FAUBOURG Voices: Yomi Abiola

FAUBOURG is proud to introduce a new video series featuring strong and inspiring women. Women we love because of their commitment to doing good, to living consciously and to bettering the lives of those around them. In the first installment of FAUBOURG Voices, meet Yomi Abiola. The former model and journalist is now a media entrepreneur and devotes her energy and wisdom to helping women stand fully in their power and fulfill their potential. 

Full interview below to learn more about what moves Yomi. 

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5 Women of Color Changing the Way We See the World

Though I grew up without a biological mother, there was never a shortage of supportive women around me. They were aunties, cousins, grandmothers, and overall caregivers who were exceptionally strong. They had entrepreneurial spirits, ran their own businesses, set high standards and provided for their families and communities. That same foundation has impacted my relationships with the women I consider my closest friends and the women that I look up to.  I’ve noticed that while they may come from different backgrounds and cultures, the women in my life all share an ability to see beyond themselves and work for positive change.

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MEET: Painter Cassi Namoda

Cassi Namoda is the epitome of the modern creative woman. Independent, intuitive, an avid traveler and learner, she’s a woman of the world and an artist. Born in Maputo, Mozambique, the artist grew up “all around Africa” and went on to live in more countries than I can list here.  After several years in New York (where we met while she was working in fashion and as a curator) and West Africa, the multi-talented nomad has settled in Los Angeles where she's dedicated to her art. Cassi’s paintings explore life through the eyes of everyday women and men in Africa.

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5 Ways to Love Yourself Every Day

As a multicultural woman in my mid 30s, I’m always curious to see how love is celebrated across cultures. I've seen Valentine’s Day celebrated in similar ways in the various places I’ve lived or visited. In Europe, North America, Latin America, West Africa or the Carribeans, it usually involves a lot of pink or red, going out on a romantic date and exchanging material gifts with a love interest (and if all goes well, showing off that uber-sexy-yet-uncomfortable-as-hell lingerie and ending the night between satin sheets). That can be beautiful and cheers to all the couples slated for a memorable evening! (Rose emoji)  But from a more conscious perspective, there are a few problems with the way we celebrate love, come February 14.

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Vyayama: Yogic Values, Style & Performance

Yoga apparel line Vyayama was born from a desire to make clothing that reflects the yogic values of thoughtfulness and respect for all things. From the ultimate black legging (read on to find out what makes it so different) to a delicate cashmere sweater to wear outside the yoga studio, Vyayama’s collections are minimal and versatile, and push the envelop of ecofriendliness. I caught up with founder Rachel Bauer and her creative team to talk about the yoga wear brand's origins, design inspiration, and the challenges surrounding making sustainability sexy.   

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5 Films That Will Inspire You to Be More Conscious

It’s that time of the year: holiday cheer, new year resolutions... and of course, “netflix & chill”. We picked 5 outstanding eco and socially conscious movies to add to your Netflix list and watch to start the new year with a more conscious outlook. From fast fashion to farming to animal rights and more, these movies explore sustainability from angles that affect our everyday lives and highlight how impactful our choices are.

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Conscious Gifts by and for Badass Women

From the Women’s March to the #metoo campaign to Time's Person of the Year, 2017 has been a reminder that women are more determined than ever to be heard and seen—no matter the obstacles. In that spirit, we've decided to shed the light on some profiles we admire. We've picked a handful of our favorite gifts created by women who are speaking up and standing out. From books to beauty products to the very best suitcase in the world, each item on our list is created by a badass woman we love, perfect for one you love.

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4 Ways to Wear Wool Beyond the Sweater

We're huge fans of wool as a natural and eco-friendly alternative to synthetics. Nothing's cozier than a chunky sweater when temps start dropping. But there’s so much more to wool than the ski lodge. A new wave of designers is reconsidering the possibilities of this beloved cold-weather fabric and changing the way we think about wool.  

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MEET: Mengly Hernandez of LINEA Germania

A chance silk screening class led stylist, textile artist, and designer Mengly Hernandez to begin creating scarves for friends and family. The word spread quickly about Hernandez’s gorgeous handmade pieces and she launched her line LINEA Germania in response. We sat down with the artist/designer to talk about the ethics that drive her brand, her recent trip to Nepal and how it all began with a lucky encounter in New York.

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