Health and Wellness: Scotland Announces Ruling that Menstrual Products Are Free in Public Spaces

While women’s bodies have been heavily policed via legislation as of late in the States, across the Atlantic, Scotland is passing laws that make more sense. Women now have the legal right to free menstrual products in public spaces including schools and universities. This is all due to the Period Products bill passed by a unanimous vote back in November 2020. However local authorities and education providers will be responsible for ensuring the products availability. Big shout out to Monica Lennon who proposed the bill in April 2019 (CNN).

Having worked a stint in community outreach in a local education system, period poverty is absolutely real and I, along with a few teachers, held discreet fundraisers to keep our storage stocked.

Also, word to handbag designer and stylist, Sonique of Saturday House, for raising period awareness through her designs for years now. Hopefully, one day the U.S. will catch up with the rest of the world.

Until then…

Food & Drinks: Kevin Hart Announces the Grand Opening of His New Restaurant, Hart House

Comedian and actor, Kevin Hart, took to his Instagram account today to announce the grand opening of his new plant based fast food restaurant, Hart House. According to Hart, he is “excited to disrupt fast food with a flavorful and affordable plant-based option” (Kevin Hart’s Instagram). Hart House will be located in Los Angeles, California and opens to the public Augusta 25, 2022.

Source: Hart House

Hart House will be partnering with Inner City Arts and donating 10% of the profits from that day. Congratulations to Kevin Hart and his team and if you’re in the L.A. area let us know how the food is!

Source: Hart House

Who Knew Counterfeit Cheese Was a Thing?

Check your Parmesan cheese wheels, folks. They’ll soon have trackers. At least the ones from Parmigiano Reggiano will. And to answer the question, yes, counterfeit cheese is a thing and it is a $2 billion industry. Almost as much as the legitimate counterpart’s profits at $2.44 billion.

Image Credit: Williams-Sonoma

Parmigiano Reggiano will put trackers in 100k of their cheese wheels to curb the frauds . High-tech transponders will (hopefully) better control, identify, and protect its inventory. According to the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium “The innovation combines food-safe Casein labels with the p-Chip micro transponder — a blockchain crypto-anchor that creates a digital ‘twin’ for physical items. This scannable new food tag is smaller than a grain of salt and highly durable, delivering next-generation visibility and traceability” (Food and Wine , The Newsette).

Cover Image Credit: Williams-Sonoma

Product Highlight: Buy Black Art Tote by Cede Supply

The Buy Back Art tote was launched by Cede Supply in honor of Black History month, but is still for sale. The company committed to donated 10% of the proceeds to their #Sowacede foundation which “which focuses on funding of the arts, financial literacy, and emotional intelligence with our youth” (Cede Supply).

Image Credit: Cede Supply

The style of the tote is fashioned after the Dior Book Tote, which is eye catching and in style at the moment, so the message is bound to draw attention.

Image Credit: Cede Supply
Image Credit: Cede Supply

More About the Company:

Cede Supply “bridges the gap between conscious, luxury and cool.” The “inspiration behind the name of Cede Supply Co. came from the word concede, which means to give up or pass on. Founder and CEO, Kristyn Edwards’s mission with this brand is to highlight and educate consumers on social issues that shape the world we live in today through each collection that is released. 3% of sales go towards a cause in relation to each collection” (Cede Supply).

The Buy Black Art tote retails for $135 and can be purchased here.

Product Highlight: Loewe Nail Polish Leather Mules

I love kitschy accessories, especially when they are fashion and beauty related. I came across these nail polish heel mules by Loewe and fell in love. I love the understated simplicity of the black mule with two thin straps and when you turn to the side you see the heel fashioned like red nail polish.

I don’t know about you, but growing up red nail plush was a classic color…for adults. You had to come into age to where the color red, like a right of passage. Naturally, because it was forbidden, I would always try and wear it. I was allowed pinks and even deep burgundy, but the coveted glossy blue-based red was off limits. As an adult, I knew got a clear answer why. Hmmm.

Image Credit: Saks Fifth Avenue
Image Credit: Saks Fifth Avenue
Image Credit: Saks Fifth Avenue

The Nail Polish mules retail for $1,100 and you can snag them here.

Fashion News: The Date is Released for Jenee’s of High Low Luxxe Amazon Drop Collection + Collection Preview

One thing I have enjoyed watching is the positive reception Black content creators have been getting on their Amazon the Drop collections. So much so, a few, including Jenne’ have gone on to design multiple Drops. It shows that what Black people create reaches diverse audiences and the Black dollar is green and spends too! Jenee’ announced on her Instagram that her long awaited collection will be available this Tuesday, April 19, 2022! This is typical of Drop collections as you are only notified a few days ahead of time.

Image Credit: High Low Luxxe

Staying true to her style aesthetic, the collection’s theme is elevate simplicity. There are two long sleeve midi dresses featuring slits and open backs. The lack of embellishments on the garments allow for the multi-functionality of the pieces. Wear with stilettos or sneakers and both will look fab.

Image Credit: High Low Luxxe
Image Credit: High Low Luxxe
Image Credit: High Low Luxxe

The tailored trousers are a dream! Coming in both lavender and khaki, either pair can be a staple into the summer. Throw a chunky sweater on top or a fitted turtle neck or body suit and they can carry you into fall and winter. The asymmetrical front zipper adds interest the the wide legs adds sophistication. Chef’s kiss.

Image Credit: High Low Luxxe
Image Credit: High Low Luxxe

I normally don’t teach for a jumpsuit as I am partial to dresses, but I understand the draw. I even have one or two in my closet. Jumpsuit lovers love them for the same reason I love dresses, they’re easy, comfortable, one piece, and can be dressed up or down. This khaki jumpsuit Jenee designed is elevated with the collar and appears backless which adds sex appeal. It cinches in at the waist and also is wide legged. I love the fact that is does hug the body and gives you room.

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Product Highlight: Denim Yoyo Mule by Nine West

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Denim is back! Not as in denim jeans and jackets, but accessories too. Denim corsets, handbags, and shoes are making waves this season. Enter the Yoyo mule by Nine West. The mule encompasses a few trends seamlessly in one. First, the mule style itself that we’ve been seeing for several seasons thanks to the Bottega mules 2. Speaking of Bottega, the style is reminiscent of the luxury brand’s coveted mules in the square toe, the weaving of the patchwork denim, and the curved heel, and 3. The patchwork denim on the toebox incorporates different washes of denim which adds interest and increases the shoes wearability.

Image Credit: Nine West
Image Credit: Nine West

The perfect pairing with this shoe would be the Brandon Blackwood denim Kuei in medium.

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Beauty News: 711 Launches Coffee Scrub

Imagine running to the local 711 for a coffee…scrub. Yes, 711 claims their coffee is so good that they’ve packaged it up and are selling a scrub made from their house grounds for only $1. The exfoliant will be sold exclusively at Adore Beauty, an Australian based beauty conglomerate. What do you think? Willing to try a 711 coffee scrub?

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4 Upcoming Product Launches You Need to Have on Your Radar

Spring has officially begins and so have the product launches! Diva Chronicles is an advocate of supporting and shopping small businesses, especially Black or minority and/or woman owned businesses. Some of these brands have been reported here before and one is new. They all have their cult followings, so if you see anything you like, set your alarms and get ready!

1. @Glamaholic Lifestyle

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Image Credit: @Glamaholic Lifestyle

Loyal supporters have been keep tabs on when Mia Ray, Glamaholic’s owner and founder, will release her signature “G” scarves and new wallet on a chain (WOC) purses. Well she announced that day is March 25, yes this Friday, so now they both can be yours! The launch happens at 3 pm EST so set your alarms and have your page ready to checkout if interested. Yes, it is that serious over there in Glamaholic land.

2. @BrandonBlackwood

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Speaking of launches customers take seriously, is a Brandon Blackwood launch. He made a mark with his now discontinued ESR bags, but Brandon wants to remind all he is here to stay. On April 8, 2022 at 12 pm, EST, not only will the metallic Kuei bags return, but new styles will launch. In personally have my eye on that new top handle pea green beauty.

3. @HouseofRehab

Known for their “Everything” and “Almost Everything” bags, embossed with “Fashion Made Me Do It” on the front, House of Rehab has announced the re-release of their metallic Almost Everything bags in metallic silver and pink. I personally missed on the metallic drop last time and will now miss out in late April when they are re-released. No specific release date has been announced yet, follow the brand closely for more details.

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4. @NLtheLabel

Nichole Lunch Box bags are a hit! While it is offered in black, denim, pink, the “diamond” and pink styles will be shipped out March 25- April 25, 2022 and May 5-30, 2022, respectively. The Lunch Box bag offers a different style from your everyday tote bag and is bound to stand out.

Image Credit: @NLtheLabel
Image Credit: @NLtheLabel

Diva’s Deal Report: These Mules Are the Perfect Brown Girl Nude

I’m sure we know by now the word “nude” represents a spectrum and is not beige, right? If you are on the darker brown end of the nude spectrum, a nude shoes isn’t as easy to find. They are more accessible as before, but still not as plentiful. So with that being said, when you see your shade of cocoa brown nude, you must jump of it! I headed to the mall to get some staples for spring and summer and while I had no intentions to get anything from Forever 21, I couldn’t leave these in the store. Dress them up or dress them down with shorts, the opportunities are endless. They also come in black (which I also got) and white.

Price: $24.99

Where: Forever 21