86th Annual Academy Award Recap


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The Oscars were last night and of course the red carpet was filled with glitz and glamour.

Stars of the Night:

Best Dressed Man: Michael B. Jordan

I was going to compile a list of men, but then I came to the conclusion that there was only one guy who came out on top. Michael B. Jordan accessorized his Givenchy tux with stars and gold plates, what could be better!

Best Couple: willjadaoscars2014

While many are saying Bragelina stole the show, Will and Jada are the winners in my book. Will and Jada took interesting and successful risks. Will with his suede loafers and deconstructed ascot match the effortless flow of Jada’s peach gown.

Best Baby Bump: Kerry-Washington-Oscars-2014

Kerry Washington won the show amongst pregnant women and has proven that you can be sexy, even with a little bun in the oven.


Understated Nail Art


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I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted any pics of my nails, so I decided to make my next post a mani one.

This week I made the “blood drip” effect: 

Though I love nail art, I think it can quickly become overwhelming and distracting from whatever I’m wearing. Let’s be honest, I don’t have a team of people catering to my stylish needs everyday. To balance my love of nail art and my personal life, I’ve opted for an artsy finger and an accent finger.

I not only get the satisfaction of fun nail designs, but I also have an opportunity to skip all the frustrations that may come with creating these little masterpieces. Some designs are time consuming, especially since many layers have to be completely dry before you start the next. This also gives me the opportunity to perfect these skills on both my dominant and non-dominant hands without having an entire manicure ruined.

Not So Dreary Grey


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I’m not the biggest fan of grey, but I decided to mix it up with a few different shades and a splash of color for my outfit today.


I love mixing shades, especially to colors that are typically seen as flat, like grey. It adds so much depth to a potentially boring outfit.


Vince Camuto Wide-Calf Boots: BedinaLF Scuba Skater Skirt: similar, similar; Gap Body Long Sleeve Shirt: similar


Simple makeup was a must. Mascara, thin eyeliner, and somewhat bold lips. MAC Grey Friday (this was an online exclusive for Black Friday 2013, so this is sold out unfortunately): similar

Blooper! The winter wind surprised me:DSC00212

Photo Credit: Dominique Steele

New Face of Tom Ford Beauty


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Betty Adewole is the new face for Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer 2014 beauty campaign. The 21 year old Nigerian-British model has appeared in British VogueAlexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2014 show and Teen VogueI can’t wait to see the final spread!

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While I congratulate Adewole on her recent triumphs, I would be remised if I did not take this time, especially during Black History Month, to shine light on some of the first black models.

First Most Well-Known Black Model, Helen Williams:

First Successful Black Model In Paris, Dorthea Towles Church:
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First Black Model to appear on the cover of British Vogue, Donyale Luna:

First Black Model to Appear on the cover of American Vogue, Beverly Johnson:beverl johnson

The list goes on. Essence has a beautiful slideshow of the milestones made my black models.

The Birthstone Collection by Julep


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Last month Julep launched The Birthstone Collection and kicked it off with my personal favorite gemstone, Garnet. The color is fondly named, Betty, after the timeless and bold Golden Girl Betty White.


This month the amethyst color is named Rosa, after the powerful strength and courage of Rosa Parks.


I can’t wait to see next month’s color and what inspiring woman Julep chooses.