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SOCIAL STUDIES : Lauren Trend - Founder & Editor of Self Practice

With a background in fashion and design , Lauren Trend's aesthetic poetry flows in a way of a world I would love to live in - color tones that match the mood that match the imagination of a space I can feel close to myself and inspired by others in - Wellness is a concept we all hear often, and as time goes on we have begun to understand that wellness is not one form but rather incredibly subjective and inclusive ( or should be ) - "I firmly believe the most important relationship we have in our lives is that with ourselves. This space promotes fostering that relationship above all else. Rituals, resources and references are shared here, with the intention of encouraging self reflection and inspired action."  This honest description is what drew me to their site Self Practice.  So much more than what to eat and put on your skin, but rather an artistic and conceptual look at how one thinks of wellbeing not just for self but also for others. 

In addition to this interview, Lauren collaborated with us for our first ever Holiday Gifting Series, bringing her written word and point of view and giving breath to our products.  

Who are you?
Lauren Trend, founder & editor of Self Practice. Self-believed to be nothing if not constantly evolving.  

Why do you make your work?

As an extension of self exploration, a cathartic exercise. Also with hopes to provide creative fuel & food for thought for others. 

What do you believe in?
Equality, change, creativity, connectivity, self-actualization, inspiration, art as activism. 

Name one thing you say yes to? 
And one thing you say no to?
Yes to things that challenge and expand me. 
An absolute no to bullying and bigotry. 

What change would you like to see?
So much, across so many areas. But that which is currently at the forefront is for language to take a far more inclusive form. Probably because it can be implemented immediately and costs nothing. 

Name one thing that makes you happy?
Unexpectedly finding a small part of yourself in someone else's words or work - creativity as connectivity. Feeling understood in another's art.   

How would you describe your personal routine ?
Carefully tending to my physical, emotional and creative needs and therefore changing, daily. 
What did you want to be as a child?
Funnily enough, a lawyer. I liked and felt very at home arguing my point. Was painfully precocious.   

Can you remember one solid piece of advice you've gotten for the growth of your work ?
Leap before you're ready, know your worth & work only on (entirely) aligned partnerships. 

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
I dream of doing a highly functional/futuristic/utilitarian self-care & beauty tool product range with Raf Simons. Yeah, wow.
Who is one person in culture that you feel is making positive and inspiring change ?
Janaya 'Future' Khan. She is eloquent, action oriented & focused on intersectional inclusivity through her activism. -- @janayaforthefuture


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