Tuesday, December 27, 2011

BlueDini: Tips for Achieving The Perfect Look on New Year's Eve

Be Bright, Bold and Beautiful this New Year's Eve

Add glitter- A little glitz goes a long way for New Years. Glitter eyeshadows and lip glosses add a bit of fun and sparkle to your face.

Try something new- Let New Year's Eve be a time of trying looks you don't typically wear. A bold eye or lip color, extra blush and bronzer...the sky is the limit! Throw caution to the wind and have fun with your makeup during this festive season.

Emulate your favorite celebrity look- Are you in love with old Hollywood glamour makeup looks...or how about something modern and trendy like Lady Gaga or Kim Kardashian? Have your makeup artist recreate your favorite celeb look or even try it yourself! Have fun with it...it's only makeup!

Smoke it out- One of the sexiest night-time looks is the smokey eye. Pick your favorite dark hue such as midnight blue, deep purple, black or grey and wear it proud. Add lashes and you are ready for the town.

Which ever look you decide to try this New Year, be sure to take lots of pictures! Be safe and have a wonderful time!

Makeup by Asha Tanielle

Photographer: Oliver Solomon
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Email: AshaTCampbell@yahoo.com

Saturday, December 10, 2011

BlueDini: All I Want For Christmas Is...

Give the gift of beauty this holiday seaon!

There are 15 shopping days left until Christmas. Still unsure about what to get the beauty addict in your life? Well we have your complete guide to all the hottest holiday collections. So get your printer and your wallet ready! Below is a table of our favorite makeup brands' holiday collections complete with pricing and photos. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Collection:
Dazzlesphere - lip glasses and pigments in a snow globe
Pricing: $25.50- $32.50

Laura Mercier
Holiday Collection:
Holiday Colour Sets - palettes and bath sets
Pricing: $25.00- $98.00

Estee Lauder
Holiday Collection:
Cyber eyes- hybrid eye shadow, kohl liners and mascaras
Pricing: $20.00- $24.00

Holiday Collection:
Holiday collection- smoky eyes, red lips and shimmery skin
Pricing: $17.00- $45.00

Bobbi Brown
Holiday Collection:
It's your party holiday collection - eyeshadow palettes, lip glosses and fragrance
Pricing: $23.00- $115.00

Makeup by Asha Tanielle
Photographer: Barrie Blau
Garment: Sofistafunk
Hair: Dannielle Reyes
Model: Sara Viteri
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Twitter: Asha_Tanielle
Email: AshaTCampbell@yahoo.com

Monday, November 28, 2011

On The Couch With Yvette Nicole Brown!

While working in entertainment I relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career opportunity. One of the first people I met and promptly fell in love with was Ms. Yvette Nicole Brown. We bonded over boys, life, work, spirituality and of course…hair. I saw in her such drive and passion and I just knew she was destined for GREAT things. Life took me back to NYC but Yvette and I have stayed in touch over the years. I am FIERCELY proud of this sister! She is an amazing talent. And the hair…yea…omigoodness can you say #haircrushalert.


When did you 'love affair' with acting begin?
I've loved acting since I was a kid. It's ironic that commercials are where I got my on-camera start because I remember as a kid acting out EVERY commercial and singing every jingle for anyone who would listen. I also really loved sitcoms. I'm shocked daily that I get to do this for a living.

How long have you been acting?
Professionally since 2000. I started with a touring gospel play. Barring a kids' television show I did back in Ohio when I was a teenager, the play was the first time I was paid to act. I was on the road for a year. Once I returned home, I got headshots, a commercial agent and haven't looked back since. :)

Where did you study?
Aside from drama class in high school, a couple of classes tagging along with a friend when I first moved to LA & a drama ministry at my church out here in LA for a year back in the late 90's, I'm not a studied actor. I've been blessed that my natural ability...whatever that may be (lol!) and innate foolishness have been enough for whatever job I've booked so far. Once I reach the end of the ability God gave me, I will surely be sitting in somebody's class immediately! :)

What has been your career high-light to date?
Getting to meet and work with Henry Winkler, one of my childhood heroes. He is an extraordinarily kind man. One who's never met a stranger. And I've learned so much from watching him work and being able to witness first hand the decent and respectful way he walks thru life. He's one of our national treasures!

What are your goals and aspirations?
Career-wise, I'd love to create and be a part of--either as an actor or executive producer--a hit, multi-camera, network sitcom that's a throwback to shows like Golden Girls and The Cosby Show. A show that's hilarious but accessible to folks from eight to eighty. One that viewers and critics alike love! How's that for writing the vision and making it plain? Lol!

What was your 'princess' moment? A time when you just wanted to pinch yourself?
That's just about anytime I'm on a red carpet and the photographers are kind enough to actually take my picture and call me by name. That may sound like a small thing, but every actor starts out on the carpet as someone no one knows or wants to "waste" film on...and this is in the age of DIGITAL (lol!). And please know that I'm not saying any of this from a place of ego. It's not really about the picture; it's about having worked hard enough and in enough good projects that the photographer knows that taking your picture isn't a waste of his or her time. That they know they will be able to place that photo of you somewhere. That gives me that solid, princess-y moment of feeling like I have actually contributed something memorable to this industry. And as a little black girl from East Cleveland, that's miraculous! Divinely miraculous! :)

We have to ask...the hair...what is the best thing about being Naturally Curly?
That rain isn't my Kryptonite! ;) My hair is big, wild and has a mind of its own, but it's unique and pretty much indestructible. I love that!

What are three pieces of wisdom you have for anyone looking to pursue a career in acting?
I've gotta do four. Is that okay? :)
1) Make sure you count the cost...acting may seem easy and glamorous, but it's never the former and rarely the latter. I work 16 hour days, 5 days a week. I am up at 3:30am EVERY Monday and not home until 7pm that same day most weeks. It's a fun job, but it's a job. Know that going in, along with what you "lose" along with your anonymity and you're ready to give it a go! :)
2) Be professional...actors work on multi-million dollar sets, it's important to be on time, be respectful and know your craft (your lines, your mark, etc...) You don't wanna be the guy slowing down the day. Nobody likes that guy. ;)
3) Do your own research...be it finding an agent, acting class or headshots; it's YOUR job to figure it all out. Folks already in the business should only be "used" to confirm information you've found out for yourself. Barring nepotism, no one is gonna hand you a career in this industry. You have to earn it. But it's so much sweeter when you do. I promise!
4) SAVE YOUR MONEY!...There will be lean years. If you're serious about acting for the long-haul, there will be stretches when you're not working. If you want to make acting (and only acting) your career and you only want to act in projects and with people you respect, saving your money will give you those options. I am a legal secretary by trade (& I love that I have that skill!) but saving my money has allowed me to not have to do that in between acting gigs. Save, save, save!!!!

What is the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you before you began your journey? Before every audition, vet everyone you will be working with should you get the job.

What are your thoughts on being a fab curvy in Hollywood?
I love being curvy. I think it's an honor to have the body-type that most of the women in America have. And I am blessed to have been able to have this wonderful career where I have never been asked to lose a pound. Talk about miraculous! :)

What is next for Yvette Nicole Brown?
Sleep and lots of it once we finish this season of "Community"! :)

Be sure to check Yvette out on “Community” airing Thursday Evenings at 8PM EST on NBC!!!

For more information on this fab diva go to: www.yvettenicolebrown.com

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My Accidental Review of the Condition Shampoo Condition Method

Chicago do I have beef with you!

I traveled recently to Chicago for business and when I arrived I realized that my Ouidad Double Detangler Comb was hanging in my shower and NOT in my carry on…sigh.

I immediately called down to the front desk to ask if they had a gift shop and was informed that they did not. I hung up wondering to myself ‘how am I going to wash, condition, detangle, AND style this head of hair in the morning with NO comb’…I called down to the front desk again and asked if they had emergency toiletries for guests who forget grooming supplies and asked if they had a comb and THEY DID! Woo hoo! Score! The bellman arrived at my room and handed me a 3” mini comb with fine teeth…yep I know…it was not gonna happen…at least not with that comb.
The next morning I woke up early, threw on sweats and hit the streets of downtown Chicago in search of a drugstore. #fail

After hitting three drugstores in the area all I could find was the ACE Comb featured in the picture. With my back pressed firmly against the wall, a day full of business activities scheduled and a desperate need to wash my hair…I bought it…I knew that I was going to need some extra assistance in the shower so I also bought a large bottle of Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Conditioner with Argan Oil & Apricot.

Back in my room I hopped in the shower and decided that today was a good a day as any to try the Condition Wash Condition Method recently featured on NaturallyCurly.com or at least my modified version of it. I saturated my hair and then applied ¼ of the bottle (and yes it was super sized) to my hair. I worked the conditioner in from roots to end, and gently finger detangled in sections, rinsed and then repeated. After the second conditioning/finger detangling I very gently shampooed with my Doris New York The Reconstructor Shampoo, after I rinsed I applied my Doris New York Extreme Deep Conditioner, covered my hair with the plastic hotel shower cap, stepped out of the shower and watched TV for 30 minutes while I allowed the deep conditioner to work. I got back in the shower and poured a mix of the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Conditioner that I had diluted with warm water over my head to seal and gently finger detangled again. (insert choir singing here) and then I was able to detangle my hair in small section with that teeny weeny ACE comb!!!

I must say that I am a fan of the condition wash condition method! My hair was much easier to work with and I was able to save the day for Lola (my hair)!

But seriously downtown Chicago….with all of the beautiful naturals living and working there how you not gonna have wide tooth combs readily available???!!! #just sayin

Until Next Time,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cheaters: The Hair Edition

Dear Hair Stylist:

I am so sorry to have to break up with you...on Facebook nonetheless...but it is over.

Last July when I started cheating on you my Facebook status went from In 'A Relationship' to 'It's Complicated' but now I am so in love with my new hair stylist that I am changing it back to 'In A Relationship' but just not with you :-(. I wish you well.

Seriously curlies how hard is it to find a hair stylist who is actually a curly hair expert?! One who actually gets your 'complicated side'...the multiple textures all fighting for world domination! What's not to 'heart' about that?!

This is my second trip to Christo Fifth Avenue and my second appointment with Tameeka McNeil Johnson and I am incredibly pleased!!

I used to dread visits to the 'beauty salon', (raise your hand if you used to book an appointment and block the rest of your day out because you just KNEW you would be there for HOURS); my experience at Christo Fifth Avenue and with Tameeka as my stylist has topped every single expectation that I had.

Tameeka has been styling hair for over ten years; she is professionally trained and knows how to work with a variety of textures from straight hair to kinky curly hair.

My hair is tightly coiled with very defined and tight 's' shaped curls, it can be obnoxiously dry, and let's also throw in the mix that I have a patch in the back that is type 'z' and scoff's at the notion of moisture...and on most occasions curl definition!

Oh and least I forget to mention...Luscious Lola (yep my hair has a name) will turn into a big 'ol 'fro in the blink of an eye.

Tameeka aka hair goddess cut my hair wet, taught me how to define my curls so that they 'pop', and has made specific recommendations on conditioning techniques, oils that moisturize, products, etc based on my unique texture.

I have found her to be incredibly knowledgeable about hair care AND since I have been seeing Tameeka my hair has never looked better! She took time before our appointment to look at my hair; she listened to my concerns and gave me exactly what I asked for. My cut and color are...#fierce.

The right products + the right hair stylist = CURL LOVE


If you are in the NYC area and in search of a Curly Expert make an appointment to see Tameeka! Your locks will thank you!

For info on Tameeka or to contact her:

Until Next Time,

Monday, November 14, 2011

Natural Hair Is...Apparently TSA's Newest Security Threat

I recently returned from a business trip to Chicago and while rushing to make my departing flight I went through the TSA full body x-ray at the security checkpoint. Upon emerging from the x-ray the TSA Agent tells me she needs to search my hair...YES I HAVE been 'fro checked'!!

With the number of Naturalista's being subjected to airport TSA 'fro checks' on the rise I am wondering exactly what security risk we pose especially AFTER being scanned by a full body x-ray? Is it attack by curl??? Whaaaat?

I mean really?! I was not flagged by the TSA while entering the security screening area. My name did not pop up on some 'terrorist list or watch list'. I was dressed comfortably in jeans, sneakers, and a turtleneck. Oh! I know my massively big, beautiful curls were pulled up in my signature afro puff...silly me...that even after the full body x-ray which included my head AND hair I could still be 'packing'...a headful of beautiful, soft, well moisturized curls.

I am sorry TSA but was the full body x-ray not enough for you to see that there was NOTHING else in my hair but a goody 'ouchless' band and styling product? Must I stand there and look sheepishly around while blushing from the ridiculousness of it all while you 'pat' my afro puff down?

I went natural because I no longer wanted to allow society to dictate to me what the standard of beauty was. I went natural because I was tired of being a slave to every straightening product and tool on the market. I went natural because I am perfect (every single inch of me including my bodacious head of curls and coils) just the way I was created.

So my message to the TSA Agents is: When you allow the woman with the fair skin and naturally straight blonde hair and the African American woman with the relaxed hair and the Asian woman with the jet black straight hair go straight through security without having their hair checked you are telling me...that just because I chose to embrace my natural beauty I now pose a potential threat to security and that is so NOT OK.

I was rushing to make my plane but I was absolutely incensed. If Random hair checks apply to 'naturalista's' then they should APPLY to every head of hair across the board...kinky, curly, wavy, straight and weaved. #justsaying



Monday, November 7, 2011

In Review: The Brooklyn Diner

You know how you have your spot…maybe it’s a lunch spot, happy hour spot, or favorite hang-out spot?
Well one of girls Thembisa S. Mshaka (author, VO Actor, Writer, Producer, Filmmaker, Daughter, Sister, Mother, Wife, & one of my besties) and I have our ‘spot’ for lunch, The Brooklyn Diner in NYC.

The Brooklyn Diner NEVER disappoints. I have never had a bad meal here, from the Turkey Burger to The Chicken Pot Pie to The Caesar Salad…ok making myself hungry but you get the picture. The food is always ‘on point’!

I had been eyeing the ‘Shelley’s Baked Macaroni & Cheese’ for well over a year and a half…the menu description reads: Fresh Tagliolini Pasta, Parmesan Cheese, Honey-Glazed Canadian Ham…but it is made with Ham and since I don’t really do ham it was a deal breaker for me…

As I sat and poured over the menu…yes poured…this curvy likes to eat…good company + good food = HEAVEN! #just sayin I wondered to myself ‘hmm let’s ask and see if it can be made without the ham’…AND THEY SAID YES!!!! Ahhhh insert harps playing and angels signing here!

My plate arrived and it was everything I wanted plus a whole lot more! The dish was a creamy, savory, not your boxed Mac N’Cheese plateful of delishhhhhousness! I have had it twice since! Yummy! This dish is curve approved.

Brooklyn Diner: http://brooklyndiner.com/menu.htm

Thembisa S. Mshaka: http://thembisamshaka.com/

Until Next Time,

Friday, November 4, 2011

BlueDini: Protecting Your Skin From The Winter Elements

As the temperatures outside begin to fall and the winter months grow nearer, we encourage you to protect your skin from its harmful effects by taking the following steps:

1. Consult the experts. A good esthetician or dermatologist can examine your specific skin type and recommend products that are best for you. Even those who typically have oily skin may start to notice some drying in the winter and a good skin care regime can help combat that.

2. Stay hydrated! Drinking plenty of water and using a good moisturizer regularly will help maintain your skins natural healthy glow. You should also cut back on sodas, coffee and other caffeinated beverages because they tend to dehydrate the body.

3. Use sunscreen. Summer isn't the only time of year you need sunscreen. Winter sun along with snow glare can be damaging to the skin. Choose cosmetic and skin care products that contain sunscreen to help protect your skin. This will save you time so you don't have to apply sunscreen separately.

Hopefully these tips will help you give your skin the TLC that it needs during the cold winter season. Be blessed and beautiful!

Makeup by Asha Tanielle
Facebook: Faces by Asha Tanielle
Twitter: Asha_Tanielle
Email: AshaTCampbell@yahoo.com

Photo Credit: Tom Castles

Model: Ali Clark

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

To Scarf or Not To Scarf…That is the Question

Every Naturalista knows Rule # 1 thou shall protect thy locks of hair when lying down to slumber. Ok so that’s easier said than done…and for a variety of reasons might I add.

I personally sleep like I am running a marathon or something, I am all over the bed and so I wake up to find the head scarf at my feet, under a pillow, on the floor, you get the drift.

Satin pillowcases are all cool and the gang but once again when you sleep like you are running a marathon…you wake up and the pillowcase is half off…#really.

Enter Doris New York Chic Satin Sleeper… and then the angels sang.

They say: Now you can go to bed guilt free, looking simply beautiful! Keep your hair full of moisture while you sleep and look chic doing it. SHOOT, "IT MAY BE TOO FLY TO SLEEP IN" Adjustable for all "HAIR SIZES" *Excellent Stocking Stuffers* Comes in 3 delicious prints; Exotic Zebra, Abstract Leaf, and DNY Signature.

I say YES, YES, YES. I have A LOT of thick curly hair and when I pineapple at night the puff is larger than most BSS scarves will accommodate. I don’t like bonnets because I wind up walking around with the tell-tale ring around my forehead for hours, and Doo Rags…umm shall we say NOT SEXY!

I love my Satin Sleeper, she and I have been having a ‘hair affair’ for several months now. My hair has grown 2 ++ inches since I got her and she quite easily adjusted to accommodate my new length.

For info on the Doris New York Satin Sleeper:


She is sleek, she looks nothing like the infamous ‘head rag’, and she will lovingly caress your locks at night so both you AND they wake up…well curlicious of course!


The Condition-Wash-Condition Method

Hmm..thoughts anyone?

Needless to say I'll be trying this on wash day!

The Condition-Wash-Condition Method

Monday, October 31, 2011

Inexpensive Detangling Conditioner: I am so cheating on HEHH!

I adhere to the shampoo, detangle, deep condition that most natural curlies do. And the detangle session involves the use of an inexpensive conditioner.

I have ooh goo gabs of thick APL hair, detangling my hair is a labor of love, an exercise in patience, and requires ridiculous amounts of conditioner....hence the need to use an inexpensive one...no wasting my good deep conditioner on that.

Ever the PJ (I am a card carrying, board certified, licensed, don't try this at home kids) PRODUCT JUNKIE...I was strolling through the aisles of Walgreen's and I spotted the large bottle (24 oz) of Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Conditioner on sale...$4...the bottle told me to pick it up and put it in my bag so I did.

Product Description:
Pantene science combines Pro-V technology with naturally derived ingredients, such as Cassia. Moisture Balance shampoo and conditioner system—containing Cassia and a blend of aloe vera, calendula, and ginger—moisturizes your hair for touchable softness. Strength against damage.

Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cassia Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Glutamic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance, EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Orange 4C

What I have to say:

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! This product detangled so well I was able to completely finger detangle something I am never able to do! It has a nice light fresh scent, and left my hair feeling soft and ready for my deep conditioner. I will be purchasing again!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Curly Hair Care: For Better or For Natural

Seriously?! Aww hecky naw! Deal BREAKER!

Curly Nikki Natural Hair Styles and Curly Hair Care: For Better or For Natural: source by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics.blogspot.com Dear CC: My natural hair (not pictured) is extremely thin but healthy, however, I...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Another Year Older...

"Everyone is the age of their heart."
~ Guatemalan proverb

In my heart...I am still a little girl and I still believe that...

