Ed Letter: Feb/Mar 2014


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Editor in Chief Megan Portorreal at John Paul Ataker Showroom in NYC

It is no secret that I’m not a big fan of February.  Setting aside the unmistakable lure of Valentine’s Day and the countdown to my birthday on March 2 (same as my celebrity crush, Chris Martin of Coldplay), February is easily the coldest, snowiest month for us in the New York City area. In fact, while typing this, a blizzard rages outside—one that will probably keep everyone indoors for at least two days. But, of course, the press doesn’t stop for snow, and neither does New York Fashion Week—perhaps the biggest thing I look forward to in February.
The first time I attended an event for NYFW, I didn’t know what to expect. The venue—an elegant lounge equipped with fish tank walls, red carpets, and live music—was so packed it was difficult to turn in a circle without knocking someone’s glass. The models for the fashion show strut to and fro on a small walkway through the crowd, so close, in fact, that their long gowns brushed the shoes of the onlookers and everyone was caught in the photoflash.
This year, to kick of NYFW, I attended the John Paul Ataker Press and Media Event for their Fall/Winter 2014 collection at their showroom in NYC. The intimate setting reminded me a bit of the first NYFW event I mentioned above, except this time, people (Melike Ayan and John Paul Ataker President Kerime Ataker, in particular) were handing me cocktails and appetizers, business cards, and fabrics to feel. A small group of my staff and I walked the perimeter of the showroom, pulling out every dress or jumper that caught our eyes, and chatted with the gorgeous models who tried on choice dresses for us to photograph. I can honestly say our entire staff left the showroom that night dreaming of where we could wear at least one of those dresses someday.
That’s where our February/March issue comes into the picture. For this issue, feeling incredibly inspired by NYFW, we’ve gathered our favorite fashion collections, from Anu Raina’s new Spring/Summer 2014 collection (which has us dreaming of warmer weather) to KORET’s new collection of statement purses. We’ve also brought on board photographer Augusto Frascatani, who captured ten different collections from Rome Fashion Week and brought these elegant looks a little closer to home.
In addition to these gorgeous new collections, we’ve chatted with some great talent in the entertainment industry, beginning with our not one, but two beautiful cover girls, Vanessa Marano from ABC Family’s hit television show Switched at Birth and Ksenia Solo from Lost Girl. If you aren’t familiar with these actresses yet, I guarantee that soon you will be.
Here’s to ending this long winter with a bang. Spring, we are ready!
Got questions or comments about the new issue? Send an e-mail to megan@clichemag.com or tweet her @meganportorreal for the fastest response! She is also on PinterestInstagram, and Tumblr.
Ed Letter: Feb/Mar 2014 was originally published in the Feb/Mar 2014 issue of Cliché Magazine

Fashion Inspirations On Instagram


Instagram is one of the most used mobile applications in the world. It has been a great material for exposure and micro-blogging in all varieties, especially in the fashion industry. Top brands and prominent fashion personalities have created their own Instagram accounts to update their customers with their newest collections, events, and personal tastes. Through this, it became easy for the people to find style muses, which helps the aspiring fashionistas cultivate in the same expanse. Here’s a list of the style influencers that you should start following:


Andy Torres is a Mexican freelance stylist blogging from Amsterdam. www.stylescrapbook.com is a personal blog about Andy’s style, places she visits, how she translate the trends and merely her outfits.

Photo from @stylescrapbook on Instagram.


Olivia Lopez is a college student and fashion blogger. She is the owner of her vintage shop www.shopthecaravan.com. Her website www.lusttforlife.com is full of her stylish looks and wanderlust adventures.

Photo from @lusttforlife on Instagram.


Dani Song is a graduate of Vidal Sassoon and lover of life! She has been styling and cutting the hair of several clients based in Los Angeles. She is the sister Aimee Song, one of the top bloggers who loves to travel for fashion. Her inspirations are Giuseppe Zanotti, Rihanna, and Balmain.

Photo from @songdani on Instagram.


Aimee Song is a California blogger and interior designer who began blogging in 2008 while studying Interior Architecture in San Francisco. She is one of the Internet “IT Girls” with over a million Instagram followers.

Photo from @songofstyle on Instagram.


Jessica is a 27 year old half Japanese, half Caucasian artist and fashion lover. She lives in the Northern (South) Bay Area of California. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Advertising and a minor in Studio Art in 2010.Her blog is www.hapatime.com.

Photo from @hapatime on Instagram.


Chiara Ferragni was born in Cremona 25 years ago and currently a law student at Bocconi university. She started blogging in 2009, www.theblondesalad.com is a personal style and travel diary. Her Instagram has over a million followers.

Photo from @chiaraferragni on Instagram.


