April 2011 archive

Fierce or Foolish: Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress

So I couldn’t resist! If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I had been buzzing about how I didn’t care much about the royal wedding. But low & behold Kate Middleton’s dress was way too buzz-worthy for me to resist posting for you all. By now, you’ve probably seen the dress but, per usual, I want to get your take on it. 

Kate Middleton donned an Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton gown. You can’t get anymore classic and British than that right? I absolutely loved the delicate v-neck lace and the strapless detailing just subtly peeking out from underneath. 
This is actually the perfect dress for a royal bride. In my opinion, it mixes posh classic chic with slight sultry appeal.

What did you all think? Fierce or foolish?

Fit Room Flicks: H&M Spring 2011

So I took my usual weekly trip to H&M to see what was in store. April is probably my favorite month for in-store shopping (I lied, September is). It’s when all the amazing Spring/Summer pieces for the year are in and ready to find their respective homes.

I fell in love with this printed maxi dress. Simple palette, great shape & less than $20!

Stripes are in so I decided to give it a try. I’ve always had this fear of the dreaded horizontal stripes. You know, the ones that make you 20 pounds heavier? Surprisingly the stripes on this maxi aren’t super unflattering. I’d probably need a nice cognac belt to nip it in at the waist though.

 I spotted this pretty pastel romper from afar and I had to give it a try. It’s so cute and fun. 
Confession: When I don’t have heels, I always stand on my tippy toes in the fitting room. (*shrug* It makes you look lean!)
You know when you fall in love with something on the rack, then you try it on and you let out a long sigh…yeah. that’s what happened. Loved this playsuit but not on me.

A knit poncho always comes in handy. This little darling was on sale for only $10. Couldn’t resist picking it up.
i’m normally not a huge fan of tiered ruffle looks, just because I always feel like the ruffles make me look rounder. Loved the salmon color, but I ended up leaving this one behind.

Nothing says summer quite like bright yellow. I found this super fun mini dress with polka dots. I layered it under a leather jacket to toughen it up. Which looks were your fave? Soundoff below!

LoveBrownSugar Chic: Black Butterfly

Who says curvy girls can’t wear cropped tops? Slide a hig-waisted maxi skirt underneath and achieve the same look sans the apprehension.

Found this butterfly top at H&M a few months ago and I have been dying to wear it ever since.
Funky nails to accompany my funky ‘fit. I’ve fallen in love with these Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail appliques. They’re the bees knees, seriously. Look out for my “How-To” post on that coming soon!

Finally got a chance to break out my Julian Louie for Aldo wedges! See my post [HERE] about the launch party. These make me melt. They’re the Deanna style. I’m wearing them with everything I can this summer…

Butterfly Top: H&M. Maxi Skirt: Vintage. Wedges: Julian Louie for Aldo. Bag: Vintage Coach. Watch: Michael Kors. Ring: Forever 21. Wooden Bangles: Street Vendor.

Photography by Justified Photos

Jennifer Hudson Reveals Hollywood Discrimination


 So I don’t normally report gossip/news but I thought this recent story via Necole Bitchie was pertinent enough to share with you all. I also thought it was the perfect follow-up to my January post “The Great Debate: Do Skinny Girls Have More Fun” about Amber Riley and Hollywood’s standards for body image. It appears we as outsiders aren’t the only ones who notice that discrimination happens against plus-sized divas in the industry. Jennifer Hudson told Grazia Magazine:

“Last week I saw some footage of myself as I was five years ago and I was surprised. It was like I recognized myself but I didn’t. It seemed another world away. But in this slim world I do now realize I was being discriminated against. I’m offered more parts. There is much more excitement about me now.”

She also spoke to AOL stating:
People Magazine, April 2011
“…everything is worlds-apart different and it’s like being introduced to a whole new world in every single way you can imagine. What I mean is from being on the other side as a plus-size girl versus now you would never know what you’re being discriminated against until you cross to the other side. So now being on this side — people are different. There’s a whole lot more opportunities, people are more friendly.”

What do you guys think about J.Hud’s commentary? Furthermore, should she be proud that the media is treating her differently or disappointed? (Read the full article at Necole Bitchie)
 Personally, I would feel some kinda way if I knew the people around me were treating me better because of my shape and not my talents. What’s your take?

SHOP LoveBrownSugar: Retro Printed Blouses

 SHOP LoveBrownSugar has been restocked! This week’s specialty boutique features ladylike printed blouses in unique prints with a mix of florals, chainlink and 70’s style. Check it out:

I was inspired by spring, ladylike elegance, and the super fly funk of the 70’s when I picked out the following pieces. Each piece is available NOW at SHOP LoveBrownSugar.

