December 16, 2014

Product Empties #1

I spend more time watching beauty and bookish videos on YouTube than I care to admit. One of my favorite things to watch are the so called empties. Not only is it fascinating what products people go through, but I also think they're much more informative and reliable than the usual reviews (I still watch and read ton of those, though). Following is my take on the idea, in writing.

Charles Worthington Split Ends Binder, Catwalk by TII Straight collection, Sanctuary Spa Pore refining toner, No.7 Beautifully Matte foundation, product empties

December 12, 2014

Cozy riding boots from Morlands

I've been on the hunt for a new riding boots long before the temperatures started descending from cold to freezing. In London boots are more or less year-rounders so finding the perfect pair to add to my wardrobe has turned into a mission, an almost impossible one. Most of them would hit me right under the knee which made them both unflattering and uncomfortable - a problem many petite girls would understand. Another issues I've often encountered, that I've noticed many other women complain about, is the calf size. It would either be too wide or too tight. When did brands stop manufacturing average-size anything? It seems you can either be model-sized or plus-sized these days. Nothing in between. 

About the time I almost settled for a pear of in-between-not-ankle-but-not-knee-high boots a Morlands representative contacted me asking whether I wanted to pick a pair of shoes from their website to try out and review. And lets be hones here. One does not simply say no to the company that provides the sheepskin for Rolls Royce and Bentley. After over and hour on their website I chose the SANDRA boots and only a few days later they arrived to my doorstep. Straight away (cause I am that impatient) I tried them on. Surprisingly, they fit straight away. No need to hope the leather will stretch a I wear them or to tell my self "it's OK I will only wear them with skirts."

December 8, 2014

Christmas Reads 2014

December 2015 has began and lights are twinkling all around. What better way to put yourself in the festive spirit than reading a Christmas book or two! 

When I first learned to read my parents gave me the Disney edition of "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (a children's adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens) and it's been my traditional December read ever since I was six years old. Before moving to London I gave it to my little cousin who grew up to love books just as much as I do, so this year I had to find new reads for the lead up to Christmas.

The first two books I added to my ever-growing collection were J. R. R. Tolkien's "Letters from Father Christmas" and "My True Love Gave to Me" - a collection of twelve stories written by some of my favorite authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins. 




I've already finished the former one at one sitting... on the same day that I bought it! The short and entertaining book made me feel like a child counting down the sleeps to Christmas. Tolkien's characters develop in every letter he (as Father Christmas) wrote to his young children. I grew to love the clumsy polar bear that causes so much trouble but always means well and Ilbereth the Elf who became Father Christmas' secretary and even the snow-elves who never failed helping to save the gifts from the goblins. Tolkien's fans would also e able to recognize some of the ideas for "The Lord of the Rings" developing in the short stories.

I am just about to start "My true love gave to me" and the level of excitement is to the roof! I cannot get over how beautiful the UK edition of the books is. With its powder blue cover and pink pages it's not just Instagram-worthy, but a Christmas decoration of its own kind!

What are your favorite festive reads?

XoXo 
Plami

July 25, 2014

Guest post: More than one time

Every single time you wear some fancy and glamorous dress, you want the whole world to see it. If you could, you would even hire the most expensive Nashville commercial photographer, to take pictures of you, for as long as you wear that dress. The thing is that some clothes are just spectacular, they cost a lot and when you’re wearing them, you want attention, because you deserve it. The only sad thing about these outfits is that you feel uncomfortable if someone sees you dressed in it, more than one time. You have to learn some tricks, to make the uniqueness last a little longer than just one night out.  So how do you recycle an expensive dress?

Just to make it clear, I’m not talking about the wedding dresses or the ones that have complicated decorations. It’s all about the cocktail style. The cocktail dress can be recycled by adding some super dazzling shoes. Add colors to the little black dress you own and point the whole attention to the shoes. Another way would be adding some crazy accessories. Take some necklaces, bracelets and earrings of big sizes. Let them be gold or silver. The whole look would just be different. Or if you’ve got any jewelry before, take it all down for now.

June 19, 2014

GFW 2014: Frances Baron's Embrace delicate lingerie collection

Hello beautiful 

Last week I introduced you to the talented Lizzie Coates who I met at Graduate Fashion Week 2014. Her designs weren't the only ones that impressed me. In fact, right next to Lizzie's stand was another beautiful lingerie collection.





