December 2014Faces of Black Fashion: December 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Embracing Your Unique Beauty

Embracing Your Unique Beauty

A photo of my sister enjoying the beauty (and smell) of a rose bush

I love hibiscus flowers. They remind me of early morning walks with my grandfather during my childhood in Jamaica. I learned to appreciate beauty from “papa.” As the first child of his youngest daughter, he adored me and cultivated my appreciation for beauty at the tender age of two. We enjoyed walks together in his flower garden, and as he introduced me to different plants, he told be their names.  Yet, each time we came upon his hibiscus flower collection,  he said  “pretty.” I would mimic the word and smile. It was our shared secret.  The name didn't matter,  so satisfied with and captivated by their beauty, only the adjective interested me. 

As I grew older, so did my affinity for other types of flowers: roses, gardenias, and marigolds. I don’t see any of these flowers as prettier than the other. They are all different in their own way, but beautiful nonetheless. In the same way flowers vary in their beauty, so do the beauty we find in the human population.

As women we come in an array of shapes, sizes, and skin tones, each of us beautiful in our own unique right. Unfortunately,  limiting beauty standards fail to capture the many flavors of our diverse makeup. Too often we internalize society's shortcomings as our own.

As you make resolutions for 2015, I challenge you to embrace your  God-given unique beauty.  Your creator didn't make any mistakes when he created you, in fact, he looked at you and said you are "good."  This means you are already beautiful just as you are: your hair, your body shape, your skin tone, your height, your flaws and imperfections. This alone is enough reason to celebrate yourself. 

I too look forward to continue to affirming you and other beautiful nubian queens on Faces of Black Fashion in the coming new year. 

Happy New Year Lovelies!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014: Mocha Beauty Edition

Black Models Shine on Stage during Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Cindy Bruna

Jasmine Tookes

Joan Smalls

Lais Ribiero

Friday, December 5, 2014

Five Statement-Making Coats to Wear This Winter

Five Statement-Making Coats to Wear This Winter

 Flared elegance. This coat is great for a date night or a night out on the town with the girls. Take this coat up a notch by pairing it with over-the-knee boots.

Classy and feminine. I can see this coat worn to church or to a formal event. 

Get instant chic with this poncho style coat. This coat will look great paired with leggings or skinny jeans and boots.

 A stylish everyday jacket, this puffer will keep you warm (and chic) on winter's coldest days.