Posts Written On July 2016

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There is a new online destination to check out if you are into unique items to furnish your room, office and life.

Check out the new online destination for fashion, skincare, and design objects from African Designers.

KAWREE promotes African creators and designers and showcases their expertise in fashion, beauty, and design objects.
Here are some of my favorite items!
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Eva Sonaike: pink Aburi tray with its palm tree design from our best-selling Aburi collection.
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tala mermaid skirt
Raffia is a socially conscious clothing company from Ghana. All the handwoven cotton textiles are sourced from indigenous artisans in Northern Ghana (the poorest part of the country) who use centuries-old loom weaving techniques.
Raffia economically empowers these gifted weavers and, through elegant high end clothing, showcases the beautiful things Ghana’s North has to offer.

Expand all Print all In new window LeapFrog Announces LeapStart and 2016 Holiday Product Lineup

LeapFrog announced LeapStart, a new interactive workbook that helps to prepare kids for the classroom and life beyond, as well as the full 2016 toy lineup for Back to School and Holiday.

This year’s products focus teaching 21st Century Learning Skills, which intertwines school curriculum with new ways of thinking, problem solving and collaborating, to prepare children for a quickly-evolving, globally-connected world.

The 2016 product lineup includes:

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  • LeapStart: A new interactive system and library of activity books that bring learning to life to teach key school and life skills. There are two platforms, one for Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten and one for Kindergarten & 1st Grade and each is compatible with the LeapStart activity books that help build key skills and challenge kids to get ready for their next step in learning. Priced at $39.99 for the LeapStart system and $12.99 for 16 additional LeapStart Activity Books.

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  • Melody the Musical Turtle: Ten musical activities prompt toddlers aged 2 years and up to find numbers and colors, repeat sequences from memory and create tunes by pressing light-up buttons on Melody’s shell. Priced at $19.99.

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  • Count Along Register: Budding entrepreneurs can run a store and expand their imagination through pretend play and exercise social play skills that help them build a foundation for core and life skills. The talking, interactive cash register features an adorable character that talks, sings and lights up, offering much more than typical calculator-like cash registers. Priced at $19.99.

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  • Learn & Groove Musical Mat: An interactive floor mat that develops cognitive and physical development.  Kids get to move, dance, and play music while they learn foundational mathematics skills, as well as 21st century skills, such as creativity as they compose their own tunes, and collaboration as they play with friends. Priced at $29.99.



Get Ready for the Summer Olympics with ​One Up Bands!

The Summer Olympics in Rio are right around the corner. It’s time to support your country and your favorite summer sports! Staying active is the best way to really get into the Olympic spirit and you can do that with One Up Bands accessories!


Summer Olympic One Up Band Themes:



  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Diving/Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • USA

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to play and sport only to constantly get distracted by your hair. One Up Bands has a fun and fabulous solution! With 6 different styles of headbands to choose from (in hundreds of fashionable, trendy designs for both men and women) you are sure to find one that is the perfect fit for you.

One Up Bands Headbands Include:

  • Non-Slip Athletic Headbands – The flagship product, the non-slip headbands are second to none! With a soft, velvety underside and an elastic strap, you’ll find them to be exceptionally comfortable. All non-slip bands are available in our standard 20″ and they also offer an adjustable band, which provides a range of 18-20.5″
  • Tie-Back Headbands – Made from a super comfy, moisture-wicking, antimicrobial fabric, the tie-backs are ideal for just about anyone
  • Head Tie Headbands – These super soft, ultra-comfortable, tie back style headbands are a great way to keep the sweat out of your eyes. Perfect for men and women.
  • Stretch Headbands – One Up Bands presents a colorful, comfortable, and lightweight range of stretch headbands available at prices affordable for everyone. These are a great way to add a refreshing style to your wardrobe and summer wear collection. Wear them while exercising at the gym or during a walk on a bright Sunday afternoon. Our headbands are versatile enough to go wherever you go!
  • Loopty Loop Headbands – One Up Bands continues to stay ahead of the curve with the latest in athletic fashion accessories: Loopty Loop bands. Available in three sizes (1”, 1.5”, & 2”), these comfortable bands are super soft and very stretchy! The best part is, these bands stay put, just like the non-slip headbands.
  • Elastic Headbands – Similar to the Hair Ties, the elastic headbands are great for the gal on the go, and won’t pull out, dent, or damage your hair! Chlorine and saltwater safe.


Who else hates going for a run without their essentials; house key, ID, and phone? One Up Bands understood the need for a comfortable way to keep your must-haves with you without distracting from your fun. The solution? The Fusion Belt! The original patented zipper on waist/hip belt that features an 8″ front zippered pocket and a large 180° back pocket gives you the space you need to keep your belongings with you and the comfort to keep playing!


One Up Bands numerous headband and fusion belt styles are available at







NEW Dove Campaign Diversifies ‘Beautiful Hair’

Dove Hair was thrilled to announce the launch of #LoveYourHair, a new mission to broaden the definition of beautiful hair by celebrating all hair [types, textures, styles, colors] and inspiring real women to do the same.


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The campaign challenges the fact that women are consistently faced with a narrow depiction of what ‘beautiful hair’ is supposed to look like – below and linked here are the actual search results for beautiful hair. This homogenous depiction, on top of the rules and norms women are bombarded with (you shouldn’t have long hair past a certain age, curly hair isn’t professional, short hair isn’t feminine, Asian women shouldn’t have blonde hair, etc.) cause them to internalize a lot of pressure when it comes to their hair. In fact, 86% of US women believe that media and society put a lot of pressure on women to have hair that looks a certain way.


Select Research Stats:

  1. Most women (81%) feel that the hair we see in advertisements and in the media makes women in general feel bad about the hair they have
  2. Only 11% of women love everything about their hair and wouldn’t change anything about it
  1. 90% of women agree that they need to embrace their own hair and stop comparing themselves to others
  2. 3 in 4 women believe they would have greater self-confidence if they didn’t feel that they were being judged by their hair


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Plus, Nyle DiMarco reunites with Tyra for the big event! 


Join Tyra Banks as she brings her cosmetics line, TYRA Beauty to Las Vegas for the TYRA Beauty LIVE + Model Search 2016. Experience a new level of Tyra-cized entertainment that will inspire and motivate everyone to be their own boss. Plus, the babe-alicious, Nyle DiMarco will be joining TyTy for the big night!


TYRA Beauty LIVE + Model Search will also include TYRA Beauty’s first Model Search to look for the new faces of the 2017 TYRA Beauty campaign. In partnership with L.A. Models, an international modeling agency that helped launch Tyra’s career, they’re looking for BOOTYful faces of every height, shape, size and age from 18 to infinity! 


TYRA Beauty LIVE + Model Search hosted by Supermodel, Super Entrepreneur, and TYRA Beauty Super CEO, Tyra Banks


Monday, August 22, 2016

9:00am: Model Search (Entrants arrivals only)

5:00pm: No Host Cocktail Party (All attendee arrive)

6:00pm: Fierce Up: TYRA Beauty LIVE + Model Search hosted by Tyra Banks



The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas

3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109



$99.00 (transportation and lodging not included)




DAFNI: Never Have A Bad Hair Day



Ever feel like shopping for the perfect hair iron could be comparable to a mission to Mars? The sales person speaks really fast and in a language that is more than definitely Martian talk – color, heat levels, heat up speed, ceramic, non-ceramic, shape, weight, smell (kidding!) but the list goes on. Meanwhile, you blankly stare and nervously reply “so the iron does straighten my hair and it won’t catch on fire?”

Sharon Rabi (co-founder) has answered our endless search for the perfect product – DAFNI

The Design
Designed like a brush; you can’t help but already be familiar with how to use DAFNI and makes the average time to straighten your hair a lot faster. Our experience was about 7 minutes.

The Features
The outer bristles are anti-static and heat-resistant. The tips are designed to protect the scalp and are heat-resistant providing a comfortable hair straightening experience. The inner bristles have 3D ceramic heat so it straightens your hair whichever way it curls. Can’t remember if you switched your iron off? No worries, that’s what the automatic shut-off button is for!


   The How To

  1. Start with dry and brushed hair – I divided my hair into four parts to make sure I didn’t miss a strand.
  2. Brush and pull slowly with DAFINI – I found brushing from underneath (placing hair on top) the easiest way to straighten my hair. Go over as many times needed, the results vary from hair thickness and texture.
  3. Make sure your hair gets deep between the bristles  and comb through slowly.


DAFINI retails for $249.99 each at showcasecanada with free shipping included.