Actor and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture.

Actor Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks Ending The Love Affair with Selfies.
Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism
Caitlin Stasey has mastered the art of the eloquent Instagram rant. Between her comfort on camera (she’s an actress by trade) and her deep passion for human and animal rights, she can easily rally a virtual crowd — and often does — combating views often battling it out in her comment section. After a few years of avidly being a leading voice in matters of women’s rights to bare bodies as they please and breaking down the corrupt corners of our culture, Caitlin is almost radio silent about her views on a public front. So much so that she’s wiped her Instagram of all previous posts. Not in what could feel like a dramatic stance, but the effort towards a clean slate.
In the effort to capture some of Caitlin’s candid digestions of modern life that so often make us do a double take on how we’ve been conducting ourselves, we sat down with her to get some words on her views on the newest wave of feminism, finding boundaries in Hollywood, and her very personal work to come.Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism
Vérité Woman:
In a time that is so contextually “woke” it feels like one can’t be apart of the conversation on social media without stating opinions and stance on everything to prove our own mental capacity, awareness, or status as a human in this modern society. As someone who has used her platform to be so vocal for so long, can you share where you are at now with the conversation?

Caitlin Stasey: I’ve sort of reached an impasse, as a white/cis/able-bodied woman I’m realizing it’s my turn to listen — I still feel that women like me are subjugated and dismissed but not with the same violence, vitriol and undermining that is designated to women of color, women with disabilities or trans women.

VW: How do you feel about the feminist movement on social media, do you feel like we are getting somewhere or is it an echo chamber dividing different understandings of the notion?

CS: I think it’s both, I’ve come to really loathe social media and it’s beating drum but at the same time I implore those who use it to shed light on some murkier and difficult truths — without social media and the dissemination of information through it you wouldn’t have these great surging movements like Me Too or Black Lives Matter – of course, civil rights movements are born on the ground but the internet has helped project them into everyone’s field of vision.

Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism

VW: I’ve been thinking a lot about how women unintentionally affect one another via social outlets. It’s that whole “her life looks perfect, I wish mine was like that”. What would you like other women who may think you “have it all” to know about Caitlin Stasey?

CS: I don’t and dissatisfaction is a state anyone can occupy, I’m super duper lucky and by every metric I live a privileged existence but I still feel lonely, scared, helpless and frustrated — I’ve spent a lot of time working to overcome my own negativity and sadness only to discover that they’re as much a part of me as anything else.

VW: Has there been a time when you’ve struggled with your place as a woman in terms of work boundaries, the opposite sex, finding your voice? Explain how you grew out of those or solved them.

CS: I’ve felt undermined a lot, I’ve been asked to do things at work purely because I’m a woman. Because I’m an actor people often don’t take me seriously and expect that I’m just there for show, ornamental — but acting is my job just as being a lawyer or teacher or architect might be yours. It’s work, it’s great to work when you can get it but it still works and I’ve often been treated like a dumb child in my working environments. I’ve learned to be more diplomatic but to also take myself and my time seriously, you don’t get to call me “darling” “sweetie” or “beautiful” just because I’m a young woman, I’m your fucking coworker.

VW: You recently wrote a TV show with your husband, what was that collaborative process like?

CS: It was difficult at first, I’m hypercritical and have super high expectations — I love what I love and hate what I hate which often renders me stagnant if something can’t be perfect then why do it at all? It’s a ridiculous mindset that has cost me years, years lost to inactivity but he’s the opposite — a workaholic — and just commits to finishing things, he’s really smart and talented but also not afraid to fail which is something I lack.Actress and Activist Caitlin Stasey Talks The End of Our Love Affair with Selfie Culture. | Verite woman, Hollywood, Actress, Activist, See Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, Instagram, Feminism

VW: You and I have talked before about one of my personal favorite quotes by John Berger:
“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting vanity thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you depicted”.  In terms of our modern ability to share, selfie and comment, how do you feel this quote pertains to our lives as women?

CS: I think women loving themselves is so important but as our collective love affair with “selfie culture” is ending I’m beginning to question the means by which we love ourselves, by how I have loved myself — I think we are expanding our tastes and expectations of beauty but there is a consistent through line of self-expression that is quite “Instagrammable” our beauty standards haven’t stretched nearly far enough.

 

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Self-Portraiture as Power: How I fell in Love with the Woman in the Photos

Self Portraiture as Power: How I fell in Love with the Woman in the Photos.

Self Portraiture as Power: How I fell in Love with the Woman in the Photos, now on VERITE WOMAN, Self Portrait, Photographer, Photography, Woman, Model, Fujifilm, VSCO Cam, photo editing, artist, creative, how to take a selfie, feminism, self love, how to love yourself, how to have self confidence, Instagram.
Words and photography by Michaela d’Artois.

We live in a selfie nation. Did you know that there’s a tactic of taking a photo called a fake selfie? In which someone else holds the camera for you but you extend your arm out as if it is, in fact, a momentary shot that you conjured yourself (with a go-go gadget arm length no less). Our fascination with this self-curated phenomenon seems endless. Yet self-portraiture gets a bad rep. It is easily seen as vapid to spend hours on the floor of your apartment, self-timer mode in full effect, being creative director to your own limbs. However, in a journey with the self as subject, I have found it to be one of the most liberating forms of creativity and expression I have yet to face as an artist. I would go as far to say that it has connected me deeper with who I am as a woman, and allowed me to fall in love the woman in the photos.

I have long been mystified by why we seek muses outside of ourselves. We’re told to look at yourself too long, or to focus on your own-ness is an illness of narcissism, yet narcissism is actually a mental state derived from fear of lacking.
Think of the most impactful female artists who have used themselves as the canvas for their work: Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, Lois Mailou Jones, and my personal favorite Ana Mandieta. All of these women saw the most important study was themselves. If more people looked inward for inspiration rather than outward to those #LifeGoals, #BodyGoals, #CoupleGoals we swipe through daily, we would have more women living and breathing their truths.
Self Portraiture as Power: How I fell in Love with the Woman in the Photos, now on VERITE WOMAN, Self Portrait, Photographer, Photography, Woman, Model, Fujifilm, VSCO Cam, photo editing, artist, creative, how to take a selfie, feminism, self love, how to love yourself, how to have self confidence, Instagram.I hold the belief that when someone photographs you, they take a little part of you with each image captured. Their eye is requesting you to fit inside their vision, whether they mean to impose or not and once the still is shot you have very little control where that image will go, how the conversation around it will be formatted. When those photos go “live”, thousands, maybe millions of eyes take what they want from the photo. Whether the female gaze, male gaze or other gaze sees it, they are free to digest and judge it as they wish. If the thousands of years of art history prior to the life of Instagram tells us anything,
the female has always been a part of art’s context, however, she has had very little say on how she is portrayed and then viewed. We can never stop creepers from creeping, or subjects being objectified but we can structure the way She as Subject is being used.

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Fast forward a year into my journey, almost all the content I create is self-portraiture, and this project of documenting myself has been liberating, to say the least. With uninhibited freedom of working in solitude I am unaffected by the time it takes me to “get the shot” and the fearless to express my truest self. When I click through the photos I have taken, I see a woman comfortable in her body, in her space, in her sexuality — she is not trying to fit into someone else’s vision, or appease someone else’s gaze but she commands her own. I found myself falling in love with this woman’s vulnerability, she’s unrestrained, enjoying the flaws that make her real. I love the way the light catches the tiny sprinkling of hairs on her upper thighs, the way the soles of her feet are always dusty from running around her L.A. studio. I love the way that on any given day she could embody a million different women while still staying true to her self. I love that I am in control of how I am being portrayed, and it isn’t at the expense or direction of anyone else. I am so much more than my physical self, and through the photos, I create I can tell that story in a two-dimensional format.

As anything else, the more familiar we become with a subject, the more normalized it becomes to us. Through the act of photographing myself, I was liberated to get to know who I am and see myself objectively. It made me more comfortable in my skin. It made me more comfortable to see that from an outside perspective those little things that bug you about your surface “self” were really not apparent at all.
In the art of self-portraiture, we don’t all need to be Cindy Sherman’s. Part of the craft is self-discovery, and in a world where publishing just means sharing I realized these photos don’t have to go anywhere if I don’t want them to — they are first and foremost for me and no one else.

It’s the study of self.

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Femme Feed | Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know

Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary. One can easily feel left out of dinner conversation in the height of a movement called Third-Wave Feminism. Multi-dashed terms being thrown around like a supper rolls, and opinions spat out as quick as a mouth-full of bad pinot. We don’t want you to feel like you’ve showed up late and empty handed, so we’ve gathered together a glossary of terms you’re going to want to know in order to make it through this current cultural climate.

