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Cult Beauty: Mizon

With a focus on skincare over cosmetics, a commitment to harnessing both natural ingredients and scientific advancements, and a good dose of imagination, the Korean beauty industry is light-years ahead when it comes to innovative products. We fell hard for cult brand Mizon, whose product range includes such peculiar delights as King to the Kong No. 1 Kings Berry Aqua Step-Up Cream,  Ultra Wonder Power Jelly Sun and All in One Snail Repair Cream. To celebrate the launch of Mizon at Urban Outfitters, We called on NYLON Korea beauty editor Lee Bo Mi to give us the 411 on her country's beauty bounty. 

Hi Lee! How would you describe the Korean woman's approach to beauty?
Korean women like bright and glowing skin and natural make up because they want to look young.

Why do you think the Korean beauty industry is so much more advanced than ours in the US? 
Most Korean woman care about how they look because it’s a representation of themselves to others. And they're very curious. Because of that, they always want the new thing. Beauty brands [here] are always trying to catch their attention.

What’s your daily beauty routine? 
I try to keep a simple beauty routine. It’s not always good to use too many skincare products. First of all, I clean my make up with a gentle milk cleanser and then wash my skin with a homemade soap I made without any chemical detergents. After that, I apply a plankton essence—it prevents moisture from leaving the skin. Then I use a propolis ampule that relieves redness. Lastly, I apply a cream with alpine berries to lock in moisture.

What products can't you live without? 
Cushion foundation! It makes my skin glowing and healthy in ten seconds. I think Korea has the only cushion foundation in the world. It’s sort of a compact version of liquid foundation, BB cream and CC cream in sponge, and we use the puff to apply it on the skin. This puff is very special; it has millions of holes (like the skin’s pores) and it absorbs well and spreads the foundation evenly on the skin.

Who is your beauty muse?
Jennifer Aniston. She is a perfect example of natural makeup.

Have you tried Mizon products? We’re obsessed with them! 
Yes. I used Mizon Twilight Essence Mist. It’s great. I don’t like face mist, because when I use a face mist I feel my skin gets drier, but Mizon’s is different—it contains serum and birch water. After I finish my makeup, I often spray it on and it makes my skin glow!

What are your top beauty tips and tricks? 
When I use mascara, I don’t apply eyeliner. I just put tons of mascara on my bottom lashes for a 1960s Twiggy look. 

What are the new advancements in skincare coming out of Korea? 
Skincare with fermented ingredients. It’s a kind of “slow” beauty product that uses Korean botanical ingredients.

Best Albums of 2013: Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile ruled 2013 with his dreamy melodies, stoned guitars and #goodhair, nabbing him the number nine spot on our Best Albums of 2013 list. Here, he shares his influences and tips for maintaining that beautiful mane. 

Interview by Natalie Shukur

You have been pretty prolific with your musical output these past few years. Where do you feel you were at with Wakin on a Pretty Daze?
Every record is special to me because it's just the way that I express myself as a person in the moment, and where I'm at in my life at that time. I can look back at my recordings and remember everything that was going on, what I was listening to, where I had been touring or hanging around that had an effect me, what exactly inspired a lyric, etc. Just listen—that's where I was at!

What are your favorite albums that came out in 2013?
Steve Gunn - Time Off 
Nick Cave - Push the Sky Away
True Widow - Circumambulation

What are one or two of your favorite shows you performed in 2013?
I had lots of fun playing Pickathon Fest in Portland, Oregon and raging with old buddies in the woods all weekend. I played a venue in Berlin I can't remember the name of and, again, had big fun with friends. Steve Malkmus came and hung out too, so that was a memorable blast. 

Do you go out to see bands much yourself?
If there's a good show in Philly and I'm home I'll surely go: Union Transfer, Johnny Brenda's, Underground Arts. This year I saw a lot of music on the road, which was a nice perk.

Who were some of your favorites from the road?
1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds put the whole Coachella Festival to shame—it was mind-blowing. 
2. Tinariwen at Desert Daze Festival (just outside of Coachella) and Warpaint were great as well. 
3. Dinosaur Jr. in Mexico City at Carona Fest might've been the best I've ever seen them—incredible!

