October FAB Woman of the Month

FAB readers, meet our October FAB woman of the month, Lorina Daiana!  She is the founder of lifestyle blog Grace Belle, making her a total #girlboss! Along with Grace Belle, she also owns Blogger Studios, where you can learn about launching your own blog, and @PixieDarlings, an Instagram account dedicated to sharing the magic of Disney. She definitely knows a thing or two about content creation and the importance of social media presence for a brand – if you haven’t checked out her Instagram (@LorinaDaiana) yet, you’ll definitely see what I mean!  So without further ado, we present Lorina!

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Tell us a little bit about Grace Belle and what inspired you to start it?

Grace Belle is a community & lifestyle brand that revolves around 4 personas; the Creative, the Adventurer, the Sweetheart and the Fashionista. It’s unique in that instead of categories we have personas to create content for. Originally Grace Belle was going to be a clothing store and I was going to Cal Poly Pomona for Apparel Merchandise & Management to learn how to open it. (See photos below). While in school I learned the importance of marketing and building an audience before you launch a store which is when I launched gracebelle.com. While planning the launch I decided to create the 4 personas and represent 4 styles. Although fashion and merchandising was something I loved, my biggest passion was community and bringing people together. I use to daydream about hosting workshops afterhours in the shop and how I could cultivate a community of ladies through it. Then after a few months of running the website we started to quickly grow an online community, we even hosted a few in person events. I quickly realized that I didn’t necessarily need a clothing store to cultivate a community and that’s when Grace Belle switched from a store to a community brand. 
Long story short, my love for community and branding is what led me to start Grace Belle. 

Why do you think diversity is important in the fashion industry, or any industry?

There is so much diversity in the world because every person is unique and has a list of interests and styles they love. Knowing that, it means a business (whether in the fashion industry or tech or any industry) can narrow down a demographic and target audience to sell to. Having the diversity in the industries allows brands to collaborate instead of competing. Since everyone takes on little notch of the industry, there’s space for all to succeed and even more so when supporting one another. 

Who is your inspiration and what do they inspire in you?

  • Jenna Kutcher – She created an amazing brand / business and is teaching others how to do it as well through her podcasts “Goal Digger” 
  • Dale Partridge – He’s an incredible entrepreneur and is all about educating others to become successful in order for them to have the freedom of time to spend it with loved ones
  • Andy Nguyen – Restaurant guru who started multiple viral restaurants such as Afters Ice Cream. He is a huge inspiration for me because even though he is incredibly successful, he is also very humble. There are successful people that will not give you the time of day unless you are at some elite level but Andy is one of those people who is kind to all. That is so inspiring to me. 
  • Dennis Stamatoiu – Dennis is one of those guys that works incredibly hard, is very driven and learns everything on his own. If he wants to do something, he’ll learn how to do it. He inspires me to reach for high goals annnd to always learn new techniques and programs.  

Is there anything you wish to inspire in others?

To chase their dreams. Too many people get stuck in a Mon-Fri job that they hate and it’s usually because they let fear stop them from chasing their dreams. I always ask people “if you didn’t let fear hold you back, what would you achieve”? Go for it, you can do it! Work hard now and you’ll create the life you want, remember you only have one life and I’m guessing you don’t want 60% of it to be doing something you don’t love. 

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What do you feel is the most important aspect when expressing yourself through social media?

To express yourself on social media well you have to be known for something and you can do that by building a brand. To build an effective one you have to create a niche for yourself, what is it you want to be known for? On my personal Instagram @LorinaDaiana, I talk about 4 topics; faith, fashion, travel and entrepreneurship. I stated this in my bio and continue to share posts within those 4 categories. Besides those 4 topics I stand out by creating a specific look / brand. If you look at my profile it’s bright, girly, and you’ll probably see lots of pink hues across it. 

What advice do you have for younger girls who are looking to pursue their dreams?

Be resourceful. Learn as much as you can, take courses, listen to podcasts, watch free videos and take notes through it all. Once you kind of have a grasp of the industry you want to go in, then make a plan. I highly recommend the Startup Camp Workshop Series (http://startupcamp.com/?ref=5) for when you are ready to launch a business. I’ve taken many business courses in school and in workshops and this has been the best investment out of them all. 
For more about Lorina Daiana and Grace Belle, you can check out the website: https://gracebelle.com/ and Instagram: @gracebelle.
the FAB team,
Sara
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5 FAB Looks from the 2017 Emmys

Happy Wednesday to all our fellow FAB fashionistas out there! Today, we are bringing you our top 5 favorite looks from Sunday’s Emmys. We must admit, it was pretty hard to narrow it down to just 5 because we saw so many ladies (and gentlemen) dressed to the nines! Ladies like Shailene Woodley, Viola Davis, and Nicole Kidman killed it with the darker, autumn toned shades while ladies like Millie Bobby Brown, Sofia Vergara, and Samira Wiley showed us that you can indeed look FAB wearing white after Labor Day. So without further ado, we present to you our top 5 favorite looks!

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First up on our list we have Shailene Woodley, from HBO’s Big Little Lies. Shailene awed us all in her floor length moss green velvet dress by Ralph Lauren. So simple, yet so elegant with minimal accessories. Hey, Shai, if you don’t plan on wearing the dress again we wouldn’t mind “borrowing” it for a night out! 😉

Angela Sarafyan

Angela Sarafyan, from HBO’s Westworld, wore one of those dresses that literally nobody else could pull off, except herself, and she did indeed look drop dead gorgeous in it! Her off the shoulder yellow Elizabeth Kennedy dress complemented her skin tone so well and really made her eyes pop. Not to take away from the color of the dress, Angela opted for a more natural make-up style and very minimal accessories.

Yara Shahidi

Next up on our list we have Yara Shahidi from ABC’s Black-ish. Her beige and sea-foam green embroidered Prada gown truly made her look like a walking goddess. She paired the ensemble with a metallic gold belt around the waist that really brought the whole look together.

Gina Rodriguez

Our next FAB fashionista is Gina Rodriguez from The CW’s Jane the Virgin. Gina showed up all smiles in a floor length red sequined dress with a deep v neckline by Naeem Khan. She totally rocked the red carpet in this gown and we could all tell that she felt like a total #BOSS from the way she was smiling from ear to ear the whole time.

Claire Foy

And last, but certainly not list, we have Claire Foy from Netflix’s The Crown. Unlike our previous fashionistas we mentioned, Claire decided to opt for an off the shoulder Oscar De La Renta black jumpsuit for the occasion. She rocked the look looking as chic and classy as ever. Pairing the look with some simple silver accessories, black heels, and bright red lips, she definitely showed up looking like royalty!

And that’s a wrap to this year’s Emmys Red Carpet looks! Did we mention your favorite look? If not, let us know who looked the most FAB in the comments down below!

the FAB team,

Sara

Our September FAB Woman of the Month

Welcome back for another FAB woman of the month feature! This month, we would like you to meet Christina, one of the founders of apparel company Citizen & Darling, who’s mission is to help put an end to human trafficking.  With her business partner, Karina, these two ladies have shown the apparel world that they are true goal-getters and girl-bosses!

Tell us a little bit about Citizen & Darling and what inspired you to start it?

Citizen & Darling is an ethical apparel brand that focuses on bringing awareness to Human trafficking, specifically in Los Angeles. My friend Karina (now business partner) was really devastated when she learned about human trafficking a few years back and its connection to the fashion industry. She had gone to school at FIDM and I had a background in psychology as well as working with the needy through various mission trips, and once she shared her understanding of human trafficking we wanted to collaborate our strengths for change. We wanted to provide a message of hope, value, and purpose- ultimately inspired from our faith, as a means of restoring the identity that is commonly skewed in those coming out of human trafficking, but also as a prevention tool for those vulnerable and susceptible as well.  

Who is your inspiration and what do they inspire in you?

Our inspiration mainly comes from our Christian faith. As Christians we feel like it is our responsibility to put an end to injustices we see happening, and this specific one hits far too close to home. Human trafficking is also something that violates our most basic rights, and has a mindset that takes away the human element. Because we feel people are created in Gods image, that is the ultimate offense and we have been determined to help put an end to it. 
We were also inspired by the documentary- The True Cost. It is a great documentary that exposes how the fashion industry is contributing to slave labor all around the world, but also gives a powerful insight on how to make a change. 
We have also been inspired by the brand- Krochet Kids. Krochet Kids because they proved that the fashion industry can change people’s lives for good- that perseverance can really change the world.
A21’s founder Christine Cane because her testimony has shown the beauty of transformation that is possible. She is someone who has rescued thousands of human trafficking survivors around the world through her organization A21 Campaign, and used her own transformation and redemption story as a way to help those coming out of slavery restore their lives. 
We are also inspired by some fellow brands of ours- UNCVRD Jewelry, and The Tote Project, who are ran by women here in Los Angeles that have a passion for the fight of human trafficking and creating sustainable products that not only give back, but fight against fast fashion.  

Why do you think diversity is important in the fashion industry or any industry?

I think diversity is very important in all industries. Different strengths and talents need to shine, and for the fashion industry specifically, diversity is what prevents it from being boring and flat, and bringing new beauty. Everyone has a story to tell, and fashion is a great way to show that because our clothes can represent us as individuals.  We believe that diversity is an expression of Gods creation and that should be celebrated. 

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What do you feel is the most important aspect when expressing yourself through social media?

The biggest point we want to get across through our social media is that God loves you just the way you are. You are accepted, and there is so much freedom in that. Freedom to enjoy life, but also to recognize and refuse to accept that that same narrative is taken away for so many people around the world. We also like to celebrate our beautiful Los Angeles, because we love the people and the culture here, and we want to change LA into an anti-trafficking city who really loves people. And lastly, that sustainable fashion can look just as beautiful and trendy as fast fashion. 

Is there anything you wish to inspire in others?

We want to be a brand that people associate with hope and value, and make it accessible for anyone and everyone to pass that message of hope. That you are wonderfully made, that you are beloved, that you are seen as darling in Gods eyes, that you are a citizen of His Kingdom. Ultimately, even human trafficking cannot take those things away from you. We hope that Citizen&Darling helps strengthen the movement of slow fashion, and investing in our clothes the same way we invest in each other. That everyone has the ability to end human trafficking in small ways. Most people would never want to contribute to human trafficking if they were given a choice, but unfortunately that is what happens when we support brands that use slave labor. So if anything, we want to inspire others to start choosing your purchases to reflect your values.

What advice do you have for younger girls who are looking to pursue their dreams?

My advice would be not to be so hard on yourself while trying to get off the ground. There were so many times I never thought Citizen & Darling would happen, and then someone told me that in order for everyone else to believe in your brand, you have to first. If you are truly passionate about something, it doesn’t have to be perfect in order to work. You learn as you go, and there really is a lot of amazing possibilities out there. I would also say – don’t compare yourself to others. With social media especially it’s so easy to look at someone else and think they have it more together than you, but honestly- in my experience most people also feel that way, and each person has something unique and special to bring to the table. Never stop trying. 

For more about Citizen and Darling, you can check out their website: https://citizenanddarling.com/ & their Instagram: @citizenanddarling.

the FAB team

 

BET Awards Recap

With high expectations for this year’s BET award show from last year, this year’s award show definitely did not disappoint with many exciting and even shocking moments.  The star studded night was filled with wins and loses in both awards, fashion, and performances.  First, let’s take a look at the fashion of the night!  Some people came ready to slay and we have to start with the bold and beautiful Cardi B.  Cardi’s red Givenchy suit made a statement and showed everyone that she is ready to take the entertainment world by storm and displayed her boss side.

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Following suit, the adorable pair Gucci Mane and Asahd Khaled: DJ Khaled’s iconic son came matching in vibrant blue Gucci suits.  The rapper and baby producer duo won over hearts with their classy and endearing ensemble.

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Coming in on the other end of the spectrum however was Blac Chyna and Lil Kim. While we give kudos to both ladies for taking fashion risks on the red carpet, these red carpet outfits  just didn’t make the cut in the end.

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Is there such a thing as too much bling? Yes. Exhibit A or in this case K: Lil Kim in her see through sparkle bodysuit with matching bejeweled clutch and heels left nothing to the imagination at the awards show and for that she earns a spot in our worst dressed of the night.

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While Blac Chyna’s post baby body left us stunned, her red carpet outfit had our jaws dropping and for all the wrong reasons. With over puffed sleeves and sky high heels, this outfit immediately took the crown for worst dressed of the night.

Better luck next time ladies!

Moving along, we have my favorite part of the show- the performances and of course the BET award show wouldn’t be complete without a legendary reunion from Xscape.  The 90’s R&B girl group gave everyone the feels when they performed a throwback medley of all their most iconic songs.  This long awaited reunion was greatly anticipated and the girls killed it with their incredible energy and showed that even after 18 years, they still got it.

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Another notable performance was from the young but extremely talented 19 year old Khalid.  This up and coming singer performed his hit single “Location” and showed his great potential to be the next big thing with his melodic voice and likeable boy-next-door look.

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After all the performances, the night ended with the point of the show- the awards.  The award show had a variety of categories varying from “Best Female Hiphop Artist” to “Best Movie” to “Best Male R&B/Pop Artist”.  Remy Ma won for Best Female Hiphop artist which shocked many people because they speculated that the winner would be Nicki Minaj.  The win was controversial because funny enough, the two competitors recently had major drama when Remy Ma released a diss track “ShETHER” about Nicki Minaj which Minaj quickly retaliated with “No Frauds”.  Although Nicki Minaj is more known in the mainstream music world, the Love and Hip Hop star Remy Ma proved her place as the OG hip hop veteran.  

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Not surprisingly, Bruno Mars took home the award for Best R&B/Pop artist because the groovy singer constantly comes out with catchy and fun songs.  Bruno Mars has been on a roll lately and he doesn’t seem to be planning to stop his pop takeover anytime soon!  

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Migos won for best group which is a big moment for the dynamic trio because they really showed that 2017 was their year.  With the release and success of their new album “Culture”, iconic hit song “Bad and Bougee”, and multiple collaborations with huge artists, Migos is now one of hip hop’s most well known groups.

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Last but certainly not least, rounding out the awards for the night Chance the Rapper took home three, the coveted Humanitarian Award, Best New Artist and Best Collaboration. Looking back in the last year alone, Chance the Rapper has donated 1 million dollars to Chicago schools and has helped raise over 2 million dollars for nonprofits, so it’s no wonder this year he took home the Humanitarian Award, becoming the youngest recipient of the award to date. On top of his humanitarian efforts, he has also become the first artist to make it to the Billboard 200 chart based on streams alone with his hit fourth mixtape Coloring Book. This is only the beginning for this Chicago native and we can’t wait to see where his career takes him next!

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And that ladies and gents is a wrap for our recap of this years BET awards! If we didn’t mention your favorite moment of the night, please comment yours below!  Till next time folks. 🙂

The FAB team,

Edith & Itzel

 

Spring on the Puns!

Spring has sprung! With this week being the first week of spring, I thought it may be fun to find some clever spring puns! Feel free to use one (or all) of these in your greeting

cards.

Spring it on!

Hoppy birthday! / Hope you have a very hoppy Saturday!

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall – and a pretty good spring and summer, too.

Is there a best month of spring? There May be.

Gardeners like to spring into action.

So, how’s the flower business going? Oh, it’s blossoming quite nicely.

His daughter grew flowers because her poppy liked to see them every daisy.

I saw gasoline selling for one dollar a gallon, but then I saw that March had just ended. It was an April fuel’s joke.

Admit it… you chuckled to yourself just a little reading these. If you have any other great spring-related puns, feel free to leave them in the comments below! Hoppy Spring from the FAB team!

Aleksandra & Sara

the FAB Team

*images taken by FAB team member Sara Rodriguez at Descanso Gardens.