Ambivalent Sexism: this is a tricky term because it quite literally means both the hostile and positive treatment of women resulting in a bias. For example sexism isn’t just having negative feelings towards women, it is based in treatment of women, even putting women on a overly positive pedestal which creates a form of inequality. This type of sexism can be dealt out by men, but also by women towards themselves and other females.

Androcentric: a mindset that is slanted towards the male point of view. For example: feminists are fighting against an androcentric society.

Antifeminism: is the opposition to any feminist, or women’s movement. See MGTOW.

Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary. Benevolent Sexism: this string of sexism is when both or either men and women hold a positively angled form of sexism which is rooted in protection, and glorification. This is probably the most difficult sexism to pin point, but the most frequent in our everyday. See Ambivalent Sexism.

Cis: short for cisgender this term relates to those who identify with the sex they were assigned to at birth. It is a term often used by the LGBT community, and intersectional feminists as an individual who may identify with their birth-given gender but may not fulfill cultural stereotypes of said gender.

Complementarianism: the idea that women and men hold complimentary roles to each other. In history this excludes women from many roles that are traditionally “male”.

Fat Shaming: the public shaming of an individual for their body size or weight.

Female Martyrdom: this is the concept of self-sacrifice by women for their beliefs in the feminist movement. This term has a lot of confusion and backlash as it is believed to have added to the justification of oppression of women in society.

Internalized Misogyny: a subconscious form of sexism that women hold within themselves due to the over use of sexism in our culture. For example girls truly believing they can’t be good at sports because it’s not for girls.

Intersectional Feminism: coined by American civil rights advocate and feminist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw this term refers to a movement that must call out privilege in our efforts and be inclusive of gender, race, social class, sexual orientation, etc. For example a white woman’s feminism must be understanding, and active to the oppression of her fellow women regardless of their race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in order for it to be progressive feminism.

The Modesty Movement: according to the blog themodestymovement10.blogspot.com the movement “wants women to understand that they can be beautiful, mysterious, and sexy without showing a lot of skin. Reclaim the power of your femininity.” We see its rise from many conservative fashion bloggers across social media from Muslim bloggers, to Orthodox Jewish bloggers, to just women who choose this is their message. It’s had a trickle up effect that has shifted runway styles at houses like Dolce & Gabbana. It’s argued that this sells the idea that what you wear translates to how you are treated by the opposite sex.

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Lipstick Feminism: this is a vertical of Third Wave Feminism that reinforces the ability for women to identify as feminists while upholding their ‘girly’ side. It’s the vein of thinking that one can still fight for an equal movement and simultaneously love a good makeup tutorial.

Raunch Culture: Collins Dictionary defines the term as: “a culture which promotes overtly sexual representation of women, as through the acceptance of pornography, stripping, nudity in advertising, etc, especially when this is encouraged by women.” Raunch culture is a culture in which women are sexually objectified by the opposite sex and each other in media, advertising, and beyond. It claims that this culture has mystified our morals so that young women compete to be the sexiest.Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary.

Mansplaining: the term refers to a condescending manner in which a man might explain something to a woman. An explanation often relayed in a patronizing and demeaning manner backing up a misogynistic, and prejudice against female knowledge.

Manterupting: the term refers to a male’s behavior to frequently interrupt a female counterpart while she speaks. This gender issue has been argued as being pseudo-science for being a cultural phenomena used by both males and females instead of a scientific gender bias.Third-Wave Feminism, A Glossary of Terms You Need to Know, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, Misogyny, third-wave feminism, girl talk, Queer, Cis, Binary, Masculinity, Tumblr, Instagram, Social Media, Glossary, Internet Art, Androcentric, Fat Shaming, Slut Shaming, Benevolent Sexism, intersectionality, Raunch Culture, MGTOW, The Male Gaze, Non-Binary.

MGTOW: also known as Men Going Their Own Way, this is a direct counter movement to the women’s movement that, in the organizations own words, “is a statement of self-ownership, where the modern man preserves and protects his own sovereignty…” This movement stands for men pushing back against what they feel a women’s culture has made of them. Among many things, they hold the belief that relationships with the opposite sex should be on their terms and based in sexual engagement only. They believe in “survival and mating” but not “marriage and children”. In clearest terms MGTOW holds the belief that the women’s movement represents manipulation of the opposite sex. In a MGTOW manifesto on Reddit one can find quotes like this: “Society has lied to us in ways that have been detrimental, without regard to our freedom of thought, or freedom of actions. For the sake of preservation of ourselves, we will not try and win a rigged game, try and change the game, or make it so that we are the ones who are rigging it. We are done with lies, and we are done with the games that people play. We get up, and we leave.” and also this: “I’m tired of dealing with selfish, stuck-up women. Even fat hippos think they are entitled to some super hot, successful hunk. And dating is bullshit! They expect you to pay for everything and get nothing in return.” But all that’s for another article in itself…

The Male Gaze: refers to the portrayal of women by men first in art and literature, and now modernly in media and advertising. It is often sexualized and objectified due to the heterosexual view. This goes hand in hand with the concept of “The Gaze” which is how individuals view the subject presented.

Misandry: the hatred of men.

Misogyny: the hatred of women.

Non-Binary: non-binary refers to an individual who does not identify with a single gender. They can feel that they blur the lines between what the stereotype of each gender is defined as. They can be both multi-gendered or feel neutral-gendered — not really identifying with either.

Post-Feminism: Post-feminism of 4th Wave Feminism is a muddied term in history but is most commonly known has a backlash against feminism. It is a movement that supports a non-gendered culture. Some supporters of Postfeminism believe we have already achieved the equality needed through first and second wave feminism, and that third-wave feminism is obsolete.

Post-Structuralist Feminists: stems from the theory of Post-Structuralism. Post-structural feminism goes hand in hand with intersectional feminism in its belief that it’s not as simple as women and men, there are many other elements at play in searching for equality. All of them must be identified in order to succeed.

Queer Theory: Queer Theory was an extension of the post-structuralist theory from the 90s’. It pushes back against the privilege that comes with being heterosexual, and studies the equality of all sexual orientations. In 1998 Professor Eve Kosofksy Sedgwick was quoted in The New York Times as “It’s about trying to understand different kinds of sexual desire and how the culture defines them.”

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Third-Wave Feminism: third wave feminism is the most modern string of the feminist movement. Birthing around the 1990s’ from the work of the first, and second waves. Third wave represents equality for race, social class, transgender rights, and creating a safe, equal environment for all. As a feminist one must be aware, and represent all aspects of women’s issues not just the ones that effect them. See Intersectional Feminism.

Toxic Masculinity: a social ideology that believes a stereotypical format of masculinity including machoism, violent tendencies, predatory.

Tumblr Feminism: originally used as a term to shame feminism, but soon adopted by the movement itself, this Millennial feminism school of thought was born on the scrolls of the site Tumblr. It represents a specific group of young feminists who choose to use the platform to share beliefs and art that can’t find a home on any other social outlet due to their strict code of conducts on content (specifically nudity). Tumblr feminism is often identified as overtly sexual, satirical content and sending the message that we as women will portray ourselves — and our sexuality — on our own terms.

Victim Feminism: cictim feminism is defined as women who do not take their movement, or actions into their own hands. They can be seen as a women’s group who chooses to feel victim in the shadow of male power, instead of working towards a common ground together. This can be seen in feminists throwing blame towards their male counterparts instead of engaging them in the movement for equality.

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Travel Writer & Two Time Book Author Andi Eaton Schools Us!

Travel Writer & Two Time Book Author Andi Eaton Schools Us! | VERITE WOMAN, Bohemian, Travel, Gypset, Instagram, Best Books 2017, Road Trip, Desert, Travel across America, Amazon.Ever wonder what it’s like to be a travel writer with a book deal? A dream life for most of us. Andi Eaton, founder of the blog Oui We is now seasoned in the process of executing a book, and even more so in the art of The Wanderess — packing up her car, grabbing her camera, and getting on the road. With her second book Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian’s Guide to Traveling in Style (Amazon Prime people,hustle and it could still be the perfect Christmas gift) just out we thought it high time we dove behind the scenes of her 35mm, technicolored life.
From the spookiest of road trip stories, to how traveling America in such a dire time rejuvenated her, Andi embodies the nomadic lifestyle many crave, yet few are brave enough to follow.
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Vérité Woman: You just published your second book, Wanderful, which is truly the coolest thing ever! What did the process of making this book look like?

