The – ϟ – Bolt
A monthly curation of fabulous finds and personal favorites!
This Month’s Top Moments
Because this never gets old!
Missed the drama between Kanye, Wiz Khalifa, Amber Rose, Blac Chyna, and Rob Kardashian? Catch up here.
I’m super excited to announce that I will be hosting backstage and in the media lounge at AMCONYC Fashion Week! They’ll be showcasing the most talented emerging designers from around the world at Studio 450 from February 16th to the 18th! Get your tickets here.
#OscarsSoWhite – The recent nominations for this year’s Academy Awards, though not surprising, have left some of Hollywood’s most gifted actors and actresses quite unsettled. For the second year in a row, #OscarsSoWhite is trending on Twitter. The hashtag was created by April Reign of BroadwayBlack.com to raise awareness of the Academy’s propensity for ignoring the work of people of color in the entertainment industry. This year’s most shocking snubs – Will Smith and NWA: Straight Out of Compton. Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee were among the first to announce that they would not be in attendance this year. Will Smith followed suite and this year’s host, Chris Rock, has faced immense pressure to either make a statement or to step down as a sign of support for people of color.
Celebrities that have been vocal about this issue have received quite a bit of backlash. Janet Hubert, also known as Aunt Viv on Fresh Prince of Bel Air, strongly disagrees with Jada Pinkett Smith and publicly accused her of disguising a personal offense (Her husband’s Oscar snub) as a racial issue. An Entertainment Tonight correspondent asked an Academy voter if allowing more people of color to present this year’s awards would essentially fix the problem without realizing that the problem is deeply rooted an not a matter of fixing a few bruised egos. It is an issue of representation, opportunity, and acceptance. Learn a little bit more about #OscarsSoWhite here.
If you couldn’t already tell, How Sweet Eats is my favorite food blog of all time! I just turned 21 this past December and I can’t wait to start whipping up a few cocktails. At the top of my list, this recipe for Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey’s Marshmallows.
A Little Luxury
Erin Mckenna’s Bakery is a gluten-free dream come true! They have an incredible selection of the most delicious baked goods and also make surprise items that aren’t on the menu! I always buy a box of donuts and cupcakes just for me. The last time I picked up a few pumpkin maple donuts and a pesto bagel! Their location in New York is a quirky mix of pastel and fairy inspired decorations in striking contrast to the eclectic staff and fiery pop music playing in the background. They have another location in LA and ship nationwide!
Indikitch – if you love Indian food, you will love this place! I’d like to think it’s the Indian version of Chipotle – minus the germs, of course. You get to pick between four different kinds of meals (Feast – pictured above, Biryani – a bowl, Dosa – kind of like tacos, or a Salad), then you pick your meat (or lack there of), vegetables, rice, etc. I always get the feast with Chicken Tikka Masala (mild), the beet salad and the cumber salad instead of the dal, and the saffron rice. Delish!
by Chloe is one of my all time favorite restaurants! It’s a super cute and casual, vegan spot and EVERYTHING is delicious. My personal favorites include: the Quinoa Taco Salad, the Spicy Thai Salad, the Sweet Potato Air Baked Fries with the vegan Chipotle Aioli (you should also try the beet ketchup), and the Avocado Pesto Pasta. I am yet to try the burgers, but I’ve heard they are also quite tasty! Oh, and almost everything can be made gluten-free 🙂
For The Weekend
Beyonce & Coldplay have recently come under fire for appropriating and stereotyping Indian culture in their most recent music video, Hymm For The Weekend. Watch and let me know what you think! Remember, culture is not a costume. This isn’t the first time Coldplay has used culturally appropriative tactics – watch their music video for Princess of China (ft. Rihanna) here. Speaking of Rihanna…
(Or Work) In case you haven’t heard, Rihanna finally released ANTI! Listen here.
What do you want to see in The Bolt? What would your Bolt look like? Let me know in the comments below or tweet @BeautyBolt! Have a wonderful weekend! Natalie ϟ