Fashion, V7

BREAD&&BUTTER BY ZALANDO

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Bread&&Butter by Zalando (B&&B) is back with a bang to celebrate its third edition, from today until 2 September at Arena Berlin. Here are the highlights that went down at The Pop-Up of Style and Culture on the sold out first day, opened by David Schneider (Co-CEO Zalando) and Carsten Hendrich (VP Creative Lab Zalando).

Bringing their passion for internationally sourced streetwear to B&&B, 81GB by Superconscious took over the East Side main district with three Show Pop-Ups. Each Pop-Up featured eight street style dance artists wearing their latest seasonal discoveries, especially curated for Bread&&Butter. Superconscious is the 'non-concept' streetwear store in Berlin with hard-to-find streetwear labels varying from South Korean designs to Parisian atelier craftsmanship.

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Timberland teamed up with British award-winning designer Christopher Raeburn to talk about the future of sustainable fashion, moderated by Highsnobiety’s Jan-Michael Quammie. The discussion explored how we can live with an intelligent approach to style as both creators and consumers. Especially for B&&B, State of Fashion hosted one of their meet-ups in Berlin. Each Whataboutery is based on one of the hashtags of their manifesto. In Berlin, the focus is on #FAIRNESS. During the B&&B Talk on Friday, State of Fashion’s Renee van der Hoek explored how we can create a fashion industry that speaks to all and harms few – together with fashion designer Bethany Williams.

Beauty, V7

Introducing Kiehl's Youth Dose Eye Treatment

Kiehl's is pleased to introduce Youth Dose Eye Treatment, a multi-powered eye formula that is clinically demonstrated1 to revive the look and feel of the under-eye area instantly and over time with continued use.

Formulated with an efficacious blend of powerful ingredients, our lightweight, light-reflecting formula instantly smooths, brightens and hydrates the under-eye area and is demonstrated in a clinical study to reduce the look of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness in two weeks.1

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The formula includes Pro-Retinol, a derivative of Retinol (Vitamin A), that in skincare formulas, is often used in products that help smooth skin, reduce the look of fine lines and reduce the appearance of puffiness near the eye. Red Grape Seed Extract, derived from polyphenol-rich grapes, can be used in products that help to boost brightness and minimize the appearance of dark circles, and Vitamin Cg(Ascorbic Glucoside), a form of Vitamin C, which, in skincare products, helps to improve texture and smoothness.

To use, dispense onto fingertip, and gently pat and smooth under the eye and along the orbital bone, morning and evening. Use alone or under makeup.

CONSUMER TESTING

The panelists in our clinical study2 reported noticing the formula's effective under-eye results:

  • 92.6% reported smoother-feeling skin after 2 weeks
  • 81.5% reported that eyes appear brighter all day after 8 weeks
  • 85% reported reduced look of puffiness, wrinkles and fine lines after 8 weeks
  • 83% reported reduced dark circles appearance after 8 weeks
  • 83% reported a more youthful, rejuvenated eye area after 8 weeks

Kiehl's Youth Dose Eye Treatment is $39, and is available at Kiehl's stores and Kiehls.com.

V7, Fashion

Luxury Fashion Label to Present Spring ’19 Collection Inspired by Disney Villains

Disney Villains will take center stage at New York Fashion Week on September 7, 2018, when luxury fashion brand THE BLONDS present ‘Disney Villains,’ a runway show featuring their Spring ’19 collection, which was inspired by some of Disney’s most wicked characters.

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Known for creating glamorously over the top pieces with a rebellious twist, THE BLONDS, co- founded by designer Phillipe Blond and creative director David Blond, will feature looks inspired by villains such as Cruella de Vil, Maleficent, Evil Queen, the Queen of Hearts, Dr. Facillier, Ursula and her dark eel minions Flotsam and Jetsam during the show.

The show will be livestreamed on Disney.com, www.theblondsny.com and www.nyfw.com

Fashion, V7

Actress Jing Tian attends Tob Ford SS19 NYFW

For the first time in the U.S., international film star Jing Tian, arrived in New York for her debut at New York Fashion Week.  Her first stop was the Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2019 runway show (September 5, 2018) at 8:00p.m. at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan.

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Jing Tian, a Xi'an native, graduated from the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy and Beijing Film Academy, which counts world renowned international action stars and actresses Zhang Ziyi and Zhang Yimou as their alumni, respectively. 

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At the age of 28, she co-starred alongside Matt Damon in The Great Wall as Lin Mei, the fearless leader of the all-female Crane Corps.  Most recently she been seen opposite Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson in Kong: Skull Island, and was in the summer hit Pacific Rim: Uprising, starring Scott Eastwood and John Boyega.

Beauty, V7

Verified: Basd Body lotion: Seductive Sandalwood

  • Who: BASD
  • What: basd body lotion - seductive sandalwood
  • Where: Click here
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DETAILS FROM BRAND: this plant-basd lotion, made with organic aloe vera juice and organic coconut oil, is all kinds of luxurious. it’s perfect for everyday moisturizing, so your skin will always feel nourished. plus we know basd babes will love this warm and woody sandalwood-bergamot fragrance, with alluring floral and citrus notes and a sophisticated hint of spiciness. the scent is soothing and calming—perfect for both the start and end of a busy day.

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Product Benefits

Five organic moisturizers won’t clog your pores—aloe vera juice, sunflower oil, shea butter, coconut oil and cocoa butter come together for the ultimate in hydration.Hit of caffeine for the powerful benefits of targeting skin imperfections, like acne, stretch marks and cellulite.


*PLEASE NOTE,  DISCLAIMER: ALTHOUGH OUR EDITORS TRIED THIS PRODUCT AND VERIFIED IT, THIS IS OF OUR OPINION. EVERYONE REACTS DIFFERENTLY TO PRODUCTS. USE DISCRETION AND USE AT YOUR RISK.*

Beauty, V7

Verified: Shady Afterglow by the shady sun

  • Who: The Shady Sun / Shady Afterglow
  • What: Tan enhancing lotion
  • Where: Click here

DETAILS: How to use

Apply 1-2 times a day after your initial shower. Let your lotion thoroughly dry for 8-10 minutes before you dress, giving your body enough time to absorb the benefits of the tan extender lotion. Color will being to develop in 2 hours. It is recommended to wait 8 hours or longer between applications. Wash your hands immediately with soap and water after application as there is DHA in our tan extender lotion.

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What can you expect?

  + A luxuriously smooth lotion that dries fast 
  + Formulated with all-natural & plant-derived ingredients
  + No greasy residue left behind
  +  No bronzers to ensure clean hands and clothes once applied
  + Fun coconut scent
  + Helps boost both professionally & self-applied tans
  + Great for facial & body use on all skin types
 
Shady Pro Tip: Use daily without a tan to build up that light glow anytime of the year.

*PLEASE NOTE,  DISCLAIMER: ALTHOUGH OUR EDITORS TRIED THIS PRODUCT AND VERIFIED IT, THIS IS OF OUR OPINION. EVERYONE REACTS DIFFERENTLY TO PRODUCTS. USE DISCRETION AND USE AT YOUR RISK.*

#GOODMEN, V7

GOODMEN: Guy talk with Actor J. August Richards

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You are the writer of the series Giants. Talk about the inspiration behind this project? How long were you working on this for?  (Previous projects include Angel, Agents of Shield, Notorious). 

I had to get involved in the show because it was the opportunity to do something without asking permission. That’s what we drew me to the project. My friend James Bland did the whole first season himself. He wrote every episode, directed most of the episodes, and he just wanted to tell his story. I helped him from the sidelines. I was a consulting producer on the project. I would read his scripts, watched his cuts and it was turning out so well. Then he aired the first season. Issa Rae and James have a business relationship, and she saw it and liked it, so she decided to put it on her platform. So the show ended up being so successful that he was able to get a lot of sponsors and more money to make a second season. James decided to hire a writers room, which I’m a part of, as well as a few other writers. He also chose to hire different directors to direct each episode so he could focus on his acting. I directed the first two episodes, and that’s how I got involved. 

Is directing something you’ve also thought about pursuing?

When it was time for me to choose what college I was going to go to I wasn’t sure if I was going to be a film or theater major because I have an equal passion for acting as well as directing. It was a tough call, but at the very last minute, I decided that I would be a theater major. I decided that I would spend the first half of my career focusing on acting and becoming the best actor that I could be. Also, I wanted to learn by being on set by watching what various directors do. At this point in my life, I’ve watched hundreds of directors work. I have always taken notes about what I thought was effective or ineffective. Over the years I’ve also been directing simultaneously, while I’ve been acting. I wrote and directed a musical in high school and college, two short films and a few other plays. So I’ve always been directing throughout the years. 

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Can you share what your experience was like when you first moved out to Hollywood?

Well I was fortunate because I moved out here to go to college, so I had that protective environment in which I had the opportunity to thrive in L.A., I make myself very available to other actors here in L.A. I have a lot of young actors who I mentor. I worry for them because this is a challenging environment to move into without going to school or having a protective environment. It’s a very isolating town. I was very grateful because all of my best friends are the people that I went to college with and twenty years later we’re all still best friends. So I have a tight-knit group of people who whether I’m up or down they love me. That’s what scares me for other actors here in this city: your value is based upon where your career is. People will drop you or pick you up based on how successful you are. The most important thing you can do is to surround yourself with people who love you for who you are.

Cocktails: If you could have a cocktail with anyone, who would it be? What would you drink? What would be your first topic of conversation?

There are thousands of people I would want to have cocktails with, but in this exact moment I feel like I would want to have a bottle of scotch (specifically Lagavulin) with Tilda Swinton. I feel like Tilda Swinton is an actor that I could learn a lot from. I’ve watched her work, and I feel like all of those things that I’m working on, that I want to be better at in my acting, she has down. I would love to work with her and drink with her. I feel like she has this “fuck it” attitude deep down in her spirit that I wish that I had. 

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If we were to spend a day with you on your day off, what would we be doing? 

I wake up, pray, and meditate. Then I go to Starbucks and get a Blonde Roast Coffee. I come back home and watch TV. Then I go to the gym, work out for an hour and a half, go into the steam room then I go to lunch. I come home and watch tv again. In the evening, I’ll go out for dinner or do something with a friend. Hopefully later that night one of my favorite shows are on (The Assassination of Versace). That show right now is my favorite show, and then I’ll watch something on Netflix. After that, I’ll go to sleep. Oh, and I will also try to go to the spa at some point in the day. There are some great Korean spas here in L.A. I would go to the Korean Spa and get a body scrub after my workout which feels so good. Those are my days where I have absolutely nothing to do.

You’re the definition of pure inspiration! Can you share a time where you felt like giving up? How did you overcome that? What advice do you give to others when it comes to following their dreams? 

Before book Agents of Shield, I was out of work for about eighteen months. Before that, I only had two guest star roles. I had a very long dry spell for about three years. I think that was attributed to the fact that I was in my mid-thirties, but I looked like I was in my mid-twenties. I think it affected the way I was cast. During those three years, I had a tough time booking roles. So much of my life changed because of that. I look back at it now and think it was the most significant period of my life because I learned that I could not look to my career, popularity, money, attention, etc for self-esteem. During that time I learned the true definition of self esteem-how to generate it from within. I think that is the most important thing anyone can walk through this life with. It is the ability to validate yourself from within. Not looking at anything on the outside to make yourself feel good. For you to be able to feed yourself by yourself. I think that is the greatest gift anyone can ever have. If I ever have children that is the only thing I want to teach them. 

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What’s a mantra/quote that you live by daily?

Who cares?! That’s the mantra that I live by daily. It’s powerful for me because I tend to make everything too important. The reality of the situation is that you think that something is so important and other people aren’t thinking about it five minutes later. 

"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." -With that said, what would you like to see manifest in the next year for yourself?

I would like to see myself engaged in a creative activity with a group of people who inspire me towards more magnificent artistry and greater humanity. I want to be working on something that I feel has the potential to make people feel alive. I would also like to do that in my personal life. I want to be surrounded by a community of people who are connected and interconnected. That’s all I want.

That has nothing to do with winning awards, making a lot of money, or being very famous. It has nothing to do with any of that. When I look at Giant, I feel so successful because that is what I just described. It doesn’t matter if the whole world knows about it. I know that people who need it will find it and it will mean something to them. That’s the only thing that I care about.

Complete this sentence: Never have I ever….

Been to Africa...and I want to go (laughs).
 

