Last Saturday, Friday Girl had an opportunity to attend the launch party for Sheen Magazine. Sheen is a beauty magazine that features the latest trends in fashion and hair. Originally distributed through salons and boutiques, it will be featured on newsstands starting this month. Organized by Urban Suite Entertainment and held at the Emily Amy Gallery in midtown, the event was filled with fashion and beauty tastemakers in Atlanta. Guests were treated to fashion displays, candy couture and a fashion show featuring models with their hair done by The Damn Salon. It was an enjoyable event for all! For more information about Sheen Magazine, visit www.sheenmagazine.com.
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by: Ashia Sims
Many people choose the New Year to end relationships that are negative or make them unhappy in general. While this is a great thing to do, it’s also a good idea to use the New Year to be more conscious of how you nurture and develop the relationships that you aren’t ending.
Since New Year’s resolutions don’t typically last too far past March, why don’t you make a New Year’s goal to fortify your relationships, not just the romantic ones? People make the mistake of taking their friendships and relationships with family for granted but they require just as much work as a romance.
Now that you’re enjoying the refreshing feeling of putting on a New Year and shedding the old one, take some time and reach out to family members you may only see during the holidays or call your girlfriends and organize a girl’s night out. All of our relationships are important. They fulfill us in different ways. We have to make it a point to feed and nurture them so they can grow and flourish for many new years to come.
Ashia Sims, is a writer, producer and Executive Producer for Friday Girl TV. She enjoys business, traveling and teaching women about fashion on her blog, www.cluelessfashionista.com
As the director of software company, Exterro, this week’s shoe queen, Sarah Centrella, travels across the U.S. meeting with top corporate executives and partners in some of the largest global law firms in the world, while wearing her favorite pair of stilettos. Read below to find out how this mother of three has it all in her favorite pair of shoes!
FG: Who is the designer of the stiletto?
SC: Michael Antonio
FG: Where did you purchase your shoes?
FG: Why did you purchase them?
SC: I belong to a monthly shoe club and they were one of my selections, I fell in love with them immediately. I love the color, height of the heal and design. They are very unique looking and extremely sexy. I absolutely love them and feel sexy and beautiful in them. I have people stop me on the street to comment on them.
FG: A good pair of stilettos makes you feel__________________
SC: a combination of sexy and powerful. I walk differently in stilettos, with a purpose and confidence, I rock them!
FG: If we could walk a mile in your shoes ______________________
SC: you would start the day carrying two 3 year old twin girls on each hip, briefcase, handbag, lunches blankies rushing to drop off my 3 little ones at daycare before starting my day. At work I would make decisions, manage my team, meet with clients, and close deals. At 5:00 PM, pick my babies up and take them to the park, be the only mom at the park in 4 inch stilettos chasing her children. I am ALWAYS in my heals, weather its running meetings in NY or pushing the stroller at the zoo. My shoe collection is an extension of me.
FG: Stilettos are like _________________ everyone _______________________
SC: a shot of confidence even on a not so confident day. Everyone asks me how I can walk and even run in them, they ask me all the time if my feet hurt, they don’t!
Celeste Thorson is a professional actress, model, screenwriter and activist living in Los Angeles, CA. This Asian American beauty has starred in television shows, films, and endorsement campaigns around the globe. She is also the athletic host for two seasons of the travel show “Destination X Hawaii” and “Destination X California” which airs in over 60 countries worldwide. Her new online store donates 50% of its profits to a different charity every month. With designs from the heart on everything from casual apparel to gifts and posters she knows how to make giving back look good and feel good! Read more about this Woman 2 Watch.
FG: How did you get started modeling?
CT: I’ve always found visual art fascinating so when I had the opportunity to work with talented photographers and makeup artists, I seized the moment. I enjoy collaborations and think it’s great to create high impact imagery. I had so much fun building a portfolio that I signed with CESD Talent Agency in Los Angeles and started modeling professionally.
FG: How do you feel models effect women’s body image in America?
CT: I feel it depends on your perspective. It can be both inspiring and intimidating. I think it’s important to have a healthy body image and self-esteem independent of the media. It seems there is a fine line between getting inspired by a beautiful image and feeling resentful towards yourself or someone else about it. I don’t think it’s healthy to use a person in a photo-shopped picture to reinforce negative insecurities about yourself. Many models represent a fearlessness that can motive style and confidence for women around the world. Focusing on loving yourself and expressing your personal taste.
FG: How did you make the transition from model to television host?
CT: I always knew modeling was just one of the things I wanted to do in my life. I enjoy hosting, acting, writing, producing and learning something new every day. I love travel and nature so when I auditioned for a show in Hawaii it was a perfect fit. I worked my way up to writing on the show, which was a wonderful experience. We shot the second season in California and now Destination X airs in over sixty countries around the world. I am happy it has encouraged people to get out of the house and do something athletic in nature.
FG: What is the most challenging part of your job?
CT: Auditions are probably the most challenging part of my job because you never know what to expect. That’s what I love about performing, it’s a constant challenge so you always have to try your best. It makes you strive to raise the bar and get stronger. You have to keep your sense of humor yet also take your job very seriously. Despite the obstacles, I enjoy the opportunity to share my talent and meet other passionate people.
FG: What do you find to be some of the common misconceptions about modeling and hosting?
CT: They can both be much harder than they look. People often see the end product and assume the process is just as glamorous. A lot of people think you can just stand on Hollywood Blvd., get plucked from obscurity and become an overnight success. What they don’t realize is that most “overnight successes” were in the industry years before going mainstream. There is something indescribably fulfilling about pursuing your bliss. Success can be subjective.
FG: Besides modeling you are also heavily involved in philanthropy. What causes do you currently support?
CT: Freedom and equality are high on my list for all races, genders, and sexual orientations regardless of location or disability. Organizations like Save the Children, Human Rights Campaign, Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, and the Sierra Club are champions in my book. Donating money is one part of the process but so is taking action. Campaigning for the best interests of your community through petitions, letters, boycotts, and activating others is a huge part of how I show my support.
FG: How many of your business decisions are based on know how vs. your intuition?
CT: My intuition is a good barometer of how I will feel working on a project. I like to click with the people I work with and be on the same page. If something feels off I will just pass because it is often a foreshadowing of things to come. There is such a great camaraderie that happens on set when the chemistry is right. I like to look for that because then it’s a win win.
FG: What do you consider to be some of the major highlights of your career thus far?
CT: Filming in Hawaii was an amazing experience and basically a paid vacation. It was so lush and beautiful. Skydiving on Hawaii’s North Shore of Oahu was like dropping into a postcard. Paul Street is a real pleasure to film with; he is a great director and we had too much fun blowing up trucks in the desert on Room Nine. Everyone on How I Met Your Mother is so nice. Working with Neil Patrick Harris without cracking up is impossible.
FG: What is a spiritual mantra or philosophy that you live by?
CT: Treat others as you wish to be treated. Empathy, compassion, and kindness are virtues I aspire to embody. I believe treating people with dignity and respect is a noble goal. Civility without oppression and freedom without affliction is the world I want to live in.
FG: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
CT: Nosce te ipsum, Know Thy Self. Taking time to align and make peace with yourself is priceless. The more I apply this to what I want the better my life becomes.
FG: What would you tell your younger self if you knew then what you know now?
CT: Even if no one else believes in you, believe in yourself and you can go further than you could ever imagine. The word “No” doesn’t apply to your dreams.
FG: Finish this sentence, Women should __________ and _______________
CT: Women should stop complaining about being unhealthy and start doing something to strengthen their bodies and minds.
FG: If your life came with a soundtrack, what would be the top three songs?
CT: Aerosmith – Dream On
Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body
Gregory and the Hawk – Boats and Birds
FG: What project(s) do you have coming up?
CT: You can check out Destination X TV which is airing on DirectTV, Dish, and Time Warner. I will be working on the the indie film Abnormal Andrea in 2011. I’ve also been doing a lot of writing lately and am developing a few screenplays and shorts.
FG: How/Where can people contact you and/or find out about you and what’s next for career?
CT: You can keep an eye out for all my latest films and TV appearances on IMDB.
For more information on Celeste Thorson, visit her websites.
Check out this riveting but short talk by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, at the TED Women summit, on why there aren’t many women in C-Level Positions and how she thinks we should go about changing that. Very interesting food for thought…what do you think? Do you agree?
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The Spring/Summer line by Chanel is beautiful…the clothes and the stage! The stage was made to look like a park with fountains to boot and a huge orchestra! Be inspired and memorized…
While we are still wrapping ourselves in jackets and coats we can rest assured that right around the corner spring awaits. Get your spring wardrobe ready and take a peak of what designers have in store..Although the spring lines debuted months ago….we love the nautical inspiration and the shoes are the heat!!