July 31, 2012

WATCH: Raising an Olympian: Gabby Douglas...

And congratulations to the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team, Jordyn Wieber, Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross (the FAB FIVE) for taking the GOLD!!! First TEAM GOLD since 1996! Scroll down for the team picture...

July 29, 2012

How Cute is U.S. Olympic Gymnast John Orozco?

SO cute! I could just stare at his cute face all day, but aside from that U.S. Men's Olympic Gymnast John Orozco is a very accomplished young man who defied some odds to get where he is... WATCH HERE.

July 27, 2012

The 2012 Olympics in London are Under Way!

A helicopter flies above the olympic stadium as Team Great Britain walks in during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at Olympic Park in London, England.
Are you watching?

See a few pics of First Lady Michelle Obama in London for the Olympics and she's also there to lead the American Delegation HERE and HERE.

July 23, 2012

Gwen Stefani & No Doubt Showing the Kids How It's Done.

I heart Gwen Stefani, ever since "Don't Speak" well, Gwen joined back up with her band for the Teen Choice Awards to sing their new single "Settle Down" all while looking as great as she always has. Watch below: 

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim just wrapped up in (Miami July 19-23) click HERE and HERE to see more pics from the runway shows (there's some cute pieces!) on the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Facebook page.

Nicole Richie is Launching a Line For Macy's

via StyleCaster: Nicole Richie is launching a new capsule collection for Macy’s. While it isn’t officially released until September, WWD has provided us with a sketch of the duds we will be able to purchase soon (see Nicole's $69 crepe de chine and chiffon dress with lace from the her collection for Impulse above). 

 Naturally, it’s signature Nicole Richie: boho-chic with a hint of sass, perfect for everyone from a teen to a trendy mother. We’re just bummed we can’t see more! This is only one facet of Nicole’s burgeoning fashion empire, which includes House of Harlow and Winter Kate. The line will be available mid-September on the Macy’s website as well as the department store’s Impulse department.

Mariah Carey is One of the New Hosts of American Idol

Mariah Carey will be joining "American Idol" as a judge next season, filling the female diva slot and removing any last sliver of doubt that Jennifer Lopez is really leaving. Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly, wearing a grin as big as Carey’s list of hits, confirmed the hire on the phone with Carey in front of television critics Monday. 

 He was less forthcoming about her salary, which is reported by multiple sources to be $12 million for her first season. That’s the same rate at which Lopez was hired. Lopez reportedly made $15 million her second season, during which the show’s ratings tumbled, and unconfirmed sources said she was rebuffed when she asked for a raise to return for season three. Now Fox has definitely moved on. Continue reading about this new development HERE.

July 18, 2012

Spotted Out: Beyonce and a Growing Blue Ivy...

via US Weekly: Protective new mama Beyonce carried daughter Blue Ivy as they ran errands together in NYC Wednesday. Rocking a colorful, graphic-print romper, bright red lips and a braided updo, the "Love On Top" singer, 30, clutched her adorable six-month-old on her way out of a Manhattan office building. (This is the first time in a while Beyonce and her baby girl have been photographed together). 

July 13, 2012

WATCH: "Oz The Great and Powerful"

Here's the official debut trailer for Disney's fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful" (recently screened at Comic Con 2012) which takes place before Dorothy and Toto came on the scene. Discover the origins of L. Frank Baum's 'the Wizard of Oz, watch below:
"When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great and powerful Wizard—and just maybe into a better man as well." 

 Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Zach Braff and directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man). "Oz The Great and Powerful" arrives in UK cinemas March 2013. For all the latest on "Oz The Great and Powerful" 
Visit the Official site: http://www.disney.co.uk/Oz

This looks like something I want to see.

July 10, 2012

RUN DMC to Reunite at Fun Fun Fun Fest This Year..

via Rolling Stone: Hip-hop trailblazers Run-D.M.C. are set to reunite for a performance at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which runs from November 2nd to the 4th in Austin, Texas. The two surviving members, Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, will headline the main stage.

 "We couldn’t be more excited," festival producer James Moody said in a statement. "Run-D.M.C. is one of our favorite bands, and one of the most influential groups of all time . . . We never thought that we would get to see [them] play live, much less play in Austin at our festival." 

 The Fun Fun Fun appearance will mark the first time Run-D.M.C. has performed since 2002, when they retired the name following the tragic death of DJ and producer Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell. To honor Jay's life, Fun Fun Fun Fest is working with Run-D.M.C. to donate a portion of the proceeds to the JMJ Foundation for Music, which helps provide children and young adults with access to the arts, regardless of socio-economic status.

 Now in its 7th year, the 2012 Fun Fun Fun Fest finds Run-D.M.C. performing alongside a shortlist that includes Atlas Sound, Rakim, Against Me!, The Head and the Heart, Danny Brown, Bob Mould and many more. The full lineup will be announced on July 12th. "This is as big as it gets," added Moody about the addition of Run-D.M.C. to this year's bill. "We are so proud to be working with them."

July 9, 2012

SEWING DIY: My Poolside Summer Dress...

I purchased this fabric a little while ago from the clearance section at the fabric store and it listed at $5 bucks a yard. I asked for 2 yards because I initially wanted to make a blouse to try some floral pattern mixing with this pair of floral pants I finished a few weeks ago. The red and navy blue just clicked in my head that it might work. But when the lady at the fabric store rang me up, she told me it was $5 bucks TOTAL since it was from the clearance section. And at that price? I promptly told her to hold up while I went to get 3 more yards cut because I knew I could do a cute dress with more yardage. I love looking at cute dresses, I love making cute dresses, I just love, love, love cute dresses. A dress is an entire outfit in one piece. Genius.

I took the pattern from this dress right here, then re-cut and re-drafted the pattern for this red floral off-the-shoulder dress. I'm way more pleased with my pattern drafting skills today than I was a while ago. I'm getting much more comfortable doing it. You really can perfect a skill by continuing to practice it. And my red and white floral, poolside, beach vacation, summer date night dress is proof positive of that :)

July 8, 2012

Venus & Serena WIN at Wimbledon...

 Serena Williams and Venus Williams celebrated with their winners trophies after their Ladies’ Doubles final match against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England.

Congratulations to them both!

Pics from Essence Music Festival 2012 [LINK]

D'Angelo performed at Essence on Friday night, July 6.
Mary J. Blige performed at Essence on Saturday night, July 7.
Click HERE for more pics from New Orleans Essence Music Festival 2012

July 3, 2012

Sneak Peek: Steel Magnolia's Remake Starring Queen Latifah

 Take a first look at the classic 1989 film starring Queen Latifah (M'Lynn), Phylicia Rashad (Clairee), Jill Scott (Truvy), Alfre Woodard (Ouiser), Condola Rashad (Shelby) and Adepero Oduye (Annelle). The story follows the close relationship of six women through their ups and downs. Kenny Leon directed the TV movie which is set to air later this year on Lifetime.

July 2, 2012

WATCH: Don't Cover it Up Makeup Tutorial...

YouTube makeup tutorial megastar Lauren Luke is working as spokesperson to do a PSA for a group called Refuge, and in the video she's seen giving tips on how to cover up bruises she has from being beaten up. The message of "Don't Cover It Up" is a powerful one and is intended to reach the 65 percent of domestic violence victims who hide their abuse. Luke, 30, says she's no stranger to being afraid of a romantic partner:

"The bruising on my face for the video wasn't real, but my emotions in that video were. I had a bad experience in the past with a previous boyfriend. He never physically hurt me but I did sometimes fear what would happen next if I said the wrong thing. He could be overprotective and embarrass me in front of my work colleagues or friends because of his aggressive behavior. Sometimes it was like living with a volcano which could erupt at any second—I felt I was walking on egg shells just to keep him from exploding and smashing something across the room." - Lauren Luke

That's a sentiment that will be familiar to much of Luke's audience of teens and young women, and for that reason they're smartly rolling the video out on YouTube as though it were an actual tutorial. Luke hopes it will speak to women and make them realize it's okay to ask for help:

"To open up and be honest about something like this makes us feel weak among our friends and family, but in actual fact there is nothing weak about it. Those who are abusive behind closed doors are the ones who are weak. Back then I knew the whole situation wasn't normal, but I didn't know about the help that is out there. And that is why I wanted to work with Refuge—to get the message out to anyone who may need help and support that it's time to stop covering it up.
[via Jezebel, Youtube]

July 1, 2012

2012 BET Awards Red Carpet Pics [LINK]

I wasn't really feeling the front row of the 2012 BET Awards (not you Beyonce, you and Jay were cool), but that's neither her nor there now. Anyhooz see more pics from the 2012 BET Awards HERE.

Nia Long and Her Boys Cover Essence August Issue

“I’m in my forties, post baby and I’m thinner than I’ve been in years. The last step will be letting my hair go natural. That’s when you’ll know I’m free…” — Nia Long 

We’ve all watched Nia Long grow up on-screen. At 41, with her pixie cut and eternally young good looks, she’s the hip-hop generation’s fantasy girlfriend. Now as she embraces life with her sons (including a new baby!), her partner and a reconnection with her father, the star tells ESSENCE that she has never felt more fulfilled." Read more HERE.