Black Friday | The Health Edit

Black Friday | The Health Edit

This weekend while the rest of America is spending time binging on leftover goodness and attempting to replicate the consumerist high of waiting in line for the deals, we implore you to take the other route. Juicing, working out and manifesting a sexy bod to wear the barely there looks on the street. Coachella may be canceled til next fall but at least we have a hopeful start to the new year. See our picks below to keep you sound right and body tight!
First things first lets get your body right! And let’s all be honest you are more than likely a few weeks into a Thanksgiving meal that has included every single restaurant there was before lockdown. With that in mind let’s get rid of that pooch with a much needed and intensive work out with AARMY’s founders: Angela Davis, Trey Laird, and Akin Akman and their team. Take advantage of off their Aarmy gear with its cult like appeal and also have offered up a deal on their work out subscriptions that will be sure to whip that ass into shape  
In the grand tradition of sybarites, what gets lit must calm down… in a decadent bath please. Brazilian skin care company Natura has been fully plugged in with the most substantial of South American hydration. Maracuja oil, which contains all the must has fatty acids and is loaded with vitamin C and phosphorus. Quite possibly the secret behind every Brazilian party girls ageless skin. From November 1st to the 30th, consumers will be prompted to select one of the charities at check out and Natura will make a $3 donation on their behalf. In addition to the donation, the brand will be offering 35% from November 23rd to 29th. This applies to all product offerings including their holiday sets

The Feelist is celebrating the black/cyber sale 30% off their line of facial must haves. The Radiant Face Oil which is composed of Jojoba Seed, Marula, Rosehip, Evening Primrose and a touch of CBD oil is a face melt for the sense, a lovely way to loosen up those stress induced zooms. With other products like their Please Do Not Disturb Extra Body Cream which also contains our beloved canabiandnoidal properties, lavender and vanilla oils as well as Himalayan Maris salts are a calming taste of heaven. A perfect way to prim the skin for some leather.

Zana Bayne is celebrating her annual black Friday sample sale with deals on leather staples chokers, cuffs, and her highly covetable harnesses. The best part of her sample sales beyond obtaining her artisanal crafted leather goods is the rare pieces that will be popping up from her extensive archive as well as who knows which pieces just came in from the latest Beyonce, Chloe and Halle, Doja Cat, or Megan Thee Stallion shoot

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Miss Tosh | A Dance For All

Miss Tosh | A Dance For All

There are some things in life which are held with the esteem as performance art in its various forms. From ballet and jazz dance to puppetry and geisha fan dance. In these spaces there is an expectation to innovate or clasp onto tradition. Either way the sheer visceral experience of live performances has been ultimately halted amidst openings and closings of regions and the limitations of a 25% capacity. While we have to think of the safety of ourselves and others, we are creatures who need social exchange and the entertainment of beauty in all of its abstractions.

At a recent socially distance interaction I chatted with Miss Tosh, the world-renowned burlesque performer and designer, who holds a devotional clasp on the tradition of the craft. Her presence has been one which cultivated and champions the contemporary beauty of LGBTQIA+, body positive and POC figures, while shattering the institutional white hetero-gaze which has long been so deeply rooted int the craft’s identity.

Her latest presentation The Beauty of Burlesque, has been one which celebrates the glitz, glamour, and the precision of the art, which affirms that the dimensions of the performer do not fit rigidly in the parameters of yesterday’s performancer. One thing is clear, the corsets are always gonna cinch you in, the crystals will glimmer, and the dances will knock you off your feet. See our conversation below as we speak frankly about the state of burlesque, breaking the 4th wall, and maintaining curiosity in the midst of sheltering.

What inspired you to put this event together?

The lack of authentic diversity in the entertainment industry is was motivated me to create Beauty of Burlesque. This is variatease revue starring diverse artist from around the world. As the founder & producer of the show it was very important from day one that we shine the spotlight on artist that represents diversity in talent & identity, focusing on lgbtqai+, poc, differently abled, and body positivity. 

At the start of the Covid Pandemic theaters shut down and so did live entertainment. Artist didn’t have any where to performer and especially our POC Trans community was facing so much hardship we had to come together as a community and do something to keep the showbiz flame still burning! 

Our annual halloween event is something we all looked forward to, so I created a the first ever Drive-In Burlesque Theater & Virtual Streaming Platform. The first event was on Halloween this year. All the talent donated their performances and we were able to raise funds for the Marsha P. Johnson Institute!

Do you feel like working digitally has been a helpful medium to expand in or has it be stifling?

One of the most beautiful things about artists is that they are resilient! I am so joyfully overwhelmed by the creativity admits this madness. Producing and performing in the first ever feature length Burlesque film was no small feat and comes with its own challenges. But the most exciting part is seeing what new innovative ideas the performers have. We are now able to reach a global audience, which is really incredible! Beauty of Burlesque has really brought the global burlesque community closer together during this hard time.

How do you see the art of burlesque adapt and change with the culture of social distancing?

There is something so special about performing live. Being close to the Audience, and sharing that energy when on stage is something that cannot be replicated. But there is also something magical about film! To bring the traditional burlesque act to the big screen opens a whole new arena for creativity.

What are some mediums and or techniques you have been using to adapt to a digital performance?

I wear many hats in my life and one of them was film. I worked in art departments and behind the scenes, editing, post production ect. These skills I learned always felt like a past life once I began performing full time. Its exciting that I can now combine past experiences with my performance art. There is always a silver lining if we look for it. 

How do you see the art of burlesque adapt and change with the culture of social distancing?

There is something so special about performing live. Being close to the Audience, and sharing that energy when on stage is something that cannot be replicated. But there is also something magical about film! To bring the traditional burlesque act to the big screen opens a whole new arena for creativity.

What are some mediums and or techniques you have been using to adapt to a digital performance?

I wear many hats in my life and one of them was film. I worked in art departments and behind the scenes, editing, post production ect. These skills I learned always felt like a past life once I began performing full time. Its exciting that I can now combine past experiences with my performance art. There is always a silver lining if we look for it. 

In these times of isolation and self reflection what else have you been working on?

I also have a fashion label (MissTosh.com) During isolation I’ve been able to really focus on designing new pieces, sewing everything in my pink garage. I was very lucky to have just moved in with my love right before lockdown in March. We have been nesting and having fun building furniture, painting murals and decorating our home. Im always making something.

How have you been able to maintain and celebrate yourself and your mental health?

With so much uncertainty finding a ways to cope, process and heal can be really hard. I get anxiety, and have non epileptic seizures when I’m stressed or overwhelmed. Maintaining balance by just taking it day. Enjoying a bite of food, feeling the sun on my face, and trying too remain grounded and present. All we can do is try the best we can. 

Items available for sale at MissTosh.com Photographed by Eva Ziegfield

Items available for sale at MissTosh.com Photographed by Eva Ziegfield

Items available for sale at MissTosh.com Photographed by Eva Ziegfield

Do you have any luxuriant items that have kept you sane and well?

Luxury for me is a cup of tea, a cozy blanket with kitties and my girlfriend snuggled up by me. For the insomnia and deep stress moments I cannot express enough how much cbd/tch oils have changed my life. A few drops and its sweet dreams haha.

What is your next project?

I will continue to produce Drive-In Burlesque shows and virtual events at www.BeautyofBurlesque.com Be sure to tune into our Holiday show, “Merry Stripmas” and New Years Eve extravaganza. Creating safe and sexy ways to celebrate safely at home or at the Drive-In. You can also shop my fashion label at MissTosh.com We will be having a major Black Friday sale of our accessories, dress, and home goods. Everything is handmade by me here in Hollywood, CA. 

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QooA Pick | Spill Botanicals x Soji Nails: MANIfest CBD Cuticle Oil

QooA Pick | Spill Botanicals x Soji Nails: MANIfest CBD Cuticle Oil

Between our nonstop hand sanitizing and the ill-fated at home manicures it is THE time now to greatly appreciate the value of professional nail art. And we are not talking about your basic kawaii shit. Instead our minds were beyond blown by the work of Sojin Oh aka SojiNails.

The LA based polymathic nail artist takes a cerebral approach to her work combing the worlds sublime natural peculiarities to that of experimental gastronomy to bring otherworldly nail creations that are also packed with a heavy dose of humor. As of late her esoteric nails can be seen on a host of edgy tastemakers from Kali Uchis, Kelsey Lu, Rina Sawayama, HANA, Lil Miquela, Tinashe, Sophie, Chloe and Halle, Princess Gollum, and most recently Kim Kardashian for her Skims campaign.

With this growing popularity she launched her collaborative CBD product with Spill Botanicals titled MANIfest multifunctional hand and cuticle oil. The lightweight oil was formulated to aid with hard to soften brittle, over sanitized cuticles and hands. With a mix of 100 mg CBD, calendula and green tea, the anti-microbial oil leaves your hands and nails feeling supple and refreshed. But it is the scent with notes of Japanese Hinoki that might make you wanna dump it all over your bod. Below we compiled our top picks of Sojin’s most epic nail designs and their accompanying inspirations

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Black Dahlia CBD | Sugar High

Black Dahlia CBD | Sugar High

The ever growing cannabis market has yield a generation of sophisticated CBD products which have taken the legal states by storm, only problem is where do your loyalties lie? With that awareness and idea of lifestyle, finding your way through the cannabinoidal fields has been one of experimenting not too dissimilar to figuring out your personal style… and there many mistakes. Some people catch on quicker than others, as a gym rat’s post work out CBD ritual can’t be more different to a boozy stress relieving CBD cocktail at vegan havens like Gracias Madre. With this standard in place Black Dahlia CBD has the brewing confections to thrive in the far reaching market merging complex flavors, artful design, and a luxuriant dose of CBD. The brands macabre reference deco decadence design element well resonates a 100 years later as we continue to see the world echo historical global issues and the looming hedonistic delights of another aesthetically driven era, albeit the flappers have been swapped for TikTok Egirls. We spoke with the brands Head Chef and Product Lead Taryn Garcia about charity, anxiety, and entertaining in the Sowden House.

How did the brand come about, I know you have a confectionery background with the world of macarons?

Yes, I had a macaron company in NYC prior to moving to LA. When Cannabis was legalized in California I thought to myself this is going to be big! It was clear New York wasn’t going to legalize Cannabis anytime soon and so I made the decision to leave. At the same time, my dear friend Jenny Landers reached out about coming to LA to cook for a Cannabis-infused Brunch called “Afternoon Delight”. At one of the events, I was making my version of caviar and bellinis.  The bottom was the macaron and topped with THC molecular caviar pearls infused with a Moscow Mule cocktail sitting on a bed of ginger and lime Creame Fraiche. It was really fun!  At another Sowden House event, I then met our Founder/CEO, Dr. Daniel Young. Daniel had gone to school at MIT with Dan Goldfarb, Jenny’s husband, and voila we got to talking and I learned that Daniel was starting a CBD line inspired by the Sowden House. A short time later we decided to partner with me designing an edible line for Black Dahlia.

What has your relationship been with CBD and the cannabis industry?

I became interested in alternative forms of health, wellness, and recreation over the course of the past several years. I knew that Cannabis was the next big thing and I started dreaming up all the beautiful edibles I could make with it! Additionally, I was diagnosed with PTSD due to an accident I had when I was a kid. I had been on antidepressants and suffering from anxiety for a number of years without seeing much improvement. When I started trying CBD I found that it was basically like mother earth’s all-natural Xanax. I noticed my mood improving and generally felt more centered and calm, which was able to help me focus.

The packaging and design are so greatly informed by the Art Deco movement and the high glamour of Hollywood Regency where did this design element come from: 

We work with a design team out of San Francisco, Strohl Inc. They’re incredible and also long-time friends with Daniel. The other inspiration, of course, is the Sowden House, which in my opinion still represents the height of glamour. The house is its own character and of course a historic and iconic landmark in Hollywood.

How did you get involved with the Snowden House and the relations to the name Black Dahlia?

My dear friends Jenny Landers and Dan Goldfarb purchased the home several years ago with a mission to revitalize the house’s original mission of being a space for positive inspiration. Jenny invited me to come out and cook for a monthly Cannabis-infused brunch event “Afternoon Delight”. The storied home has been referred to as Black Dahlia after the infamous Black Dahlia murder that allegedly happened at the house in the 1950’s. It’s also sometimes referred to as the Jaws House because the front of it looks like a giant great white shark’s mouth. For many years now, Jenny and Dan have been supporting positive causes by hosting non-profit events, such as Home LA benefit, Wildlife SOS, Tusk After Dusk, Kindred Spirits Care Farm, and Agents of C.H.A.N.G.E fundraiser.

 

The batch presented in the video was made for the nurses at UCLA (how and why did you engage in that way?

We wanted to do something to help our heroes on the front lines. Syrisa Metzger, a friend of mine and Jenny’s is a nurse at UCLA. I messaged her asking if there was a good way to say thank you and honor the nurses? Given the benefits of CBD we thought let’s offer our lollipops. It’s a good stress reliever and hopefully something that would make them smile.  They’re one of my favorite creations and they really do bring a smile to people.

 

How did you come up with all the various flavor profiles? have it been a reference to a certain way to combine the often overwhelming taste of CBD?

I base a lot of my flavor profiles off cocktail inspiration, like our Paloma lollipop, which is Pink Grapefruit, Orange with a hint of lime. Another inspiration is, of course, is the changing of the season. I love looking at candy making a bit differently and layering flavors is a great way to achieve that along with little tricks that hide the bitterness of the CBD.

 

What is next in the range of products from Black Dahlia? Do you see the brand extending more into the spaces of savory products?

I feel like we can go to the moon and back creating flavors, it’s one of the things I love most about my work. So the answer is yes I could definitely see making something on the more savory side at some point.

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