Beauty Cocktails Girltalk

Beauty Cocktails Girltalk, v6

Beauty, Cocktails & #Girltalk with actress Pepi Sonuga

Nigerian-American actress Pepi Sonuga has moved mountains, or countries, to do what she loves. Actor, singer, and dancer, Sonuga loves to perform. Although a newcomer in the industry, she can be seen on Freeform's popular drama, "Famous in Love" portraying pop star Tangey Turner.

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My motto is “let my work speak for itself.”


I absolutely adore the Mario Badescu drying lotion. I don’t have a severe acne problem, but I have a scarring problem. Which means if I get one tiny pimple, it could leave a scar for months. So it’s critical for me to kill the pimples before they take full form and this product is perfect for that.

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I don’t have a favorite cocktail, I just tell the bartender “sweet but strong.” HA! I do love Moscato though.


Since I was very young, I’ve wanted to entertain.

I’ve been in plays and dance recitals, and I have been singing, dancing, and acting since I can remember. My family still teases me about how confident I used to be about my future, even as a child and even in Nigeria miles away from Los Angeles. But when I migrated with my mother to the States, all my dreams were suddenly within reach, and I think that sent my ambition into overdrive. My mom used to love entertaining, and she would tell me stories of talent competitions and shows when she was in high school. So when she became aware of my dreams, it was only natural for her to be 100% supportive. She never pursued a career in the industry but loved every part of it. This made her the perfect mother to raise a child like me because she was never cynical or trying to “live through me,” she was able to be supportive and happy for me without attaching her own dreams to mine. My mom is definitely the main reason why I went for my goal, because she held my hand through it all and made it feel possible, or at least worth a shot. We sometimes joke that God sent me directly to her because very few Nigerian parents would’ve been as liberal as she was. LOL.

I never gave myself too much time to feel sorry for me.
— Pepi Sonuga

It really does take a long time to become an overnight success

That’s important to know for anyone who has any kind of dream. There have been many moments through my journey where I felt discouraged, crazy, and wanted to give up. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure of what I was doing. When I began in the industry, my worries changed, but I still persisted. You worry if you’re talented enough, if you’re pretty enough, or if you’re too pretty and should rough up a bit if you’re smart enough… there’s so much to worry about if you let yourself. What helps me keep fighting is reminding myself of how far I’ve come. I always tell myself “you haven’t come this far only to go this far.” I’m also aware of how different each of our paths can be, and I try never to compare myself to the next person. What is meant for me can never be taken away from me and I believe that with all my heart. In general, I’ve learned that there will always be a new set of problems. You’re either praying for your first audition to come, or for your show to get picked up to series, or your multi-million dollar budget movie to be a box office hit. As soon as you reach a new level, the bar just keeps getting higher, so I figure it’s easier to just enjoy the ride.

My motto is “let my work speak for itself.” I believe if you show up on time, give it your best shot, put your heart out there for the role, are polite, attempt to be an anchor on set for the crew, and try to have some fun… you can never go wrong. Everyone likes working with their friends, so just become someone that people like being around. This art is a personal one, but the business is a very social one. I’m not saying to make yourself uncomfortable in order to mingle (some of the most brilliant artists were introverts), but instead be a positive and collaborative addition to any environment you find yourself in.

It's important for young kids to have vision and hope. A child has to be able to envision a world bigger and brighter than the one they currently live in. That’s what made my childhood so colorful. I saw the world as my playground even before I had ever left my home… each country an experience waiting to happen. People say “stop dreaming” and "stay on the ground, be realistic.” But sometimes dreaming saves you. You must never stop dreaming about your better future. Hold onto that image tightly and never let anyone take it away. That will get you through hard days. Just remember to put in the work after you’ve woken up because a dream without action will remain just a dream.

When life throws you lemons, just add BEAUTY, COCKTAILS, GIRLTALK. Life obstacles can weigh heavy on your mental and physical wellbeing. How do you stay uplifted, motivated or even inspired to push through and maintain your happiness?

Daydreaming is the biggest thing that keeps me motivated. A daydream is like saying a prayer, meditating, and watching a film about your future... all at once. It’s entirely spiritual if we’re being honest. When I feel down, what gets me up are glimpses into my future. I made a vision board that’s divided into 3 sections: the life I want regarding my career, the life I want personally, and some vague ideas of who I want to be after 50yrs old. It’s filled with photos of Oprah, fancy old Hollywood parties, films I wish I were in, charities I want to start, Beyonce (of course), dream houses, travel destinations, Rihanna magazine covers (of course), and various African superstars. Whenever I start to lose a sense of myself and the reasons I do what I do, I just look at this board, and it’s an instant mood booster. Also, it sounds silly, but when I feel deficient, on my saddest day, the only thing that makes me feel better is watching a cartoon or an animated film, preferably one with a female lead who fights against the odds to achieve her dreams: Mulan, Zootopia, etc. It might seem immature, but I don’t think I’ll ever get over cartoons; they’re so inspiring… why are they only for kids?! Adults need to stay motivated too! We should also believe anything is possible! That message shouldn’t be exclusive to children! shaking my head


Girl you betta go...

Because I’m Nigerian, I would encourage everyone to visit at least one African country of their choice (preferably Nigeria hehehe). Culture, food, people, THE MUSIC!! It’s an adventure, that’s for sure.


Popcorn & Cocktails

“Friends” is always my go-to. I loved “The Game,” it had well-written characters, and the main couple is so cute! I also love “Sex and the City” of course. Right now I’m on a mission to read classical books. You know.. All the books that we were all supposed to read in school but used Spark Notes for that book report instead? I’m now playing catch up. Some on my list are The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye and The Odyssey. My favorite book is “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston.

What do you have to say to those aka (men) who say we are too sensitive, emotional, or sarcastic?

I say: everything you condemn about my femininity is actually my superpower, so stay mad! LOL. Women are magic, and I won’t even spend too much time answering this question because I believe that deep down, every man knows this to be exact

100 pairs of shoes and only 2 feet! What was the last thing you bought for yourself?
The previous thing I bought myself was one of those “Love Boats” at sushi restaurants, the ones with a little bit of everything, which are meant to be shared on a date or something I GUESS. Yup. Enjoyed that. I deserved it.

