Piotr as I knew him and we all did from Xmen is now here for ‘Ready Player One’ and he is Parzival, one of the stars for the new film to be released 29 Mar 2018. I knew him as Piotr in my mind and I was Scarlet Witch and truth is really I was the Hex Maiden and he was The Fastest Man Alive. I can’t wait to see this film. I can’t wait. Pray for midnight shows on opening night of Ready Player One which I’m hoping for. I love the bills posted for the film. I’m a photographer that goes out looking for new poster bills and I love taking shots of them. They’ve improved over the past 6 months…becoming more savvy and more varied so you are intrigued from beginning on the artwork and of course the film. I’m destined to see this film and I’ve already seen the preview when I saw Wrinkle in Time which was also fabulous. Go see this film as well. Gen X’ers get your butt out there and buy that tix saving your space to see the film opening night and at the minimum opening weekend. You know we’re already geeky nerds slated to see Ready Player One as we were raised on comic books, Stan Lee, and Spielberg, and Lucas. Gen Y do the same as you guys are heavily on our heels and also super geeks as well. All those carded take ye selves straight away to the movies and see these films. Remember Wrinkle is too much to not go and see…this is prime for those who read and certainly are for Gen Xers (&Boomers too). 'Nuff said.

I had the opportunity to cover the 45th Annie Awards held on 3 Feb 2018 at the UCLA Royce Hall. It was a night for honoring animation and animated film. There were nods to animated shorts, storyboardists, animators, popular networks such as Disney, Nickelodeon, and studios such as Sony Animation Studios. It was very interesting and I saw a lot of art and animation that was new works and new ways of treating animation and character building to include storytelling. It was a packed event, but I must admit I did run into some issues. There were bullying problems from security which I found to be off-putting and abnormal. I’d never seen anything like it. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the after party to look more at fashion trends. I think this particular awards doesn’t deal well with photographers on site. There were many opportunities for photography throughout the ceremony and immediately following that would’ve done well to get basic photography out on the actual event that is expected by the public. I hope next time is better if I apply to go. This venue could’ve been better. The shots I got came off the television outside the auditorium and from folks passing by. I’d hoped for better shots, but when you gotta work you go for the shots you can get.

The Ellis Boys (the Pitch): I’ve got me an idea for a tale that’s faery and clockwork orange in the way that clockworks work. The tale is a tale of 9 guys and 1 guy that’s a girl. They are the ‘gents’ and they run the streets of New York. They are faery and they’ve taken over a small brownstone where they live which includes the surrounding blocks and neighborhoods for at least 10 miles around but it could be more. They are led by Jim Brown known as ‘Ellis one’; he be the main thief and the one who manages ‘schedules’ of time. They are related to Merlin in some way or the other and they have Merlin amongst them. The are a gang mafia and they call themselves the ‘Mad Men’. They move through a period of time ranging from the 50's to the 70's and they themselves are incarnated forward in the year 2020 where they are in their 20's and early 30's. I dreamt this movie treatment/pitch for a feature film inspired by my trip to San Francisco and my own meanderings with Faery as they are my guides and all things faery are usually to my liking. I’m a writer and I’m looking for a studio and the following actors: Ryan Reynolds, Rayan Gosling, Chadwick Bauman, Colin Morgan, the lead from Peaky (Cerrilan I think he was in Never Been Kissed and is of Irish decent), there are 4 others guys + 1 girl (who goes around as a guy and they call her ‘Merle’ (she is the Merlin). They move through time dealing with little breaks in time continuities that cause the fall of current time where they are incarnated which impact the earth and current events. There they are known as ‘the Clockworks’ and they are ‘new kids’. They’ve saved many lives and taken many as well. They are the ones you call when you go ‘to the stacks’ at the library, the liberty statue, and the boat when you go to Ellis Isle. They come through there, but they also come through other places, but you only find them in New York. They never fail except in this story I’ve got where they began to encounter themselves. ‘to the Peakies!’ copyright protected 2018 LaDonna Joyce Davis

The red carpet at the Mammoth Film Festival was more to showcase the actors as actors rather than showcasing them for their fashion trends. There was great fashion to be had, but the red carpet didn’t have as many walking it to show their styles which I hope will change in the future. Fashion here, was found more off the red carpet. Trends in shoes were significant: the duck booties are back and I suspect they’ll be making a bit hit on the red carpet as possible options for casual footwear similar to one might see for a skirt or suit with Converse. They were amazing…along with checks on sneakers and slim fitting leather boots. I found the boots to be one of the more chic sets of boots I’ve seen in a long time. You have to own them. For film festivals such as these you’ll see tons of cool winter gear and it’s a great chance to see layering.

