Absolut Invites You to “Meet Perfection”

From seed to sip, every drop of Absolut Vodka is expertly crafted by generations of farmers and distillers from the small village of Åhus, Sweden – in a region with more than 400 years of superior vodka-making expertise. What’s their secret? High quality, locally sourced ingredients – pristine aquifer water & pure winter wheat (the latter carefully selected in partnership with 450 local farmers).

These high quality ingredients, in conjunction with the care and attention of a village that has been crafting vodka since 1879, results in a smooth, rich vodka that transforms any cocktail.

To learn more about how Absolut is crafted please visit: meetperfection.com.

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Stream Da Mafia 6ix’s ‘Hear Sum Evil’ Mixtape

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Da Mafia 6ix have released their latest mixtape ‘Hear Sum Evil.’ With today being Halloween, the release date is definitely appropriate for perhaps one of the darkest hip-hop acts. Featuring tracks such as “Payin Top Dolla,” “Lock’m N Da Trunk,” and ”Who Want Some Conflict,” the mixtape showcases their patented sound that has endeared them to hip-hop fans for all these years. The DJ Scream hosted mixtape shows that them boys from Memphis haven’t lost a step.  Stream Hear Sum Evil below.

Previously:  Da Mafia 6ix “Payin Top Dolla”
Da Mafia 6ix Featuring DJ Zirk “Lock’m N Da Trunk v.2”
Da Mafia 6ix Is Going Back On Tour

MeccaFest Proves to be a Mecca of Hip Hop for Howard Homecoming Season 2014

Black Cobain at Mecca Fest

“Homecoming season births MeccaFest.”

Before Kanye West became Yeezus he was just a College Dropout. Before NotoriousBiggie was “All About the Benjamins.” And before Jay Z was wearing Tom Ford, all three emcees shared one thing in common: they all made appearances at Howard University Homecoming’s Yardfest. Unfortunately this year’s Yardfest was canceled, with HU Homecoming organizers stating “it will not include live music due to crowd control”. Fortunately for all the people who traveled to D.C. this past weekend, another event filled the void: the MeccaFest Music & Arts Festival.

Providing both a platform for upcoming artists and top billers, MeccaFest is an independent open-air festival created by four Howard graduates known as The Culture Collective. This year’s line-up included performances by Wale, Future, Teyana Taylor, Jeremih, Elle Varner, and DMV’s own MC Black Cobain and the Backyard Band. Varner sparkled with her voice, very reminiscent of a Generation Y Teena Marie. One of the highlights of the festival, however, was a memorable go-go remix of Young Thug’s song “Lifestyle” by the Backyard Band. They also performed their hit “Pretty Girls,” which has become widely known after Wale sampled the track for his single of the same name. MeccaFest also provided a venue for MCs like Black Cobain to try out new material from his upcoming mixtape. When interviewed about what MeccaFest means to him, Black Cobain stated “I just want to have a memorable mark on the game and be one of the best MCs the DMV has had”. 

Although MeccaFest is billed as a music and arts festival, fashion and beauty also played a big part in the event.  Boutiques selling hemp butter and organic, cruelty-free vegan hair products were being sold in the open-air market full of fashion vendors.
MeccaFest goers also had their pick of various designer taco trucks lined up and down the street. The one that was most in demand was the Nutella taco (for obvious reasons). MeccaFest definitely lived up to its namesake and proved to be a Mecca of hip hop and hipster fashion. See more photos from the event after the jump.

-Michele Amira @nicejewishswag

Stone Island Fall/Winter 2014 Tortoise Camouflage Collection

In conjunction with Fall/Winter 2014, Stone Island drops a new tortoise camouflage collection, featuring technical outerwear and accessories. Inspiration for the design is pulled from the classic tortoise shell pattern, which is certainly a texture we have seen used for eyewear, yet this new foray into clothing is noteworthy. Creating a strong aesthetic effect, the allover tortoise camouflage print features on every item on the collection, from jackets, caps and T-shirts to backpacks and messenger bags. Look for this latest drop to hit Stone Island stockists shortly.

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Report: Hyundai/Kia’s Prius rival to arrive by 2017

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The Toyota Prius is the undisputed king of the hybrid market, but Hyundai and Kia are hoping to challenge its reign in the coming years with their own dedicated model. However, in all likelihood this is the same technology being shared between them. “We will take the lead in the future by raising the competitiveness of our environment-friendly cars like hybrid-only cars, plug-in hybrid cars and fuel cell hydrogen cars,” Hyundai Motor CEO Kim Choong-ho said to Reuters, during the launch of another vehicle in South Korea.

While Kim didn’t say when the model would be ready, Autocar in Europe spoke to people at Kia, who said that the company’s own hybrid was two years away and codenamed the DE. The initial vehicle is reportedly a five-door hatchback that’s about 169-inches long, with more conventional styling than the Prius. Its powertrain is reportedly based around a 1.6-liter engine with electric assist. A plug-in version might follow later, and other bodystyles on the platform are possible. A recently spotted test mule might show the current state of development on the project (pictured above).

According to Reuters, the decision for the new vehicle comes in order to meet tighter emissions in some markets. However, it seems like a challenging move for the US market. Hyundai already sells its Tucson fuel cell in limited quantities and the Sonata hybrid, and Kia has the Optima hybrid and Soul EV. Industry analysts are also predicting that hybrids might have a hard time versus internal combustion engines in the coming years. In addition, Toyota is rumored to get fuel economy close to 60 miles per gallon for some versions of the next Prius. All of these factors make selling the models here a potentially difficult undertaking.

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Now He’s Fit, Spain Should Resist Calling Up Chelsea’s Diego Costa

Jose Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure when discussing the fitness of Diego Costa in recent weeks, but to his credit, has seen the lighter side of things at times.

Even after Chelsea‘s 1-1 draw with Manchester United last weekend, Costa’s absence and his return date was top of the agenda with reporters, leaving Mourinho to repeat a line he has often said since the last international break.

“He aggravated his hamstrings [when on international duty] as he played two games in three days and he was not with us,” Mourinho explained to reporters.

The Chelsea boss was then asked if the Spaniard would be fit ahead of this weekend’s London derby with Queens Park Rangers and, if so, would his return would mean it was the end of his problems.

“He has national team in November,” he quipped, referring to the upcoming international break as if to suggest it’s a bigger concern than Costa’s hamstrings.

In the week since Costa missed that trip to Old Trafford, Chelsea have travelled to Shrewsbury Town for their Capital One Cup fourth round clash, winning 2-1 in his absence, and now QPR loom.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game, Mourinho was eager to stress the point of how cautious he must be with his star man.

“Now [Costa] is available again, but he needs obviously to be again under special care and we are going to do that, it is the only thing we can do,” he explained, per ChelseaFC.com.

Without the player’s control, the debate over his fitness is going to ramble on for some time. Chelsea have their interests, as do the Spanish national team, only he can’t do it all.

Costa cannot win Chelsea the title and help Spain qualify for Euro 2016 by himself. He needs to be helped in managing his workload and when he can play.

Mourinho‘s point regarding the international break is a clear one: Chelsea have got Costa fit again after he returned to the club, but the beneficiaries of the club’s hard work will be Vicente del Bosque and his team.

The player may well be match fit, but can he maintain his fitness by playing regular football so quick after his return?

The answer is probably no, especially when it involves hamstrings.

Something’s got to give and considering Spain’s fixtures next month, the right thing would be for Costa to be spared, allowed to rest to get his strength back to optimum levels.

Del Bosque‘s side face Belarus in a Euro 2016 qualifier, followed up by a friendly with Germany. It’s hardly vital that he is there.

Given the talent Spain have at their disposal, a home tie with the Belarusians should end only one way, with or without Costa. The friendly with Germany will hardly be top of the agenda, either.

Even Germany coach Joachim Low has admitted he’ll be using that fixture as a way to give fringe players an opportunity.

“It’s a test match,” Low was quoted as saying in Kicker, per ESPN. “And thus I consider granting one or a few other players a break.”

He’s celebrated for his tactics and approach, but Low should also be applauded for his man-management as well.

He understands the bigger picture and the need for his players to be given periods of rest in the season, especially in friendly matches that have little bearing on a team’s development.

In the same way as Germany’s biggest names will benefit, the long-term view for Costa would be equally positive.

Not only would the striker have time to train and receive the “special care” Mourinho describes, being omitted for the November internationals would take him out of the firing line.

Costa would no longer be caught in the middle of a game of politics: On one side it’s Chelsea trying to protect their £32 million investment, on the other it’s a national team manager refusing to back down against an old adversary.

In terms of Costa’s long-term fitness and state of mind, Spain must ask themselves if playing him in November will really be beneficial to the player.

Del Bosque has an opportunity to make amends with Chelsea and turn this ongoing spat around.

Whether or not he takes it remains to be seen.

 

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#Flashback Friday: Kate Middleton Dresses Up As A Sexy Witch While On A Break From Prince William! Is This The Hot Get-Up That Won William Back?!

While Kate Middleton is now the wife of Prince William and a fab momma, once upon a time she was a very sexy witch.

In 2007, during a time when she and William were broken up, the 25-year-old Kate donned a glittery black dress, knee-high boots, and a cape for Halloween. The future Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning in a sexy witch costume as she sashayed out into the night with her sister, Pippa Middleton.

[ Related: #ThrowbackThursday! Remember When Prince William Finally Popped The Question To Kate Middleton?! ]

Well, we’re sure William felt remorseful when he saw Kate’s hot Halloween pics!

It’s just crazy to think that just a few years ago the Duchess was trying to win her now husband back with a sexy Halloween costume!

See, the royals are really just like the rest of us!

[Image via Bauer Griffin Online.]

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