Friday, July 31, 2009

Ellen Von Unwerth's Racy What's Your "Happily Ever" Ad Campaign. Just Too Much Sex?

Watch the hot and steamy "Happily Ever" Ad campaign here.

Fitness Center Chain Goes Provocative in New Campaign
By STUART ELLIOTT of New York Times
Published: January 14, 2008

"A campaign for a chain of fitness centers is raising eyebrows -- and perhaps pulse rates -- with a sexy take on the traditional finale to fairy tales.
The campaign, which began this month, promotes the Equinox Fitness Club chain by promising patrons they can achieve their "happily ever."
"What's your after?" asks the campaign, the first work for Equinox from its new agency, Fallon Worldwide in Minneapolis, part of the Publicis Groupe. The campaign retains a theme that appeared in previous ads for Equinox, which had been created internally: "It's not fitness. It's life."

To turn up the heat, the campaign is photographed by the fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, who has shot ads for brands like Chanel, Diesel, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria's Secret. She presents images that are provocative as well as playful, meant to illustrate themes like inner beauty and fantasy.
These are the sensual situations, some erotic, some voyeuristic, all featuring scads of well-toned skin:

  • Nuns in an art class sketch a hunky naked model who resembles Michelangelo's David.
  • A buff hottie chooses a naturally fit woman over her rivals, who have opted for cosmetic surgery and too much makeup.
  • A young man bends over backward, literally, to please the guests at a costume party, by serving as their table.
  • A beautiful older woman in full "cougar" mode celebrates her birthday, surrounded by men of various ages who are vying for her attention.

    Equinox has long been known for campaigns that celebrated the fit human form, presenting gorgeous models of both sexes in as little clothing as possible. And it is not surprising to find a marketer that owns fitness centers using sex to sell memberships. Still, the campaign is already drawing attention for the frank approach of some of the ads, which can cut both ways. "

Do these ads motivate you keep your bod in shape and join their gym? Is it memorable and you appreciate the creativity? Or, is it just too much sex? What do you think?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Links a' La Mode~ Top 20 Fashion Roundup

The Elements of Style

Edited by Retro Chick
Whether it’s Winter or Summer, relentless rain or an unceasing heatwave where you are, this weeks Links a la Mode is packed with entertainment to keep you out of the sun/rain/wind.
If you plan to travel to escape your current weather conditions then Hi Fashion has some great travel tips and Idiosyncratic Style has some ideas for easy fashion DIY projects you can take with you.Other highlights this week include a hilarious mans view on some Celebrity Fashion choices from Unfunded, Our Ocean’s coverage of Vivienne Westwood’s appearance on Jonathan Ross and Style Amor’s refusal to buy a wedding dress, as well as some insightful interviews and gorgeous give-aways.
Choosing just 20 links from the number of fantastic submissions is a challenging task and this week I found it particularly hard to whittle down the numbers so be sure to go and check out the rest of the links in the full Links a la Mode thread.

Links à la Mode : July 30th

  • Breakfast at Saks – Aschobi: Sierra Leone Couture
  • Brick My Lane – Interview with Christian Joy, the genius behind the costumes worn by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • by Hillary – Deciding if you really need to dry clean that dress that says “dry clean”
  • Culturistas – The Culturistas find a ‘Lust vs Must’ profile of the Romper Trend!
  • Fashion Cents – Can you wear the romper trend? Fashion Cents helps you decide if and how to romp around
  • Fashion Hippo – Fashion Hippo is having a fantastic giveaway: Mary Frances “Mercury Rising” wristlet bag.
  • Fashion in my eyes – Interview: Fashion editor at 17
  • HiFashion – Tips for fashionable travellers
  • Idiosyncratic Style – A round up of 5 cool projects that are perfect for summer vacation, because they are light on supplies and low maintenance.
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – Rhythm is Gonna Getcha: Maintaining Consistency in Your Blog
  • iStyle – The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Looking Fab: A real-life 5 minute make-up guide with unedited photos
  • Mademoiselle Robot – An interview with headwear designer Jennifer Loiselle about films, motherhood and independent designers.
  • Only Style Remains the Same – Offer an outfit idea to win a pair of Current/Elliott jeans from only style remains the same and chickdowntown.
  • Our Ocean – An insanely inspiring interview with Vivienne Westwood on Jonathan Ross
  • Pursed Lips – Lara Stone, size 4, heralded as bringing “curvy” back. But isn’t the bigger difference her C cup bra, and not her weight?
  • Rags to Reverie – A look at the Stella McCartney Fall 2009 ad campaign + a couple of deals from the eponymous label
  • reLYME – It’s Beka’s birthday, and in the spirit of birthday giving, reLYME is giving away SIX China Glaze nail lacquers from the Kicks collection!
  • Retro Chick – Can I wear it? Yes, I can! Retro Chick gives Harem Pants a try with surprising results.
  • Style Amor – Check out why I have given up buying a wedding gown from a traditional bridal boutique.
  • Sweet Fuzz – Score one of a kind fashion treasures at your local thrift store and check out the insanely cheap items I snapped up at mine.
  • The Coveted – Amsterdam Fashion Week bridges the gap between fashion students and industry at Lichting 2009
  • Unfunded – Unfunded collaborates with J. Money from Budgets are Sexy to learn what guys really think of the things we wear.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sharing the Blog Love~ It's Award Time Boys and Girls!

