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  • 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…
    - 83 days ago 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 -
  • Perfecting My Vision and Finding the Perfect Sunglasses at MyEyeDr.
    This post is sponsored by MyEyeDr. “When’s the last time you had an eye exam?” My husband asked me this question as I rested my chin on the pre-testing equipment during our appointment at MyEyeDr. I had to stop and think about it – probably n…
    - 18 Dec 19, 1:50pm -
  • Indie Beauty Brand Love — 2019 Holiday Beauty and Hair Gift Guide
    I can’t believe it’s almost here! Are you ready for Christmas yet? It’s ALMOST but not quite too late to get that last minute shopping in. Without further ado, here’s my list of independent, mostly Black owned, mostly woman owned brands who…
    - 17 Dec 19, 8:46am -

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

  • Standard #1
    An honorable gentleman fully comprehends the concept of exhibiting class, sympathy, and compassion. During episodes of great tragedy or human misery, the humane gentleman believes in charity and generosity. It is second nature. The considerate gentle…
    - 10 days ago 22 Mar 20, 11:45pm -
  • Style & Substance – Polo Ralph Lauren – Quilted Field Gloves
    Regarding Michigan weather during prime winter months of December through March, I am unapologetically serious about my outerwear and accessories. When the temperatures begin to steadily plummet and the wind chill makes it feel unbearably lower than…
    - 35 days ago 26 Feb 20, 6:15pm -
  • In the Dog House – Snoop’s Toxic Response to Gayle King and the Enduring Gender Conflict Within the Black Community
    Generally, I don’t venture out into the treacherous waters of controversial current events, but my social media outlets have exploded over the very public furor revolving around Gayle King and Snoop Dogg. If you are unaware of the situation, I will…
    - 52 days ago 10 Feb 20, 12:58am -
  • Standard Recommendations – Uncle Jimmy Beard Growth Oil
    Hello everyone, my extended holiday hiatus has come to a close, and I am ready to start writing again. Today, I wanted to spotlight an item I discovered in the men’s grooming aisle at Target – Uncle Jimmy Beard Growth Oil. Currently, as an owner…
    - 54 days ago 7 Feb 20, 4:16pm -
  • The Standard #31
    It is wise for a gentleman to avoid an ascension that leaves him amongst mountains of hubris; an ascension that betrays his remembrance of the ever distant valleys beneath his feet. Gentlemen, be not thoughtlessly mistaken, your climb towards success…
    - 85 days ago 7 Jan 20, 9:25pm -

Black Girl with Long Hair

    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…
    - 22 days ago 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…
    - 59 days ago 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…
    - 64 days ago 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…
    - 64 days ago 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. …
    - 66 days ago 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…
    - 69 days ago 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…
    - 72 days ago 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…
    - 76 days ago 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…
    - 77 days ago 15 Jan 20, 11:01am -
  • BABY SOFT SKIN 👶🏽👶🏿👶🏾
    Here at BGLH Marketplace B.S. stands for “baby soft.” 😂 It’s a phrase we hear often in our reviews.… “Makes my skin smell divine and gives me baby soft skin.” — Tiffany on Mint Chocolate Whipped Cocoa Butter “Bye Bye Body Shop b…
    - 83 days ago 9 Jan 20, 10:25pm -

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

  • 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…
    - 12 days ago 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, ‘..…
    - 23 days ago 9 Mar 20, 12:41pm -
  • Gain Instant Confidence!
    Hola Chica!This isn’t about eventually becoming more confident 'later'. This is choosing and BEing a state of confidence, now. There's an inherent power present where you are, ALWAYS, already. This guided meditation (extracted from the weekly l…
    - 29 days ago 3 Mar 20, 7:54pm -
  • Difficulty Meditating? Watch This Free Q&A Session, Now!
    "God's presence is maintained by the heart and by love, not by speech and words."- Brother LawrenceHola Chica!Here are some of the meditation 'troubleshooting' questions addressed during this week's livestream: 1. How to slow or stop thoughts 2. Sh…
    - 42 days ago 19 Feb 20, 8:42pm -
  • The Power of Feeling Go(o)d, Now!
    In ‘09, I was all about ‘The Secret’... positive thinking... the law of attraction. My limited understanding led me to believe that human excitement and happiness would ‘attract’ the stuff I wanted, and so I set out on the impossible missio…
    - 45 days ago 16 Feb 20, 7:23pm -
  • How to Meditate on the Presence of God
    Hey hey!My teacher once told me that my heart is the message and the messenger.  For the last 3 weeks, I've been sharing it right here on Clearwater Beach, Florida, and I can't express my joy in words. Join us weekly (at Chapel by the Sea), or pleas…
    - 50 days ago 11 Feb 20, 8:01pm -
  • When You Heal Yourself You Heal The World
    image source: @jheneaikoWhen we were taught to ‘love our neighbor as ourself’, it largely went in one ear and out the other. At best, we’ve failed trying to live up to it... because it’s ‘me’... my life, my body, my circumstances that fee…
    - 51 days ago 10 Feb 20, 8:25am -
  • Catch Nikki on The Dr. Oz Show, Today!
    Are hair dyes and relaxers causing cancer? Tune in to The Dr. Oz Show to watch us discuss a new, alarming study and the implications it has, especially for Black women. Love ya!NikContinue!>>>
    - 69 days ago 24 Jan 20, 12:26am -
  • What if right where you are, God is?
    What if right where you are standing or sitting, God is? Life is? Love is? Abundance is? Health is? How would that change the way you show up? The way you interact with people?Because this is absolutely the case. You just forgot. And that’s why y…
    - 71 days ago 21 Jan 20, 2:28pm -
  • Metahuman and Other Books I'm Reading This Week!
    I thought it'd be dope to screenshot my kindle library for my fellow bookworms :) It's after the jump. Enjoy!Continue!>>> And let me know if you've read any of these or have plans to!  I basically re-read the same books over and over, with Joel Gol…
    - 84 days ago 8 Jan 20, 4:13pm -
  • How do you identify? As Ego or Soul?
    #ProTip : Stop trying to figure out how to love yourself. You can’t. And start noticing and living out from the place inside that already IS Love. Find IT, feel IT.Continue!>>>The person, your ego, is incapable of unconditional love, even for itsel…
    - 84 days ago 8 Jan 20, 4:13pm -
  • Top 3 Reasons Why ‘Like A Boss’ Should be Your First GNO of 2020
    #HoroscopeAF: January 10th will be your first and most epic Girls’ Night Out of the year. Expect a typical booked and busy Friday turned lituation, when you head out to the movies that evening to celebrate your best life with your best friends as y…
    - 84 days ago 8 Jan 20, 10:00am -
  • #NikPics from Last Week- Reflect Beauty Awards Finale Party
    Congratulations to #GirlBoss Sheila Marmon (above in the pink hotness) of MirrorDigital, and the whole entire Reflect Beauty tribe for putting on 4 weeks of necessary and uplifting multicultural beauty content, and for throwing one helluva finale par…
