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Fresh Beauty + Man Repeller Strawberry Soiree
Simply Gharib, Man Repeller, Fresh Beauty
Simply Gharib, Man Repeller, Fresh Beauty

SG’s First Brand Dinner

Forever thankful for all the goals I can check off my list and for all the wonderful support I receive.

A first Brand Dinner marks another accomplishment on a list of 2019 goals I set for myself in regards to this blog and I truly hope you all enjoyed the videos and photos from the event. Last week’s dinner was hosted by Man Repeller x Fresh Beauty for a new Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash, which I wrote a short post on.

The first Man Repeller event for Spring and they picked a location with the most spectacular view - North Brooklyn Farms in Williamsburg. Plus, if you know me, then you know I love a good table setting and the photos speak for themselves!

So like most of these events, I didn’t know anyone and just had to socialize and network, with some pretty amazing women. Which can seem awkward at first, but it’s something I’m trying to work on. The girls were more than welcoming when it came to making conversation over cocktails and sunset views. (not that I could eat or drink anything at the time, since it’s Ramadan!)

Fresh Beauty Sugar Strawberry Face Wash on: Sephora / Fresh Beauty

How to attend Brand events

I went to this event through Man Repeller, while I was there I met Katie (head of Fresh Beauty PR) and a few other great women. It’s all about networking and being your true self, which I sometimes struggle with, especially on Instagram, where I don’t know how to fully be myself. For pointers on getting into future events is to 1. Network at free events! You never know who you will meet, so socialize, smile, and have a great time. 2. Don’t be shy to reach out to those you connected with. 3. Reach out to brands you’d love to work with/attend events to learn more about them.

 

Network at Events

I say follow people and brands you admire on Instagram and look for opportunities to meet up. Start by going to free events in your area that are open to the public, make an account of Eventbrite and find some free events or follow Man Repeller for their networking events, and (of course) network! Be friendly. Talk to people. Post about the event on your social media channels. Be sure to use the hashtag so people looking back over the event photos see your pics / videos. The best way to get on a mailing list for events is to network and make those connections.

Simply Gharib, Man Repeller, Fresh Beauty
Simply Gharib, Man Repeller, Fresh Beauty
 

Don’t be shy

I wasn’t asked to write a post on the Fresh Beauty product, to post photos/stories, or in any way promote their new line. But, if you really like it, why not just do it anyway. I sent my post to the Head of Fresh Beauty PR, which may or may not work out to anything, but at least she responded and now has my email! It’s better to have the experience, so in the future you can explain to other brands what you could do for them. Tell them you'd love to attend and take pics to post/write about them. Offer to help in some way with promoting the event. It’s more a give-and-take.

 

Reach out

There's no sense in networking if you can't give people your contact info. Make it easy for them. Have a card or a sticker or something with your information on it that you can hand out as you meet people. Don’t be afraid to reach out and get in contact with PR companies, Social Media teams, or DM brands, etc… If they cant’t help in the moment, (like I said) at least they’ll have your email and info on file. Important step is to reach out and try to make a connection.

Simply Gharib, Man Repeller, Fresh Beauty

For everyone else who isn’t interested in blogging or attending influencer events, I do hope I am able to talk/post/show enough to still make you feel a part of the community. I love to include everyone and feel like we’re together!

Fresh Beauty Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash
Simply Gharib x Fresh Beauty

When it comes to my skin, I’m a bit jumpy. What do I mean by that? Well, I tend to overreact, namely in my own head, about the current state of my skin and how certain foods/products/environmental issues will affect it. And while things have significantly cleared up these last few months since using Curology (and maintaining a somewhat healthy diet), I still need to wash the makeup off at the end of the day. I’ve used Fresh Beauty’s Soy Face Cleanser before and loved it, but their new Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Wash combined with the cleanser has my face feeling baby smooth!

I don’t usually like products with fragrances, I’m an “all-natural” kinda gal, but I have to say it smells like actual strawberry puree. Which may or may not resonate with everyone else, but I like it, especially since it’s summertime so I’m loving the fresh smell.

This exfoliating cleanser is the experience of putting fresh strawberries on your face, with a helping of sugar to gently micro-polish while you wash.
— Lev Glazman, fresh co-founder
Simply Gharib x Fresh Beauty
 
 
Simply Gharib x Fresh Beauty
 

About Fresh Beauty

By combining potent natural ingredients, ancient rituals, and modern science, Fresh creates products that perform with experiences that transform. Discovery drives innovation. Fresh’s Founders travel the world uncovering the highest quality natural ingredients and time-honored cultural traditions. But the real journey is using science to harness and heighten nature—developing effective formulas that look, smell, and feel as good as they work—to bring you the most beautiful skin and sensations.

Fresh Beauty / Sephora

Overall

I was impressed by how well this cleanser/ exfoliator works. The strawberry smell doesn't smell artificial. The sugar crystals in the formula are very small, aren’t too abrasive, and dissolve well into the skin. Since it’s an exfoliator, I would only use it 2-3 times a week, but I love it. It leaves my face feeling baby smooth and smelling freshly sweet.

Do I Adore Cafe Dior?
Simply Gharib Cafe Dior Miami
Simply Gharib - Cafe Dior Miami

Just when you thought the Miami Design District couldn’t get any ‘bougier’, it’s now upped itself with the addition of Café Dior. Which, as you can guess, is just as expensive as the name it bears. Dior has its signature cafe in Seoul and St. Tropez, so to open one up in Miami has made it the place to be - why? The cafe is Instagram-worthy as the perfect aesthetic for ‘haute’ coffee photos and photo backdrops.

I went to the cafe for my birthday with my husband and two friends. Of course, taking photos and posting them on my instagram story was easy, since the place itself is already cute. But listen up, because this is the part no one really talks about, the coffee and desserts are obscenely expensive. First of all, the coffee is $12 (+tax +tip +non-dairy milk) (there’s a reason they don’t advertise the menu online) and no, it is not worth it. I enjoy my cup of Nespresso and Starbucks more than the coffee they provided. A single macaron (pictured below) cost as much as the coffee. I thought Laduree was pricey, their macarons seem like a very reasonable $2.80/each.

So what’s the point? I had a very interesting conversation with a few friends on the power of social media for cafes and restaurants. It has the power to drive masses of people to these locations for the perfect photos. Even I’m guilty of this. I appreciate a beautifully designed space, I am an architect after all. My issue is there needs to be a balance between quality/price and Instagrammable design, otherwise these locations will gain fast momentum and die out just as fast. If it’s not already obvious - I would not recommend this cafe nor do I see myself going back. Yes, I can see the couture vibes beating a local corner Starbucks, but with places like OTL Miami right downstairs, Dr. Smood, Blue Bottle Coffee around the corner, etc… there is no need to choose Cafe Dior when there is an abundance of reasonably-priced, Instagrammable places right next door.

I did have a lot of fun, but this is true with any situation when you’re with the best people. This is all just my experience and opinion, maybe its a one-time-only kind of place or maybe there are those of you who think the ‘Dior’ powdered outline is worth every penny. All I’m saying is I’m not going to lie and say this is an amazing cafe just because the photos look amazing. There needs to be a little more transparency on social media when it comes to these things.

Dior, 162 NE 39th Street, Miami Design District

Dior, 162 NE 39th Street, Miami Design District

Relationship Podcasts: Let's Talk About It
 
All my friends are getting engaged, married, or having babies and I’m over here just GENUINELY HAPPY FOR THEM BECAUSE I DO NOT COMPARE MY JOURNEY TO ANYONE ELSE’S AND YOU SHOULD NOT EITHER.
— Anna Akana

Not a typical outfit post, but before all the NYFW craziness, my last posts were about my own relationship chapters and Valentine’s Day love. If you read them, then you know that I haven’t really been single since I was 17. While I struggled with my relationship differently than someone who struggled with the ‘single’ aspects of it — it’s the same issue. Love and relationships is one of those things that we, as a society, has romanticized - love, marriage, happily ever after. Our minds can get so contaminated with endless ideas of ‘perfection’. In reality, not many of us openly talk about it — so let’s talk about it.

The Ikonn EXPERIENCE

I share my own stories; the good and the bad, happy and sad, but that doesn’t mean I don’t need to sometimes hear someone else’s experiences to remember I’m not the only one. If you don’t know The Ikonns — you don’t know what you’re missing. I’ve followed Mimi Ikonn for what feels like forever, but it wasn’t until recently that' I’ve been able to connect and relate on a different level. She and her husband, Alex, not only share their relationship experiences on Youtube, but have also started a podcast, The Ikonn Experience. Maybe you can relate with some things they say, maybe not. The fact is they’re a part of a movement in breaking down the perfection barrier (it’s 2019, let’s be real now), and I appreciate their honesty. They recently shared a video (albeit a tad bit long to watch), where they openly discuss their reactions to people’s assumptions of them. Assumptions including “I feel like you guys never argue/fight”, “I feel like you’ve never thought of divorce”, “You guys seem like the perfect couple” — and let’s be honest, even I have had those assumptions before, but I remind myself that nothing is perfect. Which does not mean they’re unhappy or I am unhappy, it’s just understanding reality. It’s refreshing watching these two talk and communicate with their followers on a very open and real level. Watch their video here!

he Said What

Moving into the realm of dealing with being single, dating, and life in general. I recently met with Melissa Diamond, creator of He Said What podcast, “an unfiltered source of perspectives on life, love, and dating”. I may not have gone through dating someone who cheated, trying to find ‘the one’, or being broken up with, but I’ve seen others struggle with it. After listening to a few podcasts episodes, I realize this is all unchartered territory for most of us (yet we are somehow supposed to know how to deal with it). The epitome of the show is listening to others opening talk about their experiences, touching on subjects "we are not supposed to be discussing" but we all want to know and wonder about. When Melissa and I sat for our coffee date, she automatically made me feel like I was catching up with a long-time old friend. Her down-to-earth personality and openness is the reason why her “barrier-breaking-conversations” are so relatable.

He Said What recently reached its one year anniversary! Her episodes cover a variety of topics. From discussions on the pressure of first dates, not getting closure, managing expectations; being authentic, living in the moment, the challenges if dating, putting yourself out there; to dealing with the fear of rejection. Read Melissa’s interview here!

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Each day I find more and more people openly talking about, not just relationships but, life itself. We all struggle with different problems, but opening up with each other only brings us all closer together. We, humans, are social beings. It’s natural for us to want to connect with others like us and feel like we’re not alone. When we start to openly talk about our realities and listen to others, we start realizing ‘perfect’ does not exist. Stop comparing and start being happy for those who are able to overcome the struggles, see them as motivation. At the very least, it’s a “hey you’re not alone” reminder and we begin to normalize the fact that there is nothing wrong with us.