According to Bok-Hee, Lead Hair Stylist for SheaMoisture, this year’s theme was simple. “Sheer transparency enhanced by ‘moments of shine’ set the tone for the Tracy Reese collection this season. While distinctive details such as color and embellishment came into play, the vision was to keep the woman looking natural and truly authentic.”
- Fight frizz and nourish hair by working in SheaMoisture Professional Curl Leave-In Conditioner.
- Parcel out small portions of hair around the crown of the head to be set aside and gather the rest to be pulled into a low chignon.
- Apply SheaMoisture Professional Finish Blow Dry Cream throughout hair as you pull it into a low ponytail at the nape. Layer SheaMoisture Professional Vibrant Color Shine Glaze onto strands to provide the ultimate clear shine boost.
- To create the chignon, gently twist the hair from the nape of the neck to the ends, and then begin to coil it in a counter-clockwise circle. Continue to twist the hair into a bun shape using the index finger to hold it in place.Secure sides of the bun with bobby pins. Gently pull and loosen the edges of the bun to get the desired shape, then secure with more bobby pins.
- With the remaining wispy pieces of hair, apply SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Texture Spray and use a teasing brush to create structure.
- Finish by spraying SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist for hold and hydration.
From the holiday season to summer and even in preparation for the most stylish season of them all – Fall! Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner has been my secret to sustaining my wardrobe from one season to the next and now I’m sharing my secret to saving money on dry cleaning and how to freshen your wardrobe from one season to the next with you!
Reason #1 for using Dryel – it saves me hundreds in dry cleaning bills every month! The average dry cleaning bill for three dresses is $60+ a month – compared to Dryel, a few bucks a month goes a long way!
Dryel is the at-home dry cleaner that uses the power of steam to clean and deodorize clothing – all in your own dryer. The patented Dryel cleaning system truly fits my on-the-go lifestyle! From last minute travel, to dressing for a special occasion Dryel quickly refreshes and renews clothing in as little as fifteen minutes. Dryel safely and thoroughly cleans clothes, protects colors and preserve shape without using any harsh chemicals.
Dryel is definitely my secret for keeping my looks fabulous all season long. The starter kit (MSRP: $6.99) cleans up to 10 garments while the refill (MSRP $8.99) cleans up to 30 garments – cleaning my favorite sequin and satin frocks for a fraction of the cost of a typical dry cleaner.
Reason #2 for using Dryel – it’s tough on stains but easy on sequin, satins and other delicate fabrics.
Not only do I use Dryel to clean and freshen up hard to clean frocks, but it works wonders on eliminating wrinkles in hard to iron pleated skirts/dresses and livening compacted clothes fresh out my suitcase too!
Reason #3 for using Dryel – it’s travel friendly! No matter what city or hotel, I find myself in I can alway count on dry cleaner quality service at “Do-It-Yourself” pricing with Dryel!
Dryel is easy to use, cost effective and it extends the life of your closet – what more could you ask for? Clothes look newer, longer, with no fading, shrinking or stretching. You’ve seen how I keep my winter, spring and summer style chic without breaking the bank with Dryel, now how about you? You can find Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner at retailers like Walmart and Target or get social and connect with Dryel on Facebook and Pinterest today.
8 Reasons Why Your ‘September Issue’ Is Making Major History With Black Women! #BlackGirlsRock #BlackGirlMagicAugust 20th, 2015 by Christen
September is arguably the most important issue of the year, publications pull out all the stops for the first month of fall. Advertisers spend a majority of ad dollars for the ‘September’ issue and ultimately it’s the issue that makes (or breaks) fashion magazines. This year, eight of the coveted ‘September’ issues feature black women on the cover – larger than any previous year.
What’s even better is that all the ladies featured are women we look up to for different reasons. Kerry Washington came at us with an inspirational quote on body acceptance, Serena just won Wimbledon for the sixth time, Misty Copeland is the first black ballerina to become the American Ballet Theater’s principal dancer and don’t even get us started on the inspirational power that is Beyoncé. Black Girls Rock and to see a variety of shades, representing women walking so many diverse journeys in life is more than empowering, it’s validating, reassuring and exciting!
Black Girl Magic is running rampant, in addition to this welcome shift in September issue covers, we’ve also noticed more attention being paid to non-celebrity women in glossy mags. Elle’s September issue showcased 35 women under 30 who are uber successful in their respective industries. Redbook also went a similar route, using the winners of their second annual Real Women Style Awards on their cover. If these changes are going to be concurrent with the issues published throughout the rest of the year, you can go ahead and sign us up for subscriptions to them all.
Does diversity sell? Is this a trend that’ll continue or just coincidental hype? What’s your favorite September issue cover you’ve spotted so far? Share with us in the comments below.
If there’s any hi-lo collection worth saving coins for, it’s undoubtedly the Balmain H&M collaboration arriving this Fall!
