Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My travel size beauty tricks

Hey Girls,

Just spent the weekend in San Francisco and wanted to share with you my perfect way to travel with my favorite Lush cleanser Angels on Bare Skin, just scoop some out with q-tip and store in an unused contact case :)  I've shared this before also on my Youtube videos.

I also store makeup remover in contact cases and moisturizer. Easy and great for weekend trips.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Signed and personalized copy of Almost 5'4" or Short Stuff

Hey Girls,

I'm spending the weekend in San Francisco and I'll be sharing some pics of my favorite little things while I'm there. I'll be posting them on my Twitter and Facebook.

Also, by the way if you'd like a signed and personalized copy of  my books Almost 5'4" or Short Stuff let me know. Stop by my website here: http://www.isobelladreams.com/GetasignedcopyofIsobellasBooks.html

Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model has stories from on the job and also modeling tips for short chicks and Almost 5'4" is my modeling memoir about my early modeling days (and I wrote the manuscript for the book at the Apple store when I didn't have a computer at the time)

Aim high and strive on!

~ Isobella

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Aspiring models with a compassion for kids check this out...

Hey Girls,

Often girls write me and share stories of how hard it can be to survive on a dream, and it is, if you need some extra cash and have a true compassion for kids consider reaching out to http://www.luckylildarlings.com/ they are looking for great, college educated, responsible and fun loving babysitters. to join their great team.

Follow them on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/LuckyLilDarling


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Isobella Jade Quote: Working hard and having pride

Working hard at something isn't a bad thing, having pride for your work is a beautiful thing. Sometimes the things we are best at take work, it takes passion for it to evolve and prove to be worthwhile.
 ~Isobella Jade

These model scams and these so-called photographer pricks piss me off

A girl recently told me about being scammed by a photographer, and how she had avery iffy and unsafe experience. She told me how the so-called photographer made her feel uncomfortable. This always bothers me to hear of girls being taken advantage of in front of the camera. And the best way to skip crappy situations is to beaware of them. Don't put yourself in a position to get scammed or degrade your modeling goals and potential. Skip the Internet model sites, and here is my reply which might help you see the light on why the Internet-age and the word model don't unite well:
I'm sorry to hear you encountered a not so wonderful experience while pursuing modeling, I don't support model sites because most of the time you will run into amatuers and those who are not serious or professional. I wrote about some of my mistakes in my memoir Almost 5'4" and purposely wrote abotu it to encourage girls to skip that route. While it might make you feel like a model to post photos of yourself on a model site, real models don't typically do that. Real agencies aren't scouting the web for models and real photographers typically are not marketing themselves on those sites. Becareful to be selective about who you shoot with. Those sites can quickly encourage a girl to assume Time for Print means getting nude for the hell of it, or she can be misled to think having an hourly rate is the direction to go to get professional photos and real modeling work. Those sites are typically similar to photography porn and I would skip them.  
It's best to work with a professional photographer, someone who understands the industry, who has built a strong portfolio from their years of experience and has clients from the advertising and editorial work. You will have to fork out some money, pay for professional modeling photographs. Your experience will be better when you know the shots you need and work with a photographer who knows what print modeling is.
A photographer who knows what print modeling is will understand the type of photos you need to market yourself realistically for print modeling. You'll get shots that benefit your modeling goals and pursuits, not just pretty photos, you'll get what matters.  If you're short, under 5'7" then there are certain photos you need to pursue print modeling, which is the area of modeling for all types and sizes.
It's best to study print modeling and print modeling ads before you shoot, get an idea of the shots you need, look at commercials for cell phones, fast food, lifestyle products, hair, beauty, any ad that invovles a model smiling is typically a print model. I would be realistic and not expect to be jetset -traveling around the world and working with high fashion magazines-as a shorter model, but there are opportunities out there if you have the right photos to market your assets in the right ways and target the right agencies within print modeling.

Some posts from my blog that should inspire you and your photos and share with the photos you need and some things to be aware of when it comes to finding a photographer who understands print modeling :)

Put it this why: Focus on gettin what you need and you're more likely to skip scams and jerks...  And paying for professional photos is best. Make sure you know the shots you need because you don't have to pay $$$$ a ton for them but you do need professional shots and professional doesn't mean extra make up and glamour it means shots that represents you are a great print model with personality and photographs of you that represent the real you.  A smiling shot/headshot is the main thing to focus on getting. Ex: a shot that looks like the girls on the hair dye boxes in the drug store, smiling, fresh, pretty, natural. :)

I hope this helps, and strive on! You can overcome the mistakes and strut on towards better things,


Monday, January 23, 2012

Chinese New Year Year of the Dragon accessories

Hey Girls,

These dragon accesssories caught my eye in celebration of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon.

