Humor – Black Label and Bubblegum

Bubblegum (sugar-free, of course) happens to be a real saving grace for me. Yes, I know the majority of ingredients are alarmingly unpronounceable.  And I am perfectly well aware that increasing the rate and intensity at which I chew may well land me in TMJ (temporomandibular joint) jail – I’ve induced the condition in the past – vehemently chomping through stress – so no need to preach to me about that!

Bazooka Gum comic

Bazooka Gum comic

Still. . .bubblegum – Bubblemint, to be clear – has prevented me from many an unsavory situation.  Perhaps it is the sweet, non-sugared (though, thanks to fancy-pants, long-winded chemicals) “candied,” pink piquancy that accounts for the of super, ass-kicking power it bestows upon the chewer?  I wish I could have asked Roddy Piper. . .

Roddy Piper from They Live

Roddy Piper from They Live

Let’s take the recent crane crash on the Tappan Zee bridge… How fun was it to get that news, while already driving back home at the WORST time of day?!  

The reroute of traffic (through every neighboring town, city, suburb, what have you) to the GWB (that’s George Washington Bridge, for those fortunate not to know it) caused a massive hazarai.  New Yorkers are naturally aggressive on the road – add to that proclivity the threat. . .er, promise. . .of substantial delays, and you are a minnow maneuvering in a shark tank.  Yikes.

One lady literally drove her car towards mine, only a hair shy of indentation.  Normally I might say a few disgruntled words to myself…but her singing and snide, deliberately obnoxious (feigned, I dare add) “smiley” attitude rubbed me so the wrong way that I thought I was about to get out of the car – Black Label hoodie, four-eyed and all.  It was like a wave of precursory “road rage” that broadsided me.  As a martial artist I always have that voice that kicks in saying “you never know who you are dealing with” in the back of my head.  Well, that angel’s voice took its quick cue, thankfully. . .but it wasn’t until I had some bubblegum that the devil was quelled.

All hail the mighty Bubble(mint)!


Yes…three, simulated-saccharine pieces and all was okay with the world.  (Alright, my knee was uptight and I wanted out, but it was better.)

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As Waze and Google simultaneously – and resolutely! – labored to find the fastest route (I was on it but one can hope), I took a deep breath, turned up my Octane, and enjoyed the familiar swell of sweetness. 


Smashbox Be Legendary is offering three New York Fashion Week-inspired, matte shades of its Be Legendary Lipstick!

  • PUBLICIST MATTE – Vibrant Fuchsia
  • SCREEN QUEEN MATTE – Burgundy 

The cream formula promises a lustrous finish, while offering moisturization from shea butter, and antioxidant vitamins C and E.  For these specialty mattes, you can still count on C and E, and a solid “adherence.”

The package artwork by “Instagram icon” Donald Robertson adds an extra dash of fun to the whole affair! 🙂

Fashion Industry Shows – Autumn / Winter 2016 / 17

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job in Fashion (though truly, there were many!) was attending various trend shows and seminars – we worked with a fabulous group of leather, synthetic, fabric, and print vendors…and met many new ones along the way.  

Much of the time they came to us in the office, pulling a slew of gravid suitcases in tow, stuffed to the seams with the newest materials and leathers.  But a few times a year, the Shows rolled around, giving us an opportunity to skip into NYC and browse hundreds of vendors we may not have seen otherwise – serious inspiration!

Some of the invitations are cropping up so in the event you are in the business and haven’t had an opportunity to attend, you didn’t get any literature as yet, or you are in NYC and have the time, some of these might be up your alley! 

PRMIERE VISION NEW YORK – July 21 – 22, at Pier 92.

  • This year will feature over 300 exhibitors, showing the latest and greatest in prints, fabrics, textile designs and accessories.  You will see everything from hand-done to digital to screened designs, as well as one of a kind vintage pieces.   
  • There is a PV app, as it turns out (that would have been nice to have back in the day!) so you can stay up to date.  
  • The Trend Forecast for Autumn / Winter 2016 /17 includes “The Protective Shield Of Minimalism,” “Unique Roots,” and “Digital Surrealism” as the predominant themes. Times for July are not yet listed, though typically each day is filled with presentations.  Keep in mind, they are not always the same each day. 
  • Other tools include the Fabric Forum, Color Wall, and Color Card.  
  • They may additionally run a Spring / Summer 2016 Highlights Seminar, though not sure of timing.

LINEAPELLE NEW YORK – July 21 – 22, Metropolitan Pavillion, 125th W. 18th Street

  • Lineapelle showcases all things up and coming in leather, textiles and synthetics.  
  • The key Industries in attendance are Footwear, Handbags, Leathergoods and Leatherwear…but if you work with leather at all, it may be for you.  The textures, colors, hands, patterns…it’s amazing!  Many qualities are offered, so you can work with vendors to find the materials that will best suit your production needs (that said, it’s always hard to see the most expensive, drop-dead gorgeous skins and know you can’t necessarily use them!
  • The Trendbook usually comes in the goody bags, and presentations are offered at 11 am and 2 pm on the 21st, and at 11 am on the 22nd. 

Smashbox, Feline Eyes, and Nicky Hilton

Apparently Ms. Hilton has done a collaboration with Smashbox – for whatever reason, I’d never have pegged her for the brand, but I have always appreciated that she appears the more demure, sophisticated, and chic of the sisters (no offense, Paris…)  Nicky comes off as playful, certainly, but there is something more pulled together overall. photo photo

This collaboration speaks to her more whimsical and flirtatious facets, pairing a bright-blue-eyed, black “Pretty Kitty” bag with a few of Smashbox’s “Cat-Eye Kit” selections. photo photo

I don’t personally think the Kits are inexpensive, but then it appears that these are full sizesthe total discount if having opted out of purchasing the products solo is $18.  So if you LOVE the bag and have to have the products are they are put together, go for it.  Otherwise, you can purchase some of the picks, but not all, without denting your wallet much more, if at all. photo photo photo photo photo photo

Philipp Plein’s Badassery

I was walking to the Upper East Side in New York the other day and I literally stopped dead in front of Philipp Plein.  Why?  BADASSERY!  

I’m not sure if I saw the spike-studded men’s kicks first, or the studded leather jacket (I *think* the latter, but then the shoes were bright red) with the UBER-glam skull shirt (um, WANT IT!) but it was a have-to-take-a-snapshot moment.  I love spiked studs, and I love when they are en masse – it’s so London Punk, and you just don’t see it that much in mainstream anymore.  (Did we ever?!)  I believe the jacket on the left is the same as the Runway bomber, which appears to be more blacked-out.  It could be the light reflecting off the metal lapel plaque and studs…  But if not, sprayed tonal, or dark gunmetal would rock just as much (if not more!)

Philipp Plein NYC

Philipp Plein NYC

The kicks are pretty rad, and lean kind of hip-hop-ish.  No?  I can see a music artist sporting these with Dolce slacks or something at an event.  (Or maybe Plein pants.  Probably more kosher to say!)  They have a throw-back-to-80s feel to them a bit, and I can’t help but think of Michael Jackson (far as I’m concerned, that’s a compliment.  Please, don’t shoot me down. I’m a DANCER! 😉 ) 

But what REALLY stopped me in my tracks was the GINORMOUS black crystal skull in the front of the store.  The maintenance man literally stepped aside, opening the door (this was early morning before hours!) because he could SEE that the thing lit me up!  *LOL* 😀 I want that for my apartment, dang it! 

Philipp Plein NYC

Philipp Plein NYC

Plein puts skulls on all sorts of pieces, and appears to have a penchant for placing them prominently on the back.  I don’t think the “glitz” diminishes the coolness factor at all, either.  I personally think it adds extra sass and edginess – not for wall flowers for sure.

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Philipp Plein

Philipp Plein

Iiiii LIKE IT, Philipp, if I dooo say sooo myself! ❤