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Staying Healthy In Airports



By Jessica Sepel – The Healthy Life

Honestly sometimes I wish there was a camera filming me in airports… Because of how ridiculously healthy I am. I know most people complain of not being able to be healthy in airports/planes – but I really have learnt how to nail this.

It is all about a little pre-prep… Just a few minutes dedicated to it. This is what I do….

I grab snacks for the flight before the airport – raw almonds, a healthy snack bar, raw chocolate, green apple, bliss balls – to have on the plane/airpots

I get a takeaway salad/sushi for the flight. If not a salad/sushi – I take an avocado and rice cakes and make a little light snack/lunch with that.

I do avoid the plane food unless its veggies or fresh salad.

I always carry some bags of homemade granola/healthy store-bought granola to eat for breakfast wherever I am and ask the cafe in the airport or air-hostess for milk to add to it.

Sometimes airports have great cafes with salads – this is a great last resort to grab dinner before the plane or to take on the plane itself!

I buy 2L of water in the airport (after security) and add Vitamin C powder to it.

I avoid all caffeine and alcohol pre flight and on the flight.

If I am craving sugar, I go for dark chocolate only.

I do yoga stretches in the airport.


Summer Skin Care



By Simi A Mira

With the changing of the seasons comes the need to change your facial care routine. A good summer routine is one that is easy, light, and carefree – just like those fleeting months themselves! For this time of year, I absolutely love natural products that have few chemicals and will really let your true beauty show. Follow my steps below for your summer skin care routine and you’ll have a flawless face that will get you ready for days on the beach or nights on the boardwalk.

Starting with a good base is key for a great summer routine.
Choose a cleanser that won’t leave your face too dry that it feels tight – I absolutely love cleaners by LUSH Cosmetics, and the employees in the shop will work with you to help you find the one that’s best for your own skin! It’s nice to use an exfoliant a few times a well as well to keep your canvas as smooth as possible. Then, I like to use a toner water with fresh essential oils like rose and lavender to soothe and balance the skin.

For the first product , I absolutely love a good moisturizer.
For light coverage, pick a moisturizer with a minimum of 30 SPF for protection from those UV rays. If there is any step to make sure you actually apply this season, make sure it’s this one! The SPF will help to protect your skin from early aging, wrinkles, and even from developing many different types of skin cancers. The brands that I like best for an SPF moisturizer are Garnier and Neutrogena.

If you’re looking for more of a bronzed beauty look, a mineral-based bronzer is a great choice.
Swipe the powder on the apples of your cheeks and along the contour of your face and blend, blend, blend. Bronzer offers a sun-kissed glow without the harmful hours in the sun! To add to the glow, use a gold or light brown eyeliner to highlight the top of your lid in a subtle yet fun way. Gold and light brown are the best choices here because they will still offer definition yet are not as striking or bold as black or grey. If you’re so inclined, add a few flicks of mascara to your upper lashes as well.

A glossy, neutral lip will seal the deal.
Pick a shade in semi-gloss or full gloss in a neutral color that won’t compete for attention. Be sure that the gloss isn’t too sticky so that your hair doesn’t get caught in it when those lovely summer breezes drift through!

At the end of the evening, after you’ve worn your effortless summer face and are in your pajamas, wind down with a beautiful face mask.
Options with ingredients like clay, green tea, and seaweed are wonderful for soothing skin that’s seen a lot of sun, wind, and water throughout the week.

Summer is a time to have fun and enjoy the weather, but what’s most important is to be yourself. Personal style is what makes you you, so embrace it! The skin care tips presented here will help you to put your best face forward in the most exciting season of the year. Have fun, and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen!

Can You Control Your Bingeing?



By Jessica Sepel – The Healthy Life

We blame our binges and emotional eating on emotional factors in our lives.

We’re sad, happy, lonely or excited – and so we turn to food.

But binges are triggered from an initial deprivation game – which leads to a vicious cycle of habit.

You put yourself on a diet. Restrict your food intake. You lose weight, perhaps. And for a moment, you feel happy. Victorious, even.

What is happy on a physiological level? Once the weight has been lost, you might initially feel great. But you also feel deprived.

Because now, your body is going into starvation mode.

And your body is so clever – it rebels against this starvation mentality. Because it wants you to survive!

So what happens? Your brain tells you to give up the diet and start eating again. You start eating again. But because of the initial deprivation, you eat more. And if you get stuck in the cycle? You start to gain weight back.

Why? Because your body is in survival mode and wants you to live. It holds on to fat to help you survive.

Binges often begin as a result of rebelling against the starvation mode. Then binges often become habit – this is something I learnt from the book, Brain Over Binge by Kathryn Hansen.

We blame our binges on emotional factors. There is a certain point, though, where we need to understand the physiological and behavioral causes of a binge rather than blame them on external factors.

The first word in the dictionary next to the word ‘diet’ is the word RESTRICT. Diets literally mean deprivation.

We may as well just say, “Sorry, I can’t have that – I am depriving myself today.” Doesn’t it sound ridiculous? Why would we want to do that to our bodies?

The word diet has become so common that it has lost meaning now. And even worse? It’s become dangerous.

If you’re struggling, I can assure you you’re not alone! I encourage you to read the article Beating The Binge for more guidance.

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How To Get A Clearer, Brighter Face



By Simi A Mira

1. Start a routine

For healthy skin, consistency is key. Get a good routine for morning and night and you can get healthy skin in minutes. Your routine should include a cleanser, but don’t scrub too hard you want to keep your skin! Next use a toner to help manage combo or oily skin and keep those pesky pores clean and clear. Then keep skin soft and smooth by using a moisturizer and stop flaking, drying and wrinkling. At night always make sure to remove make-up and prevent clogged pores and help stop zits. Repeat the gentle cleanser and moisturizer and catch some zzz’s.

2. Treat that acne.

Pimples, zits, blackheads, whatever you’ve got and whatever you call ‘em, nobody wants them. Treatments for acne can be natural or from the medicine cabinet. Gels with salicylic acid leads the skin to lose layers more quickly with exfoliation. Toners and lotions can help clear pores, keep skin clean and prevent the formation of acne. Some types of acne are more difficult to treat. So go visit a dermatologist and get your skin on track!! Get that smooth, even skin you dream off!   Do not, Do NOT, DO NOT pick and pop your pimples, the zits will be there for a couple days the scars that could show up after picking will be there forever. If you have to do something right now, find a good spot treatment and let the medicine do its work.

3. What you eat and drink matters.

You have to drink, drink, drink.   At a minimum, the average person needs to have 6-8 glasses of water. If you eat a lot of foods that have a high juice or liquid content you might get away with fewer glasses to drink. The extra fluid helps all the tissues in your body clear toxin and waste, it also keeps skin smooth and plump. The food you eat is just as important since it provides the energy and nutrients needed for skin to heal itself and keep it looking good. Diets high in processed foods and sugars has been linked in increased breakouts. Nutrient rich foods, high quality proteins and healthy fats keep skin and muscles healthy and strong which improves overall look and tone.

4. Sleep smart.

Your skin is out there and under attack at all times, you can get dirt and oil on your face even in your sleep. For the healthiest skin, change out your pillowcase regularly. Keep hair away from your face with a headband or simple braid. Most importantly, make sure you get good quality sleep and get enough of it every night. Sleep is when your body can do some its best work to keep skin healthy and if you aren’t sleeping you’re robbing this healing time from your body. Lack of sleep and stress shows mostly on our faces and can lead to a breakout of acne. Nobody likes to have saggy bags hanging out under their eyes!!


The Shoes On A Model’s Foot



By Michele Smith
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A day in the life of a model is busy, busy, and busier. From sun up to sundown a majority of the time, it is all about multiple appointments – casting calls and interviews, and simply just running around from point A to point B (and, C & D for that matter). What is a model to wear when it comes to shoes? Well, being that I am in the modeling industry, I can clearly speak to what is trendy and practical to get through your day, as well as staying fashionable at the same time.

I start my day with an exercise routine, so my every day routine starts with my cross trainers. I love my Nike’s because not only are cross trainers versatile for a variety of exercise routines, but are great to travel with as well. I never quite know what to expect when I travel on assignment when the hotel website says they have a “gym”. According to some places I have stayed, a gym can be one exercise bike, elliptical, etc., while others can be a full-blown spa. Either way, it is great to bring a versatile athletic shoe while out on the road, so if I have to hit the pavement running when the only exercise bike is not working; the problem is solved as a still get my work out in.

