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LBS Kickin’ It: Curl Fest 2016

This weekend, while Christina was at the LA installment of the #BrownGirlSLoveBrunch, I had the pleasure of attending the annual celebration of confidence, style, and self acceptance that is Curl Fest. Founded by Curly Girl Collective, Curl Fest is an amazing opportunity for the women of the natural hair community to connect with brands, local businesses, and each other at an amazingly over the top picnic in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Missed out? Check out the curls and street style that were on display below!

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LBS Opinion: Why I Support Black Girl Magic and #MobilizingColor

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In the face of a world that is quick to co-opt our style why shouldn’t women of color say to themselves and one another “I appreciate you”? Once referred to by Zora Neale Hurston as “the mule of the world” the expectation of the black woman to be perpetually courageous, solid and strong can be infuriating. But the celebration of the strength, stability, courageousness, and beauty of black women should inspire and not offend.

Much has been said about the phrase “black girl magic” – some of it whimsical, some of it trite, and some of it willfully ignorant, but none of it has struck me more than Linda Chaver’s scathing rejection of the term. Her description of it as “smothering, and stunting” and “restricting rather than freeing” totally missed the mark. While I respect Chaver’s experiences as a woman of color, her insinuation that the term deprived black women and girls of their humanity by drawing connections to police misconduct, violence, and depravity attempted to diminish a movement so large it spans economic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and educational levels. This phrase expresses a simple yet remarkable sentiment that is appreciated just as much by the nineteen year old single mother in Irvington, New Jersey as it is by the Ivy League graduate from P.G. County, Maryland. Black girls are magic not because the world does not see us as equal but because we sparkle in spite of it.

Read more about why I support black girl magic and movements like #mobilizingcolor below.

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You’re Invited: BrownGirlsLoveBrunch LA

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Brown Girls are taking over the world! From the Miss USA stage to the CDFA awards they’re speaking up, speaking out, and celebrating themselves and one another. Christina created the #BrownGirlsLoveBrunch tour to give brown girls a chance to connect with and learn from one another in a social setting. After a successful three city tour in 2015 Christina has continued her mission of encouraging and supporting her fellow entrepreneurs this year.

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This is cause that is close to her heart. After all according to Forbes brown girls are “three to five times more likely to start a business than their white counterparts” if we can do all that on our own one imagine what we can accomplish by working together!

Related: 3 Reasons to Join Us for #BrownGirlsLoveBrunch!

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The next stop on the tour is the city of angels. Los Angeles’s #BrownGirlsLoveBrunch will be held at the beautiful Le Petit Paris.

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Here attendees will receive an entree, bottomless mimosas, and a FREE swag bag full of fabulous goodies from our amazing sponsors.

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They will also participate in an intimate discussion about entrepreneurship, and brand management with Christina who will share her experiences on her seven year journey of converting LoveBrownSugar from a personal style blog into a thriving business.

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The #BrownGirlsLove community is all about women and girls of color coming together on and offline. So whether you want to learn more about building a personal brand or you’re just getting started with the process of figuring out to turn your passion into your profession come out and connect with us at the very first BrownGirlsLoveBrunch in LA!

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The Ultimate 2016 Swimwear Guide for Plus Sizes

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While the task of swimsuit shopping can be daunting for curvier women today it’s easier than it’s ever been. Retailers like Lane Bryant, Rue 21, and ASOS have discovered that women like style with their support and are serving up swimsuits that are both flattering and on trend for this summer season.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite  plus-size swimwear to help you take advantage of this year’s many choices. Check them out below! 

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LBS Concert Travel Guide: 10 Must-Pack Items You Probably Forgot to Grab

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Concert season is easily the most exciting time for music lovers (which is essentially everyone). It’s the perfect opportunity to road trip with friends and see all of your favorite artists in one place. Surely, it’s the atmosphere, the concertgoers and the memories you make during a string of 3-day weekends that make any summer one to mention. And this isn’t your first rodeo, you’ve skimmed over a few summer music festival packing lists and you have the basics down: Toothbrush, reservations, tickets, phone and cash in-hand. But here’s a concert travel guide with a few things that you’d want to be sure not forget:

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Tune In To See Me on The Today Show!

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 Hey guys! I’m really excited to share with you all that I’ll be featured on the TODAY Show this morning. As you might recall, I was part of StyleWatch Magazine’s May 2015 issue in a spread about swimsuits for every size. 10 of us bloggers were interviewed about our swimsuit struggles and then offered the opportunity to show you guys how we dress for our body types. Well, the Today Show has invited a few of us on the show to demonstrate how to dress with confidence during swimsuit season.

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I’m so excited to be featured on a national platform like this, especially in a way that I know will give women across the country confidence to strut their stuff this summer! I have to admit I’m a little nervous. This is NATIONAL television after all. And I’m going to be making my national debut in very minimal clothing. But it’s all good. I do it for the people.
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Hope you guys tune in this morning. Set your DVRs – I’ll be on during Kathie Lee & Hoda from 10am-
 11am. Feel free to hit me on social media if you spot me! I’m @LoveBrownSugar on every platform!

LBS Reads: Phylencia Taylor’s Evolving Beauty

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From the buying power of the natural hair movement to the rise of homegrown entrepreneurs and digital influencers everyone’s been buzzing about the business of beauty. Recently long time beauty executive Phylencia “PT” Taylor has added her expertise to the mix with the release of her debut book “Evolving Beauty-The Business of Beauty in A New Age”. Featuring a foreword by Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price this book provides readers with the tools to navigate a landscape that has undergone a tremendous transformation. Taylor was motivated by a desire to allow others to learn from and be empowered by her experiences and research. “Now that we’re in a new age of beauty” said Taylor “the thought is how do we make decisions that we need to make. A lot of chapters in the book give an underlay of core marketing and communications but they have a modern twist and a digital influence”.

Find more more about Taylor and her thoughts on Evolving Beauty below.

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Ouidad Curl Immersion Collection – Why All Curls Are Important

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Back in March I had the pleasure of sitting on an expert panel discussion with the Ouidad team about the importance of curls and the evolution of curl care. In preparation for the launch of their newest curl collection, the Ouidad team asked me to sit on the panel and share my experience with editors of top publications about the important things YOU all want to know when you come to blogs like mine about taking care of curly hair. I was joined by the founder of the salon chain-  Ouidad herself, as well as celebrity hairstylist Tiffany Daugherty, dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry, Ouidad R&D Melanie Fahey and Ouidad Marketing Director Melka Davis.

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Ouidad was the first string of luxury salons specifically catered to curly hair and the specific needs of curly hair. And as a result of their success with salon treatments, they’ve developed a line of amazing curl care products that have catered to many different curl types, but now specifically address coarser, kinky-curly curls. My first introduction to the Ouidad line was at a blogger event a few years ago. I came home with a bag full of samples and instantly fell in love with their Cowash Cleansing Conditioner which is a low-poo, super moisturizing, smells amazing and really conditions the hair completely. It instantly became my one-stop-shop cleanser & conditioner in one. It never left my hair feeling stripped like other cleansers and it really made my hair soft & easier to manage.

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Join Me! I’m Speaking at HUE Beauty and Natural Hair Affair NYC

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I am really hyped about the presentation I’m giving at the HUE Beauty & Natural Hair Affair tomorrow! If you know me, you know I love sharing career advice and talking to people about my journey towards working for myself and creating my very own “dream job”. My career path was full of ups & downs and also many challenges that truly made me who I am and carved me into the entrepreneur I am today. People seem to think “dream jobs” are farfetched and not realistic. They ARE possible. It just requires hard work, dedication and focus.

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Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing insider tips with a select group of attendees at the HUE Beauty & Natural Hair Affair event taking place at Sheraton Brooklyn in NYC. Among the amazing activities taking place during the International Natural Hair Meetup Day, HUE Affair will be a day-long experience including an expo hall with your favorite natural hair brands, presentations (like mine – “Young, Gifted & Black: How To Turn Your Education & Experiences Into Your Dream Job”) and meet & greets with your favorite natural hair style gurus and more. It’s bound to be an amazing event and I am really excited to be part of it. The event is hosted by Natural Partners in Crime.

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Tickets to my presentation are $25 and include: admission to the expo + access to my workshop. This is a very minimal price to pay for the priceless information I’m going to be giving out. If you’ve ever considered a career shift, if you just recently graduated, or even if you’re stuck in a position you HATE, this workshop will be the motivation you need.

Hope to see you all there! Snag your tickets at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hue-beauty-natural-hair-affair-inhmd-nyc-tickets-20591965122#tickets

(Head to the link & scroll down to the “Young, Gifted & Black” presentation – see you guys there!)