Elie Saab Look

May 18, 2010

If you liked the muted scarlet of the dress below, from Elie Saab, ADAM makes a similar style:

Toss in a satin belt and you have an equally daring look.

More Unpublished Work

May 10, 2010

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these pieces.

Unreleased Material

January 9, 2010

I hate to disappoint people I care about. So it does sting a bit to announce that Bloom will never be published. I just don’t have the time. I’m a high school junior — I want to go to college out of state, and I need to get a job. There just simply aren’t enough hours to do all the rewarding stuff I want to do! So I prioritize, and as much as I really, really (not kidding here) want to continue making cool stuff for Bloom Magazine…I can’t.

In the future though, you might see my work in a magazine you’ve already read!

For right now though, here’s a few parting gifts. This is the stuff that never made it into an editorial or anything. It sat around on my computer & stayed far away from my Recent pile in Photoshop. Tell me your thoughts 🙂

Before I ever decided on Bloom for the name of my magazine, I went between severeal…Ramp, Batiste, Color, Beaute, Bloom. Of course you know which one won 🙂

By Night

November 7, 2009

By Night is the new feature.

After the complete By Night series has run, the December issue will be released!
I hope you are all stoked for it’s release, because I certainly am. It will mark the first full Bloom issued yet.

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Too Good To Pass Up!

August 11, 2009

Every few days I like to check my favorite shopping sites (rather “admiring” sites since I can’t afford anything!) and Net-A-Porter(.com) is surely one of my favorites. Net-A-Porter stocks all the hottest styles–$13,000 sequined Balmain minidresses (drool!), seductive and sexy lace La Perla brassieres, Giuseppe Zanotti pumps…’nuff said. The high-end site is fantastic.

Despite all the lust-worthy items Net-A-Porter, something really stood out today when I took a quick glance over the most recently stocked items.

Just…look at this. Sumptuous, deliciously soft looking (and feeling, I’m betting) jet-black leather. It’s part badass, part super-chic, and part rebel. Look at the best part–the stud detail:

It’s details like skull-sculpted studs that make designer accessories, designer accessories. This is a conceptual kind of accessory, not a cutesy afterthought you can find at Charlotte Russe or Forever 21. This clutch is glamorous, sexy and because of the slightly slouchy shape, laid-back, all in one. Thomas Wylde, Day of the Dead studded clutch @ netaporter.com.

Let’s stray from the next feature article of Bloom for a little bit of a sidetracked post about winning Covergirl.

Even since Mel (bluegreen86) won Covergirl a few days ago, I’ve already gotten two messages in my inbox with nearly the same thing. Right off the bat, I’m against mailing people with messages, asking them to vote for you. Let’s take a look.

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NUMBER 1. Here is the message I got from Mel:

“Hello!
One of my goals and dreams for here on stardoll is to win Covergirl, and I am really trying and petitioning to win it today! So would you please please vote for me? It only takes 2 seconds of your time, and would mean the world for me!
If you do in fact vote for me, sign my guestbook saying you did and then you will be automatically entered into a raffle! If I win superstar, I will be giving away a Superstar code worth 200sd to someone who voted for me! So this is a great deal for you as well! Thank you so much for reading!
Also, if you have any other accounts or friends you can tell, please do so for me! And if you ever need a favor in the future, you can count on me!”

I thought that this message was very well written. The way the Mel wrote about the raffle, it came off much more like a gift, rather than an incentive for you to vote for her. It seemed very much like a little “thank-you for voting” rather than a “I bought a code so that people would vote for me”. Do you see it?

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NUMBER 2. Now, the next message I got was from abercrombie3434. This one said:

“Hello!One of my goals and dreams for here on stardoll is to win Covergirl, and I am really trying and petitioning to win it today! So would you please please vote for me? It only takes 2 seconds of your time, and would mean the world for me!If you do in fact vote for me, sign my guestbook saying you did and then you will be automatically entered into a raffle! If I win, I will be giving away a Pre-paid card worth 1,200sd to someone who voted for me! So this is a great deal for you as well! Thank you so much for reading!Also, if you have any other accounts or friends you can tell, please do so for me! And if you ever need a favor in the future, you can count on me!”

Eerily familiar? That’s because it’s a near-exact copy of Mel‘s message to her friends. Does somebody who copies somebody else’sdeserve request for votes deserve to win Covergirl even to win? I think most of us would agree– um, no.

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NUMBER 3. Later on, I got a message from a girl who used to be one of my best friends on Stardoll. Lately however, I’ve just been getting half-sincere, half-polite messages every few months from her, that say something like “omg i miss u!” or “omg we havent talked in forever!” We would reply back and forth for a few days, and the conversation would end. It would pick up a month or two later, when I’d get another one of her somewhat friendly messages. Here’s the message I got from xodanigirlxosta.

hey guys
well as you may have heard i really want to badly win cg
but i cant do this alone
just open a few tabs on my suite adn click 5/5. if i win and u vote for me a few times using the tabs ( u have 2 do it at 1x just open 5 tabs all aimed on my suite and go to each 1 1 after the other and click 5/5) you will be set in a raffle to win some stardollars! so please help me reach my dream. and 1 lucky winner will have theirs reached when i help them win covergirl
thanks for the support
Danielle”

There are a few reasons why I’m against this.

1. The girl who sent it is one that I figure to be a little bit selfish and a lot shallow.

2. The grammar errors, lack of punctuation, caps, and spelling mistakes make it seem like she sent it out in 30 seconds. A little along the lines of “no pain, no gain” is the lesson that Danielle should learn. Put in some effort and maybe you’ll get farther.

3. She’s advocating voting for her more than once. Whether the duplicate votes are actually recorded, um, I feel that this is actually cheating. Each person gets one vote, and that is why you mail more than just a few friends to vote for you.

4. One very popular, very well-known person has already used this technique. So it’s obviously not original. It was clearly too much work to think of an original way to win Covergirl. It’s just so much easier to copy somebody who already has won! Right?

5. Reason 5 is more like a compiled reason. Girls who are lazy, unoriginal, fame-obsessed, or cheaters simply do not deserve to win Covergirl.

I actually had a quasi-conversation with Danielle about how her message was very unoriginal. It went like this:

Me:           “Didn’t bluegreen86 do this exact same thing?”

Danielle: “i helped mel lol”

Me:           “Well I guess what I meant was it wasn’t original…”

Danielle: “what do you mean anyone canwin cg u cant make that original i dont get what your talkin about”

Me:          “No i mean that, Bluegreen86 sent out a different message when she mailed her friends, but she also asked her friends to vote for her and then write in her guestbook to be entered into a raffle. Which is what you did.
Abercrombie3434 did the same thing too but copied Bluegreen86’s exact message.
I’m just saying, that it isn’t original or even really Covergirl kind of actions to copy what other people do.
Plus for a raffle, people aren’t voting for you because you deserve it–they’re voting for you because they can gain something. Not because they think that you can.”

Danielle: “i didnt even know she did a raffle”

(Let’s review…Mel is on Danielle’s best friends list. In all likelihood, Mel sent her message to Danielle as well. I’m betting that this isn’t true.)

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So you might see why I’m questioning this whole concept of Covergirl. Nobody ever set down what the Covergirl criteria was, am I right? For example: Miss America contestants are ideally polite, confident, talented, and poised. What does a Stardoll Covergirl need to be like?

No one would object to a polite, confident, talented and poised Covergirl. I believe that Mel was all four of those things.

People are always objecting to whether somebody “deserves” to be Covergirl. Who is deserving? Who defines that? I don’t ever recall an official message from Callie or any Stardoll official, ever defining the purpose of Covergirl or how you can deserve it. (They do, however, have a little help here.)

So tell me, Bloom readers…

What’s your opinion in all this?

What kind of person deserves to be Covergirl?

Tell me in a comment on this post.

Summer Accessory Bonus

July 23, 2009

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This is a pathetic shrunken version.  View full size.