Where To Eat In NYC!

If you live in New York City, or are planning on visiting, you have to check out some of my favorite spots! 

1. Grab a Matcha Lemonade at Cha Cha Matcha - Inside this cute cafe you can find a variety of matcha drinks and desserts, a wonderful staff and the perfect opportunity to take cute pictures.

2. My #1 favorite restaurant in nyc is The Smith. No doubt. More specifically, the Lincoln Center location is my favorite. You can find me here for brunch any day of the week, or grabbing a late night dinner on the weekends since The Smith is open until 2am. Every single thing on the menu is amazing so you will be happy with anything that you order. Only thing is, make sure to call ahead or make a reservation. It's always packed!

3. Another restaurant open until late is Cafeteria. As a matter of fact, the restaurant is open 24/7. If you are ever craving fried chicken and waffles or mac and cheese spring rolls at 4 in the morning, Cafeteria is your place!

4. Looking for the best Thai food in NYC? Look no further because OBAO is the spot for you. Located in Hell's Kitchen, this is the ideal spot when you are in midtown meeting with family or meeting halfway with your friends. Oban has a great lunch special with an appetizer and meal for $13 and under. My favorites are the Shrimp Pad Thai and the Bun with Sautéed Chicken.

5. Ice cream and sneakers? What could be better!? Check out Kith Treats on Lafayette Street in Soho for a quick dessert in between shopping. 

Traveling to Los Angeles

Last week I went on a “Business Trip” to Los Angeles (at least those are the words I used to convince my parents to allow me to go). This was my first trip without them so it sure was a learning experience. With the goal of sourcing pieces and shooting for Yikes Vintage, we sure were successful. As you can see on the right, we found the most amazing pair of pants! Depop featured our photo within one minute of posting, and the pants were sold within a day! 

If you want to hear more about my trip, click here!

Beautycon NYC!

This year I attended my first beautycon ever! Located at the Brooklyn Street Terminal, you could step outside at any moment to admire the stunning view. Beautycon ended up being much more than I had imagined. You could see the the amount of work each vendor put into their stand. My personal favorite was Maybelline! After waiting in line, they gave each of us a Maybelline metro card that was to be swiped at every “subway stop.” They had stations making custom necklaces, graffiti pictures and giving makeovers. After swiping at all the different stations, they gave you a brand new eyeshadow palette and a lip lacquer that has not even hit stores yet.


I met such inspiring ladies, including Jessie Paege,Teala Dunn, Gigi Gorgeous, Chloe Lukasiak, Nia Sioux, Bella and Dani Thorne, Dove Cameron and so many more. I was most excited to see Elaine Welteroth, Editor of Teen Vogue. After her panel, I introduced myself and she gave me such wonderful advice on how to prepare for getting a job in the industry right out of college. Having just finished my first year at Fordham University Lincoln Center, I want to focus my summer to working on my career.

Overall, Beautycon was a space where people from all over and all ages could come together with the same interests and form friendships!

If you have any questions about Beautycon, send me an email at vienna.skye@aol.com ! 

Make sure to check out my Beautycon tour and haul here !

Meet Trenton Talley. The Up and Coming Model Fills Us In On His Career, Goals, and Advice In The Industry.

Name: Trenton Talley @roninsrealm

Age: 19

Where are you from? "I lived in Baltimore, Maryland for most of my life, and now I live up north near PA."

How would you describe your look? "Versatile. I could wear Rick and HBA one day, and throw on some track pants and a white tee the next. My wardrobe has been changing as I've gotten older, and my day to day fits really depend on how I'm feeling. If I'm mad I'm gonna flex, if I'm this I'm wearing that, so on."

What inspires you? "Mortality, pure and simple. I don't know if there's an afterlife, but I can at least be sure of what I do know: that I have one consciousness right now and I could die any second. That motivates me to not waste time wasting time. If I only get a certain amount of time I'm not going to spend it quietly."