First, this beautiful Tiffany Chinese zodiac.

These Red Dragon soaps are so cute and cool from LUSH.

These Brass Dragon Earrings caught my eye on Etsy.com
Chinese dragon silver ring on Etsy.com

Versace is even bringing fashion to the Year of the Dragon with this Jewel handbag.

Also check out Chinese Dragon stationary here.


Check out my pics from my visit to China over Christmas:



The Nine Dragon Wall in the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Isobella Jade Quote: This life isn't only about what we gain from it, it's about what we give it

Hello Monday! Despite the rain in NYC let's shine shine shine our sunshine all day long! Some thoughts on being in a place that uplifts you and your skills.

"If the energy around you isn't positive and inspiring, if the atmosphere you're living/working/striving in isn't a place making you feel fulfillment often, then grab your bootstraps and start moving towards change. It's not always easy to con...front yourself and confront change but giving out your true potential to life can involve changes. This life isn't only about what we gain from it, it's about what we give it and ourselves and others, and if your environment is bringing you down, focus on appreciating what you do have and working towards the things you want and the person you want to be. Time is precious, your life has meaning and it's up to you to give it the value it deserves and when you do you bring out the best of you." ~Isobella Jade

Friday, January 20, 2012

Favorite Little Thing: Comfy Slippers for the modeling job and every day

Hey Girls,

Height isn’t everything and something that has helped me book modeling jobs as a shorter-than-average model is being aware of my assets and take care of them.

I might not have the height for the runway but my foot has helped me get in the door with modeling, literally. Because I'm a size 6 shoe I've done a lot of shoe modeling work with national brands but just having the right shoe size isn't all it takes to be a shoe model. Taking care of my skin and feet has been a big part of it and here are three things that help me book the job:

Moisturizing-usually right after the shower and before I get dressed in the morning. Make it routine to nourish your skin. Carry travel-size lotion in your modeling bag.

Exfoliate-don’t forget your feet when you use that body scrub in the shower, also your leftover morning coffee grinds mixed with some shower gel makes a great home-made exfoliation treatment.

Soothing care-keeping your feet less strained (like resisting to wear high heels non-stop) is important. When you're not strutting around and striving having a pair of comfy slippers is ideal for a model especially when you're at home, at a casting or on the job because there will be waiting periods and breaks and it's best to keep your feet relaxed and looking pretty.

Also no matter what type of modeling job you have booked, whether it's for an accessories catalog or a fitness magazine being comfortable makes you feel more confident and a pair of slippers is a must-have for any aspiring model. Make sure they are in your modeling bag.

Here are a few pairs of comfy women’s slippers that caught my eye recently that would be a perfect choice:

Another important thing to have for comfort during modeling jobs is a robe. Sometimes the stylist won't have one for you and it's a good thing to bring your own just in case.

Being prepared with your must-have model items makes you less stressed and when your calm you can focus better on bringing your assets forward to prove that height isn't everything!

Aim high and strive on,


Do you have an on-the-job modeling experience to share?

Hey Girls,

In my book "Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model," I share stories and modeling tips from some of my on the job moments, do you have an inspiring on the job modeling experience you'd like to share with my blog readers? If you'd like to have your experience featured email me your story of how you got the job done, overcame a challenge or proved that height isn't everything at petitepride@yahoo.com (Here is a free excerpt of Short Stuff  and you can download a free sample of it as an ebook too. ~Isobella

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New podcast segment: Listening to that voice inside and going with your gut

It is scary to try to do something that involves risk. But life is a risk, and there is also that risk of finding the success you wanted. Not pursuing what you want to do is scarier than doing it though.~Isobella Jade

Tune into my new podcast segment here (and also listen to archived segments too):

Listening to that voice inside and going with your gut

About the segment:  In this segment Isobella Jade shares how she stays inspired while setting and accomplishing goals. "It's not easy to encourage yourself sometimes but think about the reason why you want to do something, think about why it is important to you and the joy of finishing something and reaching that place of fulfillment from not giving up and sticking with it." This segment is based on listening to that voice inside and going with your gut and giving yourself and your goal or dream a chance.

My graphic novel Model Life has gone mobile, download the Comics + app and check out the awesome mobile edition!

