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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Grab a Cup of Cocoa Diaries

Entertainment editor by day, blogger by night and a devoted mum and partner, Keysha Davis is certainly juggling a lot of balls. Her blog, The Cocoa Diaries offers the perfect blend of entertainment and pop culture from a Black British perspective. Set up over a year ago, this delightful blog covers entertainment, fashion, beauty, community, film & music. Basically if it's hip and happening you will find it in The Cocoa Diaries.

What made you start blogging?
I was inspired by the work of others. I�ve been an avid reader of blogs for a few years now, and decided to take the plunge and start one of my own.

Describe the concept behind The Cocoa Diaries?
When I first started out there were tonnes of blogs dedicated to entertainment and popular culture, but very few focused specifically on Black British culture. So I decided that that would be my niche. The ethos of The Cocoa Diaries is a celebration of Black British people and culture. It just so happens to coincide with a time when Black artists in the UK are doing particularly well. New artists like VV Brown, Laura Izibor and Shingai from The Noisettes are rightfully receiving lots of plaudits and media attention. And then you have the likes of Dizzee Rascal, who has just secured the No.1 spot and has the fastest selling single this year. That�s a huge accomplishment. Particularly when you consider that he started off as an underground artist. I want to be there to capture all these moments.

How do you think bloggers have made an impact on the media?
Blogs have impacted the media immensely. The speed at which bloggers can get information out to the general public means they have one up on traditional media. Alongside blogging, I am also a magazine journalist and I often use blogs as a port of call, especially when writing entertainment type articles. I do believe the two can co-exist though. I love the honest, subjective nature of blogging, but I also couldn�t survive without well researched, objective journalism.

What do you do when you are not working on your blog?
Running around like a headless chicken, pretty much. I work full time and have a four year old son so I�m one busy, harried and tired lady (who drinks far too much Red Bull). Aside from work stuff, I like to spend time with my fianc� and child - we�re quite a football mad household so there�s often plenty of screaming and shouting at the TV when Arsenal are playing. I also like to read novels, although I really don�t get enough time to do so. And then there�s netball. I�m part of a team and we play in a league, so I spend a couple nights of the week training and competing in matches.

Describe a typical day.
By day I am the entertainment editor for Pride magazine. I spend my day editing pages, writing articles, conducting phone interviews, and fielding calls that range from disgruntled readers who haven�t received their subscription in the post, to young girls who want to become a model. We are a very small team so it�s a very fast paced environment that can get quite crazy and stressful. By night I switch into mummy mode. That means cooking, bathing and bed time story, before usually dozing off myself (laughs).

What are your favourite glossy magazines?
To be honest I don�t read glossies as much as I used to as I�m always on the Internet. I subscribe to Glamour and I buy Grazia and Look occasionally when I fancy a quick read on the train. I occasionally pick up Essence if I like the person on front of the cover, and that�s about it.

Name five blogs that you read religiously.

How do you see The Cocoa Diaries evolving over the next two years?
I�d like to see it evolve into a lifestyle online magazine . So essentially that means more frequent posts, interviews and features. My main issue is time, or lack thereof, so I am hoping to work with an editorial intern over the next few months to get more content out there. Ultimately I�d like to see The Cocoa Diaries recognised as a formidable brand. In my opinion traditional Black British media outlets still don�t fully recognise the benefits of online publishing, so it�s definitely something I�d like to fully explore.

Project Runway Entertainment Weekly Cover Shoot

Click here to see the Access Hollywood feature about the Entertainment Weekly Cover Shoot. Thanks Suzy!

LONDON - brick lane market, 05/31/09

More Information for Project Runway "Superfans"

Lifetime Television is looking for Project Runway "Superfans" to appear in promotional spots on the network. The producers will be traveling to Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago and New York in the next two weeks. Click here for more information.

Evening Couples Baby Shower Look

Hubby and I were invited to an evening couples baby shower for one of his friends. I wasn't sure exactly what to wear since I hadn't heard anything about the dress code (and hubby got the invite) but decided that a dress sounded like a good idea. I decided to try to go a bit dressy without going too over-the-top in case the event turned out to be more on the casual side. Here's what I wore:

It turned out that a few girls at the shower had flip flops and denim on, but I think I still blended in nicely.

Dress: Local boutique
Tank Top: The Limited
Cardigan (held not worn): Gap
Belt: Urban Outfitters
Linen Peep-Toe Pumps: Banana Republic
Purse: Chanel


In June, if you're looking for me...

COPENHAGEN, Distortion Festival, June 3-10
ANTWERP Royal Academy Graduation Show, June 11-14
LONDON, June 15-17
MUNICH, "Icons- In an Absolut world" exhibition, June 18
MOSCOW, June 19-24
PARIS, Men's Fashion Week, June 25-28
STOCKHOLM, Fashion Week by Berns, June 29-July 1
BERLIN, Fashion Week & Bread&Butter, July 2-5

PS: Paris Part 2 will be up here in a week!

berlin: vorzeige-hipster

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tim Gunn Will Guest Star in Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva"

Photo: Mike Yarish/Lifetime

Tim will appear in the new show, "Drop Dead Diva" premiering July 12th on Lifetime. Tim will play himself in a dream sequence on the August 16th episode. Click here for the story from TV Guide.

LONDON - soho, 05/29/09

Shoes, Belts and Sunglasses!

Manolo Blahnik 'Paraple' satin shoes

Alberta Ferretti blue leather shoes with metallic heel, Alberta Ferretti flat pink leather sandals

Antik Batik embroidered black cut open ankle sandal with buckle detail, Anya Hindmarch `Grazia` open toe ballet pumps

Balenciaga sandals in black suede, Celine `Tattoo` grafitti wedge

Charlotte Olympia cream strap sandals, Charlotte Olympia pink lace-up shoes

Christian Louboutin black flat sandals with silk corsage, Christian Louboutin peach peep toe heels with silk peach corsage

Christian Louboutin snakeskin open toe sandals with flower corsage, Dior pink satin sling back heels with bow detail

Dior white patent thong sandals with gold ring, Gianfranco Ferre shoe with round heel

Giorgio Armani metallic gold sandals with ankle strap, Giuseppe Zanotti grey suede slingbacks with yellow platform

Jimmy Choo pink snake sandals with strap detail, Jimmy Choo tan leather sandals

Lanvin sequinned court shoes, Loewe black open toe court shoe with gold rope heel

Louis Vuitton burgundy suede sandals with multi-colour beads, Manolo Blahnik green suede `Toubid` shoes

Manolo Blahnik pink `Manucore` sandals, Miu Miu gold glitter peep toe ballet pumps with diamante

Nicholas Kirkwood green snake court shoes, Marni turquoise and grey suede sandal

Paule Ka cream court shoes, Paule Ka pink canvas strappy shoes

Pierre Hardy neon pink flat sandals, Pierre Hardy patent rope silver and grey platform heels

Prada gold satin mesh fabric platform heels, Pringle of Scotland pink soft leather shoe

Proenza Schouler nude leather slingback shoes with architectural heel, Ralph Lauren pink `Karly` jelly sandal

Roberto Cavalli pink leather platform shoes, Roger Vivier green snakeskin `Kyte` platform sandals

Sergio Rossi fringed sandal, Sergio Rossi red, purple and blue slingback

Alexander McQueen blue crystal clutch, Barbara Bui white python leather `Lover` bag

Bulgari floreal patchwork pochette embroided with pearls, pailettes, jade, citrine quartz and crystals, Christian Louboutin satin green clutch bag

Dolce & Gabbana `Miss Charles` bag in blue sequins, Dries van Noten silver embroidered clutch

Luella `Square Edge` bag with bike chain, Marc Jacobs `Amazon Landscape` bag

Marni floral clutch, Matthew Williamson `Evening` exotic python oval clutch

Roberto Cavalli black suede jewelled clutch, Roberto Cavalli white leather clutch with geometric clasp

3.1 Phillip Lim tan bow belt, Roberto Cavalli orange leather and gold belt

Gucci pink sunglasses, Alberta Ferretti sunglasses with blue rim

Celine sunglasses, Miu Miu two toned black and yellow large round sunglasses
Sonia Rykiel acetate and pearl sunglasses, Versace red plastic oversized sunglasses