Monthly Archives: February 2008

Beautify Me: My Hair Story

My girl Bella over at Afrobella.com had an amazing post yesterday about comments made by a former employee of Glamour magazine. In case you don’t know the story, an editor from Glamour made a stupid ass statement to some female attorneys last year. The editor thought Afros were not a good look in the work place. (Oh word?) This statement set off a firestorm. (Sistas wore her ass out in letters to the editor.) Readers wanted an explanation. You can read Glamour‘s response here.

In an effort to keep it 100 (%) with it’s readers, Glamour formally addressed the issue with a round-table discussion of professional black women in corporate America and how their hair has affected their jobs in the March 2008 issue. I was especially interested in the article, “Your race, your looks,” as a former co-worker, Jami Floyd of Court TV  (now truTV) was interviewed.

The Afrobella.com post as well as the Glamour article got me thinking about my own hair story.  Currently I have locs, which I love but it wasn’t always that way. Before locs, I too, was a slave to the creamy crack and relaxed my hair. And before that I had braids, a natural, a weave, and yes, a Care-free curl (don’t laugh). My hair styles have run the gamut over my 34 years. But it wasn’t until I cut it all off and began the locking process did I truly love my hair and begin to love me.

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Fashion TV: Louis Vuitton Commercials

I know I’m late on this but below is Louis Vuitton’s first television commercial ever. All I have to say is where are the bags?????

And while we are on the topic of Louis Vuitton, do we really need a specialty line from the rap star and super music producer Pharrell Williams? Pharrell, you’re cute but please… PLEASE!

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Breaking News: Model Naomi Campbell Hospitalized

According to the Associated Press, Naomi Campbell has been hospitalized in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  According to her publicist, Jeff Raymond, “Naomi Campbell was admitted to hospital … to have a small cyst removed.” The surgery was a success.

Naomi is under the care of Dr. Jose Aristodemo Pinotti. His specialities are infectious diseases and gynocology. Ewwwwwwwwwww… what the hell did she catch down at Carnival?

STYLE ICON: ERYKAH BADU


Her album is out today y’all! I’m really feeling this new song by Ms. Badu. If the first single “Honey” is any indication of the rest of the album then I’m sure NEW AMERYKAH, Pt. 1: 4th WORLD WAR will be a huge hit. The music industry so needs it right now. The video is a refreshing entry in a sometimes formulaic scene. Some thought definitely went into this.

Erykah epitomizes urban chic. Funky purple lips, flowing hair, mod t-shirts, and funky leather jackets are truly trendsetting.  Whether it is with a brightly colored gele wrapped delicately around her head or a huge Angela Davis Afro, Erykah captures the best in individual style. Support recording artists…pop on over and buy a copy. Check her official website also.

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(photo credit: Leroy Roper)

All Types of Wrong: Diablo Cody

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I know she won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but Diablo Cody truly needs to change her stylist. She wore a leopard print, silk chiffon gown with jewel detail by Dior by John Galliano. The outfit looked terrible on the red carpet. But it wasn’t until she got up to accept her Oscar did the hideousness of the dress truly come into view. The slit in the front was up to the “goody” and she kept putting her program over the slit to keep it from flying open. This just goes to show you that couture isn’t always so beautiful or so right. This dress in a plum or a red with no slit would have complemented her blunt bob haircut, red lips and pale skin.

But one thing I can say about Diablo Cody, born Brook Busey-Hunt is that she seemed,  for lack of a better term, ‘real’. Apparently Stuart Weitzman wanted Diablo to wear the $1 Million dollar Retro Rose shoes on the red carpet. She felt disinclined. According to the Associated Press and Ms. Cody’s MySpace page, “they’re using me to publicize their stupid shoes and nobody asked me.”

The folks at Stuart Weitzman believed there was a disconnect between the two camps about the value and honor of wearing the shoes. Well I say, good for her for speaking up. She didn’t want to be seen wearing something so extravagant, I guess. But honestly Diablo, didn’t want to get a look at them? And kudos to you for not bowing down to pressure and keeping it 100% by wearing flats.

The 1940’s style retro t-strap high heels have more than 1,800 Kwiat diamonds weighing about 100 carats. Hmm… they’re OK, but not really that hot.

Gimme These: What else… Gucci, of course!

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You may not know that I’m obsessed with anything Gucci. But who wouldn’t be? Check out the Grease High-Heel Platform Sandal in Tomato. OMG… they come in my size…Size 12. You can get them here.