Student to Editorial Associate

Who is Audrey LaForest?

Audrey LaForest

Audrey LaForest

Ambassador Magazine Editorial Associate, Audrey LaForest, is from the greater Detroit area with a passion for writing, editing and fashion. With a full tuition scholarship to Wayne State, she graduated on the Deans list with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Apparel Design. While obtaining a degree from Wayne State University she was a contributor to the student body. LaForest wrote a variety of articles for Wayne State University’s student newspaper including features, Q&A articles, book reviews, lectures and other newsworthy events happening within Detroit.

Audrey LaForest

Audrey LaForest

Alongside her studies, LaForest was active in working in the industry every opportunity she could in order to gain experience and learn hands-on directly. She was an editorial intern at GrossePointeNews.com, editorial intern at Hour Media, retail sales intern at Nordstrom and editorial intern at Ambassador Magazine. LaForest expressed the importance of seeking every opportunity to get experience through volunteering and internships in the field of study that one pursues. These opportunities lead to connections made within the industry and networking which ultimately is the greatest way to get your dream job.

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2013 BBMA

2013 Billboard Music Awards

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards took place Sunday May 19th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez stepped out onto the blue “red” carpet in a summer-ready Atelier Versace dress. Gomez had a ’90s raver chic look in a white column dress that was accented by bright neon (pink, lime green and yellow) contrast piping, silver zipper detailing and clear plastic paneling over a jigsaw, cross-body cut-out. She wore a light pink lip gloss and a ponytail that looked fancy yet efforless. The 20 year old singer/actress preformed her new hit single, “Come & Get It” at the show.

Taylor Swift and her 3.7 million-selling song, “Red,” dominated the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, taking home eight trophies. Swift was honored as Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 artist. Swift received the night’s top honor, Artist of the Year, as well as Top Billboard 20 Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Country Artist and Top Digital Songs Artist. “Red” was Tops in the Billboard 200 and country albums categories; her “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was named Top Country Song. Cheers to Swift and her accomplishments in the industry thus far.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

So many designers were seen on the blue carpet. Miley Cyrus presented an award at the show wearing a black and white Balmain jumpsuit with Givenchy heels.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

The 2013 Billboard Music Awards celebtrates the ingenuity of this year’s hitmakers with the new Milestone Awards. The three finalists chosen for this award were Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars. All which have had amazing achievements on the Billboard charts in the past year. The Milestone Award, voted on by fans and sponsored by Chevrolet, went to Justin Bieber.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Too see all the awards presented and winners check out Billboard.com

Christian Dior “Secret Garden 2 – Versailles”

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Christian Dior “Secret Garden 2 – Versailles”

On May 3, 2012 Dior released a video entitled “The Secret Garden” on YouTube which went viral. The advertisement for the fall 2012 collection had over 17 million views at launch and the extended version that was released two days later had over five million views.

The accompanying print campaign is supposed to debut in Vogue China this weekend. The advertisements will be in Italian Elle, as well as Korean and French Vogue later this month. The “Secret Garden 2” project was encouraged by the overwhelming response to the mini film and campaign that launched a year ago.

These ads are a sneak peak of what we will be seeing in the 2013 campaign. Dior is unleashing a second installment depicting another dreamy escapade filmed at Versailles, this time in a foggy forest not far from the Petit Trianon. Dior addicts are anxious to see the new campaign and undoubtedly know that the Secret Garden fairytale will be spectacular. The one-minute film is expected to be released in June on the DiorMag and dior.com.

Inez Van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin and Daria Strokous reunite for “Secret Garden 2 — Versailles”

Inez Van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin and Daria Strokous reunite for “Secret Garden 2 — Versailles”

The image above takes inspiration from Édouard Manet’s famous painting “The Luncheon on the Grass.” The three protagonists are dressed in the fall Dior collection by Raf Simons, creating a surreal, fairy-tale atmosphere as women gather near barren trees, some covered in ivy. Their picnic blanket is strewn with Diorissimo handbags, in addition to a basket of fruit.

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“How To” Bleach Tie-Dye

Bleach Tie-Dying

One of the newest trends hitting shelves this season is tie-dye of any sort.

“Tie-Dye Makes A Fashionable Return To The Spotlight”

and is suddenly looking much more fashionable,

thanks to notable spring collections from Band of Outsiders, House of Holland, Tory Burch and more.

 

Bleach Tie-Die Inspiration

Bleach Tie-Dye Inspiration

Bleach Tie-Dye Demo

Bleached Denim

Bleached Denim

Check out this DIY Tie Dye Jeans blog that gives inspiration for this hot trending style.

Bleach Tie-Dye Scarf

Bleach Tie-Dye Scarf

Today many love to “DIY” and try new projects. Here are steps that you can do to create a bleach-dyed top.

