It’s Not You, It’s MeSince we’re starting a new year, I know many are looking for ways to start over with their health and wellness. I’m very proud to share the launch of my sister-in-law Rebecca Conran’s holistic health coaching company called It’s Not You, It’s Me. After struggling for many years with eating disorders, alcohol and drug dependancies and unhealthy, sometimes abusive relationships, she found a path to health through holistic health coaching. She conquered her addictions, healed her relationships, got fit and, in doing so, she became passionate about wanting to share the knowledge she had garnered with others. In time she went back to school, becoming certified to help others embark on their own holistic healing journeys. If you long to achieve your personal life and health goals, she can help you find your way!www.ITSNOTYOUITSMEWELLNESSCOACHING.com

It’s Not You, It’s Me

Since we’re starting a new year, I know many are looking for ways to start over with their health and wellness. I’m very proud to share the launch of my sister-in-law Rebecca Conran’s holistic health coaching company called It’s Not You, It’s Me. After struggling for many years with eating disorders, alcohol and drug dependancies and unhealthy, sometimes abusive relationships, she found a path to health through holistic health coaching. She conquered her addictions, healed her relationships, got fit and, in doing so, she became passionate about wanting to share the knowledge she had garnered with others. In time she went back to school, becoming certified to help others embark on their own holistic healing journeys. If you long to achieve your personal life and health goals, she can help you find your way!

www.ITSNOTYOUITSMEWELLNESSCOACHING.com

Moving Images and Images That Move Us
By Coco Rocha for PCMag

The rise of the internet has spouted a deluge of images. Has it rendered the visual nearly meaningless? If so, how can skilled creators use tech to turn that around?

There was a time when seeing a picture was a rare privilege. In the days before photography and the modern printing process you’d be lucky to have your own artwork at home and, if you did, family, neighbors, and guests would probably gather around it for hours on end. Though the printing press made images available on a mass level in the 15th century, they were still not cheap or easy to come by for most. By the late 18th century magazines started to find their place in households around the world and by the middle of the 20th century advertisers using images as a means for communication had reached their golden age. There was no casually thumbing through the few magazines you had access to each month. Each picture would be dutifully inspected and a great image would be remembered for life.

For a hundred years that was the way of the world until the information age when the Internet spouted at first a steady trickle and then a deluge of images. Today the average person surfing the Internet and sites like Tumblr or Instagram may see hundreds if not thousands of new pictures and images a day. Whether they’re good, bad, or ugly, images go in and out of our consciousness without leaving much - if any - impression.

This change in attitude toward the image is devastating to publishers and advertisers who face an exponential increase in competition and a decrease in attention. As a model I feel it as much as anyone in the business; my role in fashion and advertising is to draw the viewer in, make him or her stop and consider: are we holding your attention? For my peers and I the answer is probably “Yes, but not for long enough,” and for that reason I think static images as advertising have to change.

The futures of both advertising and fashion editorials have to lie with far more interactive images…

READ MORE AT PCMAG (click)

(Photos by Eric Cheng for Lytro - Art direction by James Conran. Styling by Rebecca Conran)

LYTRO - behind-the-scenes.

Yesterday I posted some of the amazing new images we created with photographer Eric Cheng and the revolutionary LYTRO camera technology. If you haven’t seen and played with the images already, I invite you to scroll down and give them a try.  Using much more conventional camera technology, James also created a little behind-the-scenes of this Conran family shoot (James was was the Art Director and his sister Rebecca was the Stylist!).

Please notice, even my niece, Faye, makes a cameo (she’s the tiny Chihuahua).

LYTRO - click anywhere on the picture, I dare you.

Another picture in the series we created with the Lytro camera.  If you click on the picture you’ll see that with the revolutionary Lytro camera, all focusing can be done after the picture is taken.

Photographer - Eric Cheng
Stylist - Rebecca Conran
Art Director - James Conran.

LYTRO - click anywhere on the picture, I dare you.

Here’s another picture in the series we created with the Lytro camera. In this picture, at the cross roads of Broadway and 5th avenue, I’m wearing a printed jumpsuit by Tucker paired up with my own head scarf and sunglasses.

If you click on the picture you will see that with the revolutionary Lytro camera, all focusing can be done after the picture is taken.

Photographer - Eric Cheng
Stylist - Rebecca Conran
Art Director - James Conran.

LYTRO - click anywhere on the picture, I dare you.

This season, bold prints are not just for clothes. Here I’m pairing up a herring bone manicure with bright pink lips. This beauty shot is from the first EVER fashion shoot with the Lytro camera.


Photographer - Eric Cheng
Stylist - Rebecca Conran
Art Director - James Conran.

LYTRO - click anywhere on the picture, I dare you.

In this Lytro picture I wear a tunic by SUNO paried with a necklace by Coco Rocha for Senhoa! Thats right, this is also the first glimpse at my own charity jewelry line coming out later this year! If you click on the picture you’ll see that with the revolutionary Lytro camera, all focusing can be done after the picture is taken.


Photographer - Eric Cheng
Stylist - Rebecca Conran
Art Director - James Conran.

LYTRO - click anywhere on the picture, I dare you.

Three weeks ago I read an article on mashable.com about a revolutionary new camera called the LYTRO that requires no focusing whatsoever. In fact, believe it or not, all focusing can be done after the picture is taken. James and I, ever the early adopters, immediately reached out to the company producing the camera and said we would love to work with the prototype. To our excitement, the very next week Lytro was kind enough to send out photographer Eric Cheng with the camera and together with my sister-in-law Rebecca Conran as the stylist and James as Art Director we created our own little fashion shoot here in New York.

In fact, this is the first EVER fashion shoot with the Lytro camera.

OWLING VS. PLANKINGAfter 8 years of modeling I thought I had attempted most poses you can think of but tonight, for the first time ever, I present my addition to the “owling” phenomenom - Owling over NYC.  Also today, behold my sister-in-law Rebecca Conran in an EPIC  “planking” picture on top of a goal post.For more information see the WASHINGTON POST?!UPDATE 8/2/11: I guess someone else had the same idea. PLANKING editorial?

OWLING VS. PLANKING

After 8 years of modeling I thought I had attempted most poses you can think of but tonight, for the first time ever, I present my addition to the “owling” phenomenom - Owling over NYC.  Also today, behold my sister-in-law Rebecca Conran in an EPIC  “planking” picture on top of a goal post.

For more information see the WASHINGTON POST?!

UPDATE 8/2/11: I guess someone else had the same idea. PLANKING editorial?


Picture courtesy of Models.comThe other day I took my beautiful sister-in-law Rebecca along with me to the Harpers Bazaar “Fabulous At Any Age” party - there Styleite.com caught up with us to ask a few questions. Here’s an excerpt:"(Glenda) Bailey also shares our royal wedding obsession, but isn’t so much concerned with who is designing Kate’s dress as much as what the dress itself will look like. Coco Rocha was a little less enthused about the royal nuptials, but as her  sister-in-law (and date for the night) chided, “She just had an amazing  wedding, I don’t how it’s going to beat it.” Well, we can’t argue with  that — that video was gorgeous. Rocha did have strong thoughts about her timeless icon  though: “Our legendary Elizabeth Taylor. I was obsessed with her. Until  the end she was still looking fabulous in her gowns and her jewelry. I  have never been starstruck by anyone, but if I ever met her I would have  just been overwhelmed.”

Picture courtesy of Models.com

The other day I took my beautiful sister-in-law Rebecca along with me to the Harpers Bazaar “Fabulous At Any Age” party - there Styleite.com caught up with us to ask a few questions. Here’s an excerpt:

"(Glenda) Bailey also shares our royal wedding obsession, but isn’t so much concerned with who is designing Kate’s dress as much as what the dress itself will look like. Coco Rocha was a little less enthused about the royal nuptials, but as her sister-in-law (and date for the night) chided, “She just had an amazing wedding, I don’t how it’s going to beat it.” Well, we can’t argue with that — that video was gorgeous. Rocha did have strong thoughts about her timeless icon though: “Our legendary Elizabeth Taylor. I was obsessed with her. Until the end she was still looking fabulous in her gowns and her jewelry. I have never been starstruck by anyone, but if I ever met her I would have just been overwhelmed.”

Here’s the little video we made documenting my ever so talented (and beautiful) sister-in-law, Rebecca Conran over the course of 2 days as she transformed a warehouse full of random props at Film Biz Recycling into a series of amazing little vignettes. Also in this video: James carries a bunch of furniture back and forth and I dance around, as usual.

To contact Rebecca for Art Direction go HERE.

Film Biz RecyclingIf you liked the decor of my apartment in Vogue (click) then you’ll love Film Biz Recycling. Its this great charity that take in abandoned movie props that would have ended up dumped in a landfill somewhere and recycles them back into use. James and I have found a lot of our favorite treasures there and we think its a must-go-to for anyone who’s looking for that unusual piece for their home.Recently Film Biz moved from Queens to Brooklyn and into a giant space 5 times the former size! This last week my sister-in-law Rebecca Conran (she has a tumblr too!), who is an art director for movies and commercials, volunteered to arrange the huge inventory of random props into these amazing little vignettes all around the 10,000sq foot space. James and I helped moving everything and we actually filmed the transformation of piles of knick-nacks into these amazingly little scenes like from a movie - I’ll be posting that video just as soon as we’re done editing it. Today is the opening party of the space from 4pm - 8pm. I think you should all get on the R train to Union Street and give Rebecca and Eva (the owner of FBR) a big pat on the back! You’ll probably come home with something you never knew you needed, let alone existed!
Film Biz Recycling540 President StreetGowanus Brooklyn

Film Biz Recycling

If you liked the decor of my apartment in Vogue (click) then you’ll love Film Biz Recycling. Its this great charity that take in abandoned movie props that would have ended up dumped in a landfill somewhere and recycles them back into use. James and I have found a lot of our favorite treasures there and we think its a must-go-to for anyone who’s looking for that unusual piece for their home.

Recently Film Biz moved from Queens to Brooklyn and into a giant space 5 times the former size! This last week my sister-in-law Rebecca Conran (she has a tumblr too!), who is an art director for movies and commercials, volunteered to arrange the huge inventory of random props into these amazing little vignettes all around the 10,000sq foot space. James and I helped moving everything and we actually filmed the transformation of piles of knick-nacks into these amazingly little scenes like from a movie - I’ll be posting that video just as soon as we’re done editing it.

Today is the opening party of the space from 4pm - 8pm. I think you should all get on the R train to Union Street and give Rebecca and Eva (the owner of FBR) a big pat on the back! You’ll probably come home with something you never knew you needed, let alone existed!

Film Biz Recycling
540 President Street
Gowanus Brooklyn