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All Hail The ’90s: 9 Of-The-Moment Chokers To Rock Now & Later

August 29th, 2016 - By Loren Lee
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choker trend 2016

Chokers are officially mainstream. The once grunge-only trend from the ’90s has gotten a major refresh thanks to fresh fabrics, bold designs, delicate materials and more. We predict these necklaces of the moment will be just as on-trend in the upcoming fall and winter seasons, so now’s the time to stock up.

You can wear today’s interpretations alone or layered to perfection with other necklaces–think two, three or more styles paired together. Stick with necklaces in similar tones to create a cohesive set. Or, mix different metals together for a modern twist. However you style a choker, it’s crucial that you wear the look with confidence.

Ready to live your best life? Read on to check out 9 ways you can get in on the choker trend.

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French Mag Makes “Black Beauty Matters” Statement With Gang Of Africa Issue

August 22nd, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Cover-LOfficiel-Africa-768x1020Representation in the fashion world is a never-ending battle for Black women, which is why it’s such a big deal whenever a magazine goes out of its way to spotlight models across the diaspora.

L’Officiel de la Mode has done just that with its September 2016 issue, Gang of Africa, with the running tagline “Black Beauty Matters” which features Ciara, Iman, Maria Borges, Ajak Wek, Grace Boi, Riley Montana, Adesuwa Aighewi, and Anais Mali on the cover. Of the significance of the issue which marks the French magazine’s 95th year of publishing, Editor Marie-José Susskind-Jalou wrote on the website:

In excitement like no other, Africa is eager to move forward. An inventive continent, connected, modern, human, inspired by his stylistic diversity and cultural expansion.

A continent that can not be reduced to a bounded news in which some minds would ever force him.

A continent that is not just, either, to a mere geography. Africa is a feeling that tells and tells today worldwide.

A continent, finally, who is not just a trend, as glam as it is, but galvanized by the time its common faith in tomorrow. The great continent of possibilities. This excitement, fashion becomes impregnated with enthusiasm in his autumn-winter collections, the universe of art devotes major exhibitions, cities world would infuse, from London to Paris to New York Rio.

For this issue, we wanted to incarnate, L’Officiel has given carte blanche to Jenke Ahmed Tailly, which Beyoncé to Kanye West, his prodigal talent of style with the biggest stars. An embroidered number of dream and desire, which weaves the story of an African trip. Admit as much a journey towards tomorrow. (Translated into English)

Shot by photographer Ellen von Unwerth, the issue features captivatingly gorgeous and colorful shots of each of the women on the cover. Like this closeup of South Sudan’s Grace Boi.

Out now! #gangofafrica @gracebol in #lofficielparis styled by @lejenke

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Boi also posed alongside Angolan fashion model Maria Borges who won all our hearts when she rocked her natural hair during last year’s Victoria Secret Fashion show.

#gangofafrica out in #lofficielparis @gracebol @iammariaborges @lejenke

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And Ciara and Iman are also quite the pair in this still styled by Lejenke.

@ciara and @the_real_iman in #LOfficiel September @lejenke @ellenvonunwerth #gangofafrica

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Check out more images from the issue on the next few pages.

Brands That Do Plus-Size Better

August 16th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When it comes to plus-size fashion, brands are far from created equal. Some still don’t offer plus-size options at all, even though the average American woman is between sizes 16 and 18. Other department stores start plus-size lines that suddenly disappear. And some just don’t seem to be hiring the same designers for larger sizes as they have for their other sections because their plus-size lines aren’t always as cute.

But some brands have the right idea in mind. These labels understand fashion and do it at the right price and for a greater array of sizes. So whether you’re at the mall or shopping online, these are the brands that are doing their thing in 2016 that you should check out.

The Amazing Things That Happen When You Give Up Heels

August 3rd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Heels are uncomfortable. It’s an inescapable fact of life. But have you ever considered ditching them for good?

When designer and heel addict Victoria Beckham announced she was giving up tall shoes for good, everyone in the fashion world was surprised. The former Spice Girl without her sky-high shoes? Oh, the horror. But Beckham, who you couldn’t catch without a pair of four-inch stilettos once upon a time, said she wasn’t bothered by the shock. She was simply tired of pinched toes.

