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November 2014 archive

25 Black Owned Online Stores For #BlackonBlackFriday

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Given the recent controversy and outrage over the events in Ferguson, there are many people of color who have opted out of supporting bIg businesses on this Black Friday. I have been asked numerous times over the past days what my stance on this issue is. I’m honestly just as angry/sad/surprised/concerned/hurt/(insert extreme emotion here) as everyone else is over the lack of justice for people of color. The Mike Brown incident was just a very small drop in the sea of discrepancies people of color face each and every day. And though I wish there was something tangible we could do on a united front, I don’t honestly believe the issues at hand can be solved in one fell swoop or with one retail boycott.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and mine personally, is that we have SO much more work to do. More than a Black Friday boycott will solve. I also have to think about many of the minority (and non-minority) employees who may find themselves out of a job and unable to provide for their own families if something like a massive retail strike were to occur. With that said, I am now and have ALWAYS been a huge supporter of minority-owned businesses. Rather than focusing our efforts on trying to “hit” anyone where it hurts, I will be supporting some of my favorite black-owned retailers as part of the #BlackonBlackFriday movement. It doesn’t solve our post-racial society’s issues, but it makes me feel good knowing that I’m helping and supporting another entrepreneur of color.

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LBS Chic: Coat Check

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This fall season I’m seriously mad for plaid. I titled this post Coat Check because it seems like so many retailers this season are offering dope coats, jackets and ponchos in these bold check patterns that really make a statement.

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Coat: ASOS | Jeans: Forever 21 (similar here) | Boots: Kelsi Dagger (similar here) | Bag: H&M | Ring c/o Kendra Scott | Watch c/o Fossil | Hat: Street Vendor (similar here)

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I found this one at ASOS.com and I guess it was so popular, it’s already sold out! But never fear, I have ten other chic options for you to choose from to get a similar look:

Savonne posted about the importance of a great coat in this Best Coats for Winter post already, so I don’t have to reemphasize that an awesome winter coat is KEY.

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It’s often the only thing people see you in whether you’re cruising the subway or walking the city streets. And it’s the first thing people see when you walk through the door! You should have different ones for different occasions but if you can only have one – get one that you LOVE.

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Related: Best Coats for Winter

What I really liked about this Throw On Coat from ASOS is it’s ease. It was perfect for in-between fall/winter weather because you literally just throw it on – no buttons and no zips. I’ve been layering it with my infinity scarf and long-sleeved turtlenecks underneath.

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It also works really well dressed up for evening events with a dress and heels or dressed down with acid-wash jeans like this particular look.

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Get The Look:

– Photos by Lydia Hudgens

Top 20 Black Friday Shopping Guide + Tips

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We’re so excited for every shopaholic’s favorite day of the holiday season: Black Friday! Retailers offer so many great deals on items that you will not get any other time this holiday season. It’s a great day to revamp your wardrobe, get that great winter coat you’ve been eyeing, or get holiday shopping done. Whether you’re a seasoned vet, or even if you’ve never participated in Black Friday sales, this Black Friday Shopping Guide will help you make the best out of your shopping this Friday. Keep reading for some of the best sales being offered by our favorite retailers and tips for a successful shopping trip.

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LBS Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Great Gifts on HSN.com

hsn-gift-guideIf you’re like me, the holidays can be full of excitement but also full of anxiety. You want to get just the perfect gift, but with all the options on the market, things can get overwhelming real quick. This is why I love having a handful of places that are one-stop holiday shops. Whether it’s a pop-up shop (like my #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Event in December – woot!) or online destinations that have a myriad of gift options for everyone on our list, these places make our lives easier this time of year.

The HSN Gift Store is a great destination for just that. They have a really nice variety of gifts for everyone from mom to your new beau. In addition, they offer this program called FlexPay that allows you to buy all the gifts you need for the holidays and pay them off in interest free installments. Here are a few of my favorite gifts on HSN.com:

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Beats by Dre Headphones ($179.99) are the quintessential gift (and something on my personal wishlist). HSN has them in a range of colors and $20 off retail. iman-global-chic-cozy-comfort-glam-slipper-d-20141113165522983~381896_710

These Iman Global Chic Slippers ($19.99) are perfect for mom or mom-in-law or anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet. Slippers are one of the best universal gifts. Anyone can use them! And at only $20 you can buy a few pairs as stocking stuffers for your favorite girls.

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I love gifting items that are two-in-one so this Signature Club A ($79.99) skincare kit is a great option. It’s a skincare kit AND a tote bag in one. Win-win. elizabeth-taylor-white-diamonds-4-piece-gift-set-d-2014100818434689~338487

Fragrance is always a no-brainer for that special lady in your life. It doesn’t get more classic than Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds ($60.00). This 4-piece set has all your bases covered with fragrance in eau de toilette and eau de parfum, body wash, and body lotion.

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Deborah Lippman has some of the dopest nail colors. Nail lacquer is the gift that keeps on giving because literally every time they put it on they’ll think of you! This I’ve Gotta Be Me set from Deborah Lippman ($34.95) has some great everyday colors for year round.

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This is legit one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten. The Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film Camera ($79.95) is SO much fun. Perfect for snapping pics during the holidays and having an instant keepsake to hang on the fridge.

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This Benefit Holiday Survival Kit ($55.00) is a great starter kit for your fave makeup-challenged friend or even your teenage niece. The basics for getting a great face are undoubtedly concealer, mascara, eyeliner and a dab of cheek color!

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This is another one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten – the NutriBullet by Magic Bullet System ($99.95). I use this to make my own smoothies and use the Baby Bullet to make Cadence’s baby food. This thing will change your life. One of the best blenders on the market.

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HSN.com has a really great collection of Sports gifts if your boo/hubby/”friend-friend” is into sports. Like these Steiner Sports Signed Basketballs for example. You literally can gift him a collector’s item. Without spending hours trolling the Internet. WIN.

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Smashbox has a great collection of shadows. I’m the type of girl who LIVES for a neutral but shimmery eye so I’m really loving their Cherry Smoke Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00). It has all the great neutrals, a few shimmering golds and the perfect charcoal for a smoky eye.

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4 Stylish Outfits for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is almost here, which means the holiday season is in full swing! We can’t wait for all the good food, time with family, and friends, and spreading love. Another big part of the holidays, is that everyone is snapping pictures to capture the great moments. Of course, we want to look your best for these impromptu photo shoots, so we put together 4 Stylish Outfits for Thanksgiving that you can rock no matter how you’ll be celebrating the holidays.

 

1. Night Out

If you’ll be going out with the girls, or having your dinner at a nice restaurant this look is great for you. This Jumpsuit from H&M is effortlessly chic and even has an open back. Pair it with toned down jewels and natural makeup for a more casual look. Add a detailed bib necklace and bold lip if you really wanna serve fierceness.

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 Shop the Outfit Below

1. H&M Jumpsuit 2. Bare Minerals Lipgloss in Rule Breaker 3. H&M Bib Necklace

4.Moss Peep Toe Bootie 5. H&M Short Necklace 6. MAC Matte Lipstick in Living Legend

Related: LBS Chic: How to Find the Perfect Jumpsuit

2. Traveling

Finding a good outfit to wear can be hard for ladies who will be on the go for the holidays. Catching a red-eye home? Making trips across town to see friends? House-hopping for dinner? This casual look is great for you. A graphic sweatshirt and jeans is comfortable for traveling and can be paired with sneakers or an OTK boot depending on the occasion. A pop of lipstick and matching scarf ties the look together with no effort.

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Shop the Outfit Below

1. Topshop Graphic Sweatshirt 2. Nike Roshe Run Winter 3. H&M Jeans

4. MAC Matte Lipstick in Living Legend 5. Target Circle Infinity Scarf 6. Unisa Gillean Over the Knee Boot

Related: LBS Chic: Graphic Sweatshirts and Where to Buy Them

3. Meeting the Parents

The holidays are always a popular time for meeting the family of your bae. What better way to make  a good impression than with a well put together outfit? This outfit takes a classic midi skirt and makes it modern with an edgy booty, scalloped top, and pops of red. You’ll leave his family very impressed and asking for style tips!

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Shop the Outfit Below

1. Topshop Scalloped Tee 2. SoleSociety Red Clutch 3. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

4. ASOS Knife Pleat Midi Skirt 5. Boohoo Lace Ornate Collar Necklace 6. Chinese Laundry Jinxy Booties

4. Family Gathering

Home for the holidays! If you’ll be spending time with your close family and stuffing your face you definitely want a no-fuss outfit. The oversized cardigan and jersey top in this outfit will be very forgiving of your post-dinner belly. The wedge bootie and statement necklace will add style without the hassle. And a nude gloss won’t get in your teeth or smudge during your meal. You’ll be able to enjoy time with your family and still be photo ready!

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Shop the Outfit Below

1. H&M Melange Cardigan 2. H&M Jersey Top 3. Forever 21 Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans

4. Bare Minerals Lipgloss in Rule Breaker 5. Sole Society Shade Bootie 6. Forever 21 Coin Fringe Necklace

Related: Healthy Living: Three Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Do you have your outfit planned for Thanksgiving? How will you be celebrating the holidays?

-SaVonne Anderson

4 Natural Hairstyles To Try This Holiday Season

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From pompadours, updos, romantic curls and crystal headbands the holidays are the perfect time to experiment or try something new. This week on LBS we are showing you 4 holiday hairstyle ideas for natural hair. You can start the styling process on your natural texture or if you’d like a more sleek look you can stretch your hair first by using flexi rods, caruso steam rollers or blow drying your hair.

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3 Ways to Rock It: Jeweled Sweater Tees

Jeweled Sweater Tees CollageThe holidays are a great time to turn up your look with a little shine. Considering a little something that sparkles and shines in your wardrobe this season? Try an embellished sweater tee. Take a look at how these three bloggers styled the item.

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Beautiful plus-sized blogger Gabi Fresh went for a fun-filled sporty look when she rocked an embellished top from H&M. She shined from head to toe pairing it with an Evans visor and a skirt from Eloquii. Get the details on her entire look at her blog here.

 

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South Florida blogger and PR professional Kristin Clark stepped seamlessly into New York style when attended fashion week this fall. She paired a black embellished sweater tee from Calypso St. Barth with a black pleated leather midi skirt and ladylike pumps for a stylish and sophisticated look. As Christina showed here fashion week is a time to show up and show out and Kristin managed to do both in this prime example of personal style. See the entire post showcasing her look at her blog Living in Color Print.

 

 

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Juliette Foxx of Romeo’s Fashion Fix took an edgy twist on the trend in this funky Karen Millen shirt with embellishments in the shape of a bulldog.  Wearing it as a dress with bare legs and a pair of knee-high leather boots from Miss Sixty she kept the overall look cool casual with a men’s baseball cap from Zara.

 

How would you style a jeweled sweater tee?

-Keyaira N. Boone

10 Under $100: Plus Size Coats

Plus Size Coat CollageThis sharp drop in temperatures across the nation this week has everyone trying to stay warm. If you haven’t found the time to focus on securing your outwear yet, have no fear. We’ve rounded up some fashionable plus size coats for the day that your favorite varsity bomber will no longer do.  At under $100 each, these plus size pieces are winter ready and pocket friendly.

Parkas

Perfect for layering, parkas are a great choice for casual outwear. With your favorite pair of riding boots and a cross body bag you’ve got an instant everyday look great for school or a day outing with girlfriends.Parka Collage Final 2

1.Target, $99.00 2.H&M,$79.95 3. Target, $99.00

 Belted Coats

Don’t choose between staying warm and flattering waistline. This winter use a belted coat to highlight your figure. A wonderful choice for evenings out and business occasions these make a subtle but stylish statement.

4. Pure Energy, $74.99  5. Forever 21, $54.90  6. Fashion To Figure, $42.50  7. Ashley Stewart, $79.50Belted Coats Collage

Patterned

If you’re looking to stand out on snowy days a patterned coat is for you. These are perfect for reflecting your personal style this season.

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8. Old Navy, $55.00 9.American Rag, $95.99  10. Jou Jou, $58.99

Are you ready to bundle up this winter? What’s your favorite style of coat?

-Keyaira N. Boone

Kickin’ It: Instyler Tulip Event

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This past Monday I had the pleasure of attending the launch event of a new product called, “The Tulip” by InStyler. Since I am a long time fan of the original instyler I was thrilled to attend and test out this new product. The Tulip is an auto curler that works in as little as 3 seconds! I will be completely honest, initially I was very skeptical about this tool. I assumed that even if it really did work, it would NOT work on my natural hair. Boy was I wrong. Keep reading to learn more about the Instyler Tulip event and my experience using the product.

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