Friday, March 30, 2007

Catwalk Copy Gone Wrong…

On the left is the original Diane von Furstenberg floral shift dress from the Cerisier line ($325). On the right is the blatant copy from Forever 21 ($32.50).

Diane von Furstenberg is suing our friends at Forever 21. According to WWD, Diane von Furstenberg’s Studio filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Forever 21 Retail Inc. late last week in Manhattan federal court. According to legal documents obtained Tuesday, the company alleged Forever 21 has sold dresses that infringe on its Cerisier and Aubrey designs.

Forever 21 had better be careful it seems DVF aren’t the only ones with cause for concern. Head over to Invade My Closet to view more “Catwalk Copies.” The similarities are nothing short of uncanny!

Products I’m Lovin’…

I just bought the Select SPF 15 Liquid Foundation in NW47 from MAC. It is by far the best foundation I’ve ever bought and for $25 I think it’s worth it. I also invested in their Foundation Brush (190) which cost $32. I must have at least three practically unused foundations, and even more face powders, that I’ve bought and discarded because I didn’t like the way they looked in daylight or in photos. This time I made sure I knew what I was getting into and visited the MAC counter no less than three times before settling on this foundation. Each time I got their makeup artist to put the foundation on, then I bounced to see my face in different lighting! I’m sure they think I’m crazy but I didn’t want to make another mistake. If you’re like me and have slightly oily skin and mild hyperpigmentation this product is for you.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Get Your Stunnas On...

Kelis rocking her then, new hairstyle and sunglasses… Work it!
Kerry Washington at the Luxottica Group Lounge during the 31st Annual Toronto International Film Festival last September.
Jennifer Lopez Launches Her New Album "Como Ama Una Mujer" in Barcelona over the weekend.
Gabrielle Union posing in the Sunglass Hut sponsor penthouse during the Sunglass Hut Swim Shows Miami at the Raleigh Hotel last Summer in Miami, Florida.
Vanessa Williams in Gucci 2932/s sunglasses at the Solstice Sunglass Boutique during at the 2006 American Music Awards last November.

It’s that time again. It’s officially spring and the sun is starting to peek through the clouds. I’m in desperate need of some new sunglasses. I like to buy a new pair every year but I have a Jackie Onasis pair that I love to death and I'll still be rocking them this summer. Aviator sunglasses are still 'in' but they really are no hard and fast rules when it comes to sunglasses fashion. It’s much more important to find a pair that compliment your face. See below for ideas.

My Picks!

Top: Sweet Sunglasses, $36.99,; Oversize Plastic Circle Lenses, $5,; F6859 Sunglasses, $4.80,

Middle: Sexy Sunglasses, $34.99,; RW-R862 by Rocawear, $50,; Sparkle Aviator, $49.99,

Bottom: Brown Wraparound Ribbon Sunglasses by Christian Dior, $162,; Oversized Rimless Sunglasses by Dior, $350,; Logo Sunglasses by Prada, $245,

How much should you spend on sunglasses? It depends on how well you treat them. I had a friend once who blew close to $300 on a Burberry pair and she broke them within the month… oh the pain! I won’t spend more than $50 and I’m super careful. I just don’t have the ability to run done a city bus!

Monday, March 26, 2007

On The Cusp…

Inside the new Cusp in Georgetown, D.C.
Georgetown has added another go-to boutique to its repetoire. Cusp opened earlier this month with the fabulous launch party that attracted D.C.’s finest. Fashionistas sipped on cocktails while they browsed through the boutique’s high end offerings. Designers such as Nanette Lapore, Chloe, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Tory Burch are all available at Cusp. Against my better judgement I visited the store and now I have my eye on this Alexis Hudson Clutch ($250)… But hey, I buy now and love it forever! Cusp is also located in California, Virginia and another is underway in Chicago (July, 2007). Untill then read their blog. Updated daily, it keeps you in the fashion loop.

