Meet Kerryn Levy, ceramicist by Lisa Nguyen

If you’re curious about the art of ceramics, an afternoon with Kerryn might just provide the inspiration you need. We are all obsessed with Kerryn’s ceramics! Come and see why at her workshop on Sunday September 8 at the studio.
Kerryn Levi Ceramics

Kerryn Levi Ceramics

Short history of your career so far

After studying a bachelor of Visual Art at UniSA specialising in ceramics, I travelled to Canada and joined a couple of ceramics studios on Vancouver Island. I started selling work at weekly markets in the summer and realised I wanted to commit to making ceramics my profession, so I returned to Adelaide and was accepted into the JamFactory associate program. From there I started developing a more distinct style and a full-time practice making work for exhibitions, stockists, the occasional restaurant, and teaching wheel-throwing and hand-building classes.  

What made you pursue this line of work?

When I was travelling I realised how much I missed the feeling of clay in my hands and I felt immensely satisfied whenever I was working in the studio so I decided if I could do it everyday and make a living from it then I should. I can’t imagine doing anything else now, I work very hard but I work for myself and I’m driven to be there by my own desire to make, and that feels really good. 

What are you known for? (Signature style)

People would usually recognise my ceramic ‘Asymmetry Vessels’ or ‘Onishi Vases’. They are sculptural vessels with ‘squiggly’ or organic forms that are reminiscent of botanical and human bodies. They are often displayed in pairs or groups that nestle together.

 Favourite thing about your work

Being part of an amazing community of artists, art lovers, students and teachers and getting to spend my working days with them. 

Kerryn Levy

Kerryn Levy

Who and what influences your work, and what is currently inspiring you?

Elements of the Australian landscape, poets/writers, other artists and makers. I’m currently inspired by the idea of having some time to explore some new projects, actually! 

Do you have any pinch-me moments or special projects you’re most proud of in your career to-date?

I recently got the opportunity, thanks to Guildhouse and Journey Beyond, to experience the Ghan train trip from Darwin to Adelaide, doing some demonstrations and hosting a workshop for the passengers along the way. That was a pretty surreal moment, to think that my work can allow me to experience these things that I wouldn’t otherwise have dreamed of. 

Favourite cities/holiday destinations and why

I love visiting Spain and South America – There’s some amazing hiking in South America, I love the Spanish language and the food in Spain is my favourite! 

 Favourite things to do in your downtime

In the summer I love spending time at the beach, lying on the sand and feeling the breeze on my skin and the warmth of the sun… I really want it to be summer already! Otherwise reading a book, watching a movie, going camping or spending time with friends and family.

Self-care practice - what does yours entail?

Getting regular massages to stay on top of body aches and pains, having baths, practicing yoga, going on hikes and moving my body, spending time creating a tidy, clean space for myself at home, going out dancing, buying a box of assorted chocolates from Haigh’s as a special treat to myself!

What does wellness look like to you?

For me wellness is the result of doing the things in the previous list, making sure I carve out time in my days to do the things that leave me feeling good in my mind and my body. When I’m feeling time-poor or stressed I often fall behind on eating well, exercising, relaxing, sleeping enough and that’s when I start to feel unwell.

Kerryn’s signature vases

Kerryn’s signature vases

Book you’re currently/last read?

I’m currently in the middle of ‘The Dollmaker’ by Nina Allan and ‘The Museum of Modern Love’ by Heather Rose.

 

Environmentally-friendly period alternatives by Lisa Nguyen

Two-thousand and nineteen has been the year of rethinking, reducing and removing single-use, disposable products. Brands and businesses (we’re looking at you, major corporations) are committing to ending single-use, disposable products from their product lines now or else in the very near future, and consumers are getting savvier and demanding more sustainable solutions across all facets of life.

Something that may get missed in the sea of information are menstrual products. We’re all familiar with 2, maybe 3 products (hello pads and tampons) that are available to us on supermarket shelves and haven’t been presented with many alternatives beyond that. Until now. But why would you want to move away from what you know? Disposable menstrual products offer you convenience (generally) and hygiene factor. Well, the numbers start to get scary when you add up how many products are consumed and disposed in the average reproductive lifecycle for women (12,000 - this is not a typo). And then there’s the concerning proportion of plastic and not-so-natural materials found in these products (according to The Diva Cup, disposable pads can be up to 90% plastic, yikes).

We’ve compiled a list of environmentally-friendly period alternatives (it’s not even #sponcon!) you may want to try as a standalone or in conjunction with (cos who doesn’t like extra security?) your current solution.

Not ready to make the leap, but want to use safer products.

TOM Organic founder, Aimee Marks, came up with the idea of organic tampons and pads whilst completing a high school project. When reproducing the packaging to withstand life inside a handbag (we all know the crumpled up, torn cardboard box shoved in the dark recesses of our bags), she discovered the shocking ingredients list on the back of a box of cotton tampons. Along with a plethora of ingredients like polypropylene and synthetics - and very little cotton. The cotton that was used was typically conventional cotton - the world’s most heavily sprayed crop. Long story short (TL:DR), Aimee set about creating a line of pure organic cotton menstrual products - pretty phenomenal based off a high school graphic design project, wouldn’t you agree?

Key takeaway: use pure (certified) organic cotton or natural bamboo menstrual products where possible - you may also want to check for biodegradability.

  1. TOM Organic: https://thetomco.com/our-brands/tom-organic/

  2. Tsuno (natural bamboo pads and pure cotton tampons): https://www.tsuno.com.au/

Menstrual cups.

OrganiCup Menstrual Cup

OrganiCup Menstrual Cup

Menstrual cups are inserted into the vagina, like tampons - however, unlike tampons are not absorbent - they catch your flow (read: no more leakages). Most cups available on the market are 100% medical-grade silicone which mean they can be used up to 12 hours at a time (and with correct insertion, feel like you’re wearing nothing at all!), and cleaning and care is pretty straightforward. Did we mention they’re latex, toxin, bleach, dye, rubber, plastic and BPA-free? With appropriate care, cups can last for up to 10 years which makes it not only a cost-effective alternative, but also makes a huge dent on your consumption of disposable menstrual products.

Where to get your menstrual cup:

  1. The Ruby Cup (who have a ‘Buy one, give one’ program where they donate to girls and women who don’t have access to menstrual products - and often means girls can attend school when they have their period): https://rubycup.com/

  2. The Diva Cup (who have education and advocacy initiatives to spread the word about menstrual health): https://divacup.com/

  3. Lunette: https://lunette.com.au/

  4. OrganiCup Menstrual Cup available at Biome

Not a fan of the insertion method.

Enter period underwear and reusable pads. Both solutions are fairly self-explanatory but technology and innovation has enabled companies like Thinx to create materials that can absorb up to 4 tampons worth of liquid(!). And don’t worry, their cuts and styles are made to sit alongside your fancy and everyday undies so you can avoid the inevitable diaper-like feeling and waddle. They’ve even made activewear!

Period underwear extraoridinaires:

  1. Thinx: https://www.shethinx.com/

  2. Thinx make products for tweens and teens too - check out Thinx(BTWN): https://www.shethinx.com/pages/btwn

  3. ModiBodi: https://www.modibodi.com/

Reusable pads are the more conservative, alternative - in that they’re very similar in the way they’re shaped, cut and sit when compared to their disposable counterparts (as of right now, anyway). Instead of disposing of them, you rinse them in cold water (because hot water + blood = permanent staining, bet you didn’t know that, did you?) and add to your laundry cycle. Brands are making products that currently sit on two very distinct categories: bright and pattern-oriented designs or natural white cotton.

Very bright and lots of patterns, please:

  1. Hannahpad: https://hannahpad.com.au/

  2. GladRags: https://gladrags.com/

Plain jane for me:

  1. JuJu reusable cloth pads available at Biome

So, now that you’re armed with a few more alternatives - do you think you’ll try any of the above? Get your girlfriends in the know too and share this article.

Meet Kate Sugars, director of Bluebelle Studio. by Lisa Nguyen

Enough Studio’s boutique office spaces found on Level 1, is home to one of the best creative talents Adelaide has to offer. We finally sit down with Kate from Bluebelle Studio to find out how her graphic design business started, her creative inspiration, why she chose to join the family here at ENOUGH and her passion for sustainability. A perfect match for Enough!

Tell us a bit about your business and how you got started.

Bluebelle Studio is a boutique design studio with a focus on luxury wedding invitations, stationery, custom signage and corporate branding. I started this business a little over 6 years ago after helping a friend with their wedding invitations whilst I was studying. From there, the business has grown and now I have my own little space above Enough Studio.

Kate Sugars, director of Bluebelle Studio

Kate Sugars, director of Bluebelle Studio

What does a typical day look like for Bluebelle Studio?

Unfortunately I'm not an early riser - although I would like to be! I don’t know how people get out of bed at 5am! I am usually up by 7:30am, and the first thing I like to do is walk my dog followed by checking emails on my phone whilst eating brekky. I’ll make my way into the office (at Enough Studio) where I continue with emails and quotes from any urgent enquiries. Most of the day is usually filled with finishing off orders, assembling and designing new bespoke pieces for clients. I reserve late afternoon and after hours for appointments with prospective clients as I have a showroom available for viewing - plus it’s always nice to touch and feel stationery in person.

I wrap up at about 6:30pm (5pm if I’m lucky!) and head home to do all the responsible adult things like clean, make dinner and snuggle with my dog. I try to stay off my laptop but some nights I find myself working on my website and continually improving systems and processes to make the for a better customer experience.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Being a visual person, I love Instagram and Pinterest. I follow quite a few other designers from around the world. I've also set up my office to be quite pleasing to the eye so sometimes it's nice to take 5 minutes and sit on my couch and look around at the space I've created.

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What made you choose Enough Studio and what do you get most out of working here?

It was by chance that I found Enough through a networking event! After seeing the beautiful hardwood floors and decorative fire place, I knew it was a space where I could grow my business. Lisa at Enough was also really friendly! And I love that the salon has a focus on sustainability, which is the direction I want to continue taking my business in. I have worked from home before and it's just a lovely change hearing other voices around the place, taking part in general chit chat and it also allows me to focus on my work without all the distractions around the home.


Goals for 2019?

Expand and promote my range of retail paper goods (greeting cards, etc.) as well as continually improving and evolving the business to be more focused on sustainability and the environment through reducing waste, recycling and product offerings such as seeded invitations and greeting cards that you can plant after you've received and read them.

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How can we get in touch?

Studio: Level 1, 298-300 Unley Road, Hyde Park SA
Website: https://bluebellestudio.com.au/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/BluebelleStudio
Instagram: https://instagram.com/bluebellestudio

Meet Emily Hanna, founder of Nailbreak by Lisa Nguyen

In the lead up to our nail bar pop up with Nailbreak, we caught up with founder, Emily, to find out how she came up with the genius idea of a mobile nail cart and combining it with the low tox ethos. Read on to hear the Nailbreak story and learn more about this Enough babe.
Nailbreak founder, Emily

Nailbreak founder, Emily

What made you want to switch to a natural/organic/sustainable lifestyle? How has this influenced your career path?

