying to be down.

The other thing happened years ago when I went to Chicago to see a taping of the Oprah Show. At this time, I really didn't have any extra money, like I barely got myself to Chicago. I was rationing my meals...

CL: I love that you're talking about this because I think more than a few of us can identify with that 'how-am-I-gonna-pay-my-rent' struggle at some point on our way to achieving success...

DD: Oh, absolutely! You get to that $30.00 overdraft fee and start tallying your expenses in your mind. So, I used this last little $10 I had during that trip to buy a coffee mug that I still use usually every morning. The front has an "O" on it and on the back it says, "Become more of yourself." That's resonated so deeply with me because, to bring it back to the earlier point, who are you if you're not becoming? Aside from all of this, aside from sitting here with you and doing this interview and this fun photo shoot, who am I as a woman? What am I going to become and who am I going to be to the people who really know me in my life? Sometimes you never really know, but it's the constant seeking that definitely makes me who I am.

Everyone has their own belief system, but at least in my opinion, you have to really believe in something bigger than yourself to truly be blessed. So, yea. Those are two things that are SUPER important to me.

CL: That's awesome. I'm not even sure what question I was going to ask next. *Laughs* Ok, so as someone who has really created her own lane on a professional level, how do you continue to raise the bar?

DD: I'm a radio geek. I'm one of the only personalities that goes to radio conventions with the program directors, marketing, and general managers. I want to know every aspect of what I do. It helps me in my craft and my brand just to know how the rating system works, how PPN works, how long a typical listener listens. I definitely seek outside of the box. Speaking directly to people in radio or want to be in radio: don't just worry about how you look online. You still have to get hired and you have to show and prove ratings and connecting with an audience. Twitter following looks good, but at the end of the day this is a business.

CL: Since this is Chicks N Kicks, we know you love your Chucks. What makes you feel feminine, but still comfortable?

My favorite shoes of all time are absolutely Chucks. Solid, black, low top Chucks. I've kind of broadened my collection so now I have high top leather Chucks and tweed Chucks. The other shoe you'll always catch me in are Air Maxes all different kinds.


CL: Did you celebrate Air Max Day?

DD: I did! I didn't even know it was Air Max Day until I woke up and saw on Instagram. I was like, "Ahhhhh!" Air Maxes and Chucks are pretty much my staple. I'll switch out for heels if I have to go to an event, but this is really the kind of chick I really am on a regular basis.

CL: You have so much going on and we see the vision boards all around. What's next for you?

DD: My biggest goal this next year is to book more TV. I was so blessed to have that show with MTV, but I really would like to delve into more television, and not just hip-hop related television. I'd just like to connect to my audience - not just about music, but about life.

CL: Ask Devi...

DD: Well, I don't know about all that advice - depends on what you're asking *laughs*

CL: Ok, Devi-isms, coming soon.

DD: YES! That, and memes!

For more on D-E-V-I (and to pick up a few books from her reading list) visit her via Instagram and on Twitter.







Make-Up: Juan Tamez Clothing: Jonnell Chavez Video x Photos: Calvin Green of Popular Press Houston Editing x Graphics: Chan-Lo x Jason Sanders of WMS Media

Chicks N' Kicks: Tinashe | Air Jordan 11 "Gamma"

"It's all about being inspired." - Tinker Hatfield I think its safe to say that the first season of Chicks N Kicks was a ridiculously cool experiment. We had no clue what we were doing, we just knew that somehow the inspirational women we were meeting and the sneakers we love just kind of fit together seamlessly. Today, we launch our second season of Chicks N Kicks a little bit wiser and more aware of the purpose of our vision: promote and uplift successful women who are making a name for themselves; proving that brains, beauty, and a great pair of kicks make for an amazing laced hustle.

That said, RCA recording artist and budding superstar Tinashe is a great kick off (pun intended) to our second season. As an entertainer, Tinashe has probably done more in her 21 years than many of us can imagine. Born Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe, the Los Angeles native received her start in film at the age of five and has since appeared in over eleven feature films including Akeelah and The Bee and The Polar Express. Tinashe's stint in the five-girl band "The Stunners" helped cultivate her sound before embarking on a solo career at the ripe old age of 18.

In 2012, Tinashe released two critically acclaimed mixtapes In Case We Die and Reverie before inking a major deal with RCA Records. We met up with this rising star at the Le Meridian Hotel in the heart of Dallas, Texas to talk about her debut solo album (due for release this year), what sets her apart from the flood of talent in a city that breeds superstars, and her obsession with Jordan 11s.

Name: Tinashe Age: 21 Location: Los Angeles, CA Occupation: RCA Recording Artist/Actress Kicks Shown: Air Jordan 11 "Gamma" Website/Contact: Twitter: @Tinashe IG: TinasheNow

ChicksNKicks: We've almost seen a rush of artists coming out of LA in the last three years. What sets you apart?

Tinashe: I think I have an interesting perspective. I'm mixed, I'm from California, I'm 21 and I write my own music. Everyone has their own story to tell and I just want to be true to myself. I think embracing what's real about you [and embracing your differences] is what sets you apart from people. My dad is from Zimbabwe...

CNK: Your mom is from Iowa, right?

Tinashe: Yes! She's from Iowa! You know, it's such an interesting combination and I just try to embrace all the different sides of me and not limit myself to one thing.

CNK: Even though you're relatively young, you've been singing professionally for quite some time. Talk to us a little bit about your former girl group 'The Stunners' and how you eventually decided to go solo.

Tinashe: I started in 'The Stunners' when I was 14. I was working in major studios, writing music for people, and learning how to record music. The Stunners was a very valuable experience just to get my feet wet and learn. When I was 18, I really felt I was prepared to do my own thing - it's been a great ride for me to make my own music about stuff that relates to me.

CNK: We were talking earlier about the music that makes people feel something. Would you say your perspective makes you a more relatable to your audience?

Tinashe: Absolutely. I think being relatable is what connects you in an organic way, especially at the beginning of your career. I don't necessarily have a normal life, but I still go through the same stuff that a lot of people go through.

CNK: Speaking of being able to relate, In Case We Die x Reverie were two pretty personal projects that you dropped back-to-back in 2012. Tell us about that process.

Tinashe: I actually made In Case We Die in less than a month and Reverie in the same. I wanted people to have something really tangible to hold onto in terms of my style and who I was.


CNK: How would you describe your personal style?

Tinashe: It's a lot like my personality - I like to showcase different sides of myself. There's definitely a strong side of my personality that's super laid back and more introverted; a lot of that comes across in [my wearing] sweatpants, t-shirts, and crew necks. I like to be comfortable and casual, but still swagged out. I like to wear a lot of boy's clothes. [laughs]

CNK: Would you say you're a little bit of a tomboy?

Tinashe: I guess, a way. I didn't used to, but as I grew up it's what made me comfortable. There's another side to me, though, that's va-va-voom [laughs], you know? That comes across in my music as well and sometimes I'll throw on some heels and a little crop top - you never know.

CNK: This is Chicks N Kicks - we obviously love tennis shoes. So, tell us about your favorite pair of sneaks.


Tinashe: I love Jordan 11's. All of them. I'm obsessed with J's - I have Bred's, these are the Gammas. I have the Space Jams at home.

CNK: We heard you love the Cool Greys...

Tinashe: I do love me some Cool Greys. Those are actually the first pair I've ever bought.

CNK: OK, favorite way to rock your sneakers?

Tinashe: With a big oversized sweater, tee, or jersey dress. Super comfy, a pair of socks and just something that might make no sense. Just do me.

CNK: Last, but not least - what can we look forward to from you this year? I know your RCA debut will hit us later this year, correct?

Tinashe: I'm doing a whole bunch of shows, traveling around and meeting a lot of my fans in different parts of the country. I get to visit London in April and get ready to promo the album and then, hopefully, more singles and more videos.




