Monthly Archives: June 2016

Men’s Style Advice: White Hot Summer


Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 9:00 am

Filed under Fashion

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It’s safe to say there wasn’t much of a spring, as summer just ushered its way in like nobody’s business. One sure fire way to keep cool, classic and fashionable is by rocking white. Whether you’re headed to a party, to work or just out on the town, there is a white ensemble that fits every facet of your personal style.

1.      A White Sneaker

A clean white sneaker is very necessary this summer, largely because of its versatility. You can wear them with shorts, sweats, jeans, and suits. With a wide variety of selections, you’re sure to find a pair that easily fits your budget. 

NFL Baller Tyrod Taylor sports a pair of low top common projects sneaker. Note how his trouser stops at an appropriate length just at the ankle.

 2.      White Jeans

Though they may be hard to keep clean, white jeans are definitely in this summer. The trick to these is finding the right fit for the occasion. Wear a skinny fit jean and dress it up with a loafer or sandal or a looser-fitting straight leg (please no boot cut fellas) and dress it down with your favorite sneaker.

  1. Fitted Tee

I’m not talking about Fruit of the Loom undershirts either. Invest in a few solid colored crew neck or V-neck that can take you from a movie date to running errands. Wearing a V-neck shows you put just a little bit extra effort into your look.  You can still be dapper and relaxed in your suit while wearing a T-shirt. Go straight from the office to happy hour to dinner.

 Here’s a few “Honorable Mentions”  for your Style Reference:

Foodie Fridays: How To Select the Perfect One…


Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016 at 8:36 am

Filed under Food

Watermelon Poem He-Knows-What-The-Angels-Eat.-»-Mark-Twain

I’m not talking about men, ladies!

Have you ever seen that viral video going around of the hippo eating the watermelons? I can totally relate to loving this fruit too. it screams everything SUMMER, BBQ’s and COOL REFRESHMENT. I know! I know! I’m a black woman and I wont be shamed because I LOVE watermelon. For the record…many others of all races like it too.  Over the years of asking the produce man, watching my mother at the market and from doing my own research, I have learned a few tricks to choosing the perfect watermelon and I want to share these tips with you.

There are a few things to look for when you are choosing a watermelon.

  1. Shape- Look for a watermelon with a pretty good oval shape. Like anything made by Mother Nature no watermelon is perfectly shaped, however there are some that are pretty close and there are some with some pretty crazy shapes to them…you try those at your own risk!  I say, stick with the ones with that good oval-ish shape.

 

A Perfect Oval Shaped Watermelon

A Perfect Oval Shaped Watermelon

2.  Yellow Spot– Find one with a relatively large yellow spot on the bottom of the watermelon. This spot is where the watermelon has rested on the ground while it grows. You want this spot to be a good, creamy yellow. This can be hard sometimes, but there are always a few in every bin!

You want these imperfections! Trust me.

You want these imperfections! Trust me

3. Small Scratches– You want your watermelon to have small scratches on it. I’m not talking large scars, I am talking about small scars from bugs trying to scratch at them because the watermelon is nice and sweet. As much as I hate them, I have to trust the bugs! They have the nose for the sweet watermelon we want.

4. DIG! – Don’t be hasty ad pick the first one you see that seems to be “good enough”.  Pick up a few promising watermelons and don’t be shy to dig through the bin. Some people use the knocking technique, but I don’t have a clue to know what I am looking to hear so I don’t bother with it.

Once you have your perfectly scratched and yellow spotted watermelon home, try some new ways of enjoying them. Check out my post on Infusing Fruit…watermelon is an excellent vehicle for absorbing flavor. Here are a few ideas I think you might like too!

 

Curvy Girls Alert! Lane Bryant Making Curves Cute Again


Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016 at 9:50 pm

Filed under Fashion

I think you can love Kim K or hate her but it’s my opinion that aside from the social media and reality show stardom she has achieved she has also changed the way curvy girls are viewed and accepted in American culture. Now it’s true that not everyone including the aforementioned, came to be that  curvy girl naturally but regardless whether via surgery or sculpted by God, thick chicks are now being acknowledged as sexy beings to be recognized and respected.

This new found figure fame is so popular that the fashion industry has jumped to the call for a better selection of trend driven looks for this majority of our US population. It seems the struggle to find stylishly modern clothing for the plus size woman was harder to find than a Where’s Waldo puzzle. Here are a few brands to consider when looking for trend driven pieces for those curves for summer wear.

Christian Siriano many of you may recognize from winning Project Runway Season 4 in 2008. In his career as a respected up and coming designer he has made a name for himself.  He has worked with a myriad of celebrities in entertainment and several plus size lovelies for the red carpet and weddings in the recent past. Now he has taken his talents to the public in a very economical way which has been received very well.

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Pictured above fitting Danielle Brooks for SAG 2015 and Nicolette Mason for Vogue Italia. Lane Bryant has partnered with Christian Siriano this month to create a plus-size line and he has also partnered with Kleinfeld for a bridal collection which is making big news!

http://www.lanebryant.com/designers/christian-siriano-plus-size-clothing-collection/21289c21613/index.cat 

https://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/search-wedding-dresses-by-Christian-Siriano.cfm

There are several other LB x celebrity collaborations like Melissa McCarthy, Lela Rose and Sophie Theallet.  Here is a few of my favorites: