Thursday, May 20, 2010

LoveBrownSugar Feature: RACHEL Rachel Roy

Ok, my last bit of shameless promotion for a while, I promise! Just wanted to share this photo for you that the wonderful Steven Duarte shot of me last week...

 This is one of the printed scarves from the RACHEL Rachel Roy collection. She sent us one scarf and asked each Honey editor to style it their own way. I decided to do a trendy look and rock it as a turban.The pics turned out great! Some of us rocked it romantic, others edgy or funky fresh. To see how each of us styled the scarf, check out the article on Honeymag.com...
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Spring Fashion Trends: Milk & Honey

 So I haven't done any shameless promotion on here in a while. Ever so often I like to pop in and let you guys know what I'm up to over at Honey. This week I had the privilege of compiling Honey's spring fashion trend story. A major privilege for me. I'm honored. Check out our spring fashion editorial affectionately entitled "Milk & Honey"...

 Stay on trend with a little Honey flavor. Leisure suits were huge on the Spring 2010 runways from Richard Chai to Adam and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Stay on trend with a neutral bottom, but give the look a tribal twist and rock a printed blazer up top.

  Continue the printed trend with another popular silhouette for 2010 – the cropped jumper (left above). Seen on the runways of Honey faves like Charlotte Ronson, Marc Jacobs and DKNY, the cropped jumper carries effortless chic appeal. Add a leather jacket and straw fedora for good measure. Not only is the maxi dress flattering for almost all shapes and sizes, a delicately tailored vest on top adds menswear-inspired edge.

Accessories are everything. Quickly take a plain oxford and cutoffs look into a Hollywood- ready ensemble with over-sized shades and a patterned scarf up top (below right). Never underestimate the power of a statement piece. Bold boyfriend blazers in painted prints give life to an understated ensemble (below left).

Ripped jeans are not only a Honey fave around the office, they are a huge trend this season. Adding bright pops of color to a light colored pair makes an even sweeter impact...

*Sidebar: I absolutely love this products shot...these bags are awesome:

For more pics and spring trends, and more of my fashion features check Honeymag.com! My byline reads "By C.Brown"

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

LBS Giveaway: And The Winner Is...

Congratulations to Bethany S for winning the Kelsi Dagger Karina Wedge giveaway! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do...

 Thanks so much everyone for commenting. Just a heads up, I'll have another Kelsi Dagger Giveaway running at the end of the month, so keep your eyes peeled. The next pair I'm giving away are ah-ma-zing!

Good luck!
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Confessions of a Shopaholic: LaQuan Smith Lookbook

I'm absolutely in love with new designer Laquan Smith's lookbook. First, he used one of my fave models Sessilee Lopez. She looks absolutely fierce in this lookbook spread. Next, his designs are DOPE! They've been featured in Vogue and he's even a young mentee of fashion greats like Andre Leon Talley. Love his stuff so much, I shouted hium out in my Clutch Mag Feature Monday's Muse as one of my fave designers. I mean, what else is there to say? I love young black telent. He's doing his thing...

 Loving the construction on his pieces. Exaggerated shoulders - check. Impeccable construction - check. Love it!

If this isn't a pencil skirt, I don't know what is...

This Sea Urchin dress has been seen on singer/model Cassie post Met Gala:

For more information on LaQuan Smith visit laquansmith.com and follow him on @LaQuanSmith
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Twinkle By Wenlan Sample Sale

For all you LBS fashionistas on a budget like myself, get your fashion fix minus the extra dollar signs with sample sales like this one. I must say the Twinkle By Wenlan show for Fall 2010 was one of my absolute faves. It's where I met the lovely Angela Simmons sitting front row and center. 

Wenlan Chai, the designer behind the amazing Twinkle line has an amazing aesthetic. Romantic, fun, girly and free - those are words that come to mind. If you're in the NYC area - be sure to line up early. These steals will be gone in no time. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

LoveBrownSugar Chic: Stylin' in Kelsi Dagger

This past weekend I had a chance to sport these lovely Kelsi Dagger Karina shoes I've been raving about. They sent me a pair in the pewter color and I'm in love...

