There’s Nothing Real About Reality

TV, that is. Over Valentine’s Day weekend I made a trip to the Big Apple to audition for the second season of a fashion reality show on the E Network. In general, reality TV looks fun, but this one really caught my eye because it was basically a competition to become the global ambassador of the company brand. After watching every episode of the first season I felt it was very sincere and unlike all other reality shows. So, I filled out the lengthy application with great excitement and waited for a reply. Less than a week later I received an e-mail saying that they would like me to create a 5 minute long video basically saying everything I already answered in the original application. With the help of friends and family I whipped up a video showcasing my personality, style, and answered all of their questions. Four days later I received another email saying that they would like me to come to NYC for an interview in one week. I was SO ecstatic! After reading all the information I was under the impression that I was going to a professional job interview. The email suggested bringing any work with me, i.e. a portfolio. For the next 6 days I learned EVERYTHING and ANYTHING there was to know about this company, all the names of their dresses, the past 6 collections, the board of trustees, ect.. I turned into a walking encyclopedia for this design house. On top of all that work, I took off a week at my job to redo my entire portfolio and fashion journal. My bank account was also pretty stressed out too after purchasing a new portfolio case, getting my nails done, buying a dress from the company, and going to NYC in general.

Saturday morning comes along and I am all ready. I show up around 11:30am and see about fifteen other girls waiting in line, which I expected. By noon there had to of been over 200 girls. By one o’clock, none of us had been seen. Mind you, it was under 10 degrees. So, finally they explain the “audition process”. One would think they would take us on a first come, first serve basis. Of course not! Let’s pull random people from the line who look like they read every issue of Women’s Wear Daily and poured every trend in the past 10 years all over them. At about 3:30pm (still standing outside) they probably met with a dozen girls and then finally decided to move us inside so we didn’t freeze to death. On the bright side, some guys from the crew went to Starbucks and got us all hot chocolate, but when it comes to air it’s going to look like the girls who work there got it. Heaven forbid! After another hour of waiting I finally had that two minute group interview! All they asked me, “What do you do?”. And on to the next group of frozen fashionistas…

I’m not really let down about the whole experience, more baffled. If I would have known to wear high strappy stilettos, striped old socks underneath them, cargo pants, and look miserable standing in line (which apparently means your edgy?) I would have done so. But silly me, I took it seriously.

And still I smile 🙂

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Belated Easter Egg Hunt

In New York City everything is over the top. On Halloween my friends and I found ourselves weaving in and out of the streets in Chelsea in our costumes watching the Halloween Parade. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is watched all around the county on Turkey Day. I have also personally turned into an icicle while at the Rockefeller Center Tree lighting. So what does the city offer for Easter?  How about some hand designed Faberge Easter Eggs in Rockefeller Center! Talk about the talent this city has to offer! I never thought I would say the sentence, “This Egg is a master piece”, but I did multiple times. The artists used all different techniques to decorate their eggs. Paint, sharpie marker, metal, and just about any other medium of art you could imagine! Now I’m not sure of an exact count, but there had to be over one-hundred! It is only up until the 25th, so if you are in the area I HIGHLY recommend going to see them! You will not be disappointed!

Here are a few of my favorites 🙂

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How cool of an idea is this? It was painted with chalkboard paint so people could write and draw on an egg themselves! This was especially fantastic because the whole time I was looking at the eggs I was thinking ‘How the heck do I get involved in this?!’ So, if anyone could help me out with that it would be much appreciated! Cheers to having a new goal/bucket list!

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This egg reminded me of my notebooks of my high school chemistry classes, sharper marker doodles! Seriously, this was done by hand with marker and touched up with white out.

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Love the scrapbook feel of this one! Reminded me of something my Nana would love to have! She was a pro when it came to gold spray paint ❤

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Many of the artists used layers of paint to create textures. Some of the eggs were in cases, but the ones that were not we were able to touch! As much as art should be viewed with your eyes and not your hands, touching the eggs and what they were created with really helps one appreciate them so much more!

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Another scrapbook like egg, but with a pop art feel.

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The talent that people possess is amazing! Street signs? The artist who thought of that gets two thumbs up!

 

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I just thought this was beautiful 🙂 I hope who ever made it is beyond happy with what he/she has created! I can’t imagine the time and effort that went into this. Talk about patience!!

If you are not able to check out the eggs in person this year you should definitely search for it online or other social media!

 

 

L’Wren Scott

A few hours ago, here in Manhattan, L’Wren Scott (Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, designer and project runway star) was found dead in her chic apartment. The 49 year old was hanging from a scarf and it was clearly claimed as suicide with no signs of foul play.
I don’t want to bum anyone out with this post, but it is kind of an eye opener. A beautiful 6-foot-3 successful women who seemed to have everything must not have been as happy as she seemed to be.
Iceberg theory: Majority of an iceberg is under the water and we only see the small top, so that is what we judge the rest of it by. We never really know what people are going through in private and how they deal with their problems.
Be thankful today and pray for L’Wren Scott.

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The NYC Mark-Up

Lemme’ have a quick rant.

It’s not a surprise that just about everything in NYC is more expensive that what’s sold in my home sweet hometown. Produce, clothing, bath supplies, home goods, food, ect… it’s all pretty pricey in the Big Apple. Don’t get me started about drinks at the bars/clubs, though. That might a whole other post for another day. Anyway, being a girl that doesn’t carry cash on my person often (because plastic is fantastic), finding 2 dollars in my purse earlier put only one thought in my head: Roll Up The Rim To Win! Hello, Tim Hortons! I have felt pretty left out seeing all the social media lately about my friends and their daily wins. So, I walked five blocks just to order my $1.89 large coffee with one cream and two sugars. I just wish someone would have gotten a picture of my face when the woman told me $2.58. Really, Tim Hortons? You let me down in more than one way; I also got a losing cup.

Today’s lesson: You can’t do anything with 2 dollars in NYC that wont leave you with food poisoning, still hungry, or stranded.