During the quarantine, I’ve been re-reading my copy of “A Happy Pocket Full of Money: Infinite Wealth and Abundance in the Here and Now.” There is an entire chapter on the subject of visualization. I follow mindset-coach Kathrin Zenkina pretty closely and highly recommend listening to her podcast for brain food on this particular subject. In this post, I’ll lay out my step by step process for creating my vision boards. Part of this process, I learned from Kathrin so go check her out!
I created this downloadable journal worksheet for you to ask yourself the right questions before creating your vision board.
Have you ever looked at a fashion blogger’s perfect photo and wondered “How do they do that?” Well, I’m about to tell you EXACTLY in a step by step fashion how you can produce your own blogger style photoshoot.
Over the last four years, I’ve produced most of my own photoshoots and even worked as a producer for the fashion section of a magazine. I’m really excited to share all of my tips and tricks so that you can create your own beautiful images to share on your social media platforms.
1. THE VISION
The first thing that I do every time I’m looking to produce a photoshoot is come up with a vision. For me a vision includes, the style of the clothing, the theme, the style of photography, and the overall mood. It is in this phase that I create a “mood board.” This board will become really important once you bring in the photographer and the makeup artist if you choose to.
Here is an example board that I’ve used recently:
To be honest, I hesitate to write about the quarantine on this blog because the intention is for the blog to be evergreen. I want you guys to be able to come back here indefinitely and read about whatever you want and for the information to still be applicable to your lives. Posting about the quarantine felt strange because it felt like if we talk about it too much it won't go away. But the reality is that this is really difficult and really scary. I figured if I'm having a really hard time with it then other people are too, so let's open up the dialogue and talk about it.
We will get through this, though. If you're reading this from the future on the otherside, then hopefully these practices will help you navigate through your daily life in a way thats more kind to your mental health. My intention is to share the few things that have helped me in hopes that they will help you too.
A lot of what I’ll be talking about are mental health practices that I’ve implemented in my daily life in order to help improve my own mental health struggles. None of these things are considered treatment or alternative to talking to a mental health professional. So yeah, you know the deal #DISCLAIMER & please talk to your doctor.
Okay, let’s get into it.
I’m writing this during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic where we are all trapped in our homes, so home workouts are the only option for many people right now. I have been working out from home for a long time now since I spend a lot of my time traveling. I usually like to skip the hotel gym whenever possible since most of the time they are cramped & I usually like to work out in privacy.
Personal development is a huge part of my journey. I heard a life coach once call personal development content “Mind Food.” Let’s just say that trash TV, most news channels, false articles on Facebook are like McDonald’s for your brain. I try to balance it out with some nutritious, hearty, MIND FOOD. I feel better when I remind myself of positive ways to frame my thinking. Otherwise, I get lost in overthinking, ruminating, hypervigilance and other unhealthy thinking patterns.
This is an incomplete list of my favorite personal development books that I have read in the last two years. I think it is worth noting that a lot of my selections feed into specific topics like womanhood, finances, and mental health. I read what I read for the purpose of expanding my knowledge on how to operate in specific areas of my life.
When I'm not working in entertainment, I like to take gigs in the event marketing industry. I had this amazing opportunity to take an entire month and travel to a few states around the US.
I have always hesitated traveling alone. I felt like I wouldn't have nearly as much fun as I would if I had someone to share my trip with. I was also overly concerned with my safety. I felt like women shouldn't travel alone. The world is too scary out there. But this was a work trip, and a really cool opportunity, so off I went!
One of the more important things for traveling alone is the planning process. When you're in a group and you forget something, its likely that someone else on your trip will be able to help you out. When you're alone, its all on you so planning is KEY.
1. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF POINTS PROGRAMS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
I'm talking about the hotel and flight membership points that are available through companies. I'm a Marriot Bonvoy member, so whenever possible, I try to stay in a Marriot or an affiliate hotel. They have a points program that allows you to earn status. With 10 nights, you've already earned your way up a level. Each level comes with different perks, like priority late check out, discounted rates, concierge lounge access, and small gifts from the hotel.
For flights, I fly American Airlines. My company usually books me on American flights. I like to stick to one airline, so that I can earn as many miles as possible. I think American does a consistently good job, and I've never had any issues with this airline. Its worth getting the credit card and earning points with your purchases. You get double the miles when you use your card to make flight purchases and you also get your first checked bag free.
2. PACK LIGHTLY
I always choose to pack lightly, but especially when I am traveling alone. You have to carry everything you bring by yourself everywhere you go. Truthfully, I don't think you need more than a carry-on suitcase for a week of travel. I highly recommend implementing the Kon Marie method or checking out outfit planning posts by bloggers to learn more about how you can maximize just a few items for a longer trip (more on this later). Women's wallets are needlessly enormous, so when traveling I usually use a Vera Bradley ID Wallet to minimize what I bring with me. Truthfully, all you need are your ID, credit cards, insurance cards, and your roomkey. Everything else is taking up precious space. Many times, on American or United flights, they book the planes so full that they will offer to check your carry on bag at the gate complimentary or you can check your bag for free with the American Airlines credit card.
I highly recommend Genius Pack Improved Carry-On G4 Spinner. I've used this bag on over 25 trips now and I absolutely love it. It comes with an umbrella built-in (that has come in handy a few times), organized packing cube pockets that are labeled for essentials like underwear, socks, and chargers. There is a comprehensive packing list inside. It also has a space for your books and magazines on the back that is easy to access in the airport. There is a pocket for your water bottle to sit outside of the bag. On the front, there is an easy access pocket for tickets and your wallet. You can fit at least 5 full outfits, and two pairs of shoes. It is one of the best travel items I've ever used.
I love using the SOLO NY Peak Backpack. The folded down clip is a great place to keep my travel pillow while I walk through the airport. It has a small pocket that sits at the small of your back that is great for a small wallet and pens. If you need extra space, you can unflip the front and the bag expands
I would also highly recommend the PurseN travel pillow. This pillow has a memory foam core that is extremely comfortable, but sturdy enough to actually hold your neck up while you sleep on a flight. It has a plush fabric covering that is removable and washable. Two pockets fold down to give you a place to keep your phone so that you don't have to put it in the seat back pocket. My favorite feature are the pockets for your hands. I always keep an eye mask and a pair of headphones in this pillow. It is my must have travel companion for long flights.
I always wear a blanket scarf on flights regardless of my destination. The planes are freezing. The blanket scarf is easy to wear around until you're in your seat and ready to go. Then you have a blanket for your flight!
3. TRAVELING ALONE FORCES YOU TO TUNE IN TO WHAT YOU REALLY WANT
This was by far my biggest take away from my month of travel. When you travel in a group, you are always collaborating with everyone to come to decisions on what you're going to do. When you are by yourself, you are the only person who matters. For me, this situation was REALLY weird at first.
Let me explain, when I first came across free time in Orlando, Florida, I had the option to go eat wherever I wanted... by myself. I had to get over the weird feeling of eating alone AND face the fact that 90% of my decisions are based on what other people want. Getting over eating alone in restaraunts happened pretty quickly for me. I was in Disney Springs with so many options and for the first time, I had to choose the restaurant based soley on what I wanted to experience. When decisions have to be made with regard to ONLY your own interests, you learn pretty quickly what those are. I learned some cool things about myself. I like to eat in places with live music (bonus points for Irish Pubs) and live dancers (not strip clubs y'all I'm talkin' 1920s Flappers or Irish Dancers). I prefer to sit right by the water whenever possible. I dislike eating at the bar in crowded spaces (mainly because people constantly reach over you to order drinks and thats really annoying, don't be that guy). Now even when I'm not alone, I've learned to take my own preferences into consideration much more often.
In Orlando, I was left with an entire afternoon and evening off of work. What did I do? WENT TO DISNEY WORLD MAGIC KINGDOM OF COURSE! This wasn't as easy of a decision as I'm making it seem. Going to a theme park alone made me feel super strange and I needed a lot of encouragement from my boyfriend and his roommate to actually shut up and go have fun already. I bought the ticket and off I went. I had a BLAST. I was in the park for six hours and went on 10 rides because you can cover SO much more ground alone than you can in a group in a theme park. If I ever wanted photos, there are photographers all over the place who will take pictures with your phone if you ask them to. Strangers are also really willing to help you out. I made friends with people in line, and sometimes I even read a book while waiting in line. The point is, you can have a buttload of fun in a theme park by yourself! If you want to ride the teacups four times in a row, no one is there to tell you not to! If you want to eat only Mickey Mouse shaped ice creams, you can! If you want to spend 45 minutes waiting in line for a photo, knock yourself out! The point is, you get to do whatever the heck you want and no one is there to say anything about it!
4. YOU ARE NOT ALONE, DUMMY!
There are literally people all around you all the time. It took me a few days to realize this, but I made friends everywhere I went once I got there. A happy surprise was that a lot of the friends I met in Orlando were women my age who were also traveling and three out of four were from the same part of California as me. The universe has your back; don't be afraid of venturing out alone.
"Strangers" written & directed by Austin Lauer (right) screened on March 23rd at the Golden State Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Lead actress and producer Katie C'etta (center) and gaffer Julian Terry (Left). Melissa Davison and Karlee Alexis also pictured.
Many of the people close to me have been noticing a drastic improvement in my skin. I wanted to share a follow up blog to my original skincare blog that I wrote a few years ago.
My skincare routine has changed a lot since my last post on this topic - only for the better.
I wash my face with Dove soap or any gentle cleanser - The key is that I only wash it ONCE a day. At night after I’ve removed my make up with coco oil from Organic to Green.
Before bed, I apply Vitamin E oil from the vitamin isle (NOT the beauty isle) to my face and allow it to soak into my skin over night. I’ve tried both ingestible vitamin E and the vitamin E sold by beauty brands. The ingestible Vitamin E is drastically better. By morning, my skin is moisturized, balanced and ready to go. I do not wash my face in the morning because I don’t want to strip away all of the benefits of the vitamin E or leave my skin over producing oils to make up for it.
It seems simple enough — and it is.
When I want an extra boost, I use Fruit Triple Brightening Daily Active Serum by [Re]Fresh Skin Therapy that has really helped bring my skin back to life after jobs that require lots of make up. I use it weeks in a row to get the full effect - typically with serums like this your skin has to go through one full renewal cycle.
I would love to hear if any of you have found relief using these products and what your skincare routine is! Please leave feedback in the comments.
KC and Kate Kaluhiokalani founded Urbanfitco. with a truly amazing mission: "To inspire the seamless transition between fitness and fashion. From a barre class to a dinner date and everything in between, Urbanfitco. specializes in reflecting the the inner awesomeness of women of all shapes and sizes from all walks of life in everything from tanks and tees to dresses and accessories." - Excerpt taken from "THE ICONS, Movers and Shakers of Pittsburgh - Volume 3"
I've been trying to shoot with as many photographers as possible this year to really work on hashing through this particular skillset. Mainly, I'd like to display all my ranges of emotions in photos in a more genuine way. The more I shoot, the more comfortable I get, the more my truth shines through. The goal for my work moving forward is to bring all of my work back to truth.
Photographer: Kevin Mathison
Make Up Artist: Jessica Taylor
Kevin and Taylor are an absolute dream team! I am so excited to share these images with you all and cannot wait to hear what you think!
I am so excited to share my favorite images from my recent test shoot with Lawson Chew featuring make up by Priscilla Miranda of Beautified Artistry.
I am so happy I had the opportunity to work with Mark Mercury (@markmercury on Instagram) to shoot these beautiful dresses in such a beautiful place. We shot this set in under an hour in Malibu Creek State Park. Mark is a quick and easy shooter who always delivers. I highly recommend looking at his Instagram to see all of his gorgeous work.
Follow me on Instagram: @katiecetta
Photographer Instagram: @markmercury
Photographer Website: www.markmercuryphoto.com
Dresses by @thistleandfinn
This past week was full of adventures. One of the things I love most about living in California is the tendency to find yourself in beautiful places. The photos below were taken by my dearest friend, colleague and partner in crime, Austin Lauer. ( @austin_takes_photos and @itshappylauer on Instagram!) We were entertaining some family visiting from back east and took them to this beautiful little beach tucked behind the airport in Playa Del Rey and the beach inspired us to do a little impromptu photo shoot!
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and shooting with Brian Hanna of Photos on Call and Photoshoot Adventures for a few years now. He is hands down one of my favorite photographers in the Pittsburgh Area to work with. Every time I step into that studio I know I am going to walk out with something awesome.
It was only natural that my first shoot of 2018 be with Brian. Of course, we brought in the very talented Ali Fleeman for hair and make up. Ali is professional, creative, and honestly just a joy to be around.
We pulled together so many different looks and styles out of just three different sets and a few outfit changes. Most of all, I’m just glad we had as much fun with it as we did!
Model: Katie Cetta
Model Instagram: @katiecetta
Photographer Website: Brian Hanna http://photoshootadventures.com/
Photographer Instagram: @photosoncall @boudioradventures @photoshootadventures
Make Up Artist Website: Ali Fleeman http://afleemanfx.wixsite.com/makeup
Make Up Artist Instagram: @afleemanfx
A good bit of running a successful acting hustle comes from an organized administrative foundation. Actors need to stay on top of the game when it comes to staying focused on the logistic side of keeping their business looking professional. Part of our job is to keep our casting profiles, websites, social media, and bookkeeping updated. These 5 sites will help put your administrative nightmares to rest.
Often times, when you get your headshots back from your photographer, you will receive a huge image file that is not in the correct format to upload to all of your casting profiles. You will be required to upload your images at a certain file size for many of the casting sites. For ActorsAccess and LA Casting, and Now Casting you will need your image to be no greater than 500x700. You can use picresize.com to resize your images easily and quickly.
There will be times when you need to change the size or format of your self-taped auditions, demo reels, or slateshots to match a specific file format request. With ClipChamp you can do those things all in one place.
Pixieset is an online gallery that makes storing and sharing photos incredibly easy. I use Pixieset to store and share all of my portfolios. I have a headshot gallery and a modeling gallery that I can easily share via web link to my agents, my manager and potential clients. The formatting is crisp, clean and professional. My agents and managers can download directly from my gallery via a password I provide. Otherwise, all of your photos are protected from downloading. I love having pixieset as a backup storage solution just incase anything should happen to my laptop, my cloud, or any external harddrive. My images and portfolio I've spent years building will still be available via my pixieset account should a catastrophe strike! This one has been a life saver.
4. Mile IQ
This is an app for your phone rather than a website, but it is very important. When tax season comes around and you are eligible for write offs, you're going to want to know exactly how many miles you've driven for all of those auditions, meetings, fittings, shoot days, interviews, and business lunches. It all adds up and every penny counts!
5. Weebly, Wix, or any Webpage Host
If you don't have a website specifically dedicated to your business, you need to make one. Imediately. Having a website adds credibility and gives you a space to shamelessly display what sets you apart from every other actor in the queue. On your webpage it is just you so take that opportunity to shine and run with it! I highly recommend purchasing your domain name. When choosing your domain name keep it simple. I provide acting services, modeling services and now photography services, so I made my domain name katiecetta.com so that my site served as a one stop shop for all of my professional skills. However, I have seen actors use fristnamelastnameactor.com before and I think that adds a nice flare! Definitely take advantage of the webhosts out there. It is easier than ever to create a site to help promote your business!
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend in beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. I loved every second I spent in this extraordinary place. I recommend spending longer than a weekend, but if you are headed for a short visit, these were my three favorite things I recommend you do not miss.
1. Ryan Mountain Hike
This is the most popular hike in Joshua Tree. It is a tough hike up to the summit, but it is so worth it. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes and bring a good supply of water. Park in the parking lot designated for this hike. You'll find the trail head clearly marked at the center of the lot. It took my companion and I about 45 minutes to get to the summit. Take your time getting up there and stop to appreciate the incredible views along the way. If you're lucky, you may spot some wildlife. (pictured above)
2. Cholla Cactus Gardens
The Cholla Cactus Garden is another great place to catch the sunset. This fun little garden looks man made, but it isn't. The garden is surrounded by mountainous landscapes in every direction. If you're into photography there are a lot of cool opportunities here. Be sure to stay on the path, its dangerous to wander through the plants not only for you, but also for them.
3. Arch Rock
Arch Rock is an astonishing 30-foot granite arch located along a .5 mi desert loop trail out of the White Tank Camp Ground. I visited the rock both nights during my stay in the park. It is an excellent place for star gazing and one of the most popular places in the park to try to get a good photograph of the Milky Way Galaxy. Finding this trail was a little tricky, you'll have to march through some campsites, but it is definitely worth some perseverance.
While you are in the park make sure you take advantage of the excellent rock climbing, hiking and take a trip to the lovely little town of Joshua Tree. I highly recommend the Joshua Tree Saloon for dinner and the Crossroads Cafe for breakfast. If you need any gear for your trip, you'll find it at Nomad Adventures.
2017 is certainly off to a fantastic start. Within the last two weeks, I started studying at a new school, started a new side job, and booked a few amazing project (that I cannot talk about yet!). This week in particular has been especially crazy with class, meetings, interviews, shoots, and auditions triple booked every day of the week. This is the life I dreamed up for myself so the hustle is surely welcomed. I think one of the biggest challenges for any entrepreneur is time management, especially for this one. One of the ways that I stay organized (cough, I mean sane) is by scheduling everything down to the very last details. My watch and my planner are my bestfriends. One of the most important things for me is to also make sure I'm scheduling time to take a breather and re-group. How do you stay sane during your busiest seasons? Let me know in the comments your tips and tricks on staying organized!
Arvo is a pretty unique and remarkable company. Their mission statement really says it all. "Be good, Do good. Since day one, we've worked hard to ingrain ourselves into the communities we serve. Selling quality products is the vehicle through which we plan on changing the world. It is our community of customers and fans who are making the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time. Through these efforts, we are building a band of good-doers who are eager to give back and serve others. Alone we are small, but together we can achieve great things. As a company, we've donated to over 50 different charities, but have an ongoing relationship with 4 different charities who are near and dear to our heart. These charities are able to leverage the money we provide them each quarter to perform the most amount of good. "
Photography and modeling done in partnership with actress/model @TavishGrade found on Instagram!
I've been going back and forth on what I should post for you guys for a little while. I finally decided to share some behind the scenes content for some of my recent work. I am so excited to finally be able to share this film with you guys! At this point, it is really no secret how much I love making films. It is the most amazing experience to work on a film and find your way through each project's uniqueness and creative vibe. This film in particular was especially fun for a couple of different reasons! What a ride!
Fun Fact #1: This film was shot entirely in my own home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! I was the lead performer and a location's vendor for this short. The set wasn't originally intended to be in my home, but as all filmmakers know things happen and vendors fall through. Having recently moved into an old home (originally built in 1910) with a ton of built-in mirrors, I felt like it truly was the best place to shoot the film. I signed up as a locations vendor to keep the ball rolling on the production, our producer Randy Lee ( www.randy213.com/ ) loved the space and the rest is history! Randy faced a lot of unique challenges on this set and overcame them one by one to keep this production on the move toward completion. He was organized and made sure everyone's needs were met.
Fun Fact #2: You can tell from watching the short that there are a ton of amazing CGI & special effects done in post production. All of that is the work of the master Chris Niespodzianski (known for The Other Side), who was also our Director of Photography and one of our Producers. Chris layered different takes together to create the effects in mirrors which takes a lot of time. Not to mention that this location had mirrors EVERYWHERE which posed a challenge to Chris to keep himself out of the shot during production!
Fun Fact #3: While there were a lot of special effects done in post, we had our awesome team of Special Effects Make Up Artists Ali Fleeman (Key) and Lindsey Donley to make all of our practical effects look amazing as well as our general beauty make up.
Fun Fact #4: The most unique and exciting part of this film is that it was shot entirely on an iPhone 6 Plus. This served as a unique challenge for the production but in the end they proved that amazing things can be done with the technology!
Our sound engineer Ray Mongelli spent all of the bathroom scenes in the bathtub to remain out of sight. This film had zero written dialogue but he was there to capture every creepy creek of the floor and gut wrenching scream.
Thank you for watching our film and reading a little bit about all that goes into making a film happen. I would love to hear any of your questions or comments. You can leave them here on this blog post or directly on the film in YouTube! Thanks for reading!
This holiday season is packed full of travel for me. This past weekend my friends and I packed up the car and took off for a weekend getaway to the Californian countryside. We found a great little AirBnB bunkhouse surrounded by ranches and awesome hiking trails.
