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Reviving The 90’s: The Winners & Losers

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6 Trends we’ve inherited from the 1990’s (and 2 we’re thankful didn’t make the cut!)

By Lucy Shanahan

Just when we think those trends of our formative years are about to disappear into the dark abyss of regret and self-loathing, they come roaring back faster than you can say ‘jelly sandals’. A little sprinkling of hindsight and those style moments we thought painfully passé are now nostalgic and loveable. Then there are those which cause involuntary *facepalms*, because how did I EVER think that khaki board shorts with Roxy scribbled on the butt were ok?

20 years is the general rule of thumb for trends to resurface. It’s the magic stretch of time it takes for us to convince ourselves that certain looks can be cool again. If each decade tries to do the opposite of what came before, it makes sense that the double decades have some aesthetic similarities. That’s why we see hints of 70s boho and disco in 90s fashion (gold lamé skirts never went too far astray) , and why 2015 looks like season 3 of Friends if they had been glued to their iPhones. Let’s take a look at which trends stood the test of time, and which ones rightfully stayed dead and buried.

1. Normcore
The most googled and overused term of 2014, Normcore is the ‘I just rolled out of bed’ approach to fashion. Effortlessly cool and understated, Normcore advocates are all about blending in. Birkenstocks, boyfriend jeans and basic tees line the closets of hipsters, glowing new mums and middle aged tourists. Think Bassike, Jac and Jack and Levi’s 501s. Winona Ryder’s stripes and denim combo in Girl, Interrupted is the ultimate style inspiration for when we can’t be bothered to decide what to wear, and Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Dad bod’ has us feeling better about that bowl of pasta we inhaled last night. Thank you, Larry David.

2. Grunge
Deep bordeaux lips and Doc Martins are still the greatest accessories for anyone fighting the man. Kurt and Courtney did it best. Nirvana said ‘fuck you’ and everyone listened. Marc Jacobs became the grunge guru, inspired by Yves Saint Laurant’s avant grade artistry and his interest in the beatniks (the anti-establishment arts kids in the 1950s, including cool cats Jack Kerouac and Ned Flanders’ parents). Before long, grunge trickled down into the department stores. These days, we find grunge in little pockets – from Lorde’s untamed locks and broody vibes to Miley’s leather bondage. Distressed jeans and a flannel around the waist are obligatory staples for the budding blogger. If you loved Drew Barrymore’s wild child with daisy chains look, look no further than One Teaspoon’s Awesome Baggies and your dad’s cupboard for an old shirt.

3. Clueless
For want of a better name, the Clueless look is the preppy meets glam vibe found in Cher Horowitz’s revolving closet. Iggy Azalea and Charlie XCX recreated the cult classic in their clip Fancy and reminded us all that anyone with a nose for negotiation and a yellow blazer can talk there way out of a C in debate. Tartan skirts, tube socks, shearling jackets and chokers are today’s garments of choice and Princess Highway, Alannah Hill and Ralph Lauren are havens for anyone with a faux-fur fetish. Josh, on the other hand, would probably be sporting a ‘Fuck Abbott’ t-shirt.

4. Raver Babes
Girls in bubblegum pink wigs were scattered through the rave circuit, all in the name of peace and love. Imagine today’s obsession with EDM exploding in fashion form. Electrifying colours and monster furry boots made their way through exposed brick warehouses. Raver babes today can be found in secret location house parties, local renegade music festivals and bush doofs. And don’t think that their every outfit won’t be documented on Facebook by a semi-pro photographer. The neon bum bag, too, has made a comeback. It went from ‘unflattering coin purse for elderly women’ to ‘festival must’. Romance Was Born is a whimsical take on rave culture, with collections like Mushroom Magic and Bush Magic heralding quirky and vibrant pieces for our inner raver.

5. Sneaker Town
Are you desperately trying to get your hands on a pair of Adidas Superstars? Well get in line. They’re sold out almost everywhere. You can thank the greatest hip-hop/R&B artists of the 90s for this craze. Hip-hop was going through its own transition; jazz, soul, funk and Motown were transported out of the studio and back onto the streets. Biggie, Wu Tang, MC Hammer; they all had sick street wear, and soon enough, everyone had a pair of Jordans in their cupboard. Pop stars of the moment all seem to have a finger in the sports luxe honey pot, with Pharrell Williams and Rita Ora inspiring creative collabs with Adidas. Miranda Kerr modelled for Reebok and made it cool again. And let me tell you, my feet couldn’t be happier.

6. The Virgin Suicides
How could we talk about 90s fashion moments without mentioning Sofia Coppola’s iconic film? Suicides is one of Coppola’s slow-cooker movies, where nothing happens, but everything changes. There’s something about watching it that emulates what I imagine it’s like to take Ambien. The Lisbon sisters’ middle parts and waif figures underpinned the Kate Moss look that burgeoned at the time.

Wooden platforms, floaty white dresses and dreamy floral skirts intended by their mother to divert the male gaze serve as minimalist style inspiration. There’s a hint of Stevie Knicks, Kate Bush and Picnic At Hanging Rock that imbues the film with dark romance and lilting melancholy. Today we see it in Johnny Was and Free People catalogues as well as Coachella pics and local fashion markets.

 

And now for those that didn’t make the cut…

 

7. The Pop Princess
Yes I know we’ve got Ariana, Selena, and Madonna still kicking on somewhere. But I’m talking about girls in super low-rider jeans with chunky belts or sparkly scarves that looked adorable on baby Britney but were corrupted by the g-string poking out the top. *shudder*. Then there was Mariah’s take on the need for a waistband – why need one at all? Again, Mariah could pull off pretty much anything, it was everyone else’s interpretation that gives me nightmares to this day.

8. Jazzercise
Go and find your mum’s old home-aerobics videos and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Floral windbreakers and polyester leotards with skinny crotch areas, terry cloth wristbands and headgear. Imagine the cast of Full House playing tennis in Disneyland. Although exercise gear like The Upside or Lulu Lemon is more sartorial than ever, Jazzercise corrupted some already questionable choices of the 1990s. Luckily, this look came right out of the 1980s and fizzled out during the 90s. Good to know our favourite decade isn’t to blame for this one.

 

When To Clean Out Your Make Up Bag

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By Gritty Pretty
@gritty_pretty

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but here it is…. cosmetics don’t last forever, friends.

Although it may be tempting to hold on to every last inch of powder or drop of lotion, it may be time to live and let go.

Consider this your tough love wake up call! It’s time to be strong and throw out all those discoloured, runny or lumpy cosmetics that are clogging up your beauty cupboard and potentially causing blemishes and even infection.

Here, we bring you a breakdown of beauty product expiration dates. Good riddance!

BEAUTY PRODUCTS TO CHANGE UP REGULARLY

It sounds gross but your mascara is a breeding ground for bacteria. This is why it should be replaced every four to six months, when it starts getting clumpy and drying out. Liquid eyeliner also has the same lifespan, but your pencil should last up to a year.

The same rule applies to your loofah. If you use it in the shower every day, it should be replaced way more frequently than you probably do. Think about it: you use it to slough off dead skin and the day’s dirt, so it can quickly become home to all sorts of nasties like bacteria and mould.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT LAST A BIT LONGER

Anything dry like powdered foundation, blush and eye shadows can last up to two years, if they’re kept out of the sun while their liquid, compact or creme counterparts generally last for a year.

Lipstick and lipliners should be good for up to two years, but just keep an eye on how well they apply. If they’ve been subjected to heat and have melted slightly, they might not going to be as smooth and may even turn out streaky. Of course, lipsticks are another hiding place for bacteria, so keep that mind whenever lending your lipstick to a friend.

One thing that offers longevity and is worth investing in is makeup brushes – if you buy good quality brushes, and you clean them with shampoo regularly. If your brushes start to shed or become stiff after cleaning, then it’s time to bin them.

