The Journey ~ Fashion Designers and Craft Makers Network

The journey for Angelman Syndrome and fashion begins with the founder of Fashion Designers’ and Craft Makers’ Network, Joanna Marcella. This journey will bring hope and dreams to many young designers and children. The children with Angelman Syndrome suffer from: Laughter Energetic movement Hugs The mutual fascination of all things shiny – including water Profound special…

#MeToo and #TimesUp Conversation ~ Ebertfest

The stars hit the Golden Globes unified in black bringing the #timesup and #metoo conversation to the red carpet. The award season began with the hashtags #TimesUp connecting to the #MeToo conversation already started. Twitter exploded with the hashtag #MeToo when Alyssa Milano stated Oct 15, 2017, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’…

Unacceptance to Self-Acceptance ~ Belle

Dido Elizabeth Belle, actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is a true story of a high society young African-American mixed English during the 18th century. Belle finds herself in high society but has a hard time finding herself anywhere. She struggles to balance things every day. She is the daughter of a slave and Sir John Lindsay, a navy ship captain….

Dreamer and Believer ~ Sara Siders 

Sitting in the local Champaign coffee shop, Cafe Kopi, with Sara Siders a musician, composer, and guitarist. She is a boundary pusher not only in her music but life. Sider’s is a transplant to the Champaign, Illinois music scene. Her strong sense of rock, blues, and funk to her performance and music. Sara Siders is the…

Things Return as They Were ~ Japanese Matcha Tea

Japanese tea ceremony is a formal presentation.  Tea service is the winter presentation. This tea ceremony is preparing and presenting the matcha tea. This tea ceremony is centuries old and is about purification, harmony, respect, and tranquility. Matcha Tea Leaves Preparation  This matcha is the highest grade of matcha specifically used for ceremonial tea. This tea…

Coachella Dusk to Dawn Party All Night ~ Style Fashion Week

This weekend, guests of Dusk Till Dawn immersed themselves in a desert wonderland at the hottest party of Coachella, 2018. Performers included Chanel West Coast, Kryoman, EC Twins, DJ Spade, Riiottt, and Outside0utside.  Daytime guests enjoyed Guest enjoyed cannabis lounges, dab bars, street artists, pop-up shops, acro yoga and more. Around each corner was a new immersive experience….

Ebertfest ~ Film Festival

Roger Ebert created Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival or better known as Ebertfest. Ebert was a TV and Chicago Sun-Times film critic. This festival is held at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign IL. This location is near Ebert’s hometown, Urbana. This year celebrates 20 years of Ebertfest. The film festival is set to bring back some…

The Journey to Zion and Beyond ~ Road Trip

Planning the road trip across the US there was a detour from Yellowstone National Park due to weather. The next best stop for national parks was Zions National Park just off highway 89 in Utah. Stopping in Page to meet with high school friends and fill up for the next leg of the journey to Zion…

The Big Finale ~ Mario De La Torre

Mario De La Torre, a fashion designer from south central, brings a collection that has west coast apparel, and with a south of the border flair. This runway continues with a purpose to empower women with his designs. His runway presents one that is full of diversity and creativity. De La Torre brings his whole…

Palm Springs ~ Style Fashion Week Photo

Style Fashion Week brings beauty, art, and fashion to the desert valley in Palm Springs. The runway takes place at Palm Springs Air Museum. Style Marketplace immerses guests in fashion as well as art and design.  Industry and consumers directly engage with brands throughout the week. The runway this season brought a special moment for Mario De La Torre,…