WHAT I GET UP TO AS A MODEL IN NYC 

Monday

I workout everyday first thing in the morning. It’s something that comes with the job, and I do my best to stay healthy. New York is the hub for fun workout classes. I mix it up between Cyc Fitness (a high-energy, music-driven, indoor cycling experience), boxing with my trainer Rob Piela at Gotham gym, or barre. I got the opportunity to cast for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this year; so I dedicated a lot of time to working out. The level of girls at the casting were incredible, so many of them I looked up to so I felt honoured to even cast.

Today I had just one casting in the afternoon, so spent the majority of the day studying. I am currently enrolled in a Communications degree by correspondence, so this keeps me busy.

Wednesday

As per usual I woke up and had porridge topped with fruit for breakfast. It’s what I eat almost every morning! My schedule for the day consisted of a casting in the mid morning, a test shoot followed by another casting. If I get my schedule and know I’ll be out all day like this, I try to pack a healthy snack like cashews or fruit. Although, I typically don’t snack if I’m home and try to stick to three meals. I had an egg white omelette for lunch with tons of roast veges, and chicken with roast kumara and broccoli for dinner. Although I have a rather healthy diet 99% of the time, I’m not restrictive to treats like cake and ice cream if it’s on my mind. New York has so many amazing restaurants and cafes, it’d be silly not to take advantage!

Friday

Today I packed my bags and jetted to Spain for a location shoot. I’m going for one day which is a lot of traveling for 24 hours so I have learnt to be as organised as possible. My top tips for flying are plenty of water, taking a mask on the plane, and a clear toiletries bag. It makes getting liquids out so much easier through security, no need for ziplock bags.

Saturday

I landed back in NY after two days away, and have the day off! I’m going to brunch with a friend at my favourite Aussie cafe Bluestone Lane. Next week I’m taking off home, which I’m super excited about. This means I’m missing Fashion Month this year, but felt I needed some family time. As much as I love the excitement of New York, little old Palmerston North is always home for me.

WAVING THE FLAG FOR RED, WHITE, AND BLUE

There’s a soft spot in my heart for all things varsity prep; and despite any complaints aimed at a certain Mr. President, it seems the rest of America (or New Yorkers) agree. This week I’m putting a spotlight on style that comes in colours red, white and blue by curating a few favourite pieces to add to your wardrobe this season.

Hey guys!

This is another way I love to style my hair without using any heat with help from my trusty Tresemmé products. As you can imagine my hair goes through a lot at work so I try to avoid hot tools wherever I can. This look is also super simple and easy for any hair length and perfect in a pinch!

STEP 1:

Follow my first blog post which you can read here to achieve the no heat wave.

STEP 2:

Gather half of your hair ear to ear into a high ponytail. On the last ‘loop’ with your hair tie, don’t pull it through all the way, leaving a bun and tail.

STEP 3:

Wrap the ‘tail’ end around the bun, and secure in place with 3 or 4 bobby pins.

STEP 4:

Braid two 2cm thick sections of the remaining hair wherever you like and tease the end to hold in place. Micro braids like this are such a subtle way to upgrade your look! I did one on either side.

And we’re done. It’s that simple and so chic.

Hey guys!

I have teamed up with TRESemmé to show you how I achieve my natural no-heat waves with their new Botanique collection. I pretty much wear this look on a daily basis and it’s so easy.

P.S The coconut smells delicious too…

STEP 1: THE WASH

This is pretty self-explanatory, but a little goes a long way so don’t apply too much product! Use your fingertips and the shampoo in circular motions all over the scalp. Follow this with the conditioner through the ends. When you’re out of the shower comb the hair with a wide tooth comb or

brush.

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STEP 2: THE TWIST
You can do this the night before and sleep on it, or if your event is in the evening you can leave it in whilst doing your makeup etc. As this is a no heat process it takes a little longer to let the hair air-dry but it is well worth it for healthy, shiny hair!

