Archives for May 2010

So Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Yes I know that my favorite season starts in June, but when the beaches are open its pretty much summer. With Summer we know we will have extremely hot, humid, and hazy days (I dread these days), but we must make sure we are ALWAYS protected from the sun. We are supposed to wear sunblock all year round, but sun rays are most harmful during the summer.

Many African-Americans feel they do not need to protect their skin from the sun because of melanin. It is true we do have an advantage over people with fair skin, but with the depletion of the ozone layer the UVA and UVB rays are extremely harmful. So it does not matter how dark your skin is, you still need to be protected.

Remember to purchase sunblock rather than sunscreen. Sunblock protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays while sunscreen just protects you from UVA. With sunblock you get the most protection.

Also do not use SPF (Sun Protection Factor) less than 30. Global Warming is serious! So back in the day SPF 15 was fine for some people but not today. I use SPF 60! The spf lets you know how long you can be in the sun before you start burning. So SPF 30 means 30 minutes before you start to burn and 60 means an hour. So you can determine how long you will be outdoors when purchasing your sunblock

If you want to get a summer glow, try using a self-tanner or even a bronzer to achieve that effect.

Apply the sunblock about 15-20 minutes prior to sun exposure. If you are a heavy perspirer, participate in outdoor activities, or a beach or pool goer, you should invest in waterproof or water resistant sunblock.

Remember to also wear a hat and sunglasses. You need to protect your head because it can get sunburned too and your eyes need to be protected to maintain your vision.


Enjoy this day full of fun, food, family, and friends in style!

Rihanna, Jordin Sparks, and LeToya Luckett all stepped out this week looking great. They are each rocking various trends hot for Spring/Summer 2010

  • Rihanna is rocking a fabulous nude dress. Not really feeling the rosey red cheeks but the shoes make up for it.
  • Letoya Luckett is in a gorgeous print dress that fits her frame perfectly. Paired with some nude platforms, she nailed this look.
  • Jordin Sparks through a little glam in her look with a sequins top and tulip skirt. The skirt is the perfect fit and shape, and pairing it with this particular top really slims the waist line…good job.


Ms. Keys (Beatz) is pregnant! Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz are expecting their first child together. According to they plan to wed in a private ceremony this summer. Congratulations to the couple!

Obviously A. Keys is trying to hide her baby bump in this poofy dress, but this look is not what’s up. Her Louboutin’s are killer though.

Here is Swizz Beatz and Mr. Christian Louboutin at the same event

The man behind the Red Bottoms