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May 20, 2012 6:11PM

OnSugar Question of the Day: Why Should You Win This Contest? What Makes Me Unique?

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Vote For Me!

You would think that this would be the easiest question to answer. However, this question has me totally flustured because there is so much I want to pour into this answer. First, I would just die to win this contest. I am currently blogging and typing on a  macbook. My macbook screen is completely destroyed and I am constantly having to move windows and icons around just to be able to see what I am clicking. The screen is the most expensive part of a Macbook and to have it fixed, according to many Apple employees and customer service, it would cost over $800 (which is way too much money for my family and I to shell out). I have made this computer work to the best of my ability because I crave blogging. I work full time in retail management, I am married and we are full-time parents to our beautiful son, who is turning 2 on Thursday. We are saving every penny paying back my student loans and my husband's college tuition. We work hard to provide our soon with a nice home and everything he needs, but at the end of the month, there aren't luxuries or that much money to put into a computer right now. When my child is asleep, my creative juices flow. There is nothing more that I enjoy than scoping out new designers, viewing runway shows, and finding new trends in fashion. I know more about pop culture and celebrities than I do American History. I can tell you Academy Award winners more than past presidents. I love photography. I am obsessed with photo blogs, inspiration photos, past editorial spreads and more. A brand new computer will help me with photography and to be able to do even more. I have what it takes to write well and to get my point across. "Life" is so important and you have to do what makes you happy. "Love" is something that is so beautiful, that it should never be taken granted. "Lace" is beautiful, feminine, detailed and exquisite- just like my blog. I am a computer nerd and get giddy everytime my follower count goes up. I check my email religiously to see if anyone has "liked" my posts or even commented. I love my blog like another child. My goal in life is to start my own childrenswear and accessories company. I would be starting online, and with a new computer, it would making my dream come true a lot faster. I would be able to be creative and to be able to start it successfully. I have a modern take on vintage wear, I see musical influences in fashion and I have icons, like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who I post about more than anything. I want to win this computer so that I can continue my blog without the worry of not being able to. I will be able to make it even greater and brighter with a new computer. Please choose me! When your passion is writing and fashion, having this blog means the world and more. I would be so grateful and so happy! My late nights of writing wouldn't be of frusturation and squinting. This would be the greatest gift of all, financially, emotionally and positively. Thank you OnSugar!!!!

 

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May 20, 2012 6:11PM

Academy Awards 2012: Michelle Williams Looks Lovely In Louis Vuitton

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The Best Actress nominee (who I truly thought was going to win, though I am a huge Meryl Streep fan!) in her vintage-feeling peplum Louis Vuitton frock, accessorized with a light pink Bottega Veneta clutch and sparkling choker.

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Dec 2, 2010 10:58PM

Red Hot MK

Nov 22, 2010 7:24PM

Ashley and Her Doggie At The Airport

Nov 19, 2010 10:33PM

Ashley Olsen: Sketch #1

(same pencil mediums as in my MK drawing below)

Nov 19, 2010 10:31PM

Mary-Kate Olsen: Artwork Sketch #2

All work completed with light pencils (scan messed up bottom of drawing)

Nov 19, 2010 10:29PM

Mary-Kate Olsen: Artwork Sketch #1

I did this artwork in 2005, with HB and B mechanical pencils, tissue, and a 7B pencil to darken

Nov 18, 2010 9:23PM

Mary-Kate & Ashley at the Boutiques.com Launch Party

Nov 17, 2010 12:27PM

Mary-Kate and Ashley: Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

Nov 16, 2010 1:15AM

Random MK Still-Shots From "Factory Girl"

Nov 9, 2010 7:06PM

Mary-Kate & Ashley Attend the Cool Comedy Club with Danny Tanner

Nov 9, 2010 7:00PM

Flashback MKA

I remember taking this exact photo with me to the hair salon to have MK's hair color copied. It came out picture perfect, and looked amazing, just like hers.

Nov 7, 2010 10:18AM

Flashback Look of the Day: Ashley

Nov 5, 2010 3:15PM

Ashley: Gentlewoman Magazine

Nov 4, 2010 1:36PM

Ashley Olsen & Justin Bartha Do Halloween Couple Style


Nov 3, 2010 7:58PM

The Olsen's Quiet Approach

Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen had their fashion revelation in their teens.

The two actresses were on a press tour of Canada, and at one event, they noticed a strange phenomenon. Hundreds of girls in their audience sported oversize sweaters, big sunglasses and Balenciaga handbags. They were, in short, replicas of the twin sisters, who have been in the entertainment spotlight since they were nine months old but, as teens, had developed their own distinct fashion style.

