Artscape 2014

High Zero

High Zero

Baltimore is my hometown and there are a few things that have firmly assisted with  placing  the “charm” in Charm City. Artscape, touted as one of the largest art festivals on the East Coast is one of those things. The festival takes place in Baltimore’s Arts District and offers a range of activities from zumba for kids to Grammy nominated artist like Anthony Hamilton who is set to hit the stage on Sunday, July 20th. The people watching is an added bonus to the great art, crafts, performances and culinary delights which make Artscape a cant miss Baltimore event. In addition to the list of official food vendors- there will be a food truck rally near Preston St.

So don your best festival chic ensemble, put on some comfortable shoes and be prepared to by dazzled by the charm that is Artscape.

For more details on performances and activities log into www.artscape.org or consider downloading the app from the Google market place or I—phone app store in order to stay up to date on all the festival happenings.

 

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Big Easy Style Lounge: Design Essentials

 

Photo credit: Exclusiveaccess.net

Photo credit: Exclusiveaccess.net

The sound of jazz can be heard on almost every block once you hit the Quarter in N’awlins; during the 20th anniversary of the Essence Musical Festival that music was rounded out with the soulful or funkdafied sounds of just about every other genre of music that speaks to your soul.

The Superdome was the place to be in the evenings and during the day I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with a few brands that I’ve come to know and love. Design Essentials hosted an event featuring the Grammy nominated Ledisi who played host to their inaugural Big Easy Style Lounge. Guests were treated to massages, makeup application and had the opportunity to chat with professionals about the range of products and which specific combination worked best for individual needs.

Because I’m a naturalista currently wearing a weave (with some leave out) the sleek edge control was recommended as well as the hydrience which serves as both heat protectant and moisturizer.

For more details on the Design Essentials line please visit www.designessentials.com

Jet Magazine Launches New App

Jet magazine holds a dear place in the hearts of many- I can remember going to the beauty salon  as a child to get my press and curl and thumbing through the magazine while waiting for my turn, or accompanying my pop-pop to the barber shop where the walls were filled with the Jet Beauty of the week.

The iconic magazine has just launched an app which will replace the paper magazine and they will be adding new content on a weekly basis. The premier digital issue features ingenue KeKe Palmer.

 

Here’s a snapshot of what the new app will offer:

· The first 360-degree view of the JET Beauty, with enhanced interaction with the model
· An exclusive viewing of Black&Sexy TV’s RoomieLoverFriends debut episode of season three – available only to JET app subscribers until July 6
· A chance to win a VIP experience to the largest house music event in the country – the 25th Annual Chosen Few Picnic (2015) in Chicago
· Featured celebrities – Stacey Dash, Anthony Anderson, Trey Songz and Taraji P. Henson

For more details visit www.jetmag.com/godigital

KeKe Palmer

KeKe Palmer

 

Suffering In Silence-Depression

“Sick and tired of being sick and tired” is a universal lamentation of women everywhere. We often don our capes and will gladly take on the role of superwoman but at what cost to our own personal well- being? Weariness is likely a part of our DNA as we readily play the role of mother, wife, sister, lover setting our needs aside to our great personal detriment.

Depression is sometimes difficult to recognize in women because we often have so much on our plates that we rarely take a critical look at our symptoms in order to recognize just how deep the cracks beneath our well-hidden, silent crisis run.

What causes depression?

Depression is a complex disease and can be caused by a number of factors. The loss of a loved one, medications, or even certain illnesses can play a role in the manifestation of the disease. The important thing is to “be still” long enough to recognize a problem may be emerging.
Recognize the signs of depression

I had a friend who practically prayed that a recent visit to the doctor would not only result in the need for surgery, but a long recovery period. She saw nothing wrong with this as she was so tired from her daily routine she viewed surgery, followed by mandatory bed rest as an escape. Though it is normal to “feel a little blue” when you are facing health problems the need to escape from daily life could very well be the sign of something deeper. When I suggested to this friend she may actually be depressed, she fervently denied it and said she simply needed a vacation. My question to her was why not take one then?

Besides needing an escape from daily life, other signs of depression include:
Weight gain, or increased appetite
Weight loss or decreased appetite
Fatigue or very little desire to engage in activities that once gave you pleasure
A sense of worthlessness
Withdrawing from friends and family

Seek help

Admitting that you have a problem is crucial to healing when you are suffering in silence. For many women, this bridge is the most difficult to cross because we see the need to ask for help as an admission of failure or a sign of weakness. This is particularly true of African-American women as the myth of the superwoman is so pervasive in our culture we have sadly begun to believe our own hype. Compound this super woman myth with our tendency to only seek spiritual help and many of us are left suffering from clinical depression that could clearly benefit from the right dose of medication. I am a firm believer in the power of prayer, but prayer combined with the medicine to treat your illness is what will lead to a greater since of well-being.

There is great power in being self aware and recognizing your need for help. Here are some additional resources to help you get back on a path to wholeness.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/takeonestep/depression/resources.html

http://psychcentral.com/resources/Depression/

 

Style Item Of The Week- Kim Kimble Beauty


Acai Berry Brazilian Nut Serum

Acai Berry Brazilian Nut Serum

Silk elastic bands

Silk elastic bands

Kim Kimble has been on my radar for quite sometime; as the hair guru behind some of my favorite celebs looks I’m a huge fan of her work and the especially love the inside look of her life via WeTv’s L.A. Hair. Kimble is not only a highly sought out stylist she is always adding to her arsenal- striking the perfect balance between stylist and entrepreneur. Kim Kimble beauty offers a range of products with a focus on style and healthy hair. I recently had the opportunity to try Kimble’s silk hair ties and acai and berry serum; with the heat and humidity of summer in full swing Kimble’s hair ties are just what the doctor ordered for pulling back my tresses in the healthiest way possible. Because the ties are made with silk and are metal free- they are gentle on the hair and minimize the tangle and pulling that can often result from other bands. I am a naturalista currently wearing a weave with just a small leave out in the front; my natural hair is also color-treated so it’s incredibly important for me to keep my hair moisturized. The Acai Berry and Brazilian Nut serum provides equal parts shine along with moisture without heavy build up.

Interested in trying out the silk bands or serum? Ghetto Fashionista readers are eligible for a 10% discount their purchases. Visit http://701nyc.vpibrands.com/brand/kim-kimble/ and use code hair10 at checkout.

Want to know more about Kim Kimble? Visit her website 

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Curvy Shopping Options at Arundel Mills

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Shopping options just got a little better for curvy fashionistas in the Baltimore area. Arundel Mills which is one of the largest and premier destinations for discount shopping in Maryland welcomes Fashion to Figure and Torrid. Fashion to Figure a coveted brand offering up to the minute trends for plus-sized women will be opening in Neighborhood 1 this summer. Torrid which offers a complete range of plus-sized fashion as well as shoes, sleepwear and lingerie is slated to open in fall. I’m a huge fan of both brands and I’m excited to see the inclusion of more plus-sized offerings to the mall which offers a wide range of shopping options from Off Fifth (Saks outlet) to Forever 21.

For more information about Arundel Mills’ or for a complete list of retailers, call (410) 540-5100 or visit www.arundelmills.com. Arundel Mills also may be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ArundelMills) and on Twitter @ArundelMills.

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Taraji P.Henson Rocks Bedroom-Sexy Hair

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My favorite fellow Howard U alum Taraji P. Henson sported bedroom-sexy hair on the red carpet for yesterday’s Los Angeles premiere of Think Like A Man Too. Celeb stylist Ursula Stephens used a range of Motions (official US sponsor of the film) products to achieve Hensons’ look.

Products Used:
Motions Straight Finish Cleanser
Motions Straight Finish Leave-In Conditioner
Motions Straight Finish Sealer
Motions Light Hold Working Spritz

First cleanse with Finishing Cleanser, then condition the hair with Motions Straight Finish Cleanser- after drying seal the cuticles with finish sealer and then create the voluminous curls with a 2 inch barrel curling iron- in order to maintain your curl finish the look with Motions Light Hold Working Spritz.

I for one cannot wait to see the sequel which will hit theaters on June 20th.

Motions is available at drugstores nationwide, interested in learning more? Visit their FB page https://www.facebook.com/motionshair

What In The World Happened to Hip-Hop?

