Archives for January 2011

Lost in Translation: MTV’s Skins v the USA

As with Being Human and Coupling, Skins is just another British import our American-television industry has butchered, skinned (no pun intended) and watered-down into fizzled-blah. Yes, I know fizzled-blah isn’t a term, but it works.

The premiere of the US version was Monday January 17, 2011 on MTV and was met with no shortage of critics, naysayers and fans.

Much of which is still vastly apparent a week later, as the Parents Television Council continues to push [Read more…]

Dropping an Album? Buy an iPad. That’s What The Gorillaz Did…

Courtesy of http://ow.ly/3J03K

By: Amanda Montgomery, guest blogger

When studying the history of music and looking back at a timeline of significant moments atonal aficionados often recall tender moments like when Sinatra slide across a smoky Vegas stage, Woodstock ’69, Michael Jackson’s Solo Glove, the debut of Hip Hop, Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress and so on.

But when dredging up the archives of Music History going forward, another moment unlike any before will highlight the context of time and change:  12.25.2010 / The Gorillaz release their new, highly anticipated album, entitled ‘The Fall’ – available on their homepage as a free ‘App’ download.

The entire album was created using an iPad.   [Read more…]

Animating CHANEL: Where the Automaton and Coco Merge

NOWNESS, a brand of the luxury group LVMH, showcases fashion, travel, art and culture in a whole new light using a highly creative and technologically advanced approach to being creative in the industry.

A jet-propelled robot, an impish spider and a beaming sun are not exactly the words or characters you think of when you think Chanel, Karl and Coco. [Read more…]

The American Widow Project: A Social Network that offers Hope and Healing

Courtesy of civilthinking.blogspot.com

By: Amanda Montgomery, guest blogger

In these unsettling times amidst a global recession, as nations wage war on terrorism fronts both domestically and abroad, sources of comfort often seem distant, unattainable and a lost cause.

Two years ago, Taryn Davis became an American widow at 21, just 18 short months after she married her high school sweetheart.  Feeling isolated, a burdening grief led Davis to seek out various community groups, where she hoped to find solace and support from other women. [Read more…]

{iStyle} Lady Gaga Makes Haute Music with Mugler

She’s already conquered the United States– so why not broaden her reign internationally?

Known for her outrageous fashion sense and beyond stellar musical talent, everybody’s favorite Lady finally gave fans a chance to score the best of both worlds.

The ever-risque Lady Gaga gave her little monsters a sneak peek of her latest single – remixed of course – off of her upcoming album Born This Way.

The songstress premiered the remixed track, which she specifically tailored for a House of Mugler fashion show, in Paris on Wednesday.

Gaga then offically released the track today, combined with footage from the actual French runway [Read more…]

{iStyle} Meester Makes Her Mark as Missoni’s Latest Muse

By: Kelly Ahern, guest blogger

From a Gossip Girl to Country Strong—Leighton Meester is shedding her seductress persona to pose playfully in Missoni’s Spring/Summer 2011 “Family and Friends” Campaign.

Rather than flaunt her petite figure in cleavage baring mini dresses or swap secrets with a not-so-innocent smirk on her face Leighton can be seen looking almost innocent—adorned in sheer, breezy pieces and vibrant accessories. [Read more…]

Being a Beauty Queen is a lot of Work: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

via Pop Crunch

By: Kelly Richardson, guest blogger

Being a beauty queen is a lot of work, and spending uncountable hours backstage at pageants, and this week at Miss America 2011, I often wonder how these girls get “pageant perfect.”

Some of the best tips and secrets I’ve picked up over the years can help you get fabulous skin (in your own home). [Read more…]

{iStyle} Armani’s Legacy Lends to a New Decade for Fashion Marketing

Girorgio Armani - Winter 2010/2011

By: Kelly Ahern, guest blogger

As we embark upon this bold New Year, many have been making predictions about what to expect from the fashion industry in 2011.

Although we’ve slowly seen possible styles emerge—from 70s glamour, biker-chic accessories and array of cropping, lace and tassel details—fashion trends go way beyond the actual textiles.

One of the most popular trends to take the fashion realm by storm this year was the ever-successful brand generated content strategy.

In [Read more…]

{Tickled Pink} Dream: “Sit down before fact as a little child…”

Sit down before fact as a little child,

be prepared to give up every conceived notion, [Read more…]

Happy 1/1/11: It’s a New Dawn, A New Day, A New Decade … So FEEL GOOD!

“Be always at war with your vices,

at peace with your neighbors,

and let each new year find you a better man.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

Tradition dictates that with the dawn of each new year we make resolutions: a means to fix our lives.

But, I’d rather not think about how to ‘fix’ life. I’d rather think about how to live it and rather than resolutions, make a list of affirmations with goals.

So, that being said, for you and for I, welcome to the future!

Even though you can technically change yourself, or improve yourself or circumstances throughout the year, [Read more…]