Friday, September 30, 2011

Interview: Artist Kukula Opens Up About "Lonely Opulent Things", Currently Showing at Corey Helford Gallery

Interview by Rose Davis
The Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City is currently displaying the artwork of Nataly "Kukula" Abramovitch in a show titled "Lonely Opulent Things", with guest artist, Natalie Shau.  Since opening on September 24, the show will run until October 15 and features Kukula's "Lonely Opulent Things" in the main gallery, and Natalie Shau's "Time Stood Still"(a collection of five pieces, or mini-solo exhibition) in the loft gallery.

Kukula, from Tel Aviv, is displaying twelve new paintings in "Lonely Opulent Things", which features the largest works she's done so far and a limited edition Jacquard tapestry.  She describes "Lonely Opulent Things" as celebrating the florid ambiance of the French aristocracy, noting that most of her inspiration came from a recent visit to the Palace of Versailles.  The results are portraits of ultra feminine dainty femmes.  Kukula's first solo show at Corey Helford Gallery, "Immortal Artifacts" in 2009, sold out.  Her artwork is highly respected and sought out by people all over the world. 

Style & Wisdom sat down with each of these two amazing artists to talk about this show and scored some exclusive interviews. First up, Kukula gives Rose Davis, our Art director, some insight behind this amazing new collection of artwork.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ray LaMontagne Forced to Curse at the Audience at Stage AE's Last Outdoor Show of the Season

by Sarah Davis

Ray LaMontagne

Last night, I went to Stage AE's last outside performance of the year, with Ray LaMontagne (with tickets graciously gifted to me by my sister.)  If you've never heard Ray's voice, it's one of the most legendary & unique voices to hear in person.  It's amazing.  It's one of those raspy, beautiful, deep voices that make you think of your first love.

One of the bands that opened for him was Punch Brothers, who my sister and I absolutely fell in love with.  Chris Thiles, the lead singer had a way with the audience (like this positive aura that you could catch like a contagious disease from up to a mile away.)  I literally picked my sister up from the airport a few hours before this show and she had just come back from Tampa, where she saw a Peter, Bjorn & John show.  She said that the lead singer from Punch Brothers was almost as energetic as Peter (from PB&J), who is apparently the most chipper musician she'd ever seen.  

Monday, September 26, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Caramelized Pear Tarts with Cardamom Cream

Recipe courtesy Epicurious

I've been on the hunt recently for a fun pear-tart recipe because pears are THE Autumn fruit.  This recipe has puff pastry-which is one my favorite parts of sweet and savory cooking.  It sounds like it could be intimidating, but really it is found in the frozen aisle of your grocery store and is so easy to work with.  I've seen six year old children master the art of puff pastry! This recipe is simple and you can serve it at a dinner party and easily trick people into thinking you're a gourmet chef.  

Daily Exercise: Force Yourself To Meditate, Even For Just A Minute

by Sarah Davis
For a moment, I'd like you to take a breath.  Just one breath, in your hectic day, where you allow your heart to drop all of the pressure that you place on yourself. Despite what anything tells you, you are exactly where you need to be.  There is nothing better. There is nothing worse.  Every decision you've made so far is exactly right. You are beautiful.  The imperfections you believe you have are what make you perfect.   

When you tap into this state of mind, you begin to see what God sees.  With this state of mind, you can go do something believing that God put you right here.  This is the right way to approach life.  After reading Spirit Junkie, by one of my favorite people in the whole world (Gabrielle Bernstein), I'm a little bit more up to speed on the vernacular of this mental exercise.  In this moment, you are putting your ego aside and really focusing on the spiritual insides of your soul.  Gabby Bernstein refers to this as the "ing" or inner-guide, but I like to refer to it as your heart, or spiritual insides.  The place that God created.  The ego, all of the thoughts that make meditation SO hard is something you have created along the course of your life as you've gotten bruised. However, it is an illusion.  (As we all know, illusions are pretty f-ing realistic in that they scare you just the same as something real-think Haunted Houses at Halloween.) 

Friday, September 23, 2011

You Can't Have A Green Lawn When You Water It With Weed Killer!

by Sarah Davis
For your dose of wisdom this week, I wanted to share something that has been going on in my own life.  You have to maintain a positive attitude at all times to achieve your maximum goals and sometimes this can be a true struggle. I have been feeling a little blue because I don't have a relationship my parents.  My father, particularly, has never been in the picture and when he was, he insisted that I wasn't good enough (for anything.) He also plays head games like a military mind-torture artist.  When it comes to my writing, all that he has ever said about it has been, "I'm a writer, not you. You must have learned it from me." So, as an adult, I have to walk around with this burden of the fact that I don't have a supportive family, I have a family that brings me down.  

I try to then go to church and it's hard for me to see families and hear the pastor talking about how good Christian people have healthy, strong families. I leave church and sometimes, I'm not going to lie, I get mad that I am the girl there who had to be abused as a kid. I get mad that when every other girl was scared to call up their secret crush in high school, I was terrified to talk on a phone at all because I actually couldn't (suffered from a speech disorder).  I get mad that no one understood what a speech disorder in my family and told me that I was evil because I couldn't talk.  I get mad that I have always believed in God, but sometimes it feels like God doesn't believe in me.  Deep down, I see the things I want (a life within the church with a beautiful family) and then I see that I don't currently have them and I think negative emotions will ease the blow.  

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Michelle Williams Covers October Vogue, Opens Up About Playing Marilyn Monroe

Michelle Williams is on the cover of Vogue's October 2011 issue, photographed by Annie Leibovitz as Marilyn Monroe.  She's starring in a film titled, My Week With Marilyn (set to be released in November) and staying in character for the spread.  She certainly looks, by these simply beautiful photos, like she is the perfect girl for the role. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Are your animal prints wearing you?

by Sarah Davis

Jessica Alba using an appropriate amount
of leopard print!

A great way to spice up any outfit is to add a dab of leopard print. Adding a healthy dose of leopard print with your favorite accessory, like a belt, scarf or pair of loafers is a great way to complete an outfit. However, it's very important to use these prints with a good amount of color so that you don't look like you're channeling your fourth grade Halloween costume (complete with whiskers drawn onto your face!) Remember to add to your outfit with leopard and only use key pieces.  When dealing with animal prints, know that you have to have control or they will control your outfit (similar to a wild animal).

A lot of really vibrant jewel-tones, like teal and emerald green are on the runways right now, so adding something like a chiffon leopard print scarf (like this one from Alexander McQueen) to a plain one-color oversized tee could would be enough! Darker colors like deep purples greens are other shades that can really make a tiny dose of leopard pop.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lee Terbosic: Up Close & Personal with Pittsburgh's Favorite Comedy Magician

by Sarah Davis

"I try to make all of my shows unique.  I never want to be cliche
and I certainly don't ever want to blend into a crowd."- Lee Terbosic
29 year old Lee Terbosic has been a magician since he was eleven.  In college, he decided to add in a comedy routine to his tricks and voila, he is currently known as Pittsburgh’s favorite comedy magician.  He seamlessly combines magic tricks that make you scratch your head and jokes that make you forget about how you’ll never understand the magic you see him doing. He's built a successful career out of this combination and I was recently able to catch up with him for an interview.  

“I try to make all of my shows unique.  I never want to be cliché,” says Lee of the shows he does.  He has a show coming up, "52 Up Close" which will be an intimate affair at Shop 412, located in South Side Works.  Reserved for the first 52 people who purchase tickets, it will focus on Lee's “sleight of hand” tricks using only "a deck of cards and his ten fingers".   

Monday, September 19, 2011

Six Years Later: Brad Pitt Opens Up About His Marriage With Jennifer Aniston

by Sarah Davis
Brad Pitt out promoting his latest 
film, Moneyball, 
at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival

Recently, Brad Pitt opened up about his marriage with Jennifer Aniston in an interview with Parade Magazine.  The two have been split for 6 years and we all know that his current power relationship with Angelina Jolie (and six children) is solid, but their divorce was one of the biggest (gossip) stories to ever come out of Hollywood.  Jennifer Aniston has talked about the divorce before (and bashed Angelina), but he has never really given any explanation. He's just spoken about how amazing Angie is. 

"I spent the '90's trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony.  I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out.  It started feeling pathetic," he says.  "It became very clear to me that I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn't living an interesting life myself.  I think that my marriage [to Jennifer Aniston] had something to do with it.  Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Real Housewives' Adrienne Maloof Reveals Luxurious Wedding Dress Display

by Sarah Davis

While watching the premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this season, I couldn't help but drop my jaw at Adrienne Maloof's wedding dress display.  I've never really seen this done before, but this is such a fantastic idea.  Not only do you get a little bit more of a bargain out of your wedding dress (as if you really need one) but it is such a memory-provoking display to have.  I absolutely love this and will do this one day! 

Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, Adrienne Maloof, plays with her three sons in front of her luxurious wedding dress display in her Beverly Hills home.  

Image Credit: Zimbio

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Orange Lipstick & Jason Wu's Spring 2012 Collection at New York Fashion Week

by Sarah Davis

There have been a lot of shows at New York Fashion Week (which sadly, I did not get to attend) that were amazing, but Jason Wu really sparkled.  I love everything and I particularly love the stunning lip color on the models.  I debated for a while whether or not the models were actually wearing orange (or a bright, orangy-red), but I ultimately chose to blog about orange lip color because I'm currently obsessed with it.  
1. MAC lipstick in Morange (Purchase here)
2. Revlon lipstick in Orange Flip (Purchase here)

Image Credits: Cosmetics/Revlon

Friday, September 9, 2011

South Side Gears Up For Faded Fest 2011

Hey guys! I just wanted to share with you a cool event happening tomorrow in South Side if you are in Pittsburgh, Pa this weekend.  My friends over at Faded Industry Entertainment are hosting an all-day/all-ages event, Faded Fest, at a variety of venues all along Carson Street with plenty of shows from local bands on Saturday, September 10.  Restaurants & stores, including Blasfome and Zarelli Hairdressing, will be hooking you up with discounts if you have a Faded Fest wristband on, (purchase one here or from Frank Bachurski). The bash starts at 2:00 pm and goes until 10:00pm, after which there is an official after-party at District 3.  The official venues that you'll have access to are: Diesel, District 3, Levelz, Rex Theatre, The Smiling Moose, Villa and Z Lounge. I am particularly excited for performances from Doomsday Initiative & Commonwealth Family (at Diesel) because I've seen them and know they're amazing, but this is a cool event because you get to experience a showcase of music you've never heard before.  

If you know anything about Faded, they always throw some of the best late-night parties in town and own Clique Vodka (which recently celebrated it's 1-year anniversary and new bottle design at the PPG Aquarium).  Faded Fest is a really huge event for them and it looks as though they have planned something really big and amazing so go check it out!  

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Reese Witherspoon Covers October's Marie Claire

Reese Witherspoon opens up in the October issue of Marie Claire about her new marriage, explaining that she is very lucky to have found someone to love again.  "You know, somebody close to me once said, 'Oh, no man will ever accept your children.' And I just thought it was the most horrifying thing someone has ever said to me in my entire life," she says, a slight Southern lilt emerging. "I was determined to find somebody who would make that not true. And I got lucky. I did. I got very lucky, and he's wonderful. And so wonderful with the children. I'm very blessed."  Reese always has such a positive outlook on life and I think she's a great role-model, so I love sharing when she covers magazines. Her interviews are always so inspiring and uplifting. 

reese witherspoon marie claire cover

newlywed reese witherspoon marie claire

newlywed reese witherspoon marie claire

reese witherspoon marie claire cover

Images: Marie Claire

Keep Your Mind Still, While Running As Fast As You Can

by Sarah Davis

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps, it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." -Henry David Thoreau

When I was in high school, I read Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and I knew I wanted to get inside of people's heads like he did.  I wanted to make people think with everything I wrote.  It may sound ballsy or pretentious, but I never cared.  I never looked past the thought, “This is for me and I can do this.”  I remember him writing something about how life is something similar to sifting through a lot of mud on the bottom of a lake.  On top is clean water, but the deeper you go down, the more you will get stuck in shit, essentially. 

I love how modern day philosophy is centered around the positive mindset, the attention to love in every aspect of life and miracles.  I love that people are encouraging all of these things and really allowing themselves to put it into play in their own lives.  However, I think there is something to be said (and a problem that I always seem to smack into like a car smashing into a brick wall) is that the rest of the world isn’t going to be thinking like you if you make the shift into the miracle mindset. 

It is so easy to get sidetracked from a miracle-mindset! Life has a lot of mud and murky water in it and it is a frequent thing to step in shit or get stuck in shit. The real kicker in life is that all of this is an illusion, designed to make you think that love is an illusion.  So, you have to be bold enough to ignore it.  No matter who is saying what to you; people will tell you that you can't do anything in this life. I get told all the time that I probably shouldn't be a writer, that I probably shouldn't listen to my heart, that I probably shouldn't do everything I do.  But, I look at it like it's an illusion and that my dreams are the real thing, not the opposite way around.  (There are many, many people who support everything my writing career, but I do hear negative feedback, too, like everyone does.) You must sift through these negative parts of life to find love, or clean water because it is PLENTIFUL.  

I cannot stress how important it is to trust your own instincts because they are more valuable than money.  I sometimes get so stressed about money and how if I had more of it, I’d have more things going on and I’d be able to travel to get better interviews for the blog.  But, your intuition, or your “inner guide”, or your direct access to God, is the most valuable thing in the world.  This gets tricky because you aren’t alone here in the world.  You’ve been placed here among billions of other people, who all have their own intuitions and inner guides.  

