• Style File: Magazines are Airbrushing Models to Look…Curvier?

    I never thought I would be writing a post like this but let me tell you – I couldn’t be happier to report that the standard of beauty is finally swinging back towards the curvy, full-bodied look that is more natural for most women. Unlike the stick thin models of yesterday, the voluptuous shape is what Hollywood wants to see. Celebs like Kim Kardashian, J-Lo and Beyonce have been major influencers in this new sexy body image taking over the media. Where the trend is hitting hardest is with magazine publishers. Many of the people behind the scenes of the hottest photo shoots are finding themselves adding curves and fuller faces to the stick thin models who are booked to do the shoots. In the past, it was the thinner the better but now it’s all about showcasing womanly curves in a sexy yet natural way.

    Even though I am happy to see a more realistic and natural woman’s shape becoming the norm again, it’s a bit disconcerting to think that the covergirls on some of our favorite magazines are not actually as curvy as they appear. In the fickle world of modeling, chasing the body type of the moment is a constant chore for every single woman who steps in front of the camera. With the click of a mouse, a photo retoucher can add the right amount of hips, thighs, cleavage and a nice full face without the model ever having to eat a single calorie. This new method sends a dangerous message to the models of the world – you don’t have to become healthy to look healthy.

    We have such a long way to go when it comes to how women’s beauty and bodies are portrayed in the media but this small step towards displaying curvy girls is definitely a step in the right direction.

    August 22, 2012 • Style File • Views: 515

  • Beyonce’s World Humanitarian Day Performance – I Was Here

    Beyonce’s fans are going to love this one! Beyonce recently performed “I Was Here” at the U.N. in honor of World’s Humanitarian Day and she tore the house down. She looked gorgeous and elegant in a white, beaded Marc Bouwer gown with her sandy blonde hair pulled back into a simple yet chic pony. She sang beautifully and powerfully, bringing many of the audience members to tears. Fortunately for those of us who didn’t get invited to this exclusive event, I have the video clip of the entire performance. Check it out!
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    August 20, 2012 • Sweet Tea • Views: 764

  • I’m Currently Obsessed With…Deborah Lippmann Run the World Girls Nail Collection

    Deborah Lippmann has done it again. She recently released a super cool Run the World Girls collection inspired by Beyonce’s chart-topping female anthem of 2011. This collection includes five stunning shades that are perfect for summer and will be a great way to end the summer season with a colorful BANG!
    • I Kissed a Girl – poppin’ pink
    • It Girl – yellin’ yellow
    • Hollaback Girl – outrageous orange
    • Nasty Girl – flamin’ fucshia
    • Party Girl – sassy salmon
    This super fun collection retails for $45 and can be purchased online at

    August 13, 2012 • I'm Currently Obessed With..., Uncategorized • Views: 828

  • Haute New Hairstyle: Beyonce Rocks Blonde Braids

    Beyonce is a trendsetter and she’s always reinventing herself so it comes as no surprise that the multi-platinum diva has decided to ditch the lace-fronts and go for something a bit more urban. She’s rocking long waist-length blonde braids. Not sure if I am feeling them all too much but they are definitely a departure from what she normally does. It’s nice to see her change things up and go a different direction. I think its because of the hot summer weather and there’s nothing hotter than wearing a wig so braids allow her to keep it cool while letting getting out from underneath those hot wigs. Do you love it or hate it? Is this haute or not? Beyonce is the one with the maroon top on and the long blonde braids cascading down her back!

    July 18, 2012 • Hair, Haute New Hairstyle • Views: 569

  • Sweet Tea: Beyonce Named People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman of the Year

    Not that I am surprised by any means but it was revealed this morning on Good Morning America that the 2012 Most Beautiful Woman of the Year is Beyonce aka Mrs. Carter. Congrats go out to Beyonce and her camp as they have put in lots of work to keep Mrs. Carter in the public eye while maintaining a sense of privacy after the birth of her first daughter Blue Ivy with husband Jay Z. One of the main reasons everyone is thrilled to see the stunning young entertainer on the cover is because she is only the second African American woman to be named Most Beautiful. The first was Halle Berry!

    April 26, 2012 • Sweet Tea • Views: 842