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.

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.

Featured Event Of The Month: Lux Cruise Fashion Show

What: Lux is hosting an exclusive fashion show on April 30 and this is an event that’s not to be missed!

The one-of-a-kind fashion extravaganza will include bubbly and canapes followed by an epic neon-themed fashion show inspired by Victoria’s Secret. There will also be a red carpet and media wall set against an amazing backdrop of a luxury boat. We invite you to join us on this exclusive cruise fashion show where fashionistas and socialites can mingle and enjoy the incredible atmosphere created by the Lux team.

Dress code: Neon theme

Limited spots are available for this one-of-a-kind cruise fashion show that you don’t want to miss out on!

Where: Star City Casino Wharf (Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, NSW 2009)

When: Friday, 30 April 2021 (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm AEST)

Tickets: You can purchase tickets via this link

Buckle Up, Australia: The Australian Modelling & Fashion Awards Is Set To Hit Sydney In Less Than A Week!

A fabulous event is only days away in Sydney, Australia and it’s guaranteed to be a hit.

The (AMFA) Australian Modelling & Fashion Awards brings together the modelling and fashion industry in their upcoming event. This is a multicultural experience that is guaranteed to excite every attendee.

If you have never attended an event by StarCentral Magazine, then this event should be your first. The magnitude of originality and fashion design excellence at this event will definitely stay with you. Everyone will walk away from the show with a new respect for the diverse cultures and their innovative designers. Although the awarding session by various industry heavyweights is the main event; each of the remaining highlights will be riveting to partake in and will further enhance the AMFA experience.

Two levels of tickets are available for purchase. Each ticket includes canapes and drinks. If one wishes to be seated front and centre for a close view of the incredible models wearing astounding, creative designs; then the tickets are available for a somewhat higher cost. Of course, the tickets are worth every dollar spent if you really want to experience this mind-blowing event.  This event is brought to you by StarCentral Media Group, StarGazers Production, and MS Entertainment Network powered by Australia’s Next Top Designer, Pedro Virgil Photography, Studio 49, Villoni Boutique, Lepou, Lux Modelling & Fashion Academy, International Fashion & Beauty, Model & Mode magazine, Sassy & Co magazine and Millionaire Alliance.

Below will be the highlights of the night:

1. Award-giving by various industry heavyweights
2. Fashion Show featuring PIR CEO Fai Peni’s collection – Lepou
3. Canapes and drinks
5. StarCentral Magazine’s 2020 Covergirl Finalists
6. StarCentral Magazine’s 20 Most Beautiful Australian Models of 2020

Ticket prices:

$95 General / $120 VIP

You can purchase your tickets by emailing lex@starcentralmag.com