March 27, 2017

So, if you're in NYC! Go and see their shop instead of Macys, Bloomingdale's, etc. After seven years, the sisters behind the NY-based label continue to thrive.

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After just a few minutes of talking with Darlene and Lizzy Okpo — co-founders of the New York-based womenswear line William Okpo — it becomes abundantly clear that failure isn’t, and has never been, an option. That’s why seven years after starting their label, the sisters are still turning out fresh ideas that feel prescient and thriving creatively in an industry that’s not known to be friendly to upstarts — nor overtly welcoming to women of color.

Founded in 2010 when Darlene and Lizzy were just 23 and 19 years old, respectively, the brand takes its name from the girls’ father, William Okpo, who immigrated from Nigeria to New York in 1976. The sisters embraced his strong, unwavering work ethic and unique style — ideas that ultimately inspired them to launch a label despite limited resources, limited e...

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I LOVE Thai Food! Especially Pad Thai, Chinatown had an excellent Thai restaurant called Pongsri

at 106 Bayard/Baxter Streets. Right on the corner and across the street of a park.

This recipe is a Thai twist on the Tandoori chicken theme, an oven-baked dish that's easy enough to pull off even on a busy weeknight. It can be part of a rice, grain or noodle bowl, served atop a salad or even as a fusion taco filling, with fresh cabbage and a homemade pico de gallo. Throwing a party? Serve it as a satay with sweet chile or peanut sauce. Or go simple with a side of roasted sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli or spinach.

We prefer to use chicken thighs in this recipe, as they stay juicer, but chicken breasts are fine, too. Cutting the meat into cubes (or asking your butcher to do it) reduces the roasting time and results in more even cooking, but you can grill whole chicken thighs if you prefer. Either way, marinate the chicken the night before and this dish...

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The Pacific Island of Papua New Guinea is on infusionofstyles bucket list to explore other than Fiji.

We as African people did travel a long distanced from our native continent.

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Way out there in the Pacific Ocean, in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea, there is an island called Kitava. It is one of the four main Trobriand Islands, an archipelago with a total population of 12,000 indigenous inhabitants. Rich with culture, surrounded on all sides by clear blue water and lush rainforest, Kitava is as stunning as it is remote. But it's got more to offer than good views.

As Byrdie reports, Kitava is also home to a people whose diet and nutritional habits remain engineered for well-being, untouched by Western influence. A lifetime of not knowing the sweet, sweet sensation of the salt from a potato chip hitting the roof of your mouth has done more than just spare Kitavans from chronic ailments like dia...

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V E R Y  I M P O R T A N T to start reading the ingredients list on products! INFUSIONOFSTYLES uses natural and organic ingredients!

In a world where beauty fads come and go faster than you can say "sheet mask," aloe vera is as about as tried and true as they come. But according to a troubling new report from Bloomberg, your favorite skin salve might not contain any actual aloe vera. What the...?

Using an independent lab, Bloomberg tested four different generic aloe formulations: Wal-Mart’s Equate Aloe After Sun Gel with pure aloe vera; Target’s Up & Up Aloe Vera Gel with pure aloe vera; CVS Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel; and Walgreens Alcohol Free Aloe Vera Body Gel. Despite the names and the fact that aloe was listed at the tops of the ingredient lists, none of the products tested showed any traces of aloe barbadensis leaf juice—the technical term for the skin remedy. In fact, most of the products tested were totally bereft of a...

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