Friday, January 26, 2018

BRIOGEO // Naturally Beautiful Haircare


Nancy Twine was just 5 years old when the spirit of BRIOGEO was born, she just didn't quite know it yet. Throughout her childhood she would visit her grandmother in West Virginia. While there Nancy assumed the role of assistant chef to her grandmother, who was the town's "beauty guru" known especially for her amazing hair recipes. Naturally, Nancy used this magical hair stuff until she moved to New York City in her early 20's. She made the switch to more convenient haircare like any other city girl would and quickly realized the store stuff was filled with bad ingredients that simply didn't live up to their claims. With the help of her grandmothers secret recipes and a natural chemist team squished in her cramped East Village apartment, she founded Briogeo officially.

Nancy and her team believe beauty shouldn't be compromised with harmful or harsh chemicals, thats why BRIOGEO is free of sulfates, silicones, phthalates, gluten, parabens, DEA and artificial dyes. They promise that 93-100% of their formulas are naturally derived and the small percent in between is ensured to be safe and non-toxic. There's also an epic ingredient glossary on their website that explains what they use and why. Briogeo is cruelty free and use bottles that are both recycled and recyclable.



I had the opportunity to give Briogeo's newest line "Don't Despair, Repair!" a whirl and it was love at first wash. This is best for hair that needs some serious love, restoration and hydration. It uses Rosehip oil to balance hydration and control the frizz, Algae extract loaded with minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that nourish and strengthen and Almond oil for shine, luster and moisture.


I love this shampoo, my hair feels squeaky clean and silky soft. The Leave-in Mask spray has changed my life forever and it SMELLS amazing. It feels thinker, stronger, less frizzy and so shiny! Everyone keeps telling me my hair looks amazing and I shamelessly agree. You can check out everything Briogeo has to offer (trust me, there is SO much more- for every hair type too!)

at BrioGeoHair.com
and on Instagram @BRIOGEO

Until next time...
Erin-Elizabeth
xoxo






Friday, January 19, 2018

SEVEN SAINTS JEWELRY // MADE IN L.A.


I connected with the founder of Seven Saints Jewelry, Kaliah, earlier this year for a social media shoot. We met at a quaint little park near downtown Los Angeles on a sunny afternoon. I loved trying on and admiring her intricate and seemingly perfect handmade collection. Her attention to detail and mix of colored stones was so on point and you could feel the quality in every piece. While still being fashionable, Kaliah designs using real healing gemstones and sacred symbols.


Near the end of our shoot she pulled out one final piece for me to try on and shoot- an aroma therapy necklace. This little locket lariat holds a teeny tiny pom-pom inside, it only requires a few drops of your favorite oil and you're set for days of scented bliss. Honestly, if I owned one-I'd be wearing it all day, every day. She also has a line of Chakra Balancing, blended, essential-oil rollers that make wonderful gifts and are perfect for travel.


What I liked most about her work was that every word, scripture, positive thought, or symbol on Seven Saints Jewelry was chosen intentionally by her to inspire and serve as a daily reminder to the wearer of their sacredness, divinity, and inner light. What she aimed for, she accomplished. Putting this jewelry on feels almost transcendent, and when you stop to appreciate the real art and thought behind it, the pieces almost become one with you. Woman empowerment and improving the lives of women and children is also important to Seven Saints and a portion of the profits are donated to organizations the help end violence and exploitation again women and children.


I hope to work with Kaliah again, she was a true example of an artist shining through in their design. Seven Saints is on the up and up- being featured in almost every major magazine and I'm so excited to see how far they go.

You can read more at SevenSaints.life
and on Instagram
 @SevenSaintsLife

Until Next Time...

Erin-Elizabeth





Kaliah

Friday, January 12, 2018

AWARE CAUSES NECKLACE // Starting the conversation



The founder of Aware Causes, Pierson Williams, reached out to me this past year on social media.
At first glance I liked the minimalist design of his necklaces and wanted to know more. I learned he started his brand for the love of his family, his mother suffered from severe depression and he lost both his grandmothers to cancer.  Pierson looked for a way to help those who have dealt with the same or a similar situation. His goal was to make something eye catching that could start a real conversation.

Founder of Aware Causes, Pierson Williams
After partnering with his brother they designed what became their final product. This simple and sleek triangle pendant comes in a variety of colors that match the ribbon colors associated with them; from Lupus, Autism, Cancer, LGBTQ equality, ALS, Lyme disease, M.S., Crohn's disease, mental illness, AIDS, etc. While raising awareness for 30 different causes, 10% of proceeds from each purchase is donated to non-profit organizations that helps with research, prevention, and awareness for the specified cause. Needless to say I happily partnered with them. I chose the white pendant that represents mental health awareness. I personally have suffered from mental illness throughout my life and know SO many others who have suffered too. I wear my AwareCauses necklace and give my story to anyone who might ask about it. While talking about these issues can be difficult, the fact is most of us are likely linked to one or more of them. Talking with each other and connecting can be a beautiful and healing thing.


You can learn more at AwareCauses.com
And  on Instagram
@awarecauses

Until Next time..
Erin-Elizabeth

Custom Engraving for Personalization









Friday, January 5, 2018

DEGA JEWELRY // Shop Local

Dega Jewelry founder, Jennifer McDevitt

DEGA is a socially conscious brand, specializing in handcrafted artisan gemstone and pearl jewelry in San Francisco, California. Jennifer McDevitt the founder of Dega, loves to travel and tends to find beauty and inspiration everywhere around the world.

She launched her company with conscious consumerism at it's core. She is committed to being socially responsible and everything is handcrafted in small batches so there is zero waste. Her goal is, and will always be quality products over quantity. Jen puts a lot of thought and effort into sourcing materials, from small family owned shops that share her love of hand-made goods. She assures every piece she makes will last you day in and day out for years to come.


Dega believes you AND mother earth deserve the best, so she uses recycled materials in all of her packaging, boxes, and even business cards. They genuinely care about the environment and to offset any carbon footprint they (may or may not) have left behind, they donate one dollar of every purchase to the National Forrest Foundation to plant a tree. (The same foundation as FELLERSHADES woo! Go Team!) As if all of this wasn't enough, her philanthropy reaches even farther into animal causes with an annual portion of profits being donated to various animal welfare organizations, like Mercy For Animals.

The Lyla Choker & Zaryn Earrings



Dega is certainly more than a jewelry brand, its about living a sustainable life, supporting slow fashion and celebrating the beauty and tradition of hand-crafted goods. These pieces work well for casual and dressy looks, making them easy to wear with almost everything!

You can read more at ShopDEGA.com
and on Instagram @ShopDega


Until Next Time...
Erin-Elizabeth
xoxo