The Compass Soul-Spinner from M. Kindred

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“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee

Hey Luvs,

In today's post, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about a beautiful piece of jewelry that I’ve recently fallen in love with. About a week ago, a brand named M Kindred kindly gifted me a gorgeous necklace called the Compass Soul Spinner.

M. Kindred was founded by Rhode Island natives Melanie Ryan and Keri Marden.
This brand makes great quality inspirational jewelry by using semi precious gemstones, sterling silver and gold plated charms. M Kindred's motto is "manifest what you wish", which definitely has meaning to me at this present time.



When is come to inspirational jewelry, the jewelry may have elements of a symbols, shapes or gemstones which allows us to embrace meaningful or heart warming messages. Sometimes, the simplest symbols are the ones with the most powerful meanings.  For example, the compass...this symbol is usually associated with the meaning of being on a directional path. That you are trusting in your ability to soul-navigate effectively through the world in order to achieve the results you are wanting. And for me at this time, mentally...that is the space I'm in.


So, what are my thoughts on this necklace... it's phenomenal! This silver 18" flat cuban chain makes such a statement as well as being minimal at the same time. You are able to spin the compass pendant back and forth as you are determining what you want to accomplish.
The collection features 5 types of Soul-Spinner necklaces in different finishes and lengths, at a staring price of $48 USD. The packaging is simple and elegant. The necklace arrived in reusable pouch that has the M Kindred name and motto.



M. Kindred has a wide variety of necklaces and charmed bracelets. Most pieces can be found in gold or silver finish. Since the season of giving is practically around the corner, head to their site and check out the array of inspirational pieces. They may bring you or your loved ones the inspiration you need to manifest a better life. Click on M KINDRED to view their collections.



Stay Chic,
Jem

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Culture of Venus Beauty Box Giveaway

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Hey Luvs!

I hope that you all are having a wonderful day! Today, I am super EXCITED!!!! *Deep breath* The Culture of Venus Beauty Box is finally here! The monthly "subscription box" has officially started this month.

Disclaimer and Rules:

This is "1 FREE subscription box" which is given away ONCE A MONTH to ONE random Culture of Venus Blog subscriber and Instagram follower. Again, you MUST be a subscriber and a Instagram follower.

Please note that this beauty box is personally funded. This box is for subscriber and followers who are GENUINELY interested in the content that Culture of Venus puts out. With that being said...if you un-follow me or  unsubscribe TWICE...you will be put on a NON-ELIGIBLE list.

Here are the rules:
1. Subscribe to Culture of Venus (located in the right side of the blog)


2. Follow @cultureofvenus on Instagram
*Winner must be from the US

Entry closes on November 28, 2018 at 11:59pm

Please feel free to share and tag @cultureofvenus on Instagram in any photos if you have received a Culture of Venus Beauty Box.
Good Luck Guys!



**If there are any up and coming beauty brands interested in collaborating with the Culture of Venus Beauty Box, please send an email @jemlawren@cultureofvenus.com**
Photo Credit: Designed by Freepik

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Designer Interview with Troy Anthony

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Hey Luvs,

I have another exclusive interview with fashion designer Troy Anthony. He is one of my favorite local designers here in Connecticut. One thing that I have noticed in all of Troy's designs, is the fact that every collection is made to compliment the woman....from the look, touch and feel. Here's what Troy Anthony has to say.


I am so happy that we were able to reconnect to discuss your latest collection. For those who may not know you, please re-introduce yourself.

I am a local designer who concentrates on fashion designs that helps solves problems. I have studied oversees in Milan, Italy and I've been designing clothing for over 15 years. I have done over 75 fashion shows, including Hartford fashion week the last 3 years. I love to use my talents to help others and make a positive impact and inspire our youth of today. Fashion is universal, it gives every individual a chance to showcase and communicate how they feel through the way they dress. Personal style to me, is a another form of freedom of speech.

The first question I’d like to ask is, if you could pick anyone from history (living or deceased), who would you most love to see wearing your designs? 

Madonna is the person that comes to mind. I appreciate how she broke down barriers and sparked a movement through her music in fashion. Song “Material Girl” helped shaped fashion trends that is still influential today. I loved how she represented rebellion, reinvention and change. That’s something that’s relevant today. You have to know how to reinvent yourself at any age!

What are some of your biggest dreams you have yet to fulfill?

To become more of an international designer and make an impact with my fashion designs, by being featured in Milan and Paris Fashion week. I would love to design for celebrities and actresses. Another dream of mind, is to design wardrobe for a movie with a production studio.


You have a fashion show coming up and we are excited to see your latest design. Tell us about the collection you are showcasing on November 17th.

I’m focused on showing how a woman can be fashionable at any age. I call it FFMW (Fierce Fabulous Mature Women). I'll be showcasing collections that are versatile. Designs that shows how an older mature women can be fashionable just as well as the younger women of today. The audience will see designs that are functional, designs that have hidden discrete pockets and built in support. Comfortable and versatile pieces that allows you to mix and match and still stay chic.

I have an Olive Drab collection which was inspired by the military. This collection was designed to make women feel strong and empowered. We incorporated neutral colors that is trendy and looks great on any skin tone.

Our Rose Gold collection for the upcoming Spring highlights hues that are soft and subtle which compliments a woman shape. This collection is great on most skin tones because it’s the in-between of gold for warm skin tones and silver for cool skin tones. Rose is associated with compassion, warmth, composure and significance. And throughout history, gold has be associated with elegance.

Our Vintage Mod is bringing back a classic design and giving it a modern twist that meets the lifestyle needs of a working woman. This design gives her options within her wardrobe. Our retro designs show that you can wear a classic piece but still have the features of a modern fashion must have. Inspired by all things vintage, our favorite era is the 50’s and 60's. This was one of the era of fashion innovation for women and we believe that everything comes back in style eventually. This collection simply shows you how easy it is to go from the office to a social affair.

Can you explain what was the design process like for this new collection? From capturing inspiration to the final design.

The designs were inspired by my clients. They came to me with wardrobe problems they faced and  for pieces they were looking for, but couldn’t find in a store. A couple examples of issues were the lack of pockets on clothing and how uncomfortable the lining of a garment can be.
While working with my older and mature clients, I did a test collection and photoshoot using some of the clients as models. This helped sparked a whole collection and below are a few photos from that photoshoot. The clients expressed that the garments made them feel powerful, independent, free and comfortable. Based on that feedback, I decided to design more dresses, blouses and pants that represented that feeling. I used my strong sense of color and handpicked fabrics knowing that the designs would be providing quality, comfort, freedom and flexibility.


Tell us about the future plans for Troy Anthony, what’s next for the brand?

Our goal is to open up a store location in Hartford, CT where we can help people solve more fashion related issues and assist to meet their wardrobe needs. We are using technology with fashion to become more agile. State of the art technology gives customers a better and more efficient customer experience which allows them to understand their shape and body type. It helps them choose the right  silhouettes to wear and which ones to stay away from...same with colors. We have recently expanded into the world of undergarments. We have designed bras that are more comfortable and provides much more support. Were excited to expand the Troy Anthony Undergarments. Visit RecoveryBra.com for more info.


There’s so much pressure for designers to come out with their greatest collection season after season. What advice would you give to young designers on handling that pressure? 

To perfect your craft. Focus on what your good at. Fashion is a wide variety...if you narrow it down to concentrate on one thing such as evening gowns or swim wear, new designs will come naturally. Last but not least, always listen to the customers, chances are there always right.

How can the readers find out more about your upcoming show?

By visiting us online at TroyAnthonyfashion.com, subscribing to our email list and following is on social media. IG: @TroyAnthonyFashion, FB: facebook.com/troy.Anthony Twitter: @troyanthony81






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Style Post: Painting the Park Red

3:42:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments


Hey Luvs,

Happy November! I am so excited to share this outfit post with you all. It's been quite some time since I last post an outfit on this blog. If you're following me on Instagram (@cultureofvenus), then you'll see that I am posting looks frequently, but there are no details about the looks.

A couple of weeks ago, a wig brand called eNilecor had sent me a complimentary wig and they wanted me to test the wig out and post a pic of myself wearing the wig. I could have simply take a couple of regular selfies (which I did) and be done with the collaboration, but there was just something about this wig. I was really inspired to create an edgy, sexy yet classy look and all that came to mind was RED!

I could't decide if I wanted to do a full red look or to have one bold statement piece.....I went with the statement piece. Check out the outfit details below.







Here's what I wore:
Red Quilted Detail Coat- Venus Clothing
Black Surplice Blouse- Macys
Black Faux Leather Studded Worthington Skirt- JCPenney
Black Patent Leather Heels- BCBG

Leave a comment below and let me know what you guys think of this outfit. Can't wait to hear your thoughts. If you are interested in the wig I wore, head over to their Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VHNG9RM

Stay Chic, 
Jem

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Hello Again ft.The Culture of Venus Beauty Box

6:57:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments


Hey Luvs!!!

