Bertie Body | Back To Bath Rituals

Bertie Body | Back To Bath Rituals

BERTIE BODY – A clear mind can only take you so far. Exhausted of the hustle and endless parade of city life, Roberta Schmidt of bertie body found that after a long day bathing rituals and balneotherapy reinvigorated her and gave her the ultimate source of solace and recharge. “It’s really been a passion of mine for a long time and originally I became aware of the transformative power of baths whilst living in London.”

Moving back to Australia she found herself starting her own project infusing superfoods and plant medicine into the bathing process. She mentioned a daunting thought, “Being the largest organ, our skin and dermal layers intake and uptake so many vitamins and nutrients.” With a range that includes four products including The Witches Brew (Pink), The Detox Cutis Cleanse (Green), The Biome Balancing Probiotic (White), The Youth Tonic (Blue). The range spans ingredients including CBD and probiotics. We took up the chance to ask her about this range that is at once soothing, holistic, as well as aesthetically aligned to the current tapestry of psychedelia through the ages. 

What was your sampling process in getting the right ingredients together as well as the scent range?

My sampling process was simply in my own bath time. This is a project which was really born out of love, and the need for the bathing ritual so I just started playing around with different flowers and oils. I was also sick of buying sub-par products in all honesty and thought people could benefit from the product. In terms of exact oils, I have my favorite scents and it was intuitive when picking one with different properties for each of the 4 types. It really helps to know what benefits each different oil or plant are imbued with in order to place things together in a recipe. For example, the anti-inflammatory effects of Frankincense.

Has moving back to Australia informed the type of ingredients, did you source locally or get any inspiration from Asian bathing culture like in Japan?

Great question BJ. I have always looked to other cultures for bathing and sauna inspiration, as I really feel drawn to the way other cultures integrate these rituals into their practices. Not only are the spaces such as Turkish Ottoman hammams and Japanese Onsens visually beautiful, but they serve such a great purpose to society. In terms of the ingredients, they are not limited to Australia, such as butterfly pea flowers which are predominantly south-east asian; but on a broader level my love of nature and natural therapies really does stem back to growing up around a lot of nature and really feeling connected to the plants and animals around me here. Growing up that way really helps you feel a familiarity and connection to these things.

Your imagery is so potent I feel often times many brands avoid to confront the city life and instead go into an escapist route, how did these images come together? 

Thank you. The black and white shots of me in the bath were my first official BB imagery, and were shot by my talented friend Natalia Parsonson. The rest are all taken by myself. I feel like I just create potent and honest photos, it’s a projection of who I am. Why pretend to be a certain way, stick to a ‘trend’ or play small? I want people as a society to get real and stop the masquerade.. It’s more fun and it’s a life ethos for me. I want real people with real thoughts, feelings and emotions in my orbit and I want to encourage this beauty in the world. That’s what the bertie body brand is. Unpretentious, real and potent. Anything but conformist or projecting something inauthentic.

The colors are a wonderful detail which set your salts apart from the neutral colors in the market, how did you decide to take this route in the brand identity?

I actually don’t explicitly remember, it just seemed intuitive to do it this way. Aesthetics are important for me and I think realistically for contemporary society as a whole. All things should be beautiful and functional! I hope to continue on my colourful escapades in the next range too.

The use of marine collagen is so fascinating, what is it exactly and how did you discover it for your line?

Collagen aids everything from your digestion and gut healing, to your joints and ligaments, as well as skin rejuvenation and anti-wrinkle benefits. Collagen is the fibrous protein constituent of bones, cartilage tendons and connective tissue. While you can eat plant based foods which may help ‘boost’ collagen production, you cannot find ‘vegan’ collagen products. The Marine Collagen I use is a pure form of hypoallergenic protein produced from krill. Typically, marine derived products such as Krill, fish skins or bones remaining from food production are thoroughly washed, then hydrolyzed by an acid and a food grade enzyme to yield marine collagen peptides, which have a low molecular weight for easy digestion and absorption.

Chances are, any of the collagen products you have in your cupboard are either bovine or fish derived, however although not vegan these products are sustainable in the sense that they allow for the use of the entire animal. I actually discovered collagen a long time ago through drinking broths. My mother was a consistent fountain of wealth when it came to nutritional knowledge and a huge advocate for brain and skin food, funnelling benefits and uses of everything we ate into my brain from a young age. I guess this is most of the reason I find nutrition & wellness so intuitive.

Photographs Courtesy of bertie body

For more on bertie body visit http://bertiebody.co/

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Spring is finally here and with most of LA available for open air dining, chances are your early quarantine shopping trips and sale season purchases have finally been worn out to the Cento Pizzeria pop up at Tartine, posed next to Humberto Leon and an EatNunchi Jelly at Chifa or lined up for Hookah times at Members dinner experience. Now is deffo time for a refresh, let us guide you through some of the best looks from spring 2021 to replenish your closet as well as simple accessories to jazz up your wardrobe and get you blooming. CHECK BACK WEEKLY FOR UPDATES ALL SPRING

First thing first “I Care A Lot” about that Rosamund Pike Molly Goddard dress at the Golden Globes, it an emotional and stylistic revalation which preached the need for a socially distancable 6 feet radius dress? Thank goodness a light version is up for grabs in time for spring.   SHOP EM NOW

There is little that can offer up as much romance and stylistic functionality as this Valentino’s Atelier round petal-effect canvas cross-body bag. A perfect transitional bag that can be for outdoor yoga, brunch, dinner, or event  SHOP EM NOW

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Eleanor Guthrie of indie label Knorts has created the ultimate hybrid trousers that are part legging, part pants, part jeans, part sweats, and all sexy. Lounge in them in bed or on the way to a Bumble date, your ass will look great regardless SHOP EM NOW

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A tried and true classic that is effortless chic as well as affordable, the 250 year old brand Castañer was even enlisted by Yves Saint Laurent himself to produce the labels first Karina style espadrille wedge in the 70s. SHOP EM NOW

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What is more to love than a little Joy? Christopher Kane’s lifestyle label More Joy references the iconic 1972 physical intimacy manual, The Joy of Sex and offers up a suggestive intention to get that spring fling to notice. SHOP EM NOW

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Ultimate cool girl Label GANNI has offered up another variant on their signature seersucker, this time in brown. A perfect little extra piece to toss on with a simple tank or vintage tee, this one will give you that extra flair when being ripped from Netflix to join the homies for a much needed drink.  SHOP EM NOW

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We might only be able to reserve a statement Lip for a zoom call but at least your mouth can express itself on the streets with this Emilio Pucci facemask in this classic statement making print.  SHOP EM NOW

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If working out and brunching culture goes hand-in-hand more than likely you have ended up sloshed at brunch before getting a chance to hike up at hill. These ultra chic zebra print biker shorts from The Upside will gets you half way to the first mimosa.   SHOP EM NOW

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In our opinion the least used and appreciated part of the body that can be equally as slutty as showing your tits off is the ankle, with this By Alona anklet you can even dress up a pair of flip-flops to be equally as transgressive.    SHOP EM NOW

We were so deeply saddened we were unable to rock the floss trend that hit before a pandemic fortunately this Isa Boulder black and white Leonard swimsuit gives us all that we need and a strong dose of asymmetrical draping.    SHOP EM NOW

A little dose of ruffles always make for a lot of statement, especially with this great Batsheva top which we absolutely love for its sustainable production and timeless sophistication albeit with a little quirky tendencies.  SHOP EM NOW

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One thing that has come to save all of us is this great urge to get back to nature. Whether your current conditions are open to dine out with your pod or stuck at home with hours of Clubhouse/ Tik Tok, this push and pull of our social habits has led to a surging culture around plants and vegetation aka a major plant selling boom. A desire and affinity for a sense of being grounded amidst the endless isolation has come with an added side effect of grounding people and understanding the might of greenery. Central to QooA’s philosophy of slowing down while still indulging, writer Janelle Zara found her path with her latest creative endeavor ZARA FLORA a project which fuses her lush floral devotions with that of her extensive art/architechtural background.

For Zara, an accomplished writer whose critiques of art, culture, and architecture can be seen in T, WSJ, and Architectural Digest, early quarantine strolls through Hollywood’s Beachwood Canyon and roadtrips with her boyfriend to Lake Arrowhead and Big Sur informed her needs to delve into nature. This biophilic desire coupled with her artistic and architectural background has well informed her design aesthetic. We got to discuss this floral venture as well as learned why you mustn’t call Zara’s gravity defying designs ikebana.

 

How did you get into floral arrangements, I feel like I’ve known you for ages and had no idea that you were so naturey.

Oh yes and road trips with my boyfriend, I look at trees and see how I could make them out of flowers. A friend of mine introduced me to this flower shop where you pick your own flowers. When he gave a bouquet to his friend I saw how his face lit up, It was full of so many unusual flowers. Doing this I realized we’re exposed to such a limited variety. The kinds of flowers you see in the grocery story isn’t even the half of it, I like working with the weird stuff. The really unusual creatures.

 

Would you consider this work consider this going in with the Ikebana trend that is so diffinitive right now? How did you learn to compose your arrangements?

It’s not ikebana. That’s a real art form with rules. I’m just putting flowers in a pot. I taught myself on instagram, really. Not by copying other people but studying their mechanics. It took me a while to understand the way that flowers work. You need to build up an arrangement with different depths and levels. Working in 3D is a lot different from looking at pictures.

I know you began this as a hobby but at what point did this become a business?

My friends were all really jazzed and supportive of what I was doing. They were the ones who convinced me to start an instagram, and then the interest started to grow from there. I was surprised that anyone would ever want to pay me for what I was doing for fun. It was a pandemic hobby!

 

Why do you think the art world has embraced you so much?

They’re my friends, a lot of them. In real life I’m an art critic/journalist. But also I’m really designing for certain graphic qualities—motion, contrast, etc… After I make an arrangement, I spend a lot of time trying to get a photo that captures that.

I love the full dimensionality of the arrangements, has your career in art and architecture inform some of your designs?

I think about it a lot like architecture; it’s about structure and problem solving

It used to take me days to figure out a floral arrangement. Lately I’ve gotten a lot faster, It still takes over an hour

 

What are some of your favorite flowers?

I like to mix high/low; really high end statement flowers with your grocery story basics. I have a secret spot where I get secondhand vases, and it’s a gold mine. They feel like the way we treat people; we treat the most delicate flowers like they’re the most precious But I live for a big fluffy bunch of carnations.

Do you Use a lot of flowers with fragrance?

I use a lot of allium, which literally smells like onion, I almost feel bad sending them to people, but they look so damn good. Otherwise not really. I don’t use a lot of “flower” flowers.

 

If you were to personify the plants and flowers you use who are they?

Flowers are challenging. They’re a lot harder than you’d think. They each kind of do their own thing in their own way, and the longer I do this, the better I get to know their individual temperaments.

Tulips: so underrated!

Anthurium: easy crowd pleaser!

Roses: just getting into them now. I thought they were really traditional but they can do a lot.

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Love is love is life, either way a desire for sweets and blooming florets is a must. LA multipurpose artspace/ café MurMurs has taken on the almighty task of infusing a delicate dose of wabi sabi indulgence via a pairing of QooA fave zehra zehra and the ikebana decor of Tomato Story. The zehra zehra bay leaf bunt olive oil and ricotta confection covered in mascarpone, is there anything possibly more sexual enticing than whipped mascarpone?

The Valentine’s day special pairing is available for PREORDER from the website as well as at the café and shop which is open for take-out and browsing. Coming in two sizes the florals are ever more expressive in their movements and poses offering an exquisite exploration into an asymetrical declaration of what life and love is.

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From 60s Rudi Gernreich and Peggy Moffitt with their mod swagger to 80s era postmodernism and post punk well filtered through MTV, Hollywood has had a rich culture of bold design, color, and experimentation. This torch is carried on with the retro futurist work of LA based Animal Crackers. A label which makes you think what would Judy Jetson wear to a gallery opening, dinatoire and warehouse party. Helmed by Candice Molayem, who previously ran cult favorite Flamingo Vintage, the label just dropped their latest collection “Space Talk” which offers up galactic princess wear in Italian leather structured, dynamic colors, and with Latinx Songstress Avalon Lurks fronting the look book. We spoke to Candice about retrofuturism, LA, and building a sustainable label.

What is the background you have in getting into clothing? I know you had a very successful vintage store.

Countless friends and family members predicted I would work in fashion over the years, and out of a desire to rebel I immersed myself in other creative pursuits, only to be led back to my original calling. Animal Crackers is an amalgamation of my time as a tattoo artist, vintage store owner, painter, and stylist. My Persian immigrant upbringing also fueled my love for fashion – entertaining and dressing up is culturally ingrained in me.

 

What designers or art movements have informed the way which you are creating your own stylistic identity?

I draw inspiration from Pierre Cardin, retrofuturism, Pedro Almodovar films, the 1960s, 70s and 80s, travels to Paris and London, vintage interiors, bold colors, mid century homes, the desert, disco/house music, old Americana architecture, vintage signage and labels. 

 

What has the design process been like, starting a label and forming the identity, during this period of time? 

The Animal Crackers design identity was formally developed in 2019, but was really informed by my entire life up to that point. There were a few delays in launching due to the pandemic, but aside from that I stayed true to my vision, although I do wish there were more opportunities to wear Animal Crackers in the wild. Luckily, there seems to be a demand for “slow fashion” – pieces that are versatile and made to last. I have also felt supported as an independent, POC designer who produces locally in Los Angeles.

I know you have had a long running relationship with textiles. What was your process in picking up fabrications?

My years of vintage collecting and work as a vintage store owner provided me with a wonderful education and wide exposure to fabrics and textiles. Quality fabrics are essential to the life cycle of a garment, so I was relentless in my pursuit. I have been lucky to work with suppliers from Japan, Italy, Spain and Downtown Los Angeles.

 

How has your time been in quarantine? What skills have you picked up? (if you have any recipes, we can also place them at the end)

My time in quarantine has been 100% dedicated to the launch of Animal Crackers this past July and designing my second collection for Animal Crackers, Space Talk, available January 28. Running a small business is all-consuming, but it has been incredibly rewarding.

 

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Kid Hastings | Movement and Selfcare

Serving up major Luca Guadagnino muse vibes, Kid Hastings aka Jake McEvoy, the budding indie pop prince took his jazz roots and infused it with a major dose of synthy gestures. Following his debut EP Golden, Kid Hastings offers up an impressive vision for pop which captures the stylings of dreamy bed sounds, with a sophisticated flair for jazz greats Thelonius Monk and Wes Montgomery, albeit for the Tik Tok era. Below he tell us just how much the dance fervor of the social media app he and his creative collaborator Ava Doorley took upon themselves to produce “Call Me Up.” 

Like most people, I haven’t really been able to shake the feeling that I’ve been trapped these last few months. In my art I’ve been wanting to do something to create a world where It would be appropriate and even necessary to express myself in an entirely different medium in addition to music – increasingly that medium has been movement and dance. In the “Call Me Up” video, ava and I wanted to create two entirely different characters that are both borne from parts of my identity and personality but are completely at odds with one another. The way these characters interacted with the world was mainly through their bodies ; through dancing, seduction, intimidation and even violence we wanted to tell a story of personal turmoil. It was a a challenge but ultimately euphoric to step into these characters that represent different parts of myself and tell their stories through movement.

 

In addition to this video, I’ve found such a great outlet in Tik Tok to explore dance, skits and other characters – sometimes they’re to complement my music but most of the time its just for fun. It’s been yet another world where I get to express myself through any medium I could think of. Self care wise, I think expanding my artistic outlets has been really good because it never allows me to feel stagnant in just one.

Regarding self care in general, I’ve been picking up new hobbies every few months or so and getting 100% into them until I can’t stand them anymore – right now its chess, a few months ago it was reading old sci fi books, and I have no idea what it’ll be next – but I’m excited to find it.”

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