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Last week I got the opportunity to experience quite a few new things thanks to Lincoln Motor Company. Lincoln and its partner brand Ford are friends of the LoveBrownSugar family. You might recall that I attended my very first BET Awards back in 2012 courtesy of Ford and that I attended this year’s Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon for the very first time as a guest of Lincoln.
Well last week, they gave me the pleasure of attending my very first TriBeca Film Festival! Growing up in NYC, I’d always heard about the festival and that it often brings out a myriad of celebrities including musicians, actors and actresses that are featured in these independent films.
I’m not a huge film buff but I can always appreciate works of art that people put their hearts and souls into. There’s something very special about film and I appreciate the storytelling aspect of it because I consider myself a visual and written storyteller as well.
Entrepreneurs Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett have transformed shared values into shared success. The best friends and business partners used financial literacy, marketing savvy, and organic relationships to their launch their luxury nail lacquer line Ginger & Liz. Available in a variety of vibrant colors the Ginger & Liz brand is committed to making sure women understand why they have right know what’s in their cosmetics. They’re also dedicated to providing safe beauty options that are affordable and accessible in the future from pigmented polishes to luxurious lip scrubs. Find out how these two women turned a non toxic lifestyle into a lucrative company below and don’t miss your chance to check out their product with a complimentary mini manicure at #ShopLoveBrownSugar!
While some may have seen a stint of unemployment as a reason to give up hope Dana Bly found grace in uncertainty. Inspired by the dynamic styles of the natural hair movement and the vibrant moments that occur in everyday life she used her illustration skills to start a small business. Pardon My Fro speaks to women of all backgrounds infusing spice and personality into seemingly dull household items like coffee mugs and shower curtains. We spoke with her about inspiration, the need for professionalism in small businesses, and balancing being an artist and businesswoman.
Learn more about Dana and Pardon My Fro below.
Designer Trina Turk has turned her talent into a brand that embraces prints, pops of color and a playful design sensibility. After twenty years her eponymous label still translates trends seamlessly into its aesthetic of california style.
Read more about Trina Turk below.
Essence has chosen to honor four chic individuals for their Second Annual Street Style awards. Sponsored by Chevy, Sheamoisture, and Home Depot and taking place immediately after the Essence Street Style Block Party these awards are intended to honor those are putting a fresh face on fashion.
Labeled this year’s “Style Disruptor” Jason Rembert has taken his bold perspective to the red carpets styling Rita Ora, Solange, Asap Rocky, Erykah Badu, Taraji P. Henson and more. At just twenty-seven years old he’s landed a spot on The Hollywood Reporter’s 25 Top Stylists list. Despite his success he’s determined never to disrupt the learning process advising new stylists to check their ego and “be a lifelong intern!”. We can’t wait to see what else this talent has in store.
Read more about this year’s honorees below.
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.
Written by Keyaira N. Boone
Plus. Extended. Womens. No matter what you call the section of a store that caters to size 12 and above, it’s separate.
And when I walk into the Mall at Short Hills with a slim friend I know I’m preparing for a separate but not so equal shopping experience. As we enter * insert the name of your favorite department store here* the escalator will foreshadow our fates as she is led to the area for “ladies” and I’m left to languish in the limited offerings of whatever is on the sales floor for the full-figured and fashionable.
Tonight at 9pm/8pm central, the FOX Network is premiering a new hit series called EMPIRE. The series, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, revolves around music label Empire Entertainment. Built from the ground up by its CEO Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), the story revolves around the family members vying for control of the record label including the owner’s 3 sons and the mother of his children Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) who returns from a 17 year stint in jail to claim what she believes is rightfully hers – half of the company. I won’t give away any of the juicy details from the first episode, but it is amazing!
I first saw previews of the series while watching TV. They’ve been running commercials for a while now. Then, a few days before Christmas, I opened my front door and found this sitting on my step:
Someone at Fox clearly loves me and knows that I love music, because when I opened it up it was a GRAMAVOX!
Gramavox is this new meets old school speaker system that allows you to play music via Bluetooth technology and it comes out of this really cool retro sound system. This is like the perfect gift for a vintage music lover.
In the package was a letter from legendary director and producer Lee Daniels himself. If you’re not familiar, Lee Daniels produced Monster’s Ball and directed Precious (which received six Academy Award nominations including Best Director) and The Butler. Impressive resume is an understatement.
In addition to the wonderful music gift, they also sent me the Pilot episode of EMPIRE.
After watching it, I can definitively say I will be tuning in weekly. Here are three reasons that EMPIRE on Fox is a must-see:
1. Taraji & Terrence. Nuff said.
This is really a dynamic duo. Their on-screen chemistry is so on point and they feed off of each other so much in this series. I really loved watching them interact, it just looks so effortless. Also we know how these two do – anyone remember Hustle & Flow? Right.
2. The music is amazing. Timbaland is responsible.
Timbaland is hands-down one of my favorite producers. If I ever grow up and decide to become Beyonce 2.0, I’m going straight to Tim to cut me some tracks. He’s responsible for the music production in this series and it is so amazing. They’ll definitely be getting some iTunes downloads out of me.
3. It’s like ABC’s Nashville – the hip-hop version.
It has the same appeal as ABC’s series Nashville with strong music as the foundation, great acting as the meat, and fun cameos and recurring roles as the generous topper. But what’s amazing about this is that’s for us! We’re always so up in arms about our actors, actresses, producers and directors not getting enough screen time. Well things are changing for the better and it’s so exciting to see an entire cast of people of color represented on a national primetime series. I really enjoyed watching the pilot of Empire and I’m encouraging all of you to tune in tonight. You won’t be disappointed!
EMPIRE premieres tonight, January 7th at 9pm/8pm central on FOX Network.
Are you planning to watch the premiere season of Empire?
The cliché “New Year, New Me” is almost inescapable. It’s been plastered all over memes, blogs and social media sites, and is a viable mantra for those who had a horrid 2014. In hopes that 2015 will be brighter and more favorable, we encourage readers to inject pizzazz into their wardrobes. Use these five reinvention tips to escape a fashion (and personal) rut in 2015.
As someone who has been a huge fan and supporter of Carol’s Daughter for years now, I was elated when I heard the news that the beauty brand would be joining the L’Oreal family. As a business major in college, one of my very first high-profile interviews at the time was with Lisa Price. Carol’s Daughter was still a budding brand that was rapidly expanding to include a storefront in Harlem and a slew of new product lines. I was enamored by Lisa Price’s business acumen and her sensibility. It is NOT easy to take a brand that you started in your kitchen to the level that Lisa Price has grown Carol’s Daughter. From there, I developed a great relationship with the brand and I’ve been a supporter ever since.
But with a big move like this, obviously comes controversy and conflict. Some loyal Carol’s Daughter fans are concerned about whether the products will change or discontinue. Some critics are worried that the brand will lose some of its authenticity as a result of the Carol’s Daughter L’Oreal acquisition. Well I had the privilege of speaking one-on-one with Lisa Price about her decision to partner with L’Oreal and what will change at Carol’s Daughter as a result.
Here’s what she had to tell me: