Beautycounter + sean.jpg + TessieStyle Collaboration Party! #BetterBeauty

UH ---> during the springtime @sean.jpg asked me if we could get coffee + talk about collaborations + I freaked out bc SEAN.JPG *heart eyes emoji* is oh so cool + creative + kind!

@sean.jpg aka Sean Carpenter 

@sean.jpg aka Sean Carpenter 

Our first collab was Beautycounter inspired (+ some of the images ended up in an ad campaign for the premier issues of Wildheart Magazine - which you can pre-order right here!) I am so proud of the way the images turned out + even more proud of the incredible people involved in the shoot- thank you Sean, Aspen, + Keegan!
Check out the stunna's below as well as makeup deets!
xoxox

model: aspen | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: aspen | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

Aspen's Beautycounter *lewk*:

- No. 3 Balancing Facial Mist $36-
- No. 3 Balancing Face Oil $68-
- Countermatch Adaptive Face Moisture Lotion $49-
- Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation in Chestnut $42-
- Touchup Concealer Pen in Medium 2 $33-
- Matte Bronzer No. 2 $40-
- Color Define Brow Pencil in Dark $24-
- Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara $29/each
- Beautycounter Red Color Intense Lipstick $34-
 
Shop the *lewk*: www.beautycounter.com/tessweaver
 
pssssst:  Not only is Aspen a badass Motivator @anchoragecycle  
She also runs the coolest shop ever @kurationcollective - Slangin’ T-Shirts and Other Vintage Finds Online | Depop: mavieenrosesell | Poshmark: kuration | Shop here: www.poshmark.com/closet/kuration

model: aspen | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: aspen | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: keegan | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: keegan | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

Keegan's Beautycounter *lewk*:

- No. 3 Balancing Facial Mist $36-
- No. 1 Brightening Face Oil $68-
- Countermatch Adaptive Face Moisture Lotion $49-
- Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation in Sand $42-
- Touchup Concealer Pen in Light  $33-
- Matte Bronzer No. 1 $40-
- Color Define Brow Pencil in Dark $24-
- Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara $29/each
- Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette $88-
- Holiday Collection Liquid Eyeliner
- Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Caramel $38-
- Lip Gloss in Fig $29-
 
Shop the *lewk*:

pssssst: Keegan is also the incredible creator of @tundra.mama - Inupiaq Mama of two (you can follow that circus @ak.gypsy.mama) Making modern, funktional kaspaqs out of love and good vibes! Custom orders welcome. 
You totes need to check out her creations!

model: keegan | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: keegan | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: yo' gurl tessie | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: yo' gurl tessie | image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

Tessie's Beautycounter *lewk*:

- Nourishing Rose Water Mist $36-
- No. 2 Plumping Face Oil $68-
- Countertime Rejuvenating Day Cream $73-
- Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation in Linen $42-
- Touchup Concealer Pen in Fair  $33-
- Illuminating Cream Highlighter in Bronze Glow $32-
- Color Define Brow Pencil in Light $24-
- Lengthening + Volumizing Mascara $29/each
- Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette $88-
- Holiday Collection Liquid Eyeliner
- Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Caramel $38-
- Color Intense Lipstick in First Date (first photo) + Brunch (second photo) $34/each
 
Shop the *lewk*: www.beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: yo' gurl tessie |image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

model: yo' gurl tessie |image: @sean.jpg | makeup: tessie for beautycounter.com/tessweaver

Hope you guys had as much fun checking out this shoot as I did being part of it! 

 

Dream Job Profile: Kim Stalder of Circular Boutique

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Name:
Kim Stalder

Occupation:
Owner, Circular Boutique

Location:
6th Avenue between C Street and D Street

image c/o: @circularboutique

image c/o: @circularboutique

How long has Circular been in business?
Amazingly, we’ve been open for 10 years!

What inspired you to start Circular?
Initially, I was interested in providing an eco-friendly option for Anchorage shoppers. I offered clothing for men, women and children, furnishings, and home décor, etc. When that message fell flat, I realized I would have to refocus on timeless and high quality products that didn’t contribute to the landfills and that helped people live a safer and healthier life.

What was your major in school and how did it help you with owning Circular?
My major in school was English. That helped me in my first business, Wordsmith, through which I provided a variety of writing services to private, corporate and governmental entities. My experience operating that business for 30 years prepared me for owning and operating another business, although retail was completely foreign to me.

image c/o: @circularboutique

image c/o: @circularboutique

What has been the biggest challenge in establishing your business?
This is tough. I would probably say the biggest challenge is getting people through my door so my brand became known. Advertising is a hit-or-miss endeavor and expensive. Word-of-mouth has been the surest way to gain customers, but it is limited. And often people hear something about the store—such as the cost of the products we carry—and this makes them scared to stop in and take a look (although we carry a variety of price points). This remains a difficult challenge for me to this day.

Owning a boutique is so much more than selecting beautiful clothing and product to sell.  For example, so much of buying goes back to math/budgeting/inventory planning and control. Have you always been business minded or is it something you developed and continue to learn?
My father owned his own businesses so it was my environment growing up. He had both a home-operated business (Muzak) and a storefront (an electronics store). I realized fairly early on that it was much more rewarding and comfortable for me to be my own boss. A friend who also owned a business and I used to joke that we were “certifiably unemployable” because it was so difficult to not be the one making decisions!

Describe Circular's style aesthetic:
I would say we are a purveyor of beautifully designed and thoughtfully curated fashion and products. We look for unique and timeless fashion and premium products that enhance your life.

image c/o: @circularboutique

image c/o: @circularboutique

Describe a typical day at market:
It’s BUSY!!!! I create a very strict schedule when I go to market, with a little time left open for exploration. Some of the most loved brands in the store were found by just wandering through showrooms. I begin at around 9:00 am and finish about 6 pm each day with appointments every 15-30 minutes (depending on how much time I need with a brand). It’s exhausting, but fun.

What is your favorite season to shop for and how do you get trend forecasting inspiration?
My favorite season is everyone’s favorite season—Fall. I get ready for buying by watching runway shows from the various Fashion Weeks around the world and reviewing the collections of major design houses (often smaller design houses will take their cues from the large design houses, so I am able to find similar styles at much lower prices). This provides information on color palettes, silhouettes, and aesthetics that will be forefront in most designers’ collections. Several of my designers show at Fashion Weeks, so I’m aware of pieces I find interesting before I go to Market.

What are ways you have seen growth as a business owner over the years?
When I first opened Circular, I bought what I liked rather than what others found appealing, primarily because I just didn’t know yet what they wanted! This wasn’t necessarily a total misstep, but over time I learned what my customers like, what is right for their lifestyles, and what price points are comfortable for them. I am also more careful about my buying; I often have to turn away from things that I love because they just won’t sell in Anchorage.

image c/o: @circularboutique

image c/o: @circularboutique

How do you set yourself apart from other boutiques and how important was researching your boutiques market/demographic?
On our sign you will see “love your choices” which guides us in our sales approach.  Circular prides itself on NEVER forcing a sale or encouraging someone to buy something if they’re unsure. Our customer service is strong, we are honest, and we stand behind our products. The last thing I want is for someone to regret buying something from Circular.

In terms of researching our market/demographic, I have to admit that we didn’t! I have lived my entire life of 62 years in Alaska and I think I have a fairly good feel for what people here want. Although I’m sure almost everyone will say that I can “get away with” wearing things that are different from the “norm”, I understand what it is to LIVE here. Although that doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel amazing!

Circular is much more than beautiful clothing and accessories - what services and products do you offer that people might not know about when stopping at your boutique?
Thanks for this question. This goes back to us getting out the word about the store. We offer wish lists (so you get what you want when people shop for you), gift cards, styling services, closet revamps, private parties in the store, and personal shopping.

For someone making their initial visit to Circular, what are some labels / products you suggest they must check out?
There are a few labels and products that are my favorites. I always want people to at least take a look at Maison Scotch, the female division of Dutch brand Scotch and Soda, which boasts a head designer from Anchorage, Tracy Reese and Rachel Zoe, both American designers with a definite point of view, Alexis Bittar jewelry because it’s amazing, and Little Barn Apothecary, which was founded and is operated by two amazing partners who have created a premium effective product.

image c/o: @circularboutique

image c/o: @circularboutique

You have always been an inspiration to me in so many ways thanks to your genuine kind heart, stunning style, and your deep commitment to our environment.  What are some things Circular does to be as green and eco-conscious as possible?
I’ll mention Little Barn Apothecary again. All of these amazing products are vegan and organic—as well as being the BEST that I’ve used on my skin! I also carry Agent Nateur deodorant for men and women, which is the highest ranking natural deodorant in terms of effectiveness, and PRITINYC, an eco nail polish that has staying power and comes in great colors (many large design houses commission colors for their runway shows from PRITI).

The clothing I carry is high quality and will last. Some customers resell their pieces, while others keep them for many years, but either way they are not ending up in a landfill. And lastly, we recycle literally EVERYTHING we can in the store. Every scrap of paper. Every coffee sleeve. Every toilet roll :). Every bit of cardboard. You get the picture. I’m lucky to have curbside recycling in my neighborhood, so I take the recycling home from the store each week. I worked with the 5th Avenue Mall to get cardboard recycling and now they have TWO cardboard bins and only one garbage bin to service the Mall.  

What advice would you give to someone interested in owning a boutique and buying that you wish someone gave to you?
I would advise that anyone considering owning a boutique define what it is they plan to provide that is DIFFERENT from what others provide. Even if the most unique aspect of your business is your personality, you need to know what you will present to the public that makes them want to shop with you.

Ask yourself WHY you are opening a boutique. Are you providing a different product? A different experience? Filling a niche that you know exists? You love fashion and want to share that love? Know what it is that drives you.

Be sure you’re aware of ALL of your costs (rent, utilities, product, shipping, etc.) and what your income will need to be to cover those each month. Try to start with at least 3-6 months of funding so you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable position with your landlord or vendors.

What are your never leave the house essentials?
I HAVE to have lipstick. My natural lip color is super red lip and so I always have a nude lipstick in my purse to tone it down. And my phone because I have so much information in it!

image c/o: @circularboutique

image c/o: @circularboutique

What five items do you believe every woman should have in her closet?
A great pair of black pants, a GOOD black blouse (I must have at least 6 but my new favorite is from L’Agence!), a GOOD white/ivory blouse (again, I have at least 6), a chic medium weight coat (mine is a black straight coat with notched collar), and a truly unique piece that screams YOU! Basics are necessary, but having something that is really different and that speaks to your soul is a must in my mind.

What is your mantra?
Love your choices! Really, that’s all life boils down to and it is what directs your path. Choose with your heart.

Keep up with Kim and Circular via their instagram: @circularboutique +
Even better stop by the store to meet Kim and her incredibly knowledgable and inviting staff -----* Preferably during my Beautycounter Pop Up this Saturday - January 13th from 3-5:30pm! ;) *

www.beautycounter.com/tessweaver

www.beautycounter.com/tessweaver

Style Profile: Chloe Greenhalgh-Adam

First and foremost to quote Amy Poehler on Mean Girls, Chloe aka 'ChloBear', "keeps me young!"  She's as fun as she is intelligent (and when you read about her occupation you'll get the idea.)  Chloe is witty and wise beyond her years and I'm completely young at heart so even with our decade age difference we were instantly connected and laughing together non-stop, always looking forward to work when working together at Her Tern Boutique in Anchorage!  She recently launched her blog, cashmereandcoldbrew.com, and just like everything else regarding Chloe, I was so impressed and uber excited to share her talent and knack for creative styling with THE WORLD!

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

Name:
Chloe Greenhalgh-Adam

Location:
Born/Raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Currently in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Occupation:
Biological Sciences research lab assistant, graduate school applicant.

Decade in Life:
Third decade.

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

Describe your personal style:
Lots of neutrals with pops of fun colors, patterns and edgy pieces. I try to style basic pieces in new, cool ways.

Favorite Color and print to wear:
Blush and I am currently loving neutral plaids.

Go to outfit for instant confidence and sophistication:
High-waisted jeans/trousers, stilettos or heeled booties and a half-tucked- in blouse.

My favorite styled looks:
1- Styling girly looks with edgy items. I love pairing skirts and dresses with a grungy band tee or checkered vans.
2- Navy and black- a pair of black skinny jeans with an oversized navy sweater tucked it, so cute!
3- Distressed denim with a lace camisole (my go to “going out” look).
4- Styling skinny jeans with an oversized crewneck (I steal my dads) and booties.
5- Layering turtlenecks under dresses, tank tops and sweaters.

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

Signature scent:
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Most coveted piece in closet:
My Doma leather jacket.

Most lusted item you don’t own:
Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote!

Top three favorite places to shop:
1- Madewell
2- Nordstrom
3- Small/local boutiques- shopping local is so important and a great way to find unique brands and pieces!

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

Favorite season and why:
It’s basic, but, Fall- Its just so perfect and layering clothes gives you so many fun styling options.

Film that best defines your personal style:
Clueless. Cher had my dream life and style- her level of “extra” was / is iconic!

I never leave the home without:
A pair of oversized sunglasses and my Baggu clutch.

I feel most beautiful in:
Well fitted jeans, an oversized sweater, and heeled booties.

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

Fashion Icons:
Danielle Bernstein, Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner.

Five classic essentials you think every lady should own:
1- Levis
2- A classic purse / cross body
3- Black booties
4- Oversized sunnies
5- A leather jacket

Favorite album of the season:
My music taste is super eclectic, it really depends on what I’m doing/my mood.
From Marshmello to Kendrick to The Bleachers and Ed Sheeran. I also LOVE to jam to Disney oldies like Hilary Duff and Hannah Montana year round.

Designer worth checking out:
LOU & GREY… Athleisure is V important.

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

Favorite instagrams to lurke:
Jourdan Sloane (@jourdansloane)
Xenia Van Der Woodsen (@xeniaoverdose)
Negin Mirsalehi (@negin_mirsalehi)
Arielle Charnas (@somethingnavy)

Trend you wish never happened:
Small sunglasses- hated them then and hate them more now.

Advice to those establishing personal style:
Don’t rush it, it takes time to curate something special and specific to you. Find style influencers to follow that you vibe with, inspire your own unique style from parts of theirs!

When in doubt:
Throw on some booties! They add an element of style to even the simplest outfits.

Never be afraid to:
Be unique! In both style and life in general.
 

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

image c/o: chloegreenhalghadam | cashmereandcoldbrew.com

Keep up with Chloe and her impeccable styling taste by following her both on insta: @chloegreenhalghadam and her top-notch blog: www.cashmereandcoldbrew.com

Style Profile: Tina Briley

Tina Briley is incredibly effortlessly glamorous.  Her lifestyle is honestly like Pinterest in real life and I can't stop looking at her feed, @allmypretties.  I wish she would launch her own editorial but in the meantime, I am thankful for her doses of inspirational and sophisticated fashion moments and lovely spirit!

image c/o: @allmypretties

image c/o: @allmypretties

Name:
Tina Briley 

Decade in life:
80's because, style was colorful, big and bold!! The 80's were good, man!

Describe your personal style:
Currently playing with street style and streetwear brands like Off White,  Vetements and Palm Angels. I love to pair a streetwear brand with a classic or iconic piece. 

Favorite color and print to wear:
Black, I know! But it's so classy/sexy and chic!

image c/o: @allmypretties

image c/o: @allmypretties

Go to outfit for instant confidence and sophistication: 
High waisted trouser, fitted bodysuit or semi crop top and a pair of Iriza 100 mil Loubis. This to me is a great base outfit for any additional pieces to be added like...jacket, faux fur, blazer... 

Signature scent:
Currently playing with my Derek Lam 10 Crosby kit...a scent for every mood, I have a lot of moods...lol! But for the most part something spicy with a hint of masculine.

Most coveted piece in closet:
Currently my black Versace high-waisted pants. 

Most lusted item you don’t own:
Chanel jacket.

image c/o: @allmypretties

image c/o: @allmypretties

Top three favorite places to shop: 
1- Net a Porta
2- Ssense
3- Farfeitch 

Favorite season and why:
Fall! I love boots, jackets and chunky sweaters.

Film that best defines your personal style:
I’m not sure if this exactly defines me, but I wish Ihad every clothing, jewelry, and shoe in Great Gatsby.

I never leave the home without: 
A pair of bossy shades

image c/o: @allmypretties

image c/o: @allmypretties

I feel most beautiful in: 
My Christian Loubis!

Fashion Icons:
Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, and Idon't love them, but those damn Kardashians are always on point!

Five classic essentials you think every lady should own: 
1- A pair of proper fitting jeans
2- Crisp white cotton shirt
3- Bossy pair of black pumps
4- Icon bag from favorite designer
5- A killer leather/ faux jacket 

Designer worth checking out:
Any high street brand, currently favoring Topshop and Misguided. 

image c/o: @allmypretties

image c/o: @allmypretties

image c/o: @allmypretties

image c/o: @allmypretties

Favorite instagrams to lurke: 
@pintsizedfasionista
@laillimirza
@womensstreetstyle_outfits

Trend you wish never happened:
Unicorn hair, I don't get it! 

Advice to those establishing personal style:
Only wear it if you love it!

When in doubt:
Put on your Loubis and go!

image c/o: @allmypretties

image c/o: @allmypretties

Never be afraid to:
Try something new. If you are curvy try something fitted, if you are thin try something baggy!

image c/o: @allmypretties

image c/o: @allmypretties

Keep up with Tina and her incredible style via her instagram @allmypretties