I'm Aimee Astillero. I like food, fashion, hip-hop, film, vampires and other bizarre things. Thanks for finding me! :P

Sunday, December 27, 2009

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



Happy Holidays Everyone! Sorry I've been on a hiatus. I've been extremely busy and trying to balance my time between friends and family. It's been a great holiday thus far and looking forward to what's in store for 2010! For now, check out the gift wrap art from my cousin Tracey. Holiday Twilight cheer! Awesome!

Will be back in action real soon...

xoxo, Aimee

Friday, December 18, 2009

YUM! Chocolate Covered Mushroom Cookies!




You all know that my obsession for fun shaped snacks will never end! My latest snack discovery at my local Japanese grocery, Meiji's Kinoko no Yama which are chocolate covered mushroom cookies! Of course they're not actually made out of mushrooms silly goose! They're just shaped like them! I love this snack. I think it's better than the tree stumps and I'm pretty obsessed over those! The cookie stem actually tastes pretty bland in itself when I bit into it. However, the chocolate covered mushroom top makes this snack a winner! The box comes with one bag for $2.79. Sorry guys- I forgot how many was in one bag, but it took me two snack times to finish one box. Super awesome treat and I will definitely indulge again!

THANKS TO FRANK & JAN!


Thanks to our friends over at Frank & Jan for hooking me and my homie William Yan with dope tees last week! We appreciate the love! and guess what? I've been wearing my F&J tees two days in a row now and have been receiving quite the compliments!


So if you don't own a F&J tee, I suggest you go cop one now! Better yet, if you want to make your own tees, they offer a screen printing service! Tell em' Aimee sent ya! ;)

LINK: Frank & Jan
or follow @FrankandJan on twitter!

P.S. Read their WIT BLOG! It's freakin' hilarious! 

Guess Who's Bizzack?!


I'm all for self-growth. Sometimes it's really important to take some time off to reflect on life, prioritize and search for inspiration. My homeboy Jose Perdomo left NY for Florida awhile ago just when I really got to know him. It was really sad to let him go but despite how much I was going to miss him being around I knew it would be for the better. Finally, here he is back in the scene with the birth of his new portfolio cleverly named, alifesupreme.com and finally returning to NY in February. YAY! Peep his talent as he delivers some dope and refreshing eye candy (with more to come I'm sure). Glad to have you back real soon, we f'n missed you! Can't wait to roam the streets with you and the crew once again! Big things for 2010. Thanks for the inspiration as always Josie!

LINK: alifesupreme.com  & itsirrelevant.wordpress.com

Friday, December 11, 2009

ABSINTHE CANDY? No thank you...


I love wandering in any kind of grocery store or specialty stores simply because I find the weirdest shit ever. This week, my newest discovery is Absinthe Candy by Leone Candy Originals ($3.50 per box). Of course as soon as I saw "Absinth" aka "The Green Fairy" on the box, I was intrigued and had to buy it. What is absinthe exactly? Well, it's an herbal liquor made from anise and wormwood. Long ago in the late 19th and early 20th century it was banned because it was supposedly an addictive drug and a hallucinogenic. I've never drank the alcoholic drink (although I know a place in the city where they serve it), so I opted to try it in candy form.


The candy smells really nice, but tastes really bad! The bitter taste of anise made me gag. It's really bitter and I think this is how flowery soap and a little bit of sugar mixed in is supposed to taste like... in soft chalk form! To be a sport, I tried one until it all dissolved in my mouth... and I will not try another one ever again. In order to like this product, you must have a distinct taste for it. I never say no when it comes to trying new foods, so I think I'll have to try the alcoholic version to distinguish whether I like absinth in itself. Maybe one day.. but for now, I pass on the candy. Definitely not my cup of tea. Cool box though? 

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Kabaya's Petit Pastel

                                  
                                  
                                  
Ice cream cones always put a smile on my face. :) It's reminiscent of my childhood days when I would be so excited to get a delicious treat from the ice cream truck! Anyway, I found another amazing Japanese snacky food from the grocery recently! Check out Kabaya's Petit Pastel. Aren't they cute? Well it's pretty damn good too! It has a chocolate cone with a disguised chocolate covered malt ball as the ice cream scoop. Jeez how ironic? Shouldn't it be the other way around as it should taste as it looks? Hmm.. Petit Pastel comes in different colors but it pretty much tastes the same. Kabaya just used food coloring to be fancy. You would imagine it would taste like Whoppers but it doesn't. It tastes like a bite sized Kit-Kat ball (yeah, they used to make those or still do?) with a little bit more chocolate on each bite. Each cone is pretty addicting because I found myself easily popping these bite sized treats by the second! A box comes with a pack of 2 containing 10 pieces of the chocolate ice cream treats per pack. Cheap too! It's less than $2.50 at your local Japanese Grocery!
                                  
                                  

Friday, December 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Jay-Z!


