Fashion-Forward Fall with Influencer and Fashionista Stacee Michelle

Style + Life + Fashion had the opportunity to interview Wardrobe Stylist, Stacee Michelle.  Cooler mornings and dropping daytime temperatures are a sure sign that brisk Fall weather is on its way, meaning it’s time to swap out lightweight summer clothes for the cozy textures of Fall.

For fashionistas, there’s no better way to start this fresh new season than with a Fall wardrobe refresh. And for those women who love to stay on-trend, knowing what’s hot as we swing into cooler weather is a must. Here’s a sneak peek into this Fall’s Fashion Forecast:

  • Go wild! Animal prints are this season’s neutral – you’re going to see them everywhere! From leopard print to smooth snakeskin, coordinate with new prints inspired by the jungle. A bold animal print can elevate a knee-high statement boot or the perfect belt bag. 
  • Go powerful! Take a break from relaxed athleisure and power up on all things tailored. From structured blazers to polished, tapered pants, these are classics that will be staples in your closet for years to come. Reimagine the classic button-down and add plaids or pinstripes to complete the look.
  • Go modern! Infuse every inch of your wardrobe with contemporary autumnal palettes led by colorful textures – think deep plums, golden yellows, burnt oranges and emerald greens in your favorite silhouettes.

Social media influencer and fashionista, Stacee Michelle, who’s got her finger firmly on the pulse of Fall fashion. She’ll help you shop for the latest trendy seasonal looks from your local department store, and explain how a few carefully selected pieces can refresh your entire wardrobe.

Interview courtesy: Belk

Meet Georgette Pierre: On-Air Host and Producer of Georgette After Dark

Style + Life + Fashion had the opportunity to interview Georgette Pierre.  Learn more about her platform here!

  1. What was the inspiration behind creating Georgette After Dark?

The curiosity and interest really started after Chelsea Handler left her late night show, Chelsea Lately, on E! Entertainment. Before other women popped on the scene, I wanted to break through the late night space. Since I wasn’t anywhere near the brand notoriety, I decided the next progression after #DearGeorgette was Georgette After Dark so I went shot three pilot episodes when I was working a lot in LA.

  1. What can audiences anticipate from the new interview series?

A good vibe from some amazing guests. I didn’t mince words and I loved the fact that my guests were open to the concept. I walked away learning something new from people I already knew. I think the audience will walk away with that too or at least laugh at the varying levels of candidness during the after dark segment

  1. What professional achievements are you most proud of?

Good question. Each point in my life, I asked for the things you would consider a professional achievement. I moved to New York and survived and thrived in my 7.5 years living there. I wanted to work at Viacom/in TV production and I did that for six years on and off in the middle of Times Square, tourist mecca of the world man (aka pedestrian city). I wanted to be bicoastal and I partially achieved that with my job in TV production requiring so much travel to THE LA as I call it. I got tapped to write about my favorite show, Power, for Entertainment Weekly. There’s not one or a few professional achievements I’m most proud of. I’m just grateful that I had access to navigate the spaces I was in to even scratch the surface of the things I accomplished/achieved. That’s what I’m most proud of, to be honest.

  1. Provide one piece of advice to someone that’s interested in becoming a producer or host?

Start creating. Don’t wait for the opportunity to come your way. Find others who want to do things in or around the world you’re creating. My colleague wanted to direct so I made him the director of my first web series #DearGeorgette. My mentee wanted to learn more about the production so she was a PA on my first scripted web series that’s not out yet.

  1. Where can we go to learn more about Georgette Pierre?

You can always head to my website at www.georgettepierre.com. My social life (social media handles) is on there. Sign up for my monthly newsletter, georgette’s musings, at http://tinyletter.com/georgettepierre.

About Georgette Pierre:

Georgette has written for various outlets including Entertainment Weekly, Blavity, MTV News, VH1, and music site, KillerBoombox (KBX). She’s executive produced her own internet radio show called Off the Record, a nationally syndicated morning show that was on iHeartRadio, and created two seasons of a relationship-themed web series on YouTube called #DearGeorgette, that has been featured in two film festivals, NYC Web Fest and the Hollywood Black Film Festival. All while working full-time in TV production. She also served as the first sideline reporter for the inaugural 2018 NBA2K League.
Georgette is gearing up to release her latest interview series titled ‘Georgette After Dark’ where she sits down with Beyoncé’s lead dancers, Bunx Dadda, an artist and producer currently signed to Universal Music Group and correspondent Taylor Ferber, along with many others.

 

Meet Kamiah Adams: EntrepreneuHER, Lifestyle Enthusiast and Fashion/Beauty Influencer

Style + Life + Fashion had the opportunity to interview Kamiah Adams.  Learn more about her platform here!

Meet Kamiah Adams:

The EntrepreneuHER, Mom-Boss, Lifestyle enthusiast and Fashion/Beauty Influencer Kamiah Adams is the girl everyone is dying to know more about. From her striking beauty to fabulous taste in fashion, Kamiah is without a doubt, an emerging face in the fashion and beauty industry. Kamiah effortlessly flaunts her diverse taste in fashion, from sneakers to heels, she always puts the “S” in slay!

Kamiah is not only a fashion & beauty influencer, she is also a seasoned entrepreneuHER she is the founder and creator of XO byKamiah Adams Hair Extensions, with other things beauty related on the way!

You may even recognize this beauty from being the long-time girlfriend of the professional basketball player, Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards. This power couple just recently welcomed their first bundle of joy “Baby Beal”, you can keep up with their family on her youtube channel Kamiah Adams”   representing all things Kamiah.

With no question, Kamiah is the girl to know. Keep up with her on Instagram and youtube and stay tuned for more fashion and beauty looks, new business ventures from this MOM BOSS.

 

1. How did the idea for your beauty business develop?

Since a little girl (even in my tomboy phase) I have always loved all things beauty. From hair & makeup to fashion. As a little girl, I was always the one doing my friends and family’s hair & makeup coordinating “fashion shows” at family gatherings, and trying to switch my hair up at any given moment! So stemming from a genuine love for it from a child, made it that much easier to really get my business going, because it was more than just another way of generating income, but it was a passion. And I stand firm on “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”. It started with my hair extensions, and is currently expanding into cosmetics, and clothing! “Xo by Kamiah Adams” is a brand within itself, and in that brand, you’ll find “xo hair, “xo cosmetics” “xo fashion” …. & so on.

2. What motivated you to become an entrepreneur?

I’ve never been a fan of being told what to do! So just the thought of being able to do what I want, how I want, when I want, on my terms, without having someone to “answer to” was all the motivation I needed!! And just having the freedom to be able to be my creative self and have no limitations on it was such a gratifying thought I couldn’t picture it any other way.

3. What are your goals for XO by Kamiah Adams Hair Extensions Collection?

My plans for “xo by Kamiah Adams” I stated before go far and beyond just hair extensions, so I’ll answer for the brand in itself. My goals are to continue to build an empire, never limiting myself, and stopping at nothing. I want to provide the best, for the best! And I plan to continue doing so while providing the best product, at a price that can’t be beaten! Again, my main objective at the end of the day is to satisfy all of my supporters, genuinely, without breaking the bank, and leaving them feeling amazing about themselves!

4. From the perspective of being a mother and entrepreneur, who is your role model and why?

My mother! Hands down, my mom is the hardest worker I know! She and my Granny (who is no longer with us) have molded me into the woman I am today! My grandmother was a woman who never accepted “No!” And always worked for everything she wanted while providing for her family. And my mom, I don’t even know where to start, she is the true definition of a go-getter! Working full time, traveling for work all the time, raising a family, and still managing to be an amazing mom and wife and making us always feel supported and loved. I feel if I’m able to be even HALF the woman/mom she was, ill be just fine! My superwomen!

5. Where can we go to learn more?

Keep up with me and all my business endeavors, and all things XO by Kamiah Adams by following my social media platforms Instagram/Twitter/YouTube/Facebook: @Kamiahadams

And make sure to check out www.xobykamiahadams.com

Meet McKenzie Caldwell-Pope: Wife, Mom Boss, and Tastemaker

Style + Life + Fashion had the opportunity to interview McKenzie Caldwell-Pope.  Learn more about her platform here!

Meet McKenzie Caldwell-Pope:

Who knew motherhood could be slayed so effortlessly?

