May 2011 archive

MAC Cosmetics Taps Bloggers for Collection

Word on the street is, a few of my fave bloggers have been tapped by MAC Cosmetics to launch their own capsule beauty collection. Apparently MAC dwindled 80 blogger submissions (of color concepts for both a lipglass and an eyeshadow) down to10 finalists and these ladies were flown to Toronto to tour the MAC facilities and create their own products. How exciting!

Some of the featured bloggers include my faves like Patrice Yursik of Afrobella.com (who I met a few weeks ago at this Carol’s Daughter event), Lianne Farbes of TheMakeupGirl.net (who hosts this Cocktail & Couture event), and the uber cute Wendy Lam of Nitrolicious (who I met at this Julian Louie for Aldo event).

Congrats to all 10 lucky bloggers. The collection will be available in North America June 21, 2011 at MACCosmetics.com only. Below is the complete list of winners.

Eye Shadows:

Beauty Blogging Junkie, Amber Katz
Sparkle Neely, Sparkle – A deep rusty brown with champagne-colored sparkle

Temptalia, Christine Mielke
Jealousy Wakes – Seething emerald green with teal and gold pearl

Lipstick Powder N Paint, Lesley Ellen Mirza
Parisian Skies– A muted grey-blue

The Makeup Girl, Lianne Farbes
Hocus Pocus – Dark sooty grey with silver pearl


Makeup and Beauty Blog, Karen Monterichard
Evolution Revolution – A warm peachy pink with subtle purple, green and blue micro glitter

Afrobella, Patrice Yursik
All Of My Purple Life – Deep purple/grape with subtle sparkle

Beauty Maverick, Lily Nima
Caqui – Persimmon orange

The Shades of You, Aileen De Los Angeles
Sonoran Rain – Deep coral-red with gold and silver pearl

Nitrolicious, Wendy Lam
Nitro:licious 2046 -Intense shiny red

Check out Afrobella’s post on her visit to the Toronto headquarters for more info!

Kickin’ It: Dance Africa Festival 2011

Dance Africa 2011Hey loves! Hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend! So if you follow me on Twitter, you probably heard me yapping about my Memorial Day plans this weekend. Yesterday, I spent the good part of my Memorial Day in Brooklyn (my home away from home on summer weekends) at the Dance Africa festival & bazaar.
Dance Africa Jewelry Seller
I’ve been attending the festival for a few years now and it is absolutely the highlight of my Memorial Day Weekend. It’s a themed festival and bazaar that’s hosted by the Brooklyn Academy of Music each year, in celebration of African culture & heritage. They run African dance shows throughout the weekend, movie screenings, you name it! And for three days, vendors from all over the city come to sell these AMAZING goods i.e food, jewelry, handbags, kente cloth, hair products, you name it!

Here’s a peek at my amazing time at the festival:

One of my favorite things about the outdoor bazaar are the amazing jewels for sale.
Also the adorable ethnic ankara creations. These dresses by Pauline Asmah were beautiful.
This fruit punch with chunks of fresh fruit gave me LIFE yesterday. Might have been the highlight of my day drinking this. Yum! (By the way, my leopard nails are courtesy Sally Hansen Salon Effects, post on that coming soon)
Also for sale are various beauty products. I was drawn into this booth with all-natural hair and body products, called Jahbulani – they’re based in Brooklyn. Check them out at Jahbulaniproducts.com.
And of course, the street style was on POINT! Love seeing natural divas at the Dance Africa festival flaunt their tresses and their amazing sense of style. Check out my street chic pics:


I spotted Janine from down the block and had to track her down to snap a pic of her look. Love how she mixed this painted vintage top with tailored cropped pants and flats. Chic!


Jewelry designer Adia kept it afrocentric with this printed strapless romper that I loved! Cowry shell leather sandals and gold earring round off her look. Check out her jewels at http://www.MercurySun.etsy.comtie-dye-palazzo-pantsThis fly diva Ayana is a singer, part of a group called Aries. Her hair was everything to me – so fun! And those tie dyed pants and retro shades were to die for.

nima-fordColor is the key to looking vibrant. Stylist Ni’Ma Ford capitalized on the bright sunny day in an electric shade of green.


This group of friends caught my eye with their cute ensembles and amazing accessories. Never underestimate the power of a great handbag!

tafari-powisThe belt! The pants! The tie! I was living and dying for Tafari’s amazing getup. Aren’t you?


And here’s what I rocked for the occasion! Had such a blast at the festival.

Top: Soho Boutique find (don’t know the brand!), Skirt: Vintage, Sandals: H&M, Bag, Shades, Chain: Vintage,  Watch: Michael Kors.
Sidenote: Cece’s curls are back! My hair has grown so much since I chopped it off in November so I plan to wear it out more often. I even managed to pull it all up into a top knot – woohoo! More hair posts to come this summer, I promise!
How did you spend your Memorial Day weekend? I wanna know!

LoveBrownSugar Feature: Essence.com

Essence.com tapped me last week to help choose their “Top Ten: The Week’s Best Dressed” list. Each week, they ask a style blogger to choose the top ten celebs who rocked red carpets around the globe – at awards shows, personal appearances, etc for that particular week. This week’s picks come courtesy yours truly! Click here for Top Ten: The Week’s Best Dressed With LoveBrownSugar

Here’s a snippet of my roundup:

Rihanna’s dreamy Max Azria white pantsuit, Michelle Obama’s beautiful black Ralph Lauren gown, Zoe Kravitz’ sleek Alexander Wang dress? Which one will take home the best dressed of the week? Let Christina Brown, founder of LoveBrownSugar tell you!

The gorgeous fashion blogger weighs in with her picks this week. See which celeb looks she loved and read exactly why…

Who: Melanie Fiona

Where: Shine On Sierra Leone Fundraiser in Venice, CA

Why: “Hitting a few of-the-moment trends with her neutral pieces, her mesh top and tapered pants, Melanie Fiona is giving me trendy bombshell. She kept it sophisticated yet fun. And let’s not forget about that amazing top knot. Work!”

Check out the rest at ESSENCE.com!

Carol’s Daughter Launch: Solange, Cassie & Selita Ebanks at Sephora

Last night at the Sephora flagship store on 34th Street in NYC, Carol’s Daughter officially premiered their brand new Monoi Collection with the help of spokesbeauties Solange Knowles, Cassie, and Selita Ebanks. Longtime spokesceleb Mary J. Blige made an appearance as well. See below for pics from the event.

As you know I’ve had the pleasure of trying out the Monoi Collection – mentioned in my Monoi Mondays post – and I absolutely love them! I’ll be doing some follow-up posts next week about the amazing shampoo, conditioner and hair mask combo. Last night’s event was in celebration of the new line, which is founder Lisa Price’s pride & joy. She shared her passion for the Monoi collection with guests at the press preview.

Solange, Lisa Price (founder), Cassie, Selita Ebanks
The new spokesbeauties for the brand stepped out looking gorge, per usual. 
 I absolutely loved Solange’s outfit. It was chic, colorful and oh-so-LoveBrownSugar. I love a colorful crisp pant suit and Solo pulled off this look flawlessly.
 Sidebar: I’m in LOVE with Solange’s afro. Whether it’s all hers or faux, she’s rocking it!

Cassie showed up in a cutout knit frock with her signature mohawk and flawless face.
 Love the detailing round back. If you got it, flaunt it right?
And Selita Ebanks (far right) showed up in a funky cocktail dress and a brand new ruby red bob. This look may take a minute to grow on me, but she definitely wears it with confidence.

Longtime spokeslady Mary J. Blige was decked in a python printed top (probably Gucci, it’s her fave), white skinnies, stilettos and a high ponytail to match. Mary J’s hair is always on point, never fails.
 And of course the founder and CEO of Carol’s Daughter, Lisa Price, was on hand for the event. Love this woman – she’s one of my inspirations!

Lisa Price, Founder of Carol’s Daughter
Special thanks to Nike from MyModestMouth (pictured below) for covering the chic event for LoveBrownSugar in my absence! 
As you all know, I love me some Carol’s Daughter but I’m on vacay so I couldn’t be in the building. My girl Nike held it down so props to her!

UPDATE: Check out this video of Mary J. Blige welcoming Cassie, Solange and Selita Ebanks to the Carol’s Daughter advisory council:

 Enough glamour for you in one building? Soundoff below!

Check out more photos from the event on LoveBrownSugat’s Facebook page.

LoveBrownSugar Feature: Coco + Creme

If you guys haven’t already bookmarked Coco + Creme website, hop to it! Love their site, and they keep me up to date on fashion & beauty trends. I’m honored and humbled to have been featured by them today in their Real Life Muse column. Check out a snippet of my Q&A with the editors:

C+C: You inspire a lot of people with your blog but who are your inspirations? Who do you look to as a style icon?

Christina: I have so many! Tracee Ellis Ross is my biggest one. Diana Ross too; I love that old school glam. I’m an old school head; I love the older black stars. I love a Bille Holiday flower behind the ear. I really like the fashion of the ’30s and ’40s too. Currently, I love the Olsen twins and their hobo chic look as well as June Ambrose and of course, Sarah Jessica Parker!

C+C: How would you describe your personal style in 5 words?

Christina: Ugh! This is so hard, but I would say: vintage, bohemian, romantic and downtown chic.

C+C: It’s interesting that you chose those words, how does your personal style reflect your personality?

Christina: I’m really creative and my style reflects that. But I also have a strong business background. I’m very calculating and strategic so that’s a part of my style too. I like to mix business with pleasure. It’s all about balance.

Check out the full article at Coco + Creme! Thanks for your support!

LoveBrownSugar Chic: One Scarf – Two Ways

Hey loves! I’m on vacation in Florida this week, just an FYI if the posts slow down or if i don’t answer your lovely emails right away. Thought I’d share about my newfound love – this patterned scarf I found for $12.95 at H&M. Chic, cheap & versatile. Here’s how I wear mine, two ways:

Look 1: Wrap Top

For the first look, I folded the scarf into a rectangle, wrapped the ends around and tied it in a knot. fairly simple way to to wear an oversized scarf with a funky pattern.
I paired my new top with a black maxi skirt and gladiator flats.
Skirt: Vintage, Sandals: H&M (S/S 2010), Chain: Vintage, Watch: Michael Kors, Shades: Vintage (Buffalo Exchange)
Photography by Brandon Haynes
Look 2: Turban
 If you’d rather put the emphasis on on your face, try wrapping a printed scarf into a turban. I did mine June Ambrose style, by bringing the fabric to the front of my head and wrapping it in a knot.
I used MUD (Makeup Designory) eyeshadow in Moss, IMAN Cosmetics blush and Carol’s Daughter Candy Paint lipgloss in Natural Sexy Shine.
And there it is! Tell me what you think!

Flavor of Friday: Curly Girls Collective Event

 Hey loves! If you’re in the NYC area this weekend, you should definitely head out to the Curly Girl Collective event this Sunday, May 22nd. A few of my good friends are part of the collective and they have some amazing things in store for the event. Curlies and non-curlies alike are welcome, so email RSVP@curlygirlcollective.com, grab your girlfriends and head over to the Brian Farrell’s Art Studio at Chelsea Modern for cocktails, manicures, giveaways, hair talk & more.
Sadly, I’ll be out of town but I’m sure this event will be one for the books. Anyone plan on attending? If so, tell them LoveBrownSugar sent you!
You can follow Curly Girl Collective on Twitter & Facebook for updates!

LoveBrownSugar Chic: Backyardigan

There’s something about a floral romper that makes me giddy. You may have seen me sporting one here and in one of my very first street style posts ever – here.

Floral rompers really give me life. There’s a childlike quality to them, but they’re still chic. You can’t help but have fun wearing one of these. And that’s exactly what I did…

Obvi, I didn’t follow any of “Tyra’s Rules” of modeling. My face took on all different forms when I was in the air. I keep imagining what my judging would’ve been like had these been my proofs for “America’s Next Top Model”. Tyra Banks hovering over me and yelling, “Remember your face! You’re always a model!” Well, clearly I’m not a model. *shrugs*

Have fun with fashion! That’s what it’s for, right?

Romper: Vintage, Wedges: Forever 21, Bag: Vintage Coach, Chain: Vintage, Watch: Michael Kors, Ring: H&M

Photography by Justified Photos

I’m Nominated! Black Weblog Awards 2011

As you can see from the picture above, I’m ecstatic guys! Super HUGE thanks to all of you lovely folks who follow me on Twitter and Facebook and NOMINATED me for Best Plus Sized Fashion Blog on the Black Weblog Awards!
I’m truly honored and humbled by all your efforts. Now that I’ve been nominated, I need you lovely folks and LBS readers to go VOTE for LoveBrownSugar! I’ve been trying, for a few years now, to get myself nominated for a Black Weblog Award and now I’m overwhelmed by the reality that I might actually come close to WINNING! So I definitely need your help now more than ever.
 The process is pretty straightforward, you just head to the voting page (HERE), type in your email address and submit your vote for LoveBrownSugar.com on the 5th page of the ballot. (Note: There are some pretty awesome bloggers nominated in other categories so feel free to scroll through for new blogs to check out). You’ll find LoveBrownSugar under the Best Plus Sized Fashion Blog category.
Pic from “Black Butterfly” post
 Although I don’t consider myself strictly a “plus-sized” fashion blogger, I absolutely love celebrating the curves I’ve been blessed with, and I hope you do too. Thanks in advance and I love you all for your support!

(Page 5 of the Ballot!)

Kickin’ It: Layla Joy Press Luncheon

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a press luncheon for new shoe line Layla Joy. A line of shoes focused on providing style mixed with timeless appeal and affordability, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check it out. Chic + Affordable = My Life Philosophy so I was in there like swimwear.

The designer behind the brand, Layla-joy Williams is one of very few African-American shoe designers in the industry. She’s worked with huge names and has really made her mark, and now she’s branching off to produce a brand all her own. Below she describes the concept behind her brainchild: 

“The Layla-joy brand was born out of a dilemma we all seemed to face: How to find well-priced transitional pieces that could move from season to season and from day to night and are comfortable wherever we are…”..

Instantly I fell in love with the above Charlotte ($120) espadrilles. I had been meaning to get my hands on a pair of these It-shoes for the summer, so when I laid my eyes on them, it was love at first sight! I absolutely love the suede, the caged detailing and the fact that they tie up the leg!

Obvi, I fell in love. Layla Joy was nice enough to gift each guest a pair and I ended up requesting these in my size.

I’m a platform-junkie so I was drawn to these amazing open toe Jade($120) platforms Layla Joy has. They’re super comfy and they go with pretty much every day to night ensemble.

These Kira ($120) espadrilles came in as a close second to the ones I chose. So comfy and versatile.I love the leather detailing and the open heel on these. My buddy Danielle from The Style and Beauty Doctor went home with a pair of these.

Here’s me and Danielle at Oficina Latina for the event. Had a blast hanging with her.

And can I say the latin fare at Oficina Latina NYC was AMAZE? If you’re ever in Nolita for a day trip, please check them out. The Arroz con Camarones (left) and the Tostones (right) gave me foodgasms. Yum!

All in all, I had an amazing time. I must send a special thanks to Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes blog for alerting me to this amazing new line.You should definitely check out Layla Joy shoes. She’s offering trendy, versatile designs in comfortable silhouettes and pretty great prices. Can’t beat that!

Shop LaylaJoy HERE