Sarentos: Top of the Ilikai


My friend Aaron invited me to have dinner at Sarentos recently.  I had never had dinner there before, however had attended a few nightlife events and wine tastings.  The forest green carpet made the place feel old and 80’s.  It was in need of a dire makeover!  The views are beautiful, the food superb!  Why wasn’t this place more popular?  To my surprise, Aaron had advised me that they had put $100k into renovations. The new dark (Cherry I believe) wood chairs and  tables compliment the new wine colored carpet and romantic ambiance.

I started with the oysters with ahi tartare, and my favorite of the evening, osso bucco potstickers with lilikoi mustard.  I forgot the picture though. ;(  I paired it with a fine white blend.

White Blend: Conundrum, California

A perplexing blend of Viogner, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat & Canelli, from the wine makers of Caymus.  Intensely flavored with refreshingly  acidity & bright citrus balanced with honeysuckle.

My sister Ashley and her boyfriend, Olcun joined us.   They had just gotten finished with dinner Kai Market at the Sheraton, so they shared a salad.

I had the penne ala vodka, with prosciutto, paired with a pinot.

Pinot Noir: Evangeline, California

Elegant ruby red balanced with layers of black cherry, sweet oak, highlighted with vanilla and spice.

Bill had the Osso Bucco.  The sweet jelly in the middle (the marrow) was sweet and delicate like pudding.

No room for dessert!  Had to run to work.
I will be doing a full review of this restaurant in the nearby future…
xoxo
Kristie
Dinner Hours:

Sun – Thu  5:30pm – 9pm
Fri – Sat  5:30 – 9:30pm

Cocktails & Bar:
Sun – Thu   5pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat   5pm – 12am

Location:
The Ilikai Hotel
1777 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Phone: (808) 955-5559
Fax: (808) 955-4249

Get Your Hair Done Bitch!


I was eating with my sister at L&Ls and we were talking about Gene Simmons and I couldn’t remember which band he was in.  Then this guy from nowhere (Robert) was like… Yeah he’s from Kiss.  And gave me his number and invited me to get my hair done by him, which was absolutely perfect!  Because I needed a bang trim.  The salon was conveniently located walking distance from my sister’s house, on Main Street in Santa Monica.  I noticed they carry a selection of Goldwell, Redken, Phyto, Swarzkopf, all favorites of mine, as well as a variety of other products as well.  The salon was cute inside too.   He trimmed my bangs for free, so I left him a nice tip. ;D  Get your hair done, by Robert.

Thanx Rob!

Robert Arias @ Salon Blu
getyourhairdonebitch@hotmail.com
2510 Main St
Santa Monica, CA
310-392-3331

Glow: Santa Monica 2010


Went to Glow at the Santa Monica pier which is an all night art show at the beach.  I watched the 1st 2008 show and it looked like a giant light show on the beach.  My sister said that it was previously like a giant rave with dj booths and music on the beach but that a 15 year old girl died because of an ecstasy overdose, so they have toned it down and turned it into a more family oriented event that closes down at 3 am versus at sunset.

I walked 4 blocks to the pier because the roads are closed down and we grabbed wrist bands to go on the carnival rides.  Down the beach you can see giant white light balls on each stand but nothing too fancy.  It was a bit disappointing.   But the beach and pier were covered with people everywhere.

I’m surprised how strict drinking, and smoking, and dog laws are at the beach.  They had small boxes painted on the sidewalk where designated smoking areas are.  Dogs aren’t allowed so we had to leave poor Bonjook home. ;(   We had a bottle of sake hidden in my bag which I forgot about and didn’t even drink.  My feet are so sore from walking so much today.

This is what the previous Glow looked like.

This is what this year’s looked like with the exception of a few booths, and a big projection screen.   Each booth had a giant white ball light.  I didn’t even go on the beach.  We just stayed on the crowded pier.

Cafe Bolivar: Santa Monica


I had breakfast at a cute little latino inspired, contemporary corner cafe on Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica.  Yesterday, my sister was in a rush to get to work so we grabbed sandwiches.  I had a chicken pesto with avo, and my sister grabbed a vegetarian sandwich, the Vegan Torta, which had a black bean spread.  They have fresh fruit smoothies, so Kai had the Papaya, Mango, Strawberry.  I had a ginger, mango, yoghurt drink, called Lassi’s.  They were different, but I love the flavor of ginger even if the strands would get stuck in my teeth sometimes.  Way to start the day with a healthy breakfast!  The side salad was a simple spring mix with a light vinegarette, walnuts, and bleu cheese crumbles.

Today is Saturday so we had more time to wait 25 minutes for $3 arepas, Venezuelan inspired mini sandwiches, made with fresh baked arepa bread.  Don’t have big eyes.  One is tiny, but can prove to be quite filling.  I tried the chicken and a vegetarian one that had avo, mango, cheese, and rosemary.  It came with a pesto-ish sauce on the side.  It was my 5 minutes of Heaven today.  And they have tables set up front so you can bring your dog.  We brought the cute Bonjook. ;D

The adorable Bonjook

Oh yeah, don’t forget the tea and coffees.  They looked good.  I don’t drink tea or coffee often though.

xoxo

Kristie Manning

Jesse Preston: Model in Las Vegas, NV


M: Where are you from?

J: Brooklyn, NY, raised for 19 yrs in Miami FL

M: What got you started in modeling?

J: Just did a random shoot for portfolio work.  Photographers saw me and asked me to shoot with them. smile

M: What is modeling to you?

J: Its the thing I do because it makes me happy, nothing else.  It isnt my world or the only thing i care about. My family and friends are.

M: Do you have an agent(s)?

J: No. I tried a non exclusive agent ONCE and it was terrible, i will neve let anyone manage my events or shoots again.

M: What has been your favorite gig?

J: I’d say hostings. so much fun going to a club and partying with cool people and getting on the mic smile

M: Who is your fav photographer?

J: Oh god, I have so many! They all have their own style its hard to pick one. It’s all art. I love David LaChapelle and his vision.

M: Favorite Makeup artist?

J: makeup artist? oh god so many, xsparkage, bethany, etc (youtube gurus)

M: Favorite stylists?

J: Kim Kardasian, god that girl has amazing taste

M: Do you have any other hobbies?

J: Making my youtube videos, painting, and movies. IM A HUGGGE movie fan!

M: Where do you work at?

J: im a model and bottle service coctail server at TRYST and Xs night club here in Las Vegas.

M: If you could model for anybody, what would be your dream job?

J: VICTORIAS SECRET! lol without a doubt, if i had longer legs and less boobs I think I’d do great ! lol

M: What is your ethnicity?

J: hispanic, PUERTO RICAN!

M: How long have you been modeling?

J: 7 1/2 yrs

M: What is your favorite style to model?

J: Fashion, bikini, creative concepts, glamour, nudes etc. -CREATIVE!! my fav shoot by far was one where I was a dominatrix AND a slave and I was photoshopped to be both girls in the photo! It was amazing.

M: How long have you lived in Vegas?

J: 2 years

M: If you could live anywhere where would that be?

J: California

M: What else do you do besides modeling?

J: I do my youtube videos, I work at the night clubs, I clean my house, I paint, I run my website , I clean, I play with my pets, I go to movies, I clean, I rent movies and games, I do it all. smile

Age: 23
Height: 5’5
Weight: 108 lbs
Waist: 26
Hips: 35
Shoe: 7
Dress: 0
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown

***My most RECENT work, Shoots, Features, TV, Hostings etc***

****** Magazines/Print ******
PLAYBOY
Playboys Sexy Girls next door (fall 2008)
Playboys Vixen Magazine (dec/jan 08)
Playboys Big Boobs & Hot Buns(2008)
Playboys Voluptuous Vixens(February/March 2009)
Playboys Lingerie (n/a yet)
Playboys Voluptuous Vixens (Dec/Jan 2010)
Playboys Nude(n/a yet)
strobemagazine (Dec 07 issue)
strobemagazine (Feb 08 issue)
strobemagazine (3rd issue (n/a yet))

miamigirlmagazine
(Cover Model)
raven magazine(2x)
(Cover Model)
09 Hooters Calendar
(*Finalist shoot)
09 Hooters South Florida Hotties Poster
Spannk mag (2x)
(april 08 issue)
(Rum Bum Race Shoot)
305 Magazine
(feature model)
VENGE MEDIA
(automotive calendar model)
after math mma magazine
MMA MAG feature model (april 09)
LAS VEGAS WEEKLY
Girls Of the U.S. Calendar
Vbar 7 deadly SINS party AD – “Lust”
xyience model- various magazines

She almost looks like Kim Kardashian

****** Internet Features *******
PLAYBOY.COM
BullzEye
eyecandyxotic
eyecandyvixens
2night.com
climaxevent.com(2x)
mypicturelobby.com(3x)
restlessmiami.com
cobra.subesports.com
(2009 Spokesmodel finalist -MISS OUTLAST)
(2010 spokesmodel finalist- MISS EVOLUTION PRO)
Youtube.com
(featured model 4x)
napkinnights.com
spyonvegas.com
(model @ ROK night club)
cre8ive pixel
(Littlepetproject.com)
LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM x3
Victorypoker.net
Sports illustrated- Lady of the day 5/12/10
Artisan Pool model (website)

****** Portfolio work ******
clphotodesign
justinprice
ujena
John neyrot (2x)
(Model of the month June 08)
DavPark Photography
GW Photography
WK Photography
Josephevans
feargirls.com
Paradeez photography
MarQuest photography
Roger B Stills photography
NJD Photography
(Company Video)
HeadHunter
Charles Williams
TrickProductions(2x)
Ransomaniac photography
Michael M. Perez (2x)
JSA Photo
New Media works
brunotalledo.com
Lux Glamour photography
Michael Vincent

****** Movies ************

Middle Men (starring luke wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht,Terry Crews etc)
role:Pornstar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pdOODYoLvc

****** Tv Appearences******
Fox channel: Cristinas Court
(as celebrity guest for sweeps)(aired 9/8/08)
opening credits model
espn2 (boxing match)
RING CARD GIRL
SHOWTIME (Tarver vs woods; boxing match title fight)
RING CARD GIRL
08 DUB car show
car model
Homestead Races
Car model
Roccos Martini Bar Commercial
Cafe iguana commercial
Telemundo
(video segment shooting for hooters 09 calendar)
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/2734385/7883664
Reality Show (’10 N/A)
Lead Love interest in music video (Jason phillips)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAOn3h3UTaE

She looks like Salma Hayek too

******Hosting/ Events******
Hosted Glass (miami)
Hosted Allstars (Pompano)
Hosted Barmainiacs (ft lauderdale)
Raven Magazine signing (Tampa)
Hosted Allstars Anniversary (Pompano)
Hosted Tantra (Miami)
Hosted HOTEL (Palm Beach Gardens)
*Celebrity Bartender
ROK night club (Las Vegas)
(w/Heather Chadwell (rock of love)/ featured on dailyfiasco.com)
Hawaiian Tropic Zone (Las Vegas)
Voodoo Lounge 6x (Las Vegas)
Vbar “LUST PARTY” (Las Vegas)
Hot Summer Nights at PLAYBOY Mansion (Breast Cancer Charity)
Playboy Bunny @ Magic Convention ’10
Victory Poker Spokesmodel/ Website Launch -Vanity @ hardrock

For Bookings http://www.myjessepreston.com/user/bookme.php
http://www.myjessepreston.com
http://www.myspace.com/dreamscumtru
http://twitter.com/myjessepreston

XOXO
Kristie Manning

Kristie Manning: Thought I’d interview myself. LOL! The best/worst photographers in Hawaii


How did I get started modeling?

Well actually I always was told I was beautiful and should model, and I always wanted to do it, but I think I just procrastinated.  I was always very skinnny, (not anymore ;p) and could eat whatever I wanted and not worry about my weight.  When I was 17 I was approached by a tourist in Waikiki by Larry Silva (Ohio), an amateur photographer.  Being my first time ever shooting I had a few bikinis and we went to a great spot in Diamond Head, a little topless beach I like to tan at that isn’t very crowded.  Only a few surfers paddle out there.  I wish I could find the pictures from the shoot.  In my favorite pictures, I wore an aqua Brazilian bikini that flattered my body type well.  The pictures were very amateur, but they were beautiful.  I was so happy with them.  My natural talent showed through, and by many photographers I have been complimented  on the expression I show through my eyes.  Especially in these first sets of photos could you see my dramatic expression.

My next shoot was with Paul Kusaba.  We became really good friend and I got a lot of my practice on him.  Our first shoot was some fashion shots at Temple Valley in Kaneohe.  It was a fun shoot.  I was getting comfortable with posing and expression.

Photo by Paul Kusaba

Hair and Makeup by Toni from Fab Beauty HI, Photo by Ryan Kerns

What was my favorite shoot?
I’d have to say my girlfriend Cher, also my talented makeup artist, started a clothing line called “Phragile.”  It was mostly cut up tank tops.  She wanted me to model for her line.  It was super fun.  And Marlowe Holt shot it.  We went to that same beach where I had my very first photo shoot, on Diamond Head.  Marlowe was super talented, and the shoot wasn’t too long.  He made me look like a super model in almost all of the photos.  I love collaborating and working with friends.  I also did a lingerie show for Look Magazine as a favor.  It was a really small show, and Reggie Miller was there.  But the girl’s were cool, and it was really fun getting ready for it.  I like to be sexy. ;D

Hair and Makeup by Cheryl P. and Photo by Marlowe Holt

What was my first nude shoot?

I shot with Clay Valverde when I was 18 after we had done a few bikini shoots.  I started to feel more comfortable with him.  I really didn’t know the scene yet, and he offered to pay me for a topless shoot, so I did it. I still brought my boyfriend along to feel comfortable.  Sometimes you can just tell when a photographer is perving out.  He seemed to always be licking his lips and staring at the wrong places.  He always was trying to get me to do nudes.  I’m comfortable with it, but it should be professional.  I regretted shooting in that apartment with horrible lighting because it looked like amateur porn.  I shot with him 5 years later in a bikini shoot with my girlfriend.  His photography did improve greatly.  But I don’t think I’d shoot with him again.

I’ve done implied nudity shoots with JT Gray from Northshoresurfphotos.com, Marlowe Holt, and talented Vince Cavataio as well.  When I was 19 I had the opportunity to shoot with Mr Bob Coello from the Northshore, owner of artofwomen.com.  He is so talented and uses mostly natural light to shoot.  I shot some bikini pictures with another girl.  He insisted that I do some cheesy coconut shell top pictures so I did.  Regardless of talent, Bob Coello is the biggest fucking pervert I have worked with.  He’s openly a pervert.  I guess he knows he can get away with it.  However, I am super pleased with my private collection of nudes that he did for me the second time we shot.  They are beautiful.  And he didn’t use  a touch of photoshop on them.

Bob Coello

Have you been published?

I had a 3 page spread in Easy Rider’s Magazine.  That was a fun shoot.  We shot on a dope chopper from Kustom Fab.  I had to do my own hair and makeup, and help with wardrobe because the guys were clueless.  They asked me to help last minute and I did it for a friend as a favor, but they paid me well. ;D

I got a full page in Ryan Kerns’ spread in Look Magazine after I shot with him.  After our first shoot at Toni’s house, I still was having fun shooting so I suggested that we (him, Kai and me) continue shooting at the Pali Lookout.   He got some great candids of me and Kai.  And a sepia picture of  me showing my back in a $500 yellow Catherine Malendrino dress was published.  It was nice to see a full page. ;D  Too bad I didn’t get any credit as the model.  It was actually funny because Ryan had been trying to get me to shoot with him for years.  I had always declined.  But I noticed his portfolio improving, so I decided it would be beneficial to shoot with him.  Ryan has grown to be a very talented photographer.  I thoroughly enjoy shooting with him.

Photo by Ryan Kerns (Not my favorite pic ;p)

Photo by Ryan Kerns

I shot with Vince Cavataio on the North Shore.  He is a super mellow surfer dude from North shore, and practically is the King of bikini beach shots, Hawaiian Tropics style shoots.  I’m pretty sure he invented it.  We did some sexy bikini pics and implied nudity pics.  He’s very professional and a talented photographer.  There were many great photos in the set.  He had some photoshopped pictures where he made my hips curvier and boobs bigger as well.  They were pretty good too.  If he didn’t live so far I’d shoot with him every week, if he’d let me.  We shot a second time and attempted an underwater shoot at Rocky Point.  I’m a water baby, but it was super hard.  The current is super strong there.  I couldn’t hold my breath very long.  And relaxing my face while trying not to block my face with bubbles was difficult and working on my pose.  2 years later they published one of the pictures, (not the greatest) in the Women of Hawaii 2009 calendar.

I did a Coolio music video in Higschool. LOL.  And a music video for my boy Ikena Dupont and Big Tease.  I’ve also been on a lot of local fliers and posters and local businesses such as clubs and bars.

I’ve been in a lot of films at import shows and random stuff, I can’t remember now.

Vince Cavataio

Are they real?

Real expensive!  I got my D’s from Dr. Gregory Herbich in Honolulu.  He is a talented dr. and I haven’t hesitated to recommend any of my friends to him.  The 1st month I got them, I called my boy, Paul Kusaba.  Thanks to him, I got most of my amateur practice on him.  LOL!  I told him we have to shoot my new babies, and we went back to my favorite spot, Diamond Head.

“My new babies. 1 mo. old.” Photo by Paul Kusaba

What’s up with my tattoos?

Its a long story.  Kind of stupid.  A reminder that I was in love once and never again.  My ex and I did our swallows together.  I have 2 on my pelvis, done by Q at House of Ink.  He’s great, has a steady hand, and works fast.  Ny ex has two on his lats.  I wanted to go small for my first tattoo.  It didn’t really hurt too bad.  It stung a bit on the hip bone but the rest was ok.  THen he dropped me off at the airport to Vegas, and he left for deployment the next day and I remember bleeding all over him, hugging and crying at the airport.

