The {11.21.17} Edit

1. Beautycounter, Sheer Lipstick in Scarlet, $30

2. Lou Earl, Aix Slip-On Flat Mules in Black Snake, $320

3. People Tree, Electra Top, $70

4. Angela Roi, Morning Cross-Body in Scarlet, $145

5. Davines, Oi Absolute Beautifying Potion, $23

1.

BEAUTYCOUNTER
Sheer Lipstick in Scarlet
$30

  Photo by Beautycounter

Photo by Beautycounter

the stuff:

Not a red lip kind of girl?  This just might convert you.  A universally flattering shade (okay, yes, our sample size was small, but we've got cool and warm skin tones covered, and it looked great on both), this lipstick will eliminate the mirror checks every 12 minutes and the brow furrow over whether that last sip of water faded out your perfect pop of color (it didn't).  A single swipe will give you a sheer, natural look; layer it on for more drama. Pro tip: wear it with the the scarlet cross-body bag and the black snake mules below (they’re not part of the same Edit by accident, people!) and you’ll look like you just walked out of a Vogue cover story about How to Be Awesome.

the story:

When Beautycounter’s founder realized that the beauty industry is largely unregulated in the U.S., she set to work to create great products with no harmful junk. If you’re new to the “clean beauty” scene, a visit to Beautycounter's about page will get you all caught up on why this matters, but here it is in a nutshell: many of the products we rub onto our bodies (and onto our kid’s bodies) every day contain toxic chemicals that are, well, toxic. Many are linked to cancer, birth defects, infertility, asthma, etc., etc.—you get the picture. Beautycounter’s "Never List" will help you know what to look out for if you want to keep this crap out of your body (because what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream) and they'll let you know exactly what's in each product they sell.  They don't claim to be all-natural--only about 80% of their ingredients are organic or plant-derived-- but the synthetic stuff in their products has been demonstrated to be safe.  If you're a makeup junkie, you may be skeptical of Beautycounter (or any "clean" beauty line for that matter).  We were, too.  But we are on board for companies trying to do better, even if they're not perfect-- and after a few days of wearing this lip sheer, we retired our beloved Nars Jungle Red for good.

 

  Photo by  Courtney  on Pinterest

Photo by Courtney on Pinterest


2.

LOU EARL
Aix Slip-On Flat Mules in Black Snake
$320

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the stuff:

We. Love. Mules. Truly the easiest shoe to slip into, these are incredibly uncomplicated yet impossibly chic. Soft leather, embossed snake skin detail, just the right amount of toe-square – these check so many boxes that we’re even on board with the price.  Pair with some cropped jeans and your new Beautycounter lip sheer and you’ll feel more put together than a fully completed jigsaw puzzle (YES a bad/dad joke but it feels right).  

 

 

 

the story:

Laura Unruh, founder of Lou Earl, is another ladyboss/designer/entrepreneur we love.  Born in Alaska, trained in Seattle, and now based in Los Angeles, Laura designed for a number of mainstream brands before setting out on her own to create everyday modern footwear (mostly mules and oxfords) with an avant-garde aesthetic. Whether she's making her distinctive Lou Earls in Italy or in Los Angeles (she's done both), she's using the highest quality materials and manufacturers committed to craftsmanship, which explains why her shoes aren't cheap.  But if you can swing it, you should get some before the current line sells out (and they will - popular sizes go fast).  Lou Earls are exceptionally well-made with an eye to detail that you can’t find in the mass-produced brands.  Also, they’re crazy chic.

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3.

