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February 28, 2019

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Outfit details – Jacket: Style & Co. (similar) | Top: Etsy | Skirt: Target | Shoes: Forever 21

On this last day of Black History Month, I felt the need to create this post. I would be remiss if I did not highlight some of the black-owned businesses that I have come to know and love.  Although TrendyCurvy is about fashion, I think that it is also important to bring attention to things that I am passionate about. One of those things is the advancement of people of color so that we are better represented financially and economically. So, I have compiled a small list of some of the brands that I am a frequent customer of to share with you. This is in the hopes that you may discover a new product that you love like I do. It is also to challenge you to think more consciously about where you spend your money and to support more minority-owned companies. So, without further adieu, let’s get into it!

Beauty

Coloured Raine

I am frequently asked about what brand of lipstick that I’m wearing and nine times out of ten, I have on Coloured Raine. I first got introduced to this brand from a beauty blogger and have been hooked ever since. Every color that I tried suited me so well and when I discovered that the company was founded by a black woman, I knew exactly why. Perfectly pigmented and so complimentary to my skin tone, I have purchased their products again and again.My absolute favorite shades that I have purchased countless times are Cherry Blossom (thee perfect red), Oh La La (a vibrant raspberry pink) and Berri Raine (purple kisses anyone?). As you can see from two of these being sold out, they are definitely the favorites. Don’t fret though, just join the waiting list and you will be notified once they become available again.

I’m also hooked on their eye shadows as well including this gorgeous Queen of Hearts palette (even more stunning in person).

The Lip Bar

I discovered this brand from another influencer, Kela Walker. If you don’t follow her on Instagram, you should! She is constantly putting her following up on game when it comes to beauty and skincare products. She did an unboxing on her Instagram stories of this immaculate shade of liquid matte lipstick that I had to have! Turns out, the lipstick was from not only from a black-owned brand, but it retails for only $13. SIGN ME UP! I immediately went on to their website and cleaned up buying several shades.

Skincare

M. Roze

As I get older, skincare has become the utmost priority when it comes to my daily routine. In researching products for my skin, I discovered that women of color tend to face the same struggles. This is partly due to our complexion and genetics. Because of that, we need specific products to address our particular needs. Things like hyper pigmentation, melasma and dark spots are all areas of concern.

In comes M. Roze. I was contacted by someone from the company who graciously offered to send me products to try. Their products being vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, and are specifically formulated for black women. I began incorporating them into my regimen and over time, have seen a difference in the look and feel of my skin. Plus, the packaging is so perfectly chic and simple.

Fashion

Rue 107

Wearing Rue 107 while in New Orleans

I could not do a round up of black businesses and not touch on this fashion brand. If you have not heard of Rue 107, you should definitely get familiar with them. They have unique, super stylish pieces that are sure to be head turners. With sizes ranging from a small all the way to a 3x, they really have something for just about everyone. I love their eye-catching colors and prints, as well as their styles that I don’t see anywhere else. Founded by Marie Jean-Baptiste, Rue 107 based out of New York is definitely one of my favorites.

Smash Shoes

Now, I am a little biased about this one because the owner of Smash Shoes, Ashlie Davis, is a friend of mine. However, that’s even more reason to highlight her brand in my opinion. Ashlie has tapped into a hole in the market and that is fashionable shoes for sizes 11 and up. Being of a larger shoe size herself, she knows personally the struggle that it is to fine on-trend footwear. So, she took it into her own hands and Smash Shoes was birthed. She has everything from thigh high boots, to booties, to sandals and more.

Lifestyle

Brown Estate

This past year, I visited Napa for the first time. One of the first things on my to-do list was to visit Brown Estate. Travel Noire is a website that I follow that is dedicated to offering travel inspiration and tips from the perspective of the African diaspora. They published an article that highlighted black-owned wineries of which Brown Estate was listed. They have a beautiful tasting room right in the center of downtown Napa.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post and I hope that you found it helpful! Happy Black History Month!

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Moto-vation

February 24, 2019

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Can you believe that we are about to enter into March? Where has 2019 gone?! Time is such a tricky thing that the moment you think you have a lot of it, it zips by you in the blink of an eye. I could have sworn that I was just ringing in the New Year with my loved ones and now we are almost a quarter into 2019. With time moving so quickly, fashion is definitely following suit. I don’t know if you’ve noticed this yet, but retailers are full steam ahead into Spring. Winter is long gone and stores have become infiltrated with some of the hottest Spring trends. One of those notable pieces is the brightly colored moto jacket.

I love a good statement piece and I have to say that this is one of them. Moto jackets are staples in anyone’s wardrobe, but infusing it with beautiful shades and colors takes it into a whole different level. There are so many amazing jackets that follow this aesthetic that I am loving right now. From bright yellow, to aqua blue, to rich green. For this look, I fell in love with a yellow suede jacket from Simply Be that I thought was the perfect transition item from Winter to Spring.

As you all know, I’m a fan of simplicity. I don’t believe that you always have to add embellishments to a look for it to shine. That’s the exact approach that I took with this outfit. I styled it with a simple tank top and jeans to let the jacket do it’s thing. Finally, with a forest green pump to color block the yellow, I was done. Simple and stylish!

Outfit details:

Jacket: Simply Be | Tank Top: My beloved Old Navy tank | Jeans: Celebrity Pink (similar here) | Shoes: Marc Fisher

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Black on Black

February 17, 2019

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This is a bit of a different look for me. Typically, I’m all about color, prints and patterns to make up my outfits. However, I was intrigued by the idea of a monochromatic black look. There’s no question that with the right elements, black can look extremely chic and expensive. So, I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could create an all black look that was still interesting.

I think the key to using much of the same color is to infuse different elements to add interest. This can be in the form of materials and fabrics. I started off with a silky pleated skirt. It has a bit of sheen that definitely gives off a sophisticated feel. Then, I added a faux leather belt that helped to cinch in my waistline as well as contrast the skirt. Finally, with a simple black tank top and blazer worn off of my shoulders, this all black look was formed.

Once I put those elements together, I knew that I needed something else to help break up the black. I felt that I had reached the max of the dark hues so I decided to wear my latest purchase of this netted bucket bag. This bag is one of my favorite purchases in a while. I think that it is so unique, eye-catching and was the perfect accessory to pair with this outfit. To play off of the netting of the bag, I put on my tried-and-true beige lace up sandals and with that, this look was complete. And I have to say…I love it. It’s very understated and certainly not for everyone but I think that all of the elements really make it a well-rounded style. I hope that you like it too!

Outfit details:

Jacket: Old Navy | Top: Old Navy | Skirt: H&M | Purse: Nordstrom Rack (more colors available here) | Belt: JCPenney | Shoes: Nine West (old)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente

Mocha Latte

February 10, 2019

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One of my favorite accessories is definitely a chic, floppy hat. Hats are the ultimate quick fix for bad hair days or when you just need that extra element to take your look to the next level. They add style, character and have a certain elevated nature about them. You can rock hats with pretty much any look from the simplest to the most complex. It’s versatility allows you to think of endless outfit combinations.

I was looking for a tan hat when I discovered this one on Nordstrom’s website. Tan and brown blend together so well and can also be paired with many Fall/Winter hues. As soon as I received it in a shipment, I tried it on and loved the fit. I immediately took to my closet to see what outfits I could drum up. I discovered that this duster from Forever 21 matched the shade almost identically. I love when two things that you bought separately pair so well together that you would have thought it was intentional. My initial idea was to grab some skinny jeans and booties (of which I likely still will do). However, I saw out of the corner of my eye a dress that I bought some time ago but have not yet figured out how to style. And what do you know, it was fashion serendipity! The whole look just came together and I loved the matching tones. I finished it off with these bronze metallic pumps and the outfit was complete. Mocha latte anyone?!

Outfit details:

Hat: Nordstrom | Duster: Forever 21 | Dress: Pretty Little Thing | Clutch: Sole Society | Shoes: Nine West (Platino Patent similar color. Bronze is no longer available)

Photographer: Steve Suavemente