Diversity Is a Beautiful Thing: Black History Month 2016

By Jennifer Daniel / On / In Blog

Photo courtesy of Everett R. Profit/Alexis Wilson Collection
Photo courtesy of Everett R. Profit/Alexis Wilson Collection

The Human Rights Campaign is spotlighting the voices of African-American LGBT leaders and allies as part of HRC’s Black History Month series. Check out this post from Alexis Wilson, a writer, artist, speaker, and the author of the memoir Not So Black and White. In the post, this talented daughter of two professional dancers talks about how her greatest strength is being different than others.

This month, let’s celebrate what makes us different and learn about the struggles others have faced because of it.

 

Celebrate National Oyster Day With These Tips for Ordering Them Like a Pro

By Jennifer Daniel / On / In Blog, Food & Beverage

Photo Courtesy of Five Point Public House Oyster Bar in Birmingham, Alabama

Today is your day if oysters are your thing, but if you’ve never tried them don’t fret. They may look a little intimidating, but once you get a taste for them, there’s no turning back. If you’re up for trying something new, keep these three short and sweet tips in mind:

1. Know your oysters. Are you eating East Coast oysters are West Coast Oysters? Are they from The Gulf or farther up the Eastern Seaboard?

2. If you don’t know, ask. It’s really OK! There’s nothing wrong with asking your server for a recommendation. That’s what they’re there for, and besides. This is a great way to get a free sample or two. After asking, start trying!  The whole point is to taste a variety of oysters, so mix up your order and find your favorites.

3. Know what oysters shouldn’t be like. Oysters should smell like the sea. Salty and fresh. If it smells off, don’t eat it. If the oyster has a big belly and is leaking juices that are cloudy, that means that the oyster is reproducing. It’s not bad to eat an oyster in this condition, but they don’t taste their best this way.

Belk, Pikolinos Collaboration Secures Fair Wages for Maasai Tribal Women

By Jennifer Daniel / On / In Blog, Events, Fashion

On Saturday, April 18, Belk welcomed William, along with Pikolinos, to celebrate the sixth year of their unique collaboration. Birmingham’s brightest style bloggers were on hand and enjoyed one-on-one interviews and lunch with William as he shared stories and raised awareness about the Maasai Project.

Chief Kikanae Ole Pere or William, as he is called in the West, is a champion of Maasai women and their determination to surpass their life-threatening hardships in Kenya. William’s vision for empowerment is supported by Pikolinos, the premium Spanish leather footwear company that partnered with the African tribe to produce the Maasai Project, a collection of shoes, handbags and jewelry that feature the work of the Maasai women.

Each piece of the Maasai Project finished product carries with it the story of the woman who created it. Under this program, leather pieces are cut to shape in Spain from Pikolinos trademark finishes and sent to the Maasai Mara, where they are distributed to hundreds of Maasai women who are participating in the project. These women can be seen sitting in groups beneath shade trees ornamenting the leather at their own pace, in the bold colors and patterns inspired by their culture’s rich, storied heritage.

The finished creations are then returned to Spain to be finished into any number of styles of sandals bearing the Pikolinos insignia, as well as the label Authentic Maasai Design. The designs are then distributed around the globe, with the profits being returned to the women of the Maasai.

“Pikolinos is deeply honored to work with the talented women of the Maasai Mara as well as such an inspired leader as William,” says Juanma Peran, Vice President of Pikolinos. “The Maasai Project enables women and their families in Kenya and Tanzania to have sustainable futures by employing them and providing salaries. At Pikolinos, we are delighted to have such a positive impact on their lives and also support the Maasai values that are deeply rooted in family and nature. Our company was founded on very similar values, which we hold dear to this day. The Maasai Project was a natural fit for us on many levels.”

For more information about Pikolinos and the Maasai Project, please click here.

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Life and Style Public Relations Welcomes Pikolinos Designer to Belk

By Jennifer Daniel / On / In Events, Fashion

Pikolinos Massai Palermo Group shotPikolinos celebrates the sixth year of the Maasai Project, a design collaboration program with the Maasai tribes in Eastern Africa, where the profits are given back to the Maasai women involved. Pikolinos has invited William, the Maasai Tribal Chief, to Belk Summit to raise awareness for the Maasai Project which has successfully promoted both economic and cultural sustainability as well as tell the stories of the wonderful people who help create the collection.

Pikolinos and William will be at Belk to meet guests, learn about the social project, and present the stunning
accessory collection. Consumers are invited to also enjoy cocktails & hors d ’oeuvres, a live DJ, exclusive product offerings, unique Maasai gifts with purchase, photo booth fun and more!

Here are the details:
WHEN: Saturday, April 18th, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Belk, The Summit Birmingham, 221 Summit Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35243