Vérité Book Club | Your Female-Centric Summer Reading List

Vérité Book Club | Your Female-Centric Summer Reading List, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED — The Idiot, Elif Batuman, The Fact of a Body, Alexandria Marzano Lesnevich, Difficult women, roxane gay, bad feminist, swimming lesson, claire fuller, Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud, Anne Helen Peterson, Sour Heart, Jenny Zhang, Book club, summer reading list, summer, read, beach read, female writers, female writers of 2017, feminism, celebrity.It may be smack in the middle of summer, but it’s never too late to curl up on a piece of pool furniture and dig into a good book. It’s these warmer months that always fuel one with a new-found wave of motivation. It may be that it marks the mid-point of your year, or there’s a freedom to it that let’s our mind wander, but we want to give you the female-penned reading materials to light that mental fire.

The following are not only a carefully selected six from women who inspire us, but also brand spanking new, so that you’ll be up on your book club convo and ready to impress with your literary findings. Let’s get to it, these books won’t read themselves…

The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Back to a time before Millennials roamed the Earth, and email was just a budding concept, The Idiot plays out a summer scene of virtual pen pals, and finding love in a European landscape. While this sounds exactly like what we’ve been dreaming of all year long, you’ll have to discover the novels main character Selin’s experiences all on your own. Sometimes first love isn’t as free-spirited as it seems.

The Fact of A Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
For our fellow true crime junkies this is the story that will have you cancelling aperol spritz happy hours, and opting for consecutive nights in while you devour your new read. Though it may peek your investigative interests, be warned this is not an easy subject matter. It is however, the beautiful journey of a young junior lawyer, and her digestion of acts of evil, and forgiveness.

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
After getting our hands on Gay’s first book of essay Bad Feminist, we submitted ourselves to the category of die hard fans. Her ability to magnify personal, and cultural experiences of women has a talent not to be taken lightly. Difficult Women is no different. The world that Gay unfolds for us allows us to bridge social class, race, and even try on others traumas. It reminds us that the facts of one woman is the facts of all.

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
What’s a steamy summer reading list without the thrilling mystery? Main character Ingrid lays out an investing plot in which she writes her husband letters about her truest feelings, and proceeds to hide them within his extensive book collection, all before disappearing into thin air. Getting Gone Girl Vibes? We think this ones’ even better as its cast sets out years later on a scavenger hunt of sorts to find out what happened to Ingrid. We’re thinking a good one to read aloud over the campfire.

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Women by Anne Helen Peterson
Cue the spotlight on pop culture circa right this minute, as Peterson’s new book will analyze even your own unintentional slut shaming. We are a culture obsessed for both good and bad with the celebrity, and this new-found voice of the brazen woman has caught our attention. The book pin-points what it is we love to hate about women in the limelight, and turns the lens back on us.

Sour Heart: Stories by Jenny Zhang
Just barely hitting shelves umm… 48 hours ago, this freshest of fresh reads is yours to consume. From the eyes and mind of a Chinese immigrant growing up in America, Sour Heart is the story of a girl defining herself on new soil — or the roach infested asphalt of New York City. Summing up an onion-like journey through confusing, comedic, and strengthening moments of womanhood (Zhang holds nothing back and that’s why we love her) — those ones that make us the dynamic individuals become.

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Yoni Eggs Part Two | Choosing A Yoni Egg to Attract What You Want in Life!

Yoni Eggs Part Two | Choosing A Yoni Egg to Attract What You Want in Life! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Sexual health, sex ed, how to have better sex, crystals, yoni egg, yoni practice, how to choose a yoni egg, ovary health, how to tighten vagina after child birth, amethyst, rose quartz, clear quartz, black obsidian, crystals for love, crystals for health, healing crystals, Jade Egg, Jade Crystals, Crystals for money.Now that you’ve gotten the rundown on the history and practice of Yoni, it’s time you become a little more familiar with it’s mystical powers. Aside from the basics an egg can provide you in terms of kegel strength, by choosing the right stone that your Yoni is cut from, you are choosing a specific path for this journey. Yup, it’s like a choose your own adventure for your vagina! Just like the carefully curated crystals on your coffee table, each of these Yoni gems delivers different gifts to your body physically and metaphysically — from help with depression, to aiding in healing sexual traumas. Where better to absorb the power of a thousand year old stone than at your very life source. We have broken down the most popular of the crystals and their properties. As we covered here, make sure to double check the certification of the stones you are shopping for as uncertified can be a safety faux pas.

The Jade Egg, for Abundance

The jade egg is the most commonly practiced Yoni, and you’ll soon realize why! The most popular Jade stone is Nephrite. This egg is great for beginners, and that’s why it’s first on our list. Abundance seekers, this egg will invite all kinds of healing, and protection into your life. On a physical level Jade is known to promote kidney, reproductive, and stomach health. For those carrying stress in their gut, or who have had issues getting pregnant — this egg is for you! On an energy level, Jade turn away negative energy that comes at us from outside sources. Nephrite jade is said to attract elements of self-love, calm, grounding, and best of all monetary abundance.

The Rose Quartz, for Love

whether it’s self-love, or bandaging a tattered heart, the rose quartz yoni is Queen when it comes to matters of love. It is directly connected to the heart chakra, and is most used for those who seek to attract new love, mend old-love, or for those working on loving themselves, and finding compassion for others. What stands out most about this egg for us is it’s use for healing trauma. This is the egg for those who have experienced sexual, or mental trauma and seek to overcome that pain. Especially for women, sexual trauma is a frequent barrier — this little blush egg will help work with you to heal. Not to mention the Rose Quartz just looks like the epitome of feminine divine!

The Black Obsidian, for Intuition

Black Obsidian is quite the powerfully mysterious stone. For those wanting to establish a strong communication with their intuition this dark rock is for you. For physical health, it is said to ward off pesky PMS (okay, we’re all in now). On an energy level, we can start by saying it turns negative energy away, and can be used as a protector. This is another stone that can also aid in healing from trauma, we would even suggest treating yourself to a Black Obsidian Yoni first, and then moving on to a Rose Quartz if you are looking to work through body trauma. Deal with the nitty-gritty of the issue first, and then heal it with love.Yoni Eggs Part Two | Choosing A Yoni Egg to Attract What You Want in Life! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Sexual health, sex ed, how to have better sex, crystals, yoni egg, yoni practice, how to choose a yoni egg, ovary health, how to tighten vagina after child birth, amethyst, rose quartz, clear quartz, black obsidian, crystals for love, crystals for health, healing crystals, Jade Egg, Jade Crystals, Crystals for money.

The Amethyst, for Mental Silence

Those suffering from anxieties, this stone is for you. It can aid in working through everything from quieting your mind for a meditative state, to taming a worry spiral. It is also reputed for having a hand in bringing good dreams to your sleeping self. This is also a wonderful stone for those who experience painful PMS!

The Carnelian, for Happiness

As humans we innately seek joy, yet it can be so elusive. For those suffering from depression or overwhelming blocks, this is your best bet. This crystal is also known to help in detoxification. If you are embarking on a full body cleanse, why not add this to your shopping list? Carnelian is also known to promote healthy ovaries, and who could say no to that?

The Clear Quartz, for Clarity

Last but absolutely not least is the very powerful Clear Quartz Yoni. This stone is very favored in the gem world for its ability to wipe the slate clean, and start fresh. It starts by purifying ones aura, and can bring emotional rejuvenation to your system. If you have felt like you don’t have control over your life, or you can’t seem to see a solution to your road blocks, this is the perfect match for manifesting visions. On a physical note, this stone is connected to colon health, and your thyroid — two frequent places of disease in women!

Below are resources we like best when searching for your Yoni.

Rosierees.com for education and shopping.

Polar Jade for certified stones.

Chakrubs for beautiful creations you’ll want to spend your whole damn paycheck on, and great educational resources.

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What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend!

What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.
Photos by Allister Ann. Words by Michaela d’Artois.

What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.

It’s 2017 and the bar for how internet-breaking your album release is, is pretty high in these times. In an attempt to out-do the rest Katy Perry launches her new album ‘Witness’ (which hit outlets last Thursday) with a live stream three day weekend in a house that was built especially for this event. This means if one tapped in to her Youtube stream, they could watch her “everyday life” uninterrupted — even the hours she took to sleep. Only it wasn’t truly Katy’s everyday life. There were celeb visitors, on-air therapy sessions, and manufactured moments. In this day in age with social media, and the watchful eyes of the world always on you, celebrity figures must have a public persona, and a private one, and with this plaguing her it seemed in a marketing-fueled concept KP wanted to finally bridge that gap.What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo. What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.Vérité and photographer Allister Ann joined this livestream mania on it’s last hours during a casted show at which Katy Perry took the secret location stage in a spectacular head-to-toe silver sequined outfit. She had soon kicked off her heeled boots to dance the stage unbridled. She is charismatic, charming, and relatable — the type of girl you could totally have a good immature giggle with. No wonder her fans are so attached. She’s a friend to them, only just out of reach. Standing in a sea of super fans you get a front row seat to view the symbiotic obsessive relationship between glimmering star and her public — no wonder she feels pressure, these kids hold expectations.

Social media has created celebrity to another level, and followers come to their screens wanting to be let in more and more by their idols. While it may not make sense to all of us, some actually want to watch KP sleep. Many times during her live-weekend, Katy Perry logs on to Instagram Live to real-time chat with her fans, while simultaneously surrounded with voyeuristic-style cameras in the home. Where are the boundaries? How transparent is too transparent?What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.

In a streamed therapy session with Siri Sat Nam Singh, Ph.D., Katy breaks down in tears stating just this, that as a public figure she has had to create Katy Perry a larger than life quirky girl, when at her core she is truly Katheryn Hudson. We have to ask though, did she not create this character herself, out of the depths of her creative mind? She did, however it’s an armor of sorts. A protection from the prying eyes, and sometimes hands, of those who want to snag a little piece of this mega-star. We’ve seen it time and time again,

so many artists struggle with the question of if their fans will evolve with them — if the creative is allowed to grow. Sardined between crazed KP fans with stars in their eyes (maybe even a few tears), we are assured that they will follow her anywhere.What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.

The vaster issue though is the public’s understanding of what is real, and what is marketing smoke and mirrors. Katy Perry’s live streamed weekend was the perfect example of this. In an attempt to keep part of themselves private, yet appear to give it all to the fans so many influencers must construct a fictional version of themselves only to balance their sanity, and satisfy the voyeur.What We Discovered From Katy Perry’s Live Stream Weekend, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Katy Perry, Instagram, Youtube, Live Stream, James Corden, Social Media, Music Photography, Black and White Photography, Influencer, Caitlyn Jenner, Derek Blasperg, John Mayer, Orlando Bloom, Diplo.

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Six Ways to Transform Your Space With Feng Shui

Six Ways to Transform Your Space With Feng Shui. ON VERITE PUBLISHED. --- Feng Shui, Interior Design, How to decorate your home, easy feng shui steps, how to manifest, energy work, space healing, los angeles, interiors.
Words by Meghan Wallace James.

Feng shui is my favorite lover. The longer we stay together, the better it gets… the alignment, the intuition, the communication between object and woman, the magic, the flow, the energy. As I peel back the layers, new intimacies are revealed – treasures that come from a daily practice of keeping temple, loving on my space / in my space. I believe that our home is a phenomenal portal for physical manifestation when we allow the energy to flow freely and beautifully. So what’s my ‘meet cute’ story with feng shui?

