Ladies That Deserve The Very Best

Christian Dior Ruth Negga

Christian Dior Spring Couture // Ruth Negga

Schiaparelli Natalie Portman

Schiaparelli Spring Couture // Natalie Portman

Elie Saab Emma Stone

Elie Saab Spring Couture // Emma Stone

Armani Prive

Armani Prive Fall // Isabella Huppert

Elie Saab Meryl Streep

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!

Giambattista Valli Naomie Harris

Giambattista Valli Fall Couture // Naomie Harris

Atelier Versace Nicole Kidman

Atelier Spring Versace // Nicole Kidman

Givenchy Michelle Williams

Givenchy Fall Couture  // Michelle Williams

Ralph & Russo Viola davis

Ralph & Russo Spring Couture // Viola Davis

Ulyana Sergeenko Octavia Spencer

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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Standard Issue Organic Crew Neck T-ShirtWest Elm Deco Handle Tray

Fleur Du Mal Silk BlindfoldAha Ted Weekender

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

Alexandra Defurio Photographer Instagram // Peter Hastings Director Producer Writer Bass Instagram

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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Wish List

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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Victoria BeckhamChristian Dior

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

Shop the look:

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.

Kristin Ashford

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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Can I Be These Ladies, Just For A Day

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If I could have any of these style icons wardrobes I’d be hard pressed to choose just one. If pushed a little harder I, most likely, would select Alexa Chung’s. In a fashion sense I feel most connected to her. She’s classic, elegant with a touch of whimsy and rock n’ roll sensibilities to her style. The lady has spunk, class and a bit of edge.

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The beautiful Giovanna Battaglia Englebert may have a designer wardrobe at her fingertips, but it is what she selects and how she wears them that makes her a style maven. She is sophisticated, chic and polished with out be stuffy. There is plenty of fun in her sartorial choices.

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I don’t know her, but I imagine it would be about 10 minutes before Leandra Medine had me in stitches. Maybe less. Her wardrobe reflects a woman with a sense of humor and great taste. She is a master at mixing prints, and never shies away from taking a risk. I can’t remember how many times I’ve turned to her blog, Man Repeller, and her Instagram feed for inspiration. She is one in a million!

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Monica Rose may not be as famous as the women she styles, but she has quickly become a household name for dressing the likes of Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Chrissy Teigen and more. She is responsible for setting the major trends of 2016. I’m sure this stylist will be a major presence for many more years. The rise of Monica Rose has just begun!

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Sarah Jessica Parker has, and always will be a style favorite of mine. Hers is another closet I die to raid! She brings as much finesse to her casual, everyday looks as she does for her philanthropic and working events as well as the red carpet. She too, does not shy away from taking risks with her style, while always looking chic, modern and amazing!

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Holiday Gifts For The Guy(s) In Your Life

Holiday Gift List For The Men In Your Life

Fathers, brothers, boyfriends, guy friends, and husbands. No matter what your relationship, men are notoriously hard to shop for. Us girls, we’re not so difficult. Jewelry, a cozy sweater or a delicious smelling candle, and chances are we are one happy camper.

This year I’ve rounded up some of my guy friend’s favorite picks so you can gift the man/men in your life something he really wants. From unusual shot glasses, to a superb grooming kit, to a pair of awesome kicks, this list is loaded with the coolest gifts for men.

Vince Camuto Austin Military Coat // L:A Bruket Grooming Kit //  John Hardy Men’s Classic Chain Braided Leather Bracelet // Polo Ralph Lauren Fingerless Driving Gloves // Gianvito Rossi Justin Sneakers // Moya Liqueur/Vodka Glasses – Set of 2 // Patrón Añejo Bottle With Limited-Edition John Varvatos Stopper

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Gifts Every Girl Will Adore

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I don’t know a girl who doesn’t love jewelry as a gift. Not a one. Whether you are buying gifts for your mom, sister, BFF, or need to send this to your significant other for hints, this curated jewelry gift list has something for every personality type on your list.

For the rock ‘n roller in our lives there is Cynthia Desser’s Stingray tri-colored cuff, or Alexander McQueen’s Swarovski crystal and pearl Queen skull ring. Or, maybe you’re shopping for someone more classically refined? In that case, there is the vintage 1940’s bracelet with Cartier and Tiffany & Co. charms, or Pamela Love’s Gravitation stud earrings from her fine jewelry collection. For the person who lies somewhere in the middle, I suggest either Pamela Froman’s turquoise 18 K Crush earrings, or Finn’s Figa fist necklace made from coral with a dangling diamond. They are all beautiful and unique in their own right. Just like the recipients!

Stay tuned for more gift lists coming up this week!

Pamela Froman Turquoise “Crush” Earrings // Alexander McQueen Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Queen Skull Ring // Finn Figa Fist Necklace // Cynthia Desser Genuine Stingray Skin Bracelet // 1940s Gold Charm Bracelet with Cartier and Tiffany & Co. Charms // Pamela Love Fine Jewelry Gravitation Stud Earrings

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