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Model Morning with Staci Lyon

with NEXT Models


SB: What is the first thing you think of when you open your eyes in the morning?
SL: The first thing I think about when I first wake up in the morning is, “What time is it?”

SB: What is the first thing you do?
SL: The first thing I do is I Reach for my phone to see if there are any emails from the agency.

SB: Do you like to sleep in or wake up early?
SL: I prefer to sleep in because every model needs there beauty sleep :-)

SB: What is your beverage of choice, coffee, tea or neither?
SL: Ice coffee

SB: Describe your favorite breakfast in detail.
SL: My favorite breakfast is a ham and cheddar cheese omelet with hash browns and a stack of chocolate chip pancakes with extra whip cream on top! And hot syrup to melt the chocolate chips :-)

New Year, New You… Scratch that – Better YOU!

Photo by EDZ the Artist.

Photo by EDZ the Artist

“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.”
-Cavett Roberts

It’s 2015 and by now we have all made our resolutions and read all the New Year New Me articles on magazines to gain ideas and inspiration. There are so many people out there that allow the momentum and excitement of a fresh start to carry them to achieve their goals while others can’t seem to gather enough steam to last more than a few months. The craziness of life can get in the way and those bad habits that keep us in our comfort zone tend to creep in. I have learned that having a positive mindset is key, and making small changes and better choices can make a world of a difference. I don’t try to re-invent myself and create a new me with the New Year but a better version of who I am. So for this post, I wanted to share some of the everyday things I do to stay healthy, balanced and happy.

Photo by EDZ the Artist


Model Morning with Amanda Elizabeth

With Elite Models Miami

Amanda Elizabeth Elite Miami Models

SB: What is the first thing you think of when you open your eyes in the morning?
AE: The first thing I think of when I open my eyes is how I am so blessed. God has allowed me to live my dream and each day I cannot wait to see what is in store for me.

SB: What is the first thing you do?
AE: The first thing I do in the morning is look out my bedroom window and admire the incredible views. I have such an amazing view of the ocean and city. The way the sun shines on the ocean and into my bedroom is remarkable.

SB: Do you like to sleep in or wake up early?
AE: I like to get up early; I love the peace and quiet and serenity of the morning. I love the suns rays beaming in on me and waking me up.

SB: What is your beverage of choice, coffee, tea or neither?
AE: I am not a huge coffee drinker, but I am slowly developing a taste for it. I like tea too, but that is my preference to drink at bedtime.

SB: Describe your favorite breakfast in detail.
AE: My breakfast consist of a smoothie. I make my smoothie with spinach, kale, ½ banana, ¼ avocado, hemp seeds, chia seeds, berries, ice, and water.

Goal Digger

goalsWhen was the last time you set a challenging goal for yourself? Did you follow through and reap the sweet reward of your effort?

As a health coach I encounter many people that find it difficult to set goals for themselves and achieve them. Often times my clients tell me that their initial excitement quickly dissipates once they realize all the steps that are necessary to take in order to reach their goals. They tend to over-analyze the steps, triggering feelings of fear of failure, making the goal seem too hard or even impossible. Before we know the idea is off the table.

Goals are important for success! Without goals, our life can become like a sailboat without a sail, drifting on the ocean of life without really going anywhere. It was was Tony Robbins that said “ Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. (more…)

Welcome Adriana Irizarry


Photo by Norma Molina

Hi there! My name is Adriana Irizarry Hilera. I am a 32 year old married cat lady from Puerto Rico, modeling full time for the first time in my life! I have been modeling off and on since I was 18 years old, but, thanks to the support of my wonderful husband, family and agencies, I am a professional model. That’s right, I make a living and support my family modeling. Here’s how it started…

I started modeling on my beautiful island of Puerto Rico in 2000, right after I graduated High School. I was also attending college and working in a small accessory boutique. Luckily enough, I started working with an agency right away and began booking jobs (but only after my booker chopped all my hair off right there in the agency!). I had the pleasure and honor of working with local and international designers like Stella Nolasco, Luis Antonio, Harry Robles, Pipo Pere and many, many more. I shot numerous editorials, campaigns, and even represented Puerto Rico after winning the Ford Supermodel of the World model search. Saw myself on billboards, stores, catalogues and bus stops all over the island and had the chance to travel for work. It was a wonderful experience.

Adriana-Irizarry-Orlando-MagazineThree years later, I left it all behind and moved to Daytona Beach, FL. I would fly back and forth a few times a year for Fashion Week and a family visit, but did not really pursue modeling too much. In 2005, I moved to Orlando, FL where I reside happily with my wonderful husband Pete and my cat Coco today. It was actually Pete who encouraged me to find an agency here in town, and in 2007 I was signed with an agency. However, due to my job (working as a Store Manager at a sunglass boutique), I did not have the time to attend castings, last minute gigs or go-sees. I had to work to survive; so modeling had to take a back seat. In between, I switched agencies, was able to work on a few fashion shows, editorials and campaigns. I have always been very thankful and have also felt very lucky to have the opportunity to stay relevant in the industry and be able to get consistent work.

Adriana-Irizarry-CompThis past summer, I told my husband that I was quitting my job. Earlier last year, after months of feeling stressed and frustrated, I had switched jobs hoping that a change in my environment might make me feel better. But that little black cloud would always hang over my head. So, after lots of thought and conversation, I chose to switch my focus and my career and allow myself to pursue my passion. It was a very scary and overwhelming decision. I was to leave my full time job with a steady paycheck, health insurance for me and my husband and stability to try and work as a model. But my husband was super supportive and was behind me 100%. He simply said, “Go for it! We’ll make it work”.

Today, I am happy to say that I have been able to book enough gigs to help meet our financial responsibilities and provide for my family. I am currently trying to find representation in other markets in hopes of expanding the opportunities for work. I am certain that with hard work and dedication, I will be able to make this year a great one, be able to consistently work as a model and continue to be a happy human.

With this blog I hope to share with you my journey and give you a glimpse into my world in hopes of inspiring you with your very own.

Until next time!
Much love and light,

“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
– Thomas Jefferson

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