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Wild Shoe Wednesday: Brian Atwood Fortosa Bootie

January 30th, 2013 by Fashion Staff

Every girl needs a leopard print shoe especially when they can make you five an a half inch taller, which is why we are infatuated with the B Brian Atwood Fortosa Bootie. The 1.25 inch platform heels have libidinous plunging top line that will increase the sex appeal of any look.








What’s so great about a leopard print is it pretty much goes with anything, an if you do believe us take a look at one of our favorite divas, Gabrielle Union. The actress, posing with her man Dwyane Wade, paired her B Brian Atwood Fortosa Pumps with a pink leather jacket, white shirt an black trousers. The booties ring up at $500 dollar and can be found on the official Brian Atwood website.


Gabrielle Union Image Courtesy of Instagram: @gabunion

If the $500 dollar price tag is a bit much but your still feeling the shoe an enjoy a good designer shoe the get into the same pair of B Brian Atwood but in a leopard glitter fabric, currently on sale for $239 dollars. And ladies, currently they have every size from a five to an eleven avaliable!


Divas, we love to hear your opinion on Ms. Union’s outfit, and which leopard print B Brian Atwoods do you like better so sound of below!  



Conversations With Celebrity Stylist and Author – June Ambrose

January 24th, 2013 by Fashion Staff

June Ambrose

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!



Wild Shoe Wednesday: @JuneAmbrose Steps Out in Rubber Dipped Pradas

January 9th, 2013 by Fashion Staff


We are always elated to find photos of Celebrity Stylist, style maverick June Ambrose out and about; Lets be honest, when does she disappoint in the personal style department…Try NEVER! June brought in the New Year at the Barclays Center wearing her iconic fur hat, a simple white button down, black trousers an a haute pair of Prada Rubber Dipped Mary Janes


The 5 1/2″ inch Mary Janes, which were made in Italy have rubber covered 1 3/4″ inch platform with an adjustable ankle strap. A leather lining, padded insole, and rubber and leather sole complete these pumps. The rubber covered platform adds a funky element to this classic silhouette, perfect for the girl who is looking to add an extra kick into her look, you could easily wear these with an outfit thats in need of a pop of color. Currently the shoe is sold out but if you want to get a hold of these keep your eyes peeled to official Prada Retailers.




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Ladies would you rock these Prada heels or are you leaving the dipped Mary Janes alone? Are you feeling how June Ambrose these or do you want to see her take more risks? Sound off below, we would love to here from you! 




Image Courtesy: Fashion Bomb Daily

Beauty Bit: Most Important Key to Maintaining Natural Hair…

December 15th, 2012 by Lifestyle Staff

Everyone in the natural hair community is very serious about their decision to leave the chemicals, and wear their hair in its natural state. I personally commend those who have made this transition! However, there are a few things that you must know in order to properly care for your natural hair (or any hair) to maintain it’s truest texture.




In speaking with two authorities in the hair care industry (Spring Capers of “Springs Place”, Chicago IL-South Loop, & Kelly Jay of “Eula’s Hair Salon”, Chicago IL-Beverly), the common thread of the “how-to” conversation, as it relates to hair, is that you must visit a hair care professional in order to properly care for your tresses. Maintenance is very important. “Whether natural or processed, ends will split”, says Kelly Jay. She advises that you should see your hair care professional every 7-10 days, but that seeing one every 14 days is more common, as everyone’s budget is not the same. Spring says something similar. “The secret to great hair, no matter what type, style or texture, is an APPOINTMENT on a regular basis with a true professional.”


Also, naturalistas have to find the hair care products that work best with your particular hair texture.  Not all products work for every type of hair, so doing your own research, listening to and visiting with your hair care professional, plus “trial and error” will make for the best teacher.







Whether your hair is processed or natural, your hair’s health will all depend on YOU. The woman with the AMAZINGLY beautiful tresses will potentially be the woman who frequently visits her stylist!


It’s not too late to get your hair in order; caring for your hair doesn’t have to be a struggle! See your local hair care professional for your consultation and maintenance if it has been a while.








Have your own natural hair care tips or tricks that have helped you? Know a great natural hair stylist? Share below for the rest of the naturalistas…



Wild Shoe Wednesday: Keyshia’s Wild Statement With Charlotte Olympia

November 14th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

Drooling over R&B diva Keyshia Cole’s style choices lately? WE HAVE! Celebrity stylist Olori Swank has elevated her look to another level making her one to look for when she’s expected to appear at an event. So when she hit the red carpet at the 2012 Soul Train Awards we were elated to see what Olori created for Keyshia.