Pssst....if you want a signed and personalized copy of Almost 5'4" or Short Stuff contact me through my website www.isobelladreams.com

P.s: Are you wanting to start an online business? Do you have an idea for an online business and want to hear the how-to from some innovators? Here are some inspiring tips I saw from Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop.com newsletter and sign up for Goop too! http://www.goop.com/newsletter/162/en

Casting: I'm looking for a curly hair redhead model

Casting: I'm looking for a curly long hair redhead model...based in NYC or around the area. Want natural red color/curly. Email me at petitepride@yahoo.com if you have curly red hair or know of a model that does. Project is paid. ~Isobella

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fashion news that caught my eye

Hey Girls,

Fashion and The Boston Symphony unite.  The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present Project Debussy, a unique fashion contest featuring fashion inspired by the music of Claude Debussy, scheduled in conjunction with upcoming BSO concerts featuring Debussy’s La Mer, on February 2 at Symphony Hall. The Project Debussy contest will feature evening wear designs by eleven talented fashion students affiliated with schools throughout the greater Boston area. Symphony Hall doors will open at 7 p.m. on February 2, allowing patrons to view and vote on the dresses, presented by models chosen by the designers, and enjoy the festive Symphony Hall atmosphere before taking their seats for the 8 p.m. concert. The winner of Project Debussy will be announced at a special post-concert fashion event and reception in Higginson Hall, following the performance. Fashion fans around the world will also be able to vote for a “people’s choice” award at www.facebook.com/bostonsymphony or www.twitter.com/bostonsymphony, by entering the favored entry, along with the phrase #projectdeb and check out the designs here https://www.box.com/s/hq2e6s5lo2y8o29mxy7p  and stop by www.bso.org for more on the upcoming BSO concerts.

Also check out BONGO'S new campaign featuring ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars lead actresses, Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson.   http://stellarhead.com/MNR/BongoSpring2012Campaign/

This article from India's First Post caught my eye. Should parents call their daughters pretty...why not also tell them they are smart and capable and be there to help to supply them with opportunities:

Sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens launched jewellery label Anndra Neen in 2009 and share mementos of their successful journey here via Vogue.com: http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2012/01/17/anndra-neen-interview---americas-next-top-model

Have you caught a segment of Remodeled on the CW?  Paul Fisher makes over modeling agencies? It might give you insight into the scams to look for and the difference between a legit agency and a BS one and also what goes on at an agency and the business side of modeling as well. I haven't caught a segment but I'll try to tune in and give some insight. On the site it reads: (Paul Fisher) He has two missions: to make sure agents in small towns no longer get screwed, and to empower models to take control of their careers and lead healthier lives.

I do like that mission and for the second part about empowering models this could be interesting and a different type of here we go again another modeling show...I dig the inspiring take no shit type of attitude and on this blog I always promote to manage your own career and be prepared for your success and at the end of the day YOU are your own Agent!  Check out the show here:
http://www.cwtv.com/shows/remodeled  Tuesdays 9/8c

Psst. I'm not a fan of modeling schools and the word just makes me gag.  The upcoming show on Jan 24th features if the agency is a modeling agency or school.


At LUSH herald square today for my favorites:

At LUSH today for my favorites: Angels on Bareskin cleanser and BB seaweed face-mask :) http://www.lushusa.com/shop/products/face/cleansers/angels-on-bare-skin and masks here: http://www.lushusa.com/shop/products/face/fresh-face-masks/ — at LUSH Cosmetics NYC - Herald Square.

Isobella Jade Quote: It's not easy to encourage yourself but it's necessary

It's not easy to encourage yourself, but think about the reason why you want to do something, think about why it is important to you and the joy of finishing something and reaching that place of fulfillment from not giving up and sticking with it. ~Isobella Jade

Isobella Jade Quote: Focus on what means the most to you

There are so many distractions out there, focus on what means the most to you and what you'd regret not doing and make it important, listen to what your heart is telling you, don't put aside the things that give you a sense of accomplishment and make you feel your best. ~Isobella Jade

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Isobella Jade Quote: Regrouping the mind and soul

It's good to regroup, to escape your mind and distance yourself from what you are focusing on for a little bit. Sometimes when you're not thinking so hard about something you think better. Revive the mind and check in with your plan. Come back to it fresh again, to maintain the direction of where you're going. ~Isobella Jade

Isobella Jade Quote: Pressing on is being brave

Pressing on is being brave, it's not giving up, it means you're carrying love and faith, and facing what's tough makes you tough, pressing on is standing up to fear and looking forward to what lies ahead and looking towards the the brightness of the new beginning. -Isobella Jade

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Who's afraid of a Plus-Size Model? Can expression lead to change?

