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My New York Journal- Part 2

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Ok I have taken the photo. My face is now also five shades pinker. I didn’t turn my phone on silent & the sound of the flash certainly turned a few heads. #WHOOPS The girl in front of me turned around.

“Let me guess…snapping a pic for Instagram?!!”. I smiled and nodded.

She asked me what agency I am with. When I tell her my NY agency, she sighed. She said she was jealous! I was not expecting that response given that I could see her comp card & her agency is no joke! And side note: she is ABSOLUTELY drop dead gorgeous.

When I look at her more closely, she looks as if Caroline Trentini and Liu Wen had a child. Her! She was the most amazing Eurasian girl with a face full of freckles. She went on to tell me that my NY agency had rejected her on a number of occasions because she looked too similar to models already on their board. I was shocked! I threw her a compliment by telling her the two models I thought looked like. She laughed and asked me if I was yet to check out the other models signed with my agency. No? … Was I meant to? She pulled out her iPad. F***. Caroline Trentini and Liu Wen were both signed with my agency.

She was laughing so I joined in. Little did she know that my laughter was really just “time out” while I thought about what to say next! I noticed the S symbol on her iPad. Great! I now have an in!

“I see you’re using Snaptch!” She nodded & opened up her app for me to see. Eek instant terror hit me as I saw her figures. Not her bust, waist & hip measurements… but her followers on Instagram. She had almost 200k and another 18k on Twitter. She’d removed Facebook though? Weird. I asked her why.

When she told me that she didn’t want to hook up her personal page I realised something that she may not know. Relief! I now have something of actual value to contribute to this conversation instead of continuing to gawk at her portfolios amazing front image…The cover of Vogue Spain. She was scrolling down her folio as she spoke and all I could see was image after image of amazing editorial work. It seems she has put way more thought into her portfolio app that I had. In my defence, I didn’t get my latest shots until the day before I left for NYC. I had to quickly import everything at once from Drop Box on the way to the airport. In their defence, I totally forgot. I was too busy Googling the location of Carrie Bradshaws apartment stoop.

If I am to have any chance of booking this show, before I get to the front of this line I need to sign into Snaptch & do a quick little switch-a-roo of the order of my folio shots. I think my ELLE spread should come before my campaign for LG Dishwashers. NYC seems like the place where fashion would always come before the latest range of stainless steel kitchen appliances.

Anyway I told her to update to the most recent version of Snaptch. She was delighted! She was now able to link her Facebook Page i.e. her fan page to her Snaptch portfolio instead of her personal account.

Oh dear god. It appears that I have shot myself in the foot. As she connected her Facebook account & refreshed her app, I saw her number. 14K followers. Good one dickhead. Mental Note: Stop speaking. Or at the very least, stop giving the competition tips on how to book this job over me.

In all seriousness though, I shouldn’t be so hard on myself…Thanks to my cupcake inspired blog, I’m almost up to 35k on all three platforms. Not bad!

A few more seconds of awkward laughter & meaningless chatter went on as I was thinking what I could say next to this glamorous NY model with a billion followers & not one blemish insight.

She spoke first. Thank god. “Thank god for Snaptch! My book hasn’t really been getting a lot of attention lately as I’ve been tied up studying. The only thing that’s getting my attention is my Instagram page! It’s been growing so quickly! Thank god as it’s currently my only income stream! Do you get into social media much?”

I replied and told her all about The Cupcake Diaries. She seemed enthused by the idea and asked more questions! I think my first mission to “Find a New York Friend” had been achieved! Snaptch is proving to be a good little conversation starter too. I am never leaving home without my iPad in New York! I wonder if I could take it out on dates? I am learning towards No.. My second mission to “Find a New York Boyfriend” is beginning to fade away into the distance.

I look up & we’ve moved! I can finally see the casting agents ahead. I quickly sign into Snaptch and reorder my folio shots. It’s looking much better now. Starting off with the ELLE spread was a good move. Go me.

