četvrtak, 16. kolovoza 2012.

My Portfolio (the first part)

Dear readers,

lately I saw a lot of my professional photos from my earlier photoshoots everywhere on the web: on tumblrPinterest, weheartit.com, flickr, Pin-up pages etc.

I decided to post a part of these photos here on my blog.
I have done an interview with such a lovely lady Sorelle Amore - Chief Executive Officer at Pin up Passion.

I'm always doing my own hair & make-up for my photoshoots. Practice makes perfect - sit in front of the mirror and study your face thoroughly.

1. Intro - When & how did pin up modeling start? Why were you drawn to this style?

"Pin-up" holds special meaning in my heart. When I was young I grew up in Germany, watching a lot of old Hollywood movies and hearing stories of WW2 and how children, teens and Hollywood stars supported their troops and veterans. I'm obsessed with everything that is vintage. I simply adore the clothing and it has become my lifestyle.
I feel like for the first time in my life I have found something that makes me feel complete, cute and sexy. It gives me that confidence that I had always longed for. I love taking pictures, its become a hobby to me and have had numerous people tell me that I should get into modeling. And that's how it all started...

2. Idda van Munster...How have you become so confident in yourself?

It doesn’t matter what other people think of you, it’s the thoughts you have about yourself that makes all the difference. If you want to be more confident, then make a list that details what confidence looks like and act accordingly. If you want to try out a bold look but feel hesitant, tell yourself: ‘a confident person doesn’t care what other people think and I’m a confident person and I like this outfit so I’ll wear it!’
If you don’t want to have a bad day or feel bad about yourself, then start thinking great thoughts! Every thought resonates through your mind and body and creates a vibration which will make those thoughts a reality.

3. You have exceptional skin, however that hasn't always been the case. Can you tell us about what your skin condition used to be like and what you do now for your skin?

There is nothing that is more devastating to our confidence than a bad skin problem. I have a history of pretty bad acne problems. My mom's side of the family had it bad. A really bad acne I cured in no more than 6 months. My acne started when I was about 16 years old.
I had pimples all over my face and it was an extremely unpleasant experience. I went to a dermatologist and she prescribed me a lot of acne medicine. I liked how it made my skin feel soft and it cleared my acne forever and also to reduce the signs of aging.
Ever since my acne dissapeared, I’ve relegated the usage of Triacneal from nightly to every alternate night, as a form of maintenance.

4. Your profile is growing every day. How long did it take for your Idda van Munster profile to become so recognised? How much work have you had to put into this?

I have done a lot of photos with my photographers Safet Hadzimusic and Benis Arapovic for Fotolia - one of the biggest and best stock photography site or micro stock agency online.
A lot of these photos appeared everywhere in the world: in Spain on billboards, tattoo magazine cover in Brazil, cover magazines in Italy, Germany, Sweden... Nowadays.
I do not know where my photos are more published – but they know my name and that's one of the reasons why my profile is growing every day. Maybe - through my blog too.

5. If you had a daughter and had to mentor her into a world of pinup, what would the 5 most important dos/don't be?

I'm not even thinking about it. I want to have a son!!!

6. Where do you shop for your pin up clothing?

Charity shops, antique shops, vintage shops and antique markets.

7. Who do you see as your role model?

All the ladies from the past.

8. Dita Von Teese audience is usually filled with 80% women. Why do you think women are currently really beginning to take an interest in pin-up style?
The interest today is greater than ever. The audience today is young women. It has changed completely from men in the 1950’s to young women today and I think it has to do with a problem in the culture.
These young women are looking for their sexual confidence, their sexual identity and they are not finding it in the mainstream culture.

9. What do you do in your spare time?

I'm studying Pharmacy.

10. Are you more flattered by female or male fans?

More female.

Thanks to all of my photographers: Safet Hadzimusic, Almin Zrno, Benis Arapovic, Vanja Lisac, Eldin Hasanagic, Anel Feric...
Nothing without them.

With love,

Idda van Munster

© All of the images (and text). If you want to use my photos in your blog or tumblr, that's great – please just link them back to me (on my email: aidadjapo@hotmail.com).

Any other use must be approved by me in writing first.

Thank you!

ponedjeljak, 13. kolovoza 2012.

About my nails. Half moon - step by step.

Dear readers,

How I grow my nails naturally so long, without having them break? Despite what some think, my nails are 100% natural and I've never had artificial nails like gels or acrylics. Healthy long and strong natural nails are the only way to beautiful looking hands and a gorgeous manicure. Chapped nails, discolored nails or weak, flexible nails have an unpleasant effect over the way they look. They look unaesthetic and need proper care ion order to revert to their natural healthy state. Take care of your nails because they too need maintenance and care like every other part of your body!

Nails naturally come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and each person has nail features that are unique. There are long fingers with wide nail beds, short fingers with short nail beds, and every combination in between.

When I first began painting my nails I always shaped them oval. The oval shape is an attractive nail shape for most women’s hands. It can accentuate femininity and gracefulness. To achieve the oval shape, first begin by straightening your sidewalls and making sure they are even. Then begin filing from the side of the nail toward the top, using smooth, arching motions with the file. From there, work your angles on both sides and around the free edge to smooth into the oval shape you’re looking for. The finished oval should have a nice balance between the cuticle shape and the free edge.

The half-moon manicure has been making a comeback, and with good reason! This gorgeous design is super easy to do and is a really fun way to add some excitement to your nails. I wrote about the history of half moon nails in my post before ABOUT HALF MOON NAILS!

As the name reveals a half moon manicure presupposes a totally painted nail with a tiny half-moon left bare or colored lightly at the base of every fingernail. To create the vintage glam look you'll need:

- a dark colored nail polish

- a lighter colored nail polish (for the half-moon if you want it painted)

- stickers

It is sooo easy to do:

STEP 1. I'm using BAYLIS & HARDING skin spa - hand, nail & cuticle cream with olive, sage & cocoa butter.
First of all do the routine nail care ritual, first apply the base coat which will prevent your nails from suffering any damage.

STEP 2.  Start with a dry base color
Apply a clear base coat to protect your nails from staining. Paint two coats with the lighter polish and let them dry for half an hour, creating the perfect base
Use milk white color (for base): soft and can give the feeling of purify, looks more pure and easy.

STEP 3. Apply a french manicure sticker or page reinforcer sticker
After letting your nails dry, cut the reinforcement stickers in half and place them (cut side up) just under your cuticle. Make sure they are straight and try to press down, without ruining the base, so there is no room for the other polish to seep through.

STEP 4. Quickly paint over the sticker with your second color
Apply the darker polish onto the lower half of your nail, and go right up to the sticker, making sure to not get dark nail polish near your cuticle.
I love the red Dior shade 999 Red Royalty.

STEP 5.  Remove the sticker while the polish is still wet.

STEP 6. Finished: Be glamorous!

Whether you get this done professionally in a salon or not, it's important to let your nails grow out a bit before you try this (especially if you have small nails). You will probably want your nails to be in a long oval shape that mimics the round, half-moon shape while leaving enough room for another paint colour (or two). They could be a bit straighter across if you're not a fan of almond shaped nails, but try to keep them as rounded as possible.

My love.  Looking into his gorgeous blue eyes could make me fall for him all over again.

Cherry-red-colored lips and half-moon nails - looks PERFECT!

Still have some questions? Send me an email on aidadjapo@hotmail.com and I'll talk you through any problems you're having. Don't forget to email me a photo of your half moon nails!

With love,

Idda van Munster

subota, 11. kolovoza 2012.

A Week In Photos.

Dear readers,

here is my week in - photos (taken with my mobile phone cam). Enjoy!
Waiting for the bus.
Watched the sunset. Always fascinated by happenings in the sky!

Feeling better after a stupid summer cold.

Had a photoshooting wearing traditional Bosnian clothes/dresses. It was amazing!

Romantic streets.

Just bought this polka dot 1940s dress and I'm wearing it right now.

Enjoyed every piece of this...

On the couch - eating blackberries & watching football on TV with my boyfriend.

Finished violet-blue hair flowers to match my new vintage dress!

1930s jewelry stand and mirror.

I'm on the cover of AZRA magazine - interview inside.

Chinese green tea with the additional flavor and aroma of jasmine flower petals.

Love my striped cardigan adorned with oh-so-feminine ruffled shoulders.

Bringing back the old. I love blue vintage bags.

Bought a wonderful vintage cocktail/fascinator hat.

Wish you a wonderful weekend.

As always with love,

Idda van Munster