Artist Greg “Craola” Simkins

Photo by Brent Broza

It was a summer evening in late August as I prepared for my night as the floor Somm at the restaurant.  Our restaurant business brings many eclectic types of people together from foodies, oenophiles, fashionistas, critics and of course the locals.  One night, my eye was instantly drawn to a beautiful woman dressed in a simple white blouse with the coolest designed leggings. It was a great picture. Her sitting there against the deep blue leather of our booths, her leggings, popping off her legs framed by our walnut floors, it was beautiful. I did not recognize the designer, but thought it could be Alexander McQueen or Stella McCartney. On her way out I complimented her on her styling and asked her about her leggings and where I could get some. She said she wasn’t sure, but gave me her friend’s name who was the artist that designed them.  I didn’t have to even write it down because it was easy to remember – “Craola“.  I went to his site to do some shopping when I was lured into viewing his work.  As I discovered everything Greg “Craola” Simkins was up to in the art scene, I was completely surprised to find out he was a native of  Torrance, CA., right here in my backyard.  Now, the South Bay is mostly known for it’s beaches and volleyball – not art.  So as a NY transplant living in a beach community I have to seek out and travel outside the area get my “culture” fix.  Since my kids share the creative gene, I try to instill a variety of experiences in their lives too.  As I began delving into Greg’s website, youtube ,Instagram and Snapchat I began appreciating Greg’s artistry and I knew I had to know more about this artist who grew up and still lives a few miles away.  Greg is a very talented and fascinating artist who also has a business that consists of a clothing line, art supplies, iphone and ipad and macbook cases, and has a movie that is touring the film festivals as we speak.  During my Q& A I learned about his upcoming solo exhibition of new works ‘Beyond Shadows‘ at the “Merry Karnowsky Gallery” in Los Angeles  –  May 21st to June 18th.  Here is more about what I discovered during my Q & A with “Craola” and if you want t0 see my favorites go below to GG Picks.

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Spring Trends 2016

Spring is here!  Here are a few of my favorite items that are comfortable, basic and on trend.
My short list on Spring Runway Trends 2016
Tops | Off the shoulder,  Victorian style puffy sleeves, lace and prints
Shoes | Casual sneakers, mules, Latin inspired sandals, and booties for the casual practical look,  embellished shoes for when you want to make a statement
Pants | Wide leg cropped pants and low slung pants
Cover Ups | The bomber jacket is in for spring and fall | Lingerie and robe style cover ups
Nails  & Makeup | Toes get bright colors while hands stay neutral | bright lips and electric eyes, sparkles, glitter, dreamy summer skin
Handbags | Saddle shapes, strappy backpacks, half moon cross body
Accessories | Tribal, Mexican and Southwest motifs, floral, elongated earrings, ankle bracelets, patterns, chokers, intricate | NO MATCHY MATCHY
Eyewear | all shapes and sizes from cat to round to oversized, reflective, colorful and ombre lenses, plastic frames | YES MATCHY MATCHY | Match your sunglasses to your outfit

 All Items listed below in GG Picks.

Happy Shopping!

Spring 2016 Basics