Willabelle Ong  is an Australian based full time student and writer behind the fashion blog, Pale Division (www.paledivision.com). Willabelle is also an ambassador for Australia’s Shop Til You Drop magazine, and a contributing writer for Singapore’s Designaré titles.

Photo from @willamazing on Instagram.


Jennifer Grace is a fashion blogger of www.thenativefox.blogspot.com. She showcases a classy style and has really versatile outfits.

Photo from @thenativefox on Instagram.


Kryz Uy is a fashion blogger of www.kryzuy.com who resides in Cebu City, Philippines. She is also a  Creative Director of WAGW (What A Girl Wants), a chain of retail boutiques in the Philippines. She loves to travel to meet new people and experience different culture.

Photo from @kryzzzie on Instagram.


Nicole Warne is a fashion blogger, model, stylist, consultant and creative director. She is a multi-talented girl who has worked with a lot of top fashion brands in the world. She started blogging for garypeppergirl.com in October 2009.

Photo from @garypeppergirl on Instagram.

Too Shy to Buy? Put Your Trust in The Experience Channel


Dr. Ava Cadell

For many people, buying and talking about sexual products can be embarrassing to say the least. Condoms, sex toys, lubricants, and even lingerie can make for an uncomfortable purchase, especially for the most shy consumers. And while our parents and grandparents might be appalled at how open our generation is in regard to topics of a sexual nature, much of this subject is still considered largely taboo in our society. Considering the willingness of our generation to share every other detail of our private lives with the world via social networking, it’s surprising that a stigma still surrounds topics like our sexual needs, desires, and fantasies. Over time, we’ve loosened up when it comes to talking about sex, and it’s probably not presumptuous to believe that human beings will only become more comfortable with the topic of sex in years to come.

In the meantime, it’s comforting to know that there are places we can turn to when it’s time to make private purchases or seek sex advice. The Experience Channel is the leading interactive e-commerce website that serves all of your sex-related needs and desires. Unlike many websites that simply offer a depot for kinky toys and products, The Experience Channel offers a wide array of both products and services to best suit your most private needs. In addition to offering safe and discreet purchase of sex toys, the site also boasts relationship advice from world-renowned “SEX-perts,” love and sex blogs, and original programming that appeals to all different sexual desires and fetishes. From “50 Shades of Grey” starter kits, to erotic “Scandal Candles,” and playful Bachelorette party essentials, The Experience Channel has you covered (and then some).

The Experience Channel aims to break the barriers of sexual taboos through open dialogue and discussion, while at the same time creating a comfortable, unique experience for consumers of all sexual preferences. It’s a safe haven for everything sex. The site’s spokesperson, Dr. Ava Cadell, is Hollywood’s go-to love and sex therapist. Cliché recently got the chance to speak with Dr. Ava about sex, love, and why The Experience Channel is changing the way our society views sex.

Cliché: Why do you think there is still such a stigma attached to openly discussing topics of sexual nature?

Dr. Ava Cadell: The biggest stigma to openly discussing topics of a sexual nature is the lack of positive information about sexuality and how it improves the quality of our lives. Challenges remain for getting people to be open and honest with their sexual truths and teaching healthy sexuality with respect. I still think so much of the conversation is treated like something that should be shame-based, whispered, or not discussed at all.  Some of the most positive changes in the world of sexuality is the shift that is happening in regards to rights for our friends and family in the LGBT community and same sex marriage. Another positive change is that teachers are being issued with new guidelines to encourage them to teach sex education rather than just biology and abstinence. We all know that knowledge equals power, but I say that sexual knowledge equals sexual satisfaction!

What is the most frequent issue your clients face in regard to sex and intimacy?

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I counsel singles and couples on a range of issues from lack of communication to lack of desire, fear of having sex to fear of commitment, premature ejaculation to inability to orgasm. It’s all in a days’ work and a very fulfilling one, I might add. However, if I had to pick the most frequent issue in regard to sex and intimacy, I would say that it’s a mismatched sex drive, where one member of the couple is attempting initiation, and the other constantly refuses. The person with the lower sex drive can tend to feel barraged and possibly even harassed. The one who is feeling the desire more often can feel neglected, unattractive, and unloved. Arguments occur, and the sex slowly slips away. When the sex slips away, so does the casual affection like kissing, caressing, hand holding, laughing at each other’s jokes, and the playfulness that comes with intimacy. My solution is to help them with negotiation, communication, and make the decision to be receptive to their partner’s advances. Sometimes, I introduce them to sex toys, as they can raise your sex drive, especially after the guy climaxes and his partner is still aroused.

How can sex toys and products spice up a stale sex life or relationship?

