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Vixen Bookworm: The Top 5 Must-Read Fashion Books Of The Winter Season

We step into our designer shoes, spray on Chanel No.5, and indulge in the latest issues of Vogue, but have you ever wondered about the stories behind these and other iconic brands?

VV presents you with an all-purpose guide to the hottest fashion books of the winter season! Whether you're already an avid reader or looking to do a little research, we’ve got what you need. Featuring historical glances from world renowned fashion experts such as Tamara Mellon, Jérôme Gautier, and plenty more, get ready to bundle up with some good reads! Check out our top five picks plus one special honorable mention...

Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry
By: Geoffrey Jones

For those who are interested in the business side of fashion, this is the right book for you. Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry examines the history of fashion from the 19th century to today, and its correlation with the business world on its impact on society. With the rising popularity of globalization in the Far East, the fashion business may be changing more rapidly than we think.

"There are plenty of lessons for entrepreneurs and industry executives"--Womens Wear Daily

Jimmy Choo
By: Tamara Mellon, Colin McDowell

“Carrie Bradshaw adored them; Beyoncé sang about them; princesses wear them. From the first time a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes graced the red carpet, the brand has been favored by Hollywood stars, British royalty, and the world’s most fashionable women—as well as highly coveted by millions around the world. Founded in 1996 by Tamara Mellon, Jimmy Choo is known for its glamorous, creative, and whimsical designs that have inspired legions of fans worldwide.” – Book Description via Amazon.com

GUCCI: The Making Of
By: Frida Giannini (Editor), Katie Grand (Contributor), Peter Arnell (Contributor), Rula Jebreal (Contributor), Christopher Breward(Contributor)

Published in conjunction with the Gucci Museum in Florence, Italy, GUCCI: The Making Of offers essays, archival photographs, commentaries and authoritative anecdotes, making it the perfect book for the All-Gucci-Everything fashionista.

"This is a busy year for the Italian brand: celebrating 90 years, a new museum in Florence, Italy and this book, which shows inspirations. The piece reflects the label's roots, showing pictures of the Guccio and Rodolfo Gucci store, and more." -InStyle

Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style
By: Jérôme Gautier

A photographic novel, Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style chronicles the key elements in Coco’s designs. Well-known for her use of jersey and tweed which did away with the idea of male-definitive fabrics, these 11 chapters will touch on Coco’s earlier uses and their development over the years, perfect for the fashion historian!

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
By: Thierry-Maxime Loriot & Suzy Menkes

Jean Paul Gaultier has wowed audiences with his wild designs since the 1970s and now it’s time for the public to discover the story behind this dubbed “L'Enfant terrible of fashion”. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk includes unpublished illustrations, a look back to his costumes for Madonna and others, as well as over fifty interviews with Gaultier’s colleagues and muses.

 

 

HONORARY MENTION!

A New Lanvin Coffee Table Book 

Lanvin Paris is coming out with their newest coffee table book early next year! Mum's the word on details, but the Los Angeles Times has confirmed artistic director of Lanvin, Alber Elbaz, is working on a 700-page chronicle about the design of  his line for the European brand. Having yet to begin production,  Elbaz feels it's fitting to begin with blank pages, "That is how I start every day," he stated to the Times.

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Vivica A. Fox Explains Past Hesitance Behind 'Two Can Play That Game' Script

In a new interview with Essence, actress Vivica A. Fox discussed how she initially turned down her role in Two Can Play That Game based on the script. The established entertainer said it's her mission to ensure that black people are positively portrayed onscreen, and noticed the aforementioned film's prose didn't live up to those standards.

"I think the reason why—no I know the reason why—I've been doing this for such a long time is that I fight," Fox said. "When we did Two Can Play That Game, I fought for the way we talked, walked, the way we loved each other." The Set It Off actress continued to state that she consistently declined Two Can Play That Game before signing on to play the lead role. "Because the script, when I first got it, I turned it down three times because it just wasn't a good representation of African-Americans, so I fought them on everything," she noted. "I want to make sure that the images of African-Americans are as positive and as true as they can possibly be."

In 2001, the romantic comedy debuted to fanfare, boasting an all-star cast of Morris Chestnut, Mo'Nique, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Brown, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and more. Directed by Mark Brown (Barbershop, Iverson, How To Be A Player), Fox plays a career driven person named Shante Smith who navigates a curveball when her boyfriend Keith Fenton (Chestnut) cheats on her with a co-worker.

After its release, Two Can Play That Game raked in over $22 million at the box office.

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Actress Gabrielle Union attends the Being Mary Jane premiere, screening, and party on January 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)
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BET To Unveil Edible Billboard For 'Being Mary Jane' Wedding Finale

As Being Mary Jane comes to an end, BET is willing to offer fans a taste of what's to come in the series finale.

The network has enlisted the help of Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook and cookbook author, to create an edible billboard that also doubles as a wedding cake. The sweet treat will commemorate Mary Jane's (played by Gabrielle Union) nuptials in the two-hour series finale.

On April 20 from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal in New York, fans will be presented with the edible billboard. At the intersection of Ashland Place and Hanson Place, the closer Being Mary Jane enthusiasts get to the billboard the quicker they'll notice that the four-tiered wedding cake is created from individual boxes, each containing a slice of Curry's prized wedding cake.

All fans have to do is pull a box from the billboard, snap a picture for the 'Gram, take a bite and enjoy. Although lovers of the show won't be able to celebrate with Mary Jane herself, biting into a slice of her wedding cake, for free, is the next best thing.

Don't forget to tune into the series finale of Being Mary Jane on Tues. (April 23) at 8/7 c.

Also, check out what's to come on the series of Being Mary Jane below.

Save the date! 👰🏾It'll be worth the wait. Join us for the series finale of #BeingMaryJane TUES APR 23 8/7c only on @BET! pic.twitter.com/jEwkbC71OW

— #BeingMaryJane (@beingmaryjane) March 29, 2019

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