Beauty and the Muse

Archive for December 2014

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(Glamorous Makeup and Photos by Madinah)

2015 is only hours away. It is truly a time to reflect and be grateful. This year was both challenging and awesome. I finished a thesis paper, I was invited to be in my first blogger fashion competition, and I was interviewed on a New York radio station. Wow. Never in a million years would I think that anyone would be interested in me enough to invite me on a show.

2015 will be our year! And I am also launching a new fashion channel on YouTube. Stay tuned for that.

Myself and the people who are inspired to get up every day and DO something to make a change for themselves and for others, I truly commend you.

I have one last thing to say to all my readers, supporters, and fashionable friends before I see you in the new year: Keep going. Never let anyone dull your glitter 🙂

Check out these fab photos before you leave…

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(Photos courtesy of Kades Mode)

Earlier in the summer, I was invited by wardrobe expert, Kades Mode, for an event with Aldo in New York City. I checked out her website and found a ton of useful information ranging from DIY to How To Wear. Please visit her website, which is beautifully laid out, and read her blog.

I had a chance to interview this fashionista and here is what she had to say:

 

 

LV: Give us a little bit of your background…Who is Kades Mode?

KM: Kades Mode is a style conscious fashion brand. It’s a virtual extension of who I am (alongside all of my growing social media accounts), the journey of existing through everyday life, and my experiences in the world as I pursue my dreams.

 

LV: What was fashion like for you growing up?

KM: Fashion was an outlet. My family didn’t have discretionary income to spend. Therefore, fashion to me was an outlet that one day I would have access to lavish things.

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LV: How would you describe your individual style?

KM: I have an eclectic, polished, and classic style.

 

LV: When did you decide that you wanted to be involved in fashion and start your blog?

KM: At the tender age of 10, my love for fashion evolved. When I paid more attention to sketching than school work, or researching books about fashion schools rather than other childlike activities, I knew what I was called to do.

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LV: What magazines or campaigns have you been featured in?

KM: I’ve been featured as a personality in Solis Magazine, Lens Magazine, and as a stylist assistant and key stylist. I’ve been featured in Vogue Italia, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Tush, Harper Bazaar, and many others. I’ve also partnered with brands such as Intermix and Aldo.

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LV: What would you tell someone who wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry?

KM: You don’t have to be a bitch to be respected. There are different ways to know what to say, when to say it, and who to say it to.

 

LV: What are some big projects you are working on currently?

KM: I am currently styling and sending submissions to magazines, testing with photographers, models, and vendors to build my craft. I’m also seeking to expand my clientele list.

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LV: What advice would you give to people who are in your position or want to get to your position?

KM: To research, have confidence in yourself, and build your craft.

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LV: Leave us with an awesome quote.

KM: “Style, because the first thing judged is appearance.”


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