Thursday, April 26, 2012

Petite Pregnant Lady: Diaper Talk

Petite Pregnant Lady Talk: And so the diaper conversation is here. I'm not saying I'll only be using cloth diapers but even before being pregnant the thought of where diapers end up really bothers me. I know, I know it's a convenience factor, but when we're home I'm going to try for cloth diapers, okay, when we are running around the city it will prob be another story, but these recent articles on diapers in the dump caught my eye: This guy is all about turning dirty diapers into park benches and other products and has a mission for waste reduction:
I'm also interested in trying the disposable inserts and flush inserts that go into cloth diapers, like these:

Jeez so many choices.

Petite pregnant fashion: Still love pants but wearing these now for yoga this evening and while I work at home and craft dreams. They go alittle past my ankle and real comfy.

Going to try out prenatal yoga today.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Apply yourself and move in the direction of where you want to go

Simply apply yourself, it is the method to moving in the direction of where you want to go, it doesn't matter if you feel some doubt, that's normal of any hustler and dreamer, but give yourself a chance, a real chance, you might surprise yourself with the potential that's within you." ~Isobella Jade

Tribeca Film Festival: I think Deadfall will hit theaters

This week I'm attending a bunch of Tribeca Film Festival films, on Sunday night I thought Deadfall was real GOOD, I think it will hit theaters, loved the survival and family dynamics and the complex personalities but how family (acceptance, letting go, forgiveness) became such a root of the film. It was cute when Olivia Wilde's character was making a snowman in her high heeled boots, and then when Eric... Bana's characters finger gets chopped off OUCH! There was a nice amount of blood in the film but it has an intense underdog feeling too which kept me intrigued. All the actors Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kate Mara, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson did great. What's awesome about the Tribeca Film Festival is that afterward some of the actors and directors usually do a Q&A, Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Kate Mara and director Stefan Ruzowitzky gave nice perspectives on making the film in freezing conditions in Canada. If you haven't yet go see some films this week if you can.

Images from the Q&A after the film with Eric Bana, Kate Mara, Olivia Wilde and director Stefan Ruzowitzky.

 (photo copyright I.Jade)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Buying a modeling portfolio tips

I bought a new Prat portfolio last week (for modeling) at on 18th Street, on their website I don't see their Prat Portfolios but in the store there is a collection and I found the portfolios less expensive than other places in the city. Expect to spend $50-$100 depending on the one you get. You want a good one because people DO still ask to see your portfolio even in this digital age. Getting the right portfolio is important- you don't want one with a cheap, bendable, flexed, or plastic feel, this portfolio is going to go through a lot, I think leather or faux leather looks nice, and one that's 12.5" x 9.5" to hold 9 X 11 prints (I use for prints) and mine looks like this: Also finding a handbag to fit your portfolio can be tough and I like my new C.Wonder bag, the portfolio does stick out some but still it's easy to carry and so cute, love the olive color! I stopped by the SoHo C.Wonder store last weekend and I was impressed:

Rock on!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Was at the Dove Beauty Photo Studio today

Hey Girls,

Was hanging out at the Dove Beauty Photo Studio on the corner of 44th st and Broadway in Times Square. 3rd floor massive display and super CUTE event!! Stop by till Saturday for samples, learn and test out products and bring your smile to be in the largest live ad campaign in support of beautiful women of all ages and types!  Check out the skincare, haircare and accessories stations before your photo is taken (get a t-shirt when your done then crop your photo and it will be emailed to you on their awesome iMac computers!) All are welcome to stop by Today till 7pm, Friday and Saturday noon-7pm.

(Incase the directions are not clear, it's on the corner of 44th and Broadway, take a right on 44th street and it's about 200 steps away. Big doors open and then a huge elevator.)

Before the pic was shot above I sprayed some Dove Therapy hairspray in my hair. Love how it sprays and the way it feels in the hand, great packaging.

Afterward I bought Dove's Nutrium Moisture bodywash in cucumber and green tea scent, of course.

Here is a coupon for Dove's bodywash and soap

Not in NYC for the Dove Beauty Photo Studio experience? Then stop by

Twitter tag:   #beautifulskin

Celebrate your beauty inside and out every day,

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Upcoming showcases with NYC casting directors and industry experts

Hey Girls,

If you are interested in acting opportunities and on-camera work, check out these upcoming showcases with NYC casting directors. You can grab a call-sheet booklet and mail your headshots and resume out but it might benefit you as well to meet in person some casting directors and learn about the industry from them as well.

Upcoming workshops with:
These are through Impossible Casting. Click here for more info and how to sign up.

Here are other upcoming casting showcases to check out:

You don't have to look a certain way or be a certain height or age or type to book work as a model or actor, in print modeling it's more about the real-life looking model than the tall giraffes. Coming up is a new event on April 21 called "Find an Agent Now." For this workshop you don't even have to leave your house or apartment. Aaron Marcus teaches actors and models how to get an agent during a live online event and the his strategies and methods for getting an agent, more details are here:

Check out "The Art of Being Real: 1 Night Commercial Intensive with Kathy Foronjy from Vitamin Enriched Casting. Nor sure if it already booked up but details are here: 
And this will share upcoming workshops at The Actors Green Room:

Aim high and strive and always take seriously and invest in yourself and goals! :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

take in the freshness of this day.

