All Hail the Mothership (aka Sephora)

The Gospel According to: your loyal patron now and forever

As most of you can tell by my blog and basically what my whole aesthetic is, I love beauty and basically all things makeup. And I also have a major addiction (just like many other beauty lovers) to YouTube Beauty Gurus and all the drama they bring to the table. Who knew makeup could cause so many scandals and problematic people…

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Anyways, I never get more envious if these public figures (or at least that’s what their Instagram bios say) get to go to these cool-ass events. Like this one that Mecca of makeup giant, Sephora, through this past weekend.

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Sephora threw this event for everyone in the beauty community and also 5,000 other devoted beauty fans as well! “The First Ever Beauty Festival” was the name this party was dubbed and Sephora really wanted to focus on their customers. Also, honor them for their love and dedication (and probably dollars) to the luxury makeup store that was one of the first big giants in makeup distribution.

Makeup brands from NARS all the way to La Met were present at the event amount many other prestige brands.

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“…former Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth shared her wisdom about the importance of self-care.” –Nylon Magazine

Parties were thrown for the festival goers that included open bars and appetizers being served while you dance on the dance floor to some great tunes. They also were able to indulge in free makeup swag bags and get their makeup and hair done as well by professional artists. Sounds fun…wish I was invited.

I love events like this because they focus on something that is so vital and important when it comes to makeup and brands in general: your loyal audience. Without them, these brands would be nothing.

So, it’s nice to see the fans being honored for once.

SEPHORiA: House of Beauty ? Session One


References:

Bryant, T. (2018, October 24). Visiting Sephora’s version of beauty euphoria. Retrieved October 25, 2018, from https://nylon.com/articles/sephoria-sephora-beauty-festival

Schallon, L. (2018, October 22). I went to Sephoras first-ever beauty festival, and it was insane. Retrieved October 25, 2018, from https://www.glamour.com/story/sephora-sephoria-beauty-festival

Lady Gaga: “I decided today I wanted to take the power back.”

The Gospel According to: The Women Who Wear the Pants.

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Lady Gaga and Charlize Theron

This past weekend ELLE threw its Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration. In her acceptance speech, she opened up about her dark past with sexual abuse, men taking advantage of their power over others, and her difficulty with being a woman in Hollywood as well as just in general.

Watch the full speech below:

She also opened up mental illness and an empowering moment where she tells women that they need to lift each other instead of putting them down. Using words like, “beckon the world towards kindness.” and wanting to “… take power back.

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Sarah Paulson comforting Gaga on the red carpet. 

Gaga mentions in her speech that she began to become disgusted with herself and the options that women had when dressing for an event. As some might already know, Gaga has a starring role in the remake of A Star is Born and has been adorning the red carpet premieres in the dazzling dresses and gowns. Now, she felt the need to make a statement. That is when she saw this over-sized Marc Jacobs suit.

Through tears, Gaga states that the suit was made for women and “Not a gown.”

“As a sexual assault survivor by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned at a very young age to listen to what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today I wear the pants.” -Lady Gaga

I think this is a fantastic speech that Gaga made for women everywhere. It is so much more than a suit. It’s about what the suit represents. It shows that women can be comfortable and wear, be, act, do, and say what they want. They take back their power by just being themselves.

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(L-R) Sarah Paulson, Keira Knightley, Mia Farrow, Lady Gaga, Angela Bassett, Shonda Rhimes, Charlize Theron and Yara Shahidi were honored at the event.


Elle.com. (2018, October 16). Lady Gaga opens up about sexual assault and mental health in vulnerable ELLE Women in Hollywood acceptance speech. Retrieved from https://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a23813974/lady-gaga-opens-up-about-sexual-assault-and-mental-health-elle-women-in-hollywood-acceptance-speech/
Okwodu, J. (2018, October 16). In an oversized suit, Lady Gaga delivers a powerful speech. Retrieved October 16, 2018, from https://www.vogue.com/article/lady-gaga-marc-jacobs-suit-women-in-hollywood-event
Vagianos, A. (2018, October 16). Lady Gaga wears an oversized pantsuit for a powerful, feminist reason. Retrieved October 16, 2018, from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lady-gaga-wears-an-oversized-pantsuit-for-a-powerful-feminist-reason_us_5bc62f76e4b055bc947ae788

Why are millennials soooooooo obsessed with nostalgia?

The Gospel According to: A Dancing Queen (who is not 17)

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I recently stumbled upon this article from Cosmopolitan. It’s the top trends to dress like you’re from the 70s era. And I got to thinking: why are millennials so obsessed with living in the past?

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Most of the time, for me, I take a little bit from every era. I’ve got a mom who was very much a rocker child of the 80s. I also have an aunt who was very much a disco queen of the 70s. Then, I also have my older cousins who are basically like my sisters and were children of the 90s, who loved Spice Girls, N’Sync, and Jennifer Aniston.

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While I was born in the late 90s. I feel like my actual style came together in the early to mid-2000s.

I know the nostalgia is a big factor when it comes to shaping one’s own identity. As millennials, we do enjoy trends of the past. But the truth is…so does everyone! All generations think their childhood and teenage years were the superior. Rhiannon Cosslett does an excellent job of summing up this fascination with “living in the past.”

We like to take things from our past like the way we dress, the music we listen to, and the way that we talk to one another as well. Every person in their life suffers from this part of being one’s own true self. Maybe I shouldn’t say “suffers” more like has instilled in them. I think one of the most accurate things that people are taught at a very young age is that all sense of style and culture is always in cycle and will always recycle and come back to the surface again.

I personally love when things come back in style because– well– vintage things have not just ~gravitas~ to them but also a history and a story. The fact that ripped jeans weren’t just a sign of not being able to afford jeans but they were a sign of being a rebel. Or the fact that grunge clothing in the 90s was a representation of the actual feeling of many Gen Xers growing up and feeling lost. And how we now teach our kids to dress and act the way they want. To express yourself to the max.

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So if you want to dress in the more futuristic style of now then that’s your preference and if you want to dress like it is literally the 1960s then that’s your own preference.

That’s the beauty of fashion. You can really be and dress like whoever and whatever you want. I know this seems a little random but it just sparked an idea. No matter what generation you’re from, you’re always going to be cool in my book.

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References:

Cosslett, R. L. (2017, September 26). Why do millennials insist on living in the past? Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett. Retrieved October 4, 2018, from https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/26/millennials-living-in-the-past-polaroids

Torgerson, R. (2018, October 01). 24 ’70s fashion trends making a major comeback. Retrieved October 4, 2018, from https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/g23515515/70s-fashion-style-outfits/?slide=1