What to wear to the Black Panther Premiere

We are less than a week away from the Black Panther premiere. Everyone I know is pretty excited about this amazing cinematic sensation. For comic book fans, it’s a dream come true to see this incredible universe come to life. For black people, it’s even more important. All reviews point to Black Panther being one of the best representations of the African diaspora ever recorded on film. Yeah, Wakanda isn’t a real place, but gosh darn it, we are proud to represent! Of course, I have to give you some outfit inspiration.

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At the official Hollywood premiere guests were asked to dress royally as they walked the red carpet. The film’s stars (Lupita N’yongo, Chadwick Bosman, Angela Bassett, and Janelle Monae) wore the finest interpretation of African dress. Taking inspirations from various tribes and regions on the African continent allowed for stars to be as creative and colorful as possible. The carpet shined with black excellence.

For fans attending next week’s nationwide movie showing – dressing up is the name of the game. This isn’t a regular movie date, it’s time to show out! So, to get ya inspired, check the looks below: (click the pic for shopping info)

#WhatToWear: #BlackPanther and Chill

Everyone may think to go straight Kente cloth skirts and shirts for the big day, but I’m all about mixing styles. Add elements of African apparel to you look while supporting black designers, like this Black Panther clutch from Kashmir VIII. This look adds a militant appeal sporty chic!

#WhatToWear: All #BlackPanther Everything

The next look borrows heavily from the actual Black Panther Party. You know I live for an all-black look, so what better way to flaunt it than at a Black Panther movie screening. Plus, this look is super comfy for a 2hr movie event. Cute, militant, and black – seems like a good look to me!

#WhatToWear: #BlackPanther Royalty

This look is for those who love to go all out! Bring the African inspiration to the theater. This menswear inspired African print shirt pares well with jeans and these amazing gold boots. The gold accents are a nod to the African continent and their rich resources!

#WhatToWear: #BlackPanther Bae

The last look is for the guy in your life. I mean really, I expect all the men to show out for the Black Panther screening. This look adds a bit of comic book appeal and African-American inspiration. I mean, it is Black History month! This kente kufi adds that 80’s nostalgia to present day looks. Add a bit of continental gemstones and feel like a king on the carpet.

Let me know, in the comment section, what you’ll be wearing to the show! Who you goint with? Let me know!

Hello February: Black History, Black Panther, and Black Love

Hello Fab Fam!

I wanted to type something deep and inspirational but all I’m thinking about Is the premiere of the Black Panther movie, Valentine’s Day, and my upcoming book signing! It’s gonna be an amazing February!

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Ok, so Black Panther is coming out on the week of Valentine’s Day and during Black History Month! Like, how BLACK is that? Don’t know what are you wearing to the Black Panther preview? You know I GOT YOU! Next week I’ll post my Black Panther outfit inspirations – so make sure you’re following me on Instagram for exclusive looks. What are you doing for the Black Panther premier?

Ok, y’all know that Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite fake holidays. Even though I don’t have a Valentine this year, I got a crush, y’all know I’m gonna give y’all my Jodeci Appreciation posts. Oh, you’re new here?! Girl, every year we celebrate the best black bad-boy band of the 90’s – Jodeci. I’ve been campaigning for them to get a national holiday for years. Why not Valentines Day?

Then, when February is just ending, I’m hosting my very first BOOK SIGNING for my new book, Jack and Ahlia! On March 3rd, I’m hosting Books & Bites at White Bison Coffee Shop! Y’all, I’m so excited. I’ll sign copies of my book, read a couple chapters, and answer all your questions about this intriguing couple. Tickets on sale soon. You know I’ll let you know.

So, what’s your plans for February? Are you celebrating Black History, Black Entertainment, Black love, or all of the above? Let me know in the comments!

MY STYLE: Shop Curves With Purpose

When I found out about Curves With Purpose I was so excited. It’s not very often plus-size women are able to find great casual and work wear pieces that are affordable and well made. I’d never heard of the brand, but when a friend told me about the company I was pleasantly surprised. Curves With Purpose offers 13 exclusive brands in sizes 10-28. Girl, yes, you should get to shopping at Curves With Purpose!

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Buy this Dex Plus ‘Vanessa‘ Dress for 40% off!

Last month, the team at Curves With Purpose reached out to me to host their holiday pop-up shop at Cool Springs Galleria. I got a chance to see the clothes and model one of the garments. I’m here to tell you, the clothes are HIGH quality. The team at Curves With Purpose works hard to give plus-size shoppers a wide variety of looks to purchase.

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So, if you live in Nashville, Curves With Purpose is hosting another Pop-Up Shop at Cool Springs Galleria from Now until February 11th! On top of that, they are offering 40% off all winter looks! You can shop in-store and online! Girl, get to shopping! I know I’ll be stopping by this week to pick-up some new looks.

SHOP CURVES WITH PURPOSE

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MOTIVATION: When Instagram and Facebook aren’t enough …

Welcome to my NEW #Bloggerlife series! Every month I’ll discuss an issue effecting bloggers and online influencers. This month we are discussing the recent changes with Instagram and Facebook. I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years, and I’ve learned a thing or two. The biggest thing I’ve learned is how to roll with the changes on apps that we can’t control.

If you are a blogger about that LIFE, your goal is to use your influence to help your followers and make money. Increasingly, it seems like Facebook and Instagram are pushing against that goal. What used to seem easy, now feels like it requires an advanced knowledge of marketing, perfect timing, and many sleepless nights. I’m here to tell you, that while it will take a couple changes to your regular posting schedule, I’ve got FIVE alternative tips help you when Facebook and Instagram become too overwhelming.

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Yup, if you are an online influencer, you’ve heard the word ‘algorithm’ more times than you want to hear. Every three months, or so, Facebook and Instagram changes the way followers see the things we post. The biggest change in the last 30 days is Facebook moving to a ‘friends & family’ feed. Basically, all the ‘fake news’ that floated around during the election cycle proved to lower Facebook’s influence with followers, fans, and stakeholders. Since Facebook owns Instagram, your liable to see changes taking places on that platform too.

The infamous ‘algorithm’ of late 2016 hit. Facebook and Instagram limited your reach to 30% of your total follower count on average, allowed the algorithm to decide what content should be displayed in your feed, and Social Media was forever changed.- Keenan Beasley, Forbes Online

On top of the social platforms returning to a more ORGANIC timeline (yet, still not chronological), if you’re not a mega infleuncer with more than 10,000 followers, your posts being seen by less than 30% of your followers. Ever wonder why you followed someone dope, but after the first day you follow them, you never see them again? Yeah, blame the algorithm. The algorithm is set for you to interact, all the time, all day. It’s really hard to interact with all your faves when you follow a ton of people.

WHEW! So where does that leave a blogger like you, who just wants to get more readers on your posts. How can you get more EXPOSURE when you are promoting something you’ve worked hard on. I have five tips for you:

  1. Keep your website updated – I know so many bloggers who don’t BLOG anymore! I know we’ve gotten used to posting a pretty picture and walking away. But, if you’re hoping to get discovered by a brand, you need more to stand on than a couple like on Instagram and Facebook. Also, remember Vine? Yeah, it’s gone now! If those creators didn’t save those amazing micro-videos, their content is gone! But if you own your website, you have control over where it lives, when it’s posted, and how long it’s available for followers to see. Keep your website updated!
  2. Don’t doubt face-to-face networking – We’ve gotten SO used to the ease of online marketing, that we often forget about good ol’ face-to-face contact. Last week, I was invited to my friend’s work event. I’m an introvert, but I know when to turn it on when I need to. Anyway, a couple convos with the creator of the event, I was asked to do a short presentation about my book, Jack and Ahlia. Ended up selling some books and making a couple new contacts! Get yourself some business cards, take yourself to a networking event, and tell people about your blog!
  3. Work on a newsletter – Trying to get your work seen by more people, send your links directly to your followers via a newsletter. Many followers don’t jump on Facebook and Instagram as frequently as content creators. But, they ALWAYS check their email. Sending a newsletter to your followers, even once a month will help you see an increase in visits to your blog and your connected social platforms.
  4. Put some work into other social platforms: Not getting the love you deserve from Instagram and Facebook? You know Twitter, Tumblr, and Snapchat all exist! And, they are still chronological! That’s a whole new audience looking for content. Commit to a new platform, engage for about a week, and see your stats jump.
  5. Pay attention to what your followers like – If you are trying to be the best influencer in your city, your region, and hopefully your country, you have to be strategic. If you notice your followers like more of one type of content than the other, give them what they want. I’ve noticed that followers love when I posted photos of me wearing cute outfits, not so much if I post an abstract photo, so I gave them more outfit posts and less fluff.

It’s 2018, there’s enough eyes for all of us to get more eyes on our content. Stay consistent and creative and watch your numbers rise!

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The Songs that inspired, ‘Jack and Ahlia’

I’m excited to share this very special playlist with you! The Jack and Ahlia Playlist is the music I listened to which inspired each of the four main characters: Jack, Ahlia, Corey, and Jordan. You can listen to this playlist on Spotify and Tidal. It features amazing tracks from some of my favorite popular and indie artists including: SZA, Al Green, Method Man, Carl Thomas, Jeezy, Romen, and Daniel Ceasar.

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MOTIVATION: Five ways to update your style!

Happy New Year! It’s the season of ‘New Year, New Me’! On Instagram, I asked my followers if they were thinking about changing their style for the new year. Most answered, “no”, stating that cost and not knowing where to start. I thought I’d share FIVE easy tips to help you update your style!

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MY STYLE: What’s next for 2018?

We are a couple days away from 2018. While I rock this gorgeous black dress from Eleven60, I thought it would be a good time to look forward for 2018. I’m a fan of a resolution. I don’t let haters distract me from making a goal for my life. Some goals, I hit, and some fall by the wayside. BUT, I tried and that’s more to say than the person laughing, while you are trying. Don’t be afraid to set a goal!

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Black Book‘ dress by Eleven60

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What to Wear: Celebrate New Year’s Eve!

The time is here – do you have your New Year’s Eve party plans prepared? I know, the holidays fly by so fast you almost forget to plan for a shindig, nevertheless planning an outfit. So, Fabglance is here to help. Get some inspiration from the looks below. Click the pic for shopping info:

The first look is for my Party-Hopper! If you live in Nashville, there’s a ton of church events, roof top parties, music events, and even fireworks, to help you celebrate the New Year. This look gives you a bit of chic and a bit of comfort. When you reach your final destination, you’ll look super cute and be ready to kick it with your friends!

So, you and your honey going out for a New Year’s Eve date? You gotta give your partner a lil bit of SEXY! This velvet dress and fur jacket are just the look for a night on the town. Plus, there’s tons of new restaurants to try, which are hosting NYE specials too. Add an extra bit of glam, then dance the night away!

Ok ladies, let’s get in formation! You know I’m always ready for an all-black look. This sparkling look and tough but sassy jacket are just the look for the hottest party in town. Keep it flirty and fun, then party until you can’t walk the next morning!

Of course I had to give you a bonus look! This is for my ladies going to see the ball drop. Ladies, it’s all about LAYERS! The forecast is set to freezing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Also, can someone get me that Louis Vuitton clutch for an after-Christmas gift? That would be awesome!

So, Happy New Year, from Fabglance! I’ve already said that 2018 is not the year of the glow-up, it’s the year of RESTORATION! Get ready to find what you lost. Let’s celebrate!

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STYLISH MOTIVATION: Spreading Christmas Cheer!

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy the Elf

I’m Buddy the Elf, because I’m so hype to go home for Christmas. My WHOLE family will be in town. This is the first time most of us have been in the same city, at the same time, in a long time! It’s a Christmas Miracle! Get ready for snapchats and insta-stories filled with family shenanigans.

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Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, so I make sure celebrate with family and friends. This year has been tough, but it’s only made me stronger. No matter how tough the year has been, you must celebrate the fact that you MADE IT! You MADE it! Don’t worry about the bills, our what someone sad about you, or what you lost. Just celebrate the fact that you are stronger because of these challenges.

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Shirt – Amazon, Skirt – Charles Lord, Necklace – Charlotte Russe, and Shoes – Torrid

So, yes, we made it! It’s Christmas! Spread some Christmas cheer! Call a friend you haven’t called in a long time. Give a gift to someone who isn’t expecting it. Buy that plane ticket to surprise your family. Or, you know what, just get some rest. Cheer yourself up by chilling. Any way, have an amazing Holiday Season!

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Shot by Patrick Webster

Get ready for 2018! We don’t know what’s in store, but we know we are STRONG and we will make it! Thank you for following Fabglance. I hope I’ve inspired you to be better than you were before you read this post.

Merry Christmas!

#WhatToWear: Christmas Party FAB!

We have about two weeks left until Christmas and the party invitations haven’t stopped. From Ugly Sweater parties, to the wine & cheese soiree, I’m sure you’ve wrecked your brain for the perfect outfit. So, before it’s too late, I thought I’d give you some outfit inspiration for the party season. Oh yeah, feel free to transfer some of these looks right into New Years Eve! It’ll be here before you know it.

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I know you are looking at YET another Ugly Sweater Christmas Party invitation; maybe it’s a work function. Oh yeah, National #UglySweaterDay is December 15th (it’s also National Cupcake Day). Anyway, who cares about buying a dumb sweater that you’ll only wear once this year? Why not try a cute, yet sorta ugly, sweater that you can wear through out the cold season. And, you know VELVET is hot this year. Try a pair of velvet booties to bring some fly style to that corny party invite.

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You know that party that you kinda want to go to, but not really, but you know that cute guy that’s a friend of a friend, is going to be there? Yeah, this look is for that party! A bit casual, and a bit extra – just like you. Once again, velvet makes an appearance in this ensemble but this time in this cute bomber jacket. Oh yeah, the cool girls bring a bottle of wine, you know to earn her spot at the party.

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The next look is for that holiday party that happens right after Christmas. Especially for those of us who fly back to our hometowns and have to stunt on folks real quick. This is also a look you can copy for New Year’s Eve . . . if you gotta stunt on 2017 real quick. The winter trend is over the top, over-the-knee boots! These stunners will help you make a statement.

So, I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Party Season and an amazing Christmas! 2017 has been hell-ish, but we made it in STYLE!

Tell me which look you’d rock –  hit the comment section!