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She’s Got Sole: Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte V “Volcano”

Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte V Volcano

Sneaker designer Ronnie Fieg is gearing up once again for another ASICS collaboration. As a sneaker lover, I have swooned and sweater over previous Ronnie Fieg x ASICS releases and have only been able to snag one pair. The next pair on my radar is the Gel Lyte V “Volcano.” The upper on these are a combination of suede, nubuck and mesh in varying shades of red, burgundy and pink. The orange ASICS symbol on the side of the shoe is an awesome shade of orange. An October 25 release has been confirmed and you can only cop these babies at Kith retailers or the brand’s online store.

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She’s Got Sole: Vans x Liberty Art Fabrics Holiday 2013 Collection

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Right on cue holiday sneaker releases are starting to drop, and the latest Vans x Liberty Art Fabrics collaboration is one of my favorites. The London fashion house has revealed five Liberty prints on the Vans Era 59, Authentic, Sk8-Hi Reissue and ladies only Sk8-Hi Slim.

The signature Liberty Hera is the oldest print in the pack so its only right it is featured on the Authentic. The pattern, in both red and blue tones, pops perfectly against the white rubber outsole of the Vans classic silhouette.

First printed for Liberty in 1967, the Ianthe fabric is featured on Sk8-Reissue. Its royal blue upper and premium leather sidestriping are complemented by intricate, almost tribal, print. The Era 59 gets double the attention in the collection. It comes in both the Capel floral print and the speckled Melly motif. The lady friendly Sk8-Hi Slim rounds out this holiday season’s capsule collection. The slimmed-down Vans classic highlights Liberty’s Ditsy Floral in a fuchsia and black color way.

The Vans x Liberty Art Fabrics collection retails for $60 - $70 USD and is now available at Vans retail locations, at the Vans online store and the one and only Liberty of London on Regent Street.

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Louis Vuitton Perforated iPhone Softcases

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When it comes to high quality accessories, Louis Vuitton is definitely one of the top labels on the list. Having mastered the art of top notch handbags it is only right the French fashion house gave our gadgets a little love. The release of the iPhone 5/5S made most of our former cases obsolete. On the search for the perfect accent for the newest Apple product, we stumbled upon these cases on ILVOELV. Adorned with perforated versions of the iconic LV Monogram, Damier and Articles de Voyage patterns, these soft calf leather cases are the perfect pairing. Each case features an ultra slim design and microfiber lining that not only protect your new investment, but also are compliant with radio frequency norms.

Ooh la Louis!

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Sanrio x Manhattan Portage Hello Kitty Collection

Sanrio x Manhattan Portage Hello Kitty Collection

Sanrio has teamed up with international accessory brand Manhattan Portage for a bag collection featuring everyone’s favorite feline, Hello Kitty. The collection includes four of Manhattan Portage’s popular New York Tough bag styles: the Mini New York Messenger bag, Sohobo, Cedar Hill tote bag and Nolita shoulder bag. Manhattan Portage is the pioneer of the New York messenger bag, so these totes are definitely durable. Each nylon bag will feature Hello Kitty’s bow embellished silhouette in either a red, purple or black option.

All four designs are now available in store and online at both Sanrio and Manhattan Portage. Retail prices range from $45.00 - $85.00.

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Ask MISSter Simms - My Boyfriend Wasn’t There For Me When It Mattered

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What do you do when the person you care about most isn’t there for you when you when it really counts?

Dear MISSter Simms,

I am 22 years 0ld and got pregnant in August by my boyfriend of a couple of years. We started dating in college, and during our time together I have supported him through everything. The pregnancy was unplanned, and I live at home with my parents.  My family life at home, to put it lightly, is unhealthy, but my boyfriend wanted to keep the baby. I, on the other hand, did not. I knew in my heart that I couldn’t give this baby the life right now that he or she deserved.  However, my boyfriend gave me an ultimatum: if I had an abortion, he’d leave me.  I didn’t want to lose him, so I lied and said the pregnancy test was a false positive and had the abortion anyway.

Right after the procedure, I began to harbor some bad feelings towards him.  I needed him to be there with me and he wasn’t.  I had to take myself home on the public bus after my abortion. I was alone, scared, and very drugged.  I broke up with him shortly after, partially due the lack of support and also because he became too busy to spend time with me.

I am hurt, confused, and alone. I don’t regret my decision to abort, but I need some support. I need some help. I need something.  I can’t talk to anyone in my family about the procedure because 1) they didn’t know I was pregnant and 2) they frown on abortion. It’s been less than two months and my now ex-boyfriend has already replaced me. He’s posting cute pictures of himself with his new girlfriend on Facebook and introducing her to his family.  He seems to be treating this woman that he just met 100 times better than he treated me. I’m alone and very depressed. What can I do to heal from this? My heart is broken and my life is in ruins. Please help!

Lonely Heart

Dear LH,

If you’re looking for support, you’re obviously not going to get it from your ex-boyfriend or anyone in your family.  But, how about a close friend or two you can trust and count on?  What about someone at the clinic, or even a counselor recommended by them?  What about someone at mental health clinic?  If none of the above are an option, you could even try calling Exhale, an after abortion support hotline.

As for your ex-boyfriend, think about it like this.  You guys were together for a couple of years, you get pregnant; then claim you’re not pregnant, and shortly thereafter you break up with him.  Him moving on so quickly may be his way of coping with something he doesn’t understand.  After all, he doesn’t know that you broke up with him because you felt unsupported.  In his mind he’s thinking you weren’t ever pregnant, and that one day you woke up and didn’t want to be with him anymore.  While he may appear happy and in love in his Facebook photos, he could be using this new girl to mask the pain of losing you.

And if he’s genuinely happy?  Consider yourself lucky that you’re not with him anymore.   By moving on so quickly he’s showing that he’s not able to maintain a real, long-lasting relationship.   Plus, if he’s treating his new girl 100 times better than he ever treated you, he must have treated you like dirt .  Why would you want to be with someone like that?  You deserve someone who will treat you the way you want to be treated and support you every step off the way.

Need relationship advice?  Send your questions over to ronsimmsjr at gmail dot com.

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