My Spotify Playlists

I spend a lot of time on Spotify finding new music, so I thought I would share my playlists!

Cole, Nat King - The Christmas Song - Music

Christmas, including Nat King Cole

Erran Baron Cohen Presents: Songs In the Key of Hanukkah - Album by Erran  Baron Cohen | Spotify

Chanukah, including Erran Baron Cohen

Josef Tarrak - Album by Tarrak | Spotify

Under the Radar, including Tarrak

Ellie Goulding - Brightest Blue - Music

Pop, including Ellie Goulding

Lily Allen: No Shame Album Review | Pitchfork

Electropop, including Lily Allen

Pop Rock, including Ashlee Simpson

Lady Gaga - Born This Way - Music

Dance-pop, including Lady Gaga

Synth-pop including Lady Gaga

Ryn Weaver 'The Fool' Review | Time

Indie pop, including Ryn Weaver

Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life [2 LP] - Music

Dream pop, including Lana Del Rey

GRIMES - Art Angels - Music

Art pop including Grimes

P!nk - Beautiful Trauma - Music

Power pop including Pink

K-12 (album) - Wikipedia

Psychedelic pop including Melanie Martinez   

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die [LP] - Music    

Baroque pop including Lana Del Rey

Lorde Solar Power Album Cover Duvet Cover for Sale by Bonita G GirouxFolk pop including Lorde

K-12 (album) - Wikipedia

Progressive pop including Melanie Martinez

Spotify Lindsey Stirling

Classical, Women including Lindsey Stirling

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (soundtrack) - Wikipedia

Classical, Men including Howard Shore

Chinese Traditional Pipa Music by Liu Fang on Amazon Music -

Classical Chinese including Liu Fang 

Hasegawa, Aiko - Art of the Japanese Koto - Music

Classical Japanese including Aiko Hasegawa

Lin: Star Splendours - Album by Chin Cheng Lin | Spotify

Classical Marimba including Chin Cheng Lin

when the stars align - Single by Valencia Torres | Spotify

Classical Guitar including Valencia Torres

Make Believe! Marilyn's Fantastical Disney Collection! by Marilyn Byrnes on  Amazon Music -

Classical, Disney including Marilyn Byrnes

Dansal ha nijal - Album by Diwall | Spotify

Classical Breton including Diwall

Carolan's Draught - song by Margie Butler, Florie Brown | Spotify

Classical Celtic including Margie Butler

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga - Love For Sale - CD -

Covers including Lady Gaga

The Little Mermaid Live! - Album by Various Artists | Spotify

Covers, Disney including Queen Latifah

Nicki Minaj 'Queen' Review - Nicki Minaj's Queen Doesn't Transcend the  ControversySPIN

Hip Hop including Nicki Minaj

Lizzobangers - Wikipedia

Alternative Hip Hop including Lizzo

Nightmare Vacation (album) - Wikipedia

Trap including Rico Nasty                                    Ella Mai (album) - Wikipedia

R&B including Ella Mai

FKA twigs: LP1 Album Review | Pitchfork

Alternative R&B including FKA Twigs

Jamila Woods: LEGACY! LEGACY! Album Review | Pitchfork

Neo Soul including Jamila Woods

Dirty Computer - Wikipedia

Funk including Janelle Monae

Jennifer Hudson - JHUD - Music

Soul including Jennifer Hudson

Album of the Week: Adia Victoria, 'A Southern Gothic'

Blues including Adia Victoria

Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head - Music

Alternative Rock including Coldplay

Mitski: Be the Cowboy Album Review | Pitchfork

Indie Rock  including Mitski

Spend the Night (The Donnas album) - Wikipedia

Hard Rock including The Donnas

The Donnas (album) - Wikipedia

Punk Rock including The Donnas

Say You Will (album) - Wikipedia

Rock including Fleetwood Mac

Pussy Whipped - Wikipedia

Riot Grrrl including Bikini Kill

Lana Del Rey - NFR! [2 LP] - Music

Soft Rock including Lana Del Rey

Simulation Theory (album) - Wikipedia

Electronic Rock including Muse

Live Through This - Wikipedia

Grunge including Hole

THE LINDA LINDAS EP – In the Red Records

Pop Punk including The Linda Lindas

Love Stuff - Wikipedia

Blues Rock including Elle King

Black Holes and Revelations - Wikipedia

Space Rock including Muse 

Retrospective Review: Avril Lavigne- Let Go

Post-Grunge including Avril Lavigne

Music for Men - Wikipedia

Dance Rock including Gossip

Bajirao Mastani - Wikipedia

Filmi including Shreya Ghoshal

Imperfectly - Wikipedia

Folk including Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco - Ani DiFranco - Music

