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LBS at Coachella: The Recap (Part 2)


So I’ve already given you a run-through of my crazy first day in The Recap – Part 1. By day two, I had music festival fashion literally down to a science after seeing all the creative outfits and trends re-emerge in similar fashion. I also now officially knew my way around the festival grounds (and where to get a Wifi signal – c’mon 4G, don’t fail me now!) Days 2 and 3 had more of the music acts I wanted to see so it was a ton of fun stage-hopping and dancing with strangers. Good times.

coachellapoleHere’s what I got into on Days 2 & 3:

Day 2: Performance-Hopping


For Day 2, I knew there’d be a ton of running around. Plus, it was a scorcher at 97 degrees so I sprung for a “Florence & The Machines” graphic tee from H&M, jean cutoff shorts from Forever 21 and a pair of Sam Edelman gladiator flats.


There were so many great acts on Saturday. Everyone from 2 Chainz to Janelle Monae. I split my time between music performances, heading back to the H&M tent (I was addicted to shimmying down in that photo booth!) and taking street style pics.


I even bumped into some old friends! Remember Nikita from our Drop The Dryer series? Yep, she was there in an amazing pair of printed shorts.


In between shows and street style-snapping, I headed back to the H&M tent for another jam session in the video booth with Nikita and her friends…

After eating and going to a few more sets, I headed over to see my favorite – Janelle Monae.


Janelle played an amazing set. And proceeded to crowd-surf to close out her performance. Amazingness.

Day 3: Poolside Coachillin’


On the final day of Coachella, they rested. Well, not exactly but something close to that. Instead of slaving out in the hot desert festival grounds for the first half of the day, we partied it up at the Adidas Originals Do Over #Dochella Party.


Finally time to whip out the swimwear!


The pool party took place at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs. Such a chic venue.


Guest DJ Questlove was on the 1’s and 2’s spinning everything from old school classics to original beats. That’s me photo-bombing him while he DJs.


Loved all the swimwear on display at the party. Such great colors and patterns.


This two-piece from H&M was such a huge hit, me and Kamaria both showed up wearing it. Such a great style for curvy girls. The high-waisted bottom hides imperfections and the top gives vintage pin-up glamour.




That’s all folks! Thanks for tuning into my LBS at Coachella adventures and for those of you who helped me decide what to wear, you’re life-savers! ‘Til next music festival…


What festivals are YOU guys looking forward to this summer?

For more of my Coachella Street Style pics, check out VIBE Vixen HERE.

LoveBrownSugar Chic: Westside Safari

I took a trip to my local H&M recently and stumbled on this tunic for $4.95. At first I thought it was too good to be true. Nothing worth having is $4.95 anymore. But upon trying it on, I fell in love.

I really love the high-low construction of it, as well as the waist tie. That was thoughtful, considering without the waste tie it can turn into a boxy piece of fabric that won’t give me any shape.

The tie helps accentuate my waist, and turns it into a mini-dress as opposed to a simple tunic. 
The pattern is really what caught my eye. Once I tried it on, I realized how versatile a piece like this can be. You can take it casual with a pair of flats, or a little dressier with heels.
And for chilly evenings, you can easily slap a sweater or a leather jacket on top.
I paired this look with my red Zara heels (wore them here). They look good with everything, seriously.
My crochet cross-body bag is from H&M as well. It was my go-to when I went to Cali for Coachella.
Tunic: H&M | Jacket: Vintage | Necklace: Forever 21 | Shoes: Zara (similar here) | Bag: H&M (similar here)
Get The Look:

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Back In Action

I’m back guys! After spending the good part of last week in San Juan, I was pleasantly surprised to return to beautiful sunny weather here in NYC. I had such a great time relaxing (and working!) beachside. San Juan is a beautiful city. This week, look out for a full review of places to eat, sleep & play in San Juan.

All About Hair 

First off, can we talk about how Solange SLAYED her Complex Magazine shoot. That girl looks flawless!

Speaking of hair, I’m still going strong with my Indique Mix & Match curly look! I posted a video back when I was prepping for LBS at Coachella, and these curls seem to get better with every wash. I’m currently planning my summer look. Contemplating box braids once again. We’ll see!

New Products I Love

I was invited to Brush Salon in NYC last week for a launch event featuring John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair. When it comes to styling your hair, the tools can really make or break your look. John Frieda by Conair has a new line of styling tools including a flat-iron, a hairdryer and a hot air brush that use advance ionic technology to prevent frizzies, especially good for curly-haired gals like myself. I used the blowdryer to on my curls with the diffuser attachement and it revealed the beautiful head of hair you see above. I’m sold!

Ann Taylor LOFT invited me to their Summer Fridays launch party last week and revealed the newest pieces from their summer collection – amazing stuff! I scored the lace minidress above, and I’m also obsessed with a tribal print jumpsuit that isn’t coming out until July. I don’t normally shop at LOFT but their new collection definitely gives me a reason to make a faithful return.

Like I promised in last week’s Instaweek, I finally did a review of MAC RiRi Woo and compared it side by side with my fave Ruby Woo. Check out the results here.

I hope you lovelies have a wonderful week! Any plans for Memorial Day weekend?

LBS Beauty: 5 Beauty Must-Haves for the Jetsetter

Tis the season to travel! Christina’s headed to Cali for Coachella and many of us will be planning our spring and summertime destination vacays in the coming months. Seasoned travelers know that easy adjustments can make any trip feel like a first class affair. When I’m away from home I always make sure these five essentials are in tow: 

1. A Moisturizing Mask

Whatever your preference: plane, train, or automobile; the recycled air in compact spaces dries skin at an unflattering rate. A refreshing mask upon arrival will is like a drink of water for your skin. When’s Essence Gel Masks are packaged individually and hydrate and soothe fatigued faces.

2. Makeup Removal Wipes

You don’t need to watch an investigative report to know that commonly shared areas–like airplane armrests, hotel remotes, and gas pumps are hotbeds of lingering dirt and bacteria. Use your makeup removal wipes (like the Yes to Cucumber ones above) to clean them up, and save the rest for your face. 
3. Candles
Nothing will keep homesickness at bay and usher familiarity in faster than comforting scents. Store a few of your favorite candles (or try a new fragrance) in travel sizes in your bag. My favorite luxury travel candles are by Trish McEvoy and Tocca. 
4. Tools

Brushes are expensive, so treat them with a little respect in your suitcase. Store them in an easily cleaned, compartmentalized makeup bag. You can also opt for a special Travel Brush Set to throw in your carry-on.

5. Bite Size Beauty

Preparing for a getaway where you can let your hair down a bit? Vacations are excellent opportunities to try new products. Round up some travel samples from your local beauty store and discover a new favorite.
Shop The Products: 
– Ashley Weatherford of August Skin, @sincerelyash on Twitter

Wearing your natural hair on vacay this year? Be sure to check our our Top 5 Natural Hair Tips for Travel too!