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: Image Consultant Mickela Lamb of Polished

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image c/o: www.polishedak.com

image c/o: www.polishedak.com

Name:
Mickela Lamb

Occupation:
Image Consultant (a.k.a. guru for helping others look and feel their best!) Personal Branding Coach, Personal Shopper

Location:
Anchorage, Alaska

image c/o: www.polishedak.com

image c/o: www.polishedak.com

What inspired you to start Polished?
I have always LOVED helping others succeed by ensuring they feel empowered and confident.

I have always have been “that girlfriend” who received the text messages late at night to give guidance if the outfit coordinated, prepare someone for a hot date, coach them through interview prep or review a resume last minute. When the shopping trips expanded from my close circle to friends of friends, I figured there was a need and I naturally had a gift to help others! I am an Alaskan – growing up on St. Paul Island, moving to Fairbanks in Elementary school and transferred down to warmer Anchorage 6 years ago. 

Alaska is an amazing place, full of people who come from all walks of life but we do not ALWAYS have the best image.  One of my favorite things about Alaska is we come as we are, but we forget when we need to “up the bar.” I work to help close that gap from how an individual currently views themselves to how they want to be perceived by others in the workplace for example.

What was your major in school and how did it help you with starting your own business?
I earned my B.A. in Finance and an MBA at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  The MBA helped perfect my leadership and communication skills.

Image consulting is much more than cleaning out someone's personal closet.  What sets image consulting apart from a personal shopping appointment offered at a retail location?
Image Consulting is SO MUCH MORE than cleaning out someone’s closet! Image is the WHOLE PERSON – appearance, behavior, and communication.  The client’s face shape, body shape, career, lifestyle, budget, goals, etc..all play into their image.  Image Consulting will give the client the tools to execute their best look on their own.  Clients learn how to pair clothes that fit their body, have a color analysis which will tell them which colors balance out their skin tone, make them look younger, makeup colors, etc…  Image consulting takes into account the client’s overall goals, budget, current life situation to where they are wanting to go, it is a thorough view of a client in their entirety! A personal shopping appointment at a retail location will only help someone shop and recommend outfits for them in that particular brand and season.  Many personal shoppers do not have any formal training and work on commission, the more they sell the more they earn.  I am ALL about stretching that dollar further via consignment shopping, coupons, sales, etc..give me a budget and see me maximize it to address all the client’s needs.

image c/o: www.polishedak.com

image c/o: www.polishedak.com

How much time is needed for a personal styling session and what can one expect when scheduling their initial session with you:
Most female consultations take 2 – 2.5 hours, as there are a few more items to cover vs a male consultation that is 1.5 – 2 hours.  A consultation will give me a thorough picture of the client’s current goals, struggles, lifestyle, and budget which will help guide me.  Clients receive a color analysis which is SUPER beneficial for everyone!  Alaskan’s LOVE to wear black and black does not do a lot of people favors! We then move onto a vertical body analysis to understand the client’s proportions which will help guide me in giving them tips and tricks to INSTANTLY looking thinner and younger.  We also address body shapes, jewelry placement, make-up, levels of refinement, jewelry, hair styling, etc…essentially nothing is off limits! We cover it all!  It is extremely beneficial, has it will help clients save time and money as it will simplify their life and know what to buy and what to avoid.

In addition to working one on one with clients, you also offer products that help refine their style and get ready routines.  What are some of your favorite products / "essentials" you have available for clients?
I LOVE Monat for hair care products! I personally love love love MONAT!  I use it and it has changed my hair dramatically, simplifying my routine – I think I only wash my hair now once a week! I also highly recommend Beautycounter for skin care and makeup! I have a flawless in five make-up routine from Beautycounter.  I do not want women to think it has to be complicated, complex or time-consuming!

Shop Monat products with Mickela here:   mickelalamb.mymonat.com

Shop Monat products with Mickela here: mickelalamb.mymonat.com

Shop Beautycounter products with Mickela here:   beautycounter.com/mickelalamb

Shop Beautycounter products with Mickela here: beautycounter.com/mickelalamb

You offer Corporate Styling services as well as Workshops, what are some of the main benefits businesses and groups can experience after working with you:
Personal Branding is a HOT topic these days.  I also really enjoy educating other business professionals on what really is “business casual” in Alaska, best colors to wear networking, things to avoid that instantly discredit oneself, how to strategically prepare for an interview and land that next job, Social Media Image…the list can go on and on honestly!  There are a lot of topics that are relevant to the workplace, as Alaska is a casual state and many need to be reminded they need to step it up in the workplace. 

image c/o: www.polishedak.com

image c/o: www.polishedak.com

I truly believe there is a great deal of personal growth and empowerment that comes from investing in oneself through personal style.  Can you share a winning testimony or an "aha" moment a client experienced after working with you?
Oh yes!  This is my FAVORITE part, I love helping people feel more confident, empowered and be more effective as it radiates out to others.

I highly recommend making this investment in yourself! I can’t tell you how much I appreciated going through this process with a professional and very knowledgeable consultant. Mickela’s approach was perfect. She didn’t make me feel bad at all and was very matter-of-fact but warm. I feel so much more confident knowing what styles, colors, and cuts work with my complexion and body style. Eye-opening!!! Best of all, I’m not overwhelmed with my closet. That was such an added stress looking and thinking “I have nothing to wear”. I even did my own purge before this appointment. 4 large bags all together!! Now I walk in my closet knowing everything is just right. Such a time-saver in the morning!! Since this appointment, I’ve had a little more pep in my step. Thank you Mickela!!

Mickela’s expertise was evident as she quickly yet thoroughly identified a range of colors suitable for my complexion and body type. She walked me through a variety of points to consider when shopping for nice clothes, in my case, primarily for dating and casual dress. I normally prioritize function and comfort over style, so I can’t say enough how grateful I am that she was able to work with what I’ve got to polish my image. She is easy to work with, quick to spot areas of improvement and made the thought of going to buy clothes fun, which is not something I’ve ever said before

Extremely enriching experience. I learned so much to better present my professional and everyday image. I recommend Mickela wholeheartedly to anyone looking to make a positive change in their lives.

Could you please share a common mistake people are making with personal image that most people don't even realize they are making?
I see two sides of the spectrum; people are either trying too hard or don’t seem to care at all!  For my fellow Alaskan’s I wish people spent more time being mindful of how they show up, we forget we are role models to the younger generations, our friends, and family.

Something I truly want people to know about working with you as an image consultant is you are totally sophisticated and educated in your craft - but also completely approachable and your services are attainable for most people's budgets.  What words of encouragement do you have for those who may feel a bit intimidated by scheduling a consult with you?
Image does not have to be expensive, in fact, I PROMISE it will save you money immediately and in the long run, it truly is an investment in you! 

image c/o: www.polishedak.com

image c/o: www.polishedak.com

What is the best way for people to connect with you to book a consult?
Phone call, text message (907-750-7633), or an email (mickela@polishedak.com)

What are your never leave the house without essentials?
Lipstick, mascara, gum and a good pair of shoes. 😊

What advice would you give to someone interested in owning a business that you wish someone gave to you?
Go for it! Don’t even think twice, there are so many resources available!

image c/o: www.polishedak.com

image c/o: www.polishedak.com

Check out more about Mickela and Polished's service offerings via her website: www.polishedak.com
+ Keep up with all things Polished on instagram via: @polishedimageak

 

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