(This was an article I wrote for someone else. but was never published.
I do hope you enjoy my gift guide)
It’s the Holidays! Trying to find a gift for your significant other today is extremely difficult. Gift guides are everywhere. There is a great deal information out there and what to buy for your significant other, it becomes a ‘job’. According to figures derived from a national survey completed by the HuffPost, the average couple spend up to $300 on their partner. Here are 3 tips for taking a daunting project, and making it easy to do;
Make it from the heart. Always think about the person first. It’s not about what they need, it’s about who they are. Don’t buy an impersonal gift.
Customized gifts for your significant other makes people happy. Every girl loves jewelry. Or get a customized watch or cufflinks for him. If you are married get your rings engraved to commemorate a special moment you shared.
Experiences mean more to people than things often do. Want to really surprise your love? Get tickets to Paris. Go hot air ballooning in Napa. Or just go simple and local. A 15 minute romantic walk alone with your hunny during the holidays madness. An experience, like no other, means you love them AND want to spend time with them.
There are lots of right gifts to buy for your special someone, but what about the wrong? This leaves the problem of finding what you want.
Stay away from boring basics. Instead, put a gift card from her favorite store under the tree with card telling her you will take her shopping. Perfume and lingerie bought by you for her can be difficult to get right. Why not, make her own custom perfume at a perfumery. Ask the sales girl for help to get it just right. If you want to get lingerie, don’t go low end. Try La Perla or Cosabella for great lingerie that fits. It’s available online, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
For him, tie’s, socks and tools are a huge no-no. There are better ways to say, “I love you”. In today’s market, boys want toys. If you are unsure what to buy him, try nice clothing. A custom tailoring appointment for your favorite business man, buying him custom jeans, even shoes. Men in the U.S. spent $26.2 billion on footwear in 2016, an increase of $2.4 billion since 2014, the Boston Globe reported. There is a serious market for shoe’s and it’s the one thing you know he will he love. Often the best policy is to ask what they want. They may just answer you.
The best holiday gift you can give your significant other? Listen to what they say, what makes them truly happy and seeing them smile.
What do we love? Chanel. Who else do we love? Glass Magazine. Why?
Recently I have been making friends with the people over at Glass Magazine. By friends, I actually mean Facebook and Instagram friends. This of course will be remedied by me being awesome in their proximity and vice versa. Life goals people.
I’m especially enjoying the work of the Stylist, who works with Glass regularly, Katie Felstead. She is genius and makes everything from modern, edginess too romantic styles look brilliant. You know I don’t give accolades to other Stylist’s unless they are balls out amazing.
Back to this amazing editorial. Chanel is one of those amazing labels that every country understands. Say Chanel anywhere in the world (except maybe the deep amazon, though maybe there too) and it’s recognized as a brand with integrity, quality that costs big bucks.
Glass Magazine produced a wonderful Chanel editorial shoot that’s soft, beautiful and sexy. Giving us the sense of a gentle and delicate Chanel woman.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
PHOTOGRAPHER / TURKINA FASO
STYLIST / KATIE FELSTEAD
MODEL / SARA DIJKINK @ Premier
HAIR / PAUL DONOVAN
MAKE UP / PORSCHE POON
MANICURE / NICKIE RHODES-HILL
PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT / PASCAL HUBNER
CASTING / PAUL ISAAC
Hooray it’s summer! That means fabulous clothes, tons of sun and fabulous editorials. I was thing of something very ‘artistique’, but then I realized not all editorials need to be have to be mind blowing, sometimes you just want to have something simple, and gorgeous.
With that I give a sexy, fun, frolicking editorial from are friends over at Wildfox.
Known for their flirty, simple style Wildfox has always been a West Coast favorite. Their dresses in this editorial are light and flowery, their shirts make me want to wear them. In other words a wardrobe must have. They are my summer clothing staple, and I must have the entire collection. Excuse me while go shopping….
Here’s Lauren de Graaf giving us full on Wildfox girl!
I LOVE this girl. Lindsey Wixson is not only one hell of a model, but a fighter for justice and the earth.
She’s also a current muse of Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel in case you’ve been sleeping) and is not only a great editorial model, but really tall, and rocks the runways. She’s infamous for her cute little tooth gap in the front and her ‘bee-stung lips’.