Guilty Pleasure: If your cable package supplied one channel, what channel would you choose and what would you watch? 
Hmm probably Freeform because I’d want to watch my show lol

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I don’t believe in coincidence. 

I was listening to this really great talk between Oprah and Wayne Dyer. Wayne Dyer was talking about how there is no such thing as a coincidence.

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Lancome Nutrix (cream). I carry it with me everywhere I go. It was initially formulated for burn victims which means it's super creamy and moisturizing. My kids won’t even kiss me when I have it on because I just leave marks and oil stains on them. It literally is the most hydrating thing for my skin. I’m completely addicted to it (laughs).




If you could have cocktails with anyone living or dead, who would it be, what would you drink and what would be your first topic of conversation? 

It would be Maya Angelou. I’ve been going through a lot of transitions in my own life this past year. I’ve been finding a lot of comfort and support through her books and poems. What was surprising about her was the fact that not only was she so wise but she had such an incredible sense of humor. The way she “preaches,” doesn’t come across as preachy. She comes across as so real and conversational that she seems like the kind of person you would be able to have a drink with and go back and forth with. She never came across as she was “better than” or as if she had it all figured out. Even when she died in her late seventies or early eighties, she still had this attitude that she was on her journey and was processing everything. I just believe her to be real and authentic. I think I would want to have the most sobering moment possible with her (laughs). I wouldn’t want to forget a minute of it. She seems like the kind of the girl that would definitely have some alcohol, so I’ll have what she’s having.


Congrats on the hit series Reverie! 

Congrats on the hit series Reverie! It definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. Can you talk to us about the process of how you landed the role? Did you audition or was it an offer? Who was the first person you called when you found out you landed the role of Mara Kint?

It was a phone call. It came to me at a point where my father had just passed. It was a few months before I got Reverie. I didn’t really have much of a relationship with him. He was an addict and my mom and I were in and out of women’s shelters.  When he died, I was really surprised by how much the grief overwhelmed me. I felt like I couldn’t even put one foot in front of the other some days. Then I felt like, “well if I couldn’t have a relationship with him down here, maybe I can have one with him up there. “ Whether I was creating it or it was real, I felt like I started seeing him and feeling him. I became convinced that there was a lot more to this world than what our eyes can see. Pretty soon after that is when I got the script for Reverie, which was the story about this woman whose sister and niece had died. She was an addict and trying to overcome the loss of her family and then she was traveling back and forth between these two different universes. I felt like “oh my gosh” I have to tell the story of this character because it was so similar to my mine. The fact that I was going to get to be in business with Amblin Entertainment (Steven Spielberg)...I felt like I was dreaming because I had grown up worshipping his films. I thought, “I can’t believe this is all happening," to be surrounded by people that are not only talented but also authentic and practice what they preach. They are just beautiful human beings and great collaborators. You don’t always get that with people in Hollywood- actually, you hardly ever get that with people in Hollywood.  So, it was such a dream come true when they called me to work with them and then to be able to do the project with them.




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Boots by Jimmy Choo @jimmychoo / Black Coat/Robe: Vince / Bodysuit: Onia / Belt: Elisabetta Franchi

Who was the first person you called when you found out that you were going to be doing Reverie?

My mother (laughs). We’re very close, and she’s my first call for anything that is good or bad.

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If Reverie was a real game, where would you go and what would you be doing?

There’s a memory that I have of my dad from when I was a little girl. I remember we were by the lake, what the air smelled like, and I remember the wind blowing in my hair. I was probably about three years old. We were in Texas, and there was a country song on the radio. I would probably go back and relive that moment with him. It was one of the best memories I have of him. If I could relive that moment in present time and hold onto those memories a little longer and a little deeper, I would probably pick that one.

  STYLE CODE    Top and pants by Petersyn @ petersyn_clothing  Blazer by Elisabetta Franchi @ elisabettafranchi  Shoes by Jaclyn Jones @ jaclynjonesusa


Top and pants by Petersyn @petersyn_clothing
Blazer by Elisabetta Franchi @elisabettafranchi
Shoes by Jaclyn Jones @jaclynjonesusa

Talk to us about what a typical day off looks like for you?

I am the most careless looking person you’ve ever seen. I don’t shower, I don’t change my clothes, and I have my oily lotion on my skin. I’m in my bed all day long with potato chips and french fries all around me. I have two remote controls in my hand, five books on my bedside table and then I have the Uber Eats app open and ready to go at any minute (laughs).


You post a lot of positive messages on social media and your spirit just seems to beam positivity and light! You are also very much in tune and open about your beliefs. Can you share a time where you had an experience that you consider to be a “spiritual” type of lesson? This can be related to your career or personal life (whatever you feel comfortable discussing). Some experiences aren’t always fun as we know, but they help us to continuously grow and evolve.

I don’t believe in coincidence. I was listening to this really great talk between Oprah and Wayne Dyer. Wayne Dyer was talking about how there is no such thing as a coincidence. The word itself started out as a mathematical term meaning to coincide. When two lines coincide, they form an angle. We’ve taken something that means when two things happen on purpose to create something and we’ve redesigned at as two things that happen accidentally to create something. With that said, I think there is a reason for everything. 

Blazer by Elisabetta Franchi @elisabettafranchi

The other thing that I’ve learned through my journeys, good or bad, losing people, whether it’s death related or people that leave your life because of a bad fight or however that is--in my opinion, our souls only purpose is to grow. That’s the only thing that is sort of definite in this life is change. We are going to change. Our soul's highest purpose is to evolve. I believe that we sometimes attract certain situations to us to stimulate that evolvement and that growth. With anything wrong that has ever happened to me, whether it has been a relationship, a work situation, or the loss of my dad, it was definitely something that looking back I can say, “oh wow, I grew from that in a way that I wouldn’t have had that not happened.” The kind of grace, humility, or lessons learned from that situation I would have never learned if I had not drawn from that horrible situation to me as awful as that sounds. When you look at it from that perspective, it helps you say,

“Oh, I get it. Life is a game.”

When life is up and high, you have to laugh as much as you can laugh. When life goes down, sometimes the only way to get back up is to cry. You have to cry as hard as you can, and that’s okay. Just be forgiving of yourself and the different things that you go through. I think we’re so obsessed with this idea of being happy all the time. It’s a great thing to be, but I think sometimes we have to allow ourselves to feel the pain because that’s the only way we can feel better. In between those ups and downs, there is a whole lot of boring. You have to find something to celebrate every day in that “boring” (laughs) because as that saying goes, “this too shall pass” and the next thing you know you’re back on that roller coaster again.


