NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Looking back, so much of Highbrow Hippie’s growth has been shaped by and chronicled through places. Whether it be the places that we will forever call home, those that we’ve temporarily made a home, or the places we’ve traveled to time and time again that feel like home, we’ve written about almost every one of them and they’ve come to be an integral part of Highbrow Hippie’s story. Venice is, of course, one of them. It’s the first place, in well over a decade, that we both have called home. It’s also the official birthplace of the Atelier, and for a reason. So much of Venice embodies the spirit of Highbrow Hippie. Venice is unique, inquisitive, and enigmatic. It’s fiercely itself - a place with its own heartbeat and vibration, where ocean breezes and creativity collide.

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BACK TO THE BEGINNING

Highbrow Hippie started as a blog in 2012 but our story began long before that.   Our friendship began nearly three decades ago, during our time at Spelman College, when we were sales associates at the same clothing store in Atlanta. As life would have it, we both went our separate ways after school, with Myka heading to Paris for grad school and Kadi heading to the Aveda Institute in NYC and eventually, working at Frederic Fekkai. 

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CONSCIOUSLY CREATING COMMUNITY

The other day, we were reading the comments and questions left on the blog and felt warmed by all the insightful input. Whether it was a question about aligning your period cycle to the moon phases or stories left by an old friend about the days, of living and working in NYC, we felt grateful for the reciprocity of this community.  

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A NEW DIRECTION FOR A SPECIAL SOUL

After years of being known as a blonde, right before my summer break I was recently tasked with creating a new hair color for the gorgeous and talented Tori Kelly. The directive from her team was to give her new, deeper brunette some dimension, and a little lift.  When returning to a natural darker color, it’s always important to think of the approach- as going too dark can sometimes dull the hair. The ideal landing place is a happy medium that incorporates lightness and movement, and mimics the nuances that hair would have, if left to its own devices. The goal was to have a mix/blend of Tori’s new and old looks, so she still felt fresh and youthful, and most importantly, like herself.

By Kadi

BIRTHDAY CURVEBALLS, AND OTHER THINGS

As you get older, you accumulate new scars, both invisible and obvious, that are reminders of all your life stories. On this trip around the sun, I got a few more stories and scars than bargained for.On the 3rd day of my annual bday vacation, while in Italy I hit a slippery spot and went face down on extremely sharp rocks. My face and entire left side of my body was a MESS. I was in shock when it happened and I’ve been kind of processing it quietly (and dealing with doctors etc) ever since. And though it was/is less than ideal, I’m thankfully, gratefully, fine.

By Kadi