I hope you get to feel the sun on your skin today for a little while and you see something that inspires you on the way, perhaps you'll discover something new, help out a person or two, get something done you wanted to, relax like you've needed to, hold hands with the one you love on the train, drop your change in that guy's hat who's singing a song on the street, catch up with an old friend, try something new to eat, get out and smile because you feel lucky and happy that you can take in the freshness of this day. ~Isobella

Friday, April 13, 2012

Good skin is a short model's asset

An aspiring model recently asked me how much having clear skin will affect her modeling pursuits.  My reply will inspire you as well. At the start of my pregnancy I noticed some zits appearing on my face and of course this frustrated me, so I got on it! Normally I have good skin and I take pride in my clear skin and I put effort into keeping it looking clean and blemish free. Some tips below may also help you when it comes to your own skincare routine.

I wanted to get back to you about skincare and modeling. Having a clear complexion is a benefit in modeling, yes at shoots there is a makeup artist but it isn't the makeup artists job to cover blemishes, and sometimes not having clear skin could affect whether you book a job or not. It's a benefit for a short model to have a skincare routine also because we may not have height but our skin and complexion can be an asset when it comes to booking work. Also you'll feel more confident when your skin is clear. You could still attend castings and such and for certain types of jobs it might not matter so much if your face is super clear but I think it is a good idea to focus on getting the skin looking great and glowing. And it will happen. Keep putting effort into your skincare routine and continue to go to castings because you'll gain experience at each one, and you're skin will get better and make progress too, but I understand that you might feel more confident when the skin is clear...

Here is a bit more on skincare (and some aspects of of my personal skincare routine)

As annoying as it is, it can take a week sometimes longer for a blemish to go away and the best thing to do is act on it before it gets worse. So whenever you see or feel with your hand a zit (run your hand over your face, you'll know what areas are more prone to blemishes just by touch and studying your face in the mirror or with natural light in front of the window) target the areas that could be prone to a breakout with a cleanser and toner, acne prevention routine. Keep in mind of these areas, you'll want to give them special attention.

I think Clean and Clear is a good product, I've used it and still do. Neutrogena and Cetaphil are also good. Depending on your skin type, oily, dry, normal, sensitive, you'll want to make sure you're using products, cleanser, toner, mositurizer that works for your skin.

I'd use a q-tips to target certain areas on the face, you can tab some Clean and Clear astringent (if you can, get both the sensitive -blue bottle- and the normal -red bottle), the normal kind is pretty strong and for days when the face has less blemishes to use every day or two times a day, but you can use sensitive to clean the face and attack smaller blemishes any day...also all depends on your skin.

If using an astringent or acne product I think it's still a good idea to moisturize (depending on the type of moisturizer) personally I wouldn't put a moisturizer all over the area of a blemish, perhaps lightly...but also on the other areas of the face that don't have blemishes...and Cetaphil has a nice face lotion for ance prone skin that is line and good to go over blemishes too, some also have SPF in it.

I use a cotton ball and here is what my skincare routine looks like:

Use cleanser and using a toner in the morning.

Zap any signs of blemishes with a Q-tip or cotton ball. Maybe not using astringent ALL over face but in just target areas.

When it dries I use a light weight moisturizer with SPF.

I might or might not use a primer before putting on makeup but keep in mind that it's important to take off your makeup completely at the end of the day before bed, all of mascara, foundation/powder etc. Makeup left on your face can cause breakouts. I don't like to cake on makeup and I give myself a day make-up free once a week...usually on a Sunday...where I wear less or no makeup to let the skin breath. *** also change and wash your pilllow cases every week because you might not be able to see the dirt but it's there, and your face has been rolling around in all night.

Mositurize. I like products that soak into the skin quickly...but sometimes at night I might use a heavier moisturizer, under eyes and around chin and forehead.

I also love to do face masks and LUSH has GREAT ones for about $5 bucks for about 6 uses-buy them in the store and keep in mind if you bring back 5 LUSH pots you get a free face mask!

Also keep in mind what you eat affects your face, so make sure you add some fruits and berries they make your face look more lively and youthful( I eat fruits 2-3 times daily, apples, strawberries, banana, blueberries), and vitamin C and A also need to be in your diet, also I eat tons of veggies, every single day, and drink massive WATER! Hydration helps your skin glow! Here's more on how what you eat can make your face look healthy:

And tips on preventing dry skin:

And it's not just about your face but also take care of your legs, feet, hands, arms, shoulders and moisturize daily, right out of the shower before bed time and also in the morning, because having nice skin can also lead to work as a model no matter your height. And giving yourself some attention can make you feel even more beautiful.

I hope this helps.


P.s: Click here to read Model Skincaer Secrets via Elle magazine.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Fashion and model news that caught my eye

I hope you had a lovely Easter

Hey Girls,

It might be hard to work as a fashion model when your 5'2" but fashion isn't everything. Also sometimes I think the fashion world gets too much attention, and the behind the scenes can be gritty and not so beautiful and kind. And there is such an amount of celebration consumption, getting the latest this and that, buy this and that, you gotta have this and that, blah blah, I wish more often celebrated was the latest in compassion and having and giving could be in the same news segment or article or ad campaign. I read Vogue and Elle and all of them but I've become more of a selctive shopper thinking about if this dress will last me a couple seasons, if this pair of shoes is not just pretty but durable and won't break while I pound the pavement or run for a cab, I don't want something just for the sake of wanting it, I want something that will last, that's quality, that comes from a brand I respect for how they created the product in the first place and the love and care they put into it. (and if they give back to the world in a charitable way, even better). Remember with all this fashion news and fashion buzz of who is wearing what, it's good to give your mind some time to think about the world, not just your own bubble or the bubbles of those wearing what, but the whole green and blue floating in space, I also like reading through Time, National Geographic and Smithsonian magazine.

However when it comes to fashion and modeling buzz here is some that caught my eye:

This is more 'fashion modeling' related, the documentary "Girl Model" but it might appeal to girls of all sizes and types curious about modeling, for the sake that the perception of the glamour and allure of modeling is easily misleading. "And the idea of being a top model was probably something she had considered. But at 13, 14, 15, how much can they really understand about the dreams versus the reality?”

Video game characters/models shows off the latest Prada fashions:

Are you a plus size model and wear a D-Cup?
Fuller-bust British lingerie brand Curvy Kate is celebrating its U.S. debut with Star in a Bra, a model search of impressive proportions that is open to all confident and naturally curvaceous women who are D plus cup size. "The average American breast size is now a 36DD, and the average dress size is a 14 or larger, but many fashion brands still choose a model that is, on average, 23 percent lighter than the typical woman," said Steve Hudson, Curvy Kate managing director. Read more here:

A new fashion magazine for women with Curves:

Model and fashion blogger Lauren Scruggs lost her left eye and hand after walking into a plane propeller in December and her strength and inspiring story will be shared in a book titled "Still Lolo," which will be out in November. Read more:

Aim high and strive on,

Well, if you are a shorter girl curious about modeling consider print modeling and the commercial print side of the industry, which isn't as often covered in the media but it is the largest area of modeling for people of all sizes. On my blog you can find insight on print modeling and how to start and the right photos to create to market yourself.

If you'd like a personalized signed copy of Almost 5'4" and Short Stuff check out my April reader special, just $25 for both/ includes shippping in USA.

Please put your name here so I can sign the book for you!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

At the SHAPE Magazine and L'OCCITANE en Provence event at their Flatiron Boutique

Tonight I was at the SHAPE Magazine and L'OCCITANE en Provence event at their Flatiron Boutique, eating green beans and fruit and learning tips on fitness, great skin and eating well from Shape magazine's Lifestyle editor Bahar Takhtehchian. I'll be posted her tips on caring for your body and skin inside and out soon.

Here I am holding my cute little L'OCCITANE gift bag.

I look forward to trying the Angelica protective face lotion with SPF and I saw a few items that will become Favorite Little Things.

Check out the April issue of Shape magazine.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

At the Guam Beauty Mud Pop Up Shop Opening Event

Hey Girls,

This evening I stopped by the (Italian based) Guam Beauty Mud Pop Up Shop Opening Event at the Roger Smith Hotel Pop Up Shop – 501 Lexington Avenue (b/t 47th &48th), NYC 10017. There was a sample table of the Guam beauty products and I opened up Guam alga anti-cellulite marine exfoliating scrub, and stuck my finger right in, it was soft and light weight not a chunky rough scrub, and smells like peppermint, soothing. It's open for a month. Check it out! And :) Catch the pop up shop while it's in town and stop by

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Reader Special-get my book Short Stuff AND Almost 5'4" for special price!

Hey here is some Petite Pride for my USA readers!

For the month of April I'm doing a reader special for Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model that also includes a signed copy of my modeling memoir Almost 5'4". 

Get both books personalized for $25 includes shipping.

Almost 5'4" is my true life memoir of my early modeling pursuits in New York City, it includes the grit and the glory involved with taking a chance on yourself, despite the risk and doubt, it's me, sharing the tough moments and the attitude that believing in yourself IS everything when it comes to chasing a challenging dream.  You can read an excerpt of Almost 5'4" here. And you might find where I wrote the book to be also intriguing, read about it here.

Short Stuff, shares on the job modeling adventures that happened after Almost 5'4", and also includes modeling tips for short chicks. This book was inspired by my blog readers actually. Read sample here.

After you order please contact me through my website so that I can confirm your name is correct for a personalized copy of Short Stuff and Almost 5'4" please contact me through my website here.

Please put your name here so I can sign the book for you!

If you live outside the US but are interested in this special promotion you can let me know of your interest by emailing me through my website and we'll try to work something out.


P.s: If you have an iPhone remember you can read the mobile edition of Model Life, my graphic novel on your device, just download the free Comics + app, and then search for Model Life. :) Enjoy it!