I have a good friend of mine Tysha Ampadu, she is a Celebrity Stylist in the past she has worked with Ray J, 36 Mafia, Lyfe Jennings, Lloyd, Lil Mama, and R&B recording Joe, Tristian Wilds, Angel Taylor of Trin-i-tee 5:7, Jordan Sparks and notable Top Model contestant Toccarra Jones. Amongst many others.
And now she has a fabulous online accessories Boutique Called “Chicks Rock Charms.” You can pop on over and buy bracelets, chains, and even fab handbags.
Right Now they are having an amazing sale on certain items so I thought I would put up a few of my picks. I know I’m adding them to my wish list if not to my accessories case.
Ricky’s beauty supply store line Mattese unvails it’s spring nail colors. And they are not your average neons they have a bit of a shimmer to them. My Favorites are the “Apple Martini” (the green) and the “Tequila Sunrise” (orange).
Well as I’m sure you guys already know Tennis Champion and licensed Nail Tech Serena Williams has a line of nail polishes by OPI. Which comes as a bundle pack of “Real Pretty Pink” and the “Red Shatter” which retails for around $20 bucks. Which at 10 a pop is what the nail colors would cost seperately.
I come from a family where color WAS a factor. I never thought about it, never had to, the ideals were thrust upon me. I come from a family of predominantly light skinned people.
My mother had fair skin. I remember being really young and asking her if she were white.
The ignorance of youth. Although I was darker than my mother, or shall I say got darker over time. My sister was darker still. And in my family she was more desired. How’s that for a switch.
Because no matter about skin color, she had long beautiful hair and I guess in my family hair beat color. I was teased and called names about my hair, coarser than hers, much shorter. And in returned I let her know just how I felt about it.
We would tease each other with names such as piss color, she’d call me regarding my “yellow” complexion and I’d respond “Darkie” to her. They’d call her pony tails and made reference to my pigtails.
I HATED THAT NAME. No wonder I grew up so hair obsessed.
In retrospect, I’m sure she took it to heart. Since there was a growing animosity between us through out the years. But We were just doing what we were taught. I would whip my child’ s behind today for some of the things we were allowed to get away with but I guess it was a different time.
So as child bearing years approached and we had children, I remember when my mother came to see my son, and she said “I thought I’d at least get one chocolate one” remarking on his light complexion. It didn’t dawn on me that there was an obvious bias in the other direction.
Now I’m not saying that you should cry for me but in this world where the images of beautiful black women, are starting to once again dwindle.
And the recent article in the Psychology today, ( I won’t link to to give them more traffic) which went on to say that almost all races of women are physically attractive except for the Black woman, it leaves me to wonder if we will ever be able to be comfortable in the skin we are in if the world around us is still telling us that we aren’t good enough.
Then today I come across the link for the documentary “Dark Girls” and it made me weep inside to think that Black women still in this day and age still think like this.
The level of self hatred we have for our features and colors it’s shameful.
We have to get to the point of learning to love ourselves in whatever color shape or form we were created.
We were made in the image of love, and have to own our own beauty. Because to me that’s what shines through.
And secretly as I envied my sister’s dark skin, I love the beauty that is the package I come in.
and I love it more when I see it in the beauty that I created in my child. I hope we all learn to get to this place, and stop allowing outside influencers to dictate the way we are to feel about who we are and the beauty we show to the world.
Is it still a dark skinned versus light skin thing when it comes to the sisters? Are African American’s still color struck when it comes to women or is it just Americans? Which Do you prefer? Do you still feel discriminated against? Are you a lighter skinned woman and feel a bias in the other direction? Are you a darker skinned woman and you think it is harder to date because your dark skinned? Have You ever had a man tell you they prefer a lighter skinned woman? Are you only partial to dating people only on the basis of the color of their skin. Have you ever had anyone do a paper bag test on you?
Uhm…this is one sexy man..I know he’s married but if the recent Arnold Schwarzenegger scandal has taught me one thing…it’s that almost no marriage lasts forever especially in hollywood..(joking slightly) and Hey even if he is the faithfulest husband on the planet…It would only make him sexier.
This is one good looking man, anyway you take him, but I honestly think he looks better with shorter hair.
But that body can’t be denied no matter what is going on his head… i think the sexiest part about him, besides what he showed me in his Armani Exchange Add is actually his eyes.
The Mixologist over at Hennessy are making life a little sweeter for those of us who like to partake, but find the taste of Henny Straight a little bit too overwhelming. With this Berry Remix Cocktail you are able to take it like a man but taste it like a lady…
Recipe Hennessy Berry Cocktails
Combine 1½ oz Hennessy V.S
½ oz lemon juice
and ½ oz simple syrup in a shaker with crushed ice.
Shake for 10 seconds and pour the mixture into a rocks glass.
Top with ½ oz Creme de Mure, and voila! For aspiring mixologists only!
So I recently went on a shopping trip with my sister who told me that she will be “Color Blocking” This summer. I have to be honest I missed this trend but apparently all of the cool kids will be wearing blocks of solid colors together.
Don’t be shy to experiment. Any color combination is fantastic if you can pull it off properly. Blue, green and orange sounds mad but will look oh-so-pretty.
Do not combine more than three to four colors. It’s not that it doesn’t look nice, but it looks very ‘ramp’ish. Moreover more colors will keep cutting your body shape here and there making it a not so beautiful sight.
Choose what you want to color block and keep the rest of your look simple. For example, if you opt for a colorblocked bag, go easy on the clothes and shoes. You don’t want to look like a Rubik cube, do you??