Nail polishes might seem like they last forever but the truth is they too have an end date. After a year or two, they can become streaky, running and the colours can separate. TIP: Try storing them in the fridge to maximise the lifespan of your favourite polishes.

Perfume is another beauty essential that benefits from being stored in the fridge – never keep them in the sun or on a windowsill. When kept in a cool, dark corner, the scent will keep fresh and won’t sour.

MAKEUP

Mascara (regular or waterproof): 6 months
Liquid, pencil and gel eyeliners: 6-12 months
Concealers and cream, liquid and stick foundations: 6 months to 1 year
Powder-based products: 12-18 months
Lipsticks, lip gloss, and lip pencils: 12-18 months
Lips balms: 6 months
Bronzers and blush: 24 months

SKIN CARE

Serum: 6-12 months
Cleanser: 12 months
Eye cream: 6-12months
Day cream/night cream: 12months

HAIR CARE & STYLING

Shampoo and conditioners: 12-18months
Masks and leave-in treatments: 12 months
Dry shampoo: 12months

WARNING SIGNS

– Unusually discoloured, runny or lumpy.
– Strange odour, strong alcoholic scent.
– Different texture on the skin.
– Packaging that is deteriorating.
– Dries out, becomes clunky.
– Colour separates (foundation and nail polish) .
– The product stops performing as best as it used to.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

– Tighten lid of product after each use.
– Wash your hands before use.
– Ensure each product is stored in the correct climate or humidity (best stored in dark places).
– Write the date of purchase in permanent ink.
– Toss out any eye products after any infections.
– Don’t share your beauty products.

And, after all of that, if you forget the purchase date, don’t fret. Just look out for the period-after-opening symbol (PAO)  — a number followed by an M with an open jar symbol — usually located on the back of packaging.

So, a “12M” with an open jar symbol means you should throw the product out 12 months after you’ve opened it. Pretty handy, huh?

Now, who’s keen to spring clean…?

LA Vegan Hotspots

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By Jessica Sepel – The Healthy Life
@jshealth

It seems like there are healthy food options everywhere you look in LA! I love trying out new dishes and getting kitchen inspiration, and I have been blown away by the vegan cuisine here. Vegan is hot! These are some of my favourite vegan must-eats:

Cafe Gratitude – everything about this cafe is fresh and healthy with a beautiful presentation. Love the ambiance!

Real Food Daily – gourmet, good-for-you dishes with multiple LA-area locations

Beaming Cafe – for smoothies and acai bowls. I also love their vegan protein bites and granola.

Backyard Bowls – delicious savoury and sweet bowls

Erewhon – a mecca for healthy vegan fare! They have an amazing hot bar, salad bar and a deli full of vegan meals.

Earth Bar – a must for smoothies and acai bowls

The Butcher’s Daughter – this Venice hot spot has a delicious kale salad

Moon Juice – divine smoothies and juices in Venice

Shima Sushi – incredible vegan options in a sushi restaurant! ˜

Come on, Vogue

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By Morayo Bakare

Being the face of a fashion or cosmetic brand can be launching pad for a very successful modelling career. When a company signs a model to do an endorsement, it’s about more than her looks; it’s how she will affect the bottom line. An endorsement means that a model’s image is pleasing to people and that she or he has what it takes to be the face and voice of a major corporation, or, in other words, become a spokesmodel. The company communicates its message to the public by showing the models’ images. They have the power to affect the value of the company’s stock on the stock markets, and that can garner in millions of dollars.

Advertisements are the most common way a model can be displayed to consumers. Working in ads can take a model’s career into the realm of being a viable, marketable product. One’s career will have longevity because clients will realize the model is not just a temporary fascination, but instead a constant and popular figure with an influential look. Ads allow models to work with a variety of clients.

Advertising jobs, like all modelling jobs, start with a Go and See session set up by the modelling agency. The model is informed of the terms of the contract which usually include the specific amount of the time the ad will run (three months is common) and in what format. If the client wants to use the ad for a longer period of time or in any other format, an additional fee is paid. Models are rarely booked to appear in ads for more than one company that makes the same type of product because it’s seen as a conflict of interest. It is, however, possible to do advertisements for different products, even if they’re running simultaneously. If the model is booked for an ad, the client calls the agency and the terms of the contract are again discussed.

To maintain the lucrative title as being the face of a company, models scrutinize over their looks constantly. The pressure for models to keep their sizes down as low as possible is well-known. Fashion models often appear unhealthily thin, yet super-skinny models are in high demand constantly. Not only is maintaining an unhealthy weight an ever-present issue in the modelling world, keeping a youthful look is no simple task either. Many women and men in modelling undergo expensive and potentially dangerous cosmetic procedures to alter their looks so they can remain competitive and desirable and keep their position as the face of a luxurious company.


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The Types Of Modeling You Didn’t Know Existed

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By Calynn M. Lawrence
@fairytalefacesbycalynn

When you think of someone who has a modeling career, what is naturally the first thing that comes to your mind? No doubt, it is someone who is ripping the runway in the latest apparel fashions. Although that is indeed one of the most popular forms of modeling, it is not the only type of modeling out there! This article is going to enlighten you of three different types of modeling that you likely did not know existsed!

ALTERNATIVE MODELING




Now, in fashion modeling the models are typically very clean and plain in terms of any body modifications. This is because the focus is meant to be on the clothing and not on their aesthetic enhancements. It is best for them to look as natural as possible. However, the industry of alternative modeling is the exact opposite! This form of modeling focuses on the more extreme and artistically inspired type of indivdual. Alternative modeling celebrates the idea of being physically unique and using your body as a canvas. Thus, those with piercings, tattoos or odd physical features are urged to indulge. Think of this as the sarcastic reply to society’s typical clean cut image of a fashion model.

BODY  MODELING




Body modeling is often times done for commercial use. This is the type of modeling in whic a particular company uses one’s specific physical feature to enhance the odds of consumers buying their product. This is often times done with celebrities. For example, Jennifer Lopez is known for being a hair model for L,Oreal Paris. Her long silky locs attract the attention of fans and onlookers. This in turn makes them believe that the hair care products that are being advertsied will cause their hair to be just as luxurious as hers. Another example would be hand models. Surprisingly, hand models recieve a lot of work from nail polish ads to jewelry stores.

ARTISTIC MODELING




Artistsic modeling is when someone is used as a basis for a painting or drawing, typically in an art class. This person is paid to be observed and recreated on canvas or paper so as to aid in the creative process and provide a visual form that the artist can use as a basis for their composition. Many of times these types of models are thought to be nude, however, there are many who pose fully clothed. It all depends on the type of setting that they are modeling for.

There you have it. These were three forms of modeling that are becoming increasingly popular but many are still unaware. If you fit any of these categories then pursuing something in these genres may be the secret to sky rocketing your prospective fashion career.

Having A Pretty Face Is Just Not Enough

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By Simi Afroza Mira

As a former model myself, I have seen it time and time again: droves of girls and women, arriving to open call auditions for modeling agencies, hoping they will be discovered, just knowing that they are the next Big Thing. They think to themselves, I’m tall! I’m thin! I’m even beautiful! This must mean that I will make an amazingly successful model! What many don’t know is that the recipe for what makes a successful model in our society isn’t as simple as beauty, height, and a slim, lithe body. The girls and women who eventually become very successful; who book a lot of print or runway jobs, and make a name for themselves in the modeling industry, know that there is so much more to modeling than having just a pretty face.