We all face times where we are.. 

discouraged especially in an industry like this. What was your experience like when you first started out in Hollywood? What are some things you wish you knew going into it? What would you like to tell others who are pursuing this career path?

There are a few different things. I feel like I’m at the very beginning of my education in some ways. I’m still searching, and there’s a lot of things that I want to do that I feel like I haven’t done. As cliche as it sounds, just be yourself. Hollywood is tough because everyone is trying to fit into the flavor of the moment. You’re always trying to change yourself and fit into someone else’s idea of what you should be. The thing that makes us unique and makes us stand out is the stuff that makes us different. Now that I’m in my thirties, I can understand that differently whereas I didn’t before. I think we should embrace what makes us different. I believe that is important to tell somebody when they are starting out. You might feel like you need to be the next Lilly Collins or Jennifer Lawrence, but how about you just be you? That Dr. Seuss  saying says it perfectly, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."


I also realized something about the audition process. I treat every audition as if it’s a job. I go in with the idea that I’m going to shoot something. When you’re in the room, those are your five minutes. In my opinion, don’t leave until you do what you want to do in that room. Don’t leave thinking, “oh man, I should have done this or that.” Take those chances because that is your soul speaking to you. You should honor those little voices as much as you can.


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Earrings By Miranda Frye @mirandafryejewelry

Clothing by Petersyn @petersyn_clothing

What is your definition of empowerment? How do you think people can practice this more in their daily lives? This goes for both women and men.

I think my definition of empowerment is to walk towards your fear no matter what that looks like. It doesn’t matter if it is a professional situation or a personal situation. I think that is impossible to go through life without any kind of fear or insecurities. To be able to say, “I’m in charge,” is power. Even though you may feel these things, you say “no, fuck it, I’m going to walk towards this fear, and I’m going to handle this situation anyway.” To be able to feel that free with yourself and not get in your own way.  


What's next?

I’m getting ready to go do a movie in Seattle which I’m really about excited about called, "Language Arts." It’s about a family that falls apart because of their son's autism. It’s pretty heavy. Between Reverie and this movie, I’m getting characters that are really deep and going through a lot. It’s an exciting time for me, and it’s great because it serves as my therapy. I just finished this other movie called, "Judy Small," and that was nothing but light and fluffy for my character. It was with Haley Joel Osment, Rob Corddry, and Alicia Silverstone, so that was fun, and thank God I got to laugh. Other than that, doing the school runs, camp, and getting the kids ready for pre-school.

 Dress by Kookai  @kookai_australia  Shoes by Jessica Rich @ jessicarichcollection  Earrings by Gorjana @ gorjana

Dress by Kookai @kookai_australia
Shoes by Jessica Rich @jessicarichcollection
Earrings by Gorjana @gorjana


  • Photographer: Nils Erik
  • Stylist: Becky Thompson
  • Clothing: Petersyn Clothing
  • Makeup: Ermahn Ospina (Represented by Tracy Mattingly Agency)
  • Hair Stylist: Matthew Collins, represented by The Wall Group
  • PR: Imprint PR, Jordan Gonzalez, Jeffrey Chassen
  • Producers: Shruti Sadana, Naomi Pandolfi, Victoria Sacino


Earrings by Gorjana @gorjana
Boots by Jimmy Choo @jimmychoo / Black Coat/Robe: Vince / Bodysuit: Onia / Belt: Elisabetta Franchi

Top and pants by Petersyn @petersyn_clothing
Blazer by Elisabetta Franchi @elisabettafranchi
Shoes by Jaclyn Jones @jaclynjonesusa

Earrings By Miranda Frye @mirandafryejewelry

Clothing by Petersyn @petersyn_clothing

Dress by Kookai @kookai_australia
Shoes by Jessica Rich @jessicarichcollection
Earrings by Gorjana @gorjana


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Kalina Gendel, work hard, play hard, her mantra in all things business. Full-time girl boss and mama, she gets things done. 
Behind Breezies, one of QVC’s most successful/longest-selling intimates brands. The company founded by the mom, Kathy Gendel, and is currently run by her and her three daughters.
In this Beauty, Cocktails, & Girltalk, Kalina talks about her inevitable return to business and her beauty must-haves. 


Beauty must-haves: 

I am naked if I am not tan. I call my natural skin color ‘walking corpse,' and for this reason, I fake tan any way I can- mousses, creams, and all types of bronzers. My DOLL10 bronzer is an item I  cannot leave home without wearing a little some. Whether I have a meeting at my kids’ school or a meeting for work, it’s in my bag. And there is nothing sexier than tan legs; you can tone up in a few seconds by tanning in the right places. It’s all about smoke and mirrors! After the tanning, the second most crucial beauty must do, lashes! I dabble in all kinds of fake lashes- dramatic, long, evening looks or full, shorter day-time looks. Whether I am flirting or rolling my eyes, fake lashes make every look bigger and better.


 My go-to cocktails ALWAYS involve prosecco. This winter I started experimenting with spirits and landed on a cocktail that is PERFECT for chilling by the fireside. Because of the bourbon and the blood oranges, calling it the ‘Southern Vampire’ seems fitting.

Here’s the simple recipe: 
1 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
4 oz. blood orange juice
1 oz. lime juice
Three amaretto cherries (with juice)

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Why this industry?

When I started college, I was determined to venture out on a new path and seek an accounting career. Upon graduation, I realized I could not fight what I was meant to pursue and passed down in my blood: fashion, sales, and marketing. My career CHOSE me. Once I immersed myself in this crazy world of bras, panties, and TV, I finally felt at home. I embraced my strengths and realized I was handed down incredible assets from my mother/boss to help guide me on my career path.


There are times when I’ve felt ridiculously overwhelmed, but each challenge I’ve overcome has become another building block in my foundation. Every single victory in my career has come from a series of setbacks. I’ve come to learn that delays frequently make up a good portion of getting to the end destination, and THAT IS OKAY. Embrace the discomfort and learn from it. It is always easier to run and hide than to show up, roll up your sleeves, and get your hands dirty. Make a list of goals and do everything you can to achieve them.

How I stay afloat? 

