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Lisa Price Discusses Carol’s Daughter L’Oreal Acquisition

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As someone who has been a huge fan and supporter of Carol’s Daughter for years now, I was elated when I heard the news that the beauty brand would be joining the L’Oreal family. As a business major in college, one of my very first high-profile interviews at the time was with Lisa Price. Carol’s Daughter was still a budding brand that was rapidly expanding to include a storefront in Harlem and a slew of new product lines. I was enamored by Lisa Price’s business acumen and her sensibility. It is NOT easy to take a brand that you started in your kitchen to the level that Lisa Price has grown Carol’s Daughter. From there, I developed a great relationship with the brand and I’ve been a supporter ever since.

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But with a big move like this, obviously comes controversy and conflict. Some loyal Carol’s Daughter fans are concerned about whether the products will change or discontinue. Some critics are worried that the brand will lose some of its authenticity as a result of the Carol’s Daughter L’Oreal acquisition. Well I had the privilege of speaking one-on-one with Lisa Price about her decision to partner with L’Oreal and what will change at Carol’s Daughter as a result.

Here’s what she had to tell me:

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LBS Feature: Refinery 29 x Lane Bryant Denim Photoshoot

image1Happy Friday guys! I’m super excited to announce my latest photoshoot with Refinery 29 for Lane Bryant. The folks at Refinery 29 asked me to style a few pairs of Lane Bryant’s fall denim selections for an editorial about cool ways to wear denim this season. As someone who is a huge fan of the site, I was really honored to be part of this.

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On The Market: ShoeDazzle Fall 2014 Collection

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Calling all shoe lovers! Shoedazzle has done it again, with the newest release of their Shoedazzle Fall 2014 collection. I can hardly wait to restock my shoe closet. Chief stylist, Rachel Zoe literally left no fashion stone unturned with this launch, and didn’t forget about those who crave budget friendly high-fashion. She notes that, “Affordable luxury and fashion is something I wish I had more of when I was coming up in this business and just craving style.” Finally someone gets it! Zoe and her team have included some of the season HOTTEST trends with a strong focus on lasercut leather, decadent colors like bordeaux and orchid, prints, and so much more! Enough talking, let’s get to the shoes…

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Named Jonetta – this heel with sass is serving just enough attitude and color to turn heads! The buckled detailing paired with the peep-toe platform are definitely made for the diva who craves a little more spice. If you follow @LoveBrownSugar on Instagram, you know Christina has this pair in army green.

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Monday Motivation: Living With No Regrets

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So this week I’ve been thinking alot about the idea of regret and how playing things safe or being fearful of taking chances can really leave you singing “shoulda, coulda, woulda” for years on end. Then I started to think about what regret really is and how it has an impact on our lives daily. Regret is essentially the idea that had you done things differently in the past, you may be better off than you are today. So my reflection today is two-fold.

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Kickin’ It: J. Jill Styling Party at The Mall at Short Hills

j-jill-compassion-fund-partyOver the weekend I announced that I would be hosting a fun styling party with J. Jill at the Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey. As part of their Compassion Fund, J.Jill supports community organizations that help women by allowing their customers to participate in a cool donation program. For every gently used piece of clothing you bring in, J. Jill will give you 25% off a brand new clothing item from the store. My event at The Mall at Short Hills was the kickoff to their initiative this year and was in support of a local charity called York Street Project (go to their site to find out more info – such a great program).

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5 Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair Under $15

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In last week’s post we shared a few of our favorite curly cocktails using affordable moisturizers and oils to keep our natural hair hydrated. This week is all about deep conditioners. A very important factor in keeping your hair healthy is proper conditioning treatments. Stick to a regimen that allows you to condition your hair at least one time per week. Doing so can be a little pricey if you are constantly purchasing high-priced products. From experience as product junkies (don’t judge!) here’s a post for you ladies that are looking to maintain your natural hair on a budget. Keep reading to learn more about deep conditioners for natural hair under $15. All of these conditioners can be purchased at your local beauty supply store or directly through this blog post.

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Fall Style Remix With No nonsense Denim Leggings

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Let’s face it, fall and winter bring with it longer hemlines, chunkier fabrics and inevitably – subdued wardrobes. Most of us live in neutrals during the Fall/Winter season. They’re easy to throw on and who can think about neons and brights when it’s cold and dreary out? When I look across my typical fall/winter staple collection, it’s heavily comprised of cremes, blacks, grays and browns. Bleh. So this season I’ve decided to remix my closet by incorporating bold pops of color for fall. Whether it’s a jacket or a jewel-toned necklace, one pop of color can go a really long way.

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LBS Chic: Pastels In The Fall With Simply Be

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So I posted last week about how to interject color into your fall wardrobe with Bright Coats. Another trend that people tend to reserve for the spring/summer, is rocking pastels. I don’t think you should be restricted to wearing pretty florals and pastels in the spring time only. Forget the “rules” and wear what makes you feel good. Give pastels in the fall a try.

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My Instaweek: 10.6.14

instaweek-10.6.14It’s the first Monday in October and I’m feeling so motivated and inspired after a great week. First, I’m thoroughly excited to see September go. Although it’s always one for the history books, Septembers can be incredibly stressful with fashion week taking over my life. It’s one week but it takes almost a month to fully recuperate!

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Last week I attended a beauty event hosted by a new brand of beauty tools called Instrumental Beauty. They’re an affordable line of tech gadgets desaigned to make your skin look amazing. Think Clarisonic but WAY cheaper and just as effective. I can’t wait to give them a try.

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On my way home, I attempted to recreate Lucky Magazine’s EIC Eva Chen’s signature car pose and it literally took me FOREVER to nail it. That said, I’m convinced that people do way too much (myself included) for the sake of social media. No one should have to try that hard, seriously.

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If you haven’t already, do check out my very first Reel Style video featuring Rouge NY. I had such a blast with the makeup artists at Rouge NY. I can’t wait to go back for another session.

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My good friend (and fellow co-editor of TalkingTexture.com) Ty Alexander of GorgeousInGrey.com is hosting a #31GorgeousLips photo-a-day challenge on Instagram. If you love lipstick, you have to check it out. Featured above is one of my faves – Flat Out Fabulous by MAC Cosmetics.

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This weekend I attended the Focus 100 conference powered by Digital Undivided. I was so empowered and inspired by all these people of color in one room, in support of more minorities thriving in the tech industry. It really gave me the motivation I needed to keep doing what I’m doing and to reach even higher than what I “think” I can accomplish.

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So there’s this new company called The Bouqs that I think is so genius. It’s a floral concierge service that delivers fresh bouquets to your door and can even have flowers scheduled to be sent to your friends and family automatically on special occasions. They sent me the beautiful bouquet above. Raise your hand if you always forget to send flowers until the last minute. Right. I’m planning to do a full post about it but until then, feel free to check out the website here for more info!

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So, have you added some color to your fall wardrobe yet? Bright coats are an easy way to do that. If you haven’t already, check out my Bright Coats for Fall post for easy tips on how to pull off a look like this.

How was your week? What did you do?