The Mother/Daughter Duo

As most of you know, I’ve been working with my mother, Megan Duncanson, for this last year and I could not be happier! We both started a vegan purse line, Livin’ the MAD Life, in January of 2018, and I’ve recently begun to help manage her art company MADART Studios. It has been super exciting, and a lot of new stuff going on!

I wanted to share a little video with some random work chats with myself, Aroon Duncanson and my mom, Megan Duncanson. Enjoy!

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MIA in MDD

Nothing screams Miami more than this gorgeous skirt from Lilac and Lilies Boutique from LSpace, paired with a staple black, lace up heel from Shu Shop Shoes. This look is everything I love and more!

High Waist Skirt | Lilac and Lilies

Shoes | ShuShop Shoes

Tank | Romwe

Watch | JORD 

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Miami Summer Collection

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Livin’ the MAD Life has now launched our newest collection “Miami Summer” and can I just say, I am totally in love with every piece from this collection! Especially the “Melon Jolly” Travel Bag. I can’t wait until my next trip to sport around my matching handbag, travel bag and cosmetic case. If this doesn’t say Miami, I don’t know what does!

And I’m also in love with the lemons, for a more classy look. I’ve been carrying around my “Summer Citrus” Classic Handbag for the last few weeks, and it’s the easiest bag to style and wear with any look!_Aroon0 88_Aroon0 4_Aroon0 214_Aroon0 159Photo Jun 09, 9 50 46 AM_Aroon0 185_Aroon0 58Photo Jun 09, 9 58 47 AM

 

“Miami Summer” Collection | Livin’ the MAD Life

Photographer | Zavier DeAngelo

Clothing | White Cotton Club

Models | Aroon Duncanson | Lesley Geronimo | JanCarlo Negron

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Everything You Need to Know About Microblading

I’m sure most of you have heard about micro blading by now, a technique used to make your brows look naturally fuller and shaped, without having to fill them in!

Microblading defined is “ a form of semi-permanent makeup that provides a means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments.”

I’ve been hesitant to try Microblading, because I heard of stories where the eyebrows ended up looking like a mess, or was under the impression it would be painful. And boy was I wrong!

A couple of months ago I spoke with Anna, from Perfect Brows by Anna, and she walked me through the process and what to expect. I was still hesitant on the procedure and gave myself several weeks to decide wether or not I wanted to try. Never having to fill in my brows again was a dream come true! After following Anna and seeing the amazing work she did, I decided I would give it a go. And boy am I pleased with the results!

I shared my experience on my Instagram and so many of my lovely followers were impressed and amazed at the job Anna did. I had so many questions about the procedure that I wanted to make a full post talking all about Microblading.

What to expect

The procedure took about an hour and a half. Time may vary depending on how much strokes need to be put in your brow to create the proper shape. Every brow and every person is different, but the hour and a half it took me flew by. I will also be going in for my touch up, a month after the initial treatment.

The pain is very minimal. I was expecting it to feel more like when you get your brows threaded or tweezed, but it was honestly even less painful then both. Anna does not use numbing cream because it causes the skin to get soft and mushy which can lead to the technician creating too deep of strokes which may lead to scarring or other unwanted outcomes. I also did not bleed.

How it works. Anna used a very very small utensil that has 18 or 19 tiny little needles used to scratch and place pigment into the skin.

The sound. There is a Velcro like sound during the process. The sound comes from your eyebrow hair gliding between the tiny needles and also the sound of your skin being scratched.

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Final Thoughts

I am so so so pleased with the work Anna did, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to get their brows done. The process was much easier than I anticipated and there was hardly any pain at all. After working with Anna, I do not think there is another technician out there who I would feel comfortable with. Her work was superb and I’m so excited with my new brows! Check her out here.

Check out Anna on Instagram and her site.

xoxox

Using Laser Skin Tightening to Revitalize Your Skin | Informational

Hi guys! I wanted to share a little more informational post with you all today. Skin care and anti aging products/treatment is always something to think about, no matter your age. I’ve noticed a lot more talk about certain anti aging treatments and wanted to share a little more research for anyone asking the same questions as myself.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It is also the only organ which is constantly exposed to the outside elements. You might think it is those elements that causes your skin to loosen and sag as you get older, and they certainly are contributing factors. However, no matter how carefully you protect your skin you are bound to suffer from wrinkles and sages eventually. When you do, one option for revitalizing your skin is to book a laser skin tightening appointment. But before you attempt laser skin tightening there are several things you must consider.

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Why Skin Tightening with Lasers Works so Well
One thing you need to know is why laser skin tightening is so popular and tends to produce such good results. The reason the procedure works is that the laser beam is able to disrupt skin cells enough to trigger repair responses within the body. Also, the laser beam has an added ability to get existing collagen to tighten, drawing skin cells closer together. Between strengthening the existing collagen and causing more to be produced, the skin becomes tighter over time.

Of course, the effects of laser skin tightening are not always immediately obvious. When you undergo a tightening procedure with medical lasers the healing processes which are triggered can take quite a while to show their full effects. However, the gradual strengthening of your skin after treatment will help to reduce your wrinkles and skin sags.

Having a Laser Treatment Consultation with a Clinician
Prior to making an appointment to have your skin tightened with lasers you must first consult with the skincare clinician. During the consultation the entire procedure will be explained to you, and the clinician will also determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the process. Typically, in order to be a good laser skin tightening candidate you must have mild to moderate wrinkles and not suffer from severe acne or certain other skin conditions. In order to qualify as a good laser treatment candidate your skin should also not be excessively oily because those oils can burn easily when exposed to a laser beam.

Side Effects of Laser Treatments for Wrinkles
When it comes to side effects of laser treatments, the most you should have to worry about is mild swelling. Any redness or swelling should subside within a day or so after the procedure. Your skin may also be extra sensitive for a week or two after treatment, and it may require special protection from the sun. Severe side effects, such as burns, are unlikely because clinicians typically will not perform laser skin tightening on candidates who are at high risk for such side effects.

The Process of Having a Laser Treatment
When you go to your local skincare clinic for a laser treatment you will be told ahead of time how to prepare for the appointment. Typical instructions will include not wearing any perfumes or other skin products on that day. When you arrive, your clinician will use the laser device to treat the skin on the portion of your body which has been designated for treatment. The laser device will heat your skin, but the clinician will use cooling blasts of air to help keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. If you experience any severe discomfort you can tell your clinician right away and he or she will make you more comfortable.

After your initial laser skin tightening appointment you may see some improvement. However, it is unlikely that your skin will improve dramatically right away. Your clinician will tell you ahead of time approximately how many sessions may be required to improve your results to the desired level.

 

 

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Red in the City

Not sure if you can tell… But red is my favorite color, and this red Lilac and Lilies dress was one of the most flattering pieces I wore during my NYFW events. And it perfectly paired with the Frida Kahlo purse, which I received endless compliments on.

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Dress | Lilac and Lilies Boutique 

Coat | Zara

Shoes | ShuShop Shoes

Purse | Livin’ the MAD Life

 

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Livin’ the MAD Life

Exciting news everyone! My mom and I have decided to start our own purse and bag company. But there’s a twist! We wanted to bring our personal values into the brand, Livin’ the MAD Life, and have decided to keep it all vegan, cruelty free, sustainable and focused on empowering designs.

For those of you who do not know, my mother is a world renowned artist, who has sold hundreds of thousands of art pieces and has collectors from around the world. Her art has been featured in popular media streams such as the “O” Oprah Magazine, was the cover image for the Interior Design Magazine, and the featured artist and cover for the Spectrum Art Basel in 2015. She also has her art sold in various retail stores across the country such as, Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. Not only that, but she also has art in major hotels, TV shows, celebrity homes and restaurants around the country.

Okay, so enough bragging about how awesome of an artist my mom is.. But that’s what makes the brand even better! My mother will design each bag and we even have original, hand painted purses!

Pretty cool, huh? Well it’s even cooler, because all of our hand painted bags are on thrifted, upcyled bags! Not sure if you knew this or not, but the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, only behind the oil industry. Purchasing second hand and thrifted fashion items is a great way to keep sustainable and help reduce the fashion industries, and your, carbon footprint. We have thrifted bags from brands such as Chloe, Steve Madden, Samsonite and more! Some of the pieces date back to the 1950’s, making them a vintage masterpiece!

Although our other collections are not on thrifted bags, they will be designed with the colorful workings of my mom, which makes them a collectors piece and not fast fashion.

What’s even more, is we will never sell a bag that is not vegan or cruelty free. The majority of our bags will be made from PU faux leather.

There’s so much more to learn about our products and how they embody empowerment and what a MAD symbol stands for. To read more and check out all of our products visit www.livinthemadlife.com and keep in touch via social media @LivinTheMADLife.

Here are a few of our bags that you can purchase! Side note| I will also be modeling for the brand, so stay tuned for our other fun and exciting campaigns, that are already in the works!

Thanks for your support guys! Can’t wait to see where this takes us next!

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Now I feel there might be one question you all have… what does MAD stand for?

It’s simple, its our initials! Megan Aroon Duncanson

Española Way

I always love how each major city has their own little foreign pockets. Take, for example, Little Italy in New York or China Town in San Fransisco. And here in Miami Beach, we have Española Way. Our little Spanish quarter in the middle of the hustle and bustle.

With the amazing Spanish restaurants, foreign music and Spain’s architecture, it’s like we took a trip back to Spain.

Española Way is definitely one of my favorite little spots in Miami Beach, and a great place to visit if you’re ever this way! Or if you’re just looking for a delicious Nutella filled croissant.

Dress// For Love and Lemons

Sandals// Melissa

White store and white dress//

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Miami Staycation

Española Way, in Miami Beach, has always been one of my favorite little spots to visit. The pink walls, hidden corridors and Spanish music, really make it feel like you’ve travelled to Europe!

And what better way to experience it, than with a little staycation at the El Paseo hotel! Right in the hustle and bustle, with the cutest little balconies and coffee room, it made for the perfect spot!

A cute little greeting, some yummy biscotti, a fresh cup of coffee, and I felt right at home!

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