Monthly Archives: June 2011

{Fashion Photography Thursdays | Kate Daigneault}

Based out of Southern California working mostly in San Diego and Los Angeles, Kate Daigneault is looking to make a name for her self with her story titled Royal Savage. Featuring Morgan from Scout Model and Talent, taking the role of a young woman sort left alone in this vast, lonely place. Morgan had hair and make up done by Brooke Hill, and was styled by Kate herself with fashion from American Apparel, GAP, Jeffrey Campbell and others.

Kate says this about the story: “- This story, called Royal Savage, was actually inspired by the crowns which I made out of found objects. Its about this young woman sort of left alone in this vast, lonely place. She takes this as an opportunity to become the ruler of this world. I decided to keep the styling pretty simple and use mostly gold and jewel tones to help this out. Morgan was a great model because she is just starting university and in a way starting a similar journey.”

(via Ben Travato Blog)

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{Music Mondays | German Electronic Ambient Music}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–ajx5AcU9E&feature=player_embedded

Okay, it’s official, I would LOVE Berlin.

This tune, from Berlin, is a beautiful ambient tune by Apparat (Sascha Ring), a German electronic muscian who is one of the owners of Shitkatapult records. Starting out with dance floor-oriented techno, he later started to create ambient music and more recently became “more interested in designing sounds than beats”. Sascha is currently on tour with Moderat. Check www.myspace.com/moderat for tourdates!

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{Backstage Pass | An Intimate Gathering At The Soho House With Barneys + Francois NARS}

“Use your instinct in fashion and follow what you love.  Keep your inspiration at a high light. Really believe in what you do” ~Francois NARS, June 24th 2011

Last Friday, we were invited to an intimate gathering for a Q&A with chic Barneys’ Fashion Director Amanda Brooks and Francois NARS. To say I walked away inspired, would be an understatement. Francois NARS is not just a creative genius but sweet, gracious and NORMAL. His interests were never to be famous, which is very clear.

COVER FOR FRANCOIS NARS’ NEW BOOK: MAKE UP YOUR MIND: EXPRESS YOURSELF

We gathered in the penthouse at The Soho House, West Hollywood, with views looking all over the city of Los Angeles, in total a group of 25/30 bloggers and media. We sipped on ginger/blueberry infused proscesco, as we listened attentively to Francois NARS answer all our behind the scenes questions.

Amanda Brooks has the choice of all the best makeup lines at her fingertips and she mentioned she ONLY wears NARS lipstick in matte. She spoke of the NARS being the leading collection for Barneys in that they find the absolute perfect color. Francois adds, “To find truly the perfect color, you have to be passionate, which I am. You have to stay very open. I can get inspired by many different things.”  He continued, “I love color always. Although I really am a black & white person as well. I can find inspiration for color anywhere. It comes very natural for me. In a garden or nature…”

To continue on the topic of color, Amanda herself is not big on trend colors. Grey nail polish she would usually never consider, until of course she sees NARS version. NARS finds the most perfect pigment of color.  “It has to be the right depth, the right balance” Francois Nars adds, “Grey nail polish is not the perfect color, so you really have to perfect it.” He continues on to say that not ever color is meant for every person, “Don’t force color. You should be instantly attracted to it.”

One of my favorite things about NARS is the genius names he uses for the tittles of his products. He loves to travel and said he has used the names of trains all over the world. The infamous still popular Orgasam blush is in almost every girl’s makeup case.  A few others creative names from his Summer collection include, Douceur, Kismet, Ecume, Taj Mahal, Sex Appeal, and Exotic Dance. He said the names add a touch of romanticism.

One guest asked his about regime for staying youthful and vibrant looking (he’s in his early 50s by the way – I know, we couldn’t believe it either!)  Francois explains, “I love to laugh. I try to stay away from people who don’t laugh. I don’t smoke, I drink on occasion, I love wine, but I try to eat all organic. I also drink chlorophyll and wheat grass everyday. I noticed that when I stop doing that, my skin doesn’t look good. Overall, I think just being happy really helps. And of course, lots of water”

Francois revealed he will be collaborating with the Andy Warhol Foundation in the near future. He believes makeup is closely related to film by gathering inspiration from old movies, old hollywood, very iconic and creative times.

He was kind, genuine and after hearing him speak we all fell in love with him/NARS even more.  We loved having the chance to hear such a creative genius give us his behind the scenes secrets and we walked away with a gift bag from NARS’ Fall 2011 collection. Amanda Brooks said she expects lots of plums, golds and saffron this Fall. We received a matte pencil in a deep plum Train Bleu Velvet that I can’t wait to try, along with the ever popular Gery Nail polish these days, in Galion. Many thanks to Barneys for putting this together! xxx

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{New Dress, New Top, New Look}

I received this amazing maxi dress from Vierick – the fit is perfect, the material is light weight and it’s SO comfortable. I couldn’t take it off it felt soo good on. Then, I started playing around with how I wanted to style it, as there is so many ways you can style a black dress. My friend gave me a couple shirts and I decided a little edge might change the feel of the outfit. I loved it ….and completed the look with my H&M go-to hat, red lips, and wedges.

I also realized I can’t go anywhere without thinking in terms of “photoshoots.” I’ve been to this area many times and I’ve never noticed the swing until a couple days ago. I couldn’t help think what a perfect place for a shoot. There are so many great spots in L.A. which makes it amazing for us bloggers!

Dress – Vierick // Top — Insight // Glasses — RAEN // Hat — H&M // Wedges — Charles David

xx

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{Lookbook Love || Undrest Summer 2011}

SUMMER IS HERE –  have you bought your new suit for the Season?

I met Creative Director for L.A. based Undrest, Maria Paz Navales, at Project Trade show last year. I was instantly drawn to Undrest’s booth, very busy booth I might add, by the sweet vintage patterns, sexy mesh tops to pair with it and the darling nightwear they offer too.

Here’s a look at their Summer 2011 Collection, available now. The offer amazing loungewear as well.

The one piece suit is featured many times throughout the collection. The Liberty collection one piece in a yellow trimmed patters with cutouts looks so great on a tan body. The Venice graphics (directly below) are super fun and on trend. The most amazing part about this collection, is the first ever swim pants! You have to take look at these – I appalled anyone who can pull these off (aka super skinny hipsters from Silver Lake making them look adorable). So cute. If only I was a little bit taller…

xx

SHOP MORE: www.undrest.com/

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{HiStyley}

If you live in L.A., you know Hi Styley. They have a good size of the market when it come to L.A. street style.   I met Evalotta, founder of HiStyley.com, at The Doves Studio X Style Wax Poetic event a couple weeks back and she was lovely! She mentioned Hi Styley has some exciting things coming up as she’ll be featuring creative stylish women, not just on the streets anymore, but inside their homes — we love that!

Many thanks for the Style Wax Poetic love! xx

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{Prairie Girl}

Such a gorgeous evening in the hood. You should of seen the views, and so peaceful. After viewing Vanessa Bruno’s Pre-Collection styling last year, who embodied a complete peasant feel, I was inspired to get in on the fun. Never having worn my hair like this, go easy please, I attempted to create the prairie look with the cross braids headband. The outfit came after the braids, indeed.

I’ve worn my maxi skirt from  a  lot over the past few months and spent only $20. I usually dress up maxi with my black leather jacket and black booties, but I also try to play off the neutral tones like today. I’m transpiring a BIG LOVE feel, but of course in a cute fashion sort of way.

Also, of course have to pay tribute to the wedges. I climbed that crazy hill you see above, and those babies didn’t let me fall. Charles David always makes the most comfortable shoes.

Hope you all enjoy the first day of Summer. It’s 8:19pm and still light out, love it! xx

HAT – H&M/ TOP – FOREVER21 / SKIRT – FOREVER21/ SHOES – CHARLES DAVID WEDGES/RING – VINTAGE

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{Music Mondays | Deadmau5}

Ahhhh, the mix of dance music with a beautiful voice ..always gets me.
Deadmau 5 (“dead mouse”), is Joel Thomas Zimmerman, is a Canadian progressive, electro, and house producer based in Toronto. Raise Your Weapon, parrallels similair sounds of Kaskade, and who probably took some influences with him after working together on the song “I Remember”. Very San Francisco Sunday afternoon sunshine pool party mix – who doesn’t love that?

Deadmau started in the late 1990s when dance music was at it’s best. He’s most normally scene like the picture above, wearing the mouse head while Dj’ing. Check out more HERE.

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{Happy Father’s Day | A Tribute To Some Of The Most Stylish Dad’s Out There}

From Will Smith always rocking a smile and some individual style, to rocker Gavin Rosdale who keeps up with Gwen just fine, where these men find the time to look so fresh while being a dad, artist, and husband, I’ll never know. A tribute to them on this special day.

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{Style Wax Poetic x The Doves Studio}

Saturday’s event couldn’t have been any better. I must first say, HUGE thanks to The Doves Studio for being so amazing.

It was my kind of Satuday – a manicure bar by Gel FX, mini makeup makeovers by Lauren Dee, and blowouts by The Doves Salon team – maybe that’s every girl’s kind of Saturday? Well, it seemed so with the turn out we had.  Roberta, from The Ray and The Ro made it out with her fab headband on and funky fit. She does a mix of glam and edge well. Ashely, from Milk Teeths, who just won Refinery29’s next big blogger contest – Go Ashely! Photographer and style blogger Taye, from SheLikesStuff, the adorable Neekoh from Live Love LA, and many more.

R A E N Optics was a huge hit, along with AI For AI Clothing, and Catlin Nicole Jewelry.

So fun having you all and getting glamed and read for the weekend!

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