Fall Beginnings

“The trees do not cling to their leaves. Fall is about releasing the old to make way for the new.”

#HotGirlSummer was sure one for the books Queens! But with September 23rd marking the start of Fall, this new season kindly reminds us that the summer heat slowly turns into cooler crisp air, that our wardrobe goes from sundresses to sweats and the 100 day countdown begins until the start of the new year. New seasons always bring about new beginnings. A new start. So why wait for the new year when you can to begin to intentionally create a new you today. This time , this moment, right now presents to you a wonderful opportunity to shed old habits and make way for growth, development, healing, ease and abundance. As the leaves begin to change colors and gently fall to the ground, now is the time to start your process of reflecting within yourself.

Go ahead and grab a sheet of paper. Take a deep inhale in through your nose and fill up your chest with air and slowly let your breath out through your mouth. Close your eyes and take a moment to visualize that trill, phenomenal, authentic and bad-ass individual you are. Start by asking yourself: “Where am I now?” ,”Where do I want to be?” and “How can I get from where I am to where I want to be?”. What can you begin to gently release and let go of? What are habits, people or limiting beliefs that no longer serve you? Take the time and write down all that comes to mind. Understand that from here, you are ready to intentionally create your future and your life. Embrace where you are now and take a deep breath and smile knowing that you are saying hello to new and better opportunities. You have what it takes to make the last part of the year count Queens! 

Cindy Ecclesiastre
How to Change your Beauty Routine for Summer
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The Summer Solstice occurred last Thursday (June 21st), meaning that summer has officially begun! We’ve dug up our shorts, amazon-primed our stand up fans, and planned endless weekend trips to Newport and the Cape. And perhaps, most importantly, we can finally get that summer glow we’ve been daydreaming about for months.

However, in all this excitement, we tend to glance over a very important routine that needs a bit of an adjustment in the warmer months. You already know what I’m about to say: your skincare routine.

As the air gets drier and the sun gets hotter, your heavy winter creams won’t deliver what your skin needs. And don’t get me started on sunscreen. Luckily, we’ve created a simple guide on how to adapt your beauty routine for the Summer.


1. Switch up your moisturizer

There’s no denying it: with Summer comes sweat. Whether you’re going on a morning jog or decided to walk to work today, the oil build up is for real. Those heavy moisturizers that kept your skin from breaking in the winter months are only going to do more damage than good, but skipping the moisturizer altogether isn’t the move either. You’re going to need some serious hydration that doesn’t involve a pore-clogging blanket of cream.

This is where your new best friend comes in: gel moisturizer. It’s ultra-light to the point where you forget you’re wearing anything at all and is the perfect way to hydrate your skin without fear of adding more fuel to the fire regarding summer breakouts.

This one by Kiehl’s has a cooling effect and is formulated to help skin retain moisture for 24 hours  

Or, you can add Clinique’s travel size moisturizer to your gym bag for post gym shine control.


2. Sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen

Does this one even need explaining anymore? I think we all know the type of havoc those UV rays can wreak on your skin (skin cancer and premature aging, just to get the ball rolling). And while I understand that the last thing you need is yet another step in your morning beauty routine, it doesn’t have to be that bad. These days, getting some extra SPF on your face is as easy as throwing on some tinted moisturizer. You get to moisturize, add a little color, and protect your skin from sun damage. What’s not to love?

Check out Laura Mercier’s cult classic that comes in 15 tints and provides Broad Spectrum SPF 20 protection against both UVB and UVA rays.

As for those days by the beach, use Neutrogena’s Break-Out Free sunscreen for face sunscreen that doesn’t clog your pores.



3. Ditch the melt

If you’ve ever tried to get ready for a night out in a cramped bathroom with three other girls and no air conditioning, you’ve probably seen your face melt off of your own face right before your very eyes. It might be the most disheartening feeling IF you don’t have the right tools to your advantage. Luckily, that’s what we have primer for.

Aside from those pesky UV rays, I would argue that shine is the ultimate Summer enemy. No matter where you go, it follows. That’s why it’s important to find the right primer and buy it in bulk-- because I promise you, once you prime with anti-shine, you never go back.

Make-Up Forever’s Skin Equalizer comes in two sizes and three finishes (natural, matte, and radiant), making it easy to find the right combination for what your skin needs.

If you’re like me and can’t handle too much choice, check out Soap & Glory’s blotting primer, that absorbs oil and minimizes pores.


4. A little spritz never hurt anybody

We get it-- sometimes, you just need a little refresher between work and the gym or the beach and your post-beach nap. And we’re not talking about the fun, summery cocktail.

Every now and then, your skin gets tired and needs an extra push to keep it looking its best. That’s where hydrating mists come in. While some are total bogus (and are quite literally just water in a spray bottle), others do serve a purpose and can quickly get your skin what it needs.  

If you’re looking to hydrate and soften, Herbivore has a Rose Hibiscus and Coconut Water face mist that’ll do exactly that.

Or maybe you need a quick pick me up between meetings. AmorePacific’s Hydration Delivery System can be used under or over make up for an instant radiance boost. It also claims to protect against daily environmental aggressors like pollution and has long-term antiaging benefits.

If you forgot to put on sunscreen (tsk tsk) or just have sensitive skin, try Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray, infused with soothing aloe, cucumber, and green tea to tackle irritated and redness-prone skin.  


5. Drink Water

But you already knew this one :)

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Natalie Novak
RECAP: Juneteenth at the MFA

Last Wednesday, The Museum of Fine Arts collaborated with the Transformative Culture Project and hosted its sixth annual Juneteenth Community Day. This special programming was held celebrate he oldest national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  The evening was full of thoughtful conversations, allowing visitors to engage in discussions with artists, with additional remarks from Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. The museum also offered free guided tours of Juneteenth specific exhibits and led different art-centered workshops within its galleries. Alongside the art, beautiful musical and dance performances could be seen throughout the museum, giving the historic building a unique sense of life that is not often seen on the day-to-day.


The Art

I had the pleasure of speaking to local artist and educator Chanel Thervil at the beginning of the evening, who gave some insight into her new mirrored works (pictured below).


She noted that while both works were visibly different, they were both born as a visual interpretation of her emotions. She intends for both pieces to evoke and capture a sense of empathy, though toward different things.

The first image portrays feelings of pride and admiration, displaying people she views as mentors in her life. They are all based on photographs she took of people while interviewing them. Chanel believes that she was better able to capture their true selves by evoking real emotion in them. Through asking questions and taking photos, then basing her work off of that, she can use the emotional subtleties that are brought to the forefront from the personal touch of conversation. For example, the carving of the man on the very left of the top photo is based on a picture she took of him while he was telling her about the first time he fell in love.

The second image has contrasting feelings of anger and frustration that the artist herself after President Trump’s first round of legislature. She states that the marks she includes throughout the carving are “not for curiosity, but for intent and purpose,” a technique she used to further the emotions she was visually capturing. Just as in the first one, she placed focus on emotional subtleties and empathy in this work but working off of a different set of emotions.

The Performances

At the very center of the museum was a whirlwind of lively performances. The evening started off with Valerie Stephens beautifully leading the crowd in “Freedom’s Song.” An enormous uproar of applause and tears erupted and gave way to another touching performance by the Front Porch Arts Collective.


Following the music performances came the dancing. Numerous dances were gorgeously put on by the children from the Origination Cultural Arts Center and the Boston Latin School Step Squad. The energy and positivity were contagious, filling the entire hall with a strong sense of love and community.


Later on, the soft sounds of local Boston artists Anjimile could be heard from the fairylight-lit courtyard at dusk, bringing about a calming sense of peace among the crowd.

The Community

As previously mentioned, the entire event brought with it an unprecedented sense of community at the MFA. Boards asking “What does Juneteenth mean to you?” were propped all around the museum, encouraging people to bring their own experiences to the event. People of all ages, genders, and backgrounds could be seen adding their own words and engaging in meaningful conversations with strangers at every corner.


The individual experiences of every person made up the whole that was the event and contributed to the overwhelmingly joyous celebration of community and freedom. Speakers shared personal stories and words of inspiration to crowds, an open mic gave visitors a chance to share their voice, and there was never a moment of silence or suppression of genuine emotion. The MFA has provided a unique avenue for self-expression and celebration within the Boston community, that will give rise to more major events and stimulate more crucial conversations around topics of race, freedom, and justice.

Natalie Novak