April 23, 2013

Living the Luxe Life… 6 by Gee Beauty


Michelle Levine & Kiri Ellis; Toronto
@geebeauty & @6bygeebeauty

We must admit, we’ve been following 6 by Gee Beauty‘s Instagram account rather religiously lately. A constant feed of layered necklaces, vests (!), stacked skinny rings and an oh-so charming nonchalance with one outfit post after another, well, we knew had to learn who these girls were (and find out all their stylish secrets!). The two girls in question are Michelle Levine and Kiri Ellis, running sister shop to Gee Beauty (aka our partner in crime in all things makeup and skincare), Levine’s and Ellis’s take on the worlds of fashion, art and design is evident throughout the store, with one of the most cohesive visions we’ve ever seen. And when you read their answers, you’ll see why.

What is your idea of happiness?
ML: Family, friends, food.
KE: Travelling with good friends and family; eating delicious food.

What is your greatest extravagance?
ML: Buying appointments. I’m always adding extras for myself.
KE: Travel.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
ML: Family!
KE: My family!

Which talent would you most like to have?
ML: Beyonce’s vocals.
KE: To sing.

What is your current state of mind?
ML: Inspired.
KE: Motivated.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
ML: Shyness.
KE: Indecisiveness.

What is your most treasured obsession?
ML: I’m currently loving all things dainty and fine. The little Catbird knuckle rings are filling that obsession a little too well.
KE: My white Fender Stratocaster.

What is your most marked characteristic?
ML on Kiri: Long beautiful hair and lots of rings!
KE on Michelle: Gorgeous brows and eyes

What do you most value in your friends?
ML: Genuineness.
KE: Laughter and sincerity.

Who are your favorite writers?
ML: The classics: Swift, Dickens, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Kerouac, Franzen… Suzanne Collins.
KE: Gregory David Roberts, Paulo Coelho, Sandra Gulland, Lionel Shriver and Yann Martel.

Who is your favourite artist?
ML: I’m coveting Sharon Montrose’s American Buffalo print, but I love all of her animal photographs.
KE: Basquiat.

Who are your heroes in real life?
ML: Mom!
KE: My Parents.

What is your motto?
ML: Work hard and be nice to people.
KE: Let common sense be your guide and graciousness your goal.

Your favourite virtue?
ML: Courage.
KE: Kindness.

Your favourite qualities in a man?
ML: Humor, confidence, ambition.
KE: Humour, sincerity, kindness

Your favourite qualities in a woman?
ML: Humour, confidence, ambition.
KE: Humour, sincerity, kindness

What is your style signature?
ML: Relaxed jeans, a loose tee, pink lips.
KE: Girl meets boy.

Style icon:
ML: So many! I’m lucky to have grown up surrounded by stylish, confident women!
KE: Mummy! Most stylish woman I know.

What is your daily beauty routine?
ML: A very serious Gee Beauty regimen: Morning is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, Dr. Sebagh Natural Replenishing Cream, SkinCeuticals SPF 50, followed by liquid to powder foundation (I swear by it), mascara, bronzer, blush, and 99% of the time a pink lip. Evening: SkinCeuticals Simply Clean cleanser, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, Sunday Riley Good Genes for a little brightening, and finish with Eve Lom eye cream.

KE: SkinCeuticals Simply Clean cleanser, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, Dr. Sebagh Natural Replenishing Cream, SkinCeuticals Eye Balm, Sheer tint in  Beach Glow, bronzer, mascara and at night I add in Sunday Riley Good Genes.

What are the three things a woman should have in our closet?
ML: A striped t-shirt, a great pair of jeans, and a black leather jacket.
KE: A man’s shirt, the perfect fitting jeans, black leather jacket

Most inspiring city:
ML: Cliché but Paris and New York.
KE: Istanbul.

If you had one more hour in the day, you’d spend it?
ML: I’d like to say working out but…
KE: Watching the Friday Night Lights series for the umpteenth time.

Best advice you’ve ever received?
ML: Work smart, not hard.
KE: Say what you mean, mean what you say.