The hashtag #goodhair has become increasingly attached to you on Instagram! Can you share your tips for long, lustrous locks? 
I have a "special" shampoo I guess, but it'd be dorky to let you know (haha), so I guess it's a secret… And naturally I have a house chemist who is a magician with hair, so that helps (sike!).

Wakin on a Pretty Daze is full of expansive, dreamy tracks. Would you describe yourself as a generally mellow person?
I'm not always mellow, I can definitely freak out (in both fun and not-so-fun ways depending on the day and what is going on in my life) but I do have a chill side. A lot of times I save that for home: Reading books, jamming records, not looking at the clock, hanging with the fam. Watching my daughters just being young and cracking us up with their brand of humor keeps one mellow and young at heart by general default.

What does 2014 hold for you?
I'll probably be on and off the road I'm sure. And I'm gonna woodshed in Philly a lot, working on the new songs and eventually the next record. I've got a lot of concepts and a lot of music already. Just gonna keep it going, but try and keep it mellow simultaneously (somehow!).

Best Albums of 2013: DARKSIDE

With his partner in cosmic vibes, Nicolas Jaar, Dave Harrington of DARKSIDE has created one of the most textured, enchanting records of the year, which we ranked at number four on our Best Albums of 2013 list. Here, Harrington talks us through how the record came to life.

Interview by Natalie Shukur

What brought you and Nicolas Jaar together on this project?
I had been playing in Nico's live band touring in support of [Jaar’s solo record] Space is Only Noise and on a free day towards the end of our first summer playing together, we decided to try and record a song. We were in a hotel room in Berlin and only had a computer and a guitar and some tiny travel speakers with us. We plugged in and jammed, and a couple hours later we had basically finished a song (what would become "A1" off our EP). At this point the speakers exploded because we were using the wrong voltage adaptor and the lights went out and the room filled with smoke and we turned to each other and said, "Darkside."

How would you describe the vibes of Psychic?
We try to make vibes that you can enter and walk around inside of. I like the idea that the record could be a kind of journey: You enter and you're not sure what's going to happen and then sounds and constellations and sparks begin to sweep you along…

Clearly you are masters of some very cosmic jams. Do you believe in psychics? Do you consult them? Dabble in the occult? Collect crystals?
Psychics are really a double-edged sword: On one hand you have to ask yourself, "Is it real?" But at the same time, once you enter that space and someone starts speaking to you about your past, present and future, it becomes a reality. John Zorn made a series of records with Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn, and Joey Baron—a band he called Moonchild Trio—inspired by Aleister Crowley, which were deeply influential for me.

What would you both nominate as the best record of 2013?
I'm really bad at picking favorites. That said, I truly loved the new Thundercat record, Apocalypse; everything he does is pretty amazing. I also really liked the CFCF record Outside and Pond's Hobo Rocket.

What does 2014 have on the cards for you? Will we see another DARKSIDE record?
We're really excited to take the record out on the road and tour. Playing live is one of our favorite things to do, and it's really the other half of what the record is and what it becomes. We're always working on new music but we won't know when it’s ready to share until we know.

Buy DARKSIDE's album Psychic!

Nom Nom November: Sue Chan of Momofuku

Momofuku brand director Sue Chan's world is filled with rotisserie duck, popcorn cake, Lucky Peach and all the wonderful things that seem to spill out of the minds of David Chang and Co. Also, she wrote her university thesis on food deserts! Here she tells us about her entree into the food world and shares a favorite Thanksgiving recipe.

Tell us a little about yourself…
I was born in Taiwan, I grew up in Southern California, and then moved to New York for college. Every step of the way, food was a big part of my life. In Taiwan, I would go to the Night Markets with my parents. In the suburbs of Southern California, I watched an incredible amount of Sara Moulton and Martha Stewart. Chino Farms was our local farmer's market. In college, I wrote my thesis on food deserts in New York City, and I spent five weeks as an extern at The Spotted Pig. Five years ago, I started at Momofuku as an Office Assistant. After six months, I became Dave [Chang's] assistant. Now, I'm the brand director for Momofuku.

How would you describe the world of Momofuku?
We're a big family. Dave and his business partner, Drew Salmon, put their employees first before profit or sales. It is also a world that has grown in the past two years to include locations in Sydney and Toronto.

Is David Chang as weird and wonderful to work with as he appears?
Dave has played a lot of roles in my time at Momofuku: Boss, mentor, brother. It's all been weird and wonderful in the best of ways. The biggest lesson I've learned from him is to challenge the status quo.

