The Stowaway

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It came as no surprise to me when I caught wind that my friend Chelsa was starting a new makeup line. Her knowledge about beauty and products comes from years of being a makeup artist and working for brands such as Clinique and Bobbi Brown. I’ve personally worked with Chelsa many times on beauty stories in the past, remember when we did this tutorial on the bold lip or how to look “berry” romantic?…

So, I was curious, does the world need another line of makeup? 

Yes! 

but why?

Because our lives have changed from the sort of women who had time to sit at a formal vanity and “put on our face” to women who are now busier than ever, on the go, and care more about what products are made of than pretty packaging.

Chelsa explained to me, “The makeup industry is a bit in the dark. We all think about the food we eat and where it comes from now but we don’t ask ourselves, what’s in our makeup?” Part of Chesla’s initiative with Stowaway is to have those honest conversations about beauty products and educate women on what they are paying top dollar for and, this is something I never even thought about, that your makeup DOES expire. Would you drink expired milk? I don’t think so, so why is it ok to smear expired makeup on our skin?

Stowaway lets you never have to worry about your makeup expiring because it’s designed by size to be used up before that date approaches. It’s 1/2 the size, 1/2 the price and literally does all the thinking for you so you can concentrate on more important things like Barre Method at 7am, breakfast meeting at 9, getting through the workday, that social event after work, dinner with the love interest and some of you can throw a few kid’s schedules on top of that too right?… all the while looking great incase we come upon a perfect selfie moment.

Here is the other thing Chelsa educated me on-

The U.S. only bans 11 items from being allowed in cosmetics while Europe bans over 1,300! Stowaway  is committed to holding themselves to the highest standards in the beauty industry by following Europe’s lead and being EU compliant. When I asked her if the products were all-natural then she explained to me that “all-natural” isn’t exactly the answer but rather a trendy marketing term. I mean, Mc Donalds uses “all-natural” and sure potatoes come from the ground but….. ANYWAY. There are really great man-made advances in beauty that are 100% safe. Stowaway lists all the ingredients in each of their products HERE.

But what I love most about Stowaway personally is the size. They easily fit into your gym bag, clutch, purse, carry-on, camera bag, or pocket. In that beautiful minimalist approach to life we are now embracing (we’ve all read this by now right?) I can pack the Stowaway kit of their 6 go-to basics and find myself free to focus on life, wherever the day may take me.

Since we are being super honest here I opted to NOT beauty retouch Chesla’s skin into some sort of idea of beauty industry perfection so you can see the real product in action, the way we actually look IRL. Also, full disclosure, I was not paid for this post, I am 100% in love with Stowaway #fangirl and all my friends are too. So, this is just a love letter.

Here’s the real pretty part: Chelsa broke it down into three different looks using only three products to get the woman on the go through our busy day-

 

The Post Workout Look

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1. Creaseless Concealer

2. Radiant Complextion Beauty Balm

3. Defined Lash Mascara

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For a post workout quick natural beauty fix to get you out of the gym and into your day Chelsa suggests starting with the Creaseless Concealer under the eyes or on trouble spots (above) followed by applying their hydrating Radiant Complextion Beauty Balm over the face as desired (below)

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Since your cheeks are probably naturally flush from your workout you can embrace your real blush tone and finish your face with a quick flick of Stowaway’s Defined Lash Mascara. Natural beauty inside and out!

For me personally this is now my everyday go-to face which allows me to get ready in a jiffy and have a nice neutral base to build upon later in the day depending on my plans.

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The post- flight touch up

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1. Creaseless Concealer

2. Cheek & Lip Rouge in Burnt Rose

3. Creme Lipstick in Scarlett

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Usually when we walk off a plane these days we are running todo something and here is what Chelsa suggests for looking fresh off a flight. First, touch up any trouble spots or dull skin with the Creaseless Concealer. Then, refresh the face with a new application of Cheek Rouge (which can also be used as a lip balm).

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The finishing touch to looking fresh faced and polished is a swipe of Creme Lipstick in a bold color such as Scarlet. Stowaway_cosmetics_013

The Going Out at Night Transition Stowaway_cosmetics_014

1. Effortless Eyeliner

2. Extreme Lash Mascara

3. Creme Lipstick in Champagne

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 You’ve been moving through your day with the natural post-workout face and it’s time to step it up for night. These three simple, petite products you can easily store at your desk are all you need to pivot your look in a couple of mins. First, Chelsa lines her top lid with Stowaway’s Effortless Eyeliner in Spice which she transitions into a smoky eye by blending it into her lid with the tip of her finger (below).

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For more drama, she suggests a bolder lash line which is easily achieved with a few strokes of Stowaway’s Extreme Lash Mascara. The finishing touch- a Creme Lipstick named appropriately, Champagne.  Stowaway_cosmetics_018 Stowaway_cosmetics_019

After I finished this shoot I went home and threw away all my old makeup (goodbye expired brown lipstick from the 90s) and embraced a new idea toward beauty. One that fits my real lifestyle.

PS- If you’re in NYC sign up for their mailing list as they have events from time to time where you can meet the founders Chelsa Crowley and Julie Fredrickson, ask questions about makeup and try out their products for yourself. 

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Stuart Weitzman

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This week we received some great news!- We were listed in AdWeek’s Top 100 Creatives thanks to our Cinemagraphs like the ones you see here created as a digital ad campaign for Stuart Weitzman. It was such an honor to have our new visual story telling style recognized and I hope this leads the way for more experimentation as we continue to evolve the idea of a living moment.

Cinemagraphs began humbly. At first, using simple gifs, we were limited by a file format spec’d in 1989, only a few months before Taylor Swift was born. Now in 2015 we can display them in so many better ways, most notably on mobile apps like Instagram and Facebook, both of which recently rolled out video that loops and auto-plays. Cinemagraphs got a whole new breath of life and we were able to explore that through this campaign with Stuart Weitzman. They came to us with a vision in mind and we in turn made their scenes come alive, showing their shoes in a new way to a whole new audience.

We were so proud at the outcome which you can see here, here, here, and here.

As always, thank you for coming on this journey with us as we turn our cameras on the world to show it breathing and alive and hopefully brings something interesting for you to see.

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The Flower District

I love gardening. Growing up in Texas I spent so much time as a little girl with my grandmother in her garden harvesting tomatoes and and watermelons, or pruning rose bushes. It’s a rare thing to partake in this peaceful and caring activity piled upon each other in the concrete jungle of Manhattan but I find ways to carve out my own piece of nature. I recently moved uptown and traded the bridge and tunnel traffic for Central Park and Riverside Park. I needed to see green. I needed to be able to escape the things that make living in this city difficult while at the same time better enjoying the things that make it the greatest. 

Through some sort of twist of fate I found my dream apartment, which at the moment is still mostly empty while I start the slow search for new (but probably old) furniture to fill her beautifully molded walls. {pause – and check out my Snapchat story today to see the vintage vanity just delivered!} This past weekend I decided to start with the sweet little terrace. I wanted to create a relaxing space to sip my morning coffee and for it to become beyond lovely for a glass of wine at night while watching the sun set behind Riverside Park. I wanted to look out my french doors at an explosion of color and life. 

Any time I need flowers or plants, be it for photo shoots or personal use, I head to Manhattan’s flower district on 28th between 6th and 7th Avenue. Trying to stay out of the way of the professional event planners, florists, and interior designers that tear through here can be slightly intimidating but totally worth it to open up a world of botanical wonder. It’s here were I first learned about succulents and that roses come in so many more interesting colors than deli-shop-red.

So on a Saturday in New York City, I popped on my new little environmentally friendly Bon George dress, Monica Rich Kosannearth charm necklace” and set out for 28th street with a terrace transformation in mind….

  Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace...    Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace...    Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace...

Getting my hands dirty. Below- from my snapchat in my “glamorous” gardening clothing which is actually my go-to moving outfit or has been at least for the past 3 moves.  Flower_District_23 Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace...  

Enjoying it for the first time in a Ralph Lauren silk camisole & skirt  Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Above, the happy view from the bedroom window. Below, stepping out in the morning in my vintage Frenchman’s linen shirt I bought on my last trip to Paris Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace...

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A Cointreau Summer

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 Recently we shot a cinemagraph series for Cointreau, an orange-flavored liqueur produced in Saint-Barthélemy-d’Anjou, France, which brought in a flurry of butterflies and easy summer cocktail recipes into the studio. Light, simple and delicious I found them to be the perfect charming drink to serve your guests and friends this summer holiday weekend without finding yourself spending too much time crafting a cocktail. 

THE ORIGINAL COINTREAU RICKEY

– 2 oz Cointreau

– 1 oz  fresh lime juice

– 4 oz club soda

Pour Cointreau and fresh lime juice into a glass and add ice. Top with Club soda and stir. Garnish with a lime and orange zest. 

 

{styled by Kelly Framel || model by Karolina Wallce || Hair by Casey Geren || Makeup by Porsche Cooper || Manicure by Angel Williams }

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