Saturday, August 29, 2015

DC Blogger Tips: Inexpensive Photo Backgrounds



We all like captivating photos. The background is just as important as what is being photographed. However, many of us don't want or can't fork over the cash for light boxes, large lights, and photography studio grade background. Here's how I started adding a little pop of color to my pics without breaking the bank.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DC PSA: Current Favorites are Now A Diva's Picks Tab

Hello All,




I know my posts have been sporadic as of late, but bare with me as I adjust to blogging, working full time, and now graduate school. In the meantime, I have modified one of my features. I was never a monthly faves person, so I usually posted them at the end of a season anyway. However, I have decided to create a tab call Diva's Picks where I will occasionally update my favorites as they change. This way you can always reference what I'm loving at the moment and don't have to search for the blog post. So click on the tab to see what I'm loving.  I have favorites from podcasts to perfume!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Diva Cover Stories: Ebony Magazine Pay Tribute to Black Models on the Cover of Its September Issue

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If you haven't noticed, there's a little black girl magic happening on the magazine stands this month. For years, advocates in the fashion industry have challenged designers to put more women and men of color on the catwalk and editors in chief to put more on their covers especially the famed September issues. Ebony Mag is showing how it's done by putting models that are usually found between the pages of famous magazines on their cover.  Models Chantelle Winnie, Milan Dixon, Fatima Siad, Marquita Pring, Diandra Forrest, and Samantha Archibald look fierce in blacks, whites, leathers and furs on the cover.



Lovely ladies, just lovely.


Image Credit: Ebony

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Fun: Fashion Items That Changed the World

Take a brief fashion history lesson as you learn the origin of some of the most common fashion items. Some may surprise you.






Video Source: The Richest 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Diva Cover Stories: Kerry Washington for Self Magazine, September 2015

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Kerry Washington covers the latest issue of Self Magazine where she states she is loving her post pregnancy body. Here is a snippet of her interview: 

“I’ve been really focused on not being ‘back’ to anything, but being the best version of myself right now,” the mom tells SELF in the new September issue. “My body is the site of a miracle now. I don’t want to be pre-miracle.” 
In fact when her manager told her she was “back,” Washington took issue with the phrase.
“She meant it as a total compliment, but we had this great conversation where I was like, ‘You know what? I try really hard not to use that language, because it’s not about going backward in life.'”



Article Credit: People


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Did You Miss It?! This Past Week on Diva Chronicles....August 8-15, 2015

So graduate school started for me today, and I was so engrossed in all the orientation videos that I almost forgot to come up for air and give you a rundown on the posts from the past week. So without further ado....


1. 08/10/2015

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Ballerina to watch, Misty Copeland covers the September 2015 issue of Essence Magazine. Check out the post and a snippet of her interview here.


2. 08/12/2015

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YouTuber Styles by Fash dishes on her five wardrobe essentials and I put my two cents in too.  Watch the video and my thoughts here.

3.  08/13/2015

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Queen Bey never ceases to amaze her fans with her projects. Her latest is landing the cover of the coveted September issue of Vogue Magazine. She is the first music artist to do so, and only the second African American woman after Halle Berry to nag the spot. Check out the spread here.


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Teen actress and civil rights activist also landed the cover of Dazed Magazine's Fall 2015 issue. Check it out here.




And like those who are hip to the latest trends, 08/13/2015, was a Thursday. Thursdays mean "Throw Back Thursday", so I threw it back to this DC Beauty Tip. Get info here.

4.  08/14/2015

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For the Friday Fun feature, there was the Vogue 73 Questions video series where it finally turned the camera to Anna Wintour. Some of her responses are interesting. Check them out here.




Lastly, as I am always striving to keep you in the know, I give a rundown on what's going on this weekend in Atlanta. Check out the events here.


Friday, August 14, 2015

What to Do This Weekend In: Atlanta, August 14-16, 2015

As we close out another week, I come to bring you the info on what's popping in the A. Check it out below.


Entertainment

The movie people have been buzzing about for months! Straight Outta Compton chronicles the birth of legendary rap group N.W.A. and unveils hidden pieces of the lives of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and the late Eazy-E. The movie hits theaters nationwide today.


Rapper J.Cole's Forest Hills Drive tour stops in Atlanta on Saturday, August 15, 2015. The concert takes place at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood at 6:30 p.m.



Sports

Atlanta Braves vs Arizona Diamondbacks

Atlanta Braves vs Arizona Diamondbacks

August 16, 2015 
1:30 p.m.
Turner Field


Atlanta Dream vs. Minnesota Lynx

Atlanta Dream vs Minnesota Lynx
August 14, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Philips Arena 


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Atlanta Falcons vs Tennessee Titans
August 14, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Georgia Dome



Festivals

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Piedmont Park Arts Festival
August 15-16, 2015
Piedmont Park
Starts at 10:00 a.m.








If you would like to be a contributor and let people know what's going on in your city, send your info to Diva Chronicles at contactdivachronicles@gmail.com!

Friday Fun: Vogue's 73 Questions Video Series Interviews With Anna Wintour

Whew! T.G.I.F. !!

Vogue's famous 73 Questions finally turns the camera to editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. Check out her answers below.





Video Credit: Vogue

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Health & Beauty Throwbacks: Toner as Setting Spray

Today is Thursday, so I'm reposting an oldie, but goodie. Because that's what we do on Thursdays now right? We throw it back.  Check out the post below.






DC Beauty Tip: Toner as Setting Spray

Read it here

Diva Cover Stories: Amandla Stenberg for Dazed Magazine, Fall 2015

The outspoken and "woke" teenager that has been all over our newsfeeds landed the Fall 2015 cover of Dazed Magazine.

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Read here article here.




Image Source: Dazed Magazine

Diva Cover Stories: Beyoncé for Vogue, September 2015

Beyonce graces the cover of Vogue's September issue. Her last Vogue cover was March 2013.

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Wearing a Givenchy jacket and Louis Vuitton dress.

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Wearnng Atelier Versace gown.


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Fashion Credits: Fashion Bomb Daily

Image Credits: Vogue

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Diva's Fashion Tips: 5 Wardrobe Staples by Styles by Fash

One of my favorite YouTubers, Styles by Fash, recently posted her five wardrobe staples, and I couldn't agree more. These five items can be mixed and matched so many ways. Check out the video below.


Items Shown:


1. Basic Black Pumps: A necessity for business or play. Get a quality pump with a reasonable heel for ease of comfort. Add a nude pump for variety.

2. Basic Jean:  Invest in a quality jean that can hold up to multiple wears. If you're a curvy girl like Fash and myself, be sure to get a pair that fits both in the thigh area and rests on your waist. The ideal jean is one that does not require a belt because of the waist gap (see video). My faves are the Old Navy Rockstar Skinny jeans.

3. Basic T-Shirt: One of my favorite clothing items! They can be dressed up or down. I suggest going to your favorite store during a sale (mine is Old Navy for tees) and stocking up on multiple whites, a gray, black, navy, and throw in other fun colors. Don't be afraid to shop the men's section too, just be mindful of the size difference.

4.  Little Black Dress: Every woman should have at least one, if you don't, here is what to look for when you go to purchase one. Stay away from too much stretch. You don't want to keep pulling your dress down as you walk. Choose a thicker fabric. A thicker fabric is more sturdy and can hold up with multiple wears. Get one that falls just below your knees. As seen in the video, Fash's dress falls just below her knees. This length in conservative enough for work, yet short enough for play. Stay away from embellishments. A plain black with no gold or silver accents is ideal. This way you can have more outfit options.

5. Basic Blazer:  A classic, no fuss, black blazer is a wardrobe staple. Fash switched it up a bit and went with one with a longer length, which fine too. However, hers is still all black with no details. If you don't have one in your closet already look for one that makes layering easy and in a sturdy fabric. Dress it up for the office or down with jeans, tee, and statement jewelry for play.






Video Credit: Styles by Fash's Youtube











Monday, August 10, 2015

Diva Cover Stories: Misty Copeland for Essence Magazine, September 2015

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The principal ballerina for the American Ballet Theatre cover the September 2015 issue of Essence Magazine. Inside she discusses her ride to the top. Here is an excerpt from Misty Copeland's interview with the magazine.


"I never knew it was going to get to this level. There are a lot of times when I wish it wasn't so much. But I wanted  this type of exposure for the dance community. I wanted it to be an opportunity for me to educate people and get them to become ballet fans and educate them on what it means to be a Black dancer--a black ballet dancer..."





Image Credit: Essence

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Did You Miss It?! This Past Week On Diva Chronicles...August 3-7, 2015

1. 08/03/2015





The media was in an uproar over a feature in Allure' magazine featuring a white woman in an afro hair tutorial. Get the run down here.



2. 08/04/2015

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Over in the tech word, actress Nichelle Nichols, known for her role on Star Trek announced she would be flying as a passenger in NASA's Observatory. Read about it here.

3. 08/07/2015



I gave you a run down on what to do this weekend. Check out the events here.



Also twins Cipriana and TK Quann slayed in their 12 page spread in Conde Nast Traveller. Check out the slayage here.




New posts coming next week!






XO,
Joslyn




Friday, August 7, 2015

Diva Cover Stories: Cipriana & TK Quann of Urban Bush Babes for Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, September 2015

The publication known for it's display of fantastic destinations as well as fashion has two fabulous women on their cover. Cipriana and TK Quann of Urban Bush Babes graced the cover and they look fab. The have a full 12 page spread in Conde Nast Traveller's September 2105. Check out the images below.


















XO,
Joslyn

What to Do This Weekend In: Atlanta, August 8-9, 2015

TGIF! I am so happy I can breathe for a bit this weekend. I've been hitting the ground running every since I got back from vacay nearly three weeks ago! Exhaustion aside, I've rounded up a few events that may strike your fancy when you're trying to figure out what to do and where to go this weekend in Atlanta. My goal is to add more cities to this feature. In the meantime, get check out the events below!


