Husband and Wife Open Newest Black-Owned Cutting Edge Beauty and Wellness Store In Hollywood, Florida

Stacey and Martin Clarke have long used their sales and business development skills to help clients create successful companies across South Florida. Now the husband and wife team have used their expertise to work for themselves as the new owners and operators of Asili Beauty and Wellness store located in Hollywood, Fla., where they offer cutting-edge, sustainable, carbon-neutral beauty and wellness products from around the world.

“You can’t have real beauty without wellness,” Martin said in defining the philosophy behind Asili (pronounced Ah-sill-lee), which means “natural” in Swahili.

“What makes us unique is that we have combined beauty and wellness in the same space with equal focus” Stacey said.

“Nowhere else can you find beauty and wellness products presented as cause and effect.”

It’s a natural pairing, Stacey said, one reflected in the products sold in their 5000 square foot flagship store located at 2014 Harrison Street, in Hollywood, Fla., just north of Miami.

“We carry products that are good for you,” Stacey said.

“We incorporate a wellness aspect in everything we do. In our buying strategy, we source products that are clean, made with social responsibility, and have a limited carbon footprint.”

“Ninety percent of the products we offer are one hundred percent vegan.”

Asili carries the Clarke’s own luxury lines, including 15 fragrances of herb and oil based natural soaps, an all-natural skin care line featuring cleansers, daily cream moisturizers, and wrinkle recovery serums fortified with vitamin A and vitamin B.

In July 2022, Asili will debut a luxury raw human hair line including cranial prostheses and custom, glue-less hair units (wigs) that can be cut and styled to the customers preference.

Asili products are sourced from the U.S. and countries around the world.

“You can find products here that you can’t find anywhere else,” Martin said.


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Bride offers to buy bridesmaid’s dress then refuses to pay for damaged one & people are MAD

THE last thing you want to deal with while planning your wedding is difficult family members.

Not only did one bride try to accommodate her soon-to-be family, but she almost had to pay over $250 for their mistake.

One bride shares a story about one of her bridesmaids on Reddit


One bride shares a story about one of her bridesmaids on RedditCredit: E+ – Getty
Her fiancé asked her to incorporate his cousin in the wedding, and she ends up ruining a dress before the big day


Her fiancé asked her to incorporate his cousin in the wedding, and she ends up ruining a dress before the big dayCredit: Getty

Reddit user, Yellow Redundancy reposted one bride’s story on how she almost ended up paying for a damaged dress that wasn’t hers.

The bride’s headline reads: “AITA for refusing to pay for a dress that my bridesmaid ripped in the store?”

She prefaces the story by explaining that her fiancé had no siblings, just one aunt, and her daughter.

Her fiancé asked if she could include his cousin Kacy in her bridal party.

The bride agreed and said she would pay for all three of her bridesmaids’ dresses.

When the time came to pick out and try some options, all three bridesmaids, her fiancé, and his aunt went to the appointment.

The girls chose their favorites from the window, and the sales associate recommended they all try a size or two up from their regular size.

While the bridesmaids went to the back to try on the dresses, the bride, her fiancé, and his aunt went to look at some bridal accessories.

From what her other two bridesmaids told her, Kacy got upset that she had to try dresses from the plus-size line and that the associate told her she shouldn’t try anything below a size 16.

“Kacy has always squeezed herself into tight-fitting clothes and is very focused on (in her words) “unfair” and “misleading” sizing between brands,

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Gucci becomes the first major fashion brand to accept ApeCoin (APE) payments

Gucci a high-end Italian fashion giant, has become the first major brand to accept ApeCoin (APE) payments. Gucci made the announcement yesterday evening through a tweet saying:

“Excited to announce that Gucci will become the first major brand to allow customers to pay for purchases in-store with ApeCoin, via BitPay”

Besides being increasing the selection of digital assets that Gucci customers can use to pay for products, the addition of ApeCoin is the latest significant Web3 initiative for the fashion brand.

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Before the addition of ApeCoin, Gucci accepted 12 other digital assets as payment methods, which it added in May this year. The accepted cryptocurrencies include Bitcoin (BTC), Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ether (ETH), Shiba Inu (SHIB), Dogecoin (DOGE), Litecoin (LTC), and five US dollar-pegged stablecoins.

ApeCoin project mainstream exposure

Gucci’s move is expected to not only further the fashion brand’s venture into Web3 but also provide the ApeCoin project with significant mainstream exposure and bring additional utility to the APE cryptocurrency.

Following the announcement, Gucci customers in the USA will be able to buy items in-store using the APE token through an infrastructure provided by BitPay, a firm that has continuously helped big companies including the likes of AMC Theaters to accept crypto payments.

With this move, Gucci seems to be making a major gamble, especially following the ongoing crypto bear market. However, the fashion brand is keen to advance its appetite to venture into the Web3 market and ApeCoin, which is also the utility token of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) project. Besides, APE has gained over 11% in the past seven days.

The first of Gucci’s venture into the Web3 industry was in February this year when the fashion

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Athleisure Clothing Company Third Wind Performance Announces the Launch of New Clothing Items

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / July 27, 2022 / Third Wind Performance, an athleisure clothing company, is announcing the recent launch of new clothing items added to its online store. The company has added six color options in a new style of leggings, seven color options in a new style of sports bra, five color options in the men’s and women’s Thirdwind Definition shirts, and five color options in both the long-sleeve sweat-wicking polyester shirts and the #NeverGiveUp men’s and women’s shirt collection. These new additions are now available for sale on the Third Wind Performance online store.

Third Wind Performance, Wednesday, July 27, 2022, Press release picture

Third Wind Performance, Wednesday, July 27, 2022, Press release picture

“The Third Wind Performance team is excited to announce that we have many new additions to our current inventory of athleisure clothing. These new additions feature options for both men and women in a variety of different colors,” said Jimmy A. Snipes, founder of Third Wind Performance. “At Third Wind Performance, we work hard to design clothing that is functional, comfortable, and fashionable. We are confident that these new clothing items will uphold these values while giving our customers a wider selection to shop from.”

About Third Wind Performance: Originally a beverage and supplement company, Third Wind Performance was founded in 2021 by Jimmy A. Snipes and his family. The company shifted its focus away from beverages early on to focus more on selling supplements, athleisure clothing, and other fitness items. Third Wind Performance was created for all types of shoppers, from fitness gurus to average everyday people.

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Stunning diamond necklace tops Hong Kong tender

A jadeite bead and diamond necklace was the top-selling piece during the Sotheby’s Important Jewels tender in Hong Kong.

Created by jewellery designer Jacob & Co, the necklace sold for $US2.3 million ($AU3.3 million) on 19 July. The pre-sale estimate for the necklace wasn’t revealed.

Another top seller was a diamond and emerald parure from Chopard, selling for $US1.4 million ($AU2.02 million). The collection consisted of a pair of earrings, bracelet, and bib necklace.

Two other notable pieces included a necklace with a 15-carat pear-shaped D-colour internally flawless diamond pendant by Tiffany & Co, which sold for $US1.3 million ($AU1.87 million).

Graff’s 11.02-carat emerald-cut D-colour internally flawless diamond ring, flanked by tapered baguette-cut diamonds, went for $US963,068 ($AU1.39 million).

One item which comfortably exceed pre-sale estimates was a 20.09-carat emerald-cut diamond ring that sold for $US609,943. Prior to the auction, the ring was expected to fetch around $US380,000.

The London-based auction garnered a total of $US18.1 million ($AU26.1 million) in sales.

