THE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

STYLE

THE GIFT GUIDE

Love her madly this holiday season with our top gift selects.

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For the Minimal and Mindful: SHOP the Suton Crop

With a ruffled neckline and ¾ sleeves, this statement crop is a complete knock-out. Cut from organic cotton poplin, she’ll be doubly impressed by your conscious shopping and combined good taste.

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For the Soft and Sophisticated: SHOP the Ravi Dress

The answer to any invitation, the Ravi dress series brings Australian summer to Jean Shrimpton-chic. Let her know she’s your bonafide style queen with this modern wardrobe piece both sensual and strong. A ¾ balloon sleeve and optional spaghetti belt will spotlight your unwavering attention to detail. Available in mini or maxi, olive or white.

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Transport her to a 70s garden party, Italian style, with this vintage-inspired classic. Featuring an off-shoulder neckline, button-down front, billowed sleeves and a promise to please. Buy now, so she can wear forever.

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Scarf, sarong, towel or throw, let her decide. The 100% cotton Gauze Throw, for the girl who likes options.

SHOP: THE LEUR FLOOR LENGTH DRESS

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Sensible and stylish, the Mercii Bucket Hat is a woman’s best friend … just ask Shanina Shaik who was spotted donning hers earlier this year. The supermodel seal of approval. Tick.


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A Little Extra: SHOP the Summer Robes

A limited edition collaboration between MAURIE + EVE Designer, Kelly Davies-Green and New Zealand Artist, Madeline O’Donoghue, these comfort calling robes sing a song for generations to come: TEACH PEACE, GROW PEACE. Start her year with the good vibes. Available in mini or maxi length, Bijou Blue or Toasted Almond logo work.


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INTERVIEW: KEVIN MURPHY

CATEGORIES: INTERVIEW, EARTH, WELLNESS
INTERVIEW

KEVIN MURPHY

Launched in Melbourne, 2003, KEVIN.MURPHY captivated the market with a fresh aesthetic and arsenal of eco-friendly claims, that at the time, were almost unheard of. Many assumed the product simply wouldn’t work (minus sulfates, animal testing and parabens), but Kevin Murphy (the man) knew otherwise. The brand has since gone from strength-to-strength, unstoppable in its innovation and penchant for the planet. Conscious, creative and super cool, it’s the minimal haircare every woman wants in her bathroom, packaging that as of 2018, is curated from Ocean Waste Plastic. So good! So, with a focus on sustainability for the month of December, we Q&A Mr. Murphy himself, chatting surfactants, statistics and new scalp care.

M+E: You mention that it wasn’t until you created your first line of products, that you really became aware of ‘just how much harm the production process has on the environment.’ Was there a particular statistic, fact or part of the process, that really drove this home for you? 

KM: I have always been passionate about environmental issues, but it wasn’t until I created my first line of products that I really became aware of just how much harm the production processes, of any product, can have on the environment. The more I researched, the more I began to hear of scary stats like, only 9 percent of plastic actually gets recycled, and 79 percent of that waste (sitting in landfills or littering the planet) eventually ends up in our oceans and ultimately, our food chain (the fish we consume). So, I feel sustainability is an important industry focus for me – not to mention the bottles actually have my name on them – I’d be heartbroken to see them floating around the ocean.

I want to be a part of the solution, not the problem, so we were one of the first beauty brands to reinvent our packaging with recycled ocean waste plastics in an effort to eliminate the plastic waste polluting our oceans. We’re calculated to save the planet over 360 tons of new plastic each year, and will continue to prioritise the planet as a key focus – from our organic growing practices to micro-cultivation and ecological harvesting techniques.

M+E: KEVIN.MURPHY was launched in 2003, and we remember it quite vividly. It looked, smelt and read so uniquely to anything before it. Also pioneering, of course, was the choice to go sulfate, paraben and cruelty free. How was this met/received by fellow manufacturers and the broader industry, at the time? Was there some who believed such choices would effect performance, and if so, how did you respond to that?

KM: Going sulfate, paraben and cruelty free was a non-negotiable for me. It was in our brand DNA and you’re absolutely right, a lot of people didn’t get it! This is why the brand initially took off in Scandinavia. They were already huge adopters of the natural, ethical trend and had the same values as we did, so really resonated with the brand. I had a lot of push back in other markets initially as people didn’t think the product would work as well as it should. Thankfully, the rest of the world caught up with Scandinavia, but also, once people started using the product, they quickly converted to KEVIN.MURPHY. The formulas stood up against premium competitors, and had the added benefit of no nasties.

M+E: What have been some of your greatest business challenges?

KM: Staying true to what you’ve set out to do and create. It becomes personal the second you put your name on a bottle, because there is actually a person behind the brand. So, it’s not only your reputation you need to uphold, but it’s about the opportunity to create a brand that’s truly inline with your values. Not only that, but it’s a motivator to stay true to who you are and what you want to achieve.

“As an industry, we’ve got a long way to go and it’s expensive, so it takes commitment. New production costs are five times more than bottles made from virgin plastic. We have swallowed most costs to make this happen, as we feel the issue is so important to the future.”

M+E: Talk to us about your hero ingredients, and how these are sustainably harvested?

KM: We create products with a conscience that don’t harm our environment. We use only sulphate free surfactants that effectively cleanse and remove surface oil and dirt, without stripping or depleting the hair of its colour. We use AHAs, or fruit acids, derived from Papaya, Citrus, and Sugar Cane that gently exfoliate the hair surface without drying or depleting. Natural surfactants from the Soap Bark Tree, Quillaja, and other plant-derived sources create rich luxurious lathers that moisturise and nourish.

I look to ingredients that not only protect, condition, and smooth the hair, but are sustainably harvested, and support community-led change. For our recent product launch, EVER.SMOOTH, our Wood Bark Complex was derived from Indigenous Australian plants as were Blue Cypress, White Cypress and Lemon Aspen. All of these ingredients were specifically chosen due to their high content of antioxidants (that actually behave like an Alpha Hydroxyl Acid for skin and hair conditioning). The unique ingredient trio of Blue Cypress, White Cypress and Lemon Aspen was hand selected for the combined resilience and strength, which is derived from trees that survive the harsh Australian landscape.

M+E: KEVIN.MURPHY has a special connection with our oceans, evident no more so than the Ocean Waste Plastic (OWP) initiative. Tell us a little bit about how this amazing program came to fruition – how many years’ in the making, and what is the screening process to ensure plastic is sourced from the ocean, and so on?

KM: When we learnt about the opportunity to change our packaging to OWP, it was an easy decision to make, and one that was enthusiastically supported by everyone in the company. But, it hasn’t come without its challenges. It’s been years and years in the making and it’s still a journey. As an industry, we’ve got a long way to go and it’s expensive, so it takes commitment. New production costs are five times more than bottles made from virgin plastic. We have swallowed most costs to make this happen, as we feel the issue is so important to our future, the sacrifice is needed. We aim to change the industry standard and will transparently share our eco-friendly processes so other brands (or persons interested)can take a stand alongside us.

We work closely with local fisherman to collect plastic via trawler boats. From here, it is transported to a sorting facility, shredded and separated by plastic-type (to make sure all the contaminants are removed), washed, melted and processed into granulates. Finally, the shampoo bottles are formed.

KEVIN MURPHY

M+E: In your opinion, can haircare and/or fashion ever be 100% sustainable?

KM: Absolutely, and I think we can all continue to look for ways to be more sustainable, even if you can’t get there overnight. One of the values that are ingrained in everyone at KEVIN.MURPHY is “THE CHOICES WE MAKE” – which is simply our commitment to creating exceptional products and operating with social and environmental integrity. To ensure that global stewardship is always at the forefront of our mind, a group of eco-minded KEVIN.MURPHY staff have come together to ensure we continually explore new ways to uphold our commitment to the environment. This task force works on anything from big picture initiatives to the everyday details that make a tremendous impact on our Mother Earth.

M+E: In your opinion, what further efforts can the hair and fashion industry make to enhance their sustainable practices?

KM: Don’t get overwhelmed by thinking you have to make the switch overnight. Start small! Some people get deterred by what they should and shouldn’t do, but if you make the right choices and chip away at it – you’ll get there.

M+E: What is next for the brand – both from a creative and sustainable viewpoint? Any new products on the horizon?

KM: This is my favourite part of the job! I’m always creating new products and the latest one to launch is a new SCALP.SPA regimen available in December! A clean, healthy scalp is important to ensuring the health and growth of your future hair. With this new SCALP regimen (scrub and wash), I sought to create products that address many of our scalp needs. These star products are packed with a range of skin loving ingredients that nurture the scalp back to health, thus giving your hair the radiant results it deserves.

M+E: Your can’t live without KEVIN.MURPHY product – at home, and when working on set?

KM: I can’t live without SESSION.SPRAY, it’s every session stylists’ secret weapon as it will hold every strand of hair in its rightful place. I spray it over any finished look for firm, weightless, long-lasting hold. It also has excellent humidity resistance (great for our Aussie climate), and brushes out easily and effectively without a trace of flakiness.

M+E: Album on repeat?

KM: ‘Confessions on the Dance Floor’ by Madonna

M+E: If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and where would you dine?

KM: David Bowie in the dining room of the Sunset Tower, Hollywood CA.

Follow @kevin.murphy.australia | @maurieandeve

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NEW: ORGANIC COLLECTION, IMAGINE

INTERVIEW

NEW: ORGANIC COLLECTION, IMAGINE.

It is with great pride we unveil the next chapter in our story towards total sustainability, IMAGINE – a collection created using 100% GOTS certified organic cottons. Here, MAURIE + EVE Founder and Designer, Kelly Davies-Green talks creating a collection mid-pandemic, new hemp fabrications, and the move from lounge to dresswear.

SHOP: TULLY DRESS

Q: M+E launched their first organic collection in 2019. How will the 2020 instalment show evolution in further/additional sustainable sourcing, production and processes – what new fabrications will we see? 

KDG: Like most, my overall visIon for 2020 was interrupted with the unexpected arrival of a pandemic, and so plans to visit and work alongside my production team in India were suddenly no longer. Part of this trip would see a personal visit to the cotton fields and a much deeper exploration of IMAGINE and its resources. However, my focus shifted to the here and now, and with it a realisation that slow growth can be just as valuable. The creation of IMAGINE was a slower process than anticipated, but it all came to life just as the universe intended, and I feel for all its hurdles the outcome is something special.

As for fabrications, we continue to work with 100% certified GOTS cotton and BCI cotton, and in 2020, welcome the addition of a beautiful hemp. I’m so excited for our community to experience this new fabrication – its weight and texture moves with such fluidity and feels very luxurious on the skin.

Q: Why are you more determined than ever to continue on this pathway to becoming a fully sustainable fashion brand, and what work have you been doing behind the scenes to become a little closer to this reality?

KDG: I believe in the power of our conscious, subconscious and collective minds. This is my pathway through life, and the more I learn, the more I want to change, evolve and grow. It’s confronting, sustainability in our industry is a concept with many flaws, but I am determined to do better. This should not be confused with a desire to ‘be better.’ Less competition and more connection. Support and guidance in this industry, is a must – learning from each other along the way.

MAURIE + EVE is part of my DNA. The brand is intwined in my existence as a woman, mother and planet lover. We are growing and learning from one another, together, with big sights for the future.

The past few months have seen me working on a new project set to launch in 2021. It has evolved from a place of peace, love and learnings, and is designed to inspire the same in the wearer. A collaboration indicative of my commitment to them, myself and you.

