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Journey Through The City With Me, @EssenceMag & @LincolnMotorCo in NYC [VIDEO]

July 29th, 2015 by Christen

To kick off the summer in style – Essence and Lincoln teamed up to surprise three lucky winners a celebrity-inspired experience of a lifetime! Of course NYC is know for amazing fashions and spectacular street style, so of course it would be the first stop for any aspiring fashionista to get into the industry as a fashion stylist.  Check out some of our fun while chauffeured in the all new Lincoln MKX.


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Must Read: Driving In The New Luxury: The 2015 Lincoln MKC and Lincoln MKC Black Label Edition


Discover the amazing style and fun during the Journey Through The City –  NYC below…



Must Read: Southern Living With Lincoln Black Label at Home #LincolnBlackLabel


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Anytime is a good time for a selfie with celebrity stylist & designer June Ambrose.


This was just the beginning of the cross-country fun with Essence and Lincoln Motor Company.  Want to see more? Stay tuned to to discover the celebrity fun in DC and ATL soon.  For more information on the Lincoln MKX   visit and get connected on social media with @LincolnMotorCo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram today!

Driving In The New Luxury: The 2015 Lincoln MKC and Lincoln MKC Black Label Edition

June 23rd, 2015 by Christen

Lincoln Motor Company has re-enginered what luxury looks and feels like with the 2015 Lincoln MKC and Lincoln MKC Black Label.  As a luxe crossover with a touch of chic technology appeal, driving the 2015 Lincoln MKC this Spring in both Detroit and Dallas was an experience that I’ll never forget!



From the dramatic HID headlamps (which are more visible than conventional headlamps) and the full-length LED tail lamps it’s easy to instantly see how the Lincoln MKC makes beautiful accessories, necessities. Inside, comfort goes beyond just leg room. The spacious interior is streamlined and graceful with controls at your fingertips – like the push-button-shift transmission – seamlessly integrated into the instrument panel (which can often confuse the first time driver, but it’s definitely a welcomed upgrade to your typical push-to-start ignition buttons.)




The journey starts here. With all of your connections made effortlessly. Say a command and stay in touch without taking your hands off the wheel. Or touch the signature 8″ color screen to have your favorite song from the playlist on your MP3 player piped through your vehicle speakers. No matter where you’re going or what you have going on, here, the lines of communication are always open.






Lincoln Introduces Exclusive Brand Experiences In LA, Miami, New York and Dallas

There’s re-engineering what luxury looks and drives like and then there’s creating a mark of luxurious distinction – and that’s what the 2015 Lincoln MKC Black Label entails.  The Black Label collection of Lincoln vehicles aren’t just an upgraded vehicle with premium leather, wood and other materials – it’s a completely upgrading vehicle owning experience.  Including a premium extended warranty, curated at-your-service dining experiences, complementary wash/detailing services and more!


The Lincoln Black Label collection of vehicles (Lincoln MKZ / Lincoln MKC) come in a variety of styles inspired by natural and renewable resources.  Drawing their inspiration from scents, sounds, fashion, food performing arts and orchestra, the Lincoln Black Label designers created four distinct design themes.  Each style offers a different aesthetic or theme based on colors, textures, patterns and natural woods.  Modern Heritage is a contemporary twist on the classic elegance that defines Lincoln. Indulgence exudes the rich allure of luxurious chocolate. Oasis is a retreat to a desert resort, or the sands of a tropical paradise. Center Stage dramatically reflects the excitement of the curtain rising on the opening night of a theatre performance.

During my drive, I selected the Lincoln MKC Center Stage edition during a recent drive in Dallas, Texas and needless to say, the Black Label experience was definitely an upgraded one.

Inspired equally by the fashion world and the theater district, this interior is for those with a flair for the dramatic. The Jet Black leather interior with Foxfire Red Alcantara® accents captures the excitement of standing center stage, while onyx wood (MKZ) and black striped wood (MKC) add a lush texture to this undeniably stylish design.


Equipped with specially selected Venetian leather. (Only 1% of rawhide skins are selected).  Known for it’s lightly finished texture, Venetian leathers in ebony are form-fitted to the interior, wrapping the seats, steering wheels and door armrests and also creatively stitched in subtle accent and perforation patterns to complement the overall vehicle theme.




Specialty Black Stripe reconstructed wood infused with layers of veneer, creating dramatic stripes both accent and enhance the design of the Lincoln MKC beyond imagination.


The Lincoln MKC Center Stage is undoubtedly a showstopper.  Inspired by the worlds of theatre and fashion, the Lincoln Black Label Center Stage theme is for those with a taste for the dramatic and definitely for those who want a vehicle that is a stylish extension of their personality!




Black Label was designed to offer a specialized customer experience and with an introduction like Black Label at Home across the U.S. I’m sure this is  Hello that prospective buyers will never forget.  For more information on the 2015 Lincoln MKC and MKC Black Label visit


[Watch Me Whip] Heels And Wheels 2015 Recap #HeelsAndWheels2015

May 28th, 2015 by Christen

Jaguar F-Type Coupe Heels And Wheels


By now, I’m sure you know how much of an automotive enthusiast I really am!  From luxury chariots to muscle cars, I love em all!  Last week, I was invited to attend a Heels And Wheels media retreat in Malibu, California to test out some of the hottest cars from Jaguar, GMC, Lexus, Mazda and more!  [Heels And Wheels invites women automotive journalists from across the country to take part in a 2-day media drive for networking and fun in the sun.]


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Discover a sneak peek of my favorite #HeelsAndWheels2015 moments below…


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Chief Engineer Allison Rahm shares the phenomenon behind the 2015 Dodge Charger.


Mazda6 Heels And Wheels

The 2016 Mazda6 was a standout surprise – I was absolutely amazed by this drive!


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Rene Syler whips around the corner in the 2015 Land Rover Discovery


GMC Canyon Heels and Wheels

The 2015 GMC Canyon SLE is a leading pickup trucks with 17% of owners being women.


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Auto journalists, PR reps, brand specialists and we’re all women!

Divas Drive In Heels

With so many options to drive, you’d be surprised to discover which car was my absolute favorite, which ride was perfect for new parents and which AWD vehicle left more to be desired. That’s why I’ve shared more photos, first impressions and more on our official automotive channel for everything cars, trucks, wheel-related and more, you can find it on

Check out more from Heels And Wheels at

Style Files: Say Hello And Color Me Happy In Heels #OOTD

May 15th, 2015 by Christen

Target style


Hello Friday!  There’s no happier time of week that the day that we welcome the weekend! As the days get longer, my dresses get shorter (Hey, I’m pre-gaming for summer!) With my favorite mid-Spring (not-quite-summer) frock and sneakers, I’m ready to take on the weekend in style!

Check out a few of my favorite shots from this week’s shoot with the Fiat 500 L below!


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Covered in Happiness from head-to-toe.

I love easy style! Chances are you’ll find me in everyday wear that easy to throw on and go!  Since I’m a tall curvy girl, it’s important that my style feels chic and confident no matter what.  So pairing a short and sleek shirt dress with wedge sneakers was just the style and comfort I needed!

Can you believe that on my way to another shoot location, I just happened to come across this colorfully graphic wall and said, This is it! The similarities between my shirt dress and this mural were uncanny – so of course an impromptu photo shoot was meant to be!

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Shirt dress: Prabal Gurung x Target (Sold Out)

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Shoes: Nike x Undercover Dunks (Sold Out)

Prabal Gurung Target stripped dress

Steppin to the beat of my own drum…

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban


For more on the 2015 Fiat 500 L visit soon!

Prabal Gurung Target stripped dress

Hello Weekend, is that you?  I’ve been waiting on you (at the door) all week long!

Cheers to the weekend & I’ll see you all next week!

Style Files: Spring Fling To The Max With The 2015 @Toyota Highlander

May 12th, 2015 by Christen

There’s nothing I love more than a nice drive paired with beautiful weather, and when you add a flowing maxi dress to the mix – you’ve got the perfect combination for an amazing Spring day.  Recently, I purchased this beautiful chiffon frock and I must admit, I’m in love!

For me, Spring is all about flow and coverage – many Spring days can get rather warm, while the evening temps require a light sweater or jacket.  Because of this, wearing a long-sleeve chiffon-style dress is totally worth it as it covers and protects without being too hot and heavy.

Check out a breakdown of my Spring look below:


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H&M – CONSCIOUS. Long, V-neck chiffon dress with a printed pattern. Buttons at front and at cuffs. Tie belt at waist. Lined. Made partly from recycled polyester. ($49.95)



Earrings & Necklace – Charming Charlie

Sunglasses – Ray Ban Aviators ($170)


[Must Read: Bring On Spring In The 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited]


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Steve Madden sandals


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Want to learn more?  Discover more Toyota Highlander colors, trims and options by visiting and get social by connecting with Toyota on TwitterFacebook and Instagram today!

5 Things Learned About Love And Life, Inspired By @FiatUSA 500X #Fiat500X

May 4th, 2015 by Christen

During a very recent trip to Los Angeles to celebrate the arrival of the new 2016 FIAT 500X, I found myself gaining a wealth of knowledge that not only introduced the latest Fiat, but also shed a little light on the parallels of technology, love and life. The All-New FIAT 500X crossover combines classic Italian style with power, size and the capability of an available All-Wheel-Drive system—a FIAT first in America.

Check out five things I learned about love and life, inspired by driving a Fiat 500X in Southern California below…

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5. Love comes in many shapes and forms.  As a tall woman, it’s easy for me to fall in love with large trucks and SUVs – but once I sat inside for the 2016 FIAT 500X for the first time, I realized that sometimes great things come in small packages. Designed at Centro Stile in Turin, Italy, the all-new Fiat 500X leverages the character and iconic features of the Fiat 500 into a larger and more capable package. Featuring comfortable seating for five, the 2016 Fiat 500X interior also provides unmatched utility, featuring a large rear cargo area with a height-adjustable rear cargo floor, second-row 60/40 split seats and fold-forward front passenger seat. Who knew all of this was hidden in such a compact package?




 4.  Grab the keys to your happiness and go!  

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

I’ve enjoyed driving every since I was a baby, so it’s only natural that I enjoy driving today! As an infant, I would cry my eyes out at night, that is, until my parents put my in my car seat and drove me around town.  I’m told that after only 10 minutes of driving around, I would fall asleep and sleep the entire night through.  Fast-forward to today, with over 17 years of driving experience behind the wheel, driving is truly my therapy for calming my mind and focusing on my happiness.  Who knew that finding my happiness behind the wheel, I’d be able to take something that I love and create a successful career from it! (




3.  Don’t look back!  The rearview mirror was designed to give you a sense of what’s behind you.  But even the mirror doesn’t give you an accurate view of just how far away you are from what you’re leaving behind.  (If I wouldn’t have quit my job 5 years ago, I wouldn’t have traveled the world and would be stuck at a desk that I hated.  Who knows where I’d be today.) Since objects are typically closer than they appear, my takeaway from  a moment in the Fiat 500X – When you’re driving full speed ahead, look forward to what’s to come and never look back.






2.  Take time to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds around you. Sure the Fiat 500X comes loaded with technology and convenience, to make the most of any trip.  The Fiat 500X is available with features like Uconnect 6.5 radio with a 6.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen and navigation, Bluetooth streaming audio, Uconnect Access Via Mobile, a 3.5-inch color thin-film transistor (TFT) cluster display, Keyless Enter ‘n Go, and heated front seats and steering wheel.  With all this goodness inside the Fiat 500X, it’s easy to forget about the world going on around you, but take the time to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds around you – I’m sure you won’t regret it.





