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Midweek Motivation: Eve Thomas

It is time for another Midweek Motivation interview. Some motivation to pick you up and give you some extra energy for the rest of the week is this week provided by Eve Thomas (Follow her on @EveLovesLuxury)

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I am Eve Thomas and I’m a writer and editor. I currently work on luxury magazines for automobile drivers, hotel guests and private jet owners. In my free time I write and direct plays and work on the non-profit blog The Greater Goods http://the as well as on some other (top secret) media projects.

2. Your favorite trip ever and why?

Given my field, I don’t dare choose just one. I am about to record a segment on dream vacations for the Kelly Alexander Show. A few I’ll mention: Eden Rock in St. Barths. One of the few cases where a tropical hotel’s reality is even better than the photos. I stayed in the 16,000-square-foot Villa Rockstar, which has a private gym and recording studio with the mixing board John Lennon used on “Imagine.”

Also, I’ve got to mention the Shangri-La Hotel Paris. I’ve never been big on the Eiffel Tower before, not even when I lived in Paris. So clichéd, right? But it’s hard not to fall in love with it when it’s right there, across the Seine from the hotel. I could even see it from my bathtub.

3. What is your favorite 3D movie and which one are you looking forward to?

Prometheus was excellent because the 3D was seamless until they really wanted to impress you – like with the glowing maps and blueprints of the universe. As a good Canadian, I should probably say I’m most excited for Life of Pi. And I should really get around to reading the book.

4.Who is your style icon?

My childhood heroes taught me everything I know about fashion (and feminism): Betty and Veronica, Elvira, Phyllis Nefler from Troop Beverly Hills, Veronica Sawyer from Heathers and Pippi Longstocking. I also feel Little Edie Beale is a kindred spirit because I often wrap sweaters around my head.

5. What are three things you can’t live without?

Magazines (whatever you think of the state of print, they make the gym bearable and baths more pleasurable), my passport and pens, which I take from every hotel I visit. To paraphrase Mitch Hedberg, when you’ve got a great idea in the middle of the night you either have to find a pen or convince yourself it’s not a great idea after all.

6. What is your advice to someone who is pursuing their passion as a career?

It depends on the person and their passion. For some people, especially artists, it’s actually the worst thing they can do. It turns something they love, like photography or illustration, into a daily grind. On the other hand, there’s probably never been a better time for artists to take command of their own careers. My advice: know when to compromise and always have some personal projects going on the side. And get everything in writing.

Thanks for great answers, Eve!

Midweek Motivation: Designer Pat behind fashion label, Dresstronomy

1. Who are you and what do you do?

Hi I am Pat from Singapore – I am one of the designers for our own fashion label, Dresstronomy.

About dresstronomy
The independent fashion label brings prêt-à-porter collections that embrace femininity and sensuality in an understated way. From the conceptualization of structure and cut, fabric selection, creation of finer details to the final masterpiece – designs are kept minimalistic yet intricate, classic yet novel. The designers continue to be inspired with fresh concepts and themes, injecting new twists on classic silhouettes, creating contemporary designs for vivacious women who love, laugh and celebrate life.

2. Your favorite trip ever and why?

I LOVE all my trips, being in completely new and fresh settings, meeting new people and hearing their experiences are always very inspiring to me.

I particularly enjoyed myself in Melbourne. We were on a road trip from Melbourne city centre down the entire Great Ocean Road coast, passing by the awesome 12 apostles, spending our nights in cottages right smack in the middle of wineries (great idea if you intend to get tipsy, which we were most of the time). We spent our days ogling at whatever nature had to offer (which was pretty splendid), and our nights sipping champagne with grapes and strawberries. The food was glorious – the ingredients were amazingly fresh. It was also the first trip I took with the love of my life, who has since become my husband. It was simply magical.

3. What is your favorite 3D movie and which one are you looking forward to?

It has to be Avatar – The make-believe world of avatars and the love story came alive in 3D, teleporting me right into the midst of the action.

I don’t have any 3D movies I am particularly looking forward to but I really do wish someone will make Jurassic Park come alive in 3D. Dinos are a thing of the past, so imagine how awesome it would be to experience in 3D, the grand dinos grazing around in the open pastures or ferociously charging at you. All the excitement without the dangers – what’s there not to love!

4.Who is your style icon?

I don’t have a style icon. I love way too many beautiful things to stay faithful to a singular style. But I do have designers I look up to and hope to emulate. Elie Saab is one of them – I love the intricacy of his designs (the beading, draping, cuts), fashion is truly an art form when it’s an Elie Saab.

5. What are three things you can’t live without?

Christ, Family and Friends – these are core to who I am, and who I want to be.

6. What is your advice to someone who is pursuing their passion as a career?

Enjoy every moment of your life. Don’t be afraid to take chances, you never know till you have taken the first step out. We designed our pieces with an image of the Dresstronomy woman – The Dresstronomy woman doesn’t care for half measures, she is vivacious and dynamic, she loves, she laughs and she celebrates life.

Midweek Motivation: Dorina Lanza

1. Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Dorina Lanza, born in Italy, raised in the US, and CEO of White Tiger Group, LLC, [a holding company for my various entrepreneurial endeavors]. I am a Master Business Coach; Overeducated Biz Mentor; Ski, Beach & Luxury Lifestyle Bum; Rocket Scientist; Pyrotechnician; & then Some! . . .

I specialize in working with entrepreneurs to identify and strategically align their businesses not only around their true passion but around their true identity. The result is to double their income, cut their work time in half, and get them on the fast-track to building an automated business that will be more successful than they ever dreamed possible.

2. Your favorite trip ever and why?
My trip back to Italy at age 17. I went to stay with my cousins in Milano and then the Italian Riviera [where we had the run of the house – my 19 year old cousin was in charge – no adults in sight – oh my!]. During that trip I built relationships that are as strong, over four decades later, as they ever have been – I made friends for life over that summer!

3. What is your favorite 3D movie and which one are you looking forward to?
Alice in Wonderland . . . Love Tim Burton and Johnny Depp! Looking forward? I don’t know! You must tell me what is coming out!

4.Who is [are] your style icon[s]?

Karl Lagerfeld, Yves St. Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Giorigio Armani, . . .

5. What are three things you can’t live without?
Champagne, My Cats, and My Great Relationships!

6. What is your advice to someone who is pursuing their passion as a career?
I agree that pursuing one’s passion as a career is a good thing and I would go a step beyond. It is not just about pursuing your passion – it’s about going beyond your passion and finding your real “reason for being”. That takes you to your core – your true identity. That is from where you want to emanate to create your ideal life.

Your passion can change, it is but a manifestation of your true identity. However, your “reason for being”, your core, does not change . . . In fact, your “reason for being” is generally formed by the time you exit your teens and stays with you for a life time. Stick with it and you will never go wrong.

Also, most people think “inside the box”. They go from the “what” to the “how” to the “why” – outside in thinking which makes you look like everybody else in the field. Outside the box, on the other hand, the competition is very low . . . that is where you want to be. So, go from your “why” [reason for being], then figure out the “how” [your passion], and then get to the “what”. . . inside out thinking is what differentiates you from the pack. Your competition will not be able to touch you if you do this right.

So, find what your “reason for being” is, build everything you do around it [and if you have a business you can just realign it – no need to throw out your success to date ;-)], and you will never “work” a day in your life!

Have a great day! 🙂 INGRI:DAHL crew

Midweek Motivation: LA stylist Reggie Marshall

Meet Reggie Marshall, one of our favorite LA stylists and good friend! He has worked with many celebrities and on a lot of big projects, but yet he is super down to earth and knows style like no one else!
1. Who are you and what do you do?
A fashion stylist
2. Your favorite trip ever and why?
Rhode Island, because it’s sooo peaceful and un Hollywood.
3. What is your favorite 3D movie and which one are you looking forward to? 
4. Who is your style icon?
Kanye West / Karl Lagerfield
5. What are three things you can’t live without?
Fashion, shoes, magazines
6. What is your advice to someone who is pursuing their passion as a career?
Listen to your heart,think big, and don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done!
Hope you are having good week!

Midweek Motivation: 3D expert Ed Elliott

It’s time for another Midweek Motivation interview! This time we have had the honor to interview Ed Elliott. And we are very excited to share his answers with you. Not only will you be most likely be inspired, but you will very likely learn a thing or two about 3D movie making in Hollywood.

1.      Who are you and what do you do?

I am Ed Elliott: multi-faceted, curious, architect of technology, photographer. In university I studied both medicine and engineering – chose electrical engineering but what I learned about human biological systems has been most valuable when designing large complex technology systems. The fruits of learning always pays back… Combining human perception design with advanced digital workflows naturally includes 3D – as used both in cinemaphotography and other industries. In terms of my ‘day job’ my passion is bringing the tools of technology to the art of storytelling.

2.      Your favorite trip ever and why?

My wife (of just a year at the time) and I travelled to South Africa, then just ‘drove north’ with no particular place in mind. We found ourselves (most fortunately – as we were critically low on petrol!) in a little ‘resort’ (aka a small collection of huts – rondavels – at the mouth of a river on the Indian Ocean :  Qolora Mouth. Pure magic. White sand. Clear river. Aqua ocean. Great food. Singing hymns and ballads with the kitchen staff after meals. No electronics. (Well, at that time cell phones didn’t exist.. really!)

3.      What is your favorite 3D movie and which one are you looking forward to? 

Hard question for two reasons: I view 3D as just one more technique in the producer/director’s toolchest. Do we ask about ‘favorite rotoscoped movie?’ or ‘favorite black & white movie?’ Today, 3D is novel, and, if used correctly can add to the storytelling experience – so to focus on this is normal. The other difficulty for me personally is that I work in the industry with clients that produce 3D movies – so to pick out one studio or producer over another is not something I can do. I do look forward to the increasing number of well shot 3D movies – the industry is learning and although we have had a few turkeys there are some really well-designed ‘immersive movies’ out there (my preferred description of what we call 3D).

4.Who is your style icon?

No single one. I love and admire fashion as worn in ‘real life’ – and celebrate this with my view of people expressing themselves with my personal passion of ‘streetphotography.’ The creativity that men and women (well, to be honest, women more than men – most guys are pathetically lazy about their appearance!) bring to their personal presentation always surpasses what even the most skilled ‘designer’ can come up with. I like a casual, relaxed style personally – but love detail and fine craftsmanship. I must admit a weakness for Robert Graham shirts…

5.      What are three things you can’t live without?

Partner. Friends. Camera.

6.      What is your advice to someone who is pursuing their passion as a career

Tread carefully… While many have said that the best way is if you can make your passion your ‘day job’ – it’s not always easy or simple. The financial pressures, routine, issues with ‘customers’ etc. can suck the joy out of what once was a passion – if you are not careful. So it’s not for everyone. If you are lucky enough (or cursed enough!) to simply HAVE to do what you do, and can get paid for it – you are blessed indeed. In my case, I made a decision years ago to leave photography as a private passion and put my creative skills to work with computers, video, technology etc. – those also bring me a sense of achievement and wonder – I feel fortunate that I like what I do for a living – but when I’m looking though the viewfinder  it’s just for me. I can shoot what I want, when I want, interpret it any way I want. If someone else likes it, that’s a bonus. I never get tired

Hope you enjoyed this interview as much as we did. Check out more of Ed’s work here.  Have a great day!

Midweek motivation – Photographer Tamara Maddox

This week’s Midweek Motivation is the very talented photographer, Tamara Maddox, who is INGRI:DAHL’s Spring Collection photographer. Her story inspired us at INGRI:DAHL, so we asked her to answer the Midweek Motivation questions in between photo sets and editing. Thanks, Tamara!
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I am Tamara Maddox, and I am kind of a Jack-of-all-Trades. I wouldn’t call myself a professional of any certain category yet, other then just creative entrepreneur. My background and Degree is in Technical Theatre (Design and Construction). While in college I spend most of my time in the scene shop building the sets and painting backdrops and murals. After college, I have built furniture, painted, drafted, event planned, costume designed, worked as a seamstress and started my own Photography business. I recently graduated from college and am in that floating zone like most college graduates. About a year ago I took my passion of Creative Photography and started doing it as a side job, and now it kind of took off!

2. Your favorite trip ever and why?
My favorite trip has to be when I went backpacking in the Grand Cannon last summer with my husband. It was such an amazing experience. It truly is a site that takes your breath away. I have always been totally in love with nature, growing up in Missouri with an outdoorsy family. My family has always been really into camping, backpacking and hunting, however this trip was a very surreal moment for me. I am a woman of way too many words (ask my husband) however this trip I was totally enamored that lead me to be speechless by the endless beauty! There is truly nothing better then taking some time out from the craziness of life, and go without any electronics for a while.

3. What is your favorite 3d movie and which one are you looking forward to?
So far I have to go with the Classic, I felt like Titanic in 3D was my favorite 3D movie so far! It brought me right back to 8th grade when the movie came out and I fell madly in love with Leo. Of course although the movie wasn’t filmed to be for 3D, I felt it really added to the movie and of course left me wanting to “never let go”!

4.Who is your style icon?
Honestly I am terrible at style, I wore two pairs of jeans that were “paint pants” most of high school and college. In fact, I am pretty sure when I was out of work clothes, no one recognized me. I have always really looked up to Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, Petty Paige and Norma Jean before she became Marilyn Monroe. I am such a sucker for the 1940’s -1950’s pinup girls! Although I may not always dress in dresses and wedges, my heart is with the 1940’s!

5. What are three things you can’t live without?
As far as outlets, I would not be able to live without creativity. I know this may sound silly, but I have about 30 creative outlets, and even those are not enough some days! The other two things I could never live without are my friends and family because they are the first people that told me to grab on to my creative juices and never let go! The last thing I couldn’t live without is my camera. Even before I started doing photography, I often would document my process during productions in theatre, film and even just my crafting adventures with my camera. Although my cameras have changed many times over the years from a cheap disposable to the beauty I use now, but never the less it has been my ultimate partner is crime!

6. What is your advice to someone who is pursuing their passion as a career?
If I could only tell someone one thing about pursuing their passion as a career is “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Said by Confucius. I know at first it feels daunting because what you might have passion for something that may not pay your bills, right away. I have struggled with this in my life, because being that my education is in Theatre and Design, in this economy it is a struggle to find great paying career that will cover the high cost of living that is in California in this field right now. I have had to work many odd jobs, mostly draining retail jobs, scene shops and even an amusement park water ride! Although I have had to do my passion as a part time gig, I still have so much passion that my “creative outlet” it turned into a full blown part time job and had inspired others to not give up on their love of arts and creativity. Although I personally being an adult I wasn’t able to quit my day job, but someday that is my goal I know it will be worth it! My Mother always told me “if there is a will, there is a way.” This has driven me to do what I need to do, to inevitably lead to a career in the field of the arts and creativity!

Hope you enjoyed this interview as much as we did. Check out more of her stuff on her website here or on her Facebook here. Stay tuned for the fabulous pictures of the Spring Collection 2012 that Tamara shot today. We can’t wait to share those with you!

Have a great day!

Midweek Motivation: Norwegian Fashion Blogger, Iben Bergstrøm

INGRI:DAHL loves Iben

The thought behind Midweek Motivation is to give you an extra boost of motivation in the middle of the week. To share the personal stories behind people in different industries that have had success in multiple arenas. We also ask these role models to give advice on how to succeed.  This week we interviewed Iben Bergstrøm, the lovely blogger behind the blog, Despite Color. Enjoy!

INGRI:DAHL loves Iben

1. Who are you and what do you do?

Hi, my name is Iben Bergstrøm. I have my own consulting firm, and I work as a communications consultant. I’m also the girl behind Despite Color, a fashion blog. I’ve gained so much experience from blogging, so I decided to turn it into a business. I specialize in blog marketing, blog relations and product placement on blogs. In addition to that I sell charts of different blog networks to companies, and I create social media strategies for companies. Blogs are on many levels the most powerful advertising tool in our time, it has it’s own language and codes. Truly fascinating. When it comes to my own blog, I love sharing my crazy style with people and see how I can inspire them to think differently.

INGRI:DAHL loves Iben

2. Your favorite trip ever and why?

My favourite trip was when I and my better half went to Santorini. It’s a fascinating, warm and mystical island. It’s rare that one experiences total silence in ones head, but there I sure did.

3. What is your favorite 3D movie and which one are you looking forward to? 

I’m going to see The Avengers as soon as possible!

INGRI:DAHL loves Iben

4.Who is your style icon?

I think style icons is such a clichè, people inspire me. All kinds of clothing, a special brooch or some cool socks can make me drift into a direction I never went before, stylewise of course.

5. What are three things you can’t live without?

Sadly enough, my computer. It’s as heavy as a brick, and I have to carry it everywhere. The second thing is my cuticle clipper, it’s quite an addiction. And the third is my MAC foundation, it makes me look awake every day.

Ingri:dahl loves Iben

6. What is your advice to someone who is pursuing their passion as a career? 

My best advice is to do as many projects involving your passion as humanly possible. Find other ressourceful people to collaborate with and make it fun. It’s so important to learn how to work with other people, how important it is to go through with it eventhough you don’t get paid and ofcourse how to turn your passion into a career. Create a one-person firm, and take it from there. I’ve done so much volunteerwork and pro-bono, and a couple of years ago I could finally start to name a price. That was bliss.

3D glasses Iben

Hope you enjoyed this week’s Midweek Motivation!

P.S. Would love to hear what you think of this column: is there any other questions you would like us to ask, any careers you are particularly interested in, etc?

Midweek Motivation: MTV’s Shannon Fitzgerald

Yet another inspiring interview. This time with beautiful Shannon Fitzgerald, who works at MTV. Make sure you don’t miss her TED talk in the end of this post.

1. Who are you and what do you do? Shannon Fitzgerald and I am Sr Vice President of Series Development at MTV in New York. Basically I create new shows for the network.

2. Your favorite trip ever and why? When I went to London at 16 with my best friend for 3 months and knew I wanted to live there. So I quit school and did just that. That trip changed the course of my life.

3. What is your favorite 3d movie and which one are you looking forward to? Avatar is the only one I’ve seen I think and not sure what else is coming out. I am a writer so much more interested in good writing and directing so the 3d thing – which is super fun – isn’t totally on my radar yet.

4.Who is your style icon? I have a few – Kate Moss, the girls from Elastica, Tilda Swinton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lou Dillion, Britih Mods and skinheads from the 60’s.

5. What are three things you can’t live without? iphone, music and positive attitude

6. What is your advice to someone who is pursuing their passion as a career? To not give up too quickly just because it’s harder than you thought. It’s always hard. It takes hard work and dedication to get good at something. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and persevere. if you want it badly enough you will find a way. Resilience is the name of the game. You just have to figure it out as you go along.

Want to leave you with one of the most inspiring TED talks that we’ve seen – Shannon’s talk at TEDxWomen in Amsterdam. Enjoy: