BGIO Beauties

Black Girl In Om — Lauren Solomon: Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner, and Birth Doula

Black Girl In Om — Lauren Solomon: Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner, and Birth Doula

The month of February was representative of the Black Body here at BGIO. As we step into March, Women’s History Month, we carry forth that energy and continue to honor our ancestors and the generations carried inside our wombs. Lauren Solomon defines the intersections between all aspects of our body health.

Black Girl In Om—Lalah Delia: Writer, Spiritual Light, and Founder of Vibrate Higher Daily

Black Girl In Om—Lalah Delia: Writer, Spiritual Light, and Founder of Vibrate Higher Daily

Vibration expressing itself through the feminine and through the word ‘I’s’ many evolving titles: mother, daughter, sister, friend, comrade, overcomer, love, light, joy, peace, certified wellness practitioner, certified spiritual practitioner, creative, writer, teacher, student, lover of the ocean and high vibrational music, lover and advocate of all things wellness, sacred, liberation, and of all things that support and sustain vibrating higher. Founder of Vibrate Higher Daily.

Black Girl In Om—Yaminah Mayo: Model, Writer, Artist and Affirmer

PHOTO: COURTESY YAMINAH MAYO

PHOTO: COURTESY YAMINAH MAYO

Interview by Lauren Ash

Some women just scream confidence, so when you find out that they're just like you—dealing with their own baggage (a la Badu), insecurities, and having to figure out how to be fully themselves in this messed up worldit makes you breathe a sigh of relief! Yaminah Mayo, aka Spicy Mayo, has been inspiring me with her Instagram posts, blog, and overall black girl exuberance since I first met her at Blavity's EmpowerHer conference last spring! We get to kiki with her and ALL YA'LL in NYC tonight, Friday, February 3rd, at our BGIO Happy Hour! Come through Vivrant Beauty between 6 and 8 p.m. to hang with us! Stay in touch with Yaminah by following her on Instagram @spicy.mayo and checking in with her blog where On Spicy Mayo readers can garner the perspective of a young woman grappling with career, mental and physical health. 

Who is Yaminah Mayo?

I am a model, writer, graphic artist, affirmer.

What does Black Girl In Om mean to you?

BGIO is a safe place. It's really great for women of color positively looking to find their way in the creative world. It reinforces the joy that one gets from uplifting each other and not "othering". 

How do you identify with Black Girl In Om's mission?

All your pillars are very important moral compasses for me. For example, physical, emotional, and mental wellness are critical for me getting through a NYC day. It's really hard here. However, knowing that there is a resource for me to go to when I need it pour back into myself is, within itself, comforting. Especially when it comes time to affirm and speak that prosperity into existence and I need guidance.

What are your self-care and self-love practices?

A self-care routine for me is shutting everything off. It's really hard because I have a tendency to be addicted to Twitter (I get my news there) but I know it's necessary when everyone starts speaking hyperbolically. I also binge watch Girlfriends or Living Single or Frasier. My new/old "ting" is baking and cooking while I watch Girlfriends, Living Single, or Frasier.
Oh yeah, and sometimes I'll take out my pent up frustrations in the gym.  

What's one ritual you recommend more women of color adopt to cultivate inner beauty and wellness?

OMG! Affirmations! I've been doing them since the new year and it is seriously decluttering my mind and I feel like my imposter syndrome is fading. Affirmations not only make you feel great about yourself but it teaches you how NOT to affirm the negative things you think about yourself. It helps me to interact with other and keeps me grounded in a grateful mindset. 

Girl, yas! I so loved how much YOU loved the Lifestyle with Ivory + Ash cards Deun Ivory and I sent your way! It's always great to connect with someone else who knows the power of affirmations and mantras! So, what's one wellness product you can't live without?

My blender or maca root. Both get the GOAT title.

Black Girl In Om—Desiree Verdejo: Beauty Entrepreneur

PHOTO: DESIREE VERDEJO

PHOTO: DESIREE VERDEJO

Interview by Lauren Ash

I'm so thrilled to venture out to NYC this weekend and kick of my yoga and self-care for women of color tour! In addition, BGIO Art Director Deun Ivory and I are thrilled to be able to partner with Desiree Verdejo, founder of Vivrant Beauty, on Friday, February 3rd at 6 p.m. for BGIO Happy Hour! We invite our BGIO NYC community to come out and mingle with us for good vibes in a beautiful space curated with women of color in mind! Learn more about the BGIO Beauty behind this lovely place and be sure to say hello to Desiree online

Who are you?

Hey, I'm Desiree, founder of Vivrant Beauty, a beauty boutique online and in NYC that caters to women of color. We curate natural haircare, clean skincare and premium makeup products to brown women and are proud of the fact that half of our product lines and growing are black-owned.

What does Black Girl In Om mean to you?

Black Girl In Om is a celebration of wellness, self-love and sisterhood.

How do you identify with Black Girl In Om's mission?

I am a Black Girl In Oma woman who appreciates the balance that inclusiveness, peace and self-care brings to my life but also how much more magical they can be when practiced with other black women. These principals are also weaved into the fabric of Vivrant Beauty, our beauty boutique that exists in the premium beauty world and the green beauty spacearenas that are not always mindful of the unique needs of Black women. 

What are your self-care and self-love practices?

I'm currently eight months pregnant and have never been more committed to my wellness practices than I am right now. Eating healthy colorful foods, stretching these hard-working limbs in prenatal yoga and committing to an indulgent beauty routine for my face and body (especially my growing belly) are all necessities.

PHOTO: DESIREE VERDEJO

PHOTO: DESIREE VERDEJO

Oh, congratulations! So happy for you and your family! What's one ritual you recommend more women of color adopt to cultivate inner beauty and wellness?

Society loves to portray images of black women arguing and attacking one another. For me its so empowering to find myself in a circle of likeminded black women whether its a church group, yoga circle or a bunch of fellow entrepreneurs or creatives. There is so much support and mental strength in finding a supportive sister circle and I encourage any woman of color without one to commit to seeking out such a network.

Absolutely, Desiree! So, what's one wellness product you can't live without?

I can't live without soy candles or natural face oils. I'm currently obsessed with a moisturizing facial oil by Yuli named Liquid Courage which leaves your skin so soft and glowy.

I'm going to have to try that out! How may we stay in touch with you?

My key links are www.vivrantbeauty.com and Instagram @vivrantbeautyny!