Happy Born Day Jay-Z! I always loved Hov. Out of all the rappers, I must say I've been to his concerts the most and always left satisfied. 1996 was a great year for me because that's when the Reasonable Doubt album dropped (one of my faves of all time). Super classic album in my opinion. You can listen to it over and over without getting tired of it. I applaud you Hovito for making great music and for also growing as an artist as the years progress and for still being able to connect with your fans.

Saw my homie William Yan ask this question via twitter:

and it goes a little something like this:
1. "Can't Knock the Hustle"
2. "Brooklyn's Finest"
3. "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"
4. "Ain't No N*gga"
5. "Big Pimpin'"
6. "Dead Presidents"
7. "Feelin' It"
8. "I Just Wanna Love You"
9. "Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)" If you use to follow the DJ scene, A-Trak did a classic beat juggle with this beat! It was insane!
10. "Song Cry"

Notice most of these joints are from the Reasonable Doubt album? I got sooo many more favorites but that's my 10 for now. I can really go on if you want me to... :P

MESSAGE TO JAY-Z: Even though it wasn't pleasant meeting you at Santos, I forgive you. LOL

Thursday, December 3, 2009

DJ AM NIKE AIR JORDAN EMINEM IV in Size 4.5Y FOR SALE?!


I saw this on my twin Tamrock's facebook page and had to blog it!

All I can say is WOW. Are you serious? Eminem Air Jordan IV's?! In MY SIZE?! (Well I'm really a size 5Y in Boys, but i'll make a 4.5Y fit like a glove). BANANAS! Does anyone want to buy this for me for Christmas? It's only around $2,100 right now. LOL! I wonder what the winning auction price will be? There's only 3 days left if you're seriously interested!

Here's the link:
http://cgi.ebay.com/132-DJ-AM-NIKe-AIR-Jordan-IV-4-EMINEM-encore-undftd-4-5_W0QQitemZ200404679882QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item2ea90cbcca

On another note, this auction is for a good cause! 100% of the proceeds will go to the DJ AM Memorial Fund which helps people who struggle with drug addiction. If you're interested in checking out shoes for auction, click on the link below.

P.S. Even though I've moved on past sneakers, I will ALWAYS LOVE the classic Air Jordans (I [my trademark shoe & super fave of all time], III, IV, V, XI)

LINK: DJ AM Memorial Fund via eBay

UPDATE: The auction ended at US $2,347.00!!!!! WOW.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

STUCK ON LADY GAGA


I'm stuck on Lady Gaga! Seriously, she's just freaking awesome! Gaga is just simply groundbreaking. I lovelovelove her theatrical performances (VMA's) and music videos (like all of them!?). Her fashion style? INSANE! Did you see her rocking the Alexander McQueen "Armadillo" 10 inch heels in the "Bad Romance" video?!? (cues in "walk.. walk.. fashion baby, work it.. move! that bitch cr-azy..") Oh, not to mention she made out with my Viking, Alexander Skarsgard in the "Paparazzi" video and then poisoned him! Her vision is just different and out of this world. It seems that she is often misunderstood but she has her reasons (watch "On The Record: Lady Gaga" on Fuse). Lady Gaga is a super innovative artist and she's definitely what's hot. This chick is kind of crazy but I really like it! Who isn't considered crazy nowadays anyway? Modern day Madonna? I think so! Lady Gaga is the epitome of pop culture right now. The Fame Monster album is currently in rotation on my iPod. ALL 8 songs = CRACK! You did not disappoint me Gaga! LOVE! Sorry for sounding like the crazy Lady Gaga cheerleader.. LOL


Check her out in Elle Magazine's January 2010 cover too! She's a freak bitch baby!
LINK: Elle

Peep my homeboy Robin's post, Stefani Germanotta: Pre-Lady Gaga to see a throwback performance during Gaga's NYU days. She was amazing before and after.

P.S. Do you dig her Rei Kawakubo hair? I do!

Happy Anniversary Lanvin!


Was reading WWD this morning and came across this on page 7! Peep the Lanvin x La Poste 120th Anniversay stamp! Dope! It's designed by artistic director, Alber Elbaz to be released early next year. What a great collabo to commemorate the oldest French couture house! I think I need a Parisian pen pal...

LINK: WWD

DRACULA!!


As I read Bram Stoker's book, Dracula (thanks Tre), I wanted to get into the groove by thinking of vampire or Dracula related hip-hop songs. Remember "Dracula's Wedding" by Andre 3000 featuring Kelis from the Outkast album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below? This joint is awesome! I love the vampire references: haunted castle, fangs, heartbeat, 'biting the right one', meeting the sun, stake, silver bullet, immortality, Van Helsing, even Count Dracula! If you haven't heard it, give it a listen! It's pretty catchy.

Here's a 30 second snippet of the song:



Draculas Wedding (Feat. Kelis) - Andre 3000

The sequel, Dracula: The Undead then Dracula the movie is next for me!