Thanks to social media sites like Instagram & Twitter, Mondays are not just blah days for fashion & beauty lovers around the world. Now, Mondays have been coined: “Mani Mondays.”
In honor of the dope manicures around the world, I decided to spread a little background knowledge about one of the many things I love – NAIL COLOR!
After reading about the history of nail color, here are 5 fun facts about nail color:
- Nail polish & manicures date all the way back to 3200 B.C. by the Babylonians, Chinese & Egyptian dynasties.
- In Chinese culture, nail color symbolized social status – such as gold & silver. Or, dynasties dyed their nails to represent their signature color.
- Today, ingredients in nail polish are chemically-based. However, long ago, nail polish was composed of: beeswax, egg whites, Arabic gum & flower petals.
- After car paint was developed, in 1917, Cutex created the very first nail color.
- Nail color was widely worn by women & men. Today, in society, nail color is seen as a trend only worn by women.
My good friends over at Warby Parker are warming things up for the upcoming season with their Spring Collection!
“For every frame of mind,” Warby Parker has introduced eight new shapes and six new colors to suit each one of your moods and looks.
Now, there are a few things that I enjoy about Warby Parker and their Spring Collection: they create simply chic and functional eye wear for men and women, the frames can be used for prescription or non-prescription lenses, the retro silhouettes, prints and colors – and, most of all, for every pair of frames sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need through their non-profit partners! How amazing is that?!
What is my favorite style from the collection? the Quimby sun frames! Take a look below at my favorite style and the other styles Warby Parker has to offer! Visit their website, www.warbyparker.com and follow them on Instagram and Twitter: @warbyparker
Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I decided to blog about it from a music perspective! As I was driving today and listening to different albums, I started to think about the many songs that talk about love and music videos that I enjoy watching. Below, is one of my favorite videos by R&B singer, Lloyd, for his song, “Cupid,” off his last album, King of Hearts. Love the video concept
Also, I listed 25 of my favorite love songs – past and present, to listen to for Valentine’s Day! (There’s a little bit of everything)! What are some of your favorite songs and videos?
Lloyd – “Cupid”
- LL Cool J – “I Need Love”
- 112 – Cupid
- Rihanna feat. Future – “Loveeeeee Song”
- Mario – “Let Me Love You”
- Beyoncé feat. Jay Z- “Drunk in Love”
- Guy – “Goodbye Love”
- Mobb Deep feat. 112 – “Hey Luv”
- Chris Brown – “Up 2 You”
- Ne-Yo – “Sexy Love”
- Guy – “Piece of My Love”
- Miguel – “Adorn”
- Monica – “A Dozen Roses”
- Common – “Love Is…”
- Alicia Keys – “Love Is My Disease”
- Christina Aguilera – “Loving Me 4 Me”
- Musiq Soulchild – “Love”
- Zhané “Sending My Love”
- Jagged Edge – “Gotta Be”
- Toni Braxton – “I Love Me Some Him”
- Mary J. Blige – “I’m in Love”
- Ciara – “Speechless”
- Keyshia Cole – “Long Way Down”
- Ashanti – “Love Again”
- Usher feat. Young Jeezy – “Love in the Club”
- Andre 3000 – “Prototype”
Earlier today, I officially welcomed and announced our firm’s new client, F.A.S.E.
F.A.S.E is an acronym for: Fashion. Awareness. Self-Identity. Education. Founded by Eric Williams and Diane Rutter, F.A.S.E is a business that is “dedicated to promoting and providing communities with knowledge of awareness and education opportunities through using fashion and self-expression as tools to achieve in every human endeavor.”
Founders of F.A.S.E: Diane Rutter (left) and Eric Williams (right)
Although the business is Chicago-based, the founders of F.A.S.E strive to raise awareness on issues that affect people around the world on a daily basis, such as: breast cancer, violence, AIDS, and heart disease – just to scratch the surface. Not to mention, sharing video tutorials on the latest beauty and makeup trends or how to properly tie a bow tie, as well as look books showcasing the upcoming fashions in mens’ and womens’ clothing!
To learn more about F.A.S.E, the founders and all updates, visit their website: www.faseentertainment.com
Facebook: FASE Entertainment
(l to r) Beyoncé, Ashanti, Rita Ora, Tamar Braxton, Ciara [Images: CelebBuzz]
This year’s Grammy awards was definitely a star-studded event! I saw many fashion and color trends and hair styles that caught my eye. Typically, what we see our favorite celeb rocking is what will be “in” for the upcoming season. I couldn’t help but to notice how many ladies opted for a mid-length to long, blonde bob haircut!
Beyoncé rocked a wet and wavy styled bob cut which gave her a little volume. Ashanti strutted the red carpet with a peek-a-boo side bang and soft tresses. Rita Ora turned heads with her platinum blonde, retro pin curls. Tamar “She” Braxton wore a rich, honey blonde, graduated bob cut. And, the beautiful Mommy-to-be, Ciara, gracefully flaunted her belly and bob with her wavy locks – which were pulled back for an elegant effect.
What hair color will you wear this season? Remember: when transitioning from your natural hair color to blonde, be sure to seek a professional hair stylist who can assist you with making the big change and give your hair the tender love and care it needs!
Photo: Thaschara VanDyke (Vandie B)
I call this one: “Overexposed”
Photo: BCV Publishing
This morning, while browsing through Tumblr, I came across a very, very interesting, informational and inspiring article titled, “9 Lessons from a 10-Time Startup Failure.”
Long story short, an entrepreneur who has started and failed at 10 different businesses shares 9 lessons he’s learned – now that he has succeeded at his 11th business, Classy Llama. The article holds quite a bit of information, but for me, I began to think about things that I have not thought about before, ways to build on what I’m currently pursuing and embraced the possibility of failure. The two key pieces of information I took away from this read was: really understand why you I am an entrepreneur – aside from the financial aspect and learn rise from my failures/challenges (or, potential failures).
Quickly, here are the 9 lessons from Kurt Theobald, Co-Founder & CEO of ClassyLlama:
- Opportunistic vs. Strategic Entrepreneur: One Of These Is Fatal
- Fail Fast… But Not Too Fast
- Find Your Formula
- Know Who You Are
- You Must Have A Deeper Why
- It’s Not About You
- To Really Crush It; You Must Cede Control
- Focus On Effectiveness Instead Of Your ‘Rake’
- You’re Doing It Wrong…
Enjoy and pass it along