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I’M PUBLISHED! MOONGLOW, A Sci-Fi Lesbian Romance Set In A Future Fashion World, OUT NOW for All eReaders!

June 3, 2011

 

THIS IS SURREAL!

My novel has been 8 years in the making. It brings me all sorts of glee to finally be able to release the world and characters of MOONGLOW onto the world! I self published via Smashwords.com and can’t thank them enough for their excellent, comprehensive service.

Please visit its official site/blog at: http://moonglownovel.wordpress.com

Please LIKE my novel on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/MoonglowRomance

Follow MOONGLOW on Twitter & Tumblr and — most importantly — BUY IT AT A SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF $2.99! Hurry, though! It will rise to its regular price of $6.99 soon! MOONGLOW is available for all eReaders, (Kindle, Nook, Sony eReader, iPhone, iPad, etc).

Smashwords Purchase link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/62372

Amazon Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0054GZ794

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed up for Operation eBook Drop so all deployed service women and men who are part of the program will receive a coupon to download MOONGLOW from Smashwords.com FREE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday, Jesica Hurst!

May 4, 2011

I’m beyond excited to put the shine on an incredible, talented, fascinating friend of mine! To make a long story short, it was about two years ago that one of my best friends from Berlin turned me onto A Day To Remember‘s “If It Means A Lot To You.” Heard the song, loved it. I always enjoy hearing covers so I paid attention to the videos in the side bar on YouTube and noticed this black & white video of a girl covering it. FYI, 99.9% of the music I love is girl-sung so I clicked that first video and was absolutely blown away! It was Jes’ cover. 🙂 The rest is history!

Since then, she’s turned me onto some of my favourite music on the planet, including my favourite band of all time, Tegan & Sara. The first time I heard T&S was on Jes’ Facebook page. There was a video link to “The Con” that I could not get over. Also, “Call It Off” which remains my favourite T&S song of all time. Jes is also responsible for my infatuation with Alison Sudol and A Fine Frenzy. Her dancing to “Electric Twist” is probably one of the most fabulous things on Earth. Most recently? OH LAND, who is miraculous. Needless to say, Jes is the best damn jukebox I’ve ever come across.

What I love most about Jes’ music is she sings soul-to-mouth direct, no filter. If it’s a cover, she makes it her own. If it’s an original, we’re gripped with curiosity as to why she wrote what she did. I like to think that the best way to get to know an artist is to absorb what they create. With Jes’ music, we can hear and admire all we want but if we REALLY listen — just listen — we have the pleasure of learning so much. I consider myself among the fortunate who have gotten to know Jes before she’s all ultra famous with tons of records and tours and tear-sheets and editorials and whatever else she feels like conquering. :p

She was also a huge inspiration and muse over the past two years that I’ve worked on my novel. Ohhhh, how I wish I could elaborate for all of you but at this stage of the game, it’s best I say little else. Jes knows what I mean, though! So that’s well enough. 😀

A native Canadian, Jes is a model, a musician and writer for her university paper, The Gazette (at Western). She’s also ultra radiant, cupcake-sweet & blindingly bright. How fortunate are we to have a friend like this in our lives? Oh, she’s also Vegan! Sooooooooooo~

~I decided to shoot a spread of 100% Vegan yummies for this special occasion! (I’ll fill in the recipes later. If I typed those out, I’d never get this posted! So stay tuned!)

Asparagus soup with Crispy Fried Wontons & Caramelized Shallots, Celery Leaf & Sea Salt Garnish

Lentil & Sweet Potato Sauté with Caramelized Shallots

Garlic Hummus Tostadas with Lettuce & Radicchio Chiffonade, Black Olive Rounds, Diced Tomato & Lemon Zest. Served w/ Tomato Slices & Lemon Wedge

Spread shots!

Banana Cupcakes with Lemon-Banana Glaze, Sifted Powdered Sugar & Sweet Banana Chips Garnish (Made these with an awesome fruity organic Olive Oil!!!)

Peanut Butter & Banana Chia Pudding made with plain soy milk, garnished with Grapefruit Zest & Agave Nectar

Jes doesn’t drink so I made a yummy virgin refreshment! This is Hibiscus Tea sweetened with Agave Nectar & Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Juice, Sprinkled with Grapefruit Zest. Perfect tartness!

Dessert spread!

Lookie! Lilies! ;p (Get it, Jes? hehe!)

Also, I took the liberty of commissioning my artist friend, Virginia Hilton, to put together some Jes-inspired portraits:

This world is full of amazing people; among them, those that leave an impact on others. Jes, you’ve had a profound impact on me — often, without you knowing it — and I appreciate the quality of you more than you know. Many thanks for the dazzling ride your life has been thus far and to many, many more decades to come! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUGAR! CHEERS!

Keep up with everything Jes is doing at these links:

http://jesicahurst.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/JesicaAtGazette
http://westerngazette.ca/author/jesica-hurst/
http://youtube.com/jeshurst

And DO check out her song “Save Me” — (a personal favourite) — at her MySpace here: http://www.myspace.com/jesshurstmusic

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Freja Rocks!

April 22, 2011

Clawing the walls over  how awesome this spread is! Called “Diva.” Styled by Melanie Ward. Shot by Inez & Vinoodh for Vogue Paris, May 2011. I’m speechless; reduced to pure staring mode. Photos sourced from Fashion Gone Rogue.

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It’s a Freja Kinda Day

April 1, 2011

Freja on the brains today! Not sure why. She’s amazing and fabulous in every way so a perfect daily obsession!

Here she is in a recent campaign for Santa Lolla‘s Fall 2011 Accessories line, shot by Henrique Gendre.

Making-Of Videos from the Campaign:

Breath thief!  Sign me up for some Freja overdose any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Photos sourced from Fashion Gone Rogue.

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Freja Beha Erichsen & Arizona Muse ~ R.I.P. Charlie Romo, 1980-2011

March 15, 2011

I’ve officially died and gone to Heaven. Here are two of the most fascinating and beautiful women on Earth for Numéro #121, March 2011, in “Bal de la Couture,” shot by Karl Lagerfeld. Beyond representing how flawless the human race can really be, the styling by Capucine Safyurtlu recreates a classic glamour that invokes body-wide goosebumps. Unreal, alluring — perfection. 😀

Hair by Sam McKnight, make-up by Peter Philips & nails by Anny Errandonea.
Sourced from Noir As Night.
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Fakery Swings Around Again!

February 8, 2011

If you follow me on Twitter, you know how religious I am about my #ModelMonday lists. I spam you lot with that list because I feel it’s rather important to showcase AUTHENTIC model accounts considering the prevalence of fakes that slither around cyberspace. I’ve been fooled myself! it’s true. I ALWAYS appreciate anyone who has input on this subject so if you see me carrying on with someone you suspect or know is invalid, plz let me know! I enjoy keeping up with this list so that we know we’re getting on with the real deal — not posers. I think it’s unfortunate for some out there to pretend to be people so many admire. It’s rather cruel, especially when their followers look up to the model or celebrity they are pretending to be. Beside all that, I absolutely adore these women who work so diligently at what they do. They don’t deserve to be misrepresented.

That said, just wanted to bring another fake to your attention:

http://www.twitter.com/NataliePack

Folks, this is NOT Natalie Pack, contestant on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 12. This person has built a bit of a social network out of pretending to be her, which you can find here.

It was a couple of weeks ago that this account began Tweeting to me in response to my #ModelMonday lists. I didn’t notice anything fishy at first and spoke back and forth with it for a bit.  One day, it was uploading some of Natalie’s sexier pix w/ suggestive messages which raised a red flag with a friend of mine. “Something isn’t right. What’s with all those ‘do-me’ uploads?” she asked and it inspired some research!

I began by looking at her followers. You know there aren’t ANY industry professionals in there? A scant few have trickled in VERY RECENTLY but if one goes back to the very begging of that account, its followers consist of a plethora of Indonesian and other Asia-Pacific rooted accounts. One would suspect her co-stars from ANTM would follow her but they don’t. Granted, not all of them follow each other but it raised some curiosities. That said, I wanted to look at the folks this account converses with back and forth. It was no surprise that I found a hive of fakery, including the notorious fake @ImLilyDonaldson.

Here she is carrying on with Lily-Monster (July 28, 2010):

As if Jess Stam blowing that fake’s cover weren’t enough, here’s an example of the trickery it has been up to recently:

Visit @VSAngelsNation, please, and look at Tweets for Feb. 4th, 2011. This RT does not exist.

Lookie here:

Firstly, look at that. Bugging Coco Rocha if she knows the “real accounts” of other models? Really? Other industry professional girls do that? Not the ones I know. Young fangirls are some of the more prominent members of society up to that. Additionally, I see it A LOT with young Asian-Pacific users so that linked something familiar in my brains. ~Anyway, Natalie-Monster KNEW of the proof that Lily-Monster is, indeed, a monster (Aug. 3rd [sorry for the photo .jpg name, I mistyped “9”]) yet wished it a Happy Birthday on:

Jan. 27th, I told it that that Lily account is fake and that’s the response it gave. I can’t link or photo the Birthday message because it deleted it that day but, considering it had a clue back in August, why be jolly to Lily-Monster now? Monsters (Fakes) have each other’s backs, I guess.

