BADASS WOMAN WEDNESDAY: CAROL CHANNING

Tony & Golden Globe award-winner, & Oscar & 4-time Tony nominee Carol Channing died in her home on January 15th at 97.

I wonder how many people remember her…best known to most for her Tony award-winning lead in “Hello, Dolly!” 

“Performing is the only excuse for my existence,” she said during her last Broadway appearance, in the 1995 revival of “Hello, Dolly!” that was at the age of 74 folks…& she kept performing into her 80s.

she was one of the most recognizable performers in her day, with her signature tousled blonde wigs, ultra-long eyelashes accentuating her enormous eyes, raspy, expressive voice & fantastically exaggerated mouth. little known fact: Channing was African-American – & she didn’t even know until she was heading off to college at 16 when her mother told her. yikes.

Channing reminds me that it really is all about what we as individuals are able to embrace, understand / learn about & accept in ourselves, & hopefully, be able to relax & let it out for all the world to see. 

not the easiest of tasks, 🙀 but when we see it in others, especially women, we admire it…

Xo -S

link to bio below for more info on this incredible American icon!❤️

https://www.biography.com/.amp/news/carol-channing-biography-facts

GURL POWER

this Christmas, as I rushed around in my car, I heard the faint sound of beautiful harmonies…Christmas songs…outside, & I realized I hadn’t played any yet all season! very odd cause I usually play them from Thanksgiving till New Years. 😉

the Smith College (women) carolers, sing downtown every year. it strikes me each time, that these women are really unique, it’s really inspiring.

young women, unselfconscious, singing loud & proud & confidently….it reminded me of a time before I was self-conscious, before boys, before hormones, before the kind of insecurity that still innately comes with being a girl.

I recalled that once upon a time I was prepubescent & brave, like they were, dancing & singing like no one was watching. 😉 actually better, dancing & singing because people were watching.

as I got older, as we do, something radically shifted during puberty. I began to say “I’m sorry” rather than “excuse me,” & then, I started to believe I was taking up too much space in the world, which eventually led me straight into an eating disorder. I was far from alone in this, since more than 1/2 teen girls report being dissatisfied with their bodies & 6% will have a diagnosable eating disorder in their lifetime. &, as with the stats for sexual abuse, these are under-reported.

so many teenage girls (& grown women) begin to believe they can’t be too large, too confident or too loud…so we diminish ourselves in every way to fit in. we become more worried about being laughed at or left out than we were as six-year-olds on the first day of school! &, as adult women, many of us are still apologizing & sublimating our power.

how then, can we help keep confident, opinionated, interested children from becoming fragile, scared, sad & self-effacing adults?

one program that fights to keep our girls loud & proud is The Girls Leadership Institute, founded in 2008 by author, educator & coach Rachel Simmons. with locations in Massachusetts, California, New York, New Jersey & Colorado, the Girls Leadership Institute summer programs are like sleepaway camp with a purpose: to teach young women the strength-building skills they need to thrive. some key points the girls learn on the way to becoming FFF’s (Fierce Fabulous Females): looking people in the eye, confidently asking for what you want, dealing with bullying & resolving conflict courses through hands-on activities like rope courses, art, music, creative writing & movie making.

check out this New York Times article to read more about how this program has helped middle & high school girls uncover their potential.

it almost (ehhhh, but not quite) makes me wish I were 14 again, because I would totally have benefitted from a program like this. maybe they should have a “young at heart” session where professional women, stay-at-home moms, really any fantastic females who need a confidence boost can spend a week bonding over campfire stories, making crafts, playing cooperative games, eating gooey s’mores & other pre-diet comfort foods that used to be a pure joy to share with friends.

sign me up!

if going to “grownup camp” isn’t an option, 🙂 the fact is we ALL have potential mentors in our lives who can help us challenge & transform ourselves. for me, my ballroom dance teacher is an amazing mentor. my business has also pushed me well past my comfort zone, & when I started my company, suki skincare, in my kitchen, I never realized that I was signing up to be not only a skincare formulator, but a leader as well.

I’ve been so lucky to have so many mentors, guardians, guides, whatever you want to call them…but I also had to be open to seeing them, &, I had to say “I don’t know” all the time, reaching out for help & expertise for everything!

as hard as we might find it to believe, we ALL have the potential to be mentors, too. it’s easy to doubt ourselves, but how many of us would voice those insecurities to any twelve-year-old girl who came to us for advice about starting a business, learning to dance, or anything they were curious about? we’d find the best & wisest words within ourselves to guide them.

in becoming role models for a younger generation, we have the chance to go back & correct some of the deep-rooted insecurities & sadness from when we were younger & struggling.

so go for it! sign up to be a peer mentor with a program like Big Brother Big Sisters. take your niece or best friend’s daughter to a roller derby or watch a classic movie with a great heroine (Anne of Green Gables, Mulan & Harriet the Spy are great choices for any age). you don’t have to be a saint, a super-mom, an award-winning athlete, or anything other than your authentic self to be a mentor—you just need to be yourself, with the knowledge of all you have to offer. what a great gift to give any young woman (or man for that matter😉)!

xo- Suki


DID YOU KNOW?

today is #NationalWinterSkinReliefDay!

9 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR SKIN HEALTHY (& ESPECIALLY HYDRATED!) THROUGH THE WINTER

hydration. by keeping your body hydrated, your skin will naturally follow suit. if you have a hard time remembering to sip your H2O, learn to make a habit out of it by setting a reminder in your phone or using fun apps like Plant Nanny!💦

here’s a fun (& super helpful!) article on ways to trick yourself into drinking more water!

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-trick-yourself-into-drinking-more-water-every-da-1678956552/amp

hydration, part deux. supplements like: fish oil, lecithin, probiotics, digestive enzymes (with each meal) keep your body functioning at its best & your joints all lubricated (as well as your skin!)! please don’t get your supplements at a store. buy them from a naturopath or other such practitioner… 

swap out your moisturizer. use a rich, oil-based moisturizer (while skin is still damp from cleansing or from your toner) to help keep skin smooth & soft all winter long.

a good humidifier is a must! winter naturally brings low humidity, with stale, indoor air, heat in all its drying out forms, invest in a good humidifier, or several, to place throughout your house to keep moisture in your home. you will notice the difference!

munch (or sip!) your veggies! cucumbers, lettuces, sprouted veggies like radish & sweet peas & celery naturally contain lots of water—which makes them a perfect snack when you’re trying to keep yourself & your skin hydrated. orange & yellow veggies, like sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers & pumpkin, are great for your skin due to the antioxidant, beta-carotene & eating local, organic root veggies…boosts your consumption of vitamins A, B & E, as well as your iron & omega-3s, are the most nourishing winter foods!  

avoid hot water. hot hot showers may feel great in the moment, especially in the morning, but they suck the moisture right out of your skin!

while we are at it, turn down your heat too! 

coconut oil. virgin organic coconut oil serves as a highly effective product for body care. used internally as well as your cooking fat, coconut oil fights free radical damage, possibly due to its high levels of ferulic & p-coumaric acid, & its natural antioxidant properties. but, watch the facial skin. this oil can be comedogenic, causing those blackheads nobody wants! for your face, stick to jojoba, grape seed, hazelnut, even olive oil! 

sip pomegranate juice. this bright red fruit is packed with polyphenol antioxidants which not only fight free radicals but studies have shown that they may prevent cell aging. 

exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!!

as we mature, our skin’s natural ability to regenerate new layers of skin slows way down. manual & natural chemical exfoliation will really help not only to reveal your fresh, glowing skin, but also helps your skin absorb moisturizers & serums is much more.

one product that I use year round but especially saves my skin in the winter is my ultra protect body balm😍 this is hands down one of my favorite products!

I formulated my super unique long-wear balm as your all-over ultimate multi-tasker, essential after daily exfoliation for problem skin (like mine). its won’t-rub-off texture (’denser’ than greasy salves) provides the moisture barrier dry, sensitive, troubled skin needs & long-wear support between you & those environmental stressors.

https://youtu.be/qL2tpkRAHIA here is a video I made to show you firsthand how to correctly use the balm and why this product is so unique!☺️ additional info can be found here! https://sukiskincare.com/ultra-protect-body-balm/

please feel free to message me with any skincare questions or concerns you have!

& as always, know your beauty☺️ 

xo – Suki