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The Pretty Gritty with Phillip Lim



Q&A with Phillip Lim

By Eleanor Pendleton from Gritty Pretty


Over the past 14 seasons, cosmetics brand NARS has supported 3.1 Phillip Lim on the runway during New York Fashion Week. Now, the two join forces to reveal a limited edition nail collection: 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS.


The collection, which is sure to be snapped up quick, includes eight limited edition shades and is inspired by the “colours that exist in the shadows”. Rich jewel tones and contrasting neutrals in a long-lasting formula, with a high-gloss finish, evoke the modern mood of the season, while a covetable canvas pochette, designed exclusively for NARS, perfectly fits the season’s well-edited nail wardrobe.


Ultimately, the “go-to colours” combine Lim’s signature style with NARS’ iconic and audacious beauty philosophy.


Here, the 40-year-old American-Chinese designer – whose designs are worn by Diane Kruger, Jessica Alba and Alexa Chung among others – chats exclusively about the collaboration:



I’ve always appreciated the aesthetic of NARS as a whole. For me, I’m attracted to everything about NARS, the packaging, the graphics and the sense of luxury that isn’t too ostentatious. It’s so modern and luxurious, which is very on par with the 3.1 Phillip Lim universe.



I think they both play a role in formulating the character that you want to be. Every day you get up, you feel a mood, you dress for that mood, and then you finish it off with makeup, nails and accessories.

When you pair your nail colour with a bag or your clothes, it becomes kind of like a mirror, like an art piece. It can change the colour completely.



I call them ‘colours that exist in the shadows’ because, at first glance, you see one colour in the daylight and at night, you see another colour. It also depends on what you wear. They are very transitional, very adaptable. I like colours that you can actually discover.

To me, these colours are the essential 3.1 Phillip Lim colours. These are my colours. The colours that constantly inspire me, they are constantly threaded in everything 
I do. Every single shade or colour has appeared in the collections for the whole history of the company. They are my go-to colours.



It’s not the typical palette. You wouldn’t think of pairing these colours together in a collection, but each shade has its own emotional value. For example, bringing in that crazy metallic blue and pairing it with burnt orange; or antique white and black.

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How To Fake A Good Night sleep



Look Like A Beauty Without The Sleep – How To Fake A Good Night’s Rest

As we spring ahead again and adjust our internal clocks for Daylight Savings, we must be prepared for those mornings when sleep doesn’t come naturally – a condition known as “Daylight Savings Hangover”. The good news is that there is a way to look refreshed and awake – even if your sleep schedule is in the dumps.

Tip 1: Shut it down – electronics that is. Before going to sleep, shut down all electronics – that means TV, computer and, yes, your iPhone. These are all stimulants for the brain and if you’re answering emails in bed at 10 p.m., you’re going to have a difficult time getting to sleep. Hit the power switch at least an hour before bedtime.

Tip 2: Get up … NOW! Once the alarm goes off, get out of bed immediately. Snoozing is not sleep; it’s just delaying the inevitable.

Tip 3: So now that you’re up – do something. Try a morning workout to get motivated and feel energized for the day. Take a quick run or hit an early morning spin class. Be sure to challenge yourself first thing and then see how much easier your morning commute feels.

Tip 4: Hydrate. Great-looking skin isn’t just about what you put on it, but also what you put into your body. Skip that morning cup of coffee, which can be dehydrating, and drink a glass of ice water instead. The cold water will not only give you a kick in the morning, but also help hydrate skin, leaving it looking and feeling refreshed.

Tip 5: Wake up and fake it! Use a hydrating and stimulating makeup like Almay Wake-Up Makeup – a favorite of celeb Kate Hudson. This product contains essential minerals and ingredients such as cucumber and aloe, which soothe and hydrate skin. It also has first-of-its-kind encapsulated water technology – once the powder touches your skin, it releases a cooling sensation that gives you an added boost in the morning.

Tip 6: Do NOT skip breakfast. You’ve worked out, you’ve hydrated, you’re looking gorgeous. Why deny your body the nutrients it needs to keep it looking and feeling refreshed by walking out the door without grabbing a quick bite?

Models, Promoters & “That Life” – Part 3



Ellen Hancock – A Not So Model Life
Instagram: @gypsy_revival

My journey past that time in my life was an emotional one. Watching this “friends” career take off with her fresh tits and Loubitans was interesting, and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t hurt me for a while. Los Angeles photographers love testing with models with designer clothes, breasts, and lots of followers on Instagram – regardless of how they got them. And then clients love the same things too. Did she have to work at those test shoots and castings? Ya, of course she did, and I give her credit for that. But she would have never had a lot of those opportunities without turning tricks to get them.

Part of me had to think… what if I had just gone down that path, too, like so many of these girls? I’d probably be better off with my modeling career. It seemed to be true for all the girls I saw living their lives that way. The money, resources, and makeovers… the ability to give your modeling career a jump start. It can be very disheartening when you just want to follow your passions, and stay who you really are. When you want the dream and the simple life too. A lot of the enchantment of Hollywood just doesn’t exist for me anymore. I know now that it’s all a visage, often hiding quite an ugliness underneath.

After all this happened I had to leave LA for a while and take a break. I had to heal and convince myself that success when achieved at the expense of your self worth will never taste as sweet as success earned through righteous means. Maybe that’s true, maybe it isn’t… but when you witness that kind of lifestyle and don’t choose it for yourself, it’s what you have to believe.

I moved back to LA a year ago, and It has been a blessing to find a community of genuine people this time around. Branching out into acting more has helped. I hate to say it… but just so many models have bought into the fake lifestyle in Los Angeles. It’s hard to find the ones who still have small town values in the big city. I worry about models more now… about all the things that can lead to dark places.

I’m less eager to influence people to join the business than I used to be. A well meaning young girl with dreams will have a lot to face. Moving from a small town to these big cities and seeing all of this for the first time is shocking. I know it all too well. The recent incident with “The King of Instagram” Dan Bilzerian kicking a model in the face at LIV nightclub in Miami is a sharp reminder. It pisses me off, and is part of what’s spurring me to write this. I’m sadly not at all surprised by it. There are a lot of awful people all over the world who disrespect and take advantage of models. From these Vegas trips, to living in Miami and witnessing the club life there, to even meeting rich jerks during my working months in Greece… this is truly a common lifestyle little discussed by those it abuses and rewards.

I guess it just makes me want to speak out about my own experiences in this realm, something I’ve never really done before. Call it a warning, or a heads up, or whatever. It’s just what happened to me, and what I know, and I’m sure there are more stories out there… we’re just never encouraged to spill the beans. We models are replaceable, remember? I’m just at a place in my life where I’m really perfectly ok with never being asked on one of these trips again, if that be the case. These trips, or club nights, can be really fun. But they can be scary too. Especially when you’re still naive to the world.

If you’re a model, all I can recommend when these opportunities come up is that you be aware – and remember who you are and what you’re truly worth. Know that any friend who doesn’t make you feel good is not a friend at all, and it is ok to break up with those kinds of people. It’s ok to to say no to any kind of lifestyle that doesn’t make you feel good on the inside, and that doesn’t mean you’re saying no to your dreams. Outside appearances aren’t everything. The simple life is a wonderful thing, too. It just doesn’t get as much advertising.

Models, Promoters & “That Life ” – Part 1
Models Promoters & “That Life” – Part 2

Rachel is More Than a Friend, She is A timeless Fashion Icon



By Jenni Sellan

We remember the jingle; we remember the romance; and thanks to Netflix, there is a strong possibility that our girl crush just might go on forever.
Rachel Green; from the moment she burst on to our television screens escaping her very own ‘white-wedding, complete with a more than generously sized ‘90’s’ veil and the quintessential jewelled head piece, she instantly became our favourite friend and undisputed style icon.

From friend on screen to a serious friend of fashion, Rachel began her style journey as the queen of urban chic; her off duty style was without question her forte not only for setting the dress code in the 90’s and early millennial years, but it seems she had an uncanny ability to forecast fashion’s future; We might have given her early 90’s style an updated modern edge, but the trends we now embrace have been firmly established, as Rachel went (stylishly) before us; printed tees, denim overalls, peek –a-boo crops and knee high boots; sound familiar?

What about sneakers with just about everything? And how could we possibly go past the denim shirts and vests? Higher today than ever before on fashions’ radar, Rachel Green predicted the power of our denim blues some 20 years ago! A true fashion oracle with her fashion game clearly ahead of the curve.

From Coffee Shops to Fashion’s corporate playground, like her pay check Rachel’s dress code went up a notch or three and just as its evolution continued beyond off duty casual cool, her choices continued to make for a style we wanted to steal and continue to borrow.

With no less than some 700+ outfits worn throughout the series, over its 20 year tenure, selecting just 10 favourites seemed like the impossible task but these chosen few prove that simplicity and timeless style wins every time, transcending all seasons and trends:

What would street style be today without the option of mixing high street pieces with luxe appeal; Take your style cue from Rachel and add some polish to your everyday.

Borrowing from the boyfriend has become second nature; shirts and all; It’s an off duty dressing requirement. even if your boyfriends name is Ross!

Animal Prints have become the new neutral; add DVF into the mix and timeless style is your end game.

We’ve been selling the Dungaree / overall trend for a few seasons now. Love it or hate it, fashion continues to place it on the style map and Rachel Green marks the spot!

Because everyone needs the perfect white Tee.

Even in green Rachel nails the classic silhouettes and so can you.

Denim Skirts, splits and a graphic print; So now. So then. This is fashion forward.

Before Carrie Bradshaw there was Rachel Green; Who doesn’t love an unexpected pop of colour to bring life to monochrome? 

Texture and print play. So. On. Point.

And finally, the ankle boot and anklet sock; a trend that we try…and try but do we dare?

Rachel Green. Effortlessly chic with timeless appeal; there for you then and there for you now. Be Inspired.

From Alaska To Australia, Part 6: Moving & Packing Once More



By Jasmine Alleva
Instagram – @jasminealleva

The state of my room can tell you I am moving across the country in less than ten days. Nude underwear, comp cards, black heels, and old clothes cover my carpet in its entirety. The same two solid gray suitcases lie ajar, ready to be packed to the brim with essentials to carry me through the next indefinite amount of months. I tell people I am ecstatic and that this opportunity will be an adventure, but a huge part of me does not want to go and every tick on the clock makes my stomach drop in reluctance.

Six months ago, I came home from Australia. When I look back, I cannot fathom how that much time went by. For an entire half of a year, I have been home in Alaska, with people constantly questioning my presence, as if I have to explain why I am in one place but not another. It is very agitating and that is why I have to go. Not to appease them, but to show them that I can be anywhere I want to be.

When I landed in Alaska after 36 agonizing hours of flights and layovers, I could not contain my excitement. I had missed my family and friends so much. That day was joyful. The next few months were not.

I slipped into depression like one falls into a deep sleep. I couldn’t see it coming and then it encapsulated me. I no longer wanted to go do the usual activities I had previously enjoyed, I isolated myself from pretty much all of my friends, and I found myself crying for seemingly no reason at all. The heartbreaks I had endured in Australia followed me back home and decided to replace the friends I had once had.

I was exhausted and I didn’t want to do anything. I knew I would only be in Anchorage for a short amount of time, so I figured I would snap out of it as soon as I boarded my flight to New York. But, alas, when it rains, it pours; I found out I would no longer be going.

The countless hours of work I had done to land a New York contract had crumbled right in front of me and my hands held nothing. My agency had some internal issues with downsizing and my contract was ultimately nullified. The problems had little to do with me, but I was a casualty and my future was ultimately altered because of it. I cried. Hard. Then I drove to Taco Bell and cried into a Crunch Wrap Supreme. It was of minimal help.

Not too long after, I got the news that I was picked up by an agency in Chicago, Illinois. I was relieved, but I knew a lot of work had to be done before my departure date, which was about three weeks after I got the news. I looked for apartments, made a lot of contacts, and started packing up my room. Then my agency wanted digitals, which are raw images without make up or retouching. As it would turn out, the Taco Bell and pizza crusts I had wiped my tears with earlier in the month had sat a little too much on my tummy and I was told to stay home to lose weight. More heartbreak.

Weeks have passed since that day. I cleaned up my eating and tried to find balance in my life. The time I have had distant from modeling has left me with a lot of questions on whether or not I want to continue. At any given moment, I can quit. I know that. My freedom has been abridged, my confidence has taken beating after unrelenting beating, and I have compromised future plans. Why would I even consider trudging on in this madness?

A better question is: why would I let anything that happened in the past hold me back from what I could potentially accomplish in the future? The feeling I have of reluctance right now will eventually subside and be replaced with the feeling of accomplishment and an overcoming of my fears and challenges. I have been brave before and I will be brave again.

This industry, like anything else in life, calls for tough skin. I let myself get knocked down. I cried. I wallowed. I considered quitting everything. I found myself in a slump and I dug my way back out on my hands and knees. Though bruised, my skin is tougher than ever.

Change is never easy, but is necessary for human growth. Am I ready for Chicago? I don’t know. But it better be damn ready for me.

Part 1: Alaska To Australia
Part 2: The Cosmo Shoot
Part 3: Home Sickness
Part 4: Casting Calls
Part 5: Roommates