Things We’re OBSESSED With

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We would like to apologize in advance for introducing this to you if you haven’t  discovered it already. If you love fancy things nobody else has, and we KNOW you do… this is for you.

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TheFancy.com is a community that shares amazing products, locations, etc. that often times you’ll be  given a sweet deal on if you buy through the website. It’s half elite purchasing and half OMGlookatthisstuffit’ssocoolWOULDYAjustLOOKatit,justLOOKatit posts from other members. You can “fancy” any item and it will save it into lists for you so you can go back to it later and maybe purchase it orrrr just dream about owning it. : /  Either way we guarantee you won’t be able to stop clicking & scrolling.

XX, Danielle

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An Evening With Chaz Bono

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     Indeed it was. The actual speaking engagement took place on April 16th, 2012 at Florida International University. Mr. Bono was on a mini cluster of speaking engagements/book signing & tour perfectly timed after his appearance as the Grand Marshall of the Miami Pride Parade. These college appearances are typically paid for by the SGA so no matter how many people show, the guest is already paid. I’ll be honest, the attendance was a little shocking to me. I thought, celebrity, it’s Miami – target audience = every seat filled. This was not the case and in all fairness, I think the advertising could’ve been better but I will say it did allow for a more intimate setting. Having been a fan for a while, I think I could’ve navigated that interview better but when it came to audience questions, naturally, I stole the show.

 It was a nice little affair, FIU went all out by even catering the book signing. When it was finally my turn to schmooze with Chaz, I sheepishly whipped out my copy of his first book – then written as Chastity Bono – titled “Family Outting”. I immediately said: “I don’t have the new book on hand, please don’t hate me!” and he smiled and said “No, not at all. Actually, I’m most proud of this book, I’ve been trying to get them to do a re-release of it.” I actually was part of his brother Elijah (Allman)’s band’s street team – picked him and the band up in my car matter of fact – it’s a long story, you don’t have time, trust me. We had some laughs and he even shed a little light on Cher the person as opposed to the persona.

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I bet you’re saying “Ok, I guess that’s kind of cool but what the hell does that have to do with fashion or style?” Allow me to bestow a little insight – being Transgendered, so many have misconceptions on what it means and get too caught up in needing to define it to feel comfortable about it. It’s really this simple. Imagine not feeling comfortable in your own skin. Not being able to identify with anything tied to your assigned gender. At the very core, that’s what it’s about. I’m not going to delve further but I was curious to know what that experience was like for Chaz. For so many in transition, it’s difficult. We asked if it was possible to ask a few questions to share with you lovely people about his style and any associated self-discoveries, fashion disasters or reliefs brought on by finding his niche. Chaz mentioned he would but that he had to be up very early. He suggested that we check out his website for the appropriate contacts to set something up. Little did he know, he had done that earlier. It was last minute; Literally an hour before we left to drive to Miami and when we got home, we received this LOVELY correspondence from Chaz’s PR dick, uh, I mean guy, below.

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 What a DOUCHE BAG. I read him the riot act because you know what? He’s not Ari Gold from HBO’s “Entourage” and should take into consideration how he comes across because he is a representation of his clients. There’s a place and a time to be a flippant jerk and that’s in the board room or while negotiating a major deal. With that said, I digress. It is no reflection on Chaz as he was sweet and candid. Chaz’s book “Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man ” is out (pun intended) now so pick up your copy. Whether or not you know someone who is transgendered is irrelevant. It might teach you something new, give you a different perspective. We’re awaiting our copy via Amazon.com but if it’s anything like his first book, you won’t be able to put it down.

Chaz’s Official Website

Amazon: Buy the book!

Follow Chaz on Twitter

XX, Danielle

[Insert Celebrity Here] Tweeted Me, No Big Deal…

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We are such liars. Every time it happens there’s a fit of excitement in boy band fan proportions. So, we put together some of our favorites. Let me just say that Bob Mackie…  we did not stop talking about that for a week. It was obnoxious but we do not care! : ) XX, Danielle … Continue reading

Raf Simons To Replace Galliano

We’re a few days late but to merely blurb the latest news without a little digging is not our style. What you’ve heard is true, darlings. Tarred and feathered, John Galliano will not be lending his genius to Dior any longer. He has been replaced by Raf Simons who will assume his position as creative director. You might be wondering aloud “Who is Raf Simons”? He’s a Belgian designer whose background is rooted in menswear. He currently has a line of menswear bearing his name in various shops – Barney’s, Seven and multiple online stores (mrporter.com, parkandbond.com, sense.com and oki-ni.com to name a few) including his own. His latest, most noteworthy stint until now was at Jil Sander. I will never disrespect another artist’s vision but it’s certainly not my aesthetic and they produce those god awful elevator shoes pop star Robyn loves to wear. Ick. We don’t understand. The label was previously owned by Prada and yet there wasn’t one piece of the recent Jil Sander collection I wished to own.

I have to say that as a fan of Galliano and his work with Dior, I’m worried. Everything Simons has done lacks any trace of understanding the luxury of couture design. “Modern”, “basic” or “streamlined” is not what I associate with the house of Christian Dior. Simons makes SNEAKERS and polos. Boxy shirts and skirts for women… lots of solids or paisley… *sigh*. Apparently Simons has an affinity for making unexpected locations his runway but is that enough? Dior was theater – the clothes, music and themes transported you some place else.  For me, the jury is out on Raf Simons. There was a lot of talk about Marc Jacobs being a contender and a squabble over the almighty dollar. Whatever he wants, i say you give it to him. What do you think? #SaveDior

XX, Danielle

“Where The Magic Happens”

On this episode of MTV Cribs, no shark tank, no 10 car garage or Cristal champagne – just thrifty, blogger realness ya’ll. On a serious note, I got a very sweet message from a new reader wherein with humor, I was asked what my desk actually looks like. This was in reference to the title: “From The Desk of Haute Danielle” on this blog. So, here you guys go…. this is the space where I shop, Facebook, YouTube, look at funny pictures, read the news (real news), prove to myself that Kim Kardashian’s butt is full of fillers (Go on, look at photos from a few years ago. I’ll wait….. You’re back? I hate to say I told you so but, told you.), create, draw, design & blog to you lovely people. Without further adieu….

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The desk is from Ikea, the chair is from Crate & Barrel, the computer is a MAC mini (2006) which I have since replaced with a shiny new one with Lion & a slew of extras, the bed I got from Baer’s but I fail to remember what brand it is but it’s HEAVY as hell, brown leopard bed spread – 500 thread count thank you very much – I got it at Ross believe it or not , the paint although much glossier than I asked for is Valspar in “Brooklyn Brownstone”, you’ve got Thai Buddha, some reading material inclusive of “Rant” signed by one Chuck Palahniuk who I met 🙂 but what you can’t see is that underneath those books are my precious Kevyn Aucoin makeup books – “Making Faces” and “Face Forward”. I still need “The Art of Makeup” just in case you were wondering what to get me for Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanza.  

By the way, I have no idea where that bag of laundry came from! That corner is always clean. Don’t judge me. lol. Hope the “zen” I was trying to achieve translates. ‘Til next time….

XX, Danielle

Fierce Magazine Covers

So I’m going to out myself. I watched MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills”. I know, I know – Believe me, I know. However, would you just take a look at the gorgeous photo of Lauren Conrad on the May 2012 cover of GLAMOUR?! The cover is a little cheeky with implied partial nudity but it’s tastefully done. The rest of the photos are more clothed; very weekend vacation in West Palm Beach. Whomever the stylist was they did a great job of making her more grown up and chic. No stupid hipster braid to be found. She just might be able to recover from MTV “reality” stigma. I’ll be honest, I skimmed it. Are magazines about words, really people? You want to see whose cellulite that was on the beach and who wore it better or what new products & scents are out. If it’s witty and almost satirical writing you desire, you come here. If my memory serves me correctly I believe the reality star formerly known as “L.C.” gives tips on being sweet AND sexy but not before appealing to the masses by divulging that she too, although rich, blonde and thin has body image issues.  ….That’s uh, that’s new and doesn’t make us scoff. Yeah…. Definitely flip worthy though.

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Also in flawless magazine cover news, Alicia Keys posted a sneak peek of her VIBE Magazine cover via her official Instagram. Mizz Keys looks bold – not exactly on trend considering we’re jumping into Spring but she’s giving good face nonetheless. Bold black lip, smokey eyes, high collar leather jacket while rocking a very Janelle Monae pompadour/French twist hair do. We LOVE it.

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XX, Danielle

Awakening The Sleeping Giant

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This blog, was started with the hunger for greatness. Started with the intent of bringing every girl (and boy) a fresh take on what’s happening in the fashion and beauty industry. Due to unforeseen economic strife and lack of inspiration, everything came to a screeching halt. What you haven’t seen is that the past few months we have been diligently working to resurrect the dream – expanding it. All upgrades and changes will be made known here, first. What can you expect? Well, for one, it won’t be a whole year before we blog again (even though we do share things on the Facebook page). There will be far more interaction – we’re going to blog and tweet harder than anyone has or ever will. Giveaways, tutorials and a little something extra we’re going to keep mum until it’s ready. So stay tuned. Your patience and dedication keeps the blood pumping in this operation.

XX, Danielle

Face Wash Tutorial

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I bet you’re thinking “Really? I’ve been doing this for ___ years. I know how to wash my face!” Ever wonder to yourself why you’re always switching cleansing products? Because you won’t let them do their job. That’s right, ladies and gents. It’s you, not them. When you wash your face, how long are you scrubbing/rubbing for? A couple of seconds, right? Try this: Exfoliate/scrub/suds up with the facial cleanser of your choice and once properly lathered by way of making small circles with your finger tips or SOFT wash cloth across your face, leave it alone. For five whole minutes. Naturally, if you have sensitive skin hopefully you’re already using a cleanser balanced for your skin type. You’ll also want to cut back on the time in which you leave it on your skin and monitor accordingly. We recommend three minutes. Remember that most cleansers contain Benzoyl Peroxide which, is actually a natural compound but has the ability to strip/erode/bleach so exercise caution. The bottom line is that your products can’t work if the ingredients don’t have time to!

XX, Danielle

You’re Fired!

John Galliano has been canned, loves. In a blaze of disgrace no less. By now you might have seen the video and heard that the new face of Miss Dior Cherie, Oscar Award winning Natalie Portman, has denounced any ties. Rightfully so as Mizz Portman herself is, Israeli/Jewish – Galliano’s target of choice.

It’s sad, really. It’s highly unprofessional. For all the faithful Jewish customers and those employed by Dior that have been indirectly affected, our empathy lies with you. We cannot fathom what sparked such a response from an otherwise loved and respected designer. The actual video, though we will not host it here, is on YouTube. Judge for yourself after viewing. Our personal opinion would be that you need to hear the other side. From the looks of it, the patrons filming him without his knowledge/consent seem to be taunting him while he’s having dinner and perhaps a drink or five. It would be impolite to say, but had it been another group targeted, we’re not sure the same measures would’ve been taken. It’s a little tar & feather, the arresting and whatnot. I think that was a bit much.

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Galliano arriving to turn himself in at a police station in Paris but not without a dashing outfit.

The outcome? Galliano will enter rehab (They have all kinds of cover-your-ass rehab these days.) and Richard Tisci is slated to carry on in Galliano’s place. We wonder, what will become of his own line? What will Dior shows be like now, without it’s long time Mad Hatter? Most likely droll and unimaginative. Many in the small fashion bubble have spoken out – some in devout support and others in disgust. Of course, there is Natalie Portman but as of late Isaac Mizrahi has taken a less PC approach. Says Mizrahi:

“Galliano was more of a fetishist to me. He was more of a fetishist than a democrat. And I refer to him in the past tense, because I don’t think he’ll work again. I hope not. I hope he doesn’t work again.”

“I guess I’m the wrong one to talk to, because I never really liked sort of what he did so much. I liked better what McQueen did. I liked better what Vivienne Westwood did,” he said. “So now I don’t like it, and he’s a Jew hater? I was like, buh-bye.”

Isaac Mizrahi has washed his hands, Vogue – UK & Italia are pissed, Karl Lagerfeld (Our beloved & coveted) is outraged for the image Galliano has portrayed not for himself, but for all designers and the house of Christian Dior and yet Giorgio Armani, Patricia Field, Jean Paul Gaultier and even Galliano’s accuser who shot the video do not believe he said those things with ill intent. Only time will tell how things will fall apart or into place. Oh well, until then be careful of what you say my darlings… It’ll co$t you.

XX, Danielle

W.T.F.O.P.I.???

Tonight’s post comes from a place of disappointment & frustration. New job, new nail polish right? Right. I decided to try a shade (other than Black Onyx or O.P.I. Red) that caught my attention. Blue polish is typically reserved for ladies of the night or any stylistically misguided girl in the 90’s. This was a different hue of blue that I could justify. Acceptable, kind of  like navy. “Skinny Dip’n in Lake Michigan” seemed so promising until I attempted my manicure. Streaks, bubbles and a runny consistency made for a foreign experience. That is, if you disregard the shade of green I purchased prior. What’s going on with that? Am I the only person encountering a decline in quality from this once fail-proof brand? It may be time to step out on O.P.I…..

So tell us – What “respectable” brand/product has failed you? Haute_Danielle@yahoo.com  or  http://www.twitter.com/hautedanielle

XX, Danielle