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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

THVM Jeans

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Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr arriving at JFK airport. (Photo credit: Splash News)

Don’t you want a pair of jeans you can live in and still look good? THVM Jeans is the answer. The brand’s perfect fit with the right amount of stretch has made this the new favorite of many.  Recently spotted wearing jeans from the collection are Miranda Kerr, Leelee Sobieski, and Rosie Huntington-Whitely, as well as Michael C. Hall, Peter Facinelli and Taylor Lautner.

The Los Angeles brand jean is made from high quality fabric made using an innovative process. Airwash is used to treat/wash the denim, offering one of the greenest solutions out there.  This eco-friendly treatment uses a minimal amount of water and chemicals and a recycling technique to reduce waste. THVM’s SS13 Air Wash collection was created using sustainable practices to bring a jean to life that looks and feels great and is good for the earth. Each step of the production process was developed to leave a lighter footprint and preserve the planet for you and generations to come.

Founded in 2009 by designer Brian Kim and his wife, Olga Nazarova, along with business partner Nicola Scagnolari, the name Thvm (pronounced “them”  This Here Very Moment ) is a creative collective whose form of expression includes not only clothing, but a literary journal of the same name and a retail space inside a former paint factory in downtown Los Angeles.  Brian Kim, who made a name for himself via his Echo Park storefront Work Custom Jeans, says Thvm “takes away details that aren’t functional.”

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Rosie Huntington-Whitleley wearing THVM (Photo Credit: Splash News)

What I love about the jean is the look is clean and simple, so they can be worn with anything as well as look perfect dressed up.  The look is definitely minimalist. The aesthetic seems very New York. One tends to think of a more embellished jean as the preferred Angeleno style, which is what inspired Kim and co. to do something different.

Soon, the team will be collaborating with a local artist Will Lemon for the shop in Venice called Weltenbuerger on Abbott Kinney.  Will is doing special designed prints for the jeans that will be sold exclusively at the shop in April after the spring launch. Check out their colored jeans, denim jackets, and jean shorts too. The brand’s conceptual cool line is being carried in 40 US stores including Neiman MarcusUrban Outfitters, American Rag, Saks Fifth Avenue and many other boutiques nationwide and in Europe.  The collection of jeans is priced from $115 for basics (indigo, blacks), $120- $140 for novelties (overdyes, two tones) and $170- $220 for premiums (waxed jeans, salt, oil cave).


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