YOU CAN GET TO KNOW J. AUGUST RICHARD HERE

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#GOODMEN, V7

GOODMEN: Guy talk with Psychic Medium Tyler Henry

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Photography by: Yu Tsai 

When we talk about Good Men we know Tyler Henry is on the top of our list. He is more than a medium and it is apparent that he emanates a very pure energy. Tyler truly wants to help people and not only does he have the gift but he has a beautiful heart. Speaking with him was an honor. Grab your cocktails ladies and gentleman. You don’t want to miss this interview.

You have your show Hollywood Medium, which has been a HUGE success! You’ve helped so many people connect with those who have crossed over to the other side. Talk to us about the first time you became aware of your own abilities and then how the show come about?  Did you have to do a reading for the producers (laughs) before it was picked up?

This all started for me when I was only ten years old. I had a premonition of my grandmother’s death. One night I just woke up and knew that she was going to pass away. I didn’t know how to explain it, but I just had this feeling. I went into the room and tried to tell my mom, and as I was explaining to her that we needed to say goodbye to my grandmother, we got a phone call. My mom picked up the phone, and it was actually the news that my grandmother had just passed away. I started working professionally as a medium when I was sixteen. Through word of mouth, I ended up reading various people, and my first celebrity client was Sarah Paulson.

How did the show get picked up by “E?” What was the process like for that?

It was funny because it kind of just fell into my lap. What ended up happening was I went to a Christmas party where I met our executive producer, and he was interested in a reading but was also a bit skeptical. So we sat down the next day, and I did this reading for him, and it really blew his mind. I made a very close connection to a friend of his. When he realized the impact this could have, he stood back and said, “wow this is interesting, maybe this is something that could be brought to television.” We shot a sizzle with three readings and, within about a month, E had offered to give us a show.

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It’s been said that many psychics and mediums actually can’t predict their own future. Do you believe this is true? What has been your experience with this?

I find for myself, that I am rarely able to tell my own future. In the times that I am, it usually has to do with something that is a life or death situation. For some reason, I think I am not able to read myself as much, and I really think it’s because of bias--because as human beings we have our own hopes, fears, and expectations and it’s difficult to put that to the side when it comes to ourselves. There are cases where if I am about to be in a dangerous situation, I will get a gut feeling. In fact, when I was eighteen years old, I had a premonition about a near death experience where I was actually in the car with my mom. We were driving, and I looked over at her and said, “mom, I think my brain is swelling.” Three weeks later, I was hospitalized with brain swelling and had to go into emergency brain surgery because I had a brain cyst. That was a life-changing moment.

If you could have cocktails with anyone living or dead (which you could haha) who would it be, and what would you drink?

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Edgar Allen Poe would definitely be my answer. I would have chocolate milk (laughs).

Most people know you as “Tyler Henry, the medium” but who is the real Tyler? If we were to spend a day with you on your day off, what would we be doing?

Well...I rarely have a day off, (laughs) but when I do, I end up doing the most boring thing possible. I just lounge around, take naps, and watch tv. I’m literally the most boring person when I’m not working because what I do requires so much energy. I spend time doing a whole a lot of nothing. I’m an only child as well, so I feel like it’s important to be able to decompress and be able to have that alone time.

Every one of us faces challenges and challenging times. Was there ever a time in your life you felt discouraged? If so, how did you overcome this? What advice would you give to others based on your own experience?

Definitely. I grew up in a very conservative and religious community. In the very beginning, when I would share these feelings that I would get with people around me, I dealt with a lot of religious opposition. In one case, I had shared something with a girl who I was going to school with, and she ended up telling her mom. Her mom held a prayer circle for me in the local church. I heard about it at school the next day, and it was really painful at ten years old to have someone hold a “prayer circle” for your soul. That experience was actually interesting because in the years that followed after this woman heard about me a little more and she actually ended up asking me for a reading (laughs). It kind of came full circle. I realized from that experience the importance of staying true to who I was. Even when it’s difficult, it’s important to stay true to who we are because it could ultimately be something that we can use as a gift later on. We may not realize that at the moment but what makes us unique is a gift and if we can stick with it, it can really change our lives.

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If you had a roundtrip ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go? If you could bring only one item with you what would it be?

I would probably go to...Tahiti and I would take a toothbrush (laughs).

Share a mantra/quote that you live by daily.

I would say, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
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It seems as if there is the possibility of an “after-life” even though it hasn’t been scientifically proven. There have been many people who have come out and shared their stories when they have “died for a couple minutes” and come back to life. They share similar stories of seeing loved ones, having an out of body experience and not being afraid of death after their experience. They say it’s a place of “unconditional love” and light. Some even say when they communicate with people it’s as if they are telepathically communicating.

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Can you share some words of wisdom for people who might have a fear of death? Also, for those who have lost loved ones, can you share some encouraging words with them that the people who have crossed over aren’t actually far from them?

Absolutely. My work as a medium reminds me every single day that in doing over a thousand readings, that our loved ones are never really that far away from us. They are always connected to us. I’ve also seen through my own near-death experience how the other side is not that far away. Anybody could be in the position where they face potentially transitioning. I think it’s vital that we know that our loved ones are around us through the validations we see and feel. Harnessing our own intuition is a significant part of that because it can allow us to see the signs when they are there, and it can help us navigate our lives.  

If we want our loved ones who have crossed over to come to visit us, how can we ask them to do that?

I think people should have more of an open dialogue with their loved ones and communicate with them as if they are still here in some way. I do believe that they pick up and feel our intentions. They can express a purpose back, and I often see that through signs and my own experiences.

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Fitness, V7, #GOODMEN

Fitness tips with celebrity trainer Alec Penix

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Three fitness tips everyone should know for the summertime:

I base everything off exercise, diet, and sleep. For exercise, I would think people want to focus on the core. In the summertime, you’re in a bathing suit, and everyone wants to look good. For me personally, I’ve been really ramping up when it comes to my core. I want to look great as well. Targeting the core is important regarding exercise. When it comes to sleep, it’s essential that you get an ample amount of sleep because the most change happens while you are sleeping. People are constantly hustling, and they don’t actually realize that all the hard work with the exercise part is thrown out the window because they aren’t sleeping.

It’s not necessarily the amount of sleep you get. It’s more about when you sleep that is most important. Researchers say that when you sleep before midnight is equivalent to four minutes after midnight. Everything is based on light. I try to go to bed before midnight and try to get as much sleep as I possibly can before midnight. I try to wake up when the sun rises. Everything is based on rhythm. Once the body sees light, everything starts to be engaged.

How can people integrate mindfulness and faith with fitness?

Everything is connected. The mind, body, and soul are all linked. For me, I was always physically fit, but I wasn’t necessarily “spiritually or emotionally” fit. I wasn’t completely fulfilled. Something was missing. Wellness for me encompasses it all. I realized I needed to start spending more time feeding my spirit with a healthy diet. Initially, it’s about understanding and putting your attention towards the mindset, “I need to start approaching my life in a way where I focus on my physical well being as well as putting my intention towards the spiritual side.” I feed myself with what I watch--inspirational things or reading scriptures and quotes. All of that stuff becomes habitual in your life. You become what you preach. Your inner man matches your outer man.

That’s very profound. I don’t think a lot of people always recognize that.

I think as a society we don’t always look at the emotional and spiritual aspect as something that is important. We pay attention to what we see every day in the mirror. We neglect this other side of us, and I’m telling you from my personal experience as well as my client’s experience, that people come in here unhappy. They achieve these fantastic physical goals, but they still feel empty. There is still something missing. For my practice, I always have the intention to connect with my client and build that relationship with them. I want to feed them in the most positive way so that when they leave here, they feel better about themselves.

They see you as a coach.

It is vital for me to embody that. I just want to connect with them because I want to share what I know and share who I am. I feel inspired and want others to feel the same.

When you’re authentic and coming from that place, it allows others to respond in the same way.

It becomes a “heart” thing, and when it becomes a heart thing it turns into something that is emotional, and when it becomes emotional, you can break those walls down, and that’s when you see lives change.

Share some tips on how people can fit in workouts while they are traveling.

I think it’s important to have the right expectations when you travel. I train so many people who are motivated to do their workouts. They get discouraged when they travel because they can’t maintain what they are doing here--that’s just not realistic. I tell them to try and make their habits the same as they are at home. Do the best you can and don’t  try to make these “impressive gains.” Try to maintain your lifestyle because by doing that, you are keeping it more familiar. When we keep things more familiar, we feel more comfortable, motivated and inspired. I would say do what you can with what you have. So if all you have is your hotel--there are so many resources out there (YouTube, Instagram, etc.) to help us and you can even do a ten-minute workout. Just get the blood going and the sweat going. Squats, push-ups, planks, and crunches. You don’t need much space to do these workouts at all.

