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By Jadée Nikita
It’s been long over due, but I finally got my new headshots for the year (don’t judge). I had a great time with the photographer, and I have to say, overall, these are the best commercial headshots I’ve ever taken. So I had to ask myself, “Self. What is it that made this experience better than the rest?” It didn’t take long before the notes started…
By Jadée Nikita
Ok, ladies, try not to freak out, panic, and do what I think you’re gonna do. From experience, it’s best to take a seat when you first find out this information. Are you sitting down? Good. Word on the street is our favorite shoe designer just dropped a new line of polishes to pair perfectly with those red-soled goddess pumps. I know!! I told you not to freak out, but that’s right! The nail polish that first inspired Christian Louboutin’s “red bottoms” are now at our fingertips, in stores and ready to buy! Like his shoes, you will have to shell out some dough, but if you’re on a budget, at $50, this is the best way to to get up-close-and-personal to the signature red that makes Louboutin’s artistry so coveted.
Christian Louboutin has been drawing sketches of shoes since he was a teenager. After a long break from the business, he decided to get back in the game and open up his own atelier. Inspired by Warhol and the Pop art movement, he designed a shoe in 1992 called, Pensée. Legend has it, his assistant modeled a prototype of the shoe for one last inspection, and after some time, he felt he was still missing something. Back at the drawing board, he pondered, and his assistant went back to her desk bored, and began to paint her nails. After watching her carefully stroke her nails with the scarlet polish he knew he found the answer. “So I grabbed her nail polish, and painted the soles.”
According to this iconic designer, “the ultimate goal of the nail colour was to evoke shiny lacquer imprisoned in a piece of faceted crystal.” The point is to indulge, luxuriate, and delight “in the pleasure of the object as well as in the pleasure of the colour.”
I just want to point out, Louboutin is famous for his “envelops,” aka packaging (but we’ll say envelops because he hates term “packaging”), and this beauty product lives up to his legendary artistry in design. Not only is the polish encapsulated in crystal, but it’s topped off with an 8-inch long, pointy spire, that guess what, is also inspired by one of his previous shoe designs – the 8 inch heel Ballerina Ultima.
That’s right, there’s more :) Starting August 31st, the Louboutin team will release 30 new additional hues in 3 distinct color groupings: the pops, the nudes, and the noirs. Notice how much detail and thought went into the design of his bottles. I especially admire the way they matched the color of the bottle caps with the polish palette. Stark silver for the pops, a matted gold for the nudes, and a shiny gunmetal effect for the noirs.
As inspiration for the color palette, the team studied swatches of fabric and leather samples that are closely tied with the designer’s aesthetic from previous collections. Once the colors were chosen, they manipulated the hues to complement varying skin tones. I look forward to trying them all :)
By Jadée Nikita
Ah, the snapback. The perfect accessory for a bad hair day, or when you wanna just swag it out. But did you know this coveted headpiece also pairs perfectly with a sexy blouse, jeans and pump? You got the image in your head? Cute, right! I was browsing through Pinterest one night and came across a gorgeous photo of a girl wearing a plunging, jet black, halter leotard with a black New Era snapback and thought, wow! The juxtaposition of femininity and masculinity perfectly sums up the fashion trends going on in the current commercial dance world. You want to be sexy but still be able to hang with the boys, too.
Triple Threat Dance Leotard $68 / New York Yankees MLB Visor Real Graffiti 59FIFTY Cap $36 / LE SILLA Leather Gladiator Boots $834 / MANGO Medium denim shorts $50 / LA Dodgers Snapback $35 / TOPSHOP Seam V Bralet $40 / Thick Drop Crotch Prisoner Trousers $616 / Dr. Martens 1460 Boots $159
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Shop the look for less here!Trend of the Week: Snapback to Sexy By Jadée Nikita Ah, the snapback. The perfect accessory for a bad hair day, or when you wanna just swag it out.
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By Jadée Nikita
All hail the bun! It is the quintessential hairstyle for every dancer in the business. Most popular amongst ballerinas, this functional style is paramount for keeping hair out of your face and tying up the loose ends that can potentially weigh you down while turning. However you don’t have to be a “bunhead” to sport a stylish…
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By Cody Frank
Some of you may be getting bored of your usual fitness routine even if you do get to run around a glorious city like NYC. When you are feeling in a slump and want to step outside the box; take a workout class from this list. The following will help to relieve boredom stemming from routine, plus it’s always exciting to do something new, don’t you think? Add a…
By Jadée Nikita
Be brilliant this summer and make a bold statement in bright orange hues. Neon orange and tangerine colors are perfect for lazy sunny days and fancy summer nights. I love pairing an orange top with denim, or wearing a cute orange pencil skirt with black accents (accent being the key word) and a black crop top to set it off. If you want to take your fashion statement one step further, try pairing your favorite orange top with an equally fantastic tangerine, strawberry, or lemon yellow pink skirt. Sorbet color pairings are daring and different from your everyday black ensemble. But if you are required to wear black to work, or for some other occasion, you can make it fun by wearing a pair of textured orange shoes in snakeskin or ostrich.
The more ways you can try and fit orange into your summer look, the better. If you want to be subtle, don a pair of orange-lensed shades, or wear a cute orange-hued lipstick that best matches your skin tone. Or if you are going for a more tropical look, go all out and pair orange together, or with other hues in the same color family. Orange really is the new black. You can wear it with anything and look great!
Boohoo Emma Neon Jacquard Mini Skirt $12 / Michael Kors Collection Pencil skirt $440 / Privileged Women’s Fight Night – Neon Orange $110 / Italia Independent I – v Velvet Sunglasses $154 / Boohoo Grace V Neck Crop Top $20 / TOPSHOP Cropped Split Side Tee $56 / Brooks Brothers Ostrich Clutch $1198 / Jeffrey Campbell Colima Platform Sandals $235
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By Jadée Nikita
Your heart is racing, and your palms are sweating. You’re not even in the audition room and yet your mind is racing, anxiety is building, and oddly enough your mouth is getting drier and drier. Ever feel like you’re about to have a panic attack before you go into an audition or step on stage to perform? If you answered yes, the good news is, you’re…
By Jadée Nikita
You ever get a casting notice where the director asks you to come with a “fresh, natural look?” As a model, dancer or actor, you will go on a lot of auditions where this is the case. So do you show up bare-faced, with no makeup at all? Or does it mean to wear the makeup you use on a daily basis? The answer is it’s somewhere in between. You don’t want to go to the audition like you just woke up, and you don’t want to wear caked-on, heavy makeup. Instead, only apply beauty products that brighten your face and accentuate you assets. For example, if you have high cheek bones, wear bronzer and a touch of rosy blush to play them up. Or if you have beautiful, full lips wear a neutral lip gloss to pucker up that kisser. You want to stay away from glitter and dark eyeshadows, though.
When I go to auditions that require minimal makeup and a fresh face, I like to stick to the basics:
Highlighter. Highlighting is great for adding dimension and brightening up those areas where the light shines on your face. I recommend applying under the eyes, along the nose bone, on the t-zone, and on the chin. When I shop for a highlighter, I usually pick a color that is 2-3 shades lighter than my skin tone, and I like to have one that works well as a concealer. My favorite is from L’OREAL. I never leave home without it!
Foundation. When I use the word “foundation” in this article, I use the term lightly. In all honesty, you don’t want to look like you are wearing foundation at all. To get a natural look you want to stay away from liquid or pressed compact foundations. Instead, shop for a BB cream with photo finishing properties. BB creams, or Beauty Balms, are the perfect way to get glowing skin because they are multi-taskers. They moisturize, prime, perfect, control oil, and protect for flawless skin on set and beyond. My favorites are from SMASHBOX, REVLON, and STILA
Cheeks. To get what I like to call, “the J Lo glow,” contour the cheek bones and hairline with a wee bit of bronzer. This will really add dimension and brighten your face. Dab a bit of your favorite blush on the apples of your cheeks and you’re good to go.
Eyes. When it comes to getting a natural look for the eyes, less and lighter is more. Using the same bronzer, sweep a small amount across your lids. To really make ‘em pop, apply a brow highlighter on your brow bone and on the inner corners of your eyes. My favorite is by BENEFIT.
Stroke on a brown eyeliner just along the upper lash line. Try to make it look as natural as possible, remember the point is to look like you don’t have any make up on at all. If you want to further accentuate your eyes (which I recommend), lightly brush mascara on the tips of your upper and lower lashes.
To finish off the look, apply a natural, semi-translucent lip balm that moisturize the lips. If you have thinner lips, shop for a product that plumpens the pout. My favorite is by BUXOM in Bunny.
For more help achieving the perfect natural look for your next dance, acting or modeling audition, check out these videos from the pros below: