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Jenner On The Block



By Pavlina Hatzopoulos

There’s a new name on fashion folks’ lips and it doesn’t look like she’ll be fading anytime soon. That name is Kendall Jenner; Kardashian baby sister turned social media sensation turned high fashion model. She’s been making waves lately, having just nabbed a highly lucrative beauty contract with cosmetic company Estee Lauder and even more recently, earning herself a coveted spot in Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring 2015 ad campaign, AND gracing the cover of American Vogue’s latest issue. However, it’s on everyone’s minds; is it the case of a model working hard to achieve success or downright nepotism?


While Kendall might impress some designers and editors (whether it’s for her talent or her 16 million Instagram follow count, I’m not quite sure), she certainly doesn’t impress the other models. Reports from New York Fashion Week in September detail how some models ‘bullied’ Kendall and even went as far as to butt out their cigarettes in her drink, to show they felt she had no right to be there. After all, she did land a cosmetic giant contract after merely two seasons in the industry, compared to fellow Estee Lauder ambassadors Joan Smalls and Constance Jablonski, who have been in the modelling biz since 2007 and 2006 respectively.

Writer Arisce Wanzer, of theblot.com, wrote an open letter to Kendall regarding her ‘model bullying,’ in which some pretty harsh things were said, including;

“Take a moment and remove yourself from your current situation, if you can, to a life that isn’t riddled with excess and only hearing the word “yes” to your wants and requests.”

“What is she doing here? Did she take the subway? Was she at the casting? What agency is she with? I didn’t see her last season … Does she need MORE fame? MORE money? A green card perhaps? Doesn’t she get enough cash from that show that all of ignorant America glamorizes? Didn’t her sister have sex with someone on camera and profit from the video sales to get their family its new line of limelight? This girl didn’t do and doesn’t owe half of what you did (remember, you’re NOT “KJ” in this scenario) to get here today, that much is certain. Her mommy surely called a top agency, got her in the door and the design houses just chose to milk her fame like the cash cow that it is. One by one like dominos from Vogue to Givenchy, fashion is selling out to the ignorant masses for money. What happened to the art, the cerebral part of fashion? Did it really all die with Alexander McQueen?”

It’s not only the other models that aren’t too happy about Kendall’s success, but also the public. On the announcement of her contract with Estee Lauder, people commented on news articles saying they refused to ever buy Estee Lauder products again. Kendall responded to this negative criticism saying, “I’m not trying to use a family name or anything. In reality I worked pretty hard for this… It wasn’t like I just got it magically and it just happened”. And it seems Kendall is more of a help than a hindrance to the brand, as her and her 16 million Instagram followers have increased the Estee Lauder Instagram following by 50k.

So it seems, whether you like it or not; Kendall Jenner’s no one season wonder, and with her recent work to go by, she might be the hottest topic in the fashion world for a few more seasons to come.

Instagram: @pavlina__h

Casting For Friends



As a general rule, models are not friends with other models, and they definitely don’t date them. I made that mistake more than once early in my career. The problem with friends in the workplace is that the industry is so competitive. Until you have truly established your niche- that look and image you control- you are just another number, another pretty face on a snapshot or a pair of heels down the catwalk. You don’t actually matter, your look does.

And everyone knows it.

So it’s no surprise that every girl and guy is looking for a come-up in their career, and if you are not careful, you might be just another step on their ladder.

So how do you know who to be friends with? Here are some tricks I’ve learned in my days:


Don’t friend the competition.

In modeling this means avoid getting too close with other models that could be submitted to similar jobs. If you are 6’0, blond and strikingly Nordic, try and find some Mediterranean looking friends. There’s very little chance you will be lining up against them in a casting call, and you may even have the opportunity to shoot together (rather than instead of). You don’t have to be mean to every model that looks like you, but don’t be silly and expect to be BFF.

Look Elsewhere in the Industry

Wish you had friends that understood your lifestyle? Try entertainers, photographers, designers, makeup artists – even journalists are a better fit! They won’t give you a hard time about what you do, and they even enjoy the perks of having model friends. Best of all, they will never steal your shoot.

Meet Other Types of Models

Modeling is not just limited to fashion. If you need a real model friend for shopping and swapping tips, try one that doesn’t do fashion modeling. There are models that specialize in promotional modeling, regional models that do local catalogues, adult models, and alternative models. You could even go artsy and find a burlesque performer friend. The point is, you’ve got to cast a big net- one that doesn’t include the people you see waiting outside for a go-see.

Look, I’m not saying models can’t be friends. I’ve had model friends get me booked on projects, teach me some awesome camera-ready tricks, and hang out with me after events. However, these girls were not my competition (for one reason or another) and I could relax knowing they weren’t secretly plotting to take my place.

Are You Really Having A Bad Hair Day?



By Jenni Sellan

“I’m having a bad hair day”.
A universal phenomenon understood by all women, bad hair days are a known and justified cause of unproductive days filled with unforeseen errors and accidental mishaps.

When your hair has seen better days, so have you; if the curl isn’t bouncing and the humidity has created an unwanted tribal affect, then just about everything proceeding that fact is pretty much deemed disastrous for the remainder of your day.
Don’t expect anything else to go well. It’s the internal voice of unreason, telling you that you don’t look good today so don’t expect to achieve anything of any significance, let alone for anything to go your way.

Had any dreams lately about styling your hair? The belief is that this is representative of your internal struggle with self-image and appearance. What about dreaming of cutting your hair? Experts will have you believe that you are dealing with issues around a loss of personal power…
Are you really having a bad day, or are there deeper issues at hand?

Blondes have more fun,’ ‘brunettes do it better’ and according to Coco Chanel, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”.
The relationship we hold with our hair is a complicated one and perhaps the most fascinating aspect is it’s uncanny connection with a woman’s sense of confidence, self-image and worth, with the state of our hair seemingly synonymous with the way we actually feel about our state of self.

Recently while attending a runway show I leaned in to a colleague whispering, “I want the secret to those golden glowing locks”. With my gaze focused on the models hair, bouncing, shining and perfectly placed, looking at her made me feel like all was well in her world, and with hair like that surely I could conquer mine!

Personal power, self-image and confidence; all part of the internal knots and tangles faced by women which do not discriminate by size, race or colour.
Our biggest struggles are most often related to the internal beliefs we hold about ourselves and whether a size ‘0’ or ‘16’, the majority of women do not go untouched by feelings of inadequacy, comparison and questions around their own self worth;

Self-image is a long-standing topic of debate among media and social commentators and the high fashion industry in particular regularly scrutinised and often criticised for its role in promoting unrealistic ideals of beauty and unhealthy body images.
While there are no doubt a large number of hurdles that need jumping for long term change to be felt across the industry as a whole, there is evidence that the voice is slowly but surely adopting diversity and changing direction; From Vogue Editors in 2013 making a pact to create boundaries around age, size and imagery, to high profiles models taking their own stand on busting the beauty myth and diversification around who and what we see on the runways and in the pages of fashion magazines, there is more than a hint at the fact that the industry is listening and the platform of fashion is being used as a catalyst for change as it recognises it’s responsibility to women and the promotion of a healthy body (and self) image.

Model and Body Activist Ashley Graham is one such voice challenging the status quo with a vision to redefine beauty beyond size, and while she doesn’t let the fashion industry off the hook, noting it’s narrow views around beauty, the most powerful part of her message is her willingness to take responsibility for validating and affirming herself, stressing the importance of women being their own “biggest cheerleaders’. In her words, “We need to work together to redefine the global vision of beauty and it starts with becoming your own role model”.

I cant help but draw the conclusion that while changes and developments within the fashion industry are key, 19 synonymous Vogue Editor ‘pacts’ and increasing the standard size above a ‘0’ for the runway, wont change the game on their own.
Surely it has to start with a belief that as women we can.
A belief that we are unique and an acceptance that beauty is not defined externally but from within.

There will be days that are better than others; there will be bad hair days and Instagram worthy hair days. There will be days where we feel prettier than others but it doesn’t mean we’re not.

A positive self-image starts with me, starts with you. Ultimately it’s about how we feel on the inside about ourselves and that in itself is a choice and an opportunity for us as women to embrace self empowerment – no hair cut required!

This is a message for ALL women.

“Be you. Be real. Be authentic. Be your favourite kind of women. This is the generation of body diversity. The current is changing. Ashely Graham”

Say No To Cyber Bullying: Curbing The Haters



By Lucy Shanahan

Edited by Dean Leibowitz


There is a photo from 1996 of a young woman in a beret hugging her boss, capturing her at the brink of a new love for the wrong person. Fast track to two years later, that image was plastered on the front page of every newspaper, tv news station and littered through the blogosphere.

The woman in the picture was Monica Lewinsky, the twenty-two year old who fell for the then President of the United States, Bill Clinton. In a recent TED Talk, Lewinsky describes how that image became the iconic visual impetus for a digital shaming on a global scale. And this mass humiliation didn’t even have a name yet.

Cyber bullying is a term we now know all too well. It viciously and publicly took its first victim in Lewinsky. The internet was still new, it was the first time that anyone could access information at their fingertips and comment on any story, at any time. During the course of the investigation, Lewinsky was forced to confirm 20 hours of intimate phone conversations that had been recorded secretly. The transcripts were distributed online, accompanied by explicit details of the affair. The public was able and encouraged to read up on the gory details: how often they had phone sex, how many times she orgasmed, and how after an encounter, the President masturbated into a bathroom sink. Overnight, Lewinsky transformed from a private White House intern to a disturbed home wrecker whispered about in every hallway of America.

Online trolls are the pillars of our culture of public humiliation. They leave no starlet unturned, no scandal untouched. Unlike tabloid magazines that scrutinise celebrities for fun, cyber bullying is the cruel and targeted abuse of individuals. Most of the time, the writers at Famous Magazine or NW create wildly glamorous tales of debauchery based on one picture from TMZ with no actual access to the subject. The staff isn’t stupid – they know they’re taking the piss.

All of this is okay if we’re in on the joke. But here’s the catch – not everyone realises they are literally making shit up. Not everyone knows that images are manipulated and sources are fabricated. Nobody is a ‘close friend of Brangelina’. Media is at the forefront of naming and shaming, and it’s their stories that begin the vicious cycle of online abuse. Gone are the days when stories existed solely in print – now everyone has something to add, and online, those comments aren’t swallowed into the 24-hour news cycle. The twitter vultures left out in the cold believe everything and question nothing, and they won’t hesitate to attack.

Lara Bingle cops all sorts of stone throwing in the Australian media playground. Not only publications, but individuals go out of their way to shred her. Bingle is berated for being too thin, too fat, too stupid, too sexy, even for hindering Michael Clarke’s batting average. The screen allows the commenter to disassociate from the person they’re degrading, and so too is forgotten that their words have power.

At the arrival of Bingle’s son, Rocket Zot, the media made fun of her choice of name. In particular, a sharp piece was published in The Daily Telegraph, prompting readers to contribute and share their own criticisms. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, which includes writing comment pieces that mock celebrities and their children’s names, however insensitive they may be. But this was just another example of poorly researched journalism written in vain, the kind that seems to flourish in the Australian media landscape as readers click, comment and share gossip articles that are intended to inflict pain. Because as we later learnt from Bingle herself via Twitter, Zot was the affectionate nickname of her late father, chosen to carry his spirit through a new generation in a lovely way.

Of course, cyber attacks are just as prevalent in the private sphere – 64% of females in years 6 – 12 reported being cyber bullied in 2014 – but these cases differ in nature and treatment than those that are splashed across every major news outlet[1]. Maybe this digital shaming is conducted with a warped sense of social justice. The celebrity culture that we’re obsessed with also makes us feel threatened enough that we need to take them down a peg. We forget that the person behind a photoshopped bikini shot is just that – a person. Cloaks of anonymity breed an unhealthy confidence and provide an escape route for the seething.

Cyber bullying is unforgiving and relentless. It was the consistency and potency of the online attacks that plunged Lewinsky into a dark spiral of depression. She revealed how her mother sat by her bed every night, forced her to shower with the door open, terrified that she would literally be humiliated to death.

The link between cyber bullying and suicide is clear. Charlotte Dawson’s story is sadly one we’re all familiar with. Dawson struggled with mental illness, but it was cyber bullying that led her to attempt suicide in 2012 and finally to take her life in 2014. She actively stood against bullying and encouraged others to retweet abuse on Twitter to draw attention to the abuser, busting their anonymity. But for all that we hear about the dangers of cyber bullying, we hear less about how it can be curbed.

What’s worse is that we perpetuate this culture of shaming by blaming the victim. In fashion, we demand that models have a ‘thick skin’ and criticise those who aren’t tough enough to take it. To be affected by threads of vitriol aimed specifically at you is not a sign of weakness. There is an abundance of strong women who are bed ridden for a day because of something they read online, just ask Taylor Swift or Lena Dunham. Fragility is on a spectrum, as is resilience.

