I like to see diversity in fashion. More than anything, I like to see expressive artist/designers bringing a little crazy. This months ‘Josephine’ editorial is just that. It’s it’s got a whole lotta va-va-voom and some serious, cha-cha.
My favorite part? FIERCE COLOR!!! It’s summer and we all want to bring the color out of the closet, and get inspired. This vivid imagery and emotion made me feel THAT INTENSITY. I must say, this is the beginning of a love affair. A love affair with Vogue Brasil.
Oh yes! Hello my sexy kittens. With my fabulous birthday passing (May 24th) I decided it was time for a long overdue update to my site. What you see here is a new format with fabulous, easy to ready fonts, pages, my styling port and more. I will be constantly undergoing construction because I am a total nerd girl and love updating techy things.
Soon there will be more media, videos, photos and blog posts than you can shake your iPhone at.
Much love and feedback is always welcome, though rarely taken seriously.
There is nothing in life we appreciate over more than super smooth, couture, limited edition fashion and accessories. Especially when involving an edgy, sophisticated, cool that reminds us how ‘special’, ‘one of a kind’ and ‘super exclusive’ we are. Add sustainability (we love that), and polymers we can pronounce and we’re sold.
With this damned heat, sun and Indian Summer we’re all experience we need shades 24/7. Unfortunately most are cheap, break and last about 5 minutes.
But…what if, you could have the James Bond of shades? Durable, almost unbreakable and made by some cool scientists in Philadelphia who decided durability and design were the ‘cool’ new thing to do.
I spoke with one of the co-founders, a young genius, Joseph Wang over the phone and this is what I learned. Three incredible young men came together with a vision, some scientific knowledge and a goddamn great idea. Cody, Eric and Joe decided to create and amazing line of sunglasses, named Barring Eyewear, and succeeded. Each one named after a neighborhood in their hometown they have created a sustainable, and slightly invincible product.
Superior, above par, hand-made and packed, they created and started selling Barring eyewear. Their customer? Someone who was looking for something a little more beautiful and durable than the average shade. In doing so their project has soared to greater heights. Not just in their current market, but as a multi-level, superior product.
Let’s talk science, because you need to know how bad ass these are….
Manufactured with high-grade, tri-acetate cellulose (TAC), every lens features TAC polarization, wrinkle protection technology, scratch & shatter resistant layers, and provides 100% UV protection from UVA and UVB rays. Polarized and Category 3, UV protection, this combination provides crisp vision and eliminates glare. All of their lenses are FDA approved and exceed European Union standards.
Want? Yes. Need? Yes, Please! Because it get’s better.
All frames come with a branded wooden case or branded sunglasses case (NOIR glasses), a microfiber wipe, and a dual draw string micro-fiber travel bag, making it a great for you and/or a loved one.
As if the beautiful packing, product and scratch resistant lenses weren’t enough to sell me, they offer a LIFETIME WARRANTY!!
Barring Eyewear also gives back.
In 2014 due to an unfortunate loss of a family member, the owners of Barring Eyewear decided to start donating to charity. They are donating $1 of every sale to Cancer Research. You know how much I admire and adore promoting companies that give back. Barring is not a just superior in product, but attitude as well.
Check out the gallery below to see their product line to get your shopping glands salivating;
Let’s go over how ‘cool’ Barring is again, shall we?
Barring Eyewear is handmade, scratch resistant, polymer rich, sustainable and charitable. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.
If you want to order yours click the glasses below and it will take you to their main store where you can order yours.
Now for the semi-bad news. They are so damn hot on the market right now they are selling out. Pre-sale selling out. There are only 200 of each Barring Eyewear item made, making these ULTRA Exclusive. We love exclusive but it makes things a little harder to get. Especially as we go into the gift-giving Holiday months.
If the glasses you want ARE sold out you can PRE-ORDER yours by going to their Indie Gogo site below.
(A very cool post note for Philadelphia, PA customers. If you live in the Philly, PA or surrounding area Barring Eyewear offers a ‘Concierge‘ service that comes straight to you! Contact Barring@BarringEyewear.com to make an appointment now!)
Yes I have been missing and yes I am still in California suffering the wrath and indignity of NOT being at NYFW. Actually I am gearing up for LAFW because there is a lot I am involved in and have to stay West Coast bound.
Since you, dear reader, aren’t there either but are most definitely craving the feel, insanity and sore feet, I give you;
MERCEDES BENZ NEW YORK FASHION WEEK LIVE!!!
That above is a screenshot your fearless fashionista took of the LIVE Herve Leger show.
What’s in store so far for SS 2015? White’s, brown’s, pinks/coral, neon with attention to metallic detailing. But I know how dead set everyone is on drawing their own style and details from the SS 2015 fashion season.
Ready to start viewing? Don’t worry between show’s they re-broadcast the good stuff and highlight’s so you won’t get bored.
Onward and forward darlings;
If there is one thing I know, and love, it’s street style. We Angelenos pride ourselves on making mad, sexy street wear for divas who know how to bring it. The other thing I know is that women know clothes, and know we have the ultimate label to satisfy out ‘Beautiful Addiction’.
Now that I have your attention let’s talk shop, or shopping.
‘Beautiful Addiction’ is the very saucy and multi-faceted collection by CEO and designer Sheila Marie of Sheiki Jeans. After years of dressing sexy celebs like Aubrey O’ Day and Kendra Wilkinson, Sheila has created this amazing new line. Welcome to the sexy line for street style, ‘Beautiful Addiction’.
Split into three categories, for the discriminating shopper, you can shop the collections ‘Tribal, Electric and Serenity’. ‘Beautiful Addiction’ has everything from Coachella cool to OzFest awesome.
Even cooler fact. Sheila makes every piece of clothing ecologically sustainable. What does that mean? Beautiful Addiction uses fabric derived from eco-friendly resources, and her company motto is: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle sooooo, this collection is a no-guilt buy!
Beautiful Addiction just released their sexy, and very edgy, Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Their collection consists of edgy printed leggings and maxi skirts, with coordinating crop tops and hoodies. That way you can mix and match as the Polar Vortex melts into sexy sun. It’s time to shop for a new wardrobe that shows off that HOT gym body you’ve been hiding all winter.
Let’s satisfy your Beautiful Addiction ladies! Click any of the pictures and shop Beautiful Addiction clothing NOW!!
Today in the US, Millions of Americans will hoof it to the lovely post office and stand in the worst line ever to file their taxes. Or an extension. Or realize they didn’t make enough and are too broke this year to file. Ah, the 21st century blues.
Even though we love being responsible *cough* we love things that are FREE and irresponsible better. I bring you good news and tidings from the awesomeness that is FREE shows.
Lance Herbstrong is putting on a free show at the Whisky go-go Hollywood! Yes, FREE. I love that word because living in Los Angeles is NOT cheap. Plus it makes for a fun show with a great vibe full of fun people.
Added incentive is the uber cool BREALTV is helping host it. BREALTV is like the High Times of television. Oh and the special guests? Well, past friends of Lance Herbstrong include Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers who gave Lance a shout out onstage and George Clinton of Parliament and Atomic Dog. Last but not least, If you haven’t heard or been to the Whisky GoGo, it’s the famed venue where the Doors got their start and became a mega band. Also mega players breeze through for ‘special’ events like this one. It’s historically and musically awesome.
When it comes to the fashion industry we do not take kindly to celebrities turned designers. Our world moves faster than most, is fickle and is overly discerning leaving us hyper critical of our peers. Add the fact a ‘celebrity’ turns designer (see Kanye/Kardashion’s/Nicole Richie/The Olsen Twins) and we are down right bitchy.
As we move forward in the industry, we have embraced the celebrity/designer. Fashion about growth. This has opened the door to talent like Nicole Richie, Gwen Stefani of L.A.M.B and of course Victoria Beckham.
Beckham’s designs have always been simple, clean and easy to mix match. This can be a drawback. Earlier designs from her introduction around 2010 were outright plain, boring and according to Style.com ‘boyish’. Learning from past mistakes she has dropped the androgyny from SS 2014 to create a properly appealing ‘women’s’ line that is less futuristic and modernized. Victoria Beckham brought a new and fresh style with a sleek, feminine look. With elongated dresses and skirts, the sheer trend that adding touches of well placed print and embellishment of pleats, prints, leather trim and fur, she has drawn from an almost vintage look.
Victoria has surpasses her old design’s with excellent choices in emphasizing a silhouette, adding dash of the sheer trend, creating a line that would look classy on any woman.
