We had the pleasure of visiting Casey Shagena, of Menagerie, a charming 1979 beautifully refurbished Airstream boutique. Menagerie is a small-batch beauty store focusing on locally sourced, natural lines.
This beautiful space is a medley of thoughtful beauty products and local makers with an abundance of botanicals. Casey strives to share ingredient awareness with all of her specially hand-picked items - and it shows! The overflow of magic is evident in this small, but stunning space.
Artifact: Outside of Portland what place have you been most inspired or struck by?
Casey: I'm always inspired by the pace of New York City. I love the creative energy and the diversity there and feel charged everytime I go!
Artifact: What do you look for in good design?
Casey: Cohesive, thoughtful branding, an engaging narrative, and striking typography and graphic elements.
Artifact: Do you have a favorite designer?
Generally, I'm more inspired by illustrators than designers. My favorite illustrator is Carson Ellis
, who is also local to Portland. I also admire the body of work by design house Anagrama
in Mexico City for their approach to beauty.
Artifact: Is there a product you're obsessed with right now?
rejuvinating Face Oil. The mix of Rock Rose and Neroli makes my skin glow and it blends so easily, and soaks in quickly. It's definitely my favorite small-batch face oil, and I love that it's local!
Artifact: What products do you recommend for dry winter skin?
I've been using the Live Botanical
Skin Repair Balm lately since the weather has changed. It's been a life saver for my face, lips and hands in the cold weather! Her line is truly something special.
Artifact: What is your favorite food cart in your pod community?
(Sorry to make you pick!)
It's so hard to pick just one! I really love Tortoise & Hare
. The owner, Bri, shares the same philosophy as I do about beauty and product - limit consumption and choose ingredients that are fresh, local, ethical and beautiful. Her food really is amazing and she supports local farms in the process.
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