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Shannon Yoachum

Rising Star: Musician Samantha Marq

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With musical ambition that has never failed to inspire her fans, Samantha Marq has continued to wow us. Being born into the music biz, the daughter of Michael Marquart (who you may know from the 80’s supergroup “A Flock of Seagulls”) was destined to make music of her own. By sitting in on studio sessions at her father’s recording studio, Windmark Recording, Samantha watched superstars such as Justin Timberlake record. Yes, we just said Justin Timberlake!! Currently, Samantha is in the middle of a new and highly anticipated album that will showcase a completely new sound, with Macy Gray as her executive producer. Recently, we had the pleasure of interviewing Samantha about her career and new album.

Being a singer has always been on Samantha’s mind. “My dad is a musician, he stopped touring when my brother and I were born to open up a recording studio.” It was here that Samantha was inspired by music and incredible artists. “I tried to learn everything I could from any and everyone who came in the studio.”  Let’s just say by being in this environment it was nearly impossible to want to be a part of any other industry.

When it comes to her own music, Samantha writes her songs. “The importance of writing your own music is something my father instilled in me at a young age. I take pride in the fact that I write my own music.” She writes about personal experiences so her fans can really get to know her. What should you expect on her new album? Her sound has evolved this time around, and she wanted to stray away from the club/pop songs. “This album has more of a singer-songwriter vibe.”

Make sure to check out Samantha Marq’s website here for updates on her new album’s release date!

 

Photos courtesy of Samantha Marq.

Our Secret to Radiant Skin

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The key to glowing skin is your skin care. Now you can boost your at home skin care by using a Clarisonic. If you don’t have one yet, we highly recommend it. The tool is revolutionizing the simple act of washing your face, bringing the spa experience to you! Clarisonic is a facial brush that gives you the deep cleanse you need to remove excess oil, dirt and makeup leaving you with smooth skin. Truly a miracle worker! Take a look at Clarisonic and more here.

Express Yourself through Element Eden

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We have fallen in love with the Element Eden Collection. Why you may ask? Well to start, the line is eco-conscious and moderately priced (several items are under $70)! There is no question that we are dying over the bold statement prints with accents of lime and guava on earth tones. We’re talking pieces that will mix back well with items that are already a part of your wardrobe.

Element Eden apparel was born from the desire to make a difference. Their mission: to inspire girls to follow their own path and to find a different perspective from the old standard. Genuine, creative and passionate, Element Eden lets you express yourself without saying a word. You are what you wear because you wear what you are. Check out the video behind their story here!

Take a look at some of our favorites from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection! You can order online here.

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Photos courtesy of Element Eden.

Flashback to the 60’s

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While attending shows at New York Fashion Week this season, it was very apparent that the sixties are an inspiration for the fall. Take Nicole Miller for example. Velvet, bell-bottoms, suede, vests and floppy hats were among the runway. The designer also incorporated prints and patchwork leather; overall the collection had that Beatles-era vibe. But Miller was not the only one. Gwen Stefani’s line, L.A.M.B., made quite the retro statement. She took on a more rock n’ roll sixties spin with her collection using neon colors and statement sweaters. The beehive hair and overstated lashes the models sported synced perfectly with printed jumpsuits and mini skirts. Overall both created fierce yet fun collections.

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Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Mini Caprese Salad: An Easy Recipe

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For those who are passionate about cooking and those who aren’t get ready because we have a simple recipe that you can try! Yes, a recipe with minimal steps that takes very little time but tastes delicious. Okay do we have your attention yet? Here we go.

Mini Caprese Salad

Ingredients:

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (buy red and yellow to add more color)

8 ounces fresh “mini” mozzarella pearls (if you can’t find these, cut your mozzarella into small bits)

18 basil leaves, chopped

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Add in the cherry tomatoes and mozzarella to a medium sized bowl. Drizzle olive oil. Add basil, salt and pepper. Gently toss. It’s that easy! Enjoy!

 

Paris Designer Competition: Podium Jeunes Stylistes

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News from Paris, France! The city of lights is hosting the Third Edition of PODIUM Jeunes Stylistes, a fashion design competition, on February 8th. The competition is made up of 15 designers who were selected  from over 200 candidates.  Each designer is responsible for creating two looks inspired by a given theme while using the mandatory materials in their creations. You may be wondering how long they have to work on their looks?  100 days. The judges and guests will congregate to see each contestant’s fashion show to choose the “Best Young Designer of the Year.”

But that’s not all! In this edition of Podium partnered with MESSE Frankfurt, the designers will also create a “third look” to fit the Ready-to-Wear category. While this is not included in the competition, the looks will be a part of the first ever PJS Prêt-à-Porter collection! Take a look at their Facebook page, Twitter, YouTube Channel and Blog to keep up with news on the competition and to watch a LIVEstream of the fashion show.

 

 

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