Monthly Archives: May 2010

JANET’S NEW LOOK IS HAWT!!!!


Janet showed up to the London premiere of “Why Did I Get Married Too?” looking Uh-Freakin-Mazinggg sporting her new short cuaff which is very befitting on her & wearing head to toe Lanvin!

I’m so glad the celebrities are catching on2 Lanvin as the designer’s work is beyond gorgeous! Anyways, She complemented her look with the brand’s signature statement jewelry that I raved so much about. Wearing a bracelet with chain clusters, their flap bag, & some bad ass heels from their fall ’10 collection!


Janet looked like a breath of fresh air! Very refreshing!


I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”

photo: necolebitchie.com

SHOEGASM ALERT!

So I was browsing the web- per my usual pass time– when I spotted these DROP DEAD GORGEOUS wedges by Paule Ka! They are today’s Instyle.com OBSESSION! & now they are mine! I was getting on my bestie this past wkend abt sky high stiletto bein the only shoe choice over wedges when you want to look XTRA HAUTE! But after seeing these, I take it all back! bcuz these r UH- FREAKIN-MAZIN! They make a statement!!! I would wear them with b/f jeans & a clean white burnt out tee & just let the shoe speak volumes!

I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”

Photo: Instyle.com

IDEAL CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF LENA HORNE!

@ the age of 92 the legendary actress & jazz singer Lena Horne is no longer with us. However, she lived almost a century & is responsible for breaking barriers & helping to pave the way for many women of color to have a successful career in Hollywood! So on today let’s celebrate a beautiful woman of grace & great talent! She is a quintessential Idealist & will truly be missed!

I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”

LUST ITEMS OF THE DAY!

Valentino Shining Flower Tux 360 Tote!

NOW WAIT!!!!! BEFORE YOU GO IN……..

I KNOW that based on the photo, this bag looks like there is wayyy to much going on w/ the sequins, leather bow, flower petals to be even remotely attractive! HOWEVER, here me out on this & believe me when I tell you that this picture does this piece of arm candy ABSOLUTELY NO JUSTICE what so ever! I spotted this gem when I was in the Valentino store @ Phipps Plaza last week. A young woman dressed in all black was walking out of the store w/ this particular tote in tow. It was such an attention grabber. Very stunning in person! Besides I found out that Gossip Girl did a show around this handbag! It was a part of the entire plot for christ sakes! If that alone doesn’t give it validity for being fabulous Idk what does!

MOVING ALONG…..

I initially went into the Valentino store because I saw these GASMS in the window! Aren’t they precious! Just to tease myself a little, I actually tried these on. They looked so beautiful! I loved how the lace blended with my skin. It was literally like having lingerie on my feet- SO SEXY! & the polka dot platform added a touch of fun! PLUS the 6 in heel made them that much HOTTER! I want them so bad & I know exactly where I would wear them! There’s a annual event held here in Atl & New York called “Jeffrey Fashion Cares”. High end designers & fashionistas come together to help raise funds & awareness for AIDS. I would love for IDEAL to be apart of that….(just putting it out there in the universe)

I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”
photos: net-a-porter.com

" IDEAL- ICON" !

Actress Betty White is America’s new “It” Girl & now Ideal’s newest Icon! This is a NO BRAINER for the Ideal site. I’ve always LOVED Betty White! Unless you’re family or a really close friend, you may not know that Golden Girls is my FAVORITE show in the world! Since I was a little girl I could watch Rose w/ Dorothy, Sophia, & Blanche on Lifetime until my eyes bled- literally all day. I loved it that much! So much so that I’ve always felt a close bond with all of them- in a non psychotic way of course….

Anyways…Back to Betty!

The comedic actress has had a career that spans many generations & tonight she will become the oldest person EVER 2 host Saturday Night Live along w/ an appearance from rapper Jay Z! If that’s not freakin AWESOME idk what is! In our society aging is usually looked down upon, especially if u’re a woman in Hollywood, but as Betty so eloquently puts it ‘The older you get, the better you get, unless you’re a banana.’” Betty proves that you shouldn’t fear age! She makes it kool & look like a ton of fun! & @ 88 she’s still just as relevant as she was when she first started back in the 40’s AND her popularity is @ its strongest to date! She’s beautiul, has so much charm, charisma, & wit, & is funny as hell. She’s America’s sweetheart! & I love her to pieces!




Here she is on the red carpet @ the Time 100 Gala a few days ago! Doesn’t she look amazing!?

& be sure to tune in to watch her tonight on SNL! check out 1 of her promo clips below!

I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”

" IDEAL- ICON" !

Actress Betty White is America’s new “It” Girl & now Ideal’s newest Icon! This is a NO BRAINER for the Ideal site. I’ve always LOVED Betty White! Unless you’re family or a really close friend, you may not know that Golden Girls is my FAVORITE show in the world! Since I was a little girl I could watch Rose w/ Dorothy, Sophia, & Blanche on Lifetime until my eyes bled- literally all day. I loved it that much! So much so that I’ve always felt a close bond with all of them- in a non psychotic way of course….

Anyways…Back to Betty!

The comedic actress has had a career that spans many generations & tonight she will become the oldest person EVER 2 host Saturday Night Live along w/ an appearance from rapper Jay Z! If that’s not freakin AWESOME idk what is! In our society aging is usually looked down upon, especially if u’re a woman in Hollywood, but as Betty so eloquently puts it ‘The older you get, the better you get, unless you’re a banana.’” Betty proves that you shouldn’t fear age! She makes it kool & look like a ton of fun! & @ 88 she’s still just as relevant as she was when she first started back in the 40’s AND her popularity is @ its strongest to date! She’s beautiul, has so much charm, charisma, & wit, & is funny as hell. She’s America’s sweetheart! & I love her to pieces!




Here she is on the red carpet @ the Time 100 Gala a few days ago! Doesn’t she look amazing!?

& be sure to tune in to watch her tonight on SNL! check out 1 of her promo clips below!

http://widget.nbc.com/videos/nbcshort_at.swf?CXNID=1000004.10045NXC&widID=4727a250e66f9723&clipID=1223834&showID=61&siteurl=http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/snl-promo-betty-white/1223834

I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”

J BRAND HOULIHAN SKINNY CARGO!


So I spotted the Houlihan skinny cargo pant by J Brand about a month ago when I was reading the Intermix blog! They weren’t available yet, but the site promised that these were going to be the MUST- HAVE cargo of the season! & they were right! Celebrities from Rihanna to Jessica Alba can’t seem to get enough of the trendy cargos sporting them in the Vintage color ‘Olive’! I think they’re super cute 2 & I love how the edgy ‘military inspired style’ is still versatile & can be paired w/ everything from flats 2 heels 4 a cute & casual look.

I also like the Vintage Navy pictured above! These cargos are available for purchase @ Intermix, & Net-A-Porter! They’re a hott buy so if you want them, go ahead & get them bcuz they’re selling out fast!

I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”

MET GALA ’10! "AMERICAN WOMAN: FASHIONING IDENTITY"

Every celebrity, designer, & fashionista you can think of came out tonight for the long awaited MET Costume Gala!- including my my boo Pharrell. I had to post this pic of him because I am so glad he got rid of that awful mustache he had been rocking & is back to his usual cute self! Anyways, this is one 1 of fashion’s biggest night out & if I ever got the chance I would love to go! Not even to hit the red carpet, just to see the action in person! …..One day….Until then

CHECK OUT SOME OF MY RED CARPET HIGHLIGHTS BELOW!

SIMPLE & SLEEK!


Diane Kruger & Zoe Saldana were the muse for Calvin Klein! I loved that they’re looks were less over the top sleek & more polished & sophisticated! The hair pulled away from the face (you already know that gave them an advantage in my book) especially Diane’s hair! It was really beautiful! Minimal makeup- Their looks were refreshing!

HIGH SPLITS!

Actresses Kerry Washington & Kate Hudson both showed off their great legs! While, I liked Kerry Washington’s pop of red. Overall, I was a little disappointed tho as I expected a bit more. I think maybe its the hair & makeup that’s throwing me off. Although, her legs are KILLER! Kate Hudson also rocked the high split! Her dress was okay, didn’t blow me away BUT I really loved her hair! I’ve been wearing my hair similar to this with the french braid across the front. I think it looks very whimsical & cute!

GLAM GODDESSES!

Sara Jessica Parker wore designer Halston. I didn’t like the hair accessory, but I couldn’t hate it because I’m a bit biased since Sex & the City is about to come out…Besides its CARRIE FOR CHRIST SAKE! I’d probably feel underwhelmed if she didn’t have the hair piece! The Ultimate Diva Jennifer Lopez looked amazing as usual wearing a coutoure gown from their Zuhair Murad fall ’10 collection. I expect drama & pure excellence from her & she brings it every time!

MARCHESA!

I am a HUGE fan of Marchesa & Gossip Girl Blake Lively is the ultimate muse for the designer- A PERFECT FIT! The girl has legs 4 days & she looked fantastic wearing a piece from their Fall 2010 line paired with Christian Louboutins! While I wasn’t a fan of actress Joy Bryant’s Marchesa gown, I did like her overall look. She glowed! You could tell she felt good. & isn’t that all the really matters?

EDGY CHICS!


M.I.A. & Zoe Kravitz were the muse for designer Alexander Wang!- this pair only seems fitting! I’m usualy so distracted by what these chics wear that I failed to notice how unbelievably STUNNING they are! I almost didn’t even recognize Zoe! She looked like a grown woman! & I liked her look paired with the clutch, lace glove, & red lip. She’s really starting to come into her own!


Oprah Winfrey came with designer Oscar De La Renta. The deep blue really suits her! I thought she looked fabulous!


Chanel Iman in designer Michael Kors! Believe it not, I actually didn’t hate this metallic jumpsuit! It gave me a very supermodel Studio 54 back in the 70’s vibe.


Nicole Richie wore a metallic Marc Jacobs gown. Not a total surprise since this is a signature look for her. She still looked great none the less rocking her brown tresses & bangs!


Eva Mendez wore Dolce & Gabanna! This chic could wear a paper sak & still look amazing! She’s just that hott!


I LOVED actress, Kate Bosworth in Valentino Cotoure! I can’t put my finger on it, but her look overall was impeccable. She just carried herself with such class! She was actually 1 of my favorites of the night….


Anne Hathaway is in 1 of my favorite movies EVER (Devil Wears Prada) !- so she automatically gets a standing O from me! I loved her gown! She looked heavenly from head to toe. but for some reason I get more of an Oscar’s look than the MET gala! Not that it makes a difference. I just see this more suited for award season….

OLD HOLLYWOOD GLAM!

Jessica Alba looked beautiful wearing a Sophie Theallet gown.I loved the the 1 shoulder off drape of the dress & the taupe really complimented her skintone. The look was complete with minimal jewels & drop earrings. Ideal Icon, Iman wore a silk black gown by Prada! I don’t even have to type the rest because you guys already what I’m about to say! TOTAL KNOCKOUT! Both of the ladies looks were classic & they looked gorgeous!


Camilla Belle was the muse for designer Jason Wu pictured to her right. She looked sophisticated beyond her years in this 1 shoulder’d red gown & I mean that in the best way possible! Can you believe she’s only 23? WOW! Only thing is I really wish she didn’t have that whte trim along the breast line of her dress, it makes it look like her dress is falling down & her bra is accidently showing….

I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”

THE TRAVELISTAS!

IDEALISTS MEET ANDREA & TERI!

Together the duo form “The Travelistas”! The 2 young ladies are best friends that have their own online travel show where they go on excursions across the world focusing on culture, lifestyle, & entertainment! Now this is not your ordinary “What’s Hot in Miami” type of travel show! The ladies produce segments where they explore places like Greece to South Africa determined to get the full experience as if they were locals & not tourists! But you know what really stood out for me?! Both are MBA grads from FAMU that speak 5 YES F-I-V-E different languages! Rather than joining corporate America after they graduated college, they saved their money to travel the world & are now using their education in business to have corporations fund their trips!


(Turkey)
(Rome, Italy)

(Rome, Italy)

HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!

As a soon to be graduate, I am very much inspired by “The Travelistas”! Sometimes life after college doesn’t feel promising for young people. It just feels like you’re basically being thrown n2 the “real world” wondering what in God’s name u’re gna do w/ your life. You would want to do something unconventional & exciting, but are left with little options especially w/ the job market not being as strong right now. Its scary! But here you have 2 smart, educated young African American women who combined their book smarts & passion for traveling to start their own business! & have been successful doing so I might add- making appearances in Essence as well as The Monique Show a while back!

(Teri in Trinidad)

(Cannes Film Festival)

Andrea & Teri represent my idea of what Idealists should be! They are living & not just existing! They’re smart, well traveled, well cultured, & pursuing their dreams! So guys don’t give up & don’t doubt yourself. Follow your passions whole heatedly because Andrea & Teri are showing you that it IS possible! You never know where this life could take you!

& continue your support 4 The Travelistas! You can check out their webisodes HERE!

I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”

LOOK OF THE DAY!

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA takes the honor of my ‘Look of the Day’- HANDS DOWN! She looked absolutely beautiful last night at The White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner wearing a Prabal Gurung gown! I think the bold red color was very refreshing paired with the gold cuff accessories made her look very fashion forward! Michelle Obama is HOTT!….can I say that? Is that appropriate? I don’t know, but I can’t get enough of her style! She’s bring new life to the role of a First Lady! Love me sum her!

I D.efine E.very A.sepct of my L.ife”