The first switch was to Australian made products because its important to me to support local. The fantastic thing about making this switch is most Aussie businesses are already striving to be sustainable and natural, so it was a natural transition. Another factor in having a conscious business is that is not common to find nail salons that use low tox products, so this was a way for Nailbreak to diversify and cater to all the conscious consumers out there.

Favourite thing about your work

I just love our team! We have some really talented nail artists that I get to work alongside at all of our pop-up events. I learn so much from them and we have so much fun no matter the setting.

What attracted you to this line of work?

I saw an opportunity to start something new. I used to live in New York and my boss would book a manicurist to come into our office once a month and would subsidise the cost for our team to receive manicures and massages. I valued that and when I returned to Australia I found that there were no offerings like that in a corporate environment, so I took the leap to start it myself.

Your commitment to ethical/sustainable/low tox alternatives is inspiring - what challenges have your faced to get to where you are now?

The biggest challenge is, and continues to be, accommodating everyone’s needs (as much as we can) whilst staying aligned to our core values. We want to offer low tox alternatives and educate our customers but also don’t want to exclude clients who appreciate the convenience and longevity of products like Shellac or gels. My dream is to create our own brand of nail polish that surpasses the long-wear attributes of gels and have a less damaging effect on the environment and our bodies.

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Favourite nail colour palette

I’m a sucker for pastels and neutrals - you’ll often find me rocking a gorgeous lilac colour, ‘Dress Call’ by Essie Gel Couture.

Favourite nail trends for 2019

My favourite trends would have to be almost nude (and slightly opalescent) polish with pearl accent gems. I think gemstones on nails have had a bad rap in the past but there are some really unique and subtle stones/pearls and detailing that just really make your nails look extra special.
What is something people wouldn’t expect of you?

People are often surprised to hear I’m a part owner of a fried chicken business!

Favourite things to do in your downtime

I have a Dutch bike and love to go cycling along the beach. I also love to spend time with my friends and family which can be hard as life is often so busy, but I cherish it all the more nowadays. Oddly enough when I have the time I also enjoy doing my own nails, but it isn’t often that I get to do that.

What does your self-care practice entail?

Pilates is my self-care priority - at times it feels like really hard work but I know it will benefit me in the long run. I also enjoy sensory deprivation tanks (aka floating), it’s great for my mental health as I’m constantly thinking, planning and doing. Floating leaves you weightless, with nothing but your own thoughts. I really want to master not thinking about anything - I swear its one of the most difficult things to do.

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Tips for keeping your nails / healthy nail care tips

I apply hand cream and cuticle oil to my nails and fingers almost every second night. I know to some this may feel like a chore but cuticle oil (particularly almond and grapefruit oil) is a sure fire way to soften cuticles while strengthening your nails. I like to do it as I hop into bed, I spend about 5 minutes massaging my fingers and nail beds as this also helps to stimulate growth.

Instagram accounts to follow:

Describe your daily uniform

My daily uniform isn’t very exciting - if I’m working in my other business its usually active wear and for Nailbreak you’ll find me rocking black and white. This makes me appreciate going out for dinners and catching up with friends as it is a chance for me to dress up and get creative with fun colour combinations.

What three things can you not live without?

Chocolate, travel & family.

Best beauty pick me up?

I recently tried a hydrafacial which is a non abrasive form of microdermabrasion - I think I’m hooked!

Check out the Nailbreak menu ahead of the Nailbreak x Enough pop-up nail bar in June and book your spot at hello@weareenough.com.au.

Meet the team: Charlotte Powell, Senior Stylist by Lisa Nguyen

Introducing Charlotte Powell, the newest addition to the Enough family. We caught up with Charlotte to find out about her career in the hair industry so far, what gets her out of bed everyday, and her dream dinner guests. Read on, lovers.
Charlotte Powell, senior stylist

Charlotte Powell, senior stylist

Short history of your career so far

I have always loved hair, creating and having a good chat - I feel like this line of work chose me!

During high school, I worked for a salon washing hair and I pretty much knew I wanted to continue working in the industry and around people, but it wasn’t until I was 23 (after a few years of uni and travelling) that I finally decided to get qualified. 

I was really lucky to begin my career in an amazing salon with a really supportive and talented group of people who helped shape the hair stylist I am today! Working in the hair industry made me realise that aside from giving my creative side a good work out, I loved the interactions with my clients.

I love meeting new people, learning about them, getting to know them and started noticing that one of the most common things I would discuss with my clients was health and natural ways of healing. This sparked my passion in health and healing and has lead me to go back to study acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

Thinking back on your career, what are you most proud of so far?

Following all the little signs and signals the universe has given me to create a life where I get to get up every day to a job that I love - it’s creative, interactive, fun and has also allowed me to follow other areas I am passionate about- like natural medicine and holistic forms of healing. 

What inspires you daily?

All of my incredible friends, family and clients. Witnessing their triumphs, and also going through hard times, and learning and growing. Deep connections with the people I love and anything in nature.

What made you want to switch to a natural/organic/sustainable lifestyle? How has this influenced your career path?

I have always been extremely interested in health and nourishing my body with good food. I’ve been through my fair share of health problems over the years and I think each little setback has taught me what works and what doesn’t. These setbacks have allowed me to learn what actually heals and what hinders.

I have always felt such a strong connection to Mother Earth, to our beautiful beaches and plants (I have lots of indoor plant babies) and I feel we are so blessed to be surrounded by so much beauty. It is so important for us to respect nature and honour it. I believe it gives us life, but it’s a two way street. We can’t just take, take and take, and expect to go on receiving - so it is important for us to nourish and care for the environments that cares for us. 