I know...I know. It has definitely been a minute since I last blogged. I know back in April I said that I was back on track with posting, but honestly life happens....I'm not saying that my blog is not important, but there are other high priority issues on my plate at the moment.

However, I'm still a bit active on my instagram. I do post a lot of my "outfit of the day" photos. If you're not following me...please do at @cultureofvenus. Here are a few looks from the gram:







Due to a little stress I was experiencing during the months I was away. I did try to do a bit of de-stressing by taking mini vacations... or should I say long weekends to clear my mind and regroup. The places I visited during that time were Pennsylvania, Florida, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

So, what else have I been up to while I was m.i.a??? Well, about a month go I had the opportunity to attend StyleWeek Northeast Season 15 fashion show. As always, the event was spectacular! I saw some amazing designs from new upcoming innovative designers. StyleWeek as a whole is just absolutely amazing...hands down! Check out my instagram for photos from the event.

Now that you're all caught up and if you had read my post back in April....then you know that I wanted to give a way a "free subscription box". As I mentioned in the post back in April, this is a FREE subscription box that I will be sending to one random subscriber per month. You must be a subscriber to this blog and follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

Here's the exciting news... the Culture of Venus Beauty Box is here!!!!  I will be announcing in November (the birth month of this blog) the rules and guidelines of how one can enter for a chance to win the November beauty box. Stay tuned!!!



Stay Chic!

Jem


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A Little Me Time with Yardley London Bath Bars

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Hey Luvs,

I hope you all had a wonderful day. Today was a little busy for me...I practically ran around all day like my head was cut off. All I wanted, was to get home...strip and take a long shower and just relax. Nothing beats a hot shower and the aroma of your favorite body was or bar soap. I was dying to have a little me time.



Yardley bath bar has been a staple in my family for years! I have been using Yardley for as long as I could remember...as a kid, my aunt would visit us from London and she would load us up with all sorts of Yardley bath bars. Love everything about this brand. Quite honestly, Yardley can be compared to other high end brands.



I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to try three of Yardley's classic moisturizing bath bars, English Lavender, Oatmeal & Almond and their new Creamy Coconut bath bar.

Each of Yardley's London bath bars serves a purpose, for example:

Creamy Coconut Moisturizing Bath Bar – smooths and hydrates with Shea Butter, Aloe and Vitamin E.
English Lavender Moisturizing Bath Bar – calms and soothes with pure lavender extracts and essential oils.
Oatmeal & Almond Moisturizing Bath Bar – helps soothe dry skin and gently exfoliates with natural oatmeal.



Since my day was a little rough..I should have used the bar of the English Lavender to help me relax, but I really wanted to feel as if I was back home on the beautiful island of Jamaica... so I used the Creamy Coconut instead.

All three of Yardley's bath bars can be found nationwide at your favorite drugstores like Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Shoprite. The awesome part of all is, these bath bars only costs $1.29 - $1.49 each...even $0.97 at Walmart!
To learn more about Yardley London and to check out their other products, head to yardleylondon.com for follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/YardleyLondonUS/

Yardley London provided products free in exchange for this post. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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It's In The Gel- Neutrogena Hydrogel Face Masks

2:18:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments


Hey Luv,

Today's post is brought to you by Neutrogena! Like most women, there are days when we're not in the mood to apply any sort of makeup. And when those days occurs, we tend will most likely gravitate to a a beauty product that will have our skin feeling smooth and looking radiant. For me, today definitely felt like a "no make up day" and since Neutrogena was nice enough to send me three free samples of their Hydro Boost face mask, I was able to go through out my day with no worries.



Neutrogena sent me 1 packet of their Hydrogel Radiance Boost mask, 1 packet of the Hydrogel Deep Clean Purifying mask and a sample of their Deep Clean Purifying Mineral Clay mask shot.

About each mask:
  • The Hydrogel Deep Clean Purifying mask is infused with seaweed extracts that soothes and refreshes the skin. 
  • Hydrogel Radiance Boost mask is infused with vitamin B3 which replenishes your skin's moisture to help brighten and boost skin radiance. 


Neutrogena Hydrogel mask is made of 100% of hydrogel material and contains 50% more skin-perfecting essence than ordinary paper or cloth masks. Each hydrogel mask was easy to apply, wear and remove. I loved how quick and simple each mask was...there was no fuss and I was able to continue other tasks while wearing each mask. 

