Saturday Style Tip // Fashion Week Street Style

 

Street Style

In the past models were often seen as lacking style. The typical off duty “uniform” consisted of basics with a splash of grunge. Today a Model’s street style is an opportunity to set yourself a part and be your own brand. Its important to realize that the social media swarm allows every outfit your rock in the streets help shape your own personal brand.

Whether its Fashion forward, edgy, cozy, or wild… OWN IT on & off the runway!

Photographer : Phill Oh 

 

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SATURDAY STYLE TIP // PARIS FASHION WEEK

Paris is the Fashion Capital, coining the highest names in luxury. Paris Fashion Week is known for Haute Couture! Haute literally translates into “High” as in “HIgh Fashion” which refers to an exclusive creation of individually crafted clothing.

I absolutely adored The Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2016 Haute Couture Show.  As a designer he captures the perfect balance of classic-princess-fairy-tale & bold-sexy-confidence in his entire collection.  Its no surprise he had Celine Dion applauding and yelling “Bravo!”

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Photographer : Yannis Vlamos

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BEHIND THE SCENES / GIRL POWER

Numa is working to align itself with a positive change in the industry. Girl Power is all about teaching young girls to use fashion, makeup, and the traditional photo shoot to promote a healthy body image. Encouraging self-love and self worth, the day will also hold workshops on meditation, yoga, and an organic makeup creation workshop. The goal is part of an initiative to impart conscious living for young girls, taught by professional nutritionists, makeup artists, models and yogis. Stay tuned for a Girl Power series in your city!

Contact taryn@numamodels.ca for more information!

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PHOTOGRAPHER : KATHERINE C

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2613: A FILM PROJECT BY JAIA TALISMAN

2613: A FILM PROJECT BY JAIA TALISMAN

Numa is proud to support Jaia Talisman in her journey to create an informative, artistic and necessary film about people suffering with PTSD and depression. Go to the link below and vote daily for her chance to produce this beautiful film!

http://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/1647

“I want to produce and direct a film that deals with the disability and social awkwardness that is attached to those that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. My personal mission and desire is to artfully express, in a magical and experimental way, the five levels of grieving to become a survivor of these crippling diseases. The way I wish to tell this story is quite unconventional and definitely has it’s twists and turns, that leaves a lot to the imagination. I believe that the best stories are the ones that leave you wanting more. So the question is, will there be an answer or will there be a resolution to this tender character’s predicament? That remains to be seen.”

 
NUMA: Would you be able to give me a small synopsis about 2613 for anyone who hasn’t watched your pitch video?

JAIA: My film “2613” is about an angel that is put into purgatory by God in order for her to learn what mankind goes through when dealing with depression. God decided to put her there for she had no empathy for man and as part of her training to be soulful he decides this is best way for Mila (the angel) to gain perspective.

NUMA: What made you want to create a short about something so influential?

JAIA: I wanted to make a film about depression because so many people, especially women, go through in silence. I wanted to bring light to a misunderstood and a world that people really have no empathy for. It’s one of those illnesses that people think we can just stop and walk it off and be happy again. It’s too much deeper than that. I should know, I went through a ten year depression myself. It’s a dark place to be. But there is hope and I am a survivor. I want people to know you can make it through the fog and find the light.

NUMA: At the end, when all is said and done, how do you want the viewer to feel as they walk away from their screens?

JAIA: To feel understood, to feel hopeful, to feel that they are not alone. I want people to start talking and create a dialogue. Depression should not be a secret. It takes a loving supportive family and friends who understand and love unconditionally. This whole hush hush aspect of it is the wrong attitude and serves no one. We’ve lost too many friends over something that needed the simple act of LOVE.

NUMA: This story is designed to make an impact on society as we know it, what would be your dream result if the whole world were to watch 2613?

JAIA: The impact I would want it to have on society is a good slap in the face. It’s like “Wake up, this person is screaming for help!” Even though is seems like they are pushing you away, the want the opposite. Depression is a dangerous thing, because it makes you lose HOPE. And because of that you become more and more introverted, sometimes mean so that the ones who love you won’t see you suffer. I want those who are suffering to know that there is help out there, and that all they have to do is ask or tell someone that you need their support. Because you can’t do this on your own. Instead build an army and let them fight with and for you. LOVE, UNDERSTANDING, and FORGIVENESS are very big things that you need now more than ever.

NUMA: How does it feel to be directly addressing a topic that isn’t commonly embraced or communicated in society?

JAIA: It really hurts me to know that people do not embrace or communicate on the topics of DEPRESSION or PTSD, as both of these are so crippling to the ones suffering from it. Society thinks we are broken, gone bad like a piece of fruit, and that we’re crazy. When those who are dealing in the depths of depression are locked in this place of constant self hatred as they feel they are to b;are for everything that has happened to them. The beatings, the verbal abuse, the physical abuse and mind games that have been forced on them, all a guilty memory reminding them of ways they could’ve done things differently. It’s the “IF ONLY” question that replays in their minds and plagues them.

