I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the Winnacunnet High School’s JAG Program (Jobs for America’s Graduates) in Hampton, New Hampshire on Tuesday evening.
The mission of NH-JAG is to affect positive change in the lives of young people, by raising awareness of the future, increasing leadership skills that promote educational success and developing conscious personal and career choices through collaboration with parents, schools, employers and community organizations.
I was thrilled to be there and share my story and message. Here’s an excerpt of my speech:
I know that no one owes me anything. The world owes me nothing and I owe myself everything.
Please remember this if not anything else. No one owes you anything and you owe yourself the world.
Winnacunnet High School
Some of the students I met and the award I was presented!!!
It’s been a week since one talented designer, named Eden Miller, and six plus size models walked down the runway and into the history books at New York Mercedes Benz Fashion week.
I was honored to be one of the six girls to walk that day and it’s taken an entire week to really sink in.
There has been a flood of press from bloggers, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN reporting on the breakthrough in fashion history but it wasn’t until Tuesday evening, September 10th, when Jimmy Fallon mentioned the Eden Miller show during his monologue that I realized what a major impact this one show has made on the future of fashion and the way we see beauty.
I am so proud of designer Eden Miller for delivering a fashion philosophy that the masses can embrace, breaks barriers and challenges the status quo in the fashion industry.
This past friday I hosted a Splurge vs Steal Segment on Pix11 Morning News. In case you missed the segment I’ve included the link here.
I love these segments because I’m challenged to find items that resemble a pricey look.
Here are the looks and prices and links to shop the look:
Metallics & Shorts:
Look #1 – STEAL (on the left)
White Metallic sweater from Mango: $39.99
Jockey P2P Tank under Sweater: $28.00
Gap Khaki Shorts: $24.99
Nine West Sandals: $79.00
Hat from a Street Vendor: $10.00
H&M Bracelets: $11.80
Look #1 – SPLURGE (on the right)
Stefanie Bezaire Glam Knitted Sheer Top available at Madison Plus Select: $64.00
Stefanie Bezaire Brown Shorts available at Madison Plus Select: $98.00
Bloomingdales shoes: $79.00
Bracelets from Bloomingdales stack of 3: $200.00
Ragen Jewels rings (stack of 3): Colorful Pave rings $225.00
Perry Ellis Hat: $39.00
Black & White:
Look #2 – SPLURGE (on the right)
Ego Soleil Jumpsuit: $600.00
Brian Atwood Shoes: $395.00
‘Comes with Baggage’ Handbag: $288.00
Nadri Bangles available at Bloomingdales
Ragen Jewels Rhodium crystal stacked ring: $75.00
Look #2 – STEAL (on the left)
Zara Jumpsuit: $59.99
Vintage Clutch: $25.00
Nine West Shoes: $79.00
Earrings: Vintage Closet
Pop of Color:
Look #3 – STEAL (on the left)
H&M Dress $34.95
Nine West Shoes: $59
Vintage Cuffs: $10.00
H&M Rings: $8.00
Look #3 – SPLURGE (on the right)
BCBG Dress from Bloomingdales: $178.00
Kate Spade Shoes: $298.00
Bracelet Metallic Cuff: $28.00
Ragen Jewels Rings; Luscious Lips and Arrow rings: $45.00 each
This past May I was invited by New York Life Insurance Company to speak at the Andaz Hotel in downtown Manhattan, about image and why it matters in all areas of your life. Dress the part and always be the best version of yourself. #BV
I’m late in writing a big THANK YOU to the incredible and powerful Women of Integrity. Their mission is to empower and educate women of all ages and ethnicities through work shops and leadership activities (now that’s my kind of people). I was a guest speaker back in April and was able to meet so many inspiring young women and girls. Here are a couple of pictures. Thank you for having me be part of the panel to empower young women about confidence and positive body image. It was an honor. Remember #smart&beautiful
I recently visited friends in Birmingham, Alabama (YES, you read that right) and went for a beauty day in a popular local salon called Salon U (voted by Elle Magazine 2012 as TOP SALON in ALABAMA). The salon is massive; I believe two floors, maybe more. The service was impeccable!!! And so was the salon. I’ve been modeling for nearly 10 years now and had many photo shoots and worked with several artists and stylists. Birmingham is up there with one of my favorite blowouts and makeup applications. Almost forgot the BEST MANICURE ever. It just goes to show, never judge a book by its cover. New York City has all the flash but sometimes you find shining stars in places you least expect. Sorry for judging you Birmingham. Please forgive me.
(Jennifer Lawrence Oscars, Dior “Fall” Fashion, courtesy of Grace Coddington)
I am overwhelmed with how many beautiful creative websites there are to read and cruise it’s breathtaking content filled pages. I never have enough time to read and watch it all. Here are my favorite sites (in no particular order) for you to enjoy.
1) The Coveteur
Love the style interviews with people in the industry
Style has no age limit
Always juicy and current runway trends
Complete looks making it look easy
Consolidating fashionable looks
6) Vogue (Italy)
Needs no comment
Style guides from parties to runways
Up to the minute fashionable notes
(How did this one get on my list?)
Love me some male fashion
11) Cool Hunting
My fave new site
“Bernadett is more than an image consultant — she was able to take my outlook on life and myself from ok to awesome in one short session. Her posing lessons are also great for everyone, in every aspect of life. Even though it seems silly, my drivers license picture went from being horrible to wow — it’s amazing how something so simple can be such a boost to your self-esteem. It stays with you. Thank you Bern!”
One of the first things I tell my clients when we talk about their style is: When someone meets you for the first time it takes them 7 seconds to judge you and 10 more meetings for them to change their opinion of you. Why not get it right the first few seconds? Image is a powerful tool. As a professional model and image consultant I know this to be true. I always need to put my best self forward but find that there must be a balance so … Read More »