Berkshire.

This weekend, Phil & I went to visit his mum before she returns to Hong Kong for the winter season. I always love leaving the hustle and bustle of London and venturing into the calm depths of Berkshire. This weekend was a fairly relaxed one full of that autumn feeling. Exactly what I needed.

photo 1 photo 2

As I’m 5 days into Pescetarianism, I have been craving chicken and steak like you wouldn’t believe! I knew it was going to be hard when it came finding alternate vegetarian/pescetarian recipes but trying to ensure I have enough protein in my diet. I couldn’t help but pop into Holland & Barrett to grab some Chia Seeds which I love adding to my morning egg white omelettes and smoothies. I also decided to try adding a morning shot of Aloe Vera to my routine as my best friend swears by it! She’s seen improvements in her hair, skin and digestion in just over a week.

Over the weekend, we opted for simple salmon & white fish dishes, spinach and potato. I was bugged down with headaches and the been hit by the bus hangover type feeling which I hope was due to the shift in diet. As I start day 5, I woke up feeling full of energy and not hating life (Mondays are NEVER easy). I’m hoping my energy levels only get better.

IMG_7915 photo 3

After returning from Berkshire, We spent the night watching mind numbing TV whilst indulging in Dominos (extra cheese, always extra cheese), drinking my fav merlot and searching for places to stay in Brussels over Christmas. Perfecto.

photo 4

K

Advertisements

Tips for Model Newbies

Venturing into the modelling world

Ever since the sunday nights spent watching America’s Next Top Model with my mum and sister circa 2006, I have always had a strong interest in the modelling and editorial world. Unfortunately, I wasn’t exactly blessed with the looks, height and figure one would require so I’ve taken the alternative route and have experienced an internship at a corrupt agency in HK and am now working as a booker for a wonderful agency in London. Summing up my time spent in this industry so far, I’ve come across my fair share of naturals, wanna be’s and developers and from my experience, here are things I’ve picked up along the way.

When in doubt, don’t fake it out. When it comes to castings, inner confidence is key. You don’t need to be extra loud or quirky to gain our attention. Be yourself and let your personality shine through. Whether you spend your weekends bird watching or dancing awkwardly to hipster tunes down Shoreditch.

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 20.29.10 Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 20.29.47

 Don’t lie about your height. We spend a lot of our time measuring and analysing bodies. We will know your dress size and height before you get the chance to even introduce yourself.

Always be on time, whether it be for a job or a casting which you should regard as a job interview. Impressions are everything in this industry and there will always be a model out there just as attractive as you and more willing to to take their job seriously. Yes you may have a perfectly semetrical face or hair like Robert Pattinson but time is money people. If you live in London, where tubes are being delayed left, right and centre, make sure to always contact the client, making them politely aware of the delay. And definitley don’t lie about why you’re late if your memories lacking.

Wear clothes and undergarments which are comfortable and plain. Don’t draw the attention away from yourself by sporting your feathery, neon, bird cage dress. For women, I would suggest a black or white spaghetti top and leggings making it easier to be measured in. And ladies, try to lay of the fake tan and heavy make up. Ever heard the saying, Less is more?

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 16.46.02 Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 16.46.31

Master your angles. Top models of today have spent countless hours in front of their bedroom mirrors, pulling faces even Cara Delevingne would be proud of. Photographers love a model who can move in front of the camera so leave any embarrassment at the door and study your face and body until it comes naturally . If the mirror isn’t working for you, try out a dance class or take numerous daily selfies (the only time this is acceptable!) For some inspiration check out Coco Rocha’s 50 poses in 30 seconds – 

Try to keep a healthy lifestyle. Think of your face and body as your skill, your product and expertise. No make up artist wants to spend an hour longer than usual attempting to minimise your bags from last nights Jeager bombs. Drink at least 2 Litres of water a day, keep active & healthy and get sufficient sleep (especially the night before a job)

and lastly, let go, relax and have fun. Inexperienced models tend to get very nervous (which is totally justified!) and start to tense up, normally with the mouth tensing up first, resulting in awkward faces. A way to fix this is attempt to make horse sounds with a closed mouth or having a good laugh. Don’t be afraid to try something new and take a risk. From the photographers point of view, you can never look too ridiculous. It’s better to have a few awkward posed frames then 100’s of the same look.

K

25 years of age.

Holy moly, I am 25 years old in 12 days. Twenty five years of age. It’s so strange to think that I left high school EIGHT years ago.

In the space of 365 days, so much has changed.

I lost my dad earlier in the year to cancer and my entire being and out look on life has changed. It was by far the hardest thing I have had to go through and I almost feel cheated in a sense that I had to experience it so early on in my life. It is something that you’ll have to deal with for the rest of your time on this earth and it truly never ever gets easier. 7 months on, the shock has started to disintegrate and I am able to process my thoughts and experiences. I have grown up and matured extremely fast in some ways but most importantly, It has never been so clear to me what is of importance and what isn’t.

IMG_5800

Health has become more important than going out and getting bladdered because you feel it’s the social thing to do. True relationships have become much more visible and the ones which have added nothing to my life or aren’t supportive disappear into the background. I will never ever forget who was there for me during the worst year of my life to date. You truly realise whats important and treasure the time spent with others so much more.

Despite concerns from friends and family over my decision to move across the world to London to pursue a long distant relationship, It is by far one of the best decisions i’ve ever made. It was soon after my dad’s death and I didn’t want to be surrounded by constant reminders whilst grieving. I took a risk and although I miss Hong Kong an incredible amount, for now, London is where I need to be. Hopefully in the not too distant future, my lovely boyfriend and I will venture back to our hometowns together (if he can handle the amount of dogs i’m going to adopt from the rescue shelters)

I landed a job as a model booker at a small agency here in London. I thoroughly enjoy my job and the people I work with (model divas excluded). It’s refreshing to be working with an agency whom can run a business properly without cheating both models and clients unlike one’s I’ve worked for before in the 852.

I’ve travelled back to Pedreguer in Alicante where my family used to spend our summers. I have hiked in Kilsyth, halfway between Glasgow and Stirling in Scotland. I have seen the views from Edinburgh Castle and I have eaten more of London’s finest burgers than I thought possible.

IMG_5893 IMG_7288 IMG_7389

I have mastered the perfect English sunday roast. I have had some of my closest friends visit me on their stopovers. I have fallen in love with hot yoga, it’s ability to relax and centre me never ceases to amaze me. I have met my half brother for the first time who is the spit of my dad! I have continued to explore London and try as much food as possible (and put on a stone in the making)

photo 4 IMG_6023 IMG_6383

As sad as I am to say bye to being 24, I am so ready take on as many experiences as I can during my quarter life crisis. No. 25,  I am ready for you!

K

Going Pescetarian

For as long as I can remember,  I have always loved meat. Steak, burgers, nuggets..you name it, I crave it. There is no better taste than a juicy medium-well steak in my eyes and whilst I’m sat here salivating at the mouth, I have to remind myself that for a person who’s favourite things in the world are animals, why should I be so hyprocritial to indulge in them? I wouldn’t gobble up my boyfriend (even when he’s spent too long on FIFA) so why should I have the right to eat the things I love. Why should I support such an inhumane industry when I want to spend my life trying to protect and stand up for these beautiful creatures? For others, it will not seem hypocritical but for me, it is something that questions my entire being and values. With that being said, I have not and will never judge anyone for the dietary choices they choose to make.

I’m a strong believer in taking things step-by-step and not going full speed ahead. Starting today, I will be cutting out all meat except for fish, eggs and cheese in the hopes of eventually in years to come, cutting those out too. A couple months back I decided to cut out all meat and experienced more side effects than I anticipating. The first few days consisted of gruelling headaches and extreme fatigue whilst my body was detoxing and getting rid of all toxins, chemicals, antibiotics, added hormones, feed additives, flavor enhancers, age-delaying gases and salt-water solutions found in meat. I felt ill and very very weak. This time around I will be educating myself on the right protein sources and making sure I am consuming a healthy, balanced diet. Luckily, in London, meat substitutes and vegan/vegetarian restaurants are extremely popular and readily available.