Comfortable shoes (and sometimes I throw my tennis shoes in a bag for in-between meetings) are key. I never know when my schedule is going to change and running around in platform heels up and down steep city streets is not conducive to a successful appointment. In addition, if you cannot walk you are going to be late and missing appointments equal missing a job. This is crucial for any model and even more especially if you are just getting into the modeling industry. The last thing that you want to have is a reputation for missing appointments and believe me; all of the industry professionals talk to each other.

I’m always asked what is trending on the runways and in the fashion world now, when it comes to shoes. For most women, it really is all about the shoes, but comfort is key. There are a couple of precautionary steps I take to look fashionable and stay comfortable at the same time. It is key to either practice in heels or have the fashion designers shoes prior to a runway show. First, practice makes perfect and most importantly all eyes are on you when you are running up and down the runway, so you have to be prepared.

If you do not have this opportunity and have to wear the shoes the day of the show, be sure to bring a comfortable pair of heels to wear to the after-party. Yes, sometimes that is the last thing I want to do when my feet hurt after a show, but it is important for networking purposes (a.k.a. future bookings). What is trending right now? I personally like Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein, as they have everything from fashionable sneakers and pumps.


Entrepreneurship 101



By Calynn M. Lawrence

So you want to be your own boss? You think that it will be much better than slugging around for somebody else, right? Well, this article is going to tell you exactly how you can do that and be successful with it!

What is an entrepreneur? This is a person who decides to pursue a business venture on his own account, with no higher authority, and intends to make a profit for himself. Although that may seem easy, it is not!Here are some tips so that you can do things in the most effective manner.


Going into business having a rocky idea of what you want to do is not the move. You need to have set goals and know your exact target so that you can plan how to attack it! If you want to be a shark, you must know every single step that you wish to conquer and have a set plan on how to achieve these results. That is not to say things will go exactly as you think, but you can always go back and readjust your plan if that is the case.


The best thing that you can do to market yourself is to have proven track record in the field that you are trying to enter! You can build up this track record with work experience and education. Honestly, people will tell you to focus more so on the education but it almost always comes secondary when a potential business contact or client is checking your profile. Obtain some type of degree or certificate in your field but do not make that your main focus. Get as much work experience as you can! You can do this by volunteering at companies that fit your profile, interning or even freelancing on your own account and stacking a portfolio!


Social media is the only form of globally accessible free advertising that you have. Therefore, it would be entirely unwise to skip out on such an important aspect of your business. Thus, you need to set up a social media account for your business on every major platform and use it to the best of its ability! That means that you need to upload as much content as possible, be engaging with your followers and make sure that you are giving the best representation of your business that you possibly can.


Having the funds to start a business seams like it would be a no brainer. However, many people start a business having little to no money and find themselves in financially compromising situations that are detremental to their business! Depending on the type of business that you want to start, you may not need that much money. However, to be safe you should always take your estimated startup cost and add 50% to that whenh saving. That way, you’ll have a nice safety net for the unexpected costs that most certainly will occur.


Many people do not understand the hard work that goes into being your own boss because they assume that it is all fun and games. But, it actually will have you working more hours than if you had a traditional career. You must invest into your business so that you may have the best outcome. This means that you will likely have to sacrifice your social life and other pursuits for a little while. But, in the end it is worth it when you have your booming business off the ground.

There is no exact recipe to becoming a successful business person. Following these steps will certainly benefit you more than just jumping in willie nillie. Hoever, some prefer to do things on a whim and that is completely your choice. Happy entrepreneurship to everyonce

Not A Model And Proud



By Simi A Mira

It’s time for me to face reality. At 5 feet 5, quickly approaching 30 and with a little bit of a podgy belly, I think my dreams of being a catwalk model need to be put to bed. But hey, I’m really not that fussed! Although the fashion industry can sometimes seem to have its perfect proportions, there are still plenty of ways for us to get our fashion fix without following the exact footsteps of Tyra Banks, Miranda Kerr et al.

Be Inspired

It can often be daunting to see the wealth of fabulously fit figures in the glossy magazines, but every now and then someone comes along to drive a wedge into the idea of the ‘perfect body’ needed to be a model or a superstar. My style crush of 2015 has to be Brit songstress Adele. Not only has she got a voice like honey, her whole persona drips of confidence. An air of ‘this is me – accept it or move on’. Her style combines sixties-inspired hair and makeup with classily-shaped dresses to show off her curves rather than hide them away. She often chooses muted or monochrome colours (with feminine lace or a hint of frill) because let’s face it, with a voice like that your clothes really don’t have to shout out too much!

Inspiration has hit throughout the decades, so don’t be afraid to look to the past to see who your style icon could be. Got a tall, boyish figure? Think Katharine Hepburn. Curves that simply refuse to be flattened? If Marilyn Monroe doesn’t inspire you then you’re a lost cause, I’m afraid!

The fashion industry is constantly changing, so instead of feeling that you have to follow the crowd, bask in the glory of your own epic personal style. Armani was the first ever designer to ban models with a BMI of less than 18, and recently Jaden Smith was welcomed to the womenswear giant Louis Vuitton, pushing the boundaries of the genders in fashion. Anything could happen in the future, and probably will, so don’t obsess about the norm and enjoy the freedom of knowing that each and every one of us has something to shout about!

Inspire Yourself

Just because you haven’t been approached by Tom Ford or Michael Kors doesn’t mean that you haven’t got enough beauty to wow the rest of us. And I’m not saying that in a ‘we’re all beautiful on the inside’ way. No, what I mean is, show us what you’ve got! If you’ve got legs to die for, get some classy boots and stomp all over Instagram with them. Or if you know the absolute best way to get a smoky eye, give us a demo on YouTube. Don’t be afraid to show off your strengths and make yourself proud. You’ll also open yourself up to plenty of discussions about how you achieved personal style or who your style icons are.

If you think the world’s ready for you, take a look at how we think you can get the perfect picture. Enjoy showing off!

Country Appropriate Style Tips For Traveling



By Simi A Mira

Wanderlust needn’t get in the way of you looking fantastic at all times – no matter where you go or what culture you’re adapting to, here’s some advice to keeping you looking chic.


Let’s begin with the good ‘ole US of A. You can live the American dream in some Calvin Klein jeans or opt for something more preppy to pay homage to their culture. Being the land of the free, pretty much anything goes here. From California’s cool t-shirt and jeans to New York’s designer dresses and heels vibes, let America ease you in with its free pass to look cool without having to compromise on personal style.


Moving across to Japan, you can exhilarate yourself with their often provocative fashion choices. Taken mainstream in pop culture (most notably by Gwen Stefani), the Japanese style has become international and influential. You may think that Kimonos are the height of fashion in Japan, but Tokyo boasts a wide array of attention grabbing fashions – from the Lolita look that is sure to cause a stir, or their more modern taken on the Western punk – Japan is somewhere you can let your inhibitions go and opt for more daring attire.


Packing your bag to head to Dubai will mean you should leave your Japanese-influenced apparel hanging in the wardrobe. Although much more lenient than many people still believe, Dubai is still a Muslim country therefore some Western styles are a big no-no. As many of the signs around the malls here will tell you – keep skirts / shorts knee length or longer, and generally just keep the beachwear for the beach. Daytime strolls should mean cute sundresses with decent length and a light cover up should it take a turn for the chilly. Sandals or airy flats will complete a suitably chic look.


Making your way to Italy, sunglasses in tow, elegance and class is exuded by the very mention of the country – and so your style should follow suit. Dresses and heels for evening meals and drinks, countered with a more laid-back comfortable style for daytime tourism – sandals, plimsolls or canvas shoes are all apt. As a practical and stylish accompaniment to any outfit, straw hats or fedoras are a trendy way to avoid skin damaging rays whilst still looking fashionable.


Preparing for a place like Thailand, it would be easy to think that their take on fashion would be pretty lenient and perhaps borderline provocative. However, Thailand, irrespective of the heat is still a pretty modest country. You can still let your hair down here, as the style is very laid back and casual – ensure a light, cotton vest is worn before returning from the pool to the bar and your service will not be from a disrespected barman. When wandering around temples, it’s wise to opt for light trousers or knee length dresses or skirts. Slip on pumps or some canvas shoes are best for these activities as many temples require all visitors to be barefoot.

Travelling to dream locations shouldn’t affect your style negatively – it may require some slight adaptations but the key to being fashion forward is to embrace change and adapt to it – get your freaky side on in Tokyo and embrace the culture of Dubai in an elegant sundress. Whatever you do, do it looking amazing.

I’ve Got More To Offer Than Just My Body



By Carrie – OnOption Blog

None of my clothes fit.  I’ve been wearing the same pair of black skinny jeans that are becoming increasingly tighter and the same baggy black t-shirt big enough to hide the fat on my upper arms, midsection and hips.

As of 3 weeks ago, at least I’m participating in life again.  I spent a good 3 months prior avoiding social situations and friends because I didn’t think I could bear to hear the words whispered behind my back “she got fat” or “she gained weight.”  Unfortunately, I heard those things along with being told that I’ve let myself go.

They hurt, but not as bad as I thought they would.  The sad thing is, I’ve been trying to lose weight.  I’m eating cleaner than I ever have, I was working out everyday until finally giving myself a break because instead of losing weight I was becoming a magnet for it.  The happiness I had built so strong throughout the last year began to weaken and I found myself in a dark place where I would track every bite of food and bit of exercise in a fitness app in order to guarantee successful weight loss.  It is the heaviest I’ve ever been and even so at 5’9”, 125 pounds and a size 3, I am not what people would call fat.

This is not the first time this obsession over body image has happened.

I can’t remember the last time…

-that I didn’t feel judged by my looks or my size.

-that I felt comfortable and confident in a room full of people.

-that I opened a magazine and admired the women in it instead of comparing myself to them. I can’t even remember the last time I stood next to another woman with out comparing myself to her.

At the gym at 105lbs

I think its easy to fall down the rabbit hole with body images issues as a model. I was scouted when I was 20. I was in my second year of college. I had been thin my entire life, parents of friends were always telling my mom to feed me more and I lost count of the number of times I got questioned for being anorexic. I was extremely active and had a speedy metabolism. I ate what I wanted and whatever quantity I wanted it in. However once I went to college, I noticed that with considerably less activity and a broke college diet of Burger Kings Chicken fries (which are the bomb) and unlimited bacon in the cafeteria, I put on that “freshman fifteen”. At 117 pounds I was told to lose 2 inches off my hips by my agency. It was much more difficult than I thought and I think this was the first time that I really ever noticed there could be something “wrong” with my looks.

My face, my body, how I put myself together- it all became an unhealthy competition. My self esteem was dwindling as I was striving for this impossible idea of perfection.By the time I hit 24 I was back to my teenage weight and this time I struggled to gain anything.I accepted that 105 pounds was my natural weight again until one day, out of nowhere, I got sucked into the black hole.

I became obsessed with my body. I would wake up each day and wait as long as I could to eat, then I would go for a walk/jog and shower before ever allowing myself to put food in my stomach. I would turn down meals when I was with my boyfriend and say that I’d already eaten before coming over. I weighed myself religiously every morning. At my worst I had gotten down to 99 pounds and I still thought that I was bigger than my friends. I had to be as thin as them.

The only problem was that I was, I was actually thinner than them. I looked in the mirror and all I saw was an untoned stomach and fat legs. What I saw in the mirror and was not reality. It got to the point where I was too uncomfortable to be in a bathing suit, hip bones were not enough. I was constantly concerned that I wasn’t good enough solely based on looks and my body. No one was judging me, only I was judging me.

At 99lbs thinking i still had a way to go

I became so attached to my flaws and beauty and all the other crap that my job needs to flourish and brought it into the real world. I know I’m not the only model that does this. We hear day in and day out whats “wrong” with our appearance. Our appearance is what makes us money, its how we survive. We are just as insecure as everyone else, if not more. We get told we are too fat, too thin, our ears stick out, not pretty enough over and over again. I wish I could lie and say it did not affect me but I clearly has.

Just a 3 weeks ago when I made my debut back to life, I spoke with a girlfriend of mine. She, also a model, inspired me to write about this.  I am no longer with any of my agencies.  Its been a bit of a mission as I want to share it with everyone, but it is still a constant struggle. I have days where I feel large and I’m still wearing the same tshirt or struggle to say yes to seeing friends.

But through the last 3 months in my bedroom I’ve finally managed to figure out that there is another world and its the world I want to live in. A world where I realized that I have more to offer than my body and my looks. Where I can accept myself, my curves and my cellulite and remember that I am a human.

I am trying to live less afraid of what I look like and more secure that being a kind, loving, intelligent and talented girl will attract the things I want. I’m on a mission to accept myself the way I want everyone else to accept me, flaws and all. I’m beginning to accept that its time to buy bigger clothes!

I took this last week while I was working- it seems crazy, but the entire time I felt extremely uncomfortable in a bathing suit.