|You guys remember this? The ORIGINAL header for LoveBrownSugar|
|You guys remember this? The ORIGINAL header for LoveBrownSugar|
|Dorothy, Brooklyn, NY|
|Tracey & friend, Brooklyn, NY|
|Jovel Roystan, Brooklyn, NY|
|Millana Snow, Brooklyn, NY|
|Jessica & Aisha, Brooklyn, NY|
|Estelle & Melinda, Brooklyn, NY|
|Me & Danielle of TheStyleandBeautyDoctor|
|Ran into Shaunequa of Temple Of Glam!|
|And Jessica of Glamazons Blog who recently did the Big Chop!|
|Me, Jessica of Glamazons Blog, Lianne Farbes, Manicurist TracyLee|
10. Best – Keke Palmer
9. Worst – Meagan Good
Meagan looks like she’s on the way to her prom. I say if you’re going to do “prom-like” dress, at least add some color. BET Awards is the one awards venue when celebs can get fun & funky. This dress is a yawn, and inappropriate for the occasion.
8. Best – Lala Vazquez
Normally I’m in Keri’s corner, but this look was just a yawn for me. It’s very…basic. And something just seems a bit off to me. I can’t put my finger on it but I wasn’t loving this look.
6. Best – Eve
Eve always manages to dress so well for her toned body. This ensemble proves it. It has her edgy appeal female MC appeal with fashion still at the forefront. And the hair was well executed. Alicia Keys’ camp could take a few lessons. This is how you do a fishtail pony. Keep it neat!
5. Worst – Nicki Minaj
Now we all can expect Nicki Minaj to push the envelope when it comes to red carpet fashion. But this look is well…underwhelming. The pink of this dress is way too dull, and the tights underneath were unnecessary. I was hoping to see something more vibrant from Nicki on the red carpet.
4. Best – Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland was the belle of the ball at last night’s BET Awards. She executed this hot pink Marchesa look flawlessly. The color looks amazing on her complexion and the silhouette fits her to a tee.
3. Worst – Ashanti
Ashanti is another one who went to prom last night. Unlike Meagan Good, she actually had some color in her ensemble. This whole look just makes me sad. Lawd why? Shorten this dress and get rid of that horrible embroidery.
2. Best – Kerry Washington
1. Worst – Teairra Mari
It’s officially summer! I don’t know about you, but this summer I don’t plan on hiding behind a mumu. Curvy girls don’t have to settle for that. At least I never have. You can rock a vintage style high-waist two piece like the one Queen Bey is rocking above. Or, one of my personal favorites, a fitted one-piece with a deep V-neck. It plays up my best features.
|Beachside in Puerto Rico, 2010|
Curvy girls, if you’re looking for inspiration regarding great bathing suits to rock for your body type, you’re in luck! I made my debut on Essence.com on Wednesday featuring a special Curvy Girls Guide to Swimwear report with tons of bathing suit options for plus-sized divas like me. Check it out and tell me what you think!
Recently Coco + Creme posted a thought provoking story about a good friend of mine Gabifresh of Young, Fat & Fabulous (now renamed Gabifresh.com) and some qualms she has with the plus-size community. Subsequently after, another blogger (and one of my fave tweeters) Sarah Conley of @StyleIT posted a response. To make a long story short, both women raised interesting points about the plus-size blogging community and the idea of supporting any and everything within it. I think this topic is one to be explored, not just in the realm of plus-size blogging but in the realm of blogging/journalism and life circumstances period.
Here are my two cents (or three, or four) about the situation:
1. Blogging is personal.
I understand that in this day and age, with the internet overpopulated and websites clamoring daily for readers’ attention, many have taken the opportunity to turn their blogs into businesses. Pageviews and comments become the sole priority for some bloggers after the initial realization that “other blogs are doing it too” and there’s potential freedom from the drone of the 9-5 in blogging. Some sites, which may have started out strictly as personal style blogs, now have online shop components (myself included – i.e. SHOP LoveBrownSugar). But at the end of the day, for most, the blogs were birthed out of personal conviction and ultimately because we LOVED what we were blogging about. What happened to that?
When did it become the standard to blog or write about something because it is the “it” thing or because you’re supposed to belong to a certain “community”?
If mom jeans come back into style next season, guess what? I’m not blogging about them! I don’t like them, they’re unflattering on my body type and personally I think they’re hideous. Will I include them in a LBS Runway Report if Marc Jacobs starts making them? Of course! Will I ask you all if Beyonce is Fierce or Foolish for wearing them, yes! But you won’t find me sporting them on here. Or raving about them. My personal blog philosophy is: If I don’t sport, I don’t support. And that’s that.
2. Branding is a business. A full-time job actually.
Picture this for just a minute. Imagine your favorite fashion magazine of all time decided to switch directions with their content. Instead of serving up amazing, high-end glossy fashion editorial, they decided to simply have a free-for-all and invite every fashion brand with a few advertising dollars to play an integral role in the magazine. Can you imagine how sloppy and watered-down the content would be? If VOGUE decided to let K-Mart take center stage in an editorial shoot – you’d be appalled. Why? Because they have a brand, and a reputation to uphold. As an editor who works day to day at a magazine, I’ve learned that branding is everything. Your reputation can help and/or hurt you in attaining future opportunities. Bloggers (and non-bloggers alike) should be so careful about aligning ourselves with entities that don’t truly represent who we are and what we stand for. At the end of the day, your personal brand is more precious than that free sample or that $50 ad space in your sidebar. Choose wisely.
3. Integrity is everything.
Nobody likes feeling betrayed or deceived. When people put their trust in you (as a blogger, as a confidant, even as a friend!) it’s your responsibility to uphold it like it’s more precious than gold. Everything you see on LoveBrownSugar is a direct reflection of me; my thoughts and my likes/loves explored. Personally, I would rather not discuss a brand if I strongly dislike it. This goes for beauty, fashion and everything in between. That said, why should someone be expected to rave about a product or line just because they fit a certain descript or are lumped into a community? I’m a natural-haired girl and I love my natural hair but sometimes I like wigs! Yep, I said it – I do! So even though I joined the natural hair community last November, it doesn’t mean I’m suddenly going to review every natural hair product and do what that blogging community does. It’s not my sole priority, and it doesn’t have to be.
I think Gabi and Sarah’s points regarding plus-size blogs and companies, address a bigger issue that we should all evaluate. How often do you sell out, or give into the hype of something because people assume you should? Bloggers, are you being honest with your readers? As an adult, are you being honest with yourself about your career path, your love interest or your friendships? What is there to gain by believing the hype instead of your gut?
Taliah’s equally fashionable friend showed up in a printed crop top and accordion maxi skirt. Love this boho chic look.
My fave publicist Sandrine Charles went downtown chic in this rose colored jumpsuit from Urban Outfitters and the American Apparel oversized leather clutch that seems to be the “It” bag of the season.
On-site attendees were treated to champagne by Nicholas Feuillatte, canapes by the Bubble Lounge and hair braids & feathers by Whittemore House.
How cute is Michelle King from Seventeen Magazine in with her hair braiding and feather?
All in all, I had a great time! Had fun with old friends & new ones, sipped on cocktails and had a ball gazing at the eye candy all around (the shoes!). If you’re in the NYC area, be sure to stop by the ASH flagship store on 44 Mercer St. If not, you can find them online and follow them on Twitter @ASHShoes.