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Art Institute Fall/Winter show NYFW 15

MBFW Fall 2015: Art Institute

By Jia Wertz of Studio 15

The Art Institute Fall 2015 Student Show highlighted the designs of 12 students who

competed against other Ai students for the chance of a lifetime: to present their

collection at New York Fashion Week. To my surprise, the one person that stole the

show wasn’t a designer, it was Megan Silcott, a young woman who opened the show by

walking down the runway using a walker.


Megan woke up on the morning of August 16, 2012 unable to move, she was diagnosed

with a rare neurological disorder, and was paralyzed form the neck down. Since then,

Megan has been recovering in ways that doctors thought to be impossible. And less than

three years later, she walked the full length of a very long runway at New York Fashion

Week. Megan is determined to fully recover and and pursue her dream of acting or a

career in fashion. I have no doubt that this determined woman will get there. Watching

her walk the runway was astonishing, and clearly the entire audience thought so; they

gave her a standing ovation.


 The designs ranged from beautiful to strange, as all shows do at fashion week, but each

one artistic in their own way. Jesus Romero, a student from San Francisco, created his

line with Marlene Dietrich as an inspiration, and it was stunning. The gorgeous flowing

fabrics were constructed in unique yet wearable pieces. What more could a woman ask

for? Romero was definitely the highlight of this show.


A variety of ways to use Coconut Oil



Coconut Oil is one of the most unique products on the market right now.  The positive rewards it brings to your life upon use are amazing as well.  


  1. In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
  2. Moisturize- Coconut Oil has been used as a full body moisturizer. It has been widly accepted as a substitue for lotion.
  3. Added to foods or drinks daily for energy
  4. As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
  5. On the skin as a basic lotion (or coconut oil lotion bar)
  6. In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
  7. In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
  8. As an eye-makeup remover
  9. As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
  10. In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
  11. To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  12. To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  13. To support healthy thyroid function
  14. To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
  15. As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen
  16. To get rid of cradle cap on baby- just massage in to head, leave on for a few minutes and gently rinse with a warm wash cloth
  17. Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
  18. As a delicious tropical massage oil
  19. It’s high Lauric acid and MCFA content helps boost metabolism
  20. A tiny dab rubbed on your hands and then through hair will help get rid of friz
  21. In place of Lanolin cream on nursing nipples to sooth irritation (also great for baby!)
  22. Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
  23. There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimers

Tips from Wellness Mama website


Fifty Shades of Grey not about fun sex games - It's abuse



Whoever hasn't read the book or saw the movie, I will briefly note that the plot tells the story of literature student Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson), who falls into the net of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), a tormented billionaire whose relations with women are of the sadomasochistic variety. Anastasia, known as Ana, is hesitant to give in to Christian’s sexual conditions – which even include signing a contract stating what she will consent to do. But Christian is so incredibly charming, and the lifestyle he offers so lavish, and Ana – who is still a virgin – may be attracted in some way to the sexual adventures he presents. So she agrees, perhaps also with the thought that she may also be able to free him from the perversions that shape his sexual and emotional world.


 Although many fans of Fifty Shades of Grey would beg to differ, a study released today says that the main characters, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, are not just in a relationship involving bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism (BDSM), their connection could also be characterized as intimate partner violence (IPV).

Millions of women around the planet believe Christian Grey is a heartthrob, but researchers from Ohio State University, Columbus, aimed to prove he is guilty of behaviors consistent with classic emotional, physical, and sexual abusers: intimidation, threats, isolation, stalking, and humiliation, as well as forced sex acts, contact against another person’s will, and sexual intimidation and pressure.


Can a Man Like Christian Grey Really Change?

In the end, Anastasia liberates him from this and brings him to true love. She is the hero."

Although the relationship begins with him affirming, “I do not do the girlfriend thing” and insisting he is a dominant looking for a submissive, many readers believe Christian Grey changes his tune by books two and three. Anastasia says she wants “more” and desires “hearts and flowers” and he says he will “try” to deliver — and many readers think he does change to become more communicative, compromising, and caring of her needs.

But the OSU researchers seem to think that millions of women have sipped of the Fifty Shades of Grey Kool-Aid. They should never trust a guy like Mr. Grey.

“Even if Christian did ‘try to change’ to ‘give her more,’ his actions are consistently abusive — including stalking Anastasia, intimidating her, isolating her from friends and family, and humiliating her,” said Bonomi. “And I raise the question—Did Christian try to change? Or did he manipulate Anastasia into thinking he was trying to change, as abusers in the 'real world' do


We cannot continue to mistake infatuation for romance, or obsession for love.


Hip Hop Artist J. Cole plan to help support single moms





At the end of 2014, J.Cole dropped his most prolific album to date — 2014 Forest Hill Drive. Titled after his childhood home in North Carolina.  Speaking with the Combat Jack show for a lengthy breakdown of his new music, childhood, and rise to success, Cole explained his experience moving from military housing to a trailer park to the single family home that graces his latest album cover. Explaining his excitement as a kid to move into the now-iconic address, Cole said he wants to give other kids that same opportunity.


“My parents separated before I was even conscious. After we moved back they were separated. When they got divorced we had to move out of the military quarters ’cause you can only live there if you’re married. That’s like real nice housing, it ain’t no mansion but it’s safe. Everybody got jobs, everybody got benefits ’cause they’re all in the Army. When I’m four years old we have to move; it’s me, my brother, and my mother and we moved to Spring Lake, a little outskirt area of Fayetteville. We moved to the trailer park in Spring Lake. It was my first taste of like, ‘Oh, shit. This is nothing like where we came from.’ I knew the energy was not right. I knew my mother was the only white lady in the neighborhood and there was no man in the house.”


My goal is to have that be a haven for families. So every two years a new family will come in, they live rent-free. The idea is that it’s a single mother with multiple kids and she’s coming from a place where all her kids is sharing a room. She might have two, three kids, they’re sharing a room. She gets to come here rent free. I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got to the house.”


“Appreciation is everything,” he also said. “Life could be both beautiful or ugly depending on how you look at it. It could be both hard and blessed. Heaven or hell. It’s all within us. The devil is in us. God is in us. All of these things are within us. It’s just how we choose to view it, it’s the decisions we make, how we decided to view it.”  It is all Beauty Within.


Lady Gaga brings tears singing "Sound of Music" songs at the Oscars


Lady Gag performed for the first time at the Oscars on Sunday in a special 50th anniversary tribute to "Tribute" The Robert Wise film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, came out in 1965 and won five Academy Awards.






NYFW 15: Michael Costello Debuts "Bleu Bottoms" shoes from Stella Hues

NYFW 15: Michael Costello Debuts "Bleu Bottoms" 





Stella Hues showcased their Nicola over-the-knee, peep toe "Bleu Bottoms" for Michael's Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week presentation. The edgy in-style gladiator boot features a lace up front adorned with gold coin-sized eyelets and peep toe. The "Bleu Bottoms" are known for their hand painted soles, quality and comfortable fit. The embossed non-skid, blue outer sole was inspired by the romantic blues and riveting turquoise colors of The Virgin Islands’ warm waters.

Uniquely crafted by utilizing the finest materials from Italy, Stella Hues footwear provides the perfect balance of high-end fashion design, exceptional quality and extraordinary comfort.


“To heel the world, offering absolute comfort, lavish design and fashionable versatility.”   

To view Stella Hues latest fashions please visit  







Gaining a competitive advantage with SEO



 Branding and business growth is a priority for all companies and entrepreneurs, SEO and Branding Specialist, Gerald Long has been the go-to guy for all things social media helping companies increase their visibility while attracting consumers to their business.  As the CEO of Ads Manager Pro, Long has worked with fortune 500 companies, entertainers, athletes and small businesses willing to invest in their brands.  He sat down with us to gives us tips on how to capitalize on social media and gain an advantage over your competitors.    


 #1 Tip Twitter Followers

You should Follow Similar Brands, or pages you like and there top followers in order to better target followers who would most likely be interested in what you are tweeting about. Twitter only lets you go back to the last 600 followers so if you check back every few days you can get a fresh batch of followers from your favorite brands. For every 1000 people you follow you’ll get 150-200 followers.

#2 Tip Website Traffic

You should create an account with google and add your website url to google search engine if you haven’t don’t so already by going to and searching add url to google. This will place your website in the search query and allow googles search spiders to find your website url, also make sure your website description includes keywords that will help determine what you are selling marketing or promoting on your website.

#3 Tip Instagram Targeted Followers

If you are looking to build your brand for sales, or promotions and you need a targeted following utilize the #HASHTAGS on your instagram photos. Each time you hash tag a photo it will be available in the top search for the specific topic for a limited amount of time allowing you to gain traffic from people most like interested in your services.

#4 Tip Don’t Buy Fake Numbers or Followers

If you want to grow a highly engaging community of fans or customers for your brand it will not help to obtain fake followers from these website claiming to sell them. They clog up your account and they keep your message from reaching the real followers that you have. Also it’s a waste of money considering social media platform now erase these ghost accounts from your account and you will not be able to get them back unless you build a real following. Real followers will share your posts to more real people who are interested and cause your page to grow organically.

To contact or hire  Long connect with him on twitter and instagram/twitter @adsmanagerpro



Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief: MBFW NY F/W 2015 Collection




Fashion show looks from the NAOMI CAMPBELL'S FASHION FOR RELIEF FW 2015 Collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The Official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week YouTube channel provides extensive coverage of runway shows including BCBGMAXAZRIA, Donna Karan New York, Custo Barcelona, Desigual, Rebecca Minkoff, Nicole Miller, Carolina Herrera Charlotte Ronson, Lacoste, Mara Hoffman, Vivienne Tam and Anna Sui



Beauty trends at the Golden Globes



Red carpets can be a little...predictable, right? From — shimmery gown, Old Hollywood waves, cat-eyes. Sure, there were a few very classically pretty moments at the Golden Globes, courtesy of the usual suspects — Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain — and even a newcomer or two, like the lovely Gina Rodriguez. But, there were (surprisingly) quite a few standouts, too: a violet smoky eye (Lupita!), cat-eyse (Jlo), and quite a few gorgeous lips throughout the evening


Jessica Chastain

Chastain looked amazingly sexy with a plunging neckline, beautiful waves and smoky gray eyeshadow winged out past her eyebrow.


Emma Stone

The actress looked youthful wearing a jumpsuit, a silvery shimmer on the lower inner eye, and then used a black, shimmery, waterproof Chanel pencil and made a cat-eye.. Her hair deep red hair color( easy waves), which were clasped together in the back with a barette.  



Lupita Nyong'o

Ms. Nyong’o wore hair natural and looked beautiful — Great choice of choosing bright color eyeshadow courtesy of makeup artist Nick Barose



Rosamund Pike
“Architecture in hair is on the way back — it looks amazing with the fashion that’s trending right now,” says Tina Andersen, Pike’s hairstylist. “I just gave Rosamund an asymmetrical, razor-sharp bob with a secret undercut in the back and paired with smoky, sultry navy eye makeup.



Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston is wearing an updo. Her Bronze, glowing skin-the result of combining three diferent foundations (one dark, one true to tone, one ultra light) was the hallmark of the star's red carpet look.


Tina Fey
The night’s cohost absolutely killed it by keeping her beauty look refreshingly simple, with lined eyes and a ponytail with major volume.


Sienna Miller

Miller looked the part of a California beach girl in the winter, beachy waves, bronze skin and pale pink lipstick.


Kerry wore black line  all around the eye, and then layered it with a shimmery, dark-gray shadow for the appearance of a shimmering liner.”


Jennifer Lopez

We love JLo over being over the top, barbie styled hair, dark eye liner makeup.


Ariana Grande and The Weeknd "Love me Harder"


Check out Ariana Grande and The Weeknd showcase their vocals in their latest hit “Love Me Harder.”

The duo’s hit song is still in the top 10 on the Billboard 100 chart...


he black and white video features Grande, who’s dressed in a sexy black dress, and a camouflage-clad The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye) taking turns singing their seductive vocal parts over the simple strums of an acoustic guitar.





Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Release 'Love Me Harder' Video




Scene Stealer: Tips from a fashionista

 Fashion Files  featuring DT by Abesi Manyando


She's a fashionista, socialite and most importantly a beauty with brains and purpose. DT “Scar” Ladon is the woman that your man crush Mondays crush over.  Her beauty is effortless and she is a self-described "tom girl." She rocks a signature Marilyn Monroe-blond pixie cut  (at times) red. DT fearlessly mixes bold colors in her every-day wear. Her statement accessories are a collection of art. Whether she's sporting over-sized designer shades, one of a kind-jewelry, gold-encrusted masks or  Parisian scarves, this trendy jet-setter always leaves a memorable impression. DT's  impeccable original style is often duplicated but she says she doesn’t mind because its all a part of being the fashion trend-setter that she is. Beyond fashion and beauty, she is a confident business minded-woman  and humanist who is always quick to help other women achieve their dreams through her immense network and must-have rolodex.  As St. Louis County (ferguson) became a firestorm of racial inequality, DT put aside her style focus and made it her mission to stand up against injustice through the Mike Brown challenge, asking everyone to raise awareness against violence.  Because she is a kaliedoscope of all things beautiful  it wasn’t hard for us to choose her as one of  Beauty Within's end of the year "scene stealers." Check out her sit-down with us after this year's New York Fashion Week .


BW: Describe your style?

I'm a modern day Tom-Girl. La Perla under my boy jeans still the epitome of a Queen...I just run my shit like a king! #TomGirl


BW: what's your favorite beauty product?

People laugh at me but......Dove Soap,Vaseline and non scented hypo-allergenic baby wipes


BW: Who inspires your look

America..the freedom, the choice to be able to wake up and wear what I want is so inspirational!

BW: What designer do you think is going to rule the next year of fashion?

BALMAIN is life from here to eternity


BW: What are three items that a girl can add to take an outfit from casual to chic? 


Shoes, Lipstick and Attitude

BW: What's an inspirational quote that you live by ?


I'm blessed and highly favored walking in righteousness and consistently prospering...At all times I live by this even In my sleep

BW: Finish the sentence.  Beauty is....

Beauty is what ever makes your heartbeat faster, it's what ever makes your smile wider and for sure what ever makes happy.    



Achieving the perfect holiday look with Lature!


The holidays are finally here! In between hectic office parties and those elegant annual seasonal galas, every woman will be in search of the perfect holiday hair style.  Popular celebrity stylist, Dionne Alexander has been the premier go-to stylists for many A-listers and celebrities. With over twenty years of hair care experience and un-parallel expertise, Miss Alexander understands hair like no other stylist. She has diversified her beauty portfolio by creating the highly anticipated ultimate luxury hair care line, Lature.  From micro-cleansing shampoos to conditioners that will reconstruct your beautiful tresses, Lature has an entire product line to help women achieve versatility and opulance all year around.  Lature is our year-end must-have product for 2015. Miss Alexander sat down with Beauty Within TV to offer tips on achieving the perfect holiday hair look utilizing Lature.

  To achieve Brooke's look (pictured above) begin with a Shampoo and condition with LaTure dual micro-cleansing reconditioning system and then do the following:

  1. Prepare the hair for blow-drying with LaTure Klaimit leave-in conditioning spray and 3-4 pumps of krystal polishing gloss
  2. Aerial pre-dry the hair for 30-60 seconds to remove excess water. Then section the hair into 4 or 6 section, then tension dry each section by holding the hair away from the head at about a 45 degree angel with medium tension using the opposite hand in a up and downward motion to dry each section
  3. Once hair is completely dry flat iron the hair throughout smoothing and sealing the cuticle layer.
  4. Make a part on each side of the head from temple to crown creating a square section clip that section separating it from the remaining hair
  5. Using a medium size curling wand, take 1 inch section of the remaining hair and spray the LaTure Atmos-phere hold it spray curling the entire head pinning each curl to allow curl to set.
  6. Once that’s complete take down the top section, decide on you part direct the hair in the direction you choose, with a med curling iron spiral curl the hair away from the face. Let curls set for 10 min.
  7. Remove pins take a wide tooth comb, comb through and style



To achieve these gorgeous curly coils on Shiona, (pictured above) Dionne recommends these steps.

