Friday, June 16, 2017

Create JOY This Summer With JOYN Satchels

Fashioning better lives, one design at a time

Want to add some style to your summer satchel? Carry a purse with purpose all season long with the delightful designs from JOYN! Unique bags that come in a vibrant variety of bright colors, distinctive patterns, and dashing details – look and feel good when you buy a satchel from this socially conscious brand.

Growing up in privileged, loving homes brought JOYN founders David and Mel to the conclusion that they had plenty, while others did not. After exposure to international travel at young ages, they discovered that in order to understand poverty and marginalized societies – they needed to live among them. Experiencing the horrible results of extreme poverty first-hand, David and Mel realized that small business development was an incredible tool to bring sustainable solutions that created culture-shifting, thriving communities.

Motivated by a strong passion to connect artisans with markets, JOYN helps people struggling with addiction, disease, caste, disability, abuse and all the difficulties of life. Using traditional Indian techniques, these skilled artisans do 100% of the work and within five years, JOYN is sustaining over 300 full-time jobs among the most marginalized people in the world.

Discover the different designs from JOYN:

Black A Line: This all leather satchel is not only beautiful, it was designed with you in mind. With an easily adjustable strap, deep and easily accessible outside pocket and a leather flap with a magnetic closure, it’s everything you look for in a summer accessory. To finish the look, check out the artisanal signature hand blocked cotton fabric on the interior!
Square Satchel - Black A Line

Leather Satchel: A bag of endless possibilities, this hand stitched leather detail provides the classic saddle bag look and feel! Add some vibrance to your look with hand blocked cotton and enough space for all your necessities. Whether you’re making moves in the Mustard Stripes or feeling innovative with an Indigo Florentine design – be ready for all your adventures and memory making opportunities life throws your way!

All Leather Satchel

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer Acne Solutions Made Simple

Summer can wreak havoc on your skin – time spent in the sun, heavy sunscreens, and traveling can all cause your complexion to act up. Bioré® has the perfect product for every type of skin, so you can stop worrying about your pores and start relaxing! The new Bioré® Baking Soda and Charcoal acne fighters are a trio of serious #SkinWarriors formulated to get to the root of acne-prone skin, giving you a clearer complexion in 48 hours. 

Bioré Baking Soda Acne Scrub:
Got combination skin? This cleansing acne scrub with natural Baking Soda and the anti-acne fighting power of salicylic acid deep cleans and gently exfoliates for clearer skin in just 2 days.

Biore Charcoal Acne Scrub 4.5 Ounce (133ml) (2 Pack)Bioré Charcoal Acne Scrub:
Oily skin acting up? Meet Charcoal. This acne scrub, with natural charcoal and the anti-acne fighting power of salicylic acid scrubs out acne, causing dirt and oil to eliminate breakouts for clearer skin in just 2 days.

Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser:
This daily charcoal acne cleanser with Salicylic Acid deep cleans and penetrates pores to absorb oil and help stop breakouts for clearer skin in just 2 days

Thursday, May 18, 2017

“Meet Cathleen” - First Film Released from Dove & Shonda Rhimes Inspired by Body-Positive Dancer

I am awestruck and inspired by the talent and confidence of this amazing woman - Cathleen Meredith.  Dove & Shonda Rhimes have released the first film today titled “Meet Cathleen.”

The film follows Cathleen Meredith on her journey to realizing her own beauty through her love of dance. Cathleen has hopes of encouraging women to take on challenges and be fearless to find self-love and real beauty through the celebration of their passions. Her experience powerfully brings to light an inspiring message for all women – you know real beauty when you see it for yourself. Through her body-positive modern dance movement, Fat Girls Dance, Cathleen has found a renewed confidence in watching herself perform fearlessly and fell in love with her body and beauty with every move.  – and through the process, unknowingly encouraging others watching to do the same.

The three-minute film was produced by an all-female crew (including award-winning documentary filmmaker Liz Garbus who was selected by Shonda and Dove to lead the project). Together with these women, Shonda and Dove put power of storytelling directly into the hands of real women and girls to truly represent who they are as beautiful and confident individuals. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

3 Memorial Day Weekend Essentials

Memorial day weekend is just two weeks away, are you beach ready? Before packing your bag for a weekend away at the beach make sure you have these three essentials from KMS, Burt’s Bees and Senteurs d’Orient. 

Senteurs d’Orient NEW Oriental Gardenia Hammam Soap; $36.00

Moisturizing your skin is key, especially after your first time in the summer sun. Don’t leave for your Memorial day weekend beach vacation without the new handcrafted Oriental Gardenia Hammam Soap. Infused with a moisturizing blend of Olive Oil, Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Glycerin, this Hammam Soap leaves skin looking dewy and feeling smooth. 

KMS HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray; $23.50

Get your beach waves ready with KMS HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray, infused with salt from the Dead Sea, this texturizing spray provides fullness, creates just-out-of-the-ocean texture, enhances waves and provides a matte finish. This easy to use spray can be applied to towel-dried hair and air dry. 

Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen; $14.99

Treat your winter skin with the delicateness of a baby with Burt’s Bees Baby Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen. This lightweight, fast-absorbing formula spread evenly, leaving behind water-resistant, broad spectrum SPF30 protection, without thick or sticky white residue. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, this nourishing mineral sunscreen is gentle on vulnerable skin, while immediately improving skin hydration with wholesome natural ingredients, such as Beeswax, Vitamin E, and Coconut Extract. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day - May 13th

In today's consumer driven society, it is easy to lose sight of responsible buying practices, and this important day serves to remind conscious consumers that with fair trade, the money spent on day-to-day goods can improve an entire community's day-to-day lives.
Why buy Fair Trade?

  • Helps farmers and factory workers in 30 countries work in safe conditions, earn extra money to invest in their communities and improve the lives of their families;
  • Creates jobs in the developing world;
  • Ensures that children are not forced into labor;
  • Gives women an opportunity for independence, and a way out of an abusive or unsafe environment.

This is where the first Fair Trade organization in North America, Ten Thousand Villages steps in. A non-profit retail organization, Ten Thousand Villages operates with the mission to create income-earning opportunities for artisans in developing countries by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America.

By building long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income, Ten Thousand Villages provides artisans with opportunities to pay for food, education, healthcare, housing and more. Since its founding in 1946, the company has worked with makers who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed to earn $140 million in sustainable income.

Check out a few of our favorite handmade items from the artisans at Ten Thousand Villages:

Monday, May 08, 2017

Sally Hansen x Madeline Poole May Trend: Negative Space

When it comes to nail trends, Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole is the expert on what's hot. This season, she reports that Negative Space is the trendiest and easiest nail art look you can create at home with Sally Hansen nail polish. 

"Fashion week Spring 2017 saw tons of nails in this style on the runway" reported Madeline, "such was the case at Proenza Schoeler and Vera Wang." Negative Space design makes a feature of empty space and asymmetry, something seen not only on nails this season, but also in the collections of designers like Christopher Kane, who showed sheer paneled negative space dresses.

The Negative Space trend is simple to create yourself. All you need is a regular bobby pin, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Creme de la Creme and Miracle Gel Top Coat. The #1 no light gel system, Miracle Gel will make your nails on-trend for up to 14 days of color and shine. See below for an easy step-by-step! 

Step 1: Starting with clean nails, apply the "Negative Space" design with Miracle Gel in Creme de la Creme to your nails using the bobby pin. 

Step 2: Apply a coat of Miracle Gel Top Coat to seal your mani. It's that easy!

Monday, May 01, 2017

Mama Mancini's Meatballs – Now in Your Area!

Mama Mancini's - an authentically Italian brand of all natural, prepared products, has introduced their Beef & Turkey Meatballs recently at Whole Foods locations in the San Francisco area! Perfect for anyone, from college students, to families alike, Mama Mancini's prepared meatballs taste like your grandmother's homemade cooking, but can be heated up at home in minutes.

Mama Mancini's is an authentically Italian brand of all natural, prepared foods including, meatballs (beef, turkey, and gluten/antibiotic free varieties), stuffed meatballs, slow cooked sauces (Italian Meat Sauce, and Marinara), Meatloaf, Stuffed Peppers, and more.  All of Mama Mancini's products begin with real, delicious ingredients which are slow-cooked to perfection. Nothing else – ever. 

Spring Clean Your Look with T-fal's Steam Iron

We are well into Spring my dears, (even if temps don't quite feel like it yet), and I have taken advantage of a handful of rainy days to tackle that pesky spring cleaning. And now that the house is looking clutter-free and totally fantastic, it is time to take it to the next level and refresh my wardrobe!

This season I have invested in quite a few crisp linen and summer-weight cottons, which under normal circumstances might be cause for concern. I mean seriously, rumpled and crumpled is not a good look for any fashionista. Which is where my new  T-fal PowerGlide Steam Iron comes to the rescue! It removes stubborn wrinkles with ease, and its two layer T-fal Durilium Ceramic Technology Coating outperforms competition in "glidability."

I love how the wrinkles just disappear with a single swipe! The iron has enough heft to deftly press out wrinkles but is lightweight enough to make the task of ironing a breeze. With a first-of-its-kind calc collector, the iron removes hard water deposits and ensures elite performance and lasting quality. And bonus!! This unique steam iron is also a 2-in-1 product, allowing for vertical steaming for hanging drapes and delicate garments! Definitely a great investment for keeping my wardrobe fresh and fabulous!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Earth Day Beauty Fix

Get your beauty fix this Earth Day with two of our faves from ABBA and MOP!

Vegan, gluten-free dry shampoo made from quinoa with a light cucumber scent!
ABBA hair care’s new Dry Shampoo is translucent, with a light texture and scent that’s not overpowering

Zero-ozone impact lemongrass mousse with grape seed oil and honey!
MOP hair care’s new Lemongrass Volume Whip ($22) is a botanical volumizing mousse that doubles as a UV and thermal protectant– (FYI this is the same volume whip used to get the voluminous look found on Halle Berry at the Oscars this year)

Earth Day Essentials from Lavanila Laboratories

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd with natural beauty products from Lavanila Laboratories! Lavanila only uses ingredients that are healthy for the body, and are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. They leave out harsh chemicals and ensure environmentally safe harvesting of their ingredients.  

Packed with pure essential oils, the Lavanila's Healthy Deodorant Collection is free of aluminum and will last all day. Get superior odor protection with this award winning, 100 percent natural, freshly scented deodorant. Breakthrough natural technology fights odor effectively while soothing, conditioning, and nourishing the delicate underarm area. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results. 

Smell Spring fresh with Lavanila's Healthy Fragrance Collection. Each fragrance starts with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla and layers on a unique blend of pure essential oils for an exquisite expression of nature that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time. 

Moisturize the healthy way with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter Collection, which is a super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100 percent pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Soft scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence. Layer with any LAVANILA Healthy Fragrance to enhance your scent experience.