5 Questions for Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's Bazaar

When I was in the 3rd grade, several friends and I started a talk show called Style Files. My mom filmed as we sat around the couch in the living room, water filled coffee cups on the table in front of us, notes in hand, poised to ask each other the most scintillating questions we could contrive in reference to the world of celebrity fashion, news and gossip. In conjunction to our talk show, we printed a fashion magazine called Style File, complete with Cindy Crawford inspired photos (of us, of course) taped next to the articles.

Obviously, we thought we were pretty cool. 

 Chrissy Rutherford (left) with digital editors from Harper's Bazaar. Photo courtesy Chrissy Rutherford's Instagram @ChrissyFord

Chrissy Rutherford (left) with digital editors from Harper's Bazaar. Photo courtesy Chrissy Rutherford's Instagram @ChrissyFord

To this day, I still keep fashion journalists on a pedestal that I erected and never took down after my "talk host" days for Style File. As a result, I find myself online reading and pinning fashion articles- a lot.

While in the midst of my digital fashion news search, a name that has continuously popped up in the byline of the articles I'm reading is Chrissy Rutherford, Digital Editor for Harper's Bazaar.

According to Chrissy's Harper's Bazaar bio, she cultivated her digital savviness while working as an assistant at InStyle.com, and then went on to be the shopping editor for FashionEtc.com. Chrissy's love for fashion flourished during two summer internships in the fashion closet at BAZAAR. When she's not catching up on the latest high-fashion news, covering industry events or interviewing her favorite models of the moment, she enjoys shopping and riding her bike around downtown New York.

After reading Chrissy bio, I knew I just had to interview her as part of our 5 Questions series. Thankfully when I reached out to Chrissy she was happy to do it.

 Photo Courtesy Chrissy Rutherford

Photo Courtesy Chrissy Rutherford

5 questions for Harper's Bazaar Digital Editor, Chrissy Rutherford

1. How I got my start...

I started off as a fashion intern at Harper's Bazaar. I worked for the fashion market director and her assistant. It was a challenging experience as well as incredibly rewarding and one that I will never forget. After spending years as a teen reading Bazaar, I finally got to see how it all really works. 

2. Best advice I ever received...

"This too shall pass," from my parents if I was ever going through a hard time, like when I was trying to get a job in fashion after college. Obviously the industry is very competitive and it was the beginning of the recession, so job hunting was by no means easy. I had to be patient, but I always knew that this is what I was meant to do. 

3. Success looks like...

Achieving your wildest dreams

4. Happiness is...

Being with the ones you love

5. My guilty pleasure...

Romantic comedies and crop tops

If you want to see Chrissy's work, you can follow her on Instagram here and read her articles here!

5 Questions for Brenda Bogart, Artist

I still remember the first time I saw Brenda Bogart's work. I was just 6 years old and staying at my friend Rachel's house. Rachel and her sister - who is just a year older than us, shared a wardrobe filled with an enviable selection of B's T's. If you aren't familiar, B's T's was "THE" clothing line to wear as a kid growing up in Dallas in the 90's.

Fast forward fifteen years and I was in the gorgeous home of  B's T's founder, Brenda Bogart, preparing for a joint holiday trunk show - showcasing her art and my jewelry. After a successful run with B's T's, Brenda experienced a long-running interior design career under Trisha Wilson & Associates and eventually started her own interior design firm, Bogart Design Group, Inc. Eventually, Brenda decided to try her hand at painting, and when she did, she never looked back.

Brenda Bogart

Over the years, Brenda has become a source of inspiration to me as someone who doesn't just conform to what is expected, but instead, pushes the boundaries to produce what she loves.

Brenda's passion for creativity is evident through the work she produces and the life she lives, for this reason it's such an honor to feature her as part of our 5 Questions Series. 

I hope Brenda's outlook will inspire you as much as it has inspired me!

1. The inspiration behind my art...

The human face and its story constantly inspire me. Reading biographies have been a passion since I was a young girl and I often listen to the stories of the people I am painting.

2. The best advice I ever received...

Eliminate unnecessary drama from my life.

Studio

3. Success looks like...

Making money doing the thing I love to do the most.

4. Happiest when...

I'm happiest when I am in my studio creating, and I am simultaneously up to date on my desk work. This almost never happens so I spend a great deal of time torturing myself, feeling like there is something else I should be doing instead of being in my studio. Each day starts in my studio, looking at my current work while waking up to my first cup of tea. The day ends, looking over what I created that day. Somewhere in between, I rationalize how I don't need to do my desk work that day. 

Faces

5. One thing I wish I could tell my younger self...

Pursue your artistic self. Be who God created you to be, not whom you think everyone else wants you to be. 

For more of Brenda's work, follow her on Pinterest, Instagram or check out her blog here. Also, If you're in the Dallas area, be sure to stop by Blue Print - along with Brenda's art, you might just fall in LOVE with the entire store!

 

Designer Spotlight: Dezso by Sara Beltran

A couple of years ago, I worked for a boutique Public Relations firm in New York that specialized in lifestyle, fashion and healthcare PR. One of my favorite clients to work with was an amazing non-profit organization called Project Paz. Based in New York, Project Paz's goal is to raise money to help promote peace in Juarez, hosting annual fundraising events where 100% of profits support community development programs for Juarez's future. 

 Designer, Sara Beltran

Designer, Sara Beltran

Born in El Paso, many with families still in Juarez, the founders of the organization are extremely passionate about the cause and use their individual talents to raise awareness and funds for the organization. One such member is Sara Beltran, who I worked closely with on a Project Art fundraiser we organized in 2012. As part of the fundraiser, Sara designed a collection of Project Paz jewelry that we sold in conjunction with ShopLatitude to raise funds for Juarez. 

As someone who is constantly inspired by beach, sand and surf, I couldn't help but immediately fall head-over-heels in love when I learned more about Sara's line called Deszo, which translates from Latin to mean "Desire." 

 Fossilized Shark Tooth Necklaces, Dezso by Sara Beltran

Fossilized Shark Tooth Necklaces, Dezso by Sara Beltran

Sara Beltran started her career over a decade ago as a stylist in New York, but her childhood romance for beach life and seashells was never far off. Eventually, Sara decided to take a seashell necklace she made for fun and turn it into a business, her unique beach-chic designs quickly garnering an international cult following.

Today, Dezso is a constant fixture on the pages of Harper's Bazaar, W Magazine and ELLE for the polki diamonds, fossilized shark teeth and shells that Sara handpicks from beaches around the world and then casts in 18K pink gold.

 Earrings, Dezso by Sara Beltran

Earrings, Dezso by Sara Beltran

You can shop Dezso by Sara Beltran online at Net-a-Porter and Barney's or at high-end retail boutiques internationally.