Thursday, December 15, 2011

I am sure you have come across the fact that outside of working and seemingly, living in the fashion industry, I too have a passion for music. Which is why searching for a new band that vows to be worth a listen, is the ultimate treasure hunt. Surrounded by cringe-worthy pop and rap that you can only listen to after double digit cocktails, it is refreshing to hear bands who pride themselves in simplicity and raw talent. Several months ago I came across The Head and The Heart and The Lumineers. Both bands have a bohemian feel with a folk edge. I have posted a few videos that will be sure to be the tunes which win you over and turn you into an avid fan. I have had the pleasure of experiencing The Head and The Heart at Treasure Island Music Festival this past October - And to say it was enjoyable would be an understatement. It was literally a highlight of the weekend - whether it was the music I newly loved, the sunset highlighting SF's skyline behind the band, or the giant group hug that formulated in the crowd... It was all an incredible experience. So now, I will need to patiently await for March when The Lumineers will be releasing their new album... Hopefully a tour will follow soon after, until then I'll just have to stick to the boys' EP.

The Head and The Heart

Check out The Head and The Heart's website here.

The Lumineers

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Also this past October (I'm just now catching up on all my posts, can you tell?), I attended Le Dîner à San Francisco. Originating in Paris, the idea is to have a pop up picnic, but on a grander scheme. Not knowing the location until hours before the event, attendees would dress to the nines in all white and create their own lavish meals in preparation. When the location was announced, everyone would descend upon the area with everything they would need for the evening in tow, and enjoy. Well, roomie/best friend, her family, and I did just that. The night was much more than I expected - an absolutely blast to say the least. People watching, the food, the bubbly - everything was top notch. I made a little video from the evening... And what better time to debut the video whilst roomie/best friend is actually in Paris right now.

Le Dîner à San Francisco is going to be an annual event, so head over to their website HERE, facebook page HERE, or twitter page HERE - to find out more.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

This past October I went to San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival. With an amazing lineup I had high hopes, but never thought I would have as good a time as I did. I went with my 'music family', which consists of Skylar, Frances and Matthieu, whom I go to a lot of my shows with. With good friends and amazing music it was one of the best weekends I can remember. I am urging myself to make a compilation video for the whole weekend, but with as many projects as I have going on at the moment, that's going to take a bit... So in the mean time, here is a short little video showing how big a dance party the weekend was.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Last month, my little blog turned two years old. I was so busy that I failed to notice the anniversary. But I now wanted to now take time to thank everyone who has checked in, read religiously, and interacted with me. Without you all I would not have any content to post on.

In my first post I said, "I wanted to use this blog to keep my loved ones updated on life and adventures... Tune in, I'll do my best to keep this updated with Thoughts, Pictures, Music and Memories." I hope that I have done just that. Keep reading, because if the past couple years have taught me anything, each year is better than the next.

After a failed attempt at seeing Foster The People at Outside Lands this past August (too far away to truly enjoy), I got another chance to see one of my favorites up close and personal. The energetic, and not to mention adorable, band played at The Fillmore in San Francisco this past October and yours truly was psyched to score a ticket to the sold out event. The whole show was a true dance party whilst the band played their entire album, Torches. I have played this album out on my iPod to no end, but hearing it in person was a true pleasure. I took video of majority of the show, but rather than inundating you with clips - I'd like to share my favorite part of the entire show, the encore. The band played their overplayed, yet still enjoyable, hit 'Pumped Up Kicks'... But with a twist. Watch until the end to see the band add a dub step twist that still gives me chills.

Even after moving to the other side of the world, my amazing boss Lara (director of LARA INC.) still finds ways to keep me involved in the company.

LARA INC. produced the launch of the Kardashian Kollection in Sydney last month. Due to popular demand, Lara has been giving a behind-the-scenes look at what exactly it takes to put together each event. This time lapse video gives you an exclusive look as to how much time and energy is required to put on an event to this magnitude.
I was lucky enough to edit and put together this video for fans of LARA INC.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Finally an update!

New posts coming soon on live music, pop up picnics, music festivals, and other adventures I've been having in my new home of San Francisco.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Here is a video commemorating one of the best weekends of live music a girl could hope for. Definitely going to make Outside Lands an annual event.

