How does cannabis affect the flavor of a dish?
Like wine grapes, cannabis comes in countless strains with various flavors including, for example, citrus, berry, mint and pine. These flavours are created by aromatic oils called terpenes, which are secreted in the same glands that produce cannabis compounds including Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). Terpenes form part of the flavour profile of a cannabis-infused dish so it’s important to select ones that complement the other ingredients.
Premium Beauty News – What is the purpose of the FaB community?
Odile Roujol – Most venture capitalists, business angels have a preference for tech-led businesses and ideas. Investors spend more easily into tech products and tend to be sceptical about physical products and the potential return on investment. However, there is a sea of untapped opportunities in the fashion and beauty worlds. We have created this network to help investors and founders of fashion and beauty brands to meet and share experiences together.
Premium Beauty News – How do you support them?
Odile Roujol – Brands founders can learn from each other at dedicated events and exchange best practices. Product safety and manufacturing is part of having great products and keep customers loyal, we try to make them aware in a context where the regulation doesn’t control all brands. I encourage them to have advisors and mentors to continue to grow as leaders. Some founders have “love money” (money from family, friends and acquaintances) in funding and just raised a seed round, other are at a later stage and even generate revenues above USD 10 million.
Premium Beauty News – What is your relationship with investors?
Odile Roujol – Investors love the conversation as most entrepreneurs they meet pitch them, here they talk about trends, they don’t have to take a decision at the end of the meeting. They meet people they wouldn’t have time to during their business days.
Elsa Jungman, founder of ELSI Beauty
“This network has helped me understand the process of creating my own brand. Sometimes you can meet people that are a bit more advanced in the process and you can learn best practices or how to pitch to investors for instance,” states Elsa.
Premium Beauty News – How did the FaB community start?
Odile Roujol – The movement started with meetings in San Francisco, California, and has expanded in Europe (with London, Paris, Berlin and Spain), and is now expanding into Latin America and Asia (Shanghai, Singapore. Seoul, Tokyo) and for sure in NY and LA. The local chapters are entrepreneurs knowing well the ecosystem. The whole idea is the “pay forward” and “give back” culture dear to the Silicon Valley. We raise a voice together, we support each other, we are stronger as a global movement. We may also bring some industry experts into the mix so they could help founders about formulation, clean beauty, but also about influence, growth…
FaB meets every three months in San Francisco, every six months in Paris for example. It’s flexible and connected to the local network and regional needs. The price of tickets just cover the food and beverage and taking pictures. Exciting period as we are a fast-growing community! Built for founders and funders, by entrepreneurs sharing the same passion, the community gathers around 1500 members worldwide.
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Nicola Floss is a detective in the police – and she’s also a beauty queen.
She’s competed in several beauty pageants and says they have helped her find confidence; she says pageants are “needed and necessary”.
“To the people who say that pageants are archaic and superficial, I would invite them to come down and watch one. It really is a sisterhood”, she told the BBC.
Hear more of Nicola’s story on The Why Factor.
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Clarins has set up home in the Alps for the next stage of its beauty developmental strategy. The French beauty brand has acquired a land surface in the region, which it has dubbed ’Le Domaine Clarins’. The purpose of the natural farm and laboratory is to carry out biodiversity studies and cultivate plants for use in the brand’s skincare and makeup formulas.
Le Domaine Clarins – which sits at 4,500 ft (1,372 m) altitude, meaning it benefits from an optimal microclimate for growing vegetation – is a long-term project that will allow the company to grow seasonal plants in an organic, natural fashion in pollution-free soil. According to a press release, the company’s long-term goal is to facilitate “an owned 100% field to jar production.”
“As a scientist, I am very vigilant about the quality of natural ingredients and the way these ingredients are extracted,” said Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins, Managing Director of Groupe Clarins. “Le Domaine Clarins gives us a chance to obtain the best ingredients while preserving the environment.”
Le Domaine Clarins will also feature a ‘Collection Garden,’ a space dedicated to new plant experimentation, where scientists will endeavor to find new properties to enrich the brand’s beauty offerings. Research findings will be added to the Clarins Herbarium, which already contains 250 plants.
Clarins isn’t the only major beauty player to be seeking inspiration from the world of permaculture lately: in January, it was announced that Garnier had teamed up with the ecological NGO Fondation GoodPlanet to work with French farmers on developing agroforestry in tandem with the French Agroforestry Association.
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It’s Spring, and you know what that means? It means it’s time for me to share the great day that I shared with some fabulous and fun ladies here in Las Vegas at the Caesars Palace Forum Shops! I seriously always love these seasonal jaunts through the shops for lots of reasons! I love the time with all the other bloggers – I leave feeling so energized and excited to be part of the blogging community here in Vegas! On top of that, I always learn about stores that I might not have ever stopped at otherwise! (I also end up buying something every time – who can resist?!) Hit the jump to see what I ended up buying this trip! (And learn a bit about the stores we checked out this time!)
In what other city than Las Vegas can you walk into another country after leaving (the secret) VIP Valet into a group of boss babes, brunch, and fantastic mimosas right alongside the Fountain of the Gods?! The amazing ladies from the Forum Shops set up an awesome spread of pastries, mimosas & coffee, and with that, we were fortified for a fun day of shopping!
First stop, Rimowa! Before this event, I’d heard of Rimowa, and knew that they were known for their high-end, quality luggage, but had never experienced it for myself.
I had no idea all of the cool options they had to offer, from different models to personalization options (stickers galore!)
There are several different collections that Rimowa has to offer, and one of my favorite features of Rimowa luggage–the Flex Divider–is available in most of them! The cool thing about the Flex Divider is that it’s like built in packing cubes – you can adjust the strap to tightly contain whatever contents of your suitcase there may be!
My favorite thing about their luggage is that it gives off that super rockstar vibe – the sturdy metal exterior of the aluminum suitcase body can be plastered with stickers from your travels! They have stickers from several major cities – even a pizza sticker! (my fave, obvi) I feel like it’s super ‘I’m on a world tour’ and it would be a killer way to document your travels over the years! (and people DO keep this luggage for year – there is a story about a customer of theirs that was asked to donate his old suitcase to the store when he replaced it after 25 years and 2.1 million air miles! That’s impressive, when I can barely get a suitcase that doesn’t fall apart with a year of travel! If, heaven forbid, anything happens to your Rimowa luggage, they can repair it, and will even offer up a loaner to keep you on the go!
Another shop on the list that I’ve never been to – but this is a newer addition to the Forum Shops! Upon walking into the Club Monaco store, you’re greeted by bright, airy pieces in all gorgeous earth tones.
There are jumpsuits in linen, breezy shirt dresses in dove grey, sweaters, tees, even jewelry and other accessories like this darling basket bag.
I feel like the most unique feature of the Club Monaco store at the Forum Shops (there are only 2 Club Monaco stores that feature it) is the lighting! What?! I know it sounds weird, but the geniuses at Club Monaco has figured out how to make crappy fitting room lighting a thing of the past- when you step into your fitting room, you’ll see a little panel with 4 lighting options: Indoor, Day, Evening, and Vegas. How fun is that?!
Danielle, the store manager, took us through all the gorgeous new Spring looks, and then gave us a HUGE, AWESOME surprise – we got to pick our favorite and take it home! I was absolutely obsessed with the Danielle shirt dress that was paired with the Leileh straight cropped denim. I loved its versatility – I can wear it together, and I can also wear each piece separately!
I have this thing with floors… you know that IG, right? Anyway, in the entranceway to the Robert Graham store is a tile floor design that says ‘The Devil Is In the Details.’
Well, when you walk into the Robert Graham store, you definitely find that to be true. The store is a spectrum of color and pattern, all woven together seamlessly- these designs are definitely not for the faint of heart! Robert Graham is known for their mixing of bold prints and attention to detail – even the inside of the cuffs of each shirt are lined with a bold patterned fabric!
I always assumed that Robert Graham was only a men’s clothing line, but I was wrong – there were some seriously gorgeous dresses there, and tons of fun, patterned shirts, scarves, and jackets!
They also have some pieces that are limited edition – they boast hand-sewn details and are numbered on the inside of the placket, which makes them all the more special to add to your collection! With Father’s Day coming up, there are tons of ideas to add to the list of great gifts!
Robert Graham even carries their own fragrances – Fortitude, Valour, and Courage. Each one has a totally rad topper – my favorite might be the bulldog – am I biased because of Winston? Maybe. (it was my favorite scent even without the bulldog too, though)
It was really fun to try on new styles and frame shapes from Ray Ban, and I definitely added some styles to my wishlist! (and maybe one to my collection) The style I picked were part of the Ferrari collection – I loved the frame with my face shape, the brow bar, and the fact that the nose pads and earpieces were a bright, bold yellow! (one of my favvvvorite colors!)
After that was plate after plate of amazing sushi – from sashimi to full-on rolls. There were seriously too many delicious dishes to count! (and we ate them ALL!) To supplement the delicious dishes, we were treated to some gorgeous and vibrantly pink prickly pair cactus cocktails, and some earthy sake.
Disclosure: This event was hosted, but all opinions are my own.
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