Natural Hair – Things I Wish I Knew When I Was In College

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The whole concept of #ThrowbackThursday (#TBT) on Instagram is a trip. Every week I find myself digging in the proverbial crates for an old photo of myself that nobody’s ever seen before. Every week I come face to face with an old hairstyle I barely recognize anymore. Every week, you get to see a flashback […]

How Do You Reach Someone Like Sheryl Underwood?

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There I was, minding my own business, when Luvvie popped up in my g chat. “Luvvie: you posting bout sheryl underwood or nah? bella: girl…I literally just sighed so heavy I will. Should I? I should. right? I guess? *sigh* Luvvie: lol well i think on this issue, your voice is important this is your […]

Dave Chappelle Rocked Chicago – My Oddball Festival Review

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I literally just got home from the Tinley Park stop of the Oddball Comedy Festival, and normally I like to let my thoughts stew for a bit before writing a review, but I figure I should get all of this out right now while it’s still fresh. First, a tiny bit of backstory for anyone […]

Watch Me WERQUE In the #WCSoiree Chicagonista Fashion Show Today!

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I wish that there was a time machine. Or that the Time Phone that was invented in that one South Park episode was somehow real. I wish there was someway for me to tell my 15-year-old self about all the stuff that I was getting up to this week, because she absolutely would freak out […]

Thinking About Trayvon. Where Do We Go From Here?

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There are some days where what I do feels incredibly difficult (even though what I do is actually incredibly easy). What I do is write about beautiful things; I share information about things that inspire and uplift and make you want to shop and try things on and enjoy all the pleasurable, happiness-enhancing things in […]

Beauty Confession- I Think I Wear Too Much Makeup (Sometimes)

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It’s so funny when I look at old bios I wrote for myself for this blog. I first started it back in 2006, and I have changed so much in terms of where I am in my life and what I’m like as a person. Back in 2006 I still felt like a girl. I […]

Real Advice For Nigella Lawson And For So Many Women Just Like Her

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The recent photos of Nigella Lawson being publicly assaulted by her husband, advertising magnate and multimillionaire art collector Charles Saatchi, hurt my heart and made me feel sick to my stomach. Seeing these images of this man’s hand wrapped around her throat, flicking her nose in obvious, familiar disrespect and degradation made so many questions […]