3030 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Store Inquiries: 202 625 0893

Credit cards at the ready! I say credit cards at the ready! Condé Nast has recently launched the ultimate shopping website. Featuring over 5,000 U.K. fashion finds from over 450 labels, hand-picked by a team of experts, be the first to snap up the must-haves of the season. The site is updated daily and includes fashion advice from the world’s top stylists. Visit now and be sure to also check out their beauty product reviews!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Mahogany Soul…

Above: Ruched Shoulders Wrap Dress, $45,
Left to right: Ruched Shoulders Wrap Dress, $45; Empire Dress; Silk Kimono Top, $60, all available at

Attention all trendy, glamorous, urban-sophisticated females. Are you looking for the season’s hottest looks at even hotter prices? Mahogany Soul’s online boutique is for you. Founded by Adrienne, a 25-year old Louisiana native, Mahogany Soul presents its own interpretation on the latest trends and offers them at affordable prices. Take the Frenzii line pictured above. The adjustable dresses can be worn a several ways giving you numerous styling options in just one outfit! Also check out their “U Plunge Bra,” it’s perfect for your low cut v-neck dresses. Visit now to see Mahogany Soul’s other lines. (MySpace Page).
Left to right: White Cheetah Wooden Bangle, $10; Red Snakeskin Bangle, $12; Wooden Bangle with Carved Leaf Design, $18; Red and Brown Snakeskin Bangles, $20, all available at

Style on the Go...

Tia and Tamera Mowry attending Eduardo Lucero's Fall 2007 collection at the Los Angeles Theater on March 17, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
Sanaa Lathan at the Fred Segal Beauty & Smashbox Artists Dinner last week.
Vanessa Williams posing as she receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame March 19, 2007 in Los Angeles.
Garcelle Beauvais at the Kevan Hall Fall 2007 fashion show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week held at Smashbox Studios on last week in Culver City, California.

Too much fabulousness last week! First up are everyone’s favorite twins, Tia and Tamera. They were spotted during LA fashion week at Eduardo Lucero’s Fall 2007 show. Love the green on Tia and her shoes are hot!

Also attending Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was Garcelle Beauvais looking typically radiant. I heard the Kevan Hall collection was fresh and elegant. Love his dresses!

Congratulations to Vanessa Williams who recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Can you believe she was once amidst a Miss USA scandal? She’s come a long way. Vanessa’s dress was perfect for the occasion but what was up with her hair?

Sanaa Lathan is too cute! This outfit is so, “I’m fabulous but not ‘cause I’m trying to be!” I just caught “Something New” on cable and fell in love with Sanaa even more… classic beauty!
Credit: Juicy News and YBF for pics.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Style Spotlight: Constance White

Constance White is a 15 year veteran of the fashion industry. She was recently a correspondent and fashion news anchor for Metro Tv's Full Frontal Fashion. White was founding fashion director and a contributing writer for Talk magazine. Prior to joining Talk, she was a style reporter for The New York Times. Previously, she was Executive fashion editor of Elle magazine. She is the author of the stylishly informative book, "StyleNoir''. She has also written for Essence, The International Herald Tribune and British Vogue. White has also appeared as a fashion correspondent on Lifetime Television and has been a guest style expert on several television programs including, "Oprah'', "Colin Cowie's Everyday Elegance'', "Today in New York'', WABC-TV's "Inside Fashion Week" and E!'s Video Fashion. [Source] Her current position is at eBay where she acts as the Style Director. I’m a little lost as to why eBay needs a Style Editor but never-the-less they couldn’t have picked a better and more qualified person for the job. Check out her blog called “Fashion is My Life,” here.

What Say We?... Yay or Nay?!

Naomi Campbell leaving her community service gig yesterday. Campbell pleaded guilty in January to hitting her housekeeper in the head with a cell phone after she couldn't find a pair of her jeans!

Community service for most is a time for self-reflection and perhaps unearthing the demons that put you in that situation in the first place. For Naomi Campbell, this is another opportunity to show off her 3-inch stilettos, given to her gratis courtesy of her designer friends. Now I’m not suggesting that Naomi should show up at the New York City Sanitation Department Depot looking all raggedy, but if all you’ll be doing is mopping and sweeping floors, are the trilby hat, excessive jewelry and fur coat necessary? Yay for the fabulous outfits. Nay for personal growth!

Credit: YBF for the photos.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Shop and Be Pampered.

Be sure to check out DC’s “Beauty Night Out” benefiting the Dress For Success program that helps low-income women get ready for professional job interviews. Here’s a little more information on the event:

Beauty Night Out is an exclusive beauty event that offers savvy women an evening of spectacular shopping, outer pampering, cocktails, and product samples. Indulge and splurge on spa treatments, massages, mini-manicures, boutiqe shopping – all in a fun, upsale and carefree atmosphere.

Throughout the evening, guests can sample beauty products, fashion, health products and services, sip on delicous drinks and treats and leave with the “must have goodie bag” of the season.

When: Thursday April 26, 2007
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Where: Embassy Suite Hotel
900 10th Street, NW
Washington, D.C.

For more information click here. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $45 on the door. You must be 21 to attend the event. I suspect free champagne will be flowing! A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Dress For Success.
Above: Photos from last year's event.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys posing during an appearance on BET's 106 & Park to promote “Smokin’ Aces” last month in New York City.
Alicia Keys’ weight fluctuates more than unstable shares on the stock market. If she doesn’t have an upcoming project than she tends to be a lot fuller but either way she never fails to look flawless. Take this ensemble for example. Satin or silk can be very unflattering therefore you need to be in shape to pull most dresses off in these materials. Alicia Keys looks flirty ‘n’ fun in this cute mini-dress teamed with knee-highs. And to spice things up don’t forget your fishnet tights ;)

Steal Alicia’s Style

Dress: Tunic Dress with Bib Front, $80,
Boots: Round Toe High Leg Boot, $190, Topshop
Necklaces: Find It In Your Necklace, $14 & Lincolnshire Pearled Coin Necklace, $10, both from
Tights: Levante Fishnet Tights, $9.49,

The boots are only available in the Topshop store so U.S. readers will not be able to get them but you can easily find an alternative. Wear with a short necklace and a longer pendant. I’m loving pendants right now, H&M has a good and cheap selection of pendants.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Let Purple Reign...

Rihanna inside the 8th Annual Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre last summer in California.
Kenya Moore arriving at the premiere of Screen Gem's "Stomp The Yard" at the Cinerama Dome on Monday night in LA.
Angela Bassett arriving for the Film Life's 2006 Black Movie Awards at the Shrine Wiltern Theater on October 15, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.
Malinda Williams and Niecy Nash attending the launch of the dramatized audio recording of "The Bible Experience" held at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ on last November in LA.
Jada Pinkett Smith inside the “Will and Jada Smith” party honoring Grammy nominee Mary J. Blige held at at Boulevard3 last month in Hollywood, California.

Why should only royals and the artist known as Prince get to prance about in purple garments? Nothing says “look at me I’m special” like a jewel-purple dress paired with gold heels and diamonds. The ladies above are already enjoying the benefits of this regal hue. From violet to plum, every variation is bound to make you shine. All you need now is your crown…

My Picks!

Left to right: Frill Sleeve Belted Dress, $70,; Sinatra Dress, $148,; Tunic Dress, $56,; V-neck Sweater Dress, $22.50,
Left to right: Tawny Dress, $40.99,; Silk Colorblock Bubble Print Dress by Proenza Schouler, $44.99,; Violet V-neck Prom Gowns by Flip, $258,; Charmeuse Faux Wrap Dress, $156,

I can’t imagine wearing a purple dress with anything other than metallic shoes, maybe black. Also invest in some chandelier earrings to add a little more sparkle to this regal look. The last dress comes in sizes 10 to 32 visit Meanwhile the dress from is a copy of a dress Kiera Knightly wore in 2005. I loved it then and I love it now.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Style Inspiration: Girlie

Jennifer Hudson looking positvely radiant in crisp, fresh colors white and beige.
Genevieve Jones and Eva Pigford show their softer sides in true ‘girlie’ style.
Pink Dress: Charmeuse Dress, $39.50,; Clutch: Lace Clutch by Chinese Laundry, $40,; Shorts: Eyelet Short, $36.50,; Ring: Flower Ring, $3.80,; Heels: Valdivia, $65,; Lace Dress: Lace Pearl Beaded Dress by Matthew Williamson, $890,; White Dress: Brocade Halter Dress, $39.80,; Bracelet: Charm Bracelet, $35,; Red Top: Ruffled Collared Tunic, $820,; Sandal: Frosina, $19.99,; Tube Dress: Strapless Dress,; Yellow Top: Jan Top, $22.80,; Skirt: Mix Media Skirt, $24.50,; Floral Bag: Pacifica Print Bag, $80,; Necklace: Heart Pendant from Etoile Collection, $1050,; Beaded Braclet: Beaded Braclet Set, 2 for $8,; Flats: Jessika, $59,; Earrings: Angel Wing Earrings, $9.99,; Wedges: Ring Wedge Sandal by Exchange by Charles David, $31.79,; Coat: Jacquard Swing Coat, $240,; Floral Dress: Secret Garden Tube Dress, $22.80,

Spring is the perfect season to show off your girlie-girl side. Think light chiffon, delicate prints and plenty of frills. But don’t just concede to stereotypical feminine lace or colors like baby pink. Be bold and opt for greens, bright reds and even add edge to an outfit with some denim (a la Genevieve Jones). Also play with hemlines. Not everything has to be short to be feminine. Long, flowy dresses and skirts are perfect for spring. On another note, I wish Jennifer Hudson had looked this put together on the Oscar’s red carpet. I wonder if Mr. Talley and Ms. Hudson are still friends...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy, wearing her own design, at the American Museum of Natural History Winter Dance event.
I’m sure some of you will debate the success of this outfit but I love the volume of Rachel’s top paired with the skinny jeans. It’s from her collection but I know most of us can’t afford it especially at the prices she sets. I love Rachel’s hair. Hair pinned-up is so timeless and classic. Wear your hair high so the focus is your voluminous top. Be sure not to clutter the look with jewelry. Leave out the earrings and necklace and let your hair do all the talking.

Steal Rachel’s Style…

Top: Secret Top by Marie Marie, $62 (On Sale!),
Jeans: Daphne Low-rise Skinny, $24.99,
Shoe: Elegine, $99.99,
Bracelet: Plastic Bangle with Filigree Embellishment, $3.99,
Bag: 2-Pocket Lock Satchel by Merona, $24.99,

Can you believe this top is just $62?! I love it. It also comes in dark navy but I love this green. Wear with or without the belt and add a simple black bangle if you can’t go without jewelry. This outfit is perfect for Happy Hour.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Kerry Washington on the Cover of Capitol File…

Cover pic of Kerry Washington on Capitol File.
I was so happy when I saw this. Kerry Washington is on the latest cover of Washington DC’s “Capitol File” magazine. She’s an alum of George Washington University (GWU) which is where I’m at now. (Jackie Kennedy Onasis is another style icon who attended GWU!) There’s a snippet of her interview below… enjoy!

THEY WERE WRONG TO SAY THAT BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP. From within her soul, she impresses, intrigues, inspires, and then she suddenly makes you laugh. Spend time with her and you’ll be wishing you could take her home to your mother. She’d even talk politics with your dad. For a mere four years this aspiring actress appeared on the Washington stage, and what formidable years they were, even though her name was not in bright lights. Through her hard work and devotion to the performing arts, she took advantage of everything the nation’s capital could offer her, and then some—and she’s just now beginning to mature. Ladies and gentlemen, may we introduce Kerry Washington. And remember, the best is yet to come.

Capitol File: First and foremost, and while it’s not polite to discuss a lady’s age, a very happy birthday to you—and dare I say, this is a big birthday. How did you celebrate?
Kerry Washington: It’s a huge birthday, it’s 30. It’s pivotal! Actually, I created this wonderful day of personal health care. I did a private yoga session in the morning, and went to a spa in the afternoon, and I just treated myself as lovingly, as gently as I possibly could.

