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London Fashion Week! 

19 Sep

Julie N. MacDonald

After New York Fashion Week, it’s London’s turn!  🇬🇧

More info LFW SS16

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The Awesome DKNY Aliza Licht – Aliza Licht’s Brilliant Guide “Leave Your Mark”!

21 Jun

IMG_2811While visiting my brother in Indiana, I’d finished the next book on my summer book list!

You ever wanted to know what is the best way to land a job?  How about making an assessment of your co-workers and your work environment?

How about not to pat yourself on the back too soon, you have to wait in line for that promotion.  There’s proper etiquette when sending an e-mail!  Or, how do you know when it is time to move on?

All can be found in candid stories and inspirational experiences in this delightful book called Leave Your Mark – Land Your Dream Job.  Kill It in Your Career.  Rock Social Media; written by the beautiful Aliza Licht, SVP of Global Communications for Fashion’s international designer powerhouse – Donna Karan.

You don’t have to be in the Fashion industry; this book can be useful in any field or genre – when it comes to job hunting, being resourceful and working hard is the common denominator.   I’d found myself laughing out loud on how Aliza Licht’s mistakes kind of matched my own job mistakes.  Where I too just wanted to show that I was so resourceful and the pressure was on – only ending up wanting to hide under a rock when I got it all wrong!

Aliza Licht shares her choice of making a hard decision to leave the field that did not make her happy to work in a field that she absolutely and completely loves.  Although the decision involved a lot of soul-searching; her story allows the reader to relate and take a moment to ask the same question!  Reading the book, you will love how she tells the inside scoop on how she captured a 500k Twitter following brilliantly orchestrated for thee @DKNY PR Girl.  Just genius!

She also shares the importance of social media and how/what you post impacts your brand, with warnings on why it should be used responsibly.  No one ever wants to hear that you failed, however Aliza Licht reassures the reader how those failures are so critical in the learning process and can be used in the future to make important decisions correctly.

“In any industry, how you are perceived weighs heavily on your ability to succeed.  If clients don’t like to work with you, you’re not going to get that promotion! Your reputation always precedes you; but the company you work for also contributes to that reputation.  The companies listed on your resume are like badges.  People judge you not only for your skills, but also where you have worked.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Aliza Licht a few months ago at an inspiring luncheon in Manhattan hosted by Lyss Stern, Mom Moguls Breakfast 2015.  Aliza’s book was about to be launched later that evening and here she was just as gracious in sharing about her personal life on being a mother first, work and launching her book.  She was amazing!!

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I don’t want to give too much away about the book!  Please add Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht to your summer read; you won’t be disappointed at all.  It can also be a nice gift to a person who would needs guidance in today’s job hunting.  And I might add, it’s the #1 New Release by Amazon.com! 🙂

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Want to follow Aliza Licht, her Twitter page is @AlizaLicht. Aliza Licht taxi photo

Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC ® Aliza Licht and DKNY Taxi photo by Teen Vogue  Next book on Letia’s book list stars Mika Brzezinski!

Winnie Harlow! Proud of the Skin She’s In…..NYFW Excitement Indeed!

16 Feb

Yes, she was on America’s Next Top Model!  However, it is so much more than that! WinnieHarlowAMTM

Canadian model Winnie Harlow has risen above of all critics that fashion cannot change!  Or ONE cannot be accepted!

I am so happy that the door has been open even wider for this beautiful lady.  Her skin condition Vitiligo is not stopping her; its the one thing that makes her beautifully unique!

Winnie Harlow Presented as New Desigual Face for the Spring-Summer 2015 Campaign "Say Something Nice"An encouragement to young girls, that the stigma to go under a microscope of certain beauty and size rules don’t always apply.  So the box “are you different?” can be checked proudly!

Winnie shares that her childhood consisted of ridicule and bullying.  Her resilience persevered, where today you have a stronger, more confident 19 year old young lady!

Winnie’s Instragram followers are proof, displaying photos of her everyday life…that it is OK to be different and shares to the those unaware to look beyond the  Vitiligo. Her thoughts below in her YouTube video.

Desigual has gotten it right!  Winnie Harlow is part of their SS 2015 campaign and setting the bar high!

You may recall Michael Jackson had the skin disease and Tamar Braxton, who also has it – often talks about it on her show, The Real.  We are seeing examples of it with everyday people.

As we become more educated, we will become more conscious of our reaction.  Winnie has been inspirational in that change!  She was on the NYFW runway this week!  Doing her thing and looking absolutely FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would love to see Winnie in a Dove Campaign and show the industry even more that uniqueness is so beautiful <hint>!  I would love to hear what you think?

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To see more beautiful photos of Winnie and her day to day ……..or just to be so inspired like me, go to her Instagram page:  WinnieHarlow

Jill Heller’s PureThread Pop-Up Shop ……..Leni Penn!

23 Nov

purethreadJill Heller, a Fashion entrepreneur, sustainable stylist and founder of PureThread that works effortlessly and passionately in introducing the best in a healthier way.

Jill Heller, Pure Thread (middle)

Jill Heller, Pure Thread (m.)