This goes for our bodies too. Our bodies are our temples, it is so important for us to be conscious of what we put on and in our body. To eat foods that strengthen, nourish and empower us and to limit our exposure to toxic substances where we can!

Working in a salon and around all the chemicals that are normally involved in hairdressing made me aware of my sensitivity to them and how they were negatively impacting my health. This lead me to want to find ways to make hairdressing more environmentally and health-friendly, and also more sustainable.

Lisa Nguyen, founder of Enough Studio, and Charlotte Powell, senior stylist

Lisa Nguyen, founder of Enough Studio, and Charlotte Powell, senior stylist

What are you known for? (signature style)

I love creating effortless lived in colours that give my clients a fresh look and change while still maintaining a natural feel. I also love to finish off a colour with a soft wavy blow-dry.

Favourite thing about your work

Meeting new, incredible and inspiring individuals and making soul connections. Also when clients trust me with a big hair change, hair is a very important thing to most people and its a really amazing feeling when you know someone trusts you with something that means so much to them.

Favourite cities/holiday destinations and why

  • Japan! Amazing snow, incredible food and just the most kind gentle people 

  • Queenstown/Wanaka- the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen

  • Anywhere with sun, the ocean, lots of amazing and healthy, delicious food and a chilled out vibe

Favourite things to do in your downtime

I love doing yoga and I’m always listening to music! (I love anything by Ben Howard, The National, Odesza or Rufus).

I love cooking (and more importantly, eating!), and feeding my friends and family too. 

Self-care practice - what does yours entail?

Eating healthy nourishing whole foods - but also chocolate when I’m feeling that too ( which is most days).

I try to meditate and least once or twice a day, sometimes with music, or in the sun anywhere between 5 minutes to an hour, I just go with how I’m feeling or wherever I am in that moment.

I also love baths with lots of salts and oils, and spending time alone to unwind and reset. 

What three things can you not live without?

  • Love/soul connections

  • Chocolate

  • My AirPods…. How did I ever survive with headphones with cords??

Charlotte Powell, senior stylist

Charlotte Powell, senior stylist

Last movie you saw

The Incredibles 2 - I love kids movies.
 

Hopes for 2019

To keep learning, growing and following the path that’s meant for me!
 

If you could invite 3 people to dinner (dead or alive), who would you invite? What would you serve for dinner?

I would change it to 4 people and it would be my 4 siblings. They are everything to me and there is no one I am more inspired by, or love more.

I get to see them individually quote often - but it’s almost impossible for us to tee up times to be all together in the same place - so this would be my choice any day.

I’m not sure what I’d serve - I’m terrible at planning too far ahead so I think I’d be rushing around the shops an hour before they arrive completely improvising!

Meet the team: Lisa Nguyen, Creative Director by Lisa Nguyen

It’s been a long time coming but we finally made the time to sit down and have a chat with Enough Studio’s very own founder and creative director, Lisa Nguyen. This powerhouse thrives on giving her clients the best salon experience possible, as well as sharing her love for all things wellness, and spreading the word about low-tox, sustainable hair alternatives. Sit back and learn more about Lisa’s mission and how she kicks back when not growing the Enough community.
Lisa Nguyen, founder and creative director - Enough Studio

Lisa Nguyen, founder and creative director - Enough Studio

In the salon environment, what are you known for - do you have a signature style?

My clients often call me a ‘cutter’ but I also love to create natural seamless colours to compliment their haircuts!

How has your style evolved and has this influenced your work?

I came from a hair salon that was high energy, at the forefront of editorial and cutting edge styles, and recipients of industry awards and accolades year-on-year. My time there shaped me into the hairdresser I am today, and I left with many valuable skills and knowledge. As I’ve transitioned and aligned my work with my life values, my style has also evolved to reflect this. I specialise in modern cuts and colours with an emphasis on the long-term condition of the hair.

These themes carried over when I was planning the studio space. It had to be minimalist and multi-functional, and fulfil its primary function as a working eco-ethical, chemically-reduced salon by day; and then into a wellness retreat - because haircare is so much more than a haircut.

Your commitment to ethical/sustainable/low tox alternatives is inspiring - what challenges have your faced to get to where you are now?

I am sharing what I know (and continuing to learn through experience and exposure) and getting the word out there - there are alternatives to the chemical and toxin heavy products used in salons, and there can only be good things that come from introducing this type of salon experience to South Australians and the hair and health community. I hope in time it becomes the norm vs. one of a few.

Lisa Nguyen, founder and creative director - Enough Studio

Lisa Nguyen, founder and creative director - Enough Studio

What is something people wouldn’t expect (of you)?

I’m an adrenaline junkie – I have skydived, abseiled and gone canyoning.

What are you passionate about?

It all comes down to my ‘why’ - a genuine and burning desire to empower people to be their natural self, and to protect the health of the environment. I want to do this in a human way - there is much to learn, and we will make mistakes along the way, but the best thing about tripping up are the wonderful discoveries you uncover. Encouragement and creating a safe space is much more effective than making people feel guilty about their choices.

I am also very passionate about food and wine - eating and drinking is usually what you’ll find me doing in my down-time! My partner and I were joking that we need to find something else to do together.

It all comes down to my ‘why’ - a genuine and burning desire to empower people to be their natural self, and to protect the health of the environment.


Top 5 podcasts

  1. Lady Start-up

  2. On Purpose with Jay Shetty

  3. Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations

  4. The Minimalists

  5. The Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher


Tips for keeping your hair healthy tips?

A holistic combination of eating well, drinking water, exercise, sleeping and hair products prescribed by your hair stylist.

