Poland Spring bottled water is a product of Nestle. Is it water from an untouched source? Is it 100 percent “Spring Water”? There have been a few lawsuits against the product alleging that it’s not and they’ve been misleading the public for quite some time now. Here at You Me NYC Magazine, our thoughts on this are simple. WE DON’T CARE, WE HAVE HYDR8!!!
No more having to separate plastic bottles that go into the recycling bin or having to wait for the water delivery and the attitude that comes with it. More importantly, no more lugging the 5-gallon 40-pound plastic bottles to the cooler and spilling part of it all over you. HYDR8 is all about space and maximizing its capacity, by offering a streamlined approach, to an endless supply of purified water through your current system. In other words, HYDR8 filters the “Hell” out of your tap water by removing all impurities as well as bacteria found in your tap and then sterilizes, using the latest in advanced filtration technology. To quote Peter from You Me NYC Magazine, “HYDR8 Makes New York’s Water Taste Great Again”.
We were fortunate to sit down with President, CEO and founder of HYDR8 Ralph Marucci(pictured in image right with business partner Eric) for a few “New York Minutes” to get to know a little more about him and his company’s mission. Saving billions of plastic water bottles from being dumped into our oceans and landfills, combined with little to no plastic usage in their equipment is only part of their vision. Building a strong customer relationship, whether it’s an individual household or fortune 500-company as well as implementing their state of the art purification systems all over the world, to developed and underdeveloped countries is the other.
According to Marucci, over the next 5 to 10 years, HYDR8 will be the household name for water purification as well as the authority in educating the public on the importance of their product to one’s health, vitality and the environment. Marucci along with his team, has reached out through various “Social Media” outlets, schools throughout the city’s five boroughs, and word of mouth to spread HYDR8’s ideology of keeping up with the latest water quality technology, along with what makes HYDR8’s process so unique. HYDR8 will be available all over the world, especially to those who don’t have direct access to clean drinking water.
Marucci held a few different sales positions before he decided to go into business for himself, making water his chosen industry. When asked what kind of advice he can offer to the entrepreneurs just starting out, his response was, “Understanding and achieving emotional neutrality during wins and losses is the key to longevity and minimizing stress. It’s easier said than done, but focusing on it can be the key to future success..” HYDR8 is the future of in-house water purification and we at You Me NYC Magazine are enjoying it one glass at a time. It just tastes better.
Ditch the Petroleum Jelly, an oil-based product that was first discovered on some of the earliest oil rigs, in the mid to late 1800s. Petroleum jelly now uses more friendly names like Mineral oil, Petrolatum, or Paroleine. It is found in over 95% of all makeups, soaps, and hair care products. We all know of the many products that contain Petroleum Jelly. People have been applying it on their lips, face, hair and on their cuts for years. Short term relief, is the temporary comfort, however, over time, the effects can be quite damaging. It creates a false facade of hydrated skin and actually suffocates your pores by building a barrier between your skin and the very air you breathe.
CoCoMe is an eco-friendly skincare brand derived from all-natural ingredients wrapped in a package of organic virgin coconut oil and a touch of bees-wax. It caters to your skin by nourishing each layer with a healthy and refreshing covering, all while protecting your skin from the free radicals that can damage it. The bees-wax allows the application to glide easily and evenly as the organic virgin coconut oil is absorbed quickly into your skin. The unique properties of CoCoMe leave your skin soft and hydrated as well as repair and restore exuberance to those tired and dry areas. Blemishes and scars are less noticeable after incorporating CoCoMe into your skincare regimen.
The product also has anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-itching, and anti-inflammatory properties and a whole lot more. No more annoying mosquito bites, Eczema, and athlete’s foot. After removing makeup, with traditional cleansers, there are still a lot of chemical remnants left on your face from both the makeup and these traditional cleansers, which can cause breakouts and irritation. Used as a makeup remover, CoCoMe cleanses a majority of those chemical remains away with its all-natural ingredients preventing breakouts and irritation from occurring.
