August 2014Faces of Black Fashion: August 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Black in Style

The Grove, Los Angeles

I walked over to them and asked to take their photo as soon as I spotted them.  Seriously, their flyness belongs in a fashion magazine. After taking the photo, the young lady's mother told me that her daughter is a model and recently signed with an agency. She's absolutely gorgeous, and I see an amazing future in modeling for her!




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Monday, August 25, 2014

My Favorite Looks and Moments from Last Night's VMAs

FAVORITE LOOKS

Flawless as ever, Beyonce wears sheer Nicolas Jebran dress
 photo via: style.com


Joan Smalls in stunning in Balmain mini cape dress
photo via: thefrontview.com


Chanel Iman slays in Balmain
photo via: Eonline

Kelly Rowland: Simply Beautiful
photo via: Eonline


FAVORITE MOMENTS

When Blue Ivy stole the show: How cute is she rocking her afro, gold dress with pink shades in hand? #flawless



The Carter Family Moment: because there's nothing to me like a strong family unit. Divorce rumors begone!

via: Mashable.com

What were your favorite looks and moments from the VMAs?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Weekend: Embrace the Unexpected




Enjoy your weekend beauties!!!



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Introducing LaShoundra of Young at Style


It's my pleasure to introduce the beautiful and uber stylish LaShoundra and her blog, Young at Style



Tell us about yourself and what you love most about blogging.
I am 32 years old from Prichard, AL. What I love most about blogging is showing women how to style everyday basic pieces into FABULOUS pieces!


What are some of your favorite trends/pieces that you'll be wearing this summer?
I really can't say that I have a fav trend. But I am a sucker for a tee and a pair of fitted jeans-- and course some heels! :)





Where do you get fashion inspiration?
My fashion inspirations comes from my feelings on that day-- lol-- but the majority of my inspirations comes from my closet-- and using what I already have!




Anything else?
I love what I do and I thank The Lord for allowing me to share one of my passions with beautiful people! xoxo



Visit  LaShoundra's fab blog HERE
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Monday, August 18, 2014

30 and Single: Living Your Best Single Life


30 and Single: Living Your Best Single Life


          



There is no shame in desiring love and companionship.  No dishonor in wanting to share your life with someone special. Like any dream or goal, we can choose to intentionally pursue love.  In the Biblical story, Esther positioned herself before the king. She took a year to prepare so that she could position to win.  You decide if, when and how you attract the love that you desire.

Recently as I dined at a rooftop restaurant in L.A., taking in the sunset, the view, the slight wave of a cool breeze and the chatter of old and new friends, the subject of birthdays and age came up.


I mentioned that in less than two months I will turn 30, and I’m looking forward to my celebration trip with close friends. The picture of my 20s resemble a whirlwind of growth, mistakes, accomplishments, failures, good and bad decisions,  and memories that culminate into the woman I am and love today. I look toward the next decade with faith and optimism, assured in the knowledge that God directs my path.   


30 and Single: Living Your Best Single Life


Like clockwork, someone at my table reminded me that my “clock is ticking.”  Single women over 25 come to expect the constant references to their biological clocks from well-meaning (and not so well-meaning) family, friends and strangers alike.  “Just in case you forgot,” they seem to say, “I’m here to remind you.”  Aside from the fear-based shoves into the arms of someone (anyone) and subsequent rush to the altar, or the glaringly subtle implication that your relationship status defines your worth, I’m still unsure about the intended benefits of these promptings.


Since I’ve always valued independent thinking and behavior and often question conventional and cultural patterns and mores, I’ve already opted out of the anxiety- ridden fluff surrounding my age and relationship status.  In essence, no thank you, keep your words and thoughts away from my biology.





While I do desire a partnership with a man who will one day be “bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh,” life taught me that I am already whole and complete, a fact that my relationship status cannot and will not change.  I promised myself that I will fully celebrate the life that God has blessed me with by pursuing purpose, loving people, going after my goals and creating delightful memories. I will do these things whether I am single or married. 

Of course there are moments in single people’s lives where we feel the pangs of desire for intimacy and companionship, yet those pangs aren’t unique to singles. As a result, I’ve prayed for the insight to choose love wisely.



Imagine this, you are about to meet your future partner:

Partner one is living a full life. Like you he desires romantic love with the right person. In the mean time, he goes after his dreams, travels, gives back to the community, enjoys the company of friends, faces his shortcomings and works on them and lives life to the fullest way possible.

Partner two also wants love with the right person, but in the mean time he stays home on the weekends and mopes.  He constantly complains about the lack of good women in the world. He puts his dreams and goals on hold until he meets the one, waiting for someone to complete him.

I think it’s pretty clear which partner each of us would choose or hope to be.

As the saying goes, you are single, not dead. Regardless of your age and/or your relationship status, you owe it to yourself to grab life by the horns and live it. We can make excuses, engage in self-pity, or allow other people to torment us with pressure.  


Or, we can choose a different path. We can enjoy life and simultaneously look for someone to complement an already amazing existence.

30 and single? I am looking forward to my best life yet! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

7 Items Every Woman Needs in Her Closet



I love buying one-of-a-kind pieces. They add spice and pizzazz to my closet. Who doesn’t like owning an item that you know no one else will own? Nevertheless, a good closet needs a solid foundation: versatile items that you can pair with almost anything. Here are seven essential items every woman needs in her closet:

7 Items Every Woman Needs in Her Closet









1. The “It Girl” Dress. Every woman should have that “it” dress in her closet. It’s the dress that brings out your best and helps you to feel like the radiant and confident woman that you are. The dress should be in a color that you like and of your choice (no!, it doesn’t have to be black).  

2. A Classic Blazer. Blazers are versatile pieces that can instantly transform an otherwise casual outfit. A blazer can add sophistication to a relaxed jeans and tee look, upgrade a blouse and mini skirt outfit or help you portray professionalism for that important business meeting.

3. A pair of black or nude pumps. Black or nude pumps are must have wardrobe staples for every regal woman. I like the stiletto style as a foundational piece because it can easily take you from a work event to a hot date or a night out with your friends. A tip for foundational shoes: choose quality. These are shoes you’ll probably be wearing a lot. Invest in a great pair.


4. A Stylish Everyday Bag. This is your essential bag, the bag you take with you to work, to important meetings, and/or to run errands. While I do think it’s best to choose a neutral shade (neon just doesn’t go with everything), it doesn’t mean that your bag should be boring. There are tons of shapes and designs to choose from to suit your style and personality.

5. The “perfect” pair of jeans. Admittedly, I still haven’t found my perfect pair, although I’ve come pretty close. You know the pair I’m talking about, the jeans that modestly accentuates your assets. Dark washes pair well with everything. Focus on fit when buying your jeans, and go for the pair that fits you well.

6. Classic Ballet flats.  My shoes du jour on the days that I don’t want to wear heels or for the moments when I prefer absolute comfort. Ballet flats will never go out of style

7. A nice watch. Growing up, my mother always told me that a woman who wears a watch takes her time seriously. Whether that’s true or not, it stuck with me.  Not only can a watch ensure your punctuality, it is also a great layering piece for the times you want to rock arm candy. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Personal Style Post: Black, white & denim outfit

Here's a recent Youtube outfit video that I created





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Monday, August 4, 2014

Introducing GLAMstyle Divas

It is my pleasure to introduce the amazing blog GLAMstyle Divas, which was created by three beauties who write about fitness, fashion and home decor. Below is an interview with Arika, who writes about fashion for the blog. Enjoy!!!!
Tell us about yourselves and what you love most about blogging.
Hi!  I am your GLAMfash Diva Arika!  Two of my friends and I started a blog a couple of months ago named GLAMstyle Divas where we make posts about fitness, fashion, and home decor.  I, of course, do the fashion posts.  I love that we get a change to express ourselves and share tips and tricks on our respective subject matters, while we continue to grow on our own individual journeys.  




What are some of your favorite trends/pieces that you'll be wearing this summer?

Some of my favorite pieces that I'll be wearing all summer include summery, flowy, sundresses and maxi dresses! I love these because they are easy to wear, cute, and weather appropriate!  I also LOVE a minimalist, single sole sandal.




 Where do you get fashion inspiration?

I get fashion inspiration from EVERYWHERE! When I say everywhere, I mean everywhere.  I follow celebrities and their style, random people out and about in the city, magazines, fashion shows, television and even some home decor pieces! Believe it or not, interior decorating and fashion are similar when it comes to styling.



 Anything else?

Our blog doesn't focus on just any one subject.  We specialize in fitness, fashion, and home decor.  We feel as though these are three things that people will continue to stay interested in and find a need for.  We love expressing ourselves through the blog and helping people along the way!  Stay GLAM!



For fashion, fitness and home decor tips, check out GLAMstyle Divas HERE.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

This Week in Black Celebrity Style


Kerry Washington shows off her beautiful legs in satin cobalt heels and floral mini

Black Celebrity Style



Mel B stuns in black and white Valentino lace dress at America's Got Talent Premiere. 



Nicole Beharie at Comic-Con 


Zoe Saldana rocks a sophisticated look for the Late Show with David Letterman.


Chanel Iman attends Marilyn Opening Night exhibit. 


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