SHOP: RAVI FLOOR LENGTH DRESS

“IMAGINE seeks a break from loungewear with breathable fabrics, degrees of lace panelling and an evolution of our signature, voluminous sleeving.”

Q: What will the new collection say about M+E as a brand – has she matured even more so, will we see more structure in her simplicity, does the free feminine mood continue and who/what inspires the palette?

IMAGINE seeks a break from loungewear with breathable fabrics, degrees of lace panelling and an evolution of our signature, voluminous sleeving. Drama by way of shape, neckline and curious intricacies meets effortless silhouettes for a new, contemporary view on the classics.

It’s symbolic of our turn to the new luxury – connection, fun and laughter. Imagine if every moment were a memory to last a lifetime. How would you present yourself to the world? How would you speak and treat others, including the planet we call home? Dress to impress with strength and sensuality. The power of ‘woman’ is greater than you think.

We salute Mother Nature with organic fabrications and simplicity in tone and texture. Perfectly faded charcoals, sand, oat and blue like the shaded moon, a modern contrast to signature MAURIE + EVE white.

Q: What does this collection say about you, and your journey, as a human and designer?

KDG: I’ve been listening to a lot of John Lennon, George Harrison and Bob Dylan over the past few months – hence the collection name, IMAGINE. The John Lennon song of the same name was particularly inspiring throughout my journey: ‘imagine all the people, living life in peace.’ If we want peace, first we have to imagine it. It is said Lennon composed the song one morning in early 1971, in the company of Ono and a Steinway piano. Ono watched on as he composed the melody, chord structure and almost all lyrics in one brief writing session – a strong political message surrogated in a beautiful melody, for the widest possible reach.

If IMAGINE, the collection, influences just one human being to think and act more consciously, then I will consider it a success.

SHOP: LUER MINI DRESS

Q: If the collection were a destination, what would it be?

KDG: Our beautiful country, Australia. It has been enjoyable to focus on our own backyard over this time – never ending white beaches, lush rainforests and rolling hinterlands (cue: Byron Bay, where we shot IMAGINE). The onset of summer – that’s what this collection feels like to me … when the sun becomes a little lazier, lingering on to stimulate true Australian spirit and that holiday mindset. Music, wine, food, family and friends. This collection is a celebration of our freedom, and importantly, the freedom to act with mindfulness.

Q: Can we expect fits and fabrications reflective of 2020 and beyond?

KDG: Relaxed, oversized exteriors meet volume heavy shapes for a look less beachy, more statement serving. It’s time to leave the lounge and embrace getting ‘dressed.’ Live the now and do it with passion – who knows what lies ahead. Spliced dresses, off-shoulder cuts and deep décolletage reveal just the right amount of skin: Sensual, sophisticated and sure to last.

Follow @maurieandeve | @kellydaviesgreen

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EDITORIAL: RISE


EDITORIAL

RISE X SHIMMA SUNRISE MARIE


SHOP: LUNAR CARDIGAN

Transeasonal tastemakers for travels near and far.

Keep it understated, iconic and inherently chic.

Shop new arrivals.

SHOP: 100% COTTON SOMA JUMPSUIT

SHOP: NEO FLOOR LENGTH DRESS

SHOP: INDUS KIMONO TOP

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INTERVIEW: SKIN HEALTH, FROM THE INSIDE-OUT

WELLNESS

SKIN HEALTH, FROM THE INSIDE-OUT 

We chat with Founder of certified organic skincare and ingestible beauty range, IMBIBE, Felicity Evans on the journey of woman’s skin, the support it needs, and quite possibly, the world’s best smoothie recipe.

M+E: You work to re-define the synergy between science and beauty – what does this mean from a process perspective, and importantly for the end result? How does this make IMBIBE superior from others?

FE: I’m incredibly fastidious about quality, potency and performance. We define the range as being ‘busy’, much like our customers. Our client needs our range to work on a multitude of levels so that they see real, visible results. The 4,500 verified customer reviews are testament to this.

Therefore, we take time and not shortcuts. First, I look deep into the science – whether it be the science of skin, gut health, or stress response in the body. And then, I really, really listen to our community. We are blessed to have a super active and engaged community who tell us – either by DM, phone call or email – what they want.

I then take my conceptual product to our team of scientists and microbiologists who are top of their game in terms of knowing the latest innovations in science, beauty and natural ingredients (that perform better than their synthetic counterparts).Together, we work to formalise the synergy between science and beauty by pinning down the latest scientific advances with the purest of ingredients, and start on R and D.

This process generally takes well over 12 months, which is unheard of in the skincare and ingestible beauty market.

Essentially, we don’t want our customers to be product guinea pigs, we want to see the evidence and results before we go to market. If we can’t get a product to the best quality available, we simply won’t release it … and this is the Imbibe quality standard, and one I am super proud of.

M+E: Talk to us about how IMBIBE works to support skin health in women of all ages. What are some of the key ways a woman’s body changes from 20 to 30 years, and then 30 to 40, and how do the products support this physiological journey?

FE: Women’s bodies and skin are constantly in flux. Through our teens we’re quite obviously growing and changing hormonally, but a lot of people don’t realise that this continues through each stage of life. Through our 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, our hormones are constantly changing, and for your skin, these changes can mean fun side effects like acne, fine lines, open pores and melasma (yay!). But the big thing for a lot of women, is that we stop producing (and actually start losing) collagen from the age of 25.

While we believe in natural ageing, and that each part of the process is beautiful, we want to help make it enjoyable, and getting your gut and organs functioning correctly is the first step. That’s why our skincare and ingestible beauty range were created to work synergistically to tackle acne, melasma, gut health, collagen loss and a lack of hydration, from the inside-out.

“Native Golden Sea Kelp has also been a major player (ingredient wise) in our skincare range as it’s clinically shown to, not only protect from environmental damage (hello UV and blue light), but actually reverse the signs of ageing.”

