I soft launched Diva's Marketplace to family and friends and have been getting feedback. I've been selling products yall! I hit the ground running with trials and errors and have to keep reminding myself I'll learn throughout the journey. It was exciting to send off my first packages! A few more things to finalize such as labels and a few web design details, then the site opens to the public! What I've Been Reading
I grew up a bookworm, but fell off in college when Organic Chemistry and Anatomy took over my life. I'm back on it and try to read at least one boom a month. I bought Tia Williams' book a few months back and finished it a few weeks ago. If you love saucy romance novels and fashion, this one is perfect.
I discovered N.K. Jemisin two years ago. I'm currently on the last book in her Inheritance Trilogy and can't wait to read more of her work. If you like Sci-Fi, I highly suggest you check out her work.
Psst: For all my brown girls, she's a black author, which is rare in science fiction.
What I've Been Wearing
Skirts and dresses becaise pants and weight loss don't mix. That's it for my little update. Blog posts may be like this in the future: batch posting in one entry. Let me know if you dig this format. XO, Diva
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
What was supposed to be a quick look made with concealer and powder for work turned into a full face! It's bern a while since I posted a #DivaFOTD so I decided to snap a few pics. I used my old faithful products. Just click on the Brand Favorites tag to see what I used. Only newer product in my stash is the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara (Love It!).
BECCA Concealer as Foundation
Air Spun Translucent Power as a "Pre-Powder"
Black Radiance Soft Focus Powder
Maybelline Eye Marker
Too Face Better Than Sex Mascara
Black Radiance Contour Palette in Deep for Highlight
Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick
Covergirl Brown Smolder Eye Shadow for Brows
P.S. Review coming on the product I used for my twist out!