Selfies, Pizza and Stars- Oscars Recap

Although the red carpet is typically the highlight of any awards, I dare say that Ellen Degeneres really stole the show in her role as host last night. Her comedic timing is always perfect but on oscar night it was even more so; between record breaking impromptu selfies, to making good on her promise to order pizza Ellen remained entertaining during a show that can sometimes be a snooze fest. She was funny, incredibly well dressed and was the primary reason I stayed tuned in- besides waiting to see Lupita win!!!!

Here are my top 8 moments from last nights Oscars:

8. Fashion moments I loved Pharrells trendsetting boldness opting to wear a Lanvin tuxedo that included shorts. Pharrell continues to make controversial fashion choices that keep us talking.
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7. Best dressed- I also LOVED Charlize Theron in Dior, Kate Hudson in Versace and Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka

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6. Speaking of Pharrell his performance of his academy nominated song “Happy” was another highlight. The choreography was on point and who can resist dancing along to such an infectious song? Plus he made his way to the audience and had several nominees dancing right along with him.

5. Judy Garland Tribute- Pink is usually incredibly edgy and prone to acrobatics during her performances; however I loved seeing her all dressed up delivering a powerful rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow
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4.Pizza! In the middle of the formality of the academy awards Ellen Degeneres polls the audience on how hungry they are and then proceeds to have pizza delivered. Apparently it was gluten free.

3.Matthew McConaughey’ acceptance speech- I have admittedly not seen Dallas Buyers club but after his acceptance speech for wining for his lead actor role in the movie I’m definitely going to check it out. He was the only winner to thank God for his win-
“There’s a few things, about three things to my account that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward to, and another is someone to chase. Now, first off, I want to thank God. ‘Cause that’s who I look up to. “He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand.”
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2.Selfies! Ellen did an amazing job of infusing her authentic self into every moment as host. When she broke out her phone to take a selfie with several of the nominees she broke records for having the subsequent tweeted picture be retweeted over 2 million times.

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1. Lupita Nyong’o wins! Lupita looked like a princess last night in her custom Prada and she served as inspiration to black girls everywhere-” may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

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Backstage At Tracy Reese Fall 2014 With Ouidad

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Ouidad returned as the official hair sponsor for the Tracy Reese Fall Winter 2014 presentation. Led by Creative Director Morgan Willhite the focus of the hair included natural textured looks, free flowing strands with an emphasis on individual beauty. 

Bold, naturally textured styles are all the rage right now and will continue to be a growing trend. These styles can be achieved on all hair types and these effortless looks can be achieved with appropriate styling products and tools.”
– Morgan

The products used to create the looks included Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray, Shine Glaze Serum, Styling Mist and Holding Spray.Ouidad products can be found at www.ouidad.com or at Ulta stores nationwide.

Reese’s collection gave a nod to menswear as well as classic tweeds and oversized sweaters. Heavily embellished cocktail dresses topped with flirty ostrich accents rounded out the collection.

About Ouidad
Ouidad is a leader in the hair care industry, pioneering innovative products for curly, wavy and natural textured hair, as well as breakthrough cutting and styling techniques practiced at Ouidad Flagship Salons in New York and Los Angeles and certified salons nationwide. Founded in 1984, Ouidad broke ground with its launch as the sole hair care brand to understand, embrace and specialize in curls. With over 300 certified salons nationwide, and more than 30 years of experience treating, styling and educating, Ouidad offers superior services, products and technical expertise. Aggressive new product innovation with lines like Curl Recovery™, Salon Series by Ouidad and Wave Create™ has reinforced Ouidad’s position as the curl category leader. The company has won numerous awards including Allure “Best of Beauty,” Ladies’ Home Journal “This Stuff Works” and Latina “Beauty Awards” for its breakthrough products, services and exclusive ingredient technologies. Experiencing ongoing market demand, the brand has increased its retail footprint with distribution at all new Ulta locations, with availability at over 680 doors nationwide, and continues to expand in the professional channel to bring its proprietary cutting and styling technical expertise and certification to salons nationwide. Ouidad has been an innovator and leader in a growing hair care category and continues to help clients love and care for all types of curls.

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photo credit Will Ragozzino

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Beyonce

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Please visit Grammy for a complete list of winners.

“Kurvy” Friday at K.Staton Boutique!

 

 

Jade Greer, Owner K.Staton

Jade Greer, Owner K.Staton

K.Staton has established itself as THE boutique of choice for curvy fashionistas. The store has received tons of accolades and recognition because of owner Jade Greer’s attention to effortless chic for the woman with a little something extra.

K. Staton offers a selection of clothing from women ranging from size 14-24 and the boutique is replete with style that demonstrates women who have curves have a place in fashion.

 

Forget about “Black Friday” shopping and take a visit to K. Staton as Greer will be featuring  ”Kurvy” Friday. Shoppers can visit the store between the hours of 10am- 8pm and take advantage of  the BOGO 50% OFF sales event! Buy one accessories at reg. price get any accessories 50% OFF same for tops, dresses, bottoms and SPANX! PLUS the first 10 “Kurvy” Friday customers will get a gift from the boutique!

Happy Shopping!