Andi Eaton: Ahhh, yes — thank you girl! I’m sooo glad to see it out in the world finally — the process is so damn lengthy, about 2 years. So here was sort of how it all broke down, and this is once the whole concept was created and sold to a publisher (that was a whole process in itself): 3 months of outlining, organizing, researching and deciding which locations would be featured, 3 months of traveling to the destinations, shooting, meeting the girls that would be featured, taking notes on their stories and stalking the cool kids in each destination to get a sense of where locals truly hang… and then after that write, write, write.
I’m the type of writer that likes to lock myself away and get it all done. I would write a chapter in about 3 days, take a day to edit and then move to the next.
After all of that is complete, the book goes into the design stage and that’s another several month process. That’s truly the part I loved the best (besides traveling to all of the destinations of course). Seeing all of the photos laid out and creating a story told through visuals and words… I love that. From there, it’s off to sales/marketing/pr, etc… and voila! We have a book.

VW: What were your top three favorite places that made it into the book?

AE: Terlingua, Texas — it’s a total artistic utopia full of quirky drifters and was the last stop on a my first desert road trip.
Big Sur, CA — it’s magnitude is supernatural, I was immediately transported back to the 60s era bohemian artist’s off-the-grid Big Sur.
Flathead Lake, Montana — It’s the largest natural lake in the west. Once there, there’s so many choose your own adventure opportunities in those majestic mountain towns surrounding it.

VW: In a world of influencers whose content is very much based on themselves you bring a fresh take to blogging — uplifting others and sharing an outlook of freedom and free spirit. What about your journey made you want to focus on these subjects for Oui We Girl?

AE: I started this whole process at the time when fashion bloggers were starting to land front row seats at fashion week and instagram was starting to make stars out of the “the girl next door.” I launched my first blog with the intention to cover what was happening in my own community — specifically the fashion community in New Orleans. At the time I was running the fashion week program there and that’s all I wrote about.
Around then I was also finishing my first book “New Orleans Style” — I went to Spain for 4 months to get the writing completed (told ya I like to lock myself away to write) and it occurred to me that it was time to shift Oui We to reflect these new experiences. I love the mindset of artistic survival and for the first time I’d have to live that way — I’d left my corporate job and felt a kinship to people that live traveling gig to gig.
That summer, while taking writing breaks, I’d travel through Spain (on a serious budget, btw!) and the idea to relaunch my site as a home for bohemian travelers — with stories about the spirit that comes alive in oneself when traveling that way — happened there.

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VW: Your Instagram is like peering down a Wes Anderson meets Twiggy rabbit hole. Where do you gain inspiration for your images from?

AE: Girlll, okay, yesss, omg thank you, that’s a serious compliment. I suppose I never felt quite right doing the standard #ootd posts… I’ve always loved editorial fashion — however I grew up going to flea markets with my mom, and always found a joy in collecting quirky things at estate sales and thrift shops. My aesthetic is a bit darker maybe — I love art, film, music and poetry that evokes ephemeral emotions that are kind of hard to identify. I’m inspired by visuals that have an air of heaviness, but still feel playfully potent. When I’m considering creating imagery for my own IG page I think about finding a way — through movement, or light perhaps — to have the viewer feel as if they were right there in the experience.

VW: What tips would you give to a girl with a small budget looking to take a life changing road trip?

AE: When I’m considering going somewhere life changing I think about going into nature first. I pack my car full of snacks, and sometimes even bring a cooler with fresh fruits, veggies and goodies to make little meals… you don’t have to eat out, or buy lots of things, or even pay for tourist sorts of things… just get out there with a map, a tank full of gas and a plan and it’s all possible.
Plus: I travel on a writer’s budget… so truly, while it can sometimes look glam, it really isn’t. In my book there’s lots of hostel priced hotels featured, I love glamping for budget traveling too… and even airbnb can be done on a budget.

VW: If you could give girls advice starting their own business, or dedicating life to their craft what would it be?

AE: Study your ass off, find brilliant mentors, don’t think you know everything about what you’re doing, ever — there’s always more to learn. Build a business plan, get comfortable losing more than you win at the beginning. Remind yourself that every morning is a leap of faith. Follow your intuition, don’t  allow the self doubt to seep in, and save every penny you can to get your dream going.

VW: Wow, those are serious nuggets of gold that just moved me a little! What does a day in your life look like?

