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Erin Feniger: Founder and Creative Director

Last year in New York, I had the privilege of meeting Erin Feniger at a January Labs event. I quickly learned about her innovative and profound work with Rialto Jean Project. As a founder and creative director she leads the project that seeks to benefit children through art, with proceeds going to support innovative art therapy programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and New York. I was honored to continue a conversation with her and below you can see how I got to know her a little bit more beyond her work.

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January Labs: What are your must-have beauty products?

Erin Feniger: Go and Glow Power Peel Exfoliant. The perfect quick fix to feel and look refreshed when my schedule is non stop!

JL: Do you have any daily rituals that you can’t live without?

EF: Funny enough I think the one daily ritual I never miss is at night when I put Nivea head to toe! [Laughs] It’s really funny because my sister-in-law finds this to be funny and fascinating as I am obsessed with products and the drug store lotion is what I cant live without

JL: How would you describe your style?

EF: Classic … I love a white t-shirt, a great pair of jeans, my leather jacket and my accessories are everything. Shoes can make or break an outfit, a collection of purses and incredible pieces of jewelry

JL: What lead you to start Rialto Jean Project?

EF: Two years ago, I got sick with an autoimmune disease, which is a chronic pain disorder. I had made the decision to close the doors to my event company that helped non-profits raise their annual revenue to focus on my health.

I was living in Venice Beach, California, and I would go to Gjelina for my morning coffee and I would see this girl—think Erin Wasson—who literally got out of the water from surfing and threw on her paint clothes, because she’s an artist. She was wearing her boyfriend’s old Levi’s that had paint everywhere, a white tank top, no bra, and her hair had that perfect beachy wave. Being that I have been collecting vintage Levis for years and was denim obsessed since a little girl I was focused on the jeans and how cool they looked with the paint. I knew if someone made those jeans to look authentic to a painter in her studio wiping the brushes on her pants … people would buy them.

Next thing you knew I was buying dozens of vintage Levis from good will and bought every kind of paint at the art store and I spent several weeks in a studio with an artist friend watching the process from canvas to pant. This was important as the last time I has really done art was in the 3rd grade.

Before I knew it I had turned my garage into an art studio, my laundry room into a washhouse and had a pop up store on Abbot Kinney.

JL: What has been the most exciting part of career so far?

EF: To watch how people all over the world have fallen in love with the jeans!

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JL: Who has been most inspirational to you in your work and life?

EF: Without a doubt my father; he taught me to never give up and that there will always be hurdles but they will make you smarter and stronger. He also taught me that hard work pays off, how important it was to network (truly meet different people every where you go and always follow up with a call or note afterwards) and most importantly to always treat people kind and fair!

JL: Tell us about your incredible charity work …

EF: Rialto Jean Project benefits children through art; with proceeds going to support innovative art therapy programs at Children’s Hospital’s. Proceeds from each pair of Rialto Jean Project denim benefits Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and New York Presbyterian Child Life Services. RJP supports their longstanding work incorporating art therapy to aid the healing process and benefit the lives of patients being treated at the hospital.

Art therapy helps young patients find a sense of hope, self-esteem, autonomy and competence in their healing process The Rialto Jean Project charitable platform ‘Denim Doing Good’ exemplifies our work and dedication to this cause

JL: What advice would you give to other women you wish someone would have told you?

EF: Working hard is a key ingredient but stepping back and thinking smart is the real answer. So think that just cause you work hard your going to be successful, taking breaks and thinking through things is the real answer.

Photo by: Pieter Henket

Tierney Gearon: World Renown Artist and Photographer

As one of the most influential photographers of our time—having been discovered by Charles Saatchi,Tierney Gearon has established a career capturing moments, timelessly and accurately. Little did I know, before meeting her a few years ago when she took photos for my website, she also traveled the world for half a decade modeling. While she was pursuing her first passion, Ballet in Utah, a European modeling agency discovered her and helped ignite a life into the modeling world. Over time her interests grew and it was through her pastime of taking photos that she was encouraged to extend and grow her skills into and beyond the industry, ultimately to become a professional photographer. Not only does her resume and accolades within photography blow me away, she also is a woman with a powerful story that has inspired me deeply. As a professional working on the other side of the lens—and successfully, it’s apparent she is a woman of true talent. But In addition to it all, her dedication to her family is what I might admire the most. With four beautiful children whom she has evidently encourages to follow their passion no matter what, It’s apparent in the way she speaks of them that they are her gold. When you are in her home you can even feel the free spirit of great energy and greater love and it’s absolutely contagious. I had a chance to catch up with Tierney and ask her a few questions! Here is what we talked about…..

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JL: How would you describe your style?
Tierney Gearon: Creative, artistic, bohemian and colorful.
 
