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In Lifestyle on
July 3, 2017

Christina Tegbe of 54 Thrones

Christina Tegbe, founder of organic bath and body line, 54 Thrones, combined her rich African heritage and love of beauty to create the brand we see today. As an avid traveler, she treks across Africa’s gorgeous terrain, sourcing the finest ingredients and building relationships with local artisans. Through 54 Thrones, Christina empowers African communities to provide income for their families, boosting the local economy. Learn more about Christina Tegbe and how 54 Thrones was realized in her interview below.

Where did you get the idea for 54 Thrones?

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and it really forced my family and I to take a look at the things we consumed and the products we were using. I had always used these small tubs of raw Shea Butter that my aunts in Nigeria would give me whenever I would visit. During my mom’s radiation treatment they sent over more Shea Butter to help soothe her skin and to help fade her surgery scars. And it worked, my mother has very little scars now. This made me think. I wanted to create something that merged the things I was passionate about: Africa, travel and beauty. I wanted to share these pure, chemical free African beauty secrets that my family has used forever with everyone. So 54 Thrones was born to bring sustainably made African botanical products to all.

Do you have a process you go through when creating new products?

Yes, the process is the most exciting part and what helps set us apart as a company. It’s exciting because we travel first-hand to meet our supplier partners which allows us to show the Africa we know; the beautiful and talented people, the rich history and culture as well as the  magnificent buildings and structures.

I also weave African travel into our brand by making it a point to be 100% hands on and involved with sourcing. We could have chosen to order our ingredients from a middle-man company in the states, but instead we go to the source first-hand. In doing so, our artisan partners get the best prices for their hard work and are able to play a larger role in their communities. By personally traveling to each African country our products come from, it also allows me to build a personal relationship with our artisans and cooperative partners. I’m able to learn the process of how our products are made, ensuring the best quality and learning the history behind these beauty staples and the people who make them to sustain their families and communities. It’s a beautiful thing and the most important part of our brand.

What books are you reading and what books would you recommend to young entrepreneurs?

I love to read, every chance I get I am reading. I usually read several books at once.

Currently I’m reading:

Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Seconds by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Lion Awakes by Ashish Thakkar

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire

For young entrepreneurs:

Poke the Box by Seth Godin

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Screw It, Let’s Do It by Richard Brandon

Do you think traveling is important? Why?

Yes, traveling is very important. It allows you to explore a different type of happiness by being in the unfamiliar, stepping out of your comfort zone and saying yes to new experiences and growth. Opening yourself and really being all the way there wherever you travel to is important too, sometimes you have to put down your phone, log off Instagram and fully appreciate your current environment in its entirety.

5. What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

I was told to “Be visionary. Think long term. Thing big. Be flexible.” If you fully commit to these four principles and add in hard work, there’s no way you can’t be successful.

 

You can connect with Christina on her website, 54 Thrones and check out her stunning photos on Instagram.

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In Lifestyle on
June 15, 2017

Delightful Patterns & Pastels at Kip & Co

Kip & Co is an Australian lifestyle brand started by siblings Hayley & Kate and their best friend Alex. The line is filled with bright and airy pastels coupled with bold and energetic patterns. From colorful cutlery to tasseled throws and even quilted playmats for your little one, Kip & Co’s designs are always innovative and fun.

Recently, the brand expanded its online retail reach to the United States and we’re really excited about it! Get your hands on one of their gorgeous towels, handbags or throw pillows to add a bit of whimsy to your everyday life. Check out their line and see what you’ve been missing!

Our absolute favorite has to be the tasseled throws! There’s just something about them that adds so much dimension and texture. If we had to label the line, we’d say it strikes the perfect balance between boho chic and modern. Check out Kip & Co and add some of their off the beaten path accessories to your home decor!

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In Lifestyle on
June 14, 2017

Kelley Barnes of The Style Barn

Kelley Barnes is a well known fashion blogger whose style speaks for itself. Strikingly gorgeous, Kelley dons the latest trends on her website, The Style Barn. On her blog, she chats it up with emerging designers, provides style tips and tricks and gives us a glimpse of her personal style.
With high fashion sensibilities that are distinctly set apart, Kelley mixes prints, colors, textures and shapes with ease. In her interview below, we get the deets on what trends she’s loving and what to wear when you’re pressed for time! Get inspired!

1. Were there signs that fashion would be apart of your future when you were younger?
Indeed. My mom dressed me to the nine’s; my hair and ensembles were always super cute. I’m thankful she had a sense of style!

2. If you only had 5 minutes to get dressed for a party, what would you wear?
A flirty dress with strappy heels.

3. What’s the one accessory you can’t live without?
I absolutely cannot live without earrings.

4. What trends are you loving this season?
I love the shirting trend; I feel like shirting will be trending for awhile. The embellished sandal is a fave, too. Del Pozo, Miu Miu, Gucci, and Zara have perfected said trend. Speaking of Miu Miu, I’m the proud of owner of their popular pearl-encrusted slides. They’re fun, and I always receive a ton of compliments when wearing them.

5. The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery. Is this a color you would wear or like more in your home decor?
Of course! I actually own a really chic, green swimsuit with a ruffled top. I also have a dainty pair of (mostly) green sandals.

6. What advice would you give to aspiring fashion bloggers?
Be yourself. Don’t strive to be like other bloggers, do you. Find your voice and run with it.
You can follow Kelley on her blog, The Style Barn or on Instagram.

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