Meet Miss Globe Georgia United States 2017: Jalen Graves

Lady Code is the one of the media sponsors of Miss Globe United States, which means we have the opportunity to meet and interview each state delegate for Miss Globe United States before they head off to compete for the national title this September in Washington, DC! Our first interview in this series is Jalen Graves, Miss Georgia Globe United States 2017!

Meet your Georgia queen: 

Hiii!!!! I’m Jalen Graves, born and raised in Fairfield, Alabama. I have recently relocated to the Atlanta area, after graduating from Alabama State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation services. Currently I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation counseling at Georgia State University. When I have spare time, I love to cuddle with my fur baby.

Quick facts…
Hometown: Fairfield, AL
Current City: Atlanta, GA
Hobbies: Cooking, Scrapbooking
Favorite food: Anything with cheese
Favorite movie: Love Jones
Three words that sum you up: Love is Everything
Song you have on repeat right now: Bruno Mars –That’s What I Like
Dream job: Owner and Director of Community Empowerment Center
Beauty product you can’t live without: MASCARA!!!
Favorite quote: “The harder you work, the luckier you get”

Being Miss Globe Georgia must keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?
That is so true! I usually wake up at about 8am, have breakfast and head to the gym. Twice a week I have class, so I do that and get the tons of homework I have done. When I’m not in class I may attend a workshop or meeting for one of the organizations that I am in. One the weekends I usually take my fur baby to the park and hang out with my friends.

What has been the highlight of being Miss Globe Georgia so far?
Learning!! This is my first time holding a state title and there is so much that goes into. I’m really enjoying preparing for the national pageant and doing interviews like this one.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
Mine is primer… because I am oily and I hate for my makeup to slide. Primer is definitely one thing that I will splurge on. Also, drinking a lot of water to help keep my complexion clear and luminous.

Growing up, who was your inspiration?
My parents without a doubt. They both came from backgrounds that could have easily counted them out but found a way to persevere. I very proud of my daddy who has just gained a Master’s degree at the age of 60.

Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying?
Tell someone you trust. I know that bullying can sometimes silence its victims for so many different reasons, but it is my hope that one confidant can provide so much refuge that those that are bullied are able to withstand it until they feel comfortable to stand up or tell someone of authority.

Tell us about your platform:
My platform is all about mental health awareness. As a counselor in training it is a topic that has become very close to my heart. I want to use my voice and position to share with people that mental illness is a disability and we as a society should work together to help those affected because we all are touched by it in some way.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved?
Don’t be afraid to ask!!! There are very few clubs and organizations that will turn down volunteers. So just ask around to people that are involved into something you have an interest in, I’m sure they would be happy to have some help.

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
I love catching up on my shows. As a queen and a college student, I have very small pockets of free time and always try to use those to catch up on my favorite TV shows like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.

What is your go-to makeup look?
A natural look with Springy eyes and dramatic lashes.

What is one thing you can’t live without?
The one thing I can’t live without….. My MacBook. I take it EVERYWHERE!!! I never know when I need to check and send emails or jump on Facebook. Plus it has all of my favorite music right at my fingertips.

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants?
I would have to say the hardest part about competition is deciding on a gown. There are always so many beautiful ones to choose from and so many different styles. We have to decide which colors pop and what I will feel most confident in. It’s really a task, but super rewarding at the end.

What is the best part about competing in pageants?
I love getting glammed up! I’m not that girl that is super flashy every day, so competing gives me the chance to completely transform and I love it.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
For as long as I can remember my mommy would always tell me that respect never goes out of style. I have always held on to that and remembered to demand respect and respect other people.

Keep up with Jalen:
Twitter: jgraves0793
Instagram: Commenta7y_100
Facebook Fan Page: Miss Globe Georgia United States

 

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Wellness Wednesday: Essential Oils

Hi Everyone. Happy Wellness Wednesday!

I am currently in the middle of finals and my diffuser, loaded with essential oils is keeping me sane. Here is an article by my mother, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner about essential oils and how they can help us.

Essential oils give plants their smell and are used in perfumes, medicinal agents. Essential oil extracts can be up to 100 times more potent than the plant itself,, Now that essential oils are gaining in popularity  so are both benefit and risk. (Battaglia, 1997). Essential oils should be used diluted with a carrier oil, used with a diffuser, with the exception of flavorings like peppermint or fennel.

The most common preparation for essential oils are inhaled or used topically. Peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus and rosemary are all used for upper respiratory infections. These can also be used topically, diluted with a carrier base for pain as well. The use of essential oils for skin complaints is well-founded as many have been shown to possess antibacterial (Hmamouch et al., 1990) and antifungal (Onawunmi, 1989) properties. Though the use of essential oils shares a common origin with herbal medicine, the use of isolated essential oils is more properly referred to as aromatherapy. Aromatherapy has been used worldwide for ages. Rosemary was used hundreds of years ago to disinfect hospitals.

 

Eucalyptus: when we think of cough drops we think of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is used for treating the common cold and all its side effects like coughing, mucous, sinus infections sore throat. Other uses are for insect bites and itching. Eucalyptus oil also has anti viral, fugal and bacterial effects. My favorite use for eucalyptus is during a cold. I like to take a bowl of hot water and create a tent with a towel over my head draped around the bowl. I will put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in inhale the steam. It works wonders for any cold, or virus and opens my repository passages. I would use this oil in a diffuser or a few drops in a bowl of hot water. Do not drink it or put directly on the skin!! Inhalation is best and only a few drops!

 

Lavender is the superstar in the essential oil world. It too has anti-microbial, fungal and viral activity to it. It also in an analgesic, sedative, antiaxiolitic, it helps with headaches, lice, cysts, muscle pain, digestive issues, depression, nervousness and many other mood disorders. It can also help with PMS as wellbeing. Lavender is a wonderful first aid remedy, especially for burns; it is among the safest and most widely used essential oils. Lavender was used during the Victorian times for fainting. There are over 350 studies on lavender on Pubmed demonstrating everything from mood enhancement and balance to pain relief. It brings balance both physically and emotionally. I like many uses for lavender. For relaxation I put a few drops mixed with clary sage, geranium , ylang ylang in a spray bottle of distilled water. This is very similar to my favorite aromatherapy scent, Clear skies Ahead by Little Moon Essentials.

Peppermint

This is wonderful for digestion. Peppermint tea is one of the most prescribed herbs I use for digestion. It helps with nausea, upset stomach and all digestive disorders. It can also be used in a diffuser for headaches and fatigue. Peppermint oil can be used as an analgesic but only use 2 drops in a whole bath because it can be very chilling. I use peppermint oil for digestive spasms. Peppermint oil is sold in special  enteric coated capsules to get into the intestines and bypass stomach acid. My favorite is Peptogest by Nature’s Way. I also like using peppermint with lemons to make refreshing lemonade. Peppermint in a diffuser helps with fatigue.

Rosemary:

Rosemary was burned in French hospitals to purify the air up until the 20th century. This essential oil is also an excellent anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It is an excellent antiseptic as well and why is was used in hospitals a long time ago. It is an excellent tonic and is very similar to lavender as far as uses but rosemary is more of a stimulant and lavender is more of a sedative or has a calming nature to it. Research has demonstrated that it helps with memory and cognition. Rosemary can be used in cooking. I have used the essential oil diffused to help in memory and recall for test taking. A great mixture to help with cognition is to use a few drops of rosemary, lemon, orange and lavender in a spray bottle with distilled water to lift mood.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is nature’s antiracial and anti-fungal wonder!! It is also immunomodulatory as well when inhaled. Readers need to be careful as tea tree oil is highly volatile and must be used in carrier oil. I have witnessed so many patients who have had allergic or reactions to it put directly on skin, scalps, and nails. This essential oil has been widely studied an there are almost 400 pub med research papers on it’s efficacy. Tea tree oil has also been demonstrated to have anti-protozoan activity as well. The best way to use tea tree oil is to use it very diluted in a carrier oil or lotion. Currently there are so many products on the market that the safest way to use it is pre compounded because of its known risks with dermal irritations. Do not try using this oil directly on your body or internally!

Right now our favorite company, Little Moon Essentials is running a ten percent off for all Lady code readers: use the code Elizabeth10 for a discount which will last all through July. We love Clear Skies Ahead!

Make sure to check out www.elizabethtrattner.com for more tips about living a healthy lifestyle.

 

Stayed tuned in the next couple of weeks where I will be reporting from the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas!!

Love,

Char ❤

Happy Earth Day

 

Hello everyone and Happy Earth Day!

This post is serving as celebration for one of my favorite days, Earth Day, along with you weekly Motivation for Monday!

Today, I had the honor to interview the inspiring Elizabeth Tran, founder of Teens Go Green. It is a non-profit which she started when she was twelve years old as a way to educate the youth about excessive waste production and help them get involved in helping and protecting the environment.

Teens go Green works with one of my favorite non-profit organizations; Clean the World. Elizabeth is partnered with Orange County Environmental Protection Division, and Green Works Orlando. Some of the events which she produces include the pageant Miss Miracle which she recycles pageant trophies which would have been discarded otherwise, along with Eco-friendly fashion shows to raise awareness and help get others involved. 

