7/21/14

Alexis Bittar to Launch Beauty Line


Everyone's favorite jewelry line just made women more beautiful, in yet another way.  According to Refinery 29, Alexis Bittar is launching a beauty line with Sephora!  Everything pictured above (except the jewelry of course) will come int he 3-piece set: gold tipped brushes with onyx stand, cosmetic, and gold compact.  

For those of you who aren't familiar with his pieces, here are a couple of my current fav's:


$155


$197.50 (on sale right now)

$4,995


$795

Alexis Bittar has a style that is so unique, it's almost impossible not to look beautiful.  As you can tell, there are a variety of price runs ranging from around $150 to just past $4,000, with all styles stunning no matter the simplicity of the piece.  His pieces look to be vintage inpsired, but also modern with the organic shapes used in this work.  With all of that in mind, I'm definitely interested to see his collab with Sephora in October!

xx

7/20/14

Kaleah Horton Shares Her Thoughts on the Industry and Social Media


As a Photo Stylist, and someone who works in the design and fashion industry there have been articles floating around about "sought after" [full time] fashion and art jobs such as art direction, styling, fashion photographer, fashion designer (I could go on) becoming more of a freelance gig. What does that mean for us creative types? Well, it could mean working more than one job and for some, that's not a lifestyle that they could handle. In a previous post, I gave advice to recent grads just joining the industry (which can be seen here) and Refinery29 writes a blurb about how they see the industry changing in the future. With all of this in mind, I decided to track down fellow creative, Kaleah Horton to see what she had to say on the matter.

A: So what is it that you do and how long have you been working in this career/job?
K: I work as a video editor for Express. I've been with the company for about 3 years now.
A: What is your background? K: I received a degree in traditional advertising and graphic design. So much of my focus in school was on print media. A: Did you make any job choices prior to your degree that helped you get to where you are today? K: Maybe not so much prior but while I was getting my degree I did A TON of freelance work. I think that helped a lot. Plus it exposed me to a lot of different types of work that I really wasn't doing while I was in school.

A: Do you have an other passions that you pursue outside of work? Tell me what your journey has been like as an artist/designer thus far and how you got to be where you are today. K: Luckily my passions tie into to my work! I think you'll find that a lot with creatives. I've always loved films. I'm a self-professed homebody so I watch A LOT of movies and TV shows. I never really thought I would be making them. A lot of my editing skills and technical training has all been thru experience at jobs or self taught and it comes from just watching how a scene or short is cut, shot, colored, lit, etc. Then of course I want to try it at work! Most of the time though outside of work I just do more work! I'm a workaholic, so I do freelance projects on top of my day job but I try to take on projects that I feel will let me flex some design muscles I don't get to use at my day job. A lot of them are traditional design, logos and print, etc. I think once you've found something you really love doing you just don't stop! Ever!

A: With the advent of social media apps and advanced technology as a whole, nobody's are becoming somebody's with a post of a picture on Instagram. ASOS just hired a model from Instagram last week, companies check social media now in addition to their resume when hiring. What's your take on this and do you feel that you can "work technology" enough to stay up with current social trends when that involves putting yourself out there for possible work? I know getting a degree was a lot of hard work but in today's society with social media ruling do you sometimes feel that getting a degree was worth it or wasn't in the long run? K: I have this conversation a lot with friends on whether we could have gotten to where we are now without a degree. And I do have friends who don't have degrees and are getting jobs in the art world (photographers, designers, etc.). To be honest, I personally could not have learned what I know now without my degree. I never regret getting it! You sort of just learn "the rules" from school and it's a great resource for developing technical skills. On the flip side and especially in the fashion and creative world there's the talent factor. Models just have "the look", stylists just have the knack for knowing what looks great on someone. While I think school really helps hone skills, I do really believe there's a tiny bit of something that a person realizes they're pretty good at AND is actually interested in pursuing that thing. This is a hard question to really give a "yes, definitely go to school" answer to because in the art world there is no right or wrong path. I think the social media layer is just a great marketing tool really. Social media is just exposing your creativity on a different platform, its not the thing that IS creative about you or your work. Companies are looking in all kinds of places for talent now because it's free and accessible and people are willing put their work out there. When that work or talent goes viral, of course companies want a piece of it! Most companies like ASOS though are doing competitions for these kinds of avenues. Free People did something like it a couple months ago as well. Its kind of like talent shows on TV (Project Runway, ANTM, etc.), it's still a competition just a different delivery. So now it just takes a whole hell of a lot less time for a nobody to become a somebody these days!


