BICOASTAL X PROJECT RUNWAY

Project Runway has returned for it’s 16th season – but this time, with some Bicoastal MGMT models under their belt! So far this season, Janine T. has taken the runway by storm – see below for some highlights!

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Make sure to tune in to see some of our other gorgeous models in the finale!

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Model of the Month-Chrisandra W!

We are delighted to feature gorgeous plus model (and STAR size 18 fit model!) Chrisandra W! See below to learn more!

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1. Where you are from?

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. I moved to NYC to attend college, and currently reside in Brooklyn.

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?

A great interest of mine is foreign language study. I previously worked as a certified Spanish Teacher and I have some proficiency in Italian and German.

Another area that I am currently developing is Commercial Voiceover. I am taking another round of Voiceover classes at Actor’s Connection with Paul Liberti, and plan to begin seeking work in that field as well.

Speaking of fashion, I have loved it since childhood! Matter of fact, I used to be late to school because I was changing my outfit so many times. It’s funny that I’m making a living now doing just that. I am also a self-taught makeup artist, proficient in beauty makeup and face & body painting.

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3. Favorite clients from the biz?

They are all my favorites! I’ve loved fitting for Eloquii, Kohls, and Oceanfront swimwear with Trimera Brands! All have been such a pleasure to work with. Additionally, I recently enjoyed shooting e-comm for Change Fashions-so much fun!

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?

I would love to be a part of more print campaigns, especially mainstream companies invested in showcasing diversity like Gap, Slink Jeans, Target . . . and many others. I also need Nubian Skin the London-based lingerie company to get in touch with me so I can show off these curvy legs for their plus size line! I love that they specialize in undergarments and hosiery for the many brown shades of people.

Expanding my fit client list is also something I’m really looking to do in 2017! I’ve really enjoyed being apart of the process and seeing companies like Eloquii grow while I’ve been their fit model.

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5. Career highlights?

I have been actively modeling for the past 6 years. The top highlights include being a part of BET Experience in Los Angeles with Goo Goo Atkins, being selected as the Face of ‘Fro Fashion Week-Atlanta in 2013, and definitely traveling to different factories internationally (China) multiple times with Eloquii for fit work!

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?

I used to frequent a website plusmodels.com which provided good information for people starting out. I networked and submitted myself to different projects and tested with photographers. Then, when I was seeking agency representation I just sent in my measurements and snapshots of myself in jeans/tank top to several agencies. I was called into four agencies, that’s when Bicoastal signed me!

 

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New-Sign Spotlight: Robert B

We are so excited for one of the newest additions to the Bicoastal team-Robert Brace! Not only is Robert a perfect size Large, but he’s been named a “New York Top Fitness Guru” by the New York Daily News, and a “Top Celebrity Trainer” by Bloomberg Businessweek.

Robert Brace is a celebrity fitness trainer, television personality, former soloist ballet dancer with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet and star of the Food Network’s weight- loss reality show “Fat Chef.” He is also the on-air fitness expert for WBLS radio show “Quakes House.”

Robert has shared his extensive knowledge as a featured guest on media outlets including: Good Morning America, The View, New York Live (NBC), The Food Network, PIX 11 News, NYTV, EOnline.com, Shape.com, Self.com, Foxnews.com, PopSugar.com, Essence.com, B.E.T.com, Teenvogue.com, New York Daily News, Bloomberg Businessweek, amNew York, Juicy Magazine, Gotham Magazine and Uptown Magazine.

Robert trains his clients in his exclusive fitness studio in Soho, New York . His clients include; Victoria Secret Models, A-List actors, and television/radio personalities

Welcome to the Bicoastal family, Robert!

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To keep up with Robert, here is a link to his website!

Alexandra Ferrara-Fstop’s “Rising Star”!

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We are so excited to share this awesome interview of one of our commercial, legit, fit, and plus print talent-Alexandra F. She was featured on fstop.fm‘s blog as their “Rising Star”, and we couldn’t agree more! Continue reading to see our personal favorite parts of the interview…click here to read the full post!

Upon graduating with her BFA in Musical Theatre, Alexandra moved to the Big Apple in pursuit of her dreams. Whether she’s on stage or in front of the camera, she commands a strong presence through her talent, vivacity, and charm. Check her out below.

_10A4762 copy.jpgWhat was the moment you decided to get into modeling?

When I moved to New York, I started noticing healthy, curvy, size 8-10 models like Myla Dalbesio in ads and magazines, and it really excited me. I definitely struggled with my body image growing up (as most girls do), and maybe if there had been move curvy models around when I was younger, I would have felt differently!


What was your most embarrassing situation while modeling?

I have SO many it’s hard to choose! You HAVE to be able to laugh at yourself in this business because some of the situations you find yourself in are completely absurd. Here are some highlights from just the past few weeks…I went to a casting for a music video where they turned on some music and told me to just dance as if I were at a club while they taped it (there is now video somewhere of my solo dance performance to “Ghetto Superstar”). Once, I had an entire casting where they had to shoot JUST my butt wearing different outfits and walking around. And most recently, I found myself being measured in my underwear in a room full of people, while the Hamilton soundtrack played in the background.


Modeling is very competitive.  How do you stand out?

I’m always early, prepared, and show up with a good attitude. Whether or not I’m the best for the job, if someone works with me once, they are very likely to want to work with me again.alexandria-ferrara-812


What’s been the most challenging part of modeling, and how did you overcome those challenges?

The most challenging part is fighting the urge to compare yourself to other people. Every time I walk into a casting, every SINGLE girl is drop dead gorgeous and probably just finished working on an incredible job. I have to block all of that out and remember that casting decisions at the end of the day are about hair color and measurements. They aren’t personal.

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What is the best thing a photographer can do to bring out your personality?

Play great music!


What was your most memorable photoshoot?

I was shooting swimwear in the summer just to add to my portfolio, and it was about 101 degrees. I do NOT hold up well in the heat! I was a total mess. My makeup was dripping off – I felt faint. It was terrible. The makeup artist was an angel and found a frozen pack of peas to stick down the back of my suit in an attempt to cool me down. So there I was, trying to look sexy in a swimsuit with sweat and pea juice dripping down my back. The whole thing was just so comical!


What do you like most about modeling?

It opened up an entirely new creative network for me. I jump at any chance to create something new.

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  1. Don’t be a jerk! Meaning, don’t talk badly about people, show up on time, and smile once in a while.
  2. You can’t make everyone happy.
  3. Laugh at yourself.

What do you want people to remember about you after a shoot?

I hope that people remember me as open, honest, creative, and willing to work to get the job done.


What advice about modeling do you wish you had when you first started?

There’s no right or wrong. It’s all a matter of opinion.

MODEL OF THE MONTH- ADAM LUNDBERG

We are delighted to feature the awesome and talented Adam Lundberg as our September Model of the Month! Read below to learn more about him:

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Songzio3.jpg1. Where you are from?
Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii.

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
Surfing is my passion. I’ve set most of my goals around having a life that involves me surfing as much as possible. I have made sacrifices with my work demands being high (not complaining haha), I see it as building my future to having the things I want in life 🙂
3. Favorite clients from the biz?
A wise person told me that one of the most important things in business is to be able to maintain great relationships and trust with people. I’ve taken that advice with all clients and relationships I’ve built over my career and it’s worked so far. I really look for and find the good in people and situations and have found that to be helpful in creating and building on those relationships.
4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?forward
Surfing every day and having my house back home in Hawaii, that’s my dream. When I get to that point there isn’t much beyond that I want in life. Traveling is fun, maybe go on a boat trip to the Maldives, check out Greece, visit all the little parts of the US that I haven’t been to yet, I want to see the northern lights, bioluminescent water at night… Yea that’s it really haha
5. Career highlights?
Shooting with David Sims, Bruce Weber, living in NYC and being in the hustle and actually surviving it all haha. I’ve watched a lot of friends and people I’ve met move or get spit out of NYC in a year or two or less and mostly because they can’t handle it. I’m very fortunate I stuck it out and was able to find my way to be successful and do well for myself. NYC is not easy to live in and become a part of. So to me, being able to call NYC one of my homes is probably one of the biggest highlights of my career.
6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
My dad and I made fun of Andrew Keegan’s character from a scene in that movie “10 Things I Hate About You” after standing in a pose with his hands on his hips turning his face camera left side-profile with a semi-serious face….
“You see what I did there?”
Girl pauses unsure… ‘Uhuh…?’
adam“That was underwear…. Alright! I’ll show you the bathing suit pose.” *goes back into the same exact position as before*
“You see the difference?”

What started out as a joke about the audacity and shameless character in the movie, has now become somewhat of a running internal joke between my father and I because I don’t think I am, and definitely try not to be, at all like that character in the movie.

To answer the question, I was discovered a few years after that that movie came out when I was in high school by a photographer from Italy 🙂

 

Model of the Month- Alora-Rose

We are very excited to have the gorgeous and talented BICOASTAL MGMT model (+more!) Alora-Rose as our Model of the Month! See our interview with her below:

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1. Where you are from?
I am from Groton, Connecticut but growing up I also lived in Hawaii and Georgia.

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
I am a dancer, Barre fitness instructor, and fitness enthusiast. I love to exercise outdoors, get my blood pumping, and pushing myself to new limits.MHS9_JessicaN_0224_AloraR_688_WEB.jpg

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
So far a few of my favorite clients in this industry would be European Wax Center, Royal Asscher, and Elie Tahari. All wonderful companies and very nice people to work with.

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
Being a dancer, I dream of becoming a Radio City Rockette.
As for modeling it would be wonderful to hopefully one day work with Lululemon or Athleta, both companies that fit my dancer-athletic background. Also, Aerie with American Eagle. Lately I’ve really admired their no touch up, “the real you is beautiful” campaign going on.

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5. Career highlights?
A few career highlights would be when I walked in Italian Vogue’s Fashion For Development runway show, I was featured in a 6 page spread for Fashion Magazine, and I was in a national ad campaign for Wal-Mart’s Jewelry section.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
I first began modeling at the young age of 14. My mom was very supportive of me and took me to just about every casting and go see there was. At the age of 18 I moved to NYC and continued to work on my career. Shortly after moving to New York I was very fortunate to sign with the amazing agency I am with today, Bicoastal Management!

BICOASTAL x CHENOA MAXWELL

We were fortunate to meet this dynamic photographer, life coach, and TV personality when she was looking for models to test!
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We are so happy we got to sit and chat with her, see our interview below!
BICOASTAL: How did you get into photography?
CHENOA: I’ve always been into photography-as a little girl my father was a photographer and I was always captivated by his work. My original goal was to be a cinematographer and then acting took off.  After being an actress, I realized I was not authentically fulfilled with it. NY had been a great hub for acting-it was really about the craft and being an actor, but when I went into film in LA the culture was so different. My intention was to be an actor, not a product… it took some of the joy out of it.  I realized what I wanted in my heart was to study photography.  I wanted a fresh start, so I moved to London and studied at St. Martin Central College of Art.
BICOASTAL: What inspires you in a model?
CHENOA: Obviously beauty. But a lot of models are really beautiful but they don’t have body confidence or body knowledge.  But when a women really knows her body and is confident and knows how to move that is inspiring.  It is really frustrating to work with models with no body awareness.  You have to know how it feels to shift from pose to pose-you need to know your self, and be confident and bring that to a shoot.
BICOASTAL: How do you feel about the plus model movement?
CHENOA: I think it is very important to show women of every size-it’s important for our culture.  Everyone has a bad angle and a good angle. You need to have a photographer who can focus on your good angle. We should celebrate women of all sizes-we are all beautiful.
BICOASTAL: You have great diversity in your work! Do you find inspiration every where?
CHENOA: My inspiration comes from people. I have a real interest in people. When I sit and watch them, I understand how I can make them feel great in front of my lens. Most people don’t really love themselves, they pretend that they do, but when you get below the mask, they don’t really.  I find that as I travel the world, and from culture to culture; I like to inspire them to see and feel their beauty, and bring it out, and make them comfortable being photographed.
There is a shift in society now; it’s powerful but also dangerous.  People have their own camera-they can take a selfie, use a filter, make the image they want. But when they walk out in the street, and have to really connect, or be a model, people are more timid I find then they used to be because they are not in control of their image.
Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 11.08.59 AMBICOASTAL: You are no stranger to being in front of the camera-how does that shape who you are as a photographer? What advice would you give someone starting out with modeling or acting?
CHENOA: It gives me an edge-anything in life that you can talk from experience from helps the person in front of you feel more confident.  I understand what it is like to be the model-so I want to help people feel comfortable.  To me that is how you get the best image. Let’s get you feeling great about yourself!  As an actor, I wanted the director to direct me-I was wondering- “am I giving you what you want?”  It’s a collaboration.  You continue to help the person evolve-don’t leave them feeling bad or with their confidence shattered. I don’t ever want to do that to my models or subjects.  Everyone has an off day.
BICOASTAL: You are no stranger to being in front of the camera-how does that shape who you are as a photographer? What advice would you give someone starting out with modeling or acting?
CHENOA: With modeling, the advice I would give is make sure you have your self confidence and self love all the way up high.  If you are going to be your best self, and kill the game, you have to be self aware, sexy, present, mindful, and connected. If you don’t have that inside yourself you can’t project that.  You need to start with it-self love and self confidence. If you don’t have it you have to find it. That is why I teach classes-often beautiful women can be the most shattered because they are expected to be beautiful and perfect so one flaw (which is not really a flaw) can weigh more heavily.  Or people don’t take your feelings or negative self worth emotions seriously because you are perceived as perfect. You have to have self confidence and self love to counter that.
With acting, I always tell people to make sure this is what you want to do forever, and get your business game up. It is not personal, you are a product, get your business game up and hone in on that.
BICOASTAL: Tell me about Live Limitlessly?  What were the first steps to creating this?
CHENOA: Live limitlessly came from being on the O channel doing a show called Love in the City.  It came at a time when I was most challenged as an adult, trying to have a child for 3 years, in and out of surgeries, spending thousands of dollars, and my marriage was crumbling. And I had to show up every day doing a Docuseries about my life.  I felt sad and alone, and I didn’t have an opportunity to do anything but show up every day and do my job. When I finished I realized I had built up an immunity-I had to show up and activate, instead of really deal with my pain.  I had a really, really bad childhood… at 15 I tried to kill myself and it brought me to a 2 month program to determine what I needed.  I was paired with an incredible doctor who loved me like I had never been loved before and she helped ChenoaMaxwell_ThePhotographer.jpgme build my confidence, realize nothing was my fault, and I went from being suicidal to a star.  So I remembered those tools, like when things are bad, shut everything down, quiet the world, and get into your own personal power.  I call it dating yourself. When you take control of yourself and your life, and hone in on yourself, take a personal journey, you can transform.  I took 30 days to date myself-and within 2 weeks, people I would see just bumping into on the street would say “wow, what have you been doing!?” There was a physical difference.  If I could go from a suicidal teenager with an abusive home to a star, I believe anyone can do it-you have to live limitlessly. I posted a challenge on Instagram- asking who wanted to join me in my self love experience?  Over 3,000 people joined me from Germany to South Africa and I saw that people needed this.  I knew people needed it but I didn’t realize how many people needed it.  So now I want to focus on helping others; it is woman focused but it is a people project.  It grew organically-it just naturally developed.  I built myself with these fundamental tools that I know work; and it doesn’t take a lot of time to transform.  It is why I do these sessions.  People go to therapy for years and years, but this can work quickly.
BICOASTAL: How do bring love into your work and your every day life-and how has that awareness changed your life?
CHENOA: That’s a great question, I make sure I am surrounded by things I love. You have to cut the crap, cut the negativity, take away everything that takes away your power.  You have to be committed to love- love is a spiritual groove. If you want to be in the presence of your spiritual power-than you have to be that. Be love in every single aspect of your life. Give an argument love, it changes it.  Every way you can apply it, it changes your life.  I teach kids every month; as a young girl I was reminded to smile.  That smile is a piece of love, it attracts people, it changes your life.  Be a magnet of love, by being love in every single part of your life.  I was at the top of my game, with the best agent, competing with Halle Berry and I chose to walk away from that because it was not built on love.  And if someone does not love you in the way you need to be loved, you need to be able to walk away.  You have to chose what you need-and you have to know it.
To keep up with Chenoa, make sure to check out her website here!