You will need bleach, a spray bottle, a dark colored shirt (preferably made of cotton), rubber bands and two wooden boards or hard objects.

Begin by laying out the shirt and folding it accordion style.

Next place the shirt on one of the boards with the other board on the top of the shirt so it looks like a sandwhich.

Now add a few rubber bands around your ‘sandwich’ to hold it together.

Make sure that you do your work over a plastic bag so the bleach doesn’t screw up the surface you are working on and wear rubber clothes to protect your hands.

Fill a spray bottle with bleach so that you can spray the edges of the shirt folded between the pieces of wood.

When finished spraying the shirt, take it out and let is completely dry before machine washing it. If the color is brown or red-ish, it will most likely lighten up.

Bleach Tie-Dye Top

Bleach Tie-Dye Top

Leave a comment if you have tried bleach tie-dying. I am curious to know how your garment turned out!

Dior Diva

DIOR Workshop Exceeds Expectations

Dior is so much more than clothes on a runway. There is also a makeup and beauty line that is very highly admired by the elite. I was introduced to the skincare line a few months back and fell in love with the cleansers as well as the One Essential and Hydra Life collections.

After shopping the Dior product one day I was invited to an upcoming workshop. I was thrilled to be asked and was immediately put on the books. After a few weeks I realized I was unable to attend the workshop, so I called to cancel. The representative immediatley recommended another time slot that was available during my open availability.

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I attended the workshop and was very impressed with the overall atmosphere and service that was provided. Suhad, a Dior Beauty Advisor and Makeup Artist from the Macy’s Dior in Troy, MI was my personal consultant and Jonathan from corporate Dior was there to assist with a personal make-up tutorial.

Following the workshop and shopping the collection I received a make-up bag as a gift with purchase.

Dior Make-up Bag

I was invited to become a DIOR DIVA. To be the first to hear the latest news from Dior and gain access to exclusive shopping rewards, special offers, insider tips, and more! The personal attention that I received as a customer was beyond my expectations and I know that I will continue to shop Dior product because of their excellent customer service.

*I was not compensated to write a review for Dior.

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Trend Watch

Artisan Repair is the newest trend alert for the upcoming season. Many designers are using new patches and repair work on their denim collections. This leads to hand-spun attitudes and age-old mending techniques to create artisan surfaces. Denim producers are using darning techniques, haphazard stitch colors and fabric remnant patchworks to create distinct finishes on denim garments.

The distressed look of busted knees, worn-out seams and frayed edges are all reinforced with naïve decorative stitch work to give denim its own beautiful aesthetic. This trend reminds me of the “DIY” projects, where you can take anything old and remake it into your own unique piece that fits your personal style. Maybe an old pair of jeans can be studded out, abrasions added and frayed to create a new look. Fashion is always changing, evolving and in constant repetition so to reuse old materials is just a simple way to recycle used garments and inspire new fashion creations.

Kapital

Kapital

The photograph below was taken at the WALK7 Lansing runway show that was held on April 6th, 2013. The Show was fantastic showcasing designers from the Midwest region.

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WALK7 Lansing Runway Show
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WALK Fashion Show is on their 7th runway show with the next event being held on

June 8th, 2013 in Detroit, MI.

Visit Walk Fashion Show on Facebook

to view more pictures of the largest fashion show in the Midwest.

FM332 My Style

When looking through pictures of myself growing up, I stumbled upon a huge fashion regret. Below I am pictured with a group of friends from summer camp during elementary school. I am wearing a purple button down tank that ties in the front with Adidas sweat pants. It only makes me wonder what shoes I was wearing in this capture of “What Not To Wear”.

I am the blonde in the middle wearing a purple button down tank and Adidas sweatpants.

I am the blonde in the middle wearing a purple button down tank and Adidas sweatpants.

Growing up I wasn’t necessarily the most put together fashionable kid, but I knew what good quality in clothing was at a young age. I was careless like many kids are today. Putting anything that I thought looked good together if the colors matched.

Basketball photo taken wearing tie-dye shirt blue jersey and green soccer shorts.

Basketball photo taken wearing tie-dye shirt blue jersey and green soccer shorts.

It comes naturally now when styling. I am a shopaholic, but can easily go into the mall for one thing or walk out with absolutely nothing, I know, sounds crazy. I will say though, I am a sucker for shoes. I love the old saying “if the shoe fits, buy it in every color”. I can rock any outfit; it’s all about the confidence you hold when you walk. I look at quality in fashions before I buy. I think it’s best to invest in a better quality pair of jeans that will last longer then pick up a cheap pair that is obviously lacking the same craftsmanship put into producing the denim.

My style has changed completely over the years. I have learned how to dress more appropriate for the occasion. In the photo below I am photographed with (Micah Jackson – Model) wearing “the Macaroni dress” 2012 designed by myself for the Art Institute of Michigan Fire and Ice event held in August 2012.Image

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XOXO