When I stumbled upon the collection I was so happy to see that a company celebrating curvy women with all the glam and style they deserve. Empire has to be one of the most talked about shows on television since its Fall 2016 return and for good cause. Even if you don’t watch the show (which will probably baffle many) the inner fashionista in you will find it hard to deny picking up a piece or two….let’s be real…it will be hard not to shop the entire collection. This inspired collection truly embraces the leading ladies of the show and their power. Kudos Torrid job well done!
Believe it or not the holidays are just around the corner. During the holiday season many people flock to large major retailers in the middle of the night to get the deal of the century from stores that move people in and out like cattle with little to no service. Over the last few years I have heard people speak of wanting to support black business owners but have not idea of where to start (especially if you don’t live in a large city). The purpose of Web Window Shopping Wednesday is to point you in the direction of black owned business and brands as well as companies that embrace diverse images of style and beauty.
Today’s feature has something wonderful to offer all you beautiful hues that want to #buyblack for the holiday season and beyond. Today Soul Reflectionz will be giving all the subscribers of their website a free copy of #BUYBLACK365 BEGINNERS GUIDE: RETAIL EDITION. Not a subscriber? No worries. Just head over to their website by 6:00 PM today (Oct.19th) to receive your free shopping guide. You can also follow them on their social media pages listed below.
Love is in the air in more ways than one. Singer Ciara recently announced on social media that she is not only the newest global ambassador for Revlon, but she will also be the face of their “Choose Love” campaign. Personally, I think she will be a great spokesperson especially for the “Choose Love” campaign. The singer has been living a life that reminds me of a fairytale. Earlier this year she wed Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson after courtship that would melt just about anyone.
Singer Ciara was recently named named the face of the “Choose Love” campaign
The “Choose Love” campaign is like nothing I have ever seen before in a good way. It seems that to often beauty and style brands try to “sell” you on what you need to fix about yourself to attract the perfect mate and how their products can save the day, and while I know the goal of every brand is to create revenue this campaign reminds you to look take time to love yourself first. On their website they offer several ways to do so, and yes it does involve make-up, but not in the way that you think. After watching the video and reading the Revlon Love Test Instructions.
I realized something that most women do or should I say don’t do…. and that is take care or love themselves EVERY day first. Women often place everyone above themselves until they sadly realize that they have taken themselves off the list of things to take care. Having grown up in the south I have always heard that you can’t love anyone else until you can love yourself so I invite you to join me for one week and take the Revlon love test. Will you “Choose Love”?
If you haven’t heard about The Iman Cosmetics’s Celebrate Your Skin Tone campaign you are truly missing out. True Beauty Tuesday is about embracing your true beauty and I can’t think of a better way to that than celebrating your skin tone.
Screenshoot: Imancosmetics.com 10/2016
To learn more about this amazing project and how you can join the conversation visit our sister website Loving Hue & Your Style.
Last week Harry Belafonte’s social justice organization, Sankofa dropped a social justice PSA addressing police brutality. If you are concerned (which you should be). You must watch this video. It will move you. Hopefully, it will move you to help create change.
Credits: Short social justice film directed by Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz featuring Michael K. Williams, Michael B. Jordan, Danny Glover, Van Jones, etc. PSA created for Harry Belafonte’s social justice organization, Sankofa.
I started Melanin Media Mondays because I wanted to showcase all the positive things that black girls and women are doing that often don’t make it to the “mainstream” media. The great thing about the internet and social media is that we no longer have to wait for “mainstream” to tell us what is beautiful, talented, or truly newsworthy.
Today’s feature is a young woman that just makes my heart heart happy beyond words. Her name is Marley Dias and I think that she is amazing.
Marley Dias-founder #1000BlackGirlsBook
She has to be one of the coolest young ladies going. She is just the type of black princess that the world needs to see. If you haven’t heard of Marley let me give you a quick peek at this amazing wonder. For starters she the mind behind the #1000BlackGirlsBook campaign. A wonderful campaign that donates books to libraries and schools that showcase black girls as the main character. The little princess also has her own magazine called Marley Mag in partnership with Elle magazine. She is what I personally think of when I hear Black Girl Magic.
Way to go Marley! You have inspired this big girl🙂
When I originally started True Beauty Tuesday a few years back I wanted to to be more that just beauty products (there is nothing wrong with that), but like I have always said my goal is to celebrate, educate, and empower HUE to HUE.
There are times in your life when you come across a beauty so amazing to the eye that you just wan to cry. It happened for me when I say Khoudia Diop. Never in my life have I seen a woman hold such beauty. NEVER. Her melanin skin makes me value my skin tone even more than ever and while I am sure she has experienced her fair share of rude people I want to take this moment to send nothing but love to her.
You can follow this melanin goddess on by clicking here> Instagram
Instead of telling you what I think I will just present the powerful trailer from Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th.
The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American. (above text taken from the 13th Official Trailer.)
It’s the return of Web Window Shopping! I am excited to share with you an American eco-friendly company from the beautiful state of Virginia.
2 Pink Peas is an American Eco Friendly accessories company located in Virginia
2 Pink Peas was founded with the belief that timeless accessories could be stylish, affordable, and safe for the environment. The company recently unveiled their colorful 2016 Fall collection proving that true style has no boundaries.
The Mayan Chocolate Envelope Clutch from New Florals collection embraces one of the biggest trends of the season with big bold floral patterns that can be used as creative statement piece or a new flirty fun twist on flower power making your wardrobe instantly colorfully chic.
The Mayan Chocolate Envelope Clutch from 2 Pink Peas
2 Pink Peas uses a variety of styles and patterns for this twelve piece collection while entirely using recycled cotton which adds to the unique and fashion forwards designs.
The Blimey Limey Floral Wristle from 2 Pink Peas
The collection can be purchased exclusively from the 2 Pink Peas website or select retailers in the Virginia Beach area.
Connect with them on social media by using the links below.
In expanding A Stylish Hue into a lifestyle blog has been a labor of love for me. I believe seeing positive diverse images of black women are needed more now than ever with that being said I will be exploring and sharing images of black women in the media in various forms a little thing I like to call Melanin Media Monday. I want to start the week off showcasing black women in a powerful diverse ways. While working on ideas I came across Solange’s Cranes in the Sky this morning and I must tell you I am love beyond words with this song. The imagery in the video (see below) is amazing.