Thursday, March 31, 2011

Models should keep nails pretty all the time

Hey Girls,

Even if you are not a hand model or foot model you should make an effort to keep your hands and feet looking nice. Your nails are often seen in shots when modeling and having a nice manicure and pedicure is a good idea. Don't skip this beauty up-keep.

I bought a $24 manicure for just $12 at Sweet Lily Natural Nail Spa on Gilt Group. Check it out here:

Also I suggest buying your own nail tools, bringing them with you to salons. Be safe, always.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Video: Petite Runway wearing Levi's® Curve ID jeans

Enjoy this video, I'm wearing Levi's® Curve ID jeans in Slight Curve, and share the fit and my in-store experience. I am wearing a size 25, they didn't have a 24 but a 24 might have fit 100% perfect, I think they will shrink in the wash a bit though too. ~Isobella

The model must-have check list: what's in the model's bag?

Hey Girls,

While at my shoot last week for a healthcare catalog where I modeled shoes, I was reminded of the importance of having a nice handbag. When you have a modeling job you will be told what it’s for, what to bring and the basics of the job, but it is always smart to bring some extras. Carrying this handbag all the time will also make your arms tone, so there is a plus to the hustle and bustle involved with being a striving model.

My top ten things to have for castings and modeling jobs.

The model necessities, which include and are not limited to:

1. A BIG bag. One that she doesn't mind spilling nail polish remover on or anything. A nice sturdy bag that she can count on for a last minute casting or a booking that also fits her portfolio which is usually 12.5” by 9.5”
2. Nude colored panty hose. (These are good to have for castings involving shoes and legs, you don’t want to sock marks on your ankles and you don’t want lines on your legs from your pants so wearing panty hose can be helpful.)
3. An assortment of shirts, tank tops, t-shirts, and a zippered sweater/cardigan. I usually bring an extra tank top or t-shirt with me to a modeling job.
4. Nail polishes in many colors, including "clear" nail polish. (Also if you have a run in your panty hose you can put a dab of clear nail polish on the run to stop it from getting bigger.)

5. Travel size nail polish remover, nail file, nail clipper. Buy your own nail tools! I live by travel size items.

6. Nude thongs and black thongs, on the job you will be asked to wear a nude thong so that your underwear color isn't seen when wearing white or tan colors and in general a nude thong is good to have any time, if you have a job for a swimwear company you might want to wear a tan or black g-string under the bathingsuit bottom, ya know.
7. Sandals. Something stronger than a flip-flop, a pair of shoes you can wear before you go on set and while getting ready or resting before the crew is ready. A pair of sandals you can keep clean, not wear outside, and use for being on set at modeling gigs.
8. A brush or comb and hair clips and hair ties. Pull hair back before castings and at jobs. Hair out of the face is best. Client talking to you, not your hair, unless it is a hair related job.

9. A robe or something to wear that is comfortable and doesn’t create lines. Sweatpants.

10. Lotion. Travel size lotions, or buy travel size container’s at Bed, Bath and Beyond or Container store or Target or Walmart to pour your favorite lotion into.
I've done a lot of body part modeling which involves using my feet, hands and body to model for product ads and editorials in magazines.

So more on the model must-have check list:

Baby wipes. To clean feet, hands, face, etc.

A travel size toothpaste. Tooth brush

Foundation to mix with a dab of lotion to cover any scars, etc.

Kushy foot toe covers, to wear before you get on set or on your way to a modeling job. Keeps your pedicure pretty, while you are waiting to go on set.

Q tips.



Ziploc bags to carry all this stuff in.

This week's podcast segment includes tips and advice for what's in the models handbag.


Podcast today! Inside the Big Handbag of the Little Model

Last week Petite model, author Isobella Jade shared some insight on preparing for castings and modeling jobs, what happens at a casting and after one, what happens on the job and after a modeling job, and insight on what is inside the big handbag that models carry to castings and jobs. In this segment she shares more detail on what's inside the big handbag of the little model. Your handbag should be able to carry not just your portfolio but many items that help you be more prepared for the job and be the best you can be as a model. A model does more than shows up. A model does more than bring her portfolio and comp card and beauty products. A model carries her reputation and professionalism in her bag. She also shares insight on shopping for jeans as a shorter girl. To read more about Isobella's adventures as a model, check out her books at her website:
Tune into the segment today Inside the Big Handbag of the Little Model about the behind the scenes of working as a model.
When: 3/30/2011
Time:  2:00 PM EST

Do you have any baby wipes in your handbag? You should consider it.
Do you have your own manicure and pedicure tools? You should buy your own.
Tune in here for more insight on the little things that make a big difference on the job as a model,
~Isobella Jade

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Video: Petite Style: AX White Denim Capri as skinny jean

Creating the right photos for print modeling takes work and time

A girl recently sent me a message through my website asking, "I've been a freelance model for the past four years and just moved to NYC a month ago. I'm already taking acting classes (10 weeks of them) and have visited two agencies with my hard cover portfolio. They both told me I need new pictures-that I look prettier in real life than my photos. I have a lot of friends that are fashion photographers that want to help me build my port, but the advice they give while critiquing my port isn't appropriate for the kind of work I can realistically get since I'm only 5'5. Could you please tell me what your advice is when it comes to pictures? Do you only have a modeling agency or a talent agency, or also a casting director, etc."

My reply below might also help your own pursuits as a model.

I've worked with and got work with agencies (while working non-exclusive with them and worked with up to 5 at a time) and I've worked with talent agencies and casting directors as well over the years. There is a booklet in Barnes and Noble and bookstores in the magazine section called The Call Sheet, it is about $12, and it has a list of casting directors and talent agencies. You should grab one of these as well.

I've heard it all myself, "your pics are too sexy" "your pics don't flatter your assets." "you need better pics." And photos are what seperate a model that works with real agencies and brands and jobs from a model that just takes photos, the best way to also start improving your photos for the area of modeling you want to pursue, is to ask questions, ask for examples of the type of shot they are talking about. The "commercial" part in commercial print modeling implies personality, relatable to a mass market of consumers. Here are some examples:

The words model and modeling tend to make a girl change herself, as in her attitude and actually because "herself" is what she needs to focus on for print modeling. Her real smile, laugh, natural expressions, natural makeup, natural outfits and natural, comfortable, realistic pose, is best. If the shot can involve a discreet product such as a handbag, a cell phone, coffee cup, working out at a gym, the more your shot looks like you are "doing something", and the more it involves your personality and the more it involves looking realistic and like an implied ad or editorial in a magazine, the better.

If you want to model within print modeling "smiling shots" are very important. You could be smiling and walking, dancing, acting like you are hanging out at a cool cafe and enjoying your coffee, candy, even dusting, or putting on some makeup, etc. Think of real life situations. Just keep it a shot that relates to a mass market consumer, not just one demographic.

Always keep in mind that working as a model isn't just about you, it is about the product you are modeling for and it is best to remember this when creating photos, sure you want to look great but a client for a cell phone company, a skincare brand, a shoe brand, wants to see that you "know how to model products naturally," and that you have a natural energy about you that their customers can relate to. Study what print modeling is and it will also help you. Any ad with a smile or real-life expression and pose is a print model and a print ad usually.

A model is needed because her look represents what a brand's marketing campaign needs or fits what an ad concept or editorial concept is. A model's purpose is to model for something, so keep that in mind too.

I suggest working with a photographer who understands what print modeling is, and yes you will most likely have to invest some $ and time into getting the shots you need. It's a part of the process.

Another thing, think about the type of modeling jobs you want to get. If you want to be in ads for print modeling then you have to study some print ads, so look at magazines of all types, study commercials and pay attention to the expression, what they are wearing and their makeup and how natural they look.

If I wanted to leg model, yes despite being so petite, I had to create and show on my com pcard shots of my legs that looked like ads for lifestyle products or something you'd see in a Glamour, Allure, Marie Claire or Cosmo. Take it upon yourself to create a comp card that fits your goals and be realistically ambitious about it. Show you can, to get the opportunity.

Remember, print modeling is about relating to an everyday consumer in the ad or commercial so an everyday look in the photos you have for print modeling is best. Of course if you wanted to model for fitness, swimwear, undergarments, that's fine, but keep in mind in print modeing is less about impressing a man and more about selling the item you are wearing to a female consumer. Here is more on print modeling:

I hope this helps girl, and keep rocking on, here are some agencies in NYC to send your comp card to when you have print modeing photos ready for action! :)

It's a tough pursuit, a tough competitive hustle, but usually those who don't give up, get what they want, I've included links to some other tips are below. There is a lot of marketing that goes into being a self-made model,


These links will also help :)

Learn, know, grow, get and strive for more. ~isobella jade

At Apple store SoHo Yesterday

Hey Girls, if you are on the go and you got to GO! The Apple store is a favorite bathroom in SoHo. I could be there spokesmodel. I've used it a lot over the years. Clean and usually always in stock of toliet paper. :)

Trying on the AG Angelina jean and Levi's Curve ID and petite sizes

Hey Girls,

Yesterday I tried on the AG Angelina jean which was created for petite girls, it fit pretty well, and I do suggest you try the style, here are some pics:

Also I tried on the Curve ID jeans at Levi's too, I was measured for their Curve ID jeans, when I was measured, the guy was like "your a demi," but after I tried on 4 pairs of demi's I knew I wasn't a demi, -too much fabric under my butt- so I went with the "slight curve" Curve ID jeans and they are pretty damn cute, I bought em, and will also show them off to you later this week. :)

when it comes to my "curve" it's more than slight, so with the Curve ID jeans at Levi's, I suggest not counting on how you are measured, I was shocked I was even measured and I think it would be better if the store actually had a sign that said, "if your hips are this size and your waist is this size you are a ____ curve", because even though my butt is more than "slight" the "slight curve" style shows that I actually have a butt. Otherwise it was all baggy and not so pretty, ya know. :) I bought the Modern Slight Curve Skinny jeans, you can check out the styles here.

Did you know Levi's has petite sizes!?

I was especially happy when I went to the website and under Women, it says PETITE!

Rock on people who design for petite girls!


P.s. If Levi needs a petite model, call me or email me.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Favorite Little Thing: Sobral Hand Mirrors

Hey Girls,

This week one of my favorite little thing are the Sobral hand mirrors. They are items to have for a lifetime to pass down to family and use daily. These are especially cute and are made of clear and multi-colored natural resin material.

This is the Ipanema Hand Mirror, $100

And check out the Meio Cheio Hand Mirror, $82

Who is the most beautiful of all, YOU! Inside and out. :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

some awesome things: shoe modeling, inspire and give

Hey Girls,

I'm getting my feet pumped up, tomorrow modeling shoes and feet for a popular healthcare catalog/website.
Also, I just shared an inspiring message on for an Orphan in America.  You can as well, and I hope you do. This is what I shared:

you can be whatever you want to be, what matters most is listening to what your heart is telling you. Anything is possible with the will to try.

Leave your own inspiring message here:

Also, I recently found that to assist with the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, the Burbank, CA based vintage-inspired clothing and accessories boutique Unique Vintage (www.UniqueVintage.comis donating 20% of sales from their umbrella collection to the American Red Cross from March 23rd-April 6th :)

And on this post you can ready about the fashion players – from Coach to the Gap to Alexis Bittar – who are contributing money and clothing for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami:

Strive, love and give what you can, do what you can, and be thankful for each day,


I just read that Elizabeth Taylor died today, she was at 79

Hey Girls,

I just read that the legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor died today, she was at 79. :(

I loved her in A Place in the Sun, Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin RoofBUtterfield 8, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf"and of course Cleopatra...I bet TCM will have all her films on soon now. She could express raw emotion, had sass and sophisication, and a heart.

Rest in peace, you will live on and on.

You can read about her life, films and passions here:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

GENEVA Mary-Jane pump at Bakers caught my eye

Hey Girls,

I think the GENEVA Mary-Jane pump at Bakers is so adorable.  It's one of my favorite little things for Spring 2011.  Check it out, it's screaming little black dress I want you with me! ~Isobella

News on fashion and beauty buzz that caught my eye

Hey Girls,

I can't wait to receive my new Pleasure Doing Business skirt, and I will make a video to share. I am on the hunt for some navy high heel sandals, or white ones, and I will keep you posted on that too.

Also I need some new jeans! You know a pair to love for all seasons and can wear with different types of shoes.  I love the look of jeans in the summer, with open toe shoes/sandals. Sitting outside eating lunch or having a coffee in a pair of sexy jeans and cute sandals is heaven.

Here are some jeans for petite's I am checking out:

Here is some buzz that caught my eye on fashion and beauty recently:

Did you know that the average woman spends $49 on shoes:

Check out these bad ass outfits for your cute dog:

What's age got to do with it?
The 32-year-old model beauty, Missy Rayder discusses a few of her favourite things, from fashion designers and shops to New York hangouts:

More older models in campaigns:

A portion of proceeds from all sales of CREED products at and part of proceeds from all sales of Hanae Mori Parfums at will benefit the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross is responsible for giving massive amounts of relief aid to victims of the Japan disasters.

Little awesome things that caught my eye:

If your booty wants more protection this summer, check out these cute swim trucks for girls that caught my eye, super cute and called Trunkettes:

I love this Kandinsky Nina handbag by SOBRAL, so unique and original:

Need a new leather handbag? Check out these great styles:

My Beauty Tip:  Be safe and bring your own manicure & pedicure tools to the salon with you:


Shorter models don't just mail photos to agencies, send great ones!

Before I started booking modeling jobs for shoe modeling, like this one for Easy Spirit seen in Macy's, I had to craft and prepare photos of my feet in shoes, sandals, etc. To show I could.

Hey Girls,
I remember when I printed out from my printer photos of myself and mailed them to fashion agencies. What a F-ing waste of a stamp that was!

It is better to get it right, take your time, do your research, know what you need to do, then waste your time and your energy.  Sometimes it is tough to discover what you need to do and I did make mistakes at the start, but I learned, I picked myself up and tried again, live and learn.

When you are thinking and planning to mail your comp card to agencies remember to only send the good stuff! And to do it in a professional way. With a comp card.

It is good to know ahead of time the type of agencies you should submit a comp card to, so research print modeling agencies and talent agencies, observe the type of photos the models have on their website and you can plan your own photos around what you observe.

Remember sometimes having a totally unique and photo with extreme attitude, makeup and styling, can actually be the wrong photo to send a print modeling agency. You do want to focus on sending "what the agency wants to see." So research what print modeling is and the photos you need for it.

I encourage you to spend time crafting your photos carefully, because the agency will not be the one that is crafting your dreams, it's you. The agency works with models that are already prepared, professional and who know how to model. Having the passion is not enough you have to also know how to do it.

The agency will send you on castings and they will try to book you for work, and  they are great to work with, but like I've shared in other posts, you are "working with" them, they are not "working 100% for you and your dream."  You are.

What holds a shorter model back that has great assets for modeling? It's her photos.
It is important to not ignore the importance of "what you show equals where you go."

Think about the modeling jobs you can realistically get, think about your assets and spend time crafting photos that match your goals and the type of jobs you want to get. If you don't show it in your photos the agency might not believe you can be booked for that type of work. So do your homework, invest the time, work hard at crafting your professional photos, and show in your images that you are ready and able and that despite your height you have assets that an agency can market and that a client would like to book.

Height isn't everything when you focus on everything else you do have,

A shorter model's self-promotion can lead to bigger opportunities

A girl on Facebook recently messaged me and asked about working as a model and included, "I live about 4 hours from Toronto so that's where I've been doing interviews but the distance kind of makes some agencies uneasy; Moving there would really be my best option though, so I'm just going to have to work hard save up and know that I will get there soon enough!"

My reply might help your own modeling pursuits:

I suggest while you plan to get to Toronto to get some experience beforehand, I think showing up with some tearsheets, and some professional experience already in your portfolio will be of benefit. Let's say you model for a local aspiring jewelry designer in your area, most towns and smaller cities these days have many aspiring designers and for accessories who says there is a height requirement to model a pair of earrings or a handbag? I would start to expand your network and try to reach out to some aspiring brands about modeling for them, because some experience can help encourage a modeling agency to work with you when you get to Toronto even if you are petite

The thing is, I think experience and "showing you can" leads to opportunities. If you want to model and you are shorter than fashion height = 5'8", 5'9" 5'10 without heels.  Then you have to think about what you can realistically get a model job for? What type of projects and magazines can you realistically model for? Why would a client want to hire you? Why would a modeling agency want to work with you?

If you can answer these questions, the bigger answer is also there: How you can prepare for your own success and goals.

To pursue a certain area in modeling you need photos that prove you can work in that area. For a shorter girl it is commercial print modeling photos. And also despite being petite also consider editorial modeling for magazines -beauty editorials, fitness, anything non-high fashion, and modeling for catalogs, product packaging and accessory goods are good to pursue as well, and TV commercials and acting as well. Why do you have to be 5'10 to model a f'in scarf! Handbag? Or necklace?

Also consider: parts modeling. Using your hands, feet, stomach, face, body for modeling for product ads, commercials and campaigns.

Having some experience, modeling for a local or aspiring or growing brand can be a great credit to have in your portfolio.

Basically, since print modeling agencies do not craft your career, and work with their models non-exclusive, and do not typically invest in their models financially, you need to be prepared with professional photos already and a portfolio and professional comp cards. Because if you pitch agencies without your model marketing tools, and without any experience, without any photos and without a clue, you will prob not get an opportunity.

To work as a model when you are shorter it involves a heck of a lot of prep work, print modeling agencies like it when you are prepared, so you'll be working on your photos, printing comp cards, building your portfolio, buying a portfolio and a lot of self-investment happens, meaning: investing your money for marketing materials and time and energy.

Passion, ambition and research are so important to get opportunities and experience, modeling jobs and to get what you want. So remember the more prepared you are the better. Below are some previous posts on the differences between fashion and print modeling and also self-promotion as a shorter model and preparing for your own success and creating goals.


P.s:  Check out my modeling memoir Almsot 5'4" which features my early modeling pursuits, in print and also on the Nook, and also check out Short Stuff and Model Lifehere on

And my books are also here on and the Kindle.

If you would like a signed/personalized copy of my memoir Almost 5'4", see this post.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Dreamer and The Weather

The weather doesn't matter, it's not worth whining about, a dreamer works during the heat, in the snow, with the wind, and on the rainy gray days = today is a perfect day to see what I can get out of it, and what I can give it, to see what will aspire and what is possible, it's in the will to try.

~Isobella Jade

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Super moon and me

Some photos from a visit to the Central Park Zoo yesterday

Was visiting the red panda yesterday at Central Park Zoo. Real active, pretty red color, cute and rare.

Do you see the proudest monkey?

Penguins at Central Park Zoo yesterday. So loved.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Estée Lauder uses Puerto Rican model, Asian model, French model in new campaign

Hey Girls,

Keep your eyes open for Estée Lauder's new campaign for the brand new skincare line called Idealist. I read in WWD Beauty, that the beauty powerhouse is "going back to their heritage," said Jane Hertzmark Hudis, the global brand president of Estée Lauder. Look for models Joan Smalls of Puerto Rican descent, Liu Wen is Asian, and Constance Jablonski is French.  The campaign will launch in June.

You may remember in early December I wrote this blog post about model Joan Smalls working with the beauty brand.

Cheers to bringing some diversity to beauty campaigns out there!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

See you at 11 AM EST for a live segment on my Model Talk podcast

Hey Girls,

See you at 11 AM EST for my live podcast show where I will share some about the behind the scenes of model castings and bookings. Tune in here:

Or you can fnid the show on iTunes and listen to the archive anytime of course :)


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

positivity is powerful

Your positivity can change the vibe of a room that is distraught. ~Isobella Jade

I put my butt, legs and feet to use today for editorial shoot

Hey Girls,

Today my butt, legs and feet were at work today for an editorial shoot for one of Martha Stewart's magazines, Whole Living. Should be in the June issue, which means it will be on shelves in May. Great team, great shoot.

This was the view from the studio.

I will share the tearsheets when it's out.


Podcast tomorrow at 11 AM EST Model Casting and Model Booking Tips

Tomorrow at 11 AM EST. On my podcast radio show, I will be chatting about the behind the scenes of model castings and model bookings for the segment called Model Casting and Model Booking Tips. Do you know what a "model booking is?" Do you know what it is to be "on hold “for a modeling job?" If you have booked modeling jobs before then you would, and if you haven't then you should learn about this stuff. Actually, in my book Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model, I also share tips on how to get ahead as a shorter model, and there is a part called Model Dictionary, which shares some common terms in the modeling industry you should know.

I will share some behind the scenes details on model castings and bookings. Like all the crazy things that happen on the job and how to deal with them, let's not forget all the things I carry with me to castings and on the job to be prepared, and how modeling sometimes involves pain-(holding a pose is not always painless) and patience, many times at shoots you are waiting for long periods or having to think on your feet, know how to pose quickly, and please the goal for the shot, and how a positive attitude, a polite manner and a "we can do it!" makes everyone happy.

Here is the link for the segment and segment details
Model Casting and Model Booking Tips

Tune in here:

When: 3/17/2011

Time: 11 AM EST

Here is the scoop on the segment:
Model, author, blogger, advocate for the shorter model, Isobella Jade chats about what to expect at castings tips and do's and don’ts, how to best prepare to castings, and how be remembered during it.

She also shares tips on knowing your body and how to pose it naturally. And also she shares tips for what to expect on the job when you are booked for a modeling job. To check out Isobella's books visit and to read her blog offers free advice for the shorter-than-average model.

Tune in for the live show or catch the archive here or anytime:

Check out the book Almost 5'4" here.
Check out the book Short Stuff here.
Check out the book Model Life here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

the beauty of now.

day by day, brick by brick, focus on the now, appreciate the day, living for Friday can make you forget the beauty of now. ~Isobella Jade

model haircuts and styling tips

me with short hair
Hey Girls,

I recently got a hair cut at Xena's Beauty Company and loved it. Not much drastically changed but I got some more body to my hair and layers, and my bangs were touched up, simple but well done, and I wanted to share some tips for models and hair styling for print models.

Of course your unique self can book you work as a model. I am all about using your personality, and an extra little thing that makes you stand out, but when it comes to hair consider that in print modeling most of the models have a more simple, basic, haircut. It's pretty, shiny, full of volume, has shape, but it's one solid color usually and the cut is usually not too funky, usually it has a more basic every-day style.

In fashion the models may have a more creative haircut, but usually in print modeling the models hairstyles are more simple. Usual. Basic.

Also keeping your hair one color can be to your advantage because usually a print modeling client will ask the agency for their "brunette models," "red heads" or "blonds" but typically not "brunette with mega highlights or an arragement of colors."  Again, there are exceptions for certain clients and if your hair is purple you can still pursue  modeling but just be aware of what the clients call agencies for typically.

Hence, sometimes lifestyle brands for cell phones, fast food, certain brands may want an unconventional model/actor for a commercial, someone with a hairstyle with more personality but often you will see in commercials and print ads the models have a more basic hairstyle.

The length of your hair shouldn't stop you. If you have short hair, rock it, love it, use it, sometimes having something different can also book you work as a model, (ex: not many girls have short hair) but just be aware of what type of models print modeling agencies typically work with. Usually, even if they have short hair, it is not a wicked edgy short haircut, it is a pretty natural looking short haircut.

Advertisers want the consumer to relate to the models in the ads and commercials and editorials, so depending on what the brand, product, and image of that brand and product is, the model needs to fit the demographic of the consumer.

Also, these posts on hairstyling caught my eye:

What your favorite blow dryer is with

2 Hair and Makeup Tricks to Get You Further in the Workplace (Shine Post)

3 Ways to Pump Up Your Ponytail

An editorial in Women's World after a haircut.

You are the suns ray making your dream appear and grow

Listen to that voice inside. Believe in what you want to do and want to create. Someone may doubt you but who cares. Stay focused. Stay on course. You are the suns ray making your dream appear and grow. :)

~Isobella Jade

Monday, March 14, 2011

Be inspired every day by something

sometimes the best thing you can give someone is an ear that really listens, we all need a sound board, someone to talk things over with to convince yourself that what you're doing is right or wrong.  Also forget gossip news, notice "real" stories based on those who are striving, companies and people. Be inspired every single day by something. J It’s not an easy journey, no one said it was, keep your heart able to give and receive love. ~Isobella Jade

ways you can help raise funds for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan

Hey Girls,

My prayers go out to all those affected by Quake & Tsunami. These ways to raise funds and donate to help Japan caught my eye.

The Authors for Japan site just launched, as writers and publishing professionals have donated some great prizes to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.

b.tempt'd lingerie will donate 10% of website sales this week towards relief efforts in Japan! Shop today thru 3/20/11. Also During March, from every purchase b.tempy'd will donate $ 2 to the Susan G. Komen for the cure.

W+K art director Max Erdenberger designed this poster to help raise funds for disaster victims in Japan.

The 26" x 40" screen print is available to buy online, with all proceeds raised going to help Japan. W+K will also match what is raised and is asking for a suggested donation of at least $25.  Click here to check the poster out and buy.

Click here for Digital ways to donate to Japan disaster relief.

Donate to Habitat for Humanity to help Pacific earthquake and tsunami victims.

Click here for info on donating to the American Red Cross Responding to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami.  If you can Text REDCROSS to 90999 to Give $10 to help disaster relief in Japan. I did! It's an easy digital way to help out, every little bit helps.

Check out Lady Gaga's "We Pray For Japan" wristband. Choose your price to add an additional donation with your wristband. All proceeds go directly to Japan relief efforts.

New video up! Isobella Jade Petite Fashion wearing H&M suede skirt

Hey Girls, I'm wearing my new high waisted H&M suede skirt and white buttoned up shirt in this video, watch it here or check it out on my Youtube page here.

US readers get a signed copy of Almost 5'4"

Hey Girls, If you like signed copies of books, my US readers can get a signed copy of my modeling memoir Almost 5'4"  for $15 + shipping. ~Isobella

P.s: You can also find Almost 5'4" for the Nook and Kindle.

I'd like a signed copy of Almost 5'4"
Who (name) is the book for?
Your Address please

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Winners of the Punk Your Chucks Custom Shoes contest!

 The Punk Your Chucks Custom Shoes contest!

This February I hosted a custom shoes contest for my readers to submit to win a pair of custom heels or vans/converse shoes by MAG at

The Winner for Custom Pumps is Shirletha!  I like the way she is showing personality in her facial expression and way she is posing her legs and the pumps is in a relaxed and pretty style. The blue dress is also cute. The image as a whole reminds me of a shoe ad for girls night out or date night.

The Winner for Custom Vans/Converse shoes is Ivette! I like how the shot has a relaxed attitude and she looks confident and blissful, and the photos is clean and fresh looking. What she is wearing is simple but it also fits well with the focus being the shoe.

Other submissions that caught my eye.



Thanks for your submissions, check out MAG's custom sneakers here, and there will be more contests to win my books and other awesome prizes in the future for my readers, stay tuned and alway aim high and strive on!


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Signed Short Stuff and Almost 5'4" at Barnes and Noble Union Square

Hey Girls, I stopped into Barnes and Noble in Union Square, NYC this past week and here are some images from my visit. There are signed copies of Almost 5'4" and Short Stuff in the biography section, I hope you can check them out. ~Isobella

Or, check out Almost 5'4" on
Or, check out Short Stuff on

I had planned to give my father this sweater but now I am rocking it

Hey Girls,

Went to see Red Riding Hood today, and here is a shot on the way to the movie theater in Battery Park. I am wearing a gray sweater, I had planned to give my father, but now I will wear it, it is a size L, but kind of cute with some tight riding pants and leg warmers. Also I think it is cute when petite girls wear a larger sweater with tights and you may have seen this video before where I am wearing a sweater cardigan as a dress,  ~Isobella

I had a nice time at Juliet Supper Club

Hey Girls,

I still like mac and cheese and street meat, but last night had a nice time at Juliet Supper Club, then had a glass of wine at Smyth Tribeca. 

Today working on my writing projects, going to watch a movie, and going to make some stuffed mushrooms and maybe some manicotti or lasagna with my man :)

Laughter is sunshine; it chases winter from the human face. ~Les Misérables


Friday, March 11, 2011

Casting Confessions: When you're petite you gotta know how to breath in front of the camera

Hey Girls,

When you're petite you gotta know how to breath in front of the camera, your posture and inhaling slightly can give you inches--> I did this at a casting for legs and body today.

It was for a magazine and my agency told me it was for legs, feet and butt. So of course I had to be well shaved and have a nice pedicure. Also it's good to get into a habit of taking care of your skin daily as a model, and when you have a casting for legs or feet always consider to have a nice manicure as well when you attend the casting.  Hands, legs and feet often go together in magazine editorials and ads and even though a casting might not bluntly say "hands" you never know, it is better to be prepared, than not.

The casting was in the office of the magazine and when I showed up I was the only one there, I signed-in and sat in the waiting area, and soon another model showed up, a taller girl. (of course) I added some lotion to my hands and touched up my face. You always want to try to look awake, pretty and fresh at a casting. Do light makeup, don't over kill it. In my bag I had brought a bathingsuit/bikini because at a body parts casting for legs, butt or body, often the photo editor or casting director will want to see your body, full leg, and you can change at the casting in the bathroom or wear the bikini under your clothing.

When the photo editor arrived he suggested that I change in a side room into my bikini.  I brought a pair of sandals with a little heel  which I put on, but the photo editor said to take off my heels since the job will involve bare feet. I took the sandals off and was prepared to stand tall despite my petite size, and I stood in front of a white wall and posed showing my body from the front, the profile view, and back, about 5-10 shots were taken. I lifted my hair up with my hands so my back could also be seen better. (Usually I bring a hairtie to castings or a clip.)  Then I suggested a few extra shots, posing my legs a different way, sitting, stretchnig them out, sitting and bending them in a pretty way, etc, and the photo editor liked those.   It's a good idea to know how to pose already, know your body, know the best ways to pose it to make it look the best you can. Remember to arch your back slightly even when sitting, and while standing. Also always watch your posture, shoulders back, head up, and inhale slowly while the photos are being taken. Your body will appear longer and more proportioned and pretty. So now I am on hold for the job. Being on hold means the client is interested but you are not 100% booked yet, it means your agency told you to "hold" the date of the job, and to not plan anything else that day, because there is a good chance you will be picked for the job, and the agency wants to confirm you are available.  So, not counting chickens before they hatch but we'll see :)  Also, just because you are not giraffe tall doesn't mean you can use your legs to model, if you got it, work it, strive for it, use what you've got, prepare for your success by creating photos that best market your assets, and aim high and try, ~Isobella

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ricky's No-Crease Bow clip and Xena's Beauty Company haircut

Hey Girls,

This week I got a haircut at Xena's Beauty Company and I loved it. I love the bangs. I worked with Diana who was great!

I also have been wearing new hairclips, and this is a photo from my iPhone wearing a cute Ricky's No-Crease Bow clip. :)

I also made a video wearing the Ricky's clip, and showing off my recent hair cut.

Signed copies of my books Short Stuff and Almost 5'4" in Liverpool, NY at Barnes and Noble

Short Stuff and Almost 5'4" at BN in Liverpool, NY
Hey Girls,
As I mentioned, recently my father passed away, and my father had known about my books and project and we talked about them often, and this does inspire me to keep on keeping on and hustling for more.

When I was in the Syracuse, NY area for a few hours recently I stopped by Barnes and Noble at 3956 Route 31, Liverpool, NY 13090 and signed the books they had. About 6.  I grew up in Liverpool, NY.

So now there are signed copies of Almost 5'4" and Short Stuff at this Barnes and Noble location in Liverpool, NY if you want to check them out, also Almost 5'4" is available on the Nook (and Kindle).

There are also excerpts from my books on my website and if you would like a signed copy see the right side of my blog for info on that :)

Aim high and strive on!

P.s: If you live in the Syracuse area stop by Tim Hortons, 911 North Main Street, North Syracuse NY, 13212, great coffee!