less is more

Meet Courtney Novogratz, wife, mother of 7, designer & new reality TV star. Physically she is striking, natural.

Courtney is part of (or possibly started) a growing trend of women who are wearing little to no make up. Regardless of the high number of toxic chemicals found in make-up products this idea has legs beyond beauty. You can’t deny the elegance of a woman in her 30’s or 40’s who is stylish, dresses well but lets her natural face shine through?

This type of woman expresses herself through her clothes, a few sentimental accessories, but her face is left honest natural. Her laugh isn’t forced or fake, her knowledge is always present, her beliefs & convictions come from experience. Her light is pure, it isn’t altered or falsely projected by an overly painted face. Is this a grassroots backlash to the outstanding number of women choosing plastic surgery in this country? Almost 10 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2009. However the pendulum may be swinging back. Yes, it would be far easier to swing back when blessed with extraordinary features & flawless skin. Moderation is key, do what makes you feel comfortable.

Coco Chanel often said “When accessorizing always take off the last thing you put on”, maybe in our generation of excess & vanity that one thing should be our make up (or toned down). Art imitates life, its fascinating to watch fashion and culture change due to what is going on in the world.

This may seem like a difficult time for many but what if we embrace the good that can come from these trials. Fashion changes but style is timeless. On it’s way out are things overly done, simplified is in. “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” -Coco Chanel

We often recall this famous image Migrant Mother by Dorthea Lang when we think of the Great Depression. Our generation might be a more subtle version, but there is something more here than a woman worried about her child’s needs, selflessness as a mother is starting to take over and nothing could be more beautiful.

This time of down sizing & economic turmoil could do more for our beauty as women than prosperity & self indulgence ever did. As women and mothers what if we opted for this type of transformation instead of the kind in the surgical room. Our families, culture, communities, pocket book & generations to come would fair far better.

You can find more about Courtney through the business she shares with her husband, Sixx Design or her new TV show 9 by Design on the Bravo network.