CFDA Awards 2017 – Lookbook

Monday night’s celebration of artistic talent reminded everyone — beyond the designers, editors, stylist, and more — that what we wear (and the people who make it) holds weight in all aspects of our lives. Well-dressed celebs were out in full force as the fashion industry handed out its top honours in New York.

Here’s what stood out to me on the red carpet, and what I believe, are best dressed:

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Pictured left to right: Bella Hadid (Off White), Amber Valletta (Oscar De La Renta) Hayley Baldwin (Cushnie et Ochs)

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Constance Jablonski (Tory Burch), Joan Smalls (Michael Kors), Hilary Rhoda (Marchesa)

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Gigi Hadid (The Row), Jac Jagaciak (Kobi Halperin), Karlie Kloss (Diane von Furstenberg)

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Elsa Hosk (Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini), Heidi Klum (Zac Posen), Olivia Munn (Tanya Taylor)

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Martha Hunt (Milly), Imaan Hammam (Adam Selman), Sara Sampaio (J. Mendel)

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Lily Aldridge (Jason Wu), HAIM (Diane Von Furstenburg), Ashley Benson (Kate Spade)

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Nicole Kidman (Oscar de la Renta), Alek Wek (Balenciaga), Adwoa Aboah (Coach)

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Ellie Kemper (Kate Spade), Brit Marling (Sies Marjan), Olivia Palmero (Banana Republic)

Images courtesy of Elle.com

Devon Windsor

Devon Windsor is probably one of the most fun models to follow on social media! Her Snapchat and Instagram stories are INCREDIBLE as she shows her uncensored and fast-paced lifestyle to followers! Devon (24) hails from St. Louis, Missouri. Devon was discovered by a local photographer in St. Louis while she was attending a bar-mitzvah. She launched her career in the 2014 spring season shows, after appearing in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show previously in 2013. Devon appeared in over 20 international collections including Christian Dior and Prada. Devon is represented by IMG Worldwide and is 5’11”.

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Her first big show was for Prada in September 2013. During her fittings, her hair was dyed bleach blonde. She liked it and decided to keep it that way, which has become her signature look. The same year, she debuted in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and advertised for American fashion house Moschino. Throughout her career she has walked for a bevy of top designers including Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, Bottega Veneta, Balmain, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Dior, H&M, Herve Leger, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Jeremy Scott, Oscar De La Renta, Tommy Hilfiger and Tom Ford, JUST TO NAME A FEW.

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Devon has appeared in numerous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows. She debuted in 2013 and has become a regular in the show each year since then! In 2015, Devon secured a ‘Fit Model’ position with the brand making her the reference model for the designers and artisans as they create the looks for the show. As a fit model, Devon has all the outfits constructed on her body, and they are later made custom couture to whichever model they assign the look too! So basically she gets to try on every look for each show! Dream job am I right?

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When Devon isn’t modelling, she is an amateur chef! If you follow her snapchat you’ll quickly learn that this girl can EAT! She is always indulging in different cuisines at top notch restaurants all around the world! Devon loves to cook and bake in her spare time! She even competed on MasterChef against fellow super model Gigi Hadid! #SuperModelBattle

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Follow Devon Windsor on her Social Media:

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Why I (And Most Gay Men) Are Single!

(Little disclaimer to all the gays out there, this doesn’t apply to everyone! This is just what I personally have experienced! )

Let me explain,

Mine and every other gay man’s pool of potential partners is A LOT smaller than those of straight people! A lot of straight people are single too, there’s just A LOT more options for straight people to get with other straight people. So talking numbers, the chances of meeting ‘Mr. Right’ are pretty slim.

What I’ve noticed is a lot of gay men are attracted to attractiveness rather than personality and deeper values. We hate to admit it but it’s true. I also noticed it’s common that gay men are not monogamous. There are a lot of gay men who claim to want monogamy, but they can’t even behave monogamously themselves. Bottom line is, if you want monogamy, you have to be monogamous and if you really love someone, being faithful is effortless.

Too many gay men often seek guys who fit their idea of a perfect partner: perfect job, perfect look, perfect friends. STOP RIGHT THERE! You want a guy who loves you for your individual nature, and who might even clash with some aspects of your life, its natural.

Most gay men are alone because they have narrow standards and try to chase after ideas of a perfect man modelled in today’s popular culture. Let’s be honest, the majority of gay men depicted in television shows or on TV in general are pretty good looking and it’s become the standard that every gay man seeks. Personality is then completely overlooked. 

Personally, the experience of growing up gay in a straight world is hard. I often experienced rejection in many ways by the time I became an adult. Whether it was being excluded at school or being rejected by someone I had a crush on. I  have developed defences against my fear of rejection, and those are what keeping me from opening up to other’s.

Let’s be frank. Gay men are and will continue to be extremely superficial and fussy. Which is why I am single!
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Finding Your Personal Style

I was never really into fashion growing up, but as time went on I started to learn that your style quite easily becomes an identity and a perfect means for you to express yourself. I myself am still trying to find my personal style, for me and it’s mainly trial and error. I will see something I love online, then I will go try it on in store and I either LOVE it or HATE it (or I can’t afford it). That’s just the fun of fashion, finding things that work for you and ruling out those pieces that don’t. Finding and refining your personal style can be a real struggle. We’ve all been there at multiple times, as we look into our closet full of clothes and need something, yet we cannot seem to find something to wear. The STRUGGLE is REAL right?

So why is style important? Let me tell you! The impact of personal style goes far beyond making a good first impression; great style is also about approaching each day with confidence, and the ability to feel FAB in what you are wearing. Believe it or not, the right wardrobe can make a difference in that department. I’m going to share with you a few tips on how to get started in the ‘Personal Style’ department! You’re probably asking yourself “Why take fashion advice from Samuel, he is not a designer/celebrity stylist!” This is all true but I definitely I think I have the base knowledge to help someone kickstart their personal style, TRUST in ME!!!

Firstly, It’s important to get some inspiration!georgia-fowler-fashion-week-style-3.jpgGet out those VOGUE magazines, open up Instagram, look at what your favourite bloggers and celebrities are wearing. Create a vision board of all the things that you like and which you feel you identify with most! This is a great way to create a foundation for your personal style! But make sure you do your research and even try things on in person before making any big purchases, clothing pieces can vary in appearance!

Next, It’s important that clean up and clean out!organize.jpgThe best way to do this is to take a good, long look at your closet and the items of clothing you already own, and by long look I mean a day! Really think about it! You do not want to regret tossing that nice jacket or vintage jeans! Toss what you haven’t worn in the last year , but also think how these old pieces can be incorporated into your new-found personal style. Then you can start fresh and begin to rebuild and refine your wardrobe with a style that truly reflects where you are in your current life/career/situation.

We must shop SMARTER not HARDER!best-street-style-at-paris-fashion-week-springsummer-2014-17.jpgOne of the things I have recently learnt is that you don’t need astronomical amounts of money to have good style. Sure money helps, but it’s not a requirement. I was under the impression that you had to buy all the top designer brands! BUT NO! Experiment with the latest fashion trends the smart way by hunting for deals. I only ever splurge on staple pieces like leather goods, a great bag, a nice coat, etc. If you pay close attention to detail to the quality of clothing pieces you can tell which cheap clothing pieces will last and which pieces will not. Some of the cheapest clothing items I own have lasted years for!

When looking at your personal style, and what you want it be, it’s important to take your lifestyle and goals into consideration. The perfect wardrobe should not only represent your vision and creativity, but also be tailored to your lifestyle. Also, HAVE CONFIDENCE! If you have it, you can make anything look good! Finally, Trust yourself! Trust your gut, because something that makes you feel confident and fabulous will NEVER go out of style.

Growing Up is SCARY!

My thoughts on growing up!

let’s face it, there hasn’t been a time in your life where you haven’t wished to “not grow up”! When you think about it, growing up means getting a car, getting an adult job (whatever that is), moving out and having real life responsibilities. Even the word adulthood is pretty scary to me, so I call it ‘adulting’ to seem less daunting. I feel like I am experiencing this fear of adulthood now more than ever as I am close to graduating university. You could say that i’m in the ‘in-between stage’ of finishing school and facing the real world.

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To me the most terrifying thing of all is not knowing what’s ahead. Throughout childhood and young adult life, you have your life mapped out, but once university is over and you step into the real world where you have to work and make a living for yourself, you are afraid of not knowing what you will face along the way. Adults have a lot of responsibilities, that’s what makes adulthood so much fun (not really!). Going into adulthood, you have responsibilities like paying bills, buying a car, house etc. I have found that it is super hard to book appointments for myself! Growing up my parents did all that for me, so you can imagine the shock I got when one day my parents said I was on my own now when it came to the dentist, hairdresser, doctor, taxes etc. It was a huge wake up call that adulthood was commencing! I think having all these responsibilities has made me even more scared to grow up because it can be so stressful!

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I personally have gotten so used to having my parents, friends and family around me so much that when it is time for me to move on and start my own individual life, I think I will struggle immensely! Separation anxiety will become a real thing and although it scares me, it’s part of life. Change is scary! And let’s face it, sometimes we don’t like to admit it!

While the thought of growing up is scary, we cannot lose sight of ourselves and neglect our youth years. They have shaped us into the young adults we are today!

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Kim’s Parisian Nightmare ~ My Thoughts

Read about my thoughts on Kim’s Parisian Nightmare!

Those of you who know me, know that I love the Kardashians and as many times I may be jealous of them or annoyed at how amazing their life is compared to mine, they are still my guilty pleasure and I love them dearly … even though I don’t know them … sounds awkward but you get the idea! Before I get into this I just want to say that I am in no way trying to criticise the situation or glorify the events that took place in any way. I am simply just detailing my thoughts on it.

Anyway as most of you know Kim was robbed at her apartment in Paris early on the morning of October 3rd, 2016. Kim vanished off all social media immediately after the unfortunate event took place (as you would) for months. Slowly as Kim started to re-appear on the social scene, more details about the robbery have come forward. ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ returned for a brand new season recently and this week’s episode detailed exactly what happened in Paris that night from none other than Kim herself. I won’t go into the details of what happened on here as it is a touchy subject and some people simply won’t want to read about all the details.  I just want to give my opinion and say what I think about the whole ordeal.

Initially when I heard of the news, a few things came to my mind. At first I thought maybe it was a publicity stunt, because as you know that’s something celebrities do to boost their profile and receive a storm of media attention. But then I actually thought about it, why on earth would someone fake this? After hearing the details of what actually happened, I myself would never want to experience a situation like that nor would I want anyone else to go through what Kim went through that morning. I guess what gets me the most is that while she is this almost larger than life celebrity, she is still a mother, a wife, a sister and a daughter which rings true to all of us. Imagine if it happened to a loved one of yours? I imagine you would be heartbroken.

However, this unfortunate event that happened to Kim sends a very important message to not only other celebrities, but to regular people like us as this sort of thing can happen to anyone. Your social media presence can have detrimental effects if you aren’t careful and smart about it. It’s now known that the robbery took place as a result of those involved tailing Kim the whole time she was in Paris through her social media activity. They knew where she was and who she was with at all times as a result of all the social media updates on her many social media outlets such as ‘Snapchat’. I mean think about it, we pretty much document our lives through snapchat and it’s not hard at all to find out where someone is and what they are doing these days.

There’s no rules saying you can or can not open up your lives to others through social media. The choice is yours. We just need to remember when we do, people have the potential to gain insight into out lives which won’t always be a good thing. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and what I had to say! What are your thoughts on the situation?

The Disney College Program

Probably the highlight of 2016 for me! Here’s a look into my time on the Disney College Program!

How can I not write a post about my time on the Disney College Program? It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! In this post I will talk about the program, how I got there, and what the experience was like.

When I started university, I remember seeing a flyer on the wall in one of the lecture halls that was advertising for working internships at Walt Disney World! Being a shy first year student I thought to myself “NO WAY”! The thought of university was terrifying enough let alone moving across the world to work for Disney, one of the largest companies in the world. Also I hated that lecture so I never returned to that lecture hall again for the rest of the semester and didn’t think too much about it after that. At the end of my second year of studies, I remember seeing the flyer again. This time I actually read it and did some research and was quite intrigued. Getting paid to work and live at Disney World didn’t seem like a bad idea to me at the current time. I was going through some personal struggles at the time and thought to myself that this program could be an escape from real life for 6 months. I wrote out all the positives and negatives of moving to Orlando for 6 months. It was no surprise that the pros outweighed the cons. While I would have to leave my friends, family, routine and lifestyle behind, I would get to have the experience of a lifetime. And that is exactly what it was! Before I knew it, I had attended the information session and the interview for the program which had to be one of the most relaxed and simple job interviews I’ve ever had. A couple of weeks later I was accepted into the program! I remember having the biggest smile on my face after opening that acceptance email!

After receiving the email, the next steps were to organise your J-1 VISA for the program which would allow me to legally live and work in the United States. This process was quite time-consuming as there were a lot of forms to fill out and a lot of fees to pay. I was starting to get turned off the program by it all to be honest. But a few weeks later I finally had it all sorted and was booked in for my VISA appointment. The closest US Consulate to me was in Sydney, so it was off to Sydney for a couple of days! When I was in Sydney I was lucky enough to meet some of the people who I would be going to Disney with as they were also having their VISA interviews. Little did I know some of these individuals would become my best friends. After the interview in Sydney the time flew by, Christmas came, New Years came, and then on the 8th of January it was time to leave! I was lucky enough to travel over with my soon to be roommate (we had connected through a Facebook group with all the participants for our intake). We met up at the airport the morning of our departure and said goodbye to our family and friends. It was a hard goodbye for me because I am very close with my family, especially my twin sister! After a few tears were shed, we were on our way!

After a LONG trip to Orlando, it was finally time to start the program! We checked into our living complex which was called ‘Chatham Square’ and moved into our tiny apartment and it was all starting to become a little more real. They let us settle in for the first couple days, but after that, it was a week of non stop training. The training at Walt Disney World felt like the longest week of my life. First you have ‘Traditions’ which is a class you take with Disney University that teaches you the history of Walt Disney and his philosophy as well as learning all about the company! This class was fun because we received our Mickey ears and name tags from our boss, Mickey Mouse! We even got a tour of Magic Kingdom, which is must admit, was one of my favourite days of the entire program. There is no feeling quite like walking through Main Street USA for the first time as a Cast Member! The remainder of the week consisted of training at my work location. I was assigned to World Showcase Attractions at Epcot! The training was long and very demanding, and by demanding I mean waking up at 5am to catch the bus to work in the freezing cold! It was definitely something I had to adjust to. What was to come was truly incredible.I loved working at my attraction ‘Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure’ and I got to work with some of the most incredible people! I worked with people from Mexico, California, Guatemala, Rhode Island, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and many other states and countries! We became a family and that’s something I will cherish forever!

I also had AMAZING friends outside of work! We spent many nights eating unlimited pizza at the local Cici’s, having puzzle nights, sleepovers, road trips, going to the parks countless times and even skipping work to go shopping at the mall. They were my support system being so far away from home, but I had to remember that they were in the exact same situation as me being away from home, so I had to be their support system as well! We all found strength in each other during difficult times and we always reminded each other why we came here and what an incredible experience this was! Believe it or not there were some struggles on this ‘magical experience’. While money didn’t matter to me at all, it sometimes got in the way of things, well the lack of money did. It would sometimes hinder me from getting enough groceries to last the week! Lets just say I was shopping for all the bargains at the local grocery store! As long as I got my Oreos I was fine. Disney’s minimum wage at the time was $9.50 US an hour and I was only working 30 hour weeks so once rent was deducted ($116 US per week), I was living on about $100 a week. Food is very important to me so that was hard! There were good days and bad days, some days I would cry because I missed home or about silly things like the guy I liked not texting me back or being excluded from plans with some friends. There were weeks where I was as sick as a dog and all that I wanted was my mum to comfort me. It seemed that any little bump in the road would make me cry. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a drama queen so maybe that was just the drama queen thing to do, to cry when things didn’t go right. Lets just also say living with 5 other boys got a bit much at times! Enough of that though, lets talk about the good stuff!

Working at Walt Disney World had its benefits! We had discounts across the whole property including food and beverage and merchandise. But the best perk was getting free entry to ALL the parks WHENEVER I wanted! How cool is that? How many people can say they have had that privilege in their lifetime? Well … everyone who’s done the program can! On my days off I would find myself playing in the parks with friends and even some days by myself just soaking it all in! Not only were the parks a fun place to go, so were the many resorts that existed within the Walt Disney World Resort property. There were also two water parks and Disney Springs, a large shopping and restaurant precinct filled with food and shopping to your hearts desire.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million times more, the friendships I made on the program were quite easily the most amazing part. Having to say goodbye to them at the end was the worst. However, a little mouse once said “It’s never goodbye, it’s see ya real soon” and that’s exactly right! I have had the pleasure of continuing the majority of my friendships from the program here at home. I was lucky enough to have met and grown close with people who live within Australia and New Zealand so they are never too far away! As for the friends I met that live in far away lands, I most definitely will be paying them a visit some day. I have a couch to sleep on in so many different places all around the world, how cool is that?

I’ll wrap this blog post up with a few things I picked up on while on the program,

I realised that no matter how stressful my job got, it really was the people around me that made it worthwhile.

I learnt Spanish and a couple other languages.

I quickly got over the fact that I used to think guys with accents were hot.

I found out that I am much more brave and fearless than I thought I was. I look back at the old me and notice how many things i’ve done here on my own and how proud I am of those things. The old me who used to be someone so sheltered and afraid of many things is now someone who is strong, has big dreams, goals, and knows what they want out of life.

Making friends who are from all over the world made me realise that no matter how different our cultures and backgrounds are, we really are all equal and very much alike on the inside.

The people from all over the world that I meet will made me grow up so much. They expanded my mind and horizons and made me want to travel to different places without any sense of fear whether that be here in Australia or overseas.

The nights where i’d work until 1am are the nights where i’d bond with your fellow cast members the most and those closing shifts almost always ended with a trip to Steak ‘N’ Shake with my coworkers.

The first week was just as emotional as the last week.

Watching the fireworks show at Magic Kingdom will ALWAYS give me chills! And when I watched it on the last night of my program with my friends, it gave me many tears!

to anyone that is thinking of applying, DO IT! This is a once in a lifetime experience and it’s one of the best adventures you will ever embark on. Live in the moment, be prepared to lose sleep, and step out of your comfort zone! If you have any questions about the program please get in contact with me and I will happily answer any questions!