A bold lip is absolutely my favorite beauty look. A little eyeliner, mascara and a bold lip is my “go to” routine for looking vibrant. I’m most keen on red shades and will usually wear a bold pink on while on the social scene. I received Rimmel London’s new Moisture Renew “As You Want Victoria” lipstick courtesy of Influenster last week and couldn’t wait to try! I wore it for a blogger meetup with my fellow NYC based BLM Girls and it lasted through a drink and appetizers without reapplying. What I liked about Rimmel London Moisture Renew, was that it lived up to it’s name. The magenta toned lipstick is extremely creamy and did not dry my lips. The bold color, which I used with no lip liner, was true to color once I applied on my lips and didn’t have an overbearing gloss factor. I’ve been looking for a great everyday nude/brown tone lipstick, so I’m definitely going to try one from the rest of the line. [click to continue…]
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Summer bodies are born in the winter! Since spring has officially arrived and summer will quickly follow, you may want not want to wait on achieving your fitness goals. I’ve always pondered the idea of getting a personal trainer, mainly to show me if I’m doing the right moves in the gym (those machines can be intimidating) so when I had the opportunity to train with local trainer, Dwayne July, creator of Fit by July, I was pretty excited. Yes, his last name is really July.
A former athlete, July took a similar to training and keeping his clients motivated. Born in Jamaica, he moved to the U.S. as a pre-teen, had a love affair with twinkies and vowed to get in shape and never looked back, eventually opening Fit by July in 2013. The personal trainer opened up a location in Port Chester, NY after serving as a personal trainer for years at various chain gyms in Greenwhich, CT and New York City.
I took a personal training session as well as a small group class and both were intense, yet highly motivational. We discussed my physical abilities, and I specified that I wanted to work on abs (like most ladies), but got an extreme body workout of muscles I never knew existed until that day. I’ve never experienced any exercise where my abs were aching and I didn’t have to spend hours in the gym. July’s simple, yet effective approach goes far beyond working out; he emphasizes on a consistent positive energy and a balanced diet. He’ll push you to achieve results, but you have to be willing to REALLY do the work. After working out, I got a chance to sit with the man behind Fit by July to hear his story.
Tell me about your career path to personal training.
I came to America in 1994. I became a real chubby kid due to my love affair with twinkles. In 1998 my parents bought a house and I was going to go to a new school and I didn’t want to be the new fat kid. My mom bought a bench press machine and me and my brother started working out. I started playing high school football and was able to get recruited to college. Then I got signed to the Philadelphia Souls developmental team. A year into it the league told us they were going to fold and I decided to focus on something else. I always loved working out so, fitness was it. [click to continue…]
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Syntyche ‘Syn’ Dawkins can be described using only two words: passionate and proud. The American-born producer, program director, promoter and all-around Jane of all trades, was raised in a Jamaican and Bajan household. It was in the home where Syn developed a pride and passion for her culture, which would eventually order her career steps.
A self-proclaimed culture pusher, Syn enthusiastically shares Caribbean trends, music and art with anyone who is willing to learn more about it. Syn’s parents emigrated to America from the Caribbean to give her an opportunity to realize the American dream; however, they continued to teach her the importance of her culture and ensured that her roots were not lost. It was her West Indian upbringing and values that helped mold Syn into the businesswoman she is today. [click to continue…]
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Amy Théard is a haitian born artist, based in new york! her deep rooted love for the arts came about at an early age. During a year long stay in her native country of Haiti, tt was only in Jan 2012 that she discovered her true love for painting. Daughter of the late famous Haitian artist Carol Théard, and niece of artist Jean piérre Theard, Amy is continuing in her families long legacy in the Haitian art world. Her style is bright and imaginative, with a contemporary flare not found in typical haitian art! Focusing mainly on color and movement! “I want to touch the world with what i create and bring a sense of awe and wonder to each person who encounters my work! ” Amy Théard has already been a featured artist in new york based gallery (ade olisa gallery), commissioned celebrity clientele and been recognized by Casa Frela art gallery as one of their featured artist in the upcoming Harlem art tour 2013,and as of recently a published artist in the book “Présence féminine dans l’art haïtien” a book of different works from the top 88 female Haitian artist, also featured in other publications such as Uptown Magazine, New York Post page six, Lucky Magazine, and Zagat for her works in Brooklyn’s newest hotspot Milk River!
Coming from a family of artists, was it difficult to carve out your own artistic direction?
Yes and No! Because I moved here to the state when I was a baby and my father stayed in Haiti I wasn’t really exposed to art that much. I always knew what he did but It wasn’t an interest of mine to paint. From a young age I always loved the process of creating, so I was always crafty. I always avoided painting because it was my fathers “thing” and after he died I didn’t want anyone to compare or relate anything that I did with him, but when I moved back to Haiti at the age of 25 I discovered my love for painting. It wasn’t hard figuring out my own style or direction, my style is so different from that of my fathers or my uncles on account of I grew up exposed to different things and in a different place, art is still so new to me.
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Tabitha St. Bernard co-founded Tabii Just in 2012. A graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Tabitha fine-tuned her design skills with internships at Vivienne Tam and Tahari ASL. She joined the dressline design team at Tahari ASL, where she discovered her passion for sustainable fashion. Born in Trinidad & Tobago, she now hails from Brooklyn, New York. She takes her rich Caribbean heritage with her to the design studio and traces of it are evident in every item of clothing. Tabitha maintains a double, not-so-secret life as a fashion & beauty blogger for a range of websites, while writing her personal blog, Tabs On Fashion. As a designer and blogger, Tabitha is privy to a unique, well-rounded perspective on fashion. She believes that every woman deserves to feel beautiful and chic, from within.
As a designer, what is the most challenging part of being in the fashion industry? That’s a tough question. Every part of it is a challenge. Lol. I would say the most challenging part for me is having to exist and think in different realms of the business. On an average day, I make decisions about design, production, budgeting, social media, etc. As an artist, I literally have to detach myself from my treasured designs in order to make business decisions. It’s challenging to just switch off different sides of myself for the good of the brand. [click to continue…]
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Jay Blessed is the acclaimed, award-winning, Queen of Caribbean Entertainment News and Gossip! The media personality has been involved in the NY-Caribbean circuit since 2004 but recently added blogger to her title, after the birth of her website JayBlessed.com, in April 2011.
Her résumé also includes work for one of New York’s biggest Caribbean concert promotion companies and a NY based Caribbean lifestyle magazine. Having worked closely with many Caribbean and international artistes and celebrities on interviews, special events and concerts, she has developed and maintained strong bonds with celebs and fellow industry folks.
Utilizing the internet as a resource and her media and celebrity connections, she’s holding nothing back in her venture as her company, Jay Blessed Media and website, JayBlessed, deliver intriguing, engaging and entertaining daily Caribbean content.
In its first year, JayBlessed.com grew quickly and gained massive popularity. With her marketing expertise and consistent writing, her website has since attained millions of hits and substantial international visibility. JayBlessed.com has broken major entertainment news, had amazing celebrity interviews and created massive buzz in main stream media. Her exclusive stories have been mentioned on TheYBF, Bossip, Media Takeout, Black Celeb Kids, Wikipedia, Synergy TV, Slam 100.5fm and Metro Magazine. She has also been featured in the Jamaica Star Newspaper, Trinidad Guardian, HighBrid Magazine and WRKS 98.7 KissFm’s “Week In Review.”
Why/how did you decide to make the leap from entertainment blogging to social media entrepreneurship?
I don’t think it was a distinct leap. For me, deciding to blog was deciding to use my talent and knowing that the gifts and passion I had would eventually make a way for me and bear financial fruits. There was more than just writing and posting stories on JayBlessed.com. I was was using my platforms to promote artists, businesses, major events while creating and facilitating partnerships between companies / brands and my network. The blog also allowed me to utilize my marketing skills to sell my other talents – I am a blogger, an event host, Radio and TV personality, voice over talent and much more. With the success of JayBlessed.com, I am now sought after to assist major companies and small businesses in building their online footprint and creating online strategies that would assist them in accomplishing their business goals. [click to continue…]
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Caribbean Digital Divas is an annual event that celebrates women of Caribbean descent during Women’s History Month. This year’s panel discussion features five fearless Caribbean-American women entrepreneurs. The panel includes Haitian artist Amy Théard, Trinidadian Blogger/Social Strategist Jay Blessed (Jay Blessed Media), Jamaican-American DJ/Media Personality Diva Nikki Z, Trinidadian Designer, Tabitha St. Bernard (TabiiJust) and Jamaican/Bajan – American Media Producer/E-Boutique Co-owner Syn Dawkins. The panel will explore Caribbean women as entrepreneurs and how they navigate the digital space to enhance and grow their business. Trust me you don’t want to miss! Tickets are only $5 now(it will be $10 at the door) seating is very limited so please be sure to get your tickets early!
Food Sponsored by: ItsBlondelicious Catering & Event Planning
SPONSORED BY: Style & Vibes, Triple the Focus Magazine & VicRae Inc.
Video by: CUE Films
Check out the video from last year’s Caribbean Digital Divas Event!
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Reggae has evolved as more than just music; it has become a lifestyle and Bob Marley is one of Reggae’s most recognizable figures. Bob Marley apparel is nothing new, but online shop Reggae King is aimed at adding to the Reggae legend’s legacy as a lifestyle brand. A carefully curated shop, Reggae King is not just tees, but a 360 degree look at reggae apparel, accessories, home decor and collectible items that are a natural fit for any reggae and/or rasta culture enthusiast. Here are a few of my favorites from Reggae King.
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Reggae singer I-Octane drops his latest album My Journey today. I-Octane has consistently released music and continued to tour since his debut a few years ago with reggae and dancehall hits like “Love di Vibes”, “Gyal ah Gimme Bun”, “Buss a Blank” and “My Life” . My Journey is a 16 track album that continues to his reggae/dancehall foundation and takes it to the next level with features from fellow reggae artists Gentleman, Kymani Marley and Alaine. My Journey is streaming on Vibe.
“I want this album to help people to realize that we all have more in common than we are different,” reveals I-Octane. “We all go through the same types of things and experience love, joy, pain and suffering in our own ways. I hope that once people realize this, it will be easier to see each other as brothers and sisters and to genuinely love each other.” [click to continue…]
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