06 May 2015

BLF Fashion: Spring Is The Season Of The Lady

May is here and I haven’t been this excited for spring fashion in a long time! I’m officially calling this the unofficial “Season of the Lady.” Yes, we can be ladies at work, home, dates, church, and on the go. Season of the Lady means embracing your feminine side, enjoying being

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18 Mar 2015

Our 5 Favorite Inspirations From New York Fashion Week 2015

Now that the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City (#NYFW) has taken down their elaborate runways and fashion connoisseurs have jetted back home, let’s take a look back at several moments that gave us so much life this year:   Naomi Campbell slaying in Zac Posen. Naomi Campbell is the

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08 Jan 2015

BLF Fashion: Interview with Marissa Kendrick, Founder and CEO of Deleay Lashay

Many in the fashion industry ask and get asked: what’s in a name? Actually, a lot. If you have a brand you have the opportunity to make it greater than average by creating art and making impact in your sphere of influence and beyond. At the age of 25, Gary,

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08 Dec 2014

Winter Fashion For Women: How To Look Stylish In The Cold

The colder months are upon us, and if you live in a chilly place like I do in Chicago, the winter can get drab fashion-wise. Even though the weather can be brutal, you don’t have to look that way. Below are several options for you to keep warm and stay

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17 Jun 2013

Trendsetta: Masters of Illusion, This Year’s Summer Fashions

This summer, it’s all about giving an illusion. Now you don’t have to lie about your size, but you can strategically hide and accentuate certain parts of your body with the new trends in fashion without the need for extra items to hide your extra-ness. I’ll admit that a problem

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19 May 2013

Trendsetta: Met Gala Trends and Hits

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC celebrated its annual Met Gala with the theme “PUNK: chaos to couture” for its spring exhibition. This is a huge time for fashion-obsessed celebrities to wear their most daring, avant garde, and extreme looks that they could not get away with anywhere else.

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14 Mar 2013

Trendsetta: Global, Affordable Designers For Spring

For women, fashion is coming alive this spring by making a few colorful changes. Instead of the regular looks we see every spring like the nautical theme and eyelet pastels, we’re getting a brighter, “summery” spring with African inspiration and bold colors. This is thanks to two of many designers

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08 Feb 2013

How To Wear Leg Warmers In 2013

As a kid of the Millennial generation, I have to admit that I’ve never really worn leg warmers. I always thought that these knitted pieces of fabric were fit for costumes that reflected that “totally rad” decade that I was born in- the 80s. I wanted to do a post

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09 Jan 2013

Trendsetta: Fashion Resolutions 2013

The new year is in full swing and so are the resolutions to get in shape, drop some bad habits, etc. But how many of us have made a resolution towards our fashionable side of life? A resolution is a declaration, promise or pledge that one makes. You can make

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03 Dec 2012

Trendsetta: 3 Trendy Gift Ideas For Women

The holidays are coming around the corner and if you need fashion gift ideas, we got you right here on BLF. This week is about gift ideas for the women, the fashionistas in your life. These three items are for all ages and come in a range of styles and

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15 Nov 2012

TrendSetta: Fashion Tips For Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday has become a national retailer pastime over the years for those who work in retail and the many others who love to shop for the deals. I have been on both sides of the coin and I can still say it’s thrilling to go Black Friday Shopping. You

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12 Nov 2012

Trendsetta: FLOTUS Style For The Holidays

In honor of the Election and our first family, this post is inspired by our First Lady’s class and style. We’ll show you how you can get the look for this year’s fall and holiday get togethers. The materials, the hem-length, the attention to the silhouette, all of these are

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22 Oct 2012

TrendSetta: Closet Hippie – Girl Power In Business And Fashion

The Lacuna Art Studio Lofts were all a buzz on October 13th with the weekend buzz of business. From hair salons to music studios, art and creative flowed through the hallways and floors of the maze-like mall for urban hipsters. Among the community of businesses is the grand opening of

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17 Oct 2012

Trendsetta: Fit to Flatter-Who Really Cares About Size?

Imagine that you are free on a Friday afternoon and decide to go shopping for a lil’ something to wear to the seasonal get together next weekend or that wedding you were invited to. All the styles you’ve admired in the magazines and on TV are in the stores and

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10 Oct 2012

TrendSetta: “Fall Haul” What Stays From Summer And More

This past weekend I got up and engaged in an important annual activity: changing the summer closet to a fall wardrobe. Don’t delay this time because it’s “still nice” out because October will be around the corner as well as the chilly mornings. When changing the clothes you normally see

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08 Oct 2012

What To Wear? Black Men Chime In On What Styles They Find Sexy

Women undoubtedly rack their brains trying to determine what men like when it comes to defining “sexy”. Well, I took to social media and asked a few of my closest male friends how they defined a ‘sexy look’ and specifically what they like to see women wear.   One thing is

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24 Sep 2012

Just Like Me… FINALLY Natural Hair Dolls That Make Us Proud!

Little girls love their dolls.  Whenever I used to receive a doll as a child, the first thing I did was play with her hair.  I’d brush, comb, and practically envy the long blonde or black silky hair that was attached to my usually creamy complexioned Barbie doll. I remember

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10 Sep 2012

TrendSetta: Is It Okay to Match Your Boo?

One of the things that me and my girlfriends have a gripe with is when couples go out and not hold hands or kiss in public, but wear the same colors or even clothes out together. It was cute in high school, but does it resonate the same effect when

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29 Aug 2012

TrendSetta: Labor Day Fashion Tips For ‘All White’ Events (For Men & Women)

Labor Day is just around the corner and so are those invitations to “All white” or “White attire” parties. In some fashion circles, wearing white clothes after Labor Day can be a major DON’T. I suggest working with what you have because a lot of the stores may not carry

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29 Aug 2012

Tichina Arnold & Her Simple Wedding Request – “Good Friends, Good Food, Good Fun!”

Nowadays it is very common to see a ‘platinum wedding’, all the bells whistles and crystal that money can buy.  Folks spend tens of thousands of dollars on a wedding only to end up in divorce court weeks later…. I ain’t calling no (uhmmm OCHOCINCO) names here– sorry, I just

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06 Aug 2012

How Come ‘Nappy’ Gets No Love?!

The decision to no longer add chemicals to my hair was not a hard one for me. Through all the thoughts I had of how I would wear it, would I press everyday, how would this affect my professional look, I never thought about how it would affect my romantic

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10 Jul 2012

Prints: Are You Haute or Hideous?

Treat yourself this summer by wearing some sort of fashion forward print. Whether you decide to wear a floral print dress, jump suit or accessories, prints can make you stand out from the crowd. However, there is a thin line between being haute or hideous with prints and I am

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11 Jun 2012

His Style Matters: Foundation-Belts

Belts (like socks) are on the lower end of a man’s priority list, something we don’t put as much thought into as we maybe should. But, if you care about dressing, then you’ll need a few different belts to suit any occasion.  They’re also one of the most understated, yet personal,

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07 May 2012

His Style Matters: Foundation – Pants

Here’s where the pant meets the man. Even though we all wish we had the physique of a professional athlete, most of us fall short. But that shouldn’t stop you from looking good—even great. Know what fits you well and complements your body type. Wearing shapeless, baggy pants doesn’t do

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14 Mar 2012

His Style Matters: Foundation Shoes

  Style Matters to me because I know you get one time to make a great first impression. In making that great first impression you should start with your shoes. It is the foundation of your look. As boys, we are taught that masculinity and a concern for style are

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