Who’s ready for a swoon-worthy fashion collection unlike anything we’ve seen before? News first broke of the collaboration back in May when Kendall Jenner and Jordan Dunn both rocked pieces from the upcoming collection on the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards. (Since we’re kinda over the Kardashian hype, we failed to acknowledge the hype…. until today!) We haven’t heard much about the line (set to launch November 5), since then but it looks like today is our lucky day. This morning, Elle released a new photo from the collection and it was worth the wait.
We’re huge fans of the hi/lo designer partnership trends… I mean hello? Our closets are still filled with pieces from Versace/H&M, Jason Wu/Target collections and more. Unlike some designer collaborations we’ve seen in the past, none of the brand’s super glamorous aesthetic seems to be lost this diffusion line. The long-sleeved, embellished dress looks just like what you might find on the runway at a Balmain fashion show. We’re betting the pieces from this Balmain H&M collection aren’t going to quite as budget-friendly as the rest of H&M’s merchandise, but if everything looks as good as this we’re definitely up for a splurge.
H&M does a great job with their collaboration collections and by the looks of things, we’re in for a great collection reveal soon!
What are you hoping to find in the Balmain H&M collection? Share with us in the comments below.
Yesterday, Samsung hosted a range of fashion tastemakers to unveil the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Hosted by model Bella Hadid and iconic fashion photographer Steven Klein the event at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Soho also elebrated the launch of Samsung’s fall Lookbook featuring the brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Samsung Galaxy Note5. The Lookbook, which was shot by Steven and features Bella Hadid and model Xiao Wen Chu, is themed after different emotions and beautifully portrays the fusion of technology X fashion in a high-end, editorial way.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ blends form and function with industry leading features, including: the best screen technology, the most advanced camera for high quality photos and videos, the latest fast wireless and wired charging, and an incredibly powerful processor. With increased 4GB RAM, both smartphones offer the most powerful capacity and processing power on the market, enabling users to enjoy more seamless multi-tasking, keep up with messages, post updates to social networks faster, and enjoy graphic-heavy games without suffering lag time.
When asked about his inspiration behind the lookbook, Klein replied, “Some people think of technology as impersonal, but it is actually highly personal and emotional. Technology, like Samsung’s, connects people like never before. It’s this sense of connection that inspired us to highlight the range of emotions that even something as simple as a text message, photo or phone call can evoke”
As showcased through this lookbook, the fashion and technology worlds are more inextricably intertwined than ever before. Both industries emulate impact and inspire the other, further developing this increasing synergy between these great two cultural forces. Through the creation of this lookbook, Samsung continues its long history of bringing fashion and technology together through innovative collaborations and fashion-forward technology. To view Samsung’s fall Lookbook, you can download a PDF version here.
Galaxy S6 Edge+ Stand Out Features
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Thinking about getting your hands on the New S6 Edge+ soon? Share your comments below!
Available on most wireless carriers globally August 21st the Galaxy S6 Edge+ has 32GB or 64GB storage options available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.
For more info visit Samsung.com
Christian Louboutin is getting his hands into everything these days! From shoes to nail polishes and now apps?
After the French shoe designer revealed he was branching out into lipstick last week, the heel provider is making it clear it’s expanding in more ways than just beauty. Introducing Louboutinize, the most fashionable photo sharing app.
Louboutinize (free on iOS) is a photo editing app that aims to give your social sharing a fashionable step up on the competition. Described as a verb to help you “impart the joyous spirit of Christian Louboutin,” Louboutinize is a filter app that will make all your BFFs jealous of your shoe game or flawless selfie snaps. At the moment there are only three filters on the app, including the signature red overlay “Rouge,” and “Crystallize,” which will give people a major reason to double tap that snap c/o a sparkle/crystallized effect — with plans of adding more on a monthly/bimonthly basis.
Once you choose the filter that’s best for you, share it to your fave social media channels with #Louboutinize for a chance to be included in Louboutin’s weekly roundup of the best app snaps. What do you think of the new designer Christian Louboutin app? Are you ready to give it a spin? Let us know in the comments section below!
Not all fashion collections are created equal. It takes a special design eye and skill to create prints, silhouettes and design for curvy silhouettes of all types. This Fall, Target brings the newly designed Ava & Viv collection and they’ve enlisted some of your favorite plus size fashion mavens to help them do it.
The lookbook is out! Target released a first look at plus-size line Ava & Viv’s fall collection, which will release Aug. 15 in stores and on Target.com. The company created Ava & Viv’s earlier installment last year with advice from fashion bloggers Nicolette Mason, Garner Style’s Chastity Garner-Valentine and Gabi Fresh’s Gabi Gregg. And they’re back again with more input, impressions and modelesqe looks from the line!
In a behind-the-scenes video, the bloggers discussed their favorite pieces from the collection as well as what they thought was missing. “I wanted more dresses, more wrap dresses, things that are easy for, like, a variety of body types, and they took a lot of the bold prints that we chose,” Garner-Valentine said. Fans of curvy girl fashions expressed both love and need for improvements to the bloggers and Target directly via social media.
The Ava & Viv collection may need a few more seasons under its’ belt before it pleases everyone, but until then, check out these fab looks see what the entire collection has to offer when it hits stores and online August 15th.
“Hey! Are those iPhone charging jeans you’re wearing?” Sure it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite like those Bugle Boy jeans commercials from back in the day, but these new smart jeans may just be the newest addition that you’ll want to add to your closet asap.
A new denim line from Joe’s Jeans, called the #Hello jean, tries to solve both the problem of charging your iPhone and stylish jeans that’ll fit your iPhone at once. The jeans, which don’t come cheap for $189, have a special opening above the traditional back pocket for a battery pack, which charges your iPhone 5, 5S or 6 in another special pocket alongside the charger opening.
The charging pocket works with the help of a USB cord hidden along the seams and connects to a small portable battery pack, which is an additional $49. Meanwhile, the iPhone fits into the back pocket and can fuel up on battery power (hopefully, without someone noticing — or snatching it away). Just remember to remove both components before throwing the jeans in the wash.
Although the premise is a nice idea, don’t think you’ll get to leave your chunky portable chargers at home ladies. The charger with the new #Hello jean will barely charge the iPhone 5 and 5S up to 85%, and charges the iPhone 6 up to 70%.
What do you think? Is rocking a new pair of phone charging smart jeans for $189 in your immediate future? Share in the comments section below!
Technology is transforming the way we look at style and fashion! Can you imagine creating an entire fashion collection with wearable 3D printed designs? Nine months of research and 2,000 hours to print: That’s how long it took student Danit Peleg to complete her final design project.
Peleg, a 27-year-old recent graduate from the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel, decided to create her entire collection using a 3D printer. She knew barely anything about the technology but wanted to see if it was possible to create entire garments. She made all five of the outfits, inspired by artist Delacroix’s Liberty Leading People, using Filaflex filament and Witbox home printers. She got help from the 3D printing lab TechFactory Plus and the XLN community.
Check out a video of her 3D printing process below:
“I spent a month or so experimenting with PLA, a hard and breakable material,” Peleg explains on her website. “ I was not getting very far because the material is inflexible, which is the key property of a ‘real’ textile. The breakthrough came when I was introduced to FilaFlex, which is a new kind of filament; it’s strong, yet very flexible.”
She was finally going to be able to create her favorite piece of the collection, the “Liberte” jacket. She first sketched the jacket and created the pattern using software called Optitex. She then created a digital model using the software Blender and produced 3D files before printing.
“I believe that technology will help democratize fashion and give designers more independence in the creation process,” – Danit Peleg
For more information on Danit Peleg and her 3D Printing style, visit her website at danitpeleg.com
During my recent 10-day stay in New Orleans for the 21st Annual Essence Festival – I got the chance to explore the city, culture, celebrities, home-grown entertainment and so much more! From new restaurants to hidden gem boutiques, New Orleans offered so much more than I’ve ever expected it to, even after visiting NOLA for the last five years, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the street style, gourmet delicacies and amazing architecture found around every corner.
If I had to narrow my summer style obsession down to one piece, it would definitely have to be the jumpsuit. It’s super-easy to wear, stylish and can practically be worn everywhere. Since I’m a tall girl, it’s sometimes challenging to find stylish jumpsuits that look good, feel good and fit good too! After searching all over, you can’t imagine where I’ve found my favorite jumpsuits, including this blue cutout number below…
After searching online and in stores, I finally found this beautifully fitting jumper from H&M. Offering just the right amount of style and sass, this jumpsuit is lined with small waist length cutouts and a sleek back zipper that can be office appropriate with a cardigan or street-chic appropriate worn as shown.
Blue Jumpsuit | HM.com | $59.99
Ford hosted a wonderful media dinner during ESSENCE Fest at Little Gem Saloon. The Little Gem Saloon is a historic restaurant and live music venue that dates back to 1904. The Little Gem Saloon offers a new century twist on a historic space that first introduced New Orleans’ jazz to the world. Located in the historic 400 block of South Rampart Street, the Little Gem Saloon is just steps the French Quarter and all the authentic and historic sights that New Orleans has to offer.
Perfect for foodies of all ages, The Little Gem Saloon offers a dining experience unlike any other in New Orleans. The Little Gem Saloon offers lunch, dinner and a true-to-its-roots Sunday jazz brunch, upstairs and downstairs bars with outside balcony seating, and live entertainment five days a week. During the Ford media dinner, guests indulged in southern soul food while mingling and enjoying the cool sounds of songstress Audra Day.
Smoked St. Louis cut ribs with a creole twist was #DivasAndForksAPPROVED
No NOLA meal is complete without Louisiana Gulf shrimp & southern style biscuits
New Orleans Moments
The media dinner, hosted by Ford’s Manager of Multicultural Marketing, Shawn Thompson introduced guests to singing sensation Audra Day – pairing awesome music food and entertainment all in one exciting night.
Photo credit: Chris Mitchell/Ty Alexander
I truly enjoyed celebrating Ford’s commitment to educating and empowering NOLA communities via breast cancer awareness and more at ESSENCE Festival. Check out how Ford continues to celebrate Essence Festival fans this year as the official automotive sponsor of the 21st Annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans here.