Featuring Teddy the Dog

We’re digging our stylish and comfortable T shirt from Teddy the Dog.  And, what a conversation starter it is.  

About Teddy

He’s a hound of great renown… a divine canine, one might say. That’s why people dig his witty and clever spin on entertainment, pop culture, and all things dog (duh). He paw picks only the finest garment-dyed, ring-spun blended cotton, which makes his apparel softer than a puppy’s backside. And all his apparel is tagless (read: itch free) and decorated right here in the U.S.A.

But that’s not all—his doghouse is always stocked with bark-out-loud (#BOL) gifts and accessories, including drinkware, coasters, totes, blankets/towels, magnets, stuff to strut your mutt, and much more. So, go ahead and wear him out… just for the pun of it.

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Learn more about this stylish brand at www.teddythedog.com.


Don’t Let Winter Turn Your Skin Into a Parched Desert

For many people, it’s like clockwork: the weather cools and within a few weeks their skin is itchy, red, cracked, and bone dry. Falling humidity levels kickoff annual dry skin season—skin tends to have the same moisture level as the environment it’s in, so as the weather gets dryer, we do too. Dips in temperature can exacerbate the problem further and mature, sensitive, or acneic skin types are particularly affected by the changing weather. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through the season. There are ways to keep dryness at bay and maintain smooth and irritation-free skin, year-round. Here’s how:

  1. Avoid Harsh Exfoliants: If your skin has dried out during the winter months, take a step back from your harsh chemical or physical exfoliants. This doesn’t mean you need to stop using them completely—exfoliation is important for cell turnover—but pumping the brakes for a few days while your skin resets could prove useful. And if you’re still feeling dry, opt for a natural cleansing oil instead of your usual face wash, which can often strip the skin of natural oils.
  2. Use a Low-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronic Acid: A low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid (HA) is recommended for its ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water. HA helps your skin retain moisture and assists in keeping its surface smooth and soft. It even helps calm redness or irritation from particularly harsh climates.
  3. Layer Up: In the winter, it’s all about layering—both clothes and skincare. Start with a serum equipped to handle your toughest skin concerns. For maximum TLC, use FACTORFIVE’s regenerative serum—the only growth factor serum that lists human stem cell media as its first ingredient. FACTORFIVE’s stem cells are ethically derived and maintained in their own lab, meaning a group of highly trained scientists control the quality from start to finish. As a bonus, FACTORFIVE’s regenerative serum is high in hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and wrinkle-fighting peptides.

Next up, opt for a cream that’s light enough to layer and calming enough to soothe your winter redness. FACTORFIVE’s anti-aging cream boasts the same powerful human stem cell media as its serum. Plus, it has the added soothing benefits of Aloe Vera and green tea extract. To form a protective seal over the skin and lock in the growth factors, apply the cream after the serum.

  1. Apply Morning & Night: Don’t forget to use the serum and cream combo in the morning, after washing your face and before makeup, and in the evening, when your face is clean and ready for bed.
  2. Don’t Forget Your Eyes: Our eyes are sensitive to the cold and dry climate of wintertime. Make sure to replenish your delicate eye area with a natural, non-irritating, fast-absorbing product like FACTORFIVE’s eye/lash cream. FACTORFIVE growth factor technology helps to smooth and tighten the under-eye skin and assists in the growth of your eyelashes and brows. It’s also prostaglandin free, which means it won’t alter the color of your eyes or leave them irritated and red.
  3. Don’t Forget SPF: Even though it’s cold outside, the sun’s rays are still powerful. A physical sunscreen, applied in the morning—after your serums and creams should be part of your daily routine. Use an SPF of at least 30 and if you are out in the sun for long periods of time, apply every two hours.
  4. Stay Hydrated: A simple, but effective tip. Drinking enough water helps your skin look dewy, plump, and gives you that just-walked-off-the-beach summer glow.
  5. Check Your Diet: Our skin is often a great indicator of what’s going on inside. Monitor what you eat and take notice if your skin flares up or feels extra dry after particular meals or food groups. Always consult a physician before changing anything about your diet.

It’s impossible to control the weather, but it is possible to control how you treat your skin during low humidity and low temperatures. And, if your skin cannot take it anymore, you can always plan a trip to a tropical destination where the humidity is high and your skin can recuperate— just remember to pack the sunscreen.

