#MusicMonday

It’s Monday and there’s no better way to start off the new week than with a hot new tune freshly downloaded onto your iPhone. or spotting you fav star on the cover of you fav magazine!

In this generation, we see a lot of music stars blended with the fashion world. Rihanna, Beyonce,  Arianna Grande, just to name a few. But one star has recently been given the honor only millions of models could ever dream about.

Yes, I’m talking about Taylor Swift’s photo on the cover of Vogue UK!

November 2014 EDITOR: Alexandra Shulman COVER: Mario Testino MODEL: Taylor Swift

Whether you’re a fan of Swift’s or not, her image on the cover of British Vogue is stunningly beautiful. Plus, it’s a HUGE career step for her.

Granted, Swift has graced the covers of American Vogue and Teen Vogue, but along with this cover comes a new branch of music for the pop star as well.

Swift tells Vogue, “This time around I’ve chosen the brave and bold way of going about things,” she said. “Because with this album I’ve completely changed the sound of everything I’ve done until now. So it’s interesting to not be afraid of that. You know, I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, I don’t want to betray Nashville, whatever, but essentially it comes down to challenging yourself as an artist.”

Also in this issue, Swift let’s us in to her personal life and her thoughts on dating. Apparently, she is not looking for a relationship, and doesn’t see how one could fit in with the way her life is at this time.

Taylor’s new album will be released on October 27th, and has many fans excited to hear her new sound!

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Growing Up Online

We have entered the generation of technology and internet, but are there certain side effects that could greatly affect us in the future?

Sure having 24 hour internet service has it’s major perks, I mean we all love to check our Facebook every hour or post a new picture to Instagram with a trendy hashtag. But there is a dark side to being online that is outlined in this documentary, Growing Up Online.

Growing up online PBS.org

Online safety is something that is often being taught, or at least covered, in schools this generation. I know it’s something we all know and hear everyday, but it’s also extremely important information.

After watching this documentary in class, I felt like it covered a lot of subjects people in our generation are already aware of. We know about cyber bullying and fake profiles and everything you post is ‘out-there’ for the world to see. It’s still really important information to know.

           

Everyday, the age of holding cell phones or having a Facebook profile gets younger and younger. Now, I see ten year olds on their phone updating their latest status or posting selfies to Instagram. It’s a little shocking to see.

We can’t exactly stop them from being online, but we can make sure they understand the dangers of it and how to help avoid online predators and cyber bullying.

This documentary is outdated for our generation, but still covers the basic facts and is relevant to our society today. The video covers many situations that many people, especially younger people, go through ever day online.

These dangers include holding fake online profiles, sharing bad/nude pictures that could possibly be hacked and exposed, sharing information to bad websites or online predators, cyber bullying your friends or peers, and the list goes on.

Being aware of the dangers and knowing what is out there is an important step in protecting yourself and your children.

I’m not saying that we should do away with Facebook or any other online social media site, because I myself love Facebook and Pinterest, etc. All I’m saying is, please keep yourself and your kids protected online. Know the dangers and know how to stay safe from them.

                               

Here are some videos they may help:

Becoming a Fashion Journalist

Fashion Journalism…..Sounds pretty glamorous right? Often people tend to think of traveling the world and writing about the latest fashion show or trends, talking high fashion with designers and photographers and blogging about Marc Jacobs new collection as an enchanting and prestigious way of life. And indeed, the life does have its alluring and stylish means of making a living, but there’s a lot that goes into being a successful fashion journalist.

Image from Tyronmedia.com

What is it that make’s someone stop and say, “I want to be fashion journalist”? So often your ideal career changes as you make the steps through high school, then college, and then next thing you know-you’re on your own and in need of a job.

I didn’t know right away what I wanted my career to be, but it came to me about half way through my sophomore year of college.  I was a staff writer for the college newspaper, though I had never written for a newspaper before. It was a different, but exhilarating experience.

Being thrown in to writing in this knew way had a huge impact on what I wanted, or what I thought I wanted. All the sudden, I was finding myself taking on a more journalistic approach to everyday life. I was becoming more and more curious about day to day events and actions, asking more questions, and wanting to find out what the whole story was. That was when I realized I had found the right major for me.

Michael Kors – Front Row – Fall 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Katie Couric Pictures Zimbio.com

So, how does fashion come into play? I have always had a love for fashion. Whether it be personal style or watching the spring collection of Valentino in Milan Fashion week, fashion is a huge part of my life. Therefore, it just makes sense to combine the two for my idealistic career and future.

Although, the fashion industry is incredibly competitive and hard to break into, it’s really about making your start, building your portfolio, and getting those connections. It’s also important to have a wide range of education in various writing styles and being familiar with programs like Word and Excel.

There are more aspects to journalism including: knowing how to work a camera and take good photo’s, different wed designs and techniques, and becoming familiar with video and audio. Because journalism is increasingly becoming more popular online, it’s important to know how to work the web and certain programs like Photoshop or Premier.

Image from Digitalmediaacademy.org

There are many websites, videos, and blog sites that give helpful tips about getting started and becoming a successful journalist in fashion. Some sites include: careerbear.com, degreedirectory.org, and blog site, thechicdaily.com.

There are many paths you can take in this highly sought-after industry. Blogging, photographer, fashion marketing, design, working in publication, becoming an editor or writer for magazine, online coordinator for any fashion company/designer/ photographer or even being a freelance journalist.

There are many possibilities, but the first step is committing to the hard work it takes to become successful and being dedicated to your job and your goals as a journalist. Here are some helpful tips about getting started, what a fashion journalist does, and what the future may be for fashion journalist majors:

      

Dolce and Gabbana Tax Evasion

Famous court cases…. There are many court cases that spread widely into the public eye. O.J. Simpson, Jodi Arias, and George Zimmerman just to name a few.

Court cases can easily blow up the world of multi-media. A current court case, that has recently been given a sentence, is the Dolce and Gabbana case.

Domenico Dolce on the right and Stefano Gabbana on the left actress Monica Bellucci pose for photographers during the opening of a new Dolce&Gabbana shop in Moscow last month. Reuters

For those who don’t know, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, are two famous Italian fashion designers who have been designing for almost 30 years. Their designs have been featured in top fashion magazines including Vogue, Italian Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, and more.

In 2004 and 2005, the duo Italian fashion designers failed to pay $55 million(US Dollars) in taxes. They were originally fined a charge of 343.3 million euros ($439.70 million U.S.) and eventually sentenced to one year and six months time in jail.

About ten years ago, the fashion designers had sold their company to a Luxembourg-based holding company called Gado Srl, which is a popular spot for holding companies due to it’s banking industry and tax friendly status.

For this reason, the Italian tax authorities believed Dolce and Gabbana had undergone the sale to initially avoid paying taxes on the transaction. This began a long and wide spread investigation of the designers financial status.

The designers. of course, pledged innocent and deny any of the tax evasion charges.

The fashion designers are represented and loved by celebrities including Naomi Campbell, Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Madonna. Their fans and celeb support has been constant throughout the years in supporting the group and the company.

In This Photo: Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova, Claudia Schiffer, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana Celebrities attend the Dolce & Gabbana Perfumes Collection Launch at La Rinascente Piazza Duomo during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010.

In fact, the fashion designers turned their tax evasion case into inspiration for their designs and showcased them in Milan fashion week, Sept. 23rd 2014.

The public support for the group has been very positive despite the sentencing of both the designers. Websites, videos and pictures are everywhere on the web following the case. You can find more information on websites such as Forbes.com, Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post.

Each website has a good detailing and understanding of the court case. Although, I have found the exact number the designers have been charged for varies slightly between each site.

Most of the sites that have written about the case include an outline of how the case began and what verdict has been given. I would say, to improve the sites, an actual outline of the dates in which the statements have been made would be nice.

Overall, most websites are laid out the same way, giving a detailed description of the case-how it started and where it’s at now. Most of the information I found has been accurate and constant throughout the websites, except the amount of money they have been charged.

Dolce and Gabbana Designs

In the end, Dolce and Gabbana have been sentenced to eighteen months in jail, but are likely to appeal the verdict continuing the case further still.

       

A Supermodel Fandom: Karlie Kloss

Fandoms are taking over the world of social media. From Directioners to Swifters, Potter Heads to Tributes, fandoms are quickly appearing more and more on the web.

Many fans are quick to create sites for their favorite celebrity, and why? It’s a for-sure way to get your very dedicated, maybe slightly obsessive, commitment to your celebrity, group, or object into the world wide web for all to see and share. The best way to share pictures, updates, interviews, and latest rumors or news…? Fan sites, of course!

One fandom that may not be quite as massive as, let’s say, Directioners for instance, is a fandom for the world of fashion. You don’t see many supermodel or designer fandoms winning awards for best fandom of the year at the MTV Awards, but they’re still out there.

