Interview with Jewelry Designer Shelly Duke of Shel Couture

A couple of months ago Z and I got to meet and work with an amazing jewelry designer named Shelly Duke, the creative force behind Shel Couture. She hired us to shoot photos and video of her latest designs for the launch of her new website and lookbooks. We met up with Shelly and her husband Travis and instantly felt like we had all been friends for years. It really just felt like we were hanging out with old friendsRead more

Interview with AMUSE SOCIETY Co-Founder, Mandy Fry

I met Mandy the first year of the Design for Humanity fashion show, when she was the head designer for Billabong. I was invited back to model her designs for all of the Design for Humanity shows that followed, and it was always one of my favorite runway shows to do. Mandy is an amazing designer and inspiring person, and is now one of the co-founders of the ultra cool new brand AMUSE SOCIETY.    When did you start designing? HowRead more

Style Interview: Jess Watson, Owner of The Shop. in Laguna Beach

Southern California is the origin and influence of much of the beach style that spreads out around the world. Local designers and boutique owners here play a big roll in shaping the upcoming trends. I had a chance to catch up with Jess Watson, the owner of a very popular Laguna Beach boutique called The Shop., to ask her a few questions. The Shop carries swimwear, women’s clothes (and some cool baby clothes!),  cool gifts and accessories from popular brandsRead more

Adventure Family- Going Camping with a Baby

One of the things I love the most is being outdoors and camping, so I was really excited to get Natazha and Taya out on our first camping trip as a family. Taya is six months old, and camping with a baby means more than just a new checklist and more stuff to pack… it was one of those times that you know even as it is happening that you are making exciting adventure family memories that will last a lifetime.Read more

The World’s Greatest Traveler

    I was on a 14 hour flight from Sydney to LA and had just finished the third in-flight movie. Between the recycled air and the movie marathon my eyes felt as dry us unbuttered popcorn. My ipod battery was depleted, and I was getting restless. I got up to stretch my legs and looked around at the other passengers. Most of them looked like bobble head dolls, as they slipped in and out of sleep, pacified by on-demandRead more

Essential Beach Accessories for Summer

My favorite season is just around the corner, SUMMER!  I love summer- longer days, warmer nights, salty hair, sandy toes, beach bronzing and barbeques.  We are pretty lucky here in Southern California to get a lot more than just three months of summer life and beach days, which is why I believe so much summer fashion and beach style inspiration originates from here.  This year I designed and introduced a new beach accessory, the Bikini Clutch, a stylish handbag with a waterproof liner that isRead more

Los Dos Dientes de Don Miguel

“All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.” -Marcel Duchamp My last year of university my art professors gave me the freedom of a grad student; I was left to paint on my own, and I would meet with them once a week to show my newest work.Read more

Write Now?

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather as a result of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” –Fredrick Koenig, Co-Inventor of the printing press It wasn’t until after Natazha and I were already married that I even saw her classic 1966 Mustang. It had been sitting under a tarp in storage for several years, as Nat had been busy bouncing between California, Miami, New York and beyondRead more