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album cover by Femme It Forward for use by 360 Magazine

FEMME IT FORWARD – BIG FEMME ENERGY

FEMME IT FORWARD TEASES NEW INDIE LABEL WITH THE RELEASE OF ITS ALL-FEMALE DEBUT ALBUM, BIG FEMME ENERGY FEATURING LAUREN JAUREGUI, KIANA LEDÉ, RAPSODY, TIERRA WHACK AND MORE.

Femme It Forward, a female-led music and entertainment company announced today the release of its debut album, “Big Femme Energy Volume 1.” The first ever all female compilation album containing original music, not connected to a movie soundtrack, features songs by Tayla Parx, Lauren Jauregui, Kiana Ledé, Rapsody, Tierra Whack, Ambré, SAYGRACE, Baby Rose, Muni Long, and Sinéad Harnett. The album is available to stream on all music streaming services and platforms now.

Big Femme Energy, filled with affirmations of self-empowerment, autonomy, and strength, is Femme It Forward’s latest step towards fostering more inclusivity in the music industry. The first of its kind compilation album of original songs features a female writer on every song, and is led by an all-female team of artists, creatives and executives such as Heather Lowery (Executive Producer), Annie Bercy (Video Director), Katherine Realpe (Behind the Scenes Director), Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica (Mixing Engineer), Piper Payne (Mastering Engineer) and more. To further expand on Femme It Forward’s overall commitment to infusing women throughout all areas of the business’s operation, the conglomerate has also joined forces with distribution partner Stem and Parx Studios to develop its creative content.

Big Femme Energy is an expression of the unique duality of power and delicacy. Its about family, love, sisterhood, and the experiences that connect us as women. It celebrates the power, and achievements of women and girls, while sharing stories of insecurities, vulnerabilities and navigating mistakes, which every young woman can feel empowered by. It pays homage to those who came before us while paying it forward to those who will come after us,” said Heather Lowery, Executive Producer of Big Femme Energy. “From our all-female show lineups and the announcement of our Next Gem Femme mentorship program to the release of Big Femme Energy Volume 1 and the upcoming launch of our new indie label; Femme It Forward is truly a vessel to promote messages of intersectional feminism and empowerment while increasing the numbers for women in music across the board – from the artists, producers, writers and engineers to the executives and creatives behind the scenes. Were moving beyond just live events and entertainment; were changing the face of the music industry.

The skillfully curated album juxtaposes a soulful sound on tracks like “While I’m Alive” by Lauren Jauregui and “Who New by Tierra Whack, with powerful, high-energy tracks like “Cut ‘Em Off by Kiana Ledé; all with an underlying theme of empowering women to embrace their best selves. Paying homage to industry veterans that have paved the way was a common theme throughout the album with artists like Rapsody proclaiming “I think I’m Mary J, always did it how I wanted” in reference to Mary J. Blige on “Iconic” and SAYGRACE sampling Brandy’s “Have You Ever” on “If There Really Is A God.” From Tayla Parx’s unapologetic proclamation that this world would be nothing without women on the opening track “Mother Nature to Sinéad Harnett’s reminder that “inside you’ve always been enough” on the outro “Crown”, Big Femme Energy is full of quintessential summer anthems that will inspire women for generations to come.

Amazon Music, PUMA, and Glossier will further amplify Big Femme Energy with the release of new original content from the making of the album. Femme It Forward is also committed to donating a portion of the proceeds of all album sales to Next Gem Femme, its annual mentorship program focused on enhancing the futures of women of color by providing them with access and opportunities.

For more information about Big Femme Energy please visit the official website. 

BIG FEMME ENERGY VOLUME 1 TRACKLISTING

  1. “Mother Nature” Tayla Parx
  2. “While I’m Alive” Lauren Jauregui
  3. “Who Knew” Tierra Whack
  4. “Iconic” Rapsody
  5. “Cut ‘Em Off” Kiana Ledé
  6. “What You Deserve” Ambré
  7. “If There Really Is A God” SAYGRACE
  8. “At Your Worst” Baby Rose
  9. “Plain Jane” Muni Long
  10. “Crown” Sinéad Harnett

About Big Femme Energy

Big Femme Energy, an all-female compilation album filled with affirmations of self-empowerment, autonomy and strength is Femme It Forward’s latest step towards fostering more inclusivity in the music industry. The skillfully curated album juxtaposes soulful tracks with quintessential, high-energy anthems, all with an underlying theme of empowering women. Big Femme Energy is a public service announcement reminding women and young girls everywhere that they’ve always been enough.

About Femme It Forward

A joint venture with Live Nation Entertainment, Femme It Forward is a female-led music and entertainment company that centers its mission in celebrating, educating, and empowering the industry’s most creative and accomplished female visionaries through multi-format, multi-market consumer experiences. We produce music festivals, concerts, original music, original content, comedy shows, philanthropic endeavors, panels, college engagements and more. For more information on Femme It Forward, visit FemmeItForward.com. For live updates and to join the conversation, follow #FemmeItForward on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Mena Garcia illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Mena Garcia

By: Katherine Fleischman

Argentine-born “it” girl, stunner, and globe trotter Mena Garcia is in the process of launching her sustainable, vegan, and cruelty free fashion and beauty brands, as she searches to keep mother nature at the top of her priority list. Gone are the days of harmful damage to our beautiful earth as we move towards ensuring a green future and Mena wants to play her part in proving that fashion doesn’t have to be harmful to the planet. “In the past technology and the science of materials was limited to just niche sectors such as medical clothing, technical clothing, and sportswear. I’m here to put my spin on things and bring the fantastic technology we have to the forefront and prove that we can all wear sustainable clothing,” said Mena.

As scientists, researchers and designers join forces to try to reduce the carbon footprint that the fashion industry currently stamps, independent designers like Mena will be crucial to leading the way and showing fashion giants that if she can do it, so can they. “I believe we can really make a difference by using our voice on social media platforms and by setting online trends to really catch the attention of the largest fashion brands around the world. Independent brands like mine can truly make the difference here.” Mena, who has been modeling since her teens, has almost three-quarters of a million Instagram followers and this platform will undoubtedly help her cause. 

She talks passionately about using “waste from oranges to make silk,” or “pineapple leaf for a leather alternative” and spectacularly “agricultural waste bacteria.” As Mena continues to learn more, she’s using her education to find out interesting new ways to create sustainable fashion in a term she coins as “trash fashion” – using literal waste to create something new. “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure certainly comes to mind!”

“I’ve been studying with expert Mila at Estudio MG in a special collaboration with Closet Sustenable in Argentina. I’ve learned so much, including some incredible things. One of the main focuses is creating materials inspired in nature where cells and proteins are being used to create different types of real leather but in a totally sustainable, vegan and cruelty-free way.”

However, it’s not all smooth-sailing or simple. To be true to the cause, it is essential to be sustainable throughout the whole process. Everything from material sourcing, grading, dyes, and packaging needs to be clean and green. Mena said “I want to also make sure that workers during the production process are treated fairly, with respect, are safe, and paid fairly. To be truly sustainable, the entire process needs to be true to the terms “sustainable, cruelty-free, and vegan.”

Mena is certainly one to watch in 2021 and 2022. She says “it will take some time because piecing it all together perfectly is crucial, but I’m ready for the challenge and encourage everyone to join the cause! You can follow Mena on Instagram or her website for more about her modeling, image-consulting, and her upcoming brands.

Mena Garcia image courtesy of  Do-Tell Publicity

Make Earth Day Every Day

Make Earth Day, Every Day when you Travel

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to be surrounded by Mother Nature’s gifts while simultaneously helping her grow? The following companies offer travelers unique and fun ways to give back to the communities they visit and places they travel to, not just on Earth Day but all year round.

Offer a Student Their First Wilderness Experience with Discover Outdoors

Explore our parks and mountains with Discover Outdoors and provide a student the same opportunity. For every hike and trip taken, a portion of each payment funds a student’s very own trip to experience the best of the outdoors. The Discover Outdoors Foundation has provided hundreds of deserving youth with the opportunity to explore the intricacies of our world for the first time. The core of Discover Outdoors is a commitment to making the natural world available and accessible to all people while positively impacting learning.

Tag a Hammerhead Shark and prevent extinction with PELORUS travel specialists

Experience a Yacht Expedition to the Galapagos with PELORUS and not only will you dive around the island of Mosquera, observing hammerhead sharks; you can also help tag these sharks and monitor their whereabouts upon your return home. As the sharks become increasingly endangered, scientists are searching for ways to help their population rebound. Thanks to tracking data generated from tags, scientists have some of the first evidence showing pregnant hammerheads from those Galapagos islands may be migrating to mainland South American countries like Ecuador to give birth. If they can further confirm these findings, it may help governments better protect the species before it slides closer toward extinction.

Restore Coral and Support Communities at Bawah Reserve, Indonesia

This Earth Day at Bawah Reserve, a secluded luxury private archipelago off the coast of Singapore, guests can take part in a conservation dive and participate by developing coral tree nurseries or monitoring and protecting sea turtles.The Bawah Anambas  Foundation (BAF) aims to improve the overall ecosystem in the Anambas, both underwater and terrestrial, as well as sustainably lifting the community’s welfare.

Adopt an Iguana at San Ignacio Resort Hotel in Belize

Recognized as the #1 thing to do in San Ignacio by Trip Advisor, spend the day at the Green Iguana Conservation Project at San Ignacio Resort Hotel. The project is an interactive exhibit that offers a close look at green iguanas while conserving and looking after this endangered species. Through educational efforts in the community, the public is informed about the green iguana’s role in the Belizean ecosystem. When you donate through the “Adopt an Iguana Program,” you help this endangered species story be told and impact the length of their survival while simultaneously funding student scholarships.

Experience the Biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest with Delfin Amazon Cruises

As part of your Amazon riverboat expedition with Delfin Amazon Cruises, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA). Here you will have the chance to feed manatees and learn why they are on the endangered species list. Amazon South America river manatees are unique and docile creatures, which is why so many people have taken to adopting them illegally as pets. The ACOBIA foundation is dedicated to saving and rehabilitating rescued manatees from various communities and markets of Amazon South America. On your Amazon riverboat expedition, you will learn about these amazing creatures also meet other animals rescued from captures, such as monkeys, river otters, and caimans.

MyWiT

Do you really want to give a brand-new phone to family and friends this holiday season?

With the holidays right around the corner, shoppers are getting ready to give the gift of technology. Top-of-mind, of course, are the shiny, brand-new devices that have hit the market this season.

However, it’s important to take a step back and really think about whether friends and family are actually…well…careful enough to deserve a new device – especially one that might cost well over $1,000.

A recent survey by protection plan provider Assurant found that of the 66% of mobile phone owners who have broken, damaged or lost a device, almost as many (65%) have done so at least twice!

Additionally, 73% of respondents reported dropping their phones at least once a week, with nearly one quarter (24%) reporting that it has fallen into the toilet. (One person even dug through a port-a-potty for it because it was too expensive to replace).

So, what’s the answer for giving great technology gifts to clumsy friends and family? Buy refurbished!

“Refurbished devices have come a long way,” says David Conti, director of eCommerce at MyWit, a leading consumer website selling refurbished devices. “They are now a high-quality, affordable alternative to a new device, as well as a great option for the eco-conscious.” According to Conti, the key benefits of buying refurbished include:

VALUE — ON AVERAGE, CONSUMERS SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS BUYING REFURBISHED VS NEW, WHICH CAN MEAN MORE GIFTS FOR MORE PEOPLE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

MOTHER NATURE — AT LEAST 100 MILLION MOBILE DEVICES END UP IN LANDFILLS EACH YEAR, SO THE GIFT OF A REFURBISHED DEVICE IS ALSO A GIFT TO THE PLANET.

