Sacramento photoshoot with Allen Daniel Photography!

Okay, yes... I shoot with Allen a lot. At least I DID, before he ditched me for LA! :( haha Just kidding, Allen. Anywhoo... Here's another set Allen and I did a while back. This one was taken between Downtown and Midtown Sacramento. If you don't already know this about me, Midtown Sacramento is one of my very favorite places on earth. I lived there for four years, and I loved everything about it. I cried when I turned the keys in to my landlord, when I moved. Sad times. So, obviously I go there as often as possible. I've shot in Midtown a few times, with a few different people. This time we explored a little into downtown to get some shots with awesome views. It was WINDY AFFFFF. But we still managed to get some good shots.

For this shoot, I was wearing gear from a couple different companies. My 'METAL' crop top is from my lovely Ladies of Metal. You can get your own rad LOM gear at LOM.MerchNow.com. 

The shirt with the stitched up heart is Strange Children. I've modeled for them for a while now, and they always have cool stuff. Swoop some up at strange children.com.

I also did a shot or two in a Lords of Gas Town shirt, but by that point I was so cold, it was time to pack it up and go home. haha 

Hope you like them! Let me know what you think. <3

 

San Francisco trip with Allen Daniel Photography!

Hey all!

I'm posting this a little late, but I've only recently decided to start blogging about my photoshoots, and I thought this one was a great one to start with cuz it was so much fun! Of course, you all know Allen and I have a good time no matter where we go, because [aside from my hubby, OBVIIII] he's my favorite person. So, this particular adventure happened in San Francisco, Ca. We rolled to SF with our other friend, and his UHmazing, fuzzy ass dog, Trooper. We ended up shooting in a few locations, one in China Town, and one in some... Forest, mountain top, place. I'm not sure where the hell it was, I don't know SF very well. But it was awesome. I FROZE MY ASS OFF. But it was still awesome. haha 

Hopefully y'all like the pictures we got from this day. It was a lot of fun to shoot in something more laid back, like this comfy little dress, for a change. I was freezing. Did I mention it was cold? Cuz it was FFRREEZZZINNGGG. But it was still awesome, and I think the pictures turned out great. They were published in Reblicious Magazine a few months back. The shirt I'm wearing in a few of the pictures is from Beautiful Disaster [www.bdrocks.com] and they loved them, too. They ended up making a couple of inspirational memes out of them, which is pretty rad. Those pics can be seen in the next blog, because, like I said, this is my first time doing this. Soo I didn't know all my pictures would be too big for one blog. haha OH WHAAALLLE.

Check them out. Leave me comments and let me know what you think. Thanks a bunch! Happy humpppp dayyyyy. 

 


Be social.

I created a few goals in the last month or so on my social networks. One was to hit 1k supporters [I like to call people supporters because I think 'followers' sounds creepy, 'likes' sounds dumb, and I'm not cool enough for 'fans.' hahah] on twitter at twitter.com/stacideana. My next was to get 50k supporters on Facebook at Facebook.com/stacicastle3. The last goal I made, which is the only one I haven't hit yet, is 10k supporters on instagram at instagram.com/stacideana. Sooo... If you are, in fact, a supporter of the things that I do, pics that I post, crazy things that I say, then you should go hit me up on all those social networks! I also have a snapchat- StaciCastle3. I've been snapping my diet a lot today. Not so much because I think it's interesting, but more so because it's holding me accountable. If I feel like I have to post everything that goes in my mouth, I'm not gonna want to stuff my face like I've been wanting to a lot lately. The will power.... It's gone. If someone can go ahead and find that for me, that'd be greatly appreciated. I'll reward you by giving you all the cookies I shouldn't be eating. haha If you have any questions for me, or want to see me post about certain topics, feel free to email me! Just hit the contact button at the top of your screen. Or you can contact me through any of the previously mentioned social networks and I'll answer you, in one way or another, as soon as I can. 

Thanks everyone! <3

Lesson One: Be NICE!

I know it's not always interesting to listen to people rant. However, there's something that bothers me greatly in this whole modeling business, and I want to put a thought or two about it out there a little bit. SO here I go. 

I'm pretty sure most of us, hopefully, are brought up being taught manners and that you should always 'treat people the way you want to be treated,' right? It seems like a lot of that goes out the door when you step into the modeling world. It's definitely not limited to modeling, I shouldn't say that. Anything that has a competitive atmosphere about it, people looooose their dang minds! And I just don't get it. Sure, we all want to succeed and be at the top once in a while. I think the way we get there, however, definitely defines the type of person we are.

It is SO COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY to claw and backstab your way to the top. I see people letting jealousy consume them so often, it just makes me sad. I guess maybe it is easier to hate. To let the jealousy take over, to be mad at someone else for getting something you wanted so badly. But does it really make you feel better? Does it get you what you wanted? If so, you must have some magical hate powers, but I've never seen it happen before. It takes a strong, confident person to see others succeed at something that you've striving for, and say "good job!" instead of knocking them down for it. If you work hard enough, and want it bad enough, you'll get there, too. Along the way, though, there WILL be others that get there first. Why not celebrate their success with them? Be someone who gets to the top and is respected throughout the journey. 

That's it.. Just food for thought. ;)

OTEP SHOWWWW!!!

June 7th, 2007... I went to my first Otep concert, an hour and a half [and back] from my house, at the Fat Cat Music House and Lounge in Modesto. I was so obsessed with how amazing she/they were live, I drove another three hours [and back] from my house the very next night to see the show again at the Rainbow BallRoom in Fresno. Since then, I've been to 6 more Otep concerts. Andddd Thursday will be my 9th. Andddddddd Saturday will probably be my 10th. What happens when you put on an amazing live show? That's right, ladies and gents... Staci Castle goes to all of them. lol I'm not generally an obsessive person and I wouldn't do this for many other bands... But hey. When ya like something, enjoy it, right?

I'm super stoked on this Thursday's show, because it's at my old stomping grounds. A place that was damn near my second home when I was doing Cheeky Photography and Sith Entertainment with Kelly N Bubba. The good ol' The Boardwalk. It's gonna be rad. Anyone else going?

What's even more exciting? I'm going to be doing a Ladies of Metal takeover while I'm at the show. Follow along with my takeover on www.facebook.com/ladiesofmetal or @ladiesofmetal on instagram!

Selling shit.

Yea, I have a potty mouth. I forgot to put that as a disclaimer before I started all this. My bad. Here it is: Disclaimer- I have a potty mouth! haha

Anywhoo... I sell shit. :D If anyone's wondering how it works, here's a summary. I model for fun. It's not my career, it's my hobby. I would love to be able to make it a career, but it doesn't pay well. And usually, it doesn't pay at all. Which is why I sell stuff. Buying clothing/makeup/and everything else that is necessary for photo shoots, along with paying some of the photographers I work with [Yes, I DO pay for some of my shoots!] is EXPENSIVE! In my store, I sell posters, smaller prints, and now SHIRTS! All of these things, of course, also cost money. So does shipping them out to you, once they've been ordered. It's also time consuming and a lot of back and forth driving to pick things up and ship them out. SOOOOO... I feel like I've priced things in my store to be able to cover the actual product, mailing it out to you, and to have a TINY [trust me, it's not a lot] bit left over to pay for shoot related items. I haven't had anyone bitch about my prices or anything, I just thought I'd put this little FYI out there, in case anyone wanted to know where there money is going. It's going to a good place, especially if you'd like to see MORE pictures come out, and more/NEW merch in my store. :D

The shirts are actually a little different. I have a minimum amount of shirts I have to sell, or I have to end up paying for the shirts out of my pocket. Which would be balls. :( Sooo, if ever you've wanted a Staci Castle keepsake, the shirts are where it's at. ;) Not to mention they're gonna be sick quality and look awesome on you, struttin around with my silly face on your tummy. Sooo... Check it out: www.stacicastle.bigcartel.com! Or just click the store link on my website. ^^

SERIOUSLY THANK YOU!!! All of you that support me in general, whether you buy my merch or not, I appreciate you more than you know. Couldn't do it without you and your kind words and encouragement. :)

My lifestyle change.

Heyyyyooooo better late than never, right? I know I promised this would be out by Monday, but life happened in between when I said that and now. But anyways... Let's get this show on the road.

I titled this 'my lifestyle change' because, when you want to lose weight, the first thing you need to do is set your mind to accepting the fact that your WHOLE LIFE is going to change. The way you did things before isn't going to swing anymore if you really want to reach your goals. A lot of people think a fad diet and a little working out here and there will do it. If that DOES work for you, I'm jealous... but good for you. haha I've noticed that with most people, myself included, weight loss takes a lot of freakin HARD work!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.. a Disclaimer, if you will: I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL. I know this. I don't claim to be, I don't WANT to be. I've just had an abundance of people asking me my "tips and tricks" for losing weight, so I thought I'd finally lay it out in hopes that it might be helpful to someone. :)

Sooo... After you set your mind to this lifestyle change, you need to set a goal. My goal was to lose 45 pounds. I've done 35 of my 45, these last 10 pounds are ass kickers. The next step I took was to clear out my kitchen. If it's not there, you can't eat it! Willpower is a bitch to find, and when I first started, I was weaaakkk. I had NONE, zero, zilch, nada will power in sight. So clearing out my fridge and cabinets of food that really should have never been there in the first place helped a lot. If you live with other people, it DEFINITELY HELPS to get them on board. My husband has changed his lifestyle right along with me. It's not at all the same changes, because he wants to be big and buff, and he's HUGE [6'4"], so he can eat a lot more than I can. But he made some big changes from the way he used to eat that have really helped me out. Major thing to keep in mind as you're reading this, btw, is that I'm 5'6", 20 something [haha], and I have a pretty small frame. It's not going to be the same for everyone simply because everyone is not the same! Height, build, weight, age... That all factors in. Guidelines help, but you'll need to find what works best for YOU. If you have kids, my opinion is to start them young! I don't have kids yet, myself, BUT... I can imagine that, the younger you start them with healthy eating, the easier it will be for them to eat that way when they're older! Obviously don't go crazy and make them only eat carrots and broccoli all day, but teaching them good from bad is necessary in all aspects of life... Food included!

The next thing I did was the biggest eye opener. I bought a food scale. If you think stepping on a scale and seeing your weight can be surprising, just wait till you get a food scale and find out what an actual portion size is supposed to look like! I've eaten fairly healthy for most of my life. I haven't had fast food since November of 2010, I've always been a big fruit and veggie eater, etc. However... POTIONS ARE A BITCH! You look at the nutritional facts on the side of a box and think "meh... That's not so bad. I'll eat one serving." Then you GUESS at how big that serving is, and end up eating 984759874 as much as you should be, thinking you're doing okay. WRONG. Do yourself a favor and start weighing EVERYTHING you can. Start with pasta. I freaking LOVE pasta. But have you ever seen ONE SERVING of pasta??? It's like three noodles. Seriously. Ain't nobody satisfied by that! Which is why, even wheat pasta, isn't exactly diet friendly. BUT... If you watch your portions, you can fit in the delicious stuff you crave here and there and still be okay!

Next! Download the "My Fitness Pal" app! That thing is AMAZING. It seems kind of tedious at first, having to add in every little thing you eat, but it gets much, much easier once you've been doing it for a while. Everything you've entered saves in the memory, so you won't have to look it up, or scan the product, again and again. Don't have a smart phone for some crazy ass reason? You can do it online, too. Www.myfitnesspal.com. My Fitness Pal DOES calculate a suggested amount of calories and Macros [Fat, Carbs, and Protein] you 'should' be eating. However, it might not be exactly where you want to be. If it suggests you should be eating 1200 calories a day when you're in the gym working your butt off, and that's it!?... Well, something isn't right. My trainer, which I'll talk about later, gave me a formula to calculate calories. Take your weight, subtract ten pounds. Then multiply that number by 12. That's the lowest amount of calories you should be eating, ESPECIALLY if you're working out regularly. Now multiply that same number by 15. This is the highest you should be eating. And you should feel free to hit that damn number when you're working out like a beast because, the harder you work in the gym, the more fuel your body is gonna need. YAY FOOD! After I calculated my numbers, I picked a number that's exactly in the middle of my high-low and put that number in as my calorie goal in My Fitness Pal. I also used a different app to calculate and set my macros, which I can talk to you about if you want, just hit me up. But I won't go into huge detail on that here cuz the app sets those for you and they're usually pretty close to what you'd need anyway.

I realize not every can afford a personal trainer, HOWEVER... If you have any extra money at all, I definitely recommend at least ONE session with a trainer to have him/her show you the best way to get more bang for your buck in the gym. My trainer works in Lodi, Ca. His name is Ricardo and if you walk into any gym in Lodi and mention him, pretty much anyone will be able to point you in his direction. He's freelance, so he travels and does house calls, too. If you want his number, let me know. He's pretty awesome and not as expensive as the not-so-awesome gym employed trainers I've seen.

Speaking of the gym, I go 4 days a week, for about an hour to an hour and a half. Because of my work schedule, I like to go every other day so I have a break from my super long days in between. If I go every day, I get burned out really easily and don't want to go at all. Which makes for ridiculously unsuccessful workouts, and that's never good. You need to find what works for you. The biggest thing about your workouts needs to be VARIETY! If you do the same thing every day, over and over, your body gets used to it and it starts being less and less productive. Do legs one day, back the next... Throw in the some abs here and there, have an arm day, do a full day of devil ass cardio, etc. The variety not only keeps your body guessing, but it keeps you from getting bored and not wanting to do the damn workouts in the first place, too! If you want to know what workouts I do specifically, email me. :)

The number one question I get asked is what do I eat? Well... I don't mind eating the same thing over and over. If I find something that's delicious, I tend to stick with it. So if you're someone that can't eat the same thing repeatedly, then this section of the blog might not be for you. I'll try to get in some suggestions for switching things up tho, so hopefully it'll help anyway, even if you don't end up doing what I do. Again, it's totally all about finding what works for you, so take what I'm saying today, and play with it. Decide what you like and what works for your body. Anywhoo... For breakfast I typically eat the following: 1/3 cup Egg whites, 1.5 ounces of carving board turkey meat, 1/2 serving of fat free cheddar- all scrambled together. I either eat them with a piece of Dave's Killer wheat bread or wrap it all in a low carb tortilla with salsa. I drink 2 cups of coffee, or at least I try to only drink two cups of coffee. haha I'm obsessed with Pumpkin Spice K-Cups from Green Mountain [Yes, that brand specifically. The other ones are gross.] with a splenda and a splash of nonfat milk. My calories for breakfast are usually just around 300. For lunch I usually have meal prepped: 4 oz of chicken breast, 3 oz of sweet potato, 1 cup of broccoli. Mrs Dash is a savior. Sodium free and delicious flavor. I sprinkle that shit all over everything. My lunch is usually 300-400 calories. Dinner: I'll either do a chicken wrap, [Low carb tortilla, laughing cow light swiss cheese wedge, lettuce, 3 oz of chicken breast] and/or homemade soup. If you want my soup recipe, email me. It's easy, I try to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible! Depending on how much time I have to cook [which is usually very little] I'll actually COOK a meal at night, instead of using those easy, mostly pre-made, go to items that I prep on Sunday's with my lunches. When I do that, it's usually tilapia or salmon, with quinoa or brown rice and a bunch of veggies. Or a big salad with chicken is always good too. Safeway has greek yogurt dressing, which is pretty amazing. For snacks I'll grab an apple cinnamon kind bar, greek yogurt, or a few pretzel chips with hummus. I realize there are even healthier options for some of the stuff I eat, but the things that are not AS great for you [like the pretzels or tortillas] I eat in moderation and make sure it fits my macros/calories for the day when I plan out the rest of my meals. Other things I'll grab on occasion, that are good to add to your dailies if you would rather have them, over what I eat: Protein shakes [I usually do cellucor vanilla. It tastes really good and the nutritional mumbo jumbo is good, too.], almonds [WATCH YOUR SERVING SIZE], isopure waters [The waters are great! Protein packed, good taste, keep you full. The protein POWDER, however... fucking disgusting. DO NOT DO IT! lol], carrot sticks, apples, pretty much any fruits and veggies. Don't sit and stuff your face with the higher calorie, higher carb/sugar ones, however. Eating 50 bananas a day might not be as healthy as it sounds. lol There's lots of other healthy options, but those are the things I eat most. Like I said... Play with your food. :D Find out what works for you. As long as you're watching your calorie/macro intake and working out, you've got plenty of options to keep you from getting bored or starving to death.

