November 28, 2022


Let your Fashion

Meet Essie Shaw & CJ Anderson



If you know Got Splendor, you know that our northwest characteristic window is particularly near to our heart. More than just visual merchandising, we view our store window as our opportunity to outwardly signify Acquired Beauty’s individuality, core values, and unequivocal enjoy and guidance for our neighborhood. For our summer months 2022 display we have teamed up with area artists, activists  and artistic geniuses, Essie Shaw and CJ Anderson and we’re bursting with pride more than it!

Built to celebrate our quite favored thirty day period of the 12 months – Satisfaction Month, they have established an entryway straight out of a rainbow-colored butterfly aspiration. The duo was form enough to meet us at the Received Beauty headquarters and chat about the approach. 

Bought Magnificence: June is fingers down our favored thirty day period at Received Magnificence simply because it’s Satisfaction – an possibility to display our local community our enjoy and guidance of equality for all. We are severely so fired up to collaborate with you each on this venture! Convey to us, what does Delight month mean to you?

ES: Delight month in Utah is about local community and developing protected spaces for marginalized individuals that really do not always feel like they can exist as their legitimate selves in their day-to-day lifetime. Persons that really don’t are living here are constantly so surprised when I chat to them about the SLC pleasure celebrations. In these a conservative point out and town they really do not assume there to be this kind of a big LGBTQ+ presence. We have a very lively and very pleased queer neighborhood here. I demonstrate up for pleasure every 12 months for the reason that I really feel it is so significant for other people that glimpse like me, in particular youthful individuals that are in a room of exploration to know that being queer can glimpse a large amount of different strategies. You are valid and there is no appropriate or incorrect way to rejoice pleasure. At the finish of the day it’s about self-affirmation, and coming with each other with other folks that will settle for you for who you are.

CJ Anderson: Pride month is a time of self-expression and love! To me, I’m reminded of how significant it is to really like and take a person one more. 


GB: Becoming a female-owned and operated small business, we are often below to celebrate our fellow manager babes and business owners. Can you explain to us a little bit about your entrepreneurial perform in the arts?

ES: My art is loud and huge, unapologetic and unrefined. I build, to just take up place, and symbolize others like me. I think that artwork is far more than a inventive outlet. It is a kind of activism. Getting an artist is a instrument. I technique artwork as a way to visually explain to a story. If I can thrive in capturing your attention, my hope is that it will trigger you to halt and feel, then learn and do.

CA: Sweet Jade is all things model, staging, and layout. All the things from photoshoot staging, wardrobe consulting, visible artwork displays, dwell demonstrate choreography, and extra! If it demands a visual eye to make almost everything occur alongside one another and look cohesive and attention-grabbing, I’m on it! 

GB: You two are fairly the dynamic duo! How did you fulfill?

ES: Cj and I satisfied a number of several years in the past at a retail store that we worked at and she was my manager! We turned mates and even however we no lengthier do the job alongside one another at Blue, we collaborate frequently mainly because we make a fantastic staff. 

CA: We fulfilled at a earlier spot of work in which I was Essie’s manager. The 1st time I spoke to her was in an interview for the occupation. I keep in mind contemplating ” This female is a powerhouse, she’s in this environment to make a big difference. What is she accomplishing interviewing for retail? She really should be popular.” I am so happy I got to function so intently with her. It potential customers to a great friendship and excellent partnership in our artwork. 


GB: Did you improve up training art?

ES: When I was a child I was constantly experimenting and I experienced a whole lot of enjoyment building art out of founding products. I started building with much more intention in substantial school. Generating art was a pastime for me for a extended time, but I didn’t think about myself an artist or think I could make it a job right up until the past handful of yrs. Imposter syndrome probably experienced a great deal to do with that. Now, searching back again I understand that staying an artist has normally been part of my identity. 

CA: As a child, I frequently attempted to discover distinctive forms of art to ideal let my creativity out. Drawing, producing, music… Absolutely nothing trapped till I found interior layout. That’s when I realized I experienced a passion for visual display screen and staging. 

GB: What are your preferred mediums?

ES: Most of the parts I generate are acrylic on canvas with 3D elements integrated into just about every portray. I like working with silk bouquets and other elements like moss, stones, wood, cloth, and paper.

CA: I like to refer to myself as a “Hobby Hopper”. I check out different forms of mediums typically, just to practical experience new matters. I appreciate to get crafty and generate artwork with my hands. But so significantly, my beloved appears to be location up scenes for photograph shoots. Every little thing from locating a place, picking and arranging props and wardrobe, and choreographing the photographs and poses with the photographer/designs. Can you classify that as a medium? I’d like to believe so. 


GB: What can we capture you doing when you’re away from your artistry?

ES: I really like looking through, composing, camping, and staying outside. Proper now I’m owning pleasurable mastering how to play again. I not long ago acquired roller skates. I beloved skating when I was a kid, and re-discovering it has been a entertaining way to de-tension from adulting.

CA: I usually seem to have a home renovation undertaking or system to redecorate anything, which retains me rather fast paced. I also really like the outdoors: climbing, kayaking, and using my 2 puppies up to the mountain trails. Utah is the Best for exploring. 


GB: Do you have a preferred task or series that you have labored on?

ES: I’m definitely happy of the art exhibits I’ve curated. The most latest clearly show was “The Beat of Our Blood” which was an exhibit showcasing only BIPOC artists. I created a mixed media painting for the exhibit titled “She Becomes”. The issue of the painting is a panther female and it’s my latest preferred.

CA: The Bought Natural beauty Summer Pleasure window is my new beloved! It was so fun to collaborate with Essie and the wonderful females of Got Elegance to develop anything with so a great deal which means and purpose, but that is also just so pretty to appear at. Enjoy is like! 

GB: So, what is up coming for just about every of you?

ES: I am presently working on a solo show titled “The hearth in her eyes.” This exhibit as a whole is meant to be a commentary about the methods in which colorism, texturism, and internalized racism in the black community have been seriously affected by Eurocentric criteria of attractiveness. Some parts will be visual translations of my lived encounters as a Black girl in the United States. Other items will emphasize the strength, and sensuality of the black woman form while discovering themes of sexuality, gender expression, and self-acceptance. The present is tentatively established for November 2022. 

CA: I’m dying to go larger and bolder with photograph shoot staging! I have so several concepts in my head of what I would really like to do. Elopement shoots, stylized bridal, way of living pictures… And eventually, the aspiration is to build visible performs of art for companies to use in displays and advertising. Thank you, Received Splendor, for bringing me closer to that desire! 

To Essie and CJ: We thank you for taking the time to discuss with us and shed some light-weight on the appreciate and eyesight that our group has to offer. Our planet is additional attractive simply because of each of you. We just cannot wait around to see your upcoming artwork!

Take a look at us in-store at 900 E. 2100 S. in Salt Lake City to see our 2022 Satisfaction display screen.