arts & culture

{favourite five: actress & writer shiva rose}



Shiva Rose is an accomplished actress, playwright, writer, jewelry designer, former spokesperson for Amnesty International‘s Refugee Program, life-style reporter, and director who does it all with impeccable style.


Acclaimed for many on-screen roles, the actress won the Best Breakthrough Performance Award at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival for the romantic comedy David and Layla; her television credits include Gideon’s Crossing, The Practice, and CSI: Miami.


Shiva’s eclectic, chic and laid-back style stands out everywhere she goes, ensuring her a place, time and again, in the glossy pages of magazines such as Vogue
, Allure, and Harper’s Bazaar.


Throughout her life, Shiva’s style has been influenced by many of the most unforgettable fashion icons in history, and in an article she once wrote for Vogue, she revealed, “ever since I was a child, I have associated clothes with who I want to be, or the life I want to live.”



If her looks on the red carpet or appearances on best dressed lists are any indication, Shiva’s daily life is filled with a certain charm and glamour, and this week , she shares with us her:


{top five favourite style icons of all time:}

1. Artist Frida Khalo
Frida inspires me with her rebellious nature and passion . . . the way she was influenced by her heritage and made it part of her everyday life. Her life was a work of art as her dressing proved.

2.Photojournalist & Former Fashion Editor Lisa Eisner
I love how Lisa collects items that she loves regardless of what is in mode at the time. She truly creates her own style. She has an amazing eye for Native American Jewelry, anything with feathers, and great men’s suits.

3. Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
Carolyn with her red lips, alabaster skin and mysterious gaze was truly an icon. She made me want a camel skirt and sweater ensemble. She embodied cool elegance and I only wish she was around longer so we could be inspired some more.

4. French Film Actress Anouk Aimee
Maybe it was the era she was from, but the way Anouk wore her eye liner and simple black sweater truly impressed me as a young lass. I went through an Anouk stage where I just emulated all her looks from films like Justine, Man and a Woman, 8 1/2, and more.

5. Actress, Singer & Muse Jane Birkin
Jane truly made a pair of easy jeans, a white t-shirt and a country basket chic and sexy. Her style and influence are undeniable.


{p.s.} previous favourite fives:
* jeweler: camille eddera
* artist: kimia kline
* actress & fashion muse: chloë sevigny
* floral stylist: denise porcaro
* fashion photographer & illustrator: garance doré
* entrepreneurs: rent the runway
* designer: rachel ashwell
* interior designer: tricia foley
* photographer: romina shama
* food editor & author: donna hay

~ laily

{all images from closet visit}

Laily Samadi
Contributor, New York City

Laily lives in NYC and began contributing to This is Glamorous in 2011 - interviewing designers for a popular series called Favourite Five. Her background ranges from studying documentary photography at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan to founding Project Flora, a company that works with florists, event planners, and socially-conscious brides and grooms to resell flowers after events, donating a part of the proceeds to charity. She currently runs a digital media and marketing company servicing an array of clients, including Flower Girl NYC and Lushlife Nailworks. Her new column, La Fête, explores trends in the world of event design and planning.

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