Sweater weather is officially here and one of our favorite high end brands Kenzo has the fashion world buzzing again.

The Lotus Flower Eye Embroidered Sweater is described as

Inspired by rich Indian culture, Kenzo’s Lotus-eye sweater is a stand-out piece. Channel the label’s eclectic vibe and team it with a printed mini skirt and statement tote.

High-impact knits are here to stay, Kenzo leading the way with this Lotus eye sweater. We love it paired with printed jeans for a bold head-to-toe look.

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The sweater retails for $637. Is it worth the splurge?

Rock it or Drop it? Click any of the images to purchase

Jennifer Hudson and Angela Simmons

Jennifer Hudson and Angela Simmons

I love Jennifer Hudson’s 3/4 sleeve midi bodycon dress. She paired the dress with a wine lip and peep-toe booties. This is definitely a look I would wear for dinner and dancing or a date night with the boo.

Angela Simmons is always fly. Even though the look is simple because it is a pair of leggings and some fierce heels, I love the pop of color with the bag and the draped jacket. The smokey eye completes this look. I would wear this out with the boo or for a fierce ladies night look.

Rachel Roy and Kerry Washington

Rachel Roy and Kerry Washington

Here we have the battle of the prints with Rachel Roy and Kerry Washington.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE prints and I love how Rachel Roy mixed prints with denim and ankle strap pumps. I suck at mixing prints but this is effortless. I would wear this to brunch with the girls.

Kerry Washington is always on point. This look is classic, modern, sophisticated, and chic. I mean she can do no wrong! I would wear this to work with a blazer because of the to make it more appropriate.

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One thing that takes my GLAM to the next level is makeup! I am no professional, I’ll leave that to my friend Kim, but I do know a few tips to get that “Beat Face” as many beauty mavens like to say.
So last month I introduced the Hpnotiq GLAM LOUDER contest with amazing shoes, this time they want to see your Glammest makeup.
So from today July 1st 2013 until July 14th 2013 submit your photos of your Glammest makeup looks. They can be looks of yourself or images that you find online.

Right now, I love the RiRi Hearts MAC Collection for the summer. Rihanna is already beautiful and doesn’t need much makeup but I think this photo is the ultimate summer glam look; a bold lip, bronzed skin for a summer glow, and subtle eyes.

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So here is the glamorous prize that you can win, a beauty gift certificate to ULTA or Sephora for….wait for it……………
$1,200! I can only imagine the damage I could do in either of those stores with that amount of money.

You have until 11:59pm EST to enter. You can enter as many times as you want.

And get this… for this round, they are choosing not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 winners to win $1200 to Sephora or ULTA!! If you are one of the 4 winners, you will also be eligible to compete in the final round for a chance to win the grand prize….drum roll please…a trip for you and three friends to go shopping with a celebrity in Los Angeles. The grand prize winner will also star in a professional photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq ad!

To enter click here or Hpnotiq’s Facebook. Also follow Hpnotiq on Twitter and tweet them using the hashtag #GLAMLOUDER
Here are the full contest rules

Ok now what you are waiting for go and “Beat that Face” and enter!

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Let’s face it; we are bombarded with too much negativity on a daily basis. Whether you are bombarded with hate on social media or subjected to violence in your communities or in the media, we need to think about the good things that are happening in the world to find some sort of peace.

Well Allstate has been “giving it up for good” and seeking out the positive things happening in our communities. I was challenged to find good things happening in my community, and while there are many great organizations doing amazing work I decided to “Give It Up For Good” with Kel Spencer and Pens of Power.

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“The Pen is Mightier than the Sword” is the message Kel Spencer delivers through his Pens of Power mentoring and literacy program whose mission is to “To help young minds view words as expressive & limitless tools that can be used effectively for communication, comprehension and creativity.”

Kel working with students during a recording session during a workshop

Kel working with students during a recording session during a workshop

Founded by Award winning songwriter, Kel Spencer, Pens of Power uses creative writing exercises as a means to improve students’ writing skills in alignment with the Common Core State Standards, and with the goal of improving state standardized test scores. For those that do not know, the Common Core State Standards are pretty much the road map for education in the United States with 46 states adopting a more rigorous and each enriching curriculum to allow our students to be college and career ready.

