September 1-7 2014

Novel Fashion Week

Oscars Red Carpet Looks #Motivation

Here's some looks that REALLY caught my attention at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 26, 2012:

Angelina Jolie

Michelle Williams

Emma Stone's 2012 Oscar Dress: Love It or Hate It?
Emma Stone


Rooney Mara/Givenchy gown

Stacy Kiebler

Milla Jovovich/ Elie Saab Couture




Jennifer Lopez/Zuhair Murad

Jessica Chastain/Alexander McQueen

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Viola Davis/Vera Wang


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Rose Byrne/ Vivienne Westwood

Leslie Mann
And that's NOT all....hold your horses because I'll be adding more to this post later!

About the Blogger
I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))

In My Mailbox #12

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren.

I won this eBook, via Annie @ Annie in Wonderland.  Thanks again Annie.
Heartlight
Heartlight by Annie Renfay
I got this eBook via NetGalley:
The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow
The Secret Life of Copernicus H. Stringfellow by Lorin K. Barber

This eBook was requested for review via my blog (Big thanks to the author):
A Merman's Kiss
A Merman's Kiss by Laura Lond
This was in my mailbox this week.  I won this book via Isabelle @ The Fashionable Writer:
Stay
Stay by Allie Larkin

So what's in your mailbox?

About the Blogger
I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))

Portfolio Update: Goddess in the Spectrum

Hello Beautiful People:

If you've been following me for a while now, you know I've been working on this  "Goddess in the Spectrum" photoshoot.  It all started with my Brain Storming and trying to come up with ideas.  I later went on to the creation process and model selection:

Look #1
Look # 2
Look # 3

And then after the photoshoot I gave you a sneak peek: Behind The scenes look!

Well the photos are finally ready:
Credits:
Model #1: Amanda A Cannon
Model #2: Marie J
Model #3: Janet A O
Hair & MUA: Kayla Fenwick
MUA: Monyea & Nikki
Photographer: MAGNETIC IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY LLC
Fashion Designer: Kindred Dreamheart

On set with Kindred Dreamheart-
Credits:
 Model: Marie J
  Hair & MUA: Kayla Fenwick
MUA: Monyea & Nikki
Photographer: MAGNETIC IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY LLC
Fashion Designer: Kindred Dreamheart

Credits:
Model: Amanda A Cannon
  Hair & MUA: Kayla Fenwick
MUA: Monyea & Nikki
Photographer: MAGNETIC IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY LLC
Fashion Designer: Kindred Dreamheart

Credits:
 Model: Janet A O
Hair & MUA: Kayla Fenwick
MUA: Monyea & Nikki
Photographer: MAGNETIC IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY LLC
Fashion Designer: Kindred Dreamheart

Credits:
Model #1: Amanda A Cannon
Model #2: Marie J
Model #3: Janet A O
Hair & MUA: Kayla Fenwick
MUA: Monyea & Nikki
Photographer: MAGNETIC IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY LLC
Fashion Designer: Kindred Dreamheart


You can see more great pictures on my facebook fan page and at http://www.k-d3.com/. (Please respect my work. This is copyright protected.)


Fashion Forward Fiction Fri....ummmm Feature! #1


Okay so its not Friday!  I'm not good abut keeping up with meme schedules, any who check this out:

EnchantedEnchanted by Alethea Kontis

It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.


When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.


The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?

 I knew a girl back in high school who had a dress that looked similar to this one.  I just love the lace over solid color effect.  This creates such a soft, feminine, and dreamy look.  I've designed two gowns with this effect in the past.  I love this dress so much, I'm going to read this book.  I know. I know.   I'm such a cover whore.

About the Blogger
I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))

Leap Into Books Hop

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Jinky is Reading
Welcome!  My first hop was so much fun, I've decided to participate again!  I'm so glad you found me in that long list of names. I hope you like my blog enough to visit again after this event ends.  Here's what's up for grabs:

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This Hop Start at 12:01 AM EST on Wednesday, February 29th and runs through Monday, March 5th.

    Feature Follow Friday #5

    

    This meme is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

    Q: Activity!!! Take a picture or describe where you love to read the most...

    I live in the DC area.  I spend 4 hours a day on the train to and from work. (2 hours in the morning, 2 hours in the evening.)  I don't mind because I like to read and zone out the rude people. 

    My second favorite place is at photoshoots.  While the models are in hair and make up, I have plenty of time to read. Usually an hour or two before I have to dress them in wardrobe.


    
    About the Blogger
    I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))

    Dreamheart Spotlight #9

    I was well into my twenties the first time I let a man lay a digit on my mane.  Yes, I was skeptical.  And as I set there sweating through my blouse, having heart palpitations and dreading to open my eyes as he swiveled the chair to a position facing the mirror; I had my speech all mapped out for how I would plead my case when I took him to court.  Minutes later when I finally opened my eyes, to my surprised, ALL MY HAIR WAS STILL THERE.  And you know what?  It looked good!  I learned a very important lesson that day.  In today’s Dreamheart Spotlight you will meet Leon Willis, hair stylist, makeup artist (MUA) and wardrobe stylist. (And yes... A Man!) 

    “I started as a hairstylist then started doing makeup and wardrobe styling. I love makeup and wardrobe styling the most. Most of my wardrobe styling clients come from me doing their makeup,” said Willis. “I haven't had any work published or anything but that's my goal to do makeup and wardrobe for celebs, shows, events, and the everyday person as well. Not so much with hair though.”

    Willis’ merge into the fashion industry was unorthodox to say the least.  “Well I'm kind of the odd ball in the industry. I'm was a college and overseas basketball player before I started doing hair so it's funny how people react when they hear what I do and that I'm actually good and passionate about it,” he said.
     
    Not all of Willis’ abilities and fashion forecasting savvy were self taught.  “I attended and finished cosmetology school at Bennett Career Institute.”

    “The Internet is [a] friend, blogs, YouTube, Google can teach u anything but you can't count out magazines. I have them all over my apartment. I might be a magazine hoarder”, he joked.

    With dreams to glam celebrities such as Lala Vazquez, Angelina Jolie, Jill Scott, Pink and Lady Gaga to name a few; Willis does not take his job lightly.

     “I take the whole 24/7 365 approach so when there is a job no matter where I'm there; as long as we can work out something I'll travel to wherever no matter when. I just love what I do so much,” he said.

    Willis went on to share a secret with us about his fascination with international fashion, culture, and comedy. “Pat McGrath is like my makeup mom who doesn't know it”, he laughed. “I want to do every fashion show she does and I love British comedy. “

    Among many there is one stereotype Willis wanted to lay to rest.  “[MUA] is a true profession and everyone can't do it. People don't realize how hard we work in this industry. It's a 24hr job we don't just punch in and out like a 9-5 it's a lifestyle. Most jobs you go home and you’re not what you do anymore but I'm always a makeup artist, hairstylist and wardrobe stylist no matter when,” he said.

    With pet peeves exposure, often comes sound advice.  “Women who cake makeup on their face and women who where their makeup to sleep; It's not good for your skin and the most important thing in makeup is taking care of the skin,” said Willis.

    In spite of being in high demand, Willis remains humble.  “I [have] only been doing this for almost a year plus I look at each job as a blessing so if I'm available I don't turn any jobs down. Even if I was well recognized I would still take free and TFP jobs.”

    Want to know more about this Dreamheart?

    The best way to contact Leon Willis for either more information and/or booking:

    Twitter: @leewill_MUA
    Model Mayham: #2287085
    Facebook: Lee Willis

    Be sure to show Leon some love and don't miss next week's Dreamheart Spotlight!

    Author Q & A/ Giveaway: Rachel Cooper (We Of The Universe)

    Hello Beautiful People, Trend-Setters, and visitors:

    I recently discovered this new Science Fiction (sci-fi) author and wanted to share her debut novel with you:

    We Of The UniverseWe Of The Universe
    by Rachel Cooper

    Published February 13th 2012

    Captain Haslow is one of the many people who have fled into deep space to escape the Versal expansion. He has found his niche: training up terrorists to send into Versal territory to cause havoc. However, the Versals are no longer satisfied and, despite the codes forbidding it, have started to move into deep space. They offer him an ultimatum: join them or die. But how could he join the people responsible for his sister's death?

    Haslow's only hope is to venture into the mysterious 'Grey', a part of space that is shrouded in myth and legend.

    Legeve is a Versal who has spent most of her time in a small room, living her life in virtual reality. After she undergoes 'The Dance of The Suns' she will never see existence in the same way again.

    Marta is a new recruit aboard Captain Haslow's ship. She is one of the many lust born forced to flee when the Versals expanded to take over the outer planets. She is not used to ship life and has no idea about what is in store. What will she become?
    We Of The Universe




    Now, let's get to know Rachel Cooper a little bit:

    Author Q & A:

    Q: When and why did you begin writing?
    A: I've been writing ever since I was small. Everyone has their thing. Some are good at sports, some are good with people and I've always been good with reading and words. It mainly started with me wanting to tell stories like the ones I read.

