This has got to be one of the coolest tattoos I've seen as of late. I'm not sure if its just because I'm head over heels for Mario and his super abilities... but thanks to photographer, Tony Lee... I'm inspired to live a much greater life of spontaneity.
Claim to fame : Founder of LeBlanc Inc. Entrepreneur at Heart for ART
Who/What ispires you?
I am inspired by daily things most people take for granted. I enjoy dark color but bright impressions. God is who I gain a multitude of my inspiration from. The things He puts within my eyes view is what I draw inspiration from. People and their different personalities give me joy in knowing God created that being. Life is beautiful, rarely accepted for what it is. It uniquely inspires me.
Your Style Icon?
What stands out in your bedroom/kitchen/Living Room?
In my bedroom I'd have to say my enormous amounts of magazines, newspapers and media on my window seat. I have been collecting them for years now. In my kitchen I believe the pink tea kettle my mother purchased for my grandmother some time back stands out the most. As for my living room my grandmothers old school television that has numbers you can use to dial out on the remote. It kind of creeped me out at first.
So you like to collect magazines, What are your favorites at the moment?
My favorites are Nylon, Elle UK, Vogue UK and Harper's Bazaar UK. I've always been a fan of style and fashion not within the United States. Each night I go to Barnes and Noble's and I pick up a hand basket; grab these magazines and gain tons of inspiration.
Ideal place to eat?
I am a lover of Italian food. I normally do Luigi's in DC (get the cal zone or the tortellini) or Ledo's (wherever I can find one) and I normally get a nice pasta with a Caesar salad and cranberry juice. Once I turn 21 I will try red wine with my food.
I could see myself on the sand at a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Having a nice daiquiri and snacking on chips and salsa. Maybe a few gatherings with other people and sleeping my nights away on a canvas bed at a resort smelling the air of freshly made empanadas.
You would never be caught dead in..... ?
Anything considered hip hop fashion i.e Baby Phat , Phat Farm, Sean John or any of those brands you find in 'hoodtiques' as I call them. I am not fond of labels, brands or too much materialistic crap, though I do enjoy Lanvin and Gareth Pugh. I don't want to be caught dead in something that doesn't have proper history.
What's more important... bag or shoes? Why?
Shoes are the most important. I believe shoes make a person's unique persona and style stand out. You can wear a trash bag dress and a really nice pair of Oxfords or even a pair of pumps by Marc Jacobs or Salvatore Ferragamo. The thing is shoes cannot be too simple when paired with a simple look. The condition of your shoes allows people to know how well you feel, how mad you feel or how you take care of yourself. Shoes are key.
Favorite pair of shoes in your wardrobe?
I currently own loafers, oxfords and boots. My favorites at present time are my brown loafers. They are very comfortable and I can wear them with a lot of looks. This year I plan to switch. My next pair of favorite shoes will be something by either Lanvin or Burberry.
What will you be rockin' this Spring?
This Spring I am thinking more ecclectic things like, plastic, leather and many other things people don't normally wear. I will most likely do more heels, more skirts, dresses and my hair should be longer. So I will have great hats and possibly no shaded frames for Spring. Designers I am looking forward to wearing are mainly underground. I will do some mainstream gear from Lanvin, YSL, Polo Rugby, Burberry Prorsum and TopShop. I already have most of this look planned out. You will see as I upload more photos to my Lookbook account.
What chapter of your life are we reading right now?
Right now you all are reading the chapter of progression in my life. During the first 20 years of my life there was a hell of a struggle with my identity, finances and many other things. I am coming up on my 21st year next month and I can finally say I've found my inner. For the longest time I despised things like fashion. Then I realized I was always there just not physically. This new year is all about progression for myself and my team. As an individual I have a lot to attain in 2010 which includes all out hustle and bustle. Which I know will return great blessings to myself. This Progression chapter is my baby right now; I need to nurture and handle it with care. Any mishaps and I can be back to the first 20 years of my life. Keep watching me and stop watching tv.
Who's been played a million times on your iPod?
Oh wow, I just updated my iPod. Jade of HGFC New York has been playing in my iPod for weeks now. The " Its My Heart, Cookie" EP has been in full circulation. My favorites are "He Needs Me" and "Beautiful Problems". Her voice is very beautiful. I'd like to see her live one day. Very jazz mixed with neo-soul. Her voice is definitely one to hear. Makes you think of
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@Leblanc_ashe (Ashley Leblanc)
Eyewear designer Linda Farrow and Alexander Wang joined forces to create their own work of art. It may not be for everyone, but there is in fact SOMEONE who can kill these shades.