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  • Afrobella’s Book List – Caribbean Literary Edition
    Here are some recent books that have been inspiring me that are on my current reading list, all new Caribbean literature -- specifically fiction from & about Trinidad and Tobago. My homeland!The post Afrobella’s Book List – Caribbean Literary Ed…
    - 28 Apr 20, 3:36pm -
  • Hydrate at Home — ZeroWater vs. the Grove Soma Pitcher Review
    Times are heavy and serious. So here’s a little distraction – a review of water pitchers to consider getting for your home, instead of stocking up on cases of water (which are getting hard to find out my way, maybe you’re experiencing the same…
    - 13 Apr 20, 9:56am -
  • When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around
    Trying to make sense of our new normal in a stay-at-home, self-quarantined, dealing with coronavirus world.I'm depressed, sad and working through a lot right now, but I intend to use this time to lean into my purpose. The world is running down. How…
    - 27 Mar 20, 7:10pm -
  • Fibroids — What I Went Through, What I’m Going Through, and What I Wish I Knew Before Surgery
    I think I first heard the word “fibroids” in the late 80’s or early 90’s. It was when my aunts went to the hospital to have surgery for theirs. I was too young to get the full explanation, all I really remember is being brought to visit my au…
    - 2 Mar 20, 12:00pm -
  • My Hero Product Picks – IT Cosmetics
    Every brand has them – the best sellers, the tried-and-true items, the products they’ve been making for the longest because the people keep coming back for more. In the biz they’re known as hero products, and beauty brands strive to cultivate a…
    - 27 Feb 20, 8:41am -
  • Leopard Three Ways — An Indie Brand Lookbook with Coldesina and Pari Passu
    I went to the desert outskirts of Las Vegas to do this unforgettable photo shoot, just me, my husband and my mother-in-law, It was a chilly afternoon, right after Christmas. As you can see in the background, it was snowing that weekend and the mounta…
    - 15 Feb 20, 6:06pm -
  • Winter Skin Heroes –Drugstore Beauty Brands That Help Me Survive Cold Weather
    In 2009 I moved to Chicago from Miami. Ever since, the number one question most people ask me is “what were you thinking??” The question can come from anyone at any time of year, but it really picks up in the winter. It’s “what were you think…
    - 11 Feb 20, 3:49pm -
  • Words of the Year — How I Found Mine And How You Can Find Yours
    In years past, I used to make a long list of resolutions and then spend too much time feeling bad about not achieving enough of them. This year, I’m intentionally being gentle with myself. I’m not even limiting myself to one word. In 2017 I began…
    - 10 Jan 20, 1:49am -
  • An Elegant Stacking Upgrade for Rings Old and New, From Kay Jewelers
    This post is sponsored by Kay Jewelers December is peak holiday season, the time for merriment and gifts. Turns out, this time of year is also a special time for love – according to my friends at Kay Jewelers, December’s holiday season is the mos…
    - 20 Dec 19, 10:00am -
  • 8 Gift Ideas for Introverts and Homebodies (Like Me)
    Through the years I’ve done enough quizzes and read enough books to know that I’m more of an introvert than an extrovert. Most of these points apply to me. I can try to tap into my extrovert side for events and such, but my general way of being i…
    - 19 Dec 19, 11:37pm -

Tribe Called Curl

  • Should African Americans Boycott Black Friday?
    Black Americans are fed up.  We’re bone tired of having to rail against the system for the right to exist.  We’ve been consistently denied the pursuit of the happiness since the founding father’s claimed everyone was entitled to it *except us…
    - 13 Oct 15, 5:17pm -
  • How to Get Away With Murder Recap Season 2 Episode 3
    By: Chanel Lee Last week was all sex, threats and murdaaaaa!! And it looks like we’ll be getting more of the same this episode. Come on, let’s do it! (Pun definitely intended.) We open where we left off last week, with Conspiracy to Commit Murder…
    - 12 Oct 15, 7:00pm -
  • Plus Size Fall Lookbook & Makeover Contest
    A milestone birthday provides a great opportunity to reassess your life, mostly because it hits you that time is fleeting, whether you’re satisfied or not.   This year I turned 40, and after my mom called to gleefully inform me that I’m now mid…
    - 12 Oct 15, 6:22pm -
  • How to Get Away With Murder Recap Season 2 Episode 2
    By: Chanel Lee It’s muuuurddddaaaaa! Sorry, that joke’s been percolating in my head for the past three days, and I like to pay things forward. Last time we were here, we found out that Annalise left her girlfriend for Sam, said GF is now Nate’s…
    - 12 Oct 15, 10:13am -
  • How to Get Away With Murder Recap Season 2 Episode 1
    By: Chanel Lee WOW. Annalise had a girlfriend. Annalise had a girlfriend?? Annalise had a grhsalbljhfkd …. Sorry, that was my brain exploding up against my living room wall after realizing that Annalise Keating’s last ex before she married Sam wa…
    - 1 Oct 15, 7:24pm -
  • When Infertility is a Black Thing
    This week, Tyra Banks and model Chrissy Teigen shared their infertility struggles on their new show The Fab Life. It’s a topic that’s still discussed in hushed tones in our community. After all, according to the prevailing narrative, infertility…
    - 25 Sep 15, 3:23pm -
  • 10 Years Later: Remembering Hurricane Katrina
    “We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” ― Gwendolyn Brooks Do you remember where you were when Hurricane Katrina struck? When thousands of stranded Black bodies flashed across t…
    - 29 Aug 15, 7:28am -
  • Dee Barnes Versus the Misogyny of NWA and Dr. Dre
    Dee Barnes at a Hennessy event in Los Angeles on Oct. 29, 2008. Photo Credit: Maury Phillips/WireImage   This weekend, N.W.A. made history, again. The rap group’s biopic Straight Outta Compton grossed over 60 million dollars at the box office, a f…
    - 19 Aug 15, 3:33pm -
  • Why I Won’t Mock Barvetta Singletary
    Photo Credit: The Free Beacon 37-year old Barvetta Singletary will no doubt be the subject of a thousand memes and punch lines.   According to the Washington Post, on Friday,  the White House staffer was arrested and charged with first-degree assa…
    - 11 Aug 15, 2:55pm -
  • Sandra Bland and the Price of Dignity
    Reading through Sandra Bland’s autopsy report is like being back in ninth grade biology class. It is eleven pages of tedious scientific terminology that reduce Sandra’s painful and tragic death to a ‘ligature furrow around her neck’.   With…
    - 5 Aug 15, 1:23pm -

The Gentlemen's Standard

  • Gentlemen’s Review – Grill Mark – Electric Charcoal Fire Starter
    So, we have enjoyed a couple of months of warm weather (sometimes downright hot) here in Michigan. Generally, the arrival of warm weather signals the commencement of outdoor grilling. Now, I am certainly not a grilling aficionado, but I attempt to pu…
    - 9 days ago 2 Aug 20, 9:43am -
  • The Professional – 10 Highly Effective Work Habits That Will Help You Succeed – Webex Webinar
    Well, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and I am stepping out on faith as I launch my first webinar series. I have been writing material for this blog since 2008, and maintaining a passion for writing is very challenging. I have long desired to ex…
    - 16 days ago 25 Jul 20, 1:10pm -
  • The Standard #54
    To be absolutely certain, the emotional and mental anguish is undeniable. And sometimes the anguish manifests itself physically – scars indelibly, indiscriminately tattooing the body. It is a pain that enjoys a perpetual downpour of torrential hate…
    - 30 days ago 11 Jul 20, 10:10pm -
  • The Gentlemen’s Standard – Community Outreach – Mentoring
    I have struggled tremendously over the past few weeks; desperately flailing in a sea of words, unable to find the necessary stillness and bearings to form meaningful sentences. In terms of blog content, returning to normal did not feel at all normal.…
    - 47 days ago 24 Jun 20, 8:08pm -
  • Untitled
    “Justice will not be served until those unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” – Benjamin Franklin
    - 71 days ago 31 May 20, 10:29pm -

Black Girl with Long Hair

  • WE’RE BACK 🔥
    THANK YOU for the support during the worst of the COVID outbreak in NYC. You were gracious as we struggled to fill orders in a timely fashion, and we appreciate you! A few things; 1. We are BACK IN OUR STOREFRONT! And it’s never felt better. Being…
    - 68 days ago 4 Jun 20, 9:42am -
    The beauty of whipped butter is that it works in a variety of situations. Two recent reviews made this very clear 🙂 First up, this adorable review (and photo!) from customer Jennifer W.; “Thank you so much for the items. My son and I smelled…
    - 10 Mar 20, 11:13pm -
    There is an art to lotioning that many people (including me!) do not know. While I tend to lotion right out of the shower when my skin is damp, I didn’t realize that that’s actually the way you should ALWAYS do it — on damp skin. Shari Marchbe…
    - 2 Feb 20, 10:03pm -
  • THE LATTES ☕ ☕☕
    Vanilla Latte Blended Butter and Mocha Latte Blended Butter contain coffee essential oil — an antioxidant derived through cold-pressed distillation of coffee beans. It smells like a fresh cup of coffee (yum!) and we pair it with vanilla extr…
    - 28 Jan 20, 4:04pm -
    We get questions about whipped butter all the time, so we thought it would be helpful to write out some ‘rules of engagement’ for whipped shea, cocoa and mango butter. 1. Don’t microwave it!  Shea, cocoa and mango butter are heat sensitive (l…
    - 28 Jan 20, 12:25pm -
    Yesterday we sang the praises of Lemon & Lavender Blended Butter, which has become our second best selling butter since its introduction in November. But today we are saying goodbye to a not-as-well-selling butter — Coconut Whipped Mango Butter. …
    - 26 Jan 20, 2:14pm -
    Lemon & Lavender Blended Butter is breaking all kinds of records. It is our SECOND BEST-SELLING scent right now (out of 26!), despite only being introduced in November! The only butter more popular than it is our Vanilla Whipped Shea. It typicall…
    - 23 Jan 20, 8:27am -
    In today’s feature review on Whipped Butters 2.5 oz Sample Pack Sabrita is smelling like all kinds of dessert. “What in the melty, whipped, heavenly scented sorcery is going on here? Nothing else I have SMELLS this good, is WHIPPED so light and f…
    - 20 Jan 20, 8:20am -
  • IT’S 2020. LET’S DO THIS.
    It’s 2020. And we’re claiming this will be your year of clear skin and beautiful hair. Here’s how we plan to help: 1. Help you get rid of all the trash products in your routine. “I LOVE these butters and soap. I’ve been using them for a cou…
    - 16 Jan 20, 12:48pm -
    In today’s featured review (on Sandalwood & Bergamot Blended Butter) Vicki is excited to learn that you can use our butters all over your body. Check it out; “I bought two butters, based on prior reviews. I didn’t know what to expect or the q…
    - 15 Jan 20, 11:01am -