Folk Rock including Ani DiFranco

Yael Naim (album) - Wikipedia

Indie Folk including Yael Naim

Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams - Music

Acoustic Rock including Jack Johnson

Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites - Wikipedia

Dubstep including Skrillex

TOKiMONSTA: Lune Rouge Album Review | Pitchfork

Electronic including TOKiMONSTA

Chromatica - Wikipedia

House including Lady Gaga

New World Pt. 1 - Wikipedia

EDM including Krewella

Animal Vegetable Mineral, Pt. 1 - EP by Doctor P on Apple Music

Glitch including Doctor P

Divergent Spectrum - Wikipedia

Drum and Bass including Bassnectar

Lindsey Stirling - Brave Enough - Music

Progressive House including Lindsey Stirling

Calvin Harris - 18 Months - Music

Electro House including Calvin Harris

Comfort (Maya Jane Coles album) - Wikipedia

Deep House including Maya Jane Coles

Ibeyi: Ash Album Review | Pitchfork

Electro including Ibeyi

Princess Nokia: Metallic Butterfly — childish_fun

Trip Hop including Princess Nokia

Imogen Heap – Speak for Yourself (Deluxe Version) (2005/2012) [Official  Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz] – HDMusic

Electronica including Imogen Heap

The Virgin Suicides (score) - Wikipedia

Ambient including Air

My Dreams Dictate My Reality - Wikipedia

New Wave including Soko

Disco (Kylie Minogue album) - Wikipedia

Disco including Kylie Minogue

GRIMES - Art Angels - Music

Dance including Grimes

A Joyful Noise (Gossip album) - Wikipedia

Alternative Dance including Gossip

Chromatica - Wikipedia

Eurodance including Lady Gaga

Otra Era - Album by Javiera Mena | Spotify

Latin Pop including Javiera Mena

Frozen II (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Music

Musicals including Sunitha Sarathy

Evanescence (Evanescence album) - Wikipedia

Alternative Metal including Evanescence

Evanescence - Fallen - Music

Nu Metal  including Evanescence All Singleeees -& New Beginning-: Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry

J-Pop including GReeeeN

Enya - The Celts - Music

Celtic including Enya

Lost Whispers - Wikipedia

Piano Ballad including Evanescence

girl in red - chapter 1 - EP Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

Lo-Fi including Girl in Red

Release: Ce'Cile - Sophisticated

Dancehall including Ce’Cile

Tiwa Savage's Anticipated EP "Water & Garri" is Finally Here! | BellaNaija

Afrobeat including Tiwa Savage

Big Girl (Seyi Shay album) - Wikipedia

Afropop including Seyi Shay

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg - Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg - Music

French Pop including Jane Birkin

Konstgjord andning - Album by Melissa Horn | Spotify

Swedish Pop including Melissa Horn

Great album: Dolly Parton - Jolene | RNZ

Country including Dolly Parton

And many, many more!





The 2018 Grammy Fashion Awards

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Admit it, the Grammy’s aren’t just about music, any more than the Oscars are only about movies or the SAG Awards are all about actors praising each other. A fashion current runs at the foreground of everything produced, performed and promoted in the entertainment industry and, the way I see it, of everything that people do. It’s hard to observe or analyze any person, group, or social gathering without taking fashion into account — and that’s what makes fashion so special. Here are some of the most stunning Grammy’s looks I’ve seen.



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When someone puts this much work into an outfit, you list them first. Beyoncé was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Family Feud”. Custom Nicolas Jebran gown and hat, Jimmy Choo shoes, custom Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, Alain Mikli sunglasses, and custom Judith Leiber minaudière. The look was inspired by the Black Panther movement. Said Jebran, “My favorite element was the bold, broad shoulders because they symbolize power.”





Miley Cyrus performed “Tiny Dancer” with Elton John. Jean Paul Gaultier jumpsuit. Rita Ora in a Ralph & Russo gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.





Anna Kendrick in a La Perla camisole and Balmain suit with Casadei pumps and Ara Vartanian jewelry. Cyndi Lauper performed “Praying” with Kesha. Moschino suit. 

Alessia Cara won for Best New Artist and was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Music Video for “1-800-273-8255” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Stay”. Rag & Bone suit and Jennifer Fisher jewelry. Kesha was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Praying” and Best Pop Album for Rainbow, and performed “Praying”. Nudie’s Rodeo Tailor suit, Coomi shoes, Narciso Pheres ring, Roberto Bravo ring and L’Dezen by Payal Shah ring.