Fashion/Beauty/Lifestyle Bloggers

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 Atlanta blogger, Tami of Talking with Tami, is hosting The Blogger Brunch at Euro Restaurant  in Buckhead. I have no doubt it will be fab. Get event details here.


Entertainment


Kiss 104.1 is hosting the Flashback Music Festival. This year is it's 20th anniversary. It's guaranteed to be a great time with Chaka Khan as the headliner. Ger more info here.




What started as the "Hoodie Awards" by Steve Harvey on his radio show is now the Neighborhood Awards and has turned into a two day event. Now that's progress! Get more info here.


SPORTS



Take the family out to enjoy America's favorite past time. Get tickets (of you haven't already) here.



Museums/Exhibits/Galleries


Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden

This light installation is at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and runs through 10/03/2015. Deets here.



Seriously Silly! The Art & Whimsy of Mo Willems

Check out the life's work of children's illustrator Mo Willems at the High Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through 01/10/2016.




The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith

Twenty unique jewelry pieces by African American jewelry designer, Arthur "Art" Smith are also on display at the High Museum of Art now through 09/13/2015. 

 Get more details about these exhibits and  others here.





Have a great weekend!!


-Joslyn



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Latest in Tech: Star Trek Actress Nichelle Nichols to Fly on NASA Space Mission

Her character flew in space in Star Trek, now the first black woman on the series is flying to space in real life, or as close as she can get to it. In a Reddit AMA,  Nichelle Nichols recently revealed that she will be flying on a NASA Observatory mission come September. As a surprise to me, and I'm sure many others, she revealed she'd been on the first observatory in 1977, okay girl!

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She will take her voyage in SOFIA, Strategic Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. The observatory is inside a 747 equipped with a telescope to observe the atmosphere, planets, and of course Earth. It will fly as high as possible to observe that atmosphere. Here is what the actress had to say about her last experience:

"......I was on a similar flight, the first airborne observatory, back in 1977. It's an amazing experience, you get a totally different perspective than from Earth. I do hope someone gets some great pictures." 


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Source: People






XO,
Joslyn

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Latest in Beauty News, Diva Talks Culture: Allure Magazine Gives Hair Advice Using a White Woman in an Afro and Black Women are Speaking Out

As if my day hasn't been stressful enough, I come home and unwind and check my social media and see this. A white model wearing what is supposed to be an afro. This picture is the center of a media uproar as I type. Man, we just stopped talking about Rachel. The captions reads You (Yes You) Can Have An Afro. There even is an asterisk explain that it can be accomplished "Even with straight hair."  *Sigh* Obviously I and women who look and have similar hair textures as me are not the target demographic despite the similarities in the hair shown. We know we can have an afro, because many of us do. In a tense Facebook discussion, a guy named Brandon called us "mad" (another topic, another day) and wanted to know why. Peep the convo below.

Image Credit: Allure Magazine
Brandon:
" Instead of claiming hair "appropriation" to leverage attention to your grievances. Why not just get to the point that you feel un included in white society. Because when people like myself read this. I don't understand how you can get mad at one cultural group for using a hair style. When black artists not only enjoy white European culture, they glorify white European culture in music. They even glorify white women themselves. So you have a society that idolizes white culture, yet you're gonna get made when a white person gets a fro..... That's not going to resonate with people. Just some food for thought.We all live with each other and we're gonna draw from each other and that's a fact. I truly feel like this is some backwords way for people to beat around the bush to the real issue."


Well Bradnon (and people that think like him), let me help you understand. Read my response below.


Me:
 It is appropriation when our natural hair texture is condemned. When you act like you had this bright idea when you just wanted the hairstyle of the black girl standing in front of you getting coffee. Acknowledge that this hair trend was inspired by African American women. Then I can pretty much guess there won't be an uproar as big as this one, if at all.. My hair grows out of my scalp looking like the model's chemically treated hair in the picture. It is washed and groomed regularly, BUT I have misconceptions about my hair from the very same people that are trying to emulate it. My hair is assumed to be dirty, wild, unprofessional., etc. Yet all of a sudden, it's cool. Imagine that your people for hundreds of years are treated like second class citizens for how they look, but the same people criticizing are really admiring and giving themselves all the credit.
I am not "mad" for not feeling included in "white society" . I'm cool where I am. And black women speaking up and calling bullsh*t does not mean we are angry. Please stop with the angry black woman narrative. It's old.

To make matters worse, there was a tutorial. I often wonder why the authors of these articles that appropriate ethnic cultures never bother get a point of view from their ethnic
 staff members, or people on the street.


Take Away:
  • Give credit, where credit is due.
  • When you put a ethnic hairstyle on a woman who isn't, be ready to have a conversation about it, and do not (DO NOT) be quick to call the ethnic women angry, if they give you a response you do not like. 
  • See Ebony Magazine photo
Image Credit: Ebony Magazine


Model without "afro."

Who ordinarily looks like this.


P.S. The word afro in this post because the hairstyle reminiscent of a 3 or 4 day old twist out (though this is the natural texture of some WOC) and not an afro.






*Long Sigh*,
Joslyn

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