Fashion and Beauty

5 WAYS TO SHOW YOUR STYLE SOME APPRECIATION

It seems like every time I pack for a vacation, the clothes I pick out are not the clothes I really want to wear. Consumed with self-doubt, I’ll roll with the punches, eyeballing my choices with utter disgust. I’ll snap 100 pictures for my Instagram, and I won’t like one. My mind virtually shifts to my wardrobe; why didn’t I wear this? Why did I pick out that? How many likes will this outfit get? As shallow as this may sound, it’s the truth. They say women dress for women. I say we dress for social media. With all this mid-level scrutiny, I think I knew what I was doing wrong. First, I had to stop the criticism, stop the obsessive need to be liked. I wanted to channel all that energy into appreciating my style for what it is—unapologetically me. Easier said than done, right? Perhaps. Well,...

DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE IN 2018!

Being real, I hate making New Year’s resolutions. Nobody ever keeps them, and I’m too much of a planner to follow them. I’m more of a long-term and short-term goal kind of control freak. However, in 2018 I just might have to make an exception, I should have made it a long time ago. My New Year’s resolution is to not let anyone rain on my fashion parade. Now, there is a backstory to this: flashback to freshman year when I thought I had fashion all figured out – I didn’t then and still don’t! Anyway, freshman year in one of my fashion merchandising classes my teacher asked the class to define our personal style in one word and present why you think that. The class went on and all the other students described themselves as “preppy” or “edgy.” When it was my turn, I walked up to the front of t...

LUXURY, MEET MADE IN AMERICA | BRITTANY REED | FOUNDER OF TESORO TALKS TO HARNESS

You may or may not be familiar with the brand Tesoro, but you will be. It’s an affordable luxury handbag company founded by one badass millennial babe, Brittany Reed. Tesoro creates beautiful handbags from leather sourced right here in the United States of America. We were wondering how this beautiful business came into existence, and it is such an amazing story. Brittany was creating handbags from her parents’ basement for close friends and family with the hope to one day make it her full-time gig. One night, an angel in disguise named Miranda offered Brittany and her former partner, Emily, the chance of a lifetime. Miranda and her husband encouraged Brittany to leave her job and start her own company. The couple offered to be mentors and investors in the budding business. Bot...

10 THINGS THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY WON’T TELL YOU

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve fallen head-over-heels for the lies women are told by the beauty industry today. We all want to be accepted, to be told that we’re beautiful, to feel worth something, but – unfortunately – that also means we’re often convinced that we can find those things if we only look a certain way or buy a certain product. After my experience on America’s Next Top Model, I wanted it too. I spent years chasing the idea that I could prove my worth, all the way to New York City, and it wasn’t until I was standing at a photoshoot, about to step in front of the camera, that I realized it was all a lie. While there’s nothing inherently wrong wanting to look or feel beautiful, there are a few important things that I’ve realized over the years that women of all...

THE FREE BEAUTY THERAPY

In a world where a tap of your phone can make you feel inferior coupled with the pressures of your life as women, it is little wonder that beauty and mental health are closely interlinked. The impact of pregnancy/raising children, work pressures, romantic relationship and the relationships with your friends and family can all impact our mental wellbeing from time to time. The relationship between mental wellbeing and the constant bombardment of so called “beauty” fascinates me and worries me at the same time. I was fortunate enough to have some women share with me how their mental wellbeing affects their view of beauty and how to overcome this fragile relationship. “I work in mental health, I really shouldn’t be experiencing mental illness, should I?” Beauty for some is i...

FRENCH BEAUTY TIPS YOU NEED TO STEAL

French women have long been the focus of much beauty inspiration. Their effortless appearance and demeanor is one that even the most skilled beauty guru strives to achieve. A flawless but “lazy-girl” approach to beauty probably isn’t for everyone, but we can’t help but share a few of our favorite tips for capturing the minimal, Parisian glow that is French beauty. Start With Skincare A key aspect of the effortless French look is a strong commitment to proper skincare. French women grow up learning good skincare habits, and they understand that the key to glow-y makeup starts with a fresh base. This means cleansing their skin thoroughly with a cleanser suited for their skin type and layering products to ensure proper hydration. After cleansing, we recommend toning your skin with a face mist...

RUIN IS THE ROAD TO TRANSFORMATION

RUIN IS THE ROAD TO TRANSFORMATION Photographer: Irene Ferri – www.ireneferri.com Models: Marcella Faraci | Gisele da Silva Pattacini Wardrobe Stylist – MUA: Martina Lanzi Location: Officine Meccaniche Reggiane – Mechanical Workshops of Reggio Emilia (Italy) About the location: The factory was founded in 1901 in Reggio Emilia and has become very famous as Italian aircraft manufacturer during World War II. After several takeovers by different groups, it has been abandoned in 2008. Plenty of street artists have converged in the buildings over time and painted its walls; the location has been shot in renowned movies and music videos too. Today, the factory has been left alone, mainly inhabited by homeless people. Regardless of the obvious urgency to take control of the situa...

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 W/ C...

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@gmail.com Author Bio: Full time marketing specia...

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