Thursday, January 28, 2010

Save Your Best Shots!

Although we live in a digital world, some things should still be tangible - for me photos are high on the list! Among my friends and family, I'm one of the few who get my digital photos printed and actually place them in photo albums. In fact, I have a weakness for purchasing cute photo books and frames. I never let photos accumulate on my digital camera or computer mainly out of fear of losing them.

A few years ago, my computer crashed and I lost over 1000 photos! I have since vowed to always get my photos printed. Plus, it's so easy to upload them at your local drugstore or even order them online through sites like Snapfish (my site of choice), Shutterfly, etc. Now since the arrival of Ava aka Baby BGG - I'm sure I'll be snapping even more shots!

Here are a few of my own personal photo albums. I buy most of them from stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Daffy's because they're always reasonably priced!

Do you print your digital photos? If so, do you put them in photo albums and frames?

**The winner of the "Michael Jackson: Before He Was King," photo book is K-Bear! Congrats! Please email me your mailing address.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Long Live the King!

For those of you who didn't see Michael Jackson's This Is It while it was in theaters, now you can watch the King of Pop in action in the comfort of your home on DVD and Blu-Ray. The critically-acclaimed compilation of interviews, backstage and concert footage of the late musical legend is available in stores today!

For fellow Michael Jackson fans, I came across an awesome coffee table book entitled, "Michael Jackson: Before He Was King," by African-American photographer Todd Gray. The book is filled with rare, never-before seen photographs of Jackson taken by his personal photographer (Gray) chronicling his rapid rise to solo superstardom during the late 1970s and early 1980s. This book is the perfect collector's item for the true MJ fan.

Michael Jackson: Before He Was King available at for $29.95

Did you see the movie? Would you buy the DVD?

One lucky winner will win the book. Just leave a comment and a winner will be selected randomly and announced later this week.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Baby BGG Has Arrived!

If you were wondering why I haven't posted this week, well it's because I gave birth to my beautiful and healthy baby girl, Ava, on Saturday - 6 days before her due date! As you can imagine I'm incredibly overjoyed and completely in love with her. Until I get the hang of things with Baby BGG - I'll be posting less, but will eventually get back into the full swing of bringing you all the things that chic, brown girls love!

Thanks so much for all of your well-wishes during my pregnancy!! I want to especially thank Kwana for the super cute gift. :-)

Btw, the winner of the Tarte set is Ms. Pocahontaz. Please email me your mailing address, as well as the shade of your choice. Check out for the list of foundation/concealer shades.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sweet on Tarte!

If you're looking for barely-there, flawless makeup coverage, Tarte Cosmetic's new 7-piece Natural Complexion Collection set is the kit for you! Available exclusively at Sephora, this paraben and sulfate-free set includes a primer, anti-aging foundation, 4-in-1 concealer, mineral pressed powder, mineral powder bronzer, foundation brush and travel bag.

Since I'm such a sucker for sets, I was anxious to try this collection because a primer was included - which I've always wanted to test. I wanted to see if applying it really makes a difference when it comes to setting your makeup. To my surprise, it seemed to keep my makeup looking fresh while keeping my oily skin under control too. Because I try to be as low-maintenance as possible, I probably wouldn't use the primer daily, but it seemed to work well. The concealer and foundation were both light-weight, which is always a plus. The bronzer gave my skin a subtle, glistening glow, but wasn't too red like many others I've tried.

I've been a fan of Tarte's cheek stains for years, but had never tried any of their other products, but now I'm a fan of the entire line!

Tarte Cosmetics 7-Piece Natural Complexion Collection in Deep available at for $54 (a $157 value)

Have you ever used Tarte Cosmetics? One lucky reader will win this set (winner will select the shade). Simply leave a comment and a winner will be selected randomly and announced next week!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Help Haiti

As we all know, yesterday Haiti was hit with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake - leaving behind destruction and devastation. Those left behind are in dire need of aid. Please donate to Wyclef Jean's charity, The Yele Haiti Foundation. Please visit for more information or you can text "YELE" to "501501" to donate $5.

Another option is to simply text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.

Our prayers are with our fellow BGs and guys in Haiti.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Philly Fashion!

When one thinks of fashionable cities, New York, Milan, Paris and Tokyo may come to mind. Well, add one more city to that list - Philadelphia. Yep, the Pennsylvania city known for their cheese steak sandwiches and neo-soul sound is making a mark on the fashion scene. With a bevy of bourgeoning boutiques and designers, Philly is becoming the alternate, more affordable location to launch fashion careers on the East Coast.

During my recent weekend visit, I was impressed with the amount of new stores that sold high-end, quality clothing, shoes, and lingerie. Whether you're a vintage enthusiast or a fan of a classic chic pieces, there's a stylish store in Philly that will have just what you're looking for. So the next time you're in the City of Brotherly Love, be sure to check out the Philly fashions!

If you've shopped in the Philadelphia area, what's your favorite boutique? For those not in Philly, what's your favorite local boutique? Please share.

Topstitch Boutique specializes in vintage clothing and accessories. Located: 54 N. Third S. (215) 238-8877

A beautifiul dress at Zahra Saeed Boutique, sells unique, upscale Indian-inspired selections. Located: 1901 Walnut Street, (267) 519-0804

Smak Parlour is a whimsical store that sells clothing and cute accessories for the girly girl. Located: 219 Market Street, (215) 625-4551

Sa Va produces most of their casual and dressy items in-house and are environmentally-friendly. Located: 1700 Sansom St., (215) 587-0004

An eye-catching coat dress sold at Joan Shepp, Y-3, which sells a mix of super high-end luxury brands. Located: 1616 Walnut Street, 215.735.2666

Monday, January 11, 2010

Chic Scarves of the Season!

Even though the holidays may be over, winter certainly isn't. Fashionistas everywhere are staying warm and stylish with infinity scarves this season. This circular new spin on the regular scarf makes it extremely versatile. Most infinity-style scarves can be worn on the shoulders, as a hood and of course around the neck. These scarves create a chunky, yet chic look for those of us who have to brave the cold!

Would you wear an infinity scarf?

Rubbish Button Scarf available at for $20

Shaker Infinity Scarf available at for $14.99

Echo Metallic Infinity Scarf available at for $48

Echo Double Infinity Scarf available at for $48

Everyday Infinity Scarf available at for $24.99

Juicy Couture Luxe Cable Knit Scarf available at for $175

Leopard Print Infinity Scarf available at for $24.99

Portolano Cashmere Infinity Fishnet Stitch Scarf available at for $125

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Get Wrapped in Warm Winter Robes!

Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you how much I love to lounge and it's not because I'm preggo! An ideal winter weekend consists of me in a comfy robe curled on the couch watching one of my guilty pleasure DVR'd TV shows. Few things are as comforting and relaxing on a cold afternoon than wrapping up in a plush robe. My obsession with robes makes it difficult for me to have a favorite, but they all get their fair usage!

From short & silky satins to floor-length cozy chenilles, there's a robe that will suit your mood! Do you have a go-to robe for lazy lounging days?

P.S Now is the perfect time to catch after-Christmas deals on robes. :-)

Check out some of these:

Satin Kimono Wrap available at for $42

Bubbles Short Robe available at for $115

DKNY Cozy Robe available at for $39.90 (orig. $58)

Jenni Robe and Boot, Peace, Love, Dream available at $27.99 (orig. $49.99)

Juicy Couture Flounced Terry Robe available at $64.90

Kashwere Robe available at for $120

Satin Robe available at for $78

Long Spa Robe available at for $59.50

P.J Salvage Lip Bathrobe available at for $98

Charter Club Printed Fleece Robe available at for $19.99 (orig. $59.99)

Slouch Robe available at for $50

**The winner of the PedEgg is Jay! Congratulations - please email me your mailing address!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy Feet!

During the Christmas break I finally found the time to try the popular PedEgg. I had heard so many great things about this product, but have always been skeptical about those "As Seen On TV" products and wondered if they really worked.

Well, all of my skepticism ceased after treating my feet to this callus-curing contraption! After using the PedEgg on my dry, winter-ridden feet, I was able to scratch waddling to the nearest nail salon off of my to-do-list. The tiny stainless (and painless) steel files gently chips away old, dead skin leaving heels super smooth and soft!

PedEgg The Ultimate Foot File - As Seen on TV available at for $9.99

Have you ever tried the PedEgg? One lucky winner will win one to kick-start the New Year with callus-free feet! Just leave a comment and a winner will be selected randomly and announced later this week.

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year, New You?

Well, it's that time again when everyone makes their New Year's resolutions. Just like most people, I rarely stick to, or even implement mine after the first few weeks. However, this year I plan on making several beauty and fashion resolutions and actually applying them.

Since I have more black in my closet than Marilyn Manson, I would like to incorporate more colors, patterns, etc. to spice up my otherwise dark wardrobe. In addition, I'd love to get out of my ho-hum hair rut and experiment with a new sexy style or cut. I'm not sure when I'll actually execute these makeover aspirations, but I desperately want to add some variety to my look within the next twelve months. Wish me luck!

What are some of your resolutions this year? Is it to work out more, spend more time with family, etc? Or do you avoid making resolutions all together? Please share!