Beckham has won us over with her FW 2014 collection using elegant style with timeless chic.
I make no excuses, nor will I ever lie about my total and complete dedication to the House of McQueen. There is virtually nothing in their collections I do not covet.
The house of McQueen just released a new scarf collection. The collection features a collaboration with iconic artist Damien Hirst. Hirst’s career reigned supreme in the UK in 90s and continues to impress, and be iconic, in the art scene.
The new collection features a nature theme with symmetrical designs in the classic McQueen skull motif. Add the effervescent talent of Sølve Sundsbø who shot the collection AND directed an editorial video for the scarves. He is by far one of the great’s in the industry who constantly produces amazing photography. I am impressed with Burton, of the House of McQueen, to tap such amazing talent.
With such beautiful representation, I am in complete submission, and awe, of this collection.
While most of you were partying, in the US, for Labor Day weekend, I was working.
Of course it’s hard to call it work when you travel in business class on the Pacific Surfliner to San Diego.I highly recommend taking it if you are in California. It is so choice.
View from the Surfliner to San Diego;
Then there is the fact it was to cover a fashion show. With a gorgeous room waiting for me. In the famous San Diego Gaslamp district. Walking distance from the pier.
My room at the Marriot;
Ok, OK I have rubbed it in enough, let’s talk fashion.
Camille Wood is the daughter of a Vogue model and was raised in the dressing room, backstage and on set. Being surrounded by models, fashion, photographers and make up Camille was born into fashion. However we all have our disadvantages and being too short to walk the runway like her mom, she became a fashion designer.
Proving yourself when you are walking in your family’s footsteps is difficult, but Camille has managed to outshine her mother by creating over the top, couture swimsuits and now, her new clothing line Tribal.
I arrived at the Broadway Port Pavilion which is a massive building.
Inside the Kenneth Barlis fashion show was packed with flowing full length gowns, men decked out in suits and array of fine nibbles and beverages. I was very impressed.
With my VIP press pass I headed backstage to a HUGE area that contained multiple designers racks of clothing, make-up artists, hair stylists a food table for crew and more.
I found Camille, who looked beyond beautiful in a white latex dress of her own design. She was busy prepping all the models but made time for everyone and every detail.
The ever radiant Camille Wood working with her model, Kelly Lenahan;
Even though it was hot, humid and took time to get everyone ready, all Camille’s models were in a great mood and full of smiles. We were in the very back of the building by the fresh air off the port of San Diego so the models were happy.
Max Tijerino getting his make up done;
And the head dresses were out of this world.
A Beaming Suzanne Shea Reed in hers;
And Jovane Henry looking FIERCE in hers.
She owned her head-dress. It made me want to buy it.
And at last Javone Henry and Diana Lieziert in full wardrobe and make up.
We decided since we had the very back area of the port pavilion to use it to our advantage. We grabbed all the runway boys and girls we could find and went outside for a photo shoot in the fresh air off the back of the port pavilion. The outfits look good under the spotlight but were dazzling in the sun.
And I got a selfie with my press pass;
When we came back in it was time for the girls to line up. I caught a perfect moment of them being dazzled by sunlight.
Then off to the front of the stage to catch the full show. When I walked out into the crowd I thanked Camille silently for my press pass. It was overly packed and the crowd spilled from the stage all the way into standing room only.
As the show began the first presenters came out wearing Kenneth Barlis couture gowns that were simply jaw dropping.
Then the charity presenter for the event, which helped raise money for Books for Kids in the Philippines was amazing and her story was touching. She came out in a stunning gown as well.
Poor girl was nervous but did an astounding job and made it through her speech.
The first show passed showing amazing ready to wear, that was very California casual. Cute jumpers, Jodhpur pants and leggings with clean designs and cute graph tee’s. Thigh high legging with high-waisted shorts and unisex pants. Super cute and very wearable.
When Camille’s line took the stage it was, overwhelming. Pounding tribal drum beats followed with two very handsome topless models with spears. Girls came out strutting the stage in skin baring outfits with goddess like head dresses. The final piece was a towering Diana Liezert in a backless netted latex dress with a live SNAKE wrapped around her waist! Beyond impressed.
