Today, we are celebrating black women who are making it big in fashion!
This article from Who What Wear introduces 8 inspiring influencers for you to check out on Instagram...
Our ancestors probably never would have predicted what our lives look like now, much less the impact social media would have.
Sure, Instagram is great to hop on to when you’re in an outfit-inspiration rut or looking to roust a chuckle from a good meme, but social media platforms have played a pivotal part in shifting cultural conversations, political movements, and trends (for good and bad).
And while I too am addicted to Astro Twitter, I know the importance these platforms play beyond mindlessly scrolling.
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Dougies Caribbean Takeaway
Established in 1991, this family owned Jamaican eatery was inspired by the owners’ fond childhood memories. There is something here for everyone, and if you’re new to Caribbean food, you will not be disappointed.
The good news is, they run a takeaway service, so it’s perfect for a great night in!
Dear White People (TV Series)
Available on Netflix, this American series follows the lives and experiences of a group of black students at an Ivy League college.
Humorous and relatable, this award winning series challenges a world that many consider ‘postracial’.
Click on the link below to see the trailer.
Gift Boxes Filled With High Quality Local Products
This is a brand new business concept that is designed especially to support independent brands, including coffee roasters, artists and creatives who are navigating the sudden and indefinite closures as a result of the lockdown.
Keep Manchester Thriving has partnered with a selection of business owners in order to help them maintain an income, as well as introducing them to a new audience.
These gift boxes bring together a selection of products from local independent businesses, including coffee, candles, toiletries, teatowels and snacks.
These unprecedented times are hitting local businesses the hardest, and it’s wonderful to see new ideas popping up, using collaboration and community to help them.
Visit the #keepmanchesterthriving website to find about more about their inspiring work, and to order your very own gift box.
You can also find and follow them on The ‘Gram @keepmanchesterthriving
Our Beans Eat Green is a collaboration between Claudine Green children's advocate and Anita Frost, founding director of Green Bean Collection Ltd.
It’s a recipe book designed to bring families together through cooking and sharing healthy and wholesome food, and to ignite a love of vegetables and wholefoods in young children from infancy onwards.
What better time to try out some new recipes than now?
Our Beans Eat Clean is available to purchase on Amazon, priced at £11.99.
Follow the link to find out more…
Fun Food Moments
Whatever this weird lockdown thing looks like for you, you may be looking for some ways to make life a little bit more interesting.
Here are a few cool ideas to keep things fresh through those afternoon slumps.
This new coffee that looks a bit like chocolate ice cream is the latest trend on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. It originated in South Korea in the last couple of months, as social distancing measures came into force throughout Asia.
#dalgonacoffee is super pretty to look at, but so easy to make. It can be made with hot or cold milk. Simply measure into a bowl two tablespoons of instant coffee, the same amount of sugar, and the same again of boiling water. Grab yourself a little balloon-whisk (or electric) and whip them together really really fast until they turn into this gorgeous velvety froth. Then, spoon into a glass of hot or cold milk, and enjoy!
If you are using hot milk, make sure your glass is heat proof. I learned this the hard way when my glass exploded as soon as I poured hot milk into it.
These things are pure genius!
It’s your favourite cake in your favourite mug. You mix all the ingredients (2 tbsp melted butter, 2 tbsp caster sugar, 3 tbsp milk, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 4 tbsp self raising flour) together in your mug, and after two minutes in the microwave, it’s ready for you to enjoy with a dollop of cream, or your choice of icing. The great thing about these, is you can switch it up to be a coffee cake, a chocolate cake, a melting middle cake (by layering the cake batter with nutella or something)
Epic Fruit Platters
Fruit is awesome. It’s so colourful, and very refreshing to eat. A great and possibly under rated treat is to make yourself the most epic fruit platter EVER. There isn’t a recipe for this, as you can add anything you want. But I would totally recommend a couple of things I really love at the moment - melons (water, cantaloupe, honey dew) sable grapes (these are black grapes with a uniquely rich and interesting taste. You can find them in Aldi) and pineapple. These are so tasty, and they have a thing in them called bromelain, an enzyme that is great for reducing inflammation and supporting the immune system. Fruit has a special way of perking you up when you are feeling a bit sluggish.
Welcome to the first blog post of the new #girlpower 💪 💪🏽 💪🏾
series looking at the stories of women who have changed the direction and focus of their careers, after discovering a new passion.
Our first success story is @hillarypete, the founder and CEO of skincare company @truebotanicals.
And to hear her own honest account, check out the Second Life podcast, episode 107 hosted by @hillarykerr @secondlifepod
The women who made their own career path
Hillary Peterson - True Botanicals Founder and CEO
Stories that start badly are often stories that have a happy ending.
This is definitely the case for Hillary Peterson. It took something very traumatic - a cancer diagnosis - to change the course of her life and career for the better.
Following her shocking diagnosis of thyroid cancer, Hillary began to educate herself about the ingredients in the beauty and skincare products that we buy on the high street every day. She learned about the toxic affects that the chemicals we put on our bodies have on both the body, and the planet. She came to the conclusion that she would not put things like this IN her body - so why would she want to put them ON her body?
Hillary wanted to give women a way out of this, and to give them the results they want and need, but more natural and pure ingredients.
She is passionate about using information to empower people in making the best possible choice for their individual needs.
Before starting her business, Peterson had a great career in the fashion world. She was the senior advertising manager for the 501 jeans brand. Before this, she worked as marketing manager for the Levi’s brand.
She won the Elle magazine Genius Award and her products can be found at many of the world’s top spas.