My first job of the year was an amazing collaboration of shooting a catalog for new sandals brand, Plip Plop, cover and inside spread of Body Magazine, and shooting for FHM Taiwan. I was invited by my friend and photographer David Barker to meet him in the Philippines, Boracay Island to shoot.
It was just after New Years so the island was bustling with people from all over the world enjoying their vacation. Coincidentally, my friend from Tokyo was there on vacation as well so I was able to meet up with her and her mom and spend some relaxing time together outside of Tokyo. It was really nice.
The shoots consisted of my own hair and make-up and my own styling, which I had never done before but it was actually really fun. It was so natural and smooth. And it was more like we were just having fun shooting pictures on a beautiful island than actually working. I am very lucky to have a friend as a great photographer. All of the pictures turned out beautifully on our two-manned shoot. I’m waiting excitedly to see them in print!
So if you’re in Taiwan or China, Please keep an eye out for me coming to magazine racks soon and make sure to pick up a copy! Great pictures plus interviews in both Body Magazine and FHM. And as always thank you for all of your support!
The only thing I ever wanted in my life as a child was a puppy. Especially one for Christmas. I remember writing Santa for four straight Christmases for a puppy. And I also remember disliking Santa every year he didn’t get me one. Ha
But it wasn’t Santa who brought Mickey into our lives, it was magical timing where all of my puppy-wanting pieces fell into place. On one fateful Sunday afternoon, I finally got to take home a puppy from the Sunday adoption pet shop.
My friends and I would make excuses to go every Sunday to restock on pet supplies while secretly hoping that my parents would see the light and want to adopt a puppy. There was a litter of puppies that we had met the Sunday before and fell in love with. When they were still there the next week, the next step would be to somehow convince my Dad that we needed a puppy. I think it was just pure luck that he actually agreed to come to the pet shop to check out the little puppies because he had been so reluctant the Sunday’s before.
Well, after our third trip that Sunday to the pet shop, my Dad found one that pulled at all of our heart strings and was adopted as a new member of the Reilly family. I finally had a little brother and would not be an only child. He was a big puppy and quite heavy, but I just remember hugging his little warm body and his soft fur and his cute sleepy face all the way home. He was all that I had been dreaming for.
We named him Mickey and he grew bigger and bigger every week. He was sweet and loving and wild and rambunctious. Barking all night so that we would come and be with him. I loved him very much and so did my friends and family. He ate one whole couch, pillows and all, so many pairs of shoes and sunglasses, remote controls, anything he could get his teeth on.
I loved when he would go into my room and take my stuffed animals and leave them around the house. As soon as you got home, he would be so shy, you would know what he had done.
All of the amazing memories I have shared with Mickey. But most of all I’m so happy and thankful to have had him in my life.
Rest in Peace Mickey.
You were the best little brother I could have asked for.
Today is the start of my new TV show, “Kawaii International”. I will be co-hosting the show which will be introducing the best of Kawaii Culture and Fashion in Japan and around the world. I’m really excited to be doing a program in English and to showcase “Kawaii” to everyone all around the world.
The best part is that it is a program in English and can be seen from anywhere by live streaming online from NHK World TV!!!
I arrived home to find a note on my front door reading…
“HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE!!!!”
Which was very unusual since it was one day before Valentine’s Day, February 13th…
I proceeded into my apartment with caution because I thought surely this is for my roommate and her boyfriend came to surprise her. I opened the door into my apartment and there was a small bouquet of flowers in the entryway with candles lit all throughout the hallway, living room, kitchen, and powder room. Still a little unsure of who this Valentine’s Day Surprise was for, I slowly followed the carefully placed arrows and signs leading me to the living room. That’s when I realized, that this wasn’t for my roommate, but for me!! I couldn’t believe it. I was in complete utter shock. As I made my way through my apartment, I found little presents all along the way, but the best present of all was when I opened the door to my room and found my amazing boyfriend standing there.
This is the best Valentine’s Day I could have ever wished for and the best boyfriend in the whole world. I am so thankful and lucky to have him in my life. Thank you baby for making this the best Valentine’s Day ever!!
Name: Melody Yoko Reilly Location: Tokyo ⇔ Hong Kong ⇔ L.A. Occupation: Model | TV Host | Entertainer Interests: ~traveling heavenly bodies~ Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
A student, dancer, lover & adventurer, exploring the universe one sight at a time.
Taking in all of the wonders of the world and the people in it.
I love with all of my heart and will never let you feel as if you are alone.
Strong as I can be, fun as I want to be, loved as I am meant to be, take or leave me.