Monday, August 15, 2011

So this past weekend I attended San Francisco's Outside Lands Music Festival.
I am working on a video of the whole weekend... But in the meantime, I thought I would share a little video I made so that I can relive one of the best live shows I have ever seen (and I've seen a lot)... Enjoy below:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Love this moment that Love Cherri caught me in backstage at Fashion Weekend.
Multi-tasking at it's finest.

The amazing company that I worked with whilst living in Sydney, LARA INC., produced David Jones S/S Launch last week. Being that I am on the other side of the world and have still been inundated with coverage on the event, I'd say it was quite the success. With worldwide phenom, Miranda Kerr, as the ambassador for the store, the world was on its toes to see the new mum strut. From coverage I've seen, she is as flawless as ever. From what I've been told by friends backstage at the show, herself, Orlando and baby Flynn are all adorable and a picture perfect family.
Sad to have missed out on the event, but so proud of the success.

I officially have the most talented friends in the world.
For my birthday last month, my amazing friend Jessica Klingelfuss created this incredible image for me and my blog. I am honored to have some of her work as my header.
Thank you x 1000 Jess; getting such an amazing, talented gesture for my birthday means the world.

To check out more of Jess' work, go here.

*She created an additional one for me that I will reveal at a later date!*

Before I left Sydney I went to Gideon's Customization Capsule Launch with Darren from BoyMoments and some other blogger friends. Darren took these fun photos (we always end up tossing our hair around when we're together)... And yes, my red velvet pants match the red velvet lounge. ; )

My gorgeous friend Xiaohan posted this video of a night out in Chinatown, Sydney from a few months back. I have been missing my Aussie life and friends a lot lately : ( But things like this always cheer me up!!
Thanks for the vid X! Love you.

On a side note, Xiaohan (and her blog Xssat) is up for the most amazing competition by Nokia and Elle... They are searching for their next style correspondent. Whoever wins will be sent to New York Fashion Week. Please take a second to 'like' Xssat on facebook so she can be sent to my side of the world. It literally takes two seconds and I'd love you forever!
To vote for her, click here.
Check Xiaohan's blog, Xssat, out here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

This picture sparks two reasons for being on my blog (other than the fact it's me):

a) My amazingly talented friend, Xiaohan of Xssat came backstage at Fashion Weekend the other week to take a look around and say HI. She came as I was prancing around in my favorite piece of the show, Shakuhachi's Suede Fringe Jacket. If you follow my twitter, you would already know my obsession with this piece. She posted a fabulous GIF on her blog of my twirling around in the piece, with the tassles dancing around me. It's so fun to watch. To see it, click HERE. My adorable friend also had these kind words to say:

"Dana’s sadly leaving our sunny shores for good next month, I’ll miss the girl dearly, she’s been such a positive and great influence ever since I met her late last year and I can’t wait to pay her a visit on her home turf in the states.

In the mean time, check out Dana’s blog and WHIP IT GOOD!"

b) The second reason in which I posted this photo is to vent. The Shakuhachi jacket, seen in the image, has been on my lust/need/HAVE TO HAVE list for quite some time now. It sealed the deal at the top of my list at Fashion Weekend when I was able to run around in it and fall in love with how the over-the-top fringing felt. Shakuhachi is having an incredibly rare sale of the lifetime at the moment, where almost everything is 50% off... Thus, the once out-of-reach dream-jacket, is now in reach at a reasonable $225. After moving home to America this past week, my mum wanted me to pick out one item that I have been lusting after (my words, not hers) to purchase as my birthday gift. Knowing just the piece, I rushed to my laptop and logged onto the Shakuhachi website to purchase. Only to find out that the site... doesn't work in America. WTF? What type of business doesn't allow us spend-happy, greedy Americans to buy their stuff? I completely understand a hiked shipping fee in order to get my package to me, but not even allowing us the opportunity to order is EVIL! I have searched, scowled, and stalked the internet trying to find this coat on any of the other sites that sell Shakuhachi, but to no avail. So please Shakuhachi, let me get this coat SOMEHOW! I dream of prancing around San Francisco in it, with girls exclaiming, 'WHERE did you get that COAT! It's to DIE FOR!' and with a smirk, I'd then tell them ALL about Shakuhachi... Thus, in return I swear I will forever be your brand ambassador.

p.s. visit Shakuhachi HERE... Also available on Pixie Market, Urban Outfitters, ASOS

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

The wonderful company I worked with in Sydney to produce Fashion Week and other amazing fashion shows + events is up for an award. If you guys could take a second to click through and vote for LARA INC. for Australian Business Of The Year, I would love you FOREVER!
To vote, click HERE or sms LARA to 0447 447 070 (if you're in Australia)
Thank you!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

After Fashion Week was Fashion Weekend. It was a different type of event, one geared more towards the consumer and the general public. We had a fashion parade that repeated several times throughout the weekend. I worked with LARA INC. to produce the show and Ryan Lobo to style it. BACKSTAGE FIX came along for the ride during production and made this video that we showed before each show. Keep your eyes peeled for me.

