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I want to introduce to you my gorgeous friend Carlie. She is a Fit Model at Aritzia. I worked with Carlie for 3 years. We became very close over the years and shared a lot of funny stories about our life adventures. I was very sad to leave the company and to lose a great work colleague like Carlie. At only 23 years of age, Carlie is a young and ambitions individual.
I want to do a mini interview with her, because most of you will have no idea what a Fit Model is and what this job involves, skills, qualifications etc. All fashion designers or clothing manufacturers use Fit Models to check the fit, drape and visual appearance of a design on a “real” human being, effectively acting as a live mannequin.
OS: Where are you from Carlie?
CR: I am born and raised in Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada. Lived in the same house my whole life, but this weekend I am finally moving in with my boyfriend Kyle. I am very exited, it’s a big step in life and I really look forward to it.
OS: What are you doing with your life at the moment?
CR: I am studying General Business for my Diploma and after that I hope to figure out what area I am interested in, so far marketing strategy is my go to.
OS: How did you get into Fit Modelling and when?
CR: I started Fit Modelling after I was laid off from my warehouse job in Port Coquitlam and my boyfriend at the time showed me an add out of the Metro newspaper saying Aritzia was looking for Fit Models with measurements..
I was hired after my first interview (all they did was measure me with my clothes on and ask for my availability) At the time they only had one part-time fit model and were expanding so I think they were desperate. I’ve been there for over 5 years now, though so it seems they made a good choice hiring me lol.
OS: Did you know what a Fit Model was before and how do you explain it to people when they ask you about it?
CR: When I went for the interview I thought it was for a fitness model and had no idea what I was going to do. I have always been athletic and I was going to the gym almost every day at that time, so I figured I would give it a try.
When people ask me what I do for a living I usually explain to them what a fit model is and that I am basically a human mannequin and I just try on clothes all day, giving back feedback to the designers and technicians. Sometimes (depending on the person) I save myself the conversation and just tell them who I assist during the fittings at Aritzia.
OS: What is the best and worst part about this job?
CR: Best part about this job is the flexibility, pay and people I work with.
Worst part is how much the industry changes, especially in a fairly new and expanding company. They can put a lot of pressure on you with keeping your measurements within the tolerance and sometimes you can be blamed for things because it’s more convenient. You also have to have “tough skin”, people will make comments about your body, forgetting you’re a real person. Of course they don’t mean to be mean or rude, you always have to keep that in mind.
OS: Your favorite designer at Aritzia to work with and why?
OS: How long do fit sessions usually last, and what do you have to do?
CR: Fittings can last anywhere from 5 minutes to a full 8 hours per day or more, depending on the time of the year and what’s on the agenda. All I have to do if try on each garment they give me and just give honest, valuable feedback based on fit, feeling and look, by working with the pattern makers, technicians and design team.
OS: How do you stay in shape?
CR: I stay in shape by eating a very clean healthy diet, I’ve always been a healthy eater but recently I gotten into healthy baking since I have a huge sweet tooth. Also, I have gluten and wheat sensitivity, so doing my own cooking and baking allows me to eat whatever I want!
I don’t have any consistent gym schedule even though I should, but right now I do a spin class once a week, some sort of total body workout once or twice a week and then I get outside if the weathers is nice on the weekend.
OS: What is your personal style?
CR: I am a very casual person during the week, if I could live in sweats and stretchy clothes I would, since I am constantly changing at work all the time, I’m never in my own clothes anyways. On the weekend, depending on my mood, I like to dress up and accessorize a bit. I’m not much of a heel person, though I can’t walk in anything higher than 4 inches.
OS: One thing you can’t absolutely live without at the moment?
CR: Right now, my car. I live in the suburbs and I need my freedom.
OS: Your future goals?
CR: Once I complete school I want to get into a full-time position doing some sort of marketing or business strategy, nothing involving math though, as I am terrible with numbers. I also want to travel within the next year and buy a house in about 3-4 years.
Amongst many other things I am fascinated with the Universe and how it all works. Where did we come from, how did it all begin, where are we going and how will it all end? So many questions and not enough answers. Over the years I have watched numerous documentaries about wonders of the universe.
The planet we live on is so mysterious, but there is much more out there, beyond our naked eye. Unanswered questions about the dark matter, the big bang theory, gravity, galaxies, the stars and endless search for planets with life, similar to ours. Will we find it one day? I am without a doubt sure that there is life in the Universe. We can’t be the only ones. Amongst billions of galaxies and trillions of planets that are similar to our plate, so-called Goldilocks location, not too close, not too far from the sun, comfortable enough for life to thrive. One of my favourite British Physicians to explore the secrets of the universe is Brian Cox. He has an amazing show called Wonders of the Universe. If you are fascinated with Space, I highly recommend to watch this series. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zdhtg
Also, if you are in London, there is an Exhibition about the Visions of the Universe running from June 7th until September 15th at The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. http://www.rmg.co.uk/visit/events/visions-of-the-universe
This mind-boggling exhibition will take you on a journey through the history of astrophotography-from the first astronomical photo ever taken by Edwin Hubble‘s 1923 with the image confirming existence of galaxies beyond the Milky Way, to celestial vistas captured with ultra-advanced technology available to us in the modern world of science.
I am super exited for two of my friends, Laura and Sharlyn to launch their own clothing brand called “Whiskey Teacup”. https://www.facebook.com/whiskeyteacup1?fref=ts
Whiskey Teacup will official launch on June 21 with a Pop Up Shop and will run until June 23rd. The location is at China Town, 434 Columbia Street. Laura and Sharlyn will be working and sharing the space together with the local jewellery designer, Danielle Webster, who has a line called Charles&Grace Jewelry http://www.charlesandgracejewelry.com/
This event will feature a photo booth sponsored by One1One Magazine (http://one1onemagazine.com/) and Music Played by DJ parAydise ~ 7pm-9pm (https://soundcloud.com/paraydise) and Frank Spinatra ~ 9pm-11pm (https://soundcloud.com/frankspinatra)
The store hours on the 21st are 12pm to 6pm and 7pm-11pm for the launch party. The 22nd and 23rd Pop Up Shop will be open from 11am – 8pm.
Laura is originally from Saskatchewan and Sharlyn is from Alberta. Laura and Sharlyn both moved to Vancouver to study fashion. They met at Holt Renfrew ,high-end department store in Vancouver, where they worked as interns. I met Laura at Vancouver College where we both studied Fashion Merchandising. Sharlyn studied at the Art Institute of Vancouver.
Laura and Sharlyn have been working together for the last two years, but it wasn’t until March of this year when they decided to start making and selling their own clothes. Not only do they have a similar aesthetic, but also have similar goals and dreams. They are inspired by festival wear and unique pieces, love dressing up and their designs are meant to reflect that. This collection consists of a lot of fringed jersey tops and bottoms and also structured pieces made out of clear plastic.
These garments play off both sides of the spectrum – flowy versus structure. The fabrics and looks are different but can be worn together and work harmoniously. Laura and Sharlyn find that they are usually inspired first by unique fabrics and think of the designs second. They make a very conscious effort to use all left over fabric scraps by turning them into scarves, jewelry, ect. Their near future plans are to sell at various markets and festivals.
Sharlyn came up with the name Whiskey Teacup from a quote she saw which was, “She’s the whiskey in my teacup.”
Cinnamon Chasers is the electro/nu-disco producer who’s real name is Russ Davies (son of Dave Davies from legendary 70’s Rock band The Kinks), described by one of the biggest dance music stores – Juno as “a fusion of Aeroplane, Friendly Fires, Kris Menace and Alan Braxe, with a dash of Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre thrown all in one. Cinnamon Chasers are from London, UK and formed in 2009.
Cinnamon Chasers gained major notoriety with the track and music video for Luv Deluxe which won the SXSW Award for Best Music Video. The video has been a major viral hit on the internet with over 10 million views on the web and screened on over 30 film festivals worldwide, including nomination for best Dance Video at the UKMVAs. I absolutely love that video.
Cinnamon Chasers has released 3 studio albums and numerous Singles and EP’s
From the runways around the world, coloured mascara is making a big come back this year. Lipstick is generally a girl’s first foray into make-up experience. Mascara makes it a second choice. Coloured mascara-both courageous and grown-up-was once the ultimate beauty weapon and provided face with a hit of FUN. I have to admit I did try out coloured mascara when I was a teenager. Generally I like my mascara jet black.
If you want to make a statement this season, make sure to add just one small detail to your summer make up kit, make it bold with yellow flutter, purple reign or a swipe of azure.
This year’s big blockbuster release of new remake “Great Gatsby” by Baz Luhrmann has everyone buzzing around. Starting Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. This movie has taken five long years to make and finally was released in UK on May 17th, 2013.
Many of you have already went to see this move. I went to see the movie last week. I have mixed feelings about the movie. I like Leonardo DiCaprio, but I think he is a better actor when it comes to more different roles. I loved him in Blood Diamond, Inception, or Django Unchained. I don’t like him very much in romantic roles, it reminded me too much of Titanic. I also found music choice a bit strange. Jay-Z did most of the soundtracks and at one point they even played Flux Pavilion‘s “I Can’t Stop” ( I love that track by the way), but considering that the movie takes place in the 20’s, music felt out-of-place. Over all the movie was good. The whole time while I was watching it, I kept thinking how much fun it must have been to live during the roaring 20’s and how I would love to attend those lavish parties at Mr Gatsby’s Mansion.
The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922.
This book was first made in to a movie in 1974.
Then and Now, The differences between the two movies.
In 1974 the movie cost $6.5 million to make and grossed back a healthy $26.5 million, which was excellent for that time.
Present day Great Gatsby movie cost a whooping $126 million.
In 1974 the leading roles played Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.
Present day Gatsby soundtrack includes 17 times Grammy winner Jay-Z, which features his own tack ” Church In The Wild”
Then Nelson Riddle won Oscar for his Twentieth Style original score, whose highlights was a version of Irving Berlin’s ” What’ll I Do?”
I loved the clothes and the jeweller. 20’s are my favourite decade when it comes to fashion. Jewellery in the movie was made by Tiffany & CO.
Present day Gatsby costumes are a collaboration between Luhhrmann’s wife Catherine Martin and Miuccia Prada. They designed 40 outfits adapted from past Prada and Miu Miu designs.
In 1974 costumes were designed by a Greek Designer Theoni Aldredge who won the Best Costume Design Oscar for her clothes.
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