I just watched a fireside talk from Create and Cultivate on Clean Beauty and was inspired. I definitely have heard a lot about these points before, but I liked hearing about the specific reasons that clean beauty is so important. The term “clean beauty” refers to the non-toxic ingredients that are used in beauty products. This includes being sustainably sourced and more eco-friendly for the environment. Many household brand names are not in the clean beauty category, however, there are many that are at least taking the right steps toward that change.
The Create and Cultivate panel included Steph Shep, co-founder of Future Earth; Katie Matthews, Chief Scientist at Oceana; and Catherine Gore, President of Biossance.
“The Climate Crisis has the worst PR” -Steph Shep
One fact that stood out to me was that the United States only bans about 30 harmful ingredients in our products while other countries ban over 100.
“You have to be that much more focused and evaluate ingredient labels” -Catherine Gore, President of Biossance
You can still have amazing skin and be clean. I think that a huge step is to not buy these products in hopes that enough people will join and switch up their buying habits. But we also need to voice the opinion and vote to change the ingredients allowed in our products. Lastly, we need to encourage younger generations to be interested in learning how to create cleaner options in the first place.
I have also been on my stories lately sharing different tidbits about my new skin routine such as using a liquid exfoliant and applying sunscreen daily. Here is a list of some clean beauty products to try next time you are out shopping. All of these brands can actually be purchased at Sephora. I am a big supporter of Sephora because they have amazing brands, are dedicated to clean beauty, and also show their support for the BLM movement.
I interviewed three new LA-based influencers on different topics and I’m rounding them up for you below!. To see more of the IG Livestreams, they usually come on Monday/Thursday at 12:30 PM PST and they are saved on my IGTV.
Check out the previous blog post HERE
Liz from @mrsemontano
1. Consistency : create a consistent schedule of days/times you will be posting
2. Build a Community : Acknowledge your audience and be genuine
3. Stay on Brand : Stick to your strengths and only take on collaborations that fit your brand
Liz’s segment was on tactics for becoming a successful influencer
Beatrice from @beatricebalaj
“People don’t want to click on your portfolio, it’s easier to post on Instagram”
“Black blazers go with everything, biker shorts or dock martins or sneakers”
Beatrice’s segment was on style, she also touches on previous styling projects assisting with Katy Perry and Anna Lynne McCord
Kristina from @laughloveandhippie
“Invest in tools to do your makeup like makeup brushes and makeup sponges and they don’t have to be expensive. Investing will elevate your look”
Kristina’s segment was on makeup technique
I think it is very important to use my platforms to inform and spark discussion. While I had many other posts scheduled, it is important to address the current situation as it stands. We must always use our voices for good and be smart and strategic in the way we use our voice and our power.
Below is a list of Black-owned businesses that I encourage you to look into and discover
Briogeo Hair Care
The Honey Pot
Oui the People
Golden Girly Shop
Resources to make a difference:
Donate to the Unicorn Riot which supports journalists on the front line
Reclaim the block aids in community safety in Minneapolis
Books To Read (as found by Refinery 29)
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde
How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
As I mentioned in a previous post, I have never bought so much loungewear in my life as I have recently! I usually just wear a big shirt to sleep but I have changed up my content to reflect the time. Click on the product images for a direct link to where to buy.
I recently did a review on SKIMS which you can see HERE but, this is one of my top places for a sleek look that is super put together. The only issue is that it is usually always sold out.
Another go-to for cute loungewear has always been Forever 21. If you want a cute pj set with eggs and bacon or come smiling avocados, F21 is your place. But what I have really been wanting for the absolute longest time is terrycloth shorts. These are the typical shorts you have for so long you forgot where you even bought them. I love the color and they even have pockets.
Lastly, I did a DIY on this set as you can probably tell! I took a plain pair of black joggers from Walmart and bleached them, then cut them up to create shorts and a top that I saw Brittany Xavier create on Tik Tok. It’s a fun and easy DIY.
I have been holding on to this one for a while since I do not really share much of my journey with everyone, but I thought it might be helpful as I know this is a very common issue at this time.
How are you coping? What is your next move?
I have gotten into the habit of writing down a lot of significant things in my life that have happened while I have been in California. I hope to one day create a book that is comical, risky and fashion-forward. One of the tidbits that I wanted to include, and I thought I would share on the blog is about how I am clearly not from California.
I for one am so glad I am not from here. While the people here can be great, many of them are just kind of..blah. I love Texas and I will be going back eventually! I love that I am so loud and outspoken and I’d rather pop a joke that may not be appropriate at the time than not. I am the kind of person that is very transparent, you know exactly how I feel about you.
I get told that I should cover up a bit more sometimes, but I am only this young (and probably this size) once in my life, so I don’t mind. I am going to do the things that I think are fun and take a risk and make that wrong decision because I know that even though it may not be right, it’s not going to change my life as I know it.
I found this cute little bar place in North Hollywood that my coworker invited me to and let me tell you it was a piece of Texas in California. There was country music on and endless chips and guac. Also, if you like margaritas they had some as big as your head! (Well my head probably because I have a small head.) It made me miss home and being with my friends and I struggle sometimes being away, and I never know what is next but I just keep going and see what gets thrown my way.
