Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Diva's Guide to Blogging: Building Your Team with Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily

One of my favorite bloggers that I use for inspiration is Claire Sulmers, most notably of Fashion Bomb Daily, but as of late, Cocktails with Claire, and her personal site, The Bomb Life. The latter is where she answers a host of Ask Claire questions from her readers. A while back I took a shot at it and asked:

“As a blogger who is still working a 9-5, I see why many bloggers have extra writers. It’s a lot to do on your own. My blog is growing and I need help keeping the content rolling in. Now that Fashion Bomb Daily is a well-oiled machine with a staff, my question is how did you prepare to bring in the extra help? For example, were there budgets, contracts, etc"

You see blogging is a job itself. Since my question, I have added grad school to my plate (which explains why the posts have been sporadic the last week or two because, finals) which hasn't made my blogging schedule easier. I need help! She dropped some gems and I was here to catch them all. Here is a snippet of some of Claire's advice.

"We typically take on interns, who receive a stipend for 3 months work, then we bring them on to the team. We draw up independent contractor contracts, have weekly meetings, and a schedule."

"Fashion Bomb Daily wouldn’t be anything without our team. With the proliferation of red carpet events and celeb style moments, it would either be impossible or crazy to do everything alone."

Read the rest on Claire's personal site, The Bomb Life.

Thanks for the advice Claire!
Big thanks to Claire for answering my question. Now drafting contracts, building a budget, and most importantly finding dedicated talent are on my to-do list!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Editorial: Imaan Hammam for Vogue Paris, May 2016

Imaam Hamman for Vogue Paris, May 2016. Photographed by Mario Testino, styled by Emmanuelle Alt, makeup by Val Garland, hair by James Pecis, and manicure by Lisa Jachno (Why Not Models).
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Photo Credit: Vogue Paris

Monday, April 11, 2016

Entertainment News: "Drop" by Chloe x Halle

YouTube sensations and talented sibling duo Chloe and Halle released their first single Drop since being signed to Beyonce's Parkwood Entertainment. These girls can sang! I love the video and the song. It displays the uniqueness of each of their voices.  It was produced by Chloe (opening frame right), guitars by Halle (opening frame left) and written by both! The single is available on iTunes and Google Play. I just purchased the single in support of the budding stars. Check out the video below.

Check out their YouTube channel here.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Product Review + PICS: Kiss Press On Nails

True Life: I'm In Nail Salon Rehab

From November 2015 to February 2016, my nails have not seen the light of day. After my New Orleans, trip I took them off and they were so thin and sensitive. I decided to let them breathe and have been failing at doing my own nails. I'm just too fidgety. Enter these colorful Kiss press on nails.

My recent self polish attempt lasted all of two or three days. On a random Walgreens trip, I picked these up hoping to cover up my beat up nails.

The price of the nails were $6.99. The glue got messy and took of some of the coatings on a couple of the nails. I added glitter to hide it, then to the rest of the nails for uniformity. 

Sally Hansen's Extreme Wear Strobe Light and Finger Paints' polish in Oh My Gauche were the polishes I used.  

Final Thoughts

Performance: It is Day 2 (04/08/2016), and none of the nails are on my nails. I used the glue that came with the kit for review purpose and it did not hold up. I had to replace two nails immediately after applying the full set. I also reapplied two today. With the glue caking up on my nails and the false ones, I just popped them all off. I couldn't deal.
Texture: The nails were smooth to touch, thin, and lightweight. They did not have that feeling of acrylic nails but instead are made of plastic.  Several of the nails developed cracks after application and wear. 

Would I recommend to a friend? I am willing to try another set with a better quality nail glue before recommending to a friend.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Diva Talks Culture: The Do's and Don't of Discussing Cultural Differences Amongst Friends

As someone who has a vast appreciation for cultures other than my own and an advocate for travel and exploration, I thought an article on Marjorie Harvey's site spoke of just what is needed in our current racial climate. Racial tensions are high, so being mindful of what to say and not say to our friends from different ethnicities is especially important. Here's an excerpt:

Do Say It Like It Is
If you can’t discuss the truth about stereotypes amongst your bestie, there’s little hope for the world at large. Especially amongst the closest to you, have the courage to have those uncomfortable talks, and breakdown the stereotypes and prejudices one courageous conversation at a time.

Don’t Use The Lingo
We understand you want to get on the same level as your girlfriend, but do not start adapting her accent or her lingo. Colloquialisms belong to a specific group of people–let it belong to them! It’s the language of their culture, and their way of expressing themselves in the world. So, if you didn’t grow up with those words, don’t go “dropping-it-like-it’s-hot,” cause it’s not. Word?

Do Be Your Authentic Self
True in every facet of life, but perhaps the most true in a mixed group, represent yourself the way you are. Don’t adjust for the sake of the group, or we’ll never learn how to authentically coexist. Speak your truth ladies.
Don’t Pretend We’re All The Same
Yes, we’re all human. And yes, we have our humanity in common. As hard as we try to relate to people different from ourselves, the truth is we’ve all been raised in a radically different experience, and that experience deserves consideration and respect. Trying to relate to your friends’ particular struggle, when you’ve had the privilege of living outside of it, may come off as a slap in the face. So just be present, ask questions, and look for common ground. But always, always, respect the difference.

Read the rest of the article here.


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