GMA3: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW’ HEADS TO NEW ORLEANS 

To kick off this year’s ESSENCE Festival of Culture™ presented by Coca-Cola®, ABC News’ “GMA3: What You Need to Know” co-anchors Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes and ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton will host a special broadcast originating from the heart of New Orleans at Brennan’s in the French Quarter.  

 

On Thursday, June 30, the “GMA3” team will be live from “The Big Easy” to kick off the festival, which ends on Sunday, July 3. Drawing more than 500,000 attendees annually over the holiday weekend, ESSENCE Fest is one of the largest festivals in the country. 

 

As DJ D-Nice spins throughout the show, Robach, Holmes, and Dr. Ashton will interview actress Marsai Martin and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and look at the hottest fashion trends to expect at this year’s festival with ESSENCE beauty and fashion editor Blake Newby. The show will also give viewers a look back at the history and beginnings of ESSENCE Fest and detail how it became the massive celebration of Black culture it is today with ESSENCE CEO Caroline Wanga. 

 

“GMA3” executive producer Catherine McKenzie said, “After these last few years, as cities are opening their doors to embrace tourists, we are excited to take the show on the road and capture the joy throughout ESSENCE Fest and New Orleans. We hope this coverage will shine a light on this important celebration and help grow appreciation for the amazing contributions of Black culture to American society.” 

 

“As the nation’s largest festival by per day attendance, the ESSENCE Festival of Culture is the crown jewel of celebrating Blackness, which fuels commerce, capital, and capacity that garners true economic impact for our global community,” said Wanga. “We are excited to return to New Orleans live and thrilled that there are options for virtual participation, that our full diasporic family, through our unapologetic “It’s The Black Joy for Me” manifesto, is happy to share with GMA3.” 

 

In addition, this year, The Walt Disney Company is the exclusive entertainment sponsor for ESSENCE Fest, bringing talent, exclusive screenings and experiences from across the Company’s iconic brands and touchpoints, including ABC, ABC News, Disney Branded Television, Disney Cruise Line, Disney+, Disney Studios Content, Disney Television Studios, Disneyland Resort, ESPN, Freeform, FX, Hulu, Marvel Studios, National Geographic, Onyx Collective, Pixar and Walt Disney World Resort. Specific programming, experiences and talent appearances will be announced next week. For more information about Essence Fest, click here. 

 

Follow “GMA3” and the journey to ESSENCE Fest on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For more information, attendees can download the ESSENCE app or join virtually on Essencefestival.com.  

 

ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

Essence Communications is the number one—and only 100% Black-owned—media, technology and commerce company at scale dedicated to Black women and communities. With a community of more than 31 million Black women, ESSENCE inspires a global audience through diverse storytelling and immersive original content rooted in Culture, Equity and Celebration. The brand’s multi-platform presence in/ publishing, experiential and online encompasses its namesake magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; and signature live events, including Black Women in Music, Black Women in Hollywood, ESSENCE Black Women in Sports, Fashion House, Street Style and the ESSENCE Festival of Culture.

 

Father’s Day Sale: This Year Gift Your Dad Stylish African Print Pajama Pants

Nkeoma is a female-owned, African-inspired luxury loungewear brand that has been featured in Forbes and Essence. It celebrates African culture by showcasing traditional African prints with stylish designs and quality fabrics. Their sleepwear collections feature products such as their men’s sleepwear. Their sleep pants are made with quality silk fabric and authentic African prints with bold colors with a look that will have dad feeling chill and sexy around the house.

This Father’s Day, take advantage of their buy one get one 50% off sale on their Lion Head Print Pajama pants starting June 1st no code is needed at checkout.

Kendra Scott Unveils First-Ever Engagement Ring Collection

Today, Kendra Scott enters a new category with the introduction of The Engagement Collection by Kendra Scott. Building on a successful fine jewelry business in Kendra Scott’s repertoire, entry into engagement was a natural next step for the brand. This launch comes as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary and marks the second new category expansion this year,  following the successful introduction of Watches and Watch Bands in April.

As a brand that places an emphasis on innovation, Kendra Scott made the decision to work with lab grown diamonds. The debut eleven-piece Engagement Collection by Kendra Scott features lab grown diamonds that are F in color (colorless), VS2 in clarity range, and available in carat weight from 0.5 to 2 carats. All rings are custom, made to order, and delivered in approximately three weeks.

Inspired by Kendra Scott’s signature icon pieces, each engagement silhouette bears custom details unique to the brand’s design DNA. Available in Solitaire, Halo, and Signature silhouettes, the rings feature a traditional center stone, including Round, Oval, and Emerald. Customers have the option to customize the ring with their choice of 14k White Gold, Rose Gold, or Yellow Gold. Representing joy, optimism, and the promise of a bright future, a singular Yellow Sapphire was thoughtfully placed at the bridge of each Solitaire setting or burnished at the base of Iconic Halo rings.

Designed to be as beautiful and unique as each love story, Kendra Scott offers a bespoke customer experience complete with a dedicated in-house Diamond Expert, who will guide the couple through their custom ring journey. The customer will select every facet of their ring, from carat weight to pavé additions to metal selections and personalized engraving. The Engagement Collection by Kendra Scott will launch at twelve retail locations across the country as well as online via virtual appointments.

“For twenty years, our customers have invited us to be a part of their wedding journeys. The launch of the Engagement Collection by Kendra Scott will allow us to be the wedding destination from proposal to happily ever after,” said Kendra Scott, Founder, Designer & Executive Chairwoman of the brand. “When creating this collection, we challenged ourselves to consider every detail. Fundamental to our design process, each ring can be customized and curated to match every couple’s unique love story.”

The engagement experience will launch in select Kendra Scott retail stores, including Tampa Hyde Park, Pittsburgh Walnut Street, Savannah Broughton Street, Charleston King Street, Dedham Legacy Place, Nashville Hill Center, Lexington Summit, SoHo New York, South Congress Flagship in Austin, Dallas Preston Center, Las Vegas Summerlin and Houston Heights Mercantile, and online at kendrascott.com/engagement-rings.html  Price points will range between $1,350–$8,150.

 

About Kendra Scott 

Kendra Scott is a leading fashion accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel, and sense of community of its founder and designer, Kendra Scott. With over 2,000 employees, Kendra Scott has over 100 standalone stores across the US and is sold in premiere retailers including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and 600 specialty boutiques worldwide and boasts a thriving web business. Kendra Scott is known for its kaleidoscope of beautiful accessories as well as the innovative and customizable Color Bar® experience. As the brand continues to grow, the company remains true to its founding philosophy of “Family, Fashion, Philanthropy” and since 2010, has given back well over $50 million to local, national, and international causes.

Celebrities Glowed at The Met Gala With the Help of Tracie Martyn and Rodial

Models, singers, actors, and designers looked radiant on Monday night at The Met Gala and achieved their flawless glow thanks to the Red Carpet Facial® offered at the Tracie Martyn Spa as well as Rodial‘s skincare and makeup.
Karlie Kloss, Camila Mendes, Camila Cabello, Thomas Dougherty, Prabal Gurung, and Maisie Williams all prepped for the event with Tracie Martyn’s Red Carpet Facial® before making their appearance on the Met steps. The signature treatment features crystal-free diamond microdermabrasion, Beyond Microcurrent® facial therapy, and a special anti-aging amber LED light treatment. This provides a natural facelift and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while giving a perfect radiant finish.
Celebrity makeup artist Frankie Boyd provided his beauty breakdown for the star-studded event, creating an entire look with Rodial’s luxury line of skincare and makeup products. Including their Plumping Collagen Lip Oil ($34), Soft Focus Glow Booster Drops ($60), and Glass Powder Loose Setting Powder ($59). Created by former beauty editor Maria Hatzistafanis, Rodial is focused on enhancing your natural beauty while combining skincare, makeup, and science, driven by results.

Modern Picnic Launches on Saks Fifth Avenue E-Commerce

Modern Picnic knows that the working woman does not compromise style for function and all products are specifically designed with that in mind. With an insulated interior and a sleek vegan leather exterior, Modern Picnic is encouraging women to ditch the paper or plastic bags typically used to carry food, and instead opt for beautiful, functional, reusable alternatives. Available in six styles – The SnackerThe MiniThe LuncherThe Large LuncherThe Backpack, and The Tote – each product has a classic design to effortlessly fit into most women’s wardrobe. The innovative bags include design details with intention such as an outside pocket, interior slots for silverware, a removeable cross body strap, signature gold hardware, magnetic closure, and The Backpack also includes a laptop sleeve. “Modern Picnic understands the importance of developing quality products that people love and we’re excited for this partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue to expand our audience and further engage and connect with our consumers.” says Founder + CEO Ali Kaminetsky.
Today, the brand has roots in charity, women’s empowerment, and is committed to creating innovative, multifunctional products. Modern Picnic has garnered the support of advisors and investors including Alexandra Wilson (Co-Founder Gilt and Glamsquad), Michelle Grant (Founder, Lively), Monica Royer (Founder, Monica + Andy), Adam Schoenberg (Co-Founder, Hook & Albert), Michael Cline (Founder, Fandango), and NJ Falk (Manager Partner, APL). The brand is also backed by strategic brand partners such as American Express, S’well and Hungryroot.
In an effort to provide working women with a faster, cheaper, and healthier way to carry lunch, Modern Picnic is committed to impacting the community and creating products for women, made by women. Modern Picnic is now available to on www.saksfifthavenue.com and direct-to-consumer on www.modernpicnic.com.

Age-Old Lingerie Myths Debunked

Age-Old Lingerie Myths Debunked

Lingerie, particularly bras, are a woman’s wardrobe staple and also one of the most challenging pieces to buy. You want to find something that is comfortable, supportive, and pretty. It also needs to fit into your personal needs from exercise to a night out. And the hardest part just might be finding your correct size! Below are some of the most common myths and what you really need to know when building a lingerie wardrobe.

MYTH: It’s okay not to wear a bra at all

This is a somewhat controversial topic, but most experts will agree that it’s a good idea to wear a bra. A bra offers support and can take off the strain on your back and overall posture. If the root of not wanting to wear a bra is comfort, look for a soft yet supportive style like a bralette or one of the many wire free options.

MYTH: Straps provide all of a bra’s support

This is a big misconception and completely false. The majority of a bra’s support should come from the band and not the straps. If your bra is uncomfortable because the straps are sliding off or are digging into your shoulders, go down a band size and up a cup size or even two. For plus size women, consider wider bra straps with padding which can offer a combination of comfort and additional support.

MYTH: Finding your right size bra is complicated

Here are four things to keep in mind. 1) don’t get hung up on a size 2) understand that different brands fit differently, even when marked as the same size 3) learn how to measure yourself or make an appointment with a bra fitter 4) you can also buy a few sizes and styles online and try them on at home. Finding your right size bra is not that complicated, but it might require some patience. When trying on a bra, make sure that you try it on with a t-shirt so that you can see if you get the shape that you really want.

MYTH: Never wash your bra in the laundry machine

While some may recommend hand washing your lingerie, you can put your bras in the laundry provided that you do so carefully. Use a lingerie bag and make sure that you close the bra so that the hooks don’t catch on anything. Never put your bra in the dryer since heat will harm the spandex or other stretch fiber.

MYTH: Shopping for sustainable fabrics is challenging

For several years, there has been a big trend in shoppers wanting products that are earth friendly and responsibly made. Likely, this trend will continue as more products become available and prices are closer to what consumers are used to paying. Dora Lau, founder and CEO of Dora L International, a global sourcing and design company says, “the interest in sustainable products is part of the growing wellness trend. Woman are seeking products that are good for themselves as well as the environment. Purchases are more mindful and take into consideration how we feel about the brand and it’s social responsibility.” Lau says that great strides have been made with fabrics created from Bamboo, like Lenzing Modal and Tencel.

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4 Simple Yet Effective Ways To Jazz Up Your Outfit

If you are real life fashionista and like to take care of your appearance, then this article could be of great use to you. Everyone likes to look their best as the clothes that you wear and the way that you present yourself can tell the world a lot about you. So, it is important to project a positive image out there for all to see. Continue to read on in order to learn some simple, yet effective ways that you can jazz up your outfit.

  1. Jewelry

A simple yet effective way to make any outfit pop is to add some sparkle and character in the form on jewelry. If you are unsure of how to choose the right jewelry for your outfit then don’t worry as some tips are listed below:

  • Focus on the necklines – for example, if you are wearing a V-neck then you may want a shorter necklace. Alternatively, if you have a boat neck, then you want a necklace that is longer. A turtleneck is great for earrings and bracelets, and pearls would go well with a sweetheart neck.
  • Do not go overboard – adding one or two pieces of jewelry is often more than enough. This is especially true for formal events when you want to look elegant. Choosing a few high-quality pieces such as crystal silver rings is highly recommended.
  • Choose a focal piece – if you have lots of loud and bold jewelry, it is advised that you do not wear them altogether. Instead, choose one bold piece out of your collection to be the focus.
  1. Shoes

Never underestimate the power of shoes! While you may not realize it, your shoes are one of the first things people look at when they see your outfit. So, be sure that your shoes match well and compliment your outfit. It is important to remember to clean your shoes too. Do not neglect this as leaving the house with muddy or dirty shoes is not a great look. Be sure to read the care instructions so that you can take care of the fabric of the shoe properly.

  1. Have the right bag

Another important consideration is the bag. Of course, not all outfits require a bag. However, if you plan on taking some essential items with you, taking a bag with you is recommended. A bag is a great way to add some color into your outfit if color is what you are lacking. So, if you are feeling an all-black look then you could pair this with a colorful bag to break up all the black shades.

  1. Makeup

Makeup for many is a great way to jazz up your outfit. You could go for a natural look if you please or you can find a way to match your makeup look with your outfit. For example, if you are wearing an orange shirt as part of your look, then why not compliment this with some orange eye make-up.

TUNE IN | Buttah Skin’s BEYOND THE SURFACE Digital Series for Black History Month | EPISODE 4: Nina Parker

Tune in and watch episode 4 of BEYOND THE SURFACE by Buttah Skin, executive produced and hosted by Natalie Manuel Lee. In honor of Black History Month, the show will highlight Black creatives and changemakers and examine the stories that have shaped their lives and careers.
 
This week, Natalie chats with E! host, broadcast journalist and fashion designer, Nina Parker. Nina discusses how it’s never too late to change careers, how contentment can be a distractions from true career goals, and the importance of loving herself first.
 
BEYOND THE SURFACE will stream across official Buttah Skin platforms each week on Thursdays, including the brand’s official website, ButtahSkin.com, as well as their official Instagram @buttahskin. In addition, the audio version of each conversation will be available in podcast form via Apple Podcasts and Spotify. 
 

5 Spring 2022 Accessory Trends That Will Elevate your Style

Accessories can make or break an outfit, and no-one understands that better than Jenn Loyd, Fashion Stylist for NBC & CBS, a Personal Fashion Stylist, Lifestyle Expert, and founder of Lobe Love, a bespoke accessory company.

Over the years, Jenn has styled hundreds of women, and is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, and uncover their own unique, personal style. When it comes styling a look, Jenn pays attention to details with accessories.

“When I’m not helping women win their freedom from Outfit Overwhelm into Clothing Confident, you’ll find me creating and celebrating a life that is functional AND fun”, says Jenn.

Jenn was interviewed on Spring 2022 accessory trends, and we’d love to share her insight with you:

1. What colorways are you seeing for Spring?

There are going to be so many dreamy colors: Periwinkle, soft lilac, soft tan, and my personal favorite – hot pink.  A gorgeous infusion of color!

2. Do you foresee all-white ensembles featuring? What does this mean for accessories?

I  love all white ensembles because you can pair them with any color statement. An all-white ensemble will instantly pop with colorful accessories or you can keep your statement pieces all white for a clean, sophisticated look.

3. With the abundance of crochet predicted, what accessories do you have in mind to 

complement this look? 

I would love to pair crochet looks with jewels… we have some coming in spring that will work exceptionally well with crochet. The juxtaposition of organic wool with glittering stones works well.

4. Any gingham accessories for Spring? If so, what colorways?

Gingham will be a fun pattern this season and I would wear it in the colors for spring. I’m gravitating towards soft lilac and hot pink for earrings and headbands in particular.

5.  With sexy bra tops making a return, what earrings will best compliment this look?

Depending on the detailing of the bra, I would pair them with some fringe earrings or jewel with fringe earrings. The minimalist bra look allows for a ‘wow’ earring to fill up the space.

6. Your top embellishments for Spring earrings?

I am big on jewels this Spring in soft tan, purple and blues. Chains and pearls will be making a statement as well and adorn your ears perfectly.

Fashion and Beauty Influencer Aaliyah Jay Relaunches Fashion Label Twisted Saints

In time for Valentine’s Day, fashion and beauty influencer, YouTuber and content creator Aaliyah Jay launches her re-branded Twisted Saints clothing line.
The Twisted Saints website will include three new items including a sheer patterned mesh top, leather pants and cut out yellow and a blue body con dress.
Fashion has always been a strong interest for Aaliyah, so it’s no surprise that she has started her foray as a fashion designer. On her YouTube channel, Aaliyah can be found doing vlogs, fashion and beauty tutorials and more uniquely she also does amazing fashion history videos such as the ones she did on Zelda Wynn Valdes (creator of the Playboy Bunny costume) and Maurizio Gucci and doing fashion commentary such as the videos of her best and worst dressed of The LACMA Gala 2021, The Met Gala 2021, The Oscars 2021 and most recently she covered the fashion from the 2021 American Music Awards on What’s Trendings’ Instagram page.
“​​I created this brand to create a world where everyone can be their true self while still dressing the part,” says Aaliyah Jay. “I’m excited about this relaunch because it feels very personal because while creating it, I found myself, my path and my voice again through creating these pieces!”
Check out recent YouTube video of Aaliyah explaining common misconceptions of her brand and discussing Twisted Saints below.
ABOUT AALIYAH JAY
Over the past 5+ years, fashion and beauty influencer and Youtuber, Aaliyah Jay has cultivated a following of over 4 million across her social media platforms. Aaliyah creates fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle content that she hopes will inspire others to be their authentic selves.
Originally from Boston and now living in New York, Aaliyah Jay is now venturing into the next step of her career, one as an emerging media personality and fashion designer. She will be relaunching her unique clothing line Twisted Saints out Q1 2022, in addition to growing her already large platforms and expanding her media profile.
ABOUT TWISTED SAINTS FASHION LINE
Bold colors and patterns make the new Twisted Saints launch a perfect ready to wear line for the confident, independent and inclusive individual. An individual with a mind of their own who wears what they want fearlessly. While the line is geared towards women, the line is inclusive for all genders and non binary individuals. When wearing Twisted Saints, remember it’s your world, everyone else is just living in it.
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