Frances Baron, a petite beauty full of energy and enthusiasm, created Embrace to inspire smaller breasted women to love their bodies. Born a triplet, Frances says, "small" has always been her trait. That doesn't seem to bother her at all. She excludes the confidence only a lady who completely accepts herself can have.

The lingerie itself is nothing less than stunning. The unstructured silhouettes adorned with delicate crochet detailing evoke images of ballet dancers, candle light and gentle caresses. Made of fine silk sating in subtle ivory tones the pieces are smoldering in the most elegant of ways. Embrace liberates women of uncomfortable synthetic fabrics, wires and excessive padding. It is soft, comfortable and effortless. It is the definition of allure.

June 16, 2014

Inspirational Quote: Follow your passions

Hello beautiful 

Following your heart can be scary. It often involves taking risks, leaping with your eyes closed and hoping for the best. It involves fighting for your dreams, not just chasing them. Following your heart requires bravery, will and discipline, as well as hope, believe and confidence. It is not easy. In fact, it is hard most of the time. Trust me, I know. 

What I also know is that every step you make on the way, every little effort that brings you closer to your dream is rewarding. The decision to follow your heart no matter what gives you a new sort of freedom. It breaks the shackles of society expectations and peer pressure and opens your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. Following your heart lights the fire within you and makes you burn bright like the stars in the night sky.



Have a great week!

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June 12, 2014

GFW 2014: Lizzie Coates' Foolish Affair luxury lingerie collection

Hello beautiful 

Graduate Fashion Week is the place to discover young talented designers and see their work up-close. The event this year was a spectacular affair, the halls filled with imaginative well-crafted pieces. Among the hundreds of participants there were a few girls who really left an impression on me, not only with their beautiful designs, hard work and passion, but also with the the way they presented their ideas.



Today I want to introduce you to Miss Lizzie Coates, the talented lady behind Foolish Affair - a luxury lingerie brand aiming to change women's attitudes of shapewear and fulfill their desire for achieving the ideal hour-glass silhouette. Songbird 2014 is one of the most alluring, elegant and sensual lingerie collections I've seen. 

Lizzie's romantic inspiration comes from the Roaring Twenties and the love story of The Great Gatsby. The sense of lavish opulence, typical of those times, is evoked through a soft, feminine color palette and the use of soft silks and delicate Chantilly lace combined with body shaping fabrics. 

The collection and its presentation were clearly thought through and cohesive down to the very last detail - from the font used on the pieces to the designer's business cards. Even the diffused light and soft focus of the pictures in Lizzie's tasteful lookbook (which by the way she took and edited herself) coordinated perfectly with the concept of oozing vintage glamour.

June 9, 2014

Inspirational Quote: You've come a long way

Hello beautiful 

This world is an exciting place to be - always moving, always changing, always new. Our lives have turned into a constant race against time, against fear, and even against ourselves. Do you constantly feel like you're running towards a goal that only moves further away? Do you sometimes feel that at the moment you achieve one goal you have to move on immediately chasing another? Do you feel like no matter what you do it is not enough? 

I have to admit I am guilty of that. I constantly set higher and higher aims for myself and feel pressured to reach them straight away. At 24 I am already asking myself why haven't I already achieved my final goal? Why haven't I arrived at my destination yet? Truth is it might take me quite a while to get where I want to be in life. Truth is I have a long way to go. But it is also true that I've traveled quite far from where I started and that is success in it's own right. 

Have a fabulous week!


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June 8, 2014

Graduate Fashion Week 2014: The Cradle of Fashion

Hello beautiful 

Exactly a week ago I went to one of the most important fashion events of the year - Graduate Fashion Week. It may as well be called the cradle of fashion as it is the final step young designers take to enter the industry. Held in the heart of Brick Lane the exhibition was an impressive affair. Pieces beautiful and creative, elaborate and sharp, crafted to perfection complemented and juxtaposed each other in an atmosphere of electric excitement. 

A few girls stood out to me the most not only with their final work, but also with the concept behind their designs and the way they presented them. Stay tuned to find out more about them in the upcoming posts. In the mean time read my full article about GFW 2014 on Secret D'or and enjoy some random snaps I took at the exhibition.


June 6, 2014

Beauty Review: St. Kitts Herbery Summer Rose Range

Hello beautiful 

Last week I promised that since I am in London again I'd be featuring more local brands and I am starting today. One of the companies I wanted to talk to you about is St. Kitts Herbery. Based in Cornwall, it was founded by Susan & Paul Johnson in 2001 with £2000, a polytunnel and a few packs of seeds. 

Initially the products were made in the kitchen and sold in the shop in the front lounge of the house. They included everything herb-related - craft items, cards, toiletries, etc. Today, 13 years later St. Kitts Herbery offers toiletries, skincare and perfumes in eight different scents. On their website you can also find essential, fragrance and base oils, and of course their food hall which includes herb chocolates, jams and dried herbs and mixes all locally sourced and produced and very reasonably priced.

For the two weeks I have been trying the perfume and body lotion from their newest range - Summer Rose. The scent is absolutely beautiful. It combines the sweet notes of rose, cassis, bergamont and lychee with the floral aromas of cyclamen, lily of the valley, magnolia and violet, against the deep backdrop of cedarwood, musk and sandalwood. The result is intoxicating.

May 30, 2014

Changes

Hello beautiful 

It has been a while, probably the longest I have been absent from my little virtual space. Life happened so quickly that I needed time to gather my thoughts and adjust to the new situation. Changes are scary and exciting at the same time and I made a huge one taking the leap and moving back to the city of gray skies and bright lights, of big dreams and countless opportunities. London is my home now and we have become fast friends. 

New location also means new content - amazing local brands and designers, fun events, interesting exhibitions and all London, the city of electric fashion and daily discoveries, has to offer!



XoXo 
Plami

April 16, 2014

My essentials for a big night out



There are so many amazing places to go on a glam night out and although the weather may be gloomier here, I use fashion to lighten up every occasion. Sparkles, glitter, sequins and bright colours are some of my favourite ways to glam up an outfit, and what better excuse to wear them than to a party!

April 14, 2014

Inspirational Quote: Build your castle

Happy Monday!

No matter what goals you set for yourself and what path you choose to reach them there will be challenges, road blocks, stones. There will be crossroads and setbacks, you will make mistakes on the way to success. Don't let them scare you, save them, remember the lessons you've learn and use them as setting stones, tiles and bricks to build your castle, to reach your dreams!

Have a great week!


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XoXo 

April 11, 2014

The Wardrobe: "When in doubt, wear red." Bill Blass

Red. The single most powerful color. The color of blood, passion and rage. The color of thirsty lips and burning desires. The color of beginnings and violent ends. The color of love and beating hearts, spilled blood and heavy wine. Red demands attention. Red is emotion. Red is a state of mind. 

I am wearing: Dress: H&M / Boots: Nickles / Purse: Zara / Earrings: V&A / Sunglasses: H&M / Lips: Sleek  True Colour Lipstick in Vixen

April 9, 2014

The Third Imperial Easter Egg by Fabergé on show in London for the first time in 112 years

The irresistible enigma of lost treasures provokes lust burning deep in the soul. Adventures and fairy-tales have began by virtue of the overpowering desire to discover, to posses, to lay eyes on a precious antique object shrouded in mystery. 

A long lost masterpiece by Fabergé's chief jeweler August Holmstrom has recently been found and saved from the melting pot. The Fabergé Imperial Easter Egg was ordered by Emperor Alexander III of Russia as a gift for Empress Maria Feodorovna for Easter 1887. 

April 8, 2014

Fashion News: David Beckham x H&M Swimwear



After two years of successful collaboration David Beckham and H&M are extending their partnership to add swimsuits to the Bodywear range. The new line offers a fresh update on the classic masculine style focusing on fit, comfort and performance.

April 7, 2014

Inspirational Quote: Happy Place

Happy Monday!

Sometimes, more often than I am willing to admit, I find myself searching for my happiness in the future, convincing myself that all I am looking for is in the tomorrow that sometimes never comes. Planning, setting goals and building the life I want, I forget to enjoy the moment I am in, I fail to appreciate the morning coffee or the late night book, the shared meal or the homemade cake. I fail to appreciate these priceless little moments that are my happy place. It is not in the future or the past, it is today, it is now, it is here. 

Have a very happy week!


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XoXo 
Plami

March 24, 2014

Inspirational Quote: The things you are defined by

Happy Monday!

In the beginning of an exciting new week I only have one question for you: Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? 

What defines you? How do you define yourself? When did we allow the society to judge us based solely on appearance imposing impossible-to-reach standards? Your height, your weight, your size, your age, those are nothing but numbers. They say nothing about who you are, what you have been through or where you're headed.

Remember Walt Whitman's words: "I exist as I am, that is enough." 

Have a beautiful week!


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Plami

March 20, 2014

The Wardrobe: From Night to Day | Part II: Day

Is there a glamorous dress at the back of your wardrobe you wish you could wear all the time? A dress so fabulous it instantly picks up your mood and makes you feel like a queen? A dress waiting for a special occasion that rarely comes around? Why wait? Why don't you put it on today and let your inner queen shine?

Long gone are the times when there were rules in fashion. If Kirsten Stewart can pair a silver Guishem minidress with scuffed-up converse for the red carpet you can wear a party dress any time! Throw on a biker jacket on top and switch the heels for comfortable flats to dress it down, let your hair loose and take over the city.

Going from night to day? Wearing sequins for breakfast and a princess dress to the mall? I say why not!

I am wearing: Dress: Chi Chi / Jacket: H&M / Shoes & Purse: From local stores

March 17, 2014

Inspirational Quote: The Secret to Change

Happy Monday!

Change is an essential part of building a better future, a lifestyle change to be healthier, a new job to be fulfilled or even a new partner to feel loved and appreciated. No matter what your goal is, the way towards it is through change. Big or small it always requires determination, persistence and strength, but most of all it requires taking action. 

Complaining doesn't lead to the change you're seeking, it won't bring you the life that you want. Looking back, holding on to the past will not change the future. You can only learn from it, let it go and move forward. To create the life you want you need to focus on reaching your goals. Change requires energy, don't waste it on the past. 

Have a successful week!


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XoXo 
Plami

March 13, 2014

Beauty Review: Essie Millionails

Essie Millionails
Promise: "Bulletproof nails. Fortified with with iron, amino acids and kevlar, each bottle contains 1 million fast acting molecules to help resist peeling and splitting for visibly stronger nails."  

Price: £8.99

Review: My nails have always been brittle. They peel, split and break easily with my polish chipping off literally hours after I paint them. I've tried different base and top coats but nothing made much of a difference. About two weeks ago I went on a mission to buy a treatment that would actually keep its promises and brought Essie's Millionails home. 

March 10, 2014

Inspirational Quote: Persist and Persevere

Happy Monday!

Sometimes in life things may not work out according to plan. Sometimes the obstacles along the way to your dreams may seem too hard to overcome. Sometimes you might need to take a detour or walk through the fire. But ...

Believe things will work out. Persist and persevere. Brad Gast
Have an amazing week!


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March 9, 2014

Homemade: Apple Strudel



Whenever we get together with friends for dinner everyone prepares and brings something to the table. This way we all enjoy delicious home-cooked meals without the need for someone to spend all day in front of the stove. We talk on the phone several times to clarify the idea and distribute the tasks and then a few more just to share what has been already done. This way we're all in a good mood in the early afternoon already.

Today I am responsible for the desert. An important task! By the time it's served on the table we are usually almost gorged and we've stopped counting the calories that "offset" our diets. I decided to prepare something light, but very tasty. I chose a pastry with a lot of fruit, a little bit of sugar and plant-origin ingredients only. I cannot say it is vegan, but you'll for yourself it is very healthy. 

March 7, 2014

The Wardrobe: From Night to Day | Part I: Night

Have you ever bought a cocktail dress so beautiful you wish you could wear it all the time? I don't mean a little black dress that always goes, but a fabulous, embellished number like this one from Chi Chi. Often the most beautiful, elaborate and precious pieces of clothing stay forgotten in the back of the wardrobe waiting for one special evening to be worn in all their glory.

I am not one who follows rules in fashion. Finding a way to wear my favorite clothes at any give time is my sole mission. Sequins for breakfast and a princess dress to the mall? I say why the hell not! Life's too short to wear boring clothes.

You can imagine my excitement when Kassidy (The Dress) came through the mail with its perfect cut and elaborate pearl beading. That is one it dawned on me. Everyone talks about going from day to night but I have never seen a single article about taking a night dress out in the sun. In two posts, this being the first one, I'll show you exactly how I do it. Hopefully, I will inspire you to take your Dress (with capital D) out for a spin.

I am wearing: Dress: Chi Chi / Jacket: Made by my mom / Purse: Vintage / Shoes: From a local store / Lips: Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Mulberry 

March 5, 2014

6 Natural Oils to Nourish Your Hair | DIY Hair Mask



Long or short, straight or curly, blond or brunette hair needs to be brushed carefully, cleaned well and nourished with care. Using high-quality products is a must, but nothing can replace the homemade hair masks, where the ingredients are all natural and highly concentrated. I  have tried many different recipes and tend to change my routine depending on the season and the condition of my hair. 

With the winter cold, monthly dye and longer length my locks have been dryer and thirstier than usual. To nourish them from the roots to the ends and take care of my scalp as well I concocted a mixture of some of my favorite natural oils, known for their beautifying properties. I use this improvised mask every week or every 10-15 days and couldn't be happier. My hair is soft, nourished, shiny and easier to handle. 

Ingredients:

1½ tbsp. Macadamia Nut Oil
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 tsp. Hemp Oil
A few drops of Sweet Almond Oil

*You can change the amount, depending on the length of your hair. This is how much I use for mine.

Warm it up for the coconut oil to melt and stir well. (I put the bowl in the microwave for a few seconds.) This way the ingredients would be easier to absorb as well. Apply generously to the scalp, roots and length of the hair and wash after a few hours. You can wrap your head with a warm towel while waiting.

Do you use any homemade hair masks?


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XoXo 

March 3, 2014

Inspirational Quote: 5 TED Talks

Happy Monday! 

Listening to interesting TED Talks never fails to inspire and motivate me. When Adi from TEDxNBU's team asked me if I'd like to share my Top 5 my only concern was narrowing down. Instead of Top 5 out of all TED Talks I've watched (which is impossible to select) I've chosen the five videos I can relate to most at this certain (turning) point of my life.



What's your Rubik's cube? by Tim Grunert




February 27, 2014

New in The Wardrobe: Black Oxfords

Buying flat shoes is a hard task for me although I wear them a lot. I am naturally attracted to sky-high-impossible-to-walk-in heels because they make me feel taller than I am and because they're gorgoeus as hell! I used to torture myself with beautiful, leg-elongating shoes daily, but then I moved to London. Life there involves too much walking and after a few extremely painful days when I wanted to cut my legs off I discovered the joy of flats. 

I am a huge fan of Oxford shoes and their British heritage. I already own black heels, brown heels and brown flats in the timeless style so it was only logical to bring these bad boys home. I can literally buckle up and enjoy the ride now. 

February 25, 2014

The Wardrobe | Facets of a Cut | The Straight Skirt: Taffeta & Lace

Everything that features lace and sequins in a tasteful I love. I guess I'm naturally drawn to all things beautiful, luxurious and sparkly. Which explains why I pulled this outfit. The subtle sequins on top are perfectly appropriate for everyday wear. Who doesn't love some sparkle for breakfast right? 

The idea for the skirt was born while my mom and I were trying to bring some order to the chaos of our textile cabinet. I found the beautiful lace laying on top of the beautiful salmon fabric left from my cousins prom dress. It was such a beautiful pairing. The slight sheen of the underskirt creates a unique background for the lace. 

This is actually the last of three skirts I created using the simple pattern of a straight skirt. However, they are completely different thanks to the different materials I chose for each one. See the other two here: Romantic Nostalgia and Modern Day Classics.


February 20, 2014

Guest Post: 8 Things That Have Changed Men's Fashion

Fashion plays a distinctive role in our culture, men's clothing has been affected by outside factors for many years. In a way fashion is a social force a way of creating an identity. Certain subcultures have been created as a way of rebelling against society, groups of individuals mainly the younger generation have used fashion as a way of breaking away and expressing themselves.


When it comes to the fashion industry what's hot today is not tomorrow - but it is surprising the amount of trends are reused and reworked to suit modern trends. The fashion industry is ever changing however still to this day what men have worn in the past still impacts what they will wear in the future. Future trends will continue to be influenced by past fashion trends and we hate to say it but like your mum said, “everything comes back around” - because it really does! 

February 19, 2014

Wednesday Wishes Vol.11 | Spring Dreaming

Only recently did I discover Choies and I am obsessed since. I would find myself browsing the website for hours at a time, lusting over beautiful dress and stunning necklaces. I figured that if I love it so much you might too so here's a look (or a wishlist if you like) I'd love wear. And yes, I know it's not Spring yet, but the 18 degrees outside definitely feel like it.

