Serena Williams Launches Miami Popup While Joining Forbes 2018 Most Powerful Women List

Serena Williams is an ultimate icon of the strong, sophisticated, sexy woman. In the last decade of AOC, I’ve called her the Smart Sensuality woman. Serena didn’t add “with heart” to her list of descriptors, but based on her own social activism, I know “with heart” is on the list of traits of women seeking their own voices by shopping at the champ’s new pop-up shop at the luxe Faena hotel during Miami's Art Basel. Guests at Wednesday night’s opening party for her Serena Collection included fellow tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

"I want everyone to be able to do that and to step into their power," she said Wednesday night at the launch of her first pop-up shop, open until December 29th.

Everything in the Serena line, from a black sequined top with the word "Unbothered" to a crisp, white button-down that says "Slay" in red letters, is under $200.

Williams has taken authenticity to an entirely new level, not only designing all the clothing in the shop, but also painting the artwork on the walls. "I've painted for years, probably like ten years now. It's my outlet," she said, explaining that many of the paintings took a month to complete. "I jokingly said I'm going to be at Art Basel one day."

On Dec. 4, Williams joined the 2018 Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women for the first time. Forbes also named women like Shonda Rimes, Oprah, and Beyoncé as the world's most powerful, and German chancellor Angela Merkel holds the number one spot for the eighth year in a row. Notably, Williams is the only female athlete on the list. In November, GQ announced that Williams had also been named its Woman of the Year. Forbes included social media influence in a criteria for a Forbes top spot, and all agree that Serena’s open discussions around motherhood gave hope to millions of women worldwide who struggle with being perfect in our every endeavor. ~ Anne

Chanel Ends Use Of Exotic Animal Skins Including Crocodile, Lizard, Snake + Stingray Skins

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On Monday, in advance of Chanel’s pre-fall Metiers d'Art show at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the luxury house announced that it has initiated a ban on exotic animal skins in its designs and products. Chanel will "no longer use exotic skins in our future creations," Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel's president of fashion, told WWD.

The ban extends to crocodile, lizard, snake, and stingray skins, and also includes fur, the use of which Chanel has already wound down in recent years in recent years. "It is our experience that it is becoming increasingly difficult to source exotic skins," the brand said in a statement, per WWD, noting its intention to begin innovating "a new generation of high-end products" sans skins and furs. In place of these animal products, Chanel will reportedly turn to fabric and leathers generated by the "agri-food" industry.

Elephants Are Herbivores And Congo Would Love GlamTribal's Elephant Garden Party Pendant

Dallas Zoo elephant Congo eats a half of a watermelon on Friday, July 10, 2015. The Dallas Zoo's Animal Nutrition Center prepares animal diets daily for more than 2,000 animals at the zoo and the Children's Aquarium.

Dallas Zoo elephant Congo eats a half of a watermelon on Friday, July 10, 2015. The Dallas Zoo's Animal Nutrition Center prepares animal diets daily for more than 2,000 animals at the zoo and the Children's Aquarium.

A circus retiree, the Dallas Zoo’s elephant Congo is called smart, investigative, and inquisitive and is enjoying exploring all of the new things she can do at the savanna. She loves to munch on bamboo, stripping layers of fibers and leaves off for a good chew, and enjoys regular pedicures with toenail filing, explains the Dallas Zoo in describing their Elephants on the Savanna exhibit. .

For all my love of elephants, I never considered their diet — specifically do they eat meat? One thinks of elephants as being herbivores, but is that actually a fact? The question was front and center in my mind, after planting a little garden in the tummy of our new GlamTribal Garden Party Elephant Pendant.

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Elephants are primarily herbivores, spending 16 to 19 hours a day eating and looking for food. An elephant’s diet in the wild is comprised of 50% grasses that are supplemented with twigs, leaves, bamboo, roots, bark and small amounts of seeds, flowers and fruits.

Because elephants digest between 40-50% of the food they consume, they must compensate for this rare elephant deficiency with volume. Then we have the size of these elephants and supporting their girth required them to eat between 330 and 375 lbs. of vegetation daily. Elephants love tree bark because it contains roughage and calcium, which aids digestion.

Yes, elephants eat dirt, which is rich in minerals such as calcium, salt and other trace elements. In June 2012, Scientific American reported that geophagia may be considered an eating disorder among modern-day humans, but it’s widespread in the animal kingdom. Another theory of why elephants eat dirt postulates that it’s part of a detox process.

Another interesting factoid is that elephants’ constant grinding of bark and other vegetation wears out their back teeth, pushing out a new set of teeth for a total of six sets in an elephant’s lifetime. The final set of work out teeth signals an elephant’s mortality, as the creature becomes weak due to lack of food. Eventually starvation and weakness ensues.

Elephants drink between 18 and 26 gallons of water per day, but they often consume up to 40 gallons depending on the temperature. Adult male elephants might drink up to 55 gallons of water in less than five minutes.

This fascinating article from the Dallas Zoo about the challenges of keeping the more than 2000 animals at the zoo healthy is worth the read.

Elephant keeper Samantha Scrudato hides food like zucchini in an imitation African fig tree to help mimic how the pachyderms would forage in the wild. The elephants mostly eat high-fiber hay and are generally the most expensive to keep — about $15,000 a year each — because of how much they eat, Slifka said.

The four elephants are offered 125 pounds of food a day, not including trees and bushes.

Personally, I so love this new pendant with a little garden in the elephant’s tummy — note that she is pretty from both sides — that a collection is on my brain. The cage also works well beaded as necklaces and not a pendant.