Sunflower is Sure to Brighten Your Day!

Posted in Shiz I Love by Virgil Sparks on May 14, 2009

On a recent city adventure the other day with my good friend Yuqi, she took me to the best little Vietnamese restaurant that I’ve been to in a while. Sunflower Restaurant, on 16th St. between Valencia and Guerrero is delicious!

The portions are huge and and the lunch specials (all under $8) give you the perfect combinations so you can have just enough of the things you were craving! The sweet and sour soup and the 5 spice chicken are a MUST have!!!!

The space itself is small but lively, and the host is a trip. Eat in, or get it to go and enjoy your meal at Dolores Park, which is only a few blocks away.

❤ VS


Aids Walk SF

Posted in News, Shiz I Love by Virgil Sparks on May 13, 2009

Hey faithful readers! I’m doing the Aids Walk in San Francisco this year, and am hoping to reach my fundraising goal and can use all the help I can get!!!!!

Donate or enter yourself here:

Happy walking! 🙂

❤ VS

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A Visual Addiction to Lanvin

Posted in Fashion, Shiz I Love by Virgil Sparks on May 9, 2009

I can’t get enough of the Spring/Summer ads for Lanvin! Everything about them is AMAZING! I think I have a problem and need to join a group… I can’t stop looking at them! They’re my screen saver, I want to make posters… it’s ridiculous in the most fabulous way possible! Check ’em out below.

Model: Iselin Steiro

Photographer: Steven Meisel

Stylist: Edward Enninful

Makeup: Pat McGrath

Hair: Guido Palau

❤ VS

Costume Gala @ the Met Top 10

Posted in Fashion, News, Shiz I Love by Virgil Sparks on May 6, 2009

The famous Costume Gala at the Met in NYC has long been thought of as the Oscars of fashion. Come with me as I rate my top Ten looks from this years red carpet.

10. First up, we have our number 10 spot with Mila Jovovich. She looks fresh, cute and incredibly done up in this Marni mini.

9. My next favorite is miss Ashley Olsen. She looks chicly divine in this long sleeved gown by her own sister’s label. All in the family!

8.  The number 8 spot is awarded to a set of four fabulous women, but Liv Tyler in particular looks fabulous to me, though I LOVE LOVE LOVE Stella McCartney in her jumpsuit… because well, I love jumpsuits who created all four looks in the photo.

7.  Iman looks absolutely fantastic in this strapless Donna Karan, here is a women who knows how to dress for both her body, and age. 😉

6. The one women who picked out the only good dress from both of Marc Jacobs’ Fall design ventures is Anne Hathaway.  Some people may hate on the hair, but I think she looks fabulous.

5. We start off the top 5 with Jessica Biel, she looks surprisingly stunning in this Atelier Versace gown, though I still think she and Mr. Timberlake don’t look stunning together.

4. Rhianna looks absolutely AMAZING in this Dolce & Gabbana ensemble. After the AAU fashion show I think we all know how I feel about giant leg-o-mutton sleeves.

3. Kicking off the top three, we have Kate Beckinsale in this gorgeous Marchesca gown. Bigger is better.

2. And when it comes to being big, a pregnant Heidi Klum looks AMAZING in this J. Mendel creation. I wish I had made this dress! *swoon*

1. Finally, my favorite look of the evening was worn by one Ivanka Trump. Thank God she inherited her mothers fabulous style and looks! This Brian Reyes creation has a slight Lanvin Fall ’09 feel which makes me probably love it even more than I already did. I would love to dress her, if you need ANYTHING Ms. Trump, I’m just a couple of mouse clicks away. 😉

❤ VS

Ryoko’s, Taylor @ Cosmo

Posted in Shiz I Love by Virgil Sparks on May 6, 2009


Like good sushi? Enjoy blue walls, dim lighting and a live dj? Well then, have I got the place for you!

For almost 5 years now Ryoko’s Japanese Restaurant on Taylor and Post has been one of my all time favorite places for sake cocktails, mochi, and sushi. Not to mention the immediate Japanese greetings that resonate throughout the restaurant as you descend the entry stairs to the basement level establishment to make you excited about your forthcoming experience.

Their range of appetizers is quite impressive, and of course they have a a sushi menu with all the musts, and if you’re feeling brave, you should try my personal favorite, the Firecracker roll, with an interesting combo of jalepeno’s and peanut butter, yes, peanut butter. Their tempura is less greasy than most and the gyoza is always perfectly done!

Now I’m not gonna front, the service can be a little lack luster at times, so don’t go with the intentions of a quick bite to eat. But the food and atmosphere more than make up for any of the other lesser qualities. On the weekends the music is always bumping with their live in house DJ set up at an old piano playing down tempo mixes and house music.

l-2If you come with a small group, try to be seated in the back room, with two small tables and stools as chairs, I’ve met my fair share of other party goers in the back room, turning many a small gathering into nicely sized parties. Full of good conversation, full glasses of Sapparro, and of course, full stomachs.

❤ VSl

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Proud to Be an American???

Posted in News by Virgil Sparks on May 5, 2009

The recent controversy over the anti-Gay Marriage remarks from Miss California during this years Miss USA Pageant has left me at a personal cross roads. While I do, personally applaud her for speaking her mind and standing up for what she believes in, I feel compelled to still believe that the way in which she handled this situation, is wrong. When do we, as not only Americans, but humans decide to cross the boundaries of decency and personal rights?

It is one thing to speak your mind and stand up for something you believe in, it is a completely different situation to alienate and oppress millions of people, people who you are trying to win a position of representation for. Further, it is at this point I have to question her actual beliefs, rather than the act of voicing them.

Her only defense in the matter seems to be the fact that she was, “Speaking from the heart.” But when your message is one of hate, and discrimination, it calls into question the validity of when one man tells another man, “I do.” Is that not speaking from the heart? When two women share the phrase, “I love you,” are they too not voicing the way they feel from the soul? Their belief of feeling that for another person?

While many people seem to be supporting her because of her, “courageousness” they are forgetting that in her speech of free speech, she has taken away others rights! This is the issue we all need to be addressing. It is one thing to believe in something, but when those beliefs directly take away the beliefs and rights of others, we should stop and question the thinking that is at the core of the statements.

Furthermore, it appalls me that homosexuality is still being treated as a “belief system.” It is not a religion, we do not pray to a god of style, and congregate at our local dance club because we “believe” in something. It has already been scientifically proven that it is a part of a persons genetic makeup, not a part of their adolescence, or a phase they’ll grow out of. While some people may “choose” to experiment sexually, that does not make them gay, or straight. If anything these people are just open minded, and we could all probably do to take a page form their books.

As not only a gay man, but a son, uncle, brother, cousin, artist, individual and human being I am saddened by her remarks. Though I am not siding with the way other people in the publics eyes have handled the situation, I do pity the people who side with her, and other messages of discrimination. Just as much as I do the people who stand up against them in ways that can be equally unjust.

So I feel that it is about time we all stand back, not only as countrymen, but a race, and not just question the beliefs of others, but the ones we hold dear within ourselves. We may be surprised by the answers that we find, but hopefully, it will bring us one step closer to the, “Freedom, and Justice for all,” that our fine country was built upon.

❤ VS

Yes, I’m Talking To You

Posted in Fashion by Virgil Sparks on May 4, 2009

While I realize that fashion in it’s essence is about self expression, I feel that there are some things that need not be expressed… because frankly, they are annoying, uncalled for, and completely tasteless. Here I will give you a small collection of these “guidlines” if you will, of fashion.

1) No black belts with brown shoes, or vice versa. These can be worn in any other combination of colors, just not together.

2) Absolutely, positively NO fanny packs. I don’t care if you got it from Louis or Gucci, all they say to me and the rest of the world is, “Mother of 4 at Worlds of Fun.” Period.

3) No Fakes. Knock-off anything is ridiculous. The people you’re trying to impress know it’s not real, so why bother?

4) No white socks with black shoes. We all should know the reason behind that one kids.

5) Keep it natural. Your hair color is not the best way to paint-by-number. So if you are going to branch out into different shades, do it in a way that makes it look like your hair naturally grows pea green. It can be done through shading, cut, and tonal highlights.

❤ VS

Magic Words

Posted in Fashion, Shiz I Love by Virgil Sparks on May 3, 2009

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel

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Magic Words

Posted in Fashion, Shiz I Love by Virgil Sparks on May 3, 2009

“Ugh, I hope next time you will tell me that every time you wear Lanvin, you fall in love.” – Alber Elbaz

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Magic Words

Posted in Fashion, Shiz I Love by Virgil Sparks on May 3, 2009

“I don’t think the words ‘serious’ and ‘fashion’ should be used in the same sentence.” – Marc Jacobs

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