For many manufacturers, including Talima Davis of Brooklyn Limegreen, this dream has become reality. With products in the aisles of Walgreens stores across the country, Talima knows a thing or two about going retail. Read on as Talima shares a few priceless tips on how to distribute your brand on the retail level
This holiday season, Curly Girl Collective (CGC) is committed to promoting self-love to young girls of color. On December 5th, CGC is hosting ALL Dolled Up, a holiday event that invites fellow curly girls to donate brown/curly dolls to a community-based organization in NYC that serves low-income and disadvantaged girls. If you’re in the New York City area, this is an evening you don’t want to miss!
Just when I thought online shopping couldn’t get any better, a new kid on the internet block proves me wrong. I’m elated to introduce you to DOOBOP, the newly launched online destination for all things fabulous and answer to all of your beauty needs. Searching for carefully edited and hand picked prestige products from around the world? DOOBOP has you covered. Need to stock up on your fav domestic brands like IMAN Cosmetics, Phyto Specific or LAMIK? DOOBOP is your new beauty partner in crime. Read on to learn more!
Who says that dropping your little ones off to school and toting them around to their many social activities requires you to sacrifice style? Today In Her Shoes, guest blogger Candace Montgomery of ChicBusyMom.com shares a few of her go-to pieces to make YOU the flyest mommy in your ‘hood. Get into her top seven picks!
Am I the only one who’s thoughts are being consumed by next week’s Thanksgiving feast? Just in time for the season’s biggest food-focused holiday, the talented Chef Elle Simone shares her Granny’s highly coveted “Thanksgiving Leftover Love Muffins Recipe” on In Her Shoes. Step your culinary game up and thank us later!
What happens when your business partner of four years tells you she’s going to be a mom? You celebrate and prepare to support her with all of your heart! When a sister-friend is presented with one of life’s biggest blessings, it’s time for you to fill in the gaps…and trust, it will be necessary as your partner welcomes new life into her world.
For Sara Liz Pickett and H. Ginger Johnson, this scenario is all too familiar but with an even sweeter twist. Just eight months after Ginger gave birth to her beautiful baby girl, Liz also added “mom” to the long list of titles she rocks. How do two Fly Female Entrepreneurs make it all work? Today, the ladies of Ginger + Liz share a few priceless tips for juggling entrepreneurship and motherhood. It’s no easy feat but these women seem to have the formula for success!
Am I the only one who woke up this morning with “This is why I ROCK!” on repeat in my head? Never before in the history of television have we seen Black women and girls CELEBRATED and uplifted this way. Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond, in partnership with BET, has brought her love and respect for Black women – which by the way has been going strong for years, long before the cameras were rolling – to the masses. I laughed. I cried. I took mental notes. Each honoree’s acceptance speech was heartfelt, tear-filled and packed with quotable moments we’ll carry for years. Here are just a few of my favs
Do you have a story you’ve been walking around with for years that just needs to be told? Have you already written a novel, short story, or work of non-fiction but have no idea what to do with it? Whatever your literary goals may be, today’s guest blogger, the talented Tamika Newhouse, has laid out all the information you’ll need to get published. While it may seem like a daunting task, Tamika says it’s easier than you may think. Grab a pen, a pad and take notes as Tamika serves up the art of getting published through her top 10 tips!
Veronica Marche’s annual collection of illustrated Christmas cards, featuring women of color as fashion characters, will now be available for sale at T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods stores nationwide. Miller’s Fabulous Brown Girls! holiday cards feature style savvy brown girls celebrating the season — whether by decorating a tree, delivering presents, or toasting with a holiday martini. If you want to go all out and snag the gift or wine bag to match, Veronica’s got you covered there, too!
Founded in 2009 by Fly Female Entrepreneur, Kahindo Mateene, MODAHNIK is known for its mix of vibrant colors and bold prints. Having lived and traveled in Africa, Europe and America, Kahindo combines these different stylistic elements quite seamlessly, bringing a unique point of view to her design aesthetic. A native of The Democratic Republic of Congo, she pulls inspiration from the avant garde spirit of the Congolese art and culture. I had an opportunity to meet the talented Kahindo during this fall’s Harlem’s Fashion Row presentation during New York Fashion Week and knew immediately that I wanted to share her story. Read on as Kahindo speaks candidly on life as an independent designer and her experience as a contestant on Season 12 of Lifetime’s Emmy-nominated Project Runway
Last Thursday I had the honor of sitting front row (well, front table) at ESSENCE Magazine’s “Smart Beauty VII: The Power of Confidence: Reflections on Black Beauty Now” panel event. As part of the presentation, the Smart Beauty VII panel featured a mix of beauty industry experts, tastemakers and legends including: my girl Patrice Grell Yursik, creator, Afrobella.com; Iman, Founder & CEO, Iman Cosmetics; Gabrielle Union, actress; Bethann Hardison, former model, agent and fashion advocate; and ESSENCE Editor-at-Large and event moderator Mikki Taylor. The discussion was BEYOND inspiring so I had to share a few of the highlights with you!
The talented Camara Aunique Beauty, one of my favorite NYC makeup artists and all around fly girl, is hosting her very first workshop in Brooklyn on October 19th titled The Beauty of Makeup. In this three-hour workshop you will learn to turn your basic makeup application skills into perfection, and look like you had it professionally done! Join Camara as she shares insider tips on how to get a flawless face with the foundation, concealer, and powder techniques that won’t have you looking overdone, apply bronzer to give you a healthy glow, like you’re sun-kissed from a sexy island vacation, and perfect the smokey eye! If you’ve ever looked at someone and thought, “how does her makeup look so good?” – now’s the time to be THAT woman.
Working from home can sometimes be uninspiring, especially if we don’t have a designated office space. The convenience of laptops and iPads have made any place with an outlet and free Wi-Fi an office. Many of us work from our beds, sofas or dining tables but it’s super important to have a “home” for your work. Think of your office as the corporate headquarters. The coffee shop and local bookstore can still be your satellite locations, but you need a home base! You may not have a lot of space for a dedicated home office (hence going to a coffee shop), but all you need is one wall. Take notes as Ariene C. Bathea of DRESS MY ROOM serves up several quick and easy tips for creating the home office of your dreams!
Meet the always calm, cool and collected La-Niece Lylew. As a wife, mother of 8-year-old twins and fly female entrepreneur, La-Niece definitely has her work cut out for her. She recently brought her entrepreneurial dreams to life with her newest venture, Milk River Lounge, so when asking how her day is going, “busy” is an understatement. As the borough’s newest hot spot, Milk River is nestled comfortably on Atlantic Avenue, steps away from the home of the Brooklyn Nets. What is it like to open a restaurant in one of the country’s most buzzed about cities while juggling an active family and personal life? Grab your beverage of choice, take a seat, and you’ll soon find out
Creators and curators of luxury living, Averil Elin, just unveiled their new line of gorgeous clutches this morning and I’m thoroughly impressed! Bold and beautiful prints? Check. Head-turning, original African fabric? Check. In a city like New York, an all-purpose bag is a must but when you’re ready to glam it up or just travel light, the clutch is a girl’s best friend. I’ve tried to curb my addiction but these cuties are hard to resist. It’s safe to say that our girls over at Averil Elin bring new meaning to the term “bag lady”. Get into a few of my favorites!