ALL COMES FROM NOTHING at NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

This year, the Chinese designer to showcase her work Yiwei Xu made her NYFW debut when her All Comes From Nothing runway show premiered at Industria on September 8th.

 

LULU did the live sketch at ACFN fashion show.

THE LINE

All Comes From Nothing (ACFN) is women’s wear created by artist and designer Eva Yiwei Xu. ACFN is dedicated to women with creative lifestyles. 

THE ATTITUDE: COMING OF AGE

The ACFN woman is determined to experience life and the world as it is. No longer lost on finding who she is or how to be, she has reached a point in her life where she knows herself deeply. With her rooted identity, she welcomes everything in life with open arms. Both pleasant and challenging moments are savored equally since each play a special role in life’s deep unfolding.

THE WOMAN 

Some of the names used to describe her are photographer, designer, author, artist, baker, florist, painter, composer, or playwright. She is between late 20 and early 50, or at least her heart is always young. She is very dedicated to her creative work. Her studio is where a myriad of adventures take place. She dares to venture into ideas unexplored by many. As a strong individual, the ACFN woman is not victimized by fashion.  Clothing does not place an identity on her; rather, her overall essence defines the style. The ACFN woman creates for life. She is artistic, elegant, intuitive and adventurous. Fashion is an accomplice, not her calling card.

THE DESIGN

Inspired by the Chinese philosophy of simplicity and Minimalism art, ACFN designs combine the softness and draping found in natural fabrics with geometric shapes, creating versatile and unique looks. Each ACFN piece yields to the essence of the individual, allowing their inner identity to shine.

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BetsyElisa Inc’s annual Pre-Fashion Week Beauty Bar

Here are the photos from Betsy Elisa Inc’s pre-fashion week beauty bar~

 

“We all want to look our best,

but making time for ourselves is a daily challenge.

Now, you can look beautiful on demand

– anytime and anywhere – with BetsyElisa Beauty.”

 

Perfect for today’s on-the-go woman who’s seriously short on time, BetsyElisa Beauty is like having your very own glam squad right there at your beck and call. BetsyElisa Beauty‘s talented team includes some of the most skilled leaders in the beauty industry, and all are hand-selected to give you professional results at your convenience. Learn more at betsyelisa.com/about

BetsyElisa is a on demand hair and makeup service, offering a variety of beauty services! From weddings to private parties, you’ll look your absolute best with hair and makeup by BetsyElisa Beauty.

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Fun and Adorable: The 10 Perfect Toys for Twins

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A first-time mother and father’s dream is to hold and caress their newborn son or daughter. Through the whole nine months of expecting a baby boy or a little girl, the sweetest moment is when they finally hold and get to take their baby home .

Ever heard of the saying, “Two is better than one?” That’s the same feeling parents feel when they get to know that they’re having twins. Taking care of twins is a very rewarding experience. Everything comes in doubles. Double the diapers, double the milk, double the fun, and double the  everything.

Admittedly, taking care of twins also requires twice the effort from parents. However, the fact remains, whether it’s thrice the effort, parents will do everything to provide the best for their children. Even when kids get to grow up and move into separate homes, the bond of both the parent and child will remain.

Going back, one of a mother and father’s joy is to see their son and daughter smile. In the toddler’s years, every moment is a potential “first” for both child and parent. The happiness that parents get when seeing their kids smile and play is so immense that words cannot even describe how they feel. With that said, toys are one of the most common ways for parents to get that happiness.

Essentially, anything can become a toy. From simple wooden shapes to complex airplane models, toys provide children entertainment, fine motor skills, and a lot more. As simple as it sounds, picking out a toy for a toddler, let alone twins, is tough.

Here are some things to watch out for when giving toys to children and twins alike.

  • Immediately throw away plastic wrappers from toys. There are cases that children suffocate from these materials.
  • Children under the age of 5, or regardless of age unless supervised, should never have small toys that are choking hazards.
  • Avoid giving children toys with sharp edges, especially if made out of hard material such as wood, metal, and glass. These are dangerous items that can cause severe injury.
  • Observe the paint on some toys. Some toys come painted with lead which is a very toxic material for humans. If a toy is abnormally dense and the paint is slightly faded, discard it immediately.
  • Look out for any broken toys. Try repairing them if possible. Broken toys should never be left behind because they can also cause injury.
  • Mobiles and any other toys with strings or ribbons do not belong in cribs. These can entangle children.
  • If buying cribs that have modifications for toys from the furniture store, choose those with safety locks.

Nothing scares a parent more than having to see their children hurt. To avoid such unfortunate events, parents should always make sure that all the things they give to their kids are safe. Make sure to only purchase from reputable outlets such as Amazon and other sites.

The toys that come from these shops and places are of high quality. Although these toys are safe, parents should never leave their kids unsupervised while playing. With that said, here is a look at some of the best toys people can give to twins.

Fisher-Price Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza

A good toy for twins is the Fisher-Price Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza. It’s a small slide with multiple balls which are a lot of fun when kids drop them down the slides. Parents should supervise their children when playing with this toy because of the small parts included. There is also an inflatable ball attached to the top of the mini slide.

The toy is so fun and fabulous because it plays a lot of cute music while the balls roll down the slide. Twins can take turns in dropping balls and see for themselves who drops the fastest ball.

Here are some of the best Fisher Price toys.

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Crawl Around Car

Another great product from Fisher Price, this small car operates through the legs of your kids. Don’t be fooled by its size; the car can fit in three little kids simultaneously. The car isn’t also just an ordinary car. On the sides, it has a lot of activities like shape and color picking.

Twins can take turns in pushing the car, or they can have fun with the toys that come along with the toy car.

Winther Twin Taxi

The twin taxi is a trike made especially for twins and triplets. The small vehicle can accommodate a driver with two passengers in the back. Kids will surely have a blast when they see the Twin Taxi.

Step 2 Up and Down Coaster

Parents shouldn’t fret when they get to see the Step 2 Up and Down Coaster. It’s a small roller coaster after all. Twins can safely enjoy this toy because of the relatively “small” slopes on the track. Nevertheless, supervision is still required when playing with this toy.

Although the coaster accommodates just one, twins can take turns in riding. Regarding learning, twins can greatly benefit and learn from taking turns at such a young age.

Parents Magazine Bee Bop Band Play & Learn Drum & Instruments

Another toy that teaches sharing to kids, this toy music set is made up of drums and other more instruments. If you want to introduce your children to music, then the set is a perfect start for them.

The drum comes with its drumsticks which are safe to use. In some packages, the set includes xylophones, triangles, and other small instruments. Teach your kids the value of harmony and teamwork when they play music together.

Classic Teeter Totters for Kids

Definitely a classic, twins can both enjoy the teeter totter. A lot of custom sizes are available in case your twins are a bit larger than average twin babies. As adults, teeter totters often pop up in our memories. The nostalgic scenes of you and your partner up and down on the toy brings back a lot of smiles.

Give this memory on your children by giving them a teeter totter of their own. These toys are safe, but supervision is still needed regardless.

Walkie Talkie for Kids

A great way for kids to have fun is by communicating on not so far distances. A modified version of “Hide and Seek” is a good way to make use of walkie talkies. Instruct your kids with small clues about their hiding spot to their twin brother or sister and let the fun begin. Guide your children on how to use the gadgets beforehand.

Walkie Talkies usually need AAA batteries to function. Adults should never allow their children to change the batteries as they may leak toxic chemicals.

Rock’em Sock’em Robots

A toy that can enable two kids playing at the same time is always a perfect gift for twins. The toy can also teach children to be competitive and mindful of each other’s skills.

Rock’em Sock’em Robots are two small plastic robots that punch each other until one of them wins. Whoever gets to pop up the mechanized, spring loaded neck first is the winner.

Mini Pools

These plastic inflatable pools are perfect for the summer heat. Setting up is also easy as there are no parts that require assembly. Just inflate the pool outdoors and fill it up with water. Don’t worry about the depth of the water; pools are often custom made according to the children’s age and size.

Parents should still apply sunscreen on their twins if they plan to go dipping in the hot summer sun. Instruct your kids not to be so boisterous so that they do not cause injuries to each other.

Radio Flyer Wagon

The Ultimate toy to have in a children’s room, the Radio Flyer Wagon is a staple in almost everyone’s home. The wagon boasts a simple design. It’s signature red paint makes it easily recognizable. It is wide enough to accommodate 1 or 2 children.

The radio wagon flyer was in production since the early 1930’s. The public saw it as a simple, inexpensive toy that safely catered a lot of children in their early years. The product was so successful that a movie was made almost 50 years after.

“Radio Flyer,” is a film which stars Tom Hanks and Elijah Woods, among others. The story is about two brothers who convert their radio flyer wagon into a flying machine to escape the wrath of their step dad known as “The King.”

Kids of the past who are parents now can tell you that with a little imagination, a radio flyer wagon will be a huge airplane or a magic tank with fiery cannons. Let’s not spoil the fun for the children and give them the freedom of imagining their ways to have fun with the radio flyer.

Takeaway

Toys are part of growing up. Every parent needs to know that these items are what children play with to learn, grow, and imagine for a brighter future. Toys don’t have to be expensive and can be as simple as a plastic inflatable pool. The important matters lie with the safety and usage of such toys.

Although companies ensure parents about the safety of their products, adult supervision is still a requirement when playing with toys. The items mentioned above are perfect examples of toys that are ideal for twins.

Toys are excellent tools that can greatly enhance a child’s capacity to think critically. For example, walkie talkies emphasize proper communication and understanding. The Radio Flyer Wagon teaches kids to be imaginative and at the same time, value the importance of teamwork and sharing.

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Unleash Your Badassery With The Love Bomb Company

Need a little positivity pick-me-up? Toss your hair in a bun, drink some coffee, put on some gangsta rap and spread love with the mugs, mason jars, totes, and other awesome essentials from The Love Bomb CompanyCreated to show off the power of positivity, The Love Bomb Company truly believes that one loving intention can change everything. When holding a product, you can feel the power in your hands. It’s not just a coffee mug or tote, but a mantra right in your mitts. The next time you grab your cup from the cupboard or pick up that trendy tote, improveyour day with a daily dose of awesome – The Love Bomb Company!

Based out of Portland, Oregon, Jenna – the owner, designer, and creator behind The Love Bomb Company – makes spreading some serious love her full-time job. What began as a top secret Instagram account created to blast everyone with love quickly transformed into a company that drops Love Bombs worldwide! Morphing into a thriving business, these posts and words became mason jars, totes, magnets, and more. The Love Bomb Company was born!

If you’re too fab for all that negativity, treat your friends, family – or yo’ self – to these amazing, life-changing and heart-opening items from a brand beautiful on the inside and out. Put on your positivity pants and explore the different, delightful products from The Love Bomb Company:

  • Coffee MugsWhether you need to just “Meditate On That S**t” or become inspired by the daily “I Can And I Will” mantra, these cute coffee essentials are a fun, friendly reminder for your hot hands! Dishwasher and microwave safe, these magnificent mugs will elevate your mood – handle with care.
  • Mason Jars: “Rise And Shine” to these sweet, 16oz nuggets! Start your day with magical mugs that make everything better. Bring the love wherever you go with The Original Love Bomb, Today I Shall Be Epic, or even Inhale The Good S**t Exhale The Bulls**t”! With a standard one piece white lid included, add a little sparkle to your morning with these adorable mason jars.
  • Totes:Let’s be honest – you are totes amazing! Carry yourself with confidence in two different, beautifully styled totes. Whether you want to wander in The Weekender or hold a lot of love in The Large Grocery Tote, these day boosting bags are great for taking on trips to the store, the park, or even work! Available in “You Are Totes Amazing” and “Boom. You Just Got Loved,” fill her up with some serious intention wherever you’re headed.

Stay stylish while you spread all kinds of love with the adorable, affirmation obsessed must-haves from The Love Bomb Company!

All products for The Love Bomb Company can be purchased online at https://www.thelovebombcompany.com.

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Celebrate World Smile Day with POPWHITE Purple Toothpaste

World Smile Day is Friday, October 6th! Make sure to put your best smile forward by brightening & whitening your teeth with POPWHITE, The Dental Cosmetic!

You’ve heard about color-correcting techniques when it comes to hair and makeup (purple shampoo neutralizes brassiness in blond hair, green concealer hides red face spots). But you probably haven’t heard about using it to whiten yellowish teeth. POPWHITE is a brand new toothpaste and mouthwash that does just that—corrects yellow stains on your teeth with its unique purple formula. It’s a new and natural way to whiten teeth without sensitivity.

Popwhite’s peroxide-free Primer (toothpaste) and Toner (oral rinse) whiten, brighten, polish and clean teeth while freshening breath with peppermint oil, Xylitol and Coconut Oil. POPWHITE’s color formulas are FDA approved, and the products are vegetarian, cruelty-free, made in the USA and available for $24 each ($36 for both) at www.PopWhiteSmile.com.

ABOUT POPWHITE
POPWHITE has introduced a revolutionary, patented and clinically validated technology to whiten teeth using color science, not peroxide.

The beauty industry already relies on color science; to neutralize a color, make-up artists add the undesired color’s complement (the opposite color on the color wheel). Many skincare concealers, CC (color correcting) creams and hair color care products are designed around the fact that complementary colors, when mixed, cancel each other out. Inspired by the art and science of beauty, POPWHITE was born when an innovative makeup artist and an experienced dental scientist had the bright idea to whiten smiles naturally with premium oral care products built around an exclusive purple formula.

POPWHITE Whitening Primer is a multi-benefit toothpaste that whitens, brightens, polishes and cleans teeth while freshening breath with peppermint oil and reducing plaque and tartar. The Primer preps the teeth for POPWHITE Whitening Toner, a multi-benefit oral rinse that enhances dental whitening and brightening, adds sheen, deeply freshens breath with peppermint oil and reduces plaque and tartar. The Primer and Toner Power Duo should be used together, twice a day, every day.

Clinical trials demonstrate that POPWHITE Primer and POPWHITE Toner, when used together twice a day for fourteen days, whiten teeth an average of four shades.

POPWHITE’s color formulas are FDA approved and the products are dentist recommended. The Primer and Toner are further enhanced by Xylitol and Coconut Oil, multi-tasking powerhouses which protect dental enamel and promote glossy bright teeth.

Conventional dental whitening products rely on peroxide, a bleach which may affect enamel structure and cause sensitivity. POPWHITE is peroxide free.

In addition, to meet the growing demand for fluoride free oral care, POPWHITE’s Primer and Toner are fluoride free. If preferred, a ribbon of fluoride toothpaste may be added on top of the Primer before brushing. The Power Duo is vegetarian, cruelty free and made in the USA.

About World Smile Day
World Smile Day® is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist who created the Smiley Face in 1963. The World’s first World Smile Day was held in the year 1999 and has been held annually since. The day is is meant to encourage smiles and acts of kindness around the world.

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Fall Skincare Tips

Going, going, gone; yes, summer is officially over and there’s a new but familiar and wonderful season that you should not welcome unprepared. You may have already made some changes and just as there are new colors and fabrics sitting in your closet, your skincare cabinet is also due for a transformation. This is a very important transition and one that should be done with thoughtfulness and care because you’re not only upgrading your skincare game for the fall but also eradicating some of summer’s less than welcome souvenirs. In order to welcome the golden season in style, attention must be paid and steps must be taken, so let’s just jump right into it.

Stop dryness in its tracks

As soon as temperatures drop you’ll notice two things you certainly didn’t sign up for – dry and flaky skin. This is unacceptable and should be nipped in the bud. While heavier moisturizers might have been unwanted during the summer as they do tend to be a bit greasier, they are more than welcome as soon as seasons change. Heavy moisturizer is great but for fall, your best choice is an oil-based moisturizer, and while you’re upgrading, you might want to introduce serum into your skincare routine. The serum is as close to a magic nourishing potion for the skin and we’re all missing out if we’re not using one.

Step up your game

You probably already own a high SPF sunscreen, after all, summer is about fun in the sun, but it’s also about protecting the skin from the harms of UVA and UVB rays. You may, however, still be unaware that skin protection is an all-year-round job as those harmful rays never rest. That is why you need to step up your game, and go for broad or even better, full-spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from both these rays.

Exfoliation ruling the nation

While regular and proper exfoliation, as well as quality purifying face masks, are your friend and ally all year long, you need to ‘hang out’ with them even more as summer fades away. The harsher weather can and is harsh on the skin, so if you want to keep it healthy and plump, those dead cells and flakiness need to go away. Don’t use abrasive exfoliators but go with gentle ones as these won’t cause inflammation and irritation but simply leave your skin cleansed and rejuvenated – with tenderness. Call upon your masks every so often (2-3 times a week) for deep cleansing and pore unclogging. As Japanese gals know skincare best, one of your best mask options is definitely the Detox & Defense Clay Massage & Wash by Pola Skincare, particularly because it can be used as a mask as well as a wash, so you kill two birds with one stone. Your skin will thank you for summoning these friends.

Cut all ties

Yes, you need to cut all ties with summer and that means saying goodbye to some of the less pleasant ‘remains’ of the season. You simply have to admit that, during this carefree time, your dedication to skin care takes a back seat as the fun takes the wheel and more often than not you’re left with the damage. So, take care of those freckles with amazing products designed for fighting them and definitely make sure to find a great non-invasive melasma treatment as you don’t want to put off dealing with this condition. Telltale signs of aging will only get more prominent if ignored, so make sure to undo summer’s doing as soon as it walks out the door.

Last but not least

We need to talk about the lips. They’re often overlooked and in order for them to be plump and kissable (and matte lipstick-ready), they need some love and devotion. While you could purchase a lip exfoliator you’re actually better off making your own. A bit of honey and sugar will do the trick and leave the lips soft and smooth. For everyday care always have a great protective balm with you, and if you have a tendency to switch bags often, keep a balm in every one of them. Harsh weather should not stand in the way of soft kisses.

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