The Glorification of No Sleep

The Glorification of No Sleep

#TeamNoSleep

You probably have the following phrases engraved in your minds:  “Team No Sleep”, “Sleep is for the Broke”,  “While you’re sleeping, someone else is working.”  Your social media feeds are flooded with inspirational quotes from Musicians, Entrepreneurs, and entertainment moguls that seem to practice the no sleep lifestyle.  Somehow, we’ve managed to glorify not sleeping.  I am guilty of succumbing to this false stigma, I mean, I’ve worked really hard and I would hate for someone to snatch it all away while I sleep… right?  The messaging we are receiving every day, in essence, says “if you want to be successful, don’t sleep.”

So how much of this is true and how much of this is societal BS?  The experts at University of Miami Health System (UHealth) say that studies continue to show that even moderate amounts of sleep deprivation can produce impairments in adults equivalent to being legally drunk.  Additionally, chronic fatigue from lack of sleep can also make you more vulnerable to infections and illnesses.  Now, let that sink in…

If your purpose for being an advocate for #teamnosleep is ambition, how productive can you really be if the important decisions you need to make everyday are made while you’re mentally impaired? Both our brains & bodies need time for recovery. According to the experts, lack of sleep sets you up for irrational choices, non-optimal performance, and injuries that could derail everything you’ve worked for.  It’s also been said that sleep deficiency can age your skin, cause weight gain, and decrease your sex drive– ahem, heard of getting your “Beauty Sleep”?

Head over to UHealth’s blog post to read more about the connection between sleep and athletic performance, what the experts advise – and what Lebron James and Roger Federer have in common.  

As a momma-preneur, I’ve been part of #teamnosleep for the last 7 years.  It’s gotten so bad, that I fight my sleep at night because there is one more task that I could accomplish, or one more article that I could read to give myself a competitive edge.  Thanks to my friends at UHealth for educating me on the power behind sleep.  Sleep should not be associated with guilt and lack of sleep should not be the measure for success.  As someone whose professional life depends on their physical performance, mental creativity, while advocating self care; I find myself not practicing what I preach.  From this day forward, I vow to be #teamsleep and you should join this team too.

Stay Hungry. Live Fierce.

Janet Jones

 

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National Lipstick Day: The History Behind Red Lipstick

Lipstick is such a big part of the Vixen Workout.  Women are encouraged to wear lipstick to workout… huh?!  For a lot of us, wearing red lipstick is a bold move.

Do you feel sexier when you wear red lipstick?

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What is it about this powerful shade that makes women everywhere feel like the ultimate Bawse? It goes well beyond our love for selfies!

For women of all ages, from all walks of life, the red lip is not just a symbol of feminism and beauty, but of empowerment.  It’s also a reminder of how we keep our “ish” together, no matter how tough life can get!

The History of Red Lipstick

During World War II, cosmetic advertisers introduced politically charged ad campaigns for colors such as “Victory Red,” encouraging women to embrace beauty upkeep as part of their civic duty.  “Beauty as a Duty” became a confidence building motto in the US.  The concept of beauty as duty was used as a tool for promoting patriotism and encouraging women to become more active in the war effort. Women depicted in propaganda and advertisements always had perfect hair and makeup, even when they were shown as soldiers and factory workers. Being beautiful was seen as a way to keep up morale for the soldiers fighting the bad guys. “Victory Red” was literally part of putting on a brave face.  It symbolizes one of the reasons why we are fighting—the precious right of women to be feminine and lovely under any circumstances.

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DAS RIGHT.

Throughout history, the red lip has been iconic, from Elizabeth Taylor, to Marilyn Monroe, to first ladies such as Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama. We love these women, not for their glamorous choices, but for what they stood for as they made such bold choices: independence, strength, and ambition.

Lipstick and Confidence: The hue that belongs to you

It’s no secret-we love for you to get glammed before doing it for the gram before, during, and after class. In a 2011 study by Procter & Gamble, researchers from Harvard and Boston University found that women felt more confident while wearing makeup! They were also perceived as more competent and reliable in a professional setting.

No matter the shade that makes you want to come out and play, what’s important is you, our fierce vixens, feel confident in whatever color you put on your lips! When you pick a shade that you feel great in, that’s what you makes you so amazingly you!

This Saturday, July 29th, is the celebration of two things we adore: National Dance Day and National Lipstick Day! We encourage all of you to come wearing your favorite shade of lip ( RED would be preferable!) and come ready to dance and serve face with your Vixen Army friends.

Michelle Zambrana, Vixen Blog Contributor

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Reina Rebelde #GirlBoss

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Regina Merson is the founder and creator of Reina Rebelde, a new emerging cosmetics line taking the beauty world by storm, whose mission is all about celebrating the fierce cultural dualities of today’s Latinas. We at #VixenArmy are obsessed with Regina’s unapologetic love for her culture while owning her passion for all things beauty so much that she left a stable law career to launch the makeup line.

Check out Regina’s story below and be ready to meet your new #girlboss crush!

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  1. Who is Regina Merson?

“This is a tough one to answer, lol…I’m a proud Mexicana, born in Guadalajara, but immigrated to the United States when I was 9 years old. The transition from Mexico to the U.S. was tough for me, so I used school and education as my outlet. I became a certified bookworm. I took a liking to law and made it my goal to become a lawyer. I graduated from Yale University for undergrad and received my law degree from the University of Chicago. I spent nearly six years as a bankruptcy attorney, and although I’m beyond grateful for the experience and the incredible people that were part of the journey, I felt that my passion lived in makeup. I would spend parts of my day dreaming of lipsticks, but when I would tell the people closest to me of my idea to start a makeup line, they thought I was absolutely crazy. How could I leave a stable career I worked so hard for, for something unsure in an already saturated market? But I personally felt that no makeup brand understood me as a bilingual, bicultural Latina and the beautiful cultural relationship that Latinas have with makeup. So after an unfortunate round of layoffs at the law firm I was working at, I took it as a sign that it was time to dive head first to bring Reina Rebelde to life! 

  1. What motivates you to succeed and just keep pushing forward?

My motivation right now is simply to not disappoint myself.  In my past career, so much of my success was to make other people happy, often at the expense of my own aspirations. Now, my sheer motivation is creating a brand that I feel is an extension of myself, my passions and what I authentically share with other women. When I hear that other women and Latinas connect with Reina Rebelde and the products, that’s all the motivation I need. 

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  1. Why did you feel like you needed to start a makeup line, and specifically, one for the Latina consumer?

I felt like there was a gap in the beauty industry, specifically with how beauty brands address Latinas, which is what inspired me. You always see beauty brands address Latinas or show Latinas in a very one-dimensional way, which is the complete opposite of who Latinas are. There are so many layers/dualities to Latinas. Even with the brand name “Reina Rebelde,” which translates to “Rebel Queen,” I wanted to capture the unique dualities Latinas have to manage in their lives here in the United States (and elsewhere). Reina/Queen is a term of endearment for us, but it’s also accurate to our sense of self and relationship to our beauty. At the same time, there is a lot of fire inside of us, breaking barriers/trailblazing, which is where the Rebelde/Rebel comes from. A Reina Rebelde is many things at all times, but above all, she is always stunning and fierce in her pursuit of life. For us, it is never a decision of whether we will be a Reina/Queen or Rebelde/Rebel, we are always both.

  1. What was the transition from corporate bankruptcy attorney to entrepreneur?

The transition was exciting and energizing, but also terrifying and full of highs and lows. Like any new beginning, I believe there is a lot of blind faith one has to have in believing in yourself and trusting your ability to figure things out that are foreign and new. But there was so much positive energy that naturally comes with any new beginning, especially one you’re really passionate about, and I think it’s so important to use that energy to your benefit.

Regina Merson

  1. What advice do you have for women trying to start their own businesses?

Make sure you have a true passion for what it is you want to do. Having your own business is very hard. The journey is paved with so many roadblocks and obstacles along the way, and it is that fire in your gut that will help keep you going in the harder moments. And really important is to try to connect with other female entrepreneurs and get their support as a mentor. It is great to talk to people who have been through the process because, no matter the industry, the road is very similar.

  1. What’s your favorite quote?

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” – Joseph Campbell

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