Livin’ La Vida – Janelle Blanford Part II

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Welcome back to Part II of “Livin La Vida: Janelle Blanford“, a couple weeks ago we met model Janelle and learned about how she was discovered and what she would like to accomplish.

Now let’s find out a little more of what this rising star does. First let’s see what her daily routine is all about. While everyday is different what would the most typical shoot day be like for a model on the go?

“My days are always different. So I’ll walk you through my most typical day. I hit snooze about 5 times, roll out of bed, put on skinny jeans and a boyfriend tank. Spend about a half hour in traffic dancing to whatever’s on my playlist at the time. Show up to my shoot, spend in hour in hair and makeup, shoot all day – dance around in front of a camera and call it ‘my job’. Scrub all the makeup off, rush to a casting or two and then go enjoy dinner with friends and my sis.”

Sounds like a fun-filled day! But how does one even prep for a shoot? Do I get a bagel and run off with a latte? Let’s see what Janelle does,

“I usually shoot every day. So I guess I’m prepping everyday! I do simple workouts that I learned at a workshop every other day for thirty minutes just to stay toned. And once a week I do a facial mask to keep my skin looking fresh.”

OK, so maybe no bagel. While every shoot is different and at times you don’t know what to expect, the thought of being the subject, dressing up and having fun is pretty cool. So what new projects are in store for Ms. Blanford?

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“I recently shot the campaign for a new cosmetic line called, Miss Adoro. I think it’ll will be carried in Target soon! I just had my Pantene editorial spread come out which was such a fun experience.  As for coming up… I usually don’t get to know what I’ll be working on until a few days before. People can keep an eye out for my usual clients, Ya Los Angeles, Make Me Chic, Naked Zebra [and many more].”

Someone so into the fashion world but have some favorite icons they look up to, right? While I look up to Victoria Beckham and Rachel Bilson, let’s see what Janelle’s favs are,

“Who’s everyone’s fashion icons?? MARY-KATE & ASHLEY. I just did a inspirational shoot with a model friend completely based on our favorite shots of the twins. I find myself dressing very much like them. And I’m very much in love with the 60s. I want to be Audrey Hepburn.”

So all those shoots must be accompanied by some pretty sweet music! Queue the video montage! Haha but really though, what fuels little J and gets her ready for work?

“I make a new Spotify playlist for each season, right now it’s a lot of Miley‘s new album, Parachute and Augustana, always! I also have so many talented friends that I’m constantly impressed by and jamming to. Check em out.. Nick Santino and the Northern Winds, Brighten, Roy English, Hot Chelle Rae, Paradise Fears, Machine Heart, Jackson Guthy, Oh Honey, Boys Like Girls, Albert Stenaj, The Summer Set, Ryan Cabrera, Nylo, Novelties, Boyce Avenue, The Cab, MKTO, Madeline Fuhrman and Artist vs. Poet!”

One more thing! What can Janelle NOT live without? If anyone cares, mine is my iPhone, a good magazine, and a double latte! OK, enough about me,

“I think there is nothing better than a person that smells delicious. So I don’t leave the house without my signature scent Couture Couture by Juicy Couture. As for two things that are usually glued to my hands, a good strong coffee and my iPhone.”

Sounds like perfect must-haves! Here’s to a great career for this lovely doll. We’ll be watching her on the billboards pretty soon. To know more about Janelle, follow her on her social media sites below and we hope you’ve enjoyed this feature of “Livin La Vida”.

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Twitter- @janelleallisa

FB- Janelle Allisa

Instagram- @janelleallisa

Website- janelleallisa.wix.com/janelleblanford

xoxo Liz Cal!

All photos courtesy of Janelle Blanford

If YOU would like to be featured on a segment of “Livin’ La Vida” email me at LaVidaLizC@gmail.com

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Trendsetting Tuesday: Splurge vs. Steal

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Trendsetting Tuesday brings about something that captured my attention a while back. When is it right to splurge on an item and when is it better to just get it for a cheaper price? A couple months ago I did a Splurge vs. Steal feature with a pair of Jimmy Choo bejeweled heels to see when it’s a good time to splurge or go for the steal.

Now I stumbled across Valentino studded flats and replica’s on another website. So regularly the Valentino Rockstud Patent Ballerina Flats T.05 are approximately $845. They are gorgeous, patent leather, with gold studs, pointed-toe and available in a variety of colors. They are perfection! But with a price tags like that, it’ll break my bank.

The alternative, Dollhouse Stunner studded flats for around $25-28! The difference, aside from the designer name, they are suede, not as pointy and they have a gold lining on the back of the heel. Of course there might be other differences but hey, they can’t always be exact.

So, what would you do? Splurge or Steal, or none of the above?

Livin’ La Vida: Janelle Blanford – Lights, Camera, Action!

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Every once in a while we meet someone who is great on the inside as they are on the outside. There is no doubt that model Janelle Blanford is an American Sweetheart.

In this week’s “Livin’ La Vida” segment we meet a Southern California model who reaches for the stars and shines just as bright as them.

Meet Janelle, raised by her mom with her three sisters she says that they were and are still extremely close. Growing up in a household of all girls must be super fun but don’t take it from me, Janelle gives me more inside scoop on her childhood,

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“They [my mom and sisters] are my best friends. My sisters and I would make up dance routines nightly and perform them for anyone willing to watch. At the age of 10, I tried out for a dance team and continued on as captain until I was 16. I’ve always been a performer. I like creating but most of all I love the outcome of whatever I am working on. I put myself fully into my projects and I’m inspired by the people closest to me, my family and friends.”

So how did modeling come into her life?

“I was scouted by Ford Models when I was still in high school. I hadn’t ever really thought about being a model before. I was at a Teen Vogue fashion show on the beach and I was watching Jesse McCartney perform when I was approached. I was kind of blowing her off and was annoyed that she was interrupting me watching Jesse.”

Oh we know NOBODY messes with us and JMac! How awesome though, it was as if it were meant to be. Janelle’s a pro by now with plenty of features and ads, the leading lady in The Summer Set‘s music video and not to mention you can spot her daily on MakeMeChic.com‘s website. But of course there must be something more that she would like to accomplish?

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“I realized that I got really comfortable with my job. It was all coming too easy. I didn’t really have to think about what I was doing. So I recently signed with a theatrical agent and I’m going to pursue more of the acting side of things. But I’d love to continue with modeling. [Hopefully projects that are] bigger and more challenging. I’ve had billboards in Vegas, Texas and New York but I want one here in Los Angeles. I wanna see it in person. And I want tears in my favorite magazines. I want to continue to be proud of the work I’ve done and I want to push myself.”

Pushing oneself is always the hardest, with challenges left and right, there must be some sort of motivational quote or speech she gives herself and of course it comes from none other than her mom. The quote?

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“‘How bad do you want it?’ I apply that to everything in my life. If you want something bad enough you’ll find a way to make it happen. Always.”

There’s no stopping this girl in her quest for the top. Every artist and creative mind has a list of people, places and things that they want to work with, be in or see. Janelle has a grand list of her own. Here she tells me,

“I got to shoot with John Russo for my Pantene shoot. He’s a photographer I’ve admired for years. It was actually really intimidating. I’d love to work for clients such as Levi’s and The Gap. I love how simple and clean their ads are. And one day I’m going to walk in the VS fashion show… Even if it’s only for PINK!”

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Well, how bad do you want it J? I’m sure she’ll get there in no time! This gorgeous brunette is setting her bar high and we’ll be on the lookout for her billboards all across LA one day. Come back next week for another installment of “Livin’ La Vida – Janelle Blanford“, where we’ll find out her daily must-haves, how she preps for a shoot and upcoming projects and make sure to follow Janelle on all her social media sites as she makes her dreams come true!

Twitter- @janelleallisa

FB- Janelle Allisa

Instagram- @janelleallisa

Website- janelleallisa.wix.com/janelleblanford

xoxo Liz Cal!

All photos courtesy of Janelle Blanford

Trendsetting Tuesday: Splurge or Steal – Jimmy Choo

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What if you could splurge on everything you wanted and feel no regrets? We know there’s more to life than material possessions and believe me we all aren’t movie stars with a wad load of cash. But if you do happen to stumble across a certain something that you can’t stop thinking about, there are always alternatives.

Let’s look at your options!

Jimmy Choo came out with an exceptionally glamorous Tia heel, bedazzled and bejeweled, this heel is on point! Black, pointed toe and a gold heel this would be a must-have but with a selling price of over $4,000, we need to reevaluate our wants. That’s when I stumbled across the site Make Me Chic and found the Liliana Rubik-3 (featured on the right) for a whopping $49.

While it might not be your dream Jimmy Choo shoe, it’s better than nothing and still quite cute and affordable to splurge on for any upcoming festive event. We’re not made of money but if this Steal shoe from MakeMeChic.com has you falling in love like it has me, you can find it HERE.

Have any Splurge vs. Steal ideas? Comment below!

Remember to grab more style ideas from my Trendsetting Tuesday posts.