Black Lives Matter: National Resources List

With a heavy heart, I write this blog post. Like many of you I feel an overwhelming weight of sadness over the state of our country. I’m sad that it’s 2020 and racism still exists. I’m sad that we’re in a pandemic, and families are struggling, kids are out of school, hunger relief programs need our support, small business are going under and our economy is at the brink of collapsing, the planet is deteriorating and we are only now having a serious conversation around Black Lives Matter and that police brutality is not okay. So here’s a quick list:

The other note I’ll make is to ask your black friends questions. The amount of fear to speak up out of the potential to be attacked is breeding silence. So ask questions. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to one of your friend then Instagram is an amazing tool as well, DM someone you admire in the black community. Open up. Say something along the lines of I admire your you and your posts, I’m trying to have more conversations with my community, is this statement okay? Or I don’t understand x, y, z can you help explain it to me, I’m working to educate myself and be a bigger ally.

Other ways to help!

NewBeauty TestTube: The Must Have Beauty Subscription Box

NewBeauty TestTube May/June box

Okay beauty lovers, as some of you know I recently joined the NewBeauty team and have been helping curate their beauty subscription service, TestTube. TestTube is the original beauty box and features 8 full size beauty products for $29.95.

The May TestTube includes:

  1. Dr. Brandt pores no more® Luminizer Primer (full size) – $38
  2. Le Mieux Hyaluronic Serum (full size) – $60
  3. Naisture 3-Step Skincare Kit (4 masks: 2 Energizing + 2 Regenerating) $16
  4. NeoCell Collagen Protein Peptides – 2020 NewBeauty Award Winner (full size) $39.95
  5. ORLY Breathable Treatment + Color (full size) $9.99
  6. RUSK PUREMIX Native Fig Replenishing 3-in-1 Leave-In (full size) – $18
  7. ScarAway 100% Silicone Scar Gel – 2020 NewBeauty Award Winner (full size) $24.90
  8. Terra & Co. Brilliant Black Toothpaste (full size) – $25

Total Value of the Tube: $232 for $29.95!

TestTube comes out every other month (6 tubes/year). Each box is $29.95 (or you can subscribe for 1 year for $149.75). It features 8 full and travel size beauty products and has a minimum value of $180+. The May Tube is valued at $232!

Fornasetti Launches Star Lina Candle

Fornasetti Star Lina candle, 300g size available at Olivela

I’ve been a long time Fornasetti admirer. That signature face, the black and white with a pop of red lips always caught my eye. The brand launched their latest candle as part of the Fornasetti Star Lina collection (300g size, $215). The range of candles are available on Olivela.com with 20% off all proceeds going to Save the Children.

Bearing the enigmatic face of Piero Fornasettie’s muse Lina Cavalieri, She was an internationally recognized artist who lived at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, who was known as ‘the most beautiful woman in the world.’ While Piero never met Lina, he considered her face the quintessential image of classical beauty and her face has since become a signature Fornasetti centerpiece.

Bella Magazine Influencer Issue

During quarantine, my final shoot came out with Bella Magazine for their Influencer Issue. To be included online and in their print issue with such an incredible roster of entrepreneurs, designers and influencers and get to work with my friends at Caravan Stylist Studio at The Gregory Hotel feels like a dream now. The Bella glam team Lauren Vena (@makeupartist_lv) for makeup) and Jennifer Capella (@i_am_jennmichelle for hair) made me feel so on point. I loved my one sided braided hair and incredible makeup job that made me feel glam but still like myself. Photographed by Jessica Cirz (@jessicacirzphotography) outside the Gregory Hotel.

Outfit: C/MEO Collective top, Rag & Bone pants, Lagos Caviar Apple Watch, Chanel bag belt c/o What Goes Around, Roxanne Assoulin bracelets.

Thank you Bella for the feature! And the Caravan Stylist Studio for your constant collaboration and support.