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Fun shoot with a Friend

Had a great time shooting more stock images with my friend Marisa! Is that a tree...not sure where that came from! It was freezing outside but thanks to movie magic you would never know it by looking at these photos.

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Hot bun

Who new Fiats were so fun!
Who new Fiats were so fun!

It was another hot one this week. Last time it was KIA that cooked me like a chicken; this weekend Fiat was the culprit. Since there were quite a few of us for this program the manager was gracious enough to let us rotate every hour so that each person was not outside for more than 1 hour at a time. Thanks Jen! In a sense this program was a dream: there was only 1- 100 degree day, and for part of that day we got rained out and left early.

 

curly and air-dryed
curly and air-dryed

You may remember my elation at seeing that my hair grew back to the point where it was completely curly again. Wearing natural hair in the summer is great because, between sweating in the sun and swimming at the pool/beach, hair needs to be washed more often in warmer months. Some events are laid back but certain agencies and clients can be very particular. Often times I feel badly for wearing my hair naturally curly to a job. I way wear it down, in a pony tail, or (if it is an outdoor event) in a bun.

 

A few weeks ago I worked directly for a client through a tradeshow. This means that the client contacted me, we negotiated a rate and no agency was involved in any way. On one of the days of the show I asked the client if he minded if I washed my hair that evening and returned with it naturally curly the next day. The event was a tradeshow, which is typically a very conservative environment. Whatever the client's response I decided wearing naturally curly hair to the show was not a good idea. The client old me the next day that is really was ok. I felt more comfortable not taking the chance.

 

This issue raises so many questions for me. Is curly hair accepted in the corporate world? Is straight hair better that curly hair? If you market yourself with straight hair, in photos, are you obligated to be onsite with straight hair? If you have any thoughts on the matter please leave them in the comments section below.

 

It is week 4. Are you wondering what I am giving up this week? Today pizza is added to ice cream, cake, and beverages with calories. Living in New Jersey with amazing pizza, this is really a tough one. I would also like to confess that I had a milkshake this weekend. Short on time, it was a quick way to consume a lot of calories; it definitely helped me keep my energy up in the blistering sun. I would also like to confess that although I brought a workout DVD to Grandmas it never left the suitcase.

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Quick Updo with Natural Hair

Tools:

bobby pins (I only used 4)

an elastic hair tie

scarf

water(if your hair is not already wet or damp)

 

Steps:

  1. Make a side part
  2. put aside a chunk of hair from the top front of your head. put the rest of the hair in a ponytail holder.
  3. make a loop with the hair from the pony tail then twist it up. there will be some lose ends
  4. start tucking the ends of the hair around the base of the pony tail
  5. from there take the loose hair from the front and lay it down toward the pony tail
  6. lift the looped ponytail in prder to mrap the hair from the front around the base
  7. lay the looped pony tail back aainst your head ten pin it down along with any loose ends
  8. Don't be discouraged if your finished style   does not look like mine. You never know what the finished look with be until you leave it damp under a scarf to set

 

 

variations:

  1. put aside a piece of hair from the side or back instead
  2. pin up hair without putting main section into pony tail holder
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Throwbacks

Getting packages is always great! I got a cd of images in the mail today from Elements of Photography in Montgomery, AL. It was a throwback from last summer when I visited my cousins. It is funny because you can tell that my hair was longer then. That's ok because it is healthier now... I hope :)

 

Sunday is Mother's Day. My mom does not celebrate, instead says it is just another day. My grandma, however, celebrates everything so we are going to hang out tomorrow. I am going to wear a pair of earrings that Mishka gave me at last week's shoot. Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there.

 

Next week I travel for another hair show =)

 

 

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HEALTH and FITNESS


Fun shoot with a Friend

Had a great time shooting more stock images with my friend Marisa! Is that a tree...not sure where that came from! It was freezing outside but thanks to movie magic you would never know it by looking at these photos.

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Going green with dried soup (Healthy Hotel Room Recipes) 

Tools:

  • thermos
  • water immersion heater
  • water glass from hotel bathroom (Presentation is key!)
  • spoon/ fork

Ingredients:

  • Soup mix
  • water
  • raw spinach

Are you a soup lover? Not getting enough nutrients from food when you travel? Do you order burgers and fries when you eat out and not salads? 


In this edition of Healthy Hotel Room Recipes you can eat well and for cheaper than usual. This week at Whole Foods single serve dry soups are 2 for $3! Dr. McDougall's brand has some great high fiber flavors and is one of my favorite brands. All you need is hot water or a microwave and the soup is ready in about 5 minutes. All the varieties I have seen are vegetarian or vegan. And they are so good!

 

My biggest problem eating on the road is eating vegetables! Making your own meals allows you to add whatever you want. Organic spinach is my go-to. It is typically only $1.99/bag at Whole Foods. Lay a bed of spinach in a cup or bowl to give your soup a healthy boost. A bed of spinach on a plate turns quinoa or brown rice pilaf into a colorful, delicious, and nutritious** meal; you won't even need salad dressing.

 

You can either travel with meal ingredients or visit a grocery store when you get to your destination. When traveling to less metropolitan cities (i.e. those in upstate NY) I tend to take whatever I will need to cook because grocery stores tend to be far from the hotel, I usually don't have a rental car, the selection at stores in these areas is smaller, and there are typically few organic or preservative free options. When traveling with food I put heavy durable items (apples and oranges) and my checked luggage and lightweight fragile items (dry soup in paper cups) in my carryon luggage.

 

**If sodium is a concern for you, consider adding more water or getting a soup labeled "low sodium". Some dry soups or rice dishes in a cup contain a flavor packet; in that case you can add less flavoring to reduce the sodium content.


If you try this leave a comment below about your experience. Did you like it? Would you do it again?


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California we love you!

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NY, NJ...I can't stay away!

Lenore and me with celeb mua AJ Crimson
Lenore and me with celeb mua AJ Crimson

The Makeup Show in NYC was great! I was rolling 5 deep, haha. I invited my mom; my mom invited 3 people and she sponsored Lenore to come too. It is nice to have family; thanks mom! Lenore LOVES make up, if you did not know. We all had a great time. I spent too much money but that is to be expected. Soon I will be posting about my purchases. The Makeup Show is doing a pop shop later this year in NYC. I hope to make it to that too!

 

Then last weekend I was in Newark, NJ representing Toyota at a few Alvin Ailey performances. It was convenient to be in that area, near my mom and grandma, for Mother's Day. A couple of my friends were in Newark working, Richard and Ubong, then you know I made new friends too! The venue had a great restaurant called Nico Kitchen and Bar. They really took care of me! The peach souffle and the spinach and beet salad, with what liked like albino beets, were my favorites! The manager's name is Sherif. If you go tell him I sent you! Look for Arian, one of the bartenders, too. He deliveres service with a smile...will keep you laughing too.

 

Team Toyota!
Team Toyota!

It looks like I will be working in Baltimore through the end of the month. Which is great because being home means I get to use my new NutriBullet! Allison was raving about juicing and it is something I have been thinking about for a while. Hopefully it is feasable to travel with it; since a traveling case it an available accessory I am hopeful!

 

Next week I am going to sneak away to NYC for a few days. I am really excited about that! Any trip to NYC is a chance to go to Schnippers...and Lord knows I love some Schnippers!

 

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Hot bun

Who new Fiats were so fun!
Who new Fiats were so fun!

It was another hot one this week. Last time it was KIA that cooked me like a chicken; this weekend Fiat was the culprit. Since there were quite a few of us for this program the manager was gracious enough to let us rotate every hour so that each person was not outside for more than 1 hour at a time. Thanks Jen! In a sense this program was a dream: there was only 1- 100 degree day, and for part of that day we got rained out and left early.

 

curly and air-dryed
curly and air-dryed

You may remember my elation at seeing that my hair grew back to the point where it was completely curly again. Wearing natural hair in the summer is great because, between sweating in the sun and swimming at the pool/beach, hair needs to be washed more often in warmer months. Some events are laid back but certain agencies and clients can be very particular. Often times I feel badly for wearing my hair naturally curly to a job. I way wear it down, in a pony tail, or (if it is an outdoor event) in a bun.

 

A few weeks ago I worked directly for a client through a tradeshow. This means that the client contacted me, we negotiated a rate and no agency was involved in any way. On one of the days of the show I asked the client if he minded if I washed my hair that evening and returned with it naturally curly the next day. The event was a tradeshow, which is typically a very conservative environment. Whatever the client's response I decided wearing naturally curly hair to the show was not a good idea. The client old me the next day that is really was ok. I felt more comfortable not taking the chance.

 

This issue raises so many questions for me. Is curly hair accepted in the corporate world? Is straight hair better that curly hair? If you market yourself with straight hair, in photos, are you obligated to be onsite with straight hair? If you have any thoughts on the matter please leave them in the comments section below.

 

It is week 4. Are you wondering what I am giving up this week? Today pizza is added to ice cream, cake, and beverages with calories. Living in New Jersey with amazing pizza, this is really a tough one. I would also like to confess that I had a milkshake this weekend. Short on time, it was a quick way to consume a lot of calories; it definitely helped me keep my energy up in the blistering sun. I would also like to confess that although I brought a workout DVD to Grandmas it never left the suitcase.

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MODELING


Fun shoot with a Friend

Had a great time shooting more stock images with my friend Marisa! Is that a tree...not sure where that came from! It was freezing outside but thanks to movie magic you would never know it by looking at these photos.

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Stock Lifestyle Shoot


New photos. Enjoy!

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November update!

New Photos!


It's been a while! I have been to Birmingham and San Francisco. Photos from San Francisco are below. I went to Alcatraz on Thanksgiving morning. Then in the evening a few of us went to Fisherman's Warf for dinner. Seals are agressive with each other and they abrk like dogs. Check out the video!

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The end is near

New haircut
New haircut

The last few weeks have been a roller coaster ride! I look a couple of introductory seminars; my agent invited me to a big audition; I reestablished a Facebook fan page! Those are only the new developments. The pre-existing elements are still there: other work, school, family, auto show preparation. It is hard to chose between getting things done and sleeping at night...

 

Since January I have been working on a long term promotion for a major brand. It comes with a time obligation and direct deposit. Steady work spoils me! This program is ending soon and I will be back on the market. Seeing the end has me in preparation mode.

 

Operation Keep the Work Coming:

  • rejoined Facebook (Facebook.com/DiamandiD)

  • getting new headshots taken

  • added a detailed resume to my website

  • taking a real estate seminar

  • joined a communications seminar series

 

November is going to be a big month for me! More real estate, more communications, new photos, auto shows, trips to 4 cities.

 

Other than preparatory activities I have been trying new things! At Five guys I tried the cajun seasoned fries and I liked it! This weekend I am going dancing...you can laugh...I will be! I have been recording noteworthy moments in life as they happen also. A few experiences have been scripted for a skit. I plan to record then post them for your entertainment.

 

That's all for now! Please like my Facebook Page if you have not already.

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Birthday, Vegas, Apparel Mart...in that order

This has been such a busy time that I have not blogged in months! Here's some photos to catch you up! Enjoy :)

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TRAVEL


November update!

New Photos!


It's been a while! I have been to Birmingham and San Francisco. Photos from San Francisco are below. I went to Alcatraz on Thanksgiving morning. Then in the evening a few of us went to Fisherman's Warf for dinner. Seals are agressive with each other and they abrk like dogs. Check out the video!

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California we love you!

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Birthday, Vegas, Apparel Mart...in that order

This has been such a busy time that I have not blogged in months! Here's some photos to catch you up! Enjoy :)

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It WAS sunny in Philadelphia!

Carriages lying wait in Philadelphia
Carriages lying wait in Philadelphia

After an early appointment on Friday I spent the morning exploring Philadelphia. Then a client unexpectedly called and asked me to take care of something for an event in Philly! Remember that I live in Baltimore now, which made the phone call so ironic. I spent the entire afternoon taking care of business for the client.

Stage for the Office Wrap Party in Scranton, PA
Stage for the Office Wrap Party in Scranton, PA

This week I had one week of summer break from school! For the weekend I invited myself to join some of my crazy-cool friends in Scranton, PA. They were going for The Office Wrap Party. I just wanted to get away! While they were attending events I caught up on some work and did some shopping. 

Beautiful Courthouse in Scranton, PA
Beautiful Courthouse in Scranton, PA

Here is my dish on Scranton: It is a slice of AmericaI It is full of history and rich architecture. The Electric City is clean too! It is obvious that there was a strong industrial presence at one time. There are many old factory buildings and the Radisson Hotel is in a former train station. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to go inside.

This week I begin taking 1 summer class. Also in addition to the long term promotion that ends in December, I picked up another that will start this week and end at the end of June. Sound like fun? That's because it will be!

...even if I have to talk myself into it, it is going to be fun!

 

During this week of break I planned to redo this website. So far the background has been changed and a Resume page has been added! Special thanks to Anne for editing and formatting revisions! 

 

 

I thought the girl on the L was me!
I thought the girl on the L was me!
This is actually me!
This is actually me!

Have you ever gotten a glimpse of someone that you thought looked like you? That happened to me this recently! I got an email from Phillips and after scanning it I saw a flash of someone who looked just like me! It was not me this time but it was funny. See for yourself and let me know what you think!

 

Tomorrow is the Makeup Show! I am most excited to see London Brush Company and Blinc. Coerlessly will be at the show with me too.

 

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Spring Update

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