All the Pretty Birds

  • NYFW SS 2016: make up trends
    NYFW SS 2016: Makeup TrendsBy Michela MarraHey Pretty Birds,New York is our first stop for this Fashion Month. Besides attending fashion shows, we made our way backstage to scope out makeup trends for the upcoming season.
    - 16 Sep 15, 10:39am -
  • Celebrating Jordana Warmflash of Novis
    Hey There Pretty Birds,Two nights ago Sherri McMullen (founder of McMullen Boutique based in the Bay Area) and I co-hosted a dinner in honor of Jordana Warmflash, founder and designer of Novis. The idea of the dinner came about from Sherri’s desi…
    - 16 Sep 15, 8:31am -
  • NYFW DAY 6 – These Birds Are Looking Good!
    Hey There Pretty Birds,How have you been? How were your weekends and Mondays? Here is a selection of what I saw on the street yesterday. What do you think? I've been pretty impressed with what I've seen over the past few days. I have really liked t…
    - 15 Sep 15, 1:03pm -
  • Pretty Bird Interview With Elana Nathan
    Pretty Bird Interview with Elana Nathan by Roki PrunaliIt is not so often that we give praise to the behind the scenes people that basically keep everything together. Sure creativity is needed to thrive, but a good business sense is equally importa…
    - 15 Sep 15, 4:54am -
  • NYFW DAY 4 & 5 – These Birds Are Looking Good!
    Check out my favorite Street Style Looks from Day 4 and 5 of NYFW!
    - 14 Sep 15, 4:39pm -
  • Venice Film Festival: top beauty looks
    Venice Film Festival: top beauty looksBy Michela MarraHello Pretty Birds,These days all eyes are on the red carpet for the Venice Film Festival. We, too, are carefully following and commenting on the best looks. Check out the photo gallery an…
    - 14 Sep 15, 9:05am -
  • Fashion Week Beauty Bag
    Fashion Week Beauty BagBy Michela MarraHey Pretty Birds,Here we are, ready for Fashion Week: New York, London, Milan and Paris, we’ll be out and about to scope out the best looks for summer 2016. Going back and forth between the catwalk and…
    - 14 Sep 15, 5:09am -
  • NYFW DAY 3 – These Birds Are Looking Good!
    Shiona, Leandra and Ella!
    - 12 Sep 15, 1:38pm -
  • Jason Wu NYFW Spring 2016
    Pretty Birds, Jason Wu was absolutely fabulous! There are so many looks I want to be wearing now, but have to wait until next year. What do you pretty birds think?
    - 12 Sep 15, 8:43am -
  • NYFW DAY 2 – These Birds Are Looking Good!
    NYFW DAY 2 - These Birds Are Looking Good! by Tamu McPhersonHey There Pretty Birds,It's so nice to be back in NYC. I haven't been since last fashion week, and it's always so nice to see what the girls are wearing here.I touched down on Wednesday,…
    - 11 Sep 15, 4:38pm -


I Used ONLY DOLLAR STORE Hair Products & THIS Happened!!! Was NOT Expecting THAT!
I Used ONLY DOLLAR STORE Hair Products & THIS Happened!!! Was NOT Expecting THAT!I did my complete hair regimen using ONLY Dollar Store products!!! Lawwd! This is how it came out!! Testing cheap natural hair products from the Dollar Store Dollar…
- 20 Feb 18, 11:38am -
Watch Me Go From BEAUTY To Enhanced Beauty 😛 CHATTY GRWM | Hair + Makeup
Watch Me Go From BEAUTY To Enhanced Beauty CHATTY GRWM | Hair + MakeupGrab a snack, let's chat and do some hair and makeup! All products used are listed below! Here's a quick faux bangs updo perfect for messy hair days or when you just need a qu…
- 20 Feb 18, 8:10am -
#GirlsCount | QUICK Protective Hairstyle For Girls - Natural Hair
#GirlsCount | QUICK Protective Hairstyle For Girls - Natural HairGet Involved - Info Below!! A SUPER Quick + EASY protective natural hairstyle for girls that will withstand the week and protect her ends, keeping the hair moisturized and healthy.…
- 20 Feb 18, 4:32am -
Removing Rubber Band Braids - BREAKAGE!? Naptural85
Removing Rubber Band Braids - BREAKAGE!? Naptural85As promised, I'm taking out my rubber band braids on camera to see if there's any damage or breakage to my hair and scalp! Hope it helps! XO! Nap GENTLE "Rubber Band Method" Jumbo Box Braids...F…
- 20 Feb 18, 2:45am -
WTH!? I spent $500 on this!? First Impression FINGERCOMBER Natural Hair Wigs
WTH!? I spent $500 on this!? First Impression FINGERCOMBER Natural Hair WigsI bought $500 worth of natural hair wigs from and decide to unbox them for you! Let's see how this goes... Lawd! XO, Nap OMG! $26 DETANGLING COMB | Is It…
- 20 Feb 18, 12:03am -
GENTLE "Rubber Band Method" Jumbo Box Braids | Easy Natural Hair Protective Style
GENTLE "Rubber Band Method" Jumbo Box Braids | Easy Natural Hair Protective StyleToday we're doing a QUICK natural hair protective style, the Jumbo Box Braids, installed using the "Rubber Band Method." I'll be showing you how I do this method in…
- 19 Feb 18, 7:15pm -

