Author: Yegide Matthews

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Travel & Style with Elle-May Leckenby

We are always on a mission to curate the best of the best in style, culture, and inspiration. Elle-May Leckenby, a lifestyle influencer and period-drama lover, is our latest obsession. The 22-year-old Australian native has the carefree demeanor of an artist and radiates total humility in style. Although she described her fashion sense as flowy and chill, a statement of elegant boho comes to the tip of our tongues. Her laid-back daily schedule is complemented with bike rides, dips in sunny waters off the coast, and rounds of artistic ventures. We took some time to catch-up with the trendsetter who is quick to mention painting as a possible new hobby. YHM: Have you ever traveled outside of Australia and did it have any cultural impact on you? EL: Oh goodness yes! I have been so fortunate to have traveled to many lands. I went to Africa when I was 17 and recently Samoa last year. Both of these cultures were the most different I had experienced. I guess getting out of your comfort zone while …

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22 Things to Do in Your 20s

It’s great to be 20-something. You finally feel like a “real adult” and ready to take on the world. Don’t even think about counting down once you hit 25. Keep pushing and growing. Learn how to get comfortable with the unknown and embrace failure, mistakes, and self-love. We put together 22 things to try and accomplish while you’re in your 20s. Enjoy! TRAVEL & PLAY #1 Travel; locally and globally. Whether you’re studying abroad or taking your first ever real-adult-vacay, now is the time to explore the world. Traveling to new places while you’re young can give you a new perspective on life. Jumping across the ocean is not the only way to experience new faces and plates. Discover fine dining in the next town over or fly out to a modest inn in a historic area nearby. #2 Rock it out: It can be an Indie concert your best friend dragged you to or breathtaking moments from Queen Bey herself, a concert is a must. #3 Road trip! Why? Because it is ultra-fun (who says ultra these days)? Gather your …

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The Fashion Guitar: Real Talk with Charlotte Groeneveld

We love a candid talk here at YHM and Charlotte Groeneveld of the popular travel and style blog, The Fashion Guitar, opens up about her ever budding business and the “real-factor” of being a social influencer. Since 2010, Groeneveld has digitally captured her lifestyle and her 485k+ social followers have taken a personal ride with the blogger turned fashion designer and so much more. Her Donsje Amsterdam and Fab. By Fabienne fashion collections are just two of the many highlights Groeneveld has shared with us all. She admits the design world was not for her, but doesn’t rule it out completely. What’s her dream collaboration? “I’m living my dream right now!” YHM Magazine: You’re originally from The Netherlands, but you lived in other major fashion areas. What are some of the fashion differences of living in New York City and London versus back home? Charlotte Groeneveld: Biggest difference is that in London and New York fashion actually lives. People do dress in the latest collections, and there are more fashionable women out there than I …

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Eda Semana; The California, Leather-and-Denim-loving, Grungy Hippie.

We are California dreaming with one of our favorite new style influencers. Eda Semana, of Luxe & Linen, began her college career like so many young people – full of hope, but conflicted about the right path to take to be successful. She revealed that her grades suffered while pursuing a major she found no joy in. However, her quirky meets chic blog helped her redeem her creative roots. “My most memorable moment [in fashion] was when I attended my first show for MBFW at the Lincoln Center in New York City. I walked in in complete awe admiring the entire venue and found myself surrounded by so many like-minded and inspiring people. From then on, I knew that this industry and this world was where I wanted to be,” explains Semana. We dug a little deeper to get to know this West Coast babe after frequently obsessing over her Instagram feed. YHM: What is one of your most memorable fashion try? What would you change? ES: In high school, everyone has their own style phases: …

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Cindy Nguyen; 13 Internships & Counting

There is a buzz on 45th Street in Midtown, New York as tourists and New Yorkers claim the last few weeks of warm breeze, before autumn fully sinks in. They mingle about the street fair, gravitating towards colorful hand-woven baskets and the smoky aroma of freshly grilled corn on the cob. Making her way through the crowded tourist attraction is 20-year-old Cindy Nguyen, who has managed to accumulate thirteen plus internships before starting her junior year at Pace University. We settled down and decided to skip the cafe’s menu, and started chatting about her glamorous resume accomplishments since we met two years ago. Cindy is now a Public Relations intern at Valentino, one of the most quintessential fashion houses she has been blessed to walk the halls of. There is no subtlety about her love for branding and confidence to set herself a part from her peers. This charm was perfected while peeking out from the back rooms of Watertown Tanning, her parent’s beauty salon. Subsequently, ending her intern turned freelancer position at Christian Louboutin, Cindy …

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Natasha Janardan: Breaking Stereotypes in the Creative Industry

Photographer, Natasha Janardan, is quite the artist with her mellow attitude on-set which allows her models to relax and get imaginative. However, she understands the determination needed to survive this crazy and sometimes ego-driven industry. Janardan expresses in her interview with us that she educates others, specifically women, about the hardships of the creative industry. YHM: What drew you to photography and how did you get started? Natasha Janardan: I have always been interested in taking pictures. I really enjoy the way photos can look really different in camera than what people see with the naked eye. When I first started out I really enjoyed taking macro nature photography. Ever since the 5th grade I had a camera attached to my hip so I don’t really remember how I got really into photography. All I knew was that I liked how fast digital photography was and how editing can completely change the mood of the picture. YHM: What would you say is your unique touch that makes your body of work different from other photographers? …