Anything is possible.

The tooth fairy still exists. #heyiamadreamer

There is a man with a big belly and white beard who lives in the North Pole named Santa Claus.

A kiss can make the pain of any 'boo boo' go away.

Love at first sight is real.

Miracles happen everyday.

My Daddy aka Pop Boogie hung the moon.

Friends are truly heaven sent.

The boogeyman lives in dark corners and under my bed. #nightlightsareessential

You can wish upon a star.

Angel's live in the clouds.

Dessert tastes better when you eat it before dinner.

When you close your eyes really tight while you are blowing out your birthday candles your wish WILL come true.

Today I wish myself 365 days of continuing to look forward...I know the best is yet to come.

I am so thankful for love in my life.. #lovegreatestgiftever

Eat something decadent today! It's my birthday!



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BlueDini: Halloween Make-Up Tips!

Halloween Makeup Tips

Here are some fun ways to take your every day makeup and make it funky and fun for Halloween.

Go Black- Take a black eyeliner pencil and color in your lips. Add a dab of your favorite gloss for moisture and shine and pow.... You look like a more mysterious version of yourself!

Wing it out- Take your favorite eyeliner and extend and thicken it on the top lid to give your eyes a dramatic cat- like appearance. Draw on some whiskers and blacken the tip of your nose for added drama and fun!

Lash Out- Take this fun holiday to experiment with funky, trendy false lashes. There are tons of varieties sold at local drug and convenience stores such as feathers, glitter and bright bold colors... Happy lash hunting!

Picture It- If you are having a hard time choosing makeup that goes along with your costume, do an Internet search of similar looks and try them ahead of time. That way you will have it perfected for your big costume party.

If you have a costume party or event coming up and want to hire a professional makeup artist, send an email to ashatcampbell@yahoo.com with your event date, time and location you will be getting ready.

Have fun and Happy Halloween!

Makeup by Asha Tanielle
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Twitter: Asha_Tanielle

Just one word #FIERCE...


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Naturalista's Rock - Thank You Curly Nikki!

I was in awe from the moment I stepped into the door at The NYC Curly Nikki meet-up!

Naturalista's EVERYWHERE! Rocking FIERCE DO'S!!! OMG...whiplash...

And then in hushed whispers I could hear ladies asking where is Nikki? Has anyone seen Nikki?

Finally I spotted her, center stage and holding court, smiling from ear to ear and let me tell you that head of hair DID NOT disappoint! She is stunning.

I attended the event with lovely songstress Alex Young whose own 'do' two ponytails pinned up was simply GORG. And caught up with some of my fellow naturalista's: Shelli of Hairscapades, Michelle of Radiant Brown Beauty, Rece of A Hair Story, Miche'al, Shana, & Arlinda of Sofistafunk.

The event was sponsored by Mizani USA whose True Textures line caters to naturalista's. I spotted the goodie bags and was beyond excited...hmm #fail. A HUGE brochure and two tiny samples. Not sure if you have seen my head of hair but those samples would work on maybe an eighth. But hey they get a A for effort. They had Mizani consultants giving product and styling tutorials and overall it was informative.

I had a wonderful time, I enjoyed the company of so many warm Naturalista's, and got to meet one of my biggest hair crushes...Nikki you rock!


Photo from L-R: Shelli, Alex, Etoile (ME!), & Shana

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Meeting A Hair Crush This Evening...

Yep...so I must admit to being just a teeny, tiny bit excited..ok I'ma stop frontin' and keep it real...I am going to the Curly Nikki event in NYC tonight and I cannot even explain how EXCITED I AM!!!!!!!

When I embarked on my journey to healthy curls...I stalked this site...umm like 5 or 6 times a day. The information proved invaluable...and Nikki...ha...chicks hair is just RIDIC!

I am looking forward to being in the room with other naturally glam beauties AND I am hanging with 'my' girls!!!

Hope to see some of you there!!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Confessions of a PJ: Product Review Doris New York Leave In Conditioner

What They Say: Protection On The Go!

Yes it works! Finally a leave in conditioner that actually protects your hair and repairs split ends. After your shampooing and conditioning process, apply leave in conditioner generously to your hair. Massage throughout and style as desired. Again, the added moisture protects from sun damage, toxins and chemical processing but does not leave hair feeling oily or flat. Hate those split end fly aways? Well, our Leave In Conditioner will keep them tame while helping to repair the problem. Excellent for our natural girls!!! Try the Leave In Conditioner with the Olive Oil Hair Cream for a fabulous two strand twist! It's all you need! Check out our testimony section for a "how to" video demonstration of the two strand twist style! IT’S A LEAVE IN YOU WON’T WANT TO LEAVE OUT! 8 fl oz.

What I Say: LOVE!!!

I Live in the North East home of Afro Inducing Humidity...umm need I say more?! So I put this leave in through the ultimate test, let's see how you keep my curls defined through July, August & September...

I was impressed.

I apply the leave in to soaking wet hair in sections. I use a wide tooth comb and comb thru ea section 1-2 times and then scrunch the curls in ea section. This leave in Conditioner has a really nice creamy consistency. A little goes a long way. It adds moisture AND works well to refresh my 2nd/3rd day coils and curls.

Last week on location at a shoot a PA came over and asked if she could touch my hair because it looked so soft and shiny. I get that EVERYWHERE I go!

It has taken me some time but with Doris New York I have fallen IN LOVE with my curls!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

BlueDini: Contest Announcement!!!!

Make-Up By: Asha Tanielle
Twitter: @asha_tanielle
Facebook: Faces By Asha Tanielle

Thursday, October 6, 2011

On the Couch with Winsome Sinclair

What is your name & What do you do?

My name is Winsome Sinclair & I am a Casting Director/Producer? Entrepreneur

When did you 'love affair' with film begin?
I have always loved film..I think the first grown up film I remember loving was LOVE STORY with Ryan O'Neal & Ali Mcgraw However My love affair with film took hold in 12th grade when I took a film study class with Mr. Flaherty... He taught us how to love & analyze films

How long have you been working in the film industry? Since September of 1989.. SO I just passed my 22nd Anniversary

Tell us about your lifestyle brand Breezes and the philosophy behind it?
Hmm BREEZES as a lifestyle is something that was conceptualized based on us truly loving the life we live... I come from a family that loves a great conversation...And loves to Enjoy life.. We were raised a certain way and we take that every where we go.. Even in terms of how and who we do business with other people. I think one of the greatest compliments I ever got from a colleague that knew me and some of my siblings is that when you meet a Sinclair you meet all the Sinclairs you know it when we walk in the room....This makes my parents proud..

What has been your career high-light to date?
Hmmm Its been a really great run thus far and I have many moments I remember fondly... I loved doing MO BETTER BLUES.. My intro to this industry.. I really loved doing MALCOLM X and working with Forrest Whitaker & Whitney Houston on WAITING TO EXHALE also working with Hype Williams on his Debut feature BELLY , with Speilberg on AMISTAD.. I loved meeting Oliver Stone and working with Lee Daniels on PRECIOUS...I loved being invited back to my Alma Mater ( Florida A & M University ) to speak. I am excited to be working on the remake of SPARKLE now with Whitney Houston and TD Jakes...And the list just keeps on. It is not lost on me how VERY Blessed I have been

What was your big break?
My big Break was getting an internship on the set of MO BETTER BLUES.

What are your goals and aspirations?
Goals & Aspirations are to continue to do the kind of work and be aligned with the kind of projects that will make my grand children proud.. I also look forward to collaborating with people of like minds & sensibilities to create the kind of product & projects that will have an impact on this industry and the way we do business... You see I am clear that my ministry is in Entertainment. This is where GOD sent me and this is where for 22 years he has continued to use me to do his work... I really do LOVE my JOB!!!

What should every woman know about pursuing her dreams?
Stay focused , Remain Humble but also KNOW your WORTH... Put GOD 1st in all your decision making. HE will never steer you wrong

What is next for Winsome?

To Contact Winsome: wsacasting@aol.com

Photo Credit: Daniel Green

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

BlueDini: On The Set With Anna Maria Horsford

By: Asha Tanielle

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of doing makeup on the beautiful curvy actress Anna Maria Horsford. Anna has a vibrant personality which makes it impossible to get hung up on the fact that you've watched her on television and the big screen for the last few decades. In case you are not familiar with her work, Anna played "Thelma" in the sitcom Amen and "Dee" in the Wayans Brothers to name a few.

We met up at the studio of world renowned photographer Donn Thompson in Harlem, New York City. Donn has photographed just about everyone who is anyone from super models to actresses such as Kimberly Elise and Eartha Kitt.

After we all got situated, I began my assessment on Anna. She has warm mocha hued skin that looks the same way it did in photographs from ten years ago...flawless! She has large beautiful eyes with defined lids, high cheek bones and full lips....a makeup artists dream!

Since the photoshoot was for headshots, I decided to stick with neutral tones on the eyes while still using light colors on the lid and deeper tones in the crease to give the eyes definition and make them "pop". I used a warm red-orange blush on the under side of her cheeks to give them a nice contour and I popped "sweet as cocoa" blush from MAC on the apples of the cheeks to warm up her face and give it a bit of a bronzy appearance. For the lips, Anna said she either prefers very light (nude) shades, or deep dark shades. I went with a deep burgundy lipstick and a chestnut liner since fall is approaching.

When I was finished with the makeup, I handed Ms. Horsford a mirror and she smiled and said "I love it"...music to my ears! Then it was time for the magic to happen.

The actual shoot was surprisingly quick. Anna is a seasoned pro at posing and getting a variety of different angles. Her modeling skills coupled with Donn's magnificent lighting and artistic eye made this shoot a hit!

* Look out for Anna Maria Horsford this fall on BET in the new show called "Reed Between The Lines" starring Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Tracee Ellis Ross.

Photo taken by Brittany Waller, Makeup Artist assistant



Make-Up By: Asha Tanielle
Twitter: @asha_tanielle
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Monday, October 3, 2011

We have A Winner!!!!


You have won an autographed copy of....

Put Your Dreams First

Handle Your [Entertainment] Business

Industry Secrets For Your Success

Please email me at curvesruntheworld@gmail.com

One DREAM inspiring read is on the way to you!!!

Find Thembisa on-line at: http://www.thembisamshaka.com/

Until Next Time,


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Levi's Curve ID

Levi's Introduces Curve ID!!!!!

They say...It's About Shape, Not Size...

I say...ok I'll bite...

They say

1. Find Your Curve

2. Choose Your Style

3. Choose Your Rise

I say...where's my credit card!!

(no sound as I quickly type in all answers to identify my 'curve id')

Voila...I am a Supreme Curve!

Waiting for my order to arrive, I will post my review and let you know if Levi's Curve ID is Curvealicious or all hype!

For info go to http://www.levi.com/

Until Next Time,


Monday, September 26, 2011

Giveaway! Enter to Win A Free Copy of "Put Your Dreams First" By Thembisa S. Mshaka

Thembisa S. Mshaka the author of

Put Your Dreams First
Handle Your [Entertainment] Business
Industry Secrets For Your Success

Has given The Curvealicious Chronicles a Free Giveaway!!

Grand Prize: (1) One Autographed copy of Thembisa's book!

Second Prize: A digital download of Thembisa's book!

To enter: Leave a comment with hash tag #iamputtingmydreamsfirst!

Good Luck!

The winner will be selected in a random drawing on Monday, October 3, 2011!

Note: This book is a fantastic read for ANYONE in pursuit of their dream!

Find Thembisa On-Line at: http://www.thembisamshaka.com/

Photo Credit:Nancy Jimenez

Until Next Time,

Friday, September 23, 2011

Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Curly Hair Care: CurlyNikki Does NYC!

Curly Nikki Natural Hair Styles and Curly Hair Care: CurlyNikki Does NYC!: *singing* concrete jungles where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do ... I'm so friggin' excited. Hope to see you there! RS...

Complexion...Really? It's 2011...

Will the conversation ever end??? I read a post the other day entitled A Letter to Ya'll... Can I Be Really Honest? on one of my favorites blogs 'A Curls BF' www.acurlsbf.com and it struck a cord.
Recently I was told by a woman of color 'well you're not really black' ...
WOW!! Yep she said that.

I have a fair complexion. I have been called 'light skin, red bone, yellow, high yellow, light skinded' (not even a word) you name it. I have been told that I have 'good hair' and 'you must have Indian in you.'

In this day and age I do not know why we are still on skin tone and hair texture...and what is with the bias?!

What I AM is a beautiful bella. I have a head full of coils, kinks and curls, voluptuous hips, a wide nose and thin lips. I celebrate who I am and from where I have come...but most importantly I celebrate me.

My black is beautiful and whatever you are YOU are beautiful too.

OK Friday rant over! Have a great weekend!

Until Next Time,


Just A Curvy Girl Living in Her Self Professed Curvy World


Etoile (left), Aunt Pat (right)

Monday, September 19, 2011

On the Couch with Thembisa S. Mshaka!

Thembisa S. Mshaka

Author of: Put Your Dreams First

Handle Your [Entertainment] Business

Industry Secrets For Your Success

When did you 'love affair' with writing begin?
As a child. I kept a diary, the kind with that cheap lock on it, then graduated to journaling my experiences. I also loved wordplay. Partly because my mother and I played lots of Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit, partly because I loved slang and making up words. Back then I had no idea I was becoming a creative, or that it would be my calling. It was just fun.

What was your aha moment when u decided that you wanted to write professionally?
The confirmation that someone wanted to read my point of view--with my freelance pieces that I wrote for free in the Bay Area for two indie magazines: Grits 'n' Gravy and Klub, who gave me my first cover story on KRS-1. When I realized I could get paid for it? Oh it was ON!

How did you get your first job working in the entertainment industry?
I found the internship at DeLeon Artists, a boutique talent and tour booking agency at my alma mater's (Mills College) career center. At 18 years old, I had no idea what a treasure chest of knowledge I would open by working for legends like Willie Colon, the late great Gil Scott-Heron, Etta James, and many others.

Tell us about your first big break?
Well phrased question, because I've had several. The first one was that internship. I was entrusted with the careers of iconic musicians at a very young age, truly baptism by fire. Collecting Gil Scott Heron's publishing checks. Making sure Shirley Horn's ride requirements were met by venues. Fielding calls from Junior Walker as he repaired his tour bus with his own hands. Bruce Solar and Lupe DeLeon believed in me and gave me power that I didn't realize I had at first. I was just happy to be there. I carry those lessons daily in my work, which now spans advertising, voiceover, TV production, and marketing communications.

What has been one of your biggest accomplishments to date?
I have two that still blow me away: writing the advertising campaign for a seminal musical work that has now influenced two generations of hip-hop listeners, particularly empowering young women: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Also a great privilege to write the Promax Award winning campaign for the BET Awards 2009, and getting to compose a song for that campaign with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx on the set.

Tell us about your book?
Put Your Dreams First is dedicated to my late mother, who I lost to melanoma (skin cancer) in 2007. She was my biggest cheerleader and quite an advocate for women throughout her life. My book is a business mentorship guide written from the points of view of over 90 different women in all fields of entertainment, from celebrities like Oscar winner Mo'Nique to women behind the scenes, like master recording and mix engineer Marcella 'Ms. Lago' Araica. I wanted to amplify the voices of women, who drive and persevere in an industry that is often unfair and unkind to them. Thankfully, this is changing--and my book is part of that paradigm shift.

What are your goals and dreams?
To produce game-changing, award-winning films. To bring untold stories to the screen in ways that honor the story and those who own or live the content. I start film school at 39 years old and feel giddy like a teenager, after 19 years in this business. That's how I know I'm making the right move.

What things can we look for in the future from you?
I am writing my first screenplay, which I also plan to adapt as a novel. I continue to blog at www.thembisamshaka.com about the intersection of women, business, popular culture, politics, and entertainment. As an advertising executive, I'm fascinated by when and how ads win and fail, so much so that I started identifying them with the #AdWIN and #AdFAIL hashtags on Twitter. It caught on with my followers, so I am also working on a platform to explore and analyze advertising imagery and its impact on consumers, especially youth of color.

What advice do you have for Curvy Bellas in pursuit of their dreams?
Exactly what my book title says: Put Your Dreams First. After whoever you pray to, of course...but so often we build empires for others! Practice building a legacy that springs from your passion.

Find Thembisa On-Line at: http://www.thembisamshaka.com/

Photo: Thembisa Mshaka with Jamie Foxx

Photo Credit: Ola Kudu for Kokujin Design

Until Next Time,


Thursday, September 15, 2011

I AM...

Yep...this about sums me up!

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Created by: AlexandraElle

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BlueDini: 7 Days of Fabulous, Fashionable beauty tips!

On The Seventh Day of Fashion Asha Tanielle said To Me...

For long wearing lip color, opt for a lip stain or a matte texture lipstick. These varieties stay put much longer which calls for less touch ups throughout the day. Another tip is to shade your entire lip with lip liner. It's the same as wearing a matte lipstick. If it feels too dry, apply a small amount of lip conditioner to the center of your lips to add hydration.

Photo: Oliver Solomon

Written By: Asha Tanielle

Make-Up By: Asha Tanielle
Twitter: @asha_tanielle
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

BlueDini: 7 Days of Fabulous, Fashionable beauty tips!

On The Sixth Day of Fashion Asha Tanielle said To Me...

Lash out!
Long, luxurious lashes open the eyes and make you appear more awake, more polished and more glamorous! False lashes are sold at local drug and beauty supply stores and they vary in length and thickness. Some of them come with do it
yourself kits which makes the application easier. Another option is lots of mascara. Be sure to comb mascara through the lashes thoroughly to avoid clumping. Multiple coats (3 to 5) add a more dramatic effect.

Photo Credit:Maurice Collins, Imagine If Photography

Written By: Asha Tanielle

Make-Up By: Asha Tanielle
Twitter: @asha_tanielle
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Monday, September 12, 2011

BlueDini: BlueDini: 7 Days of Fabulous, Fashionable Beauty Tips

On the Fifth Day of Fashion Asha Tanielle Said to Me...

Add a pop of color for a little extra flair! Try some blue or green eyeliner instead of black, or opt for a lipstick or gloss with more color if you tend to wear nudes. If you are afraid to branch out, stop by a department store makeup counter to try the new look out first.

Happy hue hunting!
Photographer: G. Haygood

Written By: Asha Tanielle

Make-Up By: Asha Tanielle
Twitter: @asha_tanielle
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I Had a Date This Weekend...With MY HAIR CRUSH!

Saturday morning I woke up filled with anticipation...

I had a lunch date scheduled with my hair crush...

Shelli of Hairscapades!!!!

The first thing I did was take off my silk scarf, take my hair down from the pineapple and assess the 'do' from all angles...today's date was all about HAIR! How do you go on a date with your hair crush with wack hair?! #iamjustsaying.

Soon the time arrived to leave my house, I could have put on a burlap sack for all I cared but my hair just had to be right.

My signature style is a bun, or a wng pulled up into a high puff. I very rarely wear it out for fear of the dreaded ssk's. But Saturday I let the warm mist from the shower hit my hair, moisturized with a few spritzes of my kimmaytube LIC and voila one very coily BAA!! Thank you hair Gods!

I had just stepped inside of the restaurant to request a table when a vision of long glorious hair floated by...there she was Ms. Shelli...live and in person.

We hugged, she is one of those people that you feel like you have known your entire life. We chatted...HAIR of course. She is as sweet, kind, and genuine in person as she is on her blog. I like everything about this lady and I feel incredibly blessed to have met her. I subscribe to the theory that you can never have too many good people in your life.

We are going to be hanging out together this coming Thursday at The Sofistafunk Fall Fashion Week event showing you all 'How We Funk' stay tuned for photos at the end of the week.

Check Shelli out here: www.hairscapades.com

Have a wonderful day!

Until Next Time,

Just a Curvy Girl Living in her Self Professed Curvy World

Sunday, September 11, 2011

BlueDini: 7 Days of Fabulous, Fashionable Beauty Tips

On The Fourth Day of Fashion Asha Tanielle Said to Me...

Be proactive....call the professionals! When you need makeup for that special occasion,hire a professional makeup artist. They will know how to apply makeup that is appropriate for the occasion, your skin tone, and what you are wearing. Professional artists offer trials as well so you can see the finished product ahead of time. That way you will have a stress free occasion!

Photographer: G. Haygood

Written By: Asha Tanielle

Make-Up By: Asha Tanielle
Twitter: @asha_tanielle
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FNO'ing in NYC

It was 6PM and I was wrapping up my day...my stomach was filled with butterflies...you know the kind you get before that first date with that REALLY cute boy who you REALLY like?!

It was my first Fashion Night Out!!!

I was a virgin and I was prepared to lose my FNO virginity that hot, muggy, cloudy night.

I was set to hang with my crew. We'd contemplated canceling all day long, when I left the house it was pouring, and had been pouring for 2 days. Who wants to walk around nyc and shop in the pouring rain? Ummm yea not so much. But as the weather cleared we decided we would forge ahead. We were set to rendezvous in Tribeca at the oh so sexy Tribeca Grand Hotel and go from there.

First Up Tracy Reese.

As we entered the door we were greeted with a glass of wine...great way to start the party with a nice cold adult beverage. Note to self, make sure Tracy Reese is on the itinerary next year. DJ Tyger Lily a hot female DJ was spinning in the front of the store, if you don't know who she is be sure to check her out AND they were inviting guests to dance in the store windows. Sorry no pics of that...that would be considered incriminating evidence ;-).

Next on our itinerary Alexander Wang and Vivienne Tam. Both cool but NOTHING compared to Tracy Reese.

Next we prepared to hit the highlight of the eve...The ShopBop Lounge where my client Alex Young was scheduled to be interviewed by famed fashion journalist Louise Roe. The tent was right in the middle of the Street on 13th & 9th, Alex did an amazing job. She is so poised and elegant oh and did I mention she did it all while walking in 6" heels...yea I know.

The party continued for a bit we stopped at the Pop Chips Carnival on 14th St, had Tacos at The Gap Taco Truck AND got $20 off gift certificates, Stopped by DVF, and then went to go have a real meal at Merchants NYC.

So next time:

1. I will wear ballet flats or sneakers. Don't ask...

2. I will build my itinerary so I can move around on foot, trying to drive was a gridlock nightmare.

3. I will set a budget in advance.

4. I will make plans with my 'crew'...we had a ball!

Photo Credit: Sweet Sugar Suge aka The Curvealicious Chronicles 'Manpert'

Photo: Etoile & Arlinda FNO'ing

Until Next Time,


Just a Curvy Girl Living In Her Self Professed Curvy World

Saturday, September 10, 2011

BlueDini: 7 Days of Fabulous, Fashionable Beauty Tips!

On the third Day of Fashion Asha Tanielle Said to Me...

Carry a small makeup bag with you for easy transition from day to evening looks. A little extra eyeliner and some darker eyeshadow in the crease will turn your daytime look to evening glam in just minutes. Now you are ready for that after work soiree!

Photographer: G. Haygood Photography

Written By: Asha Tanielle

Make-Up By: Asha Tanielle
Twitter: @asha_tanielle
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Friday, September 9, 2011

BlueDini: 7 Days of Fabulous, Fashionable Beauty Tips!

On the Second Day of Fashion...

Always apply a primer before putting on your foundation. Primer smooths out the texture of your skin and helps keep the makeup out of your pores. This makes a fabulous, flawless skin finish!

Written By: Asha Tanielle

Make-Up By: Asha Tanielle
Twitter: @asha_tanielle
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Photo: Tom Castles

Thursday, September 8, 2011

BlueDini: As We Kick Off Fashion Week We Are Pleased To Bring You...

7 Days of Fabulous, Fashionable beauty tips!

To make your makeup application quicker and less messy, put on your eyeshadow first. That way, if the shadow falls on your face you can just clean it up with a makeup wipe and then apply your foundation and the rest of your makeup for a fabulous, polished finish!

Photo: G.Haygood Photography

Written By: Asha Tanielle

Make-Up By: Asha Tanielle
Twitter: @asha_tanielle
Facebook: Faces By Asha Tanielle

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Curvespiration: Celebrity Photographer Rowena Husbands

Late last year I was introduced to celebrity photographer Rowena Husbands, it was love at first site...Rowena is one of the most down to earth people that I have ever met and also an absolute sweetheart. I hope you enjoy this peek into her world.

Until Next Time,


When did you 'love affair' with photography begin?
I worked for Canon USA after my daughter was born and I had borrowed some camera equipment to take pictures of her. In 1993 when she was about 3 yrs old I took her to a well known celebrity photographer to have her modeling photos done... and after seeing his photos I said to myself “I can do this” and I started taking her pictures myself.

How long have you been working as a photographer?
I have been working as a photographer for about 17 years.

At what point did you realize that photography was not only something that you liked to do but something that you were passionate about?
When I was told by famed photographer Daniel Perry and choreographer Robin Dunn that I had such confidence and a great eye for photography; that is when it became a passion for me and not just a hobby.

What was your entree into the world of celebrity photography?
My entry in to the world of celebrity photography was when my friend Choreographer Robin Dunn introduced me to Mona Scott-Young who at the time managed the careers of Busta, Missy Elliott, Q Tip, Foxy Brown, LL, and Allure. Mona Scott-Young gave me the first opportunity to photograph her girl group Allure's album release party, and then by word of mouth I started getting calls from other people in the industry to shoot events, and the rest is “Herstory” which is the way I like to refer to my story.

What has been your career high-light to date?
When I was hired by publicist Gwendolyn Quinn, to shoot the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin at BB Kings…I still have a copy of the check she gave me...

Who are a few people that you photographed that you just could not believe that you had the opportunity to photograph?
Susan Lucci, Tandi Newton, Alicia Keys , Michael Bolton…there are far to many to name...

What projects are you working on now?
I am currently working as the official ‘on-set’ photographer for VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop” Season 2.

Who are some of your clients that you work with on a regular basis?
Missy Elliott, Actor Jamie Hector, and I am also the official photographer for New York Women in Film & TV.

What are your goals and aspirations?
My goals & Aspirations are to be the best person and photographer that I can be, I am constantly challenging myself in my craft. I also plan on beginning a mentoring program for young women who are interested in being a photographer

Where can we expect to see Rowena in the future?
You can expect to see me on the big screen in the near future...

Check out Rowena's Web-Site Here:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

BlueDini: Transitioning your makeup from summer to fall is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Foundation:
Try a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation for fall. Since your tan is fading, you may find yourself in between foundation shades. Tinted moisturizer provides light coverage and will likely match your skin tone as you transition from your bronzy beach babe hue to a more fair complexion.

2. Lips:
As the weather cools down, you may want to try deeper lip hues. Instead of buying a bunch of new lipsticks, try lip liners in darker berry shades. That way, you can use the liners to darken up your favorite summer lipsticks. You will fall in line with the latest trends as well as save money.

3. Eyes:
Want to try new eyeshadow colors but don't want to spend a ton of money? Well stop by your nearest MAC Cosmetics store this fall to pick up the pre-made eye shadow palettes. These palettes are actually what started my love affair with MAC back in 2006. They typically consist of six shadow colors and retail for about $36 (over $30 savings) and they take the guess work out of choosing the latest shades that look good together..

Hopefully you will find these handy tips helpful. Feel free to include your own fall makeup transition tips in the comments section.

Have a BEAUTY-ful fall!

Article Written By: Asha Tanielle

Ashley Caldwell
Twitter: AshleyDianne1

Make-Up By:
Asha Tanielle
Twitter: @asha_tanielle
Facebook: Faces By Asha Tanielle

Role Call! Fashion's Night Out!

You better watch out!

You better not cry!

You better not pout!

I'm telling you why,

Fashion's Night Out is Coming to Town!!!

I've been naughty...

I've been nice...

I'm making my list...

And I am checking it twice!

Fashion's Night Out is Coming to Town!!!

Yep...I am a little excited...

The gals and I are finalizing our itinerary today and tomorrow...I am hoping that some of my fellow curly gals and fellow curvy girls can come and play in our 'reindeer' games!

If you would like to try to join us during the course of our eve please email me today at: curvesruntheworld@gmail.com and I will send you my info and our tentative plans.

Have a great day!!

Until Next Time,

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fashion Friday: Behind The Scenes w/Alex Young on her way to Kim Kardashian​'s Welcome to NY Party!

Welcome to the first edition of Fashion Friday's...the column dedicated to all things girly, glam, & fabUUUlous!

This week the lovely pop princess Alex Young was invited to attend "The Night of Style & Glamour" Party which was thrown for newlyweds Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries to welcome them to NY. Shut the front door! I KNOW!!!!

What is a pop princess to do? Umm call in the ultimate glam squad...oh and did I mention with less than 48 hours notice?!

It's ok I have a magic wand :-).

As soon as I got the call...yes me Etoile (in addition to being the maven of all things curvy, I am the maven of all things imaging, branding, & marketing) I made one call to Arlinda M. of Sofistafunk who works as Alex's stylist, designer and image consultant. We discussed the details of the event and how we wanted her to have a jaw dropping look and proceeded to get to work.

Alex wore an elegant but sexy aqua blue silk dress with a deep plunging neckline, a high split on the right side and a charcoal grey cummerbund tie belt. Her make-up was a funky aqua and plum smokey eye, bronzer and a nude lip.

Her look was described as 'resplendent' as she walked the red carpet.

And did you see THE SHOES?! Valentino...#imjustsayin


Styling/Design/Imaging By:
Arlinda M for Sofistafunk, The Skirt Co
Twitter: @sofistafunk
Facebook: Sofistafunk, The Skirt Co

Make-up By:
Asha Tanielle
Twitter: @asha_tanielle
Facebook: Faces By Asha Tanielle

Hair By:
Tameeka McNeil-Johnson
Twitter: @jadedtresses
Facebook:Jaded Tresses

Fairy Dust:
Facebook: The Curvealicious Chronicles

Photo Credit: Brittany Waller, Make-Up Assistant

Stay Tuned For Fashion Week Ladies...it is going to be RIDIC!

Until Next Time,
Just a Curvy Girl Living In Her Self-Professed Curvy World

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Curvy Bella of The Day - Gloria J. Hughes

The Curvealicious Chronicles had the opportunity to sit down with Gloria J. Hughes. She is one super intelligent curvy who has it going on! Gloria is passionate about life and one amazing woman!


What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Gloria Jean Hughes and I am a Research Chemist.

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about life, living it to the fullest and being a good steward over all things given to me. As the mother of two boys ages 19 and 18, I am also passionate about raising them to become intelligent, strong, loving and kind black men. They are well on their way. I am also passionate about bringing more African American and minority women into the world of science.

What are your goals and dreams?
My biggest dream is to create drugs that would eradicate diabetes, cancer, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's! Some of my goals include striving to live a life pleasing to God (life time journey). To become one of two Female African American Lead Research Chemists in my company and open a gourmet bake shop! More importantly to be kind and live in peace with those around me.

What words of advice can you offer curvy bella's in pursuit of their dreams?
My advice to fellow curvy bella's in pursuing their dreams is to never conform to defeat! Never let what others say about you in a mean spirited way penetrate your person. Take constructive criticism in stride. Stay focused and believe in yourself because when you do, everyone else will too! Walk with your head up!

What sage words of advice can you give 'curvy's' about being comfortable
in their skin?
Some sage words of advice for my curvy's about being comfortable in their own skin are; be strong, intelligent, sexy, confident, savvy, beautiful and happy! Rock those curves!!

As a curvy what are your fashion do's and what are your fashion don't?
Spanx, spanx and more spanx is one of my fashion do's. They are expensive but worth the investment. Never wear something form fitting without them. A good bra is a must also. My biggest fashion don't is stockings and sandals! Drives me nuts! The only exception are elderly women!!

Where can everyday curvy's on a budget find fashions that flatter their
To a lot of curvy's surprise, Macy's, Nordstrom and Lord Taylor have some fabulous fashion saves. You have to take your time and look through the racks though. One on a budget can also find some cute and flattering clothes at Simply Fashion, Rainbow and Dots. I found some really pretty and feminine sun dresses long and short at these stores. That's all I wore this summer with sexy wedges and sandals

What is 'next' for you?
What's next for me? Ummmmm only God knows!! But in the meantime I'm going to be the best Gloria I can be for and to those in my personal and professional