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PHOTOGRAPHY AND ME

Most of all, I am a photo maniac. I love pictures. I must have over a million photographs.”

One of my great hobbies is collecting photographs. Way before the internet, I endlessly added to my archive and consider fashion and beauty photography among my greatest inspirations. The first great beauty and fashion photographers for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar have supplied me with endless creative motivation.

My Personal Aesthetic:

Melvin Sokolsky’s otherworldly photographs of fashionable women floating in bubbles (most notably his “Bubble on Seine” for Harper’s Bazaar, 1963) have been nothing short of a revelation for me and my personal aesthetic. I’ve had many portraits taken over the years, and the ones I have creative control over have, lately, involved me surrounded by products of my design (for Nabila K) displayed stylishly in floating bubbles.

I also love anything whimsical that has to do with insects, especially butterflies. Melvin Sokolsky’s amazing photographs of women’s faces obscured by projected images of 

winged insects are right up my alley, and you can see the resemblance in my butterfly-filled portraits. Irving Penn’s inspired 1995 photograph, “Bee-Stung”

 is also a great source of inspiration for my personal and professional beauty and lifestyle designs (as it so cleverly depicts a woman’s rouged lips complete with a lighted bumble bee).

Lifestyle (Nabila K, Spartan and the Green Egg)

Horst P. Horst’s incredible 1976 photograph, “Face Paint,” depicting a model with her eyes done up to resemble hot air balloons, embodies a flower child aesthetic that is, at once, enchanting, playful, and fashionable. My stationery designs for Nabila K depict hot air balloons attached to boats in faraway fantasy landscapes, bubbles beneath the ocean filled with colorful fish and messages in a bottle, majestic city skylines, colorful insects, and even more hot air balloons. Let’s just say they’re a favorite motif of mine! My beauty and lifestyle collection (that has also inspired my line of children’s books and accompanying educational materials, Spartan and the Green Egg), Nabila K offers luxurious silk, cashmere and modal scarves decorated with unique, one-of-a-kind artwork. This artwork (which can also be seen on my collection of postcards) includes flowers and, of course, whimsical insects (mainly ladybugs, dragonflies, and butterflies), hot air balloons, and fanciful floating bubbles.

Nabila K Cosmetics

Irving Penn was arguably one of the greatest beauty photographers of the 20th century. For my line of clean cosmetics, I’ve always loved a good swatch or smudge photo that really captures the intense pigment of a product, especially lipstick or gloss. That’s why, to convey the high-end quality of Nabila K’s all-natural, paraben-free lipsticks, Penn’s “Mouth” comes to mind.

For my skincare and bath products (one of my first loves), Horst P. Horst’s simple black and white photo of a glass bottle and Lisa Fonssagrives’ hands surrounded by tiny white flowers (taken in 1941) really sums up my vision. Understated elegance and classic, organic ingredients have always motivated me. Nabila K’s vision for skincare, beauty, and bath products is that luxury has nothing to do with a price tag; it’s a lifestyle. Playing with glass bottles as a child is what motivated me to create my first Nabila K product, bubble bath. Of course, the lifestyle products also encompass this aesthetic (as you can see with my candles and oil fragrance diffusers).

To learn more about some of my favorite photographs mentioned, click the link below:

https://archive.beautyandwellbeing.com/beauty/irving-penns-iconic-smudge-of-cosmetics-advertising/

For more information on the Nabila K lifestyle and beauty brand (including products mentioned, pricing, design, and other details), follow the links listed and visit the website:

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/stationery/postcards

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/accessories/scarves

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/skin-care/

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/bath-body/bubble-bath/

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/home-ambiance/candles/

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/home-ambiance/diffusers/

https://www.nabilak.com/product-category/makeup/lips/lipsticks/

To learn more about Spartan and the Green Egg, visit the website here.

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Deodorant: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

“Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all your past smells.” –Elizabeth Taylor

What to Know About your Deodorant 

Sometimes we all like a natural smell; it’s how we attract one another. Everyone has their own unique blend of pheromones but with summer here in full swing, we want to feel fresh… even in the heat. There are natural alternatives to your outdated deodorant: one shouldn’t use antiperspirants because they keep us from sweating, and that’s unnatural and simply not healthy. We also don’t want to use a deodorant with aluminum as an ingredient. An aluminum-free option is your best bet. 

Whether you use roll-on, aerosol, or cream underarm deodorant, you should know what’s in it (and, well, aerosol is not good, either). The key is to purchase a reliable, natural, probiotic deodorant and, if you don’t have that option, avoid applying too much. If it’s natural, you can feel okay about applying more as needed. It is healthy to sweat, after all! We just don’t want to have a musty odor, or to ruin our clothes; that’s why underarm deodorant is an essential must-have, especially during hot summer months. 

We don’t want to stop sweating; we just want to feel dry enough to be comfortable and to smell fresh. Sweat really only smells foul due to bacteria on the skin. Instead of simply using deodorant as a quick cover-up, there are other measures you can take to smell sweet, such as chewing on mint leaves, cloves, dill, anise, or even a couple of sprigs of parsley. We are what we eat, after all. 

Natural fabrics, such as cotton and silk, also help to reduce sweating and it’s always a good idea to change your clothes immediately after a workout or rigorous activity; don’t walk around in that damp, sweaty tee shirt! 

Cologne, natural fragrances to use…

  • Feminine wash and spray: if you practice sensible hygiene, you really shouldn’t need a scented feminine deodorant and most certainly not a douche. These can be irritating and can upset your body’s natural pH balance. Opt for non-scented anti-bacterial soap and hot water, instead. 
  • Did you know that lemons eliminate odor? When used on the skin, they really help to get rid of any lingering smells. People who, say, live on the beach and work around fish products all day use lemons all the time to stay smelling clean. 
  • Wash your sweat-prone areas with baking soda or use apple cider vinegar diluted with water. This is also a good idea for your laundry.
  • Essential oils are a wonderful alternative to standard deodorant because they’re organic and even contain antibacterial and antifungal properties. Lavender, peppermint and rosemary are all refreshing, natural scents that will leave your skin smelling great. Some people even opt to make their own deodorant using only clean ingredients. 
  • Tea tree oil is wonderful for keeping fingernails and toenails healthy and free of odor.
  • Bergamot is also a popular option as it’s antiseptic as well as antimicrobial and smells incredibly fragrant (with prominent citrus notes).
  • Witch hazel is a beauty must-have. Not only is it wonderful for toning the most sensitive skin, it’s also a natural deodorizer and can be applied directly to your sweatiest areas for relief. 
  • For clean beauty and skincare products that will leave you smelling fresh and lovely, try Nabila K’s all natural vegetable-based glycerin soaps and roll-on perfumes (made with essential oils and botanicals). 

To learn more, visit the site and check out the links below:

https://nabilak.com/product/full-bloom-set-10/

https://nabilak.com/product/full-bloom-set-9/

https://nabilak.com/product/nabila-k-roll-on-with-essential-oils/

 

For further reading on natural deodorant alternatives, consult the links used in the writing of this blog:

https://www.almanac.com/natural-ways-tame-body-odors#:~:text=Try%20fennel%2C%20dill%2C%20caraway%2C,couple%20of%20fresh%20mint%20leaves.&text=Sweating%20is%20natural%20and%20healthy,with%20bacteria%20on%20the%20skin.

https://www.healthshots.com/preventive-care/self-care/5-essential-oils-to-eliminate-body-odour/

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