This past weekend I got a chance to attend my second AfroPunk Festival and it was absolutely everything. Since I’m not yet rolling in dough and the festival and Fashion Week fell a week apart, I had a tough decision to make. Fashion Week or AfroPunk? Although I went back and forth over it, I opted to attend AfroPunk. This year has undoubtedly been a doozy for minorities especially as it pertains to African-Americans. Between the growing unrest brewing within the country over police brutality, and the upcoming election, I checked out. I pride myself on being able to hold my emotions together and remain pretty poised in most situations, but the weight of what was going on got to me. So much so, that I completely lost it in the parking lot at work. Continue reading “Why I Needed AfroPunk Over Fashion Week This Year”
Senior prom is important, especially if you’ve never been before. Even if it’s been years since your high school prom, I’m sure you can relate to the anticipation and curiosity of what it would be like. In frank, it is a HUGE deal! For many, prom was the first time they pulled out all the stops and had the full beauty and style treatment from head to toe. Knowing this, I still get just as excited for others especially young ladies when it comes to their special day. With that said, it is an honor to announce the inaugural year of the Cass Tech Glam Suite! The suite is designed to connect professional alumnae with graduating senior women who exhibit strong academic and moral character. Services provided at no cost to recipients will include but are not limited to makeup, hair, massage therapy, and wardrobe styling. The Glam Suites’ mission is to provide impeccable services for Cass Tech students from Cass Tech Alumni. Currently the suite is designated for CT students only but hopes to include other Detroit Public Schools in the future. Please stay tuned to the blog for all updates and make sure to check out the fabulous sponsors below who all happened to grace the halls of the illustrious CT!
It has taken me a little while to wrap my mind around you not being here. I’m sorry that this is coming so late, but I wanted it to be right. You should know that you’ve changed me. Knowing you made me better and gave me the opportunity to look at myself and what I have to offer the world differently. Although I kicked and screamed, you pulled something out of me that I never knew existed. I appreciate you for making me so uncomfortable both then and now. Because of you I can’t go back, I have to do better. Thank you for allowing me into your space and head. And for allowing me to learn and soak up as much as I could about the industry. For taking me along to meetings and events, trusting me with your brand, teaching me how to pull for television, showing me that you can still love God and fashion, demanding excellence, but most importantly for pushing me to write. To be honest, I thought I knew everything! (lol) Yet you were so gracious and patient. You never compromised your expectations and forced me to rise up and learn the industry’s standards and best practices. I saw you hustle and make it look effortless. You taught me how to be effective and efficient, and that I should always have a purpose behind everything that I did no matter how minute.
By now, you know that I love to support women especially those in business. So as soon as I heard about Pink Pump reopening, I had to reach out to the new owners Kelly and Vincent. I can assure you that the brand that we grew to know and love has only gotten better! The new Pink Pump still offers uber chic pieces, killer accessories, and of course to die for SHOOOOOEEEESSS! There were several moments while shooting that I paused to talk myself out of emptying out my bank account on the entire store. You’ll see why very shortly… Stocked with some of the latest styles that have literally been ripped from the runways, Pink Pump offers exclusive merchandise and brands that you won’t be able to get without a connect. Do yourself a favor after reading this post and visit the store for yourself!
But until then, check out my exclusive interview with beauty and brains owner Kelly take a glance at some of the amazing merchandise!
Photo Credit: Bruce Turner Photography
Yesterday while working my second job at MAC I met one of the prettiest girls ever, and our interaction and conversation was one that mirrored an experience I had 11 years prior. But this time I played the role of the mother hen MUA and she the role of a teenaged Kori. Like always, when someone approaches, I extend a greeting, swoop in to assess their need, and suggest a product/service. This time was a little different, as soon I was approached Mo and her friend I literally felt like I was talking to my 17 year old self. First off, Mo was SUPER cute and wayyy more pulled together than I ever dreamt of being at her age, but seemed a little timid. After our initial chit chat, I complimented Mo on her great skin, and she immediately shot me down giving me a million reasons why she was at the counter, what she wanted to change, and sadly why she wasn’t beautiful. My heart dropped. Yes she was cute, but Mo also had other qualities that I witnessed during our brief interaction that made her unique. Once we got to talking, she was extremely bubbly and talkative, sugary sweet, sensitive, and on and on. I could have died because it was so obvious to me that this girl, just like the rest of us was soooooo special and didn’t see it for herself. After a stern but loving talk about inner beauty, and a few tissues later, I felt like I helped to remind Mo and myself of a few lessons that my fairy makeup MUA taught me that day I went shopping for concealer…
Here are a few points that I shared with Mo yesterday that I’ve found to be true about the world of beauty and makeup…
- ALL women are beautiful. PERIOD.
- Makeup does not equate beauty. Your personality, freckles, quirks, and flaws do!
- Take some time and invest in yourself as a person, it will show outwardly. What do you like/don’t like? What are your strengths?
- There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing as little or much makeup as YOU deem necessary. Your face your makeup!
- Give yourself a break, we all have beauty “off” days and are entitled to them!
- No one product is a beauty cure all. Explore your face and master what does and doesn’t work for YOU! Find the right mix of products for your specific needs.
- Most women of color have at least 2-3 different shades within their complexion, so mixing several foundations to find the perfect match is totally normal.
- Most celebrities, especially in beauty ads wear a million and one products to give the illusion of flawless skin/beauty. Don’t be fooled.
- Have a blemish? Grab some concealer and keep it moving!
Ok the end for now! What are some of your beauty truths ?
I still can’t put my finger on the reason, but new mascara stops me dead in my tracks. Ever single time. Nevermind the number of tubes that I already own, the promise of a new flick, lift, or fan of my lashes gets me going! So it goes without saying that this post dedicated to the newest mascaras set to hit the market this year has me in a full fledged beauty tizzy. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get all the deets before heading out to stores. Check them out below!
Rimmel London can do no wrong in my book. A huge fan of their eyeliner and shadows, this is one brand that I can consistently rely on to get me the results that I want. Their new 24 hour Supercurler Mascara has a special formula that lifts lashes 90 degrees and has a 24 hour wear time. You absolutely can’t beat it.