The Visit a movie short nominated for many awards was shown at the Mammoth Film Festival at Mammoth Lakes CA with Romina Schwedler, the Director in attendance. The film was part of a plethora of film offered for screening that weekend in February 2018. I had the chance to interview Romina Schwedler directly and the interview can be seen at http://andshesawstars.com. The film was unusual and ran for the length of 12 minutes or so. It was memorable and left you wondering. The Visit isn’t necessarily what you think it might be; who is being visited and when is the visit meaning when is the pivotal visit happening? I say this because after the first viewing I realized that the one I thought might have been doing the visit is maybe the one who was being visited. It’s a sleeper thriller. Go see it. If you visit Romina’s site you might be able to see if it’ll be screened again. You can certainly keep up with her work. It’s a great piece. You have to see it again to get it. It’s not what you think. At all. I want to see more. www.rominaschwedler.com

Attended the Mammoth Film Festival earlier in the month and it was great. Loved seeing the films I was able to catch, got an interview with Romina Schwedler (filmmaker), took pics at the red carpet. I highly recommend going to this film festival. The docket was filled with tons of movies ranging from shorts, drama, thrillers and other genres. The theaters was great. Old fashioned maybe, but cool to watch movies in it matters when you’re really a moviephile. I used to work at movie theaters when I younger working concessions and doing the usher deal and even got my shot working the ticket booth. This festival had a cool vibe. Check out my blog andshesawstars.com for more. I have an interview with Romina Schwedler coming soon and will likely post some of that interview here. I loved Bikini Blue directed by Jarek Marszewski, Tomasz Kot, Lianne Harvey. You can check out my review in another post.

Out and about in Southern California got me very inspired. I wanted to show my diversity as a photographer. These are shots of the local area of Carlsbad.The day was beautiful and stunning. The people and fauna was lovely. I’d go down there in an instant for a good day in the sun at leisure and play all hard work when you get down to the doing of it, but they, the locals, make it look easy. I guess that’s why it’s California.

Becca was great to talk to and I really enjoyed them. Their eyeshadow palette is great. I worked with it briefly and it goes on very sheer. It blends very nicely and I would use it with an oil base product like Marula Shimmering Gold Oil. Blend as if making a mixture for painting; using a bit of olive oil to make the mixture go further. Paint it on the lid for a beautiful effect. You can also go and make a ‘spackle’ using the powder eyeshadow and a different implement to apply little bits of shadow. It can be fun to try. Dare and experiment and see how you like it. Get to the shop and buy. The Marula Shimmering Gold Oil by African Botanicals is very much worthwhile.

'Tis the season for pop-up shops and you’ll find them everywhere! I went to Revolve a popup shop expecting to be around through to December 22. It’s located in Melrose close to Fairfax cross streets. In it you’ll find many things worthwhile for the shopper into trying the latest and greatest items on the market for makeup and beauty. I found representatives of the brands to be there from Becca and Nu-Face both new companies for me, but with products that were too interesting to pass up. I was given a sample palette of Becca eyeshadows and they were great for playing and layering. I’d buy it easy. I was also given a great gift from Nu-Face, a company that specializes in products for the face to reduce aging lines and improve skin elasticity and resilience. It’s started by Carol Cole and I found it to be very diverting and also filled with great potential for other applications. I wondered if it might be great for the restoration of facial muscle mobility in stroke victims to include restoration of tactile awareness (nerve restoration). Although the device is mainly for the face it reminded me of devices used to heal my tendon when I went to physical therapy when in the military. It’s travel size makes it great for home use for those who have sport injuries should they receive a patent for that application. Other baubles of interest were the tattoo pen, products by Amikca, and perfumes. Go if you get the chance.

In the Tub Volume 2 book launch was a huge success. The red carpet was stellar with celebrity designers such as Eli James of GhostCircusApparel.com. Actors from upcoming Marvel Group movie Black Panther and models from the book such as Lola Miche and Ricky Whittle. Mario Van Peeples was also in attendance. Fashion highlights are captured here from the red carpet. For images contact andshesawstars@gmail.com. You can find more at andshesawstars.com.

The event was fantastic. It was the book launch opening night for TJ Scott’s In the Tub Volume 2. It took place at Hollywood and Highland in the Sweet! Hollywood shop. It was well attended and the after party was full of guests. It carried on well into the evening. The red carpet was phenomenal. I didn’t get to meet the photographer sadly, his work was engaging. I did get to meet many others and spoke of the project and it’s scope/reach and audience. I was able to gain insight into the opinions from some of models in the project to include feedback and impression from the charity’s FUCANCER ambassadors that were in attendance. All felt it was well worth it and worthwhile as an artform. I spoke to celebrities and attendees on their love of their fashion that they were sporting and I did on-the-spot interviews from exitees from the red carpet to see just what moved them to attend and what got them into the project. See more at andshesawstars.com. For images, please contact andshesawstars@gmail.com.

The fight against cancer was on during the book launch celebrating TJ Scott’s second release of a project focusing on models and art posing in and around a simple prop: the tub. Attendees included celebrities, the project’s models and photographers. It was a collaborative project between the TJ Scott and the charity FUCANCER. For images contact andshesawstars@gmail.com. For more see andshesawstars.com.

Hollywood & Highland saw the opening launch of TJ Scott’s second book In the Tub Volume 2 to celebrate art and the fight against cancer. It is a collaboration in success and the evening was well attended. Food provided by LA Root. Signed books auctioned off during the evening as well as copies available for purchase. It was chance to meet models for the project, as well as the photographer and even the charity’s ambassador in attendance. For images contact andshesawstars@gmail.com. More can be found at andshesawstars.com.

This is a quickie trend flash. I loved the style on the red carpet of People You May Know (2017). These shots are about what caught my eye. I’ll post more on my blog at andshesawstars.com. The movie premiere was at The Grove in Los Angeles Nov 13, 2017. I was in the photographer’s pit. It was great. I saw tons of style on and off the red carpet which is key for my readership. Usher’s jacket was too hot. I loved the starlette there and their choice of evening chic. Simple jeans, heels, and great hair. Make-up flawless. The same could be said for the gents. Watches too intriguing to be missed. Jewelry for both men and women were great statement pieces. A trend to watch and participate in. I’ve got mine. Boots and booties were all the rage and blue suede a trend I’ve been watching for 2-3 years is finally on the body. Straight from the shoe. It’s like that for the women and it’s making it’s way into men’s fashion. You can see it in the suede shoes with blue laces. Great accents. Hot trends for the men. For images contact andshesawstars@gmail.com. More can be found at andshesawstars.com.

More from People You May Know (2017) Premiere Night at The Grove. The red carpet was fabulous. I am posting images here and then dump of the images can be found on ladonnadavis.carbonmade.com under Projects. Posts are also found at andshesawstars.com. For images contact andshesawstars@gmail.com.

The Opening Night Premiere of People You May Know (2017) at The Grove in Los Angeles. The Red Carpet was awesome and so was the cast. Interesting premise for the film and the script was stellar. See my movie review at andshesawstars.com and also here at ladonnadavis.carbonmade.com. Great shots of the stars and crew that were there. For images contact andshesawstars@gmail.com.

FIDM Runway 2017. For more images contact andshesawstars@gmail.com and see also andshesawstars.com. 2017 Debut Fashion Show from FIDM was a huge success. The student’s work was impeccable. I loved many items. It would be awesome and very timely if buyers were in attendance. I do not know if the show is open to buyers. I would totally love to see the students who showcase at Debut to be seen at MAGIC! It would be a great segway for them to make it into the industry with style as their collections are easily marketable and well worth the investment. The training to get through to the end is demanding and the final product shows that. I’ve been many times and each time Debut knocks my socks off.

Salvaggia Armani handpainted handbags

This shoot was done at Edelman Leather at the showroom in Melrose. Features models Jorden Karsten and Regina Jijanti (Face-Off Season 8). The handbags are handpainted by Salvaggia Armani. For images and model contact email andshesawstars@gmail.com. More can be found at andshesawstars.com.

Just got published in iMirage Magazine. My spread 'Faery Through the Looking Glass' was published in digital and print 1 Sep 15. I was so excited to get in and I'm looking forward to getting more published in general, but also with them. I hope you guys like them. Check out my website http://andshesawstars.com.

These are pictures I took during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2015 that I developed into artwork. These images become what I call my 'Gallery Pics' and these are really special because they show a big development from my earlier Gallery Pictures. You can see my Galleries in my Projects. They are labeled. These images are the ones I'm planning to sell or are selling at my Etsy shop. You can find it under And She Saw Stars. The sizes though I'm hoping to keep at Gallery sizes so 20"X24" for example. I hope to one day have an exhibition of my work. These images capture Faery, Goddesses, Muses, Sprites, and one Playboy. I hope you like them. More to follow. I found the inspiration, fashion designers work and MBFWA environment to be rich with prospective art subjects. Check out http://zhangpasi.com/boyintheblackbowtie. He's the model for the last image with the Playboy vibe....