Monday, February 22, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Beauty

Products to Beautify You--

Early in every new year is a great time to get your skincare and product choices in order.  You can still find a lot on sale, and the weather changes enough these days to see how things work out.  

Here are some of our favorite, must-have products.  Check them out for yourself!

Skin Deep Body Care
This is definitely one of our faves for so many reasons.  It's created by a lawyer by trade, converted to beauty (we love legal niches!).  It's a Chicago-made brand.  And, AND it works wonders on your skin!  The souffles are amazing, but the scrubs and washes are great, too.  They've even added lip care.  Order now!

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
PTR is the foundation of clear skin.  This product not only keeps facial aging at bay, but regulates oil production and brightens.  If you struggle with oily skin and acne, this is your best weapon!  

While PTR is a great cleanser for sensitive or oily skin, "cocktailing" cleansers makes certain you are getting all the treatments you need.  To exfoliate from the inside--out, use this Glam Glow mask 2x, weekly.  Wash prior to applying the mask with the PTR cleanser and this Glam Glow Clearing Cleanser.  Results...amazing. 

This one is another cocktailing mix. Mix this one with the PTR cleanser on days when you've been overexposed to dirt, need a good, deep cleanse, or are having a skin situation calling for a little extra attention.  Just a little goes a long way.  

Fresh's toner is a great complement to this skincare regimen.  It not only helps even the skin tone, but provides moisture.  Your skin may feel a bit dry after using the PTR cleanser, but that's a good thing if you're oily.  This toner is the 1st step in restoring the moisture your skin needs and protects it against everyday environmental agitators.  

If you have dark spots or discoloration of any kind, this moisturizer is just for you.  It is perfect for both warm and bitter cold weather, providing just the right amount of moisture and sun protection. 

This is basically a miracle cream for oily skin.  It keeps shine away all day, and helps fight acne.  Never go a day without this moisturizer.  Add just a little in the T-Zone or other often oily areas, and watch it work.  You'll never shine again!

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant
A clay exfoliant is an absolute must.  Use the Glam Glow mask to exfoliate below the surface, use this one to smooth the top layer, while sending dead skin cells away.  1x each week is all you need.

This is great for any time of year, but winter especially.  Use just a couple times a week to keep your lips soft and restore moisture.  Plus, it smells great and is not too harsh. This is the perfect base of those often-drying, but cute matte lipsticks!

Fresh Coco Body Exfoliant
What can we say, Fresh makes some pretty good stuff!  This body scrub, used 2x a week will leave your body feeling smooth and supple.  It not only removes impurities and winter roughness, but it smells great!

A little soft scrubbing is a must at least 1x each week.  Depending on which brush or cleanser you feel you need, you can't go wrong with a deep clean here and there. The Deep Pore Cleanser and Skin Illuminating Cleansers are a fabulous combo.  Your super soft skin will thank you.  

It's like magic.  If dry or thin hair is your issue, use coconut oil to make the change.  Applying it to your scalp nightly, or every other night--especially in the winter--keeps your scalp happy.  It also thickens weak strands right at the root.  Coconut oil makes a great ingredient in any homemade hair mask or deep conditioner. It can also be added to your face if the winter weather is working overtime to dry your skin. You MUST have this in your beauty bag.  You can buy it at any grocery store. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

France's Fashion Laws Could Influence Change in the U.S.--

While a change in the models we see strutting down the catwalk may be a fashion week or 2 away, a new French law could be just what effects the change.  This past December, France passed a law ultimately protecting the health of fashion models, requiring medical professional clearance to work.  The requirements are for both print and runway models.

The U.S. has taken a step to address child labor laws at the national level, but is also being pressed to do the same for adult models hitting runways, commercials, and print ads.  With Paris being considered a fashion capital to many, this landmark change happening on their turf 1st is likely to force a tide change in other fashionable cities and countries as well.  The American Journal of Public Health applauded the French law and encouraged something similar to pass in America.  It is highly unlikely a designer would show looks on certain models in 1 city, without keeping those looks pretty similar in another.  

On the heels of our race in fashion post, it is important to know diversity in fashion calls for both cultural and physical integration.  As many French designers faced backlash for resisting the change and pressure to "infringe on their creative control", the same would be the case here if the battle got too hot.  With many designers already responding to calls for more diversity in fashion--working to address both racial and physical inequalities in the industry, we are hopeful this trend will be as long-standing as denim in every closet.

International Business Times delved a bit deeper into this trend change.  Check our more here

...See, we told you fashion law was intellectual property and more!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Honors

Icons in Black Fashion and Entertainment--

After talking about the diversity void in the fashion industry earlier this week, we wanted to highlight some trailblazers in the industry.  These folks made names for themselves when the norm was not to--and have been more critical to today's entertainment landscape than many realize.