CF: You were born in the Bronx, your father was a successful real estate broker, but otherwise we know little about your family. Describe a normal day in the life of Kerry Washington, growing up an African American in the Bronx during the 1980s.
KW: Oh gosh, I feel like every day of my childhood was so different. And a big part of that was because I had two parents who worked full-time. So literally Monday was gymnastics, Tuesday was ballet, Wednesday was a children’s theatre company. And both my parents loved to travel, and they really valued the theater and museums, so it would be very hard for me to say what a normal day in my childhood was, because I feel that my childhood was very much an adventure.

CF: I’m curious about your parents’ naming you “Kerry,” because my daughter has the same name, which isn’t too common.
KW: Kerry isn’t very common . . . My mom comes from a very mixed ethnic background, so she was hesitant to go with a very strong, very heavily Afrocentric name. But she read somewhere that in Gaelic “Kerry” means “little dark one.” Because my mother is of European descent as well, she thought it was a neat combination to use a Gaelic word supporting children of color.

CF: Tell me more about your mom.
KW: My mom’s a retired professor of education. She taught at Lehman College, which is part of the City University of New York.

CF: So you remained in New York City, graduated from the famed Spence School in 1994, and then Washington comes to Washington to attend Washington—enrolling in George Washington University. Don’t tell me it was politics that attracted you to the nation’s capital?
KW: (Laughs) No, it wasn’t, actually. I really wanted to attend college in a city setting, a cosmopolitan setting . . . and I felt DC was a wonderful cultural center. Also, interestingly, GW was the only campus—you know, I visited more than 20 schools when I was looking for a university to attend—other than traditionally African American campuses where my tour guide was a person of color. And I thought the kind of people that volunteer to do those tours are people that really love their school, and the fact that this young Asian American kid was comfortable enough to stand behind a university was a good sign to me of the level of diversity that was empowered by the school. Also, I didn’t even know then that this existed, but GW has a performing arts scholarship, so I was able to go to college partially paid for, just by doing what I love to do.

CF: Speaking of politics, and don’t worry, this is the last political question—
KW: (Interrupts) I don’t mind political questions; I’m a very political person.

CF: Well, I can’t help but notice that you graduated from GW in 1998, the same year the Monica Lewinsky scandal unfolded a few blocks from campus. How did you react to President Clinton and Miss Lewinsky’s escapades?
KW: It was a really neat experience to be living in DC at that time as a student, because I had friends who were interns at various government agencies. There was a very tangible scent of how close we were to national politics, how physically and logistically and culturally embedded we were within the politics of the entire nation, just because of where we went to school. I think it was also a very good preparation for me for Hollywood (laughs), sort of being in DC at a time when there were paparazzi and sex scandals—excellent preparation for all the drama of LA.

CF: Where did you live in Washington, and where would we have found Kerry Washington on a Saturday night?
KW: Hmmm. I lived in Foggy Bottom all four years. Probably the most exciting thing for me was freshman year, living on Virginia Avenue and literally doing my grocery shopping at the Safeway in the Watergate building. I was just like, “Oh, my!” It was history for me. I was suddenly thrust into a new understanding of my national history—I had a context to put these words into—so that was really fun for me. And on a typical Saturday night, I was probably in rehearsal for something or other. But my favorite restaurant in Washington is Nora. Yes, that’s my absolute favorite.

CF: So you rose from Foggy Bottom onto the world’s stage. And only a few short years reveal a long and impressive list of credits. Do you feel you’ve arrived at your full potential as an actor, or is that giant, self-fulfilling role still out there?
KW: I don’t think I’m even close to fulfilling my potential. And I think also that, unlike a pianist or a flutist, an actor has an instrument that is constantly changing. My own physical, mental, psychological self is my instrument. Even if I had somehow fulfilled the maximum potential of who Kerry is today, who Kerry is five years from now will pose totally new challenges as an artist.