Matefit Tea. I know I've posted a few times about Matefit Tea. I don't drink it anymore, and I know some people have a problem with some of the ingredients. Like I've said time and time again.. I'm not a professional. However... When I was first starting out, whether it was just the idea of it or if it was actually helping, Matefit Tea really did jump start this whole transition for me. I drank the metabolism booster in the morning and at lunch for about a month. When I first started drinking it, I thought it was delicious. I'd have it hot in the morning and cold before lunch and LOVE it. It helped me feel full faster and longer, and I didn't feel jittery or cracked out. Great, right? Well, the magic ended after about a month. For some reason I started gagging at just the smell of it. NO IDEA why because I SWEAR to you I loved it before. Apparently my taste buds had just had enough of it. Which was fine, because by then I had things pretty dialed in and my will power had become strong enough to face the day of hunger on my own. Try it out if you want. I may help, it may not. But I don't feel like it's a big hoax product like most, if not all, of the wight loss PILLS out there are. That's my personal opinion, don't jump down my throat if you hate or love any weight loss products. We're all entitled to our own opinions on the matter. :D

Lastly, WATER!!! Drink a shitload of it. Like seriously... I try to drink a gallon a day. Sometimes I drink more! Days like today, where I'm glued to my computer and it's too cold to step away from my little heater under my desk to get another water bottle, I drink less... But I always strive for a gallon. Water is good for you, duh. You've heard that since you were itty bitty. But did you know that it also keeps you feeling full in between meals? Truth! Try it out. YES, you will pee. A LOT. But you'll get used to it. ;) 

Okay, I've probably forgotten things and, as fast as I'm writing this, I hope I don't sound like an idiot. But that, for the most part, is what my life looks like health and fitness wise. If you have questions, please feel free to email me. If you have input on how I can improve, please feel free to email me! I definitely, oneeee more time, do NOT think I'm a pro by any means and love the input. Well, I'm off to work. Thanks for reading my ramblings, and as always, for the support you guys show me. I hope this helps! Have a fannnntastic day! <3

Let's get this party started!

Hey all! I'm so excited you're checking out my website, thank you! I feel like I need to start off by pretending I'm winning a Grammy and thanking a bunch of people. So, here goes. First off, I need to thank Allen of Allen Daniel Photography [www.allendanielphoto.com] for helping me get this page started. He's been super helpful and I can't thank him enough. I do need to throw a thank you to my BIFF, Jodi, for volunteering to help me with my page making first, though. Allen ended up just taking over [sometimes I need that, I'm too indecisive. haha] and handling the page making, but I do appreciate friends like Jodi who were willing to help as well.

You may have noticed all the pictures on the main/portfolio page of my site. I've worked, and continue to work with soooo many talented people. I'm gonna list some links to their social medias now so you can go check out the rest of their awesome work. In no particular order, they are: Allen Daniel Photography [www.facebook.com/allendanielphotography], Marz Photography [www.facebook.com/richardmarzphotography], Tragic Glamour Photography [www.facebook.com/tragicglamourphoto], Silvia Paveri Photography [www.facebook.com/SilviaPaveriPhotography], Yellow Bubbles Photography [www.facebook.com/YellBub], Chris Epperson Photography [www.facebook.com/Chris-Epperson-Photography], Jim Parks Photography [www.facebook.com/Jim-Parks-Photography], Jessica Michelle Photography [www.facebook.com/photographybyjessicamichelle], Rachel Monroe Photography [www.facebook.com/rachelmonroephotography], and Keith Selle Photography [www.facebook.com/keithsellephotography]. I'll be working with more and more photographers, and I'll definitely be giving credit to them as they come along. However, since there's photos on my main page from all these wonderful people, I wanted you all to be able to check them out.

Other things I think you should check out: Theladiesofmetal.com or www.facebook.com/ladiesofmetal. I have never met a group of more supportive girls and I totally love being a part of such a rad family. Www.JoinMADA.com or www.facebook.com/fotodoormodelsforchristymack is another good one. It's awesome being a part of a group of models that support the fact that domestic violence is NEVER okay. Www.Sinfested.com or www.facebook.com/sinfested is an awesome clothing company, run by a rad dude, and you should definitely check it out and pick up some of their gear. Www.Plaguedfitness.com or www.facebook.com/plaguedfittnessapparel is another awesome clothing company that I rep for. You should pretty much own everything they have. It's all affordable and super comfy.

I've posted on my facebook [www.facebook.com/StaciCastle3] telling everyone to give me suggestions to write about. So, I'll be doing some of that HOPEFULLY pretty regularly. So, keep checking back. If you have questions, or ideas on things you think people might wanna know about me... Go ahead! Pick my brain. Let me know what it is you're thinking either here, or on facebook, and I'll try to get as many as I can covered in the days ahead. :D