Cocktails and Couture New York Fashion Week Recap

This year Cocktail & Couture tried something a bit different, bringing a Personal Branding & Social Media panel into the mix to talk to up-and-coming bloggers on how to build their brand. Though I was anticipating the “turn up” I found myself learning some valuable information so heres the breakdown of the C&C branding portion.
The Panelist: Claire Sulmers – Freelance Fashion Writer and Creator/Editor of FashionBombDaily.com, Jennifer Walsh – Beauty Executive / Founder: The Beauty Bar, Behind The Brand Media, Jessica Goon – Senior Manager, Public Relations & Social Media, Avon & mark,Tracylee – Celebrity Manicurist and Sally Hansen Nail Ambassador, JasFly – Writer/Multimedia Personality, Charlene Dance - Global Marketing Director of Strength of Nature
5 Things I Learned:
Stay true to yourself: Being somebody else is doing a disservice to yourself and stops people from getting to know the real you
If your interested in working with a brand introduce yourself, cover them on your blog, and build a relationship
Be smart on social media
Own what makes you unique because brands are always looking for the next unique voice
Learn to say “no” if a project doesn’t represent your brand then don’t be afraid to pass it up. Only do things that you want to reflect your voice.
Photo Credit:  Patrick Neree / Neree Photos
Naturalistas at cocktails and Couture

Naturalistas at cocktails and Couture

 

Cocktails and Couture panelist including Claire Sulmers and JasFly

Cocktails and Couture panelist including Claire Sulmers and JasFly

Lianne Farbes the creator of Cocktails and Couture

Lianne Farbes the creator of Cocktails and Couture

NYFW Recap- Frank And Oak

Founded by childhood friends Ethan and Hichman Frank and Oak is a Montreal-based menswear line dedicated to producing high quality items at an affordable price point. Their Spring collection contained elements of preppy, school boy chic- featuring colored slim fitting chords and blazers with skinny ties; the entire collection includes timeless and classic lines.

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photo credit: Brian Hall, Luxe Glam Collective

Fro Fashion Week Makes NYC Debut

For many, gaining entry into New York Fashion week is a huge mystery. As a result of this elusiveness, many alternatives to Fashion Week have sprouted up- Full Figured Fashion Week pays homage to the curvy fashionista with style and right across the bridge in Brooklyn ‘Fro Fashion Week made its NYC debut . The creator of Fro Fashion week- Tarin Boone developed the concept in order to celebrate the naturalista who essentially embraces her natural hair all while being impeccably turned out in the newest, latest, hottest.
The weekend boasted a series of seminars, pop-up shops and the marquee event was a fashion show which featured emerging designers.

Of course over the course of the week I will spend some time “at the tents” and look forward to the experience of having a first-hand look at the latest trends, snapping some real style and squealing with delight when I finally meet a blogger who’s style I’ve admired on Instagram. However, I thoroughly enjoyed my time across the bridge at Fro Fashion Week with some of my natural tressed sisters delighting in the fact that I had an opportunity to attend a show where my unique beauty was reflected on the runway.

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Photo credit: Sherrie Wood, Luxe Glam Collective

Backstage at Harlem’s Fashion Row With Dark And Lovely

Dark and Lovely served as the exclusive backstage hair sponsor of Harlem’s Fashion Row- an organization dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging African-American designers. Celebrity hair stylist Keith Campbell crafted looks that were futuristic and ran the gamut from highly textured tresses to sleek ponytails.

I had a chance to chat with Mezei Jefferson, Softsheen-Carson Director of education about the companies foray into natural hair care and he indicated “we want women to stay in the dark and lovely family-They were pioneers in the relaxer so they decided to keep up with the trend of natural hair”.

To create the looks:

For the highly teased and textured hair Au Naturale Coil Moisturizing soufflé (SRP 9.99) was used- two- strand twists can be created to add greater volume and definition; untwist and spray Natural Shine Sealing Nectar (SRP 9.99)to provide moisture and sheen.

For sleek ponytails:
Apply Let’s Jam Custard and brush hair into a high ponytail. Complete the look by braiding hair into a single ponytail.

Kena Marvel served as key make up artist for the show and the runway looks were inspired by the samurai, futuristic chic and African tribal influences.

Dark and Lovely can be found at discount retailers nationwide.

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Mezei Jefferson, Softsheen Carson Director of Education

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Long ponytails shown backstage

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Celebrity Stylist Keith Campbell

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photo credit: Sherrie Wood, Luxe Glam Collective

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 www.thicknesstees.com 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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Curves Rock ( But You Already Knew That!)

Liris Crosse

Liris Crosse


I am a huge fan of all things curvy and fly and this weekend, my home town- Baltimore will play host to a bevy of the tastemakers who are blazing a path for themselves in the fashion industry. Curvy girls have long sense been ignored by mainstream fashion and media so events like Curves Rock and Full Figured Fashion Week give a voice to a consumer who has largely been forgotten. From a panel being hosted by MTV’s Tionna Smalls of Girl Get Your Mind Right- to a model bootcamp hosted by Baltimore’s own voluptuous beauty Liris Crosse- Curves Rock Weekend promises to be filled with great fashion, networking and empowerment. Tickets are selling out fast, so log into
www.curvesrockweekend.com to get your tickets today!

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