Dear Black Beauty, I have a message for you…

You might as well be sleeping under a rock if you haven’t heard of Lupita Nyong’o. The recent  Oscar winner has clearly made a name for herself not just because of her talent but also because of her undeniable grace, style, and beauty. I have been a fan of Ms. Nyong’o since I first came across here work, but as a  educated woman of color with a background in fashion and media I must say I tip my hat to this woman for addressing an issue that is still very real….the image of “beauty” The below video is from her speech at the Essence  Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon . I invite you to watch it and be moved…I was….and will continue to be.

With Love from Me to Hue!

~Sophia

Style Chat

In mid-January we started a new featured called Hue & Me Mondays. The first feature when to the the always stylish Lupita Nyong’o. Well I recently was given the opportunity to partner with POPSUGAR and their launch of POPSUGAR forums a platform that allows style bloggers to discuss various style topics and of course I picked Ms.Nyong’o. So if you are like me and love the style of Lupita join me me in the discussion.  Just simply click the#POPSUGARForums  logo below. I look forward to chatting with you.

 

Hue & Me Mondays

Howdy! The New Year always brings new changes and new things to explore. One of new things that I’m adding to A Stylish Hue is a new feature called Hue & Me Mondays. The mission of A Stylish Hue is to celebrate healthy unique diverse images empowering images of hue A Stylish Hue is a publication for ethnic women of color with a global mind set. Our aim is to do so by celebrating hue (you) your life and style. I have been thinking about how I wanted to start this new feature and it hit me last night like a lighting bolt last night when the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o walked down the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

Screenshot: Taken by Sophia Styles

Screenshot: Taken by Sophia Styles

I could write a long post about her beauty, the gown, her talent…etc, but the goal of Hue & Me Mondays is simple. Showcase the  unique diverse images of women in all walks of life. I think you will understand why I picked Lupita as our first post after viewing her video below.

With Love from ME to HUE,

Sophia

#HueandMeMondays

Screen Shot: By Sophia Styles-via Google images

Screen Shot: By Sophia Styles-via Google images

Pantene Truly Natural -Review

Since becoming a naturalista I have been on the hunt for a great product to tame my mane. I can’t tell you how much money and time I have spent looking for something….anything that will allow me to have that dreamy girl hair that you often see on the commercials . (Yes, I know that it doesn’t really exist). Enter the opportunity to try the  Pantene Truly Natural haircare line. I have seen the ads for the line for sometime and I have to admit I was itching to try it.

One thing that I try to do when I review a product is get a second opinion (without them knowing that I’m doing a story…so I can get there honest thoughts) so that I can have more than one viewpoint to share with you folks because we are all so different. I tried Patene Truly Natural Clarifying Shampoo, Patene Truly Natural Deep Conditioner, and the Patene Truly Natural Defining Curls Custard. The first thing that I noticed was scent although a bit strong for my taste (I personally like a more natural smell) my second opinion loved it.  The shampoo and conditioner both rinsed  out  of the hair  very easy.

The custard really surprised me…most custard type products truly remind me of a think heavy custard, but Patene’s Truly Natural Custard was not. It was very light in texture which is nice.

All in all I think that Patene has a great collection for the naturalista and I (and my second opinion) would recommend it to a friend.

Want to learn more about Pantene and the great products that they offer be sure to take a look at YouTube Channel  or follow them on Facebook


 

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pantene through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Pantene Truly Natural, all opinions are my own.” 

ShopStyle

Screenshot: ShopStyle Taken by Sophia Styles 11/2013

I am super excited that as a POPSUGAR Select Fashion Blogger I have been given the opportunity to take part in the new ShopStyle We Search We Find We ShopStyle campaign. Now that we are officially into the holiday shopping season and have survived “Black Friday” now we get to reap the benefits of technology and voyage ahead to Cyber Monday. Just like brick & mortar shopping any true fashionista  wants the most bang for her buck….enter ShopStyle. Gone are the days of opening up multiple windows on your computer. The ShopStyle slogan pretty much sums it up…”We Search. We Find. We ShopStyle.”

Watch the ShopStyle ad

Watch the ShopStyle ad

 

As part of the campaign I was given the opportunity to showcase my personal style by doing a lay down photo shoot. Let me tell you that I had way to much fun with this. It was like a dream come true for the girl who holds degrees in fashion & media. My theme was  HoliDay to Night.  Even the most stylish fashionista has to done some serious planning during the holiday season to look her best. Balancing work and play during the most wonderful time of year can be challenging. The ShopStyle concept can make life easy when you have to find something fashionable. All my pieces in the two photos below are vintage items that I have collected over the years with the exception of my new accessory or as I like to call it my fearless arm candy for BCBGeneration.

This post was sponsored by ShopStyle.

Photo: Sophia Styles 11/2013

Photo: Sophia Styles 11/2013

 Photo: Sophia Styles 11/2013


Photo: Sophia Styles 11/2013

The Holiday Gift Guide from POPSUGAR

Photo: POPSUGAR

Photo: POPSUGAR

Shop in style this holiday season from the comfort of your own home. Avoid the traffic and beat the long lines by tuning into the POPSUGAR Live Holiday Gift Guide on POPSUGAR.com  this Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST. Get a front row seat to gifting with glamour this season courtesy or the POPSUGAR editors…..which is way cooler than getting up at 3 AM.

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/

Building Confidence with (you) Hue in Mind

“Breaking Barriers and Building Confidence” is the tag-line for The #DarkSkinRedLip Project created by The For Brown Girls organization an organization that celebrates he beauty of dark skin while combatting colorism and promoting self love! (I LOVE THIS!!)

Photo:ScreenShot-For Brown Girls website-Sophia Styles 10/15/13

Photo:ScreenShot-For Brown Girls website-Sophia Styles 10/15/13

Programs like this remind daily why I feel so called to my style blogging niche. I have had the pleasure of have seeing many beautiful and talented women, but I also understand that many have not had that same privilege to see the colors of the world in a positive way that celebrates diversity. A while back I did a blog post where I reflected on my journey since starting this blog. As a former semi-retired pageant girl (yes, I’m coming out of retirement…stay tuned) I have always promoted diverse images of women in style and beauty. I have also faced my share of stereotypes of what “beauty” is.

I personally love this project. When I was old enough to wear cosmetics the first color I went for was RED (true story). So, it goes without saying that I support this project 110 percent plus! As of October 15, 2013 The #DarkSkinRedLip Project was half way to their goal of 1,000 photos…. to show my support for the project I am adding a rare selfie…well kind of….  I am a proud to say that I have deep dark mocha skin and I am rocking my red lips (smile)

Why don’t you join me?

Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram with your photos after you have sent your picture to The DarkSkinRedLip project and share your thoughts.  The information to submit your photo is below or you can visit their website.

  • Send your photos to forbrowngirls@yahoo.com

    • It should just be you in the photo
    • Photo must be clear
    • Include your first name & state
    • Include brand & shade of your red lipstick
    • No Collages Please

Happy #TrueBeautyTuesday…. With Love from me to you,

Sophia

"Selfie" Sophia Styles 10/15/13

“Selfie” Sophia Styles 10/15/13

Sophia Styles VA (by way of MD)

Shade: Ravishing

Brand: Red Apple Lipstick (*gifted)

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