Fashion and Beauty

THE TRUE NATURE OF MILLENNIALS – SKINCARE RELATIONSHIP

The millennial generation has been a hot topic for some time now. Whether researchers are examining their fashion and lifestyle choices, or they’re being accused of being entitled, there’s no denying that millennials are under a watchful eye, usually one that scrutinizes them and judges their choices and habits. Well, today we’re here to shatter some myths and shed some positive light on this enormous generation. More to the point, our goal today is to examine the nature of their relationship and attitudes towards skincare and beauty products, and it’s safe to say that other generations can learn a thing or two from these ‘youngsters’ because they don’t just come to play, they own the beauty game.   The Anti-Aging Myth   One of the biggest myths surrounding millennials in terms of beauty h...

LET’S ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT BEAUTY

It’s Time to Dispel the Beauty Myth What is beauty? Is it an opinion, a mind-set, a temporary feeling? Is beauty simply “in the eye of the beholder” and not at all inherent to the beheld subject? I think beauty just is. Beauty is not a concept, an opinion or even an adjective. But, if beauty is simply a state of being – an “is-ness” we naturally embody, then what’s with all the fuss in the over $265 billion global beauty market? Society and media messaging have greatly influenced our relationship to our own beauty, warping our thinking that being beautiful is only for certain people, or that beauty is attainable mostly through external means. I’m the perfect poster child for this kind of manipulation. I’ve spent much of my life comparing myself to the images in fashion magazines and trying...

HOMEBODY

This project was inspired by “home.” We wanted to embody high fashion with a homey / even a neighborhood type of feel. We shot various looks with the lovely Evie Williams with Click – Re:Quest Models NYC. One of my favorite looks was Evie modeling her Onepiece raincoat. It was just such a staple piece for this shoot. I always try to capture the realness / rawness of the project + of the person. Those candid + natural moments are the best of moments! Author: Maria Doka Author Email: mariadokaphoto@gmail.com Link to social media or website: http://www.mariadoka.com, instagram.com/mariadanielledoka Wardrobe Credits: Zara Blouse + Denim Calvin Klein Bralette Onepiece Raincoat, Zara Top, Urban Outfitter Baseball Cap Forever 21 Duster + Thrifted Blouse Model: Evie Williams ...

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR A STRUGGLING BLOGGER

Hi beauty lovers, So, I took a selfie the other day, noticed all my blogging equipment in the background and thought, “I hope I can do this as a career.” It made me reminisce on the day I decided to publish my first YouTube video. Fast forward three years later and here we are! Still blogging strong… When you get off your parents teet and have bills and real shit to deal with, you start to live the life that’s there instead of living the life you love. I was getting frustrated and tired of doing all this work without reaping rewards. I was starting to forget the whole reason I began my blogging journey and started to focus on free makeup and paid ads. Yet, what I am failing to realize is that I am passionate about something! In life, we get so caught up in the mundane daily tasks and...

TO THE TALL GIRL

Dear sister, stretch your neck. Not to the side. Upward. Crane it. If you look like a giraffe it’s because you are one. Because you reach higher branches. Because you overflow the space you’ve been allotted. Because your shoulders are temples to the birds. Because you already possess the sky.   Do not slouch in pictures. Do not notice the gap between his head and yours unless it is to see if you can pick something off the top shelf for him. Do not wish for less perspective. Do not be afraid of your own significance. You have the magnetism of a lighthouse. The musculature of a waterfall. The elevation of volcanic rock. The voice of a bugle calling forth from a tower. So sing our rally song. Author: Kathryn Schuyler Email: kathrynschuyler@...

PRODUCT REVIEW: CLINIQUE BEYOND PERFECTING FOUNDATION & CONCEALER

Hi Beauties, I’m excited to bring another product to you guys this is an oldie but a goodie AND AFFORDABLE! it is the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer which can be purchased at Ulta, Sephora, all department stores and online. I purchased my foundation in the color Golden and will definitely be falling somewhere between that shade and Amber this summer. As stated on the website “A foundation-and-concealer in one for a natural, beyond perfected look that lasts all day. Lightweight, moisturizing makeup covers thoroughly without clogging pores. Skin breathes comfortably, colour stays true, even through sweat and humidity.Due to the rich pigment level that enhances this flawless coverage makeup, shades may appear deeper when first applied. Once blended completely ...

A PLUS IN A MINUS WORLD

I’ve dealt with my body image my whole life. I was bullied in elementary school for being on the chubby side, but lost the baby weight during 5th grade. You would think I would’ve been ecstatic that now I lost the baby fat and had the “perfect” body, right? Wrong. I’ve always felt ashamed of my clothing size; I was always the one that was the biggest size in my class, unable to raid my friends’ closets because I was fitting into size medium tops and size 5 jeans at 12 years old while my friends were barely entering womanhood. Eleven years later and the stigma of being the biggest size still exist, feeling like a plus in a minus world, especially in the blogging world. Even though the world of blogging is not the world of modeling, let’s be real: bloggers are put into either a “normal” or “...

HOW TO FIND THE “TRUE YOU” IN THE MIRROR

  When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Lines you swear weren’t there the day before and tiny grays rupturing through your scalp? Lips that aren’t quite full enough and patches of skin that stick out to you? Pimples or birthmarks or moles that detract from your perfect palette? Eyes that are too narrow or too wide or too squinted or too basic? Do you see unruly eyebrows or over-plucked ones or ones that are clearly the wrong shape? A nose that’s too squashed or too full or with too large of pores? When you look in the mirror, do you see thick arms that jiggle too much and lumps and bumps you wish you could cover? Do you see pouches and wrinkles and marks you wish you could vaporize? Do you see a stomach that will never be a six-pack and legs that are just too flabby? Breasts t...

FIVE THINGS I LEARNED FROM A YEAR AS A FULL-TIME LIFESTYLE BLOGGER

Like most twenty-something’s nearing the end of their college careers, I thought for a long time that I would use my English degree to go the corporate route, working for a publishing company, maybe, or writing for an editorial. As my time at university started winding down, however, I felt more and more hard-pressed to take a little hobby I had become incredibly fond of and attempt to turn it into a full-fledged business. I wanted to be a blogger. More than that, though, I wanted to see if the shared love my boyfriend, Porter, and I had for photography, minimalist style & travel could help us connect with people, positively impact the social media sphere, and simultaneously create the kind of freedom we both felt our lives could never really be our own without. Fast-forward one year, ...

ALANA ATHLETICA: EMPOWERING ABUSE SURVIVORS THROUGH ETHICAL FASHION

  Today we chose to partner with Alana Athletica, a new start-up that designs and develops luxurious yoga-inspired active-wear made with a cause – to empower women abuse survivors. It all started with an idea, a desire to give back to deserving communities in underprivileged areas. Just a year ago, the team at Alana Athletica was traveling the world (with jobs in management consulting and fashion design) collecting new friends and experiences, but first-class travel, elite hotels, and expensive meals weren’t going to cut it for Chen, Az, Amanda, and Juan. Coming from different countries and very humble roots, the Alana team was convinced that their future efforts (both personal and professional) needed to serve a greater purpose – to give back, support, and empower o...

COMPARE ME NOT

Comparison We all go through it; it’s our human nature to compare ourselves to others. Being in a world of bloggers, it always feels like a competition of who has the most perfect feed, the most likes, the most engagement, the most collaborations; in reality, the most in everything to see who survives in the concrete jungle of blogging. We all want to be successful, we all want our voices to be heard, and we all want to make it to the top. Spending hours and hours in social media can take you into a world of comparison to see who’s a better blogger, which then leads to see who’s the “best” blogger, sometimes making you fall into what seems an abyss that leads to a path of envy, insecurity and self-destruction. Worst of all? We feed our brains with society’s standards which are driven by gl...

EMBRACE NATURAL, EMBRACE YOU

Let’s talk about a struggle that all women know too well – hair. Hair is the worst. Sometimes it’s perfect and doing exactly what you want it to do, while other days it’s flat in random places and most likely resembling a bird’s nest. Around the age of 10, when my long locks suddenly started developing volume into the dreaded “poofy” stage, I began to hate my hair. It was hard to control and I didn’t like the way it looked down. I’d put two giant brightly colored hairpins on either side of my head and tie the rest into a ponytail to keep it out of my face. By age 12, it was always in a gel slicked back ponytail, chola style, and a huge mess of volume in the back. By age 14, I didn’t know what to do with it anymore so I simply let the beast roam wild and free. I had the awful idea to ...

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