Monday, July 28, 2014

Follain -- Healthy, Wholesome, and Sound

If you haven't visited a Follain shop yet, then you're seriously missing out in the beauty and health department. Follain is a healthy beauty store with locations in Boston and Nantucket. Gaelic for 'healthy, wholesome, and sound' Follain features a thoughtfully curated selection of skincare, hair care, and cosmetic products from over thirty made in the U.S brands. Carrying the highest-performing healthy beauty products available, a selection of liquid hand and body soap are also available for refill in-stores, as Follain aims to remedy the immense plastic waste generated by bottles.

Back in 2009, when founder Tara Foley discovered the highly toxic chemicals in her treasured beauty products, made her really angry. Foley didn't waste anytime researching skin-nutrition and all the ingredients, products, and brands that were a healthy fit. After working on an organic Lavender farm in France, she learned exactly how an ingredient comes to life. It wasn't until Foley worked for a private label skincare manufacturer in Maine, and saw how ingredients were formulated and packaged to make beauty products; she documented everything on The Naturalchemyst blog. Which initially began as an outlet to share various experiences related to healthy beauty and healthy living. While in school to obtain an MBA, Foley utilized that time to meet and research multiple skincare brands, products, and professionals from across the country and world. After countless years of research, there still wasn't a beauty store that specialized in healthy, effective, and sustainable products only. That's how Follain was led to being created in 2013.

Friday, July 25, 2014

My Already Favorites (An Introduction)

Hello, dearest readers of the Chicest Degree. I'm really excited to be joining this team as the Beauty Editor, and giving you all some of what I got along with what I will discover along the way.

During my ongoing journey as a model, I have found that I'm always on the search for the perfect products to use on my own time. Make-up artists and hair stylists are always using all different types of makeup and hair products on me. So, I like to venture out and find my own favorites. It helps being exposed to mostly every single product ever created. As you may know, our founder and creative director Chloé keeps it very pretty and natural in the beauty department. I'm an absolute fan of that, and I try to use products and techniques that enhance and care for my body in a natural way. I have found over the years that my skin has reacted better to all-natural products, and little bit of TLC via vitamin D. Although, it's not supposed to be good for you (makes you old, wrinkly, skin cancer etc.) I find that it just makes you feel a little better after you're exposed to some sun every now and then. They say us east-coasters are deficient in the D vitamin because of the lack of light all year round. Basically, you just feel happier. I also follow up with a range of products that have a ton of SPF in them to still continue to protect my skin.  

As for my hair, it takes a little more patience. I have naturally curly hair, that has been colored for years and is often up against a lot of heat while I'm at work.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stan Smith

After months and months of searching for the most coveted minimalist sneaker of the moment, has finally come to an end. Just last week, the Adidas site in the USUK, and Sweden has finally restocked in all colors in all sizes. Normally, whenever a specific piece of clothing, accessory, or shoe becomes remotely popular and trendy amongst the fashion blog sphere, I don't want it. In this case there's something undeniably cool about the nondescript tennis shoe and not too mention look great paired with almost everything. My interest was immediately piqued after viewing the Isabel Marant, pre-fall 2014 collection, in which her French take on trainers effortlessly paired with elevated separates; such as oversize knits, boyfriend jeans, and tailored mannish suiting paired with a crisp white t-shirt.

If you've been reading the Chicest Degree frequently, you'd might remember the Minimalist Sneaker post where we discussed the evolution of everyone's fixation with Nike Air Max's, low top Air Force 1's, Free Runs - or even the sartorial slip-ons that both Céline and Givenchy turned into a "thing." The classic Stan Smith, still continues to be the go-to footwear choice for some of the most stylish power players. 

Adidas Stan Smith available on 

Although sneaker heads and the fashion flock may share a devotion to the idea of the latest and greatest, the Stan Smith is changing all of that. The 1973 Adidas original, named for tennis pros, has gotten a relaunch from the brand this past January and trainer lovers and style setters have converged on this particular old school style.

A sentiment long embraced by the street-style set, editors, and even Phoebe Philo sported a pair at her spring 2011 show. This fusion of sport and high fashion continues during the Couture collections, where both Raf Simons' and Karl Lagerfeld have featured minimalist sneakers on the runway. 

Will you be joining the Stan Smith bandwagon? Tell me everything, leave nothing out. 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lottie Moss for Calvin Klein Jeans x Collaboration

Everything old becomes new again thanks to a collaboration between Calvin Klein Jeans and luxury e-commerce site Faced by Lottie Moss, model and younger sister of Kate Moss, the collection celebrates the brand's iconic past in true CK style. "The Re-Issue Project," is filled with updated classics such as high-waisted jeans, denim jackets, t-shirts and sweatshirts - which range from $105-$415 in price, adorned with the brand's iconic logo. "The capsule is all about nostalgia for the '90s and that whole look feeling very right again," said Calvin Klein Jean's global creative director, Kevin Carrigan. The exclusive project brings back the staples of the Calvin Klein Jeans collection that launched the career of Kate Moss in 1994. Photographed by Michael Avedon, Lottie's innocence and natural beauty is captured, which truly represents the essence of the Calvin Klein woman. 

Lottie Moss photographed by Michael Avedon for Calvin Klein x

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