AE: It truly depends on where I am, often I’m out on the road, however on the days I am home it might look like this: Sleep until 8 or 8:30 (I’m a serious advocate for sleep), plus my bf plays in a rock band, so inevitably we’re out late a lot.
Morning beauty rituals:  I do normal things like brushing my teeth, washing my face, take my vitamins and then I layer on holistic facial oils, but I do that stuff before I even step into the kitchen. Next it’s coffee, smoothies or an easy breakfast like turmeric oats maybe — I cook a ton — and then I’m at my desk by around 9:30. If I’m traveling, this is where the routine is totally different and I’m out exploring by 9 or so at the latest.
If I’ve got a writing assignment or a post going up on Oui We I’ll turn on some music, tune everything else out and get to work. I’ll spend the next several hours on that and on client projects (I offer creative consulting & direction for a handful of female-owned businesses). I often go to Bikram Yoga around lunch time and ideally the second half of the day is devoted to creative activities — whether that’s writing, mood boarding or taking photos out in nature (or in the city, depending on where I am!), I get a lot of energy from exploring.
In the evening it’s sage, essential oils and then I cook dinner with my bf, wine and a good 70s’ playlist. If Ben and I are on the road we’ll find a tucked away restaurant and maybe meet up with friends. My pace of life is much slower living in Nashville, by the way, than it was back home in New Orleans where there’s always a party.
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VW: In such a time of strain within our own country your book, your blog, and your photos are like a beautiful ode to America. What discoveries have you made about the country and its people that stand out most to you?

AE: I started the research for “Wanderful” before I ever could have imagined what would happen in last year’s election… however, what I did know was that the natural resources and the beauty throughout America — like what we have in our National Park system — was something that I wanted an opportunity to talk more about. As I went out to experience much of America last year the relationships that I develop with people all over this country — people that are so deeply rooted in doing right for the environment, and for their own cultures and communities was an unbelievably awesome bonus.  
In all of the places I went, and there were a lot — the book covers 9 road trips across the country — there were many moments of unexpected connection. As divided as this country is right now, and that strain that we’re all feeling — I find that when we ground into nature, music, good food and drink, the stars — all the good stuff. I find there’s always something there that can bring us together … so those are the thing I spend time on.Travel Writer & Two Time Book Author Andi Eaton Schools Us! | VERITE WOMAN, Bohemian, Travel, Gypset, Instagram, Best Books 2017, Road Trip, Desert, Travel across America, Amazon.

VW: I love a good scary story. Do you have any road trip horror stories for us?

AE: Haha, there were definitely some moments… but maybe this one was the best:
This occurred traveling through the Chihuahuan Desert, and I’ll preface with a note that there’s a deep magic in that sort of wildness, even when it is a bit scary.
We’d started out on a venture to a hot springs we’d heard about down on the border. The host of our campsite gave us directions, reminded us to drive slow — we’d be taking a seriously primitive road — and said in 6 miles we would cross into the backside of the national park where the hot springs would be. We packed water, PB&Js and took off. What none of accounted for was the heavy rains a few days before. The other question we’d failed to ask… ‘when we cross that 6 mile mark, how much further until we hit a paved road?’ The answer to that question would have been 18 miles. And 18 miles is major on a mud soaked primitive desert road.
About 3 hours in, we drove deep into a mud bog… no cell service and visions of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre were only half of the fears that were starting to bubble up. We thought surely someone would cross our path, but we’d seen no one yet that day. We climbed onto the roof… nothing as far as we could see, and then the coyotes started to howl. We thought we’d hike out, however a short distance from the car we were startled by the sound of rattles (omg, snakes?!) and were there scorpions scurrying behind the cactus trees? Back to the car we went.
Finally 2 hours later another human: a border patrol officer — however we weren’t of concern to him…he needed to attend to what was happening on his radio. I plead. He stopped: “How in the world did you guys get out here? it’s only going to get worse ahead, so put it in first gear and crank yourselves out of here.”
This is the first time my skill from being the only girl in a crew of off roaders when I was 16 has come in truly, very handy. We worked that car out of the mud, and a few hours later we were finally drinking beer in that hot springs saying to ourselves… “the stories we will tell.”

VW: I am so satisfied with that scar story, I got goosebumps. What’s your next dream destination?

AE: I’ve not been to Japan yet. It’s high on my list. Australia too.Definitely in 2018.

VW: Three books you can’t live without?

AE: I suppose these are the three I recommend the most:
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles – Steven PressfieldMany Lives, Many Masters by Brian WeissAnd lately there’s been a tie between Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear and Material Girl, Mystical World: The Now Age Guide to a High-Vibe Life

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Why Glossier’s Body Hero Will Actually Empower Your Shower Experience.


