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Rising Star: Musician Samantha Marq

With musical ambition that has never failed to inspire her fans, Samantha Marq has continued to wow us. Being born into the music biz, the daughter of Michael Marquart (who you may know from the 80’s supergroup “A Flock of Seagulls”) was destined to make music of her own. By sitting in on studio sessions at her father’s recording studio, Windmark Recording, Samantha watched superstars such as Justin Timberlake record. Yes, we just said Justin Timberlake!! Currently, Samantha is in the middle of a new and highly anticipated album that will showcase a completely new sound, with Macy Gray as her executive producer. Recently, we had the pleasure of interviewing Samantha about her career and new album.

Being a singer has always been on Samantha’s mind. “My dad is a musician, he stopped touring when my brother and I were born to open up a recording studio.” It was here that Samantha was inspired by music and incredible artists. “I tried to learn everything I could from any and everyone who came in the studio.”  Let’s just say by being in this environment it was nearly impossible to want to be a part of any other industry.

When it comes to her own music, Samantha writes her songs. “The importance of writing your own music is something my father instilled in me at a young age. I take pride in the fact that I write my own music.” She writes about personal experiences so her fans can really get to know her. What should you expect on her new album? Her sound has evolved this time around, and she wanted to stray away from the club/pop songs. “This album has more of a singer-songwriter vibe.”

Make sure to check out Samantha Marq’s website here for updates on her new album’s release date!


Photos courtesy of Samantha Marq.

A Photographer that Captures Personality: Jessica Mims

Christmas card season is just around the corner. New modernized head shots are on the top of your to-do for business branding. Senior photos are just ahead. You want to enjoy an event without having to worry about snapping photos the whole night. The million dollar question: how do I find a photographer that suites my needs?

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Without further ado, meet the girl behind the fabulous Mimsy Studios. After watching her dad fiddle with his camera for years and investing her graduation money into one of these artistic machines, Jessica Mims became a creative victim to the love of photography. A few photography classes and film developing sessions was all it took for her to cultivate a passion and an eye for this form of art, and her fascination with this hobby soon moved her out of her accounting career into full time photography (lucky for us!).

I find it very exciting that welcoming creativity into the business world is now, for the most part, highly encouraged. In this modern generation, where personality is better and modern branding is a must, this question lies at the centrality of most business plans,whether a blogger or CEO: how do we differentiate ourselves? Well, Jessica Mims asks the same thing when snapping brilliant photos of her clients, and the answer always seems to be, capturing the individual.” It makes sense since no one is like the other, right? But finding someone who can handle this notion is few and far between.

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Her photo session goal: She gets to know her clients before a shoot, so she is fully prepared to “create beautiful photos that capture their personality and specific needs.” She really enjoys encompassing someone’s unique beauty in unusual environments.

Her favorite blog: “I love The Sartorialist. The way Scott Schuman captures portraits on the street is really inspiring. I have also recently gotten addicted to Pinterest (who hasn’t?). I love finding interesting recipes and photography ideas there.”

Her creative hobbies: “I really like to express my creativity through designing my own living and working space. I love mixing new and vintage items and re-making items to be uniqueI also love cooking and trying out new recipes, and I might be slightly addicted to the Food Network.”

Favorite restaurant:  Sevan G&G’s Mediterranean Café or Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant.

Favorite shops: Lula B’s Antiques and Dolly Python.

Head on over to Mimsy Studios! Better yet, if you mention LOLO Magazine, you will get 20% off your photo session. Yipee!

The Story Behind the Hair Stylist: Octavio Molina Tops the Charts!

When you sit down in Octavio Molina’s chair, you just know you are going to walk away with fabulous hair. He exudes style and confidence, but most importantly, he is passionate about all things hair. As a loyal client since my move to Los Angeles, I couldn’t wait to sit down with the stylist to get the story behind his rapidly growing career.

Octavio launched his career at Juan Juan Salon in Beverly Hills, which has an A-list client roster including Julia Roberts, January Jones and Jeremy Piven. He is currently styling at his studio in Santa Monica and is a creative collaborator on the styling team of TIGI Hair Care. He travels internationally teaching and creating looks for various magazines, trade shows and fashion weeks. His work has been featured across multiple-media platforms including CNN and Vanity Fair. Octavio is also a styling force behind the annual calendars for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders (go team!) and the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. Read on to hear Octavio share his tips and style advice. Be sure to check out the tutorial for one of his go-to styles here!

You are so passionate about your job! What inspired you to get into the business? Fashion has always been one of the biggest inspirations in my career. I also come from a Latin background, where women around me placed prominent importance on exceptional hair care and meticulous styling. I believe that’s where
the passion for hair comes from. I see beauty as a reflection of who we are internally, and I love being able to help people express their own beauty.

What are the must have tools that every woman should have in her hair styling arsenal? I recommend a great lightweight hair dryer, 1.5-inch diameter curling iron and a boar bristle brush.

For all those girls who are feeling stuck in a hair rut, how do we snap out of it, and what trends are you seeing women come in for this fall? Being able to communicate with your hairdresser is key. As fashion evolves so does hair. Just as the length in your skirt varies every season so does the length in your hair, the color and the texture. Speak to your hairdresser about your own style and where you both want it to go. A great trend this fall is a collar-length bob with loose layers to achieve a swing. Too long is out. For color, honey with all of its dimensions is in or go for darker roots transitioning to a lighter end. Orange reds are also in for the season.

Do you take inspiration from other designers? Who are some of your style icons? Wow, I can probably give you 100 names, but to me there are two very influential men in the hair and fashion world: Vidal Sasson (known for creating a simple geometric Bauhaus inspired hair style also called the bob) and Tom Ford (for his turnaround of the Gucci fashion house and the creation of his label).

Can you tell us about some great go-to hairstyles that you do for your clients?
The high bun on the crown with a second day feeling or broken waves with a rough and tumble attitude. Click here for tutorial.


Kendra Scott Opens Store in West Village: Exclusive Video Interview

Meet the newest addition to the Kendra Scott family–her Dallas location in West Village! It is a store that stunningly showcases her signature pop colors and her couture collection that leans more towards a stunning rustic motif.  Oh, and the best part is the fantastic color bar that allows you to customize any setting with your favorite stones and colors.

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to interview the fabulous woman behind it all this past week. Not only were we greatly inspired by Kendra’s genuine spirit and talent, but we could not get enough of her fun new store, where trying on jewelry is highly encouraged! Visit one of her locations or take a look at the collection online! Trust us, you will love it. Stop by for the perfect gift for a dear friend or family member this holiday season.

The Story Behind BonBon Jewelry Designer Micah Yancey

Micah Yancey is one of those super-hip ladies that has an obvious knack for designing, and her talent reveals itself in her totally awesome jewelry creations. LOLO Magazine sat down with the woman behind BonBon Jewelry last week to dish out the story behind her fabulous earrings and necklaces, her favorite Dallas coffee shop, and her style muse that you wouldn’t quite expect (but it rocks!). Read on!

What led you to start designing jewelry?  I’ve loved creating and designing jewelry in a wide array of materials since I was in elementary school.  I was the go-to girl for friendship bracelets as a kiddo and in college, I made beaded necklaces for friends’ outfits when we were getting ready to go out.  I always had a love for jewelry and jewelry making, and my passion became a full-time career in 2010.

How do you choose your materials?  It’s important to me to design pieces with high quality and eye-catching materials that have a look of sophisticated trendiness while still remaining affordable. I seek out beautiful gemstones, paying close attention to cut, color, and clarity, that provide the color pop that I want. I know I’ve found the right gems when I literally gasp at the sight of them!  I work with 14 karat gold fill and 24 karat gold overlay pieces, because these metals are a higher quality and do not change colors over time (or against the skin).  I love the richness of gold pieces with fine lines and negative space to draw the eye to the amazing stones.

How do you decide on a color palette?  I always watch the New York and Paris runway shows to take note of styles, necklines, and the color palettes that my favorite apparel designers are using in their collections.  Because jewelry is an accessory to your clothes (most of the time), I like to take note of the trending apparel colors and then decide which of those colors I want to use, in addition to the hues I feel would best compliment the trending colors. I also consider which gemstones are the most popular in specific seasons year after year, making sure to incorporate the classic favorites into a new and fresh palette season after season.  The color choices can also come from anything that has inspired me, and I really think that so much of the decision-making process comes down to a feeling I have about certain gemstones.  I see a stone and whether it’s in the palette or not, if it makes me gasp and I think I can use it, I’ll incorporate it into my work, so that others may enjoy it, too!

What is your most popular design?  My most popular design is the earring that definitely lives up to its name, “Number One Stunner”.  It’s a 14 karat gold filled textured marquis shape with a heart cut gemstone dangling from it, and the gems are all completely luscious in color and cut.  It’s the perfect throw-on-and-go earring and it transitions extremely well from day to night.

A Personal Perspective

What is your favorite restaurant in Dallas? While I haven’t been back in Dallas long, a favorite of mine has always been Hibiscus.  I can’t get enough of their mac and cheese! Coffee shop? Again, I haven’t been in Dallas long, but a place that’s really close to my studio that I’ve recently developed a love affair with is Coffee House Cafe.  Their french pressed coffee is heavenly. Place to shop? My favorite place to shop in Dallas…I can’t decide!  I’d have to say it’s a 3-way tie between Krimson & Klover on Cole, L. Bartlett in West Village, and Northpark Mall.  I love the indie brands and pieces at the boutiques paired with pieces from H&M, for example.

Who is your style icon?  My style icon is Leandra Medine, founder and editor of The Man Repeller.  In addition to being intelligent, witty, and chock full of hilarity, she exudes style in so many new and fresh ways.  What I love most about her style is that she dresses herself and others for style’s sake without man pleasing, yet she’s sexy (and she knows it).

To see the full BonBon Jewelry Collection, check out her website and visit her super fun blog to keep up with the scoop, such as photos of the Today Show’s Ann Curry wearing her stunning jewels. And if you love what you see, join in on the Facebook hype and like her page!

Support Pink Month!

For every purchase of the Pink Sugar Blossoms style (shown above) or the Strawberries and Cream style, we will donate $25 to the Komen Foudation for a Cure! These styles can be purchased on the website. THANK YOU for helping us support breast cancer research!

Exclusive Video: Backstage Action with Valentino Vettori at NY Fashion Week

Valentino Vettori has quite the fashion industry resume, which includes owning the elite Scatola Sartoriale showroom, designing and joining forces with luxury designers such Vivienne Westwood, and using his sharp creative eye to maximize the potential brands in the United States. What he is most known for, though, is his 10 year span at Diesel, where he was the head honcho over trade and retail marketing. Oh, and did I mention he went on to foster the interiors of  high-end boutique Hotoveli and the IMPROVD flagship store? Talk about a man using his talents.

Journey with us backstage at New York Fashion Week as our very own, Shannon Yoachum, interviews this fascinating man of many trades. Be awe-inspired by his minimal, raw and chic (parrot inspired) collection, IMPROVD, where you will see stunningly hand weaved leather, fabrics that are distressed and mixed, and materials that are over dyed! Yes, women, he is catering to you! Let’s just call it affordable, timeless couture. Right this way…

Video by Aaron Craig with We Are Films