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Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Giving Closet

Celebrity-stylist Sam Russell has done it again!

Sam is an incredible stylist who, at a young age was discovered by Page Parkes, and now works with many of the top names in the industry, including producer Chuck Lorre, and actress Sophia Bush! However, this is not his only passion; he is determined to revolutionize the concept of gifted designer wear. In fact, you may remember Sam from last year when he and Page Parkes teamed up to give a new wardrobe to a struggling, local, single mother-of-two.

While working as a stylist, Sam often sees his clientele being given "swag" or free designer gifts; this sparked his concept of the Giving Closet. Now, Mr. Russell works with different designers to develop gorgeous wardrobes, complete with shoes, jewelry, and even handbags which he then presents to a well-deserving, struggling mother.

Sam Russell and Page Parkes

This year was surprise number 12. Sam teamed up with Page Parkes, and yoga guru, Yogi Cameron, to help change the life of single mom, Kailee Montgomery. Kailee, who is battling Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease resulting from gluten intolerance, is the mother of two beautiful children. Ms. Montgomery struggles every day to support her family, while facing the ongoing challenges of living with Celiac Disease. 

Hotel Sorella graciously provided the venue for this year’s Giving Closet reveal. Once at the location, Kailee was surprised with the news that she was to be given $10,000 worth of clothes, jewelry, shoes, purses, and a $400 Visa gift-card to spend on groceries!

Sam Russell and Kailee Montgomery

Her stylish new wardrobe included a chic, red and black number by Single Dress,
a Darling dress which was shipped from London, jewelry by Konplott, and shoes by Sole Society and New Balance.


Could these Konplott accessories be any more stunning?


Personally, we cannot wait to try these Nubian Heritage products that were given to Kailee!


Kailee looked absolutely beautiful in this grey, pleated dress by Stacks on Racks—Houston. The dress was accessorized perfectly with her new glamorous necklace by Konplott, adorable black and white wedges by AMI Clubwear, and a teal bag by Tess Handbags that added the perfect pop of color to the ensemble. 

Kailee Montgomery

This was not the end to the surprises Sam had for Kailee! She then received a personal video from Yogi Cameron! Yogi is known across the country for his holistic approach to health and wellness, which he outlines in his book The One Plan (check it out on Amazon HERE). He has even been featured and credited by celebrity-television host, Ellen DeGeneres, for improving her health. Sam said, "After reviewing Yogi Cameron's The One Plan last year, I knew it would be an asset to Kailee and her health concerns."

Sam Russell

“A person who takes more than they need must one day address that burden when they encounter the suffering that comes about.” The One Plan

We can all be inspired by this principle and by Sam Russell’s enthusiastic generosity! Thanks, Sam!



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Feature: Amy Bjork




We sat down with one of the most highly sought-after Hair and Make-Up artists in the wonderful city of Dallas, Amy Bjork! We asked Amy if she would mind answering a few questions for us, so that you could get to know one of our favorite artists too! 

 


You just worked on a very cool ad for JCPenney – tell us about that shoot?

The "People Magazine Style Watch" job was just as awesome as all of my JCPenney Jobs.  I am lucky enough to get to work with some of the best people in the industry.  We shot this job at the JCPenney corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas.  We get to shoot these on a regular basis.  People magazine is such a popular magazine for both Hollywood gossip and for current fashion trends!  It was such a blast to get to be a part of their trend ads! 




Forgive us while we take a moment to gush about how incredibly gorgeous these JCPenney ads look...how talented is Amy!?





What advice would you give to up & coming Hair and Make-Up artists?

The fashion industry seems to stay strong regardless of outside goings on… so any advice that I would have for up and coming makeup and hair artists, is continue education!  I don't think you can ever know enough about skills and practical applications!  The industry in constantly changing…. and I hear practice makes perfect!! 

What one product should women never leave home without? Favorite product?

