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#FABFriday: How To Wear A Leather Skirt

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Happy Fashion And Beauty Friday folks! This week’s #FABFriday theme is leather skirts. We had so much fun with last week’s Red Lip theme. This week we decided to live life on the wild side by showing you guys how we wear leather skirts. Everyone of course is familiar with the closet staple – leather jackets. But other items like leather skirts, dresses and even pants are a little more difficult to intertwine in your wardrobe. Here’s how I rock my favorite faux leather skirt from ASOS:

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Jacket: Forever 21 Plus | Tank: H&M | Skirt: ASOS (similar here under $50!) | Sneakers: HauteLook (similar here) | Handbag: Aimee Kestenberg c/o Paula & Chlo (on sale for $132!) | Necklace: Forever 21 | Watch c/o Fossil

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The great thing about this leather skirt is that it’s an A-line silhouette which works wonders for me considering I’m 10 weeks post baby birth.

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I still have a small tummy pudge so anything A-line is my best friend right now.

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I decided to rock this look with some of my new favorite maroon-colored accessories.

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These sneaker wedges I scored for only $30 at HauteLook and this beautiful suede cross-body bag the folks at Paula & Chlo sent me by Aimee Kestenberg.

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The Aimee Kestenberg Sammy Crossbody is the perfect grab & go bag. Now that i’m juggling a newborn, diaper bags and more I can’t really rock the oversized handbags as often. This one is compact and adds a nice pop of color to my leggings-and-graphic-tee “new mommy” uniform of late.

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My faux leather skirt is from ASOS. They have some really amazing options for leather skirts this season and they are all affordable and under $100:

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Have you worn a leather skirt in a blog post recently? Join our #FABFriday linkup or tag us using the #FABFriday hashtag on social media. Check out how other bloggers rock their leather skirts below:


Kickin’ It: “The Other Woman” Screening + Style Q&A

the-other-woman-movie-premiere.jpgOn this past Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of attending a Girls’ Night Out with PopSugar for an exclusive screening of new Fox film The Other Woman. It’s a comedy of epic proportions about an unlikely friendship that forms between three women (Leslie Manns, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton) who have the shared experience of being cheated on by the same guy. Can I tell you I literally laughed until I cried?

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Sick Site Spotlight: Scoop NYC

scoop-nyc-sick-siteIf you’re based here in New York City, you already know that Scoop NYC has some of the hottest contemporary designer digs in town. With a well-curated selection of updated trend pieces, some of our fave fashionistas hit up Scoop to find their daily looks. Luckily for you fashionistas who aren’t based here in NY, Scoop has an online store too – ScoopNYC.com. And they’ve got some really dope pieces this season. Here are some of my fave spring trends spotted over at Scoop NYC:

The Look: Graphic Patterns

There’s no better way to kickoff the spring season than with some bright and bold patterns. Two of my favorite contemporary designers – Mara Hoffman and Clover Canyon – always get it right with bold prints and colors.

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Left: Clover Canyon, $340 | Right: Mara Hoffman, $238

The Look: Summer Festival

Whether you’re headed to Coachella or Governor’s Ball, the best way to achieve festival chic is with a few crochet pieces. This outfit from Nightcap pretty much sums it up.

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Top: Nightcap, $208  | Bottom: Nightcap, $165

The Look: All White Everything

Spring is the perfect time to bring out those all-white pieces that have been collecting dust in your closet. I love white clothing. It dirties fast, but it always looks so crisp and chic!

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Left: Zac Posen, $525 | Top Right: VEDA, $498 | Bottom Right: AG Jeans, $165

 Loving these pieces? Click the image below to check out what else Scoop NYC has to offer!

This post is sponsored by Scoop NYC. All opinions expressed herein are those of LoveBrownSugar.com and not of the company.

10 Under $100: Perfect A-Line Dresses for Spring

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There are few greater freedoms than feeling the hem of an a-line dress swishing against the kneecaps in the blazing heat. The cascading bodice of an a-line dress makes it a spring and summer staple because it allows space for the slight breezes to grace the legs and thighs. Flirty is a term often used to describe the a-line dress, since it nips at the waist and shows just enough leg to tempt potential suitors.

Besides that, the a-line dress is a complete outfit. It doesn’t require additional garments, unless you want to layer it under a cardigan or blazer. You can pluck an a-line dress from the closet, put on dope shoes and accessories and hit the door without much fuss. Ask Christina, who was ***flawless in a printed dress from ASOS. more this way

LBS Chic: Transitional Weather Must-Haves

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Jacket: Joe Fresh (similar here for under $50)| Jeans/Top/ShoesASOS | Bag: Pour La Victoire (similar here) |Hair Extensions c/o Echelon Hair

Transitional weather can be the absolute hardest to dress for. It’s not quite hot enough to rock shorts and a tank top but certainly not cold enough for a coat. There are a few classic pieces I make sure are in my closet every Spring because they are easily interchangeable and they go with pretty much everything.

