Yes, yes these pics aren’t quite winter appropriate, but what’s more fitting than stretching photos when talking about the final stretch? Pun aside, it’s that time of the year when we start scrambling for gifts, bonuses or whatever closures that matter to us. And with no doubt, 2016 has been a crazy year for a lot of us, so here’s to some extra scrambling for a new year.
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‘Tis the season to attend the mass funeral New York attends: wear black season. If you read my blog, you’ll know that I’m BIG on color and prints, so colder days aren’t off the hook. So how exactly can you avoid being another bypasser who routines in lazy-chic?
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In today’s Lunch Break Chats, we caught up with Karolina Mrozkova, full-time model and business student at NYU Stern, and discovered what it’s really like to be in such different environments. 

First of all, congratulations on your cover for Marie Claire! How did it feel to see yourself on the newsstand?

Thanks! Well technically I did not – this particular cover came out in Europe and I was not there when it did… but it always makes my mum super happy! In general though, scoring a cover is an honor. It feels great and rewarding; especially for a big magazine like MC, Elle or Vogue.

What’s something surprising that most people don’t know about the modeling industry?

It is not so glamorous as people think it is. No private jets, 5 star hotels and fancy dinners – at least most of the time for most of us. I guess people tend to look at modeling through the top 10 models they know but that is like judging the business industry based on Larry Ellison. And most of the time you don’t get or get to keep the clothes! (that’s a question I often get)

And what’s your favorite part about being a model?

The traveling. Independence. Meeting new people all around the world. Gaining a global perspective and open-mindedness. View Post

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I probably can’t get anymore cliché talking about gratitude during Thanksgiving. But it’s an important topic for a reason. In our fast paced culture, especially with the way we consume media now, it’s easy to forget that our anger, frustrations or whatever negative emotions we feel, are temporary and mere distractions for us to get by day-to-day. It’s not what defines us to be who we are, since they’re just emotional responses our minds dramatize to fill the narrative of our lives. Instead, what makes us human is our abilities to connect with those around us and co-create memories that last. And while that certainly isn’t easy (hence all the break-up songs and dramatic family holiday movies), it’s more valuable than anything to take the time and appreciate those that have an impact on us. Regardless of whether that impact is negative or positive, realize the influences they’ve had on our abilities to change and grow. And that just makes life a little more beautiful, because things are fluid-like-water and there are always surprises we never anticipated. Gratitude can help us realize those instances and make our present happier and more calming. And really, this isn’t just an exercise exclusive to Thanksgiving day, as it should be practiced everyday to achieve the mental state of health we desire.

I hope everyone has a heartwarming and grateful week,

-Matt Chu

 

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When end of the year is around the corner, I always get nostalgic and start reflecting on all the moments and experiences that flashed by me. Sometimes it feels surreal that we’re essentially the same people, yet time has managed to mold so many external events such that things will never be the same. So midst of this growing-up process, perhaps it’s only sane of us to relive some of those childhood moments and make dreaming a reality. View Post