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in this blog series, you will read intimate thoughts and experiences from an array of different people - always ending with what beauty means to them.

An Interview with Shannon Thompson

Shannon is 28, was born in Waikari and lives in Christchurch City. She is the Creative Director / Founder of OUT OF COMFORT a young clothing brand striving to create a space of creativity, substance, authenticity and ultimately finding your comfort against the grain! Her favourite colour/s are 50% Green 50% Purple her favourite cafe is C4 and her favourite city in the world is a tie between New York and London (it was too hard to decide). We interviewed Shannon because she is an awesome human and wanted to hear more about her journey.   What does a day in the life of Shannon look like? Every day is so different... generally -  5am - gym 7:30am - Admin - emails and...
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An interview with Bridget Williams

What's your favourite SDG...? Do you know what the Sustainable Development Goals are? Well, Bridget Williams can fill you in and let you know how she is trying to solve some of the worlds biggest problems through creativity! Bridget is an inspiring young Christchurch woman making a difference, so we are excited to start off our 2020 interviews with her!
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An interview with Vanessa Ortynsky

"It’s quite rare in a society that benefits from our self-doubt and insecurities, but beauty is owning your quirks and celebrating the ways you stand out."  Vanessa is one of those genuinely nice people. She is authentic and always up for a coffee and a chat. She is a very talented writer, Canadian born but can tell you all the best places to eat in Christchurch. Read more about her life in our latest blog.
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Come & meet Cindy 

In Aotearoa, more than two lipsticks a minute are purchased. If those lipsticks were indigo & iris lipsticks, 50% of the profits of each of those lipsticks would be going directly to Dress for Success - and, in the process, supporting amazing kiwi women.  Have a read of Cindy’s story below and you’ll see why this is the organisation that we are choosing to support with our second, life-changing, beauty product. This is a success story from Dress for Success Christchurch.
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Coming soon... indigo & iris lipstick!

We are getting ready to launch our next product so we thought we should give you the low down about how we got here, how we will launch it and when it will be available to you!
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an interview with sophie chung

Sophie Chung is killing it. 27 years old, living in Auckland. The Beauty Editor at M2woman, founder of Chatty Chums, and on her way to owning her third house. Read about her upbringing, bartending in a strip club, how she deals with racism and sexism in her industry and more. 
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an interview with sian simpson

Sian Simpson is New Zealand's startup and innovation ambassador to the world. Buying a house on Waiheke, three family suicides, interviewing Helen Clark, biking 350 miles through Zambia, and living all around the world, she has gone through some amazing highs and some tough lows. We talk to her about both and get an insight into her life as a completely remote worker living between living in San Francisco, Australia, London, Paris and Singapore and Waiheke Island in a given year.    How do explain what you do to strangers? I work with entrepreneurs and business owners to help them grow and expand/export their businesses nationally but mainly internationally to global markets such as San Francisco/USA, Australia, UK, Canada, Europe & Singapore.  I’m best thought...
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an interview with irene wakefield

After four years in an emotionally abusive relationship, Irene is teaching women about relationships, emotional abuse and self-love. All the things a gal needs to help prepare (or Prepair her for love.) She is a superstar mum and the older sis many need to have an honest chat and straight up answers about relationships, emotional abuse or self-love. Read more about this amazing wahine and make sure you are following @prepairnz on Instagram!
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an interview with jessie guru

Jessie Guru is an inspirational woman. Former Journalist, TV presenter, and singer/songwriter, she now lives in Bali working as a content creator, spreading positive messages through her platform, she is an advocate for people (and animals) who don't have a voice, and we are super fangirling her! Read about her physical and mental health struggles, thoughts on social influencers and her move to a plant-based lifestyle (which was encouraged by her ex-All Black partner!!).
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an interview with grace palmer

"Sadly - Instagram has given people a delusional perspective of the new norm." "I have this thing where I want to be inspirational, and motivational so people can be aspirational. It's about finding a healthy balance." Read more from Grace in our interview for the indigo & iris blog series "What does beauty mean to you?".
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