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Any girl can be glamorous, all you have to do is stand still & look stupid,” she once said.
Hedy Lamarr demolished the stereotype that Hollywood actresses are just their looks.
She was an actress during MGM’s “Golden Age” & starred in films like Lady of the Tropics, Boom Town & Samson & Delilah but she earned recognition in an entirely different field.
She received a patent for an idea of a radio signaling device to change radio frequencies to keep enemies from decoding messages – this became an important step in the development of technology to maintain security of military communications & cell phones.
She was honored the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award & became the 1st female to receive the ULBIE™ Gnass Spirit of Achievement Award, which is considered the Oscars of inventing.
How many Hollywood leading ladies can say they invented a “Secret Communications System”?
Fyi, her invention became a precursor to the secure wi-fi, GPS & Bluetooth so many of us use today!
Thank you Hedy for pushing the boundaries of how women are perceived, showing folks that women can do absolutely anything w/ hard work & determination & secure wi-fi (lol)!
xo – Suki
Hawaii is set to become the 1st state in the US to actually ban the sale of sunscreens containing two types of chemicals toxic to the ocean( thank you Hawaii, but this is just now happening in 2018?! how long until all 50?) – oxybenzone & octinoxate.
they’re killing oceans around the world – the chemicals strip coral reefs of their nutrients & disrupt the development of fish & marine life.
about 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotion ends up in coral reefs around the world each year, with tourist-filled beaches, like in Hawaii & the US Virgin Islands, having the highest concentrations.
& for those of you thinking ‘well I don’t go into the ocean after applying sunscreen, so…” you’re not helping at all – when you go home & wash it off in the shower, the chemicals are sent into wastewater streams & sent to the ocean.
these chemicals are found in Hawaiian Topic, Banana Boat & Coopertone…just to name a few brands (also found in nail polish, fragrances, hair spray..yikes!)
fyi, oxybenzone is associated w/ endometriosis & has the potential to damage cells that may lead to skin cancer. both oxybenzone & octinoxate disrupt your hormones which affects reproduction in men & women & puberty…hormones control everything in your body folks!
oh! & if that’s not enough, oxybenzone is more strongly estrogenic than BPA & it was named “Allergen of the Year”! & despite the huge health risks, octinoxate remains an approved ingredient worldwide & is found in many “natural” sunscreens (are you kidding?! like it isn’t already hard enough for consumers to navigate the beauty biz.)
sunscreen chemicals are extremely bad for your skin & health & we do not recommend using sunscreen at all…but if you must, use 100% natural bases w/ only the oxides used as sunscreen agents – Goddess Garden Organics’ sunscreen is made with plant-based ingredients, certified organic, reef safe & biodegradable (making it good for us & the world around us!)
&…know your beauty!
xo – Suki
the latest, break the mold movie from Amy Schumer, I Feel Pretty, premiered in theaters nationwide 4/20 & seems like it’s everything we expect from this fabulous badass woman!
it revolves around an insecure girl who bumps her head & wakes up thinking she’s a totally smokin’ hot, confident woman & how she changes based solely on her beliefs about herself.
this is the self-empowerment part of “know your beauty” on a screen. Schumer is a big part of a recent trend (so far mostly seen on TV w/ actresses, “of a certain age” getting juicy roles on TV shows they could never find in movie scripts) & leads the way in be your whole authentic self, define beauty on your own terms & believe it – the rest will follow! we haven ‘t seen changes in ads, marketing, modeling…yet – but we hope it’s coming! we love & thank you Amy!
& fyi, we’ve heard/seen some folks protesting this movie & feeling like is not empowering but ‘demeaning’, ‘negative,’ & ‘disgusting’ – this is a lack of digging or educating ourselves which creates misinformation!
these protestors don’t even know that this is a movie about empowerment & self-love, acceptance & the power of our minds to create our reality!
&…know your beauty!
xo – teamsuki
HAPPY BADASS BELATED 84th BIRTHDAY SHIRLEY MACLAINE!
one of my all-time favorites since I was a kid, Ms. MacLaine, singer, dancer, actress, only female rat pack member (I’d love to hear any of her many & varied stories!) a legend really, a boundary breaking spiritualist, seeker & author, she’s still going strong with her latest book, “Out on a Leash: How Terry’s Death Gave Me New Life” about her perfect, furry bundle of irresistible charm – her terrier Terry, who slowed her nomadic lifestyle & allowed her to see the world in new ways.
just some of her many accomplishments: Academy Award winner (& nominated 8x!), 3x Emmy winner, 10x Golden Globe winner, she’s appeared in more than 50 films (& counting!) including “The Apartment”, which cemented her reputation as one of the best & most versatile actors of her time, a longtime advocate for civil rights, women’s rights & spiritual exploration (because of which, was teased & considered a bit of an outcast for some time there), a broadway superstar, New York Time’s Best Selling Author of 14 books including her 1st, “Out on a Limb”, which was turned into a 5 hour ABC mini-series, where she takes us on an intimate & powerful journey into her personal life to her newest, “Out on a Leash: How Terry’s Death Gave Me New Life”, sold more than 20,000,000 copies of her 9 international bestsellers, directed 2 films like her Oscar nominated documentary, “The Other Half of the Sky” about her personal invitation from the Chinese government to bring a group of American women, of different races, ages & income levels, on a 3 week tour, led by her, of Beijing, Shanghai, Canton & Hangchow – following the normalizing of relations between the US & the People’s Republic of China in 1972…I mean, the woman has not slowed down!
as a woman who refuses to make herself smaller for anyone else’s comfort (THANK ‘GOD’!), who’s sharp-tongued, witty, free-spirited & unselfconsciously outspoken nature is an inspiration & who’s identity is totally…HER…she lives the essence of “know your beauty!” thank you Ms. MacLaine ☺!
xo – Suki
my non-partisan post goes to Barbara Bush.
thank you for being fierce – never shying away from but accepting who she is, never attempting to fit other’s opinions of who she should be, & motivated to create opportunities for others to be their own advocates.
Barbara, we will miss your poise, strength & self-deprecating humor!
xo – Suki
always beautiful, always outspoken, which takes huge cahones, always out in front of women’s issues, scrutinized & raked over the coals for decades, lived out her personal life in film (a little? a lot?)…a powerful feminist voice (& why is THIS a dirty word?) of my generation.
i am thankful i had role models like this that helped shape my notion of womanhood, of what i could do in the world, & prepped me for the nightmares ahead!
lol THANKS MS JANE!! we love you!
Anna Shpenova, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, became a firefighter at 25, & of course, nobody took her seriously, she was sent to extinguish burning garbage cans, etc.
but, she kept demanding to be placed on real crews to battle real fires, wore down commanding officer after commanding officer, & then proved herself to male peers, shattering the perception that only a man can put out a fire, receiving a medal for Heroism as a Firefighter on March 8th, for International Women’s Day.
This is the sort of BS that SHOULD be illegal & that we consumers need to be on top of for our own health & well-being! If we don’t empower ourselves with knowledge, or at least turn the container around to read the actual ingredients not just believe the marketing on the front or in an ad, we have no one to blame really but ourselves when we are misled. But, this saddens me greatly to see how horribly misleading marketers can be.
In the end guys, the “too bad, so sad” truth is that we must take charge of what we consume, buy, companies we support, check into what doctors recommend…everywhere. No one, or agency, will do that for us. Companies want our $$ first & foremost (some still do have ethics but the point is we have the tools to find out!) &, as you can see above, lies are par for the course in the beauty biz!
“Know your beauty” is the suki skincare core philosophy for a reason. We have to be our own advocates, grill brands, be the squeaky wheel! How else will we KNOW what we are actually ingesting? Cause we know it’s ALL ingested…topical lotions, patches, internal medications, air, food, etc.
It does blow my mind how cynical we are, yet we can’t wait to give up personal responsibility for the things that affect our own care! The current environment places personal responsibility for our reactions, feelings, etc. squarely on everyone (or anyone) ELSE’S shoulders! The government, healthcare, insurance systems, manufacturers, brands – these are not where to place our trust guys!
As far as LIPSENSE is concerned…BOOOO! This company is takes spin to a whole new level! See how they list toxic synthetics as healthy or efficacious? Bold!
Now please vegan folks hear me out. I’m not trying to anger you, but think beyond the label here. Do we really believe SYNTHETIC beeswax is BETTER for animals or the planet than healthy, ethical 100% pure beeswax? This is what I mean about thinking critically about the info we are inundated with. These synthetic ‘vegan’ ingredients will end up, yup, in the ground & drinking water (for the earth & animals to ingest)…do how is this truly “vegan?” Not to mention the staggering percentages of various cancers we have in our country we can’t put our finger on because there are many toxic pollutants in our food, air, water, earth!
I list all synthetics & their effects on this page on sukiskincare.com, please check it out when you have an ingredient question! J
Taking responsibility for our own choices is powerful…& my sincere hope is that more of us will take companies like these to task for blatant lies.
PS: thank you to Christine for sending this to me!
Know your beauty J & xo -Suki
None of us is immune to the havoc mold can wreak (i personally had no idea how bad a mold allergy can be until i finally got tested and treated and….life became easier!) But, how many of us test for it or even know what to test for? our air, our furnaces, our pipes, rugs, etc., and ourselves!
Are you feeling tired, congested, generally out of sorts…mold is in many cases, the top of the pyramid and to be avoided, and there are many more of course. When you test for your own allergies, ensure you get a scratch test from an immunologist and food test plus a test for food AFTER eating 24-72 hours later, which your regular doc may not even know about (much like, the right tests for Lyme, thyroid, and many others). A Naturopath can do this, OR you can let your doctor know this exists and ask them to look the codes up! simple as that! Then, you will have an accurate picture of what allergies you have and how to deal with them.
I can attest, drops are very effective in changing how I felt lung & nose-wise (but I had to make a lot more changes than putting drops under my tongue)…after finding out I had 3 pages of food allergies, presently anyway, maybe forever, I must be consistent and determined to really solve the issue. When I hear about folks with IBS, which is entirely too comfortable a topic for discussion in my opinion, but anyway, I then see them eating well, anything(!) I think, well, the essential problem isn’t being dealt with, this person perhaps needs to become more uncomfortable (and certainly seek better help) to change the diet! Food is the cure with systemic symptoms of ill health, many of which can come from mold and other allergies.
There is no magic pill for allergies, for any of these systemic problems…only real change, made by us, of course, is the cure. Hopefully, getting better will keep that necessary discipline going!
If you have mold allergies:
- Avoid problem foods:
- Chocolate (or any food containing cocoa as an ingredient)
- Cola drinks (or any soda drink dark in color)
- Nuts (including peanut butter)
- Popcorn (or corn on the cob)
- Beer (or all malt beverages)
- Wine (any aged or fermented)
- Mushrooms, onions, garlic
- Aged cheese
- LEFTOVERS! After one day, throw them away or pay the price!
- Environmental issues:
- Pets should not be allowed in the bedroom (tho i couldn’t keep to that! 🙂
- Avoid having any houseplants or fresh flowers you have a KNOWN ALLERGY TO in the house
- Clean damp areas with fungicides such as bleach or commercial mold remover
- Humidity should be less than 50%
- Use a humidity gauge and dehumidifier if necessary
- Ensure filters are regularly changed, cleaned, and avoid whole home humidifiers that work off your heat, those filters aren’t clean…no way.
- Beware mold growth in and around your home:
- Humidifiers, furnaces, radiators and air-conditioners
- Sauna baths
- Refrigerators: motor compartment, rubber seal molding and inside the unit
- Plumbing with condensation of water (to help improve this-wrap pipes with insulation)
- Leaking plumbing
- Bathroom walls, showers, tubs, shower curtain
- Moist crawl spaces
- Basements (waterproof the area, wrap bare cold water pipes and use a dehumidifier)
- Moldy products, trash in the house, basement, garage, outbuildings and attics
- Houseplants, herbarium, fish bowls, greenhouses and shrubbery close to the house
- Woods, streams, ponds, lakes, puddles in your immediate environment
- Nearby mills, elevators or grain storage facilities
- Fireplace wood
- check pipes for signs of mold
- call a mold / air quality expert certified in mold in your area to come test your air for mold! (only costs about $100 or so depending on location)
- And at Work
Keep your work space uncluttered and dust it frequently. Piles of paper attract dust and mold. Do not decorate the work area with dried plants or flowers. Environmental controls are often overlooked as a necessary part of managing allergies and the results can be profound.
The above ideas are a simple start but always remember the motto, “know your beauty” cause both, this is only the beginning of your education and your toolbox – knowing we have more responsibility than ever to educate ourselves, certainly not trust the status quo is so important to self-empowerment.
Good luck! xo -Suki