Sunday, February 25, 2024

My Experience at the Makeup Show in Atlanta

As someone who loves makeup, attending the Makeup Show in Atlanta was an amazing experience. The show was a paradise for makeup lovers, offering a wide variety of brands, demonstrations, and products to explore. One of the highlights of my visit was witnessing the mesmerizing demonstration by the talented Ashunta Sheriff-Kendricks. Witnessing Ashunta Sheriff-Kendricks in action was like observing poetry in motion. Her expertise and finesse transformed faces effortlessly, showcasing the power of makeup as a form of art. I was mesmerized by her techniques and inspired by her creativity, gaining valuable insights that I can't wait to incorporate into my beauty routine. 

During the show, I had a cool experience getting color-matched by an expert at Danessa Myricks Beauty. The expert was able to easily find my perfect match in no time. Now that I have the ideal shade, I am excited to include the luxurious Yummy Skin Serum Skin Tint in my spring/summer makeup routine for a flawless finish.

Exploring the vast array of products on display, I stumbled upon Janet and Jo, a non-toxic nail polish company that caught my attention. Learning about their commitment to creating safe and environmentally friendly products was both enlightening and refreshing. Their innovative approach to beauty left me eager to incorporate their nail polishes into my collection.


Overall, my time at the Makeup Show in Atlanta was nothing short of magical. From the dazzling displays of makeup products to the insightful demos and expert advice, I left feeling inspired, educated, and ready to elevate my beauty game to new heights. Can't wait for the next Makeup Show adventure!

Thursday, February 22, 2024

DIY Patch Clog: Designer Look for Less!

Are you a fashion enthusiast looking to rock the latest trends without breaking the bank? Look no further! Today, I'm excited to share with you a fun and budget-friendly DIY project inspired by the luxurious Ralph Lauren Turbach Logo-Patch Suede Clog, which boasts a price tag of $198.

The key to this project? A pair of Universal Thread clogs in the cognac shade from Target and a selection of trendy iron-on patches from Amazon. With just a few simple steps, you can transform an ordinary pair of clogs into a stylish statement piece that rivals high-end designer footwear.

To begin, carefully select your iron-on patches, ensuring they complement the color and style of your clogs. Next, position the patches on the clogs to determine the desired placement. Once you're satisfied with the arrangement, follow the instructions provided with the patches to securely affix them to the shoes.

The beauty of this DIY project lies in its versatility. Whether you prefer bold logos, playful motifs, or intricate designs, you can personalize your patch clogs to suit your unique style. Best of all, you'll have a one-of-a-kind accessory that's sure to turn heads without the hefty designer price tag.

Not only is this project a fun and creative way to express your individuality, but it also showcases your resourcefulness and eye for fashion. So why wait? Channel your inner designer, unleash your creativity, and step out in style with your very own DIY Patch Clogs. Who knew high fashion could be so affordable?

Stay tuned for more budget-friendly DIY fashion tips and tricks. Remember, style doesn't have to come with a steep price tag. With a little imagination and a touch of DIY magic, you can look like a million bucks without spending a fortune. Happy crafting!

Monday, February 12, 2024

Highlights from the 12th Annual SCADtvfest



I recently had the incredible opportunity to attend the 12th Annual SCADtvfest, a celebration of television and media that brought together industry professionals, creators, and fans alike in a whirlwind of screenings, panels, and exclusive events. As a devoted fan of television, I look forward to this event every year and it certainly did not disappoint.

One of the highlights of my time at SCADtvfest was the chance to engage with some of my favorite celebrities in intimate settings, gaining insights into their creative processes and the behind-the-scenes magic of the shows they bring to life.

After speaking with the talented individuals who work behind the camera and in front of it, I gained a newfound appreciation for the hard work and artistry that goes into creating the television content we all enjoy. Their passion for storytelling was evident, and their willingness to share their experiences was incredibly valuable.

Here are my favorite show recommendations that were featured at SCADtvFest

1. Sort Of on Max: A refreshing and heartfelt series that explores themes of identity, family, and self-discovery with humor and grace. Interviews below with co-creator/co-showrunner/actor Bilal Baig, actors Amanda Cordner and Gray Powell, and co-creator/co-showrunner Fab Filippo  


2. The Morning Show on Apple TV+: A gripping drama that delves into the cutthroat world of morning television, featuring powerhouse performances from its talented cast. Interview with actress Nicole Beharie.



3. Hightown on Starz: A gritty and intense crime drama that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats with its dark twists and complex characters.


   
4. Genius: MLK/X on National Geographic: An insightful and compelling exploration of the lives and legacies of two influential figures, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, shedding light on their impact on history and society. Interviews with Kelvin Harrison Jr., Aaron Pierre, Weruche Opia, and Jayme Lawson.

 


5. ChefATL: chefATL is a SCAD docuseries exploring the diversity of Atlanta through its dynamic culinary landscape. The pilot episode features James Beard Award-winning chef Steven Satterfield and sustainability activist, author, designer, and TV personality John Gidding. The production was a collaboration involving more than 100 students across nine SCAD degree programs.



As I reflect on my time at the 12th Annual SCADtvfest, I am filled with gratitude for the unforgettable experiences and meaningful connections I made. It was a celebration of the power of storytelling and the magic of television, reminding me once again of the profound impact that this medium can have on our lives. Until next year, SCADtvfest!


Photo credit: Getty Images for SCAD TVfest




Sunday, January 28, 2024

Top Spring Wardrobe Color Trends and Outfit Ideas for 2024

As the winter chill begins to fade, it's time to embrace the vibrant and refreshing colors of spring. The Spring 2024 season is all about embracing fresh hues and incorporating them into your wardrobe. Whether you're looking to revamp your style or simply add a pop of color to your ensembles, the Spring 2024 color palette offers a wealth of inspiration.
 

Embracing the Palette

This season, the color palette is reminiscent of a blooming garden, featuring a mix of soft pastels and bold, statement-making shades. Pastel tones such as serene blues, soft pinks, and buttery yellows are making a comeback, evoking a sense of tranquility and optimism. On the other end of the spectrum, vibrant and energetic shades like coral, turquoise, and tangerine are set to make a splash, injecting a dose of excitement into your outfits.
 

Outfit Inspirations
 

1. Serene Blues and Soft Pinks
For a soothing and sophisticated look, consider pairing a powder blue blouse with a flowing, blush pink skirt. This combination exudes elegance and femininity, making it perfect for both professional settings and casual outings.
 

2. Bold and Vibrant Accents
Incorporate bold pops of color into your wardrobe to make a statement. A tangerine blazer paired with neutral tones creates a striking yet balanced ensemble that captures the essence of springtime exuberance.
 

3. Mixing and Matching
Don't be afraid to mix and match different hues to create a dynamic and eye-catching outfit. Experiment with color-blocking by combining complementary colors such as coral and turquoise for a playful and modern look.
 

Key Pieces

When updating your wardrobe for the spring season, consider investing in key pieces that reflect the vibrant color palette. A lightweight trench coat in a soft pastel shade serves as a versatile outerwear option, while a flowy maxi dress in a bold, floral print captures the essence of springtime romance.
 

Accessories

Elevate your outfits with accessories that complement the spring color palette. Opt for statement earrings in vibrant hues or a chic handbag in a soft, pastel shade to add a touch of color to your ensemble.


As nature awakens and blooms, let your wardrobe reflect the beauty and vibrancy of the season. Embrace the Spring 2024 color palette with confidence, and experiment with different combinations to create looks that are as unique and refreshing as the season itself. Whether you're drawn to soft pastels or bold, statement-making shades, there's a color for everyone to embrace this spring. Let your personal style shine as you infuse your wardrobe with the fresh hues of the season.

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Nene Leakes, Shares her Highs, Lows and Lessons Learned for HelloBeautiful


HelloBeautiful.com, a digital content property owned by iONE Digital has released its first digital cover of the new year featuring reality TV star and actress Nene Leakes. In this HelloBeautiful cover feature, Leakes discussed her time being one of the original cast members of the iconic Real Housewives of Atlanta. She shared details about the role she played on the show and how the fans perceive her after her time on Real Housewives of Atlanta.


“I know all the things that I did [on Housewives]. And I know all of the memes that are out there. I know when real housewives started, I was the OG. I was the one that was there pushing and making every scene, as much as I could, a great scene.” said Leakes “ I know the work that was put in behind the scenes that the people who are viewing the show, just don't know. I can't call myself a queen [of the housewives and reality tv] but I see why people call me that and I received it.” 


While speaking about her time on Real Housewives of Atlanta, the actress also spoke about finding happiness after the death of her husband of over 20 years, Greg Leakes. Greg passed in 2021 after a long battle with colon cancer.

"I am happy. I am certainly not sad, certainly not depressed. I'm happy. I always feel like you can be happier. There's a few other things that I want in my life. I want deep love with someone and hopefully we bring each other more happiness"

Nene also provided her perspective about the beauty standards in Hollywood and the pressure to keep up with trends that are constantly changing.

“Being in the industry and being a public figure, it’s definitely pressure there to look beautiful, look your best, stay small, look healthy, all of those things and keep up with the latest trends. There's definitely pressure there to do that. I felt that pressure myself.”


Editorial Credits:

Photographer: Dalvin Adams  

Cover Story: Danielle Young 

Editorial Director of Style & Beauty: Shamika Sanders 

VP of Content: Kirsten West Savali 

SVP of Content: Allison McGevna 

Digi Tech: David Morico  

Photo Assistant: Elvis Piedra 

Makeup Artist: La'Tara Deshazior  

Hair Stylist: Terrence Davidson 

Wardrobe Stylist: Shaq Palmer 

BTS Video: Khomari Flash & Clifford Johnson  

Creative Director: Jordan Benston  

Production Company: The Oracle Media  

Production Team: Maisha Peace, Brooke Langley, Kyree West, Jasmine Hardy, Tyanna Seton 

Location: Studio Space Atlanta 

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Eboni K. Williams, Naturi Naughton, Elle Varner & More Speak The Truth On The New Season Of 'Listen To Black Women'

Urban One's MadameNoire.com, a digital content property owned by iONE Digital, has renewed LISTEN TO BLACK WOMEN (LTBW), for its fourth season!

LISTEN TO BLACK WOMEN is a digital talk show that has been providing a safe space for Black women to discuss powerful and pertinent issues impacting Black women across the globe for years. From small business ownership and dating, to beauty regiments, body positivity and out-of-the-box bedroom behavior, no topic is too taboo for this show. 

This season will be hosted by Radio Personality Lore’l and music artist Elle Varner. News Personality Eboni K. Williams joins episode one and Editorial Beauty & Style Director of HelloBeautiful.com, Shamika Sanders also guest stars this season. This season will also feature amazing guests including Melyssa Ford, Regina Roberson, Eboni K. Williams, Tahiry, Cori Murray and Naturi Naughton-Lewis addressing riveting topics such as Dating While Being A Black Woman, Co-Parenting, Double Standards, and How We Are Raised /He Never Came Home – Daddy Issues. 

“Whenever we see headlines like ‘All men do..’ or ‘ All Women Are..’ its treating each group like their a monolith and that is where we fail,” said guest Melyssa Ford.
 

“We also fail when we use terms like ‘Men vs. Women’ because it immediately sets us up as opposing forces and that’s where progress dies,” said Ford on her episode while discussing gender wars on social media.

New episodes will premiere every week on MadameNoire.com and MadameNoire’s YouTube channel.



Monday, January 22, 2024

Simone Biles Wears Lilly Lashes

Iconic Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles, dazzled in Lilly Lashes as she showed off her Dallas Cowboys game day glam. The athlete wore the Lilly Lashes' Aspen 3D Lashes ($30). Celebrity makeup artist, Alayza Casey, created her glamorous look as she supported her husband in their NFL playoff win. Fans of the brand include Kim Kardashian, Adele, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Taylor Swift, and more!



 

main image: Simone Biles Instagram

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Wales Bonner FW24 Schoolboy Style

Grace Wales Bonner has established herself as a leading figure in British fashion and regularly presents her collection at Paris Fashion Week. Her label, Wales Bonner, has recently showcased its Fall/Winter 2024 collection in a more intimate presentation than ever before.

Wales Bonner commonly balances preppy athleticism, becoming synonymous with London’s youthful cool crowds. FW24 demonstrated that Bonner is at the top of her game. She debuted elevated co-gendered wardrobes injected with sophistication. This season, she moved onto academic playgrounds, packing the collection with soft tailoring, cozy knitwear, and school uniforms for graduating pupils worldwide. Varsity jackets and striped crewnecks stormed the runway, destined for greatness, boasting “HOWARD” markings that unlocked Bonner’s college campus.

Bonner showcased her latest collaboration with adidas on the runway. The designer expanded her viral partnership with the brand by introducing nylon jerseys and a Superstar sneaker with crocodile embossment, which marks a first for her.



Image source: Hypebeast/Estrop/Getty Images


 

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

EMMYS BEAUTY: White Lotus Star Beatrice Grannò Wears Lashes from Velour Beauty!


Beatrice Grannò dazzled last night at the 2024 Emmys wearing Velour Beauty's new Xtensions™ Lash Clusters. The White Lotus breakout actress worked with celebrity makeup artist Carolina Gonzalez to acheive the effortless eye look. On Beatrice, she wanted to add a subtle but effective drama to her eyes so she placed Velour Xtensions™ Clusters in Short (10mm) beginning at the middle of the eye and Medium (12mm) on the outer. For a lifted effect the outer lash was placed a slight bit off the lash line.

Velour Beauty's DIY Velour-Xtensions™ give you salon grade eyelash extension results for several days, in minutes. These wispy lightweight lash clusters are completely customizable, so you can do lashes your way. Velour Beauty is available at Sephora, Ulta, Amazon and VelourBeauty.com.

Photo Credit: @cgonzalezbeauty

Main image credit: Andie Jane

Monday, January 15, 2024

Unleash Your Fashion Potential with Trendsetting Looks

Fashion is a powerful form of self-expression, allowing us to communicate our unique personalities to the world without saying a word. The beauty of fashion lies in its ability to constantly evolve, providing us with endless opportunities to experiment, innovate, and redefine our personal style.  In this blog post, I will share tips on how to express your fashion sense by embracing unique and trendsetting looks that reflect your individuality.

1. Embrace Your Authenticity
Trendsetting fashion isn't just about following the latest fads; it's about embracing your authenticity and using fashion as a canvas to showcase your true self. Whether your style is bold and daring or understated and classic, owning your unique aesthetic is the first step to unleashing your fashion potential.

2. Experiment with Mix-and-Match
One of the most exciting aspects of fashion is the opportunity to mix and match different pieces to create innovative ensembles. Don't be afraid to pair unexpected elements or play with contrasting styles. Experimenting with combinations that others might not have considered can lead to truly trendsetting looks.

3. Stay Informed, But Trust Your Instincts
While staying informed about the latest trends can provide inspiration, it's essential to trust your instincts and make fashion choices that resonate with you personally. Trendsetting looks often emerge from a blend of awareness of current styles and a willingness to push boundaries and set new trends.

4. Embrace Sustainable Fashion
As we become more conscious of the environmental impact of the fashion industry, embracing sustainable fashion practices is an integral part of setting trendsetting looks. Incorporating vintage finds, upcycled pieces, and eco-friendly brands into your wardrobe not only showcases your fashion-forward mindset but also contributes to a more sustainable future for fashion.

5. Confidence is Key
Ultimately, the key to pulling off trendsetting looks is confidence. When you feel good in what you're wearing, it shows. Embracing trendsetting fashion is as much about the way you carry yourself as it is about the clothes you wear. Confidence in your style choices can inspire others and set new fashion trends in motion.

In conclusion, fashion is a boundless and ever-evolving realm that offers endless opportunities for personal expression and creativity. By embracing your authenticity, experimenting with mix-and-match ensembles, staying true to your instincts, incorporating sustainable practices, and exuding confidence, you can unleash your fashion potential and set trendsetting looks that inspire and captivate. So, go ahead, express yourself, and let your fashion choices speak volumes about the incredible individual that you are.

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