Sex toys cannot replace the emotional fulfillment a lover can provide, but they can have therapeutic value by rejuvenating a predictable relationship. They add more variety, take the pressure off performance (for the man), add orgasmic intensity for a woman by stimulating her clitoris or G-spot, as well as bring a new element of fantasy and fun to the relationship. Some men say that they feel inadequate when a woman uses a vibrator while penetrating her. In order to put his mind at rest, let him know that he is more than adequate by praising his love-making prowess, then tell him that the vibrator is an enhancement for both of you. Other ways to introduce them can include: Talking about them and going online to http://www.theexperiencechannel.com to look at sex toys. Choosing one for each of you such as a vibrator for her, a penis masturbator for him and a vibrating cock ring for both of you. Instead of getting one toy at a time, you can get everything you need for playtime with one of The Experience Channel’s great kits for romantic and sexual play such as their “Hearts Anal Kit” or “Shades of Grey Kit”. 

Photos courtesy of The Experience Channel.

The Experience Channel

Bounce Back After A Breakup


_MG_6291ColorWe’ve all been there. Well, at least most of us. You’re blindsided by a breakup, feeling lost and helpless without the one person who means everything to you. It might sound dramatic, but the time during and after a rough breakup can literally feel like the end of the world, especially if you’ve been with that person for a long period of time. It’s hard to imagine your life without them, and it’s even harder to think about them moving on from you. But like anything else in life, nothing lasts forever–not even a crippling heartbreak. Although there isn’t much anyone else can say or do to get you out of a post-breakup slump, there are things you can do to make it slightly less painful and deter you from going into a serious downward spiral. After recently going through a breakup myself, I decided that for once I would take my own advice. At 22 years young, I’ve had my fair share of girl talks, helping friends cope with getting dumped by–for lack of a better word–total assholes. And to be fair, I’ve also helped my guy friends get through tumultuous splits with bitchy ex-girlfriends. When it was my turn to sulk after parting with my boyfriend of two years, I realized I had to listen to the advice I had been giving my friends–both guys and girls–for years. At the end of the day, it’s simply about making small changes in your daily life that can take the edge off a nasty breakup. And while it’s not a quick fix, it will ease the pain in the meantime.

1) Accept the grief

This is, in my opinion, the most crucial part of any breakup, and it needs to happen immediately. The longer you put off your real feelings, the longer the suffering will last. Don’t deny the overwhelming sadness or grief you’re feeling. You have every right to be upset, so allow yourself to work through that grief. Realize that you’re feelings are justified, but that they won’t last forever. If this means crying in the shower every day until you can’t cry anymore, then do it. This way, when you’re out in public, you can put on a smile–even if you don’t feel like it–and let the world know that you are OKAY.

2) Make a clean break

No texts. No calls. No emails. Nothing. It’s very difficult to not be in contact with someone if you’re used to talking to them all day every day, but trust me, holding on for dear life with obsessive phone calls and texts only makes things worse. Do whatever you have to do to make sure there is no temptation to reach out. Erase his or her number, even if you know it by heart, and put away (or burn) any pictures. The less things around that remind you of that person, the less you will think about them. You need to give yourself time to think and be apart from them in order for your mind to process the breakup. You may be ready to talk one day, but only when you’ve distanced yourself enough from the situation emotionally that you can speak to them in a rational, mature way. You might even get back together in the future; but right now, you broke up for a reason and there’s no point in dwelling on what could have been or what might be. Make a clean break and move on for good.

3) Get up and MOVE!

Every person deserves a day or two to sit in bed, live on slurpees and Doritos, and act like the world is really coming to an end. This is a part of the grieving process, but it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) last forever. After the initial shock wears off, you need to get out of bed and MOVE. Do something active to get your blood pumping. You might be upset, but you’re not dead. Exercising, even if it is just a brisk walk outside or a few jumping jacks, releases endorphins. The release of endorphins are scientifically proven to reduce stress and provide temporary positive mood boosts. It may only be temporary, but trust me, it’s better than being miserable 24/7. Maintaining a weekly fitness routine is even better for improving your overall mood and self-esteem. Remember, the best revenge is looking good.

4) Start fresh

One great part about ending a relationship is starting a new chapter in your life. It might seem silly to think life is starting over, but in many ways, it is. It’s the perfect time to get back in touch with yourself, while at the same time celebrating the “new” single you. Buy a flirty, fresh perfume you’ve never tried before. Make a playlist of songs that don’t remind you of that person. Treat yourself to some retail therapy and a crisp new style. Starting fresh with a clean slate will help you realize that life goes on after relationships end, no matter how painful it might be.

5) Pamper yourself

I will find any excuse to pamper myself, and a breakup is no exception. Breaking up can be a big hit to your ego, especially if the breakup isn’t exactly on your terms (a.k.a. you get dumped). Do things that allow you to relax and rejuvenate, while also making you feel good about yourself. There’s so many ways to pamper yourself in times of need, whether you go get a mani/pedi, buy a hot new outfit, or splurge on a massage.  You’d be surprised what a blowout and DIY face mask can do for your self-esteem when you’re feeling down. The whole point of pampering is to remind yourself just how fabulous you really are, and what a huge mistake the other person is making.

6) Stay in the positive

It’s crucial that you surround yourself with positivity during this difficult time. Hang out with people who make you feel good about yourself and won’t harp on you with questions about your breakup. If you’re friends aren’t doing much to help (shame on them and find some new friends ASAP), think about reconnecting with a friend you might have lost touch with during your relationship. When you’re around supportive people that make you feel good, your mood and self-perception will naturally change. It’s also important that you think as positively as you can at all times. Remember, you’ve accepted the grief, and now it’s time to move into a more affirmative space. That doesn’t mean that you still won’t have moments of sadness, anger, or jealousy, but there’s no reason to focus only on the negative. Instead, keep telling yourself, “It’s their loss, not mine.” Sooner or later, you’ll actually start to believe it.
Photograph by Quavondo for Cliché Magazine Aug/Sept 2013

Ed Letter: Aug/Sept 2013


Ed Letter
We first started talking about rebranding our company back in April. Cliché’s managing partner (Wilson Greene) and proprietor (Rick Corbett) called me up one day with a string of ideas so long and elaborate, I couldn’t tell where one sentence ended and another one began. We are very creative here at Cliché and we think up new projects and ideas almost every week, so excitement is quite a reoccurring emotion. I listened to the both of them as they took turns explaining their plans like the genuine tag team they are, and I smiled all the way through it.
“Well?” they said at last, almost out of breath. “What do you think?”
The answer—which, at the time, was also stemmed from a great deal of excitement—was obvious. “Let’s do it!” I said. Commence cheering.
And so, here we are—several months later, with not just a new logo (which, by the way, was conceptualized and brought to life by our Creative Director), a new look, a new website (check it out!), and double the staff, but with a whole new perspective, new ideas, and new goals: to be more than just a fashion magazine with pretty pictures and celebrity interviews, but a lifestyle hotspot that our readers can rely on for all their interests and needs. Even our new tagline “Amazingly Different” is meant to express our style and perspective—and bonus points for playing off our name Cliché (which, if you haven’t figured out by now, is one very clever pun).
With that said, it is obvious that Cliché has come a long way since I joined the staff as a writer back in 2009, and even since I became the new editor-in-chief in May 2012. For our new rebranding issue, we’ve welcomed on board a new Creative Director (and talented photographer), Quavondo; a handful of professionals and columnists (from a professional baker all the way to a skincare expert) to share with us their expertise; and four department directors who help gather the best stories, clothes, music, and products for your enjoyment. And although our entire staff is spread out all across the States, all in different time zones—cue random excited phone calls at 3 a.m. when I’m trying to sleep (not mentioning any names)—we still manage, somehow, to meet every deadline and put this glossy, inspiring collection of news and stories together for you every other month.
I’m sure I can speak for every single one of our 50+ team members and contributors when I say: we hope you enjoy the new Cliché.
Megan Portorreal
Editor in Chief
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Ed Letter: June/July 2013


Editor-in-Chief Megan Portorreal gushes about the arrival of summer, her month-long trip through Europe, and Cliché’s fourth anniversary.


I am currently writing this ed letter from the back seat of a CR-V, where the ever-green fields of Slovakia stretch out in every direction. For the past three weeks I’ve been away from the States, trekking through Eastern Europe like every recent college grad would, seeing the sights, speaking very little English, and eating more ice cream than I’d like to admit.
Literally the day after my college graduation, I hopped on a plane bound for London, then Prague, excited to start a whole new adventure in my now limitless life. And that’s exactly what this June/July issue is about: hopeful, and exciting, summer adventures.
Every issue of Cliché has been very special to me, to the point where every new issue is my new favorite that month. However, this June/July issue is even more special because 1) it’s our anniversary! and 2) I’ve officially been the new editor-in-chief for one year! And what a year it’s been! I am completely blown away by the progress we have made this past year, and how much our team has expanded. I can only promise that things are just going to keep getting better and better.
Our June/July issues, in particular, are always a joy to put together because the only thing we have in mind is summer—summer playlists, summer reading, summer fun, summer vacation—and we’ve packed this issue with just about everything to get you excited for warm nights and pool time. From our summer beauty essentials list (p. 50) to our ultimate guide to swimsuits (p. 20 & 92), you will be ready for summer in no time at all!
We’ve added a few new columns to our mag as well, specifically the “What We Love About…” column (p. 16), where you will find a list of things we are excited about this summer, from movie premieres to album releases!
And we mustn’t forget our gorgeous and multitalented cover girl, Cara Quici, whose music career, like the summer, is only just beginning (p. 120).
May you all experience the best things summer has to offer! Enjoy the anniversary issue!
Megan Portorreal

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