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Exploring Bushwick’s Street Art with Perrier’s Sparkling Mineral Waters

06/27/2017
Exploring Bushwick's Street Art with Perrier. Find your flavor Inspiration This Summer!

Mural: Suchs Life x Sipros for The Bushwick Collective

Hey Street Art Lovers! Welcome to The Stylish Flaneuse’s Summer Edition. This is the season where we take the wandering bug out to the streets, nature and abroad. I’m starting off the outdoor summer experience in Bushwick, a street art community hub in Brooklyn, NY and one of my favorite locations for Street Art watching. For this adventure I brought along Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water’s brand new flavors Strawberry and Watermelon. Perrier’s sugar-free and calorie-free naturally flavored sparkling waters are packed with crisp tasting and invigorating flavors ideal for pairing with your favorite mocktails, cocktails, or alone as a refreshing drink on the go.

Exploring Bushwick's Street Art with Perrier. Find your flavor Inspiration This Summer!

As a way to celebrate the latest flavors, Perrier partnered with multidisciplinary artist AKACORLEONE (Pedro Campiche)  to bring us a street art lover’s architectural dream. The vibrant public art installation is jam-packed with colors and prints inspired by the tastes of Perrier flavors. This exciting campaign reflects Perrier past collaborations with surrealist master Salvador Dali and NYC’s king of pop art Andy Warhol. 

Exploring Bushwick's Street Art with Perrier. Find your flavor Inspiration This Summer!

Mural: CHORBOOGIE for The Bushwick Collective

Exploring Bushwick's Street Art with Perrier. Find your flavor Inspiration This Summer!

Mural: CHORBOOGIE for The Bushwick Collective

Exploring Bushwick's Street Art with Perrier. Find your flavor Inspiration This Summer!

Mural: Sipros for The Bushwick Collective

Exploring Bushwick's Street Art with Perrier. Find your flavor Inspiration This Summer!

Check out AKACORLEONE fun house of street art through Perrier’sLanding Page

While you’re there make sure to sign up via the upper right corner of the landing page for a chance to  win Perrier for a year! 

Photography: Tatiana Katkova

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EXTRA

From Cocoon to Butterfly: Allow me to formally introduce myself with I DON’T CAMOUFLAGE

06/16/2017

Hey everyone! It has been a long time since I posted on this side of the web. The past few weeks have been overwhelming, exciting, and scary, along with many more feelings in between. I’m going through the transition of embarking on a new phase in my life. On June 1st, 2017 I became a Free Agent – Goodbye 9-5 life! I’ll take this time to focus on building my professional and creative aesthetic by exploring new concepts, collaborating with like-minded creators, and finally getting a little of spare time for living a well-balanced life. I am excited for these upcoming months. I feel a wave of creativity, inspiration and growth heading my way. I invite you to join me on this journey and hope you’ll feel inspire to pursuit your own aspirations and those plans you always put off for the “future”, because the future is now!

From Cocoon to Butterfly: My Interview with I DON'T CAMOUFLAGEI thought a great way to connect with you all is by sharing a little more about me. Luckily my formal introduction won’t be a generic one thanks to Aiko Tanaka, a super talented friend who invited me be part of her mini-documentary series I DON’T CAMOUFLAGE “is a movement highlighting the lifestyle of those who dare to stand out via migrations and use of patterns. The mini-documentary series provides a unique opportunity to discover talent, fortify their presence, explore different lifestyles, allow community to support the local artists, empower them, exchange stories and inspire each other.” When Aiko invited me to join I was beyond honored, and shocked 🙂 Once you check out her past features you’ll recognize the creators who have been part of this project including Bilal! Hope this beautiful piece provides you with a better sense of who I am.

Check out the full Mini-documentary below! 

 and don’t forget to check out more from Aiko at I DON’T CAMOUFLAGE

Aiko Tanaka used to camouflage. Hoarding her words. Shelving her thoughts. Disguising her dreams. But, luckily, this was only fuel for fire. Born in Tokyo and raised between Toronto and her native Japan, Tanaka benefited from a childhood of cultural zig zagging and global awareness. Split her college years between Kyoto, Japan and Rutgers University in NJ where she studied Social Sciences with focus in Race in Film. In 2005 Tanaka moved to Brooklyn NY and earned a masters in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. While at Pratt she worked with a non-profit and facilitated educational workshops for international students using music as a tool. Upon graduation, Tanaka worked in the entertainment industry only to find out that her true passion was in documentary filmmaking. While working full-time in the music industry, she launched her series, I Don’t Camouflage in 2011. She started teaching herself how to film and edit. She wanted to get better and started working in the film/tv industry as camera assistants and editor when there was a chance.  Thanks to the love and support from her mentors, peers, and collaborators, she was able to continue her pursuing her passion. 

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Shot Directed & Edited By: Aiko Tanaka 
Art Exhibition: Victori + Mo Gallery 
“Secrets Of Leaves” by Adrienne Elise Tarver
Photographer: Erica Genece
Assistant Photographer: Gevaughn Lairo 
Head Piece Designer: Krystle Ansari

 

 

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LIFESTYLE, SPONSORED

Self-care Routine With Vanity Planet

05/10/2017

The month of May is known as a transitional month where nature morphs into a colorful festival of flowers and greenery. 

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Soon I’ll be finished with the school semester which means I’ll have more time for self-care routines. The extra time in my schedule will allow me to take steps to regenerate as nature does during the “birthing season” of spring. I’ve incorporated a much needed self-care routine as part of my sabbatical rituals where I dedicate time to do things to help replenish my mind, body and soul. A normal sabbatical day can include meditation, deep hair conditioning with natural oils, yoga, a clean and fresh diet with fruits, veggies, lots of water and  herbal teas.

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As a way to make my self-care routine more enjoyable I made the switch from my paddle wood brush to  Vanity Planet’s Spin for Perfect Skin brush, a much easier alternative for exfoliating and bringing my skin back to the glowing healthy side of the spectrum. The Spin for Perfect Skin brush is the ideal tool for achieving a thorough skin deep cleanse from head to toes. The single-speed rotation system helps to gently remove dead skin cells, eliminate dirt and oil trapped deep within your pores, plus it helps promote cellular rejuvenation . I love that!
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The Spin Brush comes packaged with four interchangeable attachments suited to target different areas of the body. The Daily Cleansing Facial brush is made of soft bristle ideal for your daily cleansing routine.  I alternate every two days with the Exfoliating Facial brush (grey) for a deeper cleanse that helps my serum and night potions work more effectively. The system also includes a Pumice Stone brush designed to exfoliate the hard surface of your feet.
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And lastly the Body brush, my favorite! I use it for dry brushing and in the shower. The large brush head is gentle enough to use on my arms who have been battling Keratosis pilaris for too long to remember. The brush actually makes that surface of my skin much noticeably smoother and even-toned. The active super Spin for Perfect Skin  system leaves my skin feeling fresh, soft and radiant after every use.
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Self-care Routine With Vanity Planet

Are you ready to take step up your self-care routine with Vanity Planet?

Use Code SpinSpring70 to get 70% off your own  Vanity Planet Spin Brush!

This will be your trusted ally to achieving a glowing and healthy skin just in time for summer.

 

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ART

Christian Vincent Pursuits Mindfulness Through The Frame

04/27/2017

 

 Christian Vincent Pursuits Mindfulness Through The Frame at the C24 gallery. 
 Christian Vincent Pursuits Mindfulness Through The Frame

A hypnotizing aura of melancholia reminiscent of Picasso’s Blue Period (Periodo Azul)  flows through the wide open gallery space at C24 GALLERY. Los Angeles based artist Christian Vincent’s Through The Frame incorporates similar monochromatic highlights of blue-green shades like Picasso’s somber series. Vincent’s collective of absent facial expressions evokes feelings of  isolation, and at times a daydreaming ambiance. “The subjects, often youthful figures on the verge of adulthood, capture a sense of innocence confronted with the compromises of modern life.”

Christian Vincent Pursuits Mindfulness Through The Frame

The subjects are depicted unaware in acts of mindfulness by the brush of the artist’s hazy strokes.

The unaware subjects’ blank expressions give off the impression they have too much on their minds to notice the artist observing them. Others are caught in a deep meditated sense of calmness and in oneness with nature, like in Dissolve, 2016. (pictured above) Through The Frame explores the act of observing mindfully our surroundings, the people, and the observation of pure stillness and solitude.

Christian Vincent Pursuits Mindfulness Through The Frame
Christian Vincent Pursuits Mindfulness Through The Frame

The weekend wanderer who seeks to be closer with nature and for moments of quiet solitude can be seen in Gap, 2016. (pictured above) 

“The artist Vincent most closely resembles is not a painter at all, but…novelist Sinclair Lewis. Like Lewis, with his knowing savaging of all things American, Vincent is at bottom a social commentator…[his] deep and perplexed love of his country is worked out in a melodrama of purely native characters and situations.” Art In America’s Gerrit Henry

Through The Frame explores the imposed desire of wanting to fit in society can be sense in paintings like Web, 2016. (pictured above) A painting contradicted by the subject’s wandering side noted in the Gap.

Christian Vincent Pursuits Mindfulness Through The Frame

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AWARENESS, COLLABORATION

Join The Eco-Friendly Fashion Revolution

04/22/2017
How did you celebrate Earth Day? 2017’s campaign main focuses were all about environmental and climate literacy.
Join The Eco-Friendly Fashion Revolution! Become aware of the current state of our environment and take steps to work towards a cleaner future. 
Join The Eco-Friendly Fashion Revolution

Image: Oscar Keys

Thanks to new sustainable innovations being put to practice in the business of fashion, we as consumers no longer have the dilemma of choosing between being eco-friendly or fashionable. The fashion industry refers to ‘eco-friendly’ as the practice of inflicting minimal harm on the environment. Fashion is the 2nd most polluting industry behind oil, requiring substantial use of water and chemicals for production, and resulting in much discarded waste.

Join The Eco-Friendly Fashion Revolution

Image: Oscar Keys 

In case you haven’t noticed, Greenery is the new black! – inspired by nature, the yellow-green shade is also a symbol of new beginnings. “This is the color of hopefulness, and of our connection to nature. It speaks to what we call the ‘re’ words: regenerate, refresh, revitalize, renew. Every spring we enter a new cycle, and new shoots come from the ground. It is something life affirming to look forward to.” explained Leatrice Eiseman,the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute to The New York Times.  There is a noticeable adoption towards more mindful approaches to Eco-friendly lifestyles. The age of authenticity has arrived and the consumer is demanding changes in this billion dollar industry. Increasingly people are motivated by social issues as well as economic – (health, climate change, fair trade, and corporate social responsibility) – using collective purchasing power to influence suppliers away from environmentally harmful practices in an ethical movement. Ethical consumerism is a form of activism based on the notion of “dollar voting”. In other words, is how consumers influence brands  to adopt sustainable manufacturing practices when catering to their changing  demands.

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Image: Drew Hays

Data has proven millennials “the green generation” have influenced a big market shift for more eco-friendly products in the market. A 2015 Nielsen global online study found that the generation continues to be willing to pay extra for sustainable products. The expression “ethical consumer” was originally publicized by  Ethical Consumer, an UK magazine who identifies themselves as “the hub of the ethical consumer movement”. For over 25 years the magazine has focused on campaigns challenging corporate businesses to improve their chain of supply, and providing resourceful information to consumers on how to lead a more eco-conscious lifestyle. 

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Image: Chad Madden

But how can we become more environmentally conscious and still lead a fashionable life?

There are several ways in which you can contribute to a more sustainable fashion future. In the same way it has been proven that leading a healthy lifestyle as opposed to crash dieting is more conducive to achieving a clean bill of health, sustainability should be approach with similar attitude. Adopting an all around lifestyle based on the mindfulness of being sustainable in different aspects of our life is key. Choosing organic foods, Eco-friendly cleaning products, recycling, and repurposing are some of the ways we can incorporate changes in our everyday living. Recycled tote bags are one of the easiest way to take steps towards protecting the environment. I used my tote bags as my go to bags when shopping for groceries, as a school bag, beach bag, storage and even gift bags! Earth Day was celebrated around the world on April 21st. An ideal way to observe this celebration and contribute towards the well being of the environment is by planting a tree. If you think you are at a disadvantage when living in an urban area like myself, look out for ways to volunteer through a local community garden or through your town’s parks and recreation organizations.

Join The Eco-Friendly Fashion Revolution

Image: Kyle Ellefson

And relax, attempting to be eco-conscious in the fashion world doesn’t mean that you have to buy a new wardrobe. Caring for the pieces you already own is one of the most accessible ways of putting to practice an eco-conscious lifestyle.

Start with these simple suggestions:

  • Re-wear it! Everything comes back around, especially in fashion. Find ways to revamp old pieces at home with fun and therapeutic DIY projects. Denim cut offs is just one example.
  • Have a swap-party with friends. Bring unwanted good condition items to swap with others. As the saying goes, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”
  • Always keep a mending kit with needle and thread handy Replace missing buttons, zips, and alter hemlines on the pieces needing a bit of TLC.
  • Choose cold water versus hot water. You’ll cut electricity usage by half, and will keep your clothing from fading. In fact, every home that makes the switch to cold-water eliminates about 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year.
  • When possible, air dry or hand wash. It’s not only beneficial to saving energy and money, but it also gives your clothing’s life cycle more longevity.
  • When you no longer want or need them, always make sure to recycle. Data shows that an average American throws away about 80 pounds of used clothing per person. Donate or sell your good condition items to thrift,second-hand stores and friends.
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Image: Giulia Bertelli

The spring season is marked as a time for regeneration and detoxification. Depending on the type of region of the world we might be living, some of us will be shedding physical layers of clothing from our daily attires. The land will be equally shedding its layer to make way for a new generation of natural botanical life. Take this time to shift and bring abundance of light and space into your habitat. Keep in mind,  quality over quantity. Invest in transitional quality pieces that can be worn alone or layered. focus on sourcing standout pieces that aim to be utilitarian and stylish.

Make purchases with the aim to build a Eco-friendly wardrobe by shopping sustainable brands.  

Being mindful about the state of our environment has gotten easier thanks to a new crop of fashion brands making sustainability the main element of their production practice. These brands use Eco-friendly manufacturing practices by acknowledging fair labor laws, and working with new innovations in terms of sustainable textiles development and re-purpose.

These are some of the new Eco-friendly fashion brands making environmental consciousness the new black.

EVERLANE

 

Everlane’s slogan “Beautiful basics. Radical transparency. No middlemen” encompasses the core of the brand’s mission. Michael Preysman founded the direct-to-consumer brand in 2005 out of a passion for great design and frustration due to the lack of innovation in the retail market. Everlane’s “radical transparency” motto  believes customers should have the right to know how and what it cost to make their products. Everlane discloses the factories they work with, the product’s cost and their markup.

 

EDUN

 

EDUN (“nude” spelled backwards, to suggest both “natural” and the Garden of Eden) is a global fashion brand based in New York part of the LVMH group. Founded by Ali Hewson and Bono in 2005. EDUN’s long-term goal is to foster sustainable growth opportunities by supporting manufacturers, community-based initiatives and partnering with African artists and artisans. In 2009 Edun and the Invisible Children society founded the CCIU (Conservation Cotton Initiative Uganda) which aims to support farming communities displaced by the civil war in Uganda. 

SVILU

 

When it comes to clothing manufacturing, SVILU takes into consideration all aspect of its design process. From the environmental impact of the materials they use, the brand makes an effort to make their clothes from responsibly sourced, and sustainable fabrics, to the conditions and standards of the factories they partner with. SVILU choices reflect their mission: mindfully made.

Arkins

Arkins was founded on the idea that comfortable, quality clothing should be produced in a socially conscious way. Part of the brand’s missions is to cut the negative impacts of fashion through sustainable design and innovation. Arkins focus on sourcing renewable fibers from farmers with honest, straightforward practices. “Simply put, we believe people and the planet are worth far more than profit.”

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Image: Andrea Boldizsar

Even Though the number of brands working towards sustainable practices is increasing more each day, the economic social class based element can inhibit less affluent consumers from adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle. This is where Miigle comes in. The social impact tech company is working on ways to make sustainable products accessible to all social classes. Miigle helps facilitates the discovery of sustainable brands through technologies, while making it easier for consumers to see social eco-friendly alternatives when shopping online.

The Earth evolution is happening. Are you ready to be part of it?

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ART

Time Traveled With Liz Glynn’s Open House exhibition Presented By Public Art Fund

04/18/2017

 Open House  is a must visit new outdoor installation for design aficionados and history buffs. Especially those with a keen admiration for the Gilded Age; an era known for its lucrative economic growth throughout the North and West of the United States. 

Liz Glynn's Open House presented by the Public Art Fund

Liz Glynn’s Open House exhibition Presented By Public Art Fund welcomes all without reservations. The Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn invites the public to relish on her contemporary interpretation of the now demolished William C. Whitney Ballroom, a space once exclusive to the wealthy society during the turn 20th century.

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Liz Glynn's Open House presented by the Public Art Fund

The “open air ballroom” is furnished by concrete cast versions of Louis XIV sofas, chairs, and footstools scattered throughout the plaza, just eight blocks away from the original William C. Whitney ballroom. The high concrete archways reminiscent of the Rococo period give a sense of architectural solidity to the space.

Liz Glynn's Open House presented by the Public Art Fund

“In this strange facsimile, Glynn addresses the evolving face of a city: who has access to space in a society that is increasingly divided along socio-economic lines?”

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I based my look on the Gibson Girl, the “New Woman” a term coined throughout late 19th and early 20th centuries to describe an independent, fashionable, and educated woman who enjoyed active roles in society.

Liz Glynn's Open House presented by the Public Art Fund

Open house is located in Central Park’s Doris C. Freedman Plaza at Fifth Avenue and 60th Street.

More information on Liz Glynn’s Open House is available at Public Art Fund.

Photographer: Tatiana Katkova
Videographer: Iya sugar Brown

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