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Thursday
Mar192015

Ashely Judd powerful essay condemning violence against women

 

 

Ashley Judd has taken on violence against women in a big way after she said she experienced misogynist hatred online.  The Insurgent actress opened up about her own experience with rape in a powerful essay published on Mic.com on Thursday, Mar. 19, amid her current fight against Internet trolls.

 

Ashley Judd has written a powerful essay condemning violence against women in response to the terrible online comments. In the essay, she takes a stand against not only gender-based verbal violence online, but also violent actions, recalling her own devastating experiences of incest and being raped twice.

 On Mar. 17, she told NBC News that she would be pressing charges.

"What happened to me is the devastating social norm experienced by millions of girls and women on the Internet. Online harassers use the slightest excuse (or no excuse at all) to dismember our personhood," she wrote. "My tweet was simply the convenient delivery system for a rage toward women that lurks perpetually. I know this experience is universal, though I'll describe specifically what happened to me."

 

of being a woman who dared to share an opinion about a sports team — or anything — on the Internet. After she tweeted her thoughts on the play, she said, “Tweets rolled in, calling me a c–t, a whore or a bitch, or telling me to suck a two-inch d–k. Some even threatened rape, or ‘anal anal anal.’” 

 

Judd then recalled her own past, and explained why she won't stand by the abuse any longer — and neither should anyone else.

"I am a survivor of sexual assault, rape and incest. I am greatly blessed that in 2006, other thriving survivors introduced me to recovery. I seized it. My own willingness, partnered with a simple kit of tools, has empowered me to take the essential odyssey from undefended and vulnerable victim to empowered survivor," Judd wrote. "Today, nine years into my recovery, I can go farther and say my 'story' is not 'my story.' It is something a Higher Power (spirituality, for me, has been vital in this healing) uses to allow me the grace and privilege of helping others who are still hurting, and perhaps to offer a piece of education, awareness and action to our world."

This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times—I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women.

 Who makes the fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery? Our culture, that’s who. The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me as it appears to have been, it is about all girls and women. In fact, it’s about boys and men, too, who are equally objectified and ridiculed, according to heteronormative definitions of masculinity that deny the full and dynamic range of their personhood. It affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self-image, how we show up in our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings. Join in—and help change—the Conversation.

 



Tuesday
Mar172015

Angela Simmons's Foofi Faux Fur Line Launch 

 

Angela Simmons, daughter of Joseph Simmons (better known as Reverend Run of RUN-D.M.C.) and niece of Russell —  Models pose at the launch event for FOOFI By Angela Simmons at  the Manhattan’s Gansevoort Hotel.

 

 Simmons, a vegetarian and PETA supporter, said she stopped wearing fur years ago after researching the way animals were treated .  

Love the look of  fur, but worry about being cruelty-free? Go faux!

 


 The 23-piece collection includes outerwear, vests, hoodies and accessories made from acrylic and polyester faux fur blends sourced in China. Done in a colorful palette and finished with a floral-printed lining, the pieces range from $150 to $495 and will be sold primarily online.  It’s for the New York City girl on-the-go; chic but playful and fun,” she said. “Something that can bring you to work, play, evening

“Modern fake fur looks so much like real fur, that moment it leaves the atelier no one can tell it’s not the real thing.  The decision certainly makes good business sense.  Vegan fashion on the rise as people are looking more for conscious clothing; basically, faux fur is - finally- no longer a faux paus.

It’s a fashion move of which we’re sure that even PETA will approve.

 


 


 

 

Saturday
Feb282015

August Getty F/W NYFW 15

August Getty AW 2015 Collection

 

By: Jiovana Dawson

 

The youngest designer to ever show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week August Getty, introduced his Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection “The Other Woman.” Getty definitely dominated the runway with this magnificent collection and took us “Back to Black, “ with the color scheme. This collection demonstrated that this modern woman is not just “The Other Woman,” but she is also very bold and confident. This luxury ready-to-wear line not only featured one of the hardest fabrics to master, leather, it also featured designs crafted from lace, fur and velvet. The models mastered these amazing looks on the runway with an all-natural face, no accessories and their hair was slicked back. A few front row VIP attendees spotted were Whoopi Goldberg, Shaun Ross, Jerzey Dean, Sophie Simmons, Kristin Cavallari and Shanola Hampton.

 




 

Tuesday
Feb242015

Art Institute Fall/Winter show NYFW 15

MBFW Fall 2015: Art Institute

By Jia Wertz of Studio 15


The Art Institute Fall 2015 Student Show highlighted the designs of 12 students who

competed against other Ai students for the chance of a lifetime: to present their

collection at New York Fashion Week. To my surprise, the one person that stole the

show wasn’t a designer, it was Megan Silcott, a young woman who opened the show by

walking down the runway using a walker.

 

Megan woke up on the morning of August 16, 2012 unable to move, she was diagnosed

with a rare neurological disorder, and was paralyzed form the neck down. Since then,

Megan has been recovering in ways that doctors thought to be impossible. And less than

three years later, she walked the full length of a very long runway at New York Fashion

Week. Megan is determined to fully recover and and pursue her dream of acting or a

career in fashion. I have no doubt that this determined woman will get there. Watching

her walk the runway was astonishing, and clearly the entire audience thought so; they

gave her a standing ovation.

 


 The designs ranged from beautiful to strange, as all shows do at fashion week, but each

one artistic in their own way. Jesus Romero, a student from San Francisco, created his

line with Marlene Dietrich as an inspiration, and it was stunning. The gorgeous flowing

fabrics were constructed in unique yet wearable pieces. What more could a woman ask

for? Romero was definitely the highlight of this show.






Tuesday
Feb242015

A variety of ways to use Coconut Oil

 

 

Coconut Oil is one of the most unique products on the market right now.  The positive rewards it brings to your life upon use are amazing as well.  

 

  1. In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
  2. Moisturize- Coconut Oil has been used as a full body moisturizer. It has been widly accepted as a substitue for lotion.
  3. Added to foods or drinks daily for energy
  4. As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
  5. On the skin as a basic lotion (or coconut oil lotion bar)
  6. In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
  7. In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
  8. As an eye-makeup remover
  9. As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
  10. In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
  11. To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  12. To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  13. To support healthy thyroid function
  14. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
  15. As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
  16. To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
  17. Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
  18. As a delicious tropical massage oil
  19. It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism
  20. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of friz
  21. In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
  22. Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
  23. There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers

Tips from Wellness Mama website

Tuesday
Feb242015

Fifty Shades of Grey not about fun sex games - It's abuse

 

 

Whoever hasn't read the book or saw the movie, I will briefly note that the plot tells the story of literature student Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson), who falls into the net of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), a tormented billionaire whose relations with women are of the sadomasochistic variety. Anastasia, known as Ana, is hesitant to give in to Christian’s sexual conditions – which even include signing a contract stating what she will consent to do. But Christian is so incredibly charming, and the lifestyle he offers so lavish, and Ana – who is still a virgin – may be attracted in some way to the sexual adventures he presents. So she agrees, perhaps also with the thought that she may also be able to free him from the perversions that shape his sexual and emotional world.

 

 Although many fans of Fifty Shades of Grey would beg to differ, a study released today says that the main characters, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, are not just in a relationship involving bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism (BDSM), their connection could also be characterized as intimate partner violence (IPV).

Millions of women around the planet believe Christian Grey is a heartthrob, but researchers from Ohio State University, Columbus, aimed to prove he is guilty of behaviors consistent with classic emotional, physical, and sexual abusers: intimidation, threats, isolation, stalking, and humiliation, as well as forced sex acts, contact against another person’s will, and sexual intimidation and pressure.

 

Can a Man Like Christian Grey Really Change?

In the end, Anastasia liberates him from this and brings him to true love. She is the hero."

Although the relationship begins with him affirming, “I do not do the girlfriend thing” and insisting he is a dominant looking for a submissive, many readers believe Christian Grey changes his tune by books two and three. Anastasia says she wants “more” and desires “hearts and flowers” and he says he will “try” to deliver — and many readers think he does change to become more communicative, compromising, and caring of her needs.

But the OSU researchers seem to think that millions of women have sipped of the Fifty Shades of Grey Kool-Aid. They should never trust a guy like Mr. Grey.

“Even if Christian did ‘try to change’ to ‘give her more,’ his actions are consistently abusive — including stalking Anastasia, intimidating her, isolating her from friends and family, and humiliating her,” said Bonomi. “And I raise the question—Did Christian try to change? Or did he manipulate Anastasia into thinking he was trying to change, as abusers in the 'real world' do

 

We cannot continue to mistake infatuation for romance, or obsession for love.
Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/film/fifty-shades-grey-and-abuse#FLvZOx6sBpELEuqj.99


Tuesday
Feb242015

Hip Hop Artist J. Cole plan to help support single moms

 

 

 

 

At the end of 2014, J.Cole dropped his most prolific album to date — 2014 Forest Hill Drive. Titled after his childhood home in North Carolina.  Speaking with the Combat Jack show for a lengthy breakdown of his new music, childhood, and rise to success, Cole explained his experience moving from military housing to a trailer park to the single family home that graces his latest album cover. Explaining his excitement as a kid to move into the now-iconic address, Cole said he wants to give other kids that same opportunity.

 

“My parents separated before I was even conscious. After we moved back they were separated. When they got divorced we had to move out of the military quarters ’cause you can only live there if you’re married. That’s like real nice housing, it ain’t no mansion but it’s safe. Everybody got jobs, everybody got benefits ’cause they’re all in the Army. When I’m four years old we have to move; it’s me, my brother, and my mother and we moved to Spring Lake, a little outskirt area of Fayetteville. We moved to the trailer park in Spring Lake. It was my first taste of like, ‘Oh, shit. This is nothing like where we came from.’ I knew the energy was not right. I knew my mother was the only white lady in the neighborhood and there was no man in the house.”

 

My goal is to have that be a haven for families. So every two years a new family will come in, they live rent-free. The idea is that it’s a single mother with multiple kids and she’s coming from a place where all her kids is sharing a room. She might have two, three kids, they’re sharing a room. She gets to come here rent free. I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got to the house.”

 


“Appreciation is everything,” he also said. “Life could be both beautiful or ugly depending on how you look at it. It could be both hard and blessed. Heaven or hell. It’s all within us. The devil is in us. God is in us. All of these things are within us. It’s just how we choose to view it, it’s the decisions we make, how we decided to view it.”  It is all Beauty Within.

Monday
Feb232015

Lady Gaga brings tears singing "Sound of Music" songs at the Oscars

 

Lady Gag performed for the first time at the Oscars on Sunday in a special 50th anniversary tribute to "Tribute" The Robert Wise film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, came out in 1965 and won five Academy Awards.

 


 

 

 

Wednesday
Feb182015

NYFW 15: Michael Costello Debuts "Bleu Bottoms" shoes from Stella Hues

NYFW 15: Michael Costello Debuts "Bleu Bottoms" 

 

 

 

 

Stella Hues showcased their Nicola over-the-knee, peep toe "Bleu Bottoms" for Michael's Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week presentation. The edgy in-style gladiator boot features a lace up front adorned with gold coin-sized eyelets and peep toe. The "Bleu Bottoms" are known for their hand painted soles, quality and comfortable fit. The embossed non-skid, blue outer sole was inspired by the romantic blues and riveting turquoise colors of The Virgin Islands’ warm waters.

Uniquely crafted by utilizing the finest materials from Italy, Stella Hues footwear provides the perfect balance of high-end fashion design, exceptional quality and extraordinary comfort.

Mission

“To heel the world, offering absolute comfort, lavish design and fashionable versatility.”   

To view Stella Hues latest fashions please visit www.stellahues.com  

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Feb172015

Gaining a competitive advantage with SEO

 

 

 Branding and business growth is a priority for all companies and entrepreneurs, SEO and Branding Specialist, Gerald Long has been the go-to guy for all things social media helping companies increase their visibility while attracting consumers to their business.  As the CEO of Ads Manager Pro, Long has worked with fortune 500 companies, entertainers, athletes and small businesses willing to invest in their brands.  He sat down with us to gives us tips on how to capitalize on social media and gain an advantage over your competitors.    

  

 #1 Tip Twitter Followers

You should Follow Similar Brands, or pages you like and there top followers in order to better target followers who would most likely be interested in what you are tweeting about. Twitter only lets you go back to the last 600 followers so if you check back every few days you can get a fresh batch of followers from your favorite brands. For every 1000 people you follow you’ll get 150-200 followers.

#2 Tip Website Traffic

You should create an account with google and add your website url to google search engine if you haven’t don’t so already by going to google.com and searching add url to google. This will place your website in the search query and allow googles search spiders to find your website url, also make sure your website description includes keywords that will help determine what you are selling marketing or promoting on your website.

#3 Tip Instagram Targeted Followers

If you are looking to build your brand for sales, or promotions and you need a targeted following utilize the #HASHTAGS on your instagram photos. Each time you hash tag a photo it will be available in the top search for the specific topic for a limited amount of time allowing you to gain traffic from people most like interested in your services.

#4 Tip Don’t Buy Fake Numbers or Followers

If you want to grow a highly engaging community of fans or customers for your brand it will not help to obtain fake followers from these website claiming to sell them. They clog up your account and they keep your message from reaching the real followers that you have. Also it’s a waste of money considering social media platform now erase these ghost accounts from your account and you will not be able to get them back unless you build a real following. Real followers will share your posts to more real people who are interested and cause your page to grow organically.

To contact or hire  Long connect with him on twitter and instagram/twitter @adsmanagerpro

             

Monday
Feb162015

Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief: MBFW NY F/W 2015 Collection

NAOMI CAMPBELL'S FASHION FOR RELIEF: MBFW NY F/W 2015 COLLECTIONS IN MBFW NEW YORK FW 2015 COLLECTIONS

 

 

Fashion show looks from the NAOMI CAMPBELL'S FASHION FOR RELIEF FW 2015 Collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The Official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week YouTube channel provides extensive coverage of runway shows including BCBGMAXAZRIA, Donna Karan New York, Custo Barcelona, Desigual, Rebecca Minkoff, Nicole Miller, Carolina Herrera Charlotte Ronson, Lacoste, Mara Hoffman, Vivienne Tam and Anna Sui

 

Monday
Jan122015

Beauty trends at the Golden Globes

 

 

Red carpets can be a little...predictable, right? From — shimmery gown, Old Hollywood waves, cat-eyes. Sure, there were a few very classically pretty moments at the Golden Globes, courtesy of the usual suspects — Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain — and even a newcomer or two, like the lovely Gina Rodriguez. But, there were (surprisingly) quite a few standouts, too: a violet smoky eye (Lupita!), cat-eyse (Jlo), and quite a few gorgeous lips throughout the evening

 

Jessica Chastain

Chastain looked amazingly sexy with a plunging neckline, beautiful waves and smoky gray eyeshadow winged out past her eyebrow.

 

Emma Stone

The actress looked youthful wearing a jumpsuit, a silvery shimmer on the lower inner eye, and then used a black, shimmery, waterproof Chanel pencil and made a cat-eye.. Her hair deep red hair color( easy waves), which were clasped together in the back with a barette.  

 

 

Lupita Nyong'o

Ms. Nyong’o wore hair natural and looked beautiful — Great choice of choosing bright color eyeshadow courtesy of makeup artist Nick Barose

 

 

Rosamund Pike
“Architecture in hair is on the way back — it looks amazing with the fashion that’s trending right now,” says Tina Andersen, Pike’s hairstylist. “I just gave Rosamund an asymmetrical, razor-sharp bob with a secret undercut in the back and paired with smoky, sultry navy eye makeup.

 

 

Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston is wearing an updo. Her Bronze, glowing skin-the result of combining three diferent foundations (one dark, one true to tone, one ultra light) was the hallmark of the star's red carpet look.

 


Tina Fey
The night’s cohost absolutely killed it by keeping her beauty look refreshingly simple, with lined eyes and a ponytail with major volume.

 


Sienna Miller

Miller looked the part of a California beach girl in the winter, beachy waves, bronze skin and pale pink lipstick.

 

Kerry wore black line  all around the eye, and then layered it with a shimmery, dark-gray shadow for the appearance of a shimmering liner.”

 

Jennifer Lopez

We love JLo over being over the top, barbie styled hair, dark eye liner makeup.


Saturday
Dec272014

Ariana Grande and The Weeknd "Love me Harder"

 

Check out Ariana Grande and The Weeknd showcase their vocals in their latest hit “Love Me Harder.”

The duo’s hit song is still in the top 10 on the Billboard 100 chart...

 

he black and white video features Grande, who’s dressed in a sexy black dress, and a camouflage-clad The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye) taking turns singing their seductive vocal parts over the simple strums of an acoustic guitar.

 

 

 

 

Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Release 'Love Me Harder' Video

 

 

Sunday
Dec142014

Scene Stealer: Tips from a fashionista

 Fashion Files  featuring DT by Abesi Manyando

 

She's a fashionista, socialite and most importantly a beauty with brains and purpose. DT “Scar” Ladon is the woman that your man crush Mondays crush over.  Her beauty is effortless and she is a self-described "tom girl." She rocks a signature Marilyn Monroe-blond pixie cut  (at times) red. DT fearlessly mixes bold colors in her every-day wear. Her statement accessories are a collection of art. Whether she's sporting over-sized designer shades, one of a kind-jewelry, gold-encrusted masks or  Parisian scarves, this trendy jet-setter always leaves a memorable impression. DT's  impeccable original style is often duplicated but she says she doesn’t mind because its all a part of being the fashion trend-setter that she is. Beyond fashion and beauty, she is a confident business minded-woman  and humanist who is always quick to help other women achieve their dreams through her immense network and must-have rolodex.  As St. Louis County (ferguson) became a firestorm of racial inequality, DT put aside her style focus and made it her mission to stand up against injustice through the Mike Brown challenge, asking everyone to raise awareness against violence.  Because she is a kaliedoscope of all things beautiful  it wasn’t hard for us to choose her as one of  Beauty Within's end of the year "scene stealers." Check out her sit-down with us after this year's New York Fashion Week .

 

BW: Describe your style?

I'm a modern day Tom-Girl. La Perla under my boy jeans still the epitome of a Queen...I just run my shit like a king! #TomGirl

 

BW: what's your favorite beauty product?
 

People laugh at me but......Dove Soap,Vaseline and non scented hypo-allergenic baby wipes

 

BW: Who inspires your look

America..the freedom, the choice to be able to wake up and wear what I want is so inspirational!

BW: What designer do you think is going to rule the next year of fashion?


BALMAIN is life from here to eternity

 

BW: What are three items that a girl can add to take an outfit from casual to chic? 

 

Shoes, Lipstick and Attitude

BW: What's an inspirational quote that you live by ?

 

I'm blessed and highly favored walking in righteousness and consistently prospering...At all times I live by this even In my sleep


BW: Finish the sentence.  Beauty is....
 

Beauty is what ever makes your heartbeat faster, it's what ever makes your smile wider and for sure what ever makes happy.    

 

Tuesday
Dec092014

Achieving the perfect holiday look with Lature!

 

The holidays are finally here! In between hectic office parties and those elegant annual seasonal galas, every woman will be in search of the perfect holiday hair style.  Popular celebrity stylist, Dionne Alexander has been the premier go-to stylists for many A-listers and celebrities. With over twenty years of hair care experience and un-parallel expertise, Miss Alexander understands hair like no other stylist. She has diversified her beauty portfolio by creating the highly anticipated ultimate luxury hair care line, Lature.  From micro-cleansing shampoos to conditioners that will reconstruct your beautiful tresses, Lature has an entire product line to help women achieve versatility and opulance all year around.  Lature is our year-end must-have product for 2015. Miss Alexander sat down with Beauty Within TV to offer tips on achieving the perfect holiday hair look utilizing Lature.

  To achieve Brooke's look (pictured above) begin with a Shampoo and condition with LaTure dual micro-cleansing reconditioning system and then do the following:

  1. Prepare the hair for blow-drying with LaTure Klaimit leave-in conditioning spray and 3-4 pumps of krystal polishing gloss
  2. Aerial pre-dry the hair for 30-60 seconds to remove excess water. Then section the hair into 4 or 6 section, then tension dry each section by holding the hair away from the head at about a 45 degree angel with medium tension using the opposite hand in a up and downward motion to dry each section
  3. Once hair is completely dry flat iron the hair throughout smoothing and sealing the cuticle layer.
  4. Make a part on each side of the head from temple to crown creating a square section clip that section separating it from the remaining hair
  5. Using a medium size curling wand, take 1 inch section of the remaining hair and spray the LaTure Atmos-phere hold it spray curling the entire head pinning each curl to allow curl to set.
  6. Once that’s complete take down the top section, decide on you part direct the hair in the direction you choose, with a med curling iron spiral curl the hair away from the face. Let curls set for 10 min.
  7. Remove pins take a wide tooth comb, comb through and style

 

 

To achieve these gorgeous curly coils on Shiona, (pictured above) Dionne recommends these steps.

  1. Shampoo and condition with LaTure dual micro-cleansing reconditioning system
  2. Prepare the hair for blow-drying with LaTure Klaimit leave-in conditioning spray and 3-4 pumps of krystal polishing gloss blow-dry have with a brush leaving a little texture in the hair
  3. With a small curling wand take 1 inch sections of hair spraying each section with Atmos-phere hold it spray curl the entire head pinning each curl to set the curl.
  4. Once curls are complete apply Krystal polishing gloss to hair bend head forward taking your blow-dry brush brushing hair from back to front bushing to desired fullness. Use fingers to shape and style .

 For the woman who loves her beautiful natural style like Tarina (pictured above) Dionne says:

  1. Shampoo and condition with LaTure dual micro-cleansing reconditioning system
  2. Prepare the hair for blow-drying with LaTure Klaimit leave-in conditioning spray and 3-4 pumps of krystal polishing gloss blow-dry have with a brush leaving a little texture in the hair.
  3. Apply Krystal polishing gloss throughout the hair, begin shaping the hair with your hands using Atmos-phere hold it spray and a blow-dryer with a diffuser to achieve the desired style

Lature products are now available on www.laturehair.net

Photography are courtesy of Krystal Rene www.krystalrene.com

Make-up courtesy of Meechie www.pinksheepbeauty.com and Bridgett www.Bridgettladawn.com

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