Eco-Friendly / Vegan Beauty & Style Finds: From Tutus & Cosmetics to Soap

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Graphic by Emelda De Coteau, Live In Color Blog

This is the beginning of a new blog series – Beauty / Style Finds  – where I’ll highlight awesome brands (every other Friday) which are eco-friendly / vegan, along with small shops created by Mompreneurs. I am meeting so many wonderful Mama entrepreneurs on Instagram, and sharing their lovely products fills my heart with delight. What better way to spend a Friday, right?

Featured Shop – Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows Boutique

Michelle Dowell Photo courtesy of Michelle Dowell
Michelle Dowell
Photo courtesy of Michelle Dowell

Our first featured shop is Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows Boutique, run by Michelle Stephanie Dowell. Founded in 2011, this is a cruelty-free boutique – no lead, animal parts of any kind (leather, fur, etc.)  If you follow my blog here, or on Instagram, you know she’s my bestie / sis.

This multi-talented lady creates lovely handmade tutus and hair accessories for toddlers, tweens, fellow Mamas and everyone in between! The many mom-affordable items also include dresses, tutus, rompers, hairbows, headbands, room decor and more. Sizes range from newborns to women’s plus size!

Her shop just re-opened, and there is currently a spring / Easter giveaway (ends Wed., March 10), and sale so head on over to her blog for details.

Follow Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows Boutique on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest for the most up-to-date news on all the latest creations!

Flyer courtesy of Ruffles Ribbons N' Bows Boutique
Flyer courtesy of Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows Boutique

 

Photo courtesy of Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows Boutique
Photo courtesy of Ruffles Ribbons N’ Bows Boutique

 

Cruelty-Free Cosmetics – Shea Moisture

Photo via Hype Hair
Photo via Hype Hair

 

A few years ago I discovered Shea Moisture when looking for organic baby and hair products. Last fall while shopping in Target I found their cosmetics, and have been a huge fan ever since. From an array of foundations for women of color to lipsticks / gloss, concealer, blush, eyeshadow and more they have us covered, ladies. This family-owned company is built on their Grandmother Sofi’s legacy of hard work and dedication to her community in West Africa.

Dr. Bronner’s     

Photo via VitaSun Blog
Photo via VitaSun Blog

 

Dr. Bronner’s became a staple in my home while searching for an organic product to mop our floors. Our beagle girl Foxy would sometimes pee in the hallway, and we needed something strong but not off putting to eliminate the scent.

Fast forward to today and we use a variety of Dr. Bronner’s soaps for a number of purposes – washing dishes, bathing (the lavender scented soap helps our little Nai sleep) and cleaning numerous household surfaces.

They also sell other cleaning  supplies, too, plus body care, tooth paste, lotions, and baby / sensitive skin products. It’s affordable, and best of all, a little goes a long way!

Mama Blog Chat: Creative Spirit, Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul

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Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul and her children, daughters Cherie-Amor, Dela-Eden, and son Malachi. Photo Credit: Michelle Antoinette Photography

I think Moms are the coolest people on the planet! Maybe because I am one now. Ha! Seriously though, we juggle motherhood with work, relationships, and just general life stuff. How many Moms do you know who effortlessly heal their kiddos when sick and then tackle the rest of life’s challenges.

Yet the Moms I am especially inspired by are those who I have something in common with, you know those cool Moms who manage not to abandon their creative passions.

Jacquelyn and her eldest daughter Cherie-Amor Photo credit: Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul

Enter Brooklyn native Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul, a singer / performer, visual artist, jewelry maker, and poet who calls Baltimore home; she is also a birth doula / post partum doula / designer at Buddha Bump. Geez! How does she do it all, I wondered?

Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul performs with son Malachi on her hip  Photo credit: Michelle Antoinette Photography
Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul performs with at Culture Coffee in Washington, D.C. with son Malachi on her hip                             Photo credit: Michelle Antoinette Photography

So I thought, why not include a regular series on the blog where we can hear from Moms like her, and be inspired by their tenacity and determination to live fully?

I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did! We discussed everything from scheduling (you know how she manages to raise such beautiful and bright kids – Cherie-Amor, Dela-Eden and Malachi) to faith and the diversity of her children’s personalities and the rich lessons of motherhood.

Something she said particularly resonated with me:

No one can mother your child better than you…  That child has chosen you to come here through.

Check out the full conversation here on Sound Cloud .

Keep up with her amazing work:

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Hear this awesome song she wrote, “Be Free

Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul and son Malachi  Photo courtesy of Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul
Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul and son Malachi
Photo credit: Cherie-Amor Clemmons
                               Dela-Eden strikes a pose                                     Photo credit: Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul
Visual artwork by Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul  Photo courtesy of Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul
Visual artwork by Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul
Photo credit: Jacquelyn Phoenix Soul
Malachi  Photo credit:
Malachi
Photo credit: Michelle Antoinette Photography

 

Baltimore Celebrates World Refugee Day at The Walters Art Museum!

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“Since 1994, 15 million people have had to flee to a new country,” says Martin Ford of the Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees. At least 1,000 refugees come to Baltimore each year.

Once a year, the whole town gets together to party and celebrate! Dance from Sudan and Nepal, Guinea, Congo and Burma!

singerman

Sing from Sudan, Eritra, Kurdistan, and from Syria, you come too! We are all here, immigrants and refugees. Here we all are, dancing for refugees.

SUPER DUPER SHOUT OUT to EVERYONE who helped make BALTIMORE’S WORLD REFUGEE DAY CELEBRATION #AMAZING!

Children and adult refugees from all over the world performedkid for an audience of new refugees, old and new immigrants, Baltimoreans and guests in celebration of Baltimore World Refugee Day, declared by Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon. Baltimore World Refugee Day is on June 20 (which is also my birthday!)

LORD! I DANCED MY SOUL OUT!!THE TALENT WAS INCREDIBLE. Performers represented cultures from around the world.

One of my favorites was Pivot Zotamou, a Guinean youth, who rapped. I thought his lyrics were going to be about the pains of war, death and survival but in fact his poetic verses told the story of a teenage boy’s feelings about GIRLS!

#GoFigure. We’re all the same!


You can help these and yet-to-come survivors feel welcomed in your community by volunteering through International Rescue Committee (IRC) and giving them a ride from the airport, hanging out with them, or just saying, “what’s up.” The IRC serves the refugee population in 22 U.S. cities.

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