CF: Who hasn’t been talking about this year’s Oscars, including Forest Whitaker’s incredible portrayal of the cruel but at times jolly Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland? And behind every madman stands a better woman—in this case Idi Amin’s “first lady,” a role you played most impressively, and with an African accent, no less.
KW: I did! (Laughs). I love this film. It’s such a special film, and so fulfilling to be a part of a work that is so smart and provocative and daring and elegant. And I’ll be able to start a new rumor that if you want to win an Oscar for Best Actor, you must hire Kerry Washington to play your wife.

CF: It’s true, you also played the wife of singer Ray Charles in the 2004 film Ray. And you yourself have been nominated for an NAACP Image Award, as well as a 2007 Black Reel Award as best supporting actress for your role in The Last King of Scotland. It’s worth noting that the Black Reels benefit the Foundation for the Advancement of African Americans in Film. What is the state of African Americans in the industry today?
KW: I think it’s like the state of African Americans in every segment of society, it’s constantly evolving. I see that the life I am able to lead as an African American actor today is definitely easier than, let’s say . . . Lena Horne’s. And yet there is still a lot of distance to travel in order for the industry to reflect true equity.

CF: I see you’re a member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls.
KW: Eve Ensler [creator of V-Day and author of The Vagina Monologues] is a very dear friend of mine, and the work she does is invaluable to the world. Truly, women and mothers are our greatest resource.

CF: I agree with you. And I couldn’t help but peek into your fan site, and I literally lost count of how many ways your devotees describe your beauty—my favorite is “beautiful brown bombshell.”
KW: (Laughs) That’s nice, that’s very nice. Actually, I’ve never considered myself beautiful. Growing up, I wasn’t the pretty one in the group of kids that I hung out with, and I’m actually grateful for that because it allowed me to really nurture other parts of myself. I remember deciding at some point in junior high school that I was going to be the smart one, be the political one; I was going to be the one with the personality. Those other parts of me thrived because I did not have my looks to fall back on. So now to be one of the spokesmodels for L’Oréal cosmetics is just hilarious to me. I’m much more comfortable sitting on the Hill advocating increased funding for the arts than I am doing a hair-color commercial.

CF: Speaking of which, you’re involved with the Creative Coalition, the political advocacy organization for the entertainment industry.
KW: When I look at my life, because I had two parents who worked full- time, when we did have time together we really valued and took advantage of all those rich cultural resources in New York City. So it’s difficult for me to imagine what my childhood would have been like without the National Endowment for the Arts or the National Endowment for the Humanities. Those two organizations were part of the village that raised this child. And I think that’s true for so many of the children in this country.

CF: OK, how about a big finale? Surely an actress of your caliber can hold a tune, so in the spirit of your DC alma mater, let’s sing one of GW’s most cherished songs. I’ve changed one name, but nobody will notice. All together now . . . Hail Alma Mater, To thy spirit guiding, Knowledge thy closest friend, In its strength abiding, Pledge we fidelity, Ne’er its place resigning, Hail thee Kerry Washington.
KW: (Laughs) That is so funny. That’s totally OK!

Cash, Check or Charge?

Cash: Charlotte Top, $19.80,
Check: Shooting Star Dobby Blouse by Marc by Marc Jacobs, $228,
Charge: Frill Neck Blouse by Matthew Williamson, $780,

The first signs of spring are upon us and what better way to welcome the new season than by wearing the freshest color around? I find mint green so flattering for most skin complexions and the ruffles make this kind of blouse so light and cute. Team with matching eyeshadow, cropped jeans and flip flops for the perfect casual spring look.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Harlem Renaissance… Round II

N Boutique in Harlem, New York
The next generation of artisans have fully revived Harlem’s spirit. Starting in the 1980s during its redevelopment, interest in Harlem was reignited and people moved into the increasingly trendy neighborhood. The N Boutique represents what modern day Harlem is all about and is the destination for New York fashionistas looking for something different. The 4000 square feet store carries designer brands by Nicole Miller and Tracy Reese as well as slightly more affordable lines like Miss Sixty and Diesel. However, this boutique also carries one-of-a-kind pieces from Harlem-based an local designers. Visit for more information.

N Harlem New York
114 West 116th Street
New York,
NY 10026

Store Inquiries: 212 961 1036
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