It's award time, darlings! Oh my... it feels like Christmas. My favorite part of Christmas is giving, so I am one happy blogger today! All you dolls are so deserving of an award and much more. Each of you make blogging worthwhile for me. You fill my days with delightful surprises in couture fashion, street fashion, vintage fashion, daily deals, interior design, Parisian dreams, artistic creations, photography, literature and life experiences. It is a privilege for me to be able to follow you along... day by day, as you share your world. I am so thankful. Merci!

a' Paris Dansant

The Coveted

The Paris Apartment

Threadbear Thoughts

Tit Tees


Wabi & Sabi

Yummie Mammy

Thank you for the lovely awards Fashion Moment, Frou Frou Fashionista and Janetteria. You gals are too kind and the best! Love you back!

Now, go ahead and grab your award. I thought I would let you choose your design. So, grab the award your heart desires. Please pass along to 10 other bloggers an award and the "10 things about you we don't know" tag to spread the love. Although, you can choose whether to be tagged or not. I'm easy. I don't want anyone to feel pressured. Thanks for being a good sport and playing along, if that's what you decide to do.

10 things about me you may not know and maybe didn't care to know:

1. I danced before I walked, per my Grandmother. And continued dancing through my grade school years in ballet, tap and jazz. Oh... I loved to dance. When I had my solo performances when I was 7 and 8 years old, my mom asked me if I was scared and I declared with confidence "No, the more people the better". We laugh about that. Oh... to bottle that confidence and take a shot when needed.

I actually do have some rhythm, but failed piano lessons. The teacher told my mother it was no use. But, I do have an immense respect and love for music by others. One of my few regrets... not taking piano more seriously.

2. The real deal about why I left dancing behind and became a runner. I haven't thought about this in years. I was a competitive long distance runner 5th grade through college. I was MVP for Cross Country, held the 2 mile record, and the most letters of any girl in the high school's history (11 total letters). Blah, blah, blah. Who cares. Something juicy? I became a runner when I beat a gal that was relentlessly wicked to me in grade school. Her name was Suzie. She and a few other choice friends (which were previously my best friends) told anyone that went to my birthday party they wouldn't be "in" anymore. Seriously cruel. Actually, I would love to meet her in an alley someday. Oh, I know, I am way too classy for that. I can dream though... right? She went down in a head to head photo finish type race one day. And, thus, a Runner was Born. I used that speed and endurance that God gave me, not my fists.

3. I have amazing parents that taught me to break rules. Oh... definitely not THEIR rules, but some should be broken or questioned. I was a cheerleader in high school. I was able to overturn the rule that an athlete can't be a cheerleader in conjunction with each other. Thank you to those open minded administrative people that approved it and my parents for their persistence! And, I mixed it up and was in student council as well. I was and am always pushing the envelope. Rules... What Rules?

4. I can be a little devil. I also played field hockey for four years at my slight 5' 2" 90 pound build (oh, I wish I was 90 lbs now). I ran as fast as I could from those Big girls with Sticks. I loved to trip them with my hockey stick. I never got caught. You are here... and now... you are not!

5. I get heckled about... my "mommy" uniform. The uniform consists of my favorite Chanel bracelet (gift from my parents), Beverly Feldman handbag (gift from Mr. Fabulous), gold gladiators, gold hoops and sundress everywhere. To the park, grocery store, birthday parties, out the door, etc...

People that knew me when I ran always think of me as "the runner". People that have only known me during my adult years think of my as a "girlie, girl".
My goal is to break out of all "categories" and have people see me as just ME.

6. My short term goal is to learn how to surf. I go to the beach almost everyday with my son and Mr. Fabulous. Hubby surfs, so I'd like to join in on the fun. Not a bad life. No complaints.

7. I haven't written since college. That was many years ago. I would like to get better at it and expand my vocabulary. I am humbled by so many of my fellow bloggers that are amazingly gifted in this arena.

8. I am perplexed about the next chapter in life. I have no idea what I am going to do when I go back to work. I have about a year to figure this out. Little man goes to Kindergarten this fall. Any suggestions are much appreciated about what to do with myself on the job front!

9. I love fashion and interior design with the same unbridled passion. It's truly a 50/50 split. I changed clothes 5 times a day when I was 5. I still have the urge, but don't want to do the laundry. I started decorating ten years ago, right before I hooked up with Mr. Fabulous. So, I am a newbie at it. But, I got a certificate of design for fun. The biz/marketing degree was definitely not just for fun.

10. I am floored and amazed each time a get a comment from anyone. Especially when I respect them so. Which would be all my followers. They are truly amazing. Have you seen the talent in the house? Seriously...

So, I hope you enjoyed learning something new about me. Bless you if you are still reading this! I would like to share that these are few things that I don't disclose and my best friends don't even know. I am not a bragger, until it comes to my family. I brag about them. I am humble, grateful, know God gave me any talents I might have and thank God everyday for everything I am blessed with. And, for my amazingly supportive parents that always told me I could do absolutely anything in life, but I had to work for it. I hope I can do the same for my son. That's my goal. Thanks for listening!


Monday, July 27, 2009

Flying Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease~ with Bruno Dayan Photography

Flying through the Air...

With the Greatest of Ease...

Looking as if they are Floating in Air...

Creating Illusions...

Seeing Double...

And blurring the line between Reality and Fantasy...

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Off to The Circus... To Go Inside the Big Top

Ride the Merry-Go-Round...

See Elephants doing Unusual Things...

Acrobats Doing the Most Amazing Feats...

Viewing the Magic of Excitement Through a Child's Eyes...
Photo taken by me of my little man

Eating the Most Delectable Treats Without ANY Guilt...
photo found at Frenchblue

What is Your Favorite Part of The Circus?

Links a' La Mode~ Style Cravings and Indulgences~ Top 20 Fashion Roundup


Style Cravings & Indulgences

Edited by Jordana

This week’s Links à la Mode round-up from Independent Fashion Bloggers provides a variety of sweet treats. We’ve got hair how-to’s from Fasshonaburu and Bonne-Vie, sorbet inspirations from Idiosyncratic Style, Paris Couture collection picks from Fashion Pulse Daily and interviews galore, among other juicy additions.

I also want to give a special shout-out to IFB editor Ashe Mischief of Dramatis Personae, who is celebrating her 2 year blog-aversary with a special giveaway.

Links à la Mode : July 23rd

  • A Typical Atypical: A look at the unexpected fashion gems on offer at this year’s new designers exhibition in London – cut-out dresses, paper-like jewelry and more!

  • Bonne-Vie: Pincurl project – experimenting with glamorous retro style techniques to create a saucy updo!

  • Confessions of a Fashion Editor: Polling for the next Vogue Cover Girl – Bonnie Wright’s first fashion shoot.

  • Denimaniac: Camo’s SS 2010 “Horses” collection and thoughts of Meryl Streep…

  • Dramatis Personae: Celebrating a two year anniversary with a great giveaway – $50 gift card to!

  • Duper: Interview with Raoul Keil, founder of NINETEEN74 and Schon! Magazine.

  • Fashion Cents: How to get glam for a movie date so that there is real life lights, camera, action!

  • Fashion is My Crush: It’s a mosh pit: A studded DIY belt, some jellies from the kids section at Payless and some concrete comfort.

  • Fashion Pulse Daily: Hand-picked favorite looks from 10 of the Paris Couture collections.

  • Fasshonaburu:Finding a new hair dresser and how to break up with your old one.

  • Idiosyncratic Style: A design board of inspiring comparisons of cool sorbet treats and summer fashion choices.

  • Retro Chick: Sunglasses to flatter your face.

