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Shine Bright Like A Diamond…My Favorite Sparkling Beauty And Tech Buys

July 22nd, 2015 by Christen

Have you ever felt like life has your sparkle fading away? Maybe it’s the stress of work, family or the need to feel like you have it together all of the dang time that takes its toll. I’ve had my moments or two where I’ve felt “less than stellar” time and time again and sometimes you need a friendly reminder to “shine bright like a diamond.”




Sometimes you can find your moments of inspiration through meditation and prayer and sometimes all you need is a good ole retail therapy session to remind you to sparkle no matter what. I’ve found a few sparkling reminders that remind me to keep shining bright and want to share just a few of my favorites below.


Secret Shiny Flair

sparkle charming charlie earrings


Charming Charlie Earrings – My new obsession (I mean, besides this blonde bob cut I’ve been rocking all summer) is definitely the front/back earring trend.  It’s a cute and subtle way to add unpredictable flair to any day or evening look. The secret behind my new favorite accessory is that unlike most earrings, the front/back style is locked in place in front and in back of your ear lobe, giving it a unique “floating” look.


Liquid Shine Meets Fab Lips

Who says shiny and sparkling has to be limited to bling and jewelry? My favorite accessory is the god-given soup coolers on my face – aka my lips! During a recent trip to New Orleans, I got the chance to score lush and long-lasting lip colors that would make a Kardashian jealous.


stilla liquid lipstick and magnolia makeup


Stilla in “Bella” – Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick delivers intense moisture and long-lasting color that stays in place for up to 6 hours of continuous wear. Bleed-proof and transfer-proof, Keeps lips soft and hydrated. If you love pink lippies – a new favorite of mines is “Selfie” by Magnolia Makeup, it’s the perfect pop of pink for any pout.  (Say that five times fast.LOL.)

Stilla in “Como” – Stila’s Summer Collection features five new, bold shades, inspired by the colors of the sunset: Rosa, Como, Bella, Venezia and Amalfi. Unlike most matte lip colors, leaves your pout super soft–not dry or flaky. Magnolia Makeup in “Petal Pusher” is another one of my favorite mattes and you can’t beat the pigments in these hippies anywhere.


Golden Gadget Girl

Trina Turk iphone 6 case


Trina Turk Iphone 6 case – Fashionably guard your Apple iPhone 6 with this Trina Turk chrome case, which features a slim, sliding 2-piece hard shell for easy docking and removal and a stylish print. The cutouts provide easy access to your device’s features.



Frends Taylor Headphones


Friends Layla Headphones – Taylor is the perfect modern statement piece. The distinctive silhouette, gold shine and sound quality round out this addition to your wardrobe as your most justified accessory to date.


Adding a little shine to your everyday is as simple as 1-2-3 when you bring a little bling to it.  I’m loving how upbeat everything feels when you add a little sparkle to it and that’s just what my latest buys did for me.  What about you?  What’s your favorite retail or sparkling buys that bring a little joy to your world?  Share your favorites below!

Terrence J, Morris Chestnut, Omarion and More Team Up With Verizon Against Domestic Violence #Hopeline

July 13th, 2015 by Christen




Over the July 4th weekend, Verizon’s HopeLine program teamed up with celebrities Terrence J, Justine Skye, Omarion and Morris Chestnut to debut a powerful PSA at Essence Festival 2015 to raise awareness about an important issue that affects our communities, friends, and family members – domestic violence.


Verizon’s HopeLine program, together with Terrence J, Morris Chestnut, Omarion and Justine Skye, are asking people to take action against domestic violence in a very simple way – by donating a used wireless phone. Verizon is aiming to reach 1 million phone donations to their HopeLine program by the end of 2015. These phones are turned into vital resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence.


The new PSA was designed to empower individuals to take action against domestic violence in one simple way – visit any Verizon store and donate a used wireless phone through their HopeLine program. Each donated phone helps make an impact by connecting survivors of domestic violence to vital resources and fund domestic violence organizations nationwide.

Now we can all make change and give hope to domestic violence victims and survivors by helping HopeLine, a phone donation and grant-giving program, reach its goal of 1 million phone donations by the end of 2015! For more information, please visit

Digital Sorority: Sharing Our Stories & Shaping New Opportunities

July 7th, 2015 by Christen

“There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” – Madeleine Albright

Madame Secretary couldn’t have said it better.  As a woman, it’s become a birthright and a requirement that we help, support and uplift other women –  and with the help of two phenomenal, like-minded women of color – Digital Sorority was created.  What is Digital Sorority you ask?  We’re a collective of influencers that create unique and engaging experiences for consumers and brands.  But essentially, we’re bloggers, writers, branding baronesses that care about empowering others just like us.


Ty, Kela and I have a variety of experiences and expertise between us.  We’ve worked with amazing brands, have acquired unique and irreplaceable relationships and are beyond excited to launch our next chapter in the business of influence.


Digital Sorority In The News




Fresh off an amazing tour of brand activations, networking and fun at the 21st annual Essence Festival in New Orleans, we’ve launched an amazing platform to encourage, inspire and shape new opportunities for bloggers of color.  Digital Sorority is much more than a collective or an agency, we’re a movement!  To learn more about joining, visit


Tweeting + Texting Behind The Wheel? #ItCanWait + @ATT Giveaway

May 19th, 2015 by Christen

If you’ve been reading for a few years, then you know how year after year – AT&T has been leading the change to educate and advocate against the dangers of distracted driving.  As a matter of fact, AT&T has invested thousand of man hours and dollars in programming events, research and even partnering with Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile to spread the message that when it comes to multitasking while behind the wheel – It Can Wait.

It Can Wait Campaign ATT

AT&T has expanded the It Can Wait campaign from a focus on texting while driving to include major smartphone driving distractions like tweeting, snapping selfies and checking email from behind the wheel.


[Must Read: “It Can Wait” Battles The Most Deadliest Days Of The Year]


New research from AT&T shows nearly 4-in-10 smartphone users tap into social media while driving. Almost 3-in-10 surf the net, and surprisingly, 1-in-10 video chat.  7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving. While texting and emailing are still on the top of the list for distracted driving activities but now Facebook tops the list, with more than 25% of those surveyed admitted to using the app while driving.



AT&T is using the survey findings to help drive awareness of the dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel, and to encourage life-saving behavior change. AT&T’s  working with social platforms and will launch a nationwide virtual reality tour this summer to show smartphone users that there’s no such thing as safe driving while using a smartphone. Twitter has even jumped on board with AT&T to share messages about the dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel.

Samsung, Bose and Google will support the immersive tour experience, which will be delivered through Samsung Gear VR, with premium sound from Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. Google Cardboard will make it possible for people to use their own smartphones to see the 3D virtual reality program.

Since 2010 the “It Can Wait” program has helped drive awareness of the dangers of texting while driving and has inspired more than 6.5 million pledges not to text and drive.



[Must Read: Take The Pledge #ITCANWAIT]


This next chapter in the fight against distracted driving is dedicated to spreading the word about the dangers of texting, snapping selfies, checking Facebook and Twitter from behind the wheel – No smartphone distraction is worth a terrible accident, or worse – losing a life.

To help spread awareness about the new leaders of distracted driving, has teamed up with AT&T to give away an amazing It Can Wait prize pack which includes a Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, selfie stick, Beats By Dre Pill and more (EST value: $1000).  Enter for your chance to win below and help spread the message that when it comes to using your smartphone while on the road, “No ___  is worth a life”It Can Wait!

It Can Wait Blogger Giveaway
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This sponsored post & giveaway is brought to you by AT&T – It Can Wait and Distracted Driving.

The Scandal Finale Is Here! We’ve Got Your Finale Sneak Peek And Party With @RosaRegale! #RosaWatchParty #Scandal

May 14th, 2015 by Christen



It’s that time of year again, when Gladiators are up in arms and ready for a finale they’ll never forget!  Papa Pope is on the loose, Liv’s boyfriends have been revealed as pawns in Rowan’s game and Foxtail was revealed! WHOA! Way too much is going and we can’t keep up!  If you need a refresher’s course and sneak peek all in one place – we’ve definitely got you!


Check out the Scandal Finale Sneak Peek below: 


“The audience and the fans are going to feel very differently about certain characters on this show. What they felt for them is going to completely change after they see the finale, – Guillermo Diaz


Digital Sorority has teamed up with Rosa Regale to co-host the Scandal Finale Twitter party and we want to watch with you!


Want to get in on the fun? Follow Digital Sorority and log onto twitter tonight at 9pm (EST) and tweet with us during the show using the the hashtags #RosaWatchParty and #Scandal.  That’s it No RSVP needed, you’re in the party!  We’ll have plenty of Rosa Regale prize packs to give away that you don’t want to miss!


scandal rosawatchparty


Scandal’s season finale airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Disclaimer:  The #RosaWatchParty Twitter party has been compensated by Rosa Regale in the form of monetary payment and/or product.  For more on Rosa Regale visit

Three Tech-Moves To Jumpstart Your Mondays And Kick Off Your Work Week Productivity

May 11th, 2015 by Christen

Mondays have to honestly be one of the most-hated days of the week.  I mean, honestly there are millions of “I hate Mondays” memes posted on internet every week – we get it, everyone hates Mondays.  But what if I told you that there are just a few tech-inspired moves that you could use to jumpstart your Mondays and kick off your work week productivity flawlessly?  Check out three ways I get pumped for Mondays using technology below.


jumpstart your mondays

Create a list, a List and a LIST

Typically on Fridays, we’re slacking off just like everyone else.  (If we really want to be honest, our weekend really begins at 11:59 Friday mornings.)  While you’re in the middle of online shopping, tweeting and checking Instagram, why not create a Monday “To-Do” list?  Crafting “lists” is a great way to create accountability for getting tasks done – and if you’re gonna slack on Fridays, at least you’re making plans to kick-butt and take names on Monday.  I use, Reminders and set appointments via iCalendar to keep me accountable for getting Monday tasks completed ON-TIME.

While you’re in the list-making mood.  Create an inspiring and motivating Monday Morning playlist.  Just like working-out, Monday’s need a playlist that will help push you and get you through the first half of the day (it’s all downhill after lunch.) My motivational playlist includes a little Mary, Mary sprinkled with a little Jay-Z and Jeezy.  (Hey, I love God… but I love trap music too.)

jumpstart your mondays
Finally, set a List of Rewards that you’ll receive if you complete your weekly goals by Monday at 5pm.  I use my Alarm feature on my iPhone to keep my list of rewards in check.  For example, if you finish three tasks that aren’t technically due until Wednesday – you deserve a reward! Whether its an extra hour of surfing the web for those hard to find strappy sandals or slacking off outside the office for the rest of the day.  Once you create an excitement and reward attached to getting work done on the first day of the work week, you’ll never look at Mondays the same way again!


These are just a few tech-assisted ways, I get myself through Mondays – but what about you?  Share how you survive the Monday-morning blues and let’s get through the dreaded Mondays together!

Team Up With Strength Of Nature And Power Walk for Dress for Success NYC

May 6th, 2015 by Christen

Join Strength of Nature and hundreds of tri state area women as we power walk for Dress for Success this weekend!  Dress for Success empowers thousands of women around the world with suiting, employment retention, training programs and more – and this weekend you can join Beautiful Textures, African Pride and more amazing beauty brands in one of the biggest fundraising efforts of the year!


Power Walk for Dress for Success


Strength of Nature Global, LLC one of the fastest-growing manufacturers of premium quality, affordable hair care products for women with textured hair, has announced a year-long partnership with Dress for Success. Founded in 1997, Dress for Success is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of needy women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Getting involved is not only easy but also is an opportunity for you to make a lasting difference directly in the lives of women in your community. Please join Beautiful Textures, African Pride and more as we support and encourage women who are developing their careers and striving to achieve economic independence, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that every woman who walks through our doors comes to thrive both in work and in life.  Discover how you can get involved and sign up by clicking the flyer below!

Power Walk for Dress for Success



About Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 140 cities in 18 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit to learn more.

About Strength of Nature Global, LLC
Strength of Nature is one of the fastest growing companies in the multi-cultural hair care category, driven by its strong commitment to consumer understanding and innovation. Strength of Nature is committed to providing consumers with innovative treatments and styling aids that recognize and honor their right of styling choice. The company’s portfolio of brands includes a range of products that celebrate the diversity of its consumers and their hair choices. These include: Profectiv MegaGrowth®, African Pride®, Dream Kids®, Beautiful Textures™, Elasta QP®, Soft & Beautiful®, Soft & Beautiful Botanicals®, TCB® and Pro-Line®. Strength of Nature products are sold primarily at beauty supply stores and leading food, drug, and discount retailers, including Walmart, Sally Beauty, Walgreen’s, Family Dollar and Dollar General. Strength of Nature is based in Savannah, Georgia.

More Green Living Tech Tips To Celebrate Earth Day All Year Long

April 23rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

A new national survey reports that approximately one-third (34 percent) of U.S. respondents suffer from ‘green guilt,’ or the feeling that they could and should be doing more to help preserve the environment. 

When you clean your home, do you end up throwing items in the trash? Getting rid of clutter is a natural part of the cleaning process, but did you know that much of what you throw away can likely be recycled? For example, recycling batteries and cellphones has never been easier.


Green Living Tech Tips To Celebrate Earth Day


Call2Recycle is North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship program – a non-profit that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. In the United States, it focuses on recycling cellphones and rechargeable batteries (such as nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion, small sealed lead acid and nickel zinc).

In 20 years Call2Recycle has collected more than 100 million pounds of batteries and cellphones, diverting these materials from landfills. The organization ensures that these items, which contain valuable resources, are responsibly recycled to create new batteries and other products, preventing potentially hazardous materials from entering the waste stream. Recycling these items is free of charge to consumers.


Must Read: 3 Tech Tips To Celebrate Earth Day

So how do you start recycling and making a difference in your community? Here are some tips to help with recycling while cleaning:


Ask the question: “Can this be recycled?”
Seems elementary, but simply asking this question is the most crucial step for getting started. It means you’ve made a conscious decision to engage in a more sustainable, safe and responsible lifestyle. Every single person’s effort makes a difference. The number of cellphones and devices powered by rechargeable batteries is skyrocketing. Cellphones and rechargeable batteries may contain metals that can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. Recycling keeps potentially hazardous material from entering the local landfill and recycles them for other uses.


Do your homework.
A simple Internet search will help you learn which items are recyclable. For example, Call2Recycle accepts cellphones and rechargeable batteries (weighing up to 11 pounds), including those you find in cordless power tools, laptop computers, digital cameras, two-way radios, MP3 players or iPods, tablets and cordless phones. The general rule with batteries is if it is rechargeable, it is recyclable.


Find a collection service or location near you.
Now that you’ve committed to recycling your old stuff, you need to know how and where. For rechargeable batteries and cellphones, Call2Recycle has a network of more than 34,000 collection sites located within 10 miles of 89 percent of consumers across North America. This network includes retail stores in your own community that you may visit regularly, including small businesses and municipalities.

Visit and use the location finder to locate the nearest collection site. For other items, visit or for a great list of recycling options.


Celebrate and share.
Now that you know how more items around your home can be recycled, share this information with friends and family about how easy it is to recycle. Through recycling you have made your community more sustainable and prevented potentially hazardous materials from entering the waste stream, which is good for people as well as the environment.

3 Tech Tips To Celebrate Earth Day (and save your wallet and the planet today!)

April 22nd, 2015 by Christen

tech tips to celebrate earth day


Today is Earth Day!  Yeah, sure – we should be celebrating Earth Day EVERYDAY, but let’s be realistic.  Sometimes, it’s hard to keep the Earth in mind when you’re dealing with everyday life.  From recycling to eliminating wasteful energy consumption, there are more than enough ways to “go green” but how do you incorporate a greener lifestyle that’s easy to incorporate in your everyday life?  That’s why I’ve compiled 3 easy tech tips to celebrate Earth Day (Everyday) and impact the world below.


What if I told you that one simple click could save you $14! I’ve just conformed to going green and saving energy with the press of my laptop button.  By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don’t want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you’re pouring your morning cup ‘o joe.



5 Easy Ways To Go Green


One of the easiest ways to go green is to use online bill payment systems instead of the old “mail in” means of payment.  By some estimates, if all households in the U.S. paid their bills online and received electronic statements instead of paper, we’d save 18.5 million trees every year, 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste.






The average cell phone lasts around 18 months, which means 130 million phones will be retired each year. If they go into landfills, the phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into our environment. There are plenty of reputable programs where you can recycle your phone, many which benefit noble causes.  Check out how to recycle your old cell phones from Verizon, Best Buy and more HERE.


Want to take your green living to the next level?  Discover how to go green with easy car and driving tips – plus travel tips at DivasDriveInHeels and  Discover stylish accessories that’ll help you recycle and transform your office space and for more ideas on how to go green, visit 50 ways to help the planet and start making greener choices today!

Time To E-File: Last Minute Tips For Digital DIY Tax Preparation Tools

April 13th, 2015 by Tech Staff

This year’s tax deadline is officially here. Last year, 40 percent of Americans chose to file their own taxes – but not all do-it-yourself tax preparation tools are created equal. For those consumers who like to sit in the driver’s seat when filing, here are five tips for what to look for when choosing at-home tax preparation products.



1. Ability to work seamlessly between devices

Filing taxes can be a lengthy process, with multiple forms and pages to complete for a thorough review. Sometimes, doing it all in one sitting just isn’t in the cards. Some tax preparation tools offer consumers the ease of switching back and forth from desktop to tablet to mobile. And for those who like to file on the go, mobile-optimized tax preparation tools makes it convenient to file with any device.



2. Real-time tracking of which entries change your refund

Unless filing with a tax preparer, it can be difficult to gauge how the final refund is calculated. Some tax preparation tools offer filers the ability to track their refund in real-time, helping users understand which calculations contributed to any increases or decreases in their return.



3. Incentives to filing 

Most DIY tax preparation tools offer filers the choice of receiving their refund by check or by direct deposit. However, a select few provide additional incentives for choosing their service when filing. For example, tax filers who file online or via software with H&R Block have the option of putting any portion of their refund on an e-gift card to one of 40 different retailers. For doing so, they can receive up to a 10 percent bonus. This special offer also can be a great way to offset some or part of the cost of filing – another reason H&R Block can help get filers the maximum refund at the lowest price.



4. Free expert advice

Almost one-third of DIY tax filers itemize. That means additional tax forms and a more complex return than the basic 1040. For those who like to file their own taxes but feel more confident with having backup, certain tax preparation tools offer a free, real-time chat option with tax professionals to guide them along the process and answer questions as they work through forms. Certain preparers also offer consumers phone and in-person support.



5. Maximum refund at the best value

When picking a tax preparation tool, make sure to choose the one that best matches your situation at the best value. These tools are often differentiated by complexity, with the cheapest offering the simplest return to the most complicated providing tax support to small business owners. For those consumers who recently purchased TurboTax’s software for their 2014 filing but learned that certain forms once included were no longer available, they can email with a proof of purchase of their 2014 TurboTax software and receive Deluxe State desktop software for free from H&R Block.

Americans filed 56 million self-prepared tax returns in 2014, leaving the market open for plenty of options at tax time. Remember to do your homework and pick the tool that best serves your filing needs.  Have you e-filed this year? What are your favorite tax-filing digital tools to use? Share your thoughts below!



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