All Articles Tagged "Lower East Side"

Men in Drag Rob Boutique: Cops Want ‘In Living Color’ Wanda Look-a-Likes

October 17th, 2011 - By Brande Victorian
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The New York City Police Department is searching for two thieves who robbed a high-end store on the Lower East side late last week. Instead of the usual tall, black male in a hoodie description of the perp, the police are said to be looking for a man resembling Jamie Foxx’s character “Wanda” from the show, “In Living Color.”

Apparently the two men dressed in women’s clothing before raiding the A. Turen boutique. One half of the duo is a 6-foot-2 black man, 200 pounds, in his mid-40s who wore a tight-fitting orange dress and gray wig; the other suspect is as a 5-9 black man, also in his mid-40s, who wore a snake-skin print coat and black wig. (Fab-u-lous!)

Footage from a surveillance camera shows the men went to try on Kimberly Ovitz spandex leggings in extra small before they went to the dressing rooms and grabbed two collectable bags.

Store owner Ashley Turen told CBS, “They were two vintage, hand-painted Chanel bags that I happened to paint myself, and you can’t get them again.” The bags were the most expensive items in the store, valued at $3,000 each.

Mikki’s Artist Spotlight: Celebrity Hairstylist Nadia Vassell

September 30th, 2011 - By Mikki Bey
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Chances are, you have admired Nadia Vassell’s work on one of your favorite stars and didn’t know it. Celebrity hairstylist, salon owner and entrepreneur, Nadia Vassell  has an impressive client list that includes Rihanna, Chrisette Michelle, Ashanti and Tika Sumpter. She is a trendsetter and innovator in the beauty industry. Armed with beauty and brains, she is much more than meets the eye.

Sporting a bad weave is letting the beauty “secret” out of the bag. Luckily, Nadia has a solution. Known for her mastery in weaving, Nadia is regarded for her braiding technique that allows her to create extremely natural looking extensions. After becoming frustrated with the lack of quality human hair she kept seeing on people’s heads, she decided to take matters into her own hands and start working some mircales. NV Hair Extensions is her premium hair extensions line that is available online at And on top of supplying folks with the hair they need, she fixes the messes you make on your own hair. Vassell thinks the “do-it-yourself” method is okay, but there’s just so much you can do on your own before you tear up your hair:

“I think the mistake that most women make with their own hair is believing in the do-it-yourself method,” says Nadia. “Women who opt to doing their hair themselves might be causing more damage to their hair. Ultimately, they have to visit the salon professional to fix the problem they have caused to their own hair.” If you are guilty of this, grab a hat or a scarf and head over to  The Nadia Vassell Salon located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side for a quick fix.