If you follow me on Instagram (or know me in real life), you’re aware of my slight obsession with getting my nails done. The colors are amazing? Check. The names are catchy? Check. And there are no harsh chemicals in the formula? I’m here for it! Because of this obsession, I was elated to find out that D.C.-based beauty veteran Kitiya Mischo King was launching her very own nail line, Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer. Thankfully, this busy lady was kind enough to take time away from her launch week to answer a few questions about her latest venture. Hope you enjoy!
Indulging in the flyest Brazilian fashion required an airline ticket, hotel accommodations and a bit of extra spending money until Damali Alexander and Dana Johnson joined forces. As founders of the new online boutique, dobrasilshop.com, the well-traveled style mavens are providing access to a carefully curated collection of Brazilian designers, right at your finger tips. I had an opportunity to catch up with the digital retail mavens at the top of their entrepreneurial journey to chat about everything from identifying your ideal business partner to their “must-have” technology gadgets.
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
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
Sunday evening I had the pleasure of attending BET’s screening for Mara Brock Akil’s latest film (and soon to be television series), Being Mary Jane, featuring Gabrielle Union. We all know Mara Brock Akil, right? She’s one of Hollywood’s flyest power brokers. She’s the creator of one of my all time favorite television shows, Girlfriends, and to be quite honest, she’s the baddest chick in the game. With a natural beauty that glows from within and a sincerity that’s equally refreshing, Mara sat down with In Her Shoes after her New York City screening at the Tribeca Grand Hotel to share the inspiration behind Being Mary Jane
For years, Ursula Stephen has been a creative force to be reckoned with and the go-to stylist for the entertainment industry’s finest. Now, this proud Brooklyn native is poised to turn industry heads as she introduces Fort Greene’s newest beauty hot spot, Ursula Stephen The Salon. Check out the exclusive In Her Shoes interview with Ursula Stephen about her newest venture and a special salon sneak peek just hours before she officially opens her doors!
If you’re not already familiar with this beauty by name, trust and believe you’re familiar with her work. You know the Senegalese Twists that have been ALL the rage for years? Anu Prestonia went to Senegal, learned the technique, coined the name, and made it popular in the United States. Have you noticed most people use the term “Locs” vs. “Locks” when describing the hair? That’s all Anu’s doing. As the owner and founder of Khamit Kinks, the go-to natural hair care salon in New York City, Anu Prestonia is somewhat of a natural hair historian. Just in time for the highly anticipated launch of her Anu Essentials line, the seasoned beautypreneur sat down with In Her Shoes to share her story. Find out what all the fuss is about!
Making the leap from traditional media to the digital world is no small feat but this week’s Fly Female Entrepreneur has made the move appear effortless. As former Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE and executive team member for some of the most respected titles in the business including Teen People and Honey Magazine, Angela Burt-Murray has always had a passion for developing quality content. Today, Angela shares the inside scoop on CocoaFab, an online destination that will soon top your list of “must-visit” sites. Read on to find out what inspired her to launch CocoaFab, her thoughts on the future of traditional media, what we can expect from the brand in 2013, and more!
What happens when two talented women committed to natural beauty join forces? A hot, new web series titled “Make Me A Naturalista” is created! Meet Yardley Messeroux and Natasha Gaspard, the ladies behind MMAN today on In Her Shoes.
There comes a time in your life when you have to throw caution to the wind. A time when everything that made sense for your career no longer applies. When that day comes you can choose to seize the moment or move forward in your safety zone haunted by “what if?”. Today, we’re sitting down with branding wiz, Olivia Scott Perkins. With a resume that reads like the “Who’s Who” of advertising and marketing, Olivia decided that the next brand she was building would be her own. She’s brilliant, she’s committed to excellence, and today, she’s talking to In Her Shoes about the latest chapter in her uber- impressive career, the entrepreneurial journey
Are you in need of a manicure, pedicure, or just looking for a way to unwind after a long day? Sabrina Carson has just what you need. As owner of The Nail Boutique NYC in Brooklyn, Sabrina is committed to giving New York City some much needed TLC, one mani at a time. The charm of The Nail Boutique NYC is that it boasts a posh day spa feel, without the expensive prices. Today, Sabrina chats with In Her Shoes about her entrepreneurial journey and the actress she’d love to have in her salon immediately!
In a world where plus size clothing is often underwhelming, designer Monif C. creates pieces that are equal parts glamorous, practical and sophisticated. Launched in 2006 by the queen of curvy girl style, the eponymous brand is relatively new but has already established a strong market position. From the racks of Nordstrom to your favorite online stores, Monif C. is changing the look of plus size fashion one design at a time. Take notes as the Fly Female Entrepreneur shares her brand’s story
If you’ve ever run into six beautiful, classy, and uber stylish ladies on the streets of New York City, each rocking their own unique, natural looks, you’ve probably had a Curly Girl Collective sighting! As a united body of natural women, the Curly Girl Collective (CGC) strives to create innovative experiences that foster acceptance and celebration of curls, kinks, and everything in between. Just in time for CGC’s highly anticipated event this Sunday at Brooklyn’s FREECANDY, In Her Shoes sat down with the busy beauties to chat about their inspiration, the biggest misconceptions about the group, and what we can expect from them in the months and years to come
Ashley Small is an Oklahoma native who combined her PR experience and passion for all things digital to launch Medley Incorporated. Always thinking about the needs of her fellow small business owners, Ashley realized there are quite a few entrepreneurs out there who could benefit from PR and marketing services but can’t handle the financial investment required. Enter Brain Candy for Biz, Ashley’s pop-up shop inspired workshops designed to help small businesses flourish. The style maven chatted with In Her Shoes about the concept and her path to branding success
Just in time for New York Fashion Week, I caught up with fly female entrepreneur and fashion activist, Brandice Henderson. As the founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row, Brandice is committed to celebrating and increasing diversity in the fashion world. The organization was launched just five years ago and in a very short time, has demanded respect from many of the most influential names in the industry. She’s beautiful, driven, and ready to change the face of fashion as we know it. Can you dig it? I certainly can!