August 2015 archive

Get Like Me: Designer and Project Runway Alum Kimberly Goldson

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Designer Kimberly Goldson balances structure and business savvy to create a clothing line that is delicately disciplined. From her signature KG pant to boldly patterned dresses she sees design through the lens of the millennial woman. We spoke with her about the need for inspiration, personal goals, and how we as a community can create the change we want to see in the clothing industry.

Name: Kimberly Goldson

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Personal Style in three words: Varied, Cosmopolitan, Luxury

Favorite Designer(s): Oscar De la Renta was one of my favorites, Cushnie Et Ochs, and Christian Dior. I like structured designers.

Must Have Accessories:  Right now I’m obsessed with rings. I like stacking a lot of rings. Hats transform can outfit.

You have a degree in Fashion Merchandising Management, how does having a background behind the scenes inform your business decisions as a designer?  

I’m so thankful for having a merchandising background. Starting in merchandising behind the scenes allowed me to look at the business of fashion differently than coming from a perspective of just making pretty clothes. I look at it from what women want to wear, what’s going to sell, what fits their body types so that gives me a different perspective and an advantage.

What about the millennium woman inspires you?

The millennium woman inspires me because she’s fearless. I think the millennials are definitely more risk takers. Sometimes in retail we get caught up in just buying and selling what we think most people would wear and we don’t give the risk takers enough credit. That’s what I love about designing for millennials. They like the bold colors they like the bold patterns.

What would you like to see the Kimberly Goldson brand accomplish?

I really want to inspire and transform lives. I want people to look at what I’ve been able to accomplish with the brand and see that they can do it as well- in terms of whatever their dream is. This is no small feat. I am just a humble girl from Brooklyn and I mean that in the sincerest way. You hear the phrase “if i can do it, you can do it”, I AM that phrase. That’s what I want people to see from the brand.

What do you think we can do as a community to help black designers?

We can support them. We don’t have enough African-American designers in mainstream fashion. There’s not enough. We can make great clothes as well. If we get behind our African-American designers and companies, us as a community, then we can start a new trend, we can start a new movement in the fashion industry, in the retailers, in what we see in the stores.

Learn more about Kimberly Goldson’s career below.

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#LBSLounge LIVE Today at Curlfest: Turning Online Influence Into Income


Hey guys! I am so honored that the lovely ladies of Curly Girl Collective have invited me to host an exclusive Picnic Chat at their 2nd Annual CURLFEST. Taking place at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY – Curlfest is the ultimate festival for fly girls with natural hair.


It’s all about spreading love, the Brooklyn way. I was out of town last year and unable to attend but I am SO excited to experience my very first Curlfest today in BK.


I’ll be joined by some amazing influencers and business women who will be chatting about a variety of topics. My chat specifically begins at 2PM EST and I’ll be covering the topic of “Turning Online Influence Into Income”. I’m so passionate about entrepreneurship and pursuing your passions so I think it’s really important for people to know how they can turn their online and social efforts into income. I’m really looking forward to chatting with you guys at Curlfest and for those of you who will not be able to attend Curlfest today – don’t worry!

We are LIVE broadcasting our #LBSLounge chat at Curlfest today beginning at 2pm on Twitter (@LoveBrownSugar) and Periscope (user: LoveBrownSugar)! Make sure to follow the #LBSLounge hashtag on our social media pages today for live updates and also to see all the excitement surrounding Curlfest, follow the #curlfest hashtag as well. Talk to you guys soon!

What questions do you think I should cover in my picnic chat? Leave them in the comment section!

4 Stylish Plus-Size Outfits for Made in America

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Before we get ready to say goodbye to another season of sunshine and festivals we’ve got one more chance to don a flower crown and dance the day away.

Budwesier’s Made in America is once again taking place in the Philadelphia beltway.  This year’s headliners are The Weeknd and Beyonce’ and they are being joined by Big Sean, Fabolous, Modest Mouse and more.

Day 1 Lineup

Show up looking star-studded on Saturday in these printed overalls from Torrid. Complement them with a crisp white tee shirt and a classic pair of chuck taylors. Add a backpack to tuck away your blanket and bottles of water.

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Day 2 Lineup

Use the play on words in this fitted tee from Forever 21 to create a look that’s relaxed and fun. Add some shine with these flash tattoos as seen on the Queen Bey herself and hold on the memories with this modern version of an instant camera.

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Check out more Made in America outfit options below.

Related: LBS Beauty: 6 Made In America Festival Beauty Ideas

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LBS Beauty: 6 Made In America Festival Beauty Ideas

It’s that time of year once again! Next weekend kicks off one of the last music festivals of summer. Made in America takes place in Philadelphia on September 5th and 6th. That means it’s times to let go of some of our favorite festival beauty trends. Headed to the festival this year? If so, keep reading for 6 Made In America festival beauty ideas that are fun, wearable and perfect for transitioning into fall!

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4 Labor Day BBQ Approved Outfits


It’s safe to say that Labor Day Weekend is basically the last holiday of the summer season, and for most of us, marks the end of vacation. It’s only right that you end it with a BANG! Check out four simple yet stunning outfits that you can wear to a labor day cookout.

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Shirt Dress: H&M-$24.99 | Shoes: ALDO-$22.50 | Bracelets: H&M-$12.99

For those who don’t want to wear the usual jeans and a t-shirt, try a shirt dress. A shirt dress is a simple and comfortable way to look fashionable without doing to much. Pair it with a nice pair of sandals, and you’ll be BBQ ready! These ALDO sandals are perfect because not only are they cute, but they’re on sale!!

Related: 3 Ways to Rock It: Shirt Dress

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LBS Beauty Review: Moroccan Oil Sun

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Summer is dwindling down and it’s almost time to say goodbye to swimsuits and tanned skin. All summer long I’ve been keeping my skin protected from those intense sun rays using this line of my new favorite products.


The Moroccan Oil Sun collection has literally been my go to for beach trips, pool parties and any outdoor activity this summer. This smooth, lightweight formula hydrates and nourishes the skin. 



It’s broad spectrum, water-resistant sun protection lasts up to 80 minutes to help protect from UVA/UVB rays. This was the first “sunscreen lotion” I’ve ever tried that left my skin with a subtle glow rather than a greyish film all over my body.



Find about more about Moroccan oil below.

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Get Like Me: CBS Senior Vice President Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i

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The recent influx of people of color stepping in front of and behind the camera is no coincidence. The creatives contributing to this change are being supported by executives who are committed to “normalizing” television. Shining among them is CBS’s Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i. As Senior Vice President of Diversity & Communications the former public relations professional advocates for every point of view using her passion and purpose to yield powerful results. The Howard grad and ColorComm Circle Award recipient set aside time so we could discuss asking for what you want, being a student of the business, and why she’ll never stop counting her blessings.

Name: Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i

Location: Studio City, California

Personal Style in three words: Fun, comfortable and bright.

Favorite Designer(s): There a few go-to designers for me. I’ve been having a lot of luck lately with Carmen Steffens for shoes. They’re a conversation starter. They’re unique. I wear a lot of Rachel Roy. I like her stuff.  A good faithful is Donna Karen.

Must Have Accessories: Definitely an oversized watch. The watch I wear represents more than the time. It’s the blue-faced Michael Kors hunger watch watch that Halle Berry promoted. You’ll always find me with my wedding ring, and I love, love, love the ‘V’ I wear around my neck for my daughter, her name is Vaughan, just a simple V for my baby.

How do you think attending an HBCU has affected your career?

Attending an HBCU I think solidified the confidence that I already had. I always say “I rep for Howard as if they pay me a check”. I give back, I go back quite often. I’m still in touch with my career counselor who is still there. It really prepared me for what I was going to face in corporate america. You’re surrounded by a group of great people, as well as the legacy of the legends if you will that came before. You feel honored to sit in those seats. There’s a presence there. It’s a privilege to be at such a historical institution. If you look at my wall right now there’s a huge Howard University Alumni banner on the wall.

You manage the CBS intern program what do you look for in interns?

What I look for in interns is being a student of the business. Of course I’m looking for passion, of course I want a great resume, but I want to make sure that someone has done an iota of homework into what internship that they’re going after. Have they looked it up? In this digital age you can look for a job in bed at two in the morning! People forget how accessible not only opportunities are but information. You have to be able to utilize that. So being a student of the business, whatever business you choose to be in, is making sure you research the person before you come in. I have a great story about when I was looking an assistant. The resumes came in and I saw Howard University right at the top. I didn’t even look at the rest of the resumes I was so excited. When she came in for the interview I said “Hey Fellow Bison!” and she looked and said “you went to Howard?” It was obvious she had done no research. I was pissed!

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LBS Beauty: Liquid Lipsticks

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Hold the virtual phone ladies because the LBS gals have a very important announcement: Anastasia Beverly Hills has come out with a nude liquid lipstick for brown skin. Yes that’s right ladies, an actual nude for us! The color is oh so rich and flattering to all complexions. Anastasia hit this one right out the shoe store. The liquid lipsticks goes on creamy and dries semi-matte.

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Brazen Cosmetics

Brazen Cosmetics is a company that truly believes in providing powerful pigments. So guess what gals? That means their products will even show up on darker complexions! Yay! Brazen liquid lipsticks also stays put for hours. True story: The LBS ladies tried this product personally and it stayed on through talking, sipping beverages, and more talking. Not only did the color stay true, the shine stayed too (and this product is oh so moisturizing). Brazen liquid lipsticks come in an easy to apply container similar to the typical gloss holder. They are chemical free, gluten free, and never animal tested. Making it perfect for all of us beautiful naturalistas!

Read more about liquid lipsticks below.

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5 Must Try Nail Polish and Handbag Combos


Summer is in full effect, meaning it’s time to take a break from our whites and nudes, and bring out the COLOR! This post will showcase 5 nail polish colors that you must try before the summer is over, and the handbags that will look amazing with them.

Related: 4 Ways To Try Summer Prints With Nail Art

1. Zoya Demetria & Aldo Township Shoulder Bag: The perfect color for the bold personalities, Demetria is an instant eye-catcher. Create the perfect look when you pair it with a neutral print bag, like the Aldo Township

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#LBSHealthyLiving: 10 Pounds Down + Fitness Tips From LexiWithTheCurls


Since my last update, I’m officially 4 more pounds down! I can’t begin to explain how excited I am that my weight loss program has been going so well. Not only am I more active now, working out 3-4 times a week, but I’ve been actively following the Nutrisystem meal plan (all except that one weekend in Nashville when I just HAD to get some Hot Chicken and authentic BBQ!) and I’m now 10 pounds down!

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