An Effort To Be Happier!

The key to being happier starts by being good to yourself. Sounds pretty self-evident right? But too often we skip this very crucial step. I myself skip it many a time! I often try to make myself happy by chasing ever-higher goals or holding myself to ever-greater standards of perfection (as seen on Instagram lol).

I go about my life day to day and I noticed that there was once crucial thing missing … and it was indeed happiness. I have been so caught up in my working schedule and other petty things like housework and catching up on Netflix TV shows that I totally forgot to be happy. I was in zombie mode that’s for sure, I was sad, and just content really … I needed a push to get me back on track to happiness.

I’ve read that the happiest people go out of their way to treat themselves right and they do something nice for themselves each day. They set appropriate boundaries and take care of themselves by saying no to things when they need to. This is something I have been trying to do lately and it has really turned things around for me. I indulge in a nice bath and glass of wine once a week now as nice way to unwind after a stressful shift at work. On my days off, I try to something fun and spontaneous as a way to forget about whatever may be stressing me out at the current moment in time. I buy myself nice things as a reward for my hard work. I continue to design and study marketing to help get me closer to my dream of having a clothing line. Keeping this commitment will motivate me to take better care of myself and go after my dreams. It’s worth a shot anyway right?

I challenge everyone this coming month to do something for yourself each day big or small to remind you on a daily basis to treat yourself with the loving kindness you deserve! Don’t get too caught up in the day to day routine! Take time to stop and breathe, prioritise your health and listen to yourself. Be spontaneous! Go to the beach. Go have a nice coffee. Have some retail therapy. Get creative!

 

Why I Want To Build A Unique Brand Around Myself As An Individual

Personal branding requires me to find a signature image, a unique voice, and a recognisable standard that my readers can grow to recognise. How am I going to do that? Simple. By being MYSELF.

Imagine how hard it would be to build a brand around your “fake” self. Which I believe is what most people do. I would have to act a certain way, appear a certain way, and say certain things, regardless of how I actually feel about it.

Samuel Rose and “samuelrose.blog” is a reflection of who I am. I know what I believe in. I know what I stand for! I know my strengths and my weaknesses. People connect with other people. If I don’t appear to be a real person, or if it just looks like i’m faking it, how likely is it that others will trust me and what I have to say? Even if they do buy into my ‘fake’ persona for one hot minute, the slightest bit of inconsistency could prove catastrophic for my brand.

As I begin to develop my personal brand, I can only hope the right opportunities will start coming my way. While people may ‘doubt’ me or find my online/social media presence ‘annoying’, people will begin to see that I know what i’m taking about, and they’ll invite me to be a part of their stories or news pieces. However, I must not forget how important it is for me to accomplish something for MYSELF. I’m not doing it just for the following, but for myself. I will continue to talk about fashion and the role it plays in my life. I will continue to talk about my passion for travel. I will continue to be open about my shortcomings and weaknesses, making me all the more human.

Building a personal brand is first and foremost developing an understanding of your true self, and then sharing that with the world. For me that is an endless journey.

Magdalena Frackowiak

Magdalena (32) is a Polish model who has appeared on countless international runways since 2006. She has walked for a bevy of top designers including Elie Saab, Miu Miu, Chanel, John Galliano, Christian Dior, Balmain, Lanvin, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Prada, Givenchy, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Oscar De La Renta, Alexander Wang, Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermes, Chloe, Karl Lagerfeld and Max Mara. 

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Balmain | Elie Saab | Dior
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Dolce & Gabbana | Elie Saab | Givenchy
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Elie Saab | Francesco Scognamiglio | Chanel

In addition to conquering the high fashion scene, Magdalena was cast in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2010 which led to numerous appearances in the lingerie brand’s annual runway extravaganza!

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VSFS 2014, London | VSFS 2013, NYC | VSFS 2015, NYC

After fronting campaigns for numerous brands including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Givenchy and Victoria’s Secret, Frackowiak decided to develop an aesthetic entirely her own with a focus on hand-made luxury. She started a jewellery line. The effortless model-off-duty-look collection is made from solid 18-karat gold and includes hammered bracelets, pendants, simple chokers and hoop earrings. Frackowiak says she was inspired by architecture. “It has a lot of geometry inside. It’s all about spikes, circles and it connects to the things that I love the most in architecture”.

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Image courtesy of French Vogue

 

 

Gigi Hadid X VOGUE Eyewear

Gigi Hadid channels her inner Barbie, stepping out to attend the launch party of her new Gigi Hadid For Vogue Eyewear Collection (June, 27, 2017).

She was spotted leaving her apartment sporting metallic pink flared trousers and matching leather biker jacket. This off-duty cool look hails from designer Krzysztof Strozyna of the clothing brand KREIST. Gigi absolutely STUNS in this bright/metallic pink biker jacket and high waisted pants! 

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Gigi leaving her apartment in New York

The collection features three styles available in six different colours. Along with the aviator model shown on Hadid, the collection also includes a pair of cat eye frames and a classic oval shape. In addition to the sunglasses, the line includes one pair of simple, classic glasses. Vogue described the collection as a take on “retro-chic shapes, luminous colours and essential details – all in the eclectic vibe of the 90’s.”

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Gigi at the Launch Party for Gigi Hadid X VOGUE Eyewear in NYC

For those interested, Gigi’s collection with Vogue Eyewear is currently available for pre-order on Sunglasses Hut. The frames retail for $139.95 each.

Pictures courtesy of gigihadidaily.tumblr.com

Balmain Spring/Summer 2018 Menswear

There’s an interesting collision of cultures at play when it comes to Balmain’s spring-summer 2018 collection. Creative director Olivier tackles a western Americana theme but filters it through a French lens. The American flag dissolves into a sea of stripes and stars as the Balmain man embraces a season of predominantly black and white.

Graphic to say the least, this collection goes bold with Balmain’s signature embellishments. It features elongated tops and tees that come together with flamboyant jackets. Skinny jeans and ankle boots contribute to Balmain’s fashion-friendly uniform. There’s also a hint of fringe and a generous supply of studs which all reinforcing Olivier’s ‘Balmain Army’ appeal. 

Here’s a look book containing some of my favourite pieces from the collection!

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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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