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Swimsuits for All

With all the recent cold weather, it only feels right to put our focus, hopes and dreams into the upcoming changing of seasons.  Looking forward to the warm weather, beaches, sun, and spring/summer fashion; and what better way to get our hopes up than with a beautiful collection of swimsuits for the beach this summer.  Fashion blogger and designer GabiFresh,  took us to the jungles of Belize and served us to the gods of fashion with her new swimwear collection for Resort 2018 with Swimsuits For All.

This campaign isn’t just any typical style and fashion photoshoot, this launch is the very definition of power, strength, and survival.  Not only do we see a beautiful group of women with curves and definition that you wouldn’t typically see in a swimsuit campaign, we see women whose personal stories are tales of resilience.  The shoot features GabiFresh of course, breast cancer survivor Ericka Hart, and model/actress Philomena Kwao who has her own personal stories of struggle and triumph.

This collection is inspired by powerful women and features bold designs, so I really wanted the imagery to reflect that. Philomena and Ericka are both gorgeous with inspirational stories—they truly embody how I want my swimsuits to make people feel. I hope this campaign helps women realize they deserve to feel good about themselves in swimwear, regardless of size, shape, race or circumstance.” – Gabi Fresh

Casting Call

The best part is, you can be a part of this dope movement. GabiFresh is looking for fresh, new faces; in collaboration with Swimsuits For All. They are in search of nine strong, resilient, and beautiful women for her an upcoming photoshoot. You must be size 10-26; the casting call will be held at Ignited Spaces, 7080 Hollywood Boulevard, FL 11, Los Angeles, CA 90028 on January 20th – 21st from 11am to 4pm to be featured in GabiFresh’s upcoming 2018 campaign. Click Here for details.

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If you need a little push to catch up with this year’s hottest fall trends, while staying true to your personal style and more importantly, dressing for your body shape, you’re in the right place.

We have already pulled out from our closets most of our sweaters and boots, but we’ve also invested in a few trendy pieces for the season such as sock boots, faux fur coats and a nice pair of leather pants. But how can you know which fall trend will flatter your body shape without actually having to try on the clothes? You think there are no rules? Oh, there certainly are!
These fall pieces are made just for you, regardless whether you are short, tall, hourglass-shaped, or petite.


Short or petite girls must learn how to visually elongate their figure. Short jackets, cropped pants, and pointy shoes are ideal pieces to help elongate your frame and to add the illusion of height. Fortunately, this year, all of these pieces are included in this fall’s most viral trends! Invest in a nice, quality pair of cropped jeans and you’re done with your fashion season. Bomber jackets, blazers, and faux fur coats will perfectly fit you year after year.



We have two words for you tall girls: midi length. All girls blessed with long legs should be pushed to the forefront this season. Midi length dresses or skirts are ideal for you because it creates a nice visual balance between the upper and lower part of the body, and you can combine them with almost everything. Maxi dresses, maxi skirts, and midi dresses are practically made for tall girls and their gorgeous long legs. Another reason why you should invest in a midi dress or skirt is the fact that these pieces can easily be changed from day to night outfit, and they’re suitable for work, as well as for parties. Of course, that does not mean that you should forget wearing mini skirts, on the contrary show your gorgeous legs and delight everyone with your short dress.
You can purchase this cute skirt and top from Pretty Little Things




Curvy girls have no reason to be shy. You’ve got a small waist? Show it! You’ve got a nice round butt? Highlight it! Your curves are your best asset, and there is no sense in hiding them. This fall, invest in a tight, knee-length dress and knock everyone off their feet. After all, there is a good reason why the Kardashians wear such apparently simple dresses! Also, you will look great in a cute trendy wrap dress which will highlight all of your beautiful curves.
You can purchase this cute fall outfit from Nordstroms online.

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What do you do when you have a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something many have worked their entire lives to do?  You receive an opportunity to rip the high-fashion runways of Milan with one of the most recognized luxury brands in the world.  This open door may lead to a host of other potential opportunities that could catapult your career and your brand; however, there’s this one problem.  You realize this big break clashes with some of your personal beliefs and values.  What would you do? Would you remain silent in an effort to avoid destroying your potentially epic big break?  Would you speak out?  Would you take a stand?

This is what happened when Atlanta rapper Raury staged an unplanned protest during the Dolce & Gabbana runway show in Milan.  The millennial-themed fashion show showcased, young, popular bloggers, YouTubers,  influencers, and artists from around the world.

Dolce & Gabbana recently came under fire after dressing the 1st Lady.  Melania Trump was decked out in D&G throughout here trip, including a $51,000 3d Coat. Many people across the world decided to protest the brand for standing by Trump and his administration.  In an extremely petty response to the protests and criticisms, D&B decided to launch a campaign called, “Boycott Dolce & Gabbana”.  The response included t-shirts, commercials, and an entire launch which basically mocked protesters who voiced their disdain for the brand supporting the Trumps.

“When I saw a commercial featuring the boycott T-shirt, and it looked playful and lighthearted—it was a joke. It was a troll. Me, as a young man from Stone Mountain, Georgia, the birthplace of the Klu Klux Klan, I really felt this mockery of boycotting. Who knows, if boycotts didn’t happen, if Rosa Parks and M.L.K. didn’t step up…who knows if I would even exist. Boycotting matters. Boycotting is real. “

Raury, after already agreeing to participate in the fashion show learned of this protest after he had already flew to Milan, practiced, received free clothing from D&B, and made lots of new friends while practicing for the fashion show.  Before hitting the runway (24 hours before showtime), Raury was torn and did not know how to respond or what to do. In an interview with GQ, he explained how he experienced so much “confusion and fear”. In some ways, the 21 year-old believed that he and the other influencers were being used.

“There was a moment backstage when they started passing out the shirts, when [the models] didn’t have any context for what they meant. They were coming out of the shower and the robes, after getting makeup put on, to someone saying, “Hey, now put this on and let’s start Snapchatting.”

They were making us represent something that only I knew what it was about. These kids are about to co-sign this, and they don’t even know what it means. They’re using the shit out of us. We’re not scapegoats. You are not about to wash your hands with us. They were really pushing for me to wear it, too, specifically.”


Then, it happened. Raury walked the runway and honored the terms of what he had agreed to.  Then during the finale, he removed his Dolce and Gabbana hoodie to show the phrases, “PROTEST”, “GIVE ME FREEDOM”, and “I AM NOT YOUR SCAPEGOAT” written across his chest.  Then, the young millennial rapper immediately disappeared, never joining the other models for any additional photo ops.  Raury was offended that D&G was catering to millennials, but mocking protesting and thought their response to the protesters was very “un-millennial”.

As a young artist in the entertainment industry, Raury did what many people wouldn’t have dared to do.  He went against the grain, stood for what he believed was right instead of following the status quo, and chose principles over popularity.

What would you have done?

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Nike has a new product for Muslim women that is actually pretty cool.  A head cover called the “Nike Pro Hijab” is set to launch Spring 2018.  The hijab was developed at many female athletes complained about wearing traditional hijabs during athletic competitions.  For example, UAE weightlifter, Amna Al Haddad voiced her concerns about the weight, potential for a head covering to shift, and its lack of breathability interrupted her focus.


Nike heard the concerns of these female athletes, saw a need, and launched a 13-month task of researching and developing this single-layer, pull-on, lightweight, polyester design – which can be found in dark and neutral colors.   Not only is it lightweight, it is more breathable than traditional headscarves, but remains opaque, which is still a requirement for women from the Muslim culture.

In a statement, figure skater Zahra Lari was emotional and excitement about this innovative Nike product and is already using it.  Lari said,

“I was thrilled and a bit emotional to see Nike prototyping a Hijab. I’ve tried so many different hijabs for performance, and … so few of them actually work for me. But once I put it on and took it for a spin on the ice, I was blown away by the fit and the light weight.”

Nike not only created this dope product, they also launched a very controversial video, that went viral, depicting female athletes in the Muslim world.  The video however, did offend some who thought it was a bad depiction of life in Arab countries.  Check out the video and Nike’s new products, and continue to applaud companies who are still working on adapting to diverse and beautiful world.



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As old hip-hop heads continue to sound like bitter old guys trying to flex on a new crop of hip-hop all stars, the youngsters are continuing to prove to the world that they are about the business of rap and enterprise. Hip-hop pundits, time and again have proclaimed that many of these rappers would be one-hit-wonders, but these young, future moguls are determined to leave their footprint in the world of hip-hop and prove the naysayers wrong.

Lil Yachty has taken much of the heat this past year from dj’s, rappers, and bloggers who have tried to pin him as the head of the “mumble rappers”, but Yachty continues to press on and has landed a deal with a well-known fashion brand.  On Saturday, the 19-year-old rapper announced via his Instagram that he would be joining the Nautica Team as Creative Designer for their Capsule Collection. Not only would he be taking on a designer roll, but Lil Yachty has also been the face of the brand for the Urban Outfitter’s collection.


Lil Yachty has single-handedly invigorated the brand by rocking the gear and guess what, the folks at Nautica are very pleased.  In a press release the President of Nautica, Karen Murray stated:

“We are excited to be collaborating with Lil Yachty this year. He is much more than just a music artist. He is a creative soul. His innate passion and affinity for the brand, fabulous taste level and the way he looks in our clothes, make him the perfect partner for the Nautica brand.”

This announcement comes on the heels of rapper also making it in the 30 under 30 list for Forbes Magazine of musical influencers.    Lil Yachty seems to be having a great start to his new year.

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