Posts by Alexandra Barone

Athleisure Is Here to Stay Supporting Our Comfort

Fashion is a tool. Not in the “He’s such a tool kind of way”, but as in something useful. Nicholas K, a brother and sister design duo, nailed the balance between athleisure and enchantment. Inspired by the deserts of Africa, the color palette consisted of beiges, blacks, olive greens, taupes, and grays – all known for giving a sense of security. The catch is when fashion becomes unintentional – whether by choice or by requirement – it doesn’t always support our lives. Gliding down the runway, picturing myself and other woman practically within these pieces become involuntary. The lightweight jogger pants, shown below, allow you as the soccer mom to drive around your energizer bunny children with ease, instead of maneuvering in stiff blue jeans. Chunky statement jewelry paired with simple silhouettes, such as off-the-shoulder jackets, oversized sarong-like dresses, and timeless button-down shirts, created an effortlessly empowered look for the runway. Overall, the

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Getting a Leg up by Putting Intention Behind Your Business

Instead of growing up with the golden ticket, Tasha Kendall, Co-Founder and CE sOul of How We Soul, grew up with a golden pineapple. With a smile, her mother told her that by placing a golden pineapple in front of their home, people will know they are welcome there. This concept came full circle for Tasha in college while she was volunteering in Botswana, a year that has shaped every year since – you’ll find out more about this in her interview below! She has since moved through life practicing this pineapple principle because she “saw first hand how much feeling wanted, welcomed and cared for meant” to each person. For Tasha, the experience made her realize hospitality goes beyond the home – she’s dedicated herself to living with a gold pineapple painted on her life. This is where her business, How We Soul (HWS) comes in. This Gem creates chic, active leggings (they hug your body in all

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Craft Your Story Into a Creation Starter Kit

We all hear and read about the buzz words ‘Your Story’ on blogs, business pages, books, and motivational speeches. It’s easy to live out your story, it’s called life, and we do it every day by breathing, moving, and communicating. Let’s get real, though, it’s a lot harder to verbalize, discuss, and show what moments have molded you, and what got you to where you are today. That is why this trend report was invented so that you could craft and write your story into a creation. It’s just the starter kit so you need to keep adding to it. Because at the end of the day, ‘Your Story’ is important to develop. 1. Anthropologie’s Year-Less Planner – $28.00 Create your own plan for your life with this year less planner from Anthro. Don’t forget to throw in time for spontaneity! 2. Inspirational Coffee Mug from MostToastyGoods – $13.95+ Life is fueled on coffee

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A Movement Toward Honest Media with Holl & Lane Magazine

Many trends are popping up all over our social media feeds, but the deeper momentum I am seeing for the upcoming season does not deal with colors, shoes or anything like the #GemFinds in this trend analysis report. What I see are people who are opening up and truthfully speaking about their life story. Sarah Hartley of Holl & Lane Magazine, a forerunner in this shift towards honest living, has created a business by encouraging real woman to be bold and brave about the truths they have gone through. She fully believes that when you are courageous enough to tell your story, you are then helping someone else feel less alone. Gem Nation couldn’t agree with her more, after all, your story is without a doubt what paved the way for you to dive in to chasing your dreams. RELATED: Bloggers Telling Honest Stories (via Holl & Lane)  Holl and Lane is published bimonthly on the first of the month as

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Launch And Learn

Do you ever feel like you are trying and failing, but never getting anywhere? Rebecca Marie of Graphic and Web Designer/Owner of Bex Marie has been through the ringer, but she never lets a failure get the best of her. She was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. In her middle school days her passion included teaching herself HTML and how to build websites in her spare time. When college rolled around she decided to give computer science a chance. After realizing you use letters and not numbers, Rebecca said to herself “this isn’t as fun as web design anyway”. After breaking her leg in roller derby, yes this girl does it all, she started a part time job in soapmaking. The more time she spent in the handmade/soapmaker community, the more she found a huge gap for entrepreneurs who couldn’t afford their own graphic design, but wanted help creating their own website. Officially now

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Style Trends for Fall 2016: Must-Have Items

Although fashion is much trendier and stylish than rollover minutes from AT&T, fashion does exactly this each and every year. Style trends for Fall 2016 are looking pretty in my opinion, and here’s why. Forecasters give you the trends, key items, fabrics and colors based off of many things such as cultures, ideology, philosophies, the economy, and street-wear. Then, retailers put these garments in their stores made from creative geniuses, a.k.a. designers, who give us the power to choose what we want to wear and how to wear it (or rather they inspire the range of choices that we will get to choose from). Thus, creating the biggest themed party in history each and every year that every person on earth is invited to attend. In the spirit of creative freedom, here are the key items that are trending this fall. Show us how you style them on your Instagram and don’t

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Just like the Rio Olympics, Go for Gold

Believe it or not, our olympian friends in Rio are just like us with huge obstacles to overcome and self-motivation that could move mountains. They work long hours like you do. They cry, want to give up, and feel burnt out sometimes. They even deal with tough competitors that have no mercy or empathy to whether you succeed or fail. It is truly an inspiration to watch the athletes compete and earn the medals they bring home to their countries, families, friends and most importantly themselves. But my gosh, the stories behind the dreamers and do-ers are what really make you want to go for gold in your everyday life. Even though none of us (just making an assumption here, but if we have any past, present, or attempting olympians among our readership, please do step forward – we’d love to interview ya!) are in the market for gold, silver or

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From Pre-Med to Jewelry Designer: Steffi Keung on Figuring out Life as an Entrepreneur

When you first started your business, how many of you were in a completely different field then where you are now? Our Gem of the Week, Steffi Keung of Steffi K. Jewelry, answered wholeheartedly and truthfully to our interview questions on figuring out life as an entrepreneur so that you can get insight on making difficult decisions that push you to finding the career that fits you. Steffi graduated from UCLA with a pre-med degree, but now she is pursuing her passion of creating, which has led her to becoming the successful jewelry maker she is today. In fact, her edgy accessories were seen on one of the finalist on Season 10 of The Voice, Hanna Houston. Talk about making the right career switch and finding your purpose, am I right!? She is a true example of going against the grain and not letting others determine what is the best for you. Read how

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