Fashionista Of The Week: Introducing The Fabulous Christin Moodley

Christin Moodley was originally from a small town in Washington State and she currently lives in Idaho. She has always loved fashion and photography. Even as a young girl, she would always cut out models from fashion magazines and then create outfits with their pictures. Fashion and digital creation are such a therapeutic outlet for Christin. She started @christicurt because she genuinely enjoys creating an inclusive and engaging platform that could potentially inspire others who are also interested in fashion or who need outfit ideas. She would describe her own style as edgy and chic. She loves to edge an outfit up just a bit with faux leather or an all-black outfit with a pop of colour. Within the past year, she has exponentially grown her platform and has connected with such amazing people through the process and she’s looking forward to what the future holds.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Christin to discuss her journey in the fashion world and here’s what went down:

Where do you usually shop? Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I like to describe myself as a “baller on a budget”. I tend to gravitate towards more affordable options rather than shopping at designer stores (although I do admire designer clothes from afar). My favorite stores to shop at are H&M and Zara at the moment because they have such good staples and create good quality pieces, with an affordable price tag. I also love shopping at local thrift stores. I have found so many good pieces that are affordable and sustainable. I find it thrilling to shop at thrift stores because you never know what you are going to find. There are so many possibilities, you just have to keep an open mind and be willing to put the work in. I also recommend shopping at second-hand consignment boutiques. Yes, they can be a bit more pricey than the regular thrift store, but they are curated to have more on-trend and designer pieces.

What are your top tips when it comes to fashion for the cooler months?

Investing in a time capsule wardrobe, meaning finding neutral basic, classic pieces that won’t cycle through trends quickly. Having pieces in your closet that you can style with multiple outfits will not only elevate your personal style, but it will help with being able to shop your own closet. We have all been there when we are getting ready for the day and look at our closets and think we have nothing to wear. If you have a good foundation of solid basics, you won’t hit the I have nothing to wear rut and won’t feel the need to buy, especially if you are on a budget. Jackets are also a staple for cooler months because layering is key to not only look put together but also a practical move to stay warm. Having jackets in different colours, lengths and textures can totally change up your looks. Tights are also a fun option if you want to dress up a skirt or dress for winter. They just take your outfit to the next level. Let’s be honest, we all want to look cute, but don’t want to freeze our buns off while doing it. LAYER my queens.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

All around me, on the streets, magazines, social media, etc. I love how fashion is a way of expressing ourselves and I enjoy getting to know others through their style. To me, fashion is telling a story about a person and I love interpreting people’s personalities through their outfits. I find creative inspiration from other content creators on Instagram or Pinterest and celebrities and their stylists. Recently, I have been loving Maeve Reilly especially, she styles celebs like Megan Fox and Hailey Beiber. She has an edgy vibe that I totally resonate with and would love to one day be able to meet her.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

I find it difficult to keep up with trends, especially right now. Trends are cycling through so quickly and we are constantly having people tell us what’s in and what’s out on a daily basis. I truly believe that the key to staying fashionable is being true to yourself. If you like what you like, stick with it. To me, fashion shouldn’t have rules. Wear what you want, when you want.

How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?

I think it’s important to experiment. I don’t necessarily put myself in a box when it comes to fashion. I don’t ever want to think I can’t buy a certain piece that I like because it doesn’t match my aesthetic. Fashion is ambiguous and should be fun. Finding unique ways to style and put different outfits together is part of the exciting thrill that the fashion world has to offer.

Are there any key trends you’ve seen for this year?

I have seen a lot of colour and wild patterns lately, especially for summer, which is so fun. For years, neutrals have been in and it’s refreshing to see how bright colours are trending now. I have seen a lot of colour blocking and Y2k inspired outfits. I love a good early 2000s moment. It’s so nostalgic. Transitioning into fall, I have seen the colour Kelly Green trending as well as patterned, fun coloured tights. It’s important to me to stay on top of what’s trending because I enjoy it, but remember not to go down the rabbit hole of consuming just because it’s considered trendy right now. It’s not sustainable.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

It’s ever-changing. Trends are cycling so quick, that it’s hard to stay up on. One minute something is in the next it’s out. It’s hard, especially if you are on a budget. I feel that the state of fashion today is due to social media. We are constantly influenced by what’s new and consumerism is booming with how easy it is to shop online. I think the development with the intersection of technology and fashion is so impressive. Nowadays, it’s accessible to find the exact outfit someone is wearing and where to buy it. I love that, but it’s important to keep in mind staying true to yourself and your personal style.

What are the clothes we can rid our wardrobes of that are considered very ‘last season’?

As a millennial, I’ll admit, it has been difficult for me to totally get rid of my skinny jeans and refuse to. Skinny jeans are considered out and straight-leg jeans are in, which I love experimenting with different silhouettes because they can change the tone of an outfit. There is a fine line between staying up to date on trends and getting rid of something that you actually really like to wear, just because it’s considered out. You just have to decide what is best for you and how you want to express yourself.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

Experiment with different styles and find things that inspire you, not only in the fashion industry but also in life in general. Find things that make you happy and that you thoroughly enjoy. Don’t get caught up in the fast fashion trends and stay true to who you are because, at the end of the day, people will connect with others who are genuine and are just being their true authentic selves. Try new things that you haven’t seen before and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Some of my favourite outfits that I have styled have been created by leaving my comfort zone and trying something new. It’s also important to not care as much what people think and just be you. Wear that outfit that you are nervous about in public, take your outfit photos, and be the amazing fashionista that you are destined to be!

The fashion industry has changed so much in the past few years, what’s the best advice you would give for staying ahead of the curve?

I recommend studying fashion magazines, getting inspired by others around you, watching YouTubers, and trusting your instinct. At the end of the day, fashion is a way of expressing yourself and can be so empowering. If you want to wear something that you aren’t used to, wear it. Stand out. Be confident in yourself and your abilities. Experiment and have fun with it. You may have a different interpretation than the next person, which makes you unique. Do the unexpected, who knows, you may even start the next trend.

5 Fashion Must-Haves Every Man Needs In 2021

Are you a walking fashion disaster? Looking good should never take a step back in your life as today’s time quickly catches up with fast-evolving men’s style and grooming. There is no good excuse for being a slob who is left unmoved in a long-forgotten era with a style that is stuck in the maelstrom of outdated fashion trends. Sometimes, it pays to know where to turn when faced with a sartorial dilemma.

Check out our bucket list of trendiest men’s styles that will stick with you regardless of what the season dictates. Stray away from an embarrassing fashion tour with these smartest clothing tips that will surely save you from the ultimate wardrobe tragedy. Read on and become ready to face the world.

Save the day with the elegance and diversity of timeless pieces

You can never go wrong with the contemporary feeling that accompanies the white tee and khaki pants. Their classic style and timeless nature definitely transcend all seasons. Pair your white tee with a variety of jeans or don it under your classy slim suit while a perfect pair of khaki pants can be worn with an equally astonishing corporate or casual shirt. Be cautious though as choosing the wrong cut might send you in fashion peril.

Hit the road with your khaki pants investment

Fashion zeitgeist promises the versatility of collared shirts when worn appropriately. These pieces sauntered down upscale streets and can certainly vouch for a suave sophistication that is too hard to ignore. You can also look for some plaid flannels and other distinct styles that will surely make a big difference in your wardrobe.

Don’t underestimate the commanding effect of details

These should include your pocket square, tie, scarp, and even belt. Fashionable modern man should not lose focus on these most commonly underestimated pieces. While these may seem far less important than the main outfit, these details are indeed highly noticeable and can make or break the elegant look that you want to sport.

Never cease to experiment and cultivate your style

Walk out of your comfort zone and try shopping for outfits that might give you a surprising result. Oftentimes, the world of fashion offers a whole realm of varying trends that we become scared to touch for fear of becoming a fashion victim. Continuously improve your style, understand your frame and know what works best for you.

Who cares about the trends?

While experimenting may sometimes bring you an impressive fashion sense, overdoing it can kill your style. Don’t be a slave to trends. It’s better to buy stuff that you actually like rather than stocking your closet with unused clothes that will soon go out of style. Learn to twist fashion with versatile outfits that back you up when chips are down.

Do you still depend on your fashion style on Aunt Tilly? The humble beauty of these fashion tips will let you emerge with suave sophistication that never goes out of style.

Fashionista Of The Week: Introducing The Fabulous Ingrid Martínez

Ingrid Martínez (@ingridmartinezcas) has always loved fashion. She studied Advertising and Public Relations and then completed a master’s degree in Fashion and Luxury Communication at Elle magazine. She became a fashionista because she wanted to do something professionally with fashion; so she started to upload her various looks via her Instagram account which gained more and more followers and the rest you can say is history.

Model & Mode magazine recently had a one on one interview with the talented Ingrid and here’s what happened:

Where do you usually shop? Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I usually shop at Zara, Mango, or Uterqüe. For handbags I am more selective, I like Michael Kors, Celine, and YSL. A great tip to buy designer clothes is to go to second-hand stores; start searching and with a little patience you can get very good clothes and even some real jewels.

What are your top tips when it comes to fashion for the cooler months?

I love the cold months! I really like winter clothes and playing with layers. Although I tend to dress very monochromatic, during the cold months I like to add a pop of color with blouses or handbags. The key is balance and not to stop dressing how you would like to just because it’s winter and it’s cold.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

Everywhere. On the street, magazines, Pinterest. I also have a saved folder on Instagram about different looks. Runways are also great for inspiration.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

Yes and no, it depends on the mood I would say. There are times when I just want to wear a tracksuit because I’m tired and others when I want to go out as if I were going to walk down a runway. It is important to respect those moods in which you would like to be more comfortable, but you can always give it some style with some good accessories, a good hairstyle, or red lips.

How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?

Being unique is already a commercial attraction in itself. In this world, it is important to have your own personality and brands realize that. They don’t want copies, they want you to shine on your own, that’s what makes you attractive.

Are there any key trends you’ve seen for this year?

It is clear that color is the trend that is being worn the most right now. A trend that I used to resist, but now I love it. A green silk blouse, with jeans and white sandals, is the perfect look for a summer afternoon.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

That it is changing and that is good. I see a trend in fashion that we have been asking for a long time and that is that it should not be so changeable, that is, that it should not be so fast. I see it in several brands, especially in Spanish brands that manufacture in Spain. They seek to create clothes that are sustainable and that last over time, which I love.

What are the clothes we can rid our wardrobes of that are considered very ‘last season’?

The hip jeans and platform sandals. They were already worn some time ago and came back, the truth is that it is a fashion that I did not like at all and that went away for many years.

Fashionista Of The Week: Introducing The Fabulous Abiodun Dosu – Staggers Gillyard

Abiodun Dosu – Staggers Gillyard has been a fashion stylist and image consultant for the past 5 years. Even though she got her Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Hunter College New York, her love for costume design lead her to pursue employment in the fashion industry. Furthermore, the education she received from the Fashion Institute of Technology has guided her in a more organized and applicable way.

Living in NYC has allowed her to work closely with hundreds of models, and designers within the past few years. However, assisting others in doing what comes so naturally to her is what makes her feel fulfilled. That is why she created her blog, AbzStylz. She wanted to provide services for women who needed help in enhancing and expressing their individual styles. She usually posts fashion inspiration, shopping guides, reviews on beauty products that I use, and lifestyle content.

Model & Mode magazine recently had a one on one interview with the talented Abiodun and here’s what happened:

Where do you usually shop?

I love shopping at ZARA, Nastygal, ASOS, and Farfetch.

Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I think shopping sustainably has given me the opportunity to get unique pieces without breaking the bank. I would always suggest thrifting or shopping from sustainable brands that sell designer pieces that are reputable such as The RealReal and Farfetch.

What are your top tips when it comes to fashion for the cooler months?

Fabrics are important in the cooler months, so you would want to wear linen, silk, etc. Also, don’t be afraid of color and fun prints.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

I always get creative inspiration from content creators on Instagram and Pinterest. Social media is the easiest way to stay up to date on what is trending.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

It’s not hard to stay fashionable once you have the right pieces in your closet. The key to staying fashionable is to always have classic pieces that always look good on your body type.

How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?

When I style models for a magazine or brand website, I like showing how I can subtly transform a look and showing how practical it would be for most people to wear. If it’s not a look that most women will feel comfortable in, I know it will not make much of an impact.

Are there any key trends you’ve seen for this year?

The key fashion trends I’ve been seeing this year are: “Hot Pink” which will be the color this year, wide-leg jeans, and hourglass blazers.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

There is a sustainable trend happening, and I think fashion brands are now trying to be more ethical in how they create their products. I see that more brands are moving away from fast fashion, and have started to create eco-friendly clothing and accessories. I love that slow fashion has become more popular, which has slowed down fashion seasons and has increased the longevity of our clothing.

What are the clothes we can rid our wardrobes of that are considered very ‘last season’?

Anything that is super tight is out of season. For instance, skinny leather leggings you can give up. However, wide-leg leather pants are still in.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

Do not feel like you have to spend a lot of money to be stylish. Always research where you can get the best deals for designer pieces. Also, try to work with emerging brands that need more exposure. They usually are willing to give you pieces to promote for free once they see your work.

The fashion industry has changed so much in the past few years, what’s the best advice you would give for staying ahead of the curve?

I would suggest that you follow reputable websites that give a fashion forecast on what is going to be trending in the upcoming season. For instance, my favorite lately has been Who, What, Wear. They chart the latest fashion and style trends from the runway, street style, influencers, celebrities, social media, and more.

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Inside The Mind Of Makeup Junkie Bag Founder/CEO Meredith Jurica

Meredith Jurica is the founder/CEO of Makeup Junkie Bag. She was recently named by USA TODAY as “One of the Top 10 Travel Bags” with more than $10 million in sales and a breakout appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

It all started after making several bags for herself, and when MJ’s friends loved them she began to make bags as gifts for her friends and family. It didn’t take long for the cosmetic bag to become the hottest thing on the block-on lots of blocks. With her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in speech pathology, she didn’t feel qualified to start a business, not even a small one based in her home. But she loved her cosmetic bag so she became the founder, owner, and lead seamstress of Makeup Junkie Bags. She had a “baptism by fire” into the business world though when she was swindled and robbed of her designs (even though it was patented), the text on her website shamelessly pirated, and $100,000 of inventory was lost to Hurricane Harvey. Despite this setback, she still persevered, and her bags eventually brought in $1 million the first year.

The Makeup Junkie Bag’s magic – what sets it apart from every other travel makeup bag is that it lays flat, which allows easy and full access to all materials while eliminating the chances that the bag will fall over sending products everywhere.

Makeup Junkie Bags are handmade in Texas, sold in more than 2,000 stores nationwide, and come in more than 400 trendy styles and seven different sizes. Each of the bags is characterized by a signature brightly colored zipper, a suede tassel, and MJ hand-selects each designer fabric for each of the lines. From the trademark “Glam Stripe Bag” to the newer “Later Alligator,” Makeup Junkie Bags are on a constant quest to find the fabrics that reflect their customers’ lives. They are the company for the working woman, the loving (and often exhausted) mom, the grad student, and the social butterfly.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Meredith to discuss her journey as an entrepreneur and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself and how you started your business?

Hi, I’m MJ, the founder, and CEO of Makeup Junkie Bags! Before starting my business, I was a Speech-Language Pathologist after obtaining my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the field. I departed from my job as a Speech-Language Pathologist to stay at home with my two young daughters. As an avid lover of makeup, I was tired of makeup bags not meeting my standards and decided to get crafty in my spare time. It turns out I was solving a problem many people were having. A few short years ago, starting with one simple sewing machine at my kitchen table, I made an adorable lay flat cosmetics bag in my kitchen for personal use. I loved how the design housed all my modern-day large cosmetic palettes. Then the fairytale happened and Makeup Junkie Bags was born. People took notice and wanted me to make them one.

Fast forward to five years later, a design patent, an appearance on Shark Tank, and a Good Morning America sales event – my sweet little project has turned into a national wholesale company. We make everything with love in Houston, Texas at my private facility. My company now has a retail website and wholesales to thousands of retailers nationwide. All of my bags are “Handmade in Texas,” and carry a lifetime guarantee. I have continued to expand my lines over the last three years to include handbags, cosmetics, apparel, and other accessories. As a true “makeup junkie”, I own tons of makeup. Modern-day cosmetics are so much different than the cosmetics that have been around for years. Now we see all these large artist pallets and full-sized brushes that are supposed to make us look like Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks (laughs). I was frustrated that no cosmetic bag company was keeping up with the storage of modern-day cosmetics. I had an upcoming trip and so in preparation for my travels, I went to the local craft store and purchased materials to make my own cosmetic bag that would house all of my things. I wanted it to pack flat, be leak-resistant, and open up down the middle so I could see everything. The design did exactly as I intended it to and I was so pleased. I mimicked the 12-inch size I had made for my makeup and made a larger one for my shower toiletries as well as smaller sizes to pack face creams, eye care, chargers, etc. I was excited to take them on my trip and never really knew it would turn into a business.

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

I am continuing to expand my line so be on the lookout for new products coming soon!

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

Instagram and Facebook.

How did your business stand out?

Word of mouth, going Live in our showroom, marketing and we do several markets throughout the year, which helps in reaching hundreds of people. Always smile, be kind, and have great customer service. I have a patent on my lay flat medial line zipper bags, so there are no others on the market like it.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

Social Media and word of mouth.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

What Makeup Junkie Bag do I want to use for each outfit. There are so many to choose from, so it’s hard to pick just one.

What money mistakes have you made along the way that others can learn from (or something you’d do differently)?

I was paying way too much for supplies until I was educated on how things are sold from retail price to wholesale to distributor to manufacturer.

What new business would you love to start?

I would love to own a little village of vacation rentals near the beach. It would be fun to be responsible for lots of families having fun vacations.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

I can’t really think of anything I would do differently. My journey has helped me learn and grow so much and I am happy with where I am.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Fall down seven times, stand up eight.

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

It is a lot of work to get started and nothing is ever easy but stay focused and don’t give up on your dreams.

Featured Event Of The Week: Mrs. Universe Australia & Miss Supermodel Universe

What: The Mrs. Universe Australia pageant is for the most honourable woman. According to our rules, she must be between the age of 18 to 55, have a family, her own career, and be involved with a significant cause in favour of other people. Our pageant is not just open to married women, it’s also open to divorced or widowed women. The idea that unites them is the motto “against violence” which in different years covers different causes.

The pageant “Super Model Universe” was created with the idea to present new models for the world podium and its best modeling agencies. The pageant’s participation requirements are: Girls 18-27 years, height minimum 175 cm. Boys 18-26, height minimum 180 cm.

Where: Dockside Darling Harbour (2 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000)

When: Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 6 PM – 9 PM

Tickets:  Contact Maryrose Salubre on 0423 710 659

Meet The International Model Behind The Cover Of The August 2021 Issue Of Model & Mode: Robbie Canner

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Robbie Canner is a 63-year-old international model, an international and national judge, and the director and owner of Ms. Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania World Universal as well as Ms. Regal World Universal and Ms. Majestic World Universal. She was crowned Ms. World back in 2018/19, and she’s the reigning Ms. World Universal Elite 2020/21. She’s also a public speaker on the topic “Age Is No Barrier.”

Since winning the Ms. World title, her public profile has considerably grown, allowing her to promote her platform and raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Winning major international titles in her 60’s has given her a platform, showing men and women from all walks of life, that age is no barrier to what anyone can achieve.

Since losing her son to cancer, her emotional and mental stress led her to visit thoughts such as, “I don’t to be here anymore,” or “I want to be with my son,” but eventually her inner strength led her to still want to continue living, have a say and give direction to help others in any area of situational, emotional and mental stress – assuring them that things can get better in time.

She loves chatting to future queens and friends that she meets along her journey and she wants to help them achieve their hopes and goals.

Model & Mode magazine recently caught up with Robbie to discuss her journey in the industry and here’s what went down:

Could you please tell our readers a brief background about yourself?

My name is Robbie Canner and some of the titles I’ve won include Ms. World 2018/19, reigning Ms. World Universal Elite 2020/21 and I have also won Ms. Classic Australia MAQ 2016, Ms. Classic Global United International 2017 Minneapolis USA, and Ms. Global United Lifetime Queen. I’m also a national and international judge, national and international director of my pageant Ms. World Universal, Ms. Regal World Universal, and Ms. Majestic World Universal. Furthermore, I’m a pageant coach and mentor, guest speaker, international model and I have appeared on a number of TV shows.

How did you become an international model? What’s it like to model internationally?

To become an international model on world stages is something I’ve always dreamt about – I was never expecting it to happen. But winning the title of Ms. World at 60 years old certainly made that dream come true. My first runway show was New York Fashion Week and then came National and International magazine covers and stories, radio interviews, and magazine features. To model on the same runway with world supermodels is totally humbling and some I still call my friends. Waiting at the back of the stage before walking on a runway – my nerves were all over the place, I was thinking “what if I stumble or fall off my heels?” but once on in front of world media and stars in the audience, I just wanted more and more. I have had invites to Paris, Milan, South Africa, and Orlando Fashion Week and have been booked again for New York Fashion Week in 2022.