CoCoMe is a universal product for both men and women. Now we all know that women are more inclined to take care of their skin and men kinda have skincare on the backburner. However, both men and women can agree on one thing, they are both age-conscious and CoCoMe aids in slowing down your skin’s aging process. It’s safe to use from head to toe, even safe enough for a newborn baby. This is just a brief synopsis that I put together about this product, there are many more uses and benefits to take advantage of. I use CoCoMe every day as a lip balm and a moisturizer and I absolutely love it and you will too.
Have you ever stepped into Barbie’s Dreamhouse? As we all know, New York City has the best pop up events, with themes that are astonishing to people. Leaving everyone wondering what events will be next. Barbie’s 60th anniversary takes no backseat to the other popups appearing throughout the city. Barbie has been honoring female achievement since 1959. There were many iconic females that were represented by their own Barbie dolls.
Barbie’s 60th anniversary paid tribute to real-life women and the positive roles they portrayed in their existence. Women like Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, Bindi Irwin, Katherine Johnson, Yara Shahidi, Dipa Karmakar and many more. 60 years of female empowerment through a doll, making Barbie a universal figure.
This event wasn’t specifically for kids, many adults attended and participated in the event dressed as Barbie. Each wearing the loud color pink from shoes, dresses, shirts, and accessories. The event showed an overview of Barbie’s career, her fashion and the use of other miniatures to represent the diversity of the female personification today.
Barbie has evolved, coming in all shapes and sizes. It was a day of celebrating the nostalgia of one’s childhood. From entering through her closet, then her bedroom, and eventually her kitchen, made you think you were one of the Barbie Dolls as well. The dream house you’ve always admired on television, at a friend’s house or the one in your bedroom, has come to life, right before your eyes.
This pop up was to render the last generation of firsts for young women to follow their dreams and creativity. Becoming the first of the first or the last of your generation is most inspiring. Barbie isn’t just a doll; Barbie is the person you’ve always wanted and needed to become when you were younger. She is you. The Barbie doll is a representation of you. Like Barbie says “You can be Anything” and by the way, I participated too.
Before entering Hollywood with Quantico and Baywatch, she was one of the mainstream Bollywood actresses that starred in many Indian films. Chopra had die-hard fans all over the South Asian countries.
After being crowned Miss World in 2000, she had already done over 40 movies in India. She is known for her performances in the movies Dostana, Salaam e Ishq, Bajirao Mastani, Mary Kom, and many more. However, her big break happened with her role in the 2008 Bollywood movie Fashion.
The plot renders a small town Indian girl who wanted to pursue her dreams of modeling but her parents had other ideas in store for her. She takes a risk by herself to be in the world she’s always wanted to be in. The story goes on to where she had to face many obstacles into becoming a model in what seemed to be a glamorous world. However, it wasn’t what she really expected.
At the beginning of filming the movie, she wasn’t quite sure if she wanted to be a part of the film. Her directors helped build her confidence to continue shooting. As the movie premiered, viewers were noticing how her role immensely affected her career in a serendipitous way. She’s had a tremendous influence on other female actresses in India. A few years ago she also debuted in her first songs, In My City and Exotic featuring Pitbull and Will.i.am.
Aside from film and music, she was the national UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She is also associated with the Girl Up campaign. The campaign’s objective, no matter where a young girl lives, they should have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, and safe. Chopra wanted to build awareness for every child to have an education and skills to acquire jobs in different fields. Priyanka Chopra taught many girls around the world to follow their dreams through hard work and ambition.
“A pretty face with nothing to back it up is null and void”, according to PurposefullyPretty Inc. a nonprofit organization seeking to reach, teach and inspire young women to identify and pursue their purpose in life. Their goal is to teach them about beauty and the importance of having a purpose, by helping them become the inspirational and determined individuals they are destined to be.
Like any other teenager, many deal with insecurities and obstacles in their life. PurposefullyPretty founder, Diamond Craig and the PP team are women who have struggled with some to many of the same issues that young women face today. It is their desire to mentor, guide and inspire them to reach their personal and professional goals as well as overcome the various struggles that confront them.
PurposefullyPretty implements its mission through mentorships, community service, empowerment events, and the #IAmPurposefullyPretty workshop series. Through this workshop series, the PurposefullyPretty team travels to schools, libraries and other organizations that cater to young women; providing all the tools that they need to become the next generation of leaders and dedicated women. This workshop series gears itself towards young women between the ages of 11-18; to help them achieve their confidence and character necessary to pursue their goals and to acquire the tools needed. Therefore, by the end of the series, they have a better understanding of what their purpose is.
Some of the workshops apart from this series include ‘Identifying My Purpose’, ‘Radical Self Love’ ‘Social Media’, ‘Conflict Resolution’ and a host of others. They can also join the PurposefullyPretty organization, by becoming a registered member. Members benefit by establishing relationships and networking with all of its members. Purposefully Pretty has such great opportunities from prom makeover contest to summer leadership programs. They also collaborate with other organizations to focus on what young women are interested in!
Promoting diversity through a woman’s wardrobe, to where she feels comfortable and confident is only part of the objective for clothing label IDoll Perception. Building a relationship between brand and customer is key to developing a consumer’s own individual fashion identity or “iDoll”(a combination of idol and doll)is another piece. iDoll Perception is a women’s clothing brand that challenges the ideal impression of beauty and style by combining urban wear and contemporary chic.
“There’s always a relationship between how you look and what people perceive of you,” says Kierra Tims founder of iDoll Perception. Creating designs that can be worn in a professional environment and for “A girls night out” is what iDoll Perception focuses on to establish its own unique brand of women’s clothing. Treating a customer as a member of an exclusive label creates a more enjoyable shopping experience for them as well.
Being open to feedback, suggestions, or just hearing about a member’s look are all success factors used by iDoll Perception upon the creation and development of a member’s “iDoll”. Eventually, each member will become their own influence, leader and role model to themselves. This is what sets iDoll Perception apart from the rest of the clothing and apparel companies around the industry. Aside from designing some of the hottest looks in the trade, they have a genuine interest in each member’s image.
iDoll Perception plans on contributing to the advancement of women through various scholarship and mentorship programs. As iDoll Perception grows, they plan on opening a few “Popup Shops” not only dedicated to their clothing but also to the professional as well as personal development of their members and all women as a whole. iDoll Perception’s approach is definitely remarkable in every sense of the word and I look forward to seeing more of what this cutting-edge fashion design company has to offer.
They go by the slogan “Breaking The Rules and Setting New Standards.” Starting out as a small fashion show straight to a mission, Shortstack is a nonprofit modeling agency for young teenage girls. Their objective is to create opportunities for the teens, by encouraging them to embrace their inner and outer selves and helping to achieve their aspirations of becoming a model. According to program directors, Patricia Budhan and Frannelys Frias “Shortstack is not just a modeling program, it’s also a self-esteem program. We want to help girls overcome their struggles.” This nonprofit program is a space for young girls to blossom into young women. It is also a sisterhood where anyone can reach out for advice or have a shoulder to lean on.
Throughout the program, the agency renders life lessons such as time management, networking, and how to communicate with others. Many have come out of this program finding their lifetime friend. Together the girls go through auditions, workshops, and segments, while simultaneously creating a bond with each other. Hal Eisenberg is the CEO of Windows of Opportunity Inc., which is also the parent umbrella that Shortstack 501©(3) is under. Eisenberg, the Executive Director of Shortstack, Tracy Mangan Mignone, along with program directors Patricia Maria and Frannelys Frias steady the course of the curriculum. Considering it takes about nine months to prepare the girls for the runway show, the Shortstack team works very hard to provide the models with their outfits, photo-shoots, sponsors, the production overall and the audience.
As people hear the word about Shortstack, this leads to a conversation. According to Tracy Mangan Mignone “We walked through Roosevelt Field mall and sent out packets giving people a chance to see their clothing on our runway.” As the years went by, it was easy for people to reach out and get their clothing line into the fashion show.
Shortstack is the vessel that advises a young girl on how to use the power of confidence to their advantage. They want the best for these teens by showing them, they can be whatever they want to be in life. They still continue their mission for many that were in the program. Once a Shortstack always a Shortstack. We wish much-continued success with their mission in helping young girls build their confidence and self-esteem.