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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 Interiors & Design on
June 30, 2017

Helpful Tips For An Inviting Home Office Space

Gorgeous Office Space By Iris Nacole 

Whether you work from home or not, it’s a good idea to have a dedicated work space. The best home offices are separate from the rest of the house to provide the privacy needed to concentrate. While some people may not think much about it, your home office environment matters, from the lighting to your paint choices. These tips will help you create a home office that’s both functional and inviting.

Paint Colors

Choosing a paint color can be overwhelming because of the sheer volume of choices. Navigate over to Pinterest and search for home offices. You’ll find offices with various paint choices from navy blue to pale pink and everything in between. Create a Pinterest board with your favorite choices and narrow it down from there. Keep in mind that the paint color you choose is going to effect the way you feel. Pale shades of green and blue will create a calming atmosphere, while vibrant colors like yellow and orange will make you feel awake and excited.

Office Furniture

Amazon is great place to find various styles of office furniture and local retailers like Target may have a great selection as well. Make sure to invest in a comfortable chair and a desk that has some type of storage.

Accessories

When it comes to accessories, it’s all a matter of taste. You can reference the home office you chose on Pinterest and duplicate it in your room. If not, search once more to find an office decorated to your taste. You can also form a style of your own by piecing different design elements from various spaces and fusing them together. Etsy is a great place to buy interesting accessories and it also gives you an opportunity to support makers from all over the world.

Cozy & Chic Office Space from Desiree Campbell of The 36th Avenue

*Bonus*

*If you have the room, a small love seat with a decorative pillow and a woven throw will create coziness. There’s nothing wrong with using your home office as a place to get some peace and quiet.

*Add plants to your space to give it a fresh and organic touch.

*Mirrors can make a small space look bigger by bouncing around the available light.

*An essential oil diffuser will keep the air fresh and your spirits lifted.

*Make sure you have adequate lighting.

These are just few tips to get you started towards creating a home office that helps you to be productive and stay inspired!

 

 

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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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