    Q: What inspired you to write "We Of The Universe"? 

    A: I do creative visualisations and I got a glimmering of what would become the first chapter.

    Q: How did you come up with the title?

    A: 'We Of The Universe,' is a play on the religion of the main bad guys of my novel, who believe they were born from the very universe itself.

    Q: Is there a message in your novel, "We Of The Universe"  that you want readers to grasp?

    A: It's a sad and lonely world if you don't have someone to support you. Each of the characters come to grasp in their own way that they don't have to carry their burdens alone.

    Q: What books have most influenced your life most?

    A: It would have to be C.S Lewis by Narnia. I read that book again and again. They are such fun books, set in such a wonderful world, with such a good message.

    Q: What book are you reading now?

    A:  I'm getting started on Wolf Dawn by Susan Cartwright that I heard about on the 'Adventures in Scifi Publishing.' The said it was like Anne Mccaffery's Dragonrider series with wolves, and I was sold.

    Q: What are your current projects?

    A: Two very different projects to my novella. One is a dark, Gothic drama and another is high fantasy. Also I am currently studying to be a teacher, which takes up a lot of my writing time.

    Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

    A: Staying with one idea and finishing it. Also getting to caught up in outlining and world-building. I've started adding those details while I'm writing or otherwise it won't even get started.

    Q: Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

    A: I've always had trouble in picking favourites. I read so much and each book is good in its own way. A good book is the one I finish all the way through and that I feel something for by the end of it.

    Q: Who designed the cover of "We Of The Universe"?

    A: I did. I have a little skill with photoshop so I thought I'd use it to make my own cover that best showed the feel of my novel. I've had good feedback so far so I think I've succeeded in that regard.

    Q: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?'

    A: That I should write what I love. It's so much easier that way and it makes the process fun instead of a struggle.

    Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?

    A:  You know in finding Nemo how she sings, 'Just keep swimming...' Apply that to your writing. 'Just keep writing, writing, writing. Don't forget to write.'

    I appreciate you taking the time to read this post.  And as a reward, this author was kind enough to offer you all a chance to win $5 in Amazon bucks!!!


    We're hoping you use some of this free loot to buy her book, currently listed for .99!

     Entry Rules:
    • Join the Beautiful People
    • Follow Rachel Cooper on twitter
    • Promise to read "We of the Universe"
    • Tweet about it
    Too Easy!  How awesome is that?!?!?

    Entries begin: Now
    End: Midnight , 1 April 2012

    ARC Review: When Copper Suns Fall by KaSonndra Leigh

    When Copper Suns Fall (Copper Suns, #1)When Copper Suns Fall by KaSonndra Leigh

    My rating: ♥❥



    In fifteen-year-old Chela Prizeon’s city, alchemy is forbidden and angels hide among the mortal. With a deadly virus ravaging the globe, Chela’s nightmarish memories compels her to experience a past riddled with gloom, and now her brother is infected.

    Chela’s only hope is the Caduceans, slayers sworn to protect the last seven Light Keepers and the ancient memories they share. A group led by the sometimes elusive, sometimes infuriating boy who intrigues Chela. But can she trust this boy with the mysterious past, someone who can influence her memories?

    With the Caduceans aid, Chela races to defeat her rivals, to unearth dark family secrets, desperate to find a cure…only to discover the glutovirus is far more than a simple disease.

    In this haunting debut, KaSonndra Leigh offers an escape into an intriguing new world filled with celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and a secret romance, When Copper Suns Fall, is a fresh and original urban fantasy—with a dystopian twist—that will take readers on an unforgettable adventure.


    Thanks to the folks over at Read It & Reap for entrusting me with an honest review.

    I had such high hopes for this book, but it fell short of my expectations. I found myself reading it in zombie mode. In other words, I felt very detached. I kept getting déjà vu of the Hunger Games in the beginning. Then just when the story line started to prove me wrong, something else would turn me off. I failed to sense the danger. The romance aspect was a little intriguing, but I felt weirded out by the reoccurring reference to wrists. *Sigh* At last, I had to set the book down and move on to more exciting adventures within the margins of another novel.
    Perhaps in the near future I will give this a review redemption (option 2).



    About the Blogger
    I'm Katrina, founder of Kindred Dreamheart. I'm an aspiring junior & women's petite celebrity "red carpet" clothing designer and book lover. I read select genres. However if it's a series I'm sure I'd love it also regardless of the genre. I read when I want to be entertained; watch TV when I'm bored; and when I'm not designing something fabulous, I blog. (((Contact Me)))

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