Monday, October 27, 2014

Diva's Life: This Weekend In Photos

This past weekend I went down to my alma mater, Albany State University,  to partake in the homecoming festivities.  I didn't take many photos. I wanted to enjoy the moment and not be tied to my phone the entire time. Take a look of what I captured below.

Top Left:
Group picture of the girls.

Top Right:
The city always supports Albany State's homecoming.

Me in front of the campus mural of everyone and the events that shaped the school's history.

Bottom Left: 
I also tried fried oysters for the first time. Delish!

Bottom Right: 
I tried fried grits for the first time. Yum!!

It was great catching up with everyone. Until next time ASU!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Outfit Inspiration: Tailgating at Albany State University

So this weekend I'll be headed down to partake in  my alma mater's homecoming festivities. I can't wait to catch up with old classmates. I went Albany State University, where the school colors are blue and gold. It's only fitting that I do an outfit post featuring those colors.

I took a chic spin on having school spirit and wearing the university's colors. Instead of a school sweatshirt that many will be wearing,  an sequin sweatshirt in the same colors adds a different level of sophistication. Flats in the complimentary color pulls the ensemble together. A cross body bag frees your hands and subtle studs won't take away from the sweatshirt.

If casual is more your speed, go for a trendy pair of sneakers in royal blue. High waist jeans and a mustard crop top keep will keep the look current. While statement earrings make the look unique. A multicolored gem emblazoned cross body tie the look together while holding necessary essentials.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Latest in Fashion News: Mary Katrantzou x Adidas Collection Revealed

Good Morning!

For whatever reason, I'm up super early on my day off. This leads to scouring the 'net, and look what I came across? The Mary Katrantzou x Adidas collaboration revealed.   The collection features bold patterned sneakers in 6 different colorways and also a new spin on athletic wear. The dresses in the collection appear more ready-to-wear than athletic which pair nicely with the kicks in the collection.  Browse below and see what you like. I already have a couple faves.

Monday, October 20, 2014

DC News Break: Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies

Legendary fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta has died at the age of 82. His designs became quickly popular among celebrities and first ladies, most notably, Jaqueline Kennedy.  Surely his fashion house will live on. My thoughts are with his family and friends during this time.

Source: CNNABC News


Diva Cover Stories: Kerry Washington for Allure Magazine, November 2014

A fresh face Kerry Washington covers the latest issue of Allure Magazine. 

Image Credit:Allure Magazine



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Home Decor Inspiration: For the Love of Travel Featuring Modani Modern Furniture

As you can probably tell by now, I love putting outfits together. Well a kind rep for Modani Modern Furniture,   a chic home decor company noticed and asked me to create an inspirational board injecting my personal style using their pieces. Ecstatic is not the word! So I started brain storming and ended up with a living room that reflects some of my life aspirations and my quintessential style. Behold, For the Love of Travel.

I live for color. Everyone who knows me can attest that my wardrobe is not bland. So naturally,  my home wouldn't be either. I modeled this living room after the same themes that run through my own home. Color, comfort, and travel. I chose a neutral sectional because it allows for easy seasonal redecorating and you have tons of seating for entertaining. I dressed it up with vibrant throw pillows.

The wall art is where I expressed my love for travel. If I did not have to work like an adult, I'd wander the world experiencing different cultures for a living. But for now, I'll take one trip at a time. I made sure every portrait was a different city of places I've been and wanted to go in the future.

I'm a huge lounger. Cuddling up with a plush blanket is my M.O. But one must have a place to store them in when they're not in use. Enter this chic chest. It compliments the home decor as serves as storage at the same time.

 A yellow side table serves as an additional pop of color accented by a silver bull.  I just love the coffee table.  Like the sectional, it serves a blank canvas, but can stand on it's own.  Finishing off the space is a floor lamp that looks like it belongs on a movie set.  I think that's what attracted me to it. I gravitate towards unusual things,  and the lamp is an unexpected element in the space.

Modani Modern Furniture has many modern furniture store locations all across the country and in Cananda. No location near you? Take a virtual tour via their website.

A big thank you to the Modani Modern Furniture team for this opportunity! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Diva Cover Stories: Uzo Aduba for Harper's Bazaar 2014

She burst onto the scene and gained fame by playing an inmate whose stare put the fear of God in her fellow inmates. Uzo Aduba and her character Crazy Eyes on the hit show Orange is the New Black is one of the reasons why the show is great. She has been featured in Harper's Bazaar's Women Who Dare feature for 2014. Here are a couple photos from the optical themed shoot.

Photo Credit: Harper's Bazaar



Friday, October 10, 2014

Current Favorites: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and Moisturizing Cream

It's Friday and I'm bringing you two of my favorite skincare products I've been using for the last couple of months. I have always heard rave reviews about the Cetaphil brand, and when it came time to buy products for a work trip this past summer, I decided to give some of their products a try. See why they're my faves below.

I've been using this duo everyday since this summer. The Gentle Skin Cleanser does not strip my skin. It may not be what you're used to as it doesn't foam much as you apply it on your face. Foam, however, does not have anything to do with cleansing capabilities.  As my skin matures,  it's becoming more sensitive to fragrances.  I can appreciate that this is a fragrance free product, and the ingredient list is simple.  

After I tone my skin, I follow up with Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. It is a thicker formula, which I like. It absorbs quickly,  spreads evenly, and does not leave a white cast on my face. A plus  is that it if made for sensitive skin. A negative is there is no SPF in the product. 

Look out for an in depth review to hit the blog soon!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Diva Cover Stories: Shonda Rhimes for The Hollywood Reporter

They called her "TV's Savior", and I agree. Shonda is a television genius. I can't think of any other woman, who had more than one hit show on a major television network at one time.  I admire her. Inside The Hollywood Reporter,  she talks that "Angry Black Woman" article and Katherine Heigl. 

Image Credit: The Hollywood Reporter


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Product Review: L'Oréal Voluminous False Fiber Lases Mascara

I've had this mascara for about two months now, and I've got enough use out of it to do an in depth review. I have long lashes, but they are fairly straight and not full. I purchased this mascara to give me the fullness I was looking for. You know, the fake lashes, but these are really my lashes look? Unfortunately,  Fiber Lash came up short. Read below to find out why.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Latest in Beauty News: Tyra Banks Launches Tyra Beauty

Tyra Banks is continuously adding to her brand. She is now the makeup maven behind Tyra Beauty. Her namesake brand includes lip, eye, and face products. Competing with mid range product lines, Tyra Beauty looks promising. Come inside for more information.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Latest in Fashion News: Diane von Furstenberg to Premier Show on E!

With fashion based shows such as Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars gaining popularity over the years, I guess the Wrapdress Queen wanted a piece of the pie. Diane von Furstenberg will star in a docu-series titled House of DVF . I'm always game for a good fashion based show and this one, I'm sure will be good!

Photo Credit: E!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Outfit Inspiration: Wintertime Color

Hello All!

The air is getting cooler, but that doesn't mean your wardrobe has to suffer. I'm a lover of color and that doesn't stop in the fall and winter months. Check out my latest Outfit Inspiration showing you how you can be bold and colorful all while staying warm. Get inspired below!

Inspirational Pieces
Coat: Moschino CheapandChic Coat
Dress: Pigeon Love Elizabeth Dress
Shoe: Gianvito Rossi Leather Split Peep-Toe Bootie
Handbag: Paul's Boutique Maisy Medium Tote
Earrings: Allurez Diamond Clusters Flower Studs in 14K white gold



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