Hey Girls,

Check this out, it caught my eye. PLUS Model Magazine's January issue shares a unique, creative, sexy and inspiring editorial of a nude plus size model, the editorial includes a plus size model and a fashion model hugging eachother tight and shows their difference of size, shot by photographer Victoria Janashvili.

The nude photo story in the magazine also features insight on the size change over the years of a fashion model and the average woman. Some of these changes the magazine features include:

-Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less.
- Ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. Today the need for size diversity within the plus-size modeling industry continues to be questioned. The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14, while the customers continue to express their dissatisfaction.
- Most runway models meet the Body Mass Index physical criteria for Anorexia.
- 50% of women wear a size 14 or larger, but most standard clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller.

I liked the blunt images and rawness in the magazine, edgy but well done, (def not commercial print images but) images that make a statement and the editorial is like a Public Service Announcement for the fashion world, for marketers creating concepts for their next campaigns, for designers out there that are open minded to thinking about designing for the masses.  Plus-size model Katya Zharkova looks totally beautiful head to toe. And keep turning the pages of the magazine because Laura Wells editorial in magazine also looks stunning.

I wonder if the Marketing Professionals, Booking Editors, Art Directors, Designers and all of the ones deciding on the models, casting models, hiring models, and booking models care though?

Check out the images from the magazine and editorial here: http://issuu.com/plusmodelmag/docs/plus_model_magazine_plus_size_january_2012/61

Did the model have to be naked to make a statement? I like artistic and body related editorials that have a classy appeal. But I don't think the editorial had to have a nude plus size model to create a voice, I think the editorial could have shown the model in clothing and still made a strong statement. But for the WOW value the nudity was done in a pretty way.

Read what other media sources are saying about the January issue of Plus Model magazine here:



What do you think of the images? Are you a striving or aspiring plus size model? What type of marketing and advertising campaigns would you like to be a part of? Do you think there will be a more models of all sizes used in campaigns?

Maybe the more the desire for change is expressed the more retailers and brands will wake up and include models of all sizes in their advertising campaigns...maybe with more talk about all sizes spreading among the media and on online platforms the demand of all sizes being seen and all sizes being okay with the advertising world, will encouraged change to happen. We'll see. Time will tell. I wish more campaigns includes all types, not just giraffe fashion models or plus size models, but all shapes and sizes and ethnicities more often.

No matter your size, dream big, promote your passion and aim high and strive on! :)


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Reading ROCKS!

snap! click! Stopped by BN Union Square today, bought some books (to hold in my hand and read) and a journal and said hello to Almost 5'4" and Short Stuff, go check out the signed copies :)
P.s: My new coat from China, makes me feel like little red riding hood again.

P.s again: Reading ROCKS!

More on my books (printed and ebooks) is here www.isobelladreams.com

Height isn't everything! ~Isobella

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Isobella Jade Quote: That thought of wonder

If something has been on your mind for some time now making you wonder if it’s possible or if taking that chance would be worth it and if you should pursue it, recognize it as your inner-voice, there’s a purpose for that thought of wonder, that something is not something to ignore, that ‘something’ is what you should do. ~Isobella Jade

I'd love to have a quote war with my father, I wish that day would've happened and I'm sure he would've won.

For more quotes search: Isobella quote.

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Isobella Jade Quotes and Inspiration: Smile, care and listen

Good Morning! Rock on, no matter your size or the size of your dream! Today is a new day and much awaits! :) I hope your day involves smiling while you take in the fresh air (and if you're in NYC, the sunny sky!) and keep in in mind every little hustle and try does count, and without planning it your day could involve helping someone while your on your way (the other day on 38th street I said, "Wait, little girl!" and picked up a purple scarf that she and her nanny didn't know she dropped and then at Bed, Bath and Beyond 6th Ave an older lady dropped a leather glove as we passed in the aisle...it sucks to lose a leather glove and she prob wasn't that good at reaching for the floor to pick it up ya'know) and sometime during your day maybe you'll get to listen to the day in the life of someone else and take in the story of a new or familiar friend. While your pounding the pavement, chasing your goals, getting stuff done, it's good to smile and take in the energy of the day around you, to care, to listen, and spread that around a bit when you can :) ~Isobella Jade

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Favorite Little Site: paperbackswap.com

Hey Girls,

My mom shared with me this website today, if you like to read check out this paperback swap, this might be a nice site for you:



P.s: I'll be sharing more websites that are awesome in the near future.

Let's hear it for the Girls! Incase you didn't know this about me: History means a lot to me.

The full moon last night.

