Team Taylor Townsend! Reasons To Love This New Tennis Superstar

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  When I was a teenager, I was sent to tennis lessons. I spent weekend mornings running around and picking up tennis balls, all under the tutelage of an elderly gentleman named Mr. Valentine. Mr. Valentine was a very forthright gentleman and after some time had passed, my parents asked him for his opinion on […]

Shoutout To My Glam Squad! What I Wore to the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

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Getting me ready for the red carpet and my first official correspondent gig was a journey in itself. It was fun and glamorous every step of the way. For an opportunity like this, I didn’t want to leave anything to chance. I put myself in the capable hands of my glam squad, from Chicago to […]

Chicago Favorites – Where To Eat, Drink and Visit In the Windy City

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It’s July, which means it’s tourist season here in Chicago. This is the time of year that our apartment sees the most action. The weather is sizzling hot and every weekend there’s a festival or some big summer event that brings the masses to the city. Summertime Chi! I love it, and it’s one of […]

5 Reasons To Look Forward To Summer

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  FINALLY. Finally it seems like the heavy grey veil has been lifted off Chicago. The trees are green again. Flowers are blooming. Every neighborhood café is bustling. This is the time of year that reminds me of why we moved here. Spring has sprung and you can already feel summer coming up around the […]

5 Best Parts Of the 2013 Academy Awards Ceremony

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  Crass, contrived humor and misogyny aside – the 2013 Academy Awards did have its entertaining moments. I’ve been watching the Oscars every year since when I was little – and I’m old enough to remember being thoroughly confused by that Rob Lowe/Snow White moment in 1989. A few moments of this year’s ceremony reminded […]

Fall Makeup Trends and Building a Name in the Makeup Game – Interview with Bisi Essien, My Go-To Chicago Makeup Artist

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From the moment she did my makeup and helped to coordinate my MAC lipglass photoshoot, Bisi Essien – AKA @BisiCrystalEyez of Crystal Eyez Makeup Artistry has become my go-to Chicago makeup artist. She’s incredibly talented, incredibly hard working, and incredibly professional. Bisi is the woman I turn to when I’m involved in an event in […]

Welcome to Chicago, City Target!

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For months now I’ve been peeping in the windows and wondering what the new Target at the corner of State Street and Madison would be like. I’ve been living in Chicago for a mere three years and didn’t have the privilege of knowing and loving the legendary, historic Louis Sullivan designed Carson Pirie Scott building […]