JL: What are your must-have beauty products?
TG: I have terribly dry skin—so all my organic oils are a must.
 
JL: Do you have any daily rituals that you can’t live without?
TG: Exercise is an absolute must. I mostly hike and do yoga–we also just moved to a beach farm
lifestyle and so my new favorite thing is to walk the goats and sit with the chickens; it keeps me grounded continually.

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JL: What has been the most exciting part of your career so far?
TG: Commercial photography wise, the biggest challenge I have ever had to do is when I had to shoot the Oscar Issue for the New York Times Magazine; we had to also shoot little vignette videos. I had an hour to do each person and it was the first time I had ever done film so I had to come up with the concepts and make it all happen. Working with such a large crew was also not easy, I am a one woman show, but we did it and we did an amazing job!
 
JL: Being a mother of four, how do you balance your work, creativity and motherhood?
TG: I don’t know, some how I just do it! I just don’t think about it. I take care of myself but my children come first hands down.
 
JL: As a woman who has achieved so much, how important has the support of other women been to your career?
TG: I think the biggest support is the belief in one’s self and taking care of yourself. I know what it feels like to support my female friends and I am very empowered by it, in turn I’m encouraged to support myself.

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JL: Who has been most inspirational to you in your work and life?
TG: My own life story. My family and children inspire me.
 
JL: What advice would you give to other women you wish someone would have told you?
TG: Learn how to take care of yourself and to say “yes” to as much as you can without hurting yourself or others!

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Q & A: Caroline Vreeland: Flawless Songstress

I am so excited to share this interview with Caroline Vreeland. She is not only an incredibly gorgeous, talented, and smart woman, she is a force. It is rare to meet such a beauty with an inner kindness that is so palpable. She is an inspiration and I am so excited to watch this babe’s career skyrocket! Oh and by the way … she happens to be Diana Vreeland’s great granddaughter—one of the most formidable women of all time!

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JL: How would you describe your style? 

CV: Minimal, boyish, easy

JL: What are your must-have beauty products?

CV: Right now I love January Labs eye cream, Korean collagen eye pads, Aquaphor on everything, Bobbi Brown tinted moisturizing balm, & Glossier rose water spray

JL: Do you have any daily rituals that you can’t live without?
CV: Face timing my sister, green tea from Alfred, and taking a selfie with my boyfriend for the
app “Everyday.”

 

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JL: What has been the most exciting part of your career so far?

CV: Having people come up to me on the street and tell me my music has meant something special to them! And shooting for Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion book (twice!) was a huge milestone for me as well.

JL: What inspires most of the songs you write about?

CV: It can be anything from a fight with a friend, to the art I see, or the book I’m reading; anything & everything inspires me. I’m like a freak with too much empathy. For instance, I will see someone in a painting. A farm girl maybe. Then I’ll daydream about what her life was like-no … it’s more like I’ll feel her life as if it were my own. Deeply. I really feel these people! Then I’ll build a world in my mind of what a day in her life is like or what she’s going through, and I the somehow write a song about it! So although something may not have happened to me specifically, I can truly feel like I’ve been there, felt those emotions, so, in a way, all I come across becomes a part of me.

JL: As a woman who is building a career, how important is the support of other women?Who has been most inspirational to you in your work and life?

CV: Successful, confident women provide a sense of security to those searching to find love for themselves. One of the most inspirational things that has happened to me is having girls write messages to me explaining how I’ve given them a sense of pride in their bodies or big boobs, or the way they carry themselves, or in the idea that they can express themselves the way they want to. The number of followers one has on Instagram doesn’t matter. What matters is that I could have some kind of influence on women. One girl wrote to me last week saying she’s always hated the scar on her face but since seeing how I embrace the scar on my forehead, she’s learned to find the beauty in hers. This brought tears to my eyes. This, to me, is the importance of influence through social media.

JL: What advice would you give to other women you wish someone would have told you?

CV: Never give up on what matters to you, never give in to what you are not, and never compromise who you are at your core. Be kind to everyone and I mean everyone because you never know what someone’s truly going through, and a small kindness from you could change their day or even their life.

JL: Lastly, your Great Grandmother Diana Vreeland is one of my favorite icons of
all time, how has she influenced your life?

CV: I’ve said this before but it is the bare bones truth. Nanina (as we call Diana in my family) is in my blood, a part me, flowing through me. It sounds crazy but I know she is inside me, guiding me. Because of her I am not afraid to be imperfect and brave.

For more insight, check out her website www.carolinevreeland.com

Springtime Veggies

Spring is in full swing and your trip to the grocery may feel less familiar than it usually does seeing that certain vegetables are either plentiful or non-existent. To ensure you eat the best of the best, we want to remind you which spring veggies should be enjoyed this season and what benefits they reap.

The Radish

Unassuming, this member of the mustard family can be found as red, purple or black. Red-skinned radishes are the most popular (and our favorite), but you can also find daikon radishes, which have a milder flavor than the red-skinned. Just 20 calories, one cup of radishes will do the trick for a light snack and will serve an excellent source of vitamin C. It’s also brimming with calcium and potassium.

The Beet

These red gems contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression while also containing trytophan, which creates a sense of well-being, which relaxes the mind–similar to chocolate. In addition, beets serve as a tonic for the liver, which purifies the blood. AND on top of it all, tastes delicious.

The Carrot

A common ingredient with your hummus, carrots will start appearing in early May and is an excellent source of beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant that helps maintain eyesight and protect against heart disease and certain forms of cancer). Carrots are also chock-full of potassium, fiber and vitamins K and C. And although you are used to the orange ones, we suggest trying the puple, yellow and white ones to mix it up. Benefits are the same, taste slightly different!

The Spinach 

With so many greens to choose from, we hope you go for the spinach this season. Spring and fall are the peak seasons for this popular leafy green. Just one cup of this magic is twice the recommended daily amount of vitamin K. It’s also packed with vitamin A and provides plenty of vitamin C, folate and manganese as well.

 

photo cred: Pinterest

 

Jan Thoughts: The Oscars

From time to time, we will be sharing a quick thought from our founder, January Olds. To kick off this introductory series, what better way than to talk about the magic that is the Oscars? Here are some glitzy thoughts:

 

This last Sunday, most circled around their television to watch the annually celebrated Oscars. Whether a movie lover or a fashionista,  I know I loved watching the Oscars because of it’s overall presentation of both beauty and talent. Strangely enough, it’s a time a year I pay extra close attention to skin; yep, of course; I just can’t help it.

A woman who caught my eye specifically was Cate Blanchett. I love her in general for her brilliant acting and presence on film but couldn’t help notice how stunning she was (AND WITH BARELY ANY MAKE UP!)

Cate BlanchettI think that it just proves our philosophy at January Labs… less is more.

Lets perhaps take note from the lovely Cate who has inspired others (and me) in so many ways. Whether it in the media and striving to be a positive influence to women, or it’s the effortless style and poise she so displayed especially a couple nights ago, may we be women who strive and focus on the kind of beauty that is just that. Let’s not try and look younger over looking good and healthy for our age. And let’s remember that beauty is from within–with or without an Oscar in your hand.

 

 

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Love and ALL it’s Beauty

This month, though inspired by a national holiday we were reminded by a sustaining truth that love is truly what reflects beauty in it’s most whole and pure form. We at January Labs want to provide not only the best, conscious and purifying products for your skin, but also to provide you with an overall sense of beauty in it’s external AND internal facets.

With that, we want to share a video our founder had the chance to be a part of and ask you a question. What makes your heart beat? For us, it’s the beauty around and inside of each and every one of us. We hope you feel the love. Here is 90 seconds of some inspiration.

Directed and written by Nathanael T. Presley brought to you by Darling Magazine.

 

 

Deity Divine Skincare

As always, we like to keep January Labs users up to date on what is going on with us as a company. A lot of that growth stems around new accounts and we are extremely thankful to continue to grow and couldn’t be more delighted than to have a place in the Northwest corner of the U.S., Seattle, Washington!

Deity Skincare opened their full skincare service in 2012 and is run by two women, Heather and Stephanie who hold extensive esthetician experience under their belts. With a passion to provide a space for women to unwind, and “reconnect with themselves and their inner deity,” Heather and Stephanie hope Deity Divine Skincare can be a go-to place for many; a place also to share story and to be treated with a spark, so to speak.

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When we connected with them, we absolutely adored their business mantra and related with them so closely, it was our hope to be a part of their space of wellness and of definite beauty. And not only does this duo believe in looking good, but also in feeling good in the first place—something we at January Labs absolutely aim to communicate through our lifestyle and products.

Deity says it best, “Deity Skincare is a blend of beauty, inspiration, health, and well being. We believe that being good to yourself is good for the soul and spirit. Our goal is to help you feel and look beautiful.” So here’s to our new account and here to hoping we can be a part of making women feel and look beautiful too!

December: Straying from Holiday Stress

Below are some tips on how to conquer a whole day, avoiding the anticipation of stress!

A.M.

Forget the snooze. Wake up when you say you’re going to wake up, and start your morning out with a calm mind. Being rushed will only enhance stress. In addition to avoiding the sleep button, get up and exercise.

Most people tend to put off workouts until the end of the day (and end up skipping them). Don’t leave it up to chance and try to kick off the day with a workout—yoga, a walk, a little joy—anything to get your endorphins running!

Afternoon

It might go without saying, but this time of day can be a rushed one—whether with work or managing the family schedule. Take your time and do one thing at a time. Also try and incorporate laughter in your afternoon (and everyday!).

Laughing soothes tension in your body and relieves any of your stressed-out responses on the spot. The long-term benefits have been proven too to even improve your immune system.

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P.M.

Reflect. Remember, quality time to unwind is not selfish. Try creating a ritual in the evening that is free of technology and allow your body to calm down and rest. To enhance this unwinding, try a cup of hot tea, read few chapters in your book, or a long bath to wind down solo.

Whether it’s understanding these simple efforts in creating a stress-less environment or even a process of rethinking your habits that may not be as healthy, ie: caffeine intake or running on no sleep, it’s important to know a huge difference in our day can be made with intentional effort and prioritizing your health and wellness rather than over stimulating your mind and schedules with distractions! Here’s a living the day better.

 

Photo Cred: Marnie Harris by Piczo Photography (http://picpicpiczo.tumblr.com/)

Keep Clean: How Bacteria Gets into Your Makeup

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Makeup bag

Not cleaning your makeup bag even if you clean every product, brush and sponge doesn’t put you in the clear. Your makeup bag needs to be cleaned out (at least once a month!) Either put it in the washing machine with your towels or in the dishwasher (this works really well if the bag is made of canvas) to get any loose, bacteria-laden products out of the bottom of the bag. Organization is key—so is cleanliness.

Tubes > Jars

If you’re using lotion that comes in a jar or tub as opposed to a tube, be sure not to dip in your fingers in it. The same goes for exfoliators, lip balms and anything that comes in a jar. Go for a tube version of your favorite lotion or jar-ridden product (or anything packed in an airless tube like JanLabs) to avoid potential irritants of the skin!

Lipstick Post a Meal

An act that happens daily, it’s important to know, if you immediately reapply your lipstick with any lip product after eating food, you’re pressing left over food particles into your lips, and into the product itself. The bacteria can then live on the surface of lipstick or inside the tube of lip gloss, which will eventually spread onto your lips in the next application. To avoid this, make sure you fully wipe off any food on your lips and if possible, brush your teeth, before reapplying lip color.

Mascara Pumping

Every time you pump mascara to “get more product on the brush,” you’re drying out the mascara, which creates a dry, dark breeding ground for germs. The mascara onto your wand that’s inevitably put into your eye (back and forth again) passes germs from your eye to the tube, where they’ll continue to live. It’s important to make sure you’re only using mascara for no longer than 3 months—and swirl the brush inside instead of pumping it up and down.

Sharing Your Goods

The most sensitive type of make to share is anything eye-related, since they are susceptible to getting bacteria in them. In general, sharing any beauty products with your friends naturally puts any of their germs into your products and vice versa. This may be the hardest to abide by, but in the long wrong, it’s advised not to share your make-up with your bff!

Double-dipping

When applying makeup, it’s best to use specific brushes for specific uses. But often, many of us are guilty of using one brush for multiple products. If you’re likely use one brush to apply powder to your face, then dip it into your blush, you’re transferring any oils from your face into your blush compact, and then redistributing those oils onto your cheeks when you apply blush. Use separate brushes for each product, and remember to clean your brushes about once a week to avoid any bacteria.

 

 

The Usual Suspects

There are many things we can assume that will keep our skin well and healthy. But as an avid fan of keeping skin in its best condition, we wanted to share some easily unnoticed suspects that can harm the epidermis.

 

Over washing— If your skin has been dry lately or feels like it has an extra layer of dead skin built up, it could be because of over-washing. When we over-wash, it dries your skin out, which can lead your sebaceous glands to respond by overproducing. Skin then becomes simultaneously dehydrated and superficially oiled up, leading to breakouts and a rougher surface.

Choosing “maximum strength” ingredients — Just because it’s stronger doesn’t make it always better, and that’s especially true with skin care. For most users, there’s no appreciable difference between the efficacy of low-strength benzoyl peroxide and maximum strength, but the high-strength version is a lot more likely to irritate skin and cause dryness.

Buying an allergenic shampoo or conditioner — If you’re having a bad breakout or notice your skin becoming easily sensitivity be sure to take note of any new products recently purchased—especially hair care. Skin allergies to hair products can also show up on your back, chest, and anywhere else the product is exposed to.

Switching up skin care frequently — Speaking of beauty products, our epidermis is very delicate, and although trying the latest cream or serum might fulfill your desire for something new, it could also throw off your skin’s moisture balance, pH and a slew of other factors. So instead of switching over all at once, introduce new products gradually for the smoothest and healthiest transition.

 

Photo cred: OlieBiologique.com