Category Archives: CULTURE + HAPPENINGS

Beauty Entrepreneur Demee Koch Chats About Her New Book

November 13, 2020

Demee Koch is a serial entrepreneur with solid experience of 21 years in the health and beauty industry. With DE MOI BY DEMEE KOCH, she launched a social and ecologically friendly beauty brand that develops high quality and results-driven cosmetic products with active ingredients, made with principles of honesty and fairness.
Demee is an advocate for inclusivity and women empowerment and is hands-on involved in charity works. Next to timely events based charities, she supports the Lumad tribe in her home country the Philippines with their scholarship program for education and level up needs, as well as local female business entrepreneurship programs. Since 2005, Demee shares her knowledge in conscious entrepreneurship as a trusted business advisor and director with successful global brands in the fields of sports, fashion, and beauty.
In 2019, Demee received the award as GLOBAL FWN100 2019 MOST INFLUENTIAL FILIPINA IN THE WORLD at the 16th Global Filipina Leadership Summit in Paris.

Let me start by clarifying that I am a person in the public, but more so I am a very private person. Yes, I am giving interviews, and yes, I do write guest articles for magazines, and yes, I am active on social media. But I turned down every TV home story or reality tv like inquiry (so far). The reason is, I need to be able to decide the outcome, not a producer nor anyone else. And nowadays I realize more and more that this is what I always did, to create my own narrative based on an intrinsic belief system, and that I can be proud about the fact that I always walked my own way – even if I myself did not know where it would lead me.

Now I publish my personal and entrepreneurial journey as a book.

My business is beauty and branding. I rock the beauty industry for over two decades now. I love traveling the world to research local, power-botanical ingredients that enhance natural beauty. I find hidden beauty regimes, mixtures, and addictive smells from around the globe to compose them into new products. The success behind my own brands and the brands that I consult is a highly purpose-led and community-driven approach.

I am doing very well for myself, and I still have so much to go for. But I am driven by something else. And that is to be able to give back; giving from the abundance that I created for me.

As a mentor for several female entrepreneurs, I found that this is what they are looking for when consulting me. The “secret sauce“ to where I stand as an “accomplished businesswoman“. A need of shouting it out into the world started boiling inside of me.

I took ownership of my dreams early on. It was a rough journey to who I am and where I stand today. There were mistakes and failures, tough lessons to be learned. My drive and passion to go further comes from a deep desire to be able to give back – to share the fruits of my labor that grew from using my talents and committing to them. So while I may have talent in developing beauty products, my passion lies in making a difference for the charity community projects I am able to support with the dollars I make.

When you focus on the goal of creating a value and leaving a legacy of kindness to this world, then you will leave your focus on your own shortcomings. You will make it happen, no matter how small your resources may seem at this point.

I am sharing my own personal story to show that it does not matter where you are coming from to make things happen for yourself and others. It is a story about a human figuring out and exercising her potential. With the hopes that it inspires readers to pursue their own dreams, not for profit, but for making a difference in this world. Money is a by-product that will come towards you when you walk towards the path that is right for you and the world. Success and wealth should be measured in the quality of people you attract to work with you, and the good you are able to create in this world. And let me share the ultimate beauty secret with you: it is kindness.

Click here to read a free chapter of Demee Koch’s upcoming book Breaking Conventions In Heels.

L.A. Jewelry Company The Pearl Source Partners with Dress For Success to Support Local Women

August 24, 2020

A great partnership is happening on August 26th between Dress for Success Los Angeles and LA based jewelry company The Pearl Source. They join Chrissy Metz, Minnie Driver, The RealReal, and Louis Vuitton for Women, Wine and Wardrobe Event.

The Pearl Source, among other fashion and accessory apparel, will be available for sale at discounted rates as part of Dress for Success’s Women, Wine and Wardrobe event, which will be held virtually on Wednesday, August 26. Proceeds from sales will be used to support local women in need of training, development, and professional clothing, and accessories for job interviews and everyday workplace attire!

The Pearl Source, one of the largest pearl importers, distributors and online retailers in the U.S., today announced a partnership with Dress for Success Los Angeles, the non-profit organization empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools.

Shop for Success is the charitable celebration that invites Los Angeles to shop guiltlessly and give back stylishly. A division of Dress for Success Worldwide-West, this fashionable can’t-miss event brings together thousands of off-the-rack designer labels and showcases them under one fabulous roof. Items are marked down to unbelievable prices for a limited time only, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to support women complete powerful personal transformations.

“Every woman should have the tools they need to nail the job interview or further advance her career, and that includes professional and stylish workplace attire,” said Leon Rbibo, President of The Pearl Source. “Women throughout Los Angeles and the country as a whole are struggling right now. The community needs to come together to support them.”

The fundraiser comes at a time where more people than ever find themselves unemployed or underemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies show that women and people of color have been disproportionately affected, putting many on shaky ground professionally and financially. Retailers, fashion labels, and celebrities such as Chrissy Metz, Minnie Driver, and Zoey Deutch have joined efforts for the event to help offset some of the hardships women face in the Los Angeles area.

In addition to The Pearl Source, other fashion labels and brands participating in the fundraiser event include Louis Vuitton, Rag and Bone, The RealReal, and Manolo Blahnik.

About The Pearl Source

The Pearl Source is one of the largest online pearl jewelry retailers and distributors in the United States. As a leading Foundation Member of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, The Pearl Source specializes in high-quality pearl jewelry imported from the South Pacific, Japan, and China.

About Dress for Success

Dress for Success is a global nonprofit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to nearly 150 cities in 25 countries. To date, the organization has helped more than 1.2 million women work towards financial independence. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.

 

Carpinteria-based Westerlay Orchids pledges 100% weekly retail profits to local Carpinteria Education Foundation, Inc., from August 31st to September 5th 2020

August 21, 2020

Orchid LOVERS!

From August 31st through September 5th, 2020, Westerlay Orchids is pledging 100% of weekly retail shop proceeds to Carpinteria Education Foundation Inc. (CEF) fundraiser! This being the third year in a row for Westerlay, (Last year raising over $18,000) they are hoping to match that for this years fundraiser. Funds have been earmarked for technology necessary for distanced learning. These need-based resources will help to close the digital divide and allow students to participate in online learning with their peers.

Owner/ President Toine Overgaag, believes the company’s responsibility to community does not start and stop at the greenhouse door. “Along with a deep commitment to environmental sustainability, we pride ourselves on impactful community outreach,” explains Overgaag, “We would not be where we are today without a strong local network behind us. This community’s success is our success – we both grow and thrive when we work together – and CEF is doing a great deal to ensure that Carpinteria’s next generation gets the support and resources they need during this extremely tough time.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, school districts across the State, including Carpinteria Unified School District have moved to online learning, creating a discrepancy in the opportunity to learn for some students. During the weeklong fundraiser from August 31st  to September 5th, Westerlay Orchids has pledged 100% of sales from their retail showroom to fund technological resources for CUSD families in need through the nonprofit CEF.

Carrying on a rich tradition of community outreach and support, Westerlay Orchids announces for the third year in a row their week-long Carpinteria Education Foundation Inc. (CEF) fundraiser. The family-owned business – best known for producing some of the finest flowers on the Pacific Coast – has pledged a full 100% of retail shop proceeds to help support local non-profit from August 31st through September 5th, 2020. Funds have been earmarked for technology necessary for distanced learning. These need based resources will help to close the digital divide and allow students to participate in online learning with their peers. The team at Westerlay Orchids continues a commitment to serve the needs of the community and in this case, the needs are resources, such as reliable WIFI, hotspots and devices for online learning. In September of 2019, Westerlay raised over $18,000 for CEF and they are hoping to match that for this years fundraiser.

The team at Westerlay Orchids is led by second-generation flower cultivator and Owner/ President Toine Overgaag, who believes the company’s responsibility to community does not start and stop at the greenhouse door. “Along with a deep commitment to environmental sustainability, we pride ourselves on impactful community outreach,” explains Overgaag, “We would not be where we are today without a strong local network behind us. This community’s success is our success – we both grow and thrive when we work together – and CEF is doing a great deal to ensure that Carpinteria’s next generation gets the support and resources they need during this extremely tough time.”

www.WesterlayOrchids.com

About Westerlay Orchids:

Based in beautiful Carpinteria, California, Westerlay Orchids is proud to serve as Southern California’s largest commercial orchid grower. The company annually distributes over 3 million orchids directly to customers and to local and national supermarket chains, as well as florists and designers. Westerlay Orchids has been a pioneer in environmental and sustainability practices and regularly contributes to local schools, nonprofit organizations, and many other community causes. Visit www.WesterlayOrchids.com to learn more about the company.

Calm During Coronavirus : Free 7-Day Digital Power Yoga Retreat Starts April 6th

April 4, 2020

With the Coronavirus pandemic and extended quarantine timelines adding increasing stress to our mental health, millions of Americans are seeking ways to process their anxiety and restore mental calm.

Beginning this Monday (April 6), renowned yoga and meditation teacher Travis Eliot, co-founder of Inner Dimension TV, will be launching a complimentary “7 Day Digital Power Yoga Retreat” on his Youtube channel for anyone in need of a mental and physical reset.

For seven days, you guys are invited to join Travis for a 90-minute power yoga class followed by a 10-20 minute meditation session beginning at 7am EST.

Access Travis’ Youtube page here: 

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ABOUT TRAVIS ELIOT:

After surviving a near-death experience in Kauai and another during the Thailand Tsunami of 2004, Travis Eliot dedicated his life to spreading the teachings of yoga and meditation to as many people as possible. Travis is a world-renowned yoga and meditation teacher and author. He teaches his signature Holistic Yoga Flow classes in Los Angeles and in workshops, festivals and retreats around the world. His style is intensely dynamic and has inspired many of today’s top athletes, celebrities, and entertainers.  Most recently Travis has become passionate about spreading yoga and meditation inside maximum security prisons. This work has proven to bring light to the darkest of places. He is the creator of the groundbreaking programs Level Up 108, The Ultimate Yogi, Yoga 30 for 30, along with many other best-selling yoga DVDs. He is the author of “Journey Into Yin Yoga,” co-author of “Holistic Yoga Flow: The Path of Practice.” His highly-acclaimed chant album “The Meaning of Soul” debuted at No. 3 on the iTunes world music chart. He is also the co-founder of Inner Dimension TV a new yoga, meditation and personal development streaming service. For the latest information on upcoming events please visit: http://traviseliot.com/

 

Supercharging Your Immune System Amidst Coronavirus

March 18, 2020

Scientifically Backed Unusual & Unique Tips from MD + Naturopathic Doctor About How To Supercharge Your Immunity


“The two biggest risks right now are the mistaken belief that there is nothing you can do to reduce your risk of infection and fear that if you get the virus, your recovery is out of your control. There is much we can do to reduce the spread of the infection and improve the probability of having a mild case if you are infected.” -Dr. Terry Wahls, MD

Recommendations below from Dr. Christian Gonzalez, Integrative Oncologist and Naturopathic Doctor

GROUNDING

  • One characteristic intrinsic to the human experience is connecting to the earth with our bare feet.

  • This study shows that electrons from the earth may in fact be the best antioxidants, with zero negative secondary effects


COLD SHOWER


BLACK OUT CURTAINS

  • Addressing sleep hygiene is crucial if you’re having trouble falling asleep.

  • Our lifestyle choices like watching TV, sending emails, and turning on bright lights often block these natural pro-sleep chemical shifts from occurring.

  • Utilizing tools such as black out curtains and eye masks can help individuals get the sleep that they need.

  • Studies show that “sleep deprivation makes a living body susceptible to many infectious agents.”   


*See Dr. Christian Gonzalez’s entire coronavirus protocol recommendations here*

 

About Dr. Christian Gonzalez

Dr. Christian Gonzalez is a Cancer Oncologist and Naturopathic Doctor that’s seen over 1,000 cancer patients. He’s also the podcast host of Heal Thyself, a popular podcast about holistic healing that has nearly 1 million downloads per episode. 
As an authority on non-toxic living, his viral “product reviews” on his Instagram have caught the attention of some of the most prominent health brands such as Oatly, whom he’s advised on creating more consumer-education and less chemically-based products. 

Recommendations below from Dr. Terry Wahls, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles


USE A NETIPOT

  • This cleans your nasal tissue and reduces the virus’s ability to take hold.

SKIP THE ITALIAN FOOD

  • Improve the quality of your diet by removing added sugars, white flours, and pastas

  • A high–glycemic index diet dumps a lot of glucose (sugar) into your bloodstream, which decreases your immune cells’ effectiveness at protecting you from illness.

  • Focus on vegetables and meat (legumes and gluten-free grains for vegetarians and vegans) and get rid of sweet desserts.

CONSUME FERMENTED FOOD

  • The probiotics in these foods help modulate the immune response, lowering the risk of septic shock in response to serious viral infections.

  •  In addition, sauerkraut is a good source of vitamin C.

*See Dr. Terry Wahls’ entire coronavirus protocol recommendations here*

About Dr. Terry Wahls

Terry L. Wahls, M.D., is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City and the director of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Clinic at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System, where she treats veterans with autoimmune, neurological, and medical problems using diet and lifestyle interventions. In addition, she is a clinical researcher, studying the use of diet and lifestyle interventions in autoimmune and other chronic disease states; her current clinical trial featuring the Wahls Paleo Diet received the support of the National Mutliple Sclerosis Society. Diagnosed in 2000 with multiple sclerosis, Dr. Wahls became a proponent of integrative and functional medicine, which helped her create an intensive nutrition, lifestyle, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation protocol that would treat the severe disability caused by her MS. She has made it her mission to spread the word about The Wahls Protocol and her own inspirational story of recovery through her TEDx talk, which has received more than 3 million hits; her website, www.terrywahls.com; the Wahls Foundation; and Wahls Protocol Seminars.