Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Chic: Sweater Dresses

Holidays season is here and we all know how much food we are bound to consume in the presence of friends and family. 

If you are looking for a way to be comfy and chic during the holiday season, I have found the perfect fall/winter essential; the Sweater Dress. 

The sweater dress is perfect because it fashionably disguises the bulge from stuffed imperfect area and it is easy to accessorize.

The saying, "less is more", definitely comes into play with the sweater dress, so try not to over do it with accessories. 

My favorite things to pair with my sweater dress are my riding boots, infinity scarf and leggings. Also wearing the dress with a pair of booties, statement necklace, fedora or even a leather jacket adds a street chic touch.  Dressed up or down the sweater dress is the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe! Here are a few selections for different budgets/price ranges.

From the top, left to right:

1. Beige, chunky knit sweater dress - $50 Uniqlo.com
2. Dark grey, above the knee sweater dress - $100 3. Houseoffraser.co.uk
3. Wine red, chunky knit sweater dress - $51 chicwish.com
4. Grey and black rose, knit sweater - $74 letote.com
5. Pumpkin, button shoulder sweater dress - $225 Toa.st
6. Grey, v-neck long sweater dress - $35 blackfive.com

Friday, December 12, 2014

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Are you planning on stocking up on your fav Entwine Couture products for the Holidays?

Have you ever dreamed about going to Paris, France!!
If you are the fun, fierce, fabulous, and chic naturalista I know you are, you probably answered yes to all of the questions above.
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To enter to win an all expense paid trip to Paris, France, Use MY discount code: PRAC004 
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Doing this, will automatically enter you for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to Paris! Afterwards just post a picture on IG or Facebook of your fabulous and fierce look with the hashtag #EntwineParisReady (include your purchase order number) and you could be the chosen one. This is so exciting!!! I hope you enter to win and get some amazing products!!! Let's get it naturalistas!!! PARIS, FRANCE!!!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Winterize Your Tresses! Protective Styling Options!

This chíc, and beautiful textured pompadour updo is perfect for curlies and coilies who need to protect their stands in the cold weather months while keeping their dope natural swag on HIGH!!

What you'll need

I created this style by converting a twist-out into a chic and effortless textured pompadour updo. I used Entwine Couture's Exotique Leave-In Hair Potion and Exotique Butter Creme Hydrator to moisturize my freshly washed hair and Entwine Couture's Creme Jelle Styler to give definition and hold to my twist.
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 To maintain
  1. At night I lightly mist my hair with a coconut oil and water mixture
  2. Then wrapped my hair with a silk scarf to keep my hairstyle as neat as possible and to eliminate frizz
  3. In the morning, I fluff the pompadour and re-pin areas that are loose to keep this style looking polished, chic and beautiful for up to a week.

If you are having a hard time finding a protective styles that are fun, chic, and beautiful, try pompadours and updos. This option is a perfect way to protect your strands and ends while feeling and looking amazing. I usually convert a weekend twist out into into a fierce updo that lasts until my next wash day. Doing this allows me to stay out of my hair, protect my ends, a promote growth.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

12-13-14: Empowered To Bloom Workshop

Empowered To Bloom Workshop


My Black is Beautiful Ambassador, Jeré Reid, Procter and Gamble, Covergirl, and Essence Presents

Empowered To Bloom Workshop


Empower the girl, teen, or young woman in your life by joining a community of young girls and women who strive to live their best lives by first learning to love themselves through the discovery of their inner beauty, talents, passions, and gifts while learning to authentically support and inspire each other. 


  • Self Esteem Building Activities
  • Setting and Accomplishing Goals
  • Amplifying Your Inner & Outer Beauty with FREE Covergirl Makeovers


Join our Dreamers & Doers Panel: Young Women Who Rock 
  • Get Inspired by amazing and talented Young Women who have accomplished goals and hear their secrets to success.  

Hear an amazing story of success from our Keynote Speaker
 Rochelle Graham (CEO and Founder of Alikay Naturals) 


The first 40 who purchase a ticket will get My Black is Beautiful and Covergirl Sponsored Swag Bag
That includes:
1) A My Black is Beautiful Tshirt
2) The Latest Covergirl Cosmetics
3) Hair and Skincare Product Samples
4) A Chance to be featured in ESSENCE Online Magazine 

(Catered Lunch Provided) 

Come Join us for a day of fun, growth, love, and the celebration of BEAUTY!!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall Into a Beautiful Face!

Are you looking for a instant upgrade to your makeup routine for the Fall season? If you are, let our Beauty and Skin Care Contributor, Mauria Smith, help you "Fall" into a Beautiful Face with these amazing tips.

 1. Healthy, natural looking skin is the quintessential fall look! When choosing foundations, concealers and powders look for products that have more of a satin-like finish which is closest to our skin's natural texture. This will help in avoiding that dreaded "cakey", heavy, and overly matte appearance that isn't as appealing. The key is to still appear natural even if you're wearing a lot of products on the skin. Less is always more, even when you're not wearing less! 

2. Choosing colors for eyes, lips or cheeks can be quite challenging and troublesome for many when looking to switch it up for fall, but it doesn't have to be. Simply look to the beautiful and ornate changes in nature for inspiration while in search for your new fall look. All of those gorgeous, rich, warm hues of copper, orange, deep rust, red and burgundy that we see as the season changes are a perfect choice for any skin tone. 

3. As summer changes into fall, you'll begin to notice not only the changes in nature's colors, but also textures. The same should be said about the makeup looks that we wear. Instead of grabbing your favorite, summertime, go-to gloss, apply a nice lip conditioner or lip primer, and use a lip color that has a matte or satin finish. These types of textures on the lips give a more defined, sharp edge to your overall look. However, if you're someone that just has to have a glossy lip, go back to my number two tip and choose a deep, warm shade to stay in the trend. Bare in mind that the actual rich, warm color choice is what will keep you in trend.


4. It has been said that the eyes are the window to the soul so adorn them beautifully by trying a few simple tricks. Apply to the bottom lash line, with an angled or small eyeshadow brush, a dark brown or black eyeshadow in lieu of an actual black pencil or cream liner for a softer look. Without the presence of the bold, harsh black liner in the water line and the slightly deeper hues of brown or black on the lash line, the eye will have a more open and brighter appearance. This is also great to try for smaller eyes to make them appear larger. To really make the eyes pop and look wider, apply a skin tone or a white eyeliner in the waterline and then use the dark brown or black shadow on the bottom lash line. This works well whether you're going with a dramatic or natural look for the eyes.

5. Not really in the market right now for a whole new makeup haul just to keep up with the new fall trends?  Look no further than your current makeup stash. Apply a natural tan or taupe eyeshadow to the eyelid with a hint of deep brown or plum in the crease with a touch of mascara, eyeliner and even false lashes if you'd like. Use a  deep, rich brown, red, wine or burgundy lipliners that you already own and apply over the entire lip as your lipstick color. This is an inexpensive way to stay on trend. Apply a lip primer prior to applying the liner of your choice to help it glide on smoother and last even longer. Dust on a beautiful bronzy blush and...VIOLA! You're now ready for fall! 
 Find out more about Mauria...
Instagram: mauriasmith
Facebook: Mauria Smith Artsitry
Booking: http://www.styleseat.com/mauriasmithartistry
Products: http://www.canyoufeelthebeat.bigcartel.com

Our Chic Contributors

Our Editor: Jeré Reid

Jeré Reid is a woman of many titles and talents, all of which relate to her purpose of nurturing the mind, body and spirit. By day, she is a high school advance placement Government teacher. When she isn’t busy instructing her dozens of students, she is a motivational speaker, natural hair and beauty blogger. 

After a nationwide search, Jeré was chosen to be a My Black is Beautiful Ambassador. This Proctor & Gamble sponsored organization is designed to empower and motivate Black Women and young African American girls. Through her work as an ambassador, Jeré has appeared in numerous publications including, O, The Oprah Magazine, EBONY, Essence, Uptown Magazine, and Sister to Sister.

In regards to her purpose in life, Jeré states; "As  women, we are constantly bombarded with images of beauty that contradict the unique and real beauty of ourselves… if I can remind one young girl or woman of her beauty, if I can help one person discover their passion, their gifts and talents, I am truly living in my purpose.”

 Through her website, Nappturally Chic Jeré, the beauty enthusiast fully embraces her passion of uplifting women and equipping them to realize their inner glow. This passion has allowed Jeré to mentor a number of young ladies and conduct workshops on natural hair care, self esteem, and empowerment throughout the United States and Canada.
Find out more about Jere...
Twitter: NappturChicJere

Our Hair Health & Trends Contributor: Jasmine Stephens

Jasmine Stephens is a licensed cosmetologist, healthy hair care specialist, budding educator, studying trichologist and is now the owner of MsJStyles™The Salon. As a child, she fed her passion for hair through pretend hair salons for Barbie’s and baby dolls.  After graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Public Relations, she creatively found a way to merge her passion and degree, creating a business that caters to a growing market that is not only interested in healthy hair, but is also overtly concerned about the overall health of their scalp.  
In 2011 she began branding MsJStyles™, a hair care platform that aims to educate those seeking guidance on the science of hair and how to achieve healthier hair. In 2013, after taking notice of the increasing number of clients who decided to transition to natural hair following hair loss and scalp issues, she took her passion to another level and is now pursuing certification as a licensed trichologist.  “I’m a self-proclaimed hair geek!  Nothing fascinates me more than seeing and studying a piece of hair or the scalp under a microscope.  Furthermore, I believe that healthy hair derives from a thorough understanding of the science of hair”.  

