Lupita, Alek, Viola, & Gabby

As Viola Davis accepted the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series rocking a straight brown shoulder length wig, I thought it was funny that she thanked Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Peter Nowalk for “thinking of a leading lady who looks like my classic beauty”.  What is classic black beauty, and does it wear a shiny, straight, brown, shoulder-length wig? Oh the images and drama of dark skinned women in the entertainment industry!  Initially, I couldn’t figure out the value of even writing about these…

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What Your Winter Coat Says About You

Winter feels like it is here; despite it technically still being fall for a few more weeks. Seeing college student interpret cold weather is highly entertaining. Here are my observations:   The Long Eskimo Puffy Coat with the Furry Hood I am guilty of this look, but lets face it, it is too cold to care about how silly you look. When walking through the never-ending wind tunnels there is nothing better that putting up that gigantic hood, buttoning it up over your chin, zipping your mummy body in, and…

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Oscar De La Renta

Are you one of those people who scream at the TV when disagreeing with the judges on Project Runway? Do you flip right to the fashion section in Essence magazine? Do you buy every issue of Vogue and Seventeen Magazine just to catch up on the latest styles in fashion? If you are, then unfortunately you may have already heard of the passing of 82-year-old Oscar De La Renta last Monday. De la Renta was diagnosed with cancer years ago and sources say he was not in the best shape lately. “De la…

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7 Great Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Halloween is coming up and I know everyone is looking forward to the costume parties and haunted houses. If you’re like me, you always wait until a couple of days before Halloween (or the day of) to actually get a costume. Luckily for us, there are a few really great costumes that are completely last-minute and that you can make yourself. Why not save the 40+ dollars you would spend on a costume from the Halloween store.  So, here are seven of my favorite costumes courtesy of Pinterest and other great…

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Coffee Can Do Wonders For Your Skin

In honor of National Coffee Day, everyone should know the amazing things coffee does besides giving you your daily caffeine fix. Coffee can be used for a number of d.i.y recipes all intended to reduce under eye puffiness, cellulite, or exfoliate. The caffeine in coffee contains anti-inflammatory properties, which is what reduces puffiness and redness. So, if you struggle with under eye dark circles/puffiness, cellulite, inflammation, or dry skin, here are some great recipes that you can incorporate into your daily routine.   Exfoliating Face Scrub:   3 tablespoons of…

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Lupita Nyong’o Spreads A Beautiful Message On Sesame Street

Lupita Nyong’o has always been an advocator for being comfortable in your own skin and embracing your skin color. She has made numerous speeches about accepting her dark skin and seeing it for how beautiful it really is. There’s no doubt that her confidence shines bright as she shows the world that dark skin looks good in any and every color. Well now, Lupita is spreading her message to kids with her most recent appearance on Sesame Street. In this segment, her and Elmo talk about skin and how regardless…

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