“Livin’ La Vida” – William Callan, One Photo At A Time

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What is it about photography that captures everyone’s attention? With a snap of a camera we hold on to a moment of life that meant something to us. So what does it mean to be a photographer? To be someone that just doesn’t want to point and shoot and take pictures of their food to put on Instagram?

In my new features of the year, “Livin’ La Vida“, I dissect and get to know talented people and their skills to showcase what they love, create and aspire to do.

William Callan, born and raised in a small town outside of San Diego, this SoCal native is headed for a bright future. With nothing but a camera and his imagination, this fashion photographer is taking pics and making a name for himself. So let’s find out more about him.

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Tell me a little bit about your upbringing, background?

“I was born and raised in a smallish town outside of San Diego. It really kept me down to earth and taught me about nature and open spaces. I learned a lot about myself since I was able to grow up in a rural setting.”

So what made you take up photography?

“I never really knew my grandfather because he suffered from some form of memory loss, so when I was a kid I just assumed that it was normal and that one day I would forget my memories as well. I saw photography as a way to preserve my memories so when I forgot them I could go back and look at the photos. I grabbed a camera in hope that I could find myself later in my old age.”

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How inspiring! So what type of photographer do you call yourself?

“I consider myself a people photographer. I don’t like to get more specific than that because I’m always open to new experiences with my work.”

Since you’ve been into photography for a while now, which photographers do you look up to?

“I look up to any photographer that can make their subjects feel like life long friends even though they’ve just met.”

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What inspires you?

  • Sunlight
  • Beers in the afternoon
  • Skinny Dipping
  • Trampolines
  • Authentic smiles
  • Sleeping under the stars

What are your favorite things to shoot?

“I love shooting real people. I want to shoot people that are comfortable in their own environment and know how to let loose and have fun. ”

Come back next week for Part II of “Livin’ La Vida: William Callan” to find out his dream job, how he handles negative criticism and his favorite quote. Make sure to check out his website WilliamCallan.com for more great shots.

All photographs by William Callan.

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Fashion Friday: Happy New Year 2014

Fashion Friday: Happy New Year 2014

Hoping your New Years was as fabulous as mine!

Trendsetting Tuesday: Fever Dream

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November 2013

Things are starting to warm up and it’s not just the sunny weather we’ve been having mid December in Southern California, you might even say I have a fever…Fever Dream to be exact!

This SPECIAL EDITION: TRENDSETTING TUESDAY is all about my recent interview with Lauren Fortner, creator of the rockin’ badass line Fever Dream.

So what exactly is Fever Dream?

“Fever Dream is a fun, edgy line created for those who want to stand out from the crowd as a badass without breaking the bank.” – L

Sound great to us! This punk rock look is edgy and dark and a little provocative. Do you have to be punk to wear this collection?

“Not at all! There are plenty of options on the site that are more “girly” plus, skulls and spikes are super trendy right now for everyone. I have rock n roll roots, so that’s the stuff I’m most passionate about on the site, but there is something for everyone on there. -L”

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Trending: Breathtaking Beckhams on Cover of Paris Vogue

Beckhams are looking so good on the cover of Paris Vogue and it’s making me oh so jealous!

Victoria Beckham is December/January’s guest editor for the 2014 Paris Vogue and who else to be on the cover than the her and her heartthrob husband David Beckham. Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin the gorgeous couple look so much in love and like true royalty. Victoria had her fair share of guest editing when she took a shot at the 2012 September issue of Glamour. Now taking over the fashion bible, we get a lot more Beckham and we sure love that!

Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief of French Vogue stated, “We handed over the running of this issue to a woman who, throughout our working together, has proved to be the exact opposite of her public image. She is spontaneous with a great sense of humour, humble yet at the same time driven by a healthy ambition. She is a perfectionist, like everyone who is passionate about their work.”

The Christmas issue gives us plenty of Victoria, from her fashion loves, early Spice Girl days and her family and home life. The beautiful collection of old photographs and a spread that will have you dying of envy, V.B. is a force to be reckoned with.

“Being asked to be the guest editor of the Christmas issue of Vogue Paris this year was an incredible honour. Working with Emmanuelle Alt and her team was both exciting and inspiring and I am so proud of what we have created.” And so am I!

The December/January issue of Paris Vogue is out now! In the meantime be mesmerized by the beauty in the photographs below.

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Trendsetting Tuesday: Wide Brim Hat

20131203-110426.jpgBest way to cover up a messy mane, add some flare to your wardrobe or just stand out- wide brim hats!

Trending all over the fashion nation, hats have never been more in style. Back in the 70’s wide-brimmed hats were all the rage, now decades later they’ve emerged to perfect any outfit. The great thing about these hats is the way they instantly pump up any outfit from day to night.

There are so many ways to pair a wide-brimmed hat, just admire the images below.  Pair it with black trousers, a chiffon button-up blouse, outlandish statement jacket for a high fashion look. Tone it down with skinny jeans, a clean and crisp white shirt, you can add some edge with a mini skirt and leather jacket, or be date ready with a LBD and heels. 20131203-110435.jpg

They come in many colors and sizes, you can be as subtle as you want or as dramatic. Let the world know you’re ready to make a statement or just hide a bad hair day. You can snatch one for as little as $16 from Forever21 to as high as $400 from Bloomingdales. Find your right color and size and say hello to all your new admirers.

Don’t be shy, go wide or go home!

Make sure to view past Trendsetting Tuesday posts for more fashion inspiration.

Queen Mary’s CHILL: Ice Kingdom Adventure!

What a better way to start the holidays than enjoying a winter wonderland in Long Beach at the Queen Mary’s Chill festivity!

Last night I had the chance to get a sneak preview of the Ice Kingdom before the public and let me tell you, I was in heaven! Walking through the North Pole, seeing candy canes and lollipops sprouting from the ground, gingerbread houses and snow all over the place made me feel like a kid again. photo 2

First thing I was was the huge snowman bounce house, a rockin’ reindeer that I wanted to get on, the largest rocking horse I’ve ever seen, and an ice skating rink with a view to die for. These were just a few of the great activities that the Queen Mary’s CHILL frozen holiday adventure had to offer.

That’s not even the best part of it! Their exclusive Ice Kingdom featuring The Nutcracker Story made from more than 2 million pounds of sparkling ice was magnificent. But first, before I made my way to the freezing fortress I grabbed an inner tube and made my way down the 6 lane tubing run!Then I prepped myself for the almost 4 degree CHILL that I was going to enter. Boy was it cold inside the Ice Kingdom, but the sculptures were amazing! Such skill and hard work, displayed all over the place, then the best part, the deck of the Queen Mary with 3 lane slides. I of course had to try it and went down every single lane, I then had to leave because my fingers were getting far too cold for me. Catch of glimpse of me sliding down HERE! (excuse the poor quality)

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I then took to the ice skating rink and jammed out to some tunes under the stars. When I got hungry I went over and grabbed some snacks. Offering delicious fair inspired food such as, bacon wrapped foot long hotdogs, turkey legs, pizza, funnel cakes and deep-fried oreos, I didn’t know what to choose from!

The Queen Mary’s CHILL events kicks off today, Friday, November 22 and goes all through January 5th! Tickets can be purchased on the site at QueenMary.com/Chill. A great place to celebrate with friends and family, this was something I will never forget!

Queen Mary’s CHILL: Ice Kingdom Adventure!

What a better way to start the holidays than enjoying a winter wonderland in Long Beach at the Queen Mary’s Chill festivity!

Last night I had the chance to get a sneak preview of the Ice Kingdom before the public and let me tell you, I was in heaven! Walking through the North Pole, seeing candy canes and lollipops sprouting from the ground, gingerbread houses and snow all over the place made me feel like a kid again. photo 2

First thing I was was the huge snowman bounce house, a rockin’ reindeer that I wanted to get on, the largest rocking horse I’ve ever seen, and an ice skating rink with a view to die for. These were just a few of the great activities that the Queen Mary’s CHILL frozen holiday adventure had to offer.

That’s not even the best part of it! Their exclusive Ice Kingdom featuring The Nutcracker Story made from more than 2 million pounds of sparkling ice was magnificent. But first, before I made my way to the freezing fortress I grabbed an inner tube and made my way down the 6 lane tubing run!Then I prepped myself for the almost 4 degree CHILL that I was going to enter. Boy was it cold inside the Ice Kingdom, but the sculptures were amazing! Such skill and hard work, displayed all over the place, then the best part, the deck of the Queen Mary with 3 lane slides. I of course had to try it and went down every single lane, I then had to leave because my fingers were getting far too cold for me. Catch of glimpse of me sliding down HERE! (excuse the poor quality)

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I then took to the ice skating rink and jammed out to some tunes under the stars. When I got hungry I went over and grabbed some snacks. Offering delicious fair inspired food such as, bacon wrapped foot long hotdogs, turkey legs, pizza, funnel cakes and deep-fried oreos, I didn’t know what to choose from!

The Queen Mary’s CHILL events kicks off today, Friday, November 22 and goes all through January 5th! Tickets can be purchased on the site at QueenMary.com/Chill. A great place to celebrate with friends and family, this was something I will never forget!

Throwing It Back: Rob Kardashian, Brenda Song & Aly Michalka Party at OP Winter Wonderland!

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Two years ago at my time at Celebuzz I attended the OP Winter Wonderland party showcasing and celebrating the holidays and their new clothing line. The result of my attendance to this soiree is below and you can view it the site HERE!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Hollywood as OP celebrated “Winter Wonderland” with its 2011 celebrity cast, including Rob Kardashian, Aly Michalka and Brenda Song!

Celebuzz was in attendance and took in the holiday festivities — chatting with celebs and enjoying the fake snow (we don’t get that here in LA!) The event was filled with yummy holiday snacks, sleds and a snuggle shack where the stars gathered together to celebrate the Fall/Winter 2011 campaign.

When we got a chance to talk with Aly about the brand and what’s next for her, the lovely Hellcats star said:

“I’ve gotten to represent the brand for the past year and I think it’s a huge honor. The brand is really cool and really fresh. This is a perfect event! I wish it would snow in LA! This is awesome.

As for her career, she told us:

“Basically, I’ve been working on music right now. In March we’re going to be doing the album and recording that in New York, so I’m going to be kind of busy for a couple months just doing music. Right now, I’m just in LA finishing up the writing, anything that’s just loose ends on the album. And next year I’m going to be in a movie that’s coming out called The Light of Mine.”

When we asked newly engaged Brenda Song about her favorite part of the holidays she told us:

“Spending time with my family, it’s the one time that everyone goes home and we make the effort and I just think the holidays should be all the time, because they are the best!”

The festive party continued with appearances by actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell, former OP cast member Trevor Donovan, and Stephanie Pratt among others.

Trendsetting Tuesday: The Zoe Report

What’s trending at the moment in La Casa of Liz’ mind you ask? None other than the newly revamped The Zoe Report site by maj, fashion icon Rachel Zoe.

The site is classically delicious, outstanding and a piece of work! Easily to scroll and search and looks unbelievably chic on your mobile device this might just be my new go to! Bringing you even more glamorous stories, fashion picks and interviews The Zoe Report even offers shopping experiences like no other and the satisfaction of knowing that it is all Zoe approved!

Check out the newly revamp site at TheZoeReport.com and watch the video above to see more!