A: You've been in the business for a while now, in school I'm sure you were taught to have a resume, portfolio, etc., but have you noticed any change in the job market in terms of more freelance work vs. full time work and have the requirements changed? Do you foresee your job as more of a freelance gig in the future and what are your thoughts on this? K: Actually my job specifically as an editor heavily weighs on the freelance side. Most companies don't have an in-house video team and even a lot of our video is outsourced to freelancers. For video specifically, I think you might see a shift in the corporate world, where they will have full time positions for people who can do some of this stuff. Instagram, Vine, these huge apps that have video features, Facebook, Youtube, someone has to make all that content. However I think the fashion world is seeing a boom in freelancers. A lot of that is thanks to the blogosphere and social media. Lots of bloggers are not only bloggers but stylists, models, designers, etc. as well. Companies not only hire them for the work they will create but also for the audience they will bring with them. As for requirements, coming out of school with a resume and portfolio probably won't change drastically. Those things are a testament to what you can do and your personal style of work. I think the way you serve them up is what's changing. Not only do you need a resume and examples of work, you need a digital footprint as well. Employers are looking at personal websites and definitely researching your social sites as well!

A: Now, let's take this back to your off time with your passions. Do you take anything from your day job to your freelance work, and do you think this is relevant/important? K: All the time! I think as an artist or designer you're constantly applying what you're learning from either freelance or a full time job to vice versa. And even taking things from work and applying them to passion projects or personal work and the other way around. I think its so important to keep that balance too with work and personal work. You really need a break to just create something, it sort of revives your work life I've found. I recently edited a video for work that was sort of just an exercise for me to just create something different than what I was doing and it got reviewed to become a real project for Express! A: Do you have any advice for art and design enthusiasts out there? K: Don't stop creating whatever it is you want to! Learn as much as you can about what it is your passionate about and more than likely it will become your day job.



Kaleah currently lives in Columbus, OH and traveling is generally her favorite thing to do. She usually hangs out at the movies or goes to concerts with friends, runs around with her dog and cat and plays the piano for them if they'll sit and listen long enough!

You want to see what Kaleah does for a living? Check out her amazing work at www.kaleahh.com! You can also follow Kaleah on her twitter and instagram @kaleahh (and fall in love with her dog and cat photos)!

xx


7/19/14

20% Off Tory Burch Today Only!

All of my friends know that I am obsessed with Tory Burch.
I was especially in love with her Fall and Spring '14 collections and can't wait to wear more of her pieces because all sale merch is 20% off (today only)!  

Here are my fav's so far:


8. (Out of Stock already!)

xx

What I Learned From Kim Kardashian

 I have a confession to make, Kim's game is everything and I am completely addicted.
I'm not into celebs or celeb drama at all, but Kim Kardashian Hollywood is my new thing.  This game is literally like interning for Hollywood, yes the mecca as a whole.  Like every experience in life, this game literally step by step teaches you how to make it, personally and professionally. 
Reach for the stars (because this is the ulitmate how-to)!
(sorry for the screenshot quality)




We All Start Have to Somewhere

You're living in a dump in downtown LA and working at a local boutique in town, and here's a celebrity (you're big chance)!  This is the make or break deal- it's up to you if you want to help her out or stand staring at your nails.  The possibilites are endless...




It's All Who You Know

Just like in the business world, it's true in Hollywood as well.  In this game, you meet people all of the time and the lower star list celebrity rank you have, the less likely they will become contacts (we all need contacts, right?).  Of coure, it's easier to rise faster if you date often (or network) and with higher celebrity ranks as well.  Luckily for you, Kim hooks you up wtih her Manager and PR "magician" who help find work for you, but you will meet and connect with celebs that find you work as well (and who of course know eachother as well) so it's important to network, network network!





Fame Isn't Cheap and Neither Are Clothes

When you are in the middle of working a job, you get about $1 per wad of cash that's thrown at you, so you have to work extremley hard (kind of like normal life)!  Depending on the amount of blue stars you complete by the end of the job, you get a certain amount of followers, kim "kash" (the platinum K at the top), money, golden people icons (which help advance your level),  and sometimes if you're lucky energy.  Also, it's very important what you wear (you shouldn't wear one outfit too long) and it has to be expensive.  So basically, your scores make or break you in the end - it's all about rising with the star rank.



Social Media is Your Best Friend

Everything revolves around social media (kind of like today), event updates and communication between frienemies which help of hinder your star ranking and bank account.  Make sure to finish jobs on time and to use your energy to your best ability!


There Isn't Enough Time of Energy
In a Day

Your jobs are there to help you with your star ranking, money and wardrobe, so you can be famous of course!  To achieve all of the above you will need massive amounts of energy.  Each action requires a varied amount of energy and you will run out fast.  You can get more if you want to wait 5 minutes for 1 energy or spend real money for a bunch more (this is probably what funds the game).  Just like in real life, you work hard enough you will get tired.  





Rank is Everything

Like mentioned before, ranking is what makes you more famous, that and clothes... and money.  I feel like it took me way to long to get from a rank "E" to a "D".  But that's just like life, it's hardest in the beginning.  With each star ranking increase, people will be more willing to talk to you and be your boyfriend/girlfriend and/or contact. The more contacts, the more jobs and more jobs lead to bigger and better fame.  

This game is all about rising to the top the fastest, taking verbal and emotional hits from people you don't know and taking risks.  Am I still playing this game?  Yes.  Not because I want fame, but because I fel lke there's a good lesson in everyting and the way to any dream or goal is a long adventure that has deep seeded life lessons.  No matter your path in life, this game has unsuspectedly given the formula on how to possibly achieve your goals/passions.  Thanks Kim

xx      

7/18/14

DIY Friday: West Elm Shows Us How to Style Our Room{s} like a Catalogue

I get asked alot by friends and clients on styling advice for their rooms and it would be great to come home to a room (or mulitple rooms) that look like they've come straight from a spread in your favorite home decor magazine.  Luckily, West Elm has decided to share some of their style secrets and give us a look at their fabulous decor for fall. 


$399

Easy, "no nail" furniture has been trending lately (I have a similar piece and it is truly amazing) and you'll understand why when you see this piece.  Not only is it easy to assemble but looks sleek and is even easier to move around in your home.  Just add some of your own collections and you've got art.

  

$29-459

I remember my grandparents having a buffet by their dining room table growing up, and how much it really made the room look polished yet comfortable.  The genius modular wall system is at work again, with this piece as well making the wall (not the beatiful table) additional storage.  This piece could easily be added to any room, accented by beautiful art, dishes and personal items to tell a story. 



Geo Gemstone Wool Rug
$149-849

What really makes this room a great space is not only the dark grey wall (to accent the wall art and room decor), but also the attention to pattern detailing.  Pattern mixing is on trend in fashion and of course that means in the home as well.  In essence, if you are able to find a great rug to accentuate your wall paper/paint pattern and art, the rest is easy.


$149

Sometimes using a small table to add height on another one, is the best idea.  You may not want to add a light on top (or maybe you do) but it's up to you and your decor in the end.  Also, use metallics to brighen up a drab room, you can never go wrong with a little sparkle.

xx

7/17/14

Inside Photo Stylist, Kara Rosenlund's Clutter-Free Home

As a Photo Stylist myself I have collections of things I've found over the years, whether from travelling, flea markets, or used as props and sometimes it's just hard to let go or not use them in your home.  To be honest, it can be challenging sometimes to display these awesome finds in a way that makes sense or tells a cool story.



Last week, Design Sponge followed Photo Stylist, Kara Rosenlund around her lovely home in Australia to get some major tips on how to organize collections from a pro.
(hint: white is everywhere!)



According to Amy Azzarito, who wrote the article for Design Sponge, white was used to showcase Kara's beautiful pieces and helped her collections look clutter-free.


I personally love this white kitchen!  There's a definite nature theme going on throughout the house which works well with the clean starkness of the white, and the open cabinetry/shelves in this room really looks stunning.



Long, vertical shapes also help the spaces feel more open and mirrors open up the space and add a sense of warmth/comfort to each room.




Who needs a bookshelf, right?  I own so many vintage books, some dating back to the 1700's and this is such a great statement for them!  




For me, this house is so much more than beautiful, there is so much going on (in a good way), the comfortable feel each space has would make anyone feel at home.  
For more on Kara's thought on her home, check out Design Sponge's article here.

xx

7/16/14


I can't wait for these to be back in my closet!  Missing my vintage Steve Madden's!


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