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Viola Davis- WON!

  Last night Viola Davis made history. Typically my posts after any awards show are about who wore what and how they achieved their look but today, is different because Viola won. My excitement for her win is much like any “firsts” for a woman of color. I recognize the pride in other black women […]

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NYFW- Hanes Hosiery Bibhu Mohapatra

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NYFW- Shea Moisture Backstage At Tracy Reese

Shea Moisture returned for the second year as the official hair sponsor for Tracy Reese’s runway show. Bok-Hee served as lead stylist for the show and she created an interesting combination of a sleek, classic chignon featuring textured bangs that provided a slightly wind blown effect. According to Bok-Hee the vision was to “keep the woman […]

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Simply Be Empowerment Campaign Featuring My Boo Ty Alexander

As a lifestyle blogger my inbox is frequently filled with press releases touting the next greatest beauty product or some epic, can’t miss event. I often skim these releases, consider whether they resonate with me and my audience and never really give them much thought. This morning was quite different because I received a release […]

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The Evolution Of Curves Rock Weekend

This was the fourth installment of Curves Rock Weekend and I can see clear evidence of the growth and evolution of this plus- friendly event which features everything from karaoke to an expo of some of the most sought after designers in the plus- community. This year I had a chance to attend the Fashion […]

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Beauty Buzz: What Is Strobing?

I swear every week (day?)there’s a new trend in beauty. The current buzz is all about strobing which is essentially highlighting minus the contour. Summers’ humidity combined with warmer temperatures means a lighter touch with your make up. Ditch the heavy foundations, skip the contour and add your highlight and voila! Strobing in full effect. […]

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Big Easy Style Lounge 2.0

  Design Essentials hosted the Big Easy Style Lounge 2.0 during this past weekend’s Essence Festival and Ledisi announced the introduction of a Look Book created in conjunction with the brand. The style lounge continues to be one of the premier day party events for beauty bloggers, naturalistas and celebs alike. Attendees were treated to […]

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Digital Sorority At Magnolia Makeup

Essence Fest is filled with great music and without question the nightly performances at the Super dome are a highlight for most attendees. However, the icing on the festival cake for me is the networking and brand experiences that take place beyond the music. I had a chance to visit Magnolia Makeup– a brand I […]

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The Pursuit of Inches

I spent the early years of my career as a social worker. I did everything from working at an alternative school to doing family reunification therapy for children who were formerly wards of the state. Though I no longer practice social work my passion has always been for youth and more specifically young women. I […]

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