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December 2014 archive

5 Items Helping Me Prepare For 2015

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As we prepare to usher in 2015, there are a few things I’m really excited about that I know will help me have a productive and inspiring year. Though the focus around this time of year is typically on New Year’s resolutions and the “practical” things like a weight loss regimen or a great tax accountant, I’ve rounded up a few fun things that I plan to use in the New Year. Just as important to your life and your daily motivation are the images and things you surround yourself with. I wrote a post not too long ago about 3 Ways to Decorate Your Work Space and emphasized the importance of visual stimulation.

Take a peek at 5 Items Helping Me Prepare for 2015:

1. Pardon My Fro Personalized Notepad

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I can’t rave about Pardon My Fro enough. This brand has some of the coolest printed stationary among other dope things. I got this notepad custom made with my name and one of my favorite PMF dolls (called Tinsley – isn’t she fly?) I’m one of those people who has to see things written down in order to process them and to eventually get them done. I know a notepad like this will help me with productivity.

2. A new camera lens for my Canon DSLR

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Earlier this year, I posted on Instagram that I was looking to up my photography skills on this here blog. I asked you guys to tag your fave photographers so that I could ask them where to begin. I asked, you answered! The top recommendation via Instagram’s top photogs was for me to upgrade my current camera’s kit lens (the 18-55 mm one that comes standard with an entry level DSLR) by acquiring a 50mm lens.

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I finally bought this Canon EF 50mm/f 1.8 one with a gift card I got for Christmas, and I am SO in love. Look out for better picture quality and even more amazing close-ups of my favorite products here on LoveBrownSugar.com.

3. Beats by Dre Headphones

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Nothing gets me in the zone like some good hype music. Music can literally change my mood. I also find that I’m way more productive when I have a soundtrack behind me. I was so excited to receive these Beats by Dre Solo 2 headphones in pink for Christmas. They are my favorite color AND some of the best headphones on the market. I’m unstoppable now, obviously.

4. Nate Berkus File Folders

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Remember when it was “back to school” time as a child? Most other kids in my class were obsessed with their new sneakers or a new haircut. Me? I was obsessed with my stationary! Folders and binders and pencils – oh my! Back in the day, you weren’t cool if you didn’t have Lisa Frank stationary. Remember that? Anyway, things haven’t changed much since second grade. I have bigger boobs and bills now, but still the same old Christina. It follows, then, that I would be hyped about some decorative file folders I found at Target from the Nate Berkus line. Cannot WAIT to put them to good use.

5. Post-It [BIG PAD]

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You all probably know I’m a real stickler for creating vision boards. This one epic year, back in 2011, I created one for myself and it completely changed my life. Every goal I had placed on my board was accomplished in 12 months. It was the most astonishing thing I’ve ever experienced! Since then, I’ve been an avid believer. So when I saw this Post-It Big Pad at a recent Staples visit, I just had to grab it. I plan to use it for my own 2015 Vision Board as well as to plan out my monthly inspirations for LoveBrownSugar and BabyBrownSugar. Stay tuned for another post on that whole process right here on LoveBrownSugar.com.

Are you based in/around NYC? If so, join me at the Live Your Dream Tour this upcoming Saturday, January 10th for a live Vision Board party! I will be co-hosting this exciting event with the Live Your Dream team and I hope to meet some of you there!

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Click here to purchase tickets!

What inspires you? What items get your inspirational juices flowing when it’s time to work? Leave a comment!

LBS Chic: My Name Necklace

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A few months ago the folks at MyNameNecklace.com reached out to me about their website. You guys all know I’m a stickler for monogrammed and signature chains. I’ve blogged about one of them in an outfit post here.

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They’re a great way to add a touch of personalization to your look and I’ve been hooked on them ever since Carrie brought them back to the forefront during Sex & The City in its heyday.

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In true Carrie fashion, I ordered the Carrie Necklace in Gold-Plated Silver from My Name Necklace. It’s a classic and it looks good with just about everything. I got it in my name – Christina. I remember back in Junior High and High School, if you didn’t have a nameplate you weren’t “cool”. Please believe I had one – double-plated!

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I like to think of this as an updated, more adult version of that. One that’s dainty, sophisticated and won’t go out of style. The website also offers a few different styles and fonts for you to choose from. Whether you’re more of a silver girl or you want something more understated like your initials, My Name Necklace has it all.

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This piece makes a great gift all year round (Mother’s Day, Birthdays, etc) and makes an even better present for yourself. The website is currently having a 50% off After-Christmas sale and you guys can get an additional 10% off  of all styles using discount code: BROWNSUGAR.

Click here to shop MyNameNecklace.com

4 Stylish New Years Eve Outfits

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I love the New Year and all it represents: a fresh start, new beginnings, more opportunities. So naturally, I’m a fan of New Years Eve celebrations, whether at the club or an intimate gathering with friends. If you’re going to be celebrating on New Years Eve, it’s only right to bring in 2015 in style. Here are 4 Stylish New Years Eve Outfits appropriate for all the ways you plan to celebrate.

1. This cool grunge look is perfect for bringing in the new year at a house party or casual lounge. Denim shorts and a graphic tee are effortlessly chic. Paired with a leather moto jacket and beanie, it’s such a cool look. You can serve some leg without worrying about a dress riding up while you’re turning up into the New Year.

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

2. This Forever 21 dress strikes the perfect chord between sexy and classic. The a line hem and glitter accent are holiday outfit staples and the mesh panel keeps the dress grown and sexy. Paired with a silver pump and dangly earrings, this is a great look for a holiday party  or date night out.

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3.  Having a night in with your girls or attending a casual get together? Oversized chic is the way to go. You can never go wrong with boyfriend jeans and a bomb pair of heels. The draping in this top is so fab and slays paired with a bold clutch.

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Related: 4 Styish Outfits for Holiday Parties

4. Bring in the new year in a bold way with this hot red dress. I love the midi length, because it hugs curves and takes out the worry of pulling your dress down all night. The low neck on this dress paired with a lace up pump like the one pictured or a more classic heel.

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Do you have a NYE outfit planned yet? Are you inspired by any of these?

-SaVonne A.

12 Days of LoveBrownSugar Day 12: The Wrap Life

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With the 2014 edition of 12 Days of LoveBrownSugar, I am extending the fun and excitement of our #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up Shop in NYC with all of you who could not attend by offering you the opportunity to win amazing gifts featuring the artists and sponsors of the anniversary celebration.

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The final giveaway in our 12 Days of LoveBrownSugar series comes courtesy of The Wrap Life. When I first stumbled on their super chic wraps and tutorials on Instagram it was love at first sight. I absolutely love fun printed fabrics and what I love about these wraps is that they come already appropriately sized and cut for the perfect wraps.

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12 Days of LoveBrownSugar Day 11: TNEMNRODA

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With the 2014 edition of 12 Days of LoveBrownSugar, I am extending the fun and excitement of our #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up Shop in NYC with all of you who could not attend by offering you the opportunity to win amazing gifts featuring the artists and sponsors of the anniversary celebration.

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Day 11’s giveaway comes courtesy of TNEMNRODA. I’ve been a friend of designer Samantha Smikle for quite some time now and I’m so excited about being able to offer one of you a pair of these amazing custom sunnies.

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12 Days of LoveBrownSugar Day 10: EDEN BodyWorks

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With the 2014 edition of 12 Days of LoveBrownSugar, I am extending the fun and excitement of our #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up Shop in NYC with all of you who could not attend by offering you the opportunity to win amazing gifts featuring the artists and sponsors of the anniversary celebration.

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Day 10’s giveaway comes courtesy of EDEN BodyWorks. I swear by their Coconut Shea and Jojoba Monoi collections. I’m especially fond of their deep treatment masks which were given away at the #ShopLoveBrownSugar 5 year celebration here in NYC.  You can read here about how I use their Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Milk while rocking extensions.

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LBS Holiday Gift Guide For Natural Hair

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It’s amazing how quickly this year has gone by. It’s kind of hard to believe it’s almost Christmas! That means parties, great food and lots of shopping. One of our favorite things about the holiday season is certainly shopping. However, finding the perfect gift for friends and family can be a daunting task making that holiday shopping spree a huge heachache. Trying to make a gift personal without breaking the bank is key. When it comes to finding a gift for a natural hair friend or family member in your life we’ve got you covered! From styling tools to deep conditioning treatments the options are endless. Keep reading to see 10 of our favorite holiday gift ideas for the natural hair diva in your life!

Top 10 Holiday Gift Guide For Natural Hair

1. Caruso Steam Roller Setter: This is perfect for the curlfriend that spends hours at the salon each week getting that roller set. This system is easy to use and it only takes minutes to set your hair.

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2. Baby Bliss Pro Nano Titanium Straighening Iron: Unlike most ceramic straightening iron this flat iron has titanium plates that heat up to 450 degrees ensuring smooth results with just one pass.

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3. Ouidad Expert Curl Kit 

This kit comes with a hydrating conditioner, styling gel, a detangling spray and styling clips. With just one set you are getting the essentials for frizz free healthy hair.

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4. Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Kit : Perfect for the natural that  loves styles like twist outs or braid outs.Formulated with coconut oil and silk proteins these 3 products help define and hydrate curls.

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5. Camille Rose Natural Curlaide Moisture Butter  

The nourishing properties of shea butter work to smooth frizzing curls, while locking in moisture. The added bonus about this brand is that all of these products smell amazing!

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6. Zigi Marley CoCo Mon Organic Coconut Oil

Organic Coconut Oil is rich in fatty acids which help to promote a healthy scalp and stronger hair.

Related: HEALTHY HAIR: USING COCONUT OIL ON HAIR

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7.  RED by Kiss Handle-less Dryer 

Related: LBS BEAUTY REVIEW: RED BY KISS HANDLELESS DRYER + GIVEAWAY

If your curl friend swears by “wash and gos” this blow handless dryer will make her styling sessions a breeze.

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8. Amika Obliphica Tourmaline Clip-Free Curler

Looking for a curling wand that creates perfect spirals each time? The Amika clip free curler does the trick!

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9. Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repair and Strengthen Hair

This three piece set is essential for the natural girl that many be struggling with breakage due to heat or color damage.

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10.Olivia Garden Divine, DV-1 Wet Detangler: This brush is made to reduce the stress put on our hair and our wrists while styling. It’s the perfect tool for detangling in the shower.

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Will you be shopping for any natural haired friends or family members this season? 

12 Days of LoveBrownSugar Day 9: Pardon My Fro

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With the 2014 edition of 12 Days of LoveBrownSugar, I am extending the fun and excitement of our #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up Shop in NYC with all of you who could not attend by offering you the opportunity to win amazing gifts featuring the artists and sponsors of the anniversary celebration.

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For Day 9 of #12DaysofLoveBrownSugar, Pardon My Fro is offering 3 special gifts to three of you lovelies. The illustrator behind Pardon My Fro did a special Limited Edition design in celebration of LoveBrownSugar’s 5 year anniversary and it comes in everything from cards to prints to throw pillows!

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LBS Holiday Picks: Glassful Wine Subscription

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If you happen to have any wine lovers on your holiday gift list, Glassful makes a really awesome and easy gift idea. I first heard about Glassful in October and was immediately intrigued behind the concept. Glassful is a new curated monthly wine subscription service that uses a short quiz to determine your taste profile and sends you three different bottles of quality wine for $54/month. If you like your wines, you rate them online and this builds your overall profile so that the next batch of wines in your subscription are tailored accordingly.

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12 Days of LoveBrownSugar Day 8: Neutrogena Wrinkle Repair

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With the 2014 edition of 12 Days of LoveBrownSugar, I am extending the fun and excitement of our #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up Shop in NYC with all of you who could not attend by offering you the opportunity to win amazing gifts featuring the artists and sponsors of the anniversary celebration.

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As one of the VIP gift bag sponsors of #ShopLoveBrownSugar, I’m really excited to offer three of you lovelies the acclaimed Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair moisturizer.

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