QUALITY—IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE REFURBISHED AND RE-COMMERCE INDUSTRIES HAVE IMPROVED IMMENSELY. SITES LIKE MYWIT.COM PUT SMARTPHONES THROUGH AN INDUSTRY LEADING EVALUATION PROCESS INCLUDING 65+ POINTS OF INSPECTION TO GUARANTEE 100% FUNCTIONALITY.

While everyone loves Grandma, and wants to be the “favorite aunt” to their nieces and nephews, not everyone on every gift list really needs a brand-new device.

Bottom line: Gift-givers can stretch their budget this holiday season – without sacrificing quality – by buying refurbished at MyWiT.com.

About MyWiT

MyWiT is a global leader in mobile device repair, and understands that when it comes to purchasing pre-owned mobile devices, quality and reliability matter most. MyWiT has a state-of-the-art repair facility staffed by highly-trained, experienced technicians, and follows rigorous ISO quality control systems and processes to ensure their repair methods are consistently the best possible. MyWiT refurbishment and repair processes are OEM or carrier certified and their facilities are approved to perform up to Level 3 repairs for mobile phones, tablets, modems, and netbooks. MyWiT offers unparalleled support for mobile industry leaders, world-class service for mobile consumers and the ability to recognize, adopt, and leverage mobile trends.

Del Frisco’s Grille × Hurricane Harvey

All Southern California Del Frisco’s Grille Locations Will Donate 20% of Sales from Thursday, August 31 to September 4 to Houston Area Food Banks 

Texas-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Hopes to Exceed $1,000,000 Goal to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

 
Texas-based Del Frisco’s Grille, and their sister restaurants across the country (Double Eagle Steak House and Sullivan’s Steakhouse – 53 restaurants in total) will be donating 20% of their sales from Thursday, August 31 through Monday, September 4 with a goal to exceed a $1,000,000 donation, to Houston area food banks to assist those that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 
The restaurants are coming together to FEED Houston and help their residents, patrons and employees by encouraging the community to come to the Grille Labor Day weekend and eat up and drink up to help raise money for those affected by the floods. 

Dates:

Thursday, August 31 through Monday, September 4 

Locations: 

Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica

1551 Ocean Ave., Ste 105

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Del Frisco’s Grille Pasadena

55 S Lake Ave Ste 150

Pasadena, CA 91101

Del Frisco’s Grille Irvine

772 Spectrum Center Dr

Irvine, CA 92618
 

ABOUT DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE SANTA MONICA

Del Frisco’s Grille is an exciting eatery located across from the Santa Monica Pier that combines the atmosphere of an American bar & grill with upscale entrees, an extensive wine list & handcrafted cocktails. Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica is the first of three locations in Southern California, including Pasadena and Irvine. Taking the classic bar and grill to new heights, Del Frisco’s Grille draws inspiration from bold flavors and market-fresh ingredients. The energetic bar, a destination in itself, creates a buzz throughout the restaurant and sets the stage for an amazing night out.    

Located at 1551 Ocean Avenue, on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, Del Frisco’s Grille is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., which brunch on Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit http://delfriscosgrille.com/santa-monica/.


ABOUT DEL FRISCO’S RESTAURANT GROUP

Del Frisco’s Grille is owned by Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: DFRG). Based in Southlake, Texas, near Dallas, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group is a collection of more than 50 restaurants located across the country, including Del Frisco’s Grille, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House serves up flawless cuisine that’s bold and delicious, an extensive award-winning wine list and a level of service that reminds guests that they’re the boss. Sullivan’s Steakhouse is a great place for a big night out on the town – with outstanding food, hand-shaken martinis, an award-winning wine list and live entertainment all under one roof. All of the restaurants create a seamless dining experience for savvy business and leisure travelers who regularly dine or entertain away from home. For more information, visit http://dfrg.com.