“I just can’t do heels anymore. At least not when I’m working,” the star said. “I travel a lot. Clothes have to be simple and comfortable.”

And if Beckham can do it, we decided to find out just what would happen if we took a break from our high heels. Here are some of the amazing things that occur when you give up heels — at least for a little while.

15 Times #WeWearWhatWeWant Gave Us Life

August 2nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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My body. My wardrobe. My choice. Dress: @rebdolls #WeWearWhatWeWant

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Have you ever been told to “dress for your size?” When that happened to 23-year-old plus-size model model and blogger Simone Mariposa, she refused to take the criticism lying down. Instead, she created the hashtag #WeWearWhatWeWant to show plus-size women wearing “socially ‘unacceptable’ outfits.” And since then, thousands of women have turned body shaming into body confidence by showcasing just how good they look in anything they want to wear.

Mariposa says it’s the hashtag we all need. Because while the world is getting better at accepting all kinds of beauty, “there’s still a limit.”

“They still want to see women who are on the smaller spectrum of plus size, the size 12s and 14s,” Mariposa told The Independent. “When visibly plus women are making statements about being body positive, they’re deemed ‘too big’ and they’re promoting obesity.”

So Mariposa encouraged women of all sizes to celebrate their bodies on Instagram using the hashtag, and we can’t stop scrolling through.

The Best Bridal Moments And Gowns From Our Favorite Black TV Shows

July 27th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Have you ever noticed that when publications come up with a list of some of the best bridal gowns and moments from TV shows, they rarely make mention of Black brides?

I’m getting married in about two months, and while perusing the Internet earlier, I tried to look through a slideshow online from a popular bridal magazine listing the best TV wedding dresses. I was intrigued. Sadly, per the usual, everyone mentioned was White. I guess I can understand it. Many of the Black TV show characters we have loved over the years, specifically the women, weren’t necessarily known or given much credit in the mainstream for their style (aside from maybe Denise Huxtable and Hilary Banks). Still, I couldn’t help but to think that it would be nice to see some Black brides and the fabulous dresses they’ve worn over the years during our favorite wedding episodes.

When you can’t find it, make it. So here you go:

ABC

ABC

Angie Baxter on All My Children

When daytime television’s first Black super couple remarried in 2008, they were able to have quite the luxurious ceremony — one their characters weren’t able to pull off the first time around after saying “I do” in front of the justice of the peace. Angie made her entrance as Ne-Yo sang wearing this gorgeous, corset-adorned, off-the-shoulder number.

Quick Mom Makeover: 5 Simple Ways To Change Your Look Without Doing Too Much

July 27th, 2016 - By Martine Foreman
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I live for simplicity. I just refuse to deal with anything that’s too complicated unless I have a darn good reason. I also believe that simplicity is usually far more pleasing to the eye than anything that looks busy or messy. Yep, no matter how I look at things, the simple life sounds pretty good to me.

My love for keeping things simple also applies to my sense of style. From my home to my wardrobe, I want it all to happen in a way that makes my life easier. But I also recognize that my love for simplicity can lead to a pretty boring existence if I don’t make an effort to change things up. That is why I love to look for simple ways to make things pop.

I recently got a new hairstyle and it made me realize that such a simple change can do so much for my confidence. My new do led me to think about other ways I can change my look without too much effort; the simpler, the better.

And listen, I am not lazy. Like you, I am juggling 101 responsibilities. I simply choose not to invest a ton of time into changing up my look. But the thing is, I do want to look good. I want to feel pretty and sexy. I want to feel confident.

So if you’re anything like me and you want to change your look without doing too much, these tips may help.

Change your lip color. After years of wearing neutral lip colors I took the plunge and threw on some red lipstick last year. Who knew a new lip color would get me so much attention. Your lips are a very prominent part of your face and changing the color you wear on your lips can really change your look. Whether it’s going from neutral to bright, or from bright to something softer and more subtle, a new lip color can work wonders.

Wear new colors. Are you stuck on black because it makes you look thinner? Are all your shoes neutral colors because they match more things? Trust me, I understand, but you gotta have some fun with it. If black and gray is your thing, try a couple of brighter pieces that look great on your skin tone. If you are stuck on nude and black shoes, get a pair of hot pink pumps and strut your stuff. As you may already know, there is a lot of psychology that goes behind your color choices, so playing with new colors may actually help you improve your mood and convey confidence, all while sending out positive vibes you never even considered.

Try new accessories.  I am not the greatest when it comes to accessorizing, but when I do I am always amazed by how the smallest (and often least expensive) part of my outfit makes it pop like crazy. Maybe you need a few new scarves, or maybe a few fun pieces of jewelry will do. Whatever you decide, don’t underestimate the power of the little things when it comes to changing your look up without spending too much or doing too much.

Make your eyes pop. Maybe you don’t wear eye makeup, or maybe you do but it’s not something you focus on a whole lot. Either way, if you use the right tips to make your eyes pop, you can go from sleepy mama to fabulous and fierce. I wish I could give you a ton of eye-popping tips, but that really isn’t my area of expertise. But I will tell you that a quick YouTube search will leave you with quite a few videos to choose from and the tips in many of them are super easy to apply and can really give you an incredible look.

Do something new with your nails. More people notice your nails than you think, so although they may be an afterthought when you put an outfit together, they shouldn’t be. With all the awesome nail trends out there, you can find tons of ways to make your nails look fly on the regular. If a salon is in your budget, go for it! You deserve it. But if it’s not, don’t fret. I am horrible at painting my own nails but have managed to find enough tips online to help me hook them up (and help them dry fast!).

Martine Foreman is a lifestyle consultant, freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, and speaker. To learn more about her work and get great tips on how to create a life you love, check her out at CandidBelle.  

10 Year Old Clothing Designer Talks Debuting at New York Fashion Week & Being Bullied (WATCH)

July 20th, 2016 - By jade
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Egypt “Ify” Ufele is a 10-year old fashion designer who was bullied in school because she was overweight due to taking steroids for severe asthma. As a result, she started a non-profit Bullychasers and her clothing line ChubiiLine to bring awareness and help other kids that are being bullied. Egypt has a clothing line for kids, women, and men. On top of all of that she also has a dog AND a doll collection. Can you tell us what you were doing at 10?

Check out the video above to hear her story and see her in action creating a garment. We were also in attendance at the 2016 Full Figured Fashion Week Runway show where she received the Junior Trailblazer of the Year Award and deservingly received a standing ovation.

Egypt’s clothes are available via online and in the following stores:

  • Dr. Jays
  • Macy’s
  • Rainbow

Follow Egypt on Instagram to shadow her journey.

 

Check out our Be The Boss episode featuring Marley Dias discussing her viral #1000blackgirlbooks campaign.

 

5 One-Piece Swimsuits That Speak For Themselves

July 18th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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When it comes to how you feel this summer, say it with your chest — or your swimsuit, or words across your chest on your swimsuit. We’re fans of the latter as well as the new trend of statement one-piece swimsuits, because why should bikinis have all the fun?

If you’re looking for a way to let your one-piece speak for itself at the pool this season, try one of these swimsuits on for size.

Marbs high leg swimsuit ($29.07) Missguided

Marbs high leg swimsuit ($29.07) Missguided

 

Private Party Relax Swimsuit ($106) ASOS

Private Party Relax Swimsuit ($106) ASOS

E&C X REBDOLLS "G.V.O" CUT OUT SWIMSUIT ($68.50) Rebdolls

E&C X REBDOLLS “G.V.O” CUT OUT SWIMSUIT ($68.50) Rebdolls

 

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Private Party Slay Swimsuit ($98) NastyGal

Jamaica Melons Scoop back swimsuit ($35) Boohoo

Jamaica Melons Scoop back swimsuit ($35) Boohoo

10 Year Old Fashion Designer Creates Bullychasers Movement (TEASER)

July 18th, 2016 - By jade
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Egypt “Ify” Ufele is a 10-year old fashion designer who was bullied in school because she was overweight due to taking steroids for severe asthma. As a result, she started a non-profit Bullychasers and her clothing line ChubiiLine to bring awareness and help other kids that are being bullied. Check out the teaser above of her upcoming episode for Be The Boss Kids Edition which premieres on Wednesday, July 20th.