Kat and Katy's April Favourites
Here’s our round up of tools, resources, and just things we’ve been digging in April we thought we’d share with you.
As always, your recommendations are much appreciated!
Let’s get to it.
I first stumbled on Gemma’s Instagram account years ago when I saw her blog posts and photos of her adventures through Central and South America.
Over the years, I have watched her photography skills grow and evolve — so much so that she now offers a “Photography 101” course.
Check out her feed for stunning photos of her adorable baby, Manly Beach, and testimonials from her pupils!!
Build and Bloom
Build and Bloom is a nonprofit organisation carving out a safe space for young photographers to learn and grow. It’s an online community filled with many different types of creatives that started out as a Facebook group. It now hosts in-person workshops and its online presence on Instagram is aesthetic heaven, featuring photographs taken by Build and Bloom creatives.
Build and Bloom was founded by Jessica Whitaker — NYC photographer and Youtuber. Her Youtube channel is a wealth of information for starting out portrait photography and turning your passion into your own legitimate business. (This is really a two in one recommendation — you’re welcome!)
As everyone who truly knows me knows... I have a warped love for true crime. Naturally, I found another podcast to feed this addiction.
Each week, Ashley Flowers tells us and her friend (and co-host), Britt chilling true crime stories. Whether it’s a tale about serial killers, a missing person, or a murder victim — no matter what the story is about, it will leave you with goosebumps!
On a side note, about this podcast, the women are in different cities recording this together. It's just another positive affirmation that if Kat and I started doing podcasts we could totally nail it being apart!
Dissect is a podcast series hosted by Cole Cuchna where he breaks down the entire world of art found in hip-hop music featuring artists from Kendrik Lamar, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, and Lauryn Hill.
He dives right into the theories behind the beat production, lyrics, and events that lead to each song —and it’s thorough, to say the least. It’s like listening to a highly researched college paper that you’re actually interested in.
I loved this break down of Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, released in 1998 that over 20 years later is still (regretfully) so relevant today on the perpetuation of objectification of women and shallowness found in hip-hop culture. Another one of my favourite episodes is the two part series on Frank Ocean’s “Pyramids”.
Ray Dalio is an American billionaire who built his fortune from his investment firm, Bridgewater Associates. While this book reads, in part, as an autobiography, much of his life and work principles for success can be applied to many different avenues to help anyone or organisation reach their goals.
Without trying to be deeply philosophical, he addresses many interesting frameworks to which we can approach problems. This book is a guide on how to think and approach problems objectively to reach to solutions that benefit everyone faster.
It is a long read —the book is thick! I recommend listening it on audiobook because it’s read by Ray Dalio himself. I listened to this book (all 16 hours and 7 minutes) on my walks to work and I considered it breakfast for my brain.
Beauty & Wellness
The self-heating formula works deep in the pores and detoxifies skin by reducing environmental stressors in the skin from dehydration to air pollution. Magnolia extract relieves from impurities, refines pores and visibly tightens for noticeably clear, smooth and healthy looking skin.
You massage the gel gently in circular motion continuously for one minute and then rinse off, I have found that even after a week, I notice a huge difference in my skin.
This is an unconventional beauty recommendation, but I’ve been working on my acne prone skin internally with nutrition.
Contrary to what the beauty industry would like us to believe, the skin, although it’s the largest organ, is not the best at absorbing nutrients. This means that all those expensive elixirs that promise to clear our skin is only doing a fraction of the job (and I still love them).
But the majority of skin health happens internally. I sought out advice from my herbalist (aka my partner) and a dermatologist who have helped me determine that my skin problems are most likely due to hormone imbalance and a struggling liver.
I’ve been taking a concoction of supplements to support my overall diet, so I thought I’d share a bit of what I’ve been taking to support my skin health.
DIM (Diindolylmethane) is extracted from cruciferous veggies — broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts — and it’s a safe hormone regulating supplement.
For my liver, I’m taking schizandra berry or the five flavoured flavoured berry (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, umami). It’s used in medicine to increase liver detoxification and aids with the endocrine system (hormones).
This is what I’ve found to help me right now. If you’ve tried a million and one elixirs, creams, and potions under the sun and are not happy with the result, I recommend seeking advice from a nutritionist, herbalist, or dermatologist to repair your skin from within.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you will have heard of Tasty “Food that'll make you close your eyes, lean back, and whisper "yessss." Snack-sized videos and recipes you'll want to try.”
Anyone can find these 5 minutes (or less) videos on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube. The stars of these videos range from professionals to average joes (or well the folks that work at Tasty) giving it their best to try and make the recipe that they have found.
All these videos are great, but pulling up the recipe can be inconvenient if you're trying to make it yourself — the creators have gone ahead and made an app that holds all their recipes and instructions in an easy convenient place. I highly recommend downloading for your next go-to app when looking for dinner, dessert and cocktail ideas!
YES! Vancouver is a networking group for professional women looking to make powerful connections with fellow female community leaders.
Know Your Worth was hosted at the Hootsuite HQ and was deliciously catered by Nuba and Cartems doughnuts. I was already pleased by the spread, but the night’s discussion with the brilliant panelists surrounded women’s relationship with money was well worth the ticket price of $60.
I loved the talk on imposter syndrome and how it influences us during salary negotiations, freelance pricing, office politics and almost everything else we do.
The panellists gave invaluable insight on how we can come out the other end of all of these obstacles thriving. I will definitely keep a lookout for their next event.