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Author: Esta Fiesta

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Have you noticed we've somehow all started dressing the same? Let's change that! Discover independent fashion and beauty brands and hear Esta Fiesta's thoughts on current industry events.
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It’s a Poised n Polished first - I’m talking to Cora Harrington of The Lingerie Addict about all things undergarments!  Cora is sharing a bit of history about lingerie trends, some of her thoughts on the lack of inclusion in the lingerie industry, and why good lingerie - and even its cheaper counterparts - are well worth the money!   Links : Nubian Skin lingerie Playful Promises Naja Third Love   Follow Cora Harrington:  thelingerieaddict.com Twitter: @lingerie_addict  Instagram: @thelingerieaddict Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation! Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter   Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
Season 5 is here!!  I'm kicking off this season talking about a few of my favorite things including the new beauty products I picked up at the latest Sephora Beauty Insider sale and the best trends for Fall 2019.   Jackie Aina x Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Primer Nails Inc Superfood Base Coat Nails Inc Nail Pure Nail Polish Collection in 'Its Cool to be Kind'  Asha Boston's Twitter thread about the Nike Air Max 270 Reacts VIDEO: Asha Boston explains the story behind her Nike Air Max 270 React R46   Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation!   Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
I need to rant... Part Deux

I need to rant... Part Deux

2019-05-1600:28:06

I need to rant! There's some topics that have been heavy on my chest for some time and I need to talk them out. Thanks for listening! In this episode I discuss the one Met Gala look that bothered me most (you'll be shocked!), Kim Kardashian trying to become a lawyer, and my secret obsession - Kardashian/Jenner babies.   *CORRECTION*  I said that Regina King became an actress at 40 - I meant Regina Hall! Regina King has been acting since she was a teen on 227! I also said the Regina was a teacher before acting - that was actually Jesse Williams! I'm sure other actors used to teach as well though! Links: Here's a photo of Lena Waithe looking angry at this year's Met Gala Here's one of the Instagram accounts you can follow for pics of the Kardashian/Jenner kids. Yes, even Dream!   Keep Up With ME!: Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation! Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
Do you know how dynamic Michelle Lee, editor in chief of Allure is? Let me tell you why I stan... Michelle Lee is one of the best people shaking up the beauty industry these days...but I realize so many of people don't understand how iconic she actually is!  In this episode I'm paying tribute to the Asian American editor who is instrumental to America's future success by breaking down five reasons she's what the beauty industry didn't know it needed.   Links : Michelle Lee’s Instagram Allure’s Anti-aging ban Editor’s Letter One Year After the Anti-Aging Ban 100 Years of Beauty: India Allure’s 100 Years of Foundation video Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation!   Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
It's Sephora Beauty Insider Sale time! Sephora's Beauty Insider sale kicks off on May 2 (or April 26 if you're VIB Rouge!) and now that our tax returns have come in its the PERFECT time to start putting together our shoppings lists! I'm breaking down the three categories you should split your purchases into and telling you how to decide which products to skip this go 'round.   Pat McGrath MatteTrance lipstick in Full Panic !      Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation! Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
Spring is taking a little time to get here, so we’re gonna use this time to prepare! In today’s episode I’m sharing four ways you can start getting ready for warm weather NOW.  I’m also sharing four spring trends you’ll want to explore.   DIY pedicure products I mentioned: Kiss Pedicure Kit Lush Cosmetics Volcano Foot Mask Bath & Body Works Shea It Isn’t So or Bath & Body Works Mentha Tingling Foot Cream The Best Moisturizing Socks for Dry Feet   Skincare products I mentioned: Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser Glow Recipe Watermelon Moisturizer Origins Charcoal Mask   Listen to “Lets Purge Our Closets” for the best tips and tricks for Marie Kondoing your wardrobe so that it only includes items which spark joy! Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation! Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
In Part 2 of my conversation with Lori Tharps we're talking about Black men's relationship with their hair, barbershops, and so much more! Read Lori's book: Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America.  Check out Lori’s website:  https://myamericanmeltingpot.com/ Find Lori Tharps on Twitter  @LoriTharps  or Instagram @myamericanmeltingpot Listen to Lori’s podcast: My American Meltingpot: Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation!   Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
Happy Black History Month! I know this one has been crazy so far so I’m bringing you a more pleasant story to talk about : the history of African American hair! Lori Tharps joins me to discuss her book Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America. In part 1 of this conversation we’re talking about how current attitudes toward black hair compare to historical attitudes about hair. Lori’s also talking about her personal experiences with hair, growing up in an all white environment and relocating to blacker spaces. Check out Lori’s website:  https://myamericanmeltingpot.com/ Find Lori Tharps on Twitter @LoriTharps  or Instagram @myamericanmeltingpot Listen to Lori’s podcast: My American Meltingpot: Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation! Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
Esta Fiesta chats with Mariam Mouna Guessous of I See You Wellness and Suanny Upegui of Casa Finca about beauty from within. The two wellness experts and creative entrepreneurs are sharing tips for achieving beauty from within! In this episode we discuss Moroccan black soap, the connection between your diet, geographical location and beauty, letting your spirit pick your fragrance, holistic ways to strengthen your nails and more!   Find Mariam at I See You Wellness and on Instagram Find Suanny at Casa Finca NYC   Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation!   Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
2019 Beautylutions!