Let's hear it for the Girls! Incase you didn't know this about me: History means a lot to me. The roots of all we have and know today are important to me and I mostly love learning about the history of things because of the stories that are uprooted of the people from that period and how what we have today reflects the past so much. I enjoyed reading the feature in the January issue of Vogue on Me...ryl Streep, really intrigued me and not just because she is the oldest covergirl, I was inspired because the article mentioned this website that will hopefully become a real museum one day, http://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/ and read about Meryl Streep's efforts and passion to bring the National Women’s History Museum to life here: http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/meryl-streep-force-of-nature/ I do believe girls of all ages need to hear more stories of women in history from all walks of life, I think it could really make a difference on their mindset and lives. I recently watched a documentary on Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, two very different women, from different backgrounds and who lived different types of lives, but who worked together and made great things happen for the women's rights movement and I was like "How did I not know all of this!!" In school we only get a very small slice, a teeny weeny amount of info in history class. I think this is sad. So it's up you to choose to find out more. Learning about women in history can be inspiration for our own dreams, and our women-heroes should be more influential than girls singing about lollipops and their milkshakes. I also wanted to share some books that I enjoy when I need some inspiration in my life, they are not history books at first glance, but through reading them I've been able to dive into a different time period and see what life was like then and I've loved that aspect too, Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls, Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, Chanel: A Woman of Her Own by Axel Madsen, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. ~IJ

The sunrise this morning

Sunday, January 8, 2012

One of the most important things a girl can do for herself is...

One of the most important things a girl can do for herself is notice her skills and what she's good at and have an understanding of ones positive traits. We all have things we aren't the best at, but we all have skills that can help others, ourselves and the world around us. We all have qualities to let shine. :) ~Isobella Jade

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A pretty little memorable day in the city (pics)

Hey Girls,

I hope your weekend has been relaxing and fun, and inspiration finds you.  I started out with my husband today earlier than usual and got to lunch before 1 p.m at Rodeo Bar, yeeehaw, at
375 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10016 http://www.rodeobar.com/

Then we went over to Kalustyan's shopping for tea and spices and mushroom curry and Aloo Palak :)

And then this little Old Print Shop nearby caught our eye and checked it out. And made our way up Lexintong Avenue then heading towards Lord and Taylor on Fifth Ave and 38th. 

It's fun to explore and notice different stores and the architecture in Murray Hill going towards Midtown, there's a nice mix of old and new.  At Lord and Taylor the first stop was the shoes of course! Right away these HUNTER rain boots really stood out. I didn't have a pair of good rain boots actually, so they were sort of a must-have and I plan to wear them forever and I hope it rain because I can't wait to walk through puddled in them! Also, in Lord & Taylor there were some great cashmere sales 40% off already reduced, and I picked up two sweaters, one black v-neck  and a navy turtleneck! Mmmm warm!  And I browsed around the Petite Shop, and I really like that they have a petite department!

I hope it rains or snows soon so I can wear these boots! Our bag though didn't totally make it home in one piece home. :)


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Do you have a peaceful place?

Where is your peaceful place? I think it's important for us to have a peaceful place, a place we feel relaxed, calm, can enjoy the quiet or good times. Mine is in the middle section of our curved sectional couch, sitting there I feel hugged and cozy, I look out into the city lights or the river and think. ~Isobella Jade

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The real chinatown in Shanghai, the Lingering Gardens and a street market

If you get to Shanghai, get out of Shanghai and go see some of the awesome small towns nearby, like Suzhou and go to the Lingering gardens. Here are some pics from the Lingering Gardens.

The artistic windows are supposed to remind you of a painting each time you look through them and the crane is a symbol for longevity.
The highlight of the Lingering Gardens. See that stone, that's a prize stone! Read about Chinese scholars' rocks here.


The silk museum in Suzhou is okay and kind of interesting to see silk worms but you can skip it because it becomes a sad tourist trap to buy silk comforters, unless you need a silk comforter. :)

A Shanghai street market, in the Old City, I wonder what will happen to this market once that building on the left is up. Prob move to a different street (Eels!)


Favorite Little Things: My ANNABEL LEE SHANGHAI scarf

Hey Girls,

One of my favorite little things I bought in Shanghai was Annabel Lee scarf, I stopped by the flagship store on The Bund and also the shop in the Xintiandi district.

Monday, January 2, 2012

More pics from Shanghai at the Yu Gardens

Entering the massive Yu Gardens area in Shanghai, the Yu Gardens and Bazaar was one of my favorite things in Shanghai, I liked walking around the Old City area.