Are you involved with Lucky Peach? (We love that magazine!)
I love Lucky Peach, too! And, I love the guys behind it even more: Peter Meehan and Chris Ying. Peter is my intellectual shaman. I hope my sons grow up to be like them. My team oversees their publicity and events, so we get to work with them on a daily basis.

What is your idea of the perfect meal?
Any meal is made perfect with good company.

Winter is upon us…how do you stay cozy?
I drink a lot of tea in the winter. Dave's friend, Tina Chai, introduced me to Fortnum & Mason's Jasmine Green Tea.

Where are your favorite places to eat out?
I'm drawn to restaurants with simple food, an interesting wine list, and a warm, casual atmosphere. Right now, Estela is my new obsession. It's the kind of place where you bump into all of the friends that you want to see. I also love Marlow & Sons, especially for their Chicken Liver Pate with a glass of wine from their natural wine list. You also can't go wrong with a restaurant from Alex Raji. I order the Uni Panini every time I visit El Quinto Pino.

What is your favorite thing to cook at home?
I like to cook anything that I can find at the farmers market.

Tell us about the Toklas Society for Women in Food and Hospitality you're involved in. It sounds like an amazing project.
There are so many badass women in the food world who are often not in the spotlight, and are still doing incredible work. Through events and digital content, we provide a platform where they can tell their story and talk about their professional experiences. We hope these stories will inspire, educate and promote personal as well as professional growth for other women in the industry.

Saturday nights or Sunday mornings?
Saturday nights.

Milk Bar or Ssäm Bar?
Both, because you can have it all at Ssäm Bar: First, the whole rotisserie duck, followed by Christina Tosi's Milk Bar Popcorn Cake.

Kimchi Apple Salad from the Momofuku Cookbook

This recipe is pretty easy, and it's super versatile for any style of holiday party. For a smaller dinner party, make individual servings, which is always impressive and a big hit. For a cocktail party, make them into canapes by serving bite site portions in a Chinese soup spoon. If you are cooking for a buffet or a potluck, double the recipe and plate everything on one large platter.

Spell & The Gypsy Collective

If you're dusting off your boots from Coachella or, like me, you've trawled through enough festival fashion photos while sipping on coconut water that you can vicariously feel Tame Impala still ringing in your ears, you will likely have come across an outfit or two from Spell & the Gypsy Collective

Sisters Elizabeth and Isabella "Spell" Briedis make the kind of clothes destined for desert frolicking, sunset swaying, and boy-in-the-band finagling—all cheeky shorts, fringed vests, crochet dresses, breezy jumpsuits and exotic kimonos. But, as their Instagram feed can attest, they don't just dream the gyspy life, they live it, soaking up the flower-child vibes of Byron Bay, the Australian coastal town they call HQ. Here they mix business and the beach, bedecked in shredded band tees, Stevie Nicks-worthy silks and stacks of Native American-influenced jewelry. 

"Spell and I both grew up in the suburban sprawl of Melbourne, but always had a yearning to jump in a car and fly up the coast highway to a warmer, tropical fairyland," Elizabeth says. "Whether you live in a city or a beachside town, we all get wound up in our own busy routines and how we dress and accessorize can help us channel that wild-child-of-the-'60s alter-ego that usually only comes out at a festival, or on holiday…. I think that Spell taps into that sense of freedom we all crave now and then." For Spring 2013, the duo explored "lots of textures—tasseled knits, lace, velvet and animal print. Our jewellery range is about to get very bold with chunky carved bone tusks and animal claws that we've cast in brass and silver. It's all very wild this season." To celebrate the recent opening of their flagship store in Byron Bay, which they have kitted-out with vintage antler lamps, cane chairs, cowhides and distressed leather couches, Elizabeth gives us a peek into their new boutique and shares some of Spell's hippie wisdom and local favorites. 

Our Perfect Byron Bay day: Early to rise, coffee and pastry at our fave café with girlfriends and their kids, then spend the day at a quiet beach with our boys. Or, if we're lucky, it's the first sunday of the month and we'll head to the Byron Markets for an organic donut. Muses: Stevie Nicks, Kate Moss and Sienna Miller in her boho heyday. Words to live by: Inspire and be inspired. Also, my mum gave me the Desiderata in a birthday card when I turned 12, and every year I read it on my birthday and use it as a compass. Favorite scent: Vanessa Megan Essential Blend. Current obsession: Vintage rocker tees and bells. Favorite foods: Oysters, or all seafood, really. Byron Bay has an epic fish co-op. Our idea of fun: Designing a new range with Spelly, Fleetwood Mac playing in the background. Our take on style: Style is only style if it's your own style. For me, I dress down and over-accessorize. On our stereo right now, you'll find: Storms by Fleetwood Mac—I'm learning it on guitar. —Natalie 

Isla Collective

The chill vibes of Byron Bay, the iconic Australian beach town that Isla Collective designers Katie Burmester and Ayla Caughey call home, inspires their collection of hand-printed basics made from 100 percent cotton and other natural materials. "It will bring out the tomboy in you," say the girls of their casually-cut muscle tees and stripy trapeze tanks. This season the duo adds chunky knits, slouchy pants and long-sleeve T-shirt dresses into the mix, giving more options for those of us who don't have the luxury of walking around town barefoot or going for a cheeky surf on our lunch hour. Here, Isla Collective gives us a preview of their southern hemisphere winter 2013 collection, photographed by Hannah Leser on a lazy afternoon in the tropical splendor of their local surrounds. Natalie


Creative couple Bec Parsons and Bartolomeo Celestino founded LOVE WANT in 2005 to keep the magazine dream alive. "It's a reaction to the overwhelming gravity of putting images online," says Celestino. "It would be sad to think someone will never handle a magazine one day. It's a very personal journey when you self-publish, but one that's very satisfying when you see who it touches." The petite publication, which just debuted its sixth issue, also gives the photographers a chance to express themselves beyond the confines of their commercial work, while encouraging the same from their peers such as Pierre Toussaint, Gen Kay, Derek Henderson, Valerie Phillips and Ben Sullivan. As it has evolved, LOVE WANT's focus has strayed from fashion to embrace "beautiful images that convey a sense of place and time," says Parsons. "We decided that issue six would be an intensely personal conversation between its contributors. When we commission someone to shoot for us, the only thing we ask them to achieve is that their images won't date." 

"Shooting Staz in Los Angeles was special for me because I was pregnant, and the temperature was extreme, but she has such a special character," says Parsons, whose pictures have appeared in RUSSH, Oyster and Harper's Bazaar Australia. "It was difficult to jump fences to get those shots, but it was worth it. I also love Valerie's pictures of Arivida; the whole concept is wonderful--a photographer photographing another photographer with such freedom that you can't help but be enthralled."

"The cover with Bambi is special," says Celestino. "One because she's wearing Lover, who we greatly admire for their ethics and craft, and then the sense of excitement and happiness that comes through that image. I also think Gen Kay's images of Codie Young are absolutely amazing."

"Raw and direct" is how the Sydney-based pair sum-up LOVE WANT, issue six of which was designed and art directed by Monster Children's Campbell Milligan, and introduces the work of burgeoning Australian photographers Axel Moline and Jack Salkid. "Jack gave us a beautiful story of Rachel Rutt he shot in Japan, that is beyond wonderful," says Celestino. "So many young photographers are more concerned with fame, money or status in social media, whereas Jack is the complete opposite. He creates images you can fall in love with and that's all that concerns him." What else would they advise the next generation of young fashion snappers? "Often, mistakes are the best answers," says Parsons. Adds Celestino: "If you travel a long distance to take a picture, make sure there's film in the camera."—Natalie

Girl Crush: Elise Pioch Balzac

We first met the delightful Elise Pioch Balzac in Sydney when she was the head buyer for the Belinda boutiques. Her French girl coolitude (to borrow a phrase from another Gallic style crush Garance Doré, who took the above picture of Elise) had us at bonjour. Elise has a way of dressing that exudes both classic and quirk in equal measure and, aesthetics aside, it's her joie de vivre that really shines through. These are all qualities the South-of-France born, Sydney-based creative has channeled into Maison Balzac, her new line of natural scented candles, which she founded last year after leaving Belinda. Here, we ask her about starting a passion project, being a Frenchie in Australia, and why the South of France is the most beautiful smelling place on earth. —Natalie

Hi Elise! How did Maison Balzac come to life?
After eight years living in Australia I started to seriously miss my homeland so I decided to collect my best childhood memories and translate them into perfumed candles. The place [in the South of France]  where I grew up is so enchanting and so fragrant that it deserved to be captured in soy wax. 