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I Test Hundreds of Beauty Products a Month, and This Is Only the Second Concealer to Meet My Standards

Huda Beauty Faux Filter Concealer

Huda Beauty Faux Filter Concealer

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I stand by my proclamation that concealers are a good-in-theory, bad-in-practice bamboozle product. I also attest that there was previously only one exception for this, but in a shocking plot twist, a second concealer has entered the chat: Huda Beauty’s new #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Concealer.

It’s not that I am prejudiced against concealers — I have tried over 100 of them and their shortcomings follow similar patterns of chalkiness, thickness, and patchiness. But I persevered in my hunt for concealer greatness,  so when Huda Beauty’s #FauxFilter landed on my desk, I approached it with objective judgment and found that … I loved it.

Luminous Matte Buildable Coverage Crease Proof Concealer

Luminous Matte Buildable Coverage Crease Proof Concealer


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The concealer, which comes in 29 shades, is the third and latest launch in the #FauxFilter family, following a liquid and stick foundation. In all honesty, the foundations did not do it for me — the coverage and shade options  (39 to be exact) are impressive, but the thicker formula made  it more difficult to mix with my blush and highlighter. The concealer, on the other hand, caught me by surprise.

Here’s what it gets right: A diverse shade range should be expected in 2022, but Huda Beauty takes this a step further by making sure that you find beauty/makeup/how-choose-foundation” data-ylk=”slk:your undertone match, too” class=”link “your undertone match, too. The consistency of #FauxFilter is thin, silky, and deceptively moisturizing. When I first applied it to my face, I was worried that this was another chalky formula, but as I began to spread it with my fingers, it melted into my skin. The way it set after a minute was even more impressive — it looked like I had used a primer

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JLo Just Proved Everyone Needs THIS Dress in Their Closet!

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It’s not always about the glitz and the glam — sometimes a simple, effortless look can go a long way. JLo reminded us of that when the newlywed was spotted in Paris with bae Ben Affleck, wearing a simple yet stunning black maxi dress. This elegant, chic look featured a tank-style dress that is our new favorite must-have.

JLo has been in the game for some time now, and over the years she’s stepped out in some timeless formal looks (Remember her 2000s Grammys dress?) but lately we’ve been loving her more casual take on things. It’s good to see the stunning star take a break from the red carpet glam and slip into relaxed everyday outfits while spending time with her hubby. 

What’s more, there’s no need to spend over $700 for JLo’s dress – we found a super cute lookalike on sale for under $40. The ZESICA Maxi Dress is the perfect affordable alternative and we’ve got the details on how you can recreate this easygoing look with this perfect minimalist dress.

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This flowy ruffled dress is perfect for creating a lowkey boho look. The A-line dress features a square neckline and spaghetti straps that are perfect for the warmth of summertime. Plus the straps have cute ribbon ties that make for a fun and flirty look, a great addition to this simplistic stunner. Even better, the straps are adjustable so you can

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Gucci Defeats Balenciaga for World’s Hottest Brand

The Lyst Index has announced that Gucci is officially the world’s hottest brand for Q2 2022, knocking Demna‘s Balenciaga off of first place.

Balenciaga was the hottest brand for Q3 2021, Q4 2021, and Q1 2022, following a stellar year of runway shows, collaborations with Fortnite, The Simpsons and Kanye West for the DONDA album, and its knockout looks at the MET Gala. However, Gucci now comes back from second place into the top spot — somewhere it hasn’t been since Q1 2022 — following the unaffiliated release of the House of Gucci film, as well as a standout year thus far that’s seen the Alessandro Michele-helmed house drop collaborations with adidas, present its “Cosmogonies” Resort 2023 collection in Puglia, and tease the “HA HA HA” collection made in conjunction with Harry Styles, who has gone on to become more than just a fan of the brand, but somewhat of a muse.

Furthermore, Gucci has leaned into the digital realm more than ever with its virtual Roblox town and the drop of the Oura ring, while campaigns starring Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto, or the continuing afterglow of its collaboration with The North Face, have all come together to play a part in Gucci’s reign.

From third to 10th, we find: Prada (with help from Raf Simons and Cassius Hirst), Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Miu Miu, Fendi, Diesel, and Burberry. Rounding out the top 20, in order, are: Versace, Nike, adidas, LOEWE, Dolce & Gabbana, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Moncler, Off-White™ and finally, in 20th place, Jacqeumus.

This list goes to show the movements in fashion trends and the overall scene — a strong year for Jacqeumus moves it into the top 20 by one place, while Bottega Veneta losing Daniel Lee in lieu of Matthieu Blazy has seen

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OPINION: Fast fashion is out, sustainable shopping is in

Fast fashion is out. Sustainable fashion is in. That’s all you need to know about this season’s trends.

In fact, that’s all we should be thinking about from now on when it comes to our shopping habits.

Sure, it’s easy to be seduced by a brand-new top for just a few quid. But when it’s only good enough to be worn a handful of times, and will likely languish unloved in an ever-burgeoning wardrobe, it really isn’t worth it (especially when you consider the environmental and human cost of fast fashion).

New Barnstaple Shop
New Barnstaple Shop

However, I fully appreciate that the price tag of such garments are incredibly seductive, especially in these tough economic times. That’s why I am so incredibly proud of the great value (but, crucially, excellent quality) fashion that we are able to offer in North Devon Hospice’s shops.

Charity shopping is sustainable shopping, because we are giving a new lease of life to high quality clothes and other items, reducing waste and reducing impact on the environment. Best of all, you can pick up incredible bargains with top quality clothes on offer for a fraction of their original price. It’s a great way to combat the rising costs we’re seeing in all areas of life, but without resorting to disposable fashion.

Charity shopping is an increasingly popular trend and is becoming a real art form. We see customers who put amazing outfits together from the rails in our shops, really modern looks as well as retro classics. The variety in our shops is incredible, and each item is unique.

New Barnstaple Shop
New Barnstaple Shop

However, I’d argue that the best thing about buying from North Devon Hospice’s charity shops, is that each item your purchase will not only make you look good, but also feel good too. Every

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J.Lo’s Honeymoon Heart Necklace Is a Hollywood A-Lister Staple

Photo credit: Pierre Suu - Getty Images

Photo credit: Pierre Suu – Getty Images

It’s turning into quite the summer of love, especially if you’re the new Mr. and Mrs. Affleck. Soon after their surprise Las Vegas wedding two weekends ago, Bennifer embarked affleck-family-paris-honeymoon-photos/” data-ylk=”slk:on their honeymoon in Paris” class=”link “on their honeymoon in Paris (with their respective kids in tow), where they have been for about a week, on a seemingly never-ending hand-in-hand frolic around the most romantic city in the world.

On Sunday, the pair went to the Louvre and then to the Dior maison, presumably for a little birthday shopping—it was J.Lo’s 53rd anniversaire. For the occasion she wore a red Reformation dress, which she topped off with a mixed clip chain necklace and various medallions, including one oversized heart, by cult jeweler Foundrae.

Photo credit: Pierre Suu - Getty Images

Photo credit: Pierre Suu – Getty Images

If she joined one club last week with her choice of an elegantly simple gold wedding band, she has now joined another, this one led by her new hubby’s circa ’90s ex: Gwyneth Paltrow. (She dated Affleck from 1997 to 2000.) But eagle-eyed watchers of J.Lo’s jewels will know that this wasn’t the first time she wore this Foundrae set. She got it exactly a year ago. It was a 52nd birthday gift from—who else?—Affleck. And it was what she wore to make their rekindled romance Insta-official.

Since it was founded seven years ago by Beth Hutchens and Murat Bugdaycay, Foundrae and its chain link necklaces and the various customizable charms that can be hung from them have become as ubiquitous among the Hollywood A-list as Cartier Love bracelets and those red Kabbalah strings of yore. The talismanic quality of the medallions is surely a draw. Plus, who doesn’t love a jewel that can be imbued

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