July 2015 archive

#LBS6Year Anniversary: Why I Love LoveBrownSugar


Hi everyone!

I’m Kayla Lawrence, summer intern here at LoveBrownSugar.com. What an amazing year to be a part of the LoveBrownSugar team.


Being an intern for LoveBrownSugar has been an amazing experience, and being able to assist in celebrating its sixth year is even better. I applied for the LoveBrownSugar Summer Internship not only because I was eager to learn about the Social Media and Marketing industry, but also because I enjoyed the relativity of the blog. It is rare that you find a blog that speaks to the financially conscious fashionista while personally connecting with the experiences of black women. To contribute and learn from a brand that plays such a prominent role in the fashion and beauty industry for African American women has only been a dream of mine. However, this summer that dream has become a reality. I hope to not only learn necessary skills as a career woman but also to grow as an individual throughout this interning experience. I will always love LoveBrownSugar for taking a chance on a girl without interning experience, and allowing me to do what I love.

LoveBrownSugar Staff Members

In its six years, LoveBrownSugar has had the pleasure of working with women of various backgrounds and personalities, but with one thing in common – their love for LoveBrownSugar. You see, LoveBrownSugar does not only leave a lasting impact on its readers, but its contributors as well. Check out some of the reasons we love LoveBrownSugar:

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4 Perfect Outfits for Summer Brunch

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Whether it’s the beginning of your weekend, or the morning after a long night out, there’s never a bad time for brunch in the summer! Laughs and girl talk over french toast and mimosas is one of our favorite things at LoveBrownSugar, which is why we’re celebrating our 6 year anniversary with an Empowerment Brunch this Saturday! If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, head over to this link to buy your ticket so you don’t miss out on the fun.

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#LBSHealthy Living: I Lost 6 Pounds in One Week on Nutrisystem


Hey guys! So you can officially consider this my Week 1 update on the Nutrisystem. As I explained in this blog post, I’m on a journey to drop 30 lbs this summer so I can get closer to being eligible to donate a kidney to my Dad. I’ve decided to ditch diets completely and instead focus on a lifestyle change with steady weight loss by healthy eating habits and fitness.


My good friend Lexi of LexiWithTheCurls.com was such an inspiration to me. She started off her personal weight loss journey by using Nutrisystem and told me that it really helped her with portion control and curbing the addiction to carbs. So I reached out to them and they were gracious enough to offer me a free trial of the program to see how it works for me.

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LBS Beauty Review: Bonnie Box


I received a Bonnie Box from the love, Aunt Bonnie team for review after attending the Cosmoprof launch event in NYC. For those of you who are into well-curated beauty boxes, this one might be of interest for you. There are nice sized versions of at least (5) different products of interest for multicultural beauties. Here’s my quick synopsis of this specially curated “Tones of Beauty” Bonnie Box (with a few products you might get inside):

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You’re Invited: BrownGirlsLove Empowerment Brunch #BrownGirlsLoveBrunch


For the first time ever, I’m not hosting a big and extravagant anniversary party. If you’re an old school LBS fan, you know that ever since my 2nd blog anniversary I have been throwing epic parties to celebrate the blog’s growth and progression and to give you guys an opportunity to experience my favorite things. Though I’m beyond excited that this month LoveBrownSugar makes 6 years in the blogging business, I’m even more excited about how much the brand has grown and expanded. We’re now not just LoveBrownSugar but also BabyBrownSugar.com and the @BrownGirlsLove IG community.

PRANNA Gold Room

So to celebrate that and to also give a few of you some one on one face time and encouragement, I’m hosting the first ever BrownGirlsLove Empowerment Brunch! Though I’ve never hosted a seated brunch before, I wanted to do this because I get so many questions from you all who are inspired by my blogging journey and are interested in starting your own brands and businesses, but are not quite sure how to start or how to take it to the next level. This is an opportunity for me to not just grab a quick selfie with you but to really TALK to you and get to know you one on one.


In addition to a delicious entree and brunch cocktails at super chic brunch hotspot Pranna (79 Madison Avenue, New York, NY), every guest will also receive a free gift bag as well as attendance at a LIVE #LBSLounge session in which I will be doing Q&A about everything from the style and beauty industry to building a successful digital brand. I LOVE sharing my knowledge (hence why I’ve been blogging for 6 years) but especially love connecting with people face to face.

Those of you who are in NYC (or plan to be here on Saturday, August 1st, 2015), there are still tickets available for purchase. Come on down and bring a friend for food, drinks, networking and one-on-one time with yours truly. There are only 35 seats allotted for this event and it’s first-come/first-served so don’t miss out:

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4 Stylish Plus-Size Outfits for Afropunk

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Afropunk is coming back to Brooklyn this August. The annual festival is the epitome of Brooklyn cool combining eclectic musical selections with fabulous food and laid-back style. With acts like Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, Grace Jones and Kelis gracing the stage this year promises to be as great an experience as previous years. Unsure what to wear for this fun-filled weekend?  We’ve rounded up four stylish plus-size outfits to help you enjoy any of the weekend’s activities in comfort and style.

Fancy Dress Ball

This year the traditionally socially conscious Afropunk is all about partying for a purpose. They are holding their first official Afropunk Ball in Barry Commodore Park benefiting their Global Initiative which works to encourage inclusion and diversity in the media as well as promote volunteer service.  Show up ready to support the cause in a bandeau dress from Asos ($81.00). At under $100 this dress is a steal that can be dressed down for occasions that aren’t quite as formal. Finish the look with metallic heels and jeweled earrings.

Fancy Dress Ball

After Dark

The party doesn’t end once the day is over. Afropunk will be taking the celebration to the streets with local bars, restaurants, and clubs joining in on the fun. Be prepared for anything in this flirty romper and tassled backpack.

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Check out other outfit options below.

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10 Under $100 : Beach Hats

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As women of color begin to wake up about the reality of “black don’t crack” they’re looking for stylish ways to shield themselves from the sun. We’ve rounded up some of the best beach hats on the market this season to help you stay safe and chic this summer.

Baseball Caps 

While sweatpants as evening wear is out sport inspired chic is still making a big splash. Embellished baseball caps have been seen at many of our favorite retailers. These are a great options to protect your skin without making a huge style commitment. Just slip one on with a pair of shorts and a tee shirt and head for the nearest beach. If you have unruly curls like me try pulling your hair into a single braid beneath the cap. It will easily untangle and help you avoid hat hair.

PicMonkey Collage caps

Check out more options for beach hats below.

Related: 3 Ways To Wear A Printed Wrap

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LBS Chic: Purple Reign Asikere Afana Zhara Dress


There’s something so beautiful and regal about the color purple. Not only is it the actual color of royalty but when I wear it, I feel so empowered and special. That’s why when my fellow Penn alumnus Ashley McFarlane, who started this fashion line Asikere Afana, told me she would be sending me this Zhara dress ($160) in purple, I was ecstatic.

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#LBSHealthyLiving: Why I’m Ditching Diets For Good


Ever since I can remember, I’ve been on the plus side of sizing whether it was in height or weight. As an elementary school kid, I started sprouting curves way before my peers. I was always the tallest girl in the class (yes I had to close the door behind the class and turn off the lights). I became comfortable with being different and larger in size from a small age, and subsequently with having more responsibility. It wasn’t until Junior High that I realized my size could actually effect everything from my love life to my shopping trips to the mall with friends.

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