Thanks and honors to them!

Dr. Susan McKinney Steward - 1st black M.D. in NY, the 3rd in the U.S.

Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin - Boston Suffragist; 1st Black Newspaper Publisher

Oscar Micheaux - 1st African American to produce a feature-length film

Nina Mae McKinney - 1st African American performer signed to a long-term contract by a major Hollywood studio

Ethel Waters - 1st African American to record and popularize standard songs, 1st black actress to star with an all-white cast on Broadway, 1st to perform on the radio, 1st to be nominated for an Emmy

L'Tanya Griffin - 1st African American fashion designer to have a contract with a Hollywood film studio

Grace Jones - The original eclectic Black Model

Josephine Baker - Multitalented performer, who graced stages in America and overseas

Teresa Graves - 1st African American woman to star in her own long-running TV series drama

Jeni Legon - 1st African American tap dancer to have a career as a soloist

Dorothy Dandridge - 1st African American to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress

Margot Webb - Known for her fabulous glamour shots, often with fancy nail designs.  She also coached beauty contestants.

Helen Williams - 1st African-American fashion model to crossover into mainstream

Donyale Luna - 1st African American model on the cover of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, British Edition

There are so many more to  list, but we had to acknowledge these few.  Be sure to check out Vintage Black Glamour for more on the leaders highlighted here, and more! The book is a treasure.

Monday, February 15, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

The Race to Erase Race in Fashion--

NFYW is in full swing and the next best looks are on 70several runways.  But there's still an underlying issue many designers and models are facing.  Young girls are facing it, too--diversity on the runway.

It's no secret "high fashion" has been heavily saturated with white models for as long as we can remember.  Sure, there are notable models of color, but the field is not as plentiful.  Efforts to change this have been getting stronger and stronger.  

Fashion icon and advocate Bethann Hardison has been hosting diversity panels at NYFW for the last few years.  She's partnered with the CFDA to help push forward the agenda of having models of all races be commonplace in fashion generally, and fashion week shows, specifically.  CFDA keeps quite busy on important causes like this, model health, and body image.  With panels and campaigns pushing the industry to make changes, the question still remains whether fashion execs are listening...and if so, which ones, and how well are they doing?

The lack of diversity in fashion is not new, and is not solely about race.  There are size, including height and weight disparities, too.  The racial issue is of an increased relevance now, as the entertainment industry is also struggling with this issue.  #OscarsSoWhite has been heavy on social media and in Hollywood board rooms as the industry battles its own diversity desert.  When there were diversity problems in society in the past, laws were passed and policies were implemented to help guide the change.  Does fashion need its own bylaws to make sure the models reflect the targeted consumer?  Every consumer?  Workplace fairness?

What's most interesting here is the irony in fashion being an industry built on trendsetting; what's new and different.  Yet, the trends of its inception are what still guide the everyday practices of this billion-dollar industry. This financial success is not what it seems.  The clothes change...well, they are a bit recycled decade to decade--but the look of the average model stays the same.  Nearly 80% of the models in the major fashion week shows are white.  What does this say to young African, Asian, and Hispanic children, wanting to walk a runway some day?  Having entities like the Bailey AgencyBlack Fashion Week USAHarlem's Fashion Row, and others are critical, but we all know more is needed on all sides.

What efforts have you heard about to increase diversity in fashion?

Here are some fab looks of diversity in fashion.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Friday, February 5, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

Burberry Trailblazes "See Now, Buy Now"; Skirts Fakes

With smartphones being more commonplace than almost

any other item in our daily lives, they've had both positive and harmful affects on the fashion industry.  The "Runway to Rack" model has created its own lane in fashion, and unfortunately hurt designers.  This is the business model allowing a photo of a runway design to immediately hit a manufacturing table, and in as little as 2 weeks--a fast fashion rack.  Luxury, and even startup brands have struggled with this quite a bit in the last decade or so.  Technology, talent, and sales all cut both ways.  

​"See Now, Buy Now"
Burberry is changing the tide.  Starting in September, the iconic British luxury brand will start hosting only 2 runway shows a year, and make the looks seen on the runway immediately available for purchase. Versus Versace has endeavored on something similar. This will certainly help in circumventing how the "Runway to Rack" method has cramped high fashion's brand protection.  

​More Changes Coming?
This new approach will continue Burberry's show of leadership in digital marketing, as well as complement the CFDA's review of the traditional fashion calendar.  Social media is clearly showing it is here to stay.  Burberry ​is showing its longevity is, too.

Thanks to for this tip!

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