M+E: You focus on natural ingredients and sustainable sourcing – what are some hero ingredients symbiotic of IMBIBE, and how/where are they sourced?

FE: We have stringent sourcing policies in place to ensure the highest quality raw ingredients, and a sustainable approach wherever we can. We also, always want to support our Australian community as much as possible, so potent native ingredients like Emu Apple, Finger Lime, Willow Bark and Kakadu Plum are key. Native Golden Sea Kelp has also been a major player (ingredient wise) in our skincare range as it’s clinically shown to, not only protect from environmental damage (hello UV and blue light), but actually reverse the signs of ageing.

A key focus of our business is to keep our ingredients and products pure and natural, so we are proud to never use GMOs, fillers, artificial flavours, preservatives, colours or gluten in our product lines.

M+E: What is your favourite recipe currently?

FE: I’m seven months pregnant and it’s feeling like summer already! So my favourite recipe is homemade gelato.

Caveat: You’ll need a super high-speed blender to make this recipe!

  • Blend 2 cups frozen fruit (I use mixed frozen berries)
  • 1 tablespoon Miracle Collagen
  • 2 tablespoons Beauty Renewal Probiotic
  • 2 teaspoons of our incredible Protect adaptogenic super-purple powder

Blend all on high and devour immediately .. and don’t share!

M+E: What does your daily IMBIBE routine look like?

FE: I have two kids, a puppy, very busy business, (we’re also moving house!) and I’m pregnant. So, life is a little chaotic right now! Instead of fighting the flow of all this intensity, I’m learning to go with it – to let everyday unfold as it needs to. Most of the time, this means I don’t get in the exercise, sleep and ‘me time’ that I’d like, but I never skip on my certified organic, IMBIBE skincare and ingestible ritual. This is what it looks like:

  • Protect powder in a glass of water on waking
  • Beauty Renewal in my water bottle (to sip on during the day)
  • 2 teaspoons of our bioactive Miracle Collagen peptides in coffee (with homemade macadamia nut milk to start the day)

M+E: What supplement would you most recommend for those seeking an inner glow?

FE: Our aptly named ‘Miracle Collagen’ – a bioactive and bioavailable collagen peptide that’s actually clinically shown to stimulate skin cells to produce more collagen. It also strengthens and thickens hair and nails … it’s totally changed my skin for the better.

M+E: Words of wisdom for women considering starting their own business?

FE: Have grit, faith and determination. Back yourself – especially in what can be a super challenging gig starting out. The early days are likely to be super tough and stressful – be kind to yourself. Be willing to pivot fast when things don’t go as you had planned – know when to pivot and when to close something. And there is no such thing as failure – every misstep is just a little closer to the final goal.

M+E: Your album/artist on repeat?

FE: Frank Ocean – reminds me of long sunsets in LA.

M+E: Your greatest learning in 2020 so far, personally and professionally?

FE: That anything is possible!

Follow @imbibeliving | @maurieandeve 

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WELLNESS: THE FEELING OF FRAGRANCE

HEALTH + WELLNESS

THE FEELING OF FRAGRANCE

The MVP of the human sensory system, scent inspires calm, creativity and well-being. It can resurface memories in an instant, and is often our first association with a person, place or state of mind. Founder and Director of contemporary candle house, Maison Blanche, Kristy Payne talks fragrance to elevate and create, and the scent of MAURIE + EVE.

M+E: Why is ‘smell’ such an important sense for human nature?

KP: Smell is one of our most powerful senses. The part of the brain that processes smell, is located in the same part affecting all our emotions – memory and creativity. Smell evokes happy memories and emotions instantaneously; more so than any other of our senses.

M+E: What inspires the fragrance portfolio of Maison Blanche products?

KP: So many different things! Sea Salt & Thyme is an ode to my favourite coastal walk – where the sea spray touches your face while navigating the winding path. Peony & Peppercorn is inspired by one of my favourite perfumes (the way it changes on my skin over the course of the day) – sweet in the morning, spicy by noon.

M+E: Your ingredients are plant based, how does this elevate/define the Maison Blanche experience?

KP: Thoughtful design is integral to the Maison Blanche identity. For us, this means minimal, timeless design with a low environmental impact. Our attention to the smallest details, such as using natural ingredients, makes way for only the most thoughtful, quality products. We unequivocally believe that great design improves each of our lives, and should not harm the environment in the process.

KRISTY PAYNE

“I love 004 Bergamot & Tobacco; it’s my go-to, unwind scent after a long day. An interesting fragrance featuring uplifting notes of bergamot and orange zest, contrasted with deep, smoky tobacco leaf and notes of vanilla. It creates a feeling of comfort for me.”

M+E: In such times of stress and unforeseen life challenges, what scents can we incorporate into our daily existence to ease this?

KP: In these unprecedented times, it’s normal to feel unsettled, so incorporating a scent that can help you stay calm and grounded (and feel in control) is ideal. A soft, zen-like blend such as 003 Cucumber & Mint is a great fragrance to surround yourself with when taking timeout to reconnect and relax.

M+E: What Maison Blanche fragrance would you recommend to stimulate balance in mind, body and home?

KP: 007 Sea salt & Thyme, is a perfect blend for this! It’s a refreshing, oceanic fragrance combining sea air and salt spray, with citrus, thyme and basil. A tranquil fragrance that is also very invigorating – it’s like a morning swim in the ocean!

M+E: And what are some scents to inspire creativity and proactivity?

KP: Citrus aromas are invigorating and mood-enhancing; helping to keep you focused and alert, allowing the creativity to flow.

M+E: Beyond candles/diffusers, tell us some easy ways to incorporate the power of fragrance into our lives?

KP: Right now, we are all washing and sanitising our hands frequently, so I would encourage everyone to find a fragrance that makes you feel happy and incorporate this into your routine. I love using 006 Rose & Amber hand sanitiser when I’m out of the house.

M+E: Your ‘can’t live without’ Maison Blanche candle?

KP: I love 004 Bergamot & Tobacco; it’s my go-to, unwind scent after a long day. An interesting scent featuring uplifting notes of bergamot and orange zest, contrasted with deep, smoky tobacco leaf and notes of vanilla. It creates a feeling of comfort for me.

M+E: If you were to create a fragrance for the MAURIE + EVE mood, what would be the star ingredient(s), and what would it be called?

KP: Driftwood & Gardenia. A blend combining earthy, wood tones, comforting musks and delicate sweet floral, to emulate the dynamic style of MAURIE + EVE.

M+E: Greatest words of advice you’ve been given?

KP: ‘If you know better, do better.’ This has been an essential part of Maison Blanche and my personal journey. I am continually learning, and when I realise a way to better myself or my company (whether for the benefit of myself or others), it is important (for me) to take action right away.

Follow @maisonblanche | @maurieandeve

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HEALTH: BOOB TALK WITH DAYLE LARTER

HEALTH + WELLNESS

BOOB TALK, WITH DAYLE LARTER

Owner of Nuni Wellness (Breast and Scar Care), Dayle Larter is a boob loving genius. A carrier of the BRCA2 gene mutation, she underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction to reduce risk of breast cancer. From here, Dayle’s mission has been to inspire women to understand, love, touch, and keep a close eye on their boobs. Did you know our lady lumps love sleep and exercise? And that regular boob massages actually decrease sensitivity (especially around menstruation)? We didn’t! In support of Breast Cancer Month, we chat the good, the bad and the lovely about our boobs.

M+E: What is your relationship with breast cancer?

DL: I carry the BRCA2 gene mutation, not so comfortingly referred to as the ‘breast cancer gene’; holding with it up to 80% chance of developing the disease. My grandmother on my Dad’s side passed it down to him, and then him onto me. A few years ago, after breastfeeding my second baby, I decided to undergo a risk-reduction double mastectomy and reconstruction. Even though it was a really confronting and scary time finding out that I had a predisposition to breast cancer, I truly feel blessed that I was given prior warning, and therefore had the luxury of taking preventative measures early. I realised that while I don’t have my boobs, I want to help other women keep theirs happy and heathy, so two years after my surgery I launched Nuni.

M+E: Nuni has built a unique and much needed modern platform for education around breast cancer and the importance of regular check ups (at home and the GP). Why did you feel it was important to create Nuni and what are your main objectives?

DL: In a nutshell, I’m determined to make breast wellness a thing! After my own experiences, I realised that someone needed to meet the rising need for a natural breast care range, inspiring women to be proactive about preventative health and breast wellness – and it might as well be me!

M+E: The platform is raw, real and refreshing in its communicative style – tell us more about your decision/strategy around this.

DL: Thank you! I truly believe Nuni is for all women, so it was important to create a platform modern yet relevant and sympathetic to more mature ladies. I’m a big fan of infusing light heartedness and a little humour into our brand, too – breast wellness needn’t be discussed in a clinical, sterile fashion. And overall, our message is a positive one, not one of doom and gloom. I truly believe that if we can make the idea of breast care enjoyable, we can quite literally have a positive impact on statistics!

M+E: What are some of the greatest misconceptions shared around breast cancer, its causes and preventative measures?

DL: There are so many misconceptions, so we have a big job ahead of us! The main misconception, and one that I had previously also believed, is that breast cancer is a disease of the ageing – that it’s something only older women get. This simply isn’t true, in fact cases in women under 40 are increasing. Further to this, survival rates are lower (than in older women).

Due to dense breast tissue, women under 40 aren’t encouraged to undergo regular screening until mammography age, which is currently 50 – 74. This leaves women who are still ‘at risk’ with no, real screening measures to turn to, other than their own hands! Self-massage and more thorough self-checks improve breast wellness and connection while increasing self-awareness.

Another misconception is that all lumps are bad. It’s worth pointing out that 9 out of 10 lumps are innocent in their nature, and this fact is really important because I think for a lot of women, the fear of finding ANY lump is enough to turn them off touching their boobs at all!

The other main misconception is that breast cancer mainly impacts women with the ‘breast cancer gene’ which is either BRCA1 or BRCA2. This is just not the case, in fact less than 10% of breast cancer diagnoses are due to a genetic fault, meaning that around 90% of cases occur in women with little or no family history, and without any ‘reason’.

DAYLE LARTER

“Breast checks don’t need to feel like a search and destroy mission - this is preventative care, and should be an enjoyable part of our self-care routines! We suggest a two-pronged approach - checking them monthly but touching them daily. Getting handsy for five minutes per breast, at least 3-4 times a week does wonders for keeping the skin nourished, lymph pumping, fresh blood supply flowing, and breast tenderness at bay.”

M+E: Talk us through the most effective at home breast check (and how often we should practice this ritual at home)?

DL: Firstly, I think it’s important that we start to consider this type of care as a ‘ritual’ like you said, rather than a chore. Breast checks don’t need to feel like a search and destroy mission – this is preventative care, and should be an enjoyable part of our self-care routines! We suggest a two-pronged approach – checking them monthly but touching them daily. Getting handsy for five minutes per breast, at least 3-4 times a week does wonders for keeping the skin nourished, lymph pumping, fresh blood supply flowing, and breast tenderness at bay. We then recommend a little more time once a month to conduct a more thorough check of the breasts and surrounding tissue. You can follow this routine, and then repeat the steps lying on your back.

  1. Apply Boob Oil (or carrier oil of choice) to the palm of your hand, or directly onto breast area. Lift one arm up overhead and take the opposite hand to the outer chest where it connects to the armpit and shoulder area.
  2. Massage the lymphatic area of the upper chest and inner armpit with gentle squeezing motions towards the armpit. Now place your arm down by your side or on your hip.
  3. Making your thumb and middle finger into a “V” shape, using the same squeezing motions, work gently from the outer breast to the nipple, changing hand position to access the under-boob and inner parts of breast.
  4. Mix things up with some gentle fingertip circles. Starting at the outside of your breast, spiral your way around your boob until you come to the nipple (give it a little squeeze) and then reverse the movement, spiralling back, out towards your armpit.
  5. Moving above the breast now, massage under your collarbone and across chest area in tiny circles with your fingertips, then move up towards the neck, the sides of the throat and up to the base of the ear.
  6. Repeat steps on the other side. Finish by cupping your hands over your nose and taking a couple of deep breaths, enjoying the heavenly scent.

Lastly, don’t panic if you feel a lump or change, but do be sure to get in touch with your doctor if you have any concerns. Peace of mind is everything!

M+E: Any tips for women with super sensitive breasts who may avoid checks (at home and at the GP) for fear of discomfort?

DL: I can totally relate to this! Not just physically, but emotionally too – sometimes the thought of having a GP (as lovely as they may be) poke and prod around your bosom region is a cringeworthy thought, especially if you’re prone to being sensitive. One of the most effective ways to relieve sensitivity or discomfort is to actually conduct regular breast massage yourself. Moving the lymphatic fluid through the area and encouraging blood flow ensures that you’re eliminating any stagnant build ups that can result in tender spots. It’s amazing (and awesome) how many women contact us to say that since fostering their own boob care ritual they no longer experience sensitivity or tenderness, particularly when it comes to aches and pains at certain points in their cycle. It’s also a brilliant way to alleviate some of the tenderness that goes along with breastfeeding; paying a little extra attention to keeping everything moving can help prevent any nasty complications with blocked milk ducts and the like.

M+E: What are some simple lifestyle shifts we can all make today, to minimise our risk of breast cancer?

 DL: There are so many small, amazing shifts we can make to minimise our risk of breast cancer, and the majority of these changes translate to better overall health and disease prevention, too.

  • Being mindful of what goes in and on your body – minimising toxins and chemicals in our food and skincare wherever possible, including natural perfume. Switching to natural cleaning products.
  • Ditch the plastics – we’re all familiar with the dangers of plastics, and in particular BPA’s. Direct links have been made between breast cancer and endocrine disrupting chemicals found in plastics, and in fact these chemicals have been found in tumours. Gradually replace plastics with glass and stainless.
  • Movement – so long as they are strapped in and comfy, our boobs LOVE exercise. There are quite a few studies now that show a significant decrease in the likelihood of breast cancer in women who exercise regularly – and also a decrease in recurrence. The guidelines are 2.5 – 5 hours of moderate activity (walking, yoga) per week, or 1.5 – 2.5 hours of vigorous activity (HIIT, Crossfit, dynamic yoga or Pilates, cardio etc), with some muscle strengthening work twice a week.
  • Sleep and Stress – studies show an increased risk of breast cancer in women who sleep less than six hours per night, with interesting research also showing an elevated risk in women who work night shift (with different sleep patterns to that of our natural circadian rhythm). The key takeout is to aim for 7+ hours of solid sleep every night. Do whatever is needed in order to achieve that –  put devices down an hour or more before bed, consider block-out curtains, have a candlelit bath, listen to a guided bedtime meditation etc.
  • Food! I could talk about this all day – limiting highly processed foods, not overdoing the sugar or trans fats (margarine, hydrogenated oils etc) and then boosting your diet with happy boob foods such as the following anti-cancer powerhouses: ground flax (linseed), blueberries, cruciferous veg (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage), dark green leafy veg (spinach + kale), fatty fish or a good quality fish oil or algae supplement), mushrooms, green tea etc.
  • Limit alcohol. As someone who’s quite partial to a Friday cocktail or two, I know this is bound to be a point of contention, but it does need to be mentioned. Alcohol and its connection to breast cancer has been very well studied, and the results are confronting for anyone partial to a tipple.
  • Lastly, breast massage! The body’s lymphatic system is highly concentrated in the underarm and chest regions. According to the Texas Institute of Functional Medicines, breast massage is a reliable means of flushing out toxins from the body’s lymphatic system. Because toxins impede healthy circulation in the breasts, toxic build-up could account for an increased chance of developing cancer. Breast massage can stimulate drainage of the breasts’ lymphatic system, which eliminates harmful waste products and allows nutrient-rich blood to travel to the breast tissue. So, taking off your bra and massaging your boobs at the end of the day is an ideal way to keep things moving. Regular breast massage, coupled with monthly self-breast examinations, is the perfect way to check in with your breasts for changes or irregularities.

M+E: Can you share some most recent statistics around breast cancer?

DL: The current statistics show that that 1 in 7 Australian women will contract breast cancer in their lifetime, with 55 women being diagnosed each day. It’s actually the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia. While we are seeing better survival rates than ever before, unfortunately cases are still on the rise – incidents have increased by 38% in the last 10 years alone.

The really positive news is that The World Cancer Research Foundation estimate around 40% of breast cancers could be prevented with some simple lifestyle steps including regular exercise, increasing fruits and vegetables and maintaining a healthy weight. That’s more than a THIRD of all breast cancers!

What we also know is that early detection provides the best outcomes in terms of survival. The earlier an abnormality is discovered, the greater the number of effective treatment options there are available. So, there’s just no excuse to not get handsy!

M+E: The Nuni Boob Oil is a brilliant product designed to encourage daily breast checks and enhance the appearance, tone and texture of breasts (among so many other things). Tell us more about the product, its star ingredients and how they are sourced sustainably

Boob Oil is a totally natural breast care elixir designed for daily use and made in small batches in Byron Bay.

