November 2010 archive

LoveBrownSugar & Chrisette Michele at Carol’s Daughter

Chrisette Michele and Lisa Price, owner of Carol’s Daughter

So as I mentioned yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending part of my evening with the lovely and super-talented R&B songstress Chrisette Michele. Last night at Carol’s Daughter, I sat down with Chrisette to talk about her experiences as an artist who is curvy and natural, her fave beauty products, and a few other burning questions you guys sent me via Twitter. Watch what Chrisette had to say below…

Isn’t she so inspiring? Are you ladies and gents picking up her album today? Soundoff below!

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Fierce or Foolish: Chrisette Michele at Soul Train Awards

Exciting news ladies and gents! Tonight I’ll be hanging out with songstress and newly natural diva Chrisette Michele. She will be signing albums at the Carol’s Daughter Store in Harlem from 6-8p and I’ll also be attending a private listening session for her new album later in the evening. Aside from adoring her music, I’m in love with her style. Here the lovely lady graces the purple carpet at Soul Train Awards wearing a chic off the shoulder black frock and an uber glam sparkle turban. As you guys know from my Ten Before 2010 post, turbans are on my list of trends to incorporate into the wardrobe before the year is out. I was so inspired by InnyVinny I wore one today! (See Twitpic here) Anyway back to Chrisette…

What do you guys think of Chrisette Michele’s look? Also, what questions do you lovelies want me to ask her tonight? I’d love to get some of your burning questions answered. Either Tweet Me or respond in the comments section below!

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Ten Before 2010

So normally around mid December, the blogosphere is chock full of editorial posts about Top (Insert # Here) Countdowns of the Year and Top (Insert # Here) Resolutions of the year and all that jazz. Well, this year I decided to be a step ahead of the game and announce my resolutions before the New Year. Well, they’re not quite my resolutions because I’m resolving not to have resolutions this year. More on that in another post.

From Tough Love, October 2010

Rather, they’re my style resolutions. But not for 2011. Just for…life. Going forward I resolve to take more fashion risks and take full advantage of my closet. Here are Ten Looks I’d like to try Before 2010 is over and gone. Can’t say I will but, a girl can dream…

1. Sheer Chic á la ProFreshStyle

I have about 2 sheer boyfriend-length tops in my closet that I have yet to accessorize up. If only I could be as bold as Christina and rock it Dorothy Dandridge style complete with wide-brimmed hat…

2. Camo Cool á la AllthePrettyBirds

Circle skirts are all the rage this season. Once I get my hands on one, I’d love to tough it up military-style the way this lovely lady did.

3. Maxi Fresh á la SongofStyle

Ah, the quintessential maxi skirt of the season. I have yet to venture into this realm of my closet. My maxi skirt awaits. I think I’ll fare well with a leather and a great printed top like this one.

4. Cropped Khakis á la TheHautePursuit

I’ve never really been a huge fan of Khakis. They remind me of manual labor and/or late 90’s Gap commercials. But grabbing a pair in an updated silhouette like this one could work. It always boils down to the silhouette. 

5. Shearling Sweetie á la ParisMostWanted

Making a white lace frock look winter-appropriate is an ever daunting task. She manages to do it with the proper layering techniques. Doesn’t she look warm, fuzzy and fierce, even with no pants? Loves it.
 6. Accessories Addict á la SeaOfShoes

I resolve to live by the mantra “There is no such thing as too many accessories”. Layer on jewel after jewel. I mean I haven’t played dress up in my own jewelry box in a while. Now is the time.
7. Plaid Playshorts á la CultureCynic

I’ve been seeing it for a few seasons now. You know, shorts for winter? Call me old fashioned but I haven’t wrapped my head around how a curvy girl with thunder thighs like mine can pull this look off. Nevertheless, plaid makes an even bolder statement, especially when appropriately accessorized with complimentary pieces like the ones seen here.

8. Oversized Everything á la ChicMuse

This is another concept I have yet to master given my curves. ChicMuse truly gives meaning to the word chic by pairing this slouchy look with pinned up hair and super high platforms.
9. All-Season Shoes á la ClothesAreCute

I’m loving the way she re-worked the same Jeffrey Campbell Clinics I’m wearing in the first picture above and made them winter-appropriate in a trendy way with knee-highs. Something I need to try.
10. Tee Time á la InnyVinny

I have a love/hate relationship with graphic tees. As in, love ’em on other people/hate ’em on myself. But this look gives me something to try. Love a turban, love a good tee. Add a drop of fly with the bold lip and shades, and you’ve got the perfect recipe.
That’s it for my style resolutions! What are yours?

Giveaway: ShopSwagg NYC

Every true fashionista has it. And if they don’t have it, they need it. Shop Swagg. You know, shopping savvy that has accumulated over years and years of shopping highs and lows, perpetual bliss, buyer’s remorse and everything in between? Well in honor of the biggest shopping day of the year, I’d like to bestow a few of my Shop Swagg tips AND offer one lucky lovely in the NYC area a chance to experience an amazing and exclusive shopping event on December 1st. Black Friday can be overwhelming. Here are my Top Three Shop Swagg tips to get the best out of this inaugural kickoff to holiday shopping…

1. Be prepared: Come in with a plan of attack. No need to wait on long lines starting at 4am and then rish the front door of the store with absolutely no clue what you want/need. Someone will step on your toes and buy all the ointment you need to rub on them (if, of course, it’s on sale). So plan ahead! Do your research about what deals there are and plan to hit up those stores based on what you really need…

2. Stick to your budget: Take a second and glance above at my last sentence. It ends in “based on what you really need”. While everything in the Black Friday circular might seem like something that’s too good to pass up. You will have to. Unless your name ends in Hilton, chances are you can’t afford everything in the circular. So shop smart and create a budget for yourself. Your wallet will thank you the next morning.

3. If it don’t fit, you must acquit (well…just quit). I think this rule is pretty much standard all year round. I know you think those “perfect” pants don’t fit because of all that turkey and stuffing you ate at Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. However, if they don’t fit right today, there’s a good chance they just won’t fit you. The holiday season is a dangerous time to shop for ‘true to size’ options. I end up gaining so many pounds between Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas parties and baked gifts from Granny, that I don’t plop back to my true size until somewhere around January. And by that time, your “perfect” pants will probably be on clearance!

Ok on to the fun stuff. You’re invited to ShopSwagg; an intimate fashion & beauty shopping event at one of New York City’s most trendiest and upscale spots…


One lucky reader will win a ticket to the above event completely gratis compliments of ShopSwaggNYC:
1)You must be following me on BLOGLOVIN’ OR Google Reader (both links are on the right hand navigation)
2) You must be able to claim your ticket in NYC on the night of the event.
3) Leave a comment below! 
P.S. Special thanks to those of you who commented on the Lottery Ticket giveaway. Unfortunately it was canceled, so to make up for it, those who commented before November 24th at 12am will be eligible for two entries in the next DVD giveaway taking place on December 1st! (Hint: It involves Gossip Girl)

Fierce or Foolish: Nicki Minaj Launches "Pink4Friday"

This morning in Times Square, Nicki Minaj announced the launch of her new limited edition lipstick for MAC Cosmetics, “Pink 4 Friday”. She showed up donning a Martin Grant leather strapless piece and python heels…

While I happen to think this dress is killer, I’m not a huge fan of the accesories pairing or….the hair. Yikes! I would’ve toned it down with a great pair of black laceup stilettos and a statement necklace, minus the rainbow-colored weave. But hey, that’s Nicki right?

What do you think – Fierce or Foolish? 
Sidenote: Should I be embarrassed that I actually wanna try Pink4Friday when it comes out this week?? *Hangs head in shame* 

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Facebook Giveaway: Lottery Ticket on DVD

Hey loves! I must post a disclaimer – this is not fashion-related. BUT, it’s free stuff so who cares?

In honor of Thanksgiving and good quality family entertainment, the folks over at Reaction Marketing have given me 5 DVDs to giveaway by the end of November. In case you missed the chance to see Lottery Ticket in theatres (I did too, you’re not alone), I have a few copies to giveaway to my faithful readers. I’ve heard the movie is hilarious and DVDs make great holiday gifts! Just an FYI, this is a Facebook-only giveaway. You must ‘Like’ LoveBrownSugar on Facebook to be eligible to win. Oh, and leave a comment below!

Good luck! Winners will be notified on Thanksgiving day!

Through The Grapevine

The boyfriend and I took a trip to Long Island’s wine country a few weekends ago and had an amazing time. We did a few wine tastings, ran through grape vines and rode horses. Can’t beat that. Though I can’t stand the cold weather, fall can be a really great time for outdoors activity. Challenge yourself to get out this fall/winter instead of scowling at Daylight’s Savings and crawling up into bed at 6pm. It’s a beautiful time of the year…
Jacket: Vintage, Leggings: H&M, Riding Boots: Nine West, Bag: Vintage

If you live in the NYC area and you’re into wine tastings and fun day trips, take a peek at my article for UPTOWN Magazine. It’s my first major travel article. Enjoy!

Fierce or Foolish: Solange at Cecconi’s Restaurant in L.A

So you may have noticed I have an undeniable obsession with Solange lately. My last Fierce or Foolish highlighted the songstress rocking a leopard & leather look. Well, there’s a reason for the obsession. We’re hair twins! I announced on Twitter a few days ago that I’ve officially chopped off my long locks and I’m now rocking a short curly head of hair a la Solange. No worries, pics coming soon!


In the meantime, can I say how much I adore this mustard silk dress and her perfectly contrasted accessories?? Loving the velvet shoes and her statement necklace. And the fuchsia lip is perfect! What do you guys think of the look? Fierce or Foolish?

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Confessions of a Shopaholic: NY Sample Sales

 For those of you shopaholics like myself in the NYC area gearing up for the hectic holidays, I thought I’d tip you guys off on hot sample sales in the streets these next few weeks. You didn’t hear it from me (wink wink) but here are some hotspots around the city to score discounted designer duds this month. Have fun! Stay tuned for a comprehensive “Holiday Gift Guide” coming very soon. Oooh this year is chock full of goodies…

Happy Shopping!

Flashback: Fashion Week Street Chic

The lovely Hannan Saleh, photographer for Essence.com, shot this picture of me outside of the tents during fashion week in NY this past September. It’s late, but…a girl can reminisce right? Good times. Thanks Hannan for emailing me this pic. Already feeling the itch to relive fashion week all over again…
Blazer: Thrifted. Sheer Top: H&M. Skirt: H&M. Wedges: Forever21. Necklace: Forever21. Ring: Street Vendor. Leather Shoulder Bag: Thrifted.

P.S. Apologies for the lack of posts lately! Just started a new position at UPTOWN Magazine and I’ve been swamped trying to get into the groove of things. No worries, tons of cool posts and off the chains giveaways coming for you guys this month!