Monday, November 21, 2011

DECEMBER ALREADY?


I hope you're all enjoying the start of Holiday SeasonRemember to always take some time out for yourself everyday to restore your sense of calm. These can be challenging days for us..working long hours, running around to parties, planning a bash, cleaning, cooking, baking, stressing about what to wear, stressing about fitting into what we wear, working out, getting dolled up, trying to get the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, wondering how the hec you're going to pay for everything..you all know what I mean. Take a  few deep breaths, remember the true spirit of this season and have fun!  Our family and dear friends will love us no matter what!
People have been asking me if I'm still doing makeup for special events and photo shoots.  Of course!   Go to my Makeup Website: www.denisegvardian.carbonmade.com     I also love to snap pics of cool people and things around the city!   Here are some of my most recent sightings...enjoy!

 Classic Cool...


Rock and Roll Cool...







































 


Blowing off some steam in Union Square...


City of the Sun performing what sounds like Flamenco Punk..I had to buy their cd...they're that good!



Times Square.  Twist my arm much?


  Blondes having more fun..
Central Park


Ahh, Sweet Love...fleeting or forever? 


 Is that Johnny Depp from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory?



















Designer Mo Hom wearing her own creations in Times Square.  Check out her boutique, Lotus Hom, at 262 Mott Street if you like beautiful, feminine and comfortable clothing!




Plaid and Floral work on EVERYONE!

Leather, Leopard and Louie


Tatiana is wearing a faux Leopard Coat that was a birthday gift from her mother ( mom has impeccable taste) Bag is 3.1 Phillip Lim and Shoes are Jeffrey Campbell.
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YSL lipgloss no.18 is a gorgeous shade for Holiday Parties!





Hey, that's ME on the right, with fellow makeup artist, Farida. I almost never wear PURPLE eyeshadow but I was getting bored with my usual palette of browns and golds. I thought I'd try Laura Mercier's new baked wet/dry eye colour in Violet Sky. I smudged on some LM eyeliner in Black Violet as well.  The verdict is still pending...give it a Go or hell to the No???
*For a more subtle look, try LM's baked eye colour in Ballet Pink. It's got just the right amount of sheen and a hint of pink.


Some Holiday looks I love...taken from my favorite magazine of all time ...VOGUE!  








American, French, British, Italian.. I think a gift subscription to Vogue is a classic, thoughtful gift to any fashionista on your lista! (choose an international Vogue if she already subscribes to the American one)
Some other easy breezy suggestions for the Urban Glamour Girls on your list..

Sephora Gift Card (what woman doesn't love Sephora?!)
The Pure Parfum version of her favorite eau de toilette or cologne
Organic Dark Chocolate
Gift Card to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's
A bottle of her favorite wine/champagne/sparkling water
Metro Cards
Warm, fuzzy robe in her favorite color with matching warm, fuzzy slippers
Organic Bubble Bath/Shower Gel
Gift Card to her favorite Nail Salon for Mani/Pedi
Gift Card to her favorite Spa for an aromatherapy massage
A Beautiful Journal
Subscription to The New York Times
Subscription to an obscure magazine that reflects her interests
Gift Card to Barnes and Noble or her favorite book store 
Simple Abundance..A daybook of comfort and joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach 
2012 Wall Calender featuring her favorite Artist
Membership to MOMA (museum of modern art)
Subscription to Netflix
Anything from Tiffany's (we all like the little blue box)
Tickets to concerts, movies, off Broadway shows..
Gift Card to her favorite restaurant
Homemade cookies/cake
Fresh fruits/jams/honey from the farmer's market 
Plants (The Peace Lily and The Lady Palm both absorb indoor toxins)
A Phone Call (this always surprises and delights my friends who are texters!)



The list goes on and on...feel free to ask me for suggestions for anyone on your list!



Happy Holiday Season!
See you soon!



























































Thursday, November 10, 2011

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK! MUSIC AND FASHION PART 1


MUSIC continues to be one of the greatest passions and influences in my life....





This post is dedicated to Artists all over the world who are creating a positive impact on our society.  We Salute You!



NYC/Musician Kevin Patrick, former keyboard player with the band "Blondie" (one of my favorites)
Kevin's hat is from Beacon's Closet in Brooklyn, Shades are Smith Optiks, Sweater is Ralph Lauren, Coat is Banana Republic, Bag Fossil Classic and Shoes Cole Haan.

Kevin is the co-founder of Share The Mic, a really cool non-profit, that discovers, trains and connects new musical performers to global humanitarian causes.
Please stay tuned for more on STM and maybe I can even find out what's on Kevin's i-pod!


Fun Fact: Blondie gave a shout out to Grandmaster Flash and Fab Five Freddy (early pioneers of Hip Hop) on their song "Rapture" back in 1981.  The video was shot in The East Village.
http://youtu.be/pHCdS7O248g






USA/ Dotan Negrin travels across America with his truck, his dog and his upright piano playing on the streets of some of our biggest cities.  (I took this pic of him in Union Square)
He hopes to inspire people to pursue their dreams!         PianoAcrossAmerica



New Jersey/Musician/Technical Engineer John Bednar wearing a Ben Sherman button down, Lucky Brand jeans and Fluevog shoes.
He played a charity gig with The Don Manzo All Star Band last month to raise money for breast cancer awareness.



http://youtu.be/_91hNV6vuBYAnother "Jersey Boy" that I admire...
Bruce Springsteen...tougher than the rest!















Maryland/The Impact Society gives back by creating after school MUSIC AND ART programs for teens.  They believe (and I won't argue) that music has the power to transcend differences and bring people together. 





  Central Park on Sunday, 11/13//11





 Beauty and The Busk












Check out The Dirty Urchins (not an insult...the name of the band!)   They smash rock, folk, jazz, blues and country all together!  

I was brought to tears by The Boyd Family's version of Ave Maria (accompanied by violinist Meredith Rachel)


Strumming right along...Harpist Meta Epstein. 






 

Via Italy, Composer/Concertist Gianluca Fronda and New York City Violinist Meredith Rachel making beautiful music together...

Hear Gianluca at Vagabond's on Bleecker Street    December 1st
 

 I love the bold bright blue color of his coat.  Central Park via Korea.










Audrey shows her True Colors in this bright vintage dress with black tights and lace up boots. An unexpected combo that works!


  http://youtu.be/LPn0KFlbqX8 Cyndi Lauper's True Colors

Union Square    Fresh Graffiti by www.joemangrum.com


Michael Looks Sharp in a bow-tie from Bloomingdales, Sweater Club Monaco, Levis Jeans and Ferragamo shoes.


http://youtu.be/Z1CLZdrFkYQ
Joe Jackson's Look Sharp!
 Dana in a hat from a street vendor, coat H&M, jeans Charlotte Russe and Ugg Boots. Love the simplicity yet stylishness of this outfit!

The Oh So Versatile Black Leather Jacket...






 http://youtu.be/ABD9MkKzX5g     This 12 yr. old singer/songwriter is amazing!



We get the "thumbs up" from this young fashionista to keep on CREATING and making a difference for a new generation!


See you soon!

All videos from this post are from You Tube!  I DO NOT own them. Photos by me.