Erin’s Outfit of The Day: African Print Tube Dress

Dress: Cynthia Rowley via Gilt, Blazer: BCBG, Wedges: Steve Madden

I never really do fashion posts, because I don’t own enough clothes! I wore this to a work event, the Oyin Handmade “Your Hair is Awesome” bash. This was the ensemble I had chosen to wear for the IFB Conference earlier this week, but rain didn’t go well with this outfit. Justin, aka Metropolitan Boy, aka my stylist, told me to wear this today. I love it!

Scandalous Beauty’s Beauty And Tech Travel Must Haves

I’ll be traveling for New York Fashion Week, and I figured this would be a timely post. Time to pack! : )
Scandalous Beauty: Beauty and Tech Travel Essentials

MAC ‘Prep + Prime’ Transparent Pressed Finishing Powder No Color One…, $23, Perfect for eliminating shine!
NARS Blush -Exhibit A, $27. Oh come on. You know I dig it.
Body Wash & Shower Gel – Bath & Body Works, $11. I bring a mini. So convenient.
Target:Yes To Cucumbers Face Cleanser Towelettes – 30ct., $5.99. I love the smell of cucumbers, these are awesome!
Pocket-Sized Sanitizers – Anti-Bacterial & Soaps – Bath & Body Works, $1.50. You never know what germs are on your hands! Yuck.
Smith’S Rosebud Salve, $7. Your lips feel like moist magic.
Nixon The Wire headphones, 85. These look a lot like the $15 pair I own. Nobody want to hear what you’re listening to. Trust! 

I also included my Ipad for easy movie viewing and music listening. Plus, Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries and Burnt Sugar Pomade for hair touch-ups.

Brooklyn, NY- Jazz by Jose James, Unity, and The Most Amazing Natural Hair I’ve Ever Seen

I took a day trip to Brooklyn with Meagan Shea yesterday. Weeksville Heritage Center was hosting its free concert series [Meshell Ndegeocello and Keziah Jones will be there in the upcoming weeks], and my favorite jazz vocalist performed. Meagan knew how much I loved his music, so it was a no brainer that I attend!   Jose James’ music was introduced to me in 2009, and I was hooked that very night.  My friend Emeka shared some of his favorite artists, and he told me he thought I’d really like Jose.  Yep, he hit the nail right on the head. He’s got a deep bass-y voice that keeps you in a trance. My favorite instrument sound is the trumpet, so I captured this piece of Jose singing, plus a solo from his trumpet player.

I assumed that I’d see some pretty creative hair, since no one seems to give a f— in NYC. Everyone marches to the beat of their own drum, and they don’t let the latest mainstream music videos or Vogue decide what’s dope. Everyone was comfortable in their skin, and there was a happiness that I can’t really describe. No two styles were the same, and all were unique to the owner.  I wish I had my Canon and not this simple Droid camera!

California Dreamin’: Aveeno, Jazz and The Independent Spirit Awards

Last month, I flew out to Santa Monica as an Aveeno Brand Ambassador.  We went to the Independent Spirit Awards.  Totally amazing.  It was my first time flying to the west coast, and it was mighty nice!

I went to my first Spa ever, Exhale spa. I received the most intoxicating facial using Aveeno’ Smart Essentials Pore Purifying Facial Wash, Daily Detoxifying Scrub, Nightime Moisture Infusion and Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment.  My aesthetician Sylvia was amazing! She used a facial steamer for effectiveness, and I’m totally using this trick at home! They offered to do hair and makeup, but umm, I passed.

You have to see the food, the drinks, the view!

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