I am a fashion blogger. By mere definition, I should spend a majority of my time explaining the latest trends to you in some (hopefully) inspiring or palatable way. However, what if I told you I am currently in a place that has me wanting to totally abandon the latest trends?
When it comes to your beauty routine, finding the right products can be quite an arduous process. One brand promises to keep your face blemish free, while the other promises the fountain of youth in one tiny bottle.
With all these choices, how does one decide which product to use?
One factor that should come into consideration when choosing a beauty products is the ingredients. Are the ingredients natural, and is the company bottling these ingredients in a sustainable way?
A brand that is doing both is Beargrass.
With a mission to create beauty products that are comprised of completely vegan ingredients and a desire to give back to the community while doing so, Beargrass is part of a new social movement that is empowering consumers to make environmental change through the purchases they make.
Beargrass not only works with local experts to ensure their products only contain pure plant oils and extracts, they also package these ingredients in bottles that are recyclable and have been manufactured by companies that are close by. These are just two ways that Beargrass is making a difference in the beauty industry, though. The company also gives back to the community by donating 10% of its net profits to community-strengthening projects. One of these local projects includes YouthBuild Louisville, a leadership program that provides education and job training to low-income youth.
With all natural ingredients, sustainable manufacturing processes and a mission to give back to the community, Beargrass is truly helping change the way we look at our beauty routine- one bottle of charcoal cleanser at a time.
If you are anything like me, then you truly enjoy the transitional period that comes between the sweltering summer months and fall. The temperature cools at night, yet the days are still filled with sunshine and warmth. For a style maven, this time also provides a unique opportunity to wear pieces from both seasons.
“We don’t call them shoots here. We don’t shoot people. It’s really a love affair.”
– Irving Penn
I was recently tasked with photographing an editorial for Extol magazine that would feature the clothing from a local brand called The New Blak. However, unlike many of the editorials I have shot in the past, after two weeks of pondering, I was still completely unsure of the direction the shoot would take. This lead to frustration, which ultimately lead to a complete breakdown of productivity. But isn’t that how it sometimes goes with creatives, though? You almost get stuck in this viscous cycle that starts to feel unbreakable.
However, this particular dilemma (lack of productivity) did lead me to a bit of contemplation on how one can break this cycle that can feel frustrating and almost paralyzing at times.
Question: What is an artist to do when they are having a serious bought of creative block?
Answer: GET. INSPIRED.
In my particular case, Irving Penn, an iconic photographer, was my source of inspiration.
Irving Penn’s photography graced 165 Vogue covers during his 66 year career at the publication. He was not only one of the first photographers to shoot couture creations in natural studio light, but he also crafted beauty campaigns for major companies like Clinique that were completely groundbreaking for their time. The photographer was a true visionary whose work showed the world that fashion is more than some frivolous pursuit, or a mere tool for upping one’s social ranking. It is artistic expression in one of its truest forms, because we utilize it every day to convey who we are, and how we want the world to see us. It is this very notion that has inspired me in my work.
Now, I can’t quite claim that my next shoot will turn out like Penn’s famous Women with White Rose portrait. However, I can definitively say that I will be taking on this shoot with a fresh perspective and a head full of ideas.
The designers have spoken: red is the color to invest in this fall. Givenchy painted their coats with the hue for their fall 2017 collection, and Tod’s sent head-to-toe looks down the runway that boasted the color as well.