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March 2010 archive

Cover Girls: Chanel Iman for Allure Magazine

Chanel Iman graces yet another editorial spread. Can’t be mad at the girl. She’s doing her thing! This Allure spread for their April Issue is so refreshing. I’m loving the citrus colors and the movement in these shots…
Patrick Demarchelier strikes again! He’s definitely one of my fave fashion photographers…

So first let’s talk about the amazing shoes in this spread. From platforms to pumps and brights to blacks this is definitely an accessory spotlight.
 
One of this spring’s big trends: mix & match prints. I love the shape of this dress…so fun!
  
These heels make me greener with envy than this lime-colored frock…not so much feeling the possom tail though – yikes! 
Color blocks at their best. This look is fierce and look at those toned arms! A small part of me hopes those muscles were created in Photoshop.
I love how soft and flirty these two looks (above and below) are. And of course the movement is amazing. Makes me wanna rock a long (Beyonce in Get Me Bodied) ponytail!
So what’s the verdict on this Allure spread? Fierce or Foolish?

Kickin’ It: March Madness

No, I’m not referring to the NCAA Championships. I’m talking about my crazy life! Pardon me, as some of these events are wildly outside of chronological order. Madness doesn’t even begin to describe my whirlwind March but hopefully some of these pics will…
Last week I had the pleasure of celebrating the bdays of two of my favorite twins: Natalie and Nicole of Nina Sky.They’re good friends of Honey and so we hosted their birthday bash at R. Bar in downtown NYC. Fun!

 For the occasion, I opted for something I thought was a little classy, a little fun, but still cool enough for a bar downtown. This blazer is one of my new fave vintage finds. Black leggings and tank seems to be my uniform lately. Switchin’ it up for spring though!
 
Earlier that day I also had the chance to interview Mr. Jas Anderson – an amazing actor, recently in Brooklyn’s Finest. We met on the red carpet at the Let’s Talk About Pep event and so I invited him down to Honey for an interview. He’s awesome – definitely big things in the future for him. Make sure you go see Brooklyn’s Finest – he’s great in it.
 Last week Honey also shot our cover shoot with DTP playboy Ludacris! We shot at ESPN Zone. It was a crazy time, to say the least but of course lots of fun watching Luda play games and be his wild and crazy self.

 I love this sporty chic look on the model. She was styled by my boy Jason Rembert. He does awesome work. He styled our Model City shoot in February. And this amazing blazer is by Laquan Smith. Get to know him – young, black an doing big things in fashion. His stuff’s already been seen on Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Check out the full Ludacris cover story with pics at Honeymag.com!

That’s all for now folks…the plot in this whirlwind life of mine is yet still unfolding…

Fierce or Foolish: Mary J. Blige at Jazz in the Gardens

Took a peek over at YBF and stumbled on pics of Mary J. Blige at her Jazz in the Gardens performance in Miami, wearing an off-the-shoulder bodysuit and heels…
I dunno yall….it ain’t for everybody. This might have been interesting on Rih Rih but on Mary J? And I might have even given her a free pass if she jazzed this up with banging accessories but alas..thin bangles and peep-toe heels are all we get. Hmm…
Fierce or Foolish?

Fierce or Foolish: Kelis in Oversized Chains

I write a daily column for Honey called Killer Bees, highlighting the sweetest celebrity outfits of the week. I scouted a pic for Killer Bees yesterday and couldn’t resist but highlighting it. Are you guys feeling Kelis in the red, black and oversized chains?

As crazy as these chains look, I’m almost in love. What do you guys think? Fierce or Foolish?
 Also, spotted my girls Coco & Breezy over at YBF on site with new BLOND hair – powww!



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Kickin’ It: Behind the Scenes at BET’s Rip the Runway

 A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending BET’s Rip The Runway taping which is actually airing tonight at 9pm. As BET is my former employer (worked there in 2009) I couldn’t miss out on covering this one. Some people attend these specials for the celeb spotting or the live performances. With me, it’s all about the fashion…
Hosted by the adorable Pooch Hall and everyone’s fave black Barbie Nicki Minaj – strange pairing, I know – BET’s Rip the Runway was filled with the best in urban fashions and music. I have to say the most entertaining parts of the show were Nicki Minaj’s costume changes! She went from typical “tight bodysuit & pink wig” Nicki to….
…”hot mama in a hot pink dress” to “classy and refined” Nicki Minaj. I was pleasantly surprised at her range of attire. Shoutout to her stylist Fatima B. for keeping us interested throughout the show!
Anyway, it was a good time. One of my fave designers Tracy Reese showed her Spring 2010 collection along with an array of other talented designers. Anyway, I had an awesome time. 
Be sure to tune in tonight at 10/9c for the full show. For more information, check BET.com

LoveBrownSugar Etsy Giveaway: Winner!

 We have a winner folks. Congrats to Vivian for winning the LoveBrownSugar Etsy Giveaway!! 
Her inspiration: Tina Turner…

Vivian says: “I must say this is hard to name just one DIVA there are so many great women to choose from. However I have to choose Tina Turner. She is not only a rocking great singer but the confidence that she exudes on stage and in life is so beautiful. Though she is beautiful on the outside her inner strength has been a driving force in my life. After reading her biography some years ago, I was given the strength to continue on in life’s journey. I know from her tenacity that if she can do it so can I. And how can you not love a woman who can hold the title for sexiest legs in her 60’s. With her kind of fierceosity she should be leaving burn marks at her every step…”

Congratulations again to our five finalists – your responses were so inspiring. Look out for more LBS contests this month and don’t forget to check LoveBrownSugar on Etsy if you’re into vintage finds!

Get Like Me: Market Editor Amanda Miller

Aspiring to break into the fashion industry or simply intrigued by it? Well LoveBrownSugar has something for ya! Our “Get Like Me” series highlights exclusive interviews with industry insiders from celebrity stylists to new fashion designers, fashion PR heads & more! This week – Junior Market Editor at luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue – Amanda Miller.

Ever wonder where those sparkly Louboutins in the window on 5th Avenue come from? Amanda Miller might have had something to do with it. As a Junior Market Editor in the Fashion offices at Saks Incorporated, Amanda influences the decisions behind those trendy items that go into the stores on a seasonal basis. Sound interesting? That’s only the beginning…

The Fab 5
Name: Amanda Miller
Location: Junior Fashion Market Editor, Saks Fifth Avenue
Personal Style in 3 Words: Bold, Forward, Body-Conscious
Favorite Designer(s): Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, DVF, Altuzarra
Must-Have Accessory: Hoop Earrings
All About Amanda

How did you get started in the industry?
I have worked retail all my life, from store line to corporate. My first job was a sales associate at NINE WEST!!
Did you always know you wanted to work in fashion/retail?
Always, this is what I was born to do.
Describe a day in the fashion office at Saks 5th Ave:
Busy, busy, busy. Traveling to market with the Buyers to select appropriate trend-worthy merchandise for the stores and catalogues, working on advertising for the New York Times and upcoming Saks books, searching the internet and competitive shopping for new and noteworthy designers…
Best part of your job?
Seeing up and coming new designers is very inspiring and that each day I get to come back and do it all over again.
Worst wardrobe malfunction at work?
My belt broke in a meeting with upper management!

Most rewarding experience of your career thus far?

Working on a Fashion Show in conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship. I had the opportunity to serve as a representative of Saks on the production committee of the scholarship fund’s annual fashion show. As a former recipient of their scholarship, it was a great opportunity to give back to an organization that helped me along the way.

3 Pieces of advice for aspiring fashionistas?
1. Always have your goal in mind. 
2. Never get discouraged.
3. The fashion industry is a small community so persistence is key!
What’s in your purse?
Too much!  I am currently carrying a Treesje bag and I have everything but the kitchen sink in it! MAC Cosmetics – foundation, bronzer, Gleam eyeshadow, clear lip glass – a lock for the gym, Deepak Chopra’s “Ultimate Happiness Prescription”, Tom Ford sunglasses, keys, Gucci wallet, Canon ELPH camera, water and almonds.