My Sergio Hudson x Target Wishlist

The fashions are coming! The fall designer collection form Target is coming soon! Sergio Hudson announced his upcoming collection with the big box retailer and I have my wish list ready! Check out the collection video and which pieces I have my eyes on.

Dresses with Endless Possibilities

I love a great dress! I’m a dress girl more than anything, as I feel most comfortable in them. I enjoy statement dresses in solid colors or neutral patterns because it allows me to mix and match with other colors and patterns. These by Sergio Hudson serve as the perfect foundation for statement jewelry, bold accent colors, and patterns.

Versatile Basics

I love a colorful basic piece like this turquoise turtleneck. It can be worn casually or dressed up.

I’m a sucker for an animal print and this zebra print blouse is a satin like fabric is right up my alley. I wear blouses like this with skinny jeans and stilettos or with a pencil skirt or slacks.

Statement Coats

The coats in this collection are divine! Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you have to stick to neutral outerwear. Jewel tons are surprisingly versatile and often go with most if not all other jewel tones. The deep rich purple pea coat can get more wear than you think and I can plans for it already.

The large houndstooth printed coat is perfect as a statement in its in or to compliment a pop of color underneath.

Food & Drinks: Brandy is the New Face of Stella Rosa Brandy

Singer and actress, Brandy, is the new face of brandy! How fitting! She announced the new partnership via her Instagram. Keep reading to learn more.

Description:

“Introducing Stella Rosa®Brandy, a collection of hand-crafted premium fruit-flavored brandy. Made from high quality grapes grown in Northern Italy, Stella Rosa® Brandy has a bold character yet sweet and sexy profile. A smooth and refreshing moment waits to be discovered” (Stella Rosa).

The Italian imported brandy is featured in three flavors, Smooth Black, Honey Peach, and Tropical Passion.

Smooth Black Profile:

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“Stella Rosa® Smooth Black, bursting with rich flavors of blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry, Stella Rosa® Smooth Black Brandy exudes elegance and sophistication”(Stella Rosa).

Honey Peach Profile:

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“Made with juicy ripe peaches and sweet honey, Stella Rosa®Honey Peach Brandy is sweet, fun, and just the thing for playful palates”(Stella Rosa).

Tropical Passion Profile:

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Fall blissfully into tropical paradise with Stella Rosa®Tropical Passion Brandy. Passion fruit, mango, and pineapple create the perfect blend for a dreamy tasting experience.”(Stella Rosa)

Entertainment News: Halle Bailey Releases Teaser Tailer for Disney’s Live Action Little Mermaid

When it was announced that songstress Halley Bailey, one half of dynamic singing sister duo Chloe and Halle, would star as Ariel in Disney’s live action The Little Mermaid, it came with mixed reviews. The decision was praised from those who longed for more diversity in Disney movies and Disney purists thought it just didn’t make sense. I, for one, was elated at the news. I will definitely head to the movies to see it, hopefully with my nieces.

The teaser trailer released just last evening is everything I knew this movie would be. Halle’s voice is a perfect match for Ariel. I’m also glad that the production team kept her hair similar to her natural style of locs which can she seen still even with the red hair. Representation matters. Check out the teaser trailer below.

Video Credit: Walt Disney Studios

The film is slated to be released May 26, 2023.

Beauty News: The Lip Bar x Slutty Vegan Nasty Girl Collection

The Lip Bar, a vegan beauty brand owned by Melissa Butler, known for its high quality yet affordable cosmetics has teamed up with another vegan brand taken its industry by storm. Slutty Vegan, owned by Aisha “Pinky” Cole, is a popular plant based restaurant in Atlanta, Ga. Both women are known for their bold lip colors so it seemed fitting that a collab would be in order. One of The Lip Bar’s most popular products is Bawse Lady, a blue based red liquid lipstick that is bomb and definitely #divachroniclesapproved. Melissa and Pinky teamed up to bring us the Nasty Girl Collection, a two piece pink and red liquid lipstick set.

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The Nasty Girl collection features two liquid lipsticks, a red and a pink named Touch Me and Tease Me, respectively. The collection aims to redefine what it means to be a nasty girl by “owning your power and putting your needs first” (The Lip Bar).

The Nasty Girl collection will be available tomorrow, September 6, 2022, on TheLipBar.com and .shop at 11 am EST. Set your alarms.

Cover Image Credit: The Lip Bar

Black Designers You Should Know: Nathaniel Noir

Nathaniel Noir, a Black luxury goods designer behind the brand Noir-X Apparel based in Canada, is a designer you need in your radar. He designs structured handbags of varying sizes and textures such as crocodile, python, ostrich, iridescent color ways, and vegan leather. He offers sophisticated pieces that can definitely become staples in anyone’s collection while also offering fun handbags in various patterns.

I cannot tell you how I initially came across his account, but when I saw the Python Blue Chrome bag in the medium, I was hoooked! The bag was both metallic and iridescent with blue and green colors so when it hit the light, it shined, okay?! I had to have it! Well so did everyone else because this was last spring and it quickly sold out! I thought I lost out on the bag, but then this summer, it was re-released and I snatched it up quickly! Check out my unboxing and initial reaction below .

Since acquiring the Python Blue Chrome handbag, I snagged another coveted beauty, the Python Liquid Gold also in the medium size. Isn’t she a beauty? The orange and gold tones are a perfect pop to any ensemble for the upcoming fall season. This bag with brown or emerald green?! I can’t wait!

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I currently have my eye out for the re-release of the Vitro Chrome in medium. Check her out below. Isn’t she gorgeous?

Image Credit: Noir-X

I have found my sweet spot in styles of handbags that work for me and they are structured , medium sized, with top handles and feet. The ones I received from Noir-X check all of those boxes. However , if the medium is too large for you or not large enough, many of the offerings come in mini and jumbo sizes as well.

The price range is what I would consider mid-tier accessible ranging from $270-$660. However, many of the styles are often and currently steeply discounted. The bags shown above retailed for $480 but are discounted to $150.

I’m not done with Mr. Nathaniel Noir yet, my wishlist includes:

1. Purple Jumbo Python

Image Credit: Noir-X

2. Jewel Green Jumbo Python

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3. Monaco Red Jumbo Python

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4. Cobalt Blue Jumbo Boa

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If anything you see interests you or you want to see more from the brand, head to Noir-X to take a look around. Just don’t sell him out before I get there!

Cover Image Credit: Nathaniel Noir

New “The Color Is” Exhibit by Nick Cave and Jack Cave Now Open at DuSable Museum Historic Roundhouse

Artists and brothers Nick Cave and Jack Cave’s exhibit entitled, “The Color Is” will be hosted by the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, Illinois. The collection boasts avant-garde and haute couture pieces. It opened August 27, 2022, and will run through November 27, 2022.

“The Color Is” will consist of 40-45 couture looks and fashion objects created by Nick Cave and Jack Cave and a number of specialty collaborators. All works including head-to-toe garments have been constructed from a wide variety of materials including beads, wire, sequins, recycled textiles and custom prints.  The ensembles feature intricate layering that is emblematic of human universality, highlighting intricacy, complexity, color, and uniqueness. According to both Nick and Jack Cave the clothing is genderless, and the more than 400 individual items can be composed into limitless looks, all designed and crafted by the artists (The Chicago Defender).

“The Color Is” also contains an education component that highlights the exhibition themes, references, and history through digital animation, film montages, extensive explanatory text and high-resolution still images. There will be some surprise audio-visual elements featured in the exhibition as well as on the DuSable Museum website and the Bloomberg Connects app. All objects in the exhibition were created for both “The Color Is” live performance and “The Color Is” exhibition as a companion exhibition of NICK CAVE FOROTHERMORE and are Nick Cave’s most recent body of created work, often referencing work of his retrospective contemporary art archive. The pieces have been created within the past 9 to 12 months (The Chicago Defender).

Read more here.

Culture News: Solange Knowles Makes History as the First Black Woman to Compose A Score for the New York City Ballet

Congrats are in order for Solange Knowles as she will be the first Black woman to compose an original score for the New York City Ballet. She made the announce via her Instagram. The score will be performed by the City Ballet Orchestra with soloist from her ensemble.

Show Dates For 2022 at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

October 1, 8,11, 16

Show Dates for 2023:

May 2, 11, 13, 17, 18

Cover Image Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Health and Wellness: Scotland Announces Ruling that Menstrual Products Are Free in Public Spaces

While women’s bodies have been heavily policed via legislation as of late in the States, across the Atlantic, Scotland is passing laws that make more sense. Women now have the legal right to free menstrual products in public spaces including schools and universities. This is all due to the Period Products bill passed by a unanimous vote back in November 2020. However local authorities and education providers will be responsible for ensuring the products availability. Big shout out to Monica Lennon who proposed the bill in April 2019 (CNN).

Having worked a stint in community outreach in a local education system, period poverty is absolutely real and I, along with a few teachers, held discreet fundraisers to keep our storage stocked.

Also, word to handbag designer and stylist, Sonique of Saturday House, for raising period awareness through her designs for years now. Hopefully, one day the U.S. will catch up with the rest of the world.

Until then…

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