The countdown to Valentine’s Day is officially on. Whether you’ll be celebrating with the love of your life or your girlfriends (who are our true soul mates anyway) you’ll want to ensure that you look your best. The possible beauty looks are endless! You can go for flirty, romantic, sexy or even sultry. When it’s all said and one what matters most is that you feel confident and look beautiful! Today, I’m sharing with you a super easy and sexy Valentine’s Day look. Two things that most of us know how to do, a red lip and a easier-than-it-looks goddess braids. Let’s get to it below!
As I type this, we’re just hours away from another bout of snowfall here in the Tri-State area. I’m currently pulling an all-nighter and I have about 3 hours until I have to drop my little one off to school then head into the city for a series of client meetings, photoshoots and interviews. I’ll be lucky if I have a chance to breathe, let alone eat, during that aggressive timeframe. For a mompreneur like myself, life doesn’t stop when you’re not feeling well. I have absolutely NO time for sick days, even though the scenario mentioned above is a breeding ground for sickness.
While successful blow dry bars are appearing all over the country it can often seem like women with textured hair are an afterthought of this booming business trend. Time restraints and poor training techniques can be a major hassle for someone whose hair requires more than a paddle brush and a plucky attitude.
Fortunately for us celebrated hair stylist Tippi Shorter has teamed up with entrepreneurs Ashley Harrington and Gordon Williams to launch Mane Hair Society, a one stop shop for fast and affordable hair styles that are curly girl friendly.
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with the Mane Hair Society founders at their inaugural pop up shop find out more about them and their brilliant new business below.
On New Year’s Eve this year I declared 2016 my “FEARLESS” year. I went into this year with the intention of mastering my fears and truly living life without regrets.
It’s hard to believe I’m only a day away from my 29th birthday. Among all the things I’m excited about, walking into another year of life, celebrating the last year of my 20‘s, I may be most proud of the condition of my skin. I may hate my post-baby stretch marks and my slowing metabolism, but my soft & seemingly ageless skin makes me really proud. Emphasis on seemingly. At the end of the day, though I was blessed with incredibe genes, my skin ages just like everyone else’s. It needs protection, prevention and proper moisture to stay flawless.
Photo Credit: Nicole Gibbons Studio
So, 2016 is off to a great start. You’ve set your New Year’s resolutions and you’re sticking to them. Or maybe you’re just continuing on your journey, committed to being a better version of yourself everyday. In any case, ’tis the season inspired by new beginnings. Try making subtle but noticeable changes in your space by freshening up your home and atmosphere with these minor adjustments.
1. Bring the outdoors indoors.
Photo Source: vtwonen
Take a look at other ways to revamp your home for the new year below.
Winter has officially reared its ugly head here in NYC. Gone are the mild days in December where we were enjoying above average temps. Since the beginning of January we’ve been faced with some seriously cold days and even our first snow of the season (with more on the horizon). With that being said it’s time to whip out some luxurious beauty must haves that will help you to stay hydrated and moisturized all winter long.
Renewed hope in a jar by philosophy
What is it?
An advanced, lightweight, whipped moisturizer that renews skin and provides all-day hydration.
Why is it perfect for winter?
This groundbreaking formulation features a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, three forms of hyaluronate, plus an Asian fruit extract—delivering an even longer-lasting glow and continuous hydration benefits.
Carols Daughter Almond Cookie Soufflé
What is it?
Vitamin rich, non-greasy body moisturizer that also serves as a body butter.
Why is it perfect for winter?
It’s loaded with rich ingredients like Sunflower Seed, Coconut, and Soybean Oils are packed with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants for truly healthier, softer skin.
Check out more winter beauty must-haves below.
I’ve been to my fair share of Caribbean islands. From the Bahamas to Jamaica to Barbados, you name it and I’ve probably been there at least once. But visiting Martinique on my #24HourReset this past December was an experience unlike any other Caribbean island. Now that airlines like Norwegian are offering direct flights to Martinique at rock-bottom prices (I got my roundtrip airfare for $230 from NYC to Martinique!), there will definitely be a surge in tourism to the area, which is exciting.
From the french-meets-Caribbean culture to the beautiful and quaint villages, here is a guide with 10 things to do in Martinique in case you’re planning a trip there:
The first ever Brown Girls Love Power Day was filled with dynamic and uplifting speakers including a member of the LoveBrownSugar family. Not only is minister Rashida Selise Wilson a powerful motivational speaker who coaches women to sync their career choices with their spiritual centers she’s also the older sister of LoveBrownSugar founder Christina S. Brown. Rashida skillfully counsels through encouragement and education displaying an impressive level of poise. Her Power Day workshop revolved around the need for channeling a spirit of discernment. No matter their occupation or denomination everyone can use a little help with decision-making and Rashida provided that with clear and concise suggestions. She spoke to attendees about the power of being still and listening to the true source of their motivations.
Did you miss out on the moment? Don’t worry Rashida’s shared a few tips below so that you can start your year off by making sharp choices.
On January 9th, 2016 BrownGirlsLove hosted its first ever Power Day in Manhattan at the innovative event venue Offsite. Conceptualized by LoveBrownSugar Founder and EIC Christina S.Brown, BrownGirlsLove Power Day was a mini conference intended to bring empowerment and inspiration to millennial women of color. The women attending the conference participated in workshops, witnessed a live keynote panel discussion, enjoyed breakfast and lunch, and were treated to BrownGirlsLove tote bags full of goodies.
Learn more about how BrownGirlsLove POWER went below: