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Carrie: Hi, Vic! I watched you on Glam Masters and was so impressed with your work. Each makeup look you created was unique and special.
Vic: Thank you! I took a peek at your work as well and it’s amazing how much motivation you have at such a young age. Let’s do this!
Carrie: Thank you! Okay, let’s get to it. First of all, how did you get into doing makeup? How old were you?
Vic: I got into makeup when I saw a YouTube video of [makeup artist] Pixiwoo on YouTube! I was mesmerized and became instantly addicted to makeup tutorials at the age of 13. For each birthday, I would ask my family for makeup from Sephora, but it wasn't until I was 14 that I finally got my first Urban Decay palette and started creating looks. I initially strayed from the idea of becoming a makeup artist because I didn't believe it would bring me financial independence. Little did I know that at the age of 19, I completely changed my career path and decided to drop out of my university to pursue being a makeup artist and YouTuber!
Carrie: Wow, what an amazing choice, considering how far you’ve come these past two years! Besides Pixiwoo, what other beauty influencers inspire you?
Vic: Amrezy, Desi Perkins, Jaclyn Hill and Carli Bybel. They all represent something unique and I can relate to each of them in different ways. Their makeup styles are also not too similar, yet they are all incredible artists.
Carrie: Agreed. They are also super smart about how they market their brand on social media. Is social media an important part of your career as well?
Vic: Social media is the biggest and most important element in my career. Without social media, I’m not sure I would have been able to grow my brand as fast as I did. The internet is what made me a viral sensation at the age of 20! My diamond skull makeup look went viral on Facebook reaching 15 million views in 3 days. My life changed forever, all thanks to social media.
Carrie: The power of the internet is certainly no joke! I remember watching your diamond skull makeup tutorial on Facebook and being in absolute awe. What about makeup is most exciting to you?
Vic: It gives me the ability to always create something new. I’m a natural born artist and painter, so makeup is a form of art to me. My face is my blank canvas, and I’m able to express my ideas and play with colors. It’s really such an exciting process for me every day. I also love working with clients because once I do their makeup, their entire mood changes. Seeing the happiness and confidence I bring them is absolutely unreal to me! I love that feeling of accomplishment at the end of a client booking.
Carrie: Totally. Now, I feel like I already know the answer to this question...what’s your favorite makeup look you’ve ever done?
Vic: Definitely my diamond skull. It was so creative and I didn't even plan it. I sat down and let my hands do their job. In the end, I created an iconic piece of artistry that changed my life.
Carrie: Your diamond skull makeup is truly a masterpiece. But it’s not the only incredible look I’ve seen you create! You did a bunch of incredible faces on Glam Masters. What was it like being on the show in front of such an incredible panel of judges, including Laverne Cox, Mario Dedivanovic, Kandee Johnson, and Zanna Roberts Rassi?
Vic: OMG, being in front of those amazing judges was so intimidating. However, although it was intense, I felt like I was in my element. I knew I was born to be on this show and born to be critiqued by these beauty icons. It felt right. I feel like I learned so much from them, too.
Carrie: I’m sure you did! What was your favorite part of the experience?
Vic: My favorite part was definitely the people I met. I made such incredible friends from all around the world who support me and understand me. That is such a priceless gift that I never expected I would leave with: friendship.
Carrie: How incredible! Now, on the other hand, what was the greatest challenge you faced on Glam Masters?
Vic: Before I went on the show. I was extremely terrified and didn't believe I could do it. I actually dropped out of the show a few weeks before it started airing, but the producers called me and convinced me to come back on. They saw something in me and really wanted me there. I faced my fear and I am always going to remember that moment of courage. I realized that tackling what you’re afraid of can be scary, but in the end, it’s so worth it.
Carrie: For sure. Before we wrap up this interview, I am dying to ask you what your fave spring makeup trend is!
Vic: Definitely the intense yellow eyeshadow looks that have been all over Instagram. I love the way that yellow looks on any skin tone, especially girls with darker skin!
Carrie: Ooh! I need to try that out. Where can readers find you on social media so they can keep up with everything you’re doing?
Vic: You can find me on the ‘gram! My Instagram, @vicbrocca, is “popping,” as I like to say. You can also get to know me better through my YouTube channel, where you really see a different side of me.
Carrie: Great! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me, Vic!