Why Glossier's Body Hero Will Actually Empower Your Shower Experience. NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Body Hero, Body Positive, Female Figure, Skincare, Hypoallergenic, Gynecologist tested, Emily Weiss, Paloma Elsesser, Swin Cash, Tyler Haney, Pia Arrobio, and Mekdes Mersha, Self love, how to be confidant, Instagram, Feminism. Let’s be honest, it was all about the hype. Glossier drops a new product, we flock. Yep, we’re talking about Glossier’s Body Hero. Only, once  we popped that bubbly pink packaging open we realized this is the kind of hype we can get behind. It felt like something special to be apart of. We’ve often wondered what’s in the magic sauce that catapulted the rose quartz (capital) G from cool-girl status to cult status. It all comes down to Glossier’s talent for shedding the layers, and getting to the flesh of what Millennial women truly want. Literally and metaphorically of course.

Maybe you haven’t stepped outside lately to be faced with a billboard, or scrolled through IG, or even used the internet and accidentally caught a banner ad in your peripherals. Glossier recently launched a campaign to accompany their latest body products, a frothy yet creamy yet oily body wash and lotion duo called Body Hero. The campaign featured lady-icons of the social media age in nothing but a state of nature.Why Glossier's Body Hero Will Actually Empower Your Shower Experience. NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Body Hero, Body Positive, Female Figure, Skincare, Hypoallergenic, Gynecologist tested, Emily Weiss, Paloma Elsesser, Swin Cash, Tyler Haney, Pia Arrobio, and Mekdes Mersha, Self love, how to be confidant, Instagram, Feminism. This is why our love for this product duo is two-fold. First it was banding together with our fellow sisters in the name of happy, healthy skin and a body-positive message. Then we hopped in our showers, lathered up, and realized that this product dup actually does what it promises. The reason it works so well? They yet again nailed the basics of what we truly want in our products:

The Daily Oil:

  • This body wash has got all our favorite oils such as coconut, sunflower seed (vitamin E, baby) and sesame that naturally soothes and plumps skin
  • The Daily Oil is gynecologist tested, and vagina approved!

The Perfecting Body Cream:

  • After your stint in the shower, this body cream locks in moisture that will stay with you all day
  • The cactus flower, yucca, and prickly pair extract is what makes this such a long lasting hydrator, regardless of environment
  • It leaves a velvety, never greasy finish

Along with the launch, each of the campaigns women posted to her social fronts, authentically sharing her own struggle with body love. In turn they reminded us that no woman (regardless of how many followers she might have on Instagram) is unscathed by the downers of body insecurities. It’s the prompt that every time we open our bathroom cabinet says “Be gentle with yourself.”

Why Glossier's Body Hero Will Actually Empower Your Shower Experience. NOW ON VERITE WOMAN --- Body Hero, Body Positive, Female Figure, Skincare, Hypoallergenic, Gynecologist tested, Emily Weiss, Paloma Elsesser, Swin Cash, Tyler Haney, Pia Arrobio, and Mekdes Mersha, Self love, how to be confidant, Instagram, Feminism. And A few of our other favorite Glossier products:

Moisturizing Moon Mask:

This hydrating mask really sets the bar high. Almost a daily ritual, for girls living in tough cities this will be your end of day retreat. It is so calming, and non-intrusive you lay it on and practically forget it’s there. The longer you leave it, the more it seems to reset dry skin breathing new life into tired pores. We’ve shared our love for honey as an ally of healthy looking skin, and it just happens to be one of the main ingredients in this product.

Boy Brow:

Perfecting the art of the brow. A game we all played for far too long, until Boy Brow hit the internet and we could all stop over-coiffing those above-eye-caterpillars. Boy brow is an everyday tool that will comb out those brows, add a little shape and shade while doing so. You’re left with a look that says laissez faire, when really it was Glossier.

Haloscope:

As die hard highlighters, this one takes the cake on glossy, glowy skin. Throw away those conturing tools, and make space for this stick to deliver a dew that quite literally finds your light for you. We’re super into Quartz for a rosé look.

Invisible Shield SPF:

If you’re an avid Vérité reader you know how important our SPF is. Glossier took their time to really scan the market for what worked, and what really didn’t only to turn around and create possibly the best SPF out there. That’s not just by our standards, it’s an internet favorite!

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