The release of The Hangover Part III couldn't have come at a better time. We're due for another Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) and who better than The Hangover's Peter Jae (you may remember him from one of our favorite series K-Town Cowboys!), who worked as a stuntman for the film. Peter is also currently working on stunts for the upcoming Michael Mann film, Cyber, starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei, and Wang Lee Hom. If you happen to be a fan of abs, you're in for a treat! Click on for more pics:
Technology has come quite a long way. Just ten years ago, texting was not a main form of communication, we had to actually remember phone numbers, and we went to the library to get information. Now, we live in a society of smart phones, gps systems, and social media. But apparently, we're not stopping there. Trying to make its way to the top of innovative technology is the process of doll cloning. Said to be perfect for the "tech-savvy ego-fetishist" individual, Japan's Clone Factory specializes in 3-D printing of human faces. For the price of $1300, you can now place your face onto a doll's...
This week, Forbes Magazine published their list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women 2013, their annual list of the impactful women from seven categories: billionaires, business, lifestyle (including entertainment and fashion), media, nonprofits and NGOs, politics and technology. The list was determined using three metrics: money, media presence and impact (please go here for a more in-depth explanation of their methodology). This year, 21 Asian women (2 are Asian American) are featured on the list, with mainly businesswomen and politicians ranking on the list, marking a very strong...
Complicated love triangles, near-death experiences, and endless tears? If this sounds familiar, your relationship may just be liken to some of our favorite Asian Dramas. Check the signs below: 1. You receive piggyback rides. This is often when you're too drunk to walk, but not too drunk to divulge some of your deepest secrets.
ABC's popular dance competition, Dancing With The Stars just concluded its 16th season. Aside from crowning American Idol's Kellie Pickler and dance partner Derek Hough as the winners, the finale featured performances by Psy, Jessica Sanchez, and Pitbull. Psy showed off some dancing skills of his own with his performance of his hit single "Gentleman". Of course the Korean performer brought along his impressive backup dancers decked out in gold pants and all. Slowing down the pace, Jessica Sanchez performed her rendition of the Pitbull and Christina Aguillera hit "Feel This Moment"....
Diary from Cannes 2013: Day 3 (May 18, 2013) After getting a quick glimpse of the beautiful beach weather that Cannes is known for on Friday, Saturday was full of storms and winds. But that didn't stop crowds from lining up outside the theaters with their umbrellas to wait for today's lineup of films. Perhaps the rain actually increased the popularity of the screenings, as festivalgoers preferred ducking in to theaters for shelter, as opposed to ducking into overpriced restaurants. The day started promisingly with the premiere of Bends, a debut film from Hong Kong's Flora Lau. The...
Researchers from the Floating Sheep Project have used Twitter to locate racist and homophobic tweets in the United States and have plotted them on an interactive map. Students at Humboldt State University looked at 150,000 tweets containing slurs from June 2012 to April 2013. The students carefully observed each tweet to determine if the word was being used in a positive or negative light and created the Geography of Hate. The goal of the project was to examine social media and determine how much it has become a platform for hate speech. Social media is often tied very closely to the offline...
Harajuku Lovers always comes up with the cutest stuff. Like this pink “Rainbow Love” tank top. It’s soft and comfortable. The front logo isn’t too flashy, just the right amount of color and boldness to catch your eye. There’s also the tag going down the back, a detail some tank tops don’t have.
If you’re going for a casual look that says you’ve got some steeze, this is more than enough.
It’s always great when you discover artists with talent you can really appreciate. Chinese American Connie Lim, a singer/songwriter from Los Angeles is a breath of fresh air in this time of “Bieber fever” and autotune.
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Lim has been developing her style for the past two years, which is influenced by Imogen Heap, Feist, and Bjork. Lim’s growing fan-base has dubbed her music to be “retrotronica” while Lim herself describes her style as “old-school songwriting backed by electronica sentiment.”
Earlier this month Lim packed Hotel Café to its maximum capacity with the release of her EP The Hunted. And it’s not just her smoky voice and heartfelt lyrics. The album brings awareness to current global issues, like the title track, which is about the mistreatment of gay couples who are being sentenced to death in Uganda. The album also features collaborations with some of L.A.’s best musicians and artists including Yonatan Elkayam (album producer), Miguel Atwood Ferguson (string player for Will.i.am. and Flying Lotus), and Shane Sato.
Lim also recently finished filming a live YouTube show (to debut soon) that is being endorsed by Macy Gray. Other Asian American artists included in the video are Dan AKA Dan from After School Special, Sam Kang, Seriously, and Da Wen.
Lim will be having another EP release concert in San Francisco at Hotel Utah on July 30, 2010. If you’re in the area, get tickets here to check her out live.
For more info on Connie and samples of her music, click here or listen here:
My friends have called me everything from a princess and a diva to girly girl and hopelessly feminine. Just the other day, my kid sister accused me of being a “queen.” Although I’m far from being ladylike, I guess I am guilty of being a “chick” even though I’m usually just “one of the guys.”
Despite my feminine wiles, I have a penchant for edgier things. It’s all in the details for me. I like accessories that have a little badass to them because I like the contrast and drama it creates in an outfit.
Rocco e Dante’s “Tara” bracelet in black is made of Italian leather with a gold zipper detail, which captures the class and attitude I’m looking for. It’s strappy enough to be more than a bracelet but not a clunky cuff. And the classic colors make for it a great candidate to any casual or nighttime outfit.
This is a necessity for any girl’s wardrobe.
I’d like to make the record clear: I have never had a make-over done. No parent, friend, stranger or significant other has drastically altered my ‘look’ since I eschewed mother’s haircuts for the $8 Vietnamese-run barbershop by the mall. Besides the terrible conclusion that I am solely responsible for all this, never having had a make-over has apparently affected me in ways I am just beginning to understand.
Perhaps you too have never been made over. For some, this is a matter of guilt. I understand. I’ve paid for two massages in my lifetime–once in China, once in Vegas–and both times, regardless how much I spent, I always felt undeserving of the attention lavished upon my sometimes naked bum and rest of body. For others, avoiding the make over is due to you being A Man and this being Not Socially Accepted Yet. I sympathize with you, as I am the same way.
Samantha Llanos gets the whole undeserving-feely thing. She was chosen along with two other girls for an LA weekend make-over, courtesy of super-stylist Chriselle. Full disclosure: Chriselle is working with Audrey Magazine on a number of things including our next cover shoot, but to this day has not offered me a make-over.
Last weekend Llanos was plucked from her home in the barren northern-Celtic lands of Boston, Mass., and flown to Los Angeles where she met fellow make-over recipients Alexandra Becker and Sara Warren. The three then went on a two-day tour of sustained attention-receiving, from having their locks combed and pampered by Ree of the Angus M Salon, to makeup by YouTube makeup phenom and Lancome video makeup artist Michelle Phan, personal styling by Chriselle, plus a photoshoot by photographer Karla Ticas to top it off.
“I was just really happy,” reflected Llanos when I caught up with her this week. “I don’t remember being excited about anything, vaguely happy about anything for such a long time now.”
Llanos for the past year and a half has been dealing with the death of a boyfriend. During that time, she describes her life as occupied by just the bare minimum: going through the motions, not doing much else. Now, for the first time in a long while, she’s excited for something like shopping for new clothes. When I spoke with her a work week later, she remained optimistic.
“Seeing the team and seeing [Chriselle and Michelle], I don’t think I’ve ever seen people who were working, and loving what they did so much it didn’t seem like working. It changed my perspective of life in general.”
The make-over couldn’t have hurt either. Note to Chriselle: I think I’m due for mine.
I am a voracious reader.
Ever since I was a young’n, I read books like there was no tomorrow. Some of my favorites were Dr. Seuss, Ramona & Beezus, and Nancy Drew. As I numerically got older, my taste in books expanded, delving into Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harry Potter, and To Kill a Mockingbird. When I began writing, I sought out poems and plays and short satirical pieces.
Though I now prefer to read “literature,” which is mostly defined by whatever tickles my fancy, I still relish reading fantasy stories. It works my imagination in a different way from when I’m reading a particularly lovely line from a poem, and I can appreciate that.
