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So while I’m supposed to be writing papers, grading papers, or planning, I find myself perusing the net for anything interesting. I stumbled upon some great pieces from Fragments, a, and guess what everything I found was under $25! Now if you know Fragments they have been designing high-end jewelry for the last 26 years. Well they teamed up with Last Call Neiman Marcus for a great affordable collection. Check out 5 pieces that will be great additions to your accessory collection. The pieces are classy and great for special occasions, which is why we love them/

Check out our top picks and others from Fragments collection with Last Call Neiman Marcus

 

 

Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren Caped Dress for the 2014 Golden Globes

Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren Caped Dress for the 2014 Golden Globes

I’ve featured Lupita Nyong’o on the blog before a few months ago during the promotion of 12 Years a Slave, and we fell in love with her sense of fashion all over again during this awards season. I mean can you say SLAYED. Her looks have been pretty much flawless. She is definitely the new “It” girl since our beloved Kerry Washington.

Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein at the 2014 Critics Choice Awards

Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein at the 2014 Critics Choice Awards

I love that Lupita takes risks with her makeup, hairstyles, and fashion choices while keeping it CLASSY. She is a great representation of the chocolate sisters. Her skin is pretty much  flawless *cues Beyonce* and I cannot get enough of her color choices. Everything has complimented her so well. She is definitely one of my favorites this awards season. I will be keeping a close eye on her for the rest of the season. I cannot wait to see what she pulls off for the Academy Awards. Now if only we can get these magazines to embrace her for who she is and not lighten her skin SMH @ Vanity Fair.

Lupita Nyong'o in Gucci at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards

I love how versatile her hair is. Shout out to the pick and flat top!

Which look is your favorite?

I’m going with the red Ralph Lauren dress at the Golden Globes.

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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.

Desktop1-001I can finally announce that the Her Goody Bag online shop will be launching next week! I am so excited about this. When I started Her Goody Bag in 2008 I had no idea what I was getting in to, but as the years progressed my vision became clearer. One of the goals that I did set for myself was to launch my own online boutique and it is finally about to happen. With the online shop you can expect fresh, fun, fly, and flirty fashion pieces. This is a new business venture for me and I am dedicated to providing you all with great items to enhance your wardrobe. Stay tuned for the official launch!

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With 2013 right around the corner we had to do our yearly review of the top trends. This year was amazing for the fashion and beauty industries. The popular trends took the world, yes the world, by storm. You had everything from oxblood and tangerine, to “poetic justice” braids and wedge sneakers, celebs and fashionistas all over made 2012 a year to remember. Take a look at the hottest trends of 2012.

Beauty- Tangerine Lips, Vampy Lips, Claw nails and intricate nail art

For the spring/summer we saw tangerine lips all of the street and for the fall/winter vampy lips were in control. The nail art craze went to an entirely new level, especially with the intricate designs and 3d application. We can’t forget about the claw/stiletto shape either.

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Hair- Poetic Justice Braids, Ombre Hair, High Bun (top knot)- none of these trends are new or groundbreaking, but they made a huge comeback in 2012. The most popular would have to be the top knot that Lala is rocking. Everyone from my 5 year old niece to Beyonce took part in this trend. Solange brought back the “poetic justice braids” again this year and even got her sister Beyonce to partake in the trend. Lastly, ombre hair was huge. Everyone from Ciara to Keke Palmer took rocked this look.

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Fashion- Peplum, Hi-Lo (skirts, dresses, tops), Wedge sneakers were huge this year. I mean Tracee Ellis Ross rocked her Isabel Marants and the internet went crazy! Now you can find a dupe pair almost anywhere and in multiple color ways. Then you had the infamous peplum. Whether it was a shirt, skirt, dress, or jacket everyone accentuated their curves with this trend. Lastly, the hi-low trend made a good run. There were hi-low maxis, midis, tops, and more. It allowed you to show a little leg in the front and keep things to the imagination in the back.

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What was your favorite trend for fashion, beauty, and hair this year?