Part your hair down the center and separate into two sections. Starting close to the part with a small section of hair, twist AWAY from your face grabbing pieces as you go down. This doesn’t have to look pretty as we will be taking it out once your hair is dry. It is essential this is done with damp/wet hair so that it lasts all day.

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Continue all the way down until there is no hair left then twist this into a bun at the base.

Repeat this on the other side.

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STEP 3: REVEAL
The next morning, take out your hair and you should be left with soft, shiny waves! Comb through

with your fingers to achieve a beachy, tousled look and víola!

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FRESH OFF THE BOAT, A RARE KIWI WEARING PINK SPARKLES ARRIVES IN NEW YORK AND WANDERS THE STREETS OF BROOKLYN….

HAIR: JULIA KIM

MAKE UP: RISA MIYAMOTO

PHOTOGRAPHER: JULIA MARTINS MIRANDA

I just love dewy makeup. Whether it’s dinner with friends, a special event, or a party, I almost always go for this look. It never get’s old! Fresh youthful skin, bronzy eyes, and a nude lip. Here’s how I achieved it using my favourite products from Mecca Cosmetica.

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SKIN

Depending on my skin at the time, I tend to prefer to use something lighter than foundation; i.e. a tinted moisturiser. Here I use my Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream. Typically I don’t powder, but finally got my hands on the Hourglass Ambient Palette and it is such a beautiful product. I dust this all over with a big fluffy brush to keep things in place.

To achieve that glow, apply the Nars Multiple in South Beach all over the cheeks. Do this with your fingers/and or a brush.

EYES

 I apply a deep brown in the crease using a small fluffy brush. I apply the same colour under the eyes and smoke it out with the same brush for a seamless finish. On the lid, I use my finger to apply a gold shadow all over and in the tear duct. I can’t get enough of these shades! I finish the eyes with a black shadow to create a smokey line. I find the best way to apply this is with a small angled brush, making sure to stay close to the lashes.  All of the shades I used to create this were from my forever favourite Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette. 

And we can’t forget mascara! I use Two Faced Better than Sex.

BROWS

Fill in any obvious gaps using light, quick strokes. I use the Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil  for this. I then brush them upwards  (The Hourglass pencil is double sided with a brush, win win!) to soften the product and voila.

LIPS

Lips are kept super simple with a little tinted balm. I used the Mecca Cosmetica Lip Potand apply with my fingers.

Five months ago I flew to Sydney to shoot the most beautiful campaign with MINKPINK and DISNEY. It was an amazing experience working with such a stellar team, and I have been so excited to show you these images since October. Finally it is out and I’m so over the moon with how they turned out!

If you didn’t already know, Minkpink collaborated with Disney to create a gorgeous new collection celebrating the release of the new Beauty and The Beast film. I fell in love with the pieces, and can’t wait to get my hands on them, so I hope you love it as much as I do.

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 SHOP THE COLLECTION HERE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGES ANTONI

 

Just like any girl, accessories are my best friend; and Dylan Kains’ beautiful collection is no exception to the rule.

Dylan Kain scream all things cool girl. They combine everything to love about New York-chic, with youthful style. Accessories are something to invest in, and if you are on a budget there’s nothing worse then spending money on something that is a one hit wonder. My rule when it comes to accessories is to go for the item that you can wear from season to season without it losing it’s appeal. Dylan Kain hit’s the nail on the head.

 SHOP WHAT I WORE AND MORE HERE

BIRKIN BELT

THRILLS MINI SILK SCARF

NICO SILK SCARF BLUSH PINK 

THE NYC STARS CLUTCH


Hey guys,

 I am so excited to finally tell you about my design collaboration with ALEXANDER AND FOX. I teamed up with this beautiful brand to create a scarf that I love to death and that I’m unbelievably proud of! There is a limited amount of these beauties and they are available for pre-order now. (Just in time for the holiday season…) Let me know what you think in the comments below, I’d love to hear you’re thoughts!

Head to the website to read more about the scarf and to order your own.

ALEXANDER AND FOX X MAIA COTTON

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