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Fashion Killa! June Ambrose’s Top 10 Style Moments

April 9th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer 

Ok, so in case you haven’t noticed, we’re a little bit obsessed with June Ambrose. The celebrity stylist and social media superstar is one of our favorite people because of her constant positivity and her endless flow of enviable looks, 1o of which we’ve compiled here for some afternoon happiness.

Just perusing through June’s Instagram–and with more than eight thousand photos, she’s a pretty prolific ‘grammer–can turn your frown upside down in a matter of minutes. That’s why this gloomy Tuesday we decided to add a little June to our spring, and look back at some of the stylist’s best fashion moments to cheer us up.

Aside from styling and creating custom items of clothing for famous faces like Jay Z*–she’s worked with him for 17 years and did his first music video–Mariah Carey, Will Smith, and Ciara, it seems like June is popping up all over the place promoting her fashion knowledge, from TV appearances, to awards shows, to events–she most recently made an appearance at Howard University in DC (see below) as part of the Harlem Fashion Row Conversations With… series presented by McCafe.

Read more about June Ambrose at StyleBlazer.com 

Hotness! Erykah Badu, Solange, And Ledisi Cover Essence’s Beauty Issue

April 1st, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Erykah Badu, Solange, And Ledisi cover essenceIf you want to see Black women’s true natural beauty celebrated, look no further than Essence Magazine’s May issue which features Erykah Badu, Solange, And Ledisi on three different covers.

Appropriately labeled the Beauty Issue, inside the mag, these musical heavy hitters are discussing self-expression, personal style, and, of course, hair. Erykah told Essence:

“I view my hair and clothes as functional art. I’m my own stylist and I love it, but I am not trying to make a statement.”

And yet, Miss Badu does just that every time we catch a glimpse of her on a red carpet, performing on stage, or posing in an ad for Givenchy. Unsurprisingly, though, her take on her personal style is shared by fellow cover beauty Ledisi. Echoing some of the same sentiments she shared with us in a recent interview, the New Orleans-bred singer said:

“Although I’m known for my long, colorful locs, I still don’t take my hair too seriously. I experiment a lot, dyeing it and constantly switching styles to grab attention. My hair is one of my best accessories and changing it helps express who I am.”

The baby of the bunch, Solange, also shared her view on style, pointing out that everyone should be allowed to dictate what works for their own bodies, saying:

“We all have the option of how we want to express ourselves through our life, hair, style or whatever we decide. We shouldn’t be pigeonholed into any one category.”

Amen to that. These three gorgeous Essence covers are available on newsstands today and you can check out each one solo on the next few pages. Which one are you picking up?

3 Ways To Wear: Radiant Orchid, Nighttime Edition

March 18th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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“A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones,” Pantone boasts of their 2014 Color of the Year. We couldn’t agree more! With a few daytime outfits featuring radiant orchid already created, we decided to style those same punchy pants, mesmerizing accessories, and bold dress for evening.

Read on to see 3 outfits perfect for tackling your nighttime obligations in style.

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Radiating Accessories

Perk up a neutral look with attention-grabbing radiant orchid accessories. Here, we chose a crocodile embossed clutch and a highly pigmented lipstick. And yes, lipstick is an accessory.

For a match made in heaven, pair with high-waist printed shorts and a sleeveless blouse with a jeweled neckline. Pick up the sheen of the silky top with metallic heels. A fab pointed toe option flatters all. This date night look is failure-proof.

Clutch, Gigi New York – $105 /  Top, Dorothy Perkins – $49  / Shorts, Reiss – $104 / Lipstick, Sephora – $18 / Heels, Aldo – $56.46

3 Ways To Wear: Radiant Orchid, Daytime Edition

March 18th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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Each spring we’re all about creating a fresh start, especially if that means making room for new pieces in our wardrobes. With loads of seasonal trends to chose from – leatherfaux furkelly green, and animal print to name a few – this time we’ve decided to invest in a trend that has yearlong staying power (at least according to the people over at Pantone). Yes, we think Radiant Orchid, the 2014 Color of the Year, is up to the task.

Gain inspiration from three outfits styled with deep shades of Radiant Orchid and sunlit adventures in mind. Vivid add-ons, a bright pant, and a vibrant dress ensure there’s a look catered for every comfort zone. Whether you prefer pops of the hue, or you’re confident enough to rock the color head-to-toe, we got you. What are you waiting for? Radiant Orchid is waiting for you…

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Office Official

A gorgeous shift dress is upgraded when doused in radiant orchid. The bold color and piping detail are extremely flattering.

We suggest keeping the rest of the color palette in neutral territory. An olive trench with matching black piping and a fresh floral loafer is a great alternative to wearing heels. Simple black and gold studs and a rich brown satchel tie the look together. Let’s hear it for the stylish employee of the month!

Dress, Target -$29.99 / Trench Coat, W118 – $125 / Bag, LeftoverStudio’s Etsy – $125 / Earrings, Charlotte Russe – $6 / Shoes, Forever 21 – $14.80

3 Ways To Wear: Covetable Kelly Green, Nighttime Edition

March 11th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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It ain’t easy being kelly green, but we’ve found an amazing trouser, an embellished clutch, and a gorgeous dress in the underestimated hue. Earlier we styled the look for daytime, but now we’re ready to ease the trend into evening with darker pairings, luxe hardware, and heels that are a little closer to the heavens. Click on to find looks appropriate for a mature St. Patty’s evening or suitable for stepping out any night of the week.

Kelly Green, Night 1

 

Ivy League

Teach a lesson on minimalistic style with this look. Classic shape meets refreshing color with a pair of kelly green trousers. Pair these tailored beauties with a funky striped blouse, a chic bag, chunky heel, and small earrings. Keep the add-ons in a dark hue like black to let the pants really pop.

Kelly Green Pant, River Island – $60 / Blouse, Wallis – $40 / Heels, Zara – $79.90 / Purse, DailyLook – $49.99 / Earrings, Tory Burch – $88

3 Ways To Wear: Covetable Kelly Green, Daytime Edition

March 11th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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In search of a vibrant hue that turns heads? Look no further because kelly green has stepped up to claim its rightful place in your wardrobe. A slim pant, demure dress, and pretty accessories all splashed in kelly green are the basis for three enviable daytime outfits. Fresh as newly cut grass, prepare to peep toned down separates ideal for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond. Click on for more looks that allow this underestimated shade to truly shine.

kelly green, day 1

Take One for the Team

Walk with your head held high as you bar hop in style, thanks in part to these amazing kelly green trousers. For a pretty-sporty vibe, rock the bottoms with a floral jersey-inspired tank, a jean jacket with sweatshirt sleeves, and comfy sneakers. For a final feminine touch, add a swipe of coral lipstick.

Kelly Green Pant, River Island – $40 / Tank, Topshop – $48 / Jacket, River Island – $70 / Sneakers, Nike – $90 / Lipstick, Liberty London – $18

“It’s Not Great”: Jourdan Dunn Calls Out Designers For Having Token Black Models In Fashion Shows

March 10th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From EurWeb

Jourdan Dunn has an issue with the lack of minority representation on the fashion runway, claiming some designers use one token woman of color in their shows – and get congratulated for it.

“I don’t know why people applaud designers for having just one ethnic model,” she told Miss Vogue. “It’s not like only one type of woman loves fashion.”

She continued: “I find it weird when [model] agents say, You’re the only black girl booked for the show. Isn’t it great? Why is it great? It’s not great.”

Read more about Jourdan Dunn at EurWeb.com 

3 Ways To Wear: Animal Prints, Nighttime Edition

March 4th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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Rawr! Hiss! Whatever sound zebras make!  Earlier we styled the animal prints trend for daytime, now we’re showing you how well-suited animal prints are for evening. A chic carry-all, sexy striped trousers, and a bold t-shirt dress are answering the call of the wild. Click on and explore our fresh creations. Welcome to the jungle.

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Minimal Instincts

A lady-like tote covered in snake print stands out for all the right reasons. With such a statement bag, keep the rest of your look simple and chic with a bright skater dress, neutral colored blazer, and stunning rose gold pumps. From conference calls to concocting cocktails, work the room with ease with such a classy silhouette.

Snake Print Tote, Accessorize, $82 / Dress, New Look – $33 / Blazer, New Look – $41.81 / Heels, Jessica Simpson – $89.99

3 Ways To Wear: Animal Prints, Daytime Edition

March 4th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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If you’re searching for an excuse to go a little wild during the daytime, then look no further. Try animal prints on for size to lighten the mood and shed your style inhibitions. With ferocious feats in mind, we’ve put together 3 outfits featuring snake, zebra, and leopard print. These gorgeous pieces stand on their own, but with loads of affordable price points, you may be tempted to add entire looks to your closet. You’ve been warned. March forward and embrace the trend head on.

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Spring Dreaming

Run errands in style with a roomy snake print tote as the star. Relaxed jeans and a jewel tone blouse are sweet opposites. When warm weather permits, toss on a chunky sandal with a boho vibe and a statement necklace that provides a pop of color. A snake ring lends a playful touch.

Snake Print Tote, Accessorize, $82 / Blouse, Topshop – $72 / Necklace, White House Black Market – $34.99 / Ring, Max and Chloe – $12 / Jeans, Gap – $70 / Heels, DJ Premium – $45

3 Ways To Wear: Fabulous Faux Fur, Nighttime Edition

February 25th, 2014 - By Loren Lee
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Faux fur is all over the runways, red carpets, and decorating street style stars. We gave you the deets on how to style this luxe textile for daytime earlier, but now we’re here to talk about how to wear faux fur after sundown. We’ve got three different items sure to please faux fur-wearing newbies and seasoned pros alike. Scroll down and click on for real inspiration.

Fur, Night 1

 Jump Street

Be honest with yourself from the beginning and admit it: You were born to stand out. An army green anorak jacket goes glam with a detachable fur collar. For a utilitarian chic feel, slip it over a wine jumpsuit and bold earrings like this lion pair. A see-through clutch and strapping heels complete the outfit. Remember to rock the fur collar even after you check your coat.

Coat with Detachable Collar, Forever 21 -$37.99 / Jumpsuit, Dorothy Perkins – $39 / Earrings, ASOS – $19.76 / Clutch, Nasty Gal – $50 / Heels, Shoemint – $79.89

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