2019 Beautylutions!

2019-01-0100:35:45

Of course we’re kicking off 2019 with our beautylutions for the year, but first I’m giving a recap on last year’s results! LINKS:   Favorite skincare products: Superfood cleanser Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask   Orly Nail Defense Nail Strengthener   Vegan Nail Brands: Zoya Black Dahlia Lacquer Julep   Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation!   Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter   Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
It's party time! Ohhhhh it's parrr-tay time! Gonna have a (office holiday) par-tay!! Who else just realized the office holiday party is just days away and you haven't gotten your outfit together? Don't worry boo, you know I got you! On this episode I'm sharing tips on how to figure out what to wear to your office holiday party, regardless of if your office dress casual or conservative and if the party is at a fancy nearby hotel or being held in the big conference room. Of course I also took into account whether you like to dress masculine or feminine - any guesses which style requires less effort? Before you order an inappropriate dress take a few minutes to listen to this podcast so that you don't waste your time, money, or office reputation! Links: Searching for a cocktail dress? Try Lulus Need a festive but inexpensive tie? Try The Holiday Shop at The Tie Bar Looking for a cheap Santa hat? Try Party City Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation!   Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
Interior Design 101

Interior Design 101

2018-11-0700:27:06

Today I'm sharing some simple tips for decorating your home! I'm teaching you how to brighten up a space that doesn't get much sunlight, maximizing space with multi-tasking items, and what to do about wall decor. Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished and #PodIn to continue the conversation! Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Links: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace White Paint Glass wall shelves from The Container Store String Lights Mirrored Console Table Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
Lauren Alayne

Lauren Alayne

2018-10-1000:45:25

It’s a Poised n Polished first - I’m talking to a makeup artist! Sephora Account Executive Lauren Alayne joins me to talk all things makeup, including how much makeup we tend to wear on vacation, how to deal with makeup shamers of any gender and what makes people gravitate towards a particular MUA. Lauren is also answering a few listener questions! She’s sharing her thoughts on IG MUAs, how to get long lashes without falsies and how often you should switch out your beauty blender. In keeping with my beautylution I got Lauren to share her current skincare routine. Get your Sephora budget in order because she mentions A LOT of products!   LINKS: Want to see Lauren’s work? Check out Lauren’s IG. Inquiring about her services? Check out Lauren’s website. Products Lauren mentioned (if you are shopping these products online use eBates to get cash back!): Sephora Collection 'Hollywood’s Calling' Eyeshadow Christian Dior Lash Primer Lancome Lash Primer Sephora Eyelash Primer   Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water Shiseido cotton rounds Clarisonic First Aid Beauty Cleanser Neogen Exfoliating Pads Sunday Riley Good Genes Serum Sunday Riley CEO KORA Eye oil Sunday Riley Tidal Tatcha Water Cream Kiehl’s Avocado eye cream   Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation! Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
Which one of you prayed for fall so they could get these fits off? I'm sharing my favorite trends that you should try out if you really want to get these fits off this fall! I'm also breaking down NYFW. Not how it went but what it is. Is fashion week a professional event or just an over priced party? I'm breaking down why it exists and what the purpose of all those celebrity filled parties are REALLY about. Check me out on Bri Books Podcast! I'm chatting about fashion, fashion magazines and of course... Beyonce!   Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation!   Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
This episode drops on Beyonce’s 37th birthday so it’s only appropriate we discuss her Vogue September 2018 cover article and what a great example she's setting.  We're also discussing that viral Brooklyn nail salon video - yes, THAT ONE - and what it made me think about supporting black-owned beauty businesses. But first I'm catching you up on my summer, including my quick thoughts on why you need to see the birthday girl on her On the Run II tour and my recap of TWO independent beauty expos. ***Please excuse the sound issues. Part of my transition means I had to record in less than ideal conditions!!*** Check out the links to articles, companies and products I mentioned on the episode here: Indie Beauty Expo Ethique, the eco-friendly personal care brand L.O.V., the European makeup brand with magnetic (I said metallic, I meant magnetic) eye shadow pots Shea Terra, the skincare brand that uses African black soap and other African indigenous ingredients that are good for you   Project Beauty Expo Kreyol Essence, the Haitian skincare brand you'll soon see everywhere Girl and Hair, the brand that wants you to care for your scalp under those weaves, braids, wigs and extensions!  Beija Flor Naturals, the wash-and-go friendly brand created for curls, kinks and coils Beyonce’s VOGUE Interview That semi-viral Brooklyn nail salon attack The New York Times article about unethical NYC nail salons Molas Boutique Spa in Brooklyn, NY Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation!   Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Email me directly at itsestafiesta@gmail.com.   Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
Season 4 Teaser