NUMA: If you could use an emotion to describe 2613, which emotion would you choose?

JAIA: The emotion that I would choose to describe “2613” is, “Survivor.” And being a woman I would love to make this movie, not only because, I lived it, experienced it…but because I survived it and I want all women to know they can too.

NUMA: I find your story very inspiring, I really appreciate that someone has the courage to stand up and speak for something they believe in. What would you say to someone who stands for the opposite of what you believe?

JAIA: Living without regret isn’t easy but it is possible. A person has to know that everything that has happened to them in the past is now the past. One can no longer go back in time to correct it. But we can shape our future. Creating boundaries to protect yourself from getting hurt again. We learn from the past. We learn a lot about ourselves in depression as we heal and become warriors. We are stronger because of it. I know I won’t let opportunities pass me by or get robbed from me. I want to live life and love it completely.

NUMA:  As you previously said, depression isn’t something you can just walk away from. What techniques do you use to keep your head above water?

JAIA: The things I used to keep my head above water so to speak was to learn that in order to heal, I needed to learn to forgive myself. I needed to look in the mirror and loved what I saw. I also had to talk about it, I sought counselling and relied on my husband a great deal. He truly understood me. He loved me unconditionally. And finally I finally decided I didn’t want to be a victim anymore. I wanted to live again.

NUMA: And finally, what would you say to someone who is in that dark place now?

JAIA: The big thing is to keep nourishing your body with good food and water, to do something creative or anything that makes them happy whenever they feel themselves slipping deep into the dark. Going for walks, have time with good friends and distract themselves as much as possible as not to think the terrible things that have happened to them. Dwelling on a memory is a dangerous path to turn down and best avoided. Although the positive is hard to hear when being depressed, it is welcomed. But is best heard when not feeling in the depths of despair.

 

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WORKOUT WEDNESDAY: BEGINNER BREATHING EXERCISES

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Controlled breathing keeps your mind and body functioning at their best, lowers blood pressure, promotes feelings of calm and relaxation and helps you de-stress.

1. Sama Vritti (Equal Breathing)

Begin with inhaling for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four (all through the nose, which adds a natural resistance to the breath). More advanced yogis can aim for six to eight counts per breath with the same goal in mind: Calm the nervous system, increase focus, and reduce stress. This is one technique that’s especially effective before bed.

2. Abdominal Breathing Technique

With one hand on you chest and the other on your stomach, take a deep breath in through your nose, ensuring the diaphragm inflates with enough air to create a stretch in the lungs. Take 6 to 10 deep, slow breaths per minute for 10 minutes each day to experience immediate reductions to heart rate and blood pressure. Try this exercise before an exam or any stressful event.

3. Progressive Relaxation

Close your eyes and focus on tensing and relaxing each muscle group for two to three seconds each. Start with your feet and toes, then move up to your knees, thighs, glutes, chest, arms, hands, neck, jaw, and eyes—all while maintaining deep, slow breaths. Breathe in through your nose, hold for a count of five while the muscles tense, then breathe out through your mouth on release.

 

 

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OUR MODELS, OUR QUESTIONS / KARLEIGH D

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NUMA: You were a part of our relaunch of our Girl Power workshop, what made you want to get involved in it?
KARLEIGH: I originally saw that you were putting the workshop on by an email… I wanted to learn more about there industry, meet other models, learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and especially have an amazing time!
NUMA: What was one of the main things that you took away from GP?
KARLEIGH: Being healthy and having confidence, is such a huge part of being a model
NUMA: What do you think was the most influential moment of the day?
KARLEIGH: It would have been the anxiety talk because it helped me understand how much your mental health is as important as your physical health.
NUMA: The lunch provided at Girl Power was very different from the normal person’s everyday diet; what was it like trying something so different?
KARLEIGH: It was quite cool, I’ve never had seaweed before! I eat really clean, lots of fruit, vegetables.
NUMA: During the day you were asked to paint a word to complete the sentence “I aspire to be…” You chose the word confident, do you think being apart of Girl Power helped you move towards achieving that aspiration?
KARLEIGH: Yes I do, I enjoyed being in a room with a group of other girls who are trying to be their best selves, as I was too.
NUMA: What was it like being in a photoshoot with other girls?  Have you ever shot with multiple people before?
KARLEIGH: It was amazing! I have never been shot with other people rather than my family, and I really enjoyed the photoshoot with the other girls!
NUMA: In the morning of the day, you took part in a Yoga class. Have you ever done yoga before? What was this yoga experience like?
KARLEIGH: No, I haven’t done yoga before. The class was fun! I am a competitive dancer and there are things in yoga that I could apply to my everyday life.
NUMA: What was your favourite part of the whole day and why?
KARLEIGH: I really loved the photoshoot! It was an amazing experience because I haven’t shot with other girls.. and every girl loves to have her picture taken!
NUMA: Thanks Karleigh!

MODEL: KARLEIGH D

MUA: TAMARA JOHNSTONE

PHOTOGRAPHER: TWYLA HAYES

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