The weekend was spent laughing so hard our faces hurt, sharing our favorite stories, eating way too many cookies, and of course a ton of dreaming about the future. Believe it or not, we even had a light snowfall while we enjoyed the property's outdoor spa! It was one of the best times with the best people.
Recently, I've been all about taking care of my health. There is something beautiful and empowering about giving yourself permission to focus on what your body needs from you. Fitness is a huge part of that mentality. Staying active gives me a lot to look forward to from wearing cute fitness pieces to the feeling of gratitude when my work out is complete. With 2017 right around the corner and lots of big changes on the horizon, I've been staying focused and taking advantage of all of the beautiful walking paths and tranquil yoga spots that my new Los Angeles home has to offer.
I think we can all agree that there is a special feeling of excitement when you find awesome new fitness clothes. Feeling confident in your workout attire brings you to a whole new level of motivation. Lately, I've been making bold choices & I'm all aboard the mesh train!
UrbanFitCo doesn't compromise style for comfort or quality. UrbanFitCo's mission is to complete women's wardrobes with pieces that transcend our 24/7 lifestyle. Their products do what they say they do! It is tough to spot me out of these leggings these days. They are extremely versatile and comfortable. I wear them for my work outs, dinner out, and lounging around the house.
I have been dealing with mild skin issues since my adolescence. Over the last four months I have been working diligently to finding the root cause of my acne and safe measures to keeping my skin beautiful and break out free.
After spending thousands (yes literally) on useless prescriptions from my dermatologists and goo from the beauty and skin care isles that only helped me temporarily, I’ve found a three step skin care routine and a handful of lifestyle changes that keep my skin clear!
Work from the inside out! Diet and lifestyle changes make all the difference.
Using a Chinese face map, I determined that my menacing pimples usually popped up in the same places on my face. I would get some on my cheek, my forehead, and my chin. I can see that the gut, hormones, and a dirty cell phone are my problem. Ew.
Working from the inside - out was my priority. I know breakouts originate from something going wrong inside my body, so no amount of goo-hoarding will help the root cause of my skin issues. I knew I had to take a good hard look at my diet. For one month, I cut out everything that could possibly be bad for me. Then I added things back into my diet to see how my skin reacted. The bad news: dairy is NOT fine. Despite my deep rooted enthusiasm for ice cream and cheese, I must give it up for the sake of my gut health and ultimately clear skin. Easier said than done, right? I still struggle with this daily, but if I have even just a little dairy, I will pay the price.
Dairy and processed sugars = bad.
My hormonal and gut health are always worse if I am not paying attention to sugar in my diet. My diet is usually clean… until that time of the month when I lose all sense and think eating 4 Hershey bars is a reasonable midnight snack. My sugar cravings are insane, but in order to get better skin, I have to actively fight with myself on this one. I’ve even gone as far as convincing myself that those dark chocolate 76% cacao chocolate bars from Trader Joe’s are a super food and are actually good for me. They aren’t. Put the chocolate bar down, Katie.
The beauty industry puts dozens of strange chemicals into our beauty products. I’ve read that the US Food and Drug Administration does not place any restrictions on the beauty industry, so they can literally put whatever they want onto store shelves. Often that means cutting corners because it is better for business. Before you buy a product, look at the ingredients. You should be able to decipher what is in your beauty products before you buy them. The shorter and the more comprehensible the ingredient list, the better. There are some apps that allow you to scan bar codes to see if a product is safe or not, I recommend The Healthy Living App.
Now, what to do about it? 10 lifestyle hacks for clearer, healthier skin:
1. Limit sugar intake.
2. Limit caffeine intake.
3. Eliminate dairy.
4. Drink plenty of water! I drink 3 liters a day.
5. Change your pillowcases every day. I bought six sets so that I could change them every day and wash them once a week with my regular laundry.
