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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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

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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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Ideal Curated Work Gifts

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Buying the people you work for, with, and whom work for you can be a tricky maneuver. One that requires balancing creativity, decorum and skill. Though budget may be a consideration you always want to give the recipient a gift they’ll love, and that will stand out in the sea of received gifts! Today’s curated list keeps in mind multiple budgets while covering many genres: from Broadway Baker’s sweets-to-die-for (on Oprah’s Best Thing’s List), to Mini Me’s personalized Bobbleheads, to Simone Leblanc’s seasonal gift boxes, ranging in price from $50 to $750.

Shop the list and find a gift they will love at a price you will too!

Broadway Baker // Vanity Fair 100 Years From the Jazz Age to Our Age // Jackery Smart Fit Technology Portable Charger // Flores Lane Candles // Simone Leblanc Gift Box // 1001 Smartest Things Ever Said // Mini Me Personalized Bobblehead //  Simon Pearce Weston Vase

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Holiday Gifts For The Vain… Or Beauty Lover

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November came and went before I even had a chance to think about Christmas/Chanukah. But, now that we are settling into December, I can’t ignore that the holidays will be here in the blink of an eye. Gift giving can be as consuming as a full-time job, but one way to lessen the stress level is great planning and starting your shopping early.

My curated list of incredible gifts for the beauty lover in your life (we all have one) can help on both accounts (with more varied lists to come). I can vouch for Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting set and brush – it gives me a glow that comes in handy when my face is in need of a pick-me-up! What I have added to my Santa list is the ZIIP Nano current device. The brainchild of “electrical esthetician” Melanie Simon, ZIIP uses nano-current technology to stimulate elastin and collagen production to produce luminous and lifted skin after one treatment!!  Sounds good to me!!

Foreo Luna Mini // Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo Total Transformation Kit // Smith & Cult Lip Trio // Allegresse 24K Gold Illuminating Facial Peel // Net-A-Porter Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Kit // ZIIP Nano Current Device // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Brush // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal // Perricone Multi-Action Overnight Treatment

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It’s Party Time

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Thanksgiving weekend is coming to a close, but the real partying has yet to begin. It is officially the holiday season, and the festivities are about to get off to a roaring start. Getting together with friends, families and co-workers to celebrate the holidays is the perfect excuse to host a get together (as if you really needed one!). You’ll need some fabulous ensembles for the occasion, and the many other parties you’ll be attending, so I’ve curated a list of the perfect holiday items that will have you shining bright like the star you are!

This year I’m looking to add silver to my repertoire – Attico’s stretch silk-blend  lame maxi dress on sale at Net-a-Porter is calling my name!

Shop for your holiday season below! Check back for more holiday finds during the month!

Nicole Kidman // Bella Hadid // Petra Nemcova // Lilly Collins // Kendall Jenner // Sarah Jessica Parker

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Finding Comfort In Food, Friends & A Damn Good Table Setting

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Hands down, my favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving. This year it is particularly needed. By that I mean, the chance to sit down and break bread with family and friends and remember all that we have to be thankful and grateful for. Let’s not forget all the progress we have made in the last 8 years, and that we have the freedom to use and express our voice in this country. We need that voice now more than ever.

Putting together a creative, festive table inspires joy and a sense of accomplishment for me, besides making a huge impression on your guests. I’ve pulled together a few photos of table settings I find to be inspirational, festal and joyful in the hopes it will give those of you hosting a few design ideas to work with.

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