When I first cracked open The New York Times best-selling author Marjorie M. Liu’s A Wild Light, the newest installment in the popular Hunter Kiss series, available starting today, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Catching up and piecing the story together was a little difficult because this book was third in the Hunter Kiss series, which meant that relationships and back stories that were integral to the story had already been established. Who the hell were “Zee and the boys” and what kind of “little demons” were they? Why was Maxine killing a zombie? How does someone kill a zombie? It’s already dead!
Essentially, Maxine Kiss is a demon hunter whose tattoos can unwind from her body to take on forms of their own at night. As a demon hunter, Maxine lives a lonely life, lacking in love and wishing for death, until she meets the man who changes everything for her. I quickly became engrossed in the book as I allowed my imagination to crawl over the pages and paint within the lines of the characters that Liu had created. Each character was different and unique, but Liu left just enough room for the reader to visualize however she pleased in her mind’s eye. “His cloak flared, and the tangled tendrils of his long black hair flowed around my body like the first threads of a cocoon.” Oturu’s presence is enormous and though this is but a description, there is a movement and storytelling going on within the illustration.
Relationships were particularly important as many of them were intricate and delicate, even tenuous at times. Feelings and status can change quickly or with little explanation. Though profoundly in love with Grant at the start, Maxine, after an accident that triggers the action of the plot, falls out of love and must rediscover her feelings for him.
Relationships with oneself are even difficult. Maxine’s relationship with herself is complicated as she desires to be secure and wanted while her abilities and powers prevent her from doing so. She is a liability to anyone who is dear to her. “Being alone was easier. No risk, just loneliness. No one ever died from that.”
The only difficulty I had was pinning down location. It was hard to know where the characters were at any given point in the book. The descriptions were still on par, but I could not get a clear and complete picture of the prison veil or Maxine’s old home. Perhaps this was intentional to reflect Maxine’s inability to genuinely settle down and make a home for herself or to blur the lines between the “real” world and the fantasmic one that was a constant threat to infect the lives of the “normal” human beings in the story.
Despite this slight setback, with strong characters and relationships, A Wild Light is a riveting read that will take you on an adventure with Maxine, her boys and Grant.
Intrigued? Get more info on the Hunter Kiss series of books, including A Wild Light, here.
And if you’re into the book, Liu, or any fantasy sci-fi, you’re going to love the game. Along with her book, Liu, who is also an attorney-turned-best-selling-author, wrote the script for the new game by PassionFruit Games, “Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box,” which will be featured on the biggest casual gaming site in the U.S., BigFishGames. Inspired by her book Tiger Eye, the romance-based computer game takes you to the beautiful setting of Beijing’s Dirt Market as it leads you on a sensual journey with a rather sexy leading man (rather than your typical hypersexualized women). One of the first to target women between the ages of 25 to 65, the game features voiced-acted story development along with the custom-made soundtrack and music by composer Matt Sayre, to accompany the brain teasers and logic puzzles that’ll get your blood going.
To check out the game, go here.
I’ve raved about Marie Louise Cosmetics before. I’ll admit it. I’m a huge fan. And their Vital Nanoemulsion α-VC is no different.
A beauty essence serum created with the latest nanotechnology and emulsification methods, the α-VC penetrates to nourish from deep within the skin. It’s Marie Louise’s nano-sized ingredients that allows them to seal in triple-layered capsules of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A in the center again. As each layer sheds incrementally in different layers of the skin, the nutrients are quickly absorbed deep into the tissue where they restore and revitalize skin. In other words, these babies go where no regular cream, serum or lotion has gone before.
Why drive a Honda when you could drive a Porsche?
She hates mint-chip ice cream. She loves extra crunchy Cheetos. She says she will put anything raw and weird in her mouth because she’s Japanese. And no, she is not Barbra Streisand.
She’s new funny girl, Aiko Tanaka.
Model, actress and now-turned stand-up comedian Aiko Tanaka will be at Comedy Zen’s “Jokes of Death” show on July 29 in Los Angeles. With host Rajiv Satyal, the lineup includes comedian Eliot Chang, featured in Comedy Central Presents, up-and-coming K.T. Tatara, and the boys from YouTube phenom Just Kidding Films who will be performing their special rendition of their famous “History of Korean Drama.”