Curly Nikki

  • “Our Kingdom is NOT of this World”
    by Akilah Peynado of www.akilahpeynado.comWe are in week 4, yes you read that correctly,​ ​a whole month has passed since we have embarked on the book club portion of Nikki’s weekly meditation group. If you haven’t had the chance to join in…
    - 6 days ago 5 Aug 20, 10:13am -
  • How Ase Beauty is Changing the Story for Women of Color in Clean Beauty and Beyond
    IG @mybeautifulafrica_By Tyshia Ingram of ASE BeautyAt Ase Beauty, makeup is just the beginning. We are a sisterhood. A tribe that’s dedicated to empowering and uplifting women of color. We believe that inside each of us is the power to change our…
    - 6 days ago 5 Aug 20, 9:58am -
  • How I Stood my Ground... This Week and Beyond!
    by Akilah Peynado of www.akilahpeynado.comI like to take a very rounded approach to life; but this did not come easily. I used to think and believe that in order for me to be a spiritual person, I had to be extremely pious, “set-apart”, sullen a…
    - 12 days ago 29 Jul 20, 12:24pm -
  • "Because you DESERVE to, that’s why!"
    by Akilah Peynado of www.akilahpeynado.comI’m calling all of my fellow Black women into the auditorium for a quick announcement with my bullhorn in my hand. I am going to say this once and for all: “Black Women it is okay to LUXURIATE”! Yes yo…
    - 15 days ago 27 Jul 20, 9:25am -
  • New Growth w/ Nikki Walton – Ep. 3 – Godfidence with Jeannie Mai
    via BeHereNowNetwork.comJeannie Mai joins Nikki to discuss faith, finding confidence in our divine purpose, respecting differences, and mindfulness as a practice of presence.Continue!>>> Jeannie Mai visits New Growth for a bright and flowing conversa…
    - 19 days ago 22 Jul 20, 9:52pm -
  • 3 Simple and Clean Ways to Remove Makeup Stains
    By Onicia Muller of ASE BeautyIf you love makeup as much as we do, you know how real it gets when your foundation rubs off on your freshly washed white shirt or your favorite lipstick stains your boo’s clothes. The price we pay for staying fly! The…
    - 21 days ago 21 Jul 20, 9:58am -
  • “Feel, Feel, and Feel Some More”: Book Club Review Week 2
    by Akilah Peynado of“Hold onto the reins of love and nothing else. Hold on to the real behind the false and don’t be afraid.” - RumiHonestly, in regards to a review, the above quote sums up week 2 of the meditation/book c…
    - 21 days ago 21 Jul 20, 9:33am -
  • Your Clean Guide to Summer
    By Tyshia Ingram of ASE BeautyAt its core, the word holistic means interconnected. It’s the idea of looking at, dealing with, and approaching things as a whole rather than separate individual parts. Clean living is a holistic way of life. It’s no…
    - 25 days ago 16 Jul 20, 10:47am -
  • Salon Give Back Grant Winners Have Been Selected!
    Beauty salons occupy sacred space in the lives of Black women. Our stylists not only make us look good, they also make us feel good! We go to the salon to keep our hair on point, but also for good vibes, advice, support, and sisterhood. Our stylists…
    - 27 days ago 15 Jul 20, 8:51am -
  • “Practice the Presence”: Book Club Review Week 1
    by Akilah Peynado of www.akilahpeynado.comHave you ever known the “truth”; but have been unwilling to accept it? If you are anything like me, the answer to this question has to be, “yes”. Okay, let me get to the point, Mondays at 6:30 pm EST…
    - 29 days ago 13 Jul 20, 9:30am -
  • 7 Women of Color Doing Amazing Things in the Clean Beauty Space
    By Onicia Muller of ASE BeautyA party isn’t fun when you’re celebrating alone. That’s why ASE Beauty in partnership with is living our mission of empowering and uplifting women of color by curating this list of seven women of col…
    - 36 days ago 6 Jul 20, 10:20am -
  • New Growth w/ Nikki Walton – Ep. 2 – Living in the Now with Keri Hilson
    via BeHereNowNetwork Keri Hilson sits down with Nikki for a chat about cultivating presence, love and awareness in our lives. Continue!>>>Keri Lynn Hilson is an American singer-songwriter and actress who rose to fame with her debut album ‘In a Perf…
    - 37 days ago 4 Jul 20, 5:57pm -
  • Get Your Summer Glow Up with Clean Beauty Products and Skincare Tips
    image source: IG @tierechristyanBy Onicia Muller of ASE BeautyAlthough summer is semi cancelled due to the coronavirus, we’re still determined to celebrate our skin. After all, what’s summer without a sunkissed glow? If you’re struggling or hav…
    - 42 days ago 29 Jun 20, 12:15pm -
  • Nikki on the 'Listen Hunnay' Podcast with Jeannie Mai
    @thejeanniemaiHey hey!#VibeCheck - As you read these words, relax your shoulders down and back, smile, and notice that you’re breathing. ❤️❤️❤️⠀Recently, I sat down with the Light that is Jeannie Mai to chat about my podcast, ‘New G…
    - 57 days ago 14 Jun 20, 8:29pm -
  • Rhonda Ross & Tracee Ellis Ross Interview: 'New Growth' Podcast!
    I just launched my PODCAST, ‘New Growth’ with Ram Dass' Be Here Now Network!!!!! Each episode will welcome headlining guests to explore Divine Love as the key to spiritual growth, empowered service, and inner and outer success. ⠀Continue!>>> …
    - 62 days ago 9 Jun 20, 5:20pm -
  • JOIN NIKKI: Deepak Chopra's IG LIVE Today at 3pm ET
    As you read these words, gently lower your shoulders down from your ears, and smile while noticing and listening for your ever-present heartbeat. It only happens Now, and 'Now' is where you are, It’s where Love is... It’s what God is.⠀I'm writi…
    - 67 days ago 4 Jun 20, 11:10am -
  • #MeditationMondays w/ CurlyNikki
    “... I will be love, and then I will be all things.’- St. Therese of LisieuxHey Love, hey! Below, you'll find the link to the full video from yesterday’s Zoom meditation! In addition to guiding you to the experience of your true Self, I share a…
    - 29 Apr 20, 8:57am -
  • Practicing the Presence of Love-- TONIGHT on Zoom!
    Go(o)d day, sunshine!Join me as we practice the #LovingEverything method (an easy way to feel Love constantly within, in order to see Love consistently, without) at 6:30pm ET on Zoom tonight and every Monday!Click here to sign up! See you soon! Lov…
    - 20 Apr 20, 11:05am -
  • #DearLove : Let Me In.
    Go(o)d morning!!! Sharing another Love letter from the Love you truly are, to the Love you truly are.Continue!>>>“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and…
    - 18 Apr 20, 10:15am -
  • Love Says... 'See Only Me'
    Love says, “see only Me, and you’ll see through fear.”Continue!>>>If you’re full of Love, there’s no room for anything else. Relax, and Be the Love that you are, that I Am.Love,Love 
    - 15 Apr 20, 11:32am -
  • Trust Deeper.
    Continue!>>>Love deeper, and trust It. #StayInLove Love, Nik 
    - 14 Apr 20, 9:38am -
  • #herLoveNotes: You are Cocooning
    True meditation brings this flow to your attention, allowing It to unfold the blueprint for your life.Continue!>>>We're meditating together tonight and every Monday evening at 6:30pm ET on Zoom.  Join us! #TogetherAtHomeLove, Nik 
    - 13 Apr 20, 10:30am -
  • Free Meditation w/ Nikki on Monday Night at 6:30pm ET
    Hola chica!I’m resuming my FREE Monday night meditations on April 6th at 6:30pm ET via #Zoom . Mark your calendar and tag a friend below! #AnchoringInLoveContinue!>>>Email for zoom meeting info!‘Hold to the reins of Love and d…
    - 3 Apr 20, 11:21am -
  • My Social-Distancing Diaries- Week 1
    Hola Chica,So Gia was supposed to be on Spring Break this week, Busch Gardenin', everyday-beachin', and dinosaur fossil diggin' at the local museum.  But here we are... on day 6 of our voluntary quarantine.  She stays reminding me that this is NOT…
    - 20 Mar 20, 1:27pm -
  • A Weekend With The Daughter of Motown- Rhonda Ross!
    Hola Chica!So, the beautiful expression of Presence that is Rhonda Ross stopped through my home of Clearwater Beach on her 2020 tour, yesterday! We’ve known each other (virtually) for a few years now, so it was exactly like she described it, ‘..…
    - 9 Mar 20, 12:41pm -

Georgous in Grey

  • LISTEN: Finding Joy & Healing with The Refined Collective Podcast
    I am a true hoarder of dope energy. So when I found Kat Harris from The Refined Collective Podcast I immediately turned on my obsession meter.  In her latest episode (where I am a guest), we chat about finding joy in life,...Read MoreThe post LI…
    - 56 days ago 15 Jun 20, 4:44pm -
  • The mixtape y’all been begging me for…
    Unless you’ve been hiding hiding, then you’ve already seen my “I’m a DJ now” announcement on Instagram back in February. I took classes at a DJ academy here in Baltimore and had hoped to be out in them streets but...Read MoreThe post The…
    - 91 days ago 12 May 20, 10:15am -
  • 4 things making me smile
    So it’s day “who the hell is still counting” and the quarantine has made me face some glaring truths about us. Sis, we are not obligated to be okay, all the time. And it’s normal to have your feelings move like a...Read MoreThe post 4 thi…
    - 13 Apr 20, 11:10am -
  • The one thing keeping me sane during the quarantine
    It’s day number 478317483891 of quarantine and we all might be losing our minds. I’ve had this most vivid dreams, sleep til 4 pm way more than I’d like to admit, and I’ve had the same t-shirt on since January...Read MoreThe post The one thi…
    - 5 Apr 20, 11:44am -
  • The world took Debbie Allen’s dance class, here’s how I did!
    It’s been a whole ass week and a half of social distancing. How are you all managing? Ate up all your snacks yet? Found the end of Netflix? Killed your husbands and kids yet. Or locked them outside aka “fire...Read MoreThe post The world took D…
    - 26 Mar 20, 3:59pm -
  • Season 1 of 2020 sucks. Here’s a list of shows you can binge instead.
    2020 is officially the ghetto. Each month has out ghettoed the previous one. I saw someone post this on social media and I’ve never felt more seen and loved in those 2 sentences. 2020 has been a complete crapshoot and...Read MoreThe post Season 1…
    - 12 Mar 20, 9:57pm -
  • 3 distractions that can control your Coronavirus anxiety
    The hysteria and anxiety that the coronavirus has impregnated people with is absolutely insane. I’m not sure our generation has seen anything like this (oh wait, Ebola, SARS, Zika, Swine Flu, Bird Flu… never mind let me stay focused). And...Read…
    - 12 Mar 20, 4:41pm -
  • The reason why I am hyperaware of my health
    I won’t lie to you. After my mother died I became hyperaware of every part of my body. When the pain comes, I do not hesitate to make all the appointments at all the doctors. But growing up we were...Read MoreThe post The reason why I am hyperawa…
    - 2 Mar 20, 9:23pm -
  • Last chance to see what this mystery video is all about
    My office is so out of control right now. Stuff is everywhere. I have managed to create one small path to walk (around in a circle) and the rest has been claimed and rudely reserved for many boxes of products...Read MoreThe post Last chance to see…
    - 1 Mar 20, 5:00am -
  • How I keep my grey hair so…silver!
    Everyone thinks that having naturally grey hair is super cool. And it’s true. Ever since I’ve embraced my natural grey hair I’ve felt like a unicorn. But there’s one caveat. The post How I keep my grey hair so…silver! appeared first on Lov…
    - 6 Feb 20, 3:51pm -


  • Three Fabulous Private-Island Resorts
    Last month I spent a week checking out three of the British Virgin Islands’ private-island resorts – Peter Island, Guana Island and Saba Rock – for And today my roundup is live, with all the deets you need to find the private parad…
    - 11 Jul 17, 2:31pm -
  • Where To Find The World’s 27 Most Beautiful Beaches
    I was thrilled to be interviewed by Women at Forbes‘ Laura Begley Bloom for an article on the 27 best beaches in the world. And even more thrilled that they chose my Caribbean pick – Peter Island‘s Deadman’s Beach – as the lead image for th…
    - 28 Jun 17, 2:01pm -
  • It’s official: I’m An Age-Discrupting Badass!

    - 23 Jun 17, 11:32am -
  • How To Cruise The Caribbean For FREE!
    In exactly four weeks I’ll be setting sail on a cruise, and I’m thrilled with a capital T! Not because I haven’t cruised before (I have, more times than I can count). Not because I’ll be seeing new destinations (I’ve been to all of our Cari…
    - 23 Oct 16, 8:00am -
  • How To Smile Your Way Onto A Cruise
    It probably won’t surprise you to know that I’m a big fan of Caribbean cruising. I’ve sailed at least a dozen times, and in my book, there isn’t a more efficient way to sample a boatload (ha!) of Caribbean destinations in one fun swoop. Sure,…
    - 1 Oct 16, 9:00am -
  • The Essential Guide To Barbados’ Crop Over
    Comprising a full two months of non-stop partying, Barbados‘ Crop Over festival crescendos on the first Monday in August, Kadooment Day, when thousands of costumed revelers march from the national stadium in a raucous parade of heaving cleavage, sw…
    - 4 Sep 16, 2:04pm -
  • Punta Cana vs San Juan: Where Should You Go?
      If you’re planning a Caribbean vacay but not sure where to go, you might find my recent piece for Orbitz helpful. In the first in a series of Caribbean Faceoffs, I compare Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic (where this pic was taken) and San J…
    - 30 Aug 16, 5:42pm -
  • Three Days at Hedonism II
    Decades ago, as a fresh-faced student,  I did an 11-month college internship at Hedonism II, the legendary (and naughty!) adults-only resort in Negril, Jamaica. And last May I went back to see what’s new at the all-inclusive hotel famous for its c…
    - 16 Aug 16, 5:59pm -
  • Running Around the Caribbean, Part II
      If all the excitement of Olympics track & field competition is inspiring you to lace up your sneaks, check out this roundup of running cruises I’m sharing with the readers of cruising website, Cruise Critic. Two of the running-themed cruises sai…
    - 16 Aug 16, 5:33pm -
  • The Caribbean’s Best Bargain Boutique Resorts
      Cold and still broke from the holidays? Well, here’s some good news: I’ve rounded up a posse of fabulous Caribbean resorts (like Casablanca Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, above) that you can enjoy for less than $150 a night, and I’m sharing…
    - 4 Feb 16, 7:13pm -


  • 35 Black Owned Businesses To Shop This Month
    This post was originally published in February 2019. So you guys know I am a huge supporter of black-owned businesses. Every year I create a list of black owned businesses to support. We have such strong buying power as a community. We have to suppor…
    - 67 days ago 4 Jun 20, 12:00pm -
  • 25 Ways To #BuyBlack
      This post was originally published in November 2017, and republished in 2020. So you guys know I am a huge supporter of black-owned businesses, especially during the holiday season. I started the Shop LoveBrownSugar holiday pop-up series with the…
    - 68 days ago 4 Jun 20, 4:11am -
  • 50 Black Owned Businesses for #BlackOnBlackFriday
    This post was originally published in November 2015, and republished in 2020. Companies listed below may or may not be in operation. Last year, released a list of 25 Black Owned Online Stores to support on Black Friday. Considerin…
    - 68 days ago 3 Jun 20, 12:34pm -
  • 3 Tips For Outdoor Winter Adventures with Kids
    Just 2 weeks ago, my baby girl turned 6 years old! I can’t hardly believe I’ve been a mommy for 6 years. Time flies. This time last year, we were back in LA playing outdoors at the park, bike riding, or taking strolls along the beach. We spent SO…
    - 21 Feb 20, 2:51pm -
  • 3 Fall Style Essentials with Lane Bryant
    This post was created in partnership with Lane Bryant.  I’m back! After a wonderful and blissful year and a half in Los Angeles, I am back on the East Coast just in time for the change of leaves, pumpkin patch frolicking and cozy fall sweater seas…
    - 1 Nov 19, 3:14am -
  • 3 Closet Staples For Transitional Weather
    This post was created in partnership with Loacker. All opinions are my own. Whenever the seasons start changing from Summer to Fall, I find myself looking for closet staples that will still allow me to enjoy the freedom and warmth of summer, but will…
    - 28 Sep 19, 9:54am -
  • 3 Ways To Help Kids Transition Back To School
    The last year and a half, for my family, has been about major transitions. We picked up and moved across the country to Los Angeles last April, and through that experience I learned that there are subtle ways you can help kids transition and feel mor…
    - 16 Sep 19, 6:50pm -
  • 3 Ways To Unwind and Drop Your PowerMom Cape
    This post about ways to unwind was created in partnership with Loacker. All opinions below are my own. The other day I posted on IG about some of my favorite ways to unwind after a long day of conquering the world as a PowerMom. One myth out there ab…
    - 7 May 19, 3:44am -
  • 3 Tips For Dressing With Confidence
    This post about dressing with confidence was created in partnership with Lane Bryant. All opinions expressed are my own and not those of the company. Guys, it’s been a while! My little boy just turned 18 months so I’ve officially been a mommy of…
    - 4 May 19, 2:08pm -
  • 3 Reasons To Celebrate Your Wins
    It didn’t really occur to me how important it is to celebrate your wins until this past month when, for the first time ever, I held a cocktail to celebrate a successful end to BrownGirlsLove POWER Day. The cocktail celebration and this post series…
    - 11 Feb 19, 6:10pm -

Fresher Than Chris

  • Get to Know Canali
    While streetwear is having its moment, there’s no denying that suiting is slowly but surely making its return. Don’t mistake it: Suiting never really went away.  But it has seen many iterations.And right now, we are seeing suiting being infused…
    - 13 Sep 18, 10:40am -
  • Fresher In These Streets: Poplin & Co.
    I’m not one of for lots of pics myself.. however.. I really wanted to share this cool brand with you all.  The brand is called Poplin & Co. The brand is based out of Vancouver, B.C. It features some really cool prints, a great fit and a soft handf…
    - 20 Aug 18, 10:59am -
  • Stripe Me Up: Cool Shirts for Summer
    Ever since I heard the line “whose broad stripes and bright stars” in the national anthem, I’ve been feeling that print on shirt. As a kid I can remember my dad’s off-duty shirts having broad blue or pink stripes on them.  As an adult, I’v…
    - 13 Jun 18, 10:53am -
  • Getting Ripped: Denim Edition
    Honestly, most of my style and taste were crafted from things I saw as a kid or things I wanted to do—but wasn’t allowed to.  Denim was one of them.  My parents are old school. I’m first generation born here—they grew up in Guyana, South Am…
    - 11 Jun 18, 11:34am -
  • Being A Windowshopper is Fresh
    “Yo, you a window shopper”- 50 cent. Window shopping isn’t as terrible as 50 may have insinuated over a decade ago.  One of the greatest ways to learn about your style and what you want for the season is by window shopping. Nowadays, the windo…
    - 30 Mar 18, 2:37pm -
  • Fresh Brands: BKLYN LEAGUE
    I’m always looking for the next and best brands out here, both luxe and contemporary.  Been following this brand for a little bit and really loved their elevated basics. Find out more about the brand below. BKLYN LEAGUE is a Brooklyn based lifesty…
    - 12 Jan 18, 12:13pm -
  • New Year, New Underwear
    We are about two weeks in the new year and everyone is working on “new you”.  Gym memberships are underway, dream boards are being created and yet.. some of y’all are still wearing the same underwear from undergrad. This year I implore you to…
    - 6 Jan 18, 11:35am -
  • Edge Shaving Gel x FresherThanchris
    Being bald isn’t as easy as it looks—and shaving is a necessity. Finding the right product to keep your head protected, shiny and clean can be as hard as dating as in NYC. Thankfully, the folks at Edge Shave Gel helped me solve both of these prob…
    - 13 Jun 17, 12:57pm -
  • Must-Have Scarves For Men
    A few years ago, Lenny Kravitz was spotted in this enormous scarf.  A lot of people laughed and called it outrageous but I wasn’t mad at all. In fact, I think it’s such a rockstar moment.                                      B…
    - 28 Jan 17, 8:26pm -
  • Must-Have Gloves
    Gloves are one of those accessories I tend to forget about. Partly because I used to lose them as a kid and partly because I lose them now. However, gloves are one of those underrated items, that are not only functional but fashionable. Whether its a…
    - 31 Dec 16, 6:53pm -

Looking Fly on a Dime

  • Here’s Why I Stopped Donating All of My Clothes to the Thrift Shop
    I’m a hardcore thrift shopper. This isn’t news to anyone. I even wrote an entire book on how to thrift shop. And as much as I love secondhand shopping, I also make sure to donate my clothes as well, like I did in a major closet purge a few years…
    - 2 Jan 20, 11:50am -
  • Travel and Thrift: The Vintage Pieces I Found in Finland
    When I travel anywhere, I tend to do a bit of thrift shopping. I think one of the reasons I pack a carry-on bag like a pro is because I want to make sure I have enough room for any thrifted items I bring back home. So when I went to Finland a few wee…
    - 14 Nov 19, 8:21pm -
  • The $10 Top Rated Amazon Leggings that are Worth the Hype
    I have a confession: I don’t love online shopping. I’m more of an in-store shopper. I like to touch and feel and more importantly, try things on so I know if the sizing is just right. Returns are just such a hassle. Every now and then I’ll find…
    - 8 Nov 19, 11:15pm -
  • For My Solo Female Travelers, Here’s a Small, but Helpful Hotel Hack
    Regardless of where you’re staying, something similar tends to happen at most hotels. It usually goes a little something like this. You check in and you’re given a key card that comes in a paper sleeve. This paper also usually has your room numbe…
    - 1 Nov 19, 6:51pm -
  • Airplane Essentials to Stay Healthy and Comfortable 
    Anyone who follows me on Instagram Story knows there’s something I always do when I board a flight. Literally, I do this every single time. I whip out my disinfectant wipes and start sanitizing the seat arms, tray, screens and anything I’ll come…
    - 18 Jul 19, 12:13pm -


#Popsnark 45: What Face WIll Kylie's Black Daughter Pick?
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- 20 Feb 18, 5:26pm -
Kicked Out of the YouTube Partner Program
Kicked Out of the YouTube Partner ProgramPlease support by turning off your ad blocker and/or becoming a Patron via$jouelzy Let's discuss what the new YouTube Partner Program restrictions...From:Jouel…
- 20 Feb 18, 3:41am -
GRWM: Fenty Beauty Confused | @Jouelzy
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- 19 Feb 18, 11:58pm -
You Don't Need A Seat at the Table | #Blessed Eps. 1 #SmartBrownGirl
You Don't Need A Seat at the Table | #Blessed Eps. 1 #SmartBrownGirlPlease support by turning off your ad blocker and/or becoming a Patron via ---------------------------------------------------------------------------…
- 19 Feb 18, 11:11pm -
Where Are All the Black Girls in the Creative Industry?
Where Are All the Black Girls in the Creative Industry?AdobePartner Stay inspirational as a and to #SmartBrownGirls™. Thank you to Adobe Creative Cloud for giving me the opportunity to attend #AdodeMax. #MaketItImpactful #ad Edited with #Premie…
- 19 Feb 18, 9:36pm -
Why Is It So Hard to Hire Black Women Creatives?
Why Is It So Hard to Hire Black Women Creatives?Follow Jessica Bellamy on Instagram *Download the Adobe research report, Creativity's Diversity Disconnect *The Adobe Creative Residency empowers...F…
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The Curvy Fashionista

  • The Plus Size Pieces You’ll Want from the Rachel Pally Warehouse Sale!
    Have you been looking for the best deals on Rachel Pally White Label? Then you need to shop the Rachel Pally Warehouse Sale, with the perfect lounge wear finds up to 70% off! MoreThe post The Plus Size Pieces You’ll Want from the Rachel Pally War…
    - 3 days ago 7 Aug 20, 12:30pm -
  • NOW, Is the Perfect Time to Test These 5 Beauty Trends & Products
    Now is the perfect time to try new beauty trends while we're home more. Checkout what 5 beauty trends we've got on our list here at The Curvy Fashionista! MoreThe post NOW, Is the Perfect Time to Test These 5 Beauty Trends & Products appeared first…
    - 4 days ago 6 Aug 20, 1:30pm -
  • Unique Vintage Drops a Beetlejuice Collection with Plus Sizes!
    Looking for a fun collab that will appeal to the ghoul in you? How about this Unique Vintage x Beetlejuice Collaboration? We are sharing all the deets! MoreThe post Unique Vintage Drops a Beetlejuice Collection with Plus Sizes! appeared first on Th…
    - 7 days ago 3 Aug 20, 3:00pm -
  • Self Care at Home: Creating Intentional Botanical Spaces Pt. 1
    Are you a new plant mommy or want to be? Chakayla Taylor helps us create intentional botanical spaces and shares with us some plant inspiration! MoreThe post Self Care at Home: Creating Intentional Botanical Spaces Pt. 1 appeared first on The Curvy…
    - 7 days ago 3 Aug 20, 11:30am -
  • Here Is What August Has in Store with Our August Plus Size Style Horoscope!
    Are you wondering what August and its stars have in store for you? With the help of Terr Cacilia, we bring you our August Plus Size Style Horoscope! MoreThe post Here Is What August Has in Store with Our August Plus Size Style Horoscope! appeared f…
    - 10 days ago 31 Jul 20, 6:00pm -
  • Loungefly Debuts their Stitch Shoppe x Barbie Collection (in Plus Sizes Too!)
    Love all things vintage AND Barbie, then you are in for a treat. The Stitch Shoppe x Barbie Collection is the latest collaboration from Loungefly! MoreThe post Loungefly Debuts their Stitch Shoppe x Barbie Collection (in Plus Sizes Too!) appeared fi…
    - 10 days ago 31 Jul 20, 12:00pm -
  • Loud Bodies Launches a New Sustainable Collection up through a 7X!
    Sustainable plus size fashion? It does exist! Loud Bodies launched a sustainable collection with plus sizes up through a size 7X, we knew we had to share! MoreThe post Loud Bodies Launches a New Sustainable Collection up through a 7X! appeared first…
    - 11 days ago 30 Jul 20, 3:00pm -
  • A New Online Retailer To Watch, Meet REYDAR
    Borne out of shopping frustration, Imani Reynolds launched Reydar, a new online brand, to help make shopping for fashion inclusive as possible! MoreThe post A New Online Retailer To Watch, Meet REYDAR appeared first on The Curvy Fashionista.
    - 14 days ago 27 Jul 20, 3:00pm -
  • Need More Pieces to Keep It Cozy? Maybe These Eloquii Lounge Wear Pieces Will Help!
    We have rounded up plus size lounge wear in the past, but today? We are here to share the new debut of Eloquii lounge wear! MoreThe post Need More Pieces to Keep It Cozy? Maybe These Eloquii Lounge Wear Pieces Will Help! appeared first on The Curvy…
    - 15 days ago 27 Jul 20, 10:30am -
  • Sustainable Fashion up Through a 5X?! Shop Almost There is Here to Shake Things Up!
    There is a new brand on the market, one that is sustainable and goes up to a size 5X! Meet LA based brand, Almost There and why you should know them. MoreThe post Sustainable Fashion up Through a 5X?! Shop Almost There is Here to Shake Things Up! ap…
    - 17 days ago 24 Jul 20, 3:45pm -

Mane Man

  • Man Cave Ideas: Creating a Space For You
    When sharing a space with a significant other, roommate, or family members, having a space of your own to relax, unwind and enjoy your favorite hobbies is a must-have. Below we have a few tips to help you design your own retreat, also known as the ma…
    - 3 Nov 18, 8:14am -
  • Product Review: Old Spice Foamer
    Disclosure: Products for review were provided courtesy of Old Spice. I have long given up on most traditional soaps as I find that they can be incredibly harsh on my skin, leaving me feeling super dry. It’s not fun, especially during the cooler, dr…
    - 17 Oct 18, 4:35pm -
  • Product Feature: A Look at the New Tani SilkCut Collection
    In this latest post, MANE MAN review the new SilkCut Collection of underwear from Tani. Read on for more!
    - 23 Jul 18, 12:10pm -
  • Getting Started in a New Pad: My Picks
    I HATE moving. Does anyone actually like that process? I can’t imagine anyone does. The one thing I do like about new spaces is creating the feel and layout of the room. I’m sensitive to my environment so I’m much more intentional about the lay…
    - 20 Jun 18, 2:40pm -
  • Product Review: Redken Brews Pt. 2
    You may have read part one of my Redken Brews adventure earlier this week. Here are my thoughts on the lineup’s stylers and finishing products. Read on for more! Pastes, Gels and Creams Dishevel Fiber Cream: I haven’t had a lot of success with cr…
    - 4 Apr 18, 12:43pm -
  • Product Review: Redken Brews Pt. 1
    Have you heard about trend of drinking beer in the shower? I’m not so much a fan of that idea – a hot tub maybe – but a shower, not so much. I much prefer trying out Redken Brews. Redken Brews is a line of products with the modern male in mind.…
    - 2 Apr 18, 12:38pm -
  • Skincare in Transition: Winter to Spring
    Anyone who knows me well knows that I hate the feeling of dry skin, particularly dry hands. I work hard to take care of my skin and along the way I’ve found some products that work pretty well at keeping me from battling dry skin all the time. As w…
    - 1 Mar 18, 4:23pm -
  • Keeps Helps Men Halt Hair Loss
    Did you know that 66% of American men experience hair loss by the age of 35 (American Hair Loss Association)? It’s no wonder that so many men are terrified at the prospect of losing their hair as they move throughout their 20s. In the past, if you…
    - 16 Jan 18, 10:29am -
  • Product Review: SheaMoisture Beard Care

    - 9 Jan 18, 12:41pm -
  • Product Review: Tommy John Men’s Underwear
    Disclosure: Products for review were provided courtesy of Tommy John for the purpose of this review. All opinions listed herein are mine alone. A lot of men dress for comfort and I’m definitely one of those guys. Yes, I like to try to look put toge…
    - 4 Jan 18, 2:12pm -
  • Last Minute Gifts for Gents

    - 17 Dec 17, 5:34pm -
  • Product Review: ribbedtee
    Every now and then it’s important to switch up your tees and underwear, and let’s be honest, most guys aren’t the best at updating our undergarment wardrobes. Recently, I had the opportunity to try out some offerings from ribbedtee and I’m ha…
    - 8 Nov 17, 12:45pm -
  • Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast is Your Perfect Fall Spirit
    Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Captain Morgan. Ask anyone that knows me and you’ll realize that I’m a BIG fan of fall. The leaves are changing, the humidity is leaving the air, and that’s not to mention cooler temperatures mean comforta…
    - 26 Oct 17, 2:29pm -
  • Dwyane Wade’s Private Chef Launches Eating Well to Win
    How many of you think that Dwyane Wade is one of the better players of our current generation?  Well if you’re a fan of his, or his incredible partner Gabrielle Union, then you know they are couple goals. If you want to start to live like Gabby an…
    - 24 Oct 17, 11:22am -
  • My New Favorite Shampoo
    Many people talk of the benefits of coconut oil for hair & body. There’s even a pretty cool pin that you can buy to celebrate your love for the wonder oil. I, myself, have been a big fan for a while now but my love for coconut oil has recently been…
    - 11 Oct 17, 1:28pm -