With a dynamic taste in fashion, McKenzie Caldwell-Pope is not only slaying motherhood, but the trendy streets of Los Angeles California. As the wife of Kentavious Caldwell Pope of the Los Angeles Lakers, you may see McKenzie slaying courtside. Fashion + Beauty is without a doubt the game she dominates!

McKenzie prides herself on being an amazing mother to her two children, all the while inspiring women to approach life fearlessly with bold confidence! McKenzie shares her style with her Instagram followers and sets out to promote different brands with her trendy outfit compilations.

Hands down one of the hottest fashion + beauty influencers in Los Angeles, California! Keep up with her dope style and daily slay on Instagram and stay tuned for more fashion and beauty tips from this MOM BOSS.

How would you describe your personal style? 

I would describe my style as “Sophisticated-Sexy.” I like chic, classic looks that are flattering to my shape.

What is your favorite clothing item or accessory in your closet? 

My Blazers! I love dressing up a look with a blazer, whether it’s with a dress, shorts, jeans, ANYTHING! Throw a blazer over your shoulders and it sophisticates any look!

What are your favorite places to shop and splurge-worthy items?

Surprisingly, I rarely ever shop in-store. I am a die-hard online shopper! I love to mix highs and lows too! Some of my favorite sites are ASOS, PrettyLittleThing, and FashionNova. On the high end, I love Farfetch, Ssense, and MyTheresa.

What goals do you have planned for the future?

My biggest goal for the future is to focus a little more on “me.” I give so much of myself to my husband and kids, I tend to forget about myself or feel guilty when it comes to doing things for me.

Where can we go to learn more about McKenzie Caldwell-Pope?

Follow me on Instagram @mckenzieinthemirror And stay tuned for more!

Celebrity Chef Richard Ingraham Interview and Eating Well To Win Cookbook

Style + Life + Fashion had the opportunity to interview Gabrielle Union and NBA veteran Dwyane Wade’s private chef, Richard Ingraham.

He released a new cookbook titled, Eating Well to Win – which is focused on developing delicious, flavorful recipes — many of which include either a Southern, Creole, Italian or Asian flair.

What was your inspiration for creating this cookbook?

I just wanted to be able to touch others with my cooking. Being a personal chef doesn’t allow me to cook for the masses like I would be able to if I worked in a restaurant. So, writing Eat Well To Win seemed like the perfect solution.

Can you provide a delicious, easy appetizer recipe or any meal planning suggestions?

See recipe below.

What is your favorite recipe in the cookbook as it relates to eating healthy?

I really like the Roasted Sea Bass and Mushroom Broth with Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes and Kale. This dish starts with roasted sea bass that has up to 20 grams of protein in a 3oz serving. It’s also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering blood pressure and reducing levels of cholesterol. The sea bass sits atop a mixture of quinoa (great source of protein, fiber, and essential amino acids), kale (high in vitamin k, iron, and fiber) and sweet potato (great source of potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6).

Are there any additional tips or ideas that you would like to leave with us?

Eating healthier doesn’t mean that your food should be flavorless and lackluster. Eating Well To Win shows you that food can be exciting, flavorful, and still be good for you. Even with eating healthier, one must remember that paying attention to portion sizes is another very important factor in leading a healthier lifestyle.

 

Grilled Portobello with Lobster and Shrimp Salad

Ingredients for Portobello Mushroom

6 Tablespoons grape seed oil

3 Tablespoons fig balsamic vinegar

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tablespoon fresh thyme

6 large portobello mushrooms, stemmed, gills scraped out

Kosher Salt and fresh ground pepper

Ingredients for Lobster and Shrimp Salad

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

3 Tablespoons whole grain mustard

1 Tablespoon honey

2 Tablespoons shallots minced

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 cup grape seed oil

Kosher Salt and freshly ground pepper

3/4 pound cook lobster meat chopped

1/2 pound medium cooked shrimp

1 1/2 cups ripe mango chopped

1 1/4 cup fresh raw corn from about 2-3 ears

1 cup micro greens

Method for Mushrooms

  1. Heat grill to medium high heat
  2. Whisk oil, fig balsamic vinegar, garlic, and thyme in small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Arrange mushroom caps on foil lined baking sheet, gill side up.
  4. Generously spoon dressing into each mushroom (be sure to get all that good flavor all over the cap)
  5. Place mushrooms on grill, gill side down and grill until edges start to soften
  6. Turn mushrooms over and cover
  7. Cook mushrooms until they’re nice and tender
  8. Remove mushrooms from the grill and arrange on a platter
  9. Top with Lobster and Shrimp Salad.

Method for Lobster and Shrimp Salad

  1. Combine vinegar, mustard, honey, shallots, and garlic in medium bowl.
  2. Gradually whisk in oil.
  3. Season dressing with salt and pepper.
  4. In a large bowl, combine lobster, shrimp, mango, corn, and micro greens
  5. Gradually pour dressing into lobster mixture until lightly coated
  6. Add more dressing if desired.
  7. Adjust seasonings

Eating Well To Win from Celebrity Chef Richard Ingraham

Excited to share I’m reviewing a new cookbook and creating recipes!  Celebrity Chef Richard Ingraham has launched Eating Well to Win.

He’s the private chef to actress Gabrielle Union and NBA veteran Dwyane Wade. Eating Well to Win is focused on developing delicious, flavorful recipes — many of which include either a Southern, Creole, Italian or Asian flair.

Check back here to find out what recipes were created and an interview with Chef Richard Ingraham.

 

 

Celebrity Interview with Mamoudou Athie – Fox Searchlight Pictures PATTI CAKE$

Style + Life + Fashion had the opportunity to interview Hollywood Actor Mamoudou Athie.  We know him from previous roles such as The Circle and Get Down.

In his current performance, he plays “Basterd” an ambiguous producer, which helps Patti achieve her dreams of making it into the world of rap.

PATTI CAKE$, Fox Searchlight Pictures film will be released on August 18th.

Interview with Mamoudou Athie:

Mamoudou Athie shared his professional insight and performance for the upcoming drama film PATTIE CAKE$.

Upon speaking with Style + Life + Fashion, he discussed his love for performing and story-telling; which attracted him to become an accomplished actor.  This started during childhood and progressed into Mamoudou receiving his first major role at age 21.

Aside from being a childhood thespian, Mamoudou also attended the Yale School of Drama and acted on Broadway.

The inspiration for Mamoudou taking this role in the movie PATTIE CAKE$ was due to the diversity of the character.  In addition, he felt the movie was a great script and opportunity for a break-out performance.

His love of music and Shakespearian background are only a few traits from his previous roles that are incorporated in the new film.

To learn more about the movie PATTIE CAKE$ and Mamoudou Athie‘s character Basterd visit FoxSearchLight.com

Sun Damage and Eye Health: Fashion Expert Zanna Roberts Rassi

It’s officially summertime, and the hottest accessory you can add to your wardrobe arsenal is sunwear. You may be surprised to know that while nearly 75 percent of Americans are concerned about the potential side effects of UV eye exposure, only about 21 percent say they always wear sunglasses.

Fashion expert and TV contributor, Zanna Roberts Rassi joins us with some tips to make sure our look protects our vision AND keeps us on trend.

 

Zanna Roberts Rassi is a British fashion editor, the senior fashion editor of Marie Claire US and a fashion correspondent for E! News.  She also appears on the reality television show Project Runway All Stars as a mentor to the contestants and consults for the American retail chain Target.

Shirley Murdock Celebrity Interview – Ain’t No Love Like A Mother’s Love

Style + Life + Fashion had the opportunity to interview Shirley Murdock, R&B singer-songwriter and superstar.  She can also be seen performing during the upcoming event, “Ain’t No Love Like A Mother’s Love” on April 9, 2016 at the Murphy Fine Arts Center.

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Who are your inspirations? (as in other artists)

My inspiration comes from artists who sing from a deep place, able to not only tap into their emotions, but make you experience the story and make you feel something thru the songs they sing: Aretha, Gladys, Stevie, Patti, Luther, Michael Jackson, Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters.

How did you get started as an artist?

I was discovered by the late Roger Troutman, front man for the funk band Zapp. He heard me singing “Jesus Is Love” for a gospel crusade, on a cassette tape that my cousin Jill beg my mom for a copy to let him hear.

Like the many previous offers that I received to do R&B, I said thank you, but no thank you, because after giving my life to the Lord at 15 years old, I believed I was only suppose to sing Gospel. Roger informed me that he didn’t have any connection there, but left the door open, should I ever want to give it a try.

I basically left there asking God why are the only doors opening are R&B and not Gospel? After praying, soul searching, talking to my family, pastor and remembering that my relationship and witness was constant, regardless of the jobs I’ve held. We take our faith and light everywhere God plants us.

So, I walked by faith thru the open door and it’s been and continues to be an amazing journey!

Who are your favorite singers?

As mentioned before, Aretha, Gladys, Stevie, Patti, Luther, Michael Jackson, Shirley Caesar and The Clark Sisters are my biggest inspirations, but I have to say, I love me some Whitney Houston, Vesta and Teena Marie, Natalie Cole (Gone Too Soon) and Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Lalah Hathaway, Kelly Price and Mary J. Blige!

What do you think about when your preforming?

When I’m performing, I think about how incredibly blessed I am to be living my dream and how these wonderful people have played such an incredible role in making that happen. It’s very humbling, because there are so many artists out there to choose from. I’m grateful, because it doesn’t have to be me!!!

This make me want to give my audience my all. I’ve been given so much, now it’s my turn!

What else can we expect from you in the future?

These 30 plus years in the business has allowed me to hone my skills as a singer, writer, arranger, actor and speaker. My desire is to continue to use my gifts to bring joy and inspiration to the world. I have books to write and Master Classes to do, to share knowledge and experience with the next generation.
I think we should die empty!!
I’m currently working on a “Life Song” project that has a nice balance and blend of inspirational songs with songs about life and love!

Tomima Edmark, founder of HerRoom.com Interview

What was your source of inspiration for helping women to find the right bra? So many sources. Seeing beautiful women with unsupported bustlines – knew I could make them look thinner and better. Reading many of our emails with women complaining how their bra fit and I knew with a little education they could solve their problem(s) and look better. My general nature to want to help people – when I know something I instantly want to share and help others

Can you name three (of the best) retailers in terms of purchasing new bras? And why? That’s a loaded question. You need to explain to me why I would do this? I think HerRoom is the best.

How was your experience when working with Oprah? Oprah had a very well-oiled operation when I was involved and on her show. Actually, did not meet her till just before the show was being taped. However, she was very gracious afterwards, and with bodyguards flanking her, she stayed and took questions from guests and audience members. Having been on several talk shows, this is extremely rare to have that kind of access.

Give us a few additional tips in terms of selecting the appropriate bra to wear (according to your breast type.). Women need to look very closely at the center panel of their bras and the placement of the straps and where they are attached. For example, if you have a high tummy, your center panel should have an arched center panel to help your bra rest on your sternum. If you have wide-set breasts, you need to look for a bra with a wider center panel because it will fit better. If you have really closely placed breasts, there should be almost no center panel. Strap placement. If your straps continually slip, look at how the straps are sewn on to the bra. Close to the underarm, and they will have a tendency to fall off. Sewn right above the apex of the cup (called a center pull strap) and you probably won’t have this problem. Sewn in the back where they are kicked in or sewn closer to the center and again, your straps will probably stay in place.

Tell us more about HerRoom.com. HerRoom is designed so that you have more information that if you went to a store to buy bras. First, there is a lot of patented features. We have the “see it under” set of images for every bra we sell. This way, you will know if any of our bras will work under a challenging neckline. Next, we have fitters comments within our details area. No site has the detail we have. We measure the thickness of the padding, the width of the straps, the height of the sides etc. We are the only site that does this. I personally work closely with the manufacturers to learn how their items are fitting. When I hear something unique, I put a Tomima Tip on the item. Again, not other site is giving you fit advice or calling out a unique feature or fit right on the product page. Our reviews are also unique. They are genuine and come from real women. We send all negative reviews to the manufacturer for comment. So, when you go through our product reviews you will see actual responses from them. No one else gives you this insight from the company that actually makes the product. I could go on and on here….

To read more: https://stylelifefashion.com/best-bra-breast-type/