Best moment of 2017 so far? "I was in Manhattan during fashion week when my manager texted me with a gig as a fit model for new designs that HBA's Shayne Oliver is working on for Helmut Lang. I just remember sitting at the table with Shayne and the Helmut reps after a smoke break, eating rotisserie chicken and thinking "how did I get here?"."

Tell a funny story that has happened to you. "So I was in Soho with my friend Elijah, walking down what I believe was Lafayette, when he sees a Samsung truck with one of those ladders on the side and says "Yo, we should climb that shit." My first reaction was nah fam I'm not tryna get arrested, but he is the GOAT at peer pressure I swear. So we ended up climbing up onto it and taking a flick. Right after that, someone yelled from the corner of the street at us. I don't know if it was the driver or a cop, and I didn't care to find out. Long story short we Usain Bolted."

Who is your career icon? "Virgil Abloh for sure. A black man reaching that level of respect in the fashion industry is rare, all while staying humble and consistently creating art in all forms. Legend without question."

How are you feeling today? "Peachy. I feel like everything I've been talking about and all of my goals I've had in my head are coming to fruition one by one, step by step. I feel like I have super powers."

If you won $10 million, what would you do? "Craft a grill so unholy it permanently blinds every onlooker, and then probably invest the rest into starting my own fashion label. So yeah, any millionaire sugar mamas out there can hit my phone."

I see you have recently signed with Midland Agency, how were you discovered? "Shout out Walter Pearce, he hit me up when he was in either Houston or Dallas, I can't remember. I had been following him for a while and he wanted me to meet his assistant Aton in DC before fashion week to sort of represent me for that week and possibly sign me. Two months and a successful NYFW later, here we are. <3"

What were you doing before you started modeling? And was modeling always your goal? "Believe it or not I was going to college for a while for a Marketing degree. I went for two semesters, and during the second semester I was sitting in class thinking "Yo why am I even here, I'm 18 and able-bodied and I could be in the street experiencing life instead of listening to this man tell the class about marketing plans". I had always been into fashion, off top I was the flyest kid in school. If you went to my high school you know that's non-fiction. I knew I would probably either blow my brains out working a desk job or be old as dust on my death bed wishing I made better use of my time doing what I love, so I dropped out and started working full-time to save money and put it towards making trips to NY. Modeling wasn't my goal at first, I mostly wanted to be behind the scenes, but the universe sat this on my lap so this is how I'm rocking."

What’s your favorite project that you’ve done? "So far, definitely my show for Matthew Adams Dolan. I met some amazing people there, and the presentation was beautiful. We looked like we were all ready for bed and it was killer. I straight-faced the whole show even though I was internally smiling. It felt like I broke through the ceiling above my head and I could finally see what else I was climbing towards."

Do you have a dream modeling job? "There's so many I could name, so instead of naming a specific brand I'm just going to put out into the universe that I have a dream of being on a billboard...I just want to be larger than life."

What are your goals for the upcoming year? "I have a specific list, but my main goal is to walk for HBA. I feel like I'm very close already with my current situation, but nothing is certain until you lock it in. HBA's shows were the first shows I saw that made me believe I could do it too."

How important do you think social media is for your career/life. Do you have any tips on how to use social media to brand/promote yourself? "Social media is a powerful tool. Most people use it for recreational purposes, and I see some people having 10k followers and I wonder why they're not selling them something or utilizing that in some way. Social media allows you to bypass so many steps that you normally would have to take manually in order to make the same progress. Your social media is your portfolio now. Your instagram is your business. Your twitter is your promotion, so on and so forth. I've met so many people through social media that I may have never known otherwise, and I can say without a doubt I would not be in the position I'm in without having this technology and understanding the potential it brings."

Final question, do you have any advice for people trying to get into modeling, or the fashion industry in general? (This could be about creating a portfolio,getting scouted, finding an agent, photographers, etc.) "This is probably going to sound crazy or unconventional, that's fine. This is just little old me talking. But as far as the whole process of doing a little portfolio book/file, doing all the traditional photos and everything to send to agencies via email, etc etc... I say scrap it. Nowadays the industry is too overcrowded with that, from my personal opinion. I say go where the fashion is, whether that be NYC or London, wherever that is for you, and show face. Go to castings, go to events, go to open calls. We're all in a big crowd with our hands raised, and giving that face-to-face aspect to the right people is like arming yourself with a loudspeaker. The emails and the portfolios (to me) are for people who would rather sit on the couch and pray instead of put in the work… you have to MAKE yourself seen somehow or another."

"My second piece of advice is to be original, whatever that may mean for you. There's too many people wanting to be like other people, an agency isn't going to want you as bad if you're a 1 of 1,000. And that doesn't just go for looks, either. Times are changing, and I'm seeing that brands like having models with character and personality. You have to develop yourself as an individual, as well as work on standing out physically. That's really the best advice I can give, my way of doing things is not going to be the way that someone else does it, or the next person, but what I can provide is advice. You can't recreate the steps someone else took, but you can learn from where they tripped or where their feet found purchase and alter your stride accordingly."

Interview with The Accidental Icon

I’ve been told so many times to start a blog but I’ve always prefered vlogging. Youtube is an outlet that allows me to share my crazy life with my viewers and at the same time, allows me to create content and edit videos which is what I truly enjoy doing. There are so many platforms where we can connect with each other, so as I near the end of my first year at Fordham University, I decided to make a blog. Last night I spoke with the Accidental Icon (@iconaccidental, www.accidentalicon.com) who instantly inspired me to do this. Also known as Lyn Slater, she began her career ultimately by accident. As a professor at Fordham, becoming an fashion icon was certainly not her goal. With her trademark style, Slater was the subject of many New York City Street photographers, always snapping away, thinking she was somebody. Not gonna lie, especially during NYFW, this always happens to me. If you dress cool enough, chances are, people will want your photo.

As a member of the Fashion For Philanthropy club at my school, we were lucky enough to speak with Lyn. She began by asking everyone our names, majors and minors, and why we were interested in fashion. From Communications to Neuroscience, Lyn was able to prove how any major/job could involve fashion.

Here are a few tips I copied down that I feel are more than worth sharing.

  1. Don’t take every opportunity. Although we are told we miss every opportunity we don’t take, Lyn will only promote clothing or brands that she would wear in real life. If she wouldn’t wear it to teach her students, then she doesn’t promote it.

  2. Authenticity. Never follow trends.

  3. Engage with followers. Before Lyn had 100k followers, every time she received a new follower, she sent them a rose emoji to keep them engaged. Brands that are looking at your profile, aren’t always looking at the number of followers. They look for the amount of likes and comments to see if you actually have a relationship with your followers.

  4. Content over quantity. After gaining popularity and becoming the icon she is, Lyn has developed a schedule for posting. Mondays are a thoughtful paragraph with a street style shot. On Wednesdays she posts a “What I’m Wearing” outfit picture. Fridays are called Friday Fashion Bibliography.

Here are a few questions asked by us students.

Q:Do you ever consider age or body type when choosing clothing?”

A: “Age is not a variable I consider while getting dressed.”

Q: “You said you are almost living a double life. Does your social work and fashion ever overlap?”

A: Last year the UN had a sustainable fashion show and panel where Lyn Slater spoke. She talked about companies like www.shopuniform.com, a brand from Africa that sells very minimal and sustainable garments. Every time you purchase a piece from them, they make a uniform for a child in Africa so they attend school.

Q: “How do you define your style through your personality?”

A: “What are five words that you can use to describe yourself? Who are you and who do you want to be? Look at a piece of clothing in your wardrobe and decide what it says about you.”

What really inspired me to start this blog was how quickly she became popular on accident, and the message and ethics she stands by. Her look is not over the top, but she always stands out.

In order to be successful you’ve got to start somewhere. So, I will be posting hopefully every week on this blog, along with continuing my Youtube Channel. Make sure to check back soon for my next post!

  Lyn Slater, The Accidental Icon

Lyn Slater, The Accidental Icon