So where can we look to for change? Cyber bullying in the fashion industry is certainly pertinent, but there are a number of individuals and companies who are paving the way for an online culture that rejects the trolls. We’re seeing energetic, new models thwart traditional standards and embrace beauty in diversity.

Winnie Harlow is helping to drive this movement. Diagnosed with Vitiligo, a rare condition that changes the pigmentation of skin, she stormed the runways at Toronto and London Fashion week and landed two international campaigns with Diesel and Desigual. Her condition is not something that can be hidden, nor should it be. Instead, she uses it to fuel her career and inspire young women to embrace their difference.

Transgender models are gaining similar momentum in the industry. Isis King is featured in the latest American Apparel campaign. Andreja Pejic became the face of androgyny before walking runways around the world and being named one of Forbes’ most beautiful people in 2014.

There is more to a model than her head shot. There is more to Lewinsky than a bad beret in 1996. Lewinsky is no stranger to the ‘empathy crisis’, as she calls it. The only way we can hope to change a culture of cyber bullying is to call out the trolls by cherishing beauty in every corner. Monic Lewinsky is taking back her narrative. Let’s allow everyone to write their own story.


[1] https://nobullying.com/bullying-statistics-in-australia/

A Models Vacation – Byron Bay



Models tend to run around nonstop and multiply that by 20 when it comes to supermodels. The question becomes where to go on vacation … even if it is simply a short weekend getaway. In actuality, the place doesn’t matter as much, as it does how to maximize your visit. Let’s face it, with limited time off, it is always best to know the behind the scenes scoop about any getaway spot. The following is the insider scoop on what do to when in Byron Bay, supermodel or not.

First and foremost, where is Byron Bay? Byron Bay is a beachside town located in New South Wales, Australia. The town is 480 miles north of Sydney and 103 miles south of Brisbane. In Bryon Bay, you can expect a subtropical humid climate, with hot summers and mild winters. Tourists flock to Byron Bay for its exceptional snorkeling, scuba diving, backpacking and whale watching; a significant contribution to the local economy. However, there is much, much more to the experience.

An Amazing Accommodation for All.

Overnight accommodations are always key with any travel destination. There is nothing worse than arriving somewhere to find you are on the outskirts of town and a long drive distant from all the area’s hot spots. The Byron Quarter Holiday Apartments offer elegant, spacious 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, located in the center of Byron Bay, with convenient access to beautiful beaches, fabulous shops, vibrant bars, quaint café’s and exquisite restaurants. The accommodations are ideal for families who want to utilize functional kitchens and laundry machines to couples, singles, groups of friends and business owners; all looking for comfort and an ideal location.

On the premises, guests will enjoy a heated plunge pool and the friendly, knowledgeable staff is readily available to book any tour, even if it simply means helping you with travel arrangements to your next destination. Succulent Café, also located within the building, is a great spot for Byron Quarter Holiday Apartment guests to enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch before they head out for the day’s activities. The Byron Quarter Holiday Apartments are truly a home away from home, and all area amenities are right at your doorstep. Guests who stay at this wonderful location will have no need for their car or taxicab.

Restaurants to Rave About

The restaurant scene is diverse and abundant; most with energizing, live music at night. Below are some of the highlights to satisfy any traveler’s palette.

The Farm.

Three Blue Ducks are the owners of a restaurant and produce store located on The Farm in Byron Bay. The restaurant is located on an 86-acre working biological farm in Ewingsdale; and is known for organic, fresh ingredients and grass-fed, grass finished meats. Expect wonderful food in a beautiful setting and top-of-the line service. This is where the term Farm to Table really executes its meaning.

St. Elmo Dining Room & Bar.

St. Elmo Dining Room & Bar is well known for its Spanish tapas and share plates. With an intimate setting, diners will experience an infusion of flavors and are offered a global list of over a hundred wines. A great setting to have a specialty cocktail and relax at the bar prior to dinner.


If you are in the mood for Italian, Cicchetti is a great place for Italian tapas, serving exquisite cuisine, where traditional meets contemporary. The bar features an extensive wine list, with selections that compliment every dish.

The Roadhouse Café Bar.

The Roadhouse Café Bar is usually quite busy and you will feel its great vibe the second you walk in the door. The restaurant is great for dinners and breakfast, and the menu is all sustainable, also offering nourishing, organic, whole foods and elixirs. It’s the new hotspot at the moment.

The Treehouse.

At The Treehouse, patrons will experience a laid-back hippy vibe accompanied with live, original music. Located on Belongil Beach, you will be sure to enjoy great food to heal the body and original music to warm the soul, barefoot vibes and sandy floors.


Located a rolling wave away from Wategos beach – one of the most coveting beaches in the world, diners can enjoy the exquisite view while enjoying five star food with the region’s freshest, local produce and stylishly prepared dishes.

The Top Shop.

A fabulous casual café located in Bryon Bay, is well-known for great burgers, house-made pastries, fresh granitas and is located near several surfing beaches. With great roasted coffee this is a great locale for both breakfast and lunch, hipsters come as a side serving.

Sensational Shopping Spots

Byron Bay has plenty to offer and here is a quick overview on where to pop in whether you are a model on the run or a tourist taking a beach day off.

Hope & May.

Hope & May is a unique lifestyle brand offering an eclectic bohemian-style fashion. Additionally, Hope & May offers housewares reflective of their world travels to the beautiful surroundings of Byron Bay.

11:11 O’Clock Boutique.

This boutique offers a unique Aussie designer line and is another great shop to fill your suitcase up with bohemian fashion before your trip home.


Pompidou, Byron Bay, prides itself as one of Australia’s leading designers. Pompidou houses the best and upcoming designer fashions, for both men and women. This is also a great place to shop if you accidentally left your swimsuit at home or want to purchase a new one.

Enzo & Toto.

Enzo & Toto showcases a wide range of Aussie fashion from clothing to jewelry to accessories and much more. A great place to shop if you want to see a mix of everything that represents Aussie fashion and other prominent designers as well.


Image curtesy of Oracle Fox Blog

Ease Emotional Eating With These Tips



By Jessia Sepel – The Healthy Life

Whether you’re preparing for a wedding, a vacation, or any other big event, it’s likely you’ll find yourself under more stress than usual. For many of us, all kinds of emotions – be it fear, anger, or even excitement – can lead to complicated relationships with food. Not tapping into those emotions and learning to manage them is the key to taking care of yourself and listening to your body. These are my top tips to ease emotional eating before your big day:

1. Don’t put pressure on yourself to be on a diet. Just start accepting what is – the pressure of dieting will be worse for your food/weight battle.

2. Strive for healthy and glowing – not skinny and emaciated.

3. Stop putting pressure on yourself to be your perfect self or look your skinniest, and start appreciating your body NOW for what it is. Your body needs your love and acceptance.

4. Commit to eating a balanced whole food diet – its the only lifestyle that works.

5. Take care of your stress levels ASAP.

6. Make sure you get enough sleep to prevent the exhaustion that often comes with binges or leads to them.

7. Stop restricting. Enjoy a treat every week – choose something you love and crave.

8. Your body is your temple – give it the love it deserves.

9. Worth repeating: you simply have to let go of the diet mentality – it will cause you to binge.

Fashion & Music – A Match Made In Heaven



By Matt Chappell

There’s no doubt that fashion and music are inseparable. From rockabilly to gothic, brit-pop to hip-hop – music has influenced fashion and vice versa. Artists seeking to stand out from the crowd frequently dress in distinctive ways, which their fans subsequently strive to recreate. Let’s take a look at just how closely linked fashion and music are linked.

Artists Endorsing Brands

The music industry is overcrowded and, whilst the endless variety of artists is certainly not a bad thing, it can be hard for some to stand out. One way of standing out is through developing a unique look or ‘peacocking’. Sometimes this can be through the musician wearing incongruent or vibrant clothes, other times it may be that an artist or group adopts a certain piece of clothing that ends up becoming part of their identity.

For example, hip-hop has been instrumental in creating new styles – and birthing entire industries as a result. Run-D.M.C. adopted a sports-casual look as a retort to the more glam-based hip-hop artists of the time, such as Grandmaster Flash. Their look featured tracksuits, sneakers and other sportswear, and they rapped about their love for Adidas shoes in their 1986 song My Adidas. As a direct response to the wild popularity this gained for Adidas, the brand offered them an endorsement deal – the first of its kind.

My Adidas and me close as can be, We make a mean team, my Adidas and me,” Run-D.M.C. lyrics – My Adidas

Closer to the present day, artists are still working with fashion brands to increase their own and the labels’ popularity. Pop icon, Rihanna, has collaborated with River Island and Stylist Adam Selman to create four individual collections. The collaborative effort probably had more benefit for River Island than it did Rihanna, but as a marker of her creative talent and business acumen, it shows that Rihanna is capable of much more than just making popular music. Maybe in the future we will see Rihanna launching her own label based on the experience she gained working with River Island. After all, many musicians are getting involved in the design game…

From Musician to Designer

It’s not uncommon for artists to have a heightened sense of style, since a large part of their overall image is visual – especially in this age of paparazzi shots and what-she-wore articles. As a result, it is no surprise that these artists want to share their vision with their fans by creating their own clothing lines. Many big names have created their own labels, although some see more success than others.

Gwen Stefani is one such artist that seems to have hit the nail on the head with her range, L.A.M.B. Hailing from a family of seamstresses, Stefani launched the range in 2004 as a result of being prompted by the New York stylist, Andrea Lieberman, who noticed her unique style – a result of hand making a lot of the clothes she performed in whilst in No Doubt.

The label has also seen significant longevity as it enters its 11th year of business and its popularity may have been buoyed by celebrities – such as Jessica Alba, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez – regularly being spotted wearing the label. To further increase the reach of her clothing line, Stefani references it within her music, as in her 2004 song Harajuku Girls, from her album L.A.M.B. (Love, Angel, Music, Baby.)

Pharrell is another artist to make it big in the fashion industry, entering his second decade of business in 2013. His brand, Billionaire’s Boys Club is similar in spirit to Stefani’s in that it is a reflection of his own personal vision of fashion and he has also featured the brand in his music and videos, further exposing the brand to current and future fans.

In-store Sounds

A completely different way in which a brand can work with an artist is through in-store music. Elevator-style music is now a thing of the past, as brands seize the opportunity to reinforce their image through the music they play whilst customers shop. Not only this, but the publicity this can give to up-and-coming brands is significant, and can serve to help bolster their exposure to an audience.

Superdry is a great example of this being done well, as they have a central, curated SoundCloud channel on which they feature new artists. This SoundCloud channel is played in all of Superdry’s stores but can also be listened to for free at any time. Superdry’s global presence means that the tracks can be heard worldwide, by an incredibly diverse audience, which is a massive amount of potential exposure for any musicians featured on the channel.

A Brand New Sound

Music and fashion are incredibly important, not only for helping formulate pop culture but in helping individuals to express themselves. Their relationship is also unlikely to weaken, as history has shown us that music and fashion have only drawn closer together as time goes by.

The trends of ten years ago seem entirely different to today’s, and it’s hard to predict what styles and staples we’ll see in another ten years. One thing is for certain, music will certainly play a part in how we’ll look in the future.

Organic Art Sensation



International modeling sensation Amy Finlayson and fashion photographer Mick Bruzzese, have joined forces to create 13 unique artworks that will inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination.

With Mick’s exceptional eye and Amy’s solid background in fashion and art, their works have pushed the boundaries of fashion, art and photography in a visually exceptional collaboration.


Amy started modeling at the age of 14, appeared in countless Australian Vogue editorials and in 2007, moved to NY where she worked for some of the world’s best photographers for magazines such as W and Italian and French Vogue.

Whilst in NY, Amy developed a passion for the visual arts and immersed herself in NY’s colorful and cutting edge arts community. Amy returned to Australia in 2010 and completed a degree in Visual Culture.

For Amy, Organica is the perfect way to illustrate her deep appreciation and love of the arts. Amy explains in her own words; “for me, it is a natural transformation. This transformation happens both to the images, through a kind of self- appropriation, and in my own life as I start to move onto new chapters. This is the blossoming, fluid, organic way of life-moving and changing- not always beautiful but certainly intriguing”.

Mick Bruzzese has been shooting fashion and portraits for over 15 years. He’s shot portraits and reportage for GQ, Elle, Belle, InStyle and Yen and his subjects include personalities as diverse as Bernard Fanning, Clive Palmer, Ronan Keating, Miranda Kerr, Bob Brown and Ryan Kwanten. Mick is known for his ability to capture the ‘essence’ of his subject; whether it is a celebrity portrait or a ten page fashion shoot.

“Collaboration is important,” says Bruzzese,”and working with Amy has been a real eye opener in seeing how other artists approach their work and find inspiration. To me, this series of portraits captures the notion of self-perception and the changing ‘self’ that is often projected to people around us. I was lucky to have the perfect photographic muse, adding beauty and passion to the images”

“I collaborated closely with Mick over a number of weeks,” says Amy.”We emailed references and inspiration back and forth, before deciding roughly on a few ideas for a few shoots. Once we chose a number of selects, I then printed the images out on A4 paper and sketched what came into my head. I then had the task of trying to transfer an A4 image to a huge 180 x 120cm work. I literally was crouched on top if the work, crawling over the image and painting as I went. Some works were finished in 30 minutes, some took a few days. It all depends on a lot of factors- caffeine levels, music, my mood etc etc. A lot of the creative process is a ‘happy accident,’ so I had to make sure I rolled with the punches….not so easy for me, as I am a control freak, but I’m learning to give into the ride 🙂 “

Website: amy-finlayson.myshopify.com

Instagram: @organica.exhibition

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4 Tips For Model Skin



By Calynn M. Lawrence
Twitter – @fairytalefaces

Ever look at the girls in the magazines and wonder if your skin could ever be that clear? Well, I have great news for you: it can! Many people over think the concept of achieving clear skin when really it is not super difficult. Following the tips in this article will help you gain clear model skin in no time!


You must know your skin type to construct a beneficial skin care routine. If unaware of your skin type, it is very likely that the regimen you are following is actually damaging your skin or doing very little to help it.

Basically, there exists 4 different types of skin. Oily skin is characterized by having skin that is extremely greasy. This type of skin tends to be very acne prone. It is constantly on the brink of a break out however, it is almost never dry to the touch! Dry skin is seldom ever broken out but very prone to peeling, blotchiness and scabbing. Because of it’s dehydrated nature, it is much less likely to develop acne however it is regularly thirsty for moisture! Normal skin has a balance of hydration and dryness. It is not neither acne prone or acne resistant. Lastly, there’s combination skin. This can be a combination between any of the previous 3 skin types mentioned!


Drinking water is the life source of the whole body. Thus, you need to have a maximum intake of water so that your bodily systems can be in optimal running condition. It can not only serve to hydrate the skin but to help flush out bad toxins within the body that may be causing your complexion to have difficulties! Try to drink at least 72 ounces a day and watch how your skin changes!


You want to be sure wash your face in both the morning and in the evening. Oily skin should be washed with a mattifying cleanser with clay components. The clay will soak up all of the excess oil and leave your face nice and dry for the day. Combination skin should be washed with a foaming facial wash. This will have enough astringent to pull the oil out of the pores but will not suck the moisture out of the dry parts. Dry skin should be washed with a non foaming cleanser. This will ensure that there are no harsh sulfates that will overly dehydrate the skin. Normal skin can be washed with a mild bar soap so as to thoroughly cleanse without causing any harm.


Exfoliation is the process of deep skin cleansing that helps to remove all impurities and dead skin cells from the surface. This helps with the rapid clearing of acne and break outs, the evening of a complexion, the smoothing of texture and an added healthy glow. Exfoliation rejuvenates the skin! But, too much exfoliation can result in sore skin, extreme dryness, patchiness and redness or irritation. The best way to exfoliate is with a soft bristle facial brush and a light beaded facial wash. Those with dry skin should only exfoliate once a week. Their skin is already dry and likely clear so they do not need constant exfoliation. Those with combination skin should exfoliate twice a week, with heavier concentration on the oily zones of the face and a lighter hand on the dry bits. Those with oily skin may exfoliate up to 3 times a week to ensure that they are minimizing pore clogging and acne control. Those with normal skin can exfoliate anywhere between once and twice a week as needed.

These are simply 4 fun tips to help you get that beautiful model complexion at home! Who needs thousand dollar products when you can achieve great skin on a good budget? Try incorporating these into your daily regimen and watch the results!

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Somewhere between Texas and Australia, everything suddenly made sense. Fashion was always her way to creatively connect, while creating things with his bare hands, was his. Now living on a ranch just outside of Austin, they are building the foundations of a new life.

Embracing the subtle differences and commonalities inspirited from each of their unique worlds, Jen and Josh have developed a brand like no other.

Understated Leather is a lifestyle brand inspired by authenticity and individuality. Bespoke leather goods are dreamed, made and reworked, in Texas. Each piece of leather is carefully selected from local and reliable sources, ethically supporting local businesses and ensuring the highest standards possible. Up-cycled vintage finds are given new life with exclusive alterations, while other items are made entirely from scratch.

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