How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

When the holiday season starts, one of the hardest decisions you need to make is where to direct your spending money. While big-box stores and large online marketplaces like Amazon offer convenience with quick delivery and pick-up options, you don’t get a sense of doing good with your money.

Instead of opting for convenience this year, you can use your hard-earned money to support people who need it, especially WOC. There are about 28 million small businesses in the United States and when you buy from any one of them, you can know that you brought a smile to a business owner’s face. By buying from a woman of color, you can know that you helped someone who doesn’t get the advantages that a white, male business owner does.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

There are female artisans of color in every community but you may not always know that they’re there. One brand is dedicated to making sure that the talent of these women is brought front and center. TCTLE, pronounced “tac-tile,” is a brand founded by Deepa Shanbhag and is dedicated to supporting creative women of color. Shanbhag was inspired to build TCTLE after years of finding that she was often one of the few or the only WOC on a creative team for a job. Her goal with TCTLE was to help keep other women from feeling like the “other” in the creative workplace. For individuals and organizations that are looking for new talent, TCTLE hosts a free global directory of WOC in creative professions.

How To Support WOC Artisans This Holiday Season

TCTLE is also an online store. TCTLE partners with other WOC business owners and sells some of their products through the online store. Some of the WOC whose items are available for purchase on the site include Lorenia Henriquez of Luni, Katherine Kisa of K Kisa Fine Art and Craft, and Tehmina Brohi of Istani; pictured above with Deepa Shanbhag. To further help communities of color, 10% of each purchase is donated to an organization that helps people of color. Right now, TCTLE is donating to the Coronavirus Care Fund, set up by the National Domestic Workers Alliance. About 55 million Americans in 12 different industries are deemed “essential” at this time and this fund was started to help some of those workers. The fund provides emergency assistance to domestic workers, such as nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers, so that they can stay home and stay healthy during the pandemic.

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones this year, look no further than the goods from the artisans on the TCTLE store. About 86% of people say that receiving flowers makes them feel special but any of the gifts from these talented artisans are sure to evoke that feeling of being special as well. The store carries a wide range of gifts, including colorful hats, unique charm necklaces, bold bangles, and comfy scarves. When you purchase from these artisans, you’ll also get to know a little bit about them, bringing you even closer to the people you’re supporting.

Consider what’s on your loved ones’ wishlists this year and find something they’re sure to love at TCTLE’s store. Not only will you be making your loved one happy but you’ll be supporting a WOC artisan and lifting up essential members of our community. You can truly spread some holiday cheer by purchasing from TCTLE this year.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

New York City, the fashion capital of the world, has a new addition to love. 2nd STREET, a luxury, vintage, second-hand store that has more than 600 locations in Japan, opened its second NYC location in the very cool Chelsea neighborhood. With its massive success in Japan and the NoHo location, it’s no surprise that more locations were on the horizon; stay tuned for their SoHo location to open next. Much to the delight of vintage fashion, luxury designer lovers, and trendsetters, 2nd STREET promises and delivers a fashion mecca where anyone is sure to find unique pieces.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

On our venture to the new Chelsea location, we found ourselves surrounded by multiple racks of highly desirable designer labels; all handpicked by 2nd STREET’s international team of talented stylists. We promise once you walk into this second-hand store, you will enjoy a shopping experience like never before. First, the store was impeccable, and I mean impeccable.  The store is basically a dream for someone with OCD; everything is perfectly in place, even after shoppers have rifled through the racks in search of treasures. This is all due to their exceptional customer service which is inspired by “Omotenashi,” the unique Japanese approach to hospitality, in a clean, organized environment.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location Welcome to the Neighborhood: 2nd STREET Opens Chelsea Location

You’ll be amazed by the long list of high-end labels that are readily available. We saw Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garcon, Vivienne Westwood, Celine, Y-3, Supreme, Rick Owens, Burberry, Tory Burch, and much more. It also boasts a large selection of handbags and accessories from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Gucci. While we saw a few items that had two, sometimes three, 99% of the store features one-of-a-kind finds. The nearly 3,000 sq. ft. store boasts over 10,000 pieces. You are sure to find unique vintage and second-hand pieces without the hefty price tag of buying brand new.

Although it took some time going through the multiple rows, we found great pieces from Vivienne Westwood and Max Mara. You can check out our full shopping experience on our Instastory.

For those who feel uneasy about shopping in person, although 2nd STREET is adhering to the strictest health and safety guidelines set by the state and the CDC, you can shop 2nd STREET’s largest selection of inventory via their online store.

“What’s most fun about shopping at 2nd STREET, besides the attractive price tag, is finding items that really speak to you and also knowing that you’re not going to run into anyone else who is rocking your unique style,” continued Mr. Kikuchi.

In addition to helping reduce global landfill waste by buying and selling gently used clothing, 2nd STREET’s Hand2Hand Project ensures all garments that arrive in their stores are reused in some way. Any items they cannot sell are donated to a partner company that will recycle the clothing to clean up oil spills. Other items are sent to third world countries to create job opportunities and provide clothing to those in need. The 2nd STREET Chelsea store is located at 142 W. 26th Street.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Although there may be some who refuse to wear a mask, many, like us, are fully embracing it as an extra piece to our look. We see masks as fashion accessories; another fashion detail we’re happy to have fun with while staying safe during his pandemic. Thankfully there are a lot of companies who feel the same way and are giving us fashion lovers exactly what we need – a chance to protect ourselves without losing our fashion sense. As we enter the holiday season, this is no different. Giftgowns, makers of cozy, comfy, and functional hospital gowns have all the festive holiday-themed face masks you could want. They are a perfect way to share your holiday spirit while staying safe. These red and green Giftgowns holiday masks are available with a variety of Christmas sayings and images.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

Have you been naughty or nice? Want to show off your grouchy holiday face? Does Santa’s reindeer bring you lots of joy? Do you love the winter season or want to show your dislike for 2020? With the Giftgowns holiday masks, you can! The breathable holiday masks are washable and feature two layers of cotton, a pocket for filters, and they fit snugly across your face. And, of course, they boast classic and cute designs on the front.

Giftgowns Holiday Masks: Share Your Holiday Spirit While Staying Safe

There are quite a few holiday masks to love and at $15.00 each, you can get several. There are at least 24 different Giftgowns holiday masks for both adults and kids. They make perfect for stocking stuffers. Naturally, we have several favorites. We love the I Tried Face Mask, Resting Grinch Face Mask, Bah Humbug Face Mask (which perfectly sums up how we feel about 2020, and From A Distance Face Mask. We’ve shared our favorites, which are yours?

Whichever Giftgowns holiday masks you decide to get for yourself or gift to your loved ones, you will be sharing the joyful spirit of the holiday season and showing that you care.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

As you enjoy the fantastic deals that are being offered on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, don’t forget to check out the brands with heart and those that are giving back. Shopping with these altruistic will help bring happiness to someone who needs it and can help benefit all of us as well. Whether they are donating to a worthy cause or helping to save our planet, for Giving Tuesday 2020, we are highlighting companies that are helping to make our world a better place.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

From coffee that’s fighting injustice around the world, soaps that help those in need, eyewear and water bottles that help reduce the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas, and a wine that supports Restaurant Workers as they remain out of work. It is our pleasure to celebrate these brands that are doing these wonderful things this Giving Tuesday 2020.

1. Generous Coffee Co.

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Generous Coffee provides single-origin, traceable, craft-roasted coffee that exists to change lives in eight flavor offerings. Started by Former ABC Bachelor, Ben Higgins, and former President of Humanity and Hope United, Riley Fuller, Generous Coffee, which officially launched online in January of 2018, works closely with their roasting company to help farmers convert cocaine fields into coffee farms. This transition from coca to coffee creates a better life for the farmers and their families, who are then paid 80% more than the local price.

Generous Coffee believes if you’re going to buy coffee anyway, it might as well be quality, life-changing coffee. The for-profit biz sees themselves more as a FOR PURPOSE biz. They sell products, to make money so that they can turn right around and give that money straight back to nonprofits fighting injustice around the world. Today, Generous has two coffee shops, an apparel line, eight coffee selections, an online store, and an ambassador program of people fighting to end injustice together! What started out as a coffee company, has quickly become a community of people that have set out to change the world!

 2. Soapbox Soaps

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

We highlighted this wonderful brand in our Love Your Hair: Products to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home feature. Each purchase of their products donates a bar of soap to someone in need and also funds hygiene education taught by the people in the communities we serve. Soapbox’s mission is to empower people to change the world through everyday, quality purchases. This year, Soapbox joins the Giving Tuesday movement by doubling its donations of soap that will reach vulnerable communities in the US and around the world. The company is also offering 15% off all items purchased through its website with the code GIVE2020.

3. HydraPak RECON

Giving Tuesday 2020: Celebrating Brands With Heart This Giving Tuesday

Hydrapak, makers of innovative hydration solutions has launched its RECON Series of outdoor bottles. These outdoor water bottles are made from  50% certified recycled content in both the cap and bottle. Vividly clear, and virtually indestructible, the RECON bottle is topped with a new patented twist cap that provides the perfect flow rate for a glasslike drinking experience. It was born out of the belief that outdoor gear can, and should, have a lower impact on the environment. RECON uses Tritan Renew technology, which uses recycled plastic as a raw material while reducing the consumption of fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas footprints. They use a variety of sources with the primary source being PET (polyethylene terephthalate) single-use bottles. To be exact, it takes x9 single-use bottles to upcycle into outdoor water bottles.

The new HydraPak RECON Series outdoor bottles are available in two convenient sizes, 750ml ($15.00) and 1L ($16.00), and are available exclusively through HydraPak’s specialty retail partners and online at www.hydrapak.com.

4. Smith CORE Sunglasses

Smith Eastbank CORE sunglass

The Smith CORE sunglasses, $129.00, boast frames made from 5 recycled post-consumer water bottles. They are available in three styles: Eastbank CORE, Shoutout CORE, and Lowdown 2 CORE. Each CORE frame is made with Evolve bio-based polarized lenses and uses an embossed logo to avoid the use of adhesives. The eyewear comes in a microfiber bag made from recycled PET water bottles and is shipped in 100% recycled packaging.

The gray lens tint provides true color perception for exact color definition. This lens creates a soothing effect on the eyes in bright and sunny conditions. They also include polarization to cuts glare, and they provide 100% protection from harmful UVA/B/C rays.

5. Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2018

Russian River Ranches Chardonnay is beautifully focused on the palate; it boasts flavors of crisp, zesty lemon, green apple, lime, and barrel spice. The wine rounds out with their signature citrus acidity and a nicely balanced long, flavorful finish. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Russian River Ranches Chardonnay sales will directly support Sonoma-Cutrer’s $100,000 donation to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation (RWCF). This advocacy and action nonprofit was created by and for restaurant workers. Also, in the spirit of Friendsgiving, they announced a joint $50,000 donation to No Kid Hungry with Woodford Reserve. The 13.8% ABV white wine is available DTC via the winery website and retailers nationwide.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this list of companies with heart. Will they be a part of your Giving Tuesday 2020 shopping list?

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us and now is the time to start thinking about what you’ll be buying your loved ones this year. While many people approach their gift-giving strategies by thinking about what their family and friends would want most, another approach is to think about who you want to support with your hard-earned money. While major online markets and big-box stores have a wide variety of gifts and can usually get them to you quickly, buying there means that your wages are going into the pockets of owners who already have millions. Most likely, they also have the privilege of their whiteness to keep their wealth and success going while their employees go overlooked.

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This year, make sure that your consumerism stays more in line with your values by shopping at brands owned by BIPOC, or Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. If your family member wants a specific gift that’s usually sold in those big box stores, such as the popular game Minecraft that had sold over 200 million copies as of May 2020, you can still support BIPOC by shopping at a smaller BIPOC-owned store or online shop that sells more general gifts. You just have to get a little creative and put a little work into finding the right store. And by shopping for holiday gifts now, you can still get your gifts in plenty of time while making a tangible difference in people’s lives. Let’s take a look at just a few of the many brands owned by BIPOC that you can support this holiday season.

1. Viva La Silk

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This black-owned business was founded by artist My-Cherie and sells 100% silk scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants. Everything from Viva La Silk is made in wearable art designs, which are all inspired by My-Cherie’s Afro-Caribbean heritage. All of their scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants are made in small batches in Austin, TX and are hand-dyed, hand-painted, and hand-sewn. The dyes and paints used to make the brand’s eye-catching designs are eco-friendly, non-toxic, and a few of the designs are even created from repurposed silk. If you have an eco-conscious fashionista in your life, get their gift from Viva La Silk this year.

2. Fortress Water

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Fortress Water is a hemp alkaline brand that gives back to My Style Matters, a nonprofit that provides cancer patients and survivors with holistic support, through their hemp-infused water. This water has many holistic benefits, such as boosting energy levels and can help prevent diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. The CBD in the water helps provide relaxation as well. James Williams founded Fortress Water with the goal of helping a loved one who was diagnosed with breast cancer as well as other survivors worldwide. By investing in Fortress Water this holiday season, you can support cancer survivors and patients as well as a black business owner.

3. Heathmade

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Headed by one of the youngest entrepreneurs, Heathmade was founded and created by a ten-year-old. This youth, however, doesn’t prevent the products from being high-quality. All Heathmade products are made with the best ingredients, including anti-inflammatory witch hazel, antimicrobial essential oils, antioxidant-rich vitamin E oil, and soothing aloe vera gel. If your skin is so dry that it feels like it’s suffering from corrosion, which costs each of the U.S. armed services an average of $5 billion per year, invest in these lotion bars, hand sanitizers, lip balms, and deodorants. With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the country, your loved ones will appreciate something to keep their skin soft as they continue with frequent hand washing.

4. VELA NEGRA

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This candle brand sells unique fragrances that are inspired by different elements of the founder’s Guyanese and Afro-Cuban heritage. Each candle is hand-poured with black wax. Black wax is believed to absorb and dispel negative energies while providing new beginnings and clarity. VELA NEGRA uses 100% vegan coconut soy wax and ethically-sourced wooden wicks, fragrances, and dyes. If you have a family member or friend who is a candle fanatic and likes to be environmentally-conscious in their daily practices, get them candles from VELA NEGRA.

5. Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklaces

Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklaces

Whether you want to let someone know they’re loved, blessed, or simply be thankful this holiday season, the Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklace Collection is the perfect affordable gift for the special women in your life. This delicate, inspirational necklace features a delicate disc pendant with the words “Loved”, “Blessed” or “Thankful”. The base metal is Stainless Steel while the pendant and layered chain are plated with either 18k Rose Gold, 18K Gold, or Genuine Rhodium (Silver) for a brilliant shine. Not only is this necklace pretty, but it also gives back too! A portion of each purchase supports the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

6. ASE Beauty

ASE Beauty Lip Colors

ASE Beauty (pronounced AH SHAY) is a collection of high-performing, clean beauty products, especially for women of color. The brand’s mission is to offer clean, luxurious beauty products that enhance your look without compromising your well-being or the well-being of your community. It all started with a little lipstick and now includes the Clean Kisses Deep Moisturizing Overnight Lip Mask and Clean Kisses Chocolate Hydrating Lip Scrub. This lip scrub cleanses, exfoliates, and conditions your lips. Formulated with clean ingredients to give you the cleanest, kissable, pout.

7. Urban Hydration

Urban Hydration Skincare

Clean beauty brand, Urban Hydration, was founded by Psyche and her husband Vontoba Terry. The brand offers a collection of fun, healthy, and affordable skin, hair, and suncare products that also do some good in the world. In 2018, the brand dedicated its first clean water drinking well to 300 Kenyan school children. Urban Hydration continues its initiative today with the “1 product = 1 gallon of water” promise. Their products make a wonderful addition to this BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide.

8. T|W Lunch Tote

 

T|W Lunch Tote

The T|W Lunch Tote, $69.99, speaks to the professional male. The vegan leather two-compartment design allows you to proudly carry your lunch in a way that matches your personal style. Hand sewn, the tote boasts the capability to carry both hot and cold items in its insulated sections. The handle is durable to hold a full day’s worth of meals. On Black get 30% off Luminous (blue colored ones) and 25% off the other colors. After Black Friday, enjoy free shipping with no promo code needed from Sat-Monday; and from Dec 7th-26th, get 15% off everything.

When it comes to giving gifts made by BIPOC this year, the options are endless. Whether you want to give your loved one something luxurious, like home goods to make their home more relaxing, or something practical, like a lock kit in case they’re suddenly part of the over 16,000 home and car lockouts that happen every day, you can find gifts sold by BIPOC that hit the mark. Start your holiday shopping today to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

Holiday gifting can be tough. While some people may be easy to shop for, some are very hard to find gifts for. If you have blank spaces near a few names, whether they be male, female, old, or young, we have some wonderful gifts ideas to share. We’re positive this list of gifts for anyone and everyone on your list will be major hits this holiday season.

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

These are the holiday gifts that would make anyone happy to receive; no matter who they are. Cross off lots of names on your list with holiday gifts from GLO Science, Catalyst, JORD, Moen, and Time Life.

  1. GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Device Tech Kit with Bluetooth, $149.00 – if we’re all being truly honest with ourselves, we’ve all let ourselves go a bit while made to stay at home. I’m sure many of you have increased your coffee (in our case, tea) intake, and brushed your teeth less than twice daily. Thankfully you can turn that around or help someone on your Christmas list get back to normal with the smile-saving GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Device Tech Kit with Bluetooth. This clinically proven, all-in-one teeth whitening device kit combines professional-grade patented heat & light technology with specially formulated whitening gel to visibly whiten teeth without sensitivity. Whiten your teeth up to 5 shades or more from the comfort of our home with a vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free whitening gel.  The fast 8-minute applications result in a whiter, brighter, more confident smile you’ll want to show off during your video chats. We think it’s one of the top gifts for anyone. Each kit includes: GLO Heat & LED Light Mouthpiece & Storage Case, Bluetooth Power Pack w/ hands-free lanyard & garment clip, 7 Teeth Whitening GLO Vials (42 applications), GLO Lip Care, Travel Pouch, and User Manual & Shade Guide.
  2. Catalyst Total Protection Case for AirPods Pro, $49.99 – this ultimate AirPods case is waterproof up to 100m (330ft) and drop proof to 3m (10ft) so you can take your AirPods Pro anywhere without the worry. With an impact-absorbing silicone interior, and a tough washable polycarbonate exterior your case is equipped to withstand drop after drop. It’s also protected from any scratches and scrapes and has a detachable carabiner so you can easily hook it on to your belt, bag, or purse. It is fully compatible with wireless charging and provides total protection for you and your device. You can also easily wash and disinfect your case using 70% isopropyl alcohol or 70% ethanol, which significantly reduces the infectivity of enveloped viruses. As part of the Catalyst Cares program, for every Total Protection AirPods Pro case purchased until Dec 31st, 2021, Catalyst will make a $1.00 donation to the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund. Available in Army Green and Stealth Black, you can pre-order the Total Protection Case for AirPods Pro now for November 16th delivery.
  3. JORD Frankie II Wood Watch, $189.00 – The JORD Frankie collection is the best selling wood timepiece in the world. It is worn in over 140 countries worldwide and is a mainstay in the JORD watch lineup. This 45mm ultra-slim quartz minimalist watch is perfect for everyday wear. It boasts an uncomplicated, Sapphire crystal glass face that offers complete focus and a streamlined shape that offers style. The beautiful hand-finished wood exterior, which is pretreated with tung oils, is built atop steelcore™ construction of the Frankie II. This endoskeleton provides superior strength without sacrificing the natural wood visibility. Although the watches are splash-proof, they should not be submerged in water. The 2020 style has been reengineered to offer more colors, more dial designs, and more sizes (the original 45mm and a smaller 38mm). With the variety of color options, this wood watch is sure to be a big hit for holiday gifting. SAVE NOW on this unique gift by using the code mylifeonandofftheguestlist20 for 20% off the entire website!
  4. Moen Aromatherapy Handshower, $129.00 – No one can deny the benefits of taking a nice hot shower to ease the stress. It is the best way to fully luxuriate in some “me-time”. With their newest launch, Moen takes that stress release to another level. This holiday season, why not give the gift of pure relaxation with the Moen Aromatherapy Handshower with INLY™ Technology. Get ready to enjoy or give the gift of a customizable spa experience in the comfort of home. The Moen Aromatherapy Handshowers are uniquely designed with the ability to infuse spa-like essential oils directly into the water flow to create an incredible and sensory shower experience. The INLY Shower Capsules, made in France with essential oils curated by master perfumer, Jean-Charles Sommerard, slide into an infusion dial on the showerhead to allow you to select your preferred essential oil dilution setting: high, medium, low, or off.  The four spa-inspired INLY fragrances include:
    • Zen Time: With essential oils of lavender, tea tree, and vanilla
    • Energetic Morning: With essential oils of lemon, scots pine, and cistus
    • Sweet Morning: With essential oils of red berries, geranium, and vanilla
    • Tropical Day: With essential oils of lemongrass, neroli, and vanilla
  5. Saturday Night Live: The Early Years 12-DVD Collector’s Set, $99.95 – there’s nothing like the gift of laughter. Laughter is therapeutic and makes one of the greatest gifts for anyone on your list. This hilarious 12-Disc Set includes 33 complete episodes featuring all-time-classic characters like The Coneheads, John Belushi’s Samurai, Emily Litella, The Blues Brothers, and More, and features incredible guest hosts like George Carlin, Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, and Richard Pryor; and musical acts, rare behind-the-scenes footage, a 28-page collector’s book, a bonus DVD and more!

So if you have a few people on your holiday gift list you don’t know what to gift, check out our list of gifts for anyone and everyone on your list.

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

In case you haven’t heard, it looks like we’re heading for the second wave of Covid-19. As the weather gets colder and we enter cold and flu season, we’ll all be more susceptible to the Coronavirus thanks to weakened immune systems. This means we must continue to protect ourselves with the tools we in place – face masks and hand sanitizers. While many thought wearing face masks and carrying bottles of hand sanitizer was a temporary inconvenience, it looks like we’re in for the long haul. With that said, we thought we’d help you stay ahead. While we hope you’re continuing to strengthen your immunity with vitamins and supplements, today, we’re concentrating on the preventative measures you should never leave home without.

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

As new health stapes, we present the following essential health and wellness musts from Casupo, Milk Makeup, Wakamono, and Elyptol; all available now to help you beat the second wave Of Covid-19.

Casupo Face Masks, $25.00 & Mask Chains/Lanyards $5.00 – $32.00

Casupo Face Masks & Mask Chains/Lanyards

Handmade in Los Angeles, Casupo creates one of the most environmentally conscious, reusable face masks. These washable, dual-layered face masks are durable, breathable, and comfortable to wear. They’re made with premium cotton and soft elastics for maximum comfort and can be worn behind the ears or behind the head. The boasts filter pockets, toggle adjusters for a better fit and they are reversible. They’re also available in solid, but we’re truly enamored with the above floral and greenery prints.

Casupo also offers a variety of mask accessories like mask chains and lanyards for those who have a bad habit of losing or forgetting their face masks. They are a stylish way to keep your mask around your neck or hanging in a safe place away from any dirty surfaces. It’s fashion meets function.

Milk Makeup Hand Sanitizer, $6.00

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

If you thought your need for hand sanitizer was going away, think again; in fact, as cold and flu season comes upon us, you’ll need it even more. This on-the-go liquid hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs with 70% ethanol alcohol while moisturizing and softening your hands and providing an uplifting sensorial experience via three unique blends of all-natural essential oils. Plus, with every purchase, you’ll be helping others be prepared for the second wave of Covid-19.

Spicy Herb: A crisp, energizing blend of spicy pink peppercorn and herbaceous buchu leaf oil balanced by relaxing sage and rich cedarwood oils.
Bright Citrus: Lush, citrusy arrangement of juicy grapefruit oil, stimulating lemongrass oil, and floral ylang ylang oil rounded out by creamy vanilla.
Warm Rose: Warm floral combination of blooming rose oil and spicy coriander seed oil complemented by fruity bergamot, sweet tonka bean, and woodsy akigalawood.

Milk Makeup has partnered with longstanding partner, The Center, and will donate one Hand Sanitizer for every one purchased to four local LGBTQ+ organizations. These LGBTQ+ orgs include The Center, God’s Love We Deliver, Housing Works, and Callen-Lorde Health Center.

Wakamono Anti-Coronavirus Surgical Mask, $79.99 (box of 50)

Will You Be Prepared For The Second Wave Of Covid-19?

As the second wave of Covid-19 hits, we may experience another shortage of PPE, and we must be ready. Many companies are working as fast as they can to keep us safe. One such company is Wakamono who has just launched an antimicrobial medical mask created to not only filter viruses and bacteria but to kill them on contact. Wakamono’s mask utilizes a Gecide fabric layer that is covered with millions of organic nanoparticles that “trap”, weaken and destroy viruses and bacteria upon contact. What you’re seeing is the world’s first Nano Biotech application mask.

