MEET OUR MODEL CITIZENS SERIES, PART 2: DANIELA

Daniela Dominique is a gorgeous doe-eyed, pouty lip beauty from our neighboring city and country Tijuana, Mexico! When we first met her, we feasted our eyes- she’s seriously the definition of perfection (according to us). She stands at a cool 5’11 (WITHOUT heels!), is quiet, yet edgy, and the craziest part of all?… She has taken off to New York City, where she will be walking the runways for the first time (well, at NYFW anyway!). After that, she jets off to Milan Fashion Week, and we can’t wait to see her strut her stuff all the way from SoCal on our computer monitors (wahhh!). Overall, she has impressed us all with her quirky personality and professionalism! We can’t wait to have her back again with us soon, babe! <3 

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1. What inspired you to start modeling? I got inspired by the opportunity to travel to different places.

2. Who is your fashion icon(s) and why? My mom and sister because growing up I always wanted to be just like them!

3. Describe your fashion style. My style is very comfy and affordable.

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4. What’s your best kept beauty secret? It’s no secret I love to keep my face very clean! You can’t beat that!

5. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why? I’d like to travel to the moon. I’d like to see the Earth from there!

6. What’s your all-time favorite movie? Definitely “The Nightmare Before Christmas”!

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7. What’s your ultimate closet must-have? Underwear, of course!

8. What’s your most embarrassing fashion moment? Sometimes being extremely clumsy on the runway!

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9. Do you have a favorite fashion designer? Who and why? Edgar Morales, who is an amazing Mexican designer! 

10. Celeb crush? Rihanna all the wayyyyy!

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So what did you think about our babe, Dani? Isn’t she a beauty?!

HAPPY MONDAY, BABES! xx

HOW TO: THROW THE PERFECT END-OF-SUMMER PARTY

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In honor of our 2nd anniversary today (happy birthday to us!), we have been feeling very festive this past week! It was only natural to bring you a full post on how to throw the perfect end-of-summer party for you and your friends! You can obviously use these tips and tricks for any sort of event you may host in the future, but remember to tweak them just a bit. After all, you want to be known as that epic gal (or guy!) who threw that a-mazzzing party and not that lame get together, right? Ready? Read on!

1. Think of the perfect theme. Even the most casual of events definitely needs a theme! It will make planning everything around it SO much easier! 

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2. Set up a bar or cocktail station. Make sure you do this right before your guests arrive so they can do this themselves (since you’ll most likely be running around like crazy when it starts!). 

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3. Have great appetizers. If your event is going to be more of a big party (no formal dinner), opt for a simple, yet delicious dip that everyone can enjoy and keep moving! 

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4. Put a lid on it. Make your drinks more appealing by adding cupcake liners as cocktail covers so no one finds bugs in them (and very cute looking)!

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5. Add some floral arrangements. Because no one wants to come to a visual-lacking affair. Add chic details and contrasting colors to make the arrangement POP even more!

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(or recycle bottles like the ones above to save money!)

6. Have some bite-size sweets. While having a spread of food may be really mesmerizing to a larger crowd, having smaller snack-size portions make it even more personal, especially when they are wrapped in a cute jar, etc. 

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7. Light up the night. Weave strands of twinkle lights through your plants for an instant effect (perfect for sunset time)!

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8. Take advantage of seasonal flavors, such as watermelon! Make some delicious watermelon margaritas, or freeze some cut-up pieces for your guests!

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9. Host a potluck! Why do all the work when you can have friends help you out?! 

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10. The most important detail? Entertainment! Make sure you provide some great ambiance music or book a great DJ that will surely make everyone who didn’t attend your party jealous!

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READY TO HAVE A BLAST?! Tell us what your favorite tips are and don’t forget to shop our site-wide sale going on NOW on moddeals.com

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(Images courtesy of Tumblr & Google)

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BLOGGER INTERVIEW: SARAH FROM TEMPORARY SECRETARY

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We were very excited when we got the opportunity to chat with Sarah, who is a fashion and beauty blogger from the UK! Contrary to her blog name, she is not “a real secretary”, and has had her blog for about six years. When she is not out taking outfit photos, she spends time with her pets, a cute cat and dog by the names of Bonnie and Oscar. Read more about her below! 

1. How long have you been blogging? I’ve had the blog since 2008 but only started blogging about fashion and beauty in 2011.
 
2. How did you come up with the name, “Temporary:Secretary”? It comes from a Paul McCartney song, it’s quite a catchy tune that stuck in my head.
 
3. When you first set up your blog, did you make it for fun or did you think of it as a potential business? Definitely for fun! I actually created it for my jewellery business which I had at the time. If you go back to my first few blogposts, this is why these are jewellery based. When I started blogging about fashion and personal style, it was intended to be a hobby.
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4. Do you ever find that the posts you are less proud of become a huge success and the ones you love fall flat? YES! Absolutely! This is a great question. Sometimes, we will travel for miles to a nice location or we’ll shoot some photos that has great lighting but the posts that does the best are those done in my room against a white wall. I think people who read fashion blogs enjoy seeing consistency and reliability. As beautiful as some photos can be, they don’t want to be alienated by blog photos and style that are out of reach, if they wanted that, they would have just picked up a magazine.
 
5. You have over 13K followers on Twitter! What’s your inspiration behind all of your tweets? I used the same account for my jewellery business, and I’ve had Twitter since 2008 so it’s not a number that has risen over night. I’m always trying to increase my numbers and I don’t think 13,000 is very high these days. My tips on how to use social media are: Be sociable and reply to your tweets. Make conversation with others and don’t ignore them, especially when they’re asking you a question.
 
6. Have you ever had a moment of hesitation, you know, the thought “Why am I doing this? Is it really what I love?” I had that moment this week! I wasn’t sure why I was unhappy with my blog so I sat down and thought about it. I needed to gain the passion back, and remember why I was doing this. I doubt myself all the time and sometimes you just need to take a step back and go back to basics.
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7. What’s your definition of ‘Fashion’? Fashion is a way to express who you are. 
 
8. What advice do you have for aspiring fashion bloggers? Start a blog as a way of documenting your thoughts through photographs and words. Be creative about it and find a way to stand out. For your blog to grow, you’re going to need to update it regularly. It doesn’t have to be every day but maybe every 2-3 times a week to begin with. Your dedication will show and you will be rewarded for it.
 
9. What inspires you the most right now? Other bloggers inspire me! I have so many favourites, I couldn’t possibly decide on a favourite!
 
10. How would you describe your style? Girly, versatile, feminine. I’m petite so I have to wear things that suit my frame. 
 
11. What are your fashion must-haves? A black leather jacket is my ultimate fashion must-have!
 
12. What is it about fashion specifically that you love and can’t get enough of? I’m really loving fruit print at the moment, I think it’s fun and cheerful!
 
13. What’s something not many people know about you? I did ballet from the ages of 3 to 15. I kept it a secret all the way through school because I was a bit embarrassed about it. I wish I carried on with my lessons but I quite before my GSCE exams in secondary/high school.
 
14. What can we expect from “Temporary Secretary” in the future? I’m just going with the flow at the moment. I have short term plans for my blog, I am aiming to blog daily from now until Christmas! It’s hard because there are days when you run out of steam and you have to be able to pick yourself back up.
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(All images courtesy of Temporary Secretary)
What do you think of Sarah’s answers? Check out her blog NOW to find out more! xx