It’s noon on the dot — although there’s no watch weighing down my wrist, I know this because the town’s belle tower is emitting a vibration that fills the air, and shakes the streets. It’s the sound that signifies so many things. Time for repose, time for a warm tarte, time for the farmer’s market to pack up and return to their own family’s table. I’m reminded that it seems the only thing I ever do in this country is eat, sleep, repeat. It’s appropriate to have a glass of rosé at this hour, and so my siesta is heavy and often lasts well into the late afternoon. I hardly feel guilty, I’m on vacation, and plus the streets are practically barren during these hours anyways. Back home I don’t prepare meals other than the random dinner. I throw things on a cutting board, wolf them down, get back to my keyboard. Here there are days when we prepare extensive salads of fresh produce, burrata, thick with balsamic. Others we purchase fresh ravioli from the Italian’s at the market. When boiled they become much larger than we ever could have anticipated but we gorge ourselves silly on them. And then there’s bread, there’s always the warm bread from the baker just down the street. We plan to get there early so we can snatch up the best baguettes before the working crowd. I’ve stayed so many days in this town that I begin to recognize faces. Not just the vibrant blonde girl that serves our morning cappuccinos, but during these mid-day hours as people flood from their offices on to the cobble stones. It almost makes me think I live here. There’s more than a handful of reasons why I come back here every summer. One being for now it’s easier than the paperwork for a work visa. But truly it’s because there’s a lifestyle here that reminds one what the core of joy itself is in such a tumultuous time: our loved ones, delicious dishes, and moments of meditation on beauty.
As the shopping portion to our website began to grow we wanted to truly be purposeful with what we released next in our collection — now known as Installation Two, A Year of Summer. With intention we have created a minimal wardrobe that accompanies the Femmes of Vérité from lunch meeting, to gallery opening, and now to far off destinations. With our inner escapist in mind we bring you The Mallorca Micro Bikini.
Birthed from the marriage of a need for a bikini that doesn’t get in the way, yet enhances your beach-side life, and the alluringly dark erotic story Mallorca by Anais Nin we bring you swimwear that is classic, comfortable, affordable (they’re $35 a piece!), and understated — what more could the modern woman want?
To stay true to the Vérité Philosophy we wanted to create visuals to accompany the launch of the swim collection that would promote empowerment in the female body. The Mallorca Micro Bikini being one that indulges in the curve and angle of the woman needed a story that would tell the tale of beauty in it’s simplest form — earthly elements of sand, succulents, and water along with the human element of skin.
Rosa Rugosa is an editorial that tells the story of spring yes, but only coincidentally. Influenced by Italian Neorealism in which actors were often not at all actors but the public, playing themselves, it is a story of true nature. In this scene Courtney & Cintrena star as its heroine’s, and the flowers are their supporting cast.
It’s a tale that relays the relationship between flowers and poetry, and thus the female form. As far back as poetry goes, so does its references to botanical metaphors — metaphors for beauty, feminine by design.
This editorial is just that, proof that feminine doesn’t have to mean girly, soft, dainty. TYLR’s use of graphic dendritic print is hardly the stereotype of a spring floral. And you know how much we enjoy breaking up stereotypes.
Iris Murdoch once said “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” We feel just the same about those without the appreciation for women’s beauty, and her relationship with personal style.
TYLR is an Australian brand known for its minimal, structural women’s (and now men’s) wear. Upon finding this brand a relationship bloomed as their ethos aligns more than perfectly with that of Vérité. You can now take a gander at TYLR’s Transcendence collection, and shop the editorial below.
From time to time, we have questioned the curating skills of Netflix’s database — not one of us can say we haven’t stumbled upon some seriously strange visual material on there. However, there are also some golden nuggets that can be truly educational, and empowering. Make your next Netflix and chill sess. an inspired one — we’ve gathered some of our very favorite documentaries for your viewing, and brain-challenging pleasure.