Vic: Thanks so much, Carrie! It was a pleasure working with you on this.
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Dessert Goals was truly a carnival of sweet treats, where guests were able to indulge for a couple hours and celebrate the world of innovative desserts. As I exited the event and was handed a piece of gum and a salty bite to “cleanse my palette,” I licked my lips and looked back at the vibrant disco space. No worries, I told myself. There’s always Postmates.
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We all have that kid still inside of us. The one that loves to visit Disney World, occasionally watches cartoons, and fully embraces rainbows and unicorns. Flour Shop--a bakery established by Amirah Kassem--holds the key to making your dreams come true.
The store creates cakes that certainly aren’t like to the ones you’re used to eating on your birthday. The playful cakes are made sans fondant and explode with sprinkles and candy when you cut into them. I’ll repeat it again just in case you didn’t get it: they explode with sprinkles and candy! And of course, these sweet treats come out of a layered cake (their rainbow one is the most popular) with buttercream frosting. The "explosion cake" comes in different sizes: a 4” mini, a 6” midi, and a 10” maxi. And for the people who aren’t as inclined to eat vibrant neons, Flour Shop makes cookies and cream flavored cakes that explode black and white sprinkles as well.
Flour Shop uses leftover cake in order to create rainbow cake push-pops ($8 each) and mini cake balls ($3 each) to sell as well. Visitors especially rave about the delectable peanut butter and chocolate cake balls.
If you’re feeling extra special, Flour Shop creates custom cakes that resemble certain objects (some past examples include a donut, a globe, a hamburger…). These special orders have earned praise from some of the most renowned names in fashion, including Erdem, Sarah Burton, and Jean Paul Gaultier, who can’t help but lick their fingers after trying one of Kassem’s treats.
Not only are the desserts delicious, but the Instagram-worthy ROYGBIV decor inside of the Soho store is just as tasteful. Customers can take pics in front of rainbow trees, rainbow balloons, and in front of a giant rainbow mural on the wall. Well, what are you waiting for? Pair a vibrant outfit with a widespread grin on your face and you’re ready to visit Flour Shop!
Visit Flour Shop at 177 Lafayette Street in NYC or check out their website https://flourshop.com.
Carrie: Hi, Lilyan! I thoroughly enjoyed watching you on Making a Model. You handled the competition with such grace and dignity. How did you first find out about the show?
Lilyan: One of the producers of the show contacted my mother on her Instagram after she made it public two weeks before. It was definitely God that opened the door to Making A Model.
Carrie: Have you always loved to model?
Lilyan: I’ve always had an eye for modeling, ever since I was a little girl. I would do runway shows for my family and make my mom take pictures of me. I was a sassy li’ thang! Modeling has been a love of mine for as long as I can remember.
Carrie: So you must have been thrilled to work with someone as knowledgeable about the modeling industry as Yolanda Hadid! What was it like working with her?
Lilyan: Working with someone like Yolanda Hadid, who has three extraordinary children that have very successful lives, was such an honor. I learned so much from her and I am forever grateful!
Carrie: What was the most important lesson she taught you during your time on the show?
Lilyan: One of the most important lessons that Yolanda taught me was to stay true to myself and embrace everything that God gave me. I learned a lot about myself while I was on the show--I realized that no matter what, I am enough.
Carrie: That’s so inspiring to hear, especially coming from a teen like you. Switching gears a bit...what was it like bunk-bedding with your mom for two months?
Lilyan: I mean you’re right up in each other’s space and you can get aggravated sometimes but it was definitely a great bonding experience. It’s literally like having a sleepover with your mom for two straight months!
Carrie: Haha! As I watched the series, I noticed that your mom always had your back during the difficult challenges that Yolanda put you through. Do you have a favorite challenge?
Lilyan: Definitely the photo shoot for Tommy Hilfiger X Gigi! Honestly, though, I can’t name a least favorite because every single challenge had an amazing lesson attached to it, which helped me grow into loving myself and loving modeling even more.
Carrie: I remember that you did such an incredible job during the Tommy X Gigi challenge. Gigi really helped you own it that day on set and brought out your bubbly personality! But let’s not forget, it wasn’t about laughter all the time. I know there was a lot of controversy about your hair on the show. Yolanda made you go back to your brunette roots and you decided to stay a blonde. What made you ultimately come to that decision?
Lilyan: My decision to go back blonde after Yolanda decided to color it brown was because I have never had the Native American hair that Yolanda thought I did. My dad has dark brown hair but not me--I have had sandy blonde hair since I was born. Another reason why I made my decision was because I was not confident at all when I had brown hair. When you go to a salon to get a new look, you want to feel pretty when you leave, and I just didn’t feel like myself. I didn’t want to look at myself in the mirror--all I wanted to do was cry because I didn’t feel pretty. If I didn’t feel confident, I wasn’t going to be able to accomplish the rest of the assignments and complete my journey on the show. My mom stood by my decision, too.
Carrie: Your bravery during that whole complicated process is extremely commendable. Your friends on the show must have stood by your side as well. Which girl was your bestie in the house?
Lilyan: I was close to everyone in the house but the one person that always helped pick me up when I was down and go on crazy NYC adventures with me was Breanna Bunevacz!
Carrie: Aww! Now, as we wrap up this interview, I would like to know what your future plans are when it comes to modeling.
Lilyan: I’m just going to go through each door that is opened for me. I plan to move either to NYC or LA to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. My first love has always been acting and that is the door that actually lead me to model. I believe God has a plan for me and I trust that process. I’m also currently putting modeling tips on my YouTube channel! I learned a lot on Making a Model and would like to share those tools with others that may want to pursue modeling.
Carrie: That’s super sweet of you. Where can readers find you on social media to keep up with everything you’re doing?
Lilyan: My username is @Lilyancole on Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, and Snapchat.
Carrie: Great, thanks so much, Lilyan! I’m sure that the way you radiated confidence on Making the Model has inspired a lot of teens out there. You definitely inspired me.
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Carrie: Hi Kristen! I have a bunch of questions that I’m super excited to ask you. But first I want to know when you started your blog and why you decided to start it.
Kristen: My blog Last Night’s Look originated while I was filming The Real Housewives of New York. People would ask me on social media about the clothing and accessories I was wearing on screen, so I decided to start a blog with each post going out the morning after the show (hence the name “Last Night’s Look”).
Carrie: That’s so clever! What kind of message are you trying to convey to your blog’s subscribers?
Kristen: I would like my followers to know that fashion can be both fun and affordable!
Carrie: Totally. How would you describe your personal style?
Kristen: I would describe my personal style as Jackie O’ meets Carrie Bradshaw!
Carrie: Wow, two of my icons. I was actually named after Carrie Bradshaw! Okay, next question: what is a current style staple piece or trend that you think everyone should embrace?
Kristen: The Gucci Leather Belt with the double G’s! I bought mine over 15 years ago and was so happy to see it make such a strong comeback! Worth every penny!
Carrie: I actually just got one of those and I absolutely love it! How about beauty...do you have a number one beauty product to recommend?
Kristen: The By Terry Sun Designer Palette! It’s the perfect compact palette that works on every skin tone and that one piece you can take with you anywhere for any occasion.
Carrie: Any future plans for your blog?
Kristen: Always! HA! Get ready for more beauty tutorials and tons of fun travel. Stay tuned!
Carrie: Where can readers find you on social media?
Kristen: You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @kristentaekman and subscribe to my blog at www.lastnightslook.com.
Carrie: Thanks, Kristen!
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Lately, I’ve been getting asked this question a lot: “How Do you Find Instagrammable Spots for your Feed?” The answer is, I am constantly searching for the best restaurants and pop-up stores to explore. However, lately, I’ve been really into finding graffiti walls and cool street murals to take pics in front of. Here are some of my fave artsy spots that I know you’ll love.
1. De Maria NYC--19 Kenmare Street (The Geometric Wall)
2. Little Cupcake Bakeshop--30 Prince Street (Love Bomb Graffiti)
3. 240 Lafayette Street (Rainbow Heart Wall)
4. 89th Street and Columbus Avenue, between brownstones (Black and White Firework Mural)
5. Seamore's--390 Broome Street (Rainbow Heart Graffiti)
6. Hotel Chantelle (Black and White Doodle Mural)
7. Pietro Nolita (Pink and White Heart Wall)
8. 31 Prince Street (Rainbow Print Mural)
9. Lafayette Street between Broome and Grand; near 177 Lafayette (Lion Mural)
10. 12 Corners Coffee, 121 Mott Street ("I Choose Love" Mural)