Friday, July 31, 2009

Answering a Reader Question #52

Anonymous Wrote: Did you make your own comp card? I don't have photoshop.

Yes, I did create my own comp card using Photoshop. As an artist I have the advantage of knowing software like Photoshop, which has allowed me to create my own comp cards and update them as needed. If you do not have Photoshop on your computer and/or don't know how to use the program, there are plenty of online comp card printing websites that allow you to send them your images and information, and for a fee they will create it for you as well as print them and mail them. Simply do an online search for: comp card printing, and a bunch of results will pop up. Compare prices and see which one works best for your budget.

I also offer my services for designing comp cards and have designed a few for other models. My rates are super affordable, depending on the design and number of images and when I am done creating your comp card, I would email you the high resolution image, which you can then get printed. I would suggest avoiding places like Kinkos and sticking to online comp card printing services, which are more experienced with this type of printing job. If you are interested in having me put together your comp card, feel free to email me at:

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Gingy Family
Due to popular demand, the gingy family is back in town. The gingy is now back with a variety of skin colours and face expressions. They're made of Felt fabric which is soft, good hand-feel and washable. The gingy only comes in limited pieces, grab them while they still around... !

Now at only RM9/pc
Code: JL043
Colour: As per picture
Details: 9cm(H) x 7.5cm(W)

Now at only RM9/pc
Code: JL042
Colour: As per picture
Details: 9cm(H) x 7.5cm(W)

Now at only RM9/pc
Code: JL041
Colour: As per picture
Details: 9cm(H) x 7.5cm(W)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Flowery Top with Laces
Made of flowery printed cotton material, sweet colour, lovely laces, and in quarter sleeves. The waist area is stretchable with rubberized material.

Now at only RM38/pc
Code: JL040
Colour: As per picture
Details: Size S
Status: SOLD OUT

One-piece Chiffon Dress
The top is made of flowery chiffon and bottomed with non-transparent thick cotton fabric. The waist area attached with stretchable rubberized material. There are two side pockets and a lovely bow on the dress. The chiffon material is light and comfortable, and comes in puffy sleeves.

Now at only RM42/pc
Code: JL039
Colour: Beige, Pink, Blue
Details: Length 83cm, Chest 40cm
Status: SOLD OUT

Lovely Frills Dress
Comes with inner lining and not transparent. The fabric is light and cooling. The lovely frills at the front panel makes the dress looks feminine and sweet. Attached with two side pockets.
Now at only RM49/pc
Code: JL036
Colour: Dark Blue, Brown
Details: Length 85cm, Chest 45cm (Suitable for those who wear size S or M)
Status: All Sold Out

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Latest Shoot: 49 Square Miles

I finally got the images back from the online catalog shoot I did about a month or two ago and so I decided to do a post about my experience on that shoot as well as share the photos.

49 Square Miles is a handbag and accessories company based out of San Francisco. They may be small in size but their products are popular, especially among the celebrities--even one of George W. Bush's daughters was photographed sporting one of their handbags. They have retail stores all over the country, which is pretty impressive. I myself never really got all hyped up about purses or handbags but once I saw their collection, I must say I got pretty giggly with excitement. 49 Square Miles was in need of models to showcase their Fall collection of handbags, leather belts, and accessories and I was one of the lucky people to be chosen. The shoot took place at the home of the founder of the company, who was located only 15 minutes away from where I lived. Regardless of the closeness of the shoot, I still had to be there bright and early at 7am. Ugh. Haha.

I was one of four models total and there was a makeup/hair stylist and one photographer who had an assistant with him. The owner of 49 Square Miles was there as well--it's her house we're shooting in after all! She made sure we had plenty of fresh fruit and bottled water on hand (and we were also served yummy deli sandwiches for lunch) and the wardrobe stylist, who was also one of the employees working for 49 Square Miles, began putting our outfits together while we took turns in the makeup chair. The weather was perfect and there were a number of locations to shoot. The first location was outdoors in the backyard. Each model took turns shooting solo images with the photographer, Toby Burditt, and then we were paired up or had up to three models in one shot. We were given the latest handbags, necklaces, and wallets to show off. The yellow dress I was put in was nicknamed the "Michelle Obama" so we had fun joking about that.

Then it was on to outfit change number two: a more casual pairing of dark jeans, black pumps, and a maroon top with one of the leather belts and handbags. I was paired with another model and the phone she's holding in the shot actually belongs to the photograher. We were looking and reacting to the adorable pictures of his kids. Afterwards we switched things up. Tobby Burditt is one of those talented photographers who thinks outside of the box and he came up with this out of the ordinary shot where I sat on a bench while the other model stood on top of it but he only shot her from the waist down. After shooting those locations we moved inside for interior shots.

I changed into a multicolored, slinky dress, secured with another belt, and paired with the same black pumps and a different handbag. It was funny because for each setup, we created a "scenario" to help us get into the mood and elicit certain reactions. They were mostly goofy. We labeled the first interior shot "The Devil Wears Prada" because the model I shot with looked a lot like the Meryl Streep character from that movie so she played the role of my nightmare boss and I was the lowly--yet fashionable--intern who was forced to sit on the floor and drown out her drunken rants by listening to my Ipod, while my higher than thou boss got to sit in a comfy chair (I eventually got to sit in a chair lol). To make things more ridiculous they added a drink glass for her to hold and so I came up with the idea that I was at her house party and she was super drunk so I had to watch over her. We couldn't stop laughing after each photo they took.

By the time we got around to one of the last shots, we'd been shooting for over 8 hours so it was a super long day. My last scene also involved another model and because we were pretty tired by this time, we decided to label this scenario "lesbian lovers." I know, we're terrible! Trust me, after shooting for hours, everyone eventually starts going downhill in the creativity department haha. Wackiness ensued as we shot but at least I got to lie down on the couch. The shoes I was wearing weren't mine and they were two sizes too small so I was grateful I didn't have to be on my feet!

It was a long but very productive shoot and as a bonus we each got a complimentary makeup bag from the upcoming Fall collection (honestly, I couldn't afford any of their products--definitely high end stuff!). The images are supposed to be on the website ( by the end of July or sometime in August. I'm definitely excited to see what images they chose to put up.

Tips for Working Better with Makeup Artists

Makeup is an art in my opinion and the talent it takes to transform a man or woman into a masterpiece for a photoshoot is an amazing experience. Makeup artists, like photographers, have their own set of duties and talents needed to pull off the job. One of the best ways to have a great outcome is to know how to work effortlessly with a makeup artist. With these tips you’ll learn how to make their job a whole lot easier.

1. Wash and moisturize. If you are doing a modeling gig where a makeup artist will be present, you must first and foremost cleanse your face and moisturize it before heading to the shoot. Good makeup won’t set well on a dirty complexion.

2. Be still! It can be a bit unnerving to have someone that close to your face but if you can’t sit still then the makeup artist won’t be able to apply your makeup, at least not in a good way. In addition to being able to sit still, you’ll have to learn how to sit still for at least an hour. On most photoshoots makeup takes about an hour—maybe 30 minutes if the makeup artist is really good. But expect that part of the process to take a while.

3. Know where to focus your eyes. When it comes to putting on mascara and eye liner, it is important to know where to focus your eyes. Don’t stare at the makeup artist the entire time—it’s annoying and a tad bit unnerving for the makeup artist. Find a spot on a wall or an object in the room and look past the makeup artist and focus on that. When eye liner is being applied to the lower lash line be sure to look up and not down. In case of a slip up the liner won’t poke you right in the iris. On a related note, when the makeup artist is putting on mascara, move your eyes accordingly. For example, if the mascara is being applied on the right side of your top lashes, move your iris over to the left and vice versa. Look up for mascara being applied to the lower lash line.

4. Be careful with your eye makeup. After the makeup artist has applied your eye shadow and finishes off with mascara don't open your eyes too much right away. Doing so will result in the tip of your lashes coming into contact with the top of your eyelids, leaving annoying dots of mascara on them, which will need to be removed. Open your eyes halfway and wait a minute or two for the mascara to set and then you can open your eyes normally. When getting false lashes applied it can take some getting used to since many false lashes tend to be heavy. Open your eyes slowly and follow the same instructions I just mentioned. It is normal for your eyes to get watery after getting fake lashes put on. Just make sure it doesn't ruin your liner or cause streaking. Blink slowly a few times and you'll eventually get used to the weight and feel of fake lashes.

5. Listen to instructions. Most makeup artists will tell you what to do so be sure to listen to them. If you’re new to having makeup applied, don’t be scared to ask them if you’re doing things right. Some makeup artists assume you know what to do and may not give you much in the way of instruction. If you’re in this situation, let them know that you’re new to the process and don’t mind if they tell you what to do.

6. Make yourself accessible. Sitting in a makeup chair sometimes causes you to lean back too far or get too comfortable, putting you out of reach of the makeup artist. Remember, the makeup artist has to lean in and work on your face while standing (usually), which can be difficult if you aren’t positioned right. Scoot up to the edge of the seat as far as you can without falling off and extend your neck and face forward so that it is easier for the makeup artist to work on. Also learn when to turn to face them directly instead of making them cross over to work on both sides of your face.

7. Relax! When your face is relaxed the skin is much easier to work with and allows the makeup to go on smoother. If you furrow your brow too much, blink a lot, or do other movements that cause wrinkles in your skin, the makeup won’t go on uniformly. Do your best not to twitch or fidget when getting the makeup applied. Avoid squinting as well.

8. Make friends. Getting to know your makeup artist is part of the fun. Don’t feel like you have to stand still and quiet as a statue. Many makeup artists love to gab and will ask you about yourself so feel free to do the same. Of course talk when the moment is right—you shouldn’t be talking while they are putting on your lipstick.

9. Not all makeup artists do hair. There are a good number of makeup artists that also double as hair stylists but not all of them do. Be on the safe side and don't assume that the makeup artist you're working with will be able to give you an amazing hairstyle. Some makeup artists have told me they don't have a clue about how to do hair. Unless the client states that a hair stylist will be present at the shoot, play it safe and do your own hair. Bring any brushes or styling tools you may need to freshen up your look.

10. Don’t mess with your face. Getting your makeup done for a shoot isn’t about what you want or what looks good and what doesn’t. It is up to the client, the art director, photographer—whoever is in charge. Modeling is about transforming into someone other than yourself so expect to see something out of the ordinary. Don’t pout and be upset that you don’t like your makeup—it is a huge insult to the makeup artist. They are simply doing their job so let them do it. Don’t tell the makeup artist how to do his/her job. Appreciate the fact that they are taking the time out to make you look good.

Going To School T-shirt
The school bus is here... let's going to school!
Made in Korea with soft cotton which is stretchable and comfortable. Colourful and good quality printing and attached with 3D bow ribbon on the little girl.

Don't worry! What you see is what you get! Photos are taken based on actual piece of cloth.

Now at only RM28/pc

Code: JL034
Colour: Pink, Yellow, White
Details: Free Size (Suitable for those who wear size S or M)
Status: All SOLD OUT

Little Rabbit & Bear Plucking Stars T-shirt
Twinkle twinkle little stars.... Look! the little rabbit and bear is trying to pluck the stars from the sky. Made in Korea with soft cotton which is stretchable and comfortable. Nice printing with a little bow ribbon attached on the little rabbit.

Don't worry! What you see is what you get! Photos are taken based on actual piece of cloth.

Now at only RM28/pc

Code: JL033
Colour: White, Pink, Yellow
Details: Free Size
Status: 3-pcs White, 2-pcs Pink & 1-pc Yellow SOLD OUT

Monday, July 20, 2009

Introducing Harry Happy...
Harry Happy is a little boy stays in Greenville Lane, a small township in Mio Fashion City. Harry and the Happy family are very friendly, fun-loving, and helpful. They love cup cakes and muffins a lot, and the great things about them are their passions and loves towards fashion. This is the reason why the Happy family been running very well in fashion business for few generations.

Harry has a lovely family and bunch of good friends. Harry wish to introduce his family and friends to you very soon... Watch out yah : )

Grab Harry Happy 100% Hand-made Soft Toy at only RM19/pc
(Limited pieces only)

Code: JL030
Colour: As per picture
Details: 25cm(H) x 12cm(W)
Material: Outer ~ Thick cotton and felt, Inner ~ Natural cotton and cotton wool
Cleaning Instruction: Hand-wash recommended, Machine-wash with laundry bag
Status: All Sold Out
The Gingy Boy
He is cute, friendly and lovely. A good pal to stay with u anytime anywhere, he is good in taking care of your house and car keys, he looks cute while hanging on your bag, inside car or house. Limited pieces only, grab him now!

Now at only RM9/pc

Code: JL029
Colour: As per picture
Details: 9cm(H) x 8cm(W)
Status: SOLD OUT
Mr. Ginger Bread Man
He is in town now.. Welcome Mr. Ginger Bread Man!
Made of soft Felt fabric, good hand-feel. A bit spongy with soft natural cotton wool filled inside. You can use it as key chain or a little decoration for bag, car, or even for your house. Limited pieces, grab it now!

Now at only RM9/pc

Code: JL028
Colour: As per picture
Details: 9cm(H) x 7cm(W)
Pan Fried Egg
The yummy pan fried egg now comes in a key chain. It's made of Felt fabrics, soft and good hand-feel. Limited pieces only, grab it now!

Now at only RM6/pc

Code: JL027
Colour: As per picture
Details: 7cm(H) x 7cm(W)

Rabbit Coin Pouch
This handy coin pouch is 100% hand-made. It's made of Felt fabric, colourful button and comes in handy size. It is a multi-purpose pouch too, you can keep coins, name card, lipstick and some little things inside.
Now at only RM12/pc
Code: JL026
Colour: As per picture
Details: 10cm(H) x 9cm(W)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Answering a Reader Question #51

Alma Wrote:

I am going to amtc the 25 and have braces but I always get complements on my hair and people say my braces are cute do u think that they want me I went to a preivious event like that and they wanted me but I had no braces please tell me if I have a chance otherwise I don't want to make a fool of my self.

Hi, Alma, and thank you for your question. I don't work for AMTC, nor am I completely able to tell you what they are looking for. But as far as wearing braces, that could work against you. Many of the agencies you may meet may not be interested in you until your braces come off. There may agencies that don't mind your braces but the amount of work for models with braces is not very plentiful, which makes it not as desirable for an agency to take on models with braces. If you don't have that much longer to go until you get them off, then it would be in your best interest to probably wait, especially since you said they were interested in you before when you didn't have braces. When it comes down to it, it is ultimately up to you to decide whether you still want to attend or not. But if you feel uncomfortable in any way or don't feel at your best, then you may not want to attend. Only go if you feel completely secure with yourself, including your braces.

***Updated Answer***

At age 12, then your braces probably will be fine. Because you are younger, your braces won't be as much of a hindrance as they would be if you were older.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Lovely Ribbon Top...
Made of soft cotton, puffy sleeves with laces, removable ribbon brooch, and the bling bling diamonds... there are too many reasons for you to own this lovely top! Grab it now!
Now at only RM36/pc
Code: JL024
Colour: White, Light Orange, Light Yellow
Details: Length 65cm, Chest 36cm (stretchable)
Status: Sold Out

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Laces Romance Continues...
It's made of soft cotton and lovely laces. The rubberized material around neck is stretchable and can turn into off-shoulder top by simply pull it down to shoulder level.
Now at only RM33/pc
Code: JL023
Colour: Light Pink, Blue, White
Details: Length 60cm, Chest 42cm
Status: All SOLD OUT

One-piece Flowery Jumpsuit
Casual-looking korean style one-piece straps pant, made of flowery fabrics with open-button at the front panel. Easy to put-on and comes with adjustable straps. The rubberized material around waist area is stretchable and comfortable, simply match it with a belt.

Now at only RM42 /pc

Code: JL022
Colour: Light Pink, Light Brown
Details: Length 80cm (adjustable), Chest 32 to 42cm, Waist 30 to 40cm (stretchable)
Status: SOLD OUT