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O F F I C E | SPACE

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We all know the situation. Mom reassures you ‘Hunny, it’s not meant to be fashionable, it’s meant to be safe.’ Hailing from Upstate New York, this situation would arise every winter when it came time to break out the good ol’ snow boots. We get a hell of a winter; sounds like a nightmare right? Which part; the ugly protective gear you had to sport regardless of your defiant efforts to refuse or the unbearable winters?

(I’ll let you decide)

Time went on and I resolved the latter issue by moving to Los Angeles…thank gawd. I’ve also since discovered plenty of dope brands that nail it when it comes to functional fashion. One of my favorites thus far being the eyewear brand, Polette, which I reviewed earlier in the year here.

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|| SCREEN G E N E R A T I O N ||

Millennials aka the Screen Generation spend an estimated 8 hours per day looking at a screen and check their phones at least 150 times daily. Can you imagine staring at a tree for 8 hours? That feels like an eternity. (Perhaps one day I’ll master the art of stillness and achieve this task, entering ultra-yogi status). To us, 8 hours scrolling and typing away daily is far from difficult for us. It’s all a matter of perspective and I suppose majorly dependent on the action at hand.

So why does this concern us? Well for starters, our circadian rhythm’s are all out of wack. Millennial or not, we’re all surrounded by stimulation, however we have a choice as to how much we engage with it. Some of us partake in high screen time while others choose to limit their exposure. Regardless, it’s important to be well-informed so I want to share with you the harmful effects and how to protect yourself.

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I began to notice my inability to fall asleep naturally was becoming more and more difficult. I came to realize the overstimulation created by the blue rays emitted from LED screens (such as my laptop or cell phone) were the culprit. Nothing could truly tear apart a ‘late night Nexflix-er’ more than this new found knowledge. Feeling slightly helpless, Polette came to the rescue and offered up a solution.

Understanding the current landscape and their consumer, Polette opened the floodgates with their new innovative technology to offer protection from these high-energy rays. The result?  E-POLETTE, a line specifically designed to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of high-energy blue lights.

|| S A F E T Y  101 ||

Since day one, our sleep cycles revolved around the sun. When the sun goes down and it becomes dark, we produce melatonin, helping us to fall asleep. When we energize the eyes with artificial light, we disrupt the production and screw up the natural process. Even more damaging, the blue lights from LED-lights have also been connected to damaged retina’s. Stated by Polette, “by frequently using this technology we jeopardize our eyes’ health.”

The E-POLETTE collection is designed to filter out 40% of the blue light. It accomplishes this by using a light-yellow filter. When watching any LED screen, these glasses will ensure your body continues producing melatonin, your day-night rhythm is on point and your retinas are fully protected. For the fashion-forward-techi-conscious, this collection’s a winning choice!

Shop the full line here.

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|| FEATURED L O C A T I O  N S ||

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|| FEATURED P R O D U C T S ||

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|| P H O T O G R A P H Y ||

Nat Sin 

Morgan Ryan

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THE BEAUTY C H R O N I C L E S

THE BEAUTY C H R O N I C L E S

Interviewed By Sasha Frank

Photographed By Nat Sin

Interviewee Morgan Ryan

What does beauty mean to you?

think beauty is entirely a state of mind. To me, beauty is finding comfort and strength in your individuality. It’s an acceptance of who you are, quirks and all, and a celebration of that. I feel most beautiful when I’m my authentic self because I’m instantly aligned with my truth. This allows my beauty to shine through.

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As a child did you hate a certain feature, if so, did you begin to embrace is later on?

As a child, I disliked my fair skin, auburn hair and freckles. Growing up, a majority of my friends had beautiful olive-toned skin. I felt like an outcast and at a very young age. The last thing you want to feel is like you don’t belong.

I spent many years trying to alter my looks as a means to fit in. As I grew older, I began to embrace my hair color. I noticed that the red undertones made my green eyes pop. I switched over to tinted moisturizers to allow my freckles to show through. I stopped tanning and realized how much beauty there was to be found in a porcelain complexion.

As a result of these insecurities, I learned that it’s okay to stand out. I began to understand the importance of individuality and how to embrace the “weird.” This made me more accepting towards myself and others. It’s amazing how the features I tried to alter have now become my most powerful attributes, not to mention my favorite. This goes to show that making peace with the external can help influence internal peace.

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Do you feel that inner beauty is just as important as the outer beauty?

I’m a big believer that your outer beauty is reflection of what’s going on inside. That’s not to say that the most attractive women physically are truly beautiful on the inside. Concealing is easy, but shining your truth is what takes strength and courage.

I think coming to accept the external is a huge hurdle for most and is an important part of the healing journey. Regardless, I definitely believe internal beauty reigns supreme. I say this because the external is temporary and subject to change. The only everlasting beauty is that of a good heart. Some of the most beautiful women I’ve met are those with a beautiful soul and that can only be achieved through inner work.

As women who are constantly working on our inner beauty: Do you feel that once you began to not care about what others thought about you everything began to fall into place? Did you find your calling in that?

Growing up, I was insecure but never showed it. I was a late bloomer, who had yet to reap the rewards of her external beauty. As a result, I had this “fake it till you make it” attitude. I searched, observed and learned by spending time with myself to better understand beauty. This was the time when the experimentation began.

I began to find my personal beauty when I took fashion risks and pushed myself to constantly create someone new and improved from the day prior. Although these were all external practices, it came from a deep-rooted place of “I am an artist.” I became fearless. I also began to grow a thick skin so that no external force could change me.

I remember one morning before leaving for school my dad asked, “Who are you trying to impress?” I said with conviction, “myself.” Ever since that day, I’ve realized the importance of intent and that we should never do something for the approval of others. I would say once I let the opinions of the outside world fade, I was able to make peace with my wounds and came into my own creative beauty.

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What do you think the world is missing in the scope of women role models? How can we change that?

I think the current landscape we live in is crying out for unwavering compassion. For this reason, we need women who can stand up and be both strong and empathetic.

I think society as a whole is partially to blame for our current role models. We add fuel to the fire by continuing to support and make the trivial important. I think the first step in making positive shifts in the scope of positive women role models is to create a new ideal and stand up for that by supporting the right women.

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What advice would you give younger girls coming into their own?

Be gentle with yourself. Understand that beauty is something you grow into; give yourself time to develop. Know that everyone’s journey is unique so don’t compare yours to others. You were born to stand out; never apologize for who you are! Embrace your unique quirks, they make you, you.

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Are there any upcoming projects of projects you are working on now that you can speak about?

At the end of 2015, I teamed up with Paul Mitchell as a brand influencer. I recently produced and starred in my first project for them as THE M A V E R I C K MUSE. It’s still currently under wraps so I can’t dish; however, I am excited to see how the future unfolds with this partnership!

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