Based in Beverly Hills, the Webby award-winning blog, The Blonde & The Brunette, was founded in the Fall of 2010 from NJ’s front row seat at the Prada runway show in Milan. Currently followed in over a 110 countries, The Blonde & The Brunette is designed to be a quick, daily dose of fashion, style and beauty.
As The Brunette, NJ is internationally recognized as a fashion trendsetter and style icon and often referred to as the “Daphne Guinness of the West Coast”. For the past three seasons, NJ has also been a featured cast member of the #1 reality show in Belgium, Astrid In Wonderland. In 2012, she was also one of the top 10% viewed profiles out of LinkedIn’s 200 million members. She has interviewed everyone from Alber Elbaz, Olivier Theyskens, Rachel Zoe, Derek Lam, Thakoon, the Missonis, Jason Wu and Giuseppe Zanotti to Milla Jovovich and Giuliana Rancic. She regularly attends and covers events such as the Met Gala, most recently the Alexander McQueen and Prada exhibits for StyleCaster, the star-studded opening of the Valentino Boutique on Rodeo Drive as well as a contributor to SAKS POV. Although her first love is fashion, she is well-known in the creative community as a member of the by-invitation-only International Academy of Visual Arts (IAVA), the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), Webby Judge and five-time winner, and The Metropolitan Museum’s Friends of The Costume Institute. She is a graduate of the NYU Tisch School in Film and Television, NYU College of Arts & Science in Journalism and holds an MBA in Marketing and Economics from the NYU Stern School of Business. As a branding and marketing expert, NJ has worked in the entertainment industry for MGM and Universal Studios as well as created brand imaging for major clients world-wide including the fashion industry. She is a Board Member of MOCA, Aviva Family and Children’s Services, Otis College of Art and Design Benefit & Fashion Committee and very involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters including being their 2011 Innovator of The Year Honoree for The Blonde & The Brunette. You can often find her front row at runway shows from Lanvin to Monique Lhuillier, sitting at her laptop at 1 AM or working with the stylistically diverse group of B&B contributors.
Kathryn Lebowitz is a Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Michigan. She is co-founder of WALDORF + LEBOWITZ + MINER Advisors, WLM Advisors, specializing in art consulting and design for private and corporate clients. An artist in her own right, Kathryn specializes in figure and life drawing, oil painting and printmaking. She is an active member of the LAXART Curator’s Council and a board member of the non-profit organization, Piece by Piece. Kathryn contributes a creative spirit with a passion for art and a discerning eye for fashion and design. She considers herself a product junkie and make-up guru, who believes in enhancing natural beauty — with a few tricks, products and professionals! Her trend-setting fashion style encompasses a bohemian chic look with a sexy twist. And yes, Kathryn is well known in LA as a fabulous beach blonde.
Most of our experts and contributors are based in Los Angeles, along with The Blonde and The Brunette who both work and live in Beverly Hills.
:::: Jose Eber :::: Today, José remains among the most celebrated of names in hair and beauty. His sexy, elegant, carefree look is still the style of choice for today’s women on the go. Known for creating a look from which a woman’s inner beauty can emerge, his philosophy is embodied in “Respect your individuality and be yourself. Don’t try to be someone else.” Now an internationally recognized icon, José has appeared on major news networks including CNBC and CNN. He has also made guest appearances on “Entertainment Tonight,” HBO’s “Entourage,” ABC’s “Good Morning America”, “Nightline” and NBC’s “Today Show”. With two books on hair care and styling titled: “Shake Your Head, Darling” and “Beyond Hair, The Ultimate Makeover Book,” the best-selling author has joined us as a key contributor on hair and beauty. Outside the salon, José Eber is an advocate for numerous charities dedicated to the well-being of women and children.
:::: Martin Katz :::: One of America’s leading couture jewelers, Martin Katz, LTD. first gained attention over 20 years ago as his pieces were showcased on Hollywood red-carpets by Sharon Stone, Kate Winslet and Nicole Kidman. Since then, Martin Katz designs have become favorites among fine jewelry collectors and connoisseurs around the world. Currently, Martin Katz operates a tastefully appointed retail shop in Beverly Hills, and his creations are showcased in the incomparable fine jewelry department of Bergdorf Goodman.
:::: Cameron Silver :::: Cameron is widely recognized for his impact on runway trends from fashion’s new generation of designers in New York and Paris, and the way a constellation of Hollywood’s brightest appear on the red carpet. Since he opened the doors of his Melrose Avenue vintage salon, Decades, in 1997, the dress code in Los Angeles has irrevocably changed due, in large part, to Silver exhorting his frequently-photographed, trendsetting clientele to “dress up!” Since he was named one of Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion” in 2002, Silver’s footprint is recognizable even among those who have never walked into Decades. It is seen on women as far away as Dubai or Moscow or Tokyo, who regularly snap up a couture gown or one-off necklace online at the Decades e-commerce site. His effervescent approach has made him a favorite pundit on E! Entertainment, the Style Network and “Fashion File.” and he has written about luxury, from shopping to travel to his front row perch at the haute couture presentations, for Harpers Bazaar (UK), C Magazine, Departures, Style.com, and others.
:::: Astrid Bryan :::: Astrid Bryan was born and raised in Antwerp Belgium. She started playing classical violin at the age of four, and for 15 years she had private lessons from one of the top European teachers. Astrid appeared on national French and European television shows and gave many classical concerts and performances in the ensuing years.
Astrid’s fashion career started in 1999 when she became a buyer for a high-end fashion chain headquartered in Belgium. She attended the London College of Fashion in 2002 and by 2004 she was appointed head buyer. The focus of her buying included Alexander McQueen, Mark Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Givenchy, Victor and Rolf, Micheal Kors, as well as many other designers. She attended many of the great fashion shows Milan, Paris, New York, and London. At the same time she segued into modeling. As a model, Astrid won the prestigious Elite Model Look contest for Belgium and was soon featured in campaigns from Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Quiksilver, Levis and many others. Astrid moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and joined The Watley Group, LLC as a Member and shareholder in 2006. She became President in 2006 specializing in fashion brands and music.
In 2008 Astrid started singing with legendary voice coach Seth Riggs. She recently completed her first classic rock-and-roll album, called Taking Over, with producer and co-writer Rob Giles, formerly of Sony Records. In 2010 VTM, created a TV show featuring Astrid called Flemish Hollywood Wives. Astrid received the award as the second most influential celebrity of 2010. In January 2011, VIJF TV, announced Astrid will star in a new series called ASTRID IN WONDERLAND.
:::: Dr. Robert Applebaum :::: is a true beauty expert and connoisseur. One of Beverly Hills’ leading plastic surgeons for over 15 years, he is nationally known for having mastered the art of achieving a natural, youthful look for each client at his Bedford Drive office. A leading expert in skin care, non-invasive cosmetic procedures and beauty products, Dr. Applebaum brings his balanced perspective on beauty to The Blonde and The Brunette.
In addition to being a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, (ABPS) a member of the distinguished American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Los Angeles Plastic Surgery Society, Graduate Surgeons LAC/USC, American Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine and the Los Angeles County Medical Association, Dr. Applebaum has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications in the fields of plastic and general surgery, and has often been featured as an expert in the media
Dr. Applebaum is widely regarded as an innovator in the field of laser surgery and has published numerous scientific articles regarding laser procedures. He has also created Rx Ceuticals a revolutionary line of anti-aging makeup with benefits for all skin types.
:::: Susan Casden — Contributor At-Large :::: An elegant and stunning blonde, Susan is well-known for her global perspective, international style and philanthropic commitments. She brings The Blonde & The Brunette unique access to global style and design, casting a cultivated eye on trends that are shaping and influencing our lifestyles as she travels the world and reports through the prism of her own distinct sensibilities.
With an insider’s view at some of the most respected and renowned fashion houses from Chanel, Gaultier, Givenchy and Prive’, Susan will be sharing her insights on what’s new on the runway from a front row seat. She is recognized as a leader within the fashion community, invited to serve on the Visiting Committee of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum and ranked as one of the 100 Best Dressed Women of the Year by Harper’s Bazaar magazine for the most recent four years.
Having lived everywhere from New York to Hong Kong, she is now based in Los Angeles, but continues to travel extensively including a recent mission for Operation Smile which took her to Cebu, Philippines. Susan is Vice Chair of the Aviva Family and Children’s Services Board of Directors and Chairs its Resource Development Committee. In 2006, she was honored with the Aviva Spirit of Compassion Award for her leadership and humanitarianism and received the 2010 Wallis Annenberg Public Service Award from Operation Smile. She also sits on the Board of Councilors of the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She is a regular at Lakers and Dodgers games with her husband, Alan.
:::: Randy Fifield :::: This bi-coastal blonde hops cities by the season. Randy is a real estate developer that relocated to LA six years ago from Chicago; she continues to reside on the East Coast during the summer. As she raises her 5 kids ages 17-11 and remains fully engaged in her business, she is an intrinsic shape shifter from city to city. While some girls hang their hat on a certain style, Randy loves to mix it up! Her wardrobe ranges from Chanel and Prada to Gap and even loves white tee-shirts from Target. Her style is completed by the ever present status handbag and Tom Ford sunglasses!
:::: Jadan Huter :::: “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” –Coco Chanel.
Jadan Danielle Huter has been surrounded by the arts throughout her young life. With a family full of accomplished artists and a mother as a professional photographer, a bold sense of being and a creative style was always in the cards for this exceptional Brunette. Although she is only in her early twenties, Jadan has had the fortune of traveling to such international fashion destinations as Japan, France, and Italy. While Jadan was a young teen, she never could have imagined that she would one day interact with the likes of such fashion icons as Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, and John Galliano himself. Being exposed to such diverse cultures and observing the inter-workings of these fashion shows at such an early age has helped mold her into the fashion forward thinker she is today.
At the young age of nine, Jadan started transforming her closet. She used to beg her mother and sister to take her to vintage stores, where she would spend hours sifting through the racks looking for gems. She’d bring home all her great finds and immediately go to work; cutting, tying, and stitching to make the pieces her own unique, bold creations. To this day, she continues transforming her wardrobe as well as creating one of a kind jewelry and accessories.
Growing up around many eccentric people in the fashion, entertainment and music industry she has seen that fashion has no boundaries, and she finds inspiration in every interaction she has.
Jadan doesn’t limit herself to one particular style. Her range of fashion is derived from whatever she feels like at the particular moment. Her closet ranges from high fashion, to vintage, to modern…she believes pairing the three together is what gives you the perfect look! Her youthful eye and old soul combined with a “finger on the pulse” mentality, helps her to to stay relavent in this ever changing world of fashion.
She looks up to style Icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Bridget Bardot, and Miss Coco Chanel herself.
:::: Kate Gaffney :::: Originally from the Mid-West, Kate Gaffney has had the good fortune to be able to travel and live all over the world. Having seen the influence of food, arts, and fashion in all of these different locations, she has honed an eye for different cultural influences. She resonates the strongest with art. While her pocket book might not match her taste for fashion (she has a weakness for Prada purses and Seven jeans), her eye for what looks great on others has developed over time. Her real passion, however, is watching passionate artists do what they love and work where they are at their best. Seeing artists create fulfills Kate in a way she almost cannot articulate.
Being an actor and writer herself, Kate has had a real understanding and appreciation for how music, design, and fashion are incredible expressions of the artist within all of us. Kate has been fortunate enough to train with some of the best artists and teachers in the world to really hone her craft. She is thrilled to be a part of this amazing team, and is grateful for the brain power and mentoring of NJ Goldston in the process.