December 26, 2010

SHOCK: RIP Teena Marie...

OMG, I was not expecting to hear ANYTHING like this on the day after Christmas. I've been a fan of Teena Marie since Square Biz. My little brother saw her live at Essence Fest in New Orleans a few years back and to hear him talk about her set, Teena must have really shut the house down. I was mad jealous that I wasn't there in the Superdome to witness it. I vowed to see her live after my brother's report, but now, sadly, I'll never get the chance. This news is so unbelievably sudden. Prayers go out to her family...

Born Marie Christine Brockert, Teena Marie rose to prominence in the late 70s and 80s, striking a musical and personal partnership with funk legend Rick James. She released 13 studio albums, six of which went platinum on the US R&B chart. Two of her albums went platinum, and six altogether were gold. Marie's biggest hit came in 1984 with her single 'Lovergirl,' which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

December 21, 2010

Celebrity Clothing Lines Show No Sign of Stopping.

My feelings about celebrities doing clothing lines has been pretty well documented on this blog. And the documentation shows that I hardly ever approve. And from everything I've been reading, it doesn't look like this train is stopping anytime soon:

Celebrity clothing and accessory lines have proliferated in recent years. Lauren Conrad has her Kohl's line. The Olsens sell a line at J.C. Penney. Nicole Richie is in jewelry, accessories, and apparel. Lindsay Lohan, despite her legal troubles, is diversifying into handbags for spring. Sarah Jessica Parker says she takes her role at Halston very seriously. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony just announced a deal with Kohl's. Alexa Chung did a collection for J.Crew's brand Madewell. Miley Cyrus has her Wal-Mart line; Selena Gomez has her "Dream Out Loud" line for K-Mart. Madonna is killing it with her Macy's tween line, which is planned to be only the first of her many apparel licenses under an agreement with Iconix. And while you may believe the Kardashians are already a Beverly Hills cottage industry of licensing, a full Kardashian "lifestyle" line, including everything from swimwear to denim, is planned for 2011.

See what I mean? Continue reading this over at Jezebel.

December 20, 2010

Aretha Franklin Speaks Out to JET Magazine [VIDEO]

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December 17, 2010

Hip Candy, Hip Trip Advisor Recognized by Hacking Travel (Yay!)

Hip Candy and Hip Trip Advisor (the "travel arm" of my family of blogs) has been included on a list of "Top 100 Travel Bloggers that Hotels and Airlines Should Fly Out First Class" over at Hacking Travel! Woo-hoo! If I had a list of "Top 10 of the Coolest Things to Happen This Year" I have to say, this right here would be pretty high up on that list.

December 16, 2010

This Jumpsuit Trend Has Real Staying Power...

Yves Saint Laurent

I'm telling you, this jumpsuit trend is holding stronger than I ever thought it would. I remember not liking this look at all when it first emerged, but it slowly started to grow on me, and now I can really appreciate the whole vibe of it.

For Spring, the question on designers’ minds was: What would Yves Saint Laurent do? Everyone from Marc Jacobs to Gucci’s Frida Giannini took pages straight from the late great’s playbook, showing seventies-inspired designs. There was no lack of jumpsuits on the runways, but in contrast to recent seasons, these were more Studio 54 dance floor than airplane hangar or mechanics’ garage.
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December 15, 2010

Spotted Out: Patti Labelle Volunteering at a NYC Food Bank...

Patti Labelle served holiday meals to New Yorkers in need (and looked super cute doing it) at the Food Bank for New York City's Community Kitchen of West Harlem on December 15, 2010 in New York City.

Patti Labelle and Sherri Shepherd served holiday meals to New Yorkers in need at the Food Bank for New York City's Community Kitchen of West Harlem on December 15, 2010 in New York City.

Esperanza Spalding For the Jazz Enthusiast on Your Holiday List..

A perfect gift idea for the jazz lover on your list. Esperanza Spalding is a frequent performer at white house events and would make a perfect holiday gift or just snag a copy for yourself. Listen to the video then scroll down and click below to check her out...

Check out three of Esperanza Spalding's CD's over at below:

Chamber Music Society

Sorry, But I DO NOT Approve of Angelina Jolie's Dress.

Attached gloves to the sleeve? WTH is that? And why? And is the dress velvet? I don't know who's on Jolie's glam squad (does she even use a glam squad?) but if she does, this (Versace? Really? Wow) dress should have been BATTED DOWN. With the swiftness. And like I've said before about Vanessa Bryant's too tight dress in the chi chi area, the answer to this weirded out dress that Angelina wore to the Berlin movie premiere of "The Tourist" should have been NO. Period. This dress is just not the look hon.

