Olivia Speranza co-hosts the new show MYX-Rated, a new segment of MYX Channel, with Joey Guila. The show features a variety of topics from pop culture to consumer electronics. The show is meant to be well-rounded, but in a way that is relevant to Asian Americans. It was literally tailored for Olivia who has always been into art, music and writing, but never settled for anything in particular — the host of Japanese and Italian descent liked it all and this show gives her the creative freedom to cover everything. Her producer is 100 percent open to whatever she brings to the table, she says.
Laundry by Shelli Segal has long been the go-to label for easy cocktail dresses for their stylish and unique designs, while still staying affordable. In their latest national design competition to “Design the Perfect Little Black Dress,” Korean American interior designer Sarah Ahn took home first place with her winning design. The “Sarah” dress, named after the winner, is a knee-length, slip-on design with a V-neck in both front and back and cap sleeves. It’s available now through October at Nordstrom, Dillards, Macy’s, Zappos, Polyvore, 6pm.com and shopstyle.com.
What’s surprising is that Sarah initially worked in the neuroscience field. Her experience shows that people don’t always grow up knowing what they want to do, nor do they enter school or the work force pursuing their interests. People may spend years working on something they aren’t truly passionate about only to discover later that it wasn’t something they wanted to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, it took a tragic event, her brother’s motorcycle accident, before she had the courage to go into the arts, something she had always loved growing up. Here, we talk to Sarah about her inspirational story, her winning LBD, and her thoughts on eco-fashion.
“Is that a toaster?” asked a random stranger (or should I say creeper?) as he points to my roommate’s phone. I have no idea why someone would try to start a conversation in that bizarre way, but whether bad or good, we’ve all heard them – pick-up lines. We always share these funny stories with our friends, so why not share them online where you can win a walk-on role for the premier episode of Millions?
On March 22nd and 23rd, stylists filed in one by one to Space 905 for the Simply Stylist Event, organized by Caro Marketing. Here, celebrity stylists, bloggers and magazine editors came to view the collections and meet some of the rising designers. The chic guests, which included two-time Emmy Award winning costume designer Soyon An and fashion blogger Jenny Wu, chatted with designers and representatives of different brands to get a better understanding of each line from which they could feature or pull pieces.
“As you know this season, we have 15-year-olds trying out. Maybe that was to discover a superstar like Thia.” Those are the words from American Idol’s host, Ryan Seacrest, as he introduced Thia Megia in the Top 12 finalists round, and we couldn’t agree more. Thia, only 15 when she auditioned, is the youngest contestant to ever grace the American Idol stage and I can’t start to explain how talented she is. Just imagine, people are describing her as the younger version of Charice, and that says a lot.
Admit it, we all love fashion magazines. Something about flipping through those glossy pictures and looking through incredible fashion finds just brightens up our day and makes time go by faster. But then there’s a problem. No, more than just one. You see something amazing listed, but then you realize it costs $25,000. You spot something affordable, but you don’t know if it’s available in all stores, select stores, or whether or not you can just get it online. Oh, and there’s also the issue that magazines are not issued very often. That’s where a blogazine comes in. The Pleat, started by Julie Chen, Samara D’auria, Desiree Marr and Tiffanie Graham, is a site that covers all aspects you’d want to know about fashion: What’s hot now? Where can we get these items at an affordable price? What celebrity looks are they digging? What designers should we be on the lookout for? What are some deals we should take advantage of? The best part is that it’s updated often, so you’ll always know the latest information.
We got a chance to get the inside scoop from Julie Chen, co-founder and managing editor of The Pleat, to get some fashion advice and learn more about this exciting new website you should all be following!
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A showroom for me to try whatever clothes and accessories I want? Don’t mind if I do! This week, Jenny Dayco, Filipina jewelry designer, paired with the Penthouse Showroom to host a bloggers event where fashion bloggers can dress up in anything they wish in this huge closet and take pictures. It’s a chance for people to try on what they normally won’t without the pressure to purchase anything. You know that feeling: you want to try something that you know you probably won’t buy but you’re curious to see how it looks on you, yet you can’t think of a good excuse to tell the sales you don’t want it or at least you feel bad for doing so. So here I am faced with all these clothing and jewelry ready to experiment with different looks! Click ‘read more’ to see the outfits.
This season, don’t shy away from colors: wear them bright and bold! We can all use some color to brighten up our moods. I admit I’m guilty of doing the dark smoky eyes excessively and I don’t remember the last time my nails weren’t deep red, blue or purple. But since we’re seeing bright colors on models, on celebrities and on the streets, I think it’s time I give it a try, and you should too! Bright colored makeup can be used to contrast a monochromatic outfit or to complement a fun, flirty outfit with vivid hues.
This past weekend, Thai Nguyen had his debut runway fashion show at Concept Los Angeles Fashion Week to showcase his Fall/Winter 2011 collection: The Last Falling Leaf. Connecting back to his Vietnamese roots, he draws inspiration from a Vietnamese song to create this collection that consists of 35 dresses. For this collection, he wanted to celebrate the elegant body of a woman in a variety of soft, flowing dresses that are suitable for different occasions, from casual day wear to fancy red carpet events. And his collection isn’t short on color either; it is created using silk materials in muted tones of cream, sienna, teal, royal blue, and ruby red. (Stay tuned for a post-show review!)
Apparently sitting a few feet away from one of the biggest (and cutest!) Asian American YouTube stars (and by that I’m saying 130,000+ subscribers and 24,000,000+ upload views) wasn’t as intimidating as I thought it would be, at least not with Jason Chen. I mean, his latest video cover on “Never Say Never” got 50,000+ views in just one day. But still, it’s crazy to believe that I spent two hours eating Taiwanese desserts and chatting with the guy whose songs I put on repeat.
So before I tell you how the interview went over tea and boba drinks, (with two interruptions by fans wanting to take pictures), here’s a quick intro and some fun facts: