It’s amazing the amount of friends that I’ve amassed through this little blog! Some of DivasandDorks.com biggest supporters, I’ve known for years, while others I’ve never met IRL…that’s about to change! In an effort to thank supporters and meet up with new and old friends, DivasandDorks.com hosted it’s first Bytes and Bites Meet Up, March 27th at Morton’s Steak House in Chicago!
What is Bytes and Bites exactly? It’s an evening filled with influencers of fun, laughs and good conversation over great food! Hosted by yours truly, I got the chance to talk tech, chat about love, life and the pursuit of happiness with ChicagoLand peeps over great bites like mini crab cake BLTs, tuna tacos, prime cheeseburgers and sweet drinks! Special thanks to the amazing staff at Morton’s (Wacker Place) in Chicago!
I had such an incredible time, connecting and reconnecting with old and new fans, supporters, colleagues and friends that DivasAndDorks’ is taking this show on the road! We’re hosting Bytes and Bites Meet Ups all over the country! Who knows where we’ll pop up soon. Will your city be next?
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The stars aligned and brought the best vocal talents to the main stage GRAMMY Weekend in Los Angeles as the BET Music Matters showcase. Featuring GRAMMY nominees Mali Music, Luke James, Antonique Smith along with Avery Wilson and special guest Kierra Sheard – the annual showcase kicked off the biggest weekend in music at H.O.M.E (House of Music and Entertainment) in Beverly Hills.
Kierra Sheard and Lelah Hathaway attended the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
Kevin McDowell, Debra Lee and Martin Ludlow attended the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
GRAMMY nominated – Antonique Smith performed at the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
Mali Music performed at the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
Jazmine Sullivan performed at the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
BET Music Matters initiative highlights emerging new artists by showcasing their talents through live performances including monthly showcases and the Music Matters Tour. Music Matters has helped propel the careers of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Miguel, J. Cole, K. Michelle, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Elle Varner, Eric Roberson, Big K.R.I.T., Emeli Sande’, Luke James, Stalley, Mali Music, Astro and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From New York to California – Harlem’s Fashion Row brought haute styles and celebrity fun during the inaugural Style Beat fashion show Grammy Weekend in Los Angeles. Held at the spacious Palazzo Beverly Hills estate, the red carpet event hosted by Quincy and Vanessa Simmons highlighted emerging multicultural designers – powered by Verizon Wireless. Featured designers included L.A. – based designer Kevan Hall, custom menswear designer Waraire Bosell, and emerging designers, Joseph Bethune and “Project Runway” finalist Kimberly Goldson.
Style Beat hosts Quincy, Vanessa Simmons and HFR CEO Brandice Henderson-Daniel
“I’ve dreamt of expanding Harlem’s Fashion Row to Los Angeles and now it’s become a reality. It’s our first-ever event on the West Coast and we’re excited to introduce our brand to the entertainment community and continue to present diversity in fashion.”
- HFR Founder/CEO Brandice Henderson-Daniel
Celebrity style usie with Vanessa Williams, AJ Johnson and Tamala Jones
Celebrity guests included VH1’s Basketball wives Laura and Gloria Govan, Vanessa Williams, AJ Johnson, Tamala Jones and more. Influencers got the chance to take their unique style online with Verizon’s 360 interactive glam cam. The 360-degree photo/video experience captured head-to-toe shareable looks that guests shared on social media using #VZFashionMoment tag. Check out my 360 glam cam Verizon VZFashionMoment …and more from the Style Beat event below…
The Verizon 360-glam cam was the haute spot for the Style Beat show
Designs by Kevan Hall ruled the poolside runway
These flowing florals had everyone ready for spring…
Discover the pulse of what’s new and next in designer fashions with Harlem’s Fashion Row all year long. Connect with Harlem’s Fashion Row on Twitter, Instagram and Verizon on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook today!
Lincoln Motor Company was the presenting sponsor for ESSENCE’s 6th Annual Black Women in Music Event in Los Angeles at Avalon Hollywood.
