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Lights, Camera, Action!

Posted in art, fashion by Dani on January 19, 2010

A late morning hello, precious readers! Due a plethora of assignments that I need to finish, I cannot blog as long as I would like to today.

 As I looked at Asian Cajuns (These darling doubles are uh-mazing.  Their chic, clean blog is definitely a must-read for any fashion blogger. I love them!) former blog location the other day, I began to realize how essential lighting is to fabulous photography while perusing through a photo shoot that they styled awhile back. Whether warm and low-key or bold and bright, lighting is key to setting the mood.

Below are several of my favorite photos styled by this superb sister act. Enjoy, loves! (I know I did! Haha.)

I love the warm glow of the lights in the dim bathtub.

So prom-esque. I love it.

Simply lovely.

Have a beautiful day, muffins!




A Whimsical Wonderland

Posted in fashion, literature, more, music by Dani on December 18, 2009

"Alice in Wonderland"-inspired scene was auctioned at Bonhams from the Fortnum & Mason store in London, England. Very whimsical. (Photo: Sebastian Meyer/Getty Images)

Good evening, honey bees! I hope that your week went incredibly well and that your weekend is going to go even better! Movie reviews on television are putting me in the mood for some cinema sighting. While I do have several motion pictures in mind for the holiday season, I am super ecstatic to watch Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland next spring.

I have a thing for film adaptations of literature. A definite impetus for enrolling in my nineteenth century British Literature class next year is the reading list, including Alice Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.  From dolls to dressmaking, with such a tremendous influence in pop culture, this literary classic must be  worth reading at least once (although I haven’t read it… yet. Haha.).

One of my favorite Alice-inspired creations is Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For?” (Love her!) Not only is it fantastically fun, but the music video is also light and chic, bursting at the seams with pastel ruffles and Vivienne Westwood-esque heels. Speaking of fashion, Vogue published an absolutely fabulous spread on Wonderland wear several years ago. I think you’d like it.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was great, so I cannot wait to see Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (especially in 3-D). Haha.

What is your favorite film adaptation? Do tell!

Again, have a wonderful weekend!

Good night,


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A Leg Up On The Competition

Posted in fashion by Dani on November 20, 2009

While perusing through fashion blogs last night, I came across Nathalia Pavon‘s fun, summery look, comprised of an adorable floral skirt senched with a bold turquoise belt. After admiring her outfit, I read a tiny snippet about her fashion influences.  She said that she finds hordes of inspiration from this super (and when I mean super, I mean SUPER) fly international website called, I can see why.

I spent at least ten minutes looking at the first page alone. Along with feasting your eyes on effortless fashion from global trendsetters, site visitors can also select specific color schemes, clothing items, textiles, and/or brands to see how these gurus put ultra-chic outfits together with the specifics they have chosen.

One of my favorite new panache pacesetters is twenty year old photographer, Rachel I. from Detroit, Michigan. From the following photos, it’s evident that she certainly has a flair for legwear, which makes me want to have more fun with my leotards and socks this winter.

BTW: All of the photographs are hers. Like all of the other pictures I post on my blog, please click on the photo to go to the original webpage that I found it from.

I am loving the outfit, especially those heels... and the frames, of course.

The juxtaposition of the leather jacket and the floral skirt is paradoxically edgy.

The jean jacket is so fun and 80s.

She certainly knows how to rock a pair of 'tards... and boots too. My favorite aspect of this particular outfit is the contrast between the heavy layers on the top and bareness of the bottom.

Red lumberjack flannel is always a good choice.

The stockings are sick.

Blazers + tube top = Original placement.

Be you = amazing,


Chanel No. 2?

Posted in fashion by Dani on November 11, 2009
Chanel Strikes a Pose

Chanel Iman backstage at Erin Wasson x RVCA Spring 2010 during this fall's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park.

Photo: Jeremy Kost/WireImage  
As I sit below today’s gloomy skies, I find it particularly refreshing to see the heavy punches of color in the December
Teen Vogue's December 2009 Issue

Chadan or Journel?

2009 issue of Teen Vogue Magazine. Not only are the glossy pages of glamazons brimming with bright hues but they also feature two bright shiny faces: Chanel Iman & Jourdan Dunn. Although Chanel & Jourdan (Is the blend their names together  Chadan or Journel? Hmm…) have been gracing fashion magazines and runways for quite some time, I first noticed this gorgeous duo two months ago at a newsstand in Chicago’s O’Hare International in an ad for Fashion’s Night Out.

With her oodles of endorsements, fashion shows and guest appearances along with her latest slew of magazine features (including Italian Vogue, Teen Vogue, and i-D) and her recent three-year contract with Victoria’s Secret, Chanel is quickly becoming a household name. I think it is official: Chanel is, dare I say it, a part of the next generation supermodels. While a number of models have come and gone, Chanel seems to be digging her stilleto heels deeply into the fashion industry.

After this cluster of fabulous photos, something else is also official: Jeremy Kost is one of my favorite photographers…


Chanel the Hippie

Chanel Iman at the launch of the Matthew Williamson for H&M collection in New York City.

 Photo: Jeremy Kost/WireImage


Chanel Wining & Dining

Chanel Iman and Ryan Leslie at the Samsung Imagination Icon's Series Premiere Event 'The Red Thread: The Inspiration & Passion of Valentino Garavani' in New York City

 Photo: Jeremy Kost/WireImage

Chanel in Fur

(From left to right) Chanel Iman, Maryna Linchuk, & Arlennis Sosa backstage at Michael Kors Fall 2009 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Tent in Bryant Park.

 Photo: Jeremy Kost/WireImage

Chanel with Glasses

Chanel backstage at Max Azria Spring 2009 at The Tent in Bryant Park.

 Photo: Jeremy Kost/WireImage

Chanel in Red

Chanel Iman at Peter Som Spring 2009 at The Promenade in Bryant Park.

Photo: Jeremy Kost/WireImage

Enough about my opinion, do you think Chanel will be here for the long run(way) or is just another pretty face?

Do tell,