Multitasking is a tricky thing -  it’s a concept that our culture has identified as a standard work practice, but in reality, it’s impossible to achieve for many people. In my opinion, multi-tasking is the epitome of half-assing everything, and not putting 100% into anything. The more I multi-task, the more mistakes I make, and the more things go awry. We all need to maintain a certain level of multi-tasking, but I think there are a time and a place for it. Addressing essential work emails while doing homework with your kids? A recipe for disaster. Try to concentrate on one thing at a time, so you don’t miss the crucial details. Being present is important. If you’re with your kids, be present with them and enjoy that quality time. If you’re in a business meeting, be present there and stop checking your social media accounts. You can excel in ALL areas of your life as long as you can put the right energy, at the right time, into each of them.


We've all done it, made mistakes in the beginning. What was your learning curve and if you could do it all over again what would you have done differently? 
The most significant mistake I made at the beginning of my career was talking too much and not listening. I have met so many amazing and intelligent people in my life, but I spent most of the time trying to prove my worth and show them I had a brain, rather than listening and learning from them. I should have shut my mouth, asked more questions, and been more vulnerable in showing I didn’t know it all. Life isn’t about the win, the fanciest car, or being top dog at work; it is about our quest for knowledge. Learning what we didn’t know yesterday. It is the key to evolution and growth.

My must-haves:

 I love beauty apps - InstaBeauty is my go-to fix for teeth whitening and adding a little extra glow to photos. On the business side, I check LinkedIn regularly to read articles on growing businesses and to seek out different perspectives on success and what it means to people. When it comes to my personal life and how I manage my work, I am old school. No apps needed. I like notebooks, journals, pens, and pencils; I need to physically write things down to process information and to keep my to-do list in check.

Let's talk about the past:

Before I worked with my family, I was at a job in retail where I could not make a direct impact on sales, product, or marketing campaigns. I was frustrated and felt my voice and ideas were not heard and could not be implemented. I was part of a corporate ladder and felt restricted by how regimented even daily tasks had become. Working now in my family’s company, that has all changed tremendously. It is incredible to work with a team of entrepreneurs where we can see the impact our changes make on pleasing the customer. Making our customers happy is our number one goal; when she is happy, everyone benefits.

Cultivating a good alliance with others in your industry

The best thing you can do is support others in your industry. An industry is made up of multiple companies and personalities; nothing grows as a single entity in a vacuum. Supporting others and their successes are imperative for your growth. Putting out negative energy and highlighting others’ failures only leads to bad karma, in my opinion. Good energy comes back to those who give it freely.

When life throws you lemons, add BEAUTY, COCKTAILS, #GIRLTALK.  Life obstacles can weigh heavy on your mental and physical wellbeing. How do you stay uplifted, motivated or even inspired to push through and maintain your happiness?:
I do a LOT to keep motivated and am continually working to support my well-being. Listening to good music can instantly change my mood. Driving, working out, cooking, happy hour - all activities have specific soundtracks and playlists to keep me going. But above all, my kids are my biggest inspiration and the reason I push through. I look at their faces and know I can’t let them down. They rely on me for everything, and I can’t give them proper emotional support if I let life’s obstacles weigh me down. The second I walk through my front door I have to let it all go. I need to be there for them in every way to keep them grounded and give them a loving environment to grow and succeed.

We all have that inner strength we need to call on every day to get through life’s challenges. What happened yesterday is now in the past, and it is there to learn from it. You have today and tomorrow to make each moment it’s very best. When I feel like giving up, I think about the story of the Phoenix. The phoenix rises from the ashes; it is said to be reborn after igniting into flames. Renewal of spirit, mindset, and energy are all possible when you commit to yourself. The only person who needs to love you is you; you need to replace self-loathing with learning and discovering.
— Kalina Gendel


  • Girl you gotta go: Verona, Italy. The art museums rival Florence, the historical sites are remarkable, the fashion is fantastic yet doable, and the food is PHENOMENAL. Verona is warm, quaint, and overflowing with culture.
  • Girl you betta: Make goals: one year, two years, five years, ten years, etc. I write them down and create checklists of anything I can do to achieve each goal. It may sound crazy to write down a goal you have for yourself ten years from now - writing it down is the first step to actualizing it. The second thing is learning to let go; let go of anger, let go of grievances, let go of revenge.
  • Popcorn & Cocktails: My favorite movie of ALL TIME is Defiance, based on the true story of the Bielski brothers and the village they created in the Naliboki forest of Belarus during the Second World War. I watch it when I feel defeated. Focusing on the strengths of each there, they were able to survive at a time when most would have given up. They became a solid team of people whose success is still celebrated and studied today. The amount of courage, strength, and endurance these brothers possessed not only saved lives but their commitment to each other helped to pass down culture and unity in families that otherwise would not have survived.
  • What do you have to say to those aka (men) who say we are too sensitive, emotional, or sarcastic? I believe Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton said it best when they said, “Sometimes the greatest way to say something is to say nothing at all.” I will not address naysayers, haters, or people who think I am ‘too much’ of anything.
  • 100 pairs of shoes and only 2 feet!  What was the last thing you bought for yourself? I have an extreme weakness for art. I bought myself a piece of art for my fortieth birthday that I enjoy every day. It is provocative, warm, and mysterious all at the same time. (You can see a little peek of it in the picture of me holding my cocktail).
  • Guilty Pleasure: I am obsessed with Game Show Network. Watching families win big money on Family Feud gets me so excited and happy for them; I can’t deny the fact it’s also made me cry a few times. I’ve also seen every episode of Big Bang Theory; it always puts a smile on my face. I’ve been known to get wrapped up in a reality series marathon now and again as well. Anyone who says they haven’t binge-watched a few episodes of a reality show is either lying or impossible to engage. And when I want to dream big? I turn on AWE - A Wealth of Entertainment, the 24/7 lifestyle, and entertainment national cable channel or CNBC’s Filthy Rich Guide.

Here are some words of wisdom/lessons I’ve learned throughout my career:  
 I have learned when one door closes; another one opens; this is true in all facets of life, so don’t obsess over the job you didn’t get, the school that rejected your application, or the person who turned their back on you. Opportunities are everywhere, but you can’t be afraid to look.


 If I could change jobs tomorrow with guaranteed success, I would go into the hospitality industry. I love meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and talking to people about their life experiences. We have so much to learn from one another, and diversity is what makes the world go around.


Movers and shakers are the ones that make things happen. Don’t sit back and wait for change to happen.


Keep your eyes on the prize. Nothing fantastic ever comes easy. Have multiple plans on how to achieve your final goal and stop at nothing to get there. Taking a detour or a different path may be scary, but if it still leads to your final destination, it is worth taking.


It is ok not to be a ‘yes man.’ Companies, industries, and civilizations don’t evolve or grow with complacency or staying stagnant. Challenging others is a way to keep the momentum moving forward, make changes happen and propel us into the future. The greatest events in history and businesses never came from a constant state of ‘status quo.’


I am really into interior design. I love to combine old with new, mixing modern looks with vintage accents. There is a store a friend of mine opened called the Lyons’ Lair Antiques in Monroe, CT. I follow her looks on Instagram at @thelyonslairantiques. They have fabulous items for the house, and the pieces they refurbish and re-purpose are AMAZING. I also follow @aimeeandersondesign and check out for inspiration and new ideas for my home.


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Beauty, Cocktails & #GIRLTALK with our V1 Cover Girl Emeraude Toubia

We currently know this beauty well from the hit show Shadow Hunters if you haven't caught an episode yet click here to watch now. Her name is Emeraude Toubia, and she is proudly a Mexican-Lebanese Actress. Her first name alone stands for a color that represents beauty and love. She's born a Pisces, and Pisces are considered to be selfless, they are always willing to help others, without hoping to get anything back. Emeraude is faithful to that nature.  Born in Vancouver, Canada and raised in Brownsville, Texas we're lucky enough to be introduced to an experience when you meet Emeraude, the best of both Mexican and American culture.  


It all began at the age of five,  professional training in classical ballet, flamenco, lyrical, and belly dance. By fifteen, Toubia's passion for the spotlight led her to compete in a series of pageants; which was a success naming her Miss South Texas, Miss Rio Grande Valley America, and Miss Brownsville Teen.  Her resume includes commercials for brands such as Maybelline, Sony, among others. With all the success that's steadily growing, Emeraude still manages to make time to volunteer for non-profit organizations Toys for Tots, Make a Wish Foundation, and lead the "Queen for a Day" program at her hometown's children's hospital.

Read the full feature here

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Beauty, Cocktails & #Girltalk with Actress, Amber Stevens West



Figure out what you’re passionate about, what brings you joy, and do that! It’s not about money; it’s about happiness. You’ll always feel fulfilled if you’re spending your days doing something you enjoy. And secondly, never depend on anyone else. You can’t control anyone but yourself so putting your eggs in someone else’s basket will always make you feel uneasy. Asking for help is one thing, but the follow-through is on you!

Read the full feature in our Magazine here

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Beauty, Cocktails & #Girltalk with Actress Kara Royster


How can she be so young yet so wise? Actress Kara Royster proves that age is nothing but a number. She holds on to the spirit many of us forgot. The spirit of believing in oneself, holding on tight to dreams and embracing one's flaws. Her interview reads encouragement, resilience, and determination. At age 10, she began pursuing her passions while attending Bak Middle School of the Arts and later the Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

Her parents moved to California where Kara actively began to pursue her career. She continued to study and train at the acclaimed Los Angeles County High School for the Arts majoring in Theatre. Not only is Kara a talented actress she also dabbles in makeup artistry with credits that include photo shoots and music videos. Today you can find her closing out Freeform 'Pretty Little Liars' and starring in 'The Fosters.'

Read her full interview here

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Beauty, Cocktails & #Girltalk with Camren Bicondova

I did not pick the industry; the industry chose me. You would have to be a little crazy to want to be in this industry. Also, as far as someone inspiring me, I would say as of right now I am motivating myself. I know that sounds weird, but, I learned in 2017 that nobody could get what I want except me. Nobody can help me except me, so I am just trying to keep inspiring myself every day to stay determined to get what I want, what I think I deserve...says Camren. Read the full interview here in Volume 4.

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Beauty, Cocktails & #Girltalk with V3 Cover Girl: Lindsey Morgan

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I became super stressed, depressed and miserable because I thought I was terrible at my job when I could not perform flawlessly every day, every scene. I gained weight, my face broke out, I stopped sleeping... but I suffered in silence. I never told anyone how unhappy I was because I was also grateful I had a job versus so many people that didn't. I did not think I was allowed to be miserable, but I was overworked, sleep-deprived and just lost. Read the rest in the magazine here.

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Beauty Cocktails & Girltalk with Actress Tasya Teles

Take some time out of your day to read about Tasya Teles and the journey that lead her to her role of Echo in "The 100." As a late-blooming actress, Tasya speaks of her struggle to claim her passion for the acting industry and how she finally went for it.


If this is the time for feminism to have a rebirth,

it can’t be used about fashion. I think what is so divine about women is that we bring a softness, and compassion to the world.

  • Beauty

    For day to day, I try to look polished and yummy, without looking like I’m wearing any makeup. For me, that means having a great foundation, rosy lips, lined brows and an excellent bronzed/highlighted situation, with some light mascara (if any). I find that one good palette can also operate as an eyeshadow palette if necessary. I just discovered Giorgio Armani silk foundation, which I’m now obsessed with and don’t know how my skin breathed without it. For lips, it’s always been Dervish lip liner by MAC, and a touch of Sugar Lip balm in Rosé. For my brows, I stick with Anastasia’s eyebrow pots and an angle brush and go for that cheekbone contour and highlighter with Kat Von D’s contour kit – which I’m also obsessed with. When it comes to my actual skin care regime, I try to balance science and natural products. My skin is always dry, or combo, and just annoying, but after I started using Alitura’s night cream, my skin has been fantastic. At night I do a little Retinol action, a little Alitura, and my day cream changes depending on where I am in the world and what the climate is, but I always throw on some SkinCeuticals Vitamin C Serum and Cetaphil sunscreen for sensitive skin. Oh, and I am obsessed with these collagen masks by Purigenex. Game changer.

  • Cocktails

    Red wine is definitely my go-to, but it’s always a good time for champagne! When I am in Brazil visiting my family, I love drinking Caipirinhas, which is a real treat. They just make them better in Brazil! The secret to a good caipirinha is the ripeness of the limes. I can’t reveal my sources, but someone very knowledgeable on the topic told me this so it must be true.



There were a lot of sleepless nights, but I just ground it out. I think what helped was there was a loose plan, which was that I had three years to make it work, and if after three years nothing happened, I would accept that the universe had other plans for me and went out into the world again.

I’ve always been very expressive, and creative, so I always wanted to be an actress. I decided to leap because I knew I wouldn’t be happy otherwise. There was this voice that was continually speaking to me in the back of my mind, my intuitive self, nagging at me to be an actress. But I was too scared to listen to it for a long time. When I finally took ownership of what I was feeling, despite my fear of failure, or fear that I would look silly to my parents, I felt a calming sense of arrival. It was compelling. What helped me stay on this path and pursue my dreams, is that I wanted to be a voice for other women to seize their power, take ownership over their lives, and to not be afraid of failure. The universe is always conspiring in your favor if you can tune your system to listen to it, and not ignore it as I had for so long.


There were many, many moments that I felt overwhelmed, and long stretches of time where I felt lost, and I nearly gave up. Multiple jobs at night, acting classes by day, with monologues, and scenes to rehearse and memorize during my shifts. There were a lot of sleepless nights, but I just ground it out. I think what helped was there was a loose plan, which was that I had three years to make it work, and if after three years nothing happened, I would accept that the universe had other plans for me and went out into the world again. That timeline narrowed my focus so intensely on my goal that I have never worked harder in my life. I was just so determined to make it work; I put in everything I had. That way if it didn’t work out, I could rest assured knowing that I had indeed tried everything in my power to follow my dream. Because that’s all, we can do! I also knew that anything worth fighting for is never easy, which I kept telling myself as I trudged along. Vision boards also help me immensely; I need to be able to see the end goal to stay connected and focused when times are tough.



I can’t believe where I am; I continually have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming!

A big tip that has changed my life is learning how to drop all excess in your life. Excess emails, excess clothes, excess drama, just get rid of it all! Clearing the clutter is incredibly freeing, that I’m so sad I didn’t do it earlier. I guess we get attached to things and don’t realize when it stops serving us to be holding on to all this crap. I also live by calendars, I map everything out on my calendar, including my goals. I try to avoid doing long-term goals and usually stick to three or six months at a time. The world moves too quickly these days to set a rigid path for yourself, and I found it would give me anxiety staring at these lofty five-year goals, that were so distant they felt unattainable. If I stay on top of my three-month goals, I trust that I’ll land where I have supposed to anyway, and they’re much more malleable.


The only thing I would change is my self-talk. I would edit my internal dialogue, from self-deprecating, to self-loving. I think my younger self-needed a hug and a high-five for all her hard work, instead of beating myself for things I had no control over. A lot of time can be wasted tormenting ourselves for no reason – that’s time that could have been spent enjoying a margarita with friends on a patio. What a waste, not worth it! If I could do it all over again, I would positively speak to myself in Beyoncé lyrics, “Say, I look so good tonight!”


I can’t believe where I am; I continually have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming! Before I leaped acting, I was all over the place. I had wanted to act since I was a child (and I did briefly), but as an adult, I didn't dare proclaim my dreams and told people that it’s what I wanted to do. I was too afraid of failure, I guess. Plus my parents were very adamant about me going into a more ‘serious’ field. I don’t blame them, and early adulthood is extremely daunting; we’re all supposed to be massive success stories right away, and we’ve lost the natural process of growing up and finding your way. Our parents just want to help us, but I became focused on pleasing them rather than listening to my gut.

When you’re doing something for someone else, you can end up following a ‘safer’ path, with no big risks, because it doesn’t mean anything to you. Against my intuition, I went and got a finance degree, and right when I graduated, not only was I miserable and at a loss of what to do with my life but to make matters worse, the stock market crashed. I took it as divine intervention, and called my mom immediately and told her I was moving home and giving myself three years to focus on acting. She wasn’t thrilled, but it didn’t matter. I made the decision in my mid-20s, which was risky because I was starting so late, but I decided that life is too short to be unhappy, and I needed to know if my gut was right. Risks are tough to take, but they can force you into action pretty immediately because everything is on the line. If you want to do something, it is never too late. Just work hard, be smart, and tune your antennae so you can take universal clues about what’s working and what’s not, and why.


Cultivating a good alliance with others in your industry. 

Leave the ego at the door. When I look at the people in my life that I am always excited to see, it’s always the person that has the biggest, most genuine smile, and isn’t afraid to engage with others and laugh. Sometimes I hear my ego interfering, suggesting that maybe I need to put on this fake persona to be taken seriously. That quickly evaporates, I’m terrible at acting ‘cool,’ I laugh too much. I love engaging with people. I think being genuinely interested in other people, and excited and happy, will never go out of style – and people appreciate when you don’t just talk about yourself, and you’re interested in others around you. Laugh as much as possible, engage with others, and don’t be afraid to waste time. Having fun with people is relaxes everyone, and you get the bonus of having a great time!


When life throws you lemons, just add BEAUTY, COCKTAILS, GIRLTALK. Life obstacles can weigh heavy on your mental and physical wellbeing. How do you stay uplifted, motivated or even inspired to push through and maintain your happiness?
A few things. We need to physicalize and move to stay uplifted, trapped energy brings us down. I’m not a super gym rat, but I go because I know that I need to release pent-up energy. Otherwise, I’ll go crazy. Definitely into the motivational teachings, I love a good spiritual/self-help book. A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” is a must-read! I am a big fan of journaling, even just five minutes a day. Forcing yourself to put words on to your emotions, and feelings, and then describing what’s going on in your life, and why you think things are happening, is so powerful. It connects you to the world around you because you’re taking notes on the events happening and how they affect you, and you also get to know yourself better. This is invaluable and necessary for any growth or change. I also love vision boards, because they aren’t digital. It’s nice sometimes to cut and paste things with your own two hands; I’m continually tearing out magazine pages.

Aside from that, I love Bulletproof podcasts, which I find super inspirational because they’re about taking control of your biology so that you’re less tired, less depressed, more energetic, etc. Some podcasts are super nerdy, but others are hilarious, light and interesting to listen to. They offer so much crazy insight; I feel empowered to take control of my life and make changes when I’m looking. I usually play them in the car passively, or while I clean up the house. It put me on to this meditation device that I use every morning for 10 min, and completely changed my life. It’s this little clip that measures your heart rate, and tells you when your body is in a state of harmony, or not. It’s the place where your sympathetic (adrenaline) and parasympathetic (rest) nervous system are balanced, and where we operate at our best. You do it in the morning for just 10 minutes, and it chemically changes your body to perform better for the rest of the day, month, year! It’s where science meets spirituality, and it has completely changed my life. Isn’t that so cool?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do… It’s not just in some of us; it’s for everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously permit other people to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
— Marianne Williamson (A Return To Love)

I think we all want to be our best selves, but are ashamed, or nervous, or embarrassed to speak up about what we want to do, and how we want to change the world. But we are only doing ourselves and the world around us a disservice by hiding from our power. We all need to support each other in whatever ways we can, to change it for the better. Now more than ever! That’s why I am starting a website called ‘Unslaved’ – it’s part of my mission to empower people to make a change in the world, and connect with others. Check us out!

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girl you betta

Travel, you only live once so seize the day! Save that coin, plan that trip, and go somewhere exotic and amazing. Take on that adventure; it’s important to stretch yourself outside of your comfort zone and learn about life outside the little bubble we live in, plus its loads of fun.
Dance more. It’s silly, it’s freeing, it’s occasionally sexy, and it burns calories. For people who are wallflowers, if you can conquer your fear of dancing, you can do anything. Just enjoy yourself!

  • You've gotta go: Tulum, Mexico, it’s magical there. I’m obsessed!
  • POPCORN + COCKTAILS For fiction, I loved A Fine Balance, and Memoirs of a Geisha – historical fiction is excellent because you learn about the past without taking a history class. I am also loving Ready Player One, which I am reading right now, and The Gargoyle. Non-fiction would probably be The 4-Hour Body, Thrive Diet, and Half the Sky because those books galvanized me and changed my perspective on health, and purpose in life. For TV I love “The Handmaid's Tale,” they did such a fantastic job of making that world feel real, and like it could happen. It’s a great reminder that we can’t take anything for granted. We must be fierce and take on the role of feminists like a proud badge, and continue fighting for our rights and equality because as we continue to be reminded, there is a lot of room for growth. When I’m feeling like a giggle, I like to watch Clueless, or The Princess Bride, or any John Hughes movie, because they’re clever, light and never get old!
  • What do you have to say to those aka (men) who say we are too sensitive, emotional, or sarcastic? Grow the hell up. Push a baby out of your body, then come back and talk to me. You don’t have the right to be cheeky with me, mister!
  • 100 pairs of shoes and only 2 feet! What was the last thing you bought for yourself? Boots, boots, and boots! I’m obsessed with boots; I can never own enough. I bought motorcycle lace-up boots for Coachella, and a pair of low cut studded rocker boots with a slight heel for kicking dirt; and also for Coachella.
  • Guilty pleasure: Don’t make me say it! Fine, Slice TV. I love reality TV; I can’t get enough. I rarely allow myself to watch it because I’m barely home, and always running around, but I love a good pajama night with some Kardashian drama, or “Million Dollar Listing.” Don’t tell anyone!

I try to live with the ‘no regrets’ rule because it’s important not to beat yourself up if you make a mistake. Life is just a series of mistakes, but if we’re smart enough, we’ll know that mistakes lead to valuable lessons, as long as you’re open to learning them and don’t continue making the same mistakes over and over again.

If this is the time for feminism to have a rebirth, it can’t be used about fashion. I think what is so divine about women is that we bring a softness, and compassion to the world. Right now we see a lot of anger, from twitter fighting to politics, it’s everywhere. I think that part of our offering is to be the most authentic expressions of our womanhood, and exhibit strength, protect the earth, protect one another, and find power in being loving and gentle. That requires connecting with your inner self and expressing that inner peace for others to relate to and be inspired by.

People are always watching you, so whether you like it or not, you are a role model to whoever is around you. Could be a sibling, could be a quiet classmate, or younger student or colleague that you’re unaware of. When we see people around us taking charge and living their best lives, it inspires. We are each little bodies of potential and have massive influence over the world around us, no matter how small we think our impact is, it’s not. When we shine, we genuinely inspire others to shine.

I spent a lot of time chasing after things I didn’t want. Instead of wasting time trying to keep up with others, allocate that useful time learning about yourself, and connecting with our inner truths so you can listen to that compass and be inspired. It requires work, so read the books, listen to the podcasts, write your goals, whatever it is - you have to find it. It’s up to you to inspire yourself.


My best friends, Ariel (Feed the People), Amanda (BiaBoro Underwear), Anna Kosturova (Anna Kosturova Swimwear), and Tara (Astrid Lily Jewelry), are the loves of my life, and I’ve worked together with all of them on their projects. They are amazing, strong, and beautiful women who are killing it. And of course my mom, dad, and my sister! Big love!

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Meet Girl Bosses

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Beauty, Cocktails & #Girltalk with Actress Carolina Guerra

Beauty and guts, Carolina Guerra, has turned her dream into reality. This model turned actress currently stars in TNT's "Animal Kingdom," and her character is a complete badass. Carolina opens up about her big move and the motivation behind her transition from Columbia to Hollywood. 


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Must haves...Vinter’s Daughter Botanical Serum.
Pratima White Pearl Moisturizer Cream.
Raya Gentle Cleanser.

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I love wine. However, for cocktails i'd say Moscow Mule, or as I have recently had it, Mezcal Mule! Even better.

  • Why this industry?

    I knew I was going to be an artist all along. There was no question in my head or anyone else in my family's, so it was a natural and obvious decision. When I was growing up, my dad used to sit me next to him, play very complex movies, and then explain and discuss them with me. We would watch movies like "Blade Runner," or "2001 Space Odessy" when I was about ten years old. That stimulated my head in ways nothing else could. I can never thank my dad enough. Also, both my parents always encouraged me to dare, to dream and to believe in myself. I was raised with much love. That, I believe, is the key to confidence and self-esteem.

  • Ever feel like giving up?

    Of course!!! Many! No one gets far without hustling. You will always find obstacles along the way. It is up to you to see them either as a threat or as an opportunity to learn. I've faced many challenges in my life, both personal and professional. It is not always easy, but hey, as long as you LOVE what you do and do things for the right reasons, it is all worth fighting for. Usually, after some time you turn around and laugh at those situations you once thought were “the end of your world.” Keep that in mind!


