Monday, October 13, 2014

HAIR DIARY WITH KC CARHART, LIZ SUSTAITA, AND ANDREW KYLE @ RAMIREZ TRAN



I get asked about my hair all the time, so I thought it would be cool to share my secret, and take you to one of my appointments at the Ramirez Tran Salon in Beverly Hills with my colorist KC Carhart, her assistant Andrew Kyle, and a cut from stylist Liz Sustaita. To book your own appointment, magical hair transformation, call 310-724-8167.

Monday, October 6, 2014

KRYSTAL SIMPSON X UGG AUSTRALIA BIG SUR ROAD TRIP VIDEO


I took a week-long road trip to Big Sur, California as a part of my partnership with UGG Australia, showing off their new special edition grunge collection at all my favorite spots along the coast. We hiked at Pfeiffer, lounged around at the River Inn, and made our way into Pacific Grove to my favorite record store Vinyl Revolution, and then to Monterey to a farmers market get some fresh flowers and way too much to eat. Head over to my YouTube channel for more behind the scenes videos and other projects. Special thanks to UGG Australia for allowing me to create this wonderful project!
 
*This post is a collaboration with the Creative Council by UGG Australia.  

Friday, October 3, 2014

UGG CREATIVE COUNCIL BIG SUR ROAD TRIP


I partnered with UGG Australia to show you my take on their new special edition Grunge Collection, so I decided to take a week-long road trip to Big Sur, California with the boots in tow, and film and photograph the whole way - as well as document it on Instagram. I went hiking, swam in the ocean, had a meal in the middle of the river, got fresh flowers at a farmers market, and even picked up a few records from my favorite record store - don't worry, I'll show you which one in the video. Since I grew up right outside Big Sur, I have a local's take on the Central Coast of California, and I'm so happy I was able to create a project with my favorite place as the backdrop.

This wasn't my first encounter with UGG boots, I got my first pair in 4th grade after months of begging my mom for them after I saw this long haired surfer guy wearing them with shorts, and I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Then of course I had to have a pair in high school to wear with denim skirts, shorts, and everything else. And now here we are all these years later, and they continue to be a wardrobe staple; whether you go for a classic pair, or their new rock and roll take on the classic boot. Of course there's that whole walking on a fluffy cloud thing too, that never gets old!


*This post is a collaboration with the Creative Council by UGG Australia. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

#MYCALVINS

Underwear thanks to Calvin Klein.  

I was so stoked when Calvin Klein asked me to take part in the #mycalvins social media campaign showcasing their iconic underwear. When I was a kid, I saved up my allowance money for weeks to buy a white short sleeved Calvin Klein Jeans t-shirt exactly like this one that they just reissued. Next I had to save up for a bottle of Ck One, and by the time I made it to junior high, I finally owned a pair of Calvin Klein jeans; but the underwear always eluded me - until now! 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

THREE DAYS WITH NIXON


When Refinery29 asked me if I wanted to take a few Nixon watches on a test-run, of course the answer was a big yes; I'm a huge watch-fan: new, antique, working or not. So I just added my three new watches in with my regular weekend clothing repertoire and shot the results - they fit right in. You can get your own at Nixon.com.

Friday, look one: Nixon Time Teller, Burberry sunglasses, American Apparel coat, J Crew shirt, Blk Dnm blazer, Mother Denim jeans, Saint Laurent Paris boots. 
Saturday, look two: Nixon Small Time Teller, Ray Ban sunglasses, vintage polka dot shirt, Mother Denim jeans, Saint Laurent Paris boots.
Sunday, look three: Nixon Small Time Teller, Illesteva sunglasses, Topman suit, Gap shirt, Birkenstock sandals.

*Sponsored post

Monday, June 2, 2014

MADE FOR PEARL


Janis Joplin was a real artist; she lived her truth, and whether she was speaking or singing, she did so from her soul. She once said about her experience growing up in her hometown,"They laughed me out of class, out of town, and out of state, man..." which seems more often than not to be the case with a lot of the legends we love and remember forever; that they were always out of step with the rest of the masses one way or another. It was women like Janis that gave me, and all the other self-proclaimed misfits that proceeded her more of a leg to stand on in regards to growing up with those same out of step feelings, who didn't desire to be what society considered a "traditional woman", who didn't aspire to be the prom queen, or a cheerleader, who spoke their mind, and pushed the boundaries of normalcy and femininity, and did so boldly. I am so thankful for Janis, not just for her contributions to the music world, and pop culture, but also for the truth she lived and spoke of so freely. Watch any Janis Joplin interview, and you will soon realize that she is one of a kind, especially in the world of celebrity that is so rehearsed and contrived. Her honesty and candor is beyond refreshing; I don't think there is an artist around today that can come close to that kind of truthfulness in our modern world of manufactured celebrities, media training, managers, and publicists. She lets all the walls down and shows you true vulnerability, it's impossible to not love her.

Made for Pearl was created by Janis Joplin's family; specifically her niece Malyn Joplin, based around pieces that are inspired by her iconic bohemian style. Think tunics, high-waisted bell bottoms, jumpsuits, tie-dye, turquoise accents, fringe, sterling silver, loft leather, and velvet; all made in the the U.S.A. There have been countless brands that have tried to achieve the Joplin spirit through their designs that always fall short, but with Made for Pearl, you are getting pieces designed in collaboration with her estate, some are even recreations of things Janis actually wore, so you can really get into the spirit of what is was to be Janis, and have a real connection to her life.

When I was approached about shooting in Made for Pearl, my first thought was that I had to capture her boisterous spirit accurately, and do it justice. I, like so many others have loved Janis since I found rock and roll music when I was a kid, so I knew this was something I had to do correctly, and with a lot of heart to honor her and thank her for what she did for me, and all the other people out there who have heard and benefited from her message: "…to be true to myself, to be the person that was inside of me…that's what I'm trying to do mostly in the whole world is to not bullshit myself and not bullshit anybody else, to be righteous to to myself, to be real,  you know what I mean? And so far you know, I'm doin' that, I am! I'm not wearing cardboard eyelashes and girdles and playing Las Vegas, I'm still bein' Janis…" So when it came time to pay homage to her, my first thought was to shoot the Made for Pearl pieces near my hometown where her band legendarily performed at the fairgrounds in Monterey, California during the first and only Pop Festival in 1967. The Monterey Pop Festival was considered the kick-off to the Summer of Love, as well as the first big performance from Janis Joplin's band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and it has been said that Columbia Records signed them based on their performance at the festival. If you happened to have purchased tickets (at the whopping price of $3.00-$6.50), you would have had the chance to see Janis, as well as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, and Otis Redding, to name just a few of the legends that played that summer weekend. Her performance at the Monterey Pop Festival was a breakthrough, and they played two days in a row; the second day was added because the first day was so well-received, but wasn't filmed, so the second set was added and shot for the D. A. Pennebaker documentary The Complete Monterey Pop Festival released by The Criterion Collection (I'd say it's a must see for any true music fan). So we returned to the site of the festival 47 years later to shoot some of the pictures at the fairgrounds, and the rest were taken around Monterey, including my friend Bob's record store The Vinyl Revolution on Forrest Avenue in Pacific Grove, which provided the perfect psychedelic backdrop for the Made for Pearl collection. This one's for you Janis!


Joplin Bells in tie-dye denim and velvet, Time fringe bag, and Sam tunic all from Made for Pearl.

Special thanks to Made for Pearl the Joplin family, and Bollare!

Friday, May 9, 2014