Last night I removed my favourite winter nail colour and thought about what I wanted to do next. I flicked through my inspiration folder on my iPad and phone and fell upon an image I snapped from Instagram of some art by Kesh. She has been doing her thing since Myspace days and when I found her on Instagram I fell in love with her minimalistic colour pallet and her cool style so I felt it was time to start doing some design on my nails again. I used the Models Own nail art pen in black to do the designs using the fine liner brush to do the geometric shapes and the eye design and the nib to do the pupil of the eye. DSC07572 Last night I removed my favourite winter nail colour and thought about what I wanted to do next. I flicked through my inspiration folder on my iPad and phone and fell upon an image I snapped from Instagram of some art by Kesh. She has been doing her thing since Myspace days and when I found her on Instagram I fell in love with her minimalistic colour pallet and her cool style so I felt it was time to start doing some design on my nails again. I used the Models Own nail art pen in black to do the designs using the fine liner brush to do the geometric shapes and the eye design and the nib to do the pupil of the eye. DSC07572 20130129-121141.jpg As you may or may not know, pill New York Fashion Week is round the corner with its official dates being the 7th-14th of February! But before all the magic happens on the runway, discount there is a hell of a lot of preparation and work to be done behind the scenes that people don't really know about. To be selected for a show you must first attend a casting and with over 100 designers show casing their designs during fashion week that means there are hundred of castings for us as models! Now fashion week castings and go sees are not like how they are portrayed on Americas Next Top Model where you have three in a day and a car to drive you; there is actually a lot of work and hard graft that models put in. Castings for fashion week begin approximately a week to ten days before the shows are due to start and we get sent a schedule with a list of castings for the following day by our agency. During its peak (usually 5 days before shows start) a model will receive on average 12-18 castings but it is not impossible for girls to get up to 22 or have more castings sent to them during the day. So the night before once I receive my schedule I have to plan out how I will get from one casting to another... If you don't know you're way around New York you have to just learn because you are meant to make all of your appointments! Once at the venue there may be a long line of girls in front of you and you may just have to wait (up to three hours for some castings) or move on to the next casting and come back depending on the time, where your next casting is and how important they are! Inside the actual casting there will be a casting director; the person who will pick the girls for the show along with the designer and their team. Sometimes the designer themselves are there to see the girls with the casting director; Victoria Beckham likes to do this. You will hand over your portfolio and introduce yourself and they will usually ask you to walk for them (you will have your heels on). Afterwards they may try some clothes on you or just take a few pictures of you along with your card. I will be doing this everyday now including the weekend up until shows start; a few days before they start I should hopefully be getting confirmations and fittings for shows. In my next vlog I will talk more about how castings go and have some footage for you of me going to my castings so I hope that will help you better understand what it is like for up and coming models during and before fashion week!