May 2012 archive

Beauty Bit-Watermelon Nail Art Tutorial

Beauty Bit

I really love this watermelon nail art tutorial from Pretty Polishes. Since Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer in the US, this nail art tutorial is perfect! I know it looks super complicated, but she goes through each step with simple, uncomplicated instructions. She also shows you how to get the straight lines and tips in this tutorial using tape! Enjoy! Don’t forget to enter the Leading Lady Bra Contest!

Leading Lady Bra Giveaway

Leading Lady Bras
I have a guest blog post going up on the Leading Lady blog this week. In honor of that guest post, they are sponsoring a blog contest for one complimentary bra plus free shipping. You can beat that! Enter below! Photo from Leading Lady.

Leading Lady is a premiere intimate apparel company dedicated to creating comfortably functional, remarkably affordable, stylish and easy-to-wear bras, camis and sleepwear. A family owned and operated business, Leading Lady has been expertly tailoring nursing and full figure bras for top brands and retailers across North America for more than 70 years. For the first time, Leading Lady’s comprehensive line of nursing and full figure intimates – including sexy stretch lace wire-free and underwire bras, supportive and seamless sport and yoga bras, and cozy sleep and leisure bras – can be purchased directly on LeadingLady.com.
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I Finally Did It… I Graduated From Grad School!!!

graduations
I was super busy last week. I went to San Francisco with my parents to graduate from the Academy of Art University with a MFA in Fashion Journalism. I am exhausted and excited! Thanks for all of your support during these long three years. In that time, my blog went from a hobby to my final graduate thesis project. Now I can relax, try to get a job, or try for my second masters or Ph.D. Who knows what the future will bring?!?!?

Wiggin’ It Series: How to Make an Invisible Part

How to make an invisible part

Hello everyone! This is the fourth post for the Wiggin’ It Series which will teach you how to make your own wigs.

 

 

 

 

Yesterday’s post showed you how to make a full wig and closure piece. Today’s post will show you how to make a more realistic invisible part closure using lace. When you use lace, it makes it look like your scalp is showing. The key is to use lace that is a shade or two off of your skin tone because your scalp is usually lighter than the rest of your body.
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Shoe of the Week- The Surrie Flat Sandal from Steve Madden and Macys

Shoe of the Week
Steve Madden Surrie Flat Sandals

The Surrie Flat Sandal by Steve Madden is a little different from last week’s Shoe of the Week sandal post. This sandal is great because it lets you wear a moccasin in sandal form. I mean who really wants to wear a hot, sweaty moccasin in the summer when you can just wear this sandal version from Macy’s? For $59.00 you can have a great sandal that looks great with denim cutoffs and long maxi skirts. Photo from Macys.

Wiggin’ It Series: How to Make a Full Wig

How to make a full wig

Hello everyone! This is the third post for the Wiggin’ It Series which will teach you how to make your own wigs.

Today we will finally make our wigs. There are several different ways to do this. You can use a stocking cap, spandex sport cap aka dome cap, or a weaving cap. Whichever cap you chose determines the type of bonding method you use. If you do use the dome cap/ spandex cap, make sure it is the one female cap and not the male cap. For instance, you can use weave glue on each of these caps as long as you put a plastic bag or plastic stocking cap on the wig head first to keep the cap from sticking to the wig head. The spandex cap is great for high temperature glue sticks and fusion glue sticks. With this cap, you still want to use a plastic bag or shower cap underneath to protect the wig head. The weaving cap is great if you want to sew on your weave, and once again… it goes great with weave glue as well.

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Wiggin’ It Series: What are the Top Virgin Hair Brands

What are the top virgin hair brandsHello everyone! This is the second post for the Wiggin’ It Series which will teach you how to make your own wigs. Yesterday’s post was on buying beauty supply store hair.

 

Today’s post is on virgin hair. That extremely expensive, yet totally gorgeous hair that you see on the likes of Beyonce, Lala Anthony, and Kim Kardashian. The reason it looks so good and is sooooo expensive is becomes it comes straight off of the donors head, and is shipped to the hair companies and then to you from India, Russian, Malaysia, Ecuador, Mongolia, Peru, and many other exotic locales. It doesn’t have any chemicals or color dyes in it so it is pure, unprocessed virgin hair.

I have yet to buy this kind of hair, but if I were I would get the Russian hair since this hair resembles my relaxed African American hair more than the other types of hair. It is out of my budget, but if you got it like that… rock that virgin hair! Also if you are new to wig making, stick to the less expensive beauty supply hair first. Trust me on this. You don’t want to screw up your first wig with $100-$1000 hair. Videos from @Thomasadrianna.

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Wiggin’ It Series: How to Buy Weave at Beauty Supply Stores

How to buy weave at Beauty Supply Stores

Hello everyone! This is the first post for the Wiggin’ It Series which will teach you how to make your own wigs. Wigs are fun to wear and own.

 

Sometimes you may want a certain style, but can’t find that particular wig, or you are just like me. I like being able to change my hair without cutting, weaving, or adding heat to it. Making your own wigs gives you the ability to change as often your hair as you like.

This first video is by Jouelzy. It shows you how to buy beauty supply store hair. You gotta buy the hair before you can make the wig. She tells you what brands are good and what brands are bad. I like this video because I think she is pretty thorough when it comes to hair weave brands. Don’t forget to check out her $30 weave series if you are on a serious budget.

Tomorrow’s video will be on virgin hair.

Bad Bish-Photographer Michael Freeby Shoots Once Upon A Time’s Meghan Ory

Meghan Ory

I love ABC’s Once Upon A Time. The show just had the season finale on Sunday, and I have many questions that need to be answered. While I wait, somewhat impatiently, for the new season I decided to bring you some pictures from photographer Michael Freeby. He is a friend of the blog. You may remember him from here and here. Michael recently shot Meghan Ory, who plays Red Riding Hood on the show, for a beautiful editorial which shows the floral and neon trends that are big this season. Enjoy these awesome pics!

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Partnered Post- Kiyonna’s Ava Convertible Swimsuit

kiyonna ava convertible swimsuit

As women our emotions play a key role in our self-esteem and body image. Our moods can be ever-changing depending on our experiences, environments and hormones. Like our emotions, our body image can be shaped by the opinions of friends, family, culture and the media from the time we are young girls.

For many women, our body image has its ups and downs. If we are in our favorite little black dress with a fresh manicure, our outlook on the world is positive. We stand taller and speak with confidence. However, when it is swimsuit season, our body image and in-turn, self-esteem might hit rock bottom.

No matter how you feel about your body image, when the weather warms up and the swimsuits hit the stores, we all do a double-take to make sure we’re swimsuit ready. I personally stress over trying to find a swimsuit that will fit me right, keep me from having a Janet Jackson moment, and hide the parts I am not comfortable with yet. My slender girlfriends worry they aren’t shapely enough, while my curvy friends stress over too many curves. So why do we spend hours and hours each Spring shopping? Why do we all have so many different colors, styles and shapes of swimsuits if we don’t like wearing them?

This year, I’ve found something amazing that could be…dare I say it…life changing. Thanks to Kiyonna Clothing, I have found one swimsuit to replace all of the swimsuits that I’ve been storing and avoiding over the years. The Ava Convertible Swimsuit is classic, comfortable, flattering, competitively priced and its style options are endless.

Just like those convertible dresses you find any and everywhere now; there is a swimsuit that does the same thing. This convertible swimsuit has ingenious straps which curve around the bust and can be tied behind the neck as a halter, or tied in the front for strapless tanning. More importantly the straps are comfy and supportive and an inner power-mesh lining creates a smooth, shapewear like effect to slim you.

I can’t wait to try one of these swimsuits because I like the possibility of making one swimsuit work in multiple ways for me. You know I am always into having options, and the fact that I don’t have to feel self conscious about my chest is also plus. Check out the Ava Convertible Swimsuit at Kiyonna.

 

The Shops at Target- The Webster Has Plus Sizes

I am really digging the new designer collaborations at Target. The Shops at Target have special items from different boutiques around the country. The Webster in Miami is the boutique that brought their cute clothes to Target, and they have PLUS SIZES!!! While the whole collection isn’t plus size, their are quite a few plus size options to choose from. I put my four favorite options below, but also check here for more options. Photos from Target.

The Shops at Target The Webster

1. The Webster at Target® Womens Plus-Size Scoop-Neck Short-Sleeve Dress – Melon $36.99 2. The Webster at Target® Womens Plus-Size Short-Sleeve Fashion Tunic – Navy $22.99 3. The Webster at Target® Womens Plus-Size Scoop-Neck Fashion Tank – Navy/Green $19.99 4. The Webster at Target® Womens Plus-Size Embroiled Skirt – Navy $32.99

Luxury Lust- McQ by Alexander McQueen

Luxury Lust

McQ by Alexander McQueenLuxury Lust is a new type of post that I will be doing where I focus on items that I am currently lusting on but totally can’t afford. A girl can dream…
Pink silk-tone torso dress from McQ by Alexander McQueen featuring a round neck, contrasting cape like cup sleeves, conceal zip fastening at the rear and colorful print design though-out. You can find this dress at FarFetch.

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