Andra Day performed “Praying” with Kesha. Custom Victoria Hayes dress and Christian Louboutin shoes. Lana Del Rey was nominated for Best Pop Album for Lust for Life, and should have won. Custom Gucci gown.




Kimberly Schlapman in Raisa & Vanessa. Bebe Rexha performed “Praying” with Kesha. La Perla gown, Casadei shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. 




Sza was nominated for Best New Artist, Best R&B Performance for “The Weekend”, Best R&B Song for “Supermodel”, Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Love Galore” and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Ctrl, and performed “Broken Clocks”. Atelier Versace gown and Chopard jewelry. Alison Krauss was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for “Losing You” and Best American Roots Performance for “I Never Cared for You”. Sachin & Babi dress (similar). 


Heidi Klum in Ashi Studio. Lady Gaga was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for Joanne and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Million Reasons,” and performed “Joanne” and “Million Reasons”. Custom Armani Privé gown. 




Chrissy Teigen in a Yanina Couture dress with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Eve in a Naeem Khan suit with Chopard jewelry.


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Katie Holmes in Zac Posen. Reba McEntire won Best Roots Gospel Album for Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. Jovani gown.





Janelle Monáe starred in Hidden Figures, which was nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack and Best Score Soundtrack. Dolce & Gabbana suit, Christian Louboutin shoes and Jennifer Fisher jewelry. Karen Fairchild in a Monique Lhuillier gown with a Judith Leiber box clutch.



Kristin Cavallari in Alex Perry. Ashanti in Yas Couture by Elie Madi.





Rihanna won Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Loyalty” and performed “Wild Thoughts”. Alexandre Vauthier coat, boots and gloves. Hailee Steinfeld in an Alexandre Vauthier dress and boots with a Marli bracelet, Mattia Cielo ring, Hearts on Fire ring and Djula ring. 



Kelly Clarkson was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Love So Soft”. Christian Siriano gown and shawl. Emmylou Harris in a Johnny Was dress and coat.




Camila Cabello performed “Praying” with Kesha. Vivienne Westwood gown, Bulgari jewelry and Judith Leiber purse. Lorde was nominated for Album of the Year for Melodrama, and should have won. She also should have been asked to perform instead of Elton John, because he’s been around forever and didn’t come out with anything new within the time frame for this year’s Grammy’s. Valentino gown and Kwiat jewelry.

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Pink was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for “What About Us” and performed “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken”. Armani Privé gown, AS29 earring and Borgiani ring. Julia Michaels was nominated for Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “Issues,” and performed “Praying” with Kesha. Paolo Sebastian gown and Chopard jewelry.



Cardi B was nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Bodak Yellow,” and performed “Finesse”. Ashi Studio gown, Christian Louboutin pumps and Messika Paris jewelry. Sarah Silverman was nominated for Best Comedy Album for A Speck of Dust. Maggie Marilyn dress and Wolford tights. 


The best accessories were the white roses that both women and men wore or carried in solidarity with Time’s Up, the movement to stop sexual harassment. Lorde took it a step further by sewing an excerpt from Jenny Holzer’s Inflammatory Essays to her dress.

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No matter the game, great style always wins.

Style Icon — Princess Long Long

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The T. Tandon NY AW17 Fashion Week event at 230 FIFTH Rooftop Bar in the Flatiron District was packed with stylish people. Among them, one woman stood out. She was wearing a beautiful floor-length fuchsia gown and a pale pink beaded blazer, and her hair and makeup was impeccable: back-length curls and a thin cat eye. More than that, she radiated confidence, an attitude of embracing the attention she knew she attracted, rather than demurely acting as if it wasn’t happening. I complimented her on her outfit, and she told me that the dress was of her own design.

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Tina Tandon, Princess Long Long, and models.

But Princess Long Long is much more than a fashion designer. She is an opera singer first and foremost. Born and raised in China, she moved to the United States and trained as a soprano at The Juilliard School, where 2,138 students applied and only 162 were accepted. She has channeled her otherworldly voice and years of training into countless performance endeavors around the world: China Central Television (CCTV)’s Avenue of Stars competition, winning the North American finals; the International Music Forum in Bo’ao, China; the China Army; the UNESCO World Fashion Parade in the Garment District; Couture Fashion Week in Times Square; New Jersey Fashion Week; and the 70th Cannes Film Festival last May. She has worked with Freedom Williams (C+C Music Factory), songwriter Howard McCrory (see Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan), soca artist KMC, reggaetón artist Valentino, and spoken word performer Andrew Anderson. Her stage presence translates naturally into acting. Her repertoire includes independent films The Right to Live, Good Friday, Be Frank, and What Women Want Chronicles, and the Off-Broadway cabaret comedy Whatever Happened to Beverly Daniels?, and she is slated to star in the TV show Whatta Guys Really Want. Her creativity also extends to writing, particularly mythology. She wrote a fairy tale, Bird, Bees, and the Fruit Fly; co-developed Blue Cat, which went on to become the most popular cartoon in China; and is working on an epic melodrama, Moon Goddess.

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Me and Princess Long Long. T. Tandon NY blouse. Forever 21 headband. Frenchy of California handbag. Vintage blazer.

Princess Long Long describes her sense of style as “like a fairy” – floral, beaded, ethereal, embellished, often pink, with grand flourishes and minute details, each look designed by her and tailored for her. She has even designed and produced a Broadway-themed fashion show in Times Square! She works extensively with Thai designer Thunyatorn Cheng Ng, who has a boutique in Elmhurst, and Kyrgyz costume designer Natasha Berezhnaya, who is based in Westchester County.

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Princess Long Long and friends at the South Street Seaport.

She invited me to some events at the United Nations headquarters in Tudor, as the Ambassador for Humanitarian Affairs in Culture and Arts by the National Council of Women of the US Director of Culture and Arts at Partners for UN Affairs. She subsequently invited me to her induction as an honorary member of the Rotary Club of New York. This was when I really started to learn more about her. She wore a black velvet dress and a belt of golden dragons, to represent her lineage from the Long, or dragon, family of the Silk Road kingdom of Yanqi (ended in 1913). We started talking and she told me all about her background, her accomplishments, and what she is currently working on.

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Princess Long Long accepting her Rotary Club honorary membership certificate at the Union League Club in Murray Hill.

Blissful Style: How did you become an honorary member of the Rotary Club?

Princess Long Long: First of all, I work very closely with the United Nations, I have been participating in different kinds of events for world peace for a long time. I recently became the World Peace Ambassador of the World Peace and Diplomacy Organization, then I also became the ambassador of a Culture and Diversity Event at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, the Chinese ambassador for diversity and cultural arts. And I’m contributing as the ambassador for the US Women’s Council for Humanitarian Culture. So with all this work, naturally now I’m becoming an honorary Rotary member. The president, Jasmine, told everyone what I have been contributing, that I have been working so hard and contributing for world peace, that’s why they wanted to give me the honorary membership. I also hope I can devote myself to using more time and opportunities to help people from all over the world. As you know, the Rotary Club has 3500 clubs all over the world and 1.2 million members. So I’m very honored and happy to be becoming an honorary member today, and I really feel that I have a lot of things to do, to fulfill. All I want to do right now is to be focused on cultivating peaceful and friendly relations; our acting as one world, with a cultural diversity that can be shared with and embraced by all nations, is my one focus. As you know, mankind has the mind, which is what made war. If you work on the mind, at the spiritual level, then there will be less war and terrorism, and less manipulation, and things like the 9/11 tragedy will not happen. That’s why I’m working with the UN and supporting the UN record on the creative economy and cultural diplomacy. What the creative economy means is that, on the spiritual and cultural levels, we believe that if you are a creative artist, you can create beautiful things and make the world a lot more beautiful. This will make people understand one another much more, and once this happens, there will be far fewer barriers, much less misunderstanding and much less fighting. That promotes the economy, that’s a Sustainable Development Goal of the United Nations. It’s a global goal.

BS: How long have you been involved with the United Nations?

PLL: It’s been, off and on, almost three years. I started as an artist, performing, and then later on I worked with several organizations, as well as some creative press from all over the world. To develop art here today, I’m so happy, it shows that the UN definitely knows what you’re doing. Once you do something, really do it right, and the UN will support you.

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Princess Long Long at her Broadway-themed fashion show.

BS: How did you decide to go to Juilliard and pursue a career in music?

PLL: Oh, you know, you either have it or you don’t, so I knew that I had it, for as long as I can remember. So it’s been a long-time dream of mine to become a singer. However, my parents didn’t agree, they just didn’t want me to be a singer. But actually, my father was an opera singer and my mother was a music teacher. That’s what they do, music is their livelihood, but they didn’t want me to be in that, so they sent me to Europe to get a business education. But I didn’t feel happy doing that, and I believe that people should always do things that make them happy. Before I came to the United States, I had this girlfriend of mine, she told me one thing and it really made me make this decision. We went to see a Broadway show in Beijing, Chicago, and we watched that show together. She is a good friend of mine. We used to go to karaoke, which is very popular in China. When we performed, my girlfriends would go crazy for my voice, after they heard my voice, they would say Ohh. So after Chicago, my girlfriend told me, “Long, I’ve got to tell you one thing before you go to the United States”. She said, “After seeing this show, Chicago, you are just one of them, you are absolutely one of them.” She said, “I know you, because I know you from old times, and if I don’t see you on stage singing and performing like them before I die, I’m not gonna close my eyes, because I’m hoping.” That moved my heart. I thought, Wow, my friend really thinks this, and she’s a girl who has been with me for ten years, that means she knows me better than I know myself. She said, “When you go to the United States, you have to pursue your dream.” So I made a decision, in 2006 I came to the United States. I spent about a year traveling to eight cities, to live in each one for a little while and see which I liked best. Then, around 2007, I made my decision and said, Okay, I have to pursue my dream, and go to music school to train my voice. I’m not gonna give it up. I did research and spent a year-and-a-half in junior school training with the professors for the auditions. So that’s it, before I went over there I did a lot of preparation, almost two years, it was a big challenge for me. But I did it, it’s just that simple, I said If she wants me to be on stage like that, then I should start with a professional music school, so I’ll go.

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An advertisement for Princess Long Long’s performance at the Cannes Film Festival. 

BS: Tell me about your experience at the Cannes Film Festival. What was it like? What did you sing and what did you wear?

PLL: Oh, the Cannes Film Festival, that was a very interesting thing. I had dreamed about the Cannes Film Festival since I was very little, so I never believed that the first time I went to Cannes I would be performing! I thought, I’m gonna go over there, see the red carpet and the stars, but I never thought I myself was going to be a star over there. It was so exciting! They picked me up, a Hollywood production company, they wanted a Chinese singer because they were promoting a diversity and inclusion event. I believe I met with the theme. I did cross-cultural pieces. I revised some famous songs, like “La Vie en Rose”,  “Shanghai Night”, and a French opera piece, Roméo et Juliette, but I did them in a cross-cultural way. I didn’t want to do it in the same classic way it has been done before, so I mixed different styles, cultures, and languages. I believe that as artists, we are facing a global citizen, and we have to produce something that the global citizen really wants. They’re not gonna be satisfied with one culture or one language anymore, it has to be cross-cultural and cross-language. That’s what I thought, so I created those pieces for the Cannes Film Festival, and it was good, it was an honor to be the Chinese Cultural Inclusivity Ambassador, the diversity ambassador for the festival.

Some other people who went to the 70th Cannes Film Festival. No big deal…

BS: What languages do you sing in?

PLL: You mean at Cannes?

BS: Just in general.

PLL: Oh, I can sing in many different languages. But that’s standard training for all the voice classes at university. You have to be able to carry at least good dictions of different languages. I wore three different costumes. The first one, for Roméo et Juliette, I created an image of white, so my promotion video in the background was all white, everything was related to that white princess dress. That’s the image that I created, the “Eastern Dragon Princess”. This image won first prize at the Italian Royal Carnival fashion presentation in 2016. I also performed in this one at the World Fashion Parade. It has wings because I’m trying to give a message to the world, that the Eastern Dragon Princess on the Silk Road is the one link from East to West, and I’m fulfilling my ancient mission to bridge the cultural arts and spirituality between the East and the West. This dragon princess is pure, she’s classic, she’s elegant, and she is also hoping for peace, because the wings mean peace and prosperity. That was the first one I wore, and the second one, when I sang “Shanghai Night”, was a blue dress, like a mermaid. That’s why I liked your style the first time I met you, it’s like a fairy tale. When I was a little child I wanted to be a mermaid so badly. So I presented that with a Chinese robe. The wings and the robe were made by Natasha Berezhnaya, and she’s very good. We work together a lot to make these costumes. I would say she is the most talented and the best theater designer, and also dressmaker, that I know. I’m very picky about things, but we work beautifully. I always give her lots of ideas, and she has some ideas too, and then we make beautiful clothes, and she’s very talented. I wear a lot of her designs when I perform, and when I give presentations like this, like a speech, or go to a nightclub or cocktail party. The third look was for “La Vie en Rose”, I was in pure rose. Did you see that one? With the roses all over my head?

BS: Yeah! It’s so pretty!

PLL: That was one I designed. I thought, This song is rose, so let’s make a dramatic rose look! I placed rose hairpieces all over my head and added a pink fan. I can wear all pink because, like you, that is already how I dress. I also wore that one to perform at Couture Fashion Week.

BS: Oh yeah, I saw that, that’s what I saw. Would you ever consider creating apparel for purchase?

PLL: Yes, I want to do that, because now I have a team in Shanghai that would like to do branding for me and fund my projects. You know, Shanghai is a financial center, I have so many fans over there, and they want to do something for me, but at this moment, I don’t think…I’m just a talented designer, but I’m not really a professional designer. I have too many things going on right now — I am a writer, I am a singer — so when I’m young I will focus on performing arts, and then later on, my plan is to do all my branding, the commercial lines. I’ve already got enough fans who want to do it together, some professional people, especially in China. I would love to work with many Western designers and people as well, I would easily help them reach the Chinese market.

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A Natasha Berezhnaya fashion show.

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Natasha herself on the runway.

BS: Other than Natasha Berezhnaya, who are your favorite designers that you want to work with?

PLL: I have a couple of other people, some other Chinese too. I also like a Thai woman, Thunyatorn Cheng Ng. She’s very talented, so I work with her too. Natasha has a little bit more of a Western style, while Thunyatorn Cheng is very Eastern. So I go with both sides, because I kind of look in between.  I have the Asian skin and hair but a Western body, so I can work with both sides, I can wear Western and Eastern.

Thunyatorn Cheng Ng runway looks.

BS: Yeah, now that we have the option to wear both of them, as a more global world, everyone should start wearing things from all over the world.

PLL: Yeah that’s another thing, I was gonna tell you, because you are more like a fashion magazine, I think that the designers nowadays, in the Western countries, should really be aware of the Eastern impact. They can make a hit if they can do some cross-cultural things very well. You may see a lot of big brands, like Louis Vuitton and H&M,  starting to sell in all countries, and in China, they are trying to add little things as an Eastern touch, but it’s gotta be more. This is just the beginning. The Eastern impact is going to be big in the next ten, twenty years. So whoever catches this tide will be on the top of the world, whoever does it first is gonna be a pioneer, that’s what I think too. They should consider it, they will make themselves outstanding if they do some Eastern part, but the key is how to achieve the harmony, how to make it organic. You cannot be too Eastern or too Western, you have to do the right combination, mix them together and make it beautiful.

BS: What is Moon Goddess about? When can people see the Broadway show and the film?

PLL: Oh, Moon Goddess? Moon Goddess, which I wrote based on the Chinese fairy tale, is about the first love story in the Chinese mythology. The moon goddess’s name is Chang’e. Chang’e is the most beautiful woman in Chinese history. This is also the story of the Moon Festival. A lot of people know about the Moon Festival, but they don’t know the story behind it. They also know how to eat moon cakes, but they say “Hey, where do the moon cakes come from?” The Chinese moon goddess is the like the one in Greek culture, Seléne; the story is similar, but it’s different. Moon Goddess is about her life story with her husband, the hero Yi. There were supposed to be ten suns before, and the hero shoots nine suns and now there is only one left, so in the Chinese mythology it’s a new miracle, and it’s a new door for Western people to learn about Chinese culture. For any culture, when you bring the culture to an international level, you should always start with mythology: the Greek, the Middle Eastern, the Indian, all the people. If you need to open the door, you have to open the door to the rest of the world with mythology. That is why I wrote mythology. I have written five mythology books already, that I want to release one by one. I am working with several people — music professionals, Broadway and theater producers, movie producers – to fund Moon Goddess, and it will be a joint venture between China and the United States. Hopefully this musical movie is going to be out very soon. Maybe we should make it animation. I’m still working with my professional team to make a decision, we’re doing research and making decisions on the different steps: animation, then the musical movie, and then the Broadway show. But this is a new thing. China has the longest history, five thousand years, and they created a mass of information for the Eastern cultures. So most of the Eastern, Asia-Pacific cultures are based on the Chinese culture. So can you imagine if you guys never even knew about China? There’s a lot of information, a lot of potential.

Princess Long Long at Cannes. 

BS: And even now, Han Chinese is the most populous ethnic group in the world, so yeah, we should know! Tell me about your foundation. What does it do, and how can people find out more?

PLL: My family fund organization is working with the UN too. We help and support all of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. We are helping, doing anything we can, to support the global goals. I mainly work on cultural diplomacy, world peace, culture and the arts, and the creative economy, but then we have different partners. My family, my cousins, are working on education, cultural exchange, and exchange students, and we’re working on some technology projects too. My other partner is handling that.

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Princess Long Long at New Jersey Fashion Week.

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Princess Long Long at the World Fashion Parade. 

BS: You are descended from the Yanqi kingdom. What is the legacy of Yanqi today?

PLL: Yes, I am a direct descendant of Yanqi. It was the first country from the East on the Silk Road, but it was conquered twice, during the Tang Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty. The ruler of the country was the Dragon Family, “Long” in Chinese. Yanqi, it’s very interesting, they are people who are very, very famous in culture and the arts, very spiritual people. You know, Yanqi is the same pronunciation as the red, what do you call that, the red powder you put on your cheeks?