Students engaged in writing activities

Students engaged in writing activities

Pens of Power is designed to help students, primarily grades 3-8 (2nd grade & High School component are available as well), to improve their reading and writing skills. Using an unorthodox approach towards literacy Kel Spencer incorporates lyric writing, poetry, music, rhythmic prose and brainstorming during the workshops.

Students at their Pens of Power video shoot

Students at their Pens of Power video shoot

As an educator I felt this program was extremely important. Our children are so fixated with technology that they lack basic skills. As time passes we must change our approach on certain issues In this technological and informational age we have to compete with social media, computers, video games and much more to get our students to learn. This is why programs like Pens of Power are so important. They provide another way for students to get the skills they need to compete in a fast pacing world.

Kel Spencer instructing students during a Pens of Power Workshop

Kel Spencer instructing students during a Pens of Power Workshop

Kel Spencer works with various organizations to share his God given talents in hopes of inspiring others. Many of the schools he works have a high African American population. Through this program he is helping to close the educational achievement gap that plague the African American community. He is helping children from all over learn to attain knowledge, comprehend, and apply these skills in the classroom and beyond.

I challenge you to focus on the good and find ways to give back to your community. Money isn’t everything, so give back with your time, gifts, and talents.

For more information on Kel Spencer and Pens of Power visit their official website at www.PensOfPower.org.

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Allstate believes that there is Good happening all around us, every single day, right in our communities. We believe that this Good is more powerful than Bad – it has the power to change the conversation, change communities, and ultimately, change lives, and we want to give it the recognition it deserves. We are committed to unearthing the stories about Good – stories of hope, strength and perseverance, stories of positivity and optimism, stories of kindness and generosity – stories that will inspire even more good.

Check out stories, pics, tweets and videos of the good happening in our communities at http://giveitupforgood.allstateonline.com/and share the good you see using @giveitupforgood and #giveitupforgood on Twitter and Instagram. Let’s do more Good, together.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Allstate via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Allstate.

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I’m sure if I asked you to name a few women who do not like shoes it would be pretty difficult. I mean with the variety of shoes such as ballet flats, platforms, peep toes in any color and almost any material who would not love shoes? You can even turn your trash in to shoes, Christian Louboutin did and charged a boatload of money for them as well.

I used to be a big time sneaker head, mainly throughout high school and my early years of college until I had to do a performance for the dance team in a pair of 4 inch pumps. Can you say struggle? Well ever since that moment I fell in love with shoes.

Ok Janique where are you going with this, well with Hpnotiq, you have a chance to cash in on probably one of your greatest investments, your shoes! With Hpnotiq #GlamLouder you can Bling It On! By submitting a pic of your fiercest heels or heels that you have been secretly stalking like I have been these neon color block Giuseppe Zanotti Heels that retail for $700

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So from now until July 28th 2013, Hpnotiq wants you to show them how you GLAM LOUDER to win fab prizes! During each 2-week challenge you can submit photos in different categories to win – including the glammest heels, nails, makeup and overall look. Entries can be pictures you snap yourself or images you find online.

So to kick off the competition we want to see your glammiest (yes I made that up) pair of heels. Check out my Sam & Libby heels that I scored the other day at Target for $34.99 since Giuseppe isn’t in my budget! They are so comfortable and I got tons of compliments on them the first night I wore them.

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For the next two weeks you have a chance to win So check out the prizes you can win throughout the competition: One pair of shoes of your choice(Up to $800).

Want to enter? Hpnotiq’s Glammest Heels Challenge ends at 11:59:59 a.m. EST on June 16th! For the first challenge, participants are asked to share their latest SHOE CRUSH! Hpnotiq wants you to show them the glammest heels you can find. Snap a pic of your own, or find a pic of that pair of shoes online you’ve been stalking for months! For this round, they’re choosing 4 lucky winners to get their choice of glam heels valued at up to $800.

To enter click here, or visit Hpnotiq’s Facebook page OR follow @Hpnotiq on twitter and tweet them your picture using the hashtag #GLAMLOUDER. If you’re one of the 4 winners, you’ll also be able to compete in the final round for a chance to win a grand prize trip for you and three friends to meet a famous celebrity in LA, for shopping, makeovers AND you might also star in a photo shoot for the chance to be in a real Hpnotiq Ad!

Here are the OFFICIAL RULES

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Disclosure: This is sponsored post for Hpnotiq through a PR company and compensation was provided.