September 2014 Issue Of IndieBlush Magazine


Hello readers, I wanted to share with you all my current article in a local magazine that I am now an official contributor of called IndieBlush Magazine. IndieBlush is a magazine that caters to everything Indie in the Sacramento and surrounding areas and a magazine that is rich in the the Sacramento heritage. I am so honored and feel so lucky to be a part of this awesome magazine. Please take the time to read the article and feel free to browse through the entire magazine to get a feel for my home town.

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Can Fashion Be Turned Into Trashion?




If you watch Project Runway, then you know what it means for designers to have to work on a budget, a specific amount of time and create runway ready attire all at one time. I recently had the pleasure of attending the Capitol Indie Collective in Sacramento. This unique fashion challenge is presented by the Sacramento Film Festival, Indie Blush Magazine, Sacramento Fashion Week and other small fiscal partnerships. Not only is this a non profit volunteer based event, but it supports a diverse culture of artists in addition to small business support. IMG_0206

The fashion challenge was the official kick off to the film festival which was held at The Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento. The Crest Theatre is a historic theatre that originally opened in 1912 as the Empress Theatre, and at that time was used as a vaudeville palace. The point I am trying to make is that this historic theatre was the perfect back drop for this fashion challenge. This years theme was ‘Trashion” and the 3 designer contestants had 10 days, $50 budget and create a runway ready dress completely out of trash. They had to be able to sift through garbage in oder to find items they could contribute for the dress. Now, let me tell you, this is no ordinary task, but these 3 designers were ready for the challenge.

The show started with the first designer, Kimberly Lucero presenting her creation of a dark fantasy with a victorian influence. Her model Cassandra did an excellent job in portraying this dark, sort of evil princess. (Now remember, everything the dress was made from was found in the trash and hand created)The bottom of her dress was constructed out of a hoop from a skirt, the skirt portion of the dress was made from a red santa suit and vinyl, and cardboard paper accordion.



The second designer that presented was Frankie Vanity. She went for more of a Moulin Rouge look with her entire dress being created out of used coffee filters, coffee sacks and burlap bags, with most of which were given to her by Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee, and Java City. There was so much work put into this dress due to the fact that everything was constructed by hand. The cutest thing was the hat, which was made out of paper cup.

The third designer Angela Martin chose to go a different route. Although she did create a runway ready dress, she found her inspiration out of water bottles. The majority of her dress was constructed out of water bottles and compact disks that were found from where? A trash can. Again, everything was done completely by hand. IMG_0215

The winner has the opportunity to win salon packages, a spread in Indie Blush Magazine, the opportunity to showcase a full collection in Sacramento Fashion Week 2015 and a clothing rack.

This competition again is to show the creativity of each of these aspiring designers and each of them deserved to win, but there could only be 1 winner of the challenge along with 1 winner of the audience choice award. The audience choice award went to Kimberly Lucero, with her dark fantasy creation. The Capital Indie Collective Fashion Challenge winner this year was Frankie Vanity with her Moulin Rouge dress created with everything coffee!

With different challenge themes each year, next year is sure to be even better!


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New Make Up Line By One Direction

Well, I finally received my limited edition collectors set of One Direction’s new make up line. Created by Markwins Beauty, this new line, which was launched this month has 3 different limited edition collector sets. Each with different tins in which names from each of their albums Up All Night, Take Me Home, and their latest chart topping album Midnight Memories. Each has a removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it unique.

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After receiving my very own Up All Night set, I tested the products and the colors for the eyeshadows are vivid and go on smooth.The lipgloss goes on evenly and doesn’t have that sticky feel like most lip glosses. The mascara gives great length and fullness. The team at Markwin’s Beauty did an awesome job in creating this makeup line for a history making band.



For more information visit

Check out this date below for availability through the US and Canada

The line will be available worldwide starting in the U.S.

Macy’s – August 11th
Stage Stores August 25th
Dillards August 25th
Beauty Brands August 25th
Lord and Taylor – August 25th

*International release dates TBD. We’ll keep you posted!

So check out Macy’s today to see for yourself what the 1D boys have created!

#makeupby1D, #thelookscollection, #markwins

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What Is Being Beautiful To A Woman?

Do we as women have a predisposition or a genetic code in us to automatically want to be beautiful? Or is it instilled in us from our mothers who in turn taught it to us? But unfortunately in our society today, beauty is based on our looks, how thin we are, our hair and our wardrobe choices. I must admit, I have fallen into this false reality because beauty isn’t based on any of the above mentioned preferences. As it’s been said “beauty comes from within”.

But it is so hard in today’s society to even feel that beauty from within for some women and sometimes myself. With the ton of beauty products available on todays market, doesn’t help the matter;( yes, I contribute to selling it through my blog posts). But, it could be a double edge sword though. Lets stop and think about this for a minute. We see the beautiful celebrities, the models and just your everyday girl on the street.

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We may think we’re good with how we look already or we’re fine with ourselves inside and out. But, could there be a tad bit of envy inside regardless of how strong we feel about ourselves? I truly believe yes, women as a species are competitive to begin with and we all have that streak of envy in us whether we want to believe it or not. I’ve met and talked to so many women who do not like another woman just because she’s pretty or looks better to them, at least in their eyes.

But back to the woman who thinks she confidant with herself. So, this woman sees an ad for a new hairstyle, new makeup product or designer clothing ad. A light goes off in her head and she says to herself “Hum, I wonder how I would look in that” or “I wonder if I would look better with my hair that way”? Right there the insecurities she thought she didn’t have in her came out. Is it only normal or is the power of marketing and advertising? I personally think it’s the power of advertising.

Source: WWD

Source: WWD


The way the hair is styled, the magnitude of how great the beauty product is or the gorgeous dress that is on display, it strikes us as women. It’s only natural I believe to have that little bit of doubt in us all. I for one see and deal with it on a daily basis. With all of the things I see in the beauty and fashion world, it’s hard not to feel that I could look better or want to try things to see if I could improve myself. But there comes a time when I just say, “I don’t need it”, “I’m good with how I am at the moment.” Then the doubt sinks right back in and I fall into the trap again.



But then again, what’s so bad about? If it makes me or another woman feel good, then thats whats being beautiful to a woman.

#beauty #beautiful #envy #predisposition #genetic #feelsgood #woman #women #Luckymagazine #Luckycontributor #Lucky


Everything Indie In Sacramento

I started blogging with the notion that it would take my mind off certain things that are in my “about” section, but since then, I have been extremely fortuitous. My writing has been noticed by several local and distance publications. Indieblush is a Sacramento based magazine devoted to everything indie in the Sacramento, surrounding and Northern California areas. From INDIE Film Festivals, Wine  to Fashion, and many other Leisure Activities. I have the pleasure of being a contributing writer to this magazine. I wrote my first article for Indie Blush in June and have just completed my second article in which I am excited to see when it’s complete. Please take the time to visit Q3 issue of Indieblush and see just what an awesome magazine it is. In addition, my first article is below:

Source: Indieblush

Source: Indieblush

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Vintage Style Redone

I have been so lucky to be a part of several publications lately and I am extremely lucky to be a part of Trend Privè Magazine. I wrote my 2nd contributing article last month and it was published just a few weeks ago. When I first started my blog, it was for the simple fact of staying busy and keeping my mind off my medical issues. But after being a part of such publications as Hit The Floor Magazine, which gave me my first start as a contributing writer and then Trend Privè came along. Both of these magazines are truly a gem to work with and have helped me tremendously with my aspirations as a writer. I hope you all take some time to visit each of these magazines and read my posts. Unfortunately, there are just too many articles from Hit The Floor Magazine for me to link to my own blog. But I’ve attached my recent article from Trend Privè Magazine called “Vintage Style Redone”. Take a look:

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Vestiaire Collective Quality Control Say No To Fakes ( UK)


Fake or Real?

Vestiaire Collective Quality Control Say No To Fakes ( UK).

Oh boy! This is some real stuff isn’t it? There is actually a team that authenticates everything fashion. This is right up my alley, I am such an advocate for buying authentic designer handbags. My sentiment is, these companies put so much money into their products for that luxurious feel. Trust me, it feels good knowing that you have a quality handbag or product that won’t fall apart after a few months. I’m no expert, but I can clearly spot a fake when I see it and if I could I would inspect it. Who wants to spend their hard earned money on a product you know you purchased directly from the designer and then see the fake on someone knowing that they probably only paid $50 for it. Sorry if I may seen a bit snotty about this subject, but fakes just bug me to the bone. Hey, maybe I can get a job at Vestiaire….

#vestiaire #britishvogue #vogue #fake #authentic #handbags #lucky #luckymagazine #luckycontributor #vogueuk

Tom Ford’s Fall Ads Spotlight Individual Style – Fashion Memo Pad – Media –


Tom Fords New Ad

Tom Ford has a new ad for his fall campaign and it is live right now. It features various personalities such as Patrick Scharzenegger, Ella Richards and more. Read more at WWD for more on the full ad campaign.

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