September 1-7 2014

Novel Fashion Week

{Day 2} House of @katejarvikbirch #NovelFashionWeek

I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world. —Bette Midler

Welcome to Novel Fashion Week!  I'm so glad you could join us on the the kick off of this event. This hour's designer is House of Kate Jarvik Birch presenting her Collection: Fashions inspired by scenes in the novel, PERFECTED, by way of Paris

Novel Fashion Week- day 7

Cue the runway song...
Parachute by Ingrid Michaelson

The Collection

The Novel Highlighted

by Kate Jarvik Birch
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Entangled Teen

Perfection comes at a price.

As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.

Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.

But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.

For fans of Kiera Cass’ Selection series and Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Perfected is a chilling look at what it means to be human, and a stunning celebration of the power of love to set us free, wrapped in a glamorous—and dangerous—bow.

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{Day 2} House of @Kershaw_Joanne #NovelFashionWeek

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” —Coco Chanel

Welcome back to Novel Fashion Week!  I'm so glad you could join us. This hour's designer is House of Joanne Kershaw presenting her Collection: Elora & Aaron on the vanguard training uniform, by way of London

Novel Fashion Week- day 7

The Runway Song
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The Collection


SUBJECT: Elora Walker, First Year Recruit

FOCUS OF OBSERVATION: As top of her graduating class in high school, Recruit Walker is of special interest to us due to the recent emergence of unusually strong and well-controlled powers.  Principal Hashkin, along with Vanguard Superior McCann, have asked for ad-hoc and remote observations to take place to enable them to more closely monitor her Awakening and take any measures necessary to protect her and the recruits around her.

LOCATION: The courtyard, Nikolai Compound

OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION: Recruit Walker is discussing a homework assignment set for her by Mistress Laughlin, her Social Awareness instructor. The focus is on identity. Walker is observed alongside Recruit Aaron Lewis, second in her class and her best friend, along with vampire recruit Teya Navell.

Elora Walker: Vanguard uniform has been part of our non-identity since the inception of our race.

Aaron Lewis: (Laughs) That’s what you’re going with?
EW: What do you mean? I’m trying to insightful.
AL: (Still laughing) Non-identity. Sounds like you hate it.
EW: I do. This assignment is ridiculous. I have no idea what Laughlin is trying to get us to do.
AL: It’s a test. Everything here is a test. Stop over-thinking it and give her the answer she wants.
EW: If I knew what it was, I would.
AL: Okay, what do we know about Vanguard uniform.
EW: It’s black. Everything is black.
AL: Purpose.
There is a pause and it is clear that Walker is considering Lewis’ question.
EW: To keep us hidden. And to be functional.
EW waits for a response from Lewis but non is given. The impression we are given here is that Lewis is comfortable challenging Walker, he is not afraid of her despite the recent changes in her skill set.
EW: When we are in training, like we are now, our uniform is very similar to that of an active Vanguard. Black t shirt and shorts underneath black combat-style trousers and long sleeved black jacket. There are numerous pockets that can be zipped closed. We are also issued with a belt that allows us to wear a selection of sheathed weapons as required, though that is only for specific classes whilst in training.
AL: So how is that different to when we’re pinned?
EW: Well, there’s a pin for one. The black is darker, somehow, the uniform has crisper lines and there is a circular patch on the left breast for the pin to be attached to. The belt is thicker, heavier, as the use of weapons is more frequent.
AL: And there’s silver on the active Vanguard uniform.
EW: You can get that on the training one too.
Lewis nods at this and the mood is more sober suddenly. It is Lewis who breaks the mood.
ACTION: Monitor mood and attitude of Recruit Walker.
AL: How do the uniforms identify us? How do they change us?
EW: (sighs) Even when in the training uniform, our purpose is clear. At the end of the day, or night (laughs a little), our purpose is to work from the shadows to protect the Ignari from the evils of the Dark Seekers. We live and work within their world to protect the Ignari world. We need to blend into the darkness, into the shadows, and both uniforms allow us to do that.
Thinks for a moment.
EW: When we’re pinned, our identity changes because we have to. The little silver acknowledgement that we are qualified to hunt and capture—even kill—creatures, without the need for supervision, is a heavy burden to wear. It means that we’re on our own-
AL: There are four of us in a quad, El, we’re not alone.
EW: But we are. Even in a quad, we each have our own responsibilities, our own fears. To me, the active uniform symbolises that I have to live with those. Let’s not forget that our uniforms are enchanted. Each capture or kill marks us with a silver fleck on the sleeve. Just a few and it seems okay, hundreds and it tells others you are either damn good at your job, or really lucky. Either way, we will have to take lives.
AL: So what I’m hearing is that you are afraid to wear the active uniform.
EW: Oh no, not afraid to wear it, afraid what wearing it means to me and those around me.
Teya Navell: (interrupting, joining the pair) Hey, what’s going on?
AL: Elora is worried what wearing an active Vanguard uniform says about her.
TN: It tells me that you are controlled, powerful and that you know what you’re doing. What’s to worry about?
EW: Nothing, really. But everything we do is bleak and dark. Maybe I’m a closet sun worshipper? Take Matthew, for example.  As a Magicae he wears white—all the time. That constant presence of light in his life, through his power and his ability to turn into brilliant essence, it makes him seem different to us. I miss having that sort of light in my life.
AL: I’ll grant you that wearing any other colour would be a change. But black does one thing that no other colour can.
EW: What’s that?
AL: It hides the blood.
The group is silent for a moment as each seems to contemplate Lewis’ suggestion. EW then excuses herself and heads for the library. Lewis and Navell speak to each other for a moment but their words were very quiet—and personal—and it was felt inappropriate to record them here.

