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Gregory Sylvia | My New Accessory

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For the past few weeks, I have been carrying my newest accessory. A Gregory Sylvia exclusive. Every place I carried this bag, I’ve received tons of compliments. It’s a beautifully made bag and it’s sturdy enough to fit my laptop, iPad and all of my personal things. I get luxury, elegance & functionality.

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I was also lucky enough to meet the creators, Husband and Wife duo, Gregory and Terri “Sylvia” Pope. We were able to see more of their line in person and meet other lucky bloggers/media who were rocking these bags too! I love the way the name of the company just flows, so that you actually think it’s one person. They had a desire to create beautiful bags for woman, but will soon expand to man bags too. They describe their brand as “Executive Chic.” (Photo credit: Kiwi the Beauty)

When the couple initially started out, they made luxury bags for sororities. Terri is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and created a beautiful bag to compliment her Sorority Sisters and then created an entire line. The love for these bags quickly caught on and they often sell out.

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While carrying my Davenport, I couldn’t help but go online and take a sneak peek at what else Gregory Sylvia had to offer. I have created a collage below of my favorite 5 bags. Yes, I like all of them, but that Skylar (which also stays sold out) has a special place in my heart. The prices are comparable to the other major handbag players but I know you will save money and still be fashionable with a Gregory Sylvia. I love that with these bags you can be cute & casual or fine and elegant all on the same day. You can dress it up or down, but whatever you chose – a Gregory Sylvia bag will compliment you.

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Which is your favorite?

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{$100 IKEA GC Giveaway} IKEA 2015 Catalog is HERE!

I honestly haven’t met a person that doesn’t like IKEA. You can literally walk into this place and lose yourself. Who knew decorating your house could be such an adventure.

catalog-2015-openI enjoy IKEA because they are modern, chic, simple, stylish & affordable. The things I see at IKEA, I don’t get to see anywhere else. They know that you will be there a few hours, so they have a cool cafe and a place where the kids can play all while you browse the store.

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Last week, I was invited to IKEA for a media/blogger 2015 Catalog debut party! They pulled out the blue carpet and treated us like real VIPs. After dinner, we were given tours of at least 5 different areas and the opportunity to join the IKEA Family rewards program! I joined. The perks are nicceeeee!

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Prayerfully we will be moving soon, and I have already expressed to my husband that I am going to take my time and redesign every room. After my tour of IKEA last week and browsing through this catalog, I have a strong feeling I will be spending a lot of time in IKEA.

Do you shop at IKEA? Would you like $100 GC to IKEA? I do! *Raising my hand* Well, this giveaway is for you. The contest runs August 1st – August 30th and the winner will be announced on Twitter and you will have the prize by 9/2! Good luck! Get a copy of the 2015 Catalog HERE.

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Tamar & Trina Braxton On Sisterhood & Gain Flings! {$25 Giveaway}

While at the Essence Festival this July, I attended a party hosted by My Black is Beautiful, Gain & The Braxton sisters! Gain has finally unveiled its new first ever single use detergent, Gain Flings. The Braxtons are officially ambassadors of Gain Flings and I was able to take a few minutes to see why Tamar & Trina Braxton believe this product is Music To Your Nose.

Me and the BraxtonsTamar, how does Gain Flings tie into your day-to-day life?  Tamar: I do not do laundry! I can’t iron to this day. It makes it easy for me because I like things that smell good. Candles, Etc. Gain smells amazing. I throw my shirt in there with the fling and my clothes smell amazing. I use it often. 

Trina, how did the partnership happen with Gain? Trina: This is our 4th year at Essence, and in the past we would go visit the MBIB Booth and see Gain. We would always tell them how good they smell and how we use it. They thought it would be a great marriage because we would be promoting a product we already use, so the partnership was very organic. We actually use it and love it. 

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Tamar & Trina, tell us something people don’t know about you? TamarBelieve it or not, I am very domestic. I cook and take care of my man. I am very old school. I was raised in a southern household and raised as southern women. I 100% take care of my man. They think I push him around, tell him what to do, no ma’am! I make sure he’s taken care of. Trina: I am more than just a glass of wine. I have a business mind that will make the horses come home. I am very entrepreneurial. We opened our first Bar Chix location in Duluth and the Trina Braxton hair collection, TractHer Trail Her, is now available online. I am also doing another (scripted) Television show coming soon. 

