7:30PM We arrive on the purple carpet at the Essence Black Women in Music event sponsored by Lincoln. Like I mentioned in my Prepping post, I went with the Tadashi Shoji lace peplum dress in Sand. I’m really happy with my choice, I feel comfortable and confident.
8:00PM The celebrities start to arrive. First beauty I spot on the red carpet is Sharon Leal who looks amazing with her short cropped cut and flowing cream gown.
I loved her eye makeup!
Goapele was there, looking stunning in a bright red lip and side-swept bangs.
Jennifer Williams of Basketball Wives was in attendance. She gave me the scoop on her outfit, and it was mostly Zara! Gotta love celebs who shop at the same stores we do.
Estelle looked beautiful with her cascading curls, deep berry lip and bold lashes. She wore a suit by Eugene Lim suit.
Denise Vasi of VH1’s Single Ladies was in attendance. She’s so gorgeous! Her red pout and green jewels were the perfect compliment to her Peter Hidalgo outfit.
My twin Jill Scott was there! She’s so beautiful, even more so in person.
Jurnee Smollet rocking a Trina Turk dress, with her date. Can’t wait for the newest Tyler Perry film featuring her and Kim Kardashian. Should be quite interesting!
Lisa Rae, also of VH1’s Single Ladies, was in attendance. She was a joy to talk to. She rocked a white Tadashi Shoji dress, and we gushed over wearing the same designer to the event. She has good taste!
Keke Palmer was there sporting new, luxurious locks. Love her curls! She was “big hair don’t care” like me that night. I just had a styling session with her hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez recently. She does a fab job.
Yes y’all, I ran into the one and only Nene Leakes of Real Housewives of Atlanta fame! I told her she’s my favorite. She chatted me up about some of her favorite designers, who include Christian Louboutin and Dolce & Gabbana.
Naturi Naughton posing in front of the 2013 Lincoln MKX. She wore a blue lace dress from an independent designer called Mignon.
I met new R&B artist Sevyn Streeter. I LOVE her single “I Like It” so I couldn’t wait to chat with her. She’s penned songs for top songstresses like Alicia Keys, Brandy, Fantasia, Kelly Rowland, Mary J. Blige and more. She’s so pretty! And her outfit was on point.
9:30PM Right before I head in for the event, I spy Ford Motors’ Shawn Lollie, honoree of the evening Solange, and President of Essence Communications, Michelle Eubanks.
Once inside, it’s time to enjoy the performances. First up is the lovely Lianne La Havas who woos the crowd with songs off of her album “Is Your Love Big Enough”.
I spied Lianne chatting it up with Jill Scott after her performance. Two of my favorites!
Next up was Solange! She sung my favorite “Losing You” and I went wild. Love that song!
Jill and Solange posing for the cameras right after her performance. I felt so blessed to be in presence of women like them. Real musicians.
11:00PM The event is nearly over but I CAN’T leave before grabbing a picture with my favorite Amber Riley! One of my style stars, she always looks flawless. Loving her new short hair.
And that’s the perfect end to my evening with the stars courtesy Lincoln Motors. I had a fantastic time out in LA for the Essence Black Women in Music
event! Special thanks to Lincoln for sending me, to Essence for having me, and to Tadashi Shoji
for helping me look my best!
Similar to the 2013 Grammy’s, we live-blogged our favorite looks from the 2013 Oscars red carpet as they came out. We had a blast chatting celeb red carpet looks with you guys last night on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s a recap of some of our favorite looks. Let us know if you agree!
Kelly Rowland looks stunning in a Donna Karan Atelier black & white gown. Following the thigh-high split trend, she’s rocking a gown that shows off her amazing legs and her toned arms. This look is a win in my book!
Can I say how happy I am to see Robin Roberts back on the red carpet? She’s a Cancer survivor, she’s back and she looks better than ever. Kudos to her. How awesome does she look in this blue velvet gown?
I love how Jessica Chastain exudes Old Hollywood glamour in this Armani Prive gown. It would seem like the color would wash out her pale skin but her vibrant hair color and the red lip makes it all come together for me.
Overall I’m a fan of this dress silhouette for Zoe Saldana. I think it really accentuates her figure. My only qualm with this look is that there’s quite alot going on. From the embellishment up top, to the belt to the colored tiers down below. I think she should’ve chose one embellishment and stuck with it.
Octavia Spencer looked absolutely elegant in a Tadashi Shoji dress. I love how loyal she is to the brand. And she always looks phenomenal! You guys already know I love Tadashi Shoji. I rocked one of his looks for the Essence Black Women in Music event.
Jennifer Lawrence rocked a Dior Haute Couture dress for the big night. I do think this look is a little…bridal. I think the silhouette is beautiful but she might have benefited from a different color. Congrats to Jennifer on winning an Oscar for Best Actress!
Another gorgeous Dior gown on the red carpet. In my eyes Charlize Theron can do no wrong. She always looks absolutely flawless. She wore a strapless peplum gown in white, and her brand new pixie cut which flatters her beautiful features so well. Absolutely my favorite look of the night!
This assymetrical look on Naomi Watts was really breathtaking. Gunmetal sequins is not something you see often on the red carpet. This dress is by Armani and it fits her to a tee.
See-through and mesh looks were another big trend this red carpet season. I think Sandra looks so sophisticated in this Elie Saab scalloped gown. I wish she had sprung for a bright-colored lip to compliment the look.
“Halle Berrrryyyyy, Halle Berry!” Everybody sing along now. My jaw dropped to the ground when I saw Miss Halle in this gorgeous look. She’s 40+??? I can’t take. Somebody find out what she’s doing. Because I need to know. This Versace gown is everything!
Following the thigh-high slit trend, JHud rocked a Roberto Cavalli brocade gown. I really love this dress I just think it’s a little too snug around the waist. Either she needed a good pair of spanx or she needed a dress that had a little more room in the midsection. Other than that, she looks great!
Everyone’s favorite Scandal girl, Olivia Po….I mean Kerry Washington…wore a super chic Miu Miu embellished gown. I love the bright color against her skin and the subtle detailing at the top.
I’m normally not a huge fan of velvet but Salma has me with a new frame of mind. She looks simply stunning in an embellished Alexander McQueen halter dress in black velvet. Beautiful.
Who were your favorites from the red carpet? Did we miss anyone? Soundoff below!
Solange is on a roll this year! Shortly after being honored for her accomplishments as an artist at Essence’s Black Women in Music event last week and stunning all on the red carpet at the Grammy’s in all her glorious gown and natural ‘fro glory, Solange graces the cover of FADER Magazine‘s February/March Issue.
With her fierce natural mane and striking features, Solange looks good in everything from a red carpet gown to baby blue tennis shoes. Gotta love her!
About her new album TRUE, she tells FADER:
“[In] four years, there’s been so much artistic growth, so much growth just as a woman in [my] 20s, but especially as an artist. You’re exposed to so much more from age 21 to 26, and you sure as hell care a lot less.”
Take a look behind-the-scenes of her cover shoot here: