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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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5 Ways to Keep a Healthy Relationship with your Bank Account

There is no secret that college is tough, especially when you’re trying to achieve that 4.0 GPA, balance a part-time or full-time job, and squeeze in time for a social life. What’s even more difficult is trying to survive on a college student’s budget; your bank account seems to never be where you want it to be. While your collegiate years are shimmering with new-found independence and breathtaking moments, it’s also the time when you realize that part of becoming an adult, is making smart financial decisions. You start to learn when to say no (or yes!) to those shoes you have eyed for so long. Here are five young women who offer their tips on how to maintain a healthy relationship between you and your bank account. Q: Where are some places that you shop that would fit into an average female college student’s budget? A: For my basic pieces, I shop at affordable places: Cotton On and H&M. For fun and trendy pieces, I love checking out stores like Forever 21 because I …

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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? …

Music Crush; NF an Authentic New Rapper To Love

When you find good music you share it. That is exactly what I did when I started listening to Nate Feuerstein. The Michigan native rapper/singer who goes by the title NF, is a must listen. Here’s why! It was about three in the afternoon and my morning coffee was starting to wear off. Instead of pouring another cup I headed straight for Pandora.com to re-motivate my brain to stay awake. After a few familiar hits, NF’s smooth vocals started playing up in his hit single “Wake Up” which was followed by some pretty edgy lines. Okay, you have my attention. I stopped everything I was doing immediately because I had to know who this was. Thanks Google and YouTube for your collective information on my new favorite artist. Rarely will you find YHM buzzing about upcoming rappers, but there was such a positive and thought-provoking aesthetic to NF’s music that I knew we had to share. He effortlessly transitions from rapping to singing in his songs like “All I Have” and “Face It.” Currently signed to …

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Editor’s Favorite Places in New York City

Editor’s Note: When I first joined Young Hot & Modern Magazine in 2013, I was a junior at Rutgers University and an intern. Now, I’m the Senior Contributing Editor and starting my post-grad career at Men’s Fitness/Muscle & Fitness/Flex/Muscle & Fitness Hers. It’s amazing how much YHM helped me become a better writer, editor, and feel more comfortable in my skin. I’ll always be grateful for that. YHM has grown so much throughout these past couple of years and has truly made an impact on myself, and the community. The magazine strives to encourage and celebrate women of all backgrounds. You can be an artist, a designer, a musician, or a cook but we all have something in common: we’re following our dreams while trying to be as authentic as possible. We embrace diversity, struggle, and hard work and I truly hope that message comes across. Yegide, the Creative Director and Founder is an awesome colleague and person. She’s not only my “boss” but a close friend whom I trust. Young Hot & Modern Magazine could not be in better hands. Congratulations …

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Potatopia; Potatoes A Side Dish? No Way!

Trekking our way through familiar streets of the West Village has never been met with the appetite for a potato loaded menu, but there we were. Potatopia, pronounced  pota • topia, welcomed us with zigzag prints, modern art, and of course, a few delicious takes on serving up the spud. New York is jam-packed with fine eateries and the New Jersey native restaurant has become a fast casual food sensation in NYC topped with organic and gourmet dishes.  Allen Dikker, founder of Potatopia, has garnered attention from BuzzFeed, The New York Times, and Thrillist. He took some time out from his busy schedule to give us the back story. YHM: What makes Potatopia a New York must-try? Allen Dikker: Potatopia offers something for everyone –including adults, kids, carnivores, vegetarians, and even gluten-free eaters. Potatopia’s menu features customizable options, including ten different potato styles and premium toppings, which include oven-roasted chicken, marinated sirloin steak, BBQ pulled pork, vegetarian chili, a variety of vegetables and more, as well as signature items, such as Curly Sue and I Think Therefore I Yam. YHM: How do you and your staff come up …