What are some of your favorite scent memories?
Each candle captures one of my favorite scents. "Le Sud": Thyme and lavender; "La Rose": Garden roses; "Le Bois": Cedar and pine wood; "Le Soleil": Orange and tuberose; and "Le Eglise": Musk and clove buds. The five of them together talk about a typical Sunday at home: I would wake-up and drink a freshly-squeezed orange juice and then take a bath infused with lavender flowers before heading to the local church with my grandmother. Then, after a big lunch, we would walk in the bush—here are the five scents!

What's your approach to building a brand? 
Maison Balzac is about nature, authenticity, quality and fun. I admire labels like Marni, Christopher Kane and Martin Margiela where a sense of humor and personality are mixed with excellence and eccentricity.

What have you learned about the art of candle-making?
Everything from perfumes to essential oils to working with precious materials like milk glass and the different natures of waxes. 

The name Maison Balzac is so romantic. Where does your last name originate from?
My mother's maiden name is Balzac and apparently she is related to Honoré de Balzac, the French novelist from the 19th century. 

Wow, that is quite the pedigree! How did you decide on the design of the packaging?
I wanted the design to be very clean and French with a touch of quirk. We had to strip back and back until we got to this bare box. The design team (Mine Design in Sydney) thought I went mad, but I feel this simple packaging can allow for a lot of things in the future. 


Speaking of packaging, you are always so beautifully turned out! What are some of your everyday luxuries and style essentials?
I live in the countryside near Sydney and wake up to nature every day. This is definitely my first luxury! In terms of fashion, I think once you own a few pieces from Marni (necklaces, dresses and knits) and Dries Van Noten (shoes, pants, jackets), you are ready to go anywhere. Paired back with some tees and denims by Bassike, you don't need much else!

Being a Frenchie in Australia, how do the two cultures mix?
On a cultural level both countries share the same passion for food and wine, but I would give a little advantage to Australia for being so open-minded and relaxed. 


What's next for you?
There are so many projects and collaborations coming up this year. And our office-slash-laboratory is moving into an 1880s renovated church on the banks of the Colo River

Valentine's Mixtape by Lonely

It's OK to be lonely this Valentine's Day. We like our romance served year-round, anyhow. We do, however, see it as an excuse to gift ourselves a little self-love token from our favorite New Zealand lingerie purveyors, the very aptly named Lonely. And if you're hell-bent on wallowing in solitude, the designers (who just so happen to be a romantic couple, too--awww) have dedicated a mixtape filled with alternative love songs to all you lonely hearts out there. Plus, a sneak peak of their new collection! --Natalie 

The Playlist:
The Vaseline's: Molly's Lips
Daniel Johnston: True Love Will Find You in the End
The Runways: Cherry Bomb
Oasis: Songbird
Old Crow Medicine Shop: Wagon Wheel
Dead Moon: Play With Fire
Neil Young: Harvest Moon
Fleetwood Mac: The Chain
Yeah Yeah Yeah's: Maps
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

Stonefox Magazine Issue Two

"The reason I like to self-publish is because there are so many rules on magazinesno matter who you work withplus, I like to support the industry," says Australian photographer and publisher Christopher Ferguson, who followed-up his lush and luxuriously visual fashion magazine SUMMERWINTER with STONEFOX, named for his creative studio of the same name. 

"It's exciting meeting new people and the magazine gives [readers] access to talented people—and I can do what the fuck I want." Issue two, featuring the mesmerizing Bambi Northwood-Blyth on its tactile, matte cover, and interviews with Joanna Preiss, Roman Coppola and Haley Bennett is hot off the press. Here, we chat to Ferguson about Australian style, the inconveniences of bad weather, and the beauty of whispering. —Natalie 

How would you describe the spirit of STONEFOX's second issue?
This issue was a nightmare! I have always described my magazines as albums—we don't pump one out every one or two months. The staff is the band and then we have a core line-up of guests to mix things up. This issue went on forever; I can't even look at it, I've seen it so many times. We were supposed to shoot all of it in Europe, but last summer was the worst weather in Europe in 100 years. Second album blues, I call it. So we had to come up with some ideas to make it work. The spirit is always the same, I guess: Shoot interesting people who have something to say or who I want to meet because I'm drawn to their talent. We don't go for fads, we go for people who quietly go about their business and who are brave. The people we feature don't shout, they whisper.

The divine Bambi is on the cover. What is she like to work with?
I have known Bambi from the start. The quiet girl who came into the studio shy with a cute smile. The reason certain models work—especially Australian girls—is because they're cool and laid back, funny and cheeky, they get the joke but they're still professional. I always pick models on personality before looks. Of course I have to be attracted to them, but they have to have charisma and spunk. 

How would you describe Australian style?
I think we have a great style, unique to our climate and way of life. Like anywhere in the world, some people should be shot in site for what they're wearing, but generally we are really cool and understated. 

Who are your favorite Australian models, designers and creatives?
Models: Julia Nobis is an amazing person, I don't think she's changed since I shot her for one of her first tests. Abbey Lee, before she became Abbey Lee, she was always great, she was always going to do well—she just didn't give a shit. Zippora (but she's from New Zealand), she's a free spirit, an amazing woman. 

Designers: I'm not sure on this one yet, they have to have a point of difference but still be Australian, and I find that hard because everybody in Australia wants to be international. I think Australians lead the way in fashion in a different way, it's our style more than our designers. Sass & Bide and Zimmermann always do a great job. Dion Lee is a craftsman and should jump on a plane and leave without passing go and collecting $200. 

Creatives: David Michod who wrote and directed Animal Kingdom is brilliant. I think Andrew Dominic who directed Chopper and recently Killing Them Softly is amazing. There is whole crop of gifted ozzies. Nothing makes me prouder then seeing an Australian do well because I know how hard it was for them to do it. It takes two words: hard work.

Accessories Love: Pared Sunglasses

We're as attached to our sunglasses as Anna Wintour at Fashion Week. The windows to your soul need a good pair of shades and choosing sunglasses with wide sides is more effective than eye cream when it comes to preventing wrinkles. Ok, we'll stop justifying our need for more and hand over our credit card for a pair from brand new Australian label, Pared. The brainchild of ex-ksubi eyewear designer Samantha Stevenson, Pared takes its sunglasses seriously. Each model is handmade using high quality 6mm Japanese acetates, German rubber-dipped screws and scratch-resistant lenses, and a bespoke service is in the works for online customers. The gorgeous, weighty styles (which come in traditional black and tortoiseshells as well as more inventive hues like brilliant blue and tangerine) are inspired by the philosophy that everything works better as a pair, uniting opposing elements: Masculine/feminine, classic/modern, old/new. To wit, each is branded with the name of a well-known pair. There's Puss & Boots, a sleek cat-eye with cutaway corners; chunky, square-frame style Bread & Butter; the timeless-with-a-twist Dollars & Cents (complete with leather inlay); round frames Salt & Pepper and oversized statement Bigger & Better. We'll take one in every shade, please.Natalie

Get It Together: Clean Up Your Act

Being clean. So fresh, so honorable, such a common courtesy for anyone who regularly ventures out in public. But is our version of "clean" really as wholesome as we think? Maybe you eat organic, use energy-saving light bulbs and switch off the faucet in between tooth brushing and spitting, but are you absent-mindedly slathering yourself and your environment with potentially harmful chemicals on a daily basis? Quite possibly. It's cool, we're not here to judge, we're here to help. We're a bit of a hippie and we think about these kinds of things a lot. So, not to go all GOOP on you, but may we suggest four super-simple all-natural, non-toxic, earth-kind everyday product swaps? Okay!Natalie. 

1. Hand Sanitizer 
February is the season of all things beginning with F, namely the flu and Fashion Week. And according to the New York Times, fashion folk and flu season do not mix well. (Nina Garcia, in fact, shields her face with an Hermès cashmere scarf at all times and "avoids breathing in other people's air.") She probably, like Rachel Zoe admits, slathers on the Purell with pure abandon, too. The antibiotic and synthetic ingredients in most drugstore hand sanitizers are not only harsh on your skin but they can also kill the good bacteria your body relies on to fight infection. Most also contain triclosan, a known carcinogen. Try essential oil-based germ killers, like Herban Essentials Lemon Towlettes and Burt's Bees Aloe & Witch Hazel spray, which are packed with natural antimicrobial ingredients that smell lovely and don't contain enough alcohol to make teenagers wind up in newspaper headlines

2. Household Cleaners
This one's pretty obvious, but trust us, the natural alternatives works just as well. Ditch multi-purpose cleaning sprays often loaded with scary things like phalates, neurotoxins, quarternary ammonium compounds and chlorine for readily available natural alternatives like the beautifully packaged, refillable Common Good range. Better yet, make your own detergents: A tablespoon of vinegar and a few drops of tea-tree oil mixed with water in a spray bottle (scented with another essential oil of your choice if you like) works for general wipe-downs, while baking soda is a great scrubbing agent for tougher clean-up jobs. 

3. Eyeshadow
We didn't think too much about the talc, mica, aluminum powder and ethylhexyl paliminate we were plastering onto our precious eyelids until we discovered brands like 100% Pure and realized there was a better way. The New Zealand company's products, like its Pure Party Naked Palette and Pure Gel Eyeliner, are 100% natural, vegan and gluten-free and get their pigment from friendlier stuff like black tea leaves and fruit. Also keeping things clean when it comes to cosmetics is Rose-Marie Swift who, having worked in the fashion industry as a makeup artist for many years with photographers such as Mert & Marcus, Terry Richardson and Patrick Demarchelier, quickly became schooled in the impact of daily exposure to chemicals in beauty products and decided to create RMS Beauty, which uses nourishing, raw ingredients like coconut oil and rosemary extract. 

4. Perfume
Yes, the romantic allure of perfume is hard to resist, like the storied scent of Chanel No.5 or attractively designed Fantastic Man-endorsed indie brands such as By Redo, with their handsome founders and exotic product names like Gypsy Water and Oud Immortel. But do you really want your personal body odor to be branded? And, for that matter, containing ingredients that have been linked to a host of chronic allergies and illnesses? Seek out natural alternatives like Malie Organics' ready-to-roll Perfume Oils and Beridan Naturals Perfume (which boasts its own evocative names like Mysticism and Midnight Nectar). Crafted from hand-blended botanicals, these fragrances react with each individual's body chemistry to create a more unique, subtle scent. If spritzing's your thing, try Spit O' Rose body mist, a refreshing blend of rose distillate, vegetable glycerine and organic aloe by local Philly salon American Mortals

Lonely Hearts Spring 2013


For Spring 2013 New Zealand's Lonely Hearts had The Cramps, R.L. Stine's teen book series Goosebumps and sci-fi horror on the brain and '90s rap on the stereo. The result? A collection, dubbed Badsville, that's high on stonewash denim, tartan velvet and electric blue leopard print. The silhouettes that have become Lonely Hearts signatures—fit and flare mini-dresses, silk tap shorts, and micro motorcycle jackets—are all there, while peekaboo sheer pieces and lingerie-inspired tops clash with baseball shirts, graphic punk tees and pegged leather pants, all fit for a girl who skateboards from naughty to nice to tomboy with the greatest of ease. —Natalie

Fallen Broken Street

It doesn't matter what side of the equator you're on, right now a felt hat is a desirable object. I've been using mine to protect my head from the strongest of sun rays (that hole in the ozone layer above Australia is no joke), while those braving sub zero temperatures (hey, it's an excuse to drink hot toddies!) could use something to shield from blizzards and combat brain freeze. My favorite new millinery find is Australian label Fallen Broken Street, launched by model David Frim and photographer Justin Crawford, two surfers from Sydney's Northern Beaches. What started in 2011 with knitted beanies has evolved this season to include options like a floppy Carly Simon-worthy style called the Little Hippy; a compact topper named the Cove; an adorable sailor cap dubbed the Slipway; and the Dingo, a modern update on the classic Australian outback hat, minus the dangling corks. Hats off to you, boys! -Natalie

Happy Australia Day!

I hope you're excited as THIS LADY!

Got It Together: The Fashion Pack

In the December 2012 "Wise Up" issue of i-D MagazineVogue’s creative director Grace Coddington (above, winking on the cover in all her flame-haired glory) commented that designers need "a few things going wrong in their life. I mean, I hate to say it, but it teaches you a hell of a lot, you know." 

Some of the fashion world’s most lauded luminaries have fallen off the horse (and the wagon) and made major pratfalls on their way to becoming the industry icons they are today. "Nicolas [Ghesquière] took forever to get where he was. Marc [Jacobs] got fired ten times before he made it," Coddington added. So, if you’re jobless, scandalized, or just a little down-in-the dumps, take comfort in fashion’s fabulous failures and how they rose from the ashes. -Natalie

[Marc Jacobs, 1992]

Who: Marc Jacobs
Epic Fail: In 1998, Jacobs was plucked from relative obscurity to become Perry Ellis' creative director, a move perhaps doomed from the start as the magnitude of the job caused massive fear in Jacobs, which spiralled into a serious drink and drug habit. His critically acclaimed ‘grunge’ collection of 1992 famously got Jacobs fired, and had his business partner Robert Duffy remortgaging his house to keep the pair afloat.

Back in the Game: Jacobs’ fall from grace was at least a glamorous one, and with supporters like Anna Wintour and Bloomingdale's in his corner, it wasn’t long before Louis Vuitton came calling and the designer cleaned up his act.

[Anna Wintour, 1970]

Who: Anna Wintour
Epic Fail: In 1976, Wintour’s first foray into the New York publishing world ended abruptly when she was fired as junior fashion editor of Harper’s BAZAAR for, as she puts it, “not understanding American fashion.”
Back in the Game: While her edgy appeal proved too much for some, it highlighted her as an innovator to others. In fact, Wintour later cited the incident as one of the best things that could have happened to her career. "I worked for American Harper’s BAZAAR... they fired me. I recommend that you all get fired, it's a great learning experience," she told the young audience at Teen Vogue's Fashion University in 2010.

[Alber Elbaz, 2012]

Who: Alber Elbaz
Epic Fail: After a short stint as creative director of YSL, Tom Ford unceremoniously dismissed Alber Elbaz when Gucci Group (now known as PPR) took over the label in 2001. "At Yves Saint Laurent I felt like the son-in-law, like I was part of the family but not quite," he has said of the events. "When I was fired, I felt like the widow." Adding insult to injury, Elbaz went on to work for Krizia in Italy, but left three months later after an alleged falling-out with the label’s founder.
Back in the Game: Elbaz briefly considered going into medicine, but was hired to resuscitate Lanvin, the world’s oldest running couture house, which he has achieved to overwhelming success. "It was painful and destroying, but it didn't crush me," he said of the YSL incident. "I have never been Alber from Saint Laurent, just like I'm not Alber from Lanvin. I am just Alber, short. And I am very short." LOLZ.

[Kate Moss, 2006]

Who: Kate Moss
Epic Fail: Two words: Cocaine Kate.
Back in the Game: Nothing keeps this good-time girl down. Moss pulled up her bootstraps, worked her butt off, and pouted her way to becoming a more powerful fashion force than before. Fragrance deals, endless billion-dollar campaign contracts, high street collaborations, wedding bells and a coffee table tome promptly followed.

And, let’s not leave out the woman in question…
[Grace Coddington, 1980]

Who: Grace Coddington
Epic Fail: In her recently published Grace: A Memoir, Coddington details her move from British Vogue to Calvin Klein in the late ’80s. Having consulted for the brand and styled its ad campaigns, Coddington was hired as design director when Klein was admitted into rehab. After dismal reviews and a direction that proved "completely wrongheaded and far too grandiose for Calvin’s minimalist aesthetic," in her words, "My efforts showed that I was not good at leading a design team, and certainly not one that worked on the basis of designing from the ground up. Eventually I might even have led the company into deep trouble." Ouch.
Back in the Game: Coddington made nice with Klein by creating the iconic Eternity campaign with Bruce Weber, then promptly jumped ship to American Vogue, where she still presides, decades later, as the über-respected creative director.

Welcome Natalie Shukur

Natalie Shukur has worked in New York, Sydney and London, including stints as the fashion features editor of NYLON and NYLON Guys, and as the editor of RUSSH, a mag we swoon over. She's currently enjoying the southern hemisphere summer in Byron Bay (and yes, we're jealous), so give a warm welcome to Natalie, who will be blogging for us about all of the best stuff that Australia and New Zealand have to offer!