Tanaka (her first name means “child of love”), who is of Korean and Japanese descent, was born in Tokyo and began modeling at the age of 3. She appeared on fashion catalogs and advertisements in Japan, just like her mom, a former swimsuit model.
After moving to Boston, Tanaka studied theater in college and was scouted by a talent agent from L.A., who secured her a TV gig on the The Grind with MTV. With a growing number of modeling offers, she was selected to appear on an Import Tuner cover as well as many other auto magazines such as D-Sport and Super Street. In fact, she was the first Japanese/Korean to ever appear as the cover model on these major magazines. She is also the voice of a character in the video game “Street Racing Syndicate.”
More recently, Tanaka appeared in music videos for Destiny’s Child, Afroman, Far East Movement, Jin and more. Her film and television credits include The Howard Stern Show, Late Night with Jay Leno, Malcolm and Eddie, My Wife and Kids, Numb3rs, and The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Tanaka says her first crush was Jet Li. “I was like 7 when I saw Shaolin Temple,” she says. “I decided to marry that man and have his kids. Next week, I saw Superman in tight pants, and I changed my mind. I was a floozy back then.” And she says she loves anything with Audrey Hepburn. “She inspires me to act like a lady, like wanting to go to the supermarket with white gloves on.”
Catch her this Thursday at Comedy Zen’s “Jokes of Death” show. Of course, you just may catch her at your local grocery store, maybe even in white lace gloves.
July 29, 2010, 8 pm
After-party at Chop Suey Café and Lounge, 347 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Shorty Clothing breathes new life into the classic pencil skirt with its “Frou Frou” skirt. This piece is far from boring with its beautiful glittering black silk fabric and gathered georgette. Dress it up or dress it down. However you want to wear it, you’re sure to turn heads.
From “Bohemian Rhapsody” to “Eccentric Ladylike” themes littering the fall runways, the new looks for fall combine classic cuts with a bit of fun. Think a mix of summer with dash of fall and that’s the route that a lot of fall trends seem to be taking.
And it’s easier than ever to achieve — just add a few key fall items that are already staples in most women’s closets with your current summer wardrobe. What’s more is that summer clothes are on sale everywhere right now, from the mall to online boutiques. Essentially, you can buy what’s “in” at sale prices, and then work them into your fall wardrobe.
To start off, let’s review some summer trends that’ll work for fall:
Stores from J. Crew to Urban Outfitters showed an explosion of floral prints this summer.
Lightweight, Feminine Blouses
Light, sheer blouses with details like ruffles, ruching, embroidery and lace are hot on the racks everywhere, as well as etailers like ShopBop.com.
Utility Shirt and Jackets
Utility shirts and jackets come in different lengths and colors, and they were key ways to get your military vibe on in your spring and summer looks. Stock up at Gap.
To transition these key summer pieces this fall, wear them with those fall essentials that everyone has: long cardigans, blazers, sleek jackets or coats, and leather boots.
A chunky cardigan, a long blazer or even a fur vest worn over a summer blouse or floral print is an easy fall ensemble.
Additionally, utility shirts accompanied by scarves or leather boots can be a great fall look as well. Whether you’re going for a casual look or something more chic, a utility shirt or jacket can make any outfit look presentable and pulled together.
So get a jump start on fall by checking out your favorite stores for summer sales on the best summer trends.
Oh, the things I would buy if I didn’t work for a slave’s wage. I would buy the moon, a baby elephant named Socks, and my own dance studio. And maybe this 14-kt. gold plated cable chain “Mandarin” necklace by Gold & Citrus.
Besides being well outside my price range affordability, this necklace is 18 inches long with a single Czech glass bead on the back and a cascade of wooden antique sequins. Can you imagine what it would do to your LBD or a cream colored, scoop-neck top? Can you say, “Oh Em Gee, So Fetch?”
Limited availability, so if you don’t work a slave’s wage like me, go get it. It’s on sale now at AudreyShops for one day only, so maybe … just maybe …