Livin’ La Vida Liz: In London

So I headed to London on April 3-4, 2014, the first stop on my 10 day European grand tour.

Our time was short there but it was amazing. We (Brittney and I) landed in Manchester and took the train over to London where we met up with my friend Hilary and our exploration began.

We saw the London Tower castle and saw the ruins of a London that once was. We walked around a bit more and as the night was getting darker we saw the bridge light up. This was my time to head over to the Backstreet Boys concert at the O2 Arena. Yes, it’s true I saw them there all by myself and it was AMAZING.

Riding the metro alone was invigorating, I was a bit scared but the feeling of being free and independent in a foreign city was thrilling; plus the metro connected right to the arena and everyone rode it after the show so I wasn’t alone.

Of course I had to take the phone booth pic, it’s a classic. The next day we had a mid-day plane ride to Dublin so we went sightseeing in the morning and saw Big (#Booty) Ben and Buckingham Palace. Helloooo Prince Harry 😉

That was about it, as we had to catch a train to the airport and depart to our next destination.

What a grand day!

Recap: “Livin La Vida Liz: In Paris”

La Vida Liz: “3 Things That I Love”

Hey guys,

Whether it matters or not, I love so many things!

This week I start a new segment called “3 Things That I Love!”

Every week I’ll upload, or try to, choose 3 things that I loved that week.

This week Arctic Monkey, Emma Stone and Coldplay topped the list. Music, fashion and more music…obvi!

Tune in to see what made me happy and of course I’d LOVE suggestions on things that YOU <3.

Happy Friday!

Livin’ La Vida Liz: In Paris

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Now my time in Paris was short and sweet.

It was the final destination in my “Europe Trip 2014” and it was a mere 2 days that I spent in the City of Love.

To say I got to enjoy the city is an understatement. Believe me, the city is beautiful but our time was short and I wish we could have experienced Paris a bit more.

The first day we spent most of our day at the Eiffel Tower. It was GORGEOUS! At night we watched it light up and dazzle. It was quite a sight.

The second day, due to unforseen circumstances, our time was cut short so we did the only thing that could show us the city in the quickest way possible, Hop on, Hop off bus.

We saw the Notre Dame, the Arc, The Love Bridge, The Louvre and many beautiful city buildings.

I ate baguettes like no other and sipped lattes and a glass of champagne with delight. Thankfully the weather was spectacular and I even got to bust out my shorts. Win!

Trendsetting Tuesday: Alexander Wang and H&M Collaboration

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Get ready to shop til you drop and fight for your life because the honorable Alexander Wang and mega-store H&M have teamed up to bring you designer clothes at an afforable price.

Leading the pack this time around with collaborations is A. Wang who is now added to the list of designers that have worked with the top brand which include Versace and Isabel Marant. Wang is the first American designer to partner with H&M and let me tell you how excited I am about this!

November 6 can’t come soon enough. The collaboration is set to bring us apparel and accesories for both women and men. In a statement expressing his excitement the successful designer said,

“I am honored to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

The countdown is on people!

New Venture & New Opportunities! #VarietyLatino

Now I know I’ve been here and there with La Vida Liz, some posts here, some posts there and then it’s like where is she?

I’d like to take the time to officially announce that I am a part of a new start up website called Variety Latino. It is a fusion of Univision and Variety blended together to form a great entertainment news site sans crazy gossip in Spanish! It’s an amazing site that mimicswhat one would find on the prestigious Variety.com but for Spanish speaking entertainment enthusiasts.

The fun part,  aside from being able to be a writer/reporter for Variety Latino, is that it’s a great way for Spanish speakers to get all their Hollywood, TV, Film, Music  info regardless if there is a Latino/Latina in it. We care and write about everyone! From Sofia Vergara to George Clooney to Kevin Hart and Diego Luna.

So this top-notch website launches this week, and we’ve been working hard for the past couple of months to fill it with the best news possible. Thus this explains my lack of writing and updating my much-loved blog. It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me and I am still trying to get adjusted to my new schedule and routine. But I promise that I won’t stray from my first love.

I’ll update as much as possible, just know that I am officially “Livin’ La Vida Liz” how I (almost) imagined 🙂

Great things are in store for Variety Latino and I promise for La Vida Liz.

Buenas noches!

Hump Day: Coffee Needed To Survive

Hump Day: Coffee Needed To Survive

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Echo leather glove
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Black Orchid accent table
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Authentic Models steam table
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Bodum kitchen dining
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Throwing It Back: Fashion Week Edition #LAFW

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Hello La Vida-ers! Welcome to the first Thursday of February so in celebration of New York Fashion Week I’ll take you back to when I covered a smaller Los Angeles Fashion Weekend back in 2012.

Read the published article below or on Celebuzz HERE!

This past Friday LA Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios kicked off in Hollywood, where Celebuzz got an exclusive seat to all of the weekend’s designers as they showed off their hottest new collections. Opening night brought us LA-based designer Anthony Franco’s SS12 presentation where he told us about his past trip to Mexico that inspired his line,

“As soon as we landed there was a sunset and we saw the orange and pink sky meet up with the beautiful blue ocean and at that point I knew my collection was going to have those color pallets. I sort of fused the two between the men’s collection and the women’s.”

The weekend’s lineup continued with shows from the ever creative and fierce Betsey Johnson, Karen Capili, Kelly Nishimoto, Dina Bar-El and Beach Rays. Some of the top buys, industry elite and stylist were among the invitees as well as some of today’s most recognized celebs.

Jack Black was one of the first stars to come out on opening night, along with True Blood star, Tara Buck, Glee’s favorite teacher Matthew Morrison who came out to support his model girlfriend, who walked in the shows all weekend, Angela Simmons sat front row for the Betsey Johnson show, as well Grey’s Anatomy  star Sarah Ramirez,  among others.

The three day celebration consisted of five shows mixed with astonishing formal gowns for all types of celebrations, flowy light-toned beachy wear, cut out party dresses, black, grey and white patterned dresses, body hugging evening wear, fun and flirty sleepwear and of course the fierce girly looks from Betsey Johnson.

“Livin’ La Vida” – William Callan (Part II)

Welcome back to Part II of “Livin’ La Vida William Callan“. Get all your inside scoop on this up and coming photographer who will leave his mark in fashion photography. In case you missed it last week we caught up with William Callan, small town photographer with big dreams and aspirations. Refresh your memory with Part I, HERE!

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It’s a big world out there and with many people wanting to pursue a career in photography there must be some negativity when it comes to pursuing your dreams. Even family can sometimes throw around comments that bring you down. William knows all about this,

“It definitely happens. Most of my family on the east coast urged me to get a “normal” job because they were worried about the money side of it. I just ignored them and kept on doing me. I think that it’s really important to have a firm grasp on who you are and what you want. Regardless of what someone says I’ll still want to take photos. It’s the only way I know how to function and be myself.”

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Let’s turn that positivity now into Williams next step! What does he want to take pictures of next?

“Celebrities. I’ve been working with the modeling agencies out here in LA for quite a while and would like to transition into shooting more celebrities.”

But of course everyone has to have a dream job, what would William’s be? None other than shooting for the “Art of Fashion” for Niemen Marcus. Now that sounds like a dream well on it’s way to becoming true! One way that William has gathered his inspiration is by traveling and getting to know the world. After traveling in Paris and other parts of Europe he would love to do some more soul searching.

“Paris and Europe were great and taught me a lot, but I would love to travel more around America. I’ve always wanted to do a cross-country road trip and experience the diversity the US has to offer.”

All that traveling could lead to a new location to shoot at. But don’t worry he already has his dream place in mind. The Gesner House in Malibu. He says he would be honored to just be able to visit!

Now every artist has a quote or a line that he or she lives by and gets strength to keep doing what they do. For William it’s a quote by Mara Wilson.

“If I were really, really ridiculously wealthy, I wouldn’t buy a mansion, just tiny apartments in every city I love.”

Sounds like the perfect life, a little bit of you in every city that you adore and be able to visit when ever you need a getaway. As for Will he just celebrated his birthday a couple weeks ago and is already pursuing new ventures and photo shoots. He’s keeping his schedule busy and won’t stop until he reaches his goals. One more thing William himself wanted us to leave off with was a little reminder…

“Have fun and keep smiling.”

Make sure to visit WilliamCallan.com for more great shots and come back next week for another “Livin’ La Vida” feature.

All photographs by William Callan.