Summer in Cali! by Lucie Jane

Hello everyone! Hopefully you are all enjoying the summer weather!  I am now back from my trip and loving being back in the Midwest! But, that being said, I am also excited to head back to California later this summer!


I was just informed that I will be working as an assistant to one of my professors (featured in the above photo) for Convergence Conference 2012 in Long Beach!  The conference brings together apparel design professionals and professors to teach and share their expertise on different aspects of the field.  I will be assisting my professor, Dr. Lucy Dunne, with her seminar and workshop about electronic textiles and fibers and how they are used in functional clothing.  This has a lot to do with my NASA project I worked on last semester, so I am very excited about the opportunity!

Here are a few photos of Dr. Dunne’s current and previous work!



 xoxo Lucie Jane

Prometheus by Lucie Jane

A few days ago my boyfriend, Kevin Walker, and I went and saw Ridley Scott’s new film: Prometheus. The plot of the movie is a prequel to Alien, also by Ridley Scott. I was looking forward to the movie, mainly because of Scotts other film Blade Runner, and how its filmed and executed.  The grungy scenes and shots really set the mood, and Prometheus was the same.
I don’t want to give too much away, but the basic plot is a spaceship of 17 humans, and one robot humanoid, are flying through space in hopes of making contact with an alien race that they believe created humans on earth thousands of years ago.  The movie then goes on to how their interactions of the crew members, planet life, etc. affects the outcome of the human race.
The end of the film leads into Alien, which was great to see. (So if you go to the movie, stay till the very end for that glimpse!)
The shots from the movie show off the amazing makeup, prosthetics and special effects!
xoxo, Lucie Jane

Friday Fashion Feature: East Coast Spring/ Summer Look

When we asked this fashionista what her outfit recipe was, here is what she said:

white blazer  ::  j crew
white blouse  ::  nordstrom from a long time ago
bright red/orange jeans  ::  j brand
shoes. ::  charlotte olympia
cold cuffs. ::  j crew

Since we never advise replicating another girl’s outfit verbatim, we have offered some other pieces that accomplish this same look with out copying it exactly. Check it out!

Styling the Body Con Scoop Neck Maxi by Lexie

I’ve been on a maxi dress adventure lately trying to find something I’d wear on the days I have trips to Dolores Park for some Bi-rite Ice Cream and a great view of the city. So, when I found ArielSimone’s body con scoop neck maxi, I couldn’t get enough of the color and how many things I wanted to add to it!
With this dress, jewelry is key. Pair it with a ton of bangles and a couple of long necklaces. If you’re short like me, wear it with some strappy heels to give it that extra kick of length.
Even though I’d personally wear this to the park, I’d recommend to wear it to a variety of places: the beach, brunch dates and even a visit to your boyfriend’s parent’s house. There’s so much versatility in this piece that you can basically wear it EVERYWHERE during the hot heat waves in the summer.
by Lexie Tiongson of The Elle Tee

Jean Paul Gaultier @ the de Young Museum

Greetings from the West Coast! 🙂 This past week I was in San Francisco visiting friends and sightseeing!  I had a wonderful opportunity to see designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s exhibit at the de Young Museum!  Nkechi and Adrienne will be doing a full blog on this in a few weeks, but below are a few images from my visit as a teaser!
I love Gaultier’s playful edge to design, he manages to be free spirited and fun, while also being edgy and pushing all boundaries.  His all time favorite design element (sailor stripes) is evident in many of his pieces, and seeing him use something so classic in new and innovative ways is incredibly inspiring. As for the rest of the week, we’re off to Vegas, The Grand Canyon and more!  More on that next week 🙂  I’ll be back in the cities this weekend, just in time for new work with my new agency: Agency Models and Talent! 🙂 If you’d like to book me for anything modeling/acting related, go ahead and email Agency! I’d love to work with you 🙂
xo, Lucie Jane

Friday Feature: Meet Vanessa– a Cool, College-aged Business Owner

The other week, we met the beautiful and tenacious Vanessa Gabriel. She was pitching her company to a panel of fashion and tech entrepreneurs (myself included)  as well as to a panel of Investors.We were super inspired by her motivation and her successes so far that we wanted to know more! We are pleased to share our interveiw with the founder of Make sure to check it out, especially if you are a student looking for great deals on a student budget.

AS: Please give us a brief bio, where you are from and how you got started in fashion technology?

VG: My name is Vanessa Gabriel and I’m a 20 year old full time student/entrepreneur. I founded (pronounced a society) an E- Commerce site exclusively for college students offering 50-80% off retail prices of their favorite fashion brands. I’m from a small town called Tracy where there are fields where cows roam and everyone knows everyone. I’ve always loved shopping ever since I was a little girl. I was no stranger to bargain shopping since I was raised by very young parents. I quickly became an expert at shopping at stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Target, etc. My shopping addiction didn’t change when I moved out to Colorado for college. The only thing that was different this time was that I was now paying for my own wardrobe instead of my parents. Being on a limited student budget with no car only to find out there was no mall in my town was ridiculous. I quickly turned to the Internet to shop instead and was quickly disappointed by the lack of sites that catered to my style and budget. Websites were either way too our of my price range or did not cater to my style tastes. I was then immediately inspired and envisioned the future of how college students would shop online. A place called aSociete.

AS: You are a fulltime student? What do you currently study?

VG: I’ve been studying business for the past two years. My first year and a half was at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I just recently transferred to the University of Pacific here in Stockton where I’ll finish out my schooling while I run aSociete.

AS: How would you describe your personal style?

VG: I have a very laid back comfortable style that I like to infuse with accessories. Each year my style evolves and I grow a little more comfortable in being bolder with my wardrobe. Whether it’s buying statement pieces, bold colors, etc.

AS: What inspires you? How do you stay motivated?

VG: My parents inspire me everyday. They continue to strive for their dreams and do what makes them happy. They encourage and support me to achieve greatness and reassure me that I can achieve anything that I set my mind to. My motivation is knowing how far I’ve come in the past year or so with launching aSociete and the success we’ve achieved so far. My team and I have achieved things that are not normal of 20 year olds and to think of our bright future ahead of us keeps me going.

AS: What is something that you always carry with you?

VG: I always carry my iPhone and lipstick. I’m always going to meetings and connecting with successful people in the Bay Area so my phone keeps me organized and my lipstick to make sure I always look presentable!

AS: What do you find is the hardest part about your work?

VG: The hardest part about my job is that it’s a constant learning process everyday since I’ve never founded/ran a company before. I’m grateful for all the advisors and guidance I’ve received thus far because aSociete wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them.

AS: Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to your work?

VG: Like I said before my parents are huge influences in my life because they continue to work hard for their dreams. Everyday they fight for what they believe in and stop at nothing to make their dreams come true. I also look up to Tony Hseih the CEO of Zappos because he took his company and catapulted it to great success. He has an amazing story and has truly changed the E-Commerce industry forever.

AS: If you weren’t creating (or designing) what would you be doing? 

VG: I’d be a normal college student in Colorado working two part time jobs.

AS: Where do you see yourself in the next ten years either personally or artistically?

VG: I see aSociete being a success and me as CEO. I picture myself traveling the world and running my company.

AS: Share with us something funny that has happened to you recently.

VG: I was asked by a company to put together a gift guide for college graduates and I’m not even graduating college. I barely just finished my second year of college lol. I didn’t express that I wasn’t qualified to help them out so I just asked my friends about what they would want if they were graduating college.

AS: What was the last thing you ate?

VG: I ate frosted flakes for breakfast this morning.

AS: Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

VG: I talked to my dad.

AS: What it is that you love about your work?

VG: I love my team and the culture we’ve created. Our warehouse is our creative space/ headquarters and we are really close friends like a family. We are a for college students by college students company. We are college students ourselves that gives us a relevant advantage over many other companies. Plus I love knowing the fact that I’m helping my peers by saving them money when they shop.

AS: Describe yourself in 5 words.

VG: Ambitious, believer, caring, persistent, and  outdoor lover.

AS: Lastly, any words of advice for aspiring artists or business owners?

