DESIGNER HIGHLIGHT-KENYATTA C. JONES

        Kenyatta C Jones is the CEO and Head Designer of Bella Rene.  Named after her mother Karen Rene, Bella Rene was established in September 2006 by Kenyatta and her mother.

       As a young girl, Kenyatta remembers sneaking a copy of Vogue magazine in the basket at the supermarket. Even though those girls looked nothing like her, this is where her love of fashion started. Kenyatta started her company because as a plus size woman, she was not happy with the options in the plus size department. She saw a need and felt her love of fashion could help fill a void in the fashion industry.  Bella Rene is the first plus size high fashion and couture brand in the world.

     Kenyatta affirms, “I want plus size women to be confident. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman that is comfortable in her own skin no matter what size she is”. Follow her on Instagram: @bellareneatelier

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

WELLNESS TIPS OF THE WEEK-RECIPE

A note from our President of the Pearls: Empress Yana 

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Food Suggestions:

What you eat is also important as a model.

Instead of restricting yourself from food or focusing on what you cannot eat. Let’s explore food. Let’s celebrate the various spices, cheeses, vegetables, meats, and fruits from all over the world.

My favorite place to shop for food is the farmers market.

I can count on one thing, FRESH!

As a chef, I would love to hear from you.

What recipes would you like more of? Please email: staff@aladynamedpearl.com

Attn : ForkWithMe

This week we are eating:

Creamy Garlic Hummus

Prep time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 hours
Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 c. dry chickpeas (or 2 (15-oz.) cans chickpeas)
2 tsp. baking soda, divided
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 c. tahini
1 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 c. olive oil, plus more for topping
Paprika, for garnish
Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
FOR THE ROASTED GARLIC (OPTIONAL)
1 head of garlic
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
 Kosher salt & Freshly ground black pepper
 
Directions:
  1. Place chickpeas and 1 tsp baking soda in a large bowl and cover with water by at least an inch. Let soak overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. Strain chickpeas and place in a large pot. Add remaining teaspoon of baking soda and cover with water by at least an inch again. Bring to a boil then cover and reduce heat. Let simmer until tender and falling apart, 1 hour. Skim foam off the top as necessary.
  3. If using, roasted garlic: Cut the top off of the head of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap in foil and place in a shallow dish. Roast until golden and soft, 40 minutes. Let cool then remove garlic cloves.
  4. Drain chickpeas and place in the bowl of a food processor. Add garlic (if using), lemon juice, tahini, cumin, salt, red pepper flakes, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  5. With the food processor running, slowly stream in oil until hummus is at desired consistency.  Spoon hummus into a bowl and top with more oil, paprika, and parsley.
Enjoy!

Wellness Tips of the Week

Mental Wellness Activities to Increase Peaceful Mindset

Did you know that watching riots & negative news repeatedly can have a negative impact on your mental wellness? Take a break and go sit in nature. It works! Create more mental wellness activities that help you balance everything that is going on around you.

A mental wellness activity that promotes inner peace and mental wellness is to get away from the daily stress and spend time in nature. The fresh air, natural sounds, and sights, and refreshing smells can help to reduce anxiety and encourage the strengthening of inner peace and balance. Found a great article about it:

www.healthyplace.com/self-help/self-help-information/5-essential-mental-wellness-activities

Why is Emotional Wellness Important?

Did you know that your emotional well-being is an imperative part of your overall wellness? How are you feeling about what is going on in your city? Has COVID-19 paused your modeling jobs and now you are upset? It is ok to be upset however, do you know what emotional wellness means? Emotional wellness inspires self-care, relaxation, stress-reduction, and the development of inner strength.

Here is a great article about: https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/wellness/emotional/

Physical Fitness:

It is important to stay fit and eat healthy.

Exercising everyday is key to over all health.

Spend 60 minutes each day being active.

Switch it up! For example:

(Design your own quarantine workout schedule)

Monday-Yoga

Tuesday- Run

Wednesday- Pilates

Thursday-Strength Training

Friday-Hip hop class

Relax on the weekend!

Soak in a bath!

Rest

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Food Suggestions:

What you eat is also important as a model.

Instead of restricting yourself from food or focusing on what you cannot eat. Let’s explore food. Let’s celebrate the various spices, cheeses, vegetables, meats, and fruits from all over the world. My favorite place to shop for food is the farmers market. I can count on one thing, FRESH!

As a chef, I would love to hear from you. What recipes would you like more of ?

Please email: staff@aladynamedpearl.com

Attn: ForkWithMe

This week we are eating

Cheesesteak Grilled Cheese (Chicken or Steak)

 Total Time: 30 mins

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 large onion, thinly sliced

2 bell pepper, thinly sliced

vegetable oil

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 lb. sirloin streak or chicken breast,

sliced against the grain

8 slices white sandwich bread

1/4 c. mayonnaise

1/2 lb. sliced provolone

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium, heat oil. Add onion and bell peppers and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the vegetables are beginning to soften. Push the vegetables to one side of the pan and add the sirloin steak in an even layer on the other side. Season all over with salt and pepper. Let it cook, without stirring, until the bottom browns and develops a nice seared crust, about 1-2 minutes. Stir into the vegetables and continue cooking until the steak is cooked through and browned all over.
  2. Spread mayonnaise on one slice of bread. Top the dry side of the bread (the mayo will be on the outside) with steak and vegetable mixture and a slice of provolone. Top with another slice of bread and spread mayonnaise on the top. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium. Working in batches, cook sandwiches until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Enjoy!