56th Annual Grammy’s Recap

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards took place last night and if you watched while engaged in social media the general consensus across Facebook and Twitter was the show was rather boring; the highlights for me included Mr. And Mrs. Carter AKA Beyonce and Jay-Z opening the show with a performance of Drunk In Love the hit from Beyonce’s self-titled album. Kendrick Lamar’s performance with Imagine Dragons resulted in me joining Lamar’s fan club- seriously, color me a HUGE Kendrick fan. Other highlights included Daft Punks performance with Pharell Williams, Stevie Wonder and Nile Rogers and a rather confusing wedding officiated by the gorgeous Queen Latifah.

As usual, the real focus of any award show is always the red carpet and here are my favorite looks from the evening:

Rita Ora was in an iridescent cocktail length dress by Lanvin. I loved the bombshell-esque waves of her hair, the bodycon fit of her dress and her makeup,were all just pitch perfect.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora

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Tamar Braxton
I’m a huge fan of Tamar’s music, however her fashion choices always ring inauthentic to me. Last night she found her voice wearing crimson Michael Costello.

Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton

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Taylor Swift wore a chain link Gucci gown and was simply stunning in a gown that quite possibly could be my favorite look of the evening.

 

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

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Beyonce also opted for a Michael Costello gown which definitely demonstrated her alter-ego “Yonce” is here to stay.

 

Beyonce

Beyonce

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Please visit Grammy for a complete list of winners.

Introducing Clementine Croissant- French Stylist to the Stars

Clementine Croissant is a French Master hairstylist from Belfort, in the north-east of France. Her interest in hair was fostered very early on and subsequently led to her studies at the challenging French hairdressing school at the center of formation municipal of Belfort in France.

After she graduated she worked in several small salons but was quickly noticed for her talent and was eventually hired by Salon Olivier Rosse, a famous French Salon, with four franchises and hundreds of international clients.

Miss Croissant quickly distinguished herself from the rest of the hairstylists and her reputation went well beyond the limits of Belfort. She quickly assembled a roster of demanding, international clients and also included a clientele of young artists who wanted to change their image or were in need of an expert hand in terms of helping them define their public persona.

Miss Croissant’s portfolio includes a range of several celebrities that she worked with at the genesis of their careers, when they needed an expert hand to help them define their image and make them more attractive to the public, brands, movie directors and modeling agencies .She can name Tahar Rahim the French movie star who won the European Film Award for Best Actor and the Grand Prix Du Jury for his interpretation of Malik El – in Prophet, the Jacques Annaud film as one example of her prominent clientele.

Miss Croissant always wanted to keep her low profile. She refused all offers she got from the most prestigious Parisian salons because she wanted to remain close to the mountains where she grew up which allowed her to ski and spend quality time with friends and family.She took advantage of the wonderful French system of transportation and was able to be in Paris in a few hours when she was needed for a photo shoot, for preparing her clients for an interview on TV, or for the screening of a movie scene.

Becsuse of her diligence and commitment to her craft, Miss Croissant became one of the most sought-after, young French hairstylist and at age 14 was named Master Hairstylist at Olivier Rosse. She was praised by her clients for her expertise in hair cutting techniques, but also at defining the style that would fit best their needs or the needs of a particular brand.

These days Miss Croissant has her sites on the OKYO Salon in DC-famous for styling the most influential celebrities on the DC political scene. She will soon begin a new exciting career in the US and considering her amazing portfolio and experience I am sure her talent is sure to place her at the top of the DC social and beauty scene.

You can visit http://okyosalon.com/ for more details on the salon.

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Beyonce Offers Intimate Glimpse With New Tumblr

I have no problem admitting that I am a Beyonce Stan. From her iconic beauty, to her amazing talent Bee is a business woman who is strategic with everything she does. Well, Mrs. Shawn Carter just released a delicious new tumblr account which offers images of Beyonce unedited,  in intimate moments with her family. Feast on the eye candy simply titled “I am” here.

Beyonce and Solange

 

Beyonce’s Countdown Video

Beyonce is back with a new video Countdown which proves once again why we continue to love her.  Her new video features a raven-haired Bee and she’s rocking so many of the trends that I adore for fall- the 60’s –influenced top knot and the cat eye liner paired with a bubble gum pink are just a few stylish elements in the video.

What do you think?

 

ABFF Beauty Lounge

Miami played host to the 15th annual American Black Film Festival and the Black Glitterati were out in full force. In addition to multiple film screenings, there were master classes in everything from the business of movie making to learning how to hone your acting chops.

During the festival, Tracy Wilson Mourning hosted a Beauty Lounge in conjunction with Janice and Denise Tunnell, the gorgeous twins behind the Illusions Cosmetics line.  The event attendees included  some of the most beautiful and well-dressed women I encountered during my Miami visit. The energy was great, the mojitos were flowing and everyone was relaxed thanks to the pampering that included massages, make-overs and hair styling.

The Honey Child collection by Mourning offers up some of the most fragrant and emollient scrubs, body oils and lotions I have ever experienced.  I loved the fragrances so much, I chose both Lover and Kiss, both fragrances embody the promise to “envelope the body calms the mind and kisses the soul”.

Visit www.honeychild.net  to learn more about this exciting collection.

Honey Child potions and lotions

Tracy Mourning describing the line to Sheree Whitfield

 

The GF w/ Tracy Wilson Mourning

There were a long line of fashionistas waiting to get their faces beat by the Illusions Cosmetics line.  The company was founded by celebrity make-up artists (and Baltimore natives) Janice and Denise Tunnell. The range was created with women of color in mind and the lip gloss has received accolades from the likes of Taraji P. Henson and carries the names of some of our favorite movies including: Carmen Jones, Brown Sugar and Mahogany just to name a few.  Visit  www.illusionsbeauty.com  to get yours today!

Illusions Cosmetics Make-Over

There was a long line for massages

Fashionistas with their goodies from Honey Child and Illusions Cosmetics

Hair styling courtesy of Chez Badeux Salon

Queen Latifah Launches Line for HSN

There is rarely anything that happens that qualifies as being ground breaking in curvy fashion. Surely there are a few great brands that curvy girls can turn to with confidence but many of us luxury-sized women wait with a lukewarm interest when “new” collections are released to address our needs.

Well, hopefully the tides are changing as one of my curvy icons- Queen Latifah has developed a collection for women ranging from size 2-24 in partnership with HSN. The range will be available on the shopping network on August 27th.

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