(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.
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!!
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!
Well it’s that time of year again where girls get to dress like sluts, boys wear their ridiculous sense of humor and everyone finds a reason to go get candy (trick or treating) or get adult candy (booze and unmentionables). Yes it’s October and time to unleash your inner crazy without getting arrested.
I have been mad busy with LAFW, which brought more work. This means I am furiously typing up future write ups. But all work and no play is really, really bad. This work thing will not stop me from going out of course. Annnnd it’s supposed to rain tonight but seeing as this is my FAVORITE holiday, rain be damned…..LET’S GO FORTH AND FROLIC!
To all my friends in fans in the US and rest of the world,
Well kittens I am off to LAFW and I can’t be bothered. However, obviously I DO care.
So in all fairness I will leave you with the brand spanking new Chanel No5 editorial video of Gisele Bundchen looking like a million dollars, in the ocean, down an alley looking sexy, sultry and positively radiant.
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!)
Sarah Burton has taken the Haus of McQueen and made it a fully functioning palais de genius since McQueen’s unfortunate departure in 2002. Her sense of style, art and the dramatic have become a beautiful beast with a dash of feminine mystique.
This season the Haus of McQueen has brought laser cut garments, with an Asian inspired flower design and detailing in leather. With a flourish of kimono like dresses and garments that are reminiscent of the early 40’s, Burton inserts her own twist of the modern with cut out breast petals and dashes of embroidery. Add unique latex mask’s in a stunning representation that is truly, wholly, McQueen wearable art.
In the last month Fashion land has gotten crazy busy. I forgot I had a blog, and started living la vida ‘Devil Wears Prada’. No life, lot’s of fashion business.
This includes getting swept up in my newest venture as….a judge. No not American Idol (Seacrest I’m waiting for your call), but in something just as crazy good.
Drum roll please…..
TA-DAH! It’s LA Fashion Week Design Competiton!
Aren’t you excited? You should be. Here’s why LAFW Design Competition is going to rock your little designer socks.
LAFWDC is massive. Ten contestants will be showcasing their amazing work on the runway at Penthouse 1050. We have amazing sponsors from Runway Rythm, gift bags sponsored by the lovely SKINNY Bags, Es Kae Noir, Jay’s Party Cakes and celebrity host Ilisa Juried (Pussycat Dolls, BET Awards for Beyonce). Besides our 10 contestants, celebrity judge Dom Streater, winner of Project RUNWAY season 13, will be showcasing her collection. All in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.
Oh, and I will be there judging the heck out of these designers. Food, celebrities, music and FASH-ION! What more could you want? Oh right, a link to the event.
Giving to the people, from the people rarely exists these days. Half the charities out there are a tax shelter and the other one’s don’t get any love unless helmed by a celebrity.
But wait! There is hope.
There are those of us on this planet who live with our heart on our sleeve and actually acknowledge human suffering on this planet just….to help. We’re talking about the small donations and ‘random acts of kindness’, YOU bring into this world.
That is why I stood up and became part of Lisa Reilly Photography’s AMAZING Survivor Campaign.
Lisa, who I met at LAFW had originally approached me with this campaign asking me if I would be willing to help raise funds and awareness for Cancer Survivors and their families, who are unable to pay for treatment or are left with hundreds of thousands of bills.
Check out Lisa’s IndieGoGo video for The Survivor Campaign!
I was happy to help. I also joined this campaign, being a Cancer survivor myself.
In 2013, I went for a routine check up and found out I had cervical cancer. I had to have surgery, which saved my life but left me with permanent complications and painful memories. However, they managed to cut the cells out of my body before they did major harm. I was a lucky one.
As I worked on this campaign other began to help as well. Tracie May-Wagner, CEO of May-Wagner PR contacted me. She wanted to help. She brought her client, the amazing Victor Wilde of The Bohemian Society on board. He in turn donated two pieces of his SS 2014 collection. Proving to me that there is ALWAYS support.
(Faith, Humanity, Restored)
No one should have to stand alone in their battle against cancer. Emotional or physical.
Click and Donate, or buy this Print to Donate!
Shooting with Lisa underwater was extraordinary. It took everything I was doing this for and changed it.Not only was I helping others who have been through and going through pain, but I created something positive out of my Cancer experience. I never thought I could look back at this as more than a charitable session but it really changed how I look back at having had Cancer and is giving me a chance to empower others that have had it.
Check out the video out of the amazing video of Amy W. & I shooting underwater and describing our experiences (Video by D’arby Rose) ;
Click and Donate, or buy this Print to Donate!
Click and Donate, or buy this Print to Donate!
The women pictured in Lisa’s campaign have all fought and lived with Cancer. The women above have Stage 4 Aggressive cancer, survived a double mastectomy and cervical cancer. Going through chemotherapy and severe treatments that have costed them time, sanity, health and a small fortune.
Donating to this campaign will help them continue their fight. We’re taking donations as low as $10 to help raise funds and have packages up to $5,000 for every size and income. Please help us reach our goal so Cancer victims stand a fighting chance.
When Karl Lagerfeld said , “It’s never too early to care about fashion.”, I don’t think this is what he envisioned.
Baby Kimye, aka North West is looking darling in Chanel including her first garishly, over priced baby Chanel bag.
According to the nice people at the Huffpost, baby North is posing as a model for the CR Fashion Book.
I can just hear it; “With her mother’s good looks and her daddies ego North Strikes a fierce baby pose sans booties.This evening attire can be yours for around $20,000 dollars you were using to re-finance your house.”
OR you can just take in the cuteness people. Yeah, I can’t hate on North West. It is the one thing Kanye and Kim did right.
One of the few celebrities a la songstress I am enjoying these days is Rihanna. She has been up, down, fought the nipple censorship on Instagram and got past the foolishness that was Chris Brown. She has made waves in Fashion, both good and bad and then good again. She is pretty much done more in her early twenties than most achieve in lifetime and is bold as F**K.
Riri’s latest amazing campaign with MAC VIVA GLAM is just that.
Not only does she look stunning and the subtext of an all green Rihanna MAC Viva Glam Campaign, is not lost on us (4:20 much?). It screams Rihanna, being over the top, without looking too Nicki Minaj. This collaboration truly is proving that Rihanna is full of win, and knows how to work it like no other bitch in the industry (Except Queen B).
As awesome as Rihanna is working it, let’s get back to the VIVA GLAM make up for a second.
The new colors have a little tang of retro coming in an icy purple, leaving you frosty sexy. This grape color makes us at Heathyrwolfe.com, want to lick our own lips. I swear I saw this color all over the 70’s and resurfaced in 90’s. In fact I think I had this color at one point and used it to the nub.
MAC is keeping it affordable ranging between $16-18 dollars, so if you feel like getting your sexy on this is the color. Problem? Yes there is. This sexy ass tube of gorgeous doesn’t come out until October/September, which means we have to bide our time using Lipglass for the rest of the summer.
Get primed for fall and prepare your Paypal. This color will be everywhere and you want to be the first in line to get it. Added Bonus?
All profits go to helping women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
In case you have been hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, or perhaps living in cave, awesome popular music just dropped.
Beyoncé, Queen of Quite A Lot, and Nicki Minaj, girl with Quite A Lot of Booty collaborated. And it was awesome. Addressing the Solange elevator debacle and good ‘ol haters, these two hot hip hop songstress’ brought the best case of illz I have had in a while.