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January 2016 archive

5 Ways to Revamp Your Style

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While the phrase “New Year, New Me,” sounds cliche, a little change never hurt. Here are 5 simple ways to revamp your style without getting rid of your entire closet.

Detox Your Wardrobe

In order to revamp your style it is important to detox your wardrobe. Take the time to figure out what pieces in your wardrobe worked for you, and which pieces you can live without. There’s no need to toss out everything, however, you don’t want unnecessary items taking up space in your closet.

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Get Inspired

Grab your favorite magazine or even surf on the pages of your favorite fashion bloggers and get inspired! Make note of items and outfit combinations you would like to try. Step out of your comfort zone and try something a little different, you just may fall in love with it.

Related: How To Create A Vision Board: Tips & Tricks

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LBS Beauty: L’Occitane Shea Butter Collection

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It’s hard to believe I’m only a day away from my 29th birthday. Among all the things I’m excited about, walking into another year of life, celebrating the last year of my 20‘s, I may be most proud of the condition of my skin. I may hate my post-baby stretch marks and my slowing metabolism, but my soft & seemingly ageless skin makes me really proud. Emphasis on seemingly. At the end of the day, though I was blessed with incredibe genes, my skin ages just like everyone else’s. It needs protection, prevention and proper moisture to stay flawless.

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9 Ways To Revamp Your Home in the New Year

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So, 2016 is off to a great start. You’ve set your New Year’s resolutions and you’re sticking to them. Or maybe you’re just continuing on your journey, committed to being a better version of yourself everyday. In any case, ’tis the season inspired by new beginnings. Try making subtle but noticeable changes in your space by freshening up your home and atmosphere with these minor adjustments.

1. Bring the outdoors indoors.

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Take a look at other ways to revamp your home for the new year below.

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5 Winter Beauty Must-Haves

Winter has officially reared its ugly head here in NYC. Gone are the mild days in December where we were enjoying above average temps. Since the beginning of January we’ve been faced with some seriously cold days and even our first snow of the season (with more on the horizon). With that being said it’s time to whip out some luxurious beauty must haves that will help you to stay hydrated and moisturized all winter long.

 

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What is it?
An advanced, lightweight, whipped moisturizer that renews skin and provides all-day hydration.
Why is it perfect for winter?
This groundbreaking formulation features a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, three forms of hyaluronate, plus an Asian fruit extract—delivering an even longer-lasting glow and continuous hydration benefits.

Almond Cookie

 

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What is it?
Vitamin rich, non-greasy body moisturizer that also serves as a body butter.
Why is it perfect for winter?
It’s loaded with rich ingredients like Sunflower Seed, Coconut, and Soybean Oils are packed with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants for truly healthier, softer skin.

Check out more winter beauty must-haves below.

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10 Things To Do in Martinique

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I’ve been to my fair share of Caribbean islands. From the Bahamas to Jamaica to Barbados, you name it and I’ve probably been there at least once. But visiting Martinique on my #24HourReset this past December was an experience unlike any other Caribbean island. Now that airlines like Norwegian are offering direct flights to Martinique at rock-bottom prices (I got my roundtrip airfare for $230 from NYC to Martinique!), there will definitely be a surge in tourism to the area, which is exciting.

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From the french-meets-Caribbean culture to the beautiful and quaint villages, here is a guide with 10 things to do in Martinique in case you’re planning a trip there:

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#BrownGirlsLove INSPIRATION: Discerning Between Good Ideas and God Ideas

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The first ever Brown Girls Love Power Day was filled with dynamic and uplifting speakers including a member of the LoveBrownSugar family. Not only is minister Rashida Selise Wilson a powerful motivational speaker who coaches women to sync their career choices with their spiritual centers she’s also the older sister of LoveBrownSugar founder Christina S. Brown. Rashida skillfully counsels through encouragement and education displaying an impressive level of poise. Her Power Day workshop revolved around the need for channeling a spirit of discernment. No matter their occupation or denomination everyone can use a little help with decision-making and Rashida provided that with clear and concise suggestions. She spoke to attendees about the power of being still and listening to the true source of their motivations.

Did you miss out on the moment? Don’t worry Rashida’s shared a few tips below so that you can start your year off by making sharp choices.

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LBS Kickin’ It: BrownGirlsLove Power Day

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On January 9th, 2016 BrownGirlsLove hosted its first ever Power Day in Manhattan at the innovative event venue Offsite. Conceptualized by LoveBrownSugar Founder and EIC Christina S.Brown, BrownGirlsLove Power Day was a mini conference intended to bring empowerment and inspiration to millennial women of color. The women attending the conference participated in workshops, witnessed a live keynote panel discussion, enjoyed breakfast and lunch, and were treated to BrownGirlsLove tote bags full of goodies.

Learn more about how BrownGirlsLove POWER went below:

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#BrownGirlsLove FINANCE | Fab Finances for the Budding Entrepreneur

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Dominique Broadway is an award winning Personal Finance Coach, Speaker, Finance Expert and the Founder of Finances Demystified & The Social Money Tour. Dominique has received various accolades such as the Top 30 Under 30 in Washington DC, the DC Future Business Leader of America Businessperson of the Year and the Top Financial Advisor for Millennials in the US.

There are so many things that we will be chatting about at BrownGirlsLove POWER Day this weekend to ensure you have fab finances! Here is a little something for your to sip on in the mean time:
1. Making More Money 

No matter if you are a employee, budding entrepreneur or seasoned entrepreneur, we all want to make more money! Having a strategic plan to do so is key. The best way to create a plan to make more money is to determine the amount of money you want to make and create a action plan that includes activities to help you reach this amount.

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2. Saving to Bring All of Your Dreams2Reality

It can be hard to reach your goals when year after year you are pulling from your savings. Determining the right amount to save and where to save to get the most bang for your buck is key. Many on-line banks offer the best interest rates on your savings and they are not too easy to access when you go on a spending splurge.

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3. Your Year of Wealth

This should be the year where you focus on not just saving and growing your business, you should also be learning more about investments, creating wealth and making your money work for you. We will be covering all of these strategies in addition to how retirement plans work and the easiest way to start investing now.

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Love this article? Dominique will be sharing more of her insight at our BrownGirlsLove Power Day event this weekend in NYC. Click below to purchase a ticket and experience Domminique’s intimate workshop!
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#BrownGirlsLove ADVICE: How To Build A Brand With Staying Power

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Welcome to the first installment of the #BrownGirlsLove series here on LoveBrownSugar.com. In anticipation of our upcoming BrownGirlsLove POWER Day, we’ve tapped a few of our expert workshop presenters to share their knowledge and to help YOU develop your dreams. If you’re an entrepreneur or aspiring to be one, PR & branding expert Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes has some amazing advice for you.

POWERFUL branding is at the heart of every POWERFUL business. When it comes to establishing the core features or qualities of your brand, all you need is a little passion (well, a lot actually!), a little time, a little research and an in-depth understanding of how your business truly operates. Here are three considerations:

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