Nick Northstar
April 13, 2016

Festival-Approved Outfits!

If you couldn’t tell by the abundance of fringe and floral prints, festival season is in full swing, and it’s time to get serious about what to pack because everyone knows that what you wear to a music fest is just as important as the bands you see and parties you attend!

Here’s some of our favorite looks from one of this year’s top festival attire providers Miss Guidedus

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March 15, 2016

THE MODEL LIFE WITH POLINA SIKORSKA

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With LA Fashion Week here, It’s A Glam Thing hit the runways with the fabulous Polina Sikorska to learn more about the life of a famed international model. From working in campaigns ranging from Toyota to Panasonic, and from Diet Coke to Moet, Polina has experienced it all!

Nick Northstar: How would you describe your own personal style?

Polina Sikorska: As a model I spend a lot of time just running around doing my castings. A lot of activities obviously effect my style. So during the day I prefer to wear something comfortable and casual. But if I go out for dinner or to some event I would give preference to classic. I like to look feminine. Trends come and go, but classic and femininity is timeless.

NN: What fashion trends as a model do you currently see happening?

PS: As a model it’s part of my job to know what’s going on with fashion. If I’ll try to sum up the mood that appeared from all the action on the Spring 2016 runways I would use the word “profusion”. As a main trend for the spring I would emphasize floral prints and feminine frocks. It’s all about silk, stripes and Spanish Flair!

NN: What about the modeling industry do you love and hate the most?

PS: In the modeling industry I like the effortless ability to travel around the world, and learn about every new country and culture. Because of modeling I get to meet enormous amount of open-minded and interesting people, along with people with different points of view. You learn so fast and understand the world way faster than other kids your age. The money aspect also is something very pleasing which gives you independence and freedom in the very early stages of your life. What I don’t like about modeling is a constant feeling of competition. Let’s face it, the modeling industry is not an environment that nurtures self love or true confidence. Your confidence wavers based on these external factors and I’ve seen so many young girls being completely miserable because of that. I used to be one of them. Likely throughout the years I’ve met so many great “teachers” who have taught me how to love myself and not give my power away.

NN: What current campaigns can we see you in?

PS: You can see me in a new Jafra Cosmetics and Levis campaigns. HTC, Acura and Samsung are also currently airing commercials right now as well that I am featured in.

NN: What is your definition of “Glam”?

PS: My definition of “Glam” is the celebration of all fabulous, imperfect, unapologetic, sexy, haughty things. For me personally David Bowie is one of the best examples of glam and being glamorous!

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February 10, 2016

FOUR VALENTINE’S DAY MUST-HAVE GIFTS

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1) Our #1 choice is always Kai, the clean, fresh scent which counts celebrity fans like Cate Blanchett, Pink and this V-day is offering free shipping on orders over $99. Our go-to for birthdays, hostess gifts, thank you gifts and yes, Cupid’s Day.

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2) You just need to gift yourself or your girl one of these Kevyn Aucoin ‘Heart And Soul Collection,’ a curated collection of Aucion’s most coveted products. A deal at $65. (Worth over $100.)

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3) Wear your heart on your finger tips with these festive nail lacquers from NCLA. $16. Fun for any of your girlfriends!

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4) Help your guy out and give him this handy ‘Skin Upgrade Kit’, featuring Baxter‘s most popular skin care products. Targeted products like ‘Under Eye Complex’ and Night Cream AHA deeply hydrate, repair and protect skin while helping to prevent signs of aging. It also means he’ll keep out of your beauty products! $74.

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January 17, 2016

TALKING JEWELRY WITH ALEKSANDRA ALEKHINA

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Aleksandra Alekhina is the creative mind behind the world famous jewelry brand, Jolie Jewelry. With locations in Moscow, Japan, Austria, Australia and now here in Los Angeles, Aleksandra has turned her passion for design to a whole new level, and has attracted some of today’s biggest model/celebrity names.

I caught up with her in L.A. to ask her five quick questions…

1. How would you describe your own personal style?

I am in love with all unusual stuff, sometimes even strange things. The most important is colors and shape combinations.

2. What jewelry trends do you like currently?

Simplicity. Multi-functional jewelry… So you can get one piece for any occasion.

3. What makes your jewelry different than others?

We make jewelry pieces so that people feel like a million dollars when they wear it, but we make it so its still very affordable in reality to buy.

4. What current pieces/collections of yours are your personal favorites to wear?

I like large earrings. They actually are one of our best selling pieces too. You know that everybody’s looking at you when you wear them.

5. What is your definition of “Glam”?

Be unique and have a 20ct diamond ring on your finger will do 😉

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November 19, 2015

STAYING WARM WITH HOT ATHLETIC APPAREL

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The colder winter season months are here (in America) and thus people are looking for ways to keep warm. Whether its staying a little longer at the gym for that extra sweat indoors, or just lounging around at home in comfortable clothes, these trendy hot fitness apparel companies (with a backstory and message of their own) will have you looking your very best and feeling great too!

Columbia Sportswear: These lovers of all things outdoors conduct regular audits of their factories and are big supporters of HERproject, which provides their female workers with health needs assessments, connections to health services, and education about nutrition and wellbeing. Additionally, Columbia contributes to some of the better-known environmental organizations. Great sportswear, while giving back – now that’s fabulous!

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Fabletics: Kate Hudson’s new athletic wear company is doling out $20,000 this year in community grants. Plus who doesn’t want to look as stunning as Kate Hudson does when she works out?!

Under Armour: This rising star of the active wear industry will not work with any manufacturers that engage in child labor, forced labor, discrimination, or poor health and safety standards. All of their Asian and Central American factory workers are guaranteed the minimum wage and compensation for overtime, and they enforce a zero-tolerance code of conduct that prohibits any form of corruption.

CAbi: The fine yoga pants sold by CAbi support numerous causes and they’re mostly sold almost exclusively by women, who make their sales by hosting the CAbi equivalent of Tupperware parties, where a portion of their profits go to the CAbi foundation, which supports impoverished women through microfinance loans.

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Fit For A Belle: A new fitness / casual wear clothing company out of North Carolina that helps women feel confident and empowered. It was started by a young lady Megan Williams who lost a ton of weight by turning to fitness and she has used her motivational slogans to push forward this company; You can even find some of those fun-loving slogans on her shirts!

Chase Infinite: One dollar from every shirt sold by this badass sportswear company is donated to charity. Notable causes have included the American Heart Association and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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Lululemon: These guys work hard to reduce their ecological footprint and who doesn’t like looking amazing in their yoga pants?! When it comes to fitness, this company has pretty much taken over the market, and have done so in a fashionable and good-spirited way.

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September 21, 2015

Memorable Moments of the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards

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September is one of the most exciting months for television. Every year the Emmy awards are given to the best actors, writers, and directors. Unlike other award shows, the Emmys are organized by the Television Academy. It’s the best in the biz giving award’s to who they believe did the best throughout the year. Although surprisingly, this year changes were made in the voting process. The Television Academy usually uses a small committee to determine final votes, but this year they opened up the final vote for certain categories to the entire pool of academy members. This allowed the show to feel less predictable, more diverse and over all more exciting. This years Emmys were full of firsts and hopefully not lasts.

Viola Davis of “How to Get Away With Murder” became the first African-American to win an Emmy for best lead actress in a drama series. In her acceptance speech, she quoted Harriet Tubman and acknowledge other African-American female actors that helped pave the way. She also left the audience and viewers with this:

Let me tell you something, the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

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After seven previous nominations and his last chance to win for his role as Don Draper on “Mad Men”, Jon Hamm finally won his first Emmy. As luck would have it, he was sitting in the front row. Jon decided instead of using the stairs to the stage like everyone else, he would climb onto it. He literally lifted one leg up and sort of rolled onto stage. You could tell it was a moment Jon had waited a long time for.

HBO dominated the 67th Emmys and walked away with a total of 43 wins over all, including 29 creative Emmys last week. It was the first time HBO has ever won in the best drama category. They took home Emmys for “Mad Men”, “Game of Thrones” (the most-watched show in network history), “Veep” and “ Olive Kitteridge”. Its safe to say someone at HBO is getting a raise.

There were so many other memorable moments from the show, too many to list really. The good news is you will forever know who Emmy winners are. After an individual wins, they are forever referred to as “Emmy Award Winning” which technically means “now you have to pay me more”. My congratulations go out to all the winners of the evening, as well as the losers who held it together long enough for the cameras to leave.

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August 28, 2015

TALKING STYLE & GLAM WITH TRAINWRECK’S EVAN BRINKMAN

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He may be young, but Hollywood child star Evan Brinkman sure knows how to steal a scene and he proved that in the recent hit Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck. In the film, Evan played the dorky, sweet, and sensitive stepson Allister who annoys Amy Schumer’s character throughout. In real-life he is anything but annoying.

It’s A Glam Thing had a chance to chat with Evan and find out a bit more about his style away from his character in the film and how he puts together his incredible fashion choices for red carpets and interviews…

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How would you describe your own personal day-to-day style?

I would say that I dress nice casual day-to-day. I usually wear a minimum of two different outfits a day. The first outfit is for school and it is usually cargo shorts with a polo shirt or v-neck shirt. Once I’m home from school I change into a t-shirt and shorts. On the days that I go golfing I wear Under Armor golf apparel.

What trends/brands do you like currently?

I prefer The Gap and Old Navy for my school clothing. Nike for my after school clothing and Under Armour for golf. For my shoes I prefer Converse, Vans and Under Armour. For dressier clothes I always go to J. Crew.

Being so young, do you even like dressing up for red carpets and such?

Yes, I really liked the clothing I wore for the red carpet and multiple interviews for Trainwreck. I had several business casual suits and shoes from J Crew. My mom used the Very Personal Stylist from J Crew and she would send multiple outfit choices for me and my mom to choose from on-line. For the red carpet I went to Nordstrom’s and found the suit, shirt, bow-tie and shoes. The suit was altered by Nordstrom’s and it was very convenient for us to find everything there.

What was it like getting styled each day on the set of Trainwreck? Did you have a whole team dressing you? Did you have any say?

The wardrobe department had requested all my sizes before my first fitting. When I arrived on set there were so many choices for my outfits that were unique, quirky and fun. There were 3 stylists that helped me throughout the filming and I remember wearing a lot of J Crew clothing. I did wear my own Converse, Chuck Taylor’s, the very first day for my fitting and the stylists loved my shoes. I ended up getting 3 pairs in different colors for my wardrobe changes on the set.

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What is your definition of “Glam”?

Stylish, confident & attractive.

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August 28, 2015

LA SUMMER POOL PARTIES

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When it comes to ideal summer weather there’s no city better than LA. The weather in LA  can be thought of “pool weather” almost all year long.  What better way to spend a warm LA summer day or night than by the pool. The good news is you don’t have to make the 4 hour trek to Vegas to experience an amazing pool party. LA is home to some of the hottest pool parties scenes you never knew about.

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This modern and sleek hotel is located in the heart of down town Los Angeles. Every Saturday and Sunday during the summer months The Standard Hotel hosts a pool party on their rooftop called “BASK”. Aside from the great food and DJ spinning the latest hits, it’s all about the 360 degree view of one of the most popular skylines in the world.

HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT HOTEL

Talk about an iconic Hollywood hotel! The Roosevelt Hotel opened in the mid 1900’s and has remained the place to be scene ever since. In it’s early years, the Hollywood Roosevelt played host to countless icons: Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and Clark Gable among others. In 1988 David Hockney completed a multi-million dollar mural painted at the bottom of the tropicana pool. The Tropicana sets the standard when it comes to pool parties. During summer evenings you can join in on the fun and experience their “ NIGHT SWIM”. When everyone else is going home, the Roosevelt’s pool party is just getting started.

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The W hotel is a brand that people come to expect greatest from. The hotel chain represents luxury with just the right amount of sexy. The pool at the W Hotel Hollywood is located on the rooftop and is surrounded by cabanas, day-beds, and plush lounge chairs. The W calls their summer pool party the “WET DECK”. The name alone should tell you that if you’re not ready to jump in, then it’s probably best to stay home.

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Why compete when you can add on? The W Hotel Westwood knows that sometimes the weekend is just too far away. That’s why every Wednesday during summer they host a pool party called the “MID-WEEK HOOKUP”. It’s the perfect way to spend your hump day. This pool party caters to the Angelenos that embrace the “firefighter schedule”: 3 days work and 4 days off.

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When attending this pool party please remember not to bring sand to the beach. The pool party takes place Saturdays at Loews Hollywood and is charmingly titled “ FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS”. They’re not saying it’s a singles only party, but they are saying don’t bring your baggage.

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The best keep secret is none other than the pool party hosted at the Mondrian/Skybar on Sat. & Sun. called “PLAYA ESCONDIDA”. Considered one of the more relaxed pool parties around town. This pool party is great for couples or groups of people that want to lounge by the pool, occasionally take a dip to cool off, and of course listen to good music.

The pool party scene in LA is nothing short of amazing. Next time you here an Angeleno talk about traveling all the way to vegas for a great summer time pool party, kindly remind them that LA is the place to be.

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August 18, 2015

TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION SUMMER PARTY

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Last week was a fabulous week! I was invited to attend so many exclusive Hollywood events. Every event was perfectly put together and glamorous. My favorite party by far was the Television Critics Association Annual Summer Party. This exclusive party was held at the beautiful Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The party was thrown for the cast and crew members of CBS, The CW and Showtime. The list of A-list celebrities I spotted and rubbed elbows with made my head turn. The best part of the night was hanging out by the red carpet. The carpet was the best view in the house to see who was attending and more importantly what they were wearing.

As expected everyone looked amazing. Not a hair out of place or unwanted wrinkle to be found. Some of the most memorable looks came from the men of evening. James Van Der Beek and Charley Koontz from CBS’ CSI:CYBER walked the carpet together and although I don’t think they planned their outfits to match, they were totally twining.

 

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Both gentleman, along with countless other celebrities embraced the latest summer trend of white and cream colors. James wore an all cream deconstructed cotton suit. He paired it with a crisp white button down that had a beautifully detailed navy collar. Charley choose a cream colored sports coat and paired with stylish dark navy denim. He completed his look with a slim navy tie and striped pocket square. You could totally see their chemistry as they walked the carpet smiling, laughing, and cracking jokes.

Getting invited to an event of this magnitude was nothing short of extraordinary. Each celebrity was nicer than the next. I left that evening knowing that the glamour of Hollywood that I usually admire from a far is even more glamorous up close and personal.

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July 27, 2015

EVERYTHING IS GLAMOROUS WITH JENNIFER REEVES DESIGNS!

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While I appreciate a well dressed woman, I LOVE a well accessorized woman even more. I especially love when women wear jewelry. Jewelry tells a story, it adds dimension and most importantly it shows personality.
One of my favorite jewelry lines is Jennifer Reeves Designs (http://www.jreevesdesigns.com). I first discovered the line when my good friend was wearing an absolutely beautiful necklace out here in Hollywood on the red carpet. When I asked her who it was by, she said it was made by Jennifer Reeves. I went online to view the collection and right away I knew I had found a brilliant and very eye-catching brand.
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Jennifer Reeves Designs collection includes necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. All of her jewelry is handcrafted and made of the finest gems, pearls and opals from around the world. Originally from Australia, Jennifer travels the globe for inspiration with her passion being seen in each unique piece she creates.
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“I love to design using the most awe-inspiring elements. I channel my appreciation for nature’s most extraordinary gifts and believe that every woman is innately bestowed an alluring strength.”
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Her ability to create extraordinary and  one of a kind pieces makes her collection a must have for any and all women… and I hear she is coming out with a men’s line too soon!
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