Summer into fall….

Fall is typically a time for yummy lattes, pumpkin carving, chunky knits, and fun layers. And with September right around the corner, it’s time to start prepping your fall wardrobe. But don’t throw all your fun summer clothes in storage just yet. Most…

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#YogaRevolution

I am so excited to announce that I have just signed up for the 31 days of Yoga with Adriene . I have done the 30 days of yoga with her in the past and I loved it! It is a 30 day at home practice. You do it on your own time and wherever you like. I have included the intro video to her “Revolution- 31 days of yoga” series to start the new year. Join us on the mat and stay up to date with my daily check ins on the next 31 days to come!

 

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Fashion Construction

Looking back on the semester, my fashion construction class held many challenges! Yet many great accomplishments!

Getting to know the different types of “feet” for the sewing machines was challenging. There is just so many and they look so different depending on the model of your sewing machine. I had to do a few hours of research to figure out the differences between them.I found the zipper closures challenging! Maintaining a perfect straight line is not as easy as it looks when working with zippers.61OAkMBR2tL._SL1001_

I found the challenge of the whole class fun and exciting! I had fun learning how to draft my own patterns and learning how to modify them to create different looks. This part of the class was amazing to me! It made me appreciate manufactured patterns a lot more

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I am really surprised on how much I learned in the class and how my sewing skills advance with the continuos persistence of sewing everyday! It was difficult at times but very fun and I truly enjoyed the challenge!

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Convertible Collar Blouse

I am currently working on my Master of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion Merchandising at the Academy of Arts University. I love it! This semester I have been working on my garment constructing skills.

My favorite garment that I have constructed so far is the Convertible Collar blouse. I love the puff sleeves! They look cute and add versatility to the shirt. I also love the yoke and the convertible collar. I like the collar because it adds versatility to the shirt and the yoke adds a classy clean look to the shirt. Its just my favorite!

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The convertible collar can be worn buttoned up all the way to the top and it changes the whole look and feel of the shirt. 

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Have you constructed any garments this year?

Share them with us by adding pictures in the comments below!

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-DCS

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12 Weeks Meal Plan | Week 2

Meal Plan for the second week is here. And if you have little kids that are picky eaters they are going love some of the recipes from this meal plan. RECIPES Egg in a Basket (source: Healthyrecipesblog ) (4 servings) Olive oil cooking spray 4 slices…

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LA Acting at it’s Best!

I had the pleasure of interviewing professional Actor, from Stockton California the great Daniel Franco. This is the second part of our fabulous interview, enjoy!

Why do you think so many aspiring actors end up giving up on their dream? 
A. I think a big part of it is that no one realizes how hard and how much work it is to be a great actor. The best thing I have been told since I have been here is this. “If there is something else that you would rather do or would be happy doing go and do it. If this is what you truly want and would not be happy doing anything else you are cursed. It is great you found the thing that you want to do more then anything but it is not easy.” Another part people give up because of would be rejection. Mark Ruffalo was rejected 600 times before he got a role. I don’t think people these days can handle that much rejection without quitting. It’s an interesting dichotomy you have to play with. You have to be resilient and not take rejections personally but when filming you have to take everything personally.

Q. What are something’s actors do to maintain relax in an audition?
A. Everyone has his or her own thing so it’s different from person to person. For me whenever I go into an audition I tell my self three things. 1st You don’t have the job so don’t worry if you don’t get it, you cant lose something you don’t have. 2nd Don’t try to act what you think they want to see; they don’t even know what they want to see. Just be you in the given circumstance. 3rd Take a deep breath and relax, be calm but not casual.

Q. What are you auditioning for next? IMG_1565A. I am always running around
auditioning for everything I think I would like to work on. Most recently I am auditioning for the play Welcome Home Soldier it has been going on for over 25 years. I am also in a feature film called birds without feathers not sure when we should be finished wrapping that one as we are only about 1/3rd of the way done. I am also hoping to get a chance to audition for the Sons Of Anarchy spin off following the Mayan biker gang. Fingers and Toes crossed.

Q. Where do you see yourself in a few years? 
A. That’s a hard one to answer I haven’t put much thought into it. I am so focused on living in the present that it never comes up. I would obviously love to be an established and working actor but I don’t worry about it. What ever happens happens, right now I am like a paper in the wind, I don’t know where I might end up but I am enjoying the ride.

It’s always fun to ask this question; if not an actor, what line of work do you think you would be in?
A. I think if it wasn’t for my love of acting constantly pulling me I would have probably stayed in the military and did 20 years. It at one point was a possibility but I just couldn’t suppress this feeling inside me that needed to be out here doing what I love acting.

Thank you for your time Daniel. Any final message to the fans?
Follow your dreams and don’t let fear stop you from doing something amazing.

Ways to get connected with Daniel:
Instagram: dfranco209
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Daisy CS

 

I want to be a man who is truthful and who won’t let pride get in the way of my ripping myself open to my partner and saying, ‘Here I am. This is me.’ I feel there’s something powerful when a man reaches a point in his life when he can be completely vulnerable.
Dwayne Johnson

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Homemade white pizza….

Extremely easy white pizza recipe: Ingredients: Pre-baked pizza crust (I used organic thin & crispy) Olive Oil Minced Garlic Spinach Fresh diced tomatoes Mozzarella cheese Ricotta cheese  Basil seasoning (or fresh basil leaves) Start by preheating…

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Cozy weekend wear

Packing for a winter weekend getaway? Start with one piece you love and build on it. I chose this chunky aztec printed sweater. For sitting by a cozy fireplace I paired it with leggings and a tee. For heading out to dinner I mixed it with a silk slinky…

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Best Actor in LA

I had the pleasure of interviewing professional Actor, from Stockton California the great Daniel Franco. He is currently working on auditioning for the Sons Of Anarchy. We discuss his exciting passion for acting from beginning to the present, and the many great opportunities the future has in store for him.

Tell me about yourself…
Well I’m 26 years old, and an only child of a single mother. I am currently in college for film production and astrophysics, although I might take a break from school for my acting. I’m also currently attending Playhouse West School and Repertory Theater learning the Meisner technique of acting. I am also involved in their comedy improve program as well as their film production program. Prior to moving out to LA to pursue my passion in acting, I served 6 years in the United States Air Force as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician. I am currently in the Air Force Reserves doing the same job, which I still love.

When did you first know you wanted to become an actor? 
I would have to say at a very young age, although I didn’t know it at the time. When I was little I would love to put on shows for my mother and my cousin Joe who lived with us. Being an only child there was a lot of times where I was alone, so I would come up with funny skits. Sometimes they made sense and sometimes they didn’t. A lot of times they would mimic the world around me and I would impersonate my uncle, his friends, and there shenanigans. Either way my mother loved them and laughed. I think seeing that and the way I could affect people with my little performances really hit me and I wanted to do it on a larger scale.

What has been the hardest part of your career? 
So far the hardest part of my career was committing to this path and not letting outside influences tell me otherwise. I knew I wanted this but was hesitant so I would think of backup plans. It was as if I was always one foot in the door one foot out. I finally decided to commit and make it this or nothing and that’s when I noticed a change in my work and getting callbacks.

 

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What do you enjoy most about acting? 
There is so much about acting that I love but if I really had to narrow it down to one, I would say the chance to be vulnerable. So much of our life and up bringing we are taught to not show our emotions. When we are angry it is not okay to lash out at someone and show it. You would be told you are throwing a tantrum, but yet so many of us want to but we suppress it. If we are sad, depressed, or hurt we are told to suck it up or dry those tears. I know times are changing but growing up as a male this is what I was told from the male figures in my life. Joining the military did not help with this either since they tend to do the same. Acting allows an outlet for me. The best way I can put it is that I am actually not acting, when you see me going through something it is my true genuine emotion that I am feeling and releasing. You are actually seeing me, all my problems, sorrows, and how I would handle them in the imaginary circumstances put in front of me. What everyone hides from the world I am opening up for you to see and allowing my self to be vulnerable. It’s scary but liberating at the same time.

Do you prefer acting for film or for the theatre? 
At this point I am not sure what I prefer more they are 2 completely different things. In theatre it keeps me true to my technique and what I am learning. That is to stay focused on your partner and have a true experience. If you do this audience will disappear and it will feel as if it is just you and your partner. This is something I try to bring to my film work as well. The thing I do really like about film is that you can do a take again maybe you weren’t to happy with how it went and you feel you can bring more to it you get that chance. I can reexamine my train of though or where I am coming from emotionally and go at it again. I can’t really say right now which one I prefer.

If you could choose, what three actors would you really want to work with?
Michael Pena, Gary Olderman, Michael Pena is someone who’s career I would like to emulate in a way. The fact that he is a Hispanic actor who does not allow him self be type casted is amazing. You see him on screen and you don’t think oh he’s Mexican, you see a person in the role he is portraying. Whether he is an FBI agent in Shooter or an astronaut in The Martian, that’s what you see and not his race. Gary Olderman is another great actor I look up to, his range and versatility is amazing. He is one of those actors that you never really hear too much about but is in everything. He is someone I consider a true actors actor. The third one is hard it is a tie for me between Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino, and Johnny Depp. They are all actors I want to work with to get the chance to learn from their greatness.

All these are such great answers! I am dying to hear more. I will be continuing our interview tomorrow, so stay tuned! 

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Have a great day!

Daisy CS

 

My goal was never to be the loudest or the craziest. It was to be the most entertaining.

Dwayne Johnson

 

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