2011 December 13

Things to Discuss: Hugh Jackman Attends Ivanka Trump Jewelry Boutique Opening

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Ivanka Trump officially opened her jewelry boutique in Soho last night and held a Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte fueled party with the usual suspects (Lorenzo Martone, Robert Verdi, Phillip Bloch) and one notable and head scratching VIP. What was Hugh Jackman doing there? The hunky movie and Broadway star showed up with his wife Deborra-Lee Furness to lend support for his apparent pals Ivanka and hubbie Jared Kushner.  Hugh knew?

2011 December 13

Angelina's Lips Cover Marie Claire

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Angelina Jolie and her voluptous lips are spending the month of January on the cover of Marie Claire. Angie naturally brags about Brad to writer Chris Connelly: "(Brad) has expanded my life in ways I never imagined. We built a family. He is not just the love of my life, he is my family. I hold that very dear. I suppose what I've learned from Brad is to be able to have the kind of family whose happiness and well-being comes before your own. I'm very grateful to have such a loving family, and I wouldn't have that without him." She also reveals that they could possibly add another tyke to their entourage, but nothing is planned at the moment. The new issue hits stands on December 20th. 

2011 December 12

Your Monday Survival Playlist, Courtesy of Kaelen

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Need a hippidy hoppidy soundtrack for your train ride home? Kaelen Haworth to the rescue!

The Shirelles, "Stop the Music" 
They don't make girl groups like the used to. You really feel her pain. 

Biggie, "Gimme the Loot" 
You know, cause it's the holidays. Kidding. 'Cause it's a classic, and I heard a reggae band do this live in Barbados, which was close to life-changing. 

Nicki Minaj, "Roman in Moscow" 
I love the theatricality. It's a whole production. 

Beyonce ft. Andre 3000, "Party" 
NOTE: The Andre 3000 part is key. None of this J Cole business. He's fine, but who wants fine when you can have Andre 3000?

Kelly Rowland, "Turn it Up" 
Kelly's album was a pleasant surprise, and this is one of my favorite upbeat, danceable jams. 

Florrie, "I Took a Little Something" 
This is such an easy, breezy, enjoyable pop. Adorable on all fronts. 

Simian Mobile Disco, "I Believe" 
This kind of bass drone is what I love when I'm working.

Bruce Springsteen, "I'm on Fire" 
I'm kind of obsessed with Bruce. Say what you will, but I'll punch you if you say anything negative. 

Sia, "The Co-Dependant" 
Sia's lyrics are really good. It makes you listen more closely than you might and get more emotionally involved. 

The Roots ft. Greg Porn and Truck North, "Kool On" 
The Roots can do no wrong in my books. Tuba Gooding Junior? Kills it. 

2011 December 12

A Moment With...Trollbeads' Lise Aagaard

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You've heard of Bieber Fever. How about Troll Fever? That's right. Before Brooklyn Bead Box, Beads of Paradise, Fun 2 Bead, or even Beads on Fifth, there was Trollbeads, a Danish jewelry company setting records and industry firsts from coast to coast. Chic checked in with the bead behemoth and had a one-on-one with Lisa Aagaard, the mastermind behind it all.

Backstory, please!
I’m educated as a physical therapist, but I made jewelry all along. I come from a jewelry family. My father, Svend Lise, was one of the first five goldsmiths in Denmark to use the American technique called centrifugal casting. I was his apprentice for one year at his jewelry shop, Troldekugler, which began in 1976.

How did you come up with the name Trollbeads?
Originally, we were named Trollpearls. My brother, Søren Nielsen, who’s an educated silver smith, came up with it. Trolls are a part of the Danish tradition. They’re small mysterious people, of course, that live in the forest. But, they’re not really people; they’re trolls. They take life lightly. Sometimes they help you, and sometimes they teach you. If you misplace something, tradition tells you it’s probably a troll who moved it. If your children aren’t angels, parents often refer to them as trolls. It’s not that they’re naughty; it’s more that they are a little too inventive, playing tricks on you and things like that.

How are the beads made?
They’re carved out of hard wax and put in a mold. It’s called the lost wax technique. In the beginning, my brother, father, and I created every bead. I came up with the glass bead on precious metals--an industry first. By 2000, we had over 200 different beads. When we started getting copied by other bead companies, we invited ten well-known Danish jewelry designers to create signature Trollbeads to set us apart. That’s how it all started.

How many designers do you have?
We have a lot of designers creating the Trollbeads brand. Currently, we must be more than 30 now. We have designers who’ve made just one or two beads.

Who’s your typical client?
We sell to little girls and women well into their nineties. Our largest client base is somewhere in between the twenties and forties.

How’s your international presence?
We have the heaviest presence in Denmark, since the company has been there for 35 years. But we’re in about 45 countries now. We have 17 Trollbeads stores in the US alone.

Is celebrity important?
[Laughs] Not really! It’s very interesting if a celebrity is wearing our jewelry, but it’s not very important.

How does social media play a role in the brand?
It has a big role. Way before Facebook, we had customers send in pictures of the bracelets they created to the mother company in Denmark. We decided to make an invitation on our website to receive more pictures. I was so surprised how popular that was. In one hour, there were already 50 pictures. I sat there for hours watching the pictures come in. It was magic. Trollbeads also hosts The People's Bead Global Event where people from all over the world submit original designs and the winning bead gets inducted into the Trollbeads collection. 

What are your busiest times of year?
Christmas is big worldwide. Valentine’s Day is big in the US. The Confirmation is very big in Denmark.

Has the economy affected your brand?
We’ve been fortunate that we’re recession proof so far!

What’s the biggest difference in the jewelry industry now compared to the seventies?
The sales channels have really changed with the internet, so it’s easier for people to inform themselves about the best product and sell their own products online. In 1976, when we just had brick-and-mortar stores, the reach of customers was smaller. People didn’t travel very far. Now, if you get someone’s attention, you have the world. 

2011 December 12

Cushine et Ochs' Latest Fan

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The Obama family, but you know that. The Obama family, but you know that.
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Move over, Jason Wu. We know two young ladies who had a very triumphant weekend! Michelle Obama wore an emerald green Cushnie et Ochs dress to the taping of Christmas in Washington, which airs Friday night on TNT. It appears Santa came a little early for Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs. Congrats, darlings.

2011 December 12

Things To Discuss: Brad Pitt's T Treatment

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Where did our Brad go? Where did our Brad go?
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Kramer, is that you? There are things we're willing to accept in life. Summer ends, hearts break, the rain will come...but we. Will. Not. Accept. Brad. Pitt. Looking. Bad. Brad covered The New York Times Magazine's Hollywood issue, and didn't look very Brad-y at all. We can't.

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