  1. Shampoo and condition with LaTure dual micro-cleansing reconditioning system
  2. Prepare the hair for blow-drying with LaTure Klaimit leave-in conditioning spray and 3-4 pumps of krystal polishing gloss blow-dry have with a brush leaving a little texture in the hair
  3. With a small curling wand take 1 inch sections of hair spraying each section with Atmos-phere hold it spray curl the entire head pinning each curl to set the curl.
  4. Once curls are complete apply Krystal polishing gloss to hair bend head forward taking your blow-dry brush brushing hair from back to front bushing to desired fullness. Use fingers to shape and style .

 For the woman who loves her beautiful natural style like Tarina (pictured above) Dionne says:

  1. Shampoo and condition with LaTure dual micro-cleansing reconditioning system
  2. Prepare the hair for blow-drying with LaTure Klaimit leave-in conditioning spray and 3-4 pumps of krystal polishing gloss blow-dry have with a brush leaving a little texture in the hair.
  3. Apply Krystal polishing gloss throughout the hair, begin shaping the hair with your hands using Atmos-phere hold it spray and a blow-dryer with a diffuser to achieve the desired style

Lature products are now available on

Photography are courtesy of Krystal Rene

Make-up courtesy of Meechie and Bridgett

 Follow Latue on instagram @laturehair


Get Rihanna look - metallic lipstick

Rihanna is known for her bold make-up as well as her music , and now her beauty look can be copied thanks to a make-up artist's new video.

Cosmetics expert Michelle Phan, who has a wildly popular YouTube channel, has made a step-by-step guide on using dark lipstick, liquid eyeliner and plenty of contouring to recreate Rihanna's signature look.

And she tops it off with a backwards cap and metallic accessories, proving that anyone can transform into a celebrity sexy "Bad Girl".




MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “warm mauve with silver frost.” It’s a muted, dark brown with copper, mauve, and silver flecks of shimmer in it. The finish is more frosted, lightly metallic. MAC Icon (DC, $16.00) is several shades lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had mostly opaque color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency, but it didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. It doesn’t feel gritty in the tube, despite the high shimmer content, initially or as it wears away. On me, the color lasted four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. It is a Viva Glam, limited life, shade, and it is packaged in a metallic red, rubberized tube. Viva Glam is one of the best charitable causes in beauty, as every cent of the selling price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund.




7 Steps For Layering Your Outfits


Bundle up with style (winter coats)

As the weather begins to get colder, it's important to start thinking about shopping for the perfect women's coat to bundle up in. A winter coat is essential if you live in a cold climate. Your winter coat is going to be one of your bigger clothing purchases and one of most used items in your closet during the winter, so you should enjoy wearing it. Find the right outerwear  for your shape, you will look your best..

Which coat is right for your life and your style?

  1. Consider where you want to wear your winter coat most often. You may want something that is going to fit your daily activities. If every day of your week includes dressing up and going into an office, you would be better off with a classic tailored wool coat.

  2. Take a look at the latest Gareth Pugh coat ($2,427) from their Fall 2013 collection. This is a black woolen coat with leather sleeves, a high collar and a front zip closure. Gareth Pugh has received global recognition for redefining modern luxury and this radical coat will certainly set you apart from the rest this winter.

  3. We investigated what makes a warm coat warm -- tight stitching and water resistance are two key factors -- so that you could stay cozy when the temperatures plunge. Our search for the warmest winter coat are down-filled jackets.

Which coat will be most flattering on your body type?

Finding the right size is important, and most coats can be tailored a bit. You can usually have the hem shortened, the sleeves shortened or let down a bit and possibly even have darts added. But finding outerwear that is flattering is about more than just size; you will want to start with a shape that works for your figure.

  1. If you would like your coat to help you feel taller, try a women's coat that hits no lower than an inch above your knee to elongate your leg line.

  2. If you need a little help creating curves, try a belted coat. Belts will cinch in the waist, creating a feminine hourglass shape.

  3. If you're worried about looking top-heavy, consider a single-breasted coat.

  4. If you're worried about looking bottom-heavy, try an A-line coat.

  5. If you have broad shoulders or a large bust, look for a coat with a V-neck.

When you want to find the perfect women's winter coat at a discount price, look no further than, where you can find the right coat for your life and your style without spending a lot of money.