Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Diva Chronicles Year in Review: Remembering 2014, and My Goals for 2015

Wow!  It is the last day of the year,  and I could not be any prouder of how far the blog has come. I've started this blog in 2009, with no real direction other than to create a "space" for what inspired me. I had not found my blogging voice and was posting anything.  Nothing was cohesive, but I knew I wanted to nurture it. Being a biology major didn't allow much nurturing.  So I was only able to dive into revamping it after graduation.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Latest in Fashion News: Carolina Herrera Opened New Atlanta, GA Boutique and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Forced to Move from Lincoln Center

Whew! The Christmas holiday season is over and I can catch up on some fashion news that I missed this week. First up, Carolina Herrera has opened a boutique in Atlanta, GA.

 The CH Carolina Herrera Boutique opened on December 16, 2014 and is located in Lenox Square Mall at 3393 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 3024C, Atlanta GA 30326 making it Herrera's 21st US location. The space is filled with furniture comprised of exotic woods such as Amazonian teak and Madagascar ebony. Leathers, brass, and raw linen also permeate the space. The 2150 square foot boutique caters to the entire family. Tailored suits and dress shirts for men, sportswear, suits, and evening options for women, and bold colors and soft fabrics for children. Read more here:.

Could Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week be forced to find a new home? Apparently so. According to a settlement reach among the city and park supporters. The iconic event had been held at Lincoln Center since 2010 and had a  contract to allow it to use the venue through 2020, but that was annulled when New York City Parks Advocates notes damage to Damrosch Park. The city gave MBFW officials unlimited use of the park without limited on how many events could take place there.  However, park advocate sued fashion week organizers in an effort to restore the park back to public use.  This may be best for MBFW. Many of the designers started relocating their shows to venues not bombarded with the Lincoln Center crowds anyway. This does put Fashion Week organizers in a bind since their event is coming up in February 2015. Read more about the case here: 


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Entertainment News: Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint

So admittedly, before The Pinkprint,  I only had Nicki Minaj's mixtapes and her first album. I was uninspired by her music in between. She seemed to far off than the artist I was introduced to and was starting to lack depth in my opinion. How many times can you say you're the baddest in the game, you got X amount of dollars when you were signed, and so on and so forth. However, after listening to her latest release, The Pinkprint, I am beginning to see an entire person. This Nicki has depth, emotions, and despite her fame is struggling with family, business, and romantic relationships like we all do. She allowed herself to be vulnerable and it showed up in her music. Nicki recently released The Pinkprint movie that showcases a few ballads from the album. I love all of them. Check it out below and my favorite tracks so far from the album. 

My Favorite Songs So Far:

*All Things Go
*I Lied
*The Crying Game
*Feeling Myself (featuring Beyonce)
*Only (featuring Chris Brown, Drake, and Lil' Wayne)
*Want Some More
*Favorite (featuring Jeremih)
*Buy a Heart (featuring Meek Mill)
*Trini Dem Girls (featuring Lunchmoney Lewis)
*The Night is Still Young
*Bed of Lies (featuring Skylar Grant)
*Grand Piano
*Win Again

Keep a look out for my thoughts on the latest music releases that I've purchased!


Monday, December 15, 2014

DC News Break: Titi Branch, Co-Founder of Miss Jessie's, Passed Away at 45

Our hearts our heavy this morning as we report one half of the iconic natural haircare brand, Miss Jessie's has passed. Titi Branch was 45 years old at the time of her death which was the result of an apparent suicide due to asphyxia. Her death was on December 4, 2014, but reports are only now surfacing after a tribute video which included a photo of her obituary hit the internet. Twitter screenshots from both her sister's Miko's  and  Miss Jessie's accounts seem to confirm that.

Miko and Titi opened their hair salon geared toward curly hair in 1997 and started the now famous product line in 2004. The sisters named the line in remembrance of their grandmother.  Miss Jessie's gained notoriety and is now sold at mainstream retailers such as Wal Mart, Target, and Walgreens. Titi leaves behind her sister and co-founder to head the company.

Out condolences to the Branch family during this time. The holidays can be hard for those who've recently lost loved ones. Our hearts our with you.

Story Credit: Atlanta Daily World

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DC News Breaks: Millions March NYC

This past weekend on December 13, 2014 one of the largest, if not the largest march was held in New York city to protest against racism within police departments across the country, escalated killings of African American men by police, and the non-indictments if said police officers. The count was more than 50,000 peaceful demonstrators. There were no reports of looting, arrests, or violence.  The march was organized by two African American woman along with their affiliate organizations. They are Umaara E. (@umaaralynaas, right) and @TheSynead, left).

Many notable faces joined in on the march. Celebs such as the cast of Orange is the New Black, rapper Nas, mogul Russell Simmons, and world renowned fashion blogger, Claire Sulmers of The Fashion Bomb Daily. Peep the pics below.

Image Credit:Karl Pierre

Big round of applause to the women who created a piece of history. Umaara is only nineteen years old. Nineteen! I'd love to see what she does when she's in  her twenties.  I'm in the south, so I joined the march by using my platform to spread the word. Congrats ladies, I'm proud.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Diva's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For Him & Her

I'm way late with this year's holiday gift guides. Last year's got plenty of hits. I may condense them this year due to time. First up are unisex gifts. Hopefully while you're out shopping this weekend, this will help steer you in the right direction. Peep what I conjured up below.

1.  Digital Cameras

Know someone who is delving into photography, or wants to enhance their photos on their website? The Nikon Coolpix L830 digital camera is a great start. It has a 34 X zoom, 16 megapixels, and a 3 inch adjustable LCD screen, plus many more features. I just purchased this exact camera for myself on Cyber Monday. I took a few test shots and I love the quality of the photos.
Image Credit & Buying Info:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cafe Review: The Flying Biscuit Cafe

As you can probably tell by now: I love to eat. I also love eating at places I've never been before. The Flying Biscuit Cafe has been on my list for some time, and My'Til of My'Til Style loved their grits so much, she insisted we both go and taste heaven together. Check out my review below.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Latest In Fashion News: Tamar Braxton Debuts Tamar Collection

There are a slew of celebrities who tried their hands at fashion lines. Some have failed and others are still reveling in their success. Tamar Braxton has dipped her toe in the wading pool of celebrity fashion designers, with her namesake line, the Tamar Collection.  See some image below.

Blue Vegan Leather Top

Blue Vegan Leather Pant


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