One of the many products, not only women shouldn't leave home without, but people of all shapes, color and sizes……sunscreen!!  Our environment is also constantly changing. The sun seems to be getting more and more intense as time passes.  The best advice I could give anyone….. is protect one of the most important things you have….your skin.  It is the largest filter we have for our health.  Take care of it!!  Protect it!!  Use sunscreen!!   

Do you have a secret hair and make-up tip you can share?

I have to say, one of my very favorite products is an eye/face "de-puffer".   It’s Nickel brand "Morning After Rescue Gel".  It is the most incredible eye/face de-puffer I have ever used!!  It is a wheat/soy based gel that contains caffeine and menthol among other things.  The caffeine is the ingredient that is effective in calming down the under eye puffy we all know and don't love so much!!  The menthol is a bit spicy but the vapors really wake your eyes up! One of my favorite products ever!!!

We are so proud to represent you at Page Parkes – what is one thing that you can tell us about you that we may not know?

So, I have been represented by Page Parkes- Dallas for almost 24 years….longest relationship I've ever had!  Lolol (Couldn't do it without them!!)  One thing that you may not know about me is that I still get giddy and kind of nervous every new job!!!  Even after 24 years!   I love the excitement of a new adventure!  I am very blessed to have found such an amazing career with such supportive people!

On the way to your shoots – what are you currently listening to?  

As far as music these days……. I have to say, Bruno Mars has made a serious statement during our shoots!!  Kids always request his tunes!  Meghan Trainor is also a top fav during our photo shoot time!  Me personally??  I am obsessed with the Arctic Monkey, Jack White, the Black keys.  However….bust out some Prince and I'll be dancing in the Purple Rain!  




Amy is not only incredibly talented, but she is a joy to work with! Thank you Amy for taking the time to answer our questions.



Monday, April 20, 2015

#ModelMonday featuring Ally Ertel

Nothing perks up our Monday like seeing the lovely face of Page Parkes model Ally Ertel for BRITISH VOGUE!! Ally looks absolutely stunning in this fresh-faced editorial piece, shot by the talented Zoe Ghertner. The spread features incredible garments that double as colorful works of abstract art.













We hope this brightens and motivates your Monday as much as it did ours! Nothing inspires us to continue our hard work like the success of our models and actors, and don't forget...this could be you! Keep chasing those dreams!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Stages Charity Gala



Page Parkes looked stunning as always at the recent Stages Charity Gala; the event was co-chaired by the stylish Vivian Wise, and was a major success! Page, who attended with our very own Agency Director Erik Bechtol, was absolutely gorgeous in a twenties-inspired vintage Tootsies frock, accessorized with matching headpiece and black gloves!


Erik and Page sat with Vivian Wise, Sergio Garcia, Kodi Roberts, Gigi Huang, Beth Muecke, and Fady Armanious, to name a few, and thoroughly enjoyed the evening! The gala was spectacular, the theme a huge sensation, and we are certain our models would be proud of Page's technique while posing with these adorable props!


Check out the fun party photos below!

Page Parkes, Bubba McNeely, Vivian Wise


Vivian Wise, Page Parkes, Erik Bechtol


Page Parkes, and Kodi Roberts


I don't know about you, but this gala makes us want to take a trip back in time to the roaring twenties...excuse us while we go search for the perfect cloche hat!





Monday, April 13, 2015

#ModelMonday with Evan Miller

Hello, summer!! Is there a better way to welcome in these sunny months than with a killer pair of white, eyelet shorts? We do not think so, and we highly doubt our beautiful Page Parkes model, Evan Miller, does either. 


Evan, whom we are featuring in this week’s #ModelMonday, showcased her gorgeous, long legs on Fox 4 News wearing a striking white ensemble. Her outfit was accented with black peep-toe pumps, and, of course, what warm-weather combo would be complete without a striped floppy hat!?!


Ms. Miller shared a couple of her behind-the-scene shots with us, so we definitely had to share them with you!



Keep up the good work, Evan! I'm sure we will be seeing much more from this beauty very soon.