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 15.12.18

My #vege sheperds pie 💛 #Quorn with onion, garlic, stock & spices with a half potato & sweet potato with almond milk topping

I can’t guarantee I won’t slip off the bandwagon and at times and I may even treat myself to a birthday burger next month (25 years old.. scary stuff!) but no journey is complete without a few hiccups.

But to me, no taste will be worth an animals life. Simple as. 

In the process of bettering my health, I like to occasionally rummage through my favourite London store in Bayswater, Planet Organic. It’s incredibly sad but roaming round this organic haven, attempting to find healthier substituted products is just my ultimate de-stresser. Below are some of my favourites.

photo 4 photo 2 photo 1

Instead of white/wholemeal bread. Try Biona’s organic Rye Bread – Amaranth & Quinoa – Goes amazingly well with avocado and cheese!  Biona’s organic crunchy peanut butter is also great as it includes no added salt, sugar or palm oil and is vegetarian, vegan, gluten and diary free for those with allergies and intolerances.

photo 3 photo 2 photo 3

As I’m allergic to caffeine, Rooibos (Red Bush) is perfect for a little sweet pick me up after lunch. Rooibos originates from South Africa and boosts so many health benefits. It contains powerful antioxidants, has a high mineral content, aids iron absorption, relieves stomach and skin complaints and aids a restful sleep. After dinner, I also like to treat myself to a square or two of Green & Black’s organic 70% dark chocolate. It does the trick without splurging on a chocolate bar. 

As I start my quest to implement a healthier, balanced life, any pescetarian/vegetarian/vegan recipes recommendation would be greatly appreciated.

Onwards and upwards!

K

12 days in Holborn.

For the past two weeks, my boyfriend and I have been fortunate enough to living the hotel life at The Citadines in Holborn. Due to Phil’s heavy work schedule at the European Poker Tour, I’ve had the chance to mooch off of his job perks and explore both Holborn & Covent Garden for the first time. Whilst doing so, I have come across some of the best meals in London I’ve had to date.

One morning, I stumbled across HUSH Brasseries. During the week, I tried nearly everything on the menu and the english breakfast is just on another level! Their menu also includes 5 different types of Eggs Benedict, 4 variations of waffles and pancakes and heavenly pastries.

photo 2 photo 4 photo 5

On Friday night we headed to Bricklane to celebrate my old friend from uni’s 25th with a little drunken bowling. Had a great time at All Star Lanes as well as one of the best cocktails of my life.

Jumpin’ Jack Flash Cocktail. 
Jack Daniels, Falernum, Agave Syrup, Fresh Lemon juice churned with Raspberry puree, in this cheeky long drink with a taste of classic sherbet.

Although, Brick Lane is one of my favourite ways to spend a sunday, I have to admit that it is quite frightening on a friday. I may possibly be getting more boring with every year that passes but the mixture of screeching teens and buzzed out crack heads does not appeal to me. I guess I’ll have to give it another go before I write it off but boy do I miss Lan Kwai Fong!

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3

To celebrate the end of the European poker tour and Phil’s manic work schedule, we ventured over to Leicester Square to visit his company’s casino and to sample one of the best steaks in London at the Heliot Steak House. At first I questioned if dining with the view of Roulette and Black Jack tables would be borderline tacky but the food, ambience and service exceeded my expectations by miles. The steak was succulent and bursting of flavour. With the additional garlic butter and peppercorn sauce equipped with a bottle of Cycles Gladiator Merlot and sides, I can honestly say my experience couldn’t have been any better.

With a belly full of food and a week of total relaxation after work, I’m prepping myself for a week ahead of getting myself back into fitness and healthy eating. Wish me luck……

K