Check out the full runway video I shot below;
I knew there was a reason Camille wanted me to cover this. Her ‘Tribal’ line literally coined the phrase ‘dress to impress’ that night for me. Turns out I wasn’t the only one who was enamored with her clothing that night. Turns out one of the models bought the top she wearing as well.
After seeing her swim line at LAFW and her Tribal line in San Diego, Camille Wood isn’t just one to watch anymore. She’s one to follow, wear and want.
What’s next for Camille? Check out the sounds byte below and get ready for a whole new wave of fashion from Camille Wood.
Huge thanks to Camille Wood for giving me a place to stay. Thanks to Camille Wood and Kenneth Barlis for backstage access. Lastly thanks to San Diego for having me.
That’s right Lady Gaga goodness just dropped and it’s wicked good. Welcome to the newness that it ‘Applause’. A sick beat, rife with club goodness that screams Lady Gaga and head’s back to the original fun that we fell in love with in the first place. Ass shakin’, body quaking, yes, yes, yes with a twist of top 40.
Are you on board yet? Of course you are. Just listen!
Let it be known, I am totally crushed out on Bradley Cooper. My roommate, is head over hot heels in lust with Jeremy Renner. Both of us of course are in total lust with the Bale. Add a few elements to our celebrity crushes like the following AMAZING cast; Robert De Niro, Jack Huston, Louis C.K., Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Rohm, Alessandro Nivola (HOT up and comer) and you have the new Casino for 2013, ‘American Hustle’.
American Hustle, is looking good.
It’s a story of scams, or the Abscam of the 70s and 80s.
The story of a con artist and his partner in crime, who were forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians – namely, the volatile mayor of impoverished Camden, New Jersey.
It’s all edutainment, but story line be damned. With a cast like that they is no way they can’t win. Bale may look like a used car salesman but being a method actor, really great at his trade and H-O-T no matter what you do with him, owns this movie. Jennifer Lawrence I am happy to say is stretching her acting chops as a diva New Jersey sexpot/housewife, B. Coop is tragically coifed, but still can act and plays a good wimpy sleazebag. Amy Adams, scores another one for redheads everywhere, proving she can act AND that with the help of a personal trainer, she OWNS being head sexpot in this movie.
It’s wham, bam, thank you ma’am with a whole lot of espionage, drugs, sex and something about FBI entanglement. Looks like an hour or two of rollicking fun. This movie is SO new and fresh, they don’t even have a movie poster for it. Still I predict this to be an Oscar sweep for next year. Don’t trust me? See for yourself!
High fashion has my heart and shoe’s, my encompassing, undying love. As much I may love wearing high fashion shoes that scream couture, the reality is I walk. A lot. And have business meetings. And more business meetings. Followed by a red carpet event.
So…what’s a high fashion girl to do when she needs to combine functional with fabulous all in one day?
Crocs be damned, and flip-flops shelved. Very Lovely Soles have come to my rescue with cute, chic flat’s that can cross over from me walking 3 miles to a business meeting.
The brainchild of designers Vanessa Seide and Rachel Traylor, Very Lovely Soles are gorgeous, simple, clean in design and most importantly, COMFORTABLE. With a combined 30+ years in the footwear industry these ladies combined their talents and created a winner in the land of footwear.
I love these embellished flat’s in slate. They have just the right amount of class. I can mix them with my insane sense of style.
(Added bonus: If I am wearing this towards the end of fashion week I won’t get nasty stares from my designer friends. Yes they are that awesome.)
Which one’s are your favorites?
How to know you have the right flats? They come with a tiny hummingbird logo to remind you how sweet they really are. Too cute. My Japanese friends would label these super ‘Kawaii’ aka too cute for words.
Now for the sad news….
They are only available in Larchmont, New York and selected boutiques, OR…..ONLINE. Hooray for online. We love web shopping. So stop crying and get out your credit card ladies it’s time to go online shoe shopping (again…hooray).
Click the shoes below and get a pair online. They are selling out fast!
Streetwear may be a the new black but Men’s fashion, in my eyes, will always be about timeless, key pieces and classic style. The fedora will be forever classy, the tie and bow-tie represent class and can be chosen to show personality, and the classic three-piece suit will always be the ultimate in being a dapper don.
Eric Benet is an amazing musician with a vision. He is also a believer in timeless fashion and style. So much that he took his vision a step further to make a new, amazing video called ‘Music Meets Style’ (just released on Esquire.com).
Filmed at The Brooklyn Circus, a high-end menswear store in New York, Eric included such style and fashion writer as Dapper Lou of www.dapperlou.com, pop critic / writer Miles Marshall Lewis of EBONY.com, KJohn (KJohn La Soul), co-creators of Stuff Fly People Like Rae Holliday & Gabe, as well as Rog Walker of Huffington Post.
With a mesh of spoken word, sound and vision, Eric illustrates how his personal style has evolved and what it means to him. Creating a masterpiece of what timeless fashion is with song only creates beauty, and this video is just that. Well played Eric Benet, well-played.
I love it when classy actors and artists get trashy for magazine covers. It show’s they have a sense of humor. That and she looks smoking hot!
It seems little Hermione aka Emma Watson, is all grown up and kicking ass doing movies that are very NOT Harry Potter related. Seems he also like’s the independent film (like Mr. Radcliffe). Who wouldn’t after starring in kids movies for most of your teen, tween and adolescence years. Sounds like they are the UK’s version of a Disney kid’s.
Ms. Watson has indeed grown up and is not only smoking hot on the cover of GQ but is taking on a role’s that will blow your mind. Ok, maybe not but this time she is playing a Hollywood rich-bitch bad girl in the ‘Bling Ring’. Her character is a far cry from Emma and Hermione. And according to Emma, detestable.
“When I read the script and I realized that essentially it was a meditation on fame and what it’s become to our society, I had to do it,” Watson told the magazine. “The character is everything that I felt strongly against – she’s superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral. She’s all of these things and I realized that I hated her.”
“How do you play someone you hate?” Watson asked. “But I found it really interesting and it gave me a whole new insight into what my job, or my role as an actress, could be.”
The movie is kind of, sort of, based on real life happenings. A bunch of rich teens decided to go rip off and steal from their neighbors in a series of real life heist’s In the Hollywood Hills. People like Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and our beloved drug addict Lilo got hit. Oh and it got covered in Vanity Fair. Apparently, yes they got caught. This movie would be meh BUT, thankfully, Sofia Coppola is directing it. That means it should be a fun, sweet, touching and messed up all in one happy little bundle.
Enjoy the trailer below while you drool over Emma above.
Beyoncé, super queen of the Superbowl is on a roll. I haven’t heard anything super hot from Miss Beyoncé since her collab with the GAGA. I was beyond impressed with her act at Superbowl (especially meltdown 2013 from her electrical prowess) but to follow-up with this song. Well I won’t bow down but I will give hella props. Listen to this and get your freak on kittens.
And here’s lyrics in case you were wondering….
I’m out that H-town
Coming, coming down
I’m coming down dripping candy on the ground
H, H-town, town, I’m coming down
Coming down dripping candy on the ground
I know when you were little girls
You dreamt of being in my world
Don’t forget it , don’t forget it
Respect that, bow down bitches
I took some time to live my life
But don’t think I’m just his little wife
Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted
This my shit, bow down bitches
Bow down bitches, bow bow down bitches
Bow down bitches, bow bow down bitches
H-town vicious, h-h-town vicious
I’m so crown, bow bow down bitches
I been on, I been on, I been on
Tell me who gone take me off
Take me off, take me off, take me off
Rolling high, leather and wood
Keep it trill, that’s what good
Kiss my momma, show that love
Pop them bottles in that club
I heard your boo was talking lip
I told my crew to smack that trick
Smack that trick, smack that trick
Guess what they did, smack that trick
Gold everything, gold ass chain
Gold ass rings, gold ass fangs
You can see me stunt when you turn on ya screen
You can see me stunt when you turn on ya screen
I’m bigger than life, my name in the lights
I’m the number one chick, ain’t need no hype
The capital b means, I’m ’bout that life
The capital b means, I’m ’bout that life
I remember my baby hair with my dookie braids
Frenchy’s, Boudin in the parking lot
Shout out to Willie D
I was in that Willie D video when I was about fourteen, looking crazy
Shout out Pimp C
You know we used to sneak and listen to that UGK
Didn’t do your girl but your sister was alright, damn
In ya homeboy’s Caddy last night
Hold up, Texas trill
H-town going down, man