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#FabFriday: How To Wear Red Lipstick

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If there’s one beauty must-have you guys know I can’t live without (besides mascara, of course) it’s my red lipstick. I used to be incredibly scared to try bold lip colors, but wearing red lipstick for the first time helped get rid of my fear and I’ve been a fan of it ever since. If I’m heading out for a night on the town or even a business meeting, I cannot leave home without it. I wrote a whole post about it in my LBS Beauty: The Perfect Red Lip post.

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It only makes sense that for #FABFriday (Fashion And Beauty Friday) , we’d include links to how we each rock our own red lipstick for day, night and everything in between. No matter what skin complexion you are, there’s a great shade for you and you CAN wear a red lippie without looking crazy (I promise!)

Related: MAC Ruby Woo vs. RiRi Woo

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Some of my favorite shades include MAC’s Ruby Woo ($16) and Sephora’s Always Red Cream Lip Stain ($12). Those work really well for my complexion and for a vast number of skin tones.

What are your fave red lipsticks? How do you rock a red lip? Join our #FABFriday linkup by entering a link to your own ‘red lip’ blog post below!


5 Ways to Make Your Spring Wardrobe International

Spring-2014-International-Trends-CollageTransnational muses are common in fashion. It’s not accidental that there are fashion weeks in London, Milan, Paris and a multitude of other cities across the globe. Like music, fashion is one of those universal denominators that transcend language, cultural, religious and other boundaries to connect people. In the spring 2014 collections, designers located inspiration all over the world. more this way

LBS Review: Bevel Shaving Products

bevel-product-review So one of the things I don’t have as much time for, now that I’m a mom to a bubbly newborn who needs tons of attention, is shopping for gifts for my significant other. In year’s past, I would spend hours perusing the mall or the streets or online to find the perfect gift for my boyfriend on special occasions like his birthday, our anniversary, etc. This year, it’s all about what’s easy and simple yet still useful for him.

bevel-packaging Grooming products are always a great touch and there’s a new product line called Bevel that is geared specifically for his needs and makes the perfect gift. If you’re dating a man of color (African-American, Latino), chances are you’ve heard him complain or physically seen the effects of improver shaving.

bevel-razor The razor bumps, the skin irritation, all things that come with shaving for men who have coarse, curly hair. The Bevel shaving system was created specifically for them to combat these issues. It’s the first end-to-end shaving system made for men with coarse & curly hair, helping them get clearer, smoother skin within 4 weeks.

bevel-shaving-kit Aside from the really dope packaging, the kit comes complete with a sleek razor, a priming oil, a shaving brush, shave cream and a restoring balm. Each product and tool in the system works together to protect against skin irritation and to produce a clean and pain-free shave.

bevel-shaving-guide They also include a mini instruction booklet with a quick & easy shaving guide, which I thought was a nice touch. Check out my video below explaining why I love the collection (and plan on gifting it to my boo too):

Sound like a great gift? LoveBrownSugar readers get an exclusive 20% off the first month by using promo code: LOVEBROWNSUGAR20. 

Order Bevel for your boo (or for yourself – hey fellas!) by clicking HERE

#FabFriday: How To Wear Stripes

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Happy Friday guys! Myself and a few of my blogger friends have decided to join together and start a weekly post in which we show off how we rock different trends. Everybody has that one item in their closet or beauty cabinet that they just won’t pull out because they’re not sure how exactly to wear it. What better way to get inspiration? Take a look at how other people do it.

So I’ve teamed up with Jessica of Glamazons Blog and Lexi of LexiWithTheCurls to start the Fashion And Beauty Friday (#FabFriday) style post series. On Fridays, we want to see how YOU guys rock different trends. If you have a blog or website, you can join in too! Simply include a link to your post in the #FabFriday widget down below. First up is stripes!

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Top: Joe Fresh (similar here) | Jeans: Joe Fresh (similar here under $20!) | Shoes: ALDO (similar here) | Bag: Vintage (similar here) | Necklace: Joe Fresh (similar here) | Arm Party: Ann Taylor LOFT (similar here)

These pics are from my LoveBrownSugar Chic: Navy Fresh outfit post I shot two summers ago. That’s the summer I fell in love with Joe Fresh.

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For curvy girls (especially those that are top heavy like me), the key to rocking horizontal stripes is doing them in a silhouette that plays up your assets. For me, because I’m top eavy, I aim for v-neck tops – they’re slimming, they elongate my neckline and they allow for just a hint of boobage (any more and it becomes R-rated…real quick).

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