Thursday, May 28, 2009

First Lady of Fashion!

When it comes to our First Lady's priorities, fashion is probably not at the top of her list. Although for us fashionistas and women who admire style and grace, Mrs. Michelle Obama is definitely at the top of ours. The regal beauty's fashion sense is being praised in the new book, "Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion," by Mandi Norwood.

Chock full of photographs and impeccable illustrations, the book includes quotes from famous designers and industry insiders who admire our newest White House style icon. "Michelle Style," is a cute book that also provides tips on the best sites to surf for bargain buys, as well as tips on how to dress for your body type.

Are you a fan of our First Lady's style?

"Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion" available at for $19.99

**One lucky reader will win a copy of the book. Just leave a comment and a winner will be selected randomly and announced tomorrow!

**The winners of the scalp oil are Antithesis and Jeanie! Congrats! Please email me your mailing address info!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Stimulate Your Scalp!

When it comes to taking care of our tresses moisturizing is key. I've been using SoftSheen Carson's Roots of Nature Stimulating Scalp Oil for the past couple of weeks and have been impressed with the results. The convenient nozzle allows me to part my strands while easily dispensing the semi-fragrant oil, which is enriched with shea butter and green tea to help prevent breakage.

Since I have a super dry scalp, it's imperative that I use products like this scalp oil that soothe and moisturize without creating that unwanted stringy, greasy look that so many other products create.

SoftSheen Carson's Roots of Nature Stimulating Scalp Oil available at for $6.99

What do you use to combat a dry, itchy, and flaky scalp? Would you like to try this product? Just leave a comment and two lucky readers will receive a bottle. The winners will be selected randomly and announced tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Splish-Splash in Style!

This summer take a dip in cool waters with chic suits that will definitely make a splash! Whether you like to go for teeny tiny bikinis or modest one-pieces, this season there's a swimuit that will suit your needs.

If you'd like to create the appearance of an ample bust, try a suit with ruffles across the chest. To tame tummies, one pieces in solid colors will work best. To slim thighs, go for bottoms that tie at the hip. Whatever your shape, the key to looking fabulous is to exude onfidence. Just be sure to use sunscreen!

What's your favorite style of swimwear? Are you planning any sunny vacations this summer?

O Beach Aloha Ring Frilled Bikini available at for $18 (bottom) -$21 (top)

Sliding Halter Top & Bottom available at for $14.50 (bottom) -$15 (top)

Badgley Mischka Tankini available at for $41 (bottom) - $108 (top)

Emilio Pucci Bikini in Coral available at for $343

Marc by Marc Jacobs Two-Piece Swimsuit with Buckle available at for $170 ($85 each)

Medallion Wide Band String Halter & Hipster with Ties Bikini available at for $44 (bottom)-46 (top)

Free People Ring of Light One-Piece available at for $198

Shapefx Triangle Bikini available at for $29

Vitamin A White Shimmer Paparazzi Cut-Out Swimsuit available at for $188

Solid Ruffle Tank Swimsuit available at for $80

Trina Turk One-Shoulder Swimsuit available at for $147

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Smudge-Proof Your Pucker!

Tired of your favorite glosses and lipsticks always leaving your lips? If so, perhaps lip stains are the answer to your beauty prayers! Unlike glosses and lipsticks, stains are virtually weightless, meaning you can't feel anything on your pretty pout. Plus, they're highly pigmented giving your pucker the right amount of color that's usually long-lasting and won't smear or smudge.

Are you a fan of lip stains? Would you try one?

Check out some of these:

Covergirl Outlash Lip Stain available at for $7.49

Laura Mercier Lip Stain available at for $20

Benetint Pocket Pal Lip Stain available at for $20

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Colour available at for $21

Stila Pomegranate Crush Lip Stain available at for $24

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Skirting Around Style!

Don't let spring/summer pass you by without sporting a stylish skirt. Showing off your gams in a gorgeous mini or a sexy, silky skirt will surely get you noticed. Mix and match with fashionable tops, tanks and cardigans for endless options that are sure to please.

What's your favorite skirt style? A-line, pleated, ruffled, mini, etc?

Check out some of these:

City Stretchy Silky Pleated Wrap Skirt available at for $34.95

Walter Water Color Plaid Skirt available at for $112.80

Cotton Sateen Gateau Skirt available at for $59.99

Inverted Pleated Skirt available at for $64.95

Pleated Full Skirt available at for $231

Wes Callie Pencil Skirt available at for $69.99

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Must-Have Hair Accessories!

With most weddings taking place in the spring/summer months, that means many of us BGs will be donning our 'dos with pretty hair accessories. Even if you're not attending a wedding this season, adding a bit of sparkle or a beautiful band to your coif with a hair ornament is a cute way of transforming your tresses during the warmer months.

Would you wear hair accessories? Are you attending any weddings this summer? If so, check out some of these:

Multi-Blossom Adjustable Headband available at for $24 Get 20 % off all accessories when you enter the promo code "BrownGirlGumbo"

Floral Bobby Pin Set available at for $3.80

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bow Bangle Hair Barrette available for $98

Jewel Encrusted Clip available at for $21

Juicy Couture Butterfly Barrette available at for $40

Motteshard available at for $10

Swarovski Crystal Barrette available at for $65

Rose Headband available at for $3.99

Swarovski Hair Pins available at for $125

**The winners of the Bio-Oil are Rebee and Coco. Congrats!! Please email me your mailing address info!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bio-Oil...Magic in a Bottle?

You've probably seen the commercials or perhaps you've even tried it - Bio-Oil, the latest craze in beauty. Produced in South Africa, this popular skin-care remedy is taking American consumers by storm. Packed with Vitamin A and E, Calendula, Lavendar and Rosemary oils, Chamomile extract and PureCellin Oil, Bio-Oil is the fastest growing skin-care product in the world. The oil contains no preservatives and is supposed to minimize the appearance of stretch marks, hyper-pigmentation, scars, as well as treat other skin concerns such as aging and dryness.

Bio-Oil available at (as well as Wal-Mart, Duane, Reade, CVS, Target, etc.) for $11.99 (2 oz.) or $19.99 (4.2 oz.)

I've only been using it for a few days, but will report back with the results. Would two of you like to try it too? Just leave a comment and two readers will win a 2 oz. bottle (a $11.99 value) and will be selected randomly and announced tomorrow.

Had you ever heard of Bio-Oil prior to reading this posting? Would you be willing to try it?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

BGG Chats with Chilli!

A few weeks ago I had the chance to catch up with Chilli, from the multi-platinum female group TLC. She recently partnered with Dasani (the Coca-Cola water brand) to serve as a spokesperson for their new campaign that celebrates everything that makes women, "refreshingly fabulous." Although Chilli's 38-year-old, she doesn't look a day older than 21 and I needed to find out her secrets!

Check out our quick Q&A chat:
BGG: What made you want to be a part of the Dasani campaign?
Chilli: First of all it was so easy once I was approached by Dasani because it is my favorite water and I drink it anyway. So to be able to represent and endorse something that you love, makes everything a lot easier. I was happy to be a part of it because in the 18 years of being in this industry, I've always spoke out for women and tried to uplift us. This (campaign) is just a continuation of that.

BGG: What do you do to keep your skin looking so radiant?
Chilli: Thank you! It's the water!! I don't drink soda, I don't smoke I don't do any of thsoe kinds of things. I drink 7 bottles of water a day. I know that sounds like a lot, but it's not a lot to me. We generally drink a lot throughout the day, but it's usually stuff like soda and juices with tons of sugar in it, which are not good for our bodies. So when you drink a lot of water, it ultimately keeps your skin clear.

BGG: What items are must-haves in your makeup bag?
Chilli: I have to have lip gloss! I really don't wear anything except when I'm working, but there's this blush by MAC called "Peaches." It makes you look like you're blushing naturally because it gives just a hint of color. I love it!

BGG: I remember at one point, you were designing handbags. Are you still doing that?
Chilli: Yes, I'm still doing it. It's a website business called "Bags by Chilli." You can go there to order personalized bags. My son, Tre, inspired me to do it.

BGG: How old is he now?
Chilli: He's 11-years-old now. They grow fast!

BGG: Are you continuing to pursue your singing career?
Chilli: Oh yeah definitely! T-Boz and I just got back from Japan and honey I didn't want to leave the stage! It was amazing. It was the adrenaline and the fans singing's the best feeling in the world. It's times like those when I know that this is what I'm supposed to be doing because it just feels too good and I don't want to stop. Not yet!

How many glasses/bottles of water do you drink daily? What was your favorite TLC song from back-in-the-day?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Pretty Brown Eyes

We BGs have always been praised for having gorgeous brown eyes. For those of you old enough, you may even remember Mint Condition's hit 90s song, "Pretty Brown Eyes," which was an ode to the beautiful shade of peepers. Now Sephora has taken notice of us brown-eyed beauties with its ten-shade Mono Eye Shadow Kit for Brown Eyes. The array of hues complements the pigment of brown eyes, by making them stand out - what's not to love?

Sephora Mono Eye Shadow Kit for Brown Eyes available at for $40 (a $160 value)

If you have brown eyes, would you use this kit? What shades of shadows do you think bring out the best in your eyes?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

No Sweat!

With the air getting warmer and the humidity climbing, purchasing a good deodorant is essential. Wearing deodorant is key to staying fresh, dry and smelling good. Whether you apply it through a spray, roll-on or a regular stick, there's a deodorant that will work perfectly with your body chemistry to help you avoid a sweaty situation.

What kind of deodorant do you prefer? Roll-on, spray or stick? What's your favorite brand?

Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant Spray available at for $14.99

Bliss Under Arm-y Antiperspirant Gel available at for $18

Burt's Bees Herbal Deodordant Spray available at for $8

Dove Ultimate Clear Go Fresh Deodorant available at for $4.79

Fresh Roll-On Deodorant Antiperspirant for $18

Coconut Deodorant Powder available at for $7.65

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dresses for the Recessionista!

Nothing says spring/summer like a lovely laid-back day dress. Since many of us are no longer splurging on expensive clothes, a frugal flirty frock is just what the financial savvy shoppers ordered. This spring/summer you can be stylish and sensible with affordable dresses that are comfortable and perfect for many occasions, such as picnics in the park or afternoon strolls.

Are you a fan of sundresses?

Check out some of these all under $25!:

Cross-Front Sundress available at for $15

Floral Bubble Hem Dress available at for $22.80

Applique Jersey Dress available at for $24.80

Teresa Woven Dress available at for $22.80

Knotted Strapless Dress available at for $21.99

Smocked Tube Dress available at for $19.95

Satin Oval Print Dress available at for $24.80