GAL APPROVED! Multifunctional Purse. Coconut MCT. Rio Clothing. Art Bodega Magazine. Housing Works Event!

By   |   April 27, 2019   |   Gal Approved

STRAP. Clara Yoo is the mastermind behind CALA VELA, a new handbag brand. Using her years of training as an executive at Cole Haan, Clara has created a bag collection that’s not only beautiful but multifunctional, with handles that can be worn four ways. At her launch party, Clara shared with the DivaGals that the shape of her bags are like a “sunrise over the ocean,” because she loves beaches.

The collection is made with quality leather and 18k gold hardware. Inside the bags are convenient compartments for cell phones, lipstick and pens and credit cards. Get yours in small ($195) or regular size ($285).

EAT. TV DivaGal has been trying to keep her life low carb and keto-ish. Not familiar with the diet plan? Here’s the simple drill: when your body goes into ketosis, it uses fat as its main energy source. There is a lot of coconut oil involved. But to take it one step further, I decided to try BetterBody Foods’ Coconut MCT Oil. What’s great about this oil is that it stays liquid, even at cold temperatures, and its neutral flavor and aroma wonΓÇÖt change the taste of your favorite recipes. The concentrated Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) — a dietary fat most commonly found in coconut and palm oil — are great for promoting sustained energy. I’ve poured a capful on my salad and into my smoothies. And while I’m not running marathons yet, I do feel like there is a pep in my step. Get your BetterBody Foods’ Coconut MCT Oil at Amazon.

READ. We were delighted to meet the mastermind behind Art Bodgea magazine, a bi-monthly print magazine for the high-end Latin consumer that delivers celebrity and high-interest news, as well as a guide to the latest hotspots and fashion trends. Rebeca Herrero is the proud Latina force behind the publication, which has been her passion for the past ten years. Rebecca expressed that it’s never easy to take on a task like producing a magazine every other month on her own, but she knows that her publication is making a difference for the Latin community and beyond. We had a blast hanging with our fellow gal pals while sipping wine from Legende from Baron the Rothschild at Omar at Vaucluse on the Upper East Side. NYC philanthropist and fashion diva Jean Shafiroff graces the latest issue’s cover. Get your copy of Art Bodega magazine here.

SHOP. It’s spring and time to refresh your wardrobe and home decor. Check out the vibrant prints from popular Brazilian clothing chain FARM Rio. “FARM Rio is BrazilΓÇÖs most beloved clothing and lifestyle brand. The story began in 1997 in Rio at a local independent fashion market called Babilonia Feira Hype where founders Katia Barros and Marcello Bastos took their chances on launching a clothing line that embodies the feminine spirit and vibrant colors of Rio.” We styles are very beachy, relaxed with a touch of sexy very much like Brazil itself.

SHOP 2. If you are in NYC make your way to Housing Works annual design on a dime show and sale. What you get is a chance to shop a series of rooms curated by some very talented interior designers. The best part is that your purchases support individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS.

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