Me w/Tracy Lee, Howard Homecoming 2010

Me w/Tracy Lee, Howard Homecoming 2010

The other day I was listening to my husbands high school reunion CD and while I happily bopped my head to the likes of Queen Latifah’s Ladies First and De La Soul’s Me, Myself and I- I had to ask myself- what in the world happened to hip-hop? I will show my age when I say this but here it goes- the first album (album, not CD) that I ever purchased was Run D MC’s sucker MC- I listened to that record until I knew every lyric and nuance of the song… Fast forward to my days at Howard U- the music of Notoroius BIG, and hell even the west coasts’ Snoop was in heavy rotation. You see the thing about this music is that it was lyrical- and told stories of people much like me who grew up with very little but were able to make it- by any means necessary; for me that meant having parents that sent me to magnet schools outside of my hood- they ensured I learned to the play the violin and when I got a little older and it became clear that I could outrun my male cousin- I had track. In any case; the music told stories of female empowerment, encouraged safe sex and yes sometimes it was gritty and raw, but more often than not it was music with a message. I remember when my HU friend Tracy Lee created the simple yet powerful Party Time and everyone would rush to the dance floor not only because we loved Tracy, but because he created music that made you wanna dance. Fast forward to today and I have to say beyond Kendrick Lamar- I have very little use for most of the music that is labeled *hip-hop* these days. Most of it is likely only taking strippers to the poll versus prompting anyone to run to the dance floor. I will readily admit- I often have to google half the shit that’s said in music nowadays…. If it weren’t for Lamar, I would chalk my general distaste for the genre to me just getting old- but hip-hop and it’s originators have grown up yet somehow the way that was paved for this generation hasn’t produced anyone who can generally claim the crown as the King/Queen of hip-hop. I won’t give up hope- perhaps the next BIG is in the studio spitting fire and preparing to take over the crown.

Mourning Maya

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There have been many personalities to “pass on” but never have I felt a loss as deep as when I opened my email to discover that Maya Angelou was no longer of this earth. No more newly knitted words crafted from the woman who exclaimed
” Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. / I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size… ” *
giving pride to this and all black girls with too many too’s to ever be considered beautiful- too fat, too loud, too black, too ugly… But yet in spite of all my “too’s” my milkshake can still bring the boys to my yard, because Dr. Angelou told me so.

She also gave us haughty permission to swivel our hips to the beat of an unheard of ancestral drum all the while celebrating the very essence of womanhood.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Baby!! Still I Rise gives new meaning to diamond life.

Maya Angelou’s greatness will forever live through her poetry, her boldness and her life that was clearly lived out loud. She has many legacies which is ultimately the greatest testimony to a life well lived but for me, her break down of what it means to be truly phenomenal, beyond societies expectations, outside the realm of normal standards of beauty has always put a little more starch in my backbone… A bit more arch in my step and given me the ability to revel in the fact that I am indeed phenomenal…

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,


That’s me.

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*Excerpted poetry from Maya Angelou “Still I Rise” and Phenomenal Woman

Get The Look- Rihanna’s MUA Dishes on Her Met Gala Makeup

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Rihanna was resplendent in a midriff bearing Stella McCartney gown at last nights Met Ball and her luminous skin and flawless makeup was hands down her best accessory.

MUA Mylah Morales created Ri Ri’s look and she prepped her skin with vbeaute buying time as a moisturizer topped with their undercover agent.

As a makeup artist myself I cannot emphasize how important it is to properly prepare skin before application! Take a few minutes to understand your clients skin care needs in order to ensure the longevity of your work.

Morales used MAC products last night: ” I used a dark brow pencil to fill it in and finished it off with a brow crème to look it in place. Concealer foundation then powder to make her skin more flawless than it already is. To contour her face, I used a dark bronzer to contour and highlighter in her cheek area both by M.A.C. Cosmetics. I lined her eyes with the M.A.C. Pro Longwear Eye Liner in Definedly Black. For her eye lids, I used a taupe colored shadow all across pulling it out with the shape of her brow. Her look is finished with a splash of color by using a lilac colored lip lined with a pencil.”

For more information on vbeaute visit www.vbeaute.com

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