The moment triggered the idea for The Row, which they launched in 2007 with the idea of creating a perfect T-shirt. Since then, the line has evolved into eveningwear, outerwear, knits, men’s wear and sunglasses, and they have since also launched the contemporary Elizabeth and James line and the junior and tween Olsenboye line at J.C. Penney.

In the process, the duo have become role models for celebrities looking to start their own fashion lines. With the exception of Victoria Beckham, few celebrities have garnered the kind of respect from the fashion industry the Olsens have, and the 24-year-olds seem to be living and breathing fashion these days.

And unlike other celebrity designers, they have so far shied away from massive runway productions and runway bows that would be splattered across tabloids a few days later. “We did it because we didn’t want people to buy the clothes because it’s us,” Ashley Olsen said. “We wanted the product to speak for itself.

“We are in such a unique situation,” she added. “People have been watching us since we were nine months old.”

“We were born into it,” Mary-Kate Olsen said. “It was never a choice or an option. For us, it was work.”

The twins deliberately took a quieter approach. “I felt there was something missing from the marketplace,” Ashley Olsen recalled. “I was a shopper. I felt that basic luxury was missing. We started it very small, selling only to one store at a time, starting with Barneys New York. It was completely separate from Dualstar.”

Dualstar is the company the Olsens formed in 1993, when they were six years old and stars of the hit sitcom “Full House.” It manages the sale of special videos and DVDs as well as an apparel collection for Wal-Mart. By the time they turned 18, though, they were ready to move their business, and their image, in a new direction.

“We learned so much,” Ashley Olsen said. “The more control that we could have over the product, the more we wanted to support the product and the happier we’d be.”

The Olsens took an unusual route. Unlike others who start at the designer tier and eventually dilute their brands to the mass level, they went in the reverse direction, making their names at Wal-Mart before building a designer brand at the Barneys tier. The sisters credit the journey with their own coming of age. In fact, The Row’s customer is now aged between 35 and 65, with 45 being the average.

“When we were younger, we had more of a mass audience,” Mary-Kate Olsen said. “As we got older, we worked with things we wanted.”

With The Row, they went after a minimal feel based on fabric and fit.

“We manufacture everything in the U.S. and just started to work with Italy for knits,” Ashley Olsen said, adding there are a variety of reasons for this approach. “We want to save the Garment Center and keep people employed here. With a small brand like this, it also allows us more control.”

“We can nurture the product more,” Mary-Kate Olsen added.

Asked for their day-to-day routine, the Olsens rattled off a schedule that would make any major designer proud. “We are in the office by 9 a.m., depending on where we are in the season,” Ashley Olsen said. “Then we may have a financial call followed by a design meeting.”

“And then an Elizabeth and James meeting,” Mary-Kate Olsen chimed in.

“We meet with licensing partners, and right before the show, it’s not unusual for us to be in the office until 4 a.m.,” Ashley Olsen said.

While Ashley Olsen is clearly more the fashionista of the two, Mary-Kate Olsen had her own design agenda. “I wasn’t as big a shopper,” she admitted. “But I was horseback riding since I was six years old, so it was all about fit for me.”

From Dolce & Gabbana to Proenza Schouler, fashion has its share of design duos, and even if the Olsens take a different approach — at times they disagree on colors, Mary-Kate Olsen said — they still share a common goal. Both see their three lines expanding into full lifestyle brands, and, for The Row, they are planning to add handbags next fall, followed by shoes. “It would be a proper American luxury brand, made in America, with retail businesses and maybe collaborations with other brands,” Ashley Olsen said.

...this article was taken from WWD. Thanks!

Nov 3, 2010 7:55PM

Getting Ready For the Next OlsenBoye Collection

Nov 3, 2010 7:53PM

Trick-or-Treat Mary-Kate

Nov 3, 2010 7:53PM

MK at the New York Comedy Fest

Nov 3, 2010 7:51PM

Mary-Kate and Ashley Help WWD Celebrate 100 Years part 2

Nov 3, 2010 7:49PM

Mary-Kate and Ashley Help WWD Celebrate 100 Years

 

Nov 2, 2010 8:35PM

Starbucks Sweetheart

Nov 2, 2010 8:33PM

Mary-Kate at the Jane Hotel

Nov 2, 2010 8:30PM

Uptown Girl

Oct 28, 2010 10:37PM

Olsens Go For Comfort As Well As Style

Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen want their work in the fashion industry to go beyond good looks. The twin designers want their creations to be “soft and comfortable collections in every way.” Ashley told Dazed Digital, “Fabrics have been a main focus from the beginning.” This is true for all their collections: The Row, a high-end line, Elizabeth and James, and Olsenboye, which is sold at J.C. Penney. The 24-year-old fashion designers believe there is sometimes a disconnect between the way clothing is presented online and their real-life look and feel. I agree. Who wants to wear anything thats discomfortable, even if it's fabulous?