Lady Sings The Blues. This baby blue mixed floral print blouse features subtle ruffle front detailing. Perfect for day or night, it looks great with 70’s style fishtail jeans or skirts. It is the epitome of girly glam. SHOP the look.
70’s Style Chainlink. This 70’s style chainlink blouse reminscent of Chanel comes in a rich navy color and features a silk necktie. Gonna have a hard time letting this one go. Super cute tucked into a pencil skirt. SHOP the look.

Pretty in Pink. The perfect lightweight spring cardigan. Features pink and purple floral pattern. Goes well with jeans and cutoff shorts. SHOP the look.

Blue Printed Ladylike Blouse. This silk blouse features a super chic detachable necktie. Puff sleeves and exaggerated shoulders make it a unique transitional statement piece. SHOP the look.

Yellow Rhapsody Printed Top. This mustard-colored 70’s style printed top can be worn as a blouse or a jacket. Love the jewel tones on this one. SHOP the look.
View the entire boutique at SHOP LoveBrownSugar. The “Retro Printed Blouse” shop will be open until May 3rd at 12AM EST. Happy shopping!

Carol’s Daughter Premieres Monoi Collection

Last night at the Carol’s Daughter flagship store in Harlem, I had the opportunity to join Lisa Price and a small group of editors and bloggers to celebrate the upcoming release of their Monoi Collection.

The Monoi Collection is a Tahitian-inspired line of hair products that will premiere nationally on May 1st. Made from floral-infused virgin coconut oil, the products have been clinically proven to reduce hair breakage by 92%. Isn’t that crazy? Of course upon hearing this, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

Lisa Price discusses the history of Monoi Oil
Lisa Price, founder and owner of Carol’s Daughter explained “The idea came to me years ago when I was researching raw materials and I read about this very rare Tahitian oil – coconut oil infused with tiare flowers. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find it.”

After years of searching for this rare oil, she finally got her hands on it and has created a new line of products with Monoi oil as the main ingredient. “It took 5 or 6 years until I got my hands on real minoi,” says Lisa about her proud she is to unveil the new collection. I myself can’t wait to give these products a try. She passed around samples of the Monoi butter and it smells absolutely divine. 

While there, I bumped into some old friends and made a few new ones. I met Sherrell from Organic Beauty Vixen, I hung out with my office buddy Deena Campbell (Associate Editor at UPTOWN), bumped into one of my favorite tweeters Sarah of StyleIT and I finally got a chance to meet Patrice of Afrobella!
Overall, I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to start using the Monoi products. Starting next Monday and for 3 weeks after that I’ll be reporting on my experiences with the products for a new series called “Monoi Mondays”. A few other bloggers will be participating as well. Stay tuned for updates and future giveaways!

Keep up with Carol’s Daughter on Twitter & Facebook for more updates.

Kickin’ It: Jill Scott Listening Session

Last Thursday I had the opportunity to hear one of my favorite artists Jill Scott live in NYC during her first East Coast listening session for new album “Light of The Sun”. Let’s just say, I can’t wait for this album release. The songs are sassy, fearless and honest. Love seeing growth in an artist I hold dear to my heart.

I loved every tune Jill belted with pride, and those curvy backup singers she had on stage were giving me life! All in all, it was an amazing show. 
Jill showed up dressed in black lace and gold accessories, with a chic short cut to match. Disclaimer: Apparently Jill and I are twins separated at birth. “Hey, anyone ever tell you that you resemble Jill Scott?” The answer is yes. Not mad at it either, she’s gorge. See for yourself.

Flavor of Friday: Spring Cleaning

Photo Credit

Happy Earth Day everyone! It also happens to be Good Friday, for those of you who celebrate. No matter the religion or denomination, we can all use a good spring cleaning. The weather here in NY is just starting to warm up. I’m stoked. Here are a few posts I found interesting on this fine day:

Curvy Girl Style

Curvy girls looking for spring dresses, these posts should do the trick. Lots of cute options in affordable prices:
[Coco & Creme] & [Glamazons]

Short Stack

Never quite know how to rock the perfect summer short look? Refinery 29 has you covered.

Sunday’s Best

Something about this uber cute Sunday look Lowefactor put together, has me swooning for an Easter hat. [Lowefactor]

Green With Envy?

grechenblogs wrote a really intriguing post yesterday about why she’s decided not to engage in reading fashion blogs until further notice. Do you agree? Check out her argument. [Grechen Blogs]

Happy blog-surfing!

P.S. I HAD to post this. It is the most adorable thing ever. Currently plotting on a way to get my boyfriend to record one of these. I guarantee it would be classic.