Ann Taylor Heritage Dress Capsule

Retro has never been hotter and just in time for one of the warmest months of the year, Ann Taylor is launching a heritage dress capsule – a collection of dresses inspired by vintage designs from the archives.

All-Season Stretch Split Neck Shift Dress  

Available online this August, the collection is rooted in the spirit of the brand’s heritage with the modern woman in mind.  When the brand launched in 1954, it got its name from its bestselling dress style, the Ann Taylor. This capsule collection celebrates the archival designs.

Ann Taylor Retro Heritage Dress Capsule

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SWEET LIKE CANDY by Ariana Grande

Global superstar and recording artist, Ariana Grande reveals a new seductively irresistible scent, SWEET LIKE CANDY by Ariana Grande. The newest pillar of her top selling fragrance collection in creation with LUXE Brands launches exclusively at UTLA in July 2016.

As a force to be reckoned with, Grande shows no sign of slowing down. In the past year, the beloved artist has more than doubled her loyal Instagram following to over 79 million globally, making her one of TIME’s Most Influential People of 2016. Her critically acclaimed third studio album, Dangerous Woman, reached number one on iTunes in over 70 countries and was the number 1 selling album in the world for the week of its release. Grande’s growing list of successes includes a double-platinum album, two Grammy nominations, and following her latest album, she is the first artist in Billboard Hot 100 history to have the lead single of each of her first three albums debut in the top 10.

For her next beauty venture, Grande shares a delightful daydream sure to consume her growing family of fans around the world.  SWEET LIKE CANDY by Ariana Grande is a tempting twist on the original debut fragrance that captures a new sexy wink of the popstar’s ever evolving confidence and style. An extension of her personal expression, every element of the decadent scent carries Grande’s seductively flirtatious character with hints of sugary playfulness throughout the fragrance story. With the launch of SWEET LIKE CANDY by Ariana Grande, the starlet could not be more excited to treat fans to her newest fragrance passion.

 Ariana Grande Sweet Like Candy


A luscious burst of sugar-frosted blackberry and juicy Italian bergamot sparkles with sweet addiction, while creamy cashmere woods whipped with a delicate touch of pink floralcy will keep you coming back for more. The final wink is sure to delight with velvety layers of crème de cassis, fluffy marshmallow and sexy vanilla blended together to leave a head turning, alluring trail.

Sweet Addiction (TOP)


Italian Bergamot



Delightfully Dangerous (HEART)

Jasmine Sambac


Dewy honeysuckle


Sexy Wink (DRY DOWN)

Crème de cassis


Cashmere woods

Sexy Vanilla


The striking bottle is delectably dipped in a ballet pink, matte candy coating. Adorned with a fluffy almost whipped cotton candy pom pom, the jewel like bottle transforms into a feminine confectionary delight for the senses.

The carton alludes to the unique finish of the bottle with vibrant art-deco lettering collaged around an alluringly sweet and sexy portrait of Ariana. The sultry image paired with the fresh, bright letters capture the essence of both Ariana and SWEET LIKE CANDY’s sexy yet playful nature. For a personal touch, each carton is sealed with Ariana’s lip print and signature.

Eau de Parfum Spray, 3.4 fl. oz./100ml $59.00
Eau de Parfum Spray, 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml $49.00
Eau de Parfum Spray, 1.0 fl. oz./30ml $39.00
Eau de Parfum Rollerball, .34 fl. oz./10 ml $20.00
Hair Mist with Pom Pom Hair Tie 5.0 fl. oz./150 ml (ULTA exclusive) $20.00

All prices are manufacturer’s suggested retail prices in US dollars.

Available at starting July 20, 2016.



Within less than a year, ARIANA GRANDE captured #1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her Republic Records debut Yours Truly and also with its 2014 follow-up My Everything.

