5 Clothing Tips No Woman Should Ever Miss

 

In the past it may have seemed impossible to balance, work, socializing, family as well as remaining stylish and up to speed with the latest clothing fashion trends. There are so many trends that are up and coming, it’s sometimes exhausting to keep up and also hard to know which trends will last and which will just be momentary fads. Here are 5 clothing tips that are easy to invest in.

  1. Accessorize to Create a Whole New Look

Accessories are often underrated when it comes to creating new and different looks. Adding a scarf, a pair of earrings or layered necklaces to a simple dress or t-shirt can change the way the outfit is perceived. Accessories are a great way to dress up or tone down your look. Simple accessory additions to your wardrobe is an effective way to add different textures, colors, and patterns to your style.

  1. Shop with Purpose

Save time and money by shopping with a distinct purpose of what you’re looking for. When buying something new, consider the different occasions the clothing piece will be useful for, make sure it fits you well and looks good from all angles. Invest in basics that you’ll use for multiple different outfit combinations, like a good pair of jeans. You’ll likely find it more beneficial to value the quality of clothes over quantity. Making fewer quality purchases will save you more time and money than investing in too many one-time pieces.

  1. Clear Out & Organize

Time and again it’s important to clear out and organize your wardrobe. Get rid of old clothes that don’t work for you anymore and you’re not using. They’re a waste of space and limit you from being able to see all clothing options. Clearing out is likely to make you aware of items you haven’t seen in a while and would like to wear again. Organizing what you do have will also make it easier and more exciting for deciding on outfit choices. Giving you more options for considering different combinations and new styles you hadn’t thought of before.

  1. Explore New Styles

Don’t limit your style by sticking to the same designs, color schemes, and patterns. Seek inspiration for new clothing combinations, read fashion blogs, follow fashion icons, and go shopping! Try different combinations and allow you to express yourself through the clothes you wear. Don’t be shy to try on an outfit you’ve never considered before, you may love it!

  1. It’s More Than Just Clothes

It’s important to realize that being stylish doesn’t only refer to what clothes you’re wearing. Consider your whole look when dressing up. The make-up you wear and the hairstyle you choose are also important contributors to your overall look, use these to compliment your clothing style. Express your individuality by trying different hairstyles as well as fragrances. The perfume you wear influences how others see you too. Smelling good will also help you feel good. Confidence is key! Be confident in your choice of style and others are more likely to perceive you in the same way.

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The search for Model & Mode magazine’s ultimate cover girl is back on!

Model & Mode Magazine in collaboration with MS Entertainment Network and StarGazers Production is once again on the lookout to find Australia’s ultimate cover girl!

The Grand final night is on Sunday, the 20th of December 2020.

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If you think you have what it takes to be the Next BIG thing then get in contact with us asap as there are only a few spots available! Please contact Krissy at kriss@starcentralmag.com, Juliet / 0482 560 503, or Maryrose Salubre on 0423 710 659 if you’re interested in entering the competition.

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5 Effective Workout Secrets That Will Help You Lose Weight

You may have tried different workout exercises and routines but still, you cannot have that body that you want. What could be the possible reason for that? People would say that they have tried their all effort just to have the body that they have always wanted, but they would end up as a failure in their endeavour. Let me share with you the top picks of experts and successful exercisers they use to get the most from their fitness routines.

Consistency

Consistency is very important. How fast you do the routine is not the factor by which you can have those extra pounds off. Consistency is the best tip for maintaining a successful regimen. Remember that no exercise program in this world can ever work if you are not consistent with how you do it. Like for now, you do this routine, and then the next day, you will not do it anymore. Make sure to follow the best exercise program that you are in right now consistently.

Effective Exercise Routine and Set Realistic Goals

Before trying out your desired routine, you should make sure first that it is right for you. Having the right program will make everything not as easy but at least you know that in the end, you will be the one who will benefit most from that kind of program. Always choose to have the best routine that is best for your body type.

After having the right program, you can already set your goals. These goals should be realistic. You do not have to drive for perfection or improbable goals that you yourself know can’t be met. This would mean that you don’t have to run 5k now. It takes time. You can have a habit of walking 15 minutes a day and each day onwards you can add up to that.

Buddy System and Be Happy

It would always be good if you can have someone go with you for your workout routine. You can have a friend or a relative whom you can like and trust and wants to have a healthier lifestyle just like you. You can encourage one another and you can do exercise together. You can have this opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and to strengthen both of your relationships.

Always do what makes you happy. Make sure that this routine that you do makes you happy and you love everything you do. If you love mountaineering, do it. Do what you love.

Plan That’s Fit for Your Life

A person’s work can affect how much time you can do workouts. If you are a businessman and sometimes you are too busy that you cannot go to the gym, there are other possible ways by which you can still do exercise. If you got flat floor space, there are a lot of exercise routines that you can do. Just be creative also.

Be Inspired

“Fitness is a state of mind” as what Allan Fine has said. Try asking yourself, “Who inspires you to lose weight and be fit?” You can read blogs and articles and be inspired by how these people have worked hard to have the best body they have ever wanted.

Meet The Man Behind The October 2020 Issue Of Model & Mode: The Incredible Armand Peri

Bodybuilding expert and serial entrepreneur Armand Peri is no stranger to hard work and overcoming adversity. He was once a seventeen-year-old scrawny kid who used to be bullied a lot but he made a definitive decision to do something about it. He decided to get into weights so that no one would mess around with him anymore and two years later, he was rewarded for all his hard work with a first-place title in the teenage division of “Mr. New Jersey” which then led to winning the heavyweight division in the same competition two years later.

Armand Peri was originally born as the son of Portuguese parents who emigrated to the U.S.; they settled in New Jersey when he was just 12 years of age. He began competitive bodybuilding in the ’90s and all of his hard work eventually paid off as he started winning one bodybuilding competition after another. Besides coming first in the teenage division of “Mr. New Jersey,” he also placed first in other bodybuilding competitions such as the Junior Bodybuilding New Jersey State Championships as well as the NPC Suburban among others.

Fast forward to today and Armand is now a successful entrepreneur, investor, artist, author, and motivational speaker. His fitness goals are quite different now since he’s older and he doesn’t compete in bodybuilding competitions anymore, however, he still works out though just to stay fit and healthy. In his book “Unparalleled Success”, which was published in 2019, he shares his recipe for success. He’s also frequently engaged as a motivational speaker. His genuine desire to help others to achieve true success, while keeping the focus on their professional and personal well-being, is what inspires others to find their own path to victory. Armand also happens to be a mentor to several high-profile personalities such as New York-based fashion model, actor, and former boxing heavyweight champion Rudy Bundini who has modeled for several high profile brands such as Dolce Gabbana, Nike, Armani, Versace, Calvin Klein, Roger Dubuis, Philipp Plein, and Hennessy among others. He also happens to be one of the world’s top male models who was recently featured on Forbes.

Model & Mode magazine recently caught up with Armand to discuss his journey in the world of modeling and bodybuilding and here’s what went down:

How did you develop an interest in fitness and what drove you to pursue that passion onto social media?

I developed an interest in fitness when I was a scrawny teenager wanting to improve my physical appearance; I began weight training at the age of 17 years old.

How do you balance maintaining a fit body while being busy with being an entrepreneur?

By making my workouts a priority in my life, I always make time for it!

We also note that you were a former bodybuilding champion, when you were competing, what was your diet like?

I began competitive bodybuilding in the ’90s and the following is a list of my bodybuilding achievements: First place at the Junior Bodybuilding New Jersey State Championships, first place at the Mr. New Jersey competition, NPC Suburban Overall Winner (first place), third place at the NPC Jr. Nationals, fourth place at the NPC Jr. USA Championships and sixth place at the NPC USA Championships. My diet back then was low fat, moderate carbohydrates, and one gram of protein per pound of body weight.

Being now that you’re older, has much changed in terms of your fitness training and diet? If so, what has changed?

Since my fitness goals are different now, I work out just to stay fit and healthy.

Do you have a moment in your career when you felt it was the pinnacle for you?

I’m still climbing up in my career so every day is a new pinnacle.

Do you have any “secrets” to bodybuilding success that you would like to share with everyone?

The secret to bodybuilding success is to just be consistent and stay the course, never give up!

What’s your view on the sport of bodybuilding right now? What do you feel has changed since the days when you were competing?

I believe the sport of bodybuilding has changed in the direction of becoming more of a freak show! I prefer the aesthetics of a physique like “Frank Zane’s” over the big monsters of present-day bodybuilding.

Are there any people you would like to thank for helping you get to where you are today? Is there anyone in particular who inspired you?

Yes, I would like to thank my wife Fran Peri who always supported and believed in me.

We further note that you’re a mentor to some of the top male models in the world, which models are you mentoring at the moment and how do you juggle being a mentor with being a successful entrepreneur?

I mentor Rudy Bundini (@rudybundini) who is a New York-based fashion model, actor, and former boxing heavyweight champion. He was recognised as the male model of the year by IMTA. Rudy has so far modeled for high profile brands such as Dolce Gabbana, Nike, Armani, Versace, Calvin Klein, Roger Dubuis, Philipp Plein, and Hennessy and has appeared in numerous runways, campaigns, magazine covers, and billboards. He is also currently one of the world’s top male models who was just featured on Forbes.

What are some of the difficulties of being in the industry?

You have to get used to being rejected without losing faith, just remember that someone will eventually say yes because it’s just a number’s game!

If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

Maybe Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (laughs)!

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Best comfort food: Tagliatelle pasta topped with shaved black truffles.

2. Best pick-me-up: Just always be yourself, never pretend to be someone you’re not!

3. Last good movie I’ve seen: “The Gentlemen” starring Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, and Michelle Dockery.

4. Three most important characteristics in a person: Integrity, organization, and loyalty.

5. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Visit Australia.

For more details about Armand please visit his official website on Armand Peri or follow Armand on social media via his social media accounts:

Instagram: lifeperiway

Facebook: ArmandPeriBodybuilder

Twitter armandperi

TikTok  armandperi

Trying To Get “Woke??” Here’s How To Awaken The “REAL” You

We all recognise that social media is a tool, it is almost a ‘who drones wins’ game of crafting attention, engagement, and a mass following to be garnered and used for any given agenda – whether to fuel ego or for a more enterprising purpose. The landscape can be dominated by influence marketing, get-rich-quick-schemes, and Instagram models. Whilst the platforms all undoubtedly have their applications, the game is still basically about who makes the best moves on the chessboard of popularity.

When even ‘less mainstream’ content is filtered through such a distorted prism, and every human act or accomplishment requires a tick of approval, where can we possibly find any clarity of perspective? We are always showing the idealised side of ourselves and our lives. There is an overwhelming need to display our finest moments and to sidestep our worst.

Where is the reality? Just like that tree in the forest, living in the world of social media means we can’t even fathom stepping outside the frame to understand the bigger picture.

One perspective to examine is that of Nicole Armit, Holographic Kinetics (HK) practitioner (and holistic qualified chef) of ‘The Mind Foodie’. She says “…it all starts with us. Our perceptions and reactions, the world inside our own selves – the ongoing journey. Learning how powerful we can be when we tune in the observation of what is in our hearts and in our spirits. Find what helps you do that, without giving away your own power.”

Her approach – in accordance with the central tenets of the HK as a modality as espoused by founder Stephen Richards – is to access an internal mechanism as the sovereign guide to renewed choice and intent. This refers to ‘Spirit’, an essence that is neither New Age nor religious but, exists purely in its own right, belonging fundamentally to each and every individual on this planet. HK is comprised of the ancient Aboriginal knowledge of the laws of ‘Lore’ and the understanding that all things in nature are alive.

Empowerment is seen as the ability to change and manifest new cycles and patterns in an individual right down to their core, on a fractal level, and on multiple timelines. It is based on the principle that there is an internal invisible world that exists alongside the external. The zero points of these worlds are always the observer.

This means empowerment is the acknowledgment that we are the creator of our universe. This is how we answer the question of the tree falling in the forest: we are the arbiter of our own reality.

This viewpoint is echoed by Nigel Reading, a prominent architect and TEDx speaker responsible for the ‘Asynsis Paradigm’ that examines fractal geometries as embedded in complex systems and living beings alike. He states that “…we need to look at both the animate and inanimate, at the dynamical and space-time, not just the frozen and static.”

Just like the universe in and around us, we are perfectly paradoxical. No bandwagon, no predominant expectation, nor- or any form of outwardly driven phenomenon can give us our power. It is already within.

Despite a conditioned inclination to do the opposite, it is about not shying away from our darker moments, our deepest wounds, and perceived failings. Rather, it is about embracing and redefining them in the present. The process is dynamic. It is transcendental. Most importantly, empowerment is a vital force that is diametric to any extraneous viewpoint. In plain speak, it just is.

Trying to ‘get woke’? Maybe just try getting real.

Meditation To Handle Depression: Why It Works and How To Get Started

By: Jess Nugent

I remember a few years back when I first started hearing about meditation and to be honest, I thought it was a bit of a joke. A few weeks later my doctor suggested I control my anxiety by cutting out weight lifting and taking up Tai Chi… to which I responded, “oh haha ok.”

This is only because I didn’t truly understand the process or the benefits of meditation. I felt if I had just sat myself on a mat, closed my eyes, and started humming along (my very naive image of what meditation looks like) – I would immediately start thinking of what I need to do tomorrow/next week, or that dumb thing I said to someone five years ago.

MINDFULNESS AND MENTAL BALANCE

To explain meditation I want to explain to you how I view mental balance. Depression lives in the past so when we spend so much time thinking about things that have happened, it affects what we are doing today.

Anxiety lives in the future, again we spend time worrying, not just about things that are happening but things that could happen or go wrong. Or, you may be doing both. I have been there and it honestly feels like you are living in limbo! And no, living equally in the past and present do not balance you out as you are on a different frequency.

Happiness lives in the present. It is inside you right now and is unlockable through practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is being aware and conscious of your surroundings, what you see, and what you feel with your senses. So if it is inside us, why is it so hard? When you are in a depressive or anxious state you are mentally living in either the past or the future, so your body almost goes into autopilot to get you through the day. Do you ever get into your car and drive, then you end up at the destination without even really remembering the journey? That is the opposite of mindfulness and consciousness. We all do this a lot more than we think.

SO WHAT IS MEDITATION?

Meditation is anything that draws you away from your thoughts of past/future and brings you into the present moment. It involves you truly being conscious and aware of your surroundings – it is not being absent of thought as I used to believe.

The great thing is that there are so many different ways to incorporate this into your life, you may already be doing it without knowing, and some of you won’t even need to change your schedule – just your mindset.

EXERCISE

I never really understood why I felt like a new person after most gym sessions (obviously endorphins etc, but it was always something more than this). When I am doing weight training, I literally clear my mind and am purely thinking about what my body is doing, how I am moving, where I feel tension, and pushing through each exercise. That is meditation. Living in the current moment.

I then leave the gym having been brought back to the present, that central position of the diagram, rebalanced and with a fresh new outlook. So I know now that when I am having a particularly anxious day, or I’m feeling really down about something that has happened – a good gym session can usually help.

Tips: Limit your phone use at the gym. Nothing breaks your meditation like a message from your friend saying “omg can you believe that status Becky posted yesterday” or your partner saying “We need to do washing tonight” or “what are we having for dinner”. Forcing you to live again in either the past or future!

If you feel your mind wandering, take a deep breath and really focus on the action you are doing currently, don’t just go through the motions, squeeze the muscle you are trying to target, and think about how it feels.

WHEN ARE YOU MOST HAPPY?

Meditation is not only available while being active. Think to yourself – when are you most happy? Maybe you love to paint, you can get out a big canvas and some paints and concentrate on what brush strokes you are using, how your hand moves, and the combinations of colours.

Activities that require some form of physical movement are best as they make you become aware of controlling your body. Even listening to music and going for a walk can be great as long as you really focus on the way your steps hit the pavement, the way the air feels on your skin, or the way the music sounds.

Think about your five senses and how the environment stimulates each of them. Being around friends can be a good way to get yourself back into the present also, but it is more difficult to control your mindfulness here, especially if you are new to the idea. Organize an activity to do that limits past/present talk, go out for a meal that is an experience. You could even communicate these ideas to your friends and involve them in steering conversation away from negativity or worries, to what is going on at the present moment.

Tips: Remain focused as mentioned above. Do things that you feel comfortable doing, where you won’t be putting pressure on yourself! I.e. If I am terrible at drawing and aim to recreate a work by Michelangelo as meditation, I am likely to get frustrated with myself. The exercise is not goal-oriented but process-oriented. The satisfaction is not in the completion, it is at the moment.

Just breathe and focus, it gets easier the more you do it. Actually, allocate time every single day, your mind will enjoy being brought back to ground zero and you’ll find it easier to get through other tasks afterward.

About the writer:

Jess Nugent is a writer, model, advocate for mental wellness, and a baker! Her passion for all areas of mental health stems from her personal battles, and time spent supporting loved ones through struggles also. She graduated from Macquarie University with a BA – Psychology and uses this knowledge alongside lived-experience to, not only raise awareness and remove the stigma around anxiety/depression but provide strategies for coping. Jess has a strong focus on health and well-being. She has spent 6+ years working in the fitness industry and uses exercise/diet to create balance in her own life.

Influencer Marketing 101: What You Need to Know

Influencer Marketing is most usually carried out on the platform of choice: Instagram. According to Forbes Magazine, an Insta account with over one million followers can attract upwards of $50k for a single sponsored post.”

Life as an Influencer is becoming an increasingly stacked game. In a world of paid likes/followers, fickle algorithms, and those ‘lurky bots’, it’s become even harder to market yourself in 2019. With more Instagram Models on the scene than ever before; this creates a higher level of competition overall.

Gaining traction on social media often means hitting that elusive fan quota. However, it’s often a vague figure that allows you to qualify. This begs the question: how many people have to follow you or like your page in order to make you a legitimate Influencer? What will warrant enough credibility amidst a miasma of hashtagging and 24/7 responsiveness? You should start by applying a thick-skinned approach to negative comments (ironically, with much skin on show) and all ‘round people-pleasing.

Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way. What does an Influence Marketer and/or Instagram Model actually do? Well, they create ‘sponsored content’. That means someone sends them something and they promote it to their audience, eg. “OMG this skin cream is the bomb, I now have no pimples”, or “this teeth whitening product is so great I can now allow myself to smile” – all the whilst being paid to give, let’s face it, an entirely biased review.

Influence Marketing is most usually carried out on the platform of choice: Instagram. According to Forbes Magazine, an Insta account with over one million followers can attract upwards of $50k for a single sponsored post: that’s certainly big bickies! What you may not know is that the social media landscape is continuing to change, and it’s not always in the interest of an Influence Marketer.

For example, have you heard of the term ‘Micro Influencer’? These are commonly described as ‘ordinary people’ (whatever that means) with a decent following of around 3000 followers. Usually, they aren’t ‘big-fish’ enough to score entirely free products, and they don’t always garner a genuine ‘hard-dried-ink’ modeling contract with, you know, an actual brand.

While the demand for Micro-Influencers grows (and will continue to do so during 2021); so does earning potential decline. This demographic is more often than not, underpriced. With so many people putting their hands up to assist e-commerce operators, for example, accepting the offer to post about a beach towel whilst wearing a bikini, this means that the value of a Micro-Influencers’ engagement is vastly cheapened. It’s just supply and demand – economics 101.

The fact is, being a Micro-Influencer is generally not something to be taken too seriously. That’s because you can only ever earn a mere fraction of what your more socially mobile counterparts (you know those Insta peeps with the covetable green badge) can attract per post. What does this ‘Verified Badge’ on Instagram actually mean? Well, according to the platform itself, “a verified badge is a check that appears next to an Instagram account’s name in search and on the profile. It means Instagram has confirmed that an account is the authentic presence of the public figure, celebrity, or global brand it represents.”

How do you get your very own Insta Badge? You can apply to get one by going into your platform’s settings tab, providing your ID, and waiting for that all-important response. However, there are no guarantees! But, that’s always the way, isn’t it? After all, there are no 100 percent shatter-proof formulas for achieving success in online marketing. Keep in mind that those ‘masterclasses’ will surely tell you differently, though.

Being an Instagram Model and marketing yourself is but a means to an end. It is not necessarily something to hinge your ‘bread-and-butter’ upon. If you are reaping the rewards as an Influence Marketer than more power to you. If you are still struggling and wondering why it’s not actually working for you, then remember things are never what they seem – especially when it comes to the world of social media/influencer marketing!

5 Tips For Success In The Modelling Industry

Pursuing the modeling dream is never an easy undertaking. The road towards the top will be filled with challenges, with many people giving up before they reach the reality of what they have always dreamed of. Whether you would like to pursue a career in modeling, you will be facing stiff competition. In some instances, you will end up being frustrated and with low confidence. With this in mind, keep on reading and learn from some of the tips that we will be sharing which will help you in reaching your dream of becoming a model one day.

Start with Training

Before you even start with auditions and going to go-sees, the first thing that you have to do is to have extensive training in modeling. There are some schools offering formal training to those who would like to harness their skills. Even at home, you can practice with the help on online modules and tutorials. This will help you to be familiar with the different techniques.

Prepare your Portfolio

This is specifically the case for those who have big dreams to have a career in modeling. This will serve as your resume. Your folio will show how you look in front of the camera and will make it easier for agents to assess whether they should accept you or not. It should be made in such a way that it will be able to highlight what you can do and offer. This will be a tool for marketing yourself, so make sure that it will be convincing enough.

Find an Agent

You should also exert effort in finding a talent agency. The agent will make it easier for you to land gigs in the future. Their extensive network will also increase the likelihood of creating a name for yourself. You just have to make sure that you are working with a legitimate agent.

Go on Auditions

This is another important thing if you want to have a successful modeling career. Be proactive in looking for potential auditions. Before auditioning, make sure that you are fully-prepared. Get enough rest, and as it has been earlier pointed out, practice so that you can deliver an impressive performance.

Never Lose Hope

This is perhaps the best to keep in mind as you pursue your modeling dream. Rejection is part of the game, which will make you frustrated. This, however, should not be areas on to give up. If you fail once, ask yourself on what happened and use this as an inspiration to be better. Learn from your past mistakes. Use it as a motivation to be better.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing The Dashing Bay Duvaa

Bay Duvaa shares that he got his start as a model when “my teacher Bolormaa invited me to become a model in her agency named “Mongol Model Agency” in Mongolia.” It is a career that has seen success. As well as his StarCentral win, Bay won the Grand Prize at the Asia New Face Model Contest held in Seoul, Korea in 2012 – a win he describes as one of the most memorable experiences of his career. Bay had won ‘Face of Mongolia’ first before competing in the international competition run by the Korean Model Association. He beat out 60 other models from 19 Asian countries to win the contest.

The full-time model thoroughly relishes his time strutting down the runway. Outside of the modeling world, Bay enjoys playing basketball and soccer with his friends. He also reveals that he is a marketer, “I like to implement my new ideas to promote new brands or products in marketing and management sectors.”

As he pursues his modeling career, the 32-year old can count on the full support of his family, especially that of his wife whom he gushes is the most interesting person he has ever met. That support will be invaluable on the road as Bay has realized that modeling “can create a high career in few years easily, but keeping the career is difficult.” But he has great plans which include studying to become an actor – “Acting is very interesting that expresses many kinds of human characters…Hollywood which is my dream…”

‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: ‘DUNKIRK.’

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? – A sense of humor is the most beautiful thing in the world. Human outer beauty is temporary, but inner beauty is immortal.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? I have many things to do which all included in my plans.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…go to travel alone all around the world.”

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I think, there are no flaws that would not be changed. I am not a perfect person. I always try to improve myself. I am still working on my flaws because I will study until the end of life.