This beautiful documentary follows the lives of nine girls across the globe illustrating how differently each will be raised, yet how important education is as a common thread for all — gender not applicable. An altering view into the rare and honest look at the injustices of how many young girls, and women are still treated in various cultures.
There’s no shame in admitting we finished this entire mini-series in one sitting, and maybe a bottle of wine. Chelsea Handler has found her true voice in this Netflix Original, bringing hilarity and empowered truth to aspects of life we all come in contact with. She touched on some heavy subjects like just how strange the institution of marriage, and its monster industry really is, and the reality of race issues in comedy and beyond — we felt abandoned upon realizing there were only four episodes.
Grab your organic, non-salted popcorn for this one because you won’t have much of an appetite for sweets when it’s finished. Fed Up brings to light just how slanted the food industry in America really is. Nothing is as it seems, between our food’s content descriptions to myths that have been crafted by the industry itself; Non-fat? yeah, that’s not a real thing.
Who really knows what it means to be happy? We can’t usually put it into words until one day it just sneaks in with the morning breeze. Is it living in simplicity, or having everything one could ever want? The documentary Happy delves into cultures around the world, from rich to poor, finding the true meaning.
We want you to know this documentary can be difficult to get through. Its brutal reality was a hard pill to swallow when visually digesting that the treatment of women worldwide still has a very long way to go. Our hearts broke as the story follows the events that occurred after a group of men raped and murdered Indian medical student Jyoti Singh, while the story of just where equality stands in the country was told in parallel.
Aging has never looked as good as it does wrapped in a feather boa and marching down the streets of Manhattan. It started with a style blog by Ari Cohen, soon became cult followed, and then naturally, a documentary. Examining the eccentric personalities of New York’s advanced set of style mavens, one feels ultimately empowered by their distinct decision to live truly within their own creativity via fashion, and what it means to each of them as they age.
If you have any Netflix suggestions we’ve missed, please do tweet at us! @VeritePublished
It’s hard not to be entranced by the glittering of bangles, the thick rings, the colorful wardrobe of Nana Ghana, but we want to know more about the girl behind the new documentary LA Woman Rising. She’s Venice Beach’s unofficial IT Girl, partners in crime with James Franco, and is finally ready to share with the world her new film as it follows 50 women through life in Los Angeles. Nana invites all of you to join the discussion of what it means to be a woman fighting for her dreams.
Vérité: You’ve just completed your film LA Woman Rising, what compelled you to share the stories of these 50 women with the world?
Nana Ghana: I wanted to make this film to show that no matter where and what part of the world or social class we are All Women, We Are One! Exploring how we all have one thing in common we wake up wanting to over come whatever the obstacles are in our lives, and we wake up to make our dreams happen. As the film developed I became obsessed with what the real struggles of the LA woman was. All the women of the city, especially the ones who voices aren’t heard because they might not be famous, starlets or ignored. I wanted to use LA Woman Rising as a platform to touch on social issues that today women can be facing, I follow a woman battling breast cancer, homelessness, addiction, poverty, and sexual abuse.
V: What about your background influences your outlook on women, and how they interact with the culture around them?
NG: I grew up in a house hold full of women so I have always been a woman champion, I think it’s important that women stay connected to one another empower, one another and know that the closer we are is how are can heal our planet and create equal opportunities
V: How did James Franco get immersed in this project? Why do you think his outlook on women was supportive to the film?
NG: James is a true champion of women and I was looking for the Yang to the Ying of the film, so I asked him to participate and he gladly accepted. I think a man narrating a female film brings a type of balance and harmony to the piece and it’s my way of inviting men into the discussion — including the men into the female empowerment movement.
V: Your personal style is unavoidably charming what influences what you wear?
NG: Thanks, I really dress according to what I am feeling and what message and signal I choose to send to the world, it’s something I don’t think about, because beauty can be found in anything, anywhere, anytime.