Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

We love and get excited about notable keepsake spirits bottles. While we always enjoy what’s in the bottle, we love the artistic expressions of the outside. One such bottle is the Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition bottle. Last year Belvedere Vodka and Janelle Monáe hosted a brunch for Monáe’s grassroots movement, Fem the Future; a movement dedicated to advancing opportunities for women and those who identify as women, through music, arts, mentorship, and education. Following that event, a social media campaign asking the general public to define what “A Beautiful Future” was to them. The responses included optimistic messages of diversity, self-expression, inclusion, and empowerment. This collaboration birthed a global series of uplifting content and the Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle.

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

The Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe bottle boasts a metallic collage design that peels away to reveal the beauty within. This design detail illustrates the multifaceted character of both Janelle Monáe and Belvedere vodka. The final punctuation is the phrase “Beautiful Future”.  A nod to Monáe and Belvedere’s shared vision of a future where diversity, self-expression, and inclusion are celebrated.

“When I sat down with the Belvedere team, it was incredible to realize that they shared my passions of philanthropy, community, the desire to uplift others, my vision for a Beautiful Future, which is one where women feel empowered and are given equal opportunity,” said Janelle Monáe. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with the brand on championing positivity and charting a path for a Beautiful Future.”

Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe “A Beautiful Future” Limited-Edition Bottle

“There indeed was an obvious synergy between us,” said Rodney Williams, President of Belvedere Vodka. “This collaboration is a convergence of our shared beliefs: optimism and the power of the “we, not me” to bridge divides and make the world a more positive place. We’re looking forward to year two of this empowering campaign alongside Janelle with our beautiful partnered bottle.”

Belvedere and Monáe will reveal the limited-edition Belvedere Vodka X Janelle Monáe bottle at several events planned for this summer. Along with the bottle launch, fans have the chance to attend “A Beautiful Future” brunch this November, hosted by Janelle Monáe. Additional information on this brunch will be available in July 2019 at www.belvederevodka.com.

The bottle comes in 750ml at $29.99 and 1L at$37.99; both are available for purchase on www.clos19.com and in local retailers.

'Next In Fashion' On Netflix

Tan France & Alexa Chung Host Competition Series ‘Next In Fashion’ On Netflix

With a finger constantly on the pulse of pop culture, production giant Netflix always seems to know precisely what the public wants. It’s seen overwhelming success with the lifestyle improvement shows like Queer Eye and Tidying Up and competition series like Nailed It. Now, Netflix is combining a bit of both into its newest series, Next In Fashion.

The show doesn’t have a trailer quite yet, but it does have two very well-known hosts. Tan France became a household name when he took his place as the fashion expert in Queer Eye‘s Fab Five. While the Fab Five’s Bobby Berk redesigns the homes of the show’s participants and Johnathan Van Ness transforms their hair, a feature that 68% of women are unhappy with, Tan zeros in on their closets.

'Next In Fashion' On Netflix

NEXT IN FASHION

He has since become known for his ability to guide their questionable wardrobes to a more stylish place while maintaining their unique identities and comforts. He is also slightly infamous for the shirt-tucking technique he recommends to nearly every guest on the series known as the French Tuck, in which just the front part of the shirt is tucked in the pants and the rest is loose around the hips.

To perhaps reel in his love of the French Tuck is Alexa Chung, the co-host of Next In Fashion. As a model, designer, and an OG it girl of the fashion world, Chung will be able to offer a different perspective than Tan. The show will also feature stylist and fashion editor Elizabeth Stewart and Instagram’s director of fashion partnerships Eva Chen as recurring guest judges.

The premise of the competition series starts with a pool of 18 designers who will have to tackle a variety of design challenges. These designers are all already acquainted with the fashion industry in some way, either with experience dressing A-list celebrities or working with major brands. They’ll put their talents to the test as each of the show’s challenges will be centered on a different trend or style that has impacted how the world dresses.

Although about 62% of Americans say that they own more than 10 t-shirts in their wardrobe, contestants will have to go well-beyond their sartorial comfort zones to earn the high-stakes prize. The winner of the competition will be awarded $250,000 in prize money and the chance to debut their collection with Net-a-Porter, a luxury fashion retailer.

Next In Fashion is created and produced by theoldschool with Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton as executive producers and Adam Cooper as co-executive producer. Netflix has ordered 10 episodes for the first season of the series. No premiere date has been announced for the series yet, but as Netflix’s first fashion-focused series, Next In Fashion is sure to be streamed in households everywhere as soon as it’s available.

#PumpUpTheLime: Bacardi Lime Launch Hosted by Olivia Culpo

We can never get enough of rum. We attribute this to our Caribbean heritage but then we’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like it, especially with a twist of lime. This is why the latest flavored rum launch from Bacardi has us excited. Welcome Bacardi’s ninth flavor offering, Bacardi Lime. This new flavor is made from a Bacardi Superior white rum base, infused with natural lime flavors; allowing the spirit to offer a lime zest aroma and bright citrus notes. We had the pleasure of attending a vibrant brunch launch event for Bacardi Lime hosted by Olivia Culpo.

In celebration, everyone was asked to dress in their neon best to celebrate the new flavor. As you can imagine, most came dressed in neon green to coordinate with the new Lime flavor.

The new lime flavor is the perfect complement to spring and summer outdoor festivities. With this new flavor, Bacardi shows that the future of rum is bright….and deliciously refreshing. We enjoyed several delicious Bacardi lime cocktails at the launch event, including the Bacardi Lime Cooler, Lime & Soda, Lime Mojito, and the Sparkling Hibiscus Limeade.

Accompanying the delicious drinks were equally amazing eats. Savory treats like mini tacos, lobster rolls, sliders, rice crispy treats, chocolate covered apple slices, cotton candy, and much more.

Roberto Ramirez Laverde, vice president for Bacardi in North America, said: “As soon as the weather warms up, people are ready to take their drinks outside, whether it is for an outdoor barbecue, party on the beach or happy hour on a rooftop bar, Bacardi Lime is the perfect complement to these spring and summertime occasions.

“We have watched the flavor space grow year after year and we know that consumers are going to embrace this new infused rum, especially when they’re on the hunt for a refreshing new cocktail.”

The 750-ml bottle will be available at select retailers nationwide for a retail price of $12.99.

After 8 Years of Marriage, Adele and Simon Konecki Are Getting a Divorce

The tradition of giving someone an engagement ring dates back to 1477 when Maximilian of Austria gave his bride-to-be a masterfully crafted ring as a promise of their marriage. Since then, across the globe, people dream of finding their soulmate, giving or receiving an engagement ring, and living happily ever after.

Unfortunately, life isn’t a fairy tale and living happily ever after isn’t always an option — even for multimillionaire celebrities.

Over 50% of marriages end in divorce. If you’ve attended college, your risk of divorce decreases by 13%. But if you’re a millionaire musician from London, since your relationship is essentially under a microscope, that percentage is likely much higher.

According to AOL, Adele, who is currently recording her fourth album, is divorcing her husband and father of her child, Simon Konecki.

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In late April, the couple released a statement confirming their unexpected divorce, saying that the couple split up around eight months ago but are now making it official.

“Adele and her partner have separated,” wrote Adele’s representatives. “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”

It has been reported that the couple did not sign a prenup when they wed in 2011. If they file for divorce in the state of California, where they own property and Konecki’s business is located, she could end up losing as much as half of her earnings.

“What is made during the marriage is likely to be split on an equal basis,” added Sandra Davis, a divorce attorney who represented Princess Diana of Wales. “It doesn’t matter who did what, or who contributed what.”

As of May 2018, Adele was listed on the U.K. Sunday Times‘ annual “Rich List,” topping the Under 30 ranking with $182 million to her name.

Those close to the couple are confident that the two will be able to handle this highly publicized, high-stakes divorce respectfully because of the importance of raising their 6-year-old son Angelo. If a child is 12 or older, he or she would be able to speak with a judge privately regarding post-divorce issues and living situation preferences.

“Adele’s son is everything to her,” an insider told People. “Her whole life revolves around him. I just can’t see her divorce getting messy because she’s so careful when it comes to her son. She’s always five steps ahead in terms of how a decision will affect him.”

In Addition to Adele’s high-profile breakup, there have been plenty of expensive celebrity divorces over the years:

  • Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor — Divorced in 2017 after 17 years of marriage.
  • Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon — Divorced in 2014 after 11 years of marriage.
  • Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck — Divorced after 10 years of marriage.
  • Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow — Divorced in 2016 after 10 years of marriage.
  • Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum — Divorced in 2018 after nine years of marriage.
  • Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux — Divorced in 2018 after two and a half years of marriage.
  • Johnny Depp and Amber Heard — Divorced in 2017 after two years of marriage.
  • Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries — Divorced in 2013 after 72 days of marriage.

Farm To Fashion Week: Manure And Nettles Used To Make Eco-Friendly Clothing

Would you wear clothing made from nettles? What about a hat derived from cow manure?

These are questions you never thought you’d ask yourself, but companies and researchers are working hard to provide innovative, sustainable, and eco-friendly clothing alternatives across the globe.

One of the most recent victories was achieved by Dutch artist Jalila Essaïdi who was able to make clothing from the manure of farm animals. Yes, I know how it sounds.

Herd of cows grazing on a farmland in Devon, England

When she hoped to use the proteins in goat’s milk for an art project, she was introduced to the hazards posed by excessive amounts of animal manure. Though the Netherlands is able to use some of this manure as fertilizer, there’s simply too much dung to handle. As such, this waste invades local waterways and poses a sanitary threat to local ecosystems.

This issue is also prevalent in the United States. It’s estimated that 80% of hazardous waste sites, including those from local farms, have negatively impacted groundwater quality.

Luckily, Essaïdi was able to find a unique characteristic in cow manure: cellulose.

Researchers found that cow manure is made of 33% cellulose due to the vegetarian diet the animals keep. Cellulose is a common component in plant materials that textile manufacturers utilize to make a variety of clothing products.

Even though it seems odd, Essaïdi was able to use these regenerated cellulose fibers to create clothing. This product, fabricated through the use of biotechnologies, has been dubbed Mestic.

Viscose made from mestic®

Not only has Essaïdi provided a new sustainable product in fashion, but she has also developed a product designed to significantly cut down on the animal waste present in the Netherlands.

Biotechnology has been around since 1919, but it was only 50 years later that researchers were able to perform a successful recombinant DNA experiment. It’s through that same biotechnology that researchers hope to craft more sustainable methods of living in the future.

One Kenyan company has also created an eco-friendly clothing line using nettles. Green Nettle Textile won the year’s most prestigious award recognizing sustainable fashion, the Global Challenge Award. This annual challenge is hosted by the H&M Foundation to inspire innovative, sustainable designs in clothing and textiles around the world.

By developing a clothing line from nettles which grow veritably anywhere, Green Nettle Textile was able to produce a form of sustainable fashion while also supporting local farmers. The group was awarded $170,000, beating out more than 6,600 entries in the competition.

These innovations are another way that the market is changing to favor eco-friendly initiatives. Even celebrities like Kate Hudson have begun to enter the sustainable fashion world.

It’s not surprising that Hudson has entered this emerging market. The co-founder of Fabletics has already shaken the fashion industry with her size-inclusive athletic wear. But her new eco-friendly clothing line Happy x Nature, which is made from recycled plastic bottles, has been released just in time for festival season.

Her collection will be available online with clothing priced between $45 and $150, making it accessible for many.

JUST LAUNCHED: Celeb Spring Fragrances for National Fragrance Day

What better way to celebrate National Fragrance Day, which follows the first day of spring, than a new fragrance launch? That’s exactly what Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj are doing. Join us in welcoming the two celeb spring fragrances that may take the spot as your new signature spring scent. Ariana Grande’s CLOUD Eau de Parfum and Nicki Minaj’s QUEEN Eau de Parfum are both light and fresh scents that are unique in their own way.

With National Fragrance Day coming up tomorrow, the start of the spring season, and of course National Women’s History Month, we couldn’t think of a better time for these two powerful women to launch these. Get to know these new celeb spring fragrances below:

Ariana Grande CLOUD ($60.00)

Celeb Spring Fragrance - Ariana Grande Cloud

Inspired by optimism and hope, the uplifting and addictive scent imbues a thoughtful, artistic expression of positivity and happiness from Ariana to her fans. It opens with a dreamy top blend of alluring lavender blossom, forbidden juicy pear, and mouthwatering bergamot. The heart features a whipped touch of crème de coconut, indulgent praline, and exotic, vanilla orchid. Sensual musks and creamy woods fade out for a cashmere-like feeling that seduces the senses. Not to mention this cute bottle would be the perfect addition to brighten up anyone’s vanity or desk! Get yours before they sell out at www.ulta.com.

Nicki Minaj QUEEN ($75.00)

Celeb Spring Fragrance - Nicki Minaj Queen

Inspired by Nicki’s bold and unapologetic approach to life, the QUEEN fragrance exudes luxury, attitude, and strength – the ultimate way to celebrate the “Queen” in all of us. The intoxicating fragrance opens with sexy top notes of Asian Pear and Bergamot.  The smooth sensual creamy dry down is wrapped with notes of Sleek Woods, Praline and Musk. Nicki’s iconic bottle is dipped in gold and further adorned with a removable headpiece that can be worn as a bracelet – a little something extra for her Barbz. Get this limited edition fragrance at www.nickiminajfragrance.com.

What are your thoughts on these two celeb spring fragrances? Will you be looking into new fragrances in celebration of National Fragrance Day? Do you think these bottles represent the entertainers well?

Michael B. Jordan Inspires Bacardi’s The King Cuatro Cocktail

He may not play the King in Black Panther but Michael B. Jordan certainly inspires the title. In honor of this year’s Academy Awards and Black Panther’s seven Oscar nominations, we present The King Cuatro cocktail from made with Bacardi Añejo Cuatro Rum. The rum cocktail was inspired by the Hollywood heartthrob who has captured our hearts (and our daydreams).

Michael B. Jordan at the BACARDI Mixology Lab on February 13, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for BACARDI rum)

The King Cuatro made its debut the Lower East Side’s newest rum bar, Las’ Lap. Just in time to celebrate with Black Panther, the first ever Superhero movie to get a Best Picture Oscar nod. Many may not know this but Michael is a huge rum fan. Like many, he grew up with his grandmother’s famous rum cakes made exclusively with Bacardi rum.  It’s only fitting that his signature cocktail contains Bacardi Añejo Cuatro. This premium rum is aged four years under the Caribbean sun with delicious notes of honey, vanilla and oak spices.

The King Cuatro will be available exclusively on the Las’ Lap cocktail menu until March 14th. You can either visit Las’ Lap, to enjoy this delicious concoction or check out the recipe below to recreate it at home. Get better acquainted with The King Cuatro cocktail below.

THE KING CUATRO

1.5 parts Bacardi Añejo Cuatro
0.75 part Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 part St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
0.25 part Honey
2 Blackberries
Martini & Rossi Prosecco
Muddle blackberries in a tin, and pour all cocktail ingredients in. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Top with Martini & Rossi Prosecco and garnish with a Blackberry-speared purple orchid.

Will you be watching the Academy Awards this Sunday? Are you ready to experience the regal The King Cuatro cocktail? Here’s to Black Panther winning most, if not all of their nominated categories.

Remembering The Creative Influence Of Fashion Icon Karl Lagerfeld

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Days ago, the world lost fashion and design icon, Karl Lagerfeld. You’d be hard pressed not to know who he was, even if the world of haute couture is lost on you. As of 2017, there were more than 3.74 billion internet users in the world. Days following Karl Lagerfeld’s death, millions of those internet users who would’ve otherwise not know his name are learning about him. His presence, appearance, voice, and influence have rippled through the fashion world for decades. Now his death has left a void where once stood a Titan.

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In an extremely private battle with pancreatic cancer, the longtime creative director at Chanel passed away at age 85. His dazzling creative life changed the face and attitude of fashion as we know it and we’ll still — often unknowingly — be feeling the impact of his influential creative genius as it subtly flows down from luxury fashion houses to mass marketed apparel. While 75% of internet users never scroll past the first page of search results, they’ll be seeing hundreds of Lagerfeld memorials over the next few weeks. And it isn’t difficult to see why.

Starting Out With Karl

“When I was four, I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday,” Lagerfeld told Vogue.

From his earliest life, it was pretty clear that Karl Lagerfeld wasn’t like everybody else. At an early age, Karl went to Paris where he began his life-long journey in the fashion industry. From Balmain to Chloe to Fendi, Lagerfeld made his mark on some of the most famed fashion houses on earth through the 1950s and 1960s. Then, he found his throne as the creative director for Chanel.

“My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things,” he said in reference to founding designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.

He proceeded to bring Chanel back to life after the fashion house had been long dormant. Chanel CEO Alain Wertheimer said that when Lagerfeld took the creative reigns, he told him to do whatever he wanted. Free creative reign. As it turns out, this would be one of the best decisions he could’ve made as Lagerfeld proceeded to revive and modernize the former glory of Chanel.

When you make a name for yourself that large, all eyes are on you. A fact which he relished, regardless of the reactions he received.

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Controversial Karl

Lagerfeld was, while widely revered, not without a swath of controversy surrounding him. His quick wit, sharp tongue, and flippant attitude toward his own manner of self-idolatry were certainly central to his character. With him front and center upon the throne of a world revolving around image, he was unabashed to make sure that people heard what he had to say on things. And where many famous people in the spotlight choose their words carefully, Lagerfeld believed the exact opposite.

“Be politically correct, but please don’t bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that’s the end of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation,” he said to Vogue.

Reflected in a comment he made about abandoning his German citizenship when German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to welcome a million migrants into Germany, whispers of xenophobia weren’t uncommon. Where the immigrants make up 13% of the U.S. population, Germany’s immigrant population is much lower, a fact that isn’t lost in the political sphere there. Also, a fact Lagerfeld felt the need to offer his opinions on.

From the political sphere to every and any aspect of the fashion world, Lagerfeld didn’t censor himself. Something that many didn’t like, others feared, and masses respected. Who fell into which category among those who had opinions about Karl didn’t matter. Why? He simply couldn’t be bothered.

Quotable Karl

Lagerfeld was never shy about speaking his mind. Widely regarded as one of the most quotable people in the history of fashion, his nuggets of sharp-tongued “wisdom” still permeate. He was notably quotable in the way he spoke of (and lived in) absolute luxury.

He had a little obsession with 18th-century French decor and design. This was, of course, reflected in his homes. In the United States, the average home sold brought in about $249,000 in 2017. For a man who did not abide such words as average, Lagerfeld’s homes included: a villa and two apartments in Monaco, a home in Rome, one in Melun, one in Paris, and a chateau in Brittany. All of which were decoratively modeled after the splendor of Versailles. Packed with luxury, Lagerfeld reportedly got tired of things in his homes and, in the year 2000, auctioned items off grabbing a total of $21.7 million. He shrugged this off stating the following:

“Anything dusty, dirty, musty — forget about it here. I like my eighteenth-century fresh.”

If it did not sparkle, he would not have it. This attitude spanned his whole existence and contributed to his outlook, as well as his personal look. He himself dressed the part in an unmistakably Karl fashion. Dark sunglasses, silver ponytail, fingerless gloves, and suits with incredibly high collars.

The entire fashion world is still paying tribute to his legacy and his seat at Chanel’s creative helm will be taken by the director of Chanel’s Fashion Creative Studio, Virginie Viard, reportedly Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator of over 30 years.

In a few words, there’s little left to say that Karl himself couldn’t have said better, so we’ll leave you with one of his particularly smile-worthy sentiments:

“I am very much down to Earth. Just not this Earth.”

Rest in peace, Mr. Lagerfeld.