Summer 2017

The official start of Summer 2017 is just around the corner. Summer is one of my favorite seasons and I love Summer Style. So much so I have planned some great giveaways for those lazy Summer days and endless Summer nights. Stay tuned.

 

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Here’s Looking at HUE!

   

This little blog is expanding to explore a brand new world!

So when thinking about this brand/blog relaunch I did a lot of soul searching. It is easy to blog and at one time or another most people have done some form of blogging. After I started the process of rebranding and relaunching…

Continue reading about what’s next for A Stylish HUE at Loving Hue & Your Style.

A Stylish Hue is growing.

A Stylish Hue is growing.

Embracing HUE

Today is a celebration of each and every one of you! This Hue & Me Monday I encourage to show the world you are beautiful enough, stylish enough, simply put enough! Project Embrace has created the #IAMENOUGHDAY campaign to challenge the stereotypes of what is considered beautiful hair.

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Declaring March 31st as “I AM ENOUGH DAY” the campaign encourages women to ditch the weaves and embrace their natural hair.

I originally came across Project Embrace on instagram and instantly liked the campaign. Two years ago I explored the stereotypes surrounding natural hair in the “corporate world” and the role the media plays  for my graduate school thesis…so naturally, I feel a connection to a project that supports the celebration of diversity.

Per their Facebook Project Embrace plans to encourage the UK government to regulate the of sales of chemical relaxers by placing age restrictions (which I personally love)

To learn more about the mission of Project Embrace visit their website or view their recent interview on Black Visions Television.

The work that Project Embrace is doing is truly a celebration of Hue and me by encouraging each of us to embrace our beauty.

Be sure to join the celebration #IAMENOUGHDAY

 

 

Look Great While You Do Good

ScreenShot: Imancosmetics.com By Sophia Styles 10/18/13

ScreenShot: Imancosmetics.com By Sophia Styles 10/18/13

The name says it all. As vain as it may sound we all want to look great, but we all know that looking good starts from the inside out and that is why I love the partnership between Iman cosmetics and the Sisters Network Inc. The mission is to get 5000 women of color under the age of 45 registered for this program that aids in resources for breast health and awareness.

As a woman of color under 45 year of age whose doctor recently found a benign tumor in my breast I know all to well the importance of education, awareness, and resources. I am grateful that I had the resources that I needed. That is why I love what the Iconic Iman is doing to raise awareness.

During the month of October when you purchase the IMAN Pink Luxury Lip Stain the cosmetic company will donate a percentage to the Sisters Network Inc.

ScreenShot: Imancosmetics.com By Sophia Styles 10/18/13

ScreenShot: Imancosmetics.com By Sophia Styles 10/18/13

 

Even if you don’t wear pink lipstick….do a little good.

Liebster blog award…part 2

It’s so nice that I have a received a nomination twice! I recently received a second Liebster blog award. Thanks to Wild Beauty for the blog love. I switched things up this go around and showed love to blogs who had less than 200 likes in a combination of places (Bloglovin, Twitter, Facebook, IG)  My picks and their questions are below (after my responses to Wild Beauty)

 

What beauty product can you not live without?

Dove beauty bar

What reality TV show could you be a character on?

None…I don’t do reality TV

Do you have a fashion icon? Who is it?

Michelle Obama

What embarrasses you?

Nothing really….You have to live and learn…it’s call life.

Rock or Rap?

Both.

Do you have a pet?

Nope.

If you had to wear one color for the rest of your life, what color would it be? Orange!

What three people would you invite to dinner this week? Mom, Dad, & my brother

What song do you like to wake up to? Roar-Katy Perrry

If you could be one other person for a day, who would it be and why? Michelle Obama…I’m wondering if I could shake the secret service. LOL

If you could be an animal for a day, what animal would you be?

An Eagle…so I could soar 🙂

Below are my nominees  & their questions

1 What is your biggest regret?

2 What’s your favorite movie?

3 What style item can you not live with out?

4 What’s your favorite blog?

5 Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?

6 What has been your all time favorite red carpet moment

7 Who is the most stylish man in Hollywood?

8 Who is the most stylish woman in Hollywood?

9 If you could attend Fashion in NYC who would you take with you?
10 What’s your favorite color?

11. Why did you start your blog?

 

Manduahpleas

http://manduhplease.wordpress.com/

 

Lipstainbliss

http://lipstainbliss.com/read-our-post/

 

The Fashionable Esq.

http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/p/about-me-faqs.html

 

Wondermika

http://wondermika.com/

 

Kay’s Couture

http://misskayscouture.blogspot.com/

 

Pure Elan

http://pure-elan.blogspot.com/

 

Dharia’s Closet

http://dhariascloset.blogspot.com/

 

WTF Streetstyle

http://wtfstreetstyle.blogspot.pt/

 

The Marilyn Magazine NY

http://marilynmagazineny.wordpress.com/

 

Anonymously Chic

http://anonymouslychic.blogspot.com/

 

Clueless Fashionista

http://missclaudiaenriquez.blogspot.com/

Shop for the Cause

Are you looking for a way to support Breast Cancer awareness month and help look business owners? Then look no further than the Fall Charity shopping event in Woodbridge, VA this weekend. Co-organized by Pop Up Shop VA and Cori Coren Boutique the event will showcase the latest trends as presented by local vendors in the style and beauty industries.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation so grab you BFF and go shopping for the cause.

To learn more about the event visit click here or visit Cori Coren Boutique Facebook Fanpage.

Photo: Screenshot- from http://instagram.com/coricoren taken by Sophia Styles  10/2013

Photo: Screenshot- from http://instagram.com/coricoren taken by Sophia Styles 10/2013

Reflections of Hue

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A little over a week ago this blog celebrated it’s blog anniversary (August 29th). It is amazing how quickly a year can go by. I am grateful beyond words for all of the wonderful opportunities that have come my way in the last twelve months. To truly reflect I decided to step away from writing, media, blogging for a bit to make sure that I am staying true to my mission and vision for A Stylish Hue.

My hope in creating A Stylish Hue  was to celebrate Healthy Unique Diverse Empowering images of women of color in a way that I could combine by background in fashion and media. Over the past year I have had the unique honor of connecting with other bloggers, fashion designers, fitness organization, book publishing companies, and PR companies. Not to mention that I have been honored with blogging awards. Wow! I really just wanted to showcase positive images of women of color and offer resources that would help them to be empowered to thrive and live their best life. With each day that passes I am filled with gratitude beyond words to each and everyone of hue for joining me on this journey.

With love from me to hue,

Sophia

Liebster Blog Award

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A lot has been going on behind the scenes  of A Stylish Hue and I will touch on that more in a bit…. most recently I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award. I have to admit that I have never heard of the award until Miss Claudia Enriquez sent me a nomaination.  Thanks!

The award in my opinion feels like a pay it forward if you will…by offering a little encouragement to blogs with fewer than 200 followers ( although I have recently kicked over this mark I still want to share the love)

The rules..

1 You must link back to the person that nominated you.

2 You must answer the 11 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.

3 You must pick 11 bloggers to be nominated for the award with under 200 followers.

4 You must come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

Claudia’s questions and my responses are below.

  1. Who inspires your style?

Culture, My Mom, & Michelle Obama

  1. What is your go to clothing item?

Black pants

  1. What is your favorite brand?

I’m not really into brands per se…I do however like Tracey Reese.

  1. What is your Favorite store?

It’s no longer around…(sigh) B. Moss Clothing Co.

  1. If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Michelle Obama

  1. Who is your man crush?

It’s a secret J

  1. What city would you live in if money was no problem?

Tough one…because I travel A LOT! I like NYC

  1. What is your ideal job?

Lifestyle consulting

  1. Cats or dogs?

Dogs.

  1. Heels or flats?

Flats

  1. Jeans or skirts?

Skirts

 

I am nominating the eleven blogs below and here are your questions.

 

What is your signature color?

Why did you start your blog?

What is the mission of your blog?

What is one goal that you hope to achieve with your blog in the next year?

What designer would you like to interview and why?

What’s your favorite city?

What fashion icon would you like to meet?

Who is your blog hero?

What is your favorite fashion magazine?

What is your favorite type of music?

What have you learned from blogging?

 

 

 

http://anonymouslychic.blogspot.com/

 

http://chrisamorgoodiejar.blogspot.com/

 

http://www.voguetteblog.com/

 

http://tiny-pockets.blogspot.com/

 

http://thestylewhale.com/

 

http://www.skirtbouquet.com/

 

http://marilynmagazineny.wordpress.com/

 

http://its-elle-d.blogspot.com/

 

http://www.laqistyling.com/

 

http://miloveda.blogspot.com/

 

http://bowsandwhistlesblog.wordpress.com/

 

 

Virginia Loves Style & Success

Nearly a month ago Virginia crowned it’s newest Miss America state titleholder. I must say that I am inspired and extremely impressed with the new Miss Virginia and I’ve never met her.

Photo: Julius  Tolentino

Photo: Julius Tolentino

“Miss Virginia 2013 is Desiree Williams. She is a 2nd year graduate student at Hampton University. Her platform issue is Fit and Fun!” Is the description of Miss Williams on the Miss Virginia MAO Facebook fan page.

Photo: Julius  Tolentino

Photo: Julius Tolentino

So to kick off Thriving Thursday I want to do something to help the next generation of queens in the Spirit of Style by offering free interview/communication and style consulting to  pageant hopefuls who are interested in scholarship based pageants age eighteen (18) and up who are  women of color. Why exclusively to women color you may ask? As a woman of color myself who has been in pageantry, media, fashion, and life in general I understand the stereotypes  and sadly have experienced some myself in the areas beauty, talent, style, achievement, and success. Instead of complaining about it. I am choosing to pay it forward and share my experiences and help another your lady thrive.

If you are interested all you have to do is complete the contact form on this site and explain why you interested in a scholarship pageant, your platform/social cause issue, and why you think you need help. I will select three (3) women to work with on a one-on-one basis for six sessions (length of each session to be determined).

You maybe wondering what in the world does this have to do with style and beauty?….. Well, as a semi-retired pageant girl who holds an undergraduate degree in fashion and masters in new media journalism I can assure you that communication and style play a large role in pageantry….so stay tuned!

Disclaimer: I am not a current or past local, state, or national Miss America titleholder and this offer is no way affiliated with any system or program. Clients will be selected at the discretion of “Sophia Styles” and the selection process is final. Free services, training, or consulting does not guarantee placement or winning on any level. And client will not hold this blog, owner, or publisher(s) responsible for any negative experiences.

Lovin’ the Spirit of a #BabyGirl

 

I love the concept of using fashion for good….you know making your voice count. Showcasing the spirit and substance of style instead of just using your voice to talk about how much you paid for “X” label or making someone feel not worthy because  they can’t or choose not to buy into the hype around the latest trend. A few months ago I shared a story about two young women who were on a mission to help other young women who are in need get a dress for prom. Since that time I’ve thought about the ways people use fashion for good and have drawn the conclusion that they need to be showcased. The result is a new blog series that I created for my website called the spirit of style and a few weeks ago I found my inspiration for my newest post when I stumbled across the Baby Girl collection by actor Shemar Moore. Criminal Minds fans know the term “Baby Girl” as it is often used throughout the show when Moore who plays FBI agent Derek Morgan refers to Penelope Garcia played by Kirsten Vangsness.

Screenshot: A Stylish Hue shemarmoore.com 4/20/13

Screenshot: A Stylish Hue
shemarmoore.com 4/20/13

I knew without reservation knew I was going to buy something after I learned that a portion of the proceeds from collection will go to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS) which Moore’s mother has. I have to admit as a woman who holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion that also has a parent with an illness I’ve been saying to myself…DUH!!!…why didn’t I think of that?!?! Create a collection that raises awareness of a serious issue because I must confess that  I now view  health, life, and advocacy in a different way since life changed for this parent.

Screenshot: A Stylish Hue  from shemarmoore.com 4/20/13

Screenshot: A Stylish Hue
from shemarmoore.com 4/20/13

I purchased the black cap with red writing. The cap arrived ahead of the scheduled arrival date and I was blown away by the great stitching detail of the logo. The true test was to see if my shoulder length natural curly hair would fit under the cap since I often wear my hair pulled back when working behind the scenes in media. I am happy to say that the hat fit link a gem.

Roughly a week ago Moore posted on one of his social media pages that there is a possibility that new colors could be offered within the collection and my eye immediately gravitated to my favorite color.….now I can admit that I am probably the only woman in a America who would rock a black cap with orange writing….but this comes from a girl who believes in celebrating uniqueness.

Screeshot : A Stylish Hue instagram-Shemar Moore 4/20/13

Screeshot : A Stylish Hue instagram-Shemar Moore 4/20/13

 

In a world where it seems that just about every celebrity or athlete has some sort of fashion brand or label. I applaud Mr. Moore for using his voice to raise awareness for a good cause.