Friday, August 15, 2014

I've got Issuu's! with Blaire and CXlll Magazines...

One thing I always look forward to discovering is the brilliant marriage of visual artists and mad creative geniuses!  Several Issuu publications provide the best balanced diet of visual stimulation with a slight 'dark horse' edge I really like.  Kind of 'Orange is the New Black' meets 'CMagazine'!

Stumbling through Issuu's site, I discovered both Blaire and CXlll sometime ago.  They are purrrrfect examples of this visual marriage I spoke of.  Of course I wanted to highlight some of their images and share them with you.  I certainly hope the Mad Genius' at Blaire and CXlll, don't mind my singing their creative praises!

Here are some of the Wicked, Sexy, Cool things you'll find from these two great online publications!

Enjoy and my all means...shake things up and live on the dark side for a while... All in fun! and of course...All in Love!



Monday, July 28, 2014

Wuthering Heights and the NYC Beat down I never saw coming...

This is one of those CRAZY but true New York stories, I doubted I would even tell a soul.  Like a New York minute, it was over in a flash.  Well almost!!!!

So I was minding my own business, on a balmy Sunday heading to friend Danielle's’ bridal shower in Brooklyn.  I’d been running around all morning and thought I’d  catch (take) the train to make up time.  Beyond arriving hot and sweaty from one of New York's famous ‘triple H days (Hazy, Hot and Humid).  What could go wrong?

After fifteen minutes or so, the train pulled into the station at 86th Street and Central Park West.  One of my favorite stations for its tree lines beauty alongside the park. Easy breezy.  Found a seat amongst thirty teens, just completing their trip to Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History.  I quickly settled into my seat, exhilarated at the blasting air conditioning hitting the back of my neck.  Pulled my book out, prepared to be lost in words.

By the time we reached West 4th Street at Washington Park, one of the boys had fallen asleep on my arm.  No big deal, I’m usually sandwiched between someone with ten shopping bags or the five guys who suddenly break out in song. Glee lives loud and large on the NYC subways!

On occasion, I noticed a woman seated across from me, sneaking looks at my book cover. Beautiful deep brown skin, sunken eyes, sinewy long legs stretched out beneath apricot colored linen shorts.  She just had to be a runner. She appeared calm, tall, slightly mysterious. Our eyes met.

Before I could turn the page she stood above me, eyes bright without saying a word.  I thought she was reading the subway map directly at the back of my head.  Suddenly she screams “What are you doing reading Withering Heights?  Black people aren’t supposed to read Withering Heights”!  At this point, I looked to my left and right just knowing there were video cameras recording this craziness.  I was being punked right? Wrong!

Other riders froze.  Some laughed REALLY hard.  When she screamed again “What are you doing reading Wuthering Heights”? Everything and everyone STOPPED.  I said “it’s a book and I’m reading it”!   She yelled “Stop reading it”!  I started laughing at this point myself.  But oh, her face and her eyes and those legs said she was serious.  Then she said “I’ll fight you for it”! Then my mind went blank.

I imagined the NYPD arriving on scene asking what started the melee, only to find the entire catalyst was a Classical book by Emily Bronte

I feared I would be seen by friends, family and colleagues being carried away in handcuffs, tossed into a police car “Book em Danno” after assaulting someone, defending myself with a reprint many times over of ‘Wuthering Heights’ that was paperback not even a hardcover.

Surely Heathcliff would have saved me.

Stranger things have happened! Welcome to New York!

A note of THANKS! to Hautezone readers: To say I’ve been gone awhile is an understatement!  BIG Thank You to those who consistently checked in to see what Hautezone has been doing.  With a mother who was ailing and projects, I just didn't have the steam to write.  But THANK YOU again for thinking of me!

Monday, January 27, 2014

"Mr. Grey will see you now"...

Universal Films has alas released the first poster from the upcoming sexy indulging drama inspired by the exceedingly successful EL James novel 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.  Not to be released until Valentine's Day February 2015, I don't think we should have wait to see an array of handsome men in grey suits.  

Do you agree?

So I ask you? Who doesn't LOVE a man in a suit??? Who is your favorite?

Images courtesy Flaunt magazine, Tumblr, Sartorialist, world wide web

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o - The Girl with 12 faces, and then some...

Who could forget this beautiful face? 
This brilliance,  sheathed in red dazzling draped Ralph Lauren, hoof to mane?  Giving life and power to the clavicle.
 The Girl (I prefer Leading Lady) of the moment is the incredible Lupita Nyong'o. Of Kenyan descent born in Mexico City,  Yale trained Lupita in the season of film awards,  is both leading the pack and WINNING! (Note: Hear that Charlie Sheen)! SAG Award, Golden Globe more to come and (to be continued) for her role in gut wrenching and drama laden "12 Years  A Slave" directed by Steven McQueen.  

In addition to her powerful acting skills, here are a few of her many faces - ALL BEAUTIFUL!  Clearly Lupita is multi-dimensional and has an incredible path ahead of her!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

UPDATE: SOLD!!!! Ellen Degeneres Cali Equestrian Estate can be yours!!!!

If the sight of Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi's 26 acre Equestrian Ranch, in the Santa Monica Mountains, in the recent Elle Decor magazine stopped you in your tracks TODAY could be your lucky day!!!!

Turns out the incredible, vintage rough-hewn inspired residence with outer structures (barns, tennis court, cottages) and horse farm is on the market! Yes, it can be yours for a very small sum of $11,000.000 USD.  I think it's worth it! Though far too grand for my purse.
Rumor has it... they've purchase John Saladino's Montecito villa for $26,000.000.  I was a designer in Mr. Saladino design studio when he purchased that residence and was in the process of renovating.  It was even gorgeous in the before state.  Now it is BEYOND incredible.  And YES! I thoroughly predict it will exceed the asking price.  Yes, it is THAT great!

Photos courtesy of William Abranowicz for Elle Decor magazine

Hey! should one of you Hautezone readers make and offer, and make it your home... Pretty please invite me to the home welcoming soiree.  I promise I will bring you a really nice gift!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Oscar Close Up! with @OscarPRGirl and Elle Decor

Oscar de la Renta has one of the most capable and social ready PR gals in the public relations bizzness!

I've long been a 'pressed against the glass' devotee of Mr. de La Renta for years. Fully digesting his exquisite tailoring and craftsmanship season, after season.  I blame my mother for this fixation, as she often donned his supreme wares an evening out.

Erika Bearman a.k.a. OscarPrGirl has introduced the stabled fashion house to countless new 'fashionistas' with her social savvy and exuberant daily 'selfies', depicting model like stares while wearing the brands latest creations (sometimes even dipping into the vintage crate).

Elle Decors' October 2013 Issue finds Lady Bearman at her Southampton, New York residence which she shares with her hubby, who too clearly loves a colorful world.  Miles Redd, decorated the handsome happy space.

While I don't often surround myself with so much color - I can safely say I LOVE this house.  I mean, upon entering that delightful cabana like seafoam entry - all cares must disappear into the clouds.

Follow @OscarPrGirl on Instagram, and Pinterest for daily fun!

All photos courtesy of Elle Decor magazine.