Archive for May, 2012
Aston Martin one-77 is everything! I was totally impressed with the detail of the car and “Batman” instantly came to mind. This handcrafted aluminium body, V12, two-door coupe’ comes with a price tag of $1.8 Million which makes it #2 after the Bugatti for World’s Most Expensive Cars List. It’s just something about this car that is so sexy to me.
I would love to see if any of the “Luxury Car Bosses” will be rolling out this babe in Atlanta’s car show this year!
Images: autoblog.com; carissued.com; carsuk.net
ChristieOhh: What made you decide to do shoe accessories?
Inga: The idea for a shoe bow collection was born January 2nd, 2012, when I was shopping in my favorite boutique in Beverly Hills. I noticed two identical pairs of shoes in different colors, but only one of them came with a removable bow. I really liked the shoes that didn’t have the removable bow, but I bought it anyway. That same day I searched for similar bows online, but without results. That’s also how the idea was born – I figured, that I can make my own removable bow for my shoes! Since the market was quite sparse in terms of similar removable bows, then why not make a business out of it? And that’s how I, a lawyer by profession, was on my way to the fabric store to fulfill my creative urges.
ChristieOhh: Are there other designs to come other than bows?
Inga: As of today, no. I have plenty of design ideas for the future; however I want to focus on my debut collection for the time being.
ChristieOhh: Is there a particular fabric you love to work with?
Inga: I like working with several different materials. But most importantly, they have to be quality materials. Since my personal wardrobe is filled mostly with cotton and silk, the shoe bow collection is also mostly dominated by cotton and silk.
ChristieOhh: Where do you get your inspiration from for your designs?
Inga: I get inspirations from all over, magazines, photos, fashion shows, etc. I can see one small detail, perhaps even a comparatively unimportant detail, and I get inspiration. But the final idea comes when I see all of the colors and touch the fabric. I hold the ribbons in my hands, manipulate them, see how they work out, and what might be done with them. I love each bow because it is me: it’s my style, it’s how I am.
ChristieOhh: What designer(s) inspire you?
Inga: For many years now I’ve been inspired by Lanvin. I appreciate a closed mysteriousness in clothes. I was pleasantly surprised by Christian Dior’s Pre-Fall 2012 runway collection, I definitely see myself in this collection’s outfits.
ChristieOhh: Who would you dream of working with?
Inga: I’m quite the individualist. I could work with other people only if it was in the context of short term projects. But I would be thrilled to see how other women combine my created shoe bows with different designers’ elements, because the shoe bows are meant to be combined with any shoe, which allows a woman to create her own unique combinations.
ChristieOhh: What’s next for you?
Inga: I’ll continue to develop my product line. Make it more known, expand into local boutiques, add to the collection, etc.
ChristieOhh: How can we buy your shoe accessories?
Inga: Right now my shoe bow collection is available online at www.ingaliberte.com – Inga Liberte uses local Los Angeles manufacturing and delivery takes about a week.
ChristieOhh: Who is your favorite shoe designer?
Inga: For the past two years my favorite shoe brand is Bottega Veneta, but before that I worshipped Prada and Miu Miu.
ChristieOhh: You have a huge voter’s registration campaign going on! How important is it to vote this year?
Brian: It’s very important to vote. One of the most important things you need to do in your lifetime. “Swing The Vote!” is the name of my campaign. It’s very big for North Carolina to vote because we will have huge impact on the race this year. North Carolina is a swing state and people need to be encouraged to get out and vote; take advantage of their opportunity to vote. It does make a difference.
ChristieOhh: What are some of the biggest reasons you think people do not get out and vote?
Brian: I don’t think people understand how much their vote counts. I feel most people think that it doesn’t make a difference if their vote doesn’t go in because there are millions of voters. Not true…every vote whether Democratic or Republican matters and if you can vote you should vote.
ChristieOhh: What are you looking to contribute?
Brian: I’m just looking to get people excited about voting! The urban community love to do things big. So I’m looking to put on a big fashionable, classy and fun event. We will have a great time and make people stand up and vote. We will have information on where you can vote, how you can check to see if you are eligible to vote and if not how you can become eligible, we don’t want anyone to be left out if they can vote. Remember how 4 years ago P. Diddy had the huge voter’s campaign; that’s what we are going for with “Swing The Vote.”
ChristieOhh: Do you feel like progress is being made in our communities?
Brian: Of course, I believe we are more aware of what’s going on in politics but to think that Mitt Romney could take the vote in my state in scary. And we need to support the parties that support us the most.
ChristieOhh: How can we support?
Brian: Sending people online to http://www.briandawsonpresents.com to download voter’s registration forms and information is the best way to support. You must be registered 24 days before voting. We will have available a Q&A sections on the site because people may not know where they can vote, they may need information if they have felonies, and even to find out if their voting cards are valid. We want people to be able to obtain the information they need to vote. I’m trying to use my pedestal for serious causes and other things outside of promoting parties and events.