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Tamar, What does Sisterhood mean to you? Tamar: Sisterhood means everything to me: keeping a secret, being there for each other, telling the truth when a sister doesn’t want to hear it. DO it in a way that is respectful. I am a girl’s girl, I am all for women’s empowerment, but my delivery and approach wasn’t doing anything for my sisters but pushing them away from me. I had to look at the way I say things or not say anything at all. You have to respect each other as women, mothers and wives!!

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Gain flings! is available at local retailers and nationwide in 57, 66, 72, 77 and 90-ct tubs as well as 14, 16, 31 and 35-ct bags. Gain flings! is available in the Gain signature Original Scent and Moonlight Breeze. The suggested manufacturers retail price ranges from $4.49 for 14-count bag to $21.49 for a 90-count tub. Please visit www.ilovegain.com/flings for more information about Gain flings!

Would you like to try Gain Flings!? Well, enter here for a $25 Gain Fling! Giveaway

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White: This Year’s Summers Color and 5 Ways to Wear it : Simple Summer Series

Many of us are excited to celebrate the summertime. After all, summer is a long-anticipated time of the year, and it would only make sense for us to want to take in all that it has to offer.

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When it comes to fashion, summer is one of the best times to show off your knowledge. Part of fashion includes staying up to date with critical trends, whether they include patterns, colors, or styles. This year, one color has made a tremendous impact, and that color just so happens to be white.

If wearing white isn’t one of your strong points, then here is a helpful guide with five ways to wear white.

1. Light, Airy Skirts

So, you aren’t sure what to do with that gorgeous black and white crop top? One good solution is to wear a light and airy skirt. Try to go with skirts that show a little bit of poof, but not too much. You might also want to opt for skirts that have a little bit of embroidery in its detail, since this will give it a casual, carefree, and fun girly look.

2. Cropped Shorts

Ready to go to the beach? Don’t forget to hit the sand without your pair of cropped white shorts. Perfect for withstanding the scorching summer sun, your cropped shorts will prove to be two things: comfortable and fashionable. Pair it with your bikini top or wear it with your favorite tank. Just don’t forget to apply your sunscreen!

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3. Swimsuits – of all Kinds

If you plan on fitting in with the hot summer fashion trend of wearing white, do not forget to apply this rule to your swimsuits! This year, there are a ton of bathing suit trends. Try wearing a super-cute and retro-inspired bikini with a long hat, or even opt for the ever-fascinating monokini. If you want to stay classic, then do not forget the more well-known options of bikinis and one-piece bathing suits.

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4. Accessories

Just because you want white to be the focal color of your wardrobe doesn’t mean that you have to forget about the accessories. This year, remember to purchase big, bold sunglasses in white and to bring it all together with a large floppy hat. You could also go a little chic and wear white bangles around your wrist, complemented by a nice pair of white high heels. (However, make sure that your whole outfit isn’t white!)

5. Maxi Dresses

One summer favorite is the popular maxi dress. This is the perfect dress to go for a nice walk in during the hot summertime and is perfect for barbeques or other fun summer celebrations. Don’t forget to accessorize with more colorful accessories if you choose to go with a white maxi dress.

Summer is a ton of fun, and your wardrobe can reflect that. When you have a great summer outfit to show around your friends, you’ll feel confident and happy. Try out white this year as a fashion statement option, whether your wear a white embroidered skirt or a retro-themed swimsuit.

How are you wearing your summer white? 

Follow AMIClub Wear online at Facebook, Twitter,  they have a wide variety of options to choose from with a wide price range. I actually have my summer white bathing suit from here, and I like how I look in it!

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post. 

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My Summertime Essentials with Target #ColorsofInfluence

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It’s Summer! Yaaay! So now what? We need to get the summer essentials, that’s what! And for me, that means I need to get my summer essentials on a budget. Target is always my first place to start, especially since I have finally discovered this Cartwheel app!

Here are just a few of my summer essentials:

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 3.00.25 PMGarnier Anti-Sun Damage Lotion: Every lady needs a great moisturizer. I recently started using this and for the price, it works for me. I also like Olay 7 Effects as well.

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 3.03.07 PMShea Moisture Black Soap: I have been using this soap for probably 3 years now. I buy a bar for my face and a bar for the shower.  It’s such a stable, that it’s an automatic purchase. You can use it on your face, body and even wash your hair with it. I allow my children to use it and the hubby has become accustomed to it as well.

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A Summer Maxi Dress: As a woman of a particular age with kids, I like to be cute while comfortable. I have to save the sexy for date night! Maxi dresses are a perfect summer essential because there are so many styles, options, colors and price ranges.

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 3.05.31 PMSummer Flats: Once again with three children, heels are saved for date night! Over the past few years, me and a cute pair of flats have become best friends. Fancy flip flops can almost be worn with anything. Almost!

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 3.14.52 PMSummer Shades: I saw these glasses on another person on Instagram and wondered were these the trend for 2014? If so, they are cute and even Target has a pair. I think of Sunglasses like I think of my earrings and shoes, a perfect accessory to compliment a cute summer outfit.

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The Mighty iPad: I already have one, but I just wanted to add that I use it everyday. I write on it, read from it, take pictures, make video and even do my exercises right from my iPad. For the summer, I plan on using it more for my workouts and reading. I am currently reading One Pound a Day & The Five Love Languages of Children.

Target is a really great one stop shop with something for every area of my house and even my life! This is NOT a sponsored post, I just love me some Target! #ColorsofInfluence

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What are your summer essentials from Target? 

If you like Target as much as I do, please join me and my blogger buddies at our Target Twitter party next week. There is a $50 Target GC up for grabs!

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What: Twitter party celebrating summer essentials

Where: Twitter under the hashtag #TargetColors

When: Wednesday, June 18th 1pmEST

Hosts: @4hatsandfrugal and @HFofNicholes Grand Prize: One $50 Target gift card

RSVP isn’t required, but feel free to comment below to let us know what summer essentials you’d love to chat about during the event!

Disclaimer: This twitter chat is in no way sponsored by Target. We just love them so dang much.

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Atlanta’s Invited: AMLA Legendary Style Soiree Hosted By Tracee Ellis Ross & Johnny Wright

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If you are my age then you should know who Tracee Ellis Ross is! She is my “Girlfriend” in my head. That show will forever remain on of my favorites, just as she will always be a style maven to me. I am so excited that I get to finally meet her in person next week! She will be giving style tips for the AMLA Legendary Style Soriee too! SOMEBODY PINCH ME!!

That’s not all, Johnny Wright will be showing us fabulous hair styles and tips with OPTIMUM!! Who is Johnny Wright? Well, he’s just the hair stylist for First Lady Michelle Obama!!!! That’s right! This is going to be a fun and it’s FREE!

You are invited to join in the fun as well from 2pm –5pm for an afternoon of music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, consolations, product sampling and prize giveaways.

When: Saturday, May 10th

Where: Westside Cultural Arts Center 760 10th Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30318

They will need to RSVP towww.optimumsalonhaircare.com/atlanta  Secret code: legendary 

Will I see you there? 

 

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Thrift Day Thursday : GoodWill Find

Living here in Atlanta, it seems like its a thrift store on every block! I am not complaining because I enjoy finding gems for a great price. One of my favorite thrift stores is the Goodwill, because they are so organized. I hate going into a store and you don’t know if you should go left or right. In Goodwill, everything is clearly labeled, priced and positioned. Goodwill’s usually have their items color coordinated too!

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I actually bought this from a Goodwill in Florida during our Christmas vacation. When I saw it, I wasn’t sure if it was cute or crazy. I was drawn to it because my son’s bday is on the 4th of July. I thought this would be so cute to wear on his birthday. We usually go to the 4th of July parade and/or city celebration.

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The dress was only $4 and is just simply cute to me. I was in a rush this morning and couldn’t decide what to wear. Then this cute dress popped out at me. I had 15 minutes to leave and couldn’t find any shoes that would go just perfect with it, so I put on my cute Target sandals.

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The fabric is so light and it doesn’t fit too snug but still gives me a feminine feel. Do I look like a flight attendant? Now that I think about it, I look like I work for Delta Airlines!

What’s your favorite thrift store and why?

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Living Stylish Motherhood Monday Reviews/Recaps

5 Mom Approved SwimSuits {$50 Giveaway} #AMIClubWear

All my friends know that I am in a friendly competition with my besties for the summer. We are calling it Fly By July! We will see who wins at the Essence Festival this July in New Orleans. What is Fly by July? We all want to be in the best shape of our lives, so the past few months we are all working independently to make that happen with working out and eating right. I believe we have already reached our weight goal, so now it’s about shaping our bodies.

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We are all mothers, so that’s even more motivation. We are going to judge by who looks the FLYEST in their bathing suit. It was right on time when AMIClubWear reached out to me to review a swimsuit! They have some SEXY SWIMSUITS and being a mother of three, some of these are not an option for me. If you get my drift! Luckily, they have a great selection of one piece swim suits that are still HAUTE! This Black number is my favorite. It says, “I am a mom & I still have it!” I didn’t get it because I was afraid my boobs would pop out. unnamed[1]

White Ruched Detailing V-Neck Halter Top Sexy Monokini $39.99

I picked a cute white one piece (pictured above) that comes with extra fabric ruffling in the mid-section. Which works to help camouflage the “mummy tummy” if you have one. I have a medium and it fits great. The fit is forgiving and hugs me just right. My boobs do seem to be popping out of the sides a little bit though. My particular swimsuit comes with the cups already sewed in the suit, so if they don’t fit just right, I guess you have boob overage.

I decided not to take a picture in the swimsuit for a few reasons:

  • It’s still cold here in Atlanta.
  • The pools around here have not opened up.
  • I feel I would look silly standing on my front porch in my swim suit.
  • I will be the FLYEST in JULY, so that’s when I will take a picture!

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I would like all 5 of these swimsuits, although #3 (the red one) is more suited for a Hubby & Wife Get-a-way. #4 is another flirty piece that also comes in yellow. #5 gives me ruffles for days. It also hides a “mummy tummy” but still let’s you be stylish.  I would wear them all. Their site has hundreds of cute, stylish, trendy and one of a kind suits. If you are looking for affordable and nice quality, check them out. Eespecially since they are having a sale!

AMIClubWear is also giving you a chance to be FLY BY JULY in one of their swimsuits. They have partnered with me to give you a chance to win a $50 Giftcard for their site. Their swimsuits range from $1 – $160, but most of the one pictured in this post are $39.99. In addition to swimsuits they offer clothes, shoes, intimates and accessories. They also have an under $20 section! If you purchase now, they are running a 40% off ENTIRE SITE sale! Code: AMI40DEAL

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Visit AMIClubwear.com and share with me what your favorite product is. Link to it in the comments and tell me why! This contest starts today, April 24th – May 1st! Enter and spread the word. The winner will be notified through email.

 

Interviews Living Stylish

Sherri Shepherd Tells Me About Her New Wig Line – “NOW”

Earlier this month I was given one of the coolest opportunities, to interview Sherri Shepherd. We all know Sherri from The View and she was just as bubbly and genuine in person as she is on TV.

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She has a new wig line called, NOW which consist of 12 wigs in different styles and colors. I was able to sit down and chat with her for Tastemakers Magazine. I was able to ask her how she maintains her wigs, her hair underneath and even about her work out regimen. We just had a great chat!

To read the entire interview, Visit Tastemakersmag.com

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We laughed and talked like we were girlfriends! I told her that I saw her at the airport before and spoke to her.  She asked me, “Was I nice to you? Please say yes!” I said, “You were tired and were not mean to me but your husband gave me a look like, Don’t even try to ask for a picture! She laughed and said, “That’s my body guard!”

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God knows he is in the blessing business. I really would enjoy doing things like this all the time and it was such an amazing opportunity for me to be able to sit across from Sherri. In the picture, I had my professional face on but I was screaming on the inside, “I CAN’T BELIEVE I AM ACTUALLY INTERVIEWING HER!” Thanks Tiffini for letting do this!!

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Harold “House” Moore of Single Ladies Tells Me Why Detroit Will Be The Next Hottest City

Harold Cover_BE Magazine_harold house Moore _ BernettaStyle.com It’s always great to see people you know do well and follow their dreams. I feel this way about my friend Harold “House” Moore. We attended college together at Alabama State University and we were really good friends back then. We laughed and joked often backed then and even talked about what we wanted to do in the future. At the time, I believe Harold was more into basketball but by the end of his days at ASU was hit by the modeling/acting bug. Continue Reading

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Happy Birthday To ME!! Birthday Blues! (Mini-Video)

It’s my birthday! It’s my NEW YEAR! I am happy and grateful I made it to 29 + 8, healthy kids, great husband and all the gifts, talents and opportunities God has given me!! So grateful, but sometimes I still get the birthday blues every birthday. I always use my birthday as a way to reflect back on my life, decisions, choices, and plans. All year I am moving and shaking and on my birthday I am thinking, “I haven’t done enough!” “I am not far enough in this road called life!” “I should be farther along!” “When is this going to happen?”

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