Style Tips to Boost Your Confidence: Grooming, Colors, and The Right Fit

Have you ever noticed how confident people seem to just glide through life effortlessly and with ease? Nothing seems to faze them, an opportunity seems to constantly knock at their door. Confidence is one of the most powerful personality traits. For a few lucky people, it comes naturally. But for many of us, it’s something we need to actively work on to build. One way to boost your confidence is through your style. Here’s how:

Great Grooming

Tom Ford said that dressing well is a form of good manners. Making an effort to groom and present yourself well shows that you value and respect the people you are going to meet. Good grooming can also boost your confidence because when you know you look great, you feel great as well. One of the most important things to groom when you want to appear confident and put together is your hair.

For important events and special occasions such as a big meeting or a wedding, put some extra effort into styling it. If you don’t have naturally thick, long hair that is easy to style, you can get by with the help of hair extensions. The Brazilian deep wave bundles from True Glory Hair are a great option.

They are made from premium quality virgin hair and feature a beautiful bounce and lots of volume. Because they are well-made and durable, you can easily style them in a variety of ways, straightening or curling them as you please. If you prefer a more sleek, effortless style, the Brazilian straight bundles are another good option and are just as durable and easy to style. Whatever your hairstyle, whether you have long or short hair, take care to keep it neat and well-groomed, and this will help you feel more confident.

Know Your Best Colors

Everyone’s skin and coloring are unique. Skin color isn’t as simple as light, medium or dark. Besides the lightness or darkness of your skin, you also have to consider your skin’s undertone, which can either be warm, cool or neutral. Your natural hair color is also unique and contributes to your overall coloring. Why is any of this important?

Certain colors suit different skin undertones best, while the wrong colors can wash you out, or make your skin look dull, sickly or sallow. Figure out your skin’s undertone and find out what makeup colors suit you best. These are the most flattering for your complexion and should look great against your hair and even complement the color of your eyes. You’ll look your best when you’re wearing your best colors; they can brighten or enhance your complexion, emphasize your eyes, and even make your hair look better. All this can definitely help boost your confidence.

 Find Your Best Fit

When it comes to clothes, fit is everything. Ill-fitting clothes will make you look sloppy and untidy, or they can emphasize your flaws and look downright unflattering. By contrast, wearing clothes that fit you perfectly will emphasize your best assets, and can make you look leaner, sleeker and even taller. When shopping for clothes, don’t settle for ill-fitting garments. Get yourself measured to figure out the right size for you, and consider having some of your clothes altered if they are too loose or baggy in some areas.

True confidence takes time to develop. It requires a lot of practice, and you might have to work on it for some time before you can say you are a genuinely confident person. But in the meantime, you can try out these style tips for a quick confidence booster.

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Gabrielle Union I’m Perfect Collection X New York and Company: Let’s Change The World By Living Our Truth

Gabrielle Union launched a hot collection for the modern woman with New York and Company!  The statement pieces have a street-style vibe and a bold color palette.

Trendsetters can shop for wrap sweaters, faux leather jogger pants, and strapless maxi dresses.

Gabrielle went the extra mile to design a collection for all body-types; sizes ranging between xxsmall to xxlarge.

The I’m Perfect Collection, true to its name can be mixed and matched to give a high-fashion look!

 

HOW TO RESUSCITATE A BROW OR LASH EMERGENCY AT HOME OR IN THE SALON

As women, we are pretty familiar with how to handle skincare 911’s, blunders with our hair, shaving mishaps, and how to correct makeup mistakes.  When it comes to brows, this particular part of our face is a bit more mysterious.  Many of us grew up simply waxing, tweezing or leaving them au naturel until brows became the hottest “accessory” on our face with a multitude of options of ways to groom and improve upon them. What happens when you face a brow emergency? There is no better expert to turn to for advice than Umbreen Sheikh, a licensed cosmetologist, and founder + CEO of Wink Brow Bar and Salon in New York City.

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Problem: Overplucking your brows-

Almost every woman has gotten too close to that magnifying mirror and been overzealous with a tweezer. Umbreen says, “Don’t fear. You can fake it till you make it with subtle makeup tricks that will help to create the illusion of a fuller, thicker brow. This can be done with Wink’s own Brow Perfecting Quad.”   https://winkbrowbar.com/collections/our-products/products/wink-brow-perfecting-quad  Brush the two powders through, then brush through again to blend for a natural-looking finish. Finally, use a highlighter to camouflage any random hairs. Umbreen says that “Drawing a straight line under your brow will help minimize the appearance of strays.  This will also lighten and brighten the entire eye area, drawing more attention to the eyes.”

 

Problem: Creating a too wide eyebrow gap

The obvious solution to this is to fill in the points closest to the bridge of the nose to lessen the gap. This can be done via microblading. Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo technique used to create the illusion of fuller brows. With this method, Umbreen can create almost any look and shape.  First, Wink technicians consult with clients about the best brow shape for their face and choose a color that matches the natural hair color and skin undertone. The brow area is then cleaned and numbed for the treatment. Instead of using a tattoo machine, a handheld tool manually draws hair strokes. This all can take up to 30 to 40 minutes.  Results can last anywhere from one to three years, depending on your skin type (the ink fades faster on oily skin), products, and lifestyle. It’s also an ideal procedure for women who have lost brow volume due to age, menopause or chemotherapy.

 

Problem: Unruly Brows-

Bold, feathery brows are in, but messy is an adjective you never want to be associated with your arches. “If your brow hairs are “wonky,” you need a game plan for controlling them,” says Umbreen.   If your arches do need a trim, Umbreen suggests brushing your brows up towards the top of your ear with a spooly brush and cutting only the tips off the long hairs pointing the scissors down, (not parallel to the brow). “This gives trimmed brows a natural look, because none of the hairs are exactly the same length,” As a finishing touch, mist a spoolie with hairspray and brush it through brows—directing the hairs up for a lifted look.

 

Problem: Matching your brow color to your hair exactly

In the case of the hair on your head and your eyebrows, you “don’t want to match the curtains to the carpet,” says Umbreen.  Very often, a hair colorist will suggest that you tint your brows much lighter if you are going blonder. Umbreen disagrees with this. “Darker brows will act as a frame for the face and enhance your eye color. Generally, it will give you the appearance of a lot more brow.” If you have gone too light or too dark, “eyebrow tinting is the process of applying semi-permanent dye to enhance, shape, and define your brows. This can be done at salons such as Wink. “It gives the appearance of thicker, more youthful-looking brows,” says Umbreen. An average session takes only about 15 minutes and the color should last anywhere from 3-6 weeks. It’s instant gratification as your new eyebrow color will be immediately apparent.

 

Mistake: Plucking brows too short

Eyebrows that are too short can make your eyes and nose look too big. If you have plucked them or waxed them so that you look like you have half an eyebrow, of course, you can spend the time to pencil them in every day but that if time-consuming and takes skill to make both brows symmetrical. Or… you could get eyebrow extensions. Similar to eyelash extensions, eyebrow extensions are done with tiny fibers of mink or synthetic hairs. The brow extension fibers are then attached to either bare skin or to existing hairs, giving them a fuller, stronger look. The service is from 25 mins to 90 mins depending on thickness or amount of work required.

 

The Problem- You’re so squeamish for waxing or you bruise easily

You would be hard-pressed to find a woman who enjoys the tear of a strip of wax against her eyelid to remove tiny eyebrow hairs, but yet we put up with it in the name of beauty.  For anyone who has ever deviated from their regular waxer on a vacation or business trip, you have most likely ended up being cut or bruised by overly aggressive waxing.  There is a great alternative for everyone called organic threading. As Umbreen explains, “With its origins in Asia centuries ago, eyebrow threading is a simple process that is often considered to be one of the most painless (and least invasive) options for shaping brows. The threading process is simple and typically involves a single piece of cotton thread, After wiping the eyebrow area clean with alcohol, the thread is “twisted and pulled along areas of unwanted hair acting like a mini-lasso, lifting the hair directly from the root without the use of any chemicals or unnecessary tugging on delicate skin. As opposed to waxing, tweezing, or lasers, threading is considered one of the safest and most precise methods of hair removal, especially in the delicate areas surrounding the eye. “Threading allows our specialists to have greater control over which hairs are removed.” The technique is also “100 percent natural,” which means there are no artificial waxes, chemicals, or invasive techniques used during the procedure.

 

The Problem- You’ve made your brows too big and bold.

Don’t assume you have to wash it all off. Instead, take a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover and carefully trace your brow’s natural outline. Remember, brow product should be applied within the brow’s hairline, not beyond it. Cotton swabs will remove any unwanted shading that has ventured too far outside the lines.