BS: Oh, blush?

PLL: Blush! Yes, blush in Chinese is called yanqi, so the Yanqi country name is taking over with yanqi, because we created it. We created blush a long time ago, because all the women in that country liked to make themselves very beautiful. They made blush, and then in turn it became a commodity, going over into China and down the Silk Road to other places, and the Chinese didn’t know what it was, so they called it yanqi, the same pronunciation as the country. These people are also very good in entertainment, they sing, they dance, they are composers, they are very spiritual. We are also the ones who transferred Buddhism from India to China, and we brought the dragon image to India. You know my name Long means dragon, so we created the dragon image. I’m not sure when we created the image, but we are the ones who brought the dragon image to North India. As for the Yanqi legacy of today, Yanqi became Xinjiang Yanqi Economic Zone. It’s beautiful, it’s peaceful, it’s beside the lake, Bosten Lake. We call it a developing zone. But they still kept the name Yanqi.

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At the Rotary meeting. American Rag dress. Forever 21 necklace.

BS: What advice would you give to people aspiring to a career in a creative profession?

Wow, that’s hard to say. I cannot say I’m at a level to give advice, I mean, lots of people do better than me, but I think for my career, I would like to address one thing: communication skills. It is very important for you, in becoming successful, to have great communication skills. So I trained myself in that way. You see, there are a lot of people who are talented, and I’m sure, of course I’m not the most talented. I might be talented, yes, but what I’ve found is that some people, especially artists, are not very good at talking to people. They’re never good at showing their skills, and they feel shy, they’re very sensitive, the most sensitive people. Artists tend to be more sensitive than other people, because they know what is going on, and they always want to be the best, and what if sometimes they’re not the best? It does make them very shy, it makes them feel very bad. So you need to keep a goal, you need to treat yourself like…It’s a psychology thing, at The Juilliard School I took a peak performance class. They help you to understand, before you perform, to train you. I don’t know if you know about Alexander Technique, but basically, before you go to perform, they train you how to think that other people all — it’s all psychology — that they’re all there supporting you, and they all worship you, and they have no problems at all with you, and think you’re the best. You have to practice that all the time, so you don’t get stage fright. That’s the key. Also, as an artist, you need to go outside your immediate network to develop your opportunities, and then you have to know how to run your business. A lot of artists tend to avoid all these things. They hate to do business.

BS: Yeah, they think creativity and business are two opposite things.

PLL: No, unfortunately, if you really want to become successful, you need to do everything. Especially the business parts, you have to know how to build agreements, even though you have agents, because most agents try to take advantage of you. So you need to know how to protect yourself. The biggest problem for artists is that they don’t know how to protect themselves. And then that’s the next thing I’m going to do, is to create a foundation with my auntie. I want to have a foundation to protect the artists. Because I see all the sadness, I feel bad that they get taken advantage of. I myself have been taken advantage of by people too, so I can’t imagine how many artists get taken advantage of, it’s a sad thing. It’s very sad, however, this is a reality, because most of the people we hear about, and I’m not saying there aren’t good people, but most only care about money. Some of these people are sincere, they take the artist into consideration, but still, 80 percent of people don’t. So you need to know that, you have to be strong, to learn how to protect yourself. You know what I mean? Our society cannot be completely successful the way it is because the artist is not at the top. The ideal society is one where you have beautiful people cultivating the beautiful parts, and they are closest to the gods, they cannot be brutalized. They are not supposed to be brutalized.

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Princess Long Long performing at the Kaufman Music Center, New York City


Style Icon — Nicki Minaj

In case you haven’t heard, Nicki Minaj  won Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the 2016 BET Awards, for the sixth consecutive time. She is insanely talented, yes, but she has also gotten here with her incredible work ethic. From Yo Gotti’s “5 Star Remix” in 2009 to Bebe Rexha’s “No Broken Hearts” last March, Nicki Minaj has done sixty-five official singles, as a featured artist and on her own three chart-topping albums. She works every single year, and she wins every single year.

