Rare Blooms

Stories of Resilience & Transformation

Sissy Chacon

Sissy Chacon

The Los Angeles based stylist shares her feelings on beauty.

Q: What is real beauty to you?⁠⁠

A: I think real beauty springs from kindness, knowing who you are, and loving unconditionally.

Q: ⁠⁠What is your morning or evening routine?

A: I use a microcurrent device and red light therapy a few times a week. In the morning, after washing my face with warm water, I apply AYOND Amber Elix Face Oil to my face, neck, and décolletage followed by spf 30-50, and very simple makeup.

In the evening I wash my face with AYOND Metamorph Cleansing Balm, followed by the Amber Elix Face Oil and moisturizer.

Q: How important is the relationship of design and its environmental impact on the world to you?

A: It is important to me, so I am grateful for those who offer a product designed with low environmental impact so I have more opportunities to choose the least harmful option.

Q: What does resilience mean to you?

A: To me, resilience involves a lifelong cycle of factors, choices, redemption, healing, forgiveness, and responsibility. I think it goes hand in hand with having good character.

Q: What is your idea of a healing space?

A: When I can’t easily access a lush verdant forest on a tropical island, I resort to my own head for a good old fashioned attitude adjustment. I’ve worked hard to build a decent toolbox for that.

Q: What was one defining moment for you, in your life?

A: I kept a secret of a traumatic experience for decades. I was a child and didn’t understand the experience the way I would later in life. Understanding it came in stages, and over many moments of revelation as I matured and my awareness deepened . I carried it in silence to protect the people the women I loved most in my life. Only this year did I begin to put together how I still repeat certain patterns to this very day. I have come to believe that I redeemed that trauma for a good life. And I like the person I am. I appreciate how it shaped me. I can be of good counsel to myself, I am skeptical and cautious, I have developed a rich inner world, and I feel a sense of responsibility and protection to my creative community, even if from a distance. I don’t define myself by my trauma though, but by my authentic self and my character which were unearthed by that moment, only understood over a lifetime, and surely to be understood with greater depth and clarity throughout my remaining time on this planet.


Shop Sissy's routine with Amber Elix Face Oil and Metamorph Cleansing Balm.

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Francois Nadeau

Francois Nadeau

The Martinican model based in Paris is our first Rare Bloom.

AYOND is perpetually on a mission to explore dualities, defy limits, and challenge conventional notions of beauty and gender. In our new Rare Bloom series, we honor personal stories of resilience and transformation, and celebrate unique journeys toward transcendence. Our first Rare Blooms debut is with Francois - an AYOND muse and someone dear to our heart.

Q: How have challenges shaped you? ⁠⁠

A: Challenges have proven to have a positive effect on me. It’s a chance for growth. Especially during Covid when we are all facing so many restrictions it has actually helped me to realize how important it is to be able to adapt and evolve.

⁠⁠Q: What does resilience mean to you? ⁠⁠

A: It is about recovering from adversity -- showing elasticity -- especially when you find that being resilient is hard at that moment. ⁠⁠

Q: When was the last time you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone? ⁠⁠

A: I try to do this everyday. Being able to learn and expose myself to new things is extremely important for my well-being.⁠⁠

Q: Where do you go when you need soul nourishment? ⁠⁠

A: I am originally from Martinique, so naturally it is the beach. It is the most peaceful place where I can be alone with the ocean and the sun. I also use prayer as a way to gain mental fortitude. ⁠⁠

Q: What is real beauty to you?⁠⁠

A: Real beauty is an aura of kindness and a good heart.⁠⁠

Francois is pictured here using Metamorph Cleansing Balm.

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