I ordered these babies the other day as a birthday present from mum. Cannot wait for them to show up. I think they bring a bit of 'pow' to an everyday black boot.

The Girls of Australian Fashion Week 2011.
I came across this video today, and am in love.
Made by Ken Butti and the amazing, Lola Van Vorst, it takes a fun Aussie turn on the widely known sing-alongs by Justin Wu (whom did the same at other fashion weeks around the globe).
This video really shows the fun that is had backstage, in between shows (when the stress is turned down). The girls are adorable, and some of my absolute favorites are featured.
I make my own little cameo in the last scene, watching on as Avril and Vanessa dance.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

I moved back to the states this week... It's been hard to leave Australia and the life I have made there, but moving back into summertime temps has made it a bit easier ; )

Most photos via FashionMeNow.

Monday, June 27, 2011

So a few weeks ago I attended EverGuide's launch at LoFi in Sydney. I posted a few photos from the launch in my own video here... But my dear friend Darren of BoyMoments alerted me that the official launch video has some photos of me (by him) in it... Here it is:

Everguide launch from Everguide on Vimeo.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Found this photo on my friend Xiaohan's website, Xssat, today. Taken backstage at Sara Phillips' RAFW show, it shows myself, Ryan Lobo and Sara Phillips discussing final preparations with model Eliza Humble.

Xiaohan's comment: "From left to right: Dana Fernie, Ryan Lobo and Sara Phillips, fashion masters at work."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Two more of my favorite girls and close friends, Rachel Grasso and Eliza Humble, and I playing around before Sara Phillips' RAFW show. These two are not only gorgeous on the outside but gorgeous on the inside... A cliche comment, but meet them and try to argue it doesn't fit. ; )

Photos thanks to the very talented Love Cherri.

My adorable little Rachel Rutt looking fabulous as always.

One of my favorite parts of RAFW is being able to see so much of some of the adorable girls I have gotten so close with. I do so many events with the same girls, and after hours and hours spent together, you end up being really good friends.

The top photo is one of the infamous hats Bec&Bridge used in their show this year. Rach loved them so much, they gave her one for her own.

The bottom photo is Rach in her hand-knitted dress, which really displays her sense of style. She started making just the tank-top part, but it was too short, so she continued on and made it into the dress. Crafty, isn't she?
Last week I ventured out to WA to visit my cousin and her family who live in Perth.
It was amazing to spend time with family, my cousin's new baby Emerson, and be able to explore Perth.
Here is a little video of my trip... Warning: it is about 75% baby ; )

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thursday, last week, was a very busy day and night for some of my friends and I. Emily (Little Black Book) and I started off with Door121's S/S Press Showing (I posted about it here) and a delicious lunch of risotto and sangria... Yum. Next we met Tania (CakeFace Blog) and spent the afternoon shopping at sample sales (with some of the rudest PR staff going) and some of our other favorite boutiques in Paddington... Sass & Bide and Shakuhachi to name a few.
Later in the afternoon, Tania and I met up with Darren (BoyMoments) and Xiaohan (Xssat) to attend Mulberry's 40th Anniversary party promoting their new book. Thrown by Torstar Communications (thanks Gemma!) it was a lavish affair. Golden balloons shaped as handbags, girls painting Mulberry-inspired images on attendee's hands and faces, champagne, and the most delicious sponge cake around! After drooling over the bags and flipping through the new book, Mulberry girls gave us all a piece of cake to take home with us... Good thing, because I bumped into a famished Jessie (We The People) soon after and the cake seemed to hit the spot ; ) Anywho, the Mulberry 40th Birthday Book is absolutely the most luxurious coffee table book I've laid eyes on. Photographer Venetia Dearden and Mulberry came together to document two years of the brand's everyday life. Check out the book here.
Afterward, we headed to downstairs Westfield to check out Shop Til You Drop's VIP shopping night, and headed to the upscale food court for some fuel before our next stop. Lastly, we all headed over to LoFi (one of my favorite spots in Sydney) to celebrate the launch of EverGuide, the new guide to all things music, entertainment, culture and the arts, and sport in Sydney (and in Melbourne too!).
This was by far one of the most fun nights I've had in Sydney. Put on by LifeLounge and The Vine, the room was adorned with a rustic back-alley vibe, all you could drink booze (hellooo unlimited ciders), and flight facilities playing tunes all evening.

Here's a little doco to take you along on the fun day : )

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Last week I attended Door121's S/S Press showing.
It was held at the beautiful Luxe Studios and showcased some of my favorite Aussie brands. The collections that really stood out to me were Justine Davis, Pol, Lovers & Collaborators, and Graz, to name a few.
As you all know, I used to work with Door121. It was so lovely to see the gang again, as well as see the new team members that have been brought on. It is such a fantastic company and makes me proud to see it thrive and really making it's name known in the Australian fashion community.
Coincidentally, when I went to the showing, it seemed to be Aussie Blogger Hour. Attending with Emily from Little Black Book, we ran into Genesis from Dandy Sachs, Jessie from We The People, Xiaohan from Xssat, and Joelyne from The Sydney Girl.
I am truly honored and proud to be a part of the Sydney blogger community, especially since I only started my blog a year and a half ago to document my travels. Now look what it's become. ; )
Below is a video I made (I've been toying around on iMovie) to document the Door121 Press Showing.
Hope you like it.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Here are some photos I've come across in my endless blog catch up from RAFW... these just so happen to have my mug in them. Always organizing models.
via BackstageFix.

Hilarious, looks as though Lara, Rikki and I are about to kill someone.
via BackstageFix.

All three previous images via JDawgWorld.

I am sorry for my insane break from my blog. Ever since RAFW prep began (the second I stepped foot on Aus. soil) it has been nonstop. I am now back in action and have time to share all of my experiences with you all.

If any of you have been following me on twitter, especially during RAFW, you have been up to date with all of my jobs and what I have seen. I worked with LARA inc. on the production of 20+ shows for RAFW. Which is more than any other producer, and the most she has taken on to date. It was an insane amount of responsibility which required a lot of patience, focus, and energy. I was working intense days, with little sleep, and coffee was my best friend. It really helps that between the production crew, backstage crew, hair/makeup, and the models we had a little RAFW-family.

Here are some of the photos I took with my iphone throughout the week. Feel free to look back at my tweets from RAFW to see even more coverage ... Here.

Joking around with the girls.

Runway set up for Talulah
Briefing the girls before Talulah.
Briefing the models.
The gorgeous Nicole from GarryPepperVintage interviewing Nookie designer.
The lovely Rachel Rutt rehearsing.
Annika Rehearing for Rachel Gilbert.
Nookie Rehearsals.
More rehearsals.
Media Pit after marking their spots.
Backstage prep.
Most hectic part of the week: Rushing from on site to Icebergs at Bondi to pick up these girls from Kirrily Johnston's show to rush them back on site for Morrison. They were calling me 'momma' as I was assisting to rip our hair extensions, remove make up, and feed them before getting back on site. Crazy... But had the best and most cooperative girls with me. Love them.
Kirrily Johnston backstage.
Briefing Alistair Trung.
More backstage madness.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I know I have been incredibly MIA lately... It's been due to being insanely busy during the lead up to Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. Now, it is officially here!! RAFW starts this coming Monday for the week... But for me, it started a few weeks ago when I arrived in Sydney. I've been spending my days at LARA INC. (producer of 20+ shows) working away as 'show producer' at model castings, fittings, schedules, contacts and etc. Tomorrow is a day full of technical rehearsals and making sure everyone (models, staff, designers, dressers, etc) knows what to do & where to go. Throughout the week I will be tweeting photos and messages trying to sum of the chaotic crazy-ness... So if you aren't already, follow me on twitter here. At the end of the week I will do a post summing it all up for you and my mom (hi momma!) who continuously complains that I don't update my blog enough.
But for now, here's some words of wisdom that inspire me to continue working in fashion as it is truly what I love to do. : )