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K.I.S.S (Keep it Simple and Stylish)

keep your style simple and keep it pushing!

On my recent journey back “home” to the chemically freed and natural hair that I lost so many years ago, I have had the pleasure of experimenting with some of the best natural hair care products on the market today. I was so pleased to see that I had many options to choose from.  The hard part was choosing just which one worked best for me.  I quickly learned that the key to selecting the best product for your hair is based solely on “knowing” your hair type.  Whether you are “transitioning” from previously chemically relaxed hair

Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding 16oz jar $38

(me), maintaining naturally kinky hair or looking for a product to lock your hair in twists, there is a product made specifically for you.  After much research, my search ended with Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding.

Not only did this product give me the perfect curl but it also provided a healthy shine that really complimented the highlights in my hair.  And the best part is my hair was neither greasy nor heavy, and the curls last ALL DAY!!!  Just a little bit goes a long way, so the hefty $38 cost for a 16oz jar is really well worth it!

Who’s Miss Jessie?

Miss Jessie’s was founded by sisters Miko and Titi Branch.  Being of mixed descent (Asian and African-American) the Branch sisters know first hand the challenges of managing and styling naturally curly hair. Using their paternal grandmother’s home remedies for hair care and her name for their company (Jessie Mae Pittman) the sisters began selling their products in and around New York City and have been a leader in the industry since 2004.  Their first product and still their most popular of their extensive line is the Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding.  I can attest that this product not only manages curls, but it also adds shine and definition without the greasy feel or look often found with other curling products.

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My top picks from the Miss Jessie’s line are:

  • Curly Meringue– This light and weightless emulsion gives your hair

    Miss Jessie's Curly Meringue 16oz $38

    bouncy and behaving curls.  This product is best for use with:  Finger styles, 2 Strand Twists, spiral sets, relaxed hair with curly styling and transitioners and texturizers.

  • Curly Pudding-The world famous Curly Pudding is designed to smooth out your curls for more definition and shine. This product is best for use with: natural kinky curls that you want to elongate and define with shine!

Where to Buy

Miss Jessie’s award winning products can be purchased online at  If you are transitioning or already “natural” and you’re still looking for the right product for your hair, or even if you’re looking for some creative styles for your natural hair, (dry twists are my favorite) check out Miss Jessie’s website.  And as always, remember to keep it simple and stylish!

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One of the world’s most natural beauties, Halle Berry was recently photographed out while on location for her newest thriller Dark Tide, in Cape Town, South Africa.

The actress is shown here next to fellow heart-throb and co-star Olivier Martinez wearing Raven denim cutoffs ($135), a zip up hoodie and rubber boots.  Who else could pull off such a simple look so fabulously? Only you Halle!  Two thumbs up, always!

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Ladies, mark your calendars! On September 22, 2010 fall officially begins!  And you know what that means…. pack away those sandals and flip-flops and dust off your favorite suede shoes and boots, because it’s their time to shine!  Fall has to be hands down my favorite season and I know that I am not alone.  When else can you get away with wearing a sweater, over a shirt, paired with a scarf – all at the same time!  And can we talk about the fact that you are FINALLY able to eat whatever you want, without the fear of your “muffin top” showing!  Its fall, EVERYONE hides layers!

While fall fashion is what I live for, I also understand the importance of putting the “whole package” together from head to toe!  Having said that, please note that your hair and makeup MUST change to fit the season, just like your clothing.  Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your style “in

sync” with the season.


The rule of thumb is when summer is gone, so are those luscious golden highlights!  Typically a safe move is to darken your hair or return to your roots in the fall and winter months, however a cool twist on going back to basics is to tone down your highlights.  Gradually removing them is the best way to get yourself and others comfortable with your new look.  Subtle changes ARE noticed!  Cropped cuts and natural waves and curls are trending for the fall, so pack up your flat-iron because you won’t need it anytime soon!  To achieve this look, I personally recommend the Bed Head Style and Texturize hair care line.  Whether you have waves, curls, or lots of locks, these products will give your hair that funky, hip and sexy style that you’re looking for!


Fellow Divas, always remember…. Less is more!  In this particular case the less that I am referring to is your lip color!  Fuller brows (still arched, of course),

lots of lashes and neutral tones on your lids are perfect for everyday wear in the fall.  A clear gloss or lightly tinted lipstick will take away the focus on your lips and give your eyes the attention that they deserve.  Trending this fall is a touch of white eyeliner to add an extra pop to your already outstanding eyes!  Day or Night the liner gives your eyes a much fuller and wider appearance.  Revlon’s Luxurious Color Eyeliner in pure white is my top pick for achieving this look!  And for a much more dramatic look for a night out on the town, switch out those neutral lids for a smoky look, with Covergirl’s Smoky Eye Look trio set!  This is a fool-proof product that makes achieving “perfect” smoky eyes as easy as 1-2-3!  As for your lips, day or night the same rules apply; keep them subtle and barely noticeable with a softer lightly tinted (metallic) gloss. Let your eyes still the show!

Be picture perfect and fall ready with these helpful tips!  And remember to always keep it simple, and stylish!

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Renowned jewelry designer extraordinaire Temple St. Clair Carr is teaming up with Target this fall to design an exclusive line for the retailer.

Known for her exquisite pieces which often include diamonds and precious

18k classic collection gold bangle

gemstones set in 18 carat gold, the designer’s Target line called Modern Heirlooms will feature pieces that are inspired by the elegant style and artistry of Florence, Italy with a modern twist.

The Modern Heirlooms line arrives at Target everywhere on August 29, 2010.  Get excited!

About the designer:

Temple St. Clair Fine Jewelry was established in 1986 in Florence (Italy).  The designer currently resides in New York City and her high-end collections can be found at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and other fine retailers worldwide.

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Check out this Christian based urban wear that is blazing through the hip hop fashion scene!! It’s swagger at its best- GOD blessed!  Get your gear today at

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Remember those leg warmers from the 80’s that were made famous by Jennifer Beals in Flashdance… well, there baaaack!  And to the delight of all that felt they were tacky anything but flattering (myself included) they have come a long way baby!  With a few different variations of the “classic” look, these toeless socks are all the rage on the runways and can even be seen in Michael Kors 2010 RTW line, and Vera Wang’s Fall 2010 line as well.  Here’s what you can expect to see, and the best way to wear the look well!

Cashmere leg warmers– This look can be worn with Gladiator sandals to

Michael Kors RTW Fall 2010 line

give the “illusion” of a high boot.  They can also be worn along with slouch boots to add depth and dimension.  You can thank  Michael Kors for this fabulous look.

They’re sure to be available everywhere  in the neutral hues for the season including- beige, black, gray and brown.

Thigh high leg warmers– Not usually the first thought when it comes to leg warmers, thigh high hosiery ARE in fact considered and categorized under leg warmers.   I assume it’s because they are footless!  Nonetheless, they too are all the rage for fall (Alexander Wang and Vera Wang) and can be worn best with short wool, fitted and pleated skirts.

Vera Wang RTW Fall 2010 line

The hosiery can be worn over platforms, flats or booties for an elongated and sexy leggy look! HOT HOT HOT!!!! Where can you find these great looks for less? has what you’re looking for and more!

Another great spot to shop for this look-

The thrill is always the deal! Make it fabulous!

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For almost 70 years now Coach has been a name known for fine leather goods. 

Coach Poppy Applique Glam Tote $278

Coach has stepped up and out of the “comfort zone” that it’s known for to target a much younger and hipper audience with the Poppy C Glam line.

This line includes hobos, totes and backpacks with groovy style and embellished charm sure to win over any up- and- coming fashionista or trendsetter.

Would mom like it, probably not, but lucky for her the line does include much “calmer” colors and traditional Coach designs. Prices for the bags start around $200, but can cost as much as $500 for the larger bags, such as the gold sequins backpack.

You can find these bags at most major department stores including Macy’s.

Coach Poppy Sateen Pocket Hobo $268

Poppy Sequin Groovy $258

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