Wakanda Forever- The Fashion of Black Panther

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I finally got a chance to see the epic movie Black Panther, and I must say it lived up to all the hype that surrounded it. Let me first start by saying that I loved the strong portrayal of black women in this movie.  From being leaders, scientists, warriors, and having a voice of opinion, Black Panther definitely highlighted women of color in a strong and positive manner, something that is so needed in today's society. 



 Now as for the costume design.......LOVE is an understatement. Ruth Carter, the costume designer for Black Panther did an amazing job with pulling inspiration from various African cultures to create the modern yet traditional African looks.  With the use of 3-D printed accessories, a cast of designers, and years of experience that range from movies that include Malcolm X, Selma, and What's Love Got to do With it, Carter took us fully into Wakanda via the fashions. Carter stated in a Glamour interview that she, "was under a lot of pressure to not create a stereotype", Let's just say she didn't but created a modern, tech-savvy, world all while remaining true to African culture via the fashions in Black Panther. 

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One of the brands that Carter tapped to create authentic and modern African looks came from Nigerian designer Walé Oyéjidé, creative director of the menswear line Ikiré Jones. Oyéjidé was responsible for designing the beautiful scarf that King T'challa is seen wearing in a post credit scene in the movie(be sure to stay until ALL the credits are done rolling). The use of African based designer and brands does a great job of bringing the traditional African garb into the modern fashion world of Wakanda.

Take a look at a few of my favorite looks from the movie!


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What is your favorite look from the movie?!

What is your favorite look from the movie?!

Tv One's Sister Circle

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Tv One preimered it's newwst show, Sister Circle on this past Monday. The show features :

Syleena Johnson, a Grammy-award nominated singer and “R&B Divas” TV star

Quad Webb-Lunceford, “Married To Medicine” reality-TV breakout star

Rashan Ali, TV Host, sports reporter and radio show host

Kiana Dancie, a stand-up comedienne,                                                                                              radio personality and actress

And my fav, ‘DJ Q,’ also known as Quentin Latham (or for those really in the know, Funky Dineva) YES GAWD HUNTY!!!

Sister Circle will tackle real life issues and will cover everything from money, love, family, fashion, crafting, food, and more. I tuned into today's show and enjoyed every minute of it. With the impressive list of celebrity guest and the reliability of the hosts, Sister Circle is sure to be a success with a few adjustments here and there.

Check out a video from the show below!



I couldn't end this without showing my FAVORITE Funky Dineva review EVER! I mean he is the reason that I am even watching the show. 


White After Labor Day



We all have heard the rule that no white should be worn after Labor Day, but many don't know how this rule started.  In the late 19th century, rich, high society women who came from wealth found themselves rubbing elbows with the so-called "new rich." In order to distinguish old money families from the newfound millionaires, they used fashion rules that only those who were "in" would know about. These rules included things like wearing the correct sleeve length for certain events, and, of course, only wearing white in the summertime. Eventually, when Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, the holiday became a natural end-point for summer, and for wearing white.

Another common explanation has to do with the availability of air conditioning and methods to keeping cool. In the 20th century, wardrobes were not as casual as they are today. People wore what many would now consider formal clothing. So instead of donning a pair of shorts and a tank top, men and women would wear white and light-colored clothing that was lighter in weight. This was done in an effort to keep cool during the heat of summer. After Labor Day, when summer gave way to fall, wearing light fabrics would leave people too chilly, so people cast aside white for darker, heavier fabrics.

Whatever the reason for this rule, times have changed! Wear what you want and rock it the best way you can. 


Fashion Fair First Look Professional Partner Program

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Fashion Fair...the brand that most of our moms and grandmoms wore and the first makeup we played in. The iconic brand has updated it's product and has a professional partnership program for students, makeup artists, and industry professionals. 

The Professional Partner Program has 3 categories - Make Up Artists, Industry Partners and Students. In addition to Partner discounts the program includes: 

  • Quarterly Product/Program Preview Announcements
  • Special Event Invitations
  • Contests


Open to all professional make up artists who can provide any two of the proofs of the profession. Expires two years from approval.

Any two of the following along with photo identification is required:

  • Magazine tear sheet with name credit
  • Program or call sheet
  • Union membership card
  • Proof of agency representation (letter from agent or link to roster)
  • Website (gallery sites or Facebook not valid)
  • Blank Contract
  • IMDB Credit


Open to beauty industry professionals who are required to use make up in their career or craft, including; estheticians, cosmetologists, and salon/spa professionals who can provide any one of the proofs of profession. Expires two years from approval.

The following proofs along with photo identification are required:

  • Letter of employment from salon owner
  • Professional License


Open to students and licensed graduates of accredited schools of cosmetics, cosmetology and esthetics. Expires one year from approval.


  • Letter of enrollment (including dates and courses) will be required.
  • Diploma (Must have graduated within the previous 12 months.)

To apply for partnership apply at http://www.fashionfair.com/pp_form.php

Sewing with Tanganika

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Memphis seamtress Tangie Seay will be hosting a sewing classes in September!

Attendees will learn:

  • Taking measurements
  • Using a sewing pattern
  • Fabric placement & pinning
  • Garment construction
  • Sleeve placement
  • Installing elastic casing
  • Hemming

This is an intermediate sewing class but other classes will be offered in September and October for the beginner seamstress. 

To reserve your spot visit http://tanganikabytangie.com/sewing-workshops.html


The Nail Institute of Memphis

Memphis will be the first city in the state of Tennessee to open a stand alone manicure school. The school opens August 21st and is hosting open enrollment now!

Kamecha Wilson, a cosmetologist with over 20 years of experience in the cosmetology field, is the founder and states, “We are excited to be part of Memphis’ long history of innovation and creativity by becoming Tennessee’s first free standing manicure school," Wilson said in a release. “The passing of House Bill 0039 in 2013 allowed me to pursue my dream of opening up a school to teach my craft to others." Prior to the this law being signed, students could become licensed in these disciplines, but they would have to go through a full cosmetology school for completion. Prior to the opening of The Nail Institute of Memphis students would look to spend between $5000-$15,000 to complete cosmetology classes. The program at The Nail Institute cost only $3050 and puts students on a fast track to complete licensing requirments.


For more information about classes visit  http://thenailinstituteofmemphis.info/

Prince Receives a Custom Color with Pantone


The estate of  Prince, alongside Pantone Color Institute™, announced the creation of a custom color to represent and honor the international icon. The (naturally) purple hue, represented by his “Love Symbol #2” was inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano, which was originally scheduled to go on tour with the performer before his untimely passing at the age of 57. The color pays tribute to Prince’s indelible mark on music, art, fashion and culture.

“The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be. This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever,” said Troy Carter, Entertainment Advisor to Prince’s Estate.

“We are honored to have worked on the development of Love Symbol #2, a distinctive new purple shade created in memory of Prince, ‘the purple one,’” Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute said in a statement. “A musical icon known for his artistic brilliance, Love Symbol #2 is emblematic of Prince’s distinctive style. Long associated with the purple family, Love Symbol #2 enables Prince’s unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself.”


Black Don't Crack

Vanessa Bell Calloway will be turning 60 this month...that's right 60! Best known for her roles in Coming to America and What's Love Got to Do With It, Calloway is embracing her age and wants us to do the same. She has created a website that allows women to share their life stories and how they embrace and rock their age. 

Elizabeth Keckley- Dressmaker to the President's Wife

ot many of Keckley's designs still exist actually. And even with those pieces that do exist, there’s a question as to whether they can be attributed to Keckley. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has a Mary Lincoln gown, a purple velvet dress with two bodices, that the first lady wore during the second presidential inauguration. There’s a buffalo plaid green and white day dress with a cape at the Chicago History Museum. At the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois, you’ll find a black silk dress with a strawberry motif that you’d wear to a strawberry party, which was a 19th-century Midwestern picnic tradition, but it’s disputed as to whether or not it’s a Keckley.

Celebrate NYE in Style with Dean of Fashion

Celebrate New Year's Eve In Style at Dean of Fashion!
Enjoy live entertainment from Devin Crutcher & KaTrenia Upshaw
Hor d'oeuvres and free champagne Toast at Midnight! 
VIP includes admission for two, complimentary wine bottle, and seating where you will enjoy an upclose and personal experience with the band. 
Only 50 tickets will be sold to the exclusive and private event! 
Dress to Impress
Coat Check will be provided

December 31, 2016

9 p.m.- 1 a.m.

5963 Summer Ave

Memphis, Tn

Tickets available at EventBrite. 

Solange on Jimmy Fallon

In the performance Solange in wearing a piece designed by Tine and Tim White. The costume is woven  to attache her to her background singers. The symbolism, the dance choreography, the staging....everything about this just screams YES to me. 

AFLD Presents Brunch & Sew Holiday Edition

AFLD Presents Brunch & Sew Holiday Edition

Join Andrea Fenise and the AFLD as she hosts the holiday edition of her wildly successful Brunch and Sew series. This is the holiday edition and will also celebrate the founder's birthday!Enjoy a night of crafting, cocktails, and conversations.

This edition of Brunch & Sew will feature two design options!

 If you are a beginner, you will be taught how to make these gorgeous over sized faux fur pillows.

Recipe of the Day- Baked Chicken w/Private Selection Bold & Savory Poultry Seasoning

Whole chicken or chicken pieces of your choice
Kroger Private Selection Bold and Savory Poultry seasoning
Vegetable Oil

* Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
* Wash and pat whole chicken or chicken pieces dry
*Coat chicken in vegetable oil on both sides
*Sprinkle Bold and Savory Poultry Seasoning on both sides of chicken. 
(I like to cover my chicken pieces completely with the seasoning.)
*Bake at 350 for about 45 uncovered
*Turn heat up to 375 the remaining cooking time to crisp skin, 

Let chicken rest and enjoy!

Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Professionals in Memphis After Party

Memphis's own Cynthia Daniels has created an amazing event to celebrate urban business elites in Memphis. The Top 40 under 40 is just one of the ground breaking events that Cynthia has created for the city of Memphis. Remember Memphis Black Restaurant Week, she did that too!

The Top 40 under 40 Urban Elite Professionals Awards honors African-American in Memphis who offer unique and innovative solutions to social problems, as well as those who shine in their respective professions. This awards gala serves to not only spotlight these remarkable Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Professionals and their outstanding achievements, but to also raise funds and awareness for the initiatives of Cynthia Daniels & Company, a small business founded to bring consciousness in the community through event planning. Now while the awards gala is SOLD OUT, you can still attend the after party. 

Cocktail attire is suggested for the after party. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes because DJSwagg Memphis will be there for the turn up. In addition to that, Hors d'oeuvres will be  provided by Chef Shanon with Chef 4 A Day Catering, and there will be an open bar complete with signature cocktails, 
  Tickets for the after party can be purchase at 40 Under 40 After Party

Congrats to all the award recipients and to Cynthia Daniels for another fabulous job well done. 

Top 40 under 40 urban Elites.

Model Ashley Graham Has Her Own Barbie Doll

Ashley Graham has her own Barbie! As part of Mattel's initiative to create dolls for all girls, which included three new body types – tall, curvy and petite – along with a range of seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles, Graham was tapped to have her very own plus sized doll.

Since the beginning of the Barbie doll, she has been known as a blonde bombshell. Mattel did little in the beginning to provide dolls that looked like all the little girls that played with them. “We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty and continue to push for a more inclusive world,” Graham, 27, said in a statement. “I’m thrilled Barbie has not only evolved their product, but also has continued to honor women who are pushing boundaries. It’s an honor to be immortalized in plastic.”

Ashley also had a hands on approach to designing the doll. When Mattel approached Graham about making a Barbie in her likeness, she had one simple yet important requirement: no thigh gap!
"She had to have her thighs touch. No ands, ifs, or buts about it. And I asked for cellulite but obviously plastic and cellulite don't go hand in hand," the plus-size model and body image activist told The Hollywood Reporter "It was important that the Barbie resembled me as much as possible. The thighs touching was one way to show young girls that it's OK for your thighs to touch, despite society saying that a 'thigh gap' is more beautiful."

The doll is part of Mattel's line of "Shero" dolls, which include female heroes director Ava DuVernay, actress Zendaya, dancer Misty Copeland and gymnast Gabby Douglas.

Intro To Paris Casting Call

Join Matthew Hopson as he hosts the Intro to Paris casting call. The call is open to female and male models. The actually show will be held in January 2017 with the casting taking place this weekend. Models be sure to arrive on time and ready to walk the runway. This is a compensated job. 

Oprah's Most Fashionable Favorite Things

Oprah's yearly favorite things list is out and in true Oprah fashion the list is over the top and full of fabulous finds. We have looked over the list and here are our top fashionable picks from the list.

APL Tech Loom Phantom Sneakers
After wearing these running shoes to hike through the Grand Canyon, I can confidently say they go the extra mile. They have four-way stretch uppers, motion-flex outsoles, cushiony midsoles, and a supportive 3-D grid pattern in neutrals and pretty pastels." — Oprah
Available for purchase at Athletic Propulsion Labs
$165 to $185 per pair, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH

Trio Gloves
"Anyone who’s ever searched for a lost glove will love this touchscreen-friendly interchangeable trio: It’s a pair and a spare, so you’ll never be caught cold-handed." — Oprah
Available for purchase at VerLoop Knits
Originally $38, now 25 percent off with code OPRAH

Won’t Let You Down Coats
"No one wants to put on a puffer and feel...puffy. That’s why I appreciate this toasty down jacket with a water-resistant shell, major insulation, and a removable hood: It’s snug but sleek." — Oprah

Available for purchase at Land's End
Originally $189 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH and PIN 2016

Madison Convertible Tops
This brushed-jersey number is the love child of a cowl neck and an off-the-shoulder top and feels divine either way you wear it." — Oprah

Available for purchase at Michael Stars
$128 each

Center Stage and Dauntless Frames by Peepers
"You’re always writing to me asking about my glasses. I highly recommend these readers for their antiscratch lenses and absurdly low price. Bonus: With their big bold frames, they’re impossible to lose." — Oprah

Available for purchase at Peepers 
Originally $22 per pair, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH

Coyuchi Linen Terry Robe
When linen meets organic cotton terry, you get a really sublime robe, perfect to wear while unwrapping presents on Christmas morning. You’ll be in good company: I gave these to the cast of Queen Sugar as a series premiere gift." — Oprah
Available for purchase at Coyuchi
Originally $198, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH

Vera Bradley Gallatin Sidesaddle Crossbody
"These perfectly sized, smooth leather cross-bodies have a hidden surprise: They're lined with one of Vera Bradley’s upbeat signature prints." — Oprah
Available for purchase at Vera Bradley
Originally $168 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH

Rustic Cuff Dallas .5 Stingray Cuffs
"These edgy handmade cuffs have Gayle written all over them! The intricate details and reasonable price blew me away. A great gift to give...or keep for yourself." — Oprah
Available for purchase at Rustic Cuff
Originally $96 each, now 20 percent off with code OPRAH

Take a look at the full list at Oprah's Favorite Things

Savvy & Chic Business Corner- Designs by Estell

Cherika Hart, the owner of Designs by Estell, is quietly and quickly taking over the trending craft of sewing and designing. Self taught, minus the one class she took at Joann's Fabric, Cherika's craftsmanship and attention to detail is amazing considering she has only been sewing and designing for 10 months. With designs ranging from tea skirts, monogrammed clutches, maxi dresses, and even head wraps, Designs by Estell is a brand to be on the look out for!

Cherika Hart owner of Designs by Estell

When asked what inspired her to sew, Cherika states, "I have always wanted to sew but was afraid of the actual sewing machine itself. Watching my grandmother and aunt sew until they passed away was very inspirational to me. To see a piece of fabric become my uniform for school was like magic to me. Once I got older, I was so curious about sewing that I would look inside of my clothes to figure out how everything was attached to make the actual garment. However, I was still afraid of the machine. Until one day, I left a very depressing job that I could not take another day of. I decided that I would start selling bows to gather enough funds for a sewing machine. Bows turned into tutus, monogramming and bow hangers so the money came quicker than expected. September 2015, I knew this was not something temporary. I knew this was a passion that was buried in me for years. My husband decided then, at that moment I needed a logo and a name before we moved any further. Well…. Considering nobody knew my middle name but my close family, I decided it was time to break out of the shell of embarrassment. Yes for 30 years I was embarrassed that I was named after my grandmother, Estell. I lied to several friends about it. Because my grandmother was my inspiration to sew, it was only right, I carried her legacy on with OUR name."

In January of 2016, Cherika realized that this was more than a hobby/ penny pincher. "I actually felt good waking up and starting on projects and orders. It was refreshing!" Cherika started sewing different items and started receiving orders immediately. "It amazes me how far I have come in this little time but I know I have a long way to go in this industry. I’m excited to learn more so that my business will expand."

Her biggest challenge to date when it comes to running a business- "My biggest challenge at this point is stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new pieces. I’m more comfortable with creating skirts and little girls pieces more than anything. However, I have created dresses, rompers and peplums as well, which I find very challenging. I’m in a sewing academy now learning how to self-draft and I’m getting comfortable with making adjustments with commercial patterns." Cherika is also looking to expand her line to include items for tall women."It is hard trying to shop for apparel that really fits tall women. Most of the time, the real issue is the length. A maxi is not considered a maxi if it stops above the ankles, right? lol. It feels and looks funny. As a tall and slim woman it is frustrating when I see beautiful pieces to only try it on and be disappointed with the length."

We asked Cherika what's next for Designs by Estell "I  also plan to teach my daughter Joi Lei the basic of sewing because she seems to be very interested and curious like I was. The only difference is, she is not afraid. Her business will “Blossom” later.

For more info on Designs by Estell

Like Designs by Estell on Facebook 
Follow @Designsbyestell on IG. 

Rock Your Crown Beauty Brunch & Make Up Class

Rock Your Crown is a hands-on beauty brunch and empowerment workshop for women who are going places! By exploring their aspirations and envisioning their goals, women from every walk of life will be inspired to embrace their most inner potential.

Rock Your Crown includes a delicious brunch, powerful speakers, vision boarding, a hands-on makeup lesson, and vendors to shop. With focus on grace, confidence, and beauty, the speakers and activities during this workshop will provoke women to make their dreams become reality.

By the end of this event, women will be excited to put some “foot” to their faith and “rock their crown”!

Sunday November 13th, 2016
The Great Hall & Conference Center
1900 s Germantown Rd.
10:30a.m.- 3p.m.

Purchase tickets at Rock Your Crown
Take a look at last year's Rock Your Crown