Accessories

Sneakerheads

January 30, 2016

Sneakerheads, sneaker addicts, sneaker. Who knew sneakers could be a good investment. Josh Luber creator of Campless has me stunned. Need you to watch the Ted Talk below to fully understand how easily Josh has broken this down.

So what exactly is a sneakerhead? By formal definition a sneakerhead is a person who collects, trades, or admires sneakers as a hobby. Along with being able to distinguish between real and fake replica sneakers.

The first example that comes to mind of a sneakerhead is the character Turtle of the HBO show Entourage. Last year in 2015 a sneaker convention: Sneaker Con was created where sneaker heads could buy and sell the most sought after footwear on the market. I love that this subculture exists and potentially profiting off there collectors item. What I have learned in my years of fashion is a wearable item is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. I guess we should be thanking ebay for helping create this platform.

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worth following on instagram:

Robert Stewart- @glasgowrob lover of New Balance’s and owns Sneaker ER

Runnerwally.com– blogger and photographer

The Shoe Surgeon is a modern day shoe god
@selmaksebbagh for a girl’s guide to sweet sneakers

Dylan Rather- his Instagram feed @dylan_ratner is filled with vintage kicks, which he also restores

@sneakerb0bGermany’s best known sneaker head

Here are some really cool sneaker stores worth checking out: SneakerSpy, Likelihood,and Extra Butter.

Fashion

Fashion technology

January 23, 2016

Fashion technology is a real thing. The idea of “fashion meets function” is being catapulted into a everyday markets that all most anybody can afford. From new advances in heating a cooling fabrics, to yarn that can literally function as the screen on your smart phone, printing shirts and jackets are transcending mere cotton and blasting off into the future of technology.

Google is in the early stages of developing a fabric with “digital sensing capabilities,” a techy way of saying that the fabric will be able to interact with smartphones. Google is calling this project “Jacquard,” and so far the electric fabric has been used to make a jacket that—get this—was able to command a cell phone to make a call. Such mindboggling technology is possible because the structure of the textile is the exact same as that of a smartphones touchscreen.

While Google’s smart fabric is still in the working phase, another new fabric is actually out in stores this fall, and it’s quite cool—literally. Based in Atlanta, the groundbreaking brand Brrr! debuted a new fabric technology aimed at keeping the body a cool, refreshing temperature. Spearheaded by fashionista’s MC and Tosha, Brrr! uses a dye free, all-natural mineral compound that is “Powered by Air,” meaning that to cool down you only need to take off the garment and shake it in the air for a moment. The yarn fabric never loses its cooling ability, no matter how many washes it undergoes. Brrr! saves the day by being a cooling element among the warmer clothing elements. Even with the excitement of the launch of their new line, MC and Tosha still have their sights set on the future, with Spring 2016 bringing even more surprises such as a men’s line, underwear and bedding. The brand’s baby line, Brrr!Baby, is also set to launch this coming Spring.

The Colorado-based company Voormi has developed a material that is geared at doing the exact opposite: keeping the body warm when hitting the snowy slopes. Warm, waterproof wear isn’t a new invention, so what’s all the fuss about? Check it out: Voormi’s new material in the first waterproof, breathable fabric that is only ONE layer. Bulky ski jackets and windbreakers are old news, and the sportswear industry is very excited to welcome Voormi’s lightweight line. Voormi can only be found at a handful of shops in the states, but their online selection is plentiful.

Outfits

Cute SweatPants

January 16, 2016

It’s cold outside, and all I want to do is wear cute sweatpants. Sounds awful doesn’t it? Especially coming from a fashion stylist. The ice cold breeze and fall weather is getting to me and I am cold all the time. I am the type of person that would take being hot and overheated, verses have my feet feel frozen. This a realtime and wearing sweatpants out and about is my reality.
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So if you are going to own sweatpants they should at least be cute sweatpants where function also meets fashion. Sweatpants are sweatpants and what you wear with your cute sweatpants is usually what makes your outfit cute. Try pairing your joggers with a denim jacket, heels, causal fun tennis shoes verses your workout tennis shoes. My weapon of choice when dressing up my sweat pants is makeup…. especially rocking a bold lip. Here are some other great place to shop for joggers H&M, Lululemon, and Target.

stylist Q&A

Test Shoots

January 10, 2016

So what is a test shoot? Why as a stylist would you do a test shoot? These are questions that I had myself when I started working and thought they were worth answering. I will always reiterate that being a fashion stylist is a lot of work. I’m saying it again, but this time about the necessity of doing a test shoot.

Essentially, a test shoot is a collaboration of several artists (hair and makeup artists, photographers, etc.) working together for the sole purpose of developing a piece for your portfolio. Which is a really lovely way of saying that you aren’t getting paid. You may, in fact, have to fork out a little bit of cash to do the shoot at all, depending on the location and your wardrobe situation. I have damaged clothing on a test shoot and have to eat the cost. Which is never fun.

Despite the fact that your not getting paid to work a full day, test shoots are a really great way to network and build up a portfolio that reflects your own style. Since you aren’t being hired by anybody, you can take full control of the look and feel of the shoot. Have you had an idea floating around your brain for months? Find some like minded artists to work with and bring it to life—make your portfolio represent YOU.

Test shoots are also a good way to work out any kinks you might have in your technique. Anyone that has worked on a set knows the array of troubles that can arise at any given moment, and dealing with those trials is much less stressful when it’s not in front of the client. We all have our own way of doing things, and test shoots provide a space where you can learn and find the way you work best.

This test shoot wasn't my favorite. I should of mapped out how I wanted the hair & makeup to look. If I could go back I would of had the models hair messy and textured and more natural makeup. Her makeup looks beautiful but is too much for this causal beach view

This is from a test shoot that I did many many moons ago and I never used in my book. I should of mapped out how I wanted the hair & makeup to look. If I could go back I would of had the models hair messy and textured and more natural makeup. The brows are too penciled in perfect for me. Her makeup looks beautiful but is too much for this causal beach view. At the time I was focused on making sure the photographer liked the wardrobe verses the story as a hole. From this I also like testing when an art director is involved. That way I only have to focus on the wardrobe verses everything including the layout

Test shoots may feel like a lot to take on and personally I think they are. Producing has it’s challenges.. at least for me. Everyone on your team has to be on point. The model needs to know how to move, photographer needs to know how to shoot it (lighting), hair and makeup needs to be there the whole time. The wardrobe can be great but if someone on your team is lacking hopefully it won’t come through in your photo’s. The goal should be to have a beautiful picture… period. If the wardrobe looks amazing but the rest of the picture doesn’t work together don’t put it in your book. The producer, creative director, art director, who ever will be hiring will be looking at it and they will look at the total picture, not how you styled the look. So make sure you and your team are all on the same page.

I have learned a lot from testing. It can be a lot of fun to see your vision come to life. I would just make sure you have a solid team. I have had to nag a photographer before for pictures which was not fun. Have any more questions about testing? Comment or email me

Food & Health

Silja From Scratch

January 4, 2016

Meet Silja Danielsen from Silja from scratch. I worked with Silja for a couple days with Tommy Bahama.

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Besides being beautiful (obviously) Silja is passionate about cooking, photography, and having a healthy life style. Case and point her blog Silja From Scratch. Which is created, written, photographed all by Silja her self. Her goal is creating wholesome recipes and clean foods without refined sugars and processed ingredients.

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I personally love the colorful photography on this blog. What I love even more is the detailed description of how to make the recipes combined with the with an easy ingredient list. A lot of time in recipes I get over whelmed with needing 15 different ingredients. Especially in creating sauces or marinades. The recipes on Silja from Scratch are easy enough for me to try, and are super tasty.
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Family

Holidays in Ohio

December 29, 2015

Being Jewish, Christmas didn’t mean much growing up. Given that Las Vegas is a 24/7 city, growing up I always ended up working on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas day {I worked retail in Caesars Forum Shops, and after I turned 21 dealt blackjack at Hard Rock hotel & casino}.

Marrying into a family that celebrates Christmas has added to an already full holiday season. My family celebrates Hanukkah, and then we celebrate Christmas as an extended family (my family, my in-laws, and any relative willing to travel). This year both my family and the hub’s family are all together at my sister-in-laws house in Ohio.

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If I have learned anything from my sister-in-law, it is all about planned activities. This plan I believe was the success to ensuring that everyone had a fun time… the whole time.

Her house has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a large family kitchen, a craft room, an office, huge basement, living room, a dining room and rooms yet explored. This translates to housing all seventeen of us and hosting dinner parties of up to 25 each night, making the holidays in Ohio very festive. Besides living in a large home, Beth, my sister-in-law has every room in the house decorated in Christmas. My father went from room to room in amazement – so many trees with countless decorations. One tree in particular is black (pictured below) is up from Halloween until St. Patricks’ Day, with a decoration change for each season between. My room even had stuffed animal white poodle with a Santa hat. In their Christmas themed house (below) are my brother & sister-in-laws” in Christmas attire.
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Next up in our family festive weekend is Christmas day in our pajamas, themed out by family. Pretty funny I thought.

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also known as Grandpa Jesse

also known as Grandpa Jesse

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Me, my hubs, and daughter

I purchased our pjs from ASOS.com

Next up the Ugly Sweater Party

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ok... so my sweater wasn't so ugly

ok… so my sweater wasn’t so ugly

The weekend was filled with lots of giggles, hugs, food, and cleaning up. So lucky to be married the coolest dude ever with a family to match, and most importantly to have both our families merge and become one.

Gift Guides

Gifts that come once a month

December 23, 2015

Gifts that come all year around are my types of gifts. One trend that has popped up in the last five years are month clubs. Basically creating an easy way for you to be stylish and be in the know with the connivence of not even thinking about it. How great would this be as a gift? Some clubs ding your credit card once a month, quarter, every other month, etc. Other clubs have you pay up front and send you treats throughout the year. Below are different month clubs that I found under $40 a month.

Say it with a Sock– Subscriptions start at $12.00 per month. If you purchase a six or twelve month subscription you can save even more. The packaging is beyond cute. In my experience socks are something someone can always use. Say it with a sock sent me the pair in the picture. month-clubs

Love With Food-This month club serves up boxes of 8+ new and surprise snacks each month. Prices start at $7.99 plus shipping.

Birch Box– $10 a month for women & $20 a month for men. Now I tried this subscription and in the beginning I loved it. Once a month I would have new beauty products to try. Sometimes in full sized products… a total value in my book.  Unfortuneately after 6 months, I had full size products I wouldn’t use, and I had sample product that I didn’t love enough to purchase. So I canceled my Birchbox. It seemed wasteful for my lifestyle. If their products work for you, their website makes shopping the products you like super easy.

Craft Coffee-At $25 dollars a month you can try different coffee that you might otherwise might not have access to. Just choose the grind and enjoy.

Art Snacks– For $20 a month you or your artist can get a monthly box of goodies. This seems like a box for the real deal type of artists. Boxes can contain different weighted pencils, different types of paint, markers, special pens, etc.
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Bark Box– $38 dollars a month gets your pooch a monthly box of goodies. Perfect for dog lovers!

Beer Month Club– $43-$50 a month you can get twelve 12oz beers. Price reflects your preferences for US micro-brewed beer, international beer, or a combination of both.

Lookbooks

Louis Vuitton Alphabet

December 20, 2015

This video is pretty funny. I would of loved to see this with a live model verses a digital one. Louis Vuitton alphabet goes like this…..

Pretty funny right… below are some of my favorites
D is for dirty old man
F is for full frontal and friends
G is for getting a divorce
K is for kiss and tell (the Louis Vuitton telephone is cool)
N is for never again
Q is for quality
S is for sexy & sad

Food & Health

TreeHouse Chocolate

November 18, 2015

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Aaron Koch is the creator of Tree House Chocolate Co. along with being a model on my set one day. If I can recall correctly Aaron’s sister is a model and she nudged him to start getting into it for some extra money. Aaron was so funny, he would put his drinking chocolate, branded Tree house Chocolate Co. packets all over the set. Randomly they would appear in the shot. For example a cup and packets of Tree House Chocolate Co. appeared in the picture below.

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this was the “after” shot and the packets were taken off set

It was so funny and memorable. His passion and excitement could only make me smile and laugh to myself. If you have ever been in business for yourself than you how important self promotion is. Early this week I smiled even bigger when I was picking out hot chocolate. I was going back and forth on what to buy. I had a box Swiss Miss with 8 individual packets, ya know with the marshmallows inside it because it was on sale. Than I picked up two packets of Treehouse Chocolate and thought why don’t I buy the better quality product. Then it dawned on me that it just might be Aaron’s drinking chocolate. Sure enough it was. If you have a hot chocolate lover in the family they need to try Tree House Chocolate Co. ASAP! Besides loving to support small business’s in the case the product was better for my body.

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stylist Q&A

Do fashion stylist need an education?

November 1, 2015

One of the biggest questions that anyone pursuing a career in fashion asks is there any formal training or education. Do fashion stylist need an education? The answer isn’t so clear-cut, because while no formal education is required, having a degree can set you apart from other candidates (of course).

There are several degree paths that can help to provide you with some necessary critical thinking skills for this type of job, ranging from fashion to marketing, merchandising, and maybe even a business degree. Essentially, you are running your own business and for the creative types that isn’t always the easiest thing to be great at. I myself find my retail experience extremely helpful in what I do. Which is threw my personal experience verses college education.

But learning the tricks of the trade are learned on the job not in text books or classrooms—getting hands on training through internships or entry-level positions can really boost your skill set. Getting ahead in this industry is all about making connections and building a solid portfolio that reflects your style.

The only one direct path usually every fashion stylist takes is assisting with another stylist. Besides that there really isn’t one, direct path that every fashion or wardrobe stylist follows to reach their goals. Taking some basic business, marketing, fashion design or merchandising classes is a great way to dip your feet into the industry.

I have a bachelors degree in communication. I would say my four year college degree doesn’t really help me in my styling career. But with that said having a degree means I can actually follow threw and finish something. Which hopefully means something to someone. If I could go back I would of picked up sewing. I have not got in jobs before because I can’t sew.