December 12, 2010

SWAG ALERT: Asymmetrical Fedora Hats...

I must admit, I've become a little obsessed with the asymmetrical fedora in the last few weeks. I currently own four fedora hats (see me in two of my hats here and here), so why the asymmetrical? I just think the swag level in the asymmetrical fedora is a little more intense. I can go for more intense swag some of the time ;)

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I spotted fashionable women traveling in these hats at the airport and shopping in them in the stores. It's a perfect fall hat silhouette IMO. I asked one girl at H&M as she was coming out of the dressing room where she got her hat from because I loved it. It was simple black with black ribbon belting, no bows, no feathers or anything. She told me that she had gotten her hat from Goorin Brothers right there in San Francisco. We were only there for a short time, so we didn't get to check them out (sad face) but that hasn't stopped me from searching for one high and low online since we returned home. The camel colored one pictured is from Jessica Simpson's hat collection. She also has them in black, charcoal and a wine color, I like Jessica's because the styling of her hats has the simplicity that I'm looking for. This look right here is what I don't want. Not trying to look like a female pimp. So the fit has to be right, which is why my only concern with looking for one online is not being able to try them on. Not really feeling being all excited to see the UPS man delivering my new hat only to find out that I don't like the fit. :-/ So department stores (Macy's J.C. Penney, Dillards) and shoe stores (Nine West, Bakers) are my next best bet I think. I'll keep you posted on what I find :) What are ya'll's thoughts on these hats? Do you like them? Would you wear them? I wanna know your style verdict.

Check out the Classic Black Fedora Hat(65% polyester 35% wool) at

December 11, 2010

In Case You Missed: Brandy/Ray J Family Business Episode 1

This episode aired on December 5, 2010, watch the full episode below if you missed it.

December 8, 2010

Jessica Simpson's Clothing=Nearly $1 Billion in Sales? Wow.

The Jessica Simpson Collection is on the verge of becoming the first celebrity line to earn a billion dollars in sales.

29-year-old Jessica Simpson graces the cover of Women’s Wear Daily on Monday with the headline, “Jessica Simpson: Fashion’s Billion Dollar Baby,” and the article notes that her line has brought in $750 million in retail sales alone this year. That’s $750,000,000. Wow!

It is estimated that the Jessica Simpson Sportswear and Jeanswear lines will generate between $150 million and $200 million in retail sales within the next two years.

“She’s the girl next door and has great product that surrounds her,” Vince Camuto, the founder and chief executive officer of Camuto Group, the brand’s master licensee, told the magazine. “People like her. People look at her as a style icon.”

I know this chick is telling her haters... Pow! Take THAT.

The Jessica Simpson Collection

December 6, 2010

Holiday Styles for Under $20 at Payless...

Payless Holiday Sale: Family Holiday Styles for Under $20

Jennifer Hudson is Still Making Weight Watchers Look Good...

This chick is selling the heck out of the Weight Watchers brand. Jennifer Hudson arrived at the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 5, 2010 in Washington, DC looking fit and fabulous.

Weight Watchers Take-Out Tonight! : 150+ Restaurant Favorites to Make at Home--All 8 POINTS or Less

December 1, 2010

Enter to WIN a Piece of Crystallized Swarovski Jewelry!

For the next five days, until December 7th, Swarovski Elements will be giving away 50 Swarovski Crystallized jewelry pieces a day every day, totaling 250 dazzling items! Every morning at 8:00AM EST, a new image will be shown with jewelry pieces over-laid on top. Fans just have to tag an item on the image to enter that day’s drawing by 8:00PM EST that night and 50 random fans will be chosen the next morning from the previous day. Gifts include necklaces, bracelets, broaches and more.

Click here for a link to that contest, it's live now!

And the giveaway doesn’t stop there! On December 8th, Swarovski Elements will be hosting a sweepstakes with the top three prizes as product packages from their 2010 Holiday Collection. A new product image will appear once a day until December 14th and fans will be asked to tag, comment and/or like the image to be entered in the sweepstakes. The more they interact with the photo, the more they are entered into the sweepstakes. Three winners will be chosen at random the following week and prize packages include items from A7, BB Simon, Skagen Denmark, Ted Rossi and more!

For more details on the US Holiday collection, click here!

Swarovski Elements has introduced an ambitious F-commerce campaign to add major sparkle to their existing Facebook page through a custom-created Facebook store which highlight’s their 2010 Holiday season collection. Pieces from brands like Victoria’s Secret, Talbots, Henri Bendel and more are available for purchase to Swarovski Elements Facebook fans.

Click here for a link to the store to check out what they've done for the season!