It is said that music and fashion go together, that people who are strong in one will also be inclined toward the other. We have seen this with Kanye West, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, and so on, and Nicki Minaj is no exception. She looks completely different from one day to the next, but her style does have some ongoing themes: top and skirt sets, gladiator sandals, thigh-high boots, Chanel handbags, and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, to name a few. Here are some of her best looks from the past year.Nicki Minaj Alice + Olivia

TOP AND SKIRT SETS: Of all the celebrities who have embraced this trend, Nicki Minaj may have done so the most. Alice + Olivia top and skirt. (photo:

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This top and skirt set almost looks demure…almost. Her pointy pumps, quilted handbag, and even her hair match the tone of this outfit. Chanel bag. At the Cromwell in Las Vegas. (photo: Getty Images)
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Matching does not have to mean boring. At the Moschino boutique in the Dubai Mall, Nicki picked out a color block top and skirt ensemble, even adding a quilted purse and hat. But wait…on Instagram, she wrote “Disregard the hat. Took it off before I left the store.” Good. (photo:

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GLADIATOR SANDALS: The most demure color, in the most daring shape. Alexander McQueen top and skirt. Christian Louboutin shoes. Chanel handbag. (photo:

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Petite girls can always, always pull off gladiator sandals. Christian Louboutin shoes. Appearing on Ellen. (photo:

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THIGH-HIGH BOOTS: Most outfits have a focal point, one item designed to capture attention. With Nicki Minaj, everything stands out. Which is better, in my opinion. Bally shoes. At the Marc Jacobs Fall 2015 presentation. (photo: Getty Images)

These leather boots are the perfect complement to the black velvet piping of her dress. Balmain dress. Alexander McQueen boots. Appearing on Saturday Night Live. (photo:

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CHANEL HANDBAGS. “Got a black card and let Saks have it, these Chanel bags is a bad habit.” — “Feeling Myself”. In her case it’s a bad habit that looks very, very good. Chanel bag. At a Portland Trail Blazers game with Meek Mill. (photo:


A dress this chic could only be paired with a quilted Chanel purse. Balenciaga dress. Christian Louboutin pumps. Chanel bag. (photo:

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A Chanel bag is the perfect addition to this ladylike look. Fashion Nova dress. Christian Louboutin pumps. Chanel handbag. At 1 OAK in Los Angeles. (photo: AKM-GSI)

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Pairing the rich textures of brocade and quilting at Bliss Nightclub in Washington, D.C. Alexander McQueen dress. Chanel bag. (photo:

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GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI SHOES: “Of course bitches gonna hate on my Giuseppe wedge.” — “Wamables”. Envy? Yes. But dislike? Certainly not. (photo: Getty Images)

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These may have been the wedges in question… (photo: Getty Images)

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She had these sneakers customized. (photo: Frederike Helwig)

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With Giuseppe Zanotti himself at his New York boutique. If anyone deserves to hang out with him, it’s her. (photo: Ben Hider)

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AND MORE: In a mesh bodycon dress, Nicki Minaj makes the Alexander Wang aesthetic her own at the brand’s Spring 2016 presentation. (photo: Getty Images)

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A floor-length, gilded look at the 2015 AMAs. Michael Costello gown. Christian Louboutin shoes. (photo: Getty Images)

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Slaying the crop top trend with origami pleats at the 2015 BET Awards. Rene Caovilla shoes. (photo: Getty Images)

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Donning a complete Givenchy ensemble for their Spring 2016 presentation. (photo: Getty Images)

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Taking fringe to another level at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Tom Ford gown and shoes. (photo: Getty Images)

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Appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in a dreamy draped dress of teal and midnight blue. Stella McCartney dress. (photo: Getty Images)

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Wearing a classic red dress for her brother Jelani’s wedding. Pictured here with her mother, Carol. (photo:

Style Icon — Marina and the Diamonds

Everyone who knows me knows that I live for the music of Lana Del Rey and Marina and the Diamonds, and if I find out that someone does not like either of these artists, I regard him or her with a healthy amount of suspicion. As if it isn’t enough that I have fifty-two of Marina’s songs on my iPod, I also adore her sense of style. She has described her fashion sense as “vintage, cheerleader, and cartoon,” and her style icons are Gwen Stefani, Leigh Lezark of the Misshapes, and Shirley Manson of Garbage. Here are my favorite Marina looks:





Marina and the Diamonds (aka Marina Diamandis) was born in Brynmawr, Wales and began her musical career in London. She has released two albums, The Family Jewels and Electra Heart, and will be releasing Froot in its entirety this coming April. She has also collaborated with Charli XCX and BetaTraxx, and has covered songs by Gwen Stefani, Justin Bieber, 3OH!3, Late of the Pier, and Paolo Nutini. She has had two headlining tours, The Family Jewels Tour and The Lonely Hearts Club Tour, and has toured with both Katy Perry and Coldplay as a supporting act. She has won the following awards: Best UK & Irish Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards (2010), Best Newcomer at the Virgin Media Music Awards (2010), and Best Music Award at the Attitude Magazine Awards (2012). She even has a fashion line, 11 Diamonds.