7.31.2009

good night.

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dress: Camilla & Marc
shoes: Miu Miu
clutch: Chloe
cocktail ring: Bijoux Heart

I love that cocktail ring and clutch very very much...::deep sighs::

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(via sex on toast.)

legs + shoes.

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Look at those leg! Those shoes! Yowza!

an open letter to katya & danielle.

So two of my friends are leaving me. Katya and Danielle are leaving me for greener pastures, gelato, and Italian men. Their going to Florence Italy for a semester abroad, and although I'm super excited for the adventure their getting ready to embark upon, I can't help but me sad because their leaving me behind. It's not jealousy (Ok maybe a little jealousy) but an intense sadness, because the prospect of me seeing them is very slim, damn near non existent. My first intention was to create a movie for them, telling them both how much they mean to me, highlighting the crazy ass events our individual cameras collect on a daily basis, but since the iMovie application on my computer is acting out like a bad ass child on crack, I looked too one of my strengths to express how I feel about them both. So I'm writing a letter...

*clears throat to sound/look/feel important*



Dear Katya & Danielle


I love you. You mean the world to me, no seriously, you do. During my last year at Kent, the year I affectionately call 'My Meltdown' you were there for me in ways not even my life long friends could've been. During sit downs at my house and on my porch, while drinking 40's and smoking illegal things (cough), you allowed me the opportunity to pour my broken and wounded heart into your hands with no judgment. That is something I will never forget and something that can never be replaced by anyone. Ever...

There aren't very many people I consider to be close friends. Dollabill told me once that if I can count my closest friends on one hand, I was much better off than the richest man in the world. He was right (as usual), I counted and I feel like the richest woman on earth by having you both on my one hand, Katya the middle finger and Danielle the pinky.

Even though we've been apart for awhile now, with the occasional once a year visit, I miss you both being constant objects in my life. There isn't a day that goes by where I don't miss your advice, your jokes, and your food card. And although that rift is about to become bigger, I'm confident with the help of a little thing called the internet, and his trusty sidekick Skype, I'll be in Italy with you both. So have fun. Make sure to live it up, eat lots of gelato, take loads of pictures, and Twitter me daily. I'll be waiting here in the U.S. for your safe return. Can't wait to be in NYC with you all for the Spring.

In all seriousness, I don't think even the best writer in the world could describe in words how I feel about both of you. You are some of my best friends. And I don't take that title too lightly...

Love you more than you both will ever know...
D'Onna

Katya is keeping a blog about her overseas adventures appropriately entitled Ambition is the New Black . The trailer for her video blog is to the left on the side bar. Check it out!

what keeps me alive.

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I've been wondering for the longest time whether or not I've been doing the right thing by working on this blog so much. I've had conversation with friends and family to sort through my evident confusion. Sometimes I really think I'm getting somewhere with this, while at other times I'm not so sure of myself. This quote just confirmed to me that I'm doing the right thing. If nothing else, I thank God for confirmation that I'm following my dream...(via Sarah McColgan's twitter)

7.30.2009

voila violette!

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Downtown's Sweetheart aka Va$htie just launched the Summer 2009 collection of her clothing line Violette New York. I have a couple shirts from her Fall 2008 collection, and I'm glad to see she's sticking with the same atheistic of comfy loose fitting tees for the tomboy in all of us.

See more shots from the collection over at Violette NYC.

leather & lace.

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jacket: Preen Line
dress: Yumi Kim
shoes: Lanvin
bracelet: Made Her Think
satchel: Proenza Schouler

I've recently been inspired by light feminine pieces matched up with dark leather. Try it out and tell me how it goes!

who knew sounds could be so pretty.

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via LOUDreams the place where I jack information and fun things, comes amazing photography from artist Linden Gledhill. Created using water based paint and the vibrations from speakers the photographs are taken with a high speed camera.

To see more amazing shots check out my internet boyfriends over LOUDreams

who plays dress up anymore?

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Looklet.com is practically the best way to play dress up on the internet. With very life like dolls (or rather models) the site has thousands of garments from YSL to Chanel available for you to mix and match any way your heart desires. I've been playing with the beta site for a couple of months now, and I can honestly attest to the fact that it's not only a great way to waste time, but it's made me think of new ways to mix and match my clothing. Above are some of the 35 outfits I've put together using the site. I'm good, right?!

Give it a go over at Looklet.com

7.29.2009

to die for.

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Barbara Bui not only creates amazing clothes, her accessories are especially brilliant.
The examples above are from her Spring/Summer collection.

i need new leather.

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For the Fall season the one item I'd like to have in my closet more than anything else is a new leather jacket. I will spare no expense for this staple. NO EXPENSE...

glitter & gold.

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A Summer Blend - Vogue Italia May 09

mom. i wanna be like sasha fierce.

Arriving in stores just in time for back to school season, Beyonce and her Mama were so inspired by Sasha Fierce that they decided to create what some would call a capsule collection for their clothing line House of Dereon directly inspired by Beyonce's imaginary friend. Being that this collection should be ready for the back to school shopping season, I'm left to ask this rather important question to parents and young adults alike:

Question: Would you let your child walk out of your house in these Sasha Fierce like creations? Really?

7.28.2009

our deepest fear.

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Thanks Kayta for all the love and support. I needed this today...

denim. leather. studs. oh my!

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I. want. now.

7.27.2009

black beauty.

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Sessilee Lopez - iD December 2008

lily x uncle karl make magical yummyness.

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Please excuse the misspelling of yummyness in the title. I didn't learn how to spell such complicated words at the overpriced college I attended. Moving on...

A couple weeks ago, I say a small candid shot of Lily Allen's advertising campaign for a new Chanel handbag line 'Chanel Coco Cocoon' (tongue twister much?), and now via Trend.Land we all can marvel at the final product. The campaign was shot by every fashionistas favorite uncle Karl Lagerfeld, and shows Lily in fingerless gloves, very tailored garments, and fabulous tiaras!
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Kimberly Ovitz is a Los Angeles native whose lifestyle collection is influenced by clean lines, menswear, and the equestrian lifestyle. Having had apprenticeships under the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, and J.Crew, Ovitz began her line in the Spring of 2009 and favors minimalist silhouettes and the use of neutral colors to express elegance and her effortless style.

the diary of: LOUDreams.

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I'm not entirely too sure when I first stumbled on LOUDream, but I do remember the first thing I thought about. As cheesy as it may sound, I thought: "I'M HOOOOOMMMMEEEE". No seriously, I did, and do you want to know why? Because being a fan/stalker of the world wide web and all it's counterparts, I had yet to find a small space where the author(s) shared my love for contemporary art, music, fashion, and travel. On a daily basis my brain and I had to travel to numerous websites all of which only encompassed one or two of these topics, never the whole sha-bang. So finding LOUDreams was a dream come true. I visit that little corner of heaven on a daily basis, and never ever EVER get sick of it. I'm grateful to that blog, because a lot of the content I write about for JENESIS Magazine, my writing portfolio, and sometimes pitch to M.I.S.S. has been directly inspired by Joseph and Shakib's work with LOUDreams.

I've thought about conducting this interview for awhile now. When I first started this series I made a list of blogs and people who inspire me to be a better writer and a better observer of life, not surprisingly LOUDreams made it in into the top 5. So after gaining the courage (read: BALLS) to reach out the Shakib and Joseph, I was very surprised at the amount of time it took for at least one of them to get back in touch with me. This amount of time being about 20 minutes (I know right, HOW COOL!). It never ceases to amaze me the luck I have at getting amazing people to give me insight into how and why they do what they do. Shakib and Joseph are one of a kind bloggers, for sure. They're the breed that care about their readers, and actually want to hear from them. You don't find that too often, but whenever I do, I'm loyal.

I'm done talking (or rather typing?), onto the juicy stuff. It's a good one, thank me laterrrrr!
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Tell me a little about yourselves and how LOUDreams came about.

S/J
: I'd like to say that we are young motivated adults who are fascinated and inspired by creativity in all spectrum's. LOUDreams was fertilized and grown (and still growing) off of a midnight thought that I (Joseph) had about a year ago. It came to me as a small idea of something that seemed fun and "cool" to do. Being an avid fan of the world wide web and certain blogs, I had yet to see one incorporate all aspects of everything extraordinary. Don't get us wrong though, we are not just your common website, we are planning some amazing things for the future, taking one baby step at a time.

What was your motivation for starting LOUDreams and how long have you been at it?
S/J: You basically see everyone take that certain same old road, we wanted to start something new, something fun, and something for many people to be excited about. I think Shak and I share that same idea. We do this more for the people then ourselves even though we highly enjoy it.