1. A classic denim jacket is a must in every girl's wardrobe. It can dress-down an outfit, keep you warm on a cooler evening and it'll never go out of style. The light was of this one is perfect for the spring and summer!
2. This bulky metallic sandals are simply gorgoeus and can act as a neutral to complete any outfit.

February 18, 2014

The Wardrobe | Facets of a Cut | The Straight Skirt: Modern Day Classics


With plaid and lace being all the rage the past few seasons people seem to forget that actually both are classics that have been around for decades. Even the idea of pairing them together is not all that new. Think of the beautiful Alexander McQueen dress Sarah Jessica Parker wore to the AngloMania Costume Institute Gala at the Met in 2006.

I've always found the combination unexpected, elegant and mesmerizing. When I saw this gorgoeus plaid fabric in a store I knew exactly what I wanted to make out of it (apart from a dress you'll see later on in another outfit post). I just needed to find the right lace to go with it, which proved to be a harder task. The result was worth the search!

This is the second of three skirts I created using the simple pattern of a straight skirt. However, they are completely different thanks to the different materials I chose for each one. See the first one here: Romantic Nostalgia.



February 17, 2014

Inspirational Quote: Make a Step

Happy Monday! 

Every Monday I share a motivational quote to inspire both you and myself. I try to be as positive, confident and hopeful as I can, but sometimes I doubt myself and my actions. I wonder am I on the right path, do I make the right choices, most of all I wonder is what I am doing enough. There's this little voice in my head whispering, trying to convince me that I have this Disney character thinking, that things won't always happen the way I want them to and that maybe it is time to get real and consider a career outside of the fashion and beauty field that I love, that whatever I do my dreams are out of reach. I am not ready to listen to this voice and I hope I never will. 

We all have our moments of doubt, it's human, but no matter how far your dreams seem to be, or how rocky your path is all you need to do is make a step, and then another one, and another one... It takes effort, persistence and time, it takes patience and sometimes it takes blind stubbornness. Don't let that little voice convince you to give up on your dreams. Just make a step ...

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.Have a wonderful week!

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XoXo 
Plami

February 6, 2014

Interview: Mariann Ami about Modelling



A few months ago I had the pleasure to interview the beautiful Mariann Ami. We talked about her lingerie e-boutique - Vision of Femininity (read here). The young entrepreneur, who has also been modelling for the past year and a half, agreed to share her insider experiences and views on the profession. 

You’ve started modeling when you turned 18 years old. What are your thoughts on the profession after 18 months?

I think I've matured and obtained a lot of wisdom since I have been modelling. It's a wonderful life experience and I enjoy what I do. I guess I feel this is where I belong - in a creative industry. It's what I've imagined and matches my ambitions in life. I welcome challenges of having to work hard. I know hard work pays off.

Many girls start their modeling career as early as 13 years old or even younger. How early is too early in your opinion?

13 is very early to start modelling, however it depends on how mature you are at a young age and what your attitude is towards your future. I first decided modelling was for me when I was coming up 13 but I didn't develop the confidence until I was 18. It's rewarding to get into modelling at a young age, you need to spend several years learning about how the industry works and your role as a model. There's a lot of hard work that goes into it and it's all about continually improving. An outstanding portfolio is a never-ending goal. I know a lot of successful models started modelling typically from the age of 15-18 which is probably the best age to get into it. There are successful models who even start older than this, from ages 19-23, it's always gratifying to see that happen.

February 4, 2014

Beauty: January 2014 Favorites

Starting with January I will do my best to be consistent with sharing my beauty favorites each month. I am even thinking of making videos instead of articles but lets not get ahead of my self. Youtube seems like a very fun thing to do and I've wanted (and tried) to start a channel for a very long time but there's always something in the way of posting a video (like unruly hair that looks weird the whole time and I end up deleting the footage). As a friend of mine would say "pretty little kids problems." :)

On to the favorites. I have been traveling a lot this month so I found myself suing the basics that always work. The things I take with me on the road are the ones I know I really love and always go back to. 

1. The MUA Undressed palette contains all natural tones I might ever need and allows me to create so many different looks. I like that most of the colors are very warm and really suit my skin and hair. The quality and pigmentation of the shadows are absolutely great. When I tried it for the first time I was surprised to find such a versatile and affordable (because I don't like the word cheap) palette.

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