6. Take Borage, L-Lysine, and Pro-biotic supplements (consult a nutritionist or doctor first)
7. Clean make up brushes after every use, and deep clean once a week.
8. Sanitize your cell phone daily.
9. Stop touching your face.
10. Take your make up off COMPLETELY every day, plus avoid wearing it when you don’t have to.
My favorite and affordable way to clean my make up brushes after each use is with my DIY sanitizing spray. I bought a small spray bottle from the travel section in Target and just filled it up half way with alcohol then the rest of the way with witch hazel and drop in a few drops of your favorite essential oils that carry anti-bacterial properties. I use lavender and tea tree oil (2 drops each). I learned this DIY recipe from a make-up artist on one of my sets! The brushes in this photo are a little dirty because they are about to be deep cleaned!
Work from the outside in! My simple 3-step all natural skin care routine:
I’ve read hundreds of articles on skincare and tried thousands of dollars worth of products. This 3-step DIY method is something I will swear by! What is even better is that you will find none of these things the beauty isle!
1. Wash face with two drops of castile soap and water.
You can use castile soap to brush your teeth, wash your hair, wash your dog, and wash your dishes too. I also use castile soap to deep clean my make up brushes once a week.
2. Use organic raw unfiltered Apple Cider vinegar. 1 part vinegar and 1 part water.
I know you put this on your salad, but trust me. This stuff is magical. It acts as a replacement for toner and helps reduce redness and scarring on your skin. Make sure you dilute the vinegar and shake well before use. I use a small glass bottle from the travel isle to mix and store. Everything I have read insists that you buy all natural organic raw unfiltered vinegar with the mother.
3. Borage oil instead of moisturizer.
Borage oil is sold as a vitamin/dietary supplement. I buy the capsules of 1300mg. I take four of them per day, poke a hole in one and put the oil on my face with a cotton ball. You can also purchase borage oil in liquid form.
Please let me know if you have tried any of these methods and how they have worked for you (or if they haven't worked for you). Achieving optimal skin is a journey so keep in mind that long lasting results take time. Be patient with yourself. Please consult your doctor or physician before taking any supplements recommended in this post, as everyone is different and will react differently.
Take it with a grain of salt, because what do I know? Really.
A lot of young girls have been reaching out to me on Instagram recently asking me for advice on how to become a model. My advice may not be what they’re expecting, it is what I have to give.
As a new model, get in front of the camera as much as you can. But when you do, make sure that you are true to your self while you are there. We have Iskra Lawerence and Ashley Graham tearing down stereotypes and trailblazing for models all over the world so that when young girls like you get in front of the camera, you can be unapologetically yourself and demand that the world find what is beautiful about you. You are there to exist in front of that camera and the photographer is there to capture what you do with your time there. Be beautiful by being YOU.
Set your boundaries before you even start modeling. For me, my boundary is the difference between celebrating my sexuality and exploiting it. What does that mean? I decide before the shoot when the mood board is created. Certain poses give certain vibes and that is in my control. If a photographer gives you a direction that you aren’t comfortable with, don’t do it. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable and feel like you should leave, leave. I have walked out on a shoot once in my time as a model, and I am happy I did. Respecting yourself is your number one priority! Do not stay for fear you may lose future “opportunities.” YOU are the opportunity. Know that and own it.
I’ve worked with dozens of photographers. 99% of them are wonderful people. But there is that 1% that you need to steer clear of. Do not go to your shoots alone until you know your photographer well. I typically bring in my own make up artist or a person to assist with lighting, ect. If a photographer you don’t know has an issue with you bringing your parent, boyfriend, friend, aunt, sister, who ever, then you don’t want to shoot with them.
If you are modeling just for fun, stop reading here. The rest is business advice. What works for me may not work for you.
Find an agency. Love your agent. They are there to help you build your empire. They are there to have the tough conversations for you, so that you can show up to set and be a ray of sunshine for the client. If an agency “requires” you to take a class or purchase certain photos, they are not legitimate. An agent does not get any money unless you do.
I have received hardly any paid modeling work on my own. 99% of the time small businesses do not want to pay you. You’ll hear a lot about “exposure," “being on the website," "professional tear sheets" but at the end of the day if someone is making money off your face, you deserve to be compensated for that. When you're just starting out, its not a bad idea to do the freebies to get some credits on your resume, but once you have that you've exhausted what is useful about a free photo shoot. Let the girl from craigslist do the free e-commerce shoot. At the end of the day, you are a business, and you can’t pay your rent with nice photographs, or shove that free t-shirt into your gas tank and hope it runs.