    - 18 Nov 19, 9:49pm -
  • Maintaining Gia's Waist Length Natural Hair
    I ain't gon' lie.  Florida's humidity took us ALL the way out, and laid our long-time Curlformer routine low. With few options, I resorted to what I know.  Continue!>>>Twists.  The super-shrinky, super-cute wet-set ones.  She can rock them down,…
    - 17 Nov 19, 6:33pm -
  • This is Liquid Gold for My Hair and Skin
    I 100% know that my glow radiates from within, but I do appreciate a product that gives me all the honey-dipped melanin lewks and feels :) Continue!>>>So I sat down to write you a whole article about the glories of Argan oil and why it should be a s…
    - 10 Nov 19, 3:27pm -
  • Things I've Learned from Living on the Beach Pt.1
    lippie, argan oil, spf, JOY... Dassssit. Sun. Surf. Self-Love.  It's been 6 months since I landed on Clearwater Beach and in addition to realizing that this is, in fact, my natural habitat, I've also learned:Continue!>>>#1 How to HatThe occasion…
    - 9 Nov 19, 7:11pm -
  • My Henna Updates
    fire-ass highlights? just henna :) I still henna.  Extra-regularly.  And not just for the conditioning, volumizing, and curl and frizz smoothing like I used to, but for these roots, chiiile! Continue!>>>Thanks to the bossy 'we-start-graying-at 2…
    - 5 Nov 19, 1:04pm -
  • With Ice.
    Mommy and meHola chica,2019 has been a year of many firsts for me.  For instance, this was my first Halloween, ever, NOT needing a jacket or any form of outerwear to shield my chronically anemic self from the cold.  It was 80 whole degrees last nig…
    - 1 Nov 19, 11:59am -
  • Love.
    I went to Target to buy a glue stick and left with a hat I didn't know I absolutely needed in my life.  It's my thing now.  If you come to Clearwater Beach and see me sitting out, reading, sipping a latte, I'll likely be wearing this hat.  Gia mad…
    - 28 Oct 19, 12:28pm -
  • "Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are."
    Image Source @ IG"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." -Chinese Proverb Happy Friyayyy, chica!I'm messaging you today because no matter if you're a Stay-at-Home Mom, or a CEO, or both (!!!), you're feeling the joy of Fr…
    - 25 Oct 19, 10:00am -
  • Your Best Life Depends on THIS.
    Right next to and behind your melodrama, tension and racing mind is a subtly-joyful Peace. It’s always been here, you just forgot to feel it.Continue!>>>If we were sitting on the beach together right now, chatting it up, you’d frequently forget t…
    - 24 Oct 19, 11:01am -
  • Introducing the Reflect Beauty Awards: A Celebration of Diverse Beauty
    By Sheila Marmon and Nikki Walton of and we all deserve an equal opportunity to not only embrace and find confidence in the hair and skin we’re in, but to see ourselves reflected in popular media. And…
    - 14 Oct 19, 12:20pm -
  • CurlyNikki on the Dr.Oz Show Next Monday! (October 14th)
    Hola Chicas!We're at it again! #Season11On this BIG hair investigation show, we're talking the dangers of chemical hair straighteners and healthier alternatives!  Tune in or set your DVRs!Click for more pics!
    - 11 Oct 19, 5:44pm -
  • Having a Rough Day? Try This.
    source IG @spiritualthoughtsLeave a ❤️in the comments if you’re thankful for the small (in my case!) things!Stay aware of inner Love for the rest of the night! It’s ever-present, and always accessible, even when anger, fear, or anxiety have c…
    - 11 Oct 19, 5:30pm -
  • You Don't Have to Feel Good... You Just Have to Feel God.
    In ‘09, I was all about ‘The Secret’... positive thinking... the law of attraction. My limited understanding led me to believe that human excitement and happiness would ‘attract’ the stuff I wanted, and so I set out on the impossible missio…
    - 10 Sep 19, 12:55pm -

Georgous in Grey

  • 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…
    - 6 days ago 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…
    - 20 days ago 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…
    - 20 days ago 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…
    - 30 days ago 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…
    - 32 days ago 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…
    - 55 days ago 6 Feb 20, 3:51pm -
  • 3 things I learned about self-love from one boudoir shoot
    In the spirit of love month, I’ve partnered with Cacique Intimates by Lane Bryant to chat a little about self-love… and how horrible I am at practicing it. It’s hard to believe that as a wellpreneur I’m still learning how...Read MoreThe pos…
    - 58 days ago 3 Feb 20, 8:10pm -
  • A tour of the biggest slave castle in Africa (video)
    Over the holidays, my husband and I took a trip to Ghana with some of my good friends. This trip goes down in history as yet again life-changing. My husband is still looking for words to describe our trip. He...Read MoreThe post A tour of the bigge…
    - 75 days ago 17 Jan 20, 8:00am -
  • 28 mantras to live by in 2020
    Happy 2020 gorgeous ones! We’re just a few days into the new year and I’m already ready to throw this whole thing away and start over. But alas we are here. I’m all into mantras this year and I came...Read MoreThe post 28 mantras to live by i…
    - 82 days ago 10 Jan 20, 1:17pm -
  • Afrochella 2019 in 5 minutes (VIDEO)
    Afrochella 2019 was (hmm) interesting. I adored seeing all the black and brown faces wearing their traditional African prints… faces painted with Zulu tribe (ish) tribal designs. But Ghana has a thing with time and the use of it. They...Read More…
    - 85 days ago 7 Jan 20, 2:18pm -


  • 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 -


  • 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…
    - 40 days ago 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 -
  • 35 Black Owned Businesses To Shop This Month
    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 support each other! Disclaimer: this is NOT an exhaustive l…
    - 2 Feb 19, 9:41pm -
  • 5 Travel Essentials for Overnight Trips & Staycations
      Sometimes you just want to get away. You may not be planning a long 7-week excursion each time. In fact, quick overnight trips are some of my favorite trips to take because you’re challenged with making the most of your time in a new locale. Whe…
    - 29 Jan 19, 12:00am -
  • 3 Tips For Creating A Self-Care Routine
      Life comes at you fast. As someone who invests so much time and energy into giving, whether it’s with my blog or as a mommy or as an entrepreneur, it often becomes a necessity for me to give back to myself. The way I do that is designating speci…
    - 23 Jan 19, 1:00am -

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…
    - 90 days ago 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
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- 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

  • Is Your Sock Game on Point? Here are A Few Playful Wide Calf Socks to Keep it Cozy!
    Are you looking for your perfect pair of knee high wide calf socks to lounge or work in? We have found a few of the most playful options up to a 23" calf! MoreThe post Is Your Sock Game on Point? Here are A Few Playful Wide Calf Socks to Keep it Coz…
    - 1 day ago 31 Mar 20, 3:00pm -
  • Lane Bryant x TCFStyle Series: Meet Lissa of I am Plus Blog!
    We're back with another plus size blogger spotlight in our #LBxTCFStyleSeries with Lane Bryant! Meet Lissa of I am Plus Blog and check out her style! MoreThe post Lane Bryant x TCFStyle Series: Meet Lissa of I am Plus Blog! appeared first on The Cur…
    - 1 day ago 31 Mar 20, 11:30am -
  • Say What? Win Your WFH Wish List with Universal Standard!
    If you are looking to add to your work from home wardrobe, Universal Standard is hooking up one lucky shopper to win their WFH Wish List! MoreThe post Say What? Win Your WFH Wish List with Universal Standard! appeared first on The Curvy Fashionista.
    - 8 days ago 24 Mar 20, 9:45am -
  • MedZone, the Owners of Zone Naturals to Create Hand Sanitizers!
    Did you hear? MedZone will produce Hand Sanitizers, make a donation to WHO, and donate products to local health care professionals for this pandemic. MoreThe post MedZone, the Owners of Zone Naturals to Create Hand Sanitizers! appeared first on The…
    - 9 days ago 23 Mar 20, 4:30pm -
  • Work From Home vs Lounging Style… Your New Favorite Finds for for BOTH!
    If you are working from home and need a little comfort in your life, then these plus size lounge wear finds should help you live, work and lounge in style. MoreThe post Work From Home vs Lounging Style… Your New Favorite Finds for for BOTH! appear…
    - 9 days ago 23 Mar 20, 1:30pm -

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 -