  • Shop Diary: Cozy up with a snood for fall and how to improvise in these recessionary times.

  • Style Symmetry: Interview with Cammila of Dressed Up Like a Lady.

  • The Coveted: Turning Red, How to go monochromatic…

  • The Musings of Ondo Lady: A look at Style Sample Magazine – featuring articles about a wide variety of bloggers across the world.

  • Unfunded: Drooling over the sexy styles of Brandon Boyd and Robert Pattinson.

  • V is for Olive: Inspired by a road trip through the American West - taking color palette ideas from nature and applying them to your own summer wardrobe.

  • WorkChic: Teamed with Polyvore to show examples of a blouse makeover by style and your office type.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Marit Fujiwara's Fashion Design "Wound" Roars Up Like the Ocean and Forces Us Take Notice of It's Fierceness

Fashion reminds me of the ocean. It is fluid, ever changing and you should never turn your back on it. (click on images to enlarge)

You can lose your footing and it will take you out to sea. You may need a rescue if you aren't on your toes. You must be alert of the dangers that lie in the fierceness of the changing sea.

And, just when you feel confident, the tide completely changes.

It's like when you think you know it all and just gained confidence, the ocean roars up to teach you a lesson of humility.

Reverence. That is what the ocean calls for. As in fashion. Just when we think we k now it all, have seen it all, and it couldn't get any better... a new talent emerges. A new technique. A fresh way of thinking about craftsmanship and design. A new twist on an old trick. Garments in the colors of the sea seem to roar up and make you take notice of their fierceness.

New talent, new techniques, and new ideas are what makes fashion so ever flowing, changing, challenging and exhilarating. Finds like these make blogging fascinating. I was lucky enough to stumble upon Style Bubble and Ambiguous Alliterative Abomination. These gals opened my eyes to Marit Fujiwara's amazing work. Style bubble says with great excitement " It couldn't wait a day, an hour or in fact, a mere minute. I hassled her to unlock her Flickr and allow me to share her graduate collection 'Wound' with you ENLARGED in all its detailed glory. Marit Fujiwara is a BA Textile Design grad from Chelsea College of Art and Design. That's about all the info I have but this is a case where pictures can do an IMMENSE amount of talking..."

I have reverence for her work, as fashion as art , just like I have reverence for the sea.

What does her work remind you of or make you feel?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Links a' La Mode Featuring Fabulous Finds Gal Interview with The Pin-Up Poet Author, Andrea Grant

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old…

Edited by AsheMischief

Because fashion bloggers love both silver & gold!
Okay, that was a bit of a cheesy, childhood song for those Stateside, but I did notice one thing this week– fresh new faces and old familiar ones. From long time contributors like Mademoiselle Robot and The Musings of Ondo Lady, to new (-to-me) Our Ocean, Links á la Mode is an amazing way to meet new bloggers and discover new territories. Think of today as Make a New Friend Day on Links á la Mode…read new blogs for a fresh dose of inspiration and revisit your favorites to remember why you love them!
As always, we’ve got a delightful mash-up of posts, too… from how to score review samples to a thoughtful post on The Uniform Project and lots of great summer clothes and jewelry. Be sure to check out the forums too, as there are several great contests going on!

