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Author archive for Better Blueprint

  • Nov192020
    A black sequin and tweed mask for celebratory occasions

    need a mask for the holidays?

    I believe the answer is this tweed sequin mask by St. John! IF you think that the backbone of festive…

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  • Nov192020
    Sequin pants because sparkle is essential

    sequin pants

    Who knows when you'll need them but better to have them and be prepared, right?! If there's ONE thing I…

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  • Nov182020
    Monica Barnett with a big smile because of a recent business win

    the entrepreneur’s “grind”

    So people will call it a grind but there's a large part of me that thinks it's a grustle .…

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  • Nov162020
    5 style tips inspired from Vice President Kamala Harris including pearls and Converse sneakers.

    5 kamala harris style tips we all need

    I recently published an article for NBC News' Know Your Value team and it's a quick 4-minute read but here…

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  • Nov132020
    A book stack from a personal stylist, and includes Pantone, book by Antwuan Sargent and more

    my living room tsundoku

    I oftentimes tell my clients that if they're stuck putting an outfit together, they should 'start with your shoes and…

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  • Nov122020
    a podcast on dating after marriage called Making A Stylish Exit

    podcast appearance on making a stylish exit

    I was sooooo excited and honored to be asked to appear on my girlfriend, Nicole Richmond's podcast called Making a…

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  • Nov112020

    closeted lifestyle

    your personal style matters...regardless of who sees it! Checking in around November 2019, I was happily planning out my meteoric…

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  • Nov092020

    fashion in the new world of work

    Excerpt from a series called Curated Career Conversations: my interview with Sarah Johnston A year ago, my professional "uniform" included…

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  • Sep302020
    A stack of gallery copies of The Creatives' Closet

    book launch: the creatives’ closet

    This book has been about two years in the making and there is a story behind -- connect with me and…

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  • Sep282020

    your bra measurements

    There's a right way to measure your bra's cup and band size if you cannot get to a professional shop.…

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  • Sep242020
    Looking for underwear that are comfortable and is black-owned. The company is called Knix.

    black-owned intimates: knix

    As a woman who does not enjoy a light or short cycle, I am in love with Knix's period-proof underwear! Did I…

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  • Sep212020
    An example of a wireless bralette by Free People

    sizing your bra up or down

    I love this table! Depending on the maker, whether you've been eating pints of Ben n' Jerry's solo, or you're…

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  • Sep172020
    A model wearing a fedora hat by Monrowe NYC, a black-owned headwear company.

    black-owned headwear: monrowe nyc

    I cried when I saw The James - and clicked to find it was gone! Monrowe NYC is a black-owned headwear…

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  • Sep142020
    Wearing the right size bra

    are you wearing the right bra size?

    Are you wearing the right bra size? There are a few things you can do to ensure your girls are…

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  • Sep102020

    how-to remove a coffee stain

    I love coffee️but it stains! And I'm not just talking about your teeth - a wrong move or a hearty…

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  • Aug312020

    nice to meet you: black-owned jewelry brand

      Black-owned jewelry brand, Oma The Label Owner, Neumi Anekhe New York-based label started in 2018 + former fashion stylist…

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  • Aug272020

    nice to meet you: jellie sandals

    nice to meet you: alexandria brandao, a women and kid's fashion footwear brand! I found them on Instagram and fell…

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  • Aug252020

    14 perfect power pieces

    I asked newsletter readers what they needed to know and what I heard was, "I need just…

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  • Aug242020

    nice to meet you: black-owned jewelry brand

      Black-owned jewelry brand, Omi Woods Of Jamaican-Ashanti-Maroon heritage, Ashley Alexis McFarlane Omi means 'water' in the Yoruba language The word Jamaica…

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  • Aug202020

    nice to meet you: skin tone-inclusive footwear

    nice to meet you: Rebecca Allen, Salone Monet, and Kahmune, three black-owned footwear lines that carry skin tone-inclusive products!! Have…

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  • Aug192020

    post-pandemic back-to-work guide

    We're all looking for easy ways to transition back-to-work whether virtual or #IRL (in real life). This guide provides some…

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  • Aug192020

    problem: my weight is up & down – what do I buy?

    Problem: For whatever reason, my weight fluctuates, so what can I buy regardless of my weight? Solution: Choose wisely +…

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  • Aug182020

    beauty bombshell: correct order to apply skincare products

    Boom            ! It's real y'all! There IS a correct order to apply your skincare products…

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  • Aug162020

    nice to meet you: black-owned jewelry brand

    Black-owned jewelry brand, Mateo Jamaican-born Matthew Harris Launched the brand in 2009 - started with a men's collection before venturing…

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  • Aug162020

    jeans are out. joggers are in.

    So says WaPo, most financial indicators, and 'the streets'! Jean sales have been on the decline for the last five…

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