• Beauty,  Home,  Interviews,  The Self Care Issue

    Soap and Tonic Interview

    [vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_color=”#f4e1cd” shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none” shape_type=”speech”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text] Interview with Annie Lopez, founder of Soap and Tonic, by Kate Anderson-Song KATE: Hello – first off, if you could introduce yourself! ANNIE: I am Annie Lopez.  I’m the owner and creator of Soap and Tonic. With the help of my husband, we started this small business when we moved down to Mississippi.  We actually moved from DC to Mississippi because my husband is in the military – airforce.  Soap and Tonic started around summer 2018, so we’ve been open for a little bit over…

  • Entertainment,  Home,  The Fiction Issue

    Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey

    By: Chau Tang Everyone deserves a great love story they can share. Some people wait for it while finding it unexpectedly and other people might go on dating apps such as Bumble and Hinge to search for their true love. There are people who’ll go on TV to search for their love for society to see. A picture of the Bachelor franchise might pop into your mind, especially since it’s popular in the U.S.  I’ve found a TV series on Netflix, Ainori Love Wagon: Asian Journey. This reality series is in Japanese but there are subtitles so you can learn what’s going on in the show. In the beginning, it’ll…

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    Great Anime Reads

    By: Chau Tang Reading can take your imagination and creativity to a whole other level. I have always enjoyed reading books ever since I was a kid. I read books that are 200-1000 words pages but there are times where I don’t want to read as much. A fun alternative way is to read animes. I love the graphics animes have. It’s really cute, colorful and detail-oriented.  Webtoons are comics where you can read anytime online. Webtoons was originated in South Korea and founded by Junkoo Kim in 2005.  I have used this app on my IPhone for over 1 year. This app will log you out sometimes so it’s…

  • Beauty,  Home,  Life,  The Generational Issue

    A 90’s Makeup Tutorial: Sandy Lin

    By Chau Tang This cool weather is sliding into our personal space and some of us invite it in with open arms. Other people still wish we could relax in the scorching hot weather. If you’re on the east coast, then your autumn days are really windy and hot in the morning and sometimes end in cooler weather. For the Autumn lovers out there, you’re probably already in your fall outfits even if the day  ends up in hot weather. You also want your makeup to look warm and inviting. I will include YouTuber’s Sandy Lin’s 90’s makeup look. I will also include my rendition of the 90’s look.  This…

  • Entertainment,  Home,  Life,  The Generational Issue

    Asians Create: A Review of “The Bisexual” TV Show

    By Chau Tang There are movies and television shows created by Asians that most Americans haven’t seen before. It’s time to bring Asian representation to light. Ever since Crazy Rich Asians, I would like to see more shows, movies and podcasts with Asians creating for the public eye. One of the TV shows I’m reviewing is The Bisexual.  The Bisexual I love that this show was created by a female, bisexual, Iranian-American. The show speaks about topics we don’t necessarily talk about with each other, especially in the Asian community such as sex, sexuality and the anatomy of the human body.  The show starts off by explaining how the main…

  • Beauty,  Interviews,  The Generational Issue

    How K-Beauty Brands Glow Recipe and Sweet Chef Started in the Kitchen

    Photo caption: Glow Recipe and Sweet Chef co-founders Sarah Lee and Christine Chang: “Similar to how we feed our bodies with these ingredients, we wanted to [introduce the idea to] our customers where they were feeding their skin, so it’s like a holistic approach to beauty.” Why founders Christine Chin and Sarah Lee started with ingredients that “feel like home” Interview by: Cai Subijano “K-Beauty’s not just about snail mucin and sheet masks. There’s very much a long-standing history with natural ingredients,” Glow Recipe co-founder Christine Chang told an audience sitting in at a panel discussion at Make Up New York (MUNY) earlier this month.  She was there to talk…

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    Beauty Review: Skinesque

    [vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]Okay, if you’ve done any perusing on beauty brands available online or even on Amazon, you’ve seen the phenomenon that Korean Skincare.  But if you’re anything like me, this trend can be hard to parse through – I love a good skin care moment as much as the next girl, but there is A LOT out there.  So, I tend to go for simple to use, natural, and tried-and-true (which is fine, but can scare me away from finding new products). Skinesque is a skincare brand made in…

  • Entertainment,  Home,  Life,  The Food Issue

    Joy of Writing

    Everyone has days where they feel emotionally drained. You may want to speak to a friend but you don’t want to feel like you’re burdening them. Trust me, you are not. If you are a private person, try venting out your feelings to a journal. It’ll make you feel better and happier.  My father purchased a brown journal with elephants on it when I was in elementary school. I had no interest in writing at the time because I would always ask, “What would I even write about?” “Write about your day,” answered my father. I wrote in it for a couple weeks. I kept forgetting because my days weren’t…

  • Beauty,  Home,  Life,  The Food Issue

    Warm Up Your Outfits

    [vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_gallery type=”flickity_style” images=”3091,3092,3093,3094″ flickity_controls=”pagination” flickity_desktop_columns=”1″ flickity_small_desktop_columns=”1″ flickity_tablet_columns=”1″ flickity_box_shadow=”none” onclick=”link_no”][vc_column_text]The coziest season is finally here! Grab your pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate, your favorite fall sweater, nice jeans, sneakers and a book and snuggle into your bed! As the weather gets chilly, it’s important to warm your body with outfits that are stylish to you so you don’t catch a cold. You will be turning heads when you walk through the door. Style is important but so is comfortability. What’s the point in wearing an outfit if you…

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    Growing up in a world of Eurocentrically defined beauty standards

    [vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text] By: Mariam Asim As a young Asian girl immersed in a world plastered with billboards of white models and magazine pages filled to the corners of skinny blonde women, it’s hard for me (as someone with short black hair, brown skin, and a round nose) to come to terms with the fact that I am pretty enough. Not by societies standards, but by my own.  This may seem as though I’m going off on a radical tangent of self-love, but when you’re a brown woman who has…