New York Based Accessories Atelier Partners with Nigerian Artisans to Create One-of-a-Kind Fashion Pieces

Uchenna and Chioma

Uchenna and Chioma

Cee Cee’s Closet NYC was created by Chioma and Uchenna Ngwudo in New York City. This sister duo created an adage to their West African roots by crafting unique accessories with prints relevant to their cultural background. Each product is designed by the Ngwudo sisters and then handmade in Nigeria by female tailors and artisans. Their fair trade goods include headwraps, handbags, jewelry, and clothing pieces.

“Having our accessories made in Nigeria allows Cee Cee’s Closet NYC to have a transformative impact on the lives of our artisan partners,” states the Ngwudo sisters. “ This project is dedicated to our amazing parents, aunts, friends, and all women who boldly decide to pursue their passions.”

The vision of Cee Cee’s Closet NYC  was manifested during a trip to Nigeria. They were inspired by the expertly crafted garments and accessories they saw in the marketplace and decided to bring a piece of Africa back to Brooklyn. Seeing the demand for the authentic pieces, the sisters launched Cee Cee’s Closet NYC in 2015, and it has quickly morphed into the go to destination for fashionable women who love to add meaningful color to their looks with a pop of West African prints. Their brand has grown in popularity in the states, all while having a positive economic impact on Nigeria.

The Ngwudo sisters’ approach to African prints is creating attention-grabbing pieces that fit seamlessly into your closet. They give the fashionable woman an assortment of products that are well priced and perfect for both everyday wear and special occasions.

You can join #TeamCeeCee by visiting their website www.ceeceesclosetnyc.com. To interview the sisters, contact their publicist Demia, Owner, and Director of The Couture Agencydemia@thecoutureagency.com.  

Wearable Fall Trends

The fall season is all about remixing modern classics, which means some fall trends may already be hanging in your closet. However, if you decide to upgrade a few basics, you can find plenty of worthy investment pieces this season that you can wear again and again for years to come.

Be Romantic

Shift your favorite summer florals forward with a cozy knit cardigan and military-esque boots. A zip-up sweatshirt, sneakers and a choker can add a little grunge to a midi or maxi skirt.

“I love the unexpected touch of punk paired with softer pretty pieces,” said Bobbie Thomas, NBC’s “Today” style editor and author of “The Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow.”

Your 9-5 tops can also work for evenings and weekends – a soft tie-neck blouse can elevate a pair of faux leather leggings; just add a blazer and some heavy metal with chains. Or add a touch of lace with a camisole under a v-neck sweater.

Do Denim

Jeans – along with jean jackets, dresses, skirts, jumpers and more – are en vogue. In fact, denim from head to toe is definitely a do and serves up an effortless cool factor, Thomas said. Advanced textiles offer new washes and game-changing fit options.

“When it comes to your basic blues, style and science are blending seamlessly to better fit our figures today,” she said. “The optic technology in Lee’s Shape Illusions collection exemplifies a 360-degree design approach that lifts, lengthens and flatters from every angle. My favorite part is that they’ve applied this to both tops and bottoms with strategic seaming, side panels and enhanced pockets for under $30 – and it’s size inclusive.”

Go Green

A treasure trove of jewel tones is in store this season. However, Mother Nature inspires a fresh, standout shade of green – from pistachio to emerald to forest – for a way to layer in color this season. If you’re looking for just a dash, a chic pair of earrings or a bold manicure is an easy way to go green.

“Its organic essence allows green to mix well with any hue,” Thomas said. “A kelly green handbag pops against a classic black and white ensemble while hunter green is a sophisticated compliment to pale pink. Mint looks delicious when mixed with rich browns and chartreuse is the perfect jolt to navy.”

Borrow from the Boys

While suiting is on the scene, oversize blazers are really back, Thomas said. Though models in editorials often sport them draped over the shoulder, she suggests a more practical way to wear the look.

“Keep your look sleek underneath to avoid losing your silhouette and consider making it your own with the definition of a belt or cross-body bag,” Thomas said.

From laid back lumberjack to traditional tartan, fall is also the perfect time to be mad for plaid. The pattern is dominant in stores this year with nearly every colorway imaginable and options like coats and carry-alls.

Boot Up

Kick your look up a notch this fall with a boot. From pointy to square toe styles, chunky combat lace ups to western ankle booties and everything in-between,  there really is something for almost everyone.

“I’m not sure there is a boot that’s not in style this season,” Thomas said.

Find more inspiration to make a fall fashion statement at Lee.com. (Family Features)


5 Fashion Trends to Love This 2019

Written by Katie Jones, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Just like the weather, the fashion forecasts of 2019 have been quite unpredictable, to say the least. Spring was on the subtle side of the style spectrum, with earth-tone hues and light feathery details setting the tone for the season. On the other hand, fall is headed towards a completely different direction, as jewel tones and head-to-toe leather looks are shaping up to be all the rage in the coming months.

