2017Faces of Black Fashion: 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

Black Pinup Model- Angelique Noire

Today we celebrate vintage pinup superstar and model, Angelique Noire,  for creating and defining a niche for herself as a black pinup model. Angelique's instagram page provides tons of inspiration for classic feminine style from the 1920s-1960s style. I enjoy the form-fitting classy dresses, beautiful updos and curls, the cat-eye black liner and the red lipstick. This brown-skinned beauty paved her own path and is paving the way for other black pinup models and phot-by-photo showcases  beauty that is often underrepresented in the pinup and modeling world. Below I'm sharing a few photos from Angelique Instagram page:













Inspired by Angelique's style? Here are a few dresses to get you started!





















Cheers,
Nika

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Style Crush: Tamron Hall

I've always admired Tamron Hall. She's talented, intelligent and super stylish. From the haircut that frames her  gorgeous face perfectly to her always stylish shoes, she epitomizes the accomplished yet stylish woman who many of us aspire to be.  I love visiting Tamron's Instagram page  for style and beauty inspiration. Enjoy the beautiful photos below and be inspired by Tamron's chic and feminine style!












Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Everyday Afrique: Brooklyn


I attended the Every Day Afrique event hosted by Okay Africa and Everyday People on Memorial Day.  Great music, style, vibes and pure magic!















Cheers,
Nika

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This Week in Black Celebrity Style



Kerry Washington at Scandal Viewing Event at the Paley Center NYC


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Lupita Nyong'o At The Screening Of P. Diddy's Documentary Film Can't Stop, Won't Stop In London


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Rihanna at her Chopard Jewellery Line Launch in Cannes


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Beyonce and Blue stun in matching dresses


Tinashe, Cassie, Winnie Harlow, and Jourdann Dunn at the Can't Stop Won't Stop Dinner



Cheers,
~Nika

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fit Black Women: Five Black Women to Follow on Instagram for Fitness Motivation

Social Media plays an integral role in helping me stay consistent and motivated on my fitness journey. On days when I want to skip the gym or a workout, I simply scroll through my Instagram feed for motivation. Nothing gets you up faster than seeing the photos of your favorite members of he #fitfam. Below, I'm sharing five fit black women who provide both life and fitness inspiration. Enjoy!



Through Instagram, Kamila shares a message of self-love and acceptance, and encourages women to choose their health to become better versions of themselves. She also shares tons of tips on eating clean and workout tips.








I enjoy following Morgan's social media feeds. She's highly disciplined, strong, fit, and brings a lot of creativity to her routines. She's a great person to follow if you're looking to switch things up in the gym or add variety to your fitness routine. Plus, she's vegan and shares tips on eating well and staying fit as a vegan.





Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, GetFtWithNic, advances the motto "progress not perfection." She reminds Instagram followers that getting fit takes time, but to always enjoy the journey and celebrate your progress on the road to reaching your fitness goals.  She shares detailed information about her own fitness journey, and creates videos where she shows us how we can get fit outside the gym. 




Frantzcesca gym photos and workout videos provide tons of inspiration for those of us who love (or go to) the gym.  She is a steady reminder that consistency is key in reaching our fitness or any other goal, and also encourages us to make self-care a priority.






If you need both fitness and life inspiration visit Lita Lewis' page, it's filled with motivation and reminders to remain focused, accepting yourself  and becoming the best version of yourself. 




Cheers,
~Nika

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Weekend at Mount Airy Resort


From the moment we pulled up to Mount Airy Resort, we experienced a warm and welcoming hospitality. I was enthralled by the beautiful and extravagant cascading waterfall as I entered the resort.  Once inside the stunning lobby, the staff greeted us, took our bags and seamlessly checked us in for our stay.


ACCOMODATIONS

Mount Airy Resort Casino is a family-owned property founded by the DeNaples family and located in the beautiful Poconos, PA. The resort offers 188 newly-renovated modern style rooms and houses a spa, a nightclub, restaurants and cafes, and a golf course.

I stayed in a lake view room that looked out onto the golf course, which opens in the warmer months. Both Saturday and Sunday mornings, I stood by my window with coffee in hand taking in the view of the lake and the beautiful scenery before me. When you live in the concrete jungle of New York City, views like this one come as a reprieve.





SPA

My spa visit stands as one of the many highlights of my stay. I was long overdue for a massage and looked forward to my spa visit following the end of a busy work week. It would be the first massage for my partner, and I shared in his excitement. The spa ushered us into a relaxing Oasis.  Upon walking in, you are greeted with a warm and friendly smile followed by the soothing sounds of a waterfall at the entrance of the changing rooms. The lounge area, lockers, shower, and sauna area are fully equipped with fresh linens, toiletries, and beauty products.  I indulged in an hour-long Swedish Massage  and can only describe this A+ experience as spectacular. Needless to say, my partner was so pleased with his massage that I’m sure it will be his first of many. The full-service spa offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and more.






DINING

I looked forward to the yummy and hearty breakfast that we ordered to our room each morning. The resort offers a number of dining options including restaurants and cafes. We enjoyed a delightful meal at Guy Fieri’s on our first night. I recommend the tasty and filling steak dinner. The following night we dined at Bistecca By IL Mulino, which was an absolute win. Since our first initial greeting with the hostess, we experienced nothing but phenomenal service and enjoyed the elegant ambience. We started our meal by ordering the mozzarella and arugula salad and Calamari.  Next, I ordered a salmon dish and my partner ordered the filet mignon. Both were delightful!




For dessert, our waiter suggested Espresso Martinis.  It did not take me long to decide to order the martinis; coffee lover that I am! At the first sip, I thanked my waiter for an excellent recommendation. Martinis in hand we shared a delectable brownie topped with strawberries.



ACTIVITIES

During our stay at the Mount Airy Resort, we did not leave once, which speaks to the variety of activities to do at the resort. Along with the casino, spa, restaurants, there’s an indoor/outdoor pool, which I sadly did not get to enjoy. Definitely on my next visit!  If you enjoy casino games, Mount Airy offers players the opportunity to earn points and move to higher tiers where they can gain a number of exclusive benefits.   We learned during our tour of the property that Mount Airy houses a number of event spaces for both business and pleasure. While we danced our Saturday night away at the on-site nightclub Gypsies, we met a group of women who spent their day celebrating a bachelorette party.
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The Indoor/Outdoor Pool at Mount Airy

WORTH IT? 

Beautiful scenic property, great food, an amazing spa and a number of fun activities, what more can we ask for? I would definitely recommend staying at the Mount Airy Resort on your next or first visit to the Poconos.  

Check out this short video of our stay at Mount Airy Resort.




Cheers,
~Nika

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Gabrielle Union for New York & Company: My Favorites from the Collection

Gabrielle Union has joined forced with New York & Company to bring us office chic style. I could not wait to view the collection, because as a working professional, I'm always looking for ways to add variety and flair to express my personal style. Plus, I've admired Mary Jane's work style since the first season of Being Mary Jane. Now that I've seen the collection, below I'm sharing a few of my top picks. 

 1. Pants available here - I love a pair of whit tailored pants in the warmer months. It's a sharp classic look. 


2. Blouse available here. This is a pretty and feminine blouse. I would pair this with a pencil skirt. 



3. Dress available here  - This is a very Mary Janesque dress and it's my top favorite piece of the collection. I would pair it with a cropped bolero blazer for work and wear it without the blazer for after work events. 





4. Blouse available here -  Such a pretty blouse for layering under suits.  




5. Skirt - available here. I like the fishtail cut, this skirt is the perfect transition day-to-night transition piece.


Have you seen the collection, what are some of your favorite pieces?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

My Fitness Journey: From Thin to Fit

I've shared my fitness journey in the past on the blog and want to provide an update about where I am in my journey. I created two videos on my Youtube channel sharing why I started a fitness journey, what I've acheived on my journey and a few of my future fitness goals. Below I'm posting the first video about my journey. After watching the first video, you can watch part two here.


 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

100 Years of Black Fashion

This amazing Buzzfeed video shows the progression of black fashion over the past 100 years!!! 




photo via Buzzfeed





Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nude Shoes to Match Your Skin-tone: Nubian Skin Launches Shoe Collection



In 2014, the lingerie brand, Nubian Skin launched a collection of nude bras, underwear, and hosiery for women of color to much acclaim. I remember being really excited about thier launch, because as a black woman the nude lingerie and hosiery available in stores often did not match my particular shade of brown, something many black and brown women understood.

I'm excited to learn that Nubian Skin is now expanding to shoes. Women of color can now find a great pair of nude pumps and ballet flats to match our beaiutiful range of skin tones. Founder Ade Hassan notes,  " This is something I've wanted to do for a long time, and I'm so happy to see it come to fruition. I chose styles that I  would love to wear, and having a nude that matches my skin-tone is really amazing." 

The entire collection is now available for purchase at nubianskin.com. I will defintely be purchasing those pumps!

Cheers,
~Nika