Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fab Cover Stories: Mahershala Ali for GQ Magazine

Mahershala Ali covers the latest issue of GQ Magazine. Inside, he discusses his recent explosion of fame and how he's adjusting. We learn how his religion shapes him as an actor and person and just all around how awesome he is. 

Read the full article and see the full spread here

Photo Credit: GQ

Monday, June 19, 2017

Get Summer Ready with These 4 Makeup Looks!

Happy Monday DC Fam!!

I was scrolling through the archives and realized I have a few Diva FOTD's that can serve as great inspiration for some summer makeup looks. There is something for everyone. If you like muted colors, I got you. Bold and bright colors your jam? I've got you too. Here are just four looks to get you started. The links to the products used and to see more photos are provided. If you want to see more beauty looks, simply type "Diva FOTD" in the search box in the right-hand corner of the main page. Enjoy!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Diva Cover Stories: Zendaya Coleman for Vogue Magazine, July 2017

Zendaya is a Disney star turned Hollywood starlet. She segued her child friendly character into a budding movie career. She is starring in Spiderman: Homecoming and Vogue's latest cover girl! Inside the issue, we get a peek inside at how she made Disney meet her demands and what Zendaya is really like away from the glitz and the glam. 

Read the entire article here.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Diva's Guide to Blogging: The Power of Hashtags in 3 Quick Tips!

Social media has become a great (FREE) tool for self promotion. While there is now an option for sponsored posts for as little as five bucks (I've tried it), you can still get the word out for free using hashtags. Hashtags are a way to tag your content and categorize it into a larger pool of similar posts. Therefore, when someone wants to search, for example, "fashion news", all posts with that assigned hashtag will pop up.

I will admit, when I first started using Instagram and Twitter, I did not use many hashtags if at all. My growth was stagnant. While My follower numbers are nowhere near huge in comparison to my peers, I gain a few followers a day and my engagement has increased. However, I did create a set of rules for myself when I use hashtags. If used aimlessly, you're just wasting your time. Here are three quick tips for using hashtags.

1.  Don't Flood Your Instagram Posts with Hashtags

It sounds contradictory to this entire post, but let me explain. Very few people will be able to get through your novel length posts if they are filled with hashtags (and emojis). Use two or three along with your description. Then, in a comment,  fill it with all the phrases related to your product.

2. Brand Yourself

Use the same hashtags for posts that would be in line with your blog's or platform's brand. For example, I have posts entitled "Diva Cover Stories" , "The Latest in Fashion News", and "Beauty Discussion" , therefore I have identical hashtags. This leads online content back to my platform or floods a common tag with my content. The key is to bring the reader back to you.

3. Pick Hashtags with the Highest Numbers

Usually when you go to enter  #(insert content), a list will populate with similar wording. More than likely the first one is the most popular, go with that one. While that hashtag pool is big, which is a downside, but more eyes get to your content, which is an upside.

Have you been using hashtags in this manner? Have you gained more readers and followers? Let me know  in the comments or on social @divachronicles.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Around the 'Net: Versace and Balmain Documentaries

I love when I get to see what goes on behind the scenes at the biggest fashion houses as they prepare to debut their latest collections. I watched the Versace and Balmain documentaries over the weekend and I don't know how Donatella, Olivier, and their teams stay sane! Check them out below.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Around the 'Net: YouTube Beauty Sensation, Michelle Phan, Explains Why She Disappeared For A Year In Her Latest Video

Michelle Phan is what some people would call an OG YouTuber. She was around before people were cashing checks for their videos. I watched her channels along with other YouTube stars at the time. These people either slowly faded away or turned their platforms into multi-million dollar businesses like Michelle did. She was at the peak of her success, then left. She explains why she disappeared  for a year in her latest video.  Watch below.


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