IMANI COLLECTIVE

Recently my partner and friend Melissa Meyers were invited to an event with Rachel McCord from The McCord List to support entrepreneurs, brands and charities to connect and empower women, especially those who have or are overcoming life's biggest obstacles (like homelessness, abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety or bullying) I was so touched by the Imani Collective I felt it was important to share with you. I hope you can take a minute to read about Jenny Nuccio, and her motivation to get moving and make a difference.

 My companion was handmade by Grace Keya & she sits with Buster and I

My companion was handmade by Grace Keya & she sits with Buster and I

Imani Collective is a "community of dreamers + shakers who aren’t afraid to ask “why not?” Passionately pursuing a holistic approach to empowerment, they believe that once we realize what we’re made of, we can own what we’re made for. Convinced that we aren’t just better together — we’re our best together." 

The Imani Collective was started by Jenny Nuccio, who was new to the Mtepeni Village in Kenya. was new to Mtepeni Village, Kenya. She came straight from college with a vision to create meaningful employment and opportunities for the women there, but had a hard time getting her own water and would wheelbarrow thirty pounds of water every day. The other women in the village eventually helped her and they all became good friends. Jenny taught them how to sew and sixteen women started Imani Collective and yes, it takes a village.

Now, the Imani Collective has over fifty men and women in the Mtepeni Village as well as half a dozen women stateside. 

 Melissa Meyers / Rachel McCord

Melissa Meyers / Rachel McCord

Rachel McCord is steadfast in creating her village and I'm so grateful to learn about Imani Collective and other wonderful brands who came together on this day to contribute. 

SHOP IMANI HERE:

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Thank you, Rachel, for a wonderful event and touching our hearts with your generosity and inviting us to join your village!

xo Janet


Mogul (http://mogullife.com/shop-2-2/):
Mogul Design is a retail store where modern meets decadent fashion. Located on Melrose Avenue, offering a wide selection of products and services for residential + commercial design, custom orders, home staging + photography, studio rentals, and vintage home accessories. It has a Sleek and Sexy take on classic designs. The philosophy is: “A HOME SHOULD BE WELL DRESSED, MOGUL TRULY IS HIGH FASHION FOR YOUR HOME.” THANK YOU to owners of Mogul, Thomas Piscitello and Neal Wagner. Follow us on Instagram @mogul_design.


High Heel Hero (https://miraclerelief.club/collections/high-heel-hero):
High Heel Hero stops the inflammation to stop the pinch. This pure CBD ointment is lightly scented with lavender and eucalyptus. They also sell adorable pouches for makeup and jewelry, as well as other sassy accessories! Follow us on Instagram at @high_heel_hero.


Copper + Crane (www.copperandcrane.com):
Copper + Crane is The world’s luxury spa, bath and skin care indulgence. Carefully crafted with the modern woman in mind. They have an exclusive collection of luxury bath, body and fragrance items. The vision is to create a voyage and community that brings a mesmerizing realm home to your bath sanctuary. Copper + Crane is about soothing and rejuvenating your Mind, Body, and Spirit. Follow us on Instagram at @copperandcrane.

 

Imani Collective (www.imanicollective.com):
Imani Collective ethically creates sustainable pieces for children and their moms. All of their products are handmade with no toxins. The Imani Collective is empowered to help, providing jobs for unemployed individuals living in Kenya. The company now employs over fifty Kenyan men + women in the Mtepeni Village and Mombosa, along with half a dozen women stateside. Imani Collective was developed to help and provide for its community of dreamers + shakers who aren’t afraid to ask “why not?” Follow us on Instagram at @imanicollective.



Mott and Prince (www.mottandprince.com):
Mott and Prince is a place for women to feel inspired and empowered through their style, experiences, and culture. They want to give women an amazing shopping experience, but most importantly a place for them to learn and connect with others with honest experiences and life happenings that we can all relate to. The passion behind Mott and Prince is to give women strength to feel beautiful and confident in their own skin. Mott and Prince is offering all The McCord List influencers 20% off their purchases! Use code: RachelMcCord20  to redeem your discount on www.mottandprince.com. Follow us on Instagram at @MottandPrince.

INSPIRATIONAL FEMALE INFLUENCERS

What do you look for in an influencer? Meet six women who are loving, dynamic and fearless and want to connect with you.

 Clothing: Courtesy of: Milk Boutique Photo: Betsy Newman Makeup: Melissa Mitchell

Clothing: Courtesy of: Milk Boutique Photo: Betsy Newman Makeup: Melissa Mitchell

Today we seem to find most of our information in the palm of our hand. No matter what you're searching for, whether you're on Facebook or Instagram you'll most likely find whatever you need. Social media marketing is gaining more popularity and it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. In fact, P.R. companies are now depending on influencers to get the authentic word out and in some cases, they outperform traditional marketing channels. The fun part is finding the influencers that you connect with, whether is fashion, nutrition, inspiration, travel, or our beloved pets. I'd like you to meet six of my favorite ageless influencers who've I've had the joy of working with over the last two years. These women have brought so much knowledge and fun to my journey and we're all very excited about future projects in 2018. 

 Meet Shalini Vadhera

Shalini has traveled the world in search of women's unique beauty secrets and strives to empower women of all ages. She is a global beauty expert with incredible knowledge in beauty and spirit. Her website is loaded with exciting content along with her YouTube channel documenting her journies and how-tos. Shalini was the first influencer I met after launching The Grateful Gardenia. We were seated across from one another at a dinner party, my husband sat beside her and right away he said, "Janet, you gotta meet Shalini" Shalini and her husband were off to Europe on the red-eye that evening, and we chatted about technology and building a brand until she and her husband left. Shalini's conversation was such an ah-ha moment for me, she unleashed a mountain of ideas, in fact, it's because of Shalini I do my walking meditation every single day, and why I regularly talk to the moon. Shalini lives here in Los Angeles with her husband and stepdaughter .

Meet Melissa Meyers

Melissa is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to beauty products, treatments and great places for working out. Not only can you read about what she's currently testing but you can watch her in action, check her Insta stories on her Instagram page and you'll experience first hand what's taking place. She offers incredible discount codes for style and wellness with detailed information on the latest spas & products. Melissa is a dedicated journalist, she's a New Yorker who began her career in the city, and moved with her husband and two kids to L.A. six years ago. When it comes to product details you can be sure you will get the facts when you read her blog and newsletter.  Melissa's all about glowing from the inside, I highly encourage you to sign up for her weekly newsletter for updates, discount codes and sales!  Melissa and I met after being seated at a luncheon for Project Angel Food. Our mutual friend purposely seated us next to one another (thank you Robert) I asked if we could meet and if she had time to educate me on how the blogging world all works. We met, and thanks to Melissa sharing her valuable information I learned how to monetize my content, and I'm still learning. Melissa and I have been working together for the last year and it's been one exciting journey. Speaking of journeys, we're excited about our first travel collaboration at the end of January. Melissa and I are also the Brand Ambassadors for Instytutum a skincare line from Switzerland, and she just launched her own organic face oil.  Olie X Melissa Meyers Rose Glow drops, in partnership with Project Angel Food

Meet Elissa Goodman

Sign up now!!  I always get so excited when I speak to anyone about Elissa. She is my go-to for nutrition and inspiration. I have learned so much from reading her newsletter and reading her book Cancer Hacks. Elissa will motivate you to take charge of your health. She is a cancer survivor and you can read about her journey and her husband who lost his battle with cancer. Elissa's story is one of courage and healing and you will learn why it's so important to listen to your gut and educate yourself on food and listen to your body. She also has a segment on Focus TV and interviews women who focus on health and who are at the top of their game. After reading her book, you will get motivated to change at least one thing in your daily life. Elissa walks the talk, and she's a woman who understands how important it is for us women to take care of ourselves!!  Following her Instagram will give you great ideas for delicious and healthy meals! Changing one thing can change your life for the better. Elissa is a mother of two daughters.

Meet Luz Avilla Kyncl

I met Luz several years back, we spent a beautiful New Year's Eve together with our families in Sun Valley with mutual friends. I didn't know much about Luz, I watched her in the kitchen prepare a fabulous meal. Little did I know the love and knowledge involved in the preparation. Luz is an author, a nutrition coach, and a wellness counselor with experience in family nutrition, weight management, and stress relief. Luz offers educational workshops to improve health in schools and organizations. In her private practice, she helps individuals and families with weight problems and self-esteem. But what Luz really is...Fearless, loving, giving and a believer. I highly recommend reading her book, it is a story of courage and change beyond belief. In November I interviewed Luz on my Focus TV Segment Fearless Females and I'm in awe of her courage. When I read stories of women like Luz, she makes me want to be connected more to the possibilities of what happens when we support others and believe in ourselves, she gives me hope on a different level.  Her book has recently been translated from Spanish into English and is available on Amazon.  Her Instagram saludconluz has beautiful reminders for daily inspiration and reminding us all our past is not our prison. Luz's book is a terrific gift!

Meet Michelle Day Gilette

 Michelle's Instagram

Michelle's Instagram

Michelle is a ray of sunshine!  She's a motivating life coach who focuses on women. Her practice Thrive & Fly will help gain you clarity, no matter what phase of life you're in. Michelle is all about identifying what's not right so you can weed that out of your life and begin to live the one you're meant to live. Michelle was my first interview for my Fearless Female Segment on Focus TV. Andy Waldman, of Focus Magazine / TV - a wonderful male influencer... who would chuckle when he reads this...suggested I meet Michelle and that she be my first guest. He said, "you'll love Michelle, just trust me"...Well, Andy was spot on, she's wonderful and full of ideas and she means business!  Michelle can be found on Focus TV with her Spotlight Series where she interviews women and men who share valuable information about life, beauty, and mental health issues. Her Instagram is heartfelt and full of reminders to LOVE. Yes...she's as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She lives here in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids.

Meet Clara Lee

I met Clara several months ago, I fell in love with her eagerness and desire to open a new door in her life. Clara is a dentist by profession, has a passion for fashion and strongly believes you're never too late or too old to follow your passion. Originally from Korea Clara moved to Los Angeles from Chicago with her husband and three kids. Clara sold her two successful dental practices in Chicago and continues to practice a few days a week here in Los Angeles. Ready for a new adventure in her life Clara launched her Instagram Claraleestyle and found her renewed love for fashion and beauty after posting her OOTD (outfit of the day) pictures. She's loved the creative process and the fact she's connected with a group of women here in Los Angeles to begin collaborating with. If you're looking for great tips on style for work or pleasure, you'll enjoy following the fashion journey of Clara Lee.

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In the last few years of blogging and becoming a part-time paid influencer, I have expanded my happiness ten-fold. It's not only that I'm actually doing what I love, it's the connection I have with these women you see here and many more. You become this "team of doers" you ask "how can I help"  "what do you need" There's not a day I don't feel supported in work and friendship with these women, I have been blessed to work with all of them and they're giving it their all every single day!

My message to you, if there's something you want to do or you need a little inspiration then start following these women, you'll find goodness, happiness, and health in their content. We're all on our second and third...and fourth act. It's never too late, you're never too old to build your team of amazing women and friends. Just ask, "How can I help"  We all come to this earth with incredible gifts, yours could be seated right next to you... Just show up you never know...

Thank you to these amazing women, you've inspired me in the most graceful ways and made the journey so lovely.

xoxo Janet

Email any of us with questions you might have, we want to connect with you!

 

Resilience and Reinvention - Coping with Early Onset Alzheimer's

Meet my designer friend, my fearless female and passionate soul, Franne Golde.  Read how Franne and her husband Paul Fox are bringing hope and awareness to Alzheimer's. We still have a few days left in the month of November to make a difference by shopping Franne's website, and for those of you who already have ordered, we are so very grateful for your purchase(s) and thank you for your support. Use my discount code GG35 until tonight Monday November 27th @ midnight. Happy & Grateful Shopping.

 Franne & Paul Fox

Franne & Paul Fox

My name is Franne Golde. I'm a mother, wife, songwriter, clothing designer, author, advocate, caregiver, and founder of frannegolde.com.

I came to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1978 to pursue my career as a singer/songwriter. Within a couple of months, I wrote a song that was recorded by Diana Ross. It would turn out to be my first worldwide hit.

Since then, my songs have appeared on records that have sold over 100-million copies. I've worked with such superstars as Pat Benatar, Heart, The Pussycat Dolls, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Selena, Christina Aguilera, Faith Hill, Jody Watley and The Commodores. My song “Even If My Heart Would Break” was included on The Bodyguard, the biggest selling soundtrack of all time. 

The music business as I knew it started to change in the late ‘90s when people began downloading music for free. My earning power went down the tubes and my husband Paul, a successful record producer, was also feeling the heat. We tried to go with the flow and hoped for the best! I wrote a #1 Billboard Hit and Grammy Nominated song in 2005 for the Pussycat Dolls, but that would be my last.

At that time, my son’s school asked for my help with an upcoming fundraiser. In that and subsequent years, I contributed memorabilia from Sheryl Crow, Ringo Starr, and others, along with various concert tickets.

By my son’s senior year, I’d run out of favors, so for the annual fundraiser, I invested a thousand dollars to create a mini boutique in the school gym. I’d always loved fashion and people frequently asked me where I’d gotten my clothes. Often they were pieces I’d modified with scissors, needle, thread, ripping and knotting. I loved interacting with and styling all the moms and neighborhood drop-ins. By day’s end I had sold out.

Then I started selling clothing to friends out of my house, often designing what I couldn't find. I wasn’t trying to create a business, but I was having a blast and learning the ins and outs of finding fabric, patternmaking, samples, tweaking, cutters, sewers, marking, grading, and production. It was a whole new world and turning into an expensive hobby!

By 2011, the music business was hitting new lows and even successful songwriters were going broke. No one knew what the future held. Paul was having a difficult time finding projects as well. He wasn’t prone to depression, but he seemed anxious, forgetful, and sometimes confused, although he always had an explanation for everything. I attributed it all to the radical change in the music business and the attendant financial stress.

By late 2012 I knew something was seriously wrong with Paul. I never expected to hear what would take months to find out. In his mid-fifties, Paul was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

We have been through so much over the past five years - shock, fear, sadness, and endless tears leavened with a healthy mix of denial and hopefulness. We’ve been in support groups, visited our state capital and walked the halls of Capitol Hill, lobbying for increased research funding and improved access to care and support. We’ve done walks to raise money and awareness, served on the Board of the Alzheimer’s Association and currently sit on the Board of Music Mends Minds, a fantastic organization that brings meaning and pleasure to anyone with cognitive issues through the awesome power of music.

Paul has been able to accept this new normal with a glass-half-full mindset and hope. His yoga and spiritual practice is his salvation. He sees the beauty in everything and everyone and is a constant reminder of what’s right in the world. He has far fewer filters than ever and doesn't judge or complain. He is grateful and lives in the moment.

I struggle with tremendous grief when I allow myself to think that my future, with my best friend and the man I love, might not be as I once imagined. But mostly I follow Paul’s lead.

I knew I could no longer make a living writing music and it was hard to imagine doing anything else. It had been my life for over 35 years. Yet I had to take care of my family.

My only option was to sell my songs, the one thing that was all mine and that I’d worked so hard to nurture and protect. It was one the hardest things I’ve ever done.

The sale brought some cash, but I needed to get back to work. I couldn't just go out and get a nine-to-five job. It wouldn't begin to cover our expenses or satisfy my passion. 

I needed to reinvent myself and in a moment of revelation, I realized that I’d

already started doing just that. I had lots of samples of clothing, more significant, I had been working on what I considered to be, the perfect black pant. I made close to 100 samples till I got exactly what I was looking for.

Working became my therapy and I poured myself into it.

I launched frannegolde.com in August 2016 and was thrilled when the orders started coming in. A couple of months later I got an email that O, the Oprah Magazine expressed interest in seeing my pants. I couldn’t believe it, it was just like 1978 all over again, when Diana Ross gave me my first hit with, “Getting Ready For Love.”

My black pants were featured in the January 2017 issue of O and dubbed the “Magic Pant” by Adam Glassman, Oprah’s fashion guru and Creative Director of O magazine. This was followed by a feature on the Oprah segment of View Your Deal, on ABC. More orders poured in and my team and I were off and running.

As my business continues to grow, I still fight my grief and sadness every day -- and some days grief wins. But I know first-hand that there are silver linings. I feel them and see them regularly.

I'm grateful every day that I still have my husband and he is still able to do so many things. We treasure our time together, and though there are frustrations, we give each other unconditional love and support. I have my wonderful son, my family, and friends and I'm grateful to continue to be creative and find joy, every day. That’s really all you can ask for.

In support of Alzheimer’s Awareness month and in honor of my husband and my parents I’m donating a portion of the proceeds of my business to Music Mends Minds. While we wait for a cure…