LA MUSE CARAVANE BEAUTÉ
Photo credit: Geneviève Beaupré
Have you heard of L A MUSE? This one of kind beauty salon on wheels is Julie Plante’s project, a hair and makeup artist. She sold her condo to enjoy Van Life. However, she didn’t leave her career behind. She lives and works in her gorgeous caravan and can go to wherever you are to do your hair and makeup! Perfect for weddings and special occasions!
But wait a minute… How can a beauty and fashion passionate live in such a small space? Julie is the queen of organization. Read the interview to learn everything about her glamorous #VanLife!
INTERVIEW WITH JULIE PLANTE
Why have you decided to create a beauty van that could be your home and your workplace?
For some years now, I have been trying to find a way to combine all my passions; arts, beauty, sports and travel! Van Life allows me to do everything I love, to offer a unique experience to my clients, while living a more minimalist lifestyle.
What steps were needed between the moment you’ve decided to sell you condo and live the van life and the moment you actually did it?
Since there’s no beauty van like mine on the market, I had to do a lot of research. Some makeup artists work in a trailer, but they don’t live in it. I need to have electricity even in places I can’t plug my vehicle, and I need my place to look amazing for the clients. I shower, eat and sleep in my van, but I don’t necessarily want people to notice it. Once I finished designing my dream van, I had to get rid of most of my stuff so everything could fit into it!
Photo credit: Danick Lajoie
Since you live in a really small space, how many pieces of clothes and accessories do you own?
This question made me realize that even though I live in a limited space, I still own lots of clothes! I think I have close to 80 pieces of clothing, excluding my sports gear and accessories. However, I don’t have two pairs of black pants or two white tees. Everything is different.
What about off-season clothing? Do you store some items?
I try to have very few of them. Except for winter gear, swimsuits and shorts, I try to go for all-season garments. As for clothes that can only be worn during a specific season, I have one little box that my parents keep for me.
Before this van life adventure, were material things important to you?
I owned a lot of stuff, but it wasn’t really important to me. Since I’m always so full of new ideas, I kept many things, hoping to use them for a project one day, but I never did.
How do you select clothes that won’t go out of style and that you’ll keep for a long time?
To make judicious choices, I ask myself: what cuts and colours really suit me, what fabrics age well and what are the comfiest and most versatile pieces of clothing? All the clothes I have with me are my favourites!
Photo Credit: Geneviève Beaupré
Fewer clothes means more mix and match. What’s your secret?
Before, I would always try new styles. Now, there’s a common thread that holds everything together. All my clothes have a boho/edgy touch, and I stick to my favourite colours!
What has changed for you, since you chose this lifestyle?
EVERYTHING! I can live and work wherever I want. Also, I use everything I own. If not, I get rid of it. I have also learned to appreciate the small things of life that we sometimes take for granted. Van Life isn’t always simple, but it’s a minimalist lifestyle that you can experience even if you don’t live in a van.
In conclusion, we hope that you’re as fascinated and inspired as we are by Julie Plante’s lifestyle, because in a few days, you’ll be able to follow her adventures on her BLOG! Yeah!! In the meantime, here are some items inspired by her style.
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