58 episodes

As a digital fashion, beauty, and lifestyle magazine, Story + Rain uncovers the emerging trends and tastemakers that matter right now, as told to by the visionaries who set these moments in motion. On this podcast, through candid conversations with our community of cultural arbiters, we provide a resource to discover today's most interesting people, projects, and products, as well as a platform to explore the global references and origins that led to game-changing ideas and careers. By unearthing unexpected juxtapositions, we act as a catalyst for creativity. There's magic in the mix.

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As a digital fashion, beauty, and lifestyle magazine, Story + Rain uncovers the emerging trends and tastemakers that matter right now, as told to by the visionaries who set these moments in motion. On this podcast, through candid conversations with our community of cultural arbiters, we provide a resource to discover today's most interesting people, projects, and products, as well as a platform to explore the global references and origins that led to game-changing ideas and careers. By unearthing unexpected juxtapositions, we act as a catalyst for creativity. There's magic in the mix.

    Ep 61. Bevy Smith: Radio + Television Host + Author

    Ep 61. Bevy Smith: Radio + Television Host + Author

    Giving Voice. Harlem born and bred Bevy Smith has always used her voice. The radio show host, Bravo and Page Six TV television host, longtime fashion and advertising executive (for magazines like Vibe and Rolling Stone) and now, author, has long made her mark with her savvy way with words. Bevy Smith’s authenticity excites and inspires. The title of her first book, Bevelations, nods to her Sirius radio show on Andy Cohen’s Radio Andy. Published by Cohen’s new imprint, the book is part self-help, part teaching-people-how-to-build-their-personal-brand, part storytelling, and all about her quest for a creative life. Known for her no-nonsense point of view and direct way, Bevy has taken a bite out of life. She’s taken career risks, embraced change all while keeping her eye on her career- prize, and making time for the creative pursuits that are important to her. On this podcast Bevy shares stories from the fashion and publishing world, how Covid touched her life last year, how she broke into the media business, the importance of travel, dating, the 9 to 5 life, tales of struggle and perseverance, how her previous jobs have shaped her, stories from her impeccably written first book, items and places she loves, some of which you can discover and shop here:

    1. Bevelations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie by Bevy Smith

    2. Bevelations on Sirius XM's Radio Andy

    3. Washable Paint Set by Crayola

    4. Acrylic Paint Set by Crayola

    5. Activated Charcoal Foaming Bath by Dr.Teal’s

    6. Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

    7. La Diagonal Taco in Harlem

    8. Melba’s

    9. Cafe Luxembourg

    10. Barawine Harlem

    11. Hillstone Restaurants

    12. The Polo Bar: Ralph Lauren Restaurant

    13. The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey

    14. Let Love Rule by Lenny Kravitz

    16. Watching Industry

    17. Watching The Crown

    18. Watching The Queen's Gambit

    19. Watching Shameless

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Ep 60. Rachel Brosnahan: Award-Winning Actor + Producer

    Ep 60. Rachel Brosnahan: Award-Winning Actor + Producer

    Diving Deep. Rachel Brosnahan is working hard and working smart. At 30 years old, she’s won an Emmy with four nominations, two Golden Globes, two Critics’ Choice Awards, and three SAG Awards for her beloved character Midge Maisel on Amazon’s huge hit series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel---and she’s started her own production company, taking a cue from actresses like Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, to ensure work with material she believes in. Rachel Brosnahan is diving deep as a creator and a maker. And her sense of self, maturity, and intelligence will take her there. On this podcast we discuss Rachel’s days at NYU’s Tisch, her love of and experience with the theater, her pivotal role on House Of Cards, the actors she’s worked with who have had the biggest impact on her, all things Maisel, and how she both becomes and puts away the characters she plays. We asked her about her late great aunt, Kate Spade, how she came up with the name for and the work that her production company Scrap Paper Pictures is doing, including her recently released, cool, all-female comedy special, Yearly Departed. We get specific about costuming and getting dressed taking up a lot of space in her life, and the way that awards and awards season has affected her. We talk about her love of New York City, how she’s powered through the pandemic, and much more, including some of her favorite things that you can discover and shop here:

    1. Yearly Departed

    2. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    3. I'm Your Woman

    4. House of Cards

    5. Scrap Paper Pictures

    6. Trey Backpack in Natural by Frances Valentine

    7. Birdie Wool Plaid Olive Navy by Frances Valentine

    8. Sidonie Belt Bag in Fiery Red/Black by Prada

    9. Lip + Cheek Tinted Balm in Apricot by Olio E Osso

    10. Army suede-trimmed leather sneakers by Rag + Bone

    11. Slip-Ons by Vans

    12. Sonny Boot in Black by Frances Valentine

    13. Gentle Skin Cleanser by Cetaphil

    14. French Vanilla Coffee Creamer by Coffee Mate

    • 49 min
    Ep 59. Sarah Bahbah: Artist + Director

    Ep 59. Sarah Bahbah: Artist + Director

    Entirely Original And Often Copied. Sarah Bahbah is one who lives and speaks boldly. Known for creating art that empowers and speaks directly to women, namely millennial women, Sarah draws on her experiences of childhood sexual abuse, anorexia and bulimia, drug dependency, and destructive love to put forth her vulnerable and strong voice. Her art has been exhibited internationally at over 25 art fairs and galleries. Indulgence and self-love are major themes for the Palestinian/Jordanian-Australian artist and director who challenged Instagram norms with her powerful posts: work that is visually depicted as cinematic film stills complemented by subtitles declaring intense feelings and the realities of imperfect relationships. She weaves her experiences of multiple cultures into her work to produce relevant stories that resonate with many, including her 962,000 followers on Instagram. Sarah is hell-bent on breaking taboo and celebrating the liberation of transparency and desire. She believes in making art accessible. Using a modern art + commerce model, fans + followers can purchase her limited edition prints for $50. She recently launched Lazy Cake, a line of sweatshirts and sweatpants dedicated to redefining what it is to be “lazy”, and celebrating the notion that we should give ourselves permission to rest. Then there’s her content creation agency, Possy. Sarah’s created content for Gucci, Sony Music, and more. The videos she’s directed for dj, songwriter and record producer, Kygo have collectively garnered over 75 million views. On this podcast we talk about when her creativity peaks, therapy, how she takes time to separate from her intense creative process, the influence of her culture, dealing with her trauma, social media, and more, including her personal aesthetic and picks, some of which you can discover and shop here:

    1. Lazy Cake by Sarah Bahbah

    2. Skincare by Drunk Elephant

    3. Watching The Queen's Gambit

    4. Watching High Fidelity

    5. Watching Normal People

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 58. Sarah Simms Hendrix + Boo Simms: Lady + Larder Boards + Foods

    Ep 58. Sarah Simms Hendrix + Boo Simms: Lady + Larder Boards + Foods

    Twin sisters and best friends Sarah and Boo Simms are the culinary and creative duo behind LA based Lady + Larder, and they’re responsible for starting a global grazing board movement. With a long list of devoted customers and fans, they’re a beloved and local go-to for delicious and stylish entertaining.
    Quite simply, they positively own the term “edible displays”. Their meticulously sourced meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables along with other delicious details are curated and arranged to create special, one-of-a-kind platters and boards that are a thing of beauty. With modern branding, approachable style, and American sensibility, “sense of place” is important to the duo, and a large source of their inspiration. They believe in supporting an 100% domestic and sustainable food culture. Their business has grown---they now serve lunch, and have a full bodega that includes produce, flowers, items for the home and more, along with a cheese counter. Two of four siblings, the women have major roots in the California hospitality industry. Cooking and mealtime and the many rituals around each were sacred in their household, and on this podcast we get into a lot of those details. We discuss how they complement one another’s creativity, the high regard they hold for their makers and producers, and the relationship they have with them, and with seasonality. We discuss each of their careers before Lady + Larder, how they eat at home, how and why they were quick to pivot their business during the pandemic, their use of items like flowers, traveling + farmers markets, and more, including really great, long list of some of their favorite things from kitchenware to fashion some of which you can shop here:

    1. Wylie West Floral Mask by Citizens of Humanity x Boo Simms

    2. Baking Gold cookbook by Jami Curl

    3. Prune cookbook by Gabrielle Hamilton

    4. River Cafe London: Thirty Years of Recipes and the Story of a Much-Loved Restaurant: A Cookbook by Ruth Rogers

    5. A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus: Menus and Stories cookbook by Renee Erickson

    6. The Dutchess Pot by Great Jones

    7. Original Steak Sauce by A1

    8. Tomato Ketchup by Heinz

    9. Face Masks by Clare V

    10. Arizona Essential Slide Sandal by Birkenstock

    11.Big Buckle Sandals in Green by Birkenstock

    12. Denim by Mother Denim

    13. Denim by AGOLDE

    14. Shoes by Freda Salvador

    15.Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne by Jo Malone

    16. Nail polish in A Good Mandarin Is Hard To Find by OPI

    17. Nail polish in Cajun Shrimp by OPI

    18. Pure Radiance Oil by True Botanicals

    19. Unseen Sunscreen by Supergoop

    20. Active Botanical Serum by Vintner's Daughter

    21. Makeup by Beautycounter

    22. Aquaphor

    23. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

    24. Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay

    25. Signs by Laura Lynn Jackson

    26. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Ep 57. Rita Hazan: Celebrity Hair Colorist + Founder Of Rita Hazan New York Salon + Haircare

    Ep 57. Rita Hazan: Celebrity Hair Colorist + Founder Of Rita Hazan New York Salon + Haircare

    Rita Hazan is a leading force in hair color, and she launched her career only six years after working directly under legendary hairstylist Oribe. Simply miraculous. Why? Early on, Rita had identified hair as the career she’d wanted, and like many of us who made our way into fashion, beauty, media, and entertainment, she spent her early years pouring through and studying magazines. It was then that Rita pinpointed Oribe as someone she wanted to work for. She nailed her interview there and the course of her life was changed. A native New Yorker, Rita has since become known for her direct, honest, and no-nonsense nature in her work. We imagine a very similar Rita impressing with confidence at the time she got her start, and fearless about facing her dream job and employer. Building her brand with both stability and forward-moving momentum, Rita’s gone on to create a thriving New York City salon, and build both a roster of celebrity clients and a brand of revolutionary products. Ultimately responsible for creating a brand new hair care category with her root treatment products, Rita often found her achievement being copied. What sets her apart is her attention to hair health, her brand credo to always treat celebrities and others alike, and her ability to transform brunettes into blondes who appear born that way. On this podcast we talk about how she honed that ability because of the hours and hours she was asked to spend color-treating extensions during her early years, working all over the globe with celebrities embracing her role as a traveling colorist, what she’s learned as a boss, how she recognizes talent in both stylists and colorists, the product development process, when to turn down a client, and much more, including some favorites and items she loves, that you can discover and shop here:

    1. Rita Hazan New York Hair Care Collection

    2. Rock Hard Gel by Oribe

    3. Rosie's restaurant on the Lower East Side, NYC

    4. Platform Sneakers by Converse

    5. Shoes by Gucci

    6. Carnal Flower Eau de Parfum by Frédéric Malle

    7. Binge watching The Undoing

    • 50 min
    Ep 56. Ashley Longshore: Mixed Media Artist

    Ep 56. Ashley Longshore: Mixed Media Artist

    Ashley Longshore is a force. Her bold, in-your-face art is a true reflection of her personality. Story + Rain Founder Tamara first Ashley years ago in Paris, and quickly became acquainted with her zest for life and love of fashion. The New York Times has since called her "fashion’s latest darling", and for good reason. She once was the official artist for New York Fashion Week, had a challenge built around her signature prints on Project Runway, had a restaurant built around her art at Bergdorf Goodman, and she’s collaborated with a number of of-the-moment brands and designers from Dennis Basso to Judith Leiber to Lingua Franca, Sprinkles cupcakes and more, and perhaps most notably, Diane Von Furstenberg---with her vast collection pieces depicting iconic women who have changed the course of history. Ashley is outspoken on Instagram and is known for the signature, strong language in her messaging. Combining fashion and pop art, she’s something of a young, feminist Andy Warhol. On this podcast Ashley talks about feeling misunderstood, being an observer, how her ideas take shape, what she wears and how she sets her scene for creating art, the details behind her projects and collabs, the color scheme she starts and ends her day with, what kinds of things are capturing her eye these days--- and so much more, including a long list of her favorite things from restaurants to dresses, hotels to lipstick, some of which you can discover and shop here:

    1. Ashley Longshore: I Do Not Cook, I Do Not Clean, I Do Not Fly Commercial

    2. You Don't Look Fat, You Look Crazy: An Unapologetic Guide To Being Ambitchous

    3. Air Zoom Pegasus 35 by Nike

    4. Shoes by Brian Atwood

    5. Red Lipstick by Clé de Peau Beauté

    5. Dresses by Christian Siriano

    6. Dresses by Dennis Basso

    7. Dresses by Tomo Koizumi

    8. Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies by JK Chocolate

    9. Watching The Undoing

    10. Watching The Crown

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

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PPDittee ,

The stars aligned

Tamara Rappa has a sixth sense in finding the culture stars we all need to know. She introduces the newest talents and reminds us/ schools us on those who paved the road and highlights their innovation. Bravo!!

Morgz G ,

Episode 48: Dove Cameron

I definitely enjoyed the conversation. Not many celebrities or influencers take the time to show their authentic self to their fans. The questions asked really got me thinking along with Dove. I definitely connected with Dove when she was expressing how she felt she was being “looked at not seen”. I, as a teen, feel the same way, I don’t feel as though people have a complete understanding of who I am and how my mind works, lol, and just hearing that being said by another human being not just a celebrity made me feel that it’s ok to feel that way. Dove mentioned she emotionally removed herself from her family and I see that within myself. We also share the same viewpoints of women and their body and sexuality, even though I’m not fully in touch with myself yet I still share those beliefs with Dove. Overall this podcast was really fun, informational, and made me feel I was apart of the conversation as well. Great job!

Nbrensson ,

What fun!!

Found myself laughing probably more than I should. Felt like I was a fly on the wall for some very cool conversations.

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