How is your book Seven Sunday’s different than other books?

My book touches on both faith and fitness, which is an incredible concept and so unique!

A lot of times people achieve these physical goals, but something happens after that. They sort of “fade away.” My book is different because it’s really about focusing on the heart of the individual first and foremost. With this book and this journey I take them on--I want to pull those “weeds” out from our past that created these bad habits. With most exercise books, we try to “get in shape,” but we aren’t understanding emotionally and psychologically what is going on inside us of us. All of us are dealing with stuff. With Seven Sundays, I want to take them on a spiritual and physical journey so people can understand what is happening on a deeper level and not only look for what is in the mirror.  So the goal is, once the journey is over (Seven Sundays), I want them to be able to sustain it as a lifestyle. I’m great with people achieving physical success, but I want them to achieve emotional and spiritual success as well. I want them to be able to have more fulfillment and purpose in life, to spend more time with their family, give more, and share more. All of that is super important to me, but that doesn’t happen from just doing twenty-one days of ab work. It’s really about understanding what is going on inside of the individual so they can healthily approach this process. I did that by creating a devotional--I take them through something called the six pillars of promise. I won’t go into too many details, but it’s about creating those habits in us that brings us to a place where we are starting to feel better about ourselves and loving ourselves so we can give and share more. It’s forty-three days total. I’ve gone through experiences where I’ve heard people say “do it for twenty-one days, and it will become a habit” but I’ve tried that, and it doesn’t work. I needed more time and wanted to expand it to forty-three days. I can’t wait to share more with you.

 

What to read & Watch?, V7

What to watch? White Like Me

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Tell us about White Like Me. What inspired the idea for the story? 

White Like Me is a film about a Black female struggling artist who is so frustrated with where she is in life and so fascinated with the idea of white privilege that she decides to make herself look like a white man to see if things work out differently for her. 

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Brandee - During the time that Michael was on 90210, I often secretly asked myself, "would that happen to me if I were white?" Would that agent not want to meet with me or sign me? Would girls aggressively try to sit on his lap while we were at a bar? Would I be overlooked when an invitation was sent out? Would that acting teacher have cast him in her showcase without even considering me, even though I studied with her and he never did? Would that actress he did a movie with have referred to a black man as a "nigger" if Michael's wife were white? What if? What If? What If? The "what if" drove me crazy. And, one day I was sitting in the Actors Studio watching beautiful scene work, and I thought, "what's the role I would love to play if I, an average Black actress in Hollywood, had more opportunity? I'd love to be challenged and explore a character opposite of myself, a white man! That thought, combined with the "what if" drove me to write, White Like Me. 

What message would you like to send out with this film? How would you want audiences to perceive it? 
Brandee - Michael is all about stepping out of your box and exploring your subconscious. He challenges me with that, and he's great about talking about it. I think his ideas have such a great message for  ALL people, step outside of your comfort zone, take a risk, see what happens. Don't get killed, but learn something about yourself and your true feelings so that you can heal.  
Michael - In a world where some people are trying to be too moral, I thought it would be fun for Brandee to explore her dark side. Sometimes you have to flirt with your unconscious, explore it, and negotiate with it for you to heal any hurt feelings that may be buried inside of you. Most people ignore or hide their darkest feelings or thoughts. I think it's essential to transmute those dark feelings into art and make something beautiful. 
Brandee - Would hope that audiences walk away seeing that black women can be strong, and beautiful and bold and comedic and ridiculous and a leading lady without having it have to be a stereotype or a "black movie." 

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Tell us about the creative process - 
Michael - The creative process has been one big adventure. I think it helps that we're so enthusiastic about this project. We love it, and that has carried us. Because we're so excited, other people get excited. 
Brandee - This has been such a scary, vulnerable process! It's bizarre to put yourself out there and ask people for money so that we can produce a film. In the past we self-funded, but this is a feature film, and we're just going to need help. Although this campaign has been so great, I was nauseous for the first few days and so uncomfortable with the idea of the crowdfunding process.  But, I have been motivated by my love for this film and how the idea of people enjoying watching this movie as much as I enjoyed writing it and reading it over and over again. 
Brandee - When we did the makeup test, it was incredible. The makeup artist was just amazing. I had been working on the character for almost a year, but there was nothing like getting to put the makeup on and become the character you've created. It was unbelievable. 