 

Trying at home to make both eyebrows symmetrical

This is one of the most common mishaps that Umbreen hears from clients who tried to ‘go it alone at home.’ Umbreen offers, “When you obsess over making your eyebrows look exactly the same, you can wind up over-plucking them.  Too-thin brows are much worse than ones that are just a tad different. Your eyebrows are supposed to be sisters, not twins.

Birmingham Joins the list of Cities to Host the International Event Diner en Blanc #DebBirmingham

Le Dîner en Blanc, the popular Parisian-style pop-up picnic characterized by its famous all-white dress code will take place in Birmingham for the first time ever this October. The exact date will be announced later on.   

 

To participate in this first edition: guests must be invited via the hosts’ network or participating partners or get on the waiting list via the official website.  If you want to be part of this inaugural event, sign up now on the waiting list at register.dinerenblanc.com/birmingham/en/register. 

 

Le Dîner en Blanc began in Paris in 1988 when François Pasquier, returning from a long stay abroad, had the idea to gather friends for a picnic. As the number of guests grew, he decided to hold the dinner in a public space and ask everyone to dress in all white to easily recognize one another. In June 2018, Le Diner en Blanc de Paris marked its 30th anniversary. A record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world gathered at the Esplanade des Invalides to celebrate this historic moment. In 2009, the first-ever export of Le Dîner en Blanc took place in Montreal, Canada, followed by a first American edition in 2011 in New York City. After its successful New York debut, Diner en Blanc International was created to bring the Parisian secret to more cities around the world. Le Dîner en Blanc is now held in over 80 cities all over the world including London, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Toronto, Nairobi, and Los Angeles, with over 130,000 annual guests 

 

Now for the first time ever, Birmingham will host its own Le Dîner en Blanc, thanks to local hosts Jasmine Allen.  “As Birmingham grows and competes on an international level, it is imperative that Destination Birmingham, the city’s only DMC, reflect those efforts by recruiting international events such as Diner en Blanc.  These type events not only provide entertainment and culture but also boost tourism and help push the City of Birmingham as the go-to Destination Location in the South” says Jasmine Allen, owner of Destination Birmingham.   

 

To uphold Le Dîner en Blanc’s tradition, guests of around the world must dress head-to-toe in white and are requested to bring their own portable tables, white chairs, white table linens, tableware, and a gourmet meal.   

 

A large part of the excitement surrounding Le Dîner en Blanc is the secrecy surrounding the event location which is kept secret until the very last moment. Guests are given rendezvous to a departure point when they purchase their tickets. 

 

 About Diner en Blanc International 

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over80 cities in 30 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair. For more infophotos, and videos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit dinerenblanc.com.  

 

About the Hosts of Le Dîner en Blanc – Birmingham 

As the city’s only Destination Management Company (DMC), Destination Birmingham is the destination liaison for meeting planners and special event clients. We are logistic gurus and our passion is showcasing Greater Birmingham. We specialize in event production, meeting management, and tours. Our expertise is logistic solutions, venue selection, and itinerary planning. We apply our creativity to your vision and engage our community connections to produce a memorable event.

 

For full details on the rules and regulations, visit birmingham.dinerenblanc.com 

 
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Fall Fashion Staples: Lightweight Sweaters, Edgy Accessories, and Intimates

Here are some Fashion Staples to jumpstart your wardrobe for the new season!

Mer-Sea

Add a pop of color to your wardrobe with Mer-Sea! This stylish, soft, and lightweight sweater is perfect to pull over your favorite pair of jeans. ‘Mer’ means ‘sea’ in French and together phonetically they sound exactly as we feel—thankful. Merci!

Montelle Intimates

This Fall, Montelle Intimates is introducing a new sophisticated shade Almond Spice, that is flattering on a variety of skin tones. Those looking for vivid, luxe colors will be inspired by the jeweled pantone of Dark Orchid and the elegance of Midnight Blue that create a great seasonal transition into the fall season.

MotoChic

This brand combines leading-edge design with high-performance materials to meet the needs of Stylish Women on the Move. A San Francisco-based lifestyle brand combines leading-edge design with innovative materials to create Stylish Gear for Women on the Move. They believe you shouldn’t have to choose between fashion and function. MotoChic answers the need for high quality, design-conscious clothing and accessories for women with fast-paced lifestyles.

Lusome

Lusomé is a beautifully designed sleepwear brand using the most innovative moisture management technology possible for naturally blended fabrics. Lusomé with Xirotex™ provides women with revolutionary moisture management in luxuriously soft fabrics expertly engineered for ultimate comfort. With a commitment to quality, performance, beauty, and grace, Lusomé empowers females to manage night sweat issues with beautiful designs to compliment women of nearly every shape and size.

Erin Tracy Bridal and Fine Jewellry Launches Her Newest Line STACKED

Revamp your jewelry collection with Erin Tracy Bridal and Fine Jewellry’s latest line of ethically-sourced, high quality, and dazzling fine jewels. The new collection, Stacked, is handcrafted using a spectacular combination of turquoise, diamonds, pearls, sapphires, acrylic, and various types of gold. Defining versatility and elegance, these new pieces are delicate on their own, yet impactful when worn together.

You can easily mix, match, layer, and stack to create your own perfectly curated look. Pair a diamond stud with gold dangle earrings, stack multiple sapphire rings on one finger, or keep it simple with just one gold initial necklace— it’s up to you. No matter what combination you choose, the Stacked collection is guaranteed to revive your fall look.

Boasting a wide selection of meticulously designed, handmade jewelry, Erin Tracy Bridal, and Fine Jewellry continues to create timeless, elegant, and one-of-a-kind pieces. Coupling modernity with pure elemental form, Erin Tracy’s designs appeal to everyone— no matter your budget or aesthetic.

As a leader in design and destination for high-quality pieces, it is no surprise that Erin Tracy’s award-winning designs have been recognized in various high-profile publications such as The Globe and Mail, Fashion Magazine, Wedding Bells, Flare, Elle Canada to name a few. Whether your style is classic and minimal, or edgy and bold, Erin Tracy’s Stacked collection is one you won’t want to miss!

 

 

Kelly Rowland Street Style: Photo of The Day

Kelly Rowland shared a noteworthy Instagramable photo on social media.  She’s seen wearing a red leather jacket, crop top, and frayed, ankle jeans.

This entire look was hot and don’t forget about the eye-catching gold accessories to compliment the outfit.

Grab a similar Red Leather Jacket on Amazon.

Wedding Attire 101: What to Wear To A Wedding

Weddings are a $50 billion annual industry, with the average American couple spending more than $35,000 on their special day.

It can be easy to let that price tag intimidate you when you open your invitation. But of all the things you have to worry about — like finding a perfect gift for the newlyweds — your wedding attire doesn’t have to be one of them.

Here are the “I Do’s” and “I Don’t’s” of Wedding Attire

Before you proceed, there are a couple of rules you should keep in mind, especially if you’re a lady.

No. 1: Avoid white, off-white, or ivory. After all, you don’t want to detract attention away from the bride.

No. 2: Black is actually permissible now. Traditionally, the color used to be reserved for funerals and mourning, but Glamour Magazine reports that it’s become more socially acceptable because of how flattering and versatile it is. Some weddings are even specified as black-tie affairs now.

If you’re not sure what the dress code is, ask the bride to see one of her wedding programs to get a better idea of what to expect. It’s also helpful to note the setting and time of the wedding, that way you can stay comfortable and fashionable at the same time.

For the Ladies

There are a few guidelines to follow once you know the time and location of the wedding. For instance, avoid black and sequins if the wedding is during the day, as this will make you appear overdressed.

Additionally, remember that the wedding will be attended by guests of all ages, not just your own. This means you should probably save that low-cut, high-hemmed, revealing, or form-fitting dress for the bachelorette party — especially if the wedding is taking place in a church or other modest setting.

Moreover, you want to accessorize properly. Ditch the tote bag in favor of a clutch, cross-body, or mini bag. All you’ll need is your keys, phone, ID, credit card, and lipstick. And as for the shoes, you want them to balance the formality of your outfit, not over- or underdo it.

Lastly, if a dress just feels a bit too feminine for you, you’re allowed to wear pants. Just be sure they’re not denim; stick with a pair of elegant slacks, or find a comfortable pantsuit.

For the Gentlemen

Although wedding attire for men is significantly less diverse, it’s still possible to screw it up. However, feel free to personalize your look with a pocket square, cufflinks, or tastefully patterned tie.

Rule number one: No shorts. Ever. Not even in the summertime. Remember it’s a wedding and not a Saturday frat party before the game.

Your safest bet will be a suit and tie, but remember to stay away from black. Navy is a better alternative if you’re drawn to the darker, neutral shades. And if the dress code is “black tie,” stick with a tuxedo and black bowtie.

Before We Part…

No matter what you decide to wear, make sure your wedding attire is properly tailored for the occasion. The last thing you need is a wardrobe malfunction on the dance floor.

Keep the theme of the wedding in mind as well. Some couples like to get creative over their shared interests, so this might allow you some extra freedom with your outfit. And if all else fails, it can’t hurt to run your idea by the bride and groom for approval beforehand.

Feeling lost? Let the Kim West Styling agency give you some pointers. Visit her page at Style Life Fashion to arrange a virtual consultation.

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BRONNER BROS. BEAUTY SHOW RETURNS TO ATLANTA WITH FOCUS ON CONNECTION, COMMUNITY & CREATIVITY

Following its record-breaking attendance in New Orleans, the BRONNER BROS.® BEAUTY SHOW (BB Show) returns to the Georgia World Congress Center on August 17-19, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. The nation’s largest trade event for multicultural beauty professionals, the Show features over 100 classes, 300 exhibitors and three days of shopping, fun, and entertainment.

Now in its 73rd year, the Show’s theme is “Connect. Create. Grow.” to promote a sense of connection and community among diverse beauty professionals. More than 30,000 salon and barber professionals, students, influencers and beauty enthusiasts are expected. “Bronner Bros. is proud to be the only family-owned brand with an event platform that keeps multicultural pros at the forefront of the industry,” said James Bronner, Bronner Bros. SVP and Show Director. “Our return to Atlanta marks another chapter in keeping stylist connected and empowered while also nurturing the next generation of talent.”

Competitions are a major attraction throughout the three-day event. For the first time, the BB Show will present “Hair Battle: Salon vs. Salon.” Six professional salon teams will battle for a $10,000 cash prize on Sunday, August 18th at 9:00 p.m. Groups will be led by Que Barnes (Riverdale, GA), Tammie Bethelmy (Pinson, AL), Terrance Davidson (Atlanta, GA), Latonya Darnell (Hearne, TX), Ashley Payne (Winston-Salem, NC), and Dr. Karen Stacks (Orangeburg, SC). “The Salon vs. Salon competition will be the ultimate display of what happens when stylists join forces to achieve a common goal,” Bronner added. “From transformative cuts and color to reimaging the art of showmanship – each group will rep for their hometown and bring a special flavor to the stage. We’re excited to see the power of collaboration at work!”

Other competitions include the Andis Total Look Barbering, Andis Student Barbering, Champion of Weave sponsored by GlamourTRESS, Creative Student Rising Star sponsored by Atlanta Barber & Beauty Supply (ABBS), and the legendary Fantasy Hair event. In addition to classes and competitions, show highlights include: • The “Cut Party” – Sponsored by Kirkpro, one of the most electric, innovative displays of hair artistry returns on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Arrive early for door prizes and giveaways.

• Daily Expert Panels – Six (6) panel discussions on topics ranging from hair loss and maintaining your health behind-the-chair to financial wellness and entrepreneurship.

Times vary. • Beauty Job Fair – Beauty Cast Network provides access to top beauty industry employers and resources. licensed professionals, students, and educators should bring updated resumes and arrive interview-ready. Saturday and Sunday on main show floor. • Cash & Carry Shopping – Product demos and experiential sessions featuring the newest products, salon services, styling tools, and equipment. Wholesale deals and discounts available each day. • “Beauty Over Brunch” – Celebrate women in business with special guest celebrities in attendance. Expect candid talks with black beauty’s most influential voices and deal-makers. Registration required. • Sunday Service – Bishop Dale C. Bronner will share uplifting words of encouragement to kickstart day two of the show. Special musical guest is Kelsie Broughton.

Open to all on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The Bronner Bros. Beauty Show began in the basement of Atlanta’s Butler Street YMCA with a focus on hair care for black women. It has since grown to become the only cosmetology trade event dedicated to all things multicultural beauty.

According to Nielsen, African-Americans spend nine times more on beauty and grooming products than the general market. Black women, in particular, spend an estimated $7.5 billion annually on beauty products. “It’s easy to get lost in the glamour of the beauty industry. But we’re committed to keeping our community connected,” commented Erika Respress, Bronner Bros. Show Manager. “We never want to lose sight of Mr. Bronner’s founding principles and will do our best to keep the Show educational, inspiring, and true to the culture.”