Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My First Fashion TV Segment...

Hey Everyone!

On 3/27/12, I got to help with a fashion segment for Kim's Closet TV on Fox 19 in Cincinnati. I had such a wonderful time.

Let me give you a run down of who Kimberly Anderson is and What Kim's Closet TV is, straight from the website:

Lifestyle Expert, Producer & Host
Kimberly is the Creator, Host and Executive Producer of the lifestyle makeover show “Kim’s Closet – everyday style with Kimberly Anderson.” Her show has garnered the attention of two-time Emmy winning producer Conrad Ricketts formally of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Together, they are currently pitching “Kim’s Closet” to major networks and cable outlets.
Best known for her refreshing, relatable and down to earth personality, Kimberly brings affordable and maintainable style solutions to everyday women and men across America. Her lifestyle philosophy and engaging personality led to an invitation to speak at the beauty care division headquarters of Procter & Gamble.

She has made appearances on Better Connecticut, Good Day Oregon, Indy Style. Fox19, WLWT 5, ABC 22, Fox 45, Great Lifestyles, CBS 12 WLWT, Blog Talk Radio, 89.7 WNKU and in, Hope Magazine, The Business Courier, Cincinnati Enquirer & Columbus Dispatch.

Her lifestyle tips have been published in The Calgary Sun, El Paso Times, eHowStyle,, and Bangstyle Hair & Culture. Kimberly also was the keynote speaker for Women of Over-The-Rhine Stories of Success and Co-Hosted the Jerry Lewis Telethon.
She takes pride in building relationships with vendors to deliver style solutions and has partnered with OLAY, Target, YES TO, Dillard’s,, Silpada, COVERGIRL, California Closets, St. Ives, Title Nine, New York & Co, Fossil, and many others.

Kimberly teaches that style does not only encompass what you see in the mirror – it extends throughout your home, beauty routine and life. Her nurturing approach creates a friendly environment that encourages, guests, readers, viewers and fans to be receptive to change, while embracing and celebrating who they are today.

Kimberly’s personal mission is to redefine beauty and teach that excessive funds and accessibility to high-end outlets are not the answers; rather creative shifts in attitude, style and confidence are the tools that lead to countless opportunities for positive change throughout the lives of everyday women and men. 

Kim's Closet TV, straight from the website:

Kim's Closet
Filming the Pilot Episode

Stylist – Beth Hitchcock

What fuels my passion: I love showing people how great they can look. I get so excited when I can talk people into stepping outside of their comfort zone and try something new. When people can look in the mirror and feel beautiful and confident it makes me smile.

Fun Fact:
I never spend a lot of money on clothes, I just mix and match things so that they come across as expensive. The only thing that I invest in is shoes.

A style tip:
Never be afraid to try fashion trends, they are not permanent you can always just take them off. Also don't be afraid to be dressed differently from everyone else in the room.
Kim's Closet Casting Call

Kim's Closet
Filming the Pilot Episode

The Fashion Segment for Fox 19 was all about Everyday style for everyday women and its featured title "The Year of the Dress" :)
Here are some photos I took behind the scenes:
Getting ready to start :)

Models with Kim and Sheila :)


Me and the models, they're so sweet :)

Me and Kimberly Anderson :)

That's all folks! I had such a wonderful time and I'm sure it shows on these pics :)

Here's the link to Kimberly's Website:

Until next time,
CR :)

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Hey Everyone,

Just thought I would post about a BIG movie that I'm sure you've heard of that came out this past weekend, and that is called.....


Unfortunately, I have not seen the movie :( I hope to see it later on this week though, which I am excited about.

Anyway, Costume Designer for the movie Judianna Makovsky did an excellent job for the! Amazing!

Here is an interview I found on New York Times Fashion about her and her experience with Hunger Games:

