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#WCW Kylie Bunbury

I have a bit of a confession.  I LOVE binge-watching shows.  When I find well developed characters and a storyline that captures my attention I grab on tight and will watch a show until the bitter end.  I recently discovered the Freeform (formerly ABC Family) show Twisted and was immediately struck by one of the […]

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Homemade Beauty

Beauty regimes are quite a personal affair and if you’re lucky some of your beauty routines have been passed down from a generation of mothers, sisters or aunties. I can remember sitting in my grandmothers kitchen with some mysterious “conditioner ” mix that included mayonnaise when I was a child. Needles to say I had […]

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Chrisette Michele Curvy Chameleon    

  It’s hard to believe the Chrisette Michele has been on the music scene for 10 years.  In order to commemorate her industry journey, she released Milestone, the apropos title to her first offering from her independent Rich Hipster label.  I still remember the first time I heard her pitch perfect voice-  with almost buttery […]

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Essence Festival 2016- Recap

I think Oprah said it best during her empowerment session when she referred to Essence Fest as a giant family reunion.  You are just as likely to run into someone you sat next to in freshman English class as well Oprah herself. The festival continues to reach next levels of black excellence with a focus on empowerment, education and […]

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Essence Eats- Iconic New Orleans Cocktails

During Essence Festival I usually set aside a day to be a complete tourist. This year, I opted to sample some of the iconic New Orleans cocktails.   Initially I was going to try a guided tour but when I saw the $29 price tag only included one drink, I opted to keep my coin […]

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Harlem’s Fashion Row- Call For Designers

Are you an aspiring designer interested in presenting during New York Fashion Week?  Harlem’s Fashion Row is seeking designers for  the 9th annual runway presentation in NY.  I am a huge fan of  HFR and their commitment to multicultural designers.  If you are interested in submitting an application, please send email to  HFR2016@harlemsfashionrow.com . The […]

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Christian Siriano For Lane Bryant Launches Today!

Christian Siriano is the fourth designer to collaborate with plus-sized retailer Lane Bryant in a collection that launched worldwide today. The Maryland native combines a bit of old school glamour with his unique sense of whimsy to this beautifully executed collection which includes vibrant colors and gorgeous detailing.  Siriano said of the collaboration “In my […]

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When Your Stylist Suggests The Creamy Crack

I have a friend who has had just about every style under the sun: weaves, sister-Locs, braids and most recently natural hair.  During a recent salon  visit to her stylist suggested that she cut her natural hair and relax it in order to “start over.” I can’t quite explain why this particular guidance annoyed me, […]

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The Curvy Fashionista’s Brunch Series

  Plus-size. Curvy. Thick. There are so many expressions that are used to categorize the woman who is size 12 plus and Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista is here to help the plus community navigate everything from the plus size brands you must know to creating a general sense that we all need to […]

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#WCW Aja Naomi King

I have been crushing on Aja Naomi King from the moment I saw her on the Shonda Rhimes hit How To Get Away With Murder. Here’s how to re-create Kings’ Post-Oscars Vanity Fair look from celebrity stylist Larry Sims: Apply Smooth N’ Shine Instant Hair Polisher throughout the hair Using a 3/4 inch iron curl […]

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