Keyshia Cole wore an Alexander Wang dress with Charlotte Olympia Bruce Enamel Leopard Sandals. Charlotte Olympia took a simple black peep toe heel and placed an enamel leopard atop of the toe. The Italian made shoe has a 5 ¾” heel with a 1 ¼” platform and an adjustable ankle strap.


This shoe is a great basic with a pop of fierceness thanks to the big cat perched on your toe, a small detail that true shoe love would swoon over, and if you are dying to steal some of Keyshia’s style you can head over to Neiman Marcus to purchase the $1485.00 pair of heels.

Ladies would these heels pounce into your closet, and are you feeling Keyshia Cole new look, sound off below!


The Five Must Have Fashion Items You Need In Your Closet NOW!

August 16th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

Former Rachel Zoe styling assistant Brad Goreski is more than a stylist, reality TV star and author.  He’s also a guru as to what everyday women need in their everyday closets, EVERYDAY.  When Brad isn’t talking beauty with Marc Jacobs, he’s dressing celebs like Jessica Alba and filming his hilarious show It’s a Brad Brad World. Busy as he is, Brad still found time to write his book Born to be Brad, filled with fun stories, fab style tips, and some amazing photos of him from fashion eras past.

Brad Goreski’s Top 5 Staples Women Can’t Live Without


1. Great t-shirts: “The neckline is up to you. Some people love a deep V. (I don’t.) But every girl should have black, gray, and white at the ready.”


2. Functional bras and seamless underwear: “A mix of functional and fashionable underwear, including seamless bras. When it comes to underwear, there’s nothing worse than a visible panty line. Sometimes it seems like nobody knows that seamless underwear exists. But Calvin Klein makes them. Commando makes them. Hanky Panky makes them. You don’t need a drawer full; a few pairs will suffice.”


3. Flats: “Whether they’re Lanvin or $19.99 flats from Target, a good pair of flats is a must.”


4. The classic white button-up shirt: “Or two white shirts, really: one oversize, one tailored. The oversize one is for that eighties Brook Shields look, which is really modern with denim. It’s also great over a bathing suit. You can belt it. You can really do anything with a white shirt. But there’s definitely a place for a tailored white shirt with a navy blazer, white jeans, and a ballet flat. And that place is on the Upper East Side.”


5. The right day bag: “Whether it’s a canvas tote or Givenchy, a day bag you love is essential. It doesn’t have to be a fashion It bag of the season, either. Grace Coddington from Vogue carries an L.L. Bean tote with her name embroidered on it. No matter what your flavor is, no matter what your style is, you should have a bag that you’re happy to carry around every day.”

Excerpt from Born to be Brad, $17, (via)


Do you have all of Brad’s staples? What else do you think every woman should own?


August 31st, 2011 by Christen

With New York Fashion Week upon us and the re-emergence of an idea that we’ve had for a while now.  We’re putting NYC stylists to the test!

We’re talking style. For real women.  On a real budget.

If you’re like many of us, you’ve searched your over-crowded closet sulking because you have “nothing to wear”.  What if we told you how you could transform your summer closet into fashionable fall options using simple accessorizing, jeweled color trends and more!

This week, we’ll select three stylists with very different ideas to feature their picks on how you can update your wardrobe with only a few additions from what you already have.

If you’re interested in becoming a featured stylist email us at divasanddorks(at)gmail(dot)com.

Money Can’t Buy You Style…

July 20th, 2011 by Christen


This fall 2011, Kmart will debut an unexpected advertising campaign, titled “Money Can’t Buy Style,” — aimed at empowering customers to embrace their individualism when approaching fashion. Rather than focusing on brand names or even trends, the ads will emphasize self-expression in fashion by featuring real people in Kmart looks they’ve created themselves.

Money Can’t Buy You Style – Behind The Scenes…

Personally, I’m a fan of this concept, has been sharing for months many of the stylish options that Kmart offers for those budget-friendly fashionistas.  (Personally, I own two rompers short/long that have become summer staples in my closet).  Kmart invites people to “show us what you got” and will include 20 real people in a variety of pieces from the fall 2011 Kmart collections, selected and styled by each individual. The Kmart team spent three weeks hitting the streets across the country to find real people who reveled in their individual style and brought it to life in incredibly unique ways. Personality, creativity and confidence are key to style: the new stars of the campaign definitely have all three.

In addition to highlighting the true style of everyday people and the attainability of great fashion, the campaign is designed to convey the insignificance of money in making a statement. With new brands and a new approach to style, Kmart hopes its accessible fashion environment will also excite the senses and inspire unique, personal style through mixing and matching.

So there you have it folks, why spend thousands of dollars to highlight someone else’s definition of style when you can create your own, with Kmart.




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