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Burberry Resort 2019

May 24, 2018
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As anticipation builds for Riccardo Tisci's debut collection for the house of Burberry, the Italian designer who took over as their new artistic director has curated an edit called ‘B Classic’ for Burberry’s Resort 2019 Collection which is focused on classic Burberry essentials, including trench coats, quilted jackets, car coats, kilts, capes and checkered prints. “I wanted to celebrate the beauty, heritage, and legacy that I discovered when I first arrived at Burberry,” Tisci said about the curation.

Embracing classic shapes and clean finishes, the collection looks to be deeply rooted in the British luxury brand's iconography and heritage. The pairs of models who encompass the idea of fashion fluidity and the duality of clothes continues the celebration of the LGBT+ community championed by Christopher Bailey in  his final show in February. Riccardo Tisci's aesthetic vision for Burberry will be unveiled this fall at London Fashion Week. I'm totally smitten with the outfits modeled in the next to last image! I'm finally ready to purchase a classic Burberry trench and trying to decide between this one and this one. I think I'm leaning towards the Amberford because it looks more versatile and travel friendly.

Have you entered my Beauty by PopSugar giveaway? Don't miss out on the chance to win a selection of fun makeup products!

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Time to Give Your Ears Some TLC

Our ears are so important.  They enable us to hear our loved ones tell us how much they care; they let us experience the joy of music; they make it much easier for us to navigate our way through this world. Therefore we should make it priority to take care of them in a manner which they deserve.

Sure most of us will clean our ears regularly and remove any excess wax that builds up, but other than that, our ears are pretty much left to their own devices. The thing is, our ears not only deserve but require a little more care than that. If you want to give your ear health a little more attention, here are some things you should do.

Beauty by PopSugar Intro & Giveaway

May 21, 2018
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Lifestyle website PopSugar has joined the beauty game with Beauty by PopSugar, a beauty line that launched recently at Beauty by Popsugar and Ulta Beauty. The affordably priced collection starts at $18 and tops out at $42.  In order to give consumers what they really want, the line was developed with input from the site's network of 100 million beauty lovers as well as a team of experienced industry veterans. The result is a collection of modern beauty products made with nourishing, skin loving ingredients in shades work across a range of skin colors. Designed for portability, the packaging which features blue watercolor poppies painted by South African artist Magrikie Berg is sleek yet feminine, functional and practical.

Under The Cherry Blossoms

May 18, 2018
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“Light as feathers, as fleeting as Zephyr, one moment they breathed pink, the next they faded. 
Cherry blossoms were as much an inspiration for beautiful verse 
as they were a reminder of life's fickleness, she thought.” 

Alice Poon, The Green Phoenix: A Novel of the Woman Who Re-Made Asia, Empress Xiaozhuang

The last time I photographed the cherry blossoms in the garden downstairs, they were covered in snow.  Even though it was a stunning sight to behold, it was also kind of crazy at the same time. I much prefer them basking under the sunshine so I did another photo study. I had quite a marvelous time reveling under the fully bloomed trees. Up close the blossoms are ever captivating and appear even more delicate and beautiful.  It's no wonder they are considered a visual metaphor for the transience of life in Japanese culture.

Photo note: I took these with a shallow depth of field and overexposed by a quarter stop to emphasize the ethereal, dreamy quality of the blossoms. I'm often asked how I edit my photos and to be honest, I'm pretty old school. I almost always shoot fully manual and try to visualize and compose my photos in camera. The most I usually do in post is crop and adjust for contrast or color balance.

I've always loved photographing cherry blossoms and this particular series with Rena and Ian might be some of my favorite photos I've ever done with them (with an assist from my husband).  Just for the record, I'm not done photographing those two yet. They will be back.

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Eye Candy : Ni Ni For Harper's Bazaar

May 16, 2018

The spring vibes are strong in this Harper's Bazaar editorial which finds Ni Ni enjoying some lovely moments with the cherry blossoms. The gorgeous Chinese actress who is an ambassador for Gucci eyewear is adorned in a selection of looks from the brand's 2018 Resort collection which reflects the brand's signature aesthetic of eclectic opulence. After focusing mostly on film work including a role in the Chinese-French film  The Warriors Gate, Ni Ni is starring in her first television series alongside the always swoonworthy Chen Kun in the historical drama The Rise of Phoenixes (凰权·弈天下) based on the novel Huang Quan by Tianxia Guiyuan. The trailer actually looks quite compelling and I'm a fan of both leads but it's 70 episodes long which is way more than I'm willing to commit to right now.  Maybe I'll just watch Ni Ni in Suddenly Seventeen.  The premise of a woman in an unhappy relationship who eats a piece of strange chocolate that transforms her back to her 17 year-old self sounds like it could be quite fun. I wouldn't mind being 17 again if only to meet my husband a few years earlier.

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