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The Senses: Jacklyn Barber on Slow Living and Truly Personal Style

Style awakens the senses – and in the same vein as our

ethos – we’re excited to explore the important role creativity and style play in our lives through a different lens. Welcome to The Senses, a new interview series here on The Style Line which gives a platform for our interviewees to share ideas, products, and routines that empower them to not only dress well but live even better. If we’ve learned anything from our vibrant community, it’s that it is just as important to celebrate what we put into ourselves and our lives, as it is to focus on what we put on.

Our second installment features musings from our lovely contributor (and self-proclaimed minimalist) Jacklyn Barber. The below interview is a true testament to the fact that less truly can be more when it comes to streaming one’s beauty and wellness habits. Read on to find out more about Jacklyn’s approach to “slow” living and shop what’s currently inspiring Jacklyn’s creative senses below.

CATCH UP ON OUR INITIAL VISIT WITH JACKLYN AT HER GUELPH HOME HERE

Hi there! I’m Jacklyn Barber,

a photographer living and working in Guelph, Ontario. I don’t think much has changed since we last spoke, but I definitely feel busier. I’m in the middle of wedding season, which means my weekends are spent shooting, and my weekdays are spent hunkered down in front of the computer editing. I’ve always felt most inspired or creative when traveling. I would go as far to say that I’ve produced some of my best work when I’ve been on the road, or in places unfamiliar to me. I tend to pull inspiration from natures color palette – the warm terracotta hues of a desert sunset, the golden fields of wheat in the Prairies, the lush greens, and blue-grays that you see in the Rockies. It’s when I feel most connected to my creative self. It’s how I clear out the clutter in my mind and hit that “reset button.” Which in turn, trickles down into all other aspects of my life. It inspires my fabric choices for sewing projects, the colors I bring into my wardrobe, and even the shades of eye shadow that end up in my makeup bag.

I have always kept things fairly minimal in the beauty department. Being a red head with freckles, I never felt that I could pull off a lot of makeup. So, I prefer not to wear much. I live by the rule that less is more. Buy less, but buy quality. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, so it’s important to know what we’re applying to it. I try to look for the cleanest products on the market, especially when it comes to things like shampoos/conditioners, face creams, and body lotion. Additionally, I think we often forget that diet and exercise play a big part in our general health and wellness. I was diagnosed with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and panic disorder in my late teens and found that diet changes, and an increase in exercise really helped with the severity of my symptoms. Not only that, but my skin began to look better, and my hair healthier. The idea of “clean living” is important to me, because not only can I see the difference, I can FEEL it too.

I can’t believe I’m admitting to this, but I wash my face with warm water – no cleanser. I do use a mild toner afterward, to pull any impurities, or oil from my skin, but that’s about it. I will exfoliate sometimes (especially during the winter months), but I’m not overly diligent about it. What I do invest in, is a really good face cream. Right now, I’m using a hydrating cream by DoTERRA, an essential oil company based in Utah. The three most important items in my makeup bag are mascara, blush and lip gloss. It’s essentially all that I wear. Sometimes I’ll throw a little highlighter on my cheekbones, and shadow on my lids, but I do keep it very minimal. I want my beauty routine to be easy. I never want to wake up in the morning and dread the process of “getting ready.”

When we last spoke, I focused mainly on the slow fashion movement, but the term “slow living” is all about focusing on a person’s quality of life. When I slow down, I’m more in tune with my body, and what I need. For me, it’s about taking the time to meal prep for my week, or going for a run on the days I say I will – even if I fall a bit behind in my work. I have to remind myself that my health (and sanity) come before anything else.

The Senses:

Sight:

I recently purchased a book filled with photography by Robert Frank, called The Americans. He essentially packed two cameras, a bag of film and a map into a second hand Ford and spent a year driving across America in the mid-1950’s. His images are both powerful and moving. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in documentary style photography or the history of America. 

Sound: 

I’m just gonna go ahead and link to Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys because it’s what I’ve been listening to most right now. It’s the perfect soundtrack to your summer. If for some crazy reason, you have never heard this album – now is your chance.

Touch:

I am in love with the company IN BED. They ethically source their materials from all over the globe and make everything from bed linens and sleepwear to table cloths and bath towels. The way their linen pillow cases feel against your skin will make getting out of bed in the morning a struggle (but it’s worth it – trust me).

Taste: 

I am a huge fan of coconut water. It’s a great way to stay hydrated, especially during those really hot summer days. I’ll drink it straight up, but it’s also a great substitute for water in your morning smoothie. I buy the Vita Coco brand because it’s not from concentrate, and I can pick it up at my local grocery store.

Smell:

I have always been a big believer in aromatherapy. I was introduced to DoTERRA Essential Oils earlier last year, and I was so impressed with the quality of their products – that I’m hooked. I use different combinations in my diffuser depending on what I’m looking for (relaxation, motivation, etc). Right now, I carry their “Clary Calm” roller in my purse, and I’ll apply it to my wrists or the back of my neck whenever I’m feeling anxious.

“What works for me, isn’t going to work for everyone. I feel my most confident and comfortable with little to no makeup on, but that’s ME. The beautiful thing about personal style is it’s personal to you. It’s unique to YOU. I love hearing about what works for other women. It inspires me to tweak my own routine, and explore other products and options.”