ISLA X VFILES POP UP: The Lowdown
Got FOMO cuz you couldn't make the ISLA x VFiles popup in New York earlier this month? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Find out who was there, who got their nails did and even check out the tunes we were playing so you're a part of the action.For 3 days, ISLA set up camp at the Vfiles HQ for an exclusive pop up event to give NYC a taste of what Berlin nail art is all about. Not only that but NY's fashion savvy lined up to get their tooth gems did as well as hooking themselves up with some exclusive ISLA x Namilia collab pieces. We have a limited amount of the crop tops still in stock and they are in demand so if you want to get your hands on one, head on over to our online store quick!! We also have just one of the Namilia x Tein jumpers left (as seen on Slick Woods) so if you wanna get it you know what to do....! View this post on Instagram | @slickwoods A post shared by Levi Turner (@filmsbylevi) on Sep 14, 2019 at 4:53pm PDT So who else swung by to get the ISLA treatment? We had some amazing people come by - Nina Huynh (@yourgirlneens), Ella Snyder (@ellasnyder) and Makayla London (@mvkdre) all got their nails did, plus DJ and VFiles manager Dez Ordie (@dezordie) who was working working at the event. View this post on Instagram A post shared by NINA HUYNH™ (@yourgirlneens) on Sep 27, 2019 at 11:53am PDT View this post on Instagram Showing off the flowers my boyfriend got me and the nails I got at the @islaberlin pop up at vfiles yesterday 🥰 A post shared by Ella Snyder (@ellasnyder) on Sep 8, 2019 at 10:16am PDT View this post on Instagram a true capricorn: all about the details 🔎 A post shared by makayla london (@mvkdre) on Sep 16, 2019 at 11:42am PDT View this post on Instagram SOOOO ROCK IT!!!! shoutout to everyone who came out to the @vfiles x @depop casting this weekend ily all! See ya on the 5th at the Barclays Center 🤪 A post shared by Dez (@dezordie) on Sep 2, 2019 at 12:59pm PDT To soak up the musical vibes, check out some of our sets from the event below and head over to deadHYPE radio on Soundcloud to hear more! WANT MORE?For more info on VFiles click here.Keep up to date with all the ISLA news and future events by heading on over to our website and subscribing to our newsletter!Written by Hazel Hedges.
Isn't it time we talked about... ending toxic relationships?
Most of us identify the phrase toxic relationships with romance. We hear the word relationship and we automatically think of a partner, ex-partner, or wish-they-were-but-wont-commit-kinda-partner.When we need to end a toxic relationship with a romantic partner, there’s plenty of advice out there on how to make a clean break. Rom Coms and magazines have been giving out break-up advice since dinosaurs roamed the planet, and we can all turn to a hyped up WhatsApp chat with our besties for tips on how to ‘take the trash out’.What we struggle with is identifying and ending toxic relationships with people who don't fit into the stereotypical toxic relationship criteria we’ve been conditioned to think of.Any relationship we have with absolutely anyone can become toxic. But all too often we don’t talk about it, perhaps because we’re afraid that other people won’t understand why this particular relationship is toxic to our mental health, or we feel guilty for wanting to end things and think that we should be putting up with this relationship because ‘we’ve known each other for years’ or ‘she’s family’.Just like the relationship itself, these kind of thoughts need to be cancelled. ASAP.Relationships are supposed to be a source of mutual joy, happiness, laughter, support, honesty, loyalty, and more. We all know when we’ve got a good relationship with someone because we want to spend time with them, talk to them, just generally be around them. But when a relationship turns toxic, all the positive aspects melt away and instead we’re left feeling drained, unhappy, lonely, judged, betrayed, and empty. These feelings can be confusing and we question whether this is just a bad patch or actually a bad friend.We need to realise that some relationships aren’t meant to last forever. We are all growing and changing every single day, so a relationship that worked well in your teenage years might not still be serving your higher purpose by the time you turn 30. As lovely as it might be to have long-lasting relationships, feelings of guilt or other people’s expectations shouldn’t force us to hold onto something that no longer fills us with love. And do you know what? That’s okay. Just because a relationship is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean that all the good memories attached to it have to disappear too. So what should you do next? It’s up to you how you choose to go about ending a toxic relationship, but it’s a good idea to let the other person know exactly what’s going on, and why. That way, you can get things off your chest and give yourself some closure, as well as providing the opportunity for your ‘friend’ to learn and grow from the experience too.It’s always going to be tough breaking up with someone, whether that’s a lover, friend, or even a family member, but the long term improvements to your mental health are more than worth it!How to spot a toxic relationship…When we’re romantically involved with someone, it’s somewhat easier to see the signs when things start going south - but when it comes to other relationships, things can be tricky to navigate. So what are some of the red flags we should be looking out for if we think someone might be toxic for us? First things first, if you’re starting to question whether a relationship is toxic then it most likely is. If someone is frequently pushing or disrespecting your boundaries, and showing a clear disregard for your feelings, morals, and opinions. When everything is totally one sided, for example you’re the one giving all the emotional support and advice, but getting none in return. You’ve started to feel uncomfortable around them and you can no longer relax or be yourself. Last but certainly not least, if you find yourself drained by someone else, then they’re toxic. Whether that’s from actively hanging out with them, replying to messages, or even just thinking about them. If someone’s energy is constantly sucking at yours, then they gotta go! Written by Jade Biggs.
Lets talk bad ass Nails: ISLA meets Fleury Rose
With a tag line stating she creates 'Fresh, original, bad ass nails for the people!', we knew Fleury Rose (@fleuryrosenails) and ISLA would vibe. Ahead of our New York Pop up with VFILES this month, we sat down with the nail powerhouse to discover more about her world... We’re so excited to have you join us for the VFILES Pop Up this month! How did you hear about ISLA and how did the collaboration come about? I like to keep up with international nail art salons, and ISLA seemed very cool! When they contacted me to do the event with them at VFILES I was thrilled to work on such a cool collab.Tell us how your career in nail art began…was it a tough industry to break into? I started doing nails professionally almost 10 years ago...back then nail art was not what it is today. There really wasn’t a ton of coverage or interest in the art, so I’m really proud to be a pioneer in this field in NYC. I started as a hobbyist on TUMBLR and loved doing my own nails. I also have a background in fine art that helped me break boundaries around what materials and types of art I created.What advice would you give to any aspiring nail artists looking to start a career in the field? How has the industry changed since you started out? My advice is to do it because you love it and are passionate about it. Period! Any other motivation such as money, fame, etc are fleeting, and will lead to disappointment and burnout. The industry is constantly changing, and fluctuating, what remains almost 10 years later is that I just fucking LOVE doing nails so no matter what, I find the motivation easily to keep creating.You work in one of the world’s most exciting, yet fast-paced cities and balance that with being a working Mom (seriously impressive btw!). How do you manage such a busy schedule? Aww thank you for the love!!! It’s not an easy task at all. Some weeks are so hectic I feel like I won’t make it through, honestly...but then I do. Add on top of that being a Mom, and shit gets really really real. Honestly though, I always try to stay humble and have gratitude for how fortunate I am to get to wake up everyday, and do what I love, make art, make my own schedule, and spend time with my son (who’s the most incredible person I’ve ever met, btw!) I also try to meditate, collect crystals, and further develop my spiritual practices which keep me grounded, and sane.We absolutely love your unique designs and regularly scroll through your Insta feed for inspo! When it comes to your work, who and what inspires you? Right now I’m really into making nails that look like crystals like Fluorite, Rose Quartz, etc. Living in Brooklyn for the last ten years has got me seriously missing nature, and I’m a huge crystal collector anyway so I really just find it soothing. In general I’ve always tried my best to steer away from what’s trendy and just do the kind of art that makes me feel good, and happy! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fleury Rose (@fleuryrosenails) on Aug 29, 2019 at 7:10am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fleury Rose (@fleuryrosenails) on Jul 26, 2019 at 11:50am PDT What are your thoughts on social media platforms such as Instagram? Does a strong online presence make a difference to you as a nail artist? There is no denying that Instagram is an important business tool for any nail artist, but I also think it’s SO important to be authentic, and not just copy what the big follower accounts are posting to get likes. I’ve been really working on showing my true self through my online presence in the last year, and have received a lot of positive feedback. I truly appreciate and love every one of my followers, and supporters who choose to spend a few moments of their day to look at my posts, and like, or comment!What are your current fave nail products? Enable us….! Sally Hansen has a spray on base coat for at home pedis that I live for these days. Anything to save my aching back haha.OPI just came out with a fall collection inspired by Scotland, and it has some really funky colors I dig. An old standby I recommend to everyone is CND Cuticle Eraser, it really exfoliates, so you don’t need to nip. New York is a city that is constantly changing and evolving - any fave hang outs or places we should hit up whilst we’re in town? Food: The Fly: A newish spot in my neighbourhood that only serves rotisserie chicken, and sulfate free wine 😳. Yaya Tea: For cheap Onigiri, and bubble tea with a fortune. Momo: in Bushwick for sushi bombs!Love dancing at Casablanca in Bedstuy! What nail trends are you feeling this Fall/Winter? I’m really into burnt orange nail polish. I’ve been seeing it a lot in the salon. OPI came out with a brilliant one called Suzi Needs a Loch-Smith, and I also love Leaf Gel 602.Can we look forward to more collaborations with ISLA in the future and when are you coming to Berlin?!? I’d absolutely love to collaborate again! I’ve never been to Berlin, but it seems like the type of city I’d really like because of how artsy, inspiring, and progressive it is. Stay tuned ;)Find out more about Fleury Rose:Instagram: @fleuryrosenailsTo book an appointment with Fleury Rose at Vanity Projects in New York click here.To find out more about the ISLA x VFILES Pop Up and to make an appointment click here.Written by Hazel Hedges.
Exclusive: ISLA x VFILES NYFW Pop Up
Here at ISLA we love connecting with like-minded people whether it's through fashion, beauty or music. With New York Fashion Week kicking off in a matter of days, we're excited to announce that we will be hosting our first ever New York Pop Up! For 3 days only, our talented nail artists will be at VFILES in NY to hook you up with the sickest nail art using dope gel polish colours by The GelBottle Inc and Gel-X soft gel nail extensions c/o Apres Nail.One of NY’s top nail artists, Fleury Rose will also be joining us to give you (in her words!) ’Fresh, original, bad ass nails for the people!’.Badass nail artist Fleury Rose will be joining us for our NYFW Pop Up!As well as getting your nails did, ISLA will be blinging up your teeth with tooth gems and selling some exclusive collab pieces with Berlin based brand, Namilia. View this post on Instagram A post shared by NAMILIA (@_namilia_) on Aug 20, 2019 at 1:58am PDT This is an event you don’t wanna miss people! Here are the deets….WHERE: VFILES, 12 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10013WHEN: 7th September at 11:00 - 9th September at 19:00 EDT.TREATMENTS:Gel Polish Manicure, with:Single Colour $55Basic Nail Art $65Medium Nail Art $75Premium Nail Art $85Premium Plus Nail Art $95Apres Nail Gel X Extensions, with:Single Colour $120Basic Nail Art $130Medium Nail Art $140Premium Nail Art $150Premium Plus Nail Art $160Tooth Gems:Swarovski Crystal $35Gold Stars $60Struggling with design inspo? Check out our Insta page here!TO MAKE YOUR BOOKING:Contact us via email at email@example.com.Looking forward to seeing you Stateside!Wanna know more about VFILES? Check 'em out here.Get design inspo from Fleury Rose on her Instagram.Find Namilia on Instagram here.Written by Hazel Hedges.
10 Nail Trends We're Obsessed With Right Now
Do you ever find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed looking at nail art when suddenly it’s two hours later and you realise you got lost somewhere between a reverse french mani and matte neon tips? We feel you…which is why we wanted to narrow down the search by bringing you our top 10 nail art trends that we are loving this summer. Prepare to be inspired…..1. CHASING RAINBOWS View this post on Instagram A post shared by Britney TOKYO 💅✨ (@britneytokyo) on Jul 24, 2019 at 4:12pm PDT Hearts? Check. Vibrant colours? Check. These nails have got summer written all over them and we can’t get enough.2. OMBRE View this post on Instagram A post shared by KRO VARGAS (@krocaine) on Jul 25, 2019 at 8:43am PDT Sometimes simple is best and we love how these awesome ombre nails with a hint of glitter catch the light, kinda like having a disco ball on your nails.3. TIE DYE View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Humphrey 💅🏽 (@nailsbymh) on Jul 8, 2019 at 5:14am PDT The 90s have definitely been making a comeback this year so it only seems right that tie dye nails are still going strong. Plus if you can’t decide on a colour, why not just wear ‘em all!4. FRUITY AF View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vanity Projects (@vanityprojects) on Jul 8, 2019 at 2:52pm PDT These juicy tipped nails leave us dreaming of holidays and laying by the pool listening to summer tunes. Take us there now....5. NEON View this post on Instagram A post shared by FINGER BANG (@fingerbangportland) on Jul 22, 2019 at 9:04am PDT Whether it’s ombre, matte or just plain bold colour; the neon trend is here to stay this summer and we can’t think of a better way to make a statement than this fabulous lime green.6. MORE IS MORE View this post on Instagram A post shared by Wild Oleander BK (@wild_oleander) on Jul 25, 2019 at 7:50pm PDT When it comes to nail art, how much is too much? We’re firm believers that more is more so these badass bejewelled tips definitely spoke to us.7. CARTOON LOVE View this post on Instagram A post shared by AKIKO Nails • NYC (@akikonails_nyc) on Jul 25, 2019 at 7:07pm PDT Fashion is a form of self-expression so why stop at clothes? We can’t think of a better way to relive our youth than having the likes of Raphael and Donatello painted onto our nails - LOVE!8. JUNGLE FEVER View this post on Instagram A post shared by nails_by_yoko (@nails_by_yoko) on Jul 12, 2019 at 5:19pm PDT Do animal prints ever go out of style? Not that we’re complaining - these neon animal print nails are insanely good and we want them immediately!9. NAILS WITH A MESSAGE View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gina “The Hand” Oh (@ohriginails) on Jun 22, 2019 at 11:35am PDT Sometimes we can simply let our nails do the talking and these pussy power nails definitely do that. No caption needed.10. LOGO LOVE View this post on Instagram A post shared by Park Eunkyung (@nail_unistella) on Jul 16, 2019 at 11:44pm PDT So what if you can’t afford that Chanel bag you’ve been lusting over? That doesn’t mean your manicure has to suffer….and check out those angles!!To get your summer nails did at ISLA, book an appointment with one our nail artists here.Written by Hazel Hedges.
Beauty Chats with New ISLA Nail Artist Maddox
Welcome to the ISLA team! Tell us a bit about yourself; where did you grow up and what brought you to Berlin? Thank you so much, I am so happy to be a part of ISLA! I grew up in the Southern United States, specifically Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville has a really thriving art scene, and I think being immersed in that as a child really helped me develop a strong creative energy that has carried me well into uni and beyond! After graduating high school I headed north to New England where I studied Textiles for four years at Rhode Island School of Design.Honestly, I ended up in Berlin on a complete fluke! Near the end of uni, I started sending out applications for as many jobs as I could and was over the moon happy when I found out I landed an internship at one of my favorite companies at the time, Namilia. When I initially applied, I had no idea they were located in Berlin. I always figured I’d end up a few hours away in NYC, or maybe LA. When I got the job, I had no reservations, I just packed my bags and went! Flew out literally the day after walking the stage at graduation.How did you hear about us and how did the opportunity of working as a nail artist at ISLA come about?When I found out I was moving to Berlin, I immediately took to Insta and started scoping out brands, stores, salons, influencers, etc that were popular there. As you can imagine, it did not take long to find ISLA! For months, I swooned over the nails from across the pond in the US. After I arrived in Berlin and got settled, I finally went to ISLA and got an amazing set of jelly nails from Roslin that had smiley faces and glitter. Everyone and their mother heard about / saw those nails if they were in my vicinity-- I absolutely loved them! That was about this time last year. Now I am working as a nail artist.As far as how I met Charissa and then started working at ISLA, it all started last fall when I took a job handing out flyers at a fitness convention at one of the old airports in Berlin. After my internship at Namilia ended, I started up German language classes and was taking on as many small, random jobs as possible in the meantime to support myself. I found the flyer job on an “English speaking jobs Berlin” Facebook group. As it turns out, the man who hired me to hand out these pamphlets was an incredible person and ended up hiring me to work on a lot of various design projects over the next few months. He also happened to be in business with Charissa (small world!), and pretty soon I started doing small design jobs for her as well.In January, Charissa slid into my DMs and asked if I had ever considered doing nail art as some of my makeup looks were very detailed and maybe I would have a knack for it. I was absolutely buzzing and started training at ISLA soon after. Never looked back!You originally trained as a makeup artist - how did your love of all things beauty related begin?I have always loved makeup and like many other 90’s baby makeup artists, I was the girl constantly lurking around the MAC kiosk at my local mall. My older cousin Hannah Jordan was my style icon since day one and she loved makeup so I did too. By the time I was 13, I was definitely wearing a full face whenever I woke up early enough in the morning! We had uniforms in middle school, which I found really toxic and stifling, as it denies kids the opportunity to express themselves through clothes. I turned to makeup instead! I think one of the most rewarding parts of makeup is the transformative aspect; I could feel like one type of person while wearing pink winged liner and a green lip, and another person entirely while wearing a charcoal eye and a matte black lip. It was a good stand in for not being able to wear different outfits! I was always trying new things, bright colors and glitter were the MVPs. Hair was no exception--in the span of two years I had dyed my hair nearly every color of the rainbow, including having an extremely long, blonde weave sewn in. It ended just above my tailbone, and everyone called me Lady Gaga. I was fine with that! There was absolutely a rule against this, but the school administrators sort of winked and sent me on my way. I went to a relatively conservative and very small high school and even though I definitely looked like the odd one out, all of my peers and teachers were really supportive and totally accepted me doing my own thing.Having now officially trained as a nail artist, do you see any similarities in the skills needed? How have you found the transition from makeup artist to nail artist?When I arrived at ISLA, I thought I knew how to paint nails pretty well…turns out I had more than a few things to learn! ISLA is, of course, an incredible salon with absolutely top notch work and it has been a very humbling process working to bring my work up to standard. Through practicing new techniques and discovering which worked for me, my polish got smoother, designs crisper, cuticles cleaner, lines straighter, etc. As I pushed myself to improve my nail art skills, my attention to detail and cleanliness drastically improved in my makeup looks. I have a much higher standard for myself, and I want to continue to raise the bar!Each nail artist at ISLA has their own unique style. How would you describe yours and are there any particular looks/designs you are loving right now?I would say that my style is colorful, bold, and edgy, but also a little bit sweet. Pastels and jellies are my favorite polishes to work with, and I tend to gravitate to traditionally “cute” elements such as sparkles, stars, and hearts. That being said, I also have a serious soft spot for retro motifs such as car dice, cherries, 8 balls, Nokia phones, Nintendo, tamagotchis, lava lamps, Lisa Frank, and the Powerpuff Girls. I will be the second person--Alina was first!--to say that I’m not over the flames, I still love them! One of the coolest trends I have seen circulating lately is the incredible lava lamp nails from Liam Peter (@liampeternails). My biggest inspiration in the nail community is Kro Vargas (@krocaine), a nail artist from Miami. Charissa introduced me to her work a few months ago, and I was blown away. I really admire that her style is unmistakably her own--badass meets cute meets 2000’s fantasy. No one else does nails like her!We’ve been following your Instagram and your makeup looks are incredible! Where do you get your ideas from and how do they develop into a final look?Thank you so, so, much! I mostly get my ideas from other artists that I see on Instagram; I am a discover page stalker and am saving things left and right. A lot of my looks draw inspiration from drag culture and the idea of using makeup, hair, and styling to transform yourself into a character. I closely follow many queens in the local scene and some more well known queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, and am constantly looking to them to get my wheels rolling! When I have a free day with enough time to do a makeup look, I will sit down at my table and start trying to sort out which sort of look I want to tackle! I always have ideas in my head and sometimes it’s hard to decide which looks to pursue. Sometimes I will do a little sketch, but usually I just go for it. If I have a reference, I turn off my phone’s lock screen and keep the photo up so I can study it as needed. Between set up, filming, taking final photos, and clean up, it usually takes me about three hours for a “simple” look and up to five or six for a complex one. I hope to get faster with more practice and better techniques! When it comes to editing, I keep it minimal, just brightening, color correcting and doing away with little blemishes. The software I use is Photoshop; I know a lot of influencers are FaceTune loyal but I have no idea how to use it and have been working