Here is Natalie-Monster getting on with Eniko-Monster. That account – @EnikoMihalik – no longer exists because it was a grand fake, (outed by Ford  & Marilyn not too long ago). Oh, and that @Santiago_Jess? Fake, too. @BUILT4theRUNWAY, same, and no longer exists.

Let’s have a wee peek at other accounts that “no longer exist” circulating around Natalie-Monster


@MeaghanWaller no longer exists.


@AngeleaPreston no longer exists. And that particular account is a revolving door of name-changes:

@TheRealAngelea does not exist.

I imagine those fake accounts refer to this person:

http://twitter.com/IamAngelea

I think that account is legit. Much back & forth between Angelea and her agency, (and other industry contacts). I DO recall Natalie Monster getting some responses out of her, and when matters of Natalie’s cell number came up, Natalie Monster said it was using a friend’s phone and would get back to Angelea at a later time. Can’t find the screenshot but, suffice it to say, Angelea doesn’t follow Natalie Monster and I saw no further exchanges after that.


@CrissyWright does not exist. And check out that #FF lol. Telling.


Oh, look! A Fake All-Star!


@jenniferan_antm does not exist.


@awnie does not exist.

@KatarzynaANTM10 does not exist. And THIS is the one I found most profane. Notice Natalie-Monster mentions a funeral. Here’s where that came from:

Shame on this person for exploiting a tragedy in Natalie’s life for the sake of looking authentic. That is horrid, parasitic behaviour. Shame on them!

You guessed it! @marianne__m does not exist. I’d like you to pay close mind to something, though:

Note the use of the word “stuffs.”

In reguards to walking for David Alexander. “Stuffs.”

Tweeting to @teyona_anderson: More “stuffs!” And, really? Slapping Ford in the face saying something like that in public (albeit digital)? Also, real Natalie is a Cali girl. I know Cali girls; models, party girls, book worms, etc. I’ve never heard any of them say “stuffs” the way these people do. So, any suggestion that it’s “Cali-talk” can walk the plank. ALSO! Note the date on this exchange. Dec 20th, 2010. We will revisit this later.

Love this bit about moving to New York. Pity we never really heard much about it after this date. Once this impostor got a hold of Vacationing in Bali and Jakarta and carrying on about other Pan-Asian destinations, that fantasy fluttered off.

Contract extended, huh? 😀 According to this: http://www.facebook.com/OfficialNataliePack?v=wall

…we are to assume she means Ford. Also note, this Facebook seems to have been founded in Mid-January, 2011.

How droll the things one can learn if one just asks. 🙂 According to Damien at Ford — (he’s ace and needs to be followed!) — real Natalie Pack was dropped in October. It seems Natalie-Monster wasn’t aware of this. Pity that. :p

If all this doesn’t paint a fairly clear picture of the tomfoolery at play, there’s more! Let’s have a look at some Tweets and you tell me if this sounds like a professional of any kind:

Slamming Teyona Anderson AND musing on … theft of an Armenian Bible? O_o

Then nice to her. I’m sure Teyona didn’t know she was on with a hot air balloon but perhaps she has a clue now. If that’s her at all. Seems like it is, though.

Name of an old fake account.

Professionals just don’t do this. Castings/Campaigns are not for the public domain oh-s0-brazenly. #GiveAway

Of all the rampant, juvenile ways to carry on. . .  It’s no secret real Natalie and Tyra Banks butted heads but Natalie’s public comments were suggestive but tasteful. She even mused that Tyra may show favouritism because the young African American girls remind her of herself when she was young. THIS above is light years away from that sentiment. In fact, it sounds like a pissed off fan hell-bent & godsmacked that their favourite contestant lost.

Then, calm to Tyra!

More juvenile harpings. And more “stuffs”!!!

Slams French Vogue. Because that’s what we do when we work in Fashion. We blast highly reguarded, potential employers because we’re rebels. #GimmeABreak.

🙂 #Mmhmm.

Jesus take the wheel… how old IS this person?!

Really? “Mom: There’s something you need to learn more. Me: which is? Mom: Repressing and keep smiling. Me: oookay

What does that even mean?! Natalie and — I would assume — her mother are college educated adults and Natalie is rather well-spoken. Are we REALLY to believe an exchange as erroneous as that took place? I’d marry a penguin if so.

OK! Now that we have all that. . . I was curious as to who this person carries on with the most. I found a fairly distinct jacket, one of which is this:

http://www.twitter.com/haileymonarch

Visit that account page and you will find the MAIN person, (nearly only peson), this account converses with is Natalie-Monster. Also note the inception date — April 13, 2010. Well, guess who else established an account in April!

Account established April 8th, 2010. And bothering poor Jared, no less!

These two sure go on and on and on and on and back and forth and sideways from Sunday about Bali and Jakarta and things associated with that region. We never read Natalie-Monster more abreast on the subject matter as we do here. Wonder why. :p

When looking at other accounts circulating around these two, I found:

http://twitter.com/#!/lauren_kitson

I find it oh so curious that the ONLY interview on Miss Lauren’s blog — http://lkfashionroll.blogspot.com/ — is a plug, patter and promotion for @NataliePack.


http://twitter.com/#!/haileymonarch/status/29541988940390400

So entertained by how this is promoted by Hailey and RT’d by Natalie-Monster. We’re swimming in red flags here! And, then, it gets better!

Let’s start with Hailey’s Twitpics:

Her babies, Bee & Penn, eh?

http://community.livejournal.com/dragonsooc/47588.html (found here among over a hundred other places. Either Bee & Penn are jetsetters or this is stock photography).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Maltese.jpg Found here and on a dozen other sites.

With that, let’s move on to Lauren Kitson!

Erica the Amazing Photographer took these, huh?

http://www.spoki.lv/foto-izlases/crossfire/214543 – Maybe not. :p Found a few other places, too, including WeHeartit.com – http://weheartit.com/entry/4371241

http://weheartit.com/entry/2744069 – Swinging on a star over at WeHeartIt.com. Here again: http://weheartit.com/entry/4783224

One would THINK it ends there! Look what other mischief they’re up to! – http://twitter.com/#!/adaddario

That’s the bottom of Lauren’s following list. @adaddario is the first person it followed, huh?

And new, celebrated young actress follows back! Above is a shot of Lauren’s followers. See anyone else familiar up above?

This makes sense? What business would Alexandra Daddario have RT’ing and promoting someone who only has ONE article uploaded, and further, an article based on one we’ve already established as a grand fake.

Actually, I was going to let all this slide until I received this DM from Natalie-Monster:

Remember how we discussed the ‘do me” Tweets? Well I received a personal one! Sealed with a kiss! Instead of kissing back, though, I responded thusly:

After this, it blocked me. :p TELLING! ~Natalie doesn’t even HAVE an accent. . .

One thing I will mention but not detail out of respect for my friends and the friends of my friends is that I discovered who I believe to be the real Natalie pack and I have some mutual friends! Through poking through the who-is-who of it all, I can say with some devout certainty that this @NataliePack is NOT Natalie Pack. I think it’s an Indonesian fan that went into a tailspin. I tried to reach out. It would have been great to talk about all this because I believe people who pretend to be others online are doing so to fill some sort of void in themselves. I would have liked to help but the way this person is behaving:

How randy does it have to be? Jeez.

As an aside, let’s look at what others have to say:

I think this guy hit the nail on the head.

Now, I can’t speak to the validity of this post but — assuming it’s genuine — that is OCEANS apart from the salacious, mood-swinging rambles this hot mess has been Tweeting.

These images are screenshots of posts from RTVGames.com. Thanks to qwerty & fantaisie! Also, the vast majority of Natalie’s seemingly-personal pix can be found fluttering around in that forum’s thread and scattered about elsewhere. Once one sees enough, the photos one hasn’t found yet matter very little.

I think that’s QUITE enough! There’s more to all this skullduggery but if this doesn’t ring the bell for @NataliePack, I dunno what else could. If THAT is Natalie Pack, I’m Donald Duck.

In closing, I really hope this post was informative and enlightening.  All it takes is a bit of research and bravado to unearth the trickery that prevails online. I would encourage everyone to RT, re-post this write-up and unfollow/report @NataliePack because the real Natalie doesn’t deserve to be misrepresented that way. No one does.

To quote the late, great George Sanders as Addison DeWitt in All About Eve, “. . . I’m nobody’s fool. Least of all, yours.” Neither are you wonderful people who have been fooled by all this.

Thanks for reading! Spread the word!

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Dorothea Barth-Jörgensen by Hugh Lippe – The London Hang-Up – Exit Magazine

January 15, 2011

Sometimes I think things like this are done on purpose to shorten my life! It’s no secret that I adore Dorothea Barth-Jörgensen but the aura in this spread is like the split millisecond between a match being struck and it actually catching fire. I’m DYING for Doro here! ~I wonder what the character she plays is waiting for. . . or who? 😉

Photography by Hugh Lippe. Hair by Jeff Francis. Makeup by Kristin Gallegos.  Styling by Farah Pidgeon. Photos sourced from Fashion Gone Rogue.

Also, be sure to follow Doro’s blog, DISPLACED BONES, and follow her on Twitter here: http://www.twitter.com/DisplacedBones ~ NECESSARY!!!

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