Listening Now: Shura

I was introduced to this British artist about a year ago by a friend of mine, and I’ve been enjoying her sound ever since.

Tomorrow, Shura’s first-ever full album, Nothing’s Real, will be available for pre-order. Follow the link on Soundcloud to explore more of Shura’s music.

Learn more about Shura on her website, weareshura.com

Watch the video for Touch feat. Talib Kweli below:

Valfré: Artist Spotlight

I need to give a shout out to the talent at Valfré. Hey girl, hey! Love you!

Valfré is an LA based label that was founded by artist Ilse Valfré.

Bold and unapologetically tongue-in-cheek, Valfré has quickly become a global source for the creative and wild-at-heart.

Her art has evolved into an entire collection of unique and adorable cell phone cases, journals, clothing, jewelry & more

Keep up with Valfré on Instagram and Facebook.

ilse Valfré (@valfre) • Instagram
ilse Valfré (@valfre) • Instagram
ilse Valfré (@valfre) • Instagram
iPhone Cases, ilse Valfré (@valfre) • Instagram
ilse Valfré (@valfre) • Instagram
Man Tamer Choker in Pink, ilse Valfré (@valfre) • Instagram

 

Some of My Favorites

Working in the beauty industry for the past 4 years has afforded me the opportunity to play around with the creme de la creme of products. From skincare serums and masks to lighting palettes and longwear lip colors, I’ve tested them all and very much enjoyed the luxury of surrounding myself  with these lovelies.

Here are a few of my favorite things..

Hourglass Mineral Veil Foundation Primer

I love this stuff. Super sheer, with excellent color-corrective properties. Great for calming redness. It perfects my skin and creates a smooth canvas for applying foundation. $18-72

Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in Rose

I’m completely obsessed with this. Use it everyday, keep it in my pocket obsessed.

An instantly hydrating and softening lip treatment and tint in one. I love the color and the way that it it feels on my lips. $16.50

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

Brand new moisturizing cream from an amazing natural skincare line.

2 forms of hyaluronic acid hydrate & plump your skin, while papaya enzymes smooth and exfoliate. Alpha-arbutin and exotic floral extracts help to brighten hyperpigmentation spots and illuminate the complexion. $65

Too Faced Lip Injection Plumping Gloss

Constantly attempting to increase the volume of my lips, I’ve tested my fair share of plumping glosses. I love the ones that tingle. This one is a definite win. $22

All of these products are available at Sephora.

 Photo by Tricia Cathcart 

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Dropping the Weight of Jealousy and Envy

There will always be people who will be better than you at things you’re good at. There will also be people who will be worse.

Don’t worry yourself with that.

Free yourself of the immense stress of needing to be ‘better’ than another. You are in competition with nobody but yourself, the person who you were yesterday, last week, last year.

Don’t compare yourself to others. We are each travelling on such unique paths in life, along the way creating the experiences that determine who we ultimately become.

We all have different talents, and unique ways of going on with our lives, and interesting ways of dressing and adorning our bodies. These differences are what make life beautiful. Interacting with each other and appreciating these qualities, that’s what makes a memory, a connection, a relationship.

The more the merrier. Teach one another.

2016 baby.

Don’t associate your victories or losses with anybody but yourself.

Instead, extend a helping hand to those who may benefit from your guidance. Celebrate those who have accomplished what you hope to–and learn from them.

Change is constant. Nothing stays the same for long, accept this and move more fluidly, in both mind and body.

Allow yourself to enjoy the uncomfortable moments, those disagreements and crossroads of opinion. Proceed with grace and hunger for knowledge in these moments. Look for what you can take away from the situation.

Be honest with yourself. Live your truths, unapologetic. Not everyone will like the decisions that you make, the way that you choose to play out your deck of cards, but that is OK. It’s OK. It’s OK.

It’s perfect, because you said so.

It’s yours.

That’s the only reinforcement that you need.

Artwork by Ambivalently Yours

 

Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, & Brie Larson Do Drag For Jenny Lewis

Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, & Brie Larson dress in drag for Jenny Lewis’ most recent music release.

Most of us are familiar with Anne Hathaway and Kristen Stewart’s recent acting gigs, from Princess Diaries to the Twilight trilogy. Larson has received less mainstream fame for her work, although you can catch her hilariously witty performance style in the now off-air Showtime series, “United States of Tara.” (Netflix it ASAP if you haven’t watched.)

“Just One of The Guys.” It’s the lead single from her upcoming album The Voyager, which is Lewis’ first full-length record in six years.

Former Rilo Kiley frontwoman and Hathaway recently worked together on the upcoming movie musical Song One, which Lewis scored. Stewart and Larson are personal friends of Lewis, donning tracksuits for the singer at the drop of a dime.

The Voyager is out July 29. Watch the girls become boys in the Lewis-directed video below.

Stylish ‘Ringly’ Syncs With iPhone

Wearable technology is gaining popularity, especially with the fashionable new options that are popping up on the web.

Ringly is a line of 18k gold rings with precious and semi-precious stones. Designed by an actual jewelry designer, you would never know that the rings also sync with your phone and apps, vibrating to inform you about important messages, calendar events, and pre-approved notifications so you can keep your phone out of your hands yet still on call.

In a recent Elle article, Founder Christina Mercando explains the idea and the convenience behind Ringly,  “I was just always missing calls and texts because my phone was in my purse, and my family was getting frustrated with me [to the point that] it became a running joke. And I was looking at my hands, and I thought, ‘You know, I wear some big rings. I wonder if I can make a technology that would fit into the things I wear every day that would help solve this problem and be useful?’ And so that’s where the idea came from. It was always about wanting to make beautiful things. It was never, ‘How can we make technology beautiful?’ I wanted to make beautiful things and put technology into them. And I think that’s very different from the way a lot of technology companies work, because they start with the technology first and then design around it. We’re using a very different approach by starting with the style and design.”

Ringly application screenshot, courtesy of Ringly.com
Ringly application screenshot, courtesy of Ringly.com

The current features of Ringly allows the user to get notifications after connecting it to any application on your phone. It will also let you know if it’s too far away from your phone, to say that you’ve left it behind. Or, if you tap your ring, it can vibrate your phone, so you can find your phone in your purse. (!!!)

As a new gadget and concept, Ringly will continue developing the software as time goes on. Mercando stated that the company has recently hired a neuroscientist to do some research and development into expanding the features of the ring.

Mercando says of wearable tech, “It’s still in its infancy right now. We’re seeing a lot of really cool products come out, but in order to hit a mass-production level, I think that they need to start looking better, and they need to start being a little bit more youthful. And for us, we think people are going to be buying electronics in the same way that we buy clothing today: You go into a store, and you buy the one that fits your style that day; even in terms of functionality, you buy the functionality that fits your lifestyle. We really see those things expanding. There are a lot of fashion brands today, and we think there are going to be a lot of wearable tech brands.”

Founder Christina Mercando, photo courtesy of Ringly
Founder Christina Mercando, photo courtesy of Ringly

For now, Ringly is available through pre-order on Ringly.com, however they foresee a collaboration with boutiques both large and small.

“For us,” says Mercando, “it’s more about where you buy jewelry and where our marketers go. It would be more of the Bloomingdales and Nordstrom types, and less of the Best Buys of the world.”

You can get your hands on Ringly for only $145, and they are currently running a 25% off sale for pre-orders on the site.

Totally. Awesome.

Get Lippy- Bold Hues A Standout Trend

Unexpected lip colors are everything right now. It’s a simple way to add edge and interest to your look.

We’ve compiled a list of several glosses and lipsticks that have excellent pigmentation and staying power.

The Lime Crime Opaque Lipstick Collection
The Lime Crime Opaque Lipstick Collection

The Velvetines matte-gloss collection by Lime Crime is incredible, with a groundbreaking formula that goes on liquid and dries completely matte. They are transfer and touch-proof, to ensure that the color will stay put only on your lips, a very important aspect to consider when you’re about to paint them a deep or bright color. Also long wearing, the Velvetines not only stay where you put them, but they also last throughout the duration of your night.

BLACK VELVET is our personal favorite. $20, LimeCrime.com

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Lime Crime also has a brilliant line of opaque lipsticks, in a huge array of colors that you won’t find in any other cosmetics line.

D’LILAC is our pick for the Spring Season. The perfect shade of lavender.

dlilac-lipswatch

lipstick-packaging_7Melt Cosmetics is another great brand for unique colors. The formula is long-wearing and non-transferable, both extremely important qualities to look for in a standout lip color.

We especially love the hues BLOW, DGAF and BANG! BANG!

Ultra matte and bold lipstick by Melt Cosmetics,  in BLOW
Ultra matte and bold lipstick by Melt Cosmetics, in BLOW
The MELT lipcolor palette
The MELT lipcolor palette, available on meltcosmetics.com