Welcome to the Purp Alert. A monthly edit of fascinating finds I discover on the internet. I'll be highlighting anything from emerging artists, entrepreneurial advice, to things that simply make me laugh. If it inspired me, or helped me get through the month, you'll see it here. Let's get started!
Alex Gardner is a Afo-Japanese artist based in Los Angeles. Identity is a central them of his work, with much of his work featuring anonymous figures painted in deep, rich black. A rebuke against the fair-skinned bodies he used to habitually paint, Gardner uses skin tone to challenge the ways in which viewers identify with what they see.
I came across 3INA (pronounced "Mina") from there amazing Instagram feed. The collection of high pigmented cosmetics inspires consumers to play, create, and reimagine who they want be. And with products ranging from £2.95 to £18.95, you get premium quality for an affordable price. They currently have stores in London, Greece, and Italy, but you can shop online here.
Known as BuzzFeed Video's break through star, the actor/comedian Quinta B. constantly steals the show in any skit she appears in.The 2 videos above are LIFE CHANGING. You can view more of her hilarious vids here.
Saint Heron Store
As we all know, Solange is the coolest girl in the world. And to help us get on her level, she has expanded her culture blog, Saint Heron, to now include a shop. Filled with geometric patterns and bright pops of color, the online store is now featuring collaboration of pieces with Australian brand C/MEO. Check it out here.
$30 Vegan Meal Plan
A couple of months ago I decided to make a lifestyle change to a plant based "diet". I now have tons of energy, my acne has cleared up, and I've even been able to lose 9 pounds the without being hungry 24/7. Its truly amazing!
Completely changing my eating habits has encouraged me to get more creative with my meals. In the video above, The Chic Natural shows how to only spend $30 on a week of delicious vegan meals. I'm obsessed!
In hopes of trying to find an affordable vacation destination, I came across Antelope Canyon. Located in Page, Arizona, the canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper & Lower Antelope Canyon. Just scroll through the google images of the place, you'll die!