After we broke up that same summer, I did it.  I had a Sinful t shirt with rhinestones on it with roses and swallows and a banner.  I bought it at Metro Park.  The same day I went to my tattoo guy, Andrew, an apprentice at House of Ink in Kailua and asked him to draw a rendition of that, in his own style.  I liked Andrew’s style, he is a talented artist.  I wanted my swallows to be different from the traditional jerry sailor swallows, like the one on my pelvis.  Then he showed me his gray ones on his chest plate.  It was perfect.  But of course, different.  I think subconsciously, out of hurt and heart break I tattood my back.   I kind of regret doing it.  But it’s always a symbol of love (and hurt) to me.  It’s still a beautiful tattoo, and I wish I could finish it but my homey Andrew moved to SF.  But hey!  I’m moving to SF next year, so maybe I will finish it then!

I think getting a tattoo has hurt my chances at becoming a successful model.  But I don’t really care.  I’ve never been the type to conform.  I like being myself and doing what I want to do without any restrictions.  I think tattoo’s are getting more common everyday.  Besides, I model because I enjoy it, not because I want to be some amphetamine girl role model for little girls and women everywhere.  I think it’s a joke when girl’s who are no where near star quality actually think they have a chance in the model industry, and as they get older, eventually get manipulated into lower standard modeling, even playboy, or soft porn.  Being in Play Boy in my opinion isn’t an accomplishment.  Don’t get me wrong.  Every girl in Play Boy is beautiful, but I think if you are a real model, you’d be doing runway shows at fashion weeks, in print ads in Gucci and Dolce & Gabanna, and getting paid $20k for gigs to keep your clothes on.  Sometimes I do wish that I never shot nudes.  A lot of people told me I’d regret it when I was younger, but I didn’t listen.  But who does?

Who are my favorite photographers?

JT Gray Northshoresufrphotos.com, Marlowe Holt marloweholt.com, Ryan Kerns, Oh there’s so many, I can’t name them all.

Who are my favorite Stylists?
I never really worked with many.  I’ve done most of my own concepts.  Ryan Kerns always has innovative ideas.  And Caleb Shinobi has great innovative ideas.  I only got to shoot with him once, unfortunately, but it was so fun and creative. (and naked ;D)

Favorite hair stylist?

I have a secret weapon… shhh… you can’t tell everyone.  Sunny Salon.  And old Korean lady who has a shop upstairs from Like Like Drive Inn on Keeaumoku.  She’s the only person that would do my hair perfect everytime.   She’s amazing and fast!  Everytime I’d come back to her after someone screwed my hair up begging her to fix it.  I always leave there looking like a movie star. LOL!

Favorite MUA?

Cheryl Definitely CHER!

What inspires you as a model?

When I model I think about how I would look at my boyfriend.  I want to look sexy.  SO I guess I have a bit of a sexy deviance in my eyes.

PHOTOGRAPHERS TO WATCH OUT FOR!!!!

I use to work out at Power House and was approached by Emery Lucas.  Watch out for him.  he promises $200k print ads, and a $200k bonus for getting implants D and bigger.  I told him I was already a D and he insisted they were C’s and I go bigger.  He wanted an $800 deposit. Total SCAM. He also wanted to take pics of my boobs.

Kent Tran.  His photography looks bad.  He ran into me on the street and tried to flag me down and get me to join him for a drink at a hostess bar.  He frequents hostess bars and tries to hook up with girls at hostess bars.  A hostess once told me that he asked her to join him for a drink, then made her pay for it. Then when they shot, he demanded she be his girlfriend.

Bob Coello.  He’s super talented, but he’s a total perv with no professionalism.

Clay Valverde. I  never was comfortable with him.  You just know.

Ty Ferguson.  I met him at a MMA fight I ring girled for once.  I hate to be a mean critic, he was a nice guy but his photos weren’t that great.

Bob Coello

Other TALENTED photographers I’ve had the privilege to shoot with

Mo Martinez
John garcia
Guy Nakanishi
Chozen Urflix.com
Kaveh Kardeh
Marlowe Holt
JT Gray
Ryan Kerns
Larry Silva
Brad Carlsen
Jayson Tanega

Photographers I hope to work with in the future

Bruno Talledo
Harold Julian
Brandon Ching
Eyeworks
John Akina
Wendell Levi Teodoro
David La Chapelle
RRPIX

Wendell Levi Teodoro

Please beware when choosing photographers to work with, esp. TFP jobs on Model Mayhem and Onemodelplace.  These are all places for predators.  I’m pretty good at fishing them out, but there are a lot of girl’s out there who get taken advantage of.

XOXO

Kristie Manning