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just plain sara: 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cash, Check or Charge?

Cash: Sasha Gathered Bow Clutch, $24.95, www.dsw.com
Check: High Fashion Python Print Clutch with Bow, $69, www.endless.com
Charge: Valentino Satin bow clutch, $795, www.net-a-porter.com

I've been eyeing this Valentino satin clutch for a long time now but who, pray tell, has $800 to spend on a clutch? In these hard economic times I realised that it was high time for another "Cash, Check or Charge" post. I Like Her Style's mantra is, "if you can't beat 'em, you don't have to join 'em." So if you can't spend $800 on a clutch, don't. There are two economically friendly alternatives featured above at just $25 and $69... Enjoy!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton at Columbia Pictures Premiere of '2012' at Regal Cinemas LA Live on November 03, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
Thandie Newton was radiant at the "2012" movie premiere last month wearing a Prabal Gurung dress. When you wear something as elegant as this you don't need much else to make the look complete. Thandie opts for a statement ring and show-stopping red lips. If you need a bag to hold all your essentials, as most of us do, a classic and simple clutch will do. Don't forget vertigo heels and you're good to go!

Steal Thandie's Style

Dress: Mazerine Dress by DVF, $255, www.shopbop.com
Shoes: Carlos by Carlos Santana Privilege, $110, www.piperlime.com
Ring: Sterling Silver Marcasite Mother-of-Pearl Ring, $39.99, www.target.com
Lipstick: Jungle Red, $24, www.narscosmetics.com

Thandie Newton is the epitome of style and eloquence. Stealing her style will never fail you. If you can get away with it, don the bright, jungle red lipstick with the DVF dress. If not, don't fear. This post will help you figure out what shade of red is perfect for you. Where a dress like this for your next birthday soiree or a first date with that special guy. ;)

formspring.me

I notice you usually do superheroes with an occasional supervillain. Being a fan of supervillains, I was just curious to see if you had any diabolical costumes in the works?

Good question! The answer is "sort of." I'm in the design stages of Star Sapphire (silver age) and she's been a Green Lantern villain but now they work together.

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You'd stop wearing skirts as a giant? That's too bad, you could have been a popular Giganta or Elasti-Girl.

Sounds too scary.

Ask me anything

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Do you have a favorite online fabric site?

I really like Denver Fabrics and Spandex House for fabrics though I hate Spandex House's website (it's almost 2010 and they don't have a secure shopping cart yet!) The quality has always been better than Jo-Anns but I like Jo-Anns for notions and calicos.

Ask me anything

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have you recovered from Christmas yet?

Yes, I have recovered. It was a sad xmas for me which was exhausting in a different way than it is for other people. I also baked A LOT and that's over now so my kitchen isn't a disaster.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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I know you usually do Comic Book Costumes (which of course rock), though you have done some from other genres as well. What non-Comics costumes would you really like to do, and are there any genres you would tend to avoid?

Someone already asked this! I'll answer the part about what I would avoid - anime/manga because I know nothing about it and have no real connection to it.

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what's the best time you've ever had a comic convention?

Baltimore! I got to meet a lot of wonderful guys from Dynamite Entertainment and party the night away. 2007, I think. @DynamicForces

Ask me anything

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Out of the many fun, geeky twitter/bloggers on the web - who do you have a crush on and would like to meet or get to know better?

That's easy: @feliciaday (Felicia Day) and @wilw (Wil Wheaton) but I'm sure there are plenty more. On Youtube, it's "hellointernet" aka Marvel Sucker Benjamin.

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Have you heard of the photographer Scott Church? Would you consider being photographed in costume by him?

Never heard of him but if he's legit, sure I would. I require a safe location like a studio not some creepy basement with a bedsheet for a backdrop.

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You pose for CosplayDeviants?

Right now I'm a "potential Deviant". My first shoot is scheduled for later in January so hopefully if all goes well, it will be well received and they'll want to keep me.

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What would you do if you were a giant?

Stop wearing skirts?

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Do you accept suggestions? a Catwoman costume, the Cooke version with short hair, maybe? that'd be a commitment!

I love Darwyn's work but the version of Catwoman that I really wanted to do was Hush. I wear a lot of wigs now but when I go to donate my hair again perhaps that would be a bonus for doing it.

Ask me anything

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Have you ever wanted to do any roleplaying in your costumes?

As I've said, I'm a pretty terrible actress so I don't think I could even pull off RP very well but I sure would give it a try. When I celebrate Wonder Woman Day, I'm pretty much in character when the kids are around.

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What is the one costume you haven't designed yet that you've been dying to do?

I'd love to create Terry Dodson's version of Circe from Wonder Woman. I think it's a gorgeous design and she even has awesome pink hair!

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What non-superhero types of costumes have you/would you enjoy designing or wearing at a con?

Actually I'll be debuting as a sexy cowgirl this year for the GunsofShadowValley.com booth at the @comicgeekspeak SuperShow. I may possibly get the chance to dress as Athena Voltaire too. I also love Steampunk and would love add it to my wardrobe.

Ask me anything

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Will you pose in your Firestar costume for me?

Depends. If I meet you at a con and I'm wearing it, then I'll happy stop and pose for a few shots. My blog has my calendar of tentative dates where I'll be. I'm working only with photographers approved through CosplayDeviants and personal references at the moment. If you're an illustrator and need to use my pics as reference, that's always fine - check my galleries on facebook and flickr.

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I'm bravely participating in the formspring Q&A

You can ask me questions anonymously but please realize that anonymity does not give you the right to be an ass. Please be respectful. I'm an open book so chances are I will be very honest in my responses.

Right off the bat here are some basics:
Status - separated/dating
Age - old in numbers, 37
Measurements - 38.5 - 36 - 39
Orientation - bi


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Kwanzhanayulemas!

So I've been tinkering with redesigning the ol' blog here at Hero Fashions. It's so much fun coding xml when you don't know xml --- /sarcasm>. Supposedly the new blogger post editor allows for better functionality when posting pictures too. I'll give that whirl here just to see if they're full of crap.




Here's a picture of me last year playing with Cthulu Santa at Comic Fusion where I used to work, because he's just way more fun that the other Santa. Comic Fusion is in Flemington, NJ which has lots of shopping opportunities. There are the outlets over at Liberty Village but I encourage you to hit Main Street. Of course, your first stop should be the comic shop. Then get yer grub on at Shaker Cafe. If you're feeling a bit more "pretty" and you're plenty hungry, have lunch or afternoon tea at Teaberry's.

That picture of me with ol' St. Nick is from 2007 in Clinton, NJ. The Main Street in Clinton is charming and full of great little independent shops. Unlike New Hope, they haven't let Starbucks in yet. The shops suffered a devastating flood this year and some of the owners are still recovering from that. If you can't do your last minute Christmas Eve shopping there, at least considering stopping by to spend your Christmas money after the holidays. Don't miss the Clinton 5 & 10 which is also where I used to work.

This year, I'm in Pittsburgh carefully treading on the icy sidewalks and roads. I'm doing the necessary cleaning and cooking for the family visiting tomorrow. Caico and I will be heading to the 'burbs to visit my awesome brother Bill and his fun wife Celeste with their insane wiener dogs. The folks are driving in from Jersey today.

Comics, Cleaning & Cooking on Christmas Eve.

Happy Holidays!
From Amber Love & Caico

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

2009 MVP at the Superhero Costuming Forum


Hero Fashions Fans! Pay attention! First of all, if you don't know, the Superhero Costuming Forum is where I go to get advice from people far more creative and talented than myself. It's run by an extraordinary group of volunteers who have built a community of close friends all because of superhero costuming. We even venture beyond the tights now and again for the likes of G.I. Joe or Indiana Jones, etc.

Last year I breathlessly accepted the MVP which I did not expect to ever receive; and this year, I had personal issues that required my time so I missed out on the boards a lot. However, I popped in just in time to see that "StanLeeWannabe" aka Alfie Norris was awarded the 2009 MVP! I decided that he needed a bit of spotlight over here at the ol' blog so I asked him a few questions.

To swipe some of our fearless leader's hardwork (Allan), here are some quotes about Alfie from his peers at the Superhero Costuming Forum:

  • He's very active on this and many other forums and is always quick to offer his two cents, solicited or not.
  • He was a fun guy to hang with at DC and has energy that I wish I could fucking bottle (minus the Ritalin prescription)!
  • it's a pleasure to chat with him either on the boards or on msn, I'm looking forward to hanging at Dcon 2010.
  • He knows things.....
  • He has been a major part of getting the site moving. He has made posts that have been informative. Has given advice to those seeking it. And knocked out a ton of costumes.

As last year's MVP, I know it's a big honor, so, Alfie, how does it make you feel to be recognized by your costuming friends as an outstanding community member?

Humbled, since there are so many others deserving recognition. Gratified, that the work and detail and perspective that I put into projects is enjoyed by others that love this stuff too.




What were your greatest 2009 costuming accomplishments?
The costume I'm most proud of this year was certainly Eradictor. A lot of work and planning went into that one. Almost everything was something I had to "put my hands on" so to speak. From the cowl to the cape to all the luminescent runes and the light up eyes. The Flash boots with rippled soles and a custom airbrush paint job weren't easy either.

But from what I gather, it was my penchant for trolling the forums late night and jotting down advice that people were appreciative of the most. Taking the time to listen, which has been one of my goals - to be a better listener - resulted in a few "ah ha!" moments. Like, "whoa, I know the answer to that! I'll see if this post helps." I've learned so much from people who know a TON more than I do about this stuff that it just seems right to pop in and spread the wealth.


What was an important lesson learned in how to do or not to do something?
I learned not to spraypaint Dr. Fate helmets in a closed garage when your wife's car is a totally different color. Ha ha. Had to get her a brand new coat on the car thanks to a few pesky particles.

But more importantly, I learned you can't be afraid to just jump in, try stuff and make mistakes. Heck if I hadn't just recklessly bought materials and tried stuff, I might still be on the couch thinking "I dont know...i dont really know how to do that..." I allowed myself time to play.


What's on the books for your 2010 To Do list?
What's NOT on the To Do list? I keep having wild ideas and wanting to go nuts on them all.

1. Wolverine - with extending and contracting claws under latex skin. I want people to ask, "is that for real?"
2. Dr. Strangefate - I'm dying to see an Amalgam group at a con. It's absolutely my favorite comic concept bar none. Ron Marz, José Luis Garcia-Lopez and Kevin Nowlan did an amazing job on that series.
3. The Human Torch - im kicking around a few versions of this. One involves resin and Christmas lights?
4. Archangel - poseable mirror chrome wings included!
5. Movie & Classic Iron Man suits ...
6. Nova - helmets and armor in the works as we speak

*pant* *pant*

The Hulk is not on this list simply because...well I dont know if I'll be able to do it justice this year. Allen did such a great job with Sasquatch, that's going to be a hard act to follow.


What conventions and events will you be attending in 2010?

Most likely it'll just be Dragon*Con, but since the wife wants to mainline Twilight info we're about 80% for San Diego Comic Con as well. Though I've been on the boards for a long time now, this year's D*C was my first con! It was a complete blast and I couldn't have been happier to make connections with such great people.



I'm looking forward to D*C 2010 especially because I made a certain nuptial prediction that I'm really hoping comes true. I know things. Ha ha.

People always want to know, can they contact you for commissions? If so, how?
Absolutely. Email me at anorris1@knology.net. I'll try my hand at anything if I've got the time. Sewing isn't my strongest, but anything else I'm game for.


Where can fans find more information about you or follow your activities?
I'm on crack book...err Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/#/AlfieNorris?ref=profile

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Look what I won!

Through the power of some random number selecting program, one my comments was chosen as the winner of one of the Guns of Shadow Valley comment contest! Creator Dave Wachter is making sketches for the winners, any character of their choice. I went with Circe because she was missing from my collection of bad ass girls in comics. Thanks, Dave!

And if I haven't mentioned it, I'm loving the Guns series. My followers know that I'm a big fan of Zorro and the Lone Ranger & Tonto which don't come out nearly as often as I'd like. Guns comes out with a new page every Tue & Thurs.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art Class







I can't believe it's been so many weeks since I've blogged! That's mainly because I have not done anything too productive other than reviewing comics. My sewing room is still just a heaping landfill of boxes that have not been unpacked. Every weekend I tell myself that's when I'm going to unpack and I procrastinate. Well, now I really must get my butt in gear as I really that comic con season is right around the corner and there are other particularly nifty events to dress up for such as Dr. Sketchy's.

I had heard of Dr. Sketchy's quite a long time ago following one of my personal favorite costumers, Ruby Rocket. Then friends of mine from the League of Heroes and Superhero Costuming Forum started getting in on the act too. I never thought I'd get the chance to experience it because I had no idea just how many locations there are for the Anti-Art events.

Even if you're not an artist, grab a pad and some markers and find the closest event. I spent half my night doodling and the rest just watching the fun. I witnessed a sexy hobo make a balloon monkey masturbating on a motorcycle! How many times can you say you've seen that in your life? It was Dave Wachter's gruesome rendition of the monkey that won him the prize which was becoming the monkey's proud owner. It's quite frightening how happy he was to win that vile piece of balloon sculpture. (To see the monkey, visit my Facebook unless you were one of the few that I shocked on twitter last night.)

And of course, even my spare batteries were dead so I didn't get any video but I did get a few pictures. I also had fun catching up with ToonBrian whom I first met at the Steel City Con just a few weeks ago. The DJ was wild and managed to pick the most (in-) appropriate music for the theme which was "Hobo-Erotic."

The local ToonSeum provided the cereal cels artwork on the walls. Nostalgic trademarks like Tony the Tiger and other adorable innocent creatures looked on as we regaled the vulgarity.

Another special part of my night was getting to see Jim & Mel who own the incredible Gypsy Cafe which hosted last night's festivities. The food was amazing as always and they picked great drink specials. Unfortunately, I was driving so I didn't get any of the half price Magic Hat which is among my all time favorite beers. But one of the sponsors of the night was Boyd & Blair vodka company so I did partake in one shot early on because, hey - it's vodka and I'm still half Polish! And Mel graciously accepted a gift from the German side of my family which was a ceramic peacock made by my aunt for my grandmother. As the matriach now, my mum insisted that the peacock belong to Mel. If mum lived out here I have feeling we'd be at the Gypsy even more often.

Personally exciting for me is that after meeting Joe, aka Dr. Sketchy, some of my costumes may be featured in a 2010 superhero themed event! *fingers crossed*

Have I mentioned how much I hate the way blogger posts pictures?



Friday, December 11, 2009

Third Act: Shake Your Booty

Jazmine Sullivan attends the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards Style Studio held at the Smashbox Studios on February 4, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
1. Botkier Rosa, $595, www.piperlime.com; 2. Cybul in Black, $129.95, www.stevemadden.com; 3. Hunny, $127.96, www.stevemadden.com; 4. Manhunt, $169.99, www.ninewest.com; 5. Janie Boot, $319.99, www.usa.frenchconnection.com; 6. Treto, $180, www.aldoshoes.com; 7. Leatherette Zipper High Heel Boot, $30.50, www.gojane.com; 8. Link Boot, $46.90, www.alloy.com

Have you "booted" up yet? If not, you'd better hurry, the weather has taken a nasty turn for the worst. Safely tucked away until next season are my ballet flats and sandals. Out have come my uggs, sneakers and boots. I'd like to think that I'm ready for the worst of it but I do, however, need a leather, flat boot to wear with my sweater dresses and skinny jeans. I've opted for Steve Madden's slouch "Cybul" boot (pictured above).
It's true. A girl can never have too many heels, but she must also keep a trusty pair of flats by her side. If you just can't do without a heel they're plenty of low/kitten-heeled boots in stores such as Aldo and online at www.piperlime.com.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

























I can't believe I got something in my mailbox besides bills. Better yet, it was a package from Joe Sinnott with memos from him and Stan Lee with photos that he had Stan sign for me of Joe & I at Superhero Weekend!

If you don't know what Stan is referring to, Joe signed me while I was dressed as Sue Storm, a character they co-created back in the ol' days. See my video on an earlier post.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Miss Tina is Ready to Take Over the World!

Beyonce and her mom are poised to take over the world one industry at a time. Now that Beyonce has conquered the worlds of music, Hollywood and high-street fashion via House of Dereon, now Miss Tina has set her sights on monopolizing the over 40's fashion market. Available exclusively through HSN, here is what the shopping work has to say about the "designer"...

"Innovative design and cutting-edge styling have established Tina Knowles as one of America’s premier fashion designers.

Worn by Destiny’s Child and daughters BeyoncĂ©, Solange and Kelly Rowland, her designs have figure-flattering flair and amazing attention to detail.

The new, exclusive Miss Tina collection is a blend of great fashion, contemporary styling, and the perfect accessories – all with a touch of couture."

Visit www.misstina.com to browse through some of her clothes online. Also, the video below shows Tina Knowles giving one of her target customers a makeover. What do you think?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Comic Shop Tour - Pittsburgh


I ventured out on an exploration yesterday in an attempt to get acclimated to my new city of Pittsburgh. On Wednesday I had already paid a visit to the comic shop closest to my new place, Time Tunnel comics, and it was a nice shop overall but not warm & fuzzy with friendliness until I got to the counter to actually pay for something. So this weekend, the tour was expanded to another four shops in the downtown area. There was a virus-like plague amongst these comic shops where I wasn't even greeted with a "Hello, can I help you find something?" except for one shop. That shop was the Phantom of the Attic in Oakland. All the shops were clean and seemed to be organized but you have learn the different methods of organizing in each shop. Figuring out where the one-week old comics were was not necessarily intuitive. I like a purely alphabetical filing system but it seems most of these like to divide by DC, Marvel, then "other" and then by title. PotA had the best shelving system utilizing custom cabinetry for their comics and all the supplies instead of just white cardboard boxes. The displays were creative kiosks which are updated regularly with themes for sales or based on a subject that's hot. The entire staff was friendly and outgoing to boot which made the biggest difference. I don't mind white boxes and little mess if you're going to help me find something; ignoring new shoppers looking to spend their cash is no way to win them over. In my past few years in retail, I'd like to think I treated everyone with courtesy even though there was one snooty old broad who copped an attitude; one in three years isn't so bad.

Here's a bit of confusion: there are 2 shops with that name Phantom of the Attic because they used to be under the same ownership. When the shops split up, neither was forced to change names so there's another in a sad mall where more than half the shops are vacant.

An interesting bit of trivia - all but one shop had female employees and they were cute though only PotA had one outgoing and friendly. So I do not want to hear that there are no cute girls in comic shops. Where do you people shop? Plenty of girls out there who are into comics, work in comic/gaming shops, and are really cute. Get out of your damn house and go to a shop.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Michelle Obama is Honored by Glamour

December's issue of Glamour will honor 12 women as "Woman of the Year." Popular icons that have overcome serious challenges or given back to society are recognized by the fashion magazine. Among the winners are Maya Angelou, Rihanna, Serena Williams, Susan Rice and, of course, Michelle Obama.

The First Lady is interviewed by guest writer Katie Couric, and she gives this great advice to women still looking for love...

"Cute's good. But cute only lasts for so long. Then it's 'Who are you as a person?' Don't look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul. When you're dating a man, you should always feel good."

You can see her full answer in the video snippet below, taken from the full interview.


Watch CBS News Videos Online

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Janelle Monae featured in Vogue

Janelle Monae will be featured in Vogue's November issue. The eccentric songstress will be showing off George Esquivel's unique shoes. Here is the blurb from the article:

"It's hard not to get ideas when I'm meeting with Gwen [as in Stefani] and the Killers," says George Esquivel. "My work evolves by designing for people." Since 1994, the Southern Californian has been crafting custom shoes, and even with an ever-expanding client list, the majority of his footwear is made to order by hand in his Buena Park studio.

Though they're fashioned out of the same Italian leather used by Louis Vuitton, his boots and oxfords are unique in their colors and burnishes, which Esquivel still does himself. "It's a punk attitude," says the designer, whose wares were first noticed by his fellow music scenesters in the nineties. "I'm not a guy who grew up on the East Coast wearing suits." So not proper, but for Esquivel wearers, just perfect.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Superhero Saturday Highlights

Joe Sinnott signing my suit!

Superhero Weekend in full swing



The auction is going strong but we still have plenty of artwork that doesn't even have opening bids yet! You only have until midnight tonight for email bidding (email your max bid to bids@comicfusion.com) otherwise you'll have to call the shop tomorrow before 5pm!

http://store.comicfusion.net/wwsketches09.html

Shine. Shimmer. Sparkle.

Serena Williams attends the "Whip It" Los Angeles Premiere held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood, California on 29.09.09
Left to right: Sequin glitterglass tank, $495, www.jcrew.com; Sequins Emma Top by Nili Lotan, by $495, www.bloomingdales.com; Sequin Embellished Vest, $95.93, www.asos.com; Sequin & Beaded Tank by Alice + Olivia (Sizes 0 - 14), $396, www.neimanmarcus.com
Left to right: Racerback Tank by Gryphon, $345, www.shoplesnouvelles.com; Rose Sequin Tank, $19.90, www.charlotterusse.com; Embellished Racerback Tank, $24, www.ardenb.com; Allover Sequin Tunic, $26.50, www.wetseal.com

Serena Williams kept things classic and clean on the red carpet of the "Whip It" premiere. Wearing a simple black blazer and matching cropped pants, Serena looked effortlessly chic. To keep the outfit from looking too "day" she added a little sparkle in the form of a racerback tank by Gryphon. If you want to achieve this look you don't have to hand over $345. Wetseal, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and Arden B all have affordable sequin tops. Finish the outfit with vertigo heels, a metallic clutch and chandelier earrings.

Friday, October 23, 2009

More Big Apple coverage



At the NY Daily News, you can get a glimpse of me tying up the X-Men's Iceman as DC stormed the stage when the Marvels were trying to steal the show. I'm at the 1:31 mark.

Above: (1) me with Franchesco! (2) me with Riddle as Wasp.
Below: (1) DC group shot (2) me tying up Dirk Strangely.



Monday, October 19, 2009

Another comic event on 10/24 in NJ

The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc.
is presenting its first annual OPEN HOUSE on
October 24, from 1 - 4 PM.
http://www.kubertsworld.com/jksopenhouse.htm


* Featuring guided tours of the newly renovated school facility for potential students and their families.

* Joe, Adam, and Andy will all be on hand to say 'Hello'.

* There will be refreshments, giveaways, and a raffle for prizes .

* In addition to the Open House, there will be an Art Show featuring the work of instructors and alumni. There will be a wide variety of comics, prints, and original art available for show and for purchase.

The Joe Kubert School: "Taught by professionals for aspiring professionals."

To RSVP, please call: 973-361-1327 or e-mail: openhouse@kubertsworld.com

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Amelle Berrabah

Sugababe Amelle Berrabah performs at BBC2's Music Show ‘Sound’ at Spittlefield Market in London, England wearing a Denim Jumpsuit.
If you thought Destiny's Child had it's ups and downs that was nothing compared to the British group Sugababes. Since it's inception in 1998, the all girl group has been through three line-up changes. The most recent has left not one original band member in the group! That hasn't stopped their flow. The girls are in the midst of a relaunch that includes a whole new sound and provocative new image to boot. Pictured above is North African (Moroccan) member Amelle Berrabah. She joined the group in 2005 replacing Mutya Buena. She recently shaved the side of her head to give herself an edgier look. I'm loving this Liquorish jumpsuit on her (see below.) Roll the legs up like Amelle to give the outfit a fresh spin.

Steal Amelle's Style

Above: Liquorish Stone Wash Denim Jumpsuit, $61.05, www.asos.com
Heels: HALO Twist Front High Platform Sandal, $34.88, www.asos.com
Bag: Twisted Hardware Doctor Bag, $68, www.urbanoutfitters.com
Nail Polish: Essie Nail Polish in California Coral, $8, www.apothica.com

I'm all about summer nail colors in winter. What else will brighten up those dull, rainy days? Coral nail polish is my color of choice these days, but any stand-out color will compliment these pale pink platforms by HALO. Pair with skin colored tights if the weather is already bone chilling in your area. For night-time chic add a metallic belt and a bright clutch for punch.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Brush Your Shoulders Off!

Beyonce leaving Movida Nightclub in London, UK on May 26th, 2009
Rihanna arrives at the Balmain Pret-a-Porter show as part of the Paris Womenswear Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010 on October 1, 2009 at Intercontinental Paris Grand Hotel in Paris
Halle Berry arriving at the Shangahi Film Festival, June, 2009
Ciara arrives at the BBC Radio 1 studios on April 23, 2009 in London, England
Beyonce leaving dinner at the Waverly Inn, New York in June, 2009

Winter is about to hit us so now is the time to buy summer trends at bargain prices. The Balmain Jacket craze shows no signs of dying down so grab yourself an original (or a budget-friendly inspired version). Net-a-Porter currently sells the originals but you can also find "knock-offs" at your favorite stores such as Topshop in the UK or Shopbop.com here in the US. Beyonce and Ciarahave championed this look by pairing their 80's / Michael Jackson inspired jackets with skinny jeans. Or make like Rihanna and add a little volume down below. Either way, these power jackets will take you well into 2010.

My Picks!

Left to right: Short Extended Shoulder Jacket, $135, www.topshop.com; Cotton-blend tuxedo jacket by Balmain, $3805, www.net-a-porter.com; White army-style jacket by Balmain, $3564, www.net-a-porter.com; Crystal-embellished canvas jacket by Balmain, $6389.60, www.net-a-porter.com
Left to right: ASOS Power Shoulder Tux Blazer, $113.37, www.topshop.com; Ruffle Peak Jacket by Robert Rodriguez, $495, www.shopbop.com; Blade Runner Jacket by Elizabeth and James, $425, www.shopbop.com; Button Detail Denim Jacket by Queen's Look, $85.50, www.yesstyle.com

Ranging from $85 to $6000+, now is the time to buy one of these amazing jackets. Winter may be closing in, but buy one on sale and wear it for the next five years. Every fashionista needs a powerful blazer in their wardrobe and now is the cheapest time to buy one. If you want the real thing be prepared to pay at least $3000 - and that's a bargain! My favorite is the tuxedo blazer from Topshop. At only $135, it's a fail safe investment.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Big Apple Con


I'm happy to announce that Jill the Nerdy Bird and I will be attending the Big Apple Comic Con this Saturday as women of the DCU!


Friday, October 2, 2009

Wonder Woman Day donations due!


Hi, Folks!

Thank you to everyone who has been showing their support for the 2009 Wonder Woman Day celebration through your artwork donations and financial support! October 24-25 is fast approaching. If you are donating a piece to us, please mail it in now so that Stacy has time to update the websites. We'd like to begin the online bidding process asap. Also if you can, please email us a .jpg of the image as well which saves us a lot of time in updating the sites - stacy @ comicfusion.com. **Your subject does not have to be Wonder Woman in fact, we'd love to have others. We encourage other wholesome images of superheroes but we kindly request that no weapons, overtly sexual or violent scenes be depicted.**

For details join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=98408575738

Don't forget that we will have some astounding artists in house too! Ken & Buzz from The Living Corpse along with the legendary Joe Sinnott (Jack Kirby's inker & comic icon in his own right) along with other great talent.

All proceeds from the NJ auction go directly to SAFE in Hunterdon.

http://store.comicfusion.net/wwsketches09.html

Thank you again & I hope to see you in person! If you can't make it, please remember to email your max bids so you don't miss out on any of the fantastic art.

~Amber

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mattel Gets Ethnic...

...And it's about time! Mattel announced today an all new, permanent Black Barbie doll line. The new dolls have features that more closely resemble those of Black people. That means fuller lips, a wider nose, more distinct cheekbones and "curlier" hair. The So In Style line, or S.I.S, features Kara, Trichelle and Grace who are three best friends in tune with fashion, fun and music. You can click here to learn more about each doll. Each doll features its own unique personality and style and reflects one of three various skin tones - dark chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel. The line also features a mentoring theme and each doll comes with her own little sister. The little dolls are called Kianna, Courtney and Janessa. The big and little dolls hope to inspire mentoring in the black community (and all communities for that matter). Tell me if you like the dolls or not. My only gripe is the hair. I wish one of them could have had a more "natural" look but hey, this is progress! I wish these dolls were around when I was growing up. I LOVED to dress them up!
The dolls from left to right: Kara, Trichelle and Grace.