My Shoot with Edward

December 29, 2013 § 1 Comment

A few months ago I was lucky enough to become acquainted with a local photographer named Edward Duarte at a crowded bar during Downtown LA’s monthly Art Walk.  Hipsters lined the walkways and I don’t remember what brand of funk was playing but it was a perfect mix of old school in this new setting, for me.  Maybe it was James Brown but it escapes me. Let’s just say it was James Brown for effects sake, shall we? We exchanged some silly jokes and smiles and he slipped me his business card kindly offering to shoot me. Little did I know how seasoned Edward was when I slipped his card into my back pocket.

A few months later I finally collected the balls to take him up on his offer; I mean it took a nudge from my inner child to call him after seeing his portfolio, which you can see here.

On the day of our shoot I remember having a mini melt down trying to decide what to wear. It wasn’t glamorous, it was chaotic. After trying combinations of every one of my pant, dress, short, skirt and capri outfits, I decided on four basic black and white pieces to switch around. Then I met him at his Downtown LA studio.

It was exactly what I expected. The sun was shining through his wall to wall loft style windows. A bed covered only in white sheets against two picture windows screamed — get naked. Naturally, I got nervous while retouching my hair and make up, gagging a little bit but it passed when he turned up the Rolling Stones. CAN YOU HEAR ME KNOCKING put a smile on my face being the easy to please kind of girl that I am. And we started shooting. It was beyond awkward for the first half hour — not knowing how to pose, not feeling at ease with him. Don’t judge though, I’m really shy underneath it all, OK? He suggested some tequila, so I took a couple shots and it helped. And it was liberating. And it was loud music, a camera shooting my every move, in a Downtown LA loft. And I was young and it was fun. I HIGHLY recommend giving in to these experiences if they ever come along.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the two hour shoot.

 

 

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DISCO DIVAS IN AMERICAN HUSTLE

December 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

I have yet to see American Hustle, but based on advertising and editorial content swirling the world wide web–this 1970′s drama is a stunning resurrection of disco glamour, courtesy of none other than the power fashion house that is Gucci.

Here are a few images for you to salivate over before seeing the film.

PHOTO CREDIT: COLUMBIA PICTURES

Hair by Kristen Barry, Elizabeth Cecchini, Raul Hernandez and team seems worthy of being among Oscar 2014′s shortlist of makeup and hairstyling nominees.

PHOTO CREDIT: COLUMBIA PICTURES

Deep cut v necks, please do make a comeback.

PHOTO CREDIT: COLUMBIA PICTURES

I leave you with The Golden Filter ‘Look Me In The Eye’. Enjoy the weekend, my babies!

An Examination of Martin Scorsese’s Costumes

December 19, 2013 § 3 Comments

Like many directors, Scorsese keeps an interesting style continuity throughout his films.

GANGSTER THREADS IN GOODFELLAS

In Goodfellas he used costumer Richard Bruno, known for his wardrobe work in Chinatown, Raging Bull and The Untouchables.

This film follows the rise and fall of the Lucchese crime family over a period from 1955 to 1980. Bruno’s stand out pieces, in my humble opinion, were in the following scene.

Henry and Karen’s early years: A 70’s ensemble of a leather jacket, polyester slacks and a classic button down seemed fitting for setting things straight with a neighbor.

PHOTO CREDIT: WARNER BROS.

PHOTO CREDIT: WARNER BROS.

Karen didn’t seem to mind, dressed in innocent and girlish pink pleated pants with a matching wool cardie.

“I gotta admit the truth, it turned me on.”

PHOTO CREDIT: WARNER BROS.

PHOTO CREDIT: WARNER BROS.

WALL STREET CON ARTISTRY

Being hailed as a close second best film of Scorsese’s according to one film critic, makes me yearn and ache to see this film so much more. It hits theaters on CHRISTMAS. But for now, let’s look at the garments provided by fashion house Armani.

Fuchsia mary janes, to die for.

PHOTO CREDIT: PARAMOUNT STUDIOS

PHOTO CREDIT: PARAMOUNT STUDIOS

Margot Robbie in a striped transparent black gown is sexy and it absolutely frames this new artists face. Isn’t she gorgeous? Can’t wait to see what this newcomer siren-on-the-screen has in store next.

PHOTO CREDIT: PARAMOUNT STUDIOS

PHOTO CREDIT: PARAMOUNT STUDIOS

Leo yachts in a classic casual Friday white polo and khaki number here. Cheers.

PHOTO CREDIT: PARAMOUNT STUDIOS

PHOTO CREDIT: PARAMOUNT STUDIOS

I leave you with this trailer. Enjoy.

TOP 10 HOT BODS

December 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Behold, my top 10 list of the hottest male bodies in recent memory. I put this list together because I listen and I care about my readers. I’ll keep my words to a minimum.

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1. COLIN KAEPERNICK OF THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

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PHOTO CREDIT: ESPN: THE BODY ISSUE

2. DAVID BECKHAM OF SOCCER FAME NOW FULL TIME SPOKESMODEL FOR H&M

PHOTO CREDIT: H&M

PHOTO CREDIT: H&M

3. MICHAEL PHELPS: 22 TIME OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNER

PHOTO CREDIT: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

PHOTO CREDIT: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

4. TOM SELLECK AKA MAGNUM P.I.

PHOTO CREDIT: COSMO

PHOTO CREDIT: COSMO

5. CLINT EASTWOOD WHEN HE WAS IN HIS PRIME

PHOTO CREDIT: THE INTERNETS

PHOTO CREDIT: THE INTERNETS

6. DAVID GANDY: SPOKESMODEL FOR MENSWEARSTYLE.CO.UK

PHOTO CREDIT: MENSWEARSTYLE.CO.UK

PHOTO CREDIT: MENSWEARSTYLE.CO.UK

7. BRUCE LEE

PHOTO CREDIT: THE INTERNETS

PHOTO CREDIT: THE INTERNETS

8. PAUL NORTON OF HOLLYWOOD HAIRCARE FAME

PHOTO CREDIT: TONY MAYORGA

PHOTO CREDIT: TONY MAYORGA

9. ISAIAH MUSTAFA: THE OLD SPICE GUY

PHOTO CREDIT: OLD SPICE

PHOTO CREDIT: OLD SPICE

10. LAST BUT NOT LEAST: CHRISTIAN BALE IN AMERICAN PSYCHO

PHOTO CREDIT: LIONSGATE FILMS

PHOTO CREDIT: LIONSGATE FILMS

BALMAIN STUNS WITH THEIR NEW MUSE

December 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Photo credit: Style.com

I’m resurrecting this blog in honor of Balmain‘s new muse, the almighty Ri-Ri. Sure it’s a little dramatic, but occasion calls. This Spring 2014 campaign blew my slippers off last night.

Not only are musicians increasingly being used in brand campaigns, they are also adding a new longer-lasting impression of their respective brands across a number of channels because their image becomes forever tied to it.

CoverGirl stands out as a brand that weaves musicians into their campaigns, too. It’s such a smart move for marketers to recruit musicians as brand spokesmodels because music ties into emotions and leaves impressions. Musicians aren’t just models, they represent something unique to each consumer. Each one of us has some kind of an emotional tie to their music. And music, as we all know, resonates with individuals on a base–inside-the-soul–level. Don’t you agree?

Rihanna is a total rockstar, and now, so is Balmain.

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Written to the tunes of: DEAD OR ALIVE

BALMAIN STUNS WITH THEIR NEW MUSE

December 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

ImageI’m resurrecting this blog in honor of Balmain‘s new muse, the almighty Ri-Ri. Sure it’s a little dramatic, but occasion calls. This Spring 2014 campaign blew my slippers off last night. Not only are musicians increasingly being used in brand campaigns, they are also adding a new, longer lasting impression of their respective brands across a number of channels.

CoverGirl stands out a brand that weaves musicians into their campaigns, too. It’s such a smart move for marketers because music ties into emotions and leaves impressions. Musicians aren’t just models, they represent something unique to each consumer. Each has some kind of an emotional tie to their music. And music, as we all know, resonates with individuals on a base–inside the soul–level. Don’t you agree?

Rihanna is a total rockstar and now, so is Balmain.

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Written to the tune of: DEAD OR ALIVE

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