Indie Tribal poncho

Indie Poncho & Cape Flare

Our stomaches are still filled with Thanksgiving goodness from the night before (and I bet we’re all still stuffed too!). Since there will be plenty of left overs for the next few days, trying to keep your pants fastened or keeping your figure right may be a tiny challenge. That’s when stylish accessories like a poncho or cape will keep you in comfort with bohemian and indie inspired flare. A poncho or cape can be worn alone as outerwear, when out and about grabbing the steals this Black Friday, or layered with a variety of clothing like wool jackets, wide brimmed hats, and leather boots. Which ever way you choose a simple outfit addition to your wardrobe will work all in your favor!

Here are a few stores where you can find a stylish steal for yourself or as a gift for someone else:

Norstrom ‘Wanderlust’ Blanket Poncho $18.73

Gap Ribbed Poncho $69.99

Century 21 Heartsoul Fringe Poncho $24.99

Madewell Side Zip Poncho Coat $109.99 

Beauty & Hair, Style

Thanks To K Beauty For Putting Us On To #GlassNails

There is a big buzz surrounding Korean Beauty products these days as every magazine editor, along with beauty retailers like Sephora, highlight the natural and concentrated Asian beauty products to women with all types of skin concerns. The founder of K Beauty and the co-founder of Glow Recipe, a site of carefully curated natural, harsh-free accessible beauty products from Korea, Sarah Lee shared the latest products during the preview at Kakaboka Salon, which was Manhattan’s first Korean Hair salon that became known for servicing celebrities, in Koreatown. There were a variety of items showcased from the benefits of using sea kelp sheet masks to moisturizers packed with cactus plant and budding Tremella mushrooms that resembled beautiful flowers. The most fascinating demo was the glass nails created by Korean Celebrity Manicurist, K-nail trend leader, and founder of Unistella Eun Kyung Park. The intricate iridescent design was inspired by the abalone fish shell while Park was out having dinner one evening.

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Beauty & Hair, Hair 101

Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Halloween Inspiration For Naturals

Many people are preparing for the Halloween festivities this weekend whether it’s just taking the younger ones Trick-Or-Treating in the neighborhood or you and the girl friends decided to hit the town for some late night fun in sexy costumes. Either way you choose, you’ll really turn heads with a quick hair transformation to create this simple Medusa inspired hair style from Dark and Lovely using their Au Naturale products!

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Beauty & Hair

[Event Recap] Sephora x Original Moxie You’re An Original

All images and video by AJ James of

I’m back with an amazing video recap of the natural hair event at Sephora I was able to take part in last weekend! I have worked with Original Moxie in the past (check out my older posting here) and was so excited that myself, and my stylist friend Ve, were brand experts sharing our knowledge with other women and men.

During the event we focused on the Extra Moisturizing products, since wavy or curly hair textures require more moisture, and highlighted the Get Clean! No-Foam Shampoo and the Intense Quench Deep Conditioner, along with many more. If you ever have any questions about the products you can always shoot me a message or comment!

Beauty & Hair, News

V. Bozeman Serenades Philly During the Love ‘n Soul Experience Tour

All images are captured by AJ James of

Last night Raheem DeVaughn, Leela James and V. Bozeman brought the Love ‘n Soul Experience Tour to the TLA (Theater of Living Arts) and it was a bumping good time! The beautiful V. Bozeman kicked off the show right at 8pm and the crowd waited tentatively for her to drop the first note. Her bronzed skin glistened in the spot lights with her fierce and signature low cut, and the cranberry hued deep plunge romper was right on trend for the perfect fall look. She started off with “Hourglass,” written by the aggressive Music Mogul, Lucious Lyon, played by Terrance Howard in FOX’s “Empire” hit series.  The crowd was transitioned into, and rocked to, the edgy “Music Is My Boyfriend” lyrics as the mood moved into Black empowerment through the thought provoking “Race Jones” song written by Ceelo Green. Bozeman’s latest single, “Smile,” was also a part of the set and it made me want to go ahead and download the song from iTunes as she performed it because the energy was so live! 

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Misty Copeland Shares Her Journey Through New Film ‘A Ballerina’s Tale’

Misty Copeland has proven to the classical ballet industry that she will not back down or give others the power to define her strength because she “has pulled herself up the ladder at American Ballet Theater (ABT) from the studio company to the corps de ballet to soloist” ( and let us not forget that Copeland was also named Principal Ballerina June of this year. This film could not have came at a more perfect time and I can’t wait to see what Director/Producer Nelson George was able to create. I’ll be waiting for the film to hit a theater near me in Philly but until that happens you can view the film at select theaters below.



Washington, DC.  October 10, 2015

Thousands gather on the Mall in Washington D.C on Saturday for the “Justice or Else” rally. Black men and woman and from different races from across the country gathered for the Million Man March in Washington D.C., Led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, on Saturday October 10, 2016 This year marks the 20th anniversary of Million Man March in Washington, D.C, The 20th anniversary of the March calls for a renew a call for justice. Photo by Carlos Javier Ortiz.

20th Anniversary of The Million Man March But Where Was The Press Coverage?

The first Million Man March took place in Washington, D.C. on October 16, 2015 and yesterday marked the 20th anniversary since the movement’s inception. The gathering was meant to encourage and uplift the black men and their communities. Snap shot present day, it was great to see the march holding strong and powerful this year as many women, children, and other ethnicities congregated together for the “Justice or Else” theme led by Louis Farrakhan who is the leader of the Nation of Islam.

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Beauty & Hair, News, Product Reviews

Sephora x Original Moxie Offer You A Special Hair & Scalp Experience In Philly

I had mentioned a few weeks back on Instagram about a Sephora in-store event I was participating in. Now I can share the full details with you!

I teamed up with Original Moxie, a hair care brand based out of Michigan, and the Sephora in Philly to offer in-depth analysis of your hair and scalp on October 18, 2015.  You’ll receive a personalized hair care regimen along with a starter kit of their ultra-lux products to pamper your waves, curls, coils & kinks. The products are made from concentrated plant essence and botanical ingredients but I love how the brand takes scalp, density, texture, porosity, moisture, and shape into consideration to make the best product recommendation. This is exactly what you’ll experience at this natural hair event using their specialized Seven Point Assessment (SPA) system that can be sent to you digitally. I know, sounds cool interesting right!

All Sephora locations now carry Original Moxie products and I am excited to be a part of the first location to launch the You’re an Original a special event in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection!

Come out and visit myself, and my stylist friend Ve, to talk about healthy hair!

Life & Times

18 Habits To Make A Better ‘You’

If you feel like you could do a little more to keep your mind clear and yourself happier, this article from BUSTLE offers simple suggestions on how to do so. You actually can’t get no more concise than this:

“The reality is that what you are doing today, in this moment, in the next hour, tomorrow morning… that is your life. This is it. The day-to-day of your existence is what it is, and you have to make a conscious choice to enjoy it in the moment, rather than waiting for what’s to come without doing anything to get there first. So here are 18 little ways to adjust yourself to make the most of those minutes and hours; all the ways you don’t realize you’re unintentionally self-sabotaging, and all the little ways you can make things that much easier for yourself.”

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Beauty & Hair

What Is Hair: The Historical Origin and Its Significance

I felt the need to take us back into history to shed some light on the significance of our hair, or hair in general, with information that will make us think differently and more scientifically. Let’s see what is hair? Or what is it’s purpose? Today we associate our hair as a sign of health measured by its strength or how long it can grow. Many of us like to adorn our hair as a way to express personal style, moods, and trends. In other parts of the world it can be a sign of wealth or fertility (I know this for sure from my experience studying in India). 

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