3…2…1…The countdown begins! Everyone keeps asking me what is on my New Years resolution list so I decided to share my list with you! I feel like it’s going to be a great year filled with a lot of hope and wonderful opportunities. For me, 2018 brings a lot of excitement, happiness, and growth.
Just like a countdown, I counted down my top 5 New Year resolutions:
5. Interview more models – While I have interviewed a lot of fashion models, I would love to do more interviews in 2018. I would also like to interview and feature more international models.
4. Buy new equipment- I really want to get a good external camera light for my pictures and videos.
3. Host my first New Style Modé fashion event – I would like to network more and maybe even have my own event!
2. Create more videos – This past year, I focused a lot on my writing. I would like to make more short videos in 2018.
1. Grow my readership and blog – I want to thank all of you for reading and following my blog! If you haven’t already, be sure to follow the blog on Instagram @newstylemode
Happy New Year! 🙂
So tell me, what’s on your New Year’s resolution list?
I met up with model Darien Willardson in the middle of New York City to find out what he loves about the holidays! Between all the holiday festivities and decorations, New York City is such a beautiful place to celebrate the holidays. Fun fact: Believe it or not, I was really excited that it was snowing in the background during our interview. What better way to feel swept away by the spirit of the holidays as the snowflakes start to fall?
In spirit of the holidays, I asked model Tony Liranzo 11 “Would You Rather” questions with a little holiday twist. Get ready! Get set!
Would you rather….
1. If you could hop into a time machine, would you rather experience a Christmas in the 1700’s or in the future in the 2100’s?
Definitely 1700’s. I want a Scrooge moment lol
2. Would you rather get a useful gift or a fun gift?
A fun gift
3. Would you rather model for an ugly holiday sweater collection or a holiday onesie collection?
Definitely an ugly holiday sweater collection.
4. Would you rather be an elf or a reindeer?
Reindeer, they have more fun
5. Would you rather build a snowman or have a snowball fight?
6. Would you rather buy a gift or make one?
7. Would you rather go sledding outdoors or drink hot cocoa indoors?
I like both… but I guess sledding outdoors.
8. Would you rather go to a VIP holiday concert featuring Britney Spears or go on tour with a random celebrity (you won’t know till you get there)?
VIP BRITNEY SPEARS CONCERT
9. Would you rather eat 100 potato latkes or 100 packs of Chanukah gelt?
100 potato latkes
10. Would you rather spend your winter break taking a skiing trip to the Poconos or a trip to the beach in Florida?
Trip to the beach!
11. Would you rather live in a Gingerbread House or on the Polar Express?
Gingerbread House so I can eat it!
Which is your favorite “would you rather” question? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section below! For more about model Tony, you can read about him here and follow model him through Instagram @tonynana.
Keep calm and gobble on! This year my friends and I decided to be trendy and make our own Friendsgiving. We wanted to do a little something special for the holidays. There were about 10 of us and we all had to bring our own dish.
My mom and dad helped me put a delicious assortment together. My mom baked her famous broccoli quiche and my dad raced to get some boxes of donuts. My parents are the best! I think the new motto should be keep calm and call mom & dad.
Honestly, it was so heartwarming to see everyone come together and celebrate. While we were all eating I looked around the room and just thought about how thankful I am.
I just want to take the time to thank all of you for being so wonderful. I hope you have a fabulous Friendsgiving, Turkey Day and Thanksgiving!
It was almost 11:00pm and everyone was getting ready to go home from the Unique Blend Models fashion show. It was such a long day but I didn’t want to leave without speaking with model Marcus Killebrew. So there I was sitting in the lobby with Marcus while he opened up about his modeling career.
After speaking with Marcus, I was inspired. He said that fear is an illusion and it only prevents you from moving forward. Very wise words. While there are many things that might be scary, I decided that right now I am going to focus on my own fears.
“Take more risks and see what happens.”
Model Marcus Killebrew is a personal trainer who believes in the power of takings risks and not letting fear stop him from accomplishing his goals. He shared that when he was younger, he used to be bullied and that lifting became a type of therapy for him. It helped him build up his confidence. Through his experience as a personal trainer, he is constantly tring to help others break through their fear and anxiety.
Marcus’s top goal is to grow himself into a strong brand for both (1) his modeling career and (2) as a coach. He shared that some of challenges he’s faced as a model has been trying to better understand the business side of the modeling world and adopting to all of the politics. Even through all of the challenges, he is always trying to learn and grow from his experience.
Marcus likes to hang out in the comfort of his own home. You can find him watching an episode of Game of Thrones or playing some video games. When he goes out, he likes to check out the different eateries and dessert spots which NYC has to offer. One of his most recently discovered places is Tipsy Scoop, which serves ice cream with a boozy twist. Cheers!
Fun Facts about Marcus:
His favorite weight training exercise is the deadlift.
If he could be a fruit or vegetable, he would be a raspberry because it is both sweet and tart.
Rush Hour 2 and The Matrix are his favorite movies.
Marcus modeled for the PLITZS Fashion Marketing and for the Unique Blend Models fashion show.
“If you want to be somebody, never give up and always be true to yourself.”- Natali Pillgrim
I love model Natali Piligrim’s piece of advice – “If you want to be somebody, never give up and always be true to yourself.” As a fashion blogger, I am always faced with different challenges. One of them is time. Since I conduct a lot of interviews with fashion models from all over the world, my calendar can fill up pretty quickly. Sometimes it can be hard to find time to schedule an interview. So when Natalie and I had to keep rescheduling our interview, we were patient with each other. We just had to keep on trying to find a time that worked for the both of us. I stayed true to myself and never gave up.
I was so happy when we finally sat down to chat! We spoke about her personal fashion experience as a model, her challenges and what makes her unique.
“If you want to be somebody, never give up and always be true to yourself.”- Natali Pillgrim
Here is our interview:
Jenny A. (Me): What was your craziest modeling experience?
Natali Pillgrim: When I did an underwater photo shoot. I had to stay underwater, keep my eyes opened and look both comfortable and hot. Did I mention, I don’t know how to swim!?
Me: How did you do an underwater photo shoot if you can’t swim?!
Natali: Using my imagination plus my strong belief that everything is possible. There was a pole that I could held onto in the water, just in case (laughs). From time to time, I had to grab onto the other models who were in the photo shoot with me…just to breathe. (laughs)
Me: What was it like to pose underwater?
Natali: It was hard to stay still. (laughs) The heavy dress kept pulling me up!
Me: As a model, what do you think is the biggest challenge?
Natali: To believe in yourself. Just because a designer tells you that you’re not good for a show or their clothes, don’t give up. It is just one person’s opinion.
Me: What do you think makes a successful model?
Natali: Someone who (a) never gives up (b) learns from their mistakes / experiences (c) is social and (d) always listens. Even if someone tells you are good, always keep practicing and growing.
Me: Where did you learn to model?
Natali: I learned through YouTube tutorials and videos, I looked at other model’s photos and asked people with more experience. Some photographers are very helpful and will guide you. Never be afraid to ask what you did wrong. It’s better to ask a question and look like a “fool” for five minutes rather than keeping silent and looking like a “fool” for your whole life. It’s very important to work as a team and communicate with your photographer. You can learn faster and have better results by working together with your photographer.
Me: Which fashion shows have you modeled for?
Natali: I was a part of last year’s FIT fashion show called “4 elements.” It was amazing! It was my first experience as a runway model and I grown a lot from then. There were so many talented students. I really enjoyed it and I am so thankful. When I was a part of NYFW ( Couture Fashion Week ), I was so impressed and happy with my designer, Pamela. It took her a several weeks to make each swimsuit. I also modeled in Tech Fashion Week, Brooklyn Fashion Week and many more.
Me: I noticed that you have a nose ring and a lip ring. Have your facial piercings ever affected your modeling career?
Natali: When I walked for New York Fashion Week, I took out both my nose ring and my lip ring since the fashion show wanted a more conservative look. Depending on the fashion event, some people don’t care about piercings or even want a punk rock look.
What do you live your life by?
Natali: My greatest inspiration is Leonardo da Vinci’s quote “Realize everything is connected to everything else.” If you want to be successful, you have to learn a little bit of everything each day.
Me: What do you like to do for fun?
Natali: I like to dance, travel, walk around and explore the city. I also like rafting and indoor ski diving.
Me: If you could be a fruit of vegetable, what would you be?
Natali: Broccoli because it is unique, healthy and makes you feel good.
Me: When’s your next fashion show?
Natali: I am modeling for the FACE THE SWEET FASHION SHOW 2017. It is a charity event to help raise money for diabetic supplies for people who have suffered from the effects of 2017’s natural disasters. The show will be held this Saturday, November 18th in New York City. For more information, please click here.
Fall is my favorite season! I love watching Halloween inspired makeup tutorials and videos. I love looking at how beautiful the trees look wearing their new autumn colors. And most of all… I love tasting homemade pumpkin pies. Yummm!
So in honor of my favorite season, model Rebecca Sorkin shared her fall 2017 bucket list with us! Here it is:
Apple picking – You are the apple of my eye
Watching Halloween movies – Netflix & chill
Trying out fall makeup looks – Hello gorgeous!
Watching football games – Sunday night football
Baking – Whisk me away
So far, I’ve done 2 out of the 5 items on Rebecca’s bucket list. I went apple picking with Josh, my boyfriend at Dr. Davies Farm and we had a blast! We went from tree to tree looking for the best apples. As for the watching Halloween movies bucket list item – I think my one scary movie experience is enough for me. Josh dragged me to see the new IT movie at a drive-in movie theater. During the movie, I noticed something in the corner of my eye and when I turned my head, IT was standing outside my car window holding a red balloon! I was so scared. Even when the movie was over and guy who dressed up as IT was long gone, I couldn’t get myself to step outside of the car!
Do you have a fall bucket list? Have you done any of these things on Rebecca’s bucket list?! Let me know in the comments below!