Fit to Brit

Brit Dunlop is a New York City based print and fit model.

Dog Approved Halloween Costumes from Pet Paint

Animals in costumes are one of the best things about Halloween. Although my dachshund, Chili, wears his hot dog buns proudly this time of year, many other four legged friends refuse playing dress up. Kirby, my boyfriend’s English bulldog, falls in to the “if you put anything silly on me I will lay down and not move in protest” group. Enter Pet Paint- a veterinary approved temporary colored hair spray for dogs. The possibilities are endless with this product! In addition to providing an extensive color range of sprays, Pet Paint also offers unique stencils that produce professional quality patterns. Of course I had to try this pup decorating product on Kirby and ordered "Poodle Pink" paint plus the "Buddy" stencil pack. As a trial run, we entered a charity pet fashion show dressed as Jem and the Holograms with Kirby covered in pink stars. Not Only was the spray super easy to apply, but she didn’t mind or really notice what I was doing. Kirby even laid down and closed her eyes as I painted her. Pet Paint recommends applying a finishing topical setting spray to increase longevity and prevent rub off.  Running out of time I didn’t use the sealant on Kirby, so light pink smudges turned up around my apartment for the next few days (but washed out easily). I’m kinda obsessed with these fun products. Now I just have to decide if Kirby will be cutest as a jack-o-lantern or a zebra.

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Fit to Brit turned 3 today!

Fit to Brit turned 3 today!

Rockin’ Sister Act: Two Good Scents

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Having recently published a book with my sis, Courtney Dunlop, I now appreciate similar successful partnerships like Two Good Scents. Sisters Paula and Nancy combined their love for body care products and emotionally driven scents to create an addicting line of sugar scrubs. With so many delicious fragrance options it’s impossible to choose just one. For early  mornings, the coffee flavored scrub is a perfect pick-me-up. For date night, nothing is sexier than the co-ed Timber, which emits notes of musk, patchouli and rich spices. In need of a tropical vacation? Scrub on Sweet Pineapple before applying a self tanner- instant beach babe! {Check out my twitter for a chance to win 2 sugar scrubs of your choice.} 

Style is primarily a matter of instinct.

—Bill Blass

Must-Have Nighttime Serums

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Lips have a tough life. With no sweat glands and barely any sebaceous glands, these poor suckers lose water 10 times faster than the rest of the face. Dehydration leads to cracking, peeling and (gasp!) premature aging. I’m always on the hunt for the next super-moisturizer and was intrigued when I heard about the Rodan + Fields REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum. I applied the product every night before bed and within three days my lips were noticeably smoother. I also wasn’t slathering on chapstick all day as usual. After applying the lip treatment I smoothed on the corresponding face serum (REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum) which boasts similar results. Packed with anti-aging peptides and retinol, I was pleased to find the face serum was not greasy like similar products on the market. I definitely plan to incorporate these superhero serums into my existing bedtime beauty routine. Email varnabal.rf@gmail.com for a complimentary mini facial kit.

If Louboutins are out of your price point, have no fear! Saks Fifth Avenue just released the 1st Louboutin red nail polish. The bold color and killer bottle are just as eye catching as those soles girls dream about.

If Louboutins are out of your price point, have no fear! Saks Fifth Avenue just released the 1st Louboutin red nail polish. The bold color and killer bottle are just as eye catching as those soles girls dream about.

And then he asked me, he said, ‘Baby, why do we love each other?’
I said, ‘Honey, it’s simple - it’s the way that you love and treat your mother.’

—Lady Gaga

Edie Parker’s Emoji Bags are ‘The Shit’

I’ve always loved Edie Parker’s bespoke clutches, but now I’m hooked. Parker recently teamed up with shoe maker Del Toro to create an emoji inspired collection. Emoticon loafers pair with corresponding tongue-in-cheek clutches for a very culturally relevant look. My favorites are ‘Queen Bee’ (a term of endearment from my mom) and ‘No Evil,’ but who can resist ‘The Shit’?

I’m a big fan of Sydney Evan’s unique jewelry often featuring precious stones and a variety of unexpected metals. This black rhodium and diamond safety pin bracelet is perfect for  the fashion set.

I’m a big fan of Sydney Evan’s unique jewelry often featuring precious stones and a variety of unexpected metals. This black rhodium and diamond safety pin bracelet is perfect for  the fashion set.

Beautiful New York via Bill Cunningham

Today I ducked into the New-York Historical Society to avoid the rain and was pleasantly surprised by an ongoing Bill Cunningham exhibit entitled Facades. NYHS has 88 original Cunningham photographs on display, mostly featuring his friend turned model, Editta Sherman, posing in period clothes in front of historic New York landmarks. The eight-year project began in 1968 and includes images of 500 outfits and over 1800 classic New York locations. The installation brings observers back to 1970s, showcasing The City as a gritty artist’s canvas, inspiring creativity in the most unusual way. My favorite image depicts Sherman, dressed in a lavish Victorian gown, ironically sitting in a heavily graffitied subway car. (Photo below belongs to NYHS, gifted by Bill Cunningham)

image"He who seeks beauty will find it." -Bill Cunningham

Pura Vida.

Pura Vida.

Donning cheek implants, contacts and killer leather horns, Angelina Jolie stars in Disney’s upcoming Maleficent. Her “everyday” horns were incredibly heavy, so to protect her neck, she switched to a lighter set during high impact scenes. Can’t wait to see her in action May 30th. 

Donning cheek implants, contacts and killer leather horns, Angelina Jolie stars in Disney’s upcoming Maleficent. Her “everyday” horns were incredibly heavy, so to protect her neck, she switched to a lighter set during high impact scenes. Can’t wait to see her in action May 30th. 

Put A Bow On It

Not just for Minnie Mouse anymore, bows are making a serious statement in women’s fashion this season. Below are a few of my must-haves.

Above: Alice + Olivia bow bag

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Above: Marc By Marc Jacobs bow skirt

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Above: MSGM bow crop top

No, I’m Not A Fitness Model

When I tell people that I am a fit model they either assume I work as a fitness model or they mishear me and think I said foot model. I am definitely not either of these- my lingering gymnastics muscles are misleading and there is nothing small and dainty about my feet. Fit models are a very distinct breed of models, essential to the fashion industry while flying somewhat under the public’s radar.

Traditionally known as “fitting models,” fit models work as living mannequins. Because of this, we are required to maintain a specific set of measurements (or “specs”), just like our lifeless counterparts. One brand I work with measures 52 points (to the ⅛”) on my body once a month. Some of these numbers are areas human beings can control like waist and hip circumferences, but genetic measurements (such as arm length and shoulder width) can make or break a fit model’s career. So, if a model is fortunate enough to obtain these magic numbers, she is then able to work closely with designers as a fit model.

All brands use fit models. EVERYTHING you are wearing right now was developed and perfected on a fit model. If I walk into the retail store of a brand I work with, I will have tried on every style displayed, along with even more styles that were never produced commercially. Designers and clothing manufacturers hire fit models to make sure their garments wear as they envision. During a fitting, the model also tests to make sure the clothing is comfortable, easy to wear and is user friendly. I test pocket bags, hood shapes, embellishments, leg openings and overall ease of garments. Have you ever tried to put your hand in a pocket only to find that it is awkwardly placed or the bag was too tiny? This is the result of an inadequate fitting (or inexperienced fit model).

Partnering with so many creative professionals every day is inspiring. Fashion has been an integral part of my life as long as i can remember and I am so happy to make my mark on one of the most crucial parts of the industry. I love my job, even if most people don’t really know what it is.