Archives for January 2014

This has been a very eventful Awards Season thus far. I was secretly wishing that Lupita Nyong’o would show up and SLAY like she usually does, but this is music…maybe she’ll release an album next year…who knows lol.

Here is a recap of some of the best and wellllll other looks from a few of our favorite celebrities.

Beyonce and Jay-z

Beyonce and Jay-z

Although they did not get to walk the red carpet because they were opening the show, The Carters looked might dapper this evening. Beyonce rocked a sheer lace white dress that was sexy, but not too revealing. Jay was on his suit and (bow)tie steeze this evening.



Check out the glow on this hot momma! Ciara looked radiant in her gold and bronze dress.

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry

Taylor Swift and Katy Perry

Taylor Swift never disappoints (except when she goes EXTRA hard dancing in the audience -__-). Her look was simple and youthful. Katy Perry rocked  a whit sheer music note inspired gown in true Katy Perry Fashion.

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose, and John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose, and John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen

On to the couples!. I love Chrissy’s dress. Amber Rose usually slays, but maybe a more vibrant color would have nailed this look. Both gentleman look great. Wiz knows how to rock the red carpet, as does John Legend.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert

I feel like Miranda and Robin Thicke should be dates, Blake should have walked the red carpet alone, and while I want to love Paula Patton’s dress, I just don’t 🙁

Rita Ora and Rocsi Diaz

Rita Ora and Rocsi Diaz

These two played it safe. Rita usually goes all out (the MTV awards she KILLED!) Rocsi usually has a little bit more flare. While I don’t hate these looks, I don’t love them either.

Tamar Braxton, Alicia Keys, Pink

Tamar Braxton, Alicia Keys, Pink

This is probably the best that I have seen Tamar look in a long time. Usually she goes over the top with the makeup and/or outfit. She kept it classy and simple with this red gown and natural makeup. Alicia Keys never really does it for me, but this color is gorgeous. The over exposed chest area is giving me a little body builder. Women with smaller busts should not over expose the chest area. Pink has an amazing voice and gave an amazing performance, but the pattern on the dress was not needed. If it was a simple satin gown I think she would have nailed this look.

Ariana Grande and Ashanti

Ariana Grande and Ashanti

Could you believe that Ariana Grande is only 20 years old!?!?!?!? Who put her in this dress. The dress ages her and hairstyle takes off a few years so I’m just confused. I understand why she wears her hair in the same style (due to extreme damage she has limited options and just wants her hair to get healthy again), but either the hair or the dress needs to be spruced up. I didn’t even recognize Ashanti. Love the shoes, makeup and hair (yessss for the blonde) but the dress has A LOT going on and it does nothing for her shape. I really want to love her style, but I need some consistency. One day she slays and others…..

Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams , and Mack Wilds

Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams , and Mack Wilds

And for the guys…..they all have a very unique style. I’m loving Miguel’s look the most. After seeing that picture of Kendrick Lamar and Max from Living Single on Instagram I can’t look at him the same anymore lol.

Who do you think deserves best dressed at the 56th Grammy Awards?


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


Another one of our fashion favorites, Tika Sumpter, is her making rounds on a promotional tour for her new movie with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, Ride Along. The Haves and The Have Nots star was recently spotted in New York City and you would have thought it was a nice spring day with her outfit. Don’t let Tika fool you, it is freezing in New York, but the spring colors and cool temps do not take away from how amazing she looks.


She rocked a blue, white, and yellow cropped sweater, with a yellow striped skirt, and nude pumps. The entire looks is from N/TICE Spring 2014 collection This will be going in my spring inspiration lookbook. I love the color combination! This is such a fun and flirty, yet sporty look.


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.

Hey lovelies,

I’m here with my review of the Herbal Essences Naked Collection Volumizing Kit. Below you will see my video but just a review of what the Naked Collection Volumizing Kit has:


Naked Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
– Restores hair’s natural body.
– Made with zero heavy residues, dyes, and parabens.
– Light weight shampoo provides a clean luscious bounce.
– Conditioner keeps hair detangled, nourished, and maintains full volume.

Naked Volume Dry Shampoo
– Great for days when you don’t have time to wash your hair.
– Refreshes your look for lightweight, clean hair — even on days when you don’t wash.
– The natural tapioca formula absorbs excess oil and transforms lifeless, oily hair into fresh hair.
– Delights senses with the crisp essence of citrus and mint.
– How to use: Gently spray on and work into roots, brush out as desired.

Naked Volumizing Souffle
– Weightless, volumizing styler gives you a lift for fullness that lasts.
– Delights the senses with a boost of grapefruit and mint.
– How to use: Gently work mousse through wet hair for volume.

Check out my video with my results


My Thoughts
I did not use the soufflé (mousse) because my hair has been straight for the last few weeks and I only use mousse when I am wearing curls. I used the shampoo, conditioner, and dry shampoo. The shampoo is a great for clarifying, but what is great about it is that it is not drying. The shampoo did not leave my hair hard like some clarifying shampoos. The conditioner was very moisturizing. It was easy to detangle my crazy hair since I am in the process of transitioning to texlaxed/texturized hair. My hair was very soft and my hairdresser was able to roller set my hair with ease. The dry shampoo is something that I just recently started using a few months ago. The dry shampoo removed a lot of the oil buildup and gave my hair more life and bounce. I think the volumizing kit gave me great results. My hair had lots of body and movement. It was very moisturized and I was very pleased with my results.

Recommendation: 4/5 I would recommend this kit. I would not use the shampoo each week because it is clarifying, but it works great and the conditioner is very moisturizing.


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Disclaimer: The thoughts in this post are my honest opinions. The Walmart gift card to purchase these products was provided by Herbal Essences.