Because of this, the fact that our lives are so closely intertwined with everyone else's, it gets so easy to get stuck in your past, or people you once knew, or people you think you could or should know.... the list just goes on.  

So, along with positive thinking and keeping your thoughts on the right track, you have to learn how to be still while running as fast as you can.  Life is but a breath, you can't sit around and wonder why things don't always work out, but you have to meditate every day.  You have to listen to YOUR heart and I always find that when doing this, things happen for the best all around you.  Even when it comes to other people.  People react to the energy you give off and when you are comfortable in your own skin, following your dreams, people will want to do the same things in their own life! 

Be confident to achieve all of the these things.  Don't get caught up in negative emotions and don't feel bad if it looks like you will have to stand alone to have your miracle-mindset.  You really won't be alone (it's an illusion that you will be) and you will attract the right people.  You'll watch amazing things happen in your own life that you never expected and things will turn out better than you imagined. listen to what your own heart tells you and remember that shitty times in life are an illusion, LOVE is very real and the most powerful thing in the whole world.  

Image: Pinterest

What are YOU doing for Fashion's Night Out?

Today is the day!  Would you believe that Fashion's Night Out was started only two years ago (by Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenburg)?!  Today, it is taking over basically ALL of New York City, populated by editors of Vogue, celebrities who love fashion, designers and everyone else in the world who wanted to go.  Be safe if you are going (I hear it's VERY crowded already) and have fun! Buy something fun and enjoy this legendary (again, it's only the third year, but legendary) night out! 

TIP: Los Angeles & San Fran are hosting plenty of Fashion's Night Out events as well! In fact, this a world-wide event (Berlin is celebrating the biggest spending night of the year, as well.) Sadly, in Pittsburgh, it's just another night to eat Primanti's sandwiches.  

Anna Wintour and Diane Von Furstenberg - The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards - Inside
Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue & Diane von Furstenburg: the masterminds behind Fashion's Night Out

Image: Zimbio/FNO

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Book: Carine Roitfeld's "Irreverent"

Carine Roitfeld is the former editor of Vogue Paris and her first book, Irreverent, is set to be released on October 18.  The book is already creating a lot of buzz because of the photos she includes, all to which she refers to as "irreverent photos" and a handwritten love note from Tom Ford, where he asks her out to dinner.  The book covers her 30 year career, including photos from both her personal and professional career. 

Image Credits: Carine Roitfeld/Fashionologie

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Prepping for Fall with J. Crew: Jewel Tones!

by Sarah Davis

This Fall it's all about deep shades of blue, purple & green, paired up with bright colors that pop!  Expect to see a lot of color! I'm loving the color yellow, fuchsia and the deeper shades of purple.  I really love J.Crew and wanted to share what they had in store for Fall 2011.  

J. Crew Fall 2011

J. Crew Fall 2011

J. Crew Fall 2011

Photo Credits: Refinery 29/J.Crew

Friday, September 2, 2011

Chanel to Launch Les Jeans de Chanel Collection for Fashion's Night Out

September 8 is a day we're all excited for because it is Fashion's Night Out.  To make this fabulous occasion even better, Chanel is launching a denim inspired nail polish line, Les Jeans de Chanel.  Blue nail polish has just been rocking it this past year and this limited edition line looks fantastic! TIP: The Les Jeans de Chanel collection will launch on September 8 and only be available through the end of the month.  The line will only be available in Chanel boutiques & on  

Photo Credit: Chanel

Spirit Junkie Coming on September 12!

Spirit Junkie, Gabby Bernstein's new book, is coming out on September 12 and I cannot be more thrilled! She's one of the most inspirational people I've come across because she's so down to earth and full of energy and love. She's the girl who admits that she once partied too much and talks to you from a place of love, as opposed to some old guy who talks about improving your life and makes you just want to roll your eyes.  I watch her vlogs almost every day and they always give me great insight.  She's all about shifting your perception so that you can live life according to it's natural flow (the flow of your life gets blocked when you give in to fear and negative thinking).  

One of my favorite vlogs by Gabby (probably one of my favorite Youtube videos ever) is titled "The Lovetarian Diet", in which she talks about only choosing to digest love, similar to how vegetarians never digest meat. You simply just choose to not put negative thoughts into your head and digest them.  She has a lot of valuable tools to spread around, so I encourage you to check out all that she has to offer! 

Pick up her first book in the meantime, New York Times Bestseller Add More ~ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness and check out! We love you Gabby! 

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