Exclusive Interview With The Well-Connected Queen Of Interiors And Dubai's Finest -Katrina Antonovich [OTSM'S Best Luxury Interior Designer And Entrepreneur Of The Year]


Interior Designer “Katrina Antonovich”  is an icon in the Design world, and she dedicates her work to creating interiors comparable with works of art. 


What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment you decided this is the way to go.
I can't imagine my life without passion. Passion in everyday life, passion for love and in who I am & what I do. I think these two concepts are closely linked. The whole world around me can bring me a creative feeling. This state of mind is clearly visible from my early childhood.

What and/or who are some of your design inspirations?
My biggest and brightest idols in design and fashion are- "Versace Fashion House". I think Donatella is one of the world ’s most magnificent figures, and I would like to create the same format and concept of the company. And in a sphere of architecture, I am inspired by the greatest Zaha Hadid - the first lady who received the prestigious architecture award.
What makes you stand out amongst other designers?
I will be short - my taste, my vision, and my outlook on life. I do not try to stick to rules, I am a person of free flight of fantasy.
I always say to be in love with our work is always the key to achieve better results. Are you in love with this job? What do you love most about being an interior designer? 
 Being an interior designer for me is not a job at all. It is my life. I truly and fully love everything I do and get the joy of creation. As I said earlier, without passion to what you do you cannot reach the top of Olympus of Design. Step by step I move forward to my dream; I'm evolving, I collect new knowledge in this sphere, and I hope for excellent results.
How important is a perfect chemistry between you and your clients to achieve the best results?
To be a designer - means to be a psychologist. One of the basic studies that help me to understand my customers is psychology. Design is a process of communication, that is why it is very necessary to have a deep understanding with my clients.
How would you describe your work style? Do you have any kind of “signatures” that help to identify your projects?
 My signature style is my special approach to all the clients, ALL INCLUSIVE in design and architecture. I introduce innovative ideas that make the project incomparable. The philosophy of my work is to give to clients a feeling of absolute comfort at every stage of creating interiors and make this world more beautiful. Each architectural project is special for me.
From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
Design for me is much more beyond than these two definitions. It is the universal constant that combines art, science, creativity, and engineering - the luminary of ideas and techniques.
What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?
My biggest and most important advice is to have unlimited love for what you do. Some may call it work, but for me - it is my lifestyle. So, just love your life, and you will love everything your hand or mind will touch. And, of course, never stop learning and improving your skills. Always try to get new knowledge and be brave in trying new ideas and one day you will create something great, that will make you proud of yourself.

Wellness: 5 Habits Your Future Self Will Thank You For. #Lifestyle


As a society, we are encouraged to live in the moment and only focus on things that will benefit us now, without thinking about our wants and needs in the years to come. But the truth is, you can provide benefits for your present self, while still reaping major rewards for the future, just by adopting a few healthy habits at a younger age. The small actions we take today have the power to make huge lasting changes tomorrow. So, here are some of the habits your future self will thank you for having.

1. Limit negative influences


Habitual negative thoughts most of us encounter daily have a way of consuming us and leading to a state of depression and hopelessness, which can be devastating for us in the long run. Thankfully, thinking positively and treating ourselves kindly can also become a regular habit. Whether you choose to compliment yourself out loud in the mirror every morning or write down things you are grateful for every day, such positive affirmations will undoubtedly build your confidence and motivate you to tackle everyday obstacles with ease. Stress is also a great negative influence many of us encounter on an everyday basis, but it can lead to serious mental and physical health issues. That is why it is extremely important to find a healthy coping mechanism when encountering stressful situations, as well as to set aside a few minutes out of your day to relax and unwind while doing something you truly enjoy.


2. Adopt a healthier diet


Oftentimes we get so consumed by our busy lives that we turn to unhealthy fast food as the quickest option for our daily meals. However, by setting aside some time out of your day to prepare rich, healthy meals you will start to see a major difference in your overall health, as well as your looks, not to mention the important benefits you would be giving to your older self. Opt for nourishing, healthy foods filled with antioxidants, unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, in order to improve your dietary habits. Don’t forget to stay hydrated throughout the day, because water improves your metabolism and flushes out toxins, while nourishing your body and your skin.


3. Establish a proper skin care regimen


Taking good care of your skin now will reduce the signs of aging later in life, which is why it is so important to establish a good skin care routine. Start by using a gentle cleanser that cleans your pores and lets your skin breathe, and always remember to incorporate a good moisturizer into your regimen, in order to give your complexion proper hydration. If you suffer from stubborn blemishes, quality acne skin care products are especially important to incorporate into your beauty routine. Always remember to apply sunscreen, or use UVA and UVB protective products, to protect your skin from the harmful sun damage you are exposed to every day.

4. Create a regular exercise routine


Exercise is the one thing we all know we should be doing, but we rarely actually incorporate it into our daily routines. The biggest misconception about physical activity is that it needs to be a huge, exhausting endeavor, such as weightlifting or cardio exercises. While these things do have numerous health benefits, the truth is that you don’t have to go to the gym every day in order to improve your health. Your wellness routine can consist of anything from yoga and morning jogs to dance sessions in your living room. The most important thing is to find an exercise activity you truly enjoy, in order to stay persistent, and your future self will undoubtedly be eternally grateful.

5. Remember to get enough sleep


Adequate sleep is an extremely important contributor to your overall health, because chronic sleep deprivation can lead to serious health issues, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In order to feel rested and energized in the morning, your body requires at least seven hours of sleep every night. If this looks like a difficult task for you to accomplish, start by going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends, in order to adopt a healthier sleeping pattern your body will instantly be grateful for.
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Scarlet Gratton


Scarlet is a passionate writer and regular contributor at ripped.me interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves traveling, you could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.

Fashion- Cute Ways to Coordinate Bride and Groom Wedding Outfits. #weddings #fashion



Choosing the right wedding outfits for you and your future husband can be a fun, yet exhausting experience. We can only imagine how hard it must be for a future bride to find her dream gown. On the other hand, the groom's suit is equally important. If you want to look like two peas in a pod and show that you're a cool couple, you can match your outfits just for fun. Traditionally, the groom isn't supposed to see the bride's dress until they are about to exchange their vows, as we all know it's said to be bad luck. However, if you are planning to do a themed wedding, or to get your outfits coordinated, then ditching the tradition would be a step in the right direction. Here are some cute ways you should follow in order to bring together your big day attire.

Fleur power!

Wedding decorations, as well as flowers, represent your great taste and it should be done in major style. The safest way to tie your outfits together is to pick a neutral bouquet that matches the groom's boutonniere. Make sure you use the same flowers that you're using elsewhere at the ceremony. Also, these flowers can match flower decoration on your wedding cake.

Twinning is winning

You could totally have your own 2001 Britney and Justin iconic moment by matching your outfits together. No, we aren't encouraging you to wear denim on denim on denim for your wedding day, but opting for the same attire color would be amazing. First of all, not many brides are into wearing white. Different shades of nude, peach and almond colors are pretty elegant and easy to pair with most men’s wedding suits. Second of all, you could always find a single detail or an accessory that goes with the groom's tie or pocket square, and show the guests you're tied together on so many levels. 

Nail the wedding game

Since weddings are getting more and more modern these days, women tend to think of every single detail that will look good on photos. Some brides like to get pretty creative with their nail art, while others choose to remain simple and effortless. We can all agree that a nail polish is the best accessory, and you should think in advance what shade would work best for you. There's no mistake when it comes to neutral hues such as rose gold, nude, blush or beige. What's more, these colors can match your hubby's boutonniere or bow tie. If you want to bring in that 'something blue', then opt for baby blue pastel nails, and you're done.

A lil' themed party never killed nobody

Today, you can pull inspiration from everywhere, and make your wedding day fun and unforgettable. You can make it either modern or with a vintage touch. Think of a mutual TV series or a movie you both like and make a show. Get into the characters and channel their looks. Think of a fairy tale you could recreate and your guests would surely appreciate your willingness to make it all spectacular and lit. Plus, it's not every day you get to be a princess, so think big.


His and Hers

The right choice of shoes is important for both of you, so find a matching color that is versatile and comfy, and that you could both wear after the wedding. Black is boring and predictable, so make your man have some color in his shoes. Golden ankle strap heels perfectly match the beige cap-toe oxfords. So, show the world you're stepping into marriage in style.

The rings

The rings can contribute to the whole bride and groom look, even though they're not technically part of the outfit. Not many couples opt for the same rings, but it costs nothing to make an exception. White gold rings are universal for both of the newlyweds and they are lifelong essentials.
So, is your big day getting closer? If so, go through the list again and envisage your perfect wedding styling.

 
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Brigitte Evans
Brigitte is a newbie writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. When she is not drooling over the next big thing in the beauty industry, she is reading mystery novels and making plans for her next trip. She is a proud aunt of Sophie, age 2 who rounded her Chanel lipstick but loves her anyway.

Fashion: Fashionista’s Ultimate Must-Haves for Travel. #fashion #fashionista



Packing for fashion is practically an art form. Not only do you have to be practical and restrain yourself from packing ten pairs of your cutest heels, but you also need to find things that are comfy, versatile, and above all, totally glamorous. Not an easy thing to do with all the luggage restrictions, but for a skillful diva who knows her garments it can be managed – as long as you know all the right tips and tricks. Luckily, that’s why you have us. If you’re going on a vacation and want to look fabulous, here are a few things you’ll definitely want to bring. 

Light Layers


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Finding enough space in your suitcase is already a struggle, so you really don’t need to take up even more with bulky jackets and thick wooly sweaters. The key to style and warmth are layers. Cute, classy, and light – cardigans, suit jackets, lacy undershirts, tights, sexy knee-high socks. Things that are easy to layer with shirts and blouses, and something that will offer you a lot of versatility.

Sexy jeans

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Jeans are very wearable and you can dress them up or dress them down in any way you want. With a slinky black top and some heels they can be worn in the evening, and with a plain cotton tee you’re ready for the day. So, bring that one pair of jeans that fit you like a glove, that make you feel sexy. It’s a great option because it lets you have one go-to garment that you simply know will look good on you no matter what.



Plenty of neutrals

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It doesn’t necessarily have to be neutrals, but it should be one color scheme. It’s much easier to match your clothes when everything’s within the same color family, and you won’t get a headache when you arrive at the hotel and realized you somehow managed to pack stuff that’s pretty, but that can’t be worn together. You can also stick to neutral staples like pants, skirts, jackets, and shoes, but then break the monotony with colorful blouses and tees. 

Glam swimwear


What kind of a vacation is it if you can’t bring your bathing suit with you? High-class fashionistas know that you need one even if you’re not going to the beach because good hotels are full of swimming pools, saunas, spas, and wellness centers. To make sure you’re ready for relaxation, bring a hot bikini that enhances your curves and makes you feel totally sultry. After all, swimwear is tiny, it’s not like it will take up too much space in your suitcase.

Comfy shoes

If you plan to walk a lot, then you will need comfy shoes. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t also pack a sleek pair of pumps for the evenings, and it doesn’t mean that comfy things will necessarily be boring. A cute pair of ankle boots, maybe some sassy high-tops, ballet flats, espadrilles, chunky sandals – anything as long as you can walk in it for a long time with no trouble. Bear in mind that the dad sneaker trend is still going strong, so feel free to use that to your advantage.

Accessory overload

While you do have to restrain yourself somewhat when it comes to clothes, the rule doesn’t apply to accessories. They’re small and easy to pack, and you can totally go for super colorful chunky earrings or big cocktail rings, or chain necklaces to style your outfits. We recommend bringing a few silky scarves and possibly a nice hat to add some easy drama to casual getups.

The perfect makeup palette

 
Makeup can be an accessory as well, and for a fashion-lover, it’s something that can significantly impact their outfit. We recommend that you bring one eyeshadow palette full of your favorite shades, one nude lipstick, and one vampy lipstick. While you absolutely don’t need a lot of makeup when you travel, a little bit can really make you feel polished and glamorous.

LBD

When in doubt, go for a little black dress. If you’re not sure what to expect from your trip and need something that can work for any occasion, choose a plain LBD. If worn with a blazer it can be professional if worn with heels and a belt it can be sexy, and if worn with a cardigan and some flat shoes it can be a cute brunch outfit.

No matter where you go, good fashion will put you in a great mood and make you feel sexy, so pack well and have fun!
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Brigitte Evans
Brigitte is a newbie writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. When she is not drooling over the next big thing in the beauty industry, she is reading mystery novels and making plans for her next trip. She is a proud aunt of Sophie, age 2 who rounded her Chanel lipstick but loves her anyway.

Lifestyle : Fashion Rules That Apply to Interior Design. #interiordesign #fashion



Even though it might seem at first that the fashion industry has nothing to do with the world of interior design, there are certainly a few things these two industries have in common. Even though not too obvious, these two industries are actively shaping and influencing each other. If you’re not exactly sure how they are connected, we are about to present you some of the major common points.
Statement pieces
In both industries, statement pieces play a major role. Therefore, you should never shy away from investing a bit more in them. Just like a good leather jacket is worth investing in, try to find an equal counterpart in the interior design. It can be anything ranging from an elaborate chandelier to a stunning vintage dresser – the point is that this piece should be chosen carefully, it requires a bit bigger investment, but you’ll be able to enjoy it for many years to come. Besides, this will be the “it” piece that reflects your personality, so when choosing it, choose something that speaks to you on multiple levels.
Forget all about the uniformed look
Just like the uniformed looks are dreaded in the fashion industry, they should be avoided at all costs in the interior design as well. The days of matchy-matchy are, thankfully, way behind us and the era of combining clothing items that seemingly don’t go together and creating a unique fashion look is upon us. So, be bold in the interior design as well, as combining furniture pieces from different time periods, of different quality and looks can result in some of the best-looking interiors.
Have an emergency repair kit on hand
Every girl knows just how annoying a torn stocking can be, and as the universe would want it, it usually tends to happen it the most awkward situations. So, just like you’d have an emergency stocking repair kit or a brand-new pair of stockings in your bag, you should also make sure you have an emergency action plan in place when it comes to your interior. Therefore, make sure you always have a phone number of a reliable emergency electrician, locksmith and plumber on your speed dial to remedy the crisis as soon and as efficient as possible.
Pay attention to fabrics
Just like you wouldn’t wear a woolen sweater on a beach, you shouldn’t overwhelm your interior design with heavy materials and season-inappropriate fabrics. What that means is that that knit blanket really has no place on your sofa during summer. Besides, various throws, table covers and pillows allow you to play with your interior design throughout the year. For summer, choose light fabrics and bright colors, but tone them down as the winter approaches, and replace the light fabric with warmer, cozier ones.
Less truly is more
The golden rule of conveying your message in a clear and concise way should be followed in both fashion and the interior design. So, as Coco Chanel would say: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”. The same should be applied to your interior – avoid creating a visual mess by overstuffing your rooms with furniture and decorative pieces. Rather, put together a digestible style by organizing and grouping decor elements and creating visual breaks. This will not only look elegant, but it will also exude sophistication and luxury.

These were, of course, only some of the ways these two industries are influencing one another. Therefore, the next time you find yourself thinking about redoing your interior, open your closet first in search of inspiration and try to translate your favorite fashion pieces into your new interior design. Besides, is there a better way to make your interior truly yours than to decorate it by using elements of your personal style as inspiration? No, we don’t think there is.
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Cooper Klein is a full-time dad and an occasional traveler. He’s interested in real estate and interior design. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for several online magazines.

Exclusive Interview With French Model - Anthony Lorca OTSMagazine's Male Model Of The Month. #MM #MaleModel #Fashion.


EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: MEET- ANTHONY LORCA
Photo By- Kamsan Duarte
Anthony Lorca is a French model and actor born in Annecy. In 2009, a local model agency director in Geneva scouted 19-year-old Anthony in the street. Anthony Lorca started his modeling career thereby participating in different art, fashion and commercial projects. At the age of 21 years old, Anthony moved to Paris with the objective of developing his career as a model. He signed with a couple of agencies there and after a series of successful jobs for the French market, he decided to turn abroad to look for an international career. From 2012 to 2016, he has never stopped to travel and to diversify his life-enhancing experience in China, Spain and even New Zealand. His travels have allowed him to work for a large number of photographers, magazines, fashion catalogs, and commercial advertisements.

Photo By- Alfonso González Díaz-Palacio
Tell Us more about yourself and your personal Background.
I am a French model born in the center of France. I started modeling when I was 19 years old. I currently live in Madrid, Spain but I also live and work globally especially in Europe and Asia.
How did you first get into modeling? And how long have you been modeling?
A photographer found me on the street in Geneva and asked me if I wanted to pose for him. I accepted and this was how I started putting my portfolio together and started applying to modeling agencies. I have been modeling for more than 8 years now and I am enjoying every minute of it

Photo By- Philippe Brunel
What do you enjoy most about your career?
What I enjoy most about my work is that it does not feel like a job it's something I enjoy doing because while doing it, I do not get the impression I am working because it is a part of me. I enjoy modeling so much that I spend long days on set and I never feel tired because I am very passionate about it.

What’s your most memorable shoot since the start of your career?
It was probably my first TVC video shoot in Taiwan when I was 22 years old. It's Memorable because that day was my birthday and I felt it was the best gift I could ever receive.
Photo By- Martin Arroyo
What are the pros of being a model?
For me, I really enjoy the freedom that modeling brings me. I can work when I want, where I want and with who I want to work with. Modeling also gave me the opportunity to travel to many countries, which is something not many jobs can bring you.

What were the Major Milestones that gave you that extra motivation boost to pursue modeling as a career?
Well, a modeling career isn’t a straight path. There are some good periods and times of doubts too. However, it’s always been harder for me to renounce modeling than to pursue and I had the chance to meet the right people at the right moments who believed in me and offered me the opportunity to grow and to persevere, I had to stay focused and determined because this is something I love doing.

What are your other passions outside of modeling?
I love traveling, taking pictures, playing sports. I also like to play the piano occasionally.
Photo By -Michaël Guiliani
What are some of your best tips for someone who wants to break into the modeling world?
The most important thing is to trust in yourself, this will get you a long way. The second thing associate yourself with professionals and people who only care about boosting your career. The last thing is to stay focused on your objectives and be consistent with your choices.
Any upcoming projects you are working on?
I am currently preparing a future TVC and a few other editorials too. Everything is coming very soon!
Photo By- Bruno Vincente
What are your future goals, dreams, and plans?
I am now 28 years old and I know that I won’t be model all my life. In a perfect world, I would like to be successful in the Acting and Film industry but I do know I still need a lot of work to achieve this, so I am staying positive and focused to make sure I achieve my dreams.
If you could change anything about the fashion and modeling industry what would it be?
Unfortunately, there are a few unprofessional photographers and agents that give a very bad image to the modeling industry. However, I notice some changes in the mentality now after the Terry Richardson and Bruce Weber’s scandals. I Hope it will continue to be this way. I do believe that the people who can change the modeling industry are the models themselves.
Photo By- Philippe Brunel 
How often do you Work out and what are some of your best Health and Fitness tips?
I try to work out 6 times a week. I do not only go to the gym. I also swim, run, do yoga, snowboard, etc. It’s very important to practice the sports that you really like and that you are really passionate about, without sacrificing your social life. I think this is the key to achieving the best results. Then I maintain a healthy lifestyle because this is important of course. Having a good sleep, eating fresh food and drinking a minimum amount of alcohol and tobacco makes you stay young! 
Lol- Since the start of your career what has been the biggest hurdle you have had to overcome?
Well, I don’t know if I should say this but it was probably my studies. I decided to study, unlike many models, and I’m proud to have a Master’s degree. However, my studies made me stop modeling a few times and that may be part of the reason I couldn’t reach the career height I was aiming for.
Photo By-Walterfotografo for Clevermoda.com
Wow! Trust me You should be proud of yourself, you were able to achieve your Master's Degree and you are still chasing your dreams, it is never too late and you will get to that height because you are determined Anthony, So What’s the biggest misconception about the male modeling industry?
Well, many people think that we are earning a lot of money and living the dream life. However, the reality is, in fact, a bit biased. Of course, we can earn a lot of money in a few days but we are never sure to work every day or every month. We have to fight every day to stay in the limelight in order to avoid that someone taking your place. Modeling is a daily battle, but that’s probably why it is exciting and I love every bit of it.