Hot off the press and on newsstands today, Rihanna graces the cover of not one, but two Elle UK covers. RiRi has been working to stay fresh in the game and has reasons to be on the tip of everyone’s tongues—from the Rihanna Navy to a slew of commenters on Instagram to bloggers, music journalists, DJs, and mainstream magazines. Both Elle UK covers feature sultry and sexy Rihanna, adorned in black and white with smoky eyes, bold, attention grabbing red lips, and a stylish pixie cut. The images are very mod and sophisticated as Rihanna models several pieces from her newly launched collection, River Island. On one, she rocks a black, zip-through River Island skirt from the spring/summer 2013 line and a Louis Vuitton monochrome top; on the other, a striped River Island bra peeking out from under a Prada silk and satin stole. A tagline on the cover reads, “I will have a child.” One thing we know for sure is that Rihanna will discuss reuniting with her love, Chris Brown. This may well be one of her best interviews with Mark Allen, who spent significant time with the star during her 777 Tour in Paris. In addition to the two covers, RiRi continues to shine bright and here are a few more reasons why:
- Elle – 4 covers since 2008
- Unapologetic – Several tracks off this 2012 album will get continuous spin through 2013: Diamonds, Pour It Up, and newly released, Stay featuring Miley Cyrus.
- PerfumesByRihanna.com – Which fragrance are you? Reb’l, Rebellem or Nude? Find out by taking a quiz on her recently launched fragrance website.
- RiRi [Hearts] MAC – A multi-cosmetics deal based on a signature lip color, RiRi Woo; additional cosmetics to be released throughout the year.
- River Island Collection – New spring/summer 2013 fashion collection launch. IG was abuzz as Rihanna posted provocative pics of pieces from her line.
- Diamonds World Tour – Just off the 777 Tour, RiRi is back on the road with shows planned throughout the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, and Switzerland.
With so many reasons to talk about Rihanna how do you get your RiRi fix? What keeps her on the tip of your tongue?
Calling all 6″ inch walkers, we’re sure we just came across your newest purchase, courtesy of London Trash. Coming in a variety of colors from neon orange, and yellow to zebra print the London Trash Ceres Platform Pump could easily be your news heels to accompany you and your night life this spring.
Standing six inches tall with a 2 inch platform, the shoe has a pony hair or genuine leather upper and a cushioned insole for comfort. An elastic vamp in black is featured on all of the Ceres Platform Pump to keep your foot in place, as well as a zipper back to easily slip on your heels and go at a moments notice. The London Trash footwear retails at $168 dollars and are available for pre-order on shopflyjane.com
Recently Erica Atkins-Campbell from Mary Mary was spotted unleashing her wild side in the Leopard Print London Trash Ceres Platform Pump along with a knee length three-quarter sleeve black dress on the Grammys red carpet, doesn’t she look stunning.
Divas would you hit the pavement in these sky-high haute heels or have you had enough of the platforms shoes, let us know below!
Every week the tabloids and celebrity-watch sites make sure that we get a healthy dose of baby bump news. Some of us are clambering to click on pictures of certain bumps more than others. The Royal baby bump of Kate Middleton made its debut recently. It definitely made the news, but not as many people seem to be as consumed with the life of the royals since Princess Dianna. Jessica Simpson’s belly is another one we haven’t seen much since she announced she was pregnant shortly after giving birth to her first child. Maybe that’s because she had the longest pregnancy in the history of celebrity babies, and there were enough pictures to cover both of her pregnancies in advance.
After Beyoncé finally showed the face of her child in her “Life is but a Dream” documentary in February, it was clear that Blue had the features of both of her previously “alleged” parents, and the campaigners behind Beyoncé Babygate lost most of their steam. Believe it or not, Kim Kardashian is making headlines, but this time for all the wrong reasons. Apparently, her stylist (ahem, Mr. West) doesn’t know the first thing about making a pregnant woman look stylish.
Now the latest comments made by Rihanna in her interview in her recent Elle UK interview, have been interpreted as her saying she wants to have a child with Chris Brown are causing a stir. The commentators who are on Team Navy think she will have the cutest child ever with Chris. While the ones determined to hold on to the scuffle she had with Brown a few years ago, are already making outlandish comments about Chris continuing to abuse Rihanna and the child they’re probably not even trying to conceive yet.
If there are already comments on her unoccupied uterus, could you imagine what people will say if she actually makes good on the speculated promise to bring baby Chris or Christina into this world? Will there be outrage? Will forums pop up everywhere about preventing a child from being physically abused using Rihanna and Chris as a case study? Will they blame a sudden spike in teenage pregnancies on Rihanna since they insist on branding her as a role model though she continues to rebel against that label? Will Law and Order make a sequel to that horrible parody they released last week?
Those questions sound crazy? If you said yes, then you’re correct- but with the track record of the media so far, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those became serious “news” stories. It’s already quite clear that fans, celebrities, haters and the media at large have no problem commenting on children as if they are adults- hence the comments about child actress Quvenzhane Wallis last week, and the questions of paternity regarding baby Blue before her parents took the blanket off of her face.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see after the photogs snap a picture of Rihanna after she eats a sandwich and her bloat is mistaken as a baby bump. Let the Rihanna baby bump madness begin!
What do you think will come of the Rihanna baby bump frenzy? Tell us below…
Would you walk a mile in Jay Z and Beyonce’s shoes? Thanks to PMK, you and your boo can wear the lavish sneakers created by power couple soon. PMK is a favorite brand of Jay Z and his A-list, superstar wife Beyonce. Jay Z had a shoe designed for him last year- the Brooklyn Zoo – by the brand. His pair was as lavish as any sneaker could be, with an endless roll call of reptile skins and embellished textures for your feet.
PMK said: ‘The Brooklyn Zoo 1′s cannot be tamed with an elaborate combination of elephant-print, ostrich, python, boa, crocodile, lizard, alligator, suede, and sting ray intricately cut to transform the Jordan 1 from a basketball sneaker into the world’s most daring and dapper sneaker concepts known to man.’
As Queen of the charts and one of the world’s most famous women, Beyonce’s taste in fashion was always going to be pretty lavish. But her new acquisition takes super-luxe fashion to a new level. The singer’s latest fashion folly is a pair of custom-made trainers, made for her by high end brand Perfectly Made Kicks using exotic animal skins. PMK handcrafted the sneakers for Beyonce to the singer’s exacting requirements using a mix of stingray, ostrich, calf’s fur, crocodile and anaconda skins.
Called The King-Bey, the shoes, which have been given Beyonce’s approval, are decorated with gold accents. The price is as yet undisclosed, but a regular pair sells in excess for $350+ so this embellished pair would obviously sell for a lot more.
Would you and your boo rock a pair of these kicks? (Collectively they could cost you almost $1,000 to own both pair.) For pricing and ordering information, visit pmkcustoms.com.
It was the award season fall that will be talked about for the rest of the year! An elated Jennifer Lawrence on the way to accept her win for the Best Actress award at Sunday’s Academy Awards, went down on her way up the stairs! She stumbled and fell on a short flight of stairs, landing on her knees and hands. However, like any blurp or fall in Hollywood, there’s always a graceful way to cover it up- here’s how she smoothed it over after landing on all fours in front of the world.
1. A helping hand.
Hugh Jackman might have missed out on an Oscar, but the Les Miserables star won the award for chivalry when he leapt out of his chair to help Jennifer Lawrence, immediately following her trip to the podium. Step one in the graceful cover-up, a helping hand.
2. An elegant speech with enough gratitude and humor.
While the world was Tweeting, updating, and pinning about the epic fall, Jennifer Lawrence’s awesome night was just beginning. She got up to the podium, finally, received a standing ovation and dismissed her mortification with the perfect opening. She responded, “Thank you, you guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell. And that’s really embarrassing.” With the graceful rise, the acceptance speech was just as elegant-step two. Lawrence, 22, gave her thank yous and paid tribute to her fellow nominees, including Australia’s Naomi Watts (The Impossible.) She even gave Jack Nicholson a little crap, because she’s an Oscar winner now and he totally deserved it. A perfectly smooth transition containing enough gratitude, humility, and humor to forget about the fall- at least for that moment since the video will continue to circulate online.
3. A little outlandishness to top it all off.
Of course with any embarrassing slip-up and cover-up comes leeway for a little outlandishness- step three. She was caught giving reporters the middle finger in the press room afterwards, but subsequently blamed it on the alcohol. Maybe that was the original reason for the stair trip? It all comes full circle even with the graceful cover-up!
What do you think of Jennifer Lawrence’s trip, cover-up, and alleged drunken middle finger?
For on-the-go divas, it is even tougher to pay attention to personal wellness. With all the traveling, working, and keeping busy, it’s hard to understand how one can always keep it together. We have found some tips from well-balanced celebrities that have shared how they do it. Take these tips that have worked for them and see how you can apply it to your daily self-care! Between working, taking care of the family, and handling personal business it’s easy for women to tire, get sick, and eventually burn out. Burnout takes the form of anxiety, illness, nervous breakdowns, and sometimes even flat out laziness.
There is an app for everything these days. For most tips, there is an app available on smart phones and/or tablets to help any diva meet her self-care goals. Check out some self-care tricks and tips from famous divas on the go, along with supporting apps that’ll help you live your best life well.
1. Tia Mowry: Plan your workouts ahead of time. A fun way to do this would be to set workout “dates” with friends.
The App To Get You There: To track activity, download Nike+ FuelBand. Note: In order for is to work, you must purchase a physical FuelBand, which is available at Nike stores andonline. With the app, users set goals for activity ahead of time and are pushed to meet them.
2. Lisa Ling: Take snacks along for the ride. Before leaving the house, the hotel, or wherever you laid your head down to rest, grab a piece of fruit, fill up a bottle with water, and say no to the sugary treats.
The App To Get You There: To keep track of the food you’re eating on the daily, download Fooducate. It helps users keep track of their grocery list, what they’ve eaten, their water intake, as well as the exercise they did on any given day. (Incorporate this app with tip 1 above.) If you’re in the grocery store and want to know more about a product, you can scan the bar code and get a grade for the product, alternatives, and the ratings of other users.
Fooducate is currently available on iPhones and Androids.
3. Mariska Hargitay: Take time for some TLC. Working too many hours is associated with anxiety and depression. Who wants to deal with that?
The App To Get You There: Use the calendar on your phone and track every minute of your day for a week. At the end of the week, check to see where you can input some “you time.” During this “you time”, put your phone away, or turn it off, if possible.
4. Lisa Price: Fight germs as best you can.
There isn’t an app for this. Wash your hands often. Keep hand sanitizer in your purse. And use tissue when you cough or sneeze so you don’t pass along germs either.
These four tips from four amazing women should guide your in the right direction for living your best life and doing it well. What are your tips for wellness care?
This weekend saw a ton of red carpets full of stylish celebrities. Celebs like Fantasia, Kerry Washington, Rocsi Diaz brought “it” to the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Trumpet awards, or just around the town. Check out our celebrity style favorites of the weekend below…
Our favorite “love-to-talk about” celeb Fantasia graced the red carpet at the Trumpet awards in this elegant Ralph Lauren white dress that shocked folks across the nation! She accessorized this look with jeweled earring and bracelets along with Giuseppe pumps. She looks absolutely fantabulous!
Want to recreate Fantasia look on a budget? Check out this ABS Allen Schwartz White Sleeveless gown that has the gathered bodice.
While Kenya was showing the nation her “stallion booty” Nene Leakes was seen in LA as well dressed down or up depending on which way you’re looking at it! Lol This semi-classic look with leather sleeve and ripped jeans looks simple.
An honorable mention goes to Serena Williams and Rocsi Diaz. Serena rocked this fire red dress with these Nike kicks. This is a trend, dress with gym shoes, has been kicking around for some time now and shows no sign of letting go soon as fashionistas are lending more towards “comfortable flyness!!!”
Rocsi, who left BET and is now a correspondent with ET, is seen in this nude and black lace embroidered gown from designer Mandalay. Her looks then to be a mesh of classics and overboard, this is the perfect combination.
Kerry Washington walks the Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet cascading in white amidst cloud of bold colored gowns. Dressed in a two-piece Rodarte gown complete with a split V quilted top and flowing white bottom with a lace hem. She accessorized with a silver box clutch, diamond earrings, smokey eyes and a nude lip. Ask any Scandal fan and this look definitely looks familiar…
Kerry described her look as “Olivia Pope white” while talking to E! on tonight’s 2013 SAG Awards red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A.
Could Kerry be transitioning her look to appear more like Ms. Olivia Pope? Undoubtedly the most notable Olivia Pope outfit this season was her this ball gown by designer Jean Fares Couture.
Check out more Olivia Pope Style: Olivia’s Top Scandalicious Looks From ABC’s Scandal
Could Kerry be conjuring up the spirit of Olivia Pope for her future red carpet appearances? If so, we’ll definitely need to keep an eye out for Kerry Washington this red carpet season. She’s sure to have a few more surprises up her sleeves and we’re awaiting every moment of it.
What do you think of Kerry Washington’s red carpet look? Would you like to see more of Olivia Pope’s style infused in Kerry’s real life looks? Sound off below.
Harlem Fashion Row hosted “Conversations” with awe inspiring celebrity stylist and author June Ambrose at the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture this week and boy was it a treat. Hosted by Brandice Henderson, CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row guests were able to enjoy June’s candor, poise, grace, and realness for an enjoyable night reminiscent of exchanging old memories with your best friend over wine.
As the evening began, the questions poured in. One of the notable questions that June often gets asked is, “How to create a career in fashion styling?” How did June get started in styling anyway? As a product of a single parent home June and her sister were raised in the Bronx. Her family came to America from the Caribbean when June was 3 years old. June Ambrose’s mother always stressed education above everything else. As a teenager, June wanted to attend LaGuardia High School for their renown drama program but was not accepted and instead attended Talent Unlimited at Julia Richmond. In her sophomore year she auditioned for LaGuardia again, and this time was accepted, but decided to stay with the family she built at Talent Unlimited. When she finished high school she enrolled in Lehman College for Marketing and was working in at an investment bank in the research department. As a 19 years old making $50k a year, June was smart enough to what she wanted in life, built a nest egg for survival and went after it. After quitting her job in investment banking, this opened an entire new world for June and her family was not happy about it.
When asked about her first styling gig she admitted to only showing up with one outfit. “The video called for one look so I came with one outfit” It was for a recording artist on Epic Records. She was just an intern at the time at Uptown Records, Sean “Puffy” Combs was a new A&R and when they began talking about styling it just clicked to her, “I could do that” and why wouldn’t she? A costume designer in high school who was also a drama major she was all about fashion from a young age. Luckily her first snafu at styling didn’t break her spirit or her career. The publicist saw her one outfit and said, “Darlinggggg, what is this? Always come with options!”, lucky for June, the video was for a rapper so the one outfit she bought worked, but from that day forward she knew to always come prepared.
A pivotal turning point in her career? When she got booked to do the R Kelly “Down Low” video with Hype Williams. Originally Hype didn’t was to work with her so she knew she needed to wow him. And wow him she did! “Down Low” was the first long form video, it was much more than a video it was a mini movie. She flew in dresses from Paris and created the entire Mr. Big persona through her wardrobe styling. Her goal was to bring the iconic Edith Head design aesthetic to urban videos and because of that, Hype and June developed a great working relationship from then on.
But we know great success doesn’t come without challenges and when asked what challenges she faced throughout her career, June shared that she was a “weird kid with very bad skin”. She was raised in a time when being West Indian wasn’t cool, growing up in her neighborhood people teased her. She always wanted out and going to high school in Manhattan was her way to escape everyday so when she left her old neighborhood – she left for good.
When asked what advice she would give to aspiring stylists in the audience or those who want to change careers to go into fashion she said, “Before you leave, have a plan, know who you are and what your vision is. Be consistent and authentic. ”
June is a self taught stylist, who always had a knack for fashion, but she read as many books as she could on design and color theory. When she knew she wanted to start a company she went out there and formed an entity, got a tax id and took a number of other steps before landing her first styling gig. She admits that even now at 40 years old she still considers herself under construction, reinventing herself and her brand. She knows a lot of people enter this industry for money and fame, but styling to her was never about making money, “I want to have a good time” and she never worries about the competition although she knows they exist. She also shared that her life is a delicate balancing act that keeps her humble. The world may consider her a celebrity now but she always has to remember that her role is in service and when she is working she still has to tie people’s shoes.
The juiciest question of the night was, will Styled by June be back on Vh1 for a second season and unfortunately the answer was no, but she will be returning to television soon with a project she couldn’t yet reveal but will be launching later this spring. June Ambrose is also in the works on her very own shoe line exclusively on Home Shopping Network with prices ranging from $59-$119 and more. As a mom, businesswoman, celebrity stylist and more, we’re sure to see much more from June Ambrose beyond fashion week, television and we’re looking forward to discovering what she does next!
Do you love June Ambrose as much as we do, tell us why in the comments below!
Now that President Obama has been sworn in for his second term, let’s get to the second most important part of this past weekend—the fashion! There was much pomp and circumstance in DC with some sizzling celebrity fashion to behold during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and we have some of our favorite celebrities celebrating in the DMV below.
Helping to kick-off the National Day of Service, Angela Bassett looked sleek and stunning in all black with leather pants and jacket. She rocked a fierce short cut with auburn highlights, one of Angela’s signature hair styles.
Continuing to share her message of a “Heart Healthy” lifestyle (signified by Go Red for Women), Star Jones rocked a simple red turtleneck and slacks with the stand out being her red faux fur coat. It’s hard to believe either of these women are in their 50′s!
Later, he and fiancé Chrissy Teigen appeared at OurTime.org’s Generation Now Youth Inaugural Party. Chrissy looked gorgeous in a delicately embroidered ivory sheath by Tom Ford, with sheer sleeves and simple, black ribbon tie.
Fresh off the premiere of his new movie, Luv, Common was part of the several A-list celebrities that performed. He chose a more casual look with jeans, sneaks and a tee-still well suited for the event.
Eva Longoria, hostess for the Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at the Kennedy Center, was stunning in Vivienne Westwood’s peach strapless ‘Bellini’ dress. Down at the Capitol for the Official 2013 Inauguration Ceremonies, she looked fashionable and sensible in black suede, over the knee boots and scarf. Eva kept warm in a haute pink leather trench from Bally Resort Pre-Spring 2013 Collection.
Beyonce and Jay-Z stepped out in style for Bey’s rendition of the National Anthem (watch here, listen here). She looked flawless in black, floor length velvet and chiffon beaded Emilio Pucci gown, luxe fur Dior coat, Lorraine Schwartz emerald jewelry (80 carat earrings, 50 carat ring) and brightly painted nails in Tangerine on the Rocks. Jay-Z looked distinguished with a fresh cut, aviator shades, and a gray tailored Tom Ford suit with a navy and baby blue lined scarf.
Looking nothing less than presidential, entertainment’s own president and first lady showed how to impress at the 2013 Inauguration.
Which celebrity do you think looked the best at the 2013 Inauguration? Tell us below…