Today, Jasmine ceases every opportunity to educate, inform, empower and impart large doses of self-esteem to a community of women whose hair largely determines their perception of beauty.  She volunteers her time to several projects and organizations throughout the Tampa Area to further promote healthy perceptions of beauty and to uplift young women.  
Find out more about Jsmine...
Twitter: @MsJStyles
Instagram: _MsJStyles_

Our Beauty and Skin Care Contributor: Mauria Smith
Professional makeup artist, licensed esthetician, and creator of "The Power of Color",makeup technique class, Mauria Smith possesses an impeccable eye and unfailing devotion to providing the perfect balance between elaborate, ornate makeup and a more classic, beauty look. With more than seven years in the industry working on a countless number of weddings, photo shoots, fashion shows, other special occasions, and even facilitating classes here in the states as well as abroad, she is dedicated to providing everyone with not only beautifully done makeup, but also the knowledge needed to flawlessly apply it themselves in addition to techniques to take care of their skin.

       As a woman of color, Mauria is beyond committed to help change society's views, outlooks and positions on black women and other women of color in the beauty and makeup industry all while encouraging women as well as little girls to look past what is currently the status quo, and take great pride in their color and beauty. Giving others the knowledge and techniques they need to help build an unwavering self confidence is what matters to her above all else!  
Find out more about Mauria...
Instagram: mauriasmith
Facebook: Mauria Smith Artsitry
Booking: http://www.styleseat.com/mauriasmithartistry
Products: http://www.canyoufeelthebeat.bigcartel.com

Fashion and Style Contributor: Tamea Scales

Tamea, the fashion entrepreneur, knew she was destined for a career of greatness. Her personal style is seen as modern bohemian chic, she dresses how she feels with very few boundaries. She is not afraid to try new things when it comes to her wardrobe and loves that being natural also adds to her versatility. If she was to compare her style to a celebrity, it would be a cross between Solange and Kimora Lee Simmons.

After graduating from Texas A&M University, playing basketball professionally and semi-professional she continued her education at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. During her tenure, she was able to partake in styling opportunities during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and Los Angeles Fashion Week. Upon graduation from the Fashion Institute she assisted celebrity stylist in the L.A. area. Through those experiences she realized there was a need and a want, within the middle working class women, to be educated on finding wardrobe to fit their lifestyle, finding the celebrity look for less and most of all finding their own personal style. From there she started her own company, Styleyes Consulting, LLC, she specializes in closet therapy, personal shopping, shopping assistance, personal styling and cataloging.

She is an accredited stylist, costumer, creative director and fashion coordinator along with IMDb credits. She has worked with celebrities such as, Loretta Divine, Lynn Whitfield, Rockmond Dunbar, Sharon Leal, Omari Hardwick, Essence Atkins, Jaleel White and Flex Washington just to name a few."
Find out more about Tamea...
Instagram: DivaLegs30
Twitter: DivaLegs30
Email: scalestamea@yahoo.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Dope Curls Meet Chic Curls: Ola

NCJ: How would you describe your style? Does it fall under a particular category?

Ola: I would describe my style as Chic and Sophisticated, I like to make simple pieces look extra elegant.

NCJ: Do you have one fashion item, you can’t live without? Is there a piece that will always be included in your wardrobe?

Ola: I can't live without shoes...I will take out everything from my wardrobe and leave my blazers and wear shoes. lol!

NCJ: What is your secret to putting together such amazing and fashionable outfits?

Ola: Honestly, I think it has a lot to do with my dad and mum. They would  never allow us go out without being dressed appropriately for an occasion. My sister and I had to look our best whenever we went and that just stuck with me!

NCJ: Where are your favorite places to shop? What catches your eye when you shop?

Ola: I do most of my shopping online. I like shopping online because it is easy and convenient. My favorite stores are Asos, River Island, H&M, Choices, Miss Selfridge, Jumia, Eve and Tribe. 
A great pair of shoes really catch my eyes! I sometimes have more shoes than clothing... I may have a shoe addiction LOL!

NCJ: Do you have a celebrity style icon? A person you draw inspiration from...

Ola: I love Blake Lively because she dresses perfectly for each occasion. She does not reveal too much and for me, that is style!

NCJ: What is one fashion tip, you would like to leave my readers with?

Ola: You do not have to have a million bucks to look great! Every little piece of clothing you own, whether old or new, can create an magically look. Just put some effort behind your inspiration and you will always look amazing!

See some more of Ola's amazing looks by following her on Instagram