Do you have a core audience? If so, who is the audience (age, occupation etc) and if not what kind of people would you like LOUDreams to attract?
S/J: Our viewers are pretty interesting. We have our good core of 16-30 year olds who enjoy the entire website but then we have a community of older adults who love the design, photography and art posts. Our fans, whatever age they are, are awesome. Any and everyone who is ready to take a dose of yumminess is welcome to the LOUDreams world.

There are all sorts of topics that get addressed on your website. Whats your favorite topic to write about for LOUDreams?

S: I enjoy the whole music aspect of things. I like to paint pictures with my words, so when I am capable of reviewing my favorite artists' concerts I can't help but to get geeky.

J: The art post are always different, always refreshing, and amazing to discover.

I know you guys feature a lot of art on LOUDreams, far more than any other blog I've seen other than maybe Kanye's blog. Who are your favorite artists or projects you've featured on the website?
S: Art is the whole idea behind our vision because we feel that everything we post is art. Personally, I am a big fan of music and the videos. So, I'll answer this a bit differently. I am a big fan of BB Gun, the director of Christian Rich's Famous Girl, KANYE WEST (Not the 'Hip Hop Artist,' the ARTIST). I feel that Lupe and Kanye are 2 of the few that realize music is an art and they constantly make art for art's sake.

J: I am a big fan of David Choi's graffiti work, that man risks his own lively hood to make these phenomenal wall murals, have you seen his documentary? Making artwork out of his own blood? Yeah, I know, crazy! And then there are other artists like Jo Hamilton who created crochet artwork, which I thought was splendid. Every artist we put up we definitely enjoy, that's why it's up.

I've noticed that you all seem to favor (or at least post) brands that boast a very clean aesthetic. Are their any brands or designers you're particularly fond of?
S: I am a big fan of Triumvir, FiveFour, GStar, and 3Sixteen... They should send me some samples of clothing ;D.

J: The funny thing is we do like the more simple and clean looking aesthetics but my favorite designer is outgoing Thom Browne and his creative designs.

What blogs do you read on a regular basis? And do you generate ideas from those said blogs, for LOUDreams?
S:I am a big... HUGE fan of Street Etiquette, HypeBeast, Kanye, Nahright and KiD CuDi. I like 2DopeBoyz, but they don't filter enough. I feel like they put everyone on. My motto is Scarcity Determines Value. We like to put the best of the best.

J: Coute de Coute is a favorite. Jeff Hamada's booooooom.com is fun. Egotastic is sexy. Gizmodo is a necessity, it feeds my iPhone hunger, Hypebeast is great, your great.

S: And hell yeah we do. Those blogs I mentioned above are great at what they do, Street Etiquette especially. I feel like we all need to meet and take over the Blog-Sphere haha.

In 5 years where do you see yourself and LOUDreams?
S: In 5 years... You'll see. There are a great many things in the works. But... We will always maintain our 'Grass Root' mindset. E-Mail and you'll get an answer. If you don't it's because I accidentally forgot to respond. To any of those people... Sorry and get back on your email and hit 'Re-Send.' Please and Thank you.

In a couple sentences please let my readers know why they should check out LOUDreams everyday like I do.
S:
Man... You should just check it out and decide for yourselves. If you like it, know that we'll be doing it everyday. And, if you don't like it know that we'll still be doing it everyday. And, please email us with any suggestions to make it better.

Who are some of your favorite bloggers? If you have any, express why they are your favorites.
S:
KiD CuDi because its brushing the surface of being his journal. Its a good and honest perspective of the industry. STREET ETIQUETTE Too. Those guys are 'old souls,' with an amazing sense of fashion.

J: I respect Jeff Hamada's art and photography posts, he keeps it simple, finds the best, posts the best, and is always active in the art, design, and fashion world. I definitely respect Kanye's blog, he post what he likes, he doesn't say much unless he's flustered, but his content is always on point. I highly love the people who work at acidolatte.blogspot.com, they, by far, post the best artist and artwork on the web, I don't know them personally but it is damn amazing.

If you could write a guest post for any blog what would that blog be?
S:
Mannn...I would love to guess post on your blog... Shout out to TheDiaryofaBROKEcollegeStudent.blogspot.com

J: Diary of a Broke College Student, did you even have to ask...? (GOOD ANSWER GUYS!!)

