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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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Natural Sculptures

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A few years back I met Bess Wyrick. She was doing a floral instillation in Gramercy Park’s Rose Bar — a giant hanging skeleton made from white flowers. I had always thought about flowers in the sense of arrangements but never really in the form of a live sculpture. There is something I really love about the idea of creating art that can only last and be appreciated for a short amount of time before its organic nature recycles back into the earth. An amazing example of that is in the whimsical work of Patrick Dougherty which blows me away.

Whenever Bess is in New York we try to collaborate. Most recently I asked Caroline to come by the studio and pose for me, something we have been doing together for years now. Bess, being the sculptor she is, created this spring garden nymph moment around Caroline’s delicate body which, to me, is reminiscent of the fleeting weeks when we get to dance under the pink shade of the cherry blooms before nature moves on to the green gardens of summer.

This May I’m going to be heading out to L.A. to spend a weekend retreat at Rose Story Farm (remember how we had roses shipped from them for this beautiful shoot?!) with Bess doing a workshop on flower arranging and creative expression. It’s going to be a lovely group of women, so think about joining us if you out in L.A.! More info on the workshop can be found here.

Happy Spring!

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The Female Nude

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I am a woman. I am aware of my body like any normal human being. It’s not a surprise, just look at the images served up to us. Everyone is beautiful, happy, young, thin… they have the perfect (insert your own personal thoughts here) stomach, eye brows, waist, legs, hips- sometimes it feels like an impossible treadmill of perfect we will never really achieve because of genetics, because we have real life and real work and can’t spend the amount of time it takes to achieve “perfection”.

But really, what is perfect?

I’ve always be interested in shooting nudes. I started in college. The body is one of the most beautiful, natural things about life. The way it changes, the way it gives life, the way each is our own and that is what makes us special. I wouldn’t take my grandmother’s wrinkles away, or Dad’s loving soft hugs, or seeing my sister-in-law’s body change carrying the amazing twins my family adores. I would not say that I have had body issues all my life, but as I’ve gotten older I had to learn to look in the mirror and teach myself to stop judging the way I look compared to other people.

As a photographer I look for what is photogenic from people to places to the design of a still life. I’m not going to lie, I love tall beautiful thin fashion models. They are like illustrations of illusions of an idea of who we think we are or could be. Fantasy is part of the fun, photographing that fantasy is one of the things that I love most.

However…

There is a place for curves too. Curves are incredible. When our model Jourdan walked in I was honestly first taken back by her personality. Her confidence. Confidence is the one of the greatest quality anyone can possess. She was cool, smart, comfortable in her own skin. She was one of the least self-deprecating models I’ve ever worked with. When we started making photographs a lot changed for me. Not only as a photographer but as a woman. Maybe even more importantly as a woman. Here was a human, not afraid to let me photograph her with nothing to hide behind, no character to portray, no fantasy story to tell, it was just her. In the moment. In the light. Just the way she is.

After this shoot I had a mix of emotions. Her body, so beautiful, so photographic in its shapes and contours was in one word: inspiring. She made me realize that the female form in any shape and size is incredible. To have curves, softness, confidence was true beauty. She represented to me what being a woman was all about. I understood why Renior and Matisse painted the way they did and I saw that beauty too. I was so proud to be a woman and in my personal life, more confident about the size of my chest and softness around my stomach. If wrinkles show the hand of time and the life that was lived, curves show the fertility of it and the raw attraction of humanity.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that women come in many fascinating forms and, at this sitting, I saw beauty in a way that should be more often seen.

Here’s to the beautiful form we call being a WOMAN.

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Chantecaille

 

I love Roses.

I love to grow them, receive them, smell like them, and photograph them it’s no wonder the rose is considered the “queen” of essential oils.  You can imagine my excitement when I discovered Chantecaille’s Rose de Mai line of beauty products made extraordinarily with a very special rose gown in Provence, France which blooms only once a year called Rose de Mai and harvested by hand. I love every morning waking up and applying the Rose de Mai cream which feels as if you are rubbing thousands of rose petals on your skin. What is even more special is that the scent is all natural from the actual roses that make up these products and take care of your face with the power of this floral ingredient.

There is something very calming about the smell of roses. When I’m feeling very stressed from a long day of editing and deadlines or after an intense photoshoot, it’s nice to spray Chantecaille’s Pure Rosewater on my skin not only to re-hydrate it but lift my spirits. Rosewater has an interesting history dating back the the Ancient Romans who not only drank Rosewater but bathed in it… obviously I wish I had more Rosewater baths in my life, right?! Aside from just being incredibly luxurious, Rosewater fights depression, insect bites, inflammation, sunburn, and signs of aging. I guess this is as close as we can get to the “fountain of youth”.

Sometimes we are incredibly fortunate enough to get clients we are personally fans of. Last December we were brought into the Chantecaille offices in Soho and briefed on their top secret newest member to their rose collection, Rose de Mai Face Oil, which was just released a few weeks ago. They asked us to come up with an idea, some visuals, on what the Rose de Mai line means to us and how we would visualize Chantecaille into a body of work. You can imagine, I was beside myself- a total dream job! We got to work right away concepting everything from stills, to videos, to cinemagraphs. Later this spring the work we created will be rolled out around the world in Chantecaille’s in-store displays, websitesocial media channels and in press such as WWD.

After the creative was signed off on by every member of the Chantecaille family (this is a family run business) we got to work. First step. Find the perfect roses in the middle of winter which we did through Rose Story Farm and had as many as possible shipped overnight. The studio has never smelled so beautiful! There were roses everywhere, in the windowsill, refrigerator, work table, kitchen counters! Over the course of a three day shoot we made beds of roses, flower crowns, flower hats, flower petal showers, you name it. It was a pure delight.

Of course Chantecaille does more that skincare, they also have an amazing line of makeup made most famously by Angelina Jolie when she reapplied their lipgloss not knowingly on camera at the Golden Globes. So I was VERY interested in hanging out at the makeup station for our shoot to pick up any tips / tricks from Chantecaille’s in house makeup artist Eddie Hernandez. My favorite things: their mascara smells like roses (DONE) and this is my FAVORITE makeup tool now.

Here are some of our favorite moments from this very personal collaboration with Chantecaille~

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Above~ Red Audra Dress

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Above & Cover~ White Audra Top

Below~ Red Audra Dress

Below~ Delphine Manivet Dress

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Above~ Marchesa Top

Below~ Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cream

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Above~ Katie Ermilio Bandeau

Below~ Elie Saab Dress

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Above & Cover~ White Audra Top

Below~ Delphine Manivet Dress

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Above~ Misha Nonoo Jumpsuit

Below~ Chantecaille Pure Rosewater

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Above~ Marchesa Top

Below~ Delphine Manivet Dress

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Below~ Misha Nonoo Jumpsuit

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Chantecaille Rose de Mai ||Modeled by Teresa Dilger of Silent Models || Makeup by Eddie Hernandez of Chantecaille || Hair by Fred Van de Bunt from Art Department || Styling by Kelly Framel & Erin Framel of the Glamourai || Manicurist Angel Williams || Flower Artist Tammy Becker



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