This mask has been shown to be effective against 99% of the strains of SARS-CoV-2 which is the Human Coronavirus strain causing the COVID-19 pandemic. This unique mask is also capable of self-killing Coronavirus strains including strain NL63, 229E, and inactivates influenza A H1N1 – the enveloped viruses and Poliovirus-I – the non-enveloped viruses. In addition to the antiviral properties, the Wakamono mask meets and exceeds the highest FDA standards of the US: ASTM F2100 level 3, and European CE EN 14683 Type IIR. It is also certified biosafety (according to tests for in vitro cytotoxicity) and made with organic and natural components. The masks are free from any metal nanoparticles and have been tested/certified by independent labs including FDA, Eurofins and Pacific BioLabs, and more. The masks are available for $79.99 (box of 50), 2-4 (50 boxes) for $45.00, and 5 and more (50 boxes for $29.00 at www.wakamonobio.com.

Elyptol Hand Sanitizer, 16oz $13.99

Elyptol Hand Sanitizer

Thanks to the healing properties of eucalyptus oil and naturally-sourced pure ethanol, Elyptol brings you a hand sanitizer that sanitizes in a healthy and eco-friendly way. In fact, did you know they made the first Type 1 eco-certified and professionally registered hand sanitizer? Despite its gentle feel, this hospital-grade natural sanitizer’s efficient formula is powerful enough to kill 99.9999% of bacteria, fungi, and other common germs that cause disease. It is EWG Verified and available in gel and spray forms. This award-winning endorsed, and FDA registered hand sanitizer is available in a 24-pk 0.5oz gel for $23.76, 16oz gel or spray for $13.99, 6-pk 2oz spray for $29.34, 60-count wipes for $6.99.

Add these to your fall and winter must-haves and you’ll do fine during the second wave of Covid-19.

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Tenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for Women

We love hats, the variety of styles, the way it completes a look, and the way it can change your look. For as long as we can remember, we’ve struggled to find a hat that both fits and looks good on our heads. Thanks to the combination of big heads and a lot of hair, finding those gems are few and far between. Even now we own hats that we’ve never worn. We love the idea of hats and love to see people wearing them, while we cursed our follically blessed and larger than most heads. But we have discovered hope in the form of Tenth Street Hats, a range of designer hats made in the old way and sold in a new way. We’ve finally found a hat company with very chic hats that we look good it (and they fit).

Tenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for Women

The family-run Tenth Street Hats boasts a collection of hats that blends a vintage feel with modern sensibilities. The California-based label works with expert craftsmen and cutting-edge designers to bring you quality hats. Using rare hat-making machines, Tenth Street Hats has been providing stylish hats for almost 100 years. Their range of women’s fall hat offerings includes styles from the following designers: Aegean, Biltmore, Brooklyn, John Callanan, Dorfman Pacific, Scala, and Stetson. They offer a lot more brands for men, including Santana by Carlos Santana, Stacy Adams, Indiana Jones, Panama Jack, and more. Check out all the fall hats they have available.

Tenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for Women

This fall, Tenth Streets Hats offers the following women’s styles: Fedoras, Fishermen, Cloche, Safari, Berets, Safari, Western, and much more. The new season means new styles, new fashions, and new accessories. We fell (pun intended) head over heels in love with the Cloche silhouette, particularly the Sciacca by Scala (featured below in Blush; a perfect way to rock Pantone’s 16-1511 Rose Tan). This fashionable and functional felt wool hat features a feminine bow detail at the back and is crushable, so it retains its shape when packed. Other favorites, also by Scala, are the Katie Ann Cloche, which features spiral studded detailing; and the Tula, a pleated crown style in boiled wool. The Seville by Brooklyn, an elegant, wool felt Gaucho (boater-style) hat with a leather band and bow.

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A great hat is a great way to spice up your fall wardrobe. Whatever your go-to looks this fall, Tenth Street has the perfect hat for you; and will help you get the perfect fit.

Tenth Street Hats: A Collection of the Best Fall Hats for Women

Could your fall wardrobe use the addition of a great fall hat? Plus, they make excellent Holiday gifts for her and him.