VG:You only live once and make the most of it. Life is too short to not pursue your passions and doing the things you love. Don’t ever give up and don’t let the world convince you that you cannot achieve greatness. There is no age requirement for success.

*** All photos were provided by Vanessa Gabriel

Fierce Fashion at ‘The Oscars of Fashion’

Yesterday was the CFDA awards ceremony, honoring excellence in fashion design. If you are not familiar, it stands for Council of Fashion Designers of America. This non-profit trade association consists of more than 300 designers and artists. They work to promote fashion and accessory designers, bring more awareness to the art, and raise the professional standards, codes and ethical practices.

This annual ceremony consists of awards for Lifetime Achievement, Best Womenswear and Menswear Designer, and Emerging Ready-to-Wear Talent. This year, Tommy Hilfiger was awarded with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, but the biggest winners were the Olsen twins, who won as Best Womenswear Designer for their line The Row.

So who stood out at the fashion awards?

Julianne Hough – I adore this dress on her. The pleats are in all the right places, and the length of the dress is ideal. Metallic is the next trend, and this silver belt goes perfectly. Mainly, I love a plunging neckline on a small busted woman. She looks so sexy and sophisticated!

Dakota Fanning – Looks striking in this brocade look. It’s more of a statement than I think she’s used to, but the entire look is fantastic, the shoes and bag are great compliments. I love the trim around and within the whole garment. Notice the metallic!

Lily Collins – Proves that metallic is coming back strong! This cute little dress is so unique with the mixing of gold and silver, the dropped waist, and large bird; such a unique combination. She looks very sweet, as opposed to edgy, and I like that.

Solange Knowles – She has been ‘one to watch’ in the fashion world for quite a few years now. I love the yellow on her skin tone, and the cage-like blocks on her dress, they are working wonders for her figure. I’m usually not a fan of clear shoes, but these look great with the metallic ankle strap.

Karolina Kurkova – I usually see her in full hair and makeup, so it’s great to see a simpler look. The cut of this dress is perfectly uncomplicated and the print is well placed, I like that the red is at the top. I love these shoes for this dress.

There were many more well-dressed folks who walked the carpet of this event, but I wanted to show the newer trends specifically and show different ways to make them work. For more Photos.

Understanding your Unique SKIN by Kate Johnson

When I meet a new client, the first question I always ask is: ” If there was one thing you could change about your skin, texture or color, what would it be?”

As you read this blog, I’m sure that your answer popped up immediately in your head. In fact, I don’t know anyone who honestly looks in the mirror first thing in the mornings and says… “Yes! I’m perfect!” If that is you ….. Honey, tell me where that fountain of youth is!

I think that we all look at celebrities, see how beautiful and perfect they look and wonder what is it they use! If it works for them, it will work for us.

And of course, then, there are the covers of the “rag mags” where they show how “horrifying” celebrities look without makeup. My goodness! To be honest, when I see those, I usually think… ugh… that’s what  my white blonde eyebrows and I look like in the mornings, too. I mean come on, cut a girl some slack!!

But we are used to seeing these perfected beings, and we are told to look up to and idolize. Yes they are  (mostly) talented and, yes,  they are lucky (always) but I think that in reality, they have people on staff to tell them what to do every day….

Dont have that? Well, that’s why we are here to make you your own expert. The secret for us regular, non-celebrity beauties is knowing your skin and its habits. And I mean REALLY knowing your skin. So over the next few blogs I’ve decided to focus on skin types. Not only what we think we are but what we really are. I promise you that often these are quite different.

We will review the following types:

  • Dry skin / Dehydrated Skin
  • Oily Skin/ Acneic Skin Combination
  • Thin skin ( Rice Paper)
After that bit of education, you will know which skin type group you fit in and some of the best products that will have your skin loving you. After all, you should be in charge of your skin not your skin in charge of your life right?

So let’s explore this and take our beauty by the reigns! Because you can’t rock that fabulous red lipstick for your next event if your skin is looking less that fabulous.

 {Photos 1, 2 & 3}

by Kate Johnson of Kate Johnson Artistry
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