I decided to pair them up with one of my fave spring outfits. Plain black skirt and top, jean jacket, white fedora and gold accessories. Surprisingly, pewter isn't such a hard color to match up. It's an unexpected neutral, but it works!

I always have so much fun with this hat...it attracts so much attention on the street! 

Fedora: H&M, Jacket: Vintage, Top & Skirt: H&M, Shoes: Kelsi Dagger, Oversized Watch: Charming Charlie, Ring: H&M, Nails: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

Like these Kelsi Dagger Karina wedges? Well, you're in luck!

I'M GIVING A PAIR AWAY!! Just comment HERE for your chance to win! Hurry, contest ends Friday May 14th!!
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Monday, May 10, 2010

LoveBrownSugar Feature: Style & Substance Magazine

Special thanks to Style & Substance Magazine for featuring me this week! In an article titled "The Ingredients: LoveBrownSugar", Style & Substance highlights my blog with a witty Q&A session. Be sure to check it out HERE!
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Thursday, May 6, 2010

LoveBrownSugar Chic: Tree Hugger

There's really no rhyme or reason for this post. Took a few test shots during my last photoshoot that actually came out pretty cool. No real outfit to display. Just a few jewels and...makeup ::kanye shrug:: I think the most beautiful part of these pics is the tree...

 Borrowed my sister's off the shoulder denim jacket. Thought it was interesting- I've never seen one like it...

Love that you can see every strand in this one...

*Kisses till next time!
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Style Candy: Beyonce's "Why Don't You Love Me" Video

I tend to take inspiration from a number of things - street style, red carpet photos, fashion mags and even music videos. I was too hyped when the pics from the set of Alicia Keys' and Beyonce's "Put It in a Love Song" were released. Well, when I ran across Queen Bey's new music video for "Why Don't You Love Me", I died then came back to life. This video is laced with style inspiration from the pin-up housewife attire to the studded turbans and neon stilletos. Just watch...

Notable fashion pieces from the vid: the turban (updated version of the doobie head tie), Betty Boop-esque two-piece suit, neon platforms, vintage lace and veil headpiece, seersucker jumpsuit, bright lips, pastel nails...

Stay tuned for a follow up Style Candy with some of these cool pieces and where you can cop your own!
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Confessions of a Shopaholic: Kelsi Dagger Giveaway!

You guys have heard me rave about Pour La Victoire's brand and their amazing shoes right? Well get a load of their younger, hip and more affordable shoe line - Kelsi Dagger. They have some amazing styles at really great prices.
"In a world full of sensory overload, Kelsi Dagger is the voice for all that is fresh, young and totally hip"
 I'm especially in love with the Karina style...

You know I have an insane obsession with wedges, so when I saw these, I gagged. It comes in 3 different color ways- black, pewter and an off pink nude color...

The wooden wedge heel of course is in for the spring season. And I love the caged effect and the gold hardware detailing. Stay tuned, I'll have pics up next week from my style shoot with these babies on.

Guess what? Surprise! I'm giving away a pair of the Kelsi Dagger Karinas! To be qualified you must:

1) Become a fan of Kelsi Dagger and LoveBrownSugar on Facebook
2) Follow @KelsiDagger and @LoveBrownSugar on Twitter
3) Comment below!

Contest ends Friday, May 14th, 2010 at 12AM EST. The winner will be randomly chosen from comments below. Good luck!
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Monday, May 3, 2010

Fierce or Foolish: Jennifer Lopez in Lanvin

J.Lo showed up to the London premiere of "The Backup Plan" in this ensemble the other day. At first glance, I thought it was absolutely foolish. I though it looked like a garbage bag cinched at the waist. But  upon closer inspection, I began to appreciate the intricacy that went into the entire look...

I think her makeup looks amazing, and her statement necklace is on point. But this dress...I'm sorry but I vote foolish. I was also a little weary of this beehive on top of her head...

What do you guys think of J.Lo's look? Fierce or Foolish?

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