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How To Have It All This Holiday Season

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nissan via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nissan.   Christmas time is just about here. My tree has been trimmed. My stockings hung with care. Right now I’m waiting on packages to be delivered […]

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All About Self Care. 30 Ways to Take Better Care Of Yourself

This particular year, this particular season, this particular time of year is proving to be rough on many of us for many reasons. Life is wearing us down. It can be excruciating, trying to balance the weight between your work, your personal life and what’s happening in the world. You can only shoulder the weight so […]

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RIP, Titi Branch. Please Pray For the Miss Jessie’s Family

The news started trickling through via social media yesterday and I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to believe it. Then people started tweeting me and DMing me and sending me private messages. I read the posts on Facebook, via NV Magazine, via Lipstick Alley, via the now-private video by filmmaker Andre Robert Lee simply titled […]

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The Christmas Conflict

Can I just lay down the beauty/hair/lifestyle blogger mantle for a minute and speak what’s on my mind? Quite frankly, I’m struggling to do what I’m “supposed” to do right now. I’m struggling to find the right words, and as someone whose livelihood is in words, it doesn’t feel good. It’s Christmas and there’s this […]

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101 Independent Black Owned Businesses to Support for Blackout Friday

Things weren’t supposed to go this way, not according to my editorial calendar. This was supposed to be a buildup to Thanksgiving week. I was working on fun, lighthearted posts about recipes and Black Friday deals. Yay! Shopping! And now, none of that seems right anymore. Not after Ferguson. On Monday November 24th, in an […]

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5 Fabulous Ways Solange Reinvented Traditional Wedding Rules

There was a wedding in my family this summer, and one of the things that I had forgotten about weddings and being a bride was the number of RULES. My husband and I tied the knot twelve years ago and we were babes in the woods when we did it. The rules that we broke […]

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Nut Allergies and Natural Hair Products – What To Do If You’re Allergic to Shea

It’s the base ingredient of so many natural hair and skincare products, and it’s heralded as a miraculous moisturizer that’s essential for women with natural hair. But what happens when you’re allergic to the thing that everyone else loves? What happens if you have a nut allergy, and shea butter is your enemy, and all […]

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Stevie Wonder’s Songs In the Key of Life Concert Was Epic & Amazing

I grew up in a Stevie Wonder household, where we had Songs in the Key of Life on vinyl as part of our family musical soundtrack. So many of these songs bring back to vivid memories of joyful occasions and tough times. These songs have lifted me up and nurtured me through my upbringing. When […]

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How To REALLY Help A Homeless Woman – What I Learned From My J.Jill Styling Event

When the folks behind fashion brand J. Jill approached me to host their downtown Chicago compassion fund styling event,  I knew it was going to be a special day and I’d meet some special ladies, but I had no idea what to expect. I had an idea of what clothing items they needed and what […]

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Let’s Talk About Edges – How To Cherish and Maintain Yours

Edges. The tender and sometimes fine hair that makes up your hairline. They’ve become more than just a part of you, they’ve become a symbol. They’ve become a catch phrase. Now it’s common to hear people talking about edges being “snatched” or “busted,” or to hear people talk about (and make fun of) those who […]

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Carol’s Daughter, In Her Own Words – The Lisa Price Interview

News hit the internet on Monday October 20th via WWD. Carol’s Daughter has been acquired by French cosmetics mega-brand L’Oreal. The company that also owns Lancome, YSL, Giorgio Armani, Kiehls, Shu Uemura, Clarisonic, Garnier, Maybelline, Essie, Urban Decay, Softsheen Carson and Mizani, now also owns the brand that Lisa Price began mixing up in her […]

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All About Cocoa Butter–Protect Your Skin With The Best Brands!

Cocoa butter is something so many of us grow up knowing and loving. To me, the smell of cocoa butter is evocative of warmth, softness and love. And chocolate, obviously. It’s something we’re so familiar with but still know so little about. Let me put you up on cocoa butter game, so you’ll know what […]