Sunday, 30 April 2017

TREND REPORT: If You Are Looking To Make A Statement, Invest In A Kimono

Essence Celebrates The 2017 ESSENCE Best in Black Beauty Awards With Ice Cream Dreams Bash
The Kimono dates back to 8th Century and is a traditional Japanese garment worn mainly on special occasions. Kimono leiterally means “thing to wear,” with ki meaning ‘wear’ and mono meaning ‘thing.’ An original Japanese kimono can cost $10,000.00 for the entire ensemble and up to $20,000.00.

What One Mother Learned About Herself While Battling Postpartum And Raising An Autistic Son

Kelly Glass With Son Kaleb
Source: Courtesy Of Kelly Glass / .
As a young, single mother, Kelly has always been well-equipped at handling difficult situations.
At 18, she gave birth to her son Kaleb and continued pursing her degree in journalism.
At first her concerns weren’t unlike any other mother’s — diapers and sleepless nights. But when Kaleb approached his school years without having yet said a full sentenced, Kelly realized he was having difficulties and the biggest challenge of her life began.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Marjorie’s Lavish Look For Less: Red Hot Mama 
With bright splashes of red hot threads trending this spring, I took advantage of  this flashback Friday moment to crush over our own lovely lady in red. Marjorie redefines romance in this fiery red, on-trend one-shoulder draped gown. This uber-romantic look is destined to make hearts swoon.

The Blazer

White blazer style and accessory guide
When it comes to outerwear, the blazer is one of spring’s most beloved – and versatile – basics. To bombshell this basic, opt for a crisp on-trend white version. Mix in racy textures with a sheer mesh turtleneck tank and a leather fringed skirt. Cinch this striking silhouette with a gold statement belt. Embolden the look further with a strappy black sandal heel and a gold disco clutch. Pop in a pair of sunburst stud earrings and you’re good to glow!

Best Looks Of The Week: Jennifer Lopez in Julien Macdonald, Michelle Williams in Charles Andron, Skai Jackson in Self Portrait, and More!
Let’s dive right on in with the top 5 most liked looks, as determined by you, the reader:

Grace Bol by Txema Yeste for Numero May 2017

Luisiana Gonzalez by Benjamin Lennox for Numero May 2017

Fashion Deets: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story Premiere with Diddy in Ferragamo, Cassie in Balmain, Mase in Versace, and more!’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Bad Boy Story” premiered last night at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and of course the whole Bad Boy family was on hand to celebrate. As is their way, they hit the red carpet in singular style.
Take a Look at some of the highlights:

Fashion Deets: Eva Longoria’s Billboard Latin Music Awards Elisabetta Franchi White Tailored Cape Jumpsuit
Eva Longoria was a vision at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, where she donned an Elisabetta Franchi White Tailored Cape Jumpsuit:
Her crepe jumpsuit features a plunging neckline, gold metal insert, slit sleeve detailing, high-waist, bell bottom trousers, and cape-inspired styling.

Ciara & Russell Wilson Welcome Daughter Sienna
It’s a girl! Ciara and Russell Wilson welcomed their first daughter, Sienna Princess Wilson, into the world on Friday, April 28.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

#TBT: Met Gala Gorgeousness Of Years’ Past
Monday marks the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala, an evening dedicated to all that is fashion (and fashionable). Dubbed the Oscars of the East Coast, the Met Gala is a place where celebrities, socialites, and fashion designers mingle about in the best and boldest ensembles. This year’s theme is Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, re-creation and hybridity, she [Rei Kawakubo] has defined the aesthetics of our time,” said Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute. Co-hosted by fashion darlings Katy Perry and Pharell Williams, we’re certainly in for a wild night of fashion fun.
But before we devour Monday’s Met mayhem, let’s throw it back to some of our favorite looks of Met Galas’ past.

Here's Your First Look at the Cast of Bobbi Kristina Brown's Made-for-TV Biopic

Bobbi Kristina Biopic
Courtesy TV One
Bobbi Kristina Brown's life is headed to the small screen.
TV One confirmed Thursday afternoon that a made-for-TV biopic centered around Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston's only child will debut later this summer.

Melania Trump Switches Up Her Style in a Military-Inspired Ensemble

Melania Trump
Melania Trump took an edgy step away from her usually simple yet elegant style on Thursday.
The First Lady joined President Donald Trump at the White House for a meeting with the Argentinian President Mauricio Macri and his wife, Juliana Awada. Melania opted for a military-inspired ensemble, wearing an army green matching skirt and peplum-style blazer from Altuzarra's Spring 2017 collection.
The coordinating outfit featured thick, black and white python piping with oversized black buttons. The jacket featured a silver belt fascinator to create the peplum look at her waist. The skirt, on the other hand, displayed asymmetrical piping with buttons down the side.

Fashion Deets: Served Fresh Collection’s V Pink and White Tee
Get into Served Fresh’s $40 ‘V’ Tee:

The crewneck pays homage to Vanity’s legacy with a sultry profile and a hot pink V.

Fashion Deets: Megan Wollover’s The Clapper 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Premiere $1,895 Madga Butrym Red Marbella Asymmetric Ruffled Silk Crepe Midi Dress + Tracy Morgan’s Coogi Silk Bomber Jacket and Sneakers
Megan Wollover was the lady in red at The Clapper 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Premiere alongside husband Tracy Morgan, clad in an $1,895 Madga Butrym Red Marbella Asymmetric Ruffled Silk Crepe Midi Dress:

Her silk crepe dress hails from the brand’s Spring 2017 collection. It features a Victorian-inspired button front, ruffle trim, cutout shoulder detailing.

Fashion Deets: Beyoncé’s Instagram $237 Halston Heritage Red Flowy Crepe Gowné showed off her latest maternity look on the ‘gram, slipping on a $237 Halston Heritage Flowy Crepe Gown:

Her gown features cape-inspired sleeves, a low V-neck, and a front slit at the skirt.

#TBT: The Style Evolution of Tia Mowry-Hardrict

Many of us thought we were seeing double when Sister Sister dominated the airwaves of the nineties. The Mowry twins have grown up right before our eyes, transitioning seamlessly from child stars to having thriving careers today. Tamera Mowry-Houseley has a blast as a co-host on The Real, and looks amazing doing so. But today, we’re shining the spotlight on Tia Mowry-Hardrict to take a peek at how her style has changed over the years.

Secrets of the Met Gala: Everything You Might Not Know About the Big Day

MET Gala, Celebrity Guest List
The first Monday in May approaches, and that can only mean one thing: The Met Gala is here.
Every year, Hollywood and fashion's brightest converse on the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for an evening of true opulence. The red carpet is just as glamorous as the Oscars (but don't tell the Academy that!) and the after parties rival that of the party's west coast rivals.

Kim Kardashian Cries as She Describes the Paris Robbery on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Kim Kardashian, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Much has happened since Kim Kardashian last appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
In Thursday's episode, Kim gives her first TV interview about being bound, gagged and robbed at gunpoint in Paris last year. Ellen DeGeneres begins by saying, "I don't know that everybody understands how horrific that experience must have been for you."

Fashion Deets: Skai Jackson’s Harper by Harper’s Bazaar Self Portrait Pink One Shoulder Lace Frill Mini Dress and Christian Louboutin Check Pumps

Skai Jackson is a fashion killer in the making!
She attended the Harper by Harper’s Bazaar party last night in a $510 Self Portrait Pink One Shoulder Lace Frill Mini Dress and $695 Christian Louboutin check pumps:
Her flirty mini dress boasts pockets, a wide V neckline flows, and asymmetrical ruffles.

Tina Kunakey by Gianluca Fontana for Glamour Italia May 2017

Hype or Heavenly: At-Home Anti-Aging Tools
We all know that when it comes to anti-aging, there’s only so much that beauty products can actually do. To see true improvement, you need to turn to the dermatologist (or even the plastic surgeon!) with things like fillers, Botox, and face lifts—right?

Jennifer Hudson Explains Why She’s (Still) Not Married

FOX's 'American Idol' Season 15 - Finale
Source: FOX / Getty
Jennifer Hudson is so secure in her relationship that she doesn’t feel any need to rush to the altar.
Jennifer and her man David Otunga have been engaged for what feels like forever. At one point, they had planned a wedding, but they never jumped the broom.

‘Empire’ Recap: Cookie Insists On Holding L’s For Lucious

FOX's 'Empire' - Season One
Source: FOX / Getty
Empire has been slow this season, but tonight’s episode proves that there won’t be some shocking moments that will take the season out with a bang! The episode opens with pens with Lucious fantasizing about the origins of his romantic link with Giuliana.

Catherine Zeta-Jones Has $2,600 Worth of Skin Care Inside Her Bathroom Cabinet

ESC: Catherine Zeta-Jones
So that's how Catherine Zeta-Jones does it!
The 47-year-old actress maintains a beauty cabinet like a master chef stocks their pantry. The Feud star posted a photo of her pristine stockpile of skin-care products, captioning it: "My face and body essentials. And no, I don't use them all at the same time. #potions #lotions #love."

8 Japanese Beauty Brands You Can't Find at Sephora

ESC: Japanese Beauty
Most of us are so dialed into our own habits that when we spot something new (especially if it's from abroad), it's hard not to want to at least try it.
Japan, for instance, has some pretty cutting-edge products that you've probably never used. I don't blame you, though. It's not like you can find these never-before-heard-of brands at your local Sephora. Since there's no such thing as too many face masks or eye creams, i've done the leg work and rounded up some options from the top-selling Japanese makeup brands for you.

How to Get Rid of Scratches on Your Sunglasses In 6 Easy Steps

ESC: Rihanna, Essentials
How many times have you slid your glasses into your purse without a case?
Whether you do this often or they accidentally fall out of your hands, scratches are inevitable. That's heartbreaking if you've invested in designer sunnies or finally found a pair that look really good on you, like Rihanna clearly has.

Under $100: Playsuit
Spring fashion awakens a sense of adventure inside all of us. This invigorating season gets us out into the world, moving from outdoor concert to backyard bbq to lakeside getaway. So, what pretty little wardrobe piece can move you through this blossoming new season and all of its festivities? The playsuit! Pair it with an on-trend stacked sandal for an outdoor party, or toss it on over your bikini as a chic poolside cover-up. Either way, this one-piece wonder is destined to put an extra spring in your strut.
I gathered up the best of this season’s playsuits and all for under $100.

Beyoncé & Jay Z Bid on $135 Million Bel-Air Mansion
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” might not be coming back anytime soon, but royalty might still be on its way to the city, thanks to Beyoncé and Jay Z. Queen Bey and the God MC have reportedly placed a $120 million bid on a mansion in the luxurious and private East Gate area, also known as Old Bel-Air.

Fashion Deets: The TIME 100 Gala with Viola Davis in Armani, Ashley Graham in Cami NYC and Fleur du Mal, Naomi Campbell in Alaia, and More!
The TIME 100 Gala was star-studded! Our favorite actresses, supermodels, TV personalities, and icons were all in attendance.
Let’s get into the night’s looks!

#WCW:Tina Knowles-Lawson

If you have’t noticed by now, we have somewhat of an undying love for all things Destiny’s Child related. From the hairstyles to the red carpet outfits, we’ve been with Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle since the beginning. Without one person in particular, though, the hairstyles and matching outfits would never have graced a magazine, since she was the one creating and sewing looks for DC3 before designers sought to dress them.  Today, we pay homage to the elegant and talented matriarch, Tina Knowles-Lawson.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Fashion Deets: Millie Mackintosh’s Madeleine Shaw Book Launch $70 Zara Light Blue Printed Pleated Bow Blouse
Millie Mackintosh attended Madeleine Shaw’s Book Launch in a $70 Zara Light Blue Printed Pleated Bow Blouse:

Her v-neck blouse features long, puffy, pleated sleeves and a matching tie belt with a bow accent.

Ladylike Behavior: Workplace Do’s & Don’ts
We’ve heard the disturbing statistics of the earning power of women versus men in the workplace. It’s somewhat hard to imagine that even in 2017 one could quickly conclude that this is still a man’s world, but. Fortunately for us, we know the underlying truth still remains that despite the existing inequities, James Brown was right when he said that it would be nothing without a woman or a girl. So, one of the most effective ways to resist the status quo and stand firm against discrimination at work is to stay on your p’s and q’s. Oprah said, “excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.”
Here’s a snapshot of a few etiquette essentials to help you shine on the j-o-b:

Fashion Deets: Olivia Palermo’s Instagram Topshop Gingham Mutton Sleeve Top, $30 Gingham Print Leggings, and $38 Banana Republic Floral Grid Silk Small Square Scarf
Olivia Palermo spoke at the Cosmopolitan UK Self Made Summit a few days ago! She layered a splurge-worthy $169 Zara Long Metallic Detail Waistcoat over a $55 Topshop Gingham Mutton Sleeve Top, $30 Gingham Print Leggings, and $38 Banana Republic Floral Grid Silk Small Square Scarf:

Her top features mutton sleeves, ruffle detailing, an allover gingham print, and band collar.

Fashion Deets: Jennifer Lopez’s Miami $238 J Brand Zion Jeans and $750 Monika Chiang Black Leather Zaria Boots
Jennifer Lopez indulged in some retail therapy in Miami, clad in a pair of $238 J Brand Zion Jeans and $750 Monika Chiang Black Leather Zaria Boots:

Her skinnies feature gold metal button embellishment.

Fashion Deets: Zoe Saldana’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 London Premiere Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2017 Couture Black Off the Shoulder Dress

UK Premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2-#gotgvol2 #gamora 💚-Makeup: @makeupbyvera7 Hair: @hairbyaviva Styling: @petraflannery Jewlery: @jaredlehr Dress: @ulyanasergeenkoZoe Saldana sizzled across the pond at the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 London Premiere, slipping on an Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2017 Couture Black Off the Shoulder Dress:

Zoe’s look opened the show, worn on supermodel Natalia Vodianova.

Beyoncé’s Getting A Piece Of $14.5 Billion In Unclaimed Money

Beyonce 'The Formation World Tour' - New York City
Source: Larry Busacca/PW / Getty
Beyoncé will be getting a long overdue bump in her bank account, courtesy of New York City.
The Lemonade siren is among a number of New Yorkers (past and present) that will finally be receiving some money that’s been due to them, according to

Beyoncé’s ‘Formation Scholars’ Award Will Send 4 Women To Collegeé‘s Lemonade anniversary celebration continues!
In honor of her chart-topping album, the mega-star announced the “Formation Scholars” program, which will provide scholarships to four women from  Howard University, Superman, Berklee College of Music and Parsons School of Design.
The money will be distributed during the 2017-2018 academic year to incoming, current or graduate students studying creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies.
Application information is available on each school’s website, the announcement states.
So if you’re a strong female student whose unapologetic, “bold, creative and conscious,” you may be selected to get into formation!

You're Doing It Wrong: Drying Your Hair

ESC: Issa Rae
This how-to is going to blow your mind and your hair.
Here's the typical hair wash regime: rinse, lather, repeat, towel dry, then style (blow-dry, twist, etc). This is most likely your routine, and because of it, you're probably damaging your precious locks.

Fashion Deets: Chrissy Teigen’s Rainbow Crow 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Premiere $1,695 Mestiza Silver and Pearl White Silk Wool Laura Bell Dress
Chrissy Teigen was a vision at the Rainbow Crow 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Premiere in a $1,695 Mestiza Silver and Pearl White Silk Wool Laura Bell Dress:

Her bell-shaped LWD features silver embellishment, a mini length, and skinny straps.

Fashion Deets: Rita Ora’s The Nice Guy Gucci Wallpaper Print Silk Blouse and Duchesse Green Wide Leg Cuffed Pants 
Rita Ora loves a little Gucci, and who doesn’t these days? The British superstar was snapped leaving L.A. hotspot, The Nice Guy, clad in a $1400 Gucci Wallpaper Print Silk Blouse and $1,300 Duchesse Wide Leg Cuffed Pants from the house. Her silk top boasts a blue vintage Gucci wallpaper print scattered about this yellow blouse.  A detachable red satin necktie decorates the collar of the blouse, or can be worn around the neck for a more relaxed look.

Celebs Love…Gucci Princetown Slippers

Gucci is having a wonderful moment in the fashion world! Absolutely every celebrity has warmed up to their 70’s and 80’s inspired logo tees, bomber jackets, scarves and more! Their shoes are no exception. For casual jaunts, celebrities love Gucci’s Princetown Slippers:

Fashion Deets: Pressed Atlanta’s Pink Duster and White Tie Up Pants
Behold, this $94.50 simple duster and $100 white tie up pants, as modeled by Pressed owner Rasheeda Frost:
Her long open crinkled satin cardigan comes in blush and ivory.

Adesuwa Aighewi by Sacha Maric for WSJ. Magazine April 2017

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

5 Easy Ways To Lose Weight
Spring has sprung, which means we’re all wearing a little less clothes and feeling a bit more aware of the state of our bikini bods. You don’t need to starve yourself or deprive yourself into a better body. In fact, our extreme diets and lifestyle overhauls often just end up in overwhelm, while small changes committed to over a consistent period of time can yield long lasting results.
I rounded up five small, easy changes to make to your daily routine that’ll help kick start your fitness and revolutionize your overall health.
Here’s how to start small and inch your way into the body of your dreams.

Fashion Deets:Jennifer Lopez’s New York City $169 AQ/AQ Mint Trench and $971 Roland Mouret Sheath Dress
J. Lo an A Rod are going strong! The couple hit up the Sea Grill in Manhattan, with La Lopez in a $169 AQ/AQ Mint Trench and a $971 Roland Mouret Sheath Dress:
She looks happy.

Fashion Deets: Amirah Vann’s Food Bank for New York City’s Can Do Awards Dinner $60 Mango Navy Knot Pleated Dress 
Underground star Amirah Vann attended the Food Bank for New York City’s Can Do Awards Dinner in a $60 Mango Navy Knot Pleated Dress:

Her navy pleated dress features a wrap silhouette, knot detailing, round neck, elastic waist, long sleeves, and structured shoulders.

Fashion Deets: Khloe Kardashian’s Michelle Mason x Revolve Long Sleeve Red Poppy Lace Accented Wrap Dress
Khloe Kardashian looked red hot for a recent outing in a $655 Michelle Mason x Revolve Wrap Dress:
She accessorized with Christian Louboutin pumps, a Givenchy Antigona bag, and Quay sunglasses.

Fashion Deets: Kylie Jenner’s Sugar Factory Las Vegas $166 Bec and Bridge Icebergs Stripe Mini Dress
Kylie Jenner made an appearance at the Sugar Factory Las Vegas in a $166 Bec and Bridge Icebergs Stripe Mini Dress:

Her stripe mini dress features a curve-hugging fit, cube stitched detailing, and satin spaghetti straps.

Monday, 24 April 2017

This Quick Trick Will Make Your Blowout Stay in Place—for Good

ESC: Taylor Hill
There are good hair days and there are bad hair days.
While one scenario obviously trumps the other, you usually have very little say in what kind of hair day you're in for. Blame the humidity, the last time you showered, your fine hair texture—the list goes on. But you know what they say: Focus on the things you can control, like how you blow your hair out, for instance.

Live The Life You Want To Live
Go ahead and begin living the life you want to live…..IN YOUR HEAD.  The mind is so powerful that if you visualize yourself in the place you want to be, and you truly believe and think you belong in that place – that’s where you’ll eventually end up in due time.

Fashion Deets: Shay Mitchell’s 2017 Freeform Upfront $1,275 Galvan Black and White Tuxedo Colorblock Jumpsuit
Shay Mitchell took to the red carpet at the 2017 Freeform Upfront in a $1,275 Galvan Black and White Tuxedo Colorblock Jumpsuit:

Her plunging jumpsuit features an illusion neckline and sleeveless silhouette.

Fashion Deets: Marie Claire’s ‘Fresh Faces’ Celebration with Janelle Monae in Off-White, Aja Naomi King in Miu Miu, Emily Ratajkowski in Isabel Marant, and More!
I live for fresh faces—they make my job so much fun! Marie Claire toasted to them all at their ‘Fresh Faces’ celebration.
Here are all the beauties in attendance:

Fashion Deets: Emmanuelle Chriqui’s Magic Mike Live Las Vegas Opening Night $595 L’Agence Camo Silk Maxi Shirt Dress
It was all about camo for Emmanuelle Chriqui at the Magic Mike Live Las Vegas Opening Night, outfitted in a $595 L’Agence Camo Silk Maxi Shirt Dress:

Her military-inspired silk shirtdress features an allover camo print, utilitarian flap pockets, deep side slits, a maxi length, hidden front-button closure, spread collar, three quarter-length sleeves, and a removable tie belt.

Fashion Deets: Melanie Brown’s Los Angeles $112 Line And Dot Striped Maxi Dress
Melanie Brown was spotted out and about in L.A., slipping on a $112 Line And Dot Striped Maxi Dress:

Her stripe maxi dress features a scoop neckline, adjustable cami straps, woven underlay, and a flared hem.