elizabeth taylor

Happy New Year! by Kamie Kahlo

A traditional Champagne cocktail consists of champagne poured over a sugar cube soaked in bitters
and garnished with a twisted orange rind. You can try it with sparkling water too!

Last night D and I rung in the New Year with laughter, while Lil Star wrapped her ears in a Skull Candy cave listening to “Bones” on her iPad and texting friends. We perched ourselves near a roaring fire as comedian after comedian “belted” out a secession of rapid-fire jokes from my Pandora station on my iPhone. I guess you could say we brought 2012 into our hearts the techno-way.

I made all of us Champagne cocktails and we toasted the New Year as the fireworks barely glowed over the rooftops on Queen Anne. It was, a very good year for me as a stylist. Just like those rapid-fire jokes, my 2011 was all about booking after booking. Finally, after too many years to tell, I worked steadily as a photo stylist and finished with the most successful year of my career! How did I do it? In the tough years preceding I just kept working. If I didn’t have a shoot, I made one. If it was below my pay-rate, I took it. If it was portfolio material, I was on it! I arrived with a smile on my face and I never, ever complained.
I also built a culture around me with Adelita Style and I made no compromises with my writing or “photojournalism”. And you all watched, read, followed, tweeted, and facebooked as I found my way through the years. You stayed post after post. I wrote fictional fashion stories; remember the one about the talking shoes? All of the triumphs and tragedies of the world didn’t go unnoticed, like Japan's 8.9 earthquake and Elizabeth Taylor’s passing. And mostly I wrote about style; Beauty Andrej Pejic’s rise to fame in a gender-bending fashion world, a Fashionista’s App for shoe-lovers , Vigoss jeans, Jeffery Campbell shoes, Missoni for Target and fashion advice.

It’s no surprise to me, that the first thing I did this morning, January 1st, 2012, is write a letter to you all. And I promise to do MORE. Because as much of a great year I had, I suffered tremendous losses the years preceding and often times my only nourishment was my family, friends and writing to you about my eternal love of fashion and style. Keep watching, reading, listening and commenting!

I wish you all the sparkliest, funniest, happiest, healthiest 2012!

Elizabeth Taylor's "Giant" Life Comes to an End by Kamie Kahlo

 Elizabeth Taylor Feb 1932 - Mar 2011
Very few actors have had the kind of career that Elizabeth Taylor had. A career that made movie history time and again. Ms. Taylor's work beginning as the dreamy, wide-eyed child Velvet Brown in "National Velvet," transitioned to the artistic Amy March in "Little Women," leaped into the sultry role of Angela Vickers in "A Place in the Sun," developed into the sexually frustrated Maggie from "Cat a Hot Tin Roof," and finally transformed to the bitter, angry Martha in "Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf." Elizabeth Taylor brought home the academy award for her portrayal of Martha as well as one for her role as Gloria Wandrous in "BUtterfield 8."

But her film career was only rivaled by her private life. The violet-eyed English-born, American actress was married 8 times, she was awarded the Jean Herscholt Humanitarian Academy Award in 1992 for her work fighting AIDS and battled with her health continually until yesterday. Ms. Taylor died in Los Angeles from congestive heart failure surrounded by her 4 children.

 Although we will miss her personally, we have the privalege of watching her forever on celluloid. Take another peak at your NetFlix this weekend and drink in those velvet eyes.