with Photoshop since I was a teen, so that’s most comfortable for me! View this post on Instagram A post shared by ☆madb0x☆ (@ballpit_addict) on Jul 4, 2019 at 4:01pm PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by ☆madb0x☆ (@ballpit_addict) on Jun 16, 2019 at 2:41pm PDT Instagram is obviously a powerful tool for creatives like yourself to share your work. Who do you look to for inspiration? Instagram is the first place I go for inspiration; I am constantly checking my discover page, and I have different save collections for fashion, nails, and makeup. There are so many big-name influencers whose work I follow closely, but I would love to draw attention to lesser known accounts who maybe don’t get as much traction but are still killer! First and foremost I really respect and am inspired by Eleonora Piras’ work (@ele.pirass). Her looks are executed to perfection on top of being well-designed which is something I aspire to in my work. Next up would be @honeydon.t --not sure what her real name is. All of her photos have this beautiful dewey, sun-kissed glow, and the makeup looks are colorful and experimental. 10/10 would recommend! I also love Kiko (@kikopaint), she uses a lot of unconventional materials in her looks; they really push avant-garde / couture beauty to a new level. Last time I checked she was glueing broccoli stems to her face and turned up looking like she walked off a runway. Unbelievable!What is beauty to you? For me, beauty is whatever makes you feel like your best self. There is no right or wrong way to be beautiful. My sense of what is beautiful is always evolving--I guess this principle gives birth to things like trends in the fashion scene. Right now, beauty for me is baggy pants, natural makeup, adidas sneakers, a loop to pocket chain, an oversized patterned tee, socks with fruit on them, and a beanie!What would your dream project be to work on? My dream project would be to do creative makeup and styling for / in collaboration with Jazzelle Zanaughtti (@uglyworldwide). Jazzelle is a professional model and Instagram star who has developed a unique image that flows freely between masculine and feminine aesthetics. An article in Vice described her as “sitting right in the center of fashion's rising representations of racial diversity and queer gender expression,” and I think these are the most important things. She is an absolute icon and I would love to do some super freaky, unexpected, crazy makeup on her!And finally, how are you enjoying Berlin so far? Any favourite spots you can share with us? Berlin has been so good to me! I have some favorites, most of them food-based, as the majority of my activities are food-based. My all time favorite place is Papaya, it’s a little Veitnamese / Thai fusion place in the heart of Friedrichshain near U Frankfurter Tor. Get the summerrolls! And for veggie based lads, they have identical restaurant right across the street, only vegan! Another must-eat is Standard Serious Pizza, near U Rosenthaler Platz. I didn’t know what pizza could be until I ate there. Last but absolutely not least is not necessarily food based, but I recommend bringing a wine and cheese picnic along--Tempelhofer Feld near U Banhof Tempelhof. It’s an old airport tarmac that has been turned into a public park, and it is gorgeous on a sunny day. Must see while in Berlin if the weather is in your favor. Maddox is currently available for Shellac nail art at ISLA. Book your appointment here.Check out Maddox over on Insta - @ballpit_addictWritten by Hazel Hedges.
Who's that X-girl?
Remember that cult female clothing brand X-girl from the Nineties made cool by the likes of Chloë Sevigny?Well they’re back (or maybe they never left...?) and we are one of the few exclusive stores outside of Asia and the States carrying the brand. What gives X-girl their edge and why do we at ISLA love it? The brand represents unapologetic individuals with attitude and we are ALL about that. Take @pyn0504 for example; she works in X-girl's Harajuku store and her regular #xgirl updates via her 'gram have transformed her into a fashion powerhouse of the people. With a growing fanbase looking to her for style inspiration, who are we to argue? Our very own Charissa recently took a trip to Japan and visited the X-girl store in Tokyo to explore how the brand continues to evolve and inspire the girls of Harajuku and beyond. The in-store vibe was heavily influenced by the skate scene with a particular shout out to a group of NYC based female skateboarders called ‘The Skate Kitchen’. Check out their collab with X-girl here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NV91EoA1S_0In a culture often driven by all things ‘kawaii’ (cute), in Japan X-girl stands out from the crowd by appealing to the rebel girl, the one who dares to be different. With hashtags like #xgirl_ootd and #xgirljp trending over on Instagram, it doesn't look like their popularity is due to fade anytime soon. We think X-girl is a badass brand and we owe it to the ISLA crew to share it with you because we know you get it.To shop X-Girl at ISLA check out our store or visit us online at: https://islaberlin.com/collections/vendors?q=X-GIRLX-Girl on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/xgirljp/?hl=enCheck out their SS19 Lookbook:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtkWPobPgrpuUpNLU7KJTXwSkate Kitchen NYC:https://www.dazeddigital.com/projects/article/35360/1/the-skate-kitchen-collectives-biography-dazed-100-profile Written by Hazel Hedges
Isn't it time we talked about... the darkside of Instagram?
Whether we’re looking for outfit inspo, getting ideas for our next holiday destination, or simply spying on our ex’s sister’s best friend’s wedding, there’s no denying we’re a generation of Instagram fanatics.We love seeing those followers go up, we love watching those likes roll in, and tbh we just love the warm fuzzy feeling of acceptance that this little app can give us. But, as much as Instagram is all #goals and endless scrolls of satisfaction, there’s also a darkside to the app that a lot of us have come to know and love.The problem with Instagram, and similar socials, is that what we’re seeing is a very small and perfectly filtered fraction of real life. Our feeds are filled with friend’s shopping for designer goods, endless exotic getaways, and skinny models eating burgers bigger than their heads. We stare at our Instagram feed full of perfectly FaceTuned photos and seemingly candid snaps and then we look at our own profile and think “why isn't my life like that?”According to a recent report by the Royal Society for Public Health, social media is now more addictive than alcohol and cigarettes, so it’s no wonder we’re spending more and more time fixated on our phones. The report also talked about how seeing friends who are constantly on holiday or enjoying nights out can make young people feel like they are missing out while the rest of the world lives their best life.Once we get into that ‘compare and despair’ funk, it can seem as though everyone else's lives are way better than our own, which can be a difficult feeling to shift. More importantly, it can be hard not to measure our self-worth against the likes and comments on our photos compared to others. With that thought in mind, if you haven't seen Black Mirror's Nosedive episode yet, then now might be a pretty good time to watch it. So what can we do to pull ourselves out of this social media self pity cycle?It’s important to take a step back from our phones every now and again to really look at what makes us happy in life. Take some time to think about the memories in life you cherish most. What are they? Sitting around the Christmas tree as a kid in your favourite fluffy pyjamas opening that hair crimper you just had to have? Sharing a bag of sweets with your grandma on the beach the last time you got to visit her? Graduating uni with all your best pals and feeling like you could take on the world?It’s these special, sometimes seemingly insignificant moments of our life that really matter. Not the likes, or the followers, or the number of people who watched your story.Yes, Instagram is fun, and it’s okay to enjoy the gratification it brings us so long as we don’t become fixated on that. As social media becomes more and more prevalent in our everyday lives, we’ve got to stay on top of the positive and negative impacts that it can have on us, both as individuals and as a society.What’s most important to remember is that this is just an app and that the real world, and what really matters most in life, exists outside of that 6 inch screen, not within it. Written by Jade Biggs.
Up Close and Personal with Bad&Boujee
Here at ISLA we believe in girls supporting girls so were super excited to have Austrian female DJ collective, Bad&Boujee, play a set for us in-store last month. We caught up with them to find out more...ISLA is all about representing strong, independent women like yourselves so we were super excited to have you play a set in our store. How did it go and how did you find out about ISLA? We heard of ISLA through friends who got their nails did. When we had an appearance with Ebow at ISLA we were very excited and then we were asked to do a set. Being at ISLA was fun. We met Francesca who works at ISLA and is also a DJ and talked with her about doing and events in Vienna.Tell us a little more about the concept behind Bad & Boujee and what you are about… Our collective is the first all black, all female DJ/MC collective in Austria. Our main focus is on queer BPOC womxn with the goal of creating safe parties and spaces for Queer, Trans and Non-binary BPOCs.What was it like growing up in Austria and how did you get into the music and club scene there? Well, Vienna is the "most liveable city”…it’s beautiful and affordable to live here but we still have a big problem with racism and other forms of discrimination. In a population that is predominantly white, the result is that there are very few spaces designed for us to be in. Occupying spaces in which we can DJ is a political act for us. Bad&Boujee c/o Instagram by @marie_haefner What inspired you to create a community uniting and supporting fellow young black women and what changes do you hope to make through music? When you go to parties or walk into clubs, all you see is white dudes DJing. You rarely see womxn or womxn of colour so for us it was important to create a space where you can have a safe night out and enjoy yourselves. It's important to have room for womxn not only in the club scenes but also the music scene.How does the nightlife and club scene in Vienna compare to Berlin? You cannot even compare them tbh. Vienna doesn't really have a party scene, it is just evolving right now and new parties are coming up all the time. If you want to find a good party, you have to navigate yourself through DJ’s rather than clubs.Berlin is known for it's music scene. Does Vienna have it’s own particular musical vibe? This is a difficult one haha…Vienna is always pretty late on the wagon! When you think of Vienna, it has to be classical music really. As a city it’s still very much stuck in time.Coming from Vienna, you seem to have formed a strong connection to Germany. What does it mean to you to be able to play here and spread your message? We have been on tour with German rapper Ebow which gave us an opportunity to spread the word about us. Meeting so many great people on the road was very overwhelming. Our connection is more to Berlin than Germany because we met so many amazing people that are now our friends here that made our connection very strong.Tell us more about the type of women you represent… We represent young black womxn who were told they cannot achieve certain things in life because they are black and womxn. We want to show younger generations that they are representatives for them and share the same stories as them.Finally, what’s on for the rest of 2019? We hear you’re running some DJ workshops in Berlin later in the year….tell us more!! Yes, we'll be giving a DJ workshop at Popkultur Berlin (https://www.pop-kultur.berlin), we'll be touring with Ebow and we will be collaborating with other collectives. We are very excited for the rest of the year.Check out Bad&Boujee on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/badnboujee.vie/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/badandboujee.vie/ Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/badnboujeevieWritten by Hazel Hedges
Isn't it time we talked about... slut shaming?
As a generation of pro-choice crusaders, most of us would like to think we’ve never taken part in any kind of slut shaming. But, slut shaming is now so deeply ingrained within society that it’s almost hard to notice the subtle ways in which we’ve been conditioned to go along with practices that stem from it. From the differences between how boys and girls are allowed to dress at school, to female celebrities being papped sneaking out of a man’s apartment, and even the all-too-familiar look of disapproval from a woman on the bus who doesn’t like the length of your miniskirt; slut shaming is everywhere. But why does society do it? Since the dawn of time, society has worked to portray women as inferior to their male counterparts. As a gender we have been denied the ability to vote, to obtain a driving license, and even to apply for a credit card. These constraints have all served to limit the freedom of women and increase the apparent superiority of men by ensuring that we must depend on them. In 2019 we’re lucky enough that these particular obstacles no longer serve as a barrier to us, thanks to generations of sacrifice from the many powerful women who have come before us. But, there’s still one particular way in which women are made to feel and appear less than men; slut shaming. Slut shaming is the act of degrading or embarrassing a woman for her perceived or actual sexual activities, for the way she dresses, and for the way she expresses her sexual identity. Whether a woman is actually engaging in sexual activity or not doesn’t really matter when it comes to being slut shamed. Once she’s been labeled as a slut, it can be pretty hard to shift. Whilst nicknames for men who have their fair share of sexual partners seem to idolise his behaviour, such as ‘ladies man’, ‘playboy’, and ‘lothario’, the nicknames given to women do the exact opposite. Terms like ‘slut’, ‘whore’, and ‘hoe’ etc only serve to degrade women, as opposed to the appraisal of their male equivalents. Sadly, the consequences of slut shaming go much further than a woman getting a bad rep for her sex life. The current changes to abortion laws in America are a serious example of how women are penalised for their sexual preferences, whereas the activities of the men who contributed to the situation are overlooked. So what can be done to level the playing field and restore equality of the sexes when it comes to sex? First things first, using the word slut needs to stop altogether. Literally, the word needs to go right in the bin. The term has always, and will always, serve as a detriment to women exclusively. So whether its a group of lads on the train, or one of your gal pals having some banter, if you hear someone using the word slut, then shut it down right away. Making people more aware of the wider knock-on effects of the term is the first stepping stone to eliminate society’s slut shaming habits. The same goes for those sneaky side eyes you might catch from someone if your outfit shows a little bit, or even a lot of skin. Questioning people on their actions serves as a trigger for them to think about their own behaviour and the effects of it. Habits are hard to break, and as humans we might not even realise we’re doing something or why we’re doing it unless someone calls us out on it. How do we know we’re doing something wrong if no one tells us so? It can be awkward and uncomfortable to stand up against the majority, but if we want to put an end to slut shaming, we’ve got to make the first move. Now is the time to reclaim our bodies and our lifestyles, and to be proud of who we are and how we live our lives. Women who enjoy a lot of sex or who wear short skirts and see-through tops are not sluts, and using the word only serves as a means to make us seem ‘less than equal’ to men. Us women are so much more than our sexuality and our appearance, we are intelligent, we are strong, and we are one hell of a force to be reckoned with. So it’s time society started treating all women, regardless of their sex lives, with the respect that we deserve. And, rather than shitting on us for living our best damn lives, get on with living your own. Written by Jade Biggs