Yours Truly yielded the game-changing pop smash “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, which went triple-platinum, landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and seized #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. Meanwhile, the platinum-selling My Everything garnered a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Album” and spawned the six times-platinum hit “Problem.” Upon the single’s release, ARIANA became “the youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week,” while the song ranked as the 5th “highest digital song debut for a female artist” and 9th highest ever. Moreover, it debuted at #1 in 85 countries, topping the iTunes Overall Top Songs and Pop Songs charts for four weeks. During release week, My Everything was #1 on Spotify as ARIANA personally rose to #1 on Billboard‘s Artists 100 chart. She also became the first woman in history and the first artist since Michael Jackson to simultaneously have three songs—”Problem,” “Break Free” featuring Zedd, and “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J—in the Top 6 of the Digital Songs Chart. “Bang Bang” went platinum and was Grammy-nominated for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.” By the end of the year, she landed four songs in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, the most of any artist in 2014 ARIANA has enjoyed five Hot 100 Top 10 smashes.

In 2013, she was named “Best New Artist” at the American Music Awards. Other accolades followed with ARIANA winning “Favorite Breakout Artist” at the People’s Choice Awards 2014, the “Young Influencer Award” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the “Radio Disney Chart Topper Award,” “Choice Female Artist” and “Choice Single” “Problem” at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards, and more. At the 2014 MTV VMAS, “Problem” was named “Best Pop Video” as well. In November, ARIANA took home the award for “Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock” at the 2015 American Music Awards.

2016 sees her release her mega-anticipated third full-length album, Dangerous Woman, driven by the title track which captured #1 on both iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart and Top Pop Songs Chart minutes after release.  “Dangerous Woman” also debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 earning her the distinction of becoming the first artist to debut on the chart with the lead single from her first three albums.



LUXE Brands is a prestige beauty company with a portfolio of brands distributed in over 70 countries. The company launched the JOY FOREVER fragrance in North America in 2014, reinvigorating the renowned JEAN PATOU fragrance brand, which includes the extraordinary classic scents, JOY, 1000, and Sublime. The company’s growing beauty portfolio includes, top dermatologic skincare brand DDF, and a newly signed licensing agreement to develop a fragrance portfolio under renowned sun care brand Hawaiian Tropic. In May 2015, LUXE Brands also acquired Frederic Fekkai in a joint venture with Designer Parfums, forming Fekkai Brands, LLC, and in September 2015 it will launch the highly anticipated Ariana Grande fragrance.


Curves Rock Fashion Weekend Days Away

Curves Rock Fashion Weekend is celebrating 5 years with a series of events starting July 20, 2016. Curves Rock Fashion Weekend (CRFW), an annual event for women with curves, is one of the largest fashion events for plus size women in the U.S. Featuring empowerment workshops and panel discussions that enhancing the self-esteem of women in the plus-size community, while promoting healthy lifestyles through fitness and healthy eating. CRFW is also a platform to display trendy fashions as well as bringing awareness to fashion designers, boutiques, retailers and businesses that cater to the plus-size community.

“We are excited to continue our journey of empowering women in the curvy community. We created this event to create a culture within the plus size industry where sisterhood, body positivity and fashion could co-exist!”
-Chanell Jones, Co-Founder, CEO, Executive Producer of Curves Rock Fashion Weekend

“Curves Rock is a phenomenal experience. It has been a blessing to me over the past 5 years to empower thousands of curvy women. I am super excited about our 5th year anniversary and can’t wait to celebrate with the curvy community.” –Tykesha Reed Co-Founder and Executive Director of Curves Rock Fashion Weekend

Last year’s event was a huge success. CRFW had over 650 people to attend throughout the weekend. We received rave reviews from the audience, press and bloggers. Several months after the event we are still getting requests for radio interviews and to make appearances at various events. The feedback we received has been astounding. Many designers and businesses that sponsored and/or supported our event have received a lot of follow up business from being associated with Curves Rock Fashion Weekend.

The 2016 Curves Rock Fashion Weekend kicks off the evening of July 20 with a series of events:

July 20, 7pm-9pm, at the Ronald McDonald House with Glam Suite for a Cause. Curves Rock is partnering with the Ronald McDonald House to honor the Mother’s that have traveled from all across the world for the best care for their children. Participants will enjoy a night of pampering, encouragement and empowerment.

July 21, 2016, 7pm-10pm, CRFW will host a Met & Greet at the Horseshoe Casino. Come out and meet the team, chat, have a few drinks and Karaoke!

July 22, 2016, 6:30pm-10:30pm, CRFW presents Curves and Cufflinks mixer hosted by Ashley Stewart. Curves and Cufflinks, a networking event with industry leaders, models, designers, bloggers, will be held at the Marriot Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. Guest will enjoy specialty cocktails, giveaways, a runway competition and more.

July 23, 2016 MAIN EVENT held at the Marriot Inner Harbor at Camden Yards

10am-4pm: The Curves Rock Expo featuring live performances, workshops, beauty demonstrations, shopping and more. This event is FREE and open to the public.

11am-2pm: The Curvy Women Who Rock Brunch, a celebration of curvy women in the community. During the brunch 3 recipients will be awarded for the Humanitarian Award, the Curvy Enthusiast Award and the Curvy Business Women of the Year Award. Hosted by Tyra Hill of the Tyra Hill Show, the Curvy Women Who Rock Brunch will also feature a designer exclusive sneak peek and discussion panel. The panel will include; Essie Gloden, a Plus Size Model and Blogger; Alexandra Boos, a Plus Size Fashion Pioneer; Yashima White Azilove, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Radio One and the CEO of Magnate Consulting and Sabrina Servance from Lifetime’s Big Women Big Love. (Ticketing information for this event is available on the website.)

12pm-3pm: The Plus ROLE Model Workshop. This workshop is for women interested in becoming plus models or plus models interested in taking their careers and brand to the next level. Aspiring models will learn modeling skills and attend workshops that teach them how to balance life as a model. Featuring workshops like:

Runway. POSE. Repeat. hosted by Plus Model Samantha Lebbie

Fashion to Finance hosted by Wells Fargo, 1pm-2pm

Social Media and blogging 101 hosted by Kimberlee Powell/The Natural Fashionista

6pm-7pm: The Curves Rock Fashion Week VIP Reception

7:30pm: The Curves Rock Fashion Week Fashion Show featuring designer Carl Troger of Alek Risminic Couture and hosted by Comedian Lonnie B. Doors open at 7pm.


Piece & Co. is excited to debut its first collection exclusively for Shopbop. The Piece & Co. x Shopbop collection, which spotlights responsibly produced fabrics within the fashion industry, features pieces created by Diane Von Furstenberg, Mara Hoffman, alice + olivia, and Veronica Beard. The Piece & Co. x Shopbop collection, comprised of seven styles ranging from dresses, blouses, and a short-suit ensemble, incorporates fabrics created responsibly by skilled artisans in the Tamil Nadu region of India, masters of the traditional dobby weaving technique.

“The mission of Piece & Co. is to create a more responsible fashion industry,” says Piece & Co. founder Kathleen Wright, “and it has been an honor to work with such talented designers, sourcing fabrics that make the most impact socially, and the least impact on our environment.”

Each garment in this seven-piece capsule is made from artisanal fabrics and showcases the unique characteristics of the brand that designed it. The fabrics in the Piece & Co. x Shopbop collection are made by primarily female artisans at weaving co-operatives located in India’s Tamil Nadu region. The fabric used by each designer is handcrafted and dyed in India and showcases the traditional methods of textile design and weaving, while remaining particular to each respective brand.

The founder of the weaving co-op that made the fabric used by Veronica Beard is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Handloom Technology who started her business with the mission of creating more opportunity in her community. The founder trains and supports her workers to keep traditional weaving alive in the Tamil Nadu region. The work of women trained by the founder can be seen in the Veronica Beard dress, where the vibrant blue pattern is created using the traditional dobby technique. “It’s incredibly inspiring to work with Piece & Co. because of their work in helping artisans!” say designers Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard, ”I love that our dress uses a traditional weaving technique and captures the style of the region.”

The alice + olivia dress and short is a display of the colorful workmanship and handwoven technique that was inspired by embroidery work. In the female-led weaving community that created this special textile, weaving is a way of life, providing sustainable work for women to support their families.

While the same dobby technique is used to create all the fabrics, the raised yarn process makes many different designs and patterns possible. The geometric design and floating threads created for the Diane Von Furstenberg top, for example, are inspired by what would usually be the reverse side of the material and exemplify the versatility and skill of dobby weaving.

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Piece & Co. is a different kind of textile company, aiming to create environmentally and socially sustainable fabrics with more than 5,000 artisans in 16 countries

Since it’s founding in 2011 by Kathleen Wright, Piece & Co. has focused on creating beautiful, high-quality fabrics that are responsibly made by artisans around the world. While working passionately for the nonprofit sector bringing microfinance to artisan cooperatives, Kathleen realized that the problems artisans face go beyond simple access to capital. Without strong connections to a sustainable market, and access to vital business training, skilled artisans would have difficulties staying in business. As the second largest employer in the developing world, Kathleen saw the artisan sector as one that had potential to make positive change if those products could more easily and effectively reach designers and consumers.

From Bolivia to Zambia, Piece & Co. sources primarily female-led groups of artisans whose traditional textiles are of exceptional quality and who have the drive and capacity to expand. By connecting these artisan groups with major companies, Piece & Co. creates consistent employment for thousands of women, positively impacting their communities and their more than 16,000 children and dependents worldwide. Piece & Co. also provides its artisan groups with training to grow their businesses, allowing both the artisans and their production to flourish. By promoting integrity and responsible manufacturing in the textile industry, and business growth for women artisans in developing nations, Piece & Co. is redefining the way the fashion industry looks at fabric.

Piece & Co. is an industry leader, striving for increased sustainability in labor practices and environmental standards, supporting consistent employment for artisans who manufacture lower-carbon, less-water-intensive, heritage textiles. The company is also a proud member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and works with certified GOTS, OEKOTEX, Good World Solutions Fair Wage Guides, and Elevate to ensure the highest quality process for creating textiles. Piece & Co.’s designer partners include Nike, Diane von Furstenburg, Supreme, and Opening Ceremony, and key retail collaborators include Shopbop. 

The go-to online retail destination for modern style, Shopbop offers a comprehensive, hand-picked collection of apparel and accessories from the industry’s foremost contemporary and designer labels. Since its launch in 2000 as a denim-focused e-commerce platform, Shopbop has grown into one of the world’s leading fashion authorities. Along with renowned customer service, Shopbop delivers unparalleled wardrobe advice, cutting-edge editorial lookbooks, innovative features, and exclusive collaborations with forward-minded brands. The result is a highly personalized, satisfying, and—above all—fun shopping experience that caters to style-minded women around the globe.

In 2006, BOP LLC was acquired by, Inc., the world’s largest internet retailer, enabling Shopbop to expand its services to enhance the customer experience. A trusted, globally recognized fashion merchant, Shopbop sells only quality, authentic designer merchandise. Shopbop is part of the Inc. group of companies.

The Diane von Furstenberg brand is a woman’s best friend. It is the brand she turns to for glamour and confidence, to be the woman she wants to be. Founded in 1972 by the designer, DVF is now a global luxury lifestyle brand and one of the premier names in American fashion. Renowned for its iconic wrap dress and signature prints, DVF has expanded to a full collection of ready-to-wear and accessories including shoes, handbags, small leather goods, scarves, and jewelry. Founder and Chairman Diane von Furstenberg is also Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and serves on the boards of Vital Voices, the Statue of Liberty–Ellis Island Foundation and The Shed, the new center for artistic and cultural innovation in New York City. In 2014, Diane published a memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, which has been translated into five languages and in 2015 she was named one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People. Headquartered in New York City, DVF has a global distribution network in over 55 countries and 1500 points of sale including 148 DVF owned and partnered stores throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Veronica Beard is an elevated American sportswear brand that strikes the balance between classic and cool. Veronica Miele Beard & Veronica Swanson Beard are sisters-in-law who launched their eponymous brand in the Fall of 2010 with their signature Dickey Jacket. Today Veronica Beard offers a modern perspective on iconic staples and results in a ready to wear collection that is hard wired for real life. These perfectly designed essentials are both effortless and chic, each piece mixing superior tailoring with the highest level of quality and fit.

Mara Hoffman, born in Buffalo, NY, is a fashion designer and graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City, having also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. Hoffman established a recognizable aesthetic heavily focused on colorful, original prints early in her career. Recurrently drawing from nature and mythology, Hoffman ultimately draws inspiration from her own travels around the world and is a true, living embodiment of her designs. In 2008, Mara Hoffman first appeared at Bryant Park for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. This year also marked the launch of the brand’s swim collection, consisting of playful bikinis, cutout one pieces and dashiki cover-ups. In 2009, Hoffman showed her swim collection at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami. In 2011, Mara was honored to be inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Hoffman and her close-knit team continue to evolve creatively out of their headquarters in New York City, growing the label to now encompass Women’s Ready-to-Wear, Swimwear, Childrenswear, Bridal, and recently welcomed its newest category, Activewear.

Launched in 2002, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows customers to express their personal style. With clothing that juxtaposes the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, a+o epitomizes the personality and perspective of its founder, Stacey Bendet. The brand was born from Stacey’s personal quest to create the perfect pair of pants, and has since grown into a full lifestyle collection including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, tech accessories and a newly launched collection of handbags. The brand is a Hollywood favorite with celebrity fans including Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Drew Barrymore and Solange Knowles. alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is available at the brand’s free-standing boutiques located in New York, California, Chicago, Connecticut, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kuwait, Dubai, Singapore and at, and at over 800 select department and specialty stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford, Isetan, Hankyu, Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Galeries Lafayette, as well as prominent web retailers including Net-a-Porter and Shopbop.

Belli Skincare Stretchmark Minimizing Cream – Review

After having kids and experiencing life changes, we all have stretch marks.  This is a sensitive topic (for women) because it’s difficult to find a product that reduces the appearance of uneven skin and imperfections.


As a blogger, I will admit that I’ve tested a few drugstore products.  The best advice I can share is to create a “stretchmark” regimen and be patient when seeking results.


I was asked to review the Stretchmark Minimizing Cream from Belli Skincare.  The company’s known for creating products that support pregnancy and early motherhood.  According to the site, ” while expecting their first child, the founders of Belli became very discouraged trying to find safe and effective skincare. This prompted the husband and wife team to marry their expertise, Medical Doctor and Beauty Expert, and develop the trifecta of maternity skincare – ingredient safety, effective solutions with clinically proven ingredients, and luxurious formulations with aromatherapy to provide a spa-like experience.”

After reviewing the product, I am happy to share this is an amazing cream!  The texture is light with visible appearances of hydration.  It’s stated (on the company site) that the minimizing cream has natural ingredients and helps to even out the skin tone.  It also smells nice and can be applied anytime during the day.  I have used the product for a few weeks and confident it will provide wonderful results!

The cream can be purchased online or in store at Nordstrom and  See more information about the product below:

Stretchmark Minimizing Cream from Belli Skincare (, which is specially formulated to decrease the appearance of existing stretchmarks of any age, regardless of the cause? The Cream features darutoside & regisstril, ingredients shown in research studies conducted by Phybiotex Labs, Sederma Group, France, 1997 to visibly reduce the appearance of stretch mark depth by up to 72% and stretch mark length by up to 52%. SRP $49.00

Belli Stretchmark Minimizing Cream

Don’t forget to use the coupon code: “BELLI703879″ for 20% off the entire line on Belli’s website through August 31, 2016.

Culinary Trends For Healthy Food

It’s not only in the fashion world that we see trends but also in the culinary world too. If you are not up to date on the latest fashions in food, then read on for a simple breakdown and some advice on how they could help you be healthier.


5:2 Diet Plan

5:2 is the most recent trend in food that people are raving about at the moment. It a fasting diet, where you consume under 500 calories for two days of the week and eat as normal for the rest of the time. This way of fasting is said to kick the body out of fat storage mode while allowing you to eat regular meals.


Some people do two full days of eating only 500 calories. While only eating 500 calories in a day might seem pretty grim, you are not completely starving yourself. There are some tasty and filling soups, salads and frittatas that you can still enjoy, even on a fast day. Just make sure that you count your calories.

Some People choose to spread their fast out through the whole week. This process is known as intermittent fasting and comprises of regular ‘eating windows’. Basically, you have a window in each day that you can eat in, but you are not to consume anything outside of that time. It usually last about 6 hours so many people skip breakfast and use the time when they are asleep to make up the rest of their 18-hour fast time. This is a lot easier because when you are asleep, you are not going to feel hungry.

Clean eating

Clean eating is also popular with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Silverstone, and Jessica Alba. In fact, Paltrow is so committed to the cause that she has written several cook books on the subject including “It’s all good” and “It’s all easy,” which you can purchase here.

Clean eating focuses on cutting out any processed food. This is because processed food often contains lots of sugar, fat, and additives that make it taste nice, but doesn’t need to be there. That means if you are eating a lot of processed food you are taking a significant amount of bad stuff into your body when you don’t  need to. By switching to clean eating, your body gets more of the proper nutrients it needs and less of the bad stuff that is harmful to it.


For the most part cleaning eating requires you to prepare and cook the food yourself to avoid these ‘dirty’ additives. However, you can, of course, eat healthy whole snacks like popcorn, and raw fruit and veg. Some companies are now also selling prepared products that follow the clean eating ideal. One such company is Hampton Creek, who are trying to change the food industry from the ground up. You can check them out on YouTube where you can discover what goes into their products. There are also some nice recipe ideas for clean dinners that you have to try.


The paleo diet has been all over social media in the last few months and has been trending hard on both Pinterest and Instagram. If you are still in the dark about this food trend, the basic premise is that you can only eat food that would have been available to a caveman. So that means sugar, cereals, dairy and beans and pulses are out. This leaves meat, vegetables, fats, nuts and fruits on the menu.

It’s based on the idea that as the world became industrialized, we humans, started to eat a lot of stuff that we are not meant to. Stuff like refined sugar, cow’s milk and the like. Our bodies were never designed to eat or digest this stuff properly so going back to a caveman diet will reset our bodies to optimum health.


While it sounds pretty strict, some of the more clever cooks have been adapting everyday recipes to the paleo diet so it’s not as hard to stick to as its sounds. You can actually have brownies, cheese cakes, cupcakes and cookies on this diet. The only thing you need to do is replace the flour and sugar with honey, white beans and avocados.

Carb free

Another trend in food that has been popular is to cut out carbs altogether. This one you have probably already heard of as it has been around a while and was popularized with the famous Atkins diet.

Atkins got some quite controversial press as it seemed that people were losing weight while still eating fat. But doctors did point out that a pure protein diet it’s pretty harsh on the liver, not to mention the problem of subcutaneous fat. So it’s had a bit of an overhaul, and now there are four stages, which gradually reintroduce a reduced amount of carb into your diet. Atkins recommend that you judge for yourself and see how much carbohydrate your body is comfortable with to keep you at your optimum weight.

Despite The controversy, many people use a low carb diet it to control their weight, especially people with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Up to 5 million women in the US may have POCOS, many of them undiagnosed. In this syndrome, the insulin levels are often higher that then need to be and the body reacts badly to sugar and refined carbs. This can cause a sugar addiction. This is where the person will crave sugar. What happens is when they consume that sugar it won’t be processed right be the body. So the sugar levels will fall quickly into the bloodstream, and then they end up feeling like they want some more. By taking themselves out of the sugar cycle, people with PCOS can stabilise their insulin levels. This allows them to maintain healthy weight much more easily and can help prevent the onset of diabetes.


Some people don’t go as far as following the Atkins all the way,  but compromise with only eating carbs at lunch or breakfast. In this way, your body has a greater chance at processing them as you are active through the day. Instead of instantly converting them to fat, during the sedentary evening period.  

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SUNDAZE 2016 PICS – Havana Nights Event

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Sonje’ Products, LLC hosted Sundaze 2016 on Sunday, July 3, 2016 in Little Havana, Baltimore.  Event participants included young professionals and socialities in the Baltimore area.

Guests enjoyed music, cocktails, and conversation!  This pre-holiday party was a success for those in the area.  To view more photos, click here:  SUNDAZE | 2016

Get The Look: Gabrielle Union at 2016 ESPY Awards

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Here’s the breakdown on Gabrielle Union’s flawless look from the 2016 ESPY Awards. Below, find the step by step guide along with the products used by got2b and Smooth ‘N Shine celebrity hairstylist, Larry Sims.

Get the Look

  1. Start off by adding in 18” clip in extensions for volume and length.
  2. Next, prep hair with got2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm and flat iron hair in sections starting from the nape of the neck working towards the top for a smooth sleek texture.
  3. Continue by parting the top of the hair into a small semi-circle using the arch of the eyebrows for reference. Gather this top section and place into a small pony with added volume. Smooth out flyaways with a pea size amount of Smooth ‘N Shine Polishing Instant Repair Hair Polisher .
  4. Next, use a jumbo curling barrel to create a slight curl at the ends of the hair and brush edges with Smooth ‘N Shine Instant Edge Smoothing Pomade .
  5. Complete the style with got2b mess-merizing texturizing hairspray for added texture and a tousled look!

Got 2b

got2b guardian angel flat iron balm

In a world where women battle with heat styling appliances daily, it’s reassuring to know that divine intervention is now available from göt2b guardian angel.  Developed with heavenly hair in mind, göt2b unlocks the secret to superior heat protection plus advanced styling support.  Each product is formulated with an innovative patented heat-activated polymer technology that delivers proven 425°F heat protection with a glossy finish.

$5.99; mass retailers

Smooth N Shine Polishing Hair Polisher

Smooth ‘N Shine Polishing Instant Repair Hair Polisher

Concentrated polishing formula instantly makes hair soft, shiny and smooth. Conditions and detangles dry, damaged hair, eliminates frizzies and helps prevent breakage.

  • Makes hair soft, shiny & smooth
  • Conditions & detangles dry, damaged hair
  • With aloe vera

$4.99, mass retailers

Smooth N Shine Instant Edge Smoothing Pomade

Smooth ‘N Shine Instant Edge Smoothing Pomade

Finally! The unruly hairs at the edges of your hairline are put in their place. Smooth ‘N Shine Instant Edge Smoothing Pomade controls and keeps fine hairs at the edge (nape and temple) in place. It’s formulated with a perfectly balanced blend of olive and tea tree oils for moisture, shine and stimulating feel, plus cosmetic surfactants that offer a sleeker, non-waxy feel. It provides long-lasting edge fixation and control.


  • Unruly hairs at the edges of your hairline are put in their place
  • Lasting edge fixation and control
  • Perfectly balanced blend of olive and tea tree oils for moisture, shine and stimulating feel

$4.99; mass retailers

Got2b texturizing hairspray

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The texturizing hairspray is the ultimate styling tool to achieve touchable textures with a causal natural finish. How to use: Hold 8-10 inches from hair. Spray over dry hair, tousling hair with your fingers to create desired style, then spray again on dry styled hair to hold finished style. $5.99; mass retailers


PodcastOne Launches The Skinny Confidential Podcast

PodcastOne, the nation’s leading advertiser-supported podcast network, today announced the launch of The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast, hosted by blogger and digital influencer Lauryn Evarts. Evart’s husband Michael Bosstick will co-host and provide the male perspective on a variety of topics, including branding, blogging, entrepreneurship, relationships, wellness, travel, marketing and social media, and more. This sassy and interactive show will feature expert bloggers, and be designed around listener questions submitted via #askhimandher, with new episodes and answers available every Tuesday at, the PodcastOne app and iTunes.

“We are thrilled to partner with PodcastOne,” said Lauryn Evarts and Michael Bosstick. “Podcasting has become our favorite medium because listeners have the opportunity to connect with us on a VERY real level. Even more so, we’re so excited to interview people who are doing cool things, discuss raw subjects, & engage with listeners. Hope you’ll all subscribe to The Skinny Confidential HIM & HER!”

PodcastOne Founder and Executive Chairman Norm Pattiz said, “Lauryn has built an extensive digital brand with The Skinny Confidential. It’s great to be able to work with someone who has become such a strong impact in the digital space, and provide a new, on-demand and intimate outlet for fans to connect with Lauryn and Michael. ”

The Skinny Confidential Podcast

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About PodcastOne

PodcastOne, the leader in advertiser-supported podcasts, was founded by Norm Pattiz, founder of radio-giant Westwood One. Featured in the May 2016 issue of Forbes with a four-page piece on PodcastOne, the network currently hosts approximately 200 of today’s most popular podcasts, including Adam Carolla, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Austin, Heather Dubrow, Shawn and Larry King, Dan Patrick, Breitbart News, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Dr. Drew, Penn Jillette, Barstool Sports, Eddie Trunk, Ross Mathews, Ross Tucker, Rich Eisen, Chris Jericho, Jay Mohr, TheCHIVE, WNYC’s Radiolab and Freakonomics, Laura Ingraham, and a whole lot more, at