Happy Halloween! I dressed my animals up this Halloween… here’s some ideas for you ;)
I’ve had the good fortune to enjoy a lot of modelling in my time. I’ve done work for clothing, lingerie and swimwear brands across South Africa. I’ve done work for hotel groups, television shows, automobiles, photography student projects, editorials and beauty shoots. I’ve been to Top Model UK in London as well as shot for fashion events in New York and Johannesburg. I remember my first “gig” was modelling a Phillip Treacy hat for a fashion event and I was so nervous :) But after 3 years in the industry, here are some basic guidelines I can give any aspiring models. There’s no hard and fast rules, but these may help you.
Take comfortable clothes
Photoshoots take a long time to set up. Arrive in comfortable stuff that’s easy to slip on and off. You’ll be wearing it while they do your hair and makeup. Soft button-up blouses work, as do easy tracksuit pants and slops. You’ll change into these for lunch break, and when you go home. As for what to wear underneath; nude bras and nude g-strings are a safe bet. Make sure you know what you’ll be modelling because if you need a backless bra, you don’t want to forget it!
Pack low-calorie snacks
Believe it or not, you get really hungry posing! It’s stressful finding the perfect position for lighting, as well as to show off the garment in the best way. You’ll want to have water and snacks nearby to see you through the day and to keep you in a good mood. You don’t want to be grumpy because you’re hungry, do you? Nice ideas: nuts, fruit, salad, crisps. Bring a kitbag with all your stuff in it.
Have a few stock poses you know you look good in
This is work and time is money. You can’t waste everyone’s time figuring out how to stand/sit/lie in order to look your best. All women know their “good side” and what angles work best for them. This is a strength. Play it up. Before you arrive on set for the shoot, practice taking photos at home in different poses figuring out your best side and best poses. Be aware of what shows off your assets in the best possible way. Use the timer on the camera or ask someone close to take of you. Of course if you have some experience in front of the lens, you’ll have a good idea of how to “pose” already.
Bend your body into positions that dont feel natural
Usually the positions that don’t feel natural are the ones that make us look the slimmest! If what you’re doing feels weird on set, it probably looks great on camera!
Have your headphones and good music on your cell
Setting up takes time. You’ll find yourself ready with clothes and makeup and have to wait. You’ll be waiting for the photographer to sort out his lighting. You’ll be waiting for other people doing the shoot with you to be ready. Either way, you want to keep upbeat and positive. Having good music and headphones with you is a must.
Get lots of photos while you work
It’s always handy to ask someone to snap you working. This is good for your morale and great for your marketing down the line.
Dont do anything on social media while you work
Remember, there’s no rush to post anything anywhere there and then. Rather be professional on the day and concentrate on the job at hand. Any “update” can wait until you get home. It can wait until the job is over and you have time to sit and update on your social platforms, as well as interact with your audience.
Always credit your photographer, make-up artists and hair stylist
When you post the photos, it’s important to credit the photographer and the make-up/hair stylist. If they have social platforms, link back to them.
Make sure you’re within your contract
Legally you may be unable to post the photos or say anything about the job until the campaign/film/photoshoot has been officially “released”. If it’s a big job, you usually sign a contract with the company to keep everything secret until they say you can release stuff to the public. That makes sense. Keep professional and wait until it’s okay to release your stuff. This includes behind-the-scenes photos and photos with fellow artists/performers/models.
I travelled to London a few years ago and these were some things I did. I recommend you put them on your list too, along with these below, and make sure you capture all the magic this beautiful city has to offer!
I recently went to a very pretty wedding. It made me think about how much work goes into planning one and making it extra special. After extensive research, here’s the pointers for planning your big day from the experts.
16 Months Before
+ Begin leafing through bridal, lifestyle, fashion, gardening, design and food magazines for inspiration
+ Determine how much you have to spend, based on your families’ contributions and your own
+ Pick your wedding party
+ Start a guest list – make a head count database to use throughout your planning process with columns for contact info, RSVPs, gifts, and any other relevant information
+ Decide on a date
+ Book your venue
+ Research a good photographer, band, florist and caterer
+ Hire a wedding planner if you wish
+ Throw an engagement party – remember that your invitees should be on your wedding guest list as well
8 Months Before
+ Hire a photographer and a videographer
+ Book the entertainment, florist and caterer
+ Purchase a dress – you’ll need to schedule time for at least three fittings. Veil shopping can be postponed for another two to three months
+ Reserve a block of hotel rooms for guests – pick three hotels at different price points close to the reception venue
+ Create your gift register – sign up at a minimum of three retailers
+ Launch a wedding blog or facebook page – create your personal page through a free provider such as weddingchannel.com, wordpress.com or Facebook. Note the date of the wedding, travel information, and accommodations. Then send the link to invitees
6 Months Before
+ Select and purchase invitations
+ Start planning a honeymoon – make sure that your passports are up-to-date and schedule doctors’ appointments for any shots you may need
+ Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses – allow at least six months for the dresses to be ordered and sized
+ Meet the officiant – map out the ceremony and confirm that you have all the official documents for the wedding (these vary by county and religion)
+ Send the save-a-date cards
+ Reserve structural and electrical necessities – book portable toilets for outdoor events, extra chairs if you need them, lighting components etc.
+ Book a florist
+ Arrange transport – consider limos, minibuses, trolleys and town cars. Remember that low-to-the-ground limos can make entries and exits dicey if you’re wearing a fitted gown
+ Start composing a “day-of” timeline – draw up a schedule of the event and slot in each component (the cake-cutting, the first dance)
4 Months Before
+ Book the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner venues – negotiate the cost and the menu. If you’re planning to host a day-after brunch for guests, book that place as well
+ Check on the wedding invitations – ask the stationer for samples of the finished invitations and revise them to suit your needs
+ Select and order the cake – some bakers require a long lead time. Attend several tastings before committing to any baker
+ Send your guest list to the host of your shower – provided you, ahem, know about the shower
+ Purchase wedding shoes and start dress fittings
+ Schedule hair and makeup artists
+ Choose your music – what should be playing when the wedding party is announced? During dinner? To kick off the dancing?
3 Months Before
+ Finalize the menu and flowers – you’ll want to wait until now to see what will be available, since food and flowers are affected by season
+ Order favours, if desired – some safe bets: monogrammed cookies or a treat that represents your city or region. If you’re planning to have welcome baskets for out-of-town guests, plan those now too
+ Make a list of the people giving toasts
+ Finalize the readings
+ Purchase your undergarments and schedule your second fitting
+ Finalize the order of the ceremony and the reception
+ Print menu cards, if you like, as well as programs
+ Purchase the rings -this will give you time for resizing and engraving
+ Send your event schedule to the vendors
2 Months Before
+ Touch base again with all the vendors
+ Meet with the photographer
+ Discuss specific shots and walk through the locations to note spots that appeal to you
+ Review the playlist with the band or deejay
+ Send out the invitations – the rule of thumb: mail invitations six to eight weeks before the ceremony, setting the RSVP cutoff at three weeks after the postmark date
+ Submit a newspaper wedding announcement – if you’re planning to include a photograph, check the publication’s website: Some have strict rules about how the photo should look
+ Enjoy a bachelorette party – arranging a night out with your girlfriends generally falls to the maid of honour. But if she hasn’t mentioned one to you by now, feel free to ask if a celebration is in the works
1 Month Before
+ Enter the RSVPs into your guest-list database – phone people who have not yet responded
+ Get your marriage license – the process can take up to six days, but it’s good to give yourself some leeway. If you are changing your name, order several copies
+ Mail the rehearsal-dinner invitations
+ Visit the dressmaker for (with luck!) your last dress fitting – for peace of mind, you may want to schedule a fitting the week of your wedding. You can always cancel the appointment if you try on the dress then and it fits perfectly
+ Stock the bar – now that you have a firm head count you can order accordingly
+ Send out as many final payments as you can
+ Confirm times for hair and makeup and all vendors
+ E-mail and print directions for drivers of transport vehicles
+ Assign seating
+ Purchase bridesmaids’ gifts – you’ll present them at the rehearsal dinner
+ Write vows, if necessary
+ Get your hair cut and coloured
Week of the Wedding
+ Reconfirm arrival times with vendors
+ Delegate small wedding-day tasks – choose someone to bustle your dress, someone to carry your things, someone to be in charge of gifts (especially the enveloped sort), someone to hand out tips and someone to be the point person for each vendor
+ Send a timeline to the bridal party – include every member’s contact information along with the point people you’ve asked to deal with the vendors, if problems arise
+ Pick up your dress
+ Check in one last time with the photographer – supply him or her with a list of moments you want captured on film
+ Set aside cheques for the vendors – put tips in envelopes to be handed out at the event
+ Book a spa treatment – make an appontment for a manicure and a pedicure the day before the wedding. (You might want to get a stress-relieving massage, too.)
+ Send the final guest list to the caterer and all venues hosting your wedding-related events – typically, companies close their lists 72 hours in advance
+ Break in your shoes
+ Assemble and distribute the welcome baskets
+ Pack for your honeymoon
+ Get everything in writing from suppliers
Get everything in writing from suppliers and read the fine print. Written cost estimates should be carefully checked and physically signed off by you or your partner. Couples have been caught out in the past by, for instance, hotels that charge double rates after certain hours. Also, set a limit on your bar bill, because no-one wants to cancel their honeymoon just to pay off the tequila
+ Ask for a discount
If you get married on any day other than a Saturday, you may be eligible for major discounts. Most venues and suppliers set their rates for ‘in-demand’ Saturday afternoons, so ask for a discount because rates on other days may be cheaper
+ Choose the right marriage officer for you
Choose a marriage officer (priest, rabbi, imam or guru) who knows his or her stuff. They should be able to advise you about the legalities, paperwork and order of ceremony. For instance, a wedding is only legally binding if the register is signed in a religious building, private home or government office. Plus, South African citizens must present valid green ID books; passports are not permissible. Your marriage officer should cost between R1 700 and R1 800, and that should include about 10 hours of counseling and rehearsal time
+ Get it copied
Get a photocopy of the marriage register and your marriage certificate on the spot. Otherwise, this can take up to six months to source
+ Fix your will
Get your will amended because you’re now part of a new family. Sign an antenuptial agreement. Think long-term sensibility, even in the midst of the wedding planning and blissful excitement
+ Wedding planners
Wedding planners should charge a maximum of 10% of the total cost of the wedding – but only on invoices from suppliers they commissioned on your behalf. Make sure you check the suppliers’ clauses. For example, if a venue charges overtime, you’ll be paying that extra cost plus another 10% for your planner
Wedding Planning Companies in South Africa
Wedding Photographers in South Africa
Cascais is a coastal town and a municipality in Portugal, 30 kilometres west of Lisbon. It is a cosmopolitan suburb of the Portuguese capital and one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. Cascais was once a small fishing village, but its idyllic scenery attracted the attention of artists, writers and expelled European nobility in the 20th century. Today it still attracts high society, but all society comes in force to enjoy the gorgeous beaches and adventure options like sailing and surfing. I enjoyed the sunshine, friendly people, gorgeous ocean and gift shopping. These yachts weren’t bad, either!
Cascais is easily reachable from Lisbon by car or by train (40min), from the Cais do Sodré station. A return ticket costs approx 10€ (june 2014) and can be bought from the automatic ticket machines. Remember to keep the ticket as it will be checked and punched by the conductor in both directions
The town is small enough to explore entirely by foot. To get a feeling for the life it’s best to stroll around on foot. Uphill, beyond the town centre there are numerous narrow cobbled streets to explore with interesting architecture, plants and animals to see. There are also numerous offices for the hire of bicyles, scooters and motorbikes. Make sure you have your ID with you and proof of accommodation.
Get To See
Palácio de Conde de Castro Guimarães
Open to the public and exhibits its own grand private collection that includes over 25,000 books and such rarities as an illustrated book by Duarte Galvão(1455-1517).
The Grutus do Poço Velho
Located in the centre of the town and date back to the Neolithic period.
Museu do Mar
Depicts the story of Cascais and its fishing history.
It has lovely yachts adding a further attraction to the town.
The famous Boca do Inferno
Just outside the town in which the sea on rougher days hammers into the rock and creates a booming noise and a spectacular spray thus creating its name which in English means “mouth of hell”.
The Parque Palmela
An attractive park created by the Duques de Palmela and now maintained by the Town Hall and in which open-air concerts are often held.
The next town to the east of Cascais is the resort town of Estoril with its popular Casino.
You can walk to Estoril from Cascais along the beachfront esplanade, passing many beachside bars and restaurants.
To the north and within easy reach is the romantic and fascinating town of Sintra
This town was made famous to foreigners after a glowing account of its splendours recorded by Lord Byron.
- Belas Country Club: Characteristics: 18 holes of 6,380 metres in length, par 72 Tel. (00 351) 219 62 66 40 Fax. (00 351) 219 62 66 41 http://www.belasgolf.com, e-mail: email@example.com, Alameda do Aqueduto, Belas Clube de Campo, 2605-193 Belas.
- Estoril Club: Characteristics: 18 holes of 5,262 metres in length, par 69. Tel. (00 351) 214 68 01 76 Fax. (00 351) 214 68 27 96 http://www.palacioestorilhotel.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Av. da República, 2765 Estoril.
- Lisbon Spots Club: Characteristics: 18 holes of 5,278 metres in length, par 69. Facilities: trolleys, clubs and caddies for hire, golf academy, clubhouse, restaurant, bar, sauna, children’s games room, babysitting service available. Tel. (00 351) 214 31 00 77 Fax. (00 351) 214 31 24 82 e-mail: email@example.com, Casal da Carregueira, Belas, 2745 Queluz.
- Penha Longa Golf Resort: Characteristics: Atlantic course – 18 holes of 6,290 metres in length, par 72. Monastery course – 9 holes of 2,588 metres in length, par 35 Tel. (00 351) 219 24 90 11 Fax. (00 351) 219 24 90 24 http://www.penhalonga.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Estrada da Lagoa Azul, Linhó, 2714-511 Sintra.
- Quinta da Marinha: Characteristics: 18 holes of 5,845 metres in length, par 71. Facilities: 3 restaurants – Five Pines (hotel), Cosi Fan Tutti (clubhouse) and Monte Mar (on the Estrada do Guincho), bars with outdoor terraces, 6 tennis courts, 3 outdoor swimming pools, jogging circuit, fitness centre, bicycles for hire, children’s club Tel. (00 351) 214 86 01 80 Fax. (00 351) 214 86 90 32 http://www.quintadamarinha.com e-mail: email@example.com, Hotel Quinta da Marinha, Casa 36, Quinta da Marinha, 2750-715 Cascais.
- Oitavos Golf Course: Characteristics: 18 holes of 5,845 metres in length, par 71. Tel. (00 351) 214 86 06 00 Fax. (00 351) 214 86 06 09 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.quintadamarinha-oitavosgolfe.pt, Quinta da Marinha, Casa da Quinta nº. 25, 2750 Cascais.
- Penha Longa Monastery: Characteristics: 9 holes of 2,588 metres in length, par 35. Facilities: putting green, chipping area with 2 bunkers, driving range with 2 grass bays. Buggies, trolleys (manual and electric), clubs and golf shoes for hire Tel. (00 351) 219 24 90 11 Fax. (00 351) 219 24 90 24 e-mail: email@example.com http://www.penhalonga.com. Estrada da Lagoa Azul, Linhó, 2714-511 Sintra.
By now we all know people have made the shift from reading books to reading online blogs, websites, social media feeds and other digital magazines. They’re more keen to fire up their tablet, cellphone, kindle or ipad than open up a hard-cover novel. I read somewhere that in the last decade, publishing and other related industries have taken a big hit. While in the past, a career as a novelist was every English majors’ dream, today technology has created an expansion in the professional field of writing. As a result, I’ve done some research into the current top 5 writing professions for young women today.
The success of once unknown writer, director and actress Lena Dunham, the creator of the hit HBO “ShowGirls”, is a prime example of how the entertainment field offers unique writing careers for young women. Only in her mid-20s, Dunham has had the ability and creative freedom to allow her stories and observations to become a reality on a huge and lucrative platform. Though it’s important to keep in mind that Dunham’s success it not the norm, she at one time was a young writer who funded and created her own work without studio backing. Scriptwriting is something that takes years to get good at. However, with a lot of practice, constructive feedback and a little luck, you could enjoy a successful career as an entertainment scriptwriter for movies, films and radio.
Successful female lifestyle, fashion and “mommyhood” bloggers have become an increasingly large and prolific part of the writing community. Blogging has become a great writing career that allows young female writers to cultivate an online presence, while also providing an inexpensive platform to launch a writer’s professional career.
Bloggers can present whatever version of themselves they choose, and create a following from admirers who really respect that blogger’s writing style and interests. The fact that it’s so easy to start a blog doesn’t hurt either! Instead of tirelessly searching for a publisher, publicist or other middleman to get their work distributed to the public, bloggers take matters into their own hands. Bloggers typically make their revenue from ad sales, corporate sponsors and lucrative business opportunities that can arise due to the brand/image that the blog has helped a writer cultivate.
Freelance Academic Writer
For some, writing is all about self-expression. For others, writing is the task of researching and synthesizing complex concepts into the written form in order to present a conclusionabout the evidence presented. If you find yourself in the latter group, freelance academic writing may be the right career for you. Academic writers typically prescribe to the more traditional conventions of formal writing. Academic writing spans across all fields of academic study. However, for the most part, all types of academic writing utilize the thesis statement format in order to present concise informative articles that are utilized and presented in academic settings. Academic writing isn’t for everyone. It requires advanced research skills, knowledge of the wide variety of citation formats, as well as an advanced degree. If you loved writing research papers in college, or you’ve always been a fan of footnote citations, freelance academic writing may be the right job for you.
Ever wondered who writes the advertisements and web content on your favorite websites? Do you make a game out of spotting typos and grammatical errors when you’re browsing the Internet? Then a career as a digital copywriter might be the perfect job for you! Digital copywriters are the writers who draft all the writing you see on the Internet. Their job functions can range from creating product descriptions, advertisements, landing pages and an all other web content for official websites. The great thing about digital copywriting is that given the technological advances of today, many digital copywriters can work from home instead of having to go into the office. This is especially an advantage for stay-at-home moms looking to have a remote career.
So, the opportunities for those who love communication is ample. What would your choice be?
I died my hair brunette for a temporary change a few months ago. It was fun and interesting to see how people acted with me after. It led me to do some research on men’s attraction to different hair colours and why. I found an awesome article on psychology.com. Apparently in a recent article published in the “Scandinavian Journal of Psychology”, Viren Swami and Seishin Barrett conducted two studies in the greater London area. Studies 1 and 2 consisted of 120 and 126 male participants respectively.
1. To determine whether the same woman would be approached by men at one of three nightclubs as a function of whether she was a brunette, blonde or redhead (her hair was manipulated with dye).
2. To gauge whether photos of the same woman sporting the the three hair colors would yield different evaluations by men along the following ten traits: physical attractiveness, sexual promiscuity, intelligence, introversion, neuroticism, approachability, competency, arrogance, neediness and temperamentality.
Brunette: Scored higher than the two other hair colors on physical attraction, intelligence, competence and arrogance. Scored higher than the redhead on approachability.
Blonde: Scored highest on approachability than the two other hair colors, as well as highest on neediness.
Redhead: Scored higher than the two other hair colors on temperamentality and lowest on approachability. This seems to be a manifestation of the “fiery redhead” stereotype.
There were no differences in the findings on impressions of sexual promiscuity, introversion, and neuroticism.
The bottom line
It would appear that blonde women are approached more frequently in a nightclub but are generally judged more harshly along a wide range of traits. This could explain the lower score than the brunette on physical attraction in the photo. It’s logical men subconsciously take into account these traits when making a first impression. Hair colour preference is likely driven by individual idiosyncrasies as well cross-cultural differences (i.e. this is a preference that is rooted in evolutionary principles; that lighter hair is associated with youthfulness, a trait universally fancied by men).
I don’t have many apps on my phone, but one of them is “Daily Devotionals”. I received this devotional today and fell in love with the words because my grandmother has just passed. She joins my father in Heaven. I loved the author’s passion and I truly relate to it. God gives me such peace. Reblogged from this awesome website, Happy Sunday.
Never have I been so glad that I had faith as when my husband died.
Oh, the comfort, the blessing, the peace in the hour of trial that those of us who believe can draw on. Many of the condolence cards that I received had messages based on this Bible verse: “We sorrow not as those that have no hope”—and that is so true!
When I was visiting my husband in the hospital, I talked with people who had no faith, who were standing by the bedsides of dying loved ones without any consolation or hope. I thank God for His wonderful plan of redemption that makes me know that I’m going to meet my husband again in a better place—a plan that was worked out in God’s mind from the foundation of the world, that though we die, we shall live again. I thank God, too, for the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and the third day arose so that we could do likewise. God gives a special dispensation of grace when we need it. We don’t have it beforehand, but when we come right up against what would otherwise be a time of severe heartbreak, there He is.
When my husband was sick, I would often sing to him, standing by his bed. I don’t have a beautiful voice, but the hymns were beautiful, and his favorite was a verse of “How Firm a Foundation.”
Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.
And when through deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow.
How God upheld me! I’ve seen that promise from His Word proven true once again. I came to deep water, but it did not overflow me.
You know, life isn’t complete without faith in God. He says that He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. How true that is! It’s such an abundant life when we have faith.
When going through my husband’s things, I found this poem that he kept in his Bible.
Afraid? Of what?
To feel the spirit’s glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid? Of that?
Afraid? Of what?
Afraid to see the Savior’s face,
To hear His welcome, and to trace
The glory gleam from wounds of grace?
Afraid? Of that?
Afraid? Of what?
A flash—a crash—a pierced heart;
Brief darkness—Light— O heaven’s art!
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid? Of that?
Afraid? Of what?
To enter into heaven’s rest,
And yet to serve the Master blessed?
From service good to service best?
Afraid? Of that?
—E. H. Hamilton
My dear husband wasn’t afraid to move on, and if you have received Jesus as your Savior you won’t be afraid either, because you’ll know that He will be with you. Though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He says, “I will be with you.” He will be there to comfort you.
Never has God’s love proved so great, never His mercy so sure and His grace so abundant as during the week after my loss. I praise Him with all my heart for fulfilling His Word and for His faithfulness.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 (NIV) Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.
John 11:25-26 (NIV) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
1 Corinthians 15:4 (NIV) that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,