Modern Picnic Launches on Saks Fifth Avenue E-Commerce

Modern Picnic knows that the working woman does not compromise style for function and all products are specifically designed with that in mind. With an insulated interior and a sleek vegan leather exterior, Modern Picnic is encouraging women to ditch the paper or plastic bags typically used to carry food, and instead opt for beautiful, functional, reusable alternatives. Available in six styles – The SnackerThe MiniThe LuncherThe Large LuncherThe Backpack, and The Tote – each product has a classic design to effortlessly fit into most women’s wardrobe. The innovative bags include design details with intention such as an outside pocket, interior slots for silverware, a removeable cross body strap, signature gold hardware, magnetic closure, and The Backpack also includes a laptop sleeve. “Modern Picnic understands the importance of developing quality products that people love and we’re excited for this partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue to expand our audience and further engage and connect with our consumers.” says Founder + CEO Ali Kaminetsky.
Today, the brand has roots in charity, women’s empowerment, and is committed to creating innovative, multifunctional products. Modern Picnic has garnered the support of advisors and investors including Alexandra Wilson (Co-Founder Gilt and Glamsquad), Michelle Grant (Founder, Lively), Monica Royer (Founder, Monica + Andy), Adam Schoenberg (Co-Founder, Hook & Albert), Michael Cline (Founder, Fandango), and NJ Falk (Manager Partner, APL). The brand is also backed by strategic brand partners such as American Express, S’well and Hungryroot.
In an effort to provide working women with a faster, cheaper, and healthier way to carry lunch, Modern Picnic is committed to impacting the community and creating products for women, made by women. Modern Picnic is now available to on www.saksfifthavenue.com and direct-to-consumer on www.modernpicnic.com.

Teyana Taylor, Iman Shumpert + Family Get Gorgeous Curls With Design Essentials

Teyana Taylor, Iman Shumpert along with their daughters Junie and Rue graced the April cover of EBONY Magazine with their natural curls on display styled with Design Essentials.

Hairstylist Tahira Zaus prepped Junie’s hair by washing with Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Sulfate-Free Shampoo ($12.99), Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner ($13.99) and did a 3 ponytail Mohawk using the Honey Curl Forming Custard ($17.99). For Iman and Teyana, Tahira opted for the Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-In Conditioner ($13.99) and finished off both their styles with the Almond & Avocado Curl Enhancing Mousse ($16.99).

Hosea Helps Easter Blessings Celebration

Hosea Helps, Inc., in its 52nd year of service, continues its annual community giveaway with the Hosea Helps Easter Blessings Drive-Through event. This event will be the third of its kind for the organization in celebration of the Easter holiday. Giveaway blessings include: free food, free MARTA cards, fresh produce, fresh turkeys, Easter baskets, PPE supplies, and communion. Parents are allowed to drive-through to receive Easter baskets for their children. The Easter Blessings Drive-Through event will take place on Sunday, April 17, 2022, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Hosea Helps location (2545 Forrest Hills Drive, Atlanta, Ga 30315). We want to empower families for the Easter holiday. Come see us before or after your Easter celebrations to grab your supplies, while supplies last.

We will host an extraordinary group of volunteers to lead the charge in distributing supplies during the drive through event. In addition, volunteers will be working both sides of the giving spectrum by distributing food donations from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and helping to distribute Easter baskets to families. Registration to volunteer is currently open, please visit: Volunteers – Hosea Helps (4hosea.org).

Inflation and gas, food and oil prices hitting 40 year highs, make support of Hoseas’ huge festivals of services more important than ever. One more important thing and perhaps one we all need to focus on is the rise in violent crime and suicides. We have seen people decide not to hurt themselves because they were touched, served, and loved at one of Hoseas’ Holiday Festival of Services. Perhaps more than any other, this is the reason to give, to volunteer and to support in any way possible. Financial donations are needed as well as gift cards for teenagers in need. Please give on our website “4hosea.org” or in our Cash App “$hoseahelps”. We need sponsors and volunteers.”, says Elizabeth Omilami, CEO of Hosea Helps.

This year’s sponsors include: Butler Street CME Church, CVS/Aetna, and Fulton County.

Further information can be found on the Hosea Helps website at www.4hosea.org. For more information on Hosea Helps and its programs, visit the website or follow-on social media @4Hosea. For media inquiries please contact Carcelia@epimediagroup.com or 770-635-8170.

# # # About Hosea Helps, Inc.
Hosea Helps, in its 52nd year of service, is one of the largest most significant Human Service Organizations in the Southeast regions of the United States, providing direct services year-round to more than 51,000 people per year. These services include rental assistance, food distribution, intensive case management, and support programs for individuals and families who are less fortunate. Hosea Helps (formerly Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless) was founded in 1970 (Logo says 1970) by civil rights icons Rev. Hosea and Juanita T. Williams. Established as a 501(c)(3) charity, Hosea Helps collects funds and Gifts-in-Kind year-round. Hosea Helps was named Charity of the Year in 2021 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

5 Spring 2022 Accessory Trends That Will Elevate your Style

Accessories can make or break an outfit, and no-one understands that better than Jenn Loyd, Fashion Stylist for NBC & CBS, a Personal Fashion Stylist, Lifestyle Expert, and founder of Lobe Love, a bespoke accessory company.

Over the years, Jenn has styled hundreds of women, and is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, and uncover their own unique, personal style. When it comes styling a look, Jenn pays attention to details with accessories.

“When I’m not helping women win their freedom from Outfit Overwhelm into Clothing Confident, you’ll find me creating and celebrating a life that is functional AND fun”, says Jenn.

Jenn was interviewed on Spring 2022 accessory trends, and we’d love to share her insight with you:

1. What colorways are you seeing for Spring?

There are going to be so many dreamy colors: Periwinkle, soft lilac, soft tan, and my personal favorite – hot pink.  A gorgeous infusion of color!

2. Do you foresee all-white ensembles featuring? What does this mean for accessories?

I  love all white ensembles because you can pair them with any color statement. An all-white ensemble will instantly pop with colorful accessories or you can keep your statement pieces all white for a clean, sophisticated look.

3. With the abundance of crochet predicted, what accessories do you have in mind to 

complement this look? 

I would love to pair crochet looks with jewels… we have some coming in spring that will work exceptionally well with crochet. The juxtaposition of organic wool with glittering stones works well.

4. Any gingham accessories for Spring? If so, what colorways?

Gingham will be a fun pattern this season and I would wear it in the colors for spring. I’m gravitating towards soft lilac and hot pink for earrings and headbands in particular.

5.  With sexy bra tops making a return, what earrings will best compliment this look?

Depending on the detailing of the bra, I would pair them with some fringe earrings or jewel with fringe earrings. The minimalist bra look allows for a ‘wow’ earring to fill up the space.

6. Your top embellishments for Spring earrings?

I am big on jewels this Spring in soft tan, purple and blues. Chains and pearls will be making a statement as well and adorn your ears perfectly.

GET SPRING READY WITH Democracy, a Casual Lifestyle Brand Embraces Women of All Shapes & Sizes – TikTok Outfit

Democracy highlights the new meaning to the principles of “Curve Equality,” Democracy continues to be the industry leader with their signature “Ab”solution® Fit Technology offerings; three (we have a lot more than just 3 products with this technology) products that are engineered and designed to fit every curve, and flatter a woman’s shape by fusing together style, comfort and a great fit.

With their proprietary “Ab”solution® jean, “The Glider” “Ab”solution Booty Lift Jegging and “Ab” leisure jogger, Democracy accomplishes the principles that the brand has been built upon, acknowledging that shapes are different but created equal.

  • The “Ab”solution® jean uses innovative construction that incorporates smooth, super-stretch denim, slimming panels to mold and hold, a hidden inner elastic waistband for a no gap waist, mesh panels for tummy control, signature curved back yoke, and strategically placed pockets which give her a “booty lift.”
  • “The Glider” jegging provides the look of premium quality jeans with the fit of your favorite pair of leggings, with mold and hold “Ab”solution® technology. With an extra-wide pull-on high waist, along with a faux-fly and decorated in a rich dark indigo hue, these stretch-kissed jegging jeans gives off the look of classic jeans.
  • The “Ab”leisure pants are the definition of comfort and style. With a tapered, not too tight fit, the “Ab” leisure jogger features an easy pull-on waist with drawstring and roll cuff hem, along with a faux-fly front and functional front pockets.

ABOUT DEMOCRACY

Democracy is a denim-based casual lifestyle brand, devoted to the woman who grew up with fashion, then got busy with life. She’s passionate about her family and career, but never lost her desire to feel good and look current. With this under-served customer in mind, Democracy was born.

 

Founded on the principle of “Curve Equality,” which acknowledges that all shapes are different, but created equal, we designed a jean that maximizes a woman’s shape by fusing together style, comfort and technology. Democracy’s signature “Ab” solution jean uses innovative construction that incorporates smooth, super-stretch denim, slimming panels to mold and hold, a hidden inner elastic waistband for a no gap waist, mesh panels for tummy control, signature curved back yoke, and strategically placed pockets which give her a “booty lift.”

 

Built from the bottoms up, Democracy blends a universal fit for all shapes and sizes with an effortless aesthetic. Inspired by this multitasking woman with an ageless mindset, Democracy introduces emerging trends in an accessible and affordable way that meets all of her lifestyle needs. Through unparalleled value that fits her body and her wallet. Democracy embraces who she is, enhances what she’s got, elevates her confidence, and evolves her personal style.

 

Caren Lettiere, founder and President of Democracy Clothing and she is a true thought leader in the Women’s fashion space and built a brand for ALL women. Fueled by the passion to fill a void in the marketplace for unmet fashion needs of women like herself, along with her deep desire to look current herself in flattering and age-appropriate clothing, Caren created the Democracy Clothing Brand. Founded as a denim based casual lifestyle collection best known for its “Ab” solution jeans and pants with fit technology, Democracy embraces women of all shapes and sizes, providing them with confidence building, modern clothing that fits both their bodies and their wallets. Today, Caren is leading a dynamic dream team through a period of unprecedented growth. In November 2019, Democracy launched a shop-able e-commerce site DemocracyClothing.com to facilitate an even closer connection to the brand’s loyal customers so they can look good and feel good while doing good.

 

 

WORKDAY TO WEEKEND LOOKS WITH NATURALIZER: TikTok Outfit

Although sweats and loungewear have become our new favorite these past couple of years, nothing beats a midweek pick-me-up. Whether you’re going into the office or planning a Thursday night out, you can’t lose with having shoes for dressing up, then down for the weekend. Naturalizer has a wide selection to fit every need and is excited to share a couple of my favorites for kicking it up a notch during the week, and keeping it casual over the weekend.
 
If you have to go to a small gathering or office, the Starla Dress Sandal takes any basic look and adds a little bit of fancy. With just a small heel these comfy casual dress shoes will make any outing where you have to stand or walk a long period, still bearable. 
 
When you’re ready to jump into your Saturday walk or afternoon brunch, the Astrara Sneaker has your back. Matching everything in your closet, these are great for throwing on at last minute on your way out the door.
 
Kalina Tall Boot steps up your average winter look with class. Best paired with jeans or a skirt, these are guaranteed to keep you warm while still looking stylish.  
 
If you’re going wine tasting or to a casual dinner, the Jac Bootie is comfortable and cute. Perfect for daytime or an early outing, this bootie will keep you having everyone asking where you got your shoes.
 
 

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First Lady Jill Biden was Spotted Wearing Designer Heather B. Moore’s Jewelry

On several occasions, First Lady Jill Biden was spotted wearing designer Heather B. Moore’s personalized jewelry. Moore’s approachable designs have helped wearers personalize and memorialize important people, places, and events in their lives. Her designs have won industry awards for more than a decade.

“Our approach is to find out what’s most important to the customer,” says Moore. “It might be a drawing made by one of their children, the date or place they were married, or a note from one of their grandparents. Those define who you are, and we turn them into jewelry so that they are always with you. You might start out with one memory, like the day your child was born, then add to that over the years, one piece at a time.”

Dr. Biden has been spotted wearing several different combinations of her pieces (including at least one with her children’s names), something that the Heather B. Moore collection makes it easy to do.

“We help you pick the right pieces to express your style,” says Heather. “That way, you have a fresh look for each occasion. All of our pieces are handmade in the US, too, and designed right here in Cleveland, Ohio.”

Heather B. Moore was the original designer who brought personalization to fine jewelry. In addition to making her work available through dozens of fine jewelry stores across the country, Moore also offers online design services at heatherbmoore.com for those who don’t have a local source.

“I started this company to help people cherish who they are. Knowing that the FLOTUS is a fan is a dream come true!”

Hosea Helps Historic Pivot For 2021 Holiday Events

Hosea Helps, Inc., in its 50th year of service, kicks off its 2021 Holiday Festival of Services with the Great Turkey Drop-off, followed by the Annual Thanksgiving Event. This year’s holiday events will be another historic first for the organization battling against the covid-19 pandemic. They will hold the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food distributions one week before the holiday to better provide for families in need. This pivot allows them to distribute all of the fixings for a delicious holiday meal in time for families to prepare and serve on the actual holiday. The Thanksgiving drive-thru food distribution will take place on November 19, 2021, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Blue Lot across from the Georgia World Congress Center’s C building off Northside Drive, entering on Maple Street. By doing the holiday food distribution a week in advance, they’re empowering families by giving them time to prepare and enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day – No more frozen turkeys on the holiday!

This historic holiday event will be a two-fold holiday giving extravaganza. This is the first time in history that Hosea Helps will be receiving in-kind donations and distributing food boxes and supplies simultaneously. This year, Hosea Helps is working with a world-renowned service organization, which they will announce early next week, to kick off the 2021 Holiday Food Drive. This extraordinary group of volunteers will lead the charge in donating poultry, canned goods, pantry items, and household supplies. In addition, volunteers will be working both sides of the giving spectrum by accepting food drive donations from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and helping to distribute food boxes and supplies to families on the other side. Hosea Helps has never had so many volunteers that they could receive and distribute donations at the same time.

The Great Turkey Drop-off will take place on November 11, 2021, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Hosea’s corporate donors, Publix Supermarkets and Kroger, along with donations from the philanthropic community, including Simon Guobadia, will deliver turkeys to the new Hosea Headquarters located at 2545 Forrest Hills Drive, SW Atlanta, GA 30315 for distribution during this seasons Festival of Services that include Thanksgiving, Christmas, MLK Day.

“We are so excited and grateful that these volunteers committed to partnering with us to help meet the rising demand for food and supplies for families in need during the holidays. The after-effects of Covid and the shortages in the supply chain have caused a decrease in the availability of turkeys this year, ultimately driving the costs up too high for us to buy in large quantities. That’s why this year’s Great Turkey Drop-off  by our corporate sponsors and the donation drive by our volunteers is so important. We hope that these donations will help us fill the gap between our supply and the community need.”, says Elizabeth Omilami, CEO of Hosea Helps.

Participating families must register for the 11/19/21 Thanksgiving food distribution on the Hosea Helps website at www.4hosea.org to receive groceries and supplies prior to the event. For more information on Hosea Helps and its programs, visit the website or follow on social media @4Hosea. 

 

Hosea Helps Hosts The 2021 Great Turkey Drop Off on Thursday, Nov 11, 2021

 

WHO: Hosea Helps, Inc., in its 50th year of service, kicks off its 2021 Holiday Festival of Services with the Great Turkey Drop-off, followed by the Annual Thanksgiving Event. The Thanksgiving drive-thru food distribution will take place on November 19, 2021, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Blue Lot across from the Georgia World Congress Center’s C building off Northside Drive, entering on Maple Street. 

WHAT: Hosea’s corporate donors, Publix Supermarkets and Kroger, along with donations from the philanthropic community, including Simon Guobadia, will deliver turkeys to the new Hosea Headquarters located at 2545 Forrest Hills Drive, SW Atlanta, GA 30315 for distribution during this seasons Festival of Services that include Thanksgiving, Christmas, MLK Day.

 

WHEN:The Great Turkey Drop-off will take place on November 11, 2021, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. 

 

WHERE: 2545 Forrest Hills Drive, SW Atlanta, GA 30315 at 10am on the dock of Hosea Helps Headquarters

ESSENCE DIGITAL COVER FEATURES ACTRESS ZAZIE BEETZ

ESSENCE’s hot new digital cover features Emmy-nominated actress Zazie Beetz who stars in the upcoming Netflix original film, The Harder They Fall. The stunning actress, who is as known for her loosely structured textured hairstyles and natural makeup as she is for playing “Domino” in Deadpool 2 and “Van” in the FX series Atlanta, looks resplendent in Versace, Giuseppe Zanotti, Alexander Wang, Lagos KSL and more. In the story, A Reluctant Star, she talks to ESSENCE’s Senior Entertainment Editor Brande Victorian about chasing excellence and not fame, choosing acting and being accepted in the entertainment industry so quickly:
  • The Rise of Her Profile“It was an adjustment in terms of what I felt I deserved and what I earned. I questioned whether I had earned my place yet. ‘Was I just lucky?’ That was very tortuous for me for a long time…”
  • On Choosing Acting“After I graduated, I was like, ‘I’ve spent so much time acting. I can’t not try it.’ I think after high school, I was like, ‘I can’t get trapped in this. What are my other things?’ And then I had an opportunity to see those other things–and I chose acting again…”
  • On Fame“The amount of people that are famous nowadays is so much more than 10 or 20 years ago, and there’s a much larger sort of gray space in terms of mid-fame, mid-level and B-list celebrity versus A-list celebrity. Sometimes I wonder, ‘Am I continuing down the path of no return?’ Like, would I want more? Would I not want more? But I’m speaking about it in terms of fame rather than artistry. What is arrival? I don’t really know, but I think there’s a lot more I want to do…”

SORMÉ TREATMENT COSMETICS REVEALS PRODUCT RELAUNCH: TikTok Unboxing

Sormé announces the relaunch of its product line within drugstores conforming as a cosmetics brand that approaches makeup from a skincare point of view, aiming towards consumers of newer generations that are more knowledgeable of quality ingredients and mindful of what is being used on their skin.

For more than 20 years, Sormé has worked on perfecting their makeup line by teaming up with leading formulators and professional makeup artists from around the world to ensure a noteworthy composition of the foremost anti-aging technologies and traditional beauty insights compacted into every product. Clinically proven age-reversing peptides are infused with healing vitamins, pure minerals, antioxidants, and active plant botanicals to help nourish and protect the skin while enhancing the consumer’s natural beauty. This combination of superior ingredients and high definition pigments mixed with skincare additives are the basis to the creation of Sormé’s professional grade cosmetics brand.

Founded by Morad Amirieh, his interest in the retail beauty industry began from his father who was a beauty distributor, which inspired him to ultimately build his own makeup brand. “I set out to create a cosmetics line that I would proudly share with my daughters”, says Morad.

Sormé comes from the Egyptian name for the natural black “kohl” substance that was once used by queens and princesses such as Cleopatra, who began the sensation of intensely pigmented, black exotic eye makeup dating back to the fourth millennium. This influence remains prevalent within Sormé’s products as they are formulated with the finest color pigments available in an effort to enhance the eyes while maintaining an allure that is simply timeless.

Aside from extreme pay-off eyeshadows, Sormé’s cosmetics line is filled with moisturizing lipsticks and balms, nourishing bronzer duos, multi-functional blush sticks, vitamin fortified eye and lip liners, and shea butter infused conditioning mascaras. Their concealers and BB creams are loaded with antioxidant enriched complexes that include ginseng, rosemary, argan oil, chamomile, and cucumber seed oil, along with natural SPFs to help prevent the skin from radical damage.

This sophisticated, multi-tasking line of makeup can be found in select CVS stores nationwide, and also online at www.sorme.com.

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