February 2023

Coco & Eve Expands Into Ulta Beauty

Coco & Eve, a hair, skin and bodycare company is expanding its availability at Ulta Beauty.
 

Beginning February 26th, the Sunny Honey tan collection will be launching at select Ulta Beauty stores nationwide, making it the first brick-and-mortar partnership for the brand. Since its debut in 2018, Coco & Eve products have been exclusively sold online, and now, the expansion to stores brings greater access and discovery.
 

“We are delighted to bring our Sunny Honey range to Ulta Beauty stores,” says Emily Hamilton, co-founder of Coco & Eve. “This is our first brick-and-mortar presence in the U.S., and we couldn’t think of a better partner. Not only is retail expansion a driving goal for the brand, but product innovation is key as well. This line has been well received since its launch. The infusion of skincare ingredients in sunless at-home tanning products have proven to be a staple year-round.”
 
The six-piece collection will be available in 452 Ulta Beauty stores in key markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The in-store launch follows the collection’s online success on Ulta’s website and lands in time for spring as guests prepare for warm weather occasions.


About The Sunny Honey Collection

The Sunny Honey collection is anchored by the Bronzing Foam, a product utilizing Cellushape technology, which contains antioxidants to smooth skin, fight cellulite, and blur pigmentation. This was followed by the launch of the Bronzing Face Drops, offering a glow with 100% natural DHA while boosting the skin with hydration through nourishing ingredients such as dragonfruit and hyaluronic acid, and most recently introduced was the Antioxidant Face Tanning Micromist, a self-tanner. The micromist technology allows for a fast absorbing, lightweight application for a streak-free glow.
 
The collection is vegan, cruelty-free and does not contain ingredients such as

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Meet the Ukrainian Designers Bringing Resourcefulness and Optimism to London Fashion Week

On the final morning of London Fashion Week, a trio of Ukrainian designers showed their latest collections in the Newgen runway space of the Old Selfridges Hotel: thousands of miles away from their hometowns and studios, and even further away from where they likely imagined they would be 12 months ago. (February 24 marks one year since Russia first announced the full-scale invasion of Ukraine that continues to this day.) 

An initiative spearheaded by the organizers of Ukrainian Fashion Week and supported by the British Fashion Council, the significance of its timing didn’t go unnoticed. “It’s very important for us to show that one year on, we have not been manipulated by the war,” said Ivan Frolov of the brand Frolov, known for its corsets, crystals, and camp; all of which were very much present on this week’s runway. “We are so strong that, even under these terrible circumstances, the DNA of our brands hasn’t changed.”

While it would have been impossible to stage the show in Ukraine under the current circumstances, the majority of the fashion community there—even those who have relocated abroad temporarily—still have their studios, pay taxes, produce, and perhaps most importantly of all, have friends, family, and supporters still in their homeland. The showcase proved that even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, the designers’ spirits have yet to be dampened. “I’d be working in my studio and I’d hear rockets flying, or we’d have to run to the bomb shelter,” said Julia Paskal of Paskal, with a shrug. “But that’s just our lives now.”

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Stacey Silva shares which essentials she keeps in her bag

Stacey Silva Instagram selfie August 2022
Stacey poses for an up-close selfie. Pic credit: @staceysilvatv/Instagram

Darcey & Stacey star Stacey Silva is sharing some of the go-to essentials she always carries with her.

Women are no strangers to having an assortment of items in their handbags. Every woman has her favorite must-haves, from makeup to keys, cash, and hand sanitizer.

Stacey recently sat down with TLC to share what she carries with herself daily.

Filming from her new Miami condo, Stacey recorded her video clad in a colorfully-patterned flowy pants set, looking casually chic.

“Hi, everybody! It’s Stacey here, and today I’m going to show you what’s in my bag!” she excitedly told the camera.

Stacey’s classic black Chanel handbag was on the table, where she began pulling everything out.

The first thing in Stacey’s bag was a matching wallet, in which she keeps her credit cards and cash. Stacey pulled out a pair of black Chanel sunglasses in a matching black case.

90 Day Fiance star Stacey Silva shares her handbag must-haves

“Darcey and I love our accessories,” she noted. “Especially in Miami.”

Stacey’s cell phone, of course, was another must-have in her purse. The 48-year-old reality TV star also keeps a notepad in her bag if she gets the urge to “jot down inspirational motivation ideas.”

Before she continued, Stacey called her twin sister, Darcey Silva, to see what she was up to.

After her phone rang a few times, Darcey magically appeared to join her sister. Darcey arrived donning a black bodysuit and patterned kimono, sporting her hair in a half-up, half-down do.

Darcey joked that Stacey’s bag was actually hers, but the sisters admitted they had the same vintage Chanel handbag.

Stacey continued to empty her purse, next showing off a photo of herself and her husband,

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Vacaville’s Opportunity House Thrift Store to close

The nonprofit says it’s spending $20,000 a month to keep the doors open and the choice to close the more than 20-year-old store was a hard one.

VACAVILLE, Calif. — The Opportunity House Thrift Store Vacaville location is set to close due to low profits and high maintenance costs, according to the nonprofit that operates it.

Vacaville Solano Services Corporation (VSSC) announced the closing Wednesday, though didn’t specify a timeline for when exactly the doors would shut at 107 Peabody Rd.

“COVID shifted shopping patterns by decreasing sales and raising staffing costs,” said Michelle Strand, VSSC Board President, in a statement. “This unforeseen and unexpected shift resulted in the thrift store operating at a loss and contributed to draining VSSC reserves.”

The nonprofit says it’s spending $20,000 a month to keep the doors open, and the choice to close the more than 20-year-old store was a hard one.

“This has been an agonizing decision for the board, but it is necessary to protect VSSC’s mission,” said Strand. “The ability to provide high-quality support services and programs to help people attain self-sufficiency has always been, and will continue to be, our priority.”

The store, in its two decades, made enough money to build and maintain the Opportunity House homeless shelter on Bennett Hill Court for the past 10 years, according to VSSC. The building was later bought by a private investor in 2020, giving VSSC some financial safety net while they leased the location.

The nonprofit gets funding through grants, donations and their thrift stores, but the Vacaville location has to come to an end to keep other services.

“It comes down to the simple fact that we won’t take from our residents and community members in need to offer a retail shopping experience,” said Colleen Berumen, VSSC Executive

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From Prada’s Origami Heels to Jimmy Choo’s Punk Princess Pumps

Milan Fashion Week officially kicked off its concise but action-packed week of runway shows, presentations and events on Wednesday, Feb. 22 for the fall winter ’23 season.

All eyes are once again on Gucci as it holds its transitional show, after the November departure of former creative director Alessandro Michele, before incoming creative director Sabato De Sarno makes his debut in September for the spring summer ’24 collection.

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The week also sees more Y2K-influenced buzz from the likes of Diesel and GCDS, the ever-inventive accessories of Moschino, another riff on kitten heels from Prada and more.

Jimmy Choo pays homage to punk

It’s no surprise that the spirit of punk is coursing through fashion’s creative minds, with the recent death of Dame Vivienne Westwood. For fall winter ’23, Jimmy Choo joined the calling, adding tartan prints and diamond-shaped studs to everything from the expected combat boot to more ladylike ballet flats (also adorned with pearls) and glittering wedge tall boots. “Being a Brit, punk is everything,” creative director Sandra Choi told FN at the brand’s MFW presentation on Saturday. “It’s identity, it’s that dose of being different. This is about the merging of the two worlds, something princess-y mixing with punk.” Elsewhere in the collection, everything from signature bow-accented flats to smooth leather mules received the pointy-toed treatment.

Jimmy Choo’s punk-inspired strappy ballet flat for fall winter ’23. - Credit: G.Colosio

Jimmy Choo’s punk-inspired strappy ballet flat for fall winter ’23. – Credit: G.Colosio

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A diamond-shaped stud motif on brushed gold hardware, on a pointed toe cutout bootie for Jimmy Choo’s fall winter ’23 collection. - Credit: Photographer: Sara Magni

A diamond-shaped stud motif on brushed gold hardware, on a pointed toe cutout bootie for Jimmy Choo’s fall winter ’23 collection. – Credit: Photographer: Sara Magni

Photographer: Sara Magni

Gianvito Rossi hosts the “Shoe Bar”

The footwear designer’s aperitivo inside the foyer of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala was the social event of the night on Friday at Milan Fashion Week, as guests rubbed

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Patrick Mahomes gifts daughter luxurious Chanel purse

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and wife Brittany Matthews have a lot to celebrate after his recent Super Bowl 2023 win. They recently celebrated by gifting their daughter Sterling Skye a Chanel bag for her second birthday.

In a video Matthew’s posted on her Instagram story, the toddler opens up her lavish birthday gift with Matthews exclaiming, “Did you get a new purse? Let me see what it looks like!”

Mahomes helped Sterling show off her new gift to the camera, while the fitness trainer asked, “Do you love it? Is it Sterling’s purse?”

Sterling seemed pleased with her gift, nodding as Matthews said “There you go!”

The purse is the Lambskin Quilted Mini Flap with Top Handle model of Chanel purse in black with a pink lining. The pink version of the purse retails on Chanel’s website for $4,800.

The birthday festivities

Not only did the couple celebrate their daughter’s birthday with a lavish purchase, but they also held a birthday party that was “Sterling’s Two Sweet” themed and completed the special day with a trip to the zoo.

The birthday party was decorated with pink and various sweet treats. Both Sterling and mom Matthews wore pink to match the theme.

Mahomes and Matthews posted a video recap of the birthday party to his Instagram with the caption, “Our Sterling Skye turns 2 tomorrow!”

Mahomes also followed up the video by posting several photos from the event, with the caption “My [heart emoji] Happy 2nd birthday.”

Family time

The couple is also parents to a baby boy named Patrick “Bronze” Lavon Mahomes III, who was born in November 2022. He also joined in on the festivities for his sister.

The family fun doesn’t end there though. Earlier this month, the couple took their two children to Disneyland

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Thrift store: Help wanted

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — The Union Gospel Mission in Sioux Falls officially opened the doors to its thrift store Monday after hosting a soft-launch last week. The store had been closed for nearly two months after getting flooded by a burst pipe the day after Christmas. It was quickly repaired and the shelves re-stocked, but it couldn’t reopen until they could hire enough workers. Yet the business expects to thrive in spite of a staffing shortage.

Maddie Schei’s tenure as a thrift store employee lasted just one shift in December.

“I have one day here and then the flood happened,” Schei said.

Schei has been a community health worker at the Union Gospel Mission since August, but was called in to help with a staffing shortage at the thrift store. Then, a frozen pipe burst on the third floor, flooding much of the building.

“It was raining from the floor. And we had 98-percent humidity in here and it was just heartbreaking. Now I look at it, and it’s like wow,” Union Gospel Mission CEO Eric Weber said.

That wow factor is courtesy of volunteers in the community who worked quickly to repair the damage.

“Even the crew people that were here doing the water extraction was like, we can’t believe this was done in three weeks,” Weber said.

People also donated items to replace the merchandise that flooded. The plan was to open the thrift store by February first. But the mission just couldn’t find enough workers to hit the target date.

“We need people to haul in the donations, we need people to like run the till. We need people to go through the donations, sort them, so there’s kind of a lot of aspects we have

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Lord of the Rings-mad couple overcome bride’s devastating diagnosis by tying knot in Tolkien-themed wedding

A Lord of the Rings-obsessed couple tied the knot in a Tolkien-themed wedding, complete with hobbit centrepieces and elven lanterns, after the bride was diagnosed with a devastating rare autoimmune condition that hardens her internal organs.

Becky Unwin, 34, was over the moon when fellow Tolkien enthusiast, Jack, 28, a senior projects engineer, proposed in Edinburgh in May 2017, welcoming a son, Albert, now four, just over a year later in July 2018.

But in January 2021 the family was struck with heartache when Becky was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition, systemic sclerosis, that causes the hardening of her internal organs, prompting the pair to book their wedding and make the most of life.

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Becky and Jack, pictured with Albert, agreed to have a Lord of the Rings-themed wedding when they tied the knot in December 2022 (Collect/PA Real Life)

Tying the knot in front of 40 family and friends on December 1, 2022, the Lord of the Rings-mad couple agreed the only suitable theme for their wedding would be the famous fantasy films, creating centrepieces, flower arrangements, cakes and signs to represent their shared love.

“My son, Albert, already requests to watch it,” laughed Becky.

“I think I would be a dwarf and Jack would be an elf, because he’s tall. We’re always listening to the books or watching the film.

The Tolkien-themed wedding was complete with hobbit centrepieces and elven lanterns (Simon Greatbatch/PA Real Life)

The Tolkien-themed wedding was complete with hobbit centrepieces and elven lanterns (Simon Greatbatch/PA Real Life)

“There was no question it was going to be part of our wedding day.”

Meeting Jack whilst the pair worked at a hotel in the Peak District, the couple fell madly in love.

“I was the hotel manager and Jack worked there, so I was his boss,” said

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Beauty Subscriptions IPSY And BoxyCharm Merge Under IPSY Umbrella

Beauty subscription brands IPSY and BoxyCharm, which previously operated as separate businesses under the same parent company, are officially coming together under the IPSY umbrella.
 
The reimagined combined portfolio will offer the best of both worlds to their 20M+ community by coupling BoxyCharm’s focus on brands and merchandise with IPSY’s personalization, customization and operations.
 
This experience will be offered exclusively at IPSY’s website and on IPSY’s app.
 
IPSY saw a strategic opportunity to reinvent its business model to better serve members by integrating the portfolio—going from 6 beauty subscription options between IPSY and BoxyCharm to 3—and unlocking access to more personalization and customization, buzzier brands, and better commerce events. The company will continue to offer its personal care subscription called Refreshments as well.
 
“Our members love different aspects of what IPSY and BoxyCharm offer and we are thrilled to empower them with the benefits of both brands,” Jenna Habayeb, IPSY’s chief marketing officer, said. “BoxyCharm brings a trend-forward curated approach to merchandise, a community of die-hard beauty fans, and a robust commerce experience with the best deals. IPSY leverages proprietary AI technology that matches millions of members with products personalized for them coupled with a unique customization model where members can choose more products and add-on items that ship with their monthly box or bag. Each of these elements have made our individual brands compelling and unique, but now all of our members will get access to them, which is where we think the real magic happens.”


New Offerings

IPSY will now offer four subscriptions: their sample-size beauty subscription Glam Bag; a full-size beauty subscription, now BoxyCharm by IPSY; a quarterly celeb-curated collection called Icon Box; and clean, sustainable personal care subscription Refreshments.
 
Alongside the enhanced member experience, IPSY will have new features like Power Picks, guaranteed

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Milan Fashion Week: Prada blooms, Emporio Armani shimmers

Florals bloomed on skirts, shoes and from the ceiling at Italian designer label Prada’s Milan Fashion Week show on Thursday (Feb 23)

Designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons turned wedding dresses into everyday looks, opening their autumn/winter 2023-24 catwalk presentation with a range of long and short white skirts embellished with white flowers and paired with knits.

Utility suits became long shirt dresses with trains, while large boxy jackets were matched with slim ankle-length trousers in mainly dark shades.

Models wore shirts with stick-out shoulders, knits and jackets with colourful inside collars, and pastel-coloured cigarette trousers paired with ribbed tops.

Kitten heels in a range of colours bore cut-out floral patterns.

The collection also featured white puffer and dark asymmetrical mini skirts, colourful printed dresses, buttoned capes and duffel coats.

Last month, the Hong Kong-listed fashion group said it had appointed a new chief executive, Andrea Guerra, taking the place of Patrizio Bertelli and Miuccia Prada and easing a transition to the next generation of the founding family.

At Emporio Armani, models walked on a round catwalk to present the latest collection of veteran designer Giorgio Armani’s second line.

The 88-year-old designer, affectionately called “King Giorgio” in his native Italy, presented a sleek offering with plenty of black that was brightened with pinks, reds and purples.

Jackets had asymmetric buttons, velvet trouser suits were loose and comfy, while black and lilac evening looks shimmered with sequins.

“It is a collection under the sign of discretion even in displaying a slightly eccentric fashion,” Armani told reporters.

He will present his latest collection for his main Giorgio Armani line on Sunday.

Milan Fashion Week is the third leg of the month-long catwalk calendar, during which designers present their autumn/winter 2023-24 collections.

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