One of the ways, is having a Jill Heller PureThread Pop-Up shop!

So a few weeks ago, I’d attended one in Bedford NY, Westchester County.

PureThread gives the platforms and the opportunity to find great brands, but actually meet face to face and engage about an owner’s passion in their work!  About 20 different international and local brands were showcased.

I told Jill, this was like I was in on a secret clue; that led me to great treasure finds and landing with such excitement to be there!  This is where I also met two beautiful ladies, Brit and Susie Ankari!  Mother and daughter team, who are the owners of Leni Penn.

Brit Ankari (l.), Susie Ankari (r.)

Brit Ankari (l.), Susie Ankari (r.) ; Leni Penn

 

Leni Penn specializes in making vegan/vegetarian friendly faux leather tote bags, as well as high end vintage pieces that have been recreated and modernized.  American made and more importantly, for every tote bag sold – a backpack is donated for a child in need or a purse for a working mother in need!

Every woman needs a go to bag, which can hold everything that you need and yet be stylish. Everything! There could not be a color, style or design you could not find in Leni Penn’s collection.  So I opted to do something different, not the typical selection of a brown, black or even tan!  I decided to be daring and fell in love with Metallic Silver Python tote bag!  Yes, I know – so different for me but I went for it!

Unfortunately the style was not available at the The PureThread Pop-Up shop – it had to be ordered.  Waiting anxiously; it just arrived a couple of days ago and said now I can show and tell; it’s absolutely beautiful!  Roomy in side and is going to be used definitely for this weekend, then again and again!  I LOVE it!

Metallic Silver Python Leni Penn Tote Bag

Metallic Silver Python Leni Penn Tote Bag

To Jill, this opportunity was the best!  And thanks…….Leni Penn!

For my readers, if you are interested in knowing more about Jill Heller, PureThread’s Brand Directory; which features Leni Penn – info is below!

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Jill Heller’s project The PureThread is a consulting company with expertise in designer and sustainable fashion committed to inspiring posititve change in the fashion industry! www.thepurethread.com    www.lenipenn.com

 

 

 

Photos of Jill Heller and Pure Thread logo belong to Pure Thread®.  Leni Penn photo courtesy of Leni Penn Instagram.  Leni Penn tote bag photo, courtesy of Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®   

 

73 Questions, Answered by Anna Wintour!

10 Sep

anna wintourAnna Wintour is the name you should be interested in; during NY Fashion Week!  Are you interested in what she thinks is important?  Here is a candid view of the icon answering questions that are quick and funny – as she is working!  She is so delightful!

Oh, I’m going to wear my shades while I’m in the office tomorrow!!!!

The beautiful Anna Wintour is the daughter of Charles Wintour, former Editor of the Evening Standard. She started her career in 1970, working in the fashion department at Harpers & Queen in London.  Six years later, she joined its sister New York publication Harper’s Bazaar as its Fashion Editor.   After a stint as Senior Editor at New York magazine, controlling the title’s fashion and lifestyle coverage, Wintour was named Creative Director of American Vogue in 1983.  British Vogue hired her back as Editor in Chief for two years. In 1988, she rejoined American Vogue as Editor-in-Chief and in that capacity, has helped raise over $10 million for AIDS charities since 1990.

Enjoy Fashion Week!

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Youtube video by Vogue®

Lucille Ball, I Love Lucy on a Snowy Day!

3 Feb

lucille tumblerAnyone who knows me, knows that I love Lucille Ball!   She was such an intricate part of my life.   See Lucille and I became acquainted when I was a little girl, where she actually babysitted me!  LOL!!  Really, I was totally fascinated with her! My mother Gilda, would turn on the TV to watch the  reruns of the “I Love Lucy” show; where I was able to be entertained and laugh for 1/2 hr.

Of course the cast was adults, but the things that would get themselves into was absolutely crazy. Pure comedy and tear jerking fun!  Did you know, that “I Love Lucy” aired from 1951-57, and featured Ball and Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo; the couple were married for 20 years and owned a production company, Desilu Productions, together. The series currently shows in reruns on TV Land and brings in 20 million dollars annually to CBS Studios. SYNDICATION at it’s best!

Since I grew up with her, it didn’t stop there, in the 70’s she would have her own shows “Here’s Lucy” and “The Lucy Show” and do cameo appearances in movies.  Until this day, I simply love her in the musical movie called Mame; where she starred effortlessly!  I still sing the chorus line from time to time!

Lucille Ball was a beautiful woman and very smart.  I was always memorized by her fashion sense and looking back today on her style; well it was extraordinary.

There are many books on her life, contributions and accomplishments.

So, I was thinking, I’m here on a snowy day….why don’t I watch some of the I Love Lucy shows and one my favorites plays!

I’d played it 4 x already (clip below)!  Not thinking about snow anymore! 🙂

I love you Lucille Esmeralda McGillicuddy!!!!!  Now next episode!

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Yves Saint Laurent! YSL Picks for An Evening Out!

16 Aug

Ready! I am! Wondering, whether it can be fabulous? Ahhh..Yeah!  YSL all the way!  Simple picks, clean and classic – with just a touch of sparkly!

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