I am happy to welcome Hue back!

 

Welcome Back to A Stylish Hue!

Welcome Back to A Stylish Hue!

I am happy to welcome you back to A Stylish Hue! It has been a while, but for all things to grow one must reflect and redefine. Over the last few months I have been planning some really neat things for this blog (at least I think so). In the near future you will see more lifestyle post created with hue in mind. I also have a great little surprise planned for my fashionistas. Are you ready? Let’s get started in 3…2….1…GO!

Seeking designers like HUE

Are you a designer of hue?

 

A Stylish Hue is on a mission to finds designers like HUE! A nice new feature of our upcoming relaunch is a focus on designers, boutique owners, and industry professionals of color that promote products that celebrate everything positive about hue (you). If you are an industry professional or know of a great company please let them know about our new project or tag them on one of social media pages.

With love from me to hue.

~Sophia

More post for HUE!

I am back after taking a small break from blogging. Over the last few months I’ve had A LOT going on (in a good way) that I feel will help me grow this blog in ways that I couldn’t imagined just a few years ago. Yes, I have been  M.I.A. in blogging land, but I have been front and center in the world of social media. My time in the social media universe has opened the flood gates in regards to growing my media voice. I have always wanted this blog to be a celebration of  black women, their style, beauty, and life. In the last few months so many things have happened in world in the black community that reminds me that we still need diversity in training in the world and more now than ever I feel that as a black woman I need to be apart of a movement that showcases positive images of black women. So I will be adding to this blog in great ways.  Mondays with now focus on the image of black women in the media. You may ask why?….uummm because people still think that it is okay to talk about a black woman’s hair

Zendaya at 2015 Oscars Red Carpet

Zendaya at 2015 Oscars Red Carpet

as if she is less than a human….No it wasn’t funny (not even a little bit)- I am a naturalista, and I have never ever come close to using weed….not cool to suggest such things. Also, while while watching the red carpet during award season I saw very few women on color. I mean come on…how many television networks do we have? And no station can find a woman of color with a fashion degree and media experience?  But it is more than fashion or red carpets. Let’s talk about other forms of media….film, television, print, and other forms of media. Why aren’t we seeing more women (and men) of color? I maybe only person but, I will use my voice and this platform to share what main stream media is not. I will speak out, speak up, and speak of positive things that black women are doing.SpeakOut-logo2-darker

….and don’t even get me started on the Oklahoma University issue because I can go on and on about that…so I have something too.

 

There are many other issues that I will address in later blog post but for now I will be adding a media and educational/lifestyle to this blog in addition to the True Beauty Tuesday, Web Window Shopping post.

 

With love from me to Hue,

Sophia

 

 

Make your list & check Instagram twice

It’s the last shopping Saturday before Christmas and while some of you may be all done with your holiday shopping some have yet to get started. Before you fight the mall traffic check your list and check instagram twice. Several small business have an are on istagram. One  of added benefits of shopping with a small business is the service. While it’s getting down to the wire for shipping items some companies maybe offering special deal for purchasing with them. One huge difference is the attention to detail and communication that you will get when dealing with a small business. So make your your holiday shopping list and check it twice you maybe able to miss the long lines.

Below is a list of small business IGers that we featured on instagram on Black Friday…and hey if can’t get want you want before Christmas you can always buys something great for yourself to start of the New Year!

@pervaciousboutique

@nubianluxuriesbrand

@ujamaabox

@kompanykay

@amazingbotanicals


@labellabodycare

@koilsbynature

@sdotbeautyproducts

@cocotique

@sole_fetish_

@oufancyphones

@gogirlboutique
@labellabodycare

@koilsbynature

@sdotbeautyproducts

@cocotique

@sole_fetish_

@oufancyphones

@gogirlboutique

@osodollishthebrand

@curlkit

@purgasmshop

@irockdopemusic

@artsyfartsybags

Model Hue Monday

Last year International supermodels Iman and Naomi Campbell called for an end to racism on the runway.

Book: I AM IMAN By photographer Annie Leibovitz "Iman's Tribe of Beauties" Styled all by @kithebrewster shown for @vanityfair

Book: I AM IMAN By photographer Annie Leibovitz “Iman’s Tribe of Beauties” Styled all by @kithebrewster shown for @vanityfair –Photo: @the_real_iman instagram

And while the number of diverse models increased on the runway slightly fashion week this year the industry still has a long way to go.

The lack of diversity has lead me to ponder how could we as a society change this? As a fashion merchandising graduate who holds an advance degree in media I’ve wondered if the industry wants to change on its own? Or if we as consumers of both fashion and media have to be the agents of change? Where and how to we start?  I believe that it starts with us….so

For the entire month of December will are giving the gift of Model Beauty! If you are an aspiring black model or a recently signed model (less than one year under contract with an agency) you are eligible to submit your photo for a chance to be featured on #MODELHUEMONDAY on my instagram. This goal is to extend the mission from A Stylish Hue to celebrate hue, life, and style.

I want aspiring black models to know that you are celebrated for your beauty, your hair, and your body.

If you need help determining what types of photos we are looking for please check out our instagram.

To submit your photo please follow the guidelines below.

Entry info:

No Nude photos will be accepted

All entrants must be 18 years old

Be sure to tag your Make-up artist, photographer, and stylist

Disclaimer: Submission of photos do not guarantee feature nor does it guarantee contract from a third party agency. Photos are property of owners.

 

Shopping with you HUE this holiday season.

Are you a black business owner looking to share your business with the public this holiday season? If so, we would love to share your holiday sales and promotion for free. Yes, for free!!

Promote your business on our holiday shopping list.

Promote your business on our holiday shopping list.

We will be selecting  ten (10) U.S. black style or beauty  business owners to be featured in a blog post prior to Black Friday. To take part in the post you must follow the instructions below. The deadline is Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Don’t worry if you don’t make the first list we will also be offering additional  post during the holiday season.

Must follow on the follow us on the social media pages below (just click the links to be directed to the pages):

Complete the contact form by clicking here and leave the following information (please see the formation and example below)

Your Company Name, Location, & website

1 Social Media handle

Black Friday Sale

EXAMPLE

Ms. Sophia Designs, District of Columbia, www.yourwebsiteaddress.com

Twitter: @MsSophiaStyles

Black Friday Sale: 25% off all custom designs

Disclaimer: Please note that your post will be listed the way that it is sent. We reserve the right to edit or not accept any listing. Listings for adult content will not be accepted, Listings that promote violence will not be accecpted.

Good Luck!

 

 

True Beauty Tuesday: Iwilla Remedy

Last week I made the first ever combo post. Combining True Beauty Tuesday (TrueBeautyTuesday) and Web Window Shopping Wednesday (#WebWindowShoppingWednesday) called True Beauty Window shopping featuring Iwilla Remedy.

As mentioned in my last post the ladies (the owners) where wonderful enough to send me several samples to review for my post. I can’t say enough how wonderful the items are….so great in fact it earned them two post because well one was just not enough.

In my first post I featured their gluten-free I love my armpit deodorant (which I am still using by the way), but I also wanted to highlight a few of the other items that I received and share with you my “Must have item”

Herbal Insect Repellent:

Let me just say I don’t think that I have ever come across a repellent with such a wonderful scent….when I shared it with others they questioned if it was repellent because it had such a nice smell.

 

Bug-Off Herbal Insect Repellent

Bug-Off™ Herbal Insect Repellent(Screenshot by Sophia Styles) from Iwilla Remedy

My Skin Glows Cream:

I shared this product with both men and women and received the same response…..  “Ummmm where did you get this….I want some!” I think that says enough.

My Skin Glows Nourishing Cream

My Skin Glows Nourishing Cream (Screenshot by Sophia Styles) from Iwilla Remedy

Speckled Blood Orange Natural Lip Balm:

I share this product with someone who has loves to be outside in the Summer and likes to keep her skin and lips hydrated without be greasy (she really hates greasy stuff). She loved the coverage of the product and said that her lips felt really good.

Smile - Speckled Blood Orange Lip Balm

Smile Lip Balm- Blood Orange (Screenshot by Sophia Styles) from Iwilla Remedy

My Must have item:

My Must have item is the I Love My Armpits Natural Deodorant the travel size version. As a person who has spent a lot of time on the road traveling for work I can’t explain to you have I love this product. Natural, travel-size, deodorant and a reasonable price…simply priceless. My advice to you is if you are going to be traveling anywhere soon this is the item to pick up.

I Love My Armpits Natural Travel Deodorant Spicy Lemon Scent

I Love My Armpits Full Size Deodorants » Spicy Lemon Screenshot by Sophia Styles) from Iwilla Remedy

 

 

To find out more about Iwilla Remedy please check them out online using the links below.

 

Official Website

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

 

Happy #TrueBeautyTuesday!

True Beauty -Web Window Shopping: Iwilla Remedy

What happens when True Beauty Tuesday and Web Window Shopping Wednesday meet? Well a whole new feature of course…True beauty Window Shopping. A new two part feature for products that are so outstanding that they deserve to be featured twice.

I had planned to make this post yesterday for True Beauty Tuesday and then I thought about the wonderful products that I had the pleasure of reviewing and instantly thought these products could also be featured on Web Window Shopping Wednesday. In the ever changing internet based world we now do more shopping online than ever before and these a some great product that you may not find on your local shelves, but they are products that you need to know about.

Let’s be honest it can be difficult to purchase beauty products online for obvious reasons….you can’t feel the texture or connect with the scent. That’s why I am excited to introduce you to the Brooklyn, NY based Iwilla Remedy. The company was gracious enough to send me several products to review and I couldn’t be happier

Today’s Web Window Shopping Wednesday shopping feature is the Baby Powder scented I Love My Armpits™ deodorant.

 I Love My Armpits Full Size Deodorants » Baby Powder (Screenshot by Sophia Styles from Iwilla Remedy

I Love My Armpits Full Size Deodorants » Baby Powder
(Screenshot by Sophia Styles) from Iwilla Remedy

While opening this product I had that OMG! moment…you know when stumble across a product that offers a scent of sheer bliss.What makes this product even more amazing to me is that this product (along with of of the Iwilla Remedy products) are created with wellness in mind. Since going gluten-free almost four years ago I have a had a hard time finding products that are g-free so  I am always excited to find beauty products that consider the allergy needs of consumers.  I have been reviewing the these products two weeks now, and I am excited that the ladies of Iwilla Remedy reached out to me because I love this Armpits and this product (pun intended)

Do you want to learn more about the other great products I had the chance to review from Iwilla Remedy, the item I picked as my must have item, and reactions from my testing team? Then be sure to join me here on Tuesday for #TrueBeautyTuesday part two feature.

 

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

 

 

Hue & Me Monday: Designed by HUE

For this edition of Hue and Me Monday I would like to welcome you to a new platform the I’ve created to help emerging fashion designers of color, boutique owners, hair, and make-up artist and those who believe in creating or providing services that celebrate the beauty and style of black women (hue)

So if you fall into this category or know someone who does please direct them to the Facebook Fan Page titled “Designed by HUE

 

With Love from me to hue,

Sophia