It is better to be over prepared than under prepared. I take my “set bag” with my modeling essentials to every shoot. There is a check list below. But what is more important than the things you bring, is remembering why you are there. You’re there to get the hero shot. You are not there to complain, or to talk about other work that you’ve done, or to chat up anyone who works there OR be on your cell phone. Seriously, don't be on your phone. Our job is to work with the photographer get the hero shot for the client. Do what you need to do to make that happen.
What’s in my model bag:
Nude under garments that match my skin tone
Straws (your make up artist will thank you)
Portable hand held steamer (saves the day all the time)
I also have a retractable and foldable clothing rack that I keep in my car. It came in handy a few times, but MOST of the time, there is someone on set who will have most of these things for you. But if they don’t, its better you have them then go without.
Oh and I almost forgot to tell you, modeling isn’t glamourous. You’ll get the occasional “too goo to be true, but it is true” gig. But, be prepared to be really poor. Contrary to popular belief, models do not make a ton of money, especially at first, you'll need another job. It took me two years to be able to go full time.
Also, most of the time you’ll be in the warmest, coziest, cuddliest knit sweater on the most humid day of summer, spring essentials out in the dead of winter, a swim suit in a freezing cold pool. Don’t worry about your hands turning purple from freezing to death because they can photo shop that out. Remember, don't complain.
Speaking of photo shop, they are making leaps and bounds against the horrible parts of photo shop. Do not take it to heart when they change your face or your body for their shot. You are beautiful and one day, they’ll stop that nonsense.
Don't forget to HAVE FUN! Modeling is fun and connecting with other artists is what it is all about. If you love what you are doing it will shine through in the quality of your work. If you feel compelled to jump in front of the camera and create something, do it. It is ALWAYS better to create.
Always good vibes,
A few weeks ago, I had the awesome opportunity to shoot for Foxblossom Co, a local women’s apparel start up founded & run by the amazing Amanda Deighan. Amanda started Foxblossom in 2012 (Formerly Hello Drmr!) & ran it from her living room making the adorable bridal hangers you see all over Pinterest. Since then the business grew to include a variety of trendy bridal related products.
Recently, Foxblossom underwent a rebranding process and launched 50+ new products for spring of 2016! All of the clothes are unspeakably soft and comfortable. I could not choose a better brand to represent! The ladies behind the brand are amazing. If you haven’t yet, you need to check out this incredible e-boutique.
Okay, so this is my very first attempt at blogging for bare with me. Towards the end of 2015, my boyfriend and I bought our first house. Since then, I have been obsessed with all things interior design. I have fallen totally in love with Nordic and Scandinavian inspired designs. I saw a photo of this incredible coat rack constructed from repurposed tree branches. My little blue house is totally surrounded by trees so this was the perfect DIY for me to get my feet wet.
Here’s what you’ll need:
I chose to include 9 different sticks of all sizes and shapes in my “phase one” line up. It is important to make sure that most of the sticks have little Y shape to them so that there is place to hang coats and hats once it is all put together. We walked through the entire wooded area alongside our home to find perfect candidates.
Next it was time to line them all up and decide what size I wanted them to be. I chose to measure mine at 11 inches because I wanted to leave about half an inch on either side for the frame to make the total height of the rack 12 inches.
Joe (My boyfriend) went to home depot while I was at work one day and bought the framing for the rack. I spray painted the frame black, like my heart. Lol KIDDING!
Okay, now the fun part: Putting it all together. We lined up the sticks to first see how it would all look together. We spaced the larger branches pretty evenly throughout, and then went back to fill in empty space with smaller branches. I made sure to stagger the hooks so that they were not all lined up with each other. I paid close attention to color making sure that the colors of the wood flowed nicely.
We ran into a small snag where some of our branches were cut a tiny bit too short to fit in the frame we built… Oh well! We just picked more branches out of the yard and cut them to size. :)
Once all the branches were screwed into the frame, we used a vine-type branch to decorate the left side and a smaller branch to balance out the right side. All in all, this project cost us about $7. It was a ton of fun being able to make something for our home together! All of our guests so far have complimented the piece, and it has definitely been a rewarding experience. We can't wait to get started on our next DIY project together!
Comment below and let me know what you think, any questions you have or just to say hi!