If the myriad of trends we’re seeing this year overwhelms you, don’t fret, as we’ve rounded up our favorite 2019 fashion items. Here are the standouts that will make you a sartorial star:

1. Asymmetrical Necklines

In our post ‘It’s Time to Revamp Your Style with Some Fresh Summer Looks’, we shared that exposing your shoulders is key to livening up your evening outfits. Despite being a summer staple, your one-shoulder tops and dresses should stick around in your closet for the rest of the year since the sleek slashed cut can fit any season’s aesthetic. Sexy yet chic, an asymmetrical neckline is already a showstopper that needs minimal styling.

Credit:  People

Credit: People

2. Smart Shorts

Shorts have been dominating the fashion scene lately. After all, who doesn’t love a stylish excuse to show off your legs? From Bermuda shorts to longlines, a polished pair will bring an easy-going elegance to an outfit. American clothing brand Woman Within have a variety of stylish shorts that place emphasis on balancing comfort and style, so you’ll look cool and cozy no matter the season. You can pair these with patterned tights or thigh-high boots to take your look up a stylish notch or two.

Credit: The Zoe Report

3. Power Blazers

While 90s fashion made a strong comeback this year, 80s-inspired blazers have also been gaining mainstream attention. The dramatic puffed-sleeves and striking shoulder pads will help you look more put together. And if you’d like a more relaxed look for this smart suit jacket, you can pair this tweed boxy blazers from Isabel Marant or Everlane with a pair of tailored shorts.

Credit: Glamour

Credit: Glamour

4. Satin

If there’s one textile that truly stole the show in 2019, it is satin. Although it reintroduced itself this year in the form of the sultry slip dress, Vogue’s list of stylish satin clothing items is a testament to the fabric’s versatility. This chameleon-like material can be worn for both casual brunches and formal parties. Whether it’s a silky blouse or a delicate skirt, a satin piece will add a level of sophistication to your look.

5. Mules

Another fashion statement that made its mark this year are mules. Dating all the way back to ancient Rome, these stylish shoes made a true resurgence in the spring thanks to trendsetters who made it their go-to shoe. Closed-toe in the front and open in the back, these shoes are usually around two to three inches high and they always have a structured finish to them. A classy pair of mules can pretty much match any outfit, as in the case with these chic leather mules from Maison Margiela.

Credit:  Who What Wear

Credit: Who What Wear


Tips for Summer Hair that Beats the Heat

Styles that Never let them See you Sweat

Whether you’re vacationing at the beach, playing sports, dining al fresco, or just enjoying time outside this summer, fun in the sun can put stress on your hair and damage those lovely tresses. So, if you’re struggling with dryness, brassy color, or a case of the frizzies, it’s time to change up your beauty routine.

“Summer is a carefree time when we spend as much time as possible out in the sun. While time in nature is great for our mental and physical health, the sun can really do a number on our hair. It can alter the color, bleach out strands, and cause hair to look (and feel) dry and damaged. It’s important to protect and nourish your hair, so it looks beachy but beautiful — not dry and damaged,” said Nadine Mullings, Brand & Product Development Director at Barely Xtensions.

Mullings offers the following tips to avoid looking like a hot mess this summer:

Minimize damage. We all know that the sun’s rays can damage your skin, but did you know it can also can damage your hair? Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can significantly damage the hair strand. Signs that your hair is sun damaged include discoloration, dry and brittle strands, broken or split ends, thinning, and fizziness. Light-colored and fine hair is particularly vulnerable to sun damage, according to the Cleveland Clinic. To minimize damage, avoid spending prolonged time in the sun. If you are in the sun, make sure you use hair products with UVA and UVB protection.

Get a trim. Hair grows 10 to 15 percent faster during the summer months. Getting a trim is an effective way to revive dry, sun damaged hair and stimulate new growth. Regular trims minimize damage from split ends, a common issue in the summer. Being proactive and getting a trim at the first signs of split ends or dryness can prevent further damage.

Protect before a swim. Chlorinate can leave newly colored hair damaged and blonde hair even worse with a greenish hue. Products like Swimmers Leave-in Conditioner from Sally Beauty Supplyprotects hair while conditioning it.

Embrace the gloss. Beach days are fun, but they are rough on your hair. Sun exposure and sea salt damage hair, making its color less vivid and your locks brassy. If this happens to you, try an in-salon hair gloss, a semi-permanent color that counteracts sun damage, adds moisture, seals the ends, and increases smoothness and shine. A gloss, which lasts for approximately four weeks, will leave your hair looking rich, shiny and healthy.

Hydrate and rehydrate. Sun-damaged hair needs hydration! Moisturizing shampoos, conditioners and styling products keep your locks sleek and manageable. Hot oil treatments, nutrient-rich masks, or balms are great for deep conditioning. Look for products with nourishing ingredients, such as coconut, jojoba, and argan oil, as well as protective butters, and extracts. These replenish and moisturize sun-damaged hair. Avoid sulfates, parabens and other toxic ingredients, which are drying and could only worsen your summer woes.

Switch up your products. Bottom line — summer hair needs more attention and different products than you use during other seasons. This is why you need to use hair care products designed to moisturize and reduce (or reverse) sun damage. When out in the summer sun, we recommend that you use products (such as leave in conditioners) that contain UV protection to help protect your hair and scalp.

Also, try a mild, lightweight shampoo, and wash your hair less frequently to avoid stripping it of protective oils. Use dry shampoos to keep your locks looking fresh and not oily, especially on days you don’t wash it. Finally, once a week, use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of any buildup from sunscreen and hair products, etc.

Look neat without the heat. If your hair is already fried from the sun and surf, don’t make matters worse by heat styling. Ditch your blow dryer, curling iron, hot rollers, and straightener and embrace no-heat styles instead. Let your hair air dry. Put your hair in a ponytail. Rock cute braids. As an added bonus, put leave-in conditioner in your hair and then braid it. You can sleep in the braids to moisturize overnight, and when you take the braids out in the morning, you’ll have easy, breezy, summery, healthy-looking waves.

Embrace accessories. Always in style: wear a big, wide brimmed hat to the pool or the beach to protect your scalp and hair. Accessorize by adding a fashionable scarf to cover your hair and scalp as you lounge in the sun. Before you work up a sweat, avoid tangles during outdoor workouts like hikes, bike rides, and beach runs by braiding your hair. Make sure you secure your braids or ponytails with a metal-free hair ties. Rock a cute headband to keep strands in place during active summer days (or lazy Sunday brunches.) Get a sizzling, sexy summer look for a hot date (or girls’ night out) with long, natural-looking extensions or add a pop of color if you don’t want to make a permanent color commitment with Barely Xtensions with colors like teal, pink, purple and unicorn you can have all kinds of fun and blend with your natural hair.  with colors like teal, pink, purple and unicorn you can have all kinds of fun and blend with your natural hair.

Eat healthy. The products you use on your hair are important, but what you eat, and drink also have a direct impact on hair health. Be sure to eat a healthy, nutritious diet full of dark leafy greens, juicy fruits, and lean proteins, and drink tons of water to stay hydrated and looking your best.

For more information visit the website at barelyxtensions.com or connect with Barely Xtensions at Instagram/barelyxtensionsFacebook/barelyxtensionsTwitter/barelyxtensions, and Pinterest/barelyxtensions.

InFluential Magazine July / August Fashion Editorial: For Nataly Correa, Many Things are Going Well

Nataly Correa is a Colombian model born in Cartagena and we’re thrilled to feature her in the Fashion Editorial of our multi-award winning July / August edition of InFluential Magazine.

We’re equally pleased to have a brief interview with the Colombian beauty.

The editorial credits are as follows:

Photographer:  Juan Chu

Model:  Nataly Correa

MUA:  Almy Makeup

Designer:  Enma Moz

PR Agency:  SGG Public Relations

We invite you to visit the full Fashion Editorial in our July / August edition.

Because You Are Not Just a Body – You Are Somebody

Photography courtesy of Saint Somebody.

Saint Somebody creates premium-quality swimwear pieces that are beautifully structured with seamless technology, clean lines and sophisticated styles, allowing women sizes 8 to 16 to wear the collection with confidence.

Saint Somebody, an Australia-based swimwear brand catering to the modern woman, is proud to officially launch in the U.S. market.

Created on Australia’s Northern Beaches in 2017, Saint Somebody was founded by Sophie Henderson-Smart, a mother of two and Sydney native. Preparing for a European beach getaway, Henderson-Smart failed to find a swimsuit that catered to her own curves but did not boast loud and garish designs, fit awkwardly or fall apart due to flimsy material. After struggling to find a swimwear label that was fashionable, high quality and looked good in all the right places, Henderson-Smart decided to create the product she had been searching for; thus, Saint Somebody was born.

Saint Somebody embraces sophisticated silhouettes and celebrates the beautiful diversity of womankind, giving women sizes 8 to 16 swimsuit options that make them feel good. Saint Somebody designs the fit specifically for this size range and combines two layers of fabric for the ultimate in seamless coverage. Each detail on every piece is thoughtfully designed with a woman’s natural curves in mind. Henderson-Smart personally tries on every swimsuit she designs to ensure a perfect fit.

To shop the collection and learn more about Saint Somebody, visit www.saint-somebody.com.  You may also visit our July / August 2019 edition.

It’s Time To Revamp Your Style with Some Fresh Summer Looks

Bring on the sunshine in the all-new summer collection from Speechless!

Speechless has the latest trend forecast to help you stay totally chic this summer. It’s time to take note of these Instagram-worthy styles! You’ll be thanking us for these fab fashion finds for your travels, summer nights out, or trendy bridesmaid and wedding guest looks. Creating trend-driven, contemporary styles for every part of your active social life, Speechless has everything you want and more in their 2019 Summer collection. Check out the Summertime trends we can’t wait to get our hands on this season!

  • Go Natural –  white, ivory, ecru, nude, and blush which are great to mix with hot textures such as crochet and lace.
  • Prairie Looks- micro ruffles, lattice trims in soft slubs and linens
  • Spice Market Shades- Tones like rust, mustard, and parsley
  • Summer Nights Out- more shoulder exposure, show some skin!
  • Summer Silhouettes- easy and breathable sundresses
  • Rib Knits- solids and stripes are totally in this season
  • Summer Blooms- cute floral detailing perfect for a day date or brunch with the girls!

Speechless has the ultimate dress guide for all your wedding outfit needs. Whether you’re the maid of honor, a bridesmaid or a guest, Speechless has unique and affordable dresses for each moment leading up to the big day.

Featuring the free-spirited lives of fashion-focused girls and taking the hottest trends of the moment to deliver the styles you crave, Speechless will always #LeavesThemSpeechless. Start building your summer wardrobe now at www.Speechless.com, where you can enjoy $20 off your purchase when you sign up for exclusive offers and updates.

About Speechless:

We sketch, sew, and style just for you! Since 2001, Speechless has been designing trend-driven dresses for the free-spirited, fierce and flirty. Based in Los Angeles, we create dresses that fit your every social moment. We celebrate our passion for innovation by designing styles that make you feel confident. Speechless is committed to giving you a perfect look for every occasion, whether it’s a night out on the town, or your daily go to… #LeaveThemSpeechless now at @SpeechlessDresses.

Kandi Burruss Launches Kandi Koated Luxury Cosmetics Collection

The Kandi Koated cosmetics line pushes the world of beauty forward with a range of products encouraging people of all skin tones and identities to express and celebrate their authentic selves

Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss — entrepreneur, Grammy Award-winning songwriter, and star of the Real Housewives of Atlanta — has expanded her empire with the launch of Kandi Koated, an empowering collection of luxury cosmetics celebrating diversity and inclusivity across all identities and skin tones. Burruss designed the line for those seeking to express their authentic selves—individuals who know they’re worth and want to look and feel confident on their own terms.

The Kandi Koated collection emerged from Burruss’ desire to see more inclusivity in the world of beauty. The selected ingredients, pigments, and palettes reflect the very diverse community that both inspire and have been inspired by Burruss for more than two decades.

“People come from all walks of life,” Burruss said. “They are not only a rainbow of shades, hues, and colors but also identities. The collection’s color palette ranges from deep espresso and bright, bold reds and purples, to brilliant metallics and buttery nudes. This allows anyone to experiment and celebrate their beauty in the ways that work best for them.”

Kandi Koated includes concealers, illuminators, blushes, bronzing powders, lip products, lip and eye pencils, and eye shadow and liquid palettes in colors for casual daytime wear and knockout evening looks. The collection’s Pretty Powerful line will feature Authentic, a special, limited edition matte lipstick featuring a bold red color that serves as a reminder of the wearer’s strength, authenticity, beauty, and power.

“Kandi Koated is more than a cosmetics line. It is a celebration of beauty, individuality, and diversity in a world where acceptance should be more than a goal. It should be our reality,” added Burruss. “I can’t wait to share this collection and its message of empowerment with people across the country and around the world.”

Kandi Koated cosmetics are cruelty-free with paraben-free, gluten-free, and vegan options available. To learn more and to purchase products in the collection, visit KandiKoated.com or host a Kandi Koated party with a Bedroom Kandi Boutique Parties consultant.