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Fun in the Sun

 

Rio Summer 2012: Salinas Swimwear

Picking up a bathing suit and putting it on can be a frustrating thing for most. But every year we do it. So mine as well have a little fun with bright colors and cute designs. Don’t forget the SPF and your ready to get out there and have fun in the sun.

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Make these Summer Night’s Memorable

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 Lookbook

The Best Formal Short Dresses by Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen spring/summer  2012 collection is pretty in pink and black.

Make these summer night’s memorable by adding a little bit of fairy tale to an evening. Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer collection does just that with these elegant shaped dress’s. Love the ruffles! Love the Lace! And Love this pale pink! I’m ready to step into the fairy tale.

 
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Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Fashion Sense

 

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The New Nerd is Beautiful

The bigger the better for glasses. Bright colored rims are great! White, Pink, Purples are my favorite.

 

Faux Collar necklaces really transform an outfit! Mix a faux collar with a plain sweater or a lace blouse.

 

 
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Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Fashion Sense, Life Style

 

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Beware of Scams

Everyone gets those crazy emails, send us $1000 and we will send you $1,000,000! I thought, who would fall for these scams now-a-days!? Well some scams can seem more convincing than others. And recently I know too many people getting scammed.

Models get scammed all the time. By agents, photographers, casting. It happens all the time without many even suspecting anything wrong.

 

Could you spot the scam?

  •  So you wanted photos to update your portfolio. The photographer did that for you and got you some great shots all for free! You go on your happy way with these new updated great looking shots.
  1. The Problem; sometimes photographers will sell your photo to various publications without telling you or asking your permission. Your test photo could show up on an ad promoting something you are against and disagree with. Your photo could be sold for some money that would be rightfully yours.
  2. How to avoid ; Type up a simple waiver stating that these photos are only to be used for portfolio purposes unless otherwise agreed upon in writing by both parties involved. Have the photographer sign it.
  •  You don’t have an agent but you went on a casting and booked the job! The casting person tells you the job pays $1000! Your happy and excited to shoot!
  1. The Problem; If you don’t get a contract directly from whomever is actually hiring you (the client), you can’t be sure if the casting director isn’t pocketing some of that money that was meant for you. Sometimes casting will act as an Agent for a non represented person. Therefore they might be taking an agency fee from your pay.
  2. How to avoid; Ask the casting director to have the company hiring you to send a offical contract with all the details and payment stated. If they don’t do that, at least make sure there is some thing they can sign to prove you will be paid for your work. If it’s a written up form only by the casting they may be mis-representing themselves. But you don’t want to lose the job. So say OK and go and do the job. Once on set, ask the person in charge for a copy of their original contract between you and the company. Ask them if the casting director is acting as your agent. If the casting is acting as your agent without your permission they are most likely taking more than 20% of your earnings without your permission. Confront the casting directly. Most modeling agencies take a 20% cut from your earings and receive a 20% finders fee from the client for each job in the U.S. For TV acting/commercial work it’s usually 10%.
  • You have an agent and they call you to book you on jobs. You went and worked on the jobs. Your agent sent you a check in the mail. You are happy.
  1. The Problem; Some agencies tell their models the job is one price when it’s not true.
  2. How to avoid; Be as thorough as possible. Make sure they tell you exactly how much the job is, how much they will be taking out (10%~20%) and how much you are due. Ask for a copy of all contracts and keep them for your records.

Of course sometimes there are misunderstandings or exceptions.Maybe it’s not a scam. It’s best to keep an open mind and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. But it’s always good to be organized and communicate clearly in order to get the best information and reduce your risk of being scammed.

My friend just the other day was scammed by one of those emails. This email was very good. Her friends email was hacked and sent her a letter saying him and his family went on a trip to Spain and got robbed. They had nothing left on them and needed some money to get back home. WIthout thinking she sent them money.

An old lady living by herself got a phone call from the hospital saying her son got hit by a car, was unconscious and had nothing on him except her number. They needed money in order to operate or he would die. She immediately sent them money.

There are scams everywhere. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s the scam. The best you can do is ask around before committing. If you get an emergency call about someone you know, once you hang up the phone try to call that person and/or someone who might be directly in contact with them (wife, girlfriend, best friend, another family member) to find out if it’s true. For the most part nothing needs to be done within the minute! Even if someone is dying at the hospital, the hospital won’t let them die because you didn’t deposit money to them this very minute.

If you are someone on the other end of things and are being put under suspicion, think what your part is. communicate in a calm manner the entire situation and how you see it’s supposed to work. Tell the full truth without aggression and there will be no suspicion. In today society with so many scams, everyone need to communicate fully and not vaguely or for good reason, you may be labeled a con.

 
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Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Life Style

 

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Supermodel evolution

  • The 60’s

Records show that these first female “supermodels” ranged in looks and heights from 5’5 Twiggy ~ 6’3 Verushka

 Verushka’s height is 6’3

 Twiggy stands at 5’5

 First Japanese “supermodel” Hiroko Matsumoto. Height unknown.

 Naomi Sims regarded as the first black supermodel.

In February 1968, an article in Glamour described 19 models as “supermodels,” of whom were: Cheryl Tiegs, Verushka, Lisa Palmer, Peggy Moffitt, Susan Murray, Twiggy, Susan Harnett, Marisa Berenson, Gretchen Harris, Heide Wiedeck, Irish Bianchi, Hiroko Matsumoto, Anne DeZagher, Kathie Carpenter, Jean Shrimpton, Jean Patchett, Benedetta Barzini, Claudia Duxbury, and Agneta Frieberg.

Naomi Sims, who is sometimes regarded as the first black supermodel, became the first African American to feature on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal in 1968

  • The 70’s

In 1970, the model wore a very conservative long sleeve top

Sports Illustrated editor Jule Campbell abandoned then-current modeling trends for its fledgling Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue by photographing “bigger and healthier” California models[48] and printing their names by their photos, thus turning many of them into household names.

At the end of the 70's the focus is definitely more on the model and her body, but her suit still isn't super revealing

The first African American model to be on the cover of American Vogue was Beverly Johnson in 1974.

  • The 80’s

 Gia

 Brook Sheilds

During the early 1980s, fashion designers began advertising on television and billboards. Catwalk regulars like Gia Carangi,[57] Cheryl Tiegs,[57] Carol Alt, Christie Brinkley,[15][58] Kim Alexis,[57] Paulina Porizkova, Brooke Shields, Heather Locklear, and Elle Macpherson began to endorse products with their names, as well as their faces, through the marketing of brands such as the beverage Diet Pepsi to the extension of car title Ford Trucks.

  • The 90’s

This is when Supermodels began to make Millions of dollars instead of thousands.

1990 began with a January British Vogue cover presenting five of the top modeling stars of the era hand-picked and photographed by Peter Lindbergh. The five models were Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Tatjana Patitz.[62] In 1990, their status as top models ended and a new era for the “supermodel” began.

These new Supermodels did talk shows, were cited in gossip columns, partied at the trendiest nightspots,[59] landed movie roles, inspired franchises, dated or married film stars, and earned themselves millions.[15] Fame empowered them to take charge of their careers, to market themselves, and to command higher fees.

As the 1990s progressed, the supermodels were joined by Claudia Schiffer and then Kate Moss. They were the most heavily in demand, collectively dominating magazine covers, fashion runways, editorial pages, and both print and broadcast advertising.

 Kate Moss credited with beginning the “heroin chic” look.

  • Late 90’s

Emerging in the late 1990s, Gisele Bündchen became the first in a wave of Brazilian models to gain popularity in the industry and with the public. With numerous covers of Vogue under her belt, including an issue that dubbed her the “Return of the Sexy Model,”.

 Tyra Banks

  • 2000

 Jessica Stam

 Chanel Iman

American Vogue dubbed ten models (Doutzen Kroes, Agyness Deyn, Hilary Rhoda, Raquel Zimmermann, Coco Rocha, Lily Donaldson, Chanel Iman, Sasha Pivovarova, Caroline Trentini, and Jessica Stam) as the new crop of supermodels in their May 2007 cover story. They get critisized for looking anorexic.

Again I think they got it right in the beginning. In the 1960’s they had all types of female models from 5’5 – 6’3. They had very skinny Twiggy to larger sized women as supermodels. They all had a different look and I think that’s better than just seeing the same type of models. I think fashion needs to go back to the basics.

 
 

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Male model evolution

  •   THE 80’S

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Jeff Aquilon one of the few to pioneer the term “Male Super Model” emerging in the early 1980s. He stands at 6’2. Little is known about him because back in those days male models were paid very little and no one documented much of anything because there was not much internet use.

 

 BRUCE HULSE He worked during the industry’s most glamorous and edgy era–the 80s and 90’s. He stands at 6’2

  • THE LATE 80’S ~ EARLY 90’S

 

Marcus Schenkenberg was discovered in 1989. He stands at 6’4.  Best known for his Calvin Klein ad.

   

Rick Dietz became famous by building Chippendales into a house hold brand. He changed his look and desire to be “model like.” In 1995 Herb Ritts shot the world wide campaign for Valentino and labled Dietz a “male supermodel.”  He stands at 6’3.

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Djimon Hounsou stands at 6’3, originated from Africa. He went to Paris and was homless until discoved by a fashion photographer in the 90’s. He has since graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model, been in numerous music videos and in several films.

  • THE MID 90’S

 

Mark Vanderloo  standing at 6’2 landed, by being in the right place at the right time, a national commercial for Holland’s dairy board in the early 1990’s. In 1994 he became Calvin Klein’s Obsession model. He then began the assault heading to Milan where he would end up being connected to what is now known as the Fab 4, who included good friend Alex Lundqvist.

 

Alex Lundqvist modeling career began in the summer of 1994. He stands at 6’0

  • EARLY 2000

 

 Lars Burmeister height 6’1, presence and strong looks were felt instantly by fashion observers and especially to photographer Craig McDean, who recruited him in 2004 as the spokes model for Hugo Boss.

 

 Robert Konjic stands at 6’1. He’s been hot since 2009.

  • 2012

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Clement Chabernaud height 6’0 was ranked #3 most sucessful model in 2012.

Mathias Lauridsen Mathias Lauridsen

Mathias Lauridsen was discovered in 2003. Stands at 6’1 and was recently named #1 most sucessful male model on models.com but then was beaten by Sean O’Pry.

 

 Sean O’Pry  height 6’1. In June 2009, he was named the world’s most successful male model of 2009 by Forbes publications. He is currently the most successful male model in the world on models.com.

For me, I think they got it right in the 80’s.  Jeff Aquilon and Bruce Hulse are my favorite looking guys. There body’s are perfect! They look like naturally active, fit men. I’m also a fan of the 90’s models Djimon Hounsou and Mark Vanderloo. Sexy!!!  Why have the male models body type and facial features gotten more feminine in the past 30 years? I can’t wait when the 80’s & 90’s look comes back IN! As if, anywhere but in fashion, it was ever out.

 

 

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Active fashion from head to toe

While at the gym trying to look good, we can still look good doing it. I love loose flowing shirts in plain bright colors. Pinks, purples, blues, white, orange it’s all fun. Skip the shirts with Large words written on them and go simple. Sometimes less is more.

Black fitted workout pants are great for everyone. I love Victoria’s Secrets fold over yoga pants and Champions Capri styled bicycle pants.

If you go out in the sun to hike or play tennis, make sure you sport a fun baseball cap to protect your face from unwanted wrinkles from the harsh UV rays. Get a creative cap. A unique design that is fun and cute but not overly blinged out or dramatic will be a nice touch. How about one of these hats? I love the Blue hat with the yellow and purple circles! Fashion is all about the details.

Get some comfy and stylish shoes. I just bought these sneakers from Columbia shoes. They have a great arch and are fit for my narrow foot. First it’s important to have a sneaker that is comfortable. Second, make sure the color of the sneaker pops and is feminine.

Now you are ready to hit the gym or the hiking trail already looking good.

 
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Posted by on 02/23/2011 in Fashion Sense, Life Style

 

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