recycled what?! if you’re anything like me, the first visual you get from reading this title is, well, not good ha! but check it out, the info here is definitely worth a minute of your time! xo- Suki http://groovygreenliving.com/use-recycled-toilet-paper/
“The next generation can be the one that takes leadership parity to the finish line. I hope they know their choices are not just about them — that what each of us does enhances or limits opportunities for the next woman. I hope they know they have so much power in their hands to lead their own dreams forward, but that power unused is power useless. I hope they use power tool number one: Know your history and you can create the future of your choice.” Gloria Feldt, Founder and President, Take the Lead
This is just a tiny portion of some powerful messages shared by 11 women you may not have heard of, but ought to know more about❤️
gluten-free is just another diet trend that is pure & simple marketing, at its best. well almost.
1% of us are actually gluten-SENSITIVE…the rest of us are trying to feel & look as good as we can but did you know most gluten-free is ALSO higher calories & sugar? best thing I’ve done for myself the past year is break out my nutribullet & start pureeing my veggies, or pureeing them into soup! I found a cool site: www.jusbyjulie.com who is, affordably, providing not juices but the whole plant, the fiber, etc. too! I recommend for best taste results: basic real smoothie: 50% veggies & 50% seeds, fruit, water or coconut water, rice or almond milk, ice if you like, & added supplements like turmeric (the actual root), ginger, chlorophyll, spiralina, there’s a lot you can do, & if you’re too busy, check out that JUS website (plan ahead, dates run 2-3 weeks out). enjoy! xo- Suki
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…
link to bio below for more info on this incredible American icon!❤️
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😉)!
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!
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
second female mayor in the history of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms shared that when she was 8, she came home from school “to find dozens of officers in our home, leading my entertainment father to prison in handcuffs for dealing cocaine.”
“I watched my mother struggle to make ends meet, & that propelled me into law school & public service, “ Keisha said.
Mayor. Bottoms shared that “this all started around the kitchen table…a group of women who didn’t have experience but believed we could change the world.”
i can certainly identify with this as i started my company in my kitchen as well. doing anything out of the ordinary in the world takes huge commitment & courage…& most often the source of our inspiration, ambition, strength comes from pain & struggle.
Mayor Bottoms is committed to realizing her vision of One Atlanta – affordable, resilient & equitable – which stands as a model city for both commerce & compassion.
earlier in her career, Bottoms spoke out against a police billboard campaign urging, ‘Don’t run.’ in reply she stated, “ I will always teach my children that they have the right to run. it may be ill-advised, but the issue is not with them exercising their rights but the response to them exercising their rights,” from the Atlanta Journal & Constitution (AJC).
Mayor Bottoms’ notable accomplishments to date include the establishment of the City’s first fully-staffed Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, the appointments of a LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator & a Human Trafficking Fellow, the citywide elimination of cash bail bond, the closure of the Atlanta City Detention Center to ICE detainees, & the rollout of the most far-reaching financial transparency platform in the City’s history – Atlanta’s Open Checkbook.
to find out more about this badass woman, check her out at http://keishalancebottoms.com/
BREAST CANCER ACTION’S KNOT MY PINK RIBBON(!) CAMPAIGN!
I wanted to re-post the campaign directly from the BCACTION.ORG site – it’s impressive & rare to see an organization really put it to a big brand. Guys, BCACTION.ORG is SUCH a tremendous place I’ve been recommending for over a decade now, geez i hate to count! lol They are by FAR & away the best source for the honesty, such a diverse source of information not just @ breast cancer, treatments, prevention…in any case…they are grassroots & that means it takes the passion & commitment & energy of underpaid people to make it happen. That also means they need our help! And, EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS I SWEAR! Running my own biz i promise you, every little bit truly does matter…
So, the thought occurred to me…I wonder how many of y’all, or even me, knows just how many companies Estee Lauder owns (not that that is a bad thing at all, it’s CHANGING the great companies once they own them) & how many are actually NOT laden with carcinogenic ingredients. i often say to friends this or that brand (one of many veritably STEEPED in typical natural design & marketing esthetic), & they are surprised. Even they & many of my clients, the more educated folks out there re; all this, have no idea who really owns many brands (like those labels with the nice grandma on the label? owned by a major corporation? lol). It now occurs to me i may have a problem, but seriously, it’s usually just right there on the label, sometimes finding out that Coca Cola owns Lays it’s just a known fact, you know? I have no idea how i know that! Being in the industry though lends me some insight into who owns who & Estee Lauder owns a huge share of the entirety of the skin care market. Think about that sentence. There are other major players, of course!
Ok now for the actual BLOG! Finally right?
IT’S OCTOBER!!! IT’S TIME TO THINK ABOUT BREASTS AND BUYING A WHOLE LOT OF PINK STUFF RIGHT?? (boy this has always pissed me off…)
On the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon, we’re not celebrating. We’re angry. Angry that a quarter of a million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Angry that more than 40,000 women die each and every year. And angry that women of color and underserved communities are disproportionately burdened.
There is too little to show for 25 years of pink ribbon awareness and billions of dollars spent on pink ribbon products.
The pink ribbon is one of the most widely recognized symbols…ballooned into a multibillion-dollar industry.
This October, we’re calling out The Estée Lauder Companies…for their role in launching the first pink ribbon. Twenty-five years later, we are telling Estée Lauder it’s “Knot Our Pink Ribbon” — and we’re putting a knot in theirs.
- Send your letter to Estée Lauder and tell them that after 25 years, it’s time to stop the betrayal and be honest tha
- Empty awareness and publicity stunts are a distraction and cannot “create a breast cancer-free world”
- No amount of positive thinking will prevent women from being diagnosed with or dying from breast cancer.
- The chemicals in their products may increase the risk of breast cancer & even interfere with treatment. Tell them to clean up their products and stop pinkwashing!
So guys, i know, we are all busy…but it’s a simple note! Nothing to it! and i gotta tell ya, writing feels SO much better than typing after typing constantly! 🙂 However, you jam out a short but DIRECT and demanding letter? ALL SET! This would take all of about 10 minutes TOTAL. NOT AT ALL A BIG DEAL AND CAN YOU IMAGINE? DOING SOMETHING?! 🙂
PINK RIBBON HISTORY
DID YOU KNOW? Twenty-five years ago, there was no pink ribbon. But there was a peach one, started by grassroots activist Charlotte Haley that focused on prevention and political action. Estée Lauder’s pink ribbon began with a stolen idea—and when they turned the peach ribbon pink, they shifted the focus to marketing, awareness, and corporate gain. Pink ribbons have hijacked the movement and erased the real work and meaningful action needed to address and end the breast cancer epidemic.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS INDUSTRY MONTH
Breast cancer has become the darling of corporate America. Companies use the pink ribbon to sell their products and boost their image with consumers as they boost their bottom line. Major multimillion-dollar cancer charities that do nothing to address the root causes of cancer often join with these companies. Meanwhile, breast cancer rates continue to rise every year. It’s why we call October “Breast Cancer Industry Month.”
Estée Lauder has built their brand around their self-proclaimed “commitment” to breast cancer. As part of their Breast Cancer Campaign, each October Estée Lauder distributes pink ribbons at cosmetic counters, sells a variety of pink ribbon products, spearheads large events to illuminate international landmarks, hosts star-laden galas, and more. None of these will “create a breast cancer-free world.”
…Positive thinking is not prevention…!!!
Estée Lauder tells women facing breast cancer to “choose happy,” “laugh often,” and “smile.”
Their website and social media platforms are filled with pink flowers and soothing tips suggesting that with the right attitude and beauty products, we can all become better, more beautiful breast cancer patients. (FROM SUKI: ARE YOU FRIGGING KIDDING ME??) Estée Lauder says “Having gratitude and a positive attitude can always help.“ But we know that no amount of positive thinking will prevent women from being diagnosed with and dying from breast cancer.
It’s time to stop blaming women for their breast cancer, or telling them the “right” way to go through cancer, and instead honor the diversity of women’s lived experiences. End pinkwashing!
Estée Lauder tells us to buy their products because they care about breast cancer.(FROM SUKI: AND THIS IS WHAT HAS ALWAYS KILLED ME ABOUT THIS PINK RIBBON STUFF- THOUGH BCA SAYS MANY I HONESTLY CANNOT THINK OF A SINGLE ESTEE LAUDER OWNED BRAND THAT IS FREE FROM SYNTHETICS OR CARCINOGENS!): many of their cosmetics contain chemicals of concern such as hormone disruptors that may increase the risk of breast cancer and might even interfere with treatment. We call this pinkwashing. And it’s time for companies that care about breast cancer to stop pinkwashing.
ISN’T THERE ANYTHING GOOD TO SHOW FOR THE PINK RIBBON?
Estée Lauder is proud that in the past 25 years they have donated $70 million for global breast cancer awareness, research, and education. Some might argue that’s a lot of money, but last year’s donation was just half of 1 percent of annual earnings! Join us in putting a knot in Estée Lauder’s pink ribbon.
For more information, read BCACTION.ORG’S campaign brief by clicking below or download the PDF by clicking here.
Becoming pregnant shone a whole new light on every choice for Christine…she & I, for very different reasons, have been on a quest for good health (& yes you can have beauty when you choose health darn it!!!) & to uncover the truth behind all those empty promises of cures, “anti-aging,” the next best thing in skin care, & on & on…
Here, Christine shares her story & why she decided to ditch synthetics & toxic food, beauty & healthcare FOR GOOD! xo -Suki