When I first heard the story of skincare brand, True Moringa, I was blown away! What the two founders have created is truly inspiring. Kwami Williams, a former aerospace engineer (yes, becoming a rocket scientist was his initial aspiration), and Emily Cunningham, a Harvard economics graduate, are proving with True Moringa that a beauty product can be efficacious, eco-friendly, and nontoxic while uplifting poverty stricken communities. Now that’s beautiful. The two met during their undergraduate studies on a trip to rural Ghana with MIT’s D-Lab program where they were challenged to develop a practical solution to the area’s poverty challenges. The…

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I sat down with, Geraldine Chung, founder of women’s wear shop, LCD, to chat about her story: A self described “tech nerd” who found her way into fashion after leaving a ten year stint in New York City, and now owns the coolest clothing boutique in Venice. Read on for where her fashion inspiration comes from, emerging female-run brands to know, and what’s next for Geraldine and LCD.  Scampering along Lincoln Blvd beneath hat, face visor, and sun scarf yesterday morning looking like Daft Punk wearing a Birka – yes, I take sun protection seriously –  I rushed to escape…

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After sitting in celebrity hair stylist, Kristen Shaw’s, chair at her newly launched Venice salon, Cabin, I walked out with the best.haircut.of.my.life. Hyperbole? Absolutely, not. This hair cut deserves excessive praise. (See here for pics of my hair – air dried?!)  Typically, I hate my hair after a fresh cut and it’s not until a month goes by allowing the blunt ends to soften that I love it. Yet, with Kristen’s scissor + clipper technique, which she learned working for one of the most esteemed hair stylists in New York City, April Barton, whose clients include Ethan Hawke, U2’s Bono…

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There is a depth and wisdom to Lina Hanson, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Lina Hanson skincare, that belies her youth. And after hearing her story I see immediately where such wisdom and vibrant energy comes from. The well travelled skincare founder opens up whole heartedly about her  story, that includes loss and mystery, and explains how an appreciation for nature, animals and people are all components of her gorgeous skincare line. Lina’s energy vibrates through her products, which I cover in an earlier review. But for more on how this Swedish, Pakistani woman hopes to help women rediscover and embrace…

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If you’re a beauty blogger or vlogger, Beauty & The Vlog, needs to be on your radar. The podcast, which releases new episodes every Thursday, takes on an interview format spotlighting Youtube beauty stars, Marketing, PR (including myself! listen to the podcast here) and social media experts who share their insights into this ever expanding world of online beauty. The host and Southern California native, Erika Vieira, started her show in 2014 and manages to juggle its growth while having a full-time marketing sales job, a one and half year old, and another baby girl on the way. I sat…

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