Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Star In H&M's Christmas 2014 Campaign

For some reason I just love this.
Check out Lady Gaga rocking what has to be a Cher inspired long curly wig as she snuggles up to her old friend Tony Bennett.

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The complete campaign launches in November, but the Swedish retailer released this sneak peak early.

Love.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Surf's Up ~ Isabeau Hitijahubessy For Cosmopolitan Turkey

I am so not ready for fall.
I have worked almost every day this summer, have had basically no beach time, and am just craving the sound of the ocean right now!
So I was totally happy to find this editorial, because it makes it still feel like summer...

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In the new issue of Cosmopolitan Turkey, model Isabeau Hitijahubessy, Viktor Egyed and Cameron Adams take a beachside frolic for photographer Ergin Turunc's lens.
Doesn't it make you want to make a run for the ocean?

Surf's Up

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images via Fashion Gone Rogue

Thursday, August 28, 2014

How To Survive An Airport Layover

How To Survive Airport Layovers


Airport layovers can be a blessing or a curse.
There are basically 4 types of layover - 
1. the planned or unexpected domestic flight layover 
2. the domestic to international layover 
3. the trans-world layover and 
4. Chicago O'Hare.

I spent endless unplanned hours in the purgatory of Chicago O'Hare airport during delayed flight layovers this summer. As in every single time a plane I was on touched down at O'Hare I was hit with 3+ hour delays. 50% of it was courtesy of United Airlines, 50% of it was due to weather. 
A word to the wise: If you have a connecting flight that you desperately need to make, avoid both United Airlines and Chicago O'Hare like the plague. Each are bad enough on their own, together they are a nightmare.

Some survival tips for layovers:

Walk.
Endless sitting around doesn't do you any good. Taking a walk around the terminal not only gives you a chance to see what's on offer, but also stretching your legs feels great after hours of being cooped up on a plane.
The United Airlines/Chicago O'Hare axis of evil took care of that for us this summer, by changing the gate every half hour or so. An entire plane full of passengers waiting at the gate would have to up and walk across the terminal to another gate, which I suppose kept us busy and stopped us from rioting.

Go To The Club Lounge

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KLM Club Lounge, Houston

Airport Club Lounges are wonderful. The are peaceful, well equipped for the business traveler with places to work quietly and to charge up your electronic devices. Some have showers and places to take a nap. Generally they have coffee, tea and cold drinks for you, some have alcoholic drinks as well. Depending on the airline there are also a variety of food options, the international club lounges offering more.
If you are not a member of the airline's club lounge you can often buy a day pass for around $50. If you have a sizable layover it's money very well spent.
The Lounge Buddy app lets you look at airports all around the world and see what amenities the various club lounges offer, plus the cost to go inside if you are not a member. It also tells you where in the terminal the lounge is.

Bring Healthy Snacks

Airport food tends to be heavy, salty, fatty, sugary - all the things you don't want at the best of times, and things that will only leave you feeling really crappy when you board that next flight.
Instead pack fresh fruit, protein bars, raw unsalted nuts or any other good, healthy food from home.

Pack Something To Do
Having a great book to read, emails to take care of, movies to watch on your iPad - anything to break the boredom.


Check Out The Amenities

Part of walking around the terminals is getting to see what’s on offer in the beauty/relaxation/health departments.
Plenty of airports have kiosks where you can get mini chair massages or reflexology, which are an excellent way to burn money during a layover – they relax you and also get the blood flowing, especially after a long flight, making them the perfect precursor to the next few hours of flying.

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Oxygen Bar McCarren Airport

Some airports have oxygen bars, which are always fun to use. Doctors will tell you there is no scientific research to prove them beneficial, but if you try one out, especially after a long flight, you will find you get improved mental clarity, they calm your mind and stabilize your nervous system, you feel re-energized and your body seems to recover much more quickly.

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Luminotherapie Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris

Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris has a Luminotherapie machine that uses white light to rejuvenate you. Auckland International Airport in New Zealand has calf massaging chairs, which get the blood flowing, shrink down swelling of calves and ankles, and are a slice of heaven after a 12 hour flight.  I am convinced they are a huge part of how I avoid jet lag when I fly there.

There are all kinds of great escapes to be found without leaving the terminal. They not only rejuvenate you physically, but the mental break can work wonders too.

For Really Long Layovers…

If you have a really long trans-world layover, check out the airport ahead of time, as some have some pretty cool features. For example Singapore’s Changi airport, New Delhi Indira Ghandi Airport and many others have transit hotels -without going through immigration or leaving the transit area, you and your cabin baggage can check in for a few hours, take a shower, have a sleep in a clean bed and get a reliable wakeup call, make yourself a coffee, do any work you need to catch up on, and then head back to your connecting flight feeling completely refreshed. 
Brilliant.

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Transit Hotel room Eaton Smart Hotel, Indira Ghandi airport, New Delhi

Other airports (especially the European ones) have great public transport, so you can buzz into town and wander around for a few hours, see something new, give yourself a mental break.

 One of my very dear friends flew to Cape Town recently and had a 10 hour layover in Munich, so she blew into the city, had a good look around and got to eat a great meal before heading back to the airport feeling completely invigorated. 

The worst thing you can do with a really long layover is just stay inside the terminal, waiting at your gate. You will feel ghastly by the time you catch your next flight.







Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kiera Knightley Goes Topless For Interview Magazine


 Interview Magazine has 6 different covers to celebrate the September 2014 Issue.
One of them stars Kiera Knightley shot by Patrick Demarchelier, sporting a very sexy mop of wet hair.
The combination of those eyes and the wet hair is quite captivating, don't you think?


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In the accompanying story Kiera interviews Demarchelier, which gives a fun twist,
and of course Patrick shot these gorgeous images of her. 
You can read the article here
I don't remember the last time I saw her look so totally stunning.
Normally I think she looks far too underfed and emaciated, but here I think she just looks spectacular.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Out Of This World ~ Celesta Hodge For Fantastics Magazine


I always forget to post my own editorials here on the blog, but this one just came out and I love it!


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We shot this editorial in Los Angeles back in July for Fantastics Magazine.

Photographer: Eric Cassee
Model: Celesta Hodge, Elite Models
Stylist: Zoe Hennessey
Hair: Kristin Isaac
Makeup: Corinna Cooke

Out Of This World

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Behind The Scenes Out Of This World Fantastics Magazine Shoot

I always forget to post my own editorial shoots here on the blog.

When we were in Los Angeles shooting the Out Of This World editorial for Fantastics Magazine I attempted to get some behind the scenes photos, but for the most part wound up being too busy.

Anyway, here is a little glimpse at some of the making of the Out Of This World shoot :)


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My favorite piece of wardrobe was this killer feather jacket

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Model Celesta Hodge and me making our way back to the van


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Hairstylist Kristin Isaacs is not only one of my absolute favorite people in the world to shoot with, she's also one of my best friends

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Wardrobe stylist Zoe Hennessey and hairstylist  Kristin Isaacs on set with Celesta

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Collaboration on set - Zoe, Celesta, and photographer Eric Cassee

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Fabulous Quotes ~ Manolo Blahnik

I adore great quotes.
And I adore Manolo Blahnik.
In the September 2014 issue of Allure Magazine he listed 10 beautiful things a woman should own. Or maybe it was just a list of 10 beautiful things.
Anyway he had some glorious quotes in there.


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The first was expected "A high heel transforms you. It changes the way you walk, the way you dress..."

But my favorite was when discussing Hermes bags.
He loves an Hermes Tote that I couldn't find online, but I liked the bag below, The Garden Party Bag $3450.00


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And the quote?
"I like all things from Hermes, but the problem is that you have vile celebrities in America wearing a Birkin like it is a trophy. So I like this one that is very simple."

Haha! 
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