Italy modeling, New York fashion week & Dancing for Japan. La Carmina travel blog: 2012 year in review, part 1.

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Merry Christmas, pirates! It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the end of 2012. Let’s usher in 2013 with my annual “year in review,” beginning with reminisces and outtake photos from the first six months.

I spent January in Italy with Seby. We stayed with his family in northern Italy, and then ventured to Florence for Luisaviaroma’s Firenze4Ever (the event that flies in the world’s top fashion bloggers for photoshoots and fun). One of the many highlights was modelling designer fashion with the Duomo as my backdrop. You see more images from this shoot here.

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I did quite a few TV hosting and fixing gigs this year, with my First Mate Naomi. It’s a pleasure to work with her, and team up with some of my favorite shows including National Geographic Taboo, Discovery TV Oddities, Fashion TV, and more. More TV hosting clips to come in 2013.

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In February, Yukiro and I attended New York Fashion Week, and even sat front row at Lincoln Center shows. We also checked out NYC’s Goth Punk shops and nightlife, such as this romantic Dances of Vice party in a church.

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For the one year anniversary of the Japan Earthquake, I teamed up with Industrial dancers tank9 and Mary Nine. We made a dance video in Seattle, as part of Ridley Scott’s Japan in a Day collaborative film (watch it here.)

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As you know, I host a regular travel video series published in Huffington Post. My film crew and I got the chance to shoot in gorgeous Maui, Hawaii. We explored the local fashion and over-indulged in Japanese food (check out my Hawaiian travel guide).

I’m always looking to stretch my creative wings, and do something new… and one of my favorite projects was the release of DNR’s Rock Princess music video. Do you like my red hair and Vivienne Westwood disco dress?

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Don’t worry: between all the adventures, I put in plenty of Basil-snuggling time! In the next post, we’ll take a look at what happened in the second half of 2012.

Did you travel anywhere this year? Try something new, or achieve a goal? What were your favorite memories? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

  • Ada

    Kisses

  • Billy

    Nice. Love

  • Ursula

    :) :) :)

  • Elizabeth

    i love the cat

  • Kalen

    happy christmas beautiful girl!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      mwah

  • ワン

    キタ━(゚∀゚)━!ワン

  • Rina

    ありがと(*^^)

  • MelissaR

    What a fantastic year! So happy to create so many wonderful memories with you!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      awwww!!!!!!

  • Silvia Je

    Merry Christmas, dear!!
    Thank you for all your great blogs and all the great pictures!!!
    You look amazing as Rock Princess!! I love this video!! <3
    All the best for the New Year!!! <3

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      xoxox

  • http://www.facebook.com/dnrworldwidefanclub Dnr Fanclub Interstate

    Merry Christmas, La Carmina!!!!
    Thx for your great review!!
    Of course we like your style in the video “Rock Princess” by DNR!!
    This video is amazing and we still love it!!!! <3

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Thank you love!

  • Christy

    Merry Christmas

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      To you too!

  • CA

    Merry Christmas dear x

  • Sorayan

    I love your fat cat so adorable miauw!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      hehee

  • Noriho

    merry Christmas! =^-^=

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    Thanks for giving me the useful information and happy new year

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Thanks!

  • carrie

    gorgeous

  • Karen

    we spend 2012 together, and let’s rush to 2013!!

  • http://twitter.com/_nephilim Anna

    You’ve got a fabulous life style :) I liked the video you shot with Mat Devine, it’d be cool to see a sequel :) Merry Xmas & Happy New Year to you, guys! :)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Mat was awesome to work/play with! Yes more to come!!

  • Valeree

    I really want to publish a book or more! (and I am working on becoming fluent in Japanese, too)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      <3

  • Enzo

    kiss from Venice!!!!!

  • Pitsart

    Merry Christmas to sweet Carmina, we didn’t forget of you, we we’ll hear you soon!

  • Teresa

    oh awesome

  • iadanza

    That’s the Baby Basil! We love ya man!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      maoo

  • Susan

    AWWW!

  • Katrina

    Merry Christmas, Basil! I hope santa paws brought you lots of fun toys and cat nip!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      he did ;0

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    It’s a refreshing twist. I like your point of view.