The Witchy World Of Alexander McQueen

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On March 6 Sarah Burton debuted one of her most breathtakingly exquisite Autumn 2017 collections. One galvanized from an outing taken with her clan to Cornwall, England where she spied a Cloutie tree (on which people tie rags and ribbons as they make wishes), visited the ruins of castles and medieval churches, and where a subculture of paganism and healing witchcraft is said to still exist. From there she was off and running with her imagination and research (which she is wont to do) into the creative communities that inhabit these walls, its traditions, their ancient signs and symbols, and the power that laid within the landscape.

The Cloutie tree inspiration, a prominent theme throughout the collection, was witnessed from the very first look of floating ribbons on a whipstiched black leather coat. It then made its way onto bodycon-ribbed knits, and as wisps of threads streaming from embroidered patches of flora patterned dresses. It was present via the extra long cinched belts on a few of the softly tailored pieces made from cashmere felting. These black/grey pantsuits with their extra long jackets, paired with thick-soled sneakers seemed fit for a modern-day priestess.

Burton wove her Cloutie theme all the way through to its final evening looks. The last 2 exits with their glistening silver sequin embroidery, and their sleeves and hems trailing in black or cream feathers were pure beauty. When the day comes that I finally get married, I’ll happily walk down the aisle in either the cream with green, blue and beige flora and fauna embroidered dress (boots included), or the final silver sequin and feather frock. Maybe a visit to the Cloutie tree is in order for me.

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Living The Daydream Of Valentino

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I want to live in the dresses of Pierpablo Piccilo’s Autumn 2017 collection. And, while I’m inhabiting his daydream, clothed in his tunics and frocks, I’ll reside at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild where he unearthed his romantic, strong and vibrant collection fit for a modern-day princess.

Piccilo’s mood boards were a study in the fusion of opposites: Victoriana and Memphis Group — an Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1981, and inspired by Art Deco, Pop Art, and the emerging postmodernism movements. Nathalie du Pasquier and George Sowden were cited by Piccilo as his main influencers, with fabric designer Pasguier priming his numbers, serial florals and hand motif graphics.

There were plenty of the beautifully intricate, high-waisted and high-necked Victoriana dresses that have been a house staple of late, but it was the Memphis inspirited dresses that really stole my heart. The flowing, waistless, knee-length dresses in lemon yellow satin, colorful sequins, and black and white patterned prints, along with the hands and numerals print maxi dresses, paired with rugged to-the-knee boots that will surely be touted in all the upcoming fall fashion magazine issues.

Now excuse me while I go buy my lottery tickets, a girl has to finance her daydream somehow.

Valentino’s To Die For Accessories:

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See the entire collection Valentino Autumn 2017 Collection here.

Some of my other favorite from the Paris collections.

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Christian Dior // Dries Van Noten // Loewe // Nina Ricci // Balmain // Mugler // Balenciaga // Off White // Rochas // Chloe  All Autumn 2017

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Now That Is What I Call Unforgettable TV

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Michelle Williams in Louis VuittonOlivia Culpo in Marchesa

Naoime Harris in Calvin Klein CollectionEmma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture

Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & RussoBrie Larson in Oscar de la Renta

Wowza! I, along with millions of others, could not believe how last night’s Oscar’s ended. Talk about awkward and embarrassing. At least it garnered some unforgettable television. It is astonishing the ripple effect one mistake (albeit a colossally huge one) has on an evening.

My heart went out to so many. Mostly, Moonlight producers, Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney and its cast for its moment of glory being tainted. Hopefully, it will be remembered more for the brave, powerful and artful masterpiece that it was, and not the unfolding of its journey to the stage to accept its Best Oscar award. Secondly, to La La Land; imagine believing you won the golden ticket, and having it be snatched from your hands. Producer Jordan Horowitz handled it like a true mensch.

I felt horrible for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. So many of last night’s and today’s head lines read as if it were their fault. Let’s remember they were given the wrong card to read. And, to Jimmy Kimmel, he did a fantastic job of hosting the show with his subtle humor, his quick wit and all around entertaining personality. I hope his almost flawless hosting gig will be remembered not only for the last 10 minutes.

Lastly, I do feel bad for whom ever at Pricewater Cooper mixed up those envelopes. I’m sure, not only do they feel dreadful, but that they received an earful last night! Do you think they still have a job today?

Amid all the excitement from last night, I almost forgot to mention my top ten dresses from the evening. There were quite a few gorgeous gowns (2 of my what I want to see selections were worn), but my favorites were worn by Brie Lawson and Kristen Dunst — BBEG (basic black evening gown).

Kirsten Dunst in Dior // Nicole Kidman in Armani Prive // Viola Davis in Armani Prive // Olivia Culpo in Marchesa // Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture // Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta // Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph & Russo // Naoime Harris in Calvin Klein Collection // Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton // Karlie Kloss in Stella McCartney

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Ladies That Deserve The Very Best

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Christian Dior Spring Couture // Ruth Negga

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Schiaparelli Spring Couture // Natalie Portman

Elie Saab Emma Stone

Elie Saab Spring Couture // Emma Stone

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Armani Prive Fall // Isabella Huppert

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Elie Sabb Fall Couture // Meryl Streep

The talented ladies that have been honored with an Oscar nomination in leading and supporting roles this year have put a lot of hard work, time and dedication into their performances. Each and every one of these actresses is worthy of the accolades that are being bestowed upon them. And, when they walk down the red carpet they deserve to be wearing the best of the best, and that is Couture  —  gowns that are rich in embellishment, craftsmanship and heavenly fabrics. Gowns that are no stranger themselves to hard work —   on average, a couture dress consist of hundreds to thousands of hours of painstaking effort.

Most of this year’s Oscar nominees are quite experienced with more than a few noms under their belts (Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Michelle Wiliams, Octavia Spencer and  Nicole Kidman). Yet, there are a few that are relative newbies having only been nominated once or twice (Natalie Portman, Isabelle Huppert and Emma Stone), and two actresses experiencing their very first nods (of many yet to come, I’m sure) – Naomie Harris and Ruth Negga. I’m rooting for Ruth Negga (can someone please explain how “Loving” was not nominated for Best Picture??), and the enviable Viola Davis. Both delivered awesome portrayals of woman with not a lot in common except for their courage, strength and resilience in difficult, trying times.

I’ve hand curated a selection of couture gowns that I’d like to see each of them grace as they glide down the red carpet. Let me know what you think of my picks!

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Giambattista Valli Fall Couture // Naomie Harris

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Atelier Spring Versace // Nicole Kidman

Givenchy Michelle Williams

Givenchy Fall Couture  // Michelle Williams

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Ralph & Russo Spring Couture // Viola Davis

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Ulyana Sergeenko Spring Couture  // Octavia Spencer

Can’t forget the last year winners that will present this year winners.

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Zuhair Murad Spring Couture /Brie Larson // Valentino Spring Couture /Alicia Vikander

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Valentine’s Day Gifts For The Man In Your life

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I’m a romantic at heart, and even though I’ll be single this Valentine’s Day, I still find the day worthy of celebrating. I realize it has become a “corporate” holiday over the many years, and, truth be told, we should honor those we love every day not solely on the 14th. But, sometimes life has a way of getting in the way of our best intentions, so a day to celebrate your love and commitment towards a significant other, or simply expressing the love you have for family and friends is a grand idea. Tokens of love are appreciated. Especially when there is plenty of thought behind the gesture.

A few of my favorite ideas:

Breakfast in bed. This West Elm handsome looking tray is just what you need to serve up all the goodies you present him while he relaxes in bed.

Take a weekend away, just the two of you. Gift him this Aha Ted weekender, and no matter where your journey takes you he will arrive packed in style.

Opt for a simple gift that could yield some not so simple results. Fleur Du Mal’s silk blindfold could play the part. And, while you’re there make sure to get something delectable for you to slip into.

Or, you could go the “home made” route. My girlfriend turns her fiance’s instagram account into a book every year. They’re both super creative people, and she loves to show her support and appreciation of his talent with this simple gesture.

Alexandra makes hers at Blurb

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Neil  Barrett “Jay De Niro” Jersey T-Shirt // Uncommon Goods Health, Wealth & Love Wishbone // West Elm Deco Handle Tray // Aha Ted Weekender // Fleur Du Mal Silk Blindfold and this (Sliquid  Organics Natural Gel) //Apolis Standard Issue Organic Crew Neck T-Shirt

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This Week’s Wish List

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Wishing doesn’t always make it so, but it’s a start. To focus my desirous energy I decided to whittle down my list to my top 3 choices. Not easy, but here goes.

Saint Laurent Opium Logo-Heel Pumps: I love the use of the logo as the design of the heel, and my curiosity is piqued. Are these shoes made for walking?

Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating Serum: Since the winter weather has taken a toll on my skin, and my best friend (as well as Gwyneth) swears by its benefits. And, because it is non-toxic and organic.

Spinelli Kilcollin Women’s Vega SG Pavé Ring: I literally can not stop thinking about these rings since I discovered them a year ago. This one makes my heart sing!

I love everything on this list, so I wouldn’t balk if any of the above lovelies made its way into my home, but it’s always nice to have a jumping off point.

My other, intangible wish is for refugees to be welcome the world over. Help refugees, forced to flee their home, and give them a chance to rebuild their lives. Donate here or here. Get involved here.

Style Mafia Nara Top // Chanel Gold Plated Black Leather Charm Belt / Necklace // Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum // Alexander Wang Boyfriend Bomber Jacket with Mesh //  Saint Laurent  Opium Logo-Heel Pumps // Stella McCartney ‘Elyse’ Eco Patent Leather Wood Platform Derbies // Intermix Women’s Joanne Slit Sleeve Knit // Spinelli Kilcollin Women’s Vega SG Pavé Ring // Gucci Sylvie Embroidered Leather Top-Handle Satchel Bag // Adeam Tie Straps Cardigan

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In Need Of Some Inspiration

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I thought I had a handle on my uneasiness regarding the election results, yet with the handing off of the baton last Friday emotions were stirred up again. Frankly, it zapped my creative energy, and I had turned to my security blanket, as it were, of sweats pants, cozy sweaters and Uggs the last few days. I was in desperate need of inspiration. Thankfully, the Pre-Fall 2017 collections are here and there are plenty of looks to spice up my sartorial senses.

Above are a few of the looks I will be drawing upon to add some zing back into my step when curating what to wear. Also, everything from Pierpaolo Piccioli’s superb second solo outing for Valentino. Especially those terrific over the knee boots paired with dresses sliced with a “touch of dreams”. Just what the country needs now.

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Givenchy // Emilio Pucci // Tome // Versace // Christian Dior // Victoria Beckham //Acne // Fendi  All Pre-Fall 2017

Valentino Pre-Fall 2017

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Zara Printed Midi DressALtuzarra Fenice fringe-trimmed slub stretch-crepe blazerThree Dots Ponte Seamed Leggings

Rag & Bone Double-Faced Merino Wool Reversible PonchoShrimps Bonnie faux fur clutchAnna Rachele Black Label Jacket

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Moving Through Your Fear

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Now that the samples for my new small leather goods line (Kristin Ashford) are finished, the hard part, for me, starts: launching my Kickstarter campaign. When it came to designing and producing the bags, the days of trolling streets and websites in search of the perfect fabric, the hours of research, and the numerous trips downtown were fun, exciting and never daunting. Not even deciding to redo the inside lining gave me a moment of pause!

Yet, the notion of producing a crowd sourcing campaign, that is put together with as much expertise, and with such professional looking results, as the ones on kickstarter……has me quivering in my boots. Go figure?!

Lucky for me I have the talented and supportive, Mimi Fuenzalida,  to create the video, and a whole handful of other dear friends to thrust me through my fear.

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Kristin Ashford

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Time Management On The Red Carpet

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With the rise of the “Ask Her More” initiative, celebrities are demanding to talk about topics other than the clothes on their back while on the red carpet, especially when their time is so limited. With all the talented women that were housed under one roof at last night’s Golden Globes, surely there was more to discuss. After all, these women are actresses, writers, producers, activists, mothers and human beings that have not only created and participated in award-winning projects, but have lived full lives outside of the entertainment industry. It’s time to let the world know that too!

Yet, when you are loaned a dress worth thousands, and the jewels come with their own personal body-guard for the evening, those designers deserve to get acknowledged. Last nights pre-award’s host/hostess did a good job of keeping that portion brief, and delved into as many more substantial matters as the time allotted permitted.

After last night’s speech I’m sure no one will be making the mistake of asking Meryl Streep, “Who she is wearing?” Way to go, Meryl! You rock. (see below for speech)

Teresa Palmer in Armani Prive // Jessica Chastain in Prada // Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan // Louise Roe in Monique Lhuillier // Amy Adams in Tom Ford //Anna Kendrick in Vionnet // Caitriona Balfe in Delpozzo // Natalie Portman in Prada // Blake Lively in Atelier Versace // Thandie Newton in Monse

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Stirring The Pot

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This year it’s about mixing things up. Changing the way you approach your free time. I’ve curated a list of ways to get the ball rolling and simplify the process for you. Try turning off the TV and listen to a podcast; camping in a decked out, luxurious Airstream trailor in lieu of a hotel; or listen to an autobiography audio book to put your self in someone else’s shoes rather than your normal radio stations. Who knows, this could be life changing!

Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

“He has explored how ideas spread in the Tipping Point, decision-making in Blink, the roots of success in Outliers, and the advantages of disadvantages in his latest book David and Goliath. In his latest project, Revisionist History, Gladwell examines the way the passage of time changes and enlightens our understanding of the world around us.”

Try tuning in to Revisionist History, a podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. A 10 week series where Malcolm takes an event, a person, or idea, from the past, and reinterprets it.

Auto Camp

Inspired by the wanderlust of camping and the great American road trip, AutoCamp is a new type of outdoor lodging experience that’s unlike any other. The combination of  modern and luxurious Airstream accommodations along with their unique, decked-out properties in California (Santa Barbara and Russian River) create the ultimate outdoor camping experience for both casual and seasoned campers.

These iconic silver bullets are outfitted with queen-size Casper mattresses and soft linens; modern, sleek bathrooms with walk-in showers and vanity sinks; kitchenettes; and a flat-screen TV with cable and built-in sound system. Top-notch toiletries include Malin+Goetz bath products and cozy robes. All that, and gorgeous scenery to boot. Count me in!

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The team behind Eastern Safaris: Balloons Over Bagan In Myanmar have now launched an exciting new product in the spectacular Atacama Desert of Northern Chile.  Balloons Over Atacama’s sunrise hot air balloon flights drift slowly over multi coloured and spectacular rock formations against a backdrop of distant snowcapped volcanoes. The makings of an experience that will never be forgotten!

The actual flight lasts 45 minutes, however, upon landing, while the highly trained flight crew is packing plan on enjoying a light champagne breakfast. The entire experience will last about 2 1/2 – 3 hours.

Theaster Gates Regen Projects

“Theaster Gates: But To Be A Poor Race,” Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, January 14 – February 25, 2017

“But To Be A Poor Race questions a particular kind of poverty, one that is not just about a lack of economic capital but one that is deprived of the basic elements from which one can make a living,” says Gates. For Gates, sculpture – as a derivative of the minor arts, craft, or the decorative and plastic arts – has been an important historical invention. Throughout Gates’ artistic career and especially during his time at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the need for divine acts to have material and human vessels has undergirded his investigations. The exhibition begins to demonstrate Gates’ thoughtful handling of sometimes imagined African reliquary objects and other historic Black forms, referencing the power that can be honed from ‘poor’ materials. But To Be A Poor Race offers a salute to the possibility of power and beauty. ”

Gates is internationally renowned for his cross-disciplinary practice that spans sculpture, painting, sound, and performance. Featuring all new works, many of which will be created on site, this exhibition marks the artist’s continued investigation into the relationship between visual politics, shamanism, and object making.

Learn more about Theaster Gates

Born To Run Bruce Springsteen

“Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce

Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run is not just an explanation of his vast record catalogue, and recalling of his many sojourns while touring the world many times over. While it does delve into those aspects, it is more of a raw, honest and in-depth telling of one’s life from an extremely self-aware man who has thought deeply about what his life experiences have meant. Listening to the audio version in my car, narrated by Bruce himself, was akin to having him personally tell me his story as I tooled around the streets of LA. Highly recommended. Thanks Bruce. I already miss you.

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