If you could trade places with anyone in the world who would it be?
S:
I'd trade places with only my mother or father, so I could understand what it means to be in love.

J: These questions are so difficult! Ryan Paraiso, our head writer for the website is in New York for vacation, I need a vacation so I pick him.

What, in your opinion, is the best thing about living in LA?
S:
LA is a beast. I hate and love living here. It's great because it is an exercise of the mind. You have to be able to read people and understand their motives. It helps build your understanding of character. So, to answer your question... The best part of LA is being able to communicate with an immense number of people.

J: The best of everything, you got the beach, the girls, the nightlife, the day life. Can I say that everything happens in L.A.?

In your opinion, what makes a good blog/website.
S:
I don't know haha.

J: A good concept, simplicity in regards of website layout and design.

Any advice for less experienced bloggers out there?
S:
Don't let the inexperience stop you. Fuck getting your feet wet, take some chances and belly flop into life's ocean.

J: It's all about content, content, content, the more you have, the more will come.

If you could own one item right now, what would that be? (Money is no option)
S:
Could I own love? Trust? I'd love to own the rights to word 'swagger.' Its used too frequently. Back in the days swagger would describe a James Dean, a Dean Martin, a Sammy Davis Jr., a Muhammad Ali, a Michael Caine.... Should I continue? Stop throwing away the emphasis of beautiful words. Stop telling everyone in the world you love them because its not true. When you tell an acquaintance you love him/her it takes away from when you say I Love You to your mother or significant other.... Cherish your words.

J: A fuel efficient car would be nice.


Air Jordan 1's or Air Yeezy's.
S:
Air Jordan 3s! Haha. I need to be able to play hoops in my kicks. I can't hoop in Yeezy's or the 1s.

J: Air Jordan's, why..? because I'm not an alien. respect to Kanye for getting out his dreams and I love his work, don't get me wrong, but I don't share his dreams nor that kind of style... God I hope he doesn't read that.

Favorite article of clothing.
S:
My underwear! I hate it when I forget to do laundry and have to go free. Haha. I love all my clothes equally, but I appreciate my underwear the most.

J: Umm wristwatches, cause I'm one of those guys who say creative things for the hell of it.

Favorite song or favorite artist.
S:
Lupe Fiasco... KiD CuDi - The Prayer is constantly on repeat with The FuthaMuckas - Dance Like She Used To, H.O.P.E. - Nightlife II, U-N-I - Land of The Kings and AJ Alexander - How Does It Feel? That CD has been ultra-durable in my whip.

J: I can't pick a favorite song, I think for me it changes everyday, but a band or artist I truly admire for their creativity and work ethic is definitely Radiohead, they have been consistently great in a world where no one can be consistently anything... side note: I have recently become highly disgusted with everything on the radio, the music that our youth is requesting over and over again makes me sick, it's terrifying for our generation. There is only so much LMFAO a man can take.

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stephane verdino.

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It's back to school time already? Wow. Summer went by too quickly and very uneventfully to say the least, but at least I can act like a student by taking part in one of my favorite past times: Back to School Shopping. Yays!

First on my list are all the goodies listed above. I need nothing else.
via (saksfifthavenue)

silhouette masterpiece theatre.

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Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre
are small silhouette art pieces (obviously) created by Wilhelm Staehle. Some are funny while others make you think, but the craftsmanship is something at definitely can't be denied.

7.26.2009

twiggy revisited.

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Found these classic modeling pictures of Twiggy that made me swoon. She's so cute! Lalalala Love herrr!

gregoire alexandre.

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Youth has it's creative advantages. At 27 years old French photographer Gregoire Alexandre has an imagination that seems limitless. Wow...

love: band of outsiders.

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I'm not very outgoing with my clothing, I tend to take risks with the accessories I wear, so staple items are always on my 'Add to Bag' list. Dayton Ohio native Scott Sternberg's BOY by Band of Outsiders is a label that I often obsess over because of it's staple items are classic, clean, and aren't terribly trendy so I know I'll be able to wear them for years with no problem. I have about 3 pieces of BOY clothing right now, a couple oxford shirts and a tuxedo blazer, but I can't wait to get my hands on more...

7.24.2009

anna selezneva by heidi slimane.

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Black & white photography is my favorite. As much as I love color, the art of black and white photography is timeless. It just doesn't fade...I couldn't help but play with this.

Cool shoes though, right?

bread. butter. MAESTRO!

Maestro Knows - Episode 1 (Bread & Butter) from Maestro Knows on Vimeo.

::sigh::

7.23.2009

64 pages of magic.

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What do you get when you have the worlds top models all in Paris for Fashion Week? A 64 page editorial in French Vogue of course! Conceptualized by my girl crush Carrine Roitfeld and Emmanuelle Alt, 'ADN de la Mode' is one of the biggest editorials in French Vogue history and features the 'it girls' of the industry donning the key pieces from almost every high end designer that matters. Perfection!

so i guess you want to be compared to grace jones?

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Is Rihanna the new Grace Jones. Are the hair cut, the mean & surly looks, the dominatrix outfits, all to achieve this obvious goal. And lets say that someone does dub her the new Grace Jones, are Grace Jones fans everywhere willing to stand on chairs and tables, and shout from the rooftop what a joy this news is.

I'm not so sure, but then again these are just my opinions. With the world (or at least the Twitter world) going ape shit over Solange Knowles' hair cut, and tweeting about celebrities suddenly cutting their very fake hair very short, I got to thinking. Why do we as people try do hard to be like everyone else around us? While it's alright to be inspired by someone it's 10x better to do your own thing your own way. No one seems to be doing that these days, and it makes me very sad.

Probably the best tweet I read today, came from my pal Michelle:

"Why is it that EVERYONE wants to talk about "their swag" but when a person is TRULY standing out everyone hates on it? Really?!"

I already have a Grace Jones, I don't need another one...

kevin & brittney obligatory weekly boob shot: #1

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femme fatal

After posting a Brooke Nipar photo on here last week, I got an alarming amount of people either giving me the internet side eye or internet applause for the picture itself, so I did what any normal person would have done: I blocked out the side eyes and just focused on the applause.

The two people to applause me the most were Kevin and Brittney, pals of mine from my good ol' KSU days. Throughout our facebook driven banter about the boobage in the photo (and about fried chicken from Popeyes), I kind of roped myself into posting an boob shot every week for them. Its quite easy to find editorals or photograhy in general that flaunt the breast as a work of art. I like to think of boobs as the ultimate accessory of a model, because they always seem to have them out...Hmmm

So here's to Kevin & Brittney. Hope you like the tits!

i have a problem.

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KAMERYN - Brouge Shoe: $125
via Topshop

chloe x muse #18.

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My love of Chloe Sevigny will last forever. I'm sure of it. Even when I'm old, gray, and fabulous I'll still chose her quirky sense of style over any Hollywood diva. Why? Because Chloe is timeless. Seriously timeless. If you don't believe me, well that's your problem, but don't get mad when I do the 'I told you so' song and dance all over your face. Just sayin...
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7.22.2009

oh alice.

The trailer for Tim Burtons interpretation of the classic Alice in Wonderland just unofficially released making me infinity more excited about the film than I was previously. Although it looks great, the trailer isn't as long or as epic as I would have wished it to be, but I'm sure between now and when the movie actually premires there should be a indepth (or as indepth as you can get) trailer. Super excited!



and another reason to love miu miu.

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Dearest Miu Miu.
How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways...
I'm love the selected color placement. I think it makes the clothes pop out and slap you a bit more. This campaign makes me want to buy everythinggggg! If only my pockets would allow. Sadface =/

Photography Mert & Marcus

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levi's really likes prison.

Well obviously if their entire F/W campaign was modeled and inspired by a place I never want to see.

I guess in a way it makes complete sense. According to Highsnobiety, after stripes and before the infamous orange jumpsuit, denim was the fabric of choice for inmates. With Levi's being a denim company it was only fitting that they merge these two coincidences...

Still scares me and I still don't get it.

7.21.2009

awesome DIY project.



I feel a DIY (do it yourself) project coming on.

Tatel from The Streethearts on Vimeo.

7.20.2009

minni havas.

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When I first checked out Minni Havas' work, I had to look twice. Can you see why. Amazing artist.

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g.o.a.t.



Wild Warriors
Well that's only my opinion. Steven Meisel has a way of giving my eyes orgasms. Intense...

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