Enough Studio tea range

Enough Studio tea range

Do you have a daily uniform? Describe it

I’d like to think that I’m an effortless minimalist - you’ll usually find me in neutral colours, linen and tailored garments. I appreciate how and where materials are sourced, and the beauty in construction and flow.

What is something you’re looking forward to?

I really enjoy the little and simple things! In our modern day busy lives, I find it really difficult to slow down and step out of the daily grind and think about how I can enhance my life, especially as my partner is also a business owner.

I love Sunday’s with my partner. We spend the day preparing a home cooked dinner, but I mostly look forward to disconnecting from our devices, having a good chat, and enjoying the fruits of our labour with some natural wine!

Do you have any pinch-me moments or special projects you’re most proud of in your career to-date?

I was very humbled to be able to celebrate Enough Studio’s first birthday recently. It’s been a year of many highs, a couple lows, but overall a great success thanks to our clients placing their continued trust in us with their hair care, and to those who have shared their wisdom and knowledge here. I respect and am constantly in awe of their belief that our businesses can grow together, rather than see each other as competitors or threats.

I am grateful daily for the opportunity to build and grow a dream into reality. Thank you to everyone for choosing to be part of the Enough family (let’s celebrate our thriving little community)!

I was also really excited launch our tea range to mark our first birthday. I wanted to create a product that aligned with our values and to keep encouraging and supporting people’s journeys in self-care and nourishment in and beyond our studio space.

Enough’s Signature Beauty and Limited Edition Nourish Tea, were the result of many hours of research and development. I’m really excited to offer this tea during studio visits, and hope everyone will deem them worthy to incorporate into their everyday routines (as they're also available for purchase).

What does wellness mean to you?

 Wellness means different things for different people. I believe we all need to a find our own balance of physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs. For me, my emotional needs come first and knowing I am enough.

Enough Studio tea range

Enough Studio tea range

What three things can you not live without?

Coffee, yoga and cheese.

Last movie you saw

Bohemian Rhapsody

Who inspires you and why?

We've been in constant contact with individuals and businesses who share our values (individual, community and environmental wellbeing), and I hope in time, this translates into a calendar of workshops, events and collaborations that allow for those who have a voice to come and teach, as well as being a space for our community to come and learn, move and breathe. These people inspire me with their compassion and wisdom to to fill our lives with something meaningful.

Photos by Evelina Katarzynski

What does it mean to be a minimalist? by Lisa Nguyen

Does it mean having a sparsely furnished home? A monochrome colour scheme throughout? Or is it a Pinterest-esque spartan rack of carefully curated clothes? Do you look on longingly wishing your home or wardrobe resembled these enviable, clean, styled images? Or does it evoke feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety or feel like a threat to your piles of stuff? Perhaps the minimalist aesthetic doesn’t appeal to you - it’s too cold, uninviting, and frankly, unrealistic.

Over the last few years, we’ve been bombarded with interior trends flanked with white walls, white floors, seemingly empty rooms with minimal furnishings and decoration; books about the life-changing magic of tidying up; whittling your possessions down to the bare bones and only surrounding yourself with ‘things’ that bring you joy; Instagram accounts and blogs who continually spruik the benefits of getting rid of your stuff. But does it make sense for you to apply all of these ideas in your life - will you be happier with less?

Well the good news is that minimalism doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all approach. There are many different ways that you can approach a minimalist lifestyle and lots of motivations for doing so. You have plenty of freedom to choose the style of minimalism that is right for you.

Essentials only

This type of minimalism focuses on living off of only what you need. The aim of this approach is to go for quality over quantity, ensuring that what you own will last a long time. Owning only a few high-quality items will enable you to rid yourself of unnecessary clutter. You can have one set of very nice dishes that last, instead of multiple sets of cheap ones that keep breaking or you’ve bought because they were on sale or trendy. Go for higher quality, timeless clothes that will give you years of use and help you to express your personality; instead of cheap garments that are poorly constructed or go ‘out of fashion’. Just remember to keep it small - minimal, even. Don’t go overboard, high quality clutter is still clutter. Invest your money in what you need and get rid of the rest.

darlingmagazine.org

darlingmagazine.org

Environmental awareness

Environmental minimalists are concerned with their impact on the world and keeping it to a minimum. Your aim is to try and minimise the amount of waste you create, and to develop self-sufficiency by living off the land a little more. For example, you can make things from scratch (and choosing sustainably sourced/grown raw materials), grow your own food or lessen the amount of plastic you use. Environmental minimalism isn’t necessarily about owning less, but consuming less overall and minimising your impact on the environment.

danslesac.co

danslesac.co

Experiences over belongings

This sort of minimalism is often borne out of necessity and not always from a conscious decision. Often these types of minimalists are focused on collecting experiences and making memories. They are less concerned with material possessions because they tend to weigh them down. This lifestyle is one of adventure and exploration, you will always be on the go. Your belongings are more likely to be packed in bags rather than stored in cupboards. Because of this it is often easier to own less, because there is less to take with you.

Minimalism for aesthetic

Minimalism isn’t always about a lifestyle choice, it can also be purely for aesthetic purposes. This kind of minimalism is all about the visual aspect of minimal living. There is less on display in your home and everything is clean and orderly. However, having less on display doesn’t always mean that you own less (although that can help). Most of your other belongings could be stored away in cupboards out of sight, as long as everything on display is aesthetically pleasing and minimal. Because of this focus on the visual, this sort of minimalism can also tend towards a preference for brand names and luxury items. Once again, it’s all about the aesthetic and design.