While it can be used on other parts of the body, it has been created to complement breast massage when conducting a more thorough self-check each month. The botanical oils used in the formula have been carefully chosen not only for their skin nourishing merits, but for their deeper healing properties.

From an aromatherapeutic side, the oils used are also known for their ability to calm nerves and anxiety.

Our other hero product is our Scar Serum, a completely natural corrective treatment developed to address surgical scars and effective on (scarring from) cuts, burns, injuries, blemishes and stretch marks. I developed this after being left with some hefty under-boob scars following my mastectomy. The formulation is made up of organic rosehip oil rich in essential fatty acids and proven to be effective in the regeneration and repair of damaged skin tissue. Next, castor oil (to encourage deep absorption of actives), and pure essential oils with potent skin rejuvenating properties. Together combined for a formulation that can help lighten and smooth the appearance of scarring; soothe and restore the skin, naturally.

We are committed to sourcing the highest quality raw ingredients and our plant and flower oils can all be traced back to the growers, who use totally natural processes. We use Australian grown ingredients where possible, and also source the most coveted oils from their indigenous areas – this ensures the potency and efficacy of the oil is at its highest. In terms of sustainability, we have worked hard to minimise any plastic – the bottles although not 100% plastic free are glass, and our outer packaging is recycled cardboard that we hope is repurposed long after the purchase is made.

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INTERVIEW: GROW PEACE WITH MADELINE O'DONOGHUE

INTERVIEW

MADELINE O'DONOGHUE X MAURIE + EVE

We’re all about lifting our female community up, towards the sun, just as they do us. We follow them, laud them and love working with them. Our recent passion project is one that runs close to the heart and evolving ethos of MAURIE + EVE, not unlike our collaborating artist, Madeline O’Donoghue. We’re talking about our new, conscious and beautifully custom limited-edition logos: TEACH PEACE and GROW PEACE. Destined to adorn the back of our soon to launch 100% GOTS certified organic cotton robes, we go inside the mind and magic of Madeline; her creative process and cues to reset.

 

M+E: You recently worked on two gorgeous logo designs for us, tell us about the collaboration process with MAURIE + EVE designer Kelly Davies-Green.

MD: I was so pleased when Kelly reached out to come up with something for the brand as I have always loved their ethos and simplicity. Kelly was very keen to learn about me as a person; my background, journey and values before we got going – which is always a good sign when collaborating!

The process itself was very fluid. Kelly approached me with a few key words/initial concepts and a colour palette, and we worked together from there.

I really enjoy working with words and tend to jot down and doodle words that come to mind while I draw – these are always included in my initial designs (for clients) as you never know what someone might connect with. We played around with the messaging a bit but on the whole, Kelly just let me do my thing and was open to the whole process unfolding naturally.

M+E You created two designs for us, ‘Grow Peace’ and ‘Teach Peace’ – do you have a favourite and why?

MD: I actually like both designs, but I think ‘Grow Peace’ is pulling at my heart strings just a little more right now. Since creating this I discovered these song lyrics explaining the message perfectly for me:

If we want a garden

We’re gonna have to sow the seed

Plant a little happiness

Let the roots run deep

If it’s love that we give

Then it’s love that we reap

If we want a garden

We’re gonna have to sow the seed

M+E: How would you define your design style, and how do you hope people feel when experiencing your work

MD: I really just do what I love and in all honesty, I don’t overthink it.

It’s previously been described as vintage-y, retro and hazy, and I will admit, I have a wee thing for decades past. My experience growing up in New Zealand combined with living in LA and Byron Bay definitely presents a beachy vibe, too.

On the whole, I like things that move; rivers, surfing, road trips, music, plants – things that change and evolve with time. Things that aren’t stagnant; things that live a little. So, I hope my work just speaks to the idea of the journey rather than any, final destination.

“On the whole, I like things that move; rivers, surfing, road trips, music, plants - things that change and evolve with time. Things that aren’t stagnant; things that live a little. So, I hope my work just speaks to the idea of the journey rather than any, final destination.”

M+E: What is your ultimate platform, and why?

MD: Oh, I actually love any platform!

I like thinking up ideas for different spaces or physical objects – packaging, print, textile or signage. I went to art school where I was making work in a slightly more traditional format: “a painting”, “a sculpture”, “a film”, “a drawing”, “a photo” and had never really considered design. Now I really enjoy creating graphics for things that will be picked up, worn and used. I like things to live a life of their own.

M+E: You’re a multi-disciplinary artist – photographer, illustrator, singer/songwriter etc – how does one outlet inspire the other, or how are they are all interconnected for you? What came first?

MD: They are definitely interconnected but it’s taken me quite a while to put that together. I have always been interested in art, design and photography (operating in my own, visual world playing around with image making and so on), but music has most definitely been the newest addition to the “multi-disciplinary” story.

The day before lockdown here in New Zealand I purchased a guitar on a whim. My talented music friend taught me a few riffs over FaceTime and before we knew it, we’d written a bunch of songs and music consumed my day-to-day (I didn’t draw a single thing during that lockdown!). It soon became apparent that we had started something we were both pretty passionate about.

So, nowadays it’s definitely all feeding into one another and I’ll happily go between drawing, writing and singing, with themes spreading themselves across all three.

M+E: 2020 has certainly thrown some curveballs. What have you learnt about yourself as a human and creative?

MD: Like so many, this year alone has been my biggest of learning both creatively, and as a human operating on planet earth.

On a personal level, I have settled back into New Zealand (my homeland) which has brought with it a huge sense of stability. Aside from the fact that it’s a relatively safe country, being back has allowed me to reconnect with people and places that are very important to me. I have also managed to find a place I love living and through this “homecoming” process, I’ve learnt to trust myself.

Creatively, I have started working with a collaborator which is a completely new experience. This has been a massive learning curve. it can be a vulnerable space and is very much built on trust.

So really, the theme here seems to be trust. I have learnt to trust.

M+E: Album/musician currently on repeat?

MD: Good question. My music collaborator and I have a joint Spotify playlist – it has a good line up of female artists who inspire us; Gillian Welch, Sharon Van Etten, Lucinda Williams.

I’ve also been listening to a lot of Widowspeak and Reb Fountain, and have just listened to ALL of the podcast: The Jump with Shirley Manson.

M+E: If you could travel to anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?

MD: I am dying to go and visit Ghost Ranch, Georgia O’Keeffe’s place out in New Mexico. It is probably the one and only place on my bucket list.

M+E: How do you take the time reset?

MD: Water. Rivers, sea, swimming, surfing, hot pools, cold pools. Anything to do with water.

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BEAUTY: SUMMER HAIR RESET

BEAUTY

HOW TO: RESET HAIR FOR SUMMER

Celebrity hairstylist and owner of Melbourne’s renown UVA Salon, Marie Uva is the Fairy Godmother of relaxed, glamorous waves that shine with health (and premium styling). There’s not an Australian boss babe she hasn’t worked with, Nat Kelly, Shanina Shaik, Jen Hawkins, Pia Miller, Bec Judd, Georgia Fowler and even a travelling Gigi Hadid. She knows beautiful hair – how to create it, but importantly how to treat and prepare for the results we seek. Here, Marie tells us the how, why and when for standout summer hair.

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M+E: What do we need to know about the effects of winter on hair, pre-summer?

MU: While summer is generally perceived as the harshest season on hair, I find winter more impactful with its constant indoor heating and lack of sunlight. UV rays (in moderation) are beneficial to hair health, encouraging growth and therefore enhanced density. Heating, just as it does to skin, depletes hydration from the hair. Just as you would increase the weight of your moisturiser in winter, or add an extra step (in a B serum etc) for skin, it’s important to fight this damage with a nourishing hair mask and little extra post-wash love. Moving from winter to summer with damaged hair is definitely not ideal, so for those suffering dehydrated strands, make a change ASAP.

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M+E: What is the best way to treat and reset this damage in preparation for summer?

MU: Hydrating masks, or depending on hair type, something more strengthening. My favourite is Wella Professionals Fusion Intense Repair Mask. Although designed for hair that has been lightened, its conditioning ingredients and amino acids grant the gift of nurture and repair to all hair types … it’s the only thing that makes my hair, feel like hair! Another great choice is the Hydrate Me mask by KEVIN.MURPHY. A great tip I encourage all my clients to try at home, in particular my celebrity clients exposed to constant heat styling, is to replace your conditioner with a mask for deeper nourishment.

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M+E: Does that mean we have to spend more time in (or out) of the shower to allow the mask time to activate?

MU: No! Just allow the mask the same time as your conditioner. This way your hair is getting treated every time you wash. Of course if your hair is in need of a deeper, post-winter reset then jump out of the shower for 10 minutes, wrap hair in a towel and allow the product ample time to activate.

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M+E: What is your view on hair exfoliants - is this a necessary step in our hair routine?

MU: It is the same principle as skin – hair exfoliants work to sloth away product build-up and environmental debris, making way for effective penetration from the products to follow. Particularly for women using multiple styling products, one or two washes with your regular hydrating or colour protect shampoo is not enough. It’s important to start with an exfoliating or deep clean formula such as the KEVIN.MURPHY Maxi Wash or ELEVEN Deep Clean Shampoo. Start with two-to-three washes here and then move into your regular shampoo … and this process is really only needed once a week! I encourage all my clients to wash just once a week. Yes, some people may have oilier hair than others, but it’s really what you train your hair to do. If you’re washing every second day, then hair will start to get oily every second day, right on cue. Dry shampoo ladies!

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M+E: Do we really need to carry a mini moisturiser to the beach for post-swim hair care?

MU: Depends! I personally like the feeling and texture of salt in my hair, but for those who don’t, packing a mini hydrator can definitely help. The Miracle Spray by ELEVEN is great, as is Wella SP’s Hydrate Quenching Mist. This is the same principle for those who feel as though it’s crucial to wash hair after every visit to the beach, it’s OK to leave it for a few days, it just depends if you like that finish.

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M+E: But we do need to up the hydration though, right? What's the best and most time effective way to do this?

MU: Yes! As mentioned earlier, using a mask as conditioner is the easiest, most time effective way to bump up the hydration. For the ladies blow-drying/heat styling regularly, be sure to apply a leave-in treatment and heat protector, pre-styling routine. Again, Wella SP’s Hydrate Quenching Mist is a good option, or try the ghd Split End Therapy Treatment.

 


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M+E: We'd all love to wear those textured waves you created on Gigi - the ultimate summer vibe. Tell us what products were used. 

MU: I first dried the ELEVEN Sea Salt Spray into Gigi’s wet hair, before spraying a touch of ghd’s Unplugged Heat Protectant Spray. Using these two together ensured I was setting the style with both protection and hold. From here I went in with the ghd platinum plus styler.

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JUST LANDED: RESET + ELEVATE


NEW COLLECTION

RESET + ELEVATE


With change comes reinvention, and so we take the time to stop, review and RESET. We’re owning up, standing up and supporting what we believe in: equality, empathy and this precious planet earth. Values visualised in the people, pieces and processes defining our latest capsules.

Embracing the rise of the stay-indoors wardrobe, RESET + ELEVATE inspires a focus on cosy, elevated basics both functional and stylish. Earth led neutrals beige, warming butter and unbleached cream ground a feminine feeling for day to night – relaxed and regenerative like the pre-set of spring. Oversized classics sing for the sun and a sense of escapism; easy, throw-on designs for staycation and long, backyard adventures. Our signature 100% cotton keeps it soft and effortless, welcoming a Slight Haze for playful practicality. Comfortable, chic and consciously made.

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