"A Global Movement of Positive Energy!"
"I quit my corporate job and became a full-time traveler."
I've seen this quote used all over social media. Travel Bloggers and Instagram Travelers are quick to sell you the dream as you are sitting behind your computer in a dreary office. It sounds perfect, and they make it sound so achievable. "Just buy my 10-week program and I will show you how you, too, can travel full-time."
Perfect, right? What they do not tell you, however, is that you need to have the mettle to make it work for you. No 10-week program is going to make you an Instagram famous travel blogger overnight. Another massive point that should be noted is the semantics of their wording. "Travel full-time" doesn't mean "full-time vacation"; a common misconception.
It's not just about dreaming big (but it helps).
Irma Martinez is the biggest Latina stylist working today—from the album and magazine covers with stars like Pitbull and Sofia Vergara to the Latin Grammys to the Latin Billboard Awards, she's done it all. But decades ago, when she was laid off from her job working in public relations (and eventually the wardrobe department) at a national Spanish-language television network, the role of "stylist" wasn't an option because the job didn't exist yet—at the time, stars typically dressed themselves with the help of their managers or agents. Martinez knew if she wanted a big job in fashion she was going to have to carve her own path. "I started making some calls to producers. At that time they didn't even call it a 'stylist'—but I said, 'If you need wardrobe for anything, call me and I can do it for you.'"
And call they did, allowing Irma to build Trendy Group., a Miami-based styling company she runs with her husband and business partner as vice president, which, among other things, focuses on styling artists and stars for large-scale events like awards shows and magazine covers, mostly within the Latin community. She also recently released a styling guide called El Manual Del Estilista, opened a styling school called Trendy Academy, and was named a part of Activia's "It Starts Inside" campaign celebrating female trailblazers making a mark in their fields.
Inspires Millennials to Follow Their Intuition and Pursue Their Dreams - Without a College Degree
The millennial generation's office space looks less like the traditional 9-to-5 cubicle work places and more like flexible schedules from the comfort of their home. Less and less young adults feel the need to go to college, yet the millennial generation is thriving in new job markets, such as YouTube. Why is this so, and how are 18-year olds inspired to follow their dreams and pursue online careers, such as being a YouTuber full time? In an interview with Stella Rae, YouTuber, and social media influencer, we uncovered the drive that enables fresh high school graduates to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
Stella Rae is an 18-year-old beauty and lifestyle vlogger, living out her dreams of being a full-time YouTuber in Los Angeles. Sitting down for the interview, she smiles wholeheartedly and seems to radiate the exact same positive energy as in her videos. If you've seen any of her uploads, you know just how authentic she is and how her honesty shines through. She has absolutely nothing to hide, everything to share.
She tells us that she has been making videos since she was ten. "I could share my life and things I was interested in with the rest of the world. I got into makeup and fashion and then I turned vegan so my videos became more centered around that. So, it's really like a reflection of how I've changed and grown up."
Calling all Lauren Conrad fanatics: On Thursday, you'll be able to shop the reality star turned lifestyle blogger and fashion designer's sophomore LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection for Kohl's. "I love designing a second collection, because you know so much more; it's great to see what customers responded to, and what they want more of. I learned that my customer really loves a moto jacket, so we brought it back in three colors." Conrad calls her second Runway designs "more elevated, with more luxe fabrics and more fashion-forward silhouettes; and moodier, deeper tones. The first collection was more bright, light, and ethereal." (The Runway line is pricier than her LC Lauren Conrad collection, also at Kohl's.)
Some of us who go way back with LC (via our TV screens, at least) — if you got acquainted during the mid-aughts Laguna Beach or The Hills years that made the SoCal teen famous — will remember there were some timely trends she wore that were enviably fresh AF back in, say, 2005. Conrad indulged us in a trip down memory lane in terms of her small screen fashion choices from back in the day: "There was a lot of camis. So, so many camis, and I wore a lot of shorter-than-capri-length denim — almost more of a pedal-pusher-length," Conrad said. "I'm really into cropped styles now, but I wore a lot of mid-calf denim. I definitely don't need that to make a comeback."
When said out loud, "Fashion Week" has a double meaning — and for anyone who's ever been a part of all the action, feeling weak is not only par for the course, it's often the reason we love fashion to begin with. So, in honor of the moments of chaos, beauty, and excitement that made us feel weak, we present My Fashion Week-ness,a compilation of accounts from some of the industry's biggest players. They're spilling their most memorable stories from Fashion Weeks gone by and the ones that keep them coming back for more.
Chanel Iman is one of those models who was just born to do the job. Though her name pretty much says it all, we didn't really know it until her appearance on the Tyra Banks Show in 2007. After that, the model went on to cover Teen Vogue alongside Karlie Kloss and Ali Michael, star alongside Joan Smalls in a Beyoncé video, and the rest is history. It makes sense, then, that Iman knows fame like the back of her hand, and how to deal with its ups and downs.