We, as a society, all know that Photoshop exists. We watch YouTube videos; seeing a model’s before and after shots with it. We gasp in surprise – and we also think, that if this software program can change their appearance on a whim, then that’s all that matters to make a great picture – they falsely think that a software program is what makes a “beautiful” model beautiful, not an actual beautiful model, who understands her body, her lines, her face, and knows how to make it work in front of the camera. But, that line of thinking couldn’t be more wrong. And I will tell you why:

Of all of those excited, hopeful girls and women who I would see line up for open call auditions, I would only see maybe a very small handful make the cut and sign with an agency. Almost all of these women left disappointed, and aghast. I’m beautiful, dammit! I’m tall! Why didn’t they sign me? What these women don’t understand, is that standing in front of a camera, and expecting your beautiful face to carry you and make a beautiful photo, DOES NOT HAPPEN. The most beautiful woman in the world could stand in front of a camera, and if she does nothing but stare with dull eyes; if she does not pose and shape her body into flattering lines, if she does not engage the camera with her eyes, her lips, even her eyebrows, then even that most beautiful woman in the world will take a picture that will depict – yes – a beautiful woman, but a beautiful woman with a dull expression and no life in her eyes. Even the most beautiful woman in the world cannot sell products that models are asked to sell with their beauty and their bodies if they do not know how to use their body, and to harness their beauty into making it marketable for the modeling industry. All of those women and girls were turned away, one by one, because they stood in front of the camera, with little to no animation on their face, believing that beauty was enough. And it isn’t. Even Photoshop cannot add vitality to a smile, or a discreet and appropriate sexiness to the lines of a body, and It cannot make dull, dead eyes bright and alive. No technology, no software program can do this. Only you, as a model, can learn to do this for yourself, if you want success in the industry.

So yes – having a tall, graceful, slender body, and even beauty to boot, is a great basis for the beginnings of what could be a successful modeling career. But I can tell you, as a former successful model myself, is that modeling isn’t just showing up and being pretty. It’s hard work. It’s learning an assortment of poses that flatter your body, and giving great and interesting lines for the camera. It’s about knowing how to animate your lips and eyes and eyebrows. It’s about the arch of your neck; the tilt of your chin, and knowing how it is most flattering to the angle of the camera being used. All of this is the recipe for a successful model in our industry today. No amount of technology will ever be just enough for great print work. It takes HARD WORK – and yes, height and a beautiful or interesting face, and a slender body, is usually requisite as well – but know that it simply isn’t enough. Hard work is required too, and most aspiring models do not know or understand this.

Mastering The Art Of Online Shopping

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By Jenni Sellan
@jennisellan

Thanks to the word wide web, fashion and all of it’s glorious global treasures are nothing more than a  clic, clack and tap of the keyboard away; before you know it, your favourite pieces of the season are beautifully wrapped and delivered right to your door.

Potentially as overwhelming as it is exciting, on line shopping isn’t without it’s flaws and finding your way through the masses can feel  like walking into an overstocked, cluttered retail store and be just as impossible to navigate, so to help you avoid the pain, and a stash of non-refundable cash, stick to our shopping tips below and become an on-line shopping savvy guru before you “add to cart”

1. Wherever possible, when you hit your favourite site, head straight to the “look book” or style guide. Viewing a single item on a blank background can be hard to envisage in terms of how it will look when being worn and these guides will give you a good idea as to how the pieces translate “off the rack” and “off the page”.

2. Always check the returns policy before confirming your purchase. Ideally you will be looking for a full refund policy. You don’t want to be stuck with a cut, style or fit that isn’t right for you. Just like a contract, always always read the fine print.

3. Know your measurements. Keep a measuring tape handy or have them written down – it takes the guess work out and if you are still unsure when comparing them to the size chart, especially if it’s a brand / label you have not previously worn, take 5 to contact the customer service line for their advice.

4. When shopping internationally, make sure you work out the calculation based on the current exchange rate. There are a number of companies out there, Mecca Cosmetics just one example, who have put a lot of work into remaining competitive with markets like the US. You want to ensure there is an advantage to shopping overseas.

5. Compare sites and save where you can, especially if you are working to a budget.

6. Do your due diligence, and make sure the site is legit – empty bank balances feel a whole lot worse when you have nothing to show for it!

Challenges of Going Global: The Indian Fashion Industry

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By Simi Afroza Mira

The Indian fashion industry relies heavily on India’s beautiful, authentic, and poignant history and rich, diverse culture, to make its beautiful, unique, and radiant clothing. India is proud of their heritage and culture, and that is reflected in the clothing they wear. The rising popularity of the Indian fashion industry, which hinges on its cultural and its billion dollar industry of the “Bollywood” style and movement, has many of us wondering just when and if the Indian fashion industry is going to go international. There are some disputes, though, that the Indian fashion industry would not be popular in the main-stream fashion world. Here are a few reasons why:

Indian Fashion Doesn’t Conform

While in some instances, India’s unique fashion and designs are celebrated and lauded internationally, (think “Bollywood,”) many of India’s fashion designers do not yield to what is hip and trendy in our pop culture, and what is immediately sellable. The background, culture, and style of Indian fashion is breathtakingly unique, with its deep, rich colors in abundance, and its well spun, beautifully soft fabrics. Seeing a piece of Indian fashion is like seeing an exquisite and enchanting piece of art. India’s top and most revered fashion designers most often design clothing that is very traditional, and usually reflects India’s unique history and diverse, poignant, and honored culture. And while it is beautiful, and that is what makes Indian fashion so unique and breathtaking, it is not typically the type of fashionable clothing you see in the very popular fashion markets like New York, Paris, and Milan.

Sales are Mainly Domestic

It is well-known that the sales of Indian fashion in an international market are not of any real significance at all, and at Lakme Fashion Week, which is India’s premiere and most prestigious fashion gathering, it is estimated that 95% of the sales generated as a result of their fashion week were domestic, leaving only a paltry 5% of sales given internationally.

International Markets are Much Different than the Domestic Market

There is a rising number of Indian fashion designers who want to go international, especially among the young, new and rising stars of Indian fashion. However, they are facing significant challenges of competing in an international market because of the shorter deadlines and higher demands for a higher quantity of clothing. The Indian fashion industry is well-known and revered for its extremely high-quality pieces. However, this high quality often comes with a price – a slower output of clothing made, and international markets demand more clothes, more quickly. It is not known if Indian fashion designers will be able to conform to the international fashion industry’s standards of high quality clothing made very quickly.

Just the Beginning

The Indian fashion industry is still in its infancy; with Lakme Fashion Week having run for thirteen consecutive years, respectively. In markets such as New York, Paris, and Milan, the fashion industry has well been established for many, many decades. The Indian fashion industry can certainly still grow and extend its popularity, but while it is still so young, it may take longer to establish itself and its roots both domestically and internationally.

There is no question that the clothing made by India’s elite fashion designers are not only beautiful, but unique, exquisite, and one-of-a-kind. India’s fashion world has captivated our hearts and minds with their “Bollywood” movement, and it remains to be seen what’s next on the horizon for the Indian fashion market. Will they remain mostly domestic, or will they eventually break that international barrier? Only time, (and some really beautiful clothing) can tell.

Meditation Benefits, Are They Real? Um YES!

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By Julia Datt

Nowadays, you can’t flick through a fashion mag without hearing about meditation. But is it REALLY something that’s useful and applicable to you as a young woman in this day and age? We look at meditation techniques and how they can help you conquer your world (or at the very least, make a start).

No longer simply the avenue of hippies and lunatics, studies have shown that a little bit of time to yourself each day helps equip you to better cope with emotions, anxiety and stress. The pressure women feel to look a certain way, be the perfect sister/girlfriend/employee or to just plain simply be taken seriously as a woman in today’s world is endless.

How does this affect us at a mental level?

Well, the mind has been trained to react instantly to sensations, whether they’re good (such as a feeling of joy when you’ve achieved a goal) or bad (not achieving the goal). We tend to respond to such situations with the appropriate emotion, and even conjure up these situations in our minds when we don’t know the outcome. This creates unnecessary stress and anxiety. As an adult, your mum’s warnings of ‘worrying won’t change anything’ finally ring true after all those years!

When we start daydreaming about past or future situations that are good, we create feelings of craving, which generates disappointment and discontentment. We attach ourselves to an idea, or desire and if it’s not fulfilled we feel empty and let down.

Similarly, when we conjure up bad situations in our head that have either happened or not happened yet, you’re evoking feelings of tension and your mood is ruined, which means your performance as an employee, sports person or friend declines – all due to the thoughts in your head!

How do we combat this? Establish a daily meditation practice (don’t worry, you don’t have to sit cross-legged chanting ‘ohm, ohm’) where you allow yourself 10-20 minutes of quiet, alone time to connect with yourself.

Find a peaceful corner of the house where you can regularly do this – either in the morning before school or at night before bed. A big comfy cushion helps to settle you and scented candles also help you relax. Shut your eyes and listen to your breathing. Be aware of every breath that flows in and out of your body. It sounds too simple to effective, but this is a medically proven practice to calm your nerves and reduce stress.

Another technique is to visualise positive situations, such as you successfully negotiating and winning a pay rise or simply just killing it at boot camp this week and making it to every session. The more you visualise it, the more signals you send to the universe to make it happen. That’s where the power of positive thinking comes in!

The trick is to not grow attached to these imaginary situations, whether good or bad. Understand that everything works in ebbs and flows: what goes up must come down. Staying balanced and detached through each situation will ensure you’ll never be a slave to your emotions again.

Of course, it’s not something which happens overnight – meditation is a lifelong practice, that if followed, allows for inner contentment and peace – so not even toxic school/office environments (or the mother-in-law) can get to you!

I’d love to hear how you guys go – keep me updated!

Love,
This Model Eats A Lot xx

 

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The Top Five Cities To Become A Model

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By Simi A Mira

1. Sydney, Australia

27 of Australia’s 94 modeling agencies lie in Sydney, Australia, being the top Australian city known for modeling and containing more agencies than any other Australian city alone. Considering Sydney is a large city home to well over four million residents, it’s no doubt modeling her is a plus for new or prospective models!

Some of Sydney’s top modeling agencies include Chadwick, Priscilla’s, and Wink.

2. Tokyo, Japan

If you speak and understand functional Japanese, Tokyo is a great place for models! Though it is a little tough receiving a modeling contract in Japan itself, if you’re fairly tall, and as mentioned, speak at least some Japanese, you may very well find yourself a Tokyo model in no time.

Tokyo no doubt is one of the best cities to model for if you really want to be a successful model and quickly build up your career path.

3. New York City, NY, USA

It’s clear that New York City is the place to model in the United States. Most Americans who want to pursue a modeling career do in fact move to New York City as it is the second most populated city in the U.S. home to over a whopping eight million residents. It’s clear that the Big Apple is a great city to get yourself out there modeling-wise due to its endless opportunities.

Though New York City is quite populous, making it more difficult to stand out in the crowd, literally, there are so many modeling agents available in this city just waiting for your portfolio and ready to scout a unique model.

4. Los Angeles, CA, USA

Besides New York City, Los Angeles is yet again another great U.S. city to pursue a modeling career being the most populous U.S. city considering its over ten million residents.

Keep in mind, though, that modeling in general is a very competitive career, not to mention that it is at first hard to land a modeling gig or full-on career in Los Angeles unless you are a bit more experienced or are very ambitious with your career, but L.A. is still no doubt a great place to model. After all, it is better to land a modeling career in a larger city and take a few risks than it is to model in a smaller city where there’s hardly any recognition for your talent. This city is home of the arts for sure and has plenty of opportunities if you seek them!

5. Paris, France

Paris, the city of lights, is beyond probably one of the coolest and prettiest places to model. And, of course, there are many modeling opportunities. As long as you’re over the age of 16, are fairly tall, and meet your potential Paris agency’s measurement requirements, there’s definitely a chance for you to be a Paris model!

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to model in Paris?! This city is such a dream, not to mention all of the great career accomplishments you could make modeling there, wearing only the finest of garments designed by some of the most prestigious, high-end labels! This city is definitely all about fashion.