Sorry guys, we’re Celebrating MGM this Monday!

“You can’t wear a tank top two days in a row, and you can only wear your hair in a ponytail once a week. Oh, and we only wear jeans or track pants on Fridays. Now, if you break any of these rules, you can’t sit with us at lunch.” -Gretchen Wieners

Happy Mean Girls Monday! In celebration of this auspicious occasion, I want you to think back to the first time you watched this amazing teen chic flick. I remember watching this movie and how much I couldn’t wait to get to school the next day and tell my friends about it.

Recently, I decided to watch this movie again and here’s what I got from watching it (as an adult who can quote this entire movie).

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  1. Learn to roll with the punches: Life is full of unfortunate events, it’s up to you to go with it and continue to live or you can cry your eyes out and quit. In this case channel your inner Regina George. She was the goddess of not caring about other thought of her. Did your twist out not turn out right and you only have about 15 minutes left until you have to leave for work. Who cares, transform those wet curls into a cute up do or puff and beat your face. Life zip, blackgirlmagic 1 point.

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2. Exactly what he said!

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3. Remember, no matter how old your mom gets, she’s going to want to barrow a sweater or want to know what’s “hip.” Just keep her in the loop and it’s a little less embarrassing. Mom’s are great, everyone want’s a “cool” mom.

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4. Chase the things you want in life. Your dreams won’t become realities if all you do is dream about them.

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5. Accept that you’re perfectly flawed. We were created with a sense of uniqueness. Love what makes you different. You can complain everyday but nothing is going to change. Embrace yourself and others will embrace you too.

As a tween, mean girls was the best for all the wrong reasons. Every girl wanted to rule their school but with the wrong attitude. Watching this movie as an adult is just as funny, but mainly because you realize that either you were these girls, you hated these girls or you wanted to be these girls. What ever category you fall under, just remember on Wednesday we were pink!

 

 

Beat your face, not your Wallet!

YouTube beauty community are saving our lives, and we don’t even know it. Make up artist are showcasing their skills for the world to learn. From simple shadow looks to serious contour series. However, most experienced make up YouTubers are using high end products and that can be a little intimidating for us beginners.

So if you are a beginner to the “beat yo face” community, don’t fret. There are tons of drug store brands that will give you the same look for a fraction of the price.

My favorite brand of all time is elf, short for eyes lips and face. They provide products that are user friendly, effective in cost and easy to get your hands on. You can find elf products in various drugs stores, but my favorite place to purchase their products is Target.

Recommended Products: 

Brushes (black set only)  — For $30,  you can get a flawless finish using these brushes. They’re very soft and easy to hold. The fan brush is amazing for applying highlighter.

Liquid eyeliner — $2 value, high end results. If you’re learning how to apply liquid liner, this will be your best friend. The pointy brush allow you to create the perfect wing. I’ve been using this product since I’ve started wearing makeup.

 

 

Another great brand for cost effective makeup, is NYX cosmetics. NYX has the best everything; from lip products to eyeshadows. Their price margin isn’t to different from elf, although they do have some “expensive” products to be a drug store brand. You will always catch NYX in my makeup bag.

Recommended Products: 

Butter Gloss: $5 in value, If you are looking for a moisturizing lip product with shine and color, then you’re in luck. This product is pretty thick in consistency, so DO NOT apply to dry lips (it tends to turn white in the corners of your mouth). However, this product is still great for those quick makeup looks and you don’t want to go super glam with a lip stick, this is definitely a great alternative.

Lip Lingerie: For $7 you can get the Kylie Lipkit look. It’s available in various nude shades, including the trendy brown lip. Although I haven’t tried the product myself, I’ve heard great things about it. So far I’ve only seen it online, but I would check Ulta as well. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Deal For You—

 

 

#NOMAKEUP

Soulful, raspy, sensual, humble, curvaceous, stylish, humanitarian, mogul, actress, pianist, director, singer, and mother, are just some of the words used to describe the one and only, Alicia Keys.

She stole our hearts at the peak of the 2000’s with Fallin’ and kept leading us on with songs like Diary, You Don’t Know My Name, No One, and Girl on Fire. She’s taken a break, started a family, begun directing plays, began fighting for human rights, and somehow in between it all she still managed to make music. It seems that she has a new sound and a new outlook on life based on one of her newest singles, “In Common”. It’s a fresh take on a new love. The song talks about the joys, surprise and worry that someone could possibly love her and accept her for who she is.

One of her newest mantras is the no makeup movement. In the world of today, with no shortage of hip, butt, and lip injections, breast augmentations, skin bleaching, weaves, and makeup it’s no surprise that our girls are beginning to look like full blown women at such a young age. Makeup and the other assets is something women indulge in for various reasons, whether it be simple self-expression or possibly concealing a flaw they may not like, but as a young child turning on the television or even going to the store, seeing everyone dolled up, with extreme curves…I can only imagine going through puberty during this epidemic. Now more than ever, seeing these things could lead the youth to develop low self-esteem, absence of confidence among other things with no one to look up to. Thanks to Alicia Keys and many other women in the industry, we can finally find some inspiration for our girls instead of weeding out all the celebrities.

Alicia Keys published a piece in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter and made several statements that really made me stop and think.

“Does it start somewhere in second grade after picture day when you wear your frizzy hair out ’cause your mama says it’s beautiful but all your “friends” laugh at you?”

Deny as we may, we’ve all had this feeling. Our outfit wasn’t the best, our shoes weren’t the newest, we might’ve been “late bloomers”, we may have had to wear braces, might’ve had acne, our voice may have been a bit funny sounding, our hair wasn’t the longest or straightest, and our skin wasn’t the smoothest or lightest-as society has taught us, or it might’ve just been a bad day and we forgot to care about how we look for others sake.

“You grab the brush and gel and pull your beautiful big hair back into the tightest ponytail you possibly can to contain your unique hair in a bun — hiding a piece of who you are in order to fit into a picture of what others seem to see as perfection.”

I can remember in elementary school seeing movies like Clueless or Bring it On, and even seeing celebrities like Aaliyah and Beyoncé and looking up to them, in a sense kind of wanting to be them, because they’re so beautiful and must live an awesome life. I can remember in high school, if you didn’t have the new Jordan’s, a pair of True Religions, a designer purse, the most “laid” sew in…. well, you know the rest. At such a young age it’s instilled in us, somehow, that we need to look like this, have this, do this, talk like this, walk like this, etc.

“Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of. And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you’re plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked.”

I wish I could’ve included the entire article because it was so raw and real. The stigma that Alicia Keys along with many everyday women experience is real! There are many who like putting on a “face” simply because they like it and there are also those who really struggle with their inner happiness and acceptance. They’re not curvy enough so they have to get injections, their butts are a little flatter than some so why not pump it up, lips aren’t as full as her’s: Botox! The list goes on and on. One problem I’ve identified is that we can find 1,000 flaws, but can’t seem to recognize 10 beauties. Alicia Keys wrote a song, “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself”. The lyrics are inspiring: In the morning from the minute that I wake up , What if I don’t want to put on all that makeup, Who says I must conceal what I’m made of , Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem. After receiving so much flack at the recent VMA’s, Alicia Keys tweeted, “Y’all, choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you!”.  It seems as though people were confused. Alicia simply means that she no longer wants makeup to be her go-to when it comes to being beautiful. She doesn’t want to feel obligated to plaster it on before she leaves the house. She also doesn’t want to put anyone down if they do choose to indulge in it.

The key is self-worth, confidence, and acceptance. Be unashamed, proud, and unapologetic. If you like it wear it, if you want it get it, but if you’re not happy with yourself then you’ll never be able to accept you for you. TLC may have been the best to say it:

You can buy your hair if it won’t grow

You can fix your nose if he says so

You can buy all the make up

That M.A.C. can make

But if you can’t look inside you

Find out who am I too

Be in the position to make me feel

So damn unpretty

I’ll make you feel unpretty too

Let’s follow in Alicia Keys’ footsteps and set an example for others, including our youth.  Here’s a link to the full article. http://www.lennyletter.com/style/a410/alicia-keys-time-to-uncover/

 

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#WomenofColorWednesday

 

Frugal Fashioni$ta

By Jillynn Reese 

So recently, I was scrolling through my twitter timeline and notice a tweet from Kourtney Kardashian promoting chokers necklaces for under $100. 

$100?? For a necklace, that isn’t 18 carat gold or white gold. You have to be kidding me. So I kept scrolling to read the tweet responses and I was highly amused. 


She posted this and immediately the jokes started rolling in. 


This being my favorite. I love chokers but not enough to pay over 5.99. However, in the midst of the jokes, a girl was promoting her business of making tie dye chokers and they were really cute. For 15 bucks I’ll definitely invest in a few. 

So with that being said I wanted to share a few places you can purchase chokers and not break the bank. 

indythebay.com, has super cute chokers. I purchased 2 that were $10 each. She provides handmade fashion chokers. 


Amazon has vintage chockers with small charms.  Prices range from $0.69 to $3.99. 

eBay.com  Velvet charmed chockers for $3.00 


So Kourtney you can keep your highend chokers. 

Smooth Operator

Everyone’s on a health kick these days, from detox flat tummy tea to the infamous waist trainer. As of lately, i’ve discovered a new found love…smoothies!

They’re nothing new, they’ve been around for quite some time but in this hipster age juice bars and smoothie sit downs are popping up all over town. Each cup comes with all “natural and organic” ingredients like kale, spinach, avocado, and other fruits and veggies. Not to mention Omega 3s, chia seeds, and other nutritious vitamins. Each cup also comes with a stinging price tag of at least $7. Though that little $7 may not seem threatening, but to get hooked on a delicious smoothie and buy it a few times a week, it’s hitting pockets for atleast $25.

My favorite smoothie that i’ve recently discovered is called “Alive,” produced by the juice bar, Beyond Juicery + Eatery. The juicery has several locations located in the metro Detroit area. They’ve received wonderful reviews and business is booming for them! Maybe i’m just the DIY type, but to save time and money, i’ve decided to recreate the smoothie i’ve fallen in love with. My rationale: Buy the ingredients for that smoothie and make a cup everyday for two weeks…all for $25!

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I went on a venture for all the ingredients that included

  • almond butter
  • almond milk
  • flax, chia seed mix pack
  • vanilla extract- pure, preffered or imitation
  • peaches-frozen, unsweetened
  • strawberries-frozen, unsweetened
  • orange juice
  • bananas

all ingredients can be found at Meijer, with a grand total of $25

With my single serve blender, I mixed the ingredients to taste

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  • 3 to 4 ice cubes
  • 1 table spoon of almond butter
  • half of a banana
  • pack of flax, chia seed mix
  • 2 table spoons of almond milk
  • teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of orange juice

Of course, you can substitute any ingredients to your liking but this is what I used and I must say it almost tastes the exact same as the smoothie I bought from the juice bar. These ingredients lasted me about two weeks, allowing me to make a smoothie everyday. The smoothie acts as a “meal in a cup” meaning you can drink the smoothie and feel full, allowing you to have a smaller meal or to skip it entirely.

Try new recipes. Kale, spinach, apple, and pineapple is a popular mix along with bananas, peaches, and pineapple give or take some extra ingredients. Smoothies make you feel light and healthy and are tasty to drink!

Keep cool for the remainder of the summer with a drink in your cup- on your way to class, work, or out and about for the day!

 

To Beat Thy Face, or to not Beat Thy Face

To beat thy Face, or to not beat thy face?

That is the question… in terms of makeup of course!!!!

Beat. Slay. Dust. Snatched. Wacked.

            So many silly terms but they all mean the same thing. The beauty industry has always been a prominent entity. With so many new innovations to keep women “beautiful” and “young”, why wouldn’t it be, especially when that’s how society defines the woman’s “quality”? Somewhere around 2012 makeup changed and would never be the same, it was a new era. It became every girls fascination. YouTubers flooded the scene with how-to’s and Pinterest was swamped with women searching for the perfect makeup and ensemble idea. New techniques, gizmos, gadgets, and tools were all the rave.

With over 20 shades of brown, from pale cream to goldenskin honey  to deep mocha, you would think that there’d be a foundation for every woman but sadly this hasn’t been the case. So many women of color have been wearing the wrong shade of foundations simply due to the fact that their skin shade isn’t offered. Imagine, you being darker skinned having to settle to wear a toffee shade of makeup…the agony! Did you know that more cosmetic brands are just NOW (in 2016) catering to women of color? I guess after drops in sales, complaints of brands having only basic colors offered for the, more fair-skinned counterparts, and the false advertising of “dark cocoa” swatches that were actually caramel colors were drastic enough for brands like L’Oreal and Cover Girl to launch lines of foundations and concealers for the darker skinned women such as the Queen line for Cover Girl, backed by ambassadors like Queen Latifah.

As a woman, we make due with what we have, whether that means creating a concoction mix of powders and liquids to get the best look possible or simply starting our own cosmetic line, it gets handled. A perfect smooth canvas with the right dewy effect, a flawless contour, sexy highlights, lashes for days, and thick, “on-fleek” brows painted by “the gawds” themselves are THEE only way to go.

But, why are women receiving backlash for their newfound love for their artistic expression that is makeup?

Men AND women have given makeup wearers a piece of their mind through social media memes and other postings. From Love and Hip Hop to today’s rap music to the everyday coworker, men have expressed their admiration and hatred for makeup, all the same. They love how it looks on a woman and how it enhances her features when it’s nicely and subtly done, but they fear for when she takes off the painted face because the transformations that makeup has done for some is absolutely astounding…

 

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Now, some makeovers will leave others in total shock but nonetheless…we don’t criticize men for wanting to play sports, getting drunk with buddies, or rolling in the dirt among other things. Why is a woman’s hobby and interest up for debate and critique? In addition to the man’s judgment, of course we have the “one’s who do and one’s who don’t”…everything isn’t for everybody, but is that a reason to condemn the counterpart? Some women who don’t wear makeup actually attack those that do with scowls, a turned up nose, and such comments like “why do you have to wakeup and put on makeup everyday, I’m beautiful enough to go bare” and “I bet if they didn’t have that makeup on they wouldn’t get that attention” and “it’s 12 in the afternoon, where are you going with all that makeup”. Girls will be girls, right, but those who like makeup should be able to wear it freely whenever, however, and wherever they want to wear it. How does my wearing of makeup make you feel any type of way? If you love to be natural and show off beautiful radiant skin, then you should feel so empowered to do so, happily. But, as women should we not high five one another and give a compliment when we look good, makeup or natural? I bet if those bashers of makeup-wearers knew how to do their makeup like the ones they critique, they’d possibly love it too.

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…And then there were the abusers of makeup. Everything in moderation, less is more! The “gawds” want you to be on fleek…*Forever*. Take some time and check off your list…

  • Define your skin type; oily, dry, combination-important for selection of foundation and concealer brand and variety
  • Get matched with the correct foundation and concealer
  • Research and invest in a decent quality of makeup
  • Get the right types of quality brushes for the job AND clean them regularly.
  • Define your style and find eye shadows, liners, highlight, lip colors to compliment you and your skin tone.
  • Stay trendy and in the know-Amy Winehouse eyeliner isn’t popping right now
  • Consult with a professional for tips and suggestions
  • When applying makeup, try to utilize various lighting to be sure of the quality
  • If you’re face feels heavy and a bit tacky by the touch, chances are you’ve applied too much

As cliché as the makeup tutorials are becoming, they are such a FREE and helpful tool to learn and practice doing makeup, from everyday casual makeup to special night out looks. Makeup seminars are so costly, running about $50-$500 a session, depending on the artist or brand and the location. If you do choose to go to a seminar for some extra helpful lessons, MAC has some classes that are held every so often for about $100 a session at various locations.

Visit Ulta lately? Well, it’s only every woman’s Wal-Mart for makeup…THEY HAVE EVERYTHING. From contour kits, brow kits, foundations, eye shadow pallets, face cleansers, and hair nurturing products you can find everything you need and even more that you don’t need but will most likely find a use for. Upon your venture, try not to get swept up in the hype. Anastasia Beverly Hills, NYX, Naked, MAC, NARS, and Urban Decay are all great brands that cater to their customers, but it’s not the end all be all for beauty buys. Eyeliner doesn’t need to cost you $40 nor does foundation need to run you $98. Though, some may argue that it’s so worth it, it’s worth the exploration of different brands to find what works best for you and your pockets. Natural and organic products are the new “thing”. In fact many popular brands have been noted to have lead and other chemicals in their products which has fueled other brands to produce items that are harmless if ingested, not tested on animals, various flavors, and crazy cool colors. I argue, some products are worth spending the extra bucks on while others can be simply bought at the local Walgreens for pocket change.

Makeup has given women all over the world of all ages the confidence and self-esteem they’ve always wanted. Whether it be for a special occasion or an everyday activity they love to indulge in, it’s okay to wear makeup. If you’re good at doing makeup, you may want to start video tutorials, start a small business, become the campus go-to makeup guru, or even come up with new trendy looks. Retail therapy has taken a back seat to makeup rehab, it’s how we express ourselves and possibly even relieve stress. Who doesn’t feel better after knowing they look good.

And for those that have sooooo much to say…. BOY BYE

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We’ve all had our ups and downs, trials and errors with makeup. Starting out, why didn’t our friends tell us our eyebrows were too boxy and too dark? Why didn’t anyone tell us our foundation didn’t match? Nonetheless, just thankful for the glow up!!!

Do you love makeup? Are you one of those makeup bashers? Is it wrong to wear it everyday?

Here’s one youtuber that does a great job displaying her makeup routine. Beginner, intermediate, expert or simply a lover for makeup… indulge!

 

 

Meet Raquel Mc(Fierce)son

I had the opportunity to chat with one of the most goal getting gals I ever met. Raquel “Cici” McPherson, Western’s own Next Top Model. She has been seen in several WMU fashion shows hosted by MODA, a registered student fashion organization. Hosting campus events, and dancing with Western Ja’dore Dance Team. This fierce public relations student, plans to make her mark in the high fashion Industry.

She started her journey in modeling with the help of her mom. As a child, McPherson was seen in commercial print for Kohl’s and other department store brands. Raquel is a Detroit native, but plans to leave the mitten for NYC, to immerse herself in the fashion industry. “I would say my major limitation as a model would be living in Michigan, this isn’t the place for fashion,” says McPherson.

Speaking of limitations, she shared a moment with me about her first encounter with the fashion industry. At 16-years old, she sought out an agency to work for as a model. During this audition she was suggested to lose more weight. If you know  you know this probably isn’t possible considering her abs are hard as a rock as seen in her Facebook cover photo. So, imagine her at 16…..right, I didn’t imagine fat either.

However, this experience taught her so much and gave her the motivation to prepare for the industry. “It’s about having thick skin, taking criticism and turning it into a positive,” McPherson said.Using inspiration from Tyra Banks and Iman, CiCi plans to break barriers in this industry. She’s currently in the process of accomplishing many goals. However, her ultimate goal is to be able to support her family with her career and several business ventures.


Her most recent accomplishment as a freelance model is working with Lipbar, a Detroit based cosmetic company. McPherson was chosen to pose for their new metallic lipsticks, and slayed! The pictures are stunning. She was also recently featured on FashionBomb Daily. 


McPherson is a humble yet determined girl, working to push through that glass ceiling in the fashion industry. She working against all odds as a black, female, high fashion model, but I know she’s going to make it. You can follow McPherson on Instagram and Facebook @raquelmcpherson and Twitter @CiCiRoxi. 

 

Summer to Fall Closet Transformation

Days in the sun
And nights in the rain
Summer is over, simple and plain
Found me some fun that’s good for the pain
Already told you, I don’t feel the same
I don’t feel the same

-Word to Drake (Summer’s Over interlude; Views)

 

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Sunny scorching days, and warm humid nights…we’ve been dreaming of these times since the winter, along with the freezing, below 10 degree weather and the 2-10 inches of snow that we trudged through. As the warm weather peaked, guys were happy to bust out the fitted cap and shorts with the matching Jordans that they stood in line and waited hours for. For girls, sun dresses and sandals were the summer staple that could be seen in every color, with the occasional tank top and shorts or even the “bodysuit” and slim fit jeans.

Hope as we might, wish as we will, summer’s slowly coming to an end and fall will soon be upon us. With the change of seasons, many people think that they need to pack away their summer clothes or dish out on a whole new wardrobe for autumn. Sure shopping is always a hobby I can find a reason for…BUT that doesn’t mean fashion stands still! We are currently in the age of Hipsters! Think outside of the box, stay in the know, “REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE” and most of all, BE EDGY! Most of your favorite pieces can still be worn up until that frosty first morning of winter while still being fashionable. Fall has been claimed to be everyone’s “favorite” season. Haunted houses, dressing (or stuffing-depending on where you’re from), horror flicks, pumpkin spice latte back at Starbucks, apple cider … and the ability to layer your clothes til’ your heart’s content; that’s the whole meaning of fall right?

Remember that favorite maxi skirt you wore throughout summer? Pair it with some cute booties, accessorize with a belt, chunky jewelry, a jean jacket…the options are endless, whatever your style may be. While the weather still permits, it’s ok to still wear those shorts; match it with a floor duster cardigan, moccasins or other boots, and a cute fedora or a floppy hat.

At this point in our lives, assuming we’re mature young adults, we shouldn’t be a slave to the name any longer, sure we all love nice things including that designer bag but statements can be made with cute finds at your local thrift store; as surprising as that may be! Plato’s Closet is also a great place to find new pieces. A good jean jacket, boots, sweater, and a belt can be the ultimate pieces that can accessorize any look and transform your summer fit to a fall favorite look. Get creative! Bring those plum and maroon lipsticks to the forefront of your cabinet, take advantage of the fall sales and stock up on cute light weight scarves, and you can’t get enough of that online shopping with sales on cute sweaters.

Don’t let summer’s fun coming to an end make you drab, stay fashionable and innovative with your looks.

Here’s a video that could give you some ideas to keep the closet looks in rotation.

-domo.dub

I Boiled My Weave!!!

Being someone who loves and cherishes all things weave and weave related, I wanted to share how I revived my hair!

During the Fall time I purchased some hair from Kendra P., Miink Brazilian Hair Company and saved it to reuse for a rainy day! So I’m going to give a quick recap of how to bring your extensions back to life! (I cannot guarantee results just in case your hair does not turn out as expected).XhjiYakW

First, I prepped my hair by removing any old thread and combing the extensions from the weft to the ends. I also took a big pot and began to boil some water while I work on the extensions.

I then washed and conditioned all of my hair gently in warm water with organix “Coconut Oil” Shampoo and Conditioner. Normally I like to solely cowash my hair and not condition but in this instance I used both since it hasn’t been used in some months. You can purchase Organix products from Target, Walgreens, Walmart, etc. You can also purchase just a cowashing product as well, Pantene is my favorite.

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By the time you finished washing all of your extensions, your water should be boiling now. I added 2 scoops of Silicone Mix into my boiling water. I carefully added all the extensions to the boiling water. Once submerged, I let the hair boil in the mixture for about 15 minutes.51XwQEYbmxL._SY300_QL70_

I removed all the extensions and wanted to make sure my hair was silky and shiny. To do this, I took a couple ziplock bags and divided the hair up into the bags. Then I filled the bags with a couple squirts of Pantene conditioner. I made sure there was conditioner covering the hair and closed the ziplock bags. I let this sit for about three days and rinsed and let my hair air dry over night.

My hair definitely was silky smooth and even now, it has been a week since my hair has been installed and it is still flawless and easy to manage. It’s not tangling and losing its luster. I recommend this method if you have some hair you invested in and can reuse, do it!

Are there any other tricks or hacks you guys use to revive your extensions? Let us know!

7 Things You Must Know About Harper Ray Accessories

By Tabinda Sial

Harper Ray Accessories

An interest in making her own “Basketball Wives earrings” five years ago turned this small vision into a successful, growing company today. Harper Ray Accessories is an urban accessory company that was founded in October of 2012 by Gillian Bradley. Gillian is a student at Michigan State University majoring in packaging. Harper Ray Accessories has been getting much buzz and business from its custom jewelry lately. Here are 7 things you must know about the company that might have you dropping a couple of items in your shopping cart after visiting shopharperray.com, I definitely did!

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Dare To Walk With WALK Fashion Show

 

Over the weekend, The Social B.’s very own, Sydney B. had the pleasure of hosting the gold carpet for WALK Fashion Show! If you missed this event then let’s just say the next show is a must see! One day…Three shows…Detroit’s Eastern Market were the perfect ingredients for WALK 13. Not only was the venue filled with so many diva’s and divo’s wearing the hottest fashions of today, but the positive energy alone was enough to make everyone smile. The event featured over 10 vendors, several sponsors with the biggest being Quicken Loans and Gypsy Vodka, and a minimum of ten designers featured in each show.

The event kicked off its first show with WALK University, which features many of Detroit brightest and very bold kids who too have a passion for modeling. Not only were their child models, but even child designers who showed off some pretty dope pieces. The second show, Emerging Designers, featured many up and coming designers who have been working a little over a year now to make their mark within the local fashion industry. Finally, the highly anticipated show of all was the final show of the evening, which featured celebrity runway designer Richard Hallmarq who certainly came to slay with each look presented!

If you happened to miss this season’s fashion show or are a rising designer or model looking to take the stage this video indeed will help to answer your question as to why you need to be at the next WALK Fashion Show! Be sure to comment below and tell us your thoughts.

Iggy Azela and Nick Young Are ‘Forever Young’

[Credit: Forever 21]
[Credit: Forever 21]
You know her as the rapper behind your favorite songs, but Iggy Azela is prepared to take the fashion world by storm.

The “Fancy” star signed a deal with Wilhelmina Models and landed her first national campaign, alongside her LA Lakers star boyfriend Nick Young, for Forever 21. While we find it challenging to take a simple picture with our boyfriend’s, it seemed that Azelea and Young too found it a little troubling at first.

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[Credit: Instagram @thenewclassic]
“As the hours rolled by I think Nick started to realize photoshoots are hard work too,” Azalea tells PEOPLE. “It was funny watching him have that revelation!”

While Hustle Gang’s first lady found humor in watching him work, Nick seemed pleased learning from his model/rapper girlfriend. “It was real cool. We had great chemistry,” he says.

And although the more experienced model admits that she still gets a little nervous in front of the camera her love had no problem with posing for the camera.

“Nothing [was hard], I’m Swaggy! It comes natural!” he says.

Check out the ad on Forever 21 and tell us what you think!

 

Fall 2014 Fashion Trends

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[Credit: Style Blazer]
By Sydney B.

As the fall approaches, its time to switch from summer drab to fall fab! The fashion focus this fall will be western fashions, cozy knits, over-size coats, a resurgence of 60s fashions, and trendy sneakers. So let’s get started…

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[Credit: Getty Images]
1. Getty  up cowboy! Or should I say cowgirl? A chic all black ensemble topped with a super cute cowboy hat will really give you that edgy look you’ve been looking for. So bring on the rodeo and show off your best Western look.

2. It’s a sock for your neck, better known as a turtleneck. Now I’m sure you’re probably already turned off by the fact that it’s a turtleneck, but no worries! Designers have made these extreme turtlenecks a lot more trendy to match your needs. Not to mention the fact that they keep you warm. With there being so many styles it’s almost impossible for anyone not to find the right one just for them.

3.  The larger the coat the warmer you’ll be. If this past winter taught me anything, it’s to simply bundle up. Over-sized coats are becoming so much more trendy. To save a little extra money when buying one try shopping at the outlet stores. This is a perfect time to find a nice heavy duty coat at a reasonable price. This fall/winter they’ll definitely come in handy when you’re trying to hide those few extra pounds. The bigger the coat the better!

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[Credit: Getty Images]
4. A blast from the past is what I like to call this trend. Mini skirts, knee-high boots, and retro accessories are making a statement this season. Let’s cal it yesteryear because the 60s are swinging back in major way. A mini skirt paired with a sassy bodysuit and a pair of chic knee-high boots will surely have you turning heads when you walk-by.

5. Finally, ladies you can finally give your feet a break from those six-inch pumps and switch to the comfy sneakers. I don’t know how you ladies did it with wearing heels almost everyday, but kudos to you.

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[Credit: Getty Images]
 Lucky for your feet, designers have declared sneakers the footwear of the season. Make sure they’re trendy and compliment your outfit well.