Model of the Month-Katie Nolan

We are so excited to have the gorgeous and charming #BICOASTALMGMT model, Katie Nolan, as our Model of the Month! Having Katie has been such a great addition to our fashion board, we only see bright things for her modeling career. See below to learn more about this beauty:

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1. Where you are from?
I was born and raised in Virginia. Little known fact, the first Thanksgiving in North KatieNleather.jpgAmerica was held in Virginia. But now I think of New York City as my home.

2. What you are into… studies, hobbies, special skills etc..?
While I study Accounting by night, my true talent is in making balloon animals. Before modeling I worked for the Parks and Recreation Department and would help run free activities for kids around NYC, which is where I got into the balloon artist trade. I’d love to make you a balloon animal, just let me know!

3. Favorite clients from the biz?
I’ve honestly been so lucky. Everyone I have worked for has been so gracious and personable. Rag and Bone is really wonderful as is KAUFMANFRANCO.

4. Dreams/goals any thing else of interest (any other dream clients?)?
I’d love to appear in Vogue, mostly just to show my parents! Aside from my current *very dreamy* clients, some of the dream designers I would love the opportunity to work for IMG_4845include DVF, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang and Donna Karen! As I learn more about fashion, this list gets longer 🙂

5. Career highlights?
Paris with KAUFMANFRANCO this past fashion cycle was really exciting. Not only was it fun to be with the team in a different country, the clothes were gorgeous, and I got to see how a successful market week is made! I also ate tartare for the first time, that was really tasty.

6. How did you get into modeling or acting?
Great question! Malissa and Josh actually spotted me in my Parks and Rec uniform walking around the UES. I owe everything to them and the Bicoastal family.

To keep up with Katie, make sure to follow her here!
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MILITARY MODEL

#BICOASTALMGMT model/actor, Hadasa Isolino, shot an advertising campaign with casting director Donna Grossman, for her project with Andy Batt’s Northrop/Gruman: The Pilot and the Student.

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We are happy to be able to sit down with Hadasa and ask her a few questions about herself and her experience on set.

BICOASTAL: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

HADASA: I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic of a multicultural family. My mother is Dominican and my father of Italian and Argentinean descent. Currently I’m living the dream in NYC pursuing an acting career. I enjoy cooking, painting, writing songs and going to the beach-especially the ones in my country!

BICOASTAL: How did you feel shooting as someone in the military?

HADASA: The only contact I’ve had with someone in the military was on this shoot, a former pilot on set. I recall with respect and admiration his character, pride and passion to every single detail to the uniform and our performance. His presence encouraged me to do my very best.

BICOASTAL: What was your favorite thing about shooting that day?

HADASA: One of my favorite things about the shoot was that the team, clients and crew where so great to work with and made the shoot go smooth and fun and when I say fun they had a DJ playing…

Thank you Hadasa for taking the time to chat for a few-to keep up with Hadasa, make sure to follow her here! To keep up with Donna Grossman and team, click here!

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BICOASTAL MGMT fitness model-Marisa M

So happy we were able to sit down and chat with BICOASTAL MGMT fitness model Marisa M- fitness, health and wellness expert; read below to hear her story and for tips + tricks for healthier living! Also, make sure to check out our new and improved fitness board!
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JAY_SULLIVAN_PHOTOGRAPHER_53091.jpg1. Tell us about your fitness journey?

I’ve always been a little obsessed with being physically active. I started to going to Jazzercise at the Roller Skating Rink in my hometown with my Mom when I was 4 and used to get up before school and put on legwarmers and a leotard to do Mousercize on the Disney Channel when I was in Elementary School, at that point I think I liked the outfits more than the workout.

I grew up dancing, I was a competitive baton twirler and gymnast and played 3 sports in high school. In college I majored in Nursing and minored in Dance. I went on to dance professionally and had a traumatic fall early in my career that resulted in multiple surgeries on my back, foot, and hip. I did pilates through my recovery and since I wasn’t physically stable enough for several years to go back to dancing or be on my feet for 12 hour nursing shifts, I started modeling and doing commercials. It was a struggle to maintain my weight without being physically active in a dynamic way so I really had to clean up my diet and stay consistent with pilates and low impact conditioning. I found a niche in fitness modeling and have appeared in multiple workout videos and print for Beachbody, Women’s Health, Reebok, Self, Capezio, Target, and several other companies. This introduction to the fitness industry gave me the opportunity to work with some of the top trainers in the industry and opened doors to become an instructor and trainer myself. In addition to the surgeries, I also have scoliosis and hypermobility issues. After struggling with years of chronic pain on and off, I finally found relief and stability through practicing the MELT Method and bodyART. I’m still doing fitness modeling and commercials but over the past year I’ve transitioned from my dance career to teaching MELT and bodyART, hosting workout videos for Qinetic.com and working with Dancers, Broadway Performers, and Athletes to help them recover from andMarisaMerliss_ChrisFanning_med rez fitness prevent injuries.

2. What are your newest endeavors?

My newest endeavor is launching a fitness and wellness retreat company with my colleague Becca Pace, REVIVE Restorative Retreats. Becca and I met doing a fitness video in 2013, she is also a bodyART instructor and a trainer for Daily Burn. Since bodyART and MELT are such complimentary restorative techniques we thought it would be a great way for people to hit the reset button with their fitness routine and also recharge and relax in a beautiful environment. We’re hosting our first retreat Oct. 31st-Nov. 6th in Bali, Indonesia. http://www.reviverestorativeretreats.com It’s sold really quickly, we only have 2 spots left…..we’re so excited for this new adventure!!!!

3. Advice for people to change their bodies, energy levels, etc.:

I think consistency is the key to creating change in the body and improving energy levels. Find an activity/class/video you love and do it regularly(2-5 times/week). Even if you’re short on time, it’s better to go for a 10 minute run or turn on your favorite music and dance around your living room rather than not do anything at all. Taking 5-10 minutes to do planks or abs is one of my go to activities on a busy week, you won’t even break a sweat so you can just carry on with your day.
Regarding nutrition, don’t deny yourself the things you love just eat them in moderation. Make sure you eat a diet consisting mostly of fruit, vegetables, whole foods while limiting sugar, meat and especially dairy. When choosing what to eat, think about what it will do to nourish your body. If it doesn’t provide strong nutritional value it better taste AMAZING, like donuts! 😉 I’d rather save the calories for a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s than to eat frozen yogurt 5 nights in a row. One of my favorite nutrition books on improving energy levels is the Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder.

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To keep up with Marisa, make sure to check out her website