PEOPLE TREE
Electra Top
$70

  Photo by People Tree

Photo by People Tree

the stuff:

It's a conundrum.  You want to look fun and festive for your office Christmas party, but you don't want to look like you tried.  Enter the Electra top from People Tree.  A classy silhouette with jazzy gold embroidered cuffs (like, real gold thread you guys!) this beauty is the perfect dressy top if you want a little flair without the fuss. Paired with black pants and heels it'll turn some heads at the holiday party, but with an ease that will allow you to swap in jeans and flats the next evening for drinks with friends. Just don't tell them about the real gold thread or they'll make you get the check.

the story:

People Tree is the Susan B. of the sustainable and ethical fashion world—they were pioneers in this industry long before it was trendy (and before some of us were even born).  People Tree implemented the first supply chain for organic cotton and was the first organization in the world to achieve GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification for a supply chain located in the developing world. If you want a brand that is doing it all--from social justice to environmental justice--and doing it right, look no further than Tokyo and London-based People Tree. They buy the majority of their products from marginalized producer groups in the developing world, use natural resources throughout their production process, and are committed to being 100% fair trade throughout their supply chain.  All that, and they’re making beautiful clothes we all want to wear—win/win for everyone involved, which is exactly what ethical fashion should be.

 


4.

ANGELA ROI
Morning Cross-Body in Scarlet
$145

  Photo by Angela Roi

Photo by Angela Roi

 

the stuff

With its luxe, soft feel and rich pigment, this vegan leather purse is exceeding all of the expectations we have for faux-anything. Big enough to fit all the essentials without giving you back problems, this bold but simple crossbody is ready to lend a sophisticated touch to any outfit.  Red's not your jam?  Angela Roi offers this signature shape in a variety of fun colors, from burgundy to forest green.

 

 

the story:

Launched in 2013, Angela Roi is an ethical luxury handbag brand based in New York.  Every handbag starts with a hand-sketched idea by Angela that becomes a computer-assisted pattern and ultimately a prototype bag that they test and retest until they get it exactly right.  The final products are crafted by skilled artisans and reliable factories in Korea. We love that, unlike so many handbag designers, Angela Roi actually monitors its factories, sending correspondents quarterly to inspect the conditions.  With the motto "love people, love animals"--and business practices to actually back that up--Angela Roi is as bright and shiny as their colorful bags.

  Photo by Angela Roi (note: the bag pictured here is the more muted Bordeaux shade - the Scarlet bag ships November 28th and can be preordered now)

Photo by Angela Roi (note: the bag pictured here is the more muted Bordeaux shade - the Scarlet bag ships November 28th and can be preordered now)


5.

DAVINES
Oi Beautifying Hair Oil
$23

  Photo by @ davinesnorthamerica  (Instagram)

Photo by @davinesnorthamerica (Instagram)

the stuff:

Hair oil sounds good in theory.  Moisturizing, protecting, softening.  Nobody mentions the grease factor in the ads.  Are we the only ones who look like Robert Palmer girls when we've got hair oil in?  Not anymore.  Davines' Oi Oil (pronounced oy, though we for some reason keeping calling it oui?) hits that sweet spot right at the intersection of glossy and bouncy.  Both you say?  At the same time?  It’s true!  This stuff lives up to its "absolute beautifying potion" name.  It even smells beautiful.  No heavy perfume here, just a clean shampoo-y scent.  Especially good for dry or color-fried strands, you’ll want to start small to see how much your tresses can handle.  Those with fine or thin hair might need just a few drops, while those with a thicker mane can double up.  Be warned though, everyone's gonna be sniffing your hair all day no matter what.

 

the story:

Davines is committed to sustainability at all levels of production. Their products are created using 100% clean energy; Davines has been powering its plants and offices with renewable energy since 2006.  Even the production of their packaging for the Oi line is offset by the purchase of carbon credits generated by operations of forests' creation and protection in Italy, Costa Rica, and Madagascar.  Davines is making a difference in salons as well--the company promotes a campaign for Zero Environmental Impact Salons and helps salons that want to take part (so far in in Norway, Spain and Portugal) to transform into zero impact establishments. They use the minimum amount of plastic possible and where possible, recyclable materials. The main reason we love this brand, though, is that their products make our hair look--and feel--like we haven't been abusing it with crappy products for twenty years.  In other words, it's the stuff of miracles, folks.

  Photo by @ davinesnorthamerica  (Instagram)

Photo by @davinesnorthamerica (Instagram)

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