Network. Network. Network. The term is drilled into our brains from the moment we’re old enough to judge whether or not it’s okay to talk to strangers. Still, we all know how awkward networking can be when it feels forced or when intentions don’t seem genuine. Most people don’t want to meet strangers who seek them out for specific reasons. To be successful at networking, one must master the art of approaching a stranger without an obvious end game or motive behind your friendly conversation (don’t be needy). Any savvy professional will see right through your attempts to connect and your emails and calls will go unanswered.
Networking with like-minded individuals is a great place to start as you have common interests and a conversation won’t feel forced. If you’re a networking newbie, don’t be afraid to jump in and start building your list of industry contacts by attending events that focus on your field or industry. Arrive with a plan and be sure to bring copies of your resume, business cards, and anything else that will help to make you more memorable post-event.
We selected the events below because they cater to job seekers and offer opportunities to connect with industry professionals who know why you are in attendance. (more…)
When the Metropolitan Museum of Art throws a party, you go [if you're invited, of course]. The annual Costume Institute gala was the place to be Monday night for the entire fashion industry and an impressive list of celebrities. This year, the gala took place in honor of British-born designer Charles James and celebrated the unveiling of the Anna Wintour Costume Center.
In sharp contrast to the previous year’s punk theme, Met Ball 2014 guests were asked to dress in white tie for the event. Many followed the one rule of the evening, but it wouldn’t be a fashionable affair if a few rebels didn’t arrive out of dress code. It’s not easy to get a man to wear tails these days and some women just have to rock a crop top.
The real babes of the 2014 Golden Globes were safely and glamorously tucked away by their A-list mommies. Olivia Wilde shimmered from head-to-toe in a long-sleeved Gucci gown of green sequins. Kerry Washington chose a polished look from Balenciaga with a sweet overlay to perfectly accessorize her baby bump. Drew Barrymore was ever the flower child in a floral Monique Lhuillier that couldn’t have worked on anyone else. Well done, ladies.
Marc Jacobs made a personal appearance at Sephora SoHo last night in New York City and our very own Dara was not going to miss out on a photo opportunity with the multi-tasking fashion designer. Jacobs was on hand to chat about his recently launched Marc Jacobs Beauty line featuring a full collection for lips, eyes, face, and nails. We can’t wait to try it all!
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents PUNK: Chaos to Couture. The exhibit, opening to the public May 9, aims to examine the impact of the punk movement on high fashion. Punk reached popularity in the 1970s and remains influential to this day.
Decades ago, punk was a movement, designers Malcolm McClaren and Vivienne Westwood were well-known for their contributions. Today, punk serves as inspiration that continues to be interpreted and updated by Westwood and other seasoned designers as well as a new generation of designers.
The exhibit is sponsored by Moda Operandi, and the prelude to the exhibit – the Gala Benefit – was co-chaired by Lauren Santo Domingo (Moda Operandi co-founder), Rooney Mara,
Riccardo Tisci, and Anna Wintour.
The annual Met Gala is one of the industry’s most anticipated events bringing in models, designers, editors, Hollywood’s A-list and other industry influencers. One would be hard-pressed to find mere mortals on this guest list.
The livestreamed red carpet was scattered with invitees dressed in their finest punk-inspired looks – however loosely interpreted – heavy on the studs, spikes, leather, pink hair, mohawks and lots of Givenchy.
Honorary chairwoman Beyoncé wasn’t very punk in Givenchy, but the look served its purpose. Sarah Jessica Parker went fancy-punk in a Giles Deacon number topped off with a Phillip Treacy mohawk headpiece. Kim Kardashian tried her best to rock head-to-toe floral by Riccardo Tisci. Did she succeed?
Madonna got the message and reigned over all in Givenchy, fishnets, and no pants. Valentino did a newly blonde Anne Hathaway well and Nicole Richie did her best in Topshop and a gray updo. Rooney Mara stunned in head-to-toe Givenchy and Christina Ricci rocked plaid in none other than a Vivienne Westwood high-low gown. Check out the red carpet looks that stood out to us – good and bad – and tell us which ones were your favorites.
Autumn in Los Angeles can feel more like summer’s other half; usually just as, if not hotter, than the months before. But don’t let the Indian Summer upon us get you down this fall! LA is bursting with autumnal opportunities – from Halloween scares to food and drinks fests to pumpkin picking. So put on that lightweight jacket, swipe on a little sunscreen, indulge in a nice iced pumpkin spice latte and hit the scarcely leaf-scattered pavement for some fall fun.
Ah, Knott’s Berry Farm…the rides, the elephant ears, the fog, the zombies jumping out at you from seemingly nowhere…wait, what? The good ol’ theme park by day turns ghoulish by night with a dense, dark fog and more than 100 types of monsters lurking in the shadows and numerous scary mazes.
See the Tim Burton Halloween classic like never before this fall season. You’ve likely seen Jack and the gang several times over the years, perhaps even in 3-D…but now you get the enhanced experience with said ’4-D Sensory Effects,’ like fog, wind, and snow.
Explore the archives of LA’s creatives from the 40′s through the 70′s…everything from political and pop art to photography of the times, this will be an extensive and educational look into the city’s past.
Every fall in LA, the American Film Institute and Audi come together to bring you the nation’s longest running international film festival…the AFI Fest. Taking place during the first week of November (1st-8th), filmmakers and film junkies alike will join for red carpet galas, screenings, tributes and more in Tinseltown.
Ale, Bier, Biiro, Cervesa…whatever language it is, the world loves itself some BEER. So this October 19-21, participate in all of the buzz-worthy fun at Oktoberfest LA. Sample tons of different libations from around the world, soak it up with some good grub, and sing and dance along with like-minded, Lederhosen-wearing folk!
While the NHL is enduring their preseason lockout, the NBA is gearing up to bleed purple and gold here in LA! Go see Kobe, Dwight Howard…and Metta World Peace kicking ass and taking names on the court this season. Preseason starts October 7th…then the action officially begins October 30th.
Get your fall on with a cornucopia of events going on at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, CA. This festival features a choice pumpkin patch, corn mazes, hay rides, haunted houses, and more…starts this Friday, September 28.
Want a spooky spin on the typical autumn hayride? Look no further than LA’s Haunted Hayride, held at the site of the old Los Angeles Zoo. They’ve extended the ride for even more excitement, and in the interim, you can creep through their Dark Maze, the House of Mirrors, or the “Scary-Go-Round.”
Think most haunted houses are rubbish or too fabricated? Then it’s about time to go see the real deal. Downtown Los Angeles is teeming with spirit infested tunnels, old hotels…and theatres. The Variety Arts Theatre has been closed to the public since a chilling black magic disappearance in the 1930′s. Now, you can walk the corridors of one of LA’s most supernaturally thrilling spaces, where the producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious has created his sinister vision and reenactment of what happened there so long ago.
Head on down to Long Beach to the old Queen Mary to experience what it’s like to be between the devil and the deep blue sea. It is said that this old vessel has housed up to 150 different types of spirits, with at least 49 known deaths occurring aboard ship…so it’s up to you to tell which frights are real and which are just a part of the show…
6. Surf’s Up
September through November are legendary months in Southern California for surfers…the water is somewhat warm still AND the waves are epic. So grab a board, sex wax it up and paddle out! Here are some of our favorite spots:
This is a great surf spot for the whole spectrum of experienced riders. Both Malibu beaches are directly next to each other…so while you’re just learning, you can ride the whitewater at Heavens while your seasoned surfing friend paddles over to Staircase.
This beautiful beach offers wave after wave of goodness, ranking #24 among the 100 best surf spots in the world. Gifted with perfect, long riding waves along it’s point…the only downside is that it’s a little bit of a drive north of LA towards Santa Barbara.
We can’t think of any three things that go together any better than fine wine, bold cheeses, and rich chocolates. Get a spot at this year’s tasting, held in Downtown LA’s Eat Drink Americano restaurant.
What do KISS’ Gene Simmons, Wolfgang Puck, and entertainment moguls AEG have in common? Apparently they all love Oktoberfest, too. The power trio has cooked up an event at LA Live that is completely based around the Bavarian celebrations, replete with craft beers, Wolfgang puck creations, appearances from Gene himself, and live music. The kickoff to this begins October 15 and goes through the October 20.
Are you perpetually stuck in the past? Longing for a time that has passed, or at least want to emulate the look of that era? Then head down to A Current Affair, LA’s best pop-up vintage marketplace. Browse clothing and accessories from up to 30 vendors whilst sipping an old timey cocktail and swaying to the sounds of KCRW’s DJ, Marion Hodges.
Don’t miss one of modern day rock’s finest as they play two nights, back to back at the Staples Center. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have come a long way since their days of Akron garage rock…now, along with openers Tegan and Sara, they will be rocking out for thousands.
Grab tickets now and prepare for what is sure to be a feast for all your senses – your favorite KCRW DJs, live band performances, the velvet underworld of Vaudeville Circus Troupe Lucent Dossier, ghost stories from L.A.’s finest storytellers, food trucks, some of the best costumes you’ve ever seen and more…
Olvera Street celebrates Dia de los Muertos with several days of festivities featuring piñata breaking, children’s workshops, face painting, strolling Mariachi bands and Ballet Folklorico. Enjoy colorful, ancient Mexican ceremonies in honor of departed loved ones with beautifully decorated altars, entertainment and Novenaria processions.
The 2012 Dia de Los Muertos festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the largest celebration of its kind in California. This year’s event will reach back to the pre-Aztec roots of Dia de Los Muertos and explore the Mayan Gods, rituals, and calendar.
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards rolled out the red carpet Sunday night and delivered one beautiful gown after another. The nominees may find satisfaction in an Emmy win and actually getting to take the award home; but the women below can rest-assured that their garment choices were the real winners. Lavish in our top picks below (from left to right) that we’ve conveniently grouped for your trend-following pleasure:
Julianne Hough in a sculptural, sweetheart sequin aqua Georges Hobeika Couture gown. Brian Atwood heels and Judith Leiber clutch.
Maria Menounos is royal in Oliver Tolentino. Heels by Casadei.
Christina Hendricks in a silver Christian Siriano gown. Judith Leiber clutch and Jimmy Choo heels.
Kat Dennings goes low, low, low in a crimson J. Mendel gown.
Ginnifer Goodwin in a Monique Lhuillier, orange appliquéd dress. Christian Louboutin heels and Salvatore Ferragamo clutch.
Padma Lakshmi in a freshly-squeezed, rich orange Monique Lhuillier gown. Heels by Brian Atwood.
Leslie Mann is dipped in sunshine in a Naeem Khan gown.
Julie Bowen keeps the Monique Lhuillier vibe strong in an electric yellow strapless column dress and Jimmy Choo heels.
Kelly Cuoco in a voluminous Angel Sanchez gown.
Claire Danes is draped in yellow, strapless Lanvin.
Sofia Vergara gives a teal Zuhair Murad gown with an open back a curvy silhouette to enhance.
Allison Williams chose a Oscar de la Renta gown with peplum detail and Brian Atwood heels.
Melissa Rauch in a one-shoulder Oliver Tolentino.
Sparkle & Shine:
Nicole Kidman is statuesque in a white Antonio Berardi column with shimmering blue beading. Christian Louboutin heels.
Lucy Liu is form-fitted into a strapless Versace gown.
Kerry Washington chose a fully sequined Vivienne Westwood rose-gold gown. Christian Louboutin heels.
Floor Grazing Femmes:
Zooey Deschanel floats in a powder-blue Reem Acra gown with a sweetheart neckline.
Heidi Klum rocked a thigh-high slit in this wispy Alexandre Vauthier Couture dress. Shoes by Charlotte Olympia.
Emily Vancamp in sheer, taupe J. Mendel.
Jessica Pare in a white, one-shoulder, custom Jason Wu gown with black accents. Red lips complete the look.
Kelly Osbourne is regal in Zac Posen.
Cat Deely in a scarlet, asymmetrical fishtail gown.
There are so many things that make fall a wonderful season- especially in New York City. The humidity fades and we graciously welcome the crisp air into our lungs, allowing us to walk around for more than ten minutes without breaking a sweat. Autumn is a great time to either visit NYC, or take advantage of everything around you’re a resident.
It’s the little things we love about fall- pumpkin spice lattes, candy corn, chunky sweaters, football season, comfort food, and of course getting out and enjoying the beautiful atmosphere that the season brings. So throw on your cutest scarf, heat up a cup of apple cider, and take a walk through Central Park- you’ll notice the changing leaves bring to mind real-life works of art.
We’ve put together a list of things to do in NYC when you have a free weekend or laid back weekday afternoon:
1. Attend Harvest in the Square - a giant outdoor buffet in Union Square, where for $125 (proceeds go to a worthy cause), you can try unlimited samples from over 50 note-worthy restaurants. Wine and beer pairings will also be provided. Thursday, September 20th, 7:30pm-9:00pm
2. Check out the Tompkins Square Park Dog Halloween Parade - If you’re picturing dogs strutting their stuff in over-the-top costumes for everyone to see, you’ve got it right. Enter your own pooch in the contest to win prizes or just watch for fun – a $5 donation is suggested. Saturday, October 20th.
3. Swing by The Affordable Art Fair - A fun four-day event hosting over 60 galleries and a huge array of contemporary art ranging from $100 to $10,000. If you have a wall to fill or enjoy art and walking around, this event is perfect for you! Takes place at The Tunnel on 11th Avenue at 28th Street. October 4th- Ocbotber 7th, times here.
5. Navigate your way through a 3-acre corn maze, pick out the perfect pumpkin, and sip on some hot apple cider at the Queens County Fair. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from September 15th until October 28th from 11am until 4:30pm.
The 2012 Corn Maze, "Once Upon A Time"
6. Stop by The Museum at FIT- one of the largest and most impressive collections of clothing, textiles and accessories in the world, including some 50,000 costumes and fabrics dating from the 5th century to present-day. From September 14th until January 5th, The Ivy Style Exhibition Gallery celebrates one of the most enduring clothing styles of the 20th century, which began during the early years of the century in all-male American universities, such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.
7. Hit the town with your significant other or some friends – check out a Broadway show! There are some awesome shows out right now… Mamma Mia, The Newsies, The Lion King, and Rock of Ages are all great options to check out. Go to a matinee show then enjoy a long dinner outside enjoying the crisp fall air.
8. Get active and do something good for the community at the same time! Run a 5K or participate in a bike race, all while enjoying the weather and the changing leaves that autumn brings. The annual Bike for MS event takes place this year on October 21st and has options of either 30, 55, or 100 miles. Biking not your thing? Walk or run 4K to support The Brothers & Sisters Club in NYC on September 29th!
9. Take your weekend cheat day to a whole new level at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. Food vendors from all over the city gather every Saturday through November 17th, allowing you to try all different types of food, all different types of ways. View all of the vendors here.
10. Scream at the top of your lungs at a Haunted House – The Blackout Haunted House was named “the scariest haunted house in New York City” by The New York Post and “the extreme theater event of the year” by TheNew York Times.