What has been your greatest triumph, to date?

My greatest achievement to date is growing myself to where I am today. There are stepping stones to my journey; like my guest appearance on “Interview” with Andrew Denton on Channel 7 – speaking about my story to a live 200 guest audience brings reality to my dreams and I realized then that I just wanted to open up avenues for others to have opportunities to get to where I am.

What has been your greatest lesson, and how have you used that lesson in your life?

I have learned many lessons in my journey; I learned that age is no barrier to achievements, I learned that I needed to love myself, and I also need to grow out of my personal barriers. When I lost my 22-year-old son to cancer to face a life of total sadness that I have built around myself, I learned to still give dreams a go and that I need to go out and spread this self-growth to help others and support their self-growth.

If you could travel back in time and alter one historical event, where would you go and what would you attempt to change?

I would change my outlook on bullying which I had to deal with at school. I’ll remind myself that bullies are just jealous of who you are and that criticism of self is the best form of flattery. I would want to grow through this adversity and realise that my dreams can be taken away from me so I need to learn to advance my growth through this experience.

What do you think you came into this life to learn, and what do you think you came here to teach?

I came into my life to learn about what I could achieve by just putting my mind to anything in my sight. We have the option of grabbing hold of these opportunities or choosing to let them go. I decided to follow my dreams and now I can teach, mentor, and develop women of all ages through grooming, deportment, public speaking as well as face any adversity head-on.

What projects are you working on right now?

I am presently working on my Ms. World Universal Pageant system, a book, modelling, podcasts, magazine interviews, and one of the most exciting opportunities – I have been approached to film a documentary. The outline for this documentary is underway now and I’m also looking at an international airing so I am so excited.

What would you still like to attempt in your career?

My career is pretty awesome at the moment but some of the things I would still like to achieve are to go on The View, be interviewed by Oprah, or go to lunch with Christie Brinkley. But most of all, I want to stay strong, fit, healthy, and stay on the path of growth.

What advice would you give to those hoping to follow in your footsteps?

Be true to yourself, learn, listen, train, follow your mentors and ask for help from those who can help to place you on the path you wish to follow. At 63 years old, I am still asking for directions from those who are at the top of their game in coaching and development.

Talented Aussie Artist Amarni Finally Set To Release Her Debut EP & Single

AMARNI is a talented artist from Sydney who has been quietly, yet confidently, working hard on her music.  She’s released 10 tracks in the past 2 years and has sold out at all the venues that she’s performed at. “Fierce, Controversial, Talented, Independent, Unapologetically herself and most of all an absolute show stopper.” These are the words media, fans, and the music industry has used to describe the 23-year-old Rapper/Singer/Dancer AMARNI, who hails from Sydney, Australia.

AMARNI first gained praise and a major fan base, after her debut single: ‘Pretty Little Thing.’ The track has clocked over 3 million streams to date, across all platforms. The bold, infectious, club anthem, allowed AMARNI to share the spotlight at ‘Rolling Loud’ with the likes of Kayne West and TYGA, which then lead her to go on the road and open for ‘Cash Money Records’ RNB sensation Jacquees.

Although 2020 was a challenging year faced by many globally, this did not slow the Australian talent down.  From continuously closing brand deals, making music videos, and ensuring her new releases such as ‘Make Moves’ and ‘Mashallah’ featured in global charts & major playlists, she didn’t miss a beat.

AMARNI kicked 2021 off by dropping another hit: ‘Beyonce’ (through the independent recording label ‘New Levels’) which has already hit over a million streams on Spotify alone.  This young star is scheduled to debut her first-ever 7 track EP titled: ‘F*CK LOVE, GET MONEY’ on August 13.  The EP will showcase to fans and Industry everywhere, a version of AMARNI they have yet to see.  With critics describing it as raw, real, honest, fiery, and most of all AMARNI’s most passionate body of music to date.  The 23-year-old delivers a mix of RNB, Rap, and even melodic tracks on this EP, opening herself up to her audience for the first time ever through her lyrics.

This campaign is the beginning of Australia’s next biggest export, as global touring, major collaborations, and even her own merch range ‘INRAMA’ are ready to be announced within the coming months.

For more information, you can visit her social media pages:

Website: www.AMARNI.com.au   I   Insta: @Amarni   I   FB: @AmarniOfficial   I   Twitter: @Amarni

Fashionista Of The Week: Introducing The Fabulous Fabiana Cristina

Fabiana Cristina was originally from Lisbon, Portugal, and growing up, she definitely went through many phases of wanting to be a fashion designer, and at one point she even convinced herself that she needed to become a Victoria’s Secret supermodel. Although that hasn’t happened yet, she feels like she gets to do it every day through her social media platforms.

Fabiana began posting fashion content on Instagram during the first UK lockdown in 2020 and in the beginning, she just used clothes from her mother’s closet, which helped her find more of her own style. Never did she think she would be doing some of the things that she gets to do now because of it.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Fabiana to discuss her journey in the fashion world and here’s what went down:

Where do you usually shop? Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

I usually shop at Na-kd fashion, Mango, and Zara – they are definitely my go-to trio for all my basic pieces. For designer clothing, I’ve recently found Otrium – a platform that sells the excess stock of designer and high-street clothing brands for a much more reduced price (for anyone wanting to shop designer and high street on a budget).

What are your top tips when it comes to fashion for the cooler months?

I may be a bit biased but I would say to stick to all the neutrals. It is honestly so much easier to come up with outfits in the cooler months and easier to layer when you do. I would always recommend having a wool coat for days where you are not completely loving your outfit and want to add something to make it look more put together.

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

Pinterest tends to be my go-to last resort option for inspiration when I have absolutely no idea what to do with an item. However, I tend to do this as a last resort because I like giving myself enough time to visualise outfits and come up with outfits that I haven’t seen yet.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

It was much harder to stay fashionable when I didn’t have a clear idea of what I liked and didn’t like. Since decluttering my closet and only having things in there that I love has made it a million times easier to stay fashionable and get ready in the mornings.

How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?

I always just aim to be myself and have my own style but I would say because I follow so many other fashion bloggers I also know what is “in”. Because of this, I’m able to have my own unique style whilst mixing in some aspects of what is “in” to make sure that it is still commercially appealing.

Are there any key trends you’ve seen for this year?

Suits and bright colours. Although both have even around for a very long time, they really are coming out now and I’ve even found myself styling my suit pants with almost every single one of my outfits and everyone has been asking about them. One of my favourite things to do is to style a full suit with white trainers for the ultimate casual-chic look.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

I love that fashion has become something that allows people to express themselves. However, all the waste and environmental impact caused by fashion cannot be ignored and in that sense, there is still a long way to go. I definitely see the fashion industry moving more towards the rental services and second-hand goods side of things, and some well-known brands have even started selling pre-loved goods on their own websites (which is definitely a step in the right direction).

What are the clothes we can rid our wardrobes of that are considered very ‘last season’?

I would personally say that skinny jeans have definitely had their moment but ever since comfort became the number 1 priority for most people they are definitely very ‘last season’. Wide-leg trousers, suit pants and mom jeans have definitely become the new go-to for most people.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

My number 1 piece of advice would be to be yourself. I know it’s very cliche but I have found that nobody really wants to see a complete copy of someone else but instead wants to see what you have to offer. Especially for brands, they want to see your personal style and your personality instead of somebody else’s.

The fashion industry has changed so much in the past few years, what’s the best advice you would give for staying ahead of the curve?

The best way to stay ahead of the curve is to follow others in the fashion niche and have a little look on sites such a Pinterest. This way you can stay updated on every change in the fashion industry and make sure you’re able to pivot. I would say, as long as you stick to the classics, regardless of how much the industry changes you will always be able to restyle those classic pieces.

Fashionista Of The Week: Introducing The Beautiful Maria King

Maria King of “What_maria_wears” was originally born in Poland, but she has lived in Australia since the end of 2018. About a year ago, she was laid off from her job due to COVID-19 and she can definitely say that this event was the main driving force for her to start something new and that is when @what_maria_wears began.

As a professionally trained ballet dancer and graduate of Media Education and Journalism, she has always been a highly creative and social person, so creating her Instagram page was exactly what she needed. It gave her an opportunity to share the way she expresses herself through fashion, create content and connect with a lot of amazing women. The amount of support she has received from the community was more than what she expected, and it has been her biggest motivation since. She finds it amazing to see how women can support and inspire each other. After nearly a year she can honestly say that she’s happy with where her platform is heading and she’s incredibly grateful for all the amazing opportunities she was given when it came to collaborating with Australian and overseas fashion and beauty brands. Now she’s ready to grow more and see where it takes her.

Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Maria to discuss her journey in the fashion world and here’s what went down:

Where do you usually shop? Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?

“What_maria_wears” is all about affordable fashion. I specialize in versatile styling and creating low-cost outfits, that look anything but cheap. I believe that fashion is for all of us, no matter what the budget is. I find designer fashion certainly not affordable for the average woman, so I shop anywhere I can find inexpensive fashion. There are plenty of brands like that here in Australia, you just have to have an open mind and do not limit yourself. I am also a huge fan of op shopping so I would definitely recommend those to anyone looking for hidden gems when it comes to fashion. Personally, I reckon half of my closet is second-hand.

What are your top tips when it comes to fashion for the cooler months?

The key to Autumn/Winter fashion for me is layering. There are a few tips and tricks on how to layer clothes and still look stylish. Some of my favourites are to invest in lightweight pieces for the base layer such as cotton blends or merino wool that still keeps you warm. Add thick knit on the top of that, use a coat as the very outer layer and you are ready to go!

Where do you look for creative inspiration?

I think inspiration is everywhere, as general as it sounds but it is true. You can get inspired by people you see on the streets, other fashion content creators, magazines you read, and even with movies you watch. I would not say that people particularly look for inspiration, I think it’s more of that inspiration is around us and it’s just important to be able to see it.

Is it hard to stay fashionable?

My overall goal is not to be fashionable at all. It is to inspire women, help them find their style, stick to it, and “shop” their closet. What I do is focusing on building my personal style and not really focusing on following trends. Of course, there are some trends I love but I always make sure that the items I add to my wardrobe are items I will love and wear for years. I find it very upsetting that some people buy a certain item and wear it once, considering the impact the fashion industry has on our environment.

How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?

I set my own goals and boundaries, so I don’t find it hard at all. On my platform, I want to stay transparent and true to myself so I only collaborate with brands that suit my style and brands I believe that my audience would genuinely love. Having so many content creators nowadays, it is important not to compare yourself to others and believe in yourself. I am aware that I am not for everyone, and I am not trying to be. I focus on sharing what I love, and I am happy my audience enjoys it.

Are there any key trends you’ve seen for this year?

Trends come and go and it is impossible to keep up with all of them. I personally focus more on classic and staple pieces when it comes to styling but of course, there are some trends that have caught my attention. Statement sleeves, oversized fits, shoulder-padded pieces are some of my favourites. There are so many interesting ones, but I only go for the ones that suit my preferences.

What do you think about the state of fashion today?

I think there is a lot happening in fashion and I think that is what confuses most people who cannot find their own style. Trends are changing so much, and people are “told” what they should wear but they do not consider many important factors such as their personality, body type, or lifestyle. I would like to see, from us consumers more of a personal approach to fashion. To stop religiously following trends and focusing more on creating your unique style. Of course, there is nothing wrong with buying trendy items, as long as you buy them because you genuinely love them not because you feel you should, or other people wear them.

What are the clothes we can rid our wardrobes of that are considered very ‘last season’?

I do not think that we should add or remove items from our wardrobes based on trends. Why would you get rid of a coat that works for you and your closet only because other people start wearing something different? I personally stick to basic and staple pieces, and I build my style around it. Sometimes I will add a trendy piece because I like it, but it is always something that I am planning on wearing and keeping for a long time. I think people should focus more on building a capsule wardrobe that works for their style and lifestyle instead of following trends.

What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?

I am not sure if I am in a place yet to give advice, but if there is something I have learned that I could share with people who are starting their journey with fashion, it is to stay true to yourself. Do not try to be like everyone else because then there is nothing that makes you different. Fashion is for everyone, but style is something very personal.

The fashion industry has changed so much in the past few years, what is the best advice you would give for staying ahead of the curve?

I am still very new in the fashion industry, so it is hard to say. I think we should treat fashion as a space that has a lot to offer and use it in our own way, the way that works for us. I think it is not necessary to “stay ahead of the curve” because, in my opinion, that is not the point. Fashion should give us joy and freedom to express ourselves through it, not cause headaches and stress to be “the first”, at least from my side, as a consumer and fashion lover.