Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Indie Mag

The Indie Mag is a non-profit magazine dedicated to all things independently done and made. We have launched our second issue featuring Nikki Misery of  New Years Day.
Mr. Misery went into the world renowned Musicians Institute graduating fully with a degree. Years of working his butt off and working the entire time, paying rent in Hollywood, wish was no simple task. All the while still having time for all of the people around him that were important.  He was just finishing up his schooling at The Musicians Instsitute and his playing was just in another league. More exciting was a new interest in his music world by the name of Ashley Costello, whom he just met at a local goth club and ended up trying out for this band called New Years Day.

 Our artist feature was Darcee Lynn a female artist from Las Vegas, NV. Having served time in the Navy as the ships Culinary Specialist, this sultry and sweet gal had a pretty amazing story to tell. The love afar with a passion for food and art crosses paths in a wonderful way in her art. The sensual play of food and body parts comes together in a retro-modern twist that just blows you away. The use of a 1950's color palate mixed with modern content creates some fantastic art that will take this gal to the top.

The next feature we had for February was the photographer Leslie Tucker. When we asked Nikki Misery about doing an article on him, he sent us some photos to use as well. We fell in love with the one that is now our cover picture, which was taken by Mrs. Tucker. I reached out to her to get her permission to use the photo. As I was trolling through her social media, photo after photo was blowing my mind. It was love at first picture. this gal had major talent and I wanted to feature her not just the one photo she took.
        Last but not least, Jackie Michel a Las Vegas female skater. An interesting story of how we happened upon this rock star of four wheels. My partner who works late nights, would frequent the grocery store after his shifts and became friends with the graveyard workers of the store. One happened to be Jackie Michels mother. This woman, Lorie, was nothing shy of mother of the decade. She battled cancer, worked nights to support her kids dreams and was an amazing soul and person all around. Always talking of how wonderful her child are and what they did, it was only suiting we do a write up on Jackie's major talents and skills.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Rock and Roll Fashion Fusion: The Purple Hair Don't Care. Since I have an aversi...

Rock and Roll Fashion Fusion: The Purple Hair Don't Care. Since I have an aversi...: The Purple Hair Don't Care. Since I have an aversion to sitting still, salon chairs are like my kryptonite. I am a mom, business owner...
The Purple Hair Don't Care. Since I have an aversion to sitting still, salon chairs are like my kryptonite. I am a mom, business owner and a creative energizer bunny that just can not stop. So how does one with my schedule get the purple hair dream? Well, it took 3 days of staying indoors and a whole lot of bleach as well as some great gals from sally beauty to help. The first step was to off course bleach the dark brown box hair dye from my hair. Which was no small task to say the least. Brassy hair is hard to pull off, and let/s just say it was not doing me any favors. This process involved a lot of trips to Sally's and a lot of beanies to hide my hair.
First: tip buy a lot of bleach all at once and a lot of argon conditioner, it saves the humiliating trips to the store while undergoing the process.
Things you need:

1. Hair dye tint brush

2. Hair dye bowl

3. Gloves

4. Patience 

5. Argon deep conditioner 

6. Absolute Perfect Booster by Ion it is like Omniplex, but way cheaper and accessible, it saves her hair from bleach damage.  Add to your lighter or hair color.

7. Hair Dye I used Argon. I mixed two colors the pale lilac and the purple. I did not want to bleach my hair to much and risk damage so I added the darker purple so my hair would take. 

8. Bleach powder 

9. 40 Developer and a 30 or 20 on hand as well 

 After each bleaching process, which was mixing the bleach powder packet to the 40 developer and waiting around 40 minutes, rinse wash and add your deep conditioner a lot and leave it in for as long as possible. Around 30-40 minutes or longer. Then rinse and air dry your hair add a tiny amount of coconut oil. I did this 4 times. Do not blow dry or use any heat on your hair. Once you have reached as close as you dare to platinum blonde then you can use the dye. The argon oil hair dye does not require any developer. 
I mixed one whole tub of the pale lavender and half of the dark purple which now knowing all that I know I would have used less of the darker purple. For the next couple of weeks try not to use any heat on your hair and do a pot of deep conditioning treatments as well as leaving some coconut oil in your hair before washing. Every time you bath you will leave purple water behind. I still have purple coming out every time I wash my hair. Just so you know. For your root outgrowth in between your next bleaching because yes you have to bleach your roots unless you are natural platinum blonde before you dye it again or it will not take, glitter it up have fun you do after all have purple hair and don't care.      

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Leather Bow Ties

The bow tie a fashion staple and many times in the past perceived as an intellectual man's choice of wears, whether true or not that was how this fashion staple came across. The main type of wears of the bow tie were typical professors, doctors, finance men and so on. Some speculate it may have been due to the complicated nature and skill it took to successfully tie a respectable bow tie. Although they do come in three standard types a clip on, pre-tied, and self-tied.

Fast forward to current day and current standers, this accessory has had an uprising in some untraditional ways from wood to leather and a ton other that I am probably not currently aware of at this point. We see them more and more at cocktail parties, nights out on the town and so on. From male to female it has become a go to and a very sexy one at that. I must admit in my younger days I thought it quit nerdy on guys, but then becoming a rather large nerd myself my perception of the afore-mentioned took a 360 turn. Now a huge lover and actual wearer of the Leather Bow Tie I have eaten a ton of crow.
  Now being of what some may possible call alternative style, the adornment of spikes and skulls on the bow tie are a must and want. It may be because of all the punk rock music, 90s movies and a great need for faux leather anything in my wardrobe one may never know.
Whether you choose a leather bow tie or wooden one you are sure to look awesome. It is very simple to make yourself as well check out this video on how to make a leather bow tie.
We hope to see you in one and will buy you a nice beer or cocktail whatever your choice of poison is. Cheers fellow bow tie wearers.
Love The Odd Portrait   

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Black Friday Weekend Update

Greetings again, been awhile, so how was your Black Friday Weekend madness? A lot happened here in Las Vegas, aside from the crazy lines, which form up earlier and earlier each and every year, we had an actual murder in our sister city Reno. Too bad to hear about all the chaos which is why I did online only this year, and was very happy with the results.

We did a 20% off store-wide sale on our site over at The Odd Portrait including such little gems as these Mermaid Skeleton Earrings and more. But it is not easy running a business this time of year, and let me share with you a little bit about what it takes to make all of this happen.

What I did learn from last year is to start earlier with the promotions and design. Not only do you have to get your web store setup to handle a discount and the traffic, but accompanying graphics and logos have to be made as well. Load up Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and a few others and either have at it or outsource your idea's depending on the time you have. You can not just use last years , and if you are not comfortable designing your own, it can take tons of time and hours of YouTube videos to learn how to get it just right.

The toughest aspect of it all is getting that message out there to as many people as possible. You can not just throw up a sale and expect everyone on the internet to know about it, so you have to go out and promote it. Much like passing out flyers in the good old days, you have to lay out the groundwork and hit the ground running. Hitting up every social media platform is only the beginning, and an entire day can go by before you realize only a handful of people might actually be seeing your post before it is lost in a sea of kittens, meme's, and political incorrectness.

It is very difficult to pay for ad's that you are not sure of if they work. It makes sense to spend $100 on marketing and ad's if that returns you a profit, but you have to target so many demographics, and keywords, that unless you have data built up over time, it does get discouraging if that money does not convert into sales.

Is my website slow? Are my products easy to order? Do customers even like this stuff? So many doubts can arise, and lead you astray in your mission, but as a business owner I can assure you this, stick to your vision and dream, and just keep improving upon it. Just because something does not work it does not mean to do a 180 and change your plan completely. This just leads to more failures, as it is in all of the little adjustments which make the change. Go with what you believe in and tweak it slightly until you get it right. And keep building up those followers and be loyal to your fan base.

Good luck and enjoy your holiday shopping

The Odd Portrait

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Top Indie Brand Designers

Fun quick video we did that highlights fashion fusion and the best new indie brand designers. These are some of the top inspirational raw talented artists and designers we saw around that moved us, so we made a big list about it hopefully you find something worth your while !

This was a quick little video we wanted to add to support the cause featuring Las Vegas model Cyn from The Union House at Downtown Las Vegas.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ultimate Mermaid fashion guide

All that You Need To Be A Mermaid
This late spring the drifting of #mermaiding has hit the fan. The incredible scale of accessible mermaid extras and choices are bounteous and terrific. From the wonderful mermaid crown to parade around your next pool gathering or music celebration to the mermaid skeleton hoop that can be shaken anyplace whenever. Be a mermaid and make a few waves at your next summer occasion. When you ascend out of the water and do your mermaid hair flip it will be o such a great amount of better with your shell top. Mermaids dependably have a ton of fun. Release us down the rundown and help you locate your ideal mermaid decorate for your mid year period of separating.
I experienced childhood in the 1980's and the importance and influence I grew up with the watching little mermaid was monumental. From the minute I saw it each time I entered the water I got to be one. On the off chance that you were not into the Little Mermaid what about Splash. Yes one with the blondie sensation Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks. That pre 90's as it turned out in 1984 however seeing as it was one of only a handful few mermaid movies it stayed present in our souls quite a while. Presently I am not in truth a mermaid you may for may not find that an odd revelation, but rather seeing as how their are real expert mermaids out there. Yes that is correct I said proficient mermaids I know you most likely are asking why the hell fire am I doing what I do when I can be that a mermaid. Truly cool regardless of the possibility that you are not consider exchanging callings.
So number one on the rundown must be the mermaid swimsuit. It is shell molded creatively colored goodness for your boobs. It fun summer and well extremely mermaidish its an unobtrusive approach to express your inward mermaid while still keep up a solid intense design edge. Margarita Mermaid has some excellent ones which you can likewise get on Dolls Kill. Shell formed swimsuit bottoms cover your benefits in shell molded goodness that is lovely as well as complimenting to your derriere too. Click on the photo to shop each of these spectacular things.

mermiad bikini shell bottom
Presently you might be conscious of this all things mermaid brand, yet in the event that you anticipate mermaiding this late spring they are an unquestionable requirement online go to stop for you. Presently as noted above you can shop them on the Dolls Kill webstoree or go straight to their site which has Neptune's bounty of choices for you to pillage through. Here are some of my most loved ones that they have up now, which I am biting the dust to get my nimble little mermaid hands on.
This is your definitive last stop destination for the full mermaid change. It doesn't get cooler or realer than this. Mike Van Daal based out of Michigan and has been making the most renegade and custom mermaid tails around. Each and every one is hand made, as in every single scale and detail are carefully created and collected.
Structure fitting to your lower middle, you truly do get to be Ariel here. These are the highest point of the line business tails that exclusive the most expert Mermaids are seen in. As said by Mike himself "Here is A review of my most recent silicone tail in the completing procedure! Totally luminous, and changes shading each point you take a gander at it! More pictures to come soon. This tail has more than 36 layers of enhance with Photoshop, and 16 unique hues were utilized to make this brilliant impact!
He makes two diverse tail plans, both are produced using the most elevated quality silicone, with included spandex network threw inside for quality. The tails have a custom incorporated mono-balance worked with the fluke that gives energy to swimming in the water. Value range $3,500 - $5,700 for these Ferrari's of the ocean.
For The Bling Mermaid Gal
Here are two more emerge ones with a bit of bling shimmer to add a little sparkle goodness to your pool shoreline sprinkling and playing. Radiate through the swarmed ocean of two-piece clad angels with these one of a kind emerge styles . Be careful you may get the envious young lady glares in these bathing suits simply be prepared....
Baby_Ariel,mermaid bikini
Presently the embellish part not a pool shoreline going lady no stresses for there are courses for you to get your mermaid design on without getting wet or being in the pool. Tr our greatest merchant the Mermaid Skeleton dangle stud. It is spectacular glory for your pool outing. It is odd and great all in the wrapped in one. Not into skulls and skeletons well how but rather something else like say a mermaid crown? Some hand painted shell hoops? A painted star fish accessory? Well why yes this simply happen to be a piece of our mid year gathering and commitment to the mermaiding development. Yes we do genuinely mind and our here to help your each design from odd to boho to rocker we got it all we cherish the burners as well..
Here at The Odd Portrait in the event that we are going to do the look, let us leave no scale un-turned. These stunning mermaid skeleton darlings are the ideal embellishment that are ideal for the greater part of your fishy circumstances. These little jewels dangle and swivel and catch a considerable measure of consideration. For day or night wear, this tiny bit of clothing can have all the effect and convey some odd fun design to a generally ordinary outfit. These fortunes of the profound roused us to experiment with a couple of various approaches to wear them and even ventured to make a choker with this as the centerpiece.
Step by step instructions to boho mermaid
Well since we adore all things mermaid we have thought of our own mermaid extras for that extreme boho mermaid look. Will you be setting off to a music celebration pool or shoreline gathering or all to damnation you simply need to do an insane fun design shoot as we do these mermaid crowns will or can be your go too for some standout wow summer pictures and style. We cherish style and we began this brand out of a need for things we adored yet could or would not spend the measure of cash for or simply plan couldn't locate those exceptional things to express our inward form strangeness or emerging of the mass swarmed ocean of individuals. Here are a couple of our late spring gathering new pieces beyond any doubt to help you get your mermaiding on.... My undisputed top choices are our new mermaid crowns which we have two in now and up on our site and just $34 which is an executioner bargain for these unique high quality shell encrusted headpieces. They are fit as a fiddle of a tiara and site upon your head in that style with two small little searches on either end for some staying put power and backing.
Need something somewhat more inconspicuous simply include sprinkle of mermaidness, well what about a hand painted ocean shell or star fish neckband for your mermaiding adventure and needs. These novel exceptional pieces will add that small something additional to your mid year design closet. Just in and a portion of our new summer accumulation the ideal summer adorns. Since they are all hand painted they are exceptional. We have brighter and strong hot pink and green ones to more milder inconspicuous all pink to pastel shades. We have both long and short which both run well with other included neckbands.
Pastel handpainted star fish necklace
More on Mermaiding Summer fun
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