Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Subscribe to BGG & New URL!

I just want to take this time to thank EACH and EVERY person who has ever visited Brown Girl Gumbo up to this point!

You will never know how much your readership and support means to me after all these years. That said, I want to make sure that I continue stirring up everything that chic brown girls love for you! It would mean the world if you'd subscribe to my new and improved site here:

Also, please be sure to change the address to simply: WWW.BROWNGIRLGUMBO.COM!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

BGG Celebrates Anniversary With a Redesign!

In celebration of BGG's 5-year anniversary, I've given it a much-needed makeover!

If you've been coming to the address: www.browngirlgumbo.blogspot.com, please make the switch to simply: www.browngirlgumbo.com and add it to your bookmarks (it will eventually redirect to the new site).

Looking forward to having you check out the new and improved Brown Girl Gumbo site!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fabulous Photos of the Week!

Tika Sumpter

Kevin Hart

Tyra Banks

Elle Varner

Shaniece & Flex Alexander 

 Larenz Tate

 What's your fave twit/instapic of the bunch?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Issa Rae of 'Awkward Black Girl' Makes 'Totally Biased' Debut Tonigh

If you're like me and can't get enough of Issa Rae's "The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl," be sure to tune in tonight to catch the web series star/creator on FX's pop culture/media/political talk show, "Totally Biased."

She'll chat with host W. Kamau Bell about her viral hit series and recently teaming up with Pharrell Williams' i am OTHER family.
Issa Rae and cast of "The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl"

Also, with Season 2 already underway, don't miss the premiere of episode 4 tonight!

If you're one of the few who isn't already hip to the series, you need to click here and catch up STAT, you won't be disappointed!

"Totally Biased" with Issa Rae debuts tonight on FX at 11pm EST.

Are you a fan of the "AGB" series?

Designers 'Nail It' at NYFW

Despite having different style aesthetics and visions, there's one thing that all the designers used consistently during New York Fashion Week—gorgeous nails as accessories!

Whether a high-fashion couture show or ready-to-wear presentation, nail art was the premiere accessory to complement the designers' looks.

From press-on manicures to easy-to apply appliqués to spotlight-stealing shades and textures, nail creativity seems to have hit a high note this season. 

Check out a few of my fave looks:

Celebrity manicurist Gina Edwards applying ImPress Nails backstage at Betsey Johnson.

Model walking in Betsey Johnson show.

Close-up of the nails at Betsey Johnson.

butter LONDON 3-Free Lacquer Colours: Toff, Sloane Ranger, Knackered, Union Jack Black at the Veda presentation.

"Take a Bite" ColorFX Appliqué moon manicure at the Naeem Khan presentation,

What nail trends or colors are you looking forward to rocking this fall? 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Backstage Beauty: Rolando Santana S/S 13

When it comes to making models look super-human and runway-ready, hair stylists play a huge role.

At the Rolando Santana S/S 13 presentation on Wednesday, Aveeno Celebrity Stylist Patrick Melville transformed models' lackluster tresses into perfectly tousled masterpieces.

Patrick Melville styling backstage at the Rolando Santana S/S 13 presentation. 

He created volume  and texture to strands with the help of Aveeno Active Naturals Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo to complement Santana's water-inspired designs. “I chose this subtle, 70’s inspired style that gently swept tresses around the face to give a wispy, natural look,” commented Patrick. “The dry shampoo literally transforms the hair texture for more a more dramatic look.”

Aveeno Active Naturals Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo available here, $8

If my fellow naturalistas and relaxed BGs are wondering if dry shampoo is for us, you'd be pleasantly surprised to learn that it's a great go-to for those in-between washings. It doesn't completely strip away our natural oils, which is key to keeping our curly coifs cute and healthy. I've used this product before and it served as a wonderful and quick alternative to washing. That said, I obviously wouldn't recommend using it too frequently to substitute standard shampooing.

Former "America's Next Top Model" winner, Jaslene Gonzalez, backstage.

A model getting styled backstage. 

Aside from the gorgeous hair on the runway, Santana's designs were stunning! His aquatic inspiration was brought to life with sheer, flowing dresses in pretty pastels like sea foam green and powder blue. Embellished trousers, feathery blouses, pretty peplums, and metallic high-waisted skirts rounded out the ultra-feminine collection.  

Overall, I spied several pieces that I'd warmly welcome into my spring/summer wardrobe! 

Rolando Santana S/S 13 presentation

SPOTTED: Dania Ramirez and Jessica White

Have you ever used dry shampoo? If so, what are your thoughts?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Recap: Harlem's Fashion Row Presentation

We all know that when it comes to fashion, far too many of our BG and guy designers aren't given the adequate exposure to showcase their talents.

That's why I made it a point to head over to Harlem's Fashion Row's annual show last Friday at the Jazz at Lincoln Center to celebrate our creations taking center-stage.

Harlem's Fashion Row 9/2012

The amazingly talented Dark & Lovely lead stylist, Keith Campbell, was on hand making sure the models were runway ready.

Founded by Brandice Henderson in 2007, this year's HFR featured designers: Latisha Daring, Nzinga Knight, Omar Salam, Bethune Brothers, and fashion favorite Kevan Hall.

Structured, eye-catching prints and colors dominated Latisha Daring's presentation.

 Nzinga Knight showed that she has a knock for creating flowy feminine looks. 

The Bethune Brothers featured tailored styles such as pencil skirts and textured trenches. 

The uber-statuesque model and reality TV star, Nicole Murphy, graced the catwalk in an all-black, show-stopping jumpsuit during Omar Salam's presentation. 

For the finale, Kevan Hall's models looked red-carpet ready cocktail frocks and flow-skimming gowns in an array of candy-colored and sherbet shades. 

SPOTTED: Vanessa WilliamsTasha Smith and Natalie Cole 

I actually didn't notice Natalie Cole during the show, but managed to snap some paparazzi-esque pics of her entering her car after the show.

Natalie Cole

Who are your favorite BG/guy designers?

Take a Look: Jennifer Hudson's New Clothing Line

It's safe to say that Jennifer Hudson has blossomed into a bonafide fashionista right before our eyes.  Since claiming those coveted front row seats at Fashion Week for several years, she's apparently been taking notes.

Photo courtesy: QVC

The slimmed-down actress/singer, 30, is now taking her love of fashion to the masses. During last week's Fashion's Night Out, she debuted the Jennifer Hudson Collection, a collaboration with QVC. From figure-flattering wrap dresses to flouncy tops to outerwear, the collection includes contemporary pieces for women of all body types.

Check out some of the pieces from her line:

Leopard Print Twist Front Dress, $68.28

Dolman Sleeve Top with Waist Detail, $53.50

Slim Leg Pants with Stitch Detail, $49.24

Maxi Skirt with Pocket Detail, $74

If yo u like what you see, be sure to tune in to QVC tonight (11pm EST to midnight) to purchase!

What do you think of the Jennifer Hudson collection?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Rihanna Debuts New Pixie Cut at VMAs

Between Fashion's Night Out, President Barack Obama's speech, and Rihanna's super cute pixie 'do, last night's Twitter feed was all abuzz.

While the R&B pop diva could never steal the president's shine, her newly shorn strands undeniably caught the attention of style and beauty fans around the world.

Rihanna at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. 

I, too, was smitten by her cropped coif. It gives her a sweet, yet sassy and sophisticated look that she totally pulls off. When I spoke to her stylist Ursula Stephen a few years ago, she spoke to me about being responsible for styling Rihanna's original short 'do. 

“We’ve been talking about going short for a little while now. And we actually planned to cut it next week but, I just felt like - why wait?? Let's do it today! She was ready for her short hair again," Stephens, told reporters of Rihanna's current cropped look.

Are you loving Rihanna's pixie cut? 

5 Fashion Emergency Must-Haves

If there were ever a time that I was in need of a fashion emergency kit it was yesterday. After attending the enlightening Dark & Lovely/Harlem Fashion Row Blogger Breakfast (more on that later), the strap broke on my wedge sandals! Granted, they were over 10 years old; but they still looked good and were super comfy.

That said, I found myself unexpectedly at Nine West purchasing a pair of leopard print ballet flats to foil my shoe disaster. However, after a few hours, I realized that they were the shoes from hell! My feet were on fire from the pain of the patent leather incessantly rubbing against my big toe.

The shoe strap that started it all! 

I have endured pain for pumps or sky-high heels, but that doesn't fly with flats! I exchanged them lickety-split without a hitch only to buy a pair of pretty impractical snakeskin peep toe ankle-strap stilettos. Of course, by the time I walked around the block my feet were still in pain from being tortured in the ballet flats. Long story short, I ended up buying yet another pair of pointy toe flats by evening's end.

Whether you're an on-the-go woman covering New York Fashion Week or busy working mom, here are five style emergency staples to keep on-hand in the event that your ensemble (or you) goes awry:

CitySlips LuxeTravel Leather Flats available here, $58 

Hollywood Fashion Secrets Emergency Kit (includes 14 on-the-go essentials such as sewing needles, safety pins, and more) available here, $15

Tide To Go Stain Eraser available here, $3

Atopalm Moisturizing Foot and Heel Balm available here, $18

Cynthia Rowley Assorted Band-Aids available here, $3

Have you ever had a fashion emergency?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fashion's Night Out Round-Up

If you're still planning your Fashion's Night Out (NYC) itinerary for tomorrow (Sept 6), be sure to add these sure-to-be stylish festivities to your list.

Whether you're looking to score mini-makeovers, manicures or sweet endings to the night, these FNO events won't disappoint! The verdict is still out whether I'll be partaking in the partying, but if I do there are plenty of options!

Who: Bobbi Brown and Leandra, founder of The Man Repeller Fashion Blog 
Where: Bobbi Brown's Pop-Up Store at Grand Central Terminal (87 E. 42nd Street)
When: 7pm to 8pm
What to expect: Bobbi Brown greeting customers, complimentary makeovers, and beauty talk

Who: American Ballet Theater's Misty Copeland & Hair Rules' Anthony Dickey (hosts)
What: 108 Stitches Harriett Cole Collection Presentationn
Where: Hair Rules 829 9th Ave, 2nd Fl (btwn 54/55th Streets)
When: 6pm to 11pm
What to expect: Being able to purchase handmade crocheted accessories made by former EBONY editor, Harriette Cole, hair styling advice, and  refreshments

Who: Celebrity Makeup Artist Mally Roncal
Where: Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Avenue)
When: 7pm to 8pm
What to expect: Makeup and fashion tips, plus if consumers make a $75 purchase or more, they'll receive a gift (Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara in Black and an Evercolor Waterproof Eyeliner)

Who: jane iredale - The Skincare Makeup
Where: Talbot's 525 Madison Avenue
When: 6pm
What to expect: Beauty tutorials, sneak peeks of the upcoming collection, and free gifts with purchase

Who: Georgetown Cupcakes
Where: All Georgetown Cupcakes locations (Georgetown, Bethesda, SoHo and Newbury)
When: Open to 11pm (click here for store hours)
What to expect: CUPCAKES!! Each customer will receive a free cupcake, including their special FNO "Runway Red Velvet" option

Check out the official Fashion's Night Out site for more events!

Will you join in on the fashion frenzied festivities tomorrow?

Steal Zoe Saldana's Sexy Pony Look

At last night's The Words premiere, actress Zoe Saldana sported a show-stopping back-plunging gold, Ellie Saab dress, but all eyes were on her gorgeous low-hung pony.

Celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak created this messy, yet polished pony in three simple steps that can be easily replicated with John Frieda products. Perfect for BGs who rock straight strands, this look is definitely a head-turner!

Get the deets below:

Step 1 – Prep and Texturize
"Achieving the undone quality of Zoe’s hair relies on creating texture while preventing flyaways. Start by evenly applying John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse ($5.99 at drugstores) through towel-dried hair to tame frizz, boost shine and build texture. For added volume, spray roots with a texturizing spray and rough dry."

Step 2 – Secure the Style 
"To create the perfect natural wavy texture, loosely braid hair and let it dry. Once hair is completely dry, take out the braid and break up the waves by running your fingers through your hair. Gently tease the crown for a bit of height. Next, pull hair from each side of the face to the back of the head, allowing one section of hair to overlap the other and pin in place with bobby pins. Continue this all the way down the back until all the hair is wrapped into a pony tail shape. Allow the pieces around the face to naturally fall out for a soft feminine look."

Step 3 - Polish and Perfect 
"To finish the look, mist a thin coat of John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray ($5.99 at drugstores) in an even, all-around motion."

How do you make your pony standout?

FLOTUS Rocks a Tracy Reese Frock at DNC

Our First Lady Michelle Obama looked nothing less than stunning at the 2012 Democratic National Convention last night in Charlotte, NC.

Her bouncy bobbed tresses, sophisticated silk Tracy Reese dress, and pretty pink J.Crew pumps surely wowed viewers no matter their political stance.

Getty Images

Her chic, budget-friendly ensemble was only upstaged by her ever-eloquent speech. Obama's message always hits home for me and fellow Americans because they come straight from her heart.

Now that the presidential campaign is shifting into high gear, we can look forward to seeing more knock-out styles and speeches from our ultimate fave FLOTUS.

In case you missed it, check it out below:

Did you watch Michelle Obama's speech last night? Did you love her look? 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Must-See: 5 Fab New TV Shows to Watch This Fall

While many of us are gearing up for New York Fashion Week, fellow TV buffs are equally excited that the unofficial start of fall is now in full effect.

This month serves as the kick-off for a variety of brand new network and cable shows of the season. Luckily, for us who love to watch BGs and guys on the small screen, the fall TV lineup looks promising. From reality to talk shows to sitcoms, this season seems to have a bit of something for everyone.

Check out these new fall shows:
Eva Marcille and friends star in the reality show, "Girlfriend Confidential," which premiered yesterday (Sept. 3) on Oxygen

"Guys with Kids" starring Anthony Anderson and co-starring Tempestt Bledsoe premieres Sept. 26 on NBC.

"666 Park Avenue" co-starring Vanessa Williams premieres Sept. 30 on ABC.

Steve Harvey's self-titled daytime talk show premieres today (Sept. 4) on NBC networks. 

 Iyanla Vanzant stars in "Iyanla, Fix My Life"premiering Sept. 15 on OWN.

BONUS: Mindy Kaling stars in "The Mindy Project" premiering Sept. 25 on Fox.

Will you be tuning in for any of these shows? If not, what are your fave shows? 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fabulous Photos of the Week!

A round-up of some of the best celeb shots on Twitter and Instagram. 


Dwyane Wade

Eric Benet and Tamia

LaLa Anthony

Tracee Ellis Ross and family

Ricky Smiley and Trey Songz

Vivica Fox and publicist BJ Coleman
All photos via Twitter/Instagram

What's your fave photo this week? Are you on Instagram?