Cara Delevingne is a British model that has been on the scene for a while now. She has campaigns with some of the hottest labels under her belt including Burberry, Dolce & Gabana and Chanel. So why is Cara the new “it” girl, you ask? Well, she’s been spotted hanging with top celebrities like Rihanna and Rita Ora and her face is just about everywhere you turn! Not to mention the fact that she can walk the catwalk like it’s nothing; catch her strutting it for Victoria’s Secret and other major brands. If there aren’t anymore reasons to label Cara as the new “it” girl check out 10 more at the jump:
It’s February you guys, and even if you’re one of those people who begrudgingly glares at every couple you see, it’s important that you look your best (who knows? Valentine’s Day ends at midnight you might snag a date). So here are some styles both curlies and our permed sisters can try out for their big date.
If Your Hair Is….
1. Short & Sweet: Natural Hair
It can be really difficult or really easy to deal with short natural hair. Most women just wash-and-go while others opt to add a bit of glam with flower accessories. No matter your pick, your man, date, or girlfriends (whoever you choose to spend your day with) are sure to love you for the beautiful queen you are.
2. Short & Sweet: Straight Hair
Rihanna’s short style is the perfect combination of flirty and sexy. I loved the trimmed side and the classy curls on top. This is perfect for a dinner date on VLT’s day.
3. Shoulder Length: Natural Hair
Corinne’s hair is big, full, curly, and beautiful. This is a completely romantic look that would be great for your intimate evening. To achieve these curls, try doing a chunk twist out or a Bantu knot out for your date. You may want to try it out a few days before so you can see the perfect product/style combination. You don’t want to be experimenting that night. If your natural hair is anything like mine, you never know what you’re going to get!
4. Medium Length:Straight Hair
If you have straight hair, you can achieve that romantic look as well by adding some beautiful loose curls to your tresses.
5. Long & Strong: Natural Hair
Do you have so much hair that you just don’t know what to do with it? There’s nothing wrong with letting your beautiful curls hang out! You can even add cute accessories for you day out, like this natural beauty did.
6. Long and Strong: Straight Hair
This beautiful is sure to make an impression on your date night. Cute and classy, Christina’s style will help you ensure his eyes are on you all night long.
Bonus Style! The Up Do
Curly or straight, you can never go wrong with an up do!
main photo source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/4351548677/
Candy grams are being sold; over-priced bears are being bought, and last minute attempts to find dates are in full force. Valentine’s Day must be around the corner. The AUC (Atlanta University Center) is buzzing with anticipation. Those in serious relationships want shoes, couples sharing their first V-day together will no-doubt be exchanging more cliché gifts, and some are just hoping to get a free meal.
Me? I just want that free meal. No shame.
Okay, in the spirit of curiosity, I went speed dating this past Thursday. And before I launch into this story, I need everyone to know that I, 100%, believe in awkward moments, which is what that whole experience was. Two hours of awkward. And today, February 10, I think I have finally recovered.
Each speed-dater got two minutes to figure out whom they were talking to, and by the fifth person, I felt like everyone was the same. “What’s your major?” “Where are you from?” I think I only got asked those two questions the entire night, aside from the guy undressing me with his eyes and offering to take me bowling.
After this experience, I’d like to know if we’re rushing into “love.”
Police officers give us speeding tickets for a reason, right? Well, who’s there to slow us down when we’re going too fast in love? Or in the pursuit of it? Are we speeding into the wrong situations for the wrong reasons? In dating, I believe in organic situations. It was incredibly difficult for me to show my personality in such a short amount of time, and I don’t think I was alone.
When it comes to love, there are so many different opinions. Some apply the wu wei action-less action approach (letting love find you when you least expect it), while others swear by actively pursuing what you want (speed dating and the like).
I don’t know what the answer is, but when I figure it out, I’ll be sure to let you know.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Stay Sassy.
Wale is serving it up for the ladies this season with the release of his new single, “Bad.” Wale tries his hand at an acoustic rendition of Trillville’s raunchy 2005 banger “Some Cut.” The single features the smooth voice of Washington DC singer Tiara Thomas and gives an interesting viewpoint of the ever-complicated ‘no-strings-attached’ relationship. The track is originally from Wale’s Folarin mixtape but he decided it was so good he would give it to us again. Do your ears a favor and check out Wale’s anticipated new single below:
Valentine’s Day is sooner than you think! And there’s no better time than the present to start searching for the perfect V-day outfit! Whether you plan on having a hot date or making it a girl’s night, you’ve come to the right place if you need V-day outfit inspiration! Check out what to wear to…Valentine’s Day at the jump:
This bright red skater dress is perfect for a Valentine’s Day date with your significant other. You will definitely keep his attention with the sexy lace black insert at the top and the dress is flattering to any shape!
Keep warm on your date night by covering up with this faux leather motorcycle jacket. The zippers and shoulder embellishments will add a zesty spice to your outfit.
These thigh highs will be the talk of the town when paired with your little red dress and motorcycle jacket. Not only do the tuxedo bows add personality, they will be a cute cue to your honey that you appreciate a man in a clean suit and bowtie, maybe you can even match!
These suede wedges will give you a lift on your V-day date, making you a few inches closer to your boo’s luscious lips…and him yours.
This satin clutch is a cute addition to your date night outfit, giving you a simple way to hold onto your lipstick and other necessities throughout the night.
A special touch to your V-day outfit are these rhinestone heart studs that will let your guy know you’re in the lovey-dovey mood.
7. Red Lips
Glossy red lips are a must for your V-day festivities. Your man won’t be able to keep his eyes or his lips away from yours! Pucker up!
Despite America’s irrefutable love for drama-filled reality television, Oxygen, a network available in more than 74 million households, has cancelled its upcoming reality series All My Babies’ Mamas. The show, which would follow Atlanta rapper Carlos ”Shawty Lo” Walker, his 10 self-proclaimed babies’ mamas and 11 children, won’t ever see the light of day because it stirred up so much controversy. After news of the show first leaked in early January, opposition to the series immediately became apparent. News Organizations and Civil rights groups like Color of Change expressed discern for the series calling it a “mockery” and “a new low for humanity.” A petition was immediately started to halt all production of the series. The petition ended up boasting 40,000 signatures, which was enough to cause Oxygen to pull the plug on the controversial show. In the wake of this cancellation, many are wondering what would lead the Oxygen network to even consider airing such a tasteless representation of the black community and the answer is right in front of us. Ratings. Clear and simple. The media serves the people, which means television shows that promote rude, crude and completely ridiculous behavior are the ones that remain in demand. Just look at the statistics. The first season finale of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta drew in 4.4 million viewers, compared to the 775,000 viewers that tuned into the Season 1 finale of Style Network’s much more positive series, Tia and Tamera. Shockingly enough, Americans seem to prefer yelling, drink-throwing and fists flying over values like monogamy, marriage and parenthood. Unfortunately, America’s guilty pleasure is having a negative impact on the younger generation. According to Child Trends, more than half of the births to American women under 30 occur outside of marriage. Single-parenting has become a new normal for American families. Even more unfortunate is the fact that children born out of wedlock are increasingly at-risk for falling into poverty, failing in school and suffering from emotional and behavioral problems. Perhaps these were some of the reasons so many people had a problem with the premise and title of Shawty Lo’s sitcom. Not only was the title demeaning, the fact that each of the “baby’s mothers” was proud of her individualized and stereotypical title was even worse. For example, one of the mothers was set to be called ‘shady baby mama’ rather than her real name. The fact that the Oxygen network saw an avenue to make money and took it is not the problem here, it is the decision the network made to ignore the blatant discriminatory elements of the series that is truly the issue at hand. Despite Oxygen’s decision, they are not the only ones at fault here. The network was simply taking a cue from channels such as VH1 and MTV that exploit the people of America to get ratings and money. MTV was one of the first to do it, with the creation of Real World, a reality series that would take over an entire generation. While the series served to display exactly what it said: the real world; it still promoted a wild and crazy lifestyle. VH1 has created an entire empire based on exploitative tv shows including Love and Hip Hop, Basketball Wives and the subsequent spin-offs. So you see? Oxygen isn’t the only channel that should receive backlash for creating a show with no substance. VH1 and MTV do it all the time! The cancellation of All My Babies’ Mamas can either be the start of something great or just another forgotten issue. If people have a problem with shows like this then they should do everything they can to keep shows like this off the air…and that starts with putting down the remote and no longer feeding into the “reality” that has become reality television. These shows do nothing for us, in yet we continue to support…and therefore breed more and more shows like them. Next time you sit down to indulge yourself in a Bad Girls Club marathon, ask yourself one question: Is it worth it?
The world and rules of dating are forever changing and it’s getting harder and harder to keep up. Gone are the days of romance, and careful courtships supervised under the watchful eye of a lady’s parents (although they’re only a Jane Austen novel away). Dating has become a business and the capital is booty.
In my sincere, pragmatic and maybe even cynical opinion, the market for dating is just as bad as the housing market—shaky at best, and a complete and hopeless failure at worst. Guys these days want a short sale, and expect women to foreclose and sell property for far less than its worth. Even negotiation has taken on a new meaning, as more men are offering the take it or leave it approach, no negotiation at all. The market is open for one-night stands and recurring casual hookups without the commitment.
Business majors and non-business majors, alike, have mastered the concept of marketing and advertising. An advertisement can take on many forms, such as the clothes we wear, the things we say, and even our position and location in a room full of people. An advertisement from a player may look a little something like this: Overtly flirtatious and witty banter—he tells you what he thinks you want to hear, he’s subtly sexual, and he asks for your digits. You oblige, fully intending to put him to the test. He texts you the next night with no plans and only hopes of seeing you. You push his buttons, refusing to meet up with him later, and he angrily texts back “iight.” You never hear from him again.
Since when are players lazy?! Even those hoping to toot it and boot it don’t want to work for it. I guess that’s another important business concept. Time=
I happen to believe the only reason they’re demanding casual hookups, and on take it or leave it terms, is because some women are supplying it. Power is everything is business and relationships. We (women) have always had the power, whether or not we realize it.
I’m almost positive the guys have been reading about the Bonobo monkeys. Click the link: http://www.cracked.com/article_15926_the-15-most-bizarre-animal-mating-rituals.html
I realize that there are many sides to this coin. This is only one viewpoint of many and in no way intended to be a Taylor Swift-style, slut-shaming piece. Each of us is on our own path sexually and otherwise.
All I ask is that we remember our worth.
Special thanks to Erin Cohee and Jasmyn Howell.
If you’ve been on the natural blog-o-sphere for a while, you know that your ends are the most delicate part of your hair and usually the most prone to breakage.
This means caring for your ends is extremely important, and the longer your hair gets, the more careful you have to be. Dryness and split ends at the very bottom of your strands could travel up the hair shaft and cause even MORE breakage and hair damage.
Don’t Believe in “Split End Cures”
Don’t believe all those products that off quick fixes for “mending split ends”. They just give the appearance and temporary feel of healthy hair. According to professional stylists, the best cure is a pair of scissors.
But the question is, how often should you snip in order to prevent damage down the road?
The Tale of the Trim
The old saying goes that you must trim your ends every 6 weeks, however I see a major flaw with this old line. If you’re taking care of your hair as you should (i.e., deep conditioning, sealing ends, protective styling), then your hair should have minimum breakage and therefore should not need a trim. After all, why are we doing all of these regimens and spending all this money on products if we just have to cut our ends off every 6 weeks anyway? Healthy hair means your ends are probably in pretty good shape, however there are signs of hair in need of a trim. You may want to trim your hair the recommended 6 weeks if you have the following problems:
Grab a tuft or twist of hair, is it wide near the root while flowing to a feather/ “v” shape at the ends? This is tapering, and while some tapering is normal, especially as your hair grows longer, tapering all over can be a sign of damage.
Lots of Heat Usage
If you know you’re a fan of the flat iron, you might want to consider trimming your hair more often to avoid split ends.
Hair, Hair, Everywhere
Finding hair on your pillow, in your brush, and littering the floor is a huge indicator of a breakage problem.
Going to a natural hair salon is probably the best option for trimming your ends when you have damage, however, there are a few self-trimming methods other naturals have tried.
Search and Destroy:
Using professional hair trimming scissors, you can search for split ends or fairy knots individually and snip them without cutting your entire head of hair.
Twist and Snip:
For this method, you simply twist your hair as if you’re planning a twist out style. You then go to each twist and dust the ends with your scissors so all your ends get snipped at once.
Beauty on a budget is a lifestyle for college students that can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on the best products. Contrary to popular belief, there is always a way to save a quick buck when it comes to getting dolled up. Whether it’s using household items in place of expensive beauty items or recycling old products to create new ones, you can save a bunch of money by thinking outside the box. Check out 5 easy beauty alternatives at the jump.
I suppose I should begin by saying that I wasn’t allowed to date when other people began “dating.” My parents are the over-protective variety and I was the good child, silly enough to obey rules that were (and still are) meant to be broken. Sure, I received notes on yellow-lined paper from fifth grade admirers saying “circle yes or no if you like me,” but I never did anything more than shove them in the front pocket of my Limited Too jeans. I began writing notes of my own in the seventh grade to a cute Hispanic boy—we even exchanged Christmas presents—but things didn’t work out. Years later, I liked a clean-cut, decent boy I went to church with, but… that didn’t work out either. It was no fault of his, really. Any future relationship was a casualty of time and distance, as the following year I went to a residential high school an hour away from home and met the proverbial bad boy who made me forget all about my church boy. These days, the bad boy doesn’t necessarily come packaged wearing a leather jacket and sporting visible tattoos; this bad boy is the angst-filled, intelligent type who will break your heart by default. This guy made me think about things differently. He also made me mad one minute and weak in the knees the next. Needless to say, our roller coaster relationship didn’t last: 1. We were both sick from the ride and 2. My hair was windblown and tangled, and in the words of Sweet Brown, “ain’t nobody got time for that!” We just couldn’t agree on a few big issues/deal breakers, and he was going off to college the following year. We split in the middle of the night via text. I’m very into tradition.
Fast-forward almost two years. I’m still a sassy single girl, but this time around, I’m navigating the crazy world of college.
Each week I’ll be sharing a single girl’s perspective and my personal experiences in the dating game, college life in general and, of course, the oh-so-confusing male population.
Is this an advice column? Not in this lifetime. I had a breakup over text. This absolutely disqualifies me from giving any sort of advice. I do, however, believe in the power of shared experiences.
Continue with me on this journey, and let’s learn from one another. Single girls everywhere, buckle up. I’m known to be a fast driver.