 

Keep watching this space for the Final Edition of My New York Journal.

And If you happened to miss Part 1 – I suggest you go on and read it.

 

Booking Shoots and Saving Lives

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I love my agent and I’m not ashamed to say it. She is so much more than someone that just lands me gigs (and she does an awesome job at that), she’s been my support.

I realize some girls aren’t as lucky as me- their agent is more like an extension of the business than any type of friend, but not mine. I’ll admit- it wasn’t like that at first; we had a more business arrangement of sorts. Her sending me texts, me rolling my eyes… you know, the usual.

But when my mother died, our relationship changed. I was really close with my mom, my father …. well, let’s just say he wasn’t much of a priority in my life. But I was truly crushed when I lost my mom, she was the one person I could go to after my crazy shoots. She was someone I always knew had my best interest in mind.

When she died, I wanted to stop modeling. I didn’t want to go to my shoots, and I didn’t want to do shows. It was too hard to continue smiling and pretending. I was hurting inside.

I no-showed. I stopped answering my emails and my phone. I slept in for days. I was determined to cry myself into career suicide.

But my agent wasn’t letting me quit. She showed up my apartment for days. (Yes, I said days because I didn’t open the door the first three times she stopped by.) Those times, she sat outside my door talking from the hallway and sliding papers through the cracks. By the fourth time, I opened the door just out of respect to my neighbors.

No one else showed up during that time, not my other family members, not my model friends. There was no one else. Only my agent, who was sincerely worried about me, took the time to nudge me out of my funk.

Now I trust her with almost everything. Having trouble with a guy, I call my agent. Wondering what I should have for dinner, I call my agent. Need to vent about the latest episode of crap model reality TV, I call my agent.

Thats if she hasn’t called me first.

I truly owe my career to her, for more than the obvious reasons. She will never be my mom, but she’s pretty damn close.

Warehouse Yoga

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“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet.” ~ Banksy

Videographer: Nick May
Shot on location @ Dunlop Abandoned Factory
Video Producer: Yasmin Shima
Instagram: @gypset_society @kayaactive

Cultural Appropriation

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By Katriena Emmanuel

So I’ve came across another article recently about Cultural Appropriation which has prompted me to write this essay. Whilst I recognise everyone is entitled to an opinion, I feel there has never quite been a balanced discussion on the concept of “Cultural Appropriation” with particular reference to the fashion industry’s impact.

This concept – Cultural Appropriation, bothers me a lot. It feels as though it is more like the voice of a “collective ego” saying this is mine and you are not worthy to share in it because you are not one of us, you are different, and not part of this culture/ race/ religion. I believe we are all one, all human beings, that when you strip away all the egotistical things we identify ourselves with that we are one and the same, the body is just a host for our “beings”, an identity we craft for ourselves, but it isn’t our true self. Facts or adjectives we like to attach to ourselves like “I am a photographer”, “I am a woman”, “I am Australian”, “I am white”, “I am heterosexual” – these aren’t me! They are not who I am. What I am is a human being – a being who is experiencing a human existence, in this body of mine.   If we are striving for equality and non-discrimination, then isn’t “exclusion” the opposite of fostering equality.

Let’s face it, it is a human weakness of ours to compartmentalise, categorise and attach certain descriptions and labels to ourselves and others (we are quite judgemental especially to ourselves), which to me only serve to divide, discriminate and magnify our physical differences.   This brings me back to the whole argument of “cultural appropriation” where certain cultures feel dishonoured or disrespected by others who borrow certain aspects of their cultural traditions, whether it be their dialect, dance style, hairstyle, food, fashion or dress style. It raises a whole debate which seems to magnify what is different about us, thereby creating this “exclusivity”, “separateness”, “you can’t sit with me” mentality.

I’ve noticed too in modern society where we feel guilty for something our ancestors have done in the past against another group of people, that we feel obliged to give them special treatment or privileges to this group as a form of retribution for our ancestors past actions. Whilst this certain group of people wronged in the past often still continue in present day to fight for equality, I’ve always felt that these privileges or special treatment actually work against them in perpetuating that something is different about them, that they must be treated differently. When in actuality, nothing is different about us at all, we are one and the same. People cling to the past, even though more than likely they weren’t even born at the time when the past atrocities took place. History isn’t meant to be relived, it is only meant to serve us to look back and learn from the mistakes so that we do not repeat them in the future. If we are constantly re-living the past emotionally and psychologically, then how can we heal, make progress and live in the present moment.

The ego is a bastard of a thing. I’ve recently discovered this truth in myself, that is. I believe that we can truly unite as ONE consciousness, letting go of all stereotypes, perceptions, discrimination, racial tensions if we learn to detach and no longer cling to the things that perpetuate our differences. Only then can we truly all see each other as equals, made from the same star dust and not the “things” we attach onto for our identity.

I’m not trying to start a war or diminish the value of traditions and cultural heritage, I am only wanting to shed light on the greater picture, on how we can all try to better understand each other and blend harmoniously so we are united by sharing and participating in each other’s traditions rather than creating a sense of exclusivity.

This is one of the reasons I believe art is so valuable to our human experience. I believe that we share one collective consciousness and in this consciousness, thoughts and ideas are shared. You can imagine it as one big swimming pool full of ideas, thoughts and inspiration, that one only has to reach out and pluck an idea from it. Art brings a kind of evolution to our understanding of the human condition and brings us closer to understanding our true being. For centuries, artists have borrowed, appropriated, stolen:- ideas, symbolism, culture, stylistic identity, thoughts, perceptions, beliefs from all around and amalgamated, redefined and re-invented them, thereby dissolving all bonds to their original form and uniting them to the whole. In Trinidad, the Caribbean island I grew up, we had a saying on how we described our country, we called ourselves “the melting pot” – taking all the cultures, races, religious beliefs and blending them all, sharing and participating in them all, we ultimately developed an understanding and tolerance for our differences.

The Fashion World, which unarguably has a lot of negative publicity surrounding it for curating certain ideas of beauty, is only the messenger in this game. If you look back on the past, history has shown us the number of times the definition of beauty has been redefined and still is. But don’t put all the blame on the fashion elite, we only have ourselves to blame. We, as a communal consciousness, perpetuate and distil unconsciously the definitions of beauty. Fashion designers like artists draw inspiration from history, society, nature, culture, religion and so on. Can you imagine counting the number of times the symbol of Christianity’s cross/ crucifix has been re-created in fashion. It would be too many to list. Sometimes, designers deliberately draw upon these particular religious or cultural references because they know of the power they have on our collective consciousness in conjuring up a feeling or a thought, or perhaps simply they are playing up to our egos.

Fashion is probably the most influential art form there is, as it has the ability to reach the masses. As fashion, being the art form of how we cloth ourselves, how we dress our egos in one form of an identity or the other, can help spread a collective consciousness, redefining our perceptions of beauty and building those bridges for unity and fraternity.

More recently, I have seen some positive changes in the Fashion Industry, and in actuality it is probably more open minded than most of us give it credit for. Just think about models like Melanie Gaydos, Chantelle Brown-Young, Daphne Selfe, Alex Minsky, Winnie Harlow and Casey Legler – These are just a few beings who are opening up our mindsets in seeing the limitlessness of true beauty. But again I don’t want to perpetuate a diversity that magnifies our differences but rather that amalgamates us as one, is more inclusive of all forms of beauty that is part of our human experience.

So rather, let’s truly be a global community and educate, embrace, share and participate in each other’s “stylistic identities”. As they are just that essentially, an identity, like a mask or a costume we put on and take off, but which is NOT at the core of who we really are. So let’s tell our egos to shut up and not take things so personally anymore, let’s detach ourselves in order to attach ourselves to the truth, that we are one collective consciousness made up of human beings.

As Ellen DeGeneres preaches “Be kind”. That’s all.

Instagram: @katrienaemmanuel
Website: Kateriena Emmanuel
Facebook: Emmanuel Photography

My New York Journal- Part 2

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Ok I have taken the photo. My face is now also five shades pinker. I didn’t turn my phone on silent & the sound of the flash certainly turned a few heads. #WHOOPS The girl in front of me turned around.

“Let me guess…snapping a pic for Instagram?!!”. I smiled and nodded.

She asked me what agency I am with. When I tell her my NY agency, she sighed. She said she was jealous! I was not expecting that response given that I could see her comp card & her agency is no joke! And side note: she is ABSOLUTELY drop dead gorgeous.

When I look at her more closely, she looks as if Caroline Trentini and Liu Wen had a child. Her! She was the most amazing Eurasian girl with a face full of freckles. She went on to tell me that my NY agency had rejected her on a number of occasions because she looked too similar to models already on their board. I was shocked! I threw her a compliment by telling her the two models I thought looked like. She laughed and asked me if I was yet to check out the other models signed with my agency. No? … Was I meant to? She pulled out her iPad. F***. Caroline Trentini and Liu Wen were both signed with my agency.

She was laughing so I joined in. Little did she know that my laughter was really just “time out” while I thought about what to say next! I noticed the S symbol on her iPad. Great! I now have an in!

“I see you’re using Snaptch!” She nodded & opened up her app for me to see. Eek instant terror hit me as I saw her figures. Not her bust, waist & hip measurements… but her followers on Instagram. She had almost 200k and another 18k on Twitter. She’d removed Facebook though? Weird. I asked her why.

When she told me that she didn’t want to hook up her personal page I realised something that she may not know. Relief! I now have something of actual value to contribute to this conversation instead of continuing to gawk at her portfolios amazing front image…The cover of Vogue Spain. She was scrolling down her folio as she spoke and all I could see was image after image of amazing editorial work. It seems she has put way more thought into her portfolio app that I had. In my defence, I didn’t get my latest shots until the day before I left for NYC. I had to quickly import everything at once from Drop Box on the way to the airport. In their defence, I totally forgot. I was too busy Googling the location of Carrie Bradshaws apartment stoop.

If I am to have any chance of booking this show, before I get to the front of this line I need to sign into Snaptch & do a quick little switch-a-roo of the order of my folio shots. I think my ELLE spread should come before my campaign for LG Dishwashers. NYC seems like the place where fashion would always come before the latest range of stainless steel kitchen appliances.

Anyway I told her to update to the most recent version of Snaptch. She was delighted! She was now able to link her Facebook Page i.e. her fan page to her Snaptch portfolio instead of her personal account.

Oh dear god. It appears that I have shot myself in the foot. As she connected her Facebook account & refreshed her app, I saw her number. 14K followers. Good one dickhead. Mental Note: Stop speaking. Or at the very least, stop giving the competition tips on how to book this job over me.

In all seriousness though, I shouldn’t be so hard on myself…Thanks to my cupcake inspired blog, I’m almost up to 35k on all three platforms. Not bad!

A few more seconds of awkward laughter & meaningless chatter went on as I was thinking what I could say next to this glamorous NY model with a billion followers & not one blemish insight.

She spoke first. Thank god. “Thank god for Snaptch! My book hasn’t really been getting a lot of attention lately as I’ve been tied up studying. The only thing that’s getting my attention is my Instagram page! It’s been growing so quickly! Thank god as it’s currently my only income stream! Do you get into social media much?”

I replied and told her all about The Cupcake Diaries. She seemed enthused by the idea and asked more questions! I think my first mission to “Find a New York Friend” had been achieved! Snaptch is proving to be a good little conversation starter too. I am never leaving home without my iPad in New York! I wonder if I could take it out on dates? I am learning towards No.. My second mission to “Find a New York Boyfriend” is beginning to fade away into the distance.

I look up & we’ve moved! I can finally see the casting agents ahead. I quickly sign into Snaptch and reorder my folio shots. It’s looking much better now. Starting off with the ELLE spread was a good move. Go me.

 

Keep watching this space for the Final Edition of My New York Journal.

And If you happened to miss Part 1 – I suggest you go on and read it.

 

Model Chocolate On Youtube

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Australian model, mother and author, Abigail O’Neill, is bringing the vision behind her highly successful recipe book Model Chocolate to life on the screen.

Model Chocolate features over 80 mostly raw, refined sugar free, dairy free and gluten free chocolate recipes covering everything from breakfast and healthful snacks right through to delectable desserts.

Since releasing Model Chocolate in 2012 Abigail has become well known for her love of raw chocolate and her natural healthy lifestyle. She shares variations of her chocolate creations on her blog and Instagram and has built a loyal following of raw chocolate and health enthusiasts including prominent models, actresses and food personalities.

Abigail says, “The journey since I released Model Chocolate has been incredible. I’ve loved being able to inspire people to enjoy chocolate in a way that’s actually nutritionally beneficial for them. Bringing the type of recipes I’ve created for the book and my blog to a new medium where people can connect with me on a whole other level was a natural progression for me.”

Abigail was never content to just create a recipe book; she wanted to create something beautiful so she filled Model Chocolate with fashion and lifestyle images. Much like the book Abigail intends for the Model Chocolate YouTube channel to be much more than just another cooking channel.

“I’ve met so many inspiring people since launching Model Chocolate and my favourite part of the journey has always been sharing my chocolate and seeing the look on people’s faces. So I wanted to make the YouTube channel a place where myself and some of those amazing people could share a delicious chocolate dish and our mutual passions at the same time.”

Tanja Gacic of the popular fashion and lifestyle blog My Empirical Life is the first special guest to appear on the Model Chocolate YouTube channel. Tanja is a former model whose impressive career saw her grace the pages of leading Australian magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Oyster and Marie Claire. Her success continued overseas where she appeared in Japanese Vogue, V Magazine, The Face and Spanish Vogue. Today Tanja shares the inimitable aesthetic that she developed from her years of modelling and travelling through My Empirical Life and as a regular contributor to Vogue.com.au. My Empirical Life is a visual smorgasbord of stunning fashion images and beauty inspiration framed by Tanja’s informed voice. Her distinctive style and creative direction have seen her collaborate with brands including Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen and Tiffany & Co. Tanja is also passionate about leading a holistic lifestyle, cooking with organic ingredients, yoga, meditation and natural skincare.

Of her first guest Abigail says, “Tanja was the ideal choice as my first special guest, she’s the whole package! I adore her style, admire her success as a model and appreciate her passion for leading a healthy, natural lifestyle. I was delighted to be able to make and share my raw chocolate fondue with her and talk about the amazing new section on her blog, ‘A Kitchen Couture,’ which so exquisitely reflects my own passion for food and fashion.”

Amongst these standout collaborative videos Model Chocolate viewers can also expect to find simple recipe tutorials with Abigail, useful facts about raw chocolate and the ingredients Abigail frequently uses as well as plenty of other insights into the natural lifestyle that has made Abigail such a popular health and wellbeing personality.

Watch ‘How To Make Raw Chocolate Fondue with Abigail O’Neill & Tanja Gacic’

Watch ‘AMFAM – Model Chocolate

For all media enquiries regarding Model Chocolate and Abigail O’Neill please contact Rhiannon@bleachpr.com.au

For more information about Tanja visit My Empirical Life.

‘How To Make Raw Chocolate Fondue with Abigail O’Neill & Tanja Gacic’ Recipe & Credits:

 

Fondue Dipping Chocolate  

 

60g raw cacao butter, finely chopped

2 tablespoons raw organic coconut oil

2 rounded tablespoons raw macadamia butter, or nut butter of your choice

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Pinch Himalayan crystal salt

½ teaspoon vanilla powder

⅓ cup raw cacao powder

 

 

 

Time To Cleanse The Wardrobe

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By Stylist Jenni Sellan
@jennisellan_styling

Looking good and feeling great are indeed more than skin deep, and a good dose of cleansing will certainly assist in the process. The same applies to our wardrobes.

For some, the thought of entering our closet is deterrent enough on its own and it’s one of those jobs that’s easily put off until we have more hours in the day, shed the last of the kilos  or have tripped over our stilettos for the very last time. Risk of injury is eminent.

To complete the process of editing, cleansing and organising your wardrobe is just that, a process, so lets take it one step at a time and start from the beginning.

My motto? Be prepared.

1. Make a date with your wardrobe. 
Depending on the state of your wardrobe it can take anywhere from two hours to two days so be realistic and create an appropriate amount of time.

2. Pull together your tool kit.
Dijanna Mulhearn, author of wardrobe 101, has done the ground work and provided a complete list of essentials required to get you started.

Bags.
The garbage variety will do; one for items that you will either donate or sell; one for items that need throwing away.

Storage Boxes.
For pieces that you won’t need until next season or for those that you just can’t  bring yourself to part with

Cleaning tools.
So you can attend to minor issues on the go and a warm bucket of soapy water to clean those walls.

Boxes.
Those that will be suitable for storing accessories, scarves and hosiery etc

Quality coat hangers.
There will be no place in this new space for wire hangers

Scented draw sachets and liners

Acid free paper.
For wrapping items that are to be stored in boxes & if you live in humid climates, moisture absorbing containers to control mould. Sad but true

Congratulations, You have just taken the first step to achieving a wardrobe that is nothing less than chic .

Keep an eye out for the next instalment where the real fun begins…

Get ready to edit. xo

Designers Who Know Denim

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By Michele Smith
Facebook – MicheleSmithMarketing

Denim has made an appearance in every fashion show in 2016 and there are certain designers who are heading the new denim craze. Popular styles for the fall include denim trending in the form of parkas, suits, shirt-dresses and dusters. While we have top designers such as Alexander Wang and Chanel to thank for this year’s fall fashions, there are other trailblazers that are going to close out 2016 from everything from faded to acid washed, to polished, raw and straight up washed to perfection. The following fashion icons definitely have made their denim statement this year and can speak easily to what denim trends to wear right now.

This year Alexander Wang has effectively changed the design of the traditional denim jacket, as this year he partnered up with Demna Gvasalia for his debut for Balenciaga; where he showed a plush-lined topper creating a completely new look and as a result creating the latest denim craze.

There are also several other designer labels that are going with the untailored look. Yes, it is official. MM6 Maison Margiela has gravitated to tacking on a distressed flared or tiered cuff to loose pieces and Marques Almeida offers a signature fringe seam remixing a cuff that hits below the seam of high-water boyfriend jeans. Either way any fashionista picks (tailored or not), anyone can take advantage of the perfect fitting jean look by a simple roll of the wrist, versus taking a trip to the seamstress.

It was also only a matter of time before the no-so-skinny jeans made another appearance. Formally known as “mommy jeans”, this denim trend has hit 2016 by storm thanks to Crippen among many other labels. Anyone can rock this look when you complete any outfit with a pair of snazzy heels. The best part about this trend is that if one does not have the budget for the high end labels, they can even pick up this look at local thrift stores.

Frayed, unfinished ends and denim tops are also showing up everywhere this year thanks to designers such as Marc Jacobs and Marques Almeida. The previous fashion wave for denim tops came in the form of simple button up top or a lightweight chambray. Today’s look includes new silhouette styles that feature off the shoulder ruffles, boxy tanks, long line shirts and wrap tops. The modernized version of frayed tops are not the DIY home maneuver, with the fray a little bit longer at the bottom of the jeans and the look is even making its appearance on into tops, as well as jackets. This new raw look highlights the great texture and the long threads are a great way to mix up any wardrobe.

Last but not least, denim on denim (also referred to as the Canadian tuxedo) is not going anywhere any time soon. Denim on denim is a constant again for 2016, so be sure to not clean out your closet anytime soon. Once again, this is a traditionally classic outfit and it really doesn’t matter what pieces are put together. Denim truly made a new appearance this year and the look is here to stay.

 

Correction.. It’s Foundation First!

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Its the Age-Old question – do you apply concealer or foundation first?

“If you spend time concealing blemishes or uneven skin tone, you don’t want to wipe all of that away with your foundation.”

Thompson, who has worked on the faces of Jessica Gomes and Jennifer Hawkins as well as models at Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, Chloé and many more shows, says she prefers to apply a sheer layer of foundation onto primed skin first to even out any discolouration.

“Work the foundation into the skin in circular motions using a soft fluffy brush starting from the centre of the face (where we tend to need more coverage) moving outwards.”

Once your foundation has settled, apply concealer using a small brush in a patting motion on top of the areas that need it – this technique is called “stippling”.

Now that we’ve established that concealer comes after foundation, how do you go about choosing the right concealer shade? Thompson says the shade varies on what you’re trying to cover.

“If you are concealing a blemish, match your concealer to your skin tone or current foundation.” You may also go a shade lighter or opt for a duo concealer palette which gives you both.

Thompson says, “If you are covering under eye circles or pigmentation that tends to have a slightly blue undertone, opt for a concealer with a slightly peachy, warmer tone.”

“Apply less to begin with then build until you’ve reached the level of coverage you require. “[And], don’t forget to set the spot with powder. This will really help keep it in place.”

A Model On Vacation In Napili Kai

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By Michele Smith
Facebook – MicheleSmithMarketing

While everyone certainly needs a day off, if I am going to take a break from the hustle and bustle of running around New York from runway shows to fittings to casting calls; I really like the quit and to have time to download. Napili Kai Beach resort is located approximately 35 miles from the airport and boasts the slogan “An Unhurried Way of Life”. I have to say … when I am constantly running on the go with my modeling gigs, this is exactly what I need to download and relax. The following is what I love about this place, and yes; a little bit of a trek from New York, but worth every penny.

First of all every room (and most have ocean views), offer a full-size kitchen. This is great because on the way from the airport I either stop at Safeway or Napili market and stock up on food for breakfast and lunch. This way I can make sure I have healthy food and snacks around all of the time. As most people know, it is obviously a bit more spendy purchasing food on the island; and this is a great way to save money. I think for any model who is starting out and having to repay their agency for any fees owed, this makes for an affordable vacation. The added bonus is that I love ahi tuna and the Napili market offers the greatest selection of sushi – yummy and healthy to say the least. The market is a great take-out option to take back to your own personal refrigerator.

The resort does include the amenities of a gym, but why should anyone be stuck inside a gym room when they can be out and about in this beautiful area? I recommend stopping by Bob’s snorkel shop which is located right around the corner from the resort. Napili Kai Beach resort is located on a private bay and I love to snorkel daily. One can absolutely snorkel this bay every day, but if you want a change of scenery, the bay to the left is full of turtles and the public beach to the right has great snorkeling as well. Both of these additional locations are in walking distance. This is another great reason to not go to the gym and yet bring your walking shoes at the same time.  There is a great hiking trail along the golf course across the street boasting beautiful views of the coast. After all, a model on vacation still means a model staying in shape.

While this place is wonderful to relax on the beach and on clear days you can gaze at Lanai and Molokai; there are also other activities one can take advantage of. As a model, I try to keep up with my exercise routines and switch them up which is another reason for vacationing here. There is an 18-hole golf course on site (which is fun way to get some sunshine while being on your feet and a professional course across the street}. Last but not least, the Sea House restaurant on site offers fresh healthy faire straight from the ocean and is sure to never disappoint. My vacation spot is hands down Napili Kai – model or not, you will find healthy, happiness and a view that never disappoints.