Art, Fashion, Globalism, Strippers, Politics: We are all Connected.


How would you put art, fashion, globalism, strippers and politics all into one sentence?  I just did.  You’d be surprised how many strippers know anything about these subjects.  I’m that pink deer, that rare diamond that could school you while you drink your $1800 bottle of wine and enjoy a $500 lap dance… you might get a topless straddle and a politics lecture instead. LOL!  Hey, I got great boobs.

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I’m an art major and I studied fashion design, merchandising/marketing AND media and journalism at the International Academy of Design and Technology for 2 years, and Academy of Arts University San Francisco for 4 years.  In one of my classes: Art History, We often discussed the interconnectivity of the influence of religion and politics on art beginning with ancient Egypt and transitioning through Greek, Roman Empire, Byzantine, Constantinople, Midevil and Renaissance times.  It’s interesting how many modern designs are influenced from ancient history.  History gives fashion depth.  It gives it intelligence and a voice.  Intelligent art is identified only by the intelligent and a small group identifies with the subtle brilliance in pieces where others may miss it.

Fashion is an ever changing world.  The 5 major fashion cities use to be New York, London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo.  Today China and India are emerging as fashion capitals and the United States has lost our industry, despite the famous New York Fashion Week.  Our textile industries and manufacturing have been outsourced by cheaper laborers like China.  However, the quality of technology in our products, faster turn around, honest service protecting us from stealing patents and keeping American money pumping into our economy are the upsides of keeping your fashion business in America.  At the end of the day we pay a premium for those luxuries that don’t always price position our end product in a competitive market.  The smart business men are outsourcing to China, however, they are often criticized by people who do not support global markets or products made in China.

Look at companies like Banana Republic. $100 average price for a garment or dress.  Banana Republic a part of GAP has had many controversial raids in India and other Asian countries getting busted for child labor and employee deaths.  A parallel in comparison  company to Banana Republic… Zara.  Average price for a garment is $50.  Zara is a Spanish co. and with self owned warehouses in Europe including countries like , Portugal, Turkey and Morocco, they keep costs down by having a zero advertisement policy and outsourcing some of their shirts to Asian countries like China, Indonesia and Vietnam.  Another company equal to Zara and Banana Republic would be Armani Xchange.  The average jacket or dress could be $100-$150 and is of similar quality.  They are manufactured in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Peru; however, some pieces are made in the US or in Italy, thus high prices on some garments  like blazers and cocktail dresses with finer detail and cheaper prices on simple garments like t shirts and tank tops.

American Apparel is an American company which demonstrates a low volume operation, however it has still been under the radar for unethical work environments, abusing illegal latino immigrants in California.  The more I searched online to find a popular American company that manufactures in the US, the more I realized there aren’t any names. I  was unable to find anything in the mainstream. There are a lot of small clothing brands that are high in quality and made in small production, however the companies are small, profit margins are low, and costs are high.  It is a fashionable thing to buy “Made in America” just like it is to buy “Made in France” or “Made in Italy.” What happens in the fashion world is a reflection of what is happening in the world with globalism, politics and all business.  It doesn’t matter if you’re making Victoria Secret panties in China or bottle caps for Coca Cola.  The business practices are the same across the board.  Cheap labor, tariffs and import/export taxes.

I learned a lot about business and parallel industries dancing in Vegas for a decade.  Every year I meet people in town for the bi-annual fashion “Magic” show.  I attend the AVN adult awards and Nascar and get to meet all the adult porn stars. That is always fun and brings out an eclectic variety of personalities.  I meet a lot of wealthy doctors and pharmaceutical reps during pharm conventions.  More intellectual classy types taking their ladies out for some debauchery.  The jewelers come every year to the jewelers convention.  Lots of middle eastern, Jewish and Lebanese friend’s I’ve made.  Middle Eastern guys are horny.  More than the rest.  I especially love the World of Concrete.  Bearded contractors are always generous, and extra cuddly, but kind.  They don’t talk to you like a piece of trash they just bought, like some customers. They can be kind and treat you like a human being.  (:  They’re generally the nicest guys.  Even the cunts that show up during electronics conventions esp. the tight wallet Chinese guys that shoo you away like a pigeon and the cheap asses after a UFC fight all drunk trying to get free attention without spending a dollar on a single girl; all these surroundings offer me perspective into different markets.  Sometimes a big fight like Holly Holm and Rousey enticed me to come to work and I’d kill $1500 between 5 pm and 10 pm because the turn up was so good and there were no girls smart enough to show up to work.

What interest does a stripper have in politics?  Plenty.  If you’re a ghetto girl, then you gotta hustle hard to get volume in customers.  If you’re resourceful, intelligent and beautiful, you work smart, not hard.   You are able to pull those high end clients that go for a VIP or throw you a couple grand to miss work over the weekend and hang out, go gambling and shopping and be entertained w dinner and lounging for the weekend.  Chances are those upper bracket clients are Republicans.  Throughout Obama’s administration I saw my entire income deplete by over 50% within those 8 years.  I look forward to see my income rise during Tump’s administration.  I saw many of those clients lose their lifestyle and income.  Clients who once spent regularly were more frugal with their money.  Many people changed jobs and industries and opened new businesses catering to new markets.  An entrepreneur will always be an entrepreneur and in changing markets will always evolve.   To be honest… the strip industry is DEAD, even in Vegas, the hosts are scrambling to pimp girls  for their 40% “tips” and stamp out the competition because they are desperate for survival.  It’s no longer a prosperous industry unless you’re a high end prostitute that can pull $10,000 clients regularly.

I’ve noticed the older strippers leave the club to become high end prostitutes and many women of international origin, who are less desirable in appearance become prostitutes in the strip club. My old roommate and I sat at the stage at 5 am trolling strippers.  Within an hour he got 5 girls numbers. 4 out of 5 girls propositioned him for sex ranging from $200 to $400.  To his credit, my roommate was an extremely good looking guy, nonetheless… they offers were extremely low, devaluing the marketing of the strip club.   They said they were desperate and rent was due.  Working at Spearmint Rhino, it is $400-$500 for a VIP hour dance.  Prostitutes usually on the high end cost $1000-$3000.   Is the market so bad now that strippers are willing to go home with you for $200?

How does globalism affect this all? America is being outsourced in prostitution, manufacturing, even skilled laborers.  Over 45% of highly educated doctors are from international waters.  Prostitution in countries like South America and Asia are so cheap that nobody wants to pay $3000 for a hooker in Vegas.  Manufacturing is clearly cheaper in countries with unethical environment and labor practices than America.  We have no choice but to assimilate with the ways of global markets.  But how does America stay competitive?  I’ve been asking myself this for a long time.  The world does not care about ethics.  American companies thrive with quality, but it is only American’s who mostly buy American products.  The world does not like imported American products.  Why would Asia and Europe import electronics or cars when they have better ones?  Why would they import Budweiser when they have Kirin and Scotch?  They often don’t and we lose on all planes of trade.  America needs better brands that can stay competitive, but we can’t without globalizing our markets.  So we’re at a stalemate.

What is America’s industries?  War. Acquisition.  Investments.  Do you see how we profit from keeping the world at war and monopolizing commodities?  IDK Food for thought.  I have a lot going on in my mind.

I am an entrepreneur… I’ve never had a job in my life.  My savings has depleted and even now I refuse to get a job.  I’m hustling my side gigs and getting clients right now.  I think my entrepreneur mindset gives me an outlook into the business world.  Being a fashion major, I’ve studied the complexities of globalism and understand how politics, religion and history play a role in business.  I see how we are all interconnected, how art is influenced, how markets influence each other and it gives me a deeper understanding of the world we live in today.

xoxo

 

 

My Christmas Wish List UNDER $50


1. Fresh Citrogne de Vigne Perfume $36.79

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2. Elle Macpherson Bra $39.59

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3. Green Bandage Dress $42.72

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4.Clock $46

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5. High Frequency Wand $25

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6. LED Light Therapy $47

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7. Frederick Fekkai Holiday Gift Set $24.89

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8. Asian Flavors of Jean George $25.69

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9. William Sonoma Slow Cooking Cookbook $23

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10. Flexible Dieting 101 $9.15

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11. IIFY $49

2013 Fashions


Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2013

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Marchesa Spring/Summer 2013

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Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 RTW

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Gucci Spring 2013

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Blumarine Spring 2013 RTW

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Catherine Malendrino Spring 2013

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Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2013 RTW

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Sexy + Fashionable = Kristie Manning


I decided to be the sexy Leeloo from 5th Element this year.  I’ve always thought about doing it, so let’s go for it!  Last year I liquid latexed my body in blue to show off my curves with a Mystique costume, but I never made it to the club because it was so uncomfortable and I ripped it off desperately when I started to suffocate.  Sexy + Fashionable = ME!  I came across this page while looking for a  costume.  I may have someone custom make me a Leeloo costume off of Etsy.com but I’m still browsing through this gothic wear.  Some of it is super sexy, but I love some of the silhouettes.  From a fashion perspective, amazing designs at reasonable prices! Available @ artificeclothing.com

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Victorian Straight Jacket $110

PVC Cyber Baby Doll Dress $110

Origami Kimono $260

Kinetic Zippered Overbust $165

Siamese Twin Costume $190

Lillith Skirt $95

Ballerina Stiletto Boot $85 @ Milanoo.com/thefind.com

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I <3 Manolo


I bought an over $1000 pair of Louis Vuitton pumped up kicks this month.  The other day I saw a beautiful pair of gold rhinestoned Manolos at Nordstrom.  With tax, they came out to $1,380.00. Today I went to Neiman Marcus to try to try on something similar to see the correct size.  There were these scalloped suede TURQUOISE Manolo pumps.  WTF is wrong w me.  I’M  ADDICTED!  Someone intervene!  I’d do anything for shoes.  I have a problem!  But these shoes were hot and in my favorite color as well.  $775 at Neiman Marcus.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod133580056&parentId=cat000209

Art for Feet


I was walking to Nordstrom Cafe to grab lunch and there out of the corner of my eye caught a glistening reflection of light on the perfect pair of shoes that define me as a woman.  Not really… But I have never wanted a pair of shoes more in my life!  My friend Tony, who works in Salon shoes, informed me they literally got them in that morning.  I have a pair of very special Manolo Blahniks and they are similar in style except silver.  I bought them for my 21st birthday.  For a very long time, I have wanted some T-strap Manolo GOLD stilettos, but they never made any.  It’s been years and the shoes of my dreams pop up out of nowhere.  There these were.  I stopped to try them on.  Tony brought me out 5 other pairs of shoes along with those since he knows that I have a ridiculous shoe fetish.  I told him it’s unnecessary, because these are the apples of my eye.  He told me that he has to because they make him.  So I told him to tell them that I said to fuck off, I only want these.

I put a post in my Mode section of my blog, but this is front page worthy.  I am ordering these in my size ASAP!

$1295.00 @ Nordstroms

xoxo

Kristie

Cool Makeup



Cheryl from Cherbu Cosmetics

Makeup by Jennifer Thorington (West Hollywood)

Model Chelsea Ching (Honolulu)

Photography Brandon Ching (Honolulu)

Model Valery Whitaker (Virginia)

Makeup Sidory (Washington)

Photography by Brady Photography (Maryland)

Model Kayko Tamaki (LA)

Makeup Jessica Hoffman (Honolulu)

Photography Wandering Bohemian (Pennsylvania)

Clothing Designer Bizarre Boudoir (Pennsylvania)

Hair Stylist Robin Dortin (NJ)

Model Sharon TK (NJ)

MUA Darya Latham  (NJ)

Eyeworks Photography (Missouri)

Photography Harold Julian (Honolulu)

Model Stephanie Burrows (Colorado)

Makeup and Styling T H Taylor (Wisconsin)

Model Trackbelle (Chicago)

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Enjoy!

XOXO

Kristie

I Started Spring Semester @ the Academy of Arts…


and my first two classes are Consumer Modivations in Fashion, and Fashion Illustration I.  I’m a little disappointed because I already had Fashion Sketching I and II at IADT and I have to retake those classes.  Nonetheless, I am more than happy to retake these classes because the curriculum at the Academy is so much more enriching.  At first I was skeptical to do my degree online.  But looking at the online curriculum, videos, and discussions, I am glad that I am doing it all online.  I’m a busy person with a crazy schedule, and this gives me the freedom to work when it’s most convenient for me.  No down town driving Kai to the baby sitter, and set class times.  

Not only is the Academy’s online classes convenient.  They are extremely enriching.  This being the first week of class, the curriculum focuses on picasso and matisse’s work: line drawings.  Our exercises were blind line drawing, which is basically drawing a nude figures outline, without looking at your paper.  I’m happy to share with you my best drawing.  I think understanding line and the form is more important than anything else in fashion sketching. 

At IADT the teacher showed us some basic techniques, demonstrated some croquis and flat’s and expected us all to just do the projects without any instruction or art education.   I was really disappointed.  I did so much art work in that class, but didn’t learn anything.  I feel like I paid $3,000 just to do a bunch of work, but didn’t progress in my drawings much.  I think that line is very important, as well as drapability and the way the fabric flows, and in more advanced projects, patterns, and texture.  I thought simple art projects and exercises like drawing a shaded ball, were simple art lessons that need to be taught in order to improve us as artists.  Contrast and highlights and lowlights are important too.  But to learn to be an artist, you need to start at the beginning lesson, and work your way up and evolve. 

Here’s a sample of my work.  This is a sexy little lingerie line I was working on.  As you can see, my art work is above average, but I see a lot of room for improvement.  I definitely haven’t peaked as an artist.  I keep my designs simple and minimal, but I think that they can be so much better! 

As for my Consumer class, IADT had nothing like these classes.  I never got any kind of informative curriculum at IADT that helped prepare us for the business side of the Fashion world, or marketing.  Some of their sewing and patternmaking teachers were wonderful, but as a whole, school shouldn’t only be about construction and production.  It should cover an adequate amount of art history and techniques, the business side and manufacturing aspect, and creative flow as well.

Academy is a University and you can choose some of your own electives and liberal classes.  I want to learn Italian.  IADT had no language classes.  And their classes are set.  You can’t choose what classes you want to take  to better suit your career choice.  Academy has a variety of classes including journalism, manufacturing, wardrobe for movies, textiles, knits, etc.  On top of that, IADT charges 28k a year, the max amount of money you can get out of Financial Aid Federal Loans, and from Grants.  Where as Academy is $16k a year, and you can disperse some of that extra money to help with other expenses, or equipment like a new MAC computer or software you may need.  Or say you had a rough term and are hurting financially and need a little extra money one month.  I hurt really bad one semester and couldn’t get any extra financial aid.  I’m glad there is extra funds available in case of emergencies.

I should have went to the Academy of Arts University in the first place!  I wasted a whole year at IADT.

xoxo

Kristie

Clubs and Bars I Want to Check Out in Bali


1. Huu Bar
Located on the coastline of Kuta
Contemporary feel with a fusion of international clientele, and sophisticated crowd.

http://www.huubali.com

2. Obsession World Music Bar

Located in Seminyak. Popular among locals, and long term staying tourists.  Good wine list.  Mexican, Pizza, and mixed cuisine.

3. Maccaroni Restaurant and Lounge

Located in Kuta.

Chic and stylish.  Urban Environment. Live Music. Fire Dancers.  Reasonably priced Italian food.  Overwhelming crowd.

http://www.maccaroniclub.com

4. Sky Garden

The Sky Garden is known to be a very popular spot and interesting place to visit. They have three stories that each introduces different lounge areas. On the first floor one will find a full service food arena with a bakery and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner any time of the day. On the second floor is a peaceful internet lounge that you can relax and have a drink, or work. The third floor is specifically for late evening dining and offers up a delightful assortment of foods. The top floor is a popular night dancing location that has electric laser shows and loud music to enjoy as you dance the night away.

5. A Bar

One of Bali’s most popular bars. 30’s crowd.

6. Kakul Bar and Café
An open-air café that features jazz onSunday evenings and live music on Wednesday and Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.Offer a nice, light menu and views over the bay.
Jl Four Season’s, Jimbaran Bay.

7. Aina Bar

Located in Kuta

8. Club Cabuh
An elegant night out. Jazz, Caribbean & Top 40 Band Thursday to Saturday. Fashion show Sunday & Latino Night on Monday. Karaoke Night on Tuesday & Ladies Night on Wednesday. Located at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Nusa Dua.

9. Oolooloos Fun Pub
With 3 private karaoke rooms, a resident band, an outdoor terrace or an indoor air-conditioned Mediterranean atmosphere, you will be enticed to party the night away!. Located at Nikko Bali Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua.