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The Bolt // No. 6

The – ϟ – Bolt A monthly curation of fabulous finds and personal favorites! This Month’s Top Moments Bella NYC Magazine I went to Bella NYC Magazine’s cover party for Kristin Cavallari! The theme was Ladies Night Out and they had the cutest little gift bags, a sketch artist, champagne, and plenty of fun conversation about Kristin’s new book Balancing in Heels. It was a beautiful event – be sure to check out more pictures here! I felt super comfortable and chic in my dress from Be Jealous! #NotAModel  I had a super fun photoshoot in Central Park with Charles Roberts Pictures, and I can’t wait to share the rest of the pictures with all of you! What I’m… Thinking About I had so much fun this past month and can’t wait for what’s to come. I tried a lot of new restaurants and have been sharpening my photography skills. I spent lots of time with the people that I love and read some really interesting books. I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress in the past …

The All Def Movie Awards

One word. Hilarious. The All Def Movie Awards were so funny and candid. Actors and actresses were quite honest about the lack of diversity in Hollywood and spent the evening laughing and exchanging kind words. Tony Rock (yes, Chris Rock’s brother) hit on Sanaa Lathan, using all of her movie titles as pick up lines. Amber Rose won the award for Most Likely to Steal your Girl, and Robin Thicke accepted the award for Most Helpful White Person on behalf of Christopher Waltz saying, “We can change the world one helpful white person at a time.” A digital short called “Cassius Luther Shaka-Kahn” was also featured – parodying every Hollywood movie about slavery, ever. As Sanaa Lathan said, “Hopefully, Hollywood will wake the f*ck up.” Russel Simmons also spoke on the issues of diversity and said that black productions should include more white actors to create more partnerships, but also affirmed that the majority of the problem is still with white Hollywood’s control over whose stories are worth telling and how they should be told. Simmons also …

The Bolt // No. 3

The – ϟ – Bolt A monthly curation of fabulous finds and personal favorites! This Week’s Top Moments NYFW Givenchy decided to come stateside for fashion week this year, showcasing a beautiful collection with views of the sun setting over New York City as a backdrop! Kanye also decided to surprise everyone with his second show, Yeezy Season 2. The line was inspired by Vanessa Beecroft’s performance art and is inline with Kanye’s casual, cool, neutral style. Social Media The Kardashian-Jenner klan finally launched their highly anticipated websites and apps! Kylie’s seems to be taking the world by storm – sharing behind the scenes footage of her life and exclusive beauty tips on her website. Life (…More Fashion Week) Fashion Week SS16 was pretty great for me this year! I was one of the TV hosts at Plitzs New York City Fashion Week at Hotel Pennsylvania. I saw 25+ shows all in one day and all of the designers were so talented. One of my favorites was Earl Battle, who I also got to interview! I also …

Micah Not Found: A Millenial Pop Artist

Fine Art meets Pop Culture on @Micahnotfound – an Instagram page that acts as an interactive timeline, documenting all things pop culture from rap beefs to movie premiers and everything in between. The magnificent ode to pop culture was created by Micah Milner, painter turned graphic designer, who is a part of the art collective (or artup – as he calls it) Art 404. Micah is the graphic designer, but he also works with a team of web artists – partnering with Manual, the companies branding machine, and Moises, a conceptual artist who is also in charge of production. Their work has been featured in Complex Magazine, Yahoo, BuzzFeed, and Vice, just to name a few. I got a chance to chat with Micah about his process, his inspiration, and how he creates commercial art without compromising the integrity of his work. Micah samples his work in a similar fashion to musicians – overworking existing images to make them his own and incorporating them in a much larger “almanac of [events] to create a multifaceted  experience.” Timing is …

Coloring Beauty X Beauty Bolt

I got a chance to sit down with, and interview, Namrata Mohan – a Scripps College student hailing from Irvine, California – who started a photo project called, “Coloring Beauty.” Namrata started the project because she was “irked by the oppressive beauty standards in her community,” and believed that more diverse forms of beauty, in both men and women, were undervalued. This project is so inspirational and I think it is so relevant seeing as there has been a movement and call to action to celebrate people of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Lupita Nyong’o’s crowning as People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person (2014) is a perfect example of celebrating a form of beauty not typically seen in mass media. Watch the interview below! Coloring Beauty Interview from Beauty Bolt on Vimeo. Namrata Mohan – a Scripps College student – started the Coloring Beauty photo project to bring light to issues surrounding American beauty standards, and to show some appreciation for unconventional beauty. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/coloringbeauty Tumblr: thebeautyisu.tumblr.com I also got a chance to participate in the project, …