“Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.” – Doris Lessing
“Careful, the morning, lest it wake from slumber the city half-encumbered by the morning mist…” – John Geddes
I had originally intended for this to be a “Style” post, showcasing a particular outfit that I wore, but as I was sifting through the pictures, I realized that I didn’t really have all the necessary pictures. No close-up of the shoes, no detailed shots of the jewelry and no varying angles and shots of the dress…
And so I was left to ponder, “What am I to do with a few pretty pictures and an incomplete post?” Well mes amours, I shall bless you with these images and something more: a poem that I wrote years ago but never publicly shared. In this way, I guess this is my first merger of fashion and poetry – and since the two are both so near to my heart, perhaps it was intended to be. I believe that in some way, these images capture certain fragments of the essence I was trying to convey in the poem… and so I’ll leave you to enjoy. Au revoir!
“Slowly Rocked Into Slumber” – © Brittany “Bella” Graham (2010)
Slowly rocked into slumber
By gentle words the sweeping wind carries into my bedchamber,
I hear echoes from distant lands, far away…
Soothing softly, reassuring there’s no danger,
I close my eyes and see a stranger,
He opens up his arms to me,
And I cling to his frame like clothes on a hanger,
On reverse winds blowing,
Our destiny is intertwined,
On the intersecting paths we’re going,
Connection far, connection wide,
Across mountains and oceans
Somewhere you reside,
Towards the date two halves collide,
To make one whole,
And reach completion of our lives,
Vague is the face,
We’ll know each other by recognition in the eyes,
Somewhere is love,
Un-encountered, yet bound by ties,
You are… Somewhere in a city unknown,
I’m calling out to the wind
Please bring my lover home,
I sigh…such sweet anticipation of a future embrace,
The wind caresses my cheek, then suddenly vanishes…
Rushing out my window without a trace
Bonjour mes amours! This past weekend, I had the wonderful pleasure of attending the 5th annual La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival (LJIFFF) – and not only was it as beautiful as it had been the year before, it was even more special because this time I had the pleasure of being a part of it.
Not only did my Jacq & Bella partner, Jackie Chambers and I, curate and produce the Blogger & Media Lounge, but we also had the amazing opportunity of presenting our own panel, “Success in Social Media!” It was a glorious and fun weekend and I can’t wait to show off all of my amazing outfit changes! :) This first look is what I wore to present the panel during the first day (Thursday, July 24th) of the festival.
Bonjour mes amours! I neglected to mention in my previous post that although Style Fashion Week was the official designated “LA Fashion Week” – throughout the week there were also many independent shows and designers that presented in various venues across L.A.
(Left to Right: Myself, Jackie of TgifGuide.com and our friend, Megan)
Again, I didn’t cover so much of the “designers” – as I was focused on the full on experience – but I still had a blast hanging out with my girl, Jackie, of TgifGuide.com, and watching Yacht (the scheduled entertainment for the night) perform. Actually, Yacht – who was absolutely AMAZING – just may have been the highlight of the night. On behalf of Project Ethos, the show ran very smoothly, but I’m not really into “slamming” designers… Therefore, in the words of the illustrious Thumper from Disney’s “Bambi,” “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” :)
Look for my “Style Diary” dropping soon on Shopcade!
Yacht performing at Project Ethos! :)
Bonjour mes chéris! It has been quite some time since my last update – but please bear with me, as I am going to start updating more frequently – or at the very least establish some sort of standard schedule for my posts…
So last week marked the return of LA Fashion Week – or LA Style Fashion Week (as it was officially designated the official LA Fashion Week a few weeks ago). Now usually I would have detailed coverage (and pictures) of each of the designers – as I did during my previous LAFW coverage on Lipstick, Lace & Lattes – but this year is slightly different, since I was appointed the official LA Fashion Week correspondent for Shopcade. This year, I didn’t focus as much on the actual designers as I did my “experience” of Fashion Week (the people I met, the qualities of the shows, the food I ate and my overall enjoyment).
Look for my “Style Diary” releasing soon on Shopcade – and in the meantime, please enjoy the pictures from Day 1 of Fashion Week at L.A. Live (which was a part of Style Fashion Week). Big thanks to Sarah + Erin (the producers of Style FW, who were also on my “Style of Social Media” panel for LA Social Media Week!
**For those interested, my velvet dress and beaded purse are vintage and thrifted (of course), as is 80% of the rest of my closet :)
**Love the black and white swimsuit by Sofia Palermo
Floral jumper by designer, Gregorio Sanchez
As discussed in my previous post, [Au Cinema] On the Red Carpet – La Jolla Fashion Film Festival, my friend Jackie (of TgifGuide.com) and I were very inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s “Remember Now” short film (for Chanel) which we screened at the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival. I had seen bits and pieces of it before, but never in its entirety, and neither had Jackie. We were so inspired by the film that we pretended that we were in Saint Tropez for the rest of our weekend. The following pictures were inspired by our imagined foray in Karl Lagerfeld’s world… Hey, us girls can dream, can’t we?
The pictures in our long, flowing gowns were taken during (and after) our interview with The Stylist Handbook – and before we hit the La Jolla red carpet on the second day – and the causal ones were taken earlier that same day. Viva Saint Tropez!
Watch Karl Lagerfeld’s “Remember Now” below:
Two weeks ago (July 26th and 27th), I had the pleasure of attending the second annual La Jolla Fashion Film Festival (LJFFF) in La Jolla, Calif. This was actually my first time attending and so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The festival’s producer, Fred Sweet, had reached out and invited me via LinkedIn – and after I checked out the line-up and discovered there was a Karl Lagerfeld screening – I was all in! My girl, Jackie (of TgifGuide.com) and I drove down from Hollywood and rented a nice little condo by the beach, and an hour later, we found ourselves in a darkened theater watching all of Karl Lagerfeld’s films in their entirety! The first one we watched was “Remember Now” – which ended up being Jackie and I’s favorite – and so the rest of the trip we just pretended that we were in Saint Tropez and characters in the film. Zany girls, I know lol, but it was fun!
However, nothing compared or even prepared me for the fashion films at the screening. Each one was so moving and beautiful – and yet different and powerful in its own way. In between the two days of fashion film screenings – there were red carpets and other networking/ social events – but my favorite part was just being in the theater and watching all the films.
Posing on the red carpet
Below are pictures that Jackie and I snapped of ourselves – and this group of cool Russian film-makers that we met – during both red carpets (there was one for each day of the festival). You can also find out the winner’s of the film festival’s categories and also videos of my favorite films.
Hands down, “Pasos de Sirena,” the winner of the 2013 Best Cinematography category was my favorite. So beautiful! However, much congratulations to everyone at Free People and Starworks Group for “Roshambo” – winner of the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress categories! It was my second favorite film – and Christopher Abbott is hot!
Enjoy the pictures and stay tuned for more LJFFF coverage! There’s nearby restuarant reviews and even an mock editorial shoot Jackie and I did inspired by Karl Lagerfeld’s “Remember Now!”
Jackie (right) and I (left) posing on Day 1 of LJFFF
Jackie and I posing with our Russian friend on Day 2 of LJFFF
Watch “Roshambo” – Free People and Starworks Group
International Fashion Film Award Winners 2013:
Free People & Starworks Group for “Roshambo”
Guy Aroch & Jonathan Doe for “Roshambo”
Michael Kenneth Williams for “The Reinvention”
Sheila Marquez for “Roshambo”
Pablo Clemente for “Pasos de Sirena”
Eric Chang for “Lilith”
Damien Krisl for “Urban Hippie”
Aviv Kosloff for “Mia”
Raul Rosillo for “Chimera”
Viktorija Pashuta & Miguel Gauthier for “Lovers Game”
Adrian Lazarus for “Steam 1886″
Julian Acosta for “Moving”
Fashion film still images courtesy of Fred Sweet and www.LJFFF.com
Salut Lattes! A couple of weeks ago, I attended a celebratory dinner hosted by the National Football Foundation in honor of outstanding student athletes at a gorgeous country club in the I.E. This annual semi-formal affair gathers together all of the coaches and families of boys who will soon be graduating high-school and heading off to college, and so my entire family came out to support my little brother, Darryl, for accepting a full academic scholarship to U.C. Davis, a spot on their football team and a spot as Homecoming King at his high-school! As someone who’s watched him grow from a cute little boy grow into a talented and amazing young man, I can’t tell you how proud I am of my brother and what he has accomplished – and I can’t wait to cheer him on at some of his games.
As to be expected, I had to keep it fashionable and flaunt my typical fly fashion style so I paired a red silk turtleneck shirt with a puppy skin skirt from H&M. Of course it wasn’t real “puppy skin,” but when I first saw it, it immediately reminded me of Cruella De Vil from Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” movie and the spotted puppy coat she was so desperate to make. To add a contrasting pop of color, I threw in a vintage blue, suede fringe purse, accessorized in my usual gold fashion, and voila – Cruella de Vil chic! ;-)
Top: Don’t remember sorry. It’s been in my closet for years!
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (Nordstrom)
Purse: Thrifted, Vintage
Belt: Thrifted, Vintage
Cross Earrings: Call It Spring
With my little brother, Darryl, and sister, Ashley. Taken on my iPhone.
Bonjour Lattes! I’ve never been so excited to see a Thursday! Why is that you ask? Because today marks the start of the official Frederick’s of Hollywood “Love Black Lingerie” campaign and moi – yours truly, Bella Graham – is one of four bloggers asked to be apart of it!! Fantastique!
Wearing Frederick’s “Floral Lace Bodysuit“
Now many of you may not know it, but in 1946, Frederick’s of Hollywood was actually the FIRST lingerie retailer to introduce black lingerie to the U.S.! Prior to that, only white and nude lingerie peices were sold, and black was considered very risque and only sold in Europe. Therefore, in celebration of the wonderful 67 years of black lingerie sexiness, Frederick’s of Hollywood is hosting an online pop-up shop featuring Frederick’s favorie black lingerie pieces and all the items in the shop will 20 percent off! AND that’s not all! Here’s where I come in:
To show the evolution of black lingerie and how far it really has come (from its days of being taboo), Frederick’s asked 4 west coast fashion bloggers – one of which includes yours truly – to participate in a “Black Lingerie Blogger Challenge!” To get the ball rolling, Frederick’s allowed me to select three of my favorite black lingerie pieces from their website and then shipped them to me to style as outwear. Then, I enlisted the help of my fabulous photographer friend, Kevin Wade, to help me capture the images and relayed them over to Frederick’s. Now, not only will my styled looks be featured on LLL, but on Frederick’s website and social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) as well! I am so honored! Thank you so much FOH and Candice for bringing me in on this, and great work to the other bloggers, Hapa Time and A Fab Life!
Screenshot from Frederick’s website!
Wearing Frederick’s “New Hollywood Sweetheart Dream Corset“
Please support me and the Frederick’s of Hollywood “Love Black Lingerie” campaign by instagramming and tweeting about it using the hashtags #LoveBlackLingerie and #LoveFredericks or by sharing on Facebook! The campaign will run from now (April 11, 2013) until this coming Monday, April 15, 2013. Oh, and don’t forget to include our Twitter and Instagram handles (located below) in your tweets or Instagram posts. Feel free to share, tweet, instagram, pin(interest) or email any of my campaign pictures as well. Long live black lingerie!
Campaign Hashtags: #LoveBlackLingerie and #LoveFredericks
Bella’s Twitter: @MsBellaGraham
Bella’s Instagram: @MsBellaGraham
Frederick’s of Hollywood’s Twitter: @love_fredericks
Frederick’s of Hollywood’s Instagram: @fredericks_hollywood
Wearing Frederick’s “Fringe & Feather Babydoll
Photographer: Kevin Wade
Stylist: Brittany “Bella” Graham
Make-Up Artist: Brittany “Bella” Graham
Screenshot from the front page of Frederick’s!