Earlier this month, I went on an 8-day excursion to Italy and Greece. Ever since I studied abroad during my Junior year in college, Italy has been one of my absolute favorite countries. Though I studied in France, Italy left such an incredible impression on me. I’ve always wanted to go back. This year I had that opportunity. I also had the chance to finally visit Greece! My only regret during my study abroad semester is that I didn’t take a trip there, so when my friend Gabi invited me to Santorini for her 30th birthday – I was all in. Here’s what I wore and loved on my Eurotrip. I chose pieces that fit my shape and made me feel like a goddess:
Sometimes all you have to do is walk into a room and you just know that the space is going to be life-changing! That’s how I felt when I stepped foot out of the elevator and into Tiffany Hardin’s summit for aspirational, multi-faceted millennial women. The inaugural She Knows Now Summit took place on September 10th at LMHQ and I was lucky enough to be in attendance along with about 100 other women.
This one-day intensive summit was filled with dynamic and inspirational panels, interactive workshops, brilliant mentors, and so many opportunities to network with other aspirational women. We heard from women who are leaders in their industries from companies like RocNation, Trill Yoga, The Jam Stand, and Harlem Runs.
If you didn’t get the chance to join us for the She Knows Now Summit, I’ve got you covered with the 5 things I learned there:
Racism does not merely present itself in cases of blatant hatred. It is the airline employee who assumes you’re not in first class, the coworker who’s compelled to tell you how “well you speak”, and the fashion designer who refuses to acknowledge your culture within his vision.
Recently Marc Jacobs sent models down the runway sporting faux-locks in shades of pastel. Models included the “it-girl” models of the moment but very few women of color. When asked by New York Magazine’s “The Cut” how he was inspired by the Rastafarian culture from which locks originate, he replied that he was not. Some media outlets cited his inspiration as a return to “raver culture”. Where did these ravers get their initial inspiration from? They neglected to say.
Read more about the reception to Jacob’s spring presentation below:
This season Harlem’s Fashion Row once again celebrated designers, innovators, and stars of color at their Runway show and awards ceremony. Throngs of fashion industry spiders flocked to Chelsea Piers to attend the celebration which was supported by Motions, Latina Magazine, Ebony Magazine and more. As Harlem’s Fashion Row founder Brandice Daniels reminded attendees designers of color make up less than 1% of the brands found in major department stores making institutions committed to highlighting these unsung talents crucial.
Legendary record producer, philanthropist, and designer Swizz Beatz was presented with this year’s icon 360 award. His speech was straightforward and compelling. He confessed that when he was told about the award he instructed his assistant to clear everything on his busy New York Fashion Week schedule so that he could attend the ceremony. “Sometimes when people call we say I’m busy but when Tom Ford calls I’m not busy. So I had to make sure that I answered your call the same way that I answer Tom Ford’s call”.
During his speech he also highlighted acclaimed stylists like Ty Hunter and Wouri Vice who were also in attendance thanking them for their contributions to the fashion community.
Read more about this wonderful event below.
There are several things I just didn’t expect to see in my lifetime that have now taken place- a black president, Beyonce’ with a pixie cut, and now average sized models at a “traditional” womenswear show. While the presence of normal women on the runway of a show intended to promote and selling clothing to normal women shouldn’t have been shocking for me it was. I couldn’t hold my applause as Sabina Karlsson, Precious Lee, and Marquita Pring each emerged gracefully from backstage this season at Christian Siriano and the rest of the crowd seemed to feel the same way.
Read more about the designer’s daring show below.
Harlem’s Fashion Row celebrates designers and influencers of color, promoting their creative direction. We crept backstage for their Spring 2017 show and these are the trends and tips we spotted.
The beauty look for Lois London Spring 2017, which got a standing ovation at the show, was a warm, orange-brown matte smokey eye with full lashes, blended yet striking contour, and peachy-pink lips. The hair was bouncy, maintained with very little product but lots of shine, using all Motions Hair products. The makeup artists used Covergirl makeup to create this look.
Here are five steps to recreate the makeup look:
- Step One: Start by lightly applying foundation and concealer, and start to bake using a yellow-toned loose powder under the eyes and on the chin. This creates light around the center of the face, and can stop your concealer from creasing all day.
- Step Two: Starting with a neutral matte shadow from lid to brow bone, then move into the orange shadow, blending it all around the lid and concentrating it on the inner corners. Use a larger, fluffier blending brush (I find the older the better!) and keep packing on the pigment until you’re happy with it.
- Step Three: Stick with a brown, neutral colored shadow on the lid and define the lashline with a darker shadow. The makeup artists used the last eyeshadow in the Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow palette, which is perfect for delicate definition.
- Step Four: This eye is more of a halo smokey eye; the orange color is all around the border of the eye. Drag the orange shadow on the lower lashline, smudging from outer to inner corner. The Covergirl TruNaked Goldens palette would be perfect.
- Step Five: The peachy-pink lip was achieved using one of the Covergirl Queen lipsticks, no liner and no gloss.
The hair look was achieved using the Active Moisture Leave-In Detangler lightly through the hair to boost shine and keep the hair light in texture, and Motions Smooth & Hold Edges at the roots to finish the look.
This weekend brown girls from the the city that never sleeps braved the heat to join Christina in celebrating the end of the BrownGirlsLove Brunch tour at the Lower East Side’s Stanton Social. Attended by spokemodel and actress Africa Miranda, makerting expert Ylorie Anderson, lifestyle blogger and podcast host Simone Gittens and other likeminded powerful young women of purpose this final installment of summer 16’s brunch series was filled with love, laughter, and inspiration.
Find out more about this uplifting day below.
Pretty much everything I have accomplished, I can attribute to the support, love and guidance of my parents. Both my parents have been integral in my success but my Mom has undoubtedly always been my biggest cheerleader. She was at every recital, every science competition, every spelling bee, and as an adult she was even there to see my biggest accomplishment – the birth of my baby girl Cadence.
This year has been awesome as Christina has gotten a chance to connect with and hear the amazing stories of beautiful brown girls all over the country. But while she’s had a blast in places like Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago we all know there’s no place like home. This weekend Christina and the BrownGirlsLove family will be hosting the final installment of the 2016 Brown Girls Love Brunch Tour sponsored by EDEN BodyWorks, Ouidad and Kinky Curly Yaki.
Here are three reasons you should prepare to send off summer ’16 with us at Stanton Social below.
1.Your Favorite Brown Girls
When brown girls get together there are plenty of fun, fros, and fab to go around. This brunch series is a great place to meet fellow bloggers, network with other entrepreneurs or just find new friends.
Previous guests at the BrownGirlsLove brunches have included Gabi Fresh of GabiFresh.com, and Jasmine Lawrence of Eden Body Works. Come sip mimosas while expanding your circle!
2. Instagram Heaven
The Lower East Side provides the perfect backdrop for your new profile picture because the streets are lined with social media friendly murals including the wall of hearts located on Freeman Alley seen below.
Come and check out all of the vibrant art and killer views that instant Instagram likes are made of and check out how Christina struck a pose in front of a rainbow hued wall here.
3. Location. Location. Location.
The Stanton Social is a super sexy spot with a wickedly talented chef. Featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Uptown Magazine and more this restaurant is a favorite of celebrities like Jessica Alba and has been a beacon of fine dining in the neighborhood for years.
We’re so excited to end this season’s BrownGirlsLove Brunch Tour here at home in the New York City area!
Tickets are available below We hope to see you there!
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It’s that time of the year again! Essence Festival weekend is upon us and plenty of you brown beauties will be heading down to New Orleans for a fun-filled weekend of cajun food, NOLA street style snaps, good music and celebrity sightings.
NOLA is always an amazing time during 4th of July weekend. Though I won’t be at Essence Fest this year (this mompreneur needed a break to spend time with the mini me) there are TONS of really fun events taking place there and I want you to know all about them. See below for a list of What To Do at Essence Festival 2016 in New Orleans this weekend:
FRIDAY, JULY 1ST
Essence Beauty & Style Expo
Essence is hosting their very first Beauty & Style Expo at Essence Festival this year featuring some of your favorite influencers, celebs & more! Essence Beauty Box is the main sponsor and they have tons in store.
Cost: FREE | Schedule | Register: http://www.essence.com/festival/expo
Essence Day Parties w/ Everyday People
Cost: $25-$75 | Info: http://www.essence.com/day-party-series
Bevel Lounge @ Ace Hotel
Bevel Lounge – an immersive, relaxed experience where you can try out the Bevel shave system and Bevel Trimmer. They will have a DJ, bar, and product giveaways. Guest appearances & meet CEO Tristan Walker.
Time: 2-6 PM CT | Venue: The Music Room at The Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
NOLA Luxe Pop-Up Shop w/ Blogger Hosts
Time: 12pm – 5pm | Cost: FREE w/ RSVP| Location: The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, 921 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
Cantu at Essence Fest
The Cantu Crew of influencers will be in the building at the official Essence Festival Beauty & Style Expo. If you stop by, make sure you say hello! Cantu has such great products – I’m sure there will be free samples, tutorials & more!
Creme of Nature at Essence Fest
Creme of Nature has a great lineup of influencers hosting their booth at the Beauty & Style Expo. Check them out this weekend for giveaways, meet & greets & more!
SATURDAY, JULY 2ND
New Orleans Natural Hair Expo sponsored by EDEN BodyWorks
My baes Jessica Pettway, Romance of HeyCurlie and Yolanda Renee of EtcBlogMag are hosting the New Orleans Natural Hair Expo, sponsored by EDEN BodyWorks. Definitely check it out!
Time: All Day Location: New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center 900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130 Cost: $25-$55 | Tickets: http://www.neworleansnaturalhairexpo.com/tickets/
Red Carpet Beauty Lounge w/ Design Essentials
Chrisette Michelle will make a special appearance at the DESIGN ESSENTIALS Red Carpet Beauty Lounge
at the New Orleans Natural Hair Expo as well!
Notorious Kia at Sally Beauty
Kia of Notorious Kia will be hosting two meet & greets at Sally Beauty on this Saturday. Stop by – totally free!
The Great Girlfriends at Essence Fest
Check out Great Girlfriends Sybil Amuti and Brandice Henderson-Daniel for their appearances! Love these girls.
Don’t forget about the nightly performances at the Superdome! If you’re in town, you’ll want to get tickets for each night because this year’s lineup is ON POINT. My girl Jessica of HeyGorJess will be covering the nightly concerts for LoveBrownSugar.com so follow her on social media for live updates from the concerts!
Cost: $50-$2700 | Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Tickets | Artist Lineup
For those of you running around town having a blast at Essence, make sure you use hashtag #browngirlslove for a feature on the BrownGirlsLove Instagram page. We wanna see you!
So what are you planning this 4th of July weekend? Will you be at Essence Fest or home? Soundoff below!