The Great Wall

Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.

Many a times it has been said, “Seeing is believing”. I have always seen amazing images of The Great Wall but to be honest it was never on top of my list of tourist attractions to visit. However, I had the opportunity to visit The Great Wall and I was left in awe by this man-made wonder. I decided to visit Mutianyu which is a popular section of the Great Wall that has been fully restored. The experience in itself was amazing and even though the Chinese people refer to it as the Long wall (长城/ Chángchéng) as opposed to the Great Wall, I realized that the history etched in the stones and bricks is what makes it “Great”. My friends and I went up with the cable car to tower 14. We then walked down to the 6th Tower so that we could take the Toboggan down. It was literally a “cool runnings” moment come true. I would highly recommend it but also do your own research as there are many sections of the Great Wall which each tell a different story. In the end each section is joined and seen as The Great Wall.

Leaving your mark wherever you go is good but leaving it in a positive way is best. Shruti Poojary

Miracles happen everyday. They bubble up from their hidden source, surround us with opportunities and disappear. Deepak Chopra 

P.S All these images are my own which have been edited because on the day the Air Quality Index aka pollution was above average with a rate of 139.

Love 

The 156 Supermodel 

xoxo

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The Perfect Silhouette

She stood in the dark, as the reflection of the light outlined her silhouette.

Suddenly she stepped into the sunlight as her shadow faded.

And in that moment, reality was laid bare. Mikhaila Turner 

Life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see.

My actions reflect who I truly am and your interpretation of them reflects who you truly are.

She walked in shadows believing she didn’t deserve the sunshine that was only a step away. Leo Christopher 

Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and the shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman  

Till next time 

Love

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo

Images taken by Mark Gorokhovski and Cody Alana Hoffman 

A New Reflection

Some have said  “You’ve changed…” Whether the notion is implied positively or negatively, I am happy ‘af’ because if I haven’t changed it means I haven’t tried anything new; I haven’t embraced the unknown, I haven’t engaged with people from different parts of the world to tell me and teach me about different parts of the world,  I haven’t stepped outside my comfort zone or  I haven’t experienced something challenging and daunting.

So yes, I have indeed changed. I have grown, progressed and moved from where I was a year ago, a month ago, a week ago and even a moment ago.

Many have different views on change be it in a person or in general however, it is inevitable and the way you react to it is a direct reflection of you as a person.

Here are a few rules when thinking of changing as a person.

RULES OF CHANGE 

  1. Change for yourself, for what makes you happy.
  2. Do not try to change people or let people change you.
  3. Always strive for a positive change.
  4. A haircut is as good as a change (so maybe its time to book that appointment)
  5. Be open to change but never change into something you’re not.

If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.Socrates

Change can be scary and unpredictable, BUT a start to a new beginning.

Perception is a wave. You change as your perception of something changes because you define yourself as a reflection of whatever you happen to perceive. Frederick Lenz

As long as the change is a reflection of your true self and someone you can smile at when you look in the mirror knowing the outer appearance reflects the inner soul which is one of beauty, grace and virtue.

Always the short girl changing for the better.

Love

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo

New Heights

FEAR. A simple four letter word that surmounts to more than it can actually withstand. When asked, “What is your greatest fear?”, the typical response is usually, I am afraid of heights.

Well, I’m also afraid of heights along with other fears but that has not stopped me from skydiving 10000 ft or standing on the tip of a 233m tower in Macau. The way I see it (besides being inherently daring and crazy), you can walk out the door and an electric bike can run you over (as reference to living in Shenzhen) or better yet you can choke on your favourite cupcake (awful I know) so you might as well surrender, look down and live in the moment.

Again I ask, What is your greatest fear?

  • Fear of the unknown, fear of not being accepted or being good enough, fear of failure! Fear leads to overthinking, worrying, anxiety, stress and it just consumes so much of your time.

With this, you have two options:

1. Let your fears control you and your state of mind by keeping you from dreaming, trying, doing and living.

2. Face and overcome your fears with an inner strength, will power and a zero f@#$s attitude.

The choice is yours. Do not let your fears decide for you.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others

Poem by Marianne Williamson 

Get the look:

Pants-Monki

Shoes- Charles & Keith

Jacket- Zara

Top- Local store in Shenzhen
Sometimes we have to jump, we have to leap and we even have to fall, because in doing so, our trying and persevering will not be in vain and we are able to get up, look forward and aim to new and even greater heights. 

Always the short girl reaching new heights

Love

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo

Big Sleeves & Breathtaking Views

Hello Supermodels

I fell off the grid for a little while and literally entered a new time zone.

It’s amazing how your life can change in an instant. For the past month, I have called Shenzhen in China my new home. Where does one even begin to tell of the escapades, stories and experiences encountered thus far on this new journey. Well to sum it up, it is absolutely crazy. I find myself having long conversations with the locals only for me to tell them in the end “Méiyǒu Chinese, I do not understand.” However, what I’ve learnt; smiling and laughing still remains a universal language. There are many challenges that come with this big move but you have to face and accept each with a positive attitude and mind set.

Recently I crossed the border  to Hong Kong for a quick visit which is literally a train ride away. I did some touristy sightseeing and the views did not disappoint. I visited Victoria’s Peak (as per the images), stood in the middle of time square, climbed 250 steps to see the Tian Tan Budha on Lantau Island, walked through Ladies Market and of course ended the night with drinks on the rooftop of Cé La Vi.

This is just a snippet of the latest 156 travels but I hope to keep you posted on my journey with thoughts and even tips if you decide to venture abroad solo.

So here’s to Big Sleeves and Breathtaking Views…


Till Next Time

Peace

The 156 Supermodel 

xoxox 

Taking Risks

Do you ever feel like you constantly playing it safe? Going through the motions but at the same time wondering about the endless possibilities. You constantly ask yourself should I, shouldn’t I? Well…

If you want it,

Go for it,

TAKE A RISK,

Don’t always play it safe or

You will die wondering.

Stefano Gabbana once said, “In life you need to take risks.” Easier said than done right? But it’s true! I have taken a few risks and have many more to still venture on but what I have learnt thus far is that (1) you should never fret over your decision and where it is ultimately going to take you and (2) you should never look back at your past because it will only discourage you as you try to convince yourself  that it was easier then but in fact you were merely stuck in a comfort zone and content. This notion is applicable to your career, relationships and everything that influences your happiness and life. However, be mindful that taking any risk requires consideration, some calculation and definite commitment. With this, the first step is now, thereafter you will be further than you were before, and closer to the next great thing.

Here’s to risking it , while dressing inappropriately risqué!

The biggest risk is not taking any risks. Mark Zuckerberg

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn 

If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.  Geena Davis

Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt

You need to risk, you need to dare to risk and fail greatly because that is the only way you grow. Emilio Estevez

GET THE LOOK:

Black and White Jacket – Zara

Distressed Denims-  GUESS

Black Ankle Boots- Zara

Fishnet Tights-  Foschini

Black Crop Crew Top- The Hub

You have to Risk it to get the Biscuit.

Till Next Time 

Love 

The 156 Supermodel 

xoxo

P.S. Images taken by Indigo Child Productions 

Cosmo Jeans Fashion Show- 2017

Bubbly, Candy Floss, Fashion and Friends.

The Cosmo Jeans Fashion Show has become a permanently marked event in my social calendar. Having attended the event for the 3rd consecutive year, I can honestly say that it just gets more fabulous. The new sparkling wine range from J.C. Le Roux, Vibrazio was served chilled and its refreshingly sophisticated taste was ideal for a crowd of young professionals, influencers, bloggers and artists. The cotton candy station was simply a hit because who doesn’t like feeling like a kid again without being reminded of the sugar content #meltingmoments. Inglot kept the faces’ beat for the night with their quality range of make-up. After a good dose of socializing and selfies, the lights hit the runway to showcase the latest denim trends for the upcoming seasons. Some trends were somewhat expected whilst others were must haves for the closet. Even so, the various brands and retailers such as G-Star RAW, The Fix, Mr Price, Old Khaki, Guess, Sissy Boy and Replay to mention merely a few did not disappoint with bold statements pieces, patterns, pop of colour here and there and funky accessories. The show ended with some live entertainment from Lakota Silva.

BUBBLY

 

CANDY FLOSS, FRIENDS

 

CAMERA, LIGHTS, ACTION

FASHION

    

  

   

   

   

   

   

LAKOTA SILVA

 
  

WHAT I WORE:

Blazer- Trenery

Denim Shirt- Permanently borrowed from one of my brothers.

Double Buckle Belt- Luella

Jeans- RVCA

Black Ankle Boots- Zara

WHAT MICHELLE WORE:

Coat– Forever New

Jumpsuit– Sissy boy

Tan Ankle Boots- Steve Madden 

I hope you enjoyed this post. Which is your favorite look?

P.S Thank you Cosmo and Team of organizers for the amazing fashion show and awesome goodie bags.

Till next time

 

Love

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo