Uptown, Saturday Night – Uptown Magazine’s 20th Anniversary of Boomerang Celebration

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In Chicago I am quite the homebody. You’re unlikely to catch me clubbing – at most I’ll go with my husband to a concert, or out to dinner. I don’t get out often when I’m in my city, but when I’m out of town? It’s non stop activity. This last trip to Los Angeles was […]

The Coolest Celebrities I Met at the Essence Fifth Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

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From the very first day that I landed in Hollywood, it was like being in an alternate universe. One where I was surrounded by celebrities, and not only were they friendly…but every so often they knew who I was and expressed love for my blog. I can’t tell you how honored and humbled I was […]

Oscar Hair, Makeup, and Fashion–Our Red Carpet Looks!

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For most special events and occasions, I feel comfortable doing my own hair and makeup. But certainly NOT for something as momentous as the Academy Awards! An occasion like that calls for full hair, makeup, exquisite garments, the whole 9 yards! To put together the perfect Oscar look, we had to put together the ideal […]

The Academy Awards Experience

Afrobella and Luvvie at the Oscars

It’s hard to know where to begin, to even try to recap the epicness that I just experienced in Los Angeles. So I’m just going to start with the biggest day and work my way backwards. Bellas — being on the red carpet for the Academy Awards was an absolutely surreal and magical experience. Sunday […]

Oscar Weekend, Here We Are!

Dean Richards, Luvvie and me on the WGN set! Click to watch!

I grew up watching the Academy Awards. I remember sitting on the carpet in my parents’ bedroom, watching Billy Crystal sing and dance about every Best Picture nominated film. I remember that year with Rob Lowe and Snow White (definitely earns its place on this list of Oscars Most Bizarre Moments)! I remember being enthralled […]

The Fro Fashion Week Fabulousness

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From what I’ve seen in my travels, there are three natural hair meccas. Chicago (represent!), New York (specifically, Brooklyn!) and Atlanta. The natural hair scene in Atlanta is passionate. At events I’ve attended, the women come out in their numbers, dressed to slay, ready to learn and admire and buy the hottest products. It’s a […]

It’s Carnival!!

Photo via TrinidadCarnival2010.com

Maybe you’re in Trinidad, and woke up at the crack of dawn to slather yourself with oil or mud to play j’ouvert in the darkness before sunrise. Maybe right now you’re sprinkling your skin with glitter before getting into that intricately adorned costume to palance and pose off in your all-inclusive section. Maybe you’re in […]