The 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Music took both celebrity attendees and consumers on a journey through four decades of music with performances by Chaka Khan, MC Lyte, Brandy and Lianne La Havas. The event honored Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, Jill Scott.
The all-new Lincoln MKX shared the red carpet with celebrity arrivals, alongside the 2015 Lincoln MKC, Black Label trim.
2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Music kicked off Lincoln’s “The Music Selfie Experiment,” that allows users to upload a selfie and have it set to a music track based on their facial features.
The ESSENCE Black Women in Music Event, now in its sixth consecutive year, is noted as one of the must-attend events during Grammy week.
Check out more arrivals from last night’s haute event below!
Black Friday Shopping is single-handedly the biggest shopping day of the year! It’s no wonder why major retailers are doing their best to wrangle shoppers in with tempting deals available as early as Thanksgiving day. After searching through countless circulars, frequent shopper emails and my favorite destination for all things Black Friday Shopping (TheBlackFriday.com) I found some of the best black Friday shopping deals from Best Buy, Target and more worth every moment of camping out and waiting in line for below.
Known as one of the premier shopping destinations for Black Friday shoppers – Best Buy is where the hardcore shoppers camp out for the exclusive deals. Shoppers won’t have too much time to be thankful on Thanksgiving with family since the lines for the big box store will probably wrap around the corner early morning prior to store doors opening on 5pm Thanksgiving day.
Panasonic 50″ tv ($199)
Microsoft Surface ($299)
Macbook Air 11.9″ ($779.99)
Mondays suck. There I said it. There’s no way to get around it and you’re better off accepting it, right? WRONG. Monday is just like any other day of the week – it’s what you make it. So why not do what you can to make the most of it? Recently, I’ve challenged myself to make the most of the “most hated day of the week” by creating amazing Monday-only moments to kick off the start of the workweek right! Amazing moments aren’t simply created. They take considerable time, efforts (sometimes, you have to find ways to steal moments for yourself) or just the guts to let a little spontaneity have its way.
Recently, I found a way to steal a moment for myself and kick of the workweek at POPSUGAR’s Seriously Distracted Launch party, presented by fruitwater! A night of great food, great drinks and great fun was all a girl needed to kick off a Monday night right!
With my blogger boo Danielle (TheStyleandBeautyDoctor) in tow, we were ready to get seriously distracted and steal a moment away from the Monday blues to enjoy what NYC nights in the city are all about. Delicious treats like tuna tartar, crostini and refreshing fruitwater mixers were just what my palate needed for a fulfilling weeknight out.
photos courtesy of DivasandDorks/Getty Images
We even got a sneak peek preview of POPSUGAR’s new scripted series – Seriously Distracted starring Amy Sedaris as well as Greta Lee from HBO’s Girls. Seriously Distracted is a hilarious new show that highlights how everyday women steal moments in pop culture. fruitwater also encourages women to steal more moments with refreshing sips of its flavored beverage everyday!
Want to check out the hilarious new show for yourself? Check out one of my favorite episodes below…
Tune in to Seriously Distracted Tuesdays on popsugar.com/
How do you find ways to steal a moment during the week? (A stolen moment is a sliver of time you find and take for yourself during your busy, on-the-go day. It’s the perfect occasion for a tasty, zero-calorie fruitwater.) Follow fruitwater on Instagram at @fruitwaterbev and submit a photo showing the world how you make the most of your day by stealing a moment for yourself for your chance to win a $1,000 prize towards your next stolen moment! Make sure to include #stealamomentsweeps and #fruitwater in your Instagram submission.
Steal a moment for yourself this week and discover how taking a little time for yourself each week could lead to a happy and healthier you in the future!
DISCLOSURE: This post was sponsored by fruitwater through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about fruitwater, all opinions are my own.
Target and TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie hosted a private event in celebration of TOMS for Target. Throughout the evening, guests including Jennifer Garner and Jessica Alba enjoyed entertainment and family-friendly activities, including DIY gifting stations, all in a farmer’s market-inspired setting. Guests also had the opportunity to be among the first to shop the collection and share in the spirit of giving – for each item purchased, a donation will be made to a person in need.
Just in time for the holidays, Target has partnered with TOMS on a limited-edition collection of home goods, apparel, accessories and shoes for women, men and children. Similar to TOMS’ One for One® giving model, for each item purchased, a donation will be made, with the potential to provide more than 11 million meals, blankets and shoes to those in need.
Jennifer Garner doing a little shopping for good…
By purchasing one blanket from the TOMS for Target collection, you will be providing warmth for those in need as TOMS will provide one blanket for every purchase made.
The TOMS for Target collection features more than 50 items, consisting of home goods and apparel and accessories for women, men and children. With all items under $50, TOMS for Target will be available Nov. 16 at all Target stores and on Target.com. To follow the buzz and join in on the conversation, use #TOMSforTarget.
Photos: David Crotty/PatrickMcMullan.com
Last week, Procter and Gamble family of products – Dounty, Crest, Dawn, Febreze, Head & Shoulders, Secret and Tide celebrated everyday struggles that only New Yorkers know. With the help of comedy power players, #NYTough kicked off the consumer campaign, with a comedy showcase at the iconic Carolines on Broadway with Marlon Wayans, Sherri Shepherd, Michael Che and Michelle Buteau.
So what does comedy have to do with everyday New York struggles? Have you ever had to sprint to a subway train before? Secret Clinical strength is a smelly lifesaver! The #NYTough campaign gives New Yorkers a break from the unique challenges they face every day, with the brands that are tough enough to help them thrive in the city that never sleeps.
The #NYTough campaign will debut a series of man-on-the-street video interviews this month, hosted by Michael Che, which capture #NYTough stories directly from the mouths of New Yorkers.
#NYTough campaign launched earlier this year, highlighting those uniquely New York situations and the role brands like Bounty, Tide and Febreze play in providing everyday solutions, including:
o Apt 3A’s takeout smell is tough. Febreze is tougher.
o Garlicky pizza breath is tough. Crest is tougher.
o Wearing white on the L train is tough. Tide Pods is tougher.
Check out a clip from the #NYTough series hosted by comedian Michael Che below.
For more information on how Procter and Gamble can help you through life’s tough messes, follow the conversation online using #NYTough today.
[EVENT RECAP] Thursday, September 11th – In celebration of another successful New York Fashion Week dozens of editors, bloggers and fashion enthusiasts attended “Relax, Renew and Recharge” #NYFWRRR lounge at Inglot Chelsea Studios in NYC. Hosted by Ty Alexander of GorgeousinGrey.com, Christen Rochon of DivasandDorks.com and Kéla Walker of KelasKloset.com – collectively known as the Digital Sorority group – invited guests experienced live beauty demonstrations and complementary makeovers from Angela’s Hair Studio and Inglot Cosmetics.
Once guests received complementary makeovers, many of them took to the #NYFWRRR selfie booth for unfiltered party moments shared on social media and beyond.
The #NYFWRRR Selfie Booth was in full swing and the life of the post fashion week party.
Hands on demonstration of the latest AT&T smartphones by knowledgeable product specialists.
In addition to beauty services and selfies, guests enjoyed hands-on interaction with AT&T products including the LG G Vista, Amazon Fire, LG G 3, G Watch and other exciting devices sure to empower any stylish editor on the go. During the social media charged event, guests got social during the Relax, Renew and Recharge Twitter party and won amazing prizes including LG G Vista smartphones and accessories from AT&T, makeover prizes from Angela’s Hair Studio and Inglot Cosmetics, Resurgence power cases from OtterBox and more.
Guests also enjoyed a special 20% off shopping experience for the must have beauty products for Fall.
Many guests walked away with giftbags filled with full size beauty products from SheaMoisture and Beautiful Textures, prizes and great memories concluding another series of New York Fashion Week events. For more information, photos and get in on the post fashion week conversations follow #NYFWRRR online and visit DigitalSorority.com.
NYFWRRR grand prize winner receives her new LG G Vista smartphone from AT&T product specialists.
Special thanks to all that attended #NYFWRRR from the hosts Christen, Kéla and Ty of Digital Sorority.