I have gotten so many comments from people who come into work noticing that I say “y’all” and honestly I never even notice because its so normal for me! When you are around people that share a commonality, you tend to adopt their way of doing things. One thing that I will not be doing though, is removing the word y’all from my vocabulary.
Shoes : Shoe Dazzle
If you’re like me, you are always looking for something new to watch. I have the PERFECT recommendation for you, but I’m sure you’ve already seen it. Good Girls is one of NBC’s best shows of the moment. (And if you’re like me who likes a refresh of season’s past it also is on Netflix!)
With so many twists and turns I never know what is going to happen next. The show is all about three regular mothers who’s plan to rob a grocery store takes them down a crime filled path. They get involved in money laundering, pill exchanges, murders and more! Each time they narrowly escape the FBI and have time to make dinner for their families.
When we last saw beth, she had just shot Rio as he was beating up Agent Turner. Now he’s out of the pictures and the girls are ready to build an empire all their own. Honestly, things aren’t always what they seem and for some reason, I predict that Rio might just lay low for a bit then come back because Agent Turner said that he had a chance if he called the ambulance right away… but with this show WHO KNOWS!
If you like a comedy-infused drama then this is a great watch. It’s more of a mix between ‘Thelma and Louise’ and ‘Breaking Bad’.
So who’s my favorite character? It’ll have to be Rio! He’s more of a bad-boy type and someone you just don’t want to mess with but you can’t help but be interested in! Yeah, he is definitely the “wrong crowd” but he is straight up, gets things done, and doesn’t lie about being one of the good guys!
Here’s a quick peek on his character from NBC : https://www.facebook.com/286094561830947/posts/1022301858210210
Want more insights on the girls’ crimes? Check out this talk with a few more die-hard fans : https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=838453833269768
I’ve been seeing a lot of New Year posts and posts about the previous decade. It got me thinking about what I have done in the past year/decade. I am working on comparing myself to others and that is basically what this post is about. Everyone has their own timeline. While I am busy comparing myself to those that have done more, there are people wishing that they were in my spot. That is so important to remember.
I remember thinking that you’re supposed to go to school, graduate college, get married, buy a house and then have kids. While I mean that could still happen for me in that order, I know a lot of people that are already married, already have kids and do not own a house. So who is to say what is right and what is wrong? Who is to say you’re not supposed to end up with someone or that’s not how it’s supposed to happen? There is no instruction manual and while that works for most people that does not mean that is how it has to go.
Your timeline is about whatever you want it to be. And even then sometimes you cannot control that. You meet who you should when you should. You move when you want to. You adopt a dog when your lonely, or a baby when you’re ready. At the end of the day, it’s about a mix of fate and faith.
Coat : Showpo // Belt : Princess Polly // Shoes : Public Desire
I started reading three articles a day over the holiday break. Most days I read only 1 or 2 but I always shot to read at least three. I never really use my twitter but I decided to start using it for finding articles to check out regarding fashion, celebrities, beauty, and trends.
Social media is always a tricky one as there are so many things it can be used for; showing off, investigating, news, etc. I choose to use each platform differently, and until now, I never really had a purpose for going on twitter every day. I use the discover page to learn about news in general as well as find out more about big breaking stories in the media. I always scroll all the way down to fashion and beauty and the bigger publications have their most recent stories posted.
- Influencers over the age of 60
- Fashion Trends Analytics of 2019
- Florence Pugh on her age gap relationship
- Latinx-owned beauty brands as mentioned by Nylon
- Have you heard of Kevyn Aucoin’s new Glass Glow Face product? You should!
- Greta Thunberg on Climate change as told by British Vogue
Got a favorite publication? What is it?
So I know that I haven’t really expressed what I do at work so I thought I would write a post as not even my parents really understand! I have had a few other jobs leading up to this one and this is the one that I have been most happiest with and it is really expanding my career.
I work in a showroom in Los Angeles. I had no idea what a showroom was until I got here but now I think this is what I had been looking for! So there are various kinds of showrooms, mine looks after fashion brands and gets them editorial and celebrity based placement. We loan our independent brands from around the world for commissioned shoot which end up in fashion publications or we loan garments for celebrities to wear to events.
Some showrooms have super well known brands such as PLT, BNKR, Guess, Stewart Weitzman and more!
When a stylist comes in, we assist them in finding garments that match their brief or mood board as well as grow personal relationships with them so we may continue to assist in their upcoming projects. I have seen the garments go from the showroom to those glossy covers that everyone flips through and have seen celebs strutting down the carpet with our pieces.
Every press shot we receive is a win for not only the designer, but the stylist and our agency as well.
I spend my days keeping up with samples, looking for press, assisting stylists in appointments and pitching the brands I look after. The showroom I work in is a boutique showroom which is smaller and has independent brands mostly from London.
I love where I work and who I work with and I have learned so much. I really enjoy learning more about the industry as a whole and I am excited to see where I go from here!
Blazer : Forever 21 // Boots : Top Shop // Belt : PLT