Composure Magazine – Father’s Day Guide

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Our top picks for dad!

Story: Min A. Lee

1. Designer Sheila Vance with her engineering team gives sunglasses a futuristic look. Built to withstand changing trends, these sunglasses will last dad for years to come!

Mechanix Sunglasses Frame p=mv Plt with Plt Overlay Lenses, $420, Destination Sama at 9530 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, California

2. We can’t forget about footwear! Cesare Paciotti impressed us with their Italian quality and modern take on classic styles. The rich colors stood out as perfect gift ideas for dads everywhere!

Cesare Paciotti Madison, $395, Cesare Paciotti Sport Sneaker, $515, cesare-paciotti.com or 9528 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, California

3. For the dapper dad in your life, check out luxury made-to-order ties from designer Rachel Park with tipping that stands out beautifully. If you want, have dad pick out his own fabric and shape for something truly special!

Rachel Park Silk Ties, Starting at $130, rachelpark.com

4. Whiskey and beer fans, this one is for you! Original Grain creates stunning watches from the reclaimed wood of whiskey and beer barrels. To top it off, for every sale, they plant 10 trees through Trees for the Future.

Original Grain Brewmaster Chrono, $349, originalgrain.com

5. If your dad is always on the go, Kurtis Paul crafts extremely stylish accessories and bags for travelers. Combining function with durability, the waxy leather of their pieces prevents water damage and general wear.

Kurtis Paul 13” Leather Laptop Sleeve, $78, Kurtis Paul Leather Wash Bag, $65, kurtispaul.com

Composure Magazine – Mother’s Day Guide

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Yoga-wear favorite Manduka teams up with the Susan G. Komen organization in the fight against breast cancer with their Project:OM. Mother’s Day weekend Project:OM is working to create the world’s largest yoga class, one million strong, to help raise funds for breast cancer research. Join in with your mom during this special time and see where classes are being held live-stream in your city at projectOM.com. To top it off, on Saturday, May 13, YouTube sensation Adriene Mishler (in the above picture) will be instructing the live stream class! Sometimes the best gift to give is one that gives back.

More information at manduka.com/projectom

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If you’re interested in Project:OM, consider taking a look at cancer survivor and fashion designer Rachel Park’s Park Puff. A seat belt pillow that allows those recovering from breast cancer to ride and drive in cars with more comfort.

The Park Puff Seat Belt Pillow For Cancer Patients, $39, survivormoda.com

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Every mom knows how kids get every scratch and scrape they can, so Blingsting came up with the chicest first aid kit out there! Everything from bandages to sting relief pads packed into a modern, geometric rose gold clutch—classy!

Blingsting First Aid Clutch, $25, blingsting.com

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Aitch Aitch creates their bags with salmon skin leather, a natural byproduct of the fishing industry—a more sustainable approach. This artisan crafted bag exudes timeless luxury.

Aitch Aitch The Rosa Crossbody Bag, $2090, aitch-aitch.com

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O.R.G is taking Asian skincare technology along with their “breakthrough formulas” and bringing them stateside. Gentle enough for sensitivity, yet extremely effective, this diverse set will keep your skin looking healthier, younger and brighter. With travel sizes included it’s perfect for the mom-on-the-go!

O.R.G Skincare Mother’s Day Gift Set, $89 Mother’s Day Special (otherwise $132), orgskincare.com. Want 10% off? Use our code “COMPOSURE10” at checkout!

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“Addicted To Soft,” is an understatement, these beautifully tailored, lush pieces will become mom’s favorite pieces to wear! Their expert pattern-making ensures a bespoke fit and a garment with high functionality.

Les Lunes Gambetta Top, $92, leslunes.com

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Designed and made right in downtown Los Angeles, this timeless tote will last mom forever. Made from the smoothest suede we’ve ever felt, and a rich shade of blue that will go with anything in her closet—trust us, mom will adore it!

GM Studio LA The Tote Sac, $310, gmstudiola.com

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Known for their sleek watches, Barbas & Zacári also create beautiful sunglasses that will keep mom looking stylish as ever! Plus, a portion of each sale is donated towards cancer research.

Barbas & Zacári Rhodes Sunglasses, $57, barbasandzacari.com

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Bracelets made with contemporary style in mind, mom can stack these high-grade precious stones together or with her favorite bracelets and watches. We love the small gold-plated charms found on each piece!

Part Human And Machine Marble With Freshwater Pearl, $110.95, Double Matte Black With Triple Gold Spike, $119.95, parthumanandmachine.com

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Two words: fairy dust! Mom wants to look and feel her best too, so give the gift of glow with ARTISANskin’s fairy dust. A subtle, yet effective highlighter that comes as a loose powder. With the tagline “warning: results are magical,” it’s hard to resist! If that doesn’t get you, the packaging will. It’s part science, part beauty, and completely natural.

ARTISANskin Fairy Dust, $19, artisanskinrevolution.com

 

Composure Magazine – Going Green Trend Story

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Our top choice brands dedicated to eco-friendly practices just in time for Earth Day.

Story: Min A. Lee

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Who knew cork was so stylish and versatile! This artisan made handbag proves to us going green doesn’t compromise being fashion forward.

Rok Cork Sandie Cork Shoulder Purse Luxe, $201.26, rokcork.com

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Votch not only offers a sleek design with vegan leather straps, they also have eco-friendly packaging making their watches an instant favorite.

Votch Limited Edition Watch, $151, votch.co.uk

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These beautiful blocks are made from fallen walnut trees that would be considered waste-wood versus cutting down perfectly healthy ones.

Artifact Uprising Walnut Print Block, $18, artifactuprising.com

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This mix of minerals helps cleanse and balance your skin, aid in circulation and reduce muscle tension. Most importantly, this apothecary favorite only offers products that are vegan and cruelty-free.

ARTISANskin Mineral Soak, $10, artisanskinrevolution.com

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Being 100% recyclable, reusable and toxin free attracted us to Yuhme’s water bottles, but then to find out each bottle bought provides 6 months of clean water for a single person in Central Africa (in partnership with Water For Good) won us over for life.

Yuhme Reusable Water Bottle, $31, yuhme.se

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PHACE supports several environmental and social charities, and draws inspiration from endangered species which you can see in their motifs. This luxury line is also made from sustainable sources.

PHACE Feelin’ My Scales Knitted Sweater, phacecollective.com

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Brooklyn-based Miakoda provides modern and comfortable sportswear made from organic materials. Trust us, this hoodie would easily be your favorite go-to.

Composure Magazine – Michaela Conlin

Celebrity feature for Composure Magazine’s 16th Issue, available here.
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An Excerpt:

Michaela Conlin on Saying Goodbye to Emmy-Nominated TV Series “Bones” and Navigating One of the Toughest Industries.

Photography by Amanda Elkins
Styling by Jessy Cain for The Wall Group
Makeup Kindra Mann for Tomlinson Management Group
Hair by Sascha Breuer for Starworks Artists
Story by Min A. Lee

You’d recognize Michaela Conlin from her impressive 12-year run as Angela Montenegro on the acclaimed television series “Bones.” The crime drama aired its final episode on March 28th, following for the last time the work of Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, played by Emily Deschanel, and FBI special agent Seeley Booth, played by David Boreanaz, as they solved FBI murder cases with forensic anthropology. As Angela, Conlin explored forensic facial reconstruction at the Jeffersonian Institute Medico-Legal Lab and invented the Angelator then Angelatron – graphic simulators that showed victims and crime scene scenarios – and for over a decade, Conlin’s strong-willed portrayal of Angela added even more depth and balance among the already-stellar cast.

Watching Conlin on screen, you see a natural ease. She seems at home with any role she undertakes. This ability likely stems from her years of experience beginning at the young age of six. “I did a production of ‘The King and I,’” she shares. “It was a professional local theatre, and it was such a big deal to me to be a part of something. Acting was the only thing I was interested in doing.” Growing up in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a strong support system, Conlin continued to flourish. “My parents still live there, and they’re incredibly supportive. They drove me to endless play rehearsals, dance rehearsals, and they were always really, really great about it,” she beams.

From Allentown to New York City and now Los Angeles, the “long road” has proven rough at times. Conlin opens up about one of the toughest lessons to be learned as an actor. “You can’t take it personally. It’s very hard not to take everything personally because it’s such a personal business. It’s a human business. It’s based on humanity. When you don’t get a job, it’s hard not to take it to heart, but really, you can’t,” she advises. “That, and just having the tenacity to keep going against all odds.”

Perseverance does pay off, and “Bones” is proof of this – not only showcasing stability in a notoriously rocky industry, but also a solid learning environment. “I think being on a 22-episode show is a really great way to prepare you for a lot of things because your workload is so intense, the hours are so demanding, you’re shooting for so many months of the year, and you’re memorizing lines at the very last minute. It’s a really great place to train,” she explains. “For example, I did [the film] ‘Lincoln Lawyer’ a couple years ago, and that was a tough shoot. It was a lot of locations, a lot of nights, and I felt much more comfortable being on that set because of ‘Bones.’”

Going through the evolution of Angela Montenegro season to season, we see why fans adore her outgoing and confident personality. “She’s a bit free-wheeling,” Conlin boasts. “She was very forthright, strong, and direct. I really loved being able to play her for so many years. I was grateful.” As for a favorite memory during her time spent portraying Montenegro, there isn’t necessarily just a single moment, but rather “being able to have spent that much time with people laughing.” While certainly there are memorable episodes, she says, “We laughed a lot shooting the show. It’s a really nice way to look back on it all. There were a lot of hours in that lab, and I feel lucky to have spent so much time laughing with everyone.”

Composure Magazine – Schedraui Bags

Story from the 15th issue of Composure Magazine, print is available here
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The sisters behind Schedraui are spreading the love (and more than a little style) with their luxe handbag line.

Story by Min A. Lee

When Salvadoran and Lebanese sisters Grace and Stephanie Schedraui (pronounced Che-drow-ee) came together to create the perfect bag for any woman, it wasn’t a spur of the moment decision. The challenges that arise with starting an independent brand can be daunting, but it didn’t phase them. Some would think working with family has its own difficulties, but “we grew up in a home where we were encouraged to dream big and work hard to achieve those dreams,” says Grace. “We were surrounded by a very positive environment where we were always challenged to learn and serve as much as possible.” With Stephanie’s fashion degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and Grace’s background in business and franchise management, they had the perfect balance of knowledge and skills to launch Schedraui in 2012.

The sleek design of a Schedraui bag is only surpassed by the incredibly high quality leather. “In our collections, you will always see leathers with beautiful embossing and soft textures,” says Grace. Initially, the sisters sourced materials from various places around the world, but they eventually moved their production to Italy, home to some of the finest artisans in the fashion industry.

But what really makes a Schedraui bag stand out against the rest are the beautiful, positive words engraved on them. From “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” to “Love will always be the answer,” each piece holds a bit of uplifting wisdom, a nod to their father’s influence. “What changed [my father’s] life and made him take a different path than the majority was reading motivational books and positive thinking,” says Grace. “Both he and my mom, they always encouraged us to work hard for our dreams, to be givers, to leave a legacy. So we decided we wanted to give those messages back to the people around us by engraving inspirational messages on every product of our brand.”

Schedraui bags definitely command attention visually, but with the inspirational story behind the line, the bags are even more appealing. Taking it a step further, a portion of each sale goes toward charitable causes, making it easy to become lifetime supporters of the brand. “Our parents founded this NGO in El Salvador named FUNDABECAS,” says Grace. “It was created to grant scholarships to Salvadoran children, to help them realize their dreams. So when we started our brand, we decided we wanted to build the habit of ‘giving back’ from the very first year of our company by donating a percentage of our sales to this foundation.”

As the Schedraui sisters continue to grow their label, they face financial and marketing challenges typical of an independent accessories brand. “One of our biggest challenges is moving to New York, knowing no one, and having to start our brand from zero in a new market,” says Grace. But she’s confident about her product. “Once they buy one, they are hooked for life because we offer excellent quality and craftsmanship. Also, our bags are very comfortable and functional, which is why our clients always come back to us.”

So the next time you find yourself looking for a new addition to your handbag collection, you just might want to consider Schedraui, knowing that you’re purchasing more than just an accessory. As one of their engraved handles says: “Be a light to others.”

Shop Schedraui at schedraui.com or Flying Solo in New York City. 

Composure Magazine – Valentine’s Day Picks

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Our favorite picks for this Valentine’s Day!

Story: Min A. Lee

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DressAbstract Reversible Trench (Limited Production), $595, dressabstract.com

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Klasse14 Volare Dark Rose Watch with Mesh Band, $245, klasse14.com

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Gorilla Socks in Mr. Pink, $16, gorilla-socks.com

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Rozaliya Chakra4 Rose Quartz Earrings, $790, rozaliya-jewelry.com

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WOODZEE Lily Wood Sunglasses, $100, woodzee.com

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HOTLIPS by Solange Ring in Bombshell Red, $95, hotlipsbysolange.com

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Martial Vivot New York Beard & Face Oil, $48, martialvivot.com

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Protect My Shoes Inserts in Rose Garden and Rogue, $19.95, protectmyshoes.com

 

Composure Magazine – The New Neutral

Trend story for Composure Magazine from the latest print issue currently available here

The New Neutral: Take a softer approach to the season with variations on one of Pantone’s spring colors of the year, hazlenut.

Story by Min A. Lee

Full Article here.