Facades: Bill Cunningham, Legendary Street Fashion Photographer

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There are few things in life that I consider predictable. Case in point: Sunday mornings. Waking up a little later, eating a full breakfast, going to church and reading The New York Times weekend edition. Ever since I can remember, it’s been the same on Sundays. I’ll flip through the weekend issue’s jam-packed pages and reach for the only section that really matters to me (well, on the weekend that is): the Sunday Styles. Fashion, design, art, socialite news, weddings (ah my favorite) are all splashed upon this section’s heavily ad-laden pages.

Historic street fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham has been a longstanding fixture of the Times’ Sunday Styles section for his “On the Street” column featuring candid photos of people out on the streets of Manhattan. His photographs document not only fashion but their time and place, making Cunningham a modern, cultural anthropologist. Cunningham’s impromptu visual exposés are just as interesting to me as the man behind the camera. The 85-year old photographer is often seen riding around on his Schwinn bicycle (his preferred mode of transportation) wearing his signature blue sports jacket and snapping photos with a large film SLR camera slung around his neck.

On Friday, March 14th, the New-York Historical Society will be showing Bill Cunningham’s photography series from 1968 entitled, Facades. For this series, Cunningham collected over 500 vintage outfits and photographed models wearing them in over 1,800 historic New York locations. What resulted is a euphoric documentation of fashion, history and architecture on the streets of New York City. It’s a great peek at Cunningham’s unique depictions of fashion and culture while also exploring his roots as a street fashion photographer.

In 1968, photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on an eight-year project to document the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. Scouring the city’s thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs for vintage clothing, and scouting sites on his bicycle, Cunningham generated a photographic essay entitled Facades, which paired models—in particular his muse, fellow photographer Editta Sherman—in period costumes with historic settings.

Take a look at these beautiful shots below or head on over to see the full collection in person at the New-York Historical Society until June 15th.

Do you recognize these famous NYC backdrops?

Source & Photos: New York Magazine, New-York Historical Society

Links to Love This Week Vol. 6

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1. I’ve always felt cursed with my bushy brows (thanks, Dad) but this new brow trend makes me want to embrace it– Into the Gloss

2. Are you ready for Thanksgiving? It’s 1 week away! Here are 5 helpful prep tips to get ready now– The Kitchn

3. For the genius comedy series, “Movies in Real Life”, an 11-year old actor poses as Harry Potter attempting to find Platform 9 3/4 in NYC’s Penn Station. Cuteness overload– Improv Everywhere

4. I need serious help with my hair. Need to hone my skills in time for holiday parties and this Mad Men inspired up-do is super cute– The Cut

5. Ok, the little girl in me is screaming: Hello Kitty wine gift baskets?! What?! Family and friends, are you reading this?– Wine Country

6. Former President George W. Bush is now an accomplished painter (well, sort of). He enjoys painting cats and he’s actually pretty good– Wired

7. Is your area of NYC toxic? PropertyShark mapped out toxic sites throughout the city and created an interactive map where you can search addresses, compare sites and gasp at all the city’s environmental infractions– Time Out New York 

8. Win an entire wishlist from green beauty company, Alima Pure! Create a wishlist with Alima Pure products totaling up to $200 for a chance to win– Alima Pure

9. Think you’ve got green beauty cred? Be a part of the first EcoSalon Beauty Awards and vote for your favorite products alongside choices from the judges who are well-known green beauty experts– EcoSalon

What are you loving this week? Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’, Facebook and Twitter!

You’re Invited: NYC Green Beauty Events

It’s a great time of the year to be a green beauty in NYC! Here are some exciting events in New York City that you won’t want to miss out on this month:

ABC Carpet & Home is hosting a day-long Beauty, Wellness, Wisdom event on Saturday, October 26 from 9:30am- 4pm. Featuring wellness workshops, luxe juice bar treats, mini massage sessions and mingling with like-minded folk and industry leaders, this is one jam-packed Saturday event you won’t want to miss. S.W. Basics founder, Adina Grigore and RMS Beauty founder and renowned green makeup artist, Rose-Marie Swift are among the headliners speaking at the event.Tickets are $75 with a family-style lunch catered by ABC Kitchen & ABC Cocina at an additional cost. Check out the full event lineup and purchase your ticket here.

Is stress or the busyness of life making you feel tired and weak? Learn how to balance and restore your health amidst a busy lifestyle with the Wellness Salon Series hosted by NYC’s top wellness experts, Kristen Arnett the founder of Green Beauty Team, Dr. Anthony Lyon of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, and Elena Brower of Virayoga. This 3-part series discusses the different ways you can improve your overall health and mindset. Merging medicine, wellness and beauty, the 3 sessions are: Oct 8, 2013- Part I: How to Feel Your Best, Oct. 22- Part II: How to Look Your Best, Nov. 5- Part III: How to Best Sustain Your Health. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

Join one of my new favorite green beauty brands, W3LL PEOPLE as they host their debut beauty event, Supernatural Sessions at Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue on Thursday, November 7 from 5pm- 8pm. These sessions will bring together natural beauty experts to teach you all about being eco-chic. There will be, makeovers, hair-styling, skin-care treatments, some organic chocolate, bubbly and more! The event features W3LL People creative and color director, Shirley Pinkson, beauty guru and blogger, Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics skin care, hair genius and founder of Yarok Organic Haircare, Mordechai Alvow and Well + Good NYC co-founder and natural beauty expert, Melisse Gelula. Grab some of your friends and buy your tickets now as this special engagement is only limited to 50 guests. Tickets are $25 online and will be applied toward product purchase at the event.

So much to do, so little time! Are you planning on attending any of these events? I know I am!

Images from ABC Carpet & Home, Green Beauty Team and W3LL People.

Juice Beauty Event & Reflecting Gloss Review

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During New York Fashion Week, I was invited to a fun event for NYC-based green beauty bloggers hosted by Juice Beauty. We gathered at a hotel rooftop to learn about Juice Beauty’s new makeup line (which launched online last week) and of course, we were able to test out all the products before they hit the shelves! Fittingly, we sipped on delicious juice concoctions from the beloved, New York City-based cold-pressed juicery, Liquiteria. Heaven!

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From left: Alden of Ecocult, me, Kristen Arnett of Green Beauty Team, Brandie of Organic Beauty Talk, Katie of Green Product Junkie, Karen Behnke the founder of Juice Beauty, Isabelle from Ginger and Aloe, Annalise from Juice Beauty

I had a great time chatting with all the other green beauty bloggers, meeting the Juice Beauty team and the brand’s founder, Karen Behnke (who was so friendly and knowledgeable) while playing around with the new makeup products. Just like their acclaimed skincare line, all the new makeup products have juice-based ingredients and are USDA certified organic. I was pleasantly surprised at the lovely pigmentation and lasting-power from the new makeup products as well as the cute packaging! I admire Juice Beauty as brand that is truly creating effective, organic products that defy and perform better than most conventional, mainstream beauty products. Learn more here.

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I received the Reflecting Gloss lip gloss in the color, Guava from the Just Juice event. Guava looks very dark in the tube and is a shimmery, deep, raspberry-red color. I was excited that I received Guava as I normally tend to choose darker lip colors. Once swiped over my lips it was a beautiful, my lips-but-better, pinkish-red. (Note: my lips are a bit pigmented than most ladies.) The shimmer was not overwhelming and produces a gorgeous, reflecting shine to the lips.

I’ve never been much of a lip gloss-loving girl but in all honesty, I love this lip gloss! It’s not sticky, lasts throughout the day, is very moisturizing and applies so smoothly. I can barely feel anything on my lips! I also like that the Reflecting Gloss leaves a nice tint of color to the lips even after a couple of hours of wear. The best part is that when applied, the Reflecting Gloss tastes as if you’ve just bitten into a juicy guava! Very fruity and slightly sweet, it smells and tastes very fresh on the lips. Not to mention the awesome, organic ingredients that make up this beauty of a gloss. The Reflecting Gloss is loaded with nourishing antioxidants including organic raspberry, goji, blueberry and acai berries while mixed with organic agave for a natural sweetness, Vitamin E to heal and repair the lips and lastly, sesame seed oil to hydrate and condition.

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I love that Karen mentioned she was inspired to use berries for the colors in these lip glosses after remembering how her daughter would eat handfuls of blueberries and after, would have a deeply-stained mouth. Karen knew she had to use that powerful, natural pigmentation in her lip products. I love wearing my Reflecting Gloss for an easy, everyday look paired neutral eyeshadow and mascara on the eyes or for evening events, with dramatic, cat-eye liner and dark eyeshadow. This gloss is also great to wear over lipstick for an overall, glam shine.

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I can’t wait to experiment some looks with Juice Beauty’s new Defining Eyeliner, Lash Defining Mascara, Conditioning Lip Color and Glowing Cheek Color! More to come…

Thanks to Juice Beauty for a fun and educational event! 🙂

Shop Juice Beauty’s new makeup line online here  or online at Ulta.com and also at an Ulta store near you! Have you used any Juice Beauty Products? What products from the new makeup line are you dying to try?

Ingredients: Ricinus communis (organic castor seed oil)*, cera alba (organic beeswax)*, sesamum indicum (organic sesame seed oil)*, vitis vinifera (organic grape seed oil)*, vaccinium corymbosum (organic blueberry seed oil)*, punica granatum (organic pomegranate seed oil)*, rubus idaeus (organic raspberry seed oil)*, actinidia chinensis (organic kiwi seed oil)*, vaccinium macrocarpon (organic cranberry seed oil)*, fragaria ananassa (organic strawberry seed oil)*, euterpe oleracea (organic acai berry)*, lycium chinense (organic goji berry)*, triisostearyl citrate, tocopherol (Vitamin E), agave americana (agave leaf extract), thymus vulgaris (thyme extract), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree extract), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract) and citrus sinensis (sweet orange oil). May contain titanium dioxide, mica, iron oxides.  *Certified organic ingredient
Made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Not tested on animals. See the Juice Beauty website for more info here.
*I received this product to try for free from the company but am never paid for my opinion. This review is based on my personal experience with the brand/product and is not sponsored in any way. All photos are ©Kasey Michelle unless otherwise stated.

Your Fave 90s Cartoons Reimagined for NYFW

Ah, the good ol’ 90s aka my childhood: awesome T.V. shows, addictive girl/boy bands, questionable fashion trends, sparkly makeup….

What better way to kick off New York Fashion Week than these fun designs inspired by popular 90s cartoon characters and the brands they’d wear for Fashion Week shows. Dreamed up by Swagger New York in collaboration with designer, Michele Moricci these pics are so spot on and super cute! Missing the 90s even more.

Totally loving all the looks but my faves are Captain Planet, Daria and Sailor Moon! Which ones are yours?

Source: Swagger New York

A New Journey

After being swept into a job located along the confines of New York City’s fashionable and luxurious Upper East Side, specifically, on Fifth Avenue, I became obsessed with beauty and makeup as I was influenced by the most attractive and put together women that I rubbed shoulders with at work. Caring about my looks wasn’t all in vain attempts but became an interest and hobby of mine because I thought of makeup as a form of art and expression. It wasn’t long until I was lurching in Sephora stores or at beauty counters to try and buy the latest “hot” makeup products. My makeup binges were fueled by the smart marketing and advertising schemes from all the well-known cosmetics companies for which I had to try. All without thinking about the ingredients of these products.

I have always had sensitive skin, but it seemed the makeup I was using was making my face worse. After unsatisfying visits to my dermatologist, I became interested in learning about what was really in my makeup and began researching and reading thousands of blogs, scholarly articles and books regarding cosmetics ingredients. After reading the natural beauty bestseller, No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetics by journalists and beauty enthusiasts, Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, I was encouraged to make the switch to more natural makeup options and limit my exposure to toxins and harmful ingredients.

This blog reflects upon that which inspires me to be better to the Earth and to my body and also to encourage others about beautiful options for natural and organic cosmetics without sacrificing quality or vanity.

 

Photo source: Cassia Beck Collage- Violet May