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      Let's Talk... The Blog

      Educating Ourselves Is The Answer

      Dear friends of Elizabeth Lamont and Room at the Beach,
       
      As longtime residents of Malibu and the Pacific Palisades, we wanted to address the unrest occurring in our LA community and make our stance on these issues very clear.
       
      The murders of George Floyd and of Black people in our community and country are tragedies beyond any words. Despite hoping for change in our community after experiencing the riots of '92, it is evident that race relations have not improved significantly and unthinkable actions are being taken against its own people. We are praying all officers involved in George Floyd's murder will be convicted, and that it brings some closure for the Floyd family.
       
      I am also personally devastated for my fellow business owners whose livelihoods have been damaged, as I know how hard and tough it is to run a business during this time, especially as most of us were looking forward to imminent re-opening despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
       
      While we clearly and strongly do not support looting or reckless destruction of property that damages local people's businesses or homes and detracts from the message peaceful protesters are trying to send, we do hope that the recent protests will have a deep impact on policing culture and institutional racism going forward, and that lasting structural change in our community will occur as a result.

       In this vein, I have collected an introductory list of books and films (definitely not an end-all-be-all list) that will help us educate ourselves and those around us on racism, prejudice, police brutality, and more.

      - So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
      - White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
      - Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
      - Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive Historyy of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
      - The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
      - Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Noble 
      - Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Tatum, PhD
      - The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
      - The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
      - Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Teacher Got Wrong by James Loewen
      - The 13th (Netflix documentary)
      - Moonlight (Netflix, movie)
      - Fruitvale Station (movie)
       
      Truly understanding these important divisions and prejudices that exist in our society may be the last hope to create a community of love and diversity that supports and guides each other.
       
      Much love and with hope for a safe and peaceful future,
      Elizabeth Lamont and everyone at EL and Room at the Beach

      Mother's Day

      Mother's Day

      Let’s talk about moms…

      Mother’s Day is fast approaching - Sunday, May 10th for those who don’t know!
      This year, I feel it is especially important to celebrate Mom.

      We have all been through a long spring at home and moms have been the glue that held families and households together during this difficult time. Moms have made beds, meals, and princess crowns. Moms have played Banana Gram till they can’t look at another word and, don’t forget, that’s before the math lesson.


      Mom deserves a special, heartfelt gesture to say ‘thank you’ and show your love and appreciation for everything she does…. And if you are one of these moms, we salute you!


      I was lucky to live in Malibu while my Mom lived there as well. I saw her everyday and we spoke at least twice a day. She was so incredibly important to me. Now, don’t get me wrong, we had our ups and downs as all relationships do but there was something so dear and special throughout it all…Unconditional Love! (and she made me laugh) - So remember, even though these are trying times and we may be a bit moody with family, cooped up together at home, a
      little act of love goes a very long way. Now, more than ever, we are reminded of what is truly important in our lives.


      As we prepare for a Mother’s Day Celebration, let’s look to our mom’s passions and see what you can do to make this an extra special day for her:


      *And moms: don’t be afraid to hint to the husband or kids about anything you might like to treat yourself to! After all, you’ve more than earned it.


      1. For Queen Mom: Luxurious Champagne Brunch in Bed - We have you covered! Set the tray and don’t forget coffee, a vase of flowers, and a mimosa. A sweet card wishing her love will really send the right message for the day.


      2. I Love to be Pampered: Spa Day - Start with a fresh new robe, aromatherapy
      shower tablets to help Mom ease into her day, and a plush ultra-soft eye mask for deep relaxation at the end of the day.

      3. Mom - You are Loved: Scents and Feel - Our irresistible signature floral fragrance is available in several forms: Fragrance Mist, EL small candle, Malibu small or large candle and the OG in a terra-cotta hand thrown pot. These scents will warm and comfort and make your home smell amazing. She will thank you and think of you every time she uses them!


      4. Beach Babe: Does Mom dream of her toes in the sand and saltwater? We can help 2 ways: A woven beach tote bag with Malibu Beaches throw blanket, Malibu candle and beach-themed hand towel, OR a Beach Girl Package of Love. The next best thing to being at the beach right now! We recommend making her a Pina Colada as an at-home add-on :)


      5. Love from Afar: Can’t be with Mom right now? Let us send a surprise gift to set her table for a special Mother’s Day meal. We’ll include matching napkins, placemats, napkin rings and a bud vase for fresh flowers. Who wouldn’t love that?

      We have many more ideas so if you are feeling creative and want to personalize a basket or large package, call me at the shop and I’ll put together something extra special for you! Oh, by the way, jewelry never hurt either…

      Mom, we love you, and cherish you. Thank you for always being there to comfort us at any age and know we are always your baby.
      Happy Mother’s Day to all - EL


      PS You can use that on your card :)

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