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Jul 3, 2015

Make A Statement With Blossoms Flower Earrings


I was so excited when my pair of Blossoms Flower Earrings arrived in the mail. Created by kaRIN for her Saints and Sinners/Alter collection, these unique statement pieces will undoubtedly get tons of attention and are great conversation starters. 

Jun 24, 2015

Blossoms: Incredibly Fun Earrings





kaRIN, designer for KBD Studio/Alter and vocalist for Collide, has unveiled her latest creation – Blossoms Flower Earrings. These adorable earrings are light, easy to wear, and will get tons of attention!


Each set ships in a special gift box, with the words "Imagination/Inspiration" on a small piece of paper inside each earring, along with a little succulent plant (Dragon's Blood Sedum Spurium). They are great for every day wear, parties, or any special occasion, and you can refill them with any small plant or flower. Blossoms are available in either pierced or clip on and can be purchased as a pair or a single earring. Enjoy! – NIN 


Jun 22, 2015

New and Improved ICJUK.com


ICJUK.com—the hip site featuring rock –n-roll fashion and wearable art—has a new look and to celebrate Claire Jane is giving away a free gift with any purchase. Plus, you’ll get 15% off when you enter coupon code Tour15 at checkout. Start shopping now! – NIN

May 27, 2015

Fighter – Sumo Cyco


Toronto punk metal outfit Sumo Cyco (winners of the The John Lennon Songwriting Contest's Vans Warped Tour Prize) recently released a video for “Fighter” of their latest, Lost In Cyco City. You can watch the entertaining clip here and catch the band on the Vans Warped Tour (June 19-28th). – NIN

May 26, 2015

Love Amongst Ruin - Lose Your Way


English rockers Love Amongst Ruin (fronted by ex-Placebo drummer Steve Hewitt) will be unleashing their sophomore release Lose Your Way (Ancient B Records) on June 30th. The multi-faceted band delivers a harder kick than Placebo with hooky melodies, supple grooves, and dark undertones. Check out the video for the title track and let us know what you think.  NIN   

May 21, 2015

Enter Shikari – Torn Apart


UK electronicore rockers Enter Shikari just released the video for “Torn Apart” off their chart topping album Mind Sweep (Hopeless Records). The band was recently nominated for Best British Band and Best Single (Anaesthetist) in this year’s Kerrang! Magazine Awards. Check out the video and see what all the buzz is about. – NIN

May 19, 2015

Sue Wong Launches Online Boutique


Celebrity fashion designer Sue Wong is proud to announce the launch of her official online boutique. The best of Sue Wong gowns are now available for immediate purchase under four diverse categories: New Arrivals, Cocktail, Evening, and Wedding. 

The launch also celebrates the debut of Sue Wong Beauty products: Sue Wong Shower Cream, Body Cream, and Eau de Parfum (which will be exclusively available for the first six months through the official online boutique in both 50ml and 100 ml bottles).  The fragrance took a year to develop and was designed to honor the true goddess within. The first 300 purchases will receive a free Eau de Parfum sample and ground shipping is free within all 50 states.  Click here to purchase.– NIN

May 18, 2015

The Gates Salon and Spa 50th Anniversary Soiree

The Gates Salon and Spa in San Marino celebrated its 50th anniversary. The fabulous event was hosted by Elle Magazine and Wella Professionals. It was a great way for owners Michel and Mayren Gurule to thank their current clientele and welcome new clients.  

Michel and his stylish mom.


Arielle: Hair Designer

Rose Hall: Colorist


Attendees enjoyed complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres in addition to make-up (Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics) and color consultations, skin analysis (SkinCeuticals), and cool tunes spun by DJ Tessa.



As an added bonus guests were treated to a fashion show featuring clothing from local San Marino boutiques.






The models hairstyles reflected the freshest trends of spring and the fashions showcased were from:



Anie Guluzian (Owner of Posh Boutique) is super sweet.

The evening ended with a presentation of achievement/recognition award to The Gates Salon for its 50 years of business and to Michel and Mayren for their support of the business community of San Marino.



Gests received a gift bag containing the current issue of Elle, a sample of Wella’s Luxe Oil, SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair, Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream, a tea infuser mug from AdnArt, and discounts to The Gates and local vendors.

The Gates Salon is located at: 2545 Mission St. San Marino, CA 626-441-1188
Narrative and photos by Nikki Neil

May 8, 2015

Hook N Sling: Break Yourself



I can’t get enough of Hook N Sling’s “Break Yourself” (ft. Far East Movement). This infectious G-House track by Australian DJ/Producer Hook N Sling seamlessly blends hip-hop with electronic beats, tantalizing grooves, and smooth rapped versus (courtesy of electro-rap lords Far East Movement). Check out the video and see if you can refrain from hitting repeat. – NIN  

May 1, 2015

Adolfo Sanchez Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection


On Sunday, April 26th, high-end fashion designer Adolfo Sanchez unveiled his Creatures of the Night Collection at the Continental Club in Downtown, Los Angeles. The club's unique layout provided an alternative outlet to the traditional catwalk. Models strutted around the intimate venue; thus, allowing all in attendance to examine the exquisite detail of the bold, sexy looks presented.

Apr 30, 2015

New Styles and 15% Off At ICJUK

There’s more to ICJUK than just killer rock ‘n’ roll tees. Designer Claire Jane also creates custom bridal and wedding attire that will make your event even more spectacular. Not just for brides to be, her handmade wearable art (unique fascinators and cruelty free feathered handbags) will transform an ordinary occasion into something extra special.


Apr 29, 2015

Jackalope Art And Craft Fair


This past weekend the Jackalope Art Fair took place in Central Park, Old Pasadena. The free two day shopping event featured over 200 local artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts as well as workshops and food trucks.



There were lots of unique, interesting finds but, most of all, I was happy to support my dear friend Jennifer Jesse and her company Mod’s Best Friend/Five Travelling Monkeys.

Apr 27, 2015

Coal Chamber – Rivals

(Napalm Records)

After a nasty breakup on stage in 2002 Coal Chamber is back with a vengeance. Rivals, the group’s 4th release (out on May 22nd), finds the L.A. based quartet taking its dark, nü-metal sound further – displaying a maturity and growth while maintaining Coal Chamber’s core sound.

The re-formed band consists of vocalist Dez Fafara, guitarist Meegs Rascon, bassit Nadja Peulen, and drummer Mikey Cox. This groove ‘n’ gouge unit doesn’t hold back as the tracks that make up this disc are more ominous and aggressive than days past. Right from the get-go the group comes at you hard with the fist clenching rage of “I.O.U. Nothing.” From there it is maximum mayhem where bludgeoning riffs collide with textural atmospheres, heavy beats, and menacing vocals. Standouts include: “Suffer in Silence (featuring Ministry’s Al Jourgensen), “Another Nail in the Coffin,” Over My Head,” and “Fade Away (Karma Never Forgets).”

Without a doubt, Rivals is Coal Chamber’s best release to date. It’s a solid album from beginning to end that will undoubtedly influence the next generation of nü-metal. – NIN

Apr 1, 2015

Hollywood Undead - War Child


Hollywood Undead have many reasons to celebrate. The band has reached its 10 year mark. They have a new label, Interscope, and they just released their fourth studio album – Day of the Dead. In honor of all that check out the group’s single “War Child.” It’s a kick ass party track that will make you want to download their new release immediately! – NIN

Mar 23, 2015

Mila Hermanovski: Fashion Week Los Angeles FW15 Presentation






It was a nice treat to have the opportunity to attend Mila Hermanovski’s runway show during LAFC’s Fashion Week Los Angeles’ showcase at Maker City LA. Mila may not have been crowned champion of Project Runway or Project Runway Allstars but she definitely is a winner in my book. Not only does Mila have a true passion for fashion, she works hard for her art, and is incredibly nice as well. I have nothing but respect for this gal.



For her FW15 collection, titled “Frequency,” Mila kept it comfortable and chic. The minimalist-cool presentation gave off a modernist meets ath-leisure vibe. The looks featured Mila’s signature style, which factors on heavy doses of proportion play, asymmetrical hemlines, cut-out details, and innovative silhouettes. 

Narrative and photos by Nikki Neil  
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