The Umberto Beverly Hills Experience

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My Target Inner Circle trip to Los Angeles in March remains a fabulous memory that feels more like a dream. Within just a few days, I experienced so many amazing things. I already told you about my Essence Black Women in Hollywood experience, and my Napoleon Perdis smoky eye makeover. Now let me tell you […]

My Biggest Fitness Inspirations

Top - Erika of A Black Girl's Guide to Weight Loss, bottom left Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey, right Renisha James

CBS Sunday Morning is one of my favorite shows, and I set my DVR so I can watch it AND sleep in every weekend. It’s such a great show that covers so many topics. This last Sunday, there was a feature on ubiquitous fitness personality Jillian Michaels (click to watch it if you want to). […]

Happy Birthday, Diana Ross! Thank You For Everything

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One of my earliest hair-related memories was watching Diana Ross’s concert in Central Park, 1983. Of course I wasn’t actually there – the concert was televised, and I remember watching it with my parents in Trinidad. I was so little and I remember watching this goddess of a woman with this resplendent mane of kinky, […]

Manicure Monday – A Monet Impressionist Floral Manicure

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You know, I’m not an artist. I was that kid in kindergarten who took just a little longer than the others to figure out that you should stay perfectly within the lines. And when I minored in art in college, my focus was ceramics. Handbuilding, to be specific. Precision and detail work has never been […]

30 Essential Lipsticks For Women of Color – Drugstore Edition!

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Bellas, you LOVED my last collaboration with my favorite Los Angeles makeup artist Nicole Evans. – you guys shared, pinned and tweeted our 25 Best MAC Lipsticks For Women of Color post to the gods! Thank you so much. Via Twitter and in the comments, we kept getting requests for MORE posts like that. More […]

Spring Nail Trends to Try

Behold, my half moon manicure!

I keep hearing this word all over the place… “spring.” Apparently it’s a time of year when the sun shines and new flowers and plants shoot out of the ground. Apparently it’s supposed to happen in Chicago soon – like this week — but from looking at the bleak sky and the snow billowing past […]

7 Things I Learned At My First SXSW

Our Naturally Social panel ROCKED! From left to right me, Kristin Braswell of Carol's Daughter, Myleik of Curlbox, Jamala Johns of LeCoil, and Chescaleigh our moderator who made this happen!

I just got back from Austin last night, and my voice is doing this Lindsay Lohan/Harvey Feirstein thing that is simply not the business. I’m still basking in the afterglow of my first ever SXSW. I got to Austin on March 9, and stayed till yesterday – and I’m sad I am not there for […]