Tuesday, November 27, 2007

trendster trend alert

people often ask how it is that I know about trends or what qualifies me to talk about them. I do what you can too. read magazines, check out fashion shows to see where the market is heading, track sales to see what consumers are buying but above all else is what sets the stylist apart from the general public and that is the artistic flair that we "style artists" apply our to oomph up a signature look. rachel zoe has her 70's halston dresses and today, trendster is bringing the sexy back. or rather, the hand corsage back. crazy as it may seem, I love the look and smell of the fresh flowers. the babys breath and carefully arranged carnations hearken back to a time of innocence. I've got the style wars competititon happening tonite at cinespace and I thought it would be fun to debut my debutante accessory at such a significant fashion event. the particular corsage I purchased was $15 from parisian flowers on sunset who serviced the hollywood industry for over fifty years including providing flowers commissioned by joe dimaggio to have placed on marilyn monroe's grave three times a year for ten years following her death. let's see if we can get this thing going, or at least let me lead the way and test the trendster trend out.

he's crafty

we gals sure love to deconstruct tee-shirts but did you know that men are sort of into it to? my bfriend loves to cut off the sleeves of his tees to work out in and I love wearing all of his tees, so it was a pure organic fashion experience that I put on an XL tee with the sleeves cut off and loved the look. saundi even took a couple of his smaller shirts and cut the sleeves off for me. I now love rocking the marissa tomei-ish inspired look of oversized tee with no sleeves, big hoops and leggings. go on and get your man (or woman) to work so you can work it.

Friday, November 23, 2007

modern girls on style network tonite!

got the thanksgiving coma friends? best thing to do is veg out, watch some teevee and let it pass. so if you're digesting in front of the tube later on tonite, the modern girls holiday special I shot a couple of weeks ago is airing at 8pm on the style network. fun ideas for xmas gifts and more! happy thanksgiving!
xo, jess

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

turkey patrol

tomorrow my parents come out from new york. we have decided to have thanksgiving dinner at S's since I don't have a large enough kitchen or seating area in my tiny apt. so we're taking it to the east side. thanksgiving dinner is a HUGE undertaking. weeks ago, S and I had to sit down and prepare what we would be buying then had to schedule out when to do what and what our tablescape would be (as sandra lee says). S put the turkey on hold the other day (turkey on layaway? what is this, marshalls?) and picked up the sweet potatos and green beans from the framers market, now today I will get everything else annnnd start to bake the pie, ready the appetizers and corn the cornbread for stuffing. we're going with a harvest motiff and took a stroll through griffith park to pick up the oversized pine combs that pepper the ground up there. we cleaned them the other night then painted them with clear nail polish to keep the bugs away. I even spraypainted one gold but S said it was too gaudy and Italian. what can I say? I'm gaudy and Italian. stay tuned for more turkey tales and good luck with yours!

trash to treasure

one of my favorite things to do is decorate.I love finding special curios and knick-knacks to place throughout my home (and others, according to my unwilling boyfriend). the other day on a walk back to my house, I came across a lovely tall, narrow wooden serving table. it was a great piece to help assist in the serving of the thanksgiving dinner at S's however it did not have a top. I carried that bebe home 1/2 a mile, cleaned it up then headed to home depot yesterday and got a wooden piece specially sized and cut for the top and voila! my and the S man have a brand spankin' new table. what started out as a piece of someone's garbage is becoming the centerpiece of our meal, so on ne sais jamais. the best things in life can be free.

Friday, November 16, 2007

go knicks!

S. has an ol' college buddy in town this week who just happens to be the physical therapist for the new york knicks. they rolled into town to play the clippers at the staples center so we were cordially invited to check out the game and hang with the b-boys. I've never been to a basketball game before and it was quite the style spectacle. girls in chanel leather pants, men in gucci, suits and 35K cartier watches. what a scene! afterwards we hit up the reg bev wil where the teams board when in l.a. for drinks at the bar with some of the players. around closing time, the pistons arrived so it was nba city up in the lobby bar and plenty o' piston/knick fun!!

shop for a cause

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

blow(dry) me

I found an easy blowdry in hollywood yesterday. since it was veterans day, most salons were closed but I had an audition so I needed to straighten the curly on the quick and cheap. I stopped by the roosevelt hotel down the block to see if they had a salon and they directed me to sunset nails and salon on labrea and sunset. thirty dollars and a half hour got me a terrific blowdry. sol (who does the 'do) is at (323)467-3333. give em a holla if you're looking for a quick hollywood hair fix.

Monday, November 12, 2007

I voted

with your help, you've brought saundi from 178th place (where he was when I first wrote) to 52nd PLACE in the spin magazine music competition!!!!?!??!?!?!?!?! this is the last and final week so he'll really need that extra push to get into the judges circle of the top 20. you can only vote once a day but again, its quick, easy and FREE when you:

text the word SAUNDI to 628466
he's at saundi.musicnation.com if you want to follow the placing (since you are moving him forward and all). THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! xo, jess

sweet pea shapiro

my good friend jackie jewels is having a baby! yesterday was the shower at the bungalow club on melrose and we had a super fun time stuffing our faces and playing wacky baby games. I even met a lovely actress (and new mother) AJ courtnay who was a breath of fresh air. mazel tov to jackie, jon and sweet pea shapiro.

nouveaux turkey

saturday night, saundi, a.p. and I headed into west hollywood to the warm and welcoming home of laura, saundi's iowa-bred co-worker. I don't think I've ever met anyone from iowa. they. are. nice. anyhoo, laura who is a wonderfully warm and creative interior designer opened up her home so that her roomie (also from iowa. two in one week!?) who works for bon appetit magazine could cook their foodie version of a thanksgiving dinner. the chef kicked off the meal with a turkey burger made with sage and rosemary and a cranberry mustard drizzle. scrumptious. her sides were sweet potato spears peppered with parsley. to cleanse the palette we were given hearty pumpkin shakes with caramel liqueur and to finish, cranberry torte worthy of a james beard award. it was a great time, great company, great food and great idea for the twenty-somethings that like to get creative in their holiday traditions. bon appetit turkey!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

my pal, sally jessy raphael

a couple of years back my good friend jill pollack and I got involved with sally jessy raphael creating a style show pitch to tote around town. sally flew out to l.a. from her chateau in nice, france and holed up in the peninsula while we made the rounds to the networks. we had several entertaining breakfasts, spago dinners and a new york friars club lunch (of which she is the head president or something like that) and let me tell you, this lady is ALOT funnier than she ever let on to be.

Friday, November 09, 2007

closet control

it thursday night when me and S. hit up the tory burch store on roberston for the book launch party of closet control by the always fabulous barbra horowitz. it was a classy event (just like the author herself) and the friends and clients there to celebrate (including cutie filmmaker juan carlos) were a true sign of her loyal supporters. you can pick up the book on amazon (of which I'm on the dvd insert along with chelsea handler and jessica weiner). it has a great binder look and feel and the fashion advice is priceless.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

bow to the alter of your space

last night I hit up tara home on melrose for a fab book event hosted by joely fisher in celebration of the spirtual design book, alter your space written by jagatjoti singh khalsa. it was an awesomely colorful event with a tight knit community guest list of sikhs also spotted at the party were sharon stone (who looks faaaab even when eating a ton of cheese from the food bar), adrien brody and strangely enough, bobby trendy who couldn't look less trendy in his carmen miranda-like get up. the space and its indian style goods were incredible and the book is worth the $30. buying price for the beautiful pictures alone. thanks to nicole (and her D.I.Y. chain link bag shown above) for the invite. and big ups to my old school nyc bud, brit mcadams who I was happy to see. om shanti.

dayum that's cold as ice

it has recently been revealed that designer stella mccartney, daughter of sir paul "I'm with the beatles" mccartney, made a one leg charm necklace as an attempt to piss off her ex-stepmum, heather mills. I don't know who is colder, heather mills who has been getting horrible reviews on her losing personality from such respected people as barbara walters or stella who blatantly poked cheeky fun of the handicapped, one-legged evil or not?

Monday, November 05, 2007

help a brother out

my bfriend is in the running for a spin.com music contest (think america's next top model but much music-ier). in order to make his musical dreams of producing with perry ferrell a reality, we need your help....

please txt SAUNDI to 628466

it'll take a second on your cell and you can do it every day if your karma and thumbs so feel inclined and for more info and saundi's music, bio and sexy pic (I took it in miami), you can click here: saundi.musicnation.com

thank you dearest readers for helping me help him help you help me.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

get green!

here is a global trend update from my friend's at ubercool...

Al Gore's Nobel Prize is sure to further boost the world's growing attention on the plight of the environment and sustainability. The eco-chic movement is on a roll. Nielsen BuzzMetrics reports that the hype surrounding "green" and "sustainability" spiked 169% in the past year. And prolonged online buzz suggests this movement is more than just a passing fad.

The trend is reflected in the demand for organic cotton clothing, which doubled between 2005 and 2006, according to the Organic Consumers Association. But while it’s growing faster than demand for organic food, organic cotton still represents a very small percentage of the total market.

With Hollywood and real estate developers pushing the concept on the population at large, it's clear that the green trend will accelerate significantly in years to come.

Friday, November 02, 2007

present yourself in a bow dress

quelle surprise this morning to wake up and find that my bow dress beliefs were posted to the style network's mystyle.com blog. click on the link for the goods.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

me want candy!

I seriously ate nothing but candy yesterday. and I. am. ok. with. it. I had gone out the night before and got a plastic pumpkin head to fill with hallow's eve treats (read: reese's peanut butter cups, butterfingers and gummi severed body parts). andi and jen invited me along for tricks at the west hollywood parade so I was prepared with a confusing 1980's cat-ish/punk ballerina and a head full of candy to give out. I met the crew on roberston and santa monica who showed up looking so cute in their swiss miss and twisted lil' debbie costumes. we had a ghoulishly wild time walking around and taking in vodka shots and all of the funky and scary and clever costumes. the trick or trend rather, that I saw most of was a ton of britney spears (and her kids crying for mama), priests and 1 out of every 3 had something to do with a man's private part. the most clever was two men dressed as heavy ladies holding signs for the lost ellen degeneres dog, iggy. when the turned around, the dogs were stuck between the cheeks of their butt. hahaha. how cheeky. literally. hope you had a fun and safe halloween.

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