If I had to choose between all three masks....my personal favorite would have to be the Hydrogel Radiance Boost mask. My skin loved this mask! My skin absorbed all of the nutrients that was in that mask and in return gave me a magnificence glow. The best part of all is that you can find these masks at you local drugstore!

Leave me a comment below to let me know what are some of your favorite sheet mask.

Neutrogena provided products free in exchange for this post. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own.




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Oversize Yet Chic Night Outfit

4:39:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments



Hey Luvs, 

Today I am sharing the look I wore last weekend to the previewing of designer Faschinn new Spring/Summer collection. 

I wanted my outfit to have a classic yet modern chic look. I knew that I would be doing a bit for photography for that event, so I knew that my outfit had to have the ability for me to be flex and bent to take photos. 

Opted for an oversize mustard capri dress pants which was flowly comfortable. The blue and yellow striped jacket I wore was also a bit oversized as well, but I decided to add a super long braided belt that I wrapped into a style. 

I paired the out fit with brown strappy Franco Sarto heels and a onyx cluster multi-chain statement necklace. 






Let me know what you guys think. Also drop me a comment on some of your favorites night outfit ideas.

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I Thought Spring Was Here

3:19:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments


Hey Luvs,

Spring is here and like everyone else, I am am thrilled just knowing that day by day it's going to get warmer. So far...that is not the case. Its still cold, it's a bit gloomy and I still have to wear my bulky winter jacket.
With that being said, I had attended an a event about a week and a half ago and I wanted to wear something that was a bit "spring like". I was hoping that the weather would have warmed up so that I would have the chance to floral type wrap dress, but instead I opted to wear something that would keep me feeling warm throughout the day.

To be quite honest, I wasn't sure if there was a dress-code for the event, but  I knew I wanted to wear something that was chic and flirty.




I decided to wear a gorgeous sleeveless lace overlay burgundy mock-neck top with a gray blazer. I paired this beautiful top with blue jeans and a pair of blush velvet flat.

Outfit details:
Lace Burgundy Mock-neck Top- Xhilaration
Gray Blazer- H&M
Blue Jeans- Macy's
Gray Coat- Calvin Klein
Blush Velvet Shoes- H&M
Sunglasses- Sunglassing.com


Even though it was cold and a saw a few snow flurries... I couldn't resist the fact that there were a couple of food trucks that were serving delicious pina coladas!



Can the the 75 degree weather get here already......


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Sorry I've Been Away....

2:52:00 PM Jem Lawren 0 Comments


Hey Luvs!

I know that I've been somewhat absent from the blog for the past few months. I am truly sorry, but I have been super busy and a lot has happened in the last four months. I know that I don't owe you an explanation because life happens, but  kind of feel that I do.

Hmmm...where should I start? I know...my 9 to 5. In the past four months, my department has gone through two company transfers. Because of this change, I was in Chicago for a week, new login and access to resources took forever. Our clients need extra "tlc"....for they were all confused and the best part of all is....my teammates and I are still unsure of the changes in our job responsibility....for they have not been rolled out as yet. To be quite honest, beside normal everyday life issues... I'm working later than normal....my 9 to 5 really has been taking up quite a chunk of my life.

However, I do have a few things down the pipeline that  I can't wait to post about. One of them being a FREE "Subscription" box that I will be giving away to one random subscriber per month. Rules and disclaimers to come, so stay tuned for the updates.

As far as my love for fashion. I was super excited to get the opportunity to attend Styleweek Northeast A/W  2018 this past February. I attended the Saturday night runway show which presented showcases from four designers. Each designer that night....had more than a few pieces that spoke to me! There were designs that had bold pop of colors and ones that had a glamorous tropical resort feel. Models strut down the runway wearing bold statement furs of different hues. There were pieces that showcased a street style that was edgy yet feminine. Honestly, I was so in aww by these designers....I felt as though I picked the best night out of the week. If you would like to see videos and photos from the show...head to my Instagram page @cultureofvenus.

Also in the next few weeks I will be attending a couple of cool fashion events. So stay tuned... I will be doing a recap post on those events.

When it come to beauty, I do have a couple new products that I have tried over the past few months. I will definitely be posting some review on what I think is great and not so great about those products.

Once again guys I am truly sorry that I have been m.i.a, but I'm promising you that I will try to regain a balance so that I am able to post more frequently. Drop me a comment below on what new have been happening to you.

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Holiday Healthy Skin with Neutrogena

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Hey Luvs!

As promised, here is the Neutrogena inspired commercial of Kerry Washington's Soft Smokey Eye red carpet look. I had so much fun recreating this look, I hope you all enjoy this inspired commercial.
If you haven't checked out the Deep Plum inspired look I did, click on: Achieving Healthy Holiday Skin with Neutrogena 

Thanks to my amazing videographer @its_dinero1, who helped me put this video together.

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Achieving Healthy Holiday Skin with Neutrogena

2:41:00 PM Jem Lawren 2 Comments

Hey Luvs!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week. I am so excited about today’s post! I partnered with Neutrogena to bring you a #HolidayHealthySkin makeup look, but before I list the products I used, I also wanted to share my thoughts on the #healthyskin products. I am not sure where you all are located, but if you are located in the Northeast…I’m pretty sure you can all agree that the weather has been wreaking havoc on your skin. With the harsh cold weather and depending on the ingredients that are in your makeup, it might be causing more harm than good for your skin.

Neutrogena is one of my absolute favorite go-to makeup brand. Not only are they the #1 Dermatologist Recommended skincare brand, they have been providing consumers with health and beauty improvements for over 50 years.
I was so thrilled when Neutrogena sent me a couple of products from their Healthy Skin line. I love the fact that Nuetrogena Healthy Skin provides a beautiful natural coverage that is non-greasy and lightweight formulated with antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Natural Soy and Feverfew. I definitely needed a makeup product that would help improve my skin as I wear it throughout the day.


The look I wanted to recreate was Kerry Washington’s Deep Plum red carpet look. I love Kerry Washington....she is one of my favorite celebs. Not only is she beautiful, but I love the way how she carries herself...so classy! To achieve Kerry's look. I listed the following Neutrogena products I used and their benefits:

Healthy Skin Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 

Optical modifiers help minimize the look of imperfections plus the formula contains a Natural Soy skin-enhancing ingredient, shown to provide anti-oxidant benefits.

Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20   

The Broad Spectrum SPF 20 formula, with an exclusive antioxidant blend, works to visibly  improve luminosity, tone and texture for healthier looking skin.

Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer  

The non-greasy, lightweight formula glides onto skin providing silky-smooth, natural-looking coverage. The unique hydrating core is designed to instantly quench skin.

Nourishing Eye Liner  

Long-lasting eye makeup finish that won't budge. Subtle light diffusers make the whites of eyes appear whiter, while olive oil and rainforest shea butter add nourishment. Plus the built-in sharpener gives precise smudge-proof eyeliner application and the contoured smudger softens and blends for a variety of eye makeup looks, including a smoky eye.

Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow 

This powerful combo includes a built-in primer to help prevent creasing and smudging with long-lasting beautiful color to enhance the eyes. Tested to provide up to 12 hours of rich, nourishing color, the formula is infused with vitamins and skin-nourishing conditioners for the delicate eye area. 

Healthy Volume Mascara 

Instantly builds lash volume by up to 400%. This formula, with a touch of olive oil, penetrates and helps plump the core of each and every lash. And sweet almond protects the outside of your lashes. 

Healthy Skin Blush in Rosy 

Enriched with Vitamin C and botanical conditioners, our dermatologist-tested blush is designed to blend evenly and instantly enhance your skin's healthy glow. The powder technology incorporates advanced gel systems for easy application and soft feel. 

Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Deep Plum 

Made with fruit extracts, along with mango and shea butter, our dermatologist-tested, balm-like formula glides on easily, providing a wash of moisturizing color. In addition, the twist up package allows for perfect application each time – no sharpener required.
 














To find out more about Neutrogena Healthy Skin or to find your celebrity inspiration, head to www.neutrogena.com/holidaylooks.html to see additional holiday looks.

Neutrogena was nice enough to provide a promo code HEALTHYSKIN25 that allows my readers to get 25% of their total purchase at check out on Neutrogena.com.
Honestly, I had so much fun recreating Kerry's Deep Plum look...I decided to also do her Soft Smokey Eye look. I needed the Healthy Skin Blush in the color Vibrant and the Moisture Smooth Color Stick in the color Almond Nude to complete the look. So I ran to the nearest drugstore to purchase the items. I also thought it would be cool to create a Neutrogena inspired commercial to showcase the look.  I will definitely post this video over the weekend, so stay tuned.

So, what do you guys think? Did I nail Kerry’s look? Leave me a comment below :)




Neutrogena provided products free in exchange for this post. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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