1.  Finally, you’re the one behind the wheel, take control of where you want to go! Of course there will always be variables that impact your success, but the one thing you’ll always have control of is your perception and reaction to what impacts you.  That’s your steering wheel.  While people are staring at that glass of water figuring out if it’s half empty or half full, I’ve already drank the water and quenched my thirst for life.  The moment you take control of how you perceive situations and react accordingly, you create and control your own rules, and can go as far as you want!



2016 Fiat 500X Trekking Plus


It’s amazing how you can learn some of life’s important lessons just from living life in the moment.  Hopefully this moment of learning inspired by my exhilarating drive in the all new 2016 Fiat 500X will inspire you to find time to live life to the fullest and take advantage of every moment given.  Want to learn more about the Fiat 500X – check out my review of the 2016 Fiat 500X and discover how it combines iconic Italian style with functionality, performance and all wheel drive confidence at what you see?  Discover more from the all new Fiat 500X and family of Fiat vehicles online at and connect via social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram today!


Chevrolet Hosts NAACP Media Luncheon Honoring Spike Lee

February 9th, 2015 by Christen

Chevrolet Media Brunch with Spike Lee


In celebration of the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards, long time supporter Chevrolet hosted an exclusive media brunch honoring NAACP President’s Award winner – Spike Lee.  During the intimate luncheon hosted by Jocelyn Allen and the General Motors Diversity team, media learned about the unique creative connection between Spike Lee and General Motors (the Academy Award-nominated director also serves as CEO of Spike DDB, Chevrolet’s ad agency of record).  

Held at the Langham Huntington Resort Spike Lee; Jocelyn Allen, the director for Regional, Grassroots and Diversity Communications and director for Diversity Marketing and Communications Center of Excellence for General Motors; Martin J. Davis, design manager of Exterior Lighting, North American Exterior Design for General Motors; Vivian Pickard, president of the General Motors Foundation and director of Corporate Relations hosted the candid conversation where Lee shared his thoughts on his ad agency’s partnership with both Chevy and Cadillac as well as the special honor recieving accolades from the NAACP.


Chevrolet Media Brunch with Spike Lee



Lee discussed the importance of highlighting diversity and the accomplishments of African-Americans citing his directorial debut of the “I Throw Like A Girl” documentary / :60 second Chevrolet commercial featuring 13-year old Little League phenomenon Mo’ne Davis.  Lee also addressed his start in the ad industry citing NBA legend Michael Jordan’s Nike commercials as his first steps into the world of ad creation.


Chevrolet Media Brunch with Spike Lee


In addition to creative conversation, media guests were treated to an exclusive walk around tour of the latest Chevrolet vehicles, including the haute candy apple red 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 and all-new 2015 Chevy Tahoe.


Chevrolet hosts NAACP


From highlighting the illumination of Chevrolet’s latest designs to African-American leaders paving the way honored at the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards – the Chevrolet / NAACP media luncheon shined a light on leadership, creativity and the advancement of industry trailblazers that will inspire the next generation of game-changers for years to come.

Riding In Style: The 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country [VIDEO] #V60CrossCountry

February 2nd, 2015 by Christen

Volvo V60 Cross Country

The 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country is one stylish wagon for active users of all ages!


What happens when you work and play with your mom on the road?  This week’s Volvo cross country experience in California, that’s what!  During an amazing cross country experience spanning California roads from Napa Valley to the mountains of Lake Tahoe – my mom and I had the chance to experience the 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country in its natural active environment. Check out our first impressions halfway through our road tripping experience with Volvo below…



[MUST READ: – 2015 Volvo V60 Cross Country in Photos (Gallery)]


For more information visit or connect with Volvo on social media @VolvoCarsUS on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook today.

Top Five Hottest Cars Found At The Detroit Auto Show #NAIAS2015

January 22nd, 2015 by Christen

Global automakers brought their A-game to the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Journalists were treated to elaborate vehicle unveilings surrounded by dozens of floor-to-ceiling digital walls with music that raised the roof at the transformed Cobo Center. There were trucks, super cars, hybrids, plug-ins and driverless reveals that captured the attention of the connected media on digital cameras, personal mobile devices, Google glasses, tablets, GoPros, photo cards and more! There was even a car “built” at the show via 3-D printing. Discover my top five hottest cars found at the Detroit Auto Show below!



Maserati Alfieri 2+2 Concept


The concept made its debut last November at the Los Angeles Motor Show, and looks absolutely stunning! It’s still a couple years away from actually going on the market, but we’re more than willing to wait for the gorgeous Maserati Alfieri concept to arrive.

[Must Read:  Nine New Reveals And Concept Cars I Can’t Wait To See At The Detroit Auto Show]

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS



Looking for a slightly more souped up version of the previous Porsche 911 Targa, with performance upgrades across the board and a 430-horsepower 3.8-Liter flat-six engine. It’s here!  The Porsche 911 Targa, with its robotic retractable roof, made a fresh appearance at NAIAS in the form of the Targa 4 GTS and Porsche fans will be ecstatic to see this beauty in person!



[Must Read: The Glitz, Glam And Philanthropy Of The Detroit Auto Show Charity Gala]




Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion


The belle of the ball –  F015 Luxury in Motion is a car that is as futuristic as they come, with a sloping, rounded body it’s even more futuristic on the inside.  Want seats that can swivel to face the back seats, interior space and luxury sets the trends that we’re going to see a whole lot more of in the next few years.


Alfa Romeo 4C Spider


If you love a good convertible with speed to match, then you’ll love the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.  An update to the 4C, the Spider is a 237-horsepower convertible with your choice of tops to take off—a retractable soft top and a carbon fiber top that you’ll either need to ride with or leave at home.

Volvo XC90

The R-Design exterior includes a number of distinguishing details, such as grille, lower front spoiler, window in silk metal, and a R-Design dual tailpipe surround, integrated bright roof rails and mirror covers in matte silver. 20-inch or optional 22-inch R-Design alloy wheels complete the stylish, dynamic look.


Want to see more? Check out our full list of hot rides found at the Detroit Auto Show at


Have you checked out the North American International Auto Show yet?  Which new reveals are you excited to see in person?  Share your thoughts below!



Get Inside The Cars Of The Future Today At CES 2015 #CES2015

January 9th, 2015 by Christen

What’s the next huge leap in technology for automakers ?  Connectivity, Gesture-Control and Car sharing!  Auto insiders and journalists got a sneak peek at what’s to come with a previewing cars of the future today at CES 2015.  Just one small preview has opened the floodgates of what we could possibly expect next week at the North American International Auto show and more major announcements later this year.  But for now, let’s take a look at which major brands are making blazing their way through advancements and beyond below:




BMW showed off a couple near-future technologies that’ll be available on cars in the next few years. The first doesn’t really sound futuristic at all — it’s just a generic Samsung tablet, but the magic is in how tightly BMW’s managed to integrate it with the car’s systems. The “Touch Command” system includes the small Android tablet and a dock in the rear seat, allowing rear passengers to change climate settings, switch radio stations, adjust their seats, and more — in other words, it’s basically a portable iDrive controller for when you’re getting chauffeured around. [Read More.]




Hyundai Blue Link Smartwatch App


The app gives drivers the ability to access remote vehicle operations right from their wrists, such as starting and stopping the engine, locking and unlocking the doors, and activating safety features like flashing the headlights or honking the horn. Users will be able to locate their car or call roadside assistance from the app as well. [Read More.]






The F 015 Luxury in Motion — yes, “Luxury in Motion” is part of the car’s name — is basically a sleek pod with a huge passenger compartment, a fortuitous side effect of an imagined future where we spend most of our times chilling out in cars while they drive us around all by themselves. Mercedes actually calls the cabin “lounge-like,” thanks to four rotating seats that can face each other. [Read More.]

Discover more automotive previews and news you can use at! Looking for more breaking news and gadgets, gizmos and more found at CES 2015?  Visit all weekend long and even connect with us on TwitterFacebookYouTube and more today!  You don’t want to miss the action from the largest tech trade show in the world – it’s CES 2015!





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