ChristieOhh: Outside of this much need event and your radio show; what else would you like to do?
Brian: I think I really want to get more into the concert and touring side of the business. I would like to get involved with the personality side and DJing side outside of North Carolina. I definitely would like to do events oversees soon.
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ChristieOhh: How did you come up with your name DJ Cookz?
DJ Cookz: The name came from my rap name when I was really young. Didn’t work out as you see and I fell in love with the whole DJ thing. I didn’t have a name prepared; so I ran with that. The second part of my name is “Show Stopper.” At one of my first DJing jobs the speakers blew out in the party and I had to leave everybody in the party standing with no music. When I went to school that week all my friends called me “Showstoppa.”
ChristieOhh: Where did the “love” start?
DJ Cookz: It never happened from another DJ. My grandma had turn tables in the basement from my uncle that passed. So, I started playing with them and buying my own records and learning more and more. Then I did my first house party and was in love from there. I continued to buy more records and improve my craft.
ChristieOhh: How do you get the crowd going and keep them going?
DJ Cookz: I play records that I know my crowd will like. I scan the crowd…to look at ages, where is the crowd from and so on. Playing records that flow to keep crowd moving seems the best. Playing records that are fast then switching to something slow can throw your crowd off. They will look at you like you are crazy. I analyze my crowd and party!
ChristieOhh: Have you ever experienced a time when your crowd wasn’t moving?
DJ Cookz: Of course, everybody has gone through that before. I had an experience around the time I started out in the club just playing records I thought was hot. lol I learned it’s not what you play but how you play it. The crowd wants a DJ to put on a show put…put on a performance.
ChristieOhh: Tell me about your connection with Clique Vodka.
DJ Cookz: Clique Vodka has been out since 2007! They have Vodka available in PA, Tennessee& West Virginia. Clique Vodka will be available nationwide this year…NY it’s coming! My publicist reached out and the rest came through. They added me to their “True Artist” list and became my sponsor and endorsed me. They liked what I had going on and I think they have an awesome product so we all felt like it was a great thing to do. I’m very excited about Clique Vodka!
ChristieOhh: What are your plans for Cancun Memorial Day 2012?
DJ Cookz: Cancun is definitely fun. I don’t mix business with pleasure; it’s time for pleasure when I’m actually not working. But the cool thing is that I will be DJing some parties and other DJs will be doing some parties. It’s a lot of different states and people out there. You have to be really prepared with the music you are playing. Cancun is full of parties and everyone should experience it once.
ChristieOhh: How can we stay connected with you?
ChristieOhh: Before I let you go I always like to know these?
DJ Cookz Zodiac Sign:Aries
DJ Cookz Pet Peeves: I can’t stand working in a messy environment. When I’m working I don’t like to see wires, empty cups and mess everywhere.
Another pet peeve for me would be when people don’t have common sense or don’t think before they speak. Ex. If I’m sitting on my computer doing work and someone comes up to me and says, “Are you on your computer?”
ChristieOhh: How was Reality TV life for you?
Kip: At the time I was doing Reality TV, I was very green and just graduating from college going into law school. A friend of mine told me about the casting for “Real Chance of Love Season 2” so I went and got the spot. It was great at that point of time. People caring for you; it seemed wonderful. You’re only young once so I am glad I had the opportunity. However, the mental torture was not good at all. What people don’t realize about these shows, are you are like a mouse in a maze. They bring you blind folded into a room; you don’t know anyone and you get an allowance of $40 a day. They don’t tell you anything just be ready until someone tells you to move. You don’t have any electronics, cell phones, laptops, watch…nothing.
People wonder, “Why are these girls so crazy” but we have been put together for 7 days with nothing. You have no social media, just girls and free alcohol all day.
ChristieOhh: Did you ever go back to law school?
Kip: I did a year of law school when “Real Chance of Money” came out. My heart wasn’t into law anymore. I enjoy entertainment and entertaining people. Learning the industry gave me the opportunity to know things that people don’t tell you. Once on these shows you basically have 6 months to brand yourself.
ChristieOhh: Let’s talk about your new book “Behind Reality TV and Industry 101”?
Kip: Basically, I take you from the start of the show to the end. From casting, mental evaluation, STD checks, entering the house to producers tricks…the whole process. I discuss the things you don’t see the producers doing to make a cast member lose at a competition, scripts after bookings, how to model without BS booking and even dating in the industry. I learned a lot! I went in the business very green so I would like to share all that’s behind what you see. I also talk about life now!
ChristieOhh: Where do you see yourself in the future?
Kip: I see myself as a bestselling author. I have a relationship book in mind geared towards men and dating. Taking over Chelsea Lately, I love to talk about people all day. lol A lot more mags and own a clothing line.
“FOE! Family Over Everything…I love my mother, sisters and nephews. Its about your family…cherish them and putting God first” -Kip