Supermodels do, in fact, track a lot of fan sites and attention from various people. One supermodel, Karlie Kloss, has risen above many current day supermodels, having various websites dedicated to her career and modeling.

voguekloss              karlie-cover-2

But, not all fan sites are necessarily good. So, what makes a good fan page? There’s a lot that goes into making a website, especially when the site focuses on one person or topic of interest. Here are three sites dedicated to none other than Karlie Kloss:

The first site, karlie-kloss, is a fan site dedicated to the famous and upcoming supermodel. At first glance, the home page is very bright. Uses a white background with pale letters making the writing incredibly hard for the eye to read.

The site does use updated pictures. but the actual post are extremely out-of-date with the last featured article being uploaded on Nov. 2011.

Although it’s very outdated, the site has various pages to look at with pictures and interviews. It features five different pages: Home, About, Photo Gallery, Career, and Icons page. But, all the different pages and categories are a little useless if all the information is from the year 2011.

The next fan site, Karlie-kloss.org, is a more up-to-date version of the last fan webpage. First impressions: Bright colors, lots of pictures (but older pics), good timeline of photos, lots of videos and links.

Many videos of the supermodel are featured on this page, but again, the news and media is a little outdated. The last post was from January 30th. A lot has happened since then!

A good attribute to this fan site, it also carries many pages, links, and info. It has a good biography page for Karlie that includes how she got started and some of her biggest works. The Gallery page is a great page for magazine covers, runway, and editorials the model has done.

Advertising for this site is found on the sidebars and is similar to the page, including ads for Victoria’s Secret. All in all, the worst part is the out-of-date posts.

The next, and best, web page dedicated to the very famous supermodel is, karlieklossonline. This site was very up-to-date! The homepage was done in brilliant colors, with the latest pictures of Kloss as well as the latest news and info.

The site provides links to all social media and gives plenty of pages which include: Home, About, Career, Photo gallery, site/web/links. The different pages also give links to articles and interviews from Karlie, plus any and all pictures you could be looking for, including New York Fashion Week that just went down last week.

Karlieklossonline is great about giving the latest news, and is easy to read with less ads or interruptions. I enjoyed the site and thought it was very well organized and planned out.

So, what makes a good fan site? Well, I hope this helped answer that question. There are numerous web pages for a variety of people, celebs, books, video games. whatever. If you are going to make a fansite, make sure it’s up-to-date, and make sure it rocks!

Karlie with fans
Karlie with fans

Style Blogging: Compare and Contrast Style Blogs

Personal Style blogs have become more and more popular over the years with many people trying to keep up on the latest fashion trends and news. Three top style blogs, as named in fashionista, include Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman, Bryan Boy by Bryan Grey Yambao, and Into The Gloss by Emily Weiss.

True, all three blogs are based on the latest happenings in style and fashion, but all three blogs are also quite different. So how do we know which is best? Well, let’s see how each of the three blogs compare and contrasts against each other.

 The first blog site, cupcakesandcashmere, at first sight comes across as bright and fun to look at. The page opens up with the latest posted blog, which are updated at least once every day. The page also gives you links to social media including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

The toolbar, found at the top of the page, gives easy quick links to stories or blogs you may be searching for, such as: beauty, fashion, decor, DIYs, and food. It also features subcategories for each link to refine your search even more. Overall, the layout of the page and the quick links make this blog easy to follow and fun to read.

The next blog, bryanboy, is much different than cupcake and cashmere and is geared towards another audience. This site is much more focused on the style side of things and does not include any DIYs or decors, etc. The blog, at first glance, is appealing to the eye, but is not quite as easy to navigate, nor is it up-to-date.

Bryan’s page features many videos and pictures, but not so much writing. He incorporates many hyperlinks to other stories in magazines and videos in Youtube. He does, however, give links to any and all social media, but his posts are not quite as often and there are many adds found on the front page.

The site uses a toolbar to find your way to other featured stories, but does not include any subcategories to make your search easier. He has several pages to look through, and his blog page is a little more cluttered and not very user friendly.

The third and final blog, intothegloss, is also a more fashion based blog, especially for the younger adult women. The blog is nice to look at with pictures and tutorial videos making the first page, and a user friendly tool bar located at the top.

Although this blog is somewhat similar to cupcakes and cashmere, is differs in that it doesn’t include any DIYs or decors, but instead includes more beauty tips and blogs for hair, lipstick, eyes, nails, and skin. The blog also features an interview category as well as an ask ITG.

This site also includes ads, but they are located mainly on the sidebar and are similar to the style and audience of the blog. I personally liked that the blog offered reviews on new products and was also very up-to-date on the latest fashion and stories. It was reader friendly and quick to navigate.

Overall, all three blogs have something to offer different types of readers. To find which may be best for you, use the hyperlinks provided for each blog and check them out for yourself!

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