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

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:

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' 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 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:

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!

The Good Hair Blog: FOR YOU!: I made this for y'all! Feel free to save it and use it. Just make sure to give me photo credit if you post on another site! My tumblr's ...

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
Facebook: Faces By Asha Tanielle

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
Facebook: Faces By Asha Tanielle

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
Facebook: Faces By Asha Tanielle

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'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. 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:

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 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
Facebook: Faces By Asha Tanielle

FNO'ing in NYC

It was 6PM and I was wrapping up my stomach was filled with 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
Facebook: Faces By Asha Tanielle

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
Facebook: Faces By Asha Tanielle

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: 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 is going to be RIDIC!

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