MUSIC: Phoenix + The Flower Girl – FACT Magazine ~ NEW VIDEO “Baby’s Breath” #FACTexclusive

Feature ~ Video Exclusive – FACT Magazine

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FACT Magazine ~ “Baby’s Breath” Video Exclusive April 2017
Phoenix and The Flower Girl Fact Magazine Baby's Breath Video Exclusive April 2017 Press
Exclusive release of Baby’s Breath Video via FACT Magazine for Phoenix + The Flower Girl

FACT Magazine’s exclusive on NEW VIDEO Baby’s Breath – Phoenix and The Flower Girl

Check out Phoenix + The Flower Girl’s exclusive with FACT, for the release of our new video/song; “Baby’s Breath” Ft. Ehiorobo.

Lead Vocals; Phoenix Troy (of P+FG)

Directed by; Gabriel Freed

Produced by; Fzpz

Additional Vocals by; Chantal Nandi

Flower x

MUSIC: Phoenix + The Flower Girl – The Guardian’s “New Band of The Week”

Feature – The Guardian

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The Guardian’s New Band of The Week

Honoured to have been featured as The Guardian’s last ever #newbandoftheweek.

Check us out.

Flower x

FASHION & DESIGN: Sustainable Fashion by EVERYBODY

Heard about EVERYBODY? I hadn’t, until I read a piece about 5 sustainable fashion brands/names in a recent i-D online editorial.

Eco Fashion EVERYBODY IRIS CAROLINA
The founders of EVERYBODY: Iris Alonzo & Carolina Crespo

“EVERYBODY is a clothing and lifestyle goods company inspired by reality–people, cultures, science, history, life.

We are approaching design and manufacturing as a new frontier–conscious of Workers, Ecology and Ideas. To us, that means leading with creativity and ensuring our production is always ethical and as earth-friendly as possible.”
Understanding…

I won’t go in on the definitions of sustainable & eco etc. I’ll allow you to read up on some if your not sure of what it involves when it comes to brands & the future. But, I’ll share some of my thoughts and why EVERYBODY stuck out to me and why they are so fantastic…

I’m know I’m late for the train with this one, but I most definitely couldn’t resit sharing/posting about this brand, as sustainability is a topic that I’m analysing everyday and constantly wondering about. A topic that even I don’t always know where to start, other than making simple changes in my own consumer habits like, taking my own shopping bags to the store and not accepting receipts. The trouble is.. many of us don’t know who or what’s out there to help us begin.

I do in addition also have a larger long term vision that I too hope to one day put in to action. EVERYBODY just helped tick another box to show me that it is possible, while allowing me to see that it’s far wider… It’s about the whole sourcing, manufacturing, selling & recipient process…

Just think…

Along with the rights today that we have in “freedom of speech” – just about, “gender equality in the work force” – just about, and so on… We’ve come to a place in time where we are now, more than ever able to shape and create pathways not only for ourselves and immediate families but for one another and the following (without much interference from higher powers). Maybe they really are allowing us to do all the work, as they know we are fighting for change anyway, so why should they bother stepping in with billions to sort it? Who knows? I’m sure many of us sit here and think it’s the governments job to sort every aspect of  the sustainable/go-eco talk by themselves (at part, a lot of it is their responsibility yes), I’m sure a lot of us think about this. I know I do as I sit here most days myself wondering just that…

However, looking at movements like EVERYBODY simply reiterate to me that it should involve us too and that we should be leading it! We should take as much control in our world’s sustainable living development & growth as we can. Like I said, we are at a time where we have so much movement as free beings that we need to create this pathway ourselves. Of course there will be limitations and hurdles. But it’s us that live the everyday lives. Think about it… If we simply pick up a plastic bag every time we shop and don’t re-use or recycle it, we are actually a part of the problem and already in a negative mindset if we don’t see the value of recycling. Some of the supermarkets are actually giving incentives such as get 5p off your next shop if you return a bag. They are even producing their shopping bags to be recyclable too. So your task is you just need to reuse it or pop it in the right bin to start helping out.

Begin to participate…

Now, as EVERYBODY are a sustainable fashion brand it shows you that you should be concerned that one step further past recycling plastic bags. Sustainable & eco manufacturing can be applied to every step in every industry. EVERYBODY, help to establish the quirk and great need in up cycling, recycling and re-using and they involve so many people and industry sectors whilst doing it. It’s funny how many people will shop a lot of pound & yen at a thrift or vintage shop which is fantastic, but we never really manage to support local developments that could someday go mainstream and be in huge demand. To me, EVERYBODY is the future. It’s so easy to just head to a normal high street fashion brand store and pick something up, but why not begin searching for eco movements such as EVERYBODY, who really make it as clear as day in their intentions for their brand, their manufacturing processes and ultimately their long term intentions for us.

Don’t wait for change, change you…

You may or may not know about my recent stint and now part-time life in Tokyo, Japan… However, upon my recent return to London it confirmed and then sprouted some very much rooted thoughts about life & humanity, that I’ve always had bubbling inside of me as I’ve grown. I’ve now become very much stripped back. I’ve come to question about everything I use; do I need this? and if I don’t, how will I dispose of it? Reason being is Japan is one of the leading nations in taking care of personal and non-personal possessions/items, minimalistic living, design and fashion, and with experiencing that innovative leadership and living it day in and day out over a long period, it opened my mind to so much more and how we should be working together to generally consume less or most definitely consume with long term sustainable intentions.

Check out EVERYBODY here.

Flower x

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ART & DESIGN: Julie Zhuo on the Lessons of Good Design — via Design.blog

Sparking wisdom…

A great piece about the idea of a “Good Design”…

My first design job was an internship on Microsoft OneNote. Our intrepid leader was the product founder Chris Pratley, who terrified me the way karaokeing Adele onstage while completely sober is terrifying. My goal that summer was for him to not think I was an idiot, and my strategy to achieve that was to try […]

via Julie Zhuo on the Lessons of Good Design — Design.blog

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ART: 花chan Takes Over ETSY…

Wanting to purchase some art by Flower?

So, I’ve finally decided to create an Etsy Store…

I had been getting a few requests via Facebook as to where people can take orders for specific prints, and tbh I didn’t really have anywhere to send anyone. ‘Twas more or less just a custom order option… However, Etsy felt like the logical place to begin.

For those who don’t know, Etsy is a online company that is home to a thriving online marketplace of “craft” featuring jewellers, candlemakers, fashion designers, woodcutters and other artists from around the world. The website allows individuals to create their own shop, sell craft and items to consumers, customise their forum and develop relationships with other areas of expertise such as merchandising companies etc.

It is a fantastic place to begin a shop due to the easy managing and personalisation of your account and especially as those who search and shop on Etsy, use specific and distinctive search tags that enables them to view and search for items and craft they are actually interested in buying. Your images will come up on a feed of much related items and it allows the user to shop around and pick what’s right for them. You can tag, and label your items within the market place (like eBay and Amazon), although the presentation of the search feed decorates and presents craft as it needs to be rather than having your items being placed and missed because of a stagnant usually unrelated search feed of about 50+pages like other online store hosting sites.

Anyway, head over… Take a look… More to come…

Namaste – Flower

Visit – TheFlowerShopStudios

 

BEAUTY: La Roche Posay EFFACLAR & SEROZINC

Having problem skin..? What products are out there, yet affordable..?

BEAUTY – Random problems with skin? How can you handle it?

Starting this post with my skin type:

What skin type do I generally have?

Okay, so I’m very fair in complexion and my skin is very delicate and fine but, very elastic but yet tight! I also have combination skin and the outcome highly depends on the seasons. Usually, I have an oily T-zone (especially in warmer weathers) and can sometimes get dry skin or vessels on my nose (due to allergies and forever using tissues). All of these are factors I take in to consideration, so I usually use a number/different types of moisturisers in my routine to complement this.

What type of complexion and colouring do I have?

My skin is generally fair, but the undertones surrounding my outer face, neck, jawline have very yellow undertones. I’m pale but have more of a milky complexion and never really get general redness. So in recent years, I’ve been working with Colour Correctors (when applying makeup) to really even out my skin tone, rather than using full on coverage or concealers as my skin doesn’t need much coverage.

How old am I & whats my skin background (going through puberty)?

I’m now in my gracious 20’s. I never ever really struggled with any skin problems, actually… ever (until now). Occasionally I’d get those random horrid white heads that would turn out huge and be like, the ugliest thing in the world… so damn noticeable as it would be the only spot lurking in the middle of my face, but a part from that I never really struggled with anything like acne, reactions, over redness, drastic dryness etc.

What was my previous skin care routines (as this may have something to do with how it is now? I don’t know!)

When I was a teenager, I actually only used Sudocreme (weirdly) on my face as a moisturiser, and I never really wore makeup apart from when stealing my Mother’s Nivea Tinted Moisturiser. I only really got in to foundation when I could afford it when reaching mid-late teens (and never really wore it most days).

What are the few things I generally do with my eating and drinking habits? (We all know these things play a huge factor in skin).

Thirsty as hell, always. So I drink A LOT of fluids every day. Mainly water, then herbal, green & black teas. I also drink black coffee with dairy alternatives in milks and creams sometimes, but thats about it. If Im super craving for something sugary its always a Vitamin C based drink, like Lemon, Orange or Grapefruit. However sugar always leaves me shaking when consumed from sugar rush, so I think thats one main thing I stay away from in drink or food form. I’m quite conscious of that. I am not a big dairy consumer (due to digestion problems) and I love any type of beans, pulses and grains, tofu/soy, berries & dark greens. Luckily these are my favourite types of foods, which are high in calcium, protein and other good vitamins. Which are all essential for great skin (as we’ve been told).

However, these last few months my skin has been a huge problem. Most people don’t even realise. Tbh, no-one even bats an eyelid when I point out I have gained some spots. In fact I often get laughed at. However, this time around its an obvious problem to me, it’s depressing and awful. I’ve never suffered with problem skin to this extent. It’s been about 2 months or so where I have so much excess sebum I could literally grease a baking tray. Luckily it’s only causing congestion in my already oily areas, that being my T-Zone rather than all over. It’s just simple blockages not so much as acne that spreads. The spots only usually last a few days to a week at most, but it’s like one after the other without a break. But it’s awful for me . Evidently I’m one of the unlucky ones where my hormones are now unbalanced and surging – causing water tension, excess sebum, oily hair and a series of mood swings – weirdly at the weekends?

So the question goes… How am I handling this?

I’ve read some blog posts, watched a few vlogs, read medical reports and spoken with nutritionists & doctors. But sometimes nothing works more than listening to yourself. What is your body telling you?

For me it’s starting with food. If I feel sluggish which is becoming more often due to a digestive issue (I’ll talk more about that another time), I automatically switch to greens and fruit but most importantly guzzle that water down. I also have opted into having a few more espresso’s every week. Reason being, is that caffeine helps as a quick solution to my sluggish digestion. I know a lot of people wouldn’t recommend this, but if green foods and water isn’t doing the trick, I’d rather go for that organic espresso to help clear out any lurking foods in my digestive system. I’d much rather an empty gut than a sluggish one that’s releasing toxins back in to my body.

Washing my hair more often is also what I’ve opted to doing. Leaving it no longer than every other day/night. This prevents any extra hair oils that may leave my pillow dirty or be building up that could end up on my face.

Ensuring I change my pillow-case twice a week has helped reduce oil build up during my sleep. Including changing my towels frequently.

NOT touching my face at any point during the day (perhaps only if I get an odd itch or two).

Using a room diffuser with Ylang Ylang essential oil. Now, I’m a firm believer in the powers of essential oils and apparently Ylang Ylang is a great stress reducer and very key in reducing excess sebum production (which can be the result in blocked pores and spots), whilst also taking a morning dose of Evening Primrose Oil  30 mins before I eat anything!

And finally, apart from washing my face every morning and night (as usual) I’m using the following skin care products:

La Roche Posay Skin Care Serozinc Zinc Sulfate Solution Oily Blemish-Prone Skin Face Care Beauty
La Roche Posay Skin Care Serozinc Zinc Sulfate Solution for Oily, Blemish-Prone Skin

I am a user of toners, but everything was proving either too drying or too oily for my current skin situation… I came across La Roche Posay’s Serozinc Spray whilst looking for toner alternatives. The fact that it was a spray and noted for oily skin I thought why not? I have to say, after about 2 weeks of using this, my skin has become so bright, small clogged pores were reduced and my face doesn’t get so oily so quickly through out the day. I do use this morning and night after cleansing/washing (with another brand face wash) and I’m totally loving this product… It works just like how you freshen your face with Thermal Water Sprays… Cotton Wool isn’t needed for application, however you can dab away excess if needed.

La Roche Posay Skin Care Effaclar K (+) Oily Blemish-Prone Skin & Anti-Sebum Moisturiser Face Care Beauty
La Roche Posay Skin Care Effaclar K (+) Oily Blemish-Prone Skin & Anti-Sebum Moisturiser

This particular moisturiser has an emulsion “aqua-gel” consistency, therefore a little goes a long way and is easy to spread across your skin. I decided to purchase this item to use before bed and when not wearing makeup during the day. I tend to only use matifying lotions when wearing makeup, therefore I wasn’t concerned about the finish this particular moisturiser would have as I wouldn’t be putting product on top of it. However, this is quite light and doesn’t add any extra shine to the skin anyway. It works really well for evening use on skin that doesn’t need much/extra hydration over night and when using along side the Serozinc Toner, I could definitely see an improvement in skin texture and excess sebum reduction (especially overnight). This particular creme aims to combat oxidation and irregularity that affects the skin causing imperfections. I can definitely say my skin looks and feels more purified.

