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Model Crush: Julia Nobis

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Julia Nobis is exactly what the definition of a model is, a true chameleon. Each time I see her in the pages of glossy fashion mags or in new campaigns, she embodies each side of the fashion spectrum. Fresh from the Saint Laurent SS 13 campaign and currently ranked #19 Model in the world according to models.com, she really shows no signs of slowing down.

A few months ago I discovered the show, “The Model Agency” which spent 6 weeks with Premier Model Management in London during 2011, which also happens to be Julia’s agency in the UK. I think the one aspect I love about her is the “tomboy grunge” nature of her off duty style. A feature that is quite common in many models today.  See why she is so relatable to the high fashion world and the indie mag circuits alike.

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From the Vault: Preen Magazine

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When I was first getting introduced into the world of the magazine culture, I read everything I could get my hands on. I remember spending countless hours on the floor of Barnes & Noble with a stack of magazines soaking up this new world that I longed to be a part of someday. Since we’re in the zygote phase of developing our own magazine here, it seemed like the right time to mention one of my favorite magazines that sadly only had 7 issues. The Huntington Beach,CA based publication, Preen Magazine.

From the first issue I was hooked. I was still reading Nylon in 2007 when Preen debuted, but I wanted something a little off the beaten path that I just wasn’t getting from them anymore. Enter Preen. Lilly McElroy, the editor in chief described it perfectly, ” Preen is a fashion arts, lifestyle quarterly magazine for the young independent woman that has a curatorial eye for the world around her.” I can’t think of anything better. Each issue is filled with some of the most inspiring articles and editorials that I’ve ever seen in print. It really gives me hope that this can be recaptured yet again.  It’s impossible for me to scan every issue cover to cover ( although I would), so here is each cover with one image from each edition that I happen to find inspiring. I’m proud to say that years later the Preen aesthetic and mission statement still holds a piece of my heart.

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Issue #1 ph: Kayt Jones 

img094*one of the first times I saw Alexander Wang in print. ph: Dan Martensen

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Issue #2 ph: Blossom Berkofsky

img096*from editorial “Ray Spex” by Peter Stanglmayr

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Issue #3 ph: Blossom Berkofsky 

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* from editorial “The Great Escape” by Francesca Tulk-Hart

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Issue #4 ph: Guy Aroch

img100* from the editorial ” Pre-Millenium Tension” by Peter Stanglmayr

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Issue #5 ph: Marlene Marino

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Cory Kennedy by Jason Nocito

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Issue #6 ph: Peter Stanglmayr

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Issue #7 ph: Kenneth Cappello 

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Wake Up in the Late Afternoon…

Days like this make me want to stay in bed all day. The sun is barely peeking out of the clouds but I can still hear rain drops crashing on my window. In other words, a perfect weather world.

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Pre-Fall 2013 Madness: Barbara Bui

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She does it again. Barbara Bui showed her pre-fall line  this week in New York. I think I’m completely in love. Not only with the aesthetic of the designs, but the complete simplicity and elegance of the photographs. Shot almost like a Terry Richardson/ Juergen Teller mix, the bold red lip and the sleek messy hair complements the clothes to a tee. The lacquered leather jackets and brocades remind me of a cool young downtown girl who also wears Alexander Wang and takes her coffee black. When is next fall again?

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Fashion Grunge Editorial #19: “Broken”

It’s the end of the fall season for the editorials here. When trying to describe this series for the blog all I could think of was the element of being broken and torn apart. I don’t know whether it’s Mercury in Retrograde or just the feeling of the end of the year but we have all been through a lot this year. With more to come…

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We shot this a few weeks ago in East LA, which I instantly fell in love with. Set against the blustery abandons on the streets of an industrial California backdrop, most always seen with immense amounts of traffic and endless rows of  palm trees. We brought the patterns, the layers and jewelry all in a new direction.

Sweater by Alexia Ulibarri, flannel by Haus of Love Vintage, skirt by Friend of Mine, jewelry by Puja Jewelry, models own boots

fur vest by 6 Shore Road, flannel by Salt Valley, Cardigan (around waist) by LINE Knitwear, Haus of Love vintage dress,jewelry by Puja Jewelry, models own boots

Sweater by Alexander Wang, lace dress by Costa Blanca, turtleneck by Line, flannel by Ecote, jewelry by Puja Jewelry,  models own boots

vintage sweater by Haus of Love, vintage flannel vest by Haus of Love, vegan leather dress by Blaque Label, Brown Scarf by Iris von Arnim , jewelry by Puja Jewelry
purple coat by Minkpink, Elvis is Alive shirt by Friend of Mine

skirt by Alpinestars by Denise Focil, Chiffon coat by Maurie & Eve, boots models own

turtleneck by Alexia Ulibarri, chiffon dress by Blaque Label, scarf by Cheap Monday, vintage flannel, models own boots

Special thanks to Bollare in New York and Los Angeles and Melt Management in New York!

Photography: Lauren M Brown

Stylists: Cody McCook & Becca Ciacchi

Hair and Make-up: Krysti Lozinski 

Model: Thea Meidanis

Production/ Animation: Jacob Valentin

Fashion Assistant: Sean Karimian

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Inspiration: Abbey.Lee.Kershaw.

This week it’s time to start it off right. In attempt to combine my usual Sunday inspiration posts with my model muse obsession here is an awesome retrospective of model Abbey Lee Kershaw. I think it’s reached full on girl crush status with every photo that I see of her. From the ice blonde hair to the iconic gap in her teeth, she is so awesome that I just call her Abbey. Like Kate.

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Fall Fashion Shopping Wishlist!

Finally, I know for a long time I’ve been promising to hit you guys with a Fall Fashion Wishlist post! Well it’s time! Normally I hate online shopping when it’s a wishlist but the holidays are coming around so maybe this post can serve as a public wishlist for people to know what I want this holiday season. hint hint.

Here is what’s on my Fall wishlist!

-Leather Jacket; I mean who can say no to a leather jacket. It goes with everything and can turn your daytime work clothes into a great outfit for dinner and a thrash punk show. Yes, you are probably going to a punk show after your day at work.

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Similar options: ASOS, Alexander Wang, All Saints, Oasap

Corduroys- Now I know people think think that cords should have gone out with grunge in the 90s but not me! More specifically I’m drawn to this berry color. It really is the appropriate fall pant since 1991 if you ask me.

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similar options; Blank Denim, Rag & Bone, J Brand

Graphic Tees- Now I love a good graphic tee as much as the next girl. I especially love graphic tees that are super awesome and from local designers in the LA area. This “trill shit” shirt by Eighty5Keys is from right here in the City of Angels. Erin, one of the designers gifted me one so check out the instagram to see what I style it with. Of course we also can’t forget UNIF.

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Similar graphics; ASOS, One Teaspoon, UNIF

Boots- It just wouldn’t be fall without a new pair of boots. Fall is not fall without Dr Martens. Use all that crappy rain and snow to break your boots in and they will be with you for the long haul. I swear by them.

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Similar options: ASOS, All Saints, Rag & Bone, Jeffrey Campbell, Cheap Monday (loove these)

Hardware- Yes, I’m one of those people who wears sunglasses in fall and winter. Including when I lived on the East Coast. The snow does blind you. Who doesn’t want another reason to stock up on more accessories?

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Similar options; Ray-Ban, Alexander Wang, Karen Walker, ASOS

Hope you all enjoyed my Fall fashion picks! Maybe I could make this a regular thing! I do love to online browse for more outfit inspiration.