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

$85

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

xoxo

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.