Now that I’ve given you her accolades, how about I give you the editorial? I loves Gilles Bensimon’s work. Truly, he’s a genius. Here he captures Lindsay in her favorite environment, nature.
Hedwig and the Angry Itch is one of my all time top 10 movies I love, adore and sing along to like a truly skilled shower singer. This means I have a crap voice but LOVE everything to do with this movie so I will make you suffer anyway. This also means if you haven’t watched it, straight or part of our lovely LGBT community, you should.
It in fact is so good it has become a sold out show on Broadway. Even more amazing is the new lead Hedwig is our favorite, delicious piece of supermodel chocolate, Taye Diggs. And he’s owning it.
Her is the first press photo of Taye rocking the transvestite, with the angry inch, Hedwig.
Work that ruby glitter Taye! We’re rooting for you to own this production!!
It’s summer and it’s time to beat the heat inside with some gorgeous video of pretty people. Today my gorgeous model of the moment is Shaun D Ross. Everyone knows his face from videos with superstars like Beyonce and Katy Perry, an of course, the runway. He’s everywhere. However it’s always smart to familiarize yourself and out a name to a face. Courtesy of KLOSS Films and Models.com we have our local Angeleno alien, Shaun, working the editorial again, this time in DTLA looking chic in these vignettes;
KLOSS FILMS SHOOTS A FIVE-PART SERIES CAPTURING SPONTANEOUS VIGNETTES OF SOME OF THE MOST IN DEMAND MODELS OF NOW.
The last week have been a whirlwind. I recently got back from a relaxing and enjoyable month-long vacation in the California Redwoods.
Look, city folk this is what trees look like…
Apparently it was too relaxing because the second I headed back to LA I got double booked on some amazing shoots.
The first was for a longtime acquaintance in LA who is tiny, cute and beyond fit, model and performer Elizabeth Deo. She’s not only a professional but an absolute delight. All the photos are heading straight to the sexy and scintillating ‘Manic Magazine’.
It was a crushing 102F but thankfully all Elizabeth is a complete professional and only required lingerie.
Two days later I was back at it again with my absolute favorite client Eugenia Kuzmina.
Eugenia has been a runway and print model for tons of amazing clients, such as;
In her early 20’s she transitioned into acting and has most recently been in ‘Fury’ with Brad Pitt.
It’s not hard to see why I love this woman, She’s tall, gorgeous, leggy, talented and, a supermom. Her most recent photography project is creating a coffee table book I have been lucky enough to work on with her as a Art Director and Key Stylist. It’s all about being a supermodel/supermom.
We had an amazing shoot day and got the kids wired on sugar. A perfect combo for amazing shots.Here are some of the behind the scenes photos
I want to thank my kick ass crews that made it possible, my sexy ass models Elizabeth Deo and Eugenia Kuzmina, and look forward to working with you all again!
What’s next for this little wardrobe stylista? A shoot for Powder Room Magazine. Everyday is a runway kittens, make today yours!
Keep checking back for new blog posts and updates.
I am tired of a world where we are forcibly immersed in the world of the Kardashians. It’s boring and plastic and full of shameless selfies, and photo-shopped body parts. However every once in a while a photographer actually comes along and makes Kim look beautiful. Classic even. Which is what Vogue Brazil and Ellen Von Unwerth did in these shots of her.
Kim’s cover for Vogue Brazil shot by the tremendously talented Ellen Von Unwerth, speaks to me in classic volumes of simple beauty.
Reminiscent of the 70s, these photos are shot in more natural light then studio HMI’s (both were necessary), in such a way that Kim looks almost passable as a model, and less like a plasticine princess. Ellen cast her in a light that creates her looking like a late Monroe and 70’s pin-up porn girl. Simple elegance mixed with a dash of homegrown smut.
Congratulations Ellen von Unwerth. Your talent shined in this editorial.
Reason 2 million I love LA. Our local weirdos. Dennis Woodruff, Angelyne and a newer local favorite, Richie the Barber!
Part barber, part strange anomaly and all sorts of cool clown, Richie the Barber is a great guy and even better hair stylist. Or so I’ve heard. Talent and a love for all things clown and hair, makes Richie ok in my book. However being the ultra clean, I want all white in my dressing room diva, Jennifer Lopez is, she is not such a fan.
Jenny from the really expensive, diamond encrusted block, got sprinkled with a nice glitter bomb by Richie while leaving LAX. Richie apparently did the same to Khloe and Kourtney Kar-trashian in 2014.
I’m all for attacking celebu-trash with glitter, but I kind of like the Lopez. Next time try a little confetti Richie. I am sure there will be less cursing and name calling.
PS to TMZ – calling Richie and idiot is beyond kettle calling pot black. You guys are scum of the earth. He at least is a freaky but nice, and having fun.
I’m starting a new trend and it’s called Dagne Dover-ing it. Chic, Classy and surprisingly functional I was sold at multi-pocket.
MY life is fast paced and, happily chaotic.
I am constantly on the lookout for a bag that is going to fit into my mad lifestyle. Between jumping around town to catch fashion shows and showing up to red carpet events my life, and fashion sense, doesn’t leave room for the function I need. My bags are pretty and small, but too small to fit a lipstick, phone, business cards and anything else. Maybe I’ll bring a huge tote which is a huge bag of chaos, and looks tacky when sitting front row. Not to mention there is no room at crowded fashion shows.
I am constantly cramming my Girls Scout arsenal in my purse and have nowhere to fit everything. Let’s add the discomfort of rifling through my bag for simple things like my make-up and biz info, and I am left with the thing every woman fights every day. A mess.
Welcome to the lovely land of Dagne Dover Bags.
With a streamlined look this tote screams perfected Parisian street style with the added look of luxury. Coming in five colors (for now, see below) including Cork/Limon and Cork (perfect for summer beach trips) Dagne Dover covers your stylish needs.
I prefer timeless chic to something that screams, “I am trying to be trendy”. I also prefer functionality to a black hole of a bag. Dagne Dover just fixed that.
The AMAZING Dagne Dover tote, has so much organization, my O.C.D. is taking a vacation.
Yes. Dagne Dover is victorious in the functional department. The outside is a sleek exterior. The inside, the same. Pockets for everything from your electronics to your girl goodies. Water bottle, check, keys, lip gloss, check, phone, laptop, accessories and I’m ready for a 7 day work week of 24/7 shows and networking.
Looking for a little more compact, budgetista friendly Dagne Dover item. Shop no more. Here, we have my personal favorite. A compact version of the tote, the Tiny Tote.
Six colors give you a chance to pick one that fits your personality and still carry your note or kindle in comfort.
Worried about security? The have a convenient zip top, (travel security!) and a wallet attached for your convenience so you can grab the train and not lose money, your metro pass or your phone.
Thanks to the lovely people at Barring Eyewearwho connected us, I got a chance to catch up with, and interview the brilliant CEO and founder of Dagne Dover bags, Melissa Mash and ask a little about the foundation and creation of Dagne Dover.
What inspired you to create Dagne Dover bags?
During business school my friends and I were struggling to carry all of our daily essentials in a bag that made us feel perfectly put together. Before business school, I had worked at Coach both in NYC and London. While I was in London, I was in charge of introducing the Coach brand to Europe. While managing the first UK store, customers would come in daily looking for a bag that fit their laptops, water bottles, keys, wallets etc. Women’s on-the-go lives required a lot of organization in order to stay on top of their game, and there wasn’t a brand that was made for the modern woman who’s out from 7am until 10pm. I wanted to create that brand that women could count on every day — no matter the weather, no matter the occasion. I wanted to create a brand that was just as focused on the interior design as the exterior design. That’s how the idea for Dagne Dover was born.
Where did the name ‘Dagne Dover’ come from’?
Dagne is a Nordic word for “new dawn” and Dover is Jessy’s last name! We wanted Dagne Dover to be a new dawn for handbags — to change what women expect out of their handbags.
What styles does Dagne Dover come in and which one is your favorite (currently)?
The Tote, The Clutch-Wallet and The Tiny Tote. I LOVE The Tiny Tote! I’m really into minimalist living, so that has also trickled into my accessories of choice. I like being hands-free. However, The Tote is our best seller, and definitely solves women’s biggest handbag problems. It’s what gets the most attention by editors, bloggers, etc. — it’s great for school, work, travel — really everything!
What makes the Dagne Dover bag special and different(i.e. in your eyes)?
Smart internal functionality in a beautiful bag.
Tell us about the Dagne Dover bag line.
While I was introducing the Coach brand to Europe, I would speak with customers every day, and their call-outs were always the same — they wanted a bag with a laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, a place to hold their keys, wallet, work ID, etc. All of those were incorporated into our first prototypes. Additionally, we did a ton of market research early on to make sure that our totes were solving women’s needs. We surveyed and focus grouped over 1000 women and men to learn about people’s biggest handbag frustrations. We’re still creating styles to address those call-outs, so keep your eyes peeled! You can sign up here to be the first to know about new styles.
Dagne Dover is run by three highly ambitious woman, and I love that, how did you come together?
I started working on the business in January 2011. Later on that year, I was looking for a talented designer that “got” the aesthetic I wanted to create (but obviously didn’t have the skills to do!). I had heard of Jessy since she had won the Coach Accessories Design Competition in 2011, and after we worked together, I saw that she was the designer to bring the Dagne Dover brand to life.
I’ve known Deepa since 2007! She has a background in the more operational, financial end of retail from her time at Club Monaco. When she was in her first year at Wharton and I was in my second year, I was running focus groups, and Deepa was hooked. I knew she was going to be a fantastic fit based on her expertise and relationship with her.
How long have you been selling Dagne Dover? They seem to be in high demand.
Yes, we started our pre-sale in March 2013. Word-of-mouth demand for our bags was so high that we were sold out for months in 2014. We relaunched the site in August 2014 after we switched factories and were able to produce more bags than ever before.
As a stylist and editor I’m always on the go and currently tackling fashion week, what do you recommend I carry?
I absolutely recommend The Tiny Tote. It holds a lot more than meets the eye. You can put sunglasses, a camera, Kindle and more in it. It has three compartments for all your lip-gloss and make up options! It comes with a cute little card case for all your cash, cards and ID, and the key strap is perfect so you never leave home without your keys! (Editors note, I always forget my keys unless they are strapped to me with a carabiner which is the height of tacky)It’s perfect for a stylist, editor, blogger, or anyone who loves a good brunch bag for the weekends.
I travel overseas to the UK and Europe often, do you have something for in the Dagne Dover line for international travel?
Yes! The Tote is fantastic for travel (it fits perfectly under the seat in front of you!) and The Clutch-Wallet is great for a keeping all your essentials easily accessible. There’s even a secret pocket perfect for your passport and boarding pass!
I’ve noticed Dagne Dover bags sell out quickly, Do you plan on restocking soon? I need something I can carry for sanity, and Dagne Dover is one my ‘must buy’ list.
Yes! We are constantly trying to keep up with what our customers demand! We’ll be introducing new colors next month and more units of the cork that everyone loved so much. We’ll have more core colors available on our website this fall, so definitely keep an eye out for those!
Are you going to be introducing new bags to the line and expanding? I’d like to see more styles.
Oh yes. This is the year of color and new silhouettes. We’re launching a higher-end leather collection, in addition to a bunch of new silhouettes since that’s what our customers want! Stay tuned!
Thanks again Dagne Dover, we’re dying to get our Mini-Tote in limited edition turquoise. We just couldn’t help ourselves. This was the perfect item to help ease our lifestyle and make our outfits pop!
On March 29th at 3pm learn the business from celebrity stylists @eburnsprepjerks @heathyrwolfe
Then head back to the trendymii booth to enjoy free samples of Cleen Juice! Along with a meet and greet from @happypillsmusic
Media coverage: The LA Fashion and Incline Magazine
Courtney Allegra shined at Art Hearts Fashion during LAFW swimsuits. Bringing her unique style’s in swimwear, Allegra, began designing and producing her line at 12. Now at 18 she is a strong entrepreneur coming into her own on the runway with clean lines, knowledge of fabrics, and a drive for business, creating a perfect collection for this coming SS 2015 season.
This season Allegra presented her line with Art Hearts Fashion at the Taglyan complex in Hollywood. Brimming with fashion industry the Art Heart Fashion brings out the best in Los Angeles with buyer, models, singers, actors and magazine editors lining the front row.
The pit of photographers is packed to the brim at the end of the runway and the show seats sold out. I want to thank Parris Harris Entertainment for not only bringing us to the show but planting me in the front row with a clear view and gift bags from the amazing sponsors FHI Heat.
Front Row at LAFW/Art Hearts Fashion for Courtney Allegra with journalist Kiera Renee and actress Jae Hitch
This season Courtney Allegra Swimwear passed on the blue, orange and yellow color’s and beachy patterns that we normally get in traditional swimwear. This year metallic’s and solid’s graced the collection. Models dripped with dashing belly brazing necklaces by Sweets Jewelry adding to an eye-catching mix of black and silver cover ups, revealing banded bottoms and bikini tops.
Local celebrities graced the front row including Sam Sarpong, Kiera Rene of Trendy/Mii, myself and actress Jae Hitch as my guest.
Celebrity model Kiara Belen from ANTM cycle 19 walked the runway perfectly, looking like a leggy goddess in Courtney Allegra’s couture swim designs for summer.
Bikini tops ranged from modest to shameless. Sheer cover ups and bottoms showing more booty then butt coverage, but that’s the way we like it. SS 2015 is sure to keep you sizzling in summer wear. Courtney Allegra made a sexy statement for summer 2015 we’re not likely to forget.
Glamour Fashion Week is the newest event in the fashion industry. We are set to launch our first year on 2015.
Our goal is to set and accommodate a platform for our designers to show case they latest collection’s. We will be presenting, along with the designers, live performances, vendors, and events ensuring that Glamour Fashion Week will be an amazing event set for success.
Glamour Fashion Week will be a global event. We will start of in United States going through; New York, Miami, Atlanta, Austin, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Then an international tour will take GFW through; Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Milan, Paris and ending in Dubai in 2016. GFW will be an all-inclusive package including airfare, food, hotel, lodging and transportation for certain international destinations. With packages like these, this tour will not only ensure Glamour Fashion Week an astronomical success, but also create many more years of Glamour Fashion Week in the future.
We have already collaborated with multiple media & entertainment companies. Working with the our director of GFW Richard Zacharakis is, EOTM Media Marketing, 809 Media Marketing, Dreams in Heels and Carla B PR. Their continued sponsorship and support will help make Glamour Fashion Week a monumental success.
Meet the directors of our fabulous Team; Producer and affiliate of RZ Promotions and head of Alaska Fashion Week Dominick Liriano.
Dominick has spent years on the fashion circuit producing AFW, and other events. Liriano created GFW stating, “I’ve been honored to helm Alaska Fashion Week for many years, but now it is time to dream bigger. Glamour Fashion Week is that dream.” To contact Mr. Liriano directly please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glamour Fashion Week will include a full-scale event that includes booths for vendors, a red carpet, sponsorship packages, a photo wall, multiple runways, multi-media views screens and more. Glamour Fashion Week will also be providing internationally renowned spokes models;
Angelica Guillen (Project Runway)
And our international GFW contest winner Isjan Cortes
I have decided that philanthropy is my new favorite color. It goes with everything and makes everyone look good. You are always hot in it and the trend never dies. I especially like philanthropy when it’s attached to 24K accessories, don’t you?
Enter ‘Love Shawls’.
A brilliant new look in fashion brought to you by the beautiful talent of Shary Shavalian. In travelling, Shary became enamored with the use and brilliance of wraps and scarves in Global culture. This motivated her entrepreneurial spirit, and she created Love Shawls.
Love Shawls Chief Glam Officer Shary Shavalian
Simply enchanting, Love Shawls come with delicate gold leaf infinity clasps, leather detailing and Eternal Symbols charms. Each scarf has one of the eleven different semi-precious stones creating an inspirational accessory.
Each piece; Infinity, Om, Hamsa, Pomegranate, Dragonfly, Kaftan, Rumi, Leaf, Tulip and Key, is specially developed with no-static, breathable viscose.
These hand-made, artisan scarves have carved a niche becoming a household name. Love Shawls is creating a international stir, not just because of their unique look or quality, but most of all because celebrities are L-O-V-E-ing them!!
Kate Flannery of The Office gets ‘Foxy’ in gold
Miss J Alexander doubled up in her Love Shawls for a fashion fierce look!!