Season 4 Teaser

2018-08-1400:01:22

Season Four of Poised n Polished premieres Tuesday September 4 with an ode to Beyonce, recap of the Project Beauty Expo and my thoughts on the Brooklyn nail salon brawl.  Make sure you subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Spreaker Overcast, Acast, or wherever you listen to podcasts so that you don't miss an episode! Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook  Follow @ItsEstaFiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes. 
Midyear Beautylution Update

Midyear Beautylution Update

2018-06-1900:30:08

Remember back in January when we all made beautylutions? Have you been keeping up with yours? I have! But I haven’t been doing a great job of sharing my journey with you. In this episode I’m letting you know what I’ve tried, what’s been working and what was a HUUUUGE mistake. We’re discussing double cleansing vs Clarisonics, Lush’s all-natural, sometimes vegan face products the best sunblocks and k-beauty moisturizers. If any of the products I mentioned interest you check them out below: Lush Fresh Farmacy Facial Soap Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy Lush Cosmetic Warrior Face Mask Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer   Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation! Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
There's so much to look forward to this June but I'm focusing on these three things:   Crayola for ASOS Ariana Grande on the cover of British VOGUE  FashionNova for Men   Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation!   Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.  
Phoenix Shaving

Phoenix Shaving

2018-05-2200:42:25

Do you even wet shave bro? Douglas Smythe from Phoenix Shaving is teaching me why every man - and woman - should ditch multi-blade razors in favor of traditional shaving.   Douglas broke down why those multi-blade disposable razors are bad for your skin and how we all got tricked into thinking they were the best thing since sliced bread.   We also discuss whether or not you need beard oil and more details about men’s grooming habits.   Most importantly Douglas is teaching me how to help a man upgrade his grooming! He’s sharing tips on how to gently let a man know his beard or hygiene could benefit from a little TLC.     Check out these links to products, guides and events Douglas  and I discussed on the show:   Click here to purchase Phoenix Shaving products   Find Douglas’ Beard and Moustache Conditioning Manual here   Check out Douglas’ YouTube show ‘I’d Lather Be Shaving’ here   Find out more information about the Big Shave East conference here   Learn about StyleCon here Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation!   Follow me on Instagram and Twitter   Please sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode!
Making Sense of Mudcloth

Making Sense of Mudcloth

2018-04-2400:19:37

What is a mudcloth? That's what I asked Natalie Harris of The Tiny Closet during our discussion! Mudcloth as fashion is a new concept I was introduced to when I spoke to Melody Asherman of Everrything Rrouge last January. I'm learning more about the fabric, including how it's made, which West African country it comes from, and which city in America seems to like it more than the rest.  We also discuss East African fashion (specifically leather goods from Kenya) and of course... Wakanda forever!   Shop Mudcloth pieces on The Tiny Closet Read The Tiny Closet Blog Follow The Tiny Closet on Instagram Follow @PoisedPodcast on Twitter and Facebook and use #PoisednPolished to continue the conversation! Follow Esta Fiesta on Instagram and Twitter Sign up for the newsletter and visit poisednpolished.com for a complete list of past episodes and resources and visuals from this episode.
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