Black Lives Matter

 

One of my goals in rebooting this blog was to explore more lifestyle topics in addition to fashion and beauty as it relates to black women. So I have to address what’s going on in the world. As a black woman the last few days have been hard for me. It never get easier when you see a black man gunned down. NEVER…..and it shouldn’t. Those black lives (as all of them) mean something. Yet again families are missing a spirit that is gone way to soon. No family should have to feel this ever. I have spent the last few days thinking about how one person can create change. Yes, the world if full of racist evil people, but I will not let them  still my joy, shine, or my life. The last few days I have wondered how my grandmothers and mother lived in a time when this type of hatred  legal was common place and lived to tell about. Creating change happens on many levels with a many different people working towards a common goal. It will not be easy, because the struggle is real. I will continue to pray, work, give, celebrate, educate, vote and uplift, etc. because Black Lives Matter! Each and every one of them.

You can’t say that All Lives Matter until my Black Life Matters too!

with love from me to HUE,

Sophia

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#TrueBeautyTuesday:Yellow Fever

 

The other day in my feed I came across the short film Yellow Fever by Ng’endo Mukii.  This is a must see. I don’t think that I have seen the story of our black skin told in such a thought provoking yet honestly humble way. I must say that I am grateful beyond words as a deep dark mocha that Mukii has made this film.

People have tried on more than a few occasions try to drop hints like “ You are very pretty for a darker Black woman” or the one that sets me on fire “ You speak very well and seem smart…” I’m not going to go into my normal reaction for reasons that you can probably imagine.

The pain that I feel for young girls started to hit me about five minutes in…(I will not give it away, but pay close attention to what the little girl says). What I have come to learn is that people will have their opinions on beauty (they always will), but as a Black woman I don’t have to believe them! I choose to celebrate the beauty of my skin, but more importantly I MUST make sure that I do everything that I can to make sure that little girls know it too!

Be sure to visit Ng’endo Mukii website, watch the short film, and share this story will all your friends on social media.

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With Love from me to HUE,

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

 

 

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!

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

 

 

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

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