5 MODELS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

One of the best things about the internet is growing access to people you would otherwise never see. Aren’t we all voyeurs in some way, don’t some of you watch trashy reality shows about people who are just famous for being famous? It doesn’t have to be based on entertainment though, social media offers a variety of platforms with which to hear about and see the on-goings of every kind of person you could be interested in. I personally like to follow a few celebrities and models to see just how normal they are. Others are just nice to look at.

I’ve scoured the feeds and come up with 5 models to follow on Instagram today. It’s a real tour around the globe, too.

 

1. Dimitris Alexandrou, Greece

Why? He loves animals and cares about the environment.

Where? Instagram

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2. Alvaro Nates, Colombia 

Why? He’s fresh, quirky and cleans up nice. He’s also a skilled photographer.

Where?: Instagram and his website

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3. Chad White, America 

Why? He’s the all-American boy and a legend in the modelling industry. His best friend is his rescue dog, which he named Batman.

Where? Instagram

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4. Stephen James, Great Britain

Why? He’s covered in tattoos, one of which is Salvador Dalì. He likes the odd gym selfie. And he looks great in clothes too.

Where? Instagram
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5. Ben Dahlhaus, Sweden

Why? He’s the modeling world’s answer to Brad Pitt circa 1994, with a beard. He likes to take arty photos in nature. Also see Brock O’Hurn.

Where: Instagram

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THOM BROWNE IN THE STUDIO

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Yesterday we got access to Thom Browne in the studio. Thanks to the New York Times, this series allows us to see what settings different designers work in. I find it particularly interesting as it can show off the designers personality and how that has an effect on their end-product.

The studio, which comprises mostly of marble walls, terrazzo floors and blinds (in grey and white), certainly works as an extension of the brand, Browne even comments that grey is his collection staple.

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From the interview:

I think the tailoring aspect of what I do is very in tune with the way that I live, and my office, and my store, and even my house, because of the uniformity of it, and the rigidity. Especially for women, I love to keep pushing the idea of uniformity, and not so much choice. I think there’s something really refreshing when things don’t change too much.”

Read the full interview here. For more videos like this, check out The New York Times Style section.

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ELLEN DEGENERES LIP SYNC BATTLE STYLE

2Did you watch the Ellen DeGeneres Lip Sync Battle? Ellen was a clear winner with her rendition of Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money, but the winning didn’t stop there, I had my eye on her style too. You know, it’s not uncommon for women today to borrow from the boys and we are long passed the days of keeping to the rules; androgyny is nothing new. It’s time we took a page from Ellen’s book.

Dressed in a fantastic green pant suit with a buttoned up (but untucked) printed shirt and Chelsea boots, Ellen even showed up Justin Timberlake. I searched and searched and couldn’t find the maker of this fine suit (even though she’s worn it before here) but there are loads of alternatives available, just check Pinterest out to see what I mean.

1Who doesn’t love Ellen? Exactly. I’ve always loved her style and think she’s arrived at the perfect place of staying cool and keeping true to herself. Want this look? Simply put on your favourite slim-fit suit, swap out your plain shirt for a tonal and fun alternative and add either a Chelsea boot or a desert book. For a casual approach leave your shirt untucked or add a slick belt and tuck it in.

Image and video from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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A SUIT TO TRAVEL IN: PAUL SMITH

stories-max-campaign-FALL-SQUAREWhen I was in my twenties I don’t think I was as concerned with comfort as I am today. I would wear tight and low cut jeans in 2007 even though I could barely sit down and my shirts were tucked in and worn under wool blazers even when it was sweltering outside.

These days I’ve certainly taken a more sensible approach to dressing in that I wear what I like and what’s easy. This is likely the reason I love Paul Smith so much. His clothing is both quirky as well as built for the man who wants comfort too.

I was fortunate enough to acquire one of Paul Smith’s travel suits back in 2009. They are engineered with non-crease fabric which makes it ideal for sitting for lengthy periods.

So sure are they of this range that Paul Smith has launched A Suit to Travel In (launched at London Collections: Men in January), specifically designed for movement, with added room across the back of the jacket to allow a full range of motion. Whether you’re showing off your backflip by the water cooler or just driving to your next meeting you need not worry about creasing.

Watch the video to see what I mean.

Paul Smith’s A Suit To Travel In is now available for men (in 3 fits: Slim, Soho and Mayfair) and women.

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MY FATHER’S SIGNET RING

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You know how they say that women are prone to choosing partners who are like their fathers? I have a theory that men are prone to choosing fashion that reminds them of theirs. Growing up, my dad worked a lot. The kind of man who worked until the job was done. I remember thinking of my father as this giant, this great man I hoped to be some day. He was naturally athletic and enjoyed sports and drinking whisky; a real man’s man. He had a solid build and would walk through town with such confidence. People loved his fantastic sense of humour and appreciated his kindness. I was a decade away from growing facial hair myself but my father’s gorgeous, full beard epitomised masculinity to me. I distinctly remember him driving me to school when I was quite young. He would wear knitted ties under a pullover to work and combined with that beard and his aviator Ray-Bans I thought he was something unstoppable. On weekends short-sleeved shirts and shorts were customary but his gold signet ring remained on his pinky every single day.

Of course by the time I was a teenager I rebelled, and in searching for my own personality, clashed with his. I was in no way athletic and we battled to relate to each other. My brothers are both much older than me and there came a time when he decided to make them their own gold ring with their initials on it. Knowing everything at the time I scoffed at the idea of ever wearing one, but there would come a time when I would change my mind. Both my brothers wore them for a while and before long left them in a drawer and forgot about them. My father figured I would go the same way, discarding the tradition he hoped to start, and never made one for me.

While this was happening I had started to grow a beard and experiment with my own personal style. I tried it all (and I have years of style posts to back that up) but nothing fit quite right (I have even more posts about skinny jeans than I care to think about). At 30 years old, passed the phases one goes through to find what it is they really like, I arrived in a pretty good place. I learned a lot from observing my father, such as how to be a gentleman and the value of your word.

My father passed his ring on to me this year before he and my mother immigrated to America, he said I could melt it down and make something I would wear but I could never do that. It means far too much to me. I figure I would not feel the same way about this ring if it carried my own initials. In a world of selfie-awareness and the need for validation I feel pretty darn great wearing a ring that reminds me what I really want to strive for as a man; hard-working, smart, reliable, strong and kind. Often you grow up hoping to be the furthest thing from your father or mother, but I embrace our similarities and hope I wear them well.

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Waffle Day: How to make Red Velvet Waffles

For some reason, waffles always remind me of vacation. Maybe it’s because I associate them with hotels where you can make your own waffles for breakfast. So when I make them at home, it always feels like a special occasion.

These waffles would be perfect for a holiday or celebration, or any time you want breakfast to feel a little noteworthy. They are amazing topped with Cream Cheese Drizzle (recipe follows), but I also love them with just a drizzle of maple syrup.

Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon table salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1⁄2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1⁄4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon red liquid food coloring

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200° F and preheat a waffle iron. Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl to combine.
  2. Combine the melted butter and brown sugar in a separate large bowl. Whisk in the egg
yolks and buttermilk. Mix the cocoa powder and red food coloring in a small bowl to make a smooth paste, then whisk the paste into the butter mixture. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened (the batter should be slightly lumpy).
  3. Beat the egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Stir one-quarter of the egg whites into the batter to lighten it. Then fold in the remaining egg whites gently but thoroughly.
  4. Spray a waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray or brush with melted butter. Cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. As they’re done, put them on a baking sheet and slide them into the oven to keep them warm while you cook the remaining waffles.

Cream Cheese Drizzle

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of table salt
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk

Directions

To make the cream cheese drizzle: Beat the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and salt in a bowl. Beat in enough milk to make a pourable mixture.

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Spiced Almond Cocktail TNP Originals

In a small saucepan, combine spiced rum, amaretto, almond milk, cinnamon sticks, and star anise pods. Heat to a simmer and remove from heat. Let steep for at least 5 minutes. Pour into a glass and garnish with ground cinnamon.

– 1.5 oz. Spiced Rum

– 1 oz. Amaretto

– 4 oz. Almond Milk

– 2 cinnamon sticks

– 2-3 pieces whole Star Anise Pods

– Ground cinnamon, for garnish

In a small saucepan, combine spiced rum, amaretto, almond milk, cinnamon sticks, and star anise pods. Heat to a simmer and remove from heat. Let steep for at least 5 minutes. Pour into a glass and garnish with ground cinnamon.

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Eat Breakfast Erin Heatherton’s Eggs & Avocado

Blake Lively is currently on the promo tour for Age of Adeline, and when she isn’t being asked questions about her daughter James, she’s getting changed.

When we chatted with model Erin Heatherton, she gave us her go-to breakfast (aka our two favorite items on one plate): Eggs and avocado. Here’s how to make it like she does, because who doesn’t want to eat breakfast like a model?

Eggs and Avocado Toast 

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2 slices of Free Bread

1 quarter of an avocado

1 slice of lemon

A pinch of salt, pepper, and red chili flakes

Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Fresh Parsley

Toast the bread. While it’s toasting, fry two eggs using coconut oil spray on medium/low heat. Cover with lid.

While toast is finishing, cut a slice of lemon and a quarter of avocado and place on plate.

Using a fork, mash the avocado onto the toast and squeeze the lemon wedge on top. Alongside (or on top) place the eggs.

Sprinkle eggs and toast with chili flakes, salt, and pepper to your liking. A dash of olive oil on the toast is also delicious.

Garnish with some fresh parsley.

 

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Peter Mondavi Because Wine’s Our Middle Name This Month

With Spring finally here, we decided it was time to celebrate possibly our favorite drink of the season (or every season for that matter): Wine. On our recent trip to Napa.

“Today I was asked when I realized I was in the wrong body. As much as it took me a really long time to come to terms with it, I think I have known since I can remember—since I could even think about gender or notice it. I was thinking about when I was in pre-K ,and I would dress up as Cinderella and do girl things. If I decided to wear a dress or roleplay as a princess, my teachers would tell me I couldn’t do it because I was a boy. So when you have everyone in your life telling you that you’re a boy, you kind of start to believe it, even though none of it comes naturally to you.

My transition has been a very gradual, very cerebral process. For a lot of people, it’s very easy to reduce gender to bodies, and that’s terrible. So to answer that question that I was asked today, I realized I was a woman after I was already living as a woman for about a year or so. Before that, I had this platinum blond hair, acrylics, and would dress in skirts, and wear purses—but I still identified as male. I was open-minded enough, growing up, to think that even if my outward appearance was female, I could still be male. If you read enough queer theory, you realize any sort of conjunction is possible. There are boys who want experience life as women but still be boys, and that’s valid.

I never understood why people would think that men couldn’t be as beautiful as women, so for a long time I didn’t have a word for myself. I was like, ‘I’m not a boy but I can’t let myself be a woman.’ So at the time I was like, ‘OK, I’ll be something else.’ It was weird for me, and in some ways, my thinking allowed me to keep putting off how I felt inside by just covering it up with this cerebral explanation.

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I used to wear a lot more makeup. I fucking love Boy George, and I would put on that amount of makeup—like Boy George amounts of makeup. My eyeliner would like reach my hairline. I would go really crazy with it. I would try to overcompensate. Now I’m much more toned down, but I feel like all girls have that phase when experimenting with makeup for the first time. Though, if I started off putting on the amount of makeup I wear now, I knew I would just look like who I really am, and I think I was just not ready for that.

I was 14 years old when I got my first taste of makeup. I was in a band as the lead singer and we were playing one of our first shows. At that point all I could get away with was straightening my hair maybe once a month. So yeah, I was at my first show, and I remember finding a Revlon retractable black eyeliner in the bathroom.

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I put it on my waterline, not even thinking about the fact that I could get an eye infection as I picked it up off the floor—it was disgusting. I guess the cool thing about being in a band is that there is so much more freedom. There’s the classic ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)‘-feel. I felt like I could wear the eyeliner, and no one would care because I was at a rock show. Then I wore it again to a crowd that was more of a hardcore scene, and it wasn’t a cool experience. They were screaming at me to get off the stage and calling me the F word. I was just like, ‘Wow, OK.’ I was 15 at that point. It was a terrible wake up call to me, all because I was wearing eyeliner—it’s not that big of a deal, and yet, people are already policing me for not performing this gender that I’m pretending to be. Obviously I was doing a shitty job at performing male. Sometimes I tell people that I really feel like I was in drag for over a decade, in the sense of performing male gender roles. I’d end the night and make sure to wipe off my eyeliner before I got home.

I had really bad acne in high school, so I’d get away with wearing coverall and that’s it. Still, my mother would look at me from her bed—I did, and still do, my makeup in her room because it has the best lighting—and be like, ‘What are you doing?’ I used to tell my mom like, ‘Don’t worry! I’ll never wear mascara!’ But it all happens…100 YouTube tutorials later you emerge in full face [Laughs].

I always admired makeup. I’d watch my grandma doing her makeup, and she’d always be put together. She would tell me that photos are forever, you can’t take it lightly, and you have to perfect it. Little things like that really stuck with me. Without my mother’s permission, I dyed my hair platinum blonde as a teenager. Having white hair changes your life, regardless of gender identity. It is a really crazy experience. You learn about so many different sides of people and how they perceive you—it’s crazy. It was motivation, I guess, and it was the first instance of feeling like I can’t hide myself.

I was really obsessed with Final Fantasy at the time, especially the Final Fantasy villains. If you really look at a Final Fantasy villain and analyze it, it’s a female head on a male body. I felt connected to the possibility of being really pretty, even if my body didn’t match up—there was a chance for the head portion to be on-point and consistent with how I view myself. After that, I started really diving into makeup as identity. Beauty can be a big deal for all girls, but beauty for a trans girl could be life-or-death. There’s moments when you could be placed in danger for not passing as a woman convincingly enough. One time I was walking with my friend and a guy was trying to holler at me, then he took out a knife. Makeup is much more serious to trans women. Even cis girls can relate—they get attacked and bullied in schools, growing up, because they’re not pretty enough.

I really feel bad for a lot of trans people and trans women who don’t have the experience [with makeup] before they come into themselves and have to learn to do their makeup in no time. They’re 35, they have kids, and they need to transition then—that’s the bravest thing ever. That’s not to say that I think people transitioning later in life necessarily need to wear makeup to be who they are. I just identified with it. The way I did it was just like how every girl picks up makeup skills—where your mom is like, ‘You can only put on lipgloss.’ You need time to practice, so it looks good. I used to just have these Zen three-hour makeup sessions. Of course, during the day I just wear tinted moisturizer, concealer, and maybe mascara. Sometimes I’ll do a wing, but just a little bit on the outer edge. But at night…at night is when I’d really take my time. I’d do my makeup from 7pm to 10pm and go out at midnight.

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Chrissy Teigen & Emily Ratajkowski Have A Sexy-Off

Both girls look absolutely ah-mazing as they celebrated the launch of Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 with Chrissy’s husband John Legend last night. Model Chrissy, 29, was wearing a pair of *very* saucy hot pants.

Wear it dry, and you’ve got your standard dusting of color—classic and predictable (in a good way). But wet! Wearing it wet opens a whole new world of opportunity. “What you’re doing is bringing out the pigmented nature of the shadow,” makeup artist Vincent Oquendo says. “Whenever I wet an eye shadow, it’s when I really want it to pop—but it really has to be a special kind of product to be able to blend after it sets. Because a lot of the times when it sets, you get streaking.” Nobody wants that. In order to avoid any wet shadow mishaps, follow these guidelines:

Product

First, go with the obvious: any eye shadow labeled wet-to-dry. The Nars Dual-Intensity line is the standout—the singles come in 12 different shimmery shades, and there’s a corresponding brush (then there’s the newly released Dual Intensity Blush line, which was all over Fashion Week—but that’s a product for another post). Burberry also makes a few very versatile shades specifically for this in their Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. And the technique-specific eye shadow category isn’t just a ploy to get you to buy more product. “You can’t just use any eye shadow for this,” Vincent says. “Certain ones will harden up on top and become unusable because they’re not made for this.”

Baked shadows are also fair game—we’re fans of Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry and Lorac’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in particular.

For more advanced players, Vincent suggests moving on to straight pigment (MAC or even OCC’s Pure Cosmetic Pigments). With the added moisture, they’ll become easier to layer with other products. For a look with more depth, try using a cream shadow as a based before swiping with a wet powder shadow. “It’s like insurance,” Vincent says. “You’re doubling your wearability.

Brush
This all depends on exactly what you want to do. “Mind the resistance,” Vincent says, particularly if you’re looking for uniform color across the lid. “I tend to recommend a blender brush, which is the brush that looks like a feather duster. If you do it with a stiff brush, you’re defeating yourself before you even start. The joy of a wet-to-dry is you have to get it right amount of product loaded up, and then it blends itself. If the brush is too stiff, it will leave the shadow streaky and then much harder to control.”

However, if tightlining or waterlining is in the cards, a much thinner brush is required accordingly.

Liquid
Do not, repeat, do not put eye drops, water, or any other sort of liquid directly on your eye shadow. This’ll screw up your product for later use. “Lately, I’ve been wetting the brush with the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, but Evian Mineral Water Spray is good for sensitive eyes,” Vincent says. If the top of your powder does get a little hardened by wet application, there’s a trick to remove it: Get a clean mascara spoolie and “exfoliate” your compact, Vincent recommends. This won’t crack the compact and will make it ready to go once more.

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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