The Novels Highlighted
Foretold (Vanguard Legacy, #1)Foretold
(Vanguard Legacy)
by Joanne Kershaw
Paperback, 2nd edition, 346 pages
Published April 5th 2013 by Xchyler Publishing

Vanguard Recruit Elora Walker doesn’t know who demands more of her: her mother, or herself. But more than she wants to make Nina proud of her, she wants to know the truths buried deep in their mutual past. Haunted by the memory of her long-dead father, tormented by a psychic link to a faceless stranger, Elora learns to rely upon her friends and her newfound warrior skills to protect not only the Ignari from Dark Seekers, but the world from an ancient family secret that can destroy it.

Vanguard Legacy #2: ReflectedVanguard Legacy #2: Reflected
by Joanne Kershaw
Paperback, 370 pages
Published March 28th 2014 by Xchyler Publishing
Vanguard Legacy Book #2
An ugly family secret laid bare, a mortal wound inflicted by her twin sister, betrayed by the love of her life—her supposed “soul mate”. In the wake of the battle with her evil father and his Dark Seekers, Elora Walker fights to recover from them all. Together with her Vanguard, Magicae, and Vampire friends, Elora races to gather ingredients for the spell of spells, bury the curse, and defeat the prophecy which has tainted her life since birth. To save the world, can she deny the yearnings of her heart? Or, will she succumb to the temptation of love, and plunge them all into Eternal Darkness.

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{Day 1} House of @shonnaslayton #NovelFashionWeek

"One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress." —Karl Lagerfeld

Welcome to Novel Fashion Week!  I'm so glad you could join us on the the kick off of this event. This hour's designer is House of Shonna Slayton presenting her Collection: Mix of 1940s fashion, by way of New York City (((Red Carpet)))

Novel Fashion Week- day 1

Cue the runway music...


Uh sorry folks we're starting this one off A Capella and will have music here shortly.

The Collection

The New Look: Christian Dior, February 1947
In my novel, Cinderella’s Dress, teen-aged Kate works at a Fifth Avenue department store in New York in the 1940’s. Her mom wants her to be a model, but Kate struggles with stage fright and would prefer working with the window dressers at the store. When her aunt and uncle arrive with an old steamer trunk they claim holds the real Cinderella’s dress, Kate’s life changes in ways she couldn't expect.
Fashion-wise, this was a fun novel to write. You’ve got WWII-era fashions mixed in with the mystery and magic of Cinderella’s ball gown. In my research I learned some fun facts that I just had to include in my novel. I hope you find this trip back to the 1940's as interesting as I did.
During World War II, even clothing fell victim to rationing. Styles for civilians resembled military garb. Simple, square shouldered, and shorter skirts. Even after the war ended, clothing trends continued to reflect the times of hardship and sacrifice of the war years.
Enter a new designer by the name of Christian Dior in 1947. He was poised to return the center of fashion back to France with his Corolla collection, featuring designs with excessive amounts of luxurious fabrics. The collection celebrated the fact that the war was over, and signaled a focus on youth and the future.
Here is a video recreating the photo shoot of one of the iconic outfits:
Christian Dior - Bar tailleur New Look 1947
The designs were based on a figure-8 shape, and an upside-down flower. (Corolla means flower petals in English.)
Trouble was, some women were glad to have gained the freedom to go without girdles and underpinnings, and to wear leg-baring skirts. So much so that they protested this New Look across the country.
To wear the New Look, girls had to don a girdle to cinch in the waist, wear shoulder pads to round out the shoulders, and add a little “sausage” pad on the hips to poof out the skirt.
Model Bobbie Woodward organized The Little Below the Knee Club which spread to 48 states. All they wanted was to keep skirts as short as a little below the knee. Protest signs read: “We won’t revert to Granma’s skirt.”
The Women’s Organization to War on Styles (WOWS) stripped down to their undergarments in protest, holding signs asking: “Do we need padding?”
I’ve got pictures of these protesters pinned to my 1940s Home Front board:

But overall, the New Look was a hit around the world. Women were tired of the plain styles and found they could achieve similar looks without the restrictive foundation garments. Dior’s new designs were a success, and his career was launched.
Christian Dior: The Man Behind The Myth 

I got such a kick reading about the New Look protesters that I had to include them in my novel. Look for them near the end. They play a small, yet key role.
If you want to learn more behind-the scenes info about Cinderella’s Dress, visit my website at where I blog and post videos.

The Novel Highlighted

Cinderella's DressCinderella's Dress
by Shonna Slayton
Paperback, 340 pages 
Published June 3rd 2014 by Entangled: Teen

Being seventeen during World War II is tough. Finding out you’re the next keeper of the real Cinderella’s dresses is even tougher. Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she's working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella’s dresses, life gets complicated. Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart, Johnny, stuck in the middle of battle, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.

 After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.
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ARC Review: Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

ARC Review: Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

ARC Review: Falling Into Place
by Amy Zhang
Paperback304 pages
Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Greenwillow Books 
Copy Received from publisher (HarperCollins) in exchange for an honest review 
Genre: Young Adult

On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. 

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

Opening Ceremony #NovelFashionWeek featuring @CrisSerruya

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” —Bill Cunningham

Welcome Beautiful People!
Thank you so much for joining me in my second edition of the book & fashion mass event, Novel Fashion Week!

What is Novel Fashion Week?
Novel Fashion Week is my rendition of Fashion Week with the incorporation of books!
This event will last one week. It will allow YA & NA authors the outlet to display the fashionable qualities of their novels. Each author will be a brand or fashion house, and their post topic will be their collection. There will be a door prize giveaway with each post !
Each designated location pays homage to either a fashion capital of the world or another prominent fashion week city. Metaphorically speaking. We won't actually go to these places. Oh and there may even be runway music!

So without further ado, let Novel Fashion Week Begin!

Opening Ceremony & Schedule:

Novel Fashion Week · Schedule
Each designated location pays humage to either a fashion capital of the world 
or another prominent fashion week city. Metaphorically specking. We won't actually go to these places.

DAY 1 - {INTRODUCTION} Monday, 9/1 (12a)

Opening Ceremony w/ Door Prize Giveaway: 
Special Guest:  Cristiane Serruya
@Milky Way

Monday, 9/1 (12p)
House of Shonna Slayton
Collection: Mix of 1940s fashion
@ New York City (((Red Carpet)))

 DAY 2 -
Tuesday, 9/2 (12a)
House of Joanne Kershaw
Collection: Elora & Aaron on the vanguard training uniform
@ London

Tuesday, 9/2 (12p)
House of Kate Jarvik Birch
Collection: Fashions inspired by scenes in the novel, PERFECTED.
@ Paris

DAY 3 -
Wednesday, 9/3 (12a)
House of Kristen Taber
Collection: Kingdom Couture: Fashion for Villains and Monsters
@ Copenhagen

Wednesday, 8/3  (6a)
House of Karri Thompson
Collection: Fashion inspired by themes in the novel, MIRROR X.
@ Australia

Wednesday, 9/3  (12p)
House of Rae Lori
Collection: Fashion of the Ashen Twilight Houses
@ Bangalore

DAY 4 - Thursday, 9/4 (12a)
House of Danielle E. Shipley
Collection: A cosplay within a cosplay inspired by a story within a story
@ Berlin

DAY 5 -
Friday, 9/5 (12p)
House of Katie Delahanty
Collection: Lingerie by Olivia Bloom
@ Los Angeles

DAY 6 - Saturday, 9/6 (12a)
House of Elizabeth Corrigan
Collection: 50s fashion
@ Madrid

DAY 7 - Sunday, 9/7 (12a)
House of Kaitlin Bevis
Collection: Fashion do's and don'ts of the Underworld-- Brought to you by Cassandra
@ Lahore

DAY 8 - Monday, 9/8 (ALL DAY)
Fashion Week Closing Party/ Official After Party
Special Guest:  House of Robin Constantine
Collection: 50s fashion
@ Cyberspace

Special Guest...
Novel Fashion Week- day 7
For me it was amazing creating a character who loves fashion like I do. And Sophia is a lucky girl, since she has money to buy everything she wants. If you are not like her, you can also dress yourself with beautiful things without spending so much. Just take a look in the references she asked me to show you.

Sophia is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but moved to London after she lost her first husband. Two places with such diferent weather gave her the gift of knowing how to dress well in each ocasion. If you are from a sunny place, bet on pieces of clothes that can give you a fresh look. And if your city has strong winters like London, you should enjoy the elegance of the heavy garments.

Sophia have suffered too much. Now she likes to wear coloful clothes so she can add some joy into her life. And I think she is doing it pretty well. What you think about her choices?

And do you know she got married with her second husband on August 7th? Now I want to hear about you: Who do you think Sophia got married with? One thind is certain: we are waiting to see her dress.

Hope you all have a life full of fashion.
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Trust: A New Beginning
A small excerpt about the costumes for the Venice Doge’s Ball

The butler announced Signora Marconi and she suddenly flooded the airy living room along with four assistants. In their arms, the two women and two men carried heaps of velvet, silk, and plumes.
Sophia looked at Ethan, questioning him silently.
“Our costumes for the doge’s ball,” he explained. “Mrs. Marconi, I’m sure everything is perfect for tomorrow night.”
“Signore Ashford, this is my easiest and most pleasurable mission.” The short and thin woman answered as she measured Sophia. “Signora Ashford is belissima!”
Sophia giggled at the mistake and Ethan kissed her soundly. “See you in a few minutes, Signora Ashford.” He waved at Sophia with a wicked smile, leaving the room with the men to try on his ensemble.
The small woman unzipped a black garment bag and removed out a black velvet silvery thread embroidered with Swarovski drops mantua with a small train. The embroidery was a delicate pattern of flowers and swirls. The black velvet sparkled like a starry night.
“It’s magical,” Sophia breathed, delighted by the cloth.
Mrs. Marconi helped Sophia into a delicate silver and black silk brocade gown with a fitted bodice and flared petticoats, fastening them on Sophia’s body. The low, square neckline and bodice emphasized her collarbones and breasts. The black, sparkling mantua was drawn back over the hips to expose the bodice and petticoat beneath, fitting tightly at her waist. The sleeves narrowed at the elbows and then opened wide to show the lace-trimmed sleeves beneath, almost covering her wrists. The matching shoes, made of the same black embroidered velvet, had a curved heel and a squarish toe with a bow of the silver brocade.
“It is absolutely perfect, Signora.” Sophia marveled at the gown. “You had my measurements?”
“Your husband knows your size exactly, Signora.” The woman circled an amused and grinning Sophia. “Splendida. Come and see in the full length mirror.” She held Sophia’s hand and led her to the bedroom, knocking on the door and waiting for an answer.
Ethan opened the double doors and had already changed into his normal clothes. His breath caught in his lungs. He lifted a hand, stopping the women and stepped back to better enjoy the amazing vision in front of him. He tilted his head to the side. “Magnificent,” he breathed. He crooked his finger at her, commanding her inside the master bedroom.
When Sophia saw her reflection in the mirror, she stood in awe of it. “Lovely.”
“Just perfect. Everything I had imagined,” he whispered in her ear, “my queen.”
Signora Marconi advanced, taking Sophia’s hair up and pilling it up with some pins. “No wig. Definitivamente, no wig and no hat. You need something sparkling in this glorious hair. Maybe the silver plumes. Or a Swarovski diadem.”
“Bravo, Signore Ashford! Let’s see the effect.” She snapped her fingers and an assistant hurried to pick out what she wanted.
“How were your clothes, Signore?”
“Perfect. As for the hat, I prefer the one with the black plumes.”
She rearranged Sophia’s hair in a loose bun and set a sparkling diadem on her head and some plumes, leaving a cascade of locks at the back, dropping them to her left shoulder. “No,” she said, thinking out loud, “no plumes in the hair. You don’t need accessories. Hmm,” the seamstress pursed her lips. “Curls. Si, si,” she bobbed her head, “you should have curls. I will set an appointment with Marco Bianchi for your hair and makeup, Signora. He is the best in Venezia. Is five okay?”
“May I?” Sophia asked, looking at the box with combs, pins, tiaras and a whole set of hair accessories. She took off the tiara and fitted a single Swarovski headband with small leaves over her hair. “What do you think?” She asked Ethan.
“Well,” he cocked his head to the side, “if you like it better, it’s up to you.”
She looked at the mirror and liked the effect.
Simple, but extremely elegant. “It will go spectacularly well with the Makis set you gave me.”
“Hmm…” he lifted an eyebrow and shrugged.
“You can use this headband, Signora.”
“Done. So, tomorrow at five o’clock I will wait for Marco.” She pivoted in front of the mirror and beamed at the seamstress. “Thank you very much. I loved it.”

A Gala Night

A day our with Gabriela and Alistair

Elegant and simple

Trust: Betrayed
A small excerpt about a cocktail dress for an exposition opening

Atwood House.
5.55 p.m.
“Sophia?” Alistair knocked on the door and walked into her bedroom. “Sweetheart? Are you ready?”
A heartbeat later she stepped out of her dressing room and smiled at him. Her welcome-back-I-missed-you smile struck him hard. It was one of the things he ached for on a daily basis. He longed to see her greeting him every evening with it as he entered their home, her sweet scent in the air, and laughing children calling him daddy.
As always, his gaze skimmed her, head to toe and back again, devouring her. After a few months with him, Sophia knew exactly what that scorching look meant.
This time, however, when he reached her dark red lacquered toenails peeking from her René Caovila sandals, he stopped. His thin nostrils flared and all his blood rushed down. Fuck. She’s sex on legs.
Excruciatingly slowly, his eyes traced his way back up, taking in her smooth bare legs and the short length of her flared asymmetrical skirt, flowing sensually around her toned thighs and hips in layers and layers of nude, caramel and brown organza and tulle. His fingers itched to span her slim waist and torso encased in a strapless embroidered bodice in earth tones. Then his gaze rose higher, to caress her naked shoulders and face. Long earrings of Imperial Topaz in reddish and orange hues framed her face. Her long hair was pulled back and up in a simple bun and she had shadowed her eyes in brownish tones, highlighting her hazel eyes.
Oh. My. Sophia’s breath stopped as his intense sensuous gaze blistered her body.
Without a word, he made a circle in the air with his index finger.
Dutifully, she twirled on one foot and her skirt drifted around her in a flurry of hues. As she completed her pirouette and faced him again, she saw his lips curve in a smirk.
With long, prowling strides, he crossed the room, his gaze steady on hers. “Who made this dress?” His hoarse accent-laden question showed all the burning desire that coursed in his veins.
His low, deep voice reverberated through her and she could feel the heat of his gaze as it roamed over her body again. “Victoria.”
His brows rose high on his forehead and his forest green eyes met hers. “She has my undying gratitude.”
She let her gaze linger on him, before she arched an eyebrow, “Victoria? And what, pray tell, do I receive?”
“My attention.” Alistair stepped closer. His gaze lowered, from her eyes to her full lips. “Undivided.”
His lips took hers and his hands curved possessively over her back and buttocks, hauling her soft body against his hard frame.
Sophia’s hands gripped Alistair’s lapels as their lips came together. Beneath his palms, her skin burned, a layer of fine silk organza no real barrier to his touch and her own flaring desire. Willingly, she sank into his arms, moaning as his tongue created havoc on her senses. He broke the kiss, breathing deep to restrain his uncontrollable desire. “Unfortunately, we have to go. But I’ll take a rain check.”
She sighed and promised, “Later, Handsome. Later.” She picked up a silk golden shawl, that she threw over her left arm, and a Valentino red clutch from her bed. “I’m ready.”
With a deep bow, he pulled the door wide, “Marchioness.”
“Not yet, my lord, but soon,” she whispered on his lips.
His deep laughter drew a grin from her.

The Novels Highlighted
Trust: A New Beginning (Trust Trilogy, #1)Trust: Betrayed (Trust Trilogy, #2)Trust: Pandora's Box (Trust Trilogy, #3) 

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Review: Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1) by Abbi Glines

Review: Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1)
Abbi Glines
Paperback240 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Atria Books (first published December 14th 2012)
Genre New Adult

To want what you’re not supposed to have…
She is only nineteen.
She is his new stepfather’s daughter. 
She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. 
But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.
Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

American Style Icon: Dorothy Dandridge

Heeeyyy Guys & Dolls!

I'm baaaccckkkk! I hope you guys have been doing well. This week I'm going to be talking about American Style Icon: Dorothy Dandridge.

The first African-American to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award, Dandridge starred in movies alongside Hollywood leading men like John Wayne and Harry Belefonte. Over the years, her fashion choices evolved from off-the-shoulder tops and strapless dresses to cropped pants and blouses, worn with the collar up for a dashing, confident effect. (photo & caption credit: here)

I've always wondered why most women idolize Marilyn Monroe when there were SO MANY style icons in that same period. Now don't get me wrong, I love Marilyn. As a woman of color, you never really see women of color from that time period loved or talked about as much as Marilyn. So I decided to peruse the net (google of course) and decided on Dorothy Dandridge. I loved her anyway so it was an easy choice.

Dorothy’s Style
  • Keepin’ It Classy. Dorothy’s style was filled with lots of well-tailored shapes and silhouettes, which created a classic, yet unfussy look. She wore clean-cut blouses, dresses and trousers for a timeless look — most of her outfits would still be considered super-stylish today!
  • Prim & Proper. To complement her classic look, Dorothy also chose pieces with a distinct feminine flair. She accessorized with gorgeous jewelry, sleek handbags and ladylike footwear, which added the finishing touches to her timeless outfits.
  • Figure-Hugging Pieces. Dorothy always wore outfits that accentuated her amazing figure. She chose pieces that were body-skimming (but never vulgar!) and used belts and scarves to show off her hourglass shape.
  • Shoulder to Shoulder. Dorothy was often photographed wearing clothes that showed off her gorgeous shoulders. Mimic her look for yourself by wearing strapless or off-the-shoulder tops and dresses. (via
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Many years passed before the entertainment industry acknowledged Dandridge's legacy. Starting in the 1980s, stars such as Cicely Tyson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Halle Berry, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Tasha Smith, and Angela Bassett acknowledged Dandridge's contributions to the role of black Americans in film.

In 1999, Halle Berry took the lead role of Dandridge in the HBO Movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, which she also produced and for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award. When Berry won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster's Ball, she dedicated the "moment [to] Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll." Both Dandridge and Berry were from Cleveland, Ohio.

For her contributions to the motion picture industry, she was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 671 Hollywood Boulevard. Dorothy Dandridge is also the most prominent figure of a huge mural of celebrities painted on an exterior wall of Hollywood High School.

Dorothy Dandridge has a statue at Hollywood-La Brea Boulevard in Los Angeles, designed by Catherine Hardwicke, built to honor multi-ethnic leading ladies of the cinema, including Mae West, Dolores del Rio and Anna May Wong.

Recording artist Janelle Monáe performs a song entitled "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes" on her album The Electric Lady, with Esperanza Spalding. (credit here)

Dorothy Dandridge: 
Not ONLY an African American Style Icon but an 
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