MY LIFE: Face model for the AMUA

A couple weeks ago, one of my favorite photographer, Ernie Passwaters, put up a Facebook post. She was asking for women of color to be face models for the Academy of Makeup Arts. I submitted my picture and they chose me! I was impressed that the school wanted to work on women of color. The instructors felt that their students needed to practice on the different tones that are found in our community.

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When I walked into the AMUA studio I was met with 20 models, of various shades from toasted vanilla to mocha brown, being worked on by mostly artists who were white. Well! Yes, let’s do it! I know they students were nervous, but the models were nervous too. Most models have horror stories of white make-up artists either ignore them or make them look casket ready (ie ASHY-McGEE!). AMUA is making sure to send their student artist out in the world, ready to tackle ALL skin tones.

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Behind the Scenes: #StyledbyFabglance

When I took my hiatus from the corporate world, it gave me more time to explore the world of Fabglance. When I started this blog, I wanted to do more than write about fashion. I wanted to teach people how to be more fashionable. It took a little while to get started, but over the years I’ve styled models, local celebs, and working women. I just want women to feel amazing.

This summer, I was hired to style a new client, Jasmine. She turned 40 and wanted to WOW her friends and family. She trusted Fabglance to do the job. But I knew I had to do more than a quick mall run. I bought in Dewayne Richards, aka Dr. Beauty, for hair and makeup. Listen, the man is genius and can SLAY some hair and makeup. Then, I called Patrick Webster, one of my favorite photographers. Together, we gave Jasmine an amazing birthday photo shoot.

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Oh yeah, can’t forget using local boutiques to style our FAB FORTY year old. The sequin dress came from Limonada Couture and her business professional look came from Runway Boutique. My goal is to use as many local retailers and entrepreneurs as possible. I am proud to say that this entire job was Nashville based.

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Needless to say, the shoot went well. Jasmine was so pleased with her looks and the experience. I was pleased that my client was happy. Styled by Fabglance hit it out the park!

Do you wanna get Styled by Fabglance? In 2018, I’ll offer Complete Style Packages on my sales page. Right now, I’m doing my Closet Reorganization services. Click here to book a style session today.

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What To Wear: Inspired by Halloween Movie Villains!

I swear, every year people impress me with their amazing Halloween costumes. Every year I say I’m going to do a banging costume and  . . . that never happens. BUT, that doesn’t mean I can give you some FAB outfit inspiration for Halloween. This year, I decided to get inspired by scary movie villains. Plot Twist, I never watch scary movies BUT I love costume design. Below, I picked three looks inspired by Halloween’s scariest villains. Add the makeup and take these looks to the next level! Let’s get started:

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Freddy’s Dead . . . Sexy!

Of course I had to start with the Iconic, Freddy Krueger! Growing up, Nightmare on Elm Street was the scariest movie you could watch . . . with the lights on. LOL! Anytime you see that iconic striped shirt, you know what it’s all about. I took Freddy’s iconic stripes to inspire you to step up your Halloween look. It’s sexy and a bit scary at the same time.

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Raise Hell . . . Look Cute

The next look is another super scary villain from the 80’s . . . Hellraiser! Dude, as soon as I saw that guy with the pins in his head, I was DONE! I think I made it through about 30 minutes of the movie and I was DONE! However, doesn’t mean I can’t get inspired by Hellraiser‘s patent leather trench look and hardware inspire tortured face.

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Checkin in on Chucky

Last but not least, I had to give a nod to our boy Chucky! Listen, Child’s Play was a movie I could watch because it was HILARIOUSLY scary! I mean, a doll, possessed? Laughable. But he’s iconic. I wanted to go full denim, but went with these black overalls, but kept his iconic stripped shirt, sneakers, and knife. This look is cute  . . . but you’ll be a killer! LOL! Also, can I just have these sneakers?! Right!

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Ok, so you know I had to do a regular-degular-schmegular look because this is definitely what I’ll be wearing this Wednesday. Hey, the Candy Lady has to look cute too.  Can I have this Louis Vuitton fanny pack tho? I swear I’ll put candy in their for the kids!

So, which look inspires you the most? Let me know in the comments section!

REVIEW: High Tea and Healing at the NEW Thistle Farms Cafe

Last week, the wonderful staff at Thistle Farms invited me to enjoy high tea and learn more about their newly renovated restaurant. I was so excited to dine with the team, learn more about the organization, and drink fancy tea! Before we get into it, I just need y’all to go ahead book your girl’s lunch at The Cafe at Thistle Farms. It’s sure to become a popular lunch spot! Let me tell you more:

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Thistle Farms is an organization that supports, empowers, and employs women who are survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. The organization allows women to stay in their facility for up to two years. Residents and graduates of the residential program are employed in one of the divisions of our diverse social enterprise, including a natural body and home product company, the Café at Thistle Farms, the Studios, and Thistle Farms Global. It’s great to know that every bite you take at the cafe is helping a woman find a new life. 


In addition to the wonderful tea and treats we were given a tour of Thistle Farms NEW factory where they make their candles and body products. Walking through the halls smelled like heaven, and knowing that every purchase helps is even better. Thistle Farms is making a global impact by partnering with worldwide organizations that help women find a better quality of life. In addition, you can find the Wonder products at Whole Foods, nationwide. 


Guests were given one of Thistle Farms soy candles. We were reminded that each time we light the candle we are lighting the way home for a woman in need! That’s more than enough reason to support this amazing organization.


So, make Thistle Farms Cafe your next lunch time spot. They also have space available for meetings, events, and corporate retreats. 

CHAT | Come get your BOYFRIEND! 

I’m loving using my new YouTube channel to share different sides of myself. Also, I’d like to thank you for your comments on my videos. Today’s video is my new CHAT feature. Sometimes, I just want to talk to you, and using the written word is not enough. Let me know if you like it.

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I know I’m cute . . . but I don’t want your guy!

Today’s topic is relationships! Specifically, people attempting to get out of their their relationship … specifically your boyfriend being all up in my DMs and your mom’s DMs, and my friend’s DMs! I’m just tired of guys trying to create side situations with nice single girls. So, let’s talk about it!

So many times, people ask me, “Are you dating?” and the answer is YES, but with some frustration. I know there are great guys out there, but the corny guys are making it REAL bad for y’all. Seriously, I’m not here to be a side-chick. I want a fun, healthy, and amazing relationship with a great guy who doesn’t sneak away, sending janky texts to other women. And, you should want that too. You don’t need a guy treating you like you’re LESS THAN! Girl, you are the full package!

Take a look at my video and tell me what you think? Have you been cheated on? How did it feel? Have you cheated? Let’s talk about!

 

What to Wear: Let’s talk about WHITE BOOTS

I never thought that I’D be saying this, but, we gotta let WHITE BOOTS cook for fall/winter. Man, listen! I always thought white boots looked like majorette boots. But, lately I’ve been seeing the celebs and IG influencers rocking white boots and it’s making me think I can give them some room for the season. So, I had to go to my polyvore page to play around with looks featuring white boots. After I created these looks, I think I’m sold, you should get some white boots this year. Let’s get into it:

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VLOG | Nashville Parade of Homes 2017

Last week, I was invited by California Closets Nashville as a VIP Guest to the Nashville Parade of Homes! The Parade of Homes is an annual event that allows guests to see the latest home design trends created by the regions best builders and interior designers. California Closets created a $45,000 closet for one of the homes, and were the first to view the creation. Y’all! These homes were more than amazing. They were dream-worthy.

The tour definitely gave me some GOALS to think about. I want to build a home so that I can host my friends and family. The Nashville Parade of Homes introduced me to interior design trends I hadn’t seen before: Bunk rooms, Digital Spaces, and Embroidered Walls! Can someone just give me one of these houses, fully furnished? No? I gotta work for it? UGH!

Well, take a look at my Million Dollar Home Tour VLOG from last week’s visit. Make sure to comment, share, and subscribe if you haven’t!

 

FAB REVIEWS: Private Label 4C Natural Clip-In Extensions

I’m back again with the FAB REVIEW! This time, I’d like to thank the team at Private Label Extensions for asking me to review their NEW line of kinky clip-in extensions. Back in March, I reviewed Private Label’s regular extensions with a full installation. Listen, I’m a weave GIRL. Give me all the bundles. But sometimes I don’t have the money or time for a full installation and I figured out that CLIP-IN extensions are the way to go!

CLICK HERE to purchase your 4C Natural Clip-In Extensions

How come no one told me about getting some REAL clip-in extensions! I been sleeping. I’ve made extensions on my own, to fill out a bangs or add a bit of volume. But, to have a whole head of extensions, this is new to me and I LOVE IT. Plus, Private Label Extensions are literally the BEST HAIR I’ve ever used (and I’ve used ALOT of hair). Last time I reviewed them, I had only good things to say, and we are back on it!

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WHAT TO WEAR: Tracee Ellis Ross JCPENNEY Holiday Collection

People! This is not a drill! The most stylish woman on TV, Tracee Ellis Ross (Joan from Girlfriends and Bow from blackish) is releasing a HOLIDAY FASHION COLLECTION with JCPenney! Get your coins together, because just like Rihanna’s FENTY BEAUTY collection, all the girls will line up for this! 


As I type, Tracee is releasing looks from the upcoming, November 12th, drop. So far we’ve seen four looks. The company and Tracee have delcalred these pieces as affordable and SIZE INCLUSIVE! That’s right kids, from a small to a 3xl, you can have a bit of Tracee’s style in your life! 


Tracee’s style is well documented. She’s appeared in all types of magazines and continues to slay the red carpet … and when she’s just going to get coffee. She dresses her body well, mixes hi/lo, vintage, and trends, plus she has curves and isn’t afraid to show them. She’s a perfect collaborator for JCPenney, a company that was once America’s store for home and fashion. 


Since she’s working with JCPenney, I’m hoping this won’t sell-out immediately. But it is a holiday capsule collection which means its available for a limited time. November 12th is a month away, prices range from $9-$75. I can’t wait to see how everyone styles their Tracee looks! There’s something for everyone’s style: boho, chic, trendy, and classic. I’m going up for that sparkle dress! Yes honey! 

Follow Tracee and JCPenney on instagram for exclusive photos and more details. 

VLOG | Convos with Tisha Campbell

A couple week’s ago I attended an inspiring event at Lipscomb University. Actress, Tisha Campbell, was invited to the university to speak on her career. Many know her as Gina, from the TV show Martin, but Tisha Campbell has a long and historic career in Hollywood. She’s been in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years, winning her first talent competition at the age of  seven.

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The entertainment media studies department, headed by Professor Natasha Johnson, completes a class assignment that involves planning and producing a community event that invites a celebrity to the city. The students did an amazing job, even when the guest list moved to more than 200 attendees. It was so exciting to visit the campus and listen to Tisha talk about her career, motivations, and inspiration. Of course I had to vlog it! I even give you a glimpse into my life with some fun commentary:

Make sure to watch, comment, and share!