Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Mirror Series- Ep. 3: Athens (h0mage Magazine) with Tegan Smith

Hey hey!

Time for another Mirror Series post? I think so :D

This week's episode is brought to us by a digital magazine that I downloaded onto my iPad (once again, don't know how I ended up on it but thank my lucky stars I did) and fell in love....and then had my heart torn in two because THEY DON'T SEEM TO HAVE GONE PAST ISSUE 1.

Be that as it may, the first issue still rox my sox over and over. It seems like it was made exclusively for tablet devices, but check this link anyway to see what I'm talkin bout! (
Interactive graphics, video-pages, links to behind-the-scene clips and interviews and sick editorials galore.

AND when I heard word that Tegan Smith, Cape Town-based photog extraordinaire was coming to Port Elizabeth, I knew it was meant to be. I've been a fan of hers for months now after first seeing her work on Aisha Baker's blog (Baked the Blog) who she's the official photographer for.
So I got in touch and told her about The Mirror Series and we made a plan to shoot one sunny (cold) afternoon! We shot 2 different looks, the first of which is inspired by this image from the editorial Athens in h0mage issue 1.


I immediately thought of putting a tomboy twist on it with a pair of leopard sneakers I pretty much live in and making the setting something a little more modern and edgy.

But the fun didn't stop there :P
Such an amazing shoot and Tegan is an absolute inspiration to work with! Check her out here-

Twitter: @TegzPhotography

and you might already know what I'm going to say next...keep voting for me to go to the Fresh Faces final in Barcelona this October! You can cast one vote each and every day so bookmark it! Pretty please? :)

More from my shoot with Tegan next week!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Fresh Faces 2014: the freshest

Hello hello, lovers!

You may have seen this post on the Facebook page about being featured on the ModelManagement page a couple of weeks ago, not too shabby, eh? :P

Well the competition roars on and I still do need your votes! (VOTE HERE)

But wait! WHO, you ask? is the fastest-growing network in the world for models, photographers, model agencies and industry professionals. All you need to do to connect with the right people worldwide is set up a profile (it’s free! But there are other tiers with certain benefits for a fee), and you’re on your way!

OK wonderful, but WHAT is Fresh Faces?
Easily the industry’s most exciting international modeling contest, Fresh Faces is now in its 5th year and will give hopefuls a chance to win an exclusive contract with a top agency in whatever country they enter from (30 participating countries).

 All you need to apply is a profile, some cool striking photos and lots of votes to get the judges attention! Social media warriors, stand up ;) The expert judging panel of industry decision-makers and the collaborating agencies of each country will analyze the applicants carefully, keeping in mind the number of votes, and decide who has what it takes to make it to the Grand Final.

Grand Final? I’m listening…WHEN and WHERE?
Oh, just in Barcelona, Spain this October….(!) where a panel of judges will decide on 2 worldwide winners ie. one male, one female.

Not that I need any more convincing, but WHY enter Fresh Faces 2014?
It’s all about the exposure, people. Whether or not you win at the Grand Final, you will have travelled and met big names in the industry or simply been seen by somebody who likes your look and attitude. Previous winner Daniel Perez has gone on to walk for Prada and Armani and Jessica, top of Fresh Faces Paris last year was hand-picked by Mr. Karl Lagerfeld to be on the cover of Elle France!

Need I yap at you any longer? Create a profile and enter the contest here.
While you’re there, drop me a vote? Pretty please? Tell all your friends anybody can vote one time every single day ;)

Any questions? Head to the ModelManagement site or comment below ;)



Monday, 7 July 2014

The Mirror Series- Ep. 2: Spots (TWO Magazine)

Happy new week, lovers!

Hope you're enjoying the spotlight on digital magazines so far, click here to see what it's all about if you've been a bit slow to catch on ;p

Oh this? Just Ruth being a babe on the cover of issue #09

Right, onto the next one!
I can hardly remember how I even stumbled on this magazine- or what life was like before I was downloading it every month without fail! I've never quite seen anything like TWO Magazine, but maybe I'm just not paying enough attention to the wonderful world of make-up artists!
Profiles on top MUA's in the industry, beauty reviews, and editorials that will make your jaw drop like any art exhibit.

Plus, articles and features of Ruth Crilly (of A Model Reccomends) in abundance, who's easily my favourite English model/blogger and a major inspo of mine. Blodel? (nah)

The image I chose for this post is from Issue 3, make-up by Shonagh Scott and shot by Martin Higgs. I love how freaky-looking the dots make the model look, I immediately thought 'post-apocalyptic Avatar meets Southern African princess'. Obvious choice :P

I once again sought Viqta's help for this but we went a liiitle bit less dramatic. Stay tuned to his blog to see a time-warp video of me doing my own make-up ;) (

Thoughts? :)

Thanks for stopping by and remember you can vote for me once daily to get a chance to go to the Fresh Faces grand final in Barcelona this October! Vote here:



Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Mirror Series- Ep. 1: Sinner and Saint (Gaschette Magazine)

Well, here we go!

I’ve professed my fangirl status for this magazine before (here) so it was only natural that I start my spotlight on digital magazines with Gaschette Magazine.

In this scene, it’s the well-known representation of one person’s good and ‘evil’ (let’s call it naughty) sides trying to influence her actions. 

I called up Viqta of ViqsPiqs a few weeks ago to tell him my plans and remembered seeing all the exploration he’s been doing with multiplicity on his own blog, so I saw this picture and thought it would be perfect. Our version has a busier background which I quite like because it sort of adds to the character's stress :P

Sinner & Saint from Gaschette Issue 8: Devotion

Yours truly by ViqsPiqs
Sick, right? Comments welcome as always ;)

Look up Viqta here:
Twitter: @DireqtaViqta

Thanks for stopping by and remember you can vote for me once daily to get a chance to go to the Fresh Faces grand final in Barcelona this October! Vote here:



Friday, 27 June 2014

The Mirror Series

Or 'Mirror Mondays' maybe? Help me decide when you've read the post ^.^

Happy Friday, lovers!

Hope everyone's well and enjoying life, I'm freezing my nose off in my first South African winter but the World Cup's on, I'm a legit working girl (intern) in an architect's practice and have some sick plans underway for this blog and for life so it's all good! So good.

Well, a few of you may have seen a promise on the facebook page for a new exciting series I've had cooking, and here we finally go! Here's how it goes:

1. Every week (I'm saying this by faith) I'll choose a scene from one of my favourite online or digital fashion and beauty magazines.

2. I will then post a photo of myself re-interpreting said scene/photo in an attempt to put my own unique stamp on it. Thus the word 'Mirror'- I often look at photos in editorials and imagine myself in them, so I'm turning them into a 'mirror' :P

3. You hopefully get to know about some magazines you didn't know or like before.

4. I get some more posing and shooting practice.

5. Suggestions for any digital mags you like are most, most welcome!!

So there you have it!
Keep your eyes peeled for the first episode of #TheMirrorSeries by #FrameAmbition! Maybe you guys can start a trend on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! Follow me first though ;P

Twitter: @julie_olum
Insagram: @j_olum

aaand don't forget you can vote for me once every day to win a chance to go to the Fresh Faces Grand Final in Barcelona this October! (please, man. If you do nothing else for me):

Later honeyz!