May 2016 archive

The Ultimate 2016 Swimwear Guide for Plus Sizes


While the task of swimsuit shopping can be daunting for curvier women today it’s easier than it’s ever been. Retailers like Lane Bryant, Rue 21, and ASOS have discovered that women like style with their support and are serving up swimsuits that are both flattering and on trend for this summer season.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite  plus-size swimwear to help you take advantage of this year’s many choices. Check them out below! 

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LBS Concert Travel Guide: 10 Must-Pack Items You Probably Forgot to Grab

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Concert season is easily the most exciting time for music lovers (which is essentially everyone). It’s the perfect opportunity to road trip with friends and see all of your favorite artists in one place. Surely, it’s the atmosphere, the concertgoers and the memories you make during a string of 3-day weekends that make any summer one to mention. And this isn’t your first rodeo, you’ve skimmed over a few summer music festival packing lists and you have the basics down: Toothbrush, reservations, tickets, phone and cash in-hand. But here’s a concert travel guide with a few things that you’d want to be sure not forget:

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Tune In To See Me on The Today Show!

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 Hey guys! I’m really excited to share with you all that I’ll be featured on the TODAY Show this morning. As you might recall, I was part of StyleWatch Magazine’s May 2015 issue in a spread about swimsuits for every size. 10 of us bloggers were interviewed about our swimsuit struggles and then offered the opportunity to show you guys how we dress for our body types. Well, the Today Show has invited a few of us on the show to demonstrate how to dress with confidence during swimsuit season.

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I’m so excited to be featured on a national platform like this, especially in a way that I know will give women across the country confidence to strut their stuff this summer! I have to admit I’m a little nervous. This is NATIONAL television after all. And I’m going to be making my national debut in very minimal clothing. But it’s all good. I do it for the people.
Hope you guys tune in this morning. Set your DVRs – I’ll be on during Kathie Lee & Hoda from 10am-
 11am. Feel free to hit me on social media if you spot me! I’m @LoveBrownSugar on every platform!

LBS Reads: Phylencia Taylor’s Evolving Beauty


From the buying power of the natural hair movement to the rise of homegrown entrepreneurs and digital influencers everyone’s been buzzing about the business of beauty. Recently long time beauty executive Phylencia “PT” Taylor has added her expertise to the mix with the release of her debut book “Evolving Beauty-The Business of Beauty in A New Age”. Featuring a foreword by Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price this book provides readers with the tools to navigate a landscape that has undergone a tremendous transformation. Taylor was motivated by a desire to allow others to learn from and be empowered by her experiences and research. “Now that we’re in a new age of beauty” said Taylor “the thought is how do we make decisions that we need to make. A lot of chapters in the book give an underlay of core marketing and communications but they have a modern twist and a digital influence”.

Find more more about Taylor and her thoughts on Evolving Beauty below.

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Ouidad Curl Immersion Collection – Why All Curls Are Important

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Back in March I had the pleasure of sitting on an expert panel discussion with the Ouidad team about the importance of curls and the evolution of curl care. In preparation for the launch of their newest curl collection, the Ouidad team asked me to sit on the panel and share my experience with editors of top publications about the important things YOU all want to know when you come to blogs like mine about taking care of curly hair. I was joined by the founder of the salon chain-  Ouidad herself, as well as celebrity hairstylist Tiffany Daugherty, dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry, Ouidad R&D Melanie Fahey and Ouidad Marketing Director Melka Davis.

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Ouidad was the first string of luxury salons specifically catered to curly hair and the specific needs of curly hair. And as a result of their success with salon treatments, they’ve developed a line of amazing curl care products that have catered to many different curl types, but now specifically address coarser, kinky-curly curls. My first introduction to the Ouidad line was at a blogger event a few years ago. I came home with a bag full of samples and instantly fell in love with their Cowash Cleansing Conditioner which is a low-poo, super moisturizing, smells amazing and really conditions the hair completely. It instantly became my one-stop-shop cleanser & conditioner in one. It never left my hair feeling stripped like other cleansers and it really made my hair soft & easier to manage.

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Join Me! I’m Speaking at HUE Beauty and Natural Hair Affair NYC


I am really hyped about the presentation I’m giving at the HUE Beauty & Natural Hair Affair tomorrow! If you know me, you know I love sharing career advice and talking to people about my journey towards working for myself and creating my very own “dream job”. My career path was full of ups & downs and also many challenges that truly made me who I am and carved me into the entrepreneur I am today. People seem to think “dream jobs” are farfetched and not realistic. They ARE possible. It just requires hard work, dedication and focus.


Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing insider tips with a select group of attendees at the HUE Beauty & Natural Hair Affair event taking place at Sheraton Brooklyn in NYC. Among the amazing activities taking place during the International Natural Hair Meetup Day, HUE Affair will be a day-long experience including an expo hall with your favorite natural hair brands, presentations (like mine – “Young, Gifted & Black: How To Turn Your Education & Experiences Into Your Dream Job”) and meet & greets with your favorite natural hair style gurus and more. It’s bound to be an amazing event and I am really excited to be part of it. The event is hosted by Natural Partners in Crime.


Tickets to my presentation are $25 and include: admission to the expo + access to my workshop. This is a very minimal price to pay for the priceless information I’m going to be giving out. If you’ve ever considered a career shift, if you just recently graduated, or even if you’re stuck in a position you HATE, this workshop will be the motivation you need.

Hope to see you all there! Snag your tickets at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hue-beauty-natural-hair-affair-inhmd-nyc-tickets-20591965122#tickets

(Head to the link & scroll down to the “Young, Gifted & Black” presentation – see you guys there!)

5 Liquid Lipsticks for Brown Girls


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Liquid lipsticks are a great way to step up your makeup game this summer. These convenient choices pack a serious punch providing even the most basic beauty look with staying power. We’ve rounded up five shades that are sure to flatter any brown girl below.

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Dove’s New Campaign – Why You Should Always #LoveYourHair


Growing up, like most women of color, the ideal picture of beauty included long, straight hair. “Good hair” (no Becky *insert Lemonade shade here*) was what was manageable and what society viewed as beautiful. That meant it had to be long, straight and typically relaxed if your hair was naturally curly like mine.


So like most young girls with kinky-curly hair in the late 80’s/early 90s, once I was old enough I got a kiddie relaxer and so started the cycle of chemical straightening every 6-8 weeks until adulthood.


Thankfully over the years, many of those traditional beauty ideals have started to shift. There are evolving conversations about what beauty really means and what it looks like, and now when my daughter Cadence watches television I’m confident she’ll see women with curly hair, deeper skin tones and curvy shapes just like hers being lauded as beautiful. But we have a LONG way to go.

Do me a favor. If you’re reading this right now, open another tab or window in your web browser and go to Google.com. In the search bar I want you to type in the words “beautiful hair”. When you’re done come back here and continue reading below.

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Get Like Me: Hilton Worldwide Director of Multicultural Marketing Andrea Richardson


Throughout her career as a marketing professional Andrea Richardson has been referred to as “an artist, a scientist and a ninja”. In her current role she gets to be all three. As the Director of Multicultural Marketing for Hilton Worldwide she balances the needs of the company’s thirteen brands with that of their partners and the communities they inhabit using every resource possible to get the job done. We recently found out about her career goals, learning experiences, and belief in intuition.

Name: Andrea Richardson

Location: Washington, DC

Describe Your Personal Style in Three Words: Fancy, Fly, Fresh

Who Are Your Favorite Designer(s):
Diane Von Furstenberg – her designs are timeless.

What Are Your Must Have Accessories?
  A well-designed necklace and bright pumps!

What do you love about the Hilton brand?

I love the complex identities of the hotels within the Hilton portfolio of brands. It’s like a family with thirteen kids with very different and unique personalities.

Hilton manages many partnerships. How do you build relationships with potential partners?

We really like to get a good understanding of the partner’s goals. Out of this we’re able to build mutually beneficial AND meaningful partnerships; some of which last a long time. We also understand that businesses needs evolve but in the moment we really try to be good partners.

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Learn more about this resourceful and dynamic woman below.

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