The ever lovely Adina Porter of True Blood and CW’s 100 wears the ‘Foxy’, Love Shawl.
Carolina Bacardi wears the Glam in silver
Love Shawls is an enchanting product. t brings elegance to what might be a boring outfit or simple understated look. I am already in love with the delicate chain detailing, the spiritual aspect and beautiful material used to create Love Shawls. The reason I absolutely adore Shary Shavalain’s Love Shawls? She gives back.
According to Love Shawls site, Shary is reaching out to the community with this new endeavor;
Each Love Shawls purchase benefits homeless, mentally ill and battered women by helping to provide food, housing and supportive services toward achieving a life of self-sufficiency. Love Shawls is currently developing an exclusive collection of shawls crafted by and benefiting the women of Daybreak, a Los Angeles-based program for homeless women suffering from mental illness.
I’ve been able to teach women who lack education and opportunity for enterprise, financially sustaining skills such as weaving, dying and knitting. Now, I’m also able to help women, in need, who live locally.”
Timeless elegance to celebrate any woman in your life, Love Shawls is a gift you can buy knowing you are giving back to those in need. Sustainable gifting makes me feel amazing as well.
Love Shawls is MY pick for March. Beautiful, hand-crafted, delicate, warm, celeb friendly and sustainable to our communities. Prices range from $125 to $185.
Grab one of these exclusive scarves here;
If you don’t see what you want here don’t stress beauties! They do custom orders. Everything you ever dreamed of is one click away at Love Shawls.
When people ask what I do I have a wide variety of responses. Writer, Editor, Superhero, fangirl, foodie, luchadora, pretzel vendor, fashionista, oh and that thing I do, Wardrobe Styling and Image Branding.
Sure I like pretty clothes that are nice and Michael Kors and Tom Ford are my heroes. But bring me a dress that is over the top couture insanity and I’m hooked. I want to work with it, love it and stick every client I have in it.
My client and friend Joy Villa is something special. She’s diverse, beautiful, 1000% vegan, a hardcore physically fit songstress. She is something special and her style is off the hook.
Photo by Thorsten von Overgarrd, Nichole Ray Artistry doing Joy’s Grammy make-up
She called me ecstatic, she was headed to the Grammy’s in a few weeks and needed something as amazing, and over the top as her personality. I hooked her up with Andre Soriano, and magic happened. Joy chose the most amazing, creative thing Andre has ever sent down the runway, the couture cage dress made of snow fencing. AS a stylist I make sure that the dress they choose is the MAIN event, but always have other wardrobe choices for parties and after parties
During the fitting we chose three dresses all of which she wore like a supermodel. Stunning and sensual she wore the first, and sexiest to Jay-Z’s ‘Rocnation’ brunch.
This dress was skin-tight and Joy looked beautiful while she mingled with celebrities.
But let’s look at what you really came here for, The third and most outrageous was the orange dress that made headlines around the world.
Joy and I had an AMAZING fitting with Andre.
Up in the hills of Hollywood strange and beautiful things happen. At the fitting I met the beautiful Ruby Roxanne or Ruby Roxanne Designs and Hollywood Dolls.
Her partner in crime is ex-Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones. Her line is just what we needed for Joy to look gorgeous and we added Swarovski drop earrings and this leather and Swarovski bracelet;
With Nichole Ray Artistry on make-up the day of Joy turned out an unforgettable Grammy look.
Photo by Thorsten von Overgarrd and touch up by me
Love it or hate it Joy Villa rocked it at the Grammy’s and got center stage at the Grammy’s. (And to answer the burning question, yes I put pasties on her and she was not completely nude.)
Apparently we rocked it because as much as she may have gotten some bad reviews we are trending at 81,000 hits in Asia and are on blogs in the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and all over the Philippines.
I want to say congratulations to my team, Andre Soriano (couture King), Ruby Roxanne Designs (Jewelry is everything), Nichole Ray Artistry (her skin was perfection), Thorsten von Overgarrd (one of the best photogs I have ever met) and especially to Joy Villa for rocking the red caret and her amazing energy the whole time!
Don’t know who Joy Villa is, but want to find out? Check out her Vagabonds video below;