Links à la Mode : July 16th

  • – NYC vs LA – The Fashion Week Debate
  • Fabulous Finds Gal – Who doesn’t love a gorgeous pin-up? The pin-up poet’s gorgeous and creative new amazing book and insightful interview with the author.
  • Fashion Dare – A Nautical Nod
  • Fasshonaburu – Everyone has a list like this, places to go before you turn 50, a “bucket list” of things to do before you kick it, etc. Well, it sounds shallow and superficial (and by “sounds” I mean “is”), but I have a list of things I want to buy before I enter my nex
  • HiFashion – The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Good Health
  • Hong Kong Fashion Geek – Wide-leg pants and how to make them work for you
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – Not Buying It: How has the recession affected your fashion blog?
  • Mademoiselle Robot – A London Girl’s shopping guide to Stockholm.
  • Meilily – Island Style Pick: Wood & Bead Bracelet
  • Our Ocean – A colourful review of the clothes in An American in Paris.
  • Retro Chick – Lulu Guinness Holiday Resort 2009 Collection
  • Shop Diary – 2 days ago, the renowned antiques site, just launched a vintage couture, fashion and accessories designer section.
  • The Capitol Fashionista – Modern Fashionista Travel with Vintage Luggage: What better way to add a little touch of class than packing it all up in vintage luggage.
  • THE COVETED – Gorgeous New, More Affordable Denim from AX and a $500 A Gift Card Giveaway
  • The Fashion Planner – ShoeDazzle – Review of Kim Kardashian’s shoe club.
  • the musings of ondo lady – Mention the word Biba and you can bet that any decent fashionista will go all starry eyed. This is because along with Mary Quant, Diane von Furstenberg and Twiggy, Biba is right up there as one of the iconic fashion brands of the 60s and 70s.
  • The Recessionista – 2 days ago Essential Summer Style Tips–Tips for essential summer wardrobe staples: Tips from The Recessionista Blog and Jones’ New York Style Guru Lloyd Boston
  • Think Thru Fashion – Agate Accessories: Find affordable ways to wear the trendy crystal.
  • threadbared – How the Uniform Project highlights fashion’s one constant — the tension between individuality and standardization
  • tickle – Fresh Catch! tickle grills the designers of Delirius, a line as flirty as NY girls
  • Unfunded – All Eyes on Hayden Panettiere and Lace!

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Pin-Up Poet Book by Author Andrea Grant and Special Insightful Interview

Andrea Grant A.K.A. The Pin-Up Poet has just released her new book (cover of book above is Andrea). This gal is a multi-talented author, pin-up girl, editor, savvy business woman and publisher. This is a classic personal story of "If the world gives me lemons, then I'm going to make lemonade". She was extremely gracious in our candid interview sharing her inspirations, challenges, accomplishments and words of wisdom for others. She inspires me in so many ways. I hope she does the same for you.

When did you start writing?
According to my mother, I spoke in full sentences before I was a year old. I've always loved books, and writing came naturally. I still have some elementary school memorabilia where I appropriated and restyled several of the Grimm fairy tales. The desire to write has always been there, although the bravado required to submit my work came after college. Learning to edit myself was the greatest challenge.

What was your first story about?
My first stories based on princess fantasies, although the women were never victims. I also had a serious adoption fantasy that I think is common in children with vivid imaginations who feel misunderstood. I resented being a kid, because I wanted to have a job and my own apartment.

I took this photo of a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ story I wrote in Grade 4. It’s interesting for me to look back at this now, especially since I just launched the first of the ‘Grimm Recollectionscollaborations with artist Justin Hampton:… my warped take on Little Red Riding Hood.

How has your work evolved?

I used to be a lot more melodramatic. College taught me to shorten my sentences and develop my voice, although I think my work will always be a bit surreal and dreamy. Over a year ago I was hired as the Editor for, and that honed the logical side of my brain. Editing other people’s writing has helped my own work become more structured.

Where did you get the inspiration or idea for your book?

The Pin-Up Poet is a project I dreamed up before I moved to NYC in 2004. I have always been inspired by mythology and archetypes. I was really into Cindy Sherman, and I liked my self-portraits, but not for this project. So I decided to collaborate with professional photographers to create images to match the mood of my poems. And I always maintained that garter belts would trick someone into reading poetry! As far as my other work goes, the MINX project is inspired by mythology, and the fine line between dreams, reality, and fantasy.

What is your book about?

The back cover of ‘The Pin-Up Poet’ says it best: "This book contains the iconoclasts of the women trapped in my head. These women drink too much vodka, smoke to calm their nerves, and hide behind the armor of black clothing and lingerie. These women are at once lustful and neurotic, they burn cookies and they can’t sleep. They are both predators and victims, empowered by their choices to leave unhappy relationships, but lonely and haunted by the ghosts of old lovers. These revelations are paired with exquisite, highly stylized photographs, suggesting that a woman wearing garters has a wealth of memories, secrets and love affairs hidden under her veneer of glamour—and the juxtaposition of these two components is both beautiful and fascinating."

What do you hope readers get out of reading your book?

I hope they see themselves in my work, that they feel emotionally connected to it somehow, and that it provokes thought.

How long did it take to complete it?

It took two years to shoot the images, and a few months for the graphic design and proofreading. Since I am my own editor, I often have to put projects on the shelf for a while before they are ready to go out into the world. The work needs to breathe.

What does the book mean to you?

This book is an archaeological excavation of who I really am. I shed a few layers of skin, and showed full vulnerability. So here is the result.

Is this your first book?

This is my first poetry collection, yes. Three issues of MINX have been published, along with several spin-off projects. However, I have pulled MINX out of the stores with the intention of re-launching the series next year. So ‘The Pin-Up Poet’ is the only item you can buy from Copious Amounts Press right now, unless you know me in real life and convince me to give you some of the comic books hidden away in the cupboard.

What surprised you most out of this process?

How much people love and relate to this book. I have always felt like I was ahead of the curve, and that has been depressing a times. My god, I’ve always worried that people won’t fully understand my work until after I’m dead.

What was your biggest obstacle? How did you overcome it?

There have always been the same two recurring obstacles:

1. Money.
2. People understanding what it is that I am trying to do. And sometimes telling me that it’s not commercial enough, so it will never work.

The solution: Perseverance. I work really hard… my friends can attest to that. Will it matter in the end? I hope so. All I can do is to keep moving forward with full bravado, because what else is there? Failure is a state of mind.

Who did the photography? How did you choose the images?

Photographers include Chas Ray Krider, Viva Van Story, Shannon Brooke, James Graham, Ken Thurlbeck, Vlad Voloshin, Nicholas Routzen, among others. In the end, I chose images that illustrated the poems, which were cohesive.

How many models did you use? Or, are all the photographs of you?

It’s all me. Blonde and brunette, 5 lbs. up or down. I’ve always been a chameleon.

What was essential in your photo shots?

Trust. I’ve been a professional model since I was a teenager. I have worked with a lot of photographers and I need to feel like they are tuned into the same radio frequency as me. Otherwise, I scowl when I see the shots and think "this is not for me, this is for you". There are a lot of mediocre photographers out there. As time goes on, I am more and more selective as to who I will even work with.

Three words that describe the book?

Fascinating. Archetypal. Heart-wrenching.

Three words that describe you as an artist?

Mythological. Enigmatic. Fluid.

What is your dream for the book?

Well, certainly I hope that it achieves success, although I realize it’s an elaborate process to get the word out. My work is really not mainstream… although I am trying to mainstream MINX. But it’s unique, and enough people get it to make a difference.

What drives or inspires you?

Discipline. Leonard Cohen. Taoism. Music. Dreams. Mythology. My friends. Books. Martial Arts. Romance. The ocean. And when I feel beaten down, I think "Andrea, you did NOT move to New York to give up"! If I forget that, I call my brother, and he repeats that mantra to me in a stern tone that encourages me.

What inspired you to become your own publisher?

I don’t like waiting around for people to "get" my work. And I find pitching exhausting. I never mastered that perfect pitch letter. So I learned to do it all myself.

Which was harder, creating the book or publishing it?

Publishing. Proclaiming it finished, and having it go out into the world.

Any advice for anyone thinking of becoming their own publisher?

Get your work out there. There is nothing to lose. I used to need feedback, because I didn’t feel confident. Then I realized that no one really knows anything anyway. People’s opinions are subjective, so who cares?

If you could do anything differently on this project, what would it be?

In a fantasy world, some magician would suddenly appear and say, “Wow, your work is so important and this book is so valid that x-y-z Corporation is going to publish it (instead of the ghost-written memoirs of this year’s most popular brainless heiress) and you will never have to worry about paying the rent on your overpriced luxury apartment again!” Oh sure!

Do you plan on publishing other authors books?

No. I am too busy with my own work, and there is little profit in publishing.

What are you most thankful for in business?

My determination. This probably comes from visiting hell and making it back into the sunlight for at least six months out of the year, Persephone-style.

What are you most thankful for in life?

That I am somewhat loved, on whatever level. Whether it by my true-blue "I will help you bury the body" friends, or the acquaintances who flutter in and out of my life, imparting shards of wisdom… boyfriends, gentlemen callers… crazy family. It’s all a part of understanding humanity, and those moments of connection.

Where can we purchase the book?

On my site at or via the direct Lulu link:

Andrea also is an author of a candid blog that is a diary about her artistic process, struggles and inspiration. I wish her success with her new book. I hope you enjoyed getting to know her and her incredible story of unstoppable determination. Please pick up a book to discover her fascinating, archetypal and heart-wrenching creation. I know I am... I am inspired by her and I will remember "Failure is just a state of mind". Please let me know if you are inspired as well to keep your dreams moving forward.