Curves Rock Weekend- Runway Recap

If you haven’t had the pleasure of spending any amount of time watching Tionna Smalls of MTV fame – truly get to know her. Smalls was one of the delightful hosts of Curves Rock Weekend which is the premier full figured fashion week for the Baltimore/DC metro area. Hosting duties were shared by Baltimore’s own super-model Liris Crosse who also serves as one of the business partners behind the weekend.

Curves Rock consisted of a host of seminars with a focus on empowering women; however the marquee event was the runway show which featured eight designers and a bevy of some of the most gorgeous plus-sized models I’ve ever laid eyes on. The brain child of former models- Tykesha “Ms Diva Doll” Reed and Chanell “Stallion N’ Stilettos” Jones this was only the second year for an event that bought women from as far away as San Diego.

Here are some of the highlights from the show which included designs from Torrid, Ashley Stewart, Anne Kaufman, Marco Hall and Shanda Freeman.

The vendors were another highlight for the weekend and one my hands down favorites was which celebrate the thickness of curvy women.

photo credit: Sherrie Wood, Luxe Glam Collective
Liris was one of the host for the evening

Annie Kaufman featured some of my favorite looks

Annie Kaufman featured some of my favorite looks

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Are you a DIY Fashionista? Enter to the win the first Today Show DIY contest!

Beginning Monday, October 24th, the Today show will launch its first ever DIY Style Week and contest.   I am a huge fan of Today Show editor Bobbie Thomas and her unique way of taking simple items and turning them into fashionable pieces that are on trend.  Next week will feature tutorials from a host of crafty fashionistas/os including:

  • Monday: Bobbie Thomas, TODAY style editor. See how to make foiled fashion
  • Tuesday:  Eric Domesek, PS I Made This.  Learn how to make an iPad cover
  • Wednesday: Geneva Vanderzeil, A Pair and A Spare.  Find out the simple steps for making a scarf watch
  • Thursday: Kristen Turner, Glitter ‘n Glue.  Get the scoop on how to make a faux fur collar
  • Friday: Jenni Radosevich, I Spy DIY.  See the simple steps for making rhinestone earrings


 In addition to watching industry insiders craft ordinary into extraordinary, you will also have an opportunity to highlight your own talent!

Visit for details on how YOU can submit your own accessory or fashion project.  Bobbie Thomas will pick one lucky winner to be featured in a post on in addition to wining a prize pack of Bobbie’s favs.

Join the conversation by using the #DIYWeekTODAY hashtag

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  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  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

Desiree Rogers lands new gig as CEO of Johnson Publishing

Desiree Rogers, the former White House social secretary has landed on her feet just fine as CEO of the Johnson Publishing Company. As CEO, Rogers will be accountable for the day to day operations of the company. Johnson publishing is the powerhouse behind longtime African-American favorite magazines Ebony and Jet. I personally think this a huge win for all involved. I am looking forward to seeing the changes that will happen particularly at Jet, as I have long thought the magazine was due for an overhaul.

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Chelsea Clinton Wedding- photos!

Unless you have been living under a rock, you must know that Chelsea Clinton married her longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky in a luxe ceremony which took place in Rhinebeck, NY.  As was suspected, the bride wore a gorgeous gown by renowned designer- Vera Wang, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wore Oscar de la Renta.

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Mary J Blige The Queen of Hip Hop Soul and MUCH More

by Lisa

We all know and love Mary J Blige as the queen of hip hop soul, but what you may not have been aware of is that Queen Mary is also head of her own non-profit Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now Inc (FFAWN). The focus of this organization is to empower, uplift and encourage women to reach their full potential. “Through scholarships, grants, and programs that foster strong self-esteem, career development, and personal growth, FFAWN is intended to help women gain the confidence and skills they need to achieve success”.

Today MJB plans to unveil her new partnership with Carols Daughter and her FFAWN organization. After the show, stay tuned on how to save big on some of your favorite Carol’s Daughter products!

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Preparing for the First Lady Exhibition (video)

Earlier this week I reported that Michelle Obama donated her iconic inauguration gown to the Smithsonian, here’s a behind the scenes look at the preparation for the exhibit. ( thanks Jessica!) If you have plans to be in the DC area- check it out!

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First Lady Gives Inauguration Gown to Smithsonian

by Lisa
First Lady Michelle Obama donated her inauguration gown to the Smithsonian during a traditional ceremony which includes the donation of ‘debut” dresses to the museum.

The iconic Jason Wu design will be showcased in a new gallery called “First Lady Debut” along with inaugural gowns worn by other First Ladies.

The Divine Mrs. O said of her dress “When I look at my gown — which I, in fact, have not seen since the day that I took it off — memories of that moment truly come rushing back. I remember that it was freezing cold in Washington. I know we all remember that. Yet, despite the frigid temperatures, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the Mall. Nothing was going to stop them from being part of history”.


Ebony Fashion Fair- its a wrap??

Ebony Fashion Fair is recognized as one of the largest touring fashion shows featuring black women. The show which is the brainchild of Eunice Johnson, wife to the Ebony publishing king- John Johnson have been placed on hold following the January death of Johnson.

In spite of the fact that major publications including Vogue Black have finally recognized the power of black beauty, the indefinite hiatus of the Ebony Fashion Fair shows will surely create a gap in this chapter of black fashion history.

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Bethann Hardison takes over the Reins at Vogue Black

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by Lisa

The GF reported last week that Vogue Black was launching simultaneously with Vogue Curvy; publications which will tap into two demographics that have been largely been ignored by the fashion industry.

Well in related news, has just announced that Bethann Hardison will take over the reins as Editor-at-large of Vogue Black… Is Vogue Black a step in the right direction? I guess the upcoming months will tell, however I honestly believe Vogue Black/ Vogue Curvy are long overdue.




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