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Michael & Brandee - Tips? Surround yourself with dreamers and optimist who are also A-types! You want to work with people who get work done, not with those who talk about getting stuff done. Stay away from negative people; they may be upset that they're too fearful to go after their dreams. If you believe in your project, don't let anyone bring you down. Keep your eye on the ball and keep climbing. Read, The War of Art! 
Couple Goals - What's the best thing about working with each other
Michael and Brandee - It helps that we've known each other since we were 12 years old! We know how to switch relationship hats, we go from husband and wife to brother and sister to best friends to business partners pretty quickly. And our communication has just gotten better and better. 
Michael - Brandee's honest with me. You don't have to question if she's "just being nice." If she says it, she means it. I like that. I love that if something's not right, it's probably not right and if something's fantastic, it's probably fantastic. 
Brandee - In the areas where I'm hesitant or uncomfortable, Michael always seems to be fearless. If I'm like, "let's not send that person another email, they're not responding; they're probably not interested..." Michael will write them three or even five more times until he gets a response and then shrugs casually if it's not the response he wants to hear and move on to the next person I'm hesitant about. He's a real producer! 
 

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Beauty, V7

Urban Decay's NAKED Palette is no more.

Today, the beauty world mourns Urban Decay's beloved Naked Palette, the product that revolutionized neutral eyeshadows.  

A little bit naughty, often dramatic, and always in the press, the innovative game-changer and category creator will be laid to rest after eight years, without a smudge of regret. Passionate NAKED collectors -- and pretty much anyone with eyes -- will remember NAKED as the beauty product that changed their lids forever. It was beautiful and mythical and millions of superfans, from misfits to moms to models, will miss NAKED from Virgin to Gunmetal.

Wende Zomnir and Urban Decay conceived NAKED in 2010. The now famous, infamous and eponymous flow of champagne-inspired neutral tones, came to life after Wende asked her product development team for the four eyeshadow shades they would bring to a desert island. After seeing the assortment of beautiful nudes, almost instantaneously, NAKED was born.

"Saying goodbye to NAKED is extremely bittersweet," says Zomnir, founding partner of Urban Decay. "It was a big moment in our history. It's a little painful to leave your past behind, but it's also essential to always evolve. I will forever miss NAKED, but we plan to turn the grief into even more greatness. Urban Decay will continue to thrive in NAKED's memory and honor -- just wait and see."

NAKED went straight from its infantile stage to instant star power. No one can deny it ran in the fast track -- every six seconds, someone bought one. Forbes called it "the iPhone of Makeup." NAKED was a hustler at heart. It made over $1 billion since 2010. To this day, over 30 million NAKED Palettes have been sold and Urban Decay remains one of the top eyeshadow brands in the world.

The funeral is being held today in Newport Beach, CA in a nude-colored field with badasses and beauty influencers alike. Kandee Johnson, Christen Dominique, Katy DeGroot, Shayla Mitchell & Chrisspy will all be in attendance, with a eulogy by Nicole Richie.

Waterproof mascara required.

V7, Photography & Style

Romantic French Styled Shoot

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WHO WHAT WHERE

Bakery: Custom Cake Design//Dress Designer: Sheri Autry Couture//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Mens Wearhouse//Calligrapher: Pia Chella//Ceremony Location: Milton Ridge//Event Venue: Milton Ridge//Beauty:Ella Beauty Team//Floral Designer: Jireh's Flowers & Events//Photographer: Weddings By Hana//

V7, Couple Street Style, Photography & Style

Couple Street Style: Jayson and Karen

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WHO WHAT WHERE

Apparel: J Crew//Apparel: H&M//Fashion Designer:Urban Outfitters//Shoes:Johnston and Murphy//Event Venue: Joshua Tree National Park//Apparel: Stacey Adams//Apparel:Macys//Apparel: birkenstock//Apparel: MVMT//Restaurant: https://www.stranahans.com///Photographer: Astray Photography//