Home Improvement: Organic DIY Improvement on a Budget and an update on My Apartment

https://opalbyopal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/New-Bench-Blue-Outfit-30secs.mp4 DIY home improvement on a budget and update on my apartment When it comes to decorating your home, are you the type who likes to furnish your place immediately, or do you like to build it out organically and bring items into your home over time? I think I am an organic apartment growth … Continue Reading

Brand Spotlight: Practicing Mindfulness With Headspace

https://opalbyopal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Headspace-PT-2-1-Min-IGTV.mp4 Today, I wanted to check-in with you Gems and share an update on my mindfulness meditation with Headspace that I started a few weeks ago. If I’ve learned anything over the course of this past year it’s that creating a daily routine for yourself is easy but sticking to it is the hard part. … Continue Reading

Capturing Street Style: 5 Photoshoot Tips and Tricks for Models and Photographers

In this blog post, I wanted to share my favorite tips and tricks for how I shoot Street Style content on the streets of New York City. If you ever wanted to have your own photoshoot in the most magical city in the world, keep reading to learn what locations I like to pick, how … Continue Reading

Home Inspiration: Caring for House Plants

Is it me or has everyone been into home plants lately? It’s totally easy to understand why – in this time when the world seems to be in constant chaos and we can’t seem to get a break from the horrible news stories flooding our screens one after the other. Bringing parts of nature into our … Continue Reading

Photoshoot Challenge – “Shooting at Home”

Did you know that January is International Creativity Month? To celebrate Maxim and I decided to challenge ourselves to shoot and model for each other for a “15-minutes photoshoot challenge”. I shot Maxim. He shot me. Who did better? Go to my Instagram Stories to vote on the best portrait, angle, movement, and more categories … Continue Reading

Gallery: OpalbyOpal Christmas Celebration

I hope everyone had a wonderful and merry Christmas! From our little fam to yours, enjoy the festivities that went down this year in our household: Ugly Christmas Sweaters Photoshoot Introducing Santa Maxim πŸŽ…, Reindeer Opal 🦌 and Santa’s Little Helper Pluto 🐢 Christmas Dinner We went with Jamaican/Russian dishes for our International themed dinner … Continue Reading

New Vlog: Decorating a Christmas Tree

Tis’ the season to be merry! In today’s video, I’m taking you along with me through the entire process of getting my 9ft Christmas tree decorated! From shopping for ornaments, picking out the tree, getting it home and finally getting it fully decorated, it was a fun and festive experience. I hope you all enjoy … Continue Reading

Fitness Motivation: Upper Body HIIT Workout + My 5 Favorite Free Workout Apps

Today I’m bringing a little fitness Motivation to your feed so we can get this week started off right! Maxim and I tried this Upper Body HIIT workout by MrAndMrsMuscle and boy did we break a sweat. It’s the perfect high intensity workout flow to wake up your muscles and get your blood flowing. https://opalbyopal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/video-output-D39514EC-F1FF-4C26-9703-324162AC4C5A.mp4 … Continue Reading

9 Bench Workouts To Try At Home

https://opalbyopal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/9-Bench-Workouts.mov Starting the week off RIGHT with a full-body workout that anyone can do at home. All you need is a bench and it wakes-up all of the muscles from your core to arms to your legs and booty! πŸ‘Β  Workout Tips: Do 3-4 sets of each circuit. Do all of the workouts in a … Continue Reading


WE’RE ENGAGED!! I am so thrilled to share with you Gems, that Maxim did the deed and I said YES . The feeling of knowing that I get to marry and spend the rest of my life with the person I love with every inch of my body is Incredible. I know they say most … Continue Reading