La Roche Posay Skin Care Effaclar K (+) Oily Blemish-Prone Skin & Anti-Sebum Moisturiser Face Care Beauty
La Roche Posay Skin Care Effaclar Mat Sebo-Controlling & Anti-Shine Moisturiser

This particular product I decided to go with due to the fact it was an anti-shine daily moisturiser which is also perfect for a make-up base. Tbh it act’s like a moisturiser/primer in one. I think a lot of people with oily try to layer up too much with bases, even before they put on the tint/foundation and pack primers on top of moisturisers on top of toners, most of which can all be oil based which is obviously what I wanted to avoid during this problem skin period. After I cleanse, I spray my face with the Serozinc Toner, apply a pea sized amount evenly across my face of the Effacer Mat, wait for a few minutes for it to absorb and then begin my next step… My face feels lights and clean when using these three products and has majorly helped with my blocked pores and excess sebum issue. Black heads have definitely appeared reduced and I feel like I can at least wear a little bit of makeup without worrying about it sliding off or blocking pores up some more when doing so.

La Roshe Posay Effacer BB Blur Absorbing Coverage Mousse Tint Skin Care Beauty
La Roshe Posay Effacer BB Blur Absorbing Coverage Mousse Tint

Due to the fact of producing too much oil build up during the day, I decided to opt for a mat finish BB style coverage cream. This formula has a mousse style finish and smooths over the face with finger tips easily. It definitely gives a full coverage look, but if struggling with dark marks, it’s not going to cover completely… However, it will give enough tint to tone down the redness if you have any. I really feel they need to develop this line for darker skin tones as it would benefit so many. I’ve not yet seen this line for anyone darker than Olive/Tanned/Medium skinned tones? La Roche Posay should really work on this point. Women/Men of all complexions can struggle with oily skin, pore issues and excess sebum so this BB line would be perfect for anyone who isn’t looking for something so heavy and something that allows the skin to breathe. *If suffering with dryness, it may stick to that, so try to avoid those areas if you have any dry spots.

In all, this has been a great line for my skin currently. I feel that for daily use, it’s really helping and supporting my skin through this rough patch and I’d strongly recommend all lines for oily skin sufferers. It’s not too expensive, and I suppose where you get it from will reflect on the price for each product. I bought all of mine from Boots in London on a promotional offer, which kind of helped lead me in to trying it! It’s affordable, at most items being no more than 14.00 GBP. Some products can top off at over 100.00 for such dermo skin-care products so I had no qualms parting with my money for this brand.

I’d urge all folks to listen to their skin first, if that makes any sense? Take time in figuring out a routine and taking extra care in working with your skin rather than trying to cover up any issues by make-up and spending loads of money on products one after the other because you feel it isn’t working after a mere two weeks. These things take time and remember it could be a hormonal imbalance or a bad diet issue that is adding to any flaws. However, I’d def recommend trying the Serozinc and Effaclar range if your looking for a skin care option to complement the other factors your trying.

Price range: *** out of 5

Solution/combat: **** out of 5

Flower

BLOG: Flower 花 ! Where Have You Been?

New movements…

Damn…

I know guys, I’ve been missing! Well, it is to do with a number of things…

First thing’s first, I’ve planted myself back in the UK officially now, which means… New job & new home! (I miss Japan and will be returning soon – I’ll talk more about that another time).

It’s been a lot. Fun, sad, tiring, exciting – a mixture of emotions. However, it does mean that I’m back and working hard on some new projects & posts for you (and a YouTube channel – not ready just yet!)

I’ve been travelling, attending shows, visiting a lot of galleries, posting up at events but mainly been working on some new art and content for Phoenix Troy of Phoenix + The Flower Girl. My current digital spread on this site just isn’t cutting it. I’m not really a digital art type of girl – I do scan and edit for the sake of online exposure and digital prints but I’m really a hands on kind of artist. I love original feel and I guess that’s just me. So, as it goes I’ve decided to give you some more of my art (finally) and in the mean time work on my own regular exhibits to coincide with what I’m working on, for which I will be looking for other artists (one-off or long term commitment) to get involved… There will be some conditions for the main hub of what I’ll be doing, although I’m very much up for working with anyone in any medium or industry who’s up for some collaboration or projects (contact me via this page or Facebook).

I’ll be posting more information on the exhibits when it is available, however stay tuned for the usual!

Namaste – Flower