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    Olivia was nominated by her mother Anita Durand Allen to be our Zandra Beauty of the Month.

    “I am thrilled to nominate my daughter Olivia for the Zandra beauty of the month. Olivia is a 10 year old actress/dancer/singer who loves to help people in need. Over the past two months she has organized and conducted two successful local donations drives. In March she collected over 100 toys for Kosair Charities, an organization that aids and assists children with disabilities and illnesses and their families. In April she conducted a food drive for Dare to Care Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy Program. Children who live in food insecure homes and depend on free and reduced lunches during the week are given a backpack of food they can easily access and eat on the weekend’s when they may otherwise not get enough food. She, her sister and her best friend from school collected more than 8 boxes of of food. For this effort she was featured on WHAS 11 News with the Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent and got to meet the Mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer. She was also featured on WDRB Fox 41 the day of the drive and WLOU Radio Simmons Saturday Morning Solutions Show.

    As a professional actress and dancer Olivia has been features in commercials, local billboards and magazines, and on stage in theatrical and dance productions. She loves to read, draw, and write stories, she enjoys all things girly and is a true fashionista. IN addition to all that, Olivia is a model student and has received only one B among the A’s on her report card.  


    We had a chance to ask Olivia a few questions, check out her answers below:

    ZA:  Tell us about who you are and what your passionate about ( hobbies, sports, fun stuff you like to do).

    OA:  I am an openminded, fashionable, 10 year old who loves to dance, act and write songs. It is important to me that the people I care about are happy and I make hand made birthday cards for all my friends.  I come up with ideas to help people and find a way to make them a reality.
    ZA: What school do you attend and what grade?
    OA: I am a straight A student at Coleridge Taylor Montessori School and will be in the 5th grade.
    ZA: What are your best qualities?
    OA: My best qualities are my kindness and creativity. Also, I love to learn.
    ZA: How important do you think Girls education is and why?
    OA: I think girls education is very important because I look up to many brilliant women who are very smart. Without girls education being important other girls might not be able grow up to be brilliant women that other girls can look up to.
    ZA: How do you think you can make a meaningful contribution to the world around you and beyond?
    OA: I have already conducted a food drive for Dare to Care Food Bank to help kids that don’t get enough food over the weekend. I also conducted a toy drive for   Kosair Charities where I beat my goal of collecting 100 toys. I am now planning a Girls’ Conference to help girls understand how to be confident and stand up for yourself.
    ZA: What’s the best advice you would give to other girls like you?
    OA: Never give up on your dreams.
    ZA: What’s your favorite color?
    OA: Turquoise.
    ZA: What’s your favorite number?
    OA: 16 – I don’t really know why. It just is.
    ZA: What’s your favorite food?
    OA: Sweet Potatoes – I like them in casserole with marshmallows or baked with cinnamon and butter.
    ZA: What’s your biggest dream?
    OA: My biggest dream is to be a famous actress by the time I go to high school.
    Olivia is also currently planning the “You Can Be” Girls Confidence Conference to be held in Louisville. The conference will be for  girls ages 8 – 12 and will be on Saturday, August 22nd. How amazing it that! Isn’t she beautiful? If you know a beautiful girl you think deserves to be featured, send us an email to and tell us why.



    Well these few weeks have sure been crazy! Seems that I have now been nominated as a finalist for the @marthastewart American Made competition!! It is a huge honor for me to be chosen from so many people. Voting started September 21st! Thank you for your love and support!
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    Hi Beauties!
    There has been so much going on, I cant wait to tell you about all the goodness. Thanks to our amazing customers (like you) we have grown and expanded into a newly renovated office space! Sad part is we had to move out The Foundry, but you know what? We will forever be a part of The Foundry family, so that’s really cool.
    It was hard work but also a lot of fun and we are excited to have a new place to call home. We can’t wait to start whipping up products and share them with you! To find out more, check out My Buffalo Business First article here:
    As I make big moves, I hope you are making big moves as well. What have you been up to? What new things have you created? Share them with me and we can support each other and grow together.


    Business is Booming! And this month, Zandra was ecstatic to share that news on the Harry Connick Jr show. With 36 beauty products in our range, five wonderful scents and a message of empowerment, fun, and dedication, we think she did a pretty good job too!

    Teenpreneur on TV…

    Zandra is a beacon of girl empowerment, inspiration and giving back to the local community. Harry certainly seemed impressed with Zandra’s ‘incredible drive and intelligence’ which she puts down to:

    • Research
    • Hard work
    • Dedication
    • … and being involved in the community

    And as we all know, Zandra has a hard and fast rule for teenpreneurs – ‘Do your research and don’t give up!’ We know it, and the proof of her success is evident in an amazing line of products!

    Click HERE or on the image below to view the segment!


    Last weekend (11/8/14), the Girl Scouts of Western New York hosted an event for girls in Western New York. The event was called ‘I Can Be’ Career Day and it was awesome. I saw so many amazing women come together to speak and present their life and work experience with the girls that were lucky enough to attend.  Girls in grades 6-12 were allowed to:

    “Meet and learn from professional women with careers in a variety of fields, perform hands-on activities that directly relate to the profession of choice, experience an event that supports girls to select any career path of their choosing.”

    After a crazy week of moving in the Queen City Pop Up and setting up my new production studio, I was just happy to be in the building. I had NO idea I was actually opening the event behind Ms. Cindy Odom, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York and Ms. Morgan Williams-Bryant, Senior VP of Membership and Program! Wow, right? I know!  I guess my mom just “forgot” to mention that. lol

    Oh well, I was nervous but went ahead with my plan. I spoke to a huge room full of girls about my business, skill set, and what qualities were needed if they decided they wanted to start and run their own business. After all, Ms. Morgan pointed out that many of them were already in business, as they had been selling Girl Scout cookies for years. It was important for all the girls in the room to know that they too could do what I am doing. Every girl could live her dream and walk in her purpose if she followed these few rules:

    1) Have a solid plan

    2) Seek advise + education, there are tons of free services out there)

    3) Connect with like-minded people

    4) Lastly, Keep fighting to work your plan, even on the worst days!

    I ended with a question: What will your verse be? What will you do that the world or someone will remember you by?


    Ms. Odom, CEO of Girl Scouts of WNY- She was so supportive and cool.

    Me after speaking, heading back to finish moving.

    Ms. Morgan & Me

    (my mom takes the worst pictures)

    I first met Me. Morgan this past October at my Day of the Girl event. She was awesome enough to support my event.

    Learn more about the Girl Scouts of WNY and all the cool things they offer here and follow them on Facebook to see more pictures of the event here.

    Until next time.



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