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Sephora: A Beautiful Example of Retail Innovation

After reading the good news on Sephora being named retail innovator of the year by Strategy Magazine, we had to dig deeper and see what this retail innovation thing was all about. It turns out Sephora has taken great strides to digitize their stores and create new and innovative ways to connect with their customers including pop-ups at festivals, in-store appearances from beauty brand founders and influencers and Beauty Bikes offering custom consultations on-the-go. Strategy reports that Toronto’s overhauled Yorkdale Shopping Centre store includes an area for up to 10 customers to have group beauty classes, gain access to self-guided …

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Introducing Riley Rose: Forever 21’s Beauty Boutique

What initially began as speculation, became a reality last Friday as the new partnership between Forever 21 and General Growth Properties (GGP) is confirmed and they are on track to open 13 Riley Rose beauty and lifestyle boutiques in the United States. “These new, experiential spaces will be focused on accessories, cosmetics and home goods for the millennial consumer,” said Do Won Chang, CEO of Forever 21. “We will open 10 stores in 2017, and follow up with three more in 2018.” “Customers have come to expect lifestyle options at their regional shopping centers,” added Sandeep Mathrani, CEO of GGP. …

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In The News: United Airlines, Celebrity Break Ups, The American’s Are Coming & Farewell Charlie Murphy

My very first news roundup includes my two cents on the United Airlines fiasco, recent celebrity break ups, American business coming to Canada and a farewell to ‘brother darkness’, our beloved Charlie Murphy. Don’t forget to respond with your thoughts on the topics in the comments below.

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Lessons Learned From My Close Encounters With Breast Cancer

In the summer of 2012, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She decided to check out some pain she was feeling under her right arm and while the pain wasn’t related to the cancer, the doctor did find cancerous lymphnodes which she had surgically removed. Over the next year, my mom underwent both chemo and radiation therapy and today she is cancer-free! At the end of 2013, I noticed a small lump under my right arm and decided to monitor it to see if it would evolve into simple acne or go away. It did nothing. I didn’t want …

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Why Black Women Need To Mind Their Own Business

The day I discovered my purpose, I envisioned myself leading a mass exodus of people from their corporate jobs to running their own business; kind of like how Moses lead the Jews out of Egypt. And it seems my purpose may not be so far off from what needs to happen, especially for Black women in America. I recently read a report by the Center for American Progress on The State of Women of Color in the United States which highlights the barriers women of color face, despite being a very important player in the fate of our economy. According to …

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Farewell Nelson Mandela

I’m listening to CNN cover the breaking news of Nelson Mandela passing away and while we’re sad to lose him, I can’t help but get a sense of relief for him. The first time I learned about Mandela was in my Black History class in high school. We learned about his stand against apartheid and his time in prison and how he became the first Black president of South Africa and how much he was loved and celebrated for the unity he brought to his people. And every time I saw him after that, he was always speaking some truth …

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