THE NEW DITA.NET
Dita’s new site launched today. The previous pink design had been in place for quite a long time, so it’s nice to see something fresh. I like that the new design incorporates two skin options: Glamour Girl and Femme Fatale! A ‘skin chooser’ is an old (for the internet) design element I haven’t seen for a while. This incarnation of the site is much simpler and easier to navigate. I like that it showcases a wide selection of photoshoots as backgrounds.
The free public gallery, which was also on the old site, has been repopulated with a new selection of shots. One of the shoots featured throughout is newly released, in general. It was done for anniversary promotions for an Italian based company. I recognise it because I have a substantial amount of media from the promotions which I completely and utterly forget I had and will post very soon. The photo I’ve included here is from that shoot. Browse the gallery for more!
I’m not going to go into detail about the members section, because you’re not really supposed to, but I will say that it’s fantastic… a must for any Dita fan of age. Completely worth $19.95 (USD) per month. Personally, I sign up for one month 2-4 times a year.
THE ONLINE STORE
The Sweetshop is now The Boutique. The main page is perfect, you get all the information you need on one page, for all of Dita’s projects. One click and you’re at Rob Robinson for perfume or Glamuse for Von Follies.
The bulk of the online store has moved to District Lines and eBay, giving you an extra level of buyer protection. Aesthetically, I especially like the gorgeous background image on the District Lines page, Dita in red Herve L. Leroux by Ali Mahdavi! I do believe I want some Dita playing cards!
Also, as stated on twitter, you can still make special orders for things like souvenir stockings.
The new calendar format is cute! A new photo for each month from the California themed shoot, by Michael Elins & Elizabeth Stewart, originally for C magazine. Plus a Steve Erle shot for December from the Fredrick’s of Hollywood shoot.
What do you guys think?
Reca Group 50th Anniversary Pamphlet
Labels Hangtags Packaging Cool Accessories
Reca Group is one the world’s largest producers of luxury accessories, packaging, accents, and trimmings. Dita Von Teese was the face of the company’s 50th anniversary, with two photoshoots entitled Sacred Love and Profane Love. Art Director for the photoshoots was Antonio Salzano, with photography by Luca Manfredi.
Print advertisements were published in various sector magazines. The Reca Group website lists the industry magazines their seasonal campaigns run in. Go to AD > Fall Winter 10 11 for Sacred Love and Spring Summer 2011 for Profane Love. Also, click the “+ View Backstage Video” at the foot of each page for a behind the scenes video of each shoot.
Art Deco and Dita von Teese come up with a new collaboration collection of makeup for holiday 2012. Called Golden Vintage this new holiday makeup collectin includes beautiful Candlelight Powder, Golden Vintage Eyelights – highlighter and eye shadow in one, Golden Vintage Blusher, three shades of lipstick, two red shades of lip lacquer, nail lacquers, false lashes, Golden Vintage Lash Designer, and limited edition beauty marks.
The collection is set to lanch in the end of the month with some of the products like Candlelight Powder, beauty marks, Golden Vintage Lipstick, false lashes and Golden Vintage Lip Lacquer released in limited edition.
The lip color is full of reds ranging from coral red to dark red shades. The nail lacquers come in full and mini size. For eyes there is mascara, pink and brown pearlescent eyeshadow in feather print, mascara and false lashes in classic shapes and decorated with the rhinestones.
The self-adhesve beauty marks come in a package with a number of different-stized dots to help create an iconic vintage makeup look.
Dita Von Teese Is Seduced by Uni, Eats Leftovers Wearing Lingerie
Dita Von Teese, burlesque royalty, designer of the Von Follies lingerie line, and Cointreau ambassador, satisfies her desire to eat well by chasing down delicacies in Paris, where she has a soufflé named in her honor at Le Cigale Recamier, and seeking out simpler charms when back home in L.A. "I'm spoiled. I get to go to a lot of great restaurants," Von Teese tells Grub Street. "But sometimes I just want real food and no sauces and foams and white tablecloths. Some days I just want to find a simple, old-school steakhouse with red leather banquettes, but I really love watching someone transform vegetarian food into something glorious." So what did Dita ravish this week? Come take a look in today's L.A. Diet.
Wednesday, November 7
I woke up a little bit late, so I grabbed an apple to eat in the car on my way to Pilates. I also made green matcha latte tea with almond milk to-go.
For lunch, I sliced heirloom tomatoes, avocado, and chopped basil with a sprinkling of Himalayan sea salt. It was delicious. Later, I made an almond-milk shake with cinnamon, vanilla paste, chia seeds, and a bit of banana. It satisfied my sweet-tooth and I felt full until dinnertime.
I made an early-bird dinner at home, slicing kabocha pumpkin and roasting it with coconut oil and sea salt, one of my favorite home-alone meals. I also make a simple lime-basil salad dressing from Kimberly Snyder's book The Beauty Detox Solution and poured it over a salad of baby spinach, tomato, and celery.
I went to a party with my friend. We got hungry and decided to go to one of our favorite Hollywood restaurants, The Hungry Cat, where our friend and genius mixologist, Danielle Motor, works. She's always creating new cocktails for me, and tonight she made an exotic cocktail with fresh persimmons and smoky mezcal. We shared a green salad with dates, pumpkin seeds, and grilled kabocha, followed by a plate of raw hamachi with yuzu, mint, and Asian pear.
We don't usually eat dessert, but the scent of something cinnamon-y came wafting out of the open kitchen. We called out to the chef and asked what it is. Freshly baked beignets? We begged for one bite. Two minutes later, one single little beignet laced with chocolate arrived with two forks. Perfect.
Thursday, November 8
I woke up very early and had hot water with lots of lemon and ginger and then went to Pilates. Afterwards, I made a green smoothie with baby spinach, mango, and fresh mint. I had several meetings at my house, so I made myself a pot of Violette-rose tea that I bought in Paris at Mariages Freres, my favorite tea shop.
For lunch, I ordered in from Café Gratitude. I had my usual "I Am Fortified" bowl, which is sautéed vegetables, kale with quinoa and avocado, and a sinfully rich tahini sauce.
Before my dinner date, I was starving, so I cut an avocado in half and sprinkled it with an intensely scented, smoky sea salt I bought at a spice market. Avocados with various exotic sea salts are one of my favorite snacks.
For dinner, I had a slice of pizza topped with squash blossoms, pesto, and burrata. I don't often eat bread and cheese, but I couldn't resist eating something so beautifully presented. I also had a piece of roast chicken, but it was overshadowed by a baked sweet potato on the side. I would have been fine with just that. I also stole a truffle french fry off someone's plate. I simply cannot resist black truffles.
Then I had a bite of a hot chocolate-chip cookie. I'm not a big dessert fan, but I always look at the menu. I scan it for something with fresh coconut or an interesting type of soufflé, or some other kind of unique dessert. I hate to be disappointed by ordinary sugary-sweet desserts, and things like molten Death-by-Chocolate cakes do nothing for me. I'm a bit of a dessert snob, it's true. I don't diet; I save my indulgences for when it's worth it.
Friday, November 9
I was up early for the Von Follies lingerie shoot at my house. I had my usual green smoothie, which is always some variation on Kimberly Snyder's famous "Glowing Green Smoothie." I have it every day. Today I made it with romaine, spinach, cilantro, fresh ginger, and pineapple, with a bit of ripe banana. Everyone asks me for the secret to good skin. Put down the cigarettes, slather on the sunscreen, get your beauty sleep, and drink your greens!
I sat and had my hair and makeup done, and sipped Lapsang Souchong. I am so obsessed with smoky tea that I've made the mysteriously smoky Lapsang Sounchong the basis for my new perfume. Just before we started shooting, I had a little bowl of homemade granola with almond milk.
The crew had Thanksgiving-style turkey lunch catered by Love Catering, which sounded great, but didn't really jive with being photographed wearing lingerie and keeping my energy up all day, so I opted out.
I called my favorite vegan-raw restaurant Cru only to find out that they've closed, with no plans to reopen. I was devastated! I still have an unused gift certificate. I pulled myself together and ordered from Bulan. I had Vietnamese summer spring rolls with fresh mint, pumpkin in a spicy-basil sauce over brown rice, and a dish called "crisp faux fish with apple," which probably sounds strange, but is one of those dishes I fantasize about when traveling.
After the shoot wrapped, I started to order in sushi, when I got a text from Danielle at the Hungry Cat that simply said, "fresh uni." She knows how much I love uni, so I canceled the sushi order, threw on a dress, and minutes later I was seated at the bar alongside several other solo-foodies.
I had a plate of oysters and scooped uni from the shell and sprinkled it with sea salt, along with a dirty vodka martini. For my main course, I ate seared arctic char served over celeriac puree with brussels sprouts. For the grand finale, Danielle made me a special version of a classic Sidecar, made with fruit and pear-infused cognac. It tasted like a summer version of the Sidecar, which was nice on this rainy L.A. evening.
Saturday, November 10
Second day of shooting, up at 7:00 A.M. I made the green smoothie with spinach, kale, green apple, cilantro, fresh ginger, and pineapple. Don't knock it 'til you try it. An hour into hair and makeup, I made a pot of Mariages Freres rose-violet-perfumed "Serenade" black tea.
On set for lunch, I had a buckwheat soba noodle salad, grilled green beans, and I also sampled one of the mini chocolate cookies for dessert.
Near the end of a ten-hour day, I was asked if I could muster up energy to perform two burlesque shows at a party. I looked at the clock and decided I had better eat soon so that I could cinch my corset in a few hours without much suffering. It's a tricky thing, the pre-striptease-show meal. I ate some leftover Thai brown rice with sauteed shiitakes from the day before. Confession: One of the most inelegant habits I have is standing up and eating out of the fridge when I'm starving or in a hurry. But since I was shooting pictures for my lingerie collection, I happened to be wearing black stockings, a garter belt, and five-inch heels at the time.
After my show, I was exhausted and found myself rummaging through the fridge again. I do love leftovers. I was raised to finish my plate or save it for later. I once had a boyfriend that refused to eat leftovers. What kind of guy won't eat a turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving? Red flag!
Sunday, November 11
For breakfast I had my smoothie with spinach, parsley, ginger, celery, and apple. Then I toasted a slice or two of millet bread, spread on truffle or tarragon mustard, smashed avocado with sprouts, and finally, a sprinkling of black truffle salt or porcini mushroom salt.
I met a group of friends for a pre-electro-dance-party dinner at Red Hill in Echo Park. I sampled the kale salad with celeriac and apple; kobocha soup with parsnip; roasted beets with farro, fennel, and hazelnuts; spicy roasted cauliflower; and mushroom ravioli with chard, ricotta, and almonds. I'm not a vegetarian, but lately, meat just isn't doing it for me. In L.A., we have so many fantastic haute vegan options. We skipped dessert because we were all too full.
Monday, November 12
That morning we had a Flaunt shoot at my house for my dress collection. I had my smoothie, but secretly wished I had the afternoon off to indulge in brunch. In my fantasy, I'm at Hugo's with an oatmeal frittata and scrambled eggs. I had Mariages Freres' Chandernagor, which is a spicy chai delicious with almond milk.
I was hungry about an hour later so I toasted a piece of millet bread and had it with ripe avocado and Lapsang-Souchong sea salt sprinkled on top. For lunch, I ordered in from Gingergrass, a neighborhood Vietnamese restaurant. I had their house lemongrass salad and vegetable pho.
For dinner, my girlfriend and I were craving tacos, and my favorite local spot Alegria is closed on Sundays, so we went to Malo in Silver Lake. We ordered margaritas, and I specified that they be made simply, just as the original recipe was. I am vehemently opposed to margaritas made with any syrups, agaves, or bottled lime juice.
We ordered a smorgasbord of tacos: fish, beef and pickle, squash blossom, and spicy shrimp. We also ordered sautéed cactus. Too spicy for me. Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. We ordered chicken molé, but I have to say, I wasn't impressed. My favorite local molé is at Mexico City in Los Feliz.
I'd overeaten, which is what usually happens when I eat tacos, which could be my favorite non-healthy thing to eat. When I'm traveling, good Mexican food is what I miss the most.
^So chic especially love the shoes and clutch. And she looked super gorgeous in that pale yellow dress, fits her figure perfectly.
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