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dietervandervelpen.com

Mindful minimalism

This style of minimalism is an active choice and an approach used to help improve your state of mind. Decreasing clutter and reliance on material possessions can help to clear the mind of stress, guilt and other negative feelings. This style of simple living can help you to be more mindful about how your choices impact your relationships, finances, and the world. It is about designing the life that you want to live and finding joy in the structure and order of minimal living.

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elisabethheier.no

Regardless of your reasons, if you are planning on becoming a minimalist you will likely need to start reducing your clutter. One method of doing this could be to throw everything out with the rubbish, but this isn’t the most eco-friendly way. To reduce the amount you need to throw out, you could try selling items, either online or with a good old fashioned garage sale. If that doesn’t lighten your load, you could always give away the rest, either to friends and family, or to Goodwill. Failing that, you try to recycle as much as you can, do the research and find the best way to dispose of your items before throwing them in the trash.

Minimalism is a very personal choice for all who choose to embark on the lifestyle. It’s important to find a style that fits your needs and goals. It isn’t all about depriving yourself and going without, it’s still important to enjoy your life and interests within your minimalist lifestyle. Sometimes this can be difficult because hobbies can require a lot of equipment (e.g. crafting) which can create a lot of clutter and take up space. A great discussion on how to achieve a balance between your minimalist ideals and your hobbies can be found on the Minimalists blog. The key is to find the balance that works for you, and most importantly, that you are a living a life that brings you joy and fulfillment.

No matter what your reasons for taking on a minimalist lifestyle are, the important thing is that you are reaching the goals you set out to achieve. When you are deciding to give minimalism a go, it’s important to also decide on what it is you’re hoping to achieve. Whether it be wanting to clean up and declutter your home, trying to minimise your impact on the environment, clearing your mind and decreasing your stress, or all of the above, minimalism can be a useful method to achieve this. Keeping your goal in mind during this process can help keep you on track and motivate you to continue. At the end of the day, it is you that decides what your minimalist life looks like, and how it works for you.

Want to give minimalism a go? Check out the 30 day minimalism game created by the Minimalists.


ENOUGH babe: Lauren Hung of the blackline by lauren by Lisa Nguyen

You may have seen across our socials lately our love affair and crush on Lauren Hung, creative director behind 'the blackline by lauren'. After lots of texts and emails, we had the absolute pleasure of stealing her away into the studio during a visit to Adelaide for some downtime and a chat. Read on to find out why we love having Lauren as part of the ENOUGH community.

ENOUGH x the blackline by lauren for White Ribbon Australia

ENOUGH x the blackline by lauren for White Ribbon Australia

Lauren, we've read that 'the blackline by lauren' came to be after the culmination of events that made you question your career path, figuring out what made you feel alive and shifting your job satisfaction from yourself to the environment and benefitting society.

How has this vision evolved since you quit your corporate / fashion gig?

Did I even have a vision when I began? To be honest I don’t think I did! I was in survival mode and areally only thought calligraphy would tie me over for a couple of months while I found a “real job”. I think the ever-evolving job and the fact that I’ve relaxed into the constantly changing landscape of it has really informed and shaped the vision. For example – I got offered the opportunity to run a calligraphy workshop at West Elm Bondi Junction a couple of years ago, and realised from the experience that there was a market and an opportunity there – and I’d never previously considered running workshops. But now I’ve run workshops across the country for three years and it’s been really successful.

Contrary to most business owners I don’t have a business plan (yet); I don’t like to get stuck in written plans. I’m very adaptive so I re-jig ideas as I go. The vision I have today will very likely change. There is only one thing that remains, and that is my commitment to creating a job that gives back to the community and maximizes my potential & strengths.

What has surprised you (good and bad!) the most about running your own business?

Argh so much! This isn’t my first business so some things came more naturally this time (Major Perk!) Touching on my last comment, the greatest part has been forming a brand culture and role that works to my strengths; not having to squeeze myself into a generic job description. If I discovered something wasn’t my jam, I delegated it, and that is a luxury I appreciate most employees don’t have. It has also been the perfect space to find myself in, to learn, grow and rebuild myself as I left my last job feeling completely lost.

As for the bad, I think it was discovering that as a creative, when you make your therapy into a full time job it effects your relationship with it – not necessarily negatively but monetizing anything you love requires some hard decisions and boundaries. I say this because I pulled every single creative outlet I loved into my business only to discover that my life & my ability to relax outside of work was jeopardized. Some things that you love are supposed to remain just for you.

What's been the most exciting project or collaboration to-date?

I don’t know if I can answer this! I love the relationship – building aspect of my business and collaborations have been the physical output of incredible relationships. It’s like asking me to choose between my best friends. If I had to mention one, I’d say working with Megan Gale and her team was pivotal as it ingrained on my heart the importance of staying humble. Despite all her success, Megan is delightful, approachable and I had an incredibly rewarding experience with her.

Describe your perfect day

At work it’d be one where I have lots of different work on (A few experimental projects, some bread & butter work and some collaborations), lots of light in the studio, good tunes and flowers on my studio desk. I work well with fast-turn around times but it’s even better when I can work through things at a leisurely pace.

Outside of work, the perfect day includes morning light or drizzle, coffee in bed tucked up with inspiration, exploring somewhere new, farmers markets or day-trips to the country. I don’t need much – just a day of being immersed in beauty and soaking up inspiration and I’m set.

Your blog documents many beautiful collaborations. How do you like to collaborate?

I think the best thing about collaboration is that it challenges you to do things differently. I don’t have a set method with collaboration as I believe the magic happens when I sit down with the other creative / brand and allow their direction and strengths to inform what we’re going to do. Often this forces me to do something I’m not familiar with or haven’t tried before. The best collaborations have been those that have been ongoing and continued to evolve. For that reason I love collaborating with brands like Vaughan Baker as the collaborations have forced us to adapt, evolve and try new things with one another outside of our normal spheres – we’ve hosted a workshop together, we’ve collaborated on ceramics together, we’ve now made artworks together with the beautiful handmade paper she’s supplied – and with Mel of Vaughan Baker and creatives like yourself Lisa, I know that the collaborative relationship will always be like that; dynamic and open.

How do you spend your down time?

It always comes down to new things for me. I love wining and dining with friends in new spots, entertaining, trying new exercise regimes, reading, hiking, recently cooking! It’s constantly changing as I get over things quickly! And if I’m not doing that, it might be surprising considering how social my work is, but I’m actually introverted and need to refuel by having some time alone so that also happens.  

At ENOUGH, we're huge advocates for self-love. What's your favourite way to indulge in a little bit of self-love?

I had to think about this for a while as I could only think of things that I do very occasionally in the busy mix of running the business – travel, day spa treats etc. But on a daily basis, I’ve indulged in self-love by looking after my skin. I’ve learnt a lot about skincare whilst working for luxury brands and made it a priority to invest in good skincare products like La Prairie & The Beauty Chef to keep me glowing. I also invest in my eyebrows – Honeytusk Eyebrows in Sydney keep me looking sharp – and it’s been the best thing I’ve ever done as it means I can be ever-ready to take on the world without make up; which saves me time and gives me an inner confidence that I need to take on the world.

What's your advice for aspiring movers and shakers?

Step out of your business and view it from the standpoint that it’s a self-development adventure – no matter what you do then, no matter what happens, you’re growing and developing yourself into a better human being. I know at the end of the day the blackline is developing me positively as a person, as a leader, as a team member. And a great attitude can be applied to any business, any role and any opportunity. Your business shouldn’t be your be-all, end-all.

What are your future plans for 'the blackline' (and yourself)?

Ah the ever-changing beast of future plans! I really can’t say – I obviously have some bare-bone plans for the future but I feel like I’m in a really interesting transition period both career wise and personally so it’s hard to say; and with so many different opportunities coming my way, I’m just as interested to see how it all unfolds!

Words to live by

This is a very hard question to answer in my line of work. I’m constantly posting my current words to live by on instagram. But I’d say that there is one philosophy I live by that shapes everything else – and that is the importance of investing in relationships that build me positively and committing to always growing as a person; and that is an ongoing commitment and not something that just happens by chance. If you’re getting around incredible mentors, reading, listening, building relationships with like-minded people and making sure you give back to them in return – wisdom won’t fall on deaf ears and you’ll find yourself supported and discerning with the types of words you’re going to let sink into your soul, and the type of words you’re going to let wash off you.

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ENOUGH’s top 6 Netflix documentary recommendations: 2018 by Lisa Nguyen

Who doesn’t love a good Netflix binge? While I love spending my down time getting outdoors or catching up with some friends for coffee, sometimes a Netflix session and a cozy cup of tea is warranted.

Some of my favourite things about Netflix are the amazing and insightful documentaries available. If you’re familiar with ENOUGH and the team, you will know that we’re huge advocates of sustainable and ethical living; it’s at the core of the studio and affects all of our business decisions. In saying that, we know there is always something new to learn, so I often find myself when scrolling through Netflix looking for a great documentary that is going to remind or teach me in a new way.

I’ve found some amazing ones recently that I wanted to share with you. Here are ENOUGH’s top 6 doco recommendations on Netflix.
 

Chasing Ice

Synopsis: Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Mission Blue

Synopsis: Mission Blue follows world renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle on her personal mission to save the ocean. Sylvia Earle - scientist, explorer, visionary - has spent over 6 decades exploring the ocean and the creatures who live there. Mission Blue documents Sylvia's efforts over 3 years as she takes on the greatest challenge of her remarkable life: a personal mission to reverse the destructive course our species is on before it's too late.

Minimalism

Synopsis: How might your life be better with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavours of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.

Sustainable

Synopsis: A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

Terra

Synopsis: Terra looks at the natural history of mankind and our existence on Earth. It looks back on the unique journey of a species which, among millions of others, has evolved and emerged from the many phases of our planet’s growth. As it progresses, we witness a number of remarkable and individual characteristics of certain life-forms.

How do we wish to interact with other species that live around us? The power of Terra resides in this very question. This documentary will show how our own image and representation of nature has always been decisive in human history, and how it can still change the course of events to come.

The True Cost

Synopsis: This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.
 

We always love a chat here at ENOUGH, so if you have any questions or just want to chat about any of the above, come in to the studio or drop us a line.

The Harsh Facts by Lisa Nguyen

It's no secret that at ENOUGH we're big advocates of living an ethical, organic and sustainable life. There are many ways in which we can make a positive contribution to the world and for our community. At ENOUGH, we're taking lots of steps which will hopefully lead us in the right direction including stocking incredible organic and sustainably sourced products from OWAY and Mr. Smith; sourcing our goods locally and from equally sustainable businesses; as well as partnering with Sustainable Salons Australia to ensure all of our waste products don't just end up in landfill.

What really motivated us when developing our offering were some of the harsh facts we discovered when researching recycling, consumption and modern lifestyles. We believe education is at the heart of change (and hopefully, always for the better!) so we've pulled together some pretty shocking facts (we think so anyway) that may help motivate you to shake up your lifestyle and become conscious about what you're putting in or on your body, as well as the effect of our behaviours on the health of the environment.

Did you know?

