This past Sunday I walked the runway for Ashley Rose Couture Designs
for the third time. RAW: Natural Born Artists held their monthly event at club
Rumor where Ashley's designs were featured.
Everyone arrived at the venue at 2 pm for the moment we went on at 10:30 that night. All the models were ready almost two hours early – a rare event - and had time to enjoy the party before we walked.
Along with Priceless the RAW makeup artist and a team from Bei Capelli salon all ten models had unique and put together looks. I was able to capture every moment from getting ready to walking the runway and create the video below.
Although the time on the actual runway is brief, maybe as long as this video, it's one of my favorite things to do with a great group of girls.
Ever since Lana Del Rey released her music video for Born To Die in 2011 the floral crown that she dawns in the video has blossomed (haha) into one of the biggest trends for spring/summer.
The romantic boho accessory has appeared all over. From high fashion editorial spreads to every rich girl who wants to be grungy at Coachella.
What should be an easy DIY project – about 25,500 results pop up for DIY floral crown on YouTube – has turned into an extremely pricey must-have. Crowns range in obscene prices upwards of $100.00.
To me, the clear answer is to just make one yourself. But I am sensitive to those who are less crafty, so I went on a hunt via Internet for the best quality and priced floral crowns.
What I stumbled across was Stoned Foxx, an online store run by two girls in LA. As far as floral crowns go, theirs are quality. No sad little silk flowers here. They even do custom crowns if you’re feeling crazy.
Stoned Foxx’s headpieces are around $25.00 and if you follow the websites Instagram you can often find yourself with a discount code. Sounds like the hipster dream to me.
Photo: Skyremix Photos/ Fickr CC
Fashion magazines bombard you with spring trends, fall trends and what you should be wearing now. My advice: don’t listen.
Staying on trend is, first and foremost, time consuming. Remembering if bodycon dresses are in this month – or is it maxi dresses – takes a lot more time studying glossies than any person should.
I remember when I first became fashion obsessed and had no idea how to build my personal style. I would literally go through a checklist of trendy items I needed to have in my closet whenever I went shopping.
But was I wearing that white faux fur vest that all the magazines told me to wear 3 months later? No.
I’ve found it’s best to ignore what’s trendy and spend your money on pieces that will continue through the seasons. If you can see yourself wearing a piece in the summer then layering into cooler seasons, then it’s worth it.
Adding timeless pieces to your wardrobe that speak to your style should be the goal. So when you start shopping for this spring and summer 2013 ignore the Bermuda shorts (please, I’m begging you) and pick up pieces that will last.
With all the emails, tweets and texts I send in a day I always find my cell battery falling short of fifth coffee. When your battery hits red the only option left is to find a free wall socket but who really has time to stand around and wait for their phone to charge?
That’s when I stumbled across Everpurse, an invention so clever it hurts. I never knew how much I needed one until now, which is a clear sign of a badass invention.
The Everpurse is a clutch-sized bag that has a charging pocket with a hidden dock connecter at the bottom for your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy. (They are currently working on adding a wider selection of compatible phones.)
At night, you place your Everpurse onto a mat that is included in your purchase to wirelessly recharge the bag and you have limitless phone battery for the day. It’s seriously that easy.
Ingenious! Until I realize I’m a broke college student and the more stylish leather clutches will set me back a $249 I don’t have.
Fashion-forward ladies on the go of the world, we must pray to the style gods that this purse becomes popular enough for it to be affordable.
In the meantime I’ll admire their Spring 2013 collection and file the Everpurse under “need.”
RAW: natural born artists held another Boston event Sunday March 24, which they named “Generation.”
Known for their dramatically titled showcases and numerous photographers, visual artists, fashion designers, musicians and more who get to call themselves RAW artists, the eclectic events never bore.
This event was no different.
Whenever I attend a RAW showcase I usually go to support one artist in particular and am pleasantly surprised when I run into a handful of other acquaintances. The independent organization seems to draw in the whose-who of the Boston arts scene.
I was also pleased to avoid the $15 cover charge but was disappointed to pay almost the same amount for a single drink (plus tip).
Highlights of the night for me included MUAs Marissa Saparnis and Lesli Patrock whose horror inspired makeups were both beautiful and grotesque as the models done up in them walked around the club and socialized.
I wondered to myself through the pain of my 6” heels, just how likely could it be for the artists to sell prints when most of the party-goers were just there for a fun night out.
Turns out – pretty likely. Almost everyone I asked sold more and more pieces as the night went on.
With over 77 locations worldwide, RAW: natural born artists is becoming both a vital part in Boston’s art scene and a very enjoyable monthly party.
The other day while getting my claws sharpened at my favorite nail salon off Huntington, a girl walked in with a strange request.
She wanted a picture of herself and her boyfriend to be put under her acrylic nail, so that it acted like a frame, as a surprise for her boyfriend.
EXCUSE ME? Was my first thought.
Not only did the idea sound borderline stalker but I had never heard of nail art going to such extremes.
Personally, I’m guilty of the dagger nail trend and I remember having my acrylic nails ‘pierced’ back when Tom Cruise was jumping on Oprah Winfrey’s couch.
Now thanks to sites like etsy you can buy charms, rhinestones and spikes to literally pile on your nails to create 3D nail artworks. The effect is not something I would call subtle.
Bad luck for Bostonians who want the crazy nails.
out there’s not a single nail salon that advertises 3D nail art in the
area. So if you want the look you’re going to have to do it yourself,
which might be impossible by the looks of it.
How much is too much when it comes to getting creative with your manicure?
Oh, and if you were wondering, I asked what happened with that girl’s creepy picture nails when I returned a few weeks later and they were able to make it happen! Go figure.
I find myself to be very superstitious. Don’t you dare open that umbrella indoors next to me and you better believe I’ll be wearing my crystal when there’s blood on the moon.
I’m not sure if anyone else has these irrational fears but it seems that lately fashion is dwelling on the superstitions as well.
The evil eye on clothing and jewelry has been rising in popularity only to completely break out in Kenzo’s Autumn/Winter 2013 show for Paris Fashion Week.
You can find the eye literally from head to toe in the collection. Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, the duo behind Kenzo, explained that their inspiration for the collection was the spiritual aspect of India.
Some believe that the evil eye can curse victims, the most common form attributed to envy. Others think that wearing an evil eye will protect them.
The eyes appeared on everything from bomber jackets to sweaters that featured rounded shoulders and skirts with funky asymmetrical box or oval shapes. At the same time high collars, wrap fastenings and luxe silk fabrics helped to evoke “ancient Asian warriors.”
Maybe Kenzo was thinking the evil eye would make everyone jealous of the person wearing the garment or maybe that the eyes would protect the person wearing it from the worst dress list?
Either way the evil eye is a trend to watch.
Recently I commuted down to Providence, RI for a shoot with Filth and Decay, a local graphic tee company! In under a year the company has exploded online thanks to social networking sites like Instagram.
Each shirt is printed and cut by hand. Specifically Theresa Irene’s hands, the owner and creator of the company.
Irene says, “I'm getting orders from all over the world right now which is pretty amazing. There are a lot more ideas I have for marketing the brand further but it’s just me right now doing everything, so time is an issue.”
Designs focus on the simple, distressed and alternative. All tees have a basic black and white design. My favorites include the “Devil Card” and “Horns” designs, both of which I got to take home with me from the photo shoot.
Irene even encourages people to get creative with her designs posting instructional videos on the website on how to cut the shirts into different styles.
Filth and Decay’s future on the web looks promising but Irene’s real goal is to get her shirts into boutiques and eventually have Filth and Decay stores.
But for now she’s working on adding hats and hoodies to the
Photos property of Dustin Genereux Photography