INTERVIEW: YOGI, ENTREPRENUER & CREATOR OF CANNABIS ART FLOW SAVANNAH RIVERA

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of interviewing Savannah Rivera. She is the founder of Cannabis Art Flow, a FREE (yes, free!!) 420 friendly event in Pico Rivera, California which is located about 11 miles from Downtown Los Angeles. Cannabis Art Flow is a mini-festival that showcases various vendors from the weed industry, health and wellness industry, vegan food vendors, second hand clothes vendors, musicians, henna tattoo artists and more. Savannah is a Yoga teacher and will be teaching a free class at the event. Savannah also hosts a Puff N’Paint class (sort of like a wine and paint class but with Cannabis instead of alcohol) and is one half of the entrepreneurial duo known on Instagram as @theoilymamass. Savannah and her best friend, Adriana Torrez sell Doterra brand essential oils and teach classes on their benefits. They offer the classes at a physical location and also do Facetime consultations for those who are not able to or prefer not to leave the comfort of their own homes.

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How long have you been practicing Yoga?

6-7 years

What type of Yoga do you practice?

Hatha Yoga. I teach other styles but I always go back to Hatha. My teacher that certified me practices it. I’ts about deep stretching, honoring the pose and your body. 

What are the most common questions or issues  that students approach you with?

“I’m not flexible enough.”  “I’m too tight.”  “I cant touch the floor.” I was unable to to do certain things when I first started but I just kept doing it. You don’t need to do things perfectly, because Yoga practice is about honoring your body and listening to your limits. 

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At what age can people start learning Yoga?

I have a four-year-old niece and she does certain poses and headstands. Both her parents practice Yoga, mostly when they are around me. I wish I started way younger. I think it is  important for people at a young age because Yoga is more than just stretching. It helps you mentally, emotionally, all over….mind, body, and soul.

When did you discover the power of essential oils?

I started dabbling in them because of Yoga. My teacher had all of the oils. I never knew they had benefits, I just thought they smelled good. 

My best friend got in to Doterra because she just had a child and she wanted to use non toxic products on her child so we started the Doterra business together. Her daughter loves the oils.

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SAVANNAH POSES WITH HER BEST FRIEND ADRIANA TORREZ CO-FOUNDER OF THE OILY MAMASS

What is Doterra? 

They are the top oil company in the world. They have essential oil, essential oil products. Instead of sleeping pills you can take oil in capsule form. They do third party testing to ensure quality and their products aid in weight loss, depression and anxiety. 

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Which oil can you not live without?

Wild Orange Peppermint and Deep Blue. Deep blue is a mix of Peppermint and Wintergreen.

Why does Doterra  sell blended oils in addition to just the single essential oils?

I mixed Orange Lemon and Eucalyptus to get multiple benefits in one. Blending gives you more benefits.

Are all types of marijuana consumption allowed at Cannabis Art Flow?

At the last one people dabbed. They were discreet and respectful. All types of consumption is allowed. We have Cannabis vendors that sell flowers and edibles and other (THC infused)  products like scrubs & more skin care products like bath bombs. 

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How long have you been consuming cannabis?

Since I was 16

How has cannabis enhanced your life?

I have chronic pain and smoking marijuana relaxes me, especially when it is at a 10 and I don’t want to take a Valium. It has helped me manage my pain as well as yoga and also helps with my mood. I battle from time to time with depression. Cannabis opens my eyes to situations that I handled one way and then realized they could have been handled differently.

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Weed friendly festivals like Cannabis Art Flow can be a very profitable for vendors, but even more so for the parties hosting them. I very much admire that you are allowing people access to the event at no charge when so many people wold just look a it with dollar signs in their eyes. Why did you choose to make it free?

The first Cannabis Art Flows I hosted I did charge people and I felt it was not fair. I thought about it….probably when I was smoking and thought if I was spending money to buy a ticket to get in, to buy food and other things I would want it to be free. I think it helps my vendors and more people come if it is free. I always see events I want to go to but the price makes me think they are not for me.

Would you consider yourself a feminist?

Yes I would.

What would you say to a young woman that said she was not a feminist because she personally has not seen or experienced misogyny?

Even though they may feel they may not have  experienced the Patriarchy those things (misogyny) do happen and the victims need a voice. Women need to unite together and let our voices be heard.  

Who is your favorite female singer?

Janis Joplin. When I was little I had a very raspy voice and my mom would always tell me I had the voice of this female rock star. I grew up listening to her and probably thought I was her at some point. 

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And Lauren Hill because I love what she says and how she says it. She has got a good flow.

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What is your favorite genre of music?

I go back and forth with so many. I love classic rock and roll, The Rolling Stones, The Doors are some of my favorites. Sometimes r&b and hip hop, jazz, funk, I am very much influenced by my parents.

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Do you have a favorite painter?

When I was in elementary one of our classes was art and I studied Edgar Dega. He draws a lot of ballerinas now a lot of my friends are great painters i have a ton of friends that are artists and some of them will be leading the puff and paint class.

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DEGA PAINTING OF A BALLERINA 

Spend a day with anyone doing all of your favorite things?

Andrew Sealy, he is positive and uplifting and I feel that he could help my practice grow. Like my grandfather who passed 10 years ago. I think I would have a lot in common with him (my grandfather) he was really spiritual, had the ying and yang necklace. He practiced a little yoga bu mostly Tai Chi. Almost all of my cousins and I have yin and yang tattoos.

 

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If you could hot box with anyone, living or dead who would it be?

Bob Marley definitely popped up in my head.

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Final thoughts?

YOGA IS FOR EVERYBODY

People have called me a yogi master but I feel that I am not that. There are some poses I cannot do and I am ok with that. I love learning and getting deeply in to who I really am and shedding different layers. I have a new student that is blind, he knew what he was doing. It challenged me as a yoga teacher because I always rely on people looking at me and I had to give more detailed instructions. It was so cool that his disability did not stop him he had a really good practice.

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Thank you everyone for stopping by the blog and special thanks to Savannah for welcoming me in to her home and allowing me to conduct this interview.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 15th! This is the date of the next Cannabis Art Flow. Not in to Cannabis? No problem! Come to check out some beautiful spiritual music, learn more about essential oils, yoga, shop sustainable fashion or just enjoy some delicious vegan food.

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5 Sustainable Fashion Brands With A Vintage Twist

 

Sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility.

(Definition taken from Wikipedia)


I used to think that the term sustainable fashion was merely a buzz phrase that brands used to lure in ethically minded consumers  who wanted to shop guilt free. Many  corporations have been *greenwashing their brands for years so I had a right to be cynical.  Eventually I started to do some research on the subject and I was happy to find out that there were in fact, some brands out there that truly believed in sustainability and practiced what they preached.

One thing I noticed was that some of these brands focused solely  on the environmental aspect of sustainability. I wanted to find companies that were not only using business practices that were kind to the environment but to garment workers as well. Those were difficult to find and few and far in between  until about   three years ago. Nowadays it seems that more and more  environmentally conscious brands are popping up all the time (In both online and brick an mortar form) that are also striving to and succeeding at treating workers kindly and paying them a living wage.

This development may be partially due to the headline making tragedy that occurred in India on April 24th, 2013. On that date in Bangladesh, Rana Plaza collapsed (a building that housed various garment factories and other businesses) and more than 1100 garment workers were murdered, thousands of others were injured. I use the word murder, rather than killed because murder charges were brought against the people connected with the building collapse due to their negligence and abuse of human rights.

I  cannot say for certain that the Rana Plaza Collapse is the only reason sustainable brands are being more conscious about garment workers’ rights but it was definitely a watershed moment in the collective consciousness of the fashion industry.

Below is a list of five brands that I feel are doing sustainable  fashion the right way and not just cherry picking aspects of sustainability that are convenient for them. If you have read this blog before then you know I am a huge fan of vintage clothing that takes inspiration from the styles of the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. For this reason I picked out  items from each brand that have that specific vibe and added vintage photos of similar looks. All of the corresponding websites will be linked at the end of the post.

VETTA

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PHOTO VIA VETTA’S INSTAGRAM I LOVE THE DIVERSITY IN MODELS THEY USED HERE

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TEENAGE GIRLS IN A 1947 CATALOG MODELING SIMILAR JUMPSUITS

Vetta not only takes great pains to be eco-friendly AND socially responsible but they sell 5 piece mini capsule collections that can be mixed and matched to create a month’s worth of outfits! This is perfect for people that are on a budget but do not want to sacrifice quality or style. Another awesome fact about Vetta is that one of the factories that they use gets 70% of it’s energy from solar power.

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AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE CLASSIC MIDCENTURY PLAYSUIT – PHOTO VIA VETTA’S INSTAGRAM

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MCCALL PATTERN OF VINTAGE PLAYSUITS

 

LIFE AFTER DEATH DENIM

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Mary Bruno is a veteran of the garment industry who specialized in the design, production and marketing of denim for many years. She started Life After Death Denim after being fed up with the lip service many brands would give regarding sustainability. She felt that sustainability has to be the driving force of the brand not just a small part of it. Life after death denim is committed to using recycled fabrics and trim as well as chemical free washing and reduced water waste. In February of 2016,twenty garment workers in Cambodia fainted all within minutes of each other due to the chemicals being used in the production process. The fact that Life After Death Denim is vigilant about omitting harmful chemicals from the production process is a hallmark of their sustainable practices.

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ACTRESS ALI MCGRAW IN A SIMILAR LOOK

 

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Pictured above are Martina Zeta and Martha Hernández, they are artisans from a group of indigenous people called the Triqui that reside in Oaxaca, Mexico and some surrounding areas. The sign reads “I made your clothes”. The photo is from Ethnikka Mexico’s Instagram account.

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Ethnikka Mx sells traditional indigenous garb made by artisans of various indigenous communities in Mexico. All of the embroidery and the fabrics are handmade using ancestral techniques. They ship worldwide and offer free shipping within Mexico. A quick browse through their Instagram account will reveal that they really pride themselves on being purveyors of slow fashion. I was unable to find a website for them (I found one with a similar name but I did not see the same products) so I assume they do all of their transactions via Instagram Direct Messaging.

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DOLORES DEL RIO, ACTRESS  FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF MEXICAN CINEMA, WEARS A TRADITIONAL EMBROIDERED BLOUSE.

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EUFROSINA CRUZ, TRAILBLAZING WOMAN”S RIGHTS ACTIVIST FROM OAXACA WEARING BEAUTIFUL TRADITIONAL EMBROIDERED GARB

 

AMOUR VERT

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This Amour Vert jumpsuit is made of Tencel (fabric made from wood pulp using recyclable solvents) which is sustainable,  shrinks less, wrinkles less and collects less odor and bacteria so you don’t have to wash it as much. Amour Vert partners with American Forest in a program where they plant a tree for every t-shirt they sell. They have also supported 21 reforestation projects thus far, 97% of their product is made within  a few miles of their San Francisco office and they use non-toxic dyes in the production process. They also make a point of visiting the factories often to ensure the workers are being treated well and being paid fair wages.

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FACTORY WORKER DURING WORLD WAR II IN A SIMILAR LOOK

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VINTAGE PATTERN OF 1940’s OVERALLS

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THIS SPIN ON THE SAME LOOK PAIRS THE JUMPSUIT WITH A GORGEOUS RED GINGHAM BLOUSE, RED EARRINGS, BUMPER BANGS AND WINGTIPS

 

ELEGANTEES

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CLASSIC WRAP DRESS FROM THE ELEGANTEES COLLECTION

Elegantees was was founded in New York and used to give a portion of their profits to organizations that were helping victims of human trafficking. Now they have moved beyond this model and have a sewing center in Nepal that employs women who have been rescued from human trafficking. These women are paid a fair wage (more than 2-3x the local minimum wage which is enough to live on) and work in fair living conditions. They do not live at the sewing center as indentured servants but rather commute from their own homes. As far as the environmental impact of the production process is concerned, I did not find enough information on that. I read that they use organic cotton but this is a bit controversial in my eyes. Organic cotton is grown without harmful chemicals but it needs quite a bit of water to be grown, same as non-organic cotton. Cotton in general is jut too water intensive in my eyes but I decided to include Elegantees on the list because human trafficking is such a huge problem that so few people are aware of or apathetic to that I really felt that their efforts to rescue (they partner with a non-profit that takes women out of the hands of human traffickers) and employ women who have been through this horrifying reality really needed to be praised and news of their existence is worthy of being disseminated.

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BETTIE PAGE THE QUEEN OF PINUP IN A SIMILAR DRESS

 

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Click on the links below to shop their products.

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AMOUR VERT

ELEGANTEES

 

*Greenwashing: disinformation spread by an organization or corporation with the intent of presenting an environmentally responsible public image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons You Should Eat Cucumber Everyday

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Since childhood I have always loved cucumbers but lately I have been obsessed with them. I try to incorporate them in to my breakfast almost everyday and try to carry them around as a snack when I go skateboarding or am going to be away from home for more than a couple of hours. Here is a list I put together of  5 reasons you should eat cucumber everyday.

BONE STRENGTH

Cucumbers contain a pretty impressive assortment of minerals and vitamins. One mineral in particular, silica is important for the health and strength of your bones. Dr. Susan E. Brown PhD is a medical anthropologist and nutritionist that recently posted an interesting article (which I’ll link to at the end of the post) on http://www.betterbones.com that stated that non-western populations with higher silica intake have lower incidences of hip fractures.

 

DIGESTION

Raw cucumbers facilitate digestion. According to http://www.berkeleywellnes.com, cucumbers are 96% water.  Sufficient  water intake is integral in order for the  digestive system to function properly. If you eat the cucumbers with peels on them then you are also increasing your intake of fiber, another essential part of proper digestion.

HYDRATION

Since cucumbers are 96% water, snacking on them during the day is  great way to add more water consumption to your daily routine.

 

BRAIN HEALTH

Fetisin is a flavonol found in cucumbers. Studies on mice have shown that fisetin, which was fed to mice that have Alzheimer’s, helped to prevent impairments in memory and learning. I am not a scientist so I can not tell you if this phenomenon translates exactly the same to the human brain but it is definitely worth trying as other studies with mice have often shown a correlation.

CUCUMBERS HELP LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE

A whole cucumber (raw) has only 6 grams of sodium. A diet high in sodium is a leading contributor to hypertension or high blood pressure. Whenever you are in  the mood for your favorite salty snack I recommend substituting it with cucumber instead. As mentioned before cucumbers are very filling, unlike most non vegan snacks that are heavily marketed by the mass media. Try squirting a little bit of lemon or lime on some cucumber slices and a dash of hot sauce if your palette wants something fancier. If you are not ready to completely give up your salty delights try just eating half of what you would normally consume and slice up half a cucumber to substitute the other half. Sometimes healthy habits are difficult to keep up if you don’t ease in to them, but everyone is different so if you want to do the whole substitution have at it.

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5 reasons to eat cucumber everyday

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