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Best Looks at the SAG Awards 2018

Monday, January 22, 2018

There was no shortage of bright colors, florals, embellishments and sparkle at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) that took place Sunday last in Hollywood. 

The Awards that come on the heels of the Golden Globes where actors and actresses staged a "blackout" for the "Times Up" movement which calls for an end to sexual abuse harassment and discrimination in the workplace, was one of TV's most watched events that night. The SAG Awards honors the most outstanding in television and film. The Haute Lifestyle brings you our picks for the best looks in Fashion.

Reese Witherspoon

Saoirse Ronan

Mary J Blige

Daniel Kaluuya

Millie Bobby Brown

Marcus Scribner

Kristen Bell

Kate Hudson

Halle Berry

Noah Schnapp

Caleb McLaughlin 

Yara Shahidi in Ralph Lauren
Cara Buono

Sydelle Noel

Vanessa Kirby

Margot Robbie

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I stopped Eating Rice for one week and this is what happened

With every new year comes promises, changes and of course resolutions that are active until the end of January. This year, I've made a few resolutions to maintain a healthy diet so that I can gain and maintain weight the healthy way of course. I decided to try something a bit different and not eat rice for 1 whole week and the results were shocking! Want to know what happened? Keep reading!

My Belly Got Flatter

Imagine coming from 98lbs to now 130lbs and now having a "belly" that is clearly only visible to myself. I love rice so much that I can eat it alone and I cook rice on Sundays to last for the week so I can have rice everyday (did you count how many times I said rice ?) Literally after a week of not eating rice I was back on that flat plasma screen belly!

I Had More Energy

If you are of a certain "persuasion" there is this thing called the "itis" that allows you to fall asleep or feel sleepy after a good meal. This always happens to me after eating a good ole Jamaican lunch with RICE and Peas of course. During my "no-rice" week experiment, I was wide eyed and bushy tailed after lunch and ready to end my day on a high note.

I Felt Less Hungry

Wait ...what? I love rice because I'm not big on meat so I always opt for more rice than meat so I could be full! During my little experiment I realized that by eliminating rice I was actually less hungry! I didn't even know this was possible but it is real y'all! 

My Muscles got Stronger

This was definitely the most interesting thing I discovered. I don't lift weight nor do I exercise at all then I saw a little bicep coming through. By eliminating rice (carbs) it gave my body a chance to feed off the proteins and other nutrients which are deemed as building blocks for muscles. 

It is important to note that when starting any health and fitness journey do extensive research and consult a physician (Doctor) if you can.

What is your main resolution this year? How do you plan to accomplish it?

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New showcase The Apollo Series combines music, poetry

Friday, January 19, 2018
Music, poetry and other forms of art will be the highlight of a new event – The Apollo Series – set to take place at The Haven, 12 Hillcrest Avenue on Saturday, January 27. The showcase will feature three main performers as well as an open stage for musicians, poets, dancers and comedians. 

The first staging of The Apollo Series will be headlined by poet Simon the Writer, local Hip Hop collective The Council and Reggae artiste Koro Fyah. Simon the Writer, also the host and organizer, says, “Our show will have what I call ‘rotating sets’, where our featured acts will deliver a performance and then return to the stage later to deliver another.” In between the headliners’ sets, the stage will be open for a short period to willing performers in the audience. “There are not many places or events where upcoming talent can hone their skills and be heard,” says Simon. “We see The Apollo Series as being the perfect platform. We will also give you a variety of quality acts in a different format.” Simon the Writer is a published poet who has won several Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) awards. He will be followed by Five Steez, Inztinkz and The Sickest Drama of The Council, a four-member collective that recently released its album, Nothing Else Matters. The event’s trio of performers will be completed by Bebble Rock Records’ Koro Fyah, who is still promoting his 2016 debut EP, Rough Diamond. Admission is $500 and showtime is 8PM.

The Apollo Series is being presented by A.C.T.I.O.N. Jamaica and is sponsored by the Main Event Entertainment Group and Marketing Plus Communications.


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Why Do Beauty Influencers Opt for Vegan Makeup and Skincare

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Embracing veganism does not only mean cutting out animal-based food products; it also means being aware of the clothes you wear, the drinks you drink, and the beauty and makeup products you use daily. What does makeup have to do with going vegan, you may ask? Well, all the vegan and organic cosmetic products have been made from chemical-free ingredients, the method of processing is way cleaner and thus, more environmentally friendly, as it doesn’t affect the nature or the animal world around us. So, because they are green and eco-friendly, more and more celebrities, such as Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba and others, choose vegan and organic makeup. Let’s take a look at the advantages of using such skincare and beauty products.

Avoiding animal-tested products

It’s a well-known fact that many of the leading beauty companies test all their products on animals. Most of the
time people care but fail to do anything about it, thus helping those specific companies grow and become even
bigger. Vegan and organic beauty companies, like Kora Organics, are 100% cruelty-free, as these products are
tested on human volunteers. Going with natural feminine hygiene products that are not tested on animals,
makeup and skincare products, you stand against animal exploitation that’s very much present in the beauty
industry. The animals are usually locked up, poisoned, or even killed, yet they should not endure all of that
things to make someone’s face pretty.

Avoiding animal-based ingredients

Take a look at the ingredient list of the cream you have next to you. If you look closely and do a bit of research,
you will probably see that all of the cosmetic products contain animal-based ingredients. These products can
include beeswax, dead insect extracts and uric acid of cows, horses and other animals. Since all of these
ingredients can be easily replaced with other, plant-based ingredients, you should make an effort to turn to
cruelty-free beauty products. Vegan and organic beauty and skincare products do not contain ingredients that
are in any way harmful for the animals.

Making your skin healthier and younger

The fact that vegan and organic skincare is better for your skin is not such a well-known fact. These products
contain fewer artificial chemicals and fewer ingredients in general, which helps your skin look more natural and
fresh. Many of the chemical ingredients used in the regular beauty products are nothing but fillers, and since
they harm the environment, they can harm your skin as well. Choosing the latter ones will only make your skin
used to the artificial ingredients, and once you stop using them, you will see how much your skin deteriorated.
Choosing vegan powder, natural vegan or organic eyeshadow or facial cream, even going for a high-quality
vegan toothpaste will not only save you money (since they tend to be cheaper) but also help your body in the
long run.Also, there are many homemade recipes for great skincare products. Not only that you’ll have most of
the ingredients in your kitchen, but you’ll also know exactly what you put on your skin.

Thinking about the packaging

Beauty veganism

It is not only about excluding animal-based products and ingredients from your makeup and skincare arsenal.
It’s about going green all the way, and because of that, the packaging is also very important. Organic and vegan
products and accessories come with sustainable, eco-friendly packaging made from recycled materials. So,
if you decide to go with this kind of beauty products, be sure that you won’t be only helping animals, but also
the environment we’re trying so hard to save.

See? This is why many beauty vloggers, such as Kristen Leanne and Teri Miyahira, choose the vegan type of
makeup. So, if you think you can’t contour yourself without the regular beauty products, you’re wrong.
Take a look at their tutorials and you will see that not only is it better for the environment, but it’s also cheaper.

Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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