  • Australians are among the top producers of waste in the world.
  • We produce approximately 50 million tonnes of waste each year - that's an average of two tonnes per person, and growing.
  • The Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year.
  • Four million tonnes of food ends up as landfill; enough to fill 8,400 Olympic sized swimming pools. That's approximately $3,800 worth of groceries per household, each year.
  • Thirty-five percent of the average household bun is food waste.
  • One in five shopping bags end up in the bin.
  • Reusable bags need to be used at least 50 times in order for their environmental benefits to be realised - so don't forget them next time you go shopping.
  • Almost 14 billion plastic single-use soda bottles, water bottles, and other beverage containers are used by Australians each year.
  • Australian homes are notably some of the worst at conserving water in the world.
  • The King River in Tasmania is the most polluted source of water in Australia; this is largely in part, due to the mining industry.
  • Upwards of 85% of Australian households contribute to water pollution (knowingly and unknowingly), by improperly disposing of garbage and waste.
  • Eighty-five percent of marine birds in Australia are impacted in some way by marine plastic pollution.
  • Land pollution makes up over 80% of all marine and freshwater pollution in Australia.
  • Sulphates - the detergent typically found in products that foam - are easily absorbed by our skin, and builds up in major organs like our heart, liver and brain.
  • PPD, a chemical commonly found in hair dyes can cause severe allergies that result in closed eyelids, and in some extreme cases, can cause hives or even anaphylaxis.
  • Australians produce an estimated 140,000 tonnes of e-waste each year, but only 4% is recycled.

Pretty startling, hey? By making lots of small changes in our daily lives, we hope it ends up having a big impact (i.e. like reducing our carbon footprint, deterring from unnecessary consumption, and being considerate and mindful of what happens to the byproducts from the production and consumption of products and services). If you want to be part of the change, come into the studio and have a chat - because we work better together as a community.

The 30 day Minimalism Game by Lisa Nguyen

The 30 Day Minimalism Game was designed by The Minimalists, set to help you and your friends or family members break-free of your cluttered, over-consumptive lifestyles. The rules are simple, each day you get rid of excess items in your life: day 1 = 1 item, day 2 = 2 items, and so on. You can imagine towards the end of the month it can get quite challenging. In total you’ll vettisen 465 items from your life.

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5 ways to live your best life by Lisa Nguyen

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At ENOUGH, we’re always on the lookout for ways to make our lives better and more enjoyable. We believe that happiness is not a finite resource; we can make changes in our lives to create more happiness for ourselves and also give as much happiness to those in our lives and community too.

We’ve put together a list of 5 simple ways to live your best life (it was tough whittling it down to 5 - we’ll be sure to share more tips in the future). These are all small, micro changes and can be done on a minimal budget and with little effort.

  1. Minimalism.
    We’ve expanded on our approach towards minimalism in our blog “The 30 Day Minimalism Game”, but we are true advocates of minimalist living. We believe that our modern lives are focused on overconsumption; whether it be the food we eat, the clothes we buy, and even the way we binge watch TV series - it’s all about getting things quickly and in large volumes. Living this way means we’ve managed to accumulate a lot of stuff that clutters our lives physically but can also be really emotionally taxing. We encourage you to live with less by asking yourself if you really need what you’re about to buy or consume, or whether it’s just a want. You’ll be surprised at the deep sense of freedom you’ll find by letting go of material possessions and becoming rich in experiences instead.

  2. Going chemical-free.
    Now this is probably the hardest out of these five ways to live your best life as it requires you to make a monetary investment. The first step is to make a plan. Don’t go and throw out every chemical product you can find in your house - replacing it will cost you a fortune. Start by making a list of what chemicals you use in your home on a daily basis. This includes cleaning materials, make-up, skin care and food items too. Secondly, do your research and find sustainable and organic products that work for you. You’ll be surprised at the breadth of products that is actually on the market these days, or even the amount of DIY cleaners and beauty products that you can make at home from simple, natural ingredients. Finally, make a plan to phase these products out gradually. Perhaps you want to start by buying organic and cruelty-free groceries, before replacing all the cleaning products, and then looking into your beauty products. Remember this is a lifestyle change and you shouldn't expect to make it overnight.

  3. Look for the positives!
    It might sound silly, but you can actually train your brain to look for the positives in situations, as opposed to the negatives. Just like playing the piano or learning a new language, practice is essential. A great way to help train the brain for the better is to think of three positive things that happened to you during the day before getting into bed each night. Creating and practicing this habit will strengthen your ability to naturally start looking for those small wins during the day and you’ll start noticing more of the positives you may have missed previously.

  4. Get into nature.
    At ENOUGH, we’re big fans of taking a break and getting outside whenever we can. Mother Earth is so magnanimous in her beauty and getting out and taking a moment of silence in her presence is incredibly beneficial. Make a conscious effort to go for a 20 minute walk each day surrounded by as much greenery as you can, or even better, get out of the city on the weekends and get off the beaten track. You’ll be surprised at how much more energetic and relaxed you’ll feel by getting additional exposure to natural light and fresh air. Make it a truly immersive experience by putting down your phone and soak in what nature has to offer.

  5. Slow it right down.
    We hate this “disease of busyness” that people seem to have these days! Everyone seems to always be rushing - whether it’s deadlines, getting to dinner, getting the latest gadget - it’s all too much. It’s so important to plan personal time off with the same level of intentionality that we use for our professional lives. Putting you first and looking after your basic need for rest is so important, don’t let it be the last thing on your list.

If you have questions about the above or just want to talk to us more about how you could live your best life, come into the salon and have a chat. We’re also keen to swap stories and talk about how we can best support ourselves and our community.