Well that’s all I have for you today! Here’s a great fashion quote that I would like to leave you with: Oscar de la Renta said, “Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable, style is more about being yourself.”

 

Are You COOL Enough?

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[Credit: Cool Club Clothing]
It’s easy for a person to ask, “What is fashion?,” but how many of us really know exactly what fashion is?

Fashion is an art form. It’s fun. It’s unique. It’s a peek into a personality. Who’s personality? Well, yours of course! Fashion presents an individual statement of expression for you and I.

Cool Club Clothing was developed to create a cult amongst the youth to better promote the musical sounds of its founder, Cyrus B. What Cyrus, a student at the University of Michigan, didn’t know was that those few shirts, with their “cool” and colorful design, would become a hit within his hometown in Detroit, MI.

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[Credit: Cool Club Clothing]
“I did not realize that I was entering the fashion industry until a few months after I started making clothes,” said Cyrus. “I looked up one day and said ‘man, I think I’m a clothing designer.”

In August of 2012, Cool Club Clothing was established as a limited liability company in Michigan. As the brand developed so did their inspirational slogan, “Be You. Be Cool. Join the Club.” Judging by their fan following on social media and demand in product many people have already joined the club.

“The true purpose for creating C.C.C was to advocate the idea that with an open mind, one can reach limitless heights,” Cyrus says.

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[Credit: Cool Club Clothing]
The brand’s most  successful product, by far, has been its collection of first generation beanie hats. These eye catching knitted hats feature the Cool Club signature logo with each letter a significantly different color.

Cool Club customers have also developed a high interest in the brand’s upcylced vintage wear. Each garment is given a unique and refined look as it mixes new school designs with old school fashions.

So what’s next for the brand?

Supporters can expect to see a new and improved collection of hats featuring revamped designs of the original first generation beanies and new snowball beanies! Along with the release of the new hats will be the release of two new sweatshirts.

In January, be sure to look out for more information about the EnspiRED Annual Fashion Show featured at the University of Michigan. As a way to kick off the new year, the brand plans to debut many special designs as well.

For more information about the Cool Club Clothing brand click here, and remember to Be You. Be Cool. and Join the Club!

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[Credit: Cool Club Clothing]

What To Wear To A Wedding

 

Wedding Attire

By Sydney B.

Have you ever been invited to a wedding, but didn’t know what to wear? Or maybe you were over or under dressed for the wedding depending on the formalities?
With the help of David’s Bridal, I’m going to help you decipher the Do’s and Don’ts of what is appropriate attire for weddings based on the time of day. So let’s get started!

First, let’s begin with the breakdown of what’s appropriate for the right time of day:

Informal Daytime: Short dress or suit. Business attire is OK for morning weddings.
Informal Evening: A nice cocktail dress will do which is any dressier dress, for example, a little black dress that’s not full-length.
Semi-Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit
Semi-formal Evening: Cocktail dress
Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit.
Formal Evening or Black-Tie: Long or dressy short cocktail (beading, glam accessories, wrap)
Ultra-formal or White Tie: Long gown, extra glitz. Your furs and diamonds need to say faux or costume jewelry as most will not have.

Now let’s explore the Dos and Don’ts:

1. If you have to ask if it’s appropriate, it probably isn’t. Do use good judgment if the invitation doesn’t specify the formality of the event.
2. Don’t wear white because it competes with the bride. There are plenty of other colors available. This rule may seem outdated, but it’s actually just good etiquette to not compete with the bride on her special day.
3. Anything too sparkly will make you look overdressed. Don’t wear black or sequins during the daytime.
4. Don’t worry about wearing the same colors as the bridesmaids or mothers. You can’t possibly coordinate with everyone in the wedding party.
5. Club wear, overtly sexy clothing such as strapless, see-through, and more, does not belong at a wedding. A pastel suit or soft floral dress for daytime or a little black dress for evening, after 6 p.m., will take you almost anywhere.
6. Casual can mean a pretty sundress like for a coastal or beach wedding, but rarely means something as sloppy as jeans or shorts.

Well, that’s all I have for you today. Here’s a great fashion quote that I would like to leave you with: Coco Chanel said “Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions”.