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#FlashbackFriday : Call Me Blondie

photo by Richard Creamer circa 1979

photo by Chalkie Davies circa 1977

When you think of Blondie, you not only think of front-woman Debbie Harry, her catchy hits, and of course that platinum blonde ‘do, but her infamous daring style has always comes to mind.

She was able to go from rock chick to glam effortlessly and wasn’t afraid to experiment with fashion from perfectly mixing prints like above, making menswear her own, or even with futuristic-like pieces that made her ahead of her time. That’s what makes Blondie one of my favorite #FlashbackFriday style icons.

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8 Crazy Nights of Gifts

Chanukah begins at sundown on Saturday night and once again it snuck up on us this year.

In case you have done your holiday shopping just yet, here are my 8 picks that make great gifts or stocking stuffers:

1 – Emi-Jay hair ties

2 – Nars lipstick pencil

3 -Bauble Bar stackable ring trio

4 – Deborah Lippmann nail polish

5 - Jonathan Adler smart phone dock

6 – Anchor Hocking glass jar, set of 2 (perfect for cotton balls and q-tips!)

7 – Sonia Kashuk brush set

8 – Keurig coffee brewer 


Instastyle

1 – I worked in a gym for Reebok while athletes were also hard at work breaking a sweat (which I can’t show just yet, but you can see me in action with this photo guy’s photo-bomb in a spinning shot).

2 – I went to Target‘s spring 2013 press preview to check out the new items for their home line, Threshold, and though I can’t share with you that just yet, I’m allowed to show you my favorite item that I’ve been drooling over that was gifted at the event—double sided shower curtain hooks (should be out in stores now). Genius, right? #StylistNerdingOut

3 – I had a meeting at the Qwiki offices in SoHo and was conveniently early, so I popped into the Frye store, which was conveniently next door. Um, how cool are these kicks? I rarely wear sneakers, unless to work out, but these are more like edgy shoes that I would rock.

4 – While working with hair and makeup artist, Jesse Lawson recently, she schooled me on a simple hair tip by using a curling iron without the clamp—which may have changed my beauty life forever. I also was psyched to debut my new Vanessa Mooney pieces (seen here with an Arrows N Hearts necklace from By Brooklyn).


How To Make Faux Silhouette Paintings

With Chanukah arriving earlier this year (December 8th to be exact), I planned out all of my gifts by Thanksgiving!

This portrait DIY that I made for my nephews was one of the most fun I’ve ever gifted and I think it will be something they will enjoy for the rest of their lives—not to mention, their parents too.

I saw these custom gifts being sold in a magazine for a “discounted” price of $125 and thought, what a brilliant idea…and I can do it for much less.

Holiday Silhouette Portrait Gift DIY

Materials: camera (camera on phone is OK), computer, printer, mat, frame

optional: pencil/ink/paint/brushes/high quality paper

my cost: $12/mat and frame 

STEP 1: Take a picture in profile against a white wall with no flash. Make sure you get the entire head in, unlike what I did here. 

STEP 2: For an accurate and advanced technique, upload into Photoshop and trace the outline of the profile by creating a path and using the pen tool. Then fill in the outline with the paint tool.

You can skip the rest of the steps and print this on high quality paper or you can do it the hand-made way like I did in the next step…

STEP 3: Flop the image in the computer for an accurate profile and print out the portrait (whether just the photo or the one you may have created in Photoshop). Then trace the outline with a thick line in pencil. 

STEP 4: Turn over the print out and place on top of a good quality drawing paper or canvas. Then trace the contrasting outline on the back, resulting in a transfer of the first pencil outline you created. 

STEP 5: Trace the pencil outline with ink and carefully fill in with either a wash of ink, gauche, marker, or as I used, a light wash of acrylic paint.

STEP 6: Make sure to label the name and date of the image, so they can look back on what they looked like in years from now. 

STEP 7: Mat and frame the paintings or printouts (these mats and frames were only $12/each at Michaels). Then gift and watch them guess who each portrait is of!


Target + Neiman Marcus Picks

In case you’re like me and didn’t want to wait in line this weekend for the debut of the Target and Neiman Marcus collaboration, don’t fret—you can still catch it online. Check out my picks that will make the perfect holiday gifts for everyone.

I’ll take the DVF yoga mat please!

1 – Altuzarra double old fashioned glasses (set of 4)

2 – Skaist-Taylor vest

3 – Tracy Reese blouse

4 – Marc Jacobs pouch

5 – Diane von Furstenberg yoga mat

6 – Rag & Bone men’s sweater


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