This Friday, a little old movie called The Hunger Games (based on the first book from Suzanne Collins's best-selling trilogy) hits theaters. Costume designer Judianna Makovsky had the task of re-creating the looks for the people of Panem, including the outrageous pink getup Elizabeth Banks wears as Effie Trinket, the uniforms worn by tributes as they fight to the death, and Jennifer Lawrence's show-stopping "girl on fire" moment. Makovsky, who hadn't even read the books before director Gary Ross offered her the gig, talks about becoming a fan, her connection to Lenny Kravitz, and whether she's Team Peeta or Team Gale.
Were you a fan of the books when you read them?
Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. Of course, my immediate thought was, “Oh dear, how do I do all that?” That was the absolute terror factor that comes in the minute I read something. But I loved the books. I couldn’t put them down.
Obviously Hunger Games has a huge fan following. Was that a concern?
Yes. I’d done this before — I designed the first Harry Potter — and you don’t want to disappoint the fans. Things change when you do a film, but you try the best — try the best I can to be respectful of the material and the characters. I mean, it’s mostly about the characters, and even if you can’t do every detail that’s in a book, you want to get the essence of that character across.
What was the hardest part about the costumes?
Well, when you do these costumes, each one is your children, and they all present their own problems and issues. Perhaps the biggest problem — even bigger than dealing with visual effects — was the weather where we were shooting [in North Carolina]. It was 90, more like 100 degrees, and 100 percent humidity.
One of the most exciting costume moments is when Katniss and Peeta are set on fire.
In general, I tried to follow the description in the book and make it more glamorous. In the book, it’s basically black leotards and tights with tall boots. And I wanted it to reflect coal, that these [kids] are going to be superstars; I wanted that aspect in the silhouette and the cut. I also wanted a simplicity to it, just so that you would really see the flame, that there wasn’t going to be a lot of stuff that got in the way.
Would you ever light one of your clients on fire?
I would not. I have in the past, actually — in movies, we have lit people on fire, and that’s another thing you have to deal with. Luckily, this isn’t hot flames. There was fire involved, but you’re dealing with fireproofing and all kinds of fun stuff.
Cinna is the stylist in this book, and you’re going through the same thing.
Exactly right. How do you make it spectacular without making it cheesy? That’s the hard part. I think Cinna is a very elegant character, and I think that’s why we chose to dress him in such simple costumes compared to everybody else in the Capitol. Well, of course, it’s Lenny Kravitz, so you don’t have to do too much. He’s incredibly handsome and charismatic and smart. But we just let his intelligence shine through and step back with the clothes a little bit. Personally, I am a lot like the Cinna character. I dress in simple clothes. 
Is that something you took into account when you chose what they would be wearing, what the actors underneath were like?
We always take the actors’ personalities into account. I mean, I never really design the clothes until I know who the actor is. Of course they have opinions, but you also have to make the actor comfortable on-camera. That’s my job: to make it easy for them to their job, to not think about the costume. Some of these costumes, of course, are not the most comfortable things on earth, especially in that heat. But you have to let the actor’s personality shine through to a certain extent.
Did any of the actors have opinions on what they were wearing?
It’s interesting: A lot of the actors were unavailable for fittings. Thank God for the age of the Internet. We could send research back and forth, ideas back and forth, and talk on the phone, but a lot of the actors — not Jennifer, and definitely not Elizabeth — their clothes were made without them, and they arrived, like, two days before. We were like, “We hope this works.” Because actors are in all sorts of things now and fly all over the world. Jennifer had a lot of fittings, and Josh, and Liam, and Elizabeth definitely had a lot of fittings. We really worked at every detail on her.
Elizabeth Banks looks amazing.
She’s so much fun to work with. She tells people that she was my Barbie doll. But she has a lot of good ideas, she knows how things should fit, and she wanted all her clothes to be very constricting — she has that funny walk [in the movie] because she can’t walk any other way. Her shoes are so outrageously high and uncomfortable, and she wanted that. I’m like, “Are you sure you can do the scene?” And she’s like, “Yes, I’ll do it. I’ll take them off in between shots. It’ll be fine.” She was miserable, but she did it because she felt it was right. In the book, the fashions are so outrageous in the Capitol that they aren’t meant to be actually worn. And that was the point: poking fun at fashion, and how outrageous trends can be. 
How long do you think you would last in the Hunger Games?
Me? Oh, five minutes. I’d be at the Cornucopia, and that’d be it.
Are you Team Peeta or Team Gale?
I’m Team Katniss! I can’t choose between those two boys. They’re so cute! And they’re both so wonderful. No, I’m definitely Team Katniss. I think she’s the one — everyone’s on her side. But I don’t know how you choose between those two boys. No wonder it goes back and forth. 

Premiere Photos:
Josh Hutcherson
Elizabeth Banks
Jennifer Lawrence 
Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lawrence 
Jennifer Lawrence 
Both of Jennifer Lawrence's Gold Gowns :)
The Hemsworth Brothers :)

Everyone looked absolutely gorgeous! :)

How to Dress like the characters:

How to wear the mockingbird or something similar

And for the guy characters, I tried to find some photos of what to wear but just wear combat boots, leather jacket, T Shirt, etc. 

That's all I have to post about Hunger Games, so far :)

I hope whomever saw it this weekend enjoyed it and don't spoil it for me ;)

I hope you Hunger Games fans and everyone else have enjoyed this post.

Until next time,