FIRST LOOK | Rocky Barnes x LILYA

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When you combine Joshua Trees, cacti, dusty roads and the divine Rocky Barnes in the middle of the Californian desert you are sure that magic is going to be made. Deserted is collaboration with our Northern NSW stockiest Driftlab showcasing key pieces from the LILYA Spring/Summer Collection. We are so in love with this shoot and we hope you are too!

Rocky wears: Roni Mini Dress in white, Dama Dress in black, Ada Top in white, Inez Sandal in navy, High Gladiator Sandals in Havana Cuba and the Palms Bikini in moorea (available October).

Photography / Carly Brown
Muse / Rachel Barnes Horowitz
Creative Direction + Styling / Lex Weinstein
HMU / Tanika McConnell
Assistants / Adam Bartoshesky + Nick Patten
Images via Driftlab www.driftlab.com.au

Model Muse | Daria Werbowy

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Daria Werbowy is one of our all time favourite model muses and a lady that does not need much introduction. The Polish born model’s natural beauty has fronted many Vogue covers and catwalks aswell as being the poster girl for some of the most iconic brands in fashion for over a decade. We love her carefree sensibility and her ability too look good in almost anything or simply nothing at all….

Images via Pinterest.

Scouted | Ginta Lapina

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Having being scouted on her way to the train station in her home country of Latvia, the Northern European model Ginta Lapina has been turning heads in the industry ever since. Gracing the covers and runways of prestigious fashion heavy weights, the icy blonde, porcelain-skinned beauty is one of our favourite models of the moment.

Images via Pinterest

Editorial | Shore Leave

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Freja Beha Erichsen seems to exude nonchalant natural beauty. The model takes us back to her small Danish hometown in Vogue UK editorial ‘Shore Leave’. Photographer Cass Bird captures the model in landscapes of coastline and golden fields, giving a sundrenched summer holiday vibe. The crisp and pure aesthetic of the shoot is what really caught our eye.

Images: Model: Freja Beha Erichsen Photography: Cass Bird Styling: Francesca Burns Publication: UK Vogue Issue: January 2014

5 minutes with Hannah Saul

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Beautiful Hannah Saul is our featured model for the current ALOHA Spring 2013 Collection. We chose Hannah not only for her amazing beauty, but also because she encompasses the natural and healthy beach lifestyle we live and breathe here at LILYA. We’re super excited about Hannah’s inspiring new venture www.mindbodyandsaul.com which is launching soon so we caught up with her to chat about her exciting career, what’s ahead and her passion for health and wellbeing…

HEY HANNAH! WE LOVED HAVING YOU AS PART OF THE LILYA SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION – TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND HOW YOU STARTED MODELLING?
Hello! Oh thank you so much, it was such an honour being apart of the Lilya team and shooting this beautiful collection! I grew up in a small town on northern NSW called Lennox Head; I started out modelling when I was 18 after I had moved to the gold coast. My Brisbane agency Dally’s models entered me into the NRA NEXT NY model search and I was lucky enough to win it and go on to sign with Chic Management in Sydney. I moved to Sydney when I was 19 to pursue modelling full time and have been in the industry ever since!

WHATS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE MODELLING MOMENT SO FAR?
My favourite modelling moment so far would have to be working with supermodels such as Miranda Kerr, Nicole Trunfio, Jennifer Hawkins, Megan Gale etc. Sharing the runway with these women or being on a photo shoot with them to watch them work is another level. Being featured in magazines or campaign’s is also really huge as it’s not everyday you see your face on a bus or in a 5 page spread in your favourite magazines! It can still be quite surreal seeing yourself in print.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECES FROM THE LILYA SPRING/SUMMER COLLECTION?
My favourite pieces from the Spring Summer collection would have to be the Talei pant, the sunset knit, the salvia bikini hydrangea, allamanda singlet dress and the aloha singlet! 🙂

MODELLING CALLS FOR A LOT OF TRAVEL AND LONG HOURS – WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND?
My favourite thing to unwind from the constant travel and stress of long hours is to enjoy the beautiful beaches and coastal walks Sydney has to offer, I love being outdoors in the sunshine and keeping active. I love going out to dinner with friends and enjoying a wine down at the bucket list over looking Bondi Beach.

WHAT ARE YOUR SUMMER ESSENTIALS?
My summer essentials are H2Coco coconut water, Paw Paw, coconut tanning oil, a great collection of bikinis & a camera! WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE SUMMER HOLIDAY DESTINATION? My favourite holiday destination would be Hawaii! Lots of water activities, shopping, restaurants, hikes and the locals are so friendly!

WE KNOW YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING – WHATS YOUR GO TO SUMMER SNACK AND SUMMER FITNESS REGIME?
My summer fitness regime consists of lots of cardio! walking, running, step class, body attack and then I mix it up with resistance and weight training and Pilates. My ultimate summer snack is an Acai bowl topped with muesli and fresh fruit! I also love making berry banana pancakes, which my friend gave me the recipe for! They are so delicious!

BERRY BANANA PANCAKES
Prep time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 5 -10 mins

WHAT YOU NEED
1/2 a cup of organic oats
1 fresh banana
1/2 cup chia seeds
1tsp cinnamon
1 whole organic free range egg
1 & 1/2 cups of almond milk
1 tsp of Acai berry powder (You don’t need this to make the pancakes, however I like to use it)

LETS START COOKING
Firstly, put all of your ingredients into a blender/food processor (you can also use just the egg whites of the eggs if you want, it tastes just as great!), then get your 1/2 tsp of Coconut Essence coconut oil & heat it in a non-stick frying pan – make sure the heat is medium/low so you don’t burn the oil or your pancakes! Pour in the blended ingredients into the pan & cook for 2-3 minutes per side. Once cooked, top with fresh berries in between your stack of pancakes & drizzle a little agave nectar over the top.

MODELLING CAN HAVE AN UNHEALTHY STIGMA ATTACHED TO IT, BUT WE NOTICE THAT YOU PRIDE YOURSELF ON BEING A ROLE MODEL TO MANY YOUNG WOMAN AND AMBASSADOR FOR PROMOTING A HEALTHY ACTIVE LIFESTYLE. WHAT ARE YOU’RE 5 TOP TIPS FOR STAYING HAPPY & HEALTHY? Yes the modelling industry seems to have this general idea that all models starve themselves or are unhealthily thin and doing it all the wrong ways. I have always been an extremely active person and I want to prove to young girls that you can be a ‘sample size’ model by doing it the right way. So many people look up to models and idolise them so you have to be 100% aware of the image you are putting out into the world. We are lucky in Australia they do support the healthy look for girls and try to steer clear from the ‘Paris’ thin models! My top tips for staying healthy and happy is everything in moderation; I love to live by the 80/20% rule. Do something active everyday, surround yourself with people who are like-minded to yourself and who are positive, focus on the beautiful world we live in and appreciate your life!

Images via LILYA, fashionmodeldirectory.com, tapiture.com, Hannah Saul, Facebook, & www.sullivanlc.com

The Bloom Twins

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The sister duo ‘The Bloom Twins” have been on our radar ever since we were introduced to them by a mutual friend and music producer. The 17 year old Ukrainian twins are already making their mark on the music and modeling industry having recently signed with world renowned NEXT model management. Not only are these girls insanely beautiful but they are also talented musicians with a unique and alluring sound. We were lucky enough to be able to chat with the girls.

L: HEY GIRLS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CHATTING TO US! TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELVES AND HOW YOU ENTERED INTO THE MUSIC & MODELLING INDUSTRIES?

BT: Hello, we entered the music industry even before we were born. We always were surrounded by music. We started to sing in harmonies before we started to speak. The first instruments we decided to master were violin and flute, but it didn’t go well with violin and we redirected ourselves to learn piano. Our parents weren’t always happy about our big passion in music, cause we would try and play it every day, 24 hours a day. Thank God we didn’t want to play drums! Then, a year ago we met our managers through friends and decided to move to London. But we never expected to get into modelling.

L: WHATS CURRENTLY ON YOUR MUSIC PLAYLIST?

BT: Plastic jungle by Mike Snow, Lotus flower by Radiohead, Daydream in Blue by I monster, and Portishead.

L: WE LOVE YOUR SOUND, WHAT ARE YOUR MUSIC INSPIRATIONS?

BT: There are few incredible bands and singers who inspired us to create the music of our own. They’re Portishead, Muse, Lana Del Rey, Depeche Mode, Woodkid and the XX.

L: WE THINK ITS PRETTY COOL THAT YOU’RE TWINS – WHAT THE BEST PART OF BEING ABLE TO WORK WITH YOUR SISTER?

BT: We’ve got an amazing opportunity to do everything much quicker then everyone else. We are quite similar and while one does certain work (that both of us need to do), the other one will do something else, we utilise the time! And we love to perform together, cause we feel each other.

L: YOU’VE ALREADY BEEN FEATURED IN SOME OF THE TOP MAGAZINES – WHATS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE MODELLING EXPERIENCE SO FAR?

BT: Our favourite shoot was for Italian Vogue and it was a pleasure to work with such a good team.

L: WHAT WILL WE BE SEEING FROM ‘THE BLOOM TWINS” IN THE FUTURE?

BT: We want to write new songs, and to do more gigs and we certainly want to release our first EP.

The Bloom Twins on FaceboookInstagram & Tumblr

Images via: visualoptimism.blogspot.com.au; vogue.co.uk, bloomtwins.com