Thanks to: Tinashe Gloria at RCA Records Damon Lott at RCA Records Mike Nazzaro Jean Njamen of Nerdy Fresh Jason Sanders of WMS Photography Le Meridan Hotel - Dallas

Chicks N' Kicks: Maggie Noël | Air Jordan 3 Retro

Photos: Jason Sanders of WMS PhotographyVideo/Editing: Jason Sanders of WMS Media Location: Top Golf - Dallas

Name: Maggie Noël Age: 25 Location: Houston, TX Occupation: Owner of Maggie’s School of Golf and Franchise Owner of Colbert/Ball Tax Services Kicks Shown: Air Jordan 3 Retro, Black Cement Website/Contact: Twitter: @ShePlaysGolf IG: @ShePlaysGolf

As CNKs first featured athlete, Maggie Noël gives us more than enough 'I am woman, hear me roar' material and, at just 25-years old, the LPGA Pro turned instructor is making the most of every bit of her perfect swing. After winning Texas' State Am, Maggie opted to put her clubs to another use by starting her very own Golf School, establishing a pro residency at one of the country's growing golf franchises, building her clientle, and lending her business saavy to a establish a tax services company.

Good golly Ms. Maggie!

In between her daily hustle and bustle, Maggie took some time to chat with Chan-Lo about her golf goals, her handicap, the advantages of dating a golfer (hint: she won't let you win, fellas), and why building a brand is a full-time business.

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CL: We know golf is a sport that has gained quite a following due to new influences and an unspeakable amount of progress. As a professional in this industry, what was the trigger that made you so eager to pursue golf as a career?

MN: I pursued playing golf as a career after taking a break from it after college because I wanted to give it another shot. I have been playing since I was 6 years old so I wanted to use my 19 years of expertise and actually try to make a living out of it. What triggered my instructional career was my natural ability to relay the message in way that my clients understood for both juniors and adults. Not to mention, there are not many female instructors and none that identify with a minority the way that I do.

CL: What has been your greatest golf accomplishment? Greatest disappointment?

MN: My greatest accomplishment would be winning the Texas Women’s State Am soon after returning from my year break. That opened up so many doors and opportunities for me on the Professional side. My biggest disappointment would have to be developing the anxiety disorder that made my game tumble during my freshman year in college. However, I feel like it is part of my story and is what directed me towards my ultimate purpose which is instructing.

CL: People might not know that you’re also extremely well versed as a businesswoman. Talk a little bit about what that’s meant for your professional brand.

MN: I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration because my original goal was to play golf on the LPGA Tour however, but have a business degree as a backup. But now, they are both playing a significant role in my life since I teach golf and run my own School of Golf. My school is a business. Not to mention I am also a new Franchise Owner of Colbert/Ball Tax Service opening up this Tax Season so I am getting my office and team ready for that now.

CL: Before I forget, a few of your fans have been asking for an answer to two questions: first, would you let a guy beat you on a golfing date? And second, what is your handicap?

MN: 1. NO! Fair game. LOL! He better bring it! I’m kidding, I won’t beat him too bad. I’d practice my sportsmanship core value from the first tee. 2. My last recorded handicap was a scratch even.

CL: LOL. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, fill in the blank: I am most comfortable when _______________.

MN: When I have my favorite Pandora station playing (Dwele) and a nice little (BIG) glass of Merlot.

CL: Walk us through a typical day with Maggie.

MN: My day typically starts around 6:30 every morning. I take my dogs out for a little walk, make myself a cup of English Style Tea, check my calendar for the day to see what my lessons look like, make sure all of my emails are replied to and dates for lessons are set, conduct my lessons, then make it back home to my kids. On an easy day, I try to get errands done, do a little shopping, work out, and maybe take my dogs to the dog park.

CL: I love that you’ve made it a point to turn your talent into a legitimate money-maker. Where do you see your work going in the next few years?

MN: I can see myself having my own standing Golf School. TopGolf is and has been a great medium to attract my current and growing clientele and has made me very accessible. One day, I would like to be more exclusive and have my own facility where I have a teaching team that teaches my methods.

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

MN: My favorite would be my Christmas Green Lebrons, my Cool Greys, and my 3’s

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

MN: Maggie’s School of Golf is an operating business growing very fast geared and tailored to meet everyone’s level of experience. Hip and effective instruction where you have a great time learning the game of golf. If you are in the Houston area and interested in private lessons, joining my ladies clinic, or corporate group clinics, you can email me at!