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Cruelty free KINDri is my choice!

Cruelty free KINDri is my choice and it should be yours too!knidribottles8201a

Everyone is always seeking the best results yet also the best for their skin too. SO many beauty companies use horrible chemicals such as Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone.. im sorry what even is that name.. GROSS! and did you know that chemicals like those might be in the face wash or serum YOU are using!!!   It is important that we know what we are using and putting on our bodies!

 

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I recommend KINDri,

Robin McDonalds KINDri is an all Organic, Vegan against animal testing and has only the most down to earth ingredients. KINDri uses ONLY natural ingredients such as prickly pear cactus seed oil, All natural and organic almond oil, Cooling citrus oil and aloe vera in her skin care formulas. Many of the oils she uses are quite hard to find because they are literally straight from the plant and from the desert.   

No chemicals usedZero preservatives, zero additives, Zero cosmetic fillers, zero animal testing.  Robin McDonalds carefully researched formulas ONLY contain organic natural oils. All imported locally from botanical gardens. 

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Robin  McDonald of KINDri has been mentioned in Vougue, instyle, yahoo and much more! ” Robin is my go to person! She is knowledgable about the best and most effective products on the market and really cares about “the natural health and maintenance of the skin” states Charlize Theron

I had heard so much amazing stuff about KINDri i decided to give it a try and WOW was i impressed!
unnamed-1 I tried the Orange Almond Cleansing Oil which consists of 100% organic almond oil, sunflower oil, Cactus Pear oil, pink gratefruit oil, grapeseed oil and orange oil- You cant find these oils at regular stores.  I would apply to my cheeks, eyebrows and nails every-night. After the first few days of using i noticed that my cheeks were softer and lighter, evening out my skin tone! I couldn’t believe it that in just a little time my eyebrows grew out longer and thicker and my nails grew stronger and longer! Definitely a go to if you have dry skin or even normal skin because it moisturizes your skin it doesn’t make it all oily and gross like other serums and oils out there. Then my mom who is in her 50s tried KINDri’s serum.  In  a week her skin looked firm and smooth!
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To find out more about Robin McDonald and KINDri click here!!   beautyhighway_1438362718_140

Kingdom Day Parade- Los Angeles

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr I attended the Kingdom Day Parade pretty close to where i live off of Crenshaw and MLK in LA. Below are pictures from the exiting event!

 

There was a LOT of police officers
There was a LOT of police officers

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high school Marching band
high school Marching band
Love this
Love this

 

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beautiful

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Rare insight! – Center Theatre Group, Student Ambassador program

Just recently i got into center theatre groups student ambassador program.

Binder full of info!
Binder full of info!

CTG student ambassador program is  a free program for Los Angeles County high school students who are curious about the arts and want to build leadership and teamwork skills.  – CTG

CTG LOGO
CTG LOGO

Being in the program you get access to many opportunities such as seeing plays, attending workshops all for free and much more! Did i mention you get paid 500$ stipend in the end or community service hours for completion of the program!  But that is not what this program is about- Its about building a trust and friendship with people who may be very different from you or very similar  and working on helping the arts and our community such as fighting for arts in public schools, making the arts more accessible and much more.  One reason i applied is because i want to use theater as a form to connect and inform people with their community.

Crash course workshop at CTG.Always have a great time here! Thanks CTG!  not taken by me
Crash course workshop at CTG.Always have a great time here! Thanks CTG!
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Binder full of info!
Binder full of info!

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In order to get in you first submit an application then if you get accepted into semi finals it is a group audition where you sort of get assessed on your teamwork and leadership skills and more but in a fun way through games and food!

swag !
swag !

 

Then once you get in there is an orientation with breakfast where parents and guests were invited to hear more about the program and have a nice brunch with a scavenger hunt we went around downtown and grand park in teams to find clues to solve puzzles resulting with awards ! It was super nice because it was like i was in another decade not having my phone on me was super nice for a change!  I also wasn’t  about anything except if solve the clues and riddles right!

The program requires a lot of commitment missing more than one meeting could result in removal from the program if you know that you are going to be busy any of those days or just not show up at all  it might not be the best fit !

Every meeting starts with some nice food (as always) and some warm ups to get everybody confident and ready to work.  Some exercises include Augusto Boal   and also some that involve speaking out and becoming comfortable with yourself and who YOU are or what you identify your self as.

New CTG Ambassadors!!
New CTG Ambassadors!! and our awesome Mentors/leaders Felipe and Camille!!

This is just a start i have SO much more to say and am going to be posting more about each meeting !!!

If you want to learn more about the education programs CTG offers click HERE! 

My Article on Center Theatre Group! – Crashing Into a Career in Theatre

Just recently i got the chance to write about one of the many student oriented events Center Theatre Group has had called Crash Course diving into the play Father Comes Home from the wars parts 1,2, and 3 by the great Suzan-Lori Parks! . CTGs environment is always welcoming and warm and i am now on there Student Ambassador program which im super grateful for! 

Here is my Article! 

During the best of/worst of times called “adolescence,” finding a passion for something—and getting support for others as you pursue that passion—can save your sanity, and maybe even your life! Center Theatre Group’s Theatre Crash Course opened its arms and its doors to a group of adolescents trying to find that passion in theatre—and inside those doors is a world of possibilities.

Getting into the three-day Theatre Crash Course, which is free and open to teens all over the city, is based on your own initiative, not on competition. The fact that no prior experience is needed is really great for some teens who haven’t found their niche yet. Beforehand, everyone signed up for the discipline of their choice: lighting and scenic design, costume design, acting, or directing. I chose costume design, which sounded super interesting and was totally new to me.

Being welcomed into Center Theatre Group’s creative family may be one of the most enjoyable and exciting experiences I’ve had as a young theatre artist. From the moment my fellow Theatre Crash Course participants and I stepped into CTG’s Downtown L.A. headquarters, we were put at ease by a warm and open vibe, nice music, and a CTG swag bag! Did I mention that they fed us? I arrived on two buses straight from a long day at the L.A. County High School for the Arts and was starving before every session, so the fact that they anticipated teenage hunger made me feel “got.”

After theatre games (which break all social barriers in seconds), we dove into deconstructing the play: exploring and unpacking the tone, themes, and overall world of Father Comes Home From The Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks, an upcoming production at the Mark Taper Forum. This epic drama follows the fortunes of a slave, Hero, who heads off to fight in the Civil War—on the Confederate side! That alone was enough to pique my interest. The questions the play posed about slavery and freedom provoked discussion and debate in our group: a necessary practice—and a playwright’s job. The play’s world taught us so much about the era as we connected to it in an emotional way—which is very different from when we studied this period in school.

Then we got into action. Our teaching artist shared what it’s like to be a professional costume designer, which made me put it on my list as a possible vocation (there are a lot of actors, not so many costume designers). CTG supplied us with crafts and materials—everything from big sparkly gems to rough burlap—to start designing outfits for maquette dolls, as well as magazines so we could cut out or draw our ideas for what we think would fit each character best. We searched for ideas online and tried to figure out what people wore in the 1800s in the South, which meant comparing fabrics for house-working slaves to field-working slaves and looking up what breeds of dogs accompanied soldiers in the Civil War. (There’s a dog in the production, played by a human.)

The second workshop challenged us, but we rose to it! We cut all the fabrics to create the costumes we wanted, and sewed or hot glued them together. We also peeked in on the other groups: the lighting and scenic designers were creating dioramas of the set and experimenting with different gels (which change the color of the lights), while the actors were rehearsing the scenes that the student directors had chosen. It was super exciting to learn about all the different opportunities in the theatre world.

I also learned that being in an ensemble involves a lot of cooperation. I hadn’t known that in order for a production to go on smoothly, each department needs approval from the director or actors. For example, if you’re making a costume, you have to make sure that the set designer’s work is compatible with that costume and won’t be too fussy on stage.

Our third and final workshop was a presentation for the public (aka family, friends, and some observing teachers). We shared our vision of the play and demonstrated our work in front of a live audience.

Viewing all the ideas our fellow groups had come up with was inspiring and impressive. We covered a six-week professional production process in just six hours total!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lily Larsen is an ambitious activist and artist ready to help anyone in need yet also inform and inspire her peers to take action and speak up on important issues. You can find her at AdolescentActivist.com.

Photo credit:

Students celebrate after the fall 2015 Theatre Crash Course workshops come to an end. Author Lily Larsen is in the back row, far right.

– See more HERE -the grid.com

Always have a great time here! Thanks CTG!
Always have a great time here! Thanks CTG!

Marching in the Same Parade: 10 years later

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This summer i got to march in the Mexican Independence day parade in east LA right on Cesar Chavez ave.   Thanks to mayors youth council we got to march with  the mayor spreading awareness on the #savethedrop campaign.

Had some awesome sopes after!
Had some awesome sopes after!

 

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The celebration showed culture and tradition yet also reflects on parts in Mexico’s past, present and what they hope to be the future in the community.    Schools from all around the East area marched and many dancers doing traditional dances from the past, there were also soccer heroes and people from TV shows too. IMG_5086IMG_5056

 

I had a blast and cant wait to march next year! have fun looking at all the pictures.!

 

 

MAYORS YOUTH COUNCIL – ITS MY HONOR !

Just yesterday marked a orientation for new students joining the Mayors youth Council of Los Angeles.

It included a really nice fancy lunch from a range of sandwiches and high end treats.  Then we got to experience Firefighter chief Ralph M. Terrazas speak. He gave a really inspiring and motivational talk on

when we got a picture with the Mayor
when we got a picture with the Mayor

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perseverance and information on the LAFD  and California.  The helicopter used in the movie San Andreas flew over city hall twice!

MYC shirts
MYC shirts
Mayor!
Mayor!

Youth council is split into locations  East Valley, West Valley, East area, southwest, southeast, Central and the west side.  I represent East area which serves around 16 communities which includes Boyle Heights, East La, El Sereno, Eagle Rock, Chinatown, Highland, Cypress and  Glassel park, Alhambra  and more. I’ve been on it since the beginning of the year.

 

After we dispersed into our groups and met people in the same group we would be in then our area representative taught us about all the different kinds of government rules there are and also about Los Angeles specifically and the branches of government too.

 

Later, the Mayor Eric Garcetti came and talked to us! Telling us about the history of youth council and the amazing opportunity it is and how lucky and grateful he is to have us on his council and teens and how age doesn’t matter we should be treated as important people even through were teenagers we have opinions which what Garcetti addressed!! Awesome!!

 

Overall i had a great time and will post more about what its like to be on Mayor Eric Garcettis youth council representing Los Angeles!

Going to Arts HIgh School – LACHSA

What its like going to an Arts school which happens to be one of the top Art schools in the Country is very weird and hard but also crazy and fun all at the same time.

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Typical crazy fun LACHSA halloween.
Typical crazy fun LACHSA halloween.

 

The school i go to is called lachsa which mean Los Angeles county high school for the arts. Literally people move there from all around the country because its known for its arts program unlike majority schools from 8-12:30 is academic classes when from 1:30-4 is all arts classes in what department we auditioned for and got into.

What i’m here to talk about is the environment of the school compared to other schools. There is a very social justice type vibe in the school which is good i think maybe because the school is very right brained and open.

 

One thing i do appreciate about the school is how aware many people are of the issues going on. For example last year the students held a protest and rally where we marched holding signs and people expressed there feelings  towards the Black Lives Matter movement and we listened to poetry too.

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Also our school is very big on LGBT rights id you were to use the term “Oh that’s so gay” or ” whata f*g”  you are definitely looked down upon and people will probably educate you on the topic and how that’s not okay.

 

It’s a fun school because we have so many events compared to other schools like on Halloween and other festivals food trucks are usually hired and we have a big costume competition which includes music and crazy costumes.

We also have a taco Tuesday every month where Tacos are sold and the students DJ some Rap or trap music.

Josh Groban !! Alum. And apparently it was rumored that Fergie went there too !
Josh Groban !! Alum. And apparently it was rumored that Fergie went there too !

Overall its pretty cool but so stressful- waking up at 5:30 and not getting home till 6 (thanks to  public transpo.) is super tiring especially if you also have to worry about your grades too.   Trying to keep good grades is super hard but i manage to do it even if the teachers aren’t really keeping us updated on anything i just check the website and see what i have to do usually getting it over with so i can work on more Activism based stuff.images

But it’s also not a typical high school experience there are no football games,  Homecomings or sports for that Matter

One you could either put as a pro or con about the school is that it is on a College Campus so you have a Food Court and a library but also an extremely long walk to the bus and have deal with sometimes rude college kids and admin.

I definitely know that probably no matter what department you’re in at the school you’ll be well informed on that subject by the time you get out of high school that you won’t even have to study it in College. We learn a lot despite a lot of hard work.    Overall it’s a cool school  its better then majority schools out there  !!

Also in class we sometimes do a lot of activism based work !

 

 

Local Merch! Blu Elefant Cafe! GO !

A hidden secret in the city of LA on Washington off of Normandie. This cafe is GORGEOUS!  (And healthy)


Funky Art is everywhere and everything is so well put together!! It feels super comfortable once you walk in and you can sit anywhere and order your self some lunch or breakfast!

There are games out for anyone to play and 8 tracks on display along with records and comic books. It’s like a little wonderland once you walk in! And there’s open mic nights!!

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I have never seen any place like this in my area (Mid City) this coffee shop is the only one around and there’s nothing like it I’ve seen before!!


We need more places like this around here.

Blu Elefant stays open today (Labor Day) and caters to there customers we did this from scratch. They put the customers first. They want this to be a place where you remember your experience here not like a Starbucks where you grab your mocha then scram.


My mom the owner Inri and I continued talking for 20 minutes on how we need more places like these to bring the community together. 20-30 years ago nobody would come down here it was mainly gang territory but now it’s very different.


Very cute atmosphere and nice people.  Open mic Monday’s!!:)

In this area it’s mainly upholstery and auto body stores but the Blu Elefant is one of the first to change that and make this area what it’s supposed to be, a community  

You can find out more about Blu Elefant Coffee and Tea on there Yelp http://m.yelp.com/biz/blu-elefant-cafe-los-angeles-4

Or give them a visit on 2024 w. Washington blvd Los Angeles, Ca 90018. 

323-641-0466


 

Hope to see you there sometime!!

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