I amicably divorced the father of my children two years back. He kept our freshly renovated 1920’s Spanish in Beverly Hills, while I rented a sexy, yet tiny cottage. He wanted to keep everything and I wanted nada — no divorce juju, thank you very much. I had been pre-paving eccentric minimalism for years, and the Universe had delivered a bold opportunity. I had $5,000 to furnish the place and made each purchase thoughtfully yet with a light spirit. The result: a handmade Japanese futon with 70’s psychedelic brocade tatami trim, crisp white linens, Turkish bath towels, houseplants in glazed terra-cotta urns, a Shun chef’s knife, an Alessi French press, Heath dinnerware and a brand new vibrator (priorities). No carpets, no curtains, no art… I wanted to do it right or not do it at all. The few items from the old place furnished my boys’ zone, providing continuity during a major lifestyle transition. I sold or donated most of my clothing and books, keeping the favorites. Ahhhhhhhh, space to feel.  Can you feel it? I believe we all intuitively understand energetics of space, and with my first major feng shui foray, I was high on the results. Once I got my bearings, I sought out two master teachers: one Western and one Eastern, to create a unique, sensual  blend that I now share with clients.

Six Ways to Transform Your Space With Feng Shui. ON VERITE PUBLISHED. --- Feng Shui, Interior Design, How to decorate your home, easy feng shui steps, how to manifest, energy work, space healing, los angeles, interiors.

Okay, okay — but how to get started sans drastic life change or big budget, you say? Let us begin our feng shui journey together with six fundamental steps:

  1. Create an eye catching, welcoming entrance. Step outside and look at your entrance.  Stand there for a bit. Use all of your senses and make an honest assessment: Would good vibes want to enter your space? Energy has to get in before it can circulate. Beautify that entrance, and your front door in particular — studio apartment, mcMansion — it honestly does not matter. You should be able to open and close the door clearly.  No piles of stuff, no creaking hinges, no cobwebs. Go bold and lacquer your front door Chinese Red to activate the energy. Curate fresh planters. Or simply sweep your walk.  Bonus points for a doormat and a mailbox that look receptive of abundance. Make sure porch lights are in working order, change the bulb for ambiance and set timers for nightfall – alight the path home for good fortune.
  2. Go shoe-free indoors. If you are not already, become a ‘shoe-free’ home. Right before or after crossing the threshold, take those puppies off. Encourage family members, roommates and guests to follow suite with a shoe tray or bench. To understand feng shui is to communicate in the language of metaphors… think of everywhere those shoes go… do you really want all of that energy in your sacred space? Not to mention basic hygiene; chic slipper game, yes please.

Six Ways to Transform Your Space With Feng Shui. ON VERITE PUBLISHED. --- Feng Shui, Interior Design, How to decorate your home, easy feng shui steps, how to manifest, energy work, space healing, los angeles, interiors.3. Designate a home for every possession. Clear the clutter. Yep. This is the most obvious feng shui ‘cure’ and the most taxing process for many. Energetically, clutter is a series of unmade decisions, so take charge of your life and make those decisions. Pace yourself and do this cathartic work when you are in alignment, operating with positive energy, trusting that with every item you purge (sell, donate, trash) you are inviting in fresh energy. A gold standard is to aim for 50% volume: every closet, shelf, drawer, counter, surface should have half of the space free. Get artsy and arrange everyday objects into inspiring vignettes. You will feel a difference, I promise.

4. Bathroom shui at bay… close the toilet lid and keep the bathroom door shut.  This will quickly become second nature and will do wonders for the flow of your home.  Side note: fix any leaks in your space ASAP; leaking water indicates leaking weath.

Six Ways to Transform Your Space With Feng Shui. ON VERITE PUBLISHED. --- Feng Shui, Interior Design, How to decorate your home, easy feng shui steps, how to manifest, energy work, space healing, los angeles, interiors.5. Keep it clear down there: nothing under the bed. Not a thing. You deserve clean and clear dreaming, direct messaging from the collective unconscious, untarnished by dusty crap. I have pulled the wildest objects out from underneath client’s beds, including a signed edition of Taschen’s “The Rolling Stones.” This client was dealing with multiple bad boy rock stars and mending a broken heart; apply the language of metaphor please.

6. Design a weekly life affirming ritual. Start a weekly ritual to clear stagnant energy and add life to your home. It can be as simple as dusting and saging, or opening all the windows and buying yourself flowers at the market. Escort out the old and welcome in the fresh regularly, and your life will start to bloom.

Meghan Wallace James is a sex coach, stylist and mother. Her mission is to heal cycles of abuse thru beauty. Using energetics, including feng shui, reiki and tarot, she partners with clients to design sensual lives.

Meghan lives in Los Angeles, with her two young sons and pup, and travels frequently to New York City.  www.meghanwallacejames.com.

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FEMME FEED | Four Reasons Why Netflix’s New Show Is So Important.

FEMME FEED | AN INSTALLATION OF “OF THE MOMENT”
STORIES FOR GIRLS IN THE KNOW.Four Reasons Why Netflix's New Show Is So Important. Now on VERITE PUBLISHED. 13 Reasons why, Netflix Original, TV, Series, Dylan Minette, Katherine Langford, Rape Victims, Sexual Assault, Online Bullying, High School.

Whether you have binged, or are holding off on what might be a high-school melodrama, Netflix’s latest series 13 Reasons Why (based on the novel by Jay Asher) is an important narrative the mass public can no longer shy away form. We don’t want to be the one to spoil the story for you, so we will stay within the barriers of vague, but the general plot gist is as such: cyber bullying in a high school setting leads to a series of backlash for those who made a teenage girl’s life un-livable. However it goes much beyond just social media attacks. There are two scenes in particular that stand out far beyond the rest — leading to the most tormenting of them all. Almost unfathomable to watch, let alone film, are the rape scenes.

Reason One: Hollywood has long been in the habit of skimming over this subject for entertainment’s sake but also for protection of the viewer. However, how will we teach the ethics of consent if young people cannot deeply feel the detriment, and repercussions of these actions? We can only hope one won’t have to experience these moments for themselves — making a visual teaching even more necessary if we want both boys and girls to develop a deep empathy for the victims of sexual assault without knowing it first hand. Four Reasons Why Netflix's New Show Is So Important. Now on VERITE PUBLISHED. 13 Reasons why, Netflix Original, TV, Series, Dylan Minette, Katherine Langford, Rape Victims, Sexual Assault, Online Bullying, High School.

Reason Two: The conversation of rape has been very public in the past few years, for both the good and bad. Women are taking stances, being more vocal about their experiences, and banding together to aid one another in healing. However, each coin has a flip side and as many resources as are being built it is also prominent that our judicial and school systems are failing many who find themselves in this place of trauma. 13 Reasons Why may be TV but it adapts a very real issue on campuses both high school and college in which a hierarchy of students allows many to feel entitled over their peers, even to the point of assault. This often comes with the mindset of either knowing they will get away with it, or thinking their actions were justified in the first place. And what happens after school? These predators trickle out into the world — into our offices, bars, and neighborhoods. As the episodes unfold it eerily introduces an archetype of men we face everyday in our lives — those who have been egotistically pumped up to believe they can do no wrong, even if their physical actions are in fact very wrong. Illegal to be exact.

Reason Three: We watch as two separate characters react to how the sexual trauma effected them — it’s painful, it’s cringeworthy, it’s very real. Everyone reacts to shock differently and it’s important for the consumers of the show to understand that all expressions are valid. There is no template for how one can digest a physical crisis as invasive as this. This leads to the importance of understanding that many times a drastic change in someone’s behavior can translate to a cry for help.

Four Reasons Why Netflix's New Show Is So Important. Now on VERITE PUBLISHED. 13 Reasons why, Netflix Original, TV, Series, Dylan Minette, Katherine Langford, Rape Victims, Sexual Assault, Online Bullying, High School.Reason Four: There is a very wrong cultural construct that weighs down heavily on women — that is called slut shaming (for lack of a better term). Throughout our careers as students, then young adults, we as girls are told that a certain skirt length, or style of top could draw the wrong kind of attention. Over time this equates to girls feeling that when they are faced with harmful attention (even just verbal) that they are to blame in some way. Even their male counterparts often throw the blame in this direction (something the writers also included in 13 Reasons Why). Because of this construct, victims are often first to blame themselves in some sort of mangled mindset that they attracted this kind of energy. 13 Reasons Why is both underlining that the victim is never at fault, and that our society needs to rephrase how we nurture individuals to look at sexuality and action.

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