 

 

During our interview, Elizabeth shared some of her advice to help others go green which includes:

  1. Being green is more than a trend, it is a lifestyle choice which influences what you wear, what you eat, how you live and interact with the environment.
  2. Elizabeth recommends Unplug electronics that you do not use all day. In fact, 52% of the energy we use is wasted. She suggests unplugging your toaster when you are not using it.
  3. Be consciousness about what you are wearing. Elizabeth was wearing a garment from Consumer Against Toxic Apparel(CATA), an affiliate with Silver Needle and Thread. They make sure that all their clothes are certified organic or made from natural fibers. It helps the environment and even your own health ensuring that are manmade chemicals and toxic do not go into your skin nor the environment. The fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to toxins in our environment, including Chromium 6 which is in polluted waters everywhere.

Please watch the video below to be inspired by this wonderful woman.

Remember to check out www.teensgogreenglobal.org to learn more about how you can help make a difference in our environment.

Happy Earth Day everyone!

Love,
Char ❤

Crushin’ on Little Pink Riding Hood

You all know by now that I live in the North Pole New York, where it’s still jacket weather in late April. My heater is still running in my home and most of the time, I still need to dress warmly to go out. Yesterday was an exception though, it was just mild with some scattered rain so I got to pull out this adorable pink crushed velvet shirt dress I’ve been dying to wear. Enough about the weather, let’s talk about this look:

Wig: “GAGA” The LadyCode Shop
Cap: Dimepiece LA
Choker: Forever 21
Dress: Forever 21
Boots: WantMyLook
Stockings: Boohoo
Earrings: Love Culture Miami
Rings: H&M, Chelsea Market

APRIL 2017 IPSY & BOXYCHARM

Hey dolls!

My Ipsy AND Boxycharm both came early this month, but I was so excited about my Boxycharm that I unboxed it WAY before my ipsy! My April 2017 Ipsy bag was super BLAH, but I think the April 2017 Boxycharm was one of the BEST yet!!

Watch the two videos below and let me know which one YOU like better ❤

 


Click here to learn more about ipsy
Click here to learn more about BOXYCHARM

PS. The LadyCode Shop officially launched my lash line, LisaLASHES today! Click here to shop my lashes ❤ 

Spring Transition Outfit 2017: New York

Hi Dolllies!

I’ve already announced on my socials and on YouTube that life has been giving me some LEMONS lately..It has just been the strangest time where I’ve had the most amazing things happening in my professional life, but then some nightmares happening in my personal life. I’ve worked through everything and I feel like I’ve come out of this challenging time a more confident, inspired, and independent woman.

This look is all about transitioning from winter to spring. Here in New York the weather is flip-flopping between FREEZING and BURNING so this is definitely transition time. The key to dressing in NY in these times is LAYERS. I love this loose blush lace-up top from Forever 21 because it is warm when it needs to be, but lose-fitting so it also adjusts to cool me down. I paired this look with some simple leggings from Boohoo.

Okay here is a secret. I am adding TWO new wigs to the LisaHAIR collection, and this one is OFFICIALLY the “Queen Bee” wig. I love adding new wig kits to the family and I’m getting tons of requests for NATURAL wigs, and COLORFUL wigs. Girl, I am bringing you the best of both. Wait til you see my “Peaches” wig!

Queen Bee wig coming soon to www.ladycodeshop.com 

Bag: Forever 21

Pumps: JLUXLABEL

I just posted my April Boxycharm unboxing video on Youtube, so make sure you watch and subscribe ❤

XOX

 

Lisa

Wellness Wednesday: Staying healthy during finals

Happy Wellness Wednesday

Right now, I am in the thick of studying for finals, it feels like I spent this entire year studying. Today, whether you are a college student or working adult, I want to share some tips on how to stay healthy while studying for finals.

  1. Sleep: it is important to try to get to sleep before 11:00 PM. In fact, according to my mom, a doctor of Chinese medicine any sleep before 11:00 PM counts for double the hours of sleep. People stay up to all hours watching mindless television shows as a distraction from our responsibilities or personal issues. Watching TV at night, eating late and keeping the lights on contribute to sleepless nights. Pulling an all nighter is not the answer. Your brain works better early in the morning, so go to sleep earlier in preparation for waking up to study.
  2. Eat: Although it is tempting to survive on the quick and easy foods like pizza, takeout, and coffee, remember to eat a healthy breakfast. Eating healthy foods during this time can even help you avoid getting sick. Before your exam, make sure to eat a nutritious meal like a turkey sandwich which will stay in your stomach and keep you full for longer periods of time. Stick to a whole foods organic diets rich in protein, carbs and fiber to keep your blood sugar leveled and to keep your energy up.
  3. Remember to Exercise: This is a great way to cope with stress caused by exams. Going for a walk, run or even a bike ride is a great use of a study break. Exercise causes the release of endorphins which helps us feel motivated and ready to get back to studying. Yoga is a great way to destress and center yourself before getting back to studying.

Check out the video below!!

I hope you found these tips helpful for your upcoming finals.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!

~Char ❤

Morphe 35R Palette Review + Comparison with Morphe 35o//25b

Hey LadyCode!

My Morphe 35R palette arrived today, and I was SO excited until I laid it next to my Morphe 35O and 25B palette and realized it seemed like I bought the same palette 3 times. I decided instead doing a review or tutorial, I’m going to compare all 3 because they LOOK similar, bu they are a little different! Watch the full video below:

IN OTHER NEWS….

Today was SUCH a fun day because Morgan from LadyCode took over the LadyCode snapchat account, and she showed us her hometown and did a GORGEOUS full face tutorial! It was such a hit! Check out her finished look below:

We have another takeover tomorrow, Samantha from LadyCode is going to take over and show us her Kylie Cosmetics collection! She has every single product except the new blushes and velvet mattes, how LUCKY is she!? I’m so excited that we can live through her tomorrow on snap 🙂

Scan the snapcode below or add “TheLadyCode” on snapchat to tune in ASAP!

 

PROM MAKEUP TUTORIAL 2017 || Affordable/Low End Products and LisaLASHES!

Hey LadyCode!

I’m so excited to share this prom makeup tutorial with you all, not only because its a fun prom look that gets you GLAM with drugstore/low end products, but also because its the first tutorial I have posted using my LisaLASHES!

I recently launched The LadyCode Shop, and I’ve been keeping everything pretty low-key since I am just getting started. If you want to learn more about the shop, just add @theladycodeshop on Instagram. My lashes have not launched yet, and I’ll be sharing the launch date very soon!

Here is the full tutorial:


Key products:

Morphe Mocha Palette Giveaway: https://goo.gl/9IWgZN
Morphe Brush Set: https://goo.gl/83ZHCP
So Susan Cosmetics Afterglow: https://goo.gl/SbNK8J
LisaLASHES “Celebrity Crush”: https://goo.gl/vupdPd

I also have a special announcement! I LOVE my LadyCode community so I’ve started scheduling Snapchat takeovers on the Lady Code snapchat account (theladycode). The FIRST takeover will be tomorrow, with Morgan taking over to show us some swatches of her new Colourpop eyeshadows. I’m really excited for these takeovers because it allows us to get to know each other better and you all get to hang out with a LadyCode sister for a day. The best part is that since we are all so international, you can share YOUR country or city with us when you take over! If you want to take over the LadyCode snapchat account, send your idea to: @ladycodeofficial on Instagram in a DM.

Scan the snapcode to add us on snap!

 

Body Positivity For Motivational Monday

Happy Motivational Monday everyone,

Today’s post is all about body positivity and being happy with yourself.

It is important to love your body and truly understand it’s unique needs. In a day where social media reigns supreme, it is easy to understand why body dysmorphia is on the rise. Many social media bloggers will brand themselves according to their type of eating like Vegan or Paleo or cupcake lover. Women need to understand and embrace that every single person is unique and so are their dietary needs. Instead of trying to be like someone else, be yourself and really tune in to what makes you feel good.

Two women the same age can thrive on different lifestyles, diet and exercise. The key is listening to your own inner voice and wisdom and not get distracted on what the internet or a blogger or a movie star says. The other issue with social media is that it embraces the unattainable perfection. It just doesn’t exist.

Love your body inside and out for the incredible machinery and gift it is. Feed it well with love, care and good food that resonates on the inside. Stop comparing yourself to others because you will never be someone else only yourself.

Lady Code is a place to empower women, whether that be to eat healthier, have a positive outlook, inspire makeup and fashion styles, but mostly to LOVE themselves.

Please watch the video below which inspired me for this post.

I am implore everyone reading this to STOP thinking about what they don’t like about themselves or what they wish they could change and START thinking about what they love about themselves.

This theme perfectly ties in with Lisa Opie’s un-retouched campaign for her swimsuit line, Vizcaya Swimwear. In this recent photo shoot, Lisa wanted to promote body love or what she is referring to as #PerfectlyImperfect!

A special “Thank you” to Dr. Elizabeth Trattner for helping with this post.

Happy Monday!

Love Char ❤