 I think woman are natural multitaskers! It is crucial for me to write things down to ensure nothing is left undone. 

Whatever you are doing make sure you have a good playlist as background music because there’s nothing better than dancing through the day.

Must have apps?

Banking online changed my life. (Laughs.)
Living in Los Angeles means spending a lot of time in your car, and for this reason, I love podcasts! I always learn something new.
MINDBODY is an excellent app for work out; it shows all the places dedicated to wellbeing wherever you are! I adore it.
SPOTIFY - obviously!
POSTMATES - can’t live without it...
Also, I have to say that I am becoming a compulsive Amazon buyer.

Let's take a look back.

I have always dreamed of being where I am now, and I continue to dream bigger. I work hard for it.

I grew up in Bogotá, Colombia. My mom was a fashion designer and my dad a philosopher. I always thought I would be a singer; I always had a band at school. I did theater too, but the music was my main hobby. As it turns out, a director asked me to audition for a part requiring the character to sing and, well, 12 years later here I am... Life has been incredibly generous with me.



The sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur is a book that should be in every woman’s bedside table!

Workout wise: I box now, and I am married to Infrared Hot Yoga at Tantris in Los Angeles. Love it!

I live a healthy life, I love nature and so living in California is such a blessing. It is easy to be healthy here.

When life throws you lemons, just add BEAUTY, COCKTAILS, GIRLTALK.  Life's obstacles can weigh heavily on your mental and physical wellbeing. How do you stay uplifted, motivated or even inspired to push through and maintain your happiness?
To me, there is nothing more important than self-love. We have to learn (and teach our friends and kids) that success starts inside! Once you put this concept in motion the second most important thing to me would be to surround yourself with good people. Real friends. Those who love you and want to see you grow. No matter what happens in life, if there’s love in your life, there is hope. I have been through much pain this year. So yes, I am so unbelievably grateful because those situations showed me how many loving people I have around me. Having a stable support system is very important. However, remember: Loving yourself is an essential revolution!

My mom used to repeat this to me, and I believe it is true: the source of every problem in the world comes from lack of love.
I do not mean romantic love. Love comes in many forms; caring is love, including is love, respect is love. We need to be more loving to ourselves, understand our self-worth and then, of course, that of others. The universe took its time on you, crafted you to offer the world something different from everyone else. You are unique!
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  • You've gotta go:  Italy 
  • Girl you betta: Sky Dive and Scuba Dive at least once in your life.
  • Popcorn & Cocktails. What to read and watch?  Right now I am reading "The Woman Destroyed" by Simone De Beauvoir because I cannot think of a more badass woman than her.
    Moreover, I am biting my nails waiting for HBO's Big Little Lies Season 2 and TNT's Animal Kingdom Season 3!
  •   What do you have to say to those aka (men) who say we are too sensitive, emotional, or sarcastic?   I would advise them, among other things, to start taking the new contraceptive pill for men and then talk to me in a few days.
  • 100 pairs of shoes and only 2 feet!  What was the last thing you bought for yourself? Pair of black leather shoes from Opening Ceremony.
  • Guilty Pleasure: HBO. John Oliver. All day.

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#Girltalk with our cover girl Megan Fox

Having an in-depth conversation with Megan is an incredible experience. Yes, we all know she is stunning on the outside but even more beautiful on the inside. Megan has wisdom; she is very much in touch with her spirit and motherly intuition. 


She is genuine, empathetic, and honest about the things she believes in. If you have always wanted to get to know the real Megan Fox, your chance is here! Grab your cocktail and enjoy a great read. Go here

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Beauty Cocktails & Girltalk with actress Carmen Bicondova

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Beauty Cocktails & #Girltalk with Fashion Designer Kate Stoltz

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BEAUTY, COCKTAILS & #GIRLTALK with Model/Actress Jordan Emanuel


While others may look at your success and think it came without hard work, was there a moment when you were overwhelmed, felt like giving up or thought your vision would not come to light? How did you overcome those thoughts?

(laughing) I have those moments more than I do not. I am overwhelmed, anxious, self- doubting, self-critical, no light at the end of the tunnel probably 85% of the time. However, for whatever reason, that small percentage that I cut myself a break for long enough to get anything done, always prevails. I try to remind myself that I am a person that would instead look back at my life and say I tried my best and failed or succeeded than knowing I had succumbed to fear. Because, to me, fear is not real. My aspirations are genuine; my worth ethic is real, my drive and determination are actual. Sometimes you have to look at the people before you and say if they made it, I can make it. Your goals are out there for the taking; it is just getting out of your mind long enough to reach out and grab them. Moreover, it has indeed been my biggest hurdle to overcome.

Read the full interview in our magazine here

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Beauty, Cocktails & #Girltalk with Author, Elena Murzello

A Self-Proclaimed "go-getter," as well as a young author, creator, and journalist. After having made her list of qualifications she looks for in a partner, Elena decided to share her knowledge with the world. In her book The Love List, she uses her experiences as well as information gathered from multiple sources about qualities they search for in a significant other to gauge those requirements. After years of making successful industry professional connections, Elena recently launched The Clever Star. Where she puts her savvy and upbeat personality to work, bringing together media outlets like ours with up and coming or seasoned brands. The Clever Star is not an automated online service, Elena has one on one connections with brand leaders and specialists worldwide. With this concept, we were able to develop a trust in Elena, putting her referrals in high regards. Read entire interview in our magazine here

Photography Credits:

  1. Johnny Wolf for Flytographer
  2. Pierre Torset
  3. Ron Filio
  4. Fabrice Grover
  5. Joey Armstrong


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Beauty, Cocktails & #GIRLTALK WITH Shelah Marie

Shelah Marie engages an active online community through her open, the charismatic and energetic personality that leads her #curvyncurly movement.

Shelah inspires followers with her Periscope “Soul Study” broadcast, encouraging self-love and meditation. This go-getter leads her signature 'The Sustainable Theater Workshop' requested by The United Nations, The United States Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, The RuJohn Foundation, and The African Burial Ground National Moment, including Jamaica, Haiti and at The United Nations Headquarters in NYC.

We are thrilled to induct this beautiful, creative and talented young lady into our exclusive #GOHEADGIRL movement to push women of all ages from all over the world to go and get anything their heart desires. 

Read the full #GIRLTALK interview on here