BITE Beauty does one product really, really well: lipstick. A loyal lipstick wearer and proponent of natural and organic products, founder, Langmuir executed on the idea for a cosmetics line made entirely from edible ingredients: Bite. Upon signing a major partner on board, the rest was history... and BITE Beauty came to be.
One of the year's biggest beach weekends is upon us, and with the weather finally heating up, I'm rounding up a list of (mostly) sustainable summertime essentials for this (and every) beach weekend this summer!
It's International Yoga Day, so I've put together a quick flow dedicated to gently opening the heart. My favorite Yoga Sutra (1.33) discusses compassion in the face of suffering, what is the key to that life lock. So, focusing on our heart chakra will allow us to connect more deeply with our sense of compassion: towards the self and others.
Saint James is the original purveyor of the iconic Breton stripe.It seems simplistic, but staking that claim is a really big deal. Now, I've already disclosed that I represent this brand, and I couldn't be more proud to do so. As an effect, I wear Saint James stripes most days, and, thusly, they've become apart of my 'uniform'. But beyond stripes being a wardrobe staple for me--and most, quite honestly--this brand is the real deal.
So, green juice gained widespread popularity in the wellness wave that washed over the country--and certainly NYC--in recent years. But, rather than reserving green juice as just a fad, there's sound reason to make cold-press consumption a regular thing...
So, what even is considered business casual these days? Especially with the rise of athleisure, the lines have been blurred, and quite honestly I just don't know what qualifies anymore. Perhaps, in part, due to the fact that I've been working on my own/for myself for a few years now, I've lost touch with what it means. But, I've posed the question to some friends with "normal" jobs, since having a clearer idea of what is business casual could make getting dressed a little easier in the morning--which, I'm all about.
It's all about the feed. Instagram is a huge asset for brands (even individuals). Here's the key factors to identify when determining your brand guidelines to help create a beautifully cohesive, widely followed and highly engaged feed.
Larsson & Jennings offers Swiss-made watches inspired by the cities of Stockholm and London, marrying art and precision with each piece. They locally source leather from Anglo-Swedish tanneries for their leather straps, and only use hand-finished materials for premium detailing and durability. Each watch, backed by a 5-year warranty off-the-bat, has a crystal sapphire glass finish. Second only to diamond, crystal sapphire is one of the hardest and more durable materials on Earth.
I'm all about efficiency, which includes how I approach my workouts. While I make a concerted effort to be active in some form every day, I certainly don't have a ton of spare time (or any, ever). Nonetheless, it's a commitment to both my physical and mental wellbeing that I get in a good sweat more often than not. So, that said, I'm a strong believer in high intensity interval training (HIIT) to really get my heart rate up and burn more calories in less time.
L'Artisan Parfumeur was born as a result of a challenge. Jean Laporte was a trained chemist. So, a friend of his asked if he could create a banana scent to wear wth a costume, of said fruit, to a gala at the Folies Bergères.
Founded by husband and wife team, Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian in 2008, Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) provides a platform for artists, architects and other creatives working with engineers and scientists to bring forward human-centered solutions for sustainable energy infrastructures that enhance the city as works of public art while cleanly powering thousands of homes.
By now, you've probably heard of the concept of uniform dressing as it applies to everyday wear--essentially, having a go-to outfit formula, or even a specific style, to mitigate the amount of time spent deciding what to wear.
The idea behind MAT(T)ERIAL and NATURE was conceptualized in 1995: exploring the synergy between the two and the reflection of one on the other, as they say. The company's motto is "live beautifully" and, to them, that means upholding values of integrity, social responsibility, excellence, authenticity, and love (amongst others). Their products are inspired by the colors and textures of nature, manufactured in a way that protects it.
Finding a coffee shop that makes a solid cup of joe, has a great atmosphere, and is conducive to conversation (a.k.a. isn't loud and overcrowded) is tough. This is the art of the coffee meeting. And these are, in my humble opinion, the best places (in downtown Manhattan) to perform...
In general, people dislike publicists. On numerous occasions, upon answering the question of 'what I do', I've gotten the 'oh...' (head tilt) sort of response. During a great conversation with a journalist-blogger friend, we pinpointed some of the things that typical PR reps do that, quite frankly, piss her off--and most other media, too.
This brand crush goes out to Manduka Yoga. The overall mission of the company from the inception of its first mat was to create better, longer-lasting products to reduce levels of consumption and environmental waste.
Stress, or anxiety, is a response of the sympathetic nervous system ('fight or flight'), which is active 90% of the time... That's right, 90. And it actually results in a lot of negative physiological effects, making mitigating the level of activity of our sympathetic nervous systems incredibly important--albeit, quite difficult.
I'm essentially in "spring cleaning" mode the majority of the year. Every few months, or even as frequently as with every new purchase (which is quite frequent), I sift through my wardrobe to *try* to downsize. I always have my end goal in mind: a beautiful, quality-driven, mindfully minimal wardrobe.
Putting the spotlight on the new trends and people that are making France's capital a more whimsical, creative, vibrant and curious place to explore, I deem The New Paris a must-have in your collection.
I'm Steph, founder of Orchard and Broome, and the brain, voice, and being behind this blog. Launching a lifestyle blog has been a long-term goal of mine. And yes--I know--I'm kind of late to the